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Sarcantasy 084 by Grendelkin Sarcantasy 084 by Grendelkin
Previously, on…

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You struggle with the cloth bag, and manage to push/pull it off of you.
Turning, you float threateningly over your attacker and demand to know just what the **** they think they're doing?!

Facing you is … probably a Malborn, a member of Emma's species? 
She has the same kind of tail, her hair is a shade of reddish-orange, and you notice this stranger's figure is quite like Emma's, anyway. She's holding some kind of net on a stick - the bag-like thing she threw over your head! - and has metal shackles around her ankles, wrists and neck.
What is very unlike your Malborn friend, however, is that your attacker flinches and cringes when you demand answers from her.

"Um," she says, her voice going from gleeful crowing to timid mumbling, "um, I...? I'm catching you? To use as my number one minion? Did - did I do it wrong?"

You make it very clear to the stranger that you are nobody's "minion", no matter whether anyone tries to catch you with a net.

"Aw. Really?" she asks, visibly wilting before your anger. "I'm never going to get a minion of my own at this rate. Are you sure you wouldn't like a job as a minion, Dennis...?"

You let the stranger know in no uncertain terms that your name is not, never has been (that you know of, anyway) and never will be, 'Dennis'. Then you demand to know more about who she is, and why she was trying to catch and enslave you.

"Um," the Malborn says, shyly. "I'm - I'm Gogo. I just - the master said - the master employs me as Nightthrone's Dungeon Master, but... but all the monsters here are his, so… so I don't have any minions of my own. I've been trying to negotiate one of them to come work for me, but … but they just laugh."

'Gogo' looks hugely embarrassed, her eyes shifting away from yours.

"It - it's not easy finding a fully furnished dungeon to master, so I can't really quit. I'd have to go back to doing parttime jobs, and that's really awful in the Eastern Hills. Most people throw rocks if I go near, so…
An - anyway, it's a huge job, mastering Nightthrone, and I really need the help, so I asked the master if he'd give me a minion to help with my work, but he said he was using all the monsters, so… well... he said I could have one of you guys, if - if I could catch one.
You're the only one that's come within reach in all this time, and I asked him months and months ago!"

One of … who?

Gogo points up towards the ceiling.
"One of you. You're one of them, aren't you?"

Looking up... you see them. It's no wonder you didn't notice them before; it's a high ceiling, and although they express every variation on the themes of sorrow, horror and despair under the sun and then some, they move in complete silence. 


Dozens of ghosts, all of them in emotional agony. Their hollow eyes stare at you from the yawning gulf of madness, pleading mutely for release.

"Master has so many, and he never uses them!" Gogo sulks. "Every time a sucker goes to kill him, he just hops out of his body and kicks their soul out of theirs after the death blow. It never fails, 'cause nobody except master and me knows it's his special skill: Thanatic Transmigration."

The Malborn glances at you. "Um. I'm not supposed to tell people about that… But you probably don't count as 'people', what with you being a ghost and all, Denni -- sorry.

Anyway, afterwards, the souls become ghosts and just hang around here, being sad.
I could really use a ghost minion to help with chores! I bet they'd feel better if they could just do something, instead of being forced to hang around this same corridor for forever and ever."

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And I bet you were wondering why the priest of a goddess of death would be fighting a Dark Lord, weren't you?

What will you say? WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
So the goddess of death is against the dark lord?

Gogo is so cute! ^^
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, consider what a psychopomp's nature is; they ferry souls to what comes next after the body dies. They're generally not keen on people being forced to stick around, instead.

Thank you! ^_^ I had fun with her design.
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! ^^
model88 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Positively beautiful art, scene, story, and lettering!

As far as what to do?

I agree trying cheer or understand the ghosts' decisions to stay would be illuminating.

I might also see if Gogo would consent to be a/my minion in teaching me how this works until she gained some confidence (via teaching) and I gained some understanding of WTF is happening here.

Grendelkin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! ^_^
HelenMcLaughlinArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019   Digital Artist
Well, this clearly has to be stopped. Only.. it's in the past, and we're not supposed to be interfering with that. Um.... try to find some alternative minion for Gogo so she leaves us alone - alternative to Daisy AND the sad ghosts.
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, let's review what Taravak said: Sarcantasy 080 ;)
HelenMcLaughlinArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019   Digital Artist
"Already enmeshed in perspective-past events."

Hmm ok. So maybe the usurping of bodies by this dude did get stopped back then, and Daisy was intrumental in this...

Ask present Delar what happened!
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Try to cheer up the ghosts, maybe?
Grendelkin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
… Any ideas as to how? ^^;
MichaelJohnMorris Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Talk to them about why they chose to stay here.
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