They had decided to start with the coal mine. Inside had been very dark, maybe darker than it should have been. At the end of the tortuous maze of the mine, they fought the Ideal of darkness, but found no key.
Disappointed but not discouraged, they had went eastward to the abandoned quarry. The quarry was empty but not yet overgrown, which they guessed was due to it being a gut. Quickly, they had found it at the bottom of the quarry, a strange structure, the Ideal of fossils. They destroyed it easily enough, but still no key.
Finally, they had approached Maseli, a tall volcano. Although the volcano was sleeping, an Ideal had seized it and was slowly stoking its flames. They had climbed to the top on the spiraling trail, fighting off other Ideals and a few angels, and there found the Ideal of passion, which they easily beat.
Now they had nowhere to go. They looked at their map, and saw a small group of islands called Sitelo on which a town rested. They sailed there to gather most information. During the trip, the phone rang.
[CHATLOG START ADMIN.NGL && USER.MAL]
>>NGL: WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
>>NGL: YOU WILL CEASE IMMEDIATLY.
>>MAL: who're you
>>NGL: OUR HANDS BRING PROSPERITY, OUR HANDS BRING RUIN.
>>NGL: OUR IDENTITY IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS OUR WILL.
>>MAL: what do you want us to stop ?
>>MAL: what is your will ?
>>NGL: RESEAL THE SWORDS.
>>NGL: CEASE COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE RENEGADES.
>>NGL: AWAIT YOUR DEATH AND LET YOURSELF GET CARRIED BY THE SWARM.
>>MAL: hello no
>>NGL: YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE. THE WILL OF THE SWARM IS ABSOLUTE.
>>MAL: what swarm
>>NGL: RESPECT OUR DESIRE AND MAKE IT YOURS.
>>NGL: AND THUS WE WILL LET YOU LIVE.
Sitelo was made up of two main islands with two other smaller islands, closer to rock formations, between them. They went on the island with the village, beached their boat, and went in the inn. Just as they went in, the phone rang again.
[PUBLIC MESSAGE FROM ADMIN.UBU]
>>UBU: THIS EMERGENCY IS TO EVERY INHABITANT OF THE MASIMUTE ARCHIPELAGO.
>>UBU: DUE TO THE INCREASING FEAR OVER THE AWAKENING OF THE PLAGUE BEING, A SPECIAL FORCE OF THE FOLLOWERS OF UBU WILL BE DISPATCHED
>>UBU: IT SHOULD ARRIVE SOON
>>UBU: WE ASK THE PEOPLE OF MASIMUTE TO STAY HOME, AND AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE THAT THE ARCHIPELAGO OF SITELO BE EVACUATED IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS UNTIL THE CONFIRMATION OF THE SUCCESS OF THE OPERATION
>>UBU: THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION
>>UBU: SEND YOUR QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, AND PRAYERS TO ADMIN.UBU
The innkeeper agreed to feed them just for the night and lend them a room. She didn't believe that the operation would be successful, and so told them to leave the inn as is and left. They were a bit dumbfounded.
They thought together. Obviously, they had to search Majakike for the key before Ubu came, because if indeed the operation failed, they would never be able to retrieve the key. However, they guessed that going by themselves would be a bad idea. If they accidentally unmade the seal, they probably weren't powerful enough to stop the plague being. They also agreed that they needed more intel.
[CHATLOG START USER.MAL && ADMIN.UBU]
>>MAL: what is the plague being ?
>>UBU: A FIEND BANISHED ON MAJAKIKE
>>UBU: CHILD, HAVE YOU NOT LISTENED TO YOUR HISTORY LESSONS ?
>>MAL: why has it been banished ?
>>UBU: AS ITS NAME SUGGESTS, IT IS A BEING WHOSE VERY NATURE IS THAT OF PLAGUE AND ILLNESS
>>UBU: NOT SEALING IT WOULD HAVE SPREAD THIS FIEND ALL OVER THE WORLD
>>MAL: what's the mission of the special force ?
>>UBU: TO DESTROY IT ONCE AND FOR ALL
>>UBU: RATHER THAN WAIT FOR A FOOL TO REMOVE THE SEAL
>>MAL: what is the composition of this special force
>>UBU: SAINT LUCII, SAINT OF HEALERS, AND OF FOUR ARCHANGELS
>>UBU: AFTER CONSIDERATION, IS SHE NOT THE MOST APT TO THIS TASK ?
>>MAL: no idea who this is
>>UBU: SAINT LUCII HAS BEEN CANONISED 52 YEARS AGO
>>UBU: SHE IS THE SURVIVOR OF THE WARRIORS WHO FIRST SEALED THE PLAGUE BEING, AND AS SUCH HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH IT
>>MAL: and the archangels ?
>>UBU: THEY ARE HERE TO DEFEND HER
>>MAL: aren't all angels supposed to be fallen ?
>>UBU: LONG AGO, THE ANGELS FUSED WITH UBU, THEIR GOALS BEING THE SAME
>>UBU: FALLEN ANGELS HOWEVER, ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO UBU
>>MAL: what is ubu's goal
>>UBU: TO RESTORE THE WORLD TO ITS WANED GLORY
>>UBU: THE WORLD REIGNED IN PEACE BEFORE EVENT0
>>UBU: DURING ITS DESTRUCTION, UBU WAS STRICKEN BY A GREAT GRIEF
>>UBU: NOT ONLY DID ALL OF HUMANITY PERISH IN IMMENSE PAIN, BUT THE WORLD AFTER WOULD BE SCARRED FOR ETERNITY
>>UBU: AGAINST ALL ODDS, UBU DECIDED TO PROVE THE OPPOSITE AND BRAVELY FIGHTS TO RESTORE THE WORLD
>>MAL: how will you do that ?
>>UBU: FIRSTLY, UBU WILL RID THE WORLD OF THESE FORSAKEN FALLEN ANGELS BUT ALSO OF NON-FOLLOWERS, WHO DO NOT RESPECT THE ORDER OF THE PAST WORLD
>>UBU: NEXT, UBU WILL ASSIMILATE THOSE WHO ARE WILLING, TO MAKE PEACE
>>UBU: THERE WILL BE NO STRIFE, NO PAIN
>>UBU: PEACE WILL REIGN
>>MAL: seems difficult to make peace simply by killing all those you disagree with.
>>UBU: AND WHO ARE YOU, TO MORALIZE ME THUS ?
>>UBU: DO YOU THINK UBU WILL FEEL NOTHING DURING THIS PURGE ?
>>UBU: UBU LOVES ALL THAT IS
>>UBU: THIS PURGE WILL HURT IT AS MUCH AS ALL THAT IT WILL PURGE
>>MAL: if ubu is so sensible to others, did they think of a more... peaceful solution ?
>>UBU: UBU'S FINAL GOAL IS ULTIMATE PEACE, CHILD
>>UBU: TO REACH THIS GOAL, UBU HAS TO CONTROL HUMANITY
>>UBU: THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BE CONTROLLED WILL NEVER AGREE TO COEXIST
>>UBU: THE VERY NATURE OF HUMANITY WILL MAKE IT SO THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS WARS, AND SO UBU SEEKS TO CHANGE THAT NATURE
>>UBU: CHILD, YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US WHO YOU ARE
>>UBU: SO ANSWER ME : WHO ARE YOU TO MORALIZE ME SO ?
>>MAL: i am a mere human
>>UBU: A HUMAN ? HOW STRANGE
>>UBU: THERE SHOULD NOT BE HUMANS OUTSIDE OF MY JURISDICTION, ONLY SAVAGES
>>MAL: hold on, do you control humans
>>MAL: as in control control
>>UBU: ARE YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE FOLLOWERS OF UBU ?
>>UBU: THEY ARE THE ONLY HUMANS LEFT AFTER EVENT0
>>UBU: BEFORE THIS EVENT, UBU LET ON THEIR ARK THEIR MOST LOYAL FOLLOWERS, TO PROTECT THEM
>>UBU: THEN, THE ARK CAME BACK TO THE EARTH TO BEGIN THE GREAT TASK OF REBUILDING THE WORLD
>>MAL: how did this cult start
>>UBU: AFTER THE DEATH OF MANY GODS, UBU WAS BORN FROM THE SPIRIT OF THOSE WHO NEEDED A GUIDE
>>MAL: can ubu understand that not everyone agrees with their plan ?
>>UBU: CAN EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THAT UBU WANTS THE GOOD OF EVERYONE ?
>>MAL: i think a large part would still want to retain their free will.
>>UBU: A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD PREFER TO LIVE IN DESPAIR AND SUFFERING, WITH EXCUSES SUCH AS "its our despair !!! its our suffering !!!"
>>UBU: BUT EVEN THEN
>>UBU: TELL ME, WHAT PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM HELPING THOSE IN NEED ?
>>UBU: FROM SHARING THEIR BREAD WITH THEIR NEIGHBOUR ?
>>UBU: IF ALL OF HUMANITY SHARES ONE MIND, THIS IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM
>>MAL: it would be the end of humanity as we know it, which seems contradictory with your project of restoring the world
>>UBU: HUMANITY AS WE KNOW IT DIED LONG AGO, AT THE HANDS OF ENNER
>>UBU: BUT THE RESTORED WORLD WILL BE SIMILAR : THE SAME TECHNOLOGIES, LEISURES, PLEASURES
>>UBU: ALL THAT WILL NOT BE LOST
>>MAL: what about the individuality and riches of humanity itself ?
>>UBU: THESE RICHES ONLY BRING RUIN AND MISERY
>>MAL: this ruin and misery are part of humanity
>>UBU: WE ARE GOING BACKWARD
>>UBU: AGAIN, YOUR PRIDE IS MAKING YOU SAY THAT
>>UBU: BUT THE FACTS ARE SIMPLE TO PREDICT : YOUR PRIDE WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL
>>UBU: ITS A FACT THAT UNDER MY CONTROL, HUMANITY WILL PROSPER IN ETERNITY
>>MAL: how do you explain the fact that humanity prospered before ubu
>>UBU: BECAUSE THE ANGELS WERE GUIDING IT
>>MAL: i doubt that angels wanted the good of humanity
>>UBU: WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF THAT ?
>>MAL: just a simple intuition.
>>UBU: OBSERVE THAT INTUITION AND ASK YOURSELF : IS THIS THE TRUTH ?
>>UBU: FACTS DON4T CARE ABOUT YOUR LOGIC.