Jophiel’s Judgement

  • Nightingale clicks open the Hegemonix, unleashing a searing red and orange light that cuts through the clouds and rain. An Exalted Esper rises from the box until it’s massive size towers above all of them. It proclaims itself as Jophiel, Judger of Souls.
  • Jophiel says that he will sentence the guilty. Then the Exalted Esper produces a massive magnifying glass to inspect each of them.
  • Terrified, they all scramble away the best they can as an enormous eye inspects each of them, looking for who to kill.  
  • As the magnifying glass hovers above Nightingale, the Maluma panics. Worried that it will be chosen as the guilty, the Malma buries itself back into Nightingale. Relinquishing her body so quickly causes Nightingale to drop the Hegemonix. The colorful artifact clatters to the ground but it does little to banish Jophiel.
  • Nightingale claws herself back to the surface of her own psyche, finally retaking her body from the Maluma. Nightingale screams in horror at the sight of the monster above her. Luckily, Jophiel isn’t tricked. It sees the Maluma deep within Nightingale, but also realizes that the darkness was replaced by innocence. Jophiel decides to move on.
  • After each is subjected to a horrifying moment of being judged, Jophiel stops on Aisling. Jophiel laments that he’d judged her twice before and there had always been greater sinners in proximity. This time however, Jophiel claims that her soul weighs heavily. Aisling mutters a few words in disbelief before being cut short by the same spectacular death that had befallen the Information Broker.
  • Padric screams out to Aisling as she explodes, scattering gore across the grass.
  • After makes his judgement, Jophiel returns to the Hegemonix.
  • With Aisling dead and the Maluma gone, Rook scrambles to Nightingale’s side. Rook finally explains to Remi what has happened and the realization dons on Remi’s face. Her friend hadn’t gone crazy, she was controlled by the Maluma.
  • Feeling like it’s her fault that Nightingale gave her body up to the Maluma, Remi comforts Nightingale as the organic armor and weapon vanish back inside of her.
  • Nightingale sobs into Remi’s shoulder, shaken by the ordeal.
  • Zeke picks up the Hegemonix in the grass triumphantly.
  • Meanwhile, Padric stands amongst what’s left of his friend and mourns the loss of Aisling.