The Book of Mors: Summoned

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Skada88

BOM:Summoned - Interlude with Death - Chapter 6.2

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==== ??? Pov ====

The final moments of my previous life merge with the memories from the cave, putting the final pieces of the puzzle together as I stare into the darkness, which has long since returned to its tranquil state. Eventually, I manage I repress my need for blood and vengeance. Everything has a time and place, and when I get my hands around that black knight's neck, I can vent to my heart's content.

Somehow I know that there is a lot more to remember, but it doesn't matter. I have all the information I need.

"A wise choice for someone who has peerless innate knowledge but no experience. Maybe you're not as hopeless as I thought," muttered the strange, otherworldly voice in a confident tone.

Lost in my memories, I had forgotten about the voice.

Your meaning?

"Unlike when you are conscious, while you are in your soul's realm, every memory that has had enough impact or emotion to leave a spiritual imprint, is available to you, with the right cues of course. If you were to try and remember everything now, the present you would cease to exist."

Am I not already dead?

"Mortals." The voice lets out an exasperated sigh. "Unfortunately for Acoria, the world you are now a permanent resident of, you are pretty much the definition of immortal. The flesh that is currently your soul's vessel is alive and... recovering."

Then tell me how I get out of here. I don't have time to waste with voices in my head.

"Patience. Your body is currently fighting to keep itself alive after your little rampage, and your subconscious has... removed you from the controls, so to speak, to help with this endeavour," replied the voice in irritation. "I Also have an important matter I wish to discuss."

I thought you said I was immortal? If that is the case how can I die? And who are you?

"Even though you have so many experiences behind you, I still find it shocking that you can so readily accept another world and magic and are more concerned with picking holes in what I am trying to tell you," chuckled the voice in amusement.

Reality is perception and perception is reality. Now answer my questions.

I felt a foreign presence get closer. "You are a unique existence, and while your body is moral, that is to say it can die, your soul has now been infused with mana from this dimension. This coupled with the many lives you have lived, has resulted in you becoming something... new."

After a half a minutes silence, the voice continued. "You have long passed the point where you could ascend to the next plane so now, if your body is destroyed, your soul along with all the memories you have accumulated, will find a... suitable embryo and you will be reborn. You are outside of what you mortals call the circle of life. Fate and death are meaningless to you, making you incredibly dangerous, especially to beings like us."

It all sounded ludicrous, but after my recent experiences, I continued to listen.

"To answer your last question, in your previous world, I am similar to the existence you would call Death; but after analysing some of your memories, I find the term Grim Reaper more... enjoyable. Please call me Grim. As I have seen some of your past, I know your patience is a finite resource so I will get down to business. I have a proposition for you. One that will speed up and enhance your vengeance significantly without dragging the whole world into it."

I was getting restless, wanting nothing more than to get back to wherever my body was and hunt down those who had killed... no, destroyed my daughter's soul.

Hurry it up. I have places to go and people to butcher.

The presence around me intensified as if it had been waiting for me to get impatient.

"You need to understand that what happened in the summoning room was a fluke. Essence derived from powerful creatures and the souls of those you killed, along with unique spell formations, gave you an incredible, but temporary, boost in power."

"Although compared to the young of traditional species, you are a terrifying creature, as you currently are, even an average human would be able to kill you without much trouble. Not only are you weak because you have just been 'born', but your body has nearly been destroyed by the magical backlash caused by absorbing and using too much foreign mana."

... So you're saying I am pathetically weak?

Grim ignored my interruption. "This is where my proposition comes in. I will declare you my avatar, bestow upon you a name, skills and abilities that will enable you to effectively carry out your revenge as well as some... guidance."

If what you say is true, I will grow and recover. What makes you think I need your he-

"Knowing what you have just found about, not only in regards to your pitiful state but about souls and reincarnation, would you be content with simply killing them? Also if you are to hunt down those that are truly responsible, then without my help, you might just make it to them as they take their last, gasping breaths before succumbing to old age."

I remained silent as I pondered the meaning behind the self-proclaimed god's words. Like hell would I be content with that outcome; those responsible must suffer the same fate as my daughter, every last one of them.

It seems you know me too well. How can giving me a name and... skills? help me?

"Being named by a God gives many benefits, and as the God of Death, I can bestow abilities that will... match the requirements needed for your revenge. I will show you the abilities now, in the same format you will find in Acoria so things make a little more sense but remember, these will only be available if you agree to my terms."

What seemed to be a grid with text appeared in the darkness.

Soul Split


Using spirit energy, you carve out a portion of your soul's memories and implant them into another,
creating a substitute soul that can grow and evolve.

Substitute souls can only be implanted into entities that are capable of conscious thought.

By implanting a soul into a living being, you are in effect, killing the previous occupant and pushing their soul into the reincarnation cycle.

The memories removed from your soul will be forgotten, but personality traits developed from them will remain

Upon leaving the host's soul, the substitute will become an independent entity.

[Requirements]


Requires the host to have a soul age over five thousand. This requirement doubles with each use.

Soul energy used must be accumulated in Acoria.

 


The table vanished before I could fully understand it, another one reappearing in its place.

 

Soul Destruction


Using the host's spiritual force, a target soul's energy is irreversibly destabilised,
causing it to collapse in on itself and disperse while suffering from unimaginable pain.

The target's soul is destroyed.

The resultant spiritual energy from the destroyed soul will pollute the area with mana radiation.

Will not work on other Avatars

[Requirements]


Can only be cast when there is a positive balance count created by substitute souls.

Soul energy used must be accumulated in Acoria.


I guess I can work out the details later.

And the guidance?

"I will give you a brief glimpse into the past of someone who will be of great help to you. Even though your first meeting wasn't ideal, I need you to get along. I have already caused more than enough trouble manipulating the Goddess of Foresight's avatars so that you two could meet."

I doubt you are talking about the black knight or the naked girl so I assume you're talking about the silver eyed, one punch meat grinder?

 

 

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I will aim to get tomorrow's release out at a reasonable time. (Going to go through and do all the edits/amends that you guys have pointed out first Very Happy as I keep putting it off in order to get a release out. That and getting addicted to summoner's wars...)

 


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Comments(22)

Caliberus @Caliberus ago

 Thanks for posting the chapter

alkaliho @alkaliho ago

 Ooooh, this is getting good! Thanks for the chapter.

EastTuna @EastTuna ago

Now that I understand what chapter 6 is, I must say that this was one of the big holes in the original. Though I don't see how you are going to use those skills.

BarriaKarl @BarriaKarl ago

Hmmm i get the feeling he is getting too much too soon... I will be honest the skills flew right over my head, i can see uses for the first but the second not at all. And his encounter with the woman doesnt feels right, probably because i read the other version, there i could see the interaction start and developt but here they are together because a god i never heard about did it?

 

I get the feeling comparisons will take away a lot from this story for me, unfortunately....

MrJope @MrJope ago

I realy like the way you are writing. Thanks for the Chapter.

ZippyDragon @ZippyDragon ago

10/27/2016 9:47:37 PMBarriaKarl Wrote:

Hmmm i get the feeling he is getting too much too soon... I will be honest the skills flew right over my head, i can see uses for the first but the second not at all. And his encounter with the woman doesnt feels right, probably because i read the other version, there i could see the interaction start and developt but here they are together because a god i never heard about did it?

 

I get the feeling comparisons will take away a lot from this story for me, unfortunately.... 

 

 

The second ability is for the purpose of destroying the souls of the people who killed his daughter instead of just killing them. The abilities that he has gotten so far are just utility, so they won't make him overpowered. As for the difference in encountering Vers; the way that they met in the first version didn't really make sense. In this version, Grim manipulated the Sun Clan prophet to haver a vision that led her to where Mors is.

Nairne @Nairne ago

Soul split, really? This sounds like an ability for a coward (He can forget the things that hurt him). Also lets say he split his soul, what about knowledge? Thats memories too. Will the "new" person know who "made" him/her? I understand character traits will stick to the original, but feelings evoked by the memories will be evoked in the sub right?

I can understand Soul Destruction, but the first skill doesn't fit into the whole "I'll help you with your revenge" theme, when would he even use it? You have some explaining in order about those skills, even if not to the MC then to the readers :>.

phk @phk ago

Don't really like the fact that it was his fault for holding onto her soul that ended up making her soul get damaged and forcing the black knight to put her out of misery, now he's going to go get revenge on someone for something he caused. Pretty stupid if you ask me, he damaged her soul which will proberly always affect her, while the black knight just killed her physical body out of pitty. If it was me, i'd rather be a slave in one life then having a permanently damaged soul.

I feel like this revenge thing was a little forced honeslty. If he finds out that it was his fault after he kills them and their souls, Well......Let's just say I don't think I'd be able to read the story anymore, because I don't see a likable way for him to get out of self-guilt.

Also you said that the sun clan wanted 10 out of 32 summoned, but while the black knight and king were talking about what races they got the blackknight siad that the sun clan only wanted 5 and that they will get 27.


Nairne @Nairne ago

10/27/2016 11:33:55 PMphk Wrote:

Don't really like the fact that it was his fault for holding onto her soul that ended up making her soul get damaged and forcing the black knight to put her out of misery, now he's going to go get revenge on someone for something he caused. Pretty stupid if you ask me, he damaged her soul which will proberly always affect her, while the black knight just killed her physical body out of pitty. 

How do you come to the conclusion that it was his fault she had a damaged soul? The mages faltered when she was summoned and the ritual was not stable. Also summoning souls is a taboo, not something he could predict.

Also the ritual obliterated the souls of the sacrificed people, including his daughter because she was thrown into the portal so they could have 32 summoned as planned. So he cannot get her back.

archetypenecromancer @archetypenecromancer ago

please dont go for multiple bodies and sub peronalities of the same character.... it NEVER ends well best case scenario you end up with a mind tied clone that does nothing except give ethe character a bit of safety in a pinch and some extra training speed. worst case scenario it become a cancerous plot device that you cant get rid of and you have to keep mentioning clones and split bodies and the like and it all just ends up hindering the plot because of loopholes like why doesnt he hide one calm clone away so that even his current incarnation is immortal or why dont his enemies who will eventually end up being beings simiar to him in power and age have these clones. dont even get me started on split personalities. make sure you have really thought this through because being able to split your soul is pretty huge....

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