Inquisitor's Memoirs 5
I asked Cassius what this Shadow was and he looked at me with a half smile that sent shivers down my spine.
'Don't you hear it whispering?' he said. 'The statues must hear it. They must. Because it is through them that the Shadow speaks.'
Nonsense rambling. Madness. A pity, he had been a good man and a good friend. I took no joy in his execution.
I spent some time in the Shadow Realm, walking the paths the statues showed us. I strained my ears for signs of this whispering nonsense, this 'Shadow' that Cassius had raved about even in his death throes. But there was nothing. A blissful silence, save for the chattering of the people as I walked past them unseen. As I walked the city I found myself more and more relieved by that silence. More and more I became convinced that the rumours were the nonsense chatterings of a broken mind.
But then I reached the bridge.
The view across the bridge is quite something to behold. Today, I stand gazing along the waterways to the south, and I see two breathtaking features of the city rise into view. To the east I can see the magnificent graveyard. A morbid site, perhaps, but the architecture and the artistry cannot be denied. To the west I see the Grand Cathedral itself, the central structure of the district, gazing out over the city. I love this spot. It used to be my favourite place to go. But on that day, I heard her, and it's never seemed quite the same since.
Her voice was barely more than a whisper, but it was there. She sounded like my daughter, who had died from sickness a few years prior. But strangely she also sounded like my wife, my mother and my grandmother, all of whom had passed on. They whispered in one shared voice and I could not help but listen.
They told me to be vigilant. That Zaros was gone, but he had not abandoned us. But in his absence forces were moving to take his place. To seize power and to destroy us from within. They reminded me that we were not the only secret police and that a city doesn't need two secret organisations.
I had to learn what the Praetorians were doing.