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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana was more brave/foolhardy than Jaahlyn had thought given her lack of hesitation at attacking her own leg like that. But considering her age, perhaps she should have thought otherwise.

    Nonetheless, Siana will hear a clattering sound as her blade strikes true.

    It's at this point the will see just what she attacked.

    She just bisected a huge centipede-like creature that was crawling up her leg.

    But two things stand out about this creature. First of all, it seems to be at least partly made of bones and it doesn't take long to realize just what kind of bones. This creature is made up of a long row of human teeth that are all connected by a gum-colored flesh. The teeth extend through the 'gum' tissue however into sharp-pointed legs which is what Siana have been feeling moving against her skin.

    The second thing that stands out is the fact she can only see what seems to have been the lower half of the creature which is now blindly twitching around on the ground. Curiously, as it moves all the teeth that makes up its body seem to gnash together, creating the impression of someone grinding their teeth together in an expression of eternal rage.
    What the other half is isn't too hard to figure out though as she can still feel it moving up her leg on its skeletal legs. Now hidden underneath whatever leg-wear she's using.
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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana frowns at the toothipede, but quickly decides she doesn't have time to dwell on the underwhelming nature of this creature Jaahlyn seemed so worried about. She quickly stabs her sword into it (if she can), attempting to skewer it in place and get the weapon out of her hand at the same time. The other half of the monster is still on her person somewhere and it's too close to the body for her sword to make a useful weapon. Instead, she reaches around and tries to grab ahold of it by hand, not particularly caring if she gets bitten in the process; there's nothing it can take from her that she isn't already losing or won't grow back.

    Well, except for her leggings. She'd have to go out and buy more of those.
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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana frowns at the toothipede, but quickly decides she doesn't have time to dwell on the underwhelming nature of this creature Jaahlyn seemed so worried about. She quickly stabs her sword into it (if she can), attempting to skewer it in place and get the weapon out of her hand at the same time. The other half of the monster is still on her person somewhere and it's too close to the body for her sword to make a useful weapon. Instead, she reaches around and tries to grab ahold of it by hand, not particularly caring if she gets bitten in the process; there's nothing it can take from her that she isn't already losing or won't grow back.

    Well, except for her leggings. She'd have to go out and buy more of those.
    [Hell Bend]

    Siana ends up shattering a large part of the lower section of the creature as she stabs into it. The upper body is a bit trickier to deal with though as the moment she grabs the creature its legs suddenly dig deeper into her skin and to pull it out she would likely end up pulling up flesh, blood and skin with it. Of course, Siana is unlikely to find this much of a sacrifice so it can be assumed that she pulls it out despite the pain.

    Jaahlyn would congratulate her but she's a bit preoccupied as while Siana have been busy killing the creature crawling up her legs a horde of them have risen up all around them and she's letting her scythe sweep over the legions of toothipedes emerging from the ground.
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    [Hell Bend]

    Unfortunately for the creature in her hand, Siana's been tasked with killing it, and that means when it bites her, she has no qualms about biting it back; the most reliable method she has for killing malevolent spiritual entities.

    chomp

    When she's finished with that, Siana retrieves her sword from the ground and turns to face Jaahlyn, grinning proudly. "Miss Hesperos! I got-"

    One.

    She got one.

    Out of sweet Adea that's a lot of monsters.

    Siana's smile disappears as she hobbles over to help Jaahlyn. This could be more difficult than she gave it credit for.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    "You got anything to deal with swarms?" The satyr inquires as she back away from the creatures as they emerge from the ground by moving onto the asphalt which the creatures would have a more difficult time getting through.

    "Since it's a bit bigger than I thought."

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    [Hell Bend]

    "Being honest, I wasn't sure I'd ever have to face one." Siana replies, cutting herself a path through the toothipedes to join up with Jaahlyn. "Where I come from, warriors fight in duels or melees. Something like this is all but unheard of."

    She looks around for anything in their environment that might help in this fight... something she could use as a means of mass execution, like a fire or a dam or a collapsing stru-

    "...This is probably going to sting." Siana winces, pushing up against a nearby building and raising her sword to cut through it...

    Before receiving a strong mental reminder of what happened last time she tried to solve a problem by cutting down a tall structure.

    "How quickly can you get this building evacuated?" Siana prompts.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

    [Nexus characters, grouped by setting:
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    [Hell Bend]

    It took a moment for Jaahlyn to grasp what Siana was saying as she also had to make another swipe with her scythe to keep the horde from advancing right onto them during their exchange.

    "...it should be abandoned." She glances up at the building. "Right?" She definitively was under that impression when she got here or she wouldn't have picked this spot in the first place.

    But there was no telling how many demons that had now made it their temporary home and didn't like to announce it to the world. There would be no way to even find out within any reasonable time frame.

    Meanwhile, the toothipedes keeps advancing towards the satyr as she's now holding the brightly burning bauble that seemingly drew them here in the first place. They're so many that the sound of their tooth bodies grinding against one another actually becomes audible, causing a relentless grinding sound as they all seem to move in tandem with one another.

    Siana might get reminded by an ant colony in the way they all seem to move with a unified purpose. Never once getting in the way of one another.

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana frowns. "Should be"? Could they really take the risk on "should be"? What if there's an innocent person in there? They'd need to get them ou-

    There isn't time.

    Siana winces and draws her sword along the wall of the building, the magic in the blade once again manifesting, this time to carry the cut clean through to the other side of the edifice.

    There will be a moment where nothing will seem to happen.

    Then a low, gradually-escalating grinding sound as the balance issue becomes more pronounced and the building slides down on itself.

    And then collapse.

    Throughout all of this, Siana is going to stay right where she is, to encourage the swarm to gather around her. She doesn't want any of them getting away.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

    [Nexus characters, grouped by setting:
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    [Hell Bend]

    While Jaahlyn hadn't doubted Siana at the time, simply because she couldn't afford to doubt even the most ridiculous of statements in that sort of situation she hadn't actually expected her to be able to cut down the entire building in one fell swoop.

    But despite the unrealness of the situation she knew what she had to do.
    She throws the bauble into the swarm and then grabs Siana and pulls her out of there.

    She might be okay with a building crashing on top of her but Jaahlyn was not.

    Besides, the tootipedes never had any real interest in Siana since as soon as the satyr let's go of the orb they stop chasing them and starts to swarm around the burning hatred which it radiates.
    Which is of course when the apartment building comes crashing down on top of them and covers most of the plaza in dust.

    Though even through the dust Siana can still see the redness of the orb. It light might be difficult to make out now but it seems to shine through even the thickest of dust.

    "By the halls below, can't I do anything without destroying a building these days?" Jaahlyn comments as she gazes upon the destruction that has just been wrought. How did they just go from investigating yokai to toppling over buildings?

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana lets out a surprised yelp as Jaahlyn pulls her to safety, but doesn't resist; once it's clear the toothipedes are after the bauble, the idea of staying under the collapsing building seems rather senseless.

    Once the dust settles, Siana will be standing there, right next to Jaahlyn, wearing a little smile. Things got dicey there for a moment, but they did it! There's no way the yokai survived that! Sure, maybe the loss of a building was a bit excessive, but it's worth it if it keeps people safe-

    Her smile disappears as the dust settle further and she sees a number of limp, humanoid figures in the wreckage. It's too soon to tell how many for sure, but there have to be at least a dozen.

    "...Absum almighty..." Siana whispers, horrified, the full implications of what she just did finally starting to make their weight known.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

    [Nexus characters, grouped by setting:
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    Others: here
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    [Hell Bend]

    The satyr's gaze is drawn to the same spot a Siana's. The halls below indeed, and these poor people hadn't even drowned.
    "...I don't think I can save that many souls from the fate that awaits them." Jaahlyn remarks yet still hurries over to check on the bodies.

    She will be covered in dust by the time she gets there but that was the least of her concerns right now.

    If they even managed to fully destroy the yokai is impossible to tell but at least Siana can't see any toothipedes moving about.

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    [Hell Bend]

    Jaahlyn will be forgiven if she doesn't noticd at first that Siana didn't follow her into the wreckage. Leaning on her cane as she does, the strigoi has a much slower walking speed than Jaahlyn, and would lag behind even if she sprinted after Jaahlyn immediately.

    But she doesn't.

    The next time Jaahlyn looks in her direction, she's going to see Siana hasn't budged an inch, but is still staring speechlessly at the remains of the building. If there are any yokai present, they're going to find plenty to be drawn to; anger, guilt, fear, grief... all of it mixed up into a slurry of emotions Siana has no idea how to process.

    If she continues about the business of checking the bodies, Jaahlyn will get a more comprehensive body count; fifteen total, with six succubi, three incubi, and six other bodies rendered unrecognizable by the collapse of the building. There's no sign of a panic among the inhabitants of the building; obvious mutilation aside, most of them are in relatively relaxed poses. The presence of blankets and absence of external layers of clothing on most of the bodies, in tandem with the above, suggests most of them were asleep when the building went down; a small mercy under the tragedy. Two of the incubi are even still huddled together.

    They are, however, unquestionably dead. Impalements and clearly-fatal blunt-force trauma abound among the corpses. There's also a vaguely soothing scent in the air, originating from a broken air freshener in the corner; opening it up will show that it's still at work leaking the contents of a vial labeled "mellow". Even with all the dust in the air, breathing here hardly seems unpleasant.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    What had really happened started to dawn on Jaahlyn only as she inspects the bodies.
    Siana had actually, somehow, cut down the entire building and accidentally killed all these people.

    She considered what she had thought at the time. She had assumed that Siana would do some kind of magical... explosion thing, which might cause collateral damage to that specific building. That she would cut it down completely, and cause it to collapse in this exact direction, hadn't even entered her mind at the time.

    But she had been able to stop it if she had just objected even for a moment. Or suggested that the building was empty...

    She closes her eyes for a moment and let's out a deep sigh and steels herself. Guilt could wait, right now she had to be pragmatic. While she needed to dig out her bauble saving people had to take priority and while she hadn't been able to save anyone in the building there was still one person she could save.

    She gets back to her companion and puts her hand on her shoulder. "Siana, you didn't know. You couldn't have." That she would try something so incredibly reckless was- well, one thing at the time.



    Some distance away one of the surviving toothipedes watches Jaahlyn trying to comfort Siana. It's eyes glowing brightly green.
    It looked like they had found yet another guest for their party, and the list was now almost full...

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    [Hell Bend]

    "...Yeah, I could have." Siana replies, in an eerily calm voice. "The pieces were all there. I even... I even thought there were people in there, no question, for a minute." Her hands clench around the top of her cane, tightly enough to send down a small flurry of loose flakes of skin. "But then y-... no, that's no excuse. I thought there wasn't enough time to check, that I'd just have to take the risk, and..." She gestures to the rubble, her lips contorting as she tries and fails to find the words to express her thoughts at that.

    "...Is it at least worth it?" She croaks, looking down at the remains of the toothipedes. "Did we at least stop something that was going to do more damage than this?"
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    Jaahlyn hesitates for a moment, but knows that if she did that for too long Siana would simply assume the worst so she had to muster some kind of reply. "...well, there's no telling how much suffering a yokai of this size could have caused. It was far greater than expected and I think it feed on all that barely restrained hate bubbling underneath the surface of this town." She had felt its desires as it had started to feed upon her bauble, if it wasn't something she had experienced so many times already it would probably have left her feeling drained.

    Well, more drained as she was trying to push her own feelings aside for the moment.

    The second part would be much harder though.

    "But... you're not wrong though." Jaahlyn let's out a small sigh. "You've committed a horrible mistake that most people never has the misfortune to experience. That mix of emotions you're feeling right now? You might never fully escape it, Siana and if you let it it might fully consume you."

    Jaahlyn attempts to take Siana's hands and squeezes them tightly while trying to meet her gaze.
    "But I implore you, Siana, take the hurt, take the guilt, to heart. But use it as a motive to become better. Remember what you are right now, what you've done, and aim to become more. It's the only positive thing that can come of all this, but only through great struggle." The satyr closes her eyes for a moment. "But like my uncle once said, 'one must see life as a worthy opponent'." She opens them up again and nods. "And as a warrior yourself you must know that its more courageous to overcome than to fall into despair. Since- well, know that they're not truly dead at least. They've simply returned to the hell they came from. I know as I've guided one of them and heard the whole sorry story."

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana sits through the lecture quietly, only breaking eye contact long enough to dab away the tears under her eyes. For as different as the two of them could be, what Jaahlyn is telling her now echoes things she's already heard from her uncle and committed to memory as part of the Maesdan code of chivalry; things like "be earnest" and "put your whole heart in your actions".

    So it doesn't take long for her to come to the conclusion that the satyr is entirely correct.

    Siana nods slowly and shakily pulls her hand up out of Jaahlyn's and into a salute. "Yes, ma'am." She replies simply, new resolve in her voice. There was an unspoken underside to what Jaahlyn had said; living like this is probably always going to be difficult, though hopefully not for the same reasons. She never quite appreciated before today how difficult.

    ...

    She still doesn't feel great about this. She's not supposed to. But... that helped.

    "...I'll... have to remember to ask you about that story sometime." Siana adds, lowering her hand and looking around them. "...So what do we do now? With yokai dead and... everything else."
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    [Hell Bend]

    Jaahlyn gives Siana's hand a final squeeze before letting go of them. "We must accept the consequences first of all which means first telling the citizens what happened and then MERC. Which means we're likely going to be removed from the organization."

    She pauses to let that sink in.

    "So I will give you some time to consider what you will want to do afterwards as I feel its important to be able to look forward to not fall completely into despair."

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    [Hell Bend]

    "...Leave... MERC..." Siana echoes despondently.

    That's... not good.

    It's terrible. How's she supposed to get work as something knight-adjacent if she's not with MERC? Where's she supposed to live? What will she do for food? It's out of the question!

    ...It's the right thing to do.

    The right thing to do? Giving up her only outlet is the right thing to do? Is she that stupid?

    Yes.

    Siana runs a finger along her chin. "...My metamorphosis can't last much longer." She says finally. "Which means I'll be able to go back to Butterfly Bay before long. I don't have to worry about being recognized. Maybe... I-I'll find work there. Somehow."
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana's hesitation was clear as day which gave Jaahlyn credence to an offer she had considered but had yet to give.

    "...or I could take on full responsibility for this entire thing. I'm going to be forced to leave MERC either way and I believe you deserve a second chance, Siana. I truly do. Regardless of the outcome you're going to have to live with that guilt and if I could make your path to knight-hood easier..." She gestures dismissively. "It's an offer anyway."
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    [Hell Bend]

    "You'd... you'd do that?"

    Dammit, she'd just stopped crying.

    "But... is that fair? What happened today wasn't really your fault. You didn't drop a building on anyone. I'll bet you didn't even think it could be done. Would MERC expect you to be able to read my mind or something?" She wrings her hands on her cane. "What if I'd just randomly exploded? You couldn't have seen that coming, and it wouldn't be fair to act like you could have. How is this any different?" She shakes her head. "I... this is my screw-up. If either of us should be taking the full blame, it should be me."

    Her cheeks redden slightly as another thought occurs to her. "Besides, that's... not actually an option, is it? Short of lying to the boss, I mean. He's the one that's ultimately going to decide who's actually responsible, and there wouldn't be any sense in him firing you to keep a volatile not-even-trainee on board." She winces. "And... I'm not going to ask you to lie for me. That's... likely to go wrong, and I don't think I'd ever let it go if you ended up suffering unjustly on my account."
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    Jaahlyn could argue this, there would be lies yes. But it could be done.

    However...

    "I am likely going to be fired either way, just as I said. But... good, that's what I like to hear." Jaahlyn had been testing Siana's commitment to what she had said earlier there. While I would have gone along with it if she had accepted the offer and the lies that would have come with it she also considered it hypocritical after telling her to accept the consequences of her actions.

    "I'm just going to dig up my bauble from the rubble and then we can go and face the music, alright? We need to make sure someone gives these people proper burials too..." She gestures back at the collapsed building.

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    [Hell Bend]

    "...Yeah." Siana agrees, stepping toward the rubble. "...Knowing the way things are done around here, they're probably going to gouge us to hell and back for that, aren't they? Unless we bury them all ours-"

    Oh.

    Oh boy.

    "...So, uh... have you ever dug a grave before, Jaahlyn?" Siana asks. "I, um... it takes a while." She does some quick math on her fingers. "Fifteen people, eight hours per grave, two people digging... that'd be two and a half days of straight digging, if not for the part where that's not terribly practical... I can't dig during the day, and you're probably going to want to sleep at some point, too, so... that's, what, five days minimum?"

    The majority of a week dedicated to burials. If Siana needed any further help ingraining the severity of the incident into her mind, that would certainly do the job.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    Jaahlyn stops walking as Siana starts counting on her hand and nods. "Yeah, I've probably dug far more graves than I can remember." She answers while making a point of looking at the corpses around them. "It comes with the job. So I know we're not going to be able to do it within any reasonable time-frame. I mean, we don't even know these people's names so how can we give them the kind of funeral they deserve? MERC might decide to give them proper ones to try to at least partly make up for what happened here. Though for all I know, the people who hired MERC to protect Riverside might decide to fire them after everything that has happened."

    The satyr let's out a small sigh.

    "So things are not looking particularly good for us right now I admit." She turns to the strigori.
    "But there's always hope. I got another job in Inside for some well-respected people. You ever heard of ponies?"

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana nods slowly at that. Okay, maybe MERC would want to weigh in on the burials. Getting that information back to them was still the first(ish) priority. She's still going to keep the possibility that she and Jaahlyn might be personally called on to do the actual burials.

    Since they can't do much else with that particular problem, Siana finds herself focusing on Jaahlyn's other proposal. "...Ponies? As in, small horses?" She asks. "Sometimes used as pack animals? Why, do you know a steady stablehand position or something?"
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


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    Who's like us?
    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    "Yeah, imagine those but more colorful, magical and as intelligent as humans and other humanoids. They have this court that helped me out and took me in when I was in trouble so perhaps they can do the same for you, Siana? Their leader is friendly and powerful so even if she can't let you join she could probably help you out somehow. She removed a, uh, curse from me for instance." Jaahlyn describes all this for Siana before she starts digging for the bauble.

    It isn't that deep down so it shouldn't take that long.

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    "...I, um... I guess it can't really hurt, can it?" Siana forces a small smile, despite the doubts that come to mind at the idea of going to small, colorful ponies for help.

    ...Nothing solid, but the whole concept seems a little too ridiculous to properly digest, the building-slaying warrior thinks to herself.

    "...What kind of curse were you under?" She asks absently, trying to fill the dead silence while she waits for Jaahlyn to retrieve her bauble.
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

    Want some rye? 'Course ya do!


    Here's to us.
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    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    "It's not as strange as it might sound." Jaahlyn argues as she senses Siana's doubt. "I mean, when you met me I was a small goat with black eyes weren't I? Appearances deceive and all that. The colorful ponies are really just like humans. They just name everything with the poorly disguised horse puns." For whatever reason.

    She then suddenly stops digging for a moment as Siana asks her question. "A curse of obedience. One that I carried for... well, at least a thousand years. Probably. I have hardly kept track." Jaahlyn shrugs and then keeps digging.

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    [Hell Bend]

    Siana's eyes widen and she mouths something incomprehensible under her breath; it's hard to tell what, since she doesn't really intend for Jaahlyn to hear it, but the general sentiment seems to be something along the lines of "holy crap".

    "An obedience curse? And you lived with that for a thousand years?" She echoes. "How- what?! That's..." She runs her hands over each other nervously. She doesn't know the details, but she imagines any curse that carries a clause that goes "no free will for a little bit" would be burdensome after a while. "I'm... sorry you had to go through that."

    "But... if they can fix something like that, maybe there's hope for me after all."
    Who're you? ...Don't matter.

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    Here's to us.
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    Damn few,
    and they're aaall dead.


    *gushes unintelligibly over our cat, Sunshine*

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    [Hell Bend]

    "It's not as awful as it sounds. I forget most of my past lives remember?" She replies without stopping this time.

    She imagined her mind would have been pretty ****ed up otherwise considering what little she did remember.

    Then her digging slows down for a moment as she seems to consider this. "Well... sometimes I think I just selectively forget the more awful things I've experienced." The kind of stuff people couldn't fully recover from mentally.
    She turns to Siana. "But you're the one struggling with despair right now, Siana and I don't think you will be able to forget this, unlike me. So once we've been to MERC we can go to Inside together if you want to."

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    "Generally speaking?" Sticks looks rather grave. "I suppose we could ask them for all that they know about the current state of the tunnels. What creatures are active, where they might reside, what dangers might present themselves.
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