Last time, on the New Adventures of Old Aether, I said a thing. Do you remember the thing I said? I’ll refresh your memory.
“Still, I managed to take off nearly half his health my first time. For someone with a sobriquet as intimidating as “Father of the Abyss”, this really wasn’t that rough. At this rate, Dusk, I’ll have you safe in no time!”
So, I think it’s time to confess, because there’s no way I’m going to be able to hide it now. I am a flawed man. Pride’s a big one. I mean, looking as good as I do, it’s hard to avoid that, but as excusable as it is, that’s something I have to face about myself. And that quote above is full of pride. I can also be somewhat short-sighted, looking at my goals more than the path I have to take to get there. The quote is full of that, too. But that quote has also made me realize something about myself. Something new. Something I apparently needed Manus to show me.
I am a blasted idiot.
But before we get into that, allow me to put in a bit of filler here, so I can hide the depths of my stupidity from those that are too lazy to hit the jump.
My path back to Manus’s lair takes me past Marvelous Chester. He’s got some new things to say now that I’ve met the Father of the Abyss.
Which I already knew, to some degree, thanks to the spells I’ve been finding around. Chester was happy to fill me in on how exactly that happened.
I’m guessing the primeval man was Manus. Ornery does seem an apt descriptor for him. The toothy serpent does interest me. The Kingseeker Frampt, or another of his kind? No idea. And Chester isn’t about to fill me in.
I wonder if Chester can leave this time. I can head out whenever I want, thanks to the lordvessel and the bonfires being linked. Does Chester have that ability? Or is he planning to just hang out here, just on the outside of the borders of Oolacile, waiting for it to fall? Either way, the man doesn’t seem very proactive about getting back to his hometime.
On my way back, I spy a corpse with some souls near the elevator back down to the chasm of the abyss. It stands at the head of a path I didn’t notice before, leading down to a river-worn gap between two cliffs. I take the stairs down, then turn around and check the gap behind me. It seems to have a treasure-bearing corpse at the end of it. It also has what looks to be two dogs in the way, with glowing red eyes. New enemies!