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«Quest starts at the Void, a purple spectral place with only a single path available to move forward through. Your body is in Soul Form and your name is substituted by "???". You can move around the screen similarly to what happens in Nowhere.»
«Trying to move back prompts the following pop up: "Your scattered mind wanes. Is the memory of your death overwhelming? Keep going left to relive it later." If you still keep moving left, a scroll with the following text appears: "Your soul is still scattered, and your memories wane. Destruction is a difficult memory to face. If you are overwhelmed, you may recall these events later. Do you wish to rest and begin again later?" You are given the option to choose Yes or No. Choosing Yes ends the quest and sends you back to Battleon, choosing No just closes the scroll.»
«As you start moving forward, you get the following pop up: "Where did I... When is this? I’m... I am...". Further forward you can see an enemy encounter ahead.» «All battles in the quest are against spirits of the dead (see monster pool at the end). After clearing the battle you can step on bubbles coming from the ground to get a full heal. You can come back later at any point in the quest to fully heal at the bubbles again.» «After the two encounters you see a burning white flame ahead, entering into contact with it starts yet another battle.»«Once the Past is beaten, you get the following pop up: "Memories... Are those mine? So much strife. So tired... But there is joy. Glory." Following that, you can start exploring again.»
«In the next screen there is a chest with 2 HP and 2 MP potions.» «After the third battle, you can see another burning white flame ahead. Touching it triggers a battle.»«Once the Present is beaten, you get the following pop up: "That’s right. I’m the Chosen. I... Died. Died to save them. But this... This isn’t how dying felt before." Moreover, your name goes back to being «You». Then, you can explore again.» «Once more, a white flame blocks your path. Entering into contact with it triggers another battle.» «Once Future? is beaten, you get the following pop up: "Hope... My dreams, too. Was that my future? Futures? So much power and fire... Couldn’t see anything past it." Then, you can explore again.»
«After moving forward a small bit, You are suddenly grabbed by a giant skeletal hand made of the same texture as the Void bridges seen elsewhere. It lifts the soul up to a new scene, facing its hood. Death speaks through ambient text rather than dialogue boxes.»
«You»: Wha- What is this...?
DEATH: YOU ARE FINALLY WHOLE AGAIN.
«You»: ... You... I know you. But how? Are you the real Death?
DEATH: ALL WHO HAVE DIED KNOW ME, FOR ALL THAT THEY LOSE BECOMES ME.
DEATH: MOST TAKE WHAT IS LEFT AND MOVE ON. SOME RETURN, REGROW IN LIFE, AND DIE AGAIN.
DEATH: STILL FOR MOST THIS IS A CHOICE. ONE I PERMIT.
DEATH: YOU KNOW ME BETTER THAN MOST, FOR TRY AS I MIGHT I CANNOT HOLD YOU.
«Death’s left hand moves in from below, forming a cage around the Chosen with its fingers to illustrate the point.»
«You»: That’s... strange. And a little unnerving. Your Reaper used to do it as a favor, then said that it’s because I am Chosen...
DEATH: PRECISELY. I CANNOT CONTAIN YOU, NOR WOULD I IF I COULD.
«Death’s left hand is removed again.»
«You»: Er... Thanks? I know it’s something of an arrangement, but I appreciate it. I think.
«You»: But how did I end up here, then? With you, I mean, instead of being caught and sent back by one of your avatars.
DEATH: A BEAST OF DIVINE FABRIC BUT PROFANE MAKE, TAILORED SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR UTTER DESTRUCTION.
«You»: Then it might be true... But if Zhilo really became War, he’s going even farther than the original one ever did.
DEATH: YOU FOUGHT UNTIL YOUR VERY SOUL WAS EXHAUSTED. MUCH OF ITS ANIMA WAS SCATTERED THIS TIME.
DEATH: BUT THE IMPOSTOR AND HIS BEAST UNDERESTIMATED THE INTENSITY OF IT.
DEATH: YOU HAVE BEEN WANDERING MY REALM RECLAIMING ITS ENERGY FOR DAYS, SINCE BEFORE YOUR MIND AWOKE.
«You»: Your realm... So you effectively ARE your realm.
DEATH: I AM THE FINAL DESTINATION OF ALL ANIMA, AND THE REALM WHERE ALL WHO WISH TO RECLAIM THEIRS MUST PROVE THEMSELVES.
DEATH: BUT SUCH IS ONLY THE SHAPE THAT SUITS MY NEEDS IN THE VOID. THE RIGHT PATH TO SPEED YOUR RETURN.
«You»: That explains why I’ve been walking- er, flying around you this whole time and couldn’t tell you apart from the Void itself... Lords, you are VAST.
DEATH: AS ARE YOU. BUT YOU ARE STILL TOO BLIND TO SEE IT, AND IN CONSEQUENCE TOO BLIND TO SHOW IT.
«You»: I don’t understand what you mean.
DEATH: WHEN THE BURNING SOLSTICE, THE CONFLUENCE OF FIRE, SHINES ON LORE, THE VACANT MANTLE IS PASSED ON TO THE GREATEST WARRIOR.
«You»: Is that what Zhilo meant? I still don’t understand.
DEATH: EVEN AFTER RECLAIMING YOUR NAME, IT SEEMS YOUR IDENTITY CONTINUES TO ELUDE YOU.
DEATH: YOU ARE CHOSEN NOT FOR ANY SINGLE TASK, BUT ONCE AND AGAIN AS THE WORLD TURNS.
DEATH: WHERE DID YOU THINK THIS POWER TRULY BELONGED, THE MOMENT ITS PRIOR HOLDER BETRAYED THE BALANCE?
DEATH: THERE IS MORE THAN ONE REASON THAT DEATH CANNOT HOLD YOU.
«You»: What does that mean? Who am I?
DEATH: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, WAR?
«Red flames cover the screen.»
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