The sanctuary of the Goddess Etro, which has been overseeing the world as time began. A utopia among the world of corruption and greed that has plagued the earth of mankind, only those chosen by the Goddess may appear before her and the other Gods. The Gods looked down on the world and decided to purify it by making the people without sin be turned to crystal, and make the world reborn due to the failure of mankind for letting the war get as far as it did. Some of mankind have dedicated themselves to serving the gods and have the weaponary and armour blessed by them. Lightning herself is currently working for them, though is she really satisfied about what will happen? Plus does she know the actual motive of the Goddess?
"I will end it all, alone!"
After departing from Yayori and not wanting to get involved with her again if she could help it. Lightning had arrived back at the sanctuary, her feet splashed underneath the shallow water of the floor. Her thoughts on what she had discovered in that home in the village ravaged by fire, why had there been crystal's in the home? If any bandit or solider had seen that surely they would have stolen such a valuable object. So why did none of what happened made sense to her? She wasn't sure if there was some connection with the legends of the Goddess she was now serving under.
"Lightning you have already returned from your journey?" A female voice called out to her, a woman with a crystal coloured dress and blonde hair looked surprised at the pink hair woman. She sat by herself on the throne in the centre of the room, her dark eyes looked back trying to pierce her stare into Lightning.
"Yes I have Etro!" Lightning put simply and then pulled the crystal out of her pocket. "I've got something to question on, what is the meaning of this crystal? I found them all over the floor of that village you told me to go to, you promised me Serah was there. What are you holding from me!?" Her voice was now much higher and frustrated.
"You do not need to scream my child, your sister was simply taken elsewhere."
"NO KIDDING! But what is the crystal doing there? You are famous of legends to be able to crystalise anything, so is this your handiwork?" Lightning didn't lower her tone and clenched her fists.
Etro smiled. "I see so you know of the legends that I crystalise the people and made this world pure once. However, due to your mankinds failure of doing so I believe it would be best for the legend to be retold don't you agree?"
"Are you saying you plan to destroy us all?"
"Not destroy just purify everyone, or at least some of them." Etro smirked in amusement at the other woman's anger.
"What do you mean at least some of them?"
"I only plan to purify the world's people who have no sin and have not been driven to war to solve their problems in fact, I've already decided to help those people live for enternity inside the crystals in the sanctuary. Do you wish to see my prize one?" Etro glided away from the throne and led Lightning further into the sanctuary as they advanced she saw many a mother, child and some men incased in crystal. There bodies were nothing more then the crystal which could easily be broken if not well manitained. Eventually they came across the biggest room to which one particular figure lay there...
Lightning green eyes widened as she saw the figure in front of her, it was no doubt it was... "SERAH!" She ran over to the figure and gently brushed her fingers against the cheek of the crystalised Serah. She couldn't believe what she was seeing she had spent weeks searching and she was here, though not physically here. "What have you done to my sister?"
Etro didn't even look saddened. "She was one without sin she deserves to life in purity and this sanctuary, she will have enternal life and be forever happy."
"This ISN'T LIVING!" Lightning screamed back. "Serah is...she...you've killed my sister!"
"No I've simply saved her from this hell."
"You are lying I want my sister back, I know you hold the power so release my sister."
Etro finally looked venomus. "Don't forget who you serve you stupid woman, you have been living with the sins for ages and this will only be your way of surviving."
"This isn't survival at all, I have nothing to do with you Gods. I just wanted my sister back, so release her and let me move on again." Lightning spoke firmly but she soon realised that everything around her went dark and she was then bound with a supernatural force, she struggled against the crystal vines, realising that her escape was near impossible.
"You are forever binded to me and you will remain that way, if you don't realise what you have to do. I can simply destroy the figure of your sister. You are the person who will help us purify this world, look for the people without sins and purify them. I will give you this power, failure will be punished understand?" Etos fired a blast into Lightning's body which hit her left breast causing a mark to appear where it was. "Begone Lightning and don't return until you have at least begun your task."
Lightning felt her body go limp, darkness surrounded her and she couldn't see a thing. The Darkness consumed her and refused to let go, her eyes felt heavy, it was hard to breath and soon enough she felt her body hit the floor where she was though was unknown to her.
"I will end it all, alone!"