The Walls between the Worlds have grown thin, and so the Family has come.
Come to wreck our love of light. Come for the joy of breaking beautiful things. Come to steal the smile off your face. Come to worship wickedness. Come for the ineffable spark of your soul.
What they seek is nothing less than the destruction of humanity, not through murder or war, but by smothering the humanity in us. By showing us the true terror is the darkness inside ourselves. They have done the same to countless other worlds. They are a force, a shadow, a temptation to turn aside from the righteous path.
And they have never lost.
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