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the chosen prophet

[Multiple Locks]

[Locked to Wanderers]

You don't know me, and you have no reason to believe me. I'm just one man, with my beliefs and a few like-minded individuals, but this is something which concerns you all. It's my earnest hope that you'll give me a few minutes of your time, to read my words and to consider them.

Listen:

This was not an accident. Your presence here, the gifts you've received... None of these happened by chance.

Every universe that ever was or could be is affected by the Rift. From every possible world, you've been brought, and you've been changed. I believe there is a consciousness in the Rift, a purpose, and each and every one of you has a part to play in that grand design.

Look at the gifts you've been given, the abilities you never had before. Look around at those who have come with you, the warriors and healers and men of wisdom. How can you think this was an accident?

You were chosen. You are special. You are holy. You belong here.

You are the hope of this world. I most sincerely believe that.

As for myself... I have a deeper understanding of the Rift than most, but other than that, what matters is the message, not the messenger. I'm here to act as a guide, to help where I can.

To that end, I and several others have established another shelter for all those that have come through the Rift, independent of political affiliation, outside the wars of angels and demons. We offer shelter, food, and clothing for those who need it.

I don't ask for your belief -- only those who lack conviction in their own creed make aid contingent on acceptance of it. All I ask is that you listen, consider my words, and do as your heart dictates. We want nothing more than to help you, and to guide you, but it's not my place to force either upon you.

If you have need, or even if you're merely curious, you're welcome to visit us.

[Address]

[Locked to Elashte]

It seems I've arrived.

You've done quite well for yourself here, you know.

Comments

I can promise you the Rift isn't conscious. It's a hole in space and time and the walls between universes.

Who are you? And you can forget the "just a messenger" thing, I mean... really.
Oh, can you, Doctor? With your machines and your hypotheses, your 'Rift manipulator' built from the scraps the Rift itself gave you, have you ever truly felt the Rift? Have you had every flare and flicker write itself in fire on your nerves? Have you looked through it to see the worlds it touches, felt it reach out and take someone and bring them here, to this place, out of every other world it borders?

I have.

Angels and demons, two imperfect halves of a whole, and I myself am a product of a flawed union between them. My kind are the Nephilim, in a species sense, and I'm one of the Emim, if you'd like to get down to sub-types. We're attuned to the Rift. More than what we do, it's part of what we are. This isn't to say all of us share the same opinions. I am, as far as I know, unique in the extent of my study of the Rift, and my attempts to understand it.

But everything I have seen, everything I have felt in the past thirty-eight years of study (and oh, I know that's nothing to someone ancient as yourself, but the rest of us have to make do with the time we're given) leads me to that one conclusion: there is a consciousness and a purpose in the Rift.

Your understanding eclipses mine in so many things, Doctor, but not, I think, in this.

I don't blame you for your skepticism, and I bear you no ill-will. How could I? Of all the people the Rift has brought us, who has more capacity to change the world than you do?

Consider that, Doctor. You and your companions, brought here. You, who've irreversibly altered the course of worlds, of galaxies, and those closest to you. Do you really think that's a coincidence?
You couldn't have found all that about me just from the Rift. Someone knowing this much about me before we've even met isn't usually an encouraging sign, if you're me, so. How do you know all that?

And I'm sorry, but it's not. It's really not. That's always the thing with humans - angels, demons, nephilim, whatever you like, you're close enough from everything I've seen - you do love your superstition. Always seeing patterns and purpose when there's nothing but coincidence. I've seen men devote more than thirty-eight years to studying a thing and still come up completely wrong.
The Rift touches more than the people who come through it. This world is home to several varieties of people who've been affected by the Rift in one way or another, and given abilities beyond the human norm. Shapeshifters, vampires, mages... All of them Rift-touched. A very dear friend of mine receives visions, usually relating directly to those of you that have come through. His own researches on the Rift after discovering his ability led him to me.

And again, Doctor, I bear you no ill will. I do, however, find it interesting that you disregard everything I have to say as superstition without, I think, even giving it much consideration. Nor have you raised any substantial argument to the points I've made.

You say there's nothing but coincidence involved, and yet the people who have come through the Rift have been exceptional in one regard or another, before the Rift touched them. Don't you think it stretches the bounds of coincidence just slightly that we have soldiers and scientists, doctors and psychics and demon-hunters and alien investigators, but no fry-cooks, grocers, or office workers? People like you are a minority in any universe, and yet here you are, making up a vast majority of Riftcomers.

If the Rift was truly grabbing at people blindly, with no pattern, no purpose, then there would be far less of people like you, and far more housewives and bus-drivers and accountants.

If you have a better explanation, I'd be happy to hear it -- and no, those aren't empty words, Doctor. I sincerely would welcome the chance to discuss this at length.
It hasn't occurred to you that people like me, Torchwood, all the other Time Lords, my friends, all those demon-hunters and soldiers and so on, they might just have a better chance of running into phenomena like the Rift than fry cooks and housewives and accountants?

I'd come down to discuss this all you like, but I'm a bit... detained at the moment. But you probably knew that already with your psychics and all, right?
That's a perfectly reasonable explanation, yes. And, if this is the case, and I'm more than happy to be proven wrong on this subject, it can easily be proven by a simple survey of those who have come through the Rift, and what they happened to be doing at the time.

If all of them were investigating something suspicious, if they'd been dealing with unusual phenomena, then yes, we can safely assume that dealing with the Rift is a hazard of the professions they find themselves in, and you'll have very adequately made your point.

However, if they were in relatively innocuous circumstances, with no common link other than sudden transportation elsewhere... That paints an entirely different picture. Unless you'd like to posit that simply being in an unusual profession makes one more prone to random transportation by Rift... Which would come back around to my point, I believe.

I happen to have faith, Doctor, but this doesn't make me immune to reason.

And I'm quite sure you won't be in your ship forever. I'm look forward to a chance to discuss this in person at your convenience.