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Obscurejones

Crystal Guardian's Realm VII

Home of the new Crystal Guardian, Firiat. There's also a Carnival. And the ever irritable Rhias.
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Firiat shrugs.
Sure.  Always happy to help.
Metakirb

Thank you.
Obscurejones

He shrugs.  Thinks.
Is it legal to marry a machine?
Metakirb

She flinches a bit when he calls him a machine.
Obscurejones

I mean, I'm not trying to be cruel.  I'm just wondering if it's at all binding to marry what amounts to a remarkably complex wind up toy.
Metakirb

He's more than that.
Obscurejones

Firiat makes a show of thinking about it.   Shakes his head.
No.  He's not.
Metakirb

Are you trying to accomplish something by saying that.
Obscurejones

Maybe I worry about you three.  Ary's a good girl and I wonder what will happen to her when she finds out the man who raised her isn't real.
Metakirb

So you'd rather I abandon the closest thing I have left to my husband? You don't need to rub it in that he doesn't exist anymore! I know he's gone, I can't get him back, no matter what I try. I miss him.
Obscurejones

This time he honestly seems to be thinking.
About that.  I need a test subject for a project.  Al'd be a great candidate.  But he might be damaged in the process.  But If it work'd he'd be... A little more real.
Metakirb

How real?
Obscurejones

He'd have a soul.  And it'd be... Remarkably close to his original.  Heck, if I can perfect the process it would in all effects, be his soul.
Metakirb

And if it goes wrong?
Obscurejones

He'd be remote at best.  At worst he winds up with a corrupted soul and I have to scrap him.  Which may be difficult, as I'm not the only one powering him.
Metakirb

Let me think about it.
Obscurejones

He nods and Al goes stiff for a moment as a blue wisp exits his body.
Metakirb

She lies back, thinking.
Obscurejones

Al groans and rubs his forehead.
Metakirb

Kelri looks over at him.
Obscurejones

He waves weakly to her.
Metakirb

She moves over to him.
Obscurejones

He tries to get to his feet.
Metakirb

She won't stop him.
Obscurejones

He starts to stagger towards the downstairs.
Metakirb

She tries to stop him.
Obscurejones

He grumbles slightly but lets himself be stopped.
Metakirb

What's up?
Obscurejones

hurt.  was going to get food.
Metakirb

Oh, nevermind...
Obscurejones

He nods.  Starts staggering forward again.
Metakirb

She tries to help him.
Obscurejones

He makes it a few feet and his legs give out.
Metakirb

She tries to Carry him back to the bed.
Obscurejones

He grumbles but is easily carried.
Metakirb

What's wrong?
Obscurejones

I could have made it myself.
No.  No he couldn't have.
Metakirb

No, you couldn't.
Obscurejones

He grumbles a little more.
Metakirb

What's up with you? You're in such a mood.
Obscurejones

He weakly shrugs.
Metakirb

Seriously, what's up?
Obscurejones

It hurts.  When he takes over.  Just puts me off my mood.
Metakirb

Oh... Sorry...
Obscurejones

Not your fault.
Metakirb

She tries to kiss him.
Obscurejones

He gently returns the kiss, running a hand lightly over her spine.
Metakirb

You should get some rest.
Obscurejones

He pulls back and rests.
Metakirb

Kelri heads downstairs.
Who

I assume Kitty and Raunir are still being all kissy and snuggly downstairs/
Metakirb

I'm sure they are.

Kelri goes to make herself a drink.
Who

Kelri barely even resisters to Kitty, so unless Raunir changes like last time she's not going to react.
Metakirb

He doesn't change.

Kelri sits down with her drink, deep in thought.
Who

Well then Kitty's happy to kiss and cuddle and be all happy and what have you.
Metakirb

Kelri gets up and goes to look for Firiat.
Obscurejones

He's performing at the moment, Juggling for a medium sized crowd.
Metakirb

She stands back and waits for him to finish.
Obscurejones

The performance lasts an hour  and ends with him juggling what appear to be burning souls.  With a flourish, the souls vanish, being replaced by a rain of small gems.  The audience applauds and then begins to disperse.
Metakirb

Kelri walks towards him.

Very showy.
Obscurejones

That is the general idea.
He stops to dispense a few contracts before crossing the remaining distance between them.
Metakirb

You remember what we spoke about earlier?
Obscurejones

He grins.
The fact that you're living in sin with an action figure?
Metakirb

I want you to try that thing you talked about.
Obscurejones

He keeps grinning and glances down at a sheaf of contracts that appear in his hands.
Any preferences in regards to the base soul?
Metakirb

I just want my old Al back.
Obscurejones

He begins shuffling the contracts.
Yes, but I'll have to start with something else.  So, any preferences?
Metakirb

What do you mean?
Obscurejones

He fans out a selection of contracts and shows them to her.
What I'm going to do, is take an existing soul and shape it into Al's.  It's a metaphysical version of a trick your husband once pulled off with John's help.  The thing is, I need a soul to start with.  So, what's closest to Al?
He plucks a sheet from the fan and shows it to her.  A young Elf with a padlocked silver choker appears.
A slave?
The elf is replaced with a wizened dwarf, draped in violet robes, staff in hand.
A wizard?
The dwarf stretches and warps, becoming a slim human, a woman under each arm.
A lover?
The human begins to smoke and seemingly burns away, leaving a halfling wreathed in flame and tattoos.
A fire?
The images begins cycling through.
Metakirb

Wizard.
Obscurejones

He seems surprised.
Heh.  Really?
Metakirb

What were you expecting?
Obscurejones

That was actually the lowest on the list.
He plucks a contract from the pile.  Glances over it.
Metakirb

And what was the highest?
Obscurejones

He doesn't look up from the contract.
Slave.
Metakirb

He is not a slave.
Obscurejones

He laughs.
Did you know anything about your husband?
Metakirb

He wasn't a slave!
Obscurejones

Firiat takes a moment. Frowns.
Did you... Did you honestly not know?
Metakirb

What do you mean?
Obscurejones

He was a slave.  It's how he spent the first two hundred years of his life.
Metakirb

What? He never mentioned that...
Obscurejones

You never picked up on it?
He seems genuinely astonished.
Metakirb

She shakes her head.
Obscurejones

That's... I mean... Seriously?
Metakirb

L...Look, you know more about him than I do... S... So you make the decisions.
Obscurejones

Firiat switches the contracts out and starts walking to his car, gently shaking his head.
Metakirb

She heads back to her car, heading upstairs to her room.
Obscurejones

"Al" is asleep in their bed.
Metakirb

She lies next to him.
Obscurejones

He wriggles a little as the bed shifts.  Wraps an arm around her.
Metakirb

She doesn't move.
Obscurejones

Arm is wrapped.
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In his car, Firiat begins working.
Metakirb

She turns to face him, cuddles close and closes her eyes.
Obscurejones

Cuddling occurs, a slight tremor shakes the realm.
Metakirb

Kelri ignores it.
Obscurejones

The tremors continue for a few hours and then begin to wind down.  During that time she'll notice that "Al" stops moving, not even appearing to breathe.
Metakirb

Al?
Obscurejones

He doesn't respond.  He also seems to have gone cold to the touch.
Metakirb

Firiat!

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