Had to think about what sort of topic would be a good followup to the first one. I decided that skipping to the collapse of an empire would be too much of a timeskip. Also, I'm quite surprised Soundcloud's widgets work.
2 - Twist of Fate?
While this is in direct violation of my previous pledge to write my next entry after the empire collapsed, This is of pressing urgency, and while it has been going on for several years, this was my first chance to actually write all of this out. Infants with masterful writing and penmanship would be awfully suspicious, and as such, I write this during my years of budding adulthood, at least in human terms. I am still but a child when my true age is held to demonic standards.
I seem to have actually received the short end of the stick in my deal with
Fa Sir Lorenzo Veis. While the first and second born of his children were the picture of good health, my own vessel was not so lucky. Due to my haste in creating a contract, I never planned for this contingency, and as such, I swallowed my pride and took hold of the sickly child. While a possession is normally a quick and clean manner, even for infants, his fortitude was far too low to actually be able to accept my strength into his little body. Young Echs probably would have completely expired, had I not been carrying a certain good luck charm Karana had gifted me during our conspiracy. My vessel exists in a state between life and death, and while he ages normally when removed from my influence and is certainly a pleasant warmth when touched, he lacks the capacity to eat, drink, or sleep, an experience that would have surely killed him again, had it not been for the demonic influence in his body. After his childhood, I seized permanent control of his body, and the growing fatigue and delirium is slowly sapping at my own strength.
This is not to say that I have not tried to acquire nourishment, but even a demon such as I cannot keep it down. All eating or drinking can provide me with is vomit. Nighttime is met with equal agony, tossing and turning, slumber sometimes feeling within reach one moment before slipping away the next.
The worst of it all is my frail body. While human illnesses certainly will not kill me, even with my ever decreasing power, a mere cough for one of my "brothers" can leave me bedridden for weeks, even months in some cases. Even when not sick, I seem to be incapable of exerting myself too much, or I risk setting off my asthma.
I can't just abandon Ech's body, now that I've invested so much into it, but these experiences lead me to believe that this is the universe's way of getting back at me for my time as a surgeon. Too much experimentation, too little lifesaving.
Entry number two, end.
Malnutrition and sleep deprivation aren't fun ways to die. Now just imagine what it would be like if you could experience symptoms beyond what a normal human would, due to being unable to die from them or alleviate them. I personally don't like the idea.