On the island of Odina, a grand fortress once stood. It had been terrifying not only in size and complexity, but also in reputation and legend.
But now, in its place a solitary figure stood instead. She could not help but observe the debris and wreckage with a smug air of superiority.
In her clawed hand, she held a single stone tablet.
It was titled "Black Diamonds":
Some beings foolishly carry around the superstition that finding a black diamond is bad luck. I have means to prove why that belief holds true for everyone but me. You see, I am fortunate to have my own assembly of these 'black diamonds' at my disposal. And while they wreak havoc and ill fortune on others, so to speak, never have they brought me sour luck, quite the contrary, in fact.
Let me clarify.
To be as cold as the winter's wind, and to be as dark as Karzahni's heart, to be as callous and unfeeling as a stone, yet brilliant and accurate like ice; all of these can be attributed to a black diamond. Yet, at the same time, that description matches my Dark Hunters.
Each agent on the roster, with his or her own history, found in the rough and brought to me by a twist of fate. Some came here as nothing more than clods of dirt, and others dull and lifeless. Training and lifestyle here doubtlessly cut and polished my Hunters individually, working them to perfection. Missions and operations carried out under my name can be fulfilled with me trusting that I'm being represented respectably. Agents can be showcased under my authority, making it known that the Dark Hunters are not a force to be overlooked.
Perhaps the best thing about black diamonds is that they are nature's immortals, taking forever to form and an even longer forever to fade. Even though we are all mortal, our legacy is not.
-The Shadowed One
The figure dropped the tablet to the ground, watching silently as it shattered.
She had a long, complicated history in which the Dark Hunters were entwined. It was almost revenge served sweet and cold, standing here in the remains of her enemy's stronghold. She only wished its fall had been by her doing.
Although the one to whom she was speaking had no way of hearing her words, Roodaka spoke them regardless, as she crushed the shards of tablet beneath her heel.
"You silly fool. I thought everyone knew that black diamonds are nothing but coal."
Edited by Zosia Darr, May 21 2012 - 02:31 PM.