One year and one day ago, a man called Timothy Holiday tried to fight the darkness. He set off into the night with a mask and a sword to kill a monster. He failed.
How many have tried to strike against him and fallen? Too many. And why is it always the best of us? Why is it always those who have dedicated themselves to the highest moral cause, the cause of all mankind? Those brave few who alone are capable of overcoming base human nature and standing against evil in the name of all humanity; those who are brave not because they stand without fear but because they stand in spite of it.
We find ourselves in dark times, friends. We find ourselves acquainted with the night, an oppressive and brutally cold night that binds us with ropes and chains and tries to make us bend and break. It would be so easy to turn our backs on the world, too easy. But we cannot. Though it pains us, we have to keep caring about the world. Those who die trying to fight the darkness are not the only martyrs. Those of us who endure the evils of this world and do not succumb to them are martyrs too and we must continue to be martyrs because if we are not willing to martyr ourselves to the cause of humanity, who is? If we who have seen the darkness at the heart of the abyss will not stand for our race, then who of the ignorant will?
Our memories of the failure, fall and final end of the man called Timothy Holiday, the hero called Zero, are painful memories. But they are memories worth keeping and worth remembering. We can never forget those who have gone before us. If we do, we risk forgetting ourselves. I know that all too well. Remember Zero, friends. Remember all who have given their lives, but remember also those for whom they gave them.
Take on the armour of the light of the greatest cause anyone can ever fight for and you will be able to withstand the evil of this night, the longest night of all existence. Take on the armour of man and, when this is all over, you will be able to stand, not as a martyr, not as a survivor, but as a victor. Take on this armour and we will succeed. Eventually, we will succeed.