HRP : Asked Meriele about it, and he think he won't have time to participate, so it's the three of us.
Time passed. Seconds, minutes, hours, months, years. Of course, all of it was illusory, but to Lilieth, it felt as real as it could.
An apparition came to her : Her mother. The Ghost was a perfect depiction, created from her memories, everything about her was perfect, her appearence, the way she stood, gazed at her. Lilieth was startled a few second, before getting a grip.
The apparition slowly walk to her and then hug her, but Lilieth was stone cold in her embrass, even when the ghost turned into a rotting, worm-filled corpse, it barely cause Lilieth any reaction. She slowly turned her head, and stared into the orbit of her "mother corpse".
If a look could kill, then hers would have anihilated even stone into powder. It was the contempt and disgust that could only be born from watching at the most wretched existence in the world.
If Lilieth was not startled by this show, the ghost actually was. Even the illusion nearly break as the old spirit powering the formation felt a cold sweat despite being dead for millenias.
After this, he didn't tried any skin contact, instead, he sent everything he had, every face, every friend, every foes. It was like reliving every single balefull moment of her life. When finally it was the time of reliving her imprisonnement, and the darkness, Lilieth merely sit crosslegged, contemplating, before telling out of the blue.
" I'm pretty sure that might work, can you try the whole sequence one more time? Just to be sure. "
A cold snort echoed, as the Ghost appeared within the darkness and answered :
" So heartless, not something to be proud about young calf "
Lilieth close her eyes briefly, smiling lightly. Heartless she was not. But her memories, she spent a lot of time with, and she settled her grief long ago. To her, it was more of an opportunity, the same linguishing feeling that one would get by gazing at the portrait of their ancestors. Portraitn she had not, vivid memories where all she had, until today that it.
" Come on, I'm just teasing you ! Go on ! Show me what you got please "
The ghost got depressed. For millenias he stood here, prying into people mind and grinding their sanity, A reconversion in the entertainement business wasn't exactly on his career plan though.
" What it already dead cannot be killed eh ... Seem like I will hardly be able to do worse than what you were already put through. Fine. Just die here alone. "
It would surely take more time, and use a lot more of energy, but trapping her mind in the illusion was also a sure way to kill her. Lilieth smiled, and just snapped her finger.
With a sound of broken glass, the whole world shattered around them, causing the Ghost to have a feeling of impending doom mixed with dread.
" What ... "
Before he could add another word, an terrifying large vertical eye opened, lazily looking at him. There was no sense of agression in it, not opression, nor any feeling, which made the suffocating opression that rose even harder to shoulder.
There was no need for the demonic being to exert any pressure, it's merely existence was enough to supress the poor ghost into dying a graveless death.
The world around them was made of bone and rotting flesh, even the ground behind their feet was an ankle deep pool of blood. From the blood, another existence rose, smaler that the eye, and a lot less opressive, but still a lot to big to fit into the pool, dispelling any question about this world still being illusory. It was a mix between a snake, and a centipede. Unlike the colossal eye, it exert no opression, and more, a temptation. The baleful aura it release froze all sense of fear of self-preservation. It wasn't "strong", but so dark that no human mind could work rationnaly while being invaded by it.
The Ghost was a powerfull all timer, but it barely snapped out of it before slowly walking to its doom. It was the same thing as a prey entering a catatonic state before a predator. It was like the snake/centipede demon embodied the whole concept of devouring, and that nothing could resist it.
Lilieth slowly walked, without giving a lot of thought to the old ghost, and sat on the bone thrones. She was minuscule next to the two baleful monster, but she still execrated an arrogant imperial aura that didn't loose to the other two.
" I had time to explore the knicks and knacks of my own mind, and to temper the place, you like the decoration? Might be a bit out of fashion by now but I assure you it was so modern back then ... "
it was to be known, that would have she been allowed to mature fully during the last millenia, Lilieth would have been a supreme existence by now that had nothing to envy gods. If her body and her bloodline hadn't mature, and probably wouldn't before the passing a whole new era, her mind had been tempered by a millenia of fighting over the edge of madness and had reached its full potential.
Not even speaking about the fact that her powerfull bloodline ancestor manifestation, the eye, developped a pseudo conscience of its own, of the fact her clan split their soul at birth for a shard of primordial sin, Glutonny in her case, embodied by the snake, creating two powerfull behemots residing within of sea of consciousness, her will alone could bend anything if someone chose to invade her mind.
" You, I like you. So I'll offer you a deal, extermination of this remnant of your soul, or service. Who know, I might even encounter at some point some opportunity to let you reconstruct your body. Would that be nice? ... "
The ghost trembled, his whole body shivering. It couldn't be sure where the bluff began and where truth ended, but for some reason, he had a gut deep feeling she shouldn't try and find out.
" Mi... Great daughter of the heave... of the seven hells. Even if those old bones could be of any use to you, there is no way for me to leave this place anyways, as I'm bound to this place for eternity. "
Lilieth sneered : " Enough, if what I do believe is here actually is, it won't be an issue much longer. "
The ghost trembled even more, stuterring : "You ... know ? How?"
" Calculated it with my fingers ... You know, for someone as old as me, legend are mere legend but tales do carry taboo truth. You just need to be litterate enough in this generation to find some clues ignored by others. "
The ghost felt his soul leaving him, and merely stuttered : " This old bones sure wouldn't dare to refuse such an opportunity to walk the path of the dark era and see the crescent gates fall. I'm sorry young noble, but I can hardly offer you my name though, as even myself won't be able to remember it. "
Lilieth sneered : " I see some have done their reading too. As for your name, I'll just call you Old Ghost for now on, so, Old Ghost, reading to swear loyalty on your soul? "
When Lilieth finally opened her eyes in the real world, the other two had already broken out from the spell. She smiled and stood, as the rune powering the spell deemed in submission before them.
" What an enjoyable little nap "