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    Desperate Measures

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    Hyu
    , 05-05-2013 at 02:27 AM (1145 Views)
    I arrive in Haven with the hopes of plotting against the Templars.
    Although I have no new ideas on how to approach the situation, Silver might.

    He joined us just a few days ago, because I put off asking him until then.
    After attempting to make Ifrit join our cause, which failed quite dramatically,
    I did not have the confidence to ask Silver.

    Silver had done so much already, not to mention his horrible childhood.
    He deserves to rest... to enjoy life a little. I shouldn't burden him with my issues.
    But I ended up visiting him anyways, because I felt lost completely.
    I'm not sure what I was expecting when Yuya and I got to the place he lives at now.
    Talking to him again ended up being a little awkward. I wasn't really sure what to talk about.
    Right as I managed to muster enough courage to address the topic of the Templars
    I saw something that completely threw me off.
    A woman entered the house holding a baby. She nodded at us and continued upstairs.
    I realized Silver had a family now.
    I made up an excuse to leave. I could never ask him to join us,
    not after knowing Silver was finally at peace with himself.
    But as we left he told us to hold on.
    He ran upstairs and shortly after returned with his katana strapped to his back...
    It turned out that he had read in my eyes that I needed his help.
    I tried to talk him out of it but I failed.

    So here he is now, standing in Yuya's garden next to a table, a place where we like to sit down
    and discuss tactics. He is talking to Yuya and another person I don't think I have met.
    Yuya's expression worries me quite a bit.

    "What's wrong?"
    "... It's about Vega."

    Given the way she said it, something terrible must have happened there.
    Vega is a small village which we often visit to go to a Café called Serenity.

    It's situated on top of some sort of structure extending over the village.
    An amazing place to stargaze whilst under the influence of some kind of psychedelic drug Vega is known for.

    "What happened?"
    "It's gone."

    It is clear to me now that the other person with us is a messenger who informed her about the terrible news.
    He tells us that I need to go and see. Yuya draws a portal and we enter it together with Silver.

    The remains of Vega are in flames. They are small in numbers, they must have been burning for some time.
    A man points towards Café Serenity, which still sits on top of the structure which appears to have withstood the fires.
    He doesn't say anything though, he just walks away. Did he live in Vega?
    We rush towards the Café, finding both of its owners outside.
    Although the building still stands, it is heavily damaged and no longer in a usable state.
    The owners tell me not to worry. That it is not my fault.
    I enter the Café. Across the walls is written in burned wood:

    "For as long as the dragon remains hidden, those that help protect him shall share his fate"

    Templars... they've done this. Yuya hugs me in an attempt to console me.
    They have killed these people because we are hiding from them. To show that if I do not reveal myself they will kill those that I know.

    "They are right you know. This is not your fault..."
    "Yet I feel guilty"



    I know that she's right. I couldn't know that they were going to do this. And even if I did, what was I supposed to do, sacrifice myself?
    The owners of this Café were honest when they told me that they do not consider this my fault.
    They know who I am and what I have done. But somehow the fact that they do not consider me guilty makes me feel even worse.

    One thing is clear to me now though. The goals of the Templars have indeed changed.
    Back in the old days they were attacking other worlds in order to steal something I have long forgotten.
    They did not know who I was, and it was me that got in their way because I wanted to protect these worlds.
    But this time they are not after the belongings of worlds. They are after me specifically.
    This is very odd, considering that Templars have no concept of campanionship.
    Yes, I have indeed killed one of them a long time ago, but they would not hunt me in an attempt of vengance.
    They know no such thing. They see each-other as assets, not as brothers in arms.
    Until now I assumed that they are attempting a pre-emptive strike. So that I can not interfere with their goals again.
    But in that case I would be a secondary objective, and I am clearly not.

    That is exactly what the voices said...
    Recently, when I slept in Haven, I would hear voices during my dreams.
    They would whisper things suggesting that "they" were after me only. That it was because of time? And that I cannot surrender.
    The messages were rather cryptic, and I didn't pay much attention because until now my dreams whilst in this realm have always been
    very abstract and not really meaningful. But now that I think about them I get a feeling that they might help me find a way to deal with the Templars.
    ...
    My hopes lie with abstract and cryptic dreams I had within a dream. That is how desperate I am.
    No. It's worse actually. If the Templars were here it means they are on the right track.
    Surely they were able to force someone into telling them that we are hiding on Teraluna.
    It won't take them long to find that place, even though Haven is heavily shielded and we are masking our auras.

    "They will find Teraluna..."

    Both Yuya and Silver look at me rather depressed. I am the one who always comes up with the plans. They are relying on me for a strategy to save Teraluna... to beat the Templars once and for all.
    And I've got nothing.

    "Silver, knowing only the name of the moon, how long would it take you to find Teraluna?"

    He's unreasonably good at finding things.
    He sighs.

    "The location of Teraluna is a rather well kept secret. The library is of great importance, protecting it is easier if its location is not known."
    "Unfortunately there are many stories about it, some of which hint at its location."
    "If I would try hard enough I'd probably find it in less than a week."

    Less than a week? How am I supposed to do anything within that time frame?
    And it's not like evacuating Haven and going into hiding somewhere else is a solution without removing the Templar thread.
    They would manage to hunt some of the inhabitants down somehow.
    Not to mention the library. It is of great importance, and they would burn it to the ground.
    And then there are other things... even more crucial things.
    Teraluna cannot fall.

    The three of us combined aren't able to deal with a single Templar, yet there are 12 of them left.
    Even if I had my dragon spirit and the phoenix essence back, it would be utterly hopeless.
    And besides Ifrit I don't know anyone remotely as strong as us, yet I would need an army.
    Perhaps death is catching up with me.

    "Don't you dare even thinking about surrender."
    "... I won't."

    Silver is looking at me, probably expecting me to reveal some kind of backup plan I had all along.
    Something insane enough that it might just work. I've got nothing.
    In my desperation I recall the voices I heard in those dreams.
    For some reason I reach out with my aura, attempting to locate anything that reminds me of these voices.
    As I catch myself doing this I ponder about how ridiculous this is.
    That's not how scanning for auras works. You need to at least be able to guess how it would feel like to be
    in proximity of a person in order to find someone through aura tracking.
    But for some reason that is beyound me, at that very moment, I do find something.
    It doesn't feel like a person though, and the feeling is very weak.

    If I wasn't hiding from the Templars, I could probably pin the location down near instantly.
    But that would involve releasing an amount of energy that cannot be hidden.
    The Templars who are actively scanning for my aura would find me immediately.
    That goes for all of us. The templars know all of our auras.
    But there is someone else I know, who is rather talented in aura tracking.
    He might be able to help me find... whatever this is.

    "Okay..."
    "So I might have..."

    Silver and Yuya open their eyes wide in hope.
    Oh boy...

    "Listen. This is a longshot... no, I wouldn't even call it a longshot."
    "I have a lead alright. A lead to maybe find some sort of way to..."

    They are euphoric. Are they not listening to my words? I don't have shit.

    ...
    Fuck it. This is all I've got. If it turns out to be nothing then that's it.
    They are relying on me.

    "I need to visit an old friend to help me track someone down."
    "Until I do, I won't be sure on how to approach the situation."
    "I assume there will be a grand battle though, so prepare yourselves accordingly."

    They both nod.

    "I'll be back within less than three days."
    "In case I should fail..."
    "Bullshit! When you come back you'll have a plan."
    "You always have a plan."

    No pressure...

    "We'll evacuate Haven in case we need to make a last stand."
    "Yes."
    "And I'll have my mother talk to Ifrit..."

    Somehow I doubt that'll help.

    "Hyu?"
    "Yeah?"
    "... Don't you die on me, alright?"

    I smile.

    "Working on it!"

    That extinguishes the last worries in her facial expression.
    I summon my phoenix wings.
    Time to go annoy the hell out of an old friend of mine. Time to meet a talking bird.
    I take off into the fabric of space.
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    Comments

    1. gab's Avatar
      Nice to see you back, as always.
      Hyu likes this.
    2. fOrceez's Avatar
      Oh, you're alive now, are you? Welcome ^^
      Hope your uni/college/education is well!
      btw, what league are you in sc2?
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      Updated 05-13-2013 at 01:47 PM by fOrceez
    3. Hyu's Avatar
      Hi fOrceez!
      I was planning on posting more often again, but so far that hasn't worked out too well... I have a difficult time writing.
      I'm pretty much done with college, just need to defend my thesis whenever my teachers decide it is time to do so.
      And I haven't really played SC2 in a long time. I got up to diamond until I grew bored of it because none of my friends were playing.
      Nowadays I mostly play dota2, feed the beast (minecraft) and the occasional game of league, though I suck at that.
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    4. Yomi's Avatar
      Congratulations on your 100th DJ entry!

      http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mchnudcroz1qd8obu.gif
      Hyu likes this.
    5. TheForgotten 's Avatar
      This is a new side to Hyu I haven't read before. The young and enthusiastic version is being transformed into something darker.

      I like the look on you. It's more complex.
      Hyu likes this.
    6. Hyu's Avatar
      Congratulations on your 100th DJ entry!
      Thank you!
      I didn't even notice.

      This is a new side to Hyu I haven't read before. The young and enthusiastic version is being transformed into something darker.

      I like the look on you. It's more complex.
      It is quite a change compared to earlier dreams indeed. I had this dream during a time where most of my dreams were of a darker / more serious nature. I suppose this might have to do with some events in waking life.
      Nowadays my dreams are yet again quite different.
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    7. fOrceez's Avatar
      Come back to us when you have time, Hyu!
      Kaomea and Hyu like this.
    8. TheForgotten 's Avatar
      It is quite a change compared to earlier dreams indeed. I had this dream during a time where most of my dreams were of a darker / more serious nature. I suppose this might have to do with some events in waking life.
      Nowadays my dreams are yet again quite different.
      I wonder if that's a consistent theme with dreamers... where the color shade of dreams are reflected by their waking life; and more than just a casual relationship, but something deeper (er that still sounds vague but I know exactly what I mean >.<) Or visa versa. Seems to be the case for me but I haven't really delved into the waking lives of above average dreamers to really compare.

      I should ask around. Thanks, Hyu.

      By the way, what shade of dreaming have you undertaken these days? Should I hope for an up-and-coming example in the form of a DJ entry?
      Hyu likes this.
    9. Hyu's Avatar
      Yeah, I'm in the process of getting my shit together and then I'll hopefully be more active again.
      I've been slacking with my physical dream journal as well, and it's starting to affect my recall.

      Currently my dreams are kind of weird.
      Non-lucids are full of emotions, a seemingly nonsensical mix of positive and negative ones.
      My lucids on the other hand are kind of tame at the moment.
      I think I'll be posting a few DJ entries again soon.
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