Arlen didn't even flinch at the blade that pressed against his throat.
His dark eyes narrowed with a rather cruel smile.
"No? Do you even have a shred of self in you anymore? Or has he filled you to overflowing with his own ego and hatred already." He woudln't hurt Sandro as Ahri could easily go for Naia when he wasn't around, but that didn't mean he couldn't mess with the kid.
"When was the last time you really smiled? Do you even remember what it feels like to be actually happy?"
An RP post from yesterday's RP with Furesiya and somehow it wouldn't let me go again anymore. I LOVE sketching situations in RPs while RPing them but this was just too good not to fully draw it out <3 Besides, I installed Manga Studio again today, so... was the perfect chance~Short explanation to the scene:
Arlen and Ahriman used to be rivals, both being enemy generals and fighting each other for thousands of years before Arlen quit the military. A few centuries later Ahriman got sealed away with Caelius, so everyone believed he had died.
Ahri was the only person for 1000 years that took care of Sandro. The only being beside the skeleton servants and Deamond himself sometimes to see him. When he had awoken as necromancer and lost all memories of his life, he had nothing left. No memories to determin who or what he was. So all he could do was trying to be like his master Ahriman. When Ahri disappeared though, Sandro suddenly had to start developing his own mind and personality. He became the man everyone used to know as the arean general in the Age of Chaos... He was happy. He found true happiness when falling in love, even though it was complicated and dangerous. But with Ahri's return, everything changed. Suddenly Sandro wasn't the person anymore he had always tried to be and seeing his idol right next to him made this difference even more clear... Ahri tried to return to the undead life they had before he got sealed away: Sandro as he was locked away with no one but himself to rely on. He managed to twist his mind so much that when Rheyn told Sandro he hated Ahri, to him it felt as if Rheyn was telling him he hated him too. Ahri's influence twisted his entire reality and so he broke the engagement and allowed his master to whipe out his memories once again to return to the way things used to be. Ahri continued strengthening his influence on Sandro, even making him believe that everything outside the save tower was evil. That there was nothing but despair and pain for him out there.
Ahri once told Arlen to keep his hands off his 'toy', and in return he wouldn't hurt Naia, the person meaning most to Arlen... but when seeing the boy Arlen at least talked to him, trying to break the construct of fear and illustions he had built within the boy.
What I loved about this moment the most is that even though Ahriman still has complete control over his student, this simple question sticks in Sandro's mind. He suddenly has to question himself, when was he truly happy? How comes he knows what true happiness feels like but has no memory of ever feeling it? He has thousand years of memories with his master and not a single one makes him feel the way he believes true happiness has to feel like and no matter how much Ahri manages to bend and change Sandro's mind, those feelings his heart knows by now is something he can't take from him no matter how hard he tries.