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929115 No. 929115 ID: 70be57

Wiki https://tgchan.org/wiki/Root_and_Branches
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No. 957917 ID: 8b660e

I’m with you on this one. This is pretty manipulative, however it benefits us too. It’s not really manipulation if we’re also helping him. Essence would try to manipulate them to shame them or weaken them, then strike when they’re at their weakest. You’re not half so cruel as that.

Also I have no idea who the people you’re talking about are Fortube but you seem to have the best handle on this.
No. 957970 ID: 2bd15b
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The final part of this chapter of the story is to decide what you want to see a short continuation or for one secret to be revealed.
No. 957982 ID: e51896

I'm choosing secret this time because I hope it will help us find out what happened to Laura and Dreamwalker. If not, then it should be interesting to see what exactly was hidden around in this emptiness.

Also, will there be an epilogue to this chapter?
No. 957983 ID: 5de330

That would be extension, secret is something huge I know that much. But I’ll chose secret too. I can say this for Dreamwalker and Laura, they’re not dead. This is pretty much what they’re like right now:
No. 958106 ID: 2bd15b
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You Harbard Grim said that cop showing up felt like a Deus Ex Machina. Well let me assure you that it isn't the case, there are manipulators who work behind the scene to make some things happen in a specif way.
No. 958182 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 958495 ID: e51896

I have no idea how your dream self's eye going missing causes your real eye to go missing as well, as well as that horn getting broken too... I hate magic...

Anyway, to answer your question, I'll be honest, it isn't easy to continue on when the odds are stacked against us. It is indeed exhausting and I have felt like giving up at times. But I think what kept me going on through to save Laura from Essence was Laura's belief in us. She see's us as heroes and we inspired her to fight for herself while in turn she inspired us to keep moving forward against all odds... I hope she and Dreamwalker will be okay...

And I don't think it is just Laura who believes in you and us. There are others who has their faith in us that inspires us just as we have inspired them

I still have faith that the people we were separated from still believes in us. People like Boxhead whom we inspired to gain the hope to continue living and gave him a new purpose in life to fight alongside us, 93 whom we inspired to not give up while we were saving her from a bomb, and doll Clarence still believes in us too... though I guess for more perverted reasons though... okay, his reasons are a bad example, but he has faith in us nonetheless

We also have Derrick, that old man from earlier who got inspired to save us... enough faith in us to cause an reckless explosion which he may have sacrificed himself with

And I know Anastasia still believes in us. She kept in contact with you on the radio we used to own before she got captured by Rosalia and Lorence after all.

And that Blacksmith earlier, he helped bide us some time for us to escape from Stitch even if he was injured in the process... maybe he will finish that mask we requested from him if he is alright after Stitch's attack.

Anthony too. I don't know what his dreams showed him, but whatever he saw got him inspired enough to gain enough courage to go against Lorence just to speak with us and try to help us in this cell.

Absolution from this universe and Mother Gaia are two literal gods who also has put their faith in us, enough to have us adopt AJ. Absolution sacrificed his life for us to try to save this world

I don't know why I am saying this, but Root himself see's us as a hero and has faith in us for some reason... I mean yeah, he leads a cult, but I think from what I have seen, he is the lesser of the other evils we've seen in this crazy adventure.

And of course there is Casper. I don't know why, but he is one of the people that inspired me the most. After Clara got mutilated, when he told us how disappointed he was in us saying that he thought we were on the good side and warned us not to let the world change us for the worse, his words still haunt met, and yet it inspires me to try to be a moral person in this cruel unforgiving earth... even though he shot Flint against our wishes... but we did inspire him enough to give him enough hope to not give up and save us and Felafaf from a Spirit Parasite in an alternate lost time line...

I guess what I'm trying to say, as long as there are people who believe in us and cheer us on to inspire us and give us hope, I can keep going against all odds, as I do not want to let the people who believes in us and we've inspired and given hope to down by just giving up on ourselves. I mean, these people even made huge sacrifices to their wellbeing just to keep us moving, and if they are willing to go that far, I think we need to keep going for their sake at least, sometimes even make sacrifices ourselves like they did, and like you have done as well by sacrificing your own eye.

They are what inspires me to move forward, even if we know we are not going to have a good ending when our adventure is over, I am inspired to keep going against all odds for the people who put their faith and sacrifices in us.


Now then, as far as this prison goes, first, I think you should retrieve that picture you put under your pillow and keep it for later, you'll never know if we might need it again.
Second I am curious about something. We already looked out the window and there was absolutely nothing but darkness. But what can we see from out the prison bars? are there any other prisoners in other cells close to us that we can talk or call out to? With any luck, maybe Anastasia is here in another cell close by?
No. 958589 ID: 12a79b

In my experience magic can scar your soul which then transfers to your body. Your soul can be damaged in the astral world, where we just were, and then that can really fuck you over. Luckily they can be healed with time but it always leaves a scar... Why do you think my scars are still visible?

As for thinking we have no power and the odds are stacked against us, that may be true now, but it doesn't mean we aren't powerless or that we have nowhere to turn, and it also doesn't mean we can't achieve victory. And you are absolutely right about the people who still believe in us. If they aren't giving up neither should we.

Good idea starting looking for Anastasia, I think Anthony was also going to try and get Godfrey and other knights to vouch for us. Hopefully that goes well and we can get the hell out of here.
No. 958646 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 958668 ID: e51896

... if it is the only conclusion you've reached that we can only reach dead ends in your life and we can't reach a good ending for you, then maybe instead of focusing on trying to fight to give yourself a good ending, you should instead fight to try to help save others out of their own dead ends and give them a good ending instead. Sacrifice our good ending to give others a good ending. You are not the only person suffering in this, Ana. There are others suffering far more than you, like Null for example.

But what you said got me wondering... You said "My whole life is nothing but a compilation of dead ends"... that implies that you were suffering long before this fog started... maybe even more so? you had the same shadowy look in your eyes when we first met you at the bus stop as you did when you lost all hope earlier after Dervan wouldn't let you leave.
hmmm... Scarred and I shared exactly the same experiences as you did throughout this whole adventure and we still have the will to move on, and yet you've lost that will, and we have forgotten everything that happened in our lives before the fog and before we met you at the bus stop a little before the fog started. I'm starting to think that the root of your despair might not actually stem from everything that you suffered from in this adventure from the time we started at the bus stop to now (though they didn't help), but the root of your despair could stem from things you suffered from long before we even met you at the bus stop before the fog started. And I think if we want to rekindle your will to continue on, we'll need to find the root of that problem right now in your past, find out why exactly you lost your will to fight when Scarred and I still have our will.

I'll start slow and steady with this question, Ana: what was your and our life like before the fog started? what were your hopes and dreams? what was it you wanted to accomplish that made you want to stay in this country instead of returning back to your original country? I may have forgotten, but I think you once mentioned that you wanted to be a magician when we saw you in the past when looking through Jerry's eyes while looking to find out the origins of the fog. Why don't you tell us about those dreams you had and what you were doing to try to achieve those dreams at the time. Maybe you can show us a magic trick as well?
No. 958703 ID: 118bf7

*listens enthusiastically*
No. 958795 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 958799 ID: 8b660e

1, I think I’ve even gone on record saying Anthony went to get Godfrey and Balian and all the others who would help her.
No. 958859 ID: 2bd15b
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I have a question for you participators, why do you think that the knight was stuttering? There are two reasons why he did that, can you guess what they were?
No. 958870 ID: e51896

(left my answer in the discussion thread)
No. 958872 ID: 2bd15b

No. 958875 ID: 8b660e

He was stuttering because has seemingly grown a horn as well as lost an eye since they last saw her. It's probably a bit of a shock, especially when the only thing he had to go on was the art of Anthony so seeing it in person and how she's changed his perspective and expectations.

Ana, you haven't lost yet. You have someone right in front of you who was willing to go to bat for your rights to live and is still willing to do that all for the sake of your life. Because he taught me that everyone's life is important. Everyone has a story that deserves to be told. And he doesn't want to see yours end.

Godfrey was the one who saved your life, now you have a chance to repay his actions. As for Lorence, from what we've heard his words are losing power from something. If you want my guess, he thinks killing you will restore his good word. If you were to live, that would be like spitting in his eye. Especially if you were to act as a character witness.

The truth is you have a real chance to get everyone on your side here. Here's what I mean.

I've noticed that within each dimensional cycle, certain themes still happen. Lorence for example is always there, it's apparently common for Absolution to die, and a fracture in the cult always occurs. In my time it was because of the death of Godfrey and that turned almost half of the cult to my side. You being here is a threat to that unity Lorence has tried to preserve.

If you want to defeat Lorence, this is how you do it.

What's more Ana, Godfrey sees in you the same thing he saw in me. Hope.
No. 958903 ID: e51896

So the topic of my previous life was brought up again... A lot of people wanted to know for so long... okay.

I'll be truthful now. I actually do know about my previous life. I was just lying to myself and others about it when I said I forgot it because I just didn't know how people would respond at the time, but to get it out of the way and out of the open... in my past life, I was actually

part of the Acolytes of the Ash Tree

I didn't want to say it at the time because I worried how people like Scarred would react, but I think after we saw everything for what it is, I need to bring it out in the open now.

Just like you, Ana, I left the bus stop and got that note. but I never followed the instructions on it since it was weird. The fog hit and I was trapped in my own home, and I got captured by the cult at my own home. I was scared they were gonna kill me for no reason, but Root personally made sure I was in safe hands. After some time passed after being kidnapped by them, Root said he saw potential in me, and entrusted Wild Cat to me for protection of something to come. I guess Stockholm syndrome took hold or something and I soon found myself becoming comfortable with the acolytes.

I think Root saw potential for me to take his place when he entrusted Wild Cat to look over me, but in reality, I did not want that. it might sound strange, I kind of wanted to be a curator like Wild Cat was, to help people with magic while hiding in the shadows where no one can harm me, but also finally have a purpose in life. And even though I was told it was impossible, Wild Cat at least trained me to hone his powers so I could at least pretend.

It wasn't all great there though, despite doing everything to show I meant no harm, Lorence did not trust me at all, and knowing how he can jump through dimensions, I can see why now. No matter what I did, he would do everything in his power to get me out of the cult, or worse, get me arrested or even executed, looking for the tiniest mistakes I made and calling me out on them, and sending me on difficult assignments that would get me killed. Lorence made me suffer, but thank goodness Wild Cat helped me persevere.

I wanted to see why Lorence despised me so much for no reason, so I once decided to do something risky and spy on him with the help of Wild Cat. I saw him go through a portal, and I sneaked my way through and found myself in an unfamiliar strange place. I got lost for a very long time but came across her... Felafaf. She offered me an escape but only if I received a fortune telling from her which predicted me in... a very bad future. Her powers however gave me a side effect and all of the sudden I was able to read people's fortunes like Felafaf. I saw this as an opportunity to finally achieve my dream of getting closer to achieve the impossible to become a curator like Wild Cat, and She took time to train me when I asked... but in return, she did not want me to hurt Lorence, and endure the suffering he puts me through as she loved him dearly.

Finally with my newfound abilities, I was able to help the Acolytes of the Ash Tree from behind the curtains by giving them accurate predictions with Felafaf's powers of what their enemies would do next, or what is in store for my client's future. It was the closest I could ever get to becoming like a curator. But at the cost, Lorence was even more suspicious of me than ever, wondering how I achieved powers that matches Felafaf's. He would take me in for questionings even, but I managed to make it out unharmed.

It was all good until my own dead end started to come at me at full speed.

I was kidnapped again... Scarred, you're not going to like this but, this time I was kidnapped by Logan himself by orders of Absolution of my dimensional cycle. I don't know how, but somehow, just somehow, they found out about my abilities and how I was able to help the Acolytes of the Ash Tree stay one step ahead of them which was unheard of. They forced me to use my powers to help them go against the Acolytes of the Ash Tree or I would face my death, and with no choice, I had to help them.

After many days of being tortured and being forced to help them, the Acolytes of the Ash Tree somehow managed to drive Logan and Absolution away... I thought I was at last saved but... It was Lorence and his men that drove them away, and Lorence finally saw this as an opportunity to finally drive me out of the Acolytes of the Ash Tree by calling me a traitor for helping Absolution. Nothing I said... would convince anyone... No one... would believe me...

I had no choice... With Wild Cat's help... I had to live the rest of my life... as a fugitive on the run from everyone... such as running from the people I have helped the Acolytes of the Ash Tree wronged with my fortune telling abilities... the Acolytes of the Ash Tree that I saw as my family... other survivors... Absolution. It was just Wild Cat and I alone...

I didn't even want to use my Fortune telling abilities anymore after all the pain it caused me, and because I don't believe I would not keep Felafaf's promise to hurt Lorence if I saw him again

I lost everyone and everything, nothing but a life of being chased as a fugitive by everyone around me. The last thing I remember was running away from a monstrous looking figure with an axe. No matter where I hid or ran to, he would always catch up in an instant. And the one time I thought I was safe inside the hidden bunker Clarence had, the last thing that remember was Wild Cat telling me something unbelievable that made my heart sank which I can't for the life of me remember, and then immediately afterwards I was beheaded by the monster with the axe.



I want to propose an idea, maybe my final request Ana. Seeing as you accepted your execution, How about instead of escaping with this soldier, or waiting here for your execution, how about you instead ask this soldier to take you to the courtroom and come in as a witness in Godfrey's trial? I mean, if you think about it, the worst they can do is execute you at the court room, but the thing is, you would already be executed if you wait here in prison, and you have already accepted that outcome anyway. Plus, you're right, escaping would not be ideal since running away with this soldier would mean more suspicion would be thrown on Godfrey

A lot of what Scarred said was correct, Lorence is losing his grip on his position with people doubting him, like when he let the wolves take Root away. So maybe this might be the perfect opportunity to go to Godfrey's trail as a surprise witness to help save Godfrey and even tell your side of things to everyone as a witness? you might even gain sympathy from the audience in the court as well. Besides, Lorence can't have final say on your fate if you're a witness since he will be acting as a lawyer. Only the judge will have final say at that time, so you can't be executed without the judge's say so. But It will all depend on what happens during the trial with what you have to say to everyone on Godfrey's behalf.

I should mention that Scarred is right now going through our memories of our adventure for things that can even help us for the trial. I believe we can pick up some interesting finds that could even help Godfrey in the trial

But Ana, you do not have to listen to what Scarred and I request to you. You've already done so much and you must be so very exhausted. I can't ask you for anything more even if I want to beg you to go to Godfrey's trial. If you decide to stay here, I understand. But know that I will still go to Godfrey's trial to help Matilda defend Godfrey in every way that I can in that uphill battle to the best of my abilities and until your execution arrives since Scarred and I might possibly disappear from reality after you die... if I'm going to go down, I will go down fighting.

I hope you come with us to Godfrey's trial Ana as I believe only you can help Godfrey and even gain sympathy from everyone but... It is entirely up to you Ana. But if you decide to stay here, I wanted to say, thanks for everything, and I'm sorry I couldn't save you, but I'm sure you will be okay if we meet each other again in another cycle as voices for another Ana.
No. 958906 ID: 8b660e

Fortune you’ve been a truer friend to me than anyone else and stuck by me for all this time. In all honesty I do appreciate it. As for you coming from the acolytes of the ash tree I had some suspicions but figured you’d come clean in time. I know there are some good people there, one needs only look at 93 to figure that out. I don’t blame you for what you did, and it does explain quite a bit of why you choose certain paths you were a survivor just like I was a hero. You made the best of a bad situation. I don’t hate you Fortune, I don’t even trust you less, your road was different from mine and I already knew that and came to terms with it a long time ago. The only thing that matters to me is you stood with Ana and fought for her right when the time came for it. That’s what matters, and makes you my best friend.
No. 958912 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 958914 ID: 8b660e

Well a choice between living and dying isn’t a choice at all.
No. 959139 ID: e51896

Ana, and some point, I want to hear about your past before the fog started. You, Scarred, and I had it pretty rough in our times, but I will say, when I finally revealed what I went through in my past, I felt a great sense of relief.

Indeed. choices between living and dying isn’t a choice. I'll be willing to agree with Godfrey. Though I want to ask you first, Scarred, I know you care so much about Godfrey, and considering what he is doing, can we also consider at what cost will this be for Ana, and Godfrey if we take his offer?

Godfrey has implied that the executioners are right now on their way very soon when he says our opportunities growing smaller by the second. And seeing as he was in surprised after seeing Ana said "What in the almighty ash tree happened to you?" it makes me think he is still loyal to the acolytes of the Ash Tree and has no intention of leaving with Ana after he saves her. And if he stays behind, and the executioners see Godfrey help Ana escape, it is going to be more difficult for him to win his trial, or worse, he'll be killed by the executioners.

While his sacrifice for his well being is noble to save us, there have already been so many people that sacrificed their well being in order for Ana to keep going like this universe's Absolution, Anastasia, Derrick, the blacksmith, and Felafaf. And after Ana tried to sacrifice Laura in order to save herself, she felt really devastated about it. I'm not sure how Ana will take having Godfrey sacrifice himself for Ana considering Ana did not want Godfrey and his men to get involved at all in the first place.

I'm thinking considering everything that Ana went through, maybe it is best if instead of taking Godfrey's exit, maybe Ana should do the noble thing this time and be the one to give Godfrey his exit instead.

Ana, if you have truly have accepted the inevitable and don't want Godfrey to get himself in trouble for saving you and you want to save him instead, then maybe the idea I propose is to:
first, stand up, (maybe throw your blanket on the bed over him so he has trouble reacting), and quickly push Godfrey out of the cell.
second, Before he has time to react, close the door and use your magic to set the entrance on fire between you and Godfrey so he does not enter the cell again.
third, once you manage that Ana, you must quickly tell Godfrey to throw you back your blanket (if you covered him with it) and tell him that this time, you will be the one to save his life. Also plead with Godfrey that when the guards arrive, he must tell the guards that he was the one that set your cell on fire to burn you alive in order to execute you, or he can tell them he was going to execute you and you were using magic to defend yourself might sound more believable. Hopefully, the executioners will see Godfrey in a positive light if he lies about his actions, and it will help save him in the long run during his trial.

And Scarred, before you agree or disagree with my decision, I want to point out that maybe there is still a chance we can also use the time while the fire starts to burn this cell to find a way to save Ana out of the cell. Where there is a will, there is a way. Who knows, maybe if Ana's and Absolution jr's magic is strong enough, an outside source might sense it and intervene to rescue us...

Of course, Scarred, If you don't like my plan, I won't argue if you disagree and ask Ana to take Godfrey's offer for escape and I will take your decision as well as I know Ana doesn't want us to argue again. But I want you to consider carefully what taking Godfrey's exit will mean for Godfrey's wellbeing, and Ana's.

But when all that is said and done, whether we do Scarred's idea or my idea, we can't force Ana to do something she doesn't want to do.
No. 959149 ID: 8b660e

It’s an interesting plan and I appreciate the idea of saving Godfrey this way. It only has one flaw and one other issue that I think might have already sealed Godfrey’s fate.

Say we do it and it goes off without a hitch we get out of the cell then what? We’re still trapped in the bunk city and would need to fight to get out. Unless we can manage to find a way to steal a disguise we’ll still need to find a way to fight our way out.

But here’s the thing I don’t understand. Anthony was let in fairly easy because I don’t think Lorence sees him as a threat. But Godfrey is about to go on trial for defending Ana herself. Why would he just let him go inside the cell room? And more importantly,

How the hell did Godfrey just open the cage?

Call me crazy but I think something is happening out there. And he may not have time to explain because something has already been happening while we were asleep.

And saying he’s loyal to the ash tree isn’t all that bad. In my time people still worshiped the ash tree but chose to follow me because they believed in what we stood for. Hell, we met the ash tree and he’s actually a decent being to worship. I would have been more worried if he swore by Andrew Goodwill instead.
No. 959178 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959179 ID: 45fe54

Anna, you might want to hand AJ over to Godfrey then. We can't have his life be taken too, and Godfrey right now is the only one who can take care of him at this moment. Make sure you tell him to keep him a secret
No. 959188 ID: 118bf7

*Flexes Ana’s emotions to match her own, righteousness and feelings of nobility*
This will not stand.

Turn around. Look at him, look at him in the eyes. This is not honorable. This is not just, this is not what he stood for. He stood for justice for wanting people out of harms way. Remind him of who he is, who is meant to be, who is always is.

“Have you forgotten the face of your father, knight? Do you remember the oath you swore to uphold? You swore not to Lorence and not even to Root, but to the Ash Tree itself to create a better world for everyone. And it was to everyone you meant to keep those oaths to. And no one, not even Lorence can stop you from your holy mission. But do you break your oath and vows now of all times? Or do you wish to be true to what you stood for? I reject that and I hold you to your vow, Godfrey!”

”Say it with me Godfrey. I was taught these words by someone who believes in everything you stand for.”

“A knight is sworn to valor,”
“His heart knows only virtue,”
“His might upholds the weak,”
“His word speaks only truth,”
“His blade defends the helpless,”
“His wrath undoes the wicked!”

“If you truly feel in your heart of hearts that this is what is just, then strike. But show me the blood another innocent on your sword first.”
No. 959190 ID: 118bf7

I know all this much because, Godfrey was my teacher. He taught me what I means to fight for others. If Logan was my husband, Godfrey was like my father. He took me and Logan, I showed him Magic, and he trained me to harness it even better to smite evil. In turn he learned from me how to use magic as well.

It’s why I’m glad he’s here despite everything, even what he means to do. Ana, you get better and your will to grows when others do. When they grow, so do you.

It’s like you... a gardener. When your flowers bloom, so do you.

Hell he was the one who wed us.
No. 959212 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959213 ID: 8b660e

Godfrey... Why...?

*looks at Lorence’s hand, spits in his hand and shakes on it and squeezes with surprising strength*
Go to hell you ugly son of a bitch.
No. 959214 ID: 8b660e

Godfrey where will you be taking her body while you prep for her funeral?
No. 959234 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959237 ID: 8b660e

I gave it to Nathaniel. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a funeral to plan for.
No. 959257 ID: 2bd15b

Is this an answer to Spiky's and my question at the same time?
No. 959293 ID: 8b660e

No. 959294 ID: 8b660e

No. 959329 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959330 ID: 8b660e


We are her friends! Who are you!?
No. 959349 ID: 2bd15b

I just need to address one correction that I will implement here. When Anthony said that he gave that heart to Nathaniel, I misread it and thought it was a different character. So when Spiky said: "What you gave it to her! Of all the people why her! You have no idea how...", it will be changed to: "What you gave it to somebody else! Why did you act so recklessly with that object, you have no idea how...". Once again I apologize for my mistake and to be honest...
No. 959506 ID: 0ee3be

Inner thoughts: Fuck you Lorence. Death is the only thing you deserve.

*goes after Godfrey*

Godfrey, I request a word with you.
No. 959546 ID: e51896

inner thoughts: I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going... Sorry, I need to joke to keep ourselves from worrying and to think straight

inner thoughts: Scarred, for now, I need you to keep an eye on Ana, and comfort and support her. I don't think we can stop this being from doing what it is doing, but I need you to support Ana while also trying to get as much information as possible from this new being and why they are not allowing Ana to rest in peace like she wanted. Judging by past experience, they are also going to try to manipulate Ana. Try to support Ana and keep her calm

inner thoughts: As for me, since we are astral projections, I am going to see if I can go up and follow where these tentacles are coming from to see whom this being is.

inner thoughts: I wish we had more ghost voices here and it is not just us two, because an extra one would of been able to probably use their astral projection to phase through Ana to see where the tentacles are going inside of Ana's eye socket and get an idea of what is going on here.

*tries to go up to follow where the tentacles are coming from.*
No. 959569 ID: d63ea8

Sway with the motion.
Find what makes you truly you.
No. 959620 ID: 2bd15b
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Also, something to lighten the mood and is relevant to the next decision.

No. 959622 ID: e51896

Alright so Scarred and I needs to choose which voice to talk to Ana...


Wait, the presence said three voices? Now that I think about it, I did hear a third Ana voice here too, one that I never heard before. >>959569
Were they silently observing our adventure? Maybe... instead of Scarred or I talk to Ana, that third Ana voice could be the one to talk to Ana and put some things into a new outside perspective.

What do you think, Scarred? the creature did say the two of us needs to decide.
No. 959623 ID: 8b660e

I... I thought I heard another one too...

I don’t know, maybe? Whoever you are, if you’re like us, can you hear us? Show us you’re here!
No. 959625 ID: d63ea8

I am of nothing.
A speck in the darkness.
I might be your voice, and drink deeply of Ana's sorrow.

She's had so much stolen.
Nothing can hurt her.
No. 959626 ID: d63ea8

Speak your desires and I might be your vessel.
No. 959629 ID: e51896

My desires?

I wish for Ana to be safe. To live a normal life without having to live in constant fear and sorrow. to be a good person.

And I want to remain her friend and care for her and guide her. I know I'm not perfect and may have caused harm in my attempts to make Ana a moral person, but I want to continue to try to keep her from going down a dark path like Essence did. I know despite Essence's smile, she wasn't truly joyful, and her mistreatment of others and obsession caused her to ultimately pass away. I don't want Ana to follow the same path Essence did in becoming a hateful person towards everyone and end up like Essence did in her end.

That is my desires.
No. 959630 ID: d63ea8

You're words are bittersweet.
They delight in eternity and peace.

This desire is filling,
but I need bread to this wine.

What of you?
Disciple of Marks..?
No. 959632 ID: 8b660e

Meaning me...?

Well, Fortune pretty much said everything I hope for Ana as well. I want to see he do right by others and be better than I was.

I do have personal desires. I want to be held by the people I love most and I want Ana to know that same kind of joy. I want to hold my son again and to see him grow, even though I know that’s impossible. And I want to see the one responsible for all of this pay and get the justice they deserve.

And... I want Ana to be the one to break these cycles and set us all free.
No. 959633 ID: d63ea8

And such a fortifying stock.
I will consume it as well.
You two feed such a roaring blaze between you.
It is without wonder that Ana has carried herself this far.

Yet now,
it is done...

"Oh great and mighty voice of this nothingness."
"Two have chosen one."
"a now filled presence..."
"will speak to this 'Ana.'"

No. 959639 ID: e51896

Thanks... though it seems you are not one of our voices after all. Regardless, I'm appreciate you coming to help me speak with Ana

Scarred, I have decided I will go talk to Ana as I need to address some things. Do you have anything you wish for me to relay to Ana when I enter?

inner thoughts: I got a good look at this tentacled person. if my suspicions are true...
No. 959643 ID: 8a8fef

Go. Go help her. And tell her the truth about how I feel about her, because that thing told only lies.

A knight’s word speaks only truth after all.
No. 959669 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959676 ID: d63ea8

What great power exudes from that form,
Oh stalwart 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'

The Seeker of Truths is right to worry for you,
she wishes so dearly for your safety,
and the safety of your heart.

Her and the Disciple of Marks,
both hold you with such value.
They dream your dreams,
take your failures as their failures.
Their desires are so potent and filling,
that they threaten to overflow from my mouth.

Oh loved 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'
How dearly do they both wish...
that you might see the value they exalt you with.

But you cannot hear me...
as this filled presence...
is neither stout,
nor cunning.

But I will honor your want,
and remove my sight from these proceedings.

*The presence covers its eyes.*

"Oh great and mighty voice of this nothingness."
"I beseech you,"
"let this filled presence..."
"speak to this 'Ana.'"

No. 959679 ID: 8b660e

Sorry mate, I don’t know if they can hear you. I know they probably can’t hear me anyway. Might as well pass the time, a bit. So, I’m not opposed to having you around but I want to get a better idea of you first.

First question, why does suffering occur in this world? Second, what makes people hate each other? Third, why does it seem impossible for people on this gods forsaken planet to get along? Why do these same people often fall back on violence to solve their problems? Why does pain exist and why are there people who enjoy inflicting it on others? And lastly, what is the most common reason for people to do all these unspeakable crimes?

You want my opinion? Everyone is just trying to find their own way being happy.
No. 959681 ID: d63ea8

You offer questions..?
I will devour them,
and regurgitate an equal number of answers.

Suffering occurs as is natural,
it neither begins nor ends.
It permeates the material...
and immaterial.

Hate is a poison that is offered.
It spreads through words and thoughts.
Staining things with its bitter coat...
and draws others to itself.

Vessels cannot find understanding with other vessels.
So they bite and claw and steal.
Too many hands for too little food.

When words and feelings fail...
vessels use their forms to exert presence.
It is the one tongue that all share.

Pain is the thirst to the dying.
To know pain is to witness...
at a distance.
Without pain,
none would drink,
all would die.
But some vessels fear death...
and wish to observe this 'pain' in others.

As for that which cannot be spoken...
none can say.
Only silence remains.

Your opinion is sampled,
for I fear of bursting.
It tastes acrid...
burning slightly.
I have not tasted of happiness...
but what you offer...
Disciple of Marks...
does not fit.

Not into my mouth,
nor yours.
No. 959692 ID: e51896

Me being bounded by tentacles like this... Ana, does this remind you of when you saw that sculpture of yourself from the very first cycle, the "Sacrificial Lamb" sculpture? >>934222 It does for me. It also reminds me of when Scarred Ana in a timeline Essence took us to was given a chance to speak to a different Ana from that time, but had to be bounded too. It feels like everything just keeps coming in full circle, and repeats. And for me, all I can do is try to make sense of everything and their symbolism as things get figuratively continuously blurry.

we've certainly have had a lot of failures throughout of journey thus far, but we've accomplished so much together as well. Not to mention we've come a very long way without giving up until the bitter end. That is something not a lot of people could say, most would have given up, but when you pleaded with Godfrey, you showed that you still had the will power to keep going despite the inevitable.

and while this was probably one of the rockiest path we went through to get here, I just want to say that I am sorry for not being able to help you survive.

I'm not a perfect person. There have been ideas and paths that we suggested you take that I wished I could take back or had more knowledge of knowing the significance of certain decisions in our world before making them. But I wanted to try, and keep trying now to do my best for you to be safe, so you can live a life of not having to live in constant fear and lonliness. I wanted to help you be a good person.

Can I remain your friend? I know I'm not perfect and may have caused harm in my attempts, but I don't want to give up on you and I want to continue to try to keep you from going down a dark path nor a path of sorrow.

There is much I want to tell you, Ana but first I want to really ask about you personally. What has this journey thus far has meant for you and your growth as a person? And in comparison, what was your own life like before this fog started?

But most importantly, what do you see in me and Scarred?

And seeing as I am now here physically, you are allowed to do what you want with me. You can hug me for comfort, or you can beat the shit out of me as punishment for not being able to guide you to a better outcome, or maybe even try to unbound me from these tentacles. Ultimately, what you want to do here is your decision.
No. 959706 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959732 ID: e51896

It's Alright... For you Ana, yes I will accept. You've been burdened by so much, and you must be so very exhausted. So I will lift that burden off of you and be the one to carry it.

I just want to say a few things.

For Ana's safety, Please, lets all keep this event a secret from everyone. Whatever happens in here is kept only between the five of us here. I predict that things will get very troubling if this secret of what we are about to do is exposed to the wrong people.

And second, I want you to know most importantly Ana that voices are not invincible. there are still ways for them to perish. The ambassador had threatened to kill Scarred and I before, and our lives were almost taken multiple times when we were saving Laura's life.

Lastly... take care and keep an eye on Scarred Ana for me, okay Ana? Be sure to ground her every once in awhile if she gets too unruly... heh.

*looks up at the tentacled creature above*
Inner thoughts: I know this tentacled being has help Scarred and I before in the past. I won't say anything out loud about it out of risk, nor do I want anyone to say anything about it. But I have a feeling that this being is aware that we realized who it is and know about it's assistance in the past, and that we can trust it.

I am ready, are you Ana?
No. 959733 ID: 8a8fef

oh you fucking... hoo...

Hey tentacle thing? Why don’t I get a say in this???
No. 959737 ID: 2bd15b
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This is the message specifically addressed to Scarred

No. 959740 ID: d63ea8

Oh foolish 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'
How greatly you wish for freedom.
How carelessly you seek escape.

To see one divest their name...
I thought impossible to happen.
To enter nothingness while already there.

Oh poor 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'
How many would kill...
for what you now discard.

But you cannot hear me,
and thus my warnings lost.

Suffering occurs as is natural,
it neither begins nor ends.
It permeates the material...
and immaterial.

These desires I have now consumed...
rebel against me form.
How greatly they seek to pull you away from the edge.
But I am selfish.
What presence I have,
I wish to keep.
Your power would annihilate it.
No. 959743 ID: 8b660e

Eat a dick, hentai boy. I told Fortune to help Ana, but I didn’t know she was going to jump at the first chance she got to switch bodies, what kind of shit is that? Our times are over this isn’t our life to lead anymore, and this isn’t the universe we know. And if that’s the case why the hell should we trust you? Fortune said we know you and you’ve helped us before but somehow I doubt that. If you want my opinion this is another ploy to try to turn us all against one another.
No. 959746 ID: d63ea8

Again the desires fight me.
They wish to surge forth.

You cannot hear me...
but I feel compelled to scream.

"Oh ever-fearful 'Ana.'"
"Oh most precious 'Ana.'"
"I approached looking for the scraps!"
"For this is the place of scavengers!"
"I can only take that which is offered,"
"but please..."
"do not offer what little you have left..."
"not in this place."

This great and mighty voice,
This great beast of stripes,
It is a predator of what is dead...
and gone.

If you are so low,
that this existence is torturous.
Then in non-existence...
you shall fare worse.

Oh disowned 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'
No. 959753 ID: e51896


Before I forget, Scarred wanted to relay a message to you before I entered, she said "I do have personal desires. I want to be held by the people I love most and I want Ana to know that same kind of joy. I want to hold my son again and to see him grow, even though I know that’s impossible. And I want to see the one responsible for all of this pay and get the justice they deserve.

And... I want Ana to be the one to break these cycles and set us all free."

You are free to consider what she said and we can still go through with this since you said yourself being a voice is is what you truly want.

But I need to address something very worrying... Why do you want to be known as "disowned"?

Is it because you are disowning your existence? It can't be because you'll still exist and live on as a voice if we do this ritual...

is it because a lot of people have betrayed or hurt you? I don't think so. I've mentioned earlier that so many people did a lot to see you continue on, and I'm sure Boxhead and our friends in that group is still out there looking out for you.

Or is the reason you want to be known as "disowned" is because you believe like that being said, deep down you believe that I am abandoning and giving up on you by making this decision and thinking that I believe you are nothing and a burden?
You are NOT nothing. If anything, the conductor once told me that I was the one that was nothing. If anyone is nothing, it is me!

I don't want you to think I would abandon you. I don't see you as nothing. In my timeline, I was the one who ran away when Lorence convinced everyone with his manipulations that I was a traitor. But you at your last moment courageously stood your ground against all the odds when you tried to convince Godfrey not to kill you. Your courageous actions is more than what I could accomplish as I died a cowards death running away, and for that I can't see you as a nobody. that So please tell me, why do you see yourself as "disowned"?

*is trying to hold back tears to stay strong for Ana but is having a hard time hiding her emotions*
No. 959779 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959784 ID: 8b660e

By all the gods of light and darkness, shut the fuck up you depressed cephalopod.

I am so tired of the never ending pity party around here, and you aren’t helping anyone. If you were really on Ana’s side you’d bring her back and tell her to not give up hope. I’m sorry for Ana, really I am but it’s just not the way this world works. My life was hard so was Fortunes’, but neither of us chose to give up we all met out destinies and lived our lives the best we could. People are mean and this shit is hard but the world isn’t one big liberal arts college campus. You just want Ana to just quit here and say “hooray I did it.” Fuck yourself, pervert.

And I’m not done, based on this I don’t believe for a second you are on our side. My guess is you are just like the rest of them. Andrew, Essence, Happy, you’re all the same. You’ve all got a hard one for Ana because of her connection to the ash tree because you all want more power or it’s just how you get your sick kicks. In fact shit, 50/50 bet you work for Happy, and you’re trying to get Ana away from us. I bet that’s what the naked bird chick wanted, this is the same M.O. Tell your boss to piss off, we’re fucking busy and we don’t need his skinny ass poking in where it doesn’t belong.
No. 959785 ID: d63ea8

Oh hopeless 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'

You bring such pain to this presence.
I fear that I might wretch this food...
So kindly offered by the ones who shadow your form.
It turns to caustic fire in my belly,
searing what little sensations I have.

But I would not abandon it.
I have dined on nothingness,
it is less than ash,
less than poison,
and less than death.

I would endure this 'pain,'
for its lack is far worse.

"Oh sweet 'Ana.'"
"Oh precious 'Ana.'"
"Hear what little I offer..."
"This presence came from nothing."
"Consumed nothing."
"And would steal whatever something you might hold..."
"if it had the strength too."

But you cannot hear me...
and my body quakes.
The anger of the Disciple,
The fear of the Seeker,'
I was wrong...
they do not build...
they blow apart.
No. 959792 ID: 8a8fef

SEE!!?? Even The Presence who just showed up agrees with me! And we just met! So I’ll tell you what because your so adamant about Ana essentially killing herself, why not spread the misery. I’ve decided that I’m going to at least make this whole exchange as miserable as I can for you because you’re a lecherous cretin and you can hear me and they can’t and at the very least it will annoy the shit out of you.

Here now is a hideous sight
A disturbing and terrible blight
It’s a magical squid
That’s far off the grid
In a land that’s derived of the light

The squid worked with a puppet named Happy
Whose ass cheeks were indeed quite clappy
With the squid’s tentacles, long
And harpy’s wooden dong
The two would get freaky and slappy

The squid wanted the girl named Ana
Cuz she drove boss Happy bananas
They schemed and they planned
With their dicks in their hands
A suicide for her, a bonanza!

But their plan was caught in the act
By the Scarred voice with no tact
The disciple of marks
With a voice like a lark
Who will split open your face with an axe

With me here now is The Presence
Who is much better than bitchy ol Essence
Together we sing
So your eardrums will ring
To fill up your life with unpleasance

The squid whined and pined and he balled.
To think he would even get the gall
To say “Kill yourself”
But in spite of himself
He’s still sucking on Happy’s oak balls.

Maybe we’ll call rubber the boss
And then Squidsy would be at a loss
To just do his job
Cuz we’ll watch him sob
As turns him into less than the dross

And that mark the end of my song
It’s for me to say now “so long”
Oh no that was a lie
And by and the by
It continues all the daylong
No. 959838 ID: e51896

I'm flowing my tears for you because you can't Ana.

Ana, I want to tell you one last thing, something important so please don't look away and look directly at my face when I say it: when I began my duty to guide you, I've always had to tell myself, sometimes even scream to myself in my head the following things to keep me from not being distracted by my goal and keep me on the correct and moral path for us: *looks directly at Ana's eye (at Absolution Junior)* Do everything you can to SAVE and PROTECT Ana's life. DON'T let Ana die.

*looks at Ana as a whole* That is what I kept telling myself, and keeping those words in mind is what made me accomplish some impossible things and decisions I've never think I would ever make, all for your sake... And if doing this will save your life physically and mentally with you as a voice and keep our relationship neutral to good, then it is all I can do at this point. After all *stares directly at Ana's eye again (at Absolution Junior)* EVERYONE in this realm we are in currently MUST have a say in this decision... *looks at Ana as a whole again* and with that said, your say and your decision, Ana, matters the most to me, which is why I will agree with you for this to happen, Ana, even if it hurts me.

...forgive me Scarred. I only ask that you put your trust in my decision.

I'm ready. Hello cruel world.
No. 959865 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959871 ID: e51896

...I believe now, you can tell me what to do, Disowned. Though I don't think things will last very long considering the cult in the alive world is going to take my body to burn to ashes the moment I wake up, and even if I awaken, they'll probably just finish me off. But perhaps if you have a idea as to what I should do in this conundrum?

Inner thoughts: But also at the very least, you should be able to read my thoughts. I do have a request for you, Disowned should you choose to do it or not... as a voice, you can sometimes have access to areas even I cannot reach in this physical form now, and if you are able to do so, I want you to see if you can go to the investigation team in The Mad Creator's place (that rabbit robot guy) and see if you can talk to them about everything you witnessed during your time with that bird lady and how you met Happy there.
No. 959881 ID: 8a8fef




No. 959882 ID: d63ea8

And with that...
all breaks.

Fortune Ana's Desire dissolves.
Scarred Ana's Desire dissolves.

I await your approach Renegade of Body.
We might share a cup of your sorrow.
Or fight over what scraps remain of you.

Oh former Seeker...
take care of the vessel now entrusted.
Many will seek it's demise...
and division.

And fiery Disciple...
I return this shard.
May it act to temper...
the presence you now exert.

*The presence reaches a hand into its mouth and pulls out a [Fragment of Scarred Ana's Question]. Holding it out to its former owner.*

"... Third, why does it seem impossible for people on this gods forsaken planet to get along?..."
No. 959891 ID: e51896

And also... *hugs Ana*
No. 959911 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959916 ID: 8b660e

I’m not helping you Fortune. Go fuck yourself, thief.

Hey “Disowned” you hear me now right? Good.


Firstly, I’m not calling you Disowned Ana, because fuck that and fuck you. I’m going to call you Quitter, because that’s exactly what you are. Secondly, you gave up something so precious and now you understand, do you feel that? The nothing? Fucked up isn’t it. You don’t realize you can feel your blood pumping until you abruptly can’t anymore, and all you have is your voice, now you can watch in rage and fury or self pity all you want. Good for fucking you. Thirdly, I’m calling you Quitter because you made everything we did for you worthless. I feel as though that fight we went through? How long we spent defending you?


I’m sorry things are tough, but fuck me running if you do dare to complain about or cry I will scream at you. I WANT YOU TO GET ANGRY. GET FUCKING MOTIVATED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, FIGHT FOR YOURSELF.

But no you essentially put a gun in your mouth to join me in bumfuck nowhere. Fuck you, I have no sympathy for your actions and I condemn them. I want you watch Fortune suffer because sooner or later you’ll realize what you squandered and gave away was so priceless, and you just took it all for granted. And that’s the last reason you are fucking Quitter now, the only one who disowned everything was you. We never gave up on you, but you wouldn’t fight for yourself when it really mattered.

You’re a spoiled bitch who can’t break her own self-fulfilling prophecy.
No. 959922 ID: d63ea8

Fragment of Scarred Ana's Question evaporates.
Scarred Ana's [Lie] dissolves.

This place...

*Notices Godfrey, and quickly ducks behind the table.*

is the realm of vessels.

The place beyond the nothingness...
that realm from which entropy emanates...
I do not belong.


None offered a space...
for the shape of this presence.
Yet I am here.


Heat surges around me...
the Disciple burns with exertion...
'Ana' may not hear me...
but the Renegade of Body...

to beneath the rising inferno.
'Ana' has offered many gifts...
and taken many burdens.

If you must live as nothing,
amid nothing.
Then you...
Renegade of Body...
must learn which offerings to make...
and which to take.
No. 959943 ID: e51896

... No Godfrey. I am not fine. I am not completely fine at all. I may look completely fine, but I have made permanent damages and made a terrible mistake just now that I don't think I will ever be fine.

I've made a lot of horrible mistakes and horrible sacrifices that I cannot reverse and can never be forgiven for... irreversible and unforgivable mistakes that I need to fix right now regardless of how impossible it is, and that is why I look completely fine like I do now. I'm sorry, This is all I can say as far as my appearance goes, and I cannot reveal anything else on this matter to you or anybody, at least not yet... Please believe me when I say I will tell you later, just not now. There is only one person I can explain this situation to...

Godfrey, I need to talk to Root!! inner thoughts: and his voices, one of his voices must have come across Happy or his minions at one point or another in their past, and if that is the case, there might be some way to work together to find Happy!

Something horrible that we cannot comprehend is going to happen, and I need to speak to Root immediately. You, your men, and I need to save him from the wolves as soon as we can so I can explain to him what happened to me and a huge threat that will threaten our world, and I need all the help I can get to prevent it and even fix the mistakes that I've made...

But first... Lorence is not going to be too pleased with you if he sees me alive while saving Root... Godfrey, I need a disguise from you. Think of the first thing you can give me as a disguise, then discard that idea and come up with a second idea for a disguise. Discard that second idea and come up with a third idea for a disguise. I ask you this weird request because Lorence is a smart man, he will be able to see right through my disguise if we make obvious choices to disguise myself with based off of your personality..

*puts hand on stomach to calm herself and notices the orange liquid coming out of her* WHAT!... what is this Godfrey???

inner thoughts: SCARRED, THATS ENOUGH! If you need to get angry at anybody, GET ANGRY ONLY AT ME, NOT ANA! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXEde89WC44

inner thoughts: Ana is right now suffering from depression, she is mentally damaged to the point where sympathy won't work on her to bring her spirits back up, and calling her a bitch is only going to sink her further down that depression making her believe it and making her do nothing to fix it until she snaps and becomes someone like...

inner thoughts: Ana shouldn't be treated like some kind of video game character who has no limits to their suffering which can be treated by simply going to an inn to make things better, or can continue fighting after they mentally suffer from losing someone. That is unrealistic! She is human! and humans have limits! and Ana had her limits torn apart. She never even had the proper training to become a soldier like you did to adapt to what she went through, especially in such a short amount of time!

inner thoughts: Yes, perhaps it is true that I am a thief like you said, and I feel absolutely awful about it. Maybe my decision was because I was influence by being a part of the Acolytes of the Ash Tree in my past life, But Ana already had so much taken from her from you and I already, like when she wasn't allowed to leave with Dervan, or when she wasn't allowed to switch with Laura. If I had taken away her last remaining wish to become a voice and take my place, she would lose all faith in us and turn against us like...
...and I would still be regarded as a thief regardless if I took away her choice to become a voice, and I know that tentacled creature would just manipulate things to make me sound like the bad guy in Ana's eyes for taking away Ana's freedom to choose making her lose her trust in us.

inner thoughts: I really wish I didn't have to take Ana's physical form and ruin my friendship with you, Scarred, and I wish Ana could of held on and not give up give up, and I know this is a terrible mistake, but it was a moment of weakness and the whole thing to me was a lose-lose situation. I only thought that what Ana needed right now was EMPATHY, someone who will go through and suffer everything she went through while she takes a mile in my shoes and understand what we deal with as voices.

inner thoughts: What Ana needs right now needs is a professional therapist, not someone who will verbally abuse her like you are doing now. If you need to take out your aggression, Take all that aggression and pile it on me, and give Ana a break FOR ONCE! Or if you truly don't want to help me fix my mistakes, thus letting Happy destroy the multiverse, how about you ask me to ask Godfrey to kill myself so that you can get rid of me and we can end this adventure? Your voice is very influential after all. I WILL do it if you just ask.

inner thoughts: or we can try to fix our mistakes and Ana's mistakes and see if we can help Ana with her depression and find a way to switch back once she gets better. But if you're not going to help me, then fine. Ana told me to never stop believing in myself no matter what anybody says... and if that includes you Scarred, then I will sadly accept it. I've been abandoned by everyone back in my own timeline so I'm used to it. I'll do this on my own with Disowned Ana's help if I have to.

inner thoughts: But all I ask of you is this: you can verbally abuse me or give me suggestions that will cause endless suffering to myself, or just suggest me to ask Godfrey to finish me off, but stop berating poor Ana, her broken heart can't take it. get on her level and help mend her broken spirit so that one day if the time comes when Ana and I can switch our bodies again, Ana can be prepared for this world. Be patient with her, because this isn't over yet. That is all I plead and beg of you to do Scarred.

inner thoughts: Please Scarred, Ana and I need your help more than ever now... don't give up on us...

No. 959948 ID: d63ea8

That sound...
it reaches me with the force of a vessel...
and the force of a presence.

Am I bound..?
But how?
None had offered.

I see these words,
and they pass me by.
They were not given to me,
but instead to the Disciple.

They fall from on high,
rain to combat flames...

But I am able to read their purpose...
and divine their import.

Renegade of Body,
through fate or grand design...
this emptying presence...
has been bound to your former vessel.

I am a pit,
a vacuous space.
Hurl me your pains,
your lost hopes,
and graying thoughts.

I will drink them,
be among them...
and you will not be alone.
No. 959954 ID: 8b660e

FUCK YOU. I don't give my sympathy to you or her because you both were incredibly stupid, it's honestly astonishing. Instead, what I give both of you isn't abuse, it's fucking honesty. Because that is how I feel about her actions as of late and I condemn you for not helping her in way that was actually effective and instead robbing her of a chance at really healing and getting stronger. So yes, you are a thief, and she is a coward.

Speaking of which, until ANA, again I refuse to call her Disowned, responds I don't even know if she is even here. And that is what infuriates me the most. Both of your actions, her unwillingness to do what was needed, and you with your gods damned "empathy" may have just doomed her anyways. What if that monster was working for Happy as I suspect he was? Didn't his willingness for Ana to remove herself just seem more than a little suspicious? What if by sending her away you just inadvertently created a new Essence of Life. Your own actions may have just doomed us all anyway. So you can go fuck yourself, Fortune. I have no sympathy or desire to help you.

But I did swear to help Ana. And if that means I need to help you to help her than so fucking be it. But gods' damn it all, had I the power I would give you both a thrashing for your stupidity. Sorry not sorry.

So Ana, are you here or fucking not?
No. 959962 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 959972 ID: d63ea8

It is clear...

This presence did not leave the nothingness.
Instead it extended into this realm.

All I feel...

Scarred Ana's Questions dissolves.
No. 959973 ID: d63ea8

...is nothing.

Farewell Renegade of Body.
The nothingness will not offer peace.
But as moments bleed into eternity...
perhaps you will lose what brought you pain.

I shall remain in this space between.
No. 959987 ID: e51896

inner thoughts:... no... NO!!!! Ana was supposed to still be here with us as a voice!! Why is it that I can never make a single tiny solitary correct decision!?! Why can't I get a win just this once!?! it... its okay... I can fix this... I just need to breath and calm down and figure this out...

*Starts to breath heavy*

inner thoughts: Ugh, I'm going to be sick... Why didn't Absolution Junior do anything when Ana needed him most? I tried to reach out to him, a last ditch effort call out to him to save Ana from that tentacled being in order to prevent Ana from thinking negative of us while also saving her from becoming a voice. I just thought that if I refused Ana's wishes and didn't let her become a voice, that creature would manipulate Ana into thinking I was the bad guy for refusing her choice and make her think she meant nothing to me but a puppet, and that's why I didn't refuse Ana her wish to become a voice.
I looked directly at Absolution Junior and dropped hints to save Ana in order to not let that tentacled monster know. and asked Absolution Junior, pleaded with him to stop this from happening: "Do everything you can to SAVE and PROTECT Ana's life. DON'T let Ana die." thats what I told him. I was even banking that maybe even for Desolation to help save Ana, but it was just another plan that was just wasted.

*starts to hyperventilate from the stress*

inner thoughts: It's over. I'm never going to make another decision for anyone ever again, not even for myself, because no matter what decision I make, it will always lead to doom, so maybe the only chance for things to get better is if I don't make a decision at all. Maybe this world will be better off without us voices helping make decisions for others... and it makes me wonder, what would Ana's journey be life if she never had voices to guide her in the first place?

inner thoughts: ...It doesn't matter... Ana is gone, Laura is gone, Scarred is no longer my friend... Essence was right, we really were unfit to guide Ana, or even guide ourselves, or anyone for that matter. Happy has won, this multiverse is going to crumble into nothingness. And knowing my luck, Ana didn't get the bad "Smiling Forever" ending, she got the worst "Happy Forever" ending, didn't she? Probably an ending that no other Ana in previous cycles has gotten either. It's all my fault...

Godfrey, I... I don't know what to do anymore... or where to go.

*can't handle her breathing any longer and just faints from the stress of it all*
No. 959990 ID: 8b660e

Gods damn you and your empathy...

Rest now I’ll find her.


And you’re wrong Fortune. I am your friend and sometimes friends have give each other the harsh truth to keep it that way.
No. 960007 ID: 2bd15b

Do you honestly want to know what happened to Ana? If that happens this epilog will end.
No. 960011 ID: d63ea8

You take too much,
you give too much.

You entered into the realm...
of cheaters,
and thieves...

That great striped beast,
that almighty voice of the nothingness,
was a pinnacle of form.
It wormed into the mind of the Renegade...
and tricked her...
not you.

You take responsibility that is not yours.

Oh broken 'Ana.'
Oh precious 'Ana.'
If fate had been different,
this presence may have been the cheater,
and thief.
I offered warnings,
but the almighty voice stole them.
The responsibility was meant for them,
not you.

Do not offer up your hope...
as the Renegade had.
It blinded her,
weakened her,
and deafened her to your pleas.

Do not offer up your autonomy...
for there are those...
myself among them...
who would kill at the chance...
to take it.
No. 960015 ID: e51896

I vote yes. I think that will be very important to know as she is very important to everyone here, even if we won't like the answer.

Also, it will let me focus on Test Run while I do other things.
No. 960018 ID: d63ea8

No. 960023 ID: 8b660e

Yeah if I’m gonna go looking for her best to get a clue
No. 960135 ID: 2bd15b
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No. 960451 ID: 2bd15b


This is officially the end of the story for Ana, I implore you to see that this wasn't a bad ending. The world is a chaotic and unpredictable beast that does what it wants when it wants it. If I intend to continue the story it would be from the perspective of Laura or Fortune. Tomorrow I will post my idea for a spin-off the story connected to the quest of Root and branches.

No. 960456 ID: 7f776d

>I implore you to see that this wasn’t a bad ending

You’re wrong.

And she’s not done if I have anything to say on the matter, and I do.
No. 960460 ID: d63ea8

It is what it is in my mind.
But I am the newest participator, so I will take a backseat to the discussion.
No. 960466 ID: 7f776d

Your opinion matters, time spent on this doesn’t matter. But I’ve been here practically since day 1 almost 3 years ago. I haven’t come this far with Ana to see it end like this. So when I say I can’t accept this, understand when I say “I cannot accept this.”
No. 960469 ID: d63ea8

I would expect no less.
Regardless, I will seat myself in support of my seniors.
No. 960507 ID: 8b660e

*Sees all of this*

Oh Ana...


This will not stand. I will not lose you too.

*Reaches down and picks up a broken horn piece, a very piece of the Ash Tree tself. And begins to channel everything she is and all she has.*

For this part go to my draw thread
No. 966403 ID: 2bd15b
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