The Moon in the Dark

Long ago, the Monsters and Humans fought a great war. The Monsters lost, and were sealed in the Underground. It would take the power of seven human souls to break the barrier that kept them imprisoned. They only had six. And so the Monsters waited and hoped, praying that another human would find their way to the Underground. Some thought the seventh soul would give their King the strength to break the barrier. Some dreamed of a human who would be their friend, and save them all...or had nightmares of one who would bring back the war.
...but nobody came.
...but somepony did.
Eons after the war, with no way to tell how much time had passed above, a tiny blue filly with wings and horn fell into the underground, calling for her Mama. None knew the poor creature's nature or origins...but her soul was powerful with magic, even more so than a human soul.
None can know what will come...of this little 'Woona'.


47. Truth, part 2

Once Alphys got control of her breathing, she managed to get to her feet.  "Why...why would that be in play now?" she asked, still somewhat terrified.

"Umm...cause I can use it?" Woona offered cautiously.  "I can tap its power without being overwhelmed by it, and only draw what I need."

Alphys scratched her chin thoughtfully.  "When it was was never meant to be used.  But then again...the Determination it absorbs from monsters is SOUL Power, the same power that powers the barrier.  In theory, the Soulstone has enough power to do...incredible things.  It might be enough to break the barrier.  But...that much Determination crystallized can have...unexpected results.  It would probably be best not to tap it any more than necessary."

"A reasonable precaution," Chara replied, his mind going back to what he'd learned from Gaster.  Papyrus being made of crystallized Determination, the same thing the Soulstone was made of.  If the Soulstone had that much power when fully much could Papyrus unleash if he was determined enough?  It was rather terrifying to imagine.  "Now, what, exactly, did you do in these experiments here?"

Alphys sighed sorrowfully, walking along the path, leading them in.  "There's...a machine in here.  It's designed to extract Souls for storage.  I was able to...modify it after studying the blueprints, to extract Determination from the human souls, the substance that allows human souls to persist even after their body dies.  The goal of the experiments was to strengthen monster souls so that they could be used to break the barrier...but..."

"But monster bodies can't handle Determination in large quantities," Woona concluded.  "That's why the Soulstone was created in the first place."

"Yes," Alphys confirmed.  "If a monster generates more Determination than they need to survive, the Soulstone drains it out of them.  With discipline, that process can be accelerated on the part of the monster...but it doesn't go the other way, unless all living monsters are united in thought and will.  The resonance reaction would, in theory, allow a small number of monsters to sustain a large amount of Determination by balancing the excess energy through a spiritual link."  She looked away.  "In fact, Mettaton's body was originally designed for just such a create such a link by uniting all Monsters in their faith in a single hero.  The idea was that it would allow Mettaton to tap reserves of Determination stored in his chassis to supercharge his body enough that his Soul would gain the strength of a human soul...and then use the six we currently have in storage to break the barrier without completely merging with them, so that he could remain completely himself.  After all, according to the theory, absorbing the soul of another causes a 'shared life' experience...though the only ones who had ever done so before never provided testimony regarding that..."

"It does," Chara replied calmly.  "When Asriel absorbed my soul so we could cross the barrier, we shared control of the body that resulted.  The same thing's happening to a lesser extent with me riding around inside Woona...likely because I don't have a true soul of my own."

Alphys nodded in understanding.  "The theory's correct then...that explains some things about...what's happened down here..."  Seeing Woona's hesitantly curious glance, Alphys sighed.  "I...didn't want to experiment on living monsters.  That would be...horrible.  So instead, I had any monster who had 'fallen down' but not yet turned to dust brought down here, where I steadily injected them with gradually increasing doses of Determination looked like it had worked.  They...they stood back up and were able to walk around.  They were talking and laughing, looking forward to going back to their families.  I...I told Asgore it was a complete success!"  She bit her lip as she glanced away.

"But something went wrong..." Woona clarified as they reached a split in the path.

"Y-yes..." Alphys confirmed, walking up to a vending machine.  Getting several bags of chisps out of it, she handed half of them to Woona.  "I-If we're going to find the keys quickly as planned...we'll need to split up here.  The ones down here...they aren't hostile.  But...they might be hungry.  If you give them some chisps, they'll leave you alone.'ll see what went wrong."

Nodding, Woona pocketed the chisps, then glanced to either path.  "I'll go left first," she decided.

"O-okay," Alphys agreed.  "S-should be safer..."  Without explaining, she rushed off towards the right, the door in the middle sealed with four different colored diodes.  Confused and more than a little worried, Woona went left.

To the left, Woona explored a very short path, leading past a few storage units and three sinks.  A note on the ground suggested that something important might be in one of the sinks.  As such, Woona went to the three sinks, turning them on and off one at a time.

When she turned on the third sink, something that wasn't water came out of the faucet.  The white goo pooled and filled the sink.  A face appeared...and then a horrific form of several faces and a gaping maw in the center rose up with a frightening laugh.

Woona leapt back in fear as the FIGHT lines appeared.  "W-w-w-what?" she gasped out, eyes wide.

"I...I don't know..." Chara replied, afraid.

When the creature spoke up, it did so in a strange staticky noise before unleashing a wave of white dots that erupted into faces.  Woona barely managed to dodge out of the way.

"Static...Woona, take out your Cell Phone!"

Confused, Woona did so...and heard a voice from within.  "Come join the fun!" the voices said from the phone, the static translated.

Woona backed away nervously as the wave of white came again, now seeing the name 'Memoryhead' over the being they saw.  "I...I'm scared to join..." she whimpered softly.

"Such a shame..." one of the voices spoke.

"It's a real get together..." another replied.

"...but it's alright..." a third spoke as the monster withdrew, the FIGHT lines vanishing, leaving behind only a glittering red key.

Woona shivered, but lifted up the key.  "They have the keys..." she murmured softly.  "I...I need to befriend them, so they'll give us the keys, and we can activate the nodes..."  Going back to where the note was, Woona inserted the key and turned it in the nearby node, causing it to light up.  When she returned to the main path, she saw that the red diode on the door was lit.

"You found one?" Alphys asked as she raced up.  "They aren't where I left them, so I don't know where to look...and the Amalgamates-"  She cut herself off.

"We met the Memoryhead," Chara explained readily.  "That's what happened to the monsters you experimented on?"

Alphys lowered her head.  "Y-yes..."

"They have the keys," Woona stated confidently.  "I need to find them...and befriend them, so they'll give me the keys."

Alphys frowned.  "But...they didn't approach me.  That means..."

"I...I have to do it without you..." Woona murmured sorrowfully.

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