'Chase the Sun', a S.T.A.L.K.E.R x Metro: Last Light crossover fanfic
“They came with the rising of the sun, dawning also like the first wisps of consciousness in our troubled dreams, us who have slept in the dark for twenty years too long. We sensed their approach even though we could not see them, for the decades have made us strikingly similar in our inhumanity and we no longer needed words to understand why they had come or what they expected of us.
My brothers and I resisted at first, as we always have, unable or unwilling to exchange the god whose call was scorched indelibly into our psyche for the fearful uncertainty and wonder of free will. Yet though we numbered less than two dozen, the dark legion chose to spare our wretched coven and bypassed our defences to assault our master. On hindsight, it is doubtful that we could have stopped the demons even when we used to number in the thousands. Preacher sometimes spoke of an outsider, who in ages past overcame our master thr