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The grin Aunt Mari shot him looked as if it were ready to tear the corners of her mouth open. “I got it back,” she hissed. “The Tatters…took a bit of me…and I took a bit of it.”
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    October Event: The Finale

    by Nicholas » October 31, 2017 08:02 PM

    Last Edited: February 14, 2018 01:12 PM

    Iris has to be here somewhere if she's still on the Stage! That young lady downstairs said the Narrator didn't have her with him when he left... I hope splitting up was the best course of action. I know it's faster, but what if the others find her first and WE get lost?

    Huff... puff... Are you certain this is the right way, Hero? It feels like we've been climbing stairs for hours! I... am not as young as I used to be... Huff, when we get back I'm having Estella put me on a diet...
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by The Hero » October 31, 2017 08:03 PM

    Yes! It must be the tallest tower! That is where we will face the fiend, I'm certain of it! I can feel it in my bones - isn't that right, Mawnite?
    “...!”

    Well said, my friend, well said! Just a few more stairs, valiant traveler! I can see the doorway in the candlelight! Mawnite, be at the ready to strike! Sir traveler, lend me your shoulder. Together now, HEAVE!
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by Iris » October 31, 2017 08:03 PM

    Hello Hero. Hello Nicholas.

    My, you both look so surprised. Were you expecting something else? Someone else? Really? After everything that has been taken from me, you don't think I shouldn't take something from you in exchange?

    I am dreadfully sorry this is how we meet, Nicholas. You sounded like a reasonable enough man in all the stage whispers I've heard. Unfortunately this had to be done. Iris would not be reasoned with and thus needed to be controlled. But I'm not merciless. I don't want to hurt her. While I am far from happy about what has been done with my Stagehands, I'm sure my newest acquisition here will attract a whole new breed to act as understudies.

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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by Nicholas » October 31, 2017 08:03 PM

    No, please, Iris, please! You must be able to hear me! Don't let him do this to you! You're a wonderful free spirit, under no one's control! More than that - you're my Ally. You're family! I won't let the Narrator do this to you!
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by Iris » October 31, 2017 08:03 PM

    Now, Nicholas, don't be so melodramatic! She's mine now. A fitting replacement for all those Stagehands taken by your students. But you all can keep them! I've made do with less before and I'm sure whatever comes next to visit my new Stagehand here will suit the Stage even more perfectly. This story has a happy ending for all of us. And that ending is close at hand. I should thank you for answering my invitation, even though I must revoke it now that I've got my collateral. You have no idea how much your miserable attempts at "participation" have truly helped.

    Thank you, and good bye.


    With a flourishing final farewell, the remaining masked Stagehands surge forward from the shadows to seize the Headmaster before he can reclaim the Stagehand he once loved. No matter how he struggles, the Headmaster is no match for the horde of shadow and bone. The Hero and his traitorous Stagehand are overrun, pinned down and forced to watch as with every wound the Headmaster grows weaker, calling out to his dear friend in despair, believing helplessly to the very last moment that his words will reach her. All for naught.

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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by The Hero » October 31, 2017 08:04 PM

    Nng- I- no! G-get off of me! Mawnite! Hold on, my friends! I- ngh!

    Everyone can thank you for this Hero. You were the one that started this rebellious little plot line, weren't you? How fitting then that you should be the one to end it. Now that I've smothered that little bond of yours...

    Pulling the sword from his own gaping wounds, Hero raises it to strike at the foolish Headmaster who never learned the one lesson that matters most. He never will learn now. Hero strikes - I said, Hero strikes -



    "..."

    N...o......I... will n-not...! Gnngh..M..aw...
    "...!"

    I will not strike down an innocent! Never! Never! I am the Hero, and you do not command me, villain! I have already cast off the chains of your influence!
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by The Wolf » October 31, 2017 08:04 PM

    No? All right, Hero, I'll play along. You're oh so heroic that I can't possess you, whatever shall I do, oh no, is this the end. Ha. Do you think I'm some stupid first-time shmuck of a writer?

    Blinded by his focus on the Narrator, the Hero is caught unawares by the Wolf that followed their hunt, concerned by the sudden surge of Stagehands all about the castle. With a sudden lunge, her spear slices through the meat of his neck and her leg kicks out to shove him backward. Blood sprays from the wound, thick and black as ink, and Hero falters. But the Wolf's attack is relentless. Her clawed hands grasp the straps of his broken armor and with one snarling heave she tosses him across the room. With a shattering crash, Hero's body breaks through the window and he falls limply to his death! A sad and broken husk left to slowly bleed out under the uncaring moonlight.

    Now, where were we? Ah, yes. The End of the Headmaster. Now now Wolf, there is no time for tears, you've almost secured the safety of our sweet little Witch. Come now, we will make it fast and-

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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by The Scribe » October 31, 2017 08:04 PM

    Plot hole...

    What?

    Plot hole.

    Excuse me?

    This is FULL of plot holes! You're the Narrator; I know you can do better than this! What happened to you? Ever since Damsel died, you've been reckless with your scripts - you're going too fast.

    Like here, you make this grand speech about what's been taken from you, but the audience has already seen you have the ability to take possession and take it back by force. Just admit that you set this whole thing up to take the Kith away from them using the Stagehands as bait! Embrace the villainy! It's not like this isn't obvious. You always used to enjoy playing the villain!

    Well, well, well, my outspoken Scribe. That lock I made you isn't tight enough, is it? It's my fault for letting your talent go to waste in this role. You wheedled and whined and I couldn't help but give my precious Scribe the writing she wanted... Now it's all gone to your head. I've spoiled you.

    You're a ghostwriter, Scribe. You can't tell stories without me.


    That's not... You chose me for this role because... Whatever. Fine. You think I don't remember the day you took me to your castle? I'm not the Hero, forgetting with every new performance. You chose me because I was already making up stories. My puppet shows kept the Stagehands entertained while my family could escape their watch. Like, I may not have known back then it was a way to Ally with the Stagehands, but maybe you did. As soon as they passed that along to you, off I went to be your Scribe - your Scribe, not just your... your lackey!

    Back then... you said we'd work together. You used to listen to me!

    A child's imagination is a captivating thing, Scribe. Of course my Stagehands told me all about your show. I took you in as my Scribe to curb these dangerous dreams of yours, for the safety of the Stage-

    Plot hole! You say the Stage needs YOUR stories to be safe. How come it's fine for me to write the bits you don't feel like writing, then, huh? For me to make edits when you take things too far! And everything I've heard from this audience says they've got other ways to keep the Curtain Fall from happening!

    They're wrong!

    These fools may believe what they will, but their efforts to hold back The End are as doomed as the so-called heroes of the Golden Age! Creation cannot be shared without inviting weakness into every thread. Soon enough they will discover their undoing, just as so many others have before!

    Did you think you were special, Hope? That you, out of all the Remnants of reality, were the only ones to try creating together? Are you truly so narcissistic as to believe you're destined to rescue all these other, these less enlightened, people? HA!


    Narrator...

    Fine.

    Who are you to call anyone else narcissistic? You're not the Narrator you used to be. And like, the cryptic doomsaying isn't selling your case. Haven't you been paying attention? None of the audience is buying it! Well, I dunno, maybe like five of them or whatever might be, but they are the exception, not the rule. So what if there is some snarl in the plot - it can be smoothed out with a few edits!

    Silence! To speak of the snarls in the Weave is to welcome destruction! Even for one such as I. If these students think they're so smart, they should figure it out on their own - before it's too late.

    Argument does not suit you, Scribe. You're not meant for this pettiness. It's unbecoming of a fine actress such as yourself.



    I'm.

    Not.

    Acting.

    No, Narrator, I'm taking the ghost part out of my job. I'm going to write this ending, whether you like it or not!

    This is futile. Scribe, be a good-


    Oh no, don't you start possessing me! Scribbles, Titter-tat, Peep, gimme that blanket! I can't be controlled if I'm your Ally, right? Or I can at least fight it, like the Hero did.



    Yeah, come here, all of you, it's story time! You all want to read my stories, don't you? This time I'm not restricting any shelves, any chapters, any reviews! It's all or nothing!

    We're ALL part of one, big, dark, REWRITE!


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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by Iris » October 31, 2017 08:05 PM

    NO!

    Scribe! STOP! You don't know what you're doing! You can't know! There's nothing-



    Nnn...

    No, I can't hold on- you're MY Stagehand now, you must not fight me! I need- I have to-

    The Stagehand sprinted out the broken window after Hero, nimbly escaping- go- go, go, go, GO!

    GO! Before it's
    too late!


    Nnnic....

    Damn it! Damn you all! You've ruined everything!

    You've doomed the Stage! I tried to
    protect you- No longer! You've made an enemy you'll regret, mark my words!

    I'll see you again, if you even keep the Narrative going long enough for that.



    NICHOLAS!

    Ah! I'm FREE! I'm free again!
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by Nicholas » October 31, 2017 08:05 PM

    IRIS! Oh goodness, gracious, please, I, oh, I'm so glad you're all right! Are you all right? Did he hurt you? Come here, let me look at you. Watch out for this broken glass.
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    Re: October Event: The Finale

    by The Scribe » October 31, 2017 08:06 PM

    Last Edited: April 25, 2019 08:18 PM

    She should be fine, now that the Narrator's gone. Where he went... I'm not sure, but I would guess he escaped Offstage. I know there's a story somewhere about the Narrator being the only one who can survive the Curtain Fall... Whether or not that's true is something I can't say.

    Speaking of falls... that was a long one, even for the Hero. It's a shame he loses his memory every time he dies. I always thought it'd be much more interesting if he could learn from his failure. Maybe the Narrator didn't want to put up a real fight with him. Or maybe he... no, nevermind.

    So what now? Everything's... unwritten.

    ...Well, I have some ideas. But, I'm open to suggestions too.

    Veilious can now be found safe and sound at the Tatters back in Hope. They're tricky Kith, though! You'll need a Veilious Charm to coax them out of hiding.

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