Wings of Steel

May 27, 2008

Reflection: Act VII

Filed under: Chapter Eight — Mao @ 11:11 pm

The blood’s on the wall
So you might as well just admit it
And bleach out the stains
Commit to forgetting it
You’re better off empty and blank
Then left with a single pathetic trace of this

I’ll chain you to the truth
For the truth shall set you free
I’ll turn the screws of vengeance
And bury you with honesty
I’ll make all your dreams come to life
Then slay them as quickly as they came

Smother another failure
Lay this to rest

Lamb of God, “Laid to Rest”

Nicolas sighed, rolling his eyes. He’d been waiting for what seemed like forever. His back was beginning to ache, the column he rested against hardly built for comfort. Finally, the sound of the doors opening roused his attention and Samaria appeared before him.

“Did you wait long?” She asked, her voice carrying the same monotone as always.

“No,” he lied, pushing himself off the column. “I just arrived.”

She seemed pleased with this and said, “why have you come, Ratis Nicolas?”

“Didn’t you send for me?” Nicolas replied, obviously confused.

“Oh, did I?” Samaria thought about it for a moment before continuing, “I suppose that I did. Well, it was only because I heard that you were seeking me. Were you not told that Era Onael sent me here?”

“No, I wasn’t.”

“How strange,” though her voice said the opposite, almost as if she knew something Nicolas did not. “What purpose did you have with me?”

“It didn’t work,” Nicolas sighed, slouching.

“Of course not,” Samaria replied, her lips curling into a smirk. “I never said that it would. I only said that it would buy you time and it did. You are still alive, are you not?”

He grumbled, “I wish you damned people would stop jerking me around…”

“That is the way of things here, Ratis Nicolas. Haven’t you realized that yet?”


  1. Hey there! I’ve been a faithful reader since KID. I’m not into commenting, but this act blew my mind! I mean the implications… I’ve always wondered why SU had Sesana give birth to Christian. Could it be that Samaria was born before Christian and her birth is the reason Christian was born? And the nerve of Onael! She started this whole mess because Sesana had a child and yet…its like the pot calling the kettle black. I think I’m going back to reread a few chapters (looking for the clues you usually leave lying around).

    Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. :) You won’t find any hints as to Samaria being Onael’s daughter, I purposely omitted any so it would be a shock, hehe. You may find some other foreshadowing, though. Can’t say what! Samaria and Christian were close in birth, though Samaria was first. Onael has a history of getting her busy on with her vampire followers. Onael wanted to overthrow and she knew how to do it. ;) As for WHY Sesana had to give birth to Christian, we know that Sanctus Unus needed him to protect the vessel and Valerie when war broke out, but he has an even higher purpose that’s yet unsaid.

    Comment by Nychex — May 28, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  2. *Haven’t commented in a while, but still reading every update :) *

    So Samaria is half vamp, half era. She is like the mirrored image of Christian in Onael’s world…
    Anyway, this whole chapter’s flow differently from the others. It’s like a quiet island in the middle of the series. But packed with lil’ infos, and you can feel the tension building up on both sides. This may well explode pretty soon ;) Great update, very instructive

    Hey again, thanks for taking the time to comment. :D Yep, pretty much… only without the cool powers. Onael isn’t exactly happy about having a child, thus why no one knows about Samaria. I’m glad it felt like a step back from everything, that’s what I was going for. Thanks!

    Comment by Dektora — May 28, 2008 @ 3:25 am

  3. Awwww I wanted to see Samaria’s face, but I’m guessing you didn’t show it for a reason. So hmmmmm, I don’t think shes in any way his sister. But I’ll wait and see if my suspicions are correct.

    I think poor Nic has gotten in way over his head, he’s playing with a whole boat load of fire here, and I’m thinking he’s gonna get burned. And what about his true sister? Doesn’t he wonder what happened to Melissande?.

    Ooooo things are really starting to heat up now with all this plotting going on, you really have me at a loss. Great, mysterious update :)

    Yep, you won’t be seeing her face for awhile. ;) She’s not really his sister, as Onael had no part in Nicolas actual birth, but they ‘share blood’, so she’s going with it. He definitely has and he’s late in realizing it! Not all fun and games. Melissande, well, he hasn’t forgotten about her and she certainly hasn’t forgotten about him. Thanks!

    Comment by Taryn — May 28, 2008 @ 4:43 am

  4. Now that’s a shock! I love Nicolas’ reactions — “I wish you damned people would stop jerking me around” and his discovery that he has some sort of limits LOL! The contrast between his language and his reaction and the strange, shifting, malevolent atmosphere of the place he’s in is just wonderful!

    I love the way you used more than one shot to reveal Samaria, and the backlighting, if that’s what it is — only the gold shimmer from behind the screen lights up the room. Really fantastic update!

    I’m glad you were shocked! Nicolas’ reactions are always comical, hehe. Everyone has limits, the lines for Nicolas just tends to blur more often than not. Samaria is quite interesting… we have a little bit to get to know her. The real her, that is. The lighting is just the gold candles from the game placed sporadically. I love the golden glow. Thanks!

    Comment by Beth — May 28, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  5. Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting that – I thought that Samaria was really Nic’s mother! Given that she’s Onael’s daughter, that’s a useful piece of information for the good guys if they ever find out. And of course, Onael’s really no better than Sesana as she also made merry with a vampire (and of her own accord, rather than because it was necessary for a higher being’s plan)… Yes, that’s definitely useful information. I wonder what Samaria’s trying to do though, as it sounds as if she’s plotting against her mother whilst at the same time not betraying her? And why is she interested in Christian? Let’s hope Nic keeps everything to himself this time and doesn’t go into motor mouth mode :D

    I do now remember the lie that Eckhard was referring to in the previous Act, as I remember saying that Sesana got him out of trouble even if she didn’t mean to. Put it down to being goggle-eyed at the fact that Eckhard and Sesana really did do the horizontal conga ;)

    Ahhh, I was wondering if anyone would follow that red herring. ;) I didn’t leave many clues about Samaria, so it was anyone’s guess, really. Trust me, the good guys will find out. Samaria didn’t ask about Christian just because of passing interest… and you know Nicolas won’t keep his trap shut. One threat and it’ll all come spilling out, hehe. No problems, that was a bit of a shock, too, I’m sure. ;)

    Comment by Tanya — May 28, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  6. *laughs* that is the way of things… aint that the truth .. games always playing mind games those people..
    Samaria has her reasons … and dang it i wanna know what they are as much as sexy Nicolas does .. hmmm … wait wait .. go back! Samaria is kin? *blinks* nooo answer him! grrrr.. Oh Nicolas, dont underestimate Valerie .. she seems to have ascended and learned more than you …
    Holy smokes.. no .. way .. no way! OMG OMG OMG! Samaria is Oneal’s daughter! *laughs* well .. hmm guess i should have seen that coming eh? Perhaps, but sadly .. I didnt. Hmmm she’s quite the seductress … like mother like daughter!
    Great more ‘shtuff’ to think about..

    Haha, where would be without mind games? Life would be too simple! ;) Samaria’s reasons have already been hinted at, but we’ll get more information in the next chapter. Trust me. Glad I’ve got you thinking! We haven’t seen the last of this one, that’s for certain…

    Comment by ruby — May 28, 2008 @ 11:34 am

  7. Woah, revelations! I wanted to see her eyes! ;)

    Soon, but not yet. ;)

    Comment by Josh — May 28, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

  8. Wow. Onael doesn’t seem quite like the type to deal with children, but there Samaria stands. And I thought she was Nicolas’s mother too. Hmmm, the unmasked Samaria’s creepy. A voice “heady with treachery” you said? Wonder if she’s plotting against mama bear. And I almost wonder why Onael went ahead with the birth. You’d figure with Era powers, she could, I don’t know, “zap” herself back to normal.

    You can pretty much bet that Onael didn’t raise Samaria at all. As for Samaria plotting against Onael, not completely, but is does go behind her back with some things. Onael couldn’t rid of her pregnancy… doesn’t exactly work that way. If it did, she would have never gotten pregnant in the first place. ;)

    Comment by Infinity-Nevermore — May 28, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  9. ooh- I liked this part… Samaria looks pretty from the side view we got of her face…. but I’m kinda intrigued about the eyes thing… anyways- so i’m trying to picture Onael as a mother taking care of her baby, but it doesn’t seem like a pretty picture. Just a question- I noticed that Nicolas thought she looked familiar- does that mean we know her?

    Don’t worry, we’ll see her eventually. She looked familiar to him because Onael is her mother. :) That was a hint before the final reveal, hehe. You can bet Onael passed her off as any other vampire.

    Comment by Liz — May 28, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  10. Very informative update.

    I sort of feel like saying to Nicholas, “You made your bed, now go lie in it.” It really looks like he has biten off more than he can chew and he’s probably going to end up being the scapegoat if anything goes wrong.

    The revelation about Samaria was startling but intriguing. She seems awful interested in Chrisitan which sparks more questions.

    Haha, yes. Nicolas is in a lot deeper than he anticipated. If anything goes wrong, you can guarantee he’s the fall guy. That’s par for course when it comes to him though. ;) I’m glad you caught the Christian thing. That will become very important.

    Comment by Anghard — May 28, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

  11. Wow Samaria is her daughter. Have we met the father yet? I have a feeling that we have but I am going to wait it out. Why is she so interested in my Christian? I want to say poor Nicolas but I don’t feel bad for him.

    The father isn’t any concern and likely won’t be mentioned. Random vampire and therefore of little importance. It wasn’t anyone we know. Haha, your Christian? xD We’ll get to that in the next chapter…

    Comment by Detris — May 29, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  12. Nicolas always gets me for his unending supply of arrogance, that somehow all this is someone else’s fault. Samaria is quite interesting, but far beyond the reveal of who her mother is, just the way she was a bit confused about meeting up with Nicolas and the bit of their conversation about Christian. Both times she had to be reminded, but then she knew anyway. And the whole Christian and Samaria both being era and vampire has me speculating a bit now, I mean what is the coincidence? And last but not least, I wonder is Nicolas struck on something by mentioning Onael had a particular obsession with the men in his family.

    Samaria never knew about Christian–or specifically who he was. All Onael told anyone is that he was Sanctus Unus’ chosen. She didn’t particularly want everyone to know that she was weak against him, so she left the details out on that one. Nicolas is the first male Onael has had the ‘pleasure’ of doing in the Blanc line, we found that out the last time we saw them, I think. It was awhile ago.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — May 29, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

  13. Jeez…is Samaria actually a character we know? Is that why her face wasn’t shown?

    Nope, she’s just Samaria.

    Comment by Phil — May 29, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  14. I never saw that one comming! Onael has a child and Samaria has a mind of her own as well. I wonder what she’s after. She was very interested in getting Christian on her side, but probably not because of the family connection. Great update as usual, can’t wait to see more!

    Haha, uuuh, yeah… Christian and Samaria aren’t related. That’ll be important later. Wink, wink!

    Comment by brittybe — May 31, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

  15. Another amazing chapter!!
    More twists and questions and new “stronger/new” characters!!!!

    Amazing how you keep this story moving!

    I’m so relieved Nicolas wouldn’t sleep with Samaria, that would definitely send him to the bottom of my list and he would never come back to top, no matter if he became a saint, please don’t let him fall for her charms!! Eww what can be worst than Onael? Her daughter!!!! and she looks terribly interested in Christian too!! I wonder why!!

    Thanks! Samaria’s interest in Christian will be revealed soon enough. ;)

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  16. I wonder if Samaria is so interested in Christian because he is a half-breed too. She seems really freaky. It is an interesting revelation. A sort of mirror for Christian on the bad guys side.

    You nailed it. Samaria is very interested because of that fact. There’s someone else like her out there, only she doesn’t get that Christian is a bit higher on the scale than she is…

    Comment by Verity — May 1, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

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