Monday, February 9, 2015

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“It all tastes funny,” said Dimas, sounding rather unlike a lord--or even an adult person, Hector thought.

Hector kept that opinion to himself, though.

So unreasonable,’ said Iziol. ‘He was like this even before I became his reaper, you know. When he was a child, he would stay awake for days upon days and eventually just pass out from exhaustion. One time, he collapsed in the middle of a track race, and another child tripped over him and broke a tooth.

“Uh, wow...” Hector checked Dimas’ expression, but the man just looked out the window.

It was quite bad,’ said Iziol. ‘At one point, Lady Amaya resorted to having his dinner laced with soporifics.’

Dimas turned back around. “...Is that true?”

Oh indeed. You never talked, so people could not tell that, in actuality, you were a spoiled brat who rarely ever did as he was told.’ Iziol gave a faint laugh. ‘And that, I would say, has not changed very much.

Dimas exhaled a short breath, and Hector saw him crack a tiny smile.

After that, Iziol offered to knock him out, but Dimas refused, citing the fact that Xuan and Duvoss were still unconscious. Iziol argued, but not very fervently, and soon drifted back to sleep himself.

And Hector just sat there in silent awe of this person next to him. He barely even knew the man, but his respect for Lord Dimas had already grown by leaps and bounds. He could imagine the weight that Dimas must have been feeling upon his shoulders after hearing the news of Rheinhal. This man was one of the strongest remaining Rainlords. So many people were relying on him to protect them.

Of course, Hector had felt that kind of pressure before, as well. A few times, in truth. And it had never stopped being terrifying, especially after seeing just how badly things could go wrong.

But that was also the point, he was realizing. Yes, of course, the worst could happen. Everyone could end up dead, and everything could be for naught. That was why people needed someone to protect them. Things were not going to just be okay on their own. Someone had to make them okay.

And that was why he wanted to keep living. To be that someone.

He’d felt all of these things in the back of his mind for some time already, but it was somehow different here. Making them explicit. Asserting his own sense of purpose to himself.

32 comments:

  1. Soon, Hector will be the hero everyone wants.

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  2. "That was why peopled needed someone to protect them."

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  3. Is that weird to anyone else?

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  4. Ah, yeah. Took me a second to see it, but yeah, should've been "people" instead of "peopled." Fixed now, thank you.

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  5. Looks like Hector reached a new growth point. Level up incoming!!

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  6. Remind me again why they need to guard Ibai. They can't do shit to prevent him from teleporting.

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  7. It smells to me he wants to be a true lord. Heroes come and go but lords stay.

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  8. And the hero they need...

    ...grrr

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  9. OK, look up to the guy all you like, Hector. Just, don't copy his little pill quirk, m'okay? xD

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  10. Has Dimas tried injectable soporifics? Those are only pain.

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  11. While sitting still... ?

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  12. To raise the alarums, and possibly beat the Marshies into submission.

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  13. DADADADADADADADADADADADADADAWKWARDMAAAAAAN!
    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Hector falling from an airplane HE DOESN'T HAVE A PARACHUTE OH GOD THIS IS GONNA BE UGLY.
    But wait! He's building himself a landing pad! From Iron! But wait! That's a giant spring, what are you doing Hector-
    Well, at least he only bounced about half the height he fell from.

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  14. Abbas appears in a puff of sand, stares at his sheaf of research notes on emergence conditions in servants, throws them in the air with disgust, then stalks off to be socially inept at someone.

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  15. Actually, I think the problem is that Dimas enjoys being awake when the losers around him are snoring more than he cares to admit, and openly or subconsciously resists anything that tampers with that.

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  16. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

    Archive Binge finished! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

    Great stuff, by the way. I wonder if Aberrations eventually grow old and die, since they don't have reapers to keep them young.

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  17. Unless they start body-surfing, like Geoffrey. Though that might not be on the table for Ibai, since it involves consuming a human soul.

    I wonder if bone-wielders can do that?

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  18. I really doubt he would act like a whiny kid the way he did without what seems to him like a better reason than just taste. My guess would be that its a control issue, that he doesn't want to show any vulnerability to anyone, ever, and is willing to do anything necessary to avoid it.

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  19. As I've said before, if Lynn gave him a hug he might, but definitely not just from thinking by himself. Dimas is possibly the one person in whose company he doesn't feel more awkward.

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  20. Also, if he does go out of control, it would be better to kill him than let him live, and they could possibly take him down if they did go for the kill. I assume there must be some way to take him down, otherwise that same power in other aberrations would be unstoppable.

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  21. Don't you have to have possession as your power in order to do that? With teleportation as your power instead, I'm not sure if that would even be possible.

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  22. It may be specific to Domination, but Desmond made it sound to me like any aberration could do it. It sounds like the aberrations' answer to servant regeneration, letting them take new, undamaged bodies when the ones they have don't move well anymore.

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  23. Desmond's words sounded like they could go either way really

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  24. Aaaand, I've finally catched up.
    Dang it.
    (Internally wails in despair)
    But still, I'm glad that I found this story. Thank you Frost. I haven't had this much fun reading a novel in a long time.

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  25. Nice to have you. How'd you find TZK? Frost likes to know.

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  26. How do I find it? HOW DO I FIND IT?
    It's the greatest read I've had in an eternity!
    Hector and Garovel's antics always make me bust a gut, the fight scenes are amazingly well written, there's a plethora of characters and a lot more!
    Sorry if I sound a bit hyped, but that's how this webnovel makes me feel. Excited. Giddy. And a lot of other warm fuzzy feelings.
    And Frost, if you're reading this, I promise that I'll soon make a donation.

    Just give me some time, I've got to figure the whole donation deal out.

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  27. I meant what brought you here. Nice to know you're having fun, though.

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  28. What first brought me here. That's an excellent question, because, honestly, I can't remember anymore. But I am glad that I discovered this.

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  29. aho-updates.com
    I accidentally pressed Original Composition tab.
    Glad I did it XD

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