Skit returns a few days later. The symptoms of my condition fluctuate, but the extremes are getting worse and worse. Alas, she remembers some of her family contracting a similar condition in years past. Some survived, some died. Wonderful.
Zenrith brightens up breakfast with more details on the story of Occipitus, 8th layer of Celestia. Adimarchus, a Celestial Paragon (apparently what Layer Lords of Celestia are called) was the battle leader of Celestia. A mighty Angel with skin Zenrith described as purple: I can only picture it as opaque Amythyst myself: Hard and unyielding, but beautiful. He was the battle leader of Celestia, waging constant war against the demons of the abyss, first offensively, then defensively, as the hordes of hell besieged Celestia in response.
He made his principle general immortal, an act so abhorant to the other paragons that it would lead to his downfall. His general, Athux, whom Zenrith described as “An Aasimar Paladin, quite good looking would you believe it”. Athux singlehandedly destroyed an entire army, and the other paragons kicked out Adimarcus, who in his fury, took Occipitus with him to the Abyss.
Sevastian later commented that he thinks the dwarf is clearly abusing substances to gain these visions… but I’m not so sure.
I asked my deity to grant me some divine insight on the matter, to empower my normally poor abilities to get a judge of character. Zenrith seems legitimate to me, I’m certain Fharlanghn would’ve warned me of a deception that threatened me. Sevastian remains unconvinced, thinking that Zenrith is just drawing on things aronud him for inspiration.
I’ll admit, Sevastian wasn’t the only one who obliquely notice the similarities in description between Athux and himself. It’s easy to forget by looking at him, but Sevastian was raised as a paladin in the temple of Heironious. Also easy to forget is there’s no way Zenrith could’ve known that.
These stories capture too much of my attention, I haven’t even covered what happened next. Skit delivered her report, a vast mountain range between here and the Bastion, which is a tall metal tower in the middle of a flat rocky plane. She also was attacked by some land bound grotesque monstrosities: Demodans, the demonic equivelants of Carcerei.