ABATHRAEL - The Astral Inquisitor


CLASS: UNKNOWN



   Though a number of monster trainers boast one of these formidable creatures in their service, none have yet been able to recount precisely how, when, or where they first made contact with the being, and this is by far not the only mystery surrounding the Abathrael. Much of its mass produces no energy signature, passes through conventional matter at will and evades any attempt at direct analysis, but it carries with it a headless, sexless, nonliving hominid body of otherwise unremarkable composition. Destruction of this body temporarily dissipates the Abathrael, but documented specimens have subsequently remanifested with replacements from an indeterminate source.

   An Abathrael is prone to invasive cognotransmissive contact with other sentient beings, picking through their memories and reacting unpredictably to its findings. It has been known to repair injuries and eradicate diseases in even those who threaten its allies, or turn its burning ocular ray upon its own master to "expunge impurities." Its booming, cryptic riddles and multilingual gibberish offers few clues to its origins or purpose, but several key words and phrases recur in its ramblings with some consistency:

  
"PERCEPTION LAYER DEFRAGMENTATION"
"DIAGNOSTIC ALGORITHM"
"REBOOT FROM CORE"
"FATAL EXCEPTION"
"FEAR NOT"
"RUN TIME ERROR"
"CRITICAL CONCEPTUAL DETERIORATION"
"DO YOU WISH TO CONTINUE?"



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