It had been a long day.
The Lord of the Skies had slowed the lift down considerably with his weight, even after shedding a massive amount of his excess form. But after walking in to see the elders, and greeting them with a flamboyant, sweeping bow, and a speech prepared about how he was the lost spirit of the jungle, returning after thousands of years to his realm... Nothing. They started in absolute silence.
He had opened his mouth to speak but was cut off by the noiseless fixation which he was presented with, and which he equally challenged. Vaalku wasn't the only manipulator. These old birds will crack.
But they refused to. In fact, they stared at him in silence for so long that it was almost dusk before the Skies finally gave it up. They had guessed his game, and outplayed him the only way possible.
He sighed bitterly, eyeing the floor in dejection. "Fine. You got me." His form began to shift back into the less appealing, hunched cylinder which he was accustomed to, although considerably smaller than before. "My name is Morrus. I am the lord of the skies."
If any of the elders were old enough to have returned from that era when the powers over Okoto turned on their people, or heard the legends of their actions, they were hiding their shock well.
Halmos was once again standing on nothingness, overlooking the City of Mask Makers.
The mask of flight had allowed him to make daring basic thievery , as there was basically no one in Okoto who could track him in the clouds, much less follow him in the sky. They would need a gukko and even pushing a gukko to its physical extreme had, ultimately, not been fast enough. There had been a few, but they had gone. He ruled the skies.
His murderous attack by taking the mask had resulted in numerous deaths, broke the sky arena, and threatened the lives of hundreds more. But there was still some twinge of doubt, that maybe his scheming mind wasn't enough to carry him through all the time.
There'll come time for a test. It won't be long before Okoto is ripe for the taking. I need to visit the powers that be, and then maybe...