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Metakirb

The Village of Rindar

A small village on a plain somewhere, once a thriving village, now it's abandoned and destroyed, A stone monument stands in the centre of the village.

Rhias appears infront of the monument.
Obscurejones

Firiat appears next to her, notably absent his usual bright flourish.  He takes in the village.
Metakirb

It's mostly burned down, the most notable thing is the monument.
Obscurejones

He looks over the monument.
Metakirb

It's a simple stone pillar with hundreds of names carved into it.

They're the names of everyone who lived here.
Obscurejones

Firiat nods.  Looks at Rhias, looking intently over her face and posture.
Metakirb

Her posture's how it normally is, her face is showing regret.

I screwed up. I couldn't protect any of them.
Obscurejones

He thinks for a moment.
You tried.  Sometimes that's enough.
Metakirb

She shakes her head.

I swore I would. I swore I'd stop the war. The only place I felt welcome after everyone betraying me and I let them down.
Obscurejones

What happened?
Metakirb

After I was given to the others in exchange for a truce I was abandoned by them almost immediately. So I wandered.

She sighs.

Eventually I came here, some things happened and I was accepted as a god and protector here. Now there are two kingdoms fairly close by, One to the north and the other is south east. They'd declared war on each other and would have engulfed this village in battle if a battle started.

She glances at the monument.

I headed north, it took me a few days since my power wasn't exactly flowing after being abandoned. When I got there I found their ruler and tried to talk him out of the war. He refused to listen. I got angry, and his guards tried to force me to leave. In the end I killed every single one of them, regardless of who they were. I wiped out the whole kingdom. Then I came back to find the other kingdom had sent an advance force out while I was in the north. Everyone was dead.
Obscurejones

A regrettable situation but not one you could have foreseen.  You did what you thought was best to protect them.
Metakirb

Maybe. But what if I'd gone to the southeast first? This is why I despise mortals. They fight over petty things such as land or gold, and drag the innocent into their battles.

She runs a hand through her hair, shaking a little.

I was furious when I got back here. I hunted down the group that slaughtered the villagers. Then I turned my sights on the scum that sent them out.

She turns in the direction of that kingdom and starts walking.
Obscurejones

Firiat follows silently.
Metakirb

She teleports to just outside the kingdom.
Obscurejones

He follows her teleport.
(deadtime)
Metakirb

When he gets there he'll notice that there appear to be a pair of soldiers skewered on a gate, not decayed at all.
Obscurejones

Firiat frowns and reaches out to run a hand over one of the bodies.
You preserved them?
Metakirb

As he reaches towards the soldier, the soldier reaches back.

K...kill...us...
Obscurejones

Firiat smiles slightly.
Well that's just cruel.
Metakirb

She nods and keeps walking.
Obscurejones

He follows giving the bodies each a knock on the head on his way past.
Metakirb

Every one of them is alive, and there are alot of them. Rhias heads towards a castle.
Obscurejones

Firiat waves his hand behind his back and a few of them should simply die.
Metakirb

Rhias glares at him as he does.
Obscurejones

He tries to look innocent.
What?  I it's any consolation I'm sure they went to hell.
Metakirb

I'll kill them when they deserve to be released
Obscurejones

They wiped out one small village.  How many years has it been?
Metakirb

They wiped out my village! I left them ehre to serve as a warning. But clearly no mortal has ever heeded it.
Obscurejones

And why do you say that?
Metakirb

Nothing has changed, mortals still fight over the tiniest of things, dragging innocents into their path and tearing their lives apart.
Obscurejones

To be fair, you can hardly expect this to be an effective deterrent.  I was mortal and I didn't even know it existed.
Metakirb

They'll die when I allow them to.

She heads inside the castle.
Obscurejones

Firiat sighs and follows her in, killing a few more people in the courtyard.
Metakirb

She heads to the throne, which has a very mutilated looking king on it.
Obscurejones

Firiat follows.
Metakirb

She walks up to the king and kicks him in the head.

Still sane old man?

O Wrathful goddess... please, I beg you release my people from this torture.
Obscurejones

Firiat frowns at the head kick.
Metakirb

Why did you kill the villagers?
Obscurejones

Firiat begins subtly gathering a great deal of power.
Metakirb

What village? I sent a team of scouts out before you arrived and that's all.

And they massacred my village!
Obscurejones

Firiat frowns, keeps gathering power.
Metakirb

They were not armed with the capability to kill a whole village.

What?
Obscurejones

Firiat begins using the stored energy to weave a spell.
Metakirb

Brother, I don't know what you plan to do, but stop. Now.

She turns back to the king.

Are you sure? The village isn't exactly well defended in my absence.

They weren't armed at all, they were merely scouts.
Obscurejones

Firiat finishes the spell and holds it in his hand.
A divination.  No harm to anything, except perhaps your sanctimony.  I offer you a chance to find out what happened to your village.
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

He hands her the spell.
Metakirb

She checks and goes quiet, dispelling her spell on the kingdom.
Obscurejones

He quietly waits for her to say something.
Metakirb

She doesn't say anything and starts walking away.
Obscurejones

He follows quietly.
Metakirb

She walks all the way back to the village and sits infront of the monument.
Obscurejones

He leans against the monument and waits.
Metakirb

She won't say anything.
Obscurejones

Neither will he.  He does let a little magic out and a few of the buildings begin to repair.
Metakirb

Stop.
Obscurejones

Tell me what happened.
Metakirb

It was them... The ones who abandoned me.
Obscurejones

He frowns.
The guardians?
Metakirb

No, the others. I made a huge mistake...
Obscurejones

Firiat waits, unsure of what to say.
Metakirb

She slowly starts crying.
Obscurejones

He sighs softly and kneels to comfort her.
Metakirb

Stop. I don't need any pity.
Obscurejones

Firiat smiles slightly.
This isn't pity.  I'll be damned if I'll pity you.  This is comfort.  Which you obviously need.
Metakirb

I let her die... If I hadn't gone she'd still be alive...
Obscurejones

Who?
Metakirb

My daughter.
Obscurejones

Ah.
He begins to rise to his feet, trying to bring Rhias up with him.
Metakirb

She's brought up.

I made a construct that was identical to her... I called her my own daughter but it wasn't the same...
Obscurejones

He nods.  Thinks.
Metakirb

She goes quiet again.
Obscurejones

What was her name?
Metakirb

Jeska.
Obscurejones

Ah.
And that helps explain why there's quite a few Jeska's running around.
Metakirb

It doesn't really, one of them's from an alternate universe. That was explained at the time.

Rhias sighs.
Obscurejones

I know.  I just have trouble keeping them straight.
Have you given any thought to retrieving the original?
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

And?
Metakirb

I can't.
Obscurejones

You could ask for help.
Metakirb

She shakes her head.
Obscurejones

Why not?
Metakirb

She can't come back...
Obscurejones

Explain.
Metakirb

Her soul isn't anywhere, it's just gone.
Obscurejones

He frowns.
That's... Suspect.  Who killed her?
Metakirb

One of the others.
Obscurejones

One of the other what?
Metakirb

The ones who abandoned me.
Obscurejones

He sighs and lets go of her.  Leans against the monument.
Metakirb

She stands quietly.
Obscurejones

Are these... things, whatever they were, that abandoned you, still around?
Metakirb

Probably.
Obscurejones

I don't suppose you're planning to have it out with them over all this?
Metakirb

If I ever find them.
Obscurejones

And I take it they're hidden?
Metakirb

She nods.
Obscurejones

Any idea by what?  I used to specialize in hiding and then finding things, back the first time I was mortal.

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