Fate and Destiny: Epilogue

From Dream to Legend


Disclaimer: The paints (A!MG) are the property of Kousuke
Fujishima, the easel is mine, and that's all.

Notes: It's an alt, as should become apparent shortly, since
I've read most of the U.S. manga, seen some of the OAVs, and not
watched the movie.

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And so it came to pass that, this time, the Once and Future
King did not meet his Destiny until his Fate was fulfilled.

Where before the legends always stated that he was borne
away by three sisters, this time, he was led into the darkness
beyond the mortal realm by a man, and two women.

The women were both exceedingly fair, one light, the other
dark, and walked on each side of the man. The first had a gown of
purest black, contrasting the second's stark white, and the man's
stoic gray. The man, while not great of stature, was great in
presence, seemingly unstoppable, yet restrained, and made no move to
force the King's passing, until he was ready.

And when he led the King away, the man paused, on the
threshold of something that no mortal eye could discern, and looked
back, and smiled. His flowing black hair rippled in a breeze that
could not be felt by any save himself, and the King, and he shook
his head solemnly, bowing respectfully to the women, and vanishing.

Seemingly full of sadness, the women led the King away.

While later manuscripts all disagreed on most minor details,
they all agreed on one thing. The man, for all of his gray
formality, wore a colorful scarf, waving in the wind along with his
hair before he departed.


End, Fate and Destiny.

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Translations:
Chapter titles:

Dormio Animus -- Soul to sleep (Slumbering spirits)
Suscitatio -- Awakening
Infirme Conscius -- Weak consciousness (Faint awareness)
Plene Evigilo -- To awaken completely
Inchoatus Ludus -- Only begun/unfinished game (First
move/End game)

Other:

'Hoshi-no-shinzou' -- Star Heart (Heart of the Star)
Tatsugo -- Fifth dragon
Mizuumino -- 'Of the lake'
'World Ash' -- archaic term for Yggdrasil.

The Heart of the Star is (I think) the name of the sword
that Amatseru bore in Japanese mythos. Fifth dragon is Pendragon,
while 'of the lake' is a not-subtle-at-all reference to Lancelot.
World Ash mostly just was thrown in for flavor.


Author's Notes:

Ah... this one came much more clumsily than I had
intended... I hope it works.

Errata, for those of you familiar with In Nomine, I am not,
so _that_, whatever it is, has no relevance to this. That I know of.

Beyond that... How did it end? That's, unfortunately, a
question you generally have to answer for yourself.

I can tell you what _I_ think, but with a story like this,
my opinion (even as the author) is not an absolute.

That being said, I think that, however it worked out, they
found happiness, and love with one another. And that's what's
important, in the end. Being happy and loved... what more is there?

So mote it be.