Child Of Darkness
Chaz and Rika lived happily for many years to come. As suspected, Nei
grew up in a happy, loving home. The Hunter's Guild reopened, but Chaz no
longer had to endanger his life for a living. This time he was running the
show. Rika, on the other hand, opened a successful nursery and organic
garden. She never had to lift another claw in aggression.
Wren and Demi worked odd jobs for many months before they earned enough
meseta to buy the home next to their friends'. Wren was called upon many
times to assist in rebuilding many of the city's structures while Demi
became invaluable at the trans-communication center for her proficiency
with computer terminals. Both were satisfied with their new lives and
never regretted a minute of it.
Hahn arrived at his home to find a very pregnant Saya. Overjoyed at his
return, she readily agreed to move to Piata with him so that he could
further his studies and teach at the University at the same time. They
married a few months later in a huge gala provided by both their parents.
The Scholar and his father never argued again.
Raja returned to a hero's welcome at Gumbian. Nyr gladly relinquished
the title of Archbishop to him, saying that he truly deserved it. The wine
cellars were opened and offered to all. Dezorians poured in from all over
the planet. The celebration lasted into the next day when Raja asked
Jaerli to exchange vows with him. She accepted.
Gryz was welcomed into Esper Mansion with open arms. He told his new
family about his troubles and loss and many of them sympathized with him.
Their concern and support was genuine. The Espers knew that he was truly
one of them despite his appearance and accepted him without doubt. That
was all he ever wanted from everyone, anyway.
Kyra retreated into Lutz's Sanctuary where she was finally ready to
enter the Hibernation Chamber. The discovery of her true heritage was
shocking to say the least, but Rune prepared her enough to meet the
challenge head-on. The Esper Leader would try her hardest to keep her
people honorable and worthy. Taking one last look around the sanctuary,
Kyra was slowly pulled inside and began the first of many ten-year
No one ever knew what became of Rune. The Reverent Fifth was never
found on either of the planets and although he was searched for more than
once, no one ever found him. A crafty and intelligent Esper like him would
not go quickly. There might be a daft old man living in the mountains
somewhere who can still burn the pants off of anyone foolish enough to
wander too close to him. Who knows?
A single Laerma tree grows in Myst Vale now. From its seeds, the Musk
Cats will replant a forest. Below the tree the soil is disturbed. A word
is clawed into it at the bottom of its trunk.