The fight with the “Paladin” ended very oddly… During the fight there were demons summoned and attended to, eventually I threw everything into one swing to slay the enemy. The result was an odd shadow creature leaping to intercept the attack and being killed as a result. The paladin made a threat but before he was able to deliver he slumped over, comatose and the demons disappeared. We soon realized our wounds were gone, a sword that was melted in one piece, and only the paladins body remained. The material differences along with the now foggy memory of the fight led me to believe everything else was an illusion, and it made sense, until I realized Max was missing.
Max’s threat of blowing up the Tablets of Fate fresh in my mind, did he actually attempt to go through with his threat? I doubt the possibility of him succeeding with that goal enough to write it off as impossible. The closest result I can fathom is that Io noticed the attempt and finally recognized our interventions, as it was surely beneath his notice previously. That may have led to us being cut off from our ability to revive, and Max being tossed into whatever afterlife he belongs to, or merely erased from being.
This theory was destroyed quickly however when Max entered the room panting from the doorway. Eventually he revealed new scars, one from the Paladin, and two unexplained (and odd scales on his chest). It is possible that all of those were there before but even Max seemed unaware of the scars. I am unsure how he got those scars, perhaps he had a measure of success and got the scars as a result. The only thing I know for sure is that Max had meddled with fate to a greater degree than any of us previously have and it resulted in his spatial displacement, the disappearance of bodies, and the comatose/insane state of the paladin.
I will make a point to examine the tablet next time I see it to find signs of damage or change. This requires me to die again however… but the potential knowledge and other unknown benefits may be worth quickening the end of my current life. I will not know until I try…