6. Reason and Reward
Nat opened his eyes. Then he realised how odd that was, how it probably meant he hadn’t died and would soon be tortured for his essence again. He screwed his eyes shut in anguish. Then he was startled by a gentle yet immense voice calling his name. It was the voice of the presence! Looking behind him he saw a shapeless mass of power, all power, overwhelming yet gentle, icy but warm, cruel to be kind. “I am Guthix” the presence decreed. “The essbeings are my creations. What, child, do you wish to know?”
A surge of white-hot anger engulfed Nat as Guthix explained that he created their world and started to form true life on it, with rats, wolves and giants being the purest beings in the Runiverse, the most attuned to the elements which can be imbued into runestones. Guthix described how he stopped building that world and left the creatures beings of energy then let the humans in to harvest them at their leisure, to improve all the dimensions of Runescape in existence. Nat couldn’t contain himself: “HOW DARE YOU!” he roared “How dare you create sentient beings whose only purpose is to die for the betterment of some other, arrogant beings?” Guthix just gave a knowing smile and once more explained. Beings of essence never truly died, they were just reborn where ever they wished in any form for eternity to play and to help. They had to ‘die’ each time for in order for there to be Balance something must be destroyed for everything made. Then Guthix imbued Nat with the essences of ALL runes and made him The Essemental. He would be the Teacher, the one who would travel and explain and help those like him who feared and misunderstood the donation. It was a pleasurable experience, it only hurt Nat due to the excess and being out of his element, essbeings would never truly die.
Nat travelled all the dimensions helping and teaching yet he always returned to the wisdom of Guthix and the companionship of Astara, Doddy and Astran who soon joined him in his work. For the first time in his eternity, Nat was happy and content.