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Shadows Over Innistrad - Alternate Ending
"You should know this place," Markov says, getting up off me, wiping his fang-filled mouth. "This is the place where you were made."
I rise. The wound at my neck bleeds, but I let it bleed. Somehow, in this place, it feels like healing. "Where you made me what I am," I say.
"Let me help you, my child," the monster says. "I could...cleanse your mind. Make you a proper instrument of virtue again. I'll make you anew."
Never. "If I am not the daughter you want..." I say.
He winces.
"...then we must battle again, and again, forever. For I will never yield. I am no monster's instrument. I will not be altered by the likes of you."
I can feel my strength returning already, here in this holy place. I am inexhaustible. In a moment, I will be ready to strike him down again.
"No," Markov says. "This ends. Now."
(Continued from Avacyn's POV) 
He is upon me once more.  My feet barely stand beneath me before his fingers close over my t
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Hi everyone!

I'm officially a college graduate.  YAY!  It's barely been a week since I walked across that stage, and it hasn't quite hit me yet.  I spent nine and a half years obtaining two Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Sociology.  While it was enlightening in some ways, it was stressful in a lot of others.   I had to take an extended break from cosplay after my mom got sick a few years ago, and then college became my life.

Now that I'm done though, I'm going to be gradually getting back into this wonderful hobby I loved so much.   I'll be starting out with quite a herculean endeavor (because that's just how I do things, lol)   I won't reveal what characters they are, but my other half and I have decided upon doing costumes from Magic: The Gathering.   

As someone who will be completely self-taught in the armor making department, do any of you have suggestions on what materials to start experimenting with for the most ideal results?   I don't mind spending money on supplies, but from the research that I've done so far, it seems that worbla is the most popular to utilize for armor.   Do any of you have thoughts and/or feedback on this?  

I'm so excited to get started!   It will be SO nice to be using my sewing machine again and my embroidery machine for much more than just making Greek sorority lettered shirts, lol!   

Stay amazing!  <3

Love,
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I am a double graduate.
I am a writer.
I am a cosplayer.
I am a former sorority girl.
I am a female gamer.
I'm a retired gymnast.


Current Residence: Atlanta, GA
Favourite genre of music: Classical, Jazz, 80's anything, video game, pop and in extremely rare cases, hip hop. XD
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Hi everyone!

I'm officially a college graduate.  YAY!  It's barely been a week since I walked across that stage, and it hasn't quite hit me yet.  I spent nine and a half years obtaining two Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Sociology.  While it was enlightening in some ways, it was stressful in a lot of others.   I had to take an extended break from cosplay after my mom got sick a few years ago, and then college became my life.

Now that I'm done though, I'm going to be gradually getting back into this wonderful hobby I loved so much.   I'll be starting out with quite a herculean endeavor (because that's just how I do things, lol)   I won't reveal what characters they are, but my other half and I have decided upon doing costumes from Magic: The Gathering.   

As someone who will be completely self-taught in the armor making department, do any of you have suggestions on what materials to start experimenting with for the most ideal results?   I don't mind spending money on supplies, but from the research that I've done so far, it seems that worbla is the most popular to utilize for armor.   Do any of you have thoughts and/or feedback on this?  

I'm so excited to get started!   It will be SO nice to be using my sewing machine again and my embroidery machine for much more than just making Greek sorority lettered shirts, lol!   

Stay amazing!  <3

Love,
GN
  • Listening to: Overwatch OGS
  • Drinking: Water
Everything about this costume is incredible! From your detailing on the costume, to the stitch work and seam lines, it's absolutely perfect! It fits you very well, and the attention you put on making sure your detail work was accurate is so nice to see. I love how detailed you get with all of your projects, and this one certainly is no exception! Each part adds such a high level of quality to your costume, and even your wig is on point! I love how well you get into character for all of your costumes, and this shot capture's Roy Mustang's badass personality flawlessly!

Brilliant work, Mr. Chiro!

"You should know this place," Markov says, getting up off me, wiping his fang-filled mouth. "This is the place where you were made."

I rise. The wound at my neck bleeds, but I let it bleed. Somehow, in this place, it feels like healing. "Where you made me what I am," I say.

"Let me help you, my child," the monster says. "I could...cleanse your mind. Make you a proper instrument of virtue again. I'll make you anew."

Never. "If I am not the daughter you want..." I say.

He winces.

"...then we must battle again, and again, forever. For I will never yield. I am no monster's instrument. I will not be altered by the likes of you."

I can feel my strength returning already, here in this holy place. I am inexhaustible. In a moment, I will be ready to strike him down again.

"No," Markov says. "This ends. Now."

(Continued from Avacyn's POV) 

He is upon me once more.  My feet barely stand beneath me before his fingers close over my throat.   His strength restricts my breathing, as we grapple in the cellar.  The tendons that had been severed in my wing burn, and for the first time I feel the pain from wounds that will not heal.

Markov slams me against the alter, the impact strong enough to break bones.   I lift my eyes to his face, and I am surprised to see heartbreak written in his hard gaze.    This is a human emotion, one that I am quite familiar with.   To see it reflected in the eyes of a monstrous leech makes me take pause.

Sorin takes advantage of my distracted state, and his grip restrains movement.  I feel his fangs pierce the skin at my throat a second time, and his jaw locks upon me.  The pain is agonizing.   The fire that had ignited my blood at the words he had spoken just moments before is now dissipating.

The grip upon my throat tightens, cutting off air completely.   My creator does not relent, even as I claw at his arm to free myself.  His vampiric power drains the life from me, much as he had done with my angels.

His teeth rip free from my throat.  My vision has begun to fade, the buzzing that had remained a constant companion in my mind does not disappear. 

The last thing I hear as I feel myself fall, is my name.

Avacyn.

 

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The seeds of man are rotten.

There is bright light encompassing me as I wake.  The vampire is nowhere to be found.  The two fiends, no, humans that I had mistaken for demons, are also gone. 

“Why were you created?”   The commanding voice holds power, shooting into my ears and through my mind.

I thrash on the cold ground, but cannot move.  This, I realize when my wings cannot even move beneath me.  Anger surges through me as I feel the biting iron that has bound both of my hands and feet as well as my neck to the concrete floor.   The light begins to fade, and as the glare clears, I can see him. 

We remain in the cellar.  My form is bound to the exact place where I first came into this wretched world.   The purpose to cleanse and protect this realm instilled into my brain.  That purpose I now know to be this vampire’s will and nothing more.

His gaze is cold.  “Answer me, Avacyn.  Why were you created?”

The buzzing grows louder in my mind as I meet his gaze.   The seeds of man are rotten 

I am to protect!   I hear the mantra in my mind.

Kelse’s mangled form flashes through my memory.  The burning villages erupt again before my eyes.  The screams from my divine servants fill my ears as the memories resurface.  The look of sheer terror on the child Maeli’s face as he flees into the woods.

My lips part, but I cannot scream. 

My creator’s voice cuts through the chaos.  “Avacyn!” 

When I look upon him again, he holds my spear.  My symbol that once held such divine power and meaning.   It glows anew, with the virtuous strength that it had on the day of my creation.  

The memory of my creator bestowing it upon me resurfaces now too.  Without prompt nor desire, I can feel the tears begin to form.  The darkness fades from my vision as I watch within my minds’ eye, my creator imbuing me with purpose. 

The buzzing in my mind grows to a deafening roar.   Sorin wields my spear with skill reflected by his power.   He points it towards me, rendering control over my mind. 

“Tell me why you were created.”  His voice commands.  I can feel his magic coursing over me, but my body is too weak to fight.

Surrender to a monster...to my creator...   As I war back and forth within my mind, Sorin comes to stand over me.

A cry spills from my lips, as I feel the conflict wrenching my heart.  The power in my creator’s voice challenges the one I have been hearing for months.  The progenitor of destruction in Innistrad.   Those six little words, once bearing such powerful strength, are beginning to fade away. 

The seeds of men are rotten.

No.

“I am Avacyn.”  My voice cracks.  “I am to protect.” 

Markov stands over me.  I cannot see his face, the darkness of the cellar has cloaked his features, and I cannot see beyond the brightness of the power I once wielded.  

“That is right, Avacyn.”  His voice is softer now.  “You were created to protect.  To protect Innistrad, and those who would perish without your aid.” 

Confusion clouds my mind again.  Protect...humans.   Mankind.  The ones who were guilty of destruction and death, not so different from Markov’s bloodthirsty brethren. 

The demonic whisper returns again, a weak presence in the back of my mind.

As if he could read my thoughts, Sorin sneers.  His fangs flash against the light, and are all I can see.

“Your imperfections are mine to mend.” The authority in his words belays the doubt gathering in my mind once more.  “You were meant to resist darkness, Avacyn.”  With those words, the tip of my spear is placed on the center of my chest.  The light grows to a painful level, and I feel tendrils of magic crawling over me, into my mind.  Resisting does nothing, as his magic overpowers mine.

The demonic presence releases my mind, but not without ripping away a piece of me.  The pain is blinding, the reality of my actions bears down upon me, and I cannot breathe.  

As the light fades, human emotions, the ones I witnessed many times over, fill my mind and heart.

Sorin’s voice is soft.   “You are my guardian of order.  All beings are subject to your judgment.  You must recognize this.”

The anger from my confusion disappears.  Months of vindication lift from my mind and heart, and I can see the true meaning of the destruction that I have wrought upon this land. 

My spear is tossed aside, and my creator kneels beside me.  His fingers brush against my chin as he touches my face.  “My angel,” I can hear the pain in his words.   “Can you see me now?” 

“Sorin,” I whisper. “I have not protected.” 

His grip upon my jaw tightens.  “Your mind has been lost for many months, Avacyn.  The time you suffered within the bounds of the Helvault has tainted you.   You need to regain your strength, but that must be done through time.”

A single tear breeches the barrier of my eye, and slips down my cheek.  It is the physical manifestation of grief I did not know I was capable of knowing.  I have failed Innistrad.  The humans.  I lift my gaze.

I have failed my creator.

My hand moves, lifting with what little allowance it has been given, to grasp his. 

The action does little to faze him, but I can see a shift within his gaze.  Those cold eyes soften as they meet my own. 

“I have failed them all.”  My voice is nothing more than a whisper.  The blood he took from me shows him the truth behind my words.   Sorin looks upon me, an unreadable look upon his features.

“You need to rest, Avacyn.  Your mind has been through much, and the people of this world must have faith if you are to earn their trust once more.”

My eyes close.  The weight that pressed into my mind makes the thought of resting easier.  I can feel Sorin’s fingers gently tracing the length of my jaw.  “The power within this place shall help to restore your strength.”  His words are soft.   “I shall come for you soon.”

When he rises to his feet, my eyes open.  I see the human emotion in his gaze once more.   “You are the other half,” He murmurs softly.  “This...world needs you.”   He retrieves my spear, taking it with him as he turns to leave. 

“Rest well.”

 

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A/N:  The last installment of Shadows Over Innistrad regarding Avacyn completely broke my heart to read.   The simple thought in my mind was that Sorin wouldn't abandon her to a demonic end, nor would he resort to her demise after the amount of power and energy he used to create her in the first place.   Though she refused him when he offered to help her, it was the corruption that had spoken in response.   There is a part of Sorin that was placed in Avacyn when he created her, and it made more sense to me, after the demise of the Helvault, that he would have forced the impurities from her mind, rather than destroy her.   Innistrad needs her, as the balance that Sorin put in place with her creation proved.   Writing this alternative ending helped to give my grieving heart some peace, as I felt that it would have been a realistic ending as well.   I'm not sure which direction WoTC will take for the plane of Innistrad now, nor for Sorin.  :( 

The italicized portion of the beginning of this work belongs to Wizards of The Coast.  More specifically, it belongs to the literary master, Ken Troop, from his story, “A Gaze Blank and Pitiless.”   I own no parts of these characters, except for the love that I carry for them in my heart.  

(i.e. Please don't sue me for writing this, lol) 

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Our photographer asked us to take our helmets off while he was shooting us, because he said he felt that we resembled the original actors from the series.   We both were so honored!  :D 

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