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[After fighting with Chris and the Eclipses upon Safa, Daniel returns to Castle Tartarus to rest, having been on front lines for quite some time...]
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P A R T Y:
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-Altar of Naught.-
[Daniel is bowing before a demon; the Overlord of Misery, Naught. Naught is a colossus upon his throne, over 10 feet tall while sitting. The throne seems to float over a vast, swirling oblivion just out over the onyx-gray architecture of the castle. Upon these heights, the world is a dark purple cloud...]
Daniel: Lord Naught... [Bows his head.]

~Naught~ [The Overlord of Misery, King of Darkness. He is a giant, even taller than Hideaki, yet wearing the same type of apparel, but much more sinister. His head floats above his shoulders with strands of blackness falling from it. He wears a strange mask that conceals his face. Long, black horns rise from his head. Most of his pitch black body is shrouded in dark garments.]

Naught: [Booming voice.] Shade Daniel... I have awaited your return from Safa.
Daniel: My lord, I was unable to drain the Growth of Oaths' energy... Hellspawned beat Darkness to it...
Naught: Pity, Shade. They did not "beat Darkness to it." They simply ostracized Darkness from this Ancient Growth... Hellspawned... We shall allow Light to deal with this malicious, barbaric threat.
Daniel: My lord, Light has retreated from Safa... Safa's dying...
Naught: Very well... That simplifies things upon the Safan world... Go, Shade Daniel. You hath served well.
Daniel: Thank you, Lord Naught... ...Actually, before I leave, may I ask you something?
Naught: Indeed, you may...
Daniel: [He looks up...] Hellspawned separated us while we were on Safa... did we secure Safiri's Script?
Naught: Yes. Oaneses abetted Black Scale in the locating of this Script... This was not your duty, Shade... You simply have nothing to worry about... For now, I shall add.
Daniel: I understand... Thank you. [He bows his head again before leaving through the use of a dark corridor.]
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Naught: ... ... ...Hmhm...
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-Rest-Post Tartarus.-
[The rest-post is a mortal relief zone for Naught's elite minions, including the Shades. It is an enormous mansion simply on a barren land of nothingness... A magical sun and a magical moon roam the void skies. This tiny world was created by Naught himself... Right now, it is night.]
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[Daniel's dark corridor appears outside the mansion's large double-doors. There is already a lack of servant Nightmares...]
Daniel: Huh... Empty, I bet. [He approaches the doors. Instead of opening, a dark corridor which seems to be attached to the doors appears. It swallows Daniel, leading him into a large foyer... The foyer is completely empty.] (Sheesh, no one's home yet... I guess I've been hiding on Safa for a few days after all though. I had it tough, and I deserve some rest...) [He trots up one flight of stairs leading to a second floor of the foyer, than another flight, than another flight until he reaches another set of doors on the right wing of the mansion. He pushes one of the doors open with his forepaw and walks into a short hallway with only four rooms... Daniel turns to the first room on the right and knocks.] Anybody home? Idi? Gin? ... [Walks to the second door and knocks on this one as well.] Lea? Anyone? ...Lord... [He backtracks to the last door on the left and simply pushes this one open. This is his own room. It is capacious and cozy, fit for the liking of a Safan like Daniel...]
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Daniel: [Yawns...] ...Ah... It's really nothing to worry too much about... (Nothing at all... So I'll just head to bed now. They'll be back soon.)
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[After a few moments of self grooming, Daniel walks to a large, circular padded mattress with no blankets {since he kinda loves the cold}. He plops onto his side, laying on the bed. Within minutes, he is asleep...
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[The next day...]
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[Daniel is now laying on his back... A door slams in the hallway, though not loudly like in some sort of aggressive manner. It was more of an accidental shut, as if the "wind" had done it.]
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Daniel: [His ears flicker, his eyes shoot open. He has tried to deny being awake, but the loud noise proves otherwise.] Ugh...Mrg... [Rolls over to his side.] Lord! ... Mmmggh... [Suddenly, a knock is heard on his door... He mumbles something indistinct. The door opens slowly, a creak accompanying it. Inside walks Lea, dressed in a silky purple dress that falls around her feet.]
Lea: Danny...? Are you asleep, or are you trying to be asleep?
Daniel: [Groggily] Answer B... [He flips over again, facing Lea with eyes half shut.] ...Hey Lea.
Lea: [Smirks a little and walks to Daniel's bed. She sits down next to him.] Good morning.
Daniel: [Smiles.] Up early, huh?
Lea: ...Hmhm, Dearie, I have stuff I have to be doing very soon.
Daniel: Like what?
Lea: I have to depart for Soren once again. The Fairies and Illusions are very close to forming an alliance with the remaining Dragons, and even the Cyborgs. This cannot happen...
Daniel: We can just freeze 'em all... But I don't have the heart for that anymore... [Turns away from Lea hesitantly, now frowning.]
Lea: ...[Blinks, still watching Daniel. She places a paw on his side.] Dear...? Excuse me?
Daniel: ...I... don't know if you'll believe me... [Seems much more depressed.]
Lea: What are you saying? I'll believe you, Danny... What's bothering you?
Daniel: ...When I went to Safa, I had my objectives, right...?
Lea: Yes? [Now gently stroking Daniel's back.]
Daniel: [Closes his eyes.] So I was a little excited to see everyone cower and scream and run scared... Of course, that was when I finally came out of hiding, and the first one I meet again is Safiri... well, and Slianna...
Lea: Hmhm, the Eclipses... I had a rather similar experience, Dearie. I bumped into Kutzu first upon claiming the Script... Then, I... I bumped into another individual...
Daniel: Another, huh...? Who else?
Lea: [She freezes, then takes a deep breath.] Well now, maybe you won't believe me...
Daniel: [His ears flicker. He turns his head just a tad so that his muzzle is facing the ceiling.] Lea...?
Lea: ... I don't know how else to say this, but...
Daniel: Chris is back...
Lea: ...He was on Safa, hm...?
Daniel: Yeah... When I recognized him, I left... I was about to breakdown. Our brother is back, Lea... he's back. And at the same time, Hellspawned comes along...
Lea: Some of the others spoke about Hellspawned... So Chris' return must relate to this... By Naught... How was he on Safa...?
Daniel: At first a creature called Fourth, then a Safan...
Lea: He is so strange to transform that frequently... Perhaps it was the Ecliptic Pull, but... I encountered "Fourth" with Kutzu... I fought him... He has grown far stronger, Dear...
Daniel: Why would you fight our brother... I fought... with our brother.
Lea: ...[Shakes her head...] I didn't know how to feel about his return...
Daniel: Neither did I... so I joined him and the Eclipses... and we fought Hellspawned together.
Lea: Danny... You fought with the Eclipses?
Daniel: Not Light... Not Darkness... We Shades, Chris, and the Eclipses are the Gray Area of white to black... That's what Chris told me... I... I wanna fight by his side...
Lea: ...[She lowers herself to Daniel and hugs him, laying her head on his side.] Ohh, our brother is here for us all... If you truly believe this, Daniel, I will follow in your footsteps.
Daniel: Oh... And watch out for the Saviors and other Believers... Heh.
Lea: [She sits up.] It sounds like we have a lot on our paws, hmhm. Thank you, Dear. Thank you for telling me this... I have a plan... But it involves the power of the Script.
Daniel: ...The Script...?
Lea: ...And the Ecliptic Pull... Darkness doesn't like that all too much. [Smiles.] Oh... and... where might I find Chris next...?
Daniel: You're in luck. He's headed to Soren with Kutzu. Who knows? You may even get to meet the Safan Eclipses in person. Heh.
Lea: Hmhmhm, wonderful. ...Danny, are we to tell Idi and Ginsengaar...?
Daniel: Let them have their own experiences with Chris. Seems like we're all destined to meet.
Lea: Okay then. [Nods, smiling still.]
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Daniel: But... hey... Hellspawned's no joke. They're really not to be trifled with...
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Lea...
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Be careful out there...
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You're an Eclipse after all.

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