In this scene from Bringer of Chaos, the human guard assigned to Pietas refuses to reveal his name, and gets a new one. When he asks “Why call me Six?” he’s not too happy about the answer.
Six? I’m a person!
The man launched into a lengthy tale about his childhood, revealing bits of history without naming a person or place. Even while regaling Pietas with a tale, the ghost’s soldier-training held true. One consorted with the enemy to make him feel comfortable and use that comfort to gain intelligence, but revealed no personal details.
Pietas had to admit to a grudging respect. “I–” He coughed. “I am Pietas.”
“Yeah.” The ghost paused, and then chuckled. “I figured that for myself.”
The remnant of a tear rolled onto his lips. Pietas licked it. Tasted salt, sweat, his own blood. “Six now.”
“Six? Sorry. I don’t get you.”
“What, you mean, you call me Six?”
“Six eight. Sixty eight? What? What are you… Oh. You mean because we met on Enderium Six.”
“You’re making no sense, Ultra. I don’t have a clue– Oh, wait.” The ghost swore. “There were eight ghosts who came up against you in that room. You’re saying you thought of me as number six.”
Pietas smiled, pleased he understood. “Yes.”
“You think ’cause I won’t tell you my name, you can give me a number?” He swore in another language. “You got some nerve, Ultra. You know that?”
“I am Pietas.”
“You don’t like being called Ultra, don’t call me Six.”
“Is– your name.”
“I’m gonna let that go ’cause you’re in there and I’m out here, but you call me Six when we get outta here, I’m gonna kick your ass.”
Pietas smiled. So, the ghost foresaw them leaving together, did he? Good. He could definitely use that.
Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas
Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.
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