We were able to get members of the Dancing Sword and guardsmen to follow us to Shanedon to fight Vestus and his undead army. With a fighting force about 125 strong we were able to defend Shanedon against the undead, Through the plans I, and with some help from John, were able to keep the remaining citizens safe and take down Vestus, there was still casualties but a lot less then there would of been if we would of done nothing. Battling Vestus was a bit tough but nothing we couldn’t handle. We made it seem like all the other times he would show up and attack around sundown so he wouldn’t suspect anything, When he made his way down the street that is when me and john sprang out behind him from a building, with Liliana and Virgil in front of him and Sky on his right we had him surrounded. We took his health down but some of us were starting to struggle and things were starting to look grim, until I struck the final blow on Vestus, quite literally.
After the battle we headed back to the library where the remaining town was held up. David the Paladin thanked us greatly and told us we were in the towns debt. We headed back to Caelthyr and on the way back i told the rest of the group my plan to disconnect our souls from the Devourer, Sky and Virgil decided to ditch the cart and sleep on the side of the road (not sure why) so Liliana, john, and I continued on our way back.
Since we are running short on time we decided that John would go see Oropher, and I would talk to Chackwick to see if there is anything that could help with the my plan. He tossed me a book on Circle magic which would help me make my magic more powerful and hopefully strong enough to effect the Devourer. I studied up on it on my way to the Nightshade but i noticed a big gathering and cheering going on so I went to check it out. When i arrived i asked someone what was going on and then all of the sudden i was surrounded by fangirls after giving a few autographs, I ended up running to try to get out of there since i had really important matters to attend to. After i escaped the mob i met up with some Virgil and john and found out we were invited to a party by the queen to celebrate our victory at Shanedon in the morning.
I gathered everyone up, except Sky who decided to stay and help people in the slums, and even a few wizard guards to help with the ritual we would have to perform. everyone stood in a circle while i stood in the middle, they cast spells into the circle to make me more powerful. Once that step was done I went through my memories and accessed the memories of past lives and kept doing so to go farther and farther back and reveal as much memories as i could, then i looked in a mirror and focused those memories and feelings back into myself then put myself to sleep. The idea behind this is that since the Devourer is accessing my mind and putting me into a place called “the Tomb of Horrors” when i go to sleep to eat my soul, he has to open up part of his mind in order to connect with mine. Since his mind is open to mine when i go to sleep I would flood his mind with 55,000 years of memories and feelings to overwhelm him and make him sever the connection between us and the rest of the group.
When i was in this dream state i saw the Devourer and where he resides in a plane of nothingness. He also talked to me, and of course he thought my attempt to sever the connection failed (or he tried to make me believe) and he also proceeded to say we are all going to die and our fighting was useless and we are all nothing, the typical arrogant evil guy stuff. He asked me questions and the like but i just kept turning the question around to annoy him and buy myself more time, which of course made him a bit angry. He eventually made john vanish out of the dream as he took control of him, by this time he was starting to realize that he was about to loose so he was expecting me to stop and help my friend but i did not, for if i did then this would all be for nothing and we probably wouldnt get another chance. i continued to push his buttons and then i said “One mistake you made was allowing a Samsaran into your mind” and with that I pushed the last and most powerful of the memories through and he yelled and severed the connection between our minds, but also at the same time he possessed john and commanded him to attack me. With all of us out of the dream state we started to attack John and try our best not to kill him, which surprisingly we were able to stop him with only a few scratches to ourselves, though john has to be taken to the high priest to remove the effects that where put on him.
After that event though i began to think and realize that i have seen and talked to the Devourer himself and survived, something that no one has probably done in a few milllenia. On top of that though i am most likely the only person in history to of accessed his mind and defeated him in consuming a soul. During those few moment when it was all happening i myself felt god like for achieving such a task. It Got me thinking though, something Acererak (the Devourer) said is that my memories were feeding him, which means he was only trying to scare me or that since our souls are who we are that means they also carry the memories with them as part of the life source because or memories are what make us us and thus that could be contributed to what helps make up or soul or make it more unique to each person. If Acererak plans on consuming the Weave and its life force then he must think that will make him live forever. What is the purpose of him doing that though? if he couldn’t handle my memories then what makes him think he can handle the Weave? This is why i believe Acererak to be foolish and underestimate the power of the Weave and what it would do to him. I also am beginning to believe that the Weave is what makes a god, a god. Obviously we are all connected and it gives us the ability to use magic along with giving us life, but since we are all connected i believe that when followers of a god cast or pray in the name of a god that is what helps provide the power to a god which in turn gives power to the person, but greatly reduced. The more followers a god has, the more powerful he can become. Or you can just steal the life force like Acererak does and also receive it from his followers. If my theory is correct about the Weave then i think i might know how to stop Acererak possibly once and for all. I will have to dig deeper into it and do more research but i still have a few plans up my sleeve.
If Acererak plans on controlling the Weave or consuming it then i believe the universe will not allow him to succeed. There is a balance that is kept between good and evil, one cannot survive long without the other, anyone who knows there history will know that there have been great wars where evil has tried to takeover, in fact one happened only a 100 years ago, gods ranging from good to neutral and even some bad all allied together and stopped the lower planes of hell from taking over, and it was all thanks to the help of a brave Paladin and a group of brave fighters. So i believe that if Acererak does succeed in taking the Weave then it would possibly kill him with the overwhelming amount of life and memories or he would eventually exaust the Weave of its life force and die out from no longer having a source to feed on, and when he dies out a new cycle will begin. Who knows, something like this could of happened in the past and we are just part of a cycle that is bound to happen again and again. It resembles the water cycle in a way. Lets say Water starts out in a puddle which would resemble the beginning of the first cycle and the main form it will go to. Over time it evaporates, this signifies death or the end of a cycle. Then finally it comes back in the form of rain, fog, snow, and sometimes acid rain, this part of the cycle stands for rebirth and sets the path that the water will follow before starting the cycle again. A Samsarans life is no different, just like water we continue in a cycle, and each time the cycle starts over we come back a bit different but are ultimately the same person. Maybe that is why we are blue and our blood is like a babbling brook, and no matter how we start each new cycle we try to reach a harmony in our lives and achieve a good balance so we may ascend. Maybe our race was formed to be a representation of the Weave and the cycle it might take. if so then just like we are the forgers of our own path and how we can control the path water takes then maybe we can also change the path of what the Weave will take.