The howling died down after half a minute, and a man began to speak. For the first time, SttQ could understand what she heard. Weird; she could actually tell he was throwing down way too many capital letters.
"Faithful chosen Sues and Stus. Lieutenant Mary Sue, praise be Her Glory, Whose voice I am, thanks you for these signs of your devotion. Soon, loyal ones, the Mother of us all will take Her rightful place as Goddess of this vile, imperfect world, and reshape it in Her own image."
(My color-blind eye, thought SttQ.)
"And rest assured, loyal ones," the voice continued, "the barbaric wretches who call themselves the Boarders, merciless butchers of our kind since the Great Lieutenant appeared in this world, will be the first to fall victim to Her might. But see, the Beautiful One is clement, and will not kill even these. No, loyal ones, She will merely take their minds, and make them Her faithful servants."
(Slit my own throat before I let that happen to me.)
"Now, loyal ones, we will all offer up another prayer to Her Greatness, and..."
Another voice spoke then. For a non-Suvian, listening to it was about as sweet as having boiling honey poured into one's ears. It was the Lieutenant herself.
"Wait," she said, making SttQ cringe. "I sense the aura of a low one outside the walls." There was a collective gasp from her worshippers.
It took half a second for her meaning to get through to SttQ. When it finally did, her decidedly unepic thought was: Oh, shit, I'm dead.
When SttQ finally lifted up her face from the night-cooled stones, where she'd laid it to ease the burning of her eyes, she found that she could, in some measure, see again. Everything was still a... more
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