My lungs burn…why am I running? I can’t breathe! How long? The light on the horizon, it’s just out of my reach.
“You must extinguish the light, the shadow must play its part…” Why am I saying this?
“You must extinguish the light, the shadow must play its part…” I need air!
“You must extinguish the light, the shadow must play its part…” I must extinguish the light!!!
“You must extinguish the light, the shadow must play its part…” Is that a person…me? On the horizon?
“You must extinguish the light, the shadow must play its part…” I’m going to die! I can’t breathe!
Just when I thought it was over…I found myself where I should be.
Air in my lungs…weapon in hand…Blood?
Crimson dripped onto the body at my feet…me again? No. It’s not me…it’s…the light;
The light I must extinguish.
I awake abruptly, gasping for breath.
“Everything alright?” Apparently Illiana is a light sleeper.
Although, sleeping in a room full of dangerous, powerful, and absurd people doesn’t make it any easier to rest.
“I…” I start, but I’m not even sure how to respond.
“You’re dreaming too?” She’d been having nightmares lately. Though, with her power, they’re more likely visions.
“Yes, but it’s different…I’m…learning.” I can’t reveal any details, it’s forbidden.
She gives me a confused look.
“It’s nothing, you should try to sleep. We’re going through that portal,” I don’t want to draw this out any further.
Cestii wouldn’t be pleased with my attachment. “Darkness is all that will remain. Abandon all else.”
“I just need some air,” I step out into the night. It’s cold. Humidity doesn’t lend itself well to the north.
I need to write my letter. As always, I write in encrypted infernal; without magical means, no one but Cestii could read this.
Letter to Cestii of the Monastery in the Vale
“I’ve been studying and I’ve discovered something. The Dark Lady has blessed me.
I will serve well. The darkness is revealing itself to me.
Only hate will endure.
I must get this delivered…
With my ability…perhaps? Perhaps another day.
I suppose I shouldn’t let these fools kill themselves…or bring harm to Illiana.