1. [The battle against Quintus and Stigma is finally over. In its wake, the last Rider looks on at the damage dealt to the surroundings, and then at the gaping hole that is still in her chest.

The Causality Reactor - the ancient object that had allowed her to turn the tides - glows brightly where it is embedded into her body. It occasionally sends out pulses of electricity that are clearly becoming painful for Fyra.

Morte looks on, concerned, but with a new sense of understanding.]


You were against being accompanied on that journey, Mistress. Is it because you knew that we would have prevented you from using this?

There were two who fought alongside us before who chose a similar path with another object of great power. Quite a number were opposed to it.



...


...Either way, the damage has been done. As a short-term solution, it worked well. But you are not Quintus - your body cannot contain nor control that power. It will destroy you.

Although...I may have a solution for that. Albeit one that requires sacrifice...


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2. [Days later, the few survivors of the Metis Group are gathered in Antarctica, where everything began. Their ranks are bolstered by ESUN researchers and those from Project Unification who decide to follow...

The familiar sight of the tomb is now filled with all sorts of complex, modern machinery. In the center of the space is a reconstructed coffin, where an exhausted Fyra - worn down by the surges from the Causality Reactor - now lies. Her Steed watches over her, looking sombre.

At Morte's suggestion, a decision was made to put the Rider back into stasis, to allow the Reactor to stabilize, and its new host to adapt. The surrounding equipment would vent the excess energy harmlessly, so that there was no risk of overload.

However, there is no telling how long this process will take. At the very least, it would be decades before Fyra would see the light of day again.]


[And yet, she looks very much at peace with that prospect. After all, both Morte and herself had done all that they could for the time being.]
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