(Blue could not interview Dantian, Vallorin of the Valleur beyond the Rift, for the time between rift tear and his capture was too fleeting. Blue subsequently spoke to Dantian via a visitation from the realms beyond. The Valleur, it is told, can do this. Whether or not you believe what is recorded below, these are the words as remembered upon waking.)
Blue: My Lord Vallorin, thank you for appearing. We believe others need to know of your sacrifice.
Dantian: I do not regard what happened as a sacrifice. My destiny was written into my name at birth.
Blue: The Valleur scry a newborn’s future and apply a name to suit, right? Is that how you became aware of what you call your destiny?
Dantian: When one grows with a name that is a destiny, one accepts.
Blue: I cannot believe it is as simple as accepting.
Dantian: It was not easy.
Blue: Your brother Dante- what was his destiny?
Dantian: To be the father he was.
Blue: Ah, yes, he had a daughter. According to our records, she did not survive the burning of Ardosia.
Dantian: There are different kinds of death, Blue. Her survival may not be as you trust it to be. Mark the future for news of this daughter of the Valleur.
Blue: We do enjoy a challenge. We shall watch.
Dantian: My time in this form grows short.
Blue: And before you dissipate, my lord, could you tell us what lies beyond?
Dantian: Life. Salvation, if you desire it. Redemption, is you require it. Choice, where before choice was a relative factor.
Blue: I assume you speak now of a destiny voided.
Dantian: Destiny fulfilled. And beyond it new choice. Life.
Blue: We need not fear death?
Dantian: Fear it. What you do in flesh echoes in these realms …
(Dantian’s visitation ended then, although Blue claims the essence of his presence lingered for a time. From that lingering she claims to have absorbed more of the man’s personality.)
Blue: A footnote, reader: Dantian was a man who loved life despite knowing his destiny. He lived large and loved as much. We are the poorer for his passing. I wish I had known him.