Please note that this story contains spoilers
for the Fractured Futures event as well as
Audric's adventurer story.
Audric: Haaaah! You're finished! Circlet Denouement!
Audric: And with that, the bulk of the fiends threatening this area are felled.
Ranzal: That new skill'a yers is somethin' else.
Audric: Pardon? New skill?
Ranzal: The one from earlier? Ya ain't ever used it before, unless I'm losin' my marbles.
Audric: I cannot comment on your mental state, but I have made rather consistent use of that skill for some time now.
Ranzal: No kiddin'? Looks like ol' Ranzal's taken one too many blows to the head!
Audric: Fiends the other day... The Empire today... Conflict ever unceasing in this world... Does this all unfold because of my crimes?
Ranzal: Audric! Sounds like Raemond's group is in a hell of a bind. Hate to ask this, but do ya mind lendin' a hand?
Audric: Of course. I shall depart at once.
Raemond: A new player, is it?! You'll find no passage here!
Raemond: Victory to Alberia!
Audric: Have your senses taken flight, Raemond?! It is I! Audric!
Raemond: Egads, you must forgive me! To think I turned my blade upon you!
Raemond: That could well be the gravest error I have ever committed...
Audric: (Raemond looked upon me as though I was a complete stranger...)
Audric: (What is the meaning of all this?)
Audric: With that, I must depart.
The Prince: We're counting on you, Audric. Really, I wish you could stay here and fight at my side.
Audric: The Imperial Army is in the throes of complete disorder—and an army in such a state will soon crumble into brigandage.
Audric: If we are to deal with this issue, it will be essential to stretch a web of vigilance across a number of locations.
The Prince: And I know the best person for that task is someone like you who is flexible and quick in his decision making.
The Prince: But it means your being absent from the Halidom, which makes me uneasy.
Audric: You are the leader of your people, Euden; you can ill afford to feel such hesitation.
The Prince: Of course. Forgive me.
Audric: It does not warrant hanging your head so. After all, these words are merely the ramblings of an old man.
The Prince: An old man... Audric, when you return, I'd like to speak with you further.
The Prince: I want to know more about who you are.
Audric: I am Audric. Nothing more. And howsoever much time we may spend on the subject, Audric is all I shall ever be.
The Prince: That's fine. I still want to talk.
Audric: Very well. Until I return, then.
Cassandra: Audric, wait.
Audric: Yes? What is it?
Cassandra: I understand you'll be leaving the Halidom for a time.
Audric: Indeed, I've a critical duty to execute. But what of it?
Cassandra: Can't you stop?
Audric: Why would you bring up such a thing?!
Cassandra: Oh, it's nothing—merely a whim. I just wanted to poke you a bit.
Cassandra: Now hurry up and be off, dearie. I'll be waiting for you.
Audric: Oh, er...yes. Of course.
Cassandra: I'll wait for you...even if no one else does.
Several months later...
Audric: Euden, I am returned.
Audric: The errand took considerable time, but stability should now be ensured.
The Prince: I'm sorry, who are you?
Audric: Is this a jape? It is I, Audric.
The Prince: Sorry, but I don't remember an Audric. Were we acquainted at some point?
Audric: What are you talking about, Euden?
Audric: You sent me on this mission to stem the Empire's tide! We spoke of it personally!
Audric: That was the duty that I...
The Prince: Yes, I know I asked someone to do that... I just don't remember WHO.
The Prince: I'm sorry, this is all very confusing. I think I need a little time.
Audric: What in the blazes is going on...?
Cassandra: Welcome back, Audric.
Audric: Cassandra! You remember me!
Cassandra: Of course I do, dearie—though I fear I might be the only one.
Audric: What are you saying? What is happening to me?
Cassandra: You severed the chain of causality in order to come to this world, did you not?
Audric: I did.
Cassandra: The chain of causality is the link between oneself and the world. And right now, you are not presently linked to ANY world.
Audric: And this is a problem?
Cassandra: Of the largest sort, yes. Right now, you are a sort of nowhere person; a man who lacks a face.
Cassandra: As such, no one can remember you. They no longer know who you are, or from whence you hail.
Cassandra: It is not so pronounced when you are together at all times, but if you spend even a few days apart, people will start to view you as a complete stranger.
Cassandra: In a few weeks, they will no longer remember who you are at all.
Audric: I see. So that's why...
Cassandra: Oh, but don't worry—I'm looking for a way to reconnect you to the chain of causality. So just be patient for a tick, all right?
Audric: No. Do not. I prefer things as they are.
Cassandra: I'm sorry?
Audric: I care not if I am cut free of the world, nor if I become a nameless warrior.
Audric: Once the battles are fought and won, all will forget about the fool king who brought down the world.
Audric: Is that not preferable?
Cassandra: But you will remain in no one's memories! You will be adrift, lost and alone!
Cassandra: Who would wish such an existence upon themselves?
Audric: It is acceptable to me, Cassandra. For I seek to leave behind not memories or fond recollections, but hope.
Audric: I robbed my old world of hope, and so would leave it to this one.
Audric: Let this stand as my legacy; let it be that which remains.