Speck in a Perfect Diamond
- The Warmains wish to wrestle you. They wish to test you, to make you fight them, to make you hate them. They cast electrons from their orbit to make the protons rage. They break the symmetry of planets. They spit Flynn Gannary on their blades to make his mother fight.His mother! She wasn’t even in the fandom! She was just some old lady who seemed more interesting to them than her son!
- They tell you that the world is unworthy of unbeing; that only the best of us deserve to end at their hands.
- They tell you that the world is only truly real in its opposition to them — in what it is to the Warmains — and that it has no purpose save as their testing us creates.
- The world is not a lie but a hypothesis to them: here is something that may show
the Warmains worth.
- They are brutal and focused.
- They are profoundly uninterested in your unwillingness to play their games of war. They do not accept the refusing of their challenges.
- You will lose, and then they will either leave you alone or break you; or you will win, and they will make it their mission that you should die. And they will love that — you understand. They will give you a smile that can break your heart before they put aside the game and go to kill you. They will not be lashing out in bitterness. They will be delighted and amazed that they have found another person worthy of this death. And they love nothing so much as that delight and that amazement. They love nothing so much as being impressed by you. They will not think that they are ending you. They’ll talk about it as if they are lifting you up from existence, freeing
you from it, making you a part of something infinitely more worthy — them.
- If you make a strong enough impression the Warmain will even take your face and personality and body type after you die. They will adapt themselves to the incidentals of your dharma, they will keep your fundamental nature alive by emulating you as they find new people to challenge, hurt, and kill, in honor of you. Because they decided that you were just that cool.