“Fine,” I say, after weighing my options. “I will serve you.”
I’m tired of getting screwed. Playing by the rules has given’ me nothing but betrayal. It’s time to try something new.
At least Karinn is honest about what she is.
I hear the disappointment in Sylas’ tone, and I can’t bring myself to look at him.
“Sounds good to me,” Caleb says, leaving it at that.
“Wise choice,” Karinn says with a nod, and a bone-chilling smile.
Darkside Ending 1
Minrathous, Tevinter Imperium
A few months later
I make my way down a darkened side alley, keeping to the shadows as I stalk my mark. Some random nobody who has managed to displease Karinn.
Not that it takes much to do that.
It doesn’t matter though. A mark is a mark, regardless. This man will end up as Briall had, after Karinn had realized he was sticking his nose into her affairs.
Missing, without a trace.
Even though I can’t see Caleb, I know he’s positioned up ahead, somewhere in front of the person I’m following. The pang I feel that Sylas isn’t here doesn’t last long. I’m getting used to him not being around anymore.
The morning after accepting Karinn’s offer, I’d found a note from him.
I can’t watch you become something I know you’re not. You will always be family to me, but this is one path I can’t walk with you. Dareth shiral, da’len.
It had hurt to read those words, but I know he did the right thing. Karinn would have asked me to kill him otherwise, to keep him from telling anyone about her relic, and I know that’s the one thing I could never do, no matter how far I fall.
Unlike with Jeremiah, there is no finding Sylas at this point. I know I’ll never see him again.
Ahead of me, my mark stops, seeing Caleb materialize out of the darkness of an intersecting alley. With silent steps, I quickly move up behind the man, and run my dagger across his throat.
His hands come up to defend himself, and I feel him jerk away from me, but it’s far too late. Blood pools at his feet as he stumbles, choking on his own blood. He falls to his knees, clutching futilely at his neck. Standing behind him, I don’t see the horror in his eyes, but I can sense his fear as he slumps over.
It’s over in moments, and Caleb quietly joins me, glancing either way down the alley to make sure we weren’t seen by anyone.
I go through the man’s pockets, and pull out a scrap of paper. Glancing over it, I see he was an agent of the Inquisition, and there are notes about the Inquisition’s plans.
Karinn will be pleased with the information I’ve found. It will improve her standing with the Venatori stationed at Redcliffe, in Ferelden.
Since the events at the Conclave, and the appearance of the Breach, Karinn has been using the power the relic has given her to help the Venatori.
A new power is rising, leading Karinn and the other Venatori. As hard as the Inquisition fights, I doubt they’ll be able to overcome it.
The Silent Blades follow me now. Soon, we will be infiltrating the Inquisition for the Venatori.
It won’t be long before they fall.
For easy navigation, and do-overs. ~ DA FF: Blades (Chapter Master Post)
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