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Worse things could have come to define Edward's life than guardianship.

It came with the territory, however many Roivas ancestors hadn't known it - to keep the darkness welling in Ehn'gha watched and managed down below the manor, as he gathered strange magickal things.

And to prevent any light from slipping down there and becoming lost, till it was time for it to shine bright enough to resist it at its most intense.

Alex is bright - and in terms of time, cities and gods outlast guardians.

Time arrives - he sits solemnly contented

as at once, he's thrice-beheaded by three different beasts.