-After Yonehaiin and Ioki are branded, the five Nidos are reunited. The Houndoom is excused and turns away, leaving the stone to one of the guards. Meanwhile Rize has gotten to to Vinollo and discusses some things with him-
— <Are you sure about this?
— <I'm confident the information is good, but that's another matter. I don't want to sidestep Taisho, but I'd feel more comfortable if you could send someone to check...
-Vinollo looks around, then nods and says bye to his brother, who darts away-
-to the apprentices-
— <From now on you are part of an elite
. As such, you shall follow our commandments and be always ready for strife.>
-Vinollo retreats to a circle of Nidorans surrounding the newly inducted members, then seemingly vanishes into it-
— <While we have many Elil
, those who have been good to us shall not fall victim to our strife.>
"Stay our horns from innocent blood"
— <We were created to breed and fill these lands. Let your kin and land support your purpose.>
"Hide in plain sight"
— <...Where other Nidoran blindly face death and fall victim to the tharn
, you shall stare at her and unveil her tricks...>
"Nothing is true"
— <...Where other Nidoran live limited by these forests, you shall enforce our safety beyond those natural walls...>
"Everything is permitted"
-Vinollo materializes apparently from nowhere, to cast a Leer at all the apprentices, filled with a desire of death, challenging each one to stare back-
— <These commandments are not
an excuse to impose our will over the Colony.> — paws the ground — <We have been given strength not to be free, but to be wise.>
"Under Inlé's shadow we work, to serve Frith."
— <You are the strongest. Many Elil
will be waiting for you, chasing you.
And if they catch you, if they beat you... then they will kill you, and the Colony next.
...But first they'll have to catch you.
-The members of the guard and the apprentices nod, then welcome each other with growls while Vinollo shakes his body to the wind. A short time of camaraderie is had, then Vinollo makes an announcement-
"You can return now to live your normal lives... not normal anymore. By Ni-Frith
tomorrow, an ally will arrive to your places to bring you news. Trust them, but verify
— they will be your companions and your link to our group when you need information. And when they arrive, they will bring o you what will be your very first mission
-Roa, Hyzenthlay, Ioki and Yonehaiin are lead to their homes by some guards, and the rest of the audience goes away, but Maekrite and me are asked to stay by Vinollo and some guards, and made to wait in the circle while they converse-
— I guess I have to congratulate you...
— pats behind his ears.
— <Oh yes...
Not yet... this is but the beginning of my new role...>
— ...Does the colony have anything like this in the other timeline?
-Maekrite doubts for a moment, sulks for a while before answering-
— <Not like this... I mean, we are
committed. It's just that... in this timeline, everything seems to be so different...>
— Luke said the Legendaries were gone...
(nods) — <...Perhaps the entire world is like this... so focused on killing or be killed...>
-I flinch at the idea, then ponder what places can be worse, discarding Sinnoh for being too obvious. I hug Maekrite without concern-
— No matter the timeline, I want you to know that I'm proud of you. And that I will take care that you don't face those horrible fates they announce.
— <I... I know... I'm happy to be together with you. And no matter what they say, I am here on my own volition. Besides, hey, it's my
mission to protect you.>
— ...Thanks. — pat on his head — Thanks for making me company in the other timeline too.
— <It's my duty in the other timeline too...> — licks — <But I do it because I want to be with you. And the guys...>
— <I miss Dintel...
— Me too...