The crowd felt like going home… how many reveals like this could they take.
Yet, some felt completely differently… the grand elders started laughing… imagine that… the most esteemed members of their kingdom laughing like children.
Elder Deryth smiled faintly, "there's no doubt left in my mind… the prophecy is about this child."
Grand Elder Deryth's words seemed to place a blanket of pressure on the Eostre family… if Deryth was right, then wouldn't Dyon's words have an extra layer of credibility?
Ri suddenly flicked Dyon's forehead, "how many things like this do you want to keep from me?! You couldn't have let me know before?! How many other things are you hiding?!"
Dyon smiled down as the adorably pouting Ri and pinched her nose lovingly, "After today, there'll be nothing left to hide, right?"
Ri suddenly noticed that they were the center of attention and pulled back, blushing.
Alex who stood to the side smiled at this, 'I'm glad you've found such a nice relationship…'
Wyn Eostre though, only narrowed his eyes… his face darkening even further.
He wanted to speak but Dyon began again first.
"You must be wondering if the secret of the Celestial Deer Sect gives me inside information on the inner workings of the alliance and why your king disappeared… however, it doesn't.
That being said… after this story… I'm sure many of you will find little reason to doubt me…"
Dyon's gaze turned serious as he scanned the crowd.
"Grand Elders, if I show you how the tome was used to cleanse the True Empaths of old, will you do me the honor of telling everyone the reason behind the alliance with the Celestial Deer Sect?"
Grand Elder Deryth looked into Dyon's eyes calmly, as if he had expected this, 'it seems the words in the sky, the tome, the prophecy… everything has to do with him…'
"you can really do that?" Grand Elder Cormyth's eyes sparkled with hope.
Dyon smiled, nodding in affirmation.
After a few moments, Grand Elder Deryth nodded, "I think it's about time everyone knew…"
Everyone was exhausted, they hadn't had a second of rest since this began, and now the grand elders were going to reveal a secret they had held from the beginning of their tenure?
Grand Elder Deryth took a deep breath, "the path of the True Empath hasn't always been easy…
Imagine being privy to the emotions of everyone around you. To know their lies, their truths. To know what they really think of you behind a fake smile… to know that maybe your loved ones don't place you in high regard…
But, what if this was scaled up? What if you could feel the emotions of everyone in a war-torn country? To feel every heartbreak at the loss of a family member… to feel the depression of a kingdom that's hit a wall of decline… and to know that with every passing day, there's nothing you could do to help them all…"
The eyes of the crowd glistened.
"That's the level a True Empath powerful enough to be our monarch reaches… a level where with every passing day… they lose their minds more and more."
Dyon smiled, "and what's better at cleansing the mind than Celestial Will? With the help of the alliance, the monarchs of the Elvin Kingdom could rule for longer and die of old age rather than insanity…
However, you must be wondering… since the Elves weren't always in this universe, how did they cleanse their True Empaths before?" Dyon's ring flashed, a tome appearing in his hand, "the answer is with this tome."
"mhm," Dyon nodded faintly, staring at the tome absentmindedly, "this tome used to fulfill the job of not only identifying True Empaths… but also the job of cleansing their souls, it's just that that secondary function was lost to you all with the transition between universes."
Dyon smiled to himself. This is exactly what he meant when he told Ri he had figured all of this out by luck… if it wasn't for him connecting the cleansing of the demon generals with the awakening of this book, how could he ever make this connection in such a short period of time? However, Dyon didn't feel the need to mention such things. Right now, only the most important facts were needed.
Zaltarish who had been silent all of this time suddenly trembled, looking down at his hands, "then that means… the words in the sky were never mine…"
As soon as Zaltarish finished speaking, the sudden realization hit everyone.
If it had been Zaltarish who destroyed the shell of the tome, wouldn't he be the one in possession of the tome?... the fact Dyon had it… only meant one thing…
Sinaht bitterly chuckled to himself, 'it seems nothing was up to me from the beginning…'
How was this fair? His array alchemy talent was unmatched. He had an innate aurora. And now his manifestation was powerful enough to destroy a stone monument that had stood since the ancient times of the Elvin Kingdom? Bullshit!
Dyon only faintly chuckled, looking off into the sky, "you must all think the words in the sky signify the destruction of the tome… however, you couldn't be more wrong… the words in the sky signify the sealing technique used to hold the real tome… it was only that my manifestation was a trigger for releasing it… but…"
Dyon waved his hand towards the words in the distance… and under the astounded gazes of everyone, they began to shift and condense, moving towards them with blazing speed.
Suddenly, when the words were just in range, Dyon clenched his fists.
There, before everyone, the stone tablet fell in the middle of the square, raising into the sky hundreds of meters. And the names that had been erased… were back.
Dyon smiled faintly, "why would I ever destroy the one foolproof piece of evidence I have for the deeds of the Eostre family?"
Everyone held their breaths as they watched Dyon look towards the princess.
"I think it's time…" he said faintly, pausing his words.
The Princess smiled a radiant smile, slowly taking her silver mask off.
Mistress Aedre shook violently watching this scene. Her listless eyes began to glow as tears fell endlessly down her cheeks.
There stood Primrose Aedre, smiling radiantly… and what seemed to hit people even harder was the fact if you paid attention to the expressions of Ri and Uncle Acacia… they were not surprised in the least.
Dyon laughed, "what? You all thought I'd really berate a mother who truly lost her child? She just needed to be taught a little lesson…"
(1 – Deryth believes that Dyon is the child in the prophecy because he doesn't find it to be a coincidence that such a talented boy just happened to be the last disciple of an ally the elves used to rely on so much
(2 – as you can see… the True Empath has issues with their emotions over extended periods of time… I wonder what other character has ever expressed not liking the ability to read the emotions of others… hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm (*cough chapter 126 cough*)
(3 - as for the connection between cleansing the soul and the tome, check out chapter 87
(4 – just to explain what Dyon meant by the tome shell… The tome itself is a very very very special magical treasure… so special in fact that even the ancient elves couldn't unlock it. It wasn't until Dyon that it found a person with a suitable demeanor and manifestation for it to bind itself to.
(5 – however, the energy used to seal the tome away from prying eyes never dispersed… well, it's more accurate to say that it was in the process of dispersing, but it would have taken centuries. All that said, the energy of the seal is technically under Dyon's ownership because it was tied with his manifestation's name from that night onwards… which means if Dyon wished it, which he did, he could change it back to its stone form.
**now, the way he's going to use that stone form to prove the Eostre family is guilty is something you'll have to wait and see 😉 or, you can go to chapter 84…. Where it may or may not talk about how you can link the aura of the words on the tome to specific families… I know, I know. Praise be to me, the foreshadowing king *wink wink*
***but where is Dyon going to get this aura to prove the Eostre family guilty? Now you'll really have to wait and see 😉
(6 – ahhh, everything is getting too wild. Primrose is the princess? Wait, Primrose can't be the princess? Then who's the princess? Is she dead? Is she gone? If she is, why did Dyon make Primrose dress as the princess? AAGGGHHHHHH
** I promise the campaign and world tournament arcs will be just straight up epic battles…. This is getting to be too much for even me… and I wrote it :'( *sobs quietly in the corner with Jade and the forgotten Kymil and Darcassan*