(Originally posted by Xeranad on Wed Aug 26, 2009)
Hyperion shook his head at Aria, Conrad, and Lynn. "You three have certain... abilities, and yet, you have no idea how to use them. Especially you, Aria Candenza. Seriously... must I do this for you?"
He lifted a painting off of the wall and propped it up, like a ramp. "The fire that consumed this house made this painting as hard as a rock. Perfect for climbing." Aria took a few steps forward and stared at the paintings image. There were three people in the painting: a man with white hair and white eyes, obviously Xeranad. However, he seemed... happy in this painting. Then there was the woman next to him... why did she look familiar? The woman had golden hair, curled into a ponytail that went down over her left shoulder. She wore a white dress. Finally, there was what appeared to be a young girl sitting on the woman's lap... but the details were smudged by burns from the fire...
Aria stared at it for a while, and Kara slithered up to her. "Hey, Aria... are you alright? Do you have a fever or something? You're just standing there, staring at the painting... it's kinda unnerving... and that's saying something." The Stygian on her shoulders, Karkid, nodded its concern.
Aria smiled. "No, I'm alright. Just got... a bit distracted is all." She climbed the makeshift ramp up to the shard, and touched it... then something strange happened.
A black... thing flew out of the metal shard. It laughed, screaming, "FREEDOM!" It flew around Aria for a bit, as if analyzing her, then crashed itself into the ground. Suddenly, it grew out of the ground, and standing before the ragtag group of heroes was a knight coated in black armor, with a helmet covering his face.
"I AM EARENDEL, THE FIRST DARK LORD OF RELANISIA. PROVE YOURSELVES TO ME... I CAN FEEL YOUR DESIRE TO PUT OUR LINEAGE TO AN END. WELL THEN, SHOW ME YOUR TRUE CONVICTION!" Shouted the strange knight.
Aria shook her head in disbelief. Earendel? The first of the Dark Lords? What was he doing inside a shard of metal?