Arthur Eld wrote:James motions to Xiao. "I know this is a hard time and all, but the Lion, is he going to get back up at some point? Cause if so, I'm okay with you, know, taking him out now. Well, not 'ok', really." He looked pale and worn-out, but there was still some fight left in James.
"I only ask cause I figure, him kind of being you and all, you might not want to do it. But if there's a way to make him stay dead, I'm all ears, and I'll do it myself, if I can."
"I don't know," Xiao says, "From what little I know of the Deathlords, our victory should have been... I beleive the term is 'seven shades' of impossible in the first place. That said, I would prefer he be allowed to pass on from undeath."
Xiao pauses, ancient memories now falling all into place
"he may have been the last sane Solar of the first age of creation, clinging to his morality as the great curse drove us mad or worse. a corruption great enough that our closest freinds plotted as the alliance did with Earth, to curb and curtail the damage we were doing. At least, that was what he thought was the plan, to stop the worst of our excesses, try to help the others. And soo the First Fearless lion became the Judas of the first age, betraying his brothers and sisters to be slaughtered in the usurpation, and the blood on our hands drove us mad, and we fouht both armies that day, a trail of death that ended as we were beheaded by our Lover, thousand Enemies, as we tore out their heart...
"It is that suffering that turned him into the First & Forsaken Lion, that which binds him to torment he has suffered for endless centuries until he became as the things he'd been Exalted to fight. This entire inasion has been the fateof all ghosts, to repeat their past in all its terrible glory.
"that is the fate I would see him freed of..."
The members of the Freedom League look among each other.
"I have a suggestion." Raven says
Many of you have heard of the Centurion's Sanctum, but none of you have ever had the privilege of standing in this hallowed place. You are met at the doors by the fallen heroes robot doubles, who lead you to a room with a large projector like device.
The Lion, who is on his feet and his hands shackled together, is placed in front of the projector.
"This is the zero zone projector." Captain Thunder says, "It will place the Lion in an empty void which he'll never escape."
Don't even have the nerve to kill me. The Lion says, smirking.
"No, we don't do that." Thunder says, "But several good people are dead today because of you. And you will be held accountable."
I will make you wish you killed me.
Xiao had opposed this from the moment of its proposal, but without knowing the rituals, the Lion would simply return again and again to destroy everything, and this would be the only way he could be imprisoned
"I Promise you," Xiao says, "ghost of King Mu Chi Pu Chi La Gu Chi, once called First Fearless Lion, I will see you freed from your torment some day, as you freed Creation from the cruel games of the Primordials. Existence does not forget those who come to its aid, no matter how far they have fallen."
Xiao then performs a silent salute for his past life, knowing that the dead must be shown respect.