As her heart slowly filled with despair, she could feel her body gradually succumbing to the festering darkness that surrounded her. Little by little, Ashus began to morph into a demonic being, and a small voice kept whispering in the back of her mind. "It's not my fault. I didn't choose this," it insisted. After all, the gods had forsaken her; surely they could not blame her for desiring vengeance. "It's all their fault. It's all their fault." The voice grew louder by the day. But it was too late. Not a single ray of light emanated from the blackness of her heart.
Forlorn hope is a persistent or desperate hope that is unlikely to be fulfilled. Originated in mid 16th century from Dutch "verloren hoop" ("lost troop"), from verloren (past participle of verliezen "lose") and hoop "company". The phrase originally denoted a band of soldiers picked to begin an attack, many of whom would not survive. The current sense (mid 17th century), derives from a misunderstanding of the etymology.
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