A Better Exile
The shadow flies past Daikeim and Drake numerous times at amazing speeds
Drake: What the hell is doing that?
Daikeim: *Clenches his fists just incase* It could be a Mytho...
The being that was flying above them tackles Drake and pins against the die of the gateway
Jumbo: YOU? What are you? Certainly, not one of us. I smell...*sniff* Outsider. Far outside.
Luna: What is this thing and why is it tackling you!?
Drake: Ok, two things. One; Don't worry, I'm with you guys. Along with Daikeim. Two; How the hell did you get here Luna?
Daikeim: We're aliens, he's a Cyanican and I'm a Heroa God.
Jumbo: That is why we do not recognize your sent or you mind you are unknown to us.. Are you with "The Before"?
Daikeim: The Before?-- Can you please get off my friend...
Luna: I don't know, The plot demanded it so i just appeared here.
Jumbo: *lets go of Drake* The Before forgot us. The Before left us here. Left us in pain!
Daikeim: The Before... The humans...
Jumbo: Yes...*punches the entrance to no avail*...We will escape one day and hunt The Before...the same way the hunted us...
Luna: What's the before? It sounds like some organization based around "Timehax"
Drake: The Before, he means the humans...
Daikeim: But what would that accomplish, by doing that. You would becoming like the people who trapped you here... Revenge isn't worth it either, it never is. And think of the innocents, they wouldn't deserve it, at all...
Jumbo: No mercy to The Before...The Before abandoned us...We are family now...We have no mercy for The Before...The Before deserve the pain...Revenge is our right!
Luna: This guy sounds like that person from Lord of the Rings that is in some weird marriage with his ring or something.
Sena: Luna, That was uncalled for!
Daikeim: Revenge isn't the path you want to take... It'll lead to your own self destruction and others you care about... I know that, I've experienced it... Trust me...
Jumbo: WE WANT REVENGE! *punches the entrance, it sends ripples across the entrance*
Luna: Can you try not to shout!?
Sena: Ow... My ears.
Drake: YOU WANT REVENGE! No one else, just you. So shut up and listen, you say that the Mythos are your family, well think about them. They are your goals, not theirs... Your own selfish goals, and you know what, like Daikeim said; they'll hurt the ones you care about, the Mythos... What they done was wrong, yes, but if you had revenge... You'd risk losing your "family", now tell me. If you had nothing to lose, then what are the Mythos to you?
Jumbo: I am not them...but I am not The Before...Them are more than family than The Before...We are more than capable on taking our revenge on The Before...We have all the time we need to stay in here, but once we we find a way to get past the entrance, Reality is ours...but for now I tend to us...Come with us...*starts leading the way*
Daikeim looks at Drake, unsure of what to say.
Drake: Sometimes you don't have to be cryptic about it Daikeim, now come on.
Daikeim and Drake start to follow Jumbo.
They walk on top of a hill and see a village with large Divine Drakes flying over it, singing in sweet harmony.
Jumbo: Dragons of the stars, stay there with us. *starts walking toward that village*
Drake: Dragons... It'll be nice to see some in peace for a change...
Daikeim: Yeah, my dad told me legends of how the Cyanicans were made from a dragon Vitae God... Ah how wrong he was...
They make it to the village and it is filled with elves, ores, trolls,nymphs,sylphs,etc all living in peacful harmony, helping on another with there errands. Some are marketing, some are cultivating, some kids are playing around int he street.
Jumbo: No life, no death, no Hell, no pain, no responsibility...That is what The Before tried to do...nut they can never have what they have lost... *continues to walk through the crowd*
Drake: This feels just like Cyanic... Haha, I'm starting to feel homesick...
Daikeim: A world in peace... No conflicts, this is truly an outstanding achivement . Not even Arcadia managed to maintain peace...
They make it to a 2-story house made of sticks and stones
Jumbo: You sleep here...Fantasy bigger, vaster, more places out there. you may go to those places...but if you disturb us...*quickly turns to the two* I will snap your necks like twigs!
Luna: Yeah yeah.
Jumbo: You two watch the girl...
Daikeim: A house of sticks and stones... Alrighty then
Daikeim: I don't think we're allowed to
Drake sits down against a wall and relaxes
Drake: Damn... Ah well, might aswell relax for now.
Jumbo: This is Elaonore...she is one of us...she is a sylph...air and wind spirit...She tell about what we do here...You can decorate the house...imagination flows in everything...*takes flight and flies off*
Daikeim: Oh hey there, so like he said. You'll tell us about what you guys do here?
Elaonore: We live here in a special place God made for us. During The Flood the Mythos had nowhere to go, but later stumble upon the Gate. It was peaceful here ,we knew no one can hurt us here. And we vowed ourselves we would not fall like man did. So we decided to make our own system, a system where we do not envy others or keep so much of what we have and not give it to those who don't. We help one another and contribute what we have our kind. You may not be Mytho, but you are just as welcomed here as anyone else. *bows* Is there anything else you would like to know?
Daikeim: What is The Flood? And thank you.
Elaonore: The flood god sent to flood away man for their sinful nature. They had drove themselves further into sin and God had felt making man was a mistake and decided to flood the world, but one man and his family stayed true to God. He took his family and 2 of every animal on the planet aboad the largest boat on Earth known as the Ark. If it weren't for Noah and his family, man would've surely died out that day.
Daikeim: Ok... That will be it Elaonore, once again, thank you.
Elaonore: Your welcome. If you wish to tour the realm. Come find me. *blows away with the wind*
Luna: So what now? I feel like this place needs a little touch up, Perhaps a plasma TV.
Sena: Do you really think we can get one here?
Luna: Who knows?
Drake: Probably, hey, does it suck that you two have to share a body?
Daikeim: I'd hate to share a body with Drake.
Drake: Shut up Daikeim... Hm, the people who were attacking that Wyrm... Don't they have a name?
Daikeim: The M.C.C.P I think, why?
Drake: Because of the dark figure, he froze the soldiers before I could kill all of them... He isn't right Daikeim.
Daikeim: But he did lead us here and here we are now... So I don't know... I'm still wondering about the two people I saw in the forest, do you think they're against the M.C.C.P... They are Mythos anyways...
Drake: Hm... *He takes out his spellbook and goes to a corner and makes a circle with Cyanic markings, he then takes out a piece of grass and places it in the circle. The grass disappears and the circle quickly glows*
Daikeim: Teleport station?
Drake: Bingo... Ok, we get a tour of this place first, then we'll decide on what we do when we get back.
Elaonore: I heard 'tour'. You wish to look around.
Luna: To answer you Drake. You get used to it after a while, Not to mention you have a person that can keep track of things for you.
Luna: Secondly, I feel like just poofing in a bunch of furniture here.
Drake: Ah ok, and that is handy if you think about it...
Daikeim: Yes Elaonore, we'd like a tour please.
Elaonore: Ok. Come with me outside
All are outside and start walking into the streets of the village
Elaonore: This village is Outpit Village. This is the first village you would come acroos upon entering Fantasy. Here we all are joyful and go about our days in bliss. We are very busy, but never too busy for one another.
Luna: This place looks quite nice, Better then anything i've seen on earth.
Drake: I wonder if there's a dragon village
Daikeim: ...Anyways, how many villages are there?
Elaonore: There are 7 and i believe there are 5 regions. There is a realm completely made of dragons, but they have come here because of their realm had froze over.
Daikeim: How'd that happen? And after this tour, is there a chance you could take us there?
Elaonore: Ofourse. Now lets take you to the next stop *teleport to a town*
Elaonore: This is Vursia Town. If you can tell this place is slightly bigger than Outpit. The people here are more busy than the ones at Outpit. They are respnisble for al the food and marketing in Fantasy.
4 Endlos' can be seen putting a castle back together in its place
Drake: What happened here then?
Luna: Somebody probably hit it very hard, That thing must have been giant!
Sena: Or a very violent storm swept by.
Elaonore: A dragon came flying out of the sky and hits that castle and knocked it down. The poor dragon died, we buried it outside of town. I don't know what caused it to fall into the ground like that. Whe I felt the dragon, it felt...cold. Dragons have mostly warm scales.
Daikeim and Drake quietly say something in Cyanican.
Daikeim: Lets just continue...
Luna: Let's move already!
Elaonore: *teleports them to a place with tall building made up of vines and leaves* This is place is called The Forest City, as you can see why. These are where nymphs and wood elves live. Here you can value all of nature, where only love for the outdoors exist.
Drake: *He turns to look at Daikeim* We should play fireball tennis here.
Daikeim: ...*Hits Drake's arm* Continue please Elaonore.
Luna: How do they keep warm here during storms? They don't seem to utilize that much electricity.
Elaonore: *teleports them to the outskirts a floating city bound by enormous chains* This is Skyia, home to the Skybornes, people of the clouds. From there you can see almost all of Fantasy.
Luna: Cold... How do they live up here? It's like... -30 Celsius here!
Elaonore: Why do you think there called, Peple of the Clouds?
Sena: Because they live in the clouds?
Daikeim and Drake have a small flame aura coming off of them
Drake: That's better.
Luna: Could we j-j-just move?
Sena: Y-y-yeah... It's c-c-cold here...
Elaonore: If you prefer to live here instead of Outpit, you can ask Jumbo. The higher up you are, the colder it gets.
Drake: *Pushes Angeli forwad * She'd love to
Elaonore: Sure thing. Jumbo!
A shadow flies past them numerous times at unseeable speed. Jumbo finally lands.
Jumbo: What is it?
Elaonore: Angeli would like to live here in Skyia
Jumbo: Fine...I warn you it is rather clod there...*grabs Angeli by the back off her neck and flies off toward Skyia*
Luna: Let me go you pedo!
Angeli summons the Heartbreaker and proceeds to beat Jumbo so hard in the head they fly at mach 1 towards the ground all the sudden.
Jumbo: *gets up once the hit Skyia*grrrrRRRRRRRHAAAAGGGGGGHHH....*tackles Angeli and procceed to punch her in the face, then upcuts her in the chin send her flying into the air, then jumbo grabs Angeli's leg and slams her into the ground. The Pentagram on Jumbo's chest begins to glow.*
Elaonore: *comes in between Angeli and Jumbo* Jumbo stop!
Elaonore: Not unless you stop...
Jumbo: *flies off furiously*
Elaonore: Oh, Jumbo...
Daikeim: You go calm him down, we'll be right here.
Drake: *Goes up to Angeli and pulls her up from the ground then punches her arm* THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!?
Angeli didn't exactly speak in this moment, being rather young, She simply responded by crying.
Elaonore: I can't calm him down when he is like that. He no longer wishes to listen to words of peace, cause all of his peace has been taken away from him...
Daikeim: Yeah, sorry about her... Can we just continue?
Elaonore: ...Ofcourse...*telport them to a city over another city being held up by a single stilagmite.* This Uponion. Many Mythos live in both places. It is compleltely stable.
Luna: *Sob* T-that doesn't look very stable at all...
Elaonore: Trsut me. It is. It's been stable for over 500 years, there has been not one problem with it.
Daikeim: 500 years and still standing... Fantasy has it all, doesn't it...
Drake: *Pats Angeli's head* There there, but that teaches you not to screw with someone from here.
Elaonore: Especially with someone as hateful as Jumbo.
Daikeim: Yeah... Anyways, continue with the tour.
Ealonore: Actually...*teleports them to Dragon Realm*
A shadow flies past Kalin, Kado, and Azula numerous times at high speed
Kado responds almost instantly, waking up with a look of fear, gasping violently while the shadows clinging to 'her' body become agitated, almost gaining a solid sort of form due to its density. She clings to Azula weakily.
"Don't play games. Who are you?" Azula snaps.
Kalin:"Let's not get upset over nothing" Kalin creates a ball of dark energy in his hand and let's it drift away from him. putting a barrier of dark energy around Kado and Azula, he proceeds to smash a hole in the ground with his fist as the orb of energy has collapses,becoming a black hole that slows the figure before drawing it in. Just as the creature is about to be pulled into the black hole, Kalin absorbs the energy and tackles the creature in one move. Before the being can move again, he makes a portal beneath it just big enough to hold the creature in place.
The creature puls itself from the cluthes of the black hole and punches Kalin in the face so hard it sends him flying. The creature flies after him and tackles him into the ground and pins Kalin down.
Jumbo: Who are you? *sniffs* Are you...*gets angry* 'The Son'?
Kalin: Not this again. Rose; synchronize 50%
Rose: Got it!
(Kalin's eyes turn red as he kicks Jumbo into the air. Putting a hand to the sky, Kalin calls down a beam of light which seems to be aimed at Jumbo. As he dodges it, however, the light continues down and hits Kalin, as he uses light magic to keep up with the being.) Azula, if I manage to make physical contact with this thing, can you hold him still?
Azula gnashes her teeth together. "Will you knock it off?! What's your problem?!" She snarls at Jumbo. "This child is in urgent condition, we have no time to fight with you!"
Jumbo: *lands* You do not make commands of us!...And who are you and what is your reason of coming heeere?
She shakes her head irritably. "Shoot first ask questions later I guess is the standard... urgghh. I am Azula, I am a telepath if you cannot gather it from how I am communicating with you. The child in my arms is my charge, Kado. And the knuckle head rookie is Kalin.
Kalin:Who are you calling a rookie?
We came here after a severe attack on our organization left our city leveled, and Kado here in deadly condition. We had no where else to go, and Kalin took us here. ...I know very little of this place."
Jumbo:...*grabs Azula who is still carrying the child and grabs Kalin and flies off and takes them to a house in Outpit Village* Will this do..?
"Y-y-yes... thank you..." She stutters, amazed by how fast he moved.
Jumbo: *brings in Elaonore*...Help them...
Elaonore: Ofcouse. *kneels next Kado and uses winds to fill his wounds*
Kado eventually begins to relax and finally appears to not be so afraid, and the darkness slowly abates, though the general feeling that something is observing them does not fade at all. Elaonore notices that when Kado opens her eyes, they appear almost devoid of any life or emotion, like looking at the eyes of a doll, even though they blink and move freely. Kado however makes no attempts to speak with anyone, if even able to.
Azula sighs. "Well... at least Kado is stable... I just wish 'she' would come back to normal... I hate seeing him like this."
Elaonore: *finishes filling Kado's wounds* She doesn't look like this?
"It's very complicated to explain, but basically if Kado suffers tremendous mental trauma or pain he reverts into this form. It only happens if one of his kind suffers a tremendous source of trauma of some sort, and if it never goes away, it can stunt their development. ...Technically it is like his true form... and the usual one is merely a shell used to protect the broken pieces inside. Don't be surprised if Kado doesn't speak to you at first... the amount of pain must still be immense."
Elaonore: It must be..I m sorry for your friend...My name is Elaonore by the way...
"My name is Azula. It is nice to meet you. I must thank you for your help. Kado has had a long rough 27 years of his life... almost all of it either in pain or chasing after the ones who made him this way... He deserves better, but we've never been able to find a way to heal... well... this. No matter how hard we try, Kado's pain lingers. ...It's maddening. Maddening to watch, and maddening knowing we can't help him."
Elaonore: You can help. That's if he wants it. And you being right beside him is just the help he needs. Whether he wants it or not. He will find that he has alot in common with many who reside here. Especially, with Jumbo.
Kado makes a small noise, and Elaonore notices that Kado's eyes seem to have a slight clarity they lacked before, and it looks like she's trying to say something, but the look in her eye slips and she relapses into silence. Azula places her hand on Kado's head, and Kado's eyes wearily begin to close.
"You wouldn't happen to know what a liquid suspension chamber is would you? Kado seems to prefer sleeping in them, apparently the lack of sensation helps subdue some of the nightmares."
Elaonore: We have something similar to that. We can have in water bubble sensation. It's quite similar to liquid suspension. It can work.
A few days later, Elaonore checks up on how the new arrivals are doing, and is surprised to see Kado sitting up right in a chair, eating toast. Kado's eyes look up at Elaonore and a brief flash of gratitude appears in Kado's eyes, before Kado returns to eating. "...Thank you... I'm sorry I have been a burden..."
Elaonore: There is no burden. Whether your from here or not. Your just like us and we look after each other.
Kalin:(scarfing down a large portion of food) Elaonore, right? I really appreciate what you've done for us so far, especially considering we're not from around here. If only all mythos were as nice as you... (remembers Jumbo) Jerk...
Elaonore: Jumbo isn't as bad as you think he is. All he wants is to look after us. He sees us as a family and as a family he will do anything for us, even die. If that we somewhat possible. hold up, there is some people I must get. *disappears, then reappears in split second with Daikem, Drake, Angeli, ans Sanyirth is outside*
Sanyirth looks around.
Sanyirth: Who might these be?
Luna: Yeah, Who are these guys?
Sena: Well, I doubt they're hostile.
Elaonore: I took them in when I had woke up back here. I was guessing you wouldn't mind if they stayed until their friend there is healed.
Daikeim: *Notices Kalin and Kado* Wait a minute... I've seen them before... At the forest if I'm correct.
Elaonore: Something happened in their world and they came here. Jumbo brought them to this house to recover. Feel free to help if you can.
Luna: I don't remember seeing them in the forest.
Sanyirth: Now, I will wait until we know what to do.
Drake: *Turns to look at Luna* Because you were too busy whining and having a damn headache! So once again I had to babysit you!
Elaonore: *chuckles* Those two would make one strange item.
Luna: Sorry that i can't take care of everything myself Snow-Head!
Drake: Snow-Head!? At least I don't look like I belong on the damn streets! *Pulls out his Shadow Pistol and aims at Luna's foot*
Daikeim: Drake, you dare, and I will personally take you down. Despite how annoying she may be.
Drake: ...*He puts away his gun and punches Luna in the arm* And don't say anything about hitting girls, I don't consider you one.
Elaonore: Well that isn't nice. Here we treat each other as brother and sister no matter how annoying they are. It's a test of family.
Luna: Hey! That hurt!
Elaonre: Don't worry. It will be fine. *fills her wound with wind* See? It's gonna be find. But I do want you two to make-up.
Daikeim: Hahaha, yeah Drake. Apologize.
Drake: ...*Looks at Luna*...No.
Drake: No, I am not apologizing to a 13 year old, annoying, clumsy, idiotic, obnoxious and pathetic little BRAT!
Angeli could be really sensitive sometimes and it seemed to be rather random, and as such she just responded by crying.
Elaonore: Well see what you did. *puts her arms around Angeli* You know it's not her fault she's this way. If you don't stop this instant, I will bring Jumbo in here.
Daikeim: ...*Punches Drake in the chest*
Drake: THE HELL WAS THAT FO--
Daikeim: Drake, I swear to god. LEARN TO COOPERATE WITH PEOPLE! You can start by apologizing to Angeli, now!
Drake: ...I hate you so much right now. *Drake looks at Angeli and takes an annoyed sigh* ...Sorry.
Angeli stopped crying though she was sobbing at least.
Elaonore: Thank you, Daikeim.*smiles at him* At least someone knows the value of family, no matter who they are.
Daikeim: No problem, Drake can be like that anyways...
Drake: *Walks up to Daikeim and punches his arm* You're a dick, you know that.
Daikeim: Yeah yeah...
Luna stops sobbing and Sena takes over.
Sena: Agh... That hurt.
Elaonore: It's ok. Drake wont be doing that anymore.To anyone.*looks at Drake with more hostily*
Drake: ...*Growls at Elaonore and Angeli*
Sanyirth seems to be standing perfectly still, looking at the sky, as nothing of the things had bothered him.
Jumbo: *grabs the back of Drake's neck,having him face Jumbo in the face and growls in Drake's face*...You are either with us or against us...*increases his grip on Drake's neck*...I suggest you choose wisely...
Sanyirth: Stand down, There is no reason for bloodshed.
Drake: Hmph. *Drake fades away in fire and reappears next to Daikeim and starts walking away*
Daikeim: Ugh, gimme a minute. *He catches up with Drake* What is your problem?
Drake: My problem? We're relying on other people...
Daikeim: Yes? Isn't it nice to get help?
Drake: Not to me... *He glances over to Angeli, Elaonore and Jumbo* And if they get in my way one more time, I will not hesitate to kill. That's how I was brought up Daikeim, as a mercenary trained to kill...
Daikeim: I know, but why am I the one having to calm you down, stop you from making the wrong choices... Face it, without my help. You would be dead...
Drake: I know, that's why I respect and trust your decisions, but I am not your puppet for you to control!
Daikeim: You're lucky I saved you back on Cyanic...
Drake: ...*Sighs* Fine... Whatever.
Daikeim: Good. *He makes a hand gesture*
Drake: Heh, we're like a Red and Blue Oni. *He does the same*
Daikeim: Ok... *He walks back to the group, with Drake following behind*
Jumbo: You have decided...?
Daikeim: He's with us... Don't worry.
Jumbo:...Good...*exits out of the house and flies off*
Daikeim: Oh right, we were supposed to tell the dragons in Fantasy that they can go home now... But how do we get their attention?
Drake: Leave that to me... *Drake creates a massive dragon made of pure fire, when it roars out, it gathers every dragon's attention throughout Fantasy*
All the dragons in Fantasy swarm above the house roaring
Daikeim: Sanyirth, care to help?
Sanyirth: I'd be happy to comply.
Daikeim: Ok, Drake, portal.
Drake: Alright! *Drake makes a small black sphere and enlarges it to the size of a building, on the over side is a way into the Dragon Realm*
Daikeim: Sanyirth, we need you to direct them into their Realm.
Sanyirth turns towards the mass of dragons, puts up a hand into the air and says a few things in their native language as they then start to fly through the portal.
Kado winces at all of the yelling and noise. "...Please stop making so much noise..."
One of the dragons accidently knocks a large rock at Kado's head, and as everyone tries to intervene, only a few inches away, the rock suddenly bursts into nothing, and Kado is left panting, sweat rolling down her, barely able to breath from exhaustion and fear.
Azula stares at Kado. "That's... never happened before... How did you do that?"
"....I....I don't... know... wait... what.... what are you talking about?" She says weakly, starting to lose some of the focus in her eyes.
Elaonore: I think she's about to black-out...
Suddenly the appearance of Kado's eyes changes to a familiar appearance, the way they used to be.
"...Azula, where are we?" Her voice changes, from a weak, frail sort of tone to a more stronger, more aware sort of voice, and it sounds much too harsh for a child's mouth to utter.
The change is so sudden it almost scares Elaonore.
Kado pauses for a moment. "....And what happened to Azure...? All I remember is a violent explosion..." Azula seems to be alarmed at these changes.
Elaonore: What the...Not a girl...Shapeshifter isn't it? That was pretty surprising.
Azula seems to be telling Kado something, and as Kado listens, the child's face begins to turn alienly dark, and suddenly a burst of darkness envelopes Kado, swirling around the form like a violent tornado.
"...I see..." A completely new voice echoes from the darkness, Azula bows her head slightly. The darkness swiftly disappates, revealing a grey-brown haired young man with black irises and white pupils, with a particularly angry expression. Kalin is unsurprised by the change, but is worried about by the frequency with which his form was shifting. The aura of frailty and fear, and the general meekness of a child is gone, replaced by almost a silent echo, as if the person standing there was only a projection.
He looks at Elaonore. "I am sorry, and I must thank you for all of your help... but I have no place here. ...We must be returning home. I will not allow my people to be left without a leader." He says rather coldly. He pulls out a mask from his sleeves and attaches it to his head, hiding his face.
Elaonore: It's ok. We take care of our kind here. Your welcome back anytime.
Kado begins walking out, and Azula follows. "You can't possibly be ready to return! Your injuiries were severe Kado! Rest a while longer!"
He wheels around and yells, "I will not rest knowing that she is back!!!" Kado moves to continue out, but suddenly collapses in pain.
"Arrrghhh!" He growls. "...Damn it all..." He starts struggling to get up, but only collapses. Azula leans down next to him, and gives him a piteous look.
"I know Kado. I know you want to help Azure, and to find... her. But you come first. You're no service to the people if you're weak. Please... rest."
Kado pushes her off and tries to keep going, and Azula gives Elaonore a pleading look.
Elaonore: He is strong...but he is stubborn...his flesh is weak but his mind is strong...He's not in it for himself,he's in for you and everyone elses...Let him be with your people.
Since most people who were there before are still there, Luna was perfectly aware of the situation and simply said "Man, He seems desperate."
Kado suddenly stops. "...None of you tell of that.... ...side of me. No one must... know..." He suddenly puts a hand to his forehead, and collapses, too tired to move on.
Kalin: "You need to get your priorities straight, man...
Elaonore: Your lack of trust in others will destroy you slowly...There is still time.
Kado sinks lower to the ground, shaking.
Azula takes his arm. "Come on, just a few more days, I promise. Please Kado, rest. Don't tear yourself up over this. The others will be fine, I promise. We always taught them what to do for these exact situations. I promise, no one will blame you for taking time to recover. ...You do know that the Summit will start soon right?
Kado sinks his head lower. "The summit... if they reach a decision... it would mean war between the worlds... I wouldn't be able to prevent them from using... the Lost Gate. You're right... I need my rest. Plus, if your intel was correct... Earth will be making his move soon... we must be ready..."
He looks at Elaonore. "I... I apologize... I should not have been so hasty..." He looks away. "Forgive me. I humbly request to remain a few days longer..."
Elaonore: Ofcourse. You are always welcome here. Everyone is welcome here. Stay as long you need.
Azula helps him back inside, and lays him down on a bed.
"I hate this..." Kado growls.
"I know. But trust me, it's for the best."
Kado wearily goes to sleep, and does little else for the next five days.
Daikeim and Drake were watching this, they soon turn to look at eachother.
Daikeim: That was... Interesting, anyways, I'm contacting Luxinare--
Drake: Good, I need you to get me some stuff...
Daikeim: Like what...
Drake lists off some items, afterwards, Daikeim is left with a concerned face.
Daikeim: You sure?
Drake: Yeah, bring them back to the house.
Daikeim: Ok. *Daikeim goes off to a secluded place and contacts Luxinare via his Soul Stone.*
Luxinare: Ah, hello Daikeim. How are you?
Daikeim: I'm fine, hey, Drake needs some stuff. *He lists down what Drake needed.* You got any of that?
Luxinare: Hm... I should, give me a moment. *Luxinare goes off to gather the items, he comes back after a minute.* Here you go. *He passes them through the portal.*
Daikeim: Thanks, I need to get going now. Bye
Luxinare: Bye. *The portal closes*
Daikeim: Ok... Now to give this to Drake. *The turns Half Dragon and flies to the house, when he walks in, he sees Drake reading from his spellbook.* Is this what you need?
Drake: Hm... *He examines the items and nods.* Place them down there. *He points to a table.*
Daikeim: Ok, I'm gonna go train. See you later! *He places the items down on the table and flies off.*
Drake: Ok... *He gets up and he makes some room, he then places his spellbook in the middle of the room. Drake gets some chalk and draws a ritual ring around the book, he then grabs the items on the table and places it on the ritual ring. He then bites his finger, causing blood and writes his name on a blank page in the spellbook. He then sits down in the ring and starts talking in Cyanican, the book and ring glows, and after a while, a dragon made of unstable energy comes out of the book and looks at Drake.* Perfect... Now to be calm... *He closes his eyes and slowly breathes.*
The figure appears and and shoots the dragon in the heart with an ice shard
Voice: Feel the cold. Feel the heartlessness or the cold. Feel your emotions become bare. May you have no mercy upon others.
The ice shard spreads across the dragons heart all the way to it's mind. The dragon no longer feels anything. No remorse, no feeling for others like it. or for those who are unaware of it. All it feels is the cold. The figure disappears once more.
Drake: Ok... Nice and slowly... *Drake opens his eyes and instantly notices the difference with the dragon.* This isn't right...
The dragon flies into Drake's chest and merges with his Aura, causing Drake to get hit by a shockwave and blasted out of the house, causing a lot of noise when he crashes into another house. Daikeim overhears this and flies over.
Daikeim: Drake? Where is he? *He notices the hole in his house and the marks and damage going to the other house.* Uh oh...
Elaonore: *comes out from the floor* What the heck was that? I heard something. *looks at the hole through the house* What did you do?!
Kado irritably wakes up. "...I don't particularly like hearing a whole bunch of racket in the morning..."
"It's in the middle of the day Kado." "Does it make a difference?!" "...In this case, I guess not."
He walks over to the hole where Drake came out of the house, and then spots Elaonore. "I would say good morning, but I'm told it's the afternoon... I don't really care... having a good afternoon then, aside from the Noise Circus over here?" He says with a dry air of humor in his voice.
Drake slowly opens his eyes and sees Kado and growls.
Drake: Noise circus? You better watch your mouth you runt, unless you want it off of your face... *He has a slight evil smile.*
Elaonore: What on earth did you do?! What the heck is the matter with you?
Kado says nothing, but Azula can tell, only by having worked with him so long, that a shift in his shoulders means he's reached up for something hidden in his clothing, a gesture only someone who knows him would reconize ,his sleeves otherwise too baggy to detect movement within.
He gives Elaonore a swift warning look, to let her know without verbal communcation that something is off.
Daikeim: Drake, the hell happened?!
Drake: I don't know Daikeim, but not right now... If this annoyance bothers me once more, I'll put him in even more pain than he arrived in...
Elaonore: There will be no hurting of anykind to anyone, you understand?
Kalin: (enters the house from a portal, soaking wet and only wearing a towel. He looks around, but is surprisingly unsurprised by the state of affairs) Oh, you're all still alive. that's good.Interrupted my bath, however.(Looks at kado)At least the kid looks like he's getting better. Although, you would have been healed weeks ago if you hadn't found some way out of my portal...(remembers the Kado's malevolent aura) Anyways, I hope you're up for a fight.(Tosses the Fire and Dark Slayers at Kado) It's about time the infamous leader of Azure got back in shape. After I get dressed, of course.(laughs)
Kado silently turns and walks away, but not ignoring him. Quite the opposite. If he makes a single motion in his direction, he's only going to end up with a faceful of dirt. The best way to short circuit pride is for it to injure itself. "I just woke up and already I'm up to my waist in bad tempers..."
He silently catches both, and works them into his sleeves in five seconds, and not even looking.
"Nice to see you again, Kal."
"Same to you. If you're done with recess, You can start heading for the Waterfalls. We'll be training there."
Daikeim: Hm... *Turns to look at Kado, then looks back at Drake and notices something.* His eyes... They're a darker shade than usual...
Drake: Hmph... *Drake gets up and spits out blood, he takes a glance at Kado.* Pfft... Not worth my time...
Daikeim: Dammit Drake... *He looks at Elaonore.* Sorry about him... I guess he's not himself... Drake and I will help clean up.
Drake: You're kidding, right? *His eye colour goes back to normal.*
Daikeim: No I am not kidding, look at the damage you done...
Drake: Fine fine...
Elaonore: Ok...as long as it gets done without any trouble.*leaves*
Kalin:(Shakes his head)That poor girl.(turns to the two half dragons) I once heard that Dragons were wise creatures. I'm kinda disappointed in the real thing if they're anything like you two jokers.(looks at Drake) You need to reign in all that explosive energy you've got going. Along with the unneeded attitude.( Taps him on the shoulder) Get going. You're training as well, today... Me and your friend will handle the repairs, and meet you when we're done.
Drake grabs Kalin's wrist before she touches Drake's shoulder and glares at him.
Drake: Don't you dare... Touch me, also, not every dragon has to put up with this crap. *He looks at Kado and laughs.* Even if you were to attack me in the state you're in, that wouldn't get you far. Follow Elaonore's advice and rest... Oh and one more thing, these "jokers" is a Demi-God and a mercenary, so like your friend, watch your mouth... *Drake goes to get the necessary materials to repair the two houses and slowly starts repairing along with Daikeim.*
Daikeim: Nice to see you're making friends...
Drake: Shut up, lets just get this done before your girlfriend shows up.
Daikeim: ...*He punches Drake's arm.* Riiiight, and if that's so. I guess that makes you and Angeli a cou--
Drake: NO! *Punches Daikiem's arm.* Just shut up and help me repair!
Daikeim: Ok ok, hahah.
Luna: Huh? Did you say anything?
Kado shakes his head. "I'm amazed that creatures like him actually exist... Ridiculous."
"You know, unless the 'demi god' joined in, I'm pretty sure the only kicking that will be done is his ass once his face is in the dirt." "Kado, don't start anything. But I would agree that he is too reckless for his own health. ...Do you know why there was a dark shadow about you for a little while?" "Dark shadow...? No I don't remember any of those. Why?" "Well it seemed really dark and oppressive, I was concerned there was something seriously wrong. Also..." She turns to Drake and Daikeim, and focuses on Daikiem.
"If I were you Daikiem, I would do something about that friend of yours, Drake. I sense something off about him, whatever he did I imagine is responsible for this strange behavior. Also, excuse me for being disrespectful, if that what this is, but trust me when I say Kado is a much greater threat than he's been given credit for. Your friend should pick his battles with more consideration, I promise you eventually it might kill him if he doesn't."
Kado leaps on top of a roof next to a tree, and takes rest under the tree's shade, with a perfect angle to keep an eye on Drake and the others, and wearily closes one eye, the other trained on the others near Drake.
Daikeim: Yeah, don't worry about Drake. I'll keep him in check, can't say much for his mouth though... And Drake is reckless, but that's only because of his work. He tends to stick to his guns and mouth instead of his brain, but trust me, he's a nice person once you get to know him. Anyways... *Continues fixing the house.*
The figure is behind Daikeim and Drake.
Voice: In all due time...you will above your predessecors...and all of your race will know you as heroes..but at the same time the same ones who nearly killed them...*disappears*
Kado notices the figure, and frowns behind his mask. "Great. Last thing we need. Azula, you saw that right...?" "Yes. It was strange... do you think...?" "I more than think. I agree. Something's up. But as curious as I am, his attitude has basically canceled out any interest I might have had. We're going to leave soon as possible, I don't need anymore crap out of that bratty dragon, or whoever the hell he is. ...Besides, I have something I need to check on when we get back..."
Kado takes Dark Slayer and gives it a distrusting look. I don't know who that was... but I don't want to meet her again...
Elaonore: Did you guys feel that?
Daikeim and Drake finish fixing the houses, ignoring what everyone else is doing.
Drake: That took some time... Well, I'm gonna find someplace secluded and practice on my spells.
Daikeim: I'll come with you, we need a new place to call home for now. Considering you keep blowing up ours...
Drake: Fair point... C'mon then. *Drake turns into his Aura Dragon form and flies off, with Daikeim following behind.* So, what are you planning?
Daikeim: Field, forest, y'know, stuff like that.
Drake: Heh, I might be able to try something.
Soon after, Daikeim and Drake stop flying and land in a massive empty field. Drake smirks and opens his spell book.
Drake: This is gonna feel just like home... *Drake places his book on the grass and takes a step back, he then puts his arms out forward and his hands begin to glow. Suddenly, a massive outline of a cube appears infront of them.* Heh, now to concentrate... *Drake closes his eyes, just as he does that, tribal markings appears on his arms, they also begin glowing. The cube fills up with construction, building itself, soon after. The cube fades away and what's left is a fully built Cyanican house .*
Drake: I'm not finished yet, watch this! *Drake flies up into the air and slowly raises his arms up, around the house. A small desert, lake, mountains and volcano raises out of the gound . Drake opens his eyes and sees what he's created and starts laughing.* Hahaha! I can't believe that worked! *He flies down and enters the house.* You coming in or what?
Daikeim: Oh, right.
Kado stares bewildered at the spectacle. "Well now... certainly knows how to show off..." He just sighs.
He walks to the house where he had been staying, and sits in his chair, and takes off his mask, wiping his brow. "I shouldn't be this tired... even if I took a big hit... why do I feel like this..." Out of boredom, he starts messing with his form, taking on black hair and green eyes. He holds Dark Slayer, and eventually looks up to see Elaonore staring at the sword, and he knows she can feel the strange aura of the blade, even while sheathed.
"I bet you're curious about this sword, and why it has such a dark aura about it, am I right?" He says, a melancholy expression on his face.
Elaonore: What kind of weapon is that? nothing I have ever seen before.
"It's called Dark Slayer. It's a katana that absorbs all dark energy, and nullifies the resistance of a being to darkness, so it dishes out whatever they put in. It's not at full power, because it was sealed... by... ...my family... when they tried to kill me." He barely manges to finish saying the sentence, his anger surfacing quickly.
"The only gift they ever gave me... was this sword, right before their betrayal..."
Elaonore: I know how that is...at one time I wasn't...like this...*has a sad look on her face* My family too had wanted to kill me..but that's when I found a place here. This is my new family and I would never have to worry about being hurt again and you too can feel that here, but I know you have a responsibility and you have a family, just don't throw it away for something that will get rid of it in a heartbeat, cause once you loose it..you can never get it back.
Kado silently nods. "I know. Azure and... making the ones who hurt me pay is all that matters to me. I would never forsake Azure, they mean too much to me. ...There is still so much I have to do..." He trails off.
Elaonore: I understand. Your heart and your mind will lead you back to your destiny. If you will it with your heart, mind, and soul, it will be given unto you. but I do advise you to find where your heart, mind, and soul truly lie.
Kalin:(walks up behind Elaonore, looking at Kado) That is something we all should do.( puts an arm around Elaonore) You are truly wise, Elaonore. Now if you'll excuse us... (grabs Kado, about to drag him away, before looking at his face) woah. So that's what you look like under that mask of yours. At least, at the moment. Ok, Kid. I said I was going to get you back into shape, and that's what I'm going to do. Afterwards... well, we will worry about that...afterwards.
Kado's face changes into his normal face, and smirks. "I don't need to be dragged around, Kalin, I'll come with. You planning on going somewhere else, Kalin? It sounds like it at least."
"Oh don't worry about it. You'll have your own problems to deal with, soon enough."
Kado frowns. "Why do I not like the sound of that? Are you threatening me or something?"
"Well, that would be a matter of perspective..." Kalin said as he opened a portal beneath the two of them, waving goodbye to Elaonore as they fell through. The other end opens 5,000 feet above the forest.
Normally Kado would not give the impression of being confused, but without a mask this quickly becomes impossible, and his look of confusion is clear.
"Ok, what's with the portals...?" He silently grows wings, and slides his white robe off his body, leaving only his black jumpsuit, and revealing the shit ton of weapons strapped to his whole body, countless daggers, pouches, as well as Kado's four katanas, including the two Slayers. Kalin cannot help but pale at the sheer number of weapons, and can't help but think of the phrase, 'armed to the teeth'.
"I guess it is possible to have too much of a good thing." Landing on Kado's back, Kalin moves as close to his ear as possible and says "These portals are a small reminder of where I came from. While I can use them to get just about anywhere, every single one is connected to my home dimension. I learned a lot of things back home. For example..."
Using Kado as a launching board, Kalin jumps higher into the air. As he does, his left arm begins to glow under his shirt, revealing a strange set of markings covering the length of it, from shoulder to hand. Suddenly, Kalin begins to glow with an almost angelic aura. His energy takes the shape of a pair of white wings, curving around his body all the way to his front as he begins to float in the air. His eyes also begin to glow with a silver light.
Kado makes a giant leap backwards, and draws his two normal katanas. Kalin notices a slight shimmering effect, and notes that Kado must be preemptively activating his intangibility. A quick aura of shadow forms around one of the blades, and he swings the katana and shoots the aura of energy at Kalin.
Best to avoid getting up close and nasty at the moment... I'm going to play it safe.
Before the energy wave reaches Kalin, his wings extend fully, and he disappears. Reappearing behind Kado, he laughs. "I'd have thought you might have seen this coming." Raising his hand above Kado, Kalin releases a flash of light powerful enough to match the rays of the sun, blinding Kado, and disrupting his intangibility. "Not so untouchable now, are ya'?" He says as he kicks kado in the back.
Kado chuckles, and grabs Kalin's leg, and swings him down into the ground below, Kalin slamming into the ground with great force. He shakes his head slightly.
"Honestly, are you going to get a tough guy act just because you disrupted my weakest version of Intangibility? Or has it not occured to you that I've yet to even release Seal 0?" He laughs.
"I suppose you could say I wanted to feel you out before I actually got down to buisness and actually bothered to start using my powers. While my sword is sheathed, I'm only capable of a few minor tricks. At Zero, which you've seen, I can use a bit more clever tactics. As for Seal 1... Well, let me show you the difference. And since we're at it..."
Kado unsheathes not just Dark Slayer, but Fire Slayer as well, and a thick aura of darkness surrounds Kado, despite the heavy light coming from Kalin. The added effect of both slayers causes Kado's form to burst into flames as well, and Kalin watches as the faint image of wings sprouts from Kado, barely detectable.
"It's a shame I can't use the 8th Seal. Otherwise this fight would be so much more fun. But still, I'll give it my best I'm capable."
He swings his sword, and a thick wall of darkness slams into Kalin, transforming into Shadow Fire on contact with him, burning him not only with Shadow Magic, but Fire as well, and the effect of the shadow blurs Kalin's vision.
"Hmm. Never thought I'd know what that'd feel like." Increasing his aura, the darkness surrounding Kalin disperses. "But you're not the only one who's holding back. Exercise #1: recognize your limits." Taking off into the air again, Kalin raised his hand to the air once again, This time creating a Large Light magic circle that fired beams of light from the sky, falling like rain everywhere.
"Exercise #2: Forget those limits ever existed. This volley won't end until you're unconscious, and there's only so many you can dodge before you get tired. And, if I didn't make it clear with my first example..." Kalin fires a small beam of light at Kado's shoulder. The shapeshifter attempts to become intangible once again, only for the blast to pierce straight through him.
Kado smiles. "Is this suposed to be threatening...?" He fingers the wound. "Not too bad of a shot... Still." Suddenly Kalin gets a tingling sensation, and Kado's eye glows an odd gold color, and begins changing. Transfixed, he watches as Kado transforms into... Kalin, going as far as minor aura changes, even some of Kalin's weapons manifest, as well as his current mode taking effect over Kado, and the light stops harming him, the wound in his shoulder gone.
"I typically consider this foul play, but this is a particularly annoying situation." He says with Kalin's own voice, wearing a most evil smirk. He flies up to Kalin, and swings one of Kalin's own swords at him, at almost the same speed of Kalin's.
"Of course, this isn't a perfect copy of you... I can only mimic so much of you... but that's besides the point, now isn't it...?" He says with a crazy grin.
"Any living thing I see I can replicate to the detail, along with any of their weapons, and I can even manage to mimic certain powers, though this is very limited, but still. Never underestimate a shapeshifter. But enough of this. Let's DANCE!" He yells, as he slashes Kalin's shoulder with ease.
Kalin: Touches shoulder wound as the gash heals, and his clothes are stitched back together. As he dodges a few of Kado's next strikes, he nods in approval of the shapeshifter's abilities."Woah. That's pretty good. I wonder if you have control of ALL of my abilities...What do you think, Rose?" Kalin said, reverting to his normal form, as the energy in the sky continued to rain down.
I think this situation presents a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Kalin Smiles. "I agree. So, synch to 99?" He said as his aura began to expand and flow around him erratically. knocking away a number of the energy beams near him.
As another beam came towards Kalin, he reaches up to grab it as his hair grows longer and becomes darker. As he crushes the energy in his hand, Kalin's form became Rose's. Laughing, Rose grabs Kado's shirt and tosses him at the ground, causing him to bounce off the ground twice before skidding to a stop.
" It'll be nice to kick your ass again, Kal..."
Kado gets up and dusts himself off, his eyes locking onto Rose. They flash golden, and an expression of surprise flashes across his face. It then furrows into a strange expression close towards suspicion.
"There's more to you than meets the eye..." He growls. "I just assumed you were an alternate personality of Kalin's, in which case I should have adopted your powers as well... but... that's not the case... you're not like me then..." He trails off.
"You're a completely different being, aren't you...? But that isn't the important question...." He narrows his eyes. "How did you get inside of that person's soul? 'Rose'... you're certainly an interesting one..." He raises a sword, and it glows with a combination of Kado's and Kalin's powers, flashing from gold, red, and black slowly.
Rose: What can I say? I'm an anomoly.
"En Garde..." He bursts and disappears, appearing behind her and slashing at her back.
The blade hits Rose, bouncing off, and resounding with a "Clang!". Turning around to Kado, She begins to laugh. "I didn't expect you to strike me from behind, honestly. Guess we both got a little surprise. While Kalin likes to use his aura for speed and finesse, I prefer a more... direct approach. A heavy barrier, and..."
Grabbing Kado, She brings her fist back and slams it into his chest, feeling several of his ribs crack in the process. She then brings her leg up before slamming it into Kado's back, causing him to fall into the water below.
"An amazing Right Hook."
Charging fire energy in her hand, Rose dropped it into the water after him. The resulting explosion knocked Kado back onto the ground, and covered the nearby area in mist. Rose then changed back into Kalin, and dived towards the ground.
Kalin feels a rumbling, and he lands hard on some sort of metallic surface, which starts rumbling with a deep throaty growl.
"Well, that wasn't very nice of you, Kalin, breaking my ribs like that." A deep, dark, and dragonic voice echoes from beneath Kalin. "I hope you have fun, because this guy was an absolute asshole to defeat..." Abruptly, the head shifts and nearly bites Kalin's legs.
"Come back here, I think you owe me a few ribs!"
Kalin: "Well, don't expect me to just let you take them!" Kalin said as he jumped into the air, firing down a wave of dark energy from above.
Kalin finds that despite Kado's now giant figure, he makes up for it by being incredibly fast and deadly accurate with his bites, claws, and general dragon breath. He eventually gets a decent swat on Kalin, and manages to dislocate his shoulder as he slams into the cliff, and is almost burned by a molten breath strike.
"So how's this then Kalin? I've got a few more decent forms in my collection... But let's have some fun with this one!" He shoots multiple bursts of molten metal at Kalin, forcing Kalin to carefully watch where he's dodging, in case Kado figures out where he'll dodge next.
"Not bad...I'll admit, without regeneration I'd be in a tight spot..." Kalin said as he hung from the stony side of the waterfall. Looking down at Kado's massive form, Kalin began to get ideas in his head. Putting on his headphones, he begins to play "Guren no Yumiya" as he draws Masamune. For a moment, he is overtaken by an intense pain in his head, but as it subsides, He jumps back down into the mist in silence, preparing for his attack.
Kado scoffs. Well I get to try this technique out...
He heats his entire body beyond the melting point, and suddenly everything flammable in the general area ignites, and the mist is blown away from the updraft of air, the heat strong enough to cause even Kalin pain as he was blown back.
Kalin:"(coughs)Awww(cough,cough) and I wanted to do this stealthily. Oh well...lets go, Rose!"
Rose appears, forming a Fire Magic circle behind her in mid-air. It proceeds to release a large stream of fire from it that propels Rose forward in Kado's direction. As she is sent flying, Rose begins to spin in a buzz saw motion. Rose slashes through Kado's scaled body as if it were paper, causing him to let out a roar in pain as he is split in half.
As she lands, she notices the glow of the eyes of the molten dragon has dimmed, and for a moment wonders if she broke him without realizing.
"You just love maiming people, don't ya?" Kado growls from behind her, and then proceeds to stab her in the side, as a howl of energy is unleashed from Fire Slayer, which impales itself into her, causing a searing numbing sensation that seems to be draining her fire magic, and amplifying the sword's razor edge. As she turns to attack him, he withdraws the blade and jumps back, and Rose notices that the entire side he had impaled is now completely numb, and she stares at the sword as it glows much more brightly than she had seen it do before.
"A minute more, and I would have got you too..." He pants, clearly tired. His jumpsuit is torn at his waistline, and a slowly healing ragged scar is across it.
"Damn it... that took more energy that I suspected it would... You're too brutal ya know..." Kado falls on his knees, using Fire Slayer to brace himself. The fires around them are slowly being drawn into the sword, until the whole area eventually extinguishes.
Rose maintains a confident smile on her face, although it is obvious that kado's attack left her drained of energy."Hey, lack of restraint is the trait of kings. And right now, this king is prepared for an execution!" She says as she rushes at kado, prepared to finish him off. However, Kalin regains control and stops his blade just as it touches Kado's neck."Talk about cutting it close,huh?"
A low growl is his lone reply, and Kado's eyes meet Kalin's, and Kalin nearly jumps out of his skin at the sight of blood red eyes and black marking across Kado's face. Before he can even mention it though, the look disappears as soon as it had appeared, and Kado collapses, breathing heavily.
"I'm... not sure if calling that a training exercise or attempted murder is more appropriate..." Kado moans. The scar finally finishes healing, and Kado lets out a breath. "I barely had enough energy to heal... you two are psychos, ya know..." He scratches his head. "What happened just now? I sort of blacked out when I saw Rose come straight for my throat, and then all of a sudden you're standing in front of me."
Kalin: "Oh, she was just messing with you." he says, laughing in a slightly unconvincing manner as he laid back on the scorched ground,looking up into the sky."You know, you did pretty well for a kid. Despite everything I threw at you, you managed to get up and keep moving forward. As a leader should."
Kado chuckles weakly. "Leader's too kind a word for what I am... I feel survivor is more fitting... after all my whole life has been nothing but conflict. My parents thought I was a freak, ...my only true family betrayed me and tried to have me murdered... heh, they almost did actually... even coming to the city, I was beat down, robbed, and abused more times than I can count. After a while, you only focus on what's necessary to survive... you stop caring about others and only care about yourself... it's what it means to survive... sacrificing who you are just so you can exist... I guess that's why I founded Azure... so that other people wouldn't have to endure my pain... have to forgo who they are just to survive..."
He trails off with a melancholy expression.
Kalin: "But that's just it, isn't it? How could you stop caring for people, and yet try so hard to save them? You may not be able to see it, but I feel the light inside of you. Even if the darkness blinds you to the path you walk, the light in your heart will show you the way to a world of peace. Standing, Kalin looks over to Kado, a oddly serious look on his face."Now, it's about time I got moving."
Kado looks at him puzzled. "Get moving? You going somewhere?" He manages to get to his feet after a minute.
"Yeah. I've been meaning to check in on an old friend of mine. It's not like I'll be gone forever, but I'm not sure where that will take me. Don't worry, I'll keep in touch." And you'll make sure he doesn't do anything stupid, right Azula?
Kado reluctantly nods. "I understand." "Trust me, my job is pretty much keeping Kado on a leash." "HEY!" "What? Are you telling me you don't jump out of your chair at the mere mention of Earth Slayer's name?" "....I hate it when you're right..." "Don't worry about us Kalin, I'm pretty sure we'll be fine. After all, it's not the last time we've been attacked like this before. We've always come out fine. Scarred, but fine."
Opening a portal behind him, Kalin chuckles to himself and begins stepping into it. "Oh, Earth Slayer. Sounds terrifying. Heh. I still owe you a drink, Azula. Maybe next time..."
Kado raises a finger. "Uhhh, hold on... if you leave... umm... how do we get out of here?"
"Oh, yeah," Kalin said as he turned back to Kado."(snaps fingers, causing another portal to appear behind the waterfall) Whenever you're ready to head out, just step through there, and think about where you want to go. You'll be there in minutes. It's one-way, so be sure you know exactly where you want to go. See ya."(steps through portal)
Kado watches him go, and then sighs. "I can't imagine what that guy's up to now... ah well. Might as well head back..." He walks his way back, stopping to stare at what Drake had made again, and then returns to where he had been staying, where he finds Azula silently looking out the window.
"Are you ready to return Azula?" He asks hesitantly. "Sort of... but how about you? Are you sure you're ready to go back?" "Well it's now or never... the sooner we get back the sooner we can insure that things get back to normal." "I guess... are we going to say anything? I mean they were more than generous to us." "...Yeah. I'll say something to that Elaonore girl before I leave. I owe her that much."
Kado walks out of the building, and puts his white robe back on, smoothing it out and dusting it as he goes, before finding Elaonore. He waves her over to him, and he rubs his forehead.
"I'm not one for goodbyes and all... but I wanted to say thank you for your help... I appreciate it. You people live a good life, and I respect that. ...Can you tell me something though? ...Do you hate humans?" He asks hesitatingly.
Elaonore: Humans have done me no wrong, but have done so to my fellow Mythos. Humans are scared of what they do not understand. Humans are the most dangerous. If anything is more dangerous than they are, they are quick to try to get rid of it. There will be a day where man and Myth can live as a unity,but until then I stay here and watch overmy kind, like what you must do now.
Kado nods. "I hope so... though sometimes I feel as though that alone is but a mere fantasy. But that's besides the point. Thank you again and...." He seems to blush with embarassment. "But ahhh... pleassseee don't mention the uhh... other side of me... I-I... it's really embarassing..."
He looks away. "I know it seems cowardly to ask... it's just not something I'm proud of..." His eyes change to a light green.
Elaonore: *smiles* It's ok. Not everyday something strange happens. am always glad to help, whoever needs it. Friend or Foe.
He bows his head politely, and then turns to leave. "Goodbye now. I can't say that this place doesn't hold appeal to me... maybe one day I might return here. I rather enjoyed my time here." As he walks away, Azula notices his eyes are a brilliant gold now, and even a warm smile is on his face.
"...I haven't seen that look on his face... in so long... he's happy...." Azula thinks to herself. "Ironic how we have to go back to the world that broke him, and leave a world that might be able to heal his wounds..."
Azula looks at Elaonore. "Thank you... for more than just your hospitality."
She then turns and walks with Kado out of the town and back to the waterfall. They look at the portal, and take a deep breath. Kado looks at the swirling depths of the portal, and sighs.
"We have so much work we must do... but I can't help but wonder if this is the kind of future we might have at the end of the road..." He trails off. "But unfortunately, our work is far from done..." They walk through the portal, and back into the world they call home, back to the storms and wild elements. And back to the life they had always labored over... repairing what had been torn down, and building it up.
M.C.C.P. changed nothing. Azure had already been building things back up. It just had to stop to add another building project to the long list.
Angeli pops up into the view of the non-exsistant camera and says "So what happens now, We drink a milkshake and call it a day?"
Sanyirth: I will await our next move.
Elaonore: I wonder what the other two are doing?
Meanwhile on a hill far off the edge of Fantasy
Jumbo: *is looking out at all the areas of Fantasy and hears people living peacfully*...Family...Peace...*feels something, eyes widen* We know that power...We know it very weelllll! *turns to see a dark-hooded figure, but appears to be different than the other one* SOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNN!!! *full throtle charges at
Time somehow slows down
Figure: *touches the Pentagram burned on Jumbo's chest and it begins to glow with holy and unholy fire*
Time is normal
Jumbo: *is fighting the pain* AAAAAAAAAAAAAGRRRRRRRRHHHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGHHHHH!!!!! *grabs hold of the figure but the pain grows worse* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
Elaonore: Jumbo! Somethings wrong with him!
Figure: Attack your enemies. *shows a image of both Daikeim and Drake*
Jumbo: *looks at the images and see them instead wearing M.C.C.P uniforms* The Before...!
Figure: Go now and slay them!
Jumbo: *takes flight and in a instant is off*
The dark figure appears next to the other
Voice: Now to see if you can are truly worthy to have the power you wield.
Meanwhile, Daikeim is training while Drake is tinkering with a small device.
Drake: Put that there, combine that, insert this... Hm, looks like I'm missing some parts... *He leaves the room and goes outside to see Daikeim firing beams of fire at some targets.*
Drake: I see you're busy.
Daikeim: Well, I guess I'm just used to training... Besides, what were you making?
Drake: Oh, nothing really, just tinkering with some stuff.
Daikeim: Didn't think you were smart enough to tinker.
Drake: You'll be surprised, I'm a versatile person. Uses spells, tinkers, trained mercenary and half dragon... Yeah.
Daikeim: You should go back into mercenary work for the Mythos, I think you'd do well.
Drake: Maybe... But I still don't think I should, at least for the Mythos. My methods are a bit... Graphic.
Daikeim: Another thing you're good at? Your title is becoming more and more ironic...
Jumbo: *lands in between Daikeim and Drake causing a humongous explosion of dirt. It blows away their house in the process*
Daikeim: What the!?
Drake: ...*He looks at the ruins of the house* Mother... Fucker. *He glares at Jumbo* The hell is your problem!? You got 10 seconds before I blast that tiny brain of yours out of your skull!
Jumbo: *screeches and disappears. He is moving at Mach 1 speed and is dash attacking Drake with punches*
Drake: Get away from me freak! *Drake creates a shockwave, blasting Jumbo away*
Daikeim: Wait... *He notices the mark of Jumbo's chest* That's new... Something's not right, he obviously won't attack without reason...
Drake: WHO CARES!? *Drake charges at Jumbo and uppercuts him then spinkicks him away*
Jumbo: *ducks his head back and catches Drake's leg and twists it*
Drake: I warned you! *Drake pulls out a knife and stabs Jumbo's shoulder, forcing him to let go. Drake jumps back and gets in a fighting stance*
Jumbo: *takes the knife out of his shoulder and crushes it. Jumbo grabs Drake by the head and hurls him at Daikeim*
Daikeim: *Catches Drake and stands him up* What is going on with him, any ideas-- Huh...? *Daikeim notices Drake's sudden energy change*
Drake: ...*Drake's eye colours are almost pitch black and are having a very faint red tint, he goes into his Aura Dragon form. But the colour has changed to a darker red, he growls at Jumbo and slowly walks towards him*
Drake: Yo̷u'll r͏e͢gr͝e̕t̛ ́th͢at̕.͘.̸.̢ *He flies at Jumbo and punches him in the gut, causing him to get blasted away. Drake then appears behind Jumbo and kicks him to the floor, Drake then stomps Jumbo's head, pushing him into the ground. Drake then picks him up and glares at him, he throws him aside and fires a blast at him*
Daikeim: ...I need to find Elaonore, now! *Daikeim flies around Fantasy to try and find Elanore*
Jumbo: *disappears and pieces Drake in the heart with his long-elbow bone*
Elaonore: *is flying overhead* Where is he? *catches a glimpse of Daikiem* Hey! Have you seen Jumbo?
Daikeim: Yeah, he's fighting Drake... He just came out of nowhere and started attacking, why is he doing that?!
Elaonore: I don't know. I never felt this sort of rage before. He would never act this way, unless the M.C.C.P were here. What ever it is we need to help him. Jumbo is the one for blind rage. Come on. *flies off to where Jumbo and Drake are*
Drake: H͢eh͏e̕... *Coughs up blood* You r̵ea̸lly̸ want to k͠i͞l͏l m̧e̶? *He grabs the bone and pulls it out of his body, Drake then punches Jumbo away and creates energy spikes which impale Jumbo's feet and hands to the ground, restricting movement. Finally, he traps Jumbo in a energy cube* Then get familiar with m̨y̵ race's anatomy... *Drake wipes the blood off his mouth and looks at the hole in his body* That's g̨on͠n̴a leave a màrk̷... *It slowly heals, but leaves a small scar*
Jumbo: *his long elbow bone instantly grows back. Jumbo pulls his hands and feet up from the ground. He then stands up, and puts his hands against the wall of the cube and starts to push. The cube breaks. Jumbo grabs Drake's head, flies up into the air at Mach 1 and then comes back down and slams Drake into the ground*
Drake: You͟ ̨t̢hin̨k͡ ͞t͡h͟at̢ ̴will stop͠ mé?̴ ̛I̴ h̴aven'̕t e̢ven ̷t̨ried t͏o k͢i͝l̛l̢ yo͡u ҉y͠et.̢.͠. *Drake disappears in fire and reappears behind Jumbo and strangles him with his tail to the point of near death*
Daikeim: God dammit! DRAKE! YOU'RE GOING TO KILL HIM!
Drake: Th͘at'̀s ̵th͠e ̵i̧de̷a.
Jumbo: *rips Drake's tail off and grabs Drake's head he starts squeezing Drake's head and his skull is cracking little by little* We have waited decades for this! *sinks his thumbs into Drake's eye sockets*
Elaonore: Jumbo stop!
Jumbo: NEEEEVVEERRR! ENNEEEMYYY! *sinks his thumbs even further into Drake's eye sockets*
Drake: Yo̷u ̀f͘i̡l̢th̵y̷ pe͟asa̛nt̶.̕..͝ ̨W̵h̴a̷t ma͟kes y̶óu͢ t̵h́i͞nk ̢yo͏u c͞an ki̕ļl m̀e͠?̴ *Drake grabs Jumbo's hands and pushes them out of Drake's eye sockets, Drake then crushes both hands and knees Jumbo in the chin, fraturing it . He then punches Jumbo in the ribs multiple times, cracking them, Drake kicks Jumbo to the floor and places his foot on his chest.*
Drake: Y̡où'r͞e pat̵heti̡c͝,͏ ẁe̴ak,̡ a̧nd ̕e̷a͝si͘l҉y ḿan̷i҉p̡ulate̛d..̨. ̷H͟e͘nce ̨the̷ pèn͢ta͘gr̀am̡ ͡on ͝you̧r̡ c͝h̡es̶t͢, y̛o̶u͏ ͘g̕ot ̶p̴o̶s̡s̨es̡s͝e̶d a͞nd tr͞i͘c̸ked,̢ ͟f͡o͜o̵lish͢ c͘r͜ęat́ur͜e͏.̢ *Drake picks Jumbo up by the neck and pulls out a knife and slowly stabs Jumbo in the arms and stomach, he then kicks Jumbo away and slowly walks up to him*
Drake: Yo̶u t̕hi̢n̢k y͟óu͢ co͢u̵l̕d d̢e͏fe̢nd͏ F҉ant̨a͟sy...҉ ́B̛u͡t ̸loo̷k at ҉y͜ou ͜n͝ow̨,́ yo͝ur͢ st̴amina ís ͠gone͜,͜ ̕yóu go̡t͢ c̵uts̕ ͡a̸nd w̛o͝unds a̸ll ͘o̴v̨er̀ yo̶u. ̸ *Drake summons his sword and aims it at Jumbo's heart*
Drake: Now̕,҉ ̢this bl̸ad͞e ҉d̷e̷ci͜des͘ yo̕ur ̀fa̡t̨e͏.̶ ̴And͟ ͡yo̡u ̶m̷ade th̕e̸ ͏wro͜ng m̸o͢ve͏ me̷s̵s͞in̛g ̡w̕it́h̕ ̨ḿe.͞.. *He impales the sword down to the hilt into Jumbo's body. Drake then collapses out of fatigue*
Daikeim: Shit... Elaonore! Make sure you can restrain Jumbo *Daikeim finds Drake's spellbook and creates a ritual around Jumbo and Drake. Slowly healing them* Crap crap crap crap... Drake's never had that amount of damage before...
Elaonore: Come on, We get both of them and take care of them.
Jumbo: *removes the blade from his body* The Before! *gets up and slaps Daikeim away and grabs Drake's unconscious body. The Pentagram on his chest glows* Nothing will stop me! Nothing! *A Pentagram shines on Drake's chest and begins drawing out Drake's soul*
Elaonore: Jumbo stop!
Jumbo: NEVER! *continues to drain Drake's soul*
Jumbo: *feels a sharp pain in his mind. He drops Drake and fall on the ground*
Daikeim: ...*Looks at Jumbo then looks at Elaonore.* Seal Jumbo away somewhere where he can't hurt anyone... *Looks at Drake and walks over him and picks him up and carries him over his shoulder.* I'm going to find someone who can help Drake... See you later. *He flies off*
Elaonore: Watches Daikeim fly off with Drak and looks back at Jumbo* Oh Jumbo, what happened to you? Wait Daikeim, where are you going? I'm a healer, I can heal Drake.
Back at the End of the Nation
Voice: Remarkable. His power nearly surpassed that of the Guardian's. Now if only we can get the other one to do the same.
Figure: It is no matter. You got what you want Valeric.
Voice: I did indeed, but what troublesme thought is how he was fighting against your control.
Figure: I admit. He is stronger than he appears, even with broken bones, he still fought. You could say he rivals the power of that of Jibaku.
Voice:Hmm, if the Guardian were to leave, he would decimate the outside world.
Figure:Then lets be thankful he's trapped here. *is consumed by a combination of holy and hell fire and disappears*
Voice: For the time being anyway. *is surrounded in a black aura and disappears*
Daikeim: Oh... That would of been helpful to say before I left. *Daikeim flies back and places Drake on the ground* Anyways, work your magic.
Elaonore: It's not magic, it's the wind itself. *the wind comes and fill his wounds* I can't say much for his eyes, and his skull may take time to mend back together. I'm sorry about your friend and I'm also sorry about Jumbo. He has never attacked anyone for no reason like that before.
Daikeim: I understand... But Drake should heal soon enough... Thanks for this, Drake isn't usually that violent with people he'd try to protect. He has something like a god complex... *Daikeim takes out a bandage and wraps it around his head, covering his eyes.*
Angeli suddenly appears and says "And i'm back because of plot convenience!" as luna, Sena then says "Can somebody fill us up on what happened?"
Elaonore: Something went wrong with Jumbo, He attacked Drake and Daikeim and Drake fought him. Both of them are very injured and need to be healed as soon as possible.
Sanyirth seemed to have moved to their area again.
Sanyirth: I will personally confront him the next time he is spotted.
Daikeim: Don't... *Sighs* Drake needs a place to rest... Any ideas Elaornore?
Elaonore: I know of a place. *teleports them to a lake teeming with mystic energy* This is the Pool or Serenity. Don't ask why its called a 'pool' instead of a 'lake'. *puts Drake in the water and pushes him out into the lake* He will find serenity in his consciousness.
Daikeim: Once again, thanks. I'll stay here in case anything happens. *He sits down by the side of the lake.*
Elaonore: Do you mind coming back with me to get Jumbo? He doesn't need healing, but we cant leave him by himself.
Daikeim: Sorry, but I refuse to come with you. I want to stay here to make sure Drake fully heals... No matter how long it will take.
Elaonore: I can teleport you know. It'll only be for a split second. I need you cause I can't carry Jumbo.
Daikeim: Just teleport him over here... Just place your hand on him and bring him over.
Elaonore: Wait...hold up..*thinks for a moment* Oh yea, you right. Stupid me. *teleports and teleports back with Jumbo* Now I need you to push him into the lake...pool...whatever it's called.
Daikeim: Haha... Alright then. *He goes over to Jumbo and pushes him into the lake, he then sits back down and sighs.* I really hope them two will be ok... We need to do something, neither of them were normal, Jumbo had the pentagram on his chest... And Drake was just... Relentless.
Elaonore: Jumbo had already had that Pentagram on his chest. He was the 1st experiment of Satanic Alchemy. He under went changes, like the ones you see now. Jumbo was once a soldier for the M.C.C.P who fought in the Reality vs. Fantasy War. He was kidnapped during a battle by a Satanic cult called the Sect. of Satan. He was exposed to many unholy magics and demonology. He was latter infused with a beast that changed his entire body. Their experimentation on him made him the strongest and fastest non-mytho being to have ever lived. What ever happened to Drake is unknown to me.
A figure made entirely of Drake's aura suddenly comes out of Drake's body, it looks like it's wings and tail have been ripped off. It walks on the water and goes up to Daikeim.
Daikeim: That must of hurt... So, why are you here?
The figure shows Drake a small dark energy sphere.
Daikeim: Is this what was corrupting Drake?
The figure nods and hands a small piece of it to Daikeim, the figure then starts to talk in Cyanican.
Figure: (Son of Luxinare... Learn to control this, I unfortunately cannot due to my injuries... It will come in handy soon enough, as for Drake. Keep him safe, he doesn't know the power this has caused.)
Daikeim: And what about you?
Figure: (I'll be ok, I'll fully heal once Drake does. Make sure he doesn't destroy anything here, we don't need more damage...)
Daikeim: I understand.
Figure: (Until next time.) *The figure goes back into Drake's body*
Elaonore: Is that what happened to Drake?
Daikeim: Seems, so... Corrupted, hm... *Thinks through what happened with Drake* The dark figure, he must of caused this. Anyways, you can go now, you probably have more stuff to do.
Elaonore: Not much at all. When there is peace, there is nothing major I can do, except enjoy it.
Daikeim: Ok then... *Daikeim sits down and closes his eyes; meditating*
Elaonore: *closes her eyes and just breathes*
God Squad enters through the Gate
Gregory: Ok, we have entered Downation. What will we do in order to draw Jumbo to us?
The Administrator: No need to find him, he'll find you.
Gregory: Can't tell you how many times i've heard that.
The Administrator: your very presence troubles him. He will no doubt come to take care of you.
Gregory: Yea, "care" Alright guys, now we wait.
Back at the lake
Jumbo: *eyes are wide open* The Before! *flies out of the lake at Mach 5 speed, causing all the water to sprout out of the lake. It rains all around the lake area and the lake itself is empty. Drake falls from the air and lands next to Daikeim*
Elaonore: *is getting rained on* There he goes again.
Daikeim: We should go after hi--
Drake is grabbing onto Daikeim's shoulder, helping himself up.
Drake: No, don't, I got this.
Daikeim: I'm glad to see you're up and ready for action, but just remember not to die. Ok?
Drake: Soul of Revival man, didn't get that name for nothing. *Drake goes into his Aura Dragon form and flies after Jumbo, soon catching up to him.* Jumbo, I know we're not friends right now. But for now, let's just go kick some ass, alright?
Jumbo: THEY ARE OURS! WE HAVE WAITED TOO LONG FOR THIS! *boosts at Mach 10*
Meanwhile at the Gate
Gleam: So are we waiting for this guy or wh-
Jumbo: *once he stops causes a sonic wave, nearly blowing God Squad away*
Gleam: Nevermind, he's here.
Gregory: Work with precaution guys. This dud is no joke. He literally hates our guts so lets do this as quick as possible. *shoots a needle with pink fluid into Jumbo's arm*
Jumbo: *pulls the needle out of his arm and crushes. Disappears, reappears, grabs Gregory by the head and throws him into another squad member*
Gleam: *shoots a another needle into Jumbo's back*
Jumbo: *takes it out and jabs the needle into Gleams eye*
Gleam: AAAGGGTHH. MY EYEEEE!
Jumbo: *punches Gleam in the gut so had his hand comes out through his back thus killing Gleam*
Gregory: Gleam! You sonofbitch. *flies straight toward Jumbo dodges to his left, grabs Gregory by the neck and elbow pierces Gregory*
Gregory: *coughs blood and falls to the ground*
Drake: Wow... That was brutal... Hehe, that was awesome! Do it again!
The other squad members are shooting needles at Jumbo
Jumbo: *ignores the needles being shot at him and moves at Mach 1 speed. He dashes past one of them and that member's head falls clean off and the other is cut in half side ways and downwards*
Drake: I guess I'll gather the bodies... *Drake flies around and gathers the bodies and makes a pile, he sits ontop of it and watches the blood bath*
Jumbo: *is about to kill the last squad member*
Gregory: Now! *releases an explosive burst of heavenly force blowing Drake off him*
Jumbo: *fall down all of a sudden*
The last member uses the canon to open the Gate
Gregory: *flies toward Jumbo and touches his Pentagram symbol, making it glow with heavenly light*
Jumbo: *screeches as loud as he can before falling over unconscious*
The last 2 members carry him out into Reality. The Gate closes behind them.
Gregory: Mission successful, Admin.
The Administrator: Good, return to base.
Gregory: Yes sir. *teleports with Jumbo and disappears*
Drake: Ugh... *He gets up and looks around* ...Oh shit. *He flies back to Elaornore and Daikeim*
Drake: Umm, bad news... The M.C.C.P... Kinda... Kidnapped Jumbo.
Elaonore: What?! Oh no, oooohhh no. That's definately not good.
Daikeim: ...Drake, do you still have that portal to Earth
Drake: Umm yeah. *Drake opens his spellbook and opens a portal to Earth,*
Daikeim: Ok, I don't want you following me here. You're still not fully healed, stay here.
Drake: No way, we stick toge--
Daikeim: Don't disobey an order from a Heroa God... Got it?
Daikeim: Goodbye, for now. *Daikeim steps through the portal.*
Drake: ...*He closes the portal* He'll be able to get back...
Elaonore: Be careful out there...
Elaonore: *is waiting at the Gate and sees Daikeim and the captive Mythos* Daikeim, your back!
Daikeim and the captive Mythos enter Fantasy, Daikeim turns to look at Elaonore.
Daikeim: *Has a small smile on his face* Yeah, I'm surprised me and Jumbo managed to get that many out of there... *Daikeim loses his smile and now has guilt in his voice* But Jumbo was unable to get back, we ran into something... Jumbo and I tried fighting it, but nothing we done harmed it... In the end Jumbo was possessed by the thing and was sent back into the Facility...
Elaonore: *Is shocked but at the same time feels sorry for Daikeim. Puts her hands on his shoulders* There is no doubt in my mind that you tried. I'm not sure what might happen to Jumbo now, but I do know that Fantasy needs a new guardian. I will tend to these captives. And thank you for atleast bringing them. *Smiles at Daikeim*
Daikeim smiles back then takes her hands off of his shoulders.
Daikeim: Anyways... Uhh... *Daikeim looks at the Mythos* Will we have enough homes for them?
Elaonore: We will never stop having room for our kind. Come now everyone and I will take you to your new homes.
Elaonore leaves with the captives following her.
Daikeim hears laughter.
Daikeim: Hm? Oh... Hey Drake.
Drake: Oh my god that was priceless! *Is still laughing* I wish I recorded that!
Daikeim: The hell are you talking about?
Drake: You and Elaonore's little moment!
Daikeim: ...No Drake, just no.
Drake: Daikeim and Elaonore sitt--
Daikeim: *Punches Drake on the arm* Stop being a child.
Drake: Ok ok... But face it, you and Elaonore will be a thing.
Daikeim: I am going to hurt you so much.
Drake: Fine, so. It didn't go so well?
Daikeim: Jumbo's still at the facility, and I can't risk going in alone again like that... But I can't risk anyone's lives.
Drake: Don't worry about Jumbo, he's a damn powerhouse. He isn't going down without a fight, anyways... This was fun, but I'm gonna go rebuild the house... *Drake goes off to rebuild*
Daikeim: I just need to rest...*Flies off into a field with long grass and lies down on his back and looks into the sky, slowly falling asleep afterwards*
Back at the M.C.C.P
The Administrator: *is watching a strapped-down Jumbo trying to free himself from his gravity bonds* Proceed with the 1st try.
A doctor gets a power drill and penetrates Jumbo's head. Jumbo yells in pain and continues to struggle but nothing seems to work. The Admin continues to watch the tortured Jumbo through a security camera.
The Administrator: I lost a thousand, but tomorrow I will have ten-thousand.
Back at the End of the Nation
Figure: Angry one showed good promise in using his new found power, but the other seems to be lacking motivation.
Voice: I see. I will soon lay the seeds of darkness in his heart and he too will obtain this power.
Both are shrouded in darkness and disappear
Elaonore finds Daikeim sleeping in the grass
Elaonore: It took alot for you to go after Jumbo like that and free those captives. You know none of them and yet you risked your own safety to go free them. I couldn't express my gratitude enough. *sits down in the grass and looks at the beautiful night sky. Blue specks of light start to float from the grass.*
Daikeim: Heh... *He sits up* That hasn't been the first time I done something like that, freeing captives... Seems a lot similar to Cyanic's war. Anyways, there's no ne-- *He notices the specks of light and just looks at them* Hm? How is that possible?
Elaonore: This is Fantasy. Everything that is impossible in Reality, is possible here. And what is Cyanic?
Daikeim: Oh, right... Well, me and Drake aren't Mythos. We're aliens, Drake is a Cyanican, and Cyanic his is home planet. I'm a Heroa God, or a Demi-God in simple terms. I live in Arcadia, a paradise that is like a heaven for Cyanic. Drake and I was exiled and was sent here until the banishment was lifted... But to be honest, I love it here... Back on Arcadia, I was surrounded by gods and demi-gods alike. So being around a living civilization is unreal to me, it's amazing...
Elaonore: I'm glad you like it here. I never thought beings from beyond Earth ever existed. I guess its an honor to have you here. A demigod from another world. So many unexpected things, just imagine what will happen next.
Daikeim laughs and lays back down onto his back and looks into the night sky.
Daikeim: I'm the one who should be honoring you guys, I mean. The Mythos are so inspirational, it sucks that Mythos and human can't come together... But I guess that's how it has to be... *Daikeim points his finger at a star that has a blue tint in the sky* There... That's Cyanic... *He then points at the small star above it* And that's Arcadia... I think you would love it there.
Elaonore: I bet I would. But my place lies here with my kind. I do know it is unfortunate that man and myth can't work together. But I guess this is man's punishment for their sins against God and we were a product of sin aswell... I just want all that to end... To know that we can work our differences out... No destruction, No death, No blood all of that... But why do I feel like I'm only believing a dream? *A tear streams from her eye*
Daikeim: *Wipes the tear away* I also wish for peace, but neither the humans or Mythos are gonna stand down... It sucks that it has to be this way, could you imagine the outstanding achievements human and Mythos could do if they worked together?
Elaonore: *smiles at the thought* Yes, I could. But how will that happen if we're stuck here? We're not even sure how we can help. Man are afraid of what they don't understand. That is man's punishment. The lack for understanding for themselves and others.
Daikeim: Don't worry... I'm sure the Mythos will make them understand, as I said; the Mythos are inspiring. The humans are afraid of what they don't understand, but everyone is... It's a natural instinct, that's why they react so violently... It's said that fear will cause stuff like this, but trust me. They'll soon realise that the Mythos aren't made for war... It's hard to say infront of you, but I understand how the humans feel, think about it... What would you do if you were a human in this?
Elaonore: I would not doubt be afraid, but that wouldn't mean I'd hate them. Man provokes them. Most of the mythos out there are only trying to make it back here. I just hope they can make it.
Daikeim: I guess you have a point... Don't worry, I'm sure there will be a select few who would risk their life to bring more Mythos back here. *Daikeim has a small smile on his face, he then looks around and takes a sigh of relief* Seeing Fantasy like this is... It's so peaceful...
Elaonore: I know...This very scenery is what keeps me dreaming of a better tomorrow...I hope I'm not ruining your peace though.
Daikeim: Far from it, it's nice talking to you. Bring a sense of serenity to the atmosphere, but if you're planning of going now. I'll see you later...
Elaonore: My work is done for the day...All I have is but to rest, knowing more like us have made it to home. I still thank you again.*smiles*. But for tonight, I think I'll sleep under the moon.
Daikeim: There's no need to thank me, it's just natural for me to do stuff like this... *Daikeim smiles then lies back down* Sleeping under the moon... Sounds tranquil... But where you gonna sleep?
Elaonore: I'm already sleeping on it. *is referring to the grass* Why were you exiled anyway? Your planet should be proud to have someone as selfless as you.
Daikeim: It's hard to explain... But the Vitae Gods said that we cannot interfere with the war... But I just couldn't stand by and watch... So I decided to help, that ultimately sealed my fate with the Murr gods.
Elaonore: If anyone has the ability to help, then let them. They should have known that. Like they say, "The more, the merrier". Atleast you know you did the right thing.
Daikeim: Thanks Elaonore, everything you've said means a lot... The Mythos are lucky to have someone like you, you always seem to be there for them. I'm glad that they have someone to rely on, hahah, I love this place... The people, the places, the day, the night... Everything, I don't think I wanna leave.
Elaonore: *laughs* Don't think you really have a choice. I do appreciate what you said more than you know,I am basically 'the den mother' of everyone here. I enjoy looking after them, like family. The family...I wish I had...
Daikeim: The family you wish you had? Oh... What happened?
Elaonore: My real parents were unknown, but I was raised by 2 towns people in London, I grew up there unaware of my abilities. I was fairly popular at school and with the city people. My parents weren't really fond on Mythos like me. Well my father wasn't anyway. My mother thought they were capable of good, just like man. They also taught me all the basics of learning and such and even medicine, I had dreamed of becoming a doctor one day. The war came though... And there was a fight between a Wind Elemental and an agency called "Unsung". It terrorized London in hopes of destroying it's pursuers, it had injured many people and had destroyed many homes. Then finally, Unsung fired a missile at it and the Elemental reversed it toward our direction, straight towards me and my parents. That was when I used my abilities as a sylph and used the wind to turn the missle back at the Elemental and it hit it right in its eye and fell. Everyone I knew was fairly surprised, more parents the most, as well as I was. Unsung were planning to take me away. My mother didn't want them too. Everyone else... Just stood by and watch them take me... I asked for their help but they turned away... *Eyes start to swell with tears* and even my own father... Who taught me how to dress, do my hair, how to cultivate, how to greet other people, and even taught me about God, said these very words when I asked for him to help me... "You are not my daughter." he turned his head away from me in shame and carried my mother away... *Is crying uncontrollably* Unsung took me to the Gate and tossed me in with many others who were captured and I lived my life here ever since.
Daikeim: Oh... *Daikeim tries to wipe Elaonore's tears away, he then looks at her and loses his smile* I'm sorry you had to live through that, I couldn't of imagine someone like you having such a tragic past... They shouldn't of just stood there and just watched as you were dragged away, they should of done something. If I were there, I'd kill every single Unsung member... *Daikeim stays quiet for a minute, then talks again* But if it wasn't for them, you wouldn't of been here. With the family you were supposed to have, I might be wrong... *Daikeim has a small smile again* But it seems you belong here, with a family that will always be by your side. *Daikeim places his hands on Elaonore's shoulders* You're a great girl Elaonore, look around you. You have a family, friends, a place to live, a place of peace...
Elaonore: *manages to smile but still cries* Yea...your right. My true place is here *puts her hand ontop of Daikeim's hand*...but you know...even after they abandon me...i don't hate them...they were just afraid...fear grips all men's hearts...I don't hate them...I forgive them.
Daikeim: I understand, I'm surprised you can forgive them... But I guess that's what make's you so outstanding. *Daikeim looks up into the sky once more* ...We should be asleep by now. *Daikeim laughs then looks back at Elaonore*
Elaonore: I suppose so... I'm sorry you had see me like this... A crying mess.
Daikeim: No need to say sorry, everyone has emotions and it's nice to show them once in a while.
Elaonore: Yea. Your right about that. Its ok to cry...Goodnight, Daikeim. *lies over and falls asleep*
Daikeim: Goodnight... *Lies down on his back, taking one last look at the sky before closings his eyes and falls asleep*
A few hours later. The dark figure appears
Voice: *put his hand over Daikeim* Feel the darkness within your heart and let it impulse you to true power. May you feel the coldness within your heart and may it effect who you are. *a frost overcomes Daikeim and it is absolved into his heart* May you obtain the same power as your friend, for I feel you are much more worthy of it. *is shrouded by darkness and disappears*
Hours later, the sun soon arises on Fantasy. Waking Daikeim up, he yawns and stretches his arms before seeing Elaonore still asleep.
Daikeim: Hm... *Daikeim smiles and gets up without disturbing Elaonore, he then goes off to find Drake. Who has finally finished repairing the house.*
Drake: Oh, hey there Daikeim.
Daikeim: Hey, umm, Drake, can you do me a favor?
Drake: Sure, what is it?
Daikeim whispers to Drake.
Drake: Hm... I'll try. What for?
Daikeim: A friend.
Drake: You're like a book Daikeim, hahaha. Sure, it'll be done soon, by the time Elaonore gets up. It'll be ready.
Daikeim: Thanks man. *He walks away from Drake and goes back to Elaonore*
Drake: You're... Welcome. *Drake opens his spellbook and starts*
Elaonore: *cracks one eye open and sees Daikeim and smiles* Good morning. How did you sleep?
Daikeim: I slept well, I was a bit cold but nothing much. How about you?
Elaonore: I am doing just fine, knowing your alright. *gets up and stretches a little*
Daikeim: *Smiles then looks behind him then looks back at Elaonore* Oh, right. Drake wanted to show us something, so once you're ready. We'll head over, ok?
Elaonore: I am ready.*finishes stretching* Let's go.
Daikeim begins to walk to his house, with Elaonore beside him. Once they reach there, Drake welcomes them.
Drake: Hey there you two, I want both of you to check this out! *Drake brings his hands together then moves them outwards, causing a portal to emerge out of thin air infront of him. Drake then steps aside and look at Daikeim and Elaonore* I want both of you to go through, I promise nothing bad will happen.
Daikeim: Ok. *Daikeim walks towards the portal, but then turns to look at Elaonore* You sure you wanna go through?
Elaonore: *looks uncertain* I don't know. What is this for?
Daikeim: *Holds out his hand and gives a kind-hearted smile* I got a feeling you'll like it, trust me.
Elaonore: *smiles back and finally takes his hand* I do trust you.
Daikeim: Thanks. *He goes through the portal and pulls Elaonore through aswell*
5 days later.
Drake: ...They should be back by now... *He opens up the portal and sighs* London here we go... *He steps through and the portal closes behind him.
Out of the Fog
Daikeim and Elaonore appear infront of his house, Daikeim opens the door and walks in, closing the door behind them. Daikeim then carries Elaonore to his bed and lays her down.
Daikeim: There you go... I'll go find you some clothes to wear. *He goes around his house and later comes back with a shirt and jeans* I'll just let you get dressed... *He goes towards his door but loses his golden aura and eye trail* I'll be back in a minute. *He feels exhausted and quickly falls* Or ten. *He passes out*
Elaonore: *hears a thud* Daikeim? *finishes getting dressed and goes down Daikeim's door and finds him unconsious on the floor. Elaonore carries Daikeim back into her room and lays him on the bed. Gently feels Daikeims face and smiles* I...I love you too. *has the Soul Stone against her chest*
An hour later, Daikeim wakes up and sits up.
Daikeim: Damn... That takes a lot out of me... *He looks around and rubs his eyes, he then gets up* Wonder where Elaonore is.
Elaonore: * is siting on the floor against the bed, still in the state she was before*
Daikeim: *Sits down besides her and holds her hand* Hey... How are you feeling?
Elaonore: *is breathing heavily and slowly* Weak...tired...hurt...dreary... What about you?
Daikeim: I'm not feeling too good either... *He looks at the Soul Stone that Elaonore has, he then taps it. It begins to glow blue and a energy covers Elaonore* There... You should start to feel better. *He smiles and kisses Elaonore on the cheek*
Elaonore: *mildly smiles and holds his hands tighter and lays her head on Daikeim's shoulder. Feels a cold breeze* Daikeim..do you feel that?
The dark figure is standing over them
Daikeim: Grr... *He growls and stands up and instantly goes into his Half Dragon form, he then knees the Dark Figure in the gut* What the hell do you want... *He clenches his fist*
Voice: I have come to apologize and seeing your reaction once you saw me, you must have known. The actions of my son were unnecessary. I never meant any harm to come to your lover.
Daikeim: Must have known? MUST HAVE KNOWN!? I WAS FORCED TO WATCH IT! YOUR SON DESERVES DEATH! *He punches the Dark Figure to the side of the room*
Voice: *is right behind Daikeim* If anything, my son deserves nothing but death. He is unworthy to be called my son.
Daikeim: He's unworthy to be called anything but dirt... So why are you here.
Voice: I came by to apologize and that I commend the hatred you have for my son. If you do met him and kill him, I will not have any qualms.
Daikeim: Ok... But what about Elaonore... *He quickly looks at Elaonore and has a faint smile*
Voice: That depends. Do you want her or do you need her?
Daikeim: I need her... I love her... Why did you ask...
Voice: *puts something in his hand* It is a concept I wanted to be familiar with, but my work was too important to me. So I denounced such. Use that once you are ready and certain.
Daikeim: ...*He examines the object* What is it...
Voice: Don't know a ring when you see one?
Daikeim: Oh... I understand... *He stores the ring away* Thanks... But I was talking about something else...
Voice: The child...I can fix that easily.
Daikeim: *Is a bit cautious* Without pain?
Voice: Yes...no pain what-so-ever
Daikeim: ...*He looks at Elaonore* You sure you want this to happen?
Elaonore: This child inside of me is as monstrous as the man who did this to me. *squeezes her eyes an tears stream out* I don't want to kill it...I just cant have it...
Daikeim: Ok... *He wipes the tear away and kisses her head, he then stands up and looks at the Dark Figure* Go on then... Just make sure that she won't get harmed.
Voice: Good...put her on the bed and I will get started.
Daikeim: *Daikeim picks Elaonore up and lays her on the bed softly, he gives her a reassuring smile and holds her hand* Don't worry, you'll be fine.
Elaonore: *mildly smiles* Ok...
Voice: The embryo has not been formed yet, but I can speed up the process one which it does. *touches her stomach and it starts to shake after it finishes shaking, a light shine from Elaonore's belly. The Dark Figure sticks his hand inside and takes out the embryo and put it in a frozen orb* Done...no pain at all.
Daikeim: See, no pain. *He looks at the Dark Figure* You have my thanks... But I have something to ask, but it can wait until the next time we meet.
Voice: If you have something to ask, ask it now. I am a busy man, but I can make room.
Daikeim: Your son... Where can I find him...
Voice: I sent him to Tartarus to see if the alignment was right...but I know he's probably in Nether Realm, indulging in sexuality with succubus'.
Daikeim: Hmph... Is there any way to get there?
Voice: *opens a portal to Nether Realm* This should take you to one of the bars he enjoys to go...
Daikeim: Ok... *He looks at Elaonore and puts the covers over her body and kisses her head* You should get some sleep, I'll be back soon.
Elaonore: *smiles at Daikeim* I know you'll be back...I trust you.
Daikeim: *He smiles then walks towards the portal and talks to the Dark Figure* Make sure you close this portal... *He steps through*
Voice: *closes the portal* and looks back the embryo* I hope you become a better successor than our father. *opens another portal and leaves*
A couple of hours later, Daikeim appears besides Elaonore's bed, where she's sleeping. Daikeim sits against the bed and rests.
Meanwhile near the entrance of Downation, a girl appears through a portal holding a stone. The portal closes behind her, she takes a minute to adjust to everything here.
Melina: He should be here... *The small dragon looks around* You sure he's here Flare? *Flare makes a noise* Ok then... *She starts walking around Fantasy*
Back at Daikeim's house, Daikeim wakes up and stands up. He looks at a sleeping Elaonore, he smiles and kisses her head. He then walks out of the house and goes into his Half Dragon form and flies around.
Daikeim: Hmm, I wonder where Drake is, he should be around... Maybe in the marketplace. *Daikeim flies down to the marketplace and looks around*
Melina is in the same marketplace, looking at what the Mythos are selling. Flare nudges his head against Melina's neck.
Melina: I know I know, but c'mon. Look at this stuff, it looks amazing!
One of the Mytho behind a stand overhears her.
Mytho: Not from around here?
Melina: No. *She laughs* I'm from somewhere far away.
Mytho: Why don't ya' prove it?
Melina: Umm? How... *She thinks for a minute* Oh! I have it! *She goes into her Half Dragon form, shocking the Mytho*
Mytho: Wow! That's amazing!
Melina: Thaaaank you.
Mytho: Isn't the first time I've seen it though.
Melina: What are you talking about?
Mytho: There's a fella, he can do that to. *He looks around and points* That fella to be exact.
The Mytho was pointing to Daikeim, who's currently walking around looking at the stuff for sale.
Melina: Oh my god... It's him! *She sprints at Daikeim and hugs him* BROTHER!
Daikeim: Huh!? *He takes a second to think, only to hug her afterwards. They both stop hugging after a couple of seconds.* Melina? Is that really you?
Melina: Hmm, lets see shall we? *She slaps Diakeim* That's for disobeying orders.
Melina: *Slaps him again* That's for getting banished.
Melina: *Slaps him a final time* And that's for giving your Soul Stone away!
Daikeim: OK OK! Oooow... Anyways... What brings you here, actually. How?
Melina: First. *She hands him a new Soul Stone* Don't lose it this time... I have some news, but I wanna take a breather. Any ideas?
Daikeim: Yeah, follow me.
Daikeim and Melina go into their Half Dragon forms and fly to Daikeim's house, they both enter it.
Daikeim: Now try to be quiet.
Daikeim: My girlfriend's asleep.
Melina: Oh ok, makes sense. I'd hate to be woken-- Wait what?! GIRLFRIEND!?
Melina: I don't wanna know... Anyways-- *Before Melina can get a word in, Flare flies around and lands on Daikeim's head*
Daikeim: Flare? Oh it's been ages! *He strokes Flare's back, with Flare purring while he gets stroked.(Yes, apparently dragons can purr... Who knew?)*
Melina: *She laughs* He missed you... As well as the others... But that'll all change!
Daikeim: What are you talking about?
Melina: You and your friend are no longer banished, you can come back home!
Daikeim: *Is speechless for a minute, but he then sighs* Right... The thing is...
Melina: What is it?
Daikeim: I don't want to go back... I love it here, I feel free, unbound by the rules the Murr Gods make. Freedom Melina...
Melina: You're... Not coming back?
Daikeim: No... Don't get me wrong, I'd love to come back... But everything here means too much for me, I can't just leave them...
Melina: ...*She sighs* I said I wouldn't go back until you came with me... *She has a smile on her face* Guess I'm staying!
Daikeim: Wait what...
Melina: You heard me Brother, I'm not leaving until you agree to come with me back to Arcadia!
Daikeim: ...You gotta be kidding.
Melina: Daikeim, when was the last time I was joking?
Daikeim: ...Fine, go choose a room to sleep in.
Melina: YAY! *She hugs Daikeim then explores the house*
The dark figure appears infront of Daikeim
Voice: I see you were unsuccessful on killing my son. I blame myself. I should've told you he isn't just a spoiled child who indulges in sexual pleasures. He is the son of a god and has been well trained by me.
Daikeim: Don't blame yourself, my anger blinded me... But, the next time him and I meet, I'll hope that you're on my side when I rid him of his life....
Meanwhile upstairs, Melina is looking at the rooms.
Melina: There's like... Ten rooms here! *She checks one of the rooms, which happens to be Drake's room* ...Weapons, weapons... More weapons... Ok, not my room. *Flare flies infront one of the doors and nudges his head against it, catching Melina's attention* I wonder what got you sparked up... *She slowly opens the door, leading into Diakeim and Elaonore's room. She sees Elaonore sleeping* Shhhh, don't make a sound... *She walks up to the side of the bed and looks at Elaonore* ...Of course Brother would go for someone with tits the size of watermelons. Let's go Flare. *Her and Flare leave the room and close the door, after a while she finds a empty room and calls it her own*
Voice: I'm afraid I cannot...he is already aware of my hatred of his actions...if I i side with you to fight him, he will be even more determined to reach the God Pit.
Daikeim: ...I understand. *He sighs* Yeah, I heard about that from him... Right now, I won't be able to touch him. So it's gonna be a while before I fight him again.
Voice:Yes it will, for I am unaware of his whereabouts. But you did well in your fight. Not many who challenge Evoh don't really get to live.
Daikeim: Even though he was just toying with me... I appreciate the compliment. Anyways, you can go now... You're a busy person, you said it yourself.
Voice: Indeed I am. I must be off. And you might want to see your lover upstairs. *disappears*
Daikeim rushes upstairs and sprints into their room.
Elaonore: *is tossing and turning having a nightmare about being brutally violated by Evoh and is screaming for help*
Daikeim: *Sprints towards Elaonore and wakes her up* Elaonore! What happened, are you ok!?
Melina enters the room as she also heard Elaonore screaming.
Melina: Uhh... Everything ok?
Elaonore: *wakes up eyes all red and broken with misery. Is breathing hard*...A crying mess.
Daikeim: *He sits Elaonore up and puts his hand on her cheek and kisses her on the lips, he then softly leans his head against Elaonore's head and wraps his arms around her* Don't worry... The nightmare is over.
Elaonore: *holds unto Daikeim's arms and leans her head against his chest*
Flare flies onto Elaonore's shoulder and purrs, Melina then walks towards the two and chuckles.
Melina: Hmm, that's new... Why would Flare be like that with her? *She notices the Soul Stone Daikeim gave her* ...That's one reason.
Elaonore: *touches Flare's head with her fingers*
Flare nudges his head against Elaonore's fingers, his purr becomes louder. Daikeim chuckles.
Daikeim: He really likes you
Melina: Daikeim, I need to talk to you. *She looks at Flare* Stay here.
Daikeim: Ok, give me a second. *He kisses Elaonore and leaves the room, with Melina following*
Melina: Why does she have the Soul Stone?
Daikeim: Why does it matter?
Melina: Because only Heroas Gods are allowed to use them!
Daikeim: Elaonore is a exception.
Melina: She won't be able to handle what comes with it, Daikeim. It's made for Heroa Gods! Not morta--
Daikeim: She may not be a Heroa God, but I trust her with it and the power that comes with it. No matter what the Vitae Gods say!
Melina: ...What happened to you Daikeim, you used to be one of Arcadia's greatest warriors. You do realise that they will not approve of this...
Daikeim: And you're gonna side with them?
Melina: Don't say that... You know how hard it is to choose family.
Daikeim: Look Melina, I'm not trying to be the bad guy... But Elaonore is keeping the stone... Because if I die, that'll be the only thing she has.
Melina: ...*She sighs* Your love for her is truly something special... But it will also be the cause for tragic events.
Daikeim: And I'll be there to defend her, with all I have.
Melina: *She places her hand on Daikeim's chest, she then senses his soul* Pure... Blue, gold, white... *He takes her hand off and smirks* Yeah... I gotta feeling you will Brother. *She walks back into the room, with Daikeim following behind*
A whisper can be heard. 'Change'
Daikeim hears it but takes no notice.
Melina: I'm guessing you two want some alone time. *She giggles and calls Flare back, which lands on her shoulder* I'll leave you two be. *She walks out of the room*
Daikeim: *He sits down on the side of the bed and stays quiet, thinking about the recent events*
"You regret it, don't you?"
Daikeim: *Is now talking in his mind* (Regret what... Who are you and what do you want?)
"You regret what happened to her. That you tried to make her happy, but all you've done was break her. Look at her. She has trouble breathing, she has trouble seeing, she has trouble thinking, she has been rejected and her body is in feeble condition. You ruined her, all because you wanted to make her happy. She was already happy here. Why try to change that?"
Daikeim: *All emotion gets drained and Daikeim has a tragic look on his face* (...Who... Are you...)
"We are the shadows of the world. We are the overcast over all. We are the voices withing the wind. We are Unsung."
Daikeim: *Daikeim's expression changes to pure hatred* (Unsung... The doctor... Don't you dare give me that shit about the state Elaonore is in... You made her like that you bastards, and trust me. I will not stop until every single one of you are dead!)
"You cannot kill, what cannot be seen. She wouldn't be in this state if you hadn't had taken here to London. She witnessed the death of the people she knew and felt the rejection of her family once more. We were just part of the consequence for your actions."
Daikeim: (Get out of my head... I want you gone... Dead...) *Daikeim gets up and walks out of the house, he goes into his Half Dragon form and flies as far out to Fantasy as he can before stopping. He looks around, confirming himself that no one would be able to get to him, his eyes then flash gold. Daikeim raises both his arms, causing a massive chunk of land to raise into the air, the chunk of land continues getting higher and higher until Daikeim can't see Fantasy no more. He then grasps his hands together, causing the island to float*
Daikeim: There... Isolation...
"Seal yourself behind walls all you want. You took your toll on everyone already. But there is such thing as redemption and change. We can make to where no one can do such things to each other an longer. Where there is no life, no death, no Hell, no pain, and no responsibility. True change lies there. If you want to change such things than join us." *a strap-on button glove with red lining appears infront of Daikeim*
Daikeim: *Ignores the glove and just looks at his Soul Stone* Get out of my head... Get away from me...
The glove disappears. "Fine by me, but if you want to keep anything like that happenening to anyone else again. Let me know."
Back at the house
Elaonore: *slowly wakes up* Daikeim...*looks around her room and even though her sight is distortedly blurred, she gets up, wraps her covers around herself and walks awkwardly around the house looking for Daikeim, but he isn't there* Daikeim...*walks outside while calling Daikeim's name and asking other Mythos if they had seen him. Some point her to the far reaches of Fantasy an she starts walking in that direction* Daikeim...
While on the floating island, Daikeim is lying on the floor, looking up into the sky.
Daikeim: No life, no death, no Hell, no pain and no responsibility... What a stupid thing. *He gets up and walks to the edge of the island and glances down on the clouds that cover Fantasy's skies, he faintly senses Elaonore's energy signature. Daikeim then steps off of the island and falls straight down, going into his Half Dragon form and uses his wings to land*
Elaonore: *is still looking*Daikeim...Daikeim...*after awhile, she sits down*...Don't tell me me you left me too... *eyes are watering*
Daikeim: ...*Exits his Half Dragon form and continues to follow Elaonore's energy signature until Daikeim can see her, he then walks up to her and sits down opposite her. Daikeim leans over and kisses her, he gives a small smile.*
Elaonore:..Daikeim...? I thought you left me...
Daikeim: I wouldn't... *He holds her hands* Give me a reason why I would leave someone as amazing as you. It was just that something came up and I didn't want to burden you with my problems.
Elaonore:...Daikeim...you are no burden to me...neither do I want you to leave because you think you are...And what ever problem there is we'll face it together...*gently smiles*
Daikeim: *Daikeim stands up and helps Elaonore up, he then goes into his Half Dragon form and wraps the wings around him and Elaonore.* I know you're a Sylph, but you're an angel to me. *He hugs Elaonore tightly and smiles* Now... We should be getting back home. *Daikeim exits his Half Dragon form* Do you want me to carry you back home?
Elaonore: I dont mind if you carry me home...took me a while to walk out here...
Daikeim: *Daikeim chuckles and picks Elaonore up and carries her on his back and walks home* Did you seriously walk all the way here with the bed covered wrapped around you?
Elaonore:...Yes...my body was just so cold....in Fantasy its not hot or cold, unless your in Skyia of course...
Daikeim: *Sends small streams of fire throughout his blood system, heating up his body, warming Elaonore up* That better?
Elaonore:...A little...thank you...*gently touches Daikeim's face*
Daikeim: Don't worry, we're almost home. *He places one of his hands above Elaonore's hand and holds it softly, Daikeim just faintly sees the house* I can see it now. *He smiles*
Elaonore:...Everytime I'm in that house, i'm always asleep....I must be in a really weak state...
Daikeim: Give it time, you'll be to your sweet self soon... The Soul Stone will make you better, I promise. *They finally get to the house, with Melina welcoming them back*
Melina: You took your time you two...
Daikeim: Don't even make that comment and open the door.
Melina: *Opens the door* Awwww, you're no fun Brother. *She lets Daikeim and Elaonore in then walks in herself and closes the door behind her*
Elaonore: Brother?...never knew you had siblings, but i guess I never did ask...
Daikeim: Oh, right. Elaonore, meet Mel--
Melina: *Interrupts Daikeim* I'm Melina, Daikeim's younger Sister! I see that Brother has a very... 'Inflated' interest in you.
Daikeim: You gotta be fuc--
Melina: *Interrupts Daikeim again, Flare flies around and lands on Melina's shoulder* And that's Flare, mine and Brother's pet dragon. He's kinda rough but he's a cutie once you know him. *She strokes Flare's back, with Flare purring afterwards*
Elaonore: *chuckles* It's nice to meet you....My name is Elaonore....i guess you can say I have have as much of an interest in your brother as he does with me...*looks at Daikeim with a smile*
Daikeim: *He smiles back and takes Elaonore off of his back and kisses her* Yeah, hehe, Melina also forgot to mention how she's hyperactive as all hell and doesn't know manners.
Melina: I know manners, I just don't choose to use them when I'm around you. *She playfully sticks her tongue out at Daikeim*
Elaonore: Energetic...I see...it's like that tale my father would tell me about drinking coffee...*chuckles abit*
Melina: What tale? *She sits down on the floor and looks at Elaonore, Daikeim has a unsure look on his face*
Elaonore: Well...it all started when i was but 6 and one day I smelled the steaming aroma of coffee. I wanted some and I used a chair to climb ontop of the counter where the coffer maker was. I got a cup and I was just about to pour myself some, until my father walked in and took me down from the counter. He told me I should never drink it. I ask why not. He told me that if a young child under the age of 13 drunk coffee, they would become so energetic the city would force them out into the wild, where they would live the rest of their lives. I was of course afraid and I never drunk coffee until I was older and when I did turn 13, I tried coffee for the first time...
Melina: And I'm guessing that was your only time? If not, I'll make some if you want. *She has a massive smile on her face*
Elaonore: Heh...No thank you...After my first sip, I didn't bother to drink the rest...It had a strong taste to it, my father said I would get used to it...but I said would stick to tea.
Melina: I've never had tea, I heard it's nice. I remember Brother teasing me with tea, joke's on him. I spiked his drinks when we were younger. Elaonore, can you please show me how you make tea?
Daikeim: ...You did what?
Elaonore: *chuckles* I would be glad to help you make tea, but it might have to be another time....
A strap-on button glove appears unseen out of nowhere and sticks itself inside Elaonore's mouth and presses down on the back of it.
Elaonore: *starts to throw-up black bile*
Daikeim: *Grabs the glove and pulls it out of Elaonore's mouth and vaporizes it with a energy blast, he then looks at the bile* Melina, get her something to throw up in.
Melina: Got it! *She runs off and shortly returns with a bucket and passes it to Elaonore* There you go...
Elaonore: *throws up in the bucket and after a minute stops and is breathing hard*
Another glove comes out of nowhere and press down the back of Elaonore's neck
Elaonore: *eyes go blank and she drops the bucket. She falls back motionless and she doesn't seem to be breathing*
The glove disappears.
Daikeim: No no no no... Breathe... Come on...
Melina: She isn't dead...
Daikeim: The hell do you mean!?
Melina: All of her vitals have stopped, but she ain't dying. She's more or less frozen, best thing to do right now Brother is to take her up to your room and stay there until otherwise.
Daikeim: No, I'm not staying, I'm going to find that bastard and kill him. I want you to stay here and guard her... I need you to.
Melina: But... Ok...
Daikeim picks Elaonore up and carries her into their room, with Melina following. He puts her to bed and kisses her head.
Melina: Good luck Brother...
Daikeim: Thanks... I'll need every ounce of it. *Daikeim goes into his Half Dragon form and teleports out of Fantasy*
A mouth appears infront of Elaonore and breathes darkness into her. The mouth disappears.
Elaonore: *eyes turn red and her hair turns black with streaks of red and her skin turns black. She breathes*
Melina: Uhhhh Elaonore? *She takes a step back* That's new... *She senses Elaonore's soul* That's not good...
Elaonore: *summons a wind strong enough to blow the house. Once it crashes she ascends in the air and flies into the center of Fantasy*
Melina: *Raises from the ruble and goes into her Half Dragon form and flies after Elaonore* This is gonna be a pain...
Elaonore: *makes it to the center of the 1st region of Fantasy. She lets out a scream and a whirlwind slowly forms*
At the Gate
Voice: We have made it. *sees ans enormous tornado in the center of the region tearing up everything* Your lover resides at the center. Stop her before all of Fantasy fall victim to the dark wind.
Daikeim focuses his gaze at the tornado and walks towards it, clenching his hand on his Soul Stone as he approaches. As he gets closer, his Soul Stone pulses gold and blue, when he gets close enough, Daikeim reaches his hand out towards him and tries to walk into it. Daikeim starts getting cuts all over his body as he struggles to get in, he manages to enter the center of the tornado.
Debris of Outpit village and Vursia Town are flying around the place. Elaonore can be seen in the center.
Daikeim: Elaonore... *He enters into his Half Dragon form, but the wings are heavily damaged, he flies up and places his hand on her shoulder and tugs, getting her attention* Stop this...
Elaonore: *screams* You left me...
Daikeim stays silent, he places his hand on the top of Elaonore's chest and closes his eyes. Elaonore's Soul Stone faintly glows blue while Daikeim's is glowing gold. He takes his hand off and looks at Elaonore, he speaks in a softer voice.
Daikeim: I never did... Give me a reason why I would leave...
Elaonore: Look at me...I'm a wreck....and now everyone is dying cause I am not who I should be...I don't know how to stop...all I think about is destruction....and it's hurting my mind...
Daikeim: Don't worry... *He places both his hands on Elaonore's face and has a small smile* Evereything will be ok... *He kisses Elaonore before Daikeim and Elaonore's Soul Stones shine their respective colours. A black and red mist is leaving Elaonore and is going through Daikeim's arms, Daikeim's Soul Stone now has black and red markings. Daikeim reaches his arms out beside him and sends out a pulse that dissipates the tornado, Daikeim then falls straight to the ground, causing a small crater*
Elaonore: *lands and looks around at all the destruction she has done. shattered homes and buildings and dead people all around* No...I....No....*falls to her knees and buries her face in her hands*
Daikeim, covered in cuts and marks. Softly holds Elaonore's arm, and speaks quietly.
Daikeim: Don't be depressed... This wasn't your fault, you aren't the cause of this... *He touches his Soul Stone and smirks* What caused this is in here now, the Mythos will understand... They won't hold this against you...
Ealaonore: How can they understand when they're all dead?...My father was right....I'm a monster....
Daikeim: Elaonore, listen to me... You're not a monster, you're amazing, outstanding, beautiful, peaceful and understanding... Your father is wrong to think you're a monster, he doesn't know the true Elaonore... The Elaonore that I know and cherish... The deceased will not be mad at you, they'll know that you weren't you... They'll forgive you, like you do with anyone. *He has a small smile*
Elaonore: *hugs Daikeim tightly* I love you...
Daikeim wraps his arms around Elaonore and kisses her, their Soul Stones both glow.
Daikeim: I love you too...
The dark figure is standing over both of them
Daikeim: *Turns to look at the Dark Figure* Thank you... Oh, I have something to ask you...
Voice: Ask and you might receive...what is it?
Daikeim: A name, you surely must have one, so tell me. What is your name?
Voice: Never thought you would ask....and my apologies for not introducing myself to you. I am Van Valeric, the ice god and Minister of Darkness.
Daikeim: Van Valeric, an ice god... It's an honor.
Van Valeric: Don't see why. The world is unware of our existence. But I know it's an honor to meet you on the other hand.
Daikeim: I'm flattered, but how is it an honor to meet a demi-god? I mean, look at me, I'm covered in marks and cuts. *Laughs*
Van Valeric: I know of your father. He told me many great things of you once you came here. And you have above all else, exceeded above than what I expected. Even for a demi-god, you've done well. Reckless yes, but it that recklessness comes from your ability to help the meek. Quite admirable.
Daikeim: You know my father, how? And thank you.
Van Valeric: I was studying stars one night, when a particular star caught my eye. Then I realized that star was indeed a planet, but not only that, I could see little hints of civilization on it. I studied from my telescope and after a while I decided to see if I could make contact with them. I made a early communicator and I came in touch with one of the residents of that planet. That resident was your father. He actually came to Earth to congratulate me on being the 1st other terrestrial life form to contact them. Afterwards we became real acquainted once I asked questions about his kind and where he lived. Have alot of notes. That was around the time you were born.
Daikeim: Hmm... So Luxinare came to Earth before... Being a resident aswell... Odd, I guess I'll be making a visit sooner than I thought...
Van Valeric: You're confused? How so?
Daikeim: I don't know myself...
Melina finally flies down and lands, she looks at Elaonore and Daikeim.
Melina: You two should really get a room... Oh, and Elaonore, I would of arrived sooner to stop the tornado, but. *She points to the Mythos, any that were wounded have made a incredible recovery. She chuckles as Flare flies around Daikeim and Elaonore* D'aww, you two are so cute together!
Daikeim: *He chuckles back* Melina, as soon as I'm ready, I'll head back to Arcadia with you. I need to ask father a few questions.
Melina: Yay! Brother is coming back home! Brother is coming back home!
Daikeim: Well, I'm only visiting...
Melina: Oh? Oh, right. You've got yourself a new, more comfortable life here. *She smirks* When you're ready, we'll go.
Van Valeric: I must leave. Give Shockwave my humblest regards once you meet him.
Daikeim: I will, goodbye Valeric.
Van Valeric: *walks a few feet into the distance and then is surrounded by a dark aura and disappears*
Daikeim: *Gets up and helps Elaonore up* Melina, do the others know about this?
Melina: Only me so far, they're not gonna be happy when you return Brother...
Daikeim: I know, but that doesn't matter.
Melina: Oh, and home has changed a bit...
Daikeim: Hmm... That'll be interesting...
Elaonore: Come back soon, Daikeim. I have somethings I would love to show you.
Melina can be heard laughing.
Daikeim: *He smiles before hugging Elaonore* Will you be ok here without me?
Elaonore: *smiles* I think I'll be just fine.
Daikeim: Ok, I'll see you soon. *He kisses her, then turns to look at Melina* I guess I'm ready.
Melina: Got it, now copy what I do.
Melina takes off her Soul Stone and places it in her hand, she then starts speaking in Vitae Dialect, causing the Stone to change colour to a black. She then moves her hands away from the Stone, watching it hover, while Diakeim is mirroring her every move. The two Soul Stones generate energy between eachother, causing a flat black disk to form out of thin air. The two Stones drop to the floor, with Daikeim and Melina picking up and wearing their respective ones.
Daikeim: ...It's a disk.
Melina: Silly Brother, just step through. *She jumps though the disk and disappears*
Daikeim: ...Ok then. *He steps through the disk and fades away, the disk then shrinks to nothingness*
Elaonore: *looks at the debris of Outpit Village and Vursia Town*...I am no monster.*Sees 4 giant Endlos walk her way. They start picking up the debris and dead bodies* A monster would never help another living being.
Threat of Ice
A random portal opens infront of the gate, with Daikeim stepping out and the portal closes behind him. He steps into Fantasy and starts walking around the towns.
Outpit Village and Vursia Town are completely rebuilt but no one is in them.
Daikeim: Wow, she really fixed both places... I'm proud of her. * He smiles then calls out for Elaonore*
Elaonore is asleep in their rebuilt house.
Daikeim: Hmm... *Closes his eyes and senses Elaonore's Soul Stone, he follows the energy signature and enters the house. He then explores the house and eventually finds Elaonore asleep, he smiles and walks up to her and kisses her head and speaks in a soft tone* Elaonore? I'm back.
Voice: I'm glad
Evoh steps out from the corner of the room and sits next to the sleeping Elaonore
Evoh: Glad to see you back in one piece. Now I can talk to you about certain matters.
Daikeim instantly grabs Evoh by the neck and pins him up against a wall, now speaking in a tone full of anger.
Daikeim: Stay away from her... Touch her, and you die.
Evoh: *is still sitting on the bed* Too late.
Then Evoh has Daikeim pinned to the wall, Evoh then turns the wall to ice and freezes Daikeim's entire body solid and finally stops at his neck.
Evoh: I already did. Now if I were you, you'd hear me out or one strike of my sword is all that will take to shatter you into pieces. Only this time, there is no coming back from it.
Daikeim: What do you want...
Evoh: Depends. *turns to Elaonore* How much love do you have for her? *strokes the side of Elaonore's hair and face*
The second Evoh touches Elaonore, he receives a massive electric shock, causing him to retract his hand.
Daikeim: *Daikeim growls at Evoh* Don't... Touch... Her... What do you want, you remember what happened back at the Nether Realm... Don't make me do it again, and this time. Neither of us are making it out alive...
Evoh: That's all I want to know. So if you lover her so much, then it be wise for you not pursue me. Don't come after how much you want to, cause...*snaps his fingers*
Elaonore: *starts shaking and being more turbulent*
Daikeim: What do you want...
Evoh: It's a spell my father created called "Threat of Ice". Its an unbreakable spell in which any one I cast the spell on starts freeing from the inside out, like freezing water into ice. All I have to do is snap my fingers.*snaps his fingers again*
Elaonore: *stops turning and seems to be calm again*
Daikeim: You're gonna blackmail me through her...
Evoh: Yea, why not. *gets up and walks over to Daikeim* Father always said...*whispers in Daikeim's ear* "What your enemy loves the most and crush the most" *back up a little bit* Do we have an understanding?
Daikeim: *Smirks* If you've done this, then that implies that you're afraid of the consequences... *His smile fades away to a more serious look* Yes, we do. Now release me from this.
Evoh: It's not that I fear you, it's that I can't let you interfere with my destiny. Glad we can finally understand each other. *pats Daikeim on the face and leaves the room, once he leaves Daikeim is unfrozen.*
Daikeim: Heh... Don't fear me? Hmph, but right now. He's not a concern... *Daikeim walks to Elaonore and tries to wake her up* Hello? Are you ok?
Elaonore: *slightly opens her eyes, looks at Daikeim and smiles* Daikeim...your back. *hugs him* There was not one day that I wasn't thinking about you.
Daikeim: *Smiles back and kisses her on the cheek* There wasn't a moment where I wasn't missing you... So, how have you been?
Elaonore: I have been well, even better now that you've returned. How was Arcadia?
Daikeim: Could of been better... Something has went down and I'm kinda worried... Oh, that reminds me. *He gives Elaonore the Water Elemental Shard* Here you go... *He smiles once again* Something I picked up along the way.
Elaonore: *smiles as she looks at it* I'm guessing it's a souvenir from your home. What is it thought?
Daikeim: Snap it in half and find out.
Elaonore: *snaps it in half*
Small water flies out of the broken Shard and goes through Elaonore's hands, Elaonore's eyes glow blue and she quickly gains a faint light blue aura. When Elaonore looks at her hands, she can see small water orbs hovering around her fingers.
Elaonore: *is laughing in joy* This is astounding! *water is lifting her round as she tries to keep from spinning* I love it! This is the best and only souvenir I ever had. Thank you, Daikeim.
Daikeim: *Chuckles* I'm glad you like it, this also means you've got something else. But'll have to wait 'til tonight, ok?
Elaonore: Ofcourse. come with me. *holds Daikeim hands and pulls him outside*
Daikeim: Ok ok! *He laughs* Where are we going?
Elaonore: Walking through our favorite part of the day. *starts walking*
Daikeim: *Daikeim looks at the sun as it sets while he walks with Elaonore* Sunset... I guess I never noticed it's beauty...
Elaonore: When I look at that sunset...I see better tomorrow. I ask myself what tomorrow holds for me and everyone else. And only hope that it brings a day better than today.
Daikeim: I can see why, tomorrow is something everyone strives for... A source of hope, happiness and a chance for something new and exciting to happen. For some, it symbolizes peace and serenity. And I can fully agree with that, and I guess you do aswell.
Elaonore: It's strange. You're the only male I know in my entire life who truly understands me. But I can't help but feel I don't understand you.
Daikeim: *Smiles* I guess because of they way I am, I'm just naturally harder to understand. I try to be as open as I can to you, so what about me don't you understand?
Elaonore: I mean like... When you express yourself. What you feel. I don't know If I understand what's on your mind.
Daikeim: Easy for some... Harder for others I guess... I usually have a lot on my mind, it isn't helping with the recent problems either... With how I feel, it's easy, I'm guessing you've heard the phrase "Action speaks louder than words". I'm just a very cryptic person overall, but that's only to make it harder for people who want information that I don't wanna give. But when I'm around you, Drake, Jumbo, I try to convey as much as I can. I'm usually always kept to myself, but it's nice to show you how I usually am...
Elaonore: I suppose, but it makes me feel selfish in a way even though I'm not.
Daikeim: Ok, I promise I'll try to be more open to you, so you can understand me a lot more... But right now, I wanna know what's on your mind, if that's ok?
Elaonore: Ok. I ask myself, what might happen to me, what will happen to you, and what will happen to everyone else here? I feel a strong sense of chaos coming...I've seen it in my dreams...I was but dreary and hurt, I looked around and saw everything destroyed....then you came to me..I touched your ace and I uttered something to you...and I passed away...Will what I dreamed happen in the near future? Is that what tomorrow hold behind that sunset?
Daikeim: If it does happen, then it happens... There's nothing we can do about it, but I know for a fact. That I won't let you die for as long as I live. *He sighs* Let's just hope that your dream is wrong...
Elaonore: I hope so too...I don't want to be without you...
Daikeim: *Smiles and softly squeezed on Elaonore's hand, Daikeim takes another look at the sunset.* Hmm, do we have an idea of where to go? Or are we just gonna keep walking 'til we reach the edge?
Elaonore: *smiles* A little bit of both. I promise you it will be worth it.
Daikeim: You have an idea how long it'll take until we get there?
Elaonore: not sure if I told you, but you have all the time in the world in Fantasy.
Daikeim: Oh yeah... *He chuckles, he tap's Elaonore's arm. Causing a small little shock* You weren't the only one who got something new.
Elaonore: *chuckles* I guess your right
They walk until it's finally night time and have finally made it to the Forest City
Daikeim: Woah... Looks mystical during the night, this is my second time here aswell... *He smiles* I remember you giving me and the others a tour around when we first came here... *He sees the moon* Finally...
Elaonore: *smile slightly* It's strange...when we first met we thought nothing of each other...now look at us willing to die for each other.
Daikeim: Yeah, it is strange... I'd never thought that something like this would happen, but I'm glad it did. *He hugs Elaonore* But that's what love will do to a person, it's unreal...
Elaonore: *smiles at Daikeim and looks at him with loving eyes* I say it's the realest thing I have ever felt in a long while.
Daikeim: *Holds both of Elaonore's hands and pulls her close, he then smiles and kisses her* I love you Elaonore, more than anything... *He holds her close* So... Now that we're here, what do we do now?
Elaonore: *points at a open bridge path* There. That'll take us. *walks into the path and is walking on a bridge*
Daikeim: *Follows Elaonore* So, where will this take us?
Elaonore: Good things come to those who wait. *continues walking and they make it to the end of the bridge where there is an arc up ahead*
Daikeim: *Daikeim looks around, amazed by the scenery* Looks enchanted, it's beautiful... *Walks towards the arc, still holding Elaonore's hand*
Elaonore: *smiles* If you like that, your going to love this even more. *continues walking for a little bit until they stop* Now Daikeim, I need you to close your eyes. I want to make this as special as possible.
Daikeim: *Chuckles and closes his eyes* Ok then...
Elaonore: *takes his hands and gently pulls him a several steps* Ok...Now.
Daikeim: *Opens his eyes and becomes speechless, dazed at what he sees. He simply walks around the area, taking in all he can* Even though this place looks dead, it feels so alive... It's just so majestic, and quiet... You can hear the wildlife, Elanore, this place is amazing. Thank you...
Elaonore: It's been a while since I walked through here and yet the imagery of it always stayed in my head. Don't thank me yet neither. I have on more thing to show you. *walks on the bridge*
Daikeim: *Follows Elaonore and smiles* And that would be? It'll be unreal if you can top this.
Elaonore: not sure if I can, but I will try. *smiles back and after a few minutes of walking make it to a beautiful waterfall*
Daikeim: ...Guess you're unreal then, Arcadia can't even compare to this. This is otherworldly, I know I seem easily impressed, but from everything else... I can't even... *He hugs Elaonore tightly* Thank you so much!
Elaonore: *hugs Daikeim back* Heh, you act like a child who was taken to the carnival. Come now. There is something beyond this fall. *walks into the water, then into the fall. She sticks her hand out from the fall wanting Daikeim to join her*
Daikeim: Child at heart. *He smiles and walks into the water and towards the fall. He then places his hand on Elaonore's hand and walks through*
They end up in a a vast view of the End of The Nation
Daikeim becomes speechless, stuck in awe at he gazes at the view. Elaonore can easily tell by the look on Daikeim's face that he wants to stay, he then smiles and speaks softly.
Daikeim: I don't know how to thank you... This is just amazing. *Daikeim looks at the lights ontop of the rocks* What are they?
Elaonore: Dragon hearts. There were 3 dragons who protected the End and guided those further into Fantasy. Once they're souls gave away, they wanted us to bury them, but to leave their hearts on where they layed. Those hearts shone and still show the way for all today who venture deeper into the many unknowns of Fantasy.
Daikeim: *Sits down and looks at the hearts, he then chuckles* Dragons die defending everything they love... *Daikeim's Soul Stone glows faintly* Guiding the lost and showing that way... Should we relax here, or keep on going?
Elaonore: We can rest here. That's all I needed to show you. *sits down next to him* Sorry if the sight seeing ended too quickly.
Daikeim: Don't be, it was absolutely amazing, and besides, you're astonishing to look like. *He smiles* This night has been brilliant... *He places his hand ontop of Elaonore's hand* I wish we could do this more often, I'm sorry that I'm always and leaving you here...
Elaonore: *holds Daikeim's hand* It's ok..As long as I know you'll always come back...I won't stop waiting for you...*looks up at the stars in the sky*
Daikeim looks up to the moon, he then smirks. His Soul Stone changes colour as does Daikeim, he gains a white and blue appearance. He then stands up and looks out towards the view and notices an ocean, he then stretches his arms out and points at the ocean. He then starts moving his hands, causing two massive bodies of water to hover into the sky. Daikeim then forms the water to look like Daikeim and Elaonore, he then starts to move his hands some more. Making the two water figures to dance ontop of the water gracefully, coupled with the starts and moonlight, the figures then stop dancing and sinks back into the water. Daikeim exits his Lunar Novac form and lowers his arms.
Daikeim: That... Was more harder than I thought...
Elaonore: *turns Daikeim toward her and puts a hand on his shoulder and her other hand is still holding Daikeim's* But...I think I understand.*smiles*
Daikeim: *Smiles and places his right hand on Elaonore's waist, he then speaks softly* This will be the first time I've done this...
Elaonore: You'll get it. Just put your feet where my feet were. *starts by putting her right foot back* You move your left foot forward.
Daikeim: *Places his left foot forward* Like this?
Elaonre: Yea just like that. Now I go back where my foot is and you come forward where your foot is. *moves back to where her feet are next to each other*
Daikeim: *Moves forward to where his feed are next to eachother* Ok, I think I'm getting the hang of this...
Elaonore: Good, now we both move one foot to the side. Follow me. *moves her left out to the side*
Daikeim: *Moves his right foot out to the side* Then I'm guessing we move our left foot where out right foot used to be?
Elaonore: We move the foot that's facing the partners foot. My left foot is facing your right foot, so we move at the same time with the feet that are facing each other. We're doing a box dance. We start one foot, then we use the other one. Just keep following me, okay?
Daikeim: Ah, ok... I'll follow you then.
Elaonore: *moves her left foot forward* Now move your right foot back.
Daikeim: *Moves his right book back* This doesn't seem so hard....
Elaonore: *smiles* See, your getting it. Now we put our feet together.
Daikeim: *Smiles and put his feet together* Are you sure I'm doing this right?
Elaonore: I wouldn't be teaching, if I didn't know. Your get really well at this. Now we move to the right. *steps out to the side with her right foot*
Daikeim: Ok. *He steps out to the side with his left foot*
Elaonore: *moves back with her right foot*
Daikeim: *Moves forward with his left foot*
Elaonore: *moves to the left with her left foot*
Daikeim: *Moves to the right to his right foot*
Elaonore: *moves her right foot forward*
Daikeim places his left foot back, the couple dancing under the beautiful moonlight and stars reflecting on the water, being in complete sync. The two occasionally changing between chuckling and conversation, speaking softly and exchanging compliments about eachother's dancing and how they are. Both Elaonore's and Daikeim's Soul Stone pulse at the same rate as their breathing, this continues for an hour.
Elaonore: You did fantastic, Daikeim. Never thought I would dance with anyone. I never thought anything like this would happen.
Daikeim: Well, I only have you to thank for this. You've been amazing tonight, dancing with you was just perfect. I can't describe it... This has been one of the best nights I've experienced. *He smiles*
Elaonore: *smiles and blushes* I can definitely say the same.
Daikeim: *Holds both of Elaonore's hands and softly pulls her towards him, Daikeim then wraps his arms around Elaonore and hugs her* You're truly the best...
Elaonore: *hugs Daikeim tightly and and lays her head on his shoulder. A tear of joy streams from her eye* You are too...
The blue lights can be seen floating into the air.
Daikeim notices the lights and smiles, he then places his hand under Elanore's head and moves his hand upwards, causing Elanore to look at Daikeim, he then kisses Elaonore.
Elaonore: *puts her hand behind Daikeim's neck and embraces the kiss. Elaonore breaks off the kiss, she's feeling cold and is shivering. She's holding herself to get warm but she still shivers*
Daikeim: *Instantly realises what's wrong, Daikeim then increases the temperature in his body and sends heatwaves at Elaonore. Trying to warm her up*
Elaonore: *is still feeling cold* Daikeim...why is so c-c-cold out all of a s-sudden?
Daikeim: ...The Threat of Ice... *Daikeim's eyes flash gold, causing a small energy dome to form around Elaonore. It constantly sends heat into Elaonore, causing the spell to slow down* That should at least help...
Elaonore: *is not shivering alot, but is still abit cold* I-s-s there..s-something wrong w-with me?
Daikeim: *Sighs* Someone put a spell on you called the Threat of Ice, at a snap of their fingers, you'll start turning into ice and eventually die... He said that if I stopped perusing him, he won't use it...
Daikeim: ...Evoh, it's best if I don't say more...
Elaonore: I don't...want to leave you...*puts her hand on the dome*I don't w-want to die...I w-want to be with you...I need to be with you...
Daikeim: *Walks up to the dome and places his hand opposite to Elanore's hand* I promise that you won't die for as long as I live... No matter what anyone does... *Daikeim's eyes flash gold, Elaonore gets a sudden pulse of Exeon. Temporarily stopping the spell, the dome fades away and Daikeim collapses. When he sits up, he coughs a worrying amount of blood*
Elaonore: Daiekim! *kneels next him* It's okay. *takes the water from the ocean and makes it into a waterball. Then uses the waterball and catches the light from the air. the waterball is filled with blue lights.* Drink this. You will be better. *puts it up to Daikeim's mouth*
Daikeim: *Drinks the water, he then smiles and tightly hugs Elaonore* See... We can't live without eachother... Thank you.
Elaonore: *hugs Daikeim tightly*..We need each other..*smiles and snuggles in Daikeim's chest*
Daikeim: *Finally relaxes, he takes a look at the ocean. He then looks at Elaonore and kisses her* My mystical Sylph... I love you.
Elaonore: My heroic dragon god...I love you too.*hugs Daikeim slightly tighter*
Daikeim: We should get some sleep... *He chuckles* This will be the second time we've slept outside... *Looks up to the stars* I wonder what the next sunrise brings... *He holds one of Elaonore's hands as he slowly falls asleep*
Elaonore:..A better day than today...*fall sleep*
Six hours pass and the sun has arose onto Fantasy, with the light waking Daikeim up. He looks at the sea and dragon hearts. He then looks at Elaonore and smiles, he then kisses her head and wakes her up.
Daikeim: Good morning Elaonore, how'd you sleep?
Elaonore: Heh. I slept rather fine. How about you?
Daikeim: I had a great sleep, considering that you were here aswell. *He chuckles*
Elaonore: *smiles* You're so sweet. *feels abit cold again* What is that?
Van Valeric walks toward Daikeim but collapses before he can reach him.
Daikeim: The hell? *He gets up and walks towards Valeric and picks him up* Valeric? What are you doing here?
Van Valeric: E-voh...*passes out*
Daikeim: Crap... The God Pit, Elaonore... *Points to Valeric* Take him to safety, I need you to stick with him for the time being... *Traces Evoh's energy signature*
Elaonore: *grabs Daikeim's arm* Be carefeul, Daikeim. *lets go and tends to Van Valeric*
Daikeim: I will, don't worry about me... *Daikeim goes into his Half Dragon and flies towards Evoh's energy signature*
10 minutes later
Van Valeric: *wakes up and sees Elaonore*
Elaonore: Are you alright?
Van Valeric: I am fine. Daikeim is at the Gate isnt he?
Elaonore: Yes, he should be by now. I didn't expect you to be awake that fast. Your wounds seem to be fine. I think you passed out of exhaustion.
Van Valeric: *gets up and disappears*
Daikeim stands before the Gate.
Daikeim: ...His energy signature is through here, Valeric said it himself... One way in, no way out...
Van Valeric: *appears next to Daikeim* The situation has gone out of hand. Evoh has taken rash measures and is now close to reaching the God Pit. If he reaches that, he'll be the strongest god out of any of us. I also fear what he might do with all that power.
Daikeim: Nice to see you're ok... *He looks at the gate* So... He reaches the God Pit and we're doomed, even if that happens... That ain't gonna phase me, he's going to pay for what he'll do... *He turns to look at Valeric* He used something called the Threat of Ice on Elaonore... *He clenches his fists* Yeah, he'll pay...
Van Valeric: Hmmm. It appears that he was reading through my spell notes. Be c
areful, you are acting too rash. Last time that happened Evoh gained the upper hand. This time might most definitely kill you.
Daikeim: He won't have the satisfaction of killing me, don't worry... I'll probably be fine, now. *He smirks* You wanna take us to him?
Van Valeric: *surrounds them both and takes them to what used to be the Ministery*
Daikeim: Wow... But that's what greed and darkness does to you... *Senses Evoh's energy signature* Seems a lot stronger aswell... The God Pit is in the dome?
Van Valeric: Yes. He killed off all my students and followers. Do what you must and hurry, I feel he is at the edge of reaching omnipotence. I will stall him. *disappears*
Daikeim: *Flies towards the dome and enters it, gazing around at the corpses. He continues following Evoh's energy signature* Hmm, well... This will be a challenge...
Evoh: *is at the edge of the God Pit* My destiny awaits.
Van Valeric: *appears behind Evoh* No it doesn't.
Evoh: Hello, old man. Your just in time to see the birth of a new, greater god. A god that will ravage this world in ice.
Van Valeric: You have all but proven yourself unworthy of using the God Pit.
Evoh: If me destroying your entire ministery didn't prove anything, I'm not sure what will. Hmmm how about the destroying the leader of the ministery, that might prove something.
Van Valeric: You are out of your mind, boy.
Evoh: Say's the man who wears a hood over his. *draws forth his greatsword. Strikes the ground with it and a stalagmite falls from above*
Van Valeric: *jumps back and dodges*
Evoh: *smashes through the stalagmite and attempts to stab Valeric*
Van Valeric: *is balancing on the tip of Evoh's greatsword* Give up.
Evoh: *scoffs* Why should I when I got this far? *throws Van Valeric in the air and a pillar of ice comes from under Evoh and and sends him after Valeric. He jumps off and is ready to strike Van Valeric*
Van Valeric: *disappears*
Evoh: *strikes the end of the God Pit and hangs on and launches himself back to where he was standing previously* Not even you can stop me, old man....Hold up.*thinks* No...he's stalling. Well...he isn't gonna make it now... *falls into the God Pit*
Daikeim arrives and stands at the edge of the God Pit and looks down at Evoh.
Daikeim: Thanks Valeric, you've stalled him long enogh... Ok Evoh... *Golden fire comes out of Daikeim's hand and it forms into the Draconia* Let's do this... *Daikeim jumps down into the God Pit in pursuit of Evoh*
Evoh: *looks back* I told you not to pursue me. *snaps his fingers* Let's see if you can beat me before your lover dies. *points his sword at Daikeim and it extends at him*
Daikeim smirks and knocks it aside with the Draconia, lightning then surges into Daikeim's left arm and he fires a massive bolt of lightning down at Evoh. He then dives down and covers his hand in fire and puches Evoh down.
Evoh blocks both with his sword and knocks him back
Evoh: Edidit captionem.
Ice spikes come from all sides of the Pit and extend foreward.
Daikeim engulfs himself in fire and cuts the spikes into pieces, he flies down at Evoh and slams both his feet into Evoh's chest. Exchanging the fire onto Evoh, Daikeim then charges a ball of lightning and presses it against Evoh's face. Causing the lightning to disburse into Evoh, sending him flying down.
Evoh disappears and reappears above Daikeim and kicks him in his back and thrust his sword through his spine.
Evoh: Come now. Let us both be gods. *ice courses through Daikeim's spine and freezes it solid*
Daikeim: Sure... *He smirks and goes into his Lunis form* But I don't think you can handle the responsibilities that come with it! *He freezes himself and shatters, the ice shards then form back into a Daikeim with a white and blue appearance. He then creates multiple ice shards and they all impale Evoh* Let's see who can control their element better! *Insulates Evoh in an ice cylinder, Daikeim then grasps both his fists together and slams them down on the cylinder, causing it to fall even faster*
The cylinder shoots ice pikes at Daikeim until it gets smaller and smaller then finally Evoh is free
Evoh: *smirks* Using ice against the son of the ice god. A presumptuous attempt.
Daikeim: *Chuckles* Yeah, might aswell try something new... *Daikeim deflects the ice pikes away* You're just a one trick horse, someone who's greed gets in their way... For a dark elf, you seem pretty blinded in your pride... You're father's an ice god, so what? That doesn't mean a damn thing when you're selfish disires gets in the way of everything! *Daikeim appears infront on Evoh and smirks* So, what I'm trying to tell you Evoh... IS LEARN YOUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD! *Daikeim creates a sphere of lightning and ice and slams them down onto Evoh, blasting him down. Daikeim then creates a massive block of ice underneath Evoh, causing Evoh to crash down into it*
Evoh: *lands and jumps back at Daikeim and headbutts him in the stomach*I would say the same for you, but your not off this world. *maneuvers around Daikeim and is up in the air and comes back down and smashes him into a pillar of ice. And jumps back*
Daikeim: *Gets up and chuckles* Just because I'm not from this world doesn't mean you should judge me like that, because you know what they say... What you don't know could kill you... *Jumps up and coats his hand if ice spikes and uppercuts Evoh* And you barely know me at all! *He grabs Evoh by the neck and dives back down onto the block on ice and slams Evoh into it*
Evoh: Neither do you. *smacks Daikeim in his ears then punches him right in the nose, then punches him right in the mouth* Ready to let go yet? *grabs Daikeim's head and knees him in his crotch, then poke his fingers in both of Daikeim's eyes*
Daikeim: *Laughs* Let go? Evoh Vemel, son of Van Valeric. Dark Elf Demi-God of ice... *He taunts Evoh* An... Ok fighter, egotistical, has too much pride, full of himself. So, let me tell you about myself... *Daikeim headbutts Evoh and grabs both his arms and sends electrical currents into Evoh. Daikeim then creates a block of ice and smashes it against Evoh's face, he then grabs Evoh by his ears and knees him in the chest, denting his armor.* I am Daikeim, son of Luxinare! *He holds Evoh down and punches his face* Heroa God! *He elbows Evoh's chest, denting the armour even more* I am what you fear! *Daikeim slams both his fists down onto Evoh, causing them to break the ice into pieces. Daikeim then sees a light at the bottom of the God Pit, he smirks one more time* Come now... Let us both both be gods...
Evoh: *licks the blood his his face an smiles* Sure thing. Me first. *uppercuts Daikeim in the shin, making him loose his grip on him. Evoh is consumed by the light of the Pit*
The light of the Pit shines brighter and the dome just blows away. The ice itself starts to break apart and shift.
Daikeim: Heh... Well then... My turn... *He dives down into the light*
Something comes out and knocks Daikeim out of the Pit and onto a pile of broken ice shards. Evoh can be seen in the air, his armor complete studded out with ice and is veins are frozen. His has been engulfed with flames.
Evoh: I guess my father forgot to tell you. One person at a time. *summons all the broken ice and tosses them all in to Pit. The ice comes back out as an enormous ice formation, completely blocking out Pit*
Daikeim: Ah well... Being a regular god wouldn't suit me... So then, Heroa God vs a 'god'. Your pride is gonna be the fatal towards yourself.
Evoh: We'll see. *disappears and reappears infront of Daikeim and smack him away, then he appears from behind and kick him in the air, then reappears right above him and dive kicks him toward the ground, but Daikeim lands on a large stalactite instead*
Daikeim: *Shatters into ice and reappears* You're boring me now... Like I said, you're a one trick pony... God or not, you're still a spoiled little runt, and to think you can cause chaos with pathetic power such as yours...
Evoh: Sure, sure. Keep talking while your lover freezes. And your all the way over here. You plan on doing something about it? Stop crying over me raping your lover. Come one, stop talking and fight! *dashes at him at unforeseen speed and punches Daikeim so hard in the stomach, his fist can be seen through his back* Come now and face me!*punches Daikeim's head down, forcing him on his hands and knees. Kicks him in his side sending him flying. He reappears behind him an kciks him in the air, then he reappears again an kicks him back to the ground where he falls unto Evoh's greatsword. Evoh freezes him and smashes him into the ground* I've seen many tricks, so far you've lost all yours. *stomps on Daikeim's face* Maybe once you die, i'll make your lover my own personal harlot. That's if she doesn't die by that time the is.
Daikeim throws Evoh away and stands up, his smirk gone. Daikeim now has a more serious look on his face, Daikeim's eyes glow gold and have a faint trail. Daikeim gains a golden aura, Daikeim wounds instantly heal, Daikeim starts talking. But it seems off.
Daikeim: Ok then Evoh... You want me to fight back? Then let me show you a sample of true power a Vitae God possesses...
Daikeim slowly raises his arm and aims his finger at Evoh, Evoh is suddenly battered with an unknown force. Daikeim then appears infront of Evoh and punches him in the stomach, causing Evoh to spew out a lot of blood. Evoh then falls to his hands and knees, Evoh is the suddenly thrown up into the air. Daikeim then swings his arm sideways, causing Evoh to get flown across the room. Daikeim walks towards Evoh and picks him up by his arm and looks at Evoh. Daikeim then lets go and knees him before he lands, cracking the ice on Evoh's armour. When Evoh stands up, he sees Daikeim right infront of him. Daikeim grabs Evoh by the neck and picks him up, a bolt of light appears in Daikeim's other hand. It transforms into a different looking Draconia, he then slowly impales Evoh's lung with the sword, Daikeim then pulls the sword out and throws him across the room.
Evoh: *stops himself* Finally, you decide to stop insulting me. Actions speak louder than words. So, enough talk, lets fights!*appears behind him and rams him in the back, grabs him by the head and kicks him in his back, then stabs him in the back with his greatsword and then it extends into the air*
Daikeim fades away and appears a couple of meters away from Evoh, with the wounds fully healing. Daikeim then walks towards Evoh, Evoh is suddenly pulled towards Daikeim, with him coating his fist in energy then punching Evoh in the chest. Causing the energy to disburse into Evoh, cracking the armour and being sent back. Daikeim then aims a finger at Evoh and a golden beam flies out of it and pierces Evoh's armour and body, when Evoh gets up, Daikeim points towards a wall. Evoh is sent flying towards the wall and is restrained by Exeon energy, Daikeim walks up and places his hand of Evoh's head and speaks.
Daikeim: Feel my pain and suffering...
Evoh's eyes flash gold, and Evoh begins feeling all the damage done to Daikeim, the broken bones, the impalements, the heavy wounds and more. All of this causes Evoh to scream in pain as Daikeim blankly watches, this goes on the five minutes until it ends to where the fight currently is.
Evoh: Well...what a ride...sadly...I must say...your life sucks...so what? Do you expect me to care? No. You said it yourself. Besides, seems like your life only sucks because you done screwed up back at home. Now look at the damage you have done. *gets on his feet* You've only done foolish things over and over again. Haste makes mistakes, my foe. Atleast, I got to wtch the part with me raping your lover. What was her name...Elaonore, wasn't it? Certainly sounds like a Sylph. Other than that, I lost all interest.
Daikeim clicks his fingers, causing Evoh to drop to the floor and cough up a lot of blood. His is barely unable to move his body.
Daikeim: I wasn't only showing you what I went through, if you're smart enough, then you'll realise what I've done.
Daikeim clicks his fingers again, causing Evoh's heart to slow down, Evoh is finding it hard to breathe, he suddenly gets immense pain all over his body.
Daikeim: Still don't know? I searched your mind, went into your psyche, examined your memories, seen your experiences I know everything... Vemel... The Threat of Ice is a handy spell, thank you for letting me 'borrow' it...
Evoh: Great...great...it cannot be reversed once used...*ignores the pain* No matter...I still stand, whether you mentally damage me or not.
Daikeim appears infront of Evoh and punches him in the gut, causing him to kneel over. Daikeim then grasps both his hands and slams them against Evoh's back, making Evoh fall to his hands aswell.
Daikeim: When I confronted you the first time, I let my anger get the better of me, I was inraged by your little act... *Daikeim places his foot on Evoh's back and presses down, causing Evoh to fall to the floor and unable to get up* But look at us now, Vemel... You keep bragging about it to no one who cares, just so you can inrage me again? You seem proud of your little sexual act, like it meant something to your life... Hoping to get some attention from me, is that why you came all this way to become a god? To cause a little chaos so you had everyone's attention...
Evoh: I don't require any attention, i was never given anyway so why do i want it now? Also, it was the best moment in my life. I even dare say that it was perfect. Never felt better. *frees himself from Daikeim's grasp and kick him in the crotch then uppercuts him sending him several hundred feet away*
Daikeim reappears infront of Evoh and slams the back of his arm against Evoh's head, sending him straight to the floor.
Daikeim: You want it now because you're at your prime, you're at the best you can be. I mean, why would you kill your father's students and followers? Because they were a threat to you? No, you killed them because he gave them more attention than his own son, it's almost pitiful... All those years of being alone, with no one to care for but yourself... What makes you think that becoming a god would change that?
Evoh: I killed them because they were in my way. My father didn't give me what I wanted, so if he wasn't gonna give it to me, i was going to take it for myself.
Daikeim: Interesting, well... This has been fun but...
Evoh's heart suddenly stops, Evoh begins breathing heavily.
Daikeim: Lockdown has your fate sealed... Your heart has stopped, soon, your organs are gonna fail on you... Basically, your body isn't going to work any longer... Goodbye Evoh Vemel...
Evoh: No...not yet...* turns into ice and blows away with the wind*
Daikeim: ...Valeric, I know you're still here. Show yourself...
Van Valeric: *appears next to Daikeim* I must have over exaggerated upon Evoh becoming a god. He was not worthy of such a status, thus he was only given nigh-omnipotence instead of omnipotence. Now the Pit is sealed. Not even I can break it. Jibaku will have to fix that once he returns.
Daikeim: Hmhmm... Van Valeric, the Threat of Ice is unbreakable as Evoh stated... But Exeon energy has managed to slow it down... *Daikeim cuts him arm, causing a gold tinted blood to come out* I need you to make an antidote to it... Are you sure you can do that?
Van Valeric: Yes, I can. There is absolutely nothing I cannot do. *disappears*
Daikeim: I thank you... Now...
Daikeim fades away and appears back to the last location where he saw Elaonore, he looks around.
The winds whisper 'Death has a cold finger. The Gate is a window that you cannot escape through.'
Daikeim teleports to the Gate and sees a frozen Elaonore, he aims his hand towards her and sends Exeon energy into her, causing the spell to reverse.
the frozen Elaonore literally melts into a puddle of water.
Daikeim: No... *His arms drop* No no no no... *A tear drops* No no no!
Evoh: Nice to see you still care...*is holding a frozen Elaonore*Looks like he came back for you...
Daikeim: *Stands up and glares at Evoh, Daikeim's eyes are glowing red but still maintains the gold aura* Let go... Of her.
Evoh: *chuckles and has a wild look in his eye* No..not this time...I will not die without my foes feeling one sting of pain before I never get to see their hideous faces again...This is it! This is by far the greatest spell I have ever learned...*strokes the side of Elaonore's frozen cheek* It's all over, darling. Say good-bye to your beloved....Crucem Glacies!
5 Stalactites come from beneath the ground and impale Elaonore's back and pierce through her heart and come out through her chest. 2 more come and peirce her the palms of her hands lifting them both up and 2 more piece her feet.
Evoh: *looks at her in amusment* Heh. Looks like you won't be needing this anymore. *pulls out the ring Van Valeric gave to Daikeim. He freezes it and crushes it* Boo...hoo...for you....HahahahAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!
Evoh suddendly drops dead due to the Lockdown, Daikeim's aura melts the ice. Daikeim runs towards Elaonore and picks her up.
Daikeim: NO NO NO! ELAONORE PLEASE! DON'T LEAVE ME! *Tears streams down Daikeim's face* NO NO NO COME ON! PLEASE DON'T DIE! *Daikeim tries his best to revive Elaonore with the Exeon energy but to no avail* ELAONORE NO! *After a while, Daikeim stays silent. With tears landing on Elaonore's body. Daikeim roars, with it being felt all across Fantasy and Earth*
Familiar Voice: You feeling alright?
Daikeim: ... *Turns to look at the person*
Evoh is standing right behind him, though not in his god form, he's completely there.
Evoh: Surpriiiiiiise. Hurts that you lost her , doesn't it. My clone did a better job than I expected. I mean look at you. Crying like a child who lost his lollipop. You say I was pathetic, but look at you know. Unable to be there for her all because of your hatred towards me. Blind you were and blind you forever shall be. Looks like I was smarter than you thought I turned out to be. I wish to stay and explain things but I'm off, that was quite a show, I even got something from the gift store. *holds up Elaonore's Soul Stone* I'll see you around. Hope your up for it, when your not in a mess. *turns into ice and blows away in the wind*
Daikeim loses his golden aura, emotionless. Unable to think, to feel, to speak, to move. No more tears drop, just pure silence, Daikeim's Soul Stone doesn't pulse. Brief memories flash throughout Daikeim's mind, adding towards the pain. Daikeim falls to his knees, three words are heard...
Daikeim: I'm... Sorry... Elaonore... *Daikeim falls to the floor, motionless*
Van Valeric: *appears. He looks at Elaonore then at Daikeim, then at a dead clone of Evoh* Such a mess. *pickd up Elaonore* Never thought Evoh could out-smart even me. But let this be a lesson, Daikeim. You are either in it for her or for your revenge. When you seek revenge, you leave unguarded and open to those who oppose you. I will be back. Oh, and another thing. *points at the crushed ring and instantly is put back together, as if nothing happened to it* There is a difference between being smart, and being smart all the time.*disappears with Elaonore*
7 minutes later
Van Valeric: *returns with an unfrozen Elaonore in his arms and lays her nexxt to Daikeim who is still in a coma* She will live, nut not for long. The damage done to her body by the cold cannot with stand it any longer, but do to the antidote, she has at least 6 to 7 years of life before she refreezes, tht's nough time for you to cherish the rest of your life with her. *picks up the ring and places it in Daikeim's hand. He then senses such negativity from a another plane* I must be on my way, something else calls. *disappears*
7 more minutes later
Elaonore: *wakes up and sees Daikeim next to her. She sits up on her knees and puts Daikeim's head on her lap and strokes his head* It's okay. We'll be fine know. I can feel it now. Things will be better for us. *looks at the tears on Daikeim's face* Awwww, you've been crying. It's okay. I cry alot too. *smiles slightly and wipe away the tears off of Daikeim's face* Never thought I see it, but a certain man I fell in love with told me that it was okay to cry. Don't worry. I won't go anywhere. I will always be here, where I know you will come back. *kisses Daikeim's forehead and strokes his hair*
Meanwhile in Daikeim's subconscious, a figure representing Daikeim appears in a secluded area. With water covering the floor and a normal sky, the figure gets up and looks around.
Daikeim: ...Where am I? *He starts walking, looking towards the sky* Am I dead? *He notices something in the distance, he starts running towards it. But when he gets close, it fades away and goes even further away.*
Mysterious Voice: It's hopeless trying to reach it... And when you manage to get it, it's worthless anyways.
Daikeim: *Slows down and looks around, but can't see a single person here* Where am I? Have I died?
Mysterious Voice: No, but you were close. You must not allow your anger to get in the way of you, it will destroy you.
Daikeim: Who are you, answer me! Where am I!?
Mysterious Voice: We are in your deep subconscious, where everything was peaceful.
Daikeim: My... Subconscious? And what do you mean by was?
Mysterious Voice: Look around you.
Daikeim looks around, seeing people like Drake, Elaonore, Valeric, Evoh, Jumbo, Drekavas, The Admin and others. All of them with blank expressions, looking at Daikeim.
Daikeim: ...I don't understand, what are you trying to show me?
Mysterious Voice: These people, you have something towards them. Anger, love, respect, happiness and despair. They've certainly made your life harder and unstable, making it no longer peaceful, as there's always something in the way of you from getting that goal. They came into your life and changed it, for better or for worse. Tell me, what similarities do they have between one another?
Daikeim: Wouldn't you know?
Mysterious Voice: No, for this isn't the life I chosen. This is the life you paved for yourself.
Daikeim: *Has a puzzled look on his face* ...Well, Drake and Evoh are prideful, aiming to be the best and never seem to give up. Elaonore and Jumbo care for Fantasy and will try to do anything they can for the Mythos. Valeric, Drekavas and The Admin all strive for this world to change...
Mysterious Voice: Have you noticed that you've taken aspects from them, Drake and Evoh's never give up attitude. Elaonore and Jumbo's care for others, Valeric, Drekavas and The Admin's goal to change the world... No matter who these people are, they've helped forged the way you are now. But all of this won't matter if you get consumed by your anger towards others.
Daikeim: I demand you show yourself... I don't want to play these games... Who are you!?
Mysterious Voice: I will reveal myself after one more question... What are you?
Daikeim: What am I? What do you mean what?
A dark figure forms infront of Daikeim, it forms into a dark version of Daikeim. Everything around them two change, the sky turns black and the water turns red.
Daikeim: The... Hell?
Mysterious Voice: By what, I mean what are you? A hero or villain, currently in the state you're in... This is you Daikeim, the choices you'll soon make will change you... Consumed into the darkness, lost in your rage. Unfortunately, you will be too weak to stop it.
Daikeim: No, I will not become this! *He punches the dark clone, but the clone is unaffected. It simply punches Daikeim, pushing him back*
Mysterious Voice: It's hopeless to attack it, you won't be able to contain it, all your emotions will surpass your barriers and release themselves. Chaos and destruction will be your allies and will follow you until your untimely demise.
Daikeim: I won't allow it...
The dark clone keeps punching Daikeim, with Daikeim unable to fight back.
Mysterious Voice: This clone was the figure you were trying to catch earlier, but you have no control over it. It will destroy your way of life, Daikeim. This is why you couldn't catch it, because of the way you are. All your cherish ones will perish, the family and friends you sworn to protect. Your promise will be broken--
Daikeim: I won't let it control me! *Drake grabs one of the clone's fist when it throws a punch* I will not allow myself to be controlled by this darkness! My reason is to fight to defend, not to destroy! And even if it tries, I'll allow it to have it's fun before I take the wheel back...
Mysterious Voice: Hmm?
Unaware to Daikeim, he gains angelic knight-like armour. But only the Mysterious Voice can see it, Daikeim starts fighting the dark clone.
Mysterious Voice: So you do have the potential after all...
Daikeim: I'll try my best to keep my promise to everyone, I won't die until that promise is fulfilled!
Mysterious Voice: And your promise is?
Daikeim: That's for you to understand... *Daikeim charges and fire a golden energy blast at the clone, defeating it*
Mysterious Voice: If you think you can keep your promise, then this power will belong to you... As for the time being.
A cloaked figure appears infront of Daikeim, with a strange aura surrounding the figure.
Daikeim: So then, what are you?
Mysterious Voice: I reside a piece of my energy in your Soul Stone, mind and your soul itself. I am the one allowing you to use Exeon energy, my name is Cogita.
Daikeim: ...No way, seriously?
Nexus: Yes, it's a pleasure to finally meet face to face.
Daikeim: But... Why are you here, trusting this with me?
Nexus: Because I've been seeing your achievements since birth, and I believe you will do heroic acts for everyone. I'm impressed with you Daikeim, and I'll continue to be. But for now, it's time for you to awaken, there is someone waiting for you in reality.
Daikeim: Wait, I have one more question!
Nexus: What is it?
Daikeim: Will I be able to surpass your expectations?
Nesux: ...Daikeim, you already have, now goodbye.
Daikeim fades away, back in Fantasy. Daikeim faintly opens his eyes and groans, he sees Elaonore and smiles.
Daikeim: Oh... Hey there Elaonore, I had the craziest dream.
Elaonore: *chuckles* Well I hope it isn't anywhere like mine. How are you feeling?
Daikeim: *Places his hand on the side of Elaonore's face* I'm feeling great, tired... But great.
Elaonore: *happily smiles* I'm glad. *sighs* All I feel like doing is resting today. Feel so tired.
Daikeim: *Sits up and hugs Elaonore tightly, he then smiles and speaks softly* We'll go find somewhere to rest, ok? This day has been eventful for both of us...
Elaonore: *embraces the hug* It has, hasn't it? Atleast we can rest together in peace now.
Daikeim: *Stands up and picks Elaonore up, he goes into his Half Dragon form and flies to the Forest City's rooftops and lays Elaonore down on the top. Daikeim lies down to the side of her and looks up to the sky* I'm loving this place more and more...
Elanore: *smiles* I remember the first time I explored the 1st Region. It was so breath taking for me. It was like living in one of my fantasy books my mother would always read to me before I would go to bed. Did you ever listen to any stories of beautiful places you wish you could go to?
Daikeim: Not listened, watch... As you know, a God watches over something. Well back on Arcadia, when I was young, I'd watch Cyanic. It was like an ant farm in a way, watching the Cyanicans' daily lives amuzed me to no end. Arcadia bored me, so I'd always wanted to go to Cyanic and just explore as a normal being... Something I haven't even managed yet, Drake would tell me his tales of his life on Cyanic. It's werid, having a mortal teaching a God. *He chuckles*
Elaonore: And did you ever once ask yourself 'what would you do If you were a mortal for a day?'
Daikeim: Many many times, to strip my title and powers at a Heroa God and just be... 'Normal', it was something I dreamed of... I think if I were a mortal for a day, I'd experience as much as I could. But it'd be scary, just to suddenly be normal... Petrifying..
Elaonore: I asked myself a similar question on what if I was a Mytho. I would've been scared because of the world hates them. We were just like them., but they didn't want to hear that. All those years, I thought I was normal, but I wasn't. And in a way..I'm glad. Like, how I'm glad you're you. *smiles at Daikeim*
Daikeim: *Smiles and holds Elaonore's hand* It's nice to try to be others, but in all honestly. It's best to be yourself, I'm glad I'm me because I can protect the people I care about... I could never do that if I was anything else...
Elaonore: Can say the same aswell. I never felt so much peace here and so much I can contribute to others. I also have another question...
Daikeim: Hmm? Go ahead, ask away.
Elaonore: As you know, people have started to worry about the abscence of Jumbo. They feel...what's the word? Lost. And since I know no one else as able as you, I ask...will you be Fantasy's new Guardian?
Daikeim: *Stays quiet for a minute, gazing into the sky* ...You're gonna have to let me think it over, sorry.
Elaonore: It's ok. Like I said. We have all the time in the world here in Fantasy. Sorry if the question was too sudden.
Daikeim: *Smiles* It's ok, I understand why you would ask me. The Mythos will need a guardian soon... But I'm just not sure.
Elaonore: It's ok. I'm not sure who anyone else I can trust other than you. You have shown that you have the means of protecting this place.
Daikeim: Thanks... *Kisses Elaonore's cheek* Don't worry, I'll probably say yes anyways... I'm pretty much made for defending, so it'll be hard for me to say no.
Elaonore: I'm not forcing you to make this decision. *slightly smiles* It would be nice having a demigod as Guardian, wouldn't it?
Daikeim: It would, but what if the Mythos won't adapt?
Elaonore: The only time we would ever have to adapt is when Fantasy no longer exists and Reality is what remained. We will adapt to this change. We need someone to lead this Nation and you are one. There is no doubt in mind that you will be a great Guardian.
Daikeim: I appreciate the enthusiasm, and in all honesty... I wouldn't mind, but there's just too much going on for me to calm down and establish something to do... I'd rather wait 'til there is true peace before I agree to anything.
Elaonore: Well if there was true peace then we wouldn't need a Guardian, now would we?
Daikeim: *Chukles* I guess you have a point there... Heh, for a tired person, you seem very talkative.
Elaonore: Tell you the truth...*quietly yawns* The more I talk...more...sleepy I...*falls asleep still holding Daikeim's hand*
Daikeim: *Smiles and kisses Elaonore's head* Rest well... *He closes his eyes and falls asleep*
A whisper in the wind can be heard. 'Change'
Same Minds, Different Motives
Daikeim's Soul Stone glows red, waking him up due to the whisper, he takes a look around before speaking.
Daikeim: Elaonore... Wake up, and move away from the Forest City...
Elaonore: *cracks her eyes* Hmmmmm...What is it? *rubs here eyes* Is everything okay?
Daikeim: No, not for the time being... Just promise me you'll be fine. *Daikeim clenches his fists in preparation of the mysterious figure*
Elaonore: *puts her hand on Daikeim's fist and smiles ever so gently at him* I will...for you.*disappears*
'Change,Change, Change has come'
Daikeim: Ok, Drekavas... Why have you come to bother me this time...
Drekavas appear before him with his arms folded like a badass
Drekavas: The outside world is being purged of human life as we speak. This paves way for a world, with only myths. A world where sin will not exist. A world where myths don't have to fear for their lives everyday, wondering if they'll get captured or killed, just because they are being misunderstood. There is still room for you, Daikeim. You and your lover. Come now, join me and we can prosper in the new world. *stretches for the his hand towards Daikeim*
Daikeim: You still don't get it, do you? Why are you persistent on take over a world that doesn't belong to you, me, or anyone... This world is built on an order of diversity, regardless of how broken it is. It sickens me that you chose a path of darkness, eliminating the human race for someone else... For someone of your brilliance, you seem blind. As for me, I'm either helping for the benefit of both Mythos and humans, or doing nothing at all... This world isn't supposed to be carved by me, you or someone like The Admin. You're fighting a lost cause Drekavas...
Drekavas: Really? Change can not go away. It comes eventually. Whether its now or another time. But you witnessed the cruelty of man yourself. You not really all that forgiving, Daikeim; and you still long to destroy those who wronged you. The world I desire will come to be. I have all the time in the world to achieve it. Whether you join me or not.
Daikeim: Hmph... I may not be as forgiving as others, but that doesn't mean I'll give the humans another chance if they deserve it... Besides, why are you trying to get me to help you?
Drekavas: Special bonds. You want to have a better world, though this my not be like your home world, you can make it alot different. A world without war, wthout suffering. The humans have had more than one chance and if God doesnt have the guts to destroy what he created, then I will. *raises forth his hands and numerous explosions go off and Forest City is on fire in seconds. Driads and Wood elves are struggling to leave* Fire purges the wicked. It purifies. It makes things new. It changes.
Daikeim eyes flash gold as a massive torrent of wind sweeps through the Forest City, exstinguishing the fire in an instant. Daikeim then grabs Drekavas by his shirt and headbutts him and slams a fireball into his chest, blasting him away into a open field. Once Drekavas stands up, he sees Daikeim's eyes glowing gold faintly. Daikeim starts talking, but strangely it sounds like more than one person is talking in perfect sync with Daikeim.
Daikeim: Fire purges the wicked? Lets test that... *Daikeim points at Drekavas, causing a pillar of fire to erupt under Drekavas. Causing fire to surge into Drekavas' mouth and down into his body, causing severe burns*
Drekavas: *only puffs out a cloud of smoke in Daikeim's face* I am not wicked. For my actions are right. *shoots Daikeim with his Alpha Beam* You canot comprehend what years worth of blood and sweat can do. *the bruise on his forehead disappears. Grabs Daikeim by his shirt and lifts him up* You are all but just a twig, waiting to be snapped in half. I am like a tree, which flourishes with strength and experience. Nothing can tear me down, not even anyone with the lights of you. *lets go of Daikeim and touches the middle of his chest with his two fingers and it blows Daikeim into a building and also blows away some of his clothes*
Daikeim appears infront of Drekavas and clicks his fingers, a dome appears around Daikeim and Drekavas. It stops time but allows Daikeim to move freely, he taps on Drekavas' shoulder, causing a small orb to appear. Daikeim taps all over Drekavas' body and exits the dome, the dome fades away and the orbs sink into Drekavas' body, causing massive amounts of pain. Daikeim then points at Drekavas, with his hand shaped into a gun.
Daikeim: Bang. *He imitates gunfire, a invisible force blasts Drekavas back by a miles* I'm no twig, if anything... I'm a seed, just give me time and I'll grow into a much stronger and taller tree than you... Making you look like a twig.
Drekavas: *the orbs in his body comes out red and become on giant orb* I'm afraid your being planted in rough soil then. *the orb collapses and becomes a vacuum, sucking up all of Forest City and some of its residents* Your life grows short. But change can fix that. Change can fix everything. Just imagine a better place for you to be in. Think about you past. Think about your present, and Think about your future. How much longer until Fantasy expires from existence?
Daikeim: I don't think about my life, I think about others... *The gold aura appears* Releasing Exeon control restraints in three... Two... One... Approval of situation recognized, proceed with Arcadia Judgement: Banishment for the time being...
Drekavas gets secluded into a black cuboid, he can't see nothing and cannot move. Meanwhile on the outside, the vacuum dissipates into nothingness as Daikeim continues talking.
Daikeim: Location of subject chosen... Commencing banishment. *Daikeim grasps his hands together, causing the box to shrink into nothingness. He looks around the destroyed city and sends out a golden pulse, making the city rewind in time. Repairing itself, Daikeim loses the golden aura and sits down, taking a minute to breathe* That... Was unexpected.
If you think that was unexpected, wait until you see this.'
A faint blue light is shining until it gets brighter and brighter then finally the light turns red an a explosion consumes the city. After the city is burnt down, Drekavas appears* Still forgot what my new body is made of. Reverse time all you want. Once Death grabs hold of souls, your only putting yourself back into a world of ghosts.
Daikeim blankly looks at Drekavas and stands up, giving out a slow clap.
Daikeim: Getting real tired, of your shit Drekavas...
Daikeim places his hands in his pockets and speeds towards Drekavas and headbutts him, Daikeim then sweepkicks Drekavas onto the floor and procedes to stomp on his chest. Cracking ribs in the process, Daikeim jumps away and glances around the city, he raises his hand into the air and all the fire gets sent into his hand.
Daikeim: Do me a favor, Drekavas... *He walks over to Drekavas and grabs his arm and pulls him up, holding him in the air* Stay away from Fantasy and the Mythos, you're not welcome here... *He punches Drekavas in the stomach, causing him to cough out blood* I can counter all your moves and attacks, so it's worthless trying to fight back, since we'll be at a stalemate... *He lets go, dropping Drekavas to the floor before kicking him away*
Drekavas: *is behind Daikeim with his back facing his*You still forget what the other part of my body is made of. *elbows Daikeim on the side of his face, the kicks behind his leg, making him loose balance then drop kicks Daikeim's head hard enough to have him falling to the ground* I know what your moves are before you even make them. It is the fact I didn't want to make it hard for you. It is also because I get stronger through every attack you put on me. It is called Alpha Physiology, becoming stronger through experience. The more we fight, the more I become strong. I can thank you and Zane for that, for making me possibly the strongest being on the planet. Only possibly though. Don't want things to backfire on me so easily.
Daikeim: You being the strongest on the planet isn't gonna happen, go meet a bastard name Evoh. Then you'll realise, until then... *Gets up and summons the Draconia and channels Exeon energy into it* Besides, if you're made by DNA from me and Zane, that means that you're only strong because of us. *Smirks* Face it, without me and him, you're just a pathetic copycat... *Charges towards Drekavas and slashes at his body, causing deep cuts. Daikeim then slams the hilt of the sword against Drekavas' head, making him fall to his knees, Daikeim then places his foot on Drekavas and pushes, blasting Drekavas into the floor*
Drekavas: Copycat or not. I'm am strong enough to make changes to this world as I see fit. *wounds heal and he takes off his coat and red Exeon enrergy flows around him. Summons Draconia Shadow.* Those that may think death has taken them, only come back as something different. I know the feeling. I've died before and now I've made to this. A body that will last me a lifetime.
Both feel a strange sensation in the air, and turn towards the city, as a green light begins to spread from the forest's edge towards the city. As it spreads, buildings materialize from the ashes, and become almost better than they were before their destruction. As the light spreads further, the lights of souls appear in the restored areas, and the inhabitants are restored, mind, body and all. As the restoration finishes, a soft green light obscures their vision, until they can see a faintly visible figure glowing brighter than the rest of the light around it. The light recedes, revealing a strange female figure with red hair and white highlights, the face looking strangely familiar to Daikeim.
The figure steps forth from the light, observing the two beings.
Darkness. Silence. Sound. Confusion. Light. Fear. Air. Touch. Breath. Life. Who stands before me... what am I?
The light fades, leaving the area much darker than they expected, revealing the strange mechanical form composing the entirety of its right side, and its strange headmask covering the right side of the face and mouth. A mechanical exhale can be heard.
Then the six wings of pure heavenly light flash into existence from its back, glowing with a definite aura of divine power.
Drekavas: Astounding...the power...how can something like that exist here? Angel's certainly don't live here...
Daikeim: *Takes a moment to examine the figure, mainly focusing on the face and wings* Hmm... Even your energy is similar, but I know I haven't met you before... Interesting... *Glances over to Drekavas* So much for you being the "strongest" in the world, hmph. *He looks back at the figure* So who are you and why are you here?
A burst of steam blasts from the figure's right side, various vents opening up. It looks down at its right side and flexes its right hand and arm, as though not used to them. Its gaze returns to Drekavas and Daikeim.
"...Here? Why am I here..." It pauses, a voice sounding more living than machine speaks from the mask. "I... I am Eta." The various dull lights suddenly flare red on its right side, an eerie contrast to the angelic wings.
It takes a step forward. "Targets: Drekavas. Authorization: Exterminate. Daikeim. Authorization: Punish." A ring of swords appear around the being, but it makes no effort to equip any.
Drekavas: Deaf you are. I said 'possibly'. This thing..is a machine...but nothing I have never felt before. Looks like this will be our first work-together, wouldn't you say Daikeim?
Daikeim: Mention me and you teaming, and I'll personally rip out your vocal cords... *Charges the Draconia with Exeon energy once again and aims the blade towards Eta's neck* Let's see if I can see why you're familiar to me.
Quicker than he predicted, she counters and in the same movement sends him crashing into multiple houses with a single scissor kick, while two of the 12 blades present whip at Drekavas with deadly speed.
Drekavas: *dodges with a bit of trouble* Fool! You must kill her! Machines show no mercy toward the living! You shouldn't neither!
Daikeim: Shut up Drekavas... *Jumps high into the air and slices down, sending down a wave of Exeon energy hurdling directly at the two*
She disappears, and appears behind him, and he turns just in time to see a red orb explode in his face, smashing him next to Drekavas. The explosion is blown away by a mere flap of her wings.
"I am no mere machine. My masters utilize powers far beyond mere machines to create us."
Drekavas: More of you...Astonishing...
Daikeim gets up and goes into his Half Dragon and flies towards eta and slams his knee into her chest, he then flies behind her and divekicks her down. Daikeim then appears back on the floor and spinkicks Eta across the city by the time she reaches him, Daikeim gets in a stance as a faint aura surround him.
Daiekim: You're up, Drekavas...
She simply rights herself, and does not appear to have taken much damage, the armor having negated the impacts. From what limited view of her face he has, he guesses she is smiling from amusement.
"Indeed... the Mistress told me much about you..." The strange mask lifts with a hiss, and he can get a full view of her face, which seems even more familiar than before. Even the coy smirk seems familiar.
She lets out a harsh laugh, and the swords spring up towards Daikeim, several of them slicing through his Half Dragon form with relative ease. While he dodges those, she slams a kick straight into his face, smashing him into the ground. She remains in the air, her wings flapping occasionally.
"I do believe I said 'Punish', not 'Kill'. You're not my primary objective. Just be patient and then I'll kick your ass a few dozen times around the city, and maybe even fulfill that dying curiosity as to why I look so familiar. But in the mean time... I still have to kill little Lab Rat over there."
Drekavas: HA! I am no lab rat anymore than you are a mechanical mishap. *is floating with his arms still folded* But, I'm curious...Why are you so keen on killing me?
"It is no different than asking a gun 'why did you shoot that bullet?'. In reality one should ask why is the one holding the gun pulling the trigger."
Drekavas: Because he couldn't handle life. He couldn't handle death. He couldn't handle Hell. He couldn't handle pain. He couldn't handle responsibility. That is why he pulled it.
Daikeim: *Gets up* The hell are you talking about... In our situation, it isn't the person shooting the gun or the gun itself... It's the person manipulating the wielder, so tell me... Who sent you, who's the Mistress?
"The same person who started the invasion of Earth. ...And both of you completely fail at analogies. I was referring to myself in relations to my mistress. She is the one who pulls the trigger. I was implying you should ask her instead of asking the gun she is aiming at you. Idiot."
Drekavas: But why are you the gun? Why not someone else? Ever asked yourself that? Or does it hurt everytime you do? Is it because...you couldn't handle it?
Daikeim: *Examines the figure carefully* Hmm, the voice, attitude, the looks and the fighting style... Very interesting, nevertheless... This'll end when one of us is standing...
Daikeim grabs hold of both Draconias and flies towards Eta and attack more fiercely, but keeping a solid defense. When he sees an opening, Daikeim slams the hilts of the swords into the left side of Eta's body, leaving her open. Daikeim throws the swords into the air and repeatedly punches Eta, he then slams his arm against the right side of Eta's face. Daikeim grabs hold of Eta's neck and throws her into the floor, Daikeim lands infront of her and catches both of the swords perfectly, smirking.
The mask suddenly clamps back down, and a more mechanical growl comes out of her mouth. Suddenly the blades appear, and impales around him in such a way he is effectively pinned in position, if he so much as moves an inch he will cut himself. She silently gets up, and a spare sword flies into her hand.
"End? But we've just begun, now haven't we?" Suddenly Daikeim feels a prickle as a strange aura begins to form around her, suddenly taking... a dragonic form. The tail suddenly violently smashes against his head, then again and again, and just as he readies himself, she alternates with a violent punch to the jaw, sending him flying, not without being cut severely by the various blades she had trapped him in. She suddenly lands on top of him, a foot planted firmly on his chest, a sword pointed at his throat, and two swords impale each of his hands.
"Now then... looky who happens to be on the ground. Ironic... you should keep those words to yourself, Daikeim. Such cocky attitudes do lead to the downfall of many a fighter."
Daikeim: Aura Dragon... Only Drak-- *He takes a moment to realise the situation, giving off a growl* What have you done with Drake, I demand an answer now! *He fades away and appears beside Drekavas, in Primitive Stage One* Otherwise I will force an answer out of you... *He tightly clenches his fists*
Drekavas: Isn't it obvious? Your friend did something stupid. Not surprising. Bit off more than he could chew. Sort of like how you are right now.
"I haven't done anything to him. I never said what the details of the punishment was... I guess I slipped before it was time to tell. But Drake is alive. Depending on which medical definition of 'Alive' you're after. Cause there are many." She glances at Drekavas.
"But like I said. Him first. Then you. You're going to make it much more difficult to kill him with your pesky interruptions. Now stop getting in my way. My kills come before my ass kickings in priority."
Drekavas: Can't say you'll have much luck killing me. Angel or not, my body is pinnacle of what genetic and biological cross-morphing can do. *has a red outline of Exeon energy*
"....Chaos Engine Class Eta number Draken 900, primary launch code accepted. Engaging Chaos Engine - The Redemption."
Her eyes suddenly lose all of their life, becoming dull and unseeing, as the machinery shifts and completely encloses her form in the machine/armor, and a sharp red glow appears around it. Six mechanical limbs appear from her back and seemingly empower the wings, and they appear to grow even bigger, more than triple the size of her own body.
"Chaos Engine 'Draken' 900 is online. Permission for Chaos Drive Mode accepted. Charging."
Suddenly the ground, air, everything around her begins to glow violently, before beginning to stream into her body, pure white energy, the circle of consumption growing at a monstrous rate towards them. She begins to levitate, and Daikeim notices the strength of the energy being compressed is enormous.
Daikeim: ...Impossible, Drekavas. You're not surviving this, at best, pure Exeon can shield against this... *Creates a shield around himself* As for you... Well just see if you could survive.
Drekavas: Amusing...First Seal..*the Exeon enregy begins to look like flames. The veins in his body glow red with Exeon energy and his eyes turn pitch-black and his irises become bright-glowing red. His hair also seems to be more spiky.*
She suddenly blasts off high into the sky, glowing brighter and brighter, until she seems to glow with an intensity that makes it seem as though it was day time, completely making Drekava's glow washed out and not even noticeable. She continues to ascend, until eventually they cannot see her or the light she emits.
Drekavas: *spreads his arms out* COME ON! COME ON, ETA. BRING IT ON! BRING IT OOOONN! *is laughing maniacally*
A peal of thunder rumbles as multicolored flashes of light begin bursting at random. Out of nowhere, a massive column of light strikes down, tearing straight through the ground Drekavas stands, solidifying all of the metals in the ground into solid steel, even as they themselves are evaporated instantaneously. The blast rips for miles straight down, with Drekavas powerless to evade or otherwise defend against the attack, the energy strong enough to easily penetrate his Exeon energy. The blast targets every cell in his body, targeting and absorbing it into the collective mass of the beam, tearing him open. Just as it is about to claim his life, it stops abruptly, leaving a violent echo of a noise far stronger than the loudest thunder for miles upon miles. The hole it created suddenly destabilizes and begins to collapse on top of him, huge chunks of the land collapse to fill the hole, most of it solid metal, entombing him in a solid steel grave miles thick.
Daikeim's eyes ever so slowly adjust, and as he does, he notices Eta descending, but far from gracefully, her wings disintegrating and most of her armor seems to be missing, she is slowly beginning to fall.
Daikeim glances at what was left of Drekavas before focusing on Eta, he raises two fingers up as a torrent of wind slows her decent to the floor. He walks over to Eta and places his hand on her forehead, tracing her energy.
Daikeim: Yep... That's Drake's energy signature alright, I've traced your energy signature to where you came from... I'm surprised it was in Fantasy, I'm going... But I'll be taking you back, I need to see what happened to Drake...
She slowly turns her head, the life in her eye dimly returned. "Heh heh, fool. The reason I was even born was because of Drake. White Lady didn't tell me much... she did say that he came with the express intent to defeat them... and retrieve a comrade or something. ...Caess, I believe she was called. One of the enslaved elementals I'd imagine. The guardians of the fortress, I only got to see them briefly... I don't know what they are, but they might as well be gods bound in a physical vessel, they struck him down. Rather than letting him die, the White Lady chose to use him in the interest of perfecting us. We don't have a name as a race. But there are many of us waiting to be further developed and activated. I'm the first Eta. Now I won't be the last. I was made from his DNA, Aura, and cells. That's why I look like him. I was engineered as his descendant."
She pauses and chuckles weakly. "She won't let you have him back. Even if she was done collecting the DNA to create a replacement or back up, it wouldn't matter. He's likely braindead. If not, he'll never be the same, mentally and physically. I don't even know if White Lady will let you come close. It's not exactly a 'Visitors Welcome' resort."
Daikeim: I don't care... If he's in this state, then I'll put him out of this... He doesn't deserve to be farmed like this! *He makes a quick growl before grabbing Eta by the arm, Daikeim goes in his Half Dragon form and takes flight* What was he thinking, what could of caused this... *He sighs before flying in the direction of Yosai Fortress*
"...Why do you care so much anyway? Was he that big of a deal to you? If White Lady doesn't like you coming, you'll have to fight the beings that would have killed him if she hadn't intervened... not that I care. You'll likely end up like him. Better to save your own skin would you think? Besides, what about that girl back there?"
Daikeim instantly stops, being dead silent for a moment before letting out a low sounding growl.
Daikeim: Mention her again... And I will rip you apart with my bare hands and throws each piece back to where you came from, and as for Drake... That crazy bastard has been one of my only friends since I've been here, the fact that this group has made Drake like he is sickens my down to my veins... *He continues flying* I would take a bullet for him, so I think it's best if you shut up until we reach our destination...
She makes an aggravated sigh. "Fine then. Don't give me a chance to say 'I told you so'."
He passes over the boundary of Downation, and all he can see is vast oceans stretching endlessly.
Daikeim: Oceans as far as a eye can see... *He looks at Eta* If you want me to take you back, you're gonna have to let me do this...
Daikeim lets go of Eta and to her surprise, doesn't fall into the ocean. Instead, she feels something similar to a cloud keeping her up. Daikeim places his hand on Eta's forehead and stays quiet, Eta notices the same golden aura as before. Eta can feel something reach in and grab hold of her brain, although not feeling pain from it, after a while, Daikeim takes his hand off and looks into the direction of Yosai Fortress. Although Eta is unable to see it, Daikeim can see Drake's final battle before his end. A sigh is heard and Daikeim flies again, with Eta still on the cloud like object.
Suddenly the fortress comes into view, about as large as an entire city, stretching high into the clouds, and deep into the ocean, though still a great distance away. Before he can approach any further, seven beings flicker into his vision, each one standing or roosting atop a tower. They are all looking at him, and before he can comprehend it, a massive barrier erects itself as he hears seven massive voices inside his mind ring:
"Intruder." Outside his mind, he hears violent roars. The barrier itself radiates with immense energies, the beings themselves he can't even seem to read the scale of a single one of their powers, though he can feel their mighty consciousnesses rage against his own, far smaller existence like a endless storm gathering. In a courtyard, a single figure emerges from a tall central building, and he swears he sees the beings look toward it, and the tide of their presences subdues slightly.
One of the figures, a massive dragon made of pure light, turns its head back towards Daikeim, its golden eyes narrowed. Its consciousnesses suddenly enters his own, quickly seems to grab a specific detail of information, and then quickly retreats before he can respond. It turns back towards the figure.
The figure turns, and levitates into the air, and begins walking towards him, and eventually just outside the barrier.
"Daikeim... approach. But do not be foolish. You will end up dead the moment you raise but a finger against me." A woman's voice coldly rings in his mind.
Elaonore is standing were a figure-sized metal casing was ripped open. She rubs under her neck, while she's teeming with a hint of a blueish aura. Soon after, Daikeim and Kanashimi soon arrive, with Daikeim looking at the casing.
Daikeim: Great... How did that bastard survive...
Kanashimi glances at the hole, then Elaonore, and lands away from her. Daikeim can't tell for sure, but there appears to be a golden cast to Kanashimi's eyes, but the look disappears quickly.
Elaonore: *Is breathing abit too fast* I don't know...I came over here when I saw the driads running...telling me there was a fight going on. by the time I go here...the whole place...that's when I saw this metal casing of what looked like a shape of a man...I examined it and an arm just came out and grabbed my neck...he tor himself out with the other hand..he was bleeding...he was hurting but he ignored it...as if he was never hit at all...He said he remembered me and how a 'change' was coming. That Mythos will rule both Fantasy and Reality...I got a bit scared when he had that crazy look in his eye and when he started laughing, l-like one of those evil scientist guys I used to see on television. I got so scared that a surge of energy came to my veins and I let out the energy in a burst through my hands and it sent the man flying far into the distance...
Daikeim: (She doesn't remember who he is... That's good for now...) *Daikeim gives off a small smile* Don't worry, a fight did happen... But this is why I told you to go, in case something like this did happen... And yeah, the person is a fucking asylum patient. *He looks around before gaining an aura of Exeon energy, he places his hands on the floor and sends out a pulse. Smirking afterwards, he stands up* I'm glad you're ok, Elaonore... *He turns to look at Kanashimi* Do you think you can repair the city with that thing you did earlier?
"I'm not a reset on demand button. I could, but I would risk exposing myself and getting in trouble with my mistress. Unless you think it's worth the risk."
Daikeim: Nevermind then... *His eyes glow gold* Alacer Technique: Restoration.
The whole city glows gold as it repairs itself, life also returns. Setting Forest City back to it's former glory, afterwards, Daikeim questions Kanashimi.
Daikeim: What was that golden glint in your eye?
"What are you talking about?" Kanashimi leans against a tree.
Daikeim: ...Nothing, hmm. *He thinks back to Yosai* Corruption is what Drake called it, do I really have a purified version in me? *He places his hand over his chest and sighs* Nevermind...
Kanashimi rolls her eyes. "Don't see what the significance is. Its power is now yours, best not to get philosophical when there's nothing left to worry about. Although it might be a problem for Drake though." She pauses, and crosses her arms.
"So, what do you plan to do about the whole thing with Phoenix? Not that I'm suggesting that you fight them. But now that you've seen what happened to Drake and heard about their actions, you going to do something about it?" She closes her eyes.
"...Now that I think about it, this hasn't been your first time meeting a Phoenix member. You've encountered one of their members before, a while ago at least."
Daikeim: More of bumped into, and it's 'cause of Drake that we bumped into him... And I don't know, right now... They're fine, I still don't understand why out of anywhere... It'd be here but ah well, I set priorities... And first is to get Drake out of there alive, if that's possible in the state he's in. But I'm worried for what he'll do, and this time, I don't think he'll come out alive... What would you do if you weren't forced to be with Phoenix?
She opens her eyes partially. "...I don't know anything else. I was born only a few days ago after all. I don't know anything except what White has shown me. I couldn't begin to ever make a life for myself. I was born, woken, the first thing I ever really saw was her... heh, she's almost like a mother... only a tad bit crazy, and after that... being sent to fight you... today... that's my life."
Daikeim: Well, I was saying about in the future... Surely you don't want to be forced to do actions you're not pleased of, you'll learn of a sense of freedom and how you'll be restricted from it soon enough... I would say you could stay here, but it's a bit chaotic as you've seen. But you're main choice if you were to break free from control, is what you would do and what path do you take... You're made for a war, but tell me... After the war, what will happen to you? White won't see any use in you anymore, she'd throw you away like you were nothing. Is that something you would want?
She looks like she is going to respond, when something like an electric current seems to run through her, and the metal circlet around her head shrinks and retracts into the base of her neck, her eyes go blank and she collapses into the ground face first, unconscious.
Daikeim sighs and goes over to Kanashimi and picks her up, he then turns his head to the sky and notices one of many floating islands above the clouds. He then flies up to the floating island and lands, laying Kanashimi against a tree.
Daikeim: Like I said, the sense of freedom has been restricted to you... But for know you'll think nothing of it, currently, only time will tell... *He goes to a tree opposite Kanashimi's and lays against it, resting and waiting for her to wake up*
A few hours go by, and she stirs, though very weakly. She bolts up in alarm silently, and whips her head around, seeing the clouds spooks her even more, and she presses against the tree, obviously startled by the sight. She sees Daikeim and looks at him in an expression he hadn't seen before. Fear. She edges away from him silently, though several times she seems to have opened her mouth, but no noise came out.
Daikeim: Scared? Well, that doesn't surprise me... But what is wrong? Why are you like that? Speak!
She starts breathing heavily, the only sort of noise at all he can hear coming out of her mouth at all. Her mouth moves again, and this time he manages to read her lips to actually be a silent scream saying, 'Who are you?!" The look in her eye confirms that she doesn't seem to know him.
Daikeim: Ok, Kanashimi... Calm down, I'm not here to hurt you... *He stands up and walks over to her and places a hand on her shoulder, trying to reassure her* Ok, first thing's first... Are you ok...
She squirms, and he notices the impacts are very weak, and he it occurs to him her energy doesn't read as anything but that of a human's. She eventually gives up and just lies there, trembling.
Daikeim: *Sighs and sits down beside her* Dammit White, I know you're listening... Let her have freedom, she deserves that... *Daikeim sits Kanashimi up and looks at her* Kanashimi, just nod or shake your head... Can you understand me?
She slowly nods silently. He thinks her can hear her voice for a moment, but her mouth clearly doesn't move.
Daikeim: Wait... What, what just... Did you just talk? *Regardless, he goes to ask another question* Do you know who you are? And do you know who I am?
He can swear he hears a faint set of noises that sounds like her voice, as though in response, shortly afterwards, she buries her head in her hands.
Daikeim: Hmm... *Eyes flash gold as Daikeim parts both of Kanashimi's hands away from her face and places his hand on her head, Daikeim closes his eyes. All he can see is darkness, but slowly and steadily, he notices a red fain glow that brightens and darkens* Perfect, ok... Kanashimi, do you know who you are?
...Who... who are you....?
Daikeim: My name is Daikeim, I'm a friend of yours... Looks like she wiped your memory, and your ability to speak... Anyways, do you know who you are?
...No... where... where am I?
Daikeim: You're on a floating island, in a place called Fantasy... I suggest that you stay here for the time being, not that you can't go anywhere in the first place...
You mean you're leaving me here...?
Daikeim: No, I gotta feeling you'll explore... And I don't know if you can remember how to fly, but I don't mind staying until you do.
Daikeim: Yeah, I'll show you... Oh, first thing, I need to link our minds so we can talk like this for the time being... *Kanashimi feels a strange pulse of energy as her and Daikeim's minds link together* There... Now... *Daikeim eyes flash gold again as Kanashimi gains golden aura wings, Daikeim goes in his Half Dragon form and flaps his wings, causing him to hover*
She curiously tries to flap the wings, and she lets out a small grunt of frustration, but she eventually begins to flap the wings, though it's not steady, and she wobbles haphazardly in the air.
Daikeim: Steady now, find and stay in the center of balance, don't forget to keep flapping your wings evenly and both at the same time...
She manages to do so, but she seems very tired from the effort.
Daikeim: Ok, now flap out your wings and keep them there and you'll slowly go down and land softly, just watch me... *Daikeim stretches out his wings and slowly descends to the floor* Now you.
She manages to do so, but she loses control at the last part of the descent, and lands in a heap, lying face first again.
As Daikeim walks over to Kanashimi to help her up, he notices something strange on the back of her neck. After tapping it, he sits Kanashimi up and turns her around so he can get a better look of the item.
Daikeim: Hmm... Do you have any idea what this is?
With a sudden burst of energy and strength, she literally tosses him just by flipping back over to face him, smashing him through several trees. He looks up to see her wide eyed and panting violently, sweat drenching her, her back and neck firmly against a nearby tree, her pupils dilated in a strange panic, and he can feel the raw adrenaline running through her mind.
Please... d-d-don't touch that... She eventually stammers, utter exhaustion weighing her thoughts.
Daikeim: God damn... That hurt. Sorry Kanashimi, but I need to see it... *Daikeim gets up and sprints towards Kanashimi, grabbing her right arm and pulls her off the tree. He then places her arm on her back and presses, he then places his foot on the top of her leg and presses down. Causing Kanashimi to go on her knees, he manages to keep her still as he inspects her neck*
He gets a glimpse of some kind of organ or muscle structure formation, before the monstrous strength returns with a vengeance, and she begins violently thrashing, she almost completely knocks him off her, and he falls in front of her, where she suddenly headbutts him with violent force, and he can feel a crack in his head. The force sends him flying nearby to Elaonore.
Elaonore: *is sitting down using her ability to manipulate water* So astonishing..*feels something piercing through the wind like a bullet, she turns around and sees someone flying toward her. Shocked, she quickly forms a water bubble infront of herself and catches Daikeim. Once she catches him in the water bubble it pops and splashes her* Daikeim..Daikeim! *kneels down* Are you alright? What happened?*looks at the bleeding bruise on his forehead and buts a water patch over it* Who did this to you?
Daikeim: I'm fine... Don't worry, just got on the bad side of someone... Damn, she hits hard... Basically, the girl who you saw earlier kinda lost her memory. So I'm trying to see what's up with her and I sorta annoyed her, getting annoyed myself... *He manages to sit up and he looks at the island* Up there.
Elaonore: Ok. *teleports him back* How did this happen?
Daikeim sees Kanashimi nervously watching him from a distance. What were you doing on me like that?! They hear her voice ring out.
Elaonore: What do you mean? Your abit off. Calm down and we can help.
He keeps coming after me! That's all I know! I asked him to stop but he wouldn't listen! Just leave me alone!" She backs away, dangerously close to the edge.
Daikeim: Kanashimi, I'm not trying to hurt you! I'm only trying to help, you've forgotten who you are... I'm trying to help you remember... *He walks towards Kanashimi* Please, trust me on this...
She bolts to the side, running away. I don't want your help! Just stop!
Daikeim: I'm sorry... *Daikeim points towards Kanashimi and his eyes flash golf, causing Kanashimi to get golden bands on her hands and feet, stopping her movement completely. Daikeim walks up to her and sighs* You're as stubborn as Drake... *Daikeim walks around and looks at Kanashimi's neck* The hell is that...
Suddenly he is backhanded by a stranger, and looks up to see... Drake. Or someone who looks almost exactly like him. A giant black aura surrounds him, as he stands next to Kanashimi.
Daikeim: *Stands up and growls* Another CE... So then, looks like Phoenix want's their toy back...
The mysterious CE picks her up and slings her over his shoulder, a black sword forms in his spare hand.
Daikeim: Fine then... But if you want to go with her... *Summons the Draconia* Then you gotta kill me first... *Daikeim glares at the mysterious CE*
Elaonore: And me aswell. *makes a spear out of water*
Suddenly the armor begins to appear on Kanashimi, and her wings appear once more, and she breaks the chains that bind her. The CE smirks and disappears, reappearing in a nearby tree, resting his chin on his hand, as Kanashimi begins to fully activate into CE Mode. The connection Daikeim has decays, filling with only static.
"KILL...." Kanashimi's robotic voice echoes dully.
Daikeim: *Sighs* Ok then... No holding back. *Daikeim speeds towards Kanashimi and uppercuts her into the air, he jumps up to match her altitude and kicks her in the chest. He then grabs her with one hand and flies straight down and crashes her into the floor, Daikiem then jumps up and glances at the mysterious CE before focusing on Kanashimi*
Suddenly a rope of light energy wraps around his leg and pulls him down, she then kicks him between the legs and then spin kicks him off the island, diving after him to begin violently slamming him in the head with kicks, jabs, and punches.
Elaonore: *Is behind Kanashimi and stabs her with her water spear and turns Kanashimi around to have her face Elaonore, she starts pounding her face* Leave. Him. Alone! *Pounds her face in even harder that Kanashimi's facial mask has dents in it. She then has the wind spin Kanamishi around and starts acrobatically kicking Kanashimi and stabs a few more spears of water into her, until the wind finally spits her down to the ground. Elaonore appears behind Daikeim and teleports him back onto Skyia* Are you alright? I was so...*is breathing heavily* I'm so sorry.
Daikeim: *Smirks* Don't worry, I'm fine... Nice moves, didn't know you had it in you. *He stands up and looks down at Kanashimi* Just try to keep her alive, Elaonore... She's being controlled, you try and deal with the other CE, I got her... *Daikeim flies down and hover above Kanashimi* Come to your senses, you don't need to do this...
Suddenly she flies up high over the city, and extends her arms over it, and she begins to take on a violent pure white glow, and the whole area begins to rumble violently with energy, her wounds healed and closing, the armor mending itself.
"Chaos Drive initiated."
Daikeim: Not a chance! *Daikeim flies up, charging a massive lightning bolt in his arm. When he reaches Kanashimi, he thrusts his arm and grabs hold of her and sends the lightning throughout her body, shocking her for a moment. During this, Daikeim plants his hand on Kanashimi's head and sends a pulse that covers her body for a second. Daikeim flies down and creates a massive shield which covers the whole city*
Suddenly the energy level drops, then sharply rises, and a powerful burning sensation blasts Daikeim's left side, it is only for a few seconds, but the agony feels as though his left side was being melted. A hole is punched through the shield as well, decimating a few buildings.
Kanashimi then turns toward Elaonore. She begins to glow again.
Elaonore: Daikeim! *whirlwind of water spears surround her and the clouds go dark. Has a more histile tint to her voice* Stop this, Now...*lightning flashes behind her*
The metallic supports of the wings open to reveal what looks like missiles, which begin firing at Elaonore at high speed.
Elaonore: *summons a small tornado that redirects the missiles back at Kanashimi and then throws 4 water spears at her*
Kanashimi raises her hand, and the water and missles become pure energy and are absorbed.
"Meaningless. Destruction. Imminent."
Elaonore: *has water come up from under Kanashimi and launches her into the air, then a strong wind pushes her down to the ground. Water comes up under her again and the wind pushes her back down. Elaonore does the same thing over again only this time she buts water spears into the mix
Suddenly the wind and water are absorbed once again. Kanashimi glows with an incredibly violent light. "Meaningless." A sphere of pure light begins to spread from her, and Elaonore can feel it eating at the air, devouring it into energy as it expands.
Elaonore: Nothing is working...If only Jumbo were here.
Daikeim appears behind Kanashimi, managing to grab hold the back of her neck. Due to the sudden surprise, Kanashimi is unable to react fast enough as Daikeim blasts lightning, fire and Exeon energy into her neck. Blasting her down next to the mysterious CE, as she looks at Daikeim, she can see Daikeim with a golden aura and a faint golden trail leaving his eyes as he lands. All three easily notice the sudden difference in Daikeim, they feel his energy sky rocket. As before, when he speaks, it sounds like there is another person talking. "Harm this city or the Mythos living here, and your life ends..." Daikeim focuses on the mysterious CE and flies towards him at break-neck speeds and slams his foot down on his chest, blasting him to the floor. Kanashimi attempts to attack Daikeim but he manages to dodge every attack, he then grabs hold of one of her fists and flips Kanashimi over him and slams her to the floor.
When the dust settles, the CE is still on his feet, a crater beneath him, his arms are crossed, and he seems to have a rather bored expression. He doesn't even look fazed by Daikeim's attack.
Kanashimi simply gets up, and the hand which Daikiem used to blast her disintegrates as she glows white, a faint green aura around her reverses all of the damage she took.
The CE yawns, and simply lies down, bluntly ignoring Daikeim.
Daikeim sends out a flurry of attacks at Kanashimi, causing considerable damage to her. Daikeim then sticks out two fingers and jabs all the way up her arms, making Kanashimi unable to even throw a punch. He places both his hands on Kanashimi's shoulders and send lightning throughout her body, afterwards, he slides behind Kanashimi and presses two fingers against on the organ and overchages a single bolt of electricity and blasts it into it. Destroying it, Daikeim then takes a step back to see the results...
Blood pours from her neck at a violent rate, and suddenly a massive explosion rips everything around her as the energy she built up is unleashed in a terrible violent maelstrom. Daikeim is blown back, and when he looks up, the red lights of the armor dim, and it begins falling apart. It reveals Kanashimi, whose eyes are dim and blood oozing out of her mouth. She stumbles backward, and falls to the ground, her head smashing against the ground.
Daikeim walks past Kanashimi and looks down at the crater, seeing the mysterious CE. He jumps down and slams both his hands against it's head, Daikeim then grabs it by the neck and holds it up.
Daikeim: Nothing but tests subjects... *He throws the CE into the air and flies up, charging a fireball and firing it directly into the CE upon contact*
The fireball and his previous attack appear to do nothing, the CE just levitates there, looking down on him. A faint flicker of Aura surrounds him.
"Is that all, Daikeim?" The CE speaks. The aura appears to become more visible.
Daikeim: No... Far from it... *Daikeim jumps out of the crater and picks up Kanashimi's body and throws it at the CE* Tell Phoenix that I'll be meeting them soon... *Daikeim loses his golden aura* Besides, if I wanted to ended you... *Daikeim taps the back of his neck* I know exactly where to aim, now go, before I change my mind.
The CE grabs Kanashimi, but instead of leaving, merely descends to the ground. He places her down in some grass, before turning towards Daikeim.
He silently begins walking towards him, his Aura strengthening as he approaches, until it takes the form of a blackish-green skeleton dragon in the shape of armor, which completely covers his body, even his neck. Yellow glowing eyes stare at him as he walks right up to Daikeim's face, he can feel the coldness and vile malice of the Aura.
"You attack Yosai... I destroy Downation."
Daikeim: You manage to kill me, then Downation is all yours... *A small smirk appears* But have fun trying, CE...
The CE turns and walks away, leaving Kanashimi behind.
Daikeim sighs and looks at Kanashimi and walks up to her, he picks her up and flies up to a different floating island and lays her down. After a while, Daikeim manages to dig a makeshift grave and places Kanashimi in it. A small trickle of blood pours from Daikeim's mouth...
Daikeim: Hmm... Shouldn't use Exeon like that again for a while... *He walks to a tree that shades the grave, he sits against it and rests*
Elaonore: *is sitting next him and wipes the blood of with a leaf* You should learn to clean yourself up before taking a rest.
Daikeim: Thanks... *He looks at the makeshift grave* I shouldn't of been so brash with that...
Elaonore: You tried to save her. But when you saw that you couldn't, you looked to something else worth saving: Us. I'm sorry you couldn't have saved her, but you did save us. But I can see her death wasn't as all your doing. Something else was behind what happened to her. I could see within her eyes. Deep,deep, within her eyes. She was trapped and confused and upset and angry. What could've have caused her to be like that? I know you must be too exhausted to ponder such a thought.
Daikeim stays quiet, unsure of what to say, but after a while he simply looks up before speaking in a empty voice.
Daikeim: I know who did it, but I can't risk it... They're also the same people who have Drake hanging onto his life in a damn tube, they're stationed in Fantasy... Above the ocean, they call themselves Phoenix, they plan to eradicate all human life on Earth... That's what Kanashimi is, or was... A Chaos Engine, sent to kill people who will get in the way of them and their plan. I know where they are, but if I go, Downation is gone, along with everyone...
Elaonore: I see. You're in between a rock and a hard place. I have always known you to do the what you think is right, but you always handle things by yourself. Here, we are all family and family for together. You threaten one, you threaten all. Downation will not stand still and watch you fight alone. If you need us, you have us.
Daikeim: I know that you would do that, and I couldn't thank you enough for it. But I don't want to see any more Mytho die because of me, I don't want to see Downation destroyed Elaonore... I don't want to see you get hurt... *He places his hand ontop of Elaonore's hand* You and Fantasy are all I have left, I don't want to see that being taken away from me...
Elaonore: And it never will. I will always be with you. In here *puts her other hand on his chest where his heart is* and in here. *puts here hand on his forehead* As long as you keep me in here and here, I will never be taken away from you. As for Fantasy, it will always be here as long as Reality is here. It's not time yet for that to change. God will not allow that...Remember, *holds Daikeim's arm and lays her head on his shoulder* Never forget that you have a family in all of us. And in that family we will stand up for each other. Whether we die or not. But let's not let Death stop us from living.
Daikeim has a small smile on his face as Elaonore said that, he kisses Elaonore and wraps his other arm around her. Before he closes his eyes to rest, he says something to Elaonore in a more kinderhearted way.
Daikeim: You're one of the greatest things ever to happen to me, I love you...
Elaonore: *snuggles abit closer to Daikeim and smiles* I love you too, Daikeim...I'm glad your here. with me. Don't ever forget how much you mean to me.
Daikeim: Don't worry, I'll never forget you... *He looks up and has a sigh of relief*
Elaonore: *smiles* Good...*puts her hand on the side of Daikeim's face and falls asleep*
2 hours later
Daikiem feels a pat on his shoulder. As he wakes up he turns and sees the Van Valeric standing above both him and Elaonore.
Daikeim: Ah, Valeric, greetings. How are you?
Van Valeric: Well. It has come to my attention that Evoh has fooled us both. I do not know where he dwells at the time being, but I have come to give you the instructions.
Daikeim: For the time being, Evoh is none of our concerns, god or not. I have news of my own, but do continue about these instructions.
Van Valeric: As you know or might have known, Your lover's body has been severely damaged beyond repair. Her body has undergone many hardships and it has weakened her so. The cold has done her body the most damage. I brought her back from Death but her soul has been frozen. I have made it to where she will live for an approximate 3 to 4 years, before her body re-freezes.
Daikeim: *Looks at the sleeping Elaonore and holds her hand, softly tightening his grip before looking back at Valeric* Right, that much I guessed... Unfortunately, I still haven't got a grasp on Exeon energy's full potential. So by your arrival, there is a way to counter this for the time being, am I right?
Van Valeric: There is nothing to save her from this, but there is a way to postpone it. Take the water from The Pool of Serenity and make it in to a water bubble. *looks at the floating blue lights* Use the bubble to catch as many lights as you can, then leave the bubble under the moon and let the moon light shine down upon it. Then have your lover drink of it. Do this right and her life will be extended another 3 to 4 years. Long enough for you to start your life with her. *looks at Elaonore who is smiling and a single tear of joy streams down the side of her face* She dreams of it right now. And it is good. I know what she dreams of and that dream might come true.
Daikeim: Eight years... *He sighs* Alright then, then the best time to do this process is on the last month of the last year... Right, now for my news... A group is attempting to kill all humanity on Earth, they're located in Fantasy and trust me, you don't want to fuck with them just yet. A war is coming Valeric, just prepare yourself...
Van Valeric: Hm, More like the intruders better prepare themselves. They can not stop what is coming next. Besides, This war is only the beginning of something far much worst, for there is more to come before The Final Chapter.
Daikeim: The Final Chapter? Hmph, you seem to expect a lot then...
Van Valeric: It's because I know alot. Besides, when one bad thing happens another bad thing tends to follow along. I also need to tell you that your lover needs to stay warm at all times. If she is in cold weather or climate she will re-freeze faster.
Daikeim: Easier said than done, she somehow tends to wonder to everywhere in Fantasy... I still have no idea how she does it either, but I guess Mytho are filled with surprises.
Van Valeric:...Ofcourse we are...Take care of yourself, Daikeim. You two are blessed to have each other. *disappears*
A Rude Interruption - The Mask
A figure wearing dark grey armour, with red hood and small cloak sown together with black metal wire, wearing a detailed mask. Enters through the gate and looks at the towns, before placing his hand over the mouth area of the mask. "I've entered, this better be worth the money. I wonder if he'll put up a fight, though from what I've heard, he's been through some shit... Makes it easy for me then." The figure then places his hand away and disappears into the crowd. He then travels to the area where Daikeim is located, staying cloaked and just inspecting him... "He's... Taking a nap, hmm... That must be the woman that's caused most of this, but I must stick to the assignment."
Daikeim: Hmm? *Daikeim stands up and turns towards the cloaked figure* Who are you-- *Daikeim senses the figure's energy signature* That's... New, so then... Who are you?
The figure laughs and uncloaks, crossing his arms. "Daikeim, it's a pleasure to finally meet you. I've been told so much about you since your 'arrival' to this rock, it's a shame that I can't kill you... But it'll be fun to fight you, for the short time that I will know you for."
Daikeim: Ugh, it's people like that that are starting to annoy me... *Daikeim gets in a stance*
The figure charges towards Daikeim and sends a barrage of attacks towards him, blasting him through the city and crashing through the trees. "Ha! Come on, show me what makes you tick!"
Daikeim: ...Hmph *Daikeim flies towards the figure and punches him the gut then grabs his hood and throws him down into the floor and fires a blast*
The figure deflects the back and springs back up to Daikeim, charging a dark energy in his right hand and slams it against Daikeim's chest, quickly paralyzing him. Allowing the figure to fire a direct blast into him, wounding Daikeim. "Hmph, not much of a challenge... Are you?"
Daikeim: I'm not even trying! *Daikeim grabs the figure's neck and slams him down to the floor, he then picks him up and sends a barrage of attacks on the figure, all of them connecting. Daikeim then fires an Exeon blast at the figure, sending him heavily damaged and out of Forest City, Daikeim then appears infront of the figure* Do you want to die? Get out of Fantasy now!
The figure laughs and stands up. "So, do you experience fear?" He takes off a portion of his mask, showing one of his eyes. When he does, Daikeim is petrified and is unable to move, the figure walks up to Daikeim and presses his hand against his chest. "You disappoint me, Daikeim... A almighty person like you, afraid of something so simple..." Daikeim can feel a pain, as a small bit of his energy is pulled out and placed into a capsule. The figure then places his mask back on and fades away into nothingness... "Short but sweet, we'll meet again soon..."
The beautiful, warm sunrises over the horizon as the cool winds blow and all life begins to awake. The grass glistening with reflected rays from the sun.
Daikeim wakes up and looks around, shaking his head for a moment before yawning. ..."What happened... Oh, right, that person..." He sighs and stands up, shielding his eyes from the intense sun rays before adjusting to them. "How long was I out for...."
Elaonore: *is sleeping with her head against the tree they were sleeping on*
Daikeim smiles and makes his way over to her and sits beside her, resting his head on her shoulders for a change, slowly waking her up. "Hey Elaonore, good morning... How'd you sleep?"
Elaonore: *slowly wakes up* I slept alright... *smiles slightly* I slept even better with a dream I had last night.
Daiekim hugs Elaonore and holds her hand afterwards. "Oh, do tell. I would love to know what you dream was."
Elaonore: *smiles at Daikeim with her gentle eyes into his* My dream...*hears the wind blow* There's...something at the End of the Nation...sounds like commotion...
Daikeim sighs and stands up, enters his half Dragon form and hovers in the air. "Point to the direction, I'll get there soon."
Elaonore: *points North from where the tree is*
Daikeim kisses Elaonore on the cheek and turns towards the North. "Thanks Elaonore, I'll be back soon." Daikeim then flies towards North at high speeds, leaving some sort of faint afterimage behind him.
Elaonore: *smiles as she sees Daikeim fly off* I know you will...
End of the Nation
All of Downation are all crowded around each other as the look over the ocean. they're all asking, "What is that?" or "I think I see something."
Daikeim lands infront of the crowd and raises his voice. "Everyone calm down..." He turns to look at one of the Mythos. "What's going on? Why is everyone here?"
Mytho: *points out toward the sea* Look.
Three sail ships come out from the mist from the ocean. They have a a shattered musical note as an emblem on their sails.
Everyone is wondering what could they be.
"This isn't good... Ok, everyone don't do anything stupid... Not like you can anyways." He flies towards the ships and hovers infront of one, glancing into the cockpit. "Umm, who are you guys and what are you doing..."
Sailor: We'll tell you once we dock. We're not here to harm anyone.
The ships make it to shore. Everyone steps back as the sailors unboard.
Captain: Hello, residents of Downation. We've have come not to harm you, but to greet you. We are your lost bretheren Mythos, who reside on the other unknown parts of Fantasy, True Fatherland. We have come to you so that we may be re-united as one once again. We have come to grant you safe passage to Upnation by request of the Supreme Lord.
Everyone speaks to each other in confusion and awe.
"Supreme Lord? This isn't good..." Daikeim sighs and lands where the others area, looking at the sailors. "One wrong move, and they're going back..."
Captain: No. The supreme Lord is not at all what you think he is. He has brought all of Upnation great knowledge of many unknown sciences that proved valuable to Upnation and Midnation. We were told not to harm anyone.
Daikeim gives the captain an unconvinced expression on his face, he then poses a simple question. "For someone who gave great knowledge, why did it take so long for you to arrive?"
Captain: We don't have many resources to go upon. Plus, we had to travel through Midnation aswell. Out ships we waiting for us at the docks of the End Harbor. It took as 2 days to get to the harbor and an extra day to sail to get here.
"Alright alright, so it's just you and your sailors? Wouldn't of they sent guards aswell, considering the time of the journey?" Daikeim take a moment to think. "So, there are two other nations in Fantasy... Interesting, how long have we been secluded?"
Captain: I don't know. We've assumed there had to be a land beyond Midnation. From afar we saw lights. We assumed there had to be another nation over there, but like said, the resources were slim. Up until the Supreme Lord came and helped us a great deal.
"The dragon hearts... Well anyways, just don't try to cause trouble... I have enough problems as it is sorting out Downation by itself..." He turns to walk away, but turns his head. "What was the great deal?"
Captain: The Supreme Lord served as our architect. We don't know much about current transportation other than wagons. but he taught us how to make ships and such. He even taught us to fight for ourselves from poachers.
"Oh right... I keep forgetting how... 'Primitive' your technology is, anyways." Daikeim looks at the citizens of Downation before looking back at the captain. "You're taking these people to Upnation, is this at their own request? Or must it simply happen?"
Captain: It is completely up to them. We can only take a total of 300 people though. 100 on that ship *points to the ship to his right* 100 on that ship *points to the ship on his left* and 100 on this ship. *points to the hip behind him*
Daikeim takes a look out past the seas, then looks towards Downation before sighing. "Fine, but don't cause trouble. Got it?" Daikeim flies up into a tree and rests on one of it's branches, keeping a close eye of the newcomers.
A few hundred people get aboard the 3 ships. 100 get on each, all of them rather excited what lies beyond their home.
"Goodbye I guess..." Daikeim sighs and stands up, jumping to the floor and walking towards Forest City. "I might as well tell Elaonore, see if she wants to move aswell..." He takes a couple of steps then flies towards Forest City, looking around for Elaonore.
Elaonore: *is on her knees and has her hands clasped together and has her eyes closed* God, Thank you for such a beautiful day. Bless your second children as we go about our daily lives and bless my beloved, Daikeim and keep him safe as he goes off defending you children. Bless all of our brothers find their way back here. Give us hope that one day, things will be better for both man and mythological creature alike to live in harmony. Thank you for blessing me with so many things and help me watch after my brothers aswell. In your heavenly name we pray, Amen
Daikeim softly lands next to Elaonore and places his hand on her shoulder. "I think this is something you want to hear about; there's two other nations in Fantasy. Other than Downation, there's two places called Midnation and Upnation. I was wondering if you wanted to go."
Elaonore: *gets up and faces Daikeim* I think that would be wonderful! I never saw the full extent of beauty of our home.
Daikeim smiles and picks Elaonore up to her feet. "Ok then, do you want me to carry you there? Or do you wanna walk to where the ships were?"
Elaonore: How about I race you there?
Daikeim smirks as he stretches out his wings. "Sorry sweetie, but I would beat you by a mile... But if you wanted to try..." Daikeim gets in a stance, as if he's ready to fly in a instance.
Elaonore: Ready. Set...Go!
A small shockwave happens at Daikeim speeds off, leaving a afterimage while doing so. He turns to looks at Elaonore and playfully sticks his tongue out at her.
Elaonore: *takes to the clouds and is jumping from one cloud to the next, like a grasshopper*
Daikeim flies up and sees Elaonore, easily catching up with her. "Hey honey, it's nice up here, isn't it?" Before she has time to answer, Daikeim spirals down and does tricks along the way before finally getting into his normal flying pose and dashes towards the ships.
Elaonore: *is free-falling now* I would have had a better chance to marvel at the view if we weren't racing. *extends her hand toward the water of the out. a water stout comes from the ocean and takes forth her hand* Bye, beloved. *the water pulls her toward the ships. The water stout lets go and Elaonore lands softly on the ground*
Everyone aboard and on land claps their hands in awe and excitement.
Daikeim smiles and chuckles as he hovers over the ships. "Forgot you can manipulate water... Nevertheless, you won." Daikeim flies down and softly lands on the same ship as Elaonore. "So, Upnation... Here we come."
An Unexpected Return
Off the coast of Downation, Drake can be seen flying across the coast, seemingly talking to his blade. "You went too far with the stages, Corruption..."
"Bah, it's what you wanted to do... Besides, you enjoyed humiliating him infront of those people. Does it bring up memories?" The blade mocks Drake, but is shortly cut off by Drake's loud arragont voice.
"Shut up! Listen to me, I'm the one in control, not you!"
"Sure you are... So, I thought we were going to Yosai, why are we here?"
"I was told that a 'friend' of Daikeim got killed, and since she was part of Phoenix, I might aswell do her a favor... You're helping me with this."
"Wait, the girl? You must be joking, I will not help you in your task one bit."
"You haven't got a choice, now stop bitching and keep quiet until we arrive."
Drake lands on the shore and starts walking into Forest City, he sheathes Kuria and takes a moment to think. "Hmm... She has my DNA, but should there be a tracing spell?" Drake opens his spellbook and scans through the multiple pages before placing his finger on a page and examining the contents, a smirk growing on his face. "Ok... That's easy." Drake bits his thumb and spills a drop of blood into the page, causing the runes to glow and change. "Yeah, that was easy... Honestly, I need a new book..."
Drake places his hand on the page and his eyes faintly glow as he turns to look at the sky, he stores the spellbook in the HSC and flies back up into the air. Scanning the area before noticing a small floating island with a sort of dome on it, without a second thought, Drake flies towards it and lands on the grass. "Hmm... Yeah, Daikeim's work..." Drake gains a rune on his palm as he presses against the dome, causing it to shatter like glass, he see tampered dirt in a grave-like way. "Ok Corruption, here you come to help..."
Drake sits infront of the grave, crossing his legs as he unsheathes Kuria and stabs it into the ground next to him. A dark aura coating both the blade and Drake as he starts chanting. "You know what you're doing Drake?" Drake gains tribal markings and a dome of his own surrounds the grave. "Yes, now help me transfer..." Drake reaches out to the grave, a red and black energy coming from Drake's hand and Kuria. The island starts to shake and Drake is suddenly blasted back, crashing into a tree. He reaches out and Kuria flies into his hand, his eyesight hazy. "That... Fucking hurt, but did it work?"
A patch of earth shifts as a head and shoulders pushes up slightly out of the ground, though only the red hair shows.
Drake takes a second to see the results, unssure of what to make of it... Before bursting out laughing, to the point where his sides hurt. "IT'S LIKE A FUCKING TURNIP! HAHAH! CAN'T BREATHE, THIS TO TOO FUNNY! Turnipshini! That's your new name!" He continues to laugh.
She emerges from the grave, though only her upper torso is exposed, the rest of her body lies below, her clothes tattered and worn from decay. She shakes her head to free her hair of the dirt, and looks at him, her dark red eyes unfocused.
"D-drake.....? .....What am I....?" She stutters, confused.
Drake finally calms down and sits up, looking at Kanashimi. "Hey there Kanashimi, I just revived you... Surprised it worked. From what I heard, you and Daikeim got in a fight and he killed you... So I thought it would be nice to bring you back from the dead. How about we get you out of the floor, yeah?"
She brings an arm to her head. "....Why do I have a headache.....? Urggh.... .....Daikeim killed me? ....I don't remember anything. All I remember is.... nothing."
Drake stands up and grabs hold of Kanashimi's arm and pulls her out of the floor. "Memory loss... Hmm, then again, I wouldn't be surprised the dying resets your memory somewhat... Hmm... I would tell you about your past, but I think you would rather get it from White. Hmm, can you fly?"
She shakes her head. "I remember everything else, but.... I don't remember dying. ....and.... I don't want to go back to White."
He sighs. "...Thanks for proving me that I'm the dumbass. Anyways, so if you don't want to head back to Yosai, then what do you want to do?"
She looks at her ruined clothes. "....First off get a change of clothes. I'm as filthy as a rat...."
Her eyes close. "....I don't know where, but I don't want to be around White.... ....not again. She'll take the first opportunity and enslave me again.... ....I won't have my will taken.... not again."
"Heh, you sound just like Noriko." Drake smirks and he takes a look around. "There must be a clothes shop somewhere... I doubt they give away clothes though, but maybe a simple sword can change that."
She holds a hand to her stomach. "....Ow. My stomach is empty...." She laughs bitterly. "Remind me to punch Daikeim later...."
"Oh I won't forget, you can punch him as many times as you want. Hmm, so clothes and food... Alright then." Drake walks to the edge of the island and looks down, his wings stretching out in preparation for flight. "What do you want to do first? Grab a snack or get into the clothing trend?"
"I really can't stand the smell of these clothes. Let's go get something at least passable. I don't care, as long as it's not something stupid."
"Ok ok, clothes it is... I'll ask again, you do know how to fly, right? Because I don't want to revive you a second time, ok?"
She looks as though she's concentrating very hard, but lets out a grunt of irritation. "Not anymore at least."
Drake sighs, walking back to Kanashimi. "Sonovabitch... Fine, give me your hand, I'll fly both of us to a shop." Drake puts his hand out.
She takes his hand. "The sooner the better."
The moment she takes Drake's hand, he springs up in the air and flies deeper into Downation. With Kanashimi hanging loosely onto his hand, Drake explores and scouts out for a town that has clothing shops within it. After a while, he spots a shop and lands just infront of it, he lets go of Kanashimi and looks at the shop. "Here we go."
The shopkeeper looks up and notices Kanashimi and Drake, then the smell of her clothes. "Dear lord, where in heaven's name did she go to smell like that? Forgive me for my manners, but that is an absolutely horrid smell!"
Kanashimi purses her lips together in irritation, as she looks at the clothing.
Drake looks over at the shopkeeper. "Y'know, I could easily make you smell like a decaying corpse... So." Drake does the gesture of zipping someone's mouth shut as he walks away and looks at some clothing, not that he needs any.
Kanashimi checks out several plain t-shirts and some various jackets, as well as some jeans, then looks at the shopkeeper. "Mind if I try these?"
"Mind as long as you don't try stealing anything." He says shortly.
"Not like anything here is worth stealing, but whatever..." Drake's eyes shift across the selection of colothing before sighing, obviously bored out of his mind.
Kanashimi comes out of the dressing room in a brown leather jacket with a light red t shirt and black pants and rather simple black shoes. "I think this works out."
"Yaaay... Now we can grab some food." Drake turns to look at the shopkeeper, taking out his HSC and scrolling through it. "Ok, how much for her clothes?"
"Two gold ounces."
Drake's HSC turns into a screen and he scrolls though until he comes across his treasures, he sighs as he taps a icon and a solid gold bar materializes on the shopkeeper's desk, Drake closes the HSC and walks towards the door and opens it, waiting for Kanashimi. "Keep the change... C'mon Kanashimi, I'm starving..."
She follows him. "Thanks, I am so glad to be out of those clothes... thought I was gonna barf."
"The least I could do, I just wanted to get out of that shop..." Drake takes a look around, his stomach rumbling as he groans. "Honestly... I will eat that shopkeeper..." Drake starts walking around town trying to find somewhere to eat. "So Kana, what's it like to be dead?"
"Hmmm.... .....couldn't be sure. I think I experienced.... something, but it's fuzzy now. Faces, lights. I don't understand it. But it was.... very serene. The only thing I remember is the end of it, when I felt a sharp tug, not before something bade me farewell. Then I woke up buried alive with stinky ass clothes."
"That's... Interesting... Hmm.." Drake goes into thought for a moment. "...'I don't want to be around White, not again. She'll take the first opportunity and enslave me again, I won't have my will taken.... not again.' Yeah, White's quite the bitch, ain't she? Doesn't seem much of a threat, but then again I went against mythical beasts so my opinion isn't the best. But that wouldn't phase me from defending you if White did try, I don't care if I die. Everyone needs a will and a freedom, and if White begs to differ, then by all means she can go fuck herself with that Slayer of hers." Drake laughs in his cocky tone, but then groans as he still searches for something to eat.
Kanashimi looks over at a food stand. "How about there?"
A hungry smile instantly shines on Drake's face as he speeds towards the stand, he looks at the shopkeeper and speaks fast enough to confuse some people. "Whatdoyouhaveandpleasetellmeyouhaveribs!"
".....Yes, yes we have ribs. And plenty more. You sound hungry."
"Oh you have no idea... Five stacks of ribs seasoned and with sweet and sour sauce, twelve steaks cooked to medium rare aaaaand a simple burger. That will be a--" Drake looks over to Kanashimi. "What do you want?"
"What he ordered, but double."
"I see someone has a bottomless pit for a stomach. Haha..."
Drake places his hand on the stall owner. "Triple my original order."
"Bring it on, ol' man."
The shopkeeper smiles. "I detect a challenge."
Drake smirks. "That's no way to talk to your dad now, and who gave you your white tips?" He points to Kanashimi's hair.
"At least MINE'S improved." She taunts.
"Improved? HA! Yeah, sure it is carrot top." Drake playfully taunts back.
"Alright chiefs, bring on the stoves and grills, we got some feisty ones!" He calls to the back. He turns towards Drake and Kanashimi. "We love a good challenge, consider the food on us."
"Awesome! This is gonna be great, sorry to break it to you Kanashimi, but you're gonna lose. Let's see if you're a sore loser when this finishes."
When the food hits the plates, she attacks it with great glee before he can even get started.
"H-Hey! You sonovabitch!" Drake instantly ravishes in the food, easily matching Kanashimi. Not leaving the smallest of bites, he soon overtakes Kanashimi with a smug grin on his face while doing so.
The two compete for a while, but Kanashimi eventually stops when her stomach finally is stuffed, a slight bulge to it.
'Damn it, I got the little white hair but only half of the bottomless pit... you win this round....."
"Heh, nothing beats the original! But I'll hand it to you, you were the toughest competition I had, so there's that. So what do you want to do now?" Drake finishes the last stake and takes a look around. "Anything you want to get?"
"I don't know. I don't have a backpack or anything to carry things in, so it would rather be a moot point... Perhaps you could help me figure out how to access my powers, I don't know."
"Hmm, let's access your powers... Granted it will be difficult, but it'll be fun." Drake takes a look around. "Although, we'll have to do it in a place where you won't kill everyone." Drake chuckles and gets up, leaving a small gold tablet on the table as payment. He then turns and walks in a direction. "C'mon, let's get started."
She follows him. "More worried about you, old man dad."
"Aww, that's sweet of you." Drake smirks in a teasing way before walking out of the town. And after an hour or so of wondering out of Downation, they finally come across a forest secluded far away from any civilization. In just a blink of the eye, Drake enters his Aura Dragon form with ease as he turns to look at Kanashimi. "First, let's see if you have your own Aura Dragon."
"Well I did use one before when I first met Daikeim, but I don't know how to use anything now. I know it's all there but.... just really far away. I don't know how to explain it."
"That's because the Aura that you use for the form is sentient, so being recently alive once more. It will take a while before your Aura gets used to it, but it also requires a bond between the host and the Aura otherwise the form will be... Unstable in a sense of the word, it also needs a strong will power, something that is probably the main cause for it 'being really far away'. Just like everything else, so firsts thing's first, seeing if you and your Aura have a bond. Everything afterwards should be a lot easier getting unlocked, per say."
Drake comes to a stop and sits down while crossing his legs, making some sort of hang gesture. To Kanashimi's surprise, she can see Drake's aura stand up and move to the left of him and sits down, still in perfect shape. "Sit the opposite side to the aura, since you have my DNA, your and my aura can synchronize. But this would work with a full blooded Cyanican, let's hope this works..." Drake slightly chuckles.
She does so nervously, looking at it with curiosity, then exhales slightly. "Ok..."
The aura tilts it's head at Kanashimi before holding both her hands, when this happen, Kanashimi can feel a strange surge rushing from her hands all the way to her body. A couple of moments pass, all silent before the aura flashes grey. Indicating that it's found the aura but in a fragile state. "Ok, I need you to convince yourself of two things. One is that you and your aura have a bond, and two is as I said, a strong will. Do you think you can do that? My aura will still hold on incase your aura retaliates... Good luck."
She closes her eyes and silently begins concentrating on what he said to do.
An hour passes before Kanashimi feels different, like she had an overall upgrade. When she opens her eyes she sees a faint aura that forms around her, coloured a very dark red, almost black. Resembling to be more dragon-like than Drake's aura, his aura lets go of Kanashimi and forms back onto Drake. "Ok, now to maintain that form, think of one thing and focus on it. A need for something, destruction or protection or a will, anything like that will do. The aura will soon synchronize with your soul, and once that happens, you got your form back."
Kanashimi begins thinking of White's manipulations that lead to her death, a fear of her taking hold. I don't want to lose myself again....
Her aura starts to take shape and stabilize, Drake smiles and chuckles. "You're getting the hang of it, but finally and this is to solidify that the aura is yours. You need to erase any doubt that you have, as it will lead to the form being weaker than it should, can you manage that?"
She looks at him for a moment, then laughs softly. "Oh sure I can. Next time, I'm gonna kick your ass at the next competition, ya hear?"
Kanashimi feels a pulse surging throughout her body as her aura fully connects with her soul, the aura's colour and shape perfects itself as it lets out a roar. Drake is knocked back slightly by the roar, he starts laughing as he stands back up and claps. "There you go, your Aura Dragon form... I'm surprised Kanashimi, either that or your aura went easy on you... But regardless, congratulations!"
She experimentally tries to flap the wings of the dragon, yelping as it easily lifts her up in the air. "Arrghh! Too high! Too high!" She hastily retreats to the ground, sighing.
"Well that will take getting used to..... ....Say Drake.... what do you think is gonna happen to the others?"
Drake sighs. "Sadly, I don't know... There's something coming up and after that happens, I'm going to Echo with someone, as for your Brother, Silent Angel... I have no idea what White has planned for him, or the other CEs, sorry."
She thinks quietly. "Drake, can you please tell no one I'm alive? And when you're done, can I come with you? If White finds out I'm alive, she'll likely come after me. It's better she doesn't learn. I can hide here, or somewhere else."
"Don't worry, your secret is safe with me, and yeah, you can come along." Drake hugs Kanashimi then scuffles her hair slightly. "Just promise not to die again, it's a pain in the ass to revive people." He lightly laughs.
"Awwww the old man is getting soft!" She teases, then smiles. "Don't worry, I won't be dying again. I'm too stubborn to fail twice."
"Just like your old man haha... So, what should we do now?"
"So who's your friend? ....you got a girlfriend don't ya?" She says with a teasing smile.
Drake's eyes open wide as he gives Kanashimi a puzzled look. "...You're not talking about Noriko, are you? ...You are! We're not a couple, I'm there to help her and that's all... It's nothing special like that, ok?"
"What's the matter old man? All I was asking is if you had a girl that was a friend. Interesting you deny it so readily though..." She holds her smile for a moment, before shaking her head. "Just messing with you. In any case, I'm probably going to ask around to see if I can find someone who will take some assistance in exchange for a place to sleep, you can do whatever you wish to I guess. Unless you had something specific in mind...?"
"I haven't got anything planned, probably gonna punch some people who try to fight me. It'll be easy to find me since I'm causing chaos to some scale, just try to not get into trouble, ok?" Drake smiles and starts walking back to Downation. "I'll see you soon!"
Kanashimi sits atop a tree branch, casually scratching small marks into the side of a tree with a knife.
She can hear two people talking, occasionally laughing as well. "Well, now we're here... All that's left is to find her, trust me, you'll love her. She's just like me, which is both a blessing and a curse."
Kanashimi faintly smiles, and waits for Drake's head to show up, before she playfully throws her knife at Drake's face, just missing him.
"So I was right after all, you two are turning into little love birds! Listen to your little chirping! It's so precious I could cry tears of joy!" She laughs.
"Nice to see you, Old Man."
Drake laughs and then then picks up the knife and balances it on his finger. "Nice to see you're doing fine carrot top, Noriko meet Kanashimi. Biologically my daughter... Kanashimi, meet Noriko."
Kanashimi looks down at Noriko. "I can so tell that White is not gonna be happy with you when she's back on her feet. Nice to meet you all the same."
Noriko laughs wearily. "Yeah, I imagine White's not going to be too happy after today...."
"It doesn't matter now, we're going to Echo... Hopefully she'll be out of commission for a while, so we have some time to prepare for the worst, if it were to come to that... But right now all that matters is getting to Echo, right?" Drake says with a slight smile.
Noriko nods. "I suppose."
Kanashimi jumps down. "Ok then, let's get going."
Noriko laughs. "Ok then, prepare to be zapped to our next location!"
Drake places his hand on her shoulder and does the same to Kanashimi. "Alright, let's go then."
A bolt of lightning takes them away.
A male and female appear in the wild of Downation.
The male looka at the female and they fist bump. "Think he'll show?" he says. She replies, "I'd bet on it."
As the pair finish speaking, a teenage boy pushes through the shrubery behind them, his head stuffed in the pages of a book.
"So, they're supposed to be where... what do they want with-...Well, what do you know?"
The male speaks up. "Hello, Kid, how's it going?"
"Hmmm? Who are you guys?" Kid said, glancing over at the pair standing before him. "Wait, you're the people I was supposed to be meeting, aren't you?"
"I'm Drein, a lower Death God, this is Diek, a lower angel. Nice to meet you," the male continues. "We are here for training."
"What do you want me to train you for? Why not learn from your own kind?" Kid asked, his eyes refusing to leave the pages of the book.
"My own kind wants to kill us. Humans don't understand. Since you know about everything, we thought you'd be a good sub."
"I see...alright, I'll teach you what I can about yourselves. There's just one condition I need you to swear to. No matter what happens, you must adhere to this condition, otherwise all bets are off." He said, closing the book in front of him and looking up to stare the pair in the face.
"If it's not to kill people, I already lost."
"No, not that...well, we'll have to work on that. What you need to do... is promise... to never say I know everything. Ever again."
"Good. Okay, let's see..." Kid said, immediately returning to his book. "So, Drein and Diek. A Shinigami...A lesser Angel...Yeah, I can work with that. Diek, You got anything to say?" Kid said, running his fingers down a particular page of his book.
She speaks up, "I am heading to Heaven to help heal our mother, for I am not a fighter. Thank you." She bows and flys away.
Drein looks at Kid. "Lets get this party started, eh?"
Kid glances up as Diek took off. "Hmph. Alright then. Okay...Black Box." As Kid said these words, a large barrier appeared around the pair, the world appearing normal to them, but to others, it appreared as if nothing was there.
"Niiiiiice." Confetti comes out of the sky. "Party officially started."
"Okay. What is the worst thing you've ever felt in your life?" Kid said, turning to a page at the back of his book.
"Hm... I haven't really been exposed to much pain... I'd say my coffin when I was suffocated to near death for three days."
"Then this should be familliar. Vacumn." Suddenly, Drein found himself unable to breathe. with each breath he released, he found himself unable to draw in any air to compensate.
Drein starts to panic. He lets out all of his air hyperventalating, and starts to choke. Very soon after, he walks over and hits Kid, breaking the concentration of the spell.
As Drein's fist comes towards him, Kid speaks. "mark, opposing balance!", the words exiting his mouth faster than his lips appear to move, and Drein is blocked by an unknown force before he can touch the teen. "Wrong move. Try something else..."
Drein has cokeplete fear on his face before he summons his slayer and sloces through the wall and then at Kid.
"Blade!" With that, a rapier appeared in Kid's hand. Unfortunately, he wasn't fast enough to fully deflect the blow, resulting in a gash to his shoulder
"Shade!" All light disapears, and Kid gets immense pain and unbearable wounds, showing almost every bone. These wounds seem slow to heal and his book seems to do nothing.
"Hmm, interesting... What move is this? " Kid said, staring down at his injuries. Despite the pain he felt, he began to move forward as if nothing was happening. "You're doing well, for a guy whose about to suffocate to death. Just something you should know-Once I make a command, it doesn't reverse. So don't expect to taste some good air for a while. Of course, you could always surrender, and then I can end the suffering which, to be honest, is probably worse than mine right about now?"
The darkness stays, and Kid's head disapears in it before the darkness breaks and Drein passes out.
Kid crouches down beside Drein, an intrigued look on his face. "Hmmm...an immortal afraid of suffocating. That's got to make up an amazing history..."
While unconsious, Drein's fist flies up and socks Kid in the jaw. The angel returns. "How has he been?"
"Well, his right hook is pretty impressive." Said Kid, the blood on his lips fading, and the wounds across his body disappearing. " I am disappointed that an immortal is afraid of suffocation."
"He's been through too much these past nine years..." She looks sad. "Suffocation reminds him of all of it at once. Brings out a rage."
"I think I felt some of that...hopefully he can get over it. So tell me. What's you guy's story?" Kid said, searching through his book rapidly.
"I... Don't want to talk about it..."
"Hmmm...too bad." Kid said, closing his book immediately. "Ein, right? Well, weren't you here for training, as well?"
"Diek, and no. I'm not." Drein awakes and takes a few breathes before punching the living shit out of Kid.
"Ah, my apologies. On both counts." Kid said, as all of Drein's punches were blocked by an unseen force."So, what are you here for, after all?"
"I am here for nothing other than to keep HIM from killing you."
"I appreciate that, but-...What? Can't we just...fine then." Kid said to himself, before flipping through his book again.
The Angel of Demise
Daikeim slowly comes to, just in time to roll out of the way of Silent Angel's sword. He looks up to see his form had changed again, six cruel metallic wings of black metal outstretch from his back, while his body is covered in an obsidian black armor, blacker than even the other CE's he had seen. The only color on the armor is around the eye level, where pitch black eyeholes allow the malevolent glow of Silent Angel's eyes to radiate. The aura has changed to a thick black green flame covering his form, and around them burns a violent firestorm of green flames, burning down grass and trees everywhere. The area just outside this massive firestorm is shrouded from view, a heavy darkness blotting out the light, the effect creating a surreal green glow that casts everything in a sickly light. All of this combines to give Daikeim a mortal sense of fear of the being standing before him, as its eyes silently judge him.
"On your feet. We settle this now...."
Daikeim stands and looks at Silent Angel, anger in his tone of voice along with the fear. "Monster, that's what you are... Following orders like a dog, and for what? Just so you don't have to sleep inside a tube, neglected, unwanted, unneeded... I don't think you realise yet, do you? If you think you're special, then you're wrong, you'll get replaced by your superior brothers and sisters... Before we fight, I want to tell you that you can stray away from White's control, just like Kanashimi... So answer me, are you willing to have freedom? Or are you gonna follow White like the mutt you are?" Daikeim enters Stage Two and gives out a slight roar, signialling that he's ready to fight as he gets into a stance.
His eyes narrow. "Freedom you say? The only freedom from our bondage is death. You.... did you really think I came by White's beckoning? Fool! I came here to avenge my sister! We have nothing, but at least we have each other! But now she's gone, alone from the only people she could call family! You took her life, the only thing left that is precious to us! White be damned, I would come after you even if White forbade it!!!"
His very first attack with his fist comes close to breaking Daikeim's ribs, even with the protection of Stage Two.
"I will never forgive you for what you did to Kanashimi!!!!"
His kick sends his knee straight into Daikeim's stomach, causing him to cough up blood.
"Do you think I'm a fool?! Every CE dreads the arrive of a new subject, because we know we shall soon be put to sleep, for eternity, and then when she wants to conveniently dispose of us, she sends us on suicide missions! That is the fate all of the Alphas, the Betas, and the Gammas suffered at her hands! Either killed off in missions they could never achieve, or quietly drowned or smothered to death! If you cannot even handle a mere Eta, then..."
He slams both fists straight into Daikeim's back, smashing him to the ground. "Then you can never stop White now! The birth of the Lambdas is at hand, the beginning of the Perfect CE's! You have no idea how futile your power is! Compared to me, they are true angels! Our greatest sister, Azula, is being transcended into a Lambda! The beginning of the Ultimate CEs! And as for this battle, the only thing you can do is DIE! Die, and watch as the things you cared about are taken away, just like me!"
With his last yell, he kicks Daikeim to the edge of the fiery arena, the emerald flames blazing hot with the CE's rage.
"GET UP SO I CAN KILL YOU, YOU DAMN INFERNAL BASTARD!" He roars.
Silence falls, and after a long while of nothing, Silent Angel gets impatient and decides to finish Daikeim off himself. Just as Silent Angel delivers the final strike, Daikeim catches his fist and stands up, his aura changing to an unstable red as he glares at Silent Angel. Kneeing him in the stomach, causing Silent Angel to be winded, Daikeim then throws at punch into his face, blasting him across the floor. Daikeim then impales Silent Angel to the ground with aura variants of the Draconia, Daikeim's words are cold on Silent Angel's ears upon hearing them.
"May I remind you, who was it that stood by and watched his 'sister' get killed? Who was it that fled back to Yosai? If you can feel rage, you can feel regret... Afterall, that's what I felt after killing Kanashimi, Eta... 'Draken'... Yeah, I know why this rage of yours is familiar, you're made with Drake's genetics aren't you..." Just as Silent Angel pulls the blades out of himself and stands back up, Daikeim grabs hold of him and kicks him to the edge of the arena and presses his face against the fires of his own rage. "Drake told me something about Kanashimi that I know you'll want to hear, but you're blinded by your own rage and bloodlust that you won't even stand still to listen, such a shame..."
After a moment, Daikeim throws Silent Angel back into the center of the arena, Daikeim walks over and restrain Silent Angel long enough for Daikeim to lightly press two fingers on the device planet on his neck. "I realise my mistake when I fought Kanashimi, I was too brash, I should of been more careful... Instead I was stressed, having a friend be stuck in the very same prison you're in too... Are you gonna die fighting, or are you gonna finally accept your depressing demise..."
Silent Angel violently throws Daikeim off him, violent angry breaths echoing inside his head piece.
"Don't ever... SPEAK ABOUT KANASHIMI IN FRONT OF ME!!!" Their fists collide, the sharp metal cutting Daikeim's knuckles, and blood also drips from inside the CE's armor.
"You fucker....! You know nothing! I could only scream in silent agony while White chained my mind to her will, I couldn't stop you, I couldn't fight to save her, all I could do is watch helplessly as you killed her!!! I didn't even get to say goodbye, I was a puppet on a string! I couldn't bury her, I couldn't tell her I was sorry, all I could do is WATCH. HELPLESSLY. LIKE. A. DAMN. CHILD!"
With each of those words, Silent Angel slams his fists into Daikeim's head, one monstrous blow after another.
They stumble back from each other, and both fall on their knees, both raising their heads and glaring at each other. With a raspy growl, Silent Angel angerly grabs Daikeim's throat.
"You know what, go ahead then, tell me something! What could Father possibly know about her that I couldn't?! When she was born, he was nothing more than a test tube subject! What would he fucking know?! ANSWER ME YOU BASTARD!" He roars, shaking Daikeim like a rag doll.
Daikeim roars and creates a shockwave, knocking Silent Angel away, now shouting at him. "KANASHIMI ISN'T DEAD! DRAKE TOOK AN OPPORTUNITY AND BROUGHT HER BACK, YOUR RAGE MEANS NOTHING!" Daikeim sighs and coughs up blood before glaring back at Silent Angel. "Your 'Father' saved your sister, she's alive... I never mean't to kill her, what happened after you left... Was I took her body, flown up to a floating island, dug her grave, laid her to rest... Made a dome so that only Drake and I can actually get to her, he told me that during his two day break, he went back to that island and revived her, she's with him... I don't know where, but she's ok..."
Daikeim staggers as he tries to stand up, his injuries finally coming to him, causing a small stream of blood to pour from his mouth, his hazy vision focusing on Silent Angel, using the real Draconia to hold himself up. "Happy?"
Silent Angel makes an attempt to stand, but collapses back to his knees. "You.... lie.... lie.... lie...." He falls on his hands, gasping.
"But if.... .......no..... ....that would mean... .....no... ...!!!!"
He starts, managing to his feet weakly, stumbling. His armor begins to fold up, revealing the bloodied CE underneath, a tight snarl on his face. His wings retract into his back.
"....Heed my words.... Daikeim.... become stronger.... ....this is the last and only time I will be able to walk away from this fight. If next time, you still struggle to best me, you will surely die by the hands of the Lambda."
He begins to slowly disappear.
Daikeim nods at Silent Angel, speaking in a calmer tone as his aura fades away, reverting him back to normal. "Don't worry, I will... But don't expect any mercy, the second I get the chance, you will lose... But for now, CE, goodbye..." Finally coming to his injuries, Daikeim collapses and passed out in a small pool of his own blood.
Daikeim doesn't notice, but a pair of boots walk up to his head, and tap it lightly.
"Out cold eh? Ah well. I guess we can have our little chat when he comes to." A voice says quietly, and picks him up.
When Daikeim comes to, he is in a wooden cabin, completely bandaged up.
"You've woken up I see. Good. That was quite the battle." A small chuckle comes from the person speaking.
With a ringing noise still in his head, Daikeim takes a look around before groaning. "Argh, my head kills... Where am I?" He looks at the person, his eyes taking a second to adjust to the light in the cabin. "And... And who are you?"
"Oh, don't worry about where you are. You're from Upnation right? I'd hope so, cause after I found you, I moved you to my cabin here. And as for who I am..."
The man in front of him is wearing a hood, but tilts his head so that Daikeim can see. Black sclerae and yellowish gold eyes gleam at him, with white hair and a red mark that reminds Daikeim eerily of Neo's markings. The man gives him a small smirk at Daikeim's facial expression.
"You seem to know this face. Recognition. Tell me, what makes my face seem familiar to you, stranger?"
Daikeim looking around sees a familiar black sword hanging on the wall.
Daikeim sits up and shakes his head slightly to get the ringing out of his ears, he then looks at the figure. "Those red markings... And the sword, but you don't look like him... And Kado is the only one..." Daikeim's eyes narrow at this figure. "That's a Slayer... Only Phoenix members can-- ...Oh great..."
The man has a sharp smile. "That confirms it then. You know who Kado is. This is truly a most opportune moment. The name is Kake Spiritwood. I'm looking for someone. Well. Two someones. I am looking for Kado, and my sister, Shinwa. Perhaps you know their whereabouts?"
Daikeim lets out a small growl and he stands up, although his arm is covering up one of the wounds that a bandage is already doing. "I'm sorry, but I don't know where they are... So why are you looking for them?"
Kake frowns sharply. "Grrah.... ...typical... ....just....typical." He glares at Daikeim suddenly. "Sit down fool, you're not recovered yet. I didn't wrap you up in bandages so you could hurt yourself again. Sit. Down. Or trust me. You'll wish you died in that fight." He pauses, then sighs with aggravation.
".....Sorry." He says after a moment. "I'm an Aggression Spirit. I tend to get worked up easily... ....you'll have to accept my apologies on that one. ....Please sit down before you piss me off again. As for why I'm looking for them, it's a long story not needed to be told right now.... let's just say it's personal business and leave it at that, yes?"
He pulls out a pair of paper bags. "Coffee or Tea?"
Daikeim sighs and sits back down. "I'll have tea please... And thanks for bandaging me up and taking me here, Kake... An Aggression Spirit, so you're a shapeshifter-spirit hybrid too, interesting... By chance, are you Kado's brother then?"
Kake doesn't answer right away, instead making tea. It's only after he hands the cup to Daikeim that he speaks. ".....Yes. I am. I am Kado's older brother. I've been looking for him since Shinwa, my younger sister took him to join her organization, Phoenix. ....You must be curious as to why I have Dark Slayer. ....The truth is, it just appeared to me one day. Though it wasn't that made me come look for him. I've been looking to take him home every since he and Shinwa left. I swear, if I ever get them back to Father, I swear he will be livid beyond belief with her... ....who does she think she's fooling, trying to lead that damn organization....?"
Daikeim sighs and drinks his tea before standing up to look at Kake. "So White is your sister... I can tell you where White is, infact, I could lead you to where her base is... As for Kado, I have no idea where he is now... But I'm just gonna say, if you see my friend at Yosai, it's best not to interfere what he's doing. He needs to get payback for what White did to him, although I think he's an idiot if he does head off again for a second time... Anyways, I thought it was just White and Kado left, is there any more siblings?"
Kake sighs. "Ah yes, there is one more. The eldest, my older sister, Kuchi. She's a prodigy, she was born destined to be a Spirit Dragon, she evolved at the age of five and was from then on lavished like a princess in the village. Heh, I still like to call her Little Princess. Quite beautiful as well. Though all the fools at the village are too afraid of her to attempt to take her hand. Sorry fools.... as powerful as she is, she's quite kind. I think she's still at home, don't see why she'd leave."
He thinks for a moment. "Yosai huh.... ....man I wish I thought of that earlier... could have saved me a long trip."
Daikeim chuckles. "Heh, well it seems you have a very interesting family, Kake. As much as I would like to help, I have other matters to attend to, oh and good luck with White... If you can persuade her to leave Yosai, then you've already done the impossible." Draikeim places the empty cup on top of a nearby table before stretching his arms. "Before I head off, is there anything you or I need to know? Oh, and I'd still like to know where I am... Please."
Kake gives him a quiet stare. "Bandages. You just got your ass kicked. I'm not quite sure if you're in a position to leave yet." He sounds irritated.
"And like I said. You're in Upnation, a little ways north of the city in the woods. If you are feeling up to the walk, its a few miles. Also. Tell no one I'm here. I like to be.... unknown."
Daikeim takes a look at his battered self and sighs, before looking back at Kake. "Ok ok... Do you know an easy to the city? Or can you help in any way?"
Kake walks up to him and grabs his shoulder, and Daikeim feels a sinking sensation as a portal of darkness opens at his feet. "Help? I can do better."
"This'll take you straight home to your lovely bird of a girl. Oh, take this. Trade secret of my clans, it should help with the burns and the eye thing." He tosses a green crystal towards Daikeim.
Daikeim catches the crystal and looks at Kake, a skeptical expression on his face. "How... Do you know of her wounds..." He cautiously looks at the dark portal as he gets pulled down.
"Relax. I just looked through your memories. .....We spirits have a tendency to be way too curious for our own good. I mainly just checked to see if you knew Kado. Crush the crystal over the affected area, it will restore that area to prime condition. If you want to ask why I'm doing this, just call it an extension of goodwill to a guest. I'm not like my sister you know."
"Oh... Ok, thanks Kake. Good luck with White and that whole affair, and don't worry, I'll tell no one that you're here. Goodbye." Daikeim drops down into the portal as it just closes.
Kake lets out a faint smile. "No.... thank you.... ....soon sister..... soon...." He disappears.
Abeni flies down low, eventually finding a secluded cave by the sea cliffs to rest in, changing to a more human version of herself, and gently lays Azula down, tsking with frustration at the still visible wound.
"What the hell happened to you... it was as if the very fabric of time and space ripped and she just so happened to be caught up in it... but the wound looks like a sword stroke... ...was it one of the enemy? No... ...this wound has none of their energies. I'm not even sure whose energy it could even be from... ...odd...."
She strokes the cheek of the unconscious Azula, now in her dormant form, appearing much like she used to before being activated and later becoming a Lambda.
"Heal faster, sister..." She begins lending her energy, hoping to speed the healing process.
"I...might be able to help. If you're willing not to make with the stabbing...who are you, anyway?" Kalin said, appearing seemingly out of thin air.
Abeni already has a sword pointed at him. "I could ask the same thing," She says sharply, standing in front of Azula. "Who areyou?"
"Sorry, I kinda asked first. And I'm unarmed, so I'm more at risk trusting you than you are me. However. I'll play your game. I am Kalin."
Abeni stares at Kalin for a while, her sword lowering, but not by much. "....My name is Abeni. What is it that you want? Did my ears deceive me, or did you say you might be able to help?" She says guardedly.
"You heard properly...however, I want to know a few things before I do. Sound fair?" Kalin said, a serious look on his face.
"....I guess.... no funny business. I won't let you hurt my sister."
"Pffft. She was my friend before she was 'your sister'..." he responded, stepping closer to Azula. "So, what are you guys, exactly? You don't hail from any one species, as far as I can tell."
She jabs the point of the sword at his stomach. "Keep back. And for your information, I am her birth sister. There are three of us. Even before we were Chaos Engines, we have always been sisters. That is the one thing we know beyond this existence we have now. We are creations of the Lady White, taken as humans and turned into a new breed of Mythos that White and previous generations of Phoenix have been creating. Me, Azula, and Gurīn are the pinnacle of her labors. We are what you would call the Lambda Class of the Chaos Engines. The completed version, you could say. Why is it that you ask this?"
"I don't think our aggrement covered questions from your end....unless there's something else you want to offer... So, you three take orders from White? Willingly?"
"We serve, but willingly is another matter. One day we will be free, but it is not that day today." She has an untrusting, guarded expression toward him.
"Can you stop staring at me like that? I may not be absolutely good anymore, but I am not a bad man, and I will never be a liar. I said I'd try to help, and that's what I'll do...now, will you explain what you mean by that?" Kalin said, clenching his fists tightly.
"Consider the fact that you a number one priority target, it's only due to the fact that Azula needs to be healed that White hasn't ordered me to attack you yet. Whatever desires we may have, they matter not. We are controlled remotely by White, and we have no method of freeing ourselves. When it comes to an order, her will is absolute."
"So you're slaves, as well...This 'White' person must not do much to inspire loyalty, to need all of these manipulative tricks to keep her followers in line." Kalin said. "You're Abeni, right? Well, like I said before, you're more of a danger to me than I am to you at the moment. Why you're wary of me, I can't understand. Now, is there any way to stop you...Chaos Engines, you said? Or prevent you from acting on your directives?" He finished, having stepped past the woman's blade, and moved closer to Azula.
She narrows her eyes. "I can't answer that question."
"Oh, come on! It's not like I can stop the mighty lambda class Chaos Engines if I wanted to. I'm simply curious what it takes. The end of the galaxy? The universe? Please, inquiring minds want to know..." He responded, crouching to observe Azula's condition.
"I literally can't tell you. There are machines that will automatically cut us off before we can tell anyone."
"I'm guessing writing a note and sliding it across the ground is out of the question?"
There is now a flickering red aura around her. "Don't test me... I already told you that I can't divulge sensitive information."
The wound on Azula does not seem to be healing, as if some sort of force is preventing regeneration.
Well, then. Thats interesting...
"So, given the chance to be free...what would you do?" Kalin said, his aura enveloping him in a gentle gray light as he touches Azula's hand. It doesn't seem to have any physical effect on her, but that doesn't seem to bother him.
"If I was free, I would look after the rest of our kind. I would protect these lands from the humans. Until that time I shall do as I am told. Neither side of this war is right. Man or Myth. What are you doing?" She says shortly.
"I'm gonna dive in. Into her mind, that is. Don't knock her over, or anything. This probably won't take long..." Kalin said, before disappearing, his aura enveloping Azula in the same gray light that surrounded him.
Azula's mind fitfully slumbers, sometimes quiet, sometimes bitter, sometimes weeping or mourning.
....! Who's there?! A mental representation of herself wakes up, looking around wildly. The area she appears in her mind appears to be an endless ocean, with constant rain and only the very top of what look like mountains and skyscrapers staying above the water, she herself resting on one of the buildings.
Calm down, It's only me. Kalin said, appearing on another of the flooded buildings. This place reminds me of a show I watched. Huh. So, how have you been?
Her eyes widen with shock. He comes to notice that while her left side appears perfectly normal, her right side seems off, almost as though only the tiniest bit translucent, beneath her image it almost appears like the image of something else entirely is underneath.
"Kalin, what are you doing here?! Don't you understand that I've been forced to capture you and Aoi?!"
"Yes, I understand. I also understand that you're hurt right now, and I made a promise to help my friends, no matter what side they may be on. Now just stay calm and let me see what's going on with you..." He said, concentrating a wave of healing energy around her mental form.
Azula looks bitter. "You can't help me... not where it counts..." The damage to her is unsual, a strong energy is prevalent in her wounds, both spiritual and also, almost as if there is a distortion of time and space, making it difficult for the wound to stay closed. The energy is slowly decaying, but its still strong enough to keep the wound open long enough for the possibility of bleeding out.
"I was just testing the waters. Don't worry, I haven't even begun to get serious." Kalin responded, cracking his knuckles, before focusing more energy onto Azula. "Who did this to you, anyway?"
As if the area directly responded, a memory appears in his head, where a white armored figure with long brown hair and twelve swords hovering around him appears and while conversing, slashes her across the chest, and everything goes white. He's able to deduce from the memory that Azula somehow went forward in time, and the being was somehow able to sense and attack her both in that time and in this one.
"He never named himself. He said a lot about 'time' or something."
"Hmmm...I've never heard of someone like that. But, what made you go into the future, anyways? I didn't think you could deviate from your mission."
"It was more of just... my consciousness. We're controlled remotely."
"Ugh, this is too complicated, and I'm an ethereal being! There is very little I can't conceptualize in this world!" He said, in a playfully angered tone. Despite the circumstances, it appeared he was trying to keep things light. "So. Just how long are you going to keep me waiting on that drink I owe you?"
"....I... ...don't know. ...You know something that bothers me? The being that attacked me? He said... ...in his timeline... ...I was dead. ...I don't know if I'll ever be free. Kalin... don't stay here too long. If you do... ...you'll be putting Aoi in great danger.... please... ...don't put yourself in a situation where I have to bring harm upon you... ...I don't want that..."
"Ah, you're just high on that fate nonsense. Don't pay any mind to what someone tells you is supposed to happen. Think about the tomorrow you wish for yourself. Y'know, like the one with the..." Kalin says, stopping short and turning away a bit. He charges a ball of light in his hand, and fires it at Azula. It concentrates on her wounds immediately. "Okay, enough small talk. I don't care if you kick my ass after this, I'm fixing you!"
As he works on the wound, he notices a gradual graying of the area, her right side slowly beginning to look like the transfigured version of herself he saw in the yellow cloak's vision of her.
"Kalin.... just... leave...." Azula says, her voice dulling.
"Like hell! I just told you what I'm going to do, and I intend to follow through!"
In the background of this mental space, Azula could hear a voice. Would you give your life to ensure his safety, woman? To protect one who would risk his life to save yours?
"I have more power than any could dream to have... ...yet I am as helpless as a doll," Is her only response.
There was silence for some time, before the voice spoke again.
...I see. The decision is his, then. Initiating Phenomena Intervention.
As the voice stopped speaking, Azula could immediately feel something...different about her injuries, Most importantly, the fact that they healed almost instantaneously.
With the wound closed, Kalin ceased his attempts, smiling. "Heh. See? This is the power of one's resolve. Never forget it, ok?" he said to Azula
She closes her eyes. "...."
The air begins to change, more oppressive. Her right half seems strangely solid now. Only a trace of color is left, except strange blue chain like structures that have appeared in the distance, speeding in his direction.
Kalin didn't even have the time to form a word with his lips before he disappeared from Azula's inner world. He appeared outside of her once again, stumbling back a bit as he turned to Abeni. "It's done. She's fixed. Now comes the part where I get hunted like an animal despite my good deeds..." Kalin says, before disappearing in a flash of light. In that instant, his presence disappeared. However, it didn't seem to be the result of a Twilight Gate.
Abeni stares at where he left for a while. "...Interesting..."
Azula comes to, her body returning to her Lambda form.
"...I wish this nightmare would end..." Azula says barely above a whisper.
Abeni lifts her off the floor. "You know as well as I do when we'll find out. Until then... you can always lean on me, dear sister." Together, the two make their way out of the cave, and begin their long flight back to Yosai Fortress.
A Forgotten Existence
The pair arrive at the southern tip of Downation, overlooking the sea. Aoi looks at Kalin, and puts a hand to his head.
These are the coordinates... I need you to fly us there, it's a small island in the ocean... ...the population is exclusively humans.
Kalin nodded, wrapping his arms around her waist as a pair of black and red feathery wings erupted from his back. He jumped towards the water, taking flight just before they touched ocean.
After a long flight in the ocean, eventually an island comes into view, at its center is a small town with people milling about.
"So, this was her birth place..." Kalin thought, projecting just enough for Aoi to be able to hear. "It seems nice. Makes me we I'd had a chance at a life like this."
Some of the people seem to take notice as they land, beginning to whisper worriedly to one another.
Yeah... ...it seems like a nice quiet place.
As his wings dissipated, he took Aoi's hand. "I guess we should start looking for answers."
Some of the humans seem to shrink away from them in fear, cowering.
"...would you like to try first?" Kalin said, noting the villager's fear. "I wonder what's got them so scared..."
"They're probably not used to Myths," Aoi remarks. "Hey, can anyone tell me about someone named Azula?"
One of the women seems to stare at Aoi in confusion.
"Maybe they don't understand you. One second...ok, I reached into their minds a bit. They shouldn't have trouble understanding you. I also gave them a glimpse of Azula, in case that helps."
"Azula... ...Azula... ...." The woman quickly grabs Aoi, and instantly pulls Aoi toward a house. "I must speak to you both in private!"
Kalin followed the two indoors, closing the door behind him. As he did, he took a deep breath, and upon exhaling, he fired sparks from his mouth. He immediately covered it with his hand, and laid his head on the door quietly.
"Azula... ...what does she look like?" The woman asks insistently.
Kalin, despite his own issues, was able to project his own memory of Azula, in the form she had when they first met. "Like that. Does she look familiar to you?"
"Th-that...." The woman collapses to her knees, and begins to weep heavily.
"I-it will be ok, ma'am. We need you to tell us what you know about Azula. Please, help us." Kalin said, moving to help the woman up.
"My....! My....! My... MY BABIES....!" She howls in anguish. "Azalea... Kyra... Illa...! ....What's.... ....what's happened to my darlings?!" The woman cries, weeping uncontrolably.
"You're their mother..." Kalin said, understanding fully, despite his shock at the revelation. He held the woman as she cried, waiting for her to calm down.
The woman cries for a long time, her tears partially soaking his shirt, before she finally manages to lift her head, trembling, her grey eyes still wet with tears and pain.
"Where's my Azalea?" Her soft voice trembles with her pain. Her greyish black hair is lighter in color than Azula's, back before Phoenix had taken her at least.
"She is being controlled by an organization known as Phoenix. They've done something to her that doesnt allow for her to serve her own purpose. She instead does their bidding." Kalin said, not wanting to hurt the woman further, but aware of the limit on time that they had.
"The White one said they were sick... ...but they never came back..."
"I don't know if she spoke the truth or not, bu the White woman wanted to separate your children from you, and turn them into weapons of war. Against you and all of humanity, ironically...."
"...Please, mister, please help my babies...." The woman pleads.
"I intend to, miss. Aoi? Are you alright?" He had said after she'd kept quiet for a few moments.
Aoi is out cold on the floor, and Kalin whirls just in time to be knocked unconcious by the fist of Azula, who picks the two up in her hands, and pauses to look at the terrified woman, and sheds a single tear for her, before flying away at incredible speeds, taking with her two prisoners, and entering the now fully concealed Yosai...
Located on a small island just far off of Downation, Daikeim fades in and takes a glance around, spotting a sleeping Elaonore soon after. He takes a sigh of relief as he walks towards her and slumps down next to her, giving her a couple more seconds to rest before waking her up by nudging her shoulder. "Come on, Elaonore, time to wake up."
"Don't wake her!"
Daikeim slowly stands up and looks in the direction of the voice, putting an energy dome around Elaonore to protect her.
"It's me, fool. I'm speaking to you through the wind."
Daikeim sighs. "What is it, Drekavas..."
"Do not wake, Elaonore. Take her quietly."
Suddenly, a silver and red figure hurtles down and slams against Daikiem, making him lose his footing. The figure backflips onto his feet. The figure loosely resembles some form of spear with a red cape. A symbol of some kind is found on said cape.
Daikeim hovers back up and looks at the figure, his eyes shifting to Elaonore for a brief moment before glancing back. "Yeah... Drekavas, just ran into some interferance, I'll take care of Elaonore in a moment." Daikeim said before getting in a stance. "So then, who are you..."
"My name is Yaridovich. Captain of the Legion of Phazon. I am sure you recognise the symbol on my cape."
In response, Daikeim just shakes his head. "No, I can't say I regonise the symbol on your cape nor this Legion." Daikeim replies.
"Are you sure? As I recall, you fought against two of my associates in this "Upnation" place. It took me a while to finally track you down here, and now that I have done that, I will engrave my name in your skull!" Suddenly, a spear appears in Yaridovich's right hand, while fire spews out of his left glove. Without hesitation, Yaridovich quickly strikes Daikiem in the chest with his shoulder, sending him flying backwards.
Daikeim lands on his feet and slides back a bit before standing up, wiping any dust off of him. Daikeim suddenly appears behind Yaridovich, a sphere of Exeon charged in his hand, Daikeim holds Yaridovich still and smashes the sphere on the back of his head, causing a small explosion to occur which sends Yaridovich across the floor. "Now is not the best time for you to be fighting, be wise and leave."
"Are you so sure?" Suddenly, a spear identical to Yaridovich's pierces out of Daikiem's chest. He turns to find a second Yaridovich holding the spear.
Daikeim just sighs before disappearing, reappearing without a wound on him. He summons the Draconia and looks at Yaridovich, his expression is simply more annoyed than anything. "So you can create clones, nice gimick you have there... But I'm afraid it won't last you long, final warning. Make your leave before I make you regret attacking me." Daikeim states while his eyes pulse gold once.
"Foolish. You believe you have the authority to rule me around? Bah! Your arrogance will be the death of you!" The two Yaridoviches speak in tandem until one fades away. Yaridovich slams his spear on the ground and then holds it out horizontally. The blade splits into three and the whole weapon transforms into a trident, with each blade constantly ablaze. "You will learn to kneel, boy. DUPLICACION!" Suddenly, Yaridovich vanishes. He reappears in the air, followed by multiple copies of Yaridovich, each being identical to the last, stopping at a total of 50.
"No, I don't believe I have 'authority' over you... I simply gave you a warning and you didn't take it, so now you shall face your mistake of facing a Heroa God..." Daikeim glances at the clones and charges the Draconia with Exeon energy, he then flies up and takes a single swing. Causing a wave of Exeon to erupt from the blade, wiping out ten of the clones with a single hit. Daikeim then flies to the centre of the group and sends out a shockwave which blasts the clones everywhere, he then looks down at them and sighs. "This is a waste of my time..."
"A god, eh?" Yaridovich appears behind Daikeim. "If you are such a 'god' as you so claim, why have you failed to notice the device I planted on your back?" A device on Daikeim's back detaches itself and flies into Yaridovich's hand. "This device has extracted a lot from you in such a short time. I give you my adieu, but this will not be the last time we meet. Ciao." Yaridovich suddenly fades away.
Daikeim stays silent before smirking. "Likewise... Yaridovich, your energy signature is very unique for a living, literal weapon..." His eyes pulse gold once more before he turns and looks at Elaonore in the dome, he then smiles but takes a look around. "...There's something else here..."
The ground lightly rumbles, as if on cue to what he said, though not violently.
"I guess my assumptions were right... But what is this approaching?" Daikeim says as he closes his eyes and focuses on the energy around him, hoping to pick up on anything other than him and Elaonore.
He hears a large grumble, as a massive demonic and angelic giant bursts from the ground near Elaonore, wearing a gold and silver skull helmet over its face, though only its torso is out of the ground, even so, it's absolutely massive, and Daikeim can't help but wonder how much bigger the giant could be. The giant takes its two giant arms and begins pushing on the ground, to lift itself up.
"...One thing after another." Daikeim instantly runs up one of the giant's arms and punches its helmet hard enough to daze it for enough time for Daikeim to jump infront of it to fire a beam of Exeon.
The giant seems to stare at Daikeim as though he had just uttered a foul word, rather than having just blasted it in the face, then loses balance and topples on its back, causing the ground below Elaonore to shift upwards. It seems to let out a grunt of severe annoyance, then rights itself and starts pushing itself out again, this time coming out all the way, absolutely dwarfing Daikeim.
The giant then hunches over so that its two crimson glowing eyes are staring down at him only inches away, and then pokes him with its big dark red finger.
Daikeim gets knocked back a bit and looks at the giant in slight confusion. "...Ok, I'm facing a somewhat friendly goliath. This is certainly new, I guess I should be less hostile." He looks at Elaonore as his eyes pulse gold, causing the dome she's in to hover up and stay out of the way for her safety. Daikeim then flies slowly over to the giants hand and stands on it, looking at him. "I guess you were here to look after her while I was fighting Azula..."
"I was hoping to eat the little spear for waking me up." It grumbles.
"Considering your size... I doubt something like that would satisfy you, so you were sleeping... Do you know for how long?"
"My miss ordered me to come here as soon as the Eldest sent the charge here. I sense any threat to a charge immediately, no matter if I sleep or not."
"I see... So that explains why you weren't hostile to me, apologies for the attack then..." Daikeim says as he looks back at Elaonore, then back at the giant. "So do you have a name?"
"Ah alright, well I am Daikeim; Elaonore's partner, would you allow me to take her back to Upnation? ...Actually, on second thought, I guess I can just stay here for now." Daikeim says, he then sits down on Y'ōgan's hand.
"Do not... you're too close to Yosai as is. There is already enough conflict at this time... I do not wish to enter any more."
"That's ok, neither do I... But still, sooner or later, people are going to be drawn into this whether they want to or not." He sighs as he looks at Elaonore once more then over to Downation. "Some recive the damage more than others... I'm just surprised the Mythos have such a strong will, it's something I'm envious of..."
"Daikeim, make haste. Dawn is upon us."
"It is the strength of their plight..."The giant murmurs, before stepping into the water off toward Yosai.
Daikeim jumps off of the hand and lands on the island, he waves goodbye to Yōgan before going up to the dome and catching Elaonore."Take care." He then flies to Downation, soon landing right outside the Gate.
"Are you on your way?"
"Yeah, I'm just taking a minute, I'll be back soon..." Daikeim takes a second to look at Downation before sighing. "I hope the same fate doesn't meet here..." Daikeim's eyes pulse gold once more and Daikeim fades away.
Drake gradually feels sensation return to him, he notices his head is resting on someone's lap.
He groans in pain as he sits up and looks around, confused and defeated, he simply sighs and looks at the floor.
Looking up, he sees Seriah. "Quiet now, you must be tired."
"No, I'm not tired." Drake says rather quietly and impassively.
"I'm sorry I couldn't help... I couldn't find you..."
"It's fine, but I don't need you to heal me..." He tries to stand up but staggers and falls back.
She catches him quietly. "Don't need to, but I will anyway. Rest Drake, you're hurt, and nothing is going to change that."
She hesitates. "You weren't alone when I found you."
"Not alone?" Drake looks around and slowly gets back up, clutching Kurai's handle.
Seriah is now looking at a large tree with a person shaped bundle of cloth laying underneath.
Cautious, Drake also unsheathes Shizuka, using Kurai as a walking aid as he limps over to the cloth, he manages to hook the cloth with Shizuka and pulls it away, revealing what's underneath.
He sees the face of Noriko lying underneath the cloth. Drake hears White's words echoing in his head... Since you amuse me so much... have a discount...
Drake is silent... Dead silent, nothing audible, nothing... But his eyes show everything, burning embers, bright red, pure rage begins to fill him once more as he raises Shizuka up. It lines up perfectly with her neck, with one movement, Drake swings the blade down.
A white barrier blocks the blade.
"Drake, please." Seriah tries to calm him down.
Despite her words, Drake keeps swinging and swinging, his voice have hints of draconic tones to them. "NO! THIS IS WRONG! THIS IS DEAD FUCKING WRONG, I SAW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER! NONE OF THIS IS RIGHT, THAT FUCKING BITCH!" He roars and swings one more time and shatters the barrier but gets knocked down by it, Shizuka and Kurai blown right out of his hands, he tries to charge towards the husk of Noriko but keeps failing due to his injuries. "IT SHOULDN'T BE HERE! IT NEEDS TO GO!"
"Drake, we can save her. Nori isn't lost forever. Her heart still beats, we can bring her back one day. I promise." Seriah pleads with him, another barrier, even stronger forms over Noriko.
He tries one more time to strike but as if his own body was the wiser, it puts him in immense pain, enough for him to collapse to the floor, breathing heavily, he looks at Noriko before temporarily passing out for a moment.
Seriah comes to his side, giving him a sad look while bandaging him.
He slowly comes to and reluctanly allows Seriah to nurse him back to some moderate health, he occasionally looks over at Noriko, remaining silent until Seriah is finished.
Seriah seems uneasy as he awakes. "Drake, are you ok?"
"No... No I'm not ok, Seriah." He says in a somber tone. "I wish I could say otherwise." He sits back up and glances at Noriko before looking back at Seriah. "It's times like this where I feel absolutely helpless..."
"We'll bring her back, I promise." Seriah looks about, something seems to be bothering her.
"What? What is it?" Drake also looks around, then reaches over and grabs Kurai.
"I can only describe what I'm feeling... as the sensation of Death."
Within moments, Drake is back up on his feet even though he's struggling to maintain his balance, he looks over at Noriko. "Seriah, protect her." His grip on Kurai is like an iron vice as he scans around the area.
The shadows slowly begin warping, and soon a ring of large shadow figures sprout out of the shadows from the trees, more than twelve can be seen, however, the largest of them seems to shrink, down to their size, before taking on a robed, shadowy appearance, a scythe of red energy across its back. It approaches Drake.
"Drake Ryunexo. I am The Black King, ruler of the South Frontier. I am the Lord of the Dead, the Kanjo God chosen to preside over the souls of those who have passed on."
The being looks at Noriko. "That... is not death. It is existence at its most meager, most pitiful. Unacceptable. It is my duty to watch those who live and are born in Echo, to assure their time comes as it should. What was done to her, violates the laws of nature, neither living nor dead. So, I shall make you a deal."
Due to the sudden appearance, Drake staggers back but holds his ground, both hands on Kurai's handle. He looks around at the shadows then back to The Black King, understandably weary about the being but nods. "...Make it quick."
"Her status is an affront to life and death, she must be one or the other. So long as you rectify it, I shall refrain from reaping her soul... for as long as you live. In other words, should you bring her back to a proper existence, she shall live as long as you yourself shall. You shall go together, and share a mutal afterlife. This pact shall remain, no matter whom may take my place in the future. ...And. The only other condition... ...is that you defeat and punish the one who caused this slander."
Drake's expression seems blank for a moment before he looks at Noriko once more, he sheathes Kurai and sighs. "...Anything for her... Very well, Noriko will be brought back and the one who did this will pay." He turns towards The Black King. "But, if this deal breaks and you or whoever has taken your place reaps her soul... I will be after you."
"Heh heh... That said, you have no hopes of accomplishing that without more power... so then... you might want to consider your options."
Upon hearing that, Drake growls but reluctantly sighs. "I guess you have a point, but in the state I'm in..." Drake gestures to the bandages wrapped around him. "I don't think obtaining such power is possible for the moment."
"Isn't there some mutt of a god running around? I hear he caused your friend a great deal of trouble..."
Drake blinks. "...Yeah, Evoh... How did you hear about that?" Drake's tone is given a bit of curiosity to it, interested even.
"I know many things... things that lurk in the dark, that hide in the brightest of lights, there is little I don't see or know about... like the origin of Evoh's power, whose secret lies in the dark mind of Valeric... interested? Perhaps you can... 'interrogate' Evoh... maybe even force him to show you Valeric... use your imagination. There are many paths. For now... I'll leave you with this."
The being tosses him a black shard of obsidian. "Don't use it until you know you must. With it you can summon the Host of Darkness itself."
He catches the shard and inspects it before looking at The Black King. "I see... Thank you for giving me this opportunity, trust me, I'll get this done... Hopefully sooner rather than later." A small smirk shows on Drake's face as he shoves the shard into an inside pocket in his jacket. "All that leaves know is how to get to Evoh..."
The Black King snaps his fingers, and a burning crystal appears in the center of the field. "Once you're more... properly rested, touch the crystal."
Drake looks towards the crystal then looks back at The Black King. "Thank you once more, but all this and you don't want anything but her dead... That's all?"
"I have little desire to be subtle."
"Ok then... Then I guess you'll be on your way?" Drake responds as he goes to sheath Shizuka after picking it up from the ground.
He and the other shadows start to disappear, though one of them he briefly sees in the form of a woman with a glowing red eye with a pentagram, but she is soon gone with the others.
Drake looks around and ensures that they're all gone, he then sits down against the tree and looks at Seriah. "You alright?" He says rather calmly.
She still seems uneasy. "I don't know if you can trust him."
"I know... But do I really have a choice? If he's right, then Noriko and I are going to be around for ages... That's something I want, and if he's right then Valeric knows how Evoh got his power then I can possibly get that same level of power... Plus, killing Evoh is going to be satisfying."
She hugs him quietly. "Just remember Drake, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I don't want to lose you."
He hugs her back and gives a reassuring smile. "You don't need to worry about me, I'll still be myself around the Moonlight Family, you, Noriko, Kanashimi and a few others. You guys mean too much to me for me to be different enough."
Her wings wrap around him like a warm blanket, and she begins healing him some more. "...Be safe."
He quietly yawns and smiles. "If I wasn't safe, I wouldn't have you, Noriko or Kanashimi." He chuckles lightly before resting his eyes, eventually falling asleep.
Seriah remains by his side quietly.
Fiveish hours pass when Drake slowly wakes up, he stretches his arms and slowly stands up, minding he doesn't bump Seriah. "I needed that rest..." He says rather tiredly.
Seriah looks up at him. "How do you feel?"
Drake glances at the burning crystal for a few moments before looking back at Seriah. "Ready." He says confidently. "But other than that, I feel fine... Let's hope I still feel like that after I'm done." Drake chuckles.
She stands up to hug him. "When will you stop running into things like a blind man?"
He hugs her back once more. "Guessing you don't want me to go, do you?"
"No. I want you to be safe. You get nearly killed one moment now you want to fight again... What will happen to us when you're gone?"
"It's in my blood to fight... It's just how my kind operates, and as for me being gone? You don't need to worry about that, it's hard to kill me." His smile fades away however, knowing that he doesn't want to be gone either. "...Bring Kana here please." He asks rather politely.
Seriah looks at him confused. "Why?"
"Because if I need anyone to help me, it'll be her... Plus, one of us needs to make sure Noriko is alright and I promised her that I'll take her on one of my 'jobs'."
Seriah looks conflicted. "...I don't know... if it's really a god, you sure you want to...?"
"Trust me, this... Trash may be a God, but being a God doesn't exactly mean that he's going to be hard to kill. I'm sure, Seriah."
She reluctantly closes her eyes, glowing with a strange light, before a loud yelling can be heard from above.
"...Oh no." Drake reluctantly looks up and sees Kanashimi falling down. "This is gonna hurt..."
Kanashimi snaps her wings open at the last second and slams her foot down on his head.
"JERK! YOU SCARED ME!"
"Ow ow ow OW!" Drake exclaims out loud as he moves out the way. "Thanks for the headache!"
"THANKS FOR THE HEARTATTACK!"
Drake's quick anger spike quickly fades as he simply jumps up and hugs Kanashimi. "Thanks for showing up... Now, you wanted to come with me on a job, right?"
"Good, then you're coming along to kill a God with me, sound like fun?"
Drake just remains silent, he holds Kanashimi by her shoulder then places his hand on the crystal, he looks at Seriah. "Take care of her and yourself, alright? We won't be long."
The crystal engulfs them in fire, and they disappear.
A while after, the dark hole forms out of nowhere and Drake exits, taking a short look around.
At the other end they see Seriah standing in front of a much taller man with wings and robe. Half of this man's face is concealed by a hood.
Upon seeing the man, Drake narrows his eyes then looks at Seriah. "...Ok, care to tell me what's going on?"
Seriah is holding a familiar bundle. "...I'm sorry, but I have to go."
Drake notices the bundle. "...Taking her with you then."
'She has been reassigned. She'll be returning to the Father.'
"I guess this is because of this." He notions towards himself, he looks at the bundle. "Can I see her?"
Seriah nods quietly.
Drake walks over to Seriah but when he gets close he begins to feel like he's burning all over, forcing him to take a step back. "Right... I forgot you do that..." He sighs and gets close again, powering through her passive ability. He moves some of the blanket out of the way to reveal Noriko's face, he softly smiles and strokes her cheek before taking a few steps back. "So... I guess this is farewell."
Before he steps back, she softly hugs him for a moment before releasing him, her red eyes are soft, with a quiet mourning cast to them.
"I will watch and wait for the day you rescue her soul. ...Then I will return with her body. I promise. ...Consider it my last duty as your former guardian." She silently looks at Gabriel for a moment.
"...I'm ready sir. Thank you."
"I'll miss you... And please... Be safe." Drake gives a faint smile and watches the two leave.
Seriah and Gabriel begin to ascend into the Celestial skies above.
He looks up then sighs before turning to look at Kanashimi. "So... What do we do now?"
"What am I, the brain and you the brawn? I don't know. I personally think we need to find a way to fix Nori."
"Well that's the obvious thing... Thing is... I'm not entirely sure of what I'm capable of... Hey, you're still undergoing training with Nobuyuki, right?"
"Well if I could find him, I guess I could give him a word..."
"I'm more focused at The Ancient... Maybe Nobuyuki knows where he is?"
"They seem pretty buddy buddy..."
"So... Assuming that Nobuyuki is still at the tower... Then The Ancient may be there?"
"How would I know that?"
"...Guess I am both brain and brawn then... Alright, let's go." Drake creates a rune circle that begins to glow white, Drake stands in the center of it then pulls Kanashimi in. The two then flicker and disappear.