The machine was taking you back to a lair. You see doors open and multiple more war machine go out, open their back and get ready to take flight
How many of them were there? One hundred, perhaps more? You ask where you are. And, who is this.
It’s probably just an automaton, without any sentience. And then, as you pounded and asked again, you hear someone answering you
“NO OnE ImportanT. IT’S BetteR FoR YoU TO GO AnD StaY QuieT, NoW”
He…he didn’t have the triumphant voice one would have expected. No, he sounded so…defeated…so…like he didn’t really care anymore…so jaded and yet…probably still young and…
You ask him why he did it
“MY MasteR AskeD ME TO RaiD ThE TowN AnD MasteR IS AlwayS RighT”
Orders. Just like in the military, just like everywhere else. He didn’t think for himself…he was…oh my god.
He was a servant, nothing more.
“AT ThiS PoinT, I AM NO LongeR ExpectinG TO LivE BeyonD ThiS MissioN. AS SooN AS MY MasteR SucceeD, OR FailS, I WilL BE DisposeD OF”
You are horrified. Even more than when you saw the hundreds of automaton get out. This fate…this ending was terrible, and…what you were hoping to never be. You were hoping to never be the troll to get rid of others once they stopped being useful.
“DoN’T LiE TO PleasE ME. NO OnE IS EveR SorrY FoR ME”
But you were. You were sorry for this poor guy…probably that at one time, he was someone like you…someone with ideals…
And now, he told you…that he was a slave. And…as the machine took flight, he just went and told you
“TheY AlL HatE ME”
…you were flabberghasted to see someone thinking so…lowly of themselves.
Even if…even if this guy was responsible for the destruction of your machine, the failure of your plans, the…end of your dreams…you didn’t hate him. Sure, you were upset, angry, you tried to destroy the automaton but…you were unaware he was there.
“i d0n’t hate y0u”
For a moment, the machines stopped moving. They dropped a little, but thankfully, they managed to take flight once more. Seems like they had a little technical mishap. You smile
You hear him think to himself a little bit
“ThaT MakeS NO SensE…YouR LogiC MakeS NO SensE”
“YoU HavE AlL OF ThE ReasonS IN ThE WorlD TO HatE ME. I DestroyeD…WhateveR WaS ThE ThinG OuT TherE. I DestroyeD IT WillinglY TO…TO SpitE YoU”
You take your time.
“y0u destr0yed it, sure. but bef0re, y0u made sure that the blacksmith g0t 0ut 0f y0ur way bef0re y0u attacked. when y0u 0verheard that there were pe0ple inside the hive after y0u blasted it, y0u did n0t try t0 attack them, n0r did y0u hurt them when they were leaving. and, bef0re blasting the machine away, y0u made sure i w0uld be 0ut 0f danger.
y0u respect life. y0u all0wed pe0ple that y0u th0ught hated y0u t0 get t0 safety. y0u all0wed them t0 survive.
and this is why i cann0t hate y0u. because y0u are g00d.”
You feel the machine fall on the ground, landing safely. After this, you hear things being pushed and your cockpit open.
He looked at you, but you dreadfully looked at him.
The troll was in a worst shape that you imagined. Thin, way too thin. You could see his broken bones through his pale, sickly skin. He was covered in dried blood in several places. Bruises all over his legs and arms. A couple missing teeth, and some more that were broken.
Dressed up with rags with more holes than cloth. And, the cloth left was once again, coated in teal blood.
You looked at him and you see his eyes lower. You carefully move his chin upward so that you can look closer at these teal eyes.
He was so…pitiful.
So very pitiful.
“y0ur master did this t0 y0u?” you whispered, as you let your fingers move down one of his scars.
“YeS. HE DiD.”
You sadly look back into his eyes
“are y0u g0ing t0 g0 back t0 him?”
He shook his head
“I DoN’T KnoW WhaT I’LL DO, NoW. I’M NoT SurE IF PeoplE ArE GoinG TO UnderstanD…UnderstanD WhaT I DiD AnD WhY I DiD IT”
“y0u c0ntr0l these things. y0u can help us. y0u can help us free the city fr0m y0ur…0ld master”
He smiled, a warm, sincere smile and put you back into the back cockpit
“I CommandeD TheM TO GO TO ThE MarketplacE, BuT TherE ArE SO ManY, TheY WoN’T BE TherE FoR A WhilE. WE WilL HavE ThE OpportunitY TO CatcH UP TO TheM PrettY QuicK”
“very well. by the way, what is y0ur name?”
He hesitated for a while
“IT’S ShamefuL TO SaY, BuT HE CalL ME NamelesS.”
“MylloI DidN’T ThinK I DeserveD A NamE”
“that’s y0ur 0ld master?”
“d0n’t w0rry. we’ll get y0u a new name. we’ll get y0u a new life”
He commandered the robot to take flight once more
“PleaseD TO MeeT YoU, TheN”