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Erich Brenner

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Ottoman

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Deceased

So begins...

Erich Brenner's Story

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Her kiss did wonders for his fear. Even in his crippled state he held strong to his faith, being as it was one of the few things that he still had after the accident, and he held true to many of their doctrines. He didn't open his eyes until she spoke, though he heard, or thought he heard, the nearby stream before he did such. The sight that he beheld once he did as she asked was a rather pleasant one, a thing that he hadn't had the chance to see since his childhood on the frontier, a childhood constantly haunted by the possibility of war with the Collective. He listened as she spoke, still not entirely sure what had happened, "So... our people, they can... jump places now?" He paused for a moment, his voice quivering as he spoke, and he didn't wait for her to respond, holding her tightly, "By the Emperor... that took the wits out of me."

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Alke wrapped her arms around him and nodded, laying her head on his shoulder. "They can. Mother traded them the technology in exchange for five planets. We're free to say whatever here. So I can finally tell you all of it." she said and sighed. "But...I don't know if I should start with religion or who I am." she admitted and shook her head. "I am Erutin. You know that. But it's...it's not just another race." She admitted. "We're an entire empire, from very far away. We use the jumping technology to travel, and we ended up meeting the Hegemony."

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Mother... Empire... He began to piece the words together, Steel's joke about their mother being something of a bear making more sense now. But, the part that truly confused him was that they'd run into the Hegemony and weren't considered hostile. He thought that both the government and the church's doctrine regarding alien beings was rather straightforward - that they wouldn't be tolerated... and if Alke, not being their leader, was still worthy of a 'your highness'... He kissed her cheek gently, sighing again as he looked about the two of them, enjoying the pleasant scenery as he did. "What are you, Alke?" He asked, and did his best to remedy the question, "... I mean, to be called 'your highness'?"

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Direct heir. Now that was a surprise if Erich ever heard one, to be sure. He tightened his grip on her for a moment, trying to take all the thoughts in. It was alien, to be sure, a society based entirely on the number two, and wasteful, at least in comparison to the Hegemony, who treasured every individual they could attain. Well, at least ones who weren't physically disabled. He sighed at this thought, offering a brief glance down to his leg as she now began to speak of Kampf. He would meet with their mother, and sip tea? Not the staunch guardian of humanity that he had in mind, but... He did work in mysterious ways. He drew away from her by a few inches, looking to her eyes as he spoke, slowly but without the uncertainty that had made itself at home before. "He is correct. Most aliens we've encountered here opposed us, violently. It's become our natural reaction."

He admitted these things with a sigh soon following, knowing that the woman he held, that he loved, wasn't a Scatteran. It wasn't that he didn't or wouldn't love her, but rather that he was betraying everything he was taught to do, to think. Placing his right hand on the side of her face, he did his best to reassure her, hoping that he wasn't seeming negative, speaking quietly, "I still love you, Alke."

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Alke covered his hand with hers and sighed. "I love you too, my Erich." She assured him, holding his hand agaiinst her cheek. "There is...there is much more. So much more. But, but I cannot tell you now. My heart is scared enough." She admitted and stayed close. "Instead, please. Tell me about your religion. Mine has twenty goddesses, and they cover everything. The idea of one God is...impossible, isn't it? Surely you can't ebleive he made everything." she said, somewhat confused on this. Only one God, able to do everything, see everything? Preposterious.

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It sounded fantastic. She settled against him, pleased to hear a story he had probably been told a thousand times. The woman relaxed as much as possible , her heart and stomach returning to their rightful places as he spoke of his religion's creation story. It seems much longer already than her own, which could easily be summed up in a handful of sentences.

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Sensign his unease, she soothed him, rubbing her cheek against his chest and purring gently, to reassure him all was well. "Whoever he is, he sounds frightening. I will not ask more." She said and cuddled him, tryign to keep him warm. Was this devil of theirs truly such a frightening creature?

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He held her close, taking comfort in her presence, Alke distracting him for a few moments from what he was saying. He sighed before continuing, summing up the rest as best he could figure. "For centuries we were forgotten on Scatter, content in our own ways, even abandoned by God. There was one, though, who rose above the rest to lead us. You know Him as our Emperor. He lead us from the oppressive chains that others would force upon us, and delivered us here."

He looked to Alke as he finished, hoping that what he'd given her was enough of an explanation to satisfy her. "I know you don't believe in Him..." He placed a kiss on her head as he said such, he whispering, "... but were it not for Him, we wouldn't be here now."

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"So he is a Savior." She murmured, and the religious adoration given to him made some sense. She smiled at him. "Tell me the prophecy? You mentioned one earlier." She said and gave him a sly smile. "And I love listening to you speak. You have such a handsome voice." She meant it too. His voice was astounding, and made her pray for more.

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Ah, the prophecy. That was something that had been knocking about since the Exodus, especially once they deified Kampf as the return of God, and it made good sense for such an idea to come about. "So I do, do I?" He returned a grin that echoed her sentiment and pulled her arm, causing the two to bump for a moment before he figured how best to relate the prophecy. "We are the children of God, I said. But we only have a father. We have yet to find our mother... His other half. We just... don't know who she is." He sighed at this, as now everyone knew that things couldn't be, not with Kampf gone in body.

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"Don't worry!" He declared, knowing that he was probably not much better half of the time, though his curiosity was piqued, not entirely sure what to say, "Torture? Who is this Light Alone?" He was rather curious, hoping to have her tell a tale now that he'd given her one. With a chuckle, he continued, "I deserve something of a confusing tale after my own, eh?"

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The bit about the twins clarified things a bit, and it helped illustrate why Stahl was so different from her. Where she was the optimist, he was the pessimist. Regardless, things seemed to be just as ordered in her society as it was in Erich's, just in a different manner. His look took on a more distant, even disturbed air as she mentioned the regent, and what she was implying. One could tell that there was something amiss about Redwing, just from looking at her eyes, but it was hard to tell just what it was. Where some saw hatred, others saw love. There were some who believed it to be a combination of the two, but whatever the case, they were haunting all the same. Quite different from Kampf, he was always most reassuring, his deep voice and fatherly face did wonders for even the most disillusioned. "You mean...?" He sighed at this, tugging Alke closer as he did, "I'm sorry. Very sorry."

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She shook her head and kissed his cheek. "It's fine. The Light Alone didn't falter one bit, so I'm told." she had no clue about the trouble Hope had endured afterward. Image was everything in their society. Hope hadn't shown a weakness afterwards, despite being unable to walk, and being unconscious for days afterwards. She has still shown up at work, every day, conscious or no...it just wasn't always her.

Thistle smiled at him, pleased. "Besides. I think I may have fixed things a little bit. As part of the revolution, you see, Hope was forced to put my poor uncle in a coma. I think this was horribly wrong, you know. He was just as trapped as everyone else. So...well, he's not awake yet, but I administered the antidote to the chemical they've been feeding him and replaced their supply of the chemical with a strengthening agent. I think he'll be up soon."

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He nodded at this, "I'm happy to hear she stayed strong." Inside, there was something that flickered, doubt in Redwing's character. Just as many stood on the fence opposite of those who said there was something wrong about her, they claimed that she was the Grand Matriarch, and that through this Crusade she would become Empress. It was something that some prayed would come to pass, and others hoped never would. Whatever the case, she was their rightful regent, and she deserved their loyalty. Redwing didn't ask for Kampf's death, no more than any other had. "Your uncle... why did he separate the twins? I don't meant to pry but, is it the best decision?" He smiled as he spoke, he didn't want to appear judgmental, rather just expressing base concern.

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She shrugged. "The priests name us. Except for the royal heirs that is. Everyone else, the priests name. They perform a Seeign from the goddesses and they name." She had grown up wiht it, so thought nothing of it. "They named her Hope. It's not an Erutin name. We are named after things seen in the Seeing, and tatooed with our twin's name. We aren't named after, you know, anything else. Just something seen." She said quietly. "They saw Steel, for Stahl, and a Thistle, for me. It our only clue to our future, to be honest."

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He shrugged, not really knowing how to put it that Belkans, and Scatterrans at large, were named on a whim. That is, the whim of their parents. He turned to her, slouching so that he might catch her gaze, asking, "So I should been calling you Thistle?" He still held her hand, and squeezed it as he continued with a smirk, "You are something of a tease... Here we name our children... well, whatever we want. Some people name them after friends, some family, some just after names they like."

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There was a pause, and she admitted quietly. "I'd rather be Alke." She told him and leaned against him. "And...I don't understand. I haven't been teasign you or making fun of you, have I?" Perhaps there was a translation error or something. She honestly didn't understand. "And those are such odd things. I had wondered when your name meant, but if it was just what your parents wanted then I am not surprised!" She declared and gave him a smile. It did explain the sheer number of Josef's out there, at least.

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He chuckled as she spoke, not understanding just what he'd meant, she had a sort of innocence about her that seemed so incredibly out of place in a Landwächter uniform. He returned her smile as she poked some fun at his own, and he did his best to explain, "We don't look into our names so much, we like for them to be unique, and you haven't, Alke..." He nudged her cheek with his, doing his best to bridge the cultural gap, "It's a euphemism... you lead people on, me, to be specific, into a veritable snare."

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He still held her as she shifted, tempted to return the saying back to her. Both had a great deal to learn of the other's culture, Erich thinking that he had the bigger job than she, but it was a gradual effort. Stroking her hair with his right thumb, he looked up from the woman for a moment, over the place where they had, for lack of a better term, jumped. "Weird?" He asked with a grin as she finished, looking to her as he did, "Next week is communion, things are... different. We could do something else if you'd like..." He glanced back to the meadow around them, "... this would be a nice place for a meal."

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"What's communion?" She had never even heard the term. It peaked her curiosity. "I'm sure with you helping me, it'd be just fine. Though of course we can come back here, if you'd rather." It wasn't like they did anything disgusting like eat waste or something like that. She knew it. Not even for religion would Erich do something like that.

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He continued to smile, though it was twisted somewhat in though, trying to figure out how to best put it to Alke, being as she had never been, much less heard of it, before. "It's a ritual we practice once every two months, where, through an act, we share in Kampf's struggle, his pain." He looked to her now, his smile turning into a wry smirk as he came down close to her ear, "The only difference is a longer sermon and we drink a bitter liquor." He gave her a wink at this, silently saying, But don't tell anyone I said that.

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She laughed at this and gave him a hug. "Well. I won't worship him, but I'll attend with you, and we can come here after. Rose won't mind taking us. She's on call for me 24/7 after all." she admitted happily, and cuddles him. "She's kidn of my personal retainer, escort, chaffuer, and guard all in one."

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He returned the gesture, sighing as he did. He respected her decisions, whatever they might be, but he did worry for her. Her Gods, whatever they might be, were her own, but he believed in a supreme being, a single heaven and a single hell. He certainly didn't wish for her to be stuck in such a place as the latter. "I would like that, and she's welcome to come along as well."

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The act took Erich by surprise, barely keeping his arms around her as she leaped on him. Looking to her, initially, with a look of immediate surprise before it soon gave way to a smile to match her own, chuckling as it did. "I could say the same..." It had been years since he'd ever been this close to anybody, not even romantically, perhaps only some pity from those sympathetic to his decoration being the closest he ever came to it. "Thank you."

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She beamed and gave him another kiss. "We'll be there. I'll wait for you outside before it beigns with Rose. You're. I can't express just how much I love you right now, not in either language." She told him firmly and lay her head on his chest, relaxing on top of the crippled man, who, in her eyes, couldn't be strogner or more whole.