After a brief shore leave in London, a distress call from Serbia by way of the Russian intelligence station, Station Alexander, alerted the members of Operation Lark to the unusual events taking place in the cell of Gavrillo Princip. Upon investigating, the party found an ocean on the other side of the cell door, and a boat, ready to ferry them across. At the behest of the rather nervous Serbian official Radic, they embarked and set out across the interior ocean, swiftly coming to rest at a jetty, where they were met by what appeared to be Gavrilo himself.
It quickly became apparent though, that it was nowhere near that simple. Every person they could see in this small city had the face of Gavrilo, and none of them seemed to notice, though they could tell that the party were outsiders. They offered to let them prove themselves worthy Serbians, by presenting themselves to the great statue of the Serbian eagle, posed as Gavrilo, killing the Austrian Archduke. However, with Professor Erwin being the first to speak, their judge attacked them. After a fierce battle which saw much of the town square burned down, the party was forced onwards, though one of their number had been separated from them. They ventured through the countryside to find a cave where many of the Gavrilos were leaving food and other goods. Inside, they found the great Zmaj, Bogdan, guarding the roots of the world tree. He told them the nature of the land they explored, this idealised Serbia, and promised them safe passage to the top of the tree, if they left behind a woman for company. Harriet volunteered, and so they made their way to the top.
Finally, they reached the top, where Gavrilo, wearing the clothes of Prince Marko, and sitting in his throne, assured them that he would proudly stand trial when the time came. That he was Serbia, and he would not be ashamed of his blow for freedom. With that, the party were let free of this small world, and of the cell, Gavrilo left inside, waiting patiently.
This island and this trip, what amusements occurred here. With the language barrier in place Lovi could not use her talents to trick her way through this. No, out came her hidden side here. The side she kept closed off from the world, the one that wants to see the world burn (literally). Her pyromaniac side. The damage this caused was great, the entire market destroyed.
As much as she will never admit it, she was grateful that the professor briefly removed her firepower, as who knows how much of the city would still be standing.
The fact this side of her has come out though is troubling. This Pandora’s box has been opened and is not easily shut…..
Today was odd. Very odd. Fucking weird really. But fun, in a physical sense. I have come to relish martial exercises, probably a bad sign, and the fight with a living statue embodiment of Bosnia/Serbia was one of the best I have had. Unfortunately, I believe my comrades may have seen more than I meant them too. The climb up the World-Tree though, was one of my worst. I must continue to try and get better at mastering my fears.
But the worst thing was Gavrilo Princip himself.
I have never been a hateful man. At least I believe so. But never have I hated a man as much as Gavrilo Princip. His ego and mania made a realm that echoed his face and form, and he knows the slaughter that is coming, but clearly doesn’t care. Millions of men will die, towns will burn and an entire generation will bleed because of him and his fellows.
I can sympathize with what he did. I don’t know enough about the Austro-Hungarian Empire, so perhaps their rule was as terrible as he believes. But did he really think that killing the heir and his wife would lead to Bosnia being free? The fact that i can see why he may have done it makes it worse. He chose this. Millions are about to die and he is just sitting there, and at will, he can escape into a literal paradise of his own making.
There is no place in Hell deep enough for him.
The professor tried to explain things to me, to let me see Princep’s side of things. But his noble intentions failed. Gavrilo is a fool, and a monster.