Angel of Lies

January 5, 2009

Introduction

Filed under: Introduction — Mao @ 10:49 am

For those who have yet to see it, please read ‘Collision’ from my Simfic50 if you’re lost. Think of it as a pre-Intro Intro. It was my stepping board into Angel of Lies way back when.

How long had they been running? It was a question that would long go unanswered. Hours felt like days and days like weeks. How long ago had it been that Virgil had come across the fallen Eva, her body collapsed and seemingly lifeless against the foreign plants and trees? Despite his misgivings about her state, she woke and since then, they had traveled together.

Now they ran through the ran, seeking shelter, the muddy, wet ground beneath making grotesque sucking noises. It had been raining for what seemed like days, with no sign of it ending. The wet, soggy forest emitted a fragrance of pine needles and mold, the two combining into a mixture that turned both their noses.

Virgil couldn’t estimate how much time had passed since the amnesiac Eva had joined him in his journey. He only knew that it took her several days to recall her own name, aided by the fact that it was etched clumsily into the back of the pendant that hung about her neck. Other than that, she was clueless. She would speak often of her father, but had no name, nor true description to put forward.

Now he was following her whim that there was shelter nearby. She seemed innately powerless in every way, so Virgil questioned why he trusted her to lead. His mind reasoned that they really had nothing to lose at this point. So he followed her directions, as bizarre and vague as they had been. He was beginning to lose hope when he saw a small building in the distance, lost amidst the trees and looking completely out of place. Shelter, finally.

“Are you coming?” She shouted back, she had passed him, her sneakers kicking up mud and grass as she ran. Virgil wondered how she avoided slipping, he’d nearly broken his neck several times today alone.

A reply wasn’t needed, he simply picked up the pace and half-jogged to join her. She was young, but her appearance was severely deceiving. She was only a few years younger than he was. He vaguely wondered if her amnesia had something to do with her… unusual disconnect from her own age. Another possibility was that she had just been sleeping that long, but that seemed impossible.

Virgil stopped suddenly, a sensation overtaking his body, causing it to tremble. He forced his eyes closed, willing it away with every strength he had left. It subsided, though the tremors remained awhile, causing his fingers to twitch and his feet to move uneasily beneath him.

He scarcely heard Eva calling out to him, her soft voice a distance ahead, standing before the cottage. He looked at her, focusing on her silhouette, assuring himself that it was all right. In the back of his mind, he wasn’t so sure. More and more, he fought it off, but it always came back, and each time it seemed to gain strength.

“Virgil? Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” he offered gruffly, moving to join her. His voice sounded foreign to his own ears, still trembling with preternatural force. “How did you know this was here?”

Eva shrugged and simply stared up at it like a child, wonder obvious on her face. Water streamed down off the hastily put together roof and the bricks were uneven and moldy. Still, it would be dry and hopefully warm, certainly better than what they’d become accustomed to the last few days.

“I just knew,” she said finally, moving to the door. Before Virgil could protest, she unlocked it. “Let’s go in.”

28 Comments

  1. wow…was this ever worth the wait!!! So many fascinating details I can’t even begin, but the juxtaposition of Death (a figure that doesn’t seem particularly evil) with Eva is wonderful. I love Virgil — the attitude, the cockiness, the all too real concern about “image” (she’ll think he’s crazy).

    absolutely wonderful!

    Thanks, Beth! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Death is quite the… interesting tagalong, as we’ll come to find! Virgil is, well, he’s Virgil, LOL. We’ll get to know him better with time!

    Comment by Beth — January 5, 2009 @ 11:28 am

  2. O.o Am I first? Awesome!

    As you can see, I’m going to be an active commentator this time around, hehe. :)

    This introduction is so spooky, there’s so much left to be explained – what qualms does Death have with Virgil, how long has Eva been “asleep”? And you left us on a cliffhanger, darn, Mao!

    What will happen next? Oh, the suspense…;)

    Hey there, Emma! Thanks! Glad to have you aboard. :) I’m glad you enjoyed it. Don’t worry, things will be explained, but slowly. Eva’s been asleep for several years.

    Comment by Emma — January 5, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  3. This was a fantastic start Mao! Curious that he’s able to speak with Death and that last bit sent shivers – Eva and Death. Very very interesting.

    Thanks, Chari! More like Death’s able to speak to him without, well, him dying. ;) Eva and Death indeed…

    Comment by Shirahimesyo — January 5, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

  4. Great way to start off the new year and AoL. Like it so far, can’t wait. Are Eva and Virgil fleeing from the same thing “Death”?

    Thanks, Jacqueline! I’m glad you enjoyed it. As for fleeing, Virgil is running from the ‘mortals’ and Eva is just kind of following haphazardly.

    Comment by Jacqueline — January 5, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

  5. oh christ… my face was literally touching the screen at the death part, i like virgil already and im like NO DONT DIE. he’s cute. and why does eva remind me so much of valerie. she seems innocent like her. geeeeeze, awesome intro!

    Haha, thanks, Alex! No worries, Virgil won’t be dying. Death doesn’t want to kill him.

    Comment by Alex — January 5, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

  6. Hurray! The long awaited update! Okay, why did Death haunt Virgil? And the Death looked very familiar, where did i see her before?

    Death will continue to haunt Virgil, no worries, we’ll find out why soon enough. :)

    Comment by karen — January 6, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  7. Oh yeah! First update!
    Very creepy start. Last page gave me shivers. I wonder if death is a completely new character or if she is connected to someone we already know (or IS someone we already know, hehe)

    Anyway, great plot setting and happy new year! :)

    Thanks, Dektora! We’ll find out more about Death before this phase is over, no worries. But Death means business. Death, despite its appearance, is like Sanctus Unus and is an it. ;) Genderless, essentially, in its position. The body is a guise.

    Comment by Dektora — January 6, 2009 @ 6:58 am

  8. Eva and Virgil make such wonderfully odd travelling companions, he just worries about every little thing and she is off in a world of her own. Even so I have to presume that meeting her was definitely not an accident. And interesting effect Eva has on Death.

    The scenes with Death are superbly creepy!

    Thanks, goodbye_sun! Yeah, they are very much an odd coupling. Eva definitely is off in la-la land, while poor Virgil is trying to keep Death at bay, LOL.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — January 6, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  9. Woot! It’s started! Great beginning Mao, I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy Eva just as much as Beryl!
    By the way, Death’s profile looks slightly familiar, have we seen her somewhere before??

    Thanks, TK! Eva and Beryl are definitely different, but Eva is special in her own way. ;) Death is very tricky, the appearances it uses are not its own, so could be, couldn’t be. It acts much like Sanctus Unus.

    Comment by TK — January 6, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

  10. Ohmygoodness! It finally starts! WOOT!
    Wow, Virgil has been through a lot, and now he’s got Death as s friend. (Well, not friend, but you know what I mean.) And not only that, but now he’s looking after (well, not officially yet ;) ) the cryptic Eva. I’m glad he found her and they are traveling together; Virgil shouldn’t be alone. I know he seems like can take care of himself, he’s got a strong personality, but I think he likes having some normal company, too.

    Hey there, JMW! I hope you’re feeling better. Yeah, left alone, Virgil might start talking to himself aloud again (and by himself, I mean himself, not Death), LOL! The importance of their being together will show in times to come, especially when old faces begin popping up…

    Comment by JMW — January 7, 2009 @ 11:48 am

  11. Death is SO beryl..but then you have a knack of surprising everyone so I won’t bet 100% on that.. but wow, I AM excited for this! Very pretty pictures as usual!

    Haha, don’t be so sure. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Thank you. :D

    Comment by mohohon — January 7, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  12. Hey Mao,

    Wow, great start! I love death, you’ve really captured the ethereal nature of her (ah, it).

    Boy, Virgil wants to escape death’s influence, but wait ’til he finds out about the people in Eva’s life. He’ll think death’s a cakewalk. LOL

    Hey there, Lachesis! Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it and I’m so glad Death is going over well. I was really worried about the characterization. :) Hahaha, very true. Eva’s life had some… special characters of its own.

    Comment by Lachesis — January 7, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  13. I don’t think I ever commented on the previous stories, but I did finally get around to reading them. I’m very excited this has started!

    Wow, Death is cool! Very powerful presence, and creepy! “It” gives me chills! I also thought death looked very familiar, but we’ll see, huh? ;)

    I like Eva and Virgil. I can’t wait to find out what happens to them :)

    Hey there, Laura! It’s great to have you on board. :D I’m definitely glad Death is going over so well.

    Comment by laura — January 7, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  14. Ooo, I missed this when you first posted it, but I’m here now! (I’m becoming such a lurker again!)

    Firstly, I LOOVE all the shots. You mentioned you wanted to convey a darker tone, and the pictures do that very, very well. They’re delicious.

    I’m amused by Virgil. He seems kind of fresh, but I like him. I do wonder what he can do and why death is following him.

    Death is pretty! (I know that’s not the reaction you were looking for, but that’s how I roll- always noticing the random things.)

    Poor Eva. Will she ever get her memory back?

    Hey there, Josh! Thanks! Haha, no lurking for you. ;) No worries, you know I’m down with how you roll. Noticing random things is good, too. I’m really glad you like the shots, I’m really liking them, too, the more I work with them. I’m definitely getting to experiment a bit! We’ll find out all sorts of things in this first Phase, no worries.

    Comment by Josh — January 8, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  15. Well isn’t Virgil about to be in a pickle? Death paying him a visit and all. And is it just me or does Death’s nose look familiar?

    Hey there, Enchanted Black! :D Haha, Virgil is in a pickle, indeed. As for Death, it is capable of taking any form it desires. So it can be very deceptive.

    Comment by E. Black — January 9, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

  16. WOW! ok that’s really all I can say, other than This was certainly worth the wait. Interesting… I cant wait to see where this is headed, and one question? Is Beryl death??? or did you just use her sim.
    BRAVO!

    Thank you, Cheri! I’m glad you like it. There’s definitely more to come, that’s for sure. Remember that Beryl’s sim was based on another sim and I’ve been known to reuse my own templates, LOL.

    Comment by cheripye — January 10, 2009 @ 10:18 pm

  17. WOW!!! You always do that!!! :D

    Was that Beryl? Even if you put a mask and dye her hair, I will recognize her right away!!!

    Virgil is an interesting character… in the beginning he seemed so afraid to be caught… and then there you have him talking to Death as if she were an annoying neighbor! lol I wonder what she wants from him…

    Fantastic update, lovely pictures like always!

    LOl I was thinking I was about to get to phase one…NOT…there was no link to it yet…

    so anyway, I will just leave another comment to let you know that I’m already loving this story… it seems so different from KiD and WoS ! You did an awesome job with the introduction! I’m already hooked and impatiently waiting for chapter 1…
    I can’t wait to read more about the characters!!
    Virgil is fantastic and Eva so intriguing and Death so dark and mysterious!!
    Bravo!!!

    Hey there, Sandy! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thank you very much. I really appreciate it. :D Eva and Virgil will flesh out more as time goes on. Right now we’re playing catch up. The Introduction was mostly just to set the stage and introduce the players, hehe. Death is an interesting thing, we’ll learn more about it later. Until then, know that Death is Death. Beryl Cross is dead. What that means can be anything, but take it for what you will. ;) Hehe, nope, Phase 1 hasn’t started yet. Soon. I have most of the parts written, but I’m pacing myself!

    Comment by sandybvv — January 12, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  18. Oooh, I nearly missed the intro (forgot that I’d had an email) :( Great start Mao, and I’m trying to imagine how Virgil’s going to break the news that he gets visits from Death – Eva’s got to find out about it sometime I guess! Strange that she had a nightmare at the same time as Death was visiting Virgil, and I liked the way their voices seemed to merge … I thought that Death looked like Beryl as well (in her Ava days), and if it can take any form perhaps it will look different next time we see it?

    Thank you, Tanya! Glad to have you here. :D As for Death taking a shape, right now, it’s going the stereotypical route–black, lace, etc. No Scythe, but Death doesn’t want to go overboard. Death has no ‘true’ form, but it does favor some over others. It’ll reveal itself, as it prefers to be seen, to Virgil, soon enough. :)

    Comment by Tanya — January 13, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  19. I got so behind with WoS that I had to go back and start over, but decided to reread KiD again first. Whew! But WOW! Fantastic, Mao. Seriously. I have some suspicions, but I don’t want to say anything. I’m probably wrong, but still. I cannot wait for more!

    Hi there, Maireaine! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. :D It’s great to have you here. Sheesh, weren’t you around when I first posted KiD on SimScribes? LOL, dang.

    Comment by Maireaine — January 13, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

  20. Ok…so this is nothing new to you, but I’m completley lost. Like…completely. Why is death screwing with him? He must have some sorta super powers. I wonder what Eva’s are.

    The big thing with Eva is she has absolutely no power whatsoever. It was all burnt out of her when she served her purpose. Sorry about being lost–I wanted to hit the ground running with the intro. Things will be revealed and explained rather quickly.

    Comment by Eva — January 15, 2009 @ 9:41 am

  21. You know my tendency for being late. I finally read this though. There’s always someone fighting fate in this fic. I do wonder why Eva completely lost her memory and ended up here. Even though Death is wearing that mask, she doesn’t seem scary; she actually reminds me of Sanctus Unus.

    Haha, glad to have you aboard, Fini! ;) I’m glad you’ve equated Death to Sanctus Unus. They’re not the same being, but Death serves a similar purpose in this story. And yes, tackling fate is one of my favorite things, lol.

    Comment by Fini — January 15, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  22. Mao, I could have sworn I left a comment before…this was entirely amazing. I had suspected when I checked out your characters page about death…got a stupid, silly grin on my face.

    Virgil is one strong willed young man! What a contrast between him and Eva yet I think she a strength we have yet to see.

    Hi there, Gayl! Thanks, hehehe. We’ll have to see if that silly grin is warranted yet or not. ;) Eva definitely has some strength hiding beneath the surface.

    Comment by Gayl — January 16, 2009 @ 12:32 am

  23. Eek! Mao, it’s begun! I’m late!

    Frankly: Awesome.

    I feel terrible that Eva has amnesia. She doesn’t know how intense her parents were. I miss them already.

    Hey there, Veron! Glad to have you along for the ride. ;) Eva vaguely recalls her father, but only in that they look somewhat similar. Don’t worry, Christian will be making an appearance in this. Beryl, however… Eva never knew her to begin with, not even her name.

    Comment by Veron — January 17, 2009 @ 4:53 am

  24. “Christian will be making an appearance in this”

    Seriously, I just made a loud *squee* sound. Scared my cat. You made my day.

    Haha, your poor cat! Glad to make your day, though. :D

    Comment by Veron — January 17, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  25. Yay!!!! Its here! I read it kinda late though…. but still I read it!!! I instantly love Eva! She’s a awesome mix of Christian and Beryl together!
    Time to catch up!

    Hi there! No worries. :) I’m glad you enjoy Eva.

    Comment by Nikki — January 23, 2009 @ 11:40 am

  26. Somehow I don’t find Death as frightening as I should anymore :)

    I am really excited about Eva. This was a great beginning to the next installment Mao. I am really excited to read the rest of it.

    Hey Verity! Thanks. :D I’m glad you’re excited!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

  27. Ok, I have a little better idea of the characters, LOL! I will start here and eventually will get caught up *so much to read from so many great writers*
    I love how you portrayed ‘death’ effectively creepy yet fascinating!
    And Virgil is already captured my attention, look forward to more!

    Hey, Drew! I hope you at least checked out Wings of Steel… otherwise you are in for a lot of confusion. :( Hopefully you enjoy!

    Comment by ~Drew — May 4, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  28. I have to wonder if Eva isn’t more powerful than Virgil knows right now. Did they have the same nightmare? That’s kind of where my mind is headed anyway.

    Oh, and that picture of the fire on Page 2 is really cool.

    Hey there, Carla! Yes, that’s very true. Virgil has no idea what he’s stumbled on, lol. But they didn’t share a nightmare. That would be bad. ;)

    Comment by Carla — January 26, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

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