>>687>Sun glares at Doctor, a piercing stare causing even the Sorcerer Supreme to avert his eyes behind the mask.
"I know you want nothing more than retribution - but he couldn't have done everything he did out of malice, or apathy, Sun."
>Doctor gestures with his hand, across the entirety of the mega structure hovering in the sky.
"He wouldn't have left you all of this if he did."
"Or maybe he did it, just to give himself plausible deniability for his absence - to give me a chance to clean up his
"Maybe. It's also possible that he loved you so much, that he figured this would be the best way to prepare you for the life that comes with being a supernatural entity like himself. We can't always understand the actions taken by those who care about us."
>Watching as Sun crosses his arms again, Doctor then finally reveals the information he currently has.
"….The Thaumians are still alive, Sun."
>Sun shoots Doctor a look, eyes widening.
>Nodding, Doctor then elaborates:
"They've been hiding in a pocket dimension all this time. Likely explains their ability to escape divine retribution from the Gods. There was a Djinn, Iblis. We caught him attempting to siphon energy from the Earth's natural mana lines to unearth certain artifacts. There are likely five of them in total, and we've acquired one so far."
>Sun then looks at Doctor, asking:
"….So why are you telling me all of this? I have nothing to do with Iblis, nor the machinations of an esoteric magician society."
>Doctor nods in agreement.
"No, you don't…..However you do likely have a connection with the being who manipulated Iblis into procuring those artifacts."
>The Sorcerer Supreme then hands Sun a note - watching as Sun reads the letter. After a moment, Sun then crushes the letter in his hand, angry once more.
"I know that handwriting. He just can't help himself!"
"Sun, calm down-"
. This has gone on far enough. I'm through explaining away his actions! He can't keep continue manipulating people to his own ends! Where is he?!"
>Now irate, as his voice begins to carry a slight distortion effect, Sun glares at Doctor - who places one hand on his waist.
"Stay your hand, Sun. You know I'm not the weaker of anyone on this planet - even you."
>Closing his eyes, for a moment, Sun then calms down. He then speaks in a more reasonable and measured tone of voice once more.
"He's infiltrated the Thaumian society as one of their own, hasn't he?"
>Nodding, Doctor exclaims:
"Likely during the rupture that Iblis mentioned to me and Crepido. It would explain why you haven't heard from him in a few years. He's been spending all of this time planning to acquire their most treasured artifacts."
>Sun begins walking towards the entrance of the structure's interior.
"What exactly would those be?"
>Doctor then reveals their name.
"The Thaumaturgy Rings. Possibly the most powerful set of magical equipment ever created by human hands - using powers and forces that should never have been in their control, for any period of time."