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Previous part,

Time skips on to the 1700s, and the Seer, formerly Nimue, has adopted the name Xanadu in honour of her former home in the East, and since she's in France, she's adopted the prefix of Madame. Once again she has ended up in a royal court, though more as a curiousity than as a means of working out policy.

Xanadu has predicted that a period of strife is coming, and retires from Versailles having decided to remove herself from matters of state after what happened when she was working for the Khan. However, as she's surprised to bump into the Stranger again while she's skirting the edges of a mob gathering outside of a notorious prison, which they then promptly storm.

The Stranger apologises for abandoning Xanadu before, as he'd been called away by matters beyond his control. When she indignantly says that he had abandoned her in the desert, the Stranger says that the desert wasn't the last time he'd seen her, implying that this appearance is just after his first meeting with her.

He goes on to say that with the storming of the Bastille now begins a Reign of Terror, and despite the horror which is to come there still is the hope of a better tomorrow. And with that he disappears again.

Some time passes and Xanadu has retired to the French countryside, helping out the local folk with her centuries of medical knowledge. This comes to a prompt end when news that the king has been guillotined and, fearing for the safety of her friend (the Queen) and her children, she breaks her promise not to get involved in such things and sets off to rescue her.

She finds the Queen in morning and awaiting her date with Madame Guillotine, miserable over the death of her husband, the abduction of her children, and her squalid prison cell, the latter of which has given her TB. Xanadu attempts to rescue her friend, but when the Stranger appears in the room with them and warns her against meddling in the forces of history.

Madame Xanadu yells at the Stanger for seemingly ignoring all the hardship and suffering that always seems to be around when he's about, and he says that he's here to see that a future discovery triggered by the events of the Reign of Terror comes to fruitition. He then apologises once again for the indignities that she'll soon be suffering from, but that they will be meeting again in the future.

Xanadu to seemingly have an arguement with empty air from the Queen's perspective, who promptly calls for a guard to get rid of the crazy woman, who then throws the unfortunate Xanadu in a cell of her own. Cut off from her anti-aging potions, the centuries they had held at bay rapidly return to her, and she begins rapidly aging to death.

Luckily the guards didn't thing to search her for any contriband when they locked her up and promptly forgot about her, so she's able to perform once last ritual to prevent her imminent demise...

Xanadu explains that she's read the future in her cards, and that since she has a future beyond this place, logically she can't die here.

Death seems kind of sceptical of this, but agrees to sit and read the cards with Xanadu to see exactly what she means. The read goes on, with Death agreeing with each newly dealt card, until she concedes that, yes, Xanadu indeed doesn't have to die today. She does warn her though that she can't do anything about her physical age at this point though, and eternity is a really long time, even to someone as old as Xanadu. She say though that if she changes her mind, all she has to do is say her name, and she'll come back for her, and promptly leaves the stunned and newly immortal Xanadu behind.

In addition to reactivating her immortality though, Death also took the liberty of removing the depowering curse that Merlin had placed on her all those years ago. Thrilled at this, Xanadu teleports out of the prison, where she then takes what would be a lethal amount of her antiaging potion to reverse her appearance back to her standard form.

Later, she goes to see her former friend the Queen die, and the Stranger appears once again to explain why it is he was here wandering around and not trying to stop the Reign of Terror if he's all about brighter futures...

DCU hint for the issue for those who didn't get it: PS was making sure the French Revolution happened to ensure the rise of Napoleon, whose expeditions into Egypt will lead to the discovery of the Helmet of Nabu (yes, Napoleon did go to Egypt and lead to a renewed interest in its ancient history, so points to the creators there), which in turn will lead to the creation of Dr Fate.

So thus far, we have,
- warn Nimue about the fall of Camelot to prevent Merlin from escaping and unleashing things like Etrigan into the world (the consequences of this will be followed up on in the next issue).
- Assist in Marco Polo gaining in the favour of the Khan to ensure the creation of Green Lantern.
- Ensure the French Revolution happens to ensure the creation of Dr Fate.

Date: 2012-10-21 01:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dr_archeville
I thought the Orb of Ra (and Metamorpho) when they mentioned Egypt.

Date: 2012-10-21 03:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
She does warn her though that she can't do anything about her physical age at this point though, and eternity is a really long time, even to someone as old as Xanadu.

I suspect that there are very few things Death can't do anything about, though I'm sure there are plenty of matters she feels she shouldn't intervene in.

Date: 2012-10-22 03:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
hmmm you know... maybe Death meant "She is bound by laws... ect" that prevent her from doing something that Nimue can do for herself. She removed Merlin's curse because that was something done to her that she was not able to undo. But her age is something Nimue could do herself.

i know Dream made a man both immortal and eternally young. but that was more of a... hmm okay.... i'll play this game (though i secretly also want a friend i can talk to, forever!)

Date: 2012-10-22 03:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghosty732
I remember seeing her exchange with Death when this issue was first released. It was a very good portrayal of the character.

Date: 2012-10-22 03:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
i have recently fallen in love with all things Sandman :D


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