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825061 No. 825061 ID: 1187e2

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No. 916838 ID: 41dfb3

Don’t think you’ve won just yet, Esssence...

Take a look at your corpse engine!
No. 916930 ID: 70be57
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No. 917054 ID: e51896

Laura, are you okay? Thank goodness.

Please step away from Null, I don't want you getting eaten by him again.
No. 917087 ID: 3583d1

OOOHHHHHhhhh thank the gods of light and darkness!

I did not have any idea that would work, really just flying by the seat of my pants there! *hugs Laura* That’s my girl!
No. 917088 ID: 3583d1

ERIK! MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS!!! I CANT TEL YOU HOW LONG ITS BEEN! Oh man we need to get drunk again around a bonfire like we did every moth, throwing those parties were-

Wait what did you say? Absolution betrayed us? N-no th- that’s uh...

*suddenly looks really confused and scared*
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No. 917202 ID: e51896

*looks over to spirit contaminator*

Spirit Contaminator, it isn't my place to tell you what to do, but are you really choosing death over going with Dervan to be seen in a more positive light?

I know you care a lot about Essence, but I think you should see the opportunity you were given just now. Not only will you be seen in a more positive light, but perhaps you can show the organization not just yourself, but your allies in a more positive light as well, give your side of the story and tell them as well as us things we aren't seeing that is making us see you all the way we do, and explain all your and Essence's actions.

Also, I remember you saying you want to help Essence save this universe, and I think one way of doing it would be to convince the organization to maybe perhaps... stop this universe from being stuck in this dimensional cycle...maybe? I mean, this dimensional cycle is being exploited by Absolution Prime and other gods making it a hellhole, and I think it is only going to get worst. I believe it is one of the reasons why Essence is the way she is, by living in this cycle over and over again. That is the definition of insanity after all. If you aren't going to go with Dervan for yourself, perhaps you can do it for your family?

I mean I know the dimensional cycle is the one keeping Andrew captive, but perhaps you can urge the organization to stop the cycle and the unintentional madness it is causing to our universe and think of a better alternative.

*looks over to Scarred*

That brings me to this, Scarred. I don't know if saving the world from Root is going to matter if it is all just going to get reset at the end and we have to repeat the progress. Perhaps we should consider trying to find a way for Ana to escape the dimensional cycle in some way? I mean, stopping the fog is well and good, but I don't know whether or not if us trying to stop the fog is actually serving as a distraction in some way from the real problem that the dimensional cycle is causing on everyone in this universe, and the gods and demigods that are exploiting it, right?

*looks at the ghosts*

Also, Erik, you said your name was, do you or any of your ghost buddies know what caused the dimension cycle to reset in your, and Scarred Ana's universe? Just to give us a better idea on how it functions, and what triggers it to reset itself...

And I can only guess, and I don't want to say it for Scarred's heart's sake, but was the person whom killed you was Logan?
No. 917203 ID: e51896

*wants to explain to Demoria that Essence was mistreating him destroying his bones and trying to erase his mind and possibly make him her slave after the battle, and that Essence was mistreating her allies like getting Ember to attack outside leading to her getting burned and destroying his heart in the process, and he needed to leave Essence because of her mistreatment towards Ember and himself*

*wonders why he is even still alive and stable even though his heart got destroyed. believes that he is a puddle because his bones is destroyed, but does not know why he is still living without a heart*

*can only gurgle, and cannot say any of those words*
No. 917316 ID: 41dfb3

*stares daggers at Fortune*
Don’t you dare dishonor my husbands memory, he was dead long before Erik fell in battle, I remember that if nothing else.

Dreamwalker, do you have anything to say on this?
No. 917318 ID: 41dfb3

Hey don’t look at me, this is new information for me too... My brother Prime is not exactly trust worthy, but I thought you knew that already.

*gives a thumbs up*
I hear you buddy.
No. 917416 ID: 70be57
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No. 917639 ID: 1bfff7

*whispers to Dervan* Well, Essence held someone hostage to try to get Scarred to do what she wanted earlier, which was to put symbols on a weird paper with instruments, and when she got what she wanted out of Scarred, she killed the hostage anyway. I do not think that she will just let her prisoners live if we do what she says and leave. She has also showed that she can never be reasoned with no matter what, so negotiating with Essence is out of the question. If we are going to negotiate with someone, it’ll have to be Ember, and Spirit Contaminator most likely.

With Ember, we heard ghost stories about her. Apparently from what we heard, she was fused with the ash tree while she was still alive, wanted to become one with the ash tree, but was consumed instead, presumed dead by her friends, but she came out of the crest of the tree and became what she is now. The Ash tree’s healing sap changed her into a living branch, making her become mentally unstable, becoming a ghost whom will never find peace. It’s rumored that people whom summon her die a horrific death, just like what she did to her friends who tried contacting her. Of course it is a ghost story, so some of the details might be fabricated to make the story scarier… case and point, we had ghost stories told about us which casted us in a bad light. Also, important to note, Ember went outside with Null’s heart, so Null must have given his heart to her in order to get her to follow Essence’s orders to stay outside and keep the abomination working. Think you can use that to your advantage, Dervan?
No. 917642 ID: 1bfff7

*continues whispering*
With Spirit Contaminator, we’ve already given you as much information about her: >>910884 but other information I can think of: She was partnered with someone called the Will Torturer earlier on in the battle to help her mind control Scarred with that mark on her face. He left quite early on after we attacked him with only one attack leaving Spirit Contaminator to fend for herself. Also, Spirit Contaminator's real name is Blizulia. I heard Essence call her by that name earlier in the battle if that means anything.
But I do notice that she seems to have lost a couple of fingers. I don’t remember her losing them any point in this battle, but she definitely had all her fingers until just a little bit ago. Odd. That’s all I can remember about her.

Mini Absurdity, the one who Ember is holding hostage is Absurdity’s pupil. Absurdity was training Mini Absurdity to become the next janitor of this universe. However, Absurdity got arrested after his vacation leaving Mini Absurdity behind. If I remember correctly, I think he had spoken to us before somehow mentally when we were in trouble at some point. Apparently, it seems like that Null had eaten him at some point.

And Null, I don’t really know about him. He’s kind of a wild card. All I know is that he seems to have a grudge against the Ash Tree, wanting to kill it. He had helped us once to try to consume the Mad World painting when it was attacking Ana, but after Scarred refused his help, it seems he went against us, at one point revealing to the Ambassador of Ana’s actions which we were trying to keep secret and another time consuming our good friend Mini Absurdity without us knowing apparently. He was partners with Demoria, but it seems she had rejected him. He went against us to consume more in this battle, but I guess Essence mistreated him and he went against her at some point.

Laura did call Null Marty though, the same name as one of the victims who the ash tree spirit had killed before It became the Ash Tree, from what I know they are one and the same, wanting to kill the Ash Tree as revenge for killing him, stopping at nothing for power to fulfill that goal. I’m not sure if we should save him… but if he rescued Laura, and Laura said he isn’t as bad as we think, perhaps he is worth saving?
No. 917645 ID: e51896

*makes quiet bubbling sounds in order to get Spirit Contaminator's attention*
No. 917674 ID: 70be57
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No. 917677 ID: e51896

*says nothing*

*but gives Spirit Contaminator the saddest puppy dog eyes he can give in an attempt to pull on her heartstrings and try to make her feel a little bit of remorse for him.*
No. 917727 ID: 3583d1

*Just looks at Essence as though she was something to be pitied, she can’t even be angry at her*
No. 917959 ID: e51896

*whispers to Dervan* The only other information I can think of is that Laura had already gained one diplomatic point from negotiations with Spirit Contaminator, and just needs two more for the negotiations to go to our favor >>878418

*continues whispering* Other than that, Essence gave Spirit Contaminator the order to be on standby and be ready to relocate when given the signal after Spirit Contaminator couldn't hold on to Scarred Ana much longer when Scarred was infected with some kind of blue poison. >>878509 Afterwards, one of Essence's allies tried to infect me with an infected knife with that blue poison so that Spirit contaminator might try to control my own mind,>>879157 but we healed myself from that before she could control me, which pissed Essence off. >>879282 Lastly, Essence did infect one of her allies and Scarred Ana's previous decapitated arm, but she killed her instead of letting Spirit Contaminator control her. I don't know if that means anything though... >>880183

*whispers* Really, Dervan, that is all I got.
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No. 918147 ID: e51896

Not only does Dervan say that you were getting shot by his attacks while Spirit Contaminator aka Blizulia gets to be in a protected throne from Dervan's attacks, or even earlier in the battle be put on standby by Essence in safety when SC was in the slightest risk of danger... I remember you, Ember on the other hand, were not only put in the line of Dervan's fire by Essence's orders, but when you escaped for safety inside the abomination... or Null's body, I remember Essence angrily yelling at you for hiding, even stating that she does not care in what state you were in after being injured >>908603. If she saw you as a sibling, I would think that she would care a bit more for your safety like she did with SC earlier in the fight when she was in potential danger. That makes me think that Essence might see you not just as the lesser favorite sibling, but maybe Essence is even seeing you as expendable.

I think this leads me to this question, Ember... I notice when you finally came out of hiding to continue following Essence's orders, you had Null's heart with you. I couldn't see what was going on inside, but did Null give you his heart willingly? If he did, then perhaps he gave it to you when he was still blindly following Essence believing with all his heart... literally in this case... that her orders to you would of been safe for you to follow enough without injury, enough to even put his own heart at risk. I don't think he would of given you his heart if he thought otherwise if it meant suffering a fate worth than death as he is now in that bucket... But I think that speaks volumes as to how much less Essence might care about you... especially if you csme back out of hiding much earlier when Essence told you to and face death without Null's protective heart...
No. 918149 ID: e51896

*Obeys Spirit Contaminator's command to stop giving her that sad stare he was giving her in order to make her feel that she has a sense of power over him*

*but instead, he lets tears flow out of his eyes and a few sniffles as he looks away from her in an attempt to continue to make her continue feeling guilt over her plan to poison him*
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No. 918248 ID: 1bfff7

*whispers to dervan* hey, see if you can give him one of your business cards or slip one in the with Null’s bucket
No. 918250 ID: 1bfff7

*looks at Essence as if disappointed and sad at her words, then look annoyed at Happy, then looks between the two of them that same sad look coming back*

*sigh* I fucking called this one...

Fine. Fortune, you have anything to add or say?
No. 918269 ID: e51896

*is speaking to Happy while Dreamwalker is whispering to Dervan*

Greetings, Happy. I thought that we would meet sooner or later, but I honestly did not expect it to be sooner, and in such troubling circumstances in these trying times. I trust you already know what we are trying to achieve in this fight, which is to rescue our poor friend Laura and all our other friends as well if possible, and I'm sure you are already well aware in what Essence is trying to achieve in this fight.

Now then. Happy, before Laura gives an answer to your deal, may you permit me to make a statement regarding a certain unfortunate incident that happened earlier on in this fight that I think is important for you to know about?

and then may I ask a question regarding your deal, please?
No. 918272 ID: e51896

*is staying silent to keep attention away from him. Is also staying quiet to listen closely to Happy to see if he can recognize his voice or not despite losing a lot of his memories*
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No. 918463 ID: 1bfff7

Nah, we’re done messing around. Time to finish this.

Dervan, you go first don’t hold anything back.
Laura, use your dream sword on her. Don’t worry about killing her we’re back operating on video game logic.
Scarred, use your Svardstav and pump as much magic as you can for extra damage.
Fortune, use your biggest attack that you”be been charging this whole time.
No. 918464 ID: e51896

*will attack with Tarot sword which was leveled up to its max level after 13 turns of successful card combinations (king of swords) once Dervan, Laura, and Scarred finishes their attacks*

*will use the last close to death token to make the sword even stronger*
No. 918466 ID: 1bfff7

*begins to chagre her Svardstav with her remaining MP to boost damage with a fire effect*
No. 918573 ID: 70be57
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No. 918633 ID: 3583d1

I have feeling you are being punished by Happy, Essence. summon up another ally and he will take it away, and maybe do worse if he is so inclined...
No. 918670 ID: e51896

Well, I can think of a few reasons

First off, at the time, I find it quite odd that you chose to call Demoria and Null for their help over your friends earlier when Demoria stated she despises you, and would risk having them betraying you like Null just did to you after mistreating him. I would think it would of been wiser to maybe choose someone whom follows your orders to a tee without questions at that time...
...unless perhaps the reality is that you really don't have any other allies that you fully trust to follow your orders. that, and I think whats makes more sense is that you didn't want to put any more of your friends at risk in this battle at that time. And well, let me just say, after seeing how much you reacted to Spirit Contaminator being threatened, I would say after seeing those devastating attacks we pulled on you, I don't think you would want to see those same attacks be pulled on them and get them hurt either, now would you? *is bluffing about her devastating attack not resetting back to Ace of Swords level from King of Swords level*

Secondly, Calling your friends is just going to do nothing except have them witness your death. I remember when you summoned future Felafaf and TV head, you used your turn up and we were immediately given the opportunity to attack. Calling your friends would most likely mean that you would leave yourself wide open to have us target you exclusively and immediately take you down with all our strongest attacks in one turn despite those wings of yours protecting you.

Thirdly, there is one thing you are not doing that I'm absolutely surprised you aren't doing, but choosing to rather prefer to call more allies, Essence. I'm not saying what, as I don't like revealing info, but if you can't figure it out, then I guess I underestimated your intelligence.

I mean, even Happy see's the trouble you are in that you are not seeing and would rather want you to surrender. I thought you respected him in high regard, but here you are disobeying his suggestions.

Anything you want to add, Dervan? *wonders why Dervan's attack didn't cause an hp drop even though Essence is injured*
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No. 918726 ID: 62ef75

*face twists in anger*
You would’ve...

*Breathes out and just looks disappointed and sad*
I see. Just another thing we must punish you for.
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No. 918928 ID: cfd869

*turns to Laura*

Scarred Ana: No, not torture or even kill. This is justice, *turns back to Essence* and a promise that I made to you.

*Scarred’s Svardstav disappears and with a wave of both hands, large manacles and a collar suddenly clamp themselves down on Essence and force her to the ground. Dreamwalker looks on in horror*

Dreamwalker: Y-you didn’t... you kept those?

Scarred Ana: I did. The same manacles thst could hold a god and suppress their power. The one that held me when we switched places and I was torture by Ana. The ones I strained hard against when you killed her, Essence.

*places a hand on Essence’s head*
Scarred Ana: You always wanted us to feel the way you did, but not once did you ever want to feel how we did. Today you will.
*turns to the whole party, never taking her hand off Essence’s head and reaches out with her other hand*
Scarred Ana: Take my hand everyone...

*when they do, memories, and feelings flood through Essence and she lives through lives in the the span of a few seconds. Seconds feel as though years are passing, and she given flashes of lives lived, deaths experienced, and grief felt.

She feels how scarred felt, as though every injury were her own, every death another knife in her heart, and hardest of all the death of her own son. It continues as Essence feels every pain and all the anger Scarred felt at her, the hate turning into... understanding, and to love. And it burns worse hellfire.

Every injustice she committed against Fortune is felt in a new light, every death she inflicted felt again. The need to hide away in sleep, the joy of learning the arts of Tarot, and the burden of killing the spirit parasites, it’s not a joy for her. It’s a burden to be shouldered.

With Laura, she feels all of the sympathy she has for her, the desire not it hurt anyone and the wish for everyone to overcome their own prejudices and ways of thinking. Every evil that Essence has committed is now seen the way Laura would have seen them, a senseless and terrible tragedy. All of which could have been avoided.

With Dreamwalker she feels the loss of family and the years spanning and the love he has for Falafaf, the real heartache that was he underwent in order to try and save what he had and try and keep the small amounts of happiness.

All this and more is thrust upon Essence forced to feel and relieve all of her crimes as she were doing it to herself a hundred fold worse and lasting for what feels as though thousands upon thousands of years have gone by and grief and pains felt again and again, Almost all of which she has done to herself and all of which is done to save her from herself, a promise kept by someone who loves her.*
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No. 919193 ID: e51896

Laura... ok, I understand if you want to skip your turn. This is hard to watch after all...
*remembers she still has Dervan's card* but what I want you to do then, Laura, is to step aside for a bit away from Scarred, Essence, and me, without leaving the battlefield and have a conversation with Dreamwalker. You must be physically and mentally exhausted, and I'm sure you have so many things on your mind you want him to answer, and to have him comfort you. Not only that, but I feel Dreamwalker must also be mentally and physically exhausted, and could use some comfort from you after seeing you put through so much anguish, giving parts of himself up to revive you, and even finding out the truth about his brother absolution being not a good person. Plus, he might have questions he would like to ask you as well. As for me, I'm going to see if I can begin to put an end to someone's nightmare before I take my turn.
No. 919194 ID: e51896

*looks over at Essence*

*wonders why Essence pleaded for us to remove the chains off her body when the chains are actually on her arms, not her body*

*suddenly realizes she might actually be referring to her soul being chained up and fused with the ash tree from the first calculated cycle, not the chains Scarred put on Essence*

When you pleaded with us to remove the chains off your body, you're not talking about the chains that Scarred put on you, right Ess... Ana? you are actually referring to the chains that your spirit's body is trapped in inside the Ash Tree, correct? I came to this conclusion since you pleaded for freedom after ranting about watching the dimensional cycle countless times.

Ana, you have done so many terrible things to us and many others that I do not think I can forgive you for such actions. But that does not mean I won't help free you from the Ash Tree.

See, my main goal has always been to try to save Ana and bring her to freedom any way I can even if it means escaping the universe she is in. And Scarred's goal has always been to stop Root's tyranny and conquest just like she did in her timeline. but after finding out about the dimensional cycle and how it is going to immediately put an end to what we accomplish and start the universe over, I realize that the goals we want to achieve just won't matter. Even if Ana escapes this universe, she will still be tied and stuck to it as soon as the universe resets itself, and I think Scarred also came to this conclusion after she found out about Absolution's betrayal from her timeline.

The way I see it, this dimensional cycle is one of the roots of all of this universe's problems. And to make matters worse, so many gods like Absolution Prime are using this cycle as their toy box, and experimental table. And really, I think it is time to put the toys away, and grow up. Something needs to finally be done about the dimensional cycle, all without causing a threat to the multiverse...

So okay, Ana. We will do what you ordered us to do, and do our best to help free your spirit from the Ash Tree's chains so finally you and all of us voices can finally be free from this dimensional cycle and perhaps be the hero that your sister Spirit Contaminator wants you to be.

But I can only free you on this condition: I need you to swallow your pride, and admit defeat in this fight right now so that Laura can go home at last with Dreamwalker. That is the only way Scarred and I can begin freeing you.
No. 919225 ID: 70be57
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No. 919273 ID: e51896


I understand the situation of the dimensional cycle. So many of us voices, us Anas, have already reached our conclusions of our stories, whether we had failed or succeeded in what we wanted to accomplish in our own cycle, and whether we, like I, remember or not. trying to accomplish the same goals in the same way as we did in our past is only going to end with it all being reset...

And I really think the cycle at this point have exhausted all the possible outcomes that each of us voices... us Anas went through in each of our respective universe's cycles. To me, what happens to this world does not matter anymore. What matters is to free ourselves from it at all costs.


Alright, Ana... just like you wanted Scarred and I to do all this time, I will follow your orders. I will do everything I can to release you... rather release all of us Anas from the chains that the Ash Tree has put on you, on all of us. we will do our best to find a way for all of us Anas, including you, to finally be free from the dimensional cycle in anyway that we can.

And as unfortunate as it sounds... to save Laura *picks up tarot wand* I will also follow your orders to put an end to you in this fight, Ana... but also, just as the laughing mask side of you said, rather what the Essence side of you said... the side which was wrong needs to die. With that in mind, I will kill that side of you, Ana.

*attacks with an electric attack with the tarot wand. Aims the attack on the laughing mask side of Essence*
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No. 919380 ID: e51896

Laura, what was the question you wanted to ask? I know she does not want to hear it, but you can ask me perhaps.

*looks at Essence*

yes, Ana. I am already aware that the previous world dies when the cycle resets itself. That is the whole point of resetting.

and breaking the cycle is not my main goal. My main goal is to free you from the chains of the Ash Tree, to release us all from reliving this cycle, to prevent the Ana we guide from reliving this cycle as another spirit like me and Scarred and the other voices.

And while you have showed me vision of the constructed future that you lead the Ana that you guided into, and while that future I admit did look good... was that constructed future really the best outcome that can be provided?

Ana in that timeline was miserable and in pain.
She was haunted by the ghosts that she had to kill to reach that goal you lead her to achieve.
She was searching for any kind of confirmation if the path she chose was the right path for her that no one could truly provide, even going through stages of grief over it despite the praise she got from her peers.
She tried desperately all those years to try to find a way talk to us again after you took us away from her for what seems like decades, even trying to fix Scarred's totem to talk to us again.
She felt guilt, and was hurting because of her actions that she had to take to reach that goal to the point where she considered suicide.

And even if that future looked like the best, there were still major looming conflicts that could not be solved, like that woman who had the power to kill immortals.

And that said, if that future was really the best outcome for her then... why did you risk allowing us the chance to leave that constructed future you worked so hard to make to unknowingly to us tear it down and go back in the past in the first place? If that was the best outcome for Ana, you would have left us in Limbo never to see Ana again. But you ultimately had us come back to have us go back to the timeline we left away from the constructed future you constructed. Why?

Perhaps... even you knew deep down that constructed future wasn't the best outcome for Ana, otherwise you would have left us alone and not have us abandon that future.
No. 919403 ID: 8292d2


And besides, that’s all your own limitations you’re struggling with. You want to just make the best of a bad situation. You see all paths before us? Fine.

Then we’ll just make our own path to where we all can be happy. Even you.
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No. 919636 ID: e51896

*looks at Laura and Dreamwalker*

Dreamwalker, are you going to answer Essence's question? if you had the chance, would you yourself leave this dimension? and if you did, what would you do? create a new universe? and if you didn't, why?

And Laura, I don't know if that constructed future was just a fabrication, otherwise Future Felafaf wouldn't exist, neither would Logan's future daughter. They seemed pretty real to me. Which makes me again wonder: if that future was the best for Ana, why did Essence even bother to bring us back to Ana (or rather, the Bringer of Nightmares) and ruin the future Essence worked so hard to make?

But it is an interesting theory you have about Essence not being a real person, and is just a construction by Happy, but it makes me wonder how he was able to construct Essence from the first dimensional cycle in the first place or even reach her, as we voices have a heavy connection with the first Ana who got stuck in the Ash tree in the first cycle.

*looks at Essence*

Well, in any case, Essence, perhaps your future was the best outcome for Ana. But even if that is true, would it just end up getting reset by the Dimensional Cycle again anyway? Your future would just be as pointless as us trying to stop Root's Cult...

speaking of which, Essence, you can take solace in knowing that I have been highly considering waking Ana back up to stop her from seeing the past to find out how to stop the fog. It is something I will have to discuss with Scarred after this battle first.

But in my opinion, find that trying to stop the cult's fog is only going to distract us from the main problem of the dimensional cycle and how to escape from it in any way we can... whether it be by putting a stop to the dimensional cycle without it causing a multiuniversal apocalypse, or keeping the cycle going as I try to find a way for you, Essence, to free your soul and thus all of our souls, including Ana's from the Ash Tree in the first Dimensional Cycle.

...And if I have to kill the Ana that is stuck trapped in the Ash Tree in the first dimensional cycle thus in turn killing all of us voices as well for our freedom... so be it. We've already lived our lives anyway. We shouldn't really be lingering around anymore.

I mean, isn't escaping destiny what you have been striving to do in the first place, Essence? Me too.

In any case, Whatever future is ahead, Laura and Dreamwalker needs to be alive for it, thus I cannot allow them to die in this battle.

*attacks again with tarot wand again with a fire attack. Aims for one of the three wings this time*

*awaits Scarred to become corporeal again*
No. 919650 ID: 633275

Would I create a new universe if given the chance...?

Maybe. If the circumstances were right. Some old worshipers of me thought of me as a kind of “Dream Father.” Others preferred to call me “Mind Shepherd.” To be honest I’ve always preferred the former. A shepherd, like Essence here, thinks only their way is correct, that they do things out of love but they want to move their sheep to their own way. But we aren’t talking about sheep, were talking about people. People need a father to teach them right from wrong and people need to be allowed to make mistakes, how else will they learn.

I would create a new universe for everyone but only if I was able to save my children, humans and life can’t just accept this loop over and over again. To keep making the same mistakes over and over again, that’s hell.

We all deserve better.
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No. 919722 ID: 8b660e


*without a word Scarred plunges the point of her weapon through, pulling Essence through and pulling her into a kiss.*

I love you...
No. 919730 ID: e51896

*is prepared to use her turn to move herself in front of Laura as a body shield just in case Essence is preparing a counter attack on Laura after Scarred attacks Essence*
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No. 919765 ID: 8b660e

*blinks and wipes some of the blood out of her eyes*

Uh... you wanna try that again? Or... what?
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No. 919828 ID: e51896

*is still in confusion, silence and weirded out by Scarred kissing Essence, and then getting Essence's blood all over herself*

*finally breaks silence* I... don't think I'll ever understand love.

Alright, yeah, I agree, Laura. Essence's reaction of getting stabbed was kind of weird, kind of like she shut down and something else was trying to wake up inside her after she shut down...


I don't know what to make of this, but three ideas on what we should do with Essence came to mind out of this confusion. We could either:

1. Just finish Essence off and end the match thus saving Laura's life and forget this awkward moment never happened

2. I could try to use my Moon Card on Essence after Scarred tries stabbing Essence in the heart again without killing her and see if something hidden is causing Essence's weird behavior from getting stabbed in the heart. (This is NOT something I want to do though, as I prefer not to destroy my moon card, it is kind of a memento to remember the Ana we lost, the Bringer of Nightmare by. And I want to try to fix it in case we need to use it again... but I will use it if you really insist)


3. This one is crazy, but Stab Essence in the heart and get her into that state again, again without killing her. Once she is out of it again, Laura can try perhaps... using that mind negotiation again?

I don't know. Thats all the ideas I can think of. Scarred, Laura, Dreamwalker... what is your opinions?
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No. 919890 ID: e51896

Unfortunately there are many times where I spared someone only leading to bad thing happening. Thus, as bad as it sounds, we'll need to finish Essence off. I can't think of any other way to save you, Laura.

Besides, I don't know what doing nothing will accomplish except stall time for Essence to find an escape and get the upper hand on us. There is no stalemates either.

I know you want to skip your turn again, Laura. But instead of skipping your turn, you should replenish your health with a healing food just in case (cereal or pizza).

I voted finishing her off. Scarred, what is your vote?
No. 919908 ID: 3182fe

If I might interject a moment...

I think finishing her off would be extraordinarily bad, especially since we are operating on video game logic and specifically what I can only assume is Final Fantasy.

The thing is however we’ve also been assuming that Essence herself is something a final boss but the more I think about it, the more I realize that this might not be the case.

Here’s the thing. In Final Fantasy there is such a thing as player summoning, however, the only people that’s perform summoning are the players themselves. Laura can Summon, but so can Essence.

This means what we’ve been thinking of as “the final boss and her forms” really isn’t that at all. It’s player vs. player, PVP as it were. And in every final fantasy game, there is always one option near the bottom to get out of fight when things look their bleakest. And the best part is, it will end the fight right here and now.

Essence, can you use the “Flee” option?
No. 919979 ID: 70be57
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Also, this is obligatory to use here

No. 920064 ID: 3182fe

*Scarred slowly raises her hand...

And slaps Essence across the face*

How dare you? How dare you!?

*Scarred’s face twists in anger and sadness, with tears rolling down her face*

Do you even care about how I feel? You say I need to keep my promise, but you don’t even remember that promise do you? You don’t even care how I feel about it. Maybe this isn’t what I want, even though you do. Why are you in such a rush to die all of a sudden? I don’t want us to win or lose, I want all of us to live. And I can’t believe you don’t seem to understand that at all. No matter how hard I try to show you that fact, you refuse to accept it. I showed you our pain and our lives to help you understand me. But again, I failed.

This isn’t what I want at all. What hurts me is the idea of losing you to yourself. I tried to set that aside the first time and to ask me to do it again, it’s like a sick joke but nobody laughs. I’ve lost almost everyone I’ve ever loved. And to have you ask me to take that all away for your sake... it’s not fair. It just not fair. You don’t know me at all. You don’t care.

I wonder if you ever really did. I can’t trust you to not hurt me, Essence. And that’s what hurts me most of all, the fact that you think death is the only option to solve that fact, and you are unwilling to try for me.
*Scarred is quietly crying*
No. 920168 ID: e51896


odd. This is quite different than what was supposed to happen.

I remember two particular drawings Anthony made.

one was Scarred Ana continuously attacking Essence, which has not happened as far as I know.

The other was a secret drawing in which Essence chained while Scarred with a knife and axe was mutilating Essence and Scarred was screaming SING FOR ME LITTLE BIRDY! SING ME YOUR DEATH SONG!
This moment with Essence chained up like that reminds me too much of that drawing by Anthony, and yet that moment is far from happening.

If Anthony is known to have dreams of different times of certain things happening, then I don't know if that moment already happened and we forgot about it somehow, or if that is a moment that has yet to come, and yet, Scarred crying here is very different from that outcome. Very odd.

In any case, Scarred, the way I see it, our universe has a tendency of giving people hope, promise, faith, and goals that seem very possible to reach... only to have our universe tear those apart mercilessly. It doesn't matter how psychotic like Essence, or pure like Laura you are. Whatever goals we want to achieve, you can bet it will be taken away by the universe we are from.


*prepares wand for an attack*

that said, I feel the most we can do is exploit that fact of the universe taking away what we want to our advantage somehow.
No. 920181 ID: 70be57
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Hey Scarred, come here a minute.

Puts his hand in Scarred, looking at her memories.

Oh! Ohhhhhh....

Laura, you’re going to need to communicate these feelings properly. Your the one who is gonna have to show Essence this. Brace yourself for this, it’s a little weird too look at.if you can negotiate this with Essence, we might have a chance.
No. 920188 ID: 8b660e

If there’s one thing I’ve learned Fortune, is that the future can change on a dime. All those drawings Anthony did were way before this had happened. They were events that could have happened and their outcome seemed almost assured. But the moment this happened...


That future changed.
No. 920251 ID: e51896

*still has wand prepared and pointed at Essence*


*talking to Essence* its not a matter of not wanting to kill you, it is a matter of needing to kill you.

*talking to Laura* ugh, it seems I am outvoted one to three.

Listen Laura... I acknowledge the vote's results.
I'm aware that we have overcame those obstacles that you mentioned.
And after learning about what Dreamwalker found out about Scarred and Essence, seeing Essence disappointed in having me kill her instead of Scarred, and considering the mark on Scarred's cheek that could of only been given to her from love between Essence and Scarred, I see that could be the one chance on getting the results of ending this without anyone dying that you all want...


while we overcame those obstacles, I want you to really remember what it cost us to make those results happen.

We got Felafaf and Flint to leave, but it was at the cost of both of them getting wounded until unconscious instead of being able to rescue them.
We took care of the abomination, but we couldn't save ALL the spirits, and it resulted in Null losing everything (which I don't care too much about him, but seeing you were saved by him, you probably have gained some level of feelings with him)
And we solved the hostage negotiation without anyone dying, but it resulted in our friend(s) being kidnapped instead of being released, with the possibility of punishment for them in some way.

So while a solution may likely exist to try negotiations using what Dreamwalker found out through Scarred and other facts we know to our advantage, like the mark on Scarred's cheek, I want you to realize that there is most likely a hidden cost you'll have to take that you might not like in doing this mind negotiation.

And while I know there is also a cost of my decision in saving you means killing Essence and having her army after us for revenge, at the very least I know your safety is guaranteed for a while longer.

So here is what is going to happen Laura, My choice is still to eliminate Essence, but considering the vote, I will hold off on making my move, but I am NOT going to skip my turn either. I'm going to wait a little longer.

Instead, before I take my turn, if you really have the confidence for it Laura, I will allow you and Dreamwalker to do one final mind negotiation in this battle, This time with Essence. I will give you the chance to change her mind. You did invade her dream to negotiate and learn about her in the first place anyway
(You should still be able to do negotiations despite already taking your turn since if I remember, negotiations do not count as an official move.)

But I'll only allow this negotiation to take place on these conditions:

1. you need to get three diplomatic points within three of your negotiations turns for the negotiation to go in your favor (while keeping in mind each diplomatic point will be more difficult to gain). If you can't do that, then I must take my turn to eliminate Essence. Be aware that Essence is a master manipulator. So you and Dreamwalker must be weary of any tricks she may pull.

2. Because I am waiting to take my turn to let you do this, I will NOT heal you as doing so will result in me losing a turn and having it be Essence's turn. You'll have to go in with the amount of hp you have.

3. If I catch anything bad about to somehow happens to you during this negotiation, I am immediately pulling the plug and eliminating Essence.

4. Because this will be your decision, Laura, I will not be held responsible for what might happen considering I voted against this idea.

Now, considering the stipulation I provided, and considering the costs we gave in order to overcome previous obstacles, and the risks you'd be taking with the amount of hp you have, do you and Dreamwalker have the guts and confidence to try your mind negotiations one last time using the knowledge you've gained and already learned about Scarred and Essence? Think very carefully about this.

*is still pointing the wand at Essence with the intent of killing her*
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No. 920338 ID: 8c3a7c


*silently looks away, tears still in her eyes*
No. 920386 ID: e51896

yeah, what you said seems to correspond with your belief that Essence not being a real person, just a construct of Happy's, and "she" is only trying to attempt and imitate human emotions, almost to the point of her just being imaginary. It feels as if she needs to be known one way, or another by any kind of publicity stunt she pulls, good or bad, almost like she needs the attention to exist.

*lowers the wand away from Essence*

Honestly, at this point, I really don't care about Essence and what she wants to do, will do or what she has done anymore. There is far more important things to do than give her any kind of positive or negative attention by her actions. Yeah, I think we're done with her.
Imaginary friends, or imaginary villains in this case are for children and a waste of time. I'm an adult with much work that needs to be done for the wheel of fortune's sake,

*is also looking away from Essence, now ignoring her*
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No. 920428 ID: ff50c0

*says nothing, back turned, still quietly crying*
No. 920448 ID: e51896

*has completely tuned out Essence's voice, not listening to her*

Next, I think we should discuss what we should do next

*looks at Laura and Dreamwalker*

Laura, you discussed how you want to find your father again. Just know that the world has become a much more dangerous and scarier place. Ana who we are helping has been in a lot of trouble in the city that we had to get her out of, even defusing a complicated bomb, and we still haven't even entered the forest yet believe it or not. And that is just scratching the surface, anybody else we have followed, observed, and/or helped often even find themselves in some manner of trouble in one way or another, like Laurence, Matilda, even Root himself. Needless to say, going on an adventure to find your father is not going to be fun, very difficult, and might end in heartache.

If you are still interested despite the risks, I strongly recommend finding people you can trust as allies to help you on your search for your father, not just dreamwalker. If you need a good person to start with, try Anthony. He has started showing signs of wanting out of the cult, and would probably escape with you, whether it is to help find your father, or just escape. His girlfriend may come along to. Though you may have to wait until after the trial with Godfrey concludes. In fact, you should probably go to the trial to get a better understanding on what is going on with Ana and everyone's stance on what is happening.

*looks over at Scarred.*
*Decides to help Scarred get over her sadness and completely get her mind off Essence by changing the subject to Ana*

I guess it is time for us to discuss what we ourselves should do next with Ana. I'm wondering, after everything we have went through, what we learned about the cult, about our knowledge of Absolution's betrayal and what he is trying to do with this universe, and the knowledge of this dimensional cycle... are you truly still committed to continue to stick to your past and make taking down the cult top priority, or do you want to help me find a way to help Ana and us escape this dimensional cycle somehow...
or do you have something else in mind for her. Ana's safety is our top priority after all.

Depending on your decision, we should also discuss whether to pull the plug on continuing to see the past as well...
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No. 920534 ID: ff50c0

*inner thoughts* her name is Magna.

*sniff, continues to ignore Essence* The cult’s goals are pointless. If we understand how they do what it is they do we stand a better chance if understanding them. If we understand them well enough, then we have a chance of making them listen to reason.

If we work together then we might be able to escape this prison cell of universe. As for Absolution... he may pose the biggest threat he doesn’t understand that there’s nothing to gain by staying here. If we want to live, we need to make him understand too.
No. 920590 ID: e51896

*puts her hand on Laura's shoulder and gives her a look of reassurance to help continue to get Laura's mind off of Essence*

yes Laura, But also, this is a threat that you should not worry about at all anymore and just ignore. Trust me.

Now then, if you truly want to find your father after all the advice I've given you, just look for allies to help in your search, and most importantly, don't stray away from Dreamwalker.
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No. 920734 ID: e51896

*is not looking at Essence, is only speaking with Laura* Hm, good point, Laura, and besides, if Ember doesn't take revenge, Null would probably.
I mean granted, Null most likely will get killed by Happy as soon as possible for going against Essence, and even if he isn't killed, he may just stay a useless blob in a bucket not able to do anything as he should be... but I also must add I have seen people come out of terrible situations, seemingly killed only to come back miraculously, sometimes even improved like Flint becoming tv head after he died or Clarence who after getting killed by the fog, coming back to life as a doll.

*whispers to Laura* though I did think of another reason why Essence's plan is flawed. Essence isn't considering Anubis' deep feelings for Essence, and how Anubis might possibly think what would happen to Essence as a consequence if she were to follow Essence's orders.

enough said. To change the subject, The only other things I can think of asking you Laura, is what kind of dream adventures did you have before coming to this dimension? I know you were spending a lot of time traveling from dream to dream of other people, and was just interested in knowing if you found out anything of interest about anyone through their dreams?
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No. 920870 ID: 8aca3f

Laura, we could take those bad dreams and memories away. We have the power to consume those nightmares that are the source of her trauma. If she mentally open enough we have the power to take it all away and give her good dreams.
No. 920875 ID: e51896

I see...

Laura, should I also use my turn to slap her like you and Scarred did to get her out of that trance? it would probably be kind of difficult to slap her from my wheelchai- I mean... chariot.

*takes a while to contemplate, looking at Essence in her trance, and Scarred in her saddened state*


No. 920876 ID: e51896


from what I understand... Essence, Scarred, and I have the exact same goal: which is wanting nothing more than to help Ana survive this strange new world, to keep her away from any more harm. The only difference is how we try to go about achieving this goal. Yet each one of our paths is flawed in some way (my inactivity when needed, Scarred's blind revenge and hotheadeness, Essence's mistreatment to a lot of people).


And after considerations, I think I have a weird solution to all this:

what if we just form a truce of some sort right here and now, and just allow Essence to help guide Ana as another voice, or as an equal to Scarred and I?
I mean it is clear to me that she wants desperately and painfully to guide Ana and prevent her from danger, and prevent Ana from making the same mistakes from previous cycles, and that is something we want too, right?

The issue I am seeing though is that while Essence has seen this cycle enough times to know the dangers and risks and is thus knowledgeable about most things, her seeing this nightmarish cycle over and over again however damaged her sanity, and she may continue to hurt others whether she means to or not without thinking of the consequences.
I realize this all throughout this battle based off her mistreatment towards her allies Ember, TV Head, or complete strangers like that guy she beheaded through the portal, leading to either her allies leaving her during battle like TV Head, not listening to her like Karikatura Scarred Ana did, or even possibly plan revenge like Ember might be doing.

With her mistreatment towards others being a risk to Ana's safety, the only way I can allow Essence to guide Ana with us is if she shows a bit of humility by just surrendering this battle like Happy wanted so that Laura and Dreamwalker can escape. It is a decent start to stabilize the sanity she lost, and show a bit more respect to others.

and if it is truly a fight where only one party leader is left standing can escape, then I suspect that there is a loophole around that issue which is: what if one party leader joins the other party leader? as in what if Essence joins Laura during her turn for example, thus essentially making her a regular party member instead of a party leader, making Laura the only party leader left standing? that might be a possible loophole around that rule, right?
No. 920885 ID: 663b9e

If we want to go down that road I think it would be better if Laura and Dreamwalker consumed those bad memories that make her crazy and also the ones of Happy as well. Then she really would be another voice that can help us in guiding Ana.
No. 920928 ID: e51896

Well in any case, she won't listen to us in this trance-like state. We'll need to snap Essence out of it, soooo...

*slaps Essence to get her back in reality*
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No. 921065 ID: e51896

No, it wasn't Laura who made Scarred the way she is now. It was you who did that after you two somehow formed that relationship you forgot about. If you still deny it, then how do you explain the mark on Scarred's cheek then? That could not have been made without forming a loving relationship between the two of you.

And as far as killing you goes, did you even think of the consequence if we killed you? nobody will be able to protect Spirit Contaminator from Ember and probably Null after your mistreatment towards them. And who knows, their revenge might not just be directed to you, but could extend to Ana as well. Ember might want to go after Ana as well and kill her. Not to mention, once news of your death by our hands gets out, people whom supported you will also want Ana dead as revenge.

And as far as killing Laura goes, don't you realize that if you kill Laura, the cult will find out and thus place more priorities in killing Ana as a result of someone very closely associated with Ana: you killing Laura? They aren't stupid, they will deduce it was a person associated with Ana that killed Laura.
Their priority right now is rescuing Root, which works as a perfect distraction and we wouldn't want them to shift their attention away from rescuing Root and go after Ana instead, especially if we are considering to stop looking into the past.

If you don't believe me, think about how your mistreatment to Ember caused her to gain hatred towards you for possible revenge, Essence. I know you hate people who are above consequences. Don't become what you hate. you'll just become a hypocrite.
No. 921129 ID: 465f20

*embraces Essence*

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No. 922182 ID: 663b9e

Yes you could do that, or you could hear them out. Here is what we have decided Essence, you don’t have to end it here. There’s a very very fun and old saying.


Right now you can join Scarred and Fortune in guiding Ana. You would abandon this bloody conflict you’ve started and instead you could be the guide you’ve always wanted to be. However, it comes with one condition, you must surrender your mind to Laura and Myself, and we will consume your trauma. You will be a changed person, without the painful memories that made you who you’ve become now. But for it to work, we need to know you, how you got to where you are now. Will you open your mind to us? Will you give yourself a second chance?
No. 922286 ID: e51896

rolled 6, 2, 4 = 12

*rolling for healing*
No. 922287 ID: e51896

rolled 4, 1 = 5

current cards: 6, 2, 4
Keeping 6
going for first reroll
No. 922288 ID: e51896

rolled 6 = 6

Current cards: 6, upside-down 4, 1

free reroll because rolled same card
keeping 6, and 1
No. 922289 ID: e51896

rolled 5 = 5

Current cards: upside-down 6, 1

free reroll
No. 922290 ID: e51896

Current cards: upside-down 6, 5, 1

using fool card to turn 5, and 1 upsidedown

current cards: upside-down 6, upside-down 5, upside-down 1

>powered up Lovers kisses activated

*isn't saying anything, just wanted to heal everyone up.
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No. 922339 ID: e51896

Quite complicated.

I would love nothing more than to remove Ana from this world and live somewhere safer... but that is only a temporary solution, isn't it? Even after she lives a long normal life in a new world, she is only going to end up back in that dark world again as a spirit like Scarred and I as she is tied to the dimensional cycle, correct?

No, I think if we truly want to save Ana, we'll have to somehow break that link she has with the dimensional cycle somehow. I think that is my main goal. to sever the chains to the dimensional cycle Ana is tied to. that is the only way she can be saved in my eyes.

After seeing Scarred's ghost friends go off to the afterlife peacefully and happily, and knowing we can't go where they are, or any kind of after life and just stay stuck here to the cycle, I think breaking Ana outta that cycle is what I need to do for all of us spirits, and you as well Essence.

and no, that does not mean we will continue trying to stop the cult. I think I'm done with the goal of trying to stop them, or try to stop the fog. I am no longer going to go against them, and will only attack them if they provoke us at this point.
No. 922341 ID: bfb6f3

I guess this begs the question, in the first cycle, how did you get merged with the ash tree and gain some of its power and also get stuck in this dimensional cycle as a result
No. 922383 ID: e05a2c

It’s not as contradictory as you think. By fixing such a broken world, wouldn’t we also be saving her?

I don’t think of just Ana but everyone else that is trapped in this damned cycle. We’re all prisoners here fighting over bread and fighting amongst ourselves when we should work on finding a way to break through the walls.

Self preservation is pointless because the only thing we preserve is this world to continue on breaking the wills of others and letting it shape them.
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No. 922409 ID: 8b660e


What a dumb question. Shame on all of you.

You are all thinking in only in black and white. When all you see is black and white and shades of grey you forget to look for the other colors as well.

What is so shameful about all of this is you are talking about a person who has a mind of her own. She has the right to free choice just as much as all of you do.

Essence, you see everything as you do for Ana's benefit. But what you offer her isn't love or help, it's abuse. You want to control her like one of your puppets that you obsess over, but that robs her of her individuality. What you offer her isn't any kind of protection or real safety. You would hover over her like an overprotective parent and lead her about like a misbehaving child and give her no repercussions for her actions and no choices left to her. Why do you think I offered you the chance to have your trauma taken away, because forcing upon you would be wrong. People must understand that there are consequences for their choices. When there isn't we end up with a situation like this, where it seems blood is the only answer.

Fortune, i've watched you throughout this cycle and I must say, your pessimism and your laxity is your biggest flaw. You look at this situation only thinking what you yourself have done and what you have told Ana to do. It seems then you decided that caring about others hurt too much, and you deadened yourself to the pain. You're developing a kind of tunnel vision that blinds you to the other issues with this world and the dimensional cycle. You wish to focus on saving Ana, but you would damn those who stand against you. Even entire species of people, and yes I am talking about the spirit parasites. Now you would damn the rest of humanity with them, forever trapped in this limbo. Broaden your gaze, for the sake of your own soul.

Scarred, your attitude it just all over the place. You have a noble goal in mind but your self sacrifice and drive to be a hero puts everyone else in danger. I liked where you were going with your answer for a second, but you too forgot the crucial detail. Ana isn't you, and you can't make her like you. If you make her like you, then what would be left? A cheap imitation and a copy of a martyr. You can't always save everyone, it's a sad fact and a tragedy, but there it is. It's not fair and it's cruel but it's life. Have some thought to yourself and what it is you want. You can only give so much, if you give too much, nothing will be left you but a broken idea and a shadow of a person. Learn to forgive, and move as best you can.

How do any of us gain or grow? If Essence wins, Ana is still trapped. If Fortune wins, other's are doomed. If Scarred Wins, nothing is left of Ana. I'm tired of this farce of who fights who and who and who guides Ana.

Now if you insist on this stalemate, we can let it continue to it's final stupidity and pointless end.

Or, we can create an alternative that is fair and equal to all of us.
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