When the choking smoke cleared, the hallway was empty, save for a 7 ft tall humanoid made almost entirely out of metal. Clanging on the floor as he moved, he moved through the library and returned to his chair in the circular room beyond.
“The hall is clear. But two names must be stricken from the contract.”
Viggo looked around, and asked “How do you know for sure, Your guardianship?”
“I see much. And know that the trespassers were driven off, for it was I who drove them. They have moved to the furthest reaches of the Spiral, and my contract remains inviolate”
“ok, fine. I’m just not excited about going back in there, I’m not entirely sure how I made it the first time. C’mon Ulric, you’re strong enough to haul Roy out of there”
As they approached the body, Viggo realized how he had gotten lucky. Chammady hadn’t killed him because she wasn’t trying to kill him. She was doing other things.
The Talisman of the Twin was gone.