Punishing the World
Punishing the World
The punishment for the sin of survival is ruination. The hammer of annihilation shall fall on those who slew their king.
Now let the world become abyss.
Hearken to me, my king! Bear witness to the dissolution of a world bereft of you!
Your Majesty... King Alberius.
Ah. You are Cleo.
It has been some time, Cleo, yet your visage is unchanged.
And I you, for you are she who abandoned her king to live on in a world bereft of him!
Come, Cleo. Come and accept your punishment for remaining in this world.
Ah, so this one is the new sacrifice for peace—it is a role well-suited for a puppet ornamented in lies.
But you will not get to fulfill even that role. Once I sever the mana from this land, there will be nothing left for you to stake your life for.
Is it not apparent? I seek the ruination of the Kingdom of Alberia.
The kingdom he "loved"? ...Don't make me laugh.
My reason for destruction is revenge. Nothing more or less.
The kingdom is guilty of his murder, and I shall never be able to quell his regrets if I do not see it razed to ash and bone.
Which is why I name it murderer.
This kingdom chose the path of sacrifice. One life for the world, and for all who live with it—human, dragon, and other.
They killed the king. YOU killed the king. With my own eyes, I watched it happen.
I watched as the king suffered the excruciating pain that is the price of the Blood Casket—the ritual for sealing away the Other—giving of his life for others.
He did not wish for his people to harbor unease in regards to his duty, as it called for him to surrender his own life.
Justice? JUSTICE? Aaaah ha ha ha!
Do you know what I have hated most these past three hundred years, Cleo? The exact "justice" of which you speak.
He was worshipped as a hero—and thus forced to push the boulder of justice up a mountain of war and battle!
All voices cried out to name him hero, and so he fashioned himself into the fulcrum upon which the world turned toward peace.
Thus is justice a breeding ground for diseased philosophies that drive one to cast aside their life for the sake of others.
The innocence of bystanders takes all from those who offer themselves up entire— and a world that valorizes such a thing is a world gone awry.
Thus will I bring unto that world a total annihilation—of humans, dragons, and the very land itself! I will ruin the rotted world that so values this "justice"!
Day after day, you trample upon the land where our king passed without a care in your head! Both of you are guilty of this.
Fool... FOOL! How unbelievable that you cannot distinguish between that which one has wished for and that which one was FORCED to make his wish!
I shall bring down my hammer upon this world that forces the sacrifice of a king, and I shall bring down my hammer upon the peace it so desperately craves!
Feral Shroud! Expand!
Indeed, we are the jaws of destruction left unto this world.
We are AGITO!
O king, I swear to you now that I shall see your soul liberated from this world. King Alberius, be my aegis!