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Cost of a Reprieve

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The tablet is an acknowledgment that his plan is doomed to fail.

He knows, now, that the Hollow Knight is developing a mind of its own. Maybe it was a result of his own presence, or maybe all its siblings had the potential to do the same. It matters not.

One day, the Vessel will inevitably succumb to the Radiance's infection. Until then its suffering will buy years, decades, possibly centuries of peace for Hallownest.

No cost too great.

At least the tablet's lies might provide a sliver of comfort to the involuntary sacrifice. The Pale King builds it himself.