Laurence is unconscious. According to Cade, he fell after unleashing a tremendous display of raw power which caused everyone in the banquet hall, allies and demons alike, to rally to his side. Here, now, we have more allies than ever. The demons and devils that witnessed his miracle, his resurrection of the fallen Daegys, have sworn their undying fealty to the Sylvres and his cause. They have faith. It is a wholly alien concept for them. Some of them are handling it differently than others. A marilith came up to me with tears in her eyes saying how sorry she was, and that she didn’t know. I asked her what it was she didn’t know, and her answer shook me to my core.
She said that she didn’t know there was a such thing as evil. She didn’t know that’s what she was. She only ever acted on her base desires. Laurence’s miracle was not just in resurrecting our fallen comrade. It was in creating a conscience for every demon and devil in that room. He made monsters into men.
And he killed Crossel in the doing.
A part of me will always resent him for that. I think he would understand that, though. I understand what happened. Adon, as usual, was crucial in helping me come to terms with it. Crossel was too far gone. If allowed to languish, he would have proven to be every bit the monster he feared he would become. Laurence spared him that fate. I should be thankful for that. Hell, maybe I should have been the one to give Crossel that release. Maybe that’s why I resent Laurence. I don’t know. I don’t think I ever truly will.
Lord Niska’s scouts reported back to him that the zombie infestation is spreading at a slow, but steady rate. By midnight tomorrow, the whole of the city will be infested, and the plague will spread outside of the walls of the city. Borgamat claimed to understand now what the Soothsayer was trying to tell us. The only way to stop this plague from spreading, from wiping out all life in Infernia, would be to destroy this city, here and now, before the curse could take root beyond the walls of Glyph. Her prediction was that an ally would die, and if it was Borgamat who died, Laurence would simply let the city burn.
Instead, it was Daegys whose death, and resurrection, spawned this newborn power within Laurence. He was empowered by the faith of those who bore witness to his miracle. He was truly a Hellgod, now. If Borgamat had died, he could not have used his power to resurrect him. Only the Inevitables, and potentially Veil, could accomplish such a feat. So, Laurence’s new role, as the Sylvres, meant that we had a chance to save this city before having to resort to incinerating the entire city and everyone within its borders.
As Laurence roused from his unconscious state, he demanded to see Darien Vale. Darien was defiant, even proud of what he did. He claimed that he had no idea this was what his father had in store for Infernia, but that he did what he had to do in order to pass his father’s test. I didn’t hesitate to question where his mind was. What about his daughter? She could be out there somewhere. He replied that his son, Jaden, and all of his people were back in Materia, and if he didn’t pass these tests, he wouldn’t have the power to set things right there. So, I asked him whether he thought killing everyone here in Infernia was a worthy price to pay, he smirked and implied that such a feat would be like a bonus to him. Icing on his cake.
Laurence grabbed him by the throat and smashed him out of the window of the apartment building! He held him at arm’s length, suspended by his left hand, and glared into hie eyes, roiling licks of flame shooting from his eyes, smoke billowing from his mouth and nose.
“Do you think it wise to cross the threshold between our worlds and bring war to our doorstep, child of Death? Is this world not worthy of your respect, Darien Vale?”
He then hurled him down to the street! We are eleven stories up! Laurence dove out after Darien, all along screaming at him, and T’saira followed closely behind. I and several others dashed down the stairs. I missed what happened by mere moments, but Darien was alive, on the ground, clutching his throat, and Laurence was falling unconscious again into the arms of his loyal followers. T’saira helped him up the stairs and he weakly called out to Leech: “Bind his wrists and gag him, or I shall surely destroy that man, piece by wretched piece.”
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Chapter 2: The Dreamers in… Life In The Cauldron
Chapter 3: The Dreamers in… The Waking Nightmare
Chapter 4: The Dreamers
Chapter 5: The Dreamers in… Escaping The Cauldron
Chapter 6: The Dreamers in… Wrath of the Beholder
Chapter 7: The Dreamers in… Hounds of Hell
Chapter 8: The Dreamers in… Hideous Laughter
Chapter 9: The Dreamers in… The Tomb of Caenus Graymane
Chapter 10: The Dreamers in… Allure of the Wispwaters
Chapter 11: The Dreamers in… Goodbye, Impy
Chapter 12: The Dreamers in… Sole Survivor
Chapter 13: The Dreamers in… The Iron Fist
Chapter 14: The Dreamers in… Battle at the Ancient Wall
Chapter 15: The Dreamers in… The Long, Hard Road
Chapter 16: The Dreamers in… Hunted
Chapter 17: The Dreamers in… On Fields of Ancient Dead
Chapter 18: The Dreamers in… The Woods of Woe
Chapter 19: The Dreamers in… Divine Intervention
Chapter 20: The Dreamers in… The Standing Stones
Chapter 21: The Dreamers in… Cherished Memories
Chapter 22: The Dreamers in… Hero of the Night Sword
Chapter 23: The Dreamers in… Well of Slivered Souls
Chapter 24: The Dreamers in… Dreams of a Lost World
Chapter 25: The Dreamers in… What Might Have Been (Part 1 of 2)
Chapter 26: The Dreamers in… What Might Have Been (Part 2 of 2)
Chapter 27: The Dreamers in… Shimekiri Sankatte (Part 1 of 2)
Chapter 28: The Dreamers in… Shimekiri Sankatte (Part 2 of 2)
Chapter 29: The Dreamers in… A Long Black Day
Chapter 30: The Dreamers in… No Justice In Hell
Chapter 31: The Dreamers in… The Soothsayer’s Tower
Chapter 32: The Dreamers in… Harrowing Revelations
Chapter 33: The Dreamers in… Tonight We Dine In Hell
Chapter 34: The Dreamers in… The Dead Rise To Claim Us
Chapter 35: The Dreamers in… Wrath
Chapter 36: The Dreamers in… Shadows in the Distance