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They call me spooky: The beauty of solitude

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I come to this place of rest once more, reflecting on where I've been and what I've seen. Sometimes it's a campfire, a sanctuary, a coffin or a terminal, but it's a place I can stop and catch my breath before deciding to call it a night or continue my journey.

Some days, I never see another living soul. Or, at least, a soul that doesn't wish me harm is a rare sight. Often it's a pirate, a lost soul or creature within a ruin, a castle or subterranean labyrinth. To be fair, I'm an intruder and they're right to meet me with hostility. I have a mission, an obligation or a duty to perform. I have to stop them and they must stop me.

And then, we meet. After all the horrors and beasts, the mazes and ballrooms, a single soul imprints upon me or asks what my purpose is. Or perhaps it's just a phantom appearing for a moment by the fire, resting just as I came to do.

Not long after, we part ways, each on to our own goals - alone again in a desolate world, an empty castle or aquaduct. And yet, for that meeting, what should be a ruin or a dragon's nest becomes a splendorous, breathtaking sight. For a moment, the encounter gave that place a soul, a purpose, a reason for being and lives again.

And then, in the catacombs and the ballroom, I can hear the songs of those passed on and feel the music swell within me as I read their lore upon the walls.

The ghosts, beasts and demons surrounding me here should terrify, but as the music rises we instead join in a crimson dance, a sanguine rhythm to which we all consent. I leave each partner breathless, motionless, collecting their power or the relics they leave behind and continue on my journey.

They become one with my armor, their souls are ensnared within the marks on my flesh. I have taken their power for my own, it's the price they pay for dancing with me - the fated savior of the galaxy, a wanderer of Lordran and the one who will challenge Lord Dracula.

And as I find the next sanctuary and rest, I think of those I've met again, ones like Maria or the hatchling, even the soul that just faded by the fire with a wave. I feel the spirits I now possess empower me as I go into stasis, as I close my eyes and allow these dancer's legs respite.

I feel the darkness engulf me, smiling softly as I dream of horrors - of the things that would drive others mad and probably have.

Then, I awaken once more and only see beauty. I might be alone, but I'm part of all that were kind toward or dared cross me. Woe to whomever be the latter, but let us dance all the same.

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About Pixie The Fairyone of us since 2:32 PM on 12.21.2012

Member of the Destructoid community team, moderator, hunter (or is that hooter?), part-time samurai catgirl and aspiring queen of the fairies. I am not affiliated with Atlus and cannot fit in your COMP, smartphone or Demonica.

My favorite weapons are the katana, the Mk. 22 tranquilizer pistol and the banhammer.



For other things and stuff about me you can read here, here and here. You will learn of my origins, my trials and tribulations and how I became a Level 80 superpixie!


Some of my favorite games:

Super Metroid
Metroid Prime
Metroid Zero Mission
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
Shin Megami Tensei IV
Digital Devil Saga
Devil Summoner 2
Devil Survivor
Persona 3 Portable
Persona 4 Golden
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy X/X-2
Final Fantasy XI
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Shenmue
Shenmue II
Jet Set Radio
Jet Set Radio Future
Ico
Shadow of the Colossus
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater



Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Dishonored
Deus Ex
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Fallout: New Vegas
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Freedom Wars
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Dissidia Duodecim
Soulcalibur II
Shovel Knight
Spelunky

...and more!