"Look around you Rao, I am not your only friend here. CC risked the rage of Asheron in order to follow you and take you back from Hell. Wolfie was your faithful wife, even when she knew your condition of Fire Warrior meant eternal loneliness for her. Apollo put all the hope of his young heart in you, and you know well how Lord Khadrim trusted you to go to the Training Grounds to bring all of them here. You see all of them here. Only Tao Lu is not now with you, and you know that he didn't want it this way.
Well, this is the friendship I am talking about, the friendship of the ones who love you, and will risk their lives for what it is good for you. And this is the friendship you will betray if you turn to darkness. Look to the only one who pays allegiance to you. Isn't him the one who would have betrayed his friends, the one who was a pathetic orc when alive, and now not even that when dead. Doesn't that make you reconsider?
Look also in the hearts of the people in this room. This is maybe the last time that you will find not fear but love. And grieve for the one we hold as our older brother is turning to the same nothingness of Trevet.
I don't blame you for not trusting the prophecy. In my own words I showed my distrust. Fate is a strong wind that pushes events to happen, but every man is master of his own will, and man’s skill and will, like the seamanship and valor of the sailor, can lead the ship even against the wind. I give you that, and I also give you that, in your strength and courage, you may be the greatest sailor Dereth has seen.
But in the same fabric of the world, there are laws that no men can break, and every action has its reaction. With the prophecy or without, I foresee you will regret it, if you leave us now and turn to darkness.
If it's power and empire what you seek, I do not object, for your skills and valor deserve it. You could be the emperor of light, and have the whole Dereth praise you with creations of beauty and kindness. But if you want to be a Dark Lord, you would get nothing but fear and betrayal, and your own actions would turn against you.
About me, I didn't come to Dereth in search of power or domain. Even the ruling of this city was not for me sought, but freely given. I am not here to use the city to fill my pride and glory, but to serve its citizens as its King and ruler, and I am only King for the promise I gave to Lord Khadrim. I have no intention of extending my rule if it is not for improving the lives of the ones that freely fall under my command, and I will never do it just not to enslave them in chains of darkness.
And even above my Kingship, I am son of my father who died defending the light, and a Elf of the House of Fingolfin, to the positive Powers of nature I am tied, and that way I will remain.
Look at my heart. I am free of fear. Not because I think I can defeat you, but because I have a gift no one will take away from me. For I have my pride and my freedom. And the freedom to do what is right, and to choose death if death is the right path. And that gift of freedom and pride is greater than any kingdom on Earth.
Now Rao, come to the side where your friends await you, or risk being Lord of death and not of life.”
High King of the Noldor in Middle-Earth
Honorary Knight of the Pointy Shiney
"... All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die"