A Soldier Calls [Sialarvanya] Nov 24, 2017 1:35:04 GMT -7
Post by Solveig on Nov 24, 2017 1:35:04 GMT -7
What the priest was saying made sense, but only in the way that abstract things like metaphysical selves could make sense while simultaneously not really making a lot of sense. But the premise was clear: she would be putting her very being in danger by going to the Elsewhere, and it would be very hard to find someone with strong enough magic to do it. She carefully noted his suggestion regarding where to find a possible conjurer, trying not to think about how Sia most definitely would have been capable of doing what needed to be done. If only it had been Sia who had made it out of this. She would know what to do.
Then, the priest said something she probably wouldn't have expected from a priest (though maybe she knew less about what kinds of things a priest would say than she thought she did) and suggested that doing this was not required of her and if they simply let the people - her people. Her Sia - pass it could be easier. She imagined it was out of concern for her very soul that he said it, as if they died they would go to the afterlife whereas if she failed in her task she would cease to exist forever, but rather than turn her away from the dangerous, reckless, possibly deadly idea it merely steeled her resolve. Not that she had any doubts to begin with.
"No, I have to save them. My soldiers are my responsibility; they trusted me with their lives and though someday they may pay the price it will not be without me doing everything I can to prevent it. And Sia, my Sia, if she were to pass so too would my very heart. Ceasing to exist would be a mercy compared to a life without her. You must take care of their physical bodies until I can save them. Please."
Making sure their physical bodies didn't die was equally important to returning their spirits, though perhaps less existentially dangerous. She hoped that she could do what she needed to do in time. "Is there anything else? I should gather my things and prepare." She wondered if she would be able to take her sword and shield with her to the Elsewhere. Did swords have metaphysical essences? She supposed she would find out.