Anivia glances towards the source of the voice. Her voice remains perfectly level and calm as she replies,
Originally Posted by multis
Does that mean you knowingly let civilizations terminate whenever you talk about seeing the world be reborn?
"In a word, yes." She sighs approaching the speaker.
"This has always been a difficult topic to broach with the mortals of any given civilization. It is important to keep in mind that the Phoenix honor above all else the freedom for mortals to choose their own path. We offer our advice and wisdom to any who should ask for it, and indeed, we have often lent our power to protect and preserve those who would ask for our help, but there are many reasons that a civilization might fall: natural dissaster, plague, internal turmoil, religious zeal, technological anihilation, evolution, ascention... the list goes on. Not all cases are violent, and more often than not, we were not called upon during the death thcoes of a civilization."
"It should also be said that civilizations rise and fall many times in the life of a world. Armageadon often comes with a force more powerful than you could imagine, cleansing an entire world of all traces of life and testing the limits of our immortality. During such an event, we seek what pockets of stability we can in the world, and wait for it to arise anew - nothing can be done to protect a people from such a fate."
A sad look comes over Anivia's and she looks away, vision fixed on something far from the room.
"There have also been those civilizations which we were forced to destroy ourselves... It is a terrible, terrible thing to behold - the greatest shame of the Phoenix - but when technologies or magic threaten to destroy the world forever, we have no choice but to intervene."
Anivia fixes the questioner with a sudden stare, the pride of a Bird of Prey in all of her feature.
"I hate to end on such a note, but it was accusation you intended, was it not? Elemental protector is not a role that we take lightly, and is not always the easiest role to take, but the role we have defined for ourselves is clear: the world comes first, then free will. Our thoughts and feelings must always fall below these priorities."
Her gaze softens as the emotion of the moment fades.
"Perhaps I am to harsh, you have every right to your curiosity. Your question was certainly a good one, young one. Might I ask your name?"