>>2604>Isaac then immediately puts together the chain of events in his mind before speaking.
"…After your birth, your father outlawed the ritual to ensure that no one else would be created to challenge him."
>Stella's face darkens at the mention of her father and his actions.
"He either created or converted people into Djinn to sustain their society, at the cost of people's autonomy and free will."
>Her face darkens further, a shadow covering her eyes as she grits her teeth.
"When your mother attempted to overthrow him - he banished her from your dimension, and gave you her research position."
>Visible trembling and shaking begins around Stella's body.
"Then it all came to breaking point when your brother Ignis was turned into a Djinn - Iblis. That's when you-"
>Stella then immediately shouts out in a kneejerk reaction.
"That's when I started making up for everything that I had been complicit in!"
>Silence fills the air, as Stella sighs again. Her cheeks are somewhat red, and her eyes are watery. Her voice is shaking as she musters up the strength to say:
"I nearly allowed the entirety of my people to be subjugated under the rule of a madman. My own father."
>Looking up at Isaac with a determined expression on her face, her eyes stare daggers at Isaac - though her intent isn't aimed at him.
>The expression causes Isaac to reflexively take a step back - surprised by the resolve in her eyes.
let that happen again. Ever."
>Isaac nods, a solemn expression on his face.
"Yes, I can see that now."
>Silent for another moment, Isaac then walks forward to Stella and speaks.
"For what it's worth, I do think that you've made up for your actions, tenfold. Your father was brought to justice before the Gods. The souls of your civilization can now rest in peace."
>He then places a hand on Stella's shoulder, giving her a nod of encouragement.
"….Also, you're the last Thaumaturge. I can't think of a better person to represent the best in them - mistakes and all. Their collective spirit is carried through you - no matter what."
>Stella looks at Isaac with a sense of genuine gratitude in her eyes. She then moves forward and gives him a hug.
"Thank you Isaac. Thank you so much…."
"I know what it's like to feel as though something's missing. I've got a person or two that I'm trying to get back myself. Just like you with your mother. You'll get her back, I promise."
>Isaac then removes himself from the hug and taps Stella on the shoulder once more - before turning to walk away.
"Stephanie will like drop by soon, just to get an assessment of your progress. I think you've shown a substantial amount of growth - so let her see that too."
>Waving behind to Stella as he walks away, Isaac then exits the arena platform and walks back into the halls of the Axiom - leaving Stella alone once more with her thoughts.