An old proverb says the night is always darkest before dawn. And in this place, towering above the most primal darkness that exists in or beyond known reality, facing down the high priests of a god of eternal night, things could hardly get much darker.
As the world around you erodes further with every passing moment, fundamental opposing forces eating away at the meager stone and iron that keep this place together, as lust, greed and betrayal overtake faith, dreams and love, your light remains a constant.
Your blows rain heavy from every side. A relentless storm of divine rage from which there is no escape. With each strike, another of the one hundred most faithful pilgrims who gave their minds, bodies and souls to fuel their great High Priest falls off and fades away, burning to nothing but white hot ash in your radiance.
The once mighty legion is reduced to less and less, crumbling as it tries to back away, until all that remains is the High Priest himself. The Seeker of Believers. Perhaps, in all this, the only one who never found what he wanted here.
Trailing dark blood and black flame, his torn body drags itself away from you, and comes to rest against the altar.Yes.
It is upon us.
And in a final act of faith, it breathes a massive gout of black flame upon its dead allies on the altar, finishing the sacrificeBy the ever beating heart of darkness, from which the black flame was born
By the black flame, which begets the blessed flesh
By the jewel of midnight, begotten of the flame
By the tome of forbidden arts, written with eyes kin to the jewel
And by the inner demons within us all revealed, given form by the mirror born of the tome, within whose chests beat the hearts of darkness
BEAR WITNESS TO THE RETURN OF THE TRUE GOD OF THE NIGHT! LORD TIREK!
As the flames roar upwards, the world falls silent, yet you can feel a slight tremor. Not in the floor, but in the very fabric of reality.
A mere heartbeat later, the veil between worlds is torn, and the shadow of an impossibly unholy beast strides towards you from beyond eternity.
NEXT TIME ON MIDBUTTS
AND THE END