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For the longest time I have admired heroes. I imagined them to be people of change, people who would bring the world forward and take us to even greater heights. It was then however, that I realised the 'Human Obstacle'.

Humans as I discovered, perhaps in the most painful of ways, are rather unintelligent beings. They are driven by their core instincts no matter how much they wish to deny it. And the only difference between one and the next is how deeply they let those instincts consume them.

If you walk out into the streets, you can see the well-adjusted average man. Yet in his mind he is not considering the good he could do with his life, he is only thinking about the next step. Where will I go next? Who will I be dating, what shall I enjoy next in life?

There is no thought of altruism; no sense of assistance for another. He could walk down an alleyway filled with the homeless and nothing would change...

If that is the case, then what is the path of truth? Is it doing as the priests and monks tell us? Should we be meditating or attempting to achieve a higher state? No, that is only possible for a few. Some can accept such a life, some may only pay lip-service to it. Some choose only to attend on Sundays believing themselves expunged of all sins. Yet, that too is but an illusion of sanctity.

Well, if the lord will not offer me an answer. Then perhaps the creatures of the Nether might...

I recall it being a very bright and sunny day when I first performed the ritual. When I first took my baby steps into the world of shadows. I began by lighting candles, arranged in a circle of six. I admit that I was rather cowardly, seeing as I didn't want to chant the ancient verses in the dead of the night.

Yet, as my intonations progressed, the sky turned cloudy and dim. It was as though the night itself had come to me, but I knew that it could also be because I lived in a country of rain and shade. I was not hopeful, but that soon changed. For with a crackling spark and the roar of an inferno, the candles burned themselves out as a presence drew close to me and wrapped it's long claws around my shoulders.

I turned around slowly and found myself face to face with a legendary Demonette. She was as beautiful as the many ravings of the madmen have described her and there is simply no way to express how deeply she enticed me. Her long red hair, hung down to her hips, barely covering the large, supple treasures that lay beneath. Her forehead was crowned by a pair of large black horns and arms ended in sharp, scythe-like claws of the same colour. Her feet however were dainty and beautiful and the rest of her was pale and flawless.

What would you ask of me mortal? She crooned gently as she ran a claw over her soft flesh. At that time, I felt as though I were going to blurt out, "I would like you my dear!" But perhaps I am a fool, or perhaps my senses are simply forged with a will of iron. For I instead saying, "why are humans the way they are?"

She sighed as though disappointed, but she answered my question fairly. True, I was trading blood for this, but at least I got a solid answer instead of a mere, "The lord works in mysterious ways".

Humans, she began, are actually creatures no different from demons. They are in essence, half-breeds, for within them lies the choice to do immeasurable good, or to fall into the depths of depravity.

"And which of these wins out?" I asked her, as she smiled in response.

Depravity of course, as if you even need to ask. Though unlike we demons, humans are not driven by a single over-ruling instinct. They can instead fall prey to all possible desires: greed, gluttony, lust, excess, wrath, pride, envy, sloth and so many, many more.

"I see and which of these are you?" I asked her. Naturally I got a rather incredulous look, because it should have been obvious from her appearance alone.

Desire of course, she said with a cheeky grin as she began to approach. Am I not the fairy of your dreams? As she asked the question, she placed a claw upon my thigh and it felt wonderfully soft as it stroked my skin. She brought her voluptuous body close to me and pressed it against my chest. Would you like to experience me I wonder?

Yes, yes and most definitely yes. How could I say 'no' I wondered, though perhaps my lips had a different plan, or perhaps it was simply the years of beta-esque behaviour that saved me. "Maybe next time," I said to her, patting her claw and stepping away.

Suit yourself, the demonette replied, suddenly looking bored. Is there anything else?

"Actually, I did have one more question. If humans are so depraved and driven by instinct, is there no way to unite them and bind them together?"

The demonette's lips flashed with an evil sneer. She seemed absolutely thrilled by the answer to my question, as though it piqued an interest of hers. Before she spoke, I found myself licking my lips nervously, it was as though I were on the brink of hearing something forbidden.

Sacrifice of course, but not the kind that heroes or men of justice perform. That will do nothing. Heroes after all are simply humans, but they somehow have greater control over their excesses and their desires. After the great enemy is vanquished though, they lose all sense of self and most become even worse than the demons they choose to exorcise. No, I speak of a different form of sacrifice.

"And," I asked, feeling eager, as though upon the brink of understanding. "What is this sacrifice?"

A villain's duty, the demonette replied. In this world, humans are wired to think in terms of 'us and them'. Self gain and self preservation over that of their enemies. Yet, in a world of 'peace' and 'hope', there is no great enemy and so humans divide the 'us and them' amongst themselves. This man is like me, this man is not. They divide and vie for the position at the top. Nothing can really stop them except for a villain's touch.

One man, one individual must be willing to bear the collective hatred of the entire human race. He must become the great enemy, until an actual one arrives. By doing so, and assuming he is not truly driven by his dark instincts, he can split the darkness from the human race and absorb it. After all, when the darkness arrives there will be humans who choose to give in completely to their depravity. It is then that the villain can act where the hero cannot. Humans are stupid after all, they will demand laws and trials and stymie the hero's justice, but not the villain's. The villain may execute any whom he does not agree with, simply because it is in his nature. Yet, who amongst the humans would be willing to do such a thing. To know that for the greater good they must remain the greatest threat. An eternity of being eternally despised. For good cannot exist without matching evil.

I found myself grinning, as though all my hopes had been realised. This,this was the solution I had been seeking all along and I was eager to take hold of it! "You are a demon of desire are you not? What if I said that my greatest desire was to see this come to fruition."

Then I would assist you and I will be yours until the end of days...

I laughed, the loudest laugh that I'd had in awhile, as I wrapped my arm around her waist and kissed her to seal the contract. "Then it is done, at the end of eternity, I am yours to torment, but for now, I require power!"

Then first you must seek immortality my dear, she whispered as her clawed hand stroked my cheek, for the villain cannot be freed until his work is done.

"If that is so, then we are set. For only I shall live forever..."
Ladies and gentle pirates,

We have another commission for :iconvivacia18: - Cool crafts and DA connections. If you aren't watching her yet, you should be. Info and art is what she shares, and that's something unique.

Now in this story, she wanted me to create a demonic piece that wasn't outright demon worship (which I can also do) and so I decided to write something...a little close to heart >:3

Enjoy everyone (^_^)/

If you too would like your own literature commission done. Check out my journal (wordofchen.deviantart.com/jour… and then send me a note. Plenty of interesting concepts await you and I swear to make your imagination come to life :3

:iconpointcommissionsask: - Your imagination is your only limit (and I suppose your wallet .3. xD)

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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SomeoneWithDesires Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm impressed with your work. Really. This is outstanding and the plain truth,(a slap to the face, if you rather).Good can not truly exist with out evil and now I think I've learned something. Thank you for the expierence of learning. I shall now add this as a favourite.
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rnlaurie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I like this quite a lot
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CrescentNubila Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I agree with how humans behave and there's always yin and yang. However, it's a darn shame evil exists in the first place. Why can't it just be good? We can have all that we have now without the need of money.
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is exactly the same kind of crap Ronald Reagan came up with – years ago! He dreamed of an alien invasion that would force mankind to unite.

That kind of thinking is so typical for people who consider themselves morally, intellectually and otherwise superior, above the ordinary human. Actually, they sound just as stupid as your protagonist and would act accordingly.

If given the chance these great spirits end up making idiots of themselves – and at other, innocent people’s expenses. The sacrifices for these morally corrupt are countless – and that is neither enjoyable nor sexy. Not at all.
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silverelflover1101 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
My hat off to you. I love philosophy time to time... :)
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XeonartOmega Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my GOSH! I TOTALLY HAD AN ORGASM READING THIS! SO POWERFUL! SO TRUE!
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FamiliarPossessedBek Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Very nice read.

What really makes this really good is that their is an amount of truth behind it. All opposites must co-exist with each other, and there are some necessary evils in the world.
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Flammeye Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Amazing! Another point to my "Our Second Nature is our Salvation from our instincts" theory!
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xXHalfPrinceXx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
This is an interesting point of view :) The person's goal to make everyone hate him reminded me of Code Geass ^_^ I really enjoyed reading this!
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potterheadz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013

Voldemort: 'Only I shall shall live forever"

 

Pardon my fandom...

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dyronl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   Writer
This piqued my curiosity, and I gave it a read. Having come to the end I can only say, "Of course it was yours Chen." 
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cynthialara Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I enjoyed it word by word!
Well done!
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was a very mind-blowing experience. It's like 2 of my favorite things combined to one: Anime storyline and American Short-Story Line, fused together!

I get an Anime vibe from it but; I also get an American influenced-short-story thing from it. It has a deep meaning to it, like in short stories, but has an interesting "human" philosophy, almost spiritual, experience from it. I love these type of stories that makes you stop in your tracks and think about life and how you could relate to it.
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wolfofsummerbreeze Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
In my opinion, the best villains from a literary standpoint are the ones who think they're in the right.
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thewolfs-ironheart Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
it's so true
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Lugbzurg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Romano emote I've heard talk about balance in this regard so many times over the years, but I think I just understood what people really mean after reading this. Totally not what I was expecting. Quite inspiring. It seems a lot like a villain of sorts I've created in one of my own works. This is more or less the direction I was taking him in. There's so much I could do. I could take it pretty far.

Thanks for the indirect influence!Joker--plz
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Mustaphffgha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I actually liked this more than I thought I would, the message is almost like the gospel to some extent :P
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RonUSMC Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
You should play Eve Online. There are as many villains there as you could possibly want.
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NonOfus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Omgosh are you gonna write more chapters of this? Or is it like a .. single piece thing? XD (sorry, lack of a better term to use). I absolutely adore it @_@
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davyjones2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
I wholeheartedly agree with the philosophy in this!
"One man, one individual must be willing to bear the collective hatred of the entire human race."
Very reminiscent of lelouche vi britannia and his zero requiem :)
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xSitax Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. Nice to know I wasn't the only one reminiscing of Lelouch while reading this. vuv
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Cool story.
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Light-Dusk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of a manga I read. It's sad how true this is, though.
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62nh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
I love it. I can relate to my position as official loser. See, for winners to be present, there must be losers, and I fulfill that role. As you have said, a burden, but I revel in it. Thinking of more and different ways to make a fool of myself, to belittle myself, to seem as if all hope is lost within me, and my self esteem is negative 9000! Definitely not over 9000, savvy? I love it~ I love it so, so much.
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harada-zero21 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
I thought of Death Note while reading this.
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evilkitten707 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever watched Code Geass? This story brings it to mind. You writing is very good by the way.
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AIK13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Oh my god... 
I love this... and I was sitting, stunned--STUNNED--in front of my computer... (at 4AM). This took an idea I've always held, that there always must equal evil to good, and just made it that much more awesome.

I must say, Captain, you must be called a General for this.
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Masteriesofthegame Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This was awesome.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly fer enjoyin' it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Masteriesofthegame Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ur welcome~!
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Featherpens Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student General Artist
<3
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Glad ye liked it friend ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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sunshineg9 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Very good Job At this!!!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
My thanks ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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sunshineg9 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
your welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now if you need me, i will be running away from the cops.
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CarcoalThePyroPony Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing.

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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DarkEmpressSerenity Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Interesting. While I was reading this, I was thinking of the Joker; the Dark Knight version played by the late Heath Ledger. And I remembered when Alfred was talking to Bruce Wayne about the Joker's motives. He was saying how some men aren't in it for the money or power he said "some men just want to watch the world burn".
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Aye, that's pretty much th' case ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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ManimeminaM Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Filmographer
Lovely, and most of all true. There can't be good without evil. Well thought-up and thought-of piece of writing. Thank you - and Vivacia of course - for creating this!
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Agreed, had she not commissioned it, it would not be. thank ye fer enjoyin' it ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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goddessofownage Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This should be made into a movie or something
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Maybe in th' distant future x'3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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esmyjohn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i understand this     damn that`s deep dude or duddette     hwo ever wrote this.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm obviously male x'D

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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ArsenicBlue Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I WOuld adore a sequel.You did a fantastical job. 
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you, but someone will have t' commission a sequel xD

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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omoimasuyo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I love this and the perspective is interesting and well written.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly fer enjoyin' it :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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MikeyAZN Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
This is amazing! I applaud your work. :D
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