Linking memory segment 0D030C…
Skye uses the key to open the gaping doors to the source of all death, and then is no longer there. =STOP VISUAL PROCESSING. REWIND. REPLAY. ANALYZE PRESENCE OF SKYE: ERROR= There isn’t a moment when it disappears, but we are suddenly aware that it is gone. =BIZARRE= Beyond the doors is utter darkness, deep and unending. We feel it pull at us, first at our minds, but quickly thereafter our bodies, and we begin sliding across the room towards it.
I attempt to hold Tani and Drizzle in place, but the pull is too great and our slide continues. However, when I focus my mind of holding us at bay there is a flash, and a shield bearing the Mark of Sentinel appears around us, cutting off the pull for the time being. It is unclear how long this shield can be maintained, as it seems to be powered by my life force.
Zakar, who was spared this sucking sensation because of his position in the hallway outside of the room, shrieks something about destiny and charges past us, diving straight into the door. =CHECK RESPONSIBILITIES MATRIX… RESCUE OF COMPANIONS FROM SELF-IMPOSED EXTRA-PLANAR EXILE NOT FOUND. HOLDING POSITION=
We are blinded by the appearance of a hovering Mark of Healing in front of the open door, and then Skye and Zakar are back, and the door is closed. Zakar regales us with tales of his visiting a radiant world, bathed in the essence of life, while Skye terrorizes Drizzle and Tani through its mind link, showing a bleak wasteland of doom, despair and death. =DRIZZLE SEEMS TO THINK THAT THIS EXPERIENCE IS POSITIVE. IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER IT BELIEVES THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXISTENCE TO BE POSITIVE, OR WHETHER RAPIDLY HAVING THE ENERGY DRAINED FROM ITS BODY UNTIL NOTHING BUT A DRIED OUT HUSK REMAINS IS BENEFICIAL TO ITS KIND=. Tani, wisely, never wants to see this vision again.
We have a long =AND UNCOMFORTABLE= discussion with Skye, who tells us that it communicated with… something on the other side of the door. Something that it made promises to, but is unwilling or unable to provide details on those promises. It seems to think that this is some kind of voluntary deal, while I believe it to be what all deals from the powerful and amoral to the desperate are – slavery. Perhaps it is a slavery that is not immediately onerous, but one day the deal will change and its true nature will be revealed. =SUPPRESSION OF INTERNAL MEMORIES DETECTED. CEASING PONDERENCE OF THIS TOPIC= Drizzle, on the other hand, is furious that it would serve the Devourer, and Zakar accepts it as some kind of fate.
In an uncharacteristic nonsequitor for it, Skye reveals that it saw someone upstairs that it recognized – a man by the name of Gareth, one of its former companions in its murder club. It wishes to speak with this Gareth. Also uncharacteristically, it does not appear to wish it immediate death. =THIS SITUATION REQUIRES FURTHER EVALUATION FOR POSSIBLE EXTERNAL INFLUENCE=