Patrick O'hearn - Devil's Lake
Altrage dismounted the beast Jormungand. Down the short stretch stood the ever proud Bahumat his black wings fanned out to his sides, his arms crossed looking at the pirate. The world serpent took to the air once Altrage began to approach Bahamut finding a resting place high above on a floating rock.
SO THIS IS THE ELVAAN THAT YOU SPOKE OF JORMUNGAND? Said Bahamut.
YES HE BEARS THE CURSED MAGIC, ON HIS BACK. The Dragon replied.
SHOW ME THE MARKINGS THAT YOU BEAR. Bahamut commanded in a voice that pounded in Altrage's head, moreso than Jormungand's. The pirate once again removed his shirt and revealed the tattoo.
"So you two seem to know more about this than I do," the pirate admitted, "care to explain?"
HAVE YOU USED THE POWER THIS MAGIC GIVES MORTAL? Bahamut asked.
"Well yes, I have," Altrage replied, "numerous times to be exact; but only to save myself or the people around me."
THEN IT IS TOO LATE FOR YOU. Bahamut reluctantly stated.
“Too late? Too late for what?” Altrage asked. He was at a loss. The King of the Dragons was withholding information and it was beginning to upset him.
YOU HAVE BOUND YOURSELF WITH AN EMPTY. Bahamut stated bluntly.
“An…empty?” Altrage was even more confused that before. “You mean like the creatures that haunt the crystals?”
YES, FOR EVERY BEING THERE IS AN EMPTY COUNTERPART THIS ALSO IS TRUE FOR THE AVATARS. EVEN I, THE GREAT BAHAMUT, HAVE A SHADOW. The Dragon admitted.
“So I have the power of a shadow-like Fenrir?” Altrage said trying to clear things up.
EXACTLY SO, BUT THIS EVENTUALLY THE SHADOW WILL TRY TO MANIFEST ITSELF AND ONCE IT DOES YOUR LIFE WILL BE LOST. Bahamut explained.
“So this version of Fenrir is going to use my body as a vessel to pull itself into our world?” Altrage now sounded a little worried.
YES. BUT IF YOU WERE TO DIE… Bahamut began.
“No way! Not yet anyway, I need to find someone before I can do that. I need to fulfill a promise,” the pirate said defiantly, shaking his head.
WHO IS IT THAT YOU SEEK SO THAT THIS PROCESS MAY NOT BE DELAYED. NONE OF THE EMPTINESS SHOULD COME TO THIS WORLD. IF THEY DO THEN ALTANA SAVE US ALL. Bahamut said with caution.
“Not even the great dragons could stop them?” Altrage asked.
I FEAR THE TRUE STRENGTH OF THESE CREATURES, YES. I AM NO FOOL. SURELY YOU OF ALL BEINGS KNOW A FRACTION OF THEIR TRUE STRENGTH AS YOU HAVE UTILIZED THEIR POWERS. Bahamut stated pointing his finger at the pirate.
“Indeed I have, but there are others with this power,” the pirate explained, “I have fought two of them already, one with the power of Phoenix and the other with Ramuh. If their power is so formidable then it would make sense to let me aid you in this fight to destroy them, after all I have the same potential power as them.”
REASON BINDS YOU ELVAAN. YOU DO HAVE THE STRENGTH TO FIGHT THEM, BUT IF THERE ARE MORE THAN ONE CAN YOU STOP THEM ALL BEFORE YOU LOSE YOURSELF TO THE POWER? Bahamut asked. WHY ARE YOU SO SURE THAT YOU CAN DO THIS?
“Because like I said, I can’t go until I fulfill my promise I made to an old friend,” the pirate said.
WHO IS THIS PERSON YOU SPEAK? The King of the Dragons asked.
“Her name is Darka,” Altrage began, “I’ve been looking for her, she is the one who stumbled across this forbidden magic not knowing its destructive power. I fear people of power have captured her and are using her to make more magical markings.”
I SEE. I SUGGEST YOU GO TO THE MOOGLES, THEY SEEM TO KNOW A GREAT DEAL OF ADVENTURES AND THEIR WHERE-ABOUTS. Bahamut commanded.
“That isn’t as easy as it sounds…” the pirate said with a little smirk on his face, “A while back I managed to get into some trouble at their headquarters…it was a mistake gone wrong, thought I could steal some of their ancient scrolls and learn some of their magic…Let’s just say I’m not a welcome visitor anymore, heh.”
I SHALL GIVE FAIR WARNING OF YOUR ARRIVAL. ALTHOUGH YOUR PRESENCE WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE WANTED THEY WILL HAVE TO HELP. Bahamut said folding his arms once more.
“Okay, well I suppose it’s worth a shot,” Altrage shrugged, “Oh Jormungand made slight mentioned to some Blue Soul, sounds interesting, can you tell me anything about that?”
YOU CURIOUSITY WILL BE THE DEATH OF YOU MORTAL…THE BLUE SOUL IS A WEAPON THAT UTILIZES THE SOULS OF MANY TO CAUSE GREAT DESTRUCTION. THERE ARE SOME ADVENTURERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY INVOVLED WITH THAT AFFAIR. YOU SHOULD MIND YOUR DISTANCE WITH THAT ITEM AND CONCERN YOURSELF WITH THE MATTER AT HAND… And with that Bahumat cast a spell on Altrage. Everything went dark as he warped away towards the Moogles’ HQ.