Fear of the Dark
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It's been so long since Gaia had one of her headaches that I thought the faerie might've disappeared for good. Do you think it's got something to do with Eden?
What did you say, Gaia?
Restore the Darkness...to the world flooded by Light...
Ah! That's it!
We thought we'd restored balance to the six elements, but perhaps they're still too strongly aligned with Light? If that's the case, maybe we can set things right by using Darkness.
By using Darkness? Are...are you serious!?
But hold on... It might actually work!
Gaia, that's a brilliant idea!
I-I wouldn't go that far. I just remembered what I learned during our adventures, that's all.
But this does mean we'll need to call on your services again, if that's all right with you?
We've come this far together, and we'll see our mission to the end! To Eden's core!
I'll say one thing before we start: if this all goes horribly wrong, don't even think about pinning it on me! Not that it will, of course...
Right, let's get started!
But...hmmm... Were there any primals aligned with Darkness? I can't seem to recall any...
You mean there isn't one?
The Ascians' god, Zodiark, may be suitable, but we need something that Forename has actually encountered─and preferably defeated.
Well, does it have to be a primal for it to work? If it's just a lot of Darkness that we need, perhaps there are other ways to get it.
You may be right! What we ultimately need is a state of highly charged Darkness─it shouldn't matter what form it takes. Does anything come to mind, Forename?
|I daresay the Flood of Darkness had a fair bit of...Darkness.||I know a few voidsent that would fit the bill.|
I'd say we've found the perfect candidate.
But where to find a suitable place, one where Darkness is strong... It won't be easy in a world flooded by Light.
Well, we've got the Warrior of Darkness and the Oracle of Darkness right here. It seems like a good enough spot to me.
But what about the Light-aligned aether that's all around us?
That's where you come in. You can suppress the Light while I draw out the Darkness. By combining our powers, we can make it work wherever we are.
Combining our powers...
Yes, between us, there's nothing we can't achieve! Don't be afraid, Gaia!
I'm not afraid─just very concerned that this will all go horribly wrong...which is the same thing, I suppose. Anyway, it's certainly not easy coming up with these plans by ourselves.
That's true. But when this is over, we can reward ourselves with all sorts of delicious treats at the festival!
Festival? What do you mean?
We spoke about it on the way here, remember? I asked if you wanted to take part.
Um... I was busy piloting the skyslipper, so I probably wasn't paying attention.
Oh well, not to worry. We can talk about that later. Right now we've got a job to do!
I'll draw out the ambient aether...
And I'll shift its alignment to Darkness!
Now, Forename! Focus your thoughts!
This is the first time we've tried this since that disaster with Shiva, so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. Even so, I can't afford to waver now!
I've called forth real voidsent before─so everyone tells me, anyway─but this is unknown territory for me. With the two of you by my side, though, I'm sure it'll work!
So that was what a world flooded by Darkness would look like...
That all went surprisingly well. Of course, we have Forename to thank for slaying that ghastly creature.
You were fantastic, Gaia! Anyone would think you're an old hand at this!
You weren't so bad yourself. We make quite a team, don't we?
We certainly do!
I don't know about you two, but I'm itching to see whether our hard work has paid off. Let's head back.
Hmm... The plants are just as lifeless as they were before. Maybe the Light's influence is still too strong?
What in the world...?
In fleeting hues and endless warmth,
A gentle light washed over me.
A glimmer of hope once lost...
I'm still not sure what that enormous crystal actually does, or why it changes color. But I'm sure it didn't look like that before.