The girl watched the first members of the party depart through the circle - her expression resigned - before answering the question Daius posed.

"My father was once a benefactor to the professor; his funds supported research and travel, and he always enjoyed hearing of the latest discoveries. One day, according to their arrangement, the professor informed father that he had located a device called an 'ether machine'. Father looked excited - the professor was sad. I can remember he told father that if he used the device his soul would be forfeit. I remember those words because I have never seen anyone so - heartbroken."

"After that day I never saw the professor again."