| when is now; when was then?
"the world is going to end," he said. "and what comes after is terrible beyond imagination."
darken angral – hijacking a signal piercing space-time someone else was using to communicate with the past, my present. i remember it like it was this morning: he appeared in my cell offering me freedom. one minute darkness, misery, and a profound sense of sadness, the next a man in strange, yet familiar clothes, looking obviously distressed, looking over his shoulder even, like he could see through the wall: "we don't have a lot of time," he said. "you have to listen to me very carefully."
that is how i met him –
demons, he said, were bringing about the end of the world with help from others in his time. "i can use this lab to implant a 4th dimensional bio mass into you, just like they do when they possess someone. it'll be all but untraceable. you'll, for all intents and purposes, be just another demon possessed." it was the only way he could maintain contact and not get traced. the world, he said, just one of uncounted others in an omniversal stack, could be set to right. "there's still time."
in the days that came after, he explained to me that he was broadcasting on an illegal carrier wave.
see, not very long now, the world is going to end. it isn't really a question of a date, or a time. you can't pinpoint it, and it won't be what you expect. you can feel things stir right now. the news tries to cover it all up, but things are happening. entities from other realities are waking up and each time they yawn or stretch something desperately important breaks or a hole tears open and shit that wants to exploit things slips through into our world, our time. for lack of a better term, in the future a lot of people simply call them
demons are actually part of the problem. they tend to draw the attention of these entities, rousing them fitfully from their ageless naps. this is why they have to be sent howling back to their inferno.
the thing of it is,
darken angral only existed in my head. now i know he exists because of the powers. stolen demon energies being pumped through what's inside of me, warping me. i can do anything they can do. i'm just like them. now it's about who is smarter, not who is better. now it's about constant vigilance.
he was honestly very convincing. i went through with it; with the symbiosis. from then on i once read that a hero is someone who abides by the morally praiseworthy notion that service to the community for the sake of service itself is a truth of the basic human condition. i like that. morally praiseworthy but not morally obligatory. so i soldier on with that in mind. i hide who i am behind a mask, and i defend those i can, where i can, and i don't do it because darken angral says so. i hunt for demons because it is the right thing to do.
so, what would you do? – given these powers, and the truth of things, would you hide? would you cheat, if you could? or would you do what i do now?
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