Oct 18, 2017 7:54 PM
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At the End of All Things Elves in Revelation
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Summoner, being thirty four thousand years old, continues not to look impatient. 

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Cam waits. And then his mom picks up. "Hello?"

"Hi, don't freak out, it's me -"

"Cam?!"

"- it's me. I'm okay -"

"How, how are - oh my baby -"

"I called Charlie first, you can corroborate with him, I'm a demon -"

"Oh my God!"

"- it's okay, it's okay, it's nice there -" Tacky as hell - heh heh - but nice. "I'm fine. I'm hoping for you or Charlie to summon me though. I got his answering machine. I won't be able to answer till I'm back from the summons I'm on now though."

"I, okay, I don't know the first thing about - I'm sorry I never took an interest -"

"It's fine, it wasn't your thing." She would've been all over it if he'd been teaching comparative literature or something but summoning, nah. "It's not hard, it's only complicated if you're getting a random person. I think Charlie still has my notes if you want to just let him do it but the simple version is 'I summon the demon' insert name, around a circle you don't finish till you've written in all the words, then you finish the circle. Needs to have enough room for me."

"I - all right - I can move the car out of the garage and - okay - how -"

"You have nearly as much information as I do now but I'll see you soon, okay? I shouldn't tie up the line forever."

"Okay - I love you -"

"You too."

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HIs summoner still looks pretty blandly disinterested. "Everybody, or are you special?"

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"Most people aren't daeva. There's an unsummonable sort of person they turn into instead, without the magic powers besides indestructibility. I'm not sure why I'm a demon."

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"Sell your soul?"

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"I didn't, and if I had I'd be recommending it, being a demon's a better deal than going to Limbo." He is like 99% sure the souls thing is bullshit but he hasn't been a demon long enough to be positive there isn't some obscure soul-handling mechanism that he or some fraction of demons has that he just hasn't figured out yet. Probably bullshit though.

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"That was the other thing I was going to ask about."

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"I do not know how to collect a soul. I have never tried, but I think nobody can actually do that."

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"And there are not lots of people in eternal torment in Hell, so far as you know?"

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"There are lakes of fire but they're for garbage disposal. I haven't seen any humans."

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Nod. "How about the people trapped beneath the Pelóri, are they a myth too?"

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"Trapped where?"

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"Where I'm from there's a myth that when God collapsed the world he trapped the army of Ar-Pharazôn beneath the mountains of Valinor, and he made them immortal so they would be awake and encased in stone forever."

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"I have not heard this myth. It's depressing."

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"Is it true, though."

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"I could conjure for it but nobody's ever managed to conjure an inherently magical thing and immortal people might be that."

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"Surroundings? Like with the Silmarils?"

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Come to think of it it's weird he can't make Silmarils. Maybe they're... made of angel feathers? He hasn't happened to try making angel feathers, maybe they still count as magic. That or Silmarils're AIs, that would be exciting. Though wouldn't he just get basement dweller hardware... "I can't make extraneous things under this binding, so if you want me to try with the mountains we have to renegotiate."

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"I know some very lovely music that has never been recorded and I will sing you some if you check whether there are immortal people encased in stone beneath the mountains."

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"Deal."

He checks. No mountains.

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"The Pelóri don't exist."

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"Or I can't make them for some reason - what's the deal with Silmarils?"

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"Presumably that they're magic. Out of curiosity, can you make me?"

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"Can't make minds. I could make your body, sometimes people have demons do that for transplants."

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"I see. Thank you. Have a lovely reunion with your parents."

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