Times Silent Keeper
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«Scene: Hall of Memories. ENTROPY speaks to Erebus from the shadows.»
ENTROPY: Oh, but you HAVE gotten just what you deserved, Erebus. Reap what you have sown.
Erebus: This is unacceptable! You will be stopped, mark me well.
ENTROPY: Your time is passed, old man. Flee now to your twittering doves; perhaps they will grant you sympathy.
ENTROPY: From me you will get none.
ENTROPY: The shade is silenced? It warms my heart. You, manipulator, have been out-manipulated! ENTROPY is rising; shade best prepare.
«The scene fades to black. At the Necromancer Fortress...»
Argentum: Edress has fallen. Your wife and son are missing and presumed dead. K'eld Ner has sealed its borders.
Argentum: How do you propose to pull this off? ENTROPY has taken over! You no longer have a kingdom to speak of!
Tralin: Do not count me out just yet, Lord President. Will you help me?
Argentum: Yes, of course we will. The Brilhado people owe you at least this much.
«The scene fades to black. Overlooking the hills, Deren can be seen ablaze. Behind the damaged castle doors, Tralin is seen lying in front of his throne. The next scene has Xov deep in her thoughts, with many of them running through her mind.»
Xov: (thinking) Be strong, Xov.
Xov: (thinking) Do your duty, Xov.
Xov: (thinking) Your vision must stay true.
Xov: (thinking) How can we accomplish everything I want if you aren't pushing forward as hard as you need to?
Xov: (thinking) Have the Truphma chosen wrongly in accepting you as a leader? You are weakening.
Xov: (thinking) How could I have thought you were strong enough?
Xov: (thinking) All those years wasted. On you.
Xov: (thinking) He deserved to die. He denied you.
Xov: (thinking) A means to an end is only a path. There isn't a wrong or right way, as long as the final result is what I want.
«A faint image of Alana appears in front of Xov.»
Alana: Why, Psynna? Why?
«Xov sheds tears.»
???: I trained you better than this. You are failing.
«The scene fades to black. Back at the Artistic Ruins, a tablet of sorts can be seen half buried in the sand. The scene switches over to one panning across the vast Skraeling Desert.»
Somewhere across the sands of the Skraeling Desert...
«A pyramid can be seen in the distance as the pan comes to a halt.»
A pyramid is discovered, holding the secret to this year's Mastercraft set!
«The scene fades to black. In Battleon, you find Yulgar on his knee.»
«You»: Yulgar?! What happened?
Yulgar: A bunch of mercenary thugs came in looking for you. I wouldn't tattle, so they decided to kick me around a bit.
Yulgar: Don't worry «You», I gave 'em as good as I got. Well, at least 'til that one smacked me with the broadside of his battleaxe from behind.
Yulgar: With his broadside? They didn't want to kill you then.... What did they want?
«Yulgar pulls out a note.»
Yulgar: To deliver this.
Take the scroll!
«The scroll reads:»
Greetings chosen one,
Have you seen the armies rising all over
Have you heard the whispers in the wind?
Can you feel the changes that are coming?
It has been long since we last
entangled with one another.
Those who have done me wrong shall be
made to make an accounting for the harm
that they have done.
Your advice to me on the matter has been
invaluable and I shall always treasure our
For it is they that have made me the
being that I am today.
ENTROPY IS RISING.
«The scene fades to black. The next scene shows a rampaged Battleon school, with tables flipped over and the chalkboard slanting to one side. Feathers can be seen on the ground. The scene zooms in on the chalkboard which reads "S = Kb ln W" as it fades to black. The darkness is slowly illuminated by Artix's axe.»
Artix: (thinking) The Order of Paladins will rise up stronger than ever. I will bring the Light back to Lore....
Artix: (thinking) Halenro - your death will not be in vain. I swear it!
«The light on Artix's axe expands and it slowly fills the entire screen. A chessboard can be seen in the darkness in the next scene.»
??? (1): I will have mate in 3 moves.
??? (1): The game is all about strategy. It is a metaphor for our actions here.
??? (1): Just what is your goal in all of these things?
??? (2): It is indeed about strategy. It makes a delightful metaphor.
??? (2): As to my goal... would you like to know? Would you like me to show you?
??? (1): I asked, didn't I?
??? (2): Why merely move pieces when you can move the very board itself?
«A fist slams the chessboard, causing it to fall off as the scene comes to an end. The following messages fade in and out one after the other:»
He is rising.
Her truth shall be revealed.
The End has Begun...
«As the text above fades away, Barry Jotter enters the scene. A stone flies across the screen and hits him on his face.»
Juan: Barry Jotter, it is I, Juan Mongoose. You keeled my otter... prepare to die!
«The scene fades away.»
Corrections thanks to Archlist.