With the new event and the destruction of Lord Apollyon, let us take some time to reflect on some of the wonderfully dreadful times we had with the Lord.
I shall begin.
Kholm was always a big family man, ever since his days in Hashan. He was somewhat babied by his mother Kotyonok, and was quite naive to the happenings of the world around him. He ended up finding his first daughter @Rayla
, which he cherished above all else for the longest time. Rayla as many know was one of the most cheerful and wonderful people in the realms. She was beautiful, happy as a lark, and obnoxiously bright in her decor.
Something important to keep in mind. Rayla, when very young wanted to change from a Siren to an Atavian. She asked Kholm to kill her at the world tree so she could become the very thing that she wanted to be. He obliged grudgingly, and killed her, allowing her to reincarnate. This weighed heavily on Kholm and swore to his daughter that he would never again harm her. If she ever wanted to reincarnate again, it would have to be someone else.
Anyways, following the Qashari raids on Hashan, Shallams reluctance to stop the attacks, and Mhaldor's aide, Kholm went to the Naga to learn how to fight. He became decent enough, (Though I'll admit I quickly went back to sucking really bad) and quickly became the Serpentlord Combat head. He switched to Mhaldor for a time, went back to Hashan, and simply found that he could no longer stomach their nonsense, leading him back to Mhaldor once again. @Balynne
was there to aide his conversion. He became interested in Suffering, from all the anguish he suffered at the hands of the Qashar and applied to Apollyon's order.
Many years passed, and nobody said a word. This was one of the silent tasks of the order. You requested a meeting, and they simply said they'd get back to you. Waiting is a bitch, but it's there to show who is truly devoted. Finally, my time came. It seems the order had done a very thorough job at researching Kholm's history, and @Fyr
especially was particularly brutal, in regards to Kholm's family. They already knew his greatest weakness, his first born daughter, Rayla.
To even have a second glance at joining the pre-order, my first task was to slay his daughter. his first born, his blood.
Kholm wandered aimlessly in the Northern Ithmia for days, occassionally pestered by his daughter that he was meant to kill. She was quite a tanky bard, and as much as she hated combat, was rather good at it. Kholm knew he could never kill her head on, and he would instantly falter at the anguish on her face.
Rayla noted how strange Kholm was acting, and constantly checked up on him, bringing him cookies and flowers, and letting Dash(her rainbow turtle) be his stool on which he would sit and ponder for hours. When Kholm had finally mustered up the courage to slay her, she sent him a letter with a giant smiling face. "The sun is always shining," it said, "Better days will come. I love you, Dad."
Kholm did his best to pretend he never saw it, though it struck him so deeply. He sat up in the trees, and called his beloved daughter to him. He told her to wait, and as any obedient daughter does, she waited. Kholm crafted a noose and silently slipped it down over his daughters head, and instantly hung her. He held it tight, tears streaming as she flailed before her body finally expired.@Millabar
was there in an instant, scooping up her corpse and taking her to Mithraea's temple. She was graciously restored to life, but refused to say a word to Kholm, who could not bring himself to speak to her. Millabar insisted a duel, attacked Kholm, and called him a pitiful waste of a father, killing something as precious as the bond a father and daughter have, as well as the physical body of his daughter.
Kholm was broken, left to his madness as he prowled, attacking random people, random atavians, anything that made him think of his daughter. Even his Fiance @Anouk
at the time could not calm him. After the initial attack, Anouk left, and told Kholm to tend to his madness as she would have nothing to do with such a weak man.
Many days passed, many tears, many hours of wandering that all blended together into nothing, until his saving grace came back to him.
The very person he had killed, his daughter, returned to him.
"Father," She said, looking into Kholm's wild eyes. "They thought I could save you, or even convert you to the light in your anguish, but I will do no such thing. Just as Apollyon wishes to inflict suffering on you at my cost, he shall not. For I am your daughter and your daughter alone, and I love you, no matter what choice you make."
She kissed Kholm on the head, cleansing his madness from his spirit and bringing him back to the sane world.
"Go now, and embrace your fate. You are forgiven."
Now in the end, that may not have been the most "suffering" way for that event in Kholm's life to end, but it was enough. Kholm felt true suffering, and found his meaning in everything through that. He will never cease to love his daughter @Rayla
, and to this day I love her so much for that alone. It was such a soul rending story that Kholm lived out that even I, the player, cried. So did Rayla apparently, and many others that were involved did as well.
Thank you Apollyon, as well as his order. Never have I experienced a story as grand as this in movie or tale, and I am glad I got to experience, live, and see such a thing.