All of a sudden, he collapses, his breathing ragged, still clutching at his black stained chest. You find it resembles the blackened right hand of Hermodur, which led to him abandoning the party so long ago. He looks down at it in disbelief, almost fearful of what's transpired. He struggles to pull himself up, and stumbles over to a chest of drawers, producing a large, wickedly sharp knife. From there, he makes his way to the window, throwing it open, his back to you.
You do not see what he does now, but it looks very much like he slashes himself across the chest with the blade. He lets out a soft grunt, but it does not seem to pain him. He throws the blade aside - there is no blood on it - and pulls his coat off, baring his chest to the river.
While you cannot see it from the front, what happens next is beyond belief. A vast flock of grey and white striped birds seem to burst from his chest, taking wing and flying off into the horizon. He lets out a soft sigh of relief, smiling slightly as he watches the birds fly.
All of a sudden, you awaken with a gasp. You are back in the room where you conducted the summoning. Zunden and Aurora are there too, seeming a little startled as you wake up. It takes you a few moments to acknowledge it, but you are drenched in sweat, and breathing heavily. You notice several faint blue lines on your foreleg, where the demon touched you. You feel winded and exhausted, almost out of breath, as if you had just woken up from a terrible nightmare. Aurora moves over to you rather clumsily, offering to help you up. "Are you okay? What happened?">>722168
The balaur hops up with a soft rumbling sound, making itself comfortable quickly and curling up in your lap.
She nods. "It seems to have been a living thing at one point, from what I gather. Maybe there's still some soul left in it, somewhere. Maybe I'm just being hopeful. Starting to sound like Norv, haha."
Aegis awakes with a shudder all of a sudden, interrupting Aurora's train of thought. The balaur, oddly, has little reaction.