Madness Descent Falling Stars Online
Volume 1 - Chapter 6 - An Ugly Combination
In a specific part of the world, a young man stood before a large audience.
His face, sullen. The man put his hands behind his slender frame as he postured straight. He was on some kind of podium, at the center of a vast hall.
A row of seats enclosed the podium, and seated on the exquisite chairs were various illustrious men and women. They eyed the young man with an icy demeanor, so cold that if looks could kill, the young man would have been frozen.
However, to the young man, the faces of illustrious men and women were censored, something he recognized as his response to his current situation.
His entire world was gray, and not a single speck of radiant light blessed his sight. The grim outlook complimented the emotionless, yet sad expression he wore on his face. As he stared deep into the unknown, one of the illustrious men spoke.
The mans seat was directly in front of the young man. When he spoke, he displayed the autocratic tone of a leader, as it should be.
”Rhazien Az Mor, you have failed. ”
The young man looked at the older man that addressed him.
He rasped with a sour tone, ”Great Elder Jadon, if Im blessed with another chance, I won let you down again. ”
His plea for a second chance erupted a series of murmurs. The elders were perplexed about what to do with this young man.
According to their customs, his punishment would be grim. Such fate imposed on a young man was not something that could be casually ordained.
Great Elder Jadon spoke again, ”There is no second chance. You failed the baptism. The Blood Pool doesn lie. No matter how many chances you get, the outcome will remain the same. You have failed to find your darkest self. ”
The great elder paused for a brief second, before saying harshly, ”I will say it again. Rhazien Az Mor, you have failed. ”
Every word that came out of the great elders mouth bit into the cold skin of Rhazien.
”And my punishment? ” He looked straight at the great elder.
There was nothing more to be done. His plea fell on the wrong ear. He could only accept his fate and hope for a more lenient punishment. As a vampire from his clan, failing the baptism never meant the end. There should be no punishment, if he was just a normal vampire, that is.
Another elder spoke with a sad tone, ”Child of Lucina, what a shame. You were Lucinas last hope, albeit a half-blood. The last son of the Az Morgen. Yet, you failed, just like your other siblings. Your mother has denied the clan of a noble line. That is a crime which you chose to bear, am I right? ”
”Yes, Elder Mordecai. I shall be the representative of the Az Morgens. ”
”You came here on a silent night. Does your mother know of this decision? ” asked Great Elder Jadon.
”No. My parents do not need to know, ” answered Rhazien.
They didn know when he left home. They didn know of the thoughts that swirled in his head when he learned of the crimes of his family. There was no need for them to know now.
”Great Elder Jadon, may I have one final request as your nephew? ”
The great elders voice softened as he asked, ”What is it, Rhazien? ”
”Whatever happens from here on shouldn reach the ears of my family. Rhazien Az Morgen died during his baptism. ”
”Ahh– ” A look of shock donned on the great elders face. He shared this expression with the rest of the elders. Finally, his surprise settled down and he revealed a smile, ”Very well. ”
He made a light cough and adjusted his tone. Then he made his last address.
”Rhazien Az Mor, your punishment has been decided. Banishment to The Pit! ”
Rhazien trembled as soon as he heard that. The Pit was synonymous with a vile location in his mind. A truly dark place. If that was his place of exile, then there was no hope for him.
Unknown to everyone present, a ghost-like humanoid creature floated above the hall.
This creature was Seth!
He had no idea how he got here. He couldn even make sense of his surroundings.
Yet, somehow, he was impossibly attracted to the man named Rhazien Az Morgen.
He kept staring at him with curious eyes. In a surprising turn of events, Rhazien turned his head upwards. He quickly met the eyes of Seth.
He whispered a word that only Seth could hear, ”Have you seen enough? ”
…then the whole world vanished.
His mind awoke!
Seth kept thinking back on what he just witnessed.
That young man, he died, eventually. Strange, how do I know this?
A stream of information became evident in his mind as he found himself spouting things he would have deemed as utterly nonsense prior to his strange experience.
He ruminated, Rhazien Az Morgen… I see now. Everything makes sense. I am Rhazien Az Morgen, and I am also Seth Ravenswood.
It shouldn make sense. It really shouldn .
It wasn logical, but he could feel it. Despite all notions of logic denying it, he could feel it.
He was Rhazien Az Morgen, and the strange experience he witnessed was a memory of his past. The scene of his judgement felt too real. He could still remember his exact thoughts as he looked at the elders that judged him.
He was also Seth Ravenswood. Ingrateful Seth Ravenswood of Earth.
How did this complex truth come to be? He did not know, but the truth was the truth. Instead of denying it or fighting it, it was better to accept it. That was something he was always good at, accepting the sad truth, even in his two lives.
A robotic voice sounded in his head.
[Traveller 2.5 has completed Soul Merge. He has awakened.]
[Tutorial Quest Achieved:
Survive completed. Reward: System Guide.
Hidden quest Slay the Beast completed. Reward: Three stat potions.
[Achievement Unlocked: The Second Slayer
Congratulations, you are the second traveler to slay a Forsaken Howler.
Rewards: Five(5) Sors Token.
Along with these announcements came a mental representation of the information. In Seths mind, he could see a two-dimensional object, similar to the one that appeared back in his apartment. It was through these panels did he understand what happened to him.
Soul Merge, huh? F*ck, well that explains a lot!
The soul of Seth Ravenswood had merged with the soul of Rhazien Az Morgen. That was why he knew personal things about Rhazien that he shouldn know. Even his dreams were memories of Rhazien.
Moving on, he focused on the system guide. The games system was too vast to comprehend. The number of functions it had was seemingly infinite. Seth would need days to comprehend all of them.
Right now, he could only grasp the beginner concepts before moving on.
Seth mentally spoke, Status!
Immediately, a panel appeared in his mind. This panel was much different from the usual.
[ Name: Rhazien Az Mor (Seth Ravenswood)
Level: 1 (20/100)
Race: Morgen Vampire
Class: Basic Traveller
Titles: Beta-Traveller, Impure Child of Morgen, The Second Slayer
Traits: Traveller, Vampire.
ST: 5 ]
Stat Potions Available ➨3
➔ Vampiric Drive.
Just as he was about to ponder over this panel, his mind was quickly brought back to the real world when his body collided with something.
He opened his eyes!
Suddenly, he remembered everything that had gotten him to this moment-his fight with the creature recognized as a Forsaken Howler, his encounter with the hunters.
Yet, why was he currently in a dark place?
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