Koen met us at Port Novem. We all knew why. I offered him the vial.
"You're the Firstborn."
He shook his head. "I don't want it. I'm not letting Aleister or Jeremiah or this new kid get their hands on it, but if the Hydra shows up before..."
"None of us do," I said, "but someone has to. It won't work on constructs. That means Qli, Ash and I are out."
Qlippothic interjected. "That leaves Darien...and..."
Amarantis felt her family's eyes gazing towards her. She shook her head.
"Darien would jump off a cliff before becoming the Founder again," Koen said. "that leaves only one..."
My clockwork hand shivered slightly as I passed the vial into Koen's paw. Silently he crept out of the tavern and blurred into the shadows.