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Title: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Editing Continues!)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 July, 2008, 07:01:14 pm
Taking place exactly 1 month after the events of the 2nd Mephiles incident...

When Blue and his friends board a passenger ship embarking to a new continent, a mysterious storm appears, taking the crew by surprise. The fierce gales take the ship into the air and tear it to shreds, causing the group to be scattered by the winds. When Blue awakens, he finds himself safe inside of a bed, but neither of his friends are present. Shortly after meeting a boy by the name of Reese, the two set off in search of his lost companions, and the events that follow hurls them into a new adventure unlike any you've ever seen.


Name: Quentin "Blue" Simpson
Age: 17
Weapon: Black "Attack" Magic, Martial Arts
Our hero clad in blue returns once again, but this time to search for Lilia and Jawo, who were all seperated by the mysterious storm that destroyed their ship. After making the acquaintance of Reese, he soon discovers that what was meant to be a simple search and rescue, turns into much much more. Cunning, knowledgeable, and boasted by a strong sense of justice, Blue always steps up to the plate when someone's in danger.

Name: Reese Eytinge
Age: 16
Weapon: Bow and Arrow
Reese is a student at the Kinnear Academy, which is actually a mercenary organization under the guise of an average private school. He discovers Blue unconscious lying in the outskirts of the schoolyard and brings him back for medical treatment. After witnessing his plight, Reese offers to aid Blue in his search for his friends. Reese is somewhat softspoken, but like Blue, has a heart of gold and will always help those in need. He also wears a strange necklace that has a slight air of mystery around it. It is said to have been with him since birth.

Name: Penelope "Penny" Bancroft
Age: 15
Weapon: Spinners (Kinda like yo-yos meant for combat)
Penny is a healer in training at the town of Ackland and childhood friend of Reese. Penny dislikes the way of the healer and prefers combat instead, but is constantly pressured into continuing her studies by her father, the Great Healer Mel Bancroft. When Blue and Reese arrive in Ackland, she finally ditches out and joins then in their quest, mostly because of her huge crush on Blue. In contrast to Reese, Penny is very loud and outspoken, and loves to fight, which often gets her into trouble with the other healers.

Name: "Jawo"
Age: 21
Weapon: Crystal Sword
Jawo is a former antagonist turned friend of Blue. When the mysterious storm destroys the passenger ship, he, along with the others, are sent scattering on the continent. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Name: Lilia Presser
Age: 16
Weapon: Daggers, Bombs
Lilia is a long time companion and best friend of Blue. When the mysterious storm destroys the passenger ship, she, along with the others, are sent scattering on the continent. Her current whereabouts are unknown.


Name: Kovah Reynard
Age: Unknown (Appearance suggests he's in his early 30's)
Weapon: Fists
The main villain of the story, Kovah is a power hungry man who seeks the forbidden powers sealed within the Lunar Monolith. Cold and relentless, Kovah will crush any and all who stand in his way.

Name: Deke Sandford
Age: Unknown (Appearance suggests he's in his late 20's)
Weapon: Battle Ax
Deke is the right hand man and long time friend of Kovah. When Kovah sets out in search of the Lunar Monolith, he leaves alongside him and pledges to do whatever it takes for him to acheive his goal. Deke is very submissive and has an air of dullness about him, but even so, he is a fierce battler, and can crush anything with his mighty ax. Though he often acts as if he's unsure of what he's doing...

Name: Prima Bancroft
Age: 17
Weapon: Whip
Prima is the daughter of Mel Bancroft and older sister of Penny. Like Penny, she too gets fed up with the way of the healer and sets off in search of real power to satisfy her wild ego. This leads her to join forces with Kovah as she aids in his ambition to unlock the power within the Lunar Monolith. In addition to her whip, Prima can conjure powerful beasts to do her bidding. Like her sister, Prima is very loud and outspoken, and can come off as crude and malicious. Caring nothing for the monsters she conjures, using them to do whatever she wants. Deke sees her as nothing more than an obnoxious brat who's just "in the way".

Name: "Shadow"
Age: 18
Weapon: Scythe, Mystical Spells
Shadow is a mercenary hired by Kovah to dispose of Blue and co. when they begin to meddle in his plans. Cool, collected, and highly skilled in combat, Shadow easily dispatches his foes without ever breaking a sweat. Though he doesn't seem to care much about the money he brings in, as he, on occassion, let's his prey get away. Often stating the reason as he just likes conflict. He also takes many breaks while on the job. Though he appears to have other reasons for fighting as well...

*Other characters*

Name: Mel Bancroft
Age: 40
Weapon: None (Healers dislike violence)
Mel is the father of both Penny and Prima, and the Great Healer of the town of Ackland. Once a kind and caring parent, Mel's attitude took a drastic change when his wife was killed in a terrible accident. Now determined to see his daughters raised into healers capable of saving all life, Mel strictly disciplines them and always keeps them on the path to becoming a healer, despite their having no interest in it at all.

Name: Cassidy Bellamont
Age: 16
Weapon: Sword
Cassidy is a cute and perky girl who attends the Kinnear Academy just like Reese. She also has a crush on him, always blushing as she passes him in the halls.

*Full profiles at the end of the story*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Transitional)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 02 August, 2008, 07:56:35 pm
[We join Blue and his friends, Lilia and Jawo, as they continue their voyage across the sea for the new continent. While Blue and Lilia seem to be enjoying the cruise, Jawo is leaning over the railing with a rather bored expression on his face]

~~Aboard the Passenger Ship~~

Lilia: Jawo'...is something the matter?

Blue: Yeah, it's not like you to mope around.

Jawo: *grumble* We've been at sea for over a month now. When are we going to get to this place already?

Blue: Don't get restless, we'll be there soon. Just relax and enjoy the trip.

Jawo': Hmph. Been there, done that. I'm just ready for some action.

Lilia: *annoyed* Some things never change...

Jawo': Meh...

Blue: ...Hn?

Lilia: Blue, is something up?

Blue: Yeah, look at the sky.

Lilia: Uh?

[lilia looks upwards to see storm clouds coming in from the north]

Lilia: Are those...storms clouds? But I thought the skies were supposed to be clear all the way through?

Blue: That's what I thought too, Lilia. Something's not right...

Jawo': Hey, what's with you two? It's just a little rain. How bad can it be?

[Just then, one of the sailors comes out on deck and addresses the passengers]

Sailors: Hey! A storm is coming in from the north, so if you guys don't wanna get blown away, I suggest you come below decks like the rest of us!

Lilia: Ugh, just our luck. Way to ruin a perfectly good day.

Blue: Oh well, it can't be helped. Let's just hurry below before the storm comes.

Jawo': *sigh* Fine. Either way it's still boring.

[The group begins to head down when the ship starts to rock violently. The force causes them to fall to the floor]

Lilia: Whoa! Oof!

Jawo': Geez, what the heck was that? I thought the guy said the storm was coming, not the storm is here! Ouch...

Blue: Ergh...I guess they made a slight miscalculation. Let's hurry to safety before it gets worse.

[But before they can even move, an enormous twister forms around the ship and takes it into the air]

Lilia: Aaagh! Too late!

Jawo': Damn, we're in for it now...!

Lilia: Hey, weren't you the one who said you wanted some action!?

Jawo': Not this kind! Whoa!!

Blue: Guys! Quick! Hang on to something!

[The group grabs hold of whatever they can get their hands on]

Blue: Don't...let go...!

Jawo': Well you don't have to tell me twice!

Sailor: Urrgh! Th-this is it! I knew I should've listened to my mother and became a politician! Waaaah!!

[The sailor is throw off the ship and pulled into the raging waters]

Lilia: Ah! No!

[The railing Blue is holding on to begins to get pulled up by the strong winds. It eventually gets pulled apart, and Blue and the railing are sucked into the twister]

Lilia: *gasp* Blue!

Blue: Aaaaaggh!!!

Jawo': Hang on, I got you!

[Jawo' reaches out and grabs Blue's hand in the nick of time]

Jawo': Are you okay, Blue?

Blue: Yeah...thanks...

Jawo': Sure thing. Just hold on tight!

[As the storm rages on, pieces of the ship begin to break away and get sucked into the twister, along with the passengers and crew]

Sailor: Whoooooooooa!!

Man: Ah! Noooooooo!!

Lilia: Guys, this ship won't hold out much longer! We have to find a way out of here somehow!

Jawo': But how!? There is no way out!

Blue: Maybe...maybe there is...!

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: I...I think I have a plan!

Jawo': Oh yeah? Then spill it!

Blue: Okay, but it involves up going into the twister head on...

Lilia: What!? Are you crazy!?

Blue: I know, it's dangerous, but it's our only hope.

Jawo': Anything's better than just waiting to die! Let's get on with it, already!

Blue: Okay, you two. Take each others hands and form a triangle!

[The group grabs a hold of one anothers hands and forms a closed unit]

Blue: Now, on the count of three, we jump. Ready?

Lilia/Jawo': *nods*

Blue: 1...2...3! Jump!

[The group leaps from the ship and jumps into the twister. Afterwards, the ship is completely torn away by the winds. And meanwhile, the group is being violently spun around by the twister]

Lilia: Aaaaaaaaah! What...now...Blue!?

Blue: We....waaaaaaaaait!

Jawo': Some plan! Uuurgh!

[lilia begins to lose her grip]

Lilia: Uh! I-I'm slipping!

Jawo': Lilia, hold on!

Blue: Lilia!

Lilia: I can't! I...I'm done for!

Blue: Lilia, you can't! If you let go, we'll--

Lilia: I'm sorry, Blue! But, I--Ahh!

[lilia loses her grip and gets pulled into the twister]

Lilia: Uwaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

Jawo'/Blue: No!!!

Blue: W-Without Lilia, we'll...urgh...!

[lilia's absence causes the triangle to fall apart, sending Blue and Jawo' spiraling into the center of the twister]

Blue/Jawo: Aaaaaaaauuugggggh!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Academy Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 04 August, 2008, 10:07:18 am
[After the disaster that took place aboard the passenger ship, Blue awakens to find himself safe inside a bed with a young boy staring in his face]

Blue: Ngh... Wh-where..where am I...?

Boy: Ah! Hey, he's awake!

Blue: Uh? ...Whoa!

[Blue springs up from the sheets in surprise]

Boy: Haha! He's awake! Nurse! Come quickly!

Nurse: Are you serious? Okay, I'll be right there.

[Moments later, a middle age woman walks into the room. Though she enters with a warm smile, she possesses a spunky and fierce demeanor for one of her profession]

Nurse: Hey, so you're not dead afterall. That's a relief.

Blue: Wait a minute... Who...are you people? And what am I doing here? I want some answers.

Nurse: The nerve! We pratically save your life and the first thing you do is make demands of us? Maybe we should've just left you out there on that coast, huh?

Blue: Ah...!

Boy: Nurse...

Nurse: Okay, okay. I apologize. Anyway, to answer your question, I'm Nurse Underwood, the one in charge of this infirmary.

Boy: And I'm Reese, Reese Eytinge. Welcome to The Kinnear Academy.

Blue: Ms. Underwood and Reese. It's nice to meet you both.

Nurse: We've introduced ourselves, now it's your turn.

Blue: Me? Uhm...my name's Quentin. But my friends call me Blue.

Nurse: Blue, eh? Well that's strange. Why do they call you that?

Blue: Er...it's a long story.

Reese: Well I think it's a nice name. It's good to meet you, Blue.

Nurse: Hey hey hey...

Blue: What is it?

Nurse: Aren't you going to thank Reese here? I mean, he is the one who found you washed up on the coastline, afterall. If it wasn't for him dragging you all the way here, you probably wouldn't have made it.

Blue: Reese, you...did all of that?

Reese: Heehee, yeah.

Blue: Thanks a lot. I really do owe you my life.

Reese: Aw, heheh, it was nothing. Really. *rubs head*

Nurse: Don't be so modest, Reese. You did a good thing today. I'm sure Headmaster Bringas will be very proud of you.

Blue: Who's Headmaster Bringas?

Nurse: Oh, he's the head of the academy here. If you've got time, you should probably go meet him.

Reese: Hey, that's a great idea, Nurse. Come on, Blue. I'll take you to go meet the Headmaster.

[Reese grabs Blue's arm and pulls him out of the bed]

Blue: O-o-ow! Watch it!

Reese: Oops, sorry...

Nurse: Oh, you might wanna be careful. I don't know what exactly happened to you, but you're still pretty banged up, so go easy.

Blue: I'll remember that.

Reese: Are you ready, Blue?

Blue: Yeah, let's go.

Nurse: Take care. And enjoy your time at Kinnear Academy!

[Blue and Reese leave the infirmary and begin down the halls of the academy]

~~Kinnear Academy~~

Blue: Wow...this is place is huge... But why does seem so empty?

Reese: That's because there are classes going on right now, so nobody's in the hallways.

Blue: Ah, I see...

[As Blue and Reese continue down the hallway, a girl carrying a sword on her back runs through and crashes into Reese and drops her books]

Reese/Girl: Waaaah!!!

Reese: Ouch... *rubs head*

Girl: *gasp* Oh no! My books! Oh gee, I'm already late as it is...

Blue: Here, let me help you with those.

[Blue picks up the girl's books and hands them to her]

Girl: Gee, thanks. You're a real gentleman, aren't you?

Reese: Cassidy...you might wanna watch where you're going next time...

Cassidy: Yikes! Reese!

[Cassidy's face turns bright red]

Reese: Huh? Cassidy...you're turning red. Are you sick or something?

Cassidy: *flustered* I..I..I...

Reese: ...Maybe you should go see the nurse about that.

Cassidy: I-I gotta go! Bye!

[Cassidy quickly tears down the hall in a panic]

Blue: Reese...who was that?

Reese: Her? Oh, that's Cassidy. She's one of my classmates. But for some reason, she always turns red whenever she's around me. I wonder if she's allergic to me or something. *shrugs*

Blue: Hah hah...

Reese: What's so funny?

Blue: Uhm, nothing. Anyway, we were going to the Headmaster's office?

Reese: Oh yeah, it's right up here. Let's go.

[Blue and Reese arrive at the headmaster's office and enter. Inside is a vast room filled almost entirely of windows, with a single desk and a turned chair]

Reese: Headmaster? Headmaster, are you in here?

Bringas: Why yes I am!

[The chair turns around, revealing headmaster Bringas, a man in his 40's with gray hair, glasses and a beard]

Bringas: Hello Reese! What can I do for you today, hm?

Reese: Well Headmaster, I wanted you to meet Blue here.

Bringas: Ah, so this is the mystery boy I was told about.

Blue: Hello, sir. *bows*

Bringas: Oh come now, there's no need for formalities and courtsies. Come and sit, both of you.

[Reese and Blue take a seat at the desk]

Bringas: So your name is Blue, is it? Well then, Blue, I'm sure we're all wondering just what is it that happened to you.

Reese: Yeah, I wanna know too.

Bringas: Would you care to tell us your story?

Blue: Sure. Uhm, all right. So me and friends, Lilia and Jawo, we boarded a passenger ship together heading for this continent. But all of sudden, a storm came and caused our ship to wreck.

Bringas: Goodness! That sounds terrible!

Blue: It was. We were pulled into this huge twister. I had thought it was over for us, but the next thing I know, I end up in the infirmary of this academy. Apparently, Reese was the one who found me and brought me here.

Bringas: So Reese was responsible for your safety, was he? Very well done, Reese!

Reese: Heehee, no problem.

Bringas: But Blue...you said you had friends with you, did you not?

Blue: Yeah, that's right.

Bringas: Reese, did you happen to see them when you found Blue here?

Reese: *shakes head* No. Blue was the only one I found on the coast, unfortunately.

Bringas: So I'm afraid Blue's friends are still lost somewhere...

Blue: Then I'll just have to find them myself!

Reese: Blue, are you serious? But--

Blue: I know, I have no idea where they are, or if they're even still alive, but I have to try. I owe them that much.

Reese: In that case...I'll have to go with you!

Blue/Bringas: Huh?

Reese: Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes. With me along, finding your friends will be that much easier, right?

Blue: Thanks for the offer Reese, but I have to decline. The world out there is dangerous, and I don't know if you can handle it.

Reese: Heh, are you kidding? I'll have you know that I'm a pretty darn good archer. In fact, everyone in this academy is adept in combat.

Blue: Huh? But...

Bringas: Reese is right, Blue. I'll let you in on a little secret. This may just look like an ordinary academy on the outside, but on the inside, we're a full fledged mercenary troupe that trains students in the art of combat! These students then take on jobs from various employers, all around the world! This, is the true nature of Kinnear Academy.

Reese: Heheh, pretty impressive, huh?

Blue: Well I'll say. I had no idea. But then again...I thought it was strange seeing that Cassidy girl carrying a sword.

Reese: Yup, she's one of us too.

Bringas: So what say you, Blue? Will you take Reese along? For you, I'll make it free of charge! Ha ha!

Blue: ...Alright. You can come, Reese.

Reese: Yeah! I promise I won't let you down, Blue. We'll find your friends, no doubt.

Blue: I'm counting on you.

Bringas: Okay, so now that that's settled, why don't you two wait until tomorrow before heading out to search. I'm sure Blue could use some more time to let his body heal.

Blue: Yeah...you're right.

Bringas: And in the meantime, you can show Blue around the Academy, Reese.

Reese: That's a good idea, Headmaster. Sure, I'll do it.

Bringas: Make him feel at home, Reese.

Reese: You can count on me, Headmaster! Come on, Blue. Let's go.

Blue: Sure.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Academy Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 August, 2008, 01:06:05 pm
[Blue and Reese leave the office and return to the main hall of the school. Soon after, they cross paths with Cassidy once again]

~~Kinnear Academy: Main Hall~~

Reese: Hey Cassidy. How's it going?

Cassidy: Ah! It's you again, Reese! *turns red*

Reese: Oh no, it's happening again...

Cassidy: What? What's happening?

Reese: You face. It's red.

Cassidy: It is!? Oh geez, how embarassing...

Reese: I really think you should go see the nurse now.

Blue: Hold on. Maybe I can do something.

Cassidy: Huh?

[Blue walks up to Cassidy and whispers in her ear]

Blue: *whisper* Cassidy, I can tell that you have a thing for Reese there. If you want him to like you, you have to stay calm. That means no acting jittery, and especially no turning red. The guy thinks you're allergic to him.

Cassidy: *whisper* Oh...well...how do I do that?

Blue: *whispers* That's easy. Just be yourself. And you can begin by taking a deep breath and starting over.

Cassidy: *whisper* O-Okay.

[Cassidy inhales and exhales deeply. Her face then returns to its normal complexion]

Cassidy: *gasp* It worked!

Blue: See? I told you.

Reese: Wow, Blue. You cured her red face. Just what did you do anyway?

Blue: Let's just say I gave her some mental therapy.

Reese: Okay, that works for me. Whatever it takes for her to stop going red like that. It's kinda creepy.

Cassidy: Eheheh, so uhm...you guys wanna go get some lunch with me?

Reese: Huh? Lunch? Wait a minute...it's lunch time already!?

Cassidy: Yeah, it started over ten minutes ago.

Reese: Ah! Ah! Aaaaaah! *panics*

Blue: Reese, what's the matter?

Reese: No time to talk! We've gotta move! Come on, Blue!

[Reese grabs Blue's arm as the two dash down the hall]

Cassidy: Hey! Wait for me!

[Cassidy follows after them. The three arrive in the cafeteria as Reese hurries into the empty lunch line]

~~Kinnear Academy: Cafeteria~~

Reese: *to himself* Please not be too late. Please not be too late. Please not be too late.

Blue: Reese, I don't get it. What's the problem?

Cassidy: Heehee, it's the dreaded lunch rush, Blue. If you don't get here early enough, you'll be stuck with the nasty leftover lunch from yesterday.

Reese: Please please please please please...

Lunch Lady: Hey kiddo. You're just in time for...

Reese: *excited* Aaah!

Lunch Lady: ...some leftover cold spaghetti!

Reese: Aww...nevermind...

[Reese returns the lunch tray]

Cassidy: Haha! And that's why I pack my lunch everyday.

Reese: Gee, way to rub it in, Cassidy.

Cassidy: I'm sorry, Reese. Say, I think I'll share my lunch with you.

Reese: Would you really!?

Cassidy: Sure! And I know a great place where we can have our lunch too. Come with me!

[Blue and Reese follow Cassidy outside to the front of the school. There, they sit at a bench under the shade of a large tree]

~~Kinnear Academy: Outside Campus~~

Cassidy: *inhales* Aah! It feels so good out here. The shade of the trees, the pretty flowers, the crisp air. It's just wonderful! Don't you guys think so?

Blue: Yeah, I love nature. It's so beautiful and pristine. There's nothing better if you ask me.

Reese: Uh huh, it's real cool. Now how about you crack upon that lunch, Cassidy? *drools*

Cassidy: Heehee, you're cute when you're hungry. Okay, I hope you like turkey.

[Cassidy hands Reese a turkey sandwich]

Reese: Are you kidding? I love turkey! *munch*

Cassidy: How about you, Blue? There's plenty more where that came from.

Blue: Uh, no thanks. I don't have much of an appetite after what happened.

Cassidy: Oh yeah. I heard you were in a shipwreck. That must've been awful...

Blue: It was.

Cassidy: And I heard that you were seperated from your friends too. Is that right?

Blue: *sadly* Yes.

Cassidy: I see...you must really care for them, huh?

Blue: Of course. They're my best friends. Why wouldn't I? I'm sure everybody has somebody they care for. Isn't that right, Reese?

Reese: *munch* You said it, Blue.

Cassidy: Is that so? Well then, Reese. Who are the people you care for?

Reese: Me? Well uhm...there's Headmaster Bringas...and Nurse Underwood. Oh, and Penny too. Can't forget her.

Cassidy: Is...is there anyone else..?

Reese: Hmmm...nope. Not really.

Cassidy: *angrily* Oh...

Blue: How about you, Cassidy? Who do you care for?

Cassidy: Everybody that's not Reese! Hmph!

Reese: Wah!? Cassidy, that's mean...

Cassidy: Well you deserved it! ...And no more food for you!

[Cassidy snatches the half eaten sandwich from Reese]

Reese: Aah! Aw...

Blue: Hah, I'd say you've got a lot to learn about women, Reese.

Reese: I guess. Especially if they're all like Cassidy.

Cassidy: *angrily* And what's that supposed to mean...?

Reese: Uh-uhm! N-nothing! *sweatdrop*

Cassidy: Hmph, well anyway! So, Blue. Is one of your friends...a girl?

Blue: Well yeah, as a matter of fact. Her name's Lilia. Why do you ask?

Cassidy: Is she...your girlfriend?

Blue: Girlfriend!? N-no! I-I mean...I don't know. Wait, what I mean is...it's not like that at all...she's...she's just a friend...you know...and...I...

Cassidy: Heehee. Calm down, Blue. I'm just teasing. But I can tell you really care for her.

Blue: Yeah, and that's why I'm going to look for her. And I won't stop until I've found her, even if it takes me forever.

Cassidy: Wow, that's some devotion.

Reese: And I'm going with him.

Cassidy: Ah, you are!? Oh, I wish I could go with you! But...*sigh* I can't. I've still got some work to do for class, and I've got that field exam to study for...

Reese: Don't worry. We can handle it. Right, Blue?

Blue: Right.

Cassidy: Oh, I know...but...

[The school bells rings, signaling the end of the lunch period]

Cassidy: Oh looky! Lunch time is over already it seems. Which mean it's time for me to get to class! See you later, guys! And good luck with your search!

Blue/Reese: Later, Cassidy.

[Cassidy gets up from the bench and heads back into the school]

Reese: Well that was fun. Let's say we head on back and get on with that tour, eh?

Blue: Yeah.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Academy Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 August, 2008, 02:01:49 pm
[After Reese finishes his tour of the academy with Blue, they both retire to his dorm room to rest for the evening]

~~Later that night, in Reese's Dorm~~

Reese: So Blue, did you enjoy yourself today?

Blue: I did, thanks. I would've never thought that places like this existed. It's really amazing when you think about it.

Reese: Yeah, it is pretty cool, huh? I've been here my whole life. I love this place.

Blue: Huh? You mean you were born here?

Reese: Well, not really born. But Headmaster told me that I've been here ever since I was an infant.

Blue: So...you don't know your parents?

Reese: ...No. But it's okay, because headmaster and the Nurse are both like parents to me. So I'm fine.

Blue: That's good to hear. ...You know, I never really knew my parents either...

Reese: So you're an orphan like me, huh?

Blue: *nods*

Reese: Well...wherever my real parents are, whether they're alive or not, I know that they loved me. And I'm sure your parents felt the same way too, Blue.

Blue: ...

[Blue averts his gaze]

Reese: Ah, I'm sorry. Did...did I say something to upset you?

Blue: No, it's nothing. Don't worry about it.

Reese: Okay. Well, I guess it's time to hit the hay. Wouldn't wanna wake up late for our big journey tomorrow.

[Reese takes off his necklace and places it on a dresser beside his bed]

Blue: Hn...? Hey, Reese.

Reese: Yeah?

Blue: What's that necklace?

Reese: Oh, you mean this? It's my lucky necklace. Headmaster told me that I had it around my neck the day I was sent here, so I think my parents gave it to me. Ever since learning that, I've never taken it off. Where I go, it goes.

[The jewel of the necklace begins to glow with a feint light]

Blue: Ah! It's...it's glowing. Does it normally do that, Reese?

Reese: Yeah, it does from time to time. I don't know why, but I think it's neat. I like to pretend that it contains some kind of special power or something. Heheh, pretty silly, huh?

Blue: No, I don't think so. There may just be more to that necklace than we know.

Reese: You really think so? It'd be cool if you were right, Blue. Just imagine, my necklace, holding some kind of ancient secret. I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

Blue: Heh, well don't get too excited. I wouldn't want you all tuckered out before the journey.

Reese: Yeah, you're right. Speaking of, we should really get to bed now.

Blue: Mhmm. Good night, Reese.

Reese: Good night, Blue.

[Reese shuts off the lamp and the two fall fast asleep. Reese's necklace then glows ominously in the darkness of the dorm room. The next morning, Blue and Reese awaken bright and early and get geared up for their trip]

Blue: Have you got everything you need, Reese?

Reese: Hmm, let's see. I've got my bow...my quiver..and my arrows, so I'm all set. What about you, Blue?

Blue: All I need are my hands and feet.

Reese: Cool! Then let's mosey!

*[Blue and Reese head down to the front gate of the school and prepare to head out onto the road. That is until Cassidy stops them at the last second]

~~Kinnear Academy: Gates~~

Cassidy: Blue! Reese! Wait!

Blue: Cassidy?

Reese: What are you doing here?

[Cassidy screeches to a halt, leaning over to catch her breath]

Cassidy: *panting* Huff...huff...hold...hold on.

Blue: What's up?

Cassidy: Headmaster Bringas wanted me to give this to you, Blue. Here.

[Cassidy hands Blue a bag full of gold coins]

Blue: What's this?

Cassidy: It's a bag with approximately 10,000 gold in it. To pay for all of your expenses and whatnot. Aaand, I have this for you too.

[Cassidy hands Blue another bag, full of ointments and medicines]

Cassidy: That bag is from Nurse Underwood. Since you guys don't have a healer with you, it's necessary that you keep a few medicines on hand, for when unexpected trouble arises.

Blue: Wow, that was generous of them. Be sure to give them my thanks, okay?

Cassidy: Will do!

Reese: Well, Cassidy, I guess this is goodbye.

Cassidy: Hold on! There's one more thing!

Reese: Huh?

Cassidy: Headmaster told me to tell you, Blue, to look after Reese and to make sure that he stays out of trouble.

Blue: Sure.

Reese: Aww, not again. Headmaster is always telling others to look out for me on assignments. I'm the one who's supposed to be helping you! Not the other way around! Doesn't he think that I can handle myself?

Blue: Heheh, no worries, Reese. I have faith in your abilities.

Reese: At least someone does... Yeesh...

Cassidy: Well my job is done. I guess I can let you guys go on your way now.

Blue: Thanks, Cassidy.

Cassidy: Sure thing, Blue. Just make you come back safely.

Reese: We will! Tell Headmaster and the nurse that they don't have to worry about a thing!

Blue: Yeah, we'll find my friends, and then we'll bring Reese back here in one piece.

Cassidy: I sure hope so. Take care, guys! And good luck!

[With their goodbyes said, Blue and Reese leave the grounds of Kinnear Academy and set out on the road and into a whole new journey]

End: Kinnear Academy Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 August, 2008, 04:44:35 pm
[The duo of Blue and Reese begin their venture on the vast roads of the country side]

~~On the Road: Countryside~~

Blue: So, Reese.

Reese: Hm?

Blue: Where are we headed from here?

Reese: Are you serious? I was about to ask you that... *rubs head*

Blue: But how would I know? I'm not from here, remember?

Reese: Oh yeah, that's right. Hmm...well...maybe we can go see Penny.

Blue: Penny? I heard you mention her before. Just who is she?

Reese: Penny is a healer-in-training, and a friend of mine from Ackland Town.

Blue: A healer-in-training? That's interesting, but how is she going to help us find Lilia and Jawo?

Reese: I was thinking, maybe we can ask her if she's seen anyone who fits their description.

Blue: Oh, now I see. So where is this Ackland Town anyway?

Reese: If we keep going westward like we are, we should get there pretty soon. That is, once we get past the forest that comes before it.

Blue: Forest?

Reese: Yeah, the Vogul Forest. No worries, though. It's not particularly dangerous.

Blue: Okay then. Lead the way.

Reese: You got it.

[Blue and Reese keep traveling until reaching the Vogul Forest. The Vogul Forest is very dark on the inside, despite it being the middle of the day. Likely due to the vast trees blocking the sunlight from entering]

~~Vogul Forest: Entrance~~

Reese: *whistles*

Blue: ...

Reese: Say, Blue. Why don't you relax a bit?

Blue: Huh?

Reese: You always walk so...stiff and upright.

Blue: It's...just how I walk. What's wrong with that?

Reese: It looks painful.

Blue: *annoyed* Mmph.

Reese: And there's another thing. You always have that scowl on your face.

Blue: But...this is how I always look.

Reese: Your face is stuck in a scowl? Something really bad must've happened to you when you were a kid.

[Blue balls his fists tightly as his eyes grow narrow]

Blue: *disturbed* Grgh...

Reese: Uh! Uhm...nevermind...

[Blue and Reese continue through the forest. Suddenly, a shaking is heard up in the trees, and the two stop to investigate]

~~Vogul Forest: Midway~~

Blue: What was that?


Reese: It sounds like something's up in that tree. But, I don't think it's anything to worry about.

Blue: Eh, you're probably right. But just to be sure--

[Blue picks up a rock and hurls it into the shaking tree. The rock's impact causes a flock of startled birds to fly out of the tree]

Blue: Hm, it was just some birds.

Reese: See? I told you there was nothing to worry about.

Blue: I guess you were ri--


[Just then, a small imp-like creature leaps from the bushes at Blue]

Imp: Gragh!

Blue: Ugh! What the hell!?

Reese: Blue, watch out!

[Blue quickly sidesteps to avoid the creature's pounce. Reese then pulls an arrow out of his quiver and nocks it in the bow. He pulls back and shoots. The arrow strikes the imp in mid-air, piercing it through the heart and pinning it to a nearby tree]

Imp: Uuragh..

[The creature's body sizzles away, leaving just the arrow alone in the tree]

Reese: Phew. Talk about cutting it close. Are you okay, Blue?

Blue: Yeah, I'm fine. But what the hell was that thing?

Reese: Oh, that's just a little imp monster. They're pretty weak.

Blue: Did it...did it come from Jahannam?

Reese: Jahannam? What's that? There are creatures like those all over this continent. They're pretty commonplace, you know. It's no big deal.

Blue: You're joking...

Reese: Blue, are you telling me there aren't monsters where you come from?

Blue: No. Well not like that, anyway. The worst we have to deal with are rabid animals and your average crook. But that... It looked more like a creature of myth...

Reese: Wow. Your homeland sounds really different from mine, Blue.

Blue: I thought you said there was nothing to worry about, huh?

Reese: Well, what I really meant was, the monsters around here don't really get too tough. If I had known that you lived in a place without monsters roaming around, I would've warned you first. ...Sorry, Blue.

Blue: *sigh* It's okay. I've been through worse, afterall, so I guess I'll just have to get used to it.

Reese: That's the spirit, Blue. Now let's keep going; we're almost there. Oh, and don't forget to keep an eye out for those imps. They're pretty tricky.

Blue: Urgh, what a pain...

[Blue and Reese continue on to the edge of the forest]

Reese: Blue, I can see the end! Let's hurry!

Blue: Alright!

[Blue and Reese make a run for the forest exit, but are soon halted by the sound of approaching footsteps]


Reese: Huh?

Blue: Oh no... What is it this time?

[Suddenly, a larger, more bulky ogre-like creature plows through the forest trees and advances on the duo]

Orge: Graaaaaaagh!!!

Reese: It's...an ogre! Well he's a pretty big fella!

Blue: *sigh* Man, I'm really starting to think this is more trouble than it's worth...

[The ogre throws a mighty punch at the two. They both dodge in seperate directions, causing the orge to tear down a tree instead]


Reese: Whoa! If that punch can knock down a tree, just imagine what it'd do to us!

Blue: I'll pass on that, thanks.

Orge: Grraaaaagh!!

Reese: Leave it to me, Blue. I'll take him down.

Blue: Okay. Just be careful.

[Reese nocks an arrow and shoots it at the orge, but it snaps on impact, unable to pierce its rough hide]

Orge: Grrrrrrgh...

Reese: Uh oh, it wasn't good enough. Then maybe I'll try a more blunt approach...!

[Reese pulls out an out arrow with a blunt tip and prepares it to fire]

Reese: Here I go! Hah!

[Reese fires the blunt arrow at the ogre's head. It strikes, and knocks his head back slighty. But the ogre shakes off the damage]

Reese: Shoot, that didn't work either...

[Enraged, the orge makes a mad dash towards Reese]

Ogre: Rrrrraggggh!!!

Reese: Wah!!

Blue: No! Reese! Get out of there!

[Reese attempts to run, but is stalled upon getting his ankle is tangled in tree roots]

Reese: *struggles* Ergh! C-come on...!

Blue: Reese! Hurry!

Reese: I'm trying! But my foot...it's stuck!

[The ogre closes in on Reese and prepares to attack]

Blue: (If Reese gets hit by that thing, he's not gonna make it out of here alive. I had better act fast...)

[Without hesitating, Blue focuses his mana in preparation for a spell. A light blue glyph appears around his feet]

Reese: *closes eyes* Nngh, th-this is it!

Blue: *chanting* "O frozen blade, fly sharply across the heavens..."

Reese: Aaaah!

Blue: Freeze Lancer!

[Blue casts Freeze Lancer, calling forth a number of sharp ice spears to cut away at the ogre and intercept his attack on Reese]

Orge: *injured* Grrrngggh...!

Reese: Whoa...! Th-that was...magic!

Blue: Reese, are you alright?

Reese: Y-yeah... But, Blue! Behind you!

Blue: !?

[The ogre quickly recovers from its injuries and springs up behind Blue, attempting to smash him its fists]

Orge: Rrrrraaagh!

Reese: Blue, he's going to attack!

Blue: Not if I have anything to say about it...

[Blue prepares another spell, a yellow glyph appearing around his feet]

Blue: *chanting* "O demon who crawls the depths of the earth, gore my enemies and crush them to dust...!" Riot Horn!

[Blue casts Riot Horn, causing sharp pillars of rock to rise and impale the ogre in multiple places, rendering it an broken unsightly mess and destroying it for good]

Blue: Hmph. Not too shabby.

Reese: Blue, you...you saved me...

Blue: Well yeah, what did you expect?

Reese: But...I'm the one who's supposed to--

Blue: Hey, listen. I don't care about that. Just because you've offered me your help doesn't mean I'm gonna let you get hurt. You're my friend, Reese. And I always protect my friends.

Reese: Heh...gee. Thanks Blue.

Blue: No problem. Now come on, let's get out of here before any of its friends show up.

Reese: Right. But wait...

Blue: Hm?

Reese: I didn't know you were a mage, Blue. That magic you used on that ogre was out of this world!

Blue: Well thanks, but I told you I only needed my hands and feet.

Reese: Yeah, you said that, but I thought that meant you were a martial artist or something. I never expected to see you break out magic attacks like that.

Blue: I'm guessing you've never seen magic before?

Reese: You're right. There aren't any magic specialists at the academy, so I was really amazed to have seen it in action. How much more can you do, huh?

Blue: A lot more. I can't even count the number of spells I've learned at this point.

Reese: Wow! Can you teach me to use magic!?

Blue: I wish I could, Reese, but you're not able to.

Reese: Huh? But why?

Blue: Because, you don't possess the Runic Symbol like I do.

Reese: What's a...Runic Symbol? *scratches head*

Blue: It's a special mark that all those capable of using magic are born with. If you don't have it, use of magic artes is an impossibility.

Reese: Aw man...

Blue: But don't fret. Your arrows are plenty good enough.

Reese: Heh, you think so?

Blue: I know so. I can tell that your skills as an archer will come in real handy down the road.

Reese: Heheheh, you're gonna make me blush.

Blue: It's the truth! Well, anyway, it's about time we got going.

Reese: Oh yeah, that's right. We still need to get to Ackland Town. Let's go, Blue.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc/Penny SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 August, 2008, 06:40:21 pm
[Meanwhile, up ahead in the town of Ackland...]

~~Ackland Town: Sanctuary~~

[Penny, the young healer-in-training is boredly studying her various spiritual texts with a fellow priest when they are alerted by the sound of shattering glass]


Penny: Hn?

Priest: What was that? It sounded like glass breaking...

Penny: Finally, some action! Just leave it to me!

Priest: What? Penny, no! I'll take care of it! You stay here and continue studying!

[Eager to find an excuse to get out of studying, Penny grabs her spinners and runs off towards the source of the noise]

Priest: Penny, wait! *sigh* Not again...

[Up ahead, the ruckus is being caused by two trouble-making boys, who've taken the liberty of smashing the windows of the sanctuary with rocks]

Boy: Alright! We got one!

Boy2: And there's more where that came from. Let's smash 'em all!

Boy: Yeah! Not like those goody goody priests'll do anything about it!

[Penny confronts the two boys, ready to put a stop to their juvenile antics]

Penny: Hey! Cut that out, you punks!

Boy: Huh? Who's the chick?

Boy2: What do you want, huh?

Penny: You guys better hightail it out of here right now, or else...!

Boy: Haha! What do you think you're gonna do, little girl?

Penny: Hah!

[Penny draws her spinner and lashes it out at the first boy. It strikes him square in the nose, smashing the bone]

Boy: Uugh!

Penny: How's that for starters!?

[With tears filling his eyes, the boy holds his hands over his shattered nose in pain]

Boy: M-my nose! I-I think it's broken!

Boy2: Oh no! Are you alright!?

Penny: Oh, don't think you're getting off easy, pal. You're next!

Boy2: *frightened* Uwaaah!

Priest: Penny, what's going on here!? What have you done!?

Penny: Stand back! I'm not finished taking out this trash.

Priest: No! You've done enough damage for one day!

[The priest cautiously approaches the two boys, offering his aid]

Priest: Young man, are you okay? Here, let me heal you...

Boy: N-no! J-just stay away!

Boy2: C'mon! Let's get out of here!

[Not wanting to stick around any longer, the two boys quickly scurry out of the sanctuary, sealing the victory for Penny]

Penny: Ha! And that's what happens when you mess with Penny! The strongest girl in all of Ackland!

Priest: Penny, why must you always be in such a hurry to start a fight?

Penny: What are you talking about? I just stopped those idiots from wrecking the sanctuary! Don't you care at all!?

Priest: Of course I do, but violence is not the answer. Our job is to heal injuries, not cause them.

Penny: Then what do you suggest I do, huh? Bake them a cake!?

Priest: *sigh* No, but--

Penny: Exactly! The only way to teach those creeps a lesson is to beat it into their skulls! *pounds fist*

Priest: That violent streak of yours is the reason why your father is always so strict with you. Why can't you just be calm and quiet for once and do as you're told?

Penny: Hmph! I don't have to listen to this! I'm outta here!

Priest: Wait! Penny, where are you going?

Penny: Out. Don't wait up.

Priest: But, Penny! You haven't finished your lessons for today! You know that you're only going to get in trouble with Master Mel again!

[no response]

Priest: Ugh... What a pain...

[Penny leaves the Sanctuary. Meanwhile, Blue and Reese have just arrived in Ackland Town]

~~Ackland Town~~

Blue: So this is Ackland Town...

Reese: Yup, that's right.

Blue: So, where do we find your friend?

Reese: Penny should be at the Sanctuary doing her studying. But if I know her, she's probably ducked out again...

Blue: Should we go somewhere else then?

Reese: Nah, let's go the sanctuary anyway. If she's gone, I'm sure the priests there can tell us where she ran off to.

Blue: Okay, then let's get to it.

[Blue and Reese arrive at the Sanctuary at the western edge of town and enter its doors]

~~Ackland Town: Sanctuary~~

[Within the confines of the sanctuary there lies a vast assortment of ornate tapestries and statues depicting sacred figures. And among them are a number of robed priests, young and old, reciting their ancient texts and chanting holy words]

Blue: So this is what it's like inside of a sanctuary...

Reese: Yeah, it's really something, isn't it? But I don't see Penny anywhere... Oh, I know! Let's ask that priest over there if he's seen her.

Blue: Alright.

[Blue and Reese approach a priest of the sanctuary to ask him of Penny's whereabouts. He appears to be muttering to himself while sifting through money in a dish]

Priest: *to himself* Six hundred one...six hundred and two...six hundred and three!? *yelling* This is all of today's donations!? The people of Ackland aren't just a bunch of heathens, they're also a bunch of tightwads! I can't believe we're wasting our talents on these cheapskates!

Reese: Uhm...

Priest: Hm? Who are you? I'm sorry, young man, but donations to the sanctuary are strictly non-refundable.

Reese: Uh...I'm not here for a refund. Priest Georg, it's me, Reese. Don't you remember?

Georg: Ahh, Master Reese! It IS you! I hardly recognized you, my lad. It's been so long since you last paid us a visit. What brings you to the sanctuary today?

Reese: Well, you see, my friend Blue here is on a journey to find his lost companions, and I was assigned the task of aiding him along the way.

Georg: Hmm, I see! Have you come seeking our aid, then?

Reese: Well, sorta. I was just wondering if you've seen Penny around, because it doesn't look like she's still here.

Georg: *angrily* Penny!?

Reese: Huh...?

Georg: I'm appalled that you would dare invoke such an infamous name in this sacred place! That girl is a demon spawn! A being of pure evil whose purpose is only to wreak havoc and rain misery upon us good-natured folk!

Reese: What!? B-but Priest Georg! Penny isn't--!

Georg: Silence! I still can't believe that rogue is one of Master Mel's beloved daughters! It was suicide to ever consider turning that wild child into a priestess of the sanctuary!

Blue: Hmph. Well you were a big help...

Reese: *sigh* Come on, Blue. Let's go ask someone else...

[Blue and Reese continue through the sanctuary until coming across another priest, the young man that was assisting Penny earlier on. With a distressed look on his face, he is scrubbing what appears to be blood off the floor]

Priest: *groan*

Reese: Hey, Alec!

Alec: Hunh? Oh! It's you, Reese! Long time, no see.

Reese: Uhh... What are you doing?

Alec: This? Uhm, just cleaning up this mess.

Reese: But what is it?

Alec: Erm, it's...

Blue: Smells like blood.

Reese: Blood!? Oh no... This was Penny's doing, wasn't it?

Alec: *sigh* You guessed it. She smashed a poor kid's nose to pieces this morning, and I've been stuck cleaning up the mess she made all afternoon!

Reese: Gee, I wasn't aware that Penny was giving you all such a hard time... *rubs head*

Alec: That...is an understatement. Master Mel left her in my care, but she's just too much for a junior priest like myself to handle. *sigh* If only she was to leave Ackland somehow...

[Suddenly, an idea pops into Alec's head]

Alec: Say, Reese! Are you going on a journey with your friend there?

Reese: Uhh, yeah, but--

Alec: If you are, please, take Penny with you!

Reese: Huh!? Well, I wish I could, but, you know her father would never allow that...

Alec: *sigh* You're right. Guess it was just wishful thinking on my part...

Blue: Regardless, have you seen her around anywhere? We need to speak with her.

Alec: Sorry, but Penny never tells anyone where she goes whenever she runs off. But I know for sure that she left the sanctuary. You might just run into her if you try searching around town.

Reese: Really? Alright, thanks. We'll do just that.

[Unable to dig up any clues on Penny's whereabouts, Blue and Reese leave the sanctuary and hit the city streets]

Blue: So Reese, where should we begin looking?

Reese: Hmm... I think the town bar might be a good place to start.

Blue: Huh? The bar? Isn't Penny a little too young to be hanging around that kind of joint?

Reese: Er... that's right, but... Penny likes to pick fights with the bar-goers. As she would always say: "You've never lived until you've punched a drunk!"

Blue: Hmph, this friend of yours seems like a glutton for punishment.

Reese: *sigh* Tell me about it...

[Beginning their search, Blue and Reese make for the bar at the eastern edge of town]

~~Ackland Town: Bar~~

[Upon arriving, the two are immediately met with a random bar-goer bursting through the bar walls. He rolls and plops flat on the ground, not moving an inch]

Drunk: Muuuurgh...

Reese: Whoa!

Blue: I think we've found her...

[Seconds later, Penny springs out of the bar, gloating loudly in triumph]

Penny: Ha ha! Chalk up another one for Penny! The strongest girl in Ackland! And when you make it to the sanctuary, tell them I sent ya!

Reese: Penny!

Penny: ...Huh? Reese, is that you? What have I told you about disturbing me while I'm blowing off steam?

Reese: Sorry, it's just we need your help and--

Penny: We? Who's we?

[Penny looks at Reese's side to see Blue standing tall. She gazes at him slowly from his feet all the way to his face]

Penny: ...

Reese: Oh, I almost forgot! This is my new friend, Blue. Why don't you say hi?

Penny: ...

[Penny continues to stare at Blue with her mouth slightly gaping]

Reese: Uhm...Penny?

Blue: Is there a problem?

Penny: (Wh-What's this feeling in my gut? Am I sick? Ohhh, I knew I shouldn't have touched that drunk. Wait, no, that can't be right. Could it be I'm...I'm in...I'm--)

Blue: Hey! I'm talking to you!

Penny: Whuh!? Oh, s-sorry...

Reese: Penny, you're acting strange. Anyway, can you help us out?

Penny: Yeah yeah, sure. Whaddya need? And make it quick, I need to beat the brew out of those drunken bums before they sober up. *cracks knuckles*

Reese: Blue and I are looking for some people. We we wondering if you might've seen them pass through town.

Penny: Well what do these people look like, huh? Can't tell ya without something to go by, y'know.

Blue: Right. One's a girl, about my age. She has light brown hair with a bandanna around her head. Looks very pirate-like. The other is a guy, a few years older than me. Dark brown hair, black shirt, white pants.

Penny: Hmm... haven't seen the chick, sorry. But the dude, I think I did see someone like that come through here.

Blue: Hm!? Are you certain!?

Penny: Yeah, if I remember right, he was carrying some goofy looking sword. Like it was made out of crystal or something... It looked pretty smashable.

Blue: That's him!

Reese: Can you tell us where he went, Penny?

Penny: He blew into town around the same time yesterday and passed straight on through. I think I saw him leave through the--

??: I've found you, Penelope!

[Before Penny can finish giving her info, the trio is approached by a tall and imposing middle aged man with short brown hair and a stubbly beard. His garb suggests that he too is a priest of the sanctum, although of higher authority]

??: *sternly* Penelope...

Penny: Hmph. Dad...

Blue: Dad...?

Penny's Father: So this is where you've run off to. What are you doing in this part of town? And with that boy, no less!

Reese: *nervously* Uhm, h-hello, Mel... I-I mean Mr. Bancroft, sir...

Mel: Mmph, Reese. How I despise you. I thought I made it clear that I wanted you and the rest of the Kidney Academy urchins to stay away from my family.

Reese: Erm... it's Kinnear, Mr. Grand Healer Bancroft sir...

Mel: I don't care what it's called! I will never accept a facility that teaches mere children to fight and kill with deadly weapons. It's that kind of madness that turns the youth into violence craving rapscallions.

Reese: T-that's not true, Mr. Bancroft! The Kinnear Academy promotes good--

Mel: Silence, fool! It's thanks to that decieving establishment that my daughters have been set on the path to a life of violence. But you won't have your way. I will reverse these teachings! Now leave this place, immediately. You will taint my Penelope no longer.

Reese: But--

Blue: Excuse us, sir, but we have unfinished business with your daughter.

Mel: Oh? And who might you be? Another Kidney academy urchin perhaps?

Blue: No, I'm Blue. A mage.

Mel: A mage, you say? Well then, that's quite an admirable trade for one so young. Despite it being the most barbaric school of magic.

Blue: Hmph.

Mel: Reese, you could learn a thing or two from this lad. And you as well, Penelope.

Penny: Yeah well, are you done yet?

Mel: You've got some nerve, young lady. No, I am not done! There's still the matter of your punishment!

Penny: What!?

Mel: That's right. Young Alec told me of that despicable act of violence you committed earlier. What you have done is unacceptable! Now, as recompense for defying our teachings, you will be confined to the sanctuary for the remainder of the day!

Penny: No! Not that!

Mel: Yes. Maybe this will teach you not to usurp your responsibilities as a healer. Now, you will come with me this instant.

Penny: No! I'm not going! You can't do this to me!

Mel: I can and I will! Eragh!

[Mel grabs ahold of a defiant Penny and slings her over his shoulder with little effort. She begs, kicks, and screams, but Mel remains unfazed]

Mel: And you won't be needing these anymore.

[Mel forcefully relieves Penny of her spinners]

Penny: Hey! Give me those! They're mine!

Mel: Healers have no need for such things. I will dispose of them immediately. But first, your punishment.

Penny: Noo! Stop! L-let me go! I can't go back! I just can't! Help me, Reese! Blue! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!

[Mel takes off towards the sanctuary with Penny helplessly in tow]

Reese: Oh man, not again... What do we do now?

Blue: What else? We have to help her out of there.

Reese: *sigh* Somehow I knew you'd say that.

Blue: We don't have a choice. If we don't rescue Penny, we won't be able to follow Jawo's trail.

Reese: I guess you're right... Okay then, I'm sure the other priest's will help us out if we treat with them.

Blue: Good, then let's get moving. We haven't a moment to spare.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc/Penny SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 06 August, 2008, 10:36:56 am
[Intent on saving Penny from her confinement, Blue and Reese return to the Healer's Sanctuary to begin their rescue operation]

~~Ackland: Healer's Sanctuary~~

Blue: Well, Reese? Where can we find Penny?

Reese: Hm, if I remember correctly, she's being held in the back of the sanctuary past a locked door. We'll have to ask one of the priests for the key.

Blue: That should be easy enough. Let's go.

[Before the two can make their way forward, they are immediately halted by a money hungry priest carrying an offering plate]

Priest: Ahh! Welcome! Are you two here to inquire our services? The God of Healing is good to those that serve him well.

[The priest holds out the plate in greedy anticipation]

Blue: *annoyed* Especially if they donate in cash, right?

Priest: *gasp* How dare you!

Reese: We'll donate another time, Samuel. Right now we need you to tell us who has the key to Penny's  room.

Samuel: Alright alright... I don't really know who has your key though. You'd be better off asking priest Georg. He's sure to know.

Reese: Thanks, Sam. Let's keep going, Blue.

Blue: Right.

[Blue and Reese approach priest Georg once more to ask for the whereabouts of the key]

Reese: Priest Georg!
Georg: Oh! Welcome back, boys! Finally decided to make a donation, have you? How wonderful! Offering your gold to the God of Healing will surely make you grow strong.

Reese: Uhm...no, we haven't...

Blue: What is it with you priests, anyway? You guys are public servants, aren't you? You seem more interested in lifting money pouches than curses and ailments.

Georg: Eee! W-well yes, but...but...you see, as public servants, we priests of the sanctuary only recieve non-monetary rewards...

Blue: What?

Georg: Yes... Master Mel says that it's best for performance improvement. But that's easy for him to say. He still gets paid handsomely through commissions, while all we get for our hard work is a pat on the back!

Blue: So that's where all this "donation" business comes from. You couldn't appreciate kindness being it's own reward, so you cheated these unsuspecting people into giving their money to a phony "God of Healing" who would promise them strength and mercy they'd never receive. Am I right?

Georg: *gasp* How did you know that?!?!

Blue: Because you were kind enough to confirm it for me, priest.

Georg: W-What!? Ohh, you...you tricked me, you...you--!

Blue: Just like you tricked the people of Ackland...?

Georg: *sweats* Grrr...! But I...! Th-That was--!

Reese: Ah! So it's true! All this time you've been conning the people of this town! How could you!?

Georg: No! Please!

[Georg throws himself to the ground on his hands and knees, begging and pleading for forgiveness]

Georg: *sobs* Please! F-Forgive us! Don't report our transgressions to Master Mel! He'll have no mercy on those who defy the sanctuary's teachings!

Blue: Hmph, why don't you ask the God of Healing to save you?

Georg: I-I beg of you! I'll do anything you ask! Please! Spare this old fool!

Blue: ...Fine. Tell us who has the key to Penny's room. Right now.

Georg: I...I was entrusted with the key. If you desire it, then it is yours.

[Georg surrenders the key to Blue]

Blue: Heh. See that, priest? You give a little, you get a little.

Reese: Well played, Blue! Now we can rescue Penny. But can we really just ignore what's been going on here? The people of Ackland may be scoundrels but even they don't deserve to have their money swindled.

Blue: I know what you mean, but we'll have to deal with that problem later. The issue of saving Penny and finding my friends comes first.

Reese: You're right. Follow me, Blue. I'll lead the way to Penny's room.

[After recieving the key, Blue and Reese make their way to Penny's chamber in the back of the sanctuary. Upon arriving, they are treated to the site of a priest smashing through the locked door]

Priest: Yaaaaaggh! Oof...

Reese: Whoa!

[Out from the destroyed doorway comes Penny, commencing escape plans of her own]

Penny: Ha ha! As if you pansy choir boys could ever hold me!  

Reese: Deja vu...

Blue: No kidding. Guess we won't be needing this then. *tosses key*

Penny: Hey, guys! What took ya!?

Reese: No time to gawk, Penny! We need to get out of here before your dad catches wind of us!

Penny: Right! Let's blow this joint!

[Blue and Reese, joined by Penny, hurry out of the Healer's Sanctuary. They make their way back to the streets of Ackland without a hitch]

~~Ackland Town: Streets~~

Reese: Well, that went rather smoothly!

Penny: Heh, wasn't expecting you to come to my rescue, Reese.

Reese: Huh?

Penny: Yeah, you're usually too much of a chicken wuss when it comes to matters involving my dad. You've gotten pretty ballsy as of late!

Reese: I couldn't have done it without Blue. He did most of the work...

Blue: Hey, don't be so modest, Reese. You pulled your weight too, you know.

Reese: Heheh, well, I guess... *rubs head*

Blue: Penny, before we were interrupted by your dad, you were about to tell us where you saw Jawo' leave town.

Penny: Oh, that's right. Yeah, I saw him leave through the northern gate. I think he was heading to the next town over.

Blue: The northern gate, huh... Okay, if we leave now we should be able to catch up to him by tomorrow.  Let's get going, Reese.

Reese: Right, Blue. Thanks for all your help, Penny. We'll be back eventually, so until then, try to stay out of trouble, okay?

Penny: Hmph, whatever!

[After recieving adequate info regarding Jawo', Blue and Reese are finally set to leave Ackland, but before they can go, a blinding flash of light strikes in front of the duo, stopping them in their tracks]

Blue: Ugh! What was that power!?

??: You're not going anywhere...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc/Penny SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 07 August, 2008, 08:39:50 am
Blue: Agh, it's you.

Reese: M-Mr. Bancroft! Uhm...you're looking good today...

Mel: Spare me your empty flattery, boy. Now tell me, where do you think you're going with Penelope? She is forbidden to leave the hall!

Reese: *quietly* W-well, we were just..


Reese: Aaah! *trembles*

Blue: We needed some information from her was all.

Mel: Is that so? What kind of information?

Blue: We came here to ask her if she knew anything about the whereabouts of my friends. They're lost, so me and Reese here set out to find them.

Mel: Hmm, go on.

Blue: As it turns out, she had seen one of my friends, and was about to tell us where he went, that is until you came and scooped her up. So you, that's why we just had to break her out of the hall. The lives of my friends may depend on it.

Mel: I see. That's quite the tale you just told me. And I think it's very noble of you to set out in search of your lost comrades.

Blue: Thank you.

Mel: So Penelope, have you told Blue what he needed to know?

Penny: Uhm..yeah.

Mel: Very well then. Blue and Reese, you may go. As for you, Penelope; you're coming back with me to continue your punishment!

*Mel grabs Penny's arm*

Penny: Aah! But why!?

Mel: Despite their valiant cause, you still need to learn your lesson in respect.

Penny: That's not fair!

Mel: I believe it is very fair, Penelope. Now come along, back to the hall with you. And this time, I'll be watching after you myself so you won't escape.

Penny: *struggles* No! Ergh!

Reese: Penny...

Blue: Hey, come now, don't you think you're being a little too hard on her?

Mel: Hm?

Penny: Blue?

Blue: I mean, locking her in that room all day like some kind of animal. What's that supposed to teach her?

Mel: Hmph. It's supposed to teach her to remain diligent in her studies and respect the wishes of her elders and the way of the healer.

Blue: But--

Mel: If I let her rambunctious behavior go unpunished, she will only get the idea that she can do as she pleases without any consequences. This, I cannot allow.

Blue: Any why not?

Mel: Eh?

Blue: If Penny doesn't want to be a healer, that's her choice. Who are you to make those kinds of decisions for her?

Mel: Who am I, you ask? I am her father! And she will do as her father commands of her.

Reese: Well now you're just being unreasonable!

Mel: Silence!

Reese: Eep!

Blue: No..he's right. Penny has the right as a human being to live her life how she wants to. And you can't make her do otherwise. I don't care whether you're her father or not.

Penny: Guys...

*Penny's eyes begin to tear up*

Mel: You...how dare you tell me how to raise my daughter! Let her live her life how she wants? Don't make me laugh. I let my eldest daughter Prima choose her own path in life, and look where she ended up. She became a wild and untamable child that ran away from home. I have no idea where she is now, or if she's even still alive.

Blue: What...

Mel: And that's why, I made a promise...to my wife, that I won't let our Penelope go down the same path. I will see to it that she becomes a great healer one day even if it kills me!!!

*Mel's body erupts with light power*

Reese: Agh! What power...!

Mel: And if you intend to stop me, even if it means abdicating the way of the healer, I will destroy you!

Blue: Man...he looks pissed...

Reese: Yeah, no kidding! Penny, do something about your dad, would you!?

Penny: *annoyed* Well what do you want me to do? He never listens to me!

Blue: Then...we have no choice. We'll have to use force!

Reese: Blue!!

Mel: Ha, you think you can challenge me? Very well. I'll show you that even a healer can be dangerous!

*Mel prepares a spell*

Mel: Ray!!!

*A ball of light appears in the air over the group*

Reese: Blue, how about a shield?

Blue: No dice, it'll smash right through it. We have to evade.

Reese: But--

Blue: Now!

*The ball of light begins raining down light beams the spread in multple directions. Blue grabs hold of Reese and the two dodge the beams together*

Reese: Phew, thanks Blue.

Blue: ...That was too close...

Mel: So you avoided my Ray, did you? Then how about this?

*Mel prepares another spell*

Mel: Photon!!

Blue: No..not Photon!

Reese: What? What's Pho--

*Before Reese can finish speaking, a cage of light ensares Reese and traps him within*

Reese: Aaagh!

Blue: Reese!

Reese: G-get me out of here, Blue!

Blue: Hang on! I'm coming!

Mel: It's too late!

*The cage explodes, attacking Reese with a converging blast of light. Heavily wounded, Reese falls to his knees, and then collapses on the ground*

Reese: Ugh...darn..it...

Blue: Reese! No!

Mel: Heheheh, not bad, huh? Light Magic does indeed hurt.

Blue: You...I'll get you for that!

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Thunder Arrow!!

*Three balls of lightning form around Mel, surrounding him*

Mel: Hm? What's this...?

Blue: Mmph! Do it!

*A massive bolt of lightning strikes down on Mel, breaking away the very earth with devastating power*

Penny: Blue!!

Blue: Huh?

Penny: *annoyed* What are you trying to do, kill him? That's my dad, remember!?

Blue: Oh. Eheheh...sorry about that...

Penny: *sigh* *facepalm*

*When the dust clears, there is no trace of Mel where the spell took place*

Blue: What? He's gone? He couldn't have been vaporized, could he...?

Penny: Vaporized!?

Blue: Oh, uhm...don't worry, Penny. I'm sure he's...just fine...*sweatdrop*

Mel: Yes. In fact, I'm feeling great.

Blue: What!?

Penny: Blue, behind you!

*Before Blue can turn around, he is struck with a hard blow to the back that knocks him to the ground*

Blue: Agh! ...That hurt...

*Blue struggles to get up, but the damage from the attack renders him unable to move*

Blue: Urgh, damn. I can't...get up....

Mel: Ha, now that you're down, it's time I finished the job.

Blue: Hey...we're beaten. Why don't we just leave it at that, huh?

Mel: Hmm...okay. I suppose I could at least retain some of my healer values and spare your lives.

Reese: Phew.

Mel: So instead, I'll report you to the proper authorities!

Reese: Wait, what!?

Mel: Oh yes. I think attacking "defenseless" healers will put you away for a long time. Come along, you two.

*Mel reaches out to grab Blue and Reese when a strange object knocks his hand away*

Mel: Ugh! What was that...who struck me?

Penny: Over here!

Mel: What!?

*Mel looks over to see Penny twirling her spinners*

Mel: You! What are you doing with those!? I took them from you!

*Mel looks down at his pocket to find it empty*

Mel: No! They're gone!

Penny: Heehee, that's right. While you were playing with Blue and Reese over there, I snuck on you and nabbed them without a trace. Pretty slick, eh?

Mel: Hmph, so my daughter's not only a violent beast, but a thief as well.

Penny: It's not stealing when they were yours to begin with!

*Penny twirls her spinner and lashes it out, striking Mel in face, drawing blood*

Mel: Ergh! ...Blood. Penelope, how dare you attack your father. For that, I'll double, no, triple your punishment!

Penny: I don't think so! Try this on for size!

*Penny begins to twirl her spinners rapidly over her head. The spinning starts to stir up wind*

Mel: What...

*The wind begins to pick up, growing more fierce until turning into a tornado that surrounds Penny. It expands, and Mel is caught in the updraft*

Mel: Ngh..Penelope! What are you doing? Stop this now!

Penny: No way! Now it's time I taught you a lesson respect! ....Spinning Tornado!!!

*The tornado carries Mel up and launches him into the air. He is then hurled into the wall of the healers hall. The force of the blow cracking the building slightly*

Mel: Aaaagggh!! D-defeated...by my own daughter. ...Forgive me...my wife...

*Mel falls to the ground unconscious*

Penny: Ha! That just proves that not even Penny's dad can withstand her might! I'm the best there is!

Reese: Penny, you did it! You saved us!

Blue: Thank you.

Penny: Aw, don't thank me. I was just glad to have been able to show that blowhard what for! Man, that felt good!

Reese: You said it, Penny. Your dad really needs to chill. Like maybe go smell the flowers for a bit.

Blue: But I think you deserve the thanks, Penny. If it wasn't for you, we'd be in the middle of a jail cell right now.

Penny: Aw shucks. *blushes*

Blue: Well..I think it's about time we took our leave. We've wasted enough time here. Let's go, Reese.

Reese: Yeah. Take care, Penny. We'll visit you again someday.

*Blue and Reese begin to make their way out of town when soon after, Penny begins to follow after them*

Penny: Guys, wait!

Blue: Hm?

Reese: What's up?

Penny: I...I want to come with you!

Reese: You do!? But..why?

Penny: Well gee, anything's better than staying around here. And besides *solemnly* I want to..help Blue...find his friends. *blushes*

Reese: Hey, that's okay with me! Blue?

Blue: ...Sure.

Penny: Ah! Really!? <3

Blue: Of course. We could always use an extra hand around. And those healing arts of your should come in real handy down the road.

Penny: Uhm...

Blue: Speaking of, I have this nasty scratch on my arm. Do you think you can heal it up for me?

Penny: But Blue...

Reese: Go ahead, Penny.

Penny: *sigh* Alright.

*Penny attempts to heal Blue's wound, but instead...*

Blue: OUCH!!! What was that all about!?

Penny: I'm sorry!

Blue: You were supposed to heal my wound, not make it worse! Geez!

Penny: I tried to tell you! I...don't really know any healing spells...

Reese: Oy, well I can't say I'm surprised. You never study, Penny. Ah well, at least we still have our medicines...

Blue: Great. A healer who can't heal. Now I've seen everything.

Penny: Eheheh...*sweatdrop*

*And so, Blue and Reese, now joined by their new friend and companion, Penny; leave Ackland Town from the northern gate to follow the trail of Jawo and continue their search*

End Penny SubArc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 07 August, 2008, 03:57:08 pm
~~On the Road~~

Penny: *happily humming* Hm hm hmhm hmhm hmm.

Reese: Wow Penny, you sure are happy.

Penny: You betcha, Reese. It's been so long since I've been out of Ackland, how could I not be happy!?

Blue: That's understandable. If I were you, I wouldn't wanna be cramped up in that healer's hall day after day either.

Penny: Yeah, and now that I'm out, I can finally let loose my awesome fighting skills! Bring anyone on! I can take em!

Blue: Heh, I think Jawo might disagree with you, Penny.

Penny: Who's Jawo? ...Oh! He's the one with that silly looking sword, huh? Pfft! Who are you trying to kid, Blue? I can take him anyday of the week! I'll give him a smack *punch* and a thump *punch* and the ol' wumpa dumpa! *punches*

Blue: Gee, Penny. You sure are...spirited. (Something tells me those two won't get along so well...)

Reese: Well at least you can always count on her to make things interesting...

Blue: I guess. So Penny, just where is this next town anyway?

Penny: I'll give him one of these too! *punch* Ha! Take that, Jawo! And I've won! Yay!

Blue: *sternly* Penny...

Penny: Oh, sorry. So uhm...what did you want?

Blue: The next town. Where is it?

Penny: Oh right. The place we're heading for is Belden Town. If we keep heading in this direction, we should be there in no time.

Blue: Belden Town, eh?

Penny: And speak of the devil, it's right over this horizon! Come on! Let's hurry!

*Penny runs ahead of the group*

Reese: Penny, slow down! *sigh*

Blue: Well, you heard her, Reese. Let's go!

*Blue runs ahead*

Reese: Blue! Ugh..not you too...

*The three make their way over the horizon and arrive in Belden Town, just in time for sundown*

~~Belden Town~~

Penny: Ah ha! We made it! Now let's go find this Jawo. I wanna let my spinners go wild on him!

Reese: Penny, we want to find Blue's friends to reunite them. Not beat them up...

Penny: Yeah yeah, I know.

Blue: Hmm, the sun's starting to go down. I think we should stop her for tonight.

Penny: Stop here!? Aww...

Blue: We don't have a choice. You should know that's its too dangerous to travel around at night.

Reese: Yeah, that's when all of the really strong monsters come out...

Penny: Strong monsters? Ha! I'll show them! Compared to me, they're nothing!

Blue: NO Penny...

Penny: Hmph.

*The group arrives at the front of the local inn*

Blue: Well, here we are. Let's go purchase a room and get some rest.

Penny: Rest!? But we haven't eaten yet! I'm starved! Let's say we go get some grub first.

Blue: Hmm, I guess you're right. I could use a bite to eat too.

Reese: So what's the deal, Blue?

Blue: Okay, we'll do this. Reese, I want you to take 100 gold and get us a room. Meanwhile, me and Penny will go to the market and shop for dinner.

Reese: Will do.

*Reese takes 100 gold and heads inside the inn*

Blue: Alright, Penny. Let's go.

Penny: Yeah!

*Blue and Penny reach the market area and begin shopping around for food*

Blue: Hmm..what should we get for dinner, Penny?

Penny: How about some beef and potatoes?

Blue: ...I was thinking more of a chicken and potatoes. Maybe with some string beans on the side...

Penny: Why not get both?

Blue: Okay then.

Penny: Great, I'll get the potatoes, you go get the meat. See ya later.

*Blue and Penny split up and scour the marketplace for their respective food items*

Penny: Hmm...now where are those potatoes...?

*Penny looks around*

Penny: Ah ha! There they are!

*Penny heads over to the potatoe cart, but when she gets there, she finds someone already there. A strange man in a blue cloak, wearing sunglasses and carrying a scythe*

Mercenary: *humming* Ah, these potatoes look fresh. I think I'll just grab a few...

Penny: Hey!

Mercenary: Hm?

Penny: You're in my way. I want some of those potatoes!

Mercenary: Oh, excuse me. I'll only be a minute.

Penny: *angrily* Mmmn...

*Blue walks over*

Blue: Hey Penny, I got the meat. Did you get the potatoes?

Penny: Well I would, if this guy would just get out of the way!

Blue: Huh? What guy?

Penny: That guy!!! *points to the mercenary*

Blue: Wow, he looks cool.

Penny: Argh! That's not the point!

Blue: Oh, I know. You just have to be patient and wait your turn.

*The mercenary puts together a bag of potatoes and ends his session at the stand*

Mercenary: There, all done!

Penny: Well it's about time!

Mercenary: My apologies if I took too long. It wasn't my intent to cause any trouble, as rare as that is. Hahaha!

Blue: Nah, it's okay. It wasn't any trouble at all. Penny here is just a little impatient.

Penny: Hmph!

Mercenary: Ah, patience is a virtue, dear Penny.

Penny: Don't you preach to me!

Mercenary: Hah, suit yourself. Oh hey, I don't believe we've met. My name's Matt, but you can call me Shadow. I'm a mercenary.

Blue: A mercenary, huh? That's pretty cool. Oh uhm, my name's Blue. And as you already know, her name is Penny.

Penny: *reluctantly* Tsch, hello...

Shadow: Well I must say, it's a pleasure to meet you both. I'd love to stay and chat, but this food isn't going to cook itself. Farewell, Blue and Penny! Stay out of trouble! Hmm...on second thought..staying out of trouble isn't very fun...well, you get the idea! Later!

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Penny: I don't like that guy...

Blue: Aw, you're just being rude. But I'll admit, he does come off as rather...odd. Oh well, let's get back to the inn and make dinner.

Penny: Okay!

*Blue and Penny return to the inn and prepares dinner for the group. After getting a belly full of food, they retire to their room for the evening. Soon after, they fall fast asleep*

~~Later that night~~

*Blue awakens from his sleep and puts on his clothes. He's about to leave them room when the sound of his footsteps wake up Reese as well*

Reese: *Zzzzzzsnort* Hunh..uh...Blue? Is that you?

Blue: Yeah. I'm going out for a little bit.

Reese: But it's past midnight. Where could you be going at this hour?

Blue: Just to get a little fresh air. Don't worry about me. You just get some rest.

Reese: Mmm...okay. Just don't be out too long.

Blue: Sure.

*Blue leaves the room and climbs up to the roof of the inn. There he sits and ponders the midnight sky*

Blue: *sigh* Lilia...Jawo...wherever you two are, I hope you're safe...

Reese: Blue...?

Blue: Aaah! R-Reese!!!

Reese: Oh! I'm sorry..am I intruding...?

Blue: No, you just startled me was all. Didn't I tell you to get some rest?

Reese: You did, but I thought you might've wanted some company, so I came up here.

Blue: Oh, well...thanks.

Reese: Of course. So uhm...what were you thinking about?

Blue: Just my friends...

Reese: You're worried about them, aren't you?

Blue: Yeah, I can't stop wondering if they're okay. I mean..what if they're hurt? Or starving? Stranded? Or who knows what else? This feeling of uncertainty is killing me.

Reese: Blue, you have to stop worrying.

Blue: Huh?

Reese: You have to believe that they're okay, wherever they may be. You have to have faith in them; that they can survive on their own.

Blue: You're right, Reese. ...Maybe I should have a little more faith in them.

Reese: Now that's more like it.

Blue: But for some reason, I just can't stop thinking of them.

Reese: That's okay! That just shows that you care for your friends. I'm sure, that wherever they are now, they're thinking of you too.

Blue: You think so?

Reese: I know so! They're probably wondering if you're safe too. So let's hurry and find them, to show them that you're alive and well.

Blue: ...Yeah.

Reese: Oh hey, lookie there!

Blue: Huh?

*Blue and Reese look down at the ground to see Shadow walking through the streets by himself*

Reese: I wonder who that is. He looks pretty mysterious...

Blue: Hey...that's Shadow!

Reese: Shadow?

Blue: Yeah, he's a mercenary that me and Penny met at the market earlier today. But what could he be doing out here so late by himself...?

Reese: Hmm...maybe he couldn't sleep either, and came out to get some fresh air like us.

Blue: Maybe..or maybe not. Whichever, I know there's definitely something strange about him...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 07 August, 2008, 06:27:05 pm
~~Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Belden Town~~

*Jawo is walking down the road away from the town. And he too is searching for his lost friends*

Jawo: *sigh* Ugh, it's so dull being by myself. I feel like I'm about to die of boredom...

*Jawo stops and shakes his head*

Jawo: Wait, what am I talking about? This isn't like me... What happened to the old Jawo? The lone wolf. The one who looked out for himself, and had nobody's back but his own!

*Jawo looks up at the sky*

Jawo: Man...I really have changed since I started traveling with Blue and Lilia. Could I have gone soft? ...Nah. *sigh* I guess..I guess this is just what it means to have people you care for. ...Blue, Lilia, I'll find you. No matter what.

*Jawo continues down the road until he is soon confronted by 4 men wearing black clothing with white capes*

Man: Excuse us, patron.

Jawo: Huh? Who are you guys?

Man2: That's not important.

Jawo: What?

Man3: We need to know if you've seen a boy with purple hair anywhere around here.

Jawo: Well I'm sure there are lots of boys with purple hair. Why don't you try being more specific?

Man4: He carries a strange necklace around his neck. And at times, it can be seen glowing feintly. Is that specific enough for you?

Jawo: Sure, but...

Man: Yes?

Jawo: I haven't seen him. Sorry. Now if you could kindly get out of my way, I'd greatly appreciate it.

*Jawo steps ahead of the men and goes about his way. That is until they turn around and step back in front of him*

Man: Wait!

Jawo: Hey! I told you I didn't see him!

Man: Oh, we know that.

Man2: But we're not liking that attitude of yours.

Jawo: So what? Are you gonna do something about it?

Man3: Well..now that you mention it...

Jawo: Hn...?

Man4: Haah!

*The 4th man quickly draws a crossbow and fires it at Jawo. He manages to evade in the nick of time*

Man4: Tsch, lucky.

Man: But can you handle all four of us, I wonder?

*The remaining men draw out a sword, a whip, and a knife, respectively*

Man2: Heheheheh, it's the end of the road for you.

Jawo: Hah, so it's a fight you want, huh?

*Jawo pulls out his Crystal Sword*

Jawo: Then it's a fight you got! *signals them forward* Come on, I'll take you all on!

Man3: Why you impudent...

Man4: You won't get away with disrespecting us. Kill him!!

~~Meanwhile, in Belden Town~~

*The group packs up their belongings and leave the inn*

Penny: Alright, now that we got a good night's rest, let's get back on the road!

Blue: Wait Penny. We can't leave yet.

Penny: Huh, why not?

Blue: Because, we still don't know where Jawo is.

Penny: What? But I told you that he passed through here!

Blue: That's true, but we don't know where he went next.

Reese: Then what should we do, Blue?

Blue: Well, I was thinking we could ask the people around town if they saw where he was going.

Reese: Yeah, that's a good idea. There has to be at least one person who's seen him.

Blue: Okay, to make it easier, let's split up. We'll meet back here in an hour.

Reese/Penny: Right.

*The three split and begin their inquires around town. Before long, an hour passes by, and they return to their meeting place*

Blue: So guys, how did it go? Did you get anything?

Reese: Nope...

Penny: Nuh uh...

Reese: How about you, Blue?

Blue: *sigh* No luck here either.

Penny: Oh man. What now?

Blue: I suppose we have no choice but to wing it...

??: Hey.

Reese: Huh? Who said that?

??: Up here!

Blue: Hmm...

*The group looks up towards the roof of the inn to see Shadow standing atop it*

Shadow: Hello down there! *waves*

Penny: It's you! That Shadow guy! What do you want!?

Shadow: Must you always be so hostile, Penny? Honestly.

Blue: Shadow, why are you here?

Shadow: Because Blue, I see that you have a problem, and I think I can help you out.

Blue: Oh yeah?

Shadow: Yeah! This guy your looking for. Might he be wearing a white shirt and black pants? Along with a white hat. And carrying a rather ridiculous sword?

Blue: Hah, that's him alright. Did you see him?

Shadow: I sure did. Why just the other day I saw that fellow leaving town through the north gate. If you hurry, you may just be able to catch up to him.

Blue: Gee, thanks Shadow. But wait...how did you know he's the one we're looking for?

Shadow: I have my ways. Heheh...*pushes up sunglasses*

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Reese: Weird...

Penny: And I still don't like that guy.

Blue: Oh well, we'll worry about him later. For now, let's hurry and follow Jawo before we lose him again.

Reese/Penny: Okay.

*The group follows the shady Shadow's advice and pursues Jawo by leaving Belden from the north gate*

~~Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Belden Town~~

*The 4 strangers have proved to be more than Jawo can handle alone, as he stands on his last legs against their combined might*

Man: Heheheh, what's wrong, chum? Are you all talked out already?

Jawo: *panting* Huff...huff...(Damn...I'm almost out of mana. I think I bit off more than I can chew. ...I really need to pick my battles more wisely. That is..if I can just get out of this alive...)

Man: Though I must admit, you've put up quite the fight for just one person. I expected it to be over much much sooner.

Jawo: *panting* Huff..well...what can I say? I die hard.

Man: Hmm, a wisecrack to the end, eh? Well I hope it was worth, because those were your last words! Finish him!

*The 4th man readies and arrow and prepares to fire it at Jawo*

Man4: I hope you've said your prayers. Heheheh.

*But before he can fire, the man is struck by an unknown attack*

Man4: Aaaaaaggggh!!

Jawo: What...

Man3: What was that!?

Man: An...an arrow? Who did this!?

*Just then, the third man is struck by a fireball spell*

Man3: Guaaaaaggh!!

Man: W-what the..!

Man2: Where are these attack coming fro--

*The second man is then struck with a fireball spell as well*

Man2: Gaaaaaah!!

Man: N-no! What's happeni--

*And finally, the first man is struck in the face twice by a spinner, and then another, knocking him down flat*

Man: Uuuuuurrrgh!!

Jawo: Who the heck was that!?

Blue: Good to see you safe, Jawo.

Jawo: Wait a minute...that voice...could it be?

*Jawo looks up into the nearby trees to see Blue, along with Reese and Penny standing in them*

Jawo: Blue! *thumbs up*

Blue: Jawo! *thumbs up*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 09 August, 2008, 10:31:22 am
*Blue and his friends leap from the tree and back down to the ground*

Blue: Jawo! Are you okay? You're not hurt too badly, are you?

Jawo: Nah, I'm fine. It's nothing a little rest won't heal. But still...those guys...

Reese: Who were they anyway?

Jawo: I wish I knew. All of a sudden these guys just come up and ask me if I've seen a boy with purple hair and a glowing necklace. I say no, and then they just attack me from out of nowhere! I figured I could take em on my own, but...they were stronger than I thought. If it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be standing here right now.

Blue: Of course. You know I wouldn't leave you hanging like that. We're friends, right?

*Blue puts out his hand*

Jawo: That's right. We're...friends.

*Jawo grabs Blue's hand as he pulls him to his feet*

Penny: Hang on! A boy with purple hair and a glowing necklace. ...Reese...that's you!!

Reese: *gulp* Me!?

Jawo: Hey, now that you mention it, you do fit that description pretty well, kid.

Blue: Reese, do you know anything about this?

Reese: No! I don't know what's going on!

Penny: Why would they want Reese?

Blue: I don't have a clue, Penny. But we're not gonna let them take him.

Penny: Yeah! We'll protect you, Reese!

Reese: Heh, thanks guys. *rubs head*

Jawo: Say Blue, you looks like you made some new friends in my absence. Why don't you introduce me, huh?

Blue: Oh yeah, I almost forgot. This is Reese. He's the one who found me washed up on the coast and helped nurse me back to health. I owe a lot to him.

Reese: So, you're one of Blue's friends, are you? Nice to finally meet you.

Jawo: Likewise, kid. And thanks for helping Blue for me. You're a good guy.

Reese: Heheh, aw gee.

Blue: And this is Penny. They both came with me to help find...you...guys. Uhm...

*Penny walks up to Jawo and stares directly in his face*

Penny: Hm...

Jawo: Hey...can I help you, little girl?

Penny: So you're Jawo, huh? You don't look so tough. But I guess that was made obvious by the way those 4 guys trampled you!

Jawo: Rrrrgh! Why you...

Penny: You should've seen your face! You were pratically begging for your life! If it wasn't for us, you would've have a chance!

Reese: Penny, you're being rude...

Penny: Shut up, Reese! I'm busy.

Jawo: Geez, Blue. Where did you find this one, huh? The dog kennel?

Penny: Dog kennel!? Are you trying to say I'm a dog!?

Jawo: Well if the shoe fits...

Penny: Aargh! That's it! You're going down!

Jawo: Heh, you think you can take me on?

Blue: Penny, that's enough!

Penny: But, Blue! He started it!

Blue: I don't care who started it. We don't have time for this. In case you forgot, we still have another friend to find.

Jawo: Wait a minute, Lilia's still out there somewhere? Darn, I thought she'd be with you, Blue.

Blue: *shakes head* Actually, I was hoping you might've known where she was. *sigh* I guess we're gonna have to find her the hard way.

Jawo: Hey, cheer up, Blue. We'll find her!

Blue: We? You mean you're going to come with us, Jawo?

Jawo: What are you talking about? Of course I am! We're a team, remember? I said I was never leaving your side!

Blue: Jawo...

Jawo: Now come on. Let's find our friend and get on home!

Blue: Right. Let's go everyone.

Reese: Yeah!

Penny: Tsch.

*Blue and his friends, now joined by Jawo, Blue's old friend and companion, continue their journey in search of the lost Lilia. As the group continues on out of sight, the man that was left alive begins to struggle back to life*

Man: Ergh...the boy...he's..he's here. I must...i-inform...Master..Kovah...

*The man disappears in a pool of darkness*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 09 August, 2008, 04:06:27 pm
*The group arrives in the nearby city of Clough, though they're not exactly sure of what to do next*

~~Clough City~~

Jawo: So Blue, what's next?

Blue: I don't know, Jawo. We don't have any leads on Lilia's whereabouts to go on.

Reese: In that case, why don't we do what we did last time and ask around the city? You never know, maybe someone's seen her.

Blue: Well, I guess it's worth a try. It's about all we can do for now.

Reese: Are we spliting up again?

Blue: That's right. Let's do i--

Penny: Stop!!!

Reese: Huh? Penny?

Penny: I haven't gotten my battle with Jawo yet!

Blue: Ugh, not again...

Jawo: Sorry, but I don't fight girls.

Penny: Heh, what's the matter, huh? Scared I'll beat the skin off ya?

Jawo: Like I said, I don't fight girls. ...Even if they do deserve a beating...

Penny: So I deserve a beating, do I? Well too bad! There isn't a man alive that can defeat me!

Reese: Penny...

Jawo: Alright, I've had enough.

*Jawo grabs Penny by her shirt and lifts her into the air*

Penny: Hey! Ugh! L-let me go!

Jawo: Listen you little brat, are you gonna settle down? Or do I have to give you a time out?

Penny: Don't..speak to me like a child!

*Penny struggles harder, eventually freeing herself from Jawo's grip*

Jawo: Hmph...

Penny: Don't you ever speak to me like that!

Jawo: You know, it's that temper of yours that makes you so intolerable. How Blue and Reese put up with you, I'll never know. If you'd just stay calm and quiet, you might actually be kinda cute.

Penny: *blushes* You...how dare you! You jerk!

*Penny slaps Jawo across the face*

Jawo: Ouch! Egh..didn't your mother ever teach you any manners!?

Penny: My...my mother...

Jawo: Yeah, you do have one of those, don't you?

*Penny squints hard, but can't keep a tear from dripping down her face. She then turns and runs away*

Jawo: *folds arms* Hah, that'll learn ya.

Reese: *annoyed* Ugh, Jawo! How could you be so insensitive!?

Jawo: *confused* Eh? Did I miss something here?

Reese: Penny, wait!

*Reese runs after Penny*

Blue: Reese! *sigh* Oh man...

Jawo: Blue, what's going on? Did I do something wrong?

Blue: If only I knew...*scratches head*

*Penny runs to the terrace of the local inn and begins to silently cry over the railing*

Penny: *sniff*

Reese: Penny..there you are.

Penny: Reese. *sniff* What do you want? Are you gonna try and scold me?

Reese: No, not that. I just came to see if you were alright.

Penny: *wipes tears* Stupid Jawo. Talking about my mother like that. I oughta throttle him.

Reese: Aw, don't be so hard on him. He didn't know that your mother..was...

Penny: It's been 12 years.

Reese: Huh?

Penny: It's been 12 years...since she left us.

Reese: 12 years already, huh?

Penny: Yeah. I was only 3 at the time, but I can still remember..how sad my father was. He cried more than me and my sister put together. He didn't leave his room for days. He didn't eat, and he probably didn't sleep either.

Reese: That was when he changed, wasn't it?

Penny: *nods* About 5 years after the incident, on the whims of my father, me and Prima both started our healer training. Neither of us liked it, but father insisted that it was what our mother would've wanted, so we continued.

Reese: And then you two started to get fed up, right?

Penny: Mhm. About a year ago, Prima stopped attending her regular training sessions, in favor of studying conjuring instead. Dad didn't like what she was doing, so he tried to force her into training with the same confinement methods he used on me. But that wasn't enough to detain her. With the aid of her conjured creatures, she broke out of the hall, and...that was the last time I saw her...

Reese: Penny...

Penny: With mother dead and Prima gone, my dad was able to focus all of his negative attention on me. And it wasn't long before I became just like my sister.

Reese: It must be hard...having to grow up without a mother.

Penny: What are you talking about? You don't have one either, stupid!

Reese: I know that. But...Nurse Underwood is like one to me. Thanks to her, I know what it feels like.

Penny: *sniff* Reese...

Reese: Penny?

Penny: I just wish..that my mom would come back. So that things would go back to how they used to be, and we could be a family again!

*Penny begins crying again*

Reese: Penny, I...I'm sorry.

Penny: Just go! I need some time...to be alone...

*Reese leaves the inn and returns to Blue and Jawo*

Jawo: Reese, you're back.

Blue: How's she feeling?

Reese: Not very good. She's pretty upset right now.

Jawo: What did I do anyway? All I did was ask her if her mother taught her any manners.

Reese: And that's the problem. Penny...doesn't have a mother...

Jawo: Huh? You mean...

Reese: Yeah. Penny's mother was killed in an accident when she was just a little girl.

Jawo: Hmm, so that's why she's so manly...

Blue: Jawo!!

Jawo: Okay okay, I was only kidding. But seriously though, I feel bad for her. Maybe I should go apologize.

Reese: Uhm...I wouldn't do that!

Jawo: No, I have to do this.

*Jawo goes up to the terrace where Penny*

Jawo: Hey, Penny.

Penny: Huh? *annoyed* Oh, it's you, Jawo. What do you want?

Jawo: I just wanted to say...that I'm sorry.

Penny: Uh? You are?

Jawo: Yeah, I should learn to watch what I say. I didn't know your mother was killed.

Penny: Gee. *wipes tears* Thanks. That makes me feel a lo--

Jawo: I mean, if I had known that she was dead, I would've asked had your father taught you manners instead.

Penny: What!?

*Penny's face begins to turn red*

Jawo: So that way, you wouldn't have felt as bad about it.

Penny: *cracks knuckles*

Jawo: So, I hope this little chat has made you feel better. ...Penny?

*BAM!!! Penny punches Jawo in the face, knocking him off the terrace and down below*

Jawo: Whooooooooooaaaah! Oof!!

Penny: Hmph! Jerk!

Blue: So, I trust everything went well? Heheh.

Jawo: *swirly eyes* Ugh...

~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*The caped man from earlier returns inside of a dark, palace-like room*

Man: M-Master Kovah...I've returned...

*A that moment, Kovah walks into the dark room. Kovah is a rather built man, with medium length bright red hair that covers his left eye, and wearing a long black cloak*

Kovah: You...what happened out there? Where are the rest of the men I sent with you?

Man: They...weren't so lucky. They were defeated.

*Soon after, another man, Deke, walks into the room. He has a build similar to Kovah's, with medium length spiky black hair that stands on end, and is wearing an open dark blue cloak*

Deke: Defeated? By who?

Man: At first...were only fighting one man, wielding a strange sword. But as we were about to finish him off, we are attacked by 3 others who appear to be comrades of his.

Kovah: Hrrm, did you at least uncover the location of the boy?

Man: I was just getting to that. As it so happens, one of the three that attacked us, was indeed the boy we are seeking.

Deke: What? Are you certain!?

Man: Yes, I'm positive.

Kovah: Well this is good news. Where are they now?

Man: As they left, I saw them heading towards Clough City.

Deke: Clough City? Very well. I will go meet them.

Kovah: Deke, wait.

Deke: Hm?

Kovah: We have more pressing matters to attend to. We shall leave this task to someone else.

Deke: Like...?

Prima: Like me!!

Deke: Ugh..Prima...

*A rather large beast enters the room, Prima on its back. In contrast to her colleagues, Prima is a sinisterly chipper girl with long blond hair wearing a white and yellow dress that comes down to her knees, also wearing white stockings with dainty shoes and a white beret*

Prima: Come on, Kovah! Let ME go after them! My monsters'll eat em alive and spit out the bones! Ahahahaha!

Kovah: No, Prima. You too, have a different task.

Prima: Aww...

Kovah: Instead, I will leave this to my new subordinate, Shadow.

Prima: Shadow? Who's he?

*Shadow appears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Shadow: You called, oh great and powerful client?

Kovah: Spare me the theatrics, Shadow. I have a job for you.

Shadow: Okay, shoot. *rubs chin*

Kovah: I want you...to eliminate that meddlesome group of four. Leave none of them alive. Except for the boy with the necklace. Deliver him AND the necklace to me...alive.

Shadow: Hmm, that'd be Blue's group, ain't it? How unfortunate...

Deke: Do you mean to say that you know them?

Shadow: Yeah, I had to chance to meet them back when I was shopping for groceries the other day. Blue was a pretty cool dude, and with a good head on his shoulders. I can see him going far. Mhmm. *nods*

Kovah: He..will not be going far. For tomorrow will be his last day among the living.

Shadow: Oh, that's too bad. I kinda liked him, you know?

Kovah: Enough! Go now!!!

Shadow: Okay! Sheesh. Now wonder nobody likes working with the bad guys. You all yell too much!

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Prima: Ugh, what. An. Idiot!

Deke: For once, I agree with Prima. Are you sure sending him was a good idea?

Kovah: Yes. His skills in combat belie is rather...plucky disposition. He is not to be taken lightly, I assure you. Now come, the both of you. We still have much to do.

Prima: Right-o!

Deke: Sure.

*The three disappear*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 11 August, 2008, 08:10:42 am
*The group sets off about their task of acquiring information on Lilia. After several hours, they regroup in the center of the city to share their findings*

Blue: So, did you guys get anything this time?

Reese: Nothing. Again.

Penny: Couldn't get a thing, Blue.

Jawo: Nobody here has seen her either. It's like she disappeared off the face of the Earth.

Blue: *sigh* I'm beginning to wonder if we'll ever find her...

Reese: Hey! Don't lose hope now!

Penny: Yeah, we've only just begun! She's sure to be somewhere around here.

Jawo: We'll scour this entire planet if we have to, Blue.

Blue: ...You're right. I can't get discouraged. We have to keep looking, no matter what.

Jawo: Now we're talkin'. Come on, let's get out of here. If we're going to find Lilia, we need to keep moving.

Blue: Okay. But where do we go from here?

Reese: Well...we could always try our luck in Dunlevy Town.

Blue: Dunlevy Town?

Reese: *nods* It's just east of here. If we leave now, we should get there before sundown.

Jawo: Sounds like a plan to me. How about it, Blue?

Blue: Alright. Let's get going.

*The group leaves Clough City through the eastern gate, and continues on down the road*

~~On the Road~~

Penny: You know...I noticed something.

Blue: What, Penny?

Penny: We haven't ran into any monsters the whole time we've been traveling. I wonder where they're hiding...

Blue: *facepalm* Penny, only you would want to be attacked by monsters...

Reese: Well wherever they are, I hope they stay there. The last thing we need is another encounter like the one me and Blue had.

Penny: Huh? What happened to you two?

Reese: We were attacked by a huge ogre. And in the Vogul Forest of all places. If it wasn't for Blue and his magic, he would've flattened me! *sigh* I guess no place is ever really safe anymore.

Penny: Heh, an ogre. What a wimp. I would've taken him down with no trouble at all! *punches*

Jawo: Hey, wait a minute. What's all this about monsters?

Blue: It's strange. Apparently monsters are commonplace on this continent.

Jawo: Huh!?!?

Blue: Yeah, I was surprised too when I found out. The only kind we've ever seen are from Jahannam...

Penny: Hold on. You mean...there aren't any monsters where you guys live?

Blue: That's right.

Reese: *dreamy sigh* It's like Paradise on Earth...

Penny: More like snoresville! What do you guys do for fun!? I can't imagine not having any monsters to kick around in my spare time.

Blue: *sweatdrop* Penny, you really are a card.

Penny: Heehee, no wonder Jawo boy is so weak.

Jawo: What'd you say...

Penny: I said, no wonder you're so--

*Jawo grabs Penny's collar and pulls her toward his face*

Penny: Hey!

Jawo: I heard what you said, you little pipsqueak. Keep talking, and I'll shove a mouthful of crystal into that big mouth of yours.

Penny: Tsch, I'm not afraid of you!

Jawo: Oh, you will be...

Blue: Geez, can't you guys go one day without figh--

*ZOOM! Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a strange weapon spirals past Blue, just inches away from his face, and plants into the ground*

Blue: Whoa!! What was that!?

Jawo: Whatever it was...it almost took your head off.

Reese: It's...a scythe...

Penny: A scythe? Hmm, now where did I see one of those...

*Just then, Shadow appears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Shadow: Heh. *pushes up sunglasses* So it seems my aim was a little off. Bummer.

*Shadow raises his hand into air, causing his scythe to remove itself from the ground and fly back to his hand*

Blue: Shadow...it's you.

Penny: Shadow!? Oh that's right..so it's your scythe! What are you trying to do, huh? Kill us!?

Shadow: Yes, I am actually. Thanks for noticing.

Reese: Shadow...what's going on?

Shadow: Well, if you must know, I've got a new gig today! Lucky me, huh?

Blue: And let me guess, you're out to get us, am I right?

Reese: What!? No..that can't be right...

Shadow: Ah, Blue. You are a sharp tack, aren't you? Yes, you are quite right. Sorry, Blue. Nothing personal, but I'm gonna have to kill you now.

Blue: Heh, figures. You mercenaries are the lowest of the low.

Shadow: *gasp* Blue, I'm insulted! Surely you can't mean such words. Don't blame me, blame my employer. He's the one who asked me to do this.

Blue: Who IS your employer anyway? Is he the same person who sent those four men after Reese?

Reese: What?

Shadow: Oooh. *wags finger* You know I can't do that, Blue. Only inexperienced mercenaries reveal the identity of their employer. And as you'll soon see, I'm far from inexperienced. Nice try though.

Jawo: Your name is Shadow, huh? I've only just met you and I already hate your guts.

Shadow: Hey, you're Jawo, right!?

Jawo: Yeah. What of it?

Shadow: So, it seems my tip off was helpful afterall. Outstanding job on finding your comrade, Blue. I commend you.

Blue: Hm. *grins* Well thanks for that.

Shadow: So Jawo, you hate my guts, huh? How sad. And here I thought we were going to be the best of friends. Perhaps I'll go cut my wrists later. Or maybe even start wearing black!

*Jawo grabs the hilt of his sword*

Jawo: Don't..mock me.

Shadow: Whoa, buddy. Don't be so hasty. The fun has yet to begin!

Penny: *twirls spinners* Then let's get on with it already! Ever since the potatoe stand, I've been wanting to beat your brains out!

Shadow: Too bad you'll never get the chance, eh? I'm sorry, but you're not good enough to defeat me.

Penny: I'll let my spinners decide that! Take this!

*Penny lauches her spinner at Shadow, but he catches it in his hand, stopping the attack with little effort*

Penny: What!? Ergh...

Shadow: Like I said...

*Shadow throws the spinner back at Penny, hitting her in the face*

Penny: Aaagh!!

Shadow: You're not good enough.

Reese: Penny!

Blue: Shadow, why you...

Shadow: You know, Blue, I really like you. You're different from the rest of your crew here. You're more relaxed, sensible, calm, cool, calculated. Why, you remind me of...myself!

Blue: Like you? Now I don't know whether I'm being praised or belittled...*rubs head*

Shadow: Ha ha! Oh stop. Anyway, I know I was supposed to kill you lot, but I think I'll cut you a deal.

Blue: Huh?

Shadow: All you have to do is hand over Reese, and I'll spare you your lives. Sounds like a pretty good deal, eh? So what say you, Blue? Will you do it?

Blue: Thanks Shadow...but I think I'll take my chances with you. *pounds fist*

Shadow: *sigh* And here I was hoping that our friendship would be able to blossom. Ah well.

Reese: Shadow.

Shadow: Hm? You have something to say, Reese?

Reese: Yeah. These guys, that you're working for. Why do they want me? What makes me so special?

Shadow: I wish I knew myself. But I'll tell you what, if you can get past me, you can move on find out.

Reese: Beat you? Hah, okay.

Blue: Reese?

Reese: Come on, Blue. We could be on to something big here.

Blue: I understand. Alright, everyone. Let's take him down!

Jawo: Now that's what I like to hear. *grins*

Shadow: So you actually think you have a chance, do you? Heh, this could prove to be interesting afterall.

*Shadow removes his sunglasses*

Shadow: Time to party.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 11 August, 2008, 07:15:23 pm
Shadow: Okay, let's begin! Who's gonna go down first, huh?

Penny: You are!

Shadow: Oh?

Penny: Consider this payback for what you did to me! Double Thrust!

*Penny launches both her spinners at Shadow*

Shadow: Hmm...

*Shadow stands still. Before the spinners hit him, they seperate and continue going on each side of him*

Shadow: Interesting.

Penny: Now! Wraparound!

*Penny tugs on her spinners, causing them to come back and wrap around Shadow, tying him up completely*

Penny: Hah! Got ya!

Shadow: ...It seems I've been ensnared. This is quite a predicament.

Penny: Now Reese! Put one right between his eyes!

Reese: You got it!

*Reese loads three arrows and prepares to fire*

Reese: Triple Shot: Fire!

*Reese fires three arrows at Shadow. They come at him at an extreme velocity, but he doesn't make an attempt to escape his bonds*

Penny: You're not even going to try? Oh well, it'd be a dumb move anyhow. You can't escape! Ha ha!

Shadow: So it would seem. But...

*Shadow glares at Penny*

Penny: Huh?

*Shadow quickly disappears and reappears. Removing himself from the tight ropes*

Shadow: And presto!

Penny: What!? How did you--

*Shadow grabs hold of the spinners ropes and tugs on them, pulling Penny forward. He then puts her into a strong chokehold*

Penny: Ergh!! L-let me go!

Shadow: You see, I can't do that. Because then you'd miss the surprise!

Penny: S-suprise? What are you..aaah!!

*With Shadow holding on tight to her, Penny is now the target of the arrows trajectory*

Reese: Oh no, Penny!

Shadow: Hmhmhm. *smirks*

*Penny closes her eyes and prepares for the worst when...*

*tink tink tink*

Penny: Uh? *opens eyes* What...?

*Jawo steps in and saves Penny from the brink of death by knocking away the arrows with his sword*

Reese: Phew...

Jawo: Penny, are you alright?

Shadow: Oh, sure. She's fine. Here, see for yourself!

*Shadow lets go of Penny and kicks her, sending her stumbling in Jawo's direction*

Penny: Waaaaah!!

Jawo: Uh oh!

*Instead of stopping her, Jawo sidesteps, avoiding Penny and allowing her to stumble forward and fall to the ground with a thud*

Penny: Ouch! Jawo!

Jawo: Sorry, kid. I don't have any time to babysit you. I've got a date with Shadow over here.

Shadow: A date, you say? Did you bring me some roses? I love roses.

Jawo: Keep it up, chuckles. You won't be cracking jokes without a head!!

*Jawo takes a swing a Shadow's neck, attempting to lob his head off. But he steps back and avoids the blow*

Shadow: Whoa! You weren't kidding! You really are out for blood. Don't you know that one head is better than none?

Jawo: Argh! Shut up!

*Jawo prepares a technique on the run*

Jawo: Crystal Art: Geode Dasher!

*The blade of Jawo's sword morphs into a large polygonal sphere and seperates from the hilt, floating in the air above Shadow*

Shadow: Wow...

Jawo: Now it's time to drop the ball!

*Jawo points downward, sending the sphere down on Shadow, apparently crushing him beneath its massive weight*

Jawo: Heh. See? I can make stupid puns too.

Shadow: Not bad, Jawo.

Jawo: What!?

*Shadow rises from beneath the stone, carrying it with a single hand*

Jawo: How!? You can't do that!

Shadow: I can do anything I want! Huah!

*Shadow tosses the sphere into the air and punches it on decent, causing it to break into smaller, yet still pretty big chunks of crystal that scatter in multiple directions, pelting Jawo*

Jawo: Aaagh!!

*Jawo falls down on one knee*

Jawo: Damnit...how could you...do that...?

Shadow: Ha ha ha. It's easy when you're me. Now have a seat, would you?

*Shadow kicks Jawo in the face, knocking him to the ground*

Jawo: Ergh! Ngh...

Shadow: *dusts off hands* Well that was fun. Now who's next?

*Shadow looks over at Reese*

Shadow: Reese?

Reese: Aaaah! *panics*

Shadow: Hmm, no. Not you. I'm supposed to capture you, not kill you.

Reese: *sigh of relief*

Shadow: And that just leaves....you, Blue!

Blue: Try me.

Shadow: Okay, I will!

*Shadow dashes forward and swings at Blue multiple times with his scythe. Blue manages to dodge his attempts and Shadow backs off*

Shadow: Wow, Blue. You're better than I thought.

Blue: Thanks. But dodging isn't all I can do!

Shadow: Oh yeah?

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Nitro Dagger!

*Gray Clouds fill the area as large jagged chunks of ice begin to rain down. They hit the ground hard enough to plant themselves deep into it*

Shadow: Yikes! Better watch out!

*Shadow teleports to and fro around the area, avoiding any and all ice chunks that come his way. Soon after, the clouds fade and the spell ends*

Blue: Darn...

Shadow: Hmm, that was magic, wasn't it? I didn't know you were a magician, Blue! Way to surprise me.

Blue: Is that so?

Shadow: Yeah! Oh oh, wait. I have a little magic of my own. Wanna see?

Blue: ...

Shadow: I'll take that as a yes indeedy! Watch closely, now.

*Shadow begins to wave his arms slowly and ominously. He then puts his right hand out in front of him*

Shadow: Oh, Darkness! Swallow them!

*A group of dark energy orbs appear and begin to form a circle around Shadow*

Blue: What...

Reese: What is that!?

Shadow: Spellbound Blindness!

*The orbs begin to shoot outward at a fast pace. One strikes Blue, and another strikes Reese*

Blue/Reese: Uaagh!!

*Two more orbs strike a recovering Penny and Jawo*

Penny/Jawo: Aaagh!!

Shadow: Ha ha ha! How'd you like that!?

*When the group recovers from the attack, their vision is dark and opaque*

Blue: What...what is this? I can't...see...

Reese: That spell must've put something in our eyes!

*Penny wipes her eyes, but it does nothing*

Penny: Hey! What gives!? I wiped my eyes, but nothing happened!

Jawo: It..It must be an effect of the spell!

Blue: Ah! You're right! There's nothing in our eyes to wipe out!

Jawo: Damn him...

Shadow: Now that you've figured it out, I think I'll wrap this up.

*Shadow's being splits into 3 more of himself, including the original, making 4*

Shadow: Let's do it!

*The 4 dash forward and prepare to attack*

Blue: Ugh...darn this spell...clear up already!

*Blue's vision returns to normal, but the first thing he sees is Shadow cutting through him with his scythe*

Blue: Aaaaaaagggh!!!

Reese/Penny/Jawo: Blue!

Shadow: I'd be more worried about yourselves!

*The remaining Shadow's continue their attack, cutting through Reese next*

Reese: Gaaaaaah!!

*Then Penny*

Penny: Auaaaaaagh!!

*Then Jawo*

Jawo: Guaaaaah!!

*The 4 fall to their knees, and then flat on the ground unconscious*

Shadow: Ha haaa! And there we have it!

Blue: D...Damn it. He beat us. We..we lost...

Shadow: Hmm and here I was hoping you'd put up a better fight. Oh well. At least it was good for a warmup.

Blue: S-Shadow...

Shadow: Blue. Any last words before I kill you and take Reese?

Blue: Unh...

*Blue falls unconscious*

Shadow: Hm, guess not. Farewell, Blue!

*Shadow lifts his scythe to strike the final blow when the group's bodies disappear from sight*

Shadow: Uh!? Hey! Aw man, now where did they get off to? *rubs head*

*Shadow looks around*

Shadow: They couldn't have just disappeared like that. As far as I know, none of them have the ability to teleport. So that means...someone must've intervened. But who?

*Shadow looks up at the sky*

Shadow: *sigh* Ah well. It looks like you get to live for another day, Blue and friends. ...And goody for me too. This just means that I get to have more fun. Ahahahah!!

*Shadow pushes up his sunglasses and disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

And so it seems that the enigmatic mercenary Shadow was too much for Blue and his friends to handle. As Shadow is about to finish them off for good, a mysterious force whisks them away, saving their lives. But who's responsible for saving the group from imminent doom? And is it friend...or foe?

END Lost and Found Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Lost and Found Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 12 August, 2008, 07:39:31 pm
*Several hours after the events of the battle, Blue finally begins to come to*

Blue: Ungh..uh...

Male healer: Is he...

Female healer: Awakening?

*Blue opens his eyes to see a man and women standing over top him with their hands spread out over his body*

Blue: Uh! Hey! What's going on!? Who are--

Male healer: Be still.

Blue: Hm?

Female healer: We're still in the process of healing your wounds. You and your companions were hurt very badly. Your injuries being nearly fatal.

Blue: Fatal!? *sigh* Man, I guess he really did a number on us.

*The two healers discontinue their healing*

Male healer: There.

Female healer: All finished.

Blue: Really? Great.

*Blue stands to his feet*

Blue: Thanks for saving me and my friends.

Male healer: Do not thank us. We were just doing our job.

Female healer: If you want someone to thank, thank the elders.

Blue: Elders?

Male healer: *nods* Mhm. They're the ones who discovered and teleported you here.

Blue: Ah, I see. But wait a minute, just where IS here anyway?

Female healer: You're at the floating city of Asroc.

Blue: Floating city? You mean as in...floating in the sky floating?

Male healer: That's correct.

Blue: Yeesh. Another floating city. Just what's going on around here? *rubs head*

Female healer: If you want to know more, you should go meet the elders.

Male healer: Yes, you should. They've been waiting to meet with you and your friends for a long time.

Blue: For a long time, huh? Okay, I think I will go meet them.

Female healer: You'll find the elders in the Guardian Shrine, at the northernmost edge of the city.

Blue: Alright, thanks.

Male healer: Just be sure to watch your step. We wouldn't want falling to your doom after we just saved you now.

Blue: *shudders* Ugh..I'll..try to remember that...

*Blue leaves the healing house and enters the main area of Asroc City. The city is like a floating paradise, full of lush green scenery, wide open blue skies, serene silence, and happy people all around*

~~The Floating City: Asroc~~

Blue: Wow, this place feels so..so peaceful. I guess it's hard not to be when you're above all the dangers of the world. Literally.

*Blue walks through the city observing his surroundings at every turn*

Blue: This place...kinda reminds me of when we went to Gyhar. Except it's not dead and abandoned...

*Blue continues onward until reaching the Guardian Shrine where the elders are located. There, he finds his friends waiting at the entrance*

Blue: Hey! Guys! There you are.

Jawo: Yo, Blue. We've been waiting for you.

Penny: Yeah, what took you?

Blue: Sorry. Apparently I was the last one to wake up.

Reese: Aw, don't worry about it. At least you're okay. That's all that matters.

Blue: Yeah. So I'm guessing you guys got the scoop already, huh?

Jawo: You mean how we're supposed to be meeting with these so called elders here?

Blue: That's it.

Reese: I wonder what it's all about.

Penny: Well, there's only one way to find out. Let's get in there!

Blue: You're right about that, Penny. Let's go, guys.

*The group reunites and enters the Guardian Shrine, a large stone temple-like building*

Reese: Pretty rustic, wouldn't you say?

Blue: Hmm, I guess. Makes me wonder just how long this place has been around.

Jawo: I'm wondering a lot more than just that. Let's have a chat with these elders and get some answers.

Reese: Maybe these guys can tell us what the deal is with those guys that are after me.

Blue: And perhaps they can help us find Lilia as well.

Penny: And while they're at it, maybe they can tell if Blue and me we're destined to be together. *dreamy sigh* <3

Blue: Uhm...not likely, Penny. *sweatdrop*

Penny: Darn!

*The group continues through the shrine until coming across the back room. There they find a group of 5 elderly men in robes standing before a strange statue*

Jawo: This must be the place.

Blue: Are you...the elders?

Elder1: We are. You may enter.

Blue: Uhm...okay.

*The group slowly enters the chamber*

Elder2: Long have we been awaiting your arrival, Blue and Jawo.

Blue: Awaiting our arrival? Us?

Jawo: Yeah, what's up with that? And how do you know our names?

Elder3: We know much about you two. But we will get to that later.

Elder4: Right now, we have a very important issue to address with you all.

Elder1: An issue that will endanger the well being of Earth and beyond.

Blue: Hold on a minute. What do you mean?

Elder2: I'm sure that you've already encountered the ones who seek young Reese and his necklace.

Elder3: That is how you came to be in your critical condition in the first place, correct?

Blue: Mmmn...

Elder4: ...We will take that as a yes.

Penny: So, are you gonna let us in on what this is all about or what?

Elder5: Listen and we will tell you, little girl.

Penny: Little girl!?

Blue: Penny. Not. Here.

Penny: Hmph.

Elder1: As we were saying, Reese, there is much that you need to know. About your origins.

Reese: My..origins?

Elder2: Yes. You must already know that you were not raised by your birth parents.

Reese: Yeah, I know that. I was raised at Kinnear Academy by Headmaster Bringas and Nurse Underwood.

Elder3: But what you don't know is that you were given to us not long after your birth.

Reese: What!? You mean...I...was born here?

Elder4: Not necessarily. While this can be considered your home, this is not where you were born.

Elder5: In fact, we're not at all sure where you come from.

Reese: Huh?

Elder1: Allow us to explain further. It all began on that fateful day, nearly 16 years ago...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Intervention Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 13 August, 2008, 10:09:07 am
~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Shadow returns to the dark palace after the battle*

Shadow: Honey! I'm home!

Kovah: The boy.

Shadow: Hunh?


Shadow: Oh yeah. He got away.

Kovah: What do you mean he got away!? Did you at least kill Blue and his friends?

Shadow: Mmmm nope. They got away too.

Kovah: You useless mercenary! How could you let them escape!?

Shadow: Hey hey, calm down. I did my job, okay? It wasn't my fault that someone teleported them away before I could off them.

Deke: Teleported, you say?

Shadow: Yeah. Like, whoosh. They were gone in an instant. There was nothing I could do.

Deke: Well that's odd. Who could possibly care enough to save them?

Kovah: Hmm, maybe...no. Could it be?

Deke: What are you thinking, Kovah?

Kovah: It was THEM.

Deke: What? You think the elders are behind this? Is that what you're saying?

Kovah: That's the only explanation, Deke. They're the only ones who would willingly interfere with my plans.

Deke: But to have made themselves known again after so long. Could they be up to something?

Kovah: Perhaps. It's a possibility that cannot be ignored at any rate.

Prima: Hey, who are these elders anyway?

Kovah: That's not important. All you need to know is that they're the enemy.

Prima: So then what should we do?

Kovah: Hmm, if the elders are indeed the ones responsible, then maybe we can discover where they've hidden themselves.

Deke: Not only could we find the elders, but we'll find the Guardian Statue they're protecting as well. The one we couldn't locate...

Shadow: Then what's the game plan, huh?

Kovah: Shadow, I will need you for this. And do NOT fail me this time, understood?

Shadow: Yeah yeah. So let's do it already.

~~Meanwhile, back at the Guardian Shrine~~

*The elders continue their story*

Elder1: One day, 16 years ago, in the land we once called home, me and the other elders were engaged in our routine meditations. But suddenly, we had heard a loud crash outside the shrine.

Elder2: It sounded like it came from the center of the city, so we went there to investigate the cause.

Elder3: Upon arriving, amongst the crowd of citizens in awe, there lied a mysterious object, cratered in the ground.

Elder4: It was a large black slab of rock, that supposedly had fell from the sky.

Elder5: Upon closer observation of the object, we felt that it housed a great amount of power within.

Elder1: But not knowing what it was exactly, or where it came from, we left it where it was and went on with our daily lives.

Reese: But what does that have to do with me?

Elder1: Apparently, very much, as we soon found out.

Reese: Huh?

Elder1: Listen and you will learn.

Reese: Okay.

Elder1: As we said, we left the rock there and continued with our lives. But that all changed several weeks later when a strange man entered our shrine.

Elder2: He was on the verge of death, and carrying a small infant in his arms.

Reese: A...small infant?

Elder3: Yes. This infant...was you, Reese.

Elder4: He gave the child to us, and with his last breath, he uttered these words: "Protect this boy and the key. The Lunar Monolith must not be unsealed. Only he..can..."

Elder5: With that said, the man passed away. And we were left with you in our care, Reese.

Elder2: We didn't know what his words meant, but even still, we decided to take you in and raise you as our own.

Elder1: We had also noticed you were wearing that necklace you have with you, even then.

Reese: So...it was with me since I was born...

Elder1: That's correct. And we soon discovered that it was more than just a mere article of jewelry...

Elder2: Several months had passed since you were given to us, and you were starting to feel right at home.

Elder3: So one day, we took you for a walk around the city, to get the fresh air and sunlight that all children need.

Elder4: And as we came near the slab of rock, the stone, and your necklace began to glow with an ominous light. Much like it does on a regular basis.

*Reese grabs hold of his necklace as it glows in his hand*

Elder5: And such allowed us to realize the real truth behind the man's final words.

Reese: The..real truth? What does that mean?

Elder1: We came to the realization that that slab of rock is the Lunar Monolith that the man spoke of. And the key...is your necklace.

Reese: My necklace...is the key?

Elder2: And that is why, we removed the monolith from the crater and placed it elsewhere, making sure to never bring you or the key anywhere near it. As you are the only one who can unlock what's inside.

Blue: But what's inside of this monolith? And why is it so dangerous?

Elder3: We only knew that there was a great power inside.

Elder4: But little did we know, that it was really an evil power.

Blue: An evil power?

Elder5: It began the day that Kovah and his companions travelled to our city.

Blue: Kovah. So I assume he's the one who's after Reese, right?

Elder1: Your assumption is correct, Blue.

Blue: Mmph. I knew it. He must want the power that's inside the monolith.

Jawo: That blackheart. We'll crush him. *clenches fist*

??: Stop! Do not speak harshly of Kovah!

Blue/Jawo: Huh?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Intervention Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 13 August, 2008, 05:11:33 pm
Blue: Who...are you?

*A woman walks into the back room. A woman who appears to be in her late 20's with long blue hair and wearing a green dress*

Woman: My name, is Shina. And I'm a friend of Kovah's.

Jawo: What!? A friend!?

Shina: Yes, a friend! And I'd thank you not to say bad things about him.

Jawo: Listen lady, I don't think there's anything but bad things to say about him. I don't know if you've heard, but he's trying to unleash an evil power on the world.

Shina: That's not true!

Jawo: Huh?

Elder1: If that's not the truth, Shina, then what is?

Elder2: Are you trying to tell us that you didn't defy the laws of our city by going near the forbidden monolith?

Elder3: And that Kovah is not driven by a selfish desire for power?

Shina: But...but it's not his fault!

Elder4: Is that so?

Shina: Yes, it is! It's true that we disobeyed the law, but..but we didn't know it'd turn out like this!

Elder5: Hm?

Shina: Kovah...isn't himself anymore! I know that he would never do anything like this!

Elder1: Explain yourself, Shina.

Blue: Wait a minute. You said that it's not like him to do something like this. ...What kinda of person is he?

Shina: Kovah was once a very sweet man. Me, him and our other companion Deke were the best of friends. We weren't that much different from you and your friends, Blue.

Blue: What do you mean?

Shina: I mean to say, we were all youths from differents walks of life that were brought together by our love for adventure. Like you guys, we spent years traveling all around the world, just to see what we could see. The only difference is, that we didn't save the world on multiple occasions like you. Heehee.

Blue: Heh, I guess not...*rubs head*

Shina: Our travels eventually brought us to Asroc City, where we heard a tale of an anomaly that fell from the skies. Kovah loved discovering new things, so he just couldn't pass up the opportunity.

*Flashback to 16 years ago. A young Kovah, Deke, and Shina enter the Shrine of the Elders*

Shina: So we came to ask the heads of the city, the elders, for permission to see the Lunar Monolith.

Elder1: Welcome to the City of Asroc, travellers.

Elder2: Are you passing by?

Kovah: Yeah, sorta.

Elder3: Hm?

Kovah: But what we really want is to see the anomaly from the sky! Right, guys?

Shina/Deke: *nods* Mhm!

Elder4: Anomaly from the sky? What is this that you speak of?

Kovah: Well, we heard in another town that a strange object fell from the sky here a few months ago.

Shina: Yeah, and we also heard that it holds some kind of magical power. It sounds kinda neat.

Deke: And that's why we came to ask if we could see it. Even if only for a little bit.

Elder5: Hmm, now I understand. This anomaly you speak of is the Lunar Monolith.

Kovah: The Lunar Monolith? So the rumors are true!?

Shina: If so, can we see it!? Please!

Elder1: Hrrrm...

Deke: Huh? What's the matter?

Elder2: We cannot allow that.

Kovah: What!? Why not!?

Elder3: Because, the monolith is cursed.

Shina: Cursed?

Elder4: A great evil energy radiates from within it. It is for that reason that we cannot allow anyone to go near it.

Kovah: Aw, come on! We'll be really careful, I promise.

Deke: Yeah, we'll be sure not to get too close.

Elder5: I'm sure you will, but still, we can't risk it. We don't know what effect the dark energy may have on your mind and body. In a worse case scenario, you could die...

Elder1: We are sorry, but the monolith is off limits to everyone. Including you.

Kovah: But...but...

Elder2: We have spoken.

Kovah: Shoot.

Shina: Come on, Kovah. Maybe we should leave.

Deke: Yeah, let's get out of here.

Kovah: Alright...

*Kovah and his friends leave the elders shrine in disappointment*

Kovah: Damn, we have to go see that monolith. We just have to!

Shina: But Kovah, you heard what the elders said.

Deke: If we go, we'll be breaking the law...

Kovah: Aw, I know that. But...all we have to do is not get caught! If we play our cards right, we can go in and out and nobody'll know a thing!

Shina: Kovah, I don't know about this...

Kovah: Come on, Shina! Don't be a scaredy cat. We'll be fine, I promise you that. Deke, you're with me, right?

Deke: I suppose...

Kovah: Now how about you, Shina? Will you come with us?

Shina: O..okay..

Shina: Despite elders strictly forbidding us from going near the monolith, Kovah and his rebellious nature wouldn't let it go. He just had to go see it, even if it meant breaking the law to do so. And so we walked straight into the Lion's Den...

*The group heads into the outskirts of the city where there lies a large temple. They go deep inside until reaching a large room in the back. In this room is a set of glowing glass-like stairs that lead up to where the monolith is being held*

Kovah: There! That must be it!

Shina: Kovah...are you sure--

Kovah: Shina! We came too far to back out now! Now come on! We're almost there!

*The group ascends the stairway, reaching the top. In front of them lies the Lunar Monolith, as described before, a large thin slab of black rock. But unlike when it first crashed, it is seeping with a dark purple energy*

Kovah: This...this is it! Wow..it looks so cool.

*Kovah advances closer*

Shina: Kovah, wait! What are you doing!?

Kovah: What do you mean? I'm going to touch it!

Deke: But...the elders said it's dangerous to get too close!

Kovah: Aw, they were probably just telling a fib to try and scare us. I bet there's nothing to worry about! Watch!

*Kovah reaches his hand on and begins to rub the monolith, observing it all around*

Kovah: Heh, that's awesome. It feels so...so sleek. Like it's been polished or something. Come touch it, guys!

Shina: Uhm...I'll pass.

Deke: Same here...

Kovah: Well, if you're too scared, I guess you don't have to. That just means more for me! Heheh!

*Kovah releases the monolith and steps away. But as neither of them saw, some of the dark energy from the monolith slips away and soaks into Kovah's body*

Shina: Are you...feeling alright?

Kovah: What are you talking about, Shina? I feel great! I told you there was nothing to worry about! Now come on, let's get out of here.

Shina: Hm...if you say so...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Intervention Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 13 August, 2008, 06:57:59 pm
Shina: So after our trip, we went back to Asroc City to rest up for the night before heading out again. And it seemed everything was okay afterall.

Blue: It seemed okay?

Shina: ...But it wasn't. Something was wrong. Terribly wrong. And we had found out that night after we noticed Kovah was missing from the inn.

*Deke rises from bed in the middle of the night and notices that Kovah isn't there*

Deke: Kovah? Kovah, are you here?

*Deke looks through the entire inn for Kovah, but he's nowhere to be found. He then returns to their room and awakens Shina*

Deke: Shina! Shina, wake up!

Shina: Hunh? Unh...Deke..what's wrong...?

Deke: It's Kovah! He's..he's gone!

Shina: What? Gone!? But where did he go!?

Deke: I don't know! I just woke up..and...and he wasn't here anymore.

Shina: Kovah... Let's go find him before something terrible happens, Deke!

Deke: Right!

*Deke and Shina leave the inn together and begin to search around the city for Kovah. They look everywhere, but they can't find him*

Deke: Darn, he's not anywhere around here.

Shina: I just hope he's okay...

Deke: Do you think...his disappearance had anything to do with that monolith?

Shina: I wish I knew, Deke. But I pray that it doesn't. If something happened to him...I..I just don't know what I'll do.

*Deke and Shina continue through the city until arriving at the elders shrine*

Deke: Shina, we haven't looked here yet.

Shina: Okay, let's go.

*The two enters the shrine. Meanwhile, Kovah is already inside, standing right beside a sleeping baby Reese*

Kovah: There...there he is. He...is the one I need...

*Kovah reaches out to grab him when he shot in the back by a magic attack*

Kovah: Gaaah!!

Elder1: Stay away from that child!

*Kovah turns around and faces the elder*

Kovah: Errgh!

Elder1: Ah! It's you! The traveller from earlier! But...what is the meaning of this?

Kovah: The boy. I need him. I need him to unlock the power!

Elder1: Unlock the power? What...no..it can't be! How could you know that he is the key!?

*At that moment, Deke and Shina enter the room where the elder and Kovah are facing off*

Deke/Shina: Kovah!

Elder1: You! What are you doing here?

Deke: We're looking for Kovah!

Shina: Is he...is he okay?

Kovah: Deke! Shina! Don't just stand there! Kill him!

Deke: What? What are you talking about!?

Shina: Kovah, what's going on!?

Kovah: Argh! I'll do it myself!

*Kovah dashes forward and throws a punch, but the elder erects a barrier, causing him to punch it instead*

Kovah: Agh...

Elder1: You are not welcome here. Leave this place!

*The elder casts a teleportation spell, warping Kovah out of the shrine completely*

Deke: Kovah!

Shina: What did you do to him!?

Elder1: I'll be the one asking the questions here. Did you three go near the monolith, even when we told you not to?

Deke: Uhm...

Shina: Well...

Elder1: I knew it. We told you not to go, but you went anyway. Now look at what's happened! The boy has become so enamored by the power that he'll stop at nothing to gain it!

Deke: Then what...what should we do?

Elder1: Leave. And never return to this place.

Shina: But...but that's not like Kovah. He wouldn't...he wouldn't do something like that. Something must've happened. Something must have possessed him to make him do this.

Elder1: If there truly was another presence in his mind, I would've sensed it. Such is not the case.

Shina: But...I...

Elder1: Go!!!

*Deke and Shina leave the shrine. And afterwards, a barrier is erected over it, barring anyone of entry*

Shina: Kovah...there you are.

Deke: What's gotten into you, huh?

Kovah: That power. It must be mine!

Shina: Kovah, what are you talking about? Stop speaking nonsense. Can't we just go now?

Kovah: No. Not until the key in my possession.

Deke: The key? You mean...that baby?

Kovah: Yes.

Shina: Please stop this, Kovah.

Kovah: I will not stop. And if you plan to get in my way, Shina, I'll destroy you!

Shina: Aaah!!

Kovah: So they've put up a barrier to protect the child it seems. Very well. I will just come back another time.

*Kovah begins to walk out of the city*

Deke: Kovah! Where are you going!?

Kovah: Somewhere.

Deke: But...but what about us? Your friends...

Kovah: You can come if you wish. But only if you will aid me.

Shina: Kovah, this is ridiculous!

*Kovah ignores her words and continues walking*

Deke: Shina...

Shina: Deke?

Deke: I'm going.

Shina: You mean...with Kovah? But why?

Deke: Because...something's not right with him. You and I both know that. And if we abandon him now, there'll be no chance to save him.

Shina: Deke...

Deke: Shina, I have no intention of helping him with this scheme, but if it means that he will be freed from whatever has a hold of him, then I will do so.

Shina: Then...then I will go too.

Deke: No, Shina. You stay here. This is a dangerous path I follow, and I don't want you to be dragged into it. So I beg you, please remain here. Wait for us.

Shina: Okay...

Deke: Good.

*Deke begins to walk away*

Shina: Deke, wait!

Deke: Hm?

Shina: Please. Please save Kovah. Bring him back...to me.

Deke: Don't worry. I intend to.

*End flashback*

Shina: So I did as he said, and waited in Asroc City. I waited and waited for the next 16 years. But I never saw them again...

Blue: So you believe that something happened to Kovah when he touched the monolith, is that right?

Shina: That has to be it. There's no other explanation for why he'd be doing this. It just...it just doesn't make sense!

Jawo: And this Deke guy, he went with him just like that?

Shina: He believed that the only way to save Kovah was to let him unleash the power, in hopes that whatever was manipulating him would disappear.

Jawo: But that's insane!

Shina: Please, don't blame him. It was the only way. We didn't know what else to do!

Jawo: *grumble* I'd like to give that guy a piece of my mind.

Elder1: Whatever the reason, we knew that Kovah must be stopped.

Elder2: And that was why we took many precautions to ensure that Kovah never gets his hands on Reese or his key.

Elder3: First, we moved the monolith to an even more secure area.

Elder4: And then, using our power, we seperated Asroc City from the rest of the island and fled to the skies.

Elder5: We then sunk the remainder of the island along with the monolith under the ocean, where no one will ever get their hands on it. We even set in place 4 statues to make sure that it stays there. One of those statues lies right before us.

Elder1: But that's not all. Even with all of these measures taken, we still felt as if Reese wasn't safe in our care anymore. So our search for a safe haven for him led us to the Kinnear Academy.

Reese: Huh?

Elder2: We knew of its true operation so we hired the academy to look after Reese and raise him, keeping him hidden away so that Kovah would not find him.

Elder3: And in the event that Kovah did indeed find him, we hoped that maybe their trained students would be able to keep him at bay.

Elder4: And so we returned to Asroc, where we assumed this had all come to an end. And this peace continued on for the next 16 years.

Reese: Hmm...so I guess now I know why Headmaster Bringas was always so protective of me. This was...just a job for him...

Elder1: Reese, it's not like that at all.

Reese: Hm?

Elder2: It may have been for money, yes. But Headmaster Bringas still loved you as if you were his own son. He's even the one who gave you the name of Reese.

Reese: He's the one who named me? Well then...what did YOU guys name me?

Elder3: We had originally named you Eytinge.

Reese: Eytinge? But that's my last name!

Elder4: Hmm, so it is? I suppose Bringas decided to keep our name afterall.

Elder5: Let it be a reminder of those who cared for you even though you were not of their blood.

Reese: Hehehe, I feel a lot better now.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Intervention Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 August, 2008, 04:11:50 pm
Jawo: Hey hey, hold up a second. This backstory is all well and good, but that still doesn't explain why we're here.

Blue: Oh yeah, you did say that you were awaiting our arrival. What did you mean by that?

Elder1: Ah yes, we did, didn't we? Sorry for getting carried away.

Elder2: We had done everything we could to keep Kovah at bay, but due to recent events, we feared that he may be getting too close to acheiving his goals.

Elder3: And that is when we began our search for a new champion. One who has the strength and courage to defeat Kovah once and for all.

Elder4: Our search for a hero led us to you, Blue.

Blue: Me? But..how?

Elder5: We elders have many powers at our disposal. And one of them allowed us to observe you and your past endeavors.

Elder1: Never before had we seen such a strong-willed youth. One who's righteous heart would lead him to fight to protect all. We've seen what you're capable of. The good that you do. And that is why we've chosen you and your friends to fight this fight. To put a stop to Kovah's evil plans and bring peace to the planet once more.

Jawo: Well it looks you found the right guy, elders. With my help, Blue can't lose! Isn't that right, Blue?

Blue: Mm...

Jawo: Huh?

Elder2: Blue, is something troubling you?

Blue: It's just...we still haven't found our friend yet. I...I don't think I can go on without her...

Jawo: Blue...

Elder3: This friend you speak of, would her name be Lilia?

Blue: Lilia? You've seen her!?

Elder4: *nods*

Blue: Well where is she!?

Elder5: Ha ha, right behind you, child.

Blue: Huh!?

*Blue slowly turns around to see Lilia running towards him*

Lilia: Blue!!!

Blue: Lilia!!!

*Blue runs forward to meet her and the two tightly embrace*

Lilia: Blue! Oh, Blue, I missed you so much. When I heard you were here, I came running as fast as I could!

Blue: Lilia...I'm so glad to see you again. Are you okay?

Lilia: I'm fine. ...Now that you're here. I always feel safe, whenever you're near.

*Lilia moves in closer and buries her face in Blue's chest*

Blue: I don't care what it takes, I never want to be seperated from you again.

Lilia: Me neither, Blue.

Reese: Well isn't this a heart warming scene? This is what it's all for, you know. Aren't you happy for them, Penny?

Penny: Meh, yeah I guess... *looks away*

Reese: Uh?

Shina: *sigh* Those two remind me of Kovah and myself...

Jawo: Ahem!!

Lilia: Hm?

Jawo: What am I? Chopped liver!? I missed you too, you know...

Lilia: Heehee, you don't have to feel left out, Jawo. I'm glad to see you too.

Jawo: ...It's good to have you back, Lilia.

Lilia: It's good to be back!

Blue: But Lilia, what are you doing here?

Jawo: Did you get teleported here by the elders too?

Lilia: No. Well at least...I don't think so. After I got sucked into the twister, everything just kinda went black. And when I woke up, I found myself in a bed being healed by those two healers.

Blue: So you've been here the whole time?

Lilia: Yeah, pretty much. I wanted to go down the Earth and look for you two, but the elders insisted that I remain here and wait for you. So I did. And guess what they told me?

Blue: Yeah?

Lilia: Apparently the flash storm that wrecked our ship...was conjured up by the elders.

Jawo: They what!?

Blue: Are you serious!?

Lilia: Well, that's what they told me...

Jawo: Alright elders, what's the big idea!? If she's telling the truth, I'll--

Elder1: Please, hear us out first.

Jawo: What?

Elder2: We had no choice.

Blue: What do you mean you had no choice?

Elder3: Conjuring that storm was the only way we could get you to come here.

Jawo: Who are you trying to kid? You could've just teleported us here if you wanted us so bad!

Elder4: No, we couldn't. Our teleportation range can only go so far, and you were out of reach.

Jawo: So you called up a storm that almost killed us? Really smart...

Elder5: We are sorry. We didn't intend for anyone to get hurt.

Jawo: Yeah yeah...

Lilia: Please, Jawo. Don't be so hard on them.

Jawo: And why not!?

Lilia: Because, don't you see? They just wanted our help.

Blue: Hmm, yeah. I don't really agree with their methods either, but Lilia has a point. They sent a call for help, and we answered it.

Lilia: And it all worked out fine in the end. So why can't you just let it go?

Jawo: Hrmm, I guess you're right. I apologize, elder guys.

Elder1: It's quite alright, Jawo. Your feelings are understandable.

??: Well well. Jawo being hotheaded again. Why am I not surprised?

Everyone: !!!

*Everyone looks over to see Shadow standing nonchalantly in front the shattered remains of the Guardian Statue*

Shadow: Howdy!

Blue: Shadow!

Jawo: It's you again!

Penny: Back for more, are you!?

Shadow: Hmm, Blue and friends. So you're still alive afterall, huh? Thank goodness. You had me worried for a second there.

Elder1: *gasp* The Guardian Statue!

Elder2: It's been destroyed!

Shadow: Oh, you mean that thing? Sorry about that. I'll buy a replacement if you want. So how much will it be? 100 gold? 200?

Elder3: Do you know what you've done!?

Elder4: Now Kovah is one step closer to bringing the island back from the ocean.

Shadow: Does this mean I have to call my lawyer? *rubs head*

Blue: Shadow, we've had enough of your games!

Shadow: Ah, Blue. So I take it this means you want to fight. Okay then.

*Shadow snaps his fingers, summoning his scythe out of thin air*

Shadow: I suppose I'll finish what I started.

Blue: Get ready, guys! He's coming!

*The group gets ready for battle, including Lilia*

Lilia: We can take him, Blue!

Shadow: Ah?

*Shadow stops his advance when he gazes at Lilia*

Shadow: M-M-Misty? Is that you?

Lilia: What? Misty?

Shadow: Misty, what are you doing here of all places?

Lilia: I don't know what you're talking about pal.

Shadow: Ergh.

*Shadow snaps his fingers again, sending the scythe away. He then leaps backwards*

Shadow: I don't know why you're here, but I can't risk you getting hurt.

Blue: What are you--

Shadow: You win for today, Blue. But the next time we meet, you won't be so lucky.

*Shadow turns his back on the group*

Shadow: Next up: Kinnear Academy.

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Blue: Shadow, wait!

Jawo: He got away...

Lilia: But...who is Misty...?

End Intervention Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Under Siege Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 August, 2008, 09:31:41 pm
Penny: Man, that Shadow just doesn't know when to quit, does he!?

Lilia: Whoever this Shadow is, he's really...weird. He kept calling me Misty. My name's not Misty!

Blue: Yeah, that was pretty strange. But we'll worry about him later.

Reese: But wait, before he left, Shadow said something. He said...Kinnear's next. What does that mean?

Penny: Ah! Do you think he's going to attack the academy!?

Reese: What!? Is that true!?

Elder1: That's a strong possibility.

Reese: But why!? What's at the academy that they could want!?

Elder2: A Guardian Statue.

Reese: Huh?

Elder3: When we handed you over to the academy, we also placed a Guardian Statue within it for safekeeping as well.

Elder4: But how they discovered that one was hidden there is beyond us...

Reese: Darnit. What do we do...?

Jawo: There's only one thing to do!

Blue: We head over to the academy and stop them ourselves.

Elder5: Ah, so you will take on the task of protecting the Guardian Statue?

Blue: Yeah. That's why were here, right? Sure we'll do it.

Lilia: But how do we get there from here? We're up in the sky, remember?

Blue: Oh, that's right...*rubs head* Is there any way we can get down from here, elders?

Elder1: Of course. We will use our power to teleport you directly to the academy.

Blue: Will you really?

Elder2: Yes. Just give us a moment to prepare.

*The 5 elders raises their arms into the air and begin to chant. As they do, a glowing circle appears under the feet of the group*

Reese: Whoa! What's happening!?

Elder3: Stay calm. This is all apart of the process.

Elder4: It is complete. Take care, young heroes.

Elder5: Stay strong, and be safe.

Blue: Okay, we will. Are you ready, guys?

*The group nods in agreement*

Blue: Let's do it, elders.

Elder1: Very well.

*The elder clap their hands together and complete the spell*

Elders: Teleport!!!

*With the spell complete, the group is immediately whisked out and away from the city, on their way back to the Earth below*

~~Meanwhile, at the Kinnear Academy front gates~~

*Prima impatiently waits by her lonesome*

Prima: Argh! *ruffles hair* Where is he!? I want to start the chaos already!

*Shadow appears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Shadow: Prima!

Prima: There you are! What took you so long!?

Shadow: Eh heh heh, sorry. I was lost on the path of life.

Prima: Hmph! That seems to be a popular saying these days. Well whatever. Did you finish the job?

Shadow: I did. As ordered, I infiltrated and smashed the Guardian Statue. Now I believe it's your turn, am I right?

Prima: You bet you are! I can't wait to start making a mess of things!

Shadow: Now Prima, don't forget what we came here for. Your objective is to destroy the statue and nothing more. Don't harm any innocents if you don't have to.

Prima: The nerve of you! Don't you ever tell me what to do, got it!?

Shadow: Huff. You're insufferable, do you know that?

Prima: Yeah yeah. Now let me show you how a pro does things!

*Prima conjures a Chimera beast and hops aboard its back*

Prima: Let's go! Kya ha ha ha!!

*Prima cracks her whip, instructing the chimera to stride towards the entrance of the academy*

Shadow: *sigh* If I leave her alone, she'll lay waste to everything. I better follow to make sure she doesn't do anything crazy...

*Shadow begins to follow after her silently. Meanwhile, Prima bursts inside of the academy, immediately causing an uproar amongst the students*

Female Student: Aaaah! It's..it's an intruder!

Male Student: Wait, don't be afraid! We're trained combatants! We can take her if we stand together!

Male Student2: Yeah! Let's show her why nobody messes with Kinnear Academy!

Prima: Ha! So you nobody messes with Kinnear, huh? Then you have yet to meet me! Go Chimera! Crush them!

*Prima leaps off the chimera and cracks her whip. Instructing the chimera to charge at the students*

Prima: Skin them alive! Make a trophy of their bones! Hahaha!

Chimera: Roooooooooaaar!!!

Female Student: It's coming!

Male Student: Let's attack!

*The student rush in to attack, but they are no match for the chimera's might as it leaps and pounces down on them with a horrendous blow, defeating them easily*

Female Student: Unh...it's...too strong...

Male Student: Darnit...ugh...

Prima: Ahahahaha! Good work, Chimera!

Chimera: Roar!

Prima: And this was among the weakest of my beasts! Perhaps you should stop sleeping during class and learn a thing or two before you challenge me again!

*Prima leaps back onto the chimera and continues her rampage through the academy. Meanwhile, Shadow walks in shortly after*

Shadow: Ugh, would you look at this mess? Prima, what AM I going to do with you?

*Prima continues through the academy until she is surrounded by a large group of students from both side, trapping her*

Male Student: Give up! You're surrounded!

Male Student2: That is...unless you think you can take us all.

Prima: Hmm, so you've finally come out to play, huh? Okay!

*Prima effortlessly conjures a group of Chimera to join the fight*


Male Student3: Hah, you don't scare us!

Female Student: Yeah, we don't care how many beasts you create!

Male Student 4: Let's drive these monsters out of our school!

*The students move in to attack*

Prima: Go, Chimeras! Annihilate them all! Leave not one of them alive!

*Prima cracks her whip, and the chimeras charge in after the students, and the clash between man and beast begins*

~~Meanwhile, in Headmaster Bringas' office~~

*Headmaster Bringas is suddenly alerted by the loud noises going on outside the room*

Bringas: Huh? What is going on out there...?

*Bringas moves toward the door when a badly injured student bursts in and collapses to the ground*

Male Student: Uaagh!! Headmaster!

Bringas: Ah! Goodness!

*Bringas kneels down next to the student*

Bringas: Are you alright? What happened? Speak to me, my boy!

Male Student: No. The Academy..it's...it's under attack...

Bringas: Under attack!? By who!?

Male Student: It's a girl.

Bringas: A...girl?

Male Student: But she's...no ordinary girl. She..she can conjure beasts. She's summmoned a whole group of them...to attack the other students...

Bringas: What!? But why!?

Male student: I don't know..but...but she said something..about a..a statue...

Bringas: A statue?

Male Student: I don't know what she meant, but..it's not safe here anymore. Get away...while you still...can...ugh...

*The student dies from his wounds*

Bringas: Son? Can you hear me, boy? Please, wake up! ....No...

*Bringas releases the student from his grip*

Bringas: A statue...could it be...the Guardian Statue? Could this be the threat that the elders warned us about...?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Under Siege Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 15 August, 2008, 08:49:06 am
*Blue and the others arrive at their destination just outside the academy*

Blue: We made it.

Jawo: But it appears we're too late. Look.

*Jawo points to the front gate to show that it's been forced open*

Reese: The gate...it's been mangled.

Penny: Then what are we standing around for!? Let's get going!

Lilia: Penny's right, we haven't a moment to spare!

Blue: Okay, let's go!

*The group enters the school together. But upon their arrival, a Chimera immediately confronts them right off the bat*

Chimera: Rooooooaaar!!!

Reese: Whoa! What is that!?

Lilia: It's some kind of beast!

Blue: A Chimera...

Penny: A Chimera, huh? Well let's take it down!

Jawo: I'll handle it.

*Jawo takes out his sword and leaps onto the Chimera's back. It then trashes about in an attempt to shake him off*

Lilia: Jawo, be careful!

Jawo: No need to worry about me, Lilia. I'll finish it with one attack!

*Jawo jabs his sword into the Chimera's back and prepares a technique*

Jawo: Crystal Art: Emmersive Implosion!

*Crystal formations begin to rapidly protrude from the Chimera's body, shredding its innards to pieces and killing it instantly. Jawo then removes his sword and rejoins the group*

Jawo: There. All done. We can go now.

Blue: Nice job, Jawo.

Penny: *to herself* Hmph. I could've done better...

Lilia: Hmm, I don't think that one Chimera is responsible for all of this destruction. I bet you there's more where he came from.

Reese: More!? Yeesh, that doesn't sound good...

Blue: You have a point, Lilia. That just means we have to stay on guard. Let's keep going, guys.

*The group continues through the school in a hurry. As they go, they pass by the bodies of heavily injured, and even dead students. Along with some dead Chimeras*

Blue: This is terrible...

Lilia: Who could do such an awful thing?

Penny: *angrily* Ooh! When I find out who did this, I'm gonna tear him a new one!

Jawo: We all are, Penny! Come on, Blue, let's find this guy!

Blue: Alright. Let's go, Reese. .....Reese?

*Blue looks over to see Reese cradling the body of a dead student while crying*

Reese: *sniff*

Blue: Reese...

Reese: Why? Why did this have to happen? They didn't do anything!!! *cries*

Blue: Reese, I'm...sorry...

Reese: He...he was my friend. To see him just die like this...I don't know if I can take it anymore!

Blue: Reese, I know what it's like...to lose a friend...

Reese: *sniff* You...do?

Blue: We...saw him be killed right before our eyes...and it hurt a lot. Heck, it still hurts even now. But that's why you have to pull yourself together. We have to find who's responsible and make sure this never happens again.

Reese: *wipes tears* Yeah....you're right, Blue. I promise, I won't falter again.

Blue: Okay, now let's keep going.

Reese: Right.

*The group continues onward, until they find the body of Cassidy lying on the ground. She's badly injured, but still alive*

Reese: Aah! No! Cassidy!

Blue: Cassidy, are you okay!?

Cassidy: Blue...Reese..you..you came back...

Reese: Look at those wounds...this is horrible!

Cassidy: Did you...find your friends, Blue...?

Blue: That's not important right now! We need to get you some help!

Jawo: But Blue, we don't have enough time. We need to stop this madness before others are hurt.

Reese: But we can't just leave her here to die!

Jawo: I know, but...

Shadow: I'll do it.

Jawo: What?

*Shadow walks up from behind the group*

Blue: Shadow, it's you again!

Reese: Are you the one behind all of this!?

Shadow: No, I'm not.

Penny: You're lying.

Jawo: You better get out of here now. Or else...

Lilia: Guys, stop it!

Jawo: Huh? What for!?

Lilia: He's...he's not lying.

Penny: And how do you know that, huh?

Lilia: Because...I can just tell. He's being sincere.

Shadow: Why thank you, Misty.

Lilia: Sure. ...Hey wait! I'm not Misty!

Blue: Then if you're not responsible for this, then who is?

Shadow: She's one of us.

Jawo: You mean it's a girl?

Shadow: That's right. She conjured those beasts and let them loose around the school, even though she's supposed to be here for the Guardian Statue only. I knew she was up to no good, so I followed her in secret, but it seems I didn't make it in time...

Penny: *to herself* A conjurer...could it be...Prima...?

Blue: Well then what do you want with us, Shadow?

Shadow: I wish to aid you in saving the academy from these beasts.

Blue: Hmph. And why should we trust you?

Shadow: What?

Jawo: Yeah, it's not like you haven't tried to kill us before. How do we know this isn't some kind of trick?

Penny: *pounds fist* I say we should get rid of him right now.

Shadow: Please. While we stand here and debate over this, those monster are still running amok around the academy.

Blue: Mmn...

Shadow: So can we just call a truce for now and help these children?

Blue: But why do you want to help the academy anyway?

Shadow: Uh...because, Kinnear is...

Reese: Huh?

Shadow: Nothing. It's not important. So do we have a deal?

Blue: ....Okay.

Jawo: Blue!

Penny: What are you doing!?

Blue: I know, he's our enemy. But what he said is right. We don't have the time to argue over this. We have no choice but to trust him for now.

Jawo: *sigh* I just hope you know what you're doing, Blue.

Blue: So Shadow, what's the plan?

Shadow: Okay. I will scour the school for any injured students and take them to the infirmary for help. Meanwhile, Blue, you and your friends will take care of any Chimeras still remaining. And eventually stop the one behind this. Are we clear?

Blue: Yeah.

Shadow: Alright, so let's begin.

*Shadow walks over and lifts up Cassidy*

Shadow: Your name is Cassidy, right?

Cassidy: Uh..huh...

Shadow: You'll be okay. You can trust me.

Cassidy: Thank you...

Shadow: Blue! What are you waiting for!? Get going!

Blue: Okay! Let's move, guys!

*The group nods in agreement and moves onward*

Blue: Oh...and Shadow...

Shadow: Yes?

Blue: I trust you...

Shadow: *smiles* Of course you can trust me, Blue. *pushes up sunglasses*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Under Siege Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 15 August, 2008, 06:42:33 pm
Blue: Okay guys, let's split up for this.

Penny: Huh? Why?

Blue: Because, it'll keep the damage to a minimum.

Penny: Uh, damage? I'm not following you, Blue.

Jawo: Oh, I think I get it. What he means is, if we each take out one of the chimeras on our own, we could cut the time in half and save anyone else from getting hurt.

Blue: Now you're getting it.

Lilia: I see. Good idea, Blue.

Reese: Yeah, let's do it.

Blue: Alright, let's go. We'll meet back here in the foyer once all the Chimeras are gone.

*The group nods in agreement and seperates. Blue heads down the northern wing and finds a group of students about to be finished off by a Chimera*

Female Student: No..ugh...

Male Student: Urgh...it's too strong..

Male Student2: It's over...for us..

Chimera: Roar!!

Blue: Uh oh! I better hurry!

*As the Chimera is about to slam its paw down on the students, Blue rushes in and delivers a kick to its face, stopping its assault*

Chimera: Grr!

Blue: Hey! Are you guys alright!?

Female Student: Who...are you...?

Male Student: Ah! It's the mystery guy!

Male Student2: The one that Reese saved?

Female Student: Oh! Now I remember! You've come back!

Blue: Yeah, you guys have nothing to worry about now. I'll handle the Chimera.

Male Student: Are you sure?

Blue: Of course. He's no match for me! Now hurry! Go to the infirmary while I hold it off!

Male Student2: Alright. Let's go, you two.

Female Student: Be careful!

*The students run off, leaving Blue and the Chimera alone to fight*

Chimera: Grrrragh!

*The Chimera dashes at Blue and attempts to pounce on him, but he dodges the attack and counters with a spell*

Blue: Air Thrust!

*A vortex of wind surrounds the Chimera as it is sliced continuously by blades of air. The Chimera is downed in one shot*

Blue: Ha, gotcha! That makes two Chimera's down...and who knows how many more to go. I just hope the others can handle it.

*Reese heads down the east wing and spots a Chimera standing over top a single student, about to end his life*

Chimera: Grrrrr!!

Male Student: Aaaah! Help me!

Reese: Agh, I won't make it to him in time... Oh, I know!

*Reese plucks an arrow and fires it into a nearby pillar, distracting the Chimera from the boy*

Chimera: ...

Male Student: Huh?

*Reese signals to student to come over, and he hurries and escapes the Chimera's grasp*

Male Student: *panting* Huff...huff..Phew. You saved me, Reese. Thanks.

Reese: Sure, but I need you to clear out right away. Get to the infirmary and have Nurse Underwood treat your wounds.

Male Student: But..what about you, Reese?

Reese: I'm going to stay and fight.

Male Student: What!? By yourself!? But you can't take that thing alone! It's suicide!

Reese: I don't know...but I have to try. I'm the only one who can now! Now go! Hurry!

Male Student: Be careful, Reese...

*The student runs off, leaving Reese alone with the Chimera*

Reese: Now that he's safe, it's just you and me!

Chimera: Rrroaaar!

Reese: How about this!?

*Reese readies 6 arrows to fire at once at aims at the air*

Reese: Heaven's Arrow!

*Reese fires the arrows into the air. They arch and rain down on the Chimera, but it shrugs off the attack*

Chimera: Grrragh!

Reese: Yikes! That didn't work! Uh..what now...? Oh! I'll try my new technique!

*Instead of pulling an arrow from his quiver, Reese forms and arrow out of pure mana and readies it to fire*

Reese: This'll fix ya! Mana Arrow!

*Reese fires the mana arrow at the Chimera. It pierces straight through the center of its head, killing it instantly*

Reese: Alright! I did it! I can't believe I pulled that off! Maybe now...I can better protect my friends...

*Penny heads down the west wing and eyes a group of student fending off the Chimera, although unsuccessfully*

Male Student: Ugh! Why isn't it working!?

Female Student: Our attacks, they can't hurt him!

Female Student2: What do we do now!?

Penny: You stand aside and leave it to me!

Male Student: Uhm...you?

Penny: Yeah! What's that matter with me!?

Female Student: Aren't you a healer?

Female Student2: Yeah, they can't fight!

Penny: I'm no healer! Just watch me take that Chimera down!

Chimera: Rooooaaar!

Penny: You want some? Then come and get it!

*The Chimera makes a mad dash towards Penny*

Male Student: What are you gonna do now, healer?

Penny: Just shut up and let me fight!

*Penny lashes out her spinners and they tangle around the Chimera's legs, ensnaring and stopping it in it's tracks*

Penny: Up you go, fella!

*Penny enfuses her spinners with mana, and then tugs upwards, sending the Chimera up into the air*

Penny: Now here's one I like to call, Grand Slam!!!

*Penny pulls downwards, sending the Chimera crashing to the ground with a thunderous impact. With it's bones shattered, the chimera is instantly defeated*

Penny: Yes!

Female Student: Wow! You actually did it!

Penny: See? I told you I was strong! Heheh. *flexes*

*Jawo and Lilia head down the south wing together. They soon come across two chimera chasing a group of fleeing students*

Male Student: Waaaaaah!

Female Student: Somebody! Do something! Woah!

Jawo: Well whaddya know? One for each of us.

Lilia: I'll take the one on the left, Jawo.

Jawo: Then that leaves me with the right. Let's do it.

*Jawo jams his sword into the ground and prepares a technique*

Jawo: Crystal Art: Crystal Spear!

*A large spear of crystal juts from the ground between the chimeras and the students, stopping their pursuit*

Male Student: What...was that?

Jawo: What are you kids standing around for? Get out of here!

Female Student: Ah! Right!

*The students run off, leaving Jawo and Lilia to fight the chimeras*

Jawo: Go for it, Lilia.

Lilia: Okay!

*Lilia runs forward while pulling out a strap of bombs. The first Chimera charges after her head on*

Chimera: Rrraaaagh!

Lilia: Here we go!

*Once close enough, Lilia slides under the oncoming Chimera, while latching the strap of bombs around its body*

Lilia: Now for the finisher! Chain Bomb!

*Lilia pulls out a bomb and tosses it at the strap. It explodes, and that explosion causes another bomb to explode, and another, causing a whole chain reaction that incinerates the Chimera completely*

Jawo: Good work, Lilia!

Lilia: Heehee. Aw, that was nothin'.

Chimera: Rrooooooaaar!

Lilia: Oh! Jawo, I think that Chimera wants some attention.

Jawo: Heh, so he does, does he? Well then, I'd hate to keep him waiting. *pounds fist*

*Jawo faces the chimera as it lauches a fireball at him. He's caught off guard, but he manages to dodge*

Jawo: Whoa! Didn't know it could do that! You chimeras are just full of surprise. Now you're gonna pay.

*Jawo runs forwards and throws his sword into the air over the Chimera*

Jawo: Crystal Art: Guillotine!

*The blade of Jawo's sword morphs into a sheet of sharp edged crystal. It plunges from the sky and strikes the chimera, slicing it's body in half*

Lilia: Ack!

Jawo: Huh? What's the matter?

Lilia: Couldn't you have found a...cleaner way to do that? Sheesh.

Jawo: Sorry...*sweatdrop*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Under Siege Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 15 August, 2008, 08:02:35 pm
~~Meanwhile, in the Infirmary~~

*Shadow walks in with two more injured students*

Shadow: Hey nurse! I've got some extra baggage for you!

Nurse: *sigh* Oh dear, they just keep coming. I may run out of supplies before long...

Shadow: Don't give up hope, Nurse. These kids need you.

Nurse: You're right. But first, I need to thank you.

Shadow: Huh?

Nurse: You've been such a great help, gathering all of these injured students for me. If not for you, we could've had a lot more casualties on our hands.

Shadow: Aw, you don't have to thank me. I'm just doing what anyone would.

Nurse: Well thank you nonetheless,...er...

Shadow: Call me Shadow.

Nurse: Okay then, Shadow.

Shadow: Well, if you'll excuse me, I'll go see if I can find more students who need medical attention.

Nurse: Wait a minute! Uhm...Shadow!

Shadow: Yes?

Nurse: You look...oddly familiar. Do I know you from somewhere?

Shadow: Erm...I-I...

*At that moment, Blue and the others enter the infirmary*

Shadow: Ah! Well if isn't Blue and the gang! How did everything go?

Blue: We've been through the entire school. There's not a Chimera left anywhere.

Shadow: That's good! But, what about the girl? Did you confront her?

Blue: No. Even though we searched the whole school, we didn't find any trace of her.

Shadow: Hmm, that's strange...well, no matter. At least everyone's safe now.

Blue: That's right.

Reese: Shadow!

Shadow: Uh? Reese, what's the matter?

Reese: Is she..is she alright!?

Shadow: Who? Oh, you must mean Cassidy.

Nurse: She's fine, Reese. After I treated her, I sent her back to her dorm to get some much needed rest.

Reese: Phew, that's a relief...

Shadow: Hmm, you know, she talked a lot about you on the way here.

Reese: Who? Me?

Shadow: Yeah. I think she has a little crush on you! Ehehehe! *nudges Reese*

Reese: Uhm...*blushes*

Blue: Er, Shadow. I really don't think you should be bringing that up right now...

Shadow: Aw, why not!? I'm sure his father would be so proud of him!

Reese: My...father? ...Wait!

Penny: Reese, what's up?

Reese: Headmaster! We forgot to check the headmaster's office!

Blue: Ah, you're right! We need to go, now!

Shadow: Okay, in that case, I'll stay here and watch over the infirmary. You guys go check on the headmaster to see if he's safe.

Blue: Okay, let's go guys!

~~Meanwhile, in Headmaster Bringas' Office~~

*Prima slowly approaches Bringas as he cowers behind his desk*

Prima: I know you're in here....headmaster. So come out! *cracks whip*

Bringas: *whimpers*

Prima: Tell me where the Guardian Statue is.

Bringas: There's no one in here! Go away!

Prima: Hmph. Now you're just messing with me. And I DON'T like to be messed with!!! *cracks whip*

*Prima walks over and flips over his desk, revealing Bringas*

Bringas: Waaah!

*He quickly scampers to the corner of the room*

Prima: Tell me where the Guardian Statue is...NOW!!!

Bringas: I don't know what you're talking about! What Guardian Statue!?

Prima: How dare you take me for a fool.

Bringas: But I'm not! I never heard of those before in my life! Honest!

Prima: No more games, headmaster. Tell me where you're hiding it, or else it's 100 lashes!

Bringas: No! Anything but that!

Prima: On the count of 3, you better give it up. 1....2....

Bringas: Urgh! *sweats*

Prima: 3!!!

*Prima raises her whip to strike with a malicious grin on her face when Blue and the group enters the office*

Blue: Stop!!

Prima: Huh? And just who are you, buddy!?

Bringas: *sigh* Thank goodness it's you, Blue. I'm saved...

Prima: Oh, so you're the band of misfits that's been meddling in our plans. Ha! This is perfect! Now I'll take out both you guys and the Guardian Statue in one go!

Blue: Go ahead and try! You won't succeed.

Prima: Oh yeah!?

*Penny steps forward*

Penny: Prima! So..it was you after all...

Prima: Penny!? What are you doing here!?

Penny: I should be asking you that question! Why are you working with Kovah of all people!?

Prima: Because, little sister, Kovah promised me power, and that's the only thing I've ever wanted!

Blue: Wait a minute...little sister? Penny, she's you're sister!?

Penny: Yeah...

Jawo: No way! Man...I guess brattiness runs in the family...

Reese: Prima, stop this! Do you even know what you're doing!? There is no power to be gained! It's all a trick!

Prima: Oh, well if it isn't Reese too. Hah, the sooner I take you back to Kovah, the sooner I'll get my power!

Reese: Ergh, why won't you listen...?

Penny: She's a blockhead is why! Like I said before, the only way to teach ruffians a lesson, is to beat it into their skulls!

Prima: Hah, so you think you can beat me, is that it? Then I'll just have to show you my true power!

Reese: Prima!

Blue: It's no use, Reese! If she continues to insist, we'll have to fight her! Get ready!

Prima: You'll regret facing off against me! Prepare to die!

Shadow: Prima, stop!

*Shadow rushes into the office*

Prima: Shadow! What are you doing? Get out of the way!

Shadow: No! You've done enough damage for one day! We're leaving.

Prima: Eugh...fine. I'll let you for today, Blue.

Blue: Mmph.

Prima: But we can't leave yet Shadow! The Guardian Statue--

Shadow: It's already taken care of.

Prima: Huh?

Bringas: What!?

Prima: You mean...you...

Shadow: Yeah, I took the opportunity to seek it out myself amongst the chaos. It's destroyed now.

Lilia: What!? He...

Jawo: Damnit! That bastard took advantage of us! I knew he couldn't be trusted...

Shadow: Blue...

Blue: Huh?

Shadow: Thanks...for helping me save Kinnear.

Blue: Hmm...

*Shadow runs forward and grabs a hold of Prima*

Shadow: The next time we meet, Blue, it'll be as enemies. Remember that.

Prima: So long, Penny! Hahahah!

Blue: Shadow! Wait!

*Shadow and Prima disappear in a whirlwind of leaves*

Blue: Damn, he got away...

Penny: Prima...

Jawo: Urgh! *pounds fist* I'll smash that Shadow's face in next time we see him!

Lilia: I thought...I thought he was going to come to our side. I thought we could trust him...

Reese: Headmaster, are you okay!?

Bringas: Ah yes. I'm fine now, thanks to all of you. But that "Shadow" character...

Reese: Huh?

Bringas: I know him.

Blue: What? You do...?

Bringas: His real name is Matt. And...he was once a student at the academy...

Reese: He was a student here!? Are you serious?

Bringas: Yes. He was quite the star he was. The top student at the academy, he was considered a genius. That is...until the day he left the academy to become a solo mercernary. We were sad to see him go, but we knew he'd go far on his own. So we gave him our blessings. But to see him end up like this, working for scum like Kovah. It's terrible...

Blue: Shadow...*clenches fist*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Kinnear Under Siege Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 16 August, 2008, 09:28:22 am
Reese: Headmaster, can you tell us more?

Bringas: Hm?

Reese: I mean, about Shadow.

Bringas: Oh yes. Hmm, well, uhm, he was a very gifted lad. He excelled at everything and never failed. When he left us, when he decided to become a solo mercenary, he never gave us a reason as to why.

Jawo: So, you think he has some kind of hidden motive?

Bringas: Perhaps. But why would it involve working for Kovah, I wonder...

Lilia: I don't think it does.

Penny: Eh? What do you mean, Lilia?

Lilia: He probably has a whole different reason for going out on his own. But knowing guys like Shadow, he's probably doing this just for fun.

Jawo: For fun!? He thinks endangering the planet is fun!?

Lilia: It's likely he doesn't know the true extent of the damage he's causing.

Penny: Or maybe he does...and just doesn't give a darn.

Lilia: Well, there's that too...*rubs head*

Blue: Hrrrm....

Lilia: Blue, what's the matter?

Blue: What do you think? Regardless of Shadow's motives, he's already destroyed 2 of the 4 Guardian Statues. And for all we know, they could already be working on the next one.

Lilia: Oh...

Bringas: But wait...how do you lads know of the Guardian Statues?

Reese: It's a long story, headmaster. But to make it short, we've met with the elders of Asroc.

Bringas: Ah...so they're the ones who told you. So I guess, they told you everything else as well...

Reese: You mean, about my origins?

Bringas: Hm. *nods* I must apologize to you, Reese.

Reese: Huh? What for?

Bringas: It was my responsibility...to keep you safe. To keep you from learning the truth...

Reese: What are you talking about? I'm happy to have finally learned about my past!

Bringas: What..?

Reese: Yeah, I know now, that I'm destined to fight. But it's okay! Because I'll stand strong! And I'll protect the planet with my friends! And perhaps, along the way, I can find out where I'm truly from.

Bringas: *sniff* Oh Reese.

Reese: Headmaster, what's the matter? You're tearing up.

Bringas: I'm just happy is all! Oh how you've grown up into such a mature man. You've made your old man proud.

*Bringas hugs Reese*

Bringas: Even though I'm not your birth father, you'll always be my son, Reese.

Reese: Headma--I mean...Dad...*smiles*

*Reese hugs him back. And at that moment, the elders appear in the office via teleportation*

Elder1: Hello, young heroes.

Blue: Elders!

Jawo: What are you doing here, old men?

Elder2: We've felt...that another Guardian Statue has been destroyed...

Blue: Yeah...Shadow got to another one. We couldn't stop them...

Elder3: Don't get discouraged now. It's true that half of the statues have been destroyed.

Elder4: But the other half still remains. And so long as that is so, we'll still have hope.

Blue: Okay, so where are the other statues?

Jawo: Yeah, we need to get to them as soon as possible, to protect them from Kovah and his goons.

Elder5: Ah yes, the other statues...

Elder1: One of the remaining statues lies deep in the underwater temple of Swigis, on a small island to the north of this continent.

Elder2: The other lies far to the east, in the Vaughan Tower, in the center of the Yule Desert.

Elder3: You may now decide which of these locations you will go to first.

Elder4: But decide quickly, for Kovah and his minions may already be on their way.

Jawo: Alright, we'll leave it to you, Blue.

Lilia: Make the decision for us.

Blue: ....Okay, I got it.

Elder5: What is your decision?

Blue: We'll head to the Swigis Temple first.

Elder1: Very well. In that case, we shall bring you there at all speed.

*The Elders prepare for a spell*

Elders: Teleport!!!

*A circle of light appears under the group as they are prepared for teleportation*

Elder1: Best of luck to you, children.

Elder2: Our hopes lie with you now.

Blue: *nods* We understand.

*The group is teleported out and away from the academy*

Bringas: *sigh* Reese...

Elder3: You are worried about him, yes?

Bringas: I know...I shouldn't be. But I can't help it. I'm his father, afterall.

Elder4: And what a good father you've been.

Elder5: We have...a confession to make.

Bringas: Huh? What kind of confession?

Elder1: We brought Reese to you, not only so that you could protect him...

Elder2: But also that you could raise him to be a normal happy child, with a normal life.

Elder3: And it seems to us that you've done an excellent job of it.

Elder4: Thank you...for helping us...and Eytinge.

Bringas: No, thank you, elders. For giving me my son. My Reese...

*The group arrives back outside after the teleportation. But it appears that they've not landed in the vicinity of the Swigis Temple, but...*

~~Clough City~~

Jawo: ...Hey...wait a minute. This isn't an island or a temple!

Blue: Ah! Oh no! We're back in Clough City!

Lilia: What!? But how!?

Reese: Something...must've gone wrong...*rubs head*

Penny: Alright you elders! What gives!?

*The voices of the elders is heard from within the minds of the group*

Elder1: You must forgive us, young ones.

Blue: What happened?

Elder2: Our powers have grown exhausted, and it appears that we cannot take you as far as the Swigis Temple.

Elder3: Which means you must go the rest of the way on foot.

Jawo: Aw man...*scratches head*

Elder4: We apologize.

Elder5: But now is not the time to complain. You must hurry before it is too late.

Elder1: The Guardian Statues require your protection.

*The voices of the elders fade away*

Penny: Well this blows.

Lilia: Yeah, talk about rotten luck.

Blue: No kidding...ah well. No use complaining about it now. If we're gonna make it to the Swigis Temple, we need to get moving.

Jawo: Pfeh...

And so, after the rescue of Kinnear Academy, and the destruction of the 2nd Statue, Blue and friends head on their way to the Swigis Temple. But thanks to the elders blunder, they are forced to make the trek by foot. Will they be able to make in time to stop Kovah's minions from laying waste to yet another Guardian Statue?

End Kinnear Under Siege Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Temple Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 17 August, 2008, 09:46:57 am
*The group leaves Clough City and heads northward toward the Swigis Temple. On their way, they pass through the nearby City of Everard and decide to stop for a break*

~~Everard City~~

Blue: Where are we now?

Lilia: Hmm, if this map is correct, then this would be Everard City.

Blue: Everard City, eh? Well then, let's keep going.

Penny: Hold on!!

Blue: Huh?

Lilia: What's the matter, Penny?

Penny: Why the rush, Blue? We just got here! Let's take a little break or something.

Reese: Yeah, I could go for a little down time after everything that's happened.

Blue: But guys, you heard what the elders said. We need to hurry to the temple and protect the Guardian Statue!

Jawo: Blue, even if we make it there in time, what good will be without having any time to rest inbetween?

Blue: Uhm...

Jawo: We'll be exhausted and lose the statue to Kovah's goon squad anyway.

Blue: *sigh* I guess you're right...

Penny: Ah! So we're taking a break afterall!?

Blue: Yeah, but just a little one.

Penny: Hooray!

Lilia: Well, now that we have the day to ourselves, where should we go?

Penny: Oh, I know this great cafe in the upper part of town! Let's go there!

Reese: Hey, good idea, Penny! We could get a drink, and maybe even a bite to eat.

Jawo: Well I'm game. I could use some good grub right about now.

Penny: Then it's decided. Come on, follow me!

*Penny leads the group to the Everard Cafe in the upper area of the city. Upon arriving, they find an empty table and help themselves to it*

~~Everard Cafe~~

Jawo: Hmm, a pretty swanky joint.

Lilia: I agree. How do you know about this place, Penny?

Penny: Huh?

Jawo: Yeah, I didn't think your kind would appreciate a place this ritzy and sophisticated.

Penny: What do you mean by that!? Ugh, ANYWAY, my dad was holding a kind of luncheon party here a few years ago for some snobby rich people. So that's how I know.

Reese: Then what's so great about this place?

Penny: Are you kidding me? The food here is to die for! You'll love it!

Reese: To die for, huh? Now I've just gotta try it! Aren't you excited, Blue?

Blue: Mmph.

Reese: Blue...?

Jawo: Hey, what's wrong with you?

Lilia: Aw, he's just upset because we're not still on the road. Isn't that right, Blue?

*Lilia snuggles up to Blue and rubs her face on his*

Blue: Lilia!

Lilia: Don't be sore, Blue. We'll leave right after we're done here, okay?

Blue: Uhm...okay...*blushes*

Jawo: Oh brother...

Penny: Hmph. Why doesn't he blush like that when I get near him!?

Reese: Penny, are you okay?

Penny: I'm FINE! Let's just order already!

Reese: Yeah, you're right. I'm starved!

Penny: Waitress!!!

*Penny calls out for the waitress. Afterwards, a rather familiar looking woman wearing a black shirt and skirt with a white apron and frilly headress walks over to the group's table*

Waitress: Hiya! I'm Rachel, and I'll be your waitress today. What can I get for you?

Penny: Okay, I'll have a--

Blue: Wait a minute...Rachel? Is that you!?

Rachel: Aah! Well speak of the devil! It's Blue! Long time no see, huh!?

Lilia: Rachel! Hi!

Jawo: Guh! Rachel...

Rachel: Oh, well if isn't Lilia and Jawo too! Hello guys! What brings the three of you all the way out here?

Blue: We should be asking you that question.

Rachel: Huh?

Lilia: Yeah, aren't you supposed to be helping ILS run the IL Guild?

Rachel: Oh yeah...that. Well...I am actually. *scratches head*

Blue: How so?

Rachel: You see, with bounties not coming in like they used to, the Guild started to run into a little financial trouble.

Lilia: Financial trouble?

Rachel: Mhmm. It costs money to keep an organization up and running. And a lot of it. So with no more options left, ILS had me get a new job to try and raise more money for the Guilds operations while he stays in Meloria to keep everything together. So...that's why I'm here! Heehee.

Blue: I see now. Well, I hope everything works out for you two.

Rachel: Thanks a lot, Blue. Things are coming along great, just so you know. If things continue like this, I could be able to go back home in a couple of months.

Lilia: That's great, Rachel! Aren't you glad, Jawo?

Jawo: Mmph...

Lilia: Now you're the one that's being quiet...*rubs head*

Jawo: Leave me alone.

Rachel: Ha ha! Well I see you haven't changed a bit, Jawo!

*Rachel walks up behind Jawo and wraps her arms around his neck, putting her face next to his*

Rachel: *seductively* I know you missed me. Go ahead and say it.

Jawo: I-I-I...

*Jawo squints hard as his face turns crimson red*

Rachel: You're so cute!

*Rachel kisses Jawo on the cheek, causing steam to blow out of his ears*


Jawo: *swirly eyes* Ugh...

Penny: Teehee! Looks like someone's got a little kiddie crush. What's the matter, Jawo? Not man enough to tell a girl you like her?

Jawo: Hah, you're one to talk!

Penny: What!?

Jawo: I've seen what you do when you're alone. Crying your eyes out over Blue because you'll never have him. "Oh Blue, why won't you love me!? I'll be everything you want me to be!"

Penny: Waaaah! T-th-that's not true! Uuuurgh...!*blushes*

Jawo: Hah! Pathetic!

Blue/Lilia/Reese: *blank stare*

Rachel: Jawo!!

Jawo: Guh!

Rachel: That's no way to treat a lady! I thought you were more mature than this!

Jawo: R-Rachel, I...

Rachel: Grow up!!!

Jawo: *sadly* Oh...

Blue: Ugh, can we please just order our food now?

Rachel: Oh, right, sorry about that. So uhm, what'll you have?

Penny: I'll have a--

??: Hey, waitress!

Rachel: Oh, excuse me for a second.

Penny: Hmph!

*Rachel walks over to the adjacent table. There sits a single man with the menu covering his face*

Rachel: How can I help you, sir?

??: I'd like to place my order now.

Rachel: Okay, what would you like?

*The man puts to the menu down, revealing himself to be Shadow*

Shadow: I'd like the house special, please.

Blue/Lilia/Jawo/Reese/Penny: Aah! It's Shadow!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Temple Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 17 August, 2008, 03:34:46 pm
Rachel: Alrighty! One house special, coming right up.

Shadow: Thank you.

*After taking Shadow's order, Rachel walks back to the group's table*

Rachel: Okay, guys! I'm ready for you now.

Jawo: *bangs table* What's HE doing here!?

Rachel: Huh?

Blue: Probably up to no good.

Lilia: As usual...

Rachel: What are you guys talking about? Who?

Reese: Him! *points to Shadow*

Rachel: Oh, you mean the guy I just served?

Penny: Yeah! His name's Shadow, and he's the biggest jerk alive.

Rachel: So Shadow's his name, is it? He doesn't seem so bad to me. He's kinda nice.

Blue: Don't be fooled, Rachel. He may seem like a gentleman, but he's nothing but trouble.

Lilia: Yeah, he's been a torn in our side many a time over.

Rachel: But--

Jawo: I don't know what he's doing or why he's here, but I'm going to find out! NOW!

Blue: Come on, guys.

*The group gets up from their chairs and heads over to Shadow's table*

Rachel: Ah, wait! Don't cause a scene! Oh man...

*Shadow is reading a book while awaiting his meal. Jawo walks over and snatches the book out of his hand*

Shadow: Egh, hey! How rude! And I was just getting to the good part!

Jawo: Storytime's over, pal.

Shadow: Oh, it's Blue and friends again. How do you do?

Blue: Don't give us that, Shadow. We know you're up to something. So spill it.

Shadow: Whatever do you mean, Blue?

Blue: Why are you here? Tell us now!

Shadow: Okay okay! Don't be so pushy! I'm on my break, so I came here to get some lunch. What, is that a crime or something?

Lilia: Hmph, I don't believe you. You're always playing some kind of crooked game, so I wouldn't be surprised if this was another trick to catch us off guard.

Shadow: *gasp* Misty! You wound me. How could you say such things aloud?

Lilia: My name's not Misty, it's Lilia!

Shadow: When did you change your name to Lilia? *scratches head*

Lilia: I didn--Ugh..nevermind...

Penny: Shadow, I don't like your face. So you better hightail it out of here right now before things get ugly.

Shadow: Penny, please! In front of all these citizens? Do you have no decency?

Reese: Shadow, you're acting odd. ...Well, odder than usual.

Shadow: What are you saying, Reese?

Reese: Why are you being so...peaceful with us? We're enemies, remember?

Shadow: Because, I already told you. I'm on my break. I want to just relax and have a nice hot meal. Without any confrontation. Is that so wrong?

Reese: Uhm...well, I guess not...

Shadow: Good! Since we're all here, let's have lunch together!

Blue: Erm...

Shadow: Oh come on! It'll be fun!

Blue: Ugh..fine...

Jawo: But Blue!

Blue: I know, Jawo. But he said he's trying to avoid confrontation, so why not?

Jawo: Ergh...I still don't like it.

Blue: Don't worry. If he tries to pull something, we'll be ready.

Jawo: ...Okay.

Shadow: Have a seat, guys! Sit back and relax! Let's have some fun!

*The group reluctantly takes a seat at Shadow's table. As they sit, all of their gazes are locked on him*

Shadow: Hey hey! What's with that look, huh? You're starting to creep me out over here!

Blue: Hmph.

Shadow: So uhm...what are you guys getting? I'm gonna try the house special!

Lilia: House Special? What's that?

Shadow: Take a look! It's right on the back of the menu.

Lilia: Hm...

*Lilia flips the menu to the back side and begins to read*

Lilia: *gasp* I don't believe it!

Jawo: What? What is it?

Lilia: Look, it's..it's...

*Jawo also flips the menu and looks*

Jawo: Aaaah! My...My Sprite Beef Stew! But how!?

Penny: Eh? Sprite Beef Stew?

Shadow: Excuse me? Did you just say your Sprite Beef Stew?

Jawo: Yeah! I created that dish a long time at our campsite! So how did it wind up on a menu at a cafe!?

Rachel: I can answer that one!

Jawo: Rachel?

Rachel: I was the one who suggested it be put on the menu.

Lilia: You did?

Rachel: Well...yeah. The staff wanted to find a new item to be the house special. They said it had to be tasty and yummy and scrumptious. And I remembered just how well your dish fit those three requirements, so I suggested it to the chefs. Then they decided to serve it to the customers to see how well it'd go with them.

Reese: So what happened?

Rachel: They.....LOVED IT!

Jawo: Ah!

Rachel: Your dish was an instant hit with the customers, so the staff immediately decided to put up the Sprite Beef Stew as the new house special!

Jawo: You're kidding!

Rachel: Oh am I? Look around you!

*The group looks around the cafe to see every customer eating a bowl of Sprite Beef Stew*

Penny: Wow! She's right! Look, everyone's eating it!

Rachel: See? I told you, didn't I? Everyone loves it! It's delicious!

Jawo: I can't believe it. My dish is famous...

Reese: Oh boy! This stuff must be good then! I'll take a bowl!

Penny: Me too!

Lilia: Oh, and me!

Jawo: Aw, what the hey! I could go for some too!

Shadow: Okay, then it's settled! A round of Sprite Beef Stew for everyone! On me!

Rachel: I'll go get your order right now!

Everyone sans Blue: Huzzah!!!

Blue: Ugh...I'll just take a glass of water...

*Rachel leaves and returns several minutes later with 5 bowls of Sprite Beef Stew. She gives everyone a bowl expect for Blue, who disdainfully sips a glass of water*

Rachel: Eat up guys!

*Penny and Reese begin to taste the stew*

Rachel: So? How do you like it?

Penny: Yow! This stuff is great!

Reese: Amazing! The carbonation of the broth...it's soothing to my tastebuds!

Penny: And the marinating of the soft drink into the beef...it's simply divine! Hard to believe that someone like Jawo made this!

Jawo: I'll take that as a compliment...

*Shadow then tastes the stew for himself*

Shadow: Hm...

Rachel: Shadow?

Shadow: This...this dish...it's

Rachel: Eh?

Shadow: It's...IT'S....!!!

Rachel: Huh huh huh!?


Shadow: Oh...would you look at the time? My break is over. Sorry! Ha ha ha!

Rachel: Waaaah!

*Rachel comically falls to the floor*

Shadow: Well, time to get back to the old grind! Catch you guys later! *salutes*

Blue: Shadow, wait!

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Lilia: That happens a lot, doesn't it?

Jawo: Hmph, good riddance, I say.

Rachel: Aw, and he didn't even tell me what he thought...

Jawo: Meh, it's not like his opinion matters anyhow.

Rachel: Ah! Jawo, you can't say things like that!

Jawo: Huh?

Rachel: If you're going to take your Sprite Beef Stew out onto the market and become a big shot entreprenuer, you've gotta know that the consumer's opinion always matters! No matter who they are!

Jawo: Whoa whoa whoa! Wait a minute! Who said I was going to do that!?

Rachel: Oh come on! It wouldn't be right to let such a tasty dish go unnoticed. The whole world has gotta know about it! And what better way to do that than by opening a chain of Sprite Beef Stew restuarants!

Jawo: Hmm...now that you mention it...it's not such a bad idea. But it'll have to wait! The world needs saving first!

Rachel: Huh? You mean something's up again? Is that why you're here?

Blue: Long story short, yes.

Rachel: Ah! Well then I can't stand aside and do nothing while the world is in danger! Let me come along with you, Blue!

Blue: Sorry Rachel, but I can't allow that.

Rachel: What!? Why!?

Blue: Because, ILS needs you more than we do.

Rachel: Aw, but...

Lilia: Blue's right. Thanks for the offer, Rachel, but we can handle this one ourselves. You stay here and keep raising money.

Rachel: *sigh* Okay...I understand. Just come back alright, okay?

Jawo: We will. You don't have to worry about a thing. We'll crush Kovah, and rid the world of him for good!

Rachel: Heehee, I love when you talk so heroic like that.

Jawo: Uh! Uhm...*rubs head*

Blue: It was nice seeing you again, Rachel, but we need to get going.

Rachel: Understood. Take care. All of you.

Lilia: And you do the same. ILS is counting on you, Rachel. Don't let him down.

Rachel: I won't. I promise.

Blue: Are you ready, guys?

*The group nods in agreement*

Blue: Then let's go!

Rachel: Bye! Travel safe! *waves*

*After meeting up again with Rachel and having an unorthodox luncheon with the mysterious Shadow, the group leaves Everard City behind and continues on their way*

~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Shadow returns to the unknown palace, the hideout of Kovah and his minions*

Shadow: *humming* Hm hmhm hmhm!

Kovah: Shadow!

Shadow: Oh, hey Kovah! What's up?

Kovah: Where have you...BEEN!?

Shadow: Who me? Oh, I was just taking a little break. You know, having lunch with Blue and his friends. It was pretty fun.

Kovah: You WHAT!?

Shadow: Uhm...I saved you some stew. See?

*Shadow takes out a plastic carton with some leftover Sprite Beef Stew in it*

Kovah: Bah! Idiot!

*Kovah smacks the carton out of his hand*

Shadow: Hey!

Kovah: You mean to tell me that you actually SAT DOWN AND ATE LUNCH with Blue's group, and didn't even lift a finger to stop them!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?

Shadow: Er...am I in trouble now? *sweatdrop*

*Kovah slaps his forehead and slowly slides his hand down his face*

Kovah: Ugh...I should just kill you now and save myself the grief...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Temple Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 18 August, 2008, 03:27:44 pm
*The group continues their journey northward until reaching the port city of Fisherman's Galley. A highly industrialized city where building work is constantly being done. And a favorite spot of fisher's and tourists*

~~Fisherman's Galley~~

Lilia: Well, it looks like we made it guys. According to the map, this is as far north as we can go!

Blue: I see. Does that mean the island is up ahead?

Lilia: Yup!

Jawo': And looky, not a single one of Kovah's losers in sight. This is great! I think we actually have the upper hand for once!

Blue: Looks like things are going well for us. Let's go see if we can get a ride to the island from here.

*The group continues on their way through the city, until once again crossing paths with Shadow who's leaning over a railing, watching the waves of the ocean*

Shadow: *to himself* Aaah, it's so nice out today. I could just stay out here forever...

Reese: Hey...is that who I think it is?

Penny: Oh man, it's him again!

Jawo': Ugh, I guess I spoke too soon...

Blue: *annoyed* Shadow.

Shadow: Huh? Oh, hey guys! Fancy running into you again.

Jawo: Why is that wherever we go, you're always there ahead of us?

Shadow: *shrugs* Coincidence? Or maybe you're just stalking me, eh? Hehehe.

Lilia: Hmph. Don't flatter yourself.

Shadow: Hah, Misty. Like always, your words cut right to the bone.

Lilia: Enough with the Misty!

Shadow: Well, anyway, what brings you chums to Fisherman's Galley, huh?

Blue: You should know why we're here.

Shadow: Oh, right. So you're looking for passage over to the northern island, I wager? Well, sorry to say, but you're out of luck.

Reese: How so?

Shadow: Because, I went to the harbor  myself earlier, and apparently, none of the ships are allowed to leave port due to a little problem.

Blue: Hmm...

*Blue looks at Shadow skeptically*

Shadow: Hey, what's the matter?

Blue: I don't know if we should believe you.

Shadow: Eh?

Jawo': Yeah, how do we know this isn't another scheme of yours to try and throw us off track?

Shadow: You think I'm lying!? Hmph, well you can just go see for yourself!

Blue: As matter of fact, I think we'll do just that. Come on, guys. Let's go to the docks.

Shadow: Hah, suit yourself, Blue. Don't say I didn't warn you.

*Ignoring Shadow's advice, the group heads to the city docks and seeks out one of the many passenger ships docked at the harbor. Upon arriving, they find the crew standing around, as if they're bored*

~~FG Harbor~~

Blue: Hey, excuse me.

Sailor: Eh?

Sailor2: Are you talking to us?

Blue: Yeah. I was wondering you could transport me and my friends to the island north of here.

Sailor: No can do, kid.

Blue: Huh?

Lilia: Why not?

Sailor2: Because, by decree of the city mayor, no ship is allowed to leave or enter the port.

Jawo': The decree of the mayor? Why would he do something like that?

Sailor: *shrugs* We don't know. We're just sailors. All we do is follow orders.

Sailor2: If you want to know what's really going on, you should try talking to the mayor himself.

Reese: Where does the mayor live?

Sailor: He lives in that small house right in the center of town.

Sailor2: Yeah, you can't miss it.

Penny: Mmn, so that snake was telling the truth afterall...

Blue: Alright, thanks. Let's go guys. We'll get to the bottom of this.

*After hearing the tale from the sailor's, the group heads over to the mayor's house. On their way, they bump into Shadow again*

Blue: ...Shadow.

Shadow: So gang, how did it go?

Blue/Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: *looks away*

Shadow: Hah, since you're back here and NOT on the island, I can only assume that YOU were wrong and that I was right all along! Right right right!?

Jawo': Grr...Shadow...

Penny: Don't push it, pal!

Shadow: You know, I hate to say I told you so, but....I told you so! Haha!

Lilia: That's enough!

*CRUNCH! Lilia stomps on Shadow's foot*

Shadow: Youch!!

Lilia: Hah! That'll teach you not to be a pompous jerk!

Shadow: Ow ow ow! So...uhm...what are you guys gonna do now, huh?

Reese: We're gonna go meet with the mayor and find out what the problem is.

Blue: Yeah, so we can put a stop to it, whatever it is, and get these ships back in the water.

Shadow: Ah, I see now. In that case, I'll join you!

Penny: You, join us? What for!?

Shadow: Well you know, I'm on my break and all, but I can't refuse a friend in need!

Blue: *annoyed* We're not your friends...

Shadow: Oh pshaw! You don't have to try and hide it!

*Shadow wraps his arms around Blue, much to his disdain*

Blue: *angrily* Mmmn...

Shadow: So whaddya say, pal!? Will you let me help out? Please? From one friend to another, eh?

Blue: If I say yes...will you get off me?

Shadow: Sure!

Blue: Fine, whatever.

Shadow: Alright!

*Shadow removes his arms from Blue*

Shadow: Now then, let's get over to that mayor's abode, shall we amigos?

Blue/Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Meh...

Jawo': I don't know about you guys, but I smell something fishy...

Shadow: Huh? You do? Well...then again, we are by the ocean, so, heh, go figure. *shrugs*

Jawo': *facepalm* That's NOT what I meant...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Temple Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 18 August, 2008, 07:56:39 pm
*After teaming up with the egocentric Shadow (again), Blue and his friends venture to the center of the city where the mayor's house awaits. They arrive, and enter the dwelling quietly and courteously*

~~Mayor's House~~

Blue: Uhm...hello?

Lilia: Is anybody home?

*Just then, a short elderly man carrying a cane comes out from another room and greets the group*

Mayor: Oh my, what a surprise. We have visitors. And such young ones at that.

Shadow: Uh, are you the mayor, sir?

Mayor: Why yes, yes I am. Mayor Honeydew, at your service! Now what can I do for you kids, hm?

Blue: Well Mr. Mayor, we noticed that none of the ships are allowed to leave or enter the port.

Lilia: And we're wondering just why that is.

Mayor: Oh, I see. *sigh* I made the decree because we have a very big problem on our hands.

Jawo': What kind of problem, pops?

Mayor: It's...pirates.

Reese: Pirates?

Mayor: Yes. It's strange, but a band of pirates began appearing at the port about 2 week ago.

Penny: What did they do?

Mayor: Everytime a ship of any kind came near the harbor, they'd attack and steal the valuables of everyone aboard.

Shadow: Well that doesn't sound good.

Mayor: It sure isn't. Fortunately nobody was hurt during the attacks, but I just couldn't allow such a thing to go on any longer. So that's why I made the decree that no ships would be allowed to come or go from the harbor. To ensure that the pirates would never plunder any innocent people again.

Blue: So, did the pirates give up?

Mayor: Well...not necessarily...

Lilia: What do you mean?

Mayor: Even though there are no ships for them to attack, they continue to sail around the port everyday.

Jawo': Huh? Why would they do that?

Mayor: I don't know. But it's frightening the citizens! And while they remain here, I can't remove the decree! *sigh* Now I don't know what to do...

Reese: Maybe we could help!

Mayor: Oh no. Thank you for your concern, but you're just wee children! I don't want you to get hurt now.

Penny: Are you kidding? We may be young, but we're pretty kickass! We'll show those pirates a thing or two!

Mayor: Oh dear. But even so, I couldn't ask for your help. That'd be discourteous. As the Mayor of this city, it's my problem and mine alone.

Blue: That's not true, Mayor. It's our problem as well.

Mayor: Eh?

Lilia: Yeah, we need these ships to be able to leave the port, so that we can get passage to the northern island.

Jawo': That's right. And we don't plan on sitting around while these pirates terrorize the people of this city either.

Shadow: We'll get rid of the pirates, Mr. Mayor. Whether you want us to or not.

Mayor: Ah! Such valor and courage! You kids really are something else. ...I don't like it, but I guess the choice is out of my hands. I leave the pirates to you. It's around the time when they arrive at the port, so if you leave now, you should be able to catch them.

Blue: Alright! Let's do it, guys.

*The group prepares to leave the house, when the Mayor's wife walks into the room with a plate of cookies*

Blue: Huh?

Wife: *gasp* Visitors! And such cute little things they are! Oh, I hope you darlings like cookies!

Blue: Uhm, no thanks, ma'am. We really need to--

Reese/Penny: Cookies!?

*Reese and Penny joyfully run up to the plate of cookies and immediately help themselves*

Reese: Mmm! I love cookies!

Penny: Chocolate chip! My favorite!

Blue: Guys!

Reese: Aw, go on ahead, Blue.

Penny: Yeah, you can handle this one without us.

Blue: But...*rubs head*

Lilia: They're right, Blue. It's just pirates. How tough can they be?

Jawo': Yeah, Blue. Let's mosey already!

Blue: Okay. We'll be back in a few, guys. Wait here for us.

Reese/Penny: *happily  nods*

*Blue leaves behind Reese and Penny and heads back to the harbor to confront the pirates. Upon arriving, they find the pirate ship itself docked and relieved of its passengers*

~~FG Harbor~~

Blue: Well, there it is. Let's go.

Shadow: Hang on a minute, Blue. Didn't the mayor say that the pirates only sailed around the harbor?

Blue: Yeah, that's right.

Shadow: Then why is the ship docked instead?

Lilia: Hey, you're right, Shadow! That must mean they're up to something on land.

Blue: Hmm, they probably got fed up with not having any ships to pillage and decided to take matters into their own hands.

Jawo': So they've brought the battle on solid ground, have they? Heh, that works for me. I've been waiting to kick some pirate butt.

Blue: Let's check it out, guys.

Lilia: *to herself* ...Something about that pirate ship seems very familiar...

Blue: Lilia, did you say something?

Lilia: Oh, no. Just thinking out loud. I'm coming.

*As the group nears the pirate ship, the captain of the pirates along with two of the crew approaches from the opposite side, and bumps into the group*

Captain: Yar! What do ye think you're doing? Get out of my way!

Pirate: Yeah, out of the way!

Blue: Sorry, Captain, but we've got some business with you.

Captain: Business with me, ye say? Well I've got none with you! Now move yer behind!

Lilia: Ah! Holy Moly! Captain, is that you!?

Captain: What do you mean, lass? I don't know you!

Lilia: Captain, it's me! Lilia! Don't you remember me?

Captain: Uh?

Pirate: *whisper* Captain, that's Lilia.

Pirate2: You know, the traitor?

Captain: Yaaargh! Well blow me down! It is you! Lilia the traitor!

Lilia: *sigh* Oh Captain, you still haven't gotten over that?

Captain: Yar! A pirate never forgets when he's been betrayed!

Blue: Hey...wait a minute. *points* YOU'RE that same Captain?!

Captain: Aye! Well if isn't the brat with Jahannam Jewel! Alright, laddy. Hand it over. Yar.

Blue: Sorry, Captain. But I got rid of that thing a long time ago.

Captain: *jaw drops* Aaaaaaaaaarrrr!!! What have ye done!?

Jawo': What's going on, you two? You're telling me that you know this dirtbag?

Lilia: Well yeah, he's the captain of the pirate crew that used to be a part of. Blue was traveling with us too some time ago, which was when I first met him.

Shadow: Well well. This is quite the twist of fate. Interesting. How long ago was this, Misty?

Lilia: Uhm...if I remember correctly...about 3 and a half years ago. ...And I'm not Misty!

Shadow: Hmm, that's quite a while. Tell me more.

Lilia: Okay uhm...it first started when--

Captain: Yargh! No trips down that thar memory lane!

Jawo': Yeah, that's right. We still need to kick your teeth in for terrorizing the people of this city.

Captain: Yar ar ar! That be a funny thing you just said to me! The only one who'll be getting their teeth kicked in will be you bilge rats!

Blue: So you think you can take us, Captain?

Captain: Har ar ar! Of course! That cursed bounty hunter isn't with you this time! Now I'll no problem mopping the poop deck with ye!

Jawo': Bounty hunter? You mean that ILS!? Hah, sorry to burst your bubble, Capt'n, but I'm strong than he'll ever be!

Captain: Yar! I'll show you! DIE!!!

*The Captain throws up his arm, and prepare to slam it down on Jawo*

Jawo: Ha ha! Finally! Some action!

*Jawo' gears up to retaliate with a punch when...BASH! The Captain is sent flying sky high*

Captain: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! *Star KO*

Jawo': Huh!? Who--

*Shadow had cut in and uppercutted the Captain himself*

Jawo': What!?

Shadow: Oh...I'm sorry. Did you want that one?

Jawo': Errrrrrragh! Shadoooooooooow!!!

Shadow: Relax, relax! Look, there's some leftovers for you.

Jawo': Huh?

Pirates: *gulp*

Jawo': Heh heh. Come here, you. *pounds fist*

Pirates: Run away!!!

*The two pirates quickly flee*

Jawo': Aw man. I didn't get to do anything...*kicks pebble*

*Meanwhile, back at the Mayor's House, Penny walks outside to get some fresh air*

Penny: Aaaaah! *stretches* Fresh air and fresh cookies. It doesn't get any better than this. .....Uh?

*Penny looks up in the air to see strange flying creatures soaring over the city*

Penny: What the...what the heck!?

*Reese walks out of the house*

Reese: Penny, what's the matter? I thought I heard you yell.

Penny: Reese, look up there!

Reese: *looks up* Wah! What are those things!?

Penny: I don't know! But whatever it is, it's flying towards that island where the temple is.

Reese: The island...Do you think they could be...Prima's creatures?

Penny: *irritated* Hm...

*After defeating the pirate Captain, Blue and the others return to the Mayor House, to make a report of their success*

Penny: Blue!!

Blue: Penny, what's the matter?

Penny: Didn't you see it!?

Blue: Huh? See what?

Reese: There were monsters flying through the sky!

Lilia: M-monsters!?

Jawo': Where were they going?

Reese: They were flying towards the northern island!

Blue: The northern island! Why would they go there!?

Penny: We think...it's Prima.

Blue: Prima!? No!

Lilia: Uh oh! Blue, that means she's gonna get there ahead of us!

Jawo': Yeah, we need to get a move on, now!

Blue: Right! Come on!

*The group runs off, but Blue stops when he notices Shadow*

Blue: Well Shadow?

Shadow: Hm?

Blue: Are you coming or not?

Shadow: What do you mean? You know I can't do that. We're enemies, remember?

Blue: Oh...right...

Shadow: And besides, I've got my own agenda to follow. You go on ahead. Go stop Prima if you can.

Blue: Wait..what are you--

Shadow: Ta ta!

Blue: Shadow!

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Blue: ...What is it with him...?

Jawo': Blue, what are you doing!? Hurry up!

Blue: Oh, right! I'm coming!

*As Blue hurries off to catch up, the mayor's wife comes outside with another batch of cookies*

Wife: I hope you kids are hungry for some more cook...huh? *looks around* Now where did they run off to in such a hurry...?

As the group hurries ahead to catch a ship to the northern island, Prima has already found her own ride via conjured creatures. Mananging to get ahead of the group while they remedy the ailments of the city. Can they manage to stop Prima from destroying the Guardian Statue in time? Or will they fail to safeguard it once again?

End Road to the Temple Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Prima Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 19 August, 2008, 06:47:58 pm
*Prima had conjured a horde of winged beasts to carry herself and a group of minions over to the northern island. They land, and prepare to storm into the Swigis Temple*

~~Northern Island~~

Prima: So, this is the place, right?

Minion: Correct, Lady Prima. The Swigis Temple, and the Guardian Statue, should be just up ahead.

Minion2: And is it stands now, there's no sign of Blue and his group. So we should have no trouble.

Prima: There isn't? Drat. I was looking forward to crushing them.

Minion: Should we go, Lady Prima?

Prima: Yeah yeah. Let's get this over with. I want all of you to stay out here and guard the entrance from any intruders. I will go into the temple myself and make quick work of that statue. Is that Understood?

Minion: Understood. But what should we do if we come across Blue's group?

Prima: Hmm, well I'd rather if I took care of them myself...but I suppose you could try your hand against them.

Minion2: We will do our best.

Prima: Very well. I'll return shortly. Report to me if something goes wrong.

Minion: Yes, Lady Prima.

*Prima heads into the Swigis Temple alone. Afterwards, a passenger ship approaches the island from the opposite shore*

Sailor: This is your stop, guys!

Blue: Okay, let's go, everyone.

*The group disembarks the ship and sets foot on the island*

Blue: Thanks for the ride, you guys.

Lilia: Yeah, we really appreciate it.

Sailor: Nah, don't mention it.

Sailor2: In fact, we should be thanking you.

Jawo': Huh?

Sailor: Sailing the oceans is our life, you know.

Sailor2: If it wasn't for you kids, we wouldn't have been able to get back out into the water.

Sailor: So thanks a lot. Really, we owe you one.

Blue: Eh, no problem.

Reese: Yeah, we're just glad we could help.

Sailor: Well, you kids take care out there.

Sailor2: We don't know why you wanted to come out here, but whatever you're doing, good luck with it.

Sailor: Yah. We'll be waiting right here for you when you come back.

Blue: Okay, see you then. Come on, guys. Let's hurry. They couldn't have gotten far.

Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Right.

*The group crosses over to the other side of the island where Prima's minions await, alertly guarding the entrance of the temple from all sides. Before advancing, they wait patiently behind a cliff*

Blue: They're already on the watch for us, it seems.

Lilia: What should we do, Blue?

Jawo': We don't really have the luxury of time to try and sneak past them, so our best bet is to smash our way through by force.

Lilia: Ugh, Jawo', why don't you try thinking with your head and not your muscles for once?

Jawo': What!?

Blue: As typical as Jawo's plan of action is, he's got a point. If we don't hurry, we won't make it in time.

Reese: So what's it going to be, Blue?

Blue: We'll do as Jawo' said; bust our way through without stopping for anything.

Penny: A take no prisoners approach, huh? I like that idea! Let's do it!

Blue: Well...there's no better time than the present. Let's go!

*The group comes out from behind the cliff and confronts Prima's minions at the entrance*

Blue: Alright, give it up!

Minion: Aagh! It's Blue's group!

Minion2: What do we do!?

Minion3: What else? We have no choice but to fight! We have to keep them at bay long enough for Lady Prima to destroy the statue!

Jawo': Not on our watch, buddy! I'll cut you up and toss you aside before you even get the chance!

Minion: Rrrgh, why you arrogant...

Blue: Mmn...I'm not liking these odds...

Lilia: Blue, what's the matter?

Blue: By the time we're finished with these guys, it may already be too late...

Reese: Then what should we do?

Blue: I don't know, but we need another plan.

Penny: Hmm...I have an idea, Blue!

Blue: Huh?

Penny: You guys go on ahead into the temple and stop Prima. I'll stay behind and take care of these goons.

Reese: Are you sure, Penny?

Penny: Yeah, I'm sure! Now go, while there's still time! I can take care of myself!

Blue: Alright, Penny. I'm couting on you. Come on, guys. We're going after Prima.

Jawo': Aw man, why do I have to miss out on the action AGAIN?

Lilia: *annoyed* Stop complaining!

*Lilia grabs Jawo' by the ear and pulls him along*

Jawo': Ow ow ow ow!

Minion: They're getting away!

Minion2: We can't let them reach Lady Prima! Stop them!

*One of the minions runs after the group in pursuit*

Penny: Not so fast! Tripper Spinner!

*Penny launches her spinners at ground level, attacking the minion's leg area. It hits, knocking him off his feet and tripping him to the ground*

Minion: Oh! Urrgh!

Blue: Thanks, Penny!

Penny: Ha ha! *waves*

*Blue and the group successfully escapes into the temple*

Minion2: No! They got away!

Penny: Heh heh, I'd be more worried about me rather than them if I were you, pal.

Minion3: Grrgh. You little brat. You'll pay for this!

Penny: *smirks* Go ahead and try. I'm right here, baby! *twirls spinners*

Minion4: Destroy her!

*Meanwhile, as Prima faces off against the minions and the group enters the temple in pursuit, Prima has already reached the depths, and has come face to face with the Guardian Statue itself*

~~Swigis Temple Depths~~

Prima: Hmph. So here it is, the Guardian Statue. Alright, let's make this quick. *cracks whip*

*Prima advances on the statue with the intent to destroy it when...*

Blue: Stop, Prima!

Prima: Hn?

*Blue and the others arrive just in time to confront Prima*

Jawo': Don't even think about touching that Guardian Statue.

Prima: Ha ha ha! So you came afterall! And what perfect timing! *cracks whip* Now I can finally have my fun with you.

Jawo': Tsch, you know, you're just as haughty and obnoxious as your sister.

Prima: What!? Rrrrgh! How dare you!

Jawo': And short-tempered as well.

Prima: Don't you ever compare me to her, you big ape! I'm so much more cuter, smarter and sophisticated than she is. Ah haha!

Jawo': Yeah right. You're just an annoying little girl.

Prima: *angrily* Oooooh! Just for that, I'll make sure your deaths are twice as painful and agonizing!

Reese: Prima! Why are you doing this!?

Prima: Oh Reese, I already told you. Kovah promised me power. He said that if I helped him unlock the power within the Lunar Monolith, I would gain a portion of it for myself.

Reese: You actually bought into that?

Prima: What?

Reese: The only thing to be found in the monolith is a dark, evil energy. All it will do is warp and twist your mind. And maybe even kill you! There is no power for you or anyone else to gain. Don't you see that?

Prima: You...you're lying!

Reese: No, I'm not.

Prima: Yes you are! This is just a trick! A trick to make me give up!

Reese: But, Prima...

Prima: Shut up! I won't listen anymore! I'm going to do what I should have done back at the academy! *cracks whip*

Blue: You think you can take us all by yourself, Prima?

Prima: Haha! Of course I can!

Jawo': Oh yeah? With what? That little toy of yours? Or maybe one of those weak Chimeras of yours? Don't make me laugh.

Prima: Heh heh, you short-sighted fool. You don't know anything, do you?

Jawo': What...?

Prima: It's time I showed you...the full extent of my conjuring powers!

*Prima's body begins to overflow with mana*

Lilia: W-what is she doing!?

Blue: Watch out, guys! She's up to something!

*Prima waves her arms around mysteriously, drawing a strange pattern into the air*

Prima: I call upon thee, my ultimate creature: Kokuryuu!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Prima Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 20 August, 2008, 08:04:08 am
*As Prima conjures her creature, a wide glowing pentagram appears in front of her. Acting as a portal, a large black claw emerges from and slams down*

Blue: Aah!

Lilia: What...is that!?

*The beast continues to emerge from the portal, bringing out its head next, revealing itself to be an enormous black dragon. The rest of its body immediately comes out of the portal, as it flies into the sky, and crashes down in front of the group, menacingly staring at them*

Prima: Hahaha! Meet my most powerful creature! Kokuryuu, the fearsome black dragon! Say hello, my pet.

Kokuryuu: Grraaaaaaaaoooooooooh!!!!

*Kokuryuu unleashes a deafening howl, strong enough to push the group back several feet*

Blue: Ergh...it's strong. Stronger than anything we've come up against until now.

Reese: What!? How can we face something so powerful?

Prima: Hahahah! What's the matter? I hope you're not getting cold feet already. The fun has yet to begin!

Jawo': You wish. I'm not afraid of that scalebag! And I'll show you why!

*Jawo' prepares a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Kyanite Morph!

*The blade of his sword changes into that of a flat, more exaggerated, bladed blue crystal. Similar to the shape of a spear*

Jawo': Now we'll see how tough you are! Crystal Javelin!

*Jawo' uses his sword as a throwing weapon and tosses it at Kokuryuu. It hits, but it immediately bounces off its scaly hide and back into Jawo's hand, having no effect*

Jawo': Didn't like that, huh? Well how about this!

*With his blade still morphed, Jawo runs toward Kokuryuu at full speed*

Lilia: Jawo'! Stop!

Blue: Wait! We don't know what we're dealing with!

Jawo': Too late now, Blue! He's going down!

*Jawo' comes within range and attacks*

Jawo': Erragh! Crystal Lance!

*Jawo' jams his sword into Kokuryuu's face, but the force of the impact shatters his blade completely, still not being able to pierce its skin*

Jawo': What!? No!!

Prima: Hahaha! You're so weak. There's no way you could ever hurt Kokuryuu with an attack like that! Now, my pet. Swat that fly.

Kokuryuu: Grrrraaoh!

Jawo': Uh!

Blue: Jawo', get out of there!

*Before Jawo' can move, Kokuryuu lashes him with its massive tail, knocking him across the room and smashing into a wall*

Jawo': Aaaaaaaaaagh! Guh!!

Lilia: No! Jawo'!

Reese: Jawo', hang on!

*Reese runs over to him*

Prima: Ahahahahahaha! Excellent, Kokuryuu.

Reese: Jawo', are you okay? Say something!

*Reese shakes him, but there's no response*

Reese: He's out cold...Blue! Jawo's hurt!

Blue: Damnit...

Prima: Hehehehe! If you think that was bad, just wait until you see what he does to the rest of you! Go, Kokuryuu! Annihilate them!

Kokuryuu: Grraaaoogh!

Prima: Now to settle on a good perch...

*Prima jumps onto the Guardian Statue and sits down nonchalantly*

Prima: And watch the show! Heehee!

*Meanwhile, outside the temple, Penny faces off against the minions by herself*

Minion: Get her!

*The minions advance on Penny and attack her at once from all sides*

Penny: Come on! I'm ready for ya!

*They attack with multiple punches and kicks, but Penny skillfully dodges them. And with each evasion, countering with a kick of her own, eventually forcing them to back off*

Minion: Damn...she's good.

Minion2: Should we try another approach?

Minion3: That'd be best, yeah.

Minion4: I have an idea, follow me.

Penny: Sorry, but you don't get a second chance!

Minion4: What!?

Penny: Take this!

*Penny launches her spinners at ground level again, this time wrapping around the minion's ankles*

Minion4: Aaah! Release me at once!

Penny: Not a chance! I like to call this one...Round Trip!

*Penny infuses her spinners with mana, allowing her to swing the minion around through the air*

Penny: Round and round he goes! Where he stops, only Penny knows! Hahaha!

Minion4: *dizzy* D-don't just stand there! H-help meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Minion: Oh...right. Let's stop her!

*The minions begin to advance on Penny during her attack*

Penny: Heh, don't worry. I'd never think of leaving you out of the fun!

Minion: Huh?

*Penny adjusts her swinging, using the minion as a battering object to attack the others. She strikes the first minion*

Penny: Single hitter!

Minion: Uuugh!

*Then the next one*

Penny: Double hitter!

Minion2: Gaah!

*And the next one*

Penny: Triple hitter!

Minion3: Aaaagh!

Penny: And finally...!

*Penny swings the last minion high up into the air*

Penny: Grand Slam!!!

*Penny tugs on the rope, sending the minion careening toward the ground at full speed*

Minion4: Aaagh! Noooooooooooo!!!


Minion4: Uuuggh...

Penny: *dust off hands* And that takes care of that. Now to go help my friends.

Minion: Urgh...you...

Penny: Oh? Are you back for more?

Minion: Even if...you make it to Lady Prima...you won't be able...to defeat her. Kokuryuu...will destroy your friends...and then you.

Penny: Hah, are you kidding?

Minion: Huh...?

Penny: I know the secret to Prima's conjurings. She could never beat me with those monsters of hers no matter how strong they are.

Minion: But...how!?

Penny: Well, I AM her younger sister afterall.

Minion: Lady Prima...has a younger sister...?

Penny: So long! Heehee!

*Penny advances into the temple*

Minion: No! Wait! Urgh....Lady...Prima...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Prima Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 20 August, 2008, 06:47:49 pm
Prima: Now, Kokuryuu! Make them suffer!

Kokuryuu: Grraaaaooh!

Reese: Not if I have anything to say about it! Leave it to me, Blue!

Blue: Alright.

Prima: Huh?

Reese: Gale Shot!

*Reese begins to rapidly fire arrows at Kokuryuu. The arrows bounce off of his hide, only succeeding in annoying him*

Kokuryuu: Grraaaaagh!!

*Kokuryuu reaches out his claw and swipes at Reese, but he leaps back, avoiding the attack*

Reese: Phew! That was close. Okay then, let's try a new one!

*Reese pulls an arrow from his quiver and charges it with mana, making it increase in size tenfold. He then loads it into his bow*

Reese: Giga Fang!!!

*Reese fires the giant arrow at Kokuryuu. It hits with enough force to make him stagger back, temporarily stunning him*

Reese: Yes!

Prima: Ah! Kokuryuu! You'll pay for that, Reese!

Reese: Now let's really bring the pain!

*Reese loads a single arrow into his bow*

Reese: Eagle Shot!

*Reese fires the arrow at a blinding speed towards Kokuryuu's head in an attempt to finish him off*

Prima: Kokuryuu! No!

*Before the arrow can strike, however, Kokuryuu recovers from its stun and swings his tail out in front of his face, using it to block the arrow*

Reese: Darn! Almost had him!

Prima: Ha ha ha! You fool! Now eliminate that pest, Kokuryuu!

Reese: Aah!

*Kokuryuu coats his sharp nails in flames and slashes Reese with a burning dragon claw attack, knocking him down with a heavy blow*

Reese: Aaaaaagh!!

Blue: Reese!

*Blue catches Reese before he can hit the ground*

Blue: Reese, are you alright?

Reese: Ugh...I can't keep going. That's it for me...

Blue: It's okay, rest.

Lilia: Blue, what should we do?

Blue: Lilia, you take care of Reese. I'll handle this Kokuryuu.

Lilia: But Blue, what can you do by yourself? Let me help you!

Blue: No, Lilia. It won't do any good if you attack him.

Lilia: But why?

Blue: That beast's body can absorb the impact of physical attacks. That's why Jawo's and Reese's attacks didn't have much of, if any affect at all.

Lilia: Hmm...okay. I understand.

Blue: Good. Go keep Reese safe, and leave the rest to me.

Lilia: Be careful, Blue...

*Lilia carries Reese as the two begin to back away from the fray*

Prima: Huh!? Oh no you don't! Kokuryuu! Attack them!

Blue: What!?

*Kokuryuu deeply inhales and spews a large black fireball from its mouth towards Lilia and Reese*

Lilia: Uah!!

Blue: Lilia, hurry! Get away!

*Lilia tries to evade, but can't in time due to being weighted down by Reese. She is struck by the fireball, and she and Reese are sent flying backwards*

Lilia: Aaaaaagh!!

Blue: No!!

Prima: Ahahahahaha!! There is no escape, you pathetic saps! Kokuryuu will fry you all!

Blue: Mmnn..(I have to defeat that thing before it's too late. I'm the only one who can!)

*Blue dashes toward Kokuryuu at all speed and confronts him on his own*

Prima: What!? You would dare!?

*Once within range, Blue leaps into the air and onto Kokuryuu's head*

Prima: Arrgh! Get rid of him, Kokuryuu!

Kokuryuu: Grrraaggh!

*Kokuryuu violently tosses his head around in an attempt to shake Blue off, but to no avail*

Blue: Here we go!

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Thunder Blade!!

*A blade made of pure lighting descends from the sky and into Blue's hand*

Blue: I'll end this! Hyah!

*Blue plunges the thunder blade into Kokuryuu's head, causing an explosion of shocks and sparks upon impact. Kokuryuu then falls completely helpless to the ground*

Prima: Uwaaaah! What have you done!?

Blue: I just defeated your "Ultimate Creature".

Prima: No! That can't be! Kokuryuu can't be beaten! That's just impossible!

Blue: Too bad, Prima. It's over for you.

Prima: Grrrgh! Not yet, Blue!

*As Blue is about to descend from Kokuryuu's head, he immediately springs back to life, as if he was never hurt*

Blue: What!? But how!?

*Kokuryuu then slams his head into the ground at full force, crushing Blue underneath its weight*

Blue: Uuuuaaaaagh!!!

Prima: Hahahahahah! I knew he couldn't be defeated by the likes of you!

Blue: Nngh...ugh...

Prima: Now, Kokuryuu! Finish him off once and for all!

*Kokuryuu rears his head back and inhales. He then blows a stream of black fire directly at Blue, intent on incinerating him*

Prima: Yes! Burn him to ashes!

Blue: Ungh...I can't move. Is this it? Are we going to lose here and now...?

*The fire stream closes in on Blue when...*

Jawo': Chaos...Control!!!

Blue: Hunh?

*The entire area freezes and goes completely gray, sans Blue, and Jawo' who's come to just in time to save Blue from certain death*

Blue: Is this...Chaos Control? Then that must mean....

*Blue looks behind him to see Jawo' straining with his hand stretched out*

Blue: Jawo'!

Jawo': Blue...are you okay!?

Blue: Yeah, I'm fine now. Thanks to you.

Jawo': Good, now hurry! I can't hold this for long!

Blue: Ah, right!

*Blue moves out of the way of the fire stream, allowing Jawo' to release his control over the passage of time. With Blue out of harms way, the fire stream completely misses its target, hitting the wall instead*

Prima: What? It missed!? But how!?

Blue: Heh heh.

Prima: Errrgh! You pulled some kind of trick, didn't you!?

Jawo': I assure you, Chaos Control is far from being a "trick".

Prima: You! How are YOU still up and around!? Hmph. No matter. You're both too weak to do anything to my Kokuryuu. I'll just have him pick you off like blueberries from a bush! Hahahah!

Jawo': That's what you think, girlie. Blue, can you still fight?

Blue: Yeah...I think so.

Jawo': Then it's not over yet. Here we come, Prima!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Prima Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 21 August, 2008, 08:36:55 am
Jawo': Alright Blue, let's give it another shot! We can still beat her!

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha..hah...

Jawo': ...Blue?

*Blue's body wobbles from fatigue as his eyes being to close*

Jawo': Blue, what's the matter?

Blue: I'm...hah...I'm going down...

Jawo': Blue! Stay with me!

Blue: Forgive me...Jawo'...

Jawo': Blue!!!

*As Blue loses consciousness, his body falls over. Jawo' catches him before he can hit the ground*

Jawo': Blue! Blue, wake up!

*no response*

Jawo': It's no good. He's had enough...

Prima: Hahahaha! Looks like your last hope has been flushed down the toilet. Just like so much tissue paper!

Jawo': Damnit. And after I made such a daring rescue too...

Prima: Hmm, any last words before you meet your maker?

Jawo': I have no words for you. Because I'm not dying here.

Prima: Hmph, arrogant to the end. So be it then. Now prepare to face your doom by the hands of Prima! The unbeatable conjurer!

??: Heh, is that right?

Prima: Huh?

*Prima turns her head just in time to see a spinner smack her right in the face. The blow knocks her off the Guardian Statue and straight to the ground*

Prima: Waaaaaah! Oof!

Penny: Ha ha! How'd you like that!?

Jawo': Penny! It's you!

Penny: Uh? Oh man...what happened to you guys? It's like you got run over by a tornado!

Jawo': It's that stupid Kaku...Koyku..Kookie...whatever it is! It really took us for a loop...

Penny: Yeesh. Good thing I came when I did then. You guys just couldn't get along without me, could you? Hah, you're hopeless! *shrugs*

Jawo': Yeah, whatever, rat brat. Now are you gonna give me a hand or not?

Penny: I already did. Look!

Jawo': Huh?

*Penny points to Kokuryuu, who's struggling just to merely stand, appearing to be severly weakened*

Kokuryuu: Grrrr....

Jawo': What happened to him? *rubs head*

Prima: M...My face! Who did this to me!?

Penny: Hey, sister! *waves*

Prima: Argh! It's you, Penny! How dare you ruin my beautiful face!?

Penny: I'd say it's an improvement if you ask me...

Jawo': Heh, good one.

Penny: Not bad, right?

Prima: Hmph! Just laugh it up, Penny! Because your fun is about to end! Devour them both, Kokuryuu!

*Kokuryuu attempts to stand, but fails and falls flat to the ground*

Kokuryuu: Grrr....

Prima: Kokuryuu?

Penny: Sorry, it looks like your dragon isn't quite up to it.

Prima: You! What have you done!?

Penny: I exploited your weakness!

Prima: What? What weakness? Tell me!

Penny: Oh, don't act like you don't know. Summoning and conjuring are two of the most powerful types of magic. But of the two, conjuring has the biggest drawback! Since unlike summoning, conjuring doesn't require a contract with the creature you call forth, and as a result, said creature's life force is tied directly to the conjurer's. Also meaning, the more damage the conjurer incurs, the weaker the conjured creature becomes! That's one integral detail to know when facing conjurers. Especially if they happen to conjurer something powerful.

Prima: Nooooooo! How did you find out!?

Penny: Oh, one day, I saw that conjuring you used to read lying around, so I just decided to sneak a peek!

Prima: Why you...how dare you go through my belongings!

Penny: I'm a younger sibling. It's what we do! Heehee!

Prima: You miserable little...

Penny: You know, I don't think Kokuryuu is quite weak enough. I think I'll fix that!

Prima: *backs away* Y-you stay away from me, Penny!

Penny: It's too late now! You've earned your lumps, Prima!

*Penny quickly advances on Prima and unleashes an attack*

Penny: Spinner Rapid Thrust!!

*Penny strikes Prima with one spinner, and then strikes again with the other. She attacks back and forth, picking up speed with each blow, continuing in rapid succession*

Prima: Aaaaaah! Oof! Ungh! Ngh! Gah! Uwah!

Penny: And here's the finale!

*Penny stops and rears back. She then launches both spinners at once, striking Prima with one final devastating blow. The force of the attack sends her spiraling into a wall*

Prima: Uwaaaaaaaaaah! Uaagh!

*Prima smacks hard into the wall. She then falls to the ground, battered and bruised*

Prima: Ungh...drat...uh...

Penny: Heeheehee. Too bad, Prima. I guess you've learned your lesson now, huh?

Jawo': Wow....

Penny: Hey hey hey! What are you standing there gaping like a fish for!?

Jawo': Huh?

Penny: Finish off that dragon so we can put an end to this!

Jawo': Oh, right! Hm!

*Jawo' prepares a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Enlarge!

*The blade of the sword grows and expands, becoming more jagged and exaggerated*

Jawo': Alright, here I go!

*Jawo' leaps into the air over to Kokuryuu and slashes overhead with his massive blade*

Jawo': Hyyyyyaaaaaaaah!!!

*The blade cuts right through the weakened dragon, piercing its hide with an enourmous bloody gash*

Kokuryuu: Grraaaaaaaaaaooooh!!!

*In its dying breath, Kokuryuu lets out a howl of anguish. He then stumbles over, crashing into the Guardian Statue on its way down*

Jawo': Waah! No!

Penny: The Guardian Statue!

*Kokuryuu's remains fade away, leaving only the crumbled remnants of the Guardian Statue in its wake*

Jawo': Aw man! And after all of that work we did!

Penny: Jawo'! This is all of your fault!

Jawo': My fault!?

Penny: Yeah! If only you would've killed it some other way!

Jawo': Hey, how was I supposed to know it was going to bump into the statue!?

Prima: ....Huh? Uh...oh!!

*Prima springs up to her feet*

Prima: K-Kokuryuu! My precious pet! It's gone! Uwaaaaaaaaaaaah!!

Jawo': Give it up, Prima. It's over.

Prima: Noooooooo! Help me! Somebody! I'm too young and pretty to die!

*Prima runs around crying and flailing about. At that time, the minions guarding the entrance of the temple storm into the back room*

Minion: Lady Prima! Are you okay?

Prima: They beat it! They beat Kokuryuu! Uwaaaah! *cries*

Minion2: Kokuryuu! Beaten!?

Minion3: We have no choice! We must retreat!

Minion4: Hurry, before it's too late!

*One of the minions grabs hold of a crying Prima as they all quickly scurry out of the temple*

Penny: Hah, she always was a big crybaby.

*A while after Prima and her minions flee the temple, Blue and the others finally come to*

Blue: Ungh...my head...

Reese: Ouch...I ache all over...

Jawo': Hey. Welcome back, guys.

Lilia: Jawo'...Penny? What's going on?

Blue: What happened to Prima?

Penny: We took good care of her. Don't you worry.

Reese: And that dragon..thing?

Jawo': Him too.

Lilia: *sigh* Well that's a relief.

Blue: Is the statue still safe?

Jawo'/Penny: Uhm...er...*whistles*

*Jawo' and Penny step aside, allowing the others to see the broken pieces of the statue*

Blue: Uwaaaaaaaah! What happened to it!?!?

Jawo': Well uhm..when I killed the dragon...it kinda...fell into the statue and...*cough* smashed it.

Lilia: *facepalm* Jawo', what did we tell you about always overdoing it?

Jawo': Sorry...

Reese: Oh man. All of that for nothing. We should've just let Prima destroy the statue on her own. It would've saved us a lot of trouble...

Penny: Hey! Don't say that! At least we managed to put a dent in that ego of hers! We gave her a beating she'll never forget!

Blue: *sigh* I suppose so. But now there's only one statue left.

Jawo': Well, then we'll just have to do our best to protect it.

Blue: Right. In that case, we've got no time to lose. Let's hurry to the last statue.

Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Right.

And so, with the aid of Penny's knowledge of conjuring lore, the group is ultimately able to triumph over the dreadful diva Prima and the black dragon Kokuryuu. But in the end, due to an uncanny incident, the Guardian Statue is destroyed regardless! With only one statue left to protect, the group leaves the Swigis Temple behind and sets out in search of it. Will this final statue remain safe from harm? Or will it fall to Kovah's minions? ...Or perhaps another of Jawo's blunders?

Jawo': Hey! I said it's not my fault!

Yeah yeah...

End Vs. Prima Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Shadow's Lament Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 21 August, 2008, 10:36:18 am
*After defeating Prima, Blue and the group boards the passenger ship and returns to Fisherman's Galley*

Blue: Thanks again for your help, you guys.

Sailor: Sure! Anytime you need a ride, you know where to find us!

Sailor2: Just come on back anytime! We'll be happy to sail you anywhere!

Blue: Okay, we'll keep that in mind.

Sailor: So long, lads!

Sailor: Take care out there!

Lilia: See you around! *waves*

*With a heartfelt goodbye, the sailors set sail once again, leaving the harbor and setting out into the vast oceans. The group then returns to the main part of the city*

Reese: So Blue, where are we headed next?

Blue: Hmm, if I remember what the elders told us, the last statue is in the...Vaughn Tower, at the Yule Desert.

Lilia: Which is...according to this map, far east of here.

Jawo': I guess we've got a long road ahead of us, huh?

Blue: May as well get started. Let's get going.

*As the group is about to leave town, Mayor Honeydew approaches and stops them*

Mayor: Ah! There you are, Blue!

Blue: Mayor?

Mayor: I was wondering where you all had gotten off to. I was afraid that I wouldn't get the chance to thank you for saving the harbor from those nasty pirates.

Blue: Oh yeah, sorry about that. *rubs head*

Lilia: It wasn't our intent to just up and go like that.

Jawo': Something came up and we just had to go take care of it.

Mayor: Oh forget about it. It's quite alright. I just wanted one last chance to see you, so everything's okay.

Blue: Well, you're welcome, Mayor.

Mayor: Oh oh! Where are my manners!? I still haven't given you your reward for helping our fair city!

Blue: Uhm, thanks, but no thanks, Mayor. That's really not necessary.

Mayor: Oh, but...

Jawo': Yeah, we're content with knowing that we were able to help the city. We don't need a reward.

Mayor: Very well. But please do come back. This city will always welcome its new heroes!

Reese: Well, it's all in a days work, Mr. Mayor. Heh heh!

*Penny punches Reese in the head*

Reese: Ow! Penny! What was that for!?

Penny: Don't take the credit, you ding dong! We didn't even go, remember?

Reese: Oh...right...*sigh* But I wanted to be a hero too...

Mayor: Oh ho ho! Don't worry, Reese. I know there's a hero somewhere inside of you. And of course, you too, Penny!

Reese: Hehehe. *rubs head*

Blue: As much as we'd love to stay and chat, Mr. Mayor; we should be going now.

Mayor: Right...right. Sorry to keep you kids busy with my rambling. Oh..but wait, before you go...

Blue: Huh?

Mayor: Not too long ago, I saw your strapping companion with the sunglasses leave the city. I was thinking that maybe you wanted to know where he had gone off to.

Blue: Uh, you mean Shadow?

Mayor: Ah yes, that's it! His name had escaped me, I'm afraid.

Jawo': Uhm, just for the record, pops, he's not really our 'companion'.

Mayor: He isn't? Oh dear... I had thought you were all chums.

Lilia: That's okay. I know that's what it seemed like.

Penny: He always finds some way to weasel into our group, unfortunately.

Reese: Sometimes we're not even sure if he's our companion or not... *scratches head*

Mayor: Well, in case you're still interested, before he left, he said he was going to Holbech Town.

Blue: Holbech Town? Why there?

Mayor: If I remember correctly, he stated that it was to see somebody.

Lilia: See someone? Hmm...sounds pretty iffy to me.

Blue: Hrmm, what could he be up to...?

Jawo': Mmn, if we know Shadow, it's probably nothing good.

Reese: What should we do, Blue? Should we go after him?

Blue: Hmm...it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to look into this matter further. But it might be too out of our way...

Lilia: Not quite, Blue! Look!

Blue: Huh?

Lilia: Holbech Town is just east of here! That means we should pass by there on the way to the Yule Desert anyway!

Reese: Is that right, Lilia? Great! Then we should be fine!

Jawo': So what's it going to be, Blue? Are we going or not?

Blue: Hm...alright. We'll do it.

Penny: So we're going?

Blue: Yeah. Let's go pay that Shadow a visit. Maybe we'll find something useful.

*As such, thanks to a tip off from Mayor Honeydew, Blue and his friends have temporarily set aside their search for the Guardian Statue to pursue the mysterious Shadow instead. They leave Fisherman's Galley and travel east towards Holbech Town*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Shadow's Lament Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 22 August, 2008, 07:39:59 am
*The group leaves Fisherman's Galley, heading eastward. After several hours worth of traveling, they arrive in the nearby town of Holbech. The place where Shadow had supposedly gone to*

~~Holbech Town~~

Blue: Well Lilia, is this Holbech Town?

Lilia: Hmm...*reads map* Yup! Sure is! We made it!

Jawo': Great. Now let's find Shadow and put a nice big dent in him. *pounds fist*

Reese: Hey...who said we were going to fight him?

Penny: Yeah! I thought we came here to figure out what he's plotting. ...And then put a nice big dent in him!

Blue: No dents!

Jawo'/Penny: Aww...

Blue: We're just going to find out what he's up to, if anything. I'd like to avoid an all out fight, if at all possible.

Jawo': How could you say that, Blue!? You know we're going to end up fighting him eventually!

Penny: Yeah! So why not save ourselves some time and take him out now? That's what we do to our enemies!

Lilia: Oh yeah? Well..well..well who says he's our enemy!?

Blue: Lilia...

Jawo': I think the fact that's WORKING FOR THE BAD GUY AND TRIED TO KILL US is reason enough as to why he's our enemy.

Lilia: But..but...well...you don't know! I think he might be suffering from some kind of mental anguish! I mean, didn't he say he was here to see someone? I can only imagine that it's someone he must really care for!

Penny: ...Mental anguish? Are you serious?

Reese: Lilia, even I think that sounds little...ugh...

Jawo': I can't believe you're honestly defending that guy's actions! And even if that's all true, that's no excuse for what he's done! Blue, talk some sense into her!

Blue: Listen, I don't know what Shadow's motives are. Nor do I care. For all we know, his motives may not even dictate his actions at all. The only thing I know is that he's an obstacle on our path, and that we have to keep an eye on him.

Lilia: But Blue...

Blue: Lilia, we don't have time to argue over something we don't know about. The only way to know for sure whether Shadow is really our enemy or not, is to hear it from him ourself.

Lilia: *sigh* I guess you're right...

Blue: Good. Now we've wasted enough time standing around. Let's get going.

*Blue and the others continue onward through town in their search for Shadow. Soon, they come across the local pub and decide to start their search there*

~~Holbech Pub~~

Blue: Hmm...*looks around* Do any of you see him in here?

Lilia: *looks around* ...Nope...

Jawo': Nuh uh...

Reese: Not at all.

Penny: I don't see him either, Blue.

Blue: Hmph. He must not be here then...

Jawo': Should we go look elsewhere, Blue?

Blue: Yeah, I guess...

Lilia: Wait, Blue.

Blue: Huh? What's up, Lilia?

Lilia: I was thinking, maybe we should ask the people here first, to see if any of them have seen Shadow around. Maybe they know something about it.

Blue: Hm...*rubs chin*

Jawo': Seems like a good idea to me, Lilia.

Reese: Yeah, we should do it.

Blue: Alright. I suppose it couldn't hurt. Let's try our hand with the people in this pub.

*And so the group asks around the pub for any signs or hints of Shadow's whereabouts. After asking everyone in the pub, their inquiries yield no positive results*

Blue: Damn, I can't believe nobody here as seen him around...

Lilia: Don't worry, Blue. He's gotta be around here somewhere. We just have to keep looking.

Jawo': Hrmm, I'm starting to wonder if that old man's word is really credible...

Reese: What do you mean, Jawo'?

Jawo': Yeah, well...you know how those old people are. They can't quite hear right. If you know what I mean. *taps ear*

Reese: Eh...so you're that Mayor Honeydew may've heard Shadow wrong, and that he's actually somewhere completely different?

Jawo': *crosses arms and nods*  Mhm, that's right. Hell, who knows if he even met with Shadow in the first place!? He could've just hallucinated the whole thing! I'm telling ya, he's gotta be going senile.

Blue/Lilia/Reese/Penny: ~_O *eye twitches*

Jawo': Uh...what? *rubs head*

*Meanwhile, outside the bar, Shadow begins to walk past, carrying a boquet of flowers in his hand*

Shadow: ...

*Shadow passes by the window of the bar. Suddenly, he stops in his tracks with a surprised expression on his face, and walks back*

Shadow: Hm?

*Shadow presses his face up against the glass and peeks inside. Upon looking, he spies Blue and the others talking amongst themselves*

Shadow: Hmph. It's Blue and the gang. What the heck are they doing here?

*Meanwhile, inside*

Lilia: Huh...?

Blue: Lilia, is something the matter?

Jawo': Yeah, what's up?

Lilia: I just thought I heard something outside...

Jawo': Hmm...wanna go check it out?

Blue: Sure.

Reese: I'll go too.

Penny: So will I!

*The group gets up from the table and heads outside of the bar. There they find Shadow with his face still pressed against the glass*

Shadow: ...

Blue: Shadow!!!

Shadow: Uh? *looks over* Gah! Blue!

*Shadow panics and stumbles over, falling flat on his butt, dropping the flower bouquet*

Shadow: Agh! Ah man! My flowers! They're ruined!!

Reese: Shadow...what are you doing here?

Shadow: N-nothing. Y-yeah, I was just leaving. Yeah, that's right.

Jawo': Admit it. You were spying on us, weren't you?

Shadow: Hmph. I don't know what you're talking about.

*Shadow stands to his feet and dusts off his cloak and without saying a word, Shadow turns around and begins to walk past the group nonchalantly*

Shadow: Sorry guys, but I don't have time to play with you today. Maybe some other time.

*As Shadow walks past, Blue quickly steps in front of him, barring his path*

Shadow: Huh?

Blue: Hold on a minute, Shadow! We've got a bone to pick with you...

Shadow: Ergh! Get out of my way!

*Shadow harshly pushes Blue out of his path, shoving him into the side of a building*

Blue: Uwaah! Oof!!

Lilia: Blue!

*He then quickly dashes off, and is soon out of sight*

Reese: Shadow! Where are you going!? Ugh...what's gotten into him...?

Lilia: Blue, are you alright?

Blue: Urgh...yeah, I'm fine. But...but Shadow...

Lilia: Huh?

Blue: I don't know what he's up to, but we're not leaving until we find out.

Jawo': Huh? But Blue, what about the Guardian Statue?

Blue: I know, that's important too. But this could finally be our chance to get Shadow off our backs for good, and I don't wanna pass it up.

Lilia: So let's say we do a little investigating, huh?

Blue: Yeah. Whatever Shadow's hiding, one way or another, we're gonna figure it out.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Shadow's Lament Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 22 August, 2008, 06:37:55 pm
*The group follows Shadow's trail once again and ultimately finds him walking through the streets of town alone. They await at the street corner for him to approach*

Lilia: There he is. We found him!

Jawo': What now, Blue?

Blue: Hmm, knowing Shadow, he probably won't spill the beans willingly.

Penny: That means we have to force it out of him, right?

Blue: Exactly right, Penny.

Reese: So what's the plan?

Blue: We wait here, and when he gets close enough, we burst out and ambush him! Is that understood?

Lilia: Sounds good to me.

Jawo': Yeah, let's do it.

Blue: Okay, here he comes! Get ready!

*Shadow casually walks down the street*


Reese: He's getting closer, Blue!

Penny: Tell us when!

Blue: Alright.......now!!

*Once Shadow reaches the edge of the street corner, the group immediatly jumps out and lunges at him*

Shadow: Huh!?

Blue/Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Yaaaaaaaaaah!!

Shadow: Woah!!

*Before they can grab him, Shadow quickly jumps back and avoids their attempt*

Blue: Darn! We missed!

Shadow: Hey! What's the big idea!? Ambushing me like that! Such an underhanded tactic isn't very hero-like, you know.

Blue: Alright, Shadow. No more games! Tell us who you're looking for and why, or else!

Shadow: Oh, is that all!? Of course I'll tell you! Duh!

Blue: Uhm...will you really?

Shadow: Nyah! Psyche! Ahahaha! Loser! *holds up "L" sign*

Blue: Rrrrgh! Get him! Don't let him escape!

Shadow: Whuh oh!

*The group surrounds Shadow from all sides and advances on him all at once*

Lilia: Here I come, Shadow! Haaah!

*Lilia attempts a diving tackle on Shadow, but he leaps over her, causing her to miss and fall flat on her face*

Lilia: Oof!

Shadow: Sorry! Ahahaha!

Jawo': You're going down, pal!

*Jawo' attempts a shoulder charge at Shadow head on, but he swiftly sidesteps, causing Jawo' to ram into the side of a building instead*


Jawo': Aauugh!

Shadow: *mockingly* You're too slow!

Reese: Well try this on for size!

*Reese loads a blunt tip arrow into his bow*

Reese: Pummel Shot!

*Reese fires the arrow at Shadow, but he catches it and throws it back at him, hitting Reese square in the nose*


Reese: Aaagh! M-my nose! ...Oh no! It's bleeding! *tears up*

Shadow: *waggles finger* Tsk tsk tsk.

Penny: You can't escape me!

*Penny launches her spinners at Shadow. They wrap around him and manage to ensnare him tightly*

Penny: Ha! Gotcha!

Shadow: This old trick again? Haven't you learned anything, Penny?

*Shadow disappears and reappears, removing himself from the ropes grip*

Penny: Ah! No!

Shadow: *mockingly* Come on! Step it up!

*At that moment, Blue sneaks up on Shadow and tackles him from behind and pins him to the ground by sitting on top of him*

Shadow: Uaaagh! Oof!

Blue: Ha ha! Now who's too slow!?

Shadow: Darn! I let my guard down...

Lilia: Way to go, Blue! You did it!

Blue: We got you fair and square, Shadow. Now tell us everything.

Shadow: Heh, not a chance!

Blue: Huh?

*Shadow disappears and reappears. Now he has Blue pinned to the ground instead*

Blue: Urk! What the--!

Shadow: Ha ha! Now the tables have turned again! Nice try, Blue.

Blue: I'm not done yet!

*Blue uses his strength to push Shadow off of him*

Blue: We're just getting started! Are you ready to go again, guys?

*The group nods in agreement*

Shadow: Ergh, you're awfully persistent today, aren't you?

Blue: Let's get him!

*The group charges after Shadow once again*

Shadow: Hmph. It was fun while it lasted, but playtime's over, guys. Now you're just taking up time. Be still...

*Shadow swipes his hand horizontally*

Shadow: Time to Freeze Solid!!!

*An ominous energy pulse emits from Shadow's body and spreads out towards the group. Upon passing through them, they are instantly frozen in place, unable to move anything but their eyes and mouth*

Blue: What!? Ungh...what the--!

Lilia: What's..what's happened to us!?

Jawo': I can't...urk...move!

Reese: It must be...another one of those mystic spells of his!

Penny: Ungh! This...bites...

Shadow: Ha ha haaaa! How do you like my spell, gang?

Blue: S-Shadow! Let us go! Now!

Shadow: Sorry, Blue. Can't do that. Consider this a punishment for sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.

Blue: Ergh!

Shadow: Hey, I'll play with you some other time, okay? Catch you later! Ha ha!

Blue: Wait!

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Blue: Damn...he got away. Again...

Lilia: What do we do now, Blue?

Blue: *sigh* Let's call it quits for today...

Jawo': Good...erg..i-idea...

Reese: But Blue, what about this...spell?

Blue: I'm sure...it'll wear off eventually. But until then...

Penny: We're stuck heeeeeeeere!

*After Shadow's freeze spell dissipates, the group heads to the town inn to rest up for the evening*

~~Later that night~~

*After the group has fallen fast asleep, light footsteps are heard up on the roof. The sound is only enough to awaken Lilia, who decides to investigate*

Lilia: Hn? Ungh...what was that? *wipes eyes* It sounded like...footsteps.

*Lilia rises from bed and puts on her shoes*

Lilia: Maybe I should go check it out. Just for a bit.

*Lilia heads up the roof. But once she arrives, she finds nothing there*

Lilia: Huh...

*Lilia looks around*

Lilia: Well that's strange. I could've sworn I heard footsteps up here earlier... *sigh* Oh well. I guess I'll just go back to be--

*But just as Lilia is about to leave, she notices a single man walking along the streets alone*

Lilia: Hm? Who could that be...?

*Lilia walks over to the edge of the roof, soon discovering that the man is indeed Shadow, carrying yet another boquet of roses*

Lilia: Ah! It's Shadow! But where could he be going at this time of night? Hmm...I think I'll keep an eye on him for a little bit, just to see what he's up to...

*And so, Lilia proceeds to watch Shadow as he continues through town. After a while, Shadow comes across the town cemetery, and proceeds to enter it*

Lilia: What the--? A...A cemetery? That's where he's going? Is it possible...that he's going to...mourn someone? I think I'll get just a bit closer...

*Thus Lilia decides to follow Shadow to the cemetery. After a while, she manages to catch up to him. She hides behind a large statue and eyes his movements carefully*

~~Holbech Town, Cemetery~~

Lilia: Ah ha! I caught up to him! But...what's he doing?

*Lilia finds Shadow standing in front of a single tombstone. He then proceeds to place the roses along it*

Lilia: Ah, so I was right! He is here to mourn someone! But who...?

*Shadow begins to speak amongst himself*

Shadow: I know...

Lilia: Huh? He's saying something...

Shadow: It...it's been many years, but...but I still haven't forgotten...

Lilia: Haven't forgotten? What's he talking about?

Shadow: I haven't forgotten...about what happened. All of this time, I've been searching...searching for the one...who stole you from me...

Lilia: What the--? Stole? I...I don't understand. What does he mean?

Shadow: I haven't found them yet, but I'll keep looking! And I won't stop! Even if it takes me the rest of my life, I'll find the blackheart's who murdered you...

Lilia: Ah! M-murdered...?

Shadow: This...is my promise to you...Misty...

Lilia: What!? Misty!?

Shadow: Hn!?

Lilia: Eep!

*Lilia's yelling alerts Shadow to her presence, but she manages to duck away before she is seen*

Lilia: *covers mouth* (Gah! Stupid stupid Lilia! What are you doing!? He almost found you out!)

Shadow: Hmm, I guess it was nothing...

*With his visit finished, Shadow leaves the cemetery behind and disappears into the night. After he's gone, Lilia comes out from her hiding place*

Lilia: Phew. *wipes forehead* That was a close one... Now let's go check out that tombstone.

*Lilia walks up to the tombstone and begins to read the inscription*

Lilia: Hmm...it says: "Here lies Misty..." Agh, the rest of it is obscured. I can't make it out. But even still, that must mean, the person he came here to see...was her. But...but isn't that we he called me? Just what is going on here...?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Shadow's Lament Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 23 August, 2008, 12:00:27 pm
*The following morning, Blue and the others awaken and regroup outside the inn to discuss their next plan of action*

Jawo': So Blue, what's on the agenda for us today?

Blue: Well, first order of business: We catch that Shadow!

Jawo': Hah, I thought as much. So how're we going to do it, huh?

Reese: Maybe we could set up a trap for him?

Blue: ...Nah, too easy. He'll get out of that in no time.

Penny: Yeah, we need something more intricate. Like a decoy!

Blue: Hmm...a decoy, you say? Not a bad idea...

Jawo': But what kind of decoy would work on him?

*The group ponders through several ideas, except for Lilia's who's still half asleep*

Blue: ...Darn. I can't think of anything at all...

Jawo': Agh, me neither...

Blue: How about you, Lilia? Could you think of something?

Lilia: *yawns*

Jawo': Huh?

Lilia: *groggy* Mmmmn...

Blue: Lilia...?

Penny: Don't worry, Blue! I know what'll get her attention!

*Penny claps her hands in Lilia's face, effectively knocking her out of her trance*

Lilia: Aaiiiiieeeeeee!!!

Penny: Hah! That did the trick!

Lilia: Ungh...*wipes eyes* Sorry guys. For some reason, I'm just really out of it this morning...

Reese: Gee, did you not get enough sleep last night?

Lilia: Ah! Uhm! No! That's not it at all! I mean...I was only up for a little bit. Wait! No! I mean...I was asleep just like the rest of you! That's right!

Blue: Lilia...I think there's something you're not telling us... *crosses arms*

Lilia: What!? How could you say that, Blue!? I'm most definitely didn't follow Shadow to the cemetery last night if that's what you're thinking! I mean, how silly is that!? *forced laugh* Ha ha ha!

Jawo': WHAT!?

Lilia: Uh oh.

Blue: You...followed Shadow...to the cemetery?

Penny: What was he doing there!?

Lilia: Ah! Uhm...I..I just remembered! I need to...to...to go find Jawo's hat!

Reese: Jawo's...hat?

Lilia: Y-Yeah! I mean, you know how he's always misplacing that darned thing! That Jawo' is so loose with his belongings, when will he ever learn!? Anyway...gotta go! Bye!

*Lilia zooms off*

Reese: But...Jawo's hat is on his head...*rubs head*

Blue: *yells out* Lilia! Wait! Where are you going!? We're supposed to be coming up with a plan to capture Shadow, remember!?

Lilia: *yells back* Good luck with that!

Blue: *yells out* But Lilia!!!

*no response*

Jawo': She's gone...

Blue: *sigh* What is up with her today...? *shrugs*

*And so the group continues to concoct their own plan to capture Shadow without Lilia's help. They proceed with their plan only to have it end in utter failure. Later that day, with a tasteless defeat on their belts, the group returns to the inn and calls it a day early*

~~Later that night~~

*After the rest of the group has fallen fast asleep, Lilia awakens and quietly slips out of bed*

Lilia: Heh, great. They're asleep. Now then, I wonder if I can find Shadow again...

*Lilia gears up and heads out to the inn roof. Once there, she perches on the edge, keeping a close lookout for any signs of Shadow*

Lilia: *looks around* Hmm...come on, Shadow... Where are you? You've gotta be around here somewhere...

Shadow: ...You looking for me?

Lilia: Huh!?

*Lilia slowly turns her head to see Shadow standing directly behind her*

Shadow: Hey there. *waves*

Lilia: Uwaaaaaah!!!

*Startled, Lilia flails around in a blind panic and loses her balance; about to fall off the edge of the roof*

Shadow: Whoa! Relax!

Lilia: Aah! Wh-wh-whoaoaoaoaoah!

*Lilia loses her footing and falls off the roof, but Shadow grabs a hold of her in the nick of time and brings her close to him, wrapping her tightly in his arms*

Lilia: Uh!

Shadow: Hey...you alright?

Lilia: Uhm...*blushes*

Shadow: ?

*Lilia abruptly pushes away from Shadow*

Lilia: Ah! Keep your hands to yourself! Don't touch me!

Shadow: Gee, that's some way to thank somebody for saving your life. *rubs head*

Lilia: Well if it wasn't for you startling me like that, I wouldn't have needed saving in the first place!

Shadow: Meh, whatever you say. *shrugs*

Lilia: Hmph! *crosses arms*

Shadow: So, what did you want me to come here for anyway?

Lilia: Oh! Right...well...last night...I...

Shadow: Huh?

Lilia: Last night...I saw you going...into that cemetery...

Shadow: Wait a minute. Hold the phone! You're trying to say that you were stalking me last night!?

Lilia: Ah! Uhm, I'm sorry! I-I--

Shadow: Geez, how rude! Eavesdropping on a guy while he mourns like that. Is nothing sacred anymore?

Lilia: I...I'm sorry, Shadow. It wasn't my intention to pry...

Shadow: Well you certainly did a good job of that! What else do you know!?

Lilia: Well uhm, I know that her name is Misty. And...and that she was murdered...

Shadow: Mmn...

Lilia: Shadow...who was she...?

Shadow: ...*averts gaze*

Lilia: *sigh* It's okay. You don't have to tell me if you don't want to. I understa--

Shadow: She...she was my best friend...

Lilia: Shadow...tell me what happened. How did this happen to her?

Shadow: It...all started 2 years ago. Back when I was a student at the Kinnear Academy.

Lilia: Kinnear Academy? Hmm...I know that sounds familiar... Ah! Isn't that the school that Reese goes to? The one that's really a mercenary organization?

Shadow: That's right.

Lilia: I remember now. Headmaster Bringas told us that you used to be a student there some years ago. That is until you left to become a solo mercenary.

Shadow: So he did, did he? Well then if he told you that, then he must've mentioned how I was a star student.

Lilia: Hmm, yeah. I think he did, actually.

Shadow: Heh, figures. He was right though. I really was a star student back then. The top student, even.

Lilia: The top student, you say?

Shadow: That's right. I was the number one ranked student in the entire academy. I excelled far above my peers in just about everything. My combat prowess was unmatched, and I even excelled academically. I was a real prodigy, that I was.

Lilia: Ha ha. Wow, Shadow. No offense but...I don't really get that vibe from looking at you.

Shadow: Ha ha! No offense taken! I get that a lot, not surprisingly. Despite my exemplary performance, I always was a bit of a knucklehead. *scratches head*

Lilia: So...what happened next?

Shadow: Oh, right. So anyway, one day, I reported to the headmaster's office to recieve my new assignment.

Lilia: Assignment?

Shadow: Yeah. As you must know, we mercenaries'll take any kind of job we can get. The same works for the academy as well. Only the system is a bit more organized and refined.

Lilia: Ah, I understand. Please, continue.

Shadow: Alright. As I was saying, I reported to the headmaster to get my new assignment. But...

Lilia: But?

Shadow: But little did I know that this assignment...would cost me much more than just a failure mark on my record...

Lilia: ...

Shadow: But I wasn't to carry out my assignment alone. And so, I ended up taking Misty along with me for the ride.

Lilia: Misty? You mean she was a student at the academy too?

Shadow: That's right. Although, she wasn't just my classmate. She was one of my closest friends as well.

Lilia: Oh?

Shadow: Yeah, we've known eachother ever since we were kids. We did everything together. The two of us were pretty much inseperable! Whenever I had an assignment, she'd be the one I'd always take with me. And this time wasn't any different, unfortunately...

Lilia: Unfortunately...?

Shadow: Our assignment took us to the village of Tosua. For the past few weeks or so, it was being ravaged by monsters from a nearby forest, so they hired us to come take care of the situation. The mayor of the town informed us that the monsters only come out at night, so that was when we decided to face off against them. And before either of us knew it, night fell...

*Flashback to 2 years ago, Shadow(Matt) and Misty stand at the edge of the forest where the monsters lie, prepared to go in*

Misty: Well...here we are...

Matt: Really? Great! Let's go!

Misty: Huh?

Matt: Well what are we waiting around for!? Come on, Misty! Let's get in there! *walks forward*

Misty: Ah! Matt, wait!

Matt: Eh, what's the matter now?

Misty: We can't just waltz in there like that! We don't even know what we're up against!

Matt: What are you talking about, Misty? It's just forest monsters! We've dealt with their kind before. It'll be a piece of cake!

Misty: We don't know that! For all we know, these monsters could be of a breed we've never even seen before. I think it's best that we go in carefully, and try to study our opponents before facing them in battle.

Matt: What!? Bo-ring!

Misty: Aah!

Matt: I'm telling you, there's nothing to worry about! I mean, I AM the top ranked student at the academy afterall. There's no monster out there that I can't handle!

Misty: *sigh* Matt, that's exactly the kind of arrogant attitude that can get you killed. I came along with on this assignment so we could do it the right way, together. Not to babysit you the whole time.

Matt: Agh, babysit!? Why you... You don't know what you're talking about, Misty. Just watch, I'll handle those monsters MY way. With or without your help. *walks ahead*

Misty: Ugh! Matt! Wait! I'm trying to tell you that it's too dangerous!

Matt: I've heard enough, Misty! Either you're with me, or you aren't.

*Matt continues into the forest alone*

Misty: Matt! No! Ugh, why won't you listen...?

Shadow: And so I ignored Misty's words, despite knowing that she was right all along. But I was just too smug and prideful to admit that I was wrong.

Lilia: What happened after that, Shadow?

Shadow: I left Misty behind and charged head-on into the forest by myself. I was so dead set on defeating the monsters that I didn't even care what happened to her. Sentiments that I would deeply regret later on...

*Misty runs into the forest and chases after Matt*

Misty: *to herself* Oh man, where has he gone off to now? Doesn't he know that's he's going to get himself killed!? *sigh* I find it hard to swallow that someone so ignorant can be considered a "genius"...

*Meanwhile, Matt dashes through the forest far ahead of Misty*

Matt: *to himself* Oh, I'll show that Misty! There's not a being alive, man or monster, that can take down the number 1 mercenary! Those lousy monsters'll rue the day I was hired to take em down!

*Matt continues through the forest until reaching the supposed lair of the monsters*

Matt: Hah, this must be it! Yeah, I found it! Now it's time to kick some monster tail!

*As Matt prepares to enter the monsters' hidden lair, Misty grows discouraged in her search, and comes to a stop*

Misty: *panting* Hah...ha...I...I'm beat. I have to stop...and catch a breather...

*Misty takes a look around*

Misty: *sigh* It's so dark in this forest. Everything in here looks almost exactly the same. It's...it's like I've lost my sense of direction. Misty...what have you gotten yourself into this time? I'm just a simple healer, I shouldn't be out here alone. What was I thinking letting Matt go off without me like that...

thump thump

Misty: *gasp* W-what was that!? What was that noise!?

Thump thump

Misty: It...it sounds like footsteps...!


Misty: Aah! It's getting even closer! I better get out of here before it's too late!

*Misty attempts to run away, but when she turns around, she comes face-to-face with an enormous black ogre, one of the monsters terrorizing the villaging*

Orge: Grrraaaaaaaaggh!!

Misty: !!!

*Meanwhile, Matt enters the monsters' lair, but he soon discovers that none of the monsters are there*

Matt: Alright you monsters, it's time to come out and meet your ma-- Huh? *looks around* What the--?

Lilia: Then what happened, Shadow?

Shadow: I entered the monster's hideout, but not a single monster was there. As it turns out, all of them were long gone before we even got there.

Matt: The monsters! They're...they're gone! All them! But then...where the heck are they!?

Shadow: And at that moment, I heard a terrible cry. A scream that would echo forever through my mind...

*Just then, a scream is heard far off in the distance*


Matt: *gasp* That scream! It...it sounded like...like Misty!! Hang on, Misty! I'm coming for you!

Shadow: I knew it had to have been Misty, and I knew that she was in serious trouble. So I turned around and ran back as fast as I could. But...but...

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: I was too late...

Lilia: You...you mean...?

Shadow: *nods* She was gone...

*Matt arrives at Misty's location. There, he finds her lying on the ground, battered and mortally wounded*

Matt: Ah! Misty! No!

*Matt runs up to Misty and cradles her lifeless body*

Matt: Misty!? Misty! What happened!?

Misty: ...

Matt: Misty! ...Can you hear me!? Say something! Anything!

Misty: ...

*Matt begins to lightly shake Misty's body*

Matt: Come ON, Misty! Wake up! Please!

Misty: ...

Matt: No...this...this can't be happening. You can't leave me, Misty. You can't die on me now! You just can't! Not after everything we've been through! Please, Misty! Please!

Misty: ...

Matt: Misty...

*Tears begins to well up in Matt's eyes*


*End Flashback*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The True Misty Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 24 August, 2008, 04:35:42 pm
*Shadow bursts into tears*

Shadow: Misty...she...she was killed! The monsters...they murdered her!!!

Lilia: Shadow...

Shadow: I screwed up, and she was the one who suffered because of it! It was all my fault!

Lilia: Shadow, that's not true!

Shadow: Yes it is! If only...if only I wasn't so arrogant! If only I would've listened! Then...then she'd still be here...with me...*sniff*

Lilia: But she's not...

Shadow: Don't you think I know that!?

Lilia: What's done is done, Shadow. You can't change that. You can't blame yourself for what happened to her.

Shadow: What? But...

Lilia: Things might've been different if you handled things differently that day; that much is true. But you're not the one who took Misty's life. It's the monsters who are truly at fault; not you, Shadow. Don't you understand that?

Shadow: I...uh..I...maybe you're right... And that's what lead me to do what I did next.

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: After Misty's death, I was sent back to the academy, and my assignment was deemed a failure. I wasn't punished for what happened back there, but even still, I didn't accept any assignments for weeks. I was so depressed that I couldn't even concentrate on the simplest of tasks. But then, I discovered something...

Lilia: What was it?

Shadow: Not long after, my same assignment was given to another team to be carried out. And they uncovered that the monsters that attacked the village every night, weren't just ordinary monsters, but they were monsters brought forth by conjurors to do their bidding.

Lilia: Conjurors? You mean...like Prima?

Shadow: Exactly. And after hearing this news, I grew enraged. I knew now, that what happened to Misty wasn't just an unforunate accident. Those conjurors...they ordered that creature to murder Misty in cold blood! Knowing this, I couldn't just sit back and do nothing. I had to take action.

Lilia: What did you do, Shadow?

Shadow: The team that was sent out after me was able to defeat the monsters, but they weren't able the apprehend the conjurors that summoned them. And so, I took matters into my own hands. I gathered all of my belongings, and without a word to anyone, I left Kinnear Academy of my own accord. To hunt down the bastards that took Misty from me.

Lilia: You mean...to get revenge?

Shadow: That's right. From that day on, I became a solo mercenary. Traveling the continent in search of those knaves while taking small jobs to sustain myself along the way. I still haven't found them yet, but I'll keep looking! I'll keep looking until I've found them and made them pay. I'll take their lives just like they took Misty's. This was my final promise to her.

Lilia: Shadow...

Shadow: Hm?

Lilia: What you're doing...it's not right.

Shadow: What? What are you talking about?

Lilia: All of this fighting...hatred...bloodshed and death. It only begets more of the same. Once it starts, you'll only come back for more.

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Shadow, this isn't the way. This isn't the path to follow!

Shadow: But...but they killed Misty! They took her away from me! They must pay for their crime!

Lilia: You're right, Shadow. They should pay. But not like this. Killing never solved anything. Even if you did find them and exacted your revenge, that won't bring Misty back. Your heart will still remain in turmoil, and you'll have only succeeded in stealing the life of another. In the end, you'll be no better than they are!

Shadow: Mmn...

Lilia: What would Misty think...if she saw you devoting your life to this madness?

Shadow: Gah...!

Lilia: How do you think she would feel!?

Shadow: I...I hadn't thought about that...

Lilia: I don't think she'd be very happy. But I do know, that she'd be happy...to see you happy, Shadow.

Shadow: I...

Lilia: So please, Shadow. I beg of you! Stop this silly revenge! If not for me, do it for Misty! Do it for her sake!

Shadow: *quietly* Misty. ...Alright...

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: I won't seek vengance for Misty's death any longer.

Lilia: Ah! Really!?

Shadow: *nods* Really. This is my promise to both Misty, and you...Lilia...

Lilia: Oh Shadow!

*Lilia rushes up to Shadow and embraces him tightly*

Shadow: Egh, hey!

Lilia: Shadow! Mmm! You've made me so happy!

Shadow: Aw, come on, Lilia! You're messin' my threads! Heh heh...

*Shadow returns the embrace*

Shadow: *whispers* Lilia...thank you...

*The next morning, the group reconvenes outside the inn to prepare yet another scheme to capture Shadow*

Blue: Alright, guys. It's a new day, so it's time to come up with another plan to get that Shadow!

Jawo'/Reese/Penny: YEAH!

Blue: So, anyone got any ideas?

Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Hmm....

*The group begins to brainstorm ideas when Lilia decides to speak up*

Lilia: Hey, guys...

Blue: Hunh?

Lilia: I think I have an idea.

Jawo': Oh yeah? Well then let's hear it.

Lilia: I say we should just leave town and forget all about Shadow for now!

Reese: Uh...what?

Penny: What's the big idea, Lilia!?

Lilia: What are you talking about?

Penny: Oh, you know what I'm talking about! Everytime we get on the subject of Shadow, you start acting all weird!

Jawo': Hey...yeah! She right! First it was the bit about you seeing him at the cemetery, and now you're trying to tell us to just forget the whole thing! Lilia, you're totally hiding something from us.

Lilia: Uhm...

Blue: Hmm, they do have a point, Lilia. You have been acting strange about this entire situation. Just what is going on with you?

Lilia: *fidgets* Well...I...I uhm...well...

??: She doesn't have to tell you anything.

Lilia: Ah!

Blue/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Huh!?

*Just then, Shadow makes his trademark entrance before the group*

Blue: Shadow!

Jawo': It's you!!

Shadow: Well well...we meet again...

Blue: I don't why you showed up, but I'm not gonna complain. In fact, you just saved us the trouble of tracking you down! Are you ready, guys!?

*The group, sans Lilia, draws their weapons and gets into position*

Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Hm!

Shadow: So, you want to fight? Is that it? Well you know I'm not one to turn down a challenge. Heh, bring it on!

Lilia: No! Stop!

Shadow: Hm?

Blue: Lilia?

Lilia: Please! No more fighting!

Blue: But Lilia...we...

Lilia: Please, Blue. I...I've had enough for one day. Let's just leave...

Blue: Uh...I...alright...you win. We'll let Shadow go for today.

Lilia: Thank you, Blue.

*Lilia walks up to Shadow and grabs his hand*

Lilia: Shadow...this is it. We don't have to fight eachother anymore. You can quit working for Kovah, and we can finally be friends now!

Shadow: Oh Lilia...

Lilia: Shadow...?

Shadow: Tsch, are you kidding me!?

Lilia: Aah!?

Shadow: I appreciate your help and all, but this is just too much fun to quit!

Lilia: But...but Shadow! I thought we--!

Shadow: Weren't you the one who said that Misty would be happy to see me happy?

Lilia: Uhm...yeah...I did, but...*scratches head*

Shadow: But nothing! Taking on you guys is what makes me the happiest! So I'm going to keep it up! Thanks for making me realize this, Lilia. I couldn't have done it without you! You're a real pal!

*With her mouth gaping, Lilia's body comically goes white*

Lilia: Uuh...

Shadow: Catch you later, Blue and friends! We'll definitely meet again! *salutes*

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Lilia: *eye twitches* ~_O

Blue: *facepalm*

Jawo': Thanks a lot, Lilia. Really. I mean it.

*Lilia freezes and comically falls over in place*


Lilia: ...

In recent events, the tragic past of the enigmatic Shadow is finally brought to the surface. And so, Lilia's kindred and caring spirit allows her to touch Shadow's heart and melt the thick layer of ice surrounding it, finally allowing him to leave the past behind me and look towards a happy future. And with a whole new lease on life, Shadow returns to his happy-go-lucky self. Although, that's not good news for Blue and the group, as it turns out he gains the most pleasure from doing battle with them! Having gained next to nothing from their experiences, the group packs up and leaves Holbech Town, continuing onward on their way to the Yule Desert and the 4th and final Guardian Statue

End Shadow's Lament Arc

Title: Re: AoBG 2: Lunar Monolith (Road to the Tower Arc/Trial of the Omnipotent SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 30 August, 2008, 01:52:20 pm
*Continuing on past Howell Town, the group arrives in the nearby city of Ingraham. A bustling city that's the center for all kinds of places to shop*

~~Ingraham City~~

Blue: So, where's this?

Lilia: Hmm...*reads map* The map says we're in Ingraham City.

Reese: Oh, so this is Ingraham City, huh? Cool! I heard this city is full of places to buy all of the latest stuff.

Lilia: Oooh! Stores! Think we can take a little break to go shopping!? I've just been dying to get my hands on some new clothes!

Jawo': Ugh, Lilia, you're such a girl. You know we don't have time for that sissy junk.

Blue: Yeah, Jawo's right. We've already wasted enough time with Shadow back in Howell Town. We need to keep moving or else we could be too late.

Lilia: *sigh* Oh fine...

Penny: Hmph, and besides, who would want to go around shopping for stupid clothes anyway? Tsch, that's so boring and lame, I swear.

Lilia: *gasp* But Penny! All girls love to shop!

Jawo': I told you, Lilia. She's not really a girl. She's a deranged wilderbeast in a girl's clothing.

Reese: Jawo'...that's not very nice...

Jawo': But it's the truth!

Penny: WHAT!? What did you call me!? Oooh, I oughta deck you good!

Jawo': Aah! She's on the attack! Quick! Bring out the tranquilizer!

Blue: That's enough, you two! Geez, you're giving me a headache...

Jawo': Hm...

Penny: Well he started it...

*The group continues on their way through the city. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, a few familiar faces have just completed their shopping at the local trinkets store*

Bob: Okay, you've got your goodies; now let's head on back. That Super Deluxe Interpolarary Time Portal isn't going to make itself, you know.

Zeldafan/Tobi: Right!

*The three make their way down the city streets on their way to the entry gate*

Tobi: So, Sempai, what did you get from the store, huh?

Zeldafan: Oh, just a few materials for potion-making. Hmm, let's see. I got...some Gorgon's eyes, Golem's hearts, a few Dragonstones, a shot of Black Matter, a 12-pack of rainbow fireflies, and...the latest issues of NaruXSasu doujins for the road! Heehee.

Tobi: That's great, Sempai! So...you wanna know what I got?

Zeldafan: Sure!

Tobi: Tobi bought a new Zabuza Sword after Link broke my other one last week. This time, it will NOT BE BEAT! *shakes fist*

Zeldafan: Eh...*scratches head* Is that it?

Tobi: Oh, no. I got a Hidden Mist Village Headband and a pack of rice paper!

Zeldafan: *facepalm* Tobi, you're hopeless...

Bob: Now now, Zeldafan. You can't blame Tobi for getting caught up in the latest fads. In fact, I remember a certain someone who had a thing for numbers that were...over 9000...

Zeldafan: Ugh, don't remind me. Geez, what a lame fad that was!

Tobi: Zabuza Sword is not a fad! It really can't be beat!

Zeldafan: *sarcastically* Sure Tobi. Whatever you say...

Tobi: Oooh! Then I'll just have to prove it to you! Take...this!!

*Tobi takes out his Zabuza Sword and whacks Zeldafan on the head with it*


Zeldafan: Ow! Tobi!

Tobi: Ha HA! I told you! Zabuza Sword cannot be beat!

Bob: Uhm...Tobi...*cough*

Tobi: Hunh?

*Tobi looks at the Zabuza Sword to see that it has been bent out of shape upon colliding with Zeldafan's noggin*

Tobi: Noooooooooo!

*Tobi falls to the ground and starts crying*

Tobi: *sobbing* Oh hoo hoo! Poor Zabuza Sword! Cut down in its prime! Oh why do the good die young!?

Bob: Erm...because it's made of cheap plastic?

Zeldafan: There there, Tobi. We'll have a funeral for Zabuza Sword when we get home. We'll even bury him in his original packaging.

Tobi: *sniff* It's what he would've wanted...

*As the three begin to round the corner, Blue and his group come up on the same corner from the other side. Tobi, too busy mourning over his lost Zabuza Sword, isn't paying attention ends up walking ahead and smacks right into Penny*

Tobi/Penny: Youch!!!

Reese: Ah! Penny! Are you okay!?

Penny: Ugh...*shakes head* Hey! Why don't you watch where you're going, pal!? You could've killed somebody!

Tobi: Shut up, you mean girl! *sniff* Tobi doesn't need this kind of stress right now...

Penny: Eh? What are you babbling about!?

Blue: Hm? Tobi...is that you?

Tobi: Unh? Blue! Hi there! *waves*

Penny: Huh? You know this weirdo, Blue?

Zeldafan: Hey, what's going on over here? Tobi?

Penny: Your buddy there crashed right into me! Maybe he should take off that Halloween mask so he can start seeing straight!

Zeldafan: Huh? Well aren't you the rude one!? His friend just died, you know.

Penny: Uh, what!?

Blue: Zeldafan! And you too!

Zeldafan: Oh? ...Blue-kun! Talk about a sight for sore eyes!

Lilia: Zeldafan! It's good to see you again!

Jawo': ZF, long time no see.

Zeldafan: Hey! It's Lilia and Jawo' too! Well isn't this a pleasant surprise? What are you guys doing here?

Blue: Well, if you must know, we're on another journey to save the planet.

Zeldafan: Ah! The world's in danger again!?

Blue: Yeah, tell me about it...*rubs head*

Zeldafan: Well, you know what they say, Blue. A hero's work is never done! Haha!

Bob: Hm. What's with all the hubbub?

Zeldafan: Bob, there you are! Look! It's Blue and the gang!

Bob: Oh? Well I'll be! It is them! Hello, my fine friends!

Blue: Bob! Good to see you!

Lilia: What brings to three of you all the way out here?

Jawo': Yeah, this is the last place I'd expect to see you guys.

Bob: Oh, we're working on a big expensive project now, so I just decided to let these two come into town and buy some goods from their favorite trinkets store before getting back to work. And we were just about to leave, weren't we?

Zeldafan/Tobi: *nods*

Penny: Wait! You can't leave yet!

Bob: Hn?

Penny: That guy still hasn't apologized for bumping into me like that! I will have retribution I tell you! *shakes fist*

Reese: Penny...don't cause a scene...

Penny: Shut up, Reese!

Bob: Hmm!

*Bob looks directly into Penny's face, as if he's observing her*

Penny: Ugh...what's the big idea, pops?

Bob: I see now! You must be Penny!

Penny: Yeah, I am. But how did you know that!? I never told you my name!

Blue: Uhm, there's a lot you need to know about Bob, Penny...

Penny: Hmph! Well I don't wanna know him!

Bob: Ha ha, you're quite the firecracker, you are. Just like a female version of Jawo' here.

Jawo': What!? I'm not like her! How could say that!?

Bob: Oh...definitely a female version of Jawo'.

Jawo': Hmph!

Bob: And now for you...

Reese: Uh?

*Bob looks at Reese like he did Penny*

Reese: Uh oh. Is something wrong...?

Bob: You...you're Reese, are you not?

Reese: Uhm, yeah. That's right. But...

Bob: You, Reese. You have quite the destiny awaiting you.

Reese: I...I do?

Bob: Oh yes. You see, Blue may be the head honcho, but you, you are the central focus! You may not be aware of it now, but much of this rides on your shoulders, young Reese.

Penny: Hey! What's this all about!? Who are you anyway!?

Bob: Me? Why...

*Bob strikes a pose*

Bob: My name is Bob the Omnipotent! But you can call me Bob. Oh, and don't let the title fool you, I'm not really omnipotent. But I do possess more power than the average mortal. I am Blue's friend, companion, mentor, and overall overseer.

Reese: Over...seer?

Bob: Yes! And as such, it is my job to make sure that he is traveling with companions fit for handling the task of saving the world. A task that Blue himself has accomplished oh so many times.

Jawo': Hey, wait a minute. If that's true, then why didn't you do this for the rest of us?

Lilia: Yeah! That's right!

Bob: Because I didn't think of it until now?

Jawo': Well gee, that makes a lot of sense...

Blue: Uhm, Bob, is all of this really necessary? These two have been a great help to me thus far. I have no doubt that they won't be a burden to me.

Bob: Ah, that may be true, Blue, but up until now, your trials have not been so great. An even harsher road lies ahead of you all and I must see to it that you, Blue, are ready to traverse it.

Jawo': But then...what are you going to do to them?

Bob: Oh. Nothing much. Just...a battle between me and them!

Lilia: A battle!?

Bob: That's right! To test the mettle of these newcomers, I will face them in battle myself!

Blue: But Bob...are you sure this is--

Bob: Be silent, Blue! Leave it to me!

Penny: Heh, so it's a fight you want, huh? Then I'll be happy to accomodate you!

Reese: Uhm, Penny. I'm not so sure about this. I mean...he looks pretty strong...

Bob: Reese, I have no doubts that you're integral to this quest and that you will continue to accompany Blue not matter the outcome. But YOU, Miss Penny. Should you prove incapable, you will leave Blue's company and return to your home where it is safe for you.

Penny: What!? Ooh, there's no way I'm going back home! Not now! I just can't!

Bob: Then I suggest that you try your best against me. Now...for a more...fitting environment.

Title: Re: AoBG 2: Lunar Monolith (Road to the Tower Arc/Trial of the Omnipotent SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 01 September, 2008, 07:43:44 pm
*Bob snaps his fingers, teleporting to group to a strange dimension. The dimension is a large open void where there is only a field of earth in the middle where the group stands*

Penny: Whoa! Where are we!?

Bob: This...is the place for battle.

Penny: Battle? Okay! Let's go!

*Penny draws her spinners and twirls them in anticipation*

Bob: Ah, so you wield spinners, I see. An interesting weapon. Now allow me to show you my weapon of choice.

Zeldafan: So what are you going to do, Bob? Huh?

Tobi: Are you gonna summon Trogdor to burninate her!?

Zeldafan: Or maybe you'll summon Optimus Prime to blast her! Blasting is cool.

Bob: Oh no. If I utilize my wide arsenal of summons, it'll be over in a twinkling. I think I'll go with a more...subtle..approach.

*Bob holds out his hand, materializing a rapier with which to wield*

Bob: Ah, I haven't used the ol' rapier in a while. I wonder if I still know my old techniques...

Tobi: Hey! It's Bob's rapier! Sweet!

Zeldafan: He hasn't used that in forever! Oooh! This is gonna be so cool to watch!

Lilia: Huh...I didn't know Bob knew how to use rapiers...*scratches head*

Blue: Me neither. But regardless, he's still gonna be a tough opponent. Penny! Be careful!

Penny: Don't worry about me, Blue! I can handle pops here. No sweat!

Blue: Penny...

Jawo': Don't bother, Blue. Maybe Bob will finally knock some sense into that rock head of hers! Go Bob! Get her!

Reese: Jawo'!

Bob: So, young Penny. Are you ready to face me?

Penny: I was born ready!

Tobi: Knock her block off, Bob! Make her pay for stealing my font color!

Penny: Why you...Another word out of you and I'll make you eat that mask!

Zeldafan: Hey! You can't talk to Tobi like that!

Penny: I can do whatever I want, prissy miss!

Zeldafan: Yeesh. Blue where did you find this one, huh? A dog kennel?

Blue: *grumble* No...

Jawo': Told you.

Bob: Now now, settle down, you two. My goal isn't to defeat Penny. It's merely to test her ability.

Jawo': But that doesn't mean you can't rough her up a bit, right?

Lilia: Jawo', that's enough!

*Lilia grabs Jawo's ear and tugs on it*

Jawo': Ow ow ow! Hey! Who do you think I am? ILS!? Oow!

Lilia: Well you certainly act as childish as he does! Now pipe down!

Penny: Hey hey hey! Are we going to stand here and talk all day or are we going to throw down!?

Bob: Very well. Let it begin now!

Penny: Hunh!?

*Without a moments delay, Bob quickly rushes in and lunges at Penny*

Bob: Sonic Thrust!

*Bob delivers a powerful forward thrust with his rapier. It strikes, sending Penny flying backwards*

Penny: Uwaaah!

*Before hitting the ground, Penny flips back and performs a safe landing*

Penny: *to herself* Sheesh, he sure is fast for an old guy. I better watch myself.

Bob: Ha ha! It looks like I still got it!

Zeldafan: Nice one, Bob!

Tobi: Yeah! You showed her!

Blue: Penny, stay on your toes! If you don't watch his movements, you won't be able to win!

Penny: Be quiet, Blue! I can do it myself!

Blue: But Penny...

Bob: Hmm, you might wanna listen to Blue, Penny. He's giving you helpful advice.

Penny: Rrrgh, I don't need any advice! Just shut up and fight me!

Bob: *sigh* If you insist. Then here I come!

*Bob dashes toward Penny once more*

Penny: You're not gonna get me this time! Try this! Double Thrust!

*Penny launches both her spinners at Bob in an attempt to halt his advance*

Bob: That's not going to work! I'll counter it with Double Demon Fang!

*Bob slashes twice on the run, generating two waves of energy that collide with Penny's oncoming spinners. The attack knocks her spinners away, allowing Bob to continue his advancement*

Penny: Aaah! No!!

Bob: Now you're open for attack! Sword Rain!

*Once within range, Bob unleashes a barrage of rapid thrusts upon Penny. Finishing the attack with a lunging stab that knocks Penny down*

Penny: Ungh!

Bob: Penny, that's no good. At this rate, you'll never defeat me.

Penny: Urk...shut up...you...ugh...

*Penny struggles, but is able to slowly rise to her feet*

Penny: I'm...not done yet!

Bob: Oh?

Penny: Yeah! Hah!!

*Penny begins to rapidly twirl her spinners over her head, creating an updraft of wind*

Bob: Hm? What's this...?

Penny: Haaaaah! Spinning Tornado!

*The updraft soon turns into a powerful whirling gust of wind that spreads outwards and engulfs Bob*

Bob: Urgh! You're not going to...get me so easily! Ha!

*Bob leaps into the air, jumping over and out of range of Penny's tornado attack*

Penny: What!? That can't be!

Bob: Now it's time for Eagle Dive!

*Bob stops in mid-air and descends from the sky at a rapid speed, feet first*

Bob: Here I go!

Penny: Ah! Oh no!

Blue: Penny! Get away! Hurry!

*But before Penny can evade, Bob lands and stomps the ground with tremendous force, generating a shockwave at blows Penny off of her feet*

Penny: Waaaaah! Oof!

Reese: Ah! Penny, are you okay!?

Penny: Ungh...leave...me alone!

Reese: But--

*Penny stands to her feet, although badly battered*

Penny: Just...stay...out of it! I can handle this myself!

Bob: Penny, can I ask you something?

Penny: What?

Bob: Why are you here?

Penny: Uh? What are you going on about?

Bob: Why is that you are on this journey? What is your purpose for traveling with Blue?

Penny: Oh yeah? I'll tell ya why! To get away from my father and that awful Healer's Hall. And to finally be able to battle tough opponents and polish my own skills as a fighter!

Bob: Hmm, a lofty goal...but petty.

Penny: What did you say!?

Bob: You'll never be able to defeat me with a heart driven by selfish desires.

Penny: Ooh, what do you know, huh!?

Bob: Quite a bit, actually. Penny, you have the potential to learn, but if you can tap into that potential is what really matters here.

Penny: What the--! I don't know what you're babbling about!

Bob: My my. Well until you can realize what you lack, dear Penny, I'm afraid your fate is sealed.

Penny: Hmph! You don't know anything about me! I'm tired of listening to you talk, old man! It's time I ended this battle!

*In addition to her two spinners, Penny reaches into her pockets and pulls out two more*

Penny: I think I'll show you my ultimate attack!

Bob: Very well then. Show me what you can do!

Title: Re: AoBG 2: Lunar Monolith (Road to the Tower Arc/Trial of the Omnipotent SubArc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 01 September, 2008, 08:02:18 pm
Penny: Okay! You asked for it!

*Penny's body begins to glow with her own mana*

Penny: Spinner Assault: Finite Destroyer!

*Now wielding 4 spinners at once, Penny launches them all into the air and infuses the ropes with mana. The powered-up spinners then begin to flail out of control as if they have a mind of their own*

Penny: Ha ha! Let's see how tough you are now! Go!!

Bob: Mmph!

*On Penny's command, the spinners lash out towards Bob and attempt to attack him*

Bob: This could be cumbersome...

Zeldafan: Ah! Bob, they're coming right for you! Look out!

Bob: You needn't fret over me, Zeldafan. I'll be just fine. You'll see.

Penny: That's what you think! Go! Pound him into the ground!

*The spinners dive down towards Bob. Bob leaps backwards, dodging the oncoming attacks. This causes the spinners to smash into the ground instead, suprisingly cratering the ground upon impact*

Lilia: Whoa! Did you see that attack!?

Jawo': Yeah... Man, that's some power it's packing. I'd hate to get hit by that...

Bob: Bwah! *to himself* I can't afford to get struck by those spinners. One hit and it could be over...

Penny: Hahaha! Don't think it's over yet! The fun's just getting started!

*The spinners continue their relentless assault on Bob. Every attempt they make at striking him is avoided, but they cease to let up*

Bob: *to himself* I must admit...she's more formidable than I first percieved. If I want Penny's lesson to be learned, then I must quickly end this battle in my favor!

Penny: So, 4 spinners isn't enough for you, is it? Okay, then how about 6!?

*Penny reaches into her pocket and pulls out 2 more spinners. She then adds them to the 4, putting further pressure on Bob*

Penny: Any chance you just had of winning is gone! Time to say goodnight!

Reese: Penny! Please! Don't you think you're overdoing it!?

Penny: No way! Nobody calls me selfish and gets away with it! I'll show the old man that I can beat him! Even if it takes everything I've got!

Reese: Penny, wait! Ugh...Blue, can't you stop her somehow!?

Blue: I could, but I won't.

Reese: What? Why!?

Blue: Because Reese, it's not our place to interfere. This is Penny's trial, and she has to overcome it on her own.

Reese: I know that, but...*sigh* It's just I've never seen her act so cynical before. It's...frightening...

*The spinners make attempt after attempt to strike down Bob, but even with 6, they cannot keep up with his swift movements. Though after a while, he begins to tire and move slower*

Bob: *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

Zeldafan: Hunh?

Tobi: Sempai, is something the matter?

Zeldafan: It's Bob. I think...he's growing fatigued.

Tobi: Fatigued? From just that attack? No way! Tobi could dodge that in his sleep!

Zeldafan: Sheesh, not everybody can use the Sharingan like you can, Tobi. Avoiding attacks isn't as easy for him as it is for you. And I'd say it's starting to take its toll.

Tobi: But then...what should he do, sempai?

Zeldafan: Well if you ask me, I think he'd better end this fight now, before it ends for him.

*Bob stops moving*

Bob: *panting* Hah...ha...darnit. I've wasted too much energy avoiding her attacks. I cannot be allowed to waste anymore. I must...try a different approach...

Zeldafan: Bob, he...he stopped! He can't go on anymore! No!

Penny: Heh! So you're all tuckered out, are you? Good! There's nothing better than a still target! Now I can finish you off easily!

*Penny pulls her spinners back and thrusts all 6 of them foward straight at Bob for one final attack*

Zeldafan: Bob! You have to do something!

Tobi: Aieeeeee! He's gonna get creamed! I can't look! *covers eye hole*

Lilia: Is this it? Could Bob really lose this fight?

Jawo': Heh, Penny beating Bob? There's just no way. He's gotta have something up his sleeve. I just know it.

Bob: This is it. It's all or nothing now!

*As the spinners approach, Bob gathers the last of his energy to leap past the inital attack. He jumps on top of one of the spinner's mana-infused ropes and run along it*

Zeldafan: Ah! Bob! He...he...!

Lilia: Wow! How did he do that!?

Jawo': Hey, that's a pretty awesome move he just pulled.

Blue: And a smart one.

Lilia: Can you explain that, Blue?

Blue: Sure. I can only wager a guess, but Bob must've known that the mana-infused ropes would allow for ample weight support. So instead of trying to dodge his way past Penny's spinners, he tricked her into believing that he didn't have enough energy left to avoid her attacks. Thus making her believe that there would be no risk in attacking him directly.

Jawo': Oh! I see what you're saying now! That lead to Penny attacking in a straight line, which allowed Bob the perfect walking path straight to Penny's undefended face!

Lilia: Ah! That's genius!

Blue: Yeah, you're telling me. It takes a really experienced combatant to be able to both conceive and utilize such an astute strategy in the heat of battle.

Jawo': Heh, that Bob. He really is something else. And here I thought he was just an annoying director...

*Bob continues running along the rope and advances on Penny*

Bob: Here I come, Penny!

Penny: Waaah! Nooo! How can this be!? It's impossible!

*Penny's spinners lose their mana infusion and fall lifeless to the ground. Bob then continues his advance on solid ground*

Bob: I hope you're ready for this!!

Penny: No! I can't lose now!

Bob: Haaaaaaaaah!

Penny: Aaaaaaaaaagh!!

*Once within range, Bob rears back to strike, but instead of delivering a full frontal attack, he gently plucks Penny on her nose*

Penny: Ugh! Hey! *rubs nose*

Bob: I win. *smiles*

*With the battle won in Bob's favor, the group departs from the strange dimension and returns to the center of Ingraham City where they once were*

Lilia: Hey, we're back now.

Jawo': I guess that means the fight is over.

Reese: So...Penny lost...?

Blue: It looks like it, Reese.

Bob: Well, Miss Penny. It appears that I claim victory today.

Penny: Tsch! I just can't believe it...

Zeldafan: Bob...did it? He won?

Tobi: He won! Bob won! Huzzah!

Zeldafan: Yay! I knew he could do it! You know what this calls for, don't ya, Tobi?


*Zeldafan and Tobi initiate in a congratulatory happy dance*

Penny: *sadly* Hmph...so I guess this means I have to go home now...right?

Reese: Penny...

Bob: Well, that depends.

Penny: Huh?

Bob: What did you learn from our fight? If you can tell me what it is that you lack, then I will permit you to remain in Blue's company.

Penny: Uhm...*scratches head*

Bob: *sigh* Very well. I will give you a freebie, but JUST this once. Penny, the will to fight burns brightly within you, I can see that clearly. But what you lack...is the will to protect.

Penny: The will...to protect?

Bob: Yes. Our power grows stronger and stronger as we think of the ones we want to protect. Take Blue for example. He fights not for personal gain...

Blue: But for all of you, my friends. As well as everyone else on Earth. I want to protect everyone's lives. Because everybody has a right to live and I fight...to preserve that right.

Bob: Spoken like a true hero, Blue.

Blue: *nods* Thank you.

Bob: And I'm certain that all of his friends share his sentiments. Is that correct, Lilia and Jawo'?

Lilia: That's right! I'll stick by Blue, always! His goals...his dreams...they are my own. And I'll fight with him...to help him acheive it.

Jawo': Blue already said it well enough, I think. I fight for the sake of my friends. To protect the planet, and the lives of all of those caught inbetween. That is why I'll continue to stay by Blue's side. ...Having kickass adventures is a plus too. Heheh.

Bob: Well, Reese? How about you?

Reese: Hmm, uhm...I've never known what it meant to fight to protect those close to me. But after meeting Blue, I now know what it means. The lives of everyone that I care about, Headmaster Bringas, Nurse Underwood, Cassidy, everyone at the academy, and even all of you! They're all counting on me to do my part to help save the world. And I promise I'll try my best no matter what!

Bob: Well said, young Reese. And as you must know, we too share Blue's ideals. That is why we are always there to lend him our aid, under any circumstance.

Zeldafan: Yeah! We want to protect the planet just as much as Blue does!

Tobi: And so long as that remains true, I'll always be sure to give the bad guys a taste of my jutsu!

Bob: Now do you see, Penny? All of us, we all have a reason to fight. A purpose to protect. Isn't there someone that you wish to protect?

Penny: ...*sniff*

Bob: Penny?

*Tears begin to falls from Penny's eyes*

Penny: I...I want to protect...my family...

Bob: Oh?

Penny: My father. I know, that he can be a big pain sometimes, but he's still my dad. And I don't want to see anything bad happen to him. And my sister...Prima. I know that she's on the wrong side, that's why I want to continue on. I want to save her from Kovah's grip, and bring her back home with me. So..so we can be a family again!

Bob: Ah, that's very admirable...

Penny: But...but that's not all. I want to protect my friends as well! I know, I may not show it very well. I may be rude and a little obnoxious...

Jawo': A little? How about a hell of a lo--

Lilia: Jawo'!

*Lilia elbows Jawo' in the gut*

Jawo': Oof!!

Penny: But, you guys...you're all my best friends! I want to keep all of you safe from harm! ...And yes, even the cheesehead Jawo'.

Jawo': *grumble*

Bob: *claps* Bravo, Penny. In such a short time, you've already come so far. I'm glad to hear it.

Penny: So...*sniff* I don't have to go home now...?

Bob: *shakes head* No. I think you're more than earned your right to stay in Blue's company.

Penny: I-I did!? *wipes tears* Yes!

Bob: Haha! Just promise me that you'll be a little nicer to your companions from now on, okay?

Penny: Heehee, I promise!

Jawo': Hah, let's see how long that'll last, huh?

Penny: Agh! You jerk!

*Penny punches Jawo' in the head*

Jawo': Youch! Ugh...why do I keep getting hurt today...? *rubs head*

Bob: Hahaha! I guess some things need a little more work than others. *sigh* Ah well. Blue...it's about time we got going.

Blue: Huh? You're leaving already?

Bob: I'm afraid so. But do not worry, for if you inquire any need of our help, all you have to do is call.

Zeldafan: Mhm! We'll come running lickety-split!

Tobi: And then Tobi'll give em a Great Fireball Jutsu!

Blue: Heheh, I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

Bob: Take care, Blue and friends. You've been through this many a time before, so I'm sure you know what you need to do.

Blue: *nods* Hm.

Bob: Zeldafan! Tobi! Come! We're leaving.

Zeldafan:*nods* Alrighty. Bye Blue-kun! Everyone! See you all again soon, I hope!

Tobi: So long! Bye-bye!

*After saying their farewells to Blue and his group, the trio parts ways with them and continues through the city*

Lilia: Well...it looks like they're gone.

Jawo': So we should get going too, right?

Blue: Yeah. Let's go, everyone.

Reese: Alright.

Penny: Okay. Let's do it.

Blue: ...Hey...Penny, just a second.

Penny: Huh? Yeah, Blue?

Blue: *winks and gives a thumbs up* I'm proud of you.

Penny: Ah! You are!? *blushes* Oh honey!

Blue: Uwah!

*Penny rushes up and hugs Blue tight*

Penny: Mmm! I knew you loved me! <3

Blue: Yeesh. Me and my big mouth...

After a fateful encounter with Blue's old companions, Bob, Zeldafan, and Tobi, a misguided Penny learns anew the value of having a righteous purpose. With the will to protect burning brightly in her heart, Penny rejoins Blue not as a petty brawler, but as a true protector of the innocent. With this revelation, she will undoubtedly have the power to overcome any future trials that may stand in her path

End Trial of the Omnipotent SubArc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Tower Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 03 September, 2008, 06:47:36 pm
~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Prima returns to the dark palace hideout after the episode at the Swigis Temple*

Prima: Well, I'm back.

Kovah: So you have. I trust that everything went as planned?

Prima: Yeah...except...

Kovah: Hm?

Prima: I managed to destroy the Guardian Statue...but just barely.

Kovah: What do you mean, Prima?

Prima: At the temple, I ran into Blue and his pesky friends.

Kovah: You...fought with Blue and his companions?

Prima: That's right. Not holding anything back, I conjured Kokuryuu, my most powerful beast, to battle them. I thought I had them on the ropes. I was certain that I would win! But...agh! They defeated him!

Kovah: They...defeated Kokuryuu? But how!?

Prima: They uncovered my weakness...and exploited it. Blast it! Blue and his band of rats are tougher than I thought...

Deke: ...Or maybe...you're just weak.

Prima: What!? What did you say to me, Deke!?

Deke: You understood me very well. You're just a lowly conjurer with a loud mouth and no talent. Heh, it's no wonder that Blue's group was able to defeat you so easily.

Prima: Rrrrrggh! I'll make you regret opening that mouth of yours! *cracks whip* You're mine!

Deke: Try me.

*Prima and Deke stare eachother down and prepare to fight when Kovah interrupts*

Kovah: That's enough. Now isn't the time for us to bicker amongst one another.

Deke: Mmph, fine.

Prima: Hmph!

Kovah: Despite Prima's loss at the hands of Blue, she still managed to destroy the 3rd Guardian Statue. That is all that matters to me.

Prima: Huh? But Kovah! What about me!? I barely escaped with my life!

Kovah: Then that is YOUR problem, Prima. If you could be so pathetic as to lose your life at the hands of your opponent, then you are not worthy to obtain the power of the Lunar Monolith.

Prima: But...but--!

Kovah: Be silent!!!

Prima: Eep!

Kovah: Relieve yourself from my sight, Prima. Your presence sickens me.

Prima: But Kovah, I--!

Kovah: Go now!!! Or else I'll save Blue the trouble and kill you myself.

Prima: Aah! Mmmn...

*Prima tightly clenches her in anger and slowly walks away in shame until leaving the room*

Deke: So, what will you do with her?

Kovah: She still has some use to me for the time being, so I will use her. But once she's outlived that usefulness...I will dispose of her promptly. I trust you have no objections, Deke?

Deke: None at all.

Kovah: Very well. Now that just leaves the issue of the 4th and final Guardian Statue.

Deke: You mean the one hidden within the Yule Desert?

Kovah: Precisely. I was going to have Shadow go, but since he is currently...unavailable...I will have to leave the task to you, Deke.

Deke: As you wish, my colleague.

Kovah: Now go. Hurry. You mustn't allow Blue and his companions to arrive before you do. And if you should happen to face them in combat, annihilate them.

Deke: Understood. If they should confront me, I will utterly decimate them with my raging inferno.

Kovah: Hehehe, I'd expect no less from you, Deke.

Deke: And once they and the statue are out of the way, the island will rise again, and the path to the monolith will open. And at last, I will be able to purge you from the darkness that controls you.

Kovah: What? You're still babbling about this "evil" and "darkness"? I told you, I am fine.

Deke: But Kovah, my friend, you are not...

Kovah: I've heard enough of your nonsense, Deke! Head for the desert at once!

Deke: *sigh* Understood.

*Deke disappears, leaving the hideout. Soon after, he reappears in the Yule Desert*

~~Yule Desert~~

Deke: Hmm...so this is the place. Now I must seek out the Vaughan Tower in the center of the desert. That shouldn't be too difficult for me.

*Deke's power over fire provides him with a promising resistance against the harsh desert heat. He continues onward at a steady pace, until he begins to hear a slight rumbling sound in front of him*

Deke: Hn? I hear something. In front of me...

*The rumbling noise grows louder*

Deke: Hunh? And behind me as well...

*The rumbling grows even louder*

Deke: And now to my left also. This...is odd.

*Several moments later, 3 giant serpents, like the one that Blue and co. fought in the Yanju Wastelands, burst from the sands, immediately surrounding Deke*


Deke: Hmm...these appear to be Yule Serpents. A subspecies of serpent native to the Yule Desert, and cousin to the Yanju Serpent variety. Interesting...

*Without hesitating, the three serpents spew a stream of flames from their mouths at Deke*

Deke: *smirks* Hmph.

*Deke makes no attempt to evade, allowing himself to be engulfed by the serpents deadly flames. When the flames clear, Deke reappears completely unharmed, being resistant to fire-based attacks*

Deke: It's futile. I cannot be beaten by my own element.

*Realizing that their attack was ineffective, one of the serpents lunges forward and coils its long body around Deke, binding him. It then begins to squeeze him tightly, yet Deke shows no signs of pain*

Deke: Foolish creature. Now burn! Super heat!

*Deke's body begins to glow bright red, increasing his body temperature to several hundred degrees. The serpent's body starts to sizzle and burn*

Serpent1: Hss ss ss ss ss!!!

*The serpent immediately uncoils Deke and retreats backwards, licking its burn with its slithering tongue*

Deke: ...Is that all? Or might I have a go now?

Serpent2: Hsssssssssssss!

Deke: No? Fine. Have it your way. But be aware that this is your last try.

*Another serpent lunges at Deke with its mouth gaping wide open, attempting to swallow him alive*

Deke: So...it's a meal you want, is it? ...Very well! I'll give you one!

*Deke summons forth his large battle ax from thin air. Once the serpent comes within range, Deke shoves the ax in its mouth, standing upwards. Halting the serpents attack and barring it from closing its mouth*

Deke: Well well...I believe that was your last attempt, wasn't it? Now...it's my turn to attack.

*Deke's eyes glow bright red*

Deke: Prepare....to feel the Flames of Destruction! *clenches fist*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Road to the Tower Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 04 September, 2008, 06:32:50 pm
*Meanwhile, some time after Deke had come through, Blue and the others arrive at the Yule Desert*

Blue: Man, just our luck. It just had to be another desert...

Jawo': No kidding. Could those old crones pick a worse spot to hide a statue?

Lilia: Well, it can't be helped now. Let's just try to make the best of it, okay?

Reese: Yeah! I bet it's not even all that bad.

Jawo': Oh is that right, huh? Well you'll see, Reese. Maybe you'll change your mind once you're burning in agony.

Reese: *gulp* Agony...?

Jawo': That's right. The scorching desert sun casting its deadly rays upon your back, slowly searing your skin as if you were a slab of meat on the skillet. Oh, and you can't forget the blazing sands that eat through your shoe soles like a wild pirahna feeding on its next meal.

Reese: Aaaaah! Nooooooo! I don't wanna burn up!

Penny: Tsch. Oh whatever, Jawo'! You're full of it!

Jawo': Am I, Penny? You might wanna take it from someone's who's been through it before.

Penny: Hmph. I'd sooner listen to a cactus than I would you. Let's go, Reese.

Reese: Uh huh...

Jawo': Okay...don't say I didn't warn you...

*The group continues through the desert. But as time goes on, the heat starts to get to them as their walking pace gradually decreases to a sluggish crawl*

Reese: *panting* Hah...So...hot...ha...

Penny: *panting* Must...Hah...have water...ugh...

*Reese falls to his knees and then flat on his face*

Lilia: Ah! Reese!

*Lilia picks up Reese and gently shakes him*

Lilia: Reese! Reese, can you hear me!?

Reese: I'm burning....in agony...

Lilia: No! We're losing him!

Jawo': Meh, if only you would've listened to me. You should've took initiative and came prepared! Heheheh.

*Jawo' takes out a ice cold can of Sprite and opens it*

Jawo': Now all you can do is watch as I obey my thirst and partake in limoney refreshment.

*Jawo' lifts his can up to drink when Penny snatches it away at the last second*

Jawo': Uh!?

Penny: Gimme!

Jawo': Hey! Give that back, you thief! That's mine!

Penny: Heh, are you kidding me? No way! Maybe this'll teach you not to taunt us like that.

*Penny lifts up the can to drink, when Lilia snatches it away*

Penny: Hey! What gives!?

Lilia: How could you two be so selfish!? Reese needs this more than the both of you!

*Lilia opens Reese's mouth and pours the entire can down his throat. He then slowly opens his eyes*

Lilia: Reese, are you alright?

Reese: *relieved sigh* That's just what I needed! Thanks, Lilia.

Lilia: Sure!

Jawo': That was my drink, you know. *sigh* And my last one...

*The group goes even farther into the desert, but they halt their advance when they feel a rumbling beneath the sand, much like the kind that Deke experienced*

Jawo': Hey...does anyone else feel that?

Lilia: You mean...that rumbling?

Jawo': Yeah, that's it, alright. Sounds like trouble...

Reese: What do you think it is?

Blue: I don't know, but...something about it seems...familiar...

*Moments later, a single Yule Serpent emerges from the sand and immediately spews a stream of fire at the group*

Reese: Aah! It's a desert monster!

Blue: It's coming! Watch out!

*The group leaps to the side, managing to avoid the serpent's attack. After realizing its failure, the serpent retreats back into the sand*

Blue: Phew...that was close. Is everyone alright?

Jawo': I'm good.

Lilia: Me too.

Reese: So am I. But...what was that thing?

Penny: *enamored* Wow!!

Reese: Huh? Penny?

Penny: It...it was...a...a Yule Serpent!

Blue: A...Yule Serpent?

Penny: Yes yes yes! It's a powerful creature indigenous to this desert region! To actually be confronted by one of those here and now! It's like a dream!

Lilia: Penny, you DO realize that it's a dangerous and volatile monster, don't you? *scratches head*

Jawo': *facepalm* Only someone like Penny would be excited to meet a giant snake in the middle of a scorching desert.

Blue: Hmm, well now I know why it was so familiar. We fought a snake just like that one back in the Yanju Wastelands.

Jawo': Oh right, I'm remember that thing...

Penny: *gasp* You guys fought a Yanju Serpent!? No fair! I've always wanted to take one of those down!

Lilia: *sweatdrop* Heh heh, Penny, you're one odd gal.

*Just then, the rumbling commences once again*

Lilia: Ugh! It's happening again!

Jawo': The serpent! It must be coming back!

Blue: Stay alert, everyone! It could come from anywhere!

*The serpent suddenly remerges from the ground right between the group*

Serpent: Hssssssssssssss!!!

Reese: It's here!

Blue: Now's our chance! Let's get him!

Penny: Alright! Leave it to me!

*Penny launches her spinners at the serpent, wrapping them tightly around its body*

Penny: Ah ha! Now I got you!

*Penny attempts to restrain the serpent, but it's too large for her to handle. It trashes around, loosing her grip and flinging her into the air*

Penny: Ah! Uwaaaaaaaaah!!

Lilia: No! Penny!

*Penny plummets towards the ground and plows into the sand below. The impact knocking her unconscious*

Penny: Ugh, rats...

Lilia: Penny! Hang on!

Serpent: Hsssssssss!

*Lilia attempts to run over to Penny, but the serpent spots her and intercepts with a fire stream attack aimed straight for her*

Jawo': Lilia! Behind you!

Lilia: Uh? ...Aaaah!!

Blue: She won't dodge it in time! I have to help her!

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Spread!!!

*A geyser of compressed water shoots upwards from the sand in front of Lilia, causing the fire stream to collide with it instead. The spell acts as a shield and fizzles out the attack, protecting Lilia*

Lilia: Blue! Thanks!

Blue: Heh! *thumbs up*

Reese: Now it's my turn!

*Reese plucks two arrows from his quiver and loads them into his bow*

Reese: Double Shot!

*Reese fires the two arrows at the serpent landing them both in each of its eyes, effectively blinding it*


*In desperation, the serpent spews fire streams in all directions, none of them striking anywhere near the group*

Jawo': Alright, Reese! You did it! The serpent's completely helpless now!

Blue: Okay, Jawo'! Set me up!

Jawo': You got it, Blue!

*Jawo holds up his sword and prepares a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Meltdown!

*Jawo's blade melts down into a liquid, which then slides its way towards the blind serpent and attaches to it. It then spreads, until the serpents entire body is covered in the molten crystal. It finally hardens, ensnaring and encasing the serpent entirely*

Blue: Good work, Jawo'.

Jawo': Now it's all you, Blue! Go for it!

Blue: Yeah.

*Blue prepares another spell*

Blue: Flame Lance!

*A giant spear of flames plunges from the sky and pierces the serpent's now crystallized body*

Blue: And now to finish it! Hmph!

*Blue pulls back his hand, causing the flame lance to explode with a fiery blast. The explosion shatters the serpent completely, sending its crystallized remains scattering everywhere*

Jawo': Yes! We did it! Now that's what I call teamwork. That serpent never knew what hit em! Ha ha!

Lilia: Blue! Guys! You did it!

Blue: Lilia! Penny!

*Lilia rejoins the group, carrying a conscious Penny around her shoulder*

Reese: Penny, are you alright? You're not hurt, are you?

Penny: I'm fine, Reese. That stupid snake was stronger than it looks...

Lilia: You should be more careful from now on, Penny. Next time you might get worse than just a bump and a scratch!

Penny: You're right...

Blue: I'm glad to see you're okay, Penny; But we should keep going. We don't wanna run into any more of those things.

Jawo': Right. Who knows how many more of those snakes are lurking out there? We'd best hurry to the tower.

Blue: Let's go, guys. The tower can't be far off now.

*The group continues further ahead into the central reaches of the desert. But they soon come across something the blows their minds*

Penny: Euck! What...are those?

Blue: They're...they're skeletons...

Lilia: But...not just any skeletons. They're Yule Serpent skeletons! three of them!

Jawo': So they're old dusty bones. What's the big deal?

Lilia: *shakes head* Jawo', these bones are too fresh to be those of long-dead serpents...

Reese: Lilia, what are you getting at?

Lilia: Penny...do you know if the Yule Serpents have any natural predators? You know, any other animals that might've done this?

Penny: Hmm...nope. Not that I know of. I'm pretty certain that the serpent is at the top of the food chain in its particular ecosystem.

Lilia: Then that can only mean one thing...

Blue: Someone...a person, had to have done this to them. And whoever did it burned the flesh right off their bones.

Lilia: And fairly recently, I might add. Judging from the tinture of the bones, there was flesh on them just a few hours ago.

Jawo': But I don't get it. What does that have to do with us?

Blue: Think about it for a second, Jawo'. If the serpent has no predators, and the time of death was only a few hours ago, that could only mean that our enemy got here ahead of us. And that he's the one responsible for this.

Reese: Huh? Are you serious, Blue?

Jawo': Wait a minute, don't you think you're jumping to conclusions, here? I mean, heh, it took all five of us to take down one serpent. And you're trying to tell me that one of them could take down three all by himself?

Blue: That's exactly what I'm saying, Jawo'.

Jawo': What!?

Lilia: That's the only logical explanation. Nothing else makes sense...

Jawo': What!? But...that's insane! Not even Shadow could do that! Who could be powerful enough to do something like that!?

Blue: *shakes head* I don't know. But if it turns out...that it really is our enemy who's behind this...

Jawo': Then...we're going to have one hell of a fight on our hands...

*Meanwhile, at the Vaughan Tower entrance, Deke arrives*

~~Vaughan Tower Entrance~~

Deke: This must be the Vaughan Tower. It seems I've arrived sooner than I imagined.

*Deke prepares to walk in, when he senses something nearby and stops*

Deke: Hn? What's this...presense...I feel? There are five of them. ...Now I see. It could be none other than Blue's group. Heheh, so they've come afterall. Well, if the desert heat doesn't kill them, I will make certain to give them an intensely warm welcome...

As the group continues on their way to towards the Vaughan Tower, they stumble across Deke's battle spoils. The group gazes upon the incinerated remains in both astonishment and fear, realizing just how powerful of a force they're dealing with. Do Blue and his friends have what it takes to quell Deke's Flames of Destruction? Or will they share the same fate as the three serpents before them?

End Road to the Tower Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Deke Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 September, 2008, 08:41:50 am
*Deke enters the haven of Vaughan Tower. And it's not long before he reaches the summit, coming face to face with the 4th and final Guardian Statue*

~~Vaughan Tower, Summit~~

Deke: Could this be...the Guardian Statue?

*Deke walks up to the statue and observes it closely*

Deke: Yes...this must be it. This statue...is the final obstacle that stands between us and the Lunar Monolith. With it out of the way, I will be one step closer to saving Kovah. One step closer...to bringing him back.

*Deke summons forth his battle ax and prepares to strike*

Deke: You will bar my path no longer! Fall, Guardian Statue! Hrraggh!

*Deke takes a giant swing at the statue, cutting it directly in half. The top half slides away from the bottom, falling to the ground and shattering to pieces*

Deke: And now...none remain...

*Afterwards, the entire area begins to rumble and shake*

Deke: I wonder...is this shaking being caused by the island's resurfacing...?

*Meanwhile, Blue and the others enter the Vaughan Tower and are quickly ascending. They too feel the effects of shaking*

Lilia: Ugh! What's this shaking!?

Jawo': Is it another serpent!?

Blue: No, it can't be. Something else has to be causing it!

Reese: But what, Blue?

Blue: I don't know, Reese. But...perhaps... Ah!! (The Guardian Statue!)

Penny: Blue, what's the matter!?

Blue: There's no time to explain! We have to hurry!

Lilia: Blue...you think the last statue was destroyed, don't you?

Blue: I do, Lilia.

Reese: What!? That can't be true! ...Can it?

Blue: *shakes head* We don't have time to sit here and ponder it.

Jawo': You're right! The only way to find out to go up there and see for ourselves!

Blue: Let's go!

*Blue and his friends continue to ascend the tower. Meanwhile, at the Elder's Hall in Asroc City, The Elders too know of what has just occured*

Elder1: No! This can't be!

Elder2: How could this happen!?

Shina: What? Elders, what's happening!? Tell me!

Elder3: Blue...and his companions, they've...failed.

Shina: Huh? What are you talking about? What do you mean they've failed?

Elder4: All of the Guardian Statues...have been destroyed.

Shina: Ah!

Elder5: Now...nothing will stop the island from resurfacing. And the path to the Lunar Monolith will open once again...

Shina: No...Deke...Kovah...

*Meanwhile, back at the tower summit, the shaking ceases*

Deke: The island, it has remerged. Now, all that remains...

*The group arrives at the tower summit, only to see Deke standing amongst the ruins of the final Guardian Statue*

Deke: ...is to annihilate Blue and his friends.

Lilia: Ah! Look! The statue!

Reese: No! We were too late!

Blue: Damnit! So my hunch was correct afterall. The last statue really is gone...

Deke: Hmm, Blue and friends. So you've come. I must commend you.

Blue: Huh? For what...?

Deke: For putting that little brat Prima in her place.

Penny: Prima? How do you know my sister?

Deke: That meddlesome child. Ever since the day she first approached us, she's been nothing but an annoying and pretentious thorn in my side.

Penny: What?

Deke: What a pathetic excuse for a living creature. Just the sight of her makes me want to cringe in utter disgust.

Penny: Hey! Shut up! You can't talk about my sister like that!

Deke: Hm? I'm only telling the truth. And what difference does it make to you? I thought you two hated eachother.

Penny: Well...well..maybe...but she's still my sister! And nobody but me can say things like that about her! You hear!? So I suggest you hold your tongue before I rip it out of your mouth!

Deke: Heh, no matter. She'll be disposed of soon anyhow.

Penny: What did you say!?

Deke: Once she's not longer useful to us, she will be killed. Hopefully I will be able to do the honors.

Penny: You...why you!!

*Penny tries to rush towards Deke, but Blue puts out his arm and holds her back*

Blue: No, Penny! You can't attack him! Not yet!

Penny: But Blue! He--!

Blue: I know...

Lilia: So, if you know Prima, then that must mean you're working for Kovah too!

Deke: You're wrong in assuming that. I am not working for Kovah.

Lilia: Huh?

Deke: I fight...to save him. That is my only goal.

Jawo': Save him? What are you talking about? Who are you...?

Deke: My name...is Deke.

Lilia: Deke? That name sounds familiar...

Reese: Deke...isn't he the one Shina told us about?

Lilia: Oh! Now I remember! He and Shina are Kovah's former companions!

Jawo': *angrily* So it's him. He's the one...that abandonned his friends...

Blue: Jawo'?

*Jawo steps forward and addresses Deke*

Jawo': You! How dare you do this! How dare you do that to your friends!

Deke: What? How do you know of Shina?

Jawo': We've been to Asroc. She told us everything, about what happened 16 years ago. You betrayed your friend's hope!

Deke: I did no such thing.

Jawo': Liar!!!

Blue: Jawo'! Calm yourself! What are you--

Jawo': Just shut up, Blue! Stay out of it!

Blue: Guh!

Lilia: Jawo'...

Deke: I don't know what you're talking about. If Shina indeed told you everything, then you would know that I left to follow Kovah. To find a way to save him.

Jawo': And some good that's doing, huh!? You've followed him, leaving Shina alone for 16 long years! And for what!? Just to end up helping him doing what you were meant to prevent!?

Deke: You don't understand.

Jawo': What don't I understand!?

Deke: I had no choice. This...this was all I could do. The only way I could think of...to save Kovah...

Jawo': Your way of saving him is by unleashing an evil power upon the world!? Is that what you're saying!?

Deke: It...is not...like that.

Jawo': Then tell me! What is it!?

Deke: Hmph...

Jawo': Don't you realize the harm of what you're doing!? Even if unleashing the power frees Kovah's mind, the entire world'll crumble due to your efforts! You wouldn't have saved anything. You would've only succeeded in bringing an end to all that you and everyone else holds dear! Where's the sense in that? Where's the justification!?

Deke: Shut. Up.

Jawo': What!?

Deke: This is the only way I can save Kovah. The only way that I know how. I will do whatever it takes to save my friend, even if it means destroying the entire planet.

Jawo': Are you insane!?

Deke: No...I'm dedicated.

Jawo': You...you blackheart!!

Blue: Jawo', that's enough!

Jawo': But Blue!

Blue: Stop it! Nothing you say will change his mind! Can't you see that!?

Jawo': But...but I...

Lilia: Blue's right, Jawo'! We have no choice but to fight him!

Jawo': ...Hm! Alright! If words won't work, then I'll let my sword do the talking!

Deke: Hah hah, so you've finally come to your senses, have you?

Jawo': Yeah, I have. But I can't say the same for you.

Deke: Hmph, on the contrary, I have a very firm hold of my senses. And I know that I follow the right path.

Jawo': You wish, you creep.

Deke: The time for talk has passed. Now it's time for you to die.

Blue: Sorry to say pal, but we don't plan on dying just yet.

Deke: But of course. Nobody plans to die. It just...happens. Like now, for example. You're about to suffer an unforunate accident.

Jawo': Ergh! I've heard enough out of you! You're going down now!

Deke: So be it. Once I'm through with you, there won't even be any ashes left to scatter in the wind.

Blue: What...?

Deke: My scorching flames will consume you!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Deke Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 September, 2008, 08:08:52 pm
Jawo': I'm going in first! Cover me!

Blue: Jawo', wait! Don't!

Jawo': Hrragh!

*Not heeding Blue's warning, Jawo' draws his sword and dashes directly towards Deke*

Jawo': You're mine!!!

Deke: Hmph, fool.

Jawo: Ha!!

Deke: Super heat...

*Jawo' prepares to strike as Deke's body temperature greatly increases. He swings, but once the blade comes within close proximity of Deke's heated body, it melts away in mid-attack, making it ineffective*

Jawo': What!? I-Impossible! How did he--!

Lilia: Jawo's sword! It...it..

Reese: It melted! Just like that!

Deke: Hm? Well that was unexpected. I don't think I became hot enough to melt metal...

Blue: Mmn, I thought that would happen. Crystal can't stand up to such intense heat.

Deke: Oh, so it's crystal, you say? Ha ha...hahahahaha!!!

Jawo': Ergh...what's so funny!?

Deke: You actually wield a blade forged from crystal? Hah, I couldn't ask for a better matchup. Defeating you will be a breeze.

Jawo': That's what you think!

*Jawo's blade instantly reforms. He then holds it up and prepares a technique*

Blue: Jawo'! What are you doing!? Stop! You can't fight him like that!

Jawo': Crystal Formation: Crystal Peak!

*Jawo' jams his sword into the ground, causing a pillar of crystal to jut from the ground below Deke. ...Except, that didn't happen...*

Jawo': Huh? W-what's going on? Why isn't it working!?

Penny: Look. By his feet.

Jawo': Uh? Aaah!

*The group looks down at Deke's feet to see the supposed crystal attack reduced to nothing but a molten puddle of liquid*

Jawo': Ergh! Not again!

Deke: Ah, I see now. So it's not just your average sword. It has to ability to manipulate the growth of crystal formations. Hmph, but still, it makes no difference. Crystal...is still crystal afterall. And it will never able to withstand my flames.

Jawo': *sweats* Ngh...what do I do now...?

Deke: You perish...

Jawo': Gah!

*In an instant, Deke dashes forward and grabs a hold of Jawo's wrist, restraining him under his tight grip*

Jawo': Agh! *struggles* Damnit! I can't...get away!

Deke: Now...Hell Hound!!!

*Deke takes his free hand and places it near Jawo's abdomen area, forming a focused ball of fire. It then explodes in a powerful blast of heat, sending Jawo' flying backwards*

Jawo': Huuaaaaaaggh!!!

Lilia: Jawo'! No!!

Blue: I got you!!

*Blue catches Jawo' on the rebound, saving him from incurring further damage*

Blue: Jawo'...are you alright?

Jawo': *winces* Urgh...

Blue: *shakes head* I tried to tell you. You can't just go blindly charging in like that. Not until you've studied your enemy first.

Jawo': S-save it...Blue...

*Jawo' pushes himself away from Blue and tries to stand on his own, but he can't, and ends up falling to one knee*

Jawo': *panting* Hah...ha...

Reese: Jawo'...

Jawo': I just need a little time to rest. Go on ahead and fight, I'll be fine.

Blue: Okay.

*Blue looks towards Deke and addresses him*

Blue: So, I understand that you have power over flames, am I right?

Deke: I do. What of it?

Blue: On the way over here, we saw three serpents. And all three of them had the flesh burned right off of their bones.

Deke: So what are you playing at? Do you mean to ask if I was the one behind it?

Blue: Yeah, that's right.

Deke: Okay, fair enough. Yes, I was the one reponsible for incinerating those pesky serpents. They had the nerve to attack me, so I saw it fit to give them a taste of my Flames of Destruction. Does that answer your question?

Blue: It does. Thanks.

Lilia: Blue...if he's telling the truth...then...then...

Reese: How could we ever hope to beat something that powerful?

Blue: Guys, relax.

Penny: Huh? What are you plotting, Blue...?

Blue: Just leave it to me.

Deke: So tell me, Blue. Why do you ask? Wondering if you were going to share the same fate as those serpents perhaps?

Blue: No...not that...

Deke: Hm?

Blue: Because Deke...now I know exactly what to expect out of you!!

Deke: Hmn!?

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Aqua Edge!!!

*Blue's spell creates three disks of pressurized water that spiral outwards towards Deke*

Deke: Mmph! Hell Axe!!!

*Deke swings his axe horizontally, leaving a trail of fire in it's wake. The aqua edges collide with the fire, instantly reducing them to steam*

Blue: What!? No!!

Deke: I must admit, that was a well-placed attempt, Blue. But you were wrong for thinking you could thwart my flames with just mere water.

Blue: Urgh...

Deke: And now, you will be made to pay for your folley.

Blue: Huh!?

*In an instant, Deke immediately rushes up to Blue*

Blue: Ngh!

Lilia: Ah! Blue, watch out! He's about to attack!

Deke: Beast!!!

*At close range, Deke spins around with his axe, tearing at the sky with a mighty swing. He strikes Blue with a blow powerful enough to send him smashing into a nearby wall*

Blue: Gaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

Reese: Blue!!!

Deke: I'm not done just yet. Flare Cage!!!

*Several large rings of fire manifest around Blue and intertwine, forming a cage. The rings then shrink around him, effectively trapping him in a flaming prison*

Blue: Nngh...wh-what is this...?

Deke: Welcome to the confinement of your doom, Blue. Say goodbye.

*Deke slowly closes his fist, causing the cage to grow smaller and smaller. The closer it gets, the more Blue's body burns*

Blue: Aagh! Aaaaaagh!!!

Lilia: Ah! Blue! What are you doing to him!? Stop it!

Deke: That, I cannot do. This is the price you pay for meddling in my affairs. The only thing that awaits you now...is death.

*Deke closes his fist further, making the cage grow even smaller than before. Now the cage is making contact with Blue's body, burning him severly*

Blue: Ugh! Uwaaaaaaaaaggggh!!

Lilia: Blue, no!!!

Penny: We have to stop him before it's too late!

Reese: No! I won't allow you to do this! I won't let you hurt him anymore!

*Reese pulls and arrow from his quivers and loads in into his bow*

Reese: Giga Fang!!!

*Reese infuses the single arrow with mana, causing it to grow exponentially in size. Reese then fires the enlarged arrow directly at Deke*

Reese: Haah!

*The arrow strikes a distracted Deke, momentarily stunning him and forcing him to loosen his grip on the flare cage*

Deke: Gyah!!

*The cage re-expands, saving Blue from being burned further*

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

*Lilia runs over to the encaged Blue*

Lilia: Blue, are you okay!?

Blue: I-I'm fine, Lilia. It's nothing...I can't handle...

Lilia: Don't worry! We'll get you out of there!

Blue: I'm counting on you...

*Deke grasps the wound inflicted upon him by the Giga Fang*

Deke: So...you managed to harm me.

Penny: Nice going, Reese! Now let's take him down together!

Reese: Yeah...

Deke: I...I was careless. It shall not happen again! This time I will burn you to cinders!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Deke Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 06 September, 2008, 11:24:53 am
Penny: Okay! I'll make the first move!

*Penny launches both her spinners at Deke, wrapping them around both his wrists, restraining him*

Penny: Ha! Got you!

Deke: Mmph, meddlesome brat...

Penny: Now, come...here!

*Penny tugs back on her spinners, attempting to reel in Deke like a fish. As she pulls, Deke begins to slide towards her*

Deke: Hm? It won't be that easy!

*Deke plants his feet into the ground, and rears back in the opposite direction, effectively resisting Penny's pull*

Penny: Oh, so you think you're clever, huh? Well try this!

*Penny tugs even harder, pulling Deke towards her inch by inch*

Deke: Not a chance...

*Deke steps backwards and pulls his arms back, slowly pulling Penny towards him instead*

Penny: Aaah! Why you...!

Reese: Penny!

Penny: Reese...*struggles* Ergh...what are you doing!?

Reese: Huh?

Penny: What are you...standing around for!? Hurry...and..attack him! While I have him distracted!

Reese: Ah! Right!

*While Penny and Deke are trapped in a power struggle, Reese takes the opportunity to quickly sneak behind Deke*

Reese: Alright, he didn't see me. Now I got a perfect shot!

*Reese loads a single arrow into his bow. Meanwhile, Deke gets the upper hand on Penny and mananges to gain total control*

Penny: Aagh! *to herself* He's...too strong! I can't hold him!

Deke: Looks like the tables have turned in my favor. Now you're finished.

*Deke uses Penny's attack against her, grabbing hold of the ropes and using them to launch Penny into the air*

Penny: Uwah!!

Deke: Haaaah!!

*Deke then tugs downwards, pulling Penny down and causing her to smash into the ground below*

Penny: Uugh!!

Deke: Hah. You were a fool to think that you could overpower me.

Penny: Ungh...Now Reese! Do it!

Reese: Ice Fang!

Deke: Hm!?

*Deke turns behind him only to see an arrow laced in ice heading straight for him*

Deke: Gah!

*With no time to evade, Deke simply puts up his arm to defend. The arrow strikes his arm, completely covering it in ice*

Deke: Agh! No! Ergh...

Reese: Yeah! I got him!

*The weight of Deke's ice-laden arm drags him to the ground, dropping him on one knee*

Penny: Haha! How did you like our little plan, Deke!? Was it cool enough for you!?

Deke: So...that struggle was just a ploy to throw me off guard. Tricky...

Penny: Now I'm going to put an end to you!

*Penny dashes towards Deke at full speed, twirling her spinners rapidly*

Deke: You think...I'm finished? ...No. This is only the beginning!

Penny: Huh!?

Deke: Fire Dome!!!

*Deke raises his free arm into the air, generating a hemisphere of fire that spreads outwards toward Penny and Reese*

Penny: Ah! What the--!?

Reese: Penny! Look out!!

*Reese runs up to Penny and embraces her, as if trying to protect her. But in the end, the two are struck by the fire dome and sent flying backwards*

Reese/Penny: Uaaaggggh!!

Deke: Hmph, pathetic. You two are no match for my strength.

Penny: Ungh...darnit. We couldn't...do it...

Reese: Guys...forgive us. We tried...

Deke: Hmm...that's four down. So that only leaves...one more.

*Deke looks towards Lilia*

Lilia: Ah!

Blue: (Oh no, he's going for Lilia! I have to break out of this cage and help her!)

*Deke slowly walks towards Lilia*

Deke: Are you ready to face me?

Lilia: Ungh...

*Lilia draws her daggers and gets into combat stance*

Blue: Lilia? No! Don't fight him alone!

Lilia: I have no choice, Blue. If I give in now, he'll kill us all. I have to fight for our sake!

Blue: But...

Lilia: Blue, I have to do this!

Blue: ...Fine. But I'm not going to leave you alone! I'll find a way out of this cage and help you fight!

Lilia: Okay, I'll hold him off until then!

*Lilia runs off to meet Deke in battle, as Blue tries to figured out a way to escape the Flare Cage*

Blue: *to himself* Now...what can I do? Could a spell work? But...which one...?

*Lilia and Deke exchange blow after blow with eachother, but unsurprisingly, Deke once again gains the upper hand, knocking away a weakened Lilia*

Lilia: Uagh!!

Deke: Hmph. Is that all you can muster up? If so, then you are by far the weakest member of this group.

Lilia: *panting* Hah...ha...

Deke: It would suit you to disappear...

*Deke walks up to Lilia and grabs her by the neck*

Lilia: Aagh!

Blue: Lilia!!!

Jawo': Lilia...ugh...no...

Lilia: L-let me...go!! *struggles*

Blue: Urgh! (This is bad! I have to do something fast!) *to himself* Think, Blue! Think! ...Ah! I got it!

*Deke then lifts Lilia into the air*

Deke: I think you know this move quite well.

Lilia: Ungh...

*Deke's hand gripped in Lilia's neck begins to glow a fiery red*

Deke: Flames...of Destruct--!

Blue: Form a torrential vortex, and engulf the evils spirts!

Deke: Hm? What...?

Blue: Tidal Wave!!!

*As is from nowhere, water begins to flood the inside of the cage, submerging Blue*

Blue: (I only hope this works. Alright...let's see what you can do!)

*The water continues to fill inside of the cage, eventually surpassing its capacity*

Deke: W-what is he...doing...?

Blue: (Come on! Almost...got it!)

*Not being able to contain the high volume of water, the cage gives in and explodes, releasing Blue along with the mass of water he created*

Deke: Aah! Impossible! He broke my Flare Cage!

Lilia: Ah! Blue! You did it!

Blue: Let her go, Deke.

Deke: Never. She will suffer my raging inferno.

Jawo': Oh, I don't think she will...

Deke: Hn!?

Jawo': Crystal Formation: Duster Trap!

*Jawo's blade explodes, causing a flurry of crystal powder to spread around Deke's feet. The powder then reforms and hardens around his legs, trapping him in place*

Deke: What!? It's trapped me! Hmph. No matter. I'll do away with it shortly...

Jawo': Now, Blue! Before he gets away!!

Blue: Right!

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Aqua Laser!!

*A high-pressure bolt of water fires from Blue's hand and heads straight towards Deke. The laser strikes Deke, freeing Lilia from his grip while carrying him all the way the other side of the room, where the laser smashes him against a wall*

Deke: Uuuaaaaagggh!!

Jawo': Haha! Yes, Blue! We got him!

Blue: Jawo'! Are you feeling okay?

Jawo': Of course! I told you I just needed a little time to rest, didn't I? Now I'm back at 100% and ready to fight!

Blue: Yeah!

*Blue turns to Lilia and addresses her*

Blue: Lilia...are you alright?

Lilia: I'm...I'm fine. He didn't hurt me too badly...

Blue: Okay. But even still, I want you to leave this to me and Jawo'. Let us handle it.

Lilia: Hm. *nods* Just be careful.

*Afterwards, Deke rises from the ground to face the group again, although severly injured*

Deke: You...*panting* Hah...hah...

Jawo': Back for more, huh? Haven't you had enough yet?

Deke: This fight...is far from over. Playtime has ended. This time I'm not holding back!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Vs. Deke Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 06 September, 2008, 10:49:16 pm
Jawo': He can still fight after an attack like that...?

Blue: Stay diligent, Jawo'. It's not over yet.

Jawo': Right. Let's take him down.

Deke: You, take me down? No. I cannot be beaten by the likes of you! Haaaaaaaaaaaaah!!

*Deke releases his energy, generating a blast of intense heat that blows past Blue and Jawo'*

Blue: Ugh! What...what is this?!

Jawo': Such...heat... It's like I'm in an oven!

*The heat wave fades, managing to force the two off their feet and onto the ground*

Blue: That was a lot of energy he just released. There was more energy in that attack than in most of my body...

Jawo': What? Are you serious!? Man, just how powerful is this guy!?

Deke: I'll show you!

*Deke rushes in on the two and slams down his axe between them*

Deke: Aaargh!!

Blue: Ah! Jawo', look out!

Jawo': Alright! Split!

*The two evade the attack by leaping in opposite directions*

Deke: You won't get away that easy! Burst Fall!!

*Deke slams his fist onto the ground, generating a sudden burst of flame energy that spreads outwards and strikes Blue and Jawo'*

Blue/Jawo': Uugh!!

*The two manage to flip backwards and perform a safe landing*

Blue: That was too close...

Jawo': Yeah. If we had gotten hit by the full blunt of that attack, well, it wouldn't have been pretty...

Deke: Drat. My aim was a little off.

Jawo': So Blue, how are we going to nail him this time?

Blue: Hmm...maybe...I could cast another spell. But I'll need you to set him up for me, Jawo'.

Jawo': Ah, the ol' fixer-upper, eh? Alright, just leave it to me!

*Jawo' steps forward to meet Deke in battle alone*

Deke: Hm, it's you again. Didn't you learn anything from our last encounter?

Jawo': Yeah. I learned that you're a moron who doesn't realize how pathetic he is!

Deke: What!?

*a vein comically pops out from Deke's head*

Deke: (Calm yourself, Deke. Don't let your enemy lead break your focus with taunts) *cough* Insults will get you nowhere...

Jawo': Maybe so, but this sure will!

*Jawo' prepares a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Ground Spikes!

*Jawo' swings his sword horizontally, unleashing a mass of miniature crystal spikes around Deke's feet*

Jawo': Let's see you get out of that!

Deke: Hmph. Trying to trap me again? Well it won't work!

*Deke kneels down and places his hands on the ground*

Deke: Super Heat!

*Deke increases his body temperature to several hundred degrees, placing his hands on the floor allows him to transfer the heat through the ground, which heats it up enough to melt the spikes surrounding him*

Deke: Hahaha, you should've known that this would happen. It's useless to try and fight with me with that crystal.

Jawo': Heh, yeah, you're right. I did know you would try that. And that's why I'm doing this!

*Jawo' uses his hand to guide the molten crystal up Deke's body*

Deke: What!? You can control it still!?

Jawo': Haha, I gotcha now! Harden!

*The molten crystal hardens around Deke's body, leaving everything but his head encased in a crystallized cast*

Jawo': And now you're trapped again! That was a piece of cake!

Deke: Ergh, if you think this is going to hold me, you're wrong...

Jawo': It'll hold you long enough for this.

*Jawo' looks towards Blue and addresses him*

Jawo': Alright, Blue! He's all yours now!

Blue: Got it.

*Blue begins preparing a spell*

Jawo': Heh, now it's only a matter of time before you'r--Uh!?

*Jawo' turns around to see nothing but a puddle of liquid crystal where Deke once stood*

Jawo': What!? But how...where did--!?

Deke: Hell Hound!

Jawo': Ah!

*Deke stands behind Jawo' with a Hell Hound attack aimed directly at his back. The fireball explodes, sending Jawo' flying forwards*

Jawo': Gyaaaaaaaagh! Not again!!

*The attack renders Jawo' unconscious and unable to fight*

Lilia: Ah! Jawo'! Hang on!

Blue: Lilia, don't!

Deke: Where do you think you're going...?

*As Lilia runs towards Jawo', Deke intercepts by hurling his battle axe like a boomerang, striking her dead on*

Lilia: Uaaagh!!

Blue: Lilia!!

*Like Jawo', Lilia is left unconscious by the attack*

Lilia: *softly* Ungh...Blue...

Blue: No!!

Deke: And now...

*Deke gears up his axe for another attack*

Deke: For you, Blue. ...Arch Wind!!!

*Deke spins around with his axe, tearing at the sky. This time generating a flaming whirlwind that spins towards Blue*

Blue: Urgh!

Deke: It's no use trying to resist.

*Blue tries to resist being pulled up into the whirlwind, but it's too powerful for him to handle. Blue is pulled in, and his body is tossed about and burned by the searing gales*

Blue: Guaaaaaaaaagggh!!

*The Arch Wind disperses, dropping a mortally wounded Blue to the ground*

Blue: Ungh...no...I-I failed...*panting* Hah...ha...

Deke: Hmhmhm. So this is how it ends. In the end, there was no way that you could best me.

*Deke walks towards Blue to deal the finishing blow, but stops in his tracks once he suffers a sudden jolt of pain*

Deke: Gyah!!

Blue: Hunh...?

Deke: *hyperventilates* Hah...I...I used too much power...ha...

*Deke falls to one knee*

Deke: *continues hyperventilating*

Blue: W-what's he...?

Deke: *to himself* If...if I use any more mana...I could deplete my supply, and...lose my life. I can't allow that to happen. I must live. I must restore Kovah to his true self...

*Deke addresses Blue*

Deke: Blue...

Blue: Hm?

Deke: ...It appears I've run low on mana, and can no longer fight. And I see that you too cannot continue.

Blue: Mmn...

Deke: So I think it'd be in both our best interests if I take my leave.

Blue: What?

Deke: I'd hate to leave our battle unfinished, but at any rate, my task is fulfilled, so it is of little consequence. Farewell, Blue...

Blue: Deke! Stop!

*Blue tries to stop Deke from fleeing, but he too is held back by his wounds*

Blue: Ergh! Ugh...*grasps wounds*

Deke: For your sake, I may we never meet again.

*Deke disappears*

Blue: He...got away...

*Safe from further harm, Blue collapses to the floor*

Blue: I guess...I should be glad. But...what do we do from here...?

Blue's battle with the flame-wielding powerhouse Deke ends in a stalemate, as he flees the scene to live and fight another day. Though despite managing to drive their foe away, the group has failed in protecting the final Guardian Statue from being destroyed. Now that the forbidden island has arisen from the ocean, and the way to the Lunar Monolith is uncovered, will Blue and his friends be able to stop Kovah from unlocking the monolith? Or will the evil be brought into the world, plunging it into eternal darkness forever?

End Vs. Deke Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 07 September, 2008, 03:13:23 pm
Jawo': Ugh...my head...

Blue: Uh? Jawo', is that you? Hang on!

*Blue runs over to Jawo' and helps him to his feet*

Blue: Are you alright?

Jawo': Yeah...I think so... The last thing I remember was him knocking me out with that annoying move of his...

Penny: Hey, are you two guys okay?

Blue: Penny? You've come to.

Reese: They seem fine to me.

Blue: Ah, and Reese too.

Penny: Yeah, we saw everything that was going on, but we couldn't do anything at the time.

Reese: Our injuries were a little overwhelming. Sorry for not being there to lend a hand, Blue...

Blue: No, it's okay. You did your best, that's all that matters.

Penny: Rrrgh, I hate to admit it, but that Deke...he was one tough opponent.

Reese: Hey, speaking of Deke, where has he gotten off to?

Blue: He fled...

Jawo': What? You mean he ran away!? Damnit.

Blue: *sigh* You're telling me. Not only did we fail to protect the Guardian Statue, we failed to stop Deke as well.

Reese: Oh, right. The Guardian Statues! I had almost forgotten! ...So, since they've all been destroyed now, I guess that means the island has arisen from the sea.

Blue: Well, according to the elders, that's what's supposed to happen.

Penny: So I guess that's what all of that shaking was for earlier, huh?

Blue: Most likely, yes.

Jawo': So now that the island is back from the ocean, that means the Lunar Monolith has come with it. Damn! Now there's nothing stopping them from getting their dirty hands on it!

Lilia: Wait, Jawo'! That's not true!

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: Lilia, you're okay...

Lilia: I am. But that's beside the point! We can't quit now! Not after we've come so far!

Reese: But Lilia, all of the statues are gone. We've failed in our mission...

Lilia: So what!?

Reese: Hunh?

Lilia: It's true that we weren't able to protect the statues, but Kovah still has yet to get to the Monolith! And so long as that's true, we still have a chance, right!?

Blue: ...Yeah, you're right, Lilia. It's not over...until it's over. And as long as I draw breath, I'll never give up.

Lilia: Yes! That's the spirit, Blue! Never give in!

Jawo': Heh, way to give a pep talk, Lilia. You sure got my blood pumping again.

Penny: Yeah! let's find that Kovah and bring him down.

Reese: I'm all for it! But...where do we go now, Blue?

Blue: Hmm...I'm not sure, Reese. But for now, let's just get out of this desert.

Jawo': Sounds good to me. Let's do it.

Blue: Alright. Let's go, everyone.

*As Blue and the others are making their way out of the tower, they are instantly whisked away into thin air. Seconds later, they reappear at Asroc City, in the hall of the elders*

~~Elders Hall~~

Blue: Whoa! What the...what happened?

Jawo': Uhm...I think we were just teleported...

Lilia: But, if that's true, then...where are we now?

Elder1: You are in the hall of the elders.

Penny: Huh? The elders?

Reese: So you brought us here...

*The five elders appear in front of the group*

Elder2: Indeed we did.

Blue: What's the meaning of this, elders?

Jawo': Yeah, why did you bring up back here?

Elder3: Oh, I think you should know...

Blue: Huh?

Elder4: We elders entrusted you with the task of protecting the four Guardian Statues from Kovah and his minions.

Elder5: But just recently, all four of them have been destroyed.

Elder1: You've failed in the task we placed upon you.

Elder2: And now thanks to you, the world...is at even greater risk than ever before.

Jawo': Hey! Cut us some slack, would you!?

Lilia: We tried our very best to protect the Guardian Statues!

Elder3: That may be. But in the end, your best...was not good enough.

Elder4: The destruction of the statues has allowed the condemned island below the waves to surface once again.

Elder5: Giving Kovah immediate access to the forbidden monolith that lies within.

Elder1: And it was your misaction that led to this tragedy that we now face.

Penny: Hmph. Do you old dodards ever get tired of putting us down?

Reese: That's no way to thank us for putting our lives on the line.

Jawo': I think maybe we should just quit and go home. Maybe then they'll know what it feels like to have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Lilia: That's right! We traveled down a long and harsh road! How dare you make light of the hardships we've endured!

Blue: Guys, that's enough.

Jawo': What!?

Lilia: But Blue!

Blue: It's true. The elders trusted us with a task, and we failed at it.

Penny: Well don't you think we know that, Blue?

Reese: That doesn't mean we deserve all of this flack we're getting.

Blue: Maybe not, Reese. But we still have to accept the responsibility for our failure. And instead of standing here and complaining, we need to work to fix this. There's still time. We have to stop Kovah from reaching the monolith at all costs.

Elder2: You are quite right, Blue. At any rate, we did not bring you here to pass blame.

Elder3: But to warn you instead.

Jawo': Warn us?

Lilia: Of what?

Elder4: Of impending danger.

Elder5: For Reese in particular.

Reese: Huh? Me?

Elder1: That's correct. Even though the way to the monolith has opened once more...

Elder2: The monolith itself can only be unlocked by Reese and his key.

Penny: And Kovah has neither of those.

Jawo': If that's the case, then what exactly is the problem? Reese is right here with us. Safe and sound.

Elder3: I don't think you understand, young one.

Elder4: Reese is the only obstacle between himself and the Lunar Monolith.

Elder5: Meaning the he will do all in his power to get his hands on him.

Jawo': Well I understand that part. But even if Kovah somehow got Reese, what good would that do him? It's not like he could force Reese to unlock the monolith for him. Hah, that's just stupid.

Elder1: Hmm...you may have a point. But at any rate, Reese must be kept safe from Kovah's grip.

Elder2: And the only way to do that, is for you to defeat Kovah once and for all.

Blue: So, this is where we put an end to it, huh?

Elder3: Very much so.

Elder4: The time has come for you to face off against Kovah in one final battle.

Elder5: To determine the fate of the world itself.

Jawo': Heheh, the final showdown. Sounds like fun. I can't wait to show that creep what for.

Lilia: Uhm, but don't you think we should rest up first before we head out?

Blue: Yeah, after a battle like we just had, we could really use it.

Reese: So where should we go to rest?

Elder1: You could stay here and rest, if you like.

Penny: What!? On those hard wooden planks you call beds!? We'll be in even worse shape if we slept on those! Thanks, but no thanks.

Blue: Then what do you have in mind, Penny?

Penny: Hm...Oh! I know! We could go to my house!

Reese: Your house, Penny? But...what about your dad?

Blue: Yeah, I don't imagine he'll be too happy to see us.

Penny: Aw, don't worry about him. It'll be fine! Trust me!

Blue: Alright, if you say so.

Elder2: So, you wish to go to Ackland Town?

Blue: Hm. *nods* If you could send us there, that'd be great.

Elder3: Very well. It shall be done.

*The elders gather their energy together in preparation*

Elders: Teleport!!!

*The elders use their combined power to whisk the group away, sending them back to Penny's hometown of Ackland in a flash*

~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Deke returns to the dark palace after his confrontation with Blue's group. Grasping his wounds, he appears to be severly wounded*

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha....

Kovah: Hm?

Deke: Kovah...I've returned...

Kovah: Deke, what happened to you? Why are you so badly injured?

Deke: It was Blue...

Kovah: You ran into Blue's group as well?

Deke: Yes. And it appears that I underestimated their power...

Kovah: What do you mean? Are you saying that they are indeed formidable adversaries?

Deke: Unfortunately...this is true. Had I not made the decision to retreat, I surely would not have made it back here...

Kovah: Grr...blast. I had thought Prima was just inefficient, but it seems that they are a significant threat afterall. Curse you, Blue...

Deke: Although, on the brighter side of things...I did manage to destroy the final Guardian Statue.

Kovah: You did? Hah, excellent work, Deke.

Deke: And now the path to the monolith is yours to walk along. I know how you've long for this moment to come.

Kovah: It's true, I have been awaiting this moment. But our preparations are not yet complete. We are still lacking the most integral piece.

Deke: What is this 'integral piece' that you speak of?

Kovah: The boy. ...Reese...

Deke: Ah...I understand now. Without him, we cannot unlock the monolith, correct?

Kovah: And that is why we must acquire him as soon as possible.

Deke: Very well. I will apprehend him immediately.

Kovah: Deke, wait!

Deke: Hm?

Kovah: I cannot let you do that. Not in your condition.

Deke: Then what will you have us do, Kovah? Surely you cannot send Prima to handle such an important task.

Kovah: I know that. Hrrm...if only Shadow was here. Rrgh! Where has that lout run off to!?

Shadow: Did somebody call for me?

Kovah: Bwah?

*Shadow appears from behind a nearby pillar*

Kovah: Shadow!

Shadow: Your friendly neighborhood mercenary at your service!

Kovah: Shadow, you lousy sellsword! Where have you been all this time!?

Shadow: Eh, *shrugs* I've been around.

Kovah: *sternly* Wrong answer, mercenary...

Shadow: Oh come on, I couldn't have missed that much, could I?

Kovah: In your absense, we managed to do away with the remaining Guardian Statues.

Shadow: Already, huh? Wow! You guys must've been busy!

Kovah: Hmph. And no thanks to you.

Shadow: Hey hey. If I recall correctly, wasn't it me who took out half of those statues in under a week?

Kovah: Rrrrrgggggh!!! *clenches fist*

Shadow: *sweats* Eh heh heh...shutting up now.

*Shadow looks towards Deke*

Shadow: Whoa, hey buddy. What happened to you?

Deke: ...

Shadow: What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?

Deke: ...

Shadow: Oh...I get it. You got your butt whooped by Blue, didn't you?

Deke: Mmn...open your big mouth again, and I'll burn you to ashes.

*Deke engulfs his fist in flames*

Shadow: Yow! Calm down! I was only kidding!

Deke: Tsch.

Shadow: Sheesh, you bad guys really are a tough crowd. *rubs head*

Kovah: Enough lollygagging, Shadow. I have a task for you.

Shadow: A new gig? Woot! What is it this time?

Kovah: I need you...to locate and retrieve Reese. Bring him back here to me, alive.

Shadow: Hmm...sounds simple enough.

Kovah: Also, I want you to eliminate Blue's group once and for all. They must no be allowed to pursue us any further.

Shadow: Oh, that again, huh?

Kovah: Are there any problems?

Shadow: No! Not at all! Heck, I love going up against Blue and friends! It's my favorite past-time!

Kovah: Well it's about time you found a new hobby. Because this is the last time you'll ever face them.

Shadow: Really? Darn! *snaps fingers*

Kovah: Get going!!!

Shadow: Alright alright! Geez. No respect I tell ya.

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Deke: Well I see he's just as whimsical as ever...

Kovah: I don't care how flamboyant he is, so long as he fulfills my wishes without fail.

*Kovah looks upwards at the sky*

Kovah: Soon...very soon...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 08 September, 2008, 10:41:06 pm
*The group arrives at their destination in Ackland Town. They head over to Penny's house, which is a large mansion on the eastern edge of the town*

~~Ackland, Penny's House~~

Penny: Well guys, here we are! Let's go in.

*Penny opens the double doors, allowing the group inside the abode. Within the dwelling, they are treated to a feast for the eyes. A vast, expansive room full of golden chandeliers, expensive pottery and sculptures, foreign rugs and drappery, along with many other elegant displays*

Lilia: Wow! Fancy digs, Penny!

Reese: Yeah, I don't remember your house being this big...

Penny: Eh? And why not? You used to come and see me all the time!

Reese: That's true, but I haven't actually been in your house for a long time. I always used to come to healer's hall, since you were always there studying. Or uhm...pretending to study.

Penny: Oh. Eh heh heh...*rubs head*

Reese: You guys must've did some heavy renovating, huh?

Penny: More than you could imagine, Reese!

Reese: Huh?

Penny: This is actually a brand new house that my dad bought after he became the Great Healer of Ackland.

Reese: Oh, so that would explain why I didn't know about it. That was the same time that your dad went all anti-violence on us.

Penny: Ugh, don't remind me...

Blue: Hmm, so I guess doing your part for the community really does have its rewards.

Penny: You said it, Blue. At first, we were living just above the poverty line, and the next thing I know, we're filthy rich! Haha!

Lilia: I guess life really does throw you a bone every now and then, huh?

Penny: I couldn't have said it better myself, Lilia!

Jawo': Hah, how appropriate you should say that, Lilia.

Lilia: Huh?

Jawo': Dogs like bones, right? And it just so happens that Penny here is the mangiest, flea-ridden mu--

*Lilia interrupts Jawo' mid-sentence by grabbing his ear and tugging on it*

Lilia: That's enough out of you, Fido!

Jawo': Ah! Ow ow ow ow!!

Blue: *sigh* What am I going to do with you guys...?

??: You can start by having them tell me what you're doing in my house.

Blue: Huh?

Reese: Penny! It's your...your...!

Penny: Heh, well look what the cat dragged in...

*Penny's father, Mel, enters the main room from the first floor stairway*

Mel: Penelope...

Penny: Dad...

Reese: Mr. Bancroft! Uhm...*gulp* hello...*waves slowly*

Mel: Reese, why must I be constantly burdened with seeing your face?

Reese: *sadly* Ooh...

Blue: I see you haven't changed a bit, Mel.

Mel: You, I remember you. You're that brat of a magician that dared to suggest I was a bad parent.

Blue: Heh, well I'm glad to see I made an impression...*rubs head*

*Mel looks at Lilia and Jawo'*

Mel: Hmm...but I don't remember seeing these two before. You. Tell me your names.

Lilia: Uh, well uhm, my name is Lilia.

Mel: Lilia, eh? ...Your odd garb suggests that you're a seafarer. A...pirate perhaps?

Lilia: Erm...I used to be a pirate, yes.

Mel: Hmph. I knew it. You're nothing but a rogue. A threat to modern society as we know it.

Lilia: Ugh! How rude!

Mel: And you, the boy.

Jawo': The name's Jawo', pops.

Mel: Pops? Well I never! Your use of informal slang shows your lack of etiquette, and proves that you are of the lowest class of human being.

Jawo': What!? Oh, that's it! You're cruisin' for a bruisin', pal! *pounds fist*

Blue: Jawo', that's enough.

Jawo': Tsch. *crosses arms*

Mel: What is the meaning of this, Penelope? Why have you brought these...people...into my home?

Penny: They're my friends, and I brought them over to stay the night. Got a problem with that?

Mel: As a matter of fact, I DO have a problem with that, little lady. Those who abide by the ways of violence are not allowed into the sanctity of my home. They will leave at once.

Penny: What?! That's not fair!

Mel: My house, my rules, Penelope. Deal with it.

Penny: Well I've had it with your rules! My friends are staying, so there! *crosses arms* Hmph!

Mel: *grumble* Why you disobedient...mmph. Lucky for you, I have an urgent meeting to attend, so I don't have time to stand here and argue this with you.

Penny: So...that means they can stay?

Mel: ...Yes, but ONLY for tonight! Come tomorrow morning, they're out of here! Is that understood, Penelope?

Penny: Yeah, sure.

Mel: Very well. It's time for me to be going, so I'll leave the house under your care. See to it that these ragamuffins don't make a mess of my home.

Penny: Whatever.

*Mel leaves the mansion, slamming the door shut behind him*

Reese: Phew. I'm sure glad that's over.

Jawo': Rrggh, that guy really chaps my hide, you know that?

Lilia: Mine too! I've never met anyone so rude in my life!

Penny: *sigh* I know, he's got issues. I've heard it all before. Now can we please just relax for once?

Reese: Now we're talkin'! How about you show me where the fridge is, huh? I'm starved!

Lilia: Ooh! And show me where the bathroom is, Penny. I haven't had a nice hot shower in ages!

Blue: The bedrooms for me. All I want is to a lie down and get some rest.

Jawo': Same here. My eyes are killing me.

Penny: Yeah uhm...about that...

Reese: Huh? What's wrong?

Penny: Well, it's been so long since I've been home and all...that I...kinda forgot where everything is...*twiddles thumbs*

Blue/Lilia/Jawo'/Reese: Ugh! *group facepalm*

Penny: Sorry guys...eh heh heh...*rubs head*

Reese: Now what do we do!? I'll die if I don't get some food in my tummy!

Lilia: And there's no way I'm leaving without a shower!

Blue: Hey, calm down, guys. We'll be alright.

Jawo': Yeah, all we have to do is find it ourselves. I mean, how hard could it be?

*Jawo's voice echoes through the mansion*

I mean, how hard could it be...how hard could it be...how hard could it be...

Jawo': ...Uh oh...

Penny: Well, at any rate, make yourselves at home, alright? Remember, my house is your house! ...At least until my dad gets home...

*And so the group sets out about their own personal agendas. The first day the group has had to kick back and relax since this all began goes on peacefully*

~~Later that afternoon~~

*After a nice nap, Jawo' awakens and heads out to the roof of the mansion. There he sits alone, gazing outwards at the crisp blue sky*

Jawo': Mmn...

Blue: Jawo'...?

Jawo': Huh? Blue?

Blue: Jawo', are you up here?

Jawo': Yeah, I am.

Blue: Ah, there you are. I've been looking for you.

Jawo': You have? What do you need?

Blue: Actually, I was wondering if you had seen Lilia anywhere.

Jawo': She's not around?

Blue: *shakes head* Nope. I've looked all over the mansion and I couldn't find her. So I decided the ask the others if they'd seen her, but they haven't either.

Jawo': Oh. Well, last I heard, she was going out shopping.

Blue: Shopping? Oh no...*annoyed* It's not for clothes, is it?

Jawo': Heh, nah. She told me that she was going to stock up on supplies for the trip tomorrow. "Always be prepared" is what she kept saying.

Blue: Hah, that sure sounds like Lilia. Ah well, I guess I'll just wait til she gets back.

Jawo': Alright, see ya around.

Blue: Yeah...

*Blue goes to descend the roof, but turns around and addresses Jawo'*

Blue: Hey, Jawo'...

Jawo': Hm?

Blue: What are you doing up here by yourself anyway?

Jawo': Oh...just thinking about stuff...

Blue: What kind of stuff?

Jawo': Well...if you must know, it's...that fight earlier.

Blue: You mean the battle with Deke?

Jawo': Yeah, that's right. It...it made me realize the glaring weakness in my crystal techniques.

Blue: You're talking about how it was easily subdued by fire-based attacks, right?

Jawo': *nods* Mhmm. I know now, that if I want to fare better against stronger opponents, I have to find a way to cover my weaknesses. Especially if were to face off against Deke again.

Blue: Hmm...well, you know, your Crystal Sword isn't the only weapon in your arsenal.

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: There's that Water Blue ring you always carry as well.

Jawo': Yeah, I know. I was going to use that against Deke, that is until he said that water alone isn't enough to defeat him.

Blue: Oh, right. You have a point there...

Jawo': And now I don't know what to do. I mean, it's not like I can make my crystals resistant to fire. Or the water from the ring super effective against it.

Blue: Hmm...maybe not, Jawo'. But then again, have you thought about combining the two together?

Jawo': What? Are you serious?

Blue: Well yeah. If the two elements alone aren't proving effective enough, then combining them together should give you the kind of results you're looking for. Take my magic for instance. Sure, each element is powerful on it's own, but I also have spells that utilize the power of two combined elements at my disposal, just in case I need that extra kick.

Jawo': Do you...do you really think I could? Do you really think I could combine the powers of the sword and the ring?

Blue: Hmm...well it's not exactly the same as combination magic, but it's the same general concept. So in theory, I suppose it's possible.

*Jawo' looks at both the Crystal Sword and Water Blue ring comparatively*

Jawo': The Crystal Sword...and...the Water Blue ring...

Blue: Heheheh, but..don't get your hopes up too high. It's only conjecture on my part.

Jawo': Hmm...(Conjecture or not...it's worth a try...)

??: Knock knock...

Jawo': Huh!?

Blue: Who was that!?

??: Can Blue and Jawo' come out to play?

Blue: What? Where is that voice coming from!? Who is--

*Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a unseen force blows Blue and Jawo' off the top of the mansion roof*

Blue/Jawo': Waaaah!!!

*At the last second, Jawo' grabs hold of the edge of the mansion roof*

Jawo': Errgh!!

Blue: Aah!!

*As Blue falls past, Jawo' reaches out his free hand and grabs hold of Blue, saving him*

Jawo': Nngh! I gotcha, buddy! I won't let you fall!

Blue: Phew...that was close. Thanks, Jawo'.

Jawo': No problem. But...who was that voice...?

Blue: I don't know...

*Just then, Shadow appears standing at the edge of the roof where Jawo' is holding on*

Shadow: Hello, boys. Didja miss me? Hehehe.

Jawo': Gah! It's you!

Blue: Shadow!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 09 September, 2008, 06:55:09 pm
Blue: Jawo'! To the ground!

Jawo': Right!

*Jawo' release the roof edge, allowing the two to fall to the ground and perform a safe landing. Soon after, Shadow intercepts by reappearing in front of them*

Blue: Uh!?

Shadow: Well well, sorry to drop in...unannounced...

Jawo': Agh! You just don't know when to quit, do you!?

Shadow: Huh? Aw man, is this a bad time? *rubs head*

Blue: Shadow...what do you want? We don't have time to play games.

Shadow: Well, if you must know, since Kovah has reached the final stages of his "grand scheme", I was sent here to secure the final piece of the puzzle.

Jawo': Final piece?

Blue: Hmph. He has to be talking about Reese...

Shadow: You got it, Blue!

Jawo': Then if that's the case, then why confront us? Why not just grab Reese and split from the get go?

Shadow: *sigh* Haven't you learned anything, Jawo'? I'm not interesting in capturing Reese at all!

Jawo': What?

Blue: I knew it. You're just using this as an excuse to fight us again. Am I right, Shadow?

Shadow: Ding ding ding! Right again! Man, you're on a roll today, Blue!

Blue: Mmph. Please. Spare me your empty flattery.

Shadow: Hah, fine. And since you figured that out so quickly, I wager you can tell me what's coming next...

Blue: Ergh...

Shadow: Hm, judging from your reaction, I think you know that...yes! It's time to battle!!

Jawo': Heh, so it's a fight you want, huh? Then it'll be my pleasure! *grabs hilt*

*Jawo' steps forward, but Blue stops him by putting out his arm*

Blue: Jawo'...wait.

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: Shadow, we're not going to fight you.

Shadow: Eh?

Jawo': What!? Blue, what are you talking about!? If he wants a butt-kicking, then I say we should give him one!

Blue: We won't. Shadow may be an idiot, but he's not our enemy. It wouldn't be right for us to waste our energy fighting him off.

Jawo': *grumble* Fine...

*Just then, Mel walks out from the front door of the mansion, and witnesses Blue and Jawo' facing off with Shadow*

Mel: Eh? What's going on about here?

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: Mel?

Mel: I thought I heard some noise up on the roof earlier. Is everything okay?

Blue: Everything's fine, Mel.

Jawo': Yeah. We're just having a little..."chat"...with our buddy, Shadow.

Mel: Hrm? Shadow?

Shadow: Over here.

Mel: Mmph, Shadow. What a distasteful alias. Tell me, boy, what is your real name?

Shadow: Oh? My real name, you ask? Why, it's Matt.

Mel: Matt? Tsch. *smirks*

Shadow: Uh?

Mel: Such a common birthname will never allow you the elegance and prestige to make a significant impact in this ever expanding society of ours. So much so that you and all the other Matts of this world are destined for nothing more than insipid mediocrity.

Blue/Jawo': *sweatdrop*

Shadow: Oh my. Well you're quite rude. *rubs chin*

Mel: Sometimes the truth hurts, lad. This is a lesson you are sure to learn.

Shadow: Truth or no...I don't believe you have the right to speak to me that way. In fact...I think maybe I should teach you a lesson in proper respect.

Mel: Eh? What are you babbling about?

Shadow: Hm...So Blue, you say I'm not your enemy, right?

Blue: What?

Shadow: ...Then I wonder if this will make you change your mind!!!

Blue: Aah!!

*Shadow fires a streak of lightning at Mel. Electricity courses through his body as he falls to the ground unconscious*

Mel: Uaaagh!! ...Ungh...

Blue: Mel!

Jawo': Pops!

Shadow: Heheheh, now who's mediocre?

Blue: Shadow! How could you do that!?

Jawo': Rrggh! What's wrong with you!? He had nothing to do with this!

Shadow: Hey, don't look at me. This only happened because YOU didn't accept my challenge to fight.

Blue: Shadow...*clenches fist*

Shadow: So what do you say? Will you fight me now?

Blue: Not a chance.

Shadow: Really? You still say no? Bummer. *rubs head*

*Shadow looks around*

Shadow: Hmm...now let's see...

Jawo': Huh? What's he--

Shadow: Who else do I have to fry before it'll convince you to fight?

Blue: What!?

Shadow: There's a whole plethora of townspeople to choose from! Heh, if I get lucky, maybe I'll find a little girl to blast. Or perhaps a sweet old granny. Hahahah.

Jawo': You...monster...!

Shadow: Time's a tickin', boys. I suggest you make a decision before I grow restless.

Blue: ...

Shadow: Still no answer? Fine. You have until the count of three before heads start flying.

Blue: Mnn...

Shadow: 1...

Blue: ...

Shadow: 2...

Jawo': Blue...

Shadow: ...Thr--!

Blue: ...Alright.

Shadow: Oh?

Blue: We'll...fight you...

Shadow: Really? Fantastic!

Blue: ...Icicle!!

Shadow: Huh!?

*Blue casts an icicle spell. Icicles rise up from the ground beneath Shadow, coating his feet in ice and trapping him in place*

Shadow: Ugh! What's--! I can't get free!

Blue: We'll fight you alright, but I never said we'll fight here!

Jawo': Blue, what are you--?

Blue: Jawo', we have to get away from here, now!

Jawo': But...shouldn't we get the others first?

Blue: There's no time! That ice won't hold him forever! We need to take this fight away from town so that no innocent people will get hurt in the crossfire!

Jawo': Alright.

Blue: Okay, let's head to the northern gate! Hurry!

Jawo': Right!

*Blue and Jawo' begin to make their way towards to northern gate in an effort to lead Shadow away from town*

Shadow: Gah! miserable ice!

*Shadow uses his scythe to cut away the ice, freeing himself from entrapment*

Shadow: Blue...that sneaky devil. How could I let him trick me like that? ...But no matter. This only makes things more interesting! Hahahah!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 12 September, 2008, 11:21:45 pm
*Blue and Jawo' flee together to a forest clearing in the northern outskirts of Ackland Town*

~~Forest Clearing~~

Blue: *looks around* Hmm, so far so good. There's no Shadow around.

Jawo': Yeah, but knowing him, it won't be long before he's on our tail again...

Shadow: My ears are burning! You talking about me?

Blue: Huh?

*Blue looks over to see Shadow standing atop a branch in a nearby tree*

Blue: Shadow!

Shadow: You know, we just HAVE to stop running into eachother like this.

Blue: *annoyed* You took the words right out of my mouth...

Jawo': Shadow. Heh, and not a moment too soon. You're right on cue!

Shadow: Oh, were you expecting me? How thoughtful.

*Shadow leaps from the tree branch and down to the ground*

Shadow: Blue, should've known that your icicle wouldn't keep me away forever.

Blue: Of course I knew. But it did draw you away from town, which was my plan from the start.

Shadow: Ah, I see now. Pretty clever, Blue. But don't think you'll get away from me again. I won't fall for the same trick twice.

Blue: Heh, there's no need. We don't plan on running away.

Shadow: Oh? Well that's just great! ...But wait! Don't you want to gather your posse first?

Blue: Nah, that won't be necessary. Me and Jawo' are more than enough to handle you. Isn't that right, Jawo'?

Jawo': You said it, Blue! Let's give him a run for his money!

Shadow: Hmm, well this is certainly a nice change in attitude. Let's see just how well that optimism will hold up.

*Shadow summons forth his scythe*

Shadow: *signals forward* Come. Let's get this started.

Jawo': Okay! Let's go for it!

*Jawo' draws his sword and dashes straight towards Shadow. Once within range, he slashes overhead, which Shadow guards against with the pole of his scythe*

Shadow: Hmph. *smirks*

Jawo': Ergh...I'm not finished yet!

*Jawo' pulls his sword away and continuously slashes at Shadow. Shadow blocks each blow, taking a small step back with each attempt. But Jawo' doesn't let up, advancing and continuing his assault*

Shadow: *sweats* (Ugh...he's relentless. It's like he's a wild beast!)

Jawo': Heh, what's the matter, Shadow? Running out of juice already?

Shadow: How nice of you to be concerned about my health. But I'm a big boy now. I can take care of myself.

*Shadow performs a counter manuveur, breaking Jawo's attack and knocking him off balance*

Jawo': Guh!

Shadow: Ha! You're open!

*Shadow moves in to attack when Blue intercepts by punching Shadow in the face. The force of the punch sends him tumbling along the ground, but he manages to regain his stance*

Shadow: Ngh...Blue. I had almost forgotten you were there...

Blue: Better keep your eyes open, Shadow. This isn't a game, you know. You could get hurt.

Shadow: Hmm, such an error on my account could prove to be costly. I won't make such a mistake again...

Blue: Hm?

*Shadow instantly teleports right in front of Blue*

Blue: Aah!

Shadow: So long!

*Shadow swings horizontally, but Blue manages to dodge by ducking underneath the attack*

Shadow: What!? He dodged it!?

*Blue then quickly springs up and delivers three quick punches, followed by an upwards kick that forces Shadow into the air*

Blue: Haah!!

Shadow: Gyah!! (Ugh...he's grown faster. Almost as fast as I am...)

Blue: Now, Jawo'! It's your turn!!

Jawo': Alright!

*Jawo' gathers his energy in preparation*

Jawo': Chaos...Control!!

*Jawo' uses Chaos Control to warp from the ground, to up in the air just below Shadow*

Shadow: What!?

*Jawo' then grabs a hold of Shadow's ankles*

Jawo': Time for a spin cycle, Shadow!

*Jawo' uses his forward momentum to pull Shadow, spinning him around vertically through the air. Once gathering sufficient momentum, he hurls Shadow by his ankles, sending him spiraling towards the ground*

Jawo': Hyaaaah!

Shadow: Uaaaaaaaaggh!

*Shadow plows into the ground below, with enough force to crack the earth beneath him*

Jawo': Yeah! We got him!

Blue: Nice going, Jawo'! Awesome move!

*Jawo' walks up to Shadow's body and lightly kicks him*

Jawo': Yup. I don't think he's going to be moving anytime soon.

Shadow: Oh? You wanna bet on that?

Jawo': What!?

Blue: Jawo', behind you!

*Jawo' quickly turns around to see Shadow standing a fair distance behind him, in near perfect condition*

Jawo': Agh! But...but how!? I trashed you!

Shadow: *sigh* Oh, Jawo'. You should be familiar with the concept of my clones by now.

Jawo': Uh?

*Jawo' looks over to the other Shadow, only to see it disappear, revealing itself to have been a clone*

Jawo': Ergh...so it was just a clone...

Shadow: Hahahahaha! You honestly thought you got me with that move, didn't you!? Grapple manuveurs will never work on the likes of me!

Jawo': Damnit...*clenches fist*

Shadow: Although, I must admit, that was one pretty sweet move. But...not as sweet as that other one...

Jawo': What...?

Shadow: Hmm...what did you call it before? ...Oh, that's right. Chaos Control!

Jawo': Heh, so you liked it, huh? Well I'm not surprised. It is pretty awesome.

Shadow: Oh yes, I liked it. In fact, I liked it SO much, that I think I'll take it!

Jawo': Huh...?

Shadow: Chaos Control!!

Jawo': What!?!?

*Shadow uses Chaos Control to warp directly in front of Jawo'. He delivers two successive punches and then follows up with an elbow that sends Jawo' sliding backwards*

Jawo': Guah! *winces*

Shadow: Hmm...so that's Chaos Control, huh? Heheheh, I could get used to this. *smirks*

Blue: Ah, Jawo'! Mmph, you're not gonna get away with that, Shadow!

*Blue begins to prepare a spell when Jawo' stops him*

Blue: Jawo'...?

Jawo': Don't even think about it, Blue.

Blue: But...

Jawo': I said no! He stole my technique, so now he's gotta answer to me. Before this is over, I'll show him the true power of Chaos Control!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 September, 2008, 03:10:27 pm
Shadow: Heh. True power, huh? You think your Chaos Control is better than mine?

Jawo': No doubt.

Shadow: Well then...we shall see!

Jawo': Go for it!

*Jawo' and Shadow both run towards eachother at full speed*

Shadow/Jawo': Chaos...Control!

*Right before clashing, the two disappear, as if vanishing from existence*

Blue: Huh? They disappeared...

*Suddenly, Jawo' and Shadow reappear for a split second before fading from sight again*

Blue: What...?

*Jawo' and Shadow reappear once again in a different place, and then fades from sight. Then once more in a different spot, then again in another, and so on*

Blue: What's going on? Could it be that they're fighting at a speed I can't comprehend? ...No, that can't be it. Then...it must mean that everything else in this space has been slowed down, including myself...

*Meanwhile, back in Ackland, Penny and Reese walk out of the mansion, only to find Mel on all fours, struggling to stand*

~~Ackland, Penny's House~~

Reese: Penny...isn't that...

Penny: Ah! Dad!

*Reese and Penny hurry over to Mel, and they both help him to his feet*

Reese: Mr. Bancroft, are you alright?

Mel: Grrrgh...

Penny: Dad, what happened?

Mel: I...I was struck...

Penny: You were attacked? By who!?

Mel: Matt..ngh, you lowly commoner...

Penny: Huh? Matt?

Reese: ...You mean Shadow?

Mel: Yes, I believe that's the name by which he called himself...

Penny: Agh, so Shadow's behind this, is he!? Man, that creep never gives up!

Reese: But what's he doing here in Ackland...?

Penny: Hmph, if I know Shadow, he's here to pick another fight with us.

Reese: What do we do, Penny?

Penny: Well...if it's a fight he wants, then we're gonna give it to him!

*Back to the battle at hand, Jawo' and Shadow continue their clash of Chaos Control. As the clash goes it, it grows more and more fierce. Their blows knocking over nearby trees in their path*

Blue: Ngh! This is...unreal! Just what kind of power is Chaos Control!?

*From the perspective of Jawo' and Shadow, the entire area is grayed out in a distortion of time and space. Absorbed in their own world, they engage in a power struggle of sword and scythe*

Shadow: Hah, I gotta admit, I didn't expect you to last this long.

Jawo': What are you babbling about, huh?

Shadow: You must know that Chaos Control requires a large amount of energy to maintain. As such, it puts immense stress on the user's body. Why, without proper control over your mana output, you'll be drained within seconds!

Jawo': Yeah, I know. So what are you getting at?

Shadow: Oh, I'm just saying. I realized your mana control isn't quite up to par. It's no question that you'll give out before I do.

Jawo': What!?

Shadow: Don't pretend! You and I both know it! Now it's only a matter of when...

Jawo': Agh! Shut up!

*Jawo' and Shadow continue their struggle. As it goes on, the stress of Chaos Control begins to take its toll on Jawo'*

Jawo': Ugh...(Damnit, he's right. I...I'm losing it. I don't know how much longer I can hold up...)

Shadow: Hahahah! What's the matter, Jawo'!? Out of juice already!?

Jawo': Hey...ungh...that's my line...

Shadow: Now you're through! Haah!

*Shadow ends the struggle by blowing Jawo' away with swing from his scythe. The Chaos Control disperses, as Jawo' is sent flying backwards in plain sight*

Jawo': Aaaaaggggh! Oof!

Blue: Ah! Jawo'!

Shadow: Tsch. I knew you couldn't hack it. I guess I AM better with Chaos Control afterall!!

Jawo': D-damn...how...how can he...be so good...?

Shadow: You know, in that short time, I've learned quite a bit about that there Chaos Control. In fact, I think I can take the power of Chaos to a whole new level!

Jawo': *panting* Hah...ha...what are you...talking about..?

Shadow: Allow me to show you!

*Shadow prepares a new technique*

Shadow: Chaos Spear!!!

Jawo': What!?

*Suddenly, a group of yellow energy spears appear floating in the air, surrounding Jawo'. Shadow then points down, sending the spears downwards. With no energy left to avoid, Jawo' can only stand there as the spears impale him all around his body*

Jawo': Uuaaggggh!!

Blue: Jawo', no!!

*With the spears still jutting out of his body, Jawo' falls to his knees with his head hanging down. Blue then runs up to him*

Blue: Jawo'! Are you alright? Say something!

Jawo': *quietly* How...?

Blue: What?

Jawo': It...it took me months to learn how to use Chaos Control. Tell me...tell me how could Shadow learn it...and take it to a new level in just a few minutes!?

Blue: Jawo', what are you talking about? You're wounded! You need medical attention!

Shadow: Wow, it took you months to learn Chaos Control? Heh, and you can barely do that right. Damn, I must be a genius!

Jawo': Shut...up...

*Jawo' slowly stands to his feet and begins to forcibly remove the spears from his body, leaving gaping pierce wounds in their wake*

Blue: Jawo'! Look at all that blood... Stop or you'll bleed to death!

Jawo': I...I won't stand here...and be mocked...like this!

Blue: Jawo'...

Jawo': Shadow...you're going down!!!

*Jawo' draws his sword and begins to run toward Shadow at full speed, despite his injuries*

Shadow: Gah! W-what is he doing!? How can he still be fighting like this!?

Jawo': Aaaaarrrrrrr--ugh...

Shadow: Huh?

*Midway to Shadow, Jawo' stops in his track and collapses to the ground*

Jawo': *to himself* Damnit! Move, body! Move!

Shadow: *sweats* Such resolve...where does it come from...?

*Blue runs up to Jawo' and holds his body*

Blue: Jawo'...you idiot...

Jawo': Blue...you have to do it.

Blue: Huh?

Jawo': It's up to you...to beat Shadow now. I can't fight anymore...

Blue: ...Fine. Just leave him to me.

Jawo': You can do it...

Blue: I will.

*Blue carefully lies Jawo's body down and glares at Shadow*

Blue: Shadow...

Shadow: Hm...?

Blue: You won't get away with this!

*Blue sprints foward at a blinding speed towards Shadow*

Shadow: *smirks* (Heh, you're fast, Blue. But not faster than me. I'll just counter your wild attack)

*Blue approaches Shadow and gears up a punch. But instead of attacking, slips to Shadow's left side*

Shadow: Ah!?

*Before he knew what hit him, Blue avoids Shadow's anticipated counter and delivers a powerful punch to his face, sending him sailing into a nearby lake*

Shadow: Aaagh!!

*Shadow's body bounces along the water like a skipping rock until he manages to regain his positioning. He then stands atop the surface of the water*

Blue: Here I come!

*Blue runs fowards and jumps into the lake after Shadow, sliding along the water before coming to a stop. He too then stands atop the surface of the water*

Shadow: *to himself* Ungh...*wipes blood from mouth* ...that hurt...

*Blue gets into a dynamic fighting pose*

Blue: Hmm!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 15 September, 2008, 05:58:40 pm
Jawo': *to himself* Am...Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing? Are they really...standing on water!?

*Meanwhile, Blue and Shadow stand in center of the lake, waiting for one another to make the first move*

Blue: ...

Shadow: (Hm, what's he doing...just standing there like that. Is he trying to psyche me out? Keep me on edge? Well it's not going to work! I'll just stay put.)

Blue: ...

Shadow: (He's still not coming. What's he waiting for? Is he...maybe...he WANTS me to wait here, so he can catch me off guard!)

Blue: ...

Shadow: (Yeah, that must be it! Heh, well that's not going to work either! I'll just attack him before he gets the chance!)

*Shadow moves in to attack...*

Blue: Hmph!!

*But at that very second, Blue retaliates by swiping his hand, sending a wave of water surging in Shadow's direction*

Shadow: What!? (No! He was anticipating it!)

*As the wave approaches Shadow, he holds his arms up in defense to avoid being washed away. Once it passes through him, he opens his eyes and observes his surroundings, soon noticing Blue quickly closing in on him*

Blue: Rraaaaaagh!!

Shadow: Gah!!

*Blue catches Shadow off guard, running in and bashing him in the face with his forearm*

Shadow: Ungh!

*The force of the blow causes Shadow to stagger backwards. Blue then grabs him by the shirt and pulls him foward into a crushing knee to the gut. Forcing blood from his mouth*

Shadow: Guaaagckh!

Blue: I'm not done yet! Huaagh!

*While Shadow is hunched over, Blue delivers a powerful two-handed overhead blow to Shadow's head. He's struck with enough force to send him spiraling down into the depths of the lake, resulting in an enormous splash*

Jawo': *to himself*...Woah...that was...amazing...

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

Jawo': Is this really...the same Blue...?

*Enter Jawo's flashback to the first story, back during their fight their fight on the Eastern Shore*

Jawo': Now, Ring of the Water, I call forth a MIGHTY STORM!!!!

Blue: No! He knows their weakness! Well don't think I'm just gonna sit here and let you do this. *Casts a Fireball spell*

*Still weilding the Water Ring, Jawo' summons water bolts to counter the fire spell*

Jawo': Hah!

Blue: *softly* Rrgh...

Jawo': The same dork that could only cast measly fire magic, and hit behind his Ifrits like a brazen coward...?

*Jawo's flashback switches to a scene from the first Gaiden story, after the bandit battle*

Lilia: What was that move you did? You know, the one that slowed down that bandit? That was amazing!

Jawo': Chaos Control. Using it, I can slow down the passage of time in a closed area, or warp instantaneously. It's a nifty trick, but I can't use it often.

Lilia: Awesome! Blue's magic can't do anything like that!

Blue: *steams* Oooooh....

Jawo': The same Blue...that was envious and spiteful of my technique because he couldn't do better?

*End flashback*

Jawo': But now look at him. Despite it all, he's fighting on even with Shadow of all people now. ...H-how far have you come, Blue? How much have you grown...?

~~Meanwhile, in Ackland Town~~

*Off in the distance, Penny and Reese witness the splash of water resulting from Blue's attack on Shadow*

Reese: Woah! What was that!?

Penny: I don't know, but it looks like something's going on over there...

Mel: It...It could be Blue...

Reese: Blue?

Penny: What are you talking about, Dad?

Mel: Before I fell unconscious, I overheard Blue saying that he was going to lead Matt away from Ackland, to take their fight away from civilians.

Reese: So...Blue was here too?

Mel: Correct.

Penny: And you say he's fighting with Shadow right now?

Mel: Yes, from what I gather, Blue and that Jawo' fellow are confronting him as we speak.

Reese: What!? Just the two of them alone!? Penny!

Penny: I know, Reese! We have to go!

Mel: Wait, go where? ...Ah! You're not thinking of--!

Penny: I am! We have to help our friends before it's too late!

Mel: What!? But Penelope!!!

Penny: There's no time! Dad, you stay here! Come on, Reese! We're going!

Reese: Right!

*Penny and Reese run off in pursuit of Shadow*

Mel: Penelope! Reese! Stop!

*Mel tries to follow them, but his wounds from earlier hold him back*

Mel: Urk! ...It's no use, I can't stop them in this condition. ...*sigh* I just pray that they remain safe...

*Back to the battle, Blue still stands atop the lake, having not moved since Shadow went under*

Blue: Hrrm...

Jawo': Hey...what's he--?

*Jawo' calls out to Blue*

Jawo': Blue! What's up!? Is everything alright out there!?

Blue: *shakes head*

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: He's still there...

Jawo': What are you talking about? I saw him go under! We both did! He's gone! You beat him!

Blue: He's not.

Jawo': What? Are you serious?

*At that moment, the water below Blue's feet begins to bubble*

Blue: Hunh?

*Suddenly, a purple lightning bolt thunders up from the water, but Blue flips backwards, avoiding the attack*

Blue: Eugh!

*The water below Blue begins to bubble once more*

Blue: Gah!

*Another lightning bolt strikes from beneath him, but he manages to dodge once again*

Blue: Ugh!

*Yet again, the water beneath Blue begins to bubble, but this time, the bubbling occurs across a wider area*

Blue: Aah!

Jawo': Blue! Get out of there!

*lightning continuously strikes from underwater as Blue runs along the lake to avoid them. Before long, the attacks come to a halt, and Blue stops to rest*

Blue: *wipes forehead* Phew...that was a close one...

??: ...Or was it...?

Blue: What!?

*Just as Blue thinks he's safe, Shadow quickly emerges from the water behind Blue and wraps his arms around him*

Shadow: Guess who!

Blue: Urk! *struggles* Shadow!!!

Shadow: Haha! You win! Now for your prize!!!

*Shadow hurls Blue into the air and prepares a technique*

Shadow: Chaos...Control!!

*Shadow uses to slow down the area around him. He then grabs his scythe and teleports up to Blue*

Shadow: Hehehe, time to go to work!

*From Blue's perspective, the only thing that can be seen is a multitude of invisible slashes cutting and tearing at Blue's body*

Blue: Guaaaaagggh!!!

*The attack ceases and the Chaos Control is released, allowing Blue's lifeless body to fall. Shadow then catches Blue as he falls, and holds him up by his shirt*

Shadow: Hah, how did you like it? I call that move....Chaos Reaper!

Jawo': No! Blue!!

Blue: Nngh...

Shadow: Heh, I gotta say, Blue, you really had me going there for a second. I would've never thought that you had what it takes to psyche me out like that. You really messed with my head, you know that?

Blue: ...

Shadow: And that was sure one HELL of a pounding you gave me back there. Boy, I'll be feeling that one tomorrow!

Blue: J-just...get on with it...

Shadow: Hah, if you insist...

*Shadow takes his scythe and aims it at Blue's neck*

Jawo': (No! If I don't stop him, Blue's a goner! But...but what can I do in this condition!?)

Shadow: Say goodnight, Blue.

Blue: ...

*Blue closes his eyes and prepares for the worst when...*

Jawo': Water Blue Ring!!

Shadow: What?

*Jawo' uses the Water Blue Ring to manipulate the water in the lake. A wave of water seperates Blue from Shadow's grip and pulls him back to onto dry land beside Jawo'*

Jawo': ...Hm...he's out cold. But even still...you did well, Blue. That's all any of us could ask for.

Shadow: Tsch, so it was you. You're just full of surprises, aren't you? I didn't think you'd survive that Chaos Spear.

Jawo': Heh, well you know what I always say. I die hard.

Shadow: So you do, huh? Well then...I wonder if this is die hard enough for you!

*A translucent red aura forms around Shadow*

Jawo': *sweats* No! It can't be!

Shadow: Chaos....BLAS--

*But before Shadow can pull off his attack, he is impaled in the shoulder by an arrow*

Shadow: Gyah! Ergh...what was--!?

*Shadow removes the arrow from his shoulder*

Shadow: An arrow!? What the--!

Reese: We won't let you lay another finger on our friends, Shadow!

Shadow: Hunh? ...Rrgh...it's you...

Jawo': "You"? What...?

*Jawo' turns around to see Reese and Penny standing behind him*

Jawo': Guys! You came!

Reese: Jawo'! Blue! What happened!?

Penny: Are you two alright!?

Jawo': I'm fine, but Blue got roughed up pretty bad...

Reese: Hm, let me see...

*Reese checks out Blue's vital signs*

Reese: You're right, he's badly hurt...but he'll be okay.

Jawo': That's a relief. But...how did you two find us? I mean, how did you know we were here?

Reese: How we found you isn't important, Jawo'.

Penny: Yeah, what's really important is us tearing that Shadow a new hole!

Reese: You two earned a good rest. We'll do the fighting from here on!

Shadow: Shoot! And I was having so much fun too...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 18 September, 2008, 04:32:58 pm
Penny: Reese, I'll go in first! You be my backup, alright!?

Reese: You got it, Penny!

Jawo': Be careful, you two...

Penny: You don't have to worry about us, Jawo'. We know what we're doing. Let's go, Reese!

Reese: Yeah!

Shadow: *sigh* Oh bother... *rubs head*

Penny: Let's see how you handle this, Shadow!

Shadow: Oh Penny, you and those yo-yo's of yours.

Penny: They're not yo-yo's! They're spinners!

Shadow: Yeah..right...spinners. Anyway, what are you going to do? Throw them at me again? Perhaps try another tie up trick like last time?

Penny: What!? Are you trying to say that I'm predictable!?

Shadow: I'm not saying anything, Penny. But if the shoe fits... *shrugs*

Penny: Well then, I guess it's time I showed you what I can really do!

Shadow: Oh?

Penny: Yeah! Watch this!

*Penny enfuses her spinners with mana and launches them both at an angle towards the ground. The powered up spinners then tunnel deep into the earth*

Shadow: *attentively* Hmm...(What's she plotting...)

Penny: Alright, let's do it!

*With a slight movement of her finger, one of the spinners rapidly emerges from the ground at an angle, straight towards Shadow*

Shadow: Guh!

*Shadow sidesteps just in time to avoid the attack. The spinner then retreats back underground with another movement of Penny's finger*

Shadow: Tricky...

Penny: Hmph, so I missed. Oh well, let's try again!

*Penny nudges her finger again, causing the spinner to emerge from the ground at an angle, this time from behind Shadow*

Shadow: Hm!

*Shadow leaps to the side, avoiding the attack*

Penny: Now I got you!

*Penny nudges her finger on the opposite hand, causing the other spinner to rapidly emerge and strike Shadow from the side while his focus is split*

Shadow: Ngh!! (Lucky shot...)

Penny: Ah ha!

*With the attack successful, the two spinners retreat back underground and back up to Penny's hand*

Penny: How did you like that? I call it..."Snake in the grass"! Heehee!

Shadow: Heh, I'll admit, it's pretty good. ...For you, anyway.

Penny: Ooooh! I'll teach you to make fun of me!

*Penny launches her spinners to each side of her. Wrapping one around the tree, and the other around a second tree.*

Penny: Errrggh!!

*She then tugs with all her might, slowly uprooting the trees and pulling them from the ground*

Shadow: Mama mia...

~~Meanwhile, in Ackland Town~~

*Lilia leaves the item shop after completing her shopping*

Lilia: Hm...I think this should be enough for our trip. Yup! We're all set! Now to get back to the mansion.

*As Lilia walks down the streets of the town, she spies far off in the distance the two trees that Penny has a hold of falling towards the ground*

Lilia: Hunh? Trees falling? I don't remember there being any lumberjacks in this area. ...What could be going on?

Mel: Lilia!

Lilia: Huh? Who said that? Did someone call me?

*Mel runs up to Lilia and stops before her to catch his breath*

Mel: *panting* Lilia...hah...ha...

Lilia: Oh, it's Penny's father. What are you doing here?

Mel: Lilia, your friends, they need you...

Lilia: Uh? What are you talking about? What's happened?

Mel: I assume that you know the one by the name of Shadow, correct?

Lilia: Shadow? Yeah, I do. What about him?

Mel: There's not much time, so I'll get straight to the point. This Shadow character has engaged a battle with Blue and the others.

Lilia: What!?

Mel: It's true. They're off fighting now even as we speak. I haven't the strength to aid due to a slight...mishap, so I came to find you instead. If this Shadow is as strong as I felt he was, they won't last much longer without help...

Lilia: Well then tell me! Where are they now!?

Mel: They're at the forest clearing just north of town.

Lilia: Alright, I'll go help them right away!

Mel: Lilia...be careful...

Lilia: I will! And thank you!

*Without a moment's delay, Lilia runs off in pursuit of Shadow, to aid her fallen friends*

Lilia: *panting while running* Hah..ha...(Shadow...why are you doing this...?)

*Meanwhile, back at the battle, Penny uses her unnatural strength to hurl the entire uprooted tree at Shadow*

Penny: Haaaaaaah!

Shadow: Gyah!

Penny: And here's number two! Uaaaaagh!

*Penny slings the second tree at Shadow*

Shadow: Yow! That's some throwing arm you got there! But still...

*Shadow summons his scythe*

Shadow: It's nothing I can't handle!

*As the trees near Shadow, he takes his scythe and slices them clean in half, nullifying Penny's attack*

Shadow: Hah, that wasn't too bad. In fact, I'd even say it was fun! It's not everyday that I get trees thrown at me.

Penny: Ungh! Why you...!

*Meanwhile, Reese sits atop a nearby tree. With a clear shot at Shadow's back, he loads three arrows into his bow*

Reese: *to himself* Nice job keeping him distracted, Penny. Now I've got a perfect shot! I can't possibly miss!

Shadow: Well well...is that it? No more off-the-wall attacks?

Penny: Tsch...

Shadow: Not even a typical hot-headed retort? Tsk tsk. I'm disappointed in you, Penny. Ah well...then I guess it's my turn...

*Shadow begins to run towards Penny with his scythe ready when...*

Reese: Triple Shot!

Shadow: Huh?

*Shadow looks behind himself to see three arrows quickly advancing on him*

Penny: Ha! Let's see you get away from those!

Shadow: Hmm...okay!

Penny: What?

*Shadow takes a nearby log from the sliced tree from earlier and kicks it up into the arrow's path, causing them to lodge into the log instead*

Reese: Gah! No! There's no way he could've responded so fast!

Shadow: *winces* Ssssss! Oh, so close!

Penny: Rrragh! We're not done with you yet, Shadow!

Shadow: That may be true, but I'm quite finished with you. So why don't you take a little nap for me?

*Shadow prepares a magic spell*

Shadow: Temptation to Sleep!

*Shadow fires an ominous glowing ray from his hands at Penny*

Penny: Noooo! Aaaaaah!

Reese: Penny! No!

*The ray collides with Penny, sending an unknown frequency to her brain that forces her to fall asleep on her feet*

Reese: ...Penny?

Penny: *snoring* Zzzzzzzzz...

Reese: Yah! She's asleep!

Shadow: Heh, yeah. I wasn't really in the mood for a flashy attack. Besides, that was more than enough to shut her up.

Reese: Ggh! (Yikes! I'm all alone now! W-w-what do I do?!)

*Shadow turns to Reese*

Shadow: Oh Reeeeeeeeeeeeese!

Reese: Waaaah!

*Reese flails about in a panic, causing himself to fall from the tree and crash to the ground*

Reese: Woah! Oof!! ...Ouch... *rubs head*

Shadow: Looks like it's just you and me now, little buddy.

Reese: ...*gulp*

Shadow: You and me, we're gonna have SO much fun. I can TELL!

Reese: Uhm...no thanks! Er...didn't you know? I'm allergic to fun! Yeah, that's right! It makes me break out in a nasty rash.

Shadow: Now now, Reese. Don't be coy! Everybody has to die sometime...

Reese: Aaaaaaaaaaagh!

Jawo': Reese! No!

*Shadow starts towards Reese when a sudden explosion is engaged upon his right arm*

Shadow: Nngh!! My arm...!

Reese: ...Huh?

Jawo': What...was that?

Shadow: Rgh! Who...who did this!?

Lilia: Back off, Shadow!

Shadow: Rgh...that voice...

*Just then, Lilia leaps out of a nearby tree, in front of Shadow*

Jawo'/Reese: Lilia!

Lilia: Jawo', Reese. Are you two okay? You're not hurt, are you?

Reese: I'm fine now, thanks to you.

Jawo': Lilia...you shouldn't have come...

Lilia: And why not?

Jawo': Shadow...he's too strong for you to handle alone. Just get out of here! While you still can!

Lilia: Are you crazy? I'm not doing that!

Jawo': What?!

Lilia: I won't abandon my friends. Not ever.

Jawo': But Lilia...

Lilia: I said I won't do it! And besides...I can take care of Shadow.

Jawo': Huh?

Lilia: Just trust in me. Okay? *winks*

Jawo': ...Fine...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 19 September, 2008, 04:48:21 pm
Lilia: Shadow!

Shadow: Hey, well if it isn't Lilia. What a pleasant surprise.

Lilia: Shadow, I can't believe you're up to your old tricks again!

Shadow: Eh?

Lilia: After everything I've done to try and help you, you come back and do this to us? How could you!?

Shadow: What are you...Oh...that. Hey, let's leave Misty out of this, ok? She's got nothing to do with anything.

Lilia: What?

Shadow: I'm here because my thirst for an epic battle still remains.

Lilia: Epic battle? Are you insane!? This isn't the time nor the place for you to be seeking cheap thrills!

Shadow: Heheh. Oh Lilia...

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: See, this little game of good and evil you got going on here, I don't care two figs about it all. All I care about...is the conflict...

Lilia: Conflict? What are you babbling about!?

Shadow: Hmph, I didn't think you'd understand. Not that I have to explain myself to you anyway. Now then, would you kindly move aside? You're not the one I want to fight.

Lilia: ...Shadow...*clenches fist*

Shadow: Hm?

Lilia: I won't do it!

Shadow: What?

Lilia: I kept thinking, hoping that you might have changed! But you haven't...

Shadow: I would think that was obvious at this point.

Lilia: Shadow...I won't let you! I won't let you do this! If you want to stand in our way, then I'll have no choice but to fight you myself!

Shadow: You, fight me? Hah, well, beggars can't be choosers I suppose.

*Shadow draws his scythe*

Shadow: Let's get this over with, shall we, Lilia?

Lilia: ...Now!

Shadow: Huh?

*Suddenly, a faint crackling noise is heard. And then, a blast is engaged upon Shadow's back*

Shadow: Guoh! Agh...it happened again... What is that!?

Lilia: How did you like that paper bomb, Shadow? I made it just for you!

Shadow: What? A paper bomb!? But, I...when--!?

Lilia: While you were so busy picking on my friends, I was here stealthily attaching these paper bombs to your clothing.

Shadow: Ugh! No!

Lilia: Hah, and you didn't even notice a thing, did you? Your arrogance really shows alright.

Shadow: Lilia...why you...!

Lilia: *waggles finger* Ah ah ah!

Shadow: Hn?

Lilia: Those paper bombs are still plenty active, I'll have you know. One wrong move and kaboom! You're blown to bits!

Shadow: Tsch, not a problem! I'll just get rid of them!

Lilia: You really think you can?

Shadow: Well I don't see why not. All I have to do is take it and--

*Shadow reaches out for a paper bomb on his shoulder. But when his hand draws near, it explodes*

Shadow: Gyaaagh! Uugh!! W-why!?

Lilia: *sigh* I tried to tell you. Try to remove a paper bomb manually by hand and it'll detonate anyway.

Shadow: What...?

Lilia: And even if you don't, I can set them out with just a snap of my fingers. Face it, Shadow. You're done.

Shadow: Heheheh...

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: Well done, Lilia! It appears you've forced me into a corner! Now I have no choice but to concede defeat.

Lilia: Does that mean you'll finally give up chasing up now?

Shadow: Are you kidding me? No way!

Lilia: What?

Shadow: If anything, this just makes me wanna come back for another round! You guys have definitely gotten better since our last meeting! If you continue to progress like this...well...I'll have one hell of a fight on my hands! Hehehe, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Lilia: Shadow...but--!

Shadow: Until next time, Blue and friends! Toodles!

*Shadow happily waves to the group as he disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Lilia: Shadow! Wait! ...He's gone...

Jawo': Tsch, he's finally pissed off. Good riddance, I say.

Lilia: But...Jawo', I...

Jawo': Huh? What's up?

Lilia: Uhm...nothing. It's not important.

Jawo': Alright, if you say so...

Reese: Phew! I'm sure glad that's over! Let's say we get out of here, huh?

Lilia: *nods* Mhmm.

Jawo': Yeah. I guess I'll carry the sleeping beauties over here.

*Jawo' grabs Blue and Penny and slings them both over his shoulders. The group then returns to the mansion and inquires the healing services of Mel*

~~Mel's Mansion~~

*Back at the mansion, Mel heals the groups various wounds one after another. Finishing up with Jawo'. He then wraps gauze around his chest and back area*

Mel: There, that should do it. You're all better now.

Jawo': Thanks, I really owe you one.

Mel: On the contrary, lad, you don't owe me anything. It is my duty as the Great Healer to restore and maintain the health of those in need.

Jawo': Oh, is that right? Well, thanks anyway.

Penny: *angrily* Mmn...

Reese: Penny, is something the matter?

Penny: I'll say! Damn that Shadow! Who does he think he is, using a cheap trick like a sleep spell!?

Reese: Uh...*rubs head*

Penny: Hah! I'll bet he did it because he was afraid of what I'd do to him! Tsch, figures that he didn't wanna fight me for real! Haha!

Reese: Erm...sure. Whatever makes you happy, Penny...*sweatdrop*

Mel: Speaking of Shadow, there's something I want to know...

Lilia: Hm? What is it?

Blue: I think I might know.

Lilia: Blue?

Blue: You want to know who he is, and why he's after us, right?

Mel: Exactly right, Blue. I find it odd that this strange character would just appears from out of nowhere and attack without provocation. You kids have been up to something, and I want you all to explain yourselves right now.

Blue: *sigh* Alright. Shadow is a mercenary...hired by a man named Ko--

Penny: Uhm...hold that thought!

Mel: Eh?

Blue: Penny, is something up?

Penny: Blue, can we talk in private for a quick second?

Blue: Uhm...sure. Why not?

Penny: Good! Let's go!

*Penny drags Blue to another so that they can talk alone*

Blue: Now then, what is this all about?

Penny: Blue! You can't!

Blue: What?

Penny: You can't tell my dad about this!

Blue: Uh? But why?

Penny: Isn't it obvious!? You know how my dad is! Blue, if my dad finds out about what I've been up to all this time, he'll never let me keep traveling with you guys!

Blue: But Penny, I--

Penny: If I'm forced to stay behind tomorrow, I'll never be able to save my sister!

Blue: Penny, what are you talking about?

Penny: Blue, don't you remember what Deke said to us?

Blue: I...

Deke: Once she's not longer useful to us, she will be killed. Hopefully I will be able to do the honors.

Blue: Penny...

Penny: Don't you understand now!? She doesn't know what she's getting into! They'll kill her if she's allowed to stay with them! Can't you see that!? I can't let that happen! I just can't!

Blue: Hmm...

Penny: So please, Blue. Please! I'm begging you...don't tell my dad...

Blue: ...Alright.

Penny: Huh?

Blue: For you, Penny, and for Prima, I won't tell him anything. You have my word.

Penny: Ah! Thank you, Blue!

*Penny hugs Blue and squeezes him tight*

Penny: Mmmmm!! <3

Blue: Ungh! *strained voice* P-Penny! You're crushing me!

~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Shadow returns after yet another unsuccessful attempt (or lack thereof) at capturing Reese*

Shadow: *whistling*

Kovah: Shadow...

Shadow: Oh, hey boss! What's shaking?

Kovah: Where is he!?

Shadow: Who?

Kovah: Don't feign ignorance, you lout! Where is Reese!? I thought I told you to retrieve him!

Shadow: Oh, right, that. Well you see, I kinda got sidetracked and...

Kovah: You didn't get him....

Shadow: Well...no. Eheheh, sorry... *rubs head*


*Kovah slams his fist into a nearby pillar, punching right through it*

Shadow: Woah!! Calm down!

Kovah: Grah! Useless! Every one of you!

Deke: Kovah...

Kovah: Silence, Deke. It's just one blunder after another with you simpletons. I've had enough of your constant failures!!

Deke: Then allow me to go, Kovah! I assure you that I am much more reliable than that mercenary.

Shadow: Hey, I'm right here, you know...

Kovah: No, Deke. Not this time.

Deke: Hm?

Kovah: As they say, if you want something done right...you have to do it yourself. *clenches fist*

Deke: But Kovah! I...we--!

Kovah: What? Do you mean to say that I'm not capable of handling this task? Or perhaps you mean to suggest that I would lose to Blue and his companions. Is that it?

Deke: N-no. Not at all...

Kovah: Good. Remain here. I will return shortly with my prize.

*Kovah disappears*

Deke: Mmn...*glares at Shadow*

Shadow: Phew. Who put a bee in his trousers, huh?

*Without provocation, Deke swings his axe at Shadow, pointing it directly in his face*

Shadow: Yow!!!

Deke: *coarsely* Shadow...

Shadow: Watch where you're swinging that thing, huh! You could put an eye out!

Deke: Kovah may not be able to see through your veil, but fortunately for us, that doesn't apply to myself.

Shadow: What are you talking about?

Deke: Don't play dumb with me, mercenary. I know very well that you have the strength and ability to easily secure Reese if you so wished it. So why didn't you do it?

Shadow: Mmn...

Deke: You didn't even try to capture him, did you?

Shadow: Tsch. So what if I didn't?

Deke: Hmph, I knew it. So what are you true motives, mercenary? What really brought you here? Because I know full well that it isn't to further our goals. *shakes head* No. You filthy sellswords are always playing some kind of crooked angle.

Shadow: As if it's any of your business.

Deke: Fool.

*Deke quickly returns his axe to a standing position. Afterwards, a small slash mark appears on Shadow's cheek and begins to bleed*

Shadow: Guh...

Deke: I don't know what kind of game you're playing, what kind of scheme you're pulling. But if you think that you can keep pulling the blanket over Kovah's eyes and continue to hinder our plans, then I'm afraid you're sadly mistaken.

Shadow: ...

Deke: Heed my warning, whelp. If you even think of betraying Kovah, I'll spare no effort in reducing you to a miserable pile of ashes.

*Deke turns his back and slowly walks away. Afterwards, Shadow lightly touches his wound and stares in disbelief*

Shadow: ...*averts gaze*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 20 September, 2008, 10:48:55 am
~~Later that night~~

*Lilia stands outside on the mansion front balcony alone, pondering about recent events*

Lilia: *to herself* Shadow...

Blue: Hey, there you are...

Lilia: Huh? Oh, it's you, Blue.

Blue: I've been looking for you, you know.

Lilia: You have?

Blue: Yeah, don't you know how late it is? We should be resting up for tomorrow.

Lilia: Oh...

Blue: Honestly, Lilia. Aren't you usually the one who stresses the importance of a good night's rest?

Lilia: I...I'm sorry, Blue...

Blue: Eh, don't worry about it. But next time, let us know where you are, okay? Or else you'll make us worry about you.

Lilia: Right, I promise.

Blue: Good. ...Oh, and another thing...

Lilia: What is it?

Blue: What are you doing out here anyway?

Lilia: Ah..uhm...just thinking...

Blue: About what?

Lilia: ...Things...

Blue: *skeptically* Hm...is that right?

Lilia: Yeah...

Blue: Well...if I didn't know any better, I'd say you were thinking about a certain smug mercenary.

Lilia: Eep!

Blue: And from your reaction, I'd say I'm right on the money.

Lilia: *sigh* Oh fine. Yes, I am thinking about Shadow...

Blue: I knew it. Lilia, why do you insist on thinking that he's our friend?

Lilia: It's just...I...I can see the good inside of him, Blue...

Blue: Lilia...

Lilia: He has a good heart. He's not our enemy, so why do we have to fight him? I just don't understand!

Blue: I know what you're saying, Lilia. I feel the same way, but...

Lilia: Hm?

Blue: *shakes head* We can't let our feelings cloud our judgment. We have an obligation to the people of this world to put a stop to Kovah and his evil plans. And despite all appearances, Shadow is trying to stop us from doing that.

Lilia: I know, but...I don't know if I can. How can I bring myself to defeat someone who should be on our side?

Blue: That's simple, Lilia.

Lilia: Huh?

Blue: Shadow's not our enemy, but if he persists on being our opponent, then we'll just have to fight fire with fire.

Lilia: Blue, what do you mean?

Blue: What I mean is, the only way to subdue an ego-maniac like Shadow...is to beat him at his own game.

Lilia: Ah!

Blue: Now do you get what I'm saying? If we accept his challenge and win, we'll send Shadow and his inflated ego packing for good!

Lilia: I see now! I understand clearly!

Blue: Hahah, excellent. Oh, and speaking of sending him packing, how did you do it, Lilia?

Lilia: Huh? Oh, I just stuck a few paper bombs in the right places. Nothing too special.

Blue: Paper bombs?

Lilia: Right, they're a special type of bomb crafted from an unique brand of flammable parchment paper. It's pretty nifty for setting up elaborate traps.

Blue: Hey, that sounds pretty cool! Hehehe. Where did you learn how to make something like that?

Lilia: Eh, it's a trick I picked up from Tobi, actually.

Blue: Tobi? *scratches head*

Lilia: Yeah, you're telling me. Apparently paper bombs are common tools that shinobi often make use of. Hah, I guess that knuckleheaded ninja is good for something afterall.

Blue: Heh, I'll say. *rubs head*

Lilia: Heehee. So Blue, anything else you wanted to know?

Blue: Hmm, not really. All I need from you, Lilia, is to promise that next time we face Shadow, you won't hold anything back.

Lilia: Mhm! I promise, Blue! You can count on me!

Blue: Great. Together, we can do it! And once he's out of the way, we'll move on and defeat Kovah next!

??: You...defeat me? Don't make me laugh...

Blue: Huh!?

Lilia: Who's there? Who said that!?

*Suddenly, Kovah appears floating in the air before Blue and Lilia*

Lilia: Aah!

Kovah: So you're the one who's been meddling in my affairs. At last we meet face to face...

Blue: What are you talking about? Who are you!?

Kovah: Hmph, I am Kovah Reynard, the successor of limitless power.

Lilia: What!?

Blue: Agh, so you're Kovah...

Kovah: Blue...I've been waiting so long to finally confront you. I want nothing more than to rip your little body limb from limb.

Blue: You took the words right out of my mouth!

*Blue's body glows with exerted mana*

Blue: Kovah! Today we finish this!

Kovah: Hmhmhm, so anxious to die. But fortunately for you, I didn't come here to seek a duel.

Blue: Tsch, so then why ARE you here!?

Kovah: I think you should know. In order for my plans to truly succeed, I require the key...

Blue: The...key...?

Lilia: Ah, you must mean Reese!

Kovah: That's correct, little girl. If I want to acquire the ultimate power, I need the boy. So...hand him over to me. Now.

Blue: You think we're just going to do what you tell us to, huh!? Not a chance! You'll never get your dirty hands on Reese!

Kovah: Hmhmhmhmhm...

Blue: Huh? What's so funny!?

Kovah: I knew you would say that. Now we'll have to do things the hard way...

*Kovah sharply gazes at Lilia*

Lilia: Guh!

*In an instant, Kovah snatches up Lilia and restrains her tightly in his arm*

Lilia: Aaaaaaaah!! Blue!!

Blue: Lilia!!!

Kovah: Since you wouldn't hand over Reese quietly, I've decided to take a little...collateral... Hahaha.

Lilia: Ngh! Let...go of me!

Blue: Kovah! Let her go! Now!

Kovah: That, I cannot do. At least, not until we've made an exchange...

Blue: What?

Kovah: Hand over Reese to me! And I promise that I won't hurt your little girlfriend here.

Blue: You're crazy! I'll never do that!

Kovah: Hmph, what a shame. Then I guess you don't care about what happens to the girl!!!

*Kovah tighten his grip around Lilia's neck, crushing her throat*

Lilia: Aaaaaaaaagh!!

Blue: Lilia! Stop it! You're hurting her!

Kovah: Then give me what I desire! Give me Reese right now!!!

Blue: I...I won't!

Kovah: Then she WILL die!!!

*Kovah applies further pressure to his choke hold*

Lilia: Nnnngh!!

Blue: No! Lilia, hang on! I'll save you!

*Blue leaps from the balcony and lunges at Kovah with a punch. But he counters with a punch of his own. Striking Blue and knocking him down to the ground*

Blue: Guuaagh!

Lilia: Aah! Blue!!!

Kovah: Hmhmhm, pathetic.

*Kovah descends to the ground with Lilia, standing in front of Blue as he lies in pain*

Lilia: Blue! Are you okay!? Get up!

Blue: Ergh...

*Blue struggles, but manages to rise to his feet*

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha...

Kovah: Blue, it was foolish of you try and attack me. Very foolish...

Blue: Grgh...Kovah!! I won't let get away with this!

*Blue prepares to hurl a fireball at Kovah!

Kovah: Not so fast, Blue. I wouldn't do that if I were you...

Blue: Hunh?

Kovah: You wouldn't want to risk accidently harming the girl, now would you? Hmhmhm...

*Blue dissipates the fireball*

Blue: Damnit...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (The Deciding Factor Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 20 September, 2008, 06:38:18 pm
Kovah: So Blue...what's it going to be...?

Blue: ...(Damn, I don't know what to do. I can't let Lilia get hurt, but if I let him take Reese, everything we've done, everything we've fought for...would've been for nothing!)

Kovah: Well? I'm waiting. Give me your answer...now.

Blue: I...I...

Reese: Blue!

Blue: Huh?

*Reese storms out of the mansion after hearing the commotion outside*

Blue: Reese...

Reese: I...I thought I heard someone scream? What's going on out here?

Blue: Reese! You shouldn't be here!

Reese: What?

Lilia: Ungh, Blue's right, Reese! Get away from here!

Reese: Ah! Lilia! What's happening!? I don't understand!

Blue: We don't have time to explain it now. Just do as we say!

Reese: Ah, but...

Blue: Now!!!

Reese: A-alright!

Kovah: Hold it right there, Reese!

Reese: Aah!

Kovah: You're not going anywhere. Unless it's with me...

Reese: W-who are you...?

Blue: He's Kovah...

Reese: What!? K-K-Kovah!?

Kovah: Yes, Reese. It is I. And you and me are about to get very well acquainted with each other. Hmhmhm...

Reese: Ugh...

*Reese takes several steps back*

Reese: What are you...talking about...?

Lilia: Ngh! He's here for you, Reese! He wants the key!

Reese: The key!? You mean...my necklace?

Kovah: Reese, you and your necklace are essential in allowing me to retrieve the ultimate power. You are the only living soul that can unlock that accursed slab!

Reese: The Lunar Monolith...

Kovah: Yes. Now come with me...

Reese: N-no! I'll never do that!

Kovah: Are you sure...?

*Kovah applies even more pressure, forcing Lilia to gasp for air as her windpipe is slowly crushed*

Lilia: *silently* Aaaaah....

Reese: Lilia! W-what are you doing!? Stop it!

Kovah: Then surrender yourself to me!

Reese: What?

Kovah: Hand yourself over to me, Reese. And then, and only then, will I spare her life.

Reese: But...but that's...

Kovah: Oh, you don't have to, of course. You could always refuse my proposal and forget this meeting ever happened. ...But then you'd be sacrificing the life of your dear friend. And I don't think you want that.

Reese: Ergh...*clenches fists*

Kovah: Lilia's life rests in your hands, Reese. Only you can decided whether she lives...or dies...

Blue: Reese...

Kovah: So...what will you do?

Reese: I...I...

Kovah: Hm?

Reese: I'll...I'll do it...

Blue: Aah!!

Reese: I'll come with you, Kovah...

Kovah: Hahahaha, perfect...

Reese: But only if Lilia remains safe from harm!

Kovah: No worries. You have my word.

Lilia: Ungh! Reese! No! Don't do it!!

Reese: Huh?

Kovah: What?

Lilia: Reese! Think about what you're doing! Think about what'll happen if the dark energy within the Monolith is released upon the world!

Reese: Lilia...

Lilia: The entire planet will be in peril! Everybody...everybody you care about...they'll all be consumed by the darkness! Nobody'll be safe!

Reese: But...But Lilia...

Lilia: Reese! Weren't you the one who said...that you wanted to protect everyone!?

Reese: Ah!

Lilia: Weren't you the one who...who promised that you'd do your best to save the world, no matter what!?

Reese: I...I was...

Lilia: You can't go back on your word now! You have to keep fighting! Keep fighting for what you believe is ri--Aaaagh!!

*Kovah delivers a blow to Lilia's back, knocking her unconscious*

Lilia: Uungh...

Kovah: Hmph. That was getting annoying...

Blue: Kovah! Why you...!

Kovah: Relax. She'll be fine. That is...so long as Reese does as he's told.

Reese: ...Alright...

Blue: But Reese! What about--!?

Reese: Please, Blue! I know what I'm doing!

Blue: Huh?

Reese: Lilia...was right. I promised that I'd fight to protect everyone I care for. And that includes her as well. I won't let her be sacrificed because of my inaction.

Blue: Reese...

Reese: So that's why...I'm going to do this. I'll protect everyone! Even if I have to take matters into my own hands!

Kovah: Hahahahah! So, you've finally realized it, Reese. You've finally realized that your true destiny is with me!

Blue: Reese, you...you can't do this...

Reese: I'm sorry, Blue. But I have no choice.

*Reese walks over to Kovah and stands beside him*

Reese: Alright, Kovah. You've got what you wanted. Now release Lilia.

Kovah: Release her? Whatever are you talking about?

Reese: Ah!

Blue: Kovah!! You promised!!

Kovah: That's right, I did promise. I promised that I wouldn't harm her. I never promised that I'd let her go back to you!

Lilia: Aaagh!

Blue: Lilia!!

Kovah: Lilia's going to stay with me...as a little insurance policy. Hmhmhm...

Reese: Kovah, you snake! You lied to us!

Kovah: Hahahah, I didn't lie! It's not my fault that you misinterpreted my words. Now come, Reese. It's time for us to go.

Reese: Ergh...

Kovah: ...But if you intend to go back on our deal, I'll snap her neck like a twig.

Reese: Mmn...fine...

Kovah: Hmhmhm. Excellent. *smirks*

Blue: Kovah! Stop!

Kovah: Farewell, Blue! The ultimate power is but a stones throw away from being my own! There's nothing that can stop me now! Hahahahahahaha!!!!

Lilia: Blue! Bluuuuuuuuuuuu--!!

*Kovah, along with Reese and Lilia disappear*

Blue: Nooooooooooooo!!!

*Blue falls to his knees and bangs the ground in anger*

Blue: Damnit!! *quietly* What have I done...?

*Moments later, Jawo' and Penny come out of the mansion after hearing the noise*

Jawo': What's going on out here?

Penny: I could've sworn I heard people yelling...

Blue: *sobs* I should've stopped them!!

Jawo': Blue...?

Penny: What's wrong?

Blue: *sobs* I should've did something! I should've...I should've...

Penny: Blue, what are you talking about? What's gotten into you?

Jawo': Snap out of it, Blue!

*Blue wipes his tears and stands to his feet*

Blue: I...I'm sorry...

Penny: Nevermind that. Tell us what happened out here.

Jawo': Yeah, and what happened to Lilia and Reese? They're not in their beds.

Blue: They're...they're gone...

Penny: Gone?

Jawo': Gone where?

Blue: They were taken...

Penny: What? By who!?

Blue: By...Kovah...

Jawo': Ah! Kovah!?

Penny: He was here!?

Blue: *nods*

Jawo': Blue! Tell us what happened! Why did he take them!?

Blue: ...

Jawo': Hey! Did you hear me!?

Blue: ...*averts gaze*

Jawo': Agh! Blast it!

*Jawo' grabs Blue by and lifts him up by his shirt*

Penny: Jawo'! What are you doing!?

Jawo': Wake up already! You're going to tell me what happened to our friends, right now! Do you hear me, Blue!?

Blue: I...I couldn't save them...

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: Kovah...he appeared and he...he...took Lilia. He said he'd kill her if we didn't hand over Reese to him.

Jawo': What?

Blue: Then...then Reese came. He said he would give himself over if...if Kovah would release Lilia.

Penny: Huh? Reese said that?

Blue: *nods* He willingly went over to Kovah's side, but in the end, Kovah took both of them anyway! I...I didn't know what to do. I didn't know which choice was right or wrong. I couldn't save them!!!

Penny: Blue...

Blue: I was powerless to stop him! It's my fault that they're gone!!!

Jawo': Blue...I...

*Jawo' lowers Blue to the ground and puts his hand on his shoulder*

Jawo': Blue, it's okay. It's not your fault.

Blue: *sniff*

Jawo': Reese did what he had to do to try and keep everyone safe. You can't blame yourself for that.

Penny: But now that Kovah has both Reese and Lilia hostage, what do we do? They could be in danger!

Jawo': Not necessarily, Penny.

Penny: Huh?

Jawo': All I know is, Kovah can't harm Reese, because he needs him to unlock the monolith. And so long as he needs Reese, Lilia should be safe from harm as well.

Penny: Hey, yeah. You're right! So whatever happens, they're both okay.

Jawo': Right. Now all that leaves is for us to go find them and get 'em back.

Penny: Yeah! We still have a chance! Right, Blue?

*Meanwhile, Blue is standing idle with his head lowered, completely zoned out*

Penny: Blue...?

Jawo': Leave him be, Penny.

Penny: But--

Jawo': Don't worry, he'll come around in time. After what just happened here, I really think he needs some time to himself.

Penny: Right...I getcha...

*Jawo' and Penny begin to head back into the mansion, leaving Blue to reflect by his lonesome*

Jawo': (Blue...I know it hurts, but you have to pull yourself together. Lilia and Reese...they need you to be strong. We all do. Now more than ever...)

After a surprise encounter with the mastermind himself, Kovah, the young Reese is forced to surrender himself to Kovah in order to save Lilia from certain doom. But in a twisted turn of events, Kovah snatches them both away, and retreats with his hostages in tow. With the group severly handicapped in both fighting strength and morale, will they have the manpower to rescue their friends from Kovah's dark hand? Moreover, with his goal in clear sight, will they be able to stop him from finally unlocking the monolith? Or will all be lost in a torrent of darkness and misery?

End The Deciding Factor Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 23 September, 2008, 04:09:20 pm
~~Meanwhile, in ??~~

*Kovah returns to the abandoned palace hideout with Reese and Lilia in tow*

Deke: Kovah, you've returned...

Kovah: Yes, and with a few "guests" as well.

Reese/Lilia: ...

Deke: Hmm, I understand Reese...but why the girl? What use could she possibly be to us?

Kovah: More than you know, Deke.

Deke: Hm?

Kovah: As you must know, only Reese can use the key to unseal the monolith. And as such, we'll need the proper...persuasion...method in order to convince him to do so.

Deke: Ah, I see now. You intend to use the girl as a means of ensuring his cooperation with us. A cunning plan, Kovah.

Kovah: Heh, exactly. With the life of his dear friend hanging in the balance, he'll have no choice but do as we tell him. Isn't that right, Reese?

Reese: Mmn...

Kovah: That is...unless you want her to die...

Reese: I...I...

Lilia: Reese...you don't have to do this for me.

Reese: But Lilia...

Lilia: Please, Reese! Just leave me! Get as far away from here as you can!

Reese: ...No! I can't do that!

Lilia: Ah!

Reese: I...I won't leave you here, Lilia. It's because of me that you got captured in the first place. It's my fault that you're here...

Lilia: But...

Reese: And that's why...I won't let anything happen to you! I'll do whatever it takes to keep you safe!

Lilia: Oh Reese...

Kovah: Heh heh, sorry Lilia. But I do believe his mind is made up. Reese...is on my side now.

Lilia: Kovah...you won't get away with this!

Kovah: Oh?

Lilia: That's right! Blue will stop you! You'll see!

Kovah: Blue? Hmph, if you say so.

Lilia: Huh?

Kovah: Even if Blue somehow managed to catch up to us, there's no way that he'd be able to defeat us in his current state. Without the two of you, he's both outnumbered and outmatched.

Lilia: Urgh...

Kovah: It's somewhat endearing how you believe that you and your friends still have a shimmer of hope, but it's time to wake up now. You've lost...and I've won. Deal with it.

Lilia: *under her breath* That's what you think, creep.

Kovah: Come, Deke. Let us go. We still have some preparations to make before our final departure.

Deke: Yes, Kovah.

*Kovah and Deke exit the room, leaving Lilia and Reese alone*

Reese: They're gone...

Lilia: And they actually left the room unguarded! Talk about lucky!

Reese: Huh?

Lilia: Not very smart of them, but hey, their loss is our gain! Let's escape, Reese!

Reese: Ah! Lilia!

*As Lilia tries to run ahead, Reese grabs a hold of her arm and stops her*

Lilia: Ungh! Reese, what are you doing!? Let me go!

Reese: Urgh! No! I can't do that! We have to stay here!

Lilia: Reese, how could you!?

Reese: Huh? What are you talking about?

Lilia: How could you give in to Kovah after everything we've done!?

Reese: But Lilia, it's not...

Lilia: I don't care if it is for me! What you're doing is putting the entire world at risk! Don't you see that!?

Reese: Lilia, I'm not going to help Kovah.

Lilia: What? But you said...

Reese: Ever heard of a thing called lying? You should try it sometime.

Lilia: Uh...*sweatdrop*

Reese: I have no intention of unsealing the monolith for Kovah's gain. I'm just biding our time, until we can find a way to escape from here.

Lilia: Reese...

Reese: The only thing I ask of you, Lilia, is to not be so restless.

Lilia: Huh?

Reese: We're probably going to be Kovah's prisoners for a while, so it'd be in our best interest to just make the best of our current situation until our opporunity arises. Can you do that, Lilia?

Lilia: *nods* Yeah! Sure I'll do it!

Reese: Great! Just you wait and see, Lilia. We'll be out of here and back with Blue and the others in no time!

~~Meanwhile, in Ackland Town~~

*The next morning, Jawo' and Penny awaken and head outside of the mansion. There, they find Blue still standing the same spot as he was last night*

Penny: Uhm, Blue? ...Is that you?

Jawo': Blue...did you stand out here all night...?

Blue: Yeah...I did. I..I just needed some time to think.

Penny: Well...are you okay now?

Blue: I am.

Penny: Phew, well that's a relief. Seeing you in pain like that had me really worried...

Jawo': Yeah, no kidding. I hope I never have to witness that again...

Blue: I'm...I'm sorry for worrying the both of you. But I'm fine now. Really.

Penny: Okay, that's good enough for me! So what's our next plan of action?

Blue: What else? We have to go rescue Lilia and Reese.

Jawo': That's great and all, but how do we do that, Blue? We don't even know where they are!

Blue: Are you sure about that, Jawo'?

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: At this point, there's only one place they could possibly be heading to.

Penny: Blue, what are you getting at, huh?

Blue: It's simple, Penny. The monolith isn't going to hand-deliver itself to Kovah. If he wants it, he's going to have to travel to the place where it's being held.

Penny: And that's the forbidden island, right?

Blue: Exactly.

Jawo': Oh, I see what you're saying now. We may not know where they are now, but we do know where they will be.

Blue: That's right. And all that leaves is for us to follow after them.

Penny: Well then what are we standing around here for!? Let's go save our friends!

*As Penny is about to leave with Blue and Jawo', Mel suddenly comes up from behind and grabs a hold of her arm*

Mel: Not so fast, young lady!

Penny: Ah! Dad!!

Mel: And just where do you think you're going? Hmm?

Penny: I...uhm...I...

Mel: Well?

Penny: I-I can't tell you!

Mel: And why not?

Penny: Because I...I just can't!

Mel: Hmph, I've had just about enough of your games, Penelope. I've been lenient with you and your lolly-gagging in the past, but it's now it's time for you to come back to reality.

Penny: Ungh! *struggles* No! Not now!

Blue: But Mel, Penny is...

Mel: Silence, boy. It's about time that Penelope returned home and continued her studies. She won't be cavorting with you ruffians any longer.

Penny: Ah! No! Not that!

Mel: Don't struggle, Penny! You're only making it harder on yourself.

Jawo': Argh! This is pointless!

Blue: Jawo'?

Jawo': Blue, do something about this, would you!?

Blue: Uhm...like what? *scratches head*

Jawo': Oh, I don't know! Cast a spell or something!

Blue: Er...alright.

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Icicle!

*Blue casts an icicle spell on Mel, coating most of his body in solid ice*

Mel: Urggh! What's the meaning of this!?

Blue: Sorry, Mel, but we don't have time for this right now. Our friends need us.

Jawo': And so does the rest of the world.

Mel: What? The world? What are you talking about?

Penny: Uhm...it's a long story, dad.

Mel: Penelope! Where are you going!?

Penny: I'm going...to save my sister. To bring her back home...

Mel: Your...sister? Prima...you meant to say that...that you've found her!?

Penny: Like I said, dad, it's a long story. But don't worry! We'll take care of it!

Blue: Penny, are you ready to go?

Penny: Yeah, Blue! Let's do it!

*The group begins to make their way out of town*

Mel: Penelope! Wait! Stop!

*Mel struggles to free himself from his icy prison, but instead ends up toppling over to the ground*

Mel: Oof! Hey! Get me out of here!

*no response*

Mel: *grumble* Damn kids...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 24 September, 2008, 09:15:20 pm
*Later that day, after finishing their preparations, Kovah's group comes together and gets set for departure*

Shadow: Well well, imagine that. Everyone's here! What's the occasion, boss man? We havin' a party or something?

Kovah: No, you dunderhead. We've finally acquired the key to the monolith, so the time has come for us to set out.

Shadow: Oh, you don't say?

*Shadow looks towards Reese and Lilia*

Shadow: Hey, there you are!

*Shadow walks up to Reese and Lilia and puts his arms around them both*

Shadow: Glad you could finally make it! Welcome to the team!

Lilia: *angrily* Grr...Shadow...

Reese: We are NOT apart of this team...

Shadow: Huh? But--

Lilia: That's right, so get your hands off me!

*Lilia takes Shadow's arm and slams him to the ground*

Shadow: Gah! Sheesh...so much for team spirit...

Lilia: Hmph! *crosses arms*

Prima: *facepalm* Ugh, Shadow, will you EVER grow up?

Shadow: Well excuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!

*Kovah slams his fist into the wall*

Kovah: Enough!!!

Reese/Lilia/Shadow/Prima: ...

Kovah: Much better... Now then, Deke, where are we headed first?

Deke: According to the geological makeup of this area, we are surrounded by mountains on all sides, expect for the south. So it would be wise for us to travel through the Adlam Range first, before trying to make our way to the coast. The closest town from here is Judd Town, so it'd be in our best interest to head there first.

Kovah: Hmm, fine. Let's go. We're leaving now.

Deke: Yes.

*Kovah and Deke move ahead*

Shadow: That's our cue! Let's go, amigos!

Prima: Ah shut up.

*Shadow and Prima follow after*

Reese: Well...shall we go, Lilia?

Lilia: Yeah...

*Together, the group leaves the abandoned palace and begins their trek across the Adlam Range. It's not long until they reach the nearby town of Judd, a small community nestled in the center of the Adlam Range*

~~Judd Town~~

Shadow: *stretches* Aaaaah! Finally I can get out and spread my wings again! Let's say we kick back a little, huh?

Prima: Yeah, my feet are killing me! What's it take for a girl to get some rest?

Kovah: Bah, idiots. There's no time to rest. We must keep going.

Shadow: And what exactly is the rush?

Kovah: Hm?

Shadow: I mean, what's the worst that could happen? It's not like Blue's group is going to get there ahead of us. And even if they did, what could they do? Thanks to you, we have them outnumbered 3 to 4! All the cards are in our hand, boss man. We've got nothing to lose!

Kovah: Well...I suppose you do have a point...

Shadow: Yeah, of course! Of course!

Deke: So, Kovah?

Kovah: ...Alright. We'll rest here for a while.

Shadow/Prima: Yes!!

Kovah: But don't get too comfortable. We'll be setting out again before sunset.

*And so the group splits off to enjoy their much needed, although limited, relaxation period. Shadow and Prima are walking together throughout the town, engaged in small talk*

Shadow: Hrrm...

Prima: Huh? What's bugging you?

Shadow: Oh nothing...

Prima: Meh *shrugs* fine.

Shadow: ...Well you're no fun...

Prima: Then just tell me! Geez.

Shadow: There's no need to be rude, Prima...

Prima: You're starting to get on my nerves...

Shadow: Alright alright, I'll just get on with it.

Prima: So, what is it?

Shadow: Do you ever think...that we're being underappreciated?

Prima: Huh? What are you babbling about?

Shadow: Oh come on! You know! Even though we're the ones who did most of the work on this journey, we still get all of the flak from Kovah and that personal slave of his! It's just not fair I tell you!

Prima: Hah, what do you mean "we"!?

Shadow: Uh?

Prima: Heehee. The only person who gets any flak is you, Shadow.

Shadow: Ooh...*hangs head*

Prima: Hahah, you're such a goofball.

Shadow: *springs up* But still! I think it's time I got some more respect around here! Aren't you with me, Prima!?

Prima: You're kidding, right?

Shadow: Eh?

Prima: Hah, mercenaries don't deserve any respect. They're the kind of people who'd wax their own mothers if they're paid enough. Heh, you should consider yourself lucky that we were even willing to let you tag along with us in the first place.

*glass shatters*

Shadow: Bwaaah!? But...but--!

Prima: Tsch, I'm outta here. Later, Shadow dweeb.

*Prima gets up and walks away*

Shadow: Hey! Wait! You come back here, Prima! How dare you suggest that my mother is hairy by saying I'd wax her! Why, I'll have you know her skin is quite supple and creamy!

*Meanwhile, Lilia and Reese were watching the two carry their conversation from afar*

Reese: Man, those two sure are weird...

Lilia: Heehee, aw come on, Reese. I think it's kinda cute, in a way.

Reese: Cute!? Sheesh, Blue was right. I really don't understand women...*scratches head*

Lilia: ...Oh! Reese!

Reese: Huh?

Lilia: Isn't that Deke and Kovah over there?

Reese: Hmm...you're right. It is them.

Lilia: I wonder what they're talking about...

*Kovah and Deke are standing together, gazing out into a nearby pond*

Deke: ...Kovah...

Kovah: What is it?

Deke: I...I was just thinking...about Shina...

Kovah: Hm? Shina?

Deke: Yes. You know, it's been 16 years from the day we left her at Asroc...

Kovah: What's your point?

Deke: We haven't seen her since then. And...well...I was just wondering if she was okay...

Kovah: Hmph, useless sentiments.

Deke: Huh?

Kovah: Shina...she means nothing to me anymore.

Deke: But...you mean everything to her...

Kovah: What?

Deke: She, just like I, are your friends. And we want nothing more than to see you returned to your true self. That's why we're doing this. This is why we've come so far...

Kovah: ...Deke...I..Nnngh!!

Deke: Kovah?

Kovah: Uuuaaaaggh!!

Deke: Kovah!? What...!?

*Kovah grasps his head, as if experiencing trauma. Inside his mind, various images of himself with Deke and Shina flash through his eyes*

Kovah: Guaagh!

Deke: What's the matter with you!? What's happened!?

Kovah: *straining* G...g...

Deke: Huh...?

Kovah: *straining* Get...out of me! Get....out of my...body!!! Uuaaaagh!!!

*Kovah leans over in pain, as Deke walks up to and places his arm around him*

Deke: Kovah, are you okay? Please, say something...

Kovah: Get...off!!!!

*Kovah pushes Deke away*

Deke: Gah!

Kovah: *panting heavily* Hah....haah....haa...

Deke: Kovah...is...is...

Kovah: *panting* Deke...hah...get everyone together. Hah...ha...we're leaving...

Deke: But...

Kovah: NOW!!!

Deke: Aah!

*Kovah moves ahead. Meanwhile, Lilia and Reese walk down to the pond to consult Deke*

Reese: Deke!

Deke: Huh? Oh...it's you two.

Lilia: What happened to Kovah? Is he okay?

Deke: I'm...not so sure...

Reese: Hm?

Deke: But now...I'm certain...

Lilia: Certain...of what?

Deke: That there's another presence inside Kovah's mind.

Reese: Another presence? What do you mean?

Deke: Ever since this all started, I believed, that there was something controlling his actions from within his consciousness. Something that was making him do all of this against his will. Now after what just happened, I'm certain that some kind of entity has a hold over him.

Lilia: What exactly happened just now?

Deke: For a split moment...Kovah's true self resurfaced.

Reese: Ah! Is that true?

Deke: Yes. I witnessed it myself. I also realized, that Kovah is having an inner struggle with whatever has possessed him.

Lilia: You mean...he...

Deke: That's right. This whole time, Kovah...and the entity, are battling for control of his body. But, Kovah doesn't seem able to take control on his own.

Reese: Hm...now that you mention it...that girl, Shina, she said the same thing to us...

Deke: Ah, I remember now. You said that you've spoken with Shina, correct?

Lilia: Mhm. When we arrived in Asroc some time ago, we met with her and she told us about everything that happened to you three those 16 years ago.

Reese: And among those was how Kovah was supposedly possessed after touching the monolith.

Deke: So...Shina was aware of this as well...

Lilia: Deke, what do you intend to do?

Deke: There's only one thing I can do.

Reese: And that means...using me to unseal the monolith...

Deke: *shakes head* I have no choice. I have to help Kovah in any way I can.

Lilia: But Deke, that's--

Deke: I know, Lilia. I know what unsealing the monolith could potentially bring, but...what other option is there for me? Kovah is suffering too...

Reese: But there has to be another way to do this! There just has to be!

Deke: Hm?

Reese: Didn't you say...that Kovah's true self resurfaced? Just for a split moment?

Deke: That's right, I did.

Reese: Then that must mean that there's a way to help Kovah take full control again! We just have to find it somehow!

Deke: If only it was that easy, Reese...

Reese: Huh?

Deke: If there is another way to help Kovah, then I'd be more than happy to try it. But as it stands now, no such alternate method exists. And time won't allow us to search for one.

Lilia: But--

Deke: Believe me, I wish I didn't have to do this, but...I can't allow Kovah to suffer like this any longer. This...this isn't his fault...

Lilia: Deke...

Deke: Please, let us save this discussion for another time. We must be going.

Lilia: Alright...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 25 September, 2008, 07:58:48 pm
*After leaving Ackland Town, Blue's group travels eastward. It's not long until they come across the town of Kilburne, a community on the edge of the eastern Adlam Range*

~~Kilburne Town~~

Penny: Hey Blue...

Blue: Yeah, Penny? What's up?

Penny: Are you sure we're going the right way? I don't recognize this place at all.

Blue: Uhm...not really. No. *scratches head*

Penny: What!?

Blue: *sigh* Sorry, Penny. Without Lilia here to navigate for us, we kinda have no choice but to wing it...

Penny: Hmph! Just great! At this rate, we'll never catch up to them in time!

Jawo': Well we're definitely not going to catch up if we keep standing around yapping about it.

Blue: Jawo's right. Let's keep moving.

*The group continues through town. Meanwhile, at the same time, our old friend Rachel is busy sweeping the ground outside the local general store*

~~Kilburne Town, General Store~~

Rachel: *humming while sweeping* Hm hm hm hmhm hm hmmmm!

Manager: Hey, Rachel!

Rachel: Huh?

*Rachel's manager walks out of the store*

Manager: Guess what today is!

Rachel: Ah! Is it--!?

Manager: That's right! It's payday! Here are your earnings for the week.

*The manager hands Rachel a pouch full of gold coins*

Rachel: Ah! Oh wow! This is more than usual. Are you sure you didn't over pay me? I mean, not that I'm complaining or anything! Haha!

Manager: Ha ha, oh no. It's not an overpayment. I just thought that...since you do such good work around here, I should give you a nice little bonus. Just to show my appreciation.

Rachel: *gasp* Really!? A bonus!? Are you serious!?

Manager: I sure am! Keep up the good work, Rachel. You've earned every bit.

*The manager walks back into the store*

Rachel: Yay! A bonus! If I keep getting paid like this, I'll be able to go back home in no time! Heehee, Rachel ole gal, you're moving up in the world!

*Rachel goes back to sweeping when Blue and the others approach the store*

Rachel: *humming* Hm hmhmhm hm hm hmmm!

Jawo': Hey Blue, look.

Blue: Huh?

Jawo': It's a general store. Think we should stock up on more supplies before heading out?

Blue: Well gee, I'd love to, Jawo'. Expect for one thing...

Jawo': What's that?

Blue: Lilia was in charge of our funds, so she has all of our money too...

Jawo'/Blue: *sigh*

Rachel: Oh, hey! Customers!

*Rachel bows to greet them*

Rachel: Welcome to Grey's General Store. Where we have all of your general needs to make your life easier.

Penny: Sorry lady, but we're not customers.

Rachel: Oh?

Jawo': Yeah. We're flat broke...

*Rachel returns to a standing position*

Rachel: Well drat! *snaps fingers* It's my job to bring in paying customers. You can't pay if you don't have any money!

Blue: Huh? What the-- Wait a second... Rachel...is that you!?

Rachel: Hm? Blue? ...Ah! Blue, it IS you! Fancy meeting you here!

Jawo': Gah! R-R-Rachel!!!

*Jawo' flails about and retreats behind a fruit stand outside the store*

Rachel: Heehee, well if it isn't Jawo' too.

Blue: Rachel, what are you doing here?

Rachel: What do you mean?

Blue: I thought you were working as a waitress at the Everard City Cafe?

Penny: Hey, yeah! I remember that! Whatever happened to that job?

Rachel: Oh, I still work there.

Blue/Penny: Huh?

Rachel: Oh, right. I didn't tell you, didn't I? This is my second job. During the week, I'm working at the cafe. And on the weekends, I'm here at the general store.

Blue: Hmm, is that so?

Rachel: Yup! I realized that my wages from the cafe alone wasn't cutting it, so I got the job at the general store to make a little extra cash. And boy, did it pay off! Because now, I almost have enough money raised up!

Penny: You do? That's awesome!

Rachel: You're telling me, Penny! In just another week, I'll finally be able to quit and go back home!

Blue: Well I'm glad to hear it, Rachel.

Rachel: Yeah, I can't wait to get back. I really wonder how Mads is doing back at the Guild. I miss him...

Blue: I'm sure he's carrying on just fine. And things'll be even better once you return with the money.

Rachel: You're right, Blue! And until then, I'm gonna keep raking in that dough!

Blue: Keep it up, Rachel. You're doing a great job.

Rachel: Heehee! Will do!

*Rachel continues sweeping*

Blue: Well guys, I think we should let Rachel get back to work now. Let's go.

Penny: Right.

*Blue and Penny walk ahead, although Jawo' is still standing there, sweaty and trembling in place with his head down*

Jawo': Eeeugh...

Blue: Huh? Jawo'? What's the matter?

Penny: Hey, what's taking you, huh? Get your buns in gear!

Jawo': I...I-I-

Blue: Hm?

Jawo': I...

*Jawo quickly raises his head*


Blue: Hmph. *crosses arms* Well why not?

Jawo': Because, I...I...I s-still haven't...

Blue: ...Haven't what?

Penny: *smirks* Oh...I see...

Jawo': Huh?

Penny: Little Jawo' is still too chicken to talk to Rachel!

Jawo': *angers* What'd you say!?

Penny: Don't play dumb! It's just like what happened back at the cafe! Everytime Rachel is around, you always choke up like a big baby! You're so pathetic, I swear!

Jawo': Gragh, you take that back, you little brat!

Penny: Hah, too bad I can't take back the truth!

*Jawo' and Penny fiercely glare at one another in the face, with the "clash of electricity" surging from their eyes*


Jawo'/Penny: Grrrgggh...!

Blue: Hey, guys! Come on! Don't do this...

*Blue steps in and tries to break them apart*

Blue: Guys, now isn't the time for us to be fighting eachother. We need to be cooperating to--

Jawo'/Penny: *roars* STAY OUT OF IT!!!

Blue: Gah! *hangs head* Ooh...

Rachel: Blue, are those two at it again?

Blue: *sigh* Yeah...and I don't know how to stop them. If only Lilia was here. She usually prevents this from happening in the first place...

Rachel: Hmm...(I think I've got it) *smirks*

Blue: Rachel...?

Rachel: Gee, those two must be close, huh Blue?

Blue: Uhm, Rachel, what are you--?

Rachel: I saaaaid, those two must be really be close, right Blue? *wink*

Blue: Uh? *smiles* Ah, I get it now. Yeah, I really think so.

Jawo'/Penny: Grrgg-- Huh?

Blue: As a matter of fact, I read that the more two people argue, the closer they are.

Jawo'/Penny: *puzzled stare*

Rachel: Is that right? What was the name of the book, Blue?

Blue: Hmm, if I recall correctly, it was..."The Trials of Marriage"!

Jawo'/Penny: What!? The Trials of Marriage!?!?

*Jawo' and Penny look at eachother*

Jawo'/Penny: Me? Marry her/him!? No way!!

*The two turn away from eachother and cross their arms*

Jawo'/Penny: Hmph!

Rachel: Heehee! Mission Accomplished, Blue! You can thank me later!

Blue: Wow...that actually worked! Phew, you're a lifesaver, Rachel. I don't know what I would've done without you.

Rachel: Thank goodness you don't have to find out, huh? Ha ha! But on a related note, you mentioned earlier that Lilia wasn't here. Where is she, Blue?

Blue: Oh...right. She...she was kidnapped...

Rachel: Aah! Kidnapped!?

Blue: Yeah, she...and Reese, they were both taken. And now it's up to us to rescue them before it's too late.

Rachel: Ah! That's terrible, Blue! How could this happen!?

Blue: I'm sorry, Rachel, but we don't have time to explain the details.

Rachel: Huh?

Blue: The more time we waste standing around here, the closer Kovah and his group comes to getting their hands on the monolith. We have to get going immediately.

Rachel: *nods* Right, I understand. I won't keep you any longer.

Blue: Thanks, Rachel. Let's go, guys.

Jawo'/Penny: Yeah yeah...

*Jawo' and Penny walk ahead to catch up with Blue. But Rachel grabs Jawo' by the arm, stopping him*

Rachel: Jawo', wait a second!

Jawo': Huh?

*Suddenly, Rachel pulls Jawo' forward, giving him a long wet kiss right on the lips*

Blue/Penny: *blank stare*

Rachel: Mmmwhaw! Heehee! I just couldn't let you leave without giving you one of those!

Jawo': *swirly eyes* Uuuggh....

*Jawo' stumbles about in a daze until falling flat on the ground*

Rachel: *sigh* Oh Jawo'. You're so funny! <3

Penny: *facepalm* Ugh, nice going, Rachel. Now we're gonna have to carry him the whole way!

Rachel: Uh, gee. Sorry guys...*scratches head*

*After a second friendly encounter with the lovely Rachel, Blue and his friends pass through Kilburne Town and progress on their way through the Adlam Range. Continuing their pursuit of Kovah, and their kidnapped friends*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 03 October, 2008, 06:51:40 pm
*Kovah and his group leave Judd Town, continuing on their journey. It's not long until they come across the end of the Adlam Range and reach the eastern coast*

Kovah: Deke, how far have we come?

Deke: Hmm...I recall that we left the Adlam Range several hours ago. Judging from that, I assume that we're not far off from the coastline.

*Lilia watches a seagull fly overhead*

Lilia: Not far off is right. Look up there!

Deke: Hm?

*Deke looks up into the sky and notices a flock of seagulls flying to the east*

Deke: Seagulls...

Lilia: Yup! Seagulls are only found near the oceans, so that can only mean one thing!

Kovah: We must be close. Let's keep going.

*The group continues onward until arriving at the coastal city of Lismore; known for being the largest port on the continent*

~~Lismore City~~

Kovah: Deke, where is this?

Deke: Hm...if I remember correctly, this is Lismore, the port city.

Kovah: Port City, eh?

Shadow: Yeah. Not only is it a port city, but it's the largest one on the entire continent. This place is pretty well known for that, you know.

Lilia: And since this is a port, that can only mean one thing...!

Kovah: That the ocean is nearby...

Lilia: That's right! Come on, let's go!

Kovah: Hm?

Reese: (...What's she so darn chipper about?)

Lilia: Uhm...what's the matter? Why are you looking at me like that?

Kovah: *shakes head* Hmph. Nevermind. You're right, let's keep moving.

*As the group is about to move forward, a young girl approaches them*

Girl: Hey there!

Kovah: Hunh? Who are you?

Girl: Me? Oh, I'm just a local gal! My name's Millie! Heehee!

Deke: Well then what do you want with us?

Millie: I don't think I've seen you lot in town before. Are you new around here?

Kovah: Hm, well...I suppose we are...

Millie: Cool! Then that must mean you're tourists! Am I right!?

Kovah: Uhm...not really--

Millie: Of course you are!

*Millie grabs a hold of Kovah's hand*

Kovah: What!?

Millie: Come on! What are you waiting for!?

*Millie tries to pull Kovah along*

Kovah: Agh! Stupid girl! Unhand me!

Millie: Ah! But...but--!

Kovah: But nothing! Let go of me before I destroy you!

Millie: *sadly* Ooh...and here I thought you all came here to see the mysterious island...

Kovah: What? Island?

Deke: What is this island do you speak of?

Millie: Ha ha! So you wanna see it afterall! Come on! I'll show it to you!

*Millie grabs a hold of Kovah's hand once again and pulls him along with her*

Kovah: Agh! *grumble* This better be good...

Lilia: Well, we don't wanna fall behind do we? Let's follow!

Deke: Lilia, wait.

Lilia: Huh?

Deke: What are you doing?

Lilia: Eh? What are you talking about?

Deke: Why are you so...eager all of a sudden?

Reese: Yeah. I thought you hated being here?

Lilia: Well yeah...I did. ...But then I thought about what you said earlier, Reese?

Reese: Huh?

Lilia: Don't you remember? You said that since we were going to be in this for the long haul, that we should just try to make the best out of our current situation.

Reese: Uhm..well I guess I did say that...

Lilia: And that's exactly what I'm doing! There's no point in being all hostile about it, so I'm going try and be friends instead! Even if we don't exactly see eye to eye.

Reese: Er...*sweatdrop*

Lilia: So come on! Let's get going!

*Lilia travels ahead*

Reese: Lilia...that's...not quite what I meant by "making the best of our situation"...*sigh*

*The group catches up to Kovah and Millie, who are both standing at the edge of the city pier, gazing outwards into the ocean*

Millie: Look! There it is! Don't you see it!?

Kovah: Hrrm...

*the group looks outwards and soon catches glimpse of the large island off in the distance*

Kovah: Ah! That's...!

Millie: Isn't it the coolest thing you've ever seen!?

Deke: There's no mistaking it. That can be none other than the forbidden island...

Millie: Eh? Forbidden, you say?

Shadow: So, that's the place we're headed, huh?

Kovah: Hm. *nods*

Millie: Wow! You're actually going to go out there!? Awesome!

*Millie grabs Kovah's arm and tugs on it*

Millie: Pleasepleaseplease! Take me with you!

Kovah: Egh!? Let...go of me!

*Kovah shakes away Millie*

Millie: Agh! *sadly* Ooh...

Kovah: Bah...

Millie: Oh...I see how it is. I show you the cool island and you don't even wanna take me along. I guess I'll just go away now...

*Millie begins to walk away with her head down*

Lilia: Ah! Kovah! Did you have to be so rude!?

Kovah: She was being a pest. Just be thankful that I didn't toss that annoyance into the ocean.

Lilia: Hmph!

*Millie walks along the pier, silently crying*

Millie: *sniff* Now I'll never find out what's on that island...

*Suddenly, a sea monster emerges from the ocean and lands directly in front of Millie*

Sea Monster: Rrrraaaagh!!

Millie: Aaaaaaah! A m-m-monster!!!

Kovah: Hm!?

Lilia: Ah! That scream!

Prima: It sounded like that girl...

Reese: We have to help her!

Lilia: Reese is right! Come on, Kovah! Let's--! ...Huh?

Deke: Kovah...?

Shadow: Eh? Where did he run off to...?

*Meanwhile, the monster slowly advances on Millie*

Millie: W-w-wait! You don't wanna eat me! See? I'm all skin and bones! *nervous laugh* Ha ha...!

*The monster backs her into a corner, and prepares to finish her off*

Monster: Grrragh!

Millie: Aaaaaaaah! Somebody help me!

Kovah: Dragon Dance!

Millie: Hunh?

*Kovah quickly steps inbetween Millie and monster, cutting off his attack. He then unleashes a series of roundhouse kicks, ending with a flip kick that knocks that monster back into the ocean from whence it came*


Kovah: Hmph. *smirks*

Millie: Woah...

Kovah: You...are you hurt?

Millie: N-no.

Kovah: Good...

Lilia: Kovah!

Kovah: Hm?

*The rest of the group catches up*

Deke: Kovah...did you...save that girl just now?

Kovah: *turns away* Tsch, it was nothing.

Lilia: Kovah...being modest? Now there's something I never thought I'd see. Heehee!

Kovah: Ungh... What do you know?

*Lilia walks up and wraps her arms around Kovah*

Kovah: Ah! W-what are you--!?

Lilia: I know that there really is a good heart underneath that rough exterior...

*Kovah's face turns bright red*

Kovah: ...Mmph...

Deke: Kovah...you're...

Prima: You're blushing!

Shadow: Well well, take a look at Mr. Sunshine.

Kovah: Shut up, all of you! Idiots!

Lilia: Aw, come on, guys. Don't tease him now...

Kovah: You...why are you...

Lilia: Huh?

Kovah: I...I don't understand you! Stop it! Stop it now!

Lilia: Stop what?

Kovah: Th...that!!! Just...let go of me!

*Kovah pushes himself away from Lilia's grip and seperates himself from the group*

Lilia: Ah! But...!

Deke: Kovah! Where are you going!?

Kovah: To cleanse myself of this idiocy.

*Kovah takes off and leaves the group*

Shadow: Well that was interesting.

Prima: No kidding...

Deke: Lilia...why did you do that?

Reese: Yeah, you act as if you and Kovah have been friends for years! What's up with you?

Lilia: Well...after finding out that his bad attitude really isn't his fault, I decided that I should be a little less bitter towards him and a bit more gentle. Besides, I think he's pretty cute, actually! Heehee!

Reese: Hm..."a bit more" she calls it...*rubs head*

*Meanwhile, Deke looks for Kovah, and eventually discovers him standing with his head down, facing towards the wall of a building*

Deke: Uhm...Kovah?

Kovah: ...

Deke: ...Are you okay?

*Kovah slowly turns toward Deke*

Deke: Hm?

*He then quickly raises his head and shouts out, revealing his face to be still bright red, with exaggerated eyeballs*


Deke: Gah! *hops back*

Kovah: Curse that girl...making a fool of me like that. I should make her pay...

Deke: Oh come now, Kovah. I'm sure she didn't mean any harm.

Kovah: QUIET!

Deke: Uh...

Kovah: Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be going back to hiding my shame now.

*Kovah turns back to the wall and puts his head down*

Deke: *sweatdrop* Oh Kovah... (Heh. It's been such a long time since anyone's shown any affection towards him. I think he's actually...forgotten what it feels like to be appreciated)

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 October, 2008, 12:14:28 pm
*After leaving Kovah to sulk, Deke returns to the rest of the group*

Deke: Hey...

Lilia: Oh, Deke. You're back.

Reese: So how did it go with Kovah?

Deke: Er...he's not feeling too well at the moment...

Lilia: Huh? What do you mean?

Deke: Well...thanks to you, he's having a fit of sullen aloofness and withdrawal.

Lilia: You mean...he's sulking?

Deke: Mhm...

Reese: Wow. Was it really that bad?

Deke: Well, probably not to us, but Kovah is pretty foreign to such feelings as compassion. Especially when considering everything he's been through for the past 16 years.

Lilia: Hm? But Deke...

Deke: Yes?

Lilia: Aren't you pretty close to Kovah?

Deke: Uhm...yes, I suppose I am. But what does that have to do with anything?

Lilia: *fidgets* I mean...surely you've shown Kovah some compassion this whole time you've been with him, right?

Deke: Hmm...I guess. I have expressed concern about his condition from time to time. But he usually scorns me for doing so...

Lilia: Huh? That's not what I meant.

Deke: Then what?

Lilia: I mean...aren't you two...you know, mates?

Deke: What!?

Reese: Lilia!

Lilia: What's the matter, Reese?

Reese: *cough* Lilia...I don't think this is the best thing to bring up right now...

Lilia: But why not?

Reese: Because Lilia, it's...uhm...

Lilia: What? They've been traveling together for 16 years. That's more than enough time for them to become more than just mere friends, don't you think?

Reese: *sweatdrop* Uhm, I think you're asking the wrong guy...*scratches head*

Lilia: Come on, Deke! It's true, isn't it? Don't you have feelings for Kovah?

Deke: Ungh...

Lilia: Huh?

*Reese grabs a hold of Lilia's ear and pulls her away*

Lilia: Owowow! Reese, what are you doing!? Aaah!

Reese: Hmph, I think that's about enough for one day...

Lilia: Wait! But! I still haven't--! Owow!

Reese: Come on, you! Let's go!

Deke: Mmph. Stupid Lilia...

*Deke looks back and takes a small glance at Kovah. He then quickly turns away*

Deke: ...*blushes*

*Meanwhile, Shadow and Prima sit on the pier together, engaged in yet another conversation*

Prima: Hmph! Some city this is. I bet they don't even have a decent place to sleep.

Shadow: Gee, Prima. Do you do anything besides complain?

Prima: All I want is a decent bed and decent food! What's wrong with that!? I never even had to think about things like this back at the mansion.

Shadow: Huh? Did you say mansion?

Prima: Hah, that's right! Back home, I'm stinkin' rich!

Shadow: Well...some people DO have all the luck.

Prima: Eh? What's that supposed to mean?

Shadow: Oh nothing...

Prima: *shrugs* Whatever...

Shadow: Hmm...with the way things are going now, you may not be getting back to your mansion anytime soon. You may not be able to find your kind of meal for quite a while.

Prima: *sigh* Sure. Rub it in, why don't you...

Shadow: But then again...nobody's forcing you to stay here. You could always just quit and go home.

Prima: Hmm...maybe...

Shadow: Huh? Well that was unexpected...

Prima: What are you talking about?

Shadow: I was expecting your usual retort of outbursting in rage and resentment.

Prima: Tsch, what do you know?

Shadow: Well hey, I'm not complaining! In fact, I think you're cute when you're not shouting up a storm, actually. *rubs head*

Prima: Kch!

*Prima freezes up, and her face turns bright red*

Shadow: Geez, what is it with you guys and turning red?

Prima: You...you creep!

*Prima pushes Shadow off the pier and into the water below*

Shadow: Woah!!!


Shadow: *spits* Pfffbbt! Hey! What was that for!?

Prima: Heehee. *blushes*

*Meanwhile, the others stand around the pier as well, patiently waiting*

Reese: Hmm...I guess this means we won't be leaving for a while...

Deke: I guess not.

Lilia: So what should we do until then?

Deke: We will wait here patiently.

Lilia: Aw, but that's no fun!

Deke: In case you haven't noticed, Lilia, we're not here to have "fun".

Lilia: Hmph!

*Just then, Millie comes up to the group*

Millie: Hey guys!

Reese: Hiya, Millie.

Lilia: Oh, Millie. Are you okay now?

Millie: Well yeah, why wouldn't I be?

Lilia: It's just, well, after that thing attacked you, I thought you'd be a little shooken up.

Millie: Oh, that? Nah! It's not the first time I've been attacked by a sea monster, you know.

Deke: So that creature was a sea monster?

Reese: And you say it wasn't the first time one has attacked you?

Millie: That's right. In fact, ever since that island arose from the ocean about a week ago, those sea monsters have been springing up all over the place!

Reese: Hm? Do you think that could have something to do with it, Deke?

Deke: Perhaps. It's only a guess, but I think island's sudden arisal from the sea may've disturbed the habitat of the sea creatures, and angered them.

Lilia: And I imagine it'd only get worse once we get closer to the island...

Deke: Yes, that's a reasonable assumption.

Millie: Wow. That's a pretty scary thought...

Deke: Now do you understand why we say you can't come with us?

Millie: *sigh* Yeah...

Reese: So does that mean you'll quit trying to follow us and stay put?

Millie: Are you kidding me!?

Reese: Huh!?

Millie: If anything, this just makes me want to come along even more! Oooh, I can't wait!

Reese/Lilia/Deke: ~_O *eyes twitch*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 06 October, 2008, 07:41:13 pm
*After finally managing to regain his sense, Kovah returns to the group, fully refreshed*

Kovah: Aaaah...*stretches* Much better.

Lilia: Oh! Kovah! Are you feeling better now?

Kovah: Mm, yes indeed. *clenches fist* Now I'm all ready to go.

Lilia: That's great!

Kovah: Oh, and Lilia...

Lilia: Hm?

Kovah: Make me feel uncomfortable like that again...and I'll destroy you...

Lilia: *freezes up* Eep!

Kovah: Ha ha ha...

Deke: So Kovah, I assume you're ready for departure?

Kovah: You're right, Deke. It's time we got on with this. Prima!

Prima: Yeah?

Kovah: Conjure the flying dragons! We're leaving immediately!

Prima: Right!

*Prima concentrates her mana and chants an incoherent incantation. Moments later, 6 flying dragons appear from thin air*

Prima: Alright, they're all ready.

*Prima hops on the first one in sight*

Prima: Climb aboard everyone! And hang on tight!

*Kovah, Deke, and Shadow each hop aboard a dragon*

Lilia: Wow! I never flew on a dragon before! This'll be so much fun! Come on, Reese! Let's grab one!

Reese: Yeah! Haha!

*Both Lilia and Reese hop on a dragon*

Millie: Hey...wait a minute. 1...2...3...4...5...6. 6!

Prima: Hm?

Millie: I think you made a mistake, Prima!

Prima: Eh? What are you babbling about?

Millie: See. There are seven of us, but only six dragons! Where the heck is mine!? *flails arms*

Prima: Uh...*sweatdrop*

Reese: Millie, we already told you, you can't come with us to the island.

Lilia: Yeah, it's too dangerous for you to go. Sorry, Millie...

Millie: What!? Nooooo! This can't be true!

Deke: Well it is. Now run along home. We have business to attend to, and it doesn't involve babysitting annoying brats.

Millie: Hmph! Well then if you won't let come, I'll just tag along anyway!

Lilia: Ah!

*Millie makes an attempt to hop onto Deke's dragon*

Kovah: Deke, deal with this pest, would you?

Deke: *sigh* Fine...

Millie: I'm coming whether you want me to or not!

Deke: Not today. ...Flare Cage!

Millie: Huh!?

*Deke uses Flare Cage on Millie, trapping her in a prison made of rings of fire*

Millie: Wha-!? What is this thing!?

Deke: Consider it a Time Out. You won't be bothering us anymore.

Millie: Aaah! Let me out!

Deke: Don't worry, the Flare Cage will dissolve in a matter of hours. And by then, we'll already be far away from here.

Millie: Noooo! That's not faaaaair!

Deke: Many things in life are not fair, little girl. Accept it.

Kovah: Deke, we've spent enough time dawdling here. Let's go! Now!

Deke: Yes, Kovah.

*The dragons begin to flap their wings, slowly lifting off the ground*

Millie: W-w-w-wait! Lilia! Reese!

Reese/Lilia: Huh?

Millie: W-we're friends, right!? You aren't going to let them do this to me, are you!?

Reese: Of course we're friends, Millie. But...

Lilia: For your own safety, we just can't let you travel with us. Please try to understand.

*Meanwhile, Kovah and the others are high the sky above Reese and Lilia*

Kovah: Reese! Lilia! What are you doing!? Let's get going!

Reese: Lilia, it's time for us to go.

Lilia: Right.

Millie: *sadly* Aww...

Lilia: Sorry, Millie...

*Reese and Lilia order their dragons into the sky as they fly off to catch up with the group. Meanwhile, sometime after Kovah and the others departure, Blue and his friends finally arrive in Lismore City*

~~Lismore City~~

Jawo': Sweet, another town. How far did we make it this time, do you think?

Blue: Hopefully somewhere close to the shore.

Jawo': Yeah, I can't help but feel that we've fallen too far behind Kovah and his goon squad.

Penny: Ha ha! Hey guys! We're in luck!

Blue/Jawo': Huh?

Penny: Get a load of this! We've made it to Lismore City!

Blue: Uh? Lismore City?

Jawo': What's so great about that? *scratches head*

Penny: Huh? You don't know? ...Oh, that's right. You guys aren't from around here. Anyway, Lismore City is home to the largest port on the entire continent!

Jawo': Eh? A port? Aah! Then that means--!

Blue: We've made it to the ocean afterall! Yes!

Penny: Mhm! Now we can finally cross the sea!

Jawo': Well then what are we waiting for, Blue!?

Blue: You're right, Jawo'. Let's try and find a passenger ship that'll take us to the island.

*Blue and the group heads over to the city port*

~~Lismore City, Port~~

Blue: Hmm...looks like there's plenty of passenger ships around. Let's ask around and see which one will give us a ride over to the island.

Jawo'/Penny: Yeah.

*But as the group begins to set off to make their inquiry, Jawo' stops when he hears faint sounds of sobbing nearby*

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: What's the matter, Jawo'?

Penny: Yeah, why did you stop all of a sudden?

Jawo': I...I think I hear something...

Blue: You...hear something?

Penny: Like what?

Jawo': Like...somebody crying...

Blue: Crying?

Jawo': Yeah, it sounds like a little girl crying.

??: *quietly* Hoo hoo hoo...

Penny: Hey...now that you mention it...I can hear it too!

Blue: Hm, so do I. But who could it be?

*The group looks around and eventually discovers Millie sobbing at the edge of the pier*

Penny: Hey! There she is!

Jawo': Should we do something, Blue?

Blue: Eh...*shrugs* How could I refuse?

Jawo': Always gotta play the hero, huh? Alright. Let's do it.

*The group walks up to Millie and addresses her*

Blue: Hey...are you alrigh--

Millie: *sniff* I can't believe...*sniff* that they would...*sniff* leave me here *sniff* like that...

Blue: Huh?

*Millie notices Blue and the others and stops crying*

Millie: Hm? W-who are you?

Blue: Uh, oh, I'm sorry. My name is Blue. And these are my friends, Jawo' and Penny.

Jawo': Hey.

Penny: Hi there.

Millie: Hello. My name's...Millie. It's nice to meet you.

Blue: Likewise. But anyway, we just heard you crying over here and decided to come see if anything was bothering you.

Millie: Heehee. Showing concern for someone you've never met before? You're a strange one.

Blue: Uhm...*rubs head*

Millie: Well, no matter! I find it flattering, to say the least! Heehee!

Blue: Er...well anyway, I overheard you saying earlier that someone had left you behind. Who were you talking about?

Millie: Oh, right. Hmph, that stupid Kovah and his band of yokels! Errgh! I hate them!

Blue: Aah!

Jawo': What!?

Penny: Did you just say Kovah!?

Millie: Er...yeah. Is that a problem or something?

Blue: How do you know, Kovah!?

Millie: Woah woah! Calm down! He and his friends I assume, came through here just a few hours ago.

Blue: They did? Well where are they now!?

Millie: Ah right...well, the girl, Prima was her name, I think. She made some dragons appear and they rode them over to that island just off the coast over there.

Jawo': Hm...that must be the forbidden island.

Penny: That has to be where they've headed!

Blue: Okay, and another thing...

Millie: Hm? What is it?

Blue: Do you remember how many people were with him?

Millie: Hm...let's see... Well, other than Kovah himself, there were five others, I believe.

Blue: Five others, huh? Was one of them a boy with purple hair? And a girl wearing a light blue bandana?

Millie: Oh, you must mean Reese and Lilia. Yeah, they were with him.

Blue: Ah! They were!? Are they alright!? They didn't appear injured or anything, did they!?

Millie: Uhm...yeah. They looked fine to me. But what is this all about? Are you friends with those guys or something?

Blue: That's right. And we need to find them as soon as possible. Let's go, guys!

Jawo'/Penny: Right.

Millie: Ah! Wait! Where are you going!?

Blue: To find a passenger ship that'll take us to the island.

Millie: Huh? Well that won't do you any good...

Jawo': Eh? Well why not?

Millie: Nobody's going to go out in those waters. They're too scared.

Penny: Scared? Of what?

Millie: Of the sea monsters.

Blue: Sea monsters?

Millie: That's right. Ever since the island appeared last week, a giant horde of sea monsters have been roaming the waters near the coastline. Some of them even come up on shore and attack people in the city. That's why nobody wants to leave port. They're afraid that they'll get attacked by the monsters.

Blue: Mmn. Darnit...*clenches fist*

Penny: Blue, what do we do now?

Jawo': Yeah, we have to find a way to the island, somehow. Reese and Lilia need our help!

Blue: I know...

Millie: Well...I might know of a way...

Blue: Hm?

Millie: My big brother has a ship, you know. And I might be able to convince him to give you guys a ride to the island, but only under one condition...

Blue: Er...and that is...?

Millie: You have to take ME with you! Heehee!

Blue/Jawo'/Penny: *blinkblink* O_O -_- O_O

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 12 October, 2008, 03:54:40 pm
~~Forbidden Island, Inland~~

*As Blue's group seeks passage to the island, Kovah's group has already made their way to the center of the island. We join them as they have just finished dispatching a horde of frenzied sea monsters that've made the ruined landmass their home*

Deke: Hm...that appears to have been the last of them...

Lilia: They're all gone? Phew, Thank goodness...

*Lilia sits on the ground from exhaustion*

Lilia: *panting* Hah...ha...

Reese: I hear ya, Lilia. ...Whoo, I've never had to face so many opponents at once...

*Reese too, collapses to the ground*

Deke: Hm? You two aren't weary, are you?

Reese: *panting* Hah...Gee...what was your first clue, huh?

Deke: ...Perhaps we should take some time to rest and regain your strength.

Lilia: Ah, perfect. I could use a good break after that.

Kovah: Fools, there's no time for rest.

Reese: Huh?

Lilia: But...but--!

Kovah: No buts! We've wasted enough time by having to deal with those meddling scalebags. Deke!

Deke: Yes, Kovah?

Kovah: What's our current standing?

Deke: Hmm...I cannot sense the presence of anymore sea monsters. At least not any that'll pose a significant threat to us. As it stands now, our path is relatively clear.

Kovah: I see... Well then how far are we from the temple?

Deke: If I remember correctly, not very. It should be just over the horizon ahead of us. We should arrive within a few hours time, given that we continue to travel at a steady pace.

Kovah: Heh, great. Alright, you two! On your feet! We're continuing ahead!

Lilia: But...we can barely walk!

Kovah: ...I must've missed the part where that's my problem...

Lilia: What!?

Kovah: Either you get up and walk, or I'll drag your lazy carcass the rest of the way. Your choice.

Lilia: *angrily* Ooooh!

Kovah: Come, Deke! We're leaving...

Deke: Yes, Kovah...

*The group, sans Lilia and Reese, continue onward*

Lilia: *angrily* Oooh! That Kovah! Who does he think he is, talking to me like that!?

Reese: Hah, well isn't this a pleasant change in attitude?

Lilia: Huh? What are you talking about?

Reese: *smirks* Oh, don't act like you don't know. Not too long ago, you said you were going to be nicer to Kovah. A..."bit more gentle", as you put it.

Lilia: Hmph! *crosses arms* I don't see any reason to be nice to a total jerk! Even if it isn't his fault.

Reese: Mhm. And was this before or after you said he was cute?

Lilia: Guh! *sweats*

Reese: Heehee. Wait until I tell Blue and the others about this! They're gonna have a field day!

*Reese walks ahead*

Lilia: Ah! Reese! Wait!

Reese: Come on, Lilia. You don't wanna get left behind, now you do?

Lilia: Y-you aren't really going to tell Blue about this...are you?

Reese: Hm...maaaaaaaybe.

Lilia: Huh? What do you mean maybe!? Reese!!!

Reese: Lilia, you're falling behind...

Lilia: Reese, answer me!!! Aaaaaargh! Ugh, he's such a brat sometimes...

*Lilia runs ahead to catch up. Meanwhile, Blue's group reaches the island shore after recieving a ride in Millie's brother's boat*

~~Forbidden Island, Shore~~

Brother: Well, here we are, guys. Time for landing!

*The group disembarks the boat and sets foot on the island*

Millie: Thanks for the ride, bro!

Brother: Hey, no problem, sis! But I can't help but wonder why you guys would want to come to this place anyway. It's awfully creepy...

Millie: Heehee! That's what makes it so cool! A mysterious island that arose from the ocean depths. It's just gotta have some kind of secret that's just waiting to be discovered! And I'M gonna find it!

Brother: Heh, whatever you say, sis...*rubs head*

Blue: Thanks again for giving us passage to the island. We can't thank you enough.

Brother: Sure thing. Any friend of Millie's is a friend of mine! But are you sure you don't need me to stick around, in case you need a ride back?

Blue: No thanks. When the time comes, I'm sure we'll find our own way back.

Brother: Eh, suit yourself. Just be careful out there, okay? I don't want anything to happen to you or my sister.

Jawo': You don't have to worry about a thing. We'll take good care of your sister. Isn't that right, peewee?

*Jawo' ruffles Millie's hair, much to her disdain*

Millie: Aaagh! Don't call me that! I'm not a peewee! And I can take care of myself!

Jawo': Sure you can...

Millie: Hmph! *crosses arms*

Brother: Hahaha, well I guess I'll just take your word for it. Anyway, I'm shoving out now. Take care, you guys! And I'll see you back at home, sis!

Millie: Okay! So long, big brother! *waves*

*Millie's brother turns the boat around and sets off into the ocean back towards Lismore Port, leaving the group alone on the island*

Jawo': Well, shall we go, Blue?

Blue: Yeah, let's.

Millie: Oh boy!!!

Blue: Huh?

Jawo': What's with you?

Millie: What are we waiting for!? Why, I bet there's just a whole treasure trove of ancient secrets out there just waiting for me to find them! And when I do, I'll become world famous! Haha!

Jawo': Eh? Is she serious?

Millie: Ooooh! Just thinking about it is making me burst with excitement! Come on, Blue! I can't wait any longer! Let's GO!

Jawo': Whoa, hold on there, little missy.

*Jawo's grabs a hold of Millie's arm, restraining her*

Millie: Egh, hey! What's the big idea, you clown!? Let me go!

Jawo': You're not going anywhere.

Millie: Huh!?

Jawo': You are staying put right here until we get back. Is that understood?

Millie: What!? But whyyyyyyy!? *flails arms*

Jawo': Because, it's dangerous. Who knows what kind of terrible monsters could be roaming this island? I gave your brother my word that we wouldn't let you get hurt, and I intend to stay true to it.

Millie: Noooooooo! That's not fair!

Jawo': Hey, shrimp. A promise is a promise. This is the best way to keep you safe from harm.

Millie: Ah! Blue, you don't feel the same way, do you!?

Blue: Uhm...sorry, Millie. But I gotta side with Jawo' on this one. I hate to do it, but it's for your own safety.

Millie: Aww...and after all the trouble I went through the get us here. What a gyp. *kicks dirt*

Jawo': Come on, Blue. Let's get going.

Blue: Right...

*The group begins to trudge ahead, leaving Millie alone at the shore*

Millie: Hmph! Well don't blame me when you come back and find nothing but a pile of bones where I once stood!

*The group stops walking*

Blue/Jawo'/Penny: ?

Millie: *smirks* You never know, those monsters might come looking for a tasty snack. And I hear helpless, sweet, and innocent little girls are their favorite meal!

Blue/Jawo'/Penny: O_O;

~~Scene change~~

*The group is traveling along the mainland of the island...with Millie in tow*

Millie: Heehee! Thanks for letting me come along, you guys!

Blue: Meh...

Jawo': Whatever...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 12 October, 2008, 08:22:06 pm
~~Forbidden Island, Inland~~

*Blue's group continues into the center of the island. There, they find a slew of slain sea monsters strewn across the area*

Blue: Ah!

Jawo': Woah...

Penny: What...happened here? And what ARE those things!?

Millie: Th-they're...s-sea monsters!!

Blue: Sea monsters?

Millie: And they've all been wasted!!!

Jawo': Well, I can see that much. But who could've done this?

Blue: ...

*Blue begins to inspect the various remains*

Blue: Hmm...

Jawo': Blue? What are you doing?

Blue: Hey guys, check this out.

Penny: What's up, Blue?

Millie: Yeah, what is it?

Blue: A lot of these sea monsters have been inflicted with different kinds of wounds.

Penny: What does that mean?

Blue: It would mean that one person isn't responsible for slaying these monsters. No...it was a group of people.

Jawo': A group, huh? Do you think...maybe it was...

Blue: That's what it's looking like, Jawo'.

Millie: Hm? What do you mean? Are you saying that Kovah and his gang are the ones who did this?

Blue: Exactly, Millie. There's no other explanation.

Millie: Hmm...are you sure? Those guys never really struck me as being all that strong. At least not capable of doing something like this.

Penny: Well if that didn't convince you...then maybe this will...

Millie: Huh?

Jawo': What is it, Penny?

Penny: Look there, at that sea monster. See anything familiar?

*The group inspects the corpse*

Millie: Hmm...uhm...what exactly am I supposed to be seeing here?

Jawo': ...Ah!

Millie: Uh? What's gotten into you?

Jawo': There... lodged in it's skull.

Millie: Yeah, it's an arrow. So what?

Jawo': *shakes head* But not just any arrow. It's...

Penny: Reese's arrow...

Millie: Ah! You're kidding!

Jawo': I'm afraid not, kiddo. This is the real deal right here.

Blue: And with this, we're certain that Kovah and the other's came through here.

Jawo': And they're probably far ahead of us by now...

Blue: Hm, not necessarily, Jawo'.

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: Having to stop and fend off those sea monsters has at various intervals mostly likely slowed down their progress.

Penny: So what are you saying?

Blue: I'm saying, that we might still have a chance to catch up; But only if we hurry.

Jawo': You're right, Blue. So let's get a move on!

Blue: Right. Let's go, guys.

*The group, sans Millie, advances forward*

Millie: ...

Blue: ...Millie?

Millie: *to herself* All this time...I was fiddling with a group of people capable of doing THIS? Just what have I gotten myself into here...?

Blue: Millie, what's the matter?

Jawo': Yeah, what's taking you?

Millie: Ah uhm, nothing! I-I'm coming!

*Millie moves ahead to catch up. Meanwhile, Kovah and his group finally arrive outside the Asroc Temple; the chosen resting place of the Lunar Monolith*

~~Asroc Temple, Outside~~

Deke: We've arrived.

Prima: This temple...is where the Lunar Monolith is being held?

Deke: That's correct.

Prima: ...

Shadow: So this is it, huh? Didn't think we'd get here so soon.

Kovah: Hahaha, we've arrived at last. I can pratically feel the immense power surging from within...

Lilia: Reese...

Reese: I know, Lilia... (Agh, we're already here, and I still haven't found a good escape opportunity. What do we do now...?)

*Kovah begins to walk ahead of the group, entering the temple*

Deke: Kovah...?

Kovah: Well? What are you waiting for? The monolith isn't going to unseal itself. Come quickly. All of you.

Deke: Yes.

Prima: Right.

Shadow: Yeah yeah...

Lilia: *gulp*

Reese: Mmn...

*The group proceeds into to the temple, past the large stone doors. Once inside, they immediately arrive in a large spacious room, with a single corridor to the north*

~~Asroc Temple, Foyer~~

Deke: What a large room...

Prima: Hmph, talk about a waste of space. There's nothing in here!

Shadow: Hmm, how can you be so sure, Prima?

Prima: What?

Shadow: Come on now, Prima! This is a temple we're talking about! And I've seen enough Indiana Jones movies to know that there's always a trap where you least expect to see one.

Prima: Indiana Jones? What the heck are you talking about, bonehead!?

Shadow: Er...never you mind, Prima. *scratches head*

Deke: Mmph. Despite Shadow's rather inappropriate modern age rhetoric, he has a very good point.

Prima: Oh yeah?

Deke: Yes. We'd best tread lightly. Lest we desire to fall headlong into a deadly trap.

Prima: Fine fine.

*Kovah, having not listened to Deke's warning, continues walking ahead*

Deke: Kovah! Ah! Wait...I-!

Kovah: Be silent, Deke. Save your silly talk about tricks and traps. I'm moving ahead without fear, for the prize I seek awaits me.

*Kovah continues ahead, until the northern corridor mysteriously disappears from sight*

Kovah: Hm? What the-!?

Lilia: Ah! What's going on!?

Reese: The pathway...it...it disappeared...

Deke: Blast! There was a trap afterall!

Prima: Eek! S-so what's going to happen!? Are we...stuck here!?

Deke: I...I don't know...

Shadow: Man, talk about bad luck. Nice going, Kovah. You really blew it this time.

Kovah: Bah, shut up. There has to be a way out of here, somehow. We just have to find it.

Shadow: Yeah...good luck with that...*rubs head*

Kovah: *clenches fist* Damn...

*Suddenly, the entire area fades away to blackness, leaving the group standing on a single platform in the center of an eternal abyss*

Deke: Guh!

Prima: Aaah! Now what's happening!?

Shadow: Looks like we've been strung over an infinite abyss. *nods* Yup.

Prima: Infinite abyss!?!?

Shadow: Yeah uhm...I wouldn't wanna fall into there if I were you.

*In fear, Prima huddles up close to Shadow, pratically embracing him*

Prima: Eep!

Shadow: (Score!) *smirks*

Lilia: Uh...*sweats*

*Lilia backs away from the edge of the platform in fear*

Lilia: R-Reese... What the heck is going on here!?

Reese: Gee, I wish I could tell you, Lilia. I've never seen anything like this before in my life! (But then again, it might not be so bad. At least now this gives Blue and the others a chance to catch up to us.)

Kovah: Damnit! We have to get out!

Deke: Kovah...relax.

Kovah: What?

Deke: I'll get us out of here. Just remain calm.

Kovah: Huh? And how are you going to do that?

*Deke closes his eyes and crosses his arms, as if he's thinking*

Deke: ...

Kovah: ?

*Meanwhile, Blue and the others too, arrive at the entrance of the Asroc Temple*

~~Asroc Temple, Outside~~

Jawo': Hm? Where are we now?

Blue: Well...if I didn't know any better, Jawo', I'd say this is the temple where the monolith is located.

Penny: You really think so, Blue? But how can you tell?

Blue: Because...I can feel an unnatural power enamating from within. Whatever it is, it's powerful. And it feels...dark. Perhaps even evil...

Millie: *gulp* Evil...?

Blue: Yeah...

Jawo': So you think it's the Lunar Monolith giving off that kind of power?

Blue: *nods* At any rate, it's a best guess.

Jawo': Well in this case, the only way to find out is by checking it out firsthand!

Blue: You're right, Jawo'. Let's head in.

*As the group is about the enter the temple, they are halted when the elders' voice is heard from beyond*

Elder1: Blue!

Blue: Hm?

Millie: What the-!? Am I hearing things...or did someone just call out to you, Blue?

Elder2: Blue, can you hear us?

Blue: Elders...is that you?

Millie: Eh? Elders?

Elder3: It is.

Elder4: And we must speak with all of you urgently.

Jawo': Oh yeah? About what?

Elder5: We've contacted you merely to warn you and your company of what lies ahead within the temple we constructed.

Penny: Warn us?

Elder1: Yes. In the first chamber of the temple, there lies a special defensive mechanism in the guise of an elaborate illusion.

Blue: Illusion?

Elder2: Correct. We Elders used our powers to create an illusion to repel any and all intruders that trespass into the temple.

Jawo': Well then, can't you just dispel it or something?

Elder3: I'm afraid we cannot.

Penny: What? Why!?

Elder4: It is not within our power to dispel the illusion, unfortunately.

Elder5: As such, the only way for you to progress, is to break the illusion yourselves using your own wit and cunning.

Jawo': Man, well this bites.

Elder1: Forgive us, young heroes. The only thing we can do is warn you of what's to come. The rest is up to you.

Elder2: But before we go, we shall tell you this...

Blue: Huh?

Elder3: It is an old saying: "Sometimes, the most complex of problems...have the simplest solutions."

Elder4: Remember this well, for it may just be the key to breaking the illusion.

Elder5: Farewell, young heroes. And good luck.

*The elders' voices fade*

Jawo': Hm...the most complex problems have the simplest solutions? What the heck is that supposed to mean?

Penny: Yeah, if you ask me, it just makes things more confusing...

Blue: Well...there's no point in sitting around pondering about it here. We'll just have to deal with it when we get there. Let's go, guys.

Jawo'/Penny: Right.

*The group, san Millie, moves ahead*

Millie: ...

Blue: Millie?

Millie: B-Blue...

Blue: Huh?

Millie: *points up* Are there old people in the sky!?!? O_O

Blue: *facepalm*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 October, 2008, 06:24:02 pm
*Meanwhile, inside of the Asroc Temple, Kovah and the others remain trapped in the illusion, still unaware of it's true nature*


Kovah: *taps foots impatiently* ...

Prima: *sobbing in fetal position* Oh no...oh no...oh no...oh no...

Shadow: *looks around anxiously*

Deke: *is standing straight with eyes closed* ...

Lilia: *to herself* Ugh...what are they doing? Hmph, I guess it's up to me to find a way out of here!

*Lilia takes a bomb out of her satchel and hurls it out into the darkness. But instead of falling into the abyss, it simply disappears*

Lilia: Huh? Well that's strange. Let's try that again...

*This time, Lilia takes out two bombs and throws them out in the darkness. They too disappear*

Lilia: *scratches head* What could be causing them to disappear like that?

*Lilia walks up to the edge of the platform*

Lilia: Hmm...I wonder...

*Lilia puts her right foot out over the abyss, as if preparing the step off the platform*

Lilia: Maybe...if I...

*But as Lilia looks deeper into the eternal blackness, her heart drops into her stomach*

Lilia: Gah! *shudders*

*And in fear, she quickly retreats back to safety, wrapping herself around Reese's leg*

Lilia: Nooooooo! I can't do it!!

Reese: Hey, relax, Lilia! This isn't as bad as it seems.

Lilia: Huh?

Reese: Just think about it. The longer we stay stuck in this...place, the more time that gives Blue and the others to catch up to us. I consider this a good thing!

Lilia: Reese! What are you saying!?

Reese: Ugh! *sweats*

Lilia: If we can't find a way of this mess, we'll be trapped here forever! Do you really want that!?

Prima: Forever!?!? Nooooo! That can't BE!!!

Shadow: Hm?

Prima: I'm much too rich and pretty to spend the rest of my days in an eternal abyss! Oh woe is me!

Shadow: Prima...don't you think you're overreacting? Just a bit?

Prima: Ooooh! There's so many things I've done yet! But it's all over! This is the end for all us! All is lost! My life is flashing before my very eyes!

Shadow: Eheheh...*sweatdrop*

*Shadow walks up to Prima and places his hand on her shoulder*

Prima: *stops crying* Uh?

Shadow: Don't worry, Prima. I'll get us out of here.

Prima: Y-you will...?

Shadow: Of course. Just leave it to me!

Prima: Shadow...

Shadow: So Deke, how are you gonna get us out of here, huh?

Prima: Uuh...*sweatdrop*

Deke: ...

Shadow: Helloooooo? Anyone in there? Yoohoo! *waves*

Deke: ...

Shadow: Hm, what's gotten into him?

Kovah: Shadow, leave him be.

Shadow: Uh? But--

Kovah: Just do it.

Shadow: Eh, whatever you say. *shrugs*

Lilia: Deke, I don't understand. How can you stay so calm in a situation like this?

Deke: Heh...because, Lilia...

Lilia: ?

Deke: What's the point in worrying, when there's nothing to worry about?

Lilia: What are you talking about!? Do you not see us standing on a platform in the middle of a bottomless pit!?

Deke: Bottomless pit? Hmph. There is no bottomless pit...

Lilia: Huh?

Deke: Watch closely.

*Deke walks to the edge of the platform and prepares to walk off*

Reese: Ah! Wait, Deke! What are you doing!?

Prima: Are you stupid or something!? If you step off of there, you're going to fall!

Deke: Is that what you really think?

Prima: Uh...well...

Deke: Allow me to show you...the REAL truth.

*Deke promptly steps off of the platform and into the darkness. But instead of hurling into the supposed abyss, he continues to stand on solid ground*

Reese: What? He...he didn't fall...

Shadow: But why not? What's going on here?

Kovah: Deke, what is the meaning of this?

Deke: It's simple, Kovah. I did not fall...because there is nothing to fall into.

Lilia: What do you mean, Deke?

Kovah: Explain yourself.

Deke: This is all but a simple illusion. A trick of the mind to make us see and believe that we were actually standing over an eternal abyss. When in fact...

*Suddenly, the scenery itself begins to crack. And like a pane of glass, it shatters. Taking the group back to the first chamber of the Asroc Temple*

Deke: We were in this same room the entire time.

Lilia: Wow...he's right! We're back!

Shadow: Heh, well speak of the devil. I would've never known.

Prima: We're saved! Yay!

Reese: Mmmn...

Kovah: Hahaha, excellent work, Deke. Now we can continuing moving forward.

Deke: Yes.

Kovah: Come, all of you. We've wasted enough time here. Let's get going.

*The group moves onward through the north corridor*

Lilia: Say, Deke...

Deke: Hm?

Lilia: About what happened...back there. ...How did you know that it was just an illusion?

Deke: So you really wanna know?

Lilia: Uhm...yeah, I guess.

Deke: Okay. Remember back when you were trying to figure us a way out our...predicament?

Lilia: Uhm...you mean when I was tossing those bombs? Were you observing me?

Deke: I was actually. You see, I don't think you noticed it yourself, but when you were tossing those bombs, your left foot stepped completely off of the platform.

Lilia: What!? It did!?

Deke: *nods* It was only for a split second, but it was enough to make me realize that the place we were in, was in fact, not real. But just a clever illusion to mystify and throw us off guard.

Lilia: Heehee, wow. So I guess I did figure it out afterall, huh? *rubs head*

Deke: Hm, I'd say so, yes.

*Deke walks ahead. And soon, Lilia notices that Reese is trailing behind, and waits up for him*

Lilia: Hey, Reese.

Reese: ...

Lilia: Huh? What's the matter?

Reese: We're progressing too fast...

Lilia: Reese, you're still going on about that?

Reese: Lilia, this is serious!

Lilia: Ah!

Reese: If Blue and the others don't catch up before we make it to the monolith, I...I don't know what'll happen...

Lilia: ...

Reese: That's why...I have to find a way for you to escape before then. Even if I can't escape too.

Lilia: What? But Reese--!

Reese: It has to be done, Lilia! You know they're going to use you to force me to unseal the monolith! And...and I can't let that happen. I can't let you be endangered because of me! So please, Lilia. If the opportunity arises, you have to escape. Without me...

Lilia: But Reese...what'll you do?

Reese: I don't know...

Lilia: ...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 15 October, 2008, 07:28:41 pm
*Meanwhile, Blue and the others continue into the temple, and arrive inside the first chamber. But unlike Kovah's group, they are immediately thrust into an illusion of a different sort before even realizing it*

~~Asroc Temple, Illusion~~

Blue: Huh? Hn?

Millie: Hey, Blue. What's wrong?

Blue: I...take it you don't feel that then?

Millie: Feel what?

Blue: That...strange pressure...

Millie: Huh!? I have no idea what you're talking about, Blue.

Blue: ...Interesting...

Millie: Maybe you're just imagining things...*rubs heads*

Blue: Hm...(This definitely isn't my imagination. There's a high amount of magical pressure in this room. But perhaps I'm the only one who can sense it...)

Penny: Hey, Millie! We need you to tell us if anything unusual happens behind us!

Millie: You can count on me! I got your back!

Jawo': What's with this place anyhow?

Blue/Penny: Hm?

*The group observes their surroundings. They soon realize that they are in a room with 4 exits to each side, all leading to a room that's the exact same as the former, and so on*

Jawo': It seems like the same room just over and over again.

Penny: But...there's no way. Judging from the temple's outside appearance, this place can't be that big.

Jawo': So...which way?

Blue: The best way out of a labyrinth is to advance with your same hand against the wall. And I suggest that we start over there.

*The group then advances through each rightmost room*

Penny: Hmm...doesn't seem like there's anything out of the ordinary...

Jawo': I just noticed something...

Blue: Hm?

Jawo': We've been moving steadily to our right. So the room directly to our right should be the room that we started in. But instead, there's another room to the right.

Blue: It's the same room...

Penny: What's going on?

Millie: Mmm, maybe we should head back the way we came.

Blue: Good idea, Millie. Let's go.

*The group heads back to the room they started in, but they soon discover that the entrance is no longer there*

Penny: Ah!!

Blue: What's wrong?

Penny: The entrance isn't there anymore!!

Jawo': That's impossible!

Penny: Millie, this is your fault!

Millie: My fault!?

Penny: Yeah! I told you to keep your eyes open!

Millie: Hmph! I'll have you know that I've been watching the entire time and there was nothing out of the ordinary!

Jawo': Mmph, I'm about ready to start kicking these walls down...*clenches fist*

Blue: No wait...

Jawo': Hm?

Blue: I don't think you'll accomplish much by doing that.

Jawo': Then what do YOU suggest we do, huh smart guy!?

Blue: I've come to the conclusion that this is in fact, the illusion that the elders warned us about.

Penny: You really think so, Blue?

Blue: I'm not entirely sure, but then again, that would explain the large amount of magical pressure I felt earlier. This is obviously some kind of puzzle meant to send us going in circles, and now it's our job to figure out how to solve it.

Penny: Puzzle?

Blue: Yeah. And just like any old puzzle, there has to be a clue around on how to solve it. If we don't think calmly about it, we haven't got a chance.

Jawo': Okay. In that case, you got any ideas, Blue?

Blue: Hmm...I do, actually.

Jawo': Hm?

*Blue reaches into his pocket and pulls out a ball of string*

Blue: Ah, here we go.

Jawo': Uh, Blue...what's that?

Blue: You don't recognize it, Jawo'? It's the string that Zeldafan gave me as "payment" for my acting in that atrocious movie.

Jawo': *facepalm* Ugh...why did you remind me?

Penny: What are you going to do with that anyway?

*Blue walks to a pillar in the room and ties the string around it*

Blue: We'll base the investigation from here. Hold this, Millie.

*Blue hands the ball of string to Millie*

Millie: And I'm stuck holding this thing, huh?

Blue: Not at all. This is an important job that only you can do. We're depending on you here.

Millie: Heehee. Well then, since you put it that way, I suppose I can help you out!

Jawo': Ugh, she'll believe anything...

Blue: We should start out by moving straight ahead.

*The group continues forward through into the uppermost room*

Jawo': Ah!

Penny: Jawo'!

Jawo': Penny, wait!

Penny: Whoa!

*Jawo' holds out his arm, barring Penny from walking right into a deep chasm in the ground*

Penny: Phew, that was close...

Jawo': The floor just suddenly disappeared.

Blue: Damn...

*The group turns around and proceeds into a different room*

Blue: This doesn't make any sense. It's like an infinite loop, but that's impossible considering the size of this building.

Penny: Well impossible or not...

Jawo': Uh!

Blue: Jawo, what's the matter?

Jawo': You guys had better take a look at this.

*The group hurries into the next room, but soon discovers that it was the room they started in*

Blue: That's the pillar I tied that ball of string to earlier! That can't be!

Penny: Hmm...

*Penny unties the string from the pillar*

Penny: Hey, Millie.

Millie: Huh?

Penny: I'd hold on tight if I were you.

Millie: Huh? But wh--

*Penny tugs on the string, jerking Millie and pulling her through all of the rooms they previously traveled*

Millie: Hey!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

*After the wild ride, Millie ends up back in the room with others, although completely worn out and in a daze*

Millie: *swirly eyes* Uungh...

Blue: Ah! It's like a Mobius Strip! This illusion...it's somehow twisted this building into an unending labyrinth!

Jawo': And that's why we always end up at the same place?

Penny: But wait...that's physically impossible!

Blue: It's the only answer I can come up with. And if we're going to get out of here, we've got to find out how it works.

*Blue reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small notebook and pen. He then begins to draw in it*

Blue: I'm drawing the path we've taken so far. It's like this...

Jawo'/Penny/Millie: ?

Blue: We're ran into traps in this room, and this room here.

Penny: So according to this, if we go in the room ahead of us, there's going to be a trap.

Blue: But if we move in a "L" formation, we shouldn't hit any traps.

Jawo': You've solved the puzzle. Good work, Blue! Now we can end this stupid illusion and get back to more important things, like finding our friends.

Penny: Yeah.

Blue: *to himself* If only it were that easy...

*And so the group proceeds to travel in the proposed "L" formation. As Blue said, they run into no traps, but they advance nowhere as well*

Penny: This sucks!

Blue: We'll find it. The answer must be in here someplace.

*Blue pulls various foreign objects out of his pockets. Among them being an accordion (O_O)?*

Millie: Geez, Blue, how much stuff can you fit in those pockets of yours!? *sweatdrop*

Jawo': I can't take it anymore! We're going in circles and we can't do anything about it!

Penny: Stop running your mouth and start using your head to figure this out! I find it hard to believe that Blue's friends with someone like you.

Jawo': What did you say!?

Blue: Stop it! Both of you!

Penny: Not to mention that you've done nothing but complain and get your butt kicked during this whole journey! We've be better off with Millie than a loser like you!

Jawo': Hah, you're one to talk! You should be thankful that we even let you travel with us in the first place! If it wasn't for us, you'd still be back home scrubbing toilets with a toothbrush!

Penny: Tsch. When are you going to see that this is pointless unless we can solve this puzzle?

Jawo': If you're so smart, why haven't YOU solved it!?

Penny: Why don't you shut up!?

Blue: Stop it, you two! We're all just tired and frustrated right now! We need to calm down!

Jawo': Stay out of this! I'm done! From here on out, I can handle this myself!

Penny: Oh yeah? Well good riddance! Because we're tired of picking up after your dumbass mistakes!

Jawo'/Penny: Kch! Hmph!!

*The two turn and walk away from eachother*

Blue: *sigh* Give me a break...

Millie: You know, friends shouldn't fight like that...

Jawo'/Penny: I wouldn't be her/his friend if she/he was the last girl/guy on Earth!!!

Blue: *annoyed* Whatever. ....Aah?

*Blue begins to see distortions in the illusion*

Blue: What's happening? The space is...twisting...

Millie: Uh...Blue?

Blue: Hm?

Millie: Is he crazy or something? According to your drawing, there should be trap in that room he's going into.

Blue: Ah! Hmm... (Advancing in an "L" shaped route... Mobius Strip... Traps that block our way... This magical pressure when we entered here... It feels like...I've got it!!!)

Millie: Huh?

Blue: Penny!!

Penny: Hm?

Blue: Jawo'!!

Jawo': Eh?

Blue: I've figured out the secret.

*Jawo' and Penny come running back*

Penny: Are you sure!?

Jawo': Really!?

Blue: Listen closely.

*Blue begins to whisper to the group*

Penny: Huh!? Could it really be as simple as that!?

Jawo': You sure you wanna take that chance?

Blue: I'm willing to take that risk. Here I go!

*Blue runs headlong into a room with a trap in it. Once he enters, the floor collapses below him*

Penny: Blue!!!

*But despite this, he doesn't fall into the chasm, but still remains on solid ground*

Blue: (I knew it!)

*With the illusion solved, the scenery begins to crack. And like a pane of glass, it shatters. Sending the group back to the real first chamber of the temple*

Penny: Ah, Blue! Y-you did it! The illusion...it's gone!

Jawo': But how did you figure it out?

Blue: I pieced together the hints. Once I wrote it down, I figured it out. It's like a game that children play. There are nine rooms placed in a 3x3 format. Except that they just looped infinitely. If we were to go three spaces either foward or horizontally, we would win. So whenever it felt that were getting too close to that third room, the illusion created a trap to divert us.

Jawo': Like an illusion within an illusion, right?

Blue: Exactly. We would've never have known the difference. Because it used our fear and insecurity as a way of leading us in the wrong direction. It was all a psychological trick of the mind.

Penny: But how did you figure out that traps weren't real?

Blue: When you and Jawo' had your bout and split apart like that, we took up three spaces simultaneously. When those two were nine spaces apart, that's when the twist in space appeared. So all in all, finding out that clue was just a lucky break.

Millie: Heehee. I guess their pig-headed stubborness was good for something afterall!

Blue: Heh, you can say that again, Millie.

Jawo'/Penny: Hmph! *crosses arms*

Blue: Anyway, we've beaten the illusion, so it's time to move on. Are you ready, guys?

Millie: I am!

Blue: Well, you two?

Jawo': ...Yeah. Let's go save our friends.

Penny: Right.

Blue: Then let's move!

Author's Note: Fans of the Bleach Anime should find this chapter very familiar... ^_^

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Illusion Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 18 October, 2008, 04:54:34 pm
*Meanwhile, as Blue and his friends struggle to catch up, Kovah's group reaches the center of the temple, eventually coming across a large gate, marked with many ornate images and runes*

~~Asroc Temple, Center~~

Shadow: Well well, what have we here?

Deke: It appears that we've reached a gate of some sort.

Lilia: It's pretty huge too. I wonder where it leads...

Shadow: *rubs chin* Well, Lilia, a gate as heavily ornate and detailed as this has just gotta have something special behind it. It's an incredibly common cliché.

Lilia: *rubs chin* Hmm...well you don't say...

Kovah: Hmph. Well in the end, there's only one way to find out.

*Kovah walks up to the gate and attempts to force it open. But he soon discovers that it's locked from the inside*

Kovah: *clenches fists* Ergh! Blast it! It's sealed!

Prima: Mm, well darn. Does that mean we can't get in?

Deke: Apparently so, Prima. ...At least for the moment anyway.

Prima: Huh?

Deke: It is true that this seal prevents us from gaining entry. But as with every seal, there must be a way to break it. And all that leaves...is for us to find it.

Prima: Okay...so where do we start?

Deke: I...haven't a clue, unfortunately...

Prima: *sigh* Well so much for THAT. *shrugs*

Deke: Forgive me...

Prima: Hmm...hey. Wait a minute...

Deke: Hm?

*Prima walks up to the gate and observes its surface*

Prima: There's...words carved into this gate. But...it's not in any language I've ever seen. What's the deal?

Deke: Hmm...

*Deke walks up to the gate and observes the carvings alongside her*

Deke: These words...are written in the Old Language.

Prima: Old...Language?

Deke: Yes. It's the early form of our modern language that was spoken and written by our ancient ancestors over 1000 years ago. It's long died out since then, but there remains a handful of people who are still able to speak the languange. ...Myself being one of them.

Prima: Ah! So you're saying you can read this chicken scratch, Deke?

Deke: I can. Just give me a moment to decipher the text...

*Deke begins to translate the ancient text*

Deke: Hmm...alright.

Prima: Have you got it?

Deke: I do.

Shadow: So what's it say?

Deke: The text roughly translates to: "The Eternal Gate."

Shadow: Huh? Is that all? Man, I figured that all of that writing would say more than just that. *rubs head*

Deke: I'm not finished...

Shadow: Oh! Well then, by all means, continue.

Deke: Very well. The remaining text translates to: "Only the destined bearer of the key can release the seal of the gate. But take heed, for all that awaits you beyond is an odious presence."

Prima: Hmm..."destined bearer of the key" ...That's Reese, isn't it?

Reese: Wha-!? M-me!?

Deke: It would appear so.

Kovah: Heheh, so it's settled. Reese. Quickly. Come and unseal this insufferable obstruction.

*Reese slowly backs away while clutching his necklace in his hand*

Kovah: Hrm?

Reese: B-but...I...

Kovah: Reese, what are you doing?

Reese: I...I won't unseal that gate!

Kovah: What!?

Lilia: Reese...

Kovah: Reese, it would be in your best interest to NOT try my patience. Unseal the gate...NOW.

*Reese sternly shakes his head in defiance*

Kovah: So you still insist on playing these games, do you? Fine, have it your way.

*Kovah looks to Deke*

Kovah: Deke, do it.

Deke: Yes, Kovah.

*Deke quickly draws his axe and aims it directly at Lilia's neck*

Lilia: Aah!

Deke: Try to run...and I'll kill you.

Lilia: ...*gulp*

Reese: Lilia!!

Shadow: Deke, what are you doing!?

Deke: Shut up.

Shadow: What!?

Deke: This...has to be done. It is the only way to ensure Reese's cooperation.

Shadow: But...but that's--!

Prima: Shadow, stop!

Shadow: Huh? But Prima...

Prima: I know, Shadow. I-I don't want to see Lilia get hurt either. She's kinda like one of us, you know? But...Deke's right. We have to do this. And I'm sure Deke feels the same way, right?

Deke: *averts gaze* Hm...

Prima: So please, don't interfere. I'm sure Reese'll make the right choice in the end.

Shadow: Tsch, fine. But if Reese doesn't give, I'm not holding anything back. You hear?

Reese: Deke! Let Lilia go, now!

Kovah: I'm afraid he won't be doing that.

Reese: What?

Kovah: Don't even try to play dumb now. You were well aware of our terms before this even began, and you knew what would happen if you went back on your word.

Reese: Ungh...

Kovah: That's right, Reese. If you don't give us your full cooperation, Lilia, your dear friend, will be made to suffer because of it.

*Deke slides his axe closer to Lilia's neck, forcing her to lean her head back slightly*

Lilia: Guh...! Deke...don't do this...

Deke: I'm sorry, Lilia. It's...out of my hands. I will do...as I must...

Kovah: So what's it going to be, Reese? Will you do as you were told, or will we have to take Lilia's life before your very eyes?

*Deke's axe flares up in flames, threatening to engulf Lilia*

Lilia: Aaaah!!

Reese: Lilia! No!

Kovah: My patience is wearing thin, Reese. Make your decision now.

Reese: I...uh...I..

Kovah: Hm?

Reese: ...

Kovah: Still no answer? Fine. Your silence will condemn you! Or rather, it'll condemn your friend. Deke, finish her off!

Deke: Understood.

*Deke raises his axe in preparation to strike*

Lilia: Aaah! Deke!!!

Deke: Lilia...Forgive me for what I'm about to do.

*Deke brings his axe down*

Lilia: Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!


*Before Deke's axe connects, he brings it to a halt just inches from Lilia's neck*

Lilia: ...*sweats*

Kovah: Hm? You've had a change of heart?

Reese: I...I'll do it. I'll unseal the gate for you...

Kovah: Hmph. *smirks* I knew you'd see things my way.

*The flames around Deke's axe fade out as he removes the axe from Lilia's neck area*

Deke: Hmph.

Lilia: *sigh of relief*

Kovah: Now do it.

Reese: A-alright...

*Reese slowly approaches the gate. As he gets closer, his necklace begins to float on its own and glows with a bright light*

Reese: Uh! W-what's happening...?

*The gate then begins to glow in response to Reese's key*

Prima: The gate...it's...it's glowing!

Shadow: It must be reacting to Reese's necklace...

*The key acts on its own, inserting itself into a small engravement in the center of the gate. The gate then slowly opens, loosing a burst of bright light from within. Meanwhile, as Blue and the others continue their pursuit, they too witness the flash of light released from within the gate*

Jawo': Agh! W-what was that light!?

Penny: I don't know, but it's coming from just up ahead!

Blue: That must be where Kovah and his group is! Come on, we're almost there!

*Kovah's group begins to proceed beyond the unsealed gate*

Kovah: Hahahahah! This is it! I'm so close! The monolith...it is within my grasp!!!

Deke: ...Hn!?

Kovah: Deke...what's the matter?

Deke: I'm...sensing something nearby...

Kovah: What? What are you sensing?

Deke: I'm sensing...the presense of someone. It's a group of approximately four people. And they're heading this way.

Prima: Do you think Blue's group managed to follow us here?

Lilia/Reese: Ah! Blue!

Deke: That's a possibility.

Shadow: Wait a minute...that can't be right. Without Lilia and Reese, isn't there supposed to be only three of them?

Deke: I was thinking the same thing. But there's also the possibility that they've recruited another member into their ranks. One that we weren't recently aware of.

Prima: Do you really think that's the case?

Deke: I don't know. But it cannot be ignored. At any rate, we must prepare for the arrival of these unexpected guests.

Kovah: Agreed. Whoever they are, they must not be allowed to become a hinderance. They must be dealt with.

Lilia: (Blue...could it really be him...?)

Reese: (I don't know if those people really are our friends, but if turns out it is, this could be our big chance! ...It's now or never!) Lilia! Now!

Kovah: Hrm!?

Lilia: Right!

*Lilia takes a smoke bomb out of her satchel and tosses it directly to the ground. It then unleashes a thick screen of smoke that fills the entire area*

Deke/Prima/Shadow: *coughcoughcough*

Kovah: *coughcough* Aaah! W-what is the meaning of this!?

*The smoke clears, revealing that Lilia is nowhere to be found*

Prima: The smoke, it's gone.

Shadow: Well gee, that ain't the only thing that's gone...*rubs head*

Deke: What are you talking about?

Shadow: Take a look. Notice someone missing?

*The group looks around, soon noticing that Lilia is no longer among them*

Prima: Ah! Lilia! She's--

Deke: She's gone...

Kovah: What!? She's escaped!? No!!

Reese: *pumps fist* Yes, it worked! Haha! Just like we planned it!

*Kovah abruptly turns to Reese*

Kovah: You...!

*Kovah grabs Reese by the shirt and lifts him into the air*

Reese: Aah!

Kovah: You...little bastard! I'll make you pay for going behind my back...

Reese: Heh. *smirks* If I were you, I'd worry more about Lilia instead of trying to make me pay.

Kovah: What...?

Reese: Because without her, you've got no chips on the table. You may as well pack it up and call it a day.

Kovah: Grrgh! Damnit!

*Kovah throws Reese to the ground*

Reese: Ugh!

Kovah: *to himself* I hate to admit it, but he's right. If I don't get the girl, I'll have no hold over him...

Deke: Kovah, what should we do?

Kovah: Hurry, get the girl! Follow her and bring her back at any cost!

Deke: Got it.

Shadow: Leave it to me! I'll get her back before you can say "Shadow's the most perfect being in the universe!"

Prima: Hah, more like the biggest doofus.

*Shadow attempts to run off in pursuit, but Deke stops him by quickly drawing his axe and using it to pin him up against a nearby wall*

Shadow: Aagh! Urrk!

Deke: You're not going anywhere...

Shadow: What!? Ergh, what's your problem!?

Prima: Ah! Deke, what are you doing!?

Deke: Be silent, Prima!

Prima: But...

Deke: Shadow, you will stay right here. I will go after Lilia myself.

Shadow: Heh...heheheheh...

Deke: What...?

Shadow: Deke...you still don't trust me, do you?

Deke: I don't see any reason why I should. It's been made clear that you're not here to further our goals. In fact, I don't even know why you're still traveling with us. As far as I see it, you're just a waste of space.

Shadow: Hehheh, well...I can't argue with that.

Deke: Hm?

Shadow: It's true. I'm not here to help you out. I couldn't care less about what you're trying to accomplish here.

Deke: *angrily* You...

Shadow: But even so, since YOUR enemies are MY prey, I don't see what difference it makes.

Deke: ...What are you getting at?

Shadow: My my, you still don't get it?

Kovah: Deke!

Deke: Kovah?

Kovah: Let him go.

Deke: What!? But Kovah, I--!

Kovah: Release him, now!

Deke: Mmmn...

*Deke releases his hold on Shadow*

Shadow: *dusts off clothing* Say, thanks boss! I owe you one!

Kovah: Just shut up and go.

Shadow: Heh. It's always just strictly business with you, huh? None of that small talk or any of that fluff inbetween. You know, that's what I've always liked about you. Ah well, I've got a job to do.

*Shadow disappears in a whirlwind of leaves*

Deke: Kovah...why did you let him--?

Kovah: Because he's right.

Deke: What?

Kovah: What difference does it make whether he's on our side or not? So long as he eliminates my foes, I don't care what he does.

Deke: Egh...fine.

Kovah: Now then, we'll let Shadow handle the girl. Let us make haste and proceed through the gate.

Deke: Yes, Kovah...

Kovah: Reese, come.

Reese: ...

*As the group is about to advance through the Eternal Gate, Blue and his friends arrive on the scene in time to stop them*

Blue: Kovah! Stop right there!

Kovah: Hn!?

*Kovah turns around, only to see Blue's group standing before him*

Kovah: *angrily* You...

Prima: *sternly* It's...them...

Deke: So...it was their presence I was sensing afterall...

Reese: *happily* Blue! Guys!!! It's really you!!!

Penny: Reese! Haha!

Blue: Reese, are you okay!?

Reese: *happily nods* Yeah! I'm fine now!

With Blue's group finally managing to tail Kovah, can they succeed in putting an end to his nefarious plot once and for all? The final clash between the two forces approaches. What will be the end result of this last struggle?

End Eternal Illusion Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 19 October, 2008, 02:51:53 pm
Millie: Hi, Reese! *waves*

Reese: Huh? *suprised* Millie!? Is that you!? B-but, what are you doing here!?

Millie: Well wouldn't you know it? Blue and his friends were nice enough to let me tag along with them. *crosses arms* And that's more than I can say for you guys! You're a bunch of jerks! Bleh! *blows raspberry*

Kovah: *annoyed* ...Tsch.

Deke: *annoyed* Hm...

Prima: Uh...*sweatdrop*

Reese: *sweatdrop* Erm...but Millie...*rubs head*

Millie: Oh save it! Hah, but it's alright! You can make it up to me after we're done rescuing you. Uhm...for whatever reason...*scratches head*

Reese: Gee, thanks a lot...*sweatdrop*

*Kovah then immediately grabs Reese and jerks him closeby*

Reese: Ungh!

Millie: Uh!?

Kovah: Sorry little girl, but I'm afraid Reese isn't going anywhere...

Millie: Huh?

Kovah: He has yet to fulfill his destiny with me. The Lunar Monolith beckons for Reese to unseal it. Just as I beckon for the immense power from within its confines.

Millie: Eh? *scratches head* What the heck are you talking about?

Kovah: Hmhmhm. *shakes head* Foolish girl. It's obvious that you have no idea what's occuring before you. Do yourself a favor and scurry along home before you get hurt. This sacred place is off limits to sniveling brats.

Milie: Hey! I'm not a sniveling brat! How dare you!

Blue: Millie, that's enough.

Milie: But, Blue--!

Blue: This isn't the time.

Millie: I--! But--! ...Fine.

Blue: Hm?

*Blue looks around, noticing something odd*

Jawo': Blue, what's up? What's the matter?

Blue: Reese! Where is Lilia!?

Penny: Ah, right! She's not here, is she?

Jawo': Hey, you're right! What gives, Reese? Wasn't she with you guys?

Reese: *nods* She was, but I had her escape before you all caught up.

Blue: Huh? She escaped? So I assume she's safe, right?

Reese: Well yeah...but...

Blue: Hm?

Reese: Maybe not for long...

Blue: What? Reese, what are you talking about?

Kovah: Hahahaha. I'll tell you what he's talking about! It's true that your little friend managed to escape our hold, but even now, as we speak, Shadow is hunting her down like an animal.

Blue: What!?

Penny: Shadow's after her!?

Jawo': Oh man...this isn't good!

Kovah: Hmhmhm. I guess their little escape plan wasn't so foolproof afterall! Now it's only a matter of time before Shadow tracks her down and finishes her off for good. Hahahaha!!!

Blue: *clenches fist* Lilia...damnit...

Penny: Blue! What do we do!?

Jawo': Yeah! Lilia can't defeat Shadow on her own! There's just no way!

Blue: I know, but...

Penny/Jawo': Huh?

Blue: I want to help Lilia, but...*shakes head* we've finally got Kovah right where we want him. We can't let him get away, not this time. Lilia will just have to fend off Shadow on her own. At least until we wrap things up here.

Jawo': *sigh* Fine...

Penny: Alright...

Kovah: Heheh, a wise decision, Blue. But in the end, it doesn't matter. I don't plan on letting any of you leave here...alive.

*Kovah tightens his gloves*

Kovah: You worms have meddled in my affairs for the last time. This is the end of the road for you!!!

Blue: Guys! This is it! Are you ready!?

*Penny draws her spinners*

Penny: Ready!

*Jawo grabs the hilt of his sword*

Jawo': Let's do it.

*Deke draws his axe*

Deke: Let us finish this.

*But before the groups engage, Prima steps in front of Kovah of Deke, stopping them*

Prima: Kovah! Deke! Wait!

Deke: Hm?

Kovah: What is the meaning of this, Prima? You better have an explanation...

Prima: *nods* You two go on ahead. I'll take care of Blue and his band of losers.

Deke: What? Prima, do you know what you're saying? If you failed to defeat Blue in your first encounter, what makes you think that this time will be any different?

Kovah: Deke is right. Don't waste your time.

Prima: I'm not! Please, just trust me! You guys have to take Reese and hurry to the monolith! Don't worry about me!

Kovah: Hrrm...

Deke: Kovah...we should go.

Kovah: Hunh?

Deke: For now, we should do as Prima says and place our trust in her. The sooner we reach the monolith, the sooner this'll all be over.

Kovah: *nods* Alright.

*Kovah looks to Prima*

Kovah: Prima...I'm counting on you. Don't botch this one up...or else.

Prima: Yeah yeah. Now go on! Get out of here already!

Kovah: Right.

*Kovah grabs a hold of Reese and takes a huge leap backwards towards the gate*

Reese: Uwah!

Kovah: Deke! Follow me!

Deke: Yes!

*Kovah and Deke begin to dash through the Eternal Gate with Reese in tow, quickly fleeing the scene*

Penny: Ah! What are they--!?

Blue: They're...they're escaping! No!!

*Blue steps forward*

Blue: Kovah! Stop!!!

Kovah: Farewell, Blue! Hahahaha!

Blue: Damnit!

Jawo': Come on, Blue! We can't let them get away! Let's follow them!

Blue: Right! Let's hurry!

*Blue and Jawo' attempt to pursue Kovah and Deke through the gate, but they brought to a halt when Prima attacks with her whip*


Blue: Gah!

Prima: Where do you think YOU'RE going, huh!?

Blue: Mmn...Prima...

Prima: Trying to run out on me so soon? You know, we should really enjoy these little times we have together. Heehee.

Jawo': Tsch, so it's the brat again.

Prima: Hmhmhm. You've come far, gang. But I, Prima, am here to make sure...you don't make it a step further!

*Jawo' grabs the hilt of his sword*

Jawo': Then we'll just have to go through you.

Prima: Oh, you're a brave one. I like that...

Penny: Prima! Ugh! Get out of the way. We don't have time to play games with you.

Prima: Heehee. Sorry, little sister, but I just can't do that. At least...not until I've put you all six feet under!

Jawo': Agh, stupid kid. Was the spanking we gave you last time not good enough for you?

Prima: Haha! Calm down. Form a line if you have to! I'll make sure each one of you gets it! *cracks whip*

Blue: Damn...we don't have the time to deal with this...

Penny: Hah, don't worry, Blue!

Blue: Huh?

Penny: If that's how they wanna go about it, then we'll just show them that two can play that game!

Jawo': What do you mean?

Penny: It's simple. You all go on ahead. And I'll handle Prima by myself. That way, we can still stop Kovah and Deke without having to be held up by the loudmouth over here.

Blue: But Penny...are you sure?

Penny: Sure I'm sure, Blue! If anyone can slap a lid on my sister, it's me!

Blue: A...alright. We're depending on you, Penny. Be careful.

Penny: *smiles* You know you can count on me, Blue! Now hurry up and get going before it's too late! I got your back!

Blue: Right! Jawo'! Millie! Let's go!

*The group, sans Penny, begins to head for the gate*

Prima: Ah! Wait! You can't! Rrrgh! This'll stop you!!

*Prima attempts to attack the group with her whip when Penny knocks his out of her hand with a quick spinner attack*

Prima: Aaagh!! Uungh... *clutches hand*

Penny: Hah!

Prima: Ooooh! Why you...!!!

*Prima looks to her back to notice Blue and the others already passing through the gate*

Prima: Nooooooo! They've gone ahead!!!

Penny: Heh heh, that's right, Prima. Now it's just you and me! *twirls spinners*

Prima: Errgh...

*Prima picks up her whip*

Prima: You...I'll make you pay for this!

Penny: *smirks* Try me.

~~Meanwhile, at the Adventurer's Guild~~

*As Zeldafan and the gang go about their daily routine, Bob studiously reads through various books of unknown origin simultaneously*

Bob: Hrrm...

Zeldafan: *carrying a number of boxes* Bob, you've been reading through those books all day! Just what the heck are you looking for?

Bob: Well, if you must know, I'm looking for any information that we can use to aid Blue in his journey thus far.

Zeldafan: Oh, is that right?

Bob: Yes, and if I recall correctly, the events transpiring as we speak are all centered around an artifact known as the Lunar Monolith.

Zeldafan: Lunar Monolith, huh? Mm, never heard of it.

Bob: I've heard very little about it myself, Zeldafan. And that's precisely why I'm searching through these archives of the supernatural that we've kept stored here. Perhaps there's a record of it somewhere around here...

Zeldafan: I see. So how is that going?

Bob: Mmmn, not so well. I've looked through almost every document in the archive, yet I still haven't discovered anything revelant to the subject. There isn't even any evidence that suggests that this so-called Lunar Monolith even exists.

Zeldafan: Well that's awfully strange.

Bob: Tell me about it. *heavy sigh* It looks like I'm going to be pulling another all-nighter...

*Bob drops his face into the book that he's currently reading. Zeldafan then walks up to him and puts her hands on his shoulders*

Zeldafan: Heehee! Well, don't worry too much, Bob. I'm sure you'll find something eventually!

Bob: *muffled* Yeah...whatever...

*As Bob's face is buried in the book, he catches a quick glance at a short passage within*

Bob: Hm...!?

Zeldafan: Huh? Bob?

Bob: ....AAH!!!

*Surprised by Bob's exclamation, Zeldafan hops up and springs backwards*

Zeldafan: Waaah!!! Bob, don't scare me like that! Geez, you could've given me a heartattack!

Bob: Forgive me, Zeldafan. But I believe I've found what we're looking for.

Zeldafan: Eh? You have?

Bob: Yes...but it's not quite what I was expecting.

Zeldafan: It's...not?

Bob: *shakes head* No. In fact, it's much worse. Much MUCH worse.

Zeldafan: Well gee, how bad could it be? It can't be any worse than the time I caught Tobi playing with my old Barbie dolls. *rubs head*

Bob: Zeldafan, this isn't a joke. Blue and the others have been lead to believe that a source of corrupted energy lies within the monolith, but in fact, it's not that at all.

Zeldafan: Huh? Then...what is it?

Bob: There is no obtainable power to be found. Only a living, breathing entity from beyond.

Zeldafan: Ack! A-A living entity!?

Bob: Zeldafan. Get your gear together. We're leaving immediately.

Zeldafan: What? But why?

Bob: Somebody has to warn them of the true nature of the monolith. And seeing as we're the only ones who're aware of such a thing, the responsibility falls upon us.

Zeldafan: Well...alright. I get that much. But you still haven't told me. What IS this entity anyway? And why is it so terrible?

Bob: I don't have time to divulge into the details. Just know that if this being is allowed to be freed from its prison and roam the planet once more...

Zeldafan: Hm?

Bob: Not only would planet Earth be in grave peril, but the entire galaxy itself would be at risk of total destruction...

Zeldafan: *gulp* Entire...g-galaxy?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 20 October, 2008, 09:17:06 pm
*Meanwhile, as Blue and his friends continue their pursuit of Kovah and Deke, Lilia continues to make her escape, until she eventually comes across a dead-end*

Lilia: Ah! What the-!? A...a dead end! But how could this be!?

*Lilia frantically looks around the room in search of an exit*

Lilia: But...but I could've sworn that this was the way we came in from. How could I have made this mistake...?

*Lilia hangs her head in depression*

Lilia: *sigh* I guess I have no choice but to turn back.


Lilia: Hn?


Lilia: That noise. It sounds like...footsteps... And they're coming this way...!

??: Well well...what do we have here?

Lilia: !!! *gasp*

*Shadow slowly steps out from the darkened doorway*

Shadow: Ah ha. I've caught you at last.

Lilia: Ngh...Shadow. It's you...

Shadow: Well, Lilia. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you've gotten yourself lost. Did you take a wrong turn somewhere?

Lilia: Cut it out. Tell me why you're here. Why did you follow me all this way?

Shadow: Come now, Lilia. Must you really ask? I'm sure we both know the answer to that one.

Lilia: Shadow...why are you still so intent on fighting us?

Shadow: Because, Lilia, I've already told you. Challenging strong opponents...it's what I live for.

Lilia: But why!? We're not enemies! Why must we fight!? I don't understand!

Shadow: Hmhmhm. Oh, Lilia, you're so naive. But I guess that's what makes you so charming.

Lilia: What?

Shadow: Don't you get it by now? Friend or foe, good or evil, these things...they mean nothing to me anymore. All I want...is to fight. Nothing else matters.

Lilia: But, Shadow...

Shadow: *shakes head* I care not about your useless struggle, or the fate of this pathetic planet. It was just something that I could take advantage of to seek stronger opponents. So long as I can test my strength and skills against powerful adversaries, I don't care what the end result is, whatever it may be.

Lilia: Shadow! W-what are you saying!?

Shadow: What do you mean, Lilia? You're the one who allowed me to realize this truth.

Lilia: What!?

Shadow: Misty...she was the only thing that mattered to me in this world. And now that she's gone...now that she's been taken from me; this...is all I have left. My desire to fight...is the only thing that makes life worth living for me. It is the only thing that can bring me happiness in this meaningless world! Don't you understand!? Nothing else matters to me!!!

Lilia: Shadow...w-what happened to you? What made you turn this...this madness!? You've gone...insane!!!

Shadow: Hahahah, you call it madness. But I! I call it...freedom! Thanks to you, Lilia, I can finally live this worthless life of mine to the very fullest! Just like Misty would've wanted me to!!!

Lilia: *shakes head* No...you're wrong.

Shadow: Huh?

Lilia: This isn't what Misty would've wanted. She would've wanted you to live a happy life, free of pain and conflict! No...what you're doing, it's the exact opposite of what she wanted!

Shadow: You...what are you saying?

Lilia: I can feel it...deep inside. Your heart is riddled with inner turmoil, anguish and sadness. You're hurting inside, Shadow! Can't you see that!?

Shadow: *looks away* Tsch. You don't know what you're talking about.

Lilia: No, I do. You're so deluded with despair that you can't even recognize your own dolefulness. You insist that without Misty, your life has no meaning, so you resort to fighting and killing others to establish some kind of false existence. But what you don't realize Shadow...is that your life does have meaning.

Shadow: ...?

Lilia: Your life has meaning just by being alive and being there! But if that's not good enough for you, your life has value...because you're my friend...

Shadow: Friend? Did you just say friend? Hmhmhm...ha ha...hahahahahaha!!!

Lilia: W-what..what's so funny!?

Shadow: My my, Lilia. Your naivete knows no bounds.

Lilia: So what are you trying to say, Shadow!? That everything that's happened between us...everything that you said, everything that we've been through...it was all a lie!? Is that what you're saying!?!?

Shadow: No. It wasn't.

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: You are...my dear friend, Lilia.

Lilia: So then why are you doing this!?

Shadow: Because I've lost all hope for myself.

Lilia: What!? But Shadow!

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Shadow, please! Let me help you! We can get through this!!

Shadow: Enough, Lilia. It's over. Everything.

Lilia: Shadow...

Shadow: Hand yourself over to me. I'm taking you back to Kovah.

Lilia: *closes eyes*

Shadow: ...Well?

Lilia: No!!!

*Lilia takes a small hop backwards*

Lilia: I'll never go with you!

Shadow: Honestly, Lilia. Must we do this? Come now. Be a good little hostage and come back with me.

*Lilia brandishes her daggers*

Lilia: Stay...away from me!

Shadow: Hmph. So this is how it's going to be, is it? Very well then.

*Shadow summons forth his scythe*

Shadow: You know, I was hoping for a more able opponent, but you're not leaving me much of a choice. So I guess I'll just have to make due.

Lilia: Shadow...we don't have to fight.

Shadow: We don't. But we're going to anyway. It was my chosen destiny. This is all that I am. You either accept it...or you don't.

Lilia: Shadow...please...don't do this...

Shadow: Just...stop talking, Lilia. I've heard enough. Now...it's time for one final thrill.

Lilia: Shadow...I'll put you out of your misery!!!

*Lilia throws her dagger directly at Shadow, but he skillfully catches it between his index and middle fingers, just inches away from his face*

Shadow: *smirks* Hmph.

Lilia: Ah!

*Shadow then hurls the dagger back at Lilia. She quickly defends by blocking it with her other dagger, and regains possession of it*

Lilia: Here I come!

*Lilia dashes up to Shadow at breakneck speed and begins to exchange blows with him. Shadow then proceeds to defend against every attack with his scythe. Lilia finds an opening and goes for a stab, but Shadow intercepts with his scythe, locking the two in a fierce power struggle*

Lilia: Ergh...

Shadow: Ungh...

*Meanwhile, Blue's group manages to catch up with Kovah and Deke once again in a chamber past the Eternal Gate*

~~Eternal Depths, First Chamber~~

Blue: Kovah! We've found you!

Jawo': You won't get away again!

Reese: Haha! Guys, you made it!

*Kovah pushes Reese to the side*

Reese: Uuf!

Kovah: Blast it! How did you fools make it here!? Prima was supposed to be keeping you occupied!

Deke: Perhaps she was defeated again.

Kovah: Ergh...damnit. I knew trusting her was a mistake...*clenches fist*

Blue: Heh, well if you must know, we let our friend Penny stay back and deal with her. I'm sure she's more than enough to take her down. She doesn't need our help.

Kovah: Hmph. Well aren't you the confident one? But in the end, such a brash decision will prove to be your downfall. You don't earnestly think that the two of you can defeat the two us?

Blue: Hah, I'd say we have a fair shot, to be quite honest.

Millie: Huh? Two? Hey, wait a minute! What am I, invisible or something!? *stomps*

Blue: Millie, stay out of it.

Millie: *crosses arms* Hmph!

Kovah: Hahahah. You pompous fool. But I must admit, you've got guts if nothing else.

*Kovah tightens his gloves*

Kovah: I think I'll show you just what it means to possess true power. Deke, take Reese and go on ahead. I want the pleasure of disposing of these whelps to be mine and mine alone!

Blue: Jawo', here he comes! Get ready!

Jawo': Got it! *grabs hilt*

Deke: Actually, Kovah...

Kovah: Hm?

Deke: I believe I should fight them myself.

Kovah: What!?

Deke: Please, leave this to me. If you were to somehow lose this fight, all of this would have been for naught.

Kovah: Out of the way, Deke! Or are you suggesting that I would lose?

Deke: No. Not at all. I'd just rather not take any unnecessary risks. You are the embodiment of everything I've been fighting for all this time. I will not allow you to fall here. Please, make the choice to live another day.

Blue: We won't let you get away, Kovah!

Jawo': Your fun and games have come to an end!

Deke: I beseech you, Kovah! Allow me to demonstrate the depth of my faith!

Kovah: Hmm...I can see you are determined. ...Very well, Deke. I leave it to you. Do not fail me.

Deke: Don't worry. I will not falter not here.

*Kovah grabs a hold of Reese and proceeds into the next chamber*

Reese: Aagh! Not again! Blue, hurry!!

Blue: Reese, no! Damnit! He gotta away...again!!

Jawo': Well then, Blue, you know what this means, right?

Blue: Huh?

Jawo': You go on ahead. I'll take care of Deke.

Blue: But...Jawo'! You can't fight him alone! Don't you remember what happened last time!?

Jawo': I do, and I've learned from my past mistakes. I assure you, I won't mess up like that again.

Blue: But...but Jawo'...

Jawo': Blue, please! We don't have time to debate over this! Go now!!!

Blue: A-alright. You...you better not die on me, Jawo'.

Jawo': *smiles* Well, you know what I say...

Blue: *smiles* Yeah, I know, you die hard.

Jawo': Attaboy, Blue. Now go on. Get out of here!

Blue: Right. Come on, Millie. We're going.

Millie: Okay!

*Blue and Millie continue on to pursue Kovah, leaving Jawo' to face Deke alone. As they press on, Deke watches them pass nonchalantly without lifting a finger*

Deke: *smirks* Hmph.

Jawo': What's with that smug look, huh?

Deke: Your friend, he doesn't know what he's getting himself into.

Jawo': Oh does he?

Deke: There's not a force alive that can contend with Kovah. He may as well be digging his own grave.

Jawo': Hah, you don't know anything, do you?

Deke: What?

Jawo': My pal Blue and I have dealt with stuff far worse than anything you could even imagine. In fact, I'd hate to see what he's been through when I wasn't hanging with him. Yup. Blue can handle pretty much anything that guy can dish out. There's no doubt in my mind about it. And speaking of, I'm pretty sure I can take you out too. *clenches fist*

Deke: Hmph. If you're so sure of yourself, then why do you tremble like a newborn pup?

Jawo': Heh...you're mistaken, Deke...

Deke: Hm?

Jawo': I'm not trembling because I'm scared. I'm trembling...because I'm excited!

Deke: What...?

Jawo': Oh yeah. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. Ever since our bout at the tower.

Deke: I don't understand.

Jawo': Huh?

Deke: Why are you so eager to die? You know your feeble techniques cannot withstand my flames. So why even try? You're only throwing away your life.

Jawo': Yeah, that'd be the case if you were fighting the same old me. But I'm different than I was before. I won't let myself be clouded by anger, nor will I underestimate you like I once have.

Deke: Hm...you speak the truth. I can see it in your eyes. You have become more mature since our last meeting. But I wonder...will your maturity be enough to ensure your victory over me?

Jawo': Heh, then we'll just have to find out, now won't we?

Deke: Then come...

*Deke draws his axe*

Deke: Fight.

*Jawo' draws his sword*

Jawo': It's time for Round 2! Let's do it!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 27 October, 2008, 08:38:11 pm
*Meanwhile, as Blue's allies face off against Kovah's, Blue, together with Millie, continue their hurried pursuit into the deepest depths of the Ascroc Temple*

Millie: *running* Blue...are you sure they're gonna be alright back there?

Blue: *running* They'll be fine, Millie. I believe in my friends. I know they won't let me down!

Millie: But--

Blue: Millie, stay focused! Reese still needs our help and we haven't a moment to lose!

Millie: A-ah...right!

Blue: ...There! I can see the clearing just up ahead!

*Blue increases his running speed, resulting in Millie trailing behind him*

Millie: Bluuuue! Ugh! Wait!!

Blue: Come on, Millie! We're almost there!

Millie: Agh! No fair! What do you think I am, a track star!?

Blue: There's no time for that now, Millie! Hurry!

Millie: B-but--! I'm just a sweet innocent little girl with no physical ability! Don't leave me aloooooooone! *sobs*

Blue: Ugh... Then grab my hand!

*Blue outstretches his hand behind him*

Millie: O-okay. Here I go...

*Millie reaches out for Blue's hand. She attempts to grab, but comes just short and ends up falling flat on her face, allowing Blue to leave her in the dust*

Millie: Ow! Oof!

Blue: Millie, stop playing around!

Millie: Blue, wait! Ah! You know I can't run as fast as you!

*no response*

Millie: *sigh* He's long gone...

~~Meanwhile, Outside the Temple~~

*Bob and Zeldafan reportedly arrive at the temple entrance, ready to head inside and assist Blue and his friends*

Zeldafan: Well...we're here. But are you sure this is the right place?

Bob: Without a doubt. I can feel the presence of Blue and the others here. This is the definitely the right place.

Zeldafan: Hmm...well that's weird...*scratches head*

Bob: What's the matter?

Zeldafan: Not just this temple, but this entire island isn't marked on many of my maps here. What's the deal?

Bob: Just...how recent are those maps?

Zeldafan: Hmm, pretty recent, I'd say. About a month old. Why do you ask?

Bob: Because, Zeldafan, for sixteen years, this island was submerged beneath the ocean.

Zeldafan: What!? But...what happened!?

Bob: The truth behind what really caused this is uncertain. It remains an unsolved mystery even in historical archives. ...But, I'm willing to bet that this is all tied to Blue's current dilemma somehow.

Zeldafan: Yeah...I had the same feeling.

Bob: Hrrm...perhaps once we catch up with Blue, we can finally get the bottom of all of this.

*Bob steps forward and forces the entrances gates open with a wave of his hand*

Bob: Shall we?

Zeldafan: *nods* Right!

Bob: Then let's go.

*Bob and Zeldafan prepare to advance into the temple when they are halted by a woman's voice*

??: Wait!

Bob/Zeldafan: Huh?

*The two turn around to see Shina approaching them from behind, wearing a new traveling-oriented outfit*

Bob: Well now, it appears we have a guest...

Shina: Hold. I wish to ask something of you.

*Zeldafan draws a bokuto*

Zeldafan: Who are you? ...An enemy of Blue's, perhaps...?

Shina: Ah! Please! I do not wish to start a fight!

Zeldafan: Then what DO you want, huh?

Shina: I will gladly share my tale, if you would just put away your weapon.

Zeldafan: Mmn...

Bob: Zeldafan, do as she says.

Zeldafan: Huh? But Bob!

Bob: It's alright. I can sense no malice from this woman.

Zeldafan: Fine...

*Zeldafan puts away her weapon*

Shina: Thank you.

Bob: So, you were about to tell us who you are?

Shina: Ah, right. As I was saying, my name is Shina.

Bob: Well met, Shina. I am Bob the Omnipotent, but you may call me Bob if you like. And this is my young subordinate, Zeldafan.

Zeldafan: Hello. *waves*

Shina: I see. It's a pleasure to meet the both of you. *bows*

Bob: Likewise, Shina.

Zeldafan: So, Shina, what brings you all the way out here, huh?

Shina: Hm?

Bob: Yes, I don't quite understand what business a girl like you would have in place like this. Please enlighten us, if you may.

Shina: A-alright. I will. ...I came to this place...in search of my friends.

Zeldafan: Your...friends?

Bob: Who are these friends of you speak of?

Shina: Their names are Kovah and Deke, and they're my closest friends.

Bob: Hmm...Kovah and Deke... Can't say I've heard of them.

Zeldafan: Yeah, me neither.

Shina: Maybe you haven't, but I know they're in there! And I have to reach them before it's too late!

Bob: What? What do you mean?

Zeldafan: What'll be 'too late'?

Shina: I don't have much time to explain. But if I don't stop them, they, and another group will end up fighting eachother. And I can't let that happen!

Bob: Huh...?

Shina: Don't you understand? If they're allowed to fight with one another, there's no telling what the end result will be! They could end up seriously injured, or...or even...

Bob: Wait...another group...?

Shina: Huh?

Bob: Could it be...?

Zeldafan: Ah, Bob! It...it has to be Blue's group!

Bob: Yes, that's the most logical assumption.

Shina: What? Do you mean to say that you know of Blue?

Bob: We do, as a matter of fact.

Zeldafan: Blue and his companions are friends of ours as well.

Shina: Ah, you are!? That's astounding!

Bob: Hm. *nods* And as it would appear, Ms. Shina, your goals and our own coincide with eachother.

Shina: Huh? You...you mean--?

Zeldafan: That's right! We've come here to stop the fighting between Blue and your friends too!

Bob: But for a whole different reason...

Shina: What? What are you talking about?

Bob: Ms. Shina, there is much to explain, yet very little time to do so. So I will only say that, despite their differences, regardless of what they believe, the time has come for Blue and his adversaries to pull together and become allies now.

Shina: Allies...?

*Bob and Zeldafan move ahead*

Bob: Well, Ms. Shina?

Shina: Hm?

Bob: If we want to bring an end to the conflict between our friends, we'll need your help.

Shina: Haha! Right! *nods* coming!

*Shina runs to catch up with Bob and Zeldafan. And the three head into the temple together*

~~Meanwhile, in the Temple Depths~~

*Kovah and Reese reach the final room of the Asroc Temple. Upon their arrival, their lies a vast chamber with a single crystal staircase in the center, leading to a platform where the Lunar Monolith rests*

Kovah: This...this is it...

*Kovah slowly steps forward*

Kovah: The power...it's so close. I can feel it! At last I've made it! The Lunar Monolith is HERE!!!

Reese: ...*gulp*

*Reese slowly backs away*

Kovah: Hm!?

*Kovah grabs a hold of Reese's wrist*

Reese: Aagh!

Kovah: Where do you think you're going?

Reese: Ungh! *struggles* L-let me go!

Kovah: Never! Your role isn't done yet. Your destiny has not yet been fulfilled!

Reese: *struggles* I...I won't unseal the monolith! Not...ever! Ergh!

Kovah: *angrily* You... How dare you deny me!?!?

*Kovah lifts Reese into the air*

Kovah: You WILL give me what I desire! For if you don't...I will kill you where you stand...

Reese: Ungh! T-then...you'll just have to kill me then!

Kovah: What!?

Reese: If unsealing the monolith for you means the difference between life and death...then...then I'd rather die...than put the lives of everyone on Earth in danger!!!

Kovah: Aargh! You...you bastard!

*Kovah squeezes Reese's neck tight and balls up his fist*

Reese: Aaaggh!!

Kovah: If I cannot have what I want...then...then I will send you straight to HELL INSTEAD!!!

*Kovah prepares to deal a fatal blow to Reese when Blue arrives on the scene*

Blue: Kovah!!!

Kovah: Hrm!?

Reese: *weakly* Bl-Blue...

Blue: Kovah, it's over! For you, and your plans!

Kovah: Hmph. *smirks* So you've finally come, Blue. I've been waiting for you...

*Kovah takes Reese and throws him to the other side of the chamber. His body, crashing into a wall*

Reese: Uuaagh!!

Blue: Reese!!!

Kovah: Now that I've disposed of the trash, I can focus all of my attention on you.

Blue: *angrily* Why you...

Kovah: If you think you've declawed me by tracking me down here, you're terribly wrong.

Blue: What?

Kovah: Once I've dealt with you, I will force that feeble-hearted Reese into unsealing the monolith for me. Even if I must do so with my bare hands. *clenches fist*

Blue: Not if I have anything to say about it!

Kovah: So then let's cut right to the chase, shall we? This is the end of the line for the both of us, and I have absolutely no intentions of running from this fight.

Blue: Then this...is where it all ends.

Kovah: Exactly.

*Kovah tightens his gloves*

Kovah: Blue...I will make you tremble before my power!!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 30 October, 2008, 07:12:17 pm
~~Penny vs. Prima Pt. 1~~

*Meanwhile, back in the mid levels of the temple, Penny and her older sister, Prima, face off before their final duel*

Prima: Ergh! Penny...stay out of this! This has nothing to do with you!

Penny: Maybe it doesn't. But still...

Prima: Huh?

Penny: I came all this way to bring you back home with me. And I won't stop until I've accomplished that.

Prima: What? Bring me home? Hmph. Why do you even care?

Penny: What do you mean?

Prima: Hah, I thought you hated me? And now you want me to come back all of sudden?

Penny: You're right, Prima. I DO hate your guts. But even so, you're still my sister, and I still care about you. And I won't let you endanger yourself and everyone else by doing this!

Prima: Wha-? P-Penny...I...

Penny: Hm?

Prima: ...

*Prima rapidly shakes her head*

Prima: Hmph! Nice try, Penny. You almost had me going for a second, but you're not gonna fool me that easily!

Penny: Uh...?

Prima: I know what you're trying to do! You're only acting all concerned so you can make me feel bad about what I'm doing and give up. But I know that you really just want me to leave because YOU want the power all for yourself!

Penny: What!?

Prima: Don't try and deny it! You know it's true! But unfortunately for you, I'm too smart and pretty to fall for a lame attempt like that. Haha!

Penny: *clenches fist* Ugh, you're as insufferable as ever...

Prima: Hahahaha! Just run along home, Penny. This is no place for children. *makes a "shoo" gesture*

Penny: Agh! I don't understand! Why are you even doing this!? Even if you did manage to get this...this "power", what then!?

Prima: Heh, wouldn't you like to know...

Penny: Yeah, I would.

Prima: Fine! I'll tell you, little sister. Once Kovah gives me MY share of the power, I'll finally be able to get my revenge on that accursed father of ours! *clenches fist*

Penny: Wha...y-you don't mean...

Prima: Oh yes. Father, and those blasted healers! All of them will be made to suffer terribly for what they did to me! All of those years of torment...locked away in that dark dreadful room...will be paid back in full!!!

Penny: Prima, are you out of your mind!? You can't do that! He's our father!

Prima: Oh, I can, Penny. And I WILL! With the monolith's power in my possession, I'll have Father and those healers on their feeble knees begging for my mercy! Hahahahahaha!!!

Penny:Prima...you're insane!

Prima: And if you don't want to suffer the same fate, little sister, I suggest you stand aside.

Penny: ...No.

Prima: What?

Penny: If you want to harm Father...then you'll have to go through me first!

*Penny draws her spinners*

Prima: So, you really do intend to fight me, do you? Hmph, fine. Have it your way. I'll just have to make it quick...and painful.

Penny: There's no need to pretend. There's no way you can beat me. I know your secret, remember?

Prima: Hmph. *smirks*

Penny: Uh?

Prima: I don't even need my monsters to beat a weakling like you. All I need...is right...here!!! *cracks whip*

Penny: Ergh...

Prima: Come on, little sis. I'm waiting for you. *signals forward*

Penny: Prima...I didn't want it to come to this, but you've left me no choice! I'll bring you home, even if I have to break every bone in your body and drag you back!!!

*Penny takes a few steps forward and thrusts her spinners out directly at Prima*

Prima: What!?!?

Penny: Haaaaah!!!

Prima: Hah, then I'll just dodge it!

*Prima leaps into the air, avoiding the oncoming attack*

Prima: Too easy!

Penny: *smirks* That's what you think!

Prima: What...?

*Penny tugs upwards, sending her spinners up and after Prima*

Prima: Aah! Nooo!!!

Penny: Ha! Gotcha!

*Penny's spinners wrap around Prima, coiling her tight and restraining her within its wires*

Prima: Ungh! *struggles* I...I c-can't move!

Penny: Now you're mine! Haaah!

*Penny then tugs downwards, dragging Prima down and slamming her into the ground below*

Prima: Uuaaagh!!

*With the attack finished, Penny retracts her spinners back to her hand*

Penny: How'd you like that one!?

Prima: Uun...gh...Why...you...ungh...

*Prima struggles to get to her feet*

Prima: I'll make you pay for this!

Penny: Hm!

*Penny rears backwards, preparing for Prima's next move*

Prima: Dimension Whip!

*Prima lashes her whip out at Penny*

Penny: Heh, no problem. I'll just block it!

*Penny crosses her arms in front of her in defense*

Prima: *smirks* Guess again.

Penny: What...?

*Before the attack can hit, a space-time portal opens, allowing Prima's attack to continue going through it*

Penny: What the--? What is that!?

*A moment later, another portal opens behind Penny, and unbeknowst to her, the attack goes out from it, striking her in the shoulder*

Penny: Aah! Aaaagh!!

Prima: Heeheehee. Bet you weren't expecting that, were you? Here! Have some more!

*Prima performs the technique once more, with a portal opening from behind Penny yet again. But this time she manages to dodge the attack by leaping sideways*

Penny: Hah! Thought you had me, didn't you? Once you've seen it before, it becomes that much easier to avoid!

Prima: So, you think you've got me all figured out, huh?

Penny: Huh...?

*As Penny leaps sideways another portal opens in her path. The whip comes out, striking her from the side*

Penny: Ah, no! Aaaagh!!

Prima: Don't think it's over yet! Try these!

*Prima performs the technique a third time. This time, portals open all around Penny, surrounding her. And she is repeatedly struck from all sides*

Prima: Hahahahahaha!!

Penny: Ugh! Aagh! Uagh! Ungh! Gah!

*The attack commences, leaving Penny's body bruised all around*

Penny: *panting* Hah...ha...

Prima: Hmhmhm! What's wrong? Had enough already?

Penny: *panting* *smirks* Hah...ha..are you...kidding me...?

Prima: Wha...?

Penny: I...I'm just getting...started!

Prima: Ergh! *clenches fist* Why you...! I'll make this one hurt!

*Prima issues another technique, beginning to twirl her whip over her head*

Prima: Thousand Whips! Rrragh!!

*Prima lashes out at Penny, striking her a great amount of times in rapid succession*

Penny: Uuuaaagggh!!!

*Penny drops to one knee, her body dripping with blood*

Penny: *panting* Hah...haah...

Prima: Eeheehee!! Guess you're not so tough anymore, huh?

Penny: *panting* Hah...ha...Is that...

Prima: Huh?

Penny: Is that...all you got!?

Prima: Ergh! You...! This time you'll stay down for good!!!

*Prima twirls her whip over her head in preparation*

Prima: Thousand Whips! Haah!

*Prima lashes out once again at Penny, but this time...*

Penny: *smirks* (Ah ha! I gotcha this time!)

*Once the attack closes in, Penny skillfully perceives it and grabs a hold of Prima's whip, stopping the attack*

Prima: What!? Aaah! How could you!?

Penny: I'll give it to you, Prima. Your attacks are tough, but like my own, they almost always strike dead-on, making them easy to counter.

Prima: But...but you were supposed to be injured! How could you have the strenght to both percieve and counter my technique!?

Penny: Oh that? Heh...I just made you believe that I was weakened! I wasn't really out of strenght at all!

Prima: What!? Impossible! How can this be!?

Penny: Hahaha! And you fell for it too! That must mean I'm a pretty good actress! In fact, this is a little trick I picked up from an old friend. And I put emphasis on the old.

Prima: Y-you...! Unhand it! Give me back my whip!

Penny: Not a chance! I've think you've done enough whipping for one day! Huah!

*Penny tugs the whip out of Prima's hand and tosses it far out of her reach*

Prima: Aah! Noooooo! My whip!!!

Penny: Oh no you don't!

*Prima attempts to run after her stolen whip when Penny quickly intercepts and counters with a punch to the face*

Penny: Hyah!

Prima: Aaaggh!! My face! My beautiful face! It's ruined!

Penny: Now to tie you up nice and proper!

*Penny launches her spinners at Prima, entangling her within its wires once more*

Penny: Hmph! That about wraps that up! Heh, get it? Heehee!

Prima: Ergh! Don't think you're going to get away with this! Not after what you've done to my precious face!

Penny: Hah, we'll see about that. Like I said before, I'm just getting started!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 31 October, 2008, 12:56:09 pm
~~Lilia vs. Shadow, Pt. 1~~

*Meanwhile, the battle between Lilia and Shadow continues. The two are still locked together in a power struggle, with neither side having the upperhand*

Lilia: Agh...Sha--dow...ergh!

Shadow: ...Hmph. *smirks*

Lilia: Wha--?

*Shadow forcefully pushes forward, shoving Lilia away and ending the struggle*

Lilia: Uah!

*Lilia staggers backwards, but quickly regains her composure*

Lilia: Hm!

Shadow: You...you're really determined, aren't you?

Lilia: ...

Shadow: I can see that you're giving it your all. ...I like that.

Lilia: Quit talking and fight already! Aaagh!

*Lilia makes a mad dash directly towards Shadow*

Shadow: Mm...

*Once approaching, she quickly hops to his right side and goes for an attack*

Lilia: Take this!

*Lilia attempts to stab Shadow, but without making a single move, Shadow reaches out and grabs a hold of Lilia's wrist, stopping her attack*

Lilia: Aah!

Shadow: Nice try.

*Shadow then lifts Lilia into the air and flings her back to her initial position*

Lilia: Uagh! Oof!

*Lilia stands to her feet and rapidly shakes her head*

Lilia: Ungh...

Shadow: Care to try again?

Lilia: You...! I won't miss this time!

*Lilia flings one of her daggers directly at Shadow*

Lilia: Try this!

Shadow: That again? You'll never hit me like that...

*Once the dagger closes in, Shadow quickly knocks it into the air with his scythe. He then catches it with his free hand upon descent*

Shadow: Hmph. ...Whuh?

*Shadow soon notices Lilia rushing towards him while he was distracted*

Shadow: Ah!

Lilia: Here I come!

*Once within range, quickly slides between Shadow's legs to his backside, instead of attacking, throwing him off his guard*

Shadow: !?

Lilia: Now you're open! Take...this!

*Lilia successfully stabs Shadow in the back*

Lilia: Haha! I got you!

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Huh...?

*Shadow's body then disappears, revealing itself to have been a clone*

Lilia: What!? A clone!? No!

Shadow: Over here!

Lilia: !?

*Lilia turns her head in time to see the real Shadow deliver a swift kick to her back, sending her tumbling back to her initial position*

Lilia: Aaargh! Ungh...

Shadow: Tsk tsk tsk.

Lilia: What...?

Shadow: Come now, Lilia. At least put a little effort into it before you die. I don't want this to be too easy.

Lilia: S-shut...up...

Shadow: Huh?

Lilia: Quit talking...like you've already won...

*Lilia struggles to stand up*

Lilia: This is only...the beginning! I've still got many more tricks up my sleeve!

Shadow: Oh, so you do, huh? Well then...why don't you show me these tricks?

Lilia: Fine! You asked for it, pal!

*Lilia opens her satchel and reaches around in it*

Lilia: (Attacking him head-on won't work, and there's nothing in this room for me to take cover behind. In that case...I'll just have to make my own)

*Lilia pulls out a small, white bomb from her satchel*

Lilia: And this should do the trick!

Shadow: Hm?

Lilia: Smoke bomb!

*Lilia tosses the bomb at the ground in front of her. It explodes, covering the area around her in a deep white smokey veil*

Shadow: What the...what is she doing...?

Lilia: *to herself* Heehee. This is perfect! Since Shadow can't see me behind this smoke veil, there's no way that he can anticipate my attacks.

Shadow: Hmm...so she hid herself behind a veil of smoke. But...what could she be plotting?

Lilia: *to herself* Now that I've got the element of surprise on my side, it's about time I pull out some heavy-duty techniques!

*Lilia reaches into her secondary satchel and pulls out four combat knives*

Lilia: Try these, Shadow! Hah!

*Lilia proceeds to launch the four knives at Shadow all at once*

Shadow: Darn...she's not making a move. What could she be doing in there...?

*Suddenly, the four knives emerge from the smoke, heading directly towards Shadow*

Shadow: What!? An attack!?

*With no time to evade, Shadow braces himself by crossing his arms in front of him*

Shadow: There's no time. I have no choice but to guard!

*The knives strike Shadow, lodging themselves in his arms and legs*

Shadow: Errgh! Aaagh...!

Lilia: Ha, alright! *pumps fist* It looks like I nailed him!

*Lilia reaches into her satchels once more and pulls out more materials*

Lilia: Now let's try something with a little more firepower...

*Shadow begins to forcibly remove the knives from his body*

Shadow: Damn...I can't believe I didn't see that coming. But now I see it...She intends to use the smoke veil to keep me from reading her attacks and planning a counter strategy.

*Shadow removes the last knife and throws it to the ground*

Shadow: Ugh! ...Pretty clever, Lilia. But now that I'm aware of the basis behind your strategy, you'll never fool me a second time.

*Suddenly another group of knives emerge from the smoke, heading for Shadow*

Shadow: Ah ha! Another attack. But this time, I can see it!

*Shadow easily dodges the oncoming knives, rendering Lilia's attack useless*

Shadow: Hah. Piece of cake. ...Huh?

*One last knife emerges from the smoke, but Shadow skillfully catches it in his hand*

Shadow: Heh, thought you could fool me with that last one, did you? Well too bad, it's not going to wor--

*At that moment, a faint sizzling sound is heard*

Shadow: Hm? What's that noise...?

*Shadow examines the knife, and soon notices that a bomb was attached to the end of it with wire*

Shadow: What!? A bomb!?

*The bomb explodes, blasting Shadow backwards through the air*

Shadow: Aaaarrggh!!

Lilia: Haha! Yes! It worked! I knew he wouldn't see that coming!

Shadow: D-damnit...I-I was fooled again...

*Shadow struggles to stand*

Shadow: I...I can't let this charade continue. I have to stop it before it becomes a nuisance.

*Shadow dashes toward the smoke veil with the intent of going in*

Shadow: Here I go!

Lilia: Ah! Uh oh! He's going to close in on me! Well I'll put a stop to that...

*Shadow approaches the smoke veil. But once he arrives at the edge, a knife emerges from the smoke, planting itself in the ground near his feet*

Shadow: Huh?

*Shadow examines the knife and notices that it too has a bomb attached to the end of it*

Shadow: Blast it! Another bomb!

*Shadow leaps backwards and avoids the explosion*

Lilia: Hah! I wouldn't get too close, Shadow. The results could be...explosive. *winks*

Shadow: *to himself* Damn...she's not letting me get close. But I have to get in there somehow. ....Hmm...that's it!

*Shadow prepares a technique*

Lilia: Huh? What's he doing...?

Shadow: Clone Technique!

*Shadow uses his clone technique to create several duplicates of himself*

Shadow: (There, this should manuveur work nicely. This way, I'll be able to fish her out without having to put myself in any danger)

Lilia: Darnit, more clones. Is he going to do what I think he is...?

Shadow: Go. Enter the smoke veil and bring her out of hiding!

Shadow Clones: Got it!

*The Shadow clones run forward and leap into the smoke veil all at once*

Lilia: (Ah, no! I can't fend them all off! What do I do!?)

*The Shadow's wander through the smoke in search of Lilia*

Shadow2: Hm...where is she...?

Shadow3: Any signs of her yet?

Shadow4: Nope. Not yet.

Lilia: (They...they can't find me? This is good. Maybe if I just stay put for the time being without making any noise, they'll keep stumbling around)

Shadow5: Have you seen her?

Shadow6: No dice.

Shadow7: She's gotta be in here somewhere.

Shadow: Hey! What's taking you guys!?

Shadow8: We can't find her!

Shadow9: It's like she's disappeared!

Shadow: Agh, damnit. This isn't working. I'll have to think of a different plan... Alright! Come on out!

*The Shadows remove themselves from the smoke veil and regroup*

Lilia: *Whew* I'm safe...for now...

Shadow2: So what's the game plan?

Shadow: *ponders* ...Hmm...okay. We'll try this formation instead. Everyone, quickly! Surround the smoke veil! Form a perimeter around it!

Shadow Clones: Yeah!

Lilia: Huh!?

*The Shadow clones gather and surround the perimeter of the smoke veil, forming a circular formation around it*

Lilia: What...what's going on...?

Shadow: (Heh heh, with this, there's no possible way she can evade us now. She's completely surrounded with no where to go!) Now! One of you, head directly for the center!

Shadow2: Got it!

*The Shadow clone charges into the smoke veil*

Lilia: (Ah! They're coming!)

*Lilia readies her daggers and frantically searches around herself*

Lilia: *sweats* (This isn't good, they're heading right for me!)

Shadow2: Ah ha! I've found you!

Lilia: !?

*The Shadow clone comes up from behind Lilia and slashes her with his scythe before quickly retreating outwards*

Lilia: Aaagh!!

Shadow: *smirks* (Heheh, we've got you now, Lilia...) Now! The next one! Go in and attack!

Shadow3: Right!

*The Shadow clone enters the smoke veil*

Lilia: Ergh...*grasps wound*

Shadow3: Better be careful!

Lilia: Ah!

*The next Shadow clone comes up from Lilia's right side and slashes her once more before retreating outwards*

Lilia: Uaaaggh!

Shadow: Now! Do it again! Keep attacking until she's no more!

*The Shadow clones enter the smoke veil one-by-one, and they all repeat the process of slashing Lilia and then retreating*

Lilia: Agh! Ungh! Gah! Waah! Ergh!

*Lilia kneels down and grasps her wounds, unable to stand*

Lilia: *panting* Hah...ha...ha...(They've...they've got me surrounded. I can't escape. Is this...it for me? Am I...am I done for...?)

Shadow2: Ha ha! We've got her on the ropes now!

Shadow: Alright, now it's time to finish her off. Everyone, go in at once! Deal the finishing blow and wrap this up!

Shadow Clones: Yeah!!!

*Every Shadow clone enters the smoke veil simultaneously*

Shadow: *smirks* (Hmph. Let's face it. You're smart, Lilia, but you could never outsmart the likes of me. It was a nice try, but this is the end for you.)

Lilia: (This is it. They're all coming at once. If...If I want to survive, I have to do something. But...what...?)

*Just as all hope seems lost, Lilia comes up with an idea*

Lilia: !!! (Ah! I got it! ...I just hope this works...)

*The Shadow clones arrive at Lilia's location, intent on striking her down for good*

Shadow2: Alright, Lilia! End of the lin-- ...Huh?

*Lilia is nowhere to be seen*

Shadow3: W-where did she go!?

Shadow4: She's gone!

Shadow6: But...but how!? We had her surrounded!

Shadow7: There's no way she could've--!

*Suddenly, numerous sizzling sounds are heard*

Shadow8: Eh? What's that sound...?

*The clones look downwards only to notice a group of active bombs placed by their feet*

Shadow9: *gasp*

Shadow2: Oh no! It's...it's..!!!

*The bombs detonate, with an explosion large enough to destroy all the Shadow clones and do away with the smoke veil*

Shadow Clones: Aaaaaaaaarrrrrgggh!!!

Shadow: What!? How could this happen!? Did she...did she blow herself up!?

Lilia: Guess again, Shadow!

Shadow: Ah!!

*Shadow looks upwards to see that Lilia had jumped into the air outside of the smoke veil to avoid the onslaught of the Shadow clones*

Shadow: Ergh...you...*clenches fist*

*Lilia lands safely on the ground, free from harm*

Lilia: Heehee. *swipes nose with thumb* Don't ever underestimate me!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 31 October, 2008, 09:10:17 pm
~~Jawo' vs. Deke, Pt. 1~~

*Meanwhile, Jawo' and Deke face off, ready to settle their grudge with one final rematch*

Jawo': You better get ready for this! Rrraggh!

Deke: Come with it!

*With their weapons drawn, the two rush towards eachother at full speed*

Jawo': Haaaaaah!!

Deke: Graaaaagh!

*Once closing in, the two take massive swings at eachother. Their weapons clashing together in a storm of steel and crystal. The two are then locked in a fierce power struggle*

Jawo': Errgh...

Deke: Mmmn...

*The two then pull away at the same time, ending the struggle. They then fiercely glare at one another*

Jawo': ...

Deke: ...

*And without saying a word, the two charge at eachother once more*

Jawo': Aaaaagh!!

Deke: Hrraaaagh!!

*They attack at the same time, their weapons clashing together with great intensity. They pull back and continuously strike at one another, clashing repeatedly*

Jawo'/Deke: Haah!


Jawo'/Deke: Aaah!!


Jawo'/Deke: Hyaah!!


Jawo'/Deke: Daaah!


*After clashing several times, the two back off to take a breather, both of them having grown slightly weary from the struggle*

Jawo': *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha...Jawo'...

Jawo': Huh...?

Deke: Your swordplay...it is most impressive.

Jawo': Heh...well thanks. You're not so bad yourself...

Deke: Your flattery is most appreciated. But incase you've forgotten...

*Deke readies his axe*

Deke: We have a battle to finish.

Jawo': Right...

*Jawo' readies his sword*

Jawo': Then let's settle this.

Deke: Your skills with the sword may be top-notch, but...

Jawo': Hm?

Deke: Let's see how you do...when I turn up the heat!!!

*The head of Deke's axe bursts into roaring flames*

Jawo: Ah!

Deke: Now, suffer my...Hell Axe!

*Deke issues forth a mighty swing of his axe, sending a wave of flames heading straight for Jawo'*

Jawo': Aah! There's no way I'm gonna dodge that one! I better call up a defense instead...

*Jawo' prepares a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Formation: Crystal Shield!

*The blade of Jawo's sword expands and widens, becoming similar in shape to a knight's shield*

Jawo': Hah! It worked!

Deke: Hmph. Trying to combat my flames with your crystal again, are you? And here I thought you said you had learned your lesson.

Jawo': I'll have you know the strenght of my crystal is nothing to scoff at. Now let's see what this baby can do!

*Deke's flame attack collides with Jawo's shield. And unexpectedly, it manages to stave off Deke's attack*

Deke: What!? It's actually guarding against my flames!? But...but how can this be!?

Jawo': Haha! Maybe you should think twice before you underestimate the power of my crystal, Deke. Now it's time to charge on through!

*With his shield still held up and defending against the flames, Jawo' begins to walk forward, powering through the flames inch by inch*

Deke: Aah! I-Impossible!

*Slowly but surely, Jawo' begins to pick up his pace, until he's eventually running at full speed*

Jawo': Rrrraaagh! Here I come!!!

Deke: *sweats* Grr...

*Deke readies his axe for retaliation. But as Jawo' closes in, a small crack appears on his shield*

Jawo': Huh...?

*The crack grows larger, until the shield finally gives in and shatters to pieces. The flame attack going through and striking Jawo' head on*

Jawo': What!? Aaaaagh!!

*Jawo' is sent tumbling backwards, but he quickly manages to regain his composure*

Deke: *smirks* Hmph. So I guess it wasn't as durable as you once thought.

Jawo': ...Damnit...

Deke: Hmhmhm, you fool.

Jawo': Hey, I wouldn't get too cocky if I were you.

Deke: Hrm?

Jawo': Sure, it wasn't strong enough. But it was still decent for a first attempt. Now let me show you something else I've been working on!

Deke: Oh?

Jawo': Yeah! Watch this!

*Jawo' prepares another technique*

Jawo': Crystal Formation: Crystal Armor!

*Jawo's blade reduces itself to liquid, and forms a puddle around his feet. The liquid crystal then engulfs his entire body and hardens. Moments later, the hardened casing shatters, leaving Jawo' covered from head to toe in armor forged of crystal*

Jawo': Alright! It's a success!

Deke: Hah, crystal armor? Is that the best you can do?

Jawo': Don't criticize it yet! Just wait until you've seen it in action!

*Jawo' draws his sword and rushes toward Deke*

Jawo': Rrragh! Take...this!

*Once within range, Jawo' rears back to swing, but before he can pull it off, Deke reaches out and grabs a hold of Jawo's neck*

Jawo': Guh!

Deke: You know...I think I WILL test the capabilities of this armor.

*Effectively stopping his attack, Deke slowly lifts Jawo' into the air with a single hand*

Jawo': Nngh!

Deke: And I know exactly how to do it...*smirks*

*Deke's hand begins to glow with an intense red light*

Jawo': Wha...! What the-!?

Deke: Flames...of Destruction!!!

Jawo': Aaah!

*Once having gathered enough energy, Deke's hand erupts in a massive explosion of flame energy. With enough sheer power to shatter Jawo's crystal armor to pieces and send him sailing through the sky*

Jawo': Uuaaaagh! Oof!!

Deke: *flexes hand* ...Impressive...

Jawo': Unngh...

*Jawo' struggles to stand*

Jawo': (D-damnit. That attack...it smashed right through my armor in just one shot!)

Deke: Hmph. You should consider yourself lucky, boy...

Jawo': What?

Deke: Had that armor not been protecting you, that attack surely would've reduced you to a pile of ashes.

Jawo': Gah...great...

Deke: At any rate, that armor of yours really did prove its worth. Too bad it was only a one-time deal.

Jawo': Heh, yeah, you're right...

Deke: Hm?

Jawo': I don't think it's really worth my time to be investing in the likes of defensive techniques. Besides, I'm more of an offensive type of guy anyway.

Deke: Hmm...so you are...

Jawo': That's right. And I think this new technique of mine will help reinforce that fact!

Deke: ?

*Jawo' prepares a new technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Crystal Stadium!!!

*Jawo' plants his sword deep into ground. And from it, crystal begins to grow outwards, slowly covering the ground*

Deke: W-what...is this...?

Jawo': Heheh...

*Deke watches in awe as the crystal continues to expand, eventually covering the ground past his feet, going up along the walls and up along the ceiling as well. In a matter of minutes, the entire room is covered in a thick sheet of crystal*

Jawo': Yes, it's complete!

Deke: Tsch. So you've covered the room in this eyesore of a mineral. I fail to see what's so spectacular about that.

Jawo': Oh...you'll see...*smirks*

Deke: Huh?

*Jawo' prepares another technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Crystal Garden!

Deke: Ah, it's this technique, I see. I can only assume that in a matter of moments, crystal pillars will jut from the ground below me. Very well then. I'll simply just have to avoid it.

Jawo': Heh, think again.

Deke: What...?

*Suddenly, a group of jagged crystal pillars emerge, not from below, but from the crystal laden wall behind Deke*

Deke: Aaah! No!!

Jawo': Haha, gotcha.

*With little time to react, Deke attempts to dodge the oncoming attack. He leaps back, managing to avoid being hit head on, but he is struck in the shoulder by a pillar, inflicting a severe flesh wound*

Deke: Gyah! Nngh...*grasps wound*

Jawo': Yeah! *pumps fist* How did you like my super awesome technique?

Deke: You...how did you do that? I...I don't understand...

Jawo': Alright, fine. I'll let you in on my little secret. See this Crystal Stadium? It allows any and all of my crystal-based attacks to come from any point I wish.

Deke: What? You mean...

Jawo': That's right. So long as my crystal stadium is in effect, I can attack anywhere I please. This entire chamber is one big playground for me! There's nowhere for you to run or hide!

Deke: Ergh...blast it...

Jawo': And now that I've told you, I think it's time I gave you another demonstration.

*Jawo' prepares another technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Crysis Sicle!

Deke: Wha...

*Suddenly, numerous crystal pillars begin to protrude from the ceiling, hanging ominously over the two*

Deke: Mmn...

Jawo': Now, let the fun begin!

*Jawo' initiates the attack. The crystal pillar crack at the base, removing themselves from the ceiling and free fall to the ground at a hurdling pace*

Deke: Gah! I must dodge!

*Deke leaps and hops along the room, avoiding the falling crystal pillars*

Jawo': Mmn...not bad. But let's see how you handle this!

*Jawo' prepares yet another technique*

Jawo': Crystal Art: Crystal Graveyard!

*This time, the crystal pillars continously emerge from all around the room, threatening to impale Deke from all sides. He skillfully leaps from pillar to pillar, evading each one as they appear*

Deke: Guh...(This...is troublesome. I can't dodge forever. It won't be long before I'm skewered. I must stop this attack at all costs...)

*Deke sets his sights on Jawo' and begins to leap towards him while still attentively dodging the pillar attack*

Deke: There...I see you now. You won't escape...

*As he closes in, Deke draws his axe and prepares to attack*

Jawo': What? He's...he's coming for me! Well this'll stop him!

*Jawo' manipulates a crystal pillar to jut out in front of him, barring Deke's path to him*

Deke: That won't stop me! Hell Axe!!

*Deke coats his axe in flames and cuts cleanly through the crystal pillar*

Jawo': Aaah! No way!

Deke: I have you now! Rrraaagh!!

*Deke appraoches Jawo' unopposed and delivers a clean slash across his chest*

Jawo': Guaaaaaggh!!!

*Deke's attack breaks Jawo's concentration, thus putting an end to his attack*

Deke: Hmph.

Jawo': Gah! D-damnit! *grasps wound*

Deke: Looks like I've bested your "Ultimate Attack". If that's the best you can put up, then I suggest you give up now.

Jawo': *panting* Hah...ha...hahahaha...

Deke: What? Why are you laughing?

Jawo': Did you really think that was my best attack?

Deke: Mmn?

Jawo': That wasn't even close!

Deke: What!?

Jawo': Oh, I'll show you...

*Jawo' hold his sword horizontally*

Jawo': I've been waiting to use this move...

*Jawo's body begins to overflow with his mana*

Deke: W-what's he doing? His body...it's surging with mana!

*Jawo' prepares another technique*

Jawo': Crisis Art: Legendary Beast Manifest!

Deke: Aah...

Jawo': I call forth, the Crystal Dragon: Hogyokuryuu!!!

*Jawo's blade expands and grows. Soon manifesting into the shape of an enormous snake-like dragon made entirely of crystal*

Hogyokuryuu: Grrrraaaaaaaaoooh!!!

Deke: Gaah!! Wh-what is this...this creature!?

Jawo': This...is my ultimate technique! And you've...just breathed your last breath.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 01 November, 2008, 05:04:05 pm
~~Blue vs. Kovah, Pt. 1~~

*In the deepest depths of the Asroc Temple, Blue and Kovah face off with the future of the planet at stake*

Kovah: Blue, you've stood in my way for far too long...

Blue: Kovah...someone must put a stop to you. And as it stands now, I'm the only one who can!

Kovah: Hahaha...

Blue: Huh...?

Kovah: Since you're so sure of yourself, then come! Show me what you're capable of!

*Blue gets into his combat stance*

Blue: Hm!

Kovah: It's time I put an end to these games once...and for all.

Blue: *angrily* Kovah...

Kovah: And once it's over...I will be the one the only one left standing!

*Kovah charges towards Blue head on*

Blue: Gah!

Kovah: Rrraaagh!!

*Kovah throws a punch at Blue, but he leaps backwards, avoiding the attack*

Kovah: Wha--?

Blue: (Now to launch a counterattack!) *prepares spell* Fireball!

*Blue attacks with a fireball spell. He sends numerous fireballs shooting towards Kovah*

Kovah: Hah! You think that pathetic spell will phaze me!?

*As the fireballs approach, Kovah effortlessly swats them away, rendering the attack useless*

Blue: What!?

Kovah: Hahaha! Now you're mine! Aaaah!!

*Kovah quickly advances on Blue and delivers a fierce punch to the face*

Blue: Kch!!

*While he's stunned, Kovah then grabs the back of Blue's head, pulling his face into a devastating knee attack*

Blue: Uaagh!

Kovah: Heaven's Charge!

*The blow forces Blue to stagger backwards. Kovah then quickly sneaks behind Blue and follows up with a powerful elbow to the back*

Blue: Aagh!

*The blow sends Blue falling down to the ground*

Kovah: It's not over yet! Hyaaah!!

Blue: Ah!

*As Blue is lying on the ground, Kovah attempts to stomp on him. But Blue quickly reacts by rolling out of the way in the nick of time*

Kovah: What...?

*Blue then counters with a swift sweep kick, forcing Kovah off his feet*

Kovah: Gah!! What the-!?

*Blue quickly stands to his feet and follows up with a punch to Kovah's face*

Blue: Hyah!

Kovah: Nngh!!

*And then an uppercut to the gut*

Blue: Haah!

Kovah: Guah!

*And a smashing elbow to the face*

Blue: Tah!

Kovah: Kch!!

*And finally, a roundhouse kick to the face that sends him falling on his back*

Blue: Take...this!

Kovah: Aaaagh!!

Blue: I'm not through!

*As Kovah lies on his back, Blue attempts to follow up with a downward punch to his chest, but Kovah quickly reacts by catching Blue's fist before it can connect*

Blue: Ah!

Kovah: Grrr...agh!

*Kovah overpowers Blue and pushes his fist away. Once he's thrown off guard, Kovah follows up with a straight kick to Blue's chest that forces him to stagger backwards*

Blue: Gah!

*Kovah then takes the opportunity to flip backwards into standing position and regain his stance*

Kovah: Hm!

*Blue rapidly shakes his head and regains his composure*

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

Kovah: Heh...heheheheh...

Blue: What...?

Kovah: So...*wipes blood from mouth* ...you're not just a flimsy mage afterall. I'm impressed...

Blue: Hmph, save your flattery, Kovah. I don't need it.

Kovah: Oh?

*Blue gets back into this combat stance*

Blue: Just hurry up and fight.

Kovah: Hah, well aren't you the eager one? ...So be it. I will not drag this fight out any longer than I have to.

*Kovah too gets into his combat stance*

Kovah: I won't pull my punches with you any longer!

*Kovah rushes toward Blue at full speed*

Kovah: Rrraaagh! This time I'm not holding anything back!

Blue: Here I come, Kovah! Haaaah!

*Blue too, rushes toward Kovah. And as the two further engage eachother in combat, Reese finally comes to after suffering from his injuries earlier*

Reese: Ungh...M-my head...

*Reese shakes his head and stands to his feet*

Reese: W-what's going on...? What was I doing here...?

*Reese looks around the room in a daze*

Reese: Agh...that last thing I remember...was being thrown into the wall...and...Ah! That's it! Blue...a-and Kovah!

*Reese hurries to the front of the room where he witnesses Blue and Kovah facing off against one another*

Reese: *shocked* Aah...!

*As Kovah approaches, he leaps into the air, high above Blue*

Blue: Hn!?

*Kovah points his feet downwards and dives toward the ground in a rapid descent*

Kovah: Erraagh! Eagle Dive!

Blue: Wah!

*Blue quickly sidesteps before Kovah can connect, causing the attack to miss*

Blue: *to himself* Too close...

Kovah: Hraaagh! Cresent Dark Moon!

*Kovah takes a small hop and delivers 3 consecutive roundhouse kicks in mid-air, but Blue manages to skillfully block each one*

Kovah: Hrmph!

*Kovah then finishes the technique with a flip kick, but Blue evades by slightly twisting his body*

Kovah: Agh...(Damnit, how does he evade my attacks like that!?)

Blue: !!! (He's open! Now's my chance!)

*Blue prepares a spell*

Blue: Freeze Lancer!

*Blue casts a freeze lancer spell, launching numerous lances of ice at Kovah. He puts his arms up in defense, managing to reduce the impact*

Kovah: Aaagh... Ergh...

Reese: (Blue...and Kovah. They're...they're actually...fighting!)

Blue: *prepares a spell* Now! Aqua Edge!

*Blue casts an Aqua Edge spell, sending 3 discs of water pressure spiraling towards Kovah in quick succession*

Kovah: It won't be that easy!

*Kovah swiftly dodges the oncoming water discs while still attentively advancing on Blue*

Blue: Aah!

Kovah: Hahaha! Now, take this!! Wolverine!

*Kovah approaches Blue and attacks with three consecutive roundhouse kicks, following a sweep kick that knocks Blue off his feet, and then a powerful lunging kick that sends Blue tumbling along the ground*

Blue: Guaaagh!!

Kovah: Hm!

*But, Blue quickly plants his hands his feet, allowing him to regain his composure*

Kovah: Huh?

Blue: Try this on for size! *prepares spell* Spiral Flare!!!

*Blue casts a spiral flare spell, sending a spiraling bolt of flame hurdling towards Kovah*

Blue: Let's see you escape from that!

Kovah: *tightens gloves* Alright, fine.

Blue: Huh...?

Kovah: Rrraaaaaaaagh!!!

*Kovah daringly punches the oncoming Spiral Flare at full power, managing to surprisingly cancel out the spell completely*

Blue: A-aah! No way! T-that can't be!

Kovah: Hmph. *smirks*

Blue: *sweats* This is bad...

Kovah: Mmph!

Blue: Ah?

*Kovah goes on the attack and dashes towards Blue*

Blue: Hm!

*Blue braces himself for Kovah's attack by going into a defensive stance*

Kovah: *to himself* Hah, as expected...

*Once Kovah approaches Blue, instead of attacking head on, he seemingly passes directly through him*

Blue: W-what!? H-he...he disappeared!

Kovah: Not quite...

Blue: Huh!?

*Blue turns his head, only to find Kovah standing directly behind him*

Blue: Aah!

Kovah: How did you like my Mirage Technique?

Blue: Mirage Technique? But...but how!?

Kovah: Rising Dragon!

Blue: *gasp* No!

*Kovah unleashes a direct upward kick upon Blue that sends him flying up into the air*

Blue: Ggh! A-aah...!

*Blue then falls to the ground, slamming hard into the stone floor below*

Kovah: Hah, too easy...

*Meanwhile, Reese still watches on in awe*

Reese: (This battle...it's...it's so...so intense! I...I can't believe it!)

Kovah: Heheh, so Blue, it would seem that you've reached your limit. How pathetic...

Blue: *panting* Hah...ha...

*Blue struggles to stand*

Blue: I...I may be down...

Kovah: Hmm?

Blue: But...but I'm not out! This battle isn't over, until I've won!

Kovah: Hmhmhm, you fool. I don't know whether you're incredibly courageous...or just incredibly stupid.

*Blue gets back into his combat stance*

Blue: ...Let's do it.

Kovah: Hmph, fine.

*Kovah gets into his combat stance*

Kovah: If you want to suffer more pain, I'll be happy to accommodate you!

*Blue and Kovah rush towards eachother at the same time*

Blue/Kovah: Rrrraaaaaaagh!!!

*The two forces collide. They clasp hands, issuing forth a struggle of pure power*

Blue/Kovah: E-errgh...

Reese: (W-what should I do? Should I...should I help Blue?) *shakes head* (No, I can't do that. I'll just...get in the way...)

*As the struggle between the two continues, Blue glances over, catching a glimpse of Reese watching the battle from afar*

Blue: (Hn? What the...? Is that...?) Reese!!

Kovah: Hm?

Reese: *gasp* Bl-Blue...

Blue: R-Reese! Ergh...W-What are you doing!?

Reese: Huh?

Blue: Why are you...standing around!? H-help me...help me f-fight!!!

Kovah: Hmn!?

Reese: Aah! B-but I--!

Blue: Do it! ...D-do it now!

Reese: A-alright!

*Reese readies a single arrow in his bow, and aims it directly at Kovah*

Reese: ...

*As Reese aims his shot at him, Kovah looks on in terror, knowing he'll be unable to avoid the shot*

Kovah: (N-no! If...if he fires that arrow...I'm finished!)

Blue: H-hurry, Reese! Fire the shot!!!

*Riddled with hesitation and doubt, Reese holds his bow with shaking hands*

Blue: (Huh...?)

Reese: (C-can I...can I really do this...?)

*Reese recollects his experience with Kovah's group back in Judd Town*

Deke: ...There's another presence inside Kovah's mind.

Reese: Another presence? What do you mean?

Deke: Ever since this all started, I believed, that there was something controlling his actions from within his consciousness. Something that was making him do all of this against his will. Now after what just happened, I'm certain that some kind of entity has a hold over him.


Deke: Believe me, I wish I didn't have to do this, but...I can't allow Kovah to suffer like this any longer. This...this isn't his fault...

Reese: ...

*End flashback*

Reese: (I...I...)

Kovah: (Is he...hesitating?)

Blue: (What's he doing...?) Reese! What are you...waiting for!? There's not...not much time!

*Reese seemingly prepares to fire, but instead he closes his eyes and lowers his bow*

Reese: ...

Blue/Kovah: !!!

Reese: *to himself* I...I can't...

Blue: Aah! Reese!!!

Kovah: Heheheh, this is perfect.

*After becoming aware of Reese's defiance, Kovah promptly ends the struggle, throwing Blue off his guard*

Blue: Wha--!?

Kovah: Rrraaaagh!

*Kovah then unleashes a massive punch upon Blue's abdomen, driving his fist deep into his gut*

Blue: Kch!!! Guuooah...!

*clenching his stomach, Blue falls to his knees, and then on all fours*

Blue: *coughs up blood*

Kovah: Hahahahahaha!

Reese: Blue...no...

Kovah: Haha, at last, I've triumphed over you, Blue. And I have YOU to thank for it, Reese!

Reese: No! I...I didn't!!

Blue: *weakly* Reese...I...I t-trusted...you...

*Reese turns his head, with tears filling his eyes*

Reese: Blue! I-I'm sorry!!!

Kovah: Heheheh, now isn't this a perfect picture? The insignificant whelp groveling at my feet. If it wasn't happening right this minute, I'd think it was too good to be true!

Blue: Ggh...K-Kovah...

Kovah: And now...there's only one thing left to do...

*Kovah charges his fist with mana energy*

Kovah: I regret that you won't live long enough to bear witness to my acquiring the ultimate power, but...then again, life never was very fair...

*Kovah raises his fist in preparation to finish Blue off*

Kovah: Farewell, Blue!

??: STOP!!!

Blue/Kovah/Reese: ??

*Suddenly, before Kovah and deal the finishing blow to Blue, Millie steps in front of him with her arms spread, as if to protect him*

Millie: Kovah, don't you lay another finger on him!

Kovah: W-what...?

Reese: Wha- Millie...?

Blue: M-Millie...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 07 November, 2008, 05:10:08 pm
~~Penny vs. Prima, Pt. 2~~

*After managing to fool Prima making use of a cunningly deceitful tactic, Penny has her tied up tightly within her spinner's wires, and it would seem that the battle is closing in her favor*

Prima: Ergh...agh...

Penny: Hah, what's the matter, Prima? You look like you're about to give up.

Prima: Why...you...*struggles*

Penny: Oh, and don't bother struggling. You'll only make my grip on you even tighter.

Prima: *angrily* P...Pennyyyyyyyy....!

Penny: You know, I'd like to think you're smart enough to know when you're beaten. This could all be over if you'd just give in.

Prima: I'll...

Penny: Hm?

Prima: I'll...never...surrender to the likes of you!!!

*Prima's eyes begin to shimmer with a faint light*

Penny: Huh...?

Prima: Pow Hammer!

Penny: !!!

*Suddenly, as if from nowhere, a small toy hammer appears in the air above Penny's head*

Penny: Ah! What the-!?

Prima: Hmph. *smirks*

*The hammer descends, cracking Penny in the skull with a surprising amount of force*

Penny: Nngh! O-ow!!

Prima: I'm not finished yet!

*Prima prepares another spell*

Prima: Pow Pow Hammer!

*This time, numerous toy hammers appear over Penny's head*

Penny: What!?

*The hammers descend, pummeling Penny's head in rapid succession*

Penny: Aaaagh! ...O-ooowwww!!!

*Penny grasps her head in pain, forcing herself to release her grapple hold on Prima*

Penny: Wha...what the heck!? H-how did you--!?

Prima: Hahaha, I hope you didn't think conjuring was all I could do!

Penny: But...I...I don't understand. That technique... Pow Hammer is an attack arte that only clerics can use! So how did...

Prima: Hmhmhm. Oh Penny...

Penny: Huh?

Prima: Sure, I was never very fond of the healing arts. In fact, I hated every minute of it. But you can't deny...that its abilities are indeed quite useful.

Penny: What are you trying to say...?

Prima: Haven't you figured it out? Before making my flight from that accursed healers hall, and thusly abandoning my studies, I managed to pick up a few of these techniques. And Pow Hammer is just one of the many I've successfully mastered!

Penny: Ah! You're kidding!

Prima: Hahaha. Unfortunately for you, Penny, I'm not. You know, maybe if you weren't such a bumbling tomboy, you could've added these techniques to your repetoire as well.

Penny: *irritated* Mmn...

Prima: But no. You insist on playing with those silly toddler toys you always carry around. I figured you would've grown out of that by now, but alas, I've underestimated that underdeveloped mind of yours.

Penny: Heh, well these "toddler toys" can whoop your monsters any day of the week!

Prima: Well we shall soon see!

Penny: Hm?

*Prima's body begins to overflow with her own mana*

Prima: Oh wicked beasts of the abyss; I invocate thee! Come forth and do my bidding!

*Suddenly, a single glowing pentagram appears on the ground in front of Prima. And from it, a Chimera appears*

Chimera: Rrroooooaaaarrr!!!

Penny: Hah, A Chimera? Are you serious? A wimpy monster like that'll be a piece of cake!

Prima: *smirks* Oh...I'm not done yet...

Penny: Huh?

*Just then, two more pentagrams appear on the ground in front of Prima*

Penny: Ah...!

*And from the newly formed pentagrams emerge a fearsome Gryphon and a beastly Cerberus*

Gryphon: Skraaaaaaaaah!!

Cerberus: Grrraaaagh!!

Prima: Heeheehee! How do you like me now, Penny!?

Penny: Tsch.

Prima: Huh?

Penny: So you have three lousy scalebags instead of one. They're still no match for me.

Prima: Hmph, arrogant brat. My beasts will break your disgusting confidence, along with all of your bones!

*Prima cracks her whip*

Prima: Go! All of you! Make her suffer!

*On Prima's order, the three beasts leap out and attack Penny all at once*

Penny: (Hah, this'll be easy. All I have to do is whack Prima, and those monsters of hers will drop like flies!)

*Penny rushes forward, avoiding the monster's oncoming attacks. She sets her sights on an idle Prima and goes in for the strike*

Penny: You're mine, Prima! Haaaaah!!

Prima: Oh, is that right?

Penny: Huh?

*But before Penny can pull off her attack, the Chimera leaps in front of her, blocking her path*

Chimera: Grrrroooaaaarr!!

Penny: Ah! What!?

Prima: Heehee!

*The Chimera counters with a swipe of its claw, but Penny manages to dodge, opting to strike Prima from a different blindspot*

Penny: Now I got you!

Prima: Ah ah aaaah! *waggles finger*

Penny: Uh...?

*Penny soon notices the Cerberus rushing at her from her side*

Penny: Ah! No way!

*And before she can defend herself, the Cerberus attacks with a crushing tackle that sends Penny flying*

Penny: Uuaaaagh!!

*It is then followed up by a swooping dash attack from the Gryphon, knocking Penny to the ground with a powerful blow*

Penny: Aaaagh! Ooof!!

Prima: Hahahahaha!! Well done, my pets! Heehee!

Penny: Ungh...!

*Penny struggles to stand*

Penny: But...how? It should've taken them down...no sweat...

Prima: Hahaha! Did you think I didn't know what you were up to?

Penny: Huh?

Prima: I'm well aware that you know of the flaw in my conjurings. And I also knew that you'd try and exploit it from the get go! So that's why, instead of conjuring one powerful beast like Kokuryuu, I conjured three lesser beasts instead. They may not be powerful, but even so, they can cover me from all sides to ensure that I don't get surprised attacked. What they lack in raw strength, they make up for in efficiency! Hahaha!!!

Penny: Ergh...damnit...*clenches fist*

Prima: Ahahahahaha! And you thought you had me all figured out! Well TOO bad, Penny! Don't underestimate the power of pretty! *winks*

Penny: ...Ha ha...

Prima: Huh?

Penny: Hahaha!

Prima: Uh? What's so funny!? I demand you tell me this instant!

Penny: It's just...I'm impressed!

Prima: What?

Penny: To think of such a battle strategy. Covering your own weaknesses while still being able to attack at your fullest. It turns out...you actually DO have brain in that blond head of yours.

Prima: *suprised* Ah...? Well gee, I guess you're right! *rubs head*

Penny: And that's why, it's going to be that much more satisfying...when I kick your butt!!!

Prima: Aaah!!

*glass shatters*

Prima: *angers* What did you say!?!?

Penny: You heard me! You're going down! *thumbs down*

Prima: *angrily* Ooooooooooh!!!

*Prima's face turns bright red*

Prima: Why you...! You're the one who's going to get their butt kicked!

*Prima cracks her whip multiple times in a frenzy*

Prima: Attack now, you louts! Crush Penny once and for all!!!

*All three of Prima's beasts rush towards Penny together*

Penny: (Here they come. Now all I have to do is concentrate...)

*As the monsters approach, Penny seeks out an opening and attacks*

Penny: (There!) Haaaah!!

*Penny thrusts out a single spinner at the oncoming Chimera, but it still manages to dodge and continue its advance*

Penny: What!? There's no way!

*The Chimera quickly counters with a fierce ram attack*

Penny: Aaagh!!

*The blow is then followed up by a slash attack from the Cerberus from behind*

Penny: Uungh!!

*The Gryphon then joins in by flapping its wings, raining down razor sharp feathers on Penny from above*

Penny: Kch! Aaaagh...!

*The assault ends, leaving Penny weary and severly wounded*

Penny: *panting* Hah....ha....

Prima: What are you doing!? She's not dead yet! Attack attack ATTACK!!!

Penny: Ah!

*And on Prima's order, the monsters rush in and continue their assault on Penny. Continuously slashing and battering her from all sides*

Penny: Ngh! Uah! Aah! Ungh! Gah!

*The assault finishes with a double tackle attack from both the Chimera and the Cerberus, sending Penny rolling along the ground*

Penny: Uuuuuaaaagh! Oof!  

Prima: Hahahaaaaaa! Excellent work, my pets!

Penny: Ungh...

Prima: Well well...so much for kicking my butt. You're just way out of your league!

*Penny struggles to stand*

Penny: *panting* Hah...It's...

Prima: Huh...?

Penny: It's...not over...yet...

Prima: What? What are you babbling about? You can hardly stand! Just what do you think you can do to me now?

Penny: As long as I'm...still breathing...I'll...keep on...fighting.

Prima: Hah, still breathing, huh? Then I'll just have to make you stop!

*Prima cracks her whip*

Prima: Chimera! Finish her off!

Chimera: Rrrroooooooarrrr!!!

*The Chimera hurriedly dashes toward Penny to deliver the final blow*

Prima: Heehee...

*The Chimera swipes, but Penny quickly and unexpectedly leaps up over the Chimera, avoiding the attack*

Prima: Ah! No!!

Chimera: *looks around*

Prima: Argh! What are you doing!? She's above you, you idiot!

Chimera: ?

*The Chimera looks up to see Penny descending directly over his head*

Chimera: !!!

*Penny lands feet first on the Chimera's head, plowing it into the ground, disabling it*

Penny: Hah!

Prima: What!? Rrrrggh! Cerberus! Hurry and destroy her! Now!

*The Cerberus quickly leaps into action, charging towards Penny from behind*

Cerberus: Grrrraaaaaaaar!!

*Cerberus goes in for a tackle, but Penny sidesteps and dodges, and promptly lassoes her spinner around its neck*

Cerberus: ?

Penny: Hah, gotcha!

*Penny then uses her strength to lift the Cerberus into the air, spinning it around multiple times before flinging it across the room*

Penny: Huuuuuunnggh!!!

*The Cerberus flies through the air, crashing into a nearby wall*

Prima: Aah! Ooooooh, you'll pay for that, Penny! Gryphon! Go! And don't mess this up, or else!

Gryphon: Skrraaaaaaaaah!!

*The Gryphon swoops in and attempts to strike Penny with a dash attack, but once again, she sees it coming and dodges effortlessly*

Gryphon: Skraah?

*Penny then counters by lassoing her spinner around the Gryphon's talon*

Penny: Heh, that was too easy. Now down you go! Huah!

*Penny tugs downwards, pulling the Gryphon down and slamming it to the ground with tremendous force*

Penny: Hmph! *dusts off hands* Well that takes care of that!

Prima: Aaaaaiiiiiiiiie! This is impossible! No no no! This is all wrong! Wrong wrong wrong!

*Prima repeatedly whips the monster's stunned bodies in an attempt to wake them up*

Prima: Argh! Useless mongrels! Get up!

*continues whipping*

Prima: Obey me! Do as I say and stand! I will NOT lose to Penny, do you hear me!?!?

*Prima's continuous whipping begins to enrage the monsters under her command*

Prima: My patience is wearing thin! You better get up now, or else I'll--

Chimera/Cerberus: Grrrrrrr...!

Prima: *sweatdrop* ...Huh?

*Having grown restless of Prima's abuse, the Gryphon rebels by swooping down on her*

Gryphon: Skrraaaaaaaaah!!

Prima: What!? Uwaaaah!

*The Gryphon strikes Prima with dash attack. Sending her rolling backwards into a wall*

Prima: Uwoahwoahwoahwoahwoahwoah!!! Ooof!!

Penny: What the...

Prima: *swirly eyes* Ugh...

*Prima rapidly shakes her head*

Prima: *angrily* You...you bird brain! Ungrateful bag of feathers! How dare you attack your master!?

Penny: *blank stare* Uh... o_o

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 13 November, 2008, 08:44:50 pm
~~Lilia vs. Shadow, Pt. 2~~

*Back to the fight, Lilia managed to outwit Shadow and his team of clones using deceptive manuveurs and a well-placed offensive, but the battle is nowhere near over. The two stand against eachother, ready to face off once more*

Lilia: So Shadow, what do you have to say to that, huh?

Shadow: ...

*Without saying a word, Shadow cracks a smile and begins to clap slowly*

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: Well done, Lilia. VERY impressive!

Lilia: You...what are you so happy about!?

Shadow: Oh nothing! It's just...I was expecting a rather poor performance out of you, you know? But after this...this magnificent display of wit and fortitude, I can say that I was sorely mistaken, to say the least.

Lilia: Hmph. Well maybe that'll teach you not to look down on me just because I'm a girl. I can fight too, you know!

Shadow: Oh oh, most assuredly! You've proven to me that even one who lacks considerable strength and skill can be a competent fighter with a little cunning and ingeninuity. And now I know...that if I want to win this battle, I cannot...hold back.

*Shadow summons his scythe and holds it at the ready*

Shadow: So, let's get back to business, shall we?

Lilia: Mm...

*Lilia draws her daggers and positions herself*

Lilia: Hm!

Shadow: ...Here I come!

*Without a moment's delay, Shadow dashes off, with such speed that he seemingly vanishes from sight*

Lilia: What!?

*Lilia looks around in a panic, but in what seems like an instant, Shadow reappears directly in front of Lilia, in position to attack*

Lilia: !!!

Shadow: Surprise.

Lilia: Ah! But how--!?

*Shadow then quickly grasps his sycthe by the opposite end and strikes Lilia directly in the chin with the tip of the handle*

Lilia: Ungh! (He's...he's too fast! It's as if my eyes can't even keep up with him!)

Shadow: Heheh. Prey often gets so worked up that they miss their chance to escape.

*Lilia staggers backwards in a daze, but quickly regains her composure by shaking it off*

Lilia: Oonh... That hurt...

Shadow: If you don't wanna lose your head...

Lilia: Uh...?

*Using her brief moment of stun against her, Shadow rushes toward Lilia, intent on attacking again*

Shadow: You better not drop your guard!!

Lilia: Uwah!

*Shadow approaches and swings, but in the last second, Lilia swiftly sidesteps and counters with a sweep kick*

Lilia: Hah!

Shadow: Ergh!

*Lilia's kick knocks Shadow off his feet, but with quick thinking, he stops his fall with his hand, and bounces back on his feet*

Shadow: Not bad...

Lilia: Now's my chance!

*Lilia reaches into her bag and pulls out a bomb*

Lilia: Smoke bomb!

*Lilia tosses the bomb to the ground, unleashing yet another thick veil of smoke*

Shadow: That again, huh? Well it's not going to work this time!

*Shadow recites an...incantation(?)*

Shadow: C'mon wind! Knock 'em around and cut 'em down!

Lilia: *flustered* Uh!? What kind of incantation was that!?

Shadow: Wind Blade!

*Shadow casts a wind blade spell, unleashing roaring gusts of wind that cut through and blow away the smoke veil in an instant*

Lilia: Ungh! (N...no!)

Shadow: Heh heh. *smirks*

*Shadow steps into the area where the smoke once resided*

Shadow: Now you've got nowhere to hide, Lil-- Uh?

*Despite having stripped Lilia of her cover, she is nowhere to be found*

Shadow: What!? She's gone!? But...but how can this be!? That's impossible!

*Shadow looks around the room frantically, aware that he's lost his advantage*

Shadow: *to himself* There's no way she could've escaped! She has to be in here somewhere. But where...?

*Shadow looks around the room until catching a small glimpse of a figure quickly sneaking behind a nearby pillar*

Shadow: Hm...?

*Meanwhile, Lilia is taking cover behind the pillar, contemplating her next move in complete silence*

Lilia: (Phew, that was a close call...)

*Shadow examines the pillar further to see another shadow extending from it*

Shadow: *to himself* Hmhm, now I see... *smiles*

*Full of confidence, Shadow addresses Lilia directly*

Shadow: Think you can hide from me, eh Lilia?

Lilia: *gasp*

Shadow: It's not use trying. I know you're there, so just come on out.

Lilia: Mmn...

Shadow: ...Still not going to show yourself, huh? Fine! We'll just have to do this the hard way...

*Shadow runs toward the pillar, intent on exposing Lilia*

Shadow: You've had your chance! And now it's over!

*Shadow approaches, and he eagerly peeks behind the pillar with his scythe held high, ready to attack*

Shadow: Ah ha! Gotcha! ...Huh...?

*But when he looks, Lilia is no longer there. And an expression of shock appears on his face*

Shadow: What!? I-Impossible! I could've sworn she was just here!

*Suddenly, a faint sizzling sound is heard nearby*

Shadow: Hn? That noise...it couldn't be...

*Shadow examines the pillar further, eventually finding a paper bomb attached to it, ready to ignite*

Shadow: Agh! An explosive!

*The paper bomb detonates, taking out the center portion of the pillar along with it. But Shadow bounds back, managing to avoid the explosion unharmed*

Shadow: (Damnit...it was a set-up this whole time. She tricked me into believing she was hiding back there...)

*Meanwhile, Lilia is still hiding, but this time, behind a different pillar*

Lilia: (Darn, I almost had him that time!)

Shadow: Lilia...that was a sly move you just pulled...

Lilia: ...

Shadow: *smirks* But I wonder...how long can you keep that up...?

Lilia: (Hm?)

Shadow: You know, there's only so many of these pillar in this room for you to cower behind.

Lilia: Ah...!

Shadow: And once they're all gone...it's game over. Heheheh.

Lilia: (Agh, he's right. If I don't make a move soon, I'm done for!)

*With the pressure of her situation weighing heavily on her shoulders, Lilia begins to worry*

Lilia: (But...but what do I do? What do I have that can beat him...?)

Shadow: Alright, let's continue this game, shall we?

Lilia: !!! (He's coming! I better think of something, fast...)

*Shadow quickly dashes up to the next pillar. And as he expects, Lilia isn't there*

Shadow: Hmm...no Lilia. What a shame. But still, let's see what surprise she's left for me...

*Shadow examines the pillar for any signs of paper bombs or the like, but he finds nothing*

Shadow: Oh? No bombs? Now what could this mean...? *rubs head*

Lilia: *smirks* (Hah.)

Shadow: Hm?

*Lilia draws her dagger and cuts an unseen wire, triggering a trap. Multiple small knives are then launched directly towards Shadow*

Shadow: Oh, so that's how you wanna play it, huh?

*Shadow uses his scythe to knock away the oncoming knives with ease*

Lilia: Ah!

Shadow: Well, that was...boring. Your first attempt was much better than that. Don't tell me you're running out of tricks already, Lilia.

Lilia: Mmn...(It's true, I didn't intend for that attack to be very effective. But he doesn't know the real reason behind why I did it. And that's all the really matters in the end.)

Shadow: *sigh* Oh well. I guess there's nothing left to do but keep going. ...Oh, but wait...

Lilia: (Huh...?)

Shadow: In all this excitement..., you'd forgotten to mark out the ol' pillar here.

Lilia: *gasp* (No! He couldn't have!)

Shadow: Oh, but never you worry! I'll do it for you!

*Shadow slashes the second pillar multiple times, reducing it to rubble*

Shadow: There! All done! No need to thank me.

Lilia: (Ergh...)

Shadow: Ha ha, I wouldn't want you re-using that pillar now, would I? I don't know whether that was your intent from the start, but...I took good care of that.

Lilia: (Darnit, it's like he's reading my thoughts. Everything I try, he has an elaborate strategy to counteract it...)

Shadow: Phew. Alright. Two pillars down, two more to go. Let's get this show on the road!

*Shadow quickly approaches the third pillar, soon discovering that Lilia is not behind it*

Shadow: No Lilia? Oh, like that was a surprise. Anyway...let's see what goodies she dropped.

*Shadow examines the pillar, but once again, he finds nothing*

Shadow: Hm, nothing here, huh? Well then I guess I can be expecting another lackluster trigger trap soon...

Lilia: (I...I'm running out of time...)

*Lilia ruffles through her bag*

Lilia: (If I don't figure out a plan of attack soon, I won't have a chance of winning this fight!)

Shadow: Huh? Nothing? Hmph. Well now you're just not trying anymore! *crosses arms* Ah well, I guess it can't be helped...  

*Shadow slashes the pillar to pieces, reducing the number to one*

Shadow: Hahaha. Well lookie here. It looks like we're finally down to the last pillar. ...And you know what that means...

*Lilia continues shuffling through her bag*

Lilia: (Come on...come on...)

*As Lilia searches through her belongings, Shadow draws ever closer*

Shadow: Ready or not, Lilia, here I come!

Lilia: !!! (Ugh! No! I'm out of time! ...I guess I no longer have a choice...)

*Lilia reaches into her bag, pulling out a single bomb*

Lilia: (I'll finish it with this...)

*As Shadow approaches, Lilia conceals the bomb and prepares to head out into the open*

Lilia: (The only way I can pull this off is by getting close enough to Shadow. It won't be easy...but this is my only chance...)

*Shadow dashes toward the final pillar*

Shadow: Hahaha. What's wrong, Lilia? You're not afraid of little old me, are you?

Lilia: (Alright! This it it! Time to put this plan to work!)

*Lilia leaps out from hiding and confronts Shadow head-on*

Shadow: *stops moving* Huh? Heh, so you've finally decided to come out and fight, eh? Well then, bring it on! *clenches fist*

Lilia: (This doesn't look good... Close combat isn't my strong suit. But...it's all or nothing now! I have to be strong!)

*Lilia slowly reaches into her bag*

Lilia: (Well...here goes nothing...) Try some of these! Ha!

*Lilia pulls out multiple bombs from her bag and quickly throws them at Shadow*

Shadow: Hah, is that it? Ah well. Beggars can't be choosers, as they say.

*Shadow prepares a spell*

Shadow: *whispers* Gravity Free...

*Shadow casts Gravity Free, taking full control of the gravity in the area. Before Lilia's bombs can reach him, they are stopped, floating in mid-air*

Lilia: Ah! How did he--!?

Shadow: Come on, Lilia. I know you can do better than that. Put some backbone into it, why don't you.

Lilia: Mmn...

Shadow: But...I regress. Here, I think these belong to you.

Lilia: Huh?

*Shadow uses his gravity control to fling Lilia's bombs back at her*

Lilia: Aah! No!

*Lilia futilly puts her arms up in defense. The bombs ignite, the following explosion blasting her to the ground*

Lilia: Aaaaaaah! Ungh!!

Shadow: Heh, it's gotta be pretty embarassing to be struck by your own attack like that.

*While in severe pain, Lilia struggles, but manages to stand to her feet*

Lilia: Agh...

Shadow: Hmph.

Lilia: ...I'm...

*Lilia draws her daggers and readies herself to attack*

Shadow: Hn?

Lilia: ...not going to lose here!!!

*Without any sort of tactic or strategy, Lilia charges toward Shadow head-on with reckless abandon*

Shadow: Tsch. (What's she doing? The fool. She knows she'll never be able to defeat me that way...)

Lilia: *fiercely* Aaaaaah!!

*Lilia approaches and strikes with a quick thrusting jab. But Shadow, easily seeing through her attack, blocks it with the pole of his sycthe*

Lilia: Aah!

Shadow: Now just what did you think you would accomplish by doing that?

Lilia: Ungh...aaah!

*Lilia bounces back, and then charges toward Shadow once more in the same fashion*

Lilia: I won't miss this ti--!

*She approaches and makes another attempt to strike, but this time, she is stopped abruptly when Shadow counters with a swift blow to the gut with the blunt side of his sycthe*

Lilia: *out of breath* A-aah-aaah...

Shadow: You were too slow...

*Shadow then follows up the assault with a powerful uppercut that knocks Lilia straight up into the air*

Lilia: Unngh!!

*Lilia then flips backwards and performs a safe landing the on ground. Regaining her composure, she takes up arms and dashes towards Shadow again, as if unphazed by his attacks*

Shadow: Again? Lilia, when will you learn...?

Lilia: (I have to keep going...for just a while longer...)

*Lilia advances and makes yet another attempt to strike Shadow, but this time he sidesteps, causing her attack to miss its mark entirely. He then counters by swatting her back with his scythe, knocking her to the ground*

Lilia: Aaagh! Ungh!

Shadow: Humph. How sad.

*Lilia slowly hoists herself up on her hands and knees, and begins coughing up spurts of blood*

Lilia: *cough* Uuhagk! *cough*

Shadow: Lilia, just give up. I'd really rather not have to hurt you anymore.

Lilia: *quietly* N...No...

Shadow: What?

Lilia: I...I said...!

*In an act of enduring resolve and tenacity, Lilia rises to her feet and charges toward Shadow once more*

Shadow: You...

*Shadow angrily tightens his fist*

Lilia: NO! Haaah!

*Lilia attempts a lunging stab at Shadow, but Shadow, having lost his patience, intercepts her attack by striking her directly in the jaw with a fierce back knuckle*

Shadow: Hrah!

Lilia: Uh! Uuaaagh!!

*The blow connects with enough force behind it to send Lilia spiraling through the air, until smashing face down into the ground*

Shadow: I told you, Lilia. Just give up. There's no point in you going on with this fight.

Lilia: ...

Shadow: It's obvious that you're no match for me. So why even try? Why throw your life away?

*With her face still buried in the ground, Lilia's hand slowly begins to move*

Shadow: Huh?

Lilia: (The pain...it...it hurts. But...I can't give up)

*Lilia reaches out for her dagger beside her, and grips it tightly in her hand*

Lilia: (It's...it's not ever yet. ...I won't give up here...)

*Lilia struggles, but she slowly manages to stand to her feet, much to Shadow's surprise*

Shadow: W-what are you--?

*Her body badly bruised and bloodied, Lilia wobbles as she stands, holding a single dagger in her limp arm. But despite her injuries, she stands strong with confidence*

Lilia: *panting* Hah...hah...ha...(This pain, it's nearly unbearable. And I...I can barely see straight. But I just have to hold out a little longer...)

Shadow: You...why are you--?

Lilia: *panting* Hah...ha...Shadow...

Shadow: Hm?

Lilia: You asked me...why I still bother to keep fighting...

Shadow: ...

Lilia: I'm doing it...not for my sake, or for the others. But...for your sake, Shadow.

Shadow: What...?

Lilia: You're my...friend, Shadow. And I'll do whatever it takes to help you. Even if it means defeating you here.

Shadow: Heheheh...

Lilia: ?

*In an instant, Shadow rushes directly up to Lilia and grabs a tight hold of her shirt*

Lilia: Aah!

*He then lifts her up and drives her back into a nearby wall, pressing her up against it with crushing force*

Shadow: You, defeat me!? Haha! What a joke!

Lilia: U-ungh! S-Shadow...!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 03 December, 2008, 01:35:43 am
~~Jawo' vs Deke, Pt. 2~~

*The ongoing battle between the two warriors reaches its peak, as Jawo' pulls out all the stops and unleashes his ultimate technique, the mighty Crystal Dragon, Hogyokuryuu*

Deke: You...

*Deke cautiously takes a few steps backwards*

Deke: H-How is this...possible?

*Deke looks up at a menacing Hogyokuryuu*

Deke: *to himself* ...To have the power to bring about such a creature...

*Deke then glares at a cocky Jawo'*

Deke: *to himself* ...Has...has he been capable of such feats this entire time...?

Jawo': Hey, what's the matter over there?

Deke: Huh?

Jawo': Well well. You're looking a little flushed, Deke. You're not, scared...are you? Heheh.

Deke: Me? Afraid? Hmph. Surely you jest, boy.

Jawo': Hah, well then since you're so tough, why don't you come and fight me?

Deke: Mmn...

*Jawo' does a "come here" hand gesture*

Deke: Uh...?

Jawo': Come on, I'm ready for ya! And to make it fair for you, I'll even let you have the first move.

Deke: Hmph, self-righteous fool...

*Deke grips his axe*

Deke: I'll wipe that smug look off your face!

*Deke runs toward to the two at full speed, intent to attack*

Deke: Once I've obliterated that foul beast, I'll silence you once and for all!

Jawo': Agh, he's coming. Brace yourself, Ho'ryu.

Hogyokuryuu: Grrr...

*Once approaching, Deke leaps into the air straight towards Hogyokuryuu*

Deke: Now...

*Deke coats his axe in flames and closes in*

Deke: This is the end! Hell Axe!

Jawo': Ngh...

Deke: Rrrraaaagh!

*Deke slams his flaming axe into Hogyokuryuu's head, full force. But...*

Deke: Hn!?

*His axe bounces right off of the dragon's impervious hide, the attack having no effect at all, despite its composition*

Deke: What!? I-Impossible!

Jawo': Hah! Alright, Ho'ryu! Now then, let's show him who's boss!

Hogyokuryuu: *roars* Grrraaaaaoooh!!!

Deke: Gah!

*The dragon rears back and lunges out, smashing its steely head into Deke with tremendous force*

Deke: Guuaaagh!!

*The blow sends Deke rolling along the ground. But he plants his axe, skidding to a halt, and regains his composure*

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha...hah...

Jawo': Haha! Yeah, we nailed him! *pumps fist* How'd you like that, Deke!?

Deke: *panting* Hah...(How? How can this...be? My axe...it should've cleaved its head in two...)

*Deke observes the dragon's head from afar to notice not a single scratch where his attack landed*

Deke: Aah! (N...not even a scratch! This is...inconceivable!)

*Deke looks upon the two with crushing unease*

Deke: (To have resisted my flames so effortlessly... That creature...is composed of no ordinary crystal...)

Jawo': So Deke, do you realize now...that my dragon won't be so easily defeated?

Deke: Hmph.

Jawo': Huh?

Deke: You talk...as if you've already won. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but...

*Deke slowly stands to his feet and readies his axe*

Deke: This fight...is far from being concluded!

Jawo': Well then, I guess we'll just have to change that, won't we!? Ho'ryu, let's go!

Hogyokuryuu: Grrraaaaaooooh!!

Deke: Hm!

*Deke braces himself*

Jawo': Let's show him our Crystal Fangs!

*On Jawo's command, the dragon opens its gaping mouth, revealing its razor sharp fangs. They then grow and elongate, becoming more menacing*

Deke: Aagh...

Jawo': Now! Rend him to pieces!

*Jawo' lashes his sword's hilt, ordering the dragon to zero in on Deke with his mouth wide open*

Hogyokuryuu: Grraaaaaaagh!!

Deke: Mmph! (If that dragon is allowed to strike me with those fangs, I'm finished)

*Once in range, the dragon attempts to clamp down on Deke with its fearsome jaws, but Deke leaps to the side, dodging the attack*

Deke: Ha! (Seeing as it would be futile to try and retaliate, it would be in my best interest to simply avoid its attacks for now. At least until I can concoct a sound plan of action)

*The dragon promptly wraps its body around and attempts to attack Deke from behind*

Hogyokuryuu: Graaaooggh!!

Deke: Hmph! You'll not find me an easy mark!

*Without turning around, Deke leaps up and onto the dragon's back, avoiding its attack once more*

Jawo': What!?

Deke: Hmm, this should provide me with adequate cover for the time being...

Jawo': *clenches fist* Ugh, damnit. He's faster than I thought... But it's not over yet! There's still more where that came from!

*Jawo' calls out to Hogyokuryuu*

Jawo': Ho'ryu, unleash your Towering Spines!

Hogyokuryuu: Graaaaoh!!

Deke: *attentively* Hn?

*Suddenly, a single vertebrae protrudes upwards from the dragon's back where Deke is standing*

Deke: What!? Urk!

*The razor sharp vertebrae slashes Deke's shoulder before he's allowed the chance to dodge it, inflicting a terrible flesh wound*

Deke: *winces* Ungh...*grasps wound* (Blast it! Where did that...come from...?)

*But just as he thinks he's safe, another vertebrae protrudes from the dragon's back, coming just inches away from striking Deke*

Deke: Aah! (What the--!? Can it...use its body as a weapon!?)

*And once again, another vertebrae protrudes, but Deke manages to avoid it*

Deke: (Agh, it's too dangerous to stay in this spot. I must head to safety)

*Deke runs along the dragon's back to the opposite end, all the while its vertebrae are protruding subsequently in an attempt to subdue him*

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha...(I see now. It's using its own bone structure to attack me. It's no use, I won't be able to escape. I have no choice but to--) A-aagh!!

*Just then, the final vertebrae rises up from the dragon's back and startles Deke, forcing him to lose his footing and fall from its back. He tries to hang on, but his hand his slashed by its rugged hide*

Deke: Ungh!

*His wound forces him to release his grip, and he lands safely on the ground*

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha...That was...arduous...

Jawo': Agh, not bad, Deke... (Damnit, he's too crafty. If I want to hit him hard enough to take him out, I'm gonna have to try something else)

Deke: (Hmm...what's he up too...?)

*Deke stares at Jawo' cautiously*

Jawo': (All of this strength won't mean a thing if I can't hit him with it! There has to be something that I haven't thought of yet. But what...?)

*Jawo' intuitively scans his surroundings*

Jawo': *happily* (Ah! That's it! I've got it!)

Deke: (Hrrm...he's plotting something. I had better keep my guard up, just in case)

*Deke readies himself for Jawo's next move*

Jawo': Hah! Alright, Deke, I hope you're ready for this one! Because I guarantee, it'll be the move that ends the fight!

Deke: Oh?

Jawo': Yeah! Better pay attention, because you'll only see it once! Ho'ryu, let's do it!

Hogyokuryuu: Grraaaaaaoooh!!!

*The dragon zeroes in on Deke in an attempt to attack, but Deke stands still, not moving a muscle*

Deke: ...

Jawo': Huh? What the--? What's he...doing? He's not moving an inch...

*As the dragon gets closer and closer, Deke stares him down with in an intense glare*

Deke: ... (Just a little more...)

Jawo': Mmnn...(I don't know what's he's planning, but I won't give him the luxury!) Ho'ryu! Now's your chance!

*As the dragon closes in, it opens its mouth, barring its rending crystal fangs*

Deke: Hrrrm....NOW!

Jawo': Uh!?

*The dragon goes in for the attack and attempts to clamp down on Deke. But at the last second, he swiftly sidesteps the attack, and continues to rush forward, directly towards Jawo', who's been left completely open*

Jawo': Aah! No way!

Deke: Here I come!

*Deke coats his axe in flames and continues to close in on Jawo'*

Deke: Time to finish this! Hell--!!!

Jawo': ...Hmph. *smirks*

Deke: Wah--!?

*Just as Deke comes within range of Jawo', Hogyokuryuu rises from the ground inbetween the two*

Deke: What!?

Jawo': Now, Ho'ryu! Show him your Crystal Binding!

Hogyokuryuu: Graaoooooaaah!!

*The dragon quickly circles around Deke, wrapping him tightly in its snake-like body*

Deke: U-urk! N-no!!

Jawo': I told you, this would be the move that ends the fight.

Deke: Ungh...h-how did you...

Jawo': *shakes head* Did you forget already, Deke?

Deke: U...uh?

Jawo': Just take a look around you.

*Deke takes a quick glance around the room, and soon notices the key behind Jawo's plan of attack*

Deke: A-ah! I-It's...!

Jawo': Heh, do you remember now?

Deke: Ergh...that...that infernal Crystal Stadium technique of yours...it's still in full effect...

Jawo': You got it! I know, it's primary use is for allowing me to attack anywhere and everywhere with my other crystal techniques. But then I thought, what if I was to try to same thing with my Crystal Dragon? In theory, it should work because despite being a living organism, it's still composed of crystal. So I decided to put my theory to the ultimate test!

Deke: And you used it...to allow your dragon to pass through one side of the chamber and come out from another... With such a tactic, you had the element of surprise on your side...

Jawo': Heh, and lucky for me, you didn't expect a thing! It worked exactly as I thought it would. Pretty clever of me, huh?

Deke: D...Damnit... I...failed to take every detail into account. I...blundered...

Jawo': Hah, well, as they say, you can't win em all. *shrugs* Any last words before I steal the win?

Deke: N-no. I...I accept my fate...

Jawo': ...So be it then. Ho'ryu, do it.

Hogyokuryuu: Grrrrr....!

*The dragon tightens its hold on Deke, completely engulfing and slowly crushing him in its constricting grip*

Deke: Aaa..ungh...(S-Shina. Kovah. F-forgive me...my friends. I can continue no longer. I...I've failed you both...)

*As Deke's life is mercilessly squeezed from his body, he has a flashback to 16 years ago, just before his departure*

Shina: Deke! Deke, wait!

Deke: Hm?

Shina: Deke...Please. Please save Kovah! Bring him back...to me. Back...back to us. I beg of you!

Deke: Shina, don't worry. I intend to.

Shina: You...you really mean it?

Deke: I promise...

Deke: (Shina...)

Kovah: Shina...she means nothing to me anymore.

Deke: But...you mean everything to her...

Kovah: What?

Deke: She, just like I, are your friends. And we want nothing more than to see you returned to your true self. That's why we're doing this. This is why we've come so far...

Kovah: Tsch...

Deke: *to himself* Kovah, I promise, I will save you...my friend...

Deke: (Kovah...)

*End flashback*

Deke: (...N...NO!)

*A slight movement is seen from within the dragon's constricted body*

Jawo': Huh...?

Deke: (No! I cannot give up! My friends...they're...they're counting on ME! I...will not...GIVE UP!!!)

*Deke's eyes open wide as he springs back to life*

Deke: (I never thought...that I would have to make use of this power. But to keep the hopes of my friends alive...I will!!!)

*Deke begins to chant an incantation*

Deke: *straining* O gathering flames of darkness...rise from the deepest depths...and consume my will!!!

Jawo': What...?

*As Deke concludes his incantation, he immediately breaks the dragon's crushing hold on his body, blowing it away with a sudden burst of intense fury*


Hogyokuryuu: Grragh!

Jawo': Aagh! W-what's going on!? W-what is that!? Ungh!

*Deke reappears, with his cloak and shirt torn completely off, and his entire body covered in a deep shroud of black fire*

Jawo': Aah! It's you!

Deke: *quietly* I'm the only one...

Jawo': ...?

Deke: *yelling* WHO CAN SAVE HIM!!!

*Deke's shroud bursts outwards, blasting Jawo' back and slamming him into a nearby wall*

Jawo': Uuaaaaaaggh! Augh!!

*Deke then sets his gaze on an incapacitated Hogyokuryuu*

Deke: ...

Jawo': Ungh...H...Ho'ry..u...


*Deke's eyes glow with a demonic black light. Seconds later, Hogyokuryuu's entire being bursts into black flames, melting it away on the spot, destroying it*

Jawo': Aa-aaaaagh!! Ho'ryu!!! No!!!

*With Hogyokuryuu destroyed, Jawo's sword returns to normal. Deke then sets his gaze back on Jawo'*

Deke: ...

Jawo': *grasps wound* Ungh...Deke. He...he destroyed Ho'ryu...with one attack. W..what..IS he...?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 14 December, 2008, 08:13:18 am
~~Blue vs. Kovah, Pt. 2~~

*As the fight between the two forces reaches its turning point, Kovah gains the upper hand on Blue and drives him to his limit. But in an unexpected turn of events, however, Millie arrives on the scene, stopping Kovah from dealing the finishing blow to Blue*

Kovah: W-what!? You!?

Millie: I won't let you put your dirty hands on Blue, Kovah! Not a chance!

Blue: *in pain* M...Millie! What are you...doing here!?

Millie: What's it look like? I'm saving your butt!

Blue: Wha--!?

Millie: You think I'm just going to stand by and watch this happen!? *shakes head* No way!

Blue: Aah...

Millie: I still don't know what's going on...but it doesn't matter! I won't let you get hurt, Blue! Even if I have to fight Kovah myself!

Blue: Millie! What are you saying!? You can't possibly fight Kovah by yourself! You're not even armed! You'll only get yourself killed!

Millie: So I'm not armed, am I...?

Blue: Hm...?

Millie: Watch this! Come on out! Mega Magic Mallet!

*And suddenly, from out of thin air, a giant mallet appears in Millie's hand. Despite being nearly twice her size, she can handle it without any trouble*

Millie: Ha HAAAAA!!! *strikes pose*

Blue/Kovah: *in disbelief* Bwah!? o_O

Reese: Uuuuuh...*sweatdrop* o_o

Blue: What...is THAT!?

Millie: You like it? It's my super powerful Magic Mallet!

Blue: But...but it's huge! How are you able to wield such a thing!?

Millie: *winks* Heehee! That's a secret!

Blue: Uh...

Millie: Now then...!

*Millie turns towards Kovah, gripping her mallet tightly*

Millie: I hope you've said your prayers, Kovah! Because you're about to get Mega Magic Squashed!

Kovah: ...Ha ha ha...

Millie: What?

Kovah: Hahahahahahahah!!!

Millie: Hey! What's so funny, you jerk!?

Kovah: You little twerp...

Millie: Huh...?

Kovah: You, a weak little girl, dare to challenge me? The very thought of it is laughable.

Millie: *angrily* Ooooh!

Kovah: It won't even be worth my time to dispose of a little pest like you. *makes a "shoo" gesture* Run along home, girl. If you leave now, I may just let you live.

Millie: *trembles in anger* Grrr...!

Blue: Millie...

Kovah: Hahaha! What's the matter, girl!? Trembling in fear of me already!? You fool. You could never defeat me. Now run. Run away! Before I change my mind and crus--

Millie: Ultimate Divine Destruction!!!

Kovah: Wha-!?

*Millie lifts her mallet high over her head and quickly drives it into the ground with all her might, pounding Kovah's foot to pieces*


Kovah: *howls in pain* Yaaaaaaaaaggggh!!!

Millie: Take that!

Blue: *surprised* M...Millie...

Millie: I'm not running away, Blue! Not ever! Because we're all in this together, aren't we!?

Blue: But, but I...

Millie: You guys are all doing your best to fight, and now it's my turn to do the same! You did your part, Blue! Now leave everything to me! I can do this!

Blue: *smiles* Millie...

*Kovah hops up and down while clutching his injured foot*

Kovah: *winces* You...you miserable little...! Aaagh...!

Millie: I'm nowhere near done!

Kovah: Aah!?

Millie: Havoc Break!!!

*Millie jumps into the air and attempts to smash Kovah's head from above, but before the blow can connect, Kovah leaps backwards, avoiding the attack despite his injury*

Millie: You won't get away! Destruction Street!!!

*Millie charges forward, smashing at the ground in a series of attempts to strike Kovah, but he avoids every hit by taking small steps backwards. Ending with a giant leap that puts him far out of range of her continuous attacks*

Millie: Shoot! I missed again...

*Once out of range, Kovah kneels down and pants from exhaustion*

Kovah: *panting* Ha...hah...(Curse this injury. I can't even move without feeling such terrible pain...)

*Kovah glares at Millie, gritting his teeth in anger*

Kovah: (You won't get away with this. Mark my words...)

Millie: *happily* D-Did...did you just see what I did!?

Blue: Millie, don't overexert yourself. Look for any opening and strike when the time is right. Also, remember to keep an eye on his movements and never drop your guard, no matter what. Is that understood?

Millie: *rubs head* Uhm...I have no idea what you just said, Blue. But I guess I should go smack him with my mallet again, right!?

Blue: Uhh...*annoyed* Sure, Millie. *hangs head* I don't even care anymore...*sweatdrop*

Millie: Yay! Then let's gooooooooo!!!

*Millie charges off with her mallet gripped tightly in hand*

Blue: *to himself* Heh, seems to me like she's grown a lot in such a short time. Thanks for giving us hope, Millie.

*Millie quickly advances on Kovah once more and prepares to dish out another attack*

Millie: Punishing Smash!!!

Kovah: Ungh...(With this injury, I won't be able to dodge in time. I have no choice but to--)

*Millie attacks by swinging her mallet horizontally towards Kovah's face. Unable to dodge, Kovah blocks the blow with his forearm instead, staving off the attack*

Millie: What!?

Kovah: *smirks* Hmph. Pathetic...

*Kovah thrusts his forearm out, knocking Millie off balance, causing her to stumble backwards*

Millie: Woah...woah...woah!!

*The weight of her mallet pulls her back, forcing her to fall backwards to the ground*

Millie: Ouch!

*She then sits upright and rubs the bump on her head with a tear in her eye*

Millie: *winces* Ow...that huuuuuurrrt...

Kovah: Aw, you poor thing.

Millie: What...?

*Millie looks up to see to Kovah slowly walking towards her*

Millie: Aaaaaah! K-K-Kovah! But...your foo--!

Kovah: Is feeling just fine.

Millie: But...but how!? My Magic Magic Mallet--!

Kovah: Is only as strong as the one weilding it. One with no physical ability to speak of could never bring out the fullest potential of that weapon.

Millie: Yaaaaaah! S-somebody heeeeelp!!

*Kovah grabs Millie by her shirt and lifts her into the air*

Blue/Reese: Aah! Millie!

Kovah: You're just a frail, weak little girl hiding behind a large weapon, and nothing more.

Millie: Ungh! *struggles* L-Let me...go!

Blue: Aah! *to himself* I have to save her!

*Blue attempts to stand, but is stinted by his wounds receieved from earlier*

Blue: Ungh! *grasps wound* It's no use! I...I still can't move! But...but what do I do!? I can let this happen to Millie!

*Blue looks around the room, until noticing Reese far off, standing in fear of the spectacle before his eyes*

Blue: Reese...

Reese: *to himself* N-no...not again...

*Reese turns his head and closes his eyes tightly*

Kovah: So, you think that bump to the noggin' hurt, did you...?

*Kovah tightly clenches his fist*

Kovah: Well allow me to let you in on something...

Millie: ...*gulp*

Kovah: That was nothing...compared to what I'm about do to you!!!

Millie: Eep! Uhm! H-H-Hey! Surely you don't mean that! I mean, c-can't we talk about this or s-something!?

Kovah: Heh, it's too late to beg for your life now! I gave you fair warning, but you insisted on playing hero instead. Now I'm going to do what I should've done back in Lismore!

Millie: Aah!

Kovah: Now...DIE!!!

Blue: Milliiiiiiiiie!!!

Millie: Nngh...!

*As Kovah gears up to deal the finishing blow, Millie closes her eyes and prepares for the worst, when...*

Reese: Piercing Line!

Blue/Millie/Kovah: !!!

*Kovah stops his attack and looks over his shoulder, just in time to witness an arrow pierce straight through it*

Kovah: Guh!

Blue: T-That was...an arrow!

*Blue looks over to see Reese, with an arrow loaded into his bow and the look of determination shining in his eyes*

Blue: *happily* Reese!

*The sudden shock from his inflicted wound forces Kovah to release his hold on Millie*

Millie: Ungh!

Kovah: Nngh! D-Damnit...

*Kovah looks towards Reese in anger in disbelief, clutching his bleeding shoulder*

Kovah: Ergh! Reese...why you...

Reese: Kovah...I won't let you do it! I will never let you hurt...my friends!

Kovah: *in pain* Reese...you...you fool... Aaugh...ugh...

Millie: *happily* Reese! Haha! You did it!

Reese: Millie, are you okay? You're not hurt, are you?

Millie: Hmm...*checks for injuries* Nope! I'm just fine!

Reese: Hah, good!

*Reese runs over and rejoins Blue and Millie*

Reese: Guys, I'm here now. Let's fight together.

Millie: Reese, thank you...for saving me.

Blue: Yeah, you really helped us out back there.

Reese: Of course. Like you said, we're all in this together, right?

Blue/Millie: *nods* Right.

Reese: I...I won't run away anymore. I won't turn the other cheek while my friends are risking their lives! From now...I'm going to face my destiny. I'm going to stand strong, and do my part as well!

Millie: Well good for you, Reese!

Blue: It's...good to have you back...

Kovah: *panting* Hah....ha....

Blue/Millie/Reese: ?

Kovah: Don't think you've won, you fools. This fight...isn't over yet!

Reese: Oh is it? You're outmatched three-to-one, Kovah. There's no way you can still beat us.

Kovah: Rrragh! That's what you thin--!!

Reese: Piercing Line!

Kovah: Hn!?

*Kovah attempts to go on the attack, but Reese quickly responds by firing an arrow through his arm, stopping him in his tracks*

Kovah: Kkch!

Reese: Blue, now's your chance! Put an end to this once and for all!

Blue: Hm! *nods* Right!

*Blue gathers his strength and begins to chant an incantation*

Blue: *chants* "I, who stand in the full light of the heavens command thee, who opens the gates of Hell, come forth divine lightning!"

Kovah: *in pain* What...? Urgh...what's he doing...?

Blue: This ends now! Indignation!!!

*Blue raises his hand into the air, as a purple beam shoots from it, blasting through the ceiling of the temple and tearing a rift through the skies*

Blue: Prepare yourself, Kovah!

Millie: *astonished* Woah...

*As the sky above runs gray with ominous storm clouds, a glyph appears below Kovah, signifying where the attack is meant to strike*

Kovah: Hunh? ...Hah...

Blue: What...?

Kovah: Do you really believe that I'm just going to sit here and let myself be struck? While very powerful, even in my condition I can easily evade this attack with no effort at all!

Blue: Heh...well, obviously...

Kovah: Huh...?

*At that moment, Blue dashes up to Kovah and wraps his arms tightly around his body, restraining him*

Blue: And that's why, I won't be giving you that opportunity!

Kovah: What!? What are you doing!? Let go of me!

Blue: Sorry, but I can't do that! If I do, you'll just evade my attack. Isn't that what you said?

Kovah: But! You...you idiot! If you keep me here, you'll be struck too!

Blue: That's the idea.

Kovah: What!?!?

Reese: Aah! Blue, what are you thinking!? You can't do that!

Blue: Reese, relax. I'll be fine...

Reese: Uh...?

Blue: Sure, I'll take a nasty hit, but my natural magic resistance will allow me to withstand it relatively well. But Kovah, on the other hand...

Kovah: *sweats* Ngh! No!

Blue: You'll be in for a terrible shock!

Reese: But Blue! A-are you sure about this...?

Blue: Positive! Now hurry and clear the area! The spell is about to hit!

Reese: Blue...I...

Blue: Do it now!!!

Reese: Ah, right! I'm sorry!

*Reese backs away from the glyph, leaving Blue and Kovah to suffer their imminent fate together*

Blue: Well Kovah, I feel a storm brewing. How about you?

Kovah: Blue...you...curse you!

*Mere moments later, an emormous bolt of lightning descends from the sky above the two*

Blue: This is it!!!

Kovah: Aah! Nooooooooooooooo!!!

*The lightning strikes within the glyph, engulfing the two in a giant blast of electrical power, filling the area with a blinding white light*

Kovah: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaggggh!!

Blue: Nnngh...! Aa--aaaaaagh!!

Millie: Blue!

Reese: Blue! No!

*When the spell's duration commences, both Blue and Kovah are launched back in opposite directions*

Kovah: Uungh...ugh...

Blue: Aaagh...

Reese: Blue! Hang on, I got you!

*Reese runs forward and catches Blue before he can hit the ground*

Reese: Blue...c-can you hear me...? Are you okay...?

Blue: ... *no response*

Reese: Blue...?

Millie: *gasp* I...Is he...!?

Reese: No...Blue, you can't--!

Blue: *straining* I...I'm alright...

Reese: *happily* Ah! Blue!

Blue: That Indignation...was a little stronger than I thought...

Millie: Blue, you stupid idiot!

Blue: Huh?

Millie: Don't you ever scare us like that again! I almost thought you were dead!

Blue: Heh heh...I apologize, Millie...

Millie: Just promise me that you won't ever pull a stunt like that again, okay!?

Blue: A-alright. I'm promise...

Reese: So...I guess that's the end of Kovah, isn't it?

*The group looks over at Kovah's lifeless body, still coursing with electricity*

Blue: *nods* Yeah...he's done. There's no way he's getting up from that attack.

Millie: Phew! Then I guess all's well that ends well!

Reese: Uhm...but...

Blue: Hm? What's the matter, Reese?

Reese: *shakes head* Uh, it's nothing.

Blue: Alright then. I think it's about time we got out of her--Aaagh!!

*Blue attempts to stand on his own, but is dragged down by his injuries*

Reese: Blue! W-what's wrong!?

Blue: Ungh...I...I'm fine. But...it doesn't look like I'll be able to walk on my own with these injuries...

Reese: It's alright. I'll help you. Just lean on me, okay?

Blue: Right. Thanks, Reese.

Millie: Wait...guys!

Reese: Huh?

Blue: Millie, what's up?

Millie: I think...I think I saw him...move...

Reese: Him? You mean Kovah?

Blue: Don't be silly, Millie. That's impossible.

Reese: Heh, yeah. Your eyes are probably just playing tricks on you, Millie.

Millie: Oh, uhm...right.

*As the three turn their backs and begin to walk out of the chamber, Millie is suddenly struck in the back and sent flying by an unseen attack*

Millie: Uwaaaaah!!

Blue/Reese: Aah! Millie!!!

*Millie hits the ground with a thud, falling unconscious on the spot. Blue and Reese thereby run after her to check on her status*

Blue: Millie!

Reese: Are you okay!?

Millie: *"X" eyes* Uuunngh...

Blue: Damn, she's out cold...

Reese: But who could've...

Blue/Reese: !!!

*The two immediately look over their shoulders to see Kovah standing tall with his hand stretched out, although his head is hanging down*

Blue: What!? Kovah!? But...how!?

Reese: But...but that's impossible! He can't be--!

Kovah: Hmmhmmhmm...

Reese: Wait...what's...

Blue: Reese, what is it?

Reese: There's...something covering his body. It looks like...some kind of energy...

Blue: Energy?

*Blue observes Kovah closely and soon notices a semblance of dark energy circulating through his body*

Blue: You're right, that definitely wasn't there earlier. But what could be the meaning of-- ...Huh?

*Kovah slowly raises his head, revealing his eyes, now glowing with a malevolent purple hue*

Blue: What? His...his eyes. They're...different...

Reese: *gasp* (No! C-could it be!?)

Blue: Hn?

*Reese slowly backs away in fear*

Reese: Aaah...aah...aaaaah...

Blue: Reese! W-what's wrong!? What's the matter with you!?

Reese: (I-Is this...the...the other presence...that Deke spoke of...!?)

Blue: Mmmn...

*Blue looks to Kovah and addresses him*

Blue: Kovah!

Kovah: Hmmhmmhmm...

Blue: How are you still conscious after that attack!? You shouldn't even be able to move, moreorless stand!

Kovah: Hmhmhmhmhm...

Blue: Rrrgh...Stop laughing and answer me!!!

Reese: Blue...

Blue: Huh?

Reese: Blue...*shakes head* t-that's not Kovah!!!

Blue: What!? Reese, what are you talking about!?

Kovah(?): Hahahaha...

Blue: ?

Kovah(?): ...You're pretty sharp, boy. ...For a Lunisian.

Reese: *to himself* A...A...Lunisian?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 24 December, 2008, 01:24:40 pm
~~Penny vs. Prima, Pt. 3~~

*The battle between the sisters takes a rather unexpected turn, as Prima's own conjured beasts turn against her. Can Penny somehow use this boon to her advantage?*

Prima: Huh...? Aah! Look what you've done, you...you cracker-eating twit! You've made me break a nail!

Penny: ...*sweatdrop*

Prima: I'll...I'll never forgive you for that!

*Prima cracks her whip furiously*

Prima: You'll be eating bird seed through a straw once I'm through with you!

*Prima prepares a technique*

Prima: Take this, you featherbrain! Thousand Whi--!

*But, before Prima can strike, the Chimera intercepts by quickly lashing her hand with its tail, stopping her attack*

Prima: Ouch!

*The resulting attack knocks Prima's whip out of her grip, and far away from reach*

Prima: N-Noooo! My whip!

*Prima attempts to scramble over and retrieve her weapon, when the Cerberus pounces down in front of her, blocking her path*

Cerberus: Grrraaaagh!!

Prima: *startled* Aaah! Y-Yikes!

*With the three beasts completely surrounding her, they slowly advance on Prima until backing her into a wall*

Prima: No! Shoo! Back! Back, I say!

*Prima desperately hurls rocks in a futile attempt to quell the beasts hunger for her blood. They remain unphazed, and continue to advance on her with rage welling in their eyes*

Beasts: Grrraaaaaaaaaah!!!

Prima: *trembling* Aaa--aaaaaaah...!

*Prima huddles tightly up against the wall. And just as death seems imminent for her, an idea pops into her head at the last second*

Prima: *happily* Ah! Aha!

*Prima forcefully stretches her hand out before her, making a "stop" gesture*

Prima: Stop!

Beasts: ??

Prima: Heeheeheeee. So you dumb monsters think you can just off me and be done with it, huh? Well you're sadly mistaken!

*With a wicked sneer on her face, Prima's body begins to glow with her mana. The beasts then begin to back away in fear of her*

Beasts: ...

Penny: Huh? They're...backing away? But I don't get it! They were just about to rip her head off a second ago! What gives!?

Prima: Heeheehee. Oh, I think they know...

Penny: What?

Prima: Just as we conjurers have the ability to summon forth these creatures, we also have the ablility to send them back to where they came from at the blink of an eye!

Penny: Uh!

Prima: Hahaha! That's right! You've defied your master, stupid beasts! You've lost your right to serve in this realm under me!

*Taking a place of dominance once more, Prima stands to her feet and begins to write a strange symbol in the air with her hands, as the beasts stand there, helplessly lamenting their fate*

Prima: It's back to the Netherworld you go! Heehee!

*As Prima prepares to bid a final farewell to her traitorous spawns, Penny looks on at the spectacle in awe*

Penny: Ah...

*After coming to a realization, Penny rapidly shakes her head and regains her senses*

Penny: Aah! Penny, what are you doing!? This could be your big chance!

Prima: Haha! This is it! It's all finished! Now...say goodnight you worthless--Hunh!?

*But just as Prima is about to launch her condemning gate summoning, Penny intervenes by lassoing her wrist with her spinner*

Prima: What!?

*Penny then launches her second spinner at Prima, lassoing her other wrist and restraining her completely*

Penny: Not so fast!

Prima: W-what the--!? Ergh! P-Penny!

Penny: That'll have to wait! You've still got me to worry about, remember!?

Prima: Ungh...Penny! W-What are you doing!? Release me this instant! I must teach those disgusting curs a lesson!

Penny: No can do, Prima.

Prima: What!? And why not!? Answer me, you!

Penny: Because, did it ever occur to you that those monsters had a good reason for turning their backs on you?

Prima: Huh!?

Penny: They only attacked you because YOU didn't treat them with the respect they deserve!

Prima: Hah, respect!? Don't make me laugh!

Penny: What...?

Prima: What could those brainless oafs possibly know about respect anyway!? They're just slaves! They serve only me!

Penny: *trembles in anger* Mmmn...

Prima: Besides, who cares about the feelings of a bunch of mindless meatbags anyway? They exist only to do as I, Prima, tell them to. It is their birthright to kneel before me at all times! Because only I matter!

*Penny's anger grows*

Penny: Why...why you...

Prima: Hahaha! Respect, yeah right! The only thing these slobbering beasts deserve is an eternal banishment to the Netherworld from whence they came!

Penny: *under her breath* Prima...you're the true monster here...

Prima: Hahahahahaha!!!

*Prima's heartless words and maddening cackle drives Penny's anger to its peak*

Penny: That's...IT!!!

Prima: Wah--!?

*Penny plants her feet into the ground and tugs back with all her might, lifting Prima off her feet and sending her hurdling towards Penny*

Prima: Uwaaaaaaaaaah!

Penny: I think it's time someone taught YOU a lesson in respect, Prima!

Prima: W-what are you--!?

*As Prima draws closer, Penny gears up for her finishing move*

Penny: Penny's......Ultra.....

Prima: Oh nooooooooooooooo!!!

Penny: IMPACT!!!

*Once with range, Penny unleashes a devastatingly powerful headbutt upon Prima's forehead*

Penny: Nnngh!

Prima: Aaaaaaaaagh!!!

*The sheer power of the blow sends Prima blazing backwards until slamming full force into the wall. The impact of her body cracking the brick behind her*

Prima: Uuh...uuunngggh...

*Prima loses consciousness and promptly falls to the floor, flat on her face. Thusly bringing the fight to an end*

Penny: Yeah! Haha! And Daddy said being hardheaded was a bad thing! *swipes nose with thumb*

*With Prima rendered unconscious and no longer able to support the link between her and her monsters, they disappear back into the Netherworld*

Penny: Hmm, well I guess that about takes care of that. Better for them to return to the Netherworld than before forced into my sister's servitude. That's a fate no one deserves...

*Penny walks up to Prima's unconscious body and hunches down over her*

Penny: Okay, sleeping beauty, time to wake up.

Prima: ...

*no response*

Penny: Huh? Mmmnn... *annoyed* C'mon, Prima...

*Penny lightly nudges Prima's head with her foot, but still no response*

Penny: Humph. Guess she really is out cold.

*Penny turns Prima's body over and bears witness to a terrible red bump on her forehead where she was struck, forcing a startled yelp out of Penny*

Penny: *startled* Woah!

Prima: ...

Penny: *sweatdrop* Heh heh, I...guess I might've overdid it a bit... *rubs head*

Prima: ...

Penny: Well dang. What do I do now? *scratches head* The others might need my help, but I can't just leave her here either... *heavy sigh*

*After taking a moment to explore her options, and solution pops into Penny's head*

Penny: *snaps fingers* Ah! I know! I'll just use healing artes! That's sure to do the trick! ...Oh, but wait a minute. I don't know any healing artes... *rubs chin*

Prima: ...

Penny: Buuuut...then again, I guess I could always try my hand at it. But...what if I mess up like last time...?

*Penny has a rather disdainful flashback to Ackland Town*

Penny: *sigh* Alright.

*Penny attempts to heal Blue's wound, but instead...*

Blue: OUCH!!! What was that all about!?

Penny: I'm sorry!

Blue: You were supposed to heal my wound, not make it worse! Geez!

Penny: I tried to tell you! I...don't really know any healing spells...

Reese: Oy, well I can't say I'm surprised. You never study, Penny. Ah well, at least we still have our medicines...

Blue: Great. A healer who can't heal. Now I've seen everything.

Penny: Eheheh...*sweatdrop*

*end flashback*

Penny: *vein pops* Mmn...stupid Blue. Thinking I can't heal... But I'll show him! Just watch me!

*Now pumped up, Penny gets into position by placing her hands over Prima's body*

Penny: *takes a deep breath* I know I might regret this later, but...

*Her body glows with mana*

Penny: I just have to...give it all I got!

*Penny begins to recite the incantation*

Penny: "Holy power, come to me!"

*The mana from her body gathers into her hands*

Penny: Here goes nothing! First Aid!

*Penny casts First Aid, releasing the mana from her hands in the form of a glowing light that envelopes Prima's body. The light soon fades, but still no response*

Prima: ...

Penny: Did...did it work?

??: Heeeeeeeeeeeey! Pennnnnnnnyyy!

Penny: Hunh?

*Called out to by a familiar voice, Penny looks over her shoulder to see Zeldafan, along with Bob and Shina entering the chamber*

Zeldafan: Penny! Haha!

Penny: Zeldafan!? Is...Is that you!?

Zeldafan: Yup! It sure is! Man, am I glad we ran into you!

Penny: But...but what are you--

Bob: Hmm, I see we meet again, Penny. I trust you're holding up well.

Penny: Old man!

Shina: Penny, it's been a while. It's a pleasure to see you again. *bows*

Penny: A-And Shina! W-What are you all doing here?

Zeldafan: *winks* We're here to lend a hand, as usual.

Penny: Help?

Bob: That's correct, Penny. We feel that our assistance is required at this point.

Penny: But, what are you talking about...?

Bob: This conflict, it cannot be allowed to go on.

Penny: Huh?

Shina: Hm. *nods* He's right. We've come here to put a stop to this senseless fighting. We can't allow all of you to continue fighting amongst one another like this!

Penny: Uhm...but...

Shina: Don't you understand, Penny? This has to stop, or else someone could end up gravely injured, or even worse!

Penny: *shakes head* I do understand, but...

Shina: Hm?

Penny: ...If...If that's why you're really here, then I think you might be a little...

Shina: Uh...?

*Penny takes a short glance over at Prima, alerting the others to her condition*

Shina: *gasp* Oh no!

*Shina runs over to Prima's body and kneels beside her*

Shina: Prima! Are you okay!?

Prima: *no response* ...

Shina: Prima, please! Speak to me!

Bob: Hrrm...

Zeldafan: H-How could this have happened...?

Shina: Are we...are we too late...?

Penny: I...I tried using healing artes. But...I don't think it worked...

Bob: Hmm, is that so? Then perhaps I should take a look...

Penny: Hunh?

*Bob approaches Prima, kneels down next to her, and places his hand over her body*

Bob: ...

Zeldafan: So, Bob? How is she?

Shina: ...Will she be alright?

*Bob sits in silence for a moment, before turning to the group and giving a hearty smile*

Bob: She'll be just fine.

Penny: What? Really!?

Bob: Of course.

*Bob walks up to Penny and pats her head*

Penny: Egh, hey! What's the big idea!?

Bob: It seems our little Penny has finally learned her first healing arte. Well done.

Penny: Wha-? You...you mean I...I really did it?

Bob: Hm. *nods* Given a few moments, Prima will awaken as good as new.

Penny: Haha! Great!

Bob: Yes. But for now, Penny, I need you to tell us where Blue and the others are. It's urgent that we reach them before matters escalate.

Penny: Ah...uhm, right! From what I recall, they should be just up ahead.

Bob: Hmm, can you show us the way then?

Penny: *nods* I can.

Bob: Excellent. Then we shall follow your lead.

Penny: You got it.

Bob: Zeldafan! Shina! Let us follow Penny.

Zeldafan/Shina: Hm. *nods*

*Unaware to the rest of the group, Prima begins to come to*

Prima: Uhn...ugh...W-What just happened? My head... It feels like I was hit by a... Wait! Now I remember!

Bob/Penny/Zeldafan/Shina: ?

*Prima abruptly springs to her feet and points menancingly at Penny, her finger trembling*

Prima: Penny!

Penny: Prima! You're okay!

Prima: Huh...? ...Well yeah I'm okay! With no thanks to you! You're the one who did this to me! And I'll make sure you pay for it!

Penny: Uh...*sweatdrop*

Prima: Don't even try and run away! This time you're mine!

*Bob leans towards Penny and begins to whisper in her ear*

Bob: *whispers* Psst, Penny. Do we really have time for this right now...?

Penny: *whispers back* You're right. Let's just ditch her.

Bob: *whispers* Good plan.

Prima: Oooh! Just wait until I get my hands on you, Penny Bancroft! I'll...I'll--!

*Prima stops her bantering when she realizes that the others have ceased paying attention and continue ahead without her*

Prima: Huh!? Hey! Get back here! I'm not done threatening you yet! *stomps*

Penny: *in the distance* Yeah, uhm...you do that. I'll just be busy not listening.

Prima: *flustered* What!? You...you can't do this to me! D-Do you know who I am!?

*no response*

Prima: Grrrr! Hmph! *turns away and crosses arms* Well fine! I didn't wanna kill you anyway!

*still no response*

Prima: ...Hm?

*No response yet again*

Prima: Uhm...Penny...?

*Uh huh...*

Prima: ...W-Wait! D-Don't leave me here all alone! Wait for meeeeeeeee!

*Finally abandoning her pride, Prima stumbles ahead in a panic to catch up with the group as they proceed through the temple*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 01 February, 2009, 02:59:14 pm
~~Lilia vs. Shadow, Pt. 3~~

*Lilia's resolve runs short as Shadow's combat prowess proves to be too much for her to stand against. With her back driven against a wall, unable to fight back, it would appear that Shadow has gained the absolute advantage. But what of Lilia's plan? Will she still be able to pull it off...?*

Lilia: S-Shadow...!

Shadow: Lilia, I've had it with your interfering. Why do you continue to concern yourself with me? Why couldn't you have just stayed...AWAY!?

Lilia: B...Because, Shadow...

*Lilia places her hand on Shadow's*

Shadow: Hunh...?

Lilia: I've said it before. You're...You're my friend.

Shadow: What...?

Lilia: And I never abandon my friends, no matter what.

Shadow: Lilia...

Lilia: Whatever pain you're going through...you don't have to endure it alone...

*Shadow closes his eyes and frowns, as if he's annoyed*

Lilia: Shadow, please! You don't have to suffer anymore!

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Shadow, listen to me!

Shadow: *quietly* That's enough...

Lilia: Huh?

Shadow: *loudly* ...I said that's ENOUGH!

*Shadow clenches his fist and drives it straight into the wall, just mere inches away from Lilia's face*

Lilia: Aaah!

Shadow: Quit spewing your nonsense... I'm sick of it!

Lilia: But...but Shadow...I...

Shadow: I've heard enough of your babbling. I'm not in pain. I'm not suffering. I'm not anything. All I want...is to fight.

Lilia: But Shadow! There's so much more to life than just these pointless battles! Let me show you! Please, just let me help you!

Shadow: ...No one can help me, Lilia. Not...anymore...

*Shadow draws his scythe*

Lilia: *gasp* Ah!

Shadow: Now... My blade. It aches to kill something.

Lilia: Shadow...you don't have to do this...

Shadow: I'm done talking, Lilia. You won't hold me back any longer. I will finish this...so I can continue with my existance.

Lilia: Sh-Shadow...

*Lilia closes her eyes tightly and bows her head, as if she's given up*

Shadow: I won't ask you to forgive me...

*Shadow positions his sycthe in preparation to dealing the killing strike*

Shadow: ...But I'll do what I must.

Lilia: S...So...

Shadow: Hn?

Lilia: So this is how you want it to end, huh? N-No matter what I do or say, your mind is made up?

Shadow: ...

*Shadow continues to stare at Lilia, his expression not changing at all*

Lilia: Then...then you leave me no choice...

*Lilia opens her mouth, revealing a bomb wedged between her teeth*

Shadow: What...?

Lilia: If you won't come to your senses, Shadow, then I'll just have to destroy us both!

Shadow: Destroy us both? ...Humph. You're bluffing. *smiles* You don't have the guts...

Lilia: I wouldn't bet on that if I were you.

Shadow: Huh?

Lilia: Like you, I'm determined to see this all the way through to the end. And at this point, you're nothing more than my enemy. And like all my enemies, they have to go down!

Shadow: So you would sacrifice yourself...to see me defeated?

Lilia: If that's what it takes...then I will do it! I'm not afraid to put my life on the line for a cause!

Shadow: *surprised* Aah...

Lilia: And unlike you, Shadow... I know what it means to fight for a purpose other than self-gratification. Traveling with Blue...fighting alongside him and my friends, that has taught me these values. Unlike you, I won't hide! And I won't run away! I'm prepared to risk it all, for the sake of my friends and everyone that matters to me!

Shadow: Guh...! Ergh...*sweats*

*Becoming cautious of Lilia's threat, Shadow begins to loosen his grip on Lilia, lowering her to the ground and signifying his reluctant submission, to which Lilia promptly takes notice*

Lilia: *smiles* (Alright, it worked! Now I make my move!)

Shadow: Hunh? What are you...?

*In an act of pure cunning, Lilia spits the bomb in her mouth directly at Shadow, and it attaches to his clothing*

Shadow: Ah! W-what the--!?

Lilia: Take this, Shadow! Rrrraagh!

*Lilia then bites down into Shadow's hand, digging her teeth into his skin and drawing blood*

Shadow: Aaaaaagh!!

*The resulting injury forces Shadow to remove his hold on Lilia, as he reels back in pain, clutching his injured hand*

Shadow: Ungh! D-Damnit! Why you son of a...

*Lilia uses that opportunity to rush a safe distance away from Shadow, making her plan a success*

Lilia: (Yes, I made it out in one piece. I just love when a plan comes together)

*Lilia turns her gaze towards Shadow*

Lilia: *to herself* Now it's time I put an end to this...

Shadow: *angrily* Lilia...!

Lilia: ...

*Shadow draws his sycthe and dashes toward Lilia in a fit of rage*

Shadow: This is the last time you pull a fast one on me!!!

Lilia: Shadow...

*Shadow charges on, but Lilia doesn't move an inch. Instead, she turns her head away. This act stops Shadow in his tracks*

Shadow: Uh?

Lilia: I...I'm sorry.

*As Shadow ponders the meaning of Lilia's words, the bomb that she placed on his clothing begins to flash with a white light, drawing Shadow's attention to it instead*

Shadow: Aah!? What?!

Lilia: ...

Shadow: Noooooooooooooo!!!

~~Asroc Temple, Central Hall~~

*Meanwhile, amidst the conflict at hand, Bob and the others rush through the temple in pursuit of their clashing companions*

Bob: Penny! How far is it til we reach them?

Penny: I'm sure we're close. If we keep going straight ahead, it should be only a matter of time before we catch up to them!

Bob: Right! Then let us hurry! Let's hang in there, everyone!

Penny/Zeldafan/Shina/Prima: Hm! *nods*

*The group presses onward, maintaining a hurried pace. A short while later, they come to a stop when they reach a split in the hall*

Bob: Hm?

Penny: Huh? Hey, Bob! What's the matter?

Zeldafan: Yeah, why did we stop here? Is something up?

Bob: There's another corridor to the left here...

Shina: Hm, you're right...

Prima: So spill it, Penny. Which way do we go from here? Left, or straight ahead?

Penny: Hmm...*scratches head*

Prima: Well?

Penny: Uhm...to be honest, I'm not really su--

*Suddenly, from far off in the distance, a thunderous blast is heard*


Shina: Aaaaah!

Zeldafan: Ugh, what's going on!? What was that!?

Bob: It sounded like...an explosion...

Zeldafan: An explosion!? That can't be good...

Bob: Yes. And from the sound of it, it came from that corridor to the left.

Prima: To the left, huh? Should we go check it out?

Bob: Hm. *nods* I think so.

Shina: Yes, he's right! One of our friends may be in serious danger!

Penny: In that case, let's not waste anymore time gawking about it.

Bob: Well said, Penny. Let's go, everyone.

*Alerting themselves to the explosion caused by Lilia's bomb, the group changes course and sets off down the left corridor. Meanwhile...*

~~Asroc Temple, Left Chamber~~

*Lilia is met with blood splattering on her face. After the dust settles, Shadow is left standing in shock of a grave wound inflicted upon his chest. Blood spilling from his wound and mouth*

Shadow: *in shock* Ah...aah...aha...

*With his body drained of energy, Shadow drops his scythe, falling to the floor with a clang*


Lilia: Shadow...

Shadow: Uuuuuuhh...

*No longer able to sustain himself, Shadow falls backwards, slamming into the ground with a harsh thud*


Lilia: Ah, no! Shadow!

*Overwhelmed with compassion and remorse, Lilia drops her weapons and hurries to Shadow's side, kneeling beside his lifeless body*

Lilia: Shadow! Shadow, are you okay!?

Shadow: *struggling to speak* D-Damn...heh heh...Beaten...by a girl. This won't look good...on my resume...

Lilia: What...? Shadow, this is no time for jokes! You're seriously hurt! Here, let me apply some first aid...

*Lilia lifts her hand up to reach into her bag, but in defiance, Shadow uses what little strength he has left to grab hold of her hand and stop her*

Lilia: Huh? Shadow, what are you doing!? Let go of me!

Shadow: I...can't let you...do that...Lilia...

Lilia: Ah! Are you insane!? That wound is terrible! If you're not given some help soon, you'll--

Shadow: ...Die...?

Lilia: I...

Shadow: But Lilia...that's...what I want...

Lilia: What!? You...You can't be serious! Why do you want to die!? I don't understand that! I CAN'T understand th--

Shadow: Lilia...hear me out...

Lilia: Uh...?

Shadow: I've wanted it all to end...for so long...

Lilia: Shadow...what do you mean?

Shadow: Ever since that day...for all these years...my life's been nothing but a sham... A wasteful existance...

Lilia: No! Don't say things like that! That's not true!

Shadow: But it is. When Misty was killed, I couldn't take it. I was so distraught a-and heartbroken. But most of all...I was angry. So angry...that I sought revenge on the ones who took her from me.

Lilia: ...

Shadow: To accomplish this...I became a mercenary, a sellsword, a hired killer... But to tell you the truth, Lilia...it wasn't long...before I eventually gave up all hope of ever avenging her.

Lilia: Shadow...

Shadow: I felt...useless. Like there was no reason for me to go on living. Realizing this...that there was nothing I could do, no way to ever remove the pain buried deep in my heart...I wanted to run away. Run away from the suffering, torment, and heartache. Away...from the shadows of my past. So I did...the only thing I knew how. I fought. I fought, and I kept fighting. The pure exhilaration I felt when cutting down my opponents allowed me to cope with my despair, if only for an instant. And for a while, I felt...fulfilled.

Lilia: But Shadow...all of this...I don't understand it! When you were with us, you were always so happy, so spirited and carefree. What was all of that, Shadow? Was all of that...a lie?

Shadow: It was.

Lilia: But...why?

Shadow: It was all a front. A way to hide the true nature of my feelings from the world.

Lilia: Why would you do something like that?

Shadow: Because...I didn't want to drag anyone else into my affairs. I refused to take my own pain and force it on others. It's mine and mine alone, and I will be the one to shoulder the burden...

Lilia: So...so that's why...

Shadow: Hunh...?

Lilia: You...You've suffered for so long. All this time, without a shoulder to lean on, you've hid your suffering deep in your heart, and always kept a smile on your face. It's no wonder that you've turned out this way.

Shadow: Unh...

Lilia: *shakes head* You didn't have to do this. You didn't have to hide your suffering so much. It's okay...to let your true feelings show. It's okay to cry. To feel sad or angry. Just don't feel you have to do it alone! You...You've lead such a difficult life, Shadow. I feel...so sorry for you.

Shadow: D-Don't...worry about it. It's not like it's your fault. You couldn't have prevented this from happening. Nobody could've. My own decisions are what lead me to this end, and I'm ready to accept my fate. Maybe...once I die...I can finally be free of this pain...

Lilia: Shadow!

Shadow: Aaaah...Misty...how I long to see your smiling face again. But sadly...where you've gone...I cannot follow...

*Shadow begins to close his eyes*

Lilia: Shadow! No! Don't talk like that! It's not going to end here!

*Lilia's eyes well up with tears*

Lilia: I...I don't want you...to die...

Shadow: Lilia...

*Shadow slowly raises his hand and places it on Lilia's cheek*

Lilia: *wipes tears* Huh...?

Shadow: You're...You're so...good to me. After all the trouble I've caused for you and your friends, you'd still...forgive me...?

Lilia: Of course I would! None of that matters anymore! There are so many things you can do before you die. I don't think everything has to be forgiven, but no matter how painful things may be, you just can't dwell on the past.

Shadow: Don't...dwell on the past...

Lilia: Yes! It's not too late, Shadow! Who you were in the past doesn't matter! You can make a new start, right now! You deserve a second chance at life! A chance...to be happy.

Shadow: A chance...to be happy...

Lilia: And then...then we can be friends again...

Shadow: Friends. Yeah, that sounds nice...

Lilia: Yes, that's right.

*Lilia grabs Shadow's hand and places it in hers. He then responds by clasping it*

Lilia: We'll be friends, always.

Shadow: Ungh...Lilia, you're my...best friend. Always...a-and...for...

*Shadow's grip loosens*

Lilia: *gasp* Shadow...?

Shadow: ...e--ever...Uun..Uunh...

*Shadow's grip fails, as his hand falls limp, and his head turns to the side. He departs from the world, with a smile on his face*

Lilia: Ah! Shadow!

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Shadow! No! Not here! Not like this!

Shadow: ...

Lilia: Please, Shadow! I beg you! Open your eyes! Don't...

*Lilia fights to hold back her tears, but can't any longer. She bows her head as tears flow from her eyes*

Lilia: *sniff* Don't...leave me... Shadooooow!!!

*Unable to contain her sadness, Lilia weeps loudly over Shadow's dead body. Her cries echoing through the chamber. A short while later, Bob's group hurries into the chamber, coming to a stop when they notice before their eyes*

Bob: Hm?

Shina: Huh? What's going on up there...? Who is that?

Penny: It looks like...Lilia!

Zeldafan: Lilia? Really!? But...who is that on the ground next to her?

Prima: *gasp*

Zeldafan: ?

Prima: That's...Shadow!

Zeldafan: Shadow?

*Fearful of what's taken place, Prima runs ahead to confirm her suspicions*

Zeldafan: Prima, wait! Where are you going!?

Bob: Let's follow her.

Zeldafan: Ah...right. *nods*

*The group proceeds after Prima, who approaches upon Lilia, still in a vulnerable state*

Lilia: *sniff* Shadow...why...?

Prima: Ah! No!

Lilia: Hunh!? Who--

*Alerted by Prima's cry, Lilia ceases her mourning and turns to meet her*

Lilia: Prima...

Prima: Shadow! W-What happened to you!?

*Prima kneels next to Shadow's body and futily checks for signs of life*

Prima: H-His body...it's...cold. H-He's not...DEAD, is he!?

Lilia: ...

Prima: ...He is dead... And you! You did this to him, didn't you!?

Lilia: *averts gaze*

Prima: *angers* Mmnnnn!

*In anger, Prima rushes up to Lilia and shakes her by her shoulders*

Prima: Why!? Why did you do this!? Why did you kill him!?

Lilia: ...

Prima: Answer me!!!

Penny: Prima, stop! W-What are you doing!?

Prima: I...I'm sorry...

*Prima releases Lilia and turns away*

Prima: Oh...Oh Shadow...

Penny: Lilia, tell us! What went on here!?

Lilia: ...

Penny: Lilia...?

Bob: Penny, I think you already know...

Penny: I know, but...but...

Shina: *shakes head* This...This is so tragic. I regret that I wasn't able to prevent it.

Zeldafan: I share your sentiments, Shina.

*Bob walks over to Lilia and attempts to console her*

Bob: Lilia...how are you feeling?

Lilia: *sniff* Why, Bob...?

Bob: What do you mean?

Lilia: I...I'm so stupid! I thought...I thought I understood him. How much he was suffering... We spent all that time together. Why couldn't I save him...?

Bob: ...I think he was saved.

Lilia: But how!?

Bob: Did he not tell you? In the end, this...is what he wanted. He wanted to die, to be free from his anguish.

Lilia: But...it's just not right! He could've stayed with us! He could've lived! He could've been happy! So...so why--!?

Bob: Lilia, you may not agree with the path he chose, but he did what he felt he had to do. We do not reserve the right to tell others how to live their lives.

Lilia: But...

Bob: He lived how he wanted to live, and we must learn to accept that fact.

Lilia: I...

Bob: Lilia...there's something I think you should see.

Lilia: Hm?

*Bob and Lilia direct their gazes toward Shadow's body*

Lilia: I don't get it. What am I supposed to be seeing?

Bob: Look there. At his face...

Lilia: Uh? ...Ah! He's--!

Bob: Yes. He's smiling.

Lilia: Shadow...I...

*Bob walks ahead, preparing to leave the chamber*

Lilia: Uh? Wait, where are you--

Bob: We must be going.

Lilia: Huh? But...

Bob: Lilia, I understand that this must be hard for you, but you mustn't forget why we're here. Blue, Jawo', and Reese. Have you forgotten about them...?

Lilia: Ah!

Bob: Dire straits are ahead, and right now, we all must pull ourselves together. For their sake, as well as that of the world.

Lilia: ...Yeah...you're right!

*Lilia regains her composure and stands to her feet, ready to move on*

Lilia: It hurts...but I can't lose sight of what I'm fighting for! I'll keep fighting. And I'll keep Shadow's memory alive, inside of me! I'll fight for him too!

Bob: Well put, Lilia. You're showing more and more growth every time I see you.

Lilia: Hm! *nods* Now let's help our friends!

Bob: Stay sharp, everyone. We still have a job to do.

Shina/Zeldafan/Penny: Yeah.

Prima: ...

Lilia: Prima...are you coming with us?

Prima: Ah! Uh...y-yeah. Coming...

Lilia: Prima, I...I'm sorry about what to Shad--

Prima: What are you talking about? Don't worry about it. I'm fine. Really!

*Prima walks ahead, and rejoins the group*

Prima: We were going to meet up with the others, right?

Lilia: Uhm...yeah, that's right.

Prima: Then let's go.

Lilia: *nods* Okay.

Bob: Lilia, wait...

Lilia: ?

Bob: There's one last thing...I wanted to say...

Lilia: W-what is it...?

Bob: Lilia, whatever you said to Shadow in his last moments, I believe it has brought him greater joy than either of us could possibly comprehend. Despite everything, I believe you allowed him to truly find happiness. That's what his smile represents. That was his way of trusting you.

Lilia: ...Then what kind of trust should I respond with? No matter what I do...he won't come back...

Bob: I think...what you should do is not forget him.

Lilia: Not forget?

Bob: The way he lived, his friendship, the things he left us...

Lilia: ...I'll never forget. I can't forget! I'll always remember him. He was...my dear friend.

Bob: I'm sure he feels the same way, Lilia...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 16 February, 2009, 04:13:52 pm
~~Jawo' vs. Deke, Pt. 3~~

*With his life hanging in the balance, Deke pulls out all the stops and unleashes the full extent of his power. Deke's darkness flames overwhelm both Jawo' and his crystal dragon with little effort, leaving him without a means to defend himself. With his back against the wall, and seemingly no way to counter Deke's enhancement, can Jawo' survive this predicament and still come out on top?*

*From across the room, Deke continues to glare at Jawo' with fiery passion burning in his eyes*

Jawo': Ungh...(Damnit, Jawo'. You really went and did it this time. You pissed him off and now look where you are. Ho'ryu's been waxed and you sit here against a wall, just waiting to die! What the HELL do you do now!?)

*Deke slowly marches towards Jawo', his flame shroud flaring outwards*

Jawo': (Crap, he's coming! Look's like I've got no choice...)

*As Deke inches toward him, Jawo' grabs his sword and struggles to stand to his feet. As he stands, he wobbles side to side, struggling to maintain a pose. Ready to fight again, he handles his sword in a flismy reverse grip due to injuries sustained*

Jawo': *panting* Hah...ha...ha...(Urgh...this is no good. I feel...so weak. And it's so damn hot in here that...that I can barely see straight! Ungh...)

*Jawo' grabs his sword with both hands, and holds it upright*

Jawo': *smirks* (Heh, well, no use complaining about it now. What's life without a challenge anyway? I've still got some mana left. I'll just have to kill him before he kills me!)

*Without any sort of strategy, Jawo' dashes toward Deke, intent on striking him down with one blow*

Jawo': Haaaaaaaaah!

Deke: *to himself* What? Is he really--? Tsch. The fool...

Jawo': Take this! Yaah!

*Jawo' approaches and swings, but as was expected, his blade melts before even coming in contact with Deke's body, rendering the attack useless*

Jawo': What!? Aagh!

Deke: Simpleton. Have you learned nothing?

Jawo': Huh!?

Deke: Tah!

*Without a moment of hesitation, Deke looses a quick, yet powerful punch to Jawo's face. Packing enough force to end up flying off his feet and to the ground*

Jawo': Huaaaaagh! Ungh!

Deke: *flexes hand* ...Hmph.

*Jawo' sits himself upright, and scopes out his wounds*

Jawo': Agh...that punch. It...it burned. Like somebody just smacked me with a ton of red hot coal...

*Jawo' stands to his feet, ready to attack again*

Jawo': *to himself* Heh heh. Let's see how you like this, Deke. *smiles*

*Jawo' slams his sword into the ground, preparing a technique*

Jawo': Crystal Arte: Giant Crystal Spear!

*On Jawo's command, an enormous jagged peak of crystal juts from the wall behind Deke with the aid of the Crystal Stadium*

Deke: ...

Jawo': Huh?

*Although aware of the attack, Deke stands still, allowing the crystal spear to approach him. And as it does, it too, melts when coming within close proximity of his body*

Jawo': Agh! There's just no way!

Deke: You didn't really think that would work, did you?

Jawo': Damnit...

Deke: Now I think it's time I eliminated this nuisance...

Jawo': What...?

Deke: Huuuuuuuuaaaaaaah!!!

*Deke unleashes his power, his flame shroud flaring out and towering upwards, engulfing most of the room in an intense hellfire. Jawo' shields himself with his arms, trying to avoid being torched*

Jawo': Ungh! W-What...is this!? What's he doing!? A-agh...

Deke: "Burn this life to punish my enemy"! Blast...Heaaaaaarrrt!!!

*Deke's shroud focuses at a center and explodes, launching numerous blasts of roaring heat in every direction*

Jawo': Aaagh...this heat...it's too...much! I...can't--!

*The attack spreads around the chamber, shattering Jawo's Crystal Stadium as intended*

Jawo': What!? No! M-My Crystal Stadium! (So that's what he was trying to do. Damn him...)

*After the attack ceases, Deke is left clutching his chest as if he had a heart attack*

Deke: *panting* Hah....ha...hah...*to himself* So I managed to survive...

Jawo': My Crystal Stadium is toast, and my mana in nearly depleted. Heh. Heh heh... So much for not biting off more than I can chew. I blew it. Again...

Deke: My...my body. I can feel it...getting weaker. If I want to live long enough to see the end of this fight, I must finish this quickly.

*Deke marches towards Jawo' once more. But with his strength nearly gone, Jawo' can do naught but look on with blurred and obscured vision and await his imminent fate*

Jawo': *panting* Hah...so...so hot. I feel like I'm...about to faint. Ungh...I hate to say it, but...it looks like I'm about to bite the big one...

*Deke approaches Jawo' and stands before him*

Deke: ...

Jawo': Heh...so..a-are you satisfied...?

Deke: Hm?

Jawo': If you want to finish me off...now's your chance. I don't have any strength left to fight...

Deke: ...I will.

*Deke reaches down and grabs Jawo' by his neck, lifting him into the air*

Jawo': Guaaaghck!

*Steam rises from Deke's hand, showing evidence of his burning grip*

Deke: This power...

Jawo': Nngh...uh...uh?

Deke: Utilizing this power...will eventually destroy my body from the inside out.

Jawo': ...!

Deke: In time, these flames of darkness will consume both my mind and body, reducing me to a state of nothingness. But I care not...

Jawo': W...What!?

Deke: Because in choosing this path, I will ensure the survival of my friends! So long as they remain safe, my fate is irrelevant! I will do whatever it takes, even if it means sacrificing my body!

Jawo': *straining* Ungh! Y...You...!

*Deke grips his axe and holds it up in preparation to attack*

Deke: Now...for the sake of my friends, you will feel my power!

*Deke channels his power into his axe head, causing it to flare up in flames*

Deke: Brimstone...

Jawo': Ergh, you...fool!!!

Deke: Tempeeeeeeest!

*Deke swings his axe, issuing forth a massive pillar of flames that consumes Jawo's entire body in its confines*

Deke: ...Hmph.

*Meanwhile, within the raging pillar, Jawo' struggles with all his might to withstand the intense blaze, his body scalded and his clothes scorched*

Jawo': Urrrgh! (I...It's now...or n-never! I have to...do it!!)

*Fighting back the flames, slowly reaches into his pocket, pulling out his Water Blue Ring. As he does so, he engages in a flashback*

Jawo': And now I don't know what to do. I mean, it's not like I can make my crystals resistant to fire. Or the water from the ring super effective against it.

Blue: Hmm...maybe not, Jawo'. But then again, have you thought about combining the two together?

Jawo': What? Are you serious?

Blue: Well yeah. If the two elements alone aren't proving effective enough, then combining them together should give you the kind of results you're looking for. Take my magic for instance. Sure, each element is powerful on it's own, but I also have spells that utilize the power of two combined elements at my disposal, just in case I need that extra kick.

Jawo': Do you...do you really think I could? Do you really think I could combine the powers of the sword and the ring?

Blue: Hmm...well it's not exactly the same as combination magic, but it's the same general concept. So in theory, I suppose it's possible.

*Jawo' looks at both the Crystal Sword and Water Blue ring comparatively*

Jawo': The Crystal Sword...and...the Water Blue ring...

Blue: Heheheh, but..don't get your hopes up too high. It's only conjecture on my part.

Jawo': Hmm...(Conjecture or not...it's worth a try...)

*end flashback*

Jawo': (And now...is the time! I'm going to follow your advice, Blue!)

*Holding the Crystal Sword in one hand and the Water Blue Ring in the other, Jawo' brings the two together, hoping to create an amalgamation*

Jawo': Haaaaaaaaa! This is it!

*Jawo' combines the two ores, which generates a shining blue light that fills the area*

Deke: Wh...What? What is this!?

*The strong light pierces the flame pillar, shining brightly throughout the entire chamber*

Deke: Aagh! *shields eyes* Th-That light! Where is it...coming from!? Ergh!

*The light fades, and although burned and beaten, Jawo' appears standing strong and tall, carrying a new, blue-bladed and dripping wet sword in hand. With his experiment a success, he gazes upon it with a grin on his face*

Jawo': *to himself* Heh, so it worked afterall. Thanks, Blue. You're a lifesaver...

Deke: Ah! You! Y-You're...still alive? But how!?

Jawo': That's none of your business. I have nothing to say to a creep who'd put the throw his own life away, or even put the very planet at risk for a cause.

Deke: What...?

Jawo': I'll show you what it really means to be a friend!

*Without skipping a beat, Jawo' dashes toward Deke at full speed*

Jawo': Aaaaagh!!

Deke: !?

*Jawo' quickly approaches and slashes overhead, forcing Deke to defend by guarding the blow with his axe, locking the two in a power struggle*

Deke: Eerrgh!

Jawo': I won't let you do this! I won't let you do this...to your friends! Haaah!

*Jawo' pushes forward, slowly moving Deke off-center*

Deke: Ungh! (M-My body...it's...too weak. I...I c-can't...h-hold him off!) Aaagh!

*Jawo' succeeds in breaking Deke's guard, knocking his axe out of his hands to the far end of the chamber*

Deke: No!

Jawo': Now take this! Hyah!

*Blood spurts outwards as Jawo' delivers a clean cut across Deke's chest*

Deke: Guaaagh!

*Deke staggers backwards, clutching his bleeding flesh wound*

Deke: *panting heavily* Hah...haah...ha...Too...strong...ungh...

Jawo': Aaaaaah, it's not over yet!

*Jawo' holds up his sword, as its consumed with rushing water*

Deke: *panting* Hah...ha...(His sword...it's taken on the properties of water now. Even at the peak of my strength, he still manages to find a way to thwart my flames. This boy...he never ceases to amaze me...)

Jawo': Now, let's see what this sword can really do!

*Jawo' swings his sword, loosing a massive wave of water that travels towards Deke at a high velocity*

Deke: Uu-uagh... (It's...no use. My body is sapped of strength, and my consciousness is fading. I...I cannot avoid it...)

*Lacking the energy necessary to dodge, Deke can do naught but allow himself to be caught by the rushing wave*

Deke: Eerugh!

Jawo': Haa!

*With Deke submerged under the crushing wave, Jawo' focuses his mana, forming the wave into a sphere of water that floats in midair, sealing Deke within*

Deke: *struggling to hold breath* (Ugh, I...I'm prepared...to accept my fate...)

*Jawo' leaps into the air after the water sphere, with his sword held high over his head*

Jawo': "A flood of drops bursts forth!" Haaaaaaah! Midnight...Floooooooood!!!

*Gripping his sword with both hands, Jawo' stabs it downwards deep into the sphere, causing it to explode in a torrential rush*

Deke: Uuuuaaaaaagh!!!

*Deke's battered body plummets to the ground. Though still barely conscious, he is unable to fight any longer, ending the fight in Jawo's favor*

Deke: *under his breath* K--Kovah...

*Upon landing, Jawo' seperates the Aqua Brand, returning both the Crystal Sword and Water Blue Ring to their original states*

Jawo': *sheathes sword* It's over, Deke. You lost this fight...

Deke: ...S--So this is how it ends...

Jawo': Hm?

Deke: I will die...a failure...

Jawo': Deke...

Deke: In the end...I...I couldn't save him afterall. Kovah...Shina, I'm sorry. I...could not fulfill my promise...to you...

Jawo': *shakes head* No, that's not true.

Deke: Uh...?

Jawo': Deke, your heart is in the right place, but your methods are foolish.

Deke: What...?

Jawo': I...I refuse to accept that's it okay to sacrifice people for a cause.

Deke: ...

Jawo': If you sacrifice yourself, your friends...your friends who love and care about you, they'll be left without you. It'll be the same as sacrificing them. Don't you understand that?

Deke: I...

Jawo': I won't let you sacrifice the world or yourself to save Kovah, do you hear me?

Deke: But then...then what should I do? What choice do I have...?

Jawo': Don't. Give. Up.

Deke: Hunh?

Jawo': Don't EVER give up. We'll find a way to save Kovah without having to sacrifice anyone. And we'll do it...together.

Deke: T--Together...?

*Deke looks up to see Jawo' extending his hand out towards him, as a sign of friendship*

Deke: Ah...

Jawo': ...

Deke: You...my enemy. You would offer your hand...to me?

Jawo': Yes, I would. Except for one thing...

Deke: ?

Jawo': We're not enemies. Not anymore. From this point on, we're going to fight together for a common goal. We're going to save both Kovah AND the world. And we're not giving up until we find a way for EVERYONE to live. Is that clear?

Deke: Ye...

Jawo': Hm?

Deke: Yes...

*Deke's expression shifts to a warm smile as he grabs hold of Jawo's hand*

Deke: I...accept this way.

Jawo': Good.

*Jawo' takes Deke's hand and pulls him into an upright position*

Bob: Well said, Jawo'.

Jawo'/Deke: Hn?

*Jawo' and Deke look over to see Bob's group approaching them*

Deke: Who...who are--?

Jawo': Bob! A-And Zeldafan!? But what are you--!?

Zeldafan: Heehee! We heard everything you said just now!

Jawo': Huh?

Zeldafan: I didn't know you had it in ya, Jawo', but you can sound pretty darn heroic at times!

Jawo': Uuh...*rubs head and blushes*

Zeldafan: Aw, you're blushing. How cute! Heehee, I think Blue might have himself some competition.

Jawo': Hmph. *crosses arms* Well hey, he's not the only one who can dish out the heroic monologues.

Zeldafan: Hah, you said it. I can see that you're every bit of a hero as he is.

Shina: Deke!

Deke: Wha-- T...That voice...

Shina: Deke! Deke!

Deke: S-Shina...is that--

*But before Deke can finish his sentence, Shina rushes up and throws her arms around him, holding him tight*

Shina: *sniff* Deke...

Deke: Shina...

Shina: I thought...

Deke: Hn?

Shina: I thought...that'd I'd never see you again after you left those 15 years ago. I'm so glad that you're okay...

Deke: ...I was a fool...

Shina: Huh? What do you mean?

Deke: All this time...I was so focused on bringing Kovah back to his true self...that, I didn't care what I had to do to accomplish it. I was willing to throw my own life away, and even plunge the entire planet into chaos to do so...

Shina: What!? But...but that's insane!

Deke: ...

Shina: How...how could you even think of sacrificing yourself like that!? Yes, it's true that I want Kovah back, but...not if it means losing you in the process!

Deke: Shina...

Shina: I...I don't know what I'd do if I lost you, Deke...*sniff*

Deke: Somewhere in my heart, I felt that if I managed to rescue Kovah and end his suffering, even at the cost of my life, that everything would still turn out okay in the end. Even though I knew that I'd be leaving the both of you alone. I...I was foolish for believing this. And that's why...

Shina: Huh?

Deke: That's why I've made a vow. A vow to never again risk abandoning my friends. I will not sacrifice this world or myself to save Kovah, but instead, we shall venture forth together. To find a means of saving both our friend and the planet without sacrificing anyone.

*Upon hearing Deke's words, Shina dries her tears and warms up to a smile*

Shina: *sniff* ...

Deke: And we will do so, with the aid of our friends...

Jawo': *grins* Heh heh, you talkin' about me, big guy?

Deke: *nods* Yes. You, and everyone else as well.

Shina: *nods* Yes...! We're all friends...

Lilia: Heehee, that's right!

Jawo': Ah! Lilia!

Lilia: Jawo'...

Jawo': Lilia, you're here! A--are you okay!? Are you alright!? What happened!? You fought Shadow, didn't you? Where is he!?

Lilia: Aah!

*Upon mention of Shadow, Lilia's expression turns to sadness*

Lilia: ...

Jawo': Wait...you don't mean...

Deke: Hrrm... *lowers head*

Jawo': Then...then...!

Deke: ?

Lilia: Huh?

Jawo': We'll just have to fight on Shadow's behalf too!

Lilia: Jawo'...thank you. *smiles*

Bob: Ahem!

Jawo': Huh?

Bob: Sorry to have to cut this pep rally short, but don't we have a job to do?

Jawo': Hm! *nods* You're right, Bob! Blue and Reese...and Kovah too. They need our help!

Lilia: And Millie as well!

Jawo': Oh...right...*scratches head* her...

Lilia: *annoyed* Jawo'!

Jawo': Hey hey, I was only kidding! Sheesh...*sweatdrop*

*Bitter adversaries turn to friends and fierce allies, as Deke abandons his self-sacrificing ways in favor of more complacent methods. Bob's group, joined now by Jawo' and a reformed Deke, travel into the deepest depths of the Asroc Temple, hurrying to the aid of Blue and Kovah, who even now, struggle in a bout riddled with misunderstanding*

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Eternal Gate Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 02 March, 2009, 02:40:11 pm
~~Blue vs. Kovah, Pt. 3~~

*Refusing to stand by and watch as his friends fall before Kovah's might, Reese overcomes his fear and uncertainty and joins in the fight, rescuing Millie from an untimely demise. Reese's sudden interventions leaves Kovah cornered, allowing Blue to seal his fate with a destructive Indignation spell. But the victory is short-lived, as Kovah rises back to battle, despite serious injuries inflicted. But...is it really Kovah? Or another, more dangerous force, as Reese suspects?*

Reese: *to himself* He...He said I was a...a Lunisian... But what does--

Blue: Reese.

Reese: Huh? Blue?

Blue: Reese, you said that...that's not Kovah. ...What did you mean by that?

Reese: Hm. Well, it came up while Lilia and I were traveling with Kovah's group as his hostages.

Blue: Uh?

Reese: ...There's a another being...inhabiting Kovah's mind.

Blue: What!? Another being!?

Reese: Hm. *nods*

Blue: But...But how is that possible!? The Asrocian Elders told us that Kovah's mind was corrupted by the evil power enamating from the monolith!

Reese: And that's what we all believed to be true at first...

Blue: Huh?

Reese: That is...until we saw Kovah's true self remerge.

Blue: What? Is that true?

Reese: Yeah. *nods* It was only for a moment, but it allowed us to draw the conclusion that Kovah's really struggling on the inside.

Blue: What...?

Reese: Kovah and this...this presence, they're both struggling for control over his body. But he can't succeed on his own. It's hold is just...too strong.

Blue: So...you're saying that...all this time, another presense from within Kovah's consciousness...has been manipulating his actions, and forcing him to do all of this against his will?

Reese: ...

Blue: *to himself* Destroying the Guardian Statues, bringing this island back from the ocean depths, and kidnapping Lilia and Reese, all while hurting countless innocent people... All of it was being orchestrated by someone from behind the scenes this entire time, and we didn't even suspect a thing!

Reese: That's right, Blue. Lilia and I, we wanted to find a way...to free him. A way that wouldn't resort to anyone getting hurt. It's why...I...I couldn't bring myself to fire upon him earlier...

Blue: Reese...

Reese: I'm sorry, I just couldn't do it. This...isn't his fault, Blue...

Blue: It's alright, Reese. I...understand now...

Reese: Huh?

*With his anger ablaze, Blue sets his gazes upon the possessed Kovah*

Blue: Damnit. *clenches fist* (Shina...she was right all along. Kovah...really was possessed by another force after coming in contact with the monolith. But if this is true, then I get the feeling we're not dealing with an evil power anymore. No... Something's going on here, something a lot bigger than just a maniac's lust for power)

Kovah(?): Hmhmhmhm...

Blue: Mmmn... (And he's the one behind it all!)

Kovah(?): Hahahaha!

Blue: *angrily* You...this is all your doing!

Kovah(?): So, you've finally figured it out, have you? Well it's about time...

Blue: Huh?

Kovah(?): Yes! I was the one, who put it all into place! From the very beginning, I manipulated the foolish human you call "Kovah" into doing my bidding. With him under my influence, I was finally able to succeed in uncovering the long lost seal containing my body!

Blue: What!?

Reese: Y-Your...body!?

Blue: Damn...so that's what this was all about. This was all just a plot...to get your body back...

Kovah(?): Hahaha! Yes! And you pathetic humans are what made it all possible! And to think, you actually believed that there was a "Great Power" lying within the seal. Pah, what rubbish. The only power to be found is my own! Power that will soon be limitless!

Blue: Ergh...no! Damnit! This was all...just a set-up! We were all being duped right from the start!

Kovah(?): Ha ha ha...I guess you could say that. But I really must thank you for doing away with this pesky human body.

Blue: What...?

Kovah(?): Ah yes...defeating this fool...made it possible for me to achieve my goal! With his consciousness subdued, I've at last taken full control of his body! No longer will his feeble human mind interfere with me!

Blue: You...You used him...like a puppet!

Kovah(?): Haha! Correct! It was for my ideal! For eternal power!

Reese: W-Who are you? What are you!?

Kovah(?): Hrmph, wouldn't you like to know, Lunisian?

Reese: Ah! (Lunisian...he said it again. What...is that?)

Kovah(?): Don't worry...

Reese: Huh?

Kovah(?): You will know firsthand just who I am!!!

Reese: Aah!

*Suddenly, the energy surrounding Kovah begins to flee his body, taking an ominous form*

Blue: !? Get ready...he's up to something!

Reese: Hm!

*The energy manifests into physical and somewhat ethereal form outside of Kovah's body. Without an inhabitation residing in his will, Kovah falls helplessly to the ground, unconscious once more*

Reese: Aaah! W-W-What is that thing!?

Blue: Stay alert, Reese! This could get rough...

??: And now...

Blue: Wha--

??: To acquire a new vessel...

Blue: What? A new vessel? ...Aah! No! He can't mean--!

??: Haa!

Blue: Reese!

*Without hesistation, the ethereal being soars directly towards Reese, intent on taking his body as his own*

??: You're mine, Lunisian!

Blue: No! Reese, look out! He's coming for you!

Reese: Aaah!

??: It's too late!

*But before Reese has a chance to escape, the being's energy engulfs Reese's body, occupying him within the depths of his cognizance*

Blue: Reese! No!

Reese: Aaah! Aaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

Blue: Reese, fight it! Don't let him take control of you!

Reese: I...ugh...I...

*Reese's body tremors and shakes, showing proof of his inward struggle to maintain control of his body movements*

Blue: Reese...?

??: Hahaha! It's no use!

Blue: What!?

*The being projects his voice from within Reese's subconscious*

??: What you say is impossible. The Lunisian will never be able to overpower the likes of me. He is much too weak and frail...

Reese: Ungh...aagh!

Blue: Come on, Reese! I know you're stronger than this!

Reese: Aah...Blue! I-I...I'm t-trying!

Blue: Damn!

??: Hahahaha! Like I said, it's a futile effort. From within the Lunisian's subconscious, I will take control of his body, and force him to release the seal on my body against every fiber of his will!

Reese: U-ungh! N-no! You...You can't!

Blue: Damnit! You think I'm just going to let you get away with this!?

??: Hmph. And just what do you intend to do to me?

Blue: What?

??: Attack me, and you'll be attacking the boy as well...

Blue: Aah!

??: The only way to stop me, is to kill the boy! But you don't want to do that, do you!? Hahahah!

Blue: Urgh! *clenches fist*

??: Foolish human sentiments...

Blue: (Damn! W-What do I do now!?)

??: We all have a role to play, and yours is by far the most crucial, Lunisian.

Reese: N...No! I...I won't do it!

??: You have no choice!

*Against his will, Reese begins to walk towards the monolith*

Reese: Aagh! No! I...I can't...stop it!

Blue: Reese! You have to snap out of it! There's too much on the line for you to give in now!

Reese: I...I can't, Blue! I can't...move my body! He's...he's t-too...strong! Aaagh!

Blue: Reese! Don't do this!

Reese: Blue...I-I'm sorry!

Blue: Damn it!

Kovah: Ungh...Bl...

Blue: Hn?

*Blue looks over to notice Kovah regained consciousness, yet still severely weak*

Blue: Kovah!

Kovah: Blu...ue...

Blue: Kovah, it's you. H-Have you...returned to your true self?

Kovah: I have...but...that's not what's important right now...

Blue: Huh?

Kovah: Blue...you...you have to stop Reese!

Blue: What!? But...I--!

Kovah: You must!

Blue: Ah!

Kovah: Because...if you don't, then...that...that monster, he'll return, and...and destroy everything...and everyone we hold dear...

Blue: But...I can't! I can't hurt him!

Kovah: I know. It must be hard...to have to turn your blade against a friend. But if you don't do this, many more innocent people will suffer!

Blue: ...

Kovah: Blue, please...

Blue: I...understand.

Kovah: Huh?

Blue: I really don't want to do this. But, I will if I have to...

Kovah: Blue...thanks...

Blue: Just...leave it to me.

*Blue turns and faces Reese, intent on striking him down*

Blue: *to himself* Ungh! That damn monster! But...I guess I don't have a choice...

*Blue begins to focus his mana towards casting a spell. Though unbeknownst to him, the being takes notice of this*

??: What...? What's he doing...?

Blue: Reese...I'm sorry I have to do this...

??: Argh! He would dare!? The fool! ...Hunh. Well no matter. I will simply dispose of him.

*Reese is forced to draw an arrow and load it into his bow*

Reese: Aah! What--!

??: Silence! We will eliminate that nuisance before he eliminates you!

Reese: No! D-don't!

*Reese pulls the arrow back and prepares to fire. Meanwhile, Blue chants an incantation*

Blue: *chanting* "O sharpened rage, run through that which blocks our future"!

Reese: Blue! Aaa-aaagh! I can't...hold it back!

??: Now! Die!

Blue: Stalag--huh!?

Kovah: Aah! Blue! Look out!

*As Blue finishes his incantation, he looks over just in time to witness an arrow pierce straight through his chest*

Blue: Ree...aaarrggh!!

Kovah: Blue! No!

Reese: Blue!

*With a bleeding hole in chest just above his heart depleting him of his energy, Blue falls backwards helplessly to the ground*

Blue: ...

??: Hmm, perhaps that was not enough power. Yet still, it is of little consequence. He won't be bothering us...anymore.

Kovah: Blue! No, this can't be happening!

Reese: Aaaaaaaah! W-What have I done!? Blue!

??: Hahaha. Thanks to you, Reese, there's no one left who can stand in my way!

Reese: No...

??: And as a show of my appreciation, I will allow you to witness the fruition of my glorious re-emergence!

Reese: What!?

??: ...The reawakening of the Supreme Ruler of the Universe!!!

*Upon approaching the monolith, Reese is forced to insert his necklace key into an indentation on the monolith, breaking the seal*

Kovah: Aaah!

Reese: N-Noooooo!

??: Hahaha! Yes!!!

*Upon the breaking of the seal, the chamber is filled with a blinding white light, to which Bob's group witnesses as well*

Deke: Urgh! Ungh! What in the world!?

Jawo': Hey! W-What's that light!?

Lilia: It's coming from up ahead!

Zeldafan: Up ahead... But isn't that where... Bob! You don't think--!?

Bob: That could very well be the case, Zeldafan. But for our sake, I pray that is it not...

*The light dissipates, and upon the crumbled remains of the monolith stands a human-like demon, with pale grey skin and long white hair. He stands menacingly before Reese carrying a knights sword, decked out in heavy black armor and wrapped in a large white cape*

??: Heh heh...hah hah hah... Success! At last...at last I have done it!!

Reese: *trembling* Aaah...aaah...aa...

??: Hrmph. Well now, you look like you've just seen a ghost.

*Reese slowly backs away in fear of the tyrant before him*

Reese: N-n-no! Th-This can't be real!

??: Hah, pathetic Lunisian. How dare you deny what you can see before your very eyes.

Reese: This...this isn't happening!

??: Now that you've fulfilled your only useful, I have no more need for the likes of you...

Reese: *gulp*

??: You are not worthy to live for my judgment! Now peer into the eyes of your executioner! Begone!

Reese: Aaaaah!!

*The mysterious man quickly draws his sword and delivers a deadly slash across Reese's chest, spilling his blood*

Reese: Uuuuaaaagh!

*Reese falls to the ground unconscious after suffering a grave wound*

Kovah: Reese!

??: Hahahaha! Looks like the sands have run from the hourglass. What a pity... *sheathes sword*

Kovah: *angrily* You...you monster...!

*Although too late to put a stop to the catastrophe at hand, Bob and the remainder of Blue's companions arrive at the chamber. And what they witness before them leaves them in shock*

Lilia: *gasp* Ah! Blue!!

Kovah: Hn?

Penny: Reese! No!

*Seeing their friend's injured bodies lying the ground, Lilia and Penny rush to their aid*

Lilia: Blue! Blue, can you hear me!? Say something!

Blue: ...

Penny: Reese, come on! Snap out of it!

Reese: ...

Jawo': ...This is bad. They're both seriously injured. Ergh, damnit! What the hell happened here!?

Zeldafan: *gasp* Bob! Look!

Bob: Blast...we were too late to stop it...

Shina: Wh-Who is that man...?

Zeldafan: Bob, is...is he...

Bob: *disturbed* Hrrm...

??: Hmph. More annoying flies, it would appear.

Jawo': Hey!!

??: Hrm? You would dare address me in that barbarous tone?

Jawo': You're damn right, I would! Who are you!? Are you the one who did this to my friends!? Because if you did...

*Jawo' grabs the hilt of his sword*

Jawo': You're gonna pay...

??: Hah, well, since you're going to die anyway, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to tell you.

Jawo': What!?

??: Behold, worthless humans! I am the Great Emperor Odexxia!

Deke: What? Odexxia?

Odexxia: The man who once seized the inner power of 1000 celestial bodies! And obliterated many a galaxy, leaving them a withered wasteland in my wake.

Prima: Seized the power of 1000 planets!?

Odexxia: I am...the most powerful warrior in all the cosmos, and soon to be the Supreme Ruler of the entire Universe! Hahahaha!!

Zeldafan: Universe!? Is this guy serious!?

Odexxia: Heh heh, now that you've failed in every possible way, the whole world awaits execution at my hands! There is...no escape.

The worst has come to pass, and the Lunar Monolith's seal has finally been shattered. With the reawakening of Mighty Galactic Emperor, Odexxia, a dark cloud looms over the horizon once more. With both Blue and Reese incapacitated and on the verge of death, do our heroes have with it takes to bring down this new threat and succeed in stopping his plans for Universal Domination?

End Eternal Gate Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Deir Lunisia Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 12 March, 2009, 11:22:14 pm
*With piercing gazes, the group looks on with contempt and unease at the new foe standing before them*

Bob: Odexxia... So you're the one who was spoken of in my Historical Records...

Odexxia: Historical Records, hm? Well yes! I am Odexxia. The very same Odexxia that was buried and left a cursed memory. And yet, I now live again! Hahahaha!

Bob: Mmmn...(If what those records say are indeed true...this...could bode ill for us...)

Odexxia: Ha ha ha. I must say, I'm impressed with your cunning and resolve. I didn't think you lot would make it this far! And here I was banking on you all killing eachother...

*Blue, still suffering from his previous injury, struggles to sit upwards*

Blue: Uu-urgh...Y-You...

Lilia: Ah! Blue!

Odexxia: Hmph, but no matter... Before long, the world will once again be mine on a delicious half-shelf. And there's nothing you can do to stop me.

Kovah: O...Odexxia...!

Odexxia: Hm?

Kovah: There's no way I'm...going to let you...get away with this!

Odexxia: Ah, so the puppet speaks...

Kovah: Wh-What!?

Odexxia: Yes, you were merely a puppet...dancing at the end of my strings. A lowly pawn in my grand scheme!

Kovah: Ungh...

Shina: Don't talk about Kovah like he's just some...thing!!

Odexxia: Oh, but Kovah was a tool most crucial to my plans. As was the Lunisian boy.

Reese: ...

Odexxia: Oh yes. You've both played your parts exceedingly well!

Kovah: You...You damn bastard. How dare you use me like that!

Odexxia: Be silent, you fool. You have outlived your usefulness to me. Now die like the puppet you are!

Kovah: Uh!?

*Odexxia fires a bolt of lightning at Kovah in an attempt to kill him*

Blue/Jawo'/Lilia/Penny/Reese/Prima/Zeldafan: !!!

Deke: Kovah!

Shina: Kovah, no!

Kovah: Aaah!

Bob: Guardian Field!!

*Bob quickly steps in front of Kovah and thrusts his rapier into the ground, summoning a field of light around him that blocks the oncoming lightning bolt*

Odexxia: What...!?

*The strain of fending off the powerful attack leaves Bob in a state of extreme fatigue*

Bob: Urgh...(He's...strong...)

Zeldafan: Bob!

*Zeldafan hurries to Bob's side, grabbing hold of him as he stumbles over*

Zeldafan: Bob...a-are you okay...?

Bob: *panting* Hah...hah...I-I'm fine. Never you worry.

Kovah: You...

Bob: Hrm?

Kovah: You...saved me. Uh...I..uhm..th-thanks...

Bob: Think nothing of it.

Zeldafan: ...(I...I can't believe it! One attack from that guy...reduced Bob to this!? I think we're in some deep trouble here...!)

Odexxia: Hmm...so you humans aren't as weak as I thought you were. This could prove interesting...

Jawo': Damnit! You...You son of--!! *clenches fist*

Odexxia: Hm?

Jawo': Odexxia! How dare you harm my friends!

*With fiery anticipation, Jawo' grabs the hilt of his sword, ready to fight*

Odexxia: Hm hm hm.... My my, it seems that we have quite the firebrand in our presence.

Jawo': You'll pay for this!

Odexxia: Ohmmm...how delightful. A little twerp tete-a-tete, mmm? I'm up for it if you are, boy!

Jawo': Hm!

Odexxia: However, for your sake, your bite had better be worse than your pathetic bark.

Jawo': Agh, I'll show you who's the pathetic one...

Lilia: *gasp* Jawo'! Don't!

Jawo': Here I come!

*Jawo' attempts to charge towards Odexxia when he feels a force restraining him from behind*

Jawo': Wh-What...?

*Jawo' turns his head to see Prima having wrangled his waist with her whip to keep him from going further*

Jawo': Prima! Ugh, what are you doing!?

Prima: What's it look like!? I'm saving your butt, that's what!

Jawo': What!?

Prima: Ugh, do you ever think before you act!? I'm beginning to wonder if there's a brain in that oversized head of yours!

Jawo': I don't have time for this! Let me go so I can pound him into the ground!

Prima: And just how are you going to do that, huh!?

Jawo': I...

Prima: Don't be stupid! After what we just witnessed, there's no way you can take that guy. Not by yourself. You can't just go running off like that, you bonehead! You'll only get yourself killed!

Jawo': I...uungh, fine...

Odexxia: Hm hm hm hm hm... You humans really are amusing creatures...

Jawo': Damnit...

Odexxia: But as much as I'd love to do you all the favor of seperating your heads from your bodies, I have a much more...important task at hand.

Prima: Wha--?

Odexxia: Ah haa...

*Odexxia looks upwards at the sky, gazing into the heavens*

Odexxia: ...The world of Deir Lunisia. How long it's been since I've last laid eyes upon it.

Reese: D-Deir...L...Lunis-ia...?

Penny: Reese...?

Odexxia: The show, I'm afraid, is over. It's time for the final curtain! Deir Lunisia's power will at last become my own, and once that happens, I shall become...a God!

Penny: What!? A...A God!?

Odexxia: But don't worry. For when I return, I will make sure to grind you AND this worthless planet...INTO THE GROUND!!

Blue: N...N-No!

Odexxia: Farewell! Hahahahahaha!!

Jawo': Damn you, Odexxia, wait!

*Jawo' breaks free from his restraints and rushes towards Odexxia*

Jawo': Get back here!

*He attempts to strike with his blade, but Odexxia disappears from sight, rendering his assault useless*

Jawo': ...

Prima: He...got away...

Jawo': Damn... We have to follow him!

Prima: Jawo'! Just hold it for a second!

Jawo': Argh, what is it this time!?

Prima: Just look at the state we're in! We're in no kind of shape to be tailing that guy right now.

*Jawo' looks around, taking in the sight of his friends injured and impaired*

Jawo': Aah...

Bob: Prima's...right. We should take time to regroup first...before deciding our next course of action.

Jawo': Ah, uhm...r-right...

Penny: Yeah, I'll do my best to heal their wounds.

*And so the group does as such. With their wounds mended, and their strength fully recuperated, they all come together. Although still in a state of befuddlement*

Penny: *healing Kovah* Ah ha! And that's the last of 'em!

Kovah: Aaah...much better. *flexes hand* Thank you...Penny.

Penny: Don't thank me. It's not like I did it for you. I still don't trust you, you know.

Shina: Ah! But...But Pen--

Kovah: No, Shina. It's...it's okay.

Shina: But Kovah! None of this was your fault! It's not right to hold you accountable!

Kovah: No...I think it is.

Shina: What...?

Kovah: It's true, I wasn't in my right state of mind. But that still won't change the fact that I did terrible things. So I can understand their feelings. This is something...that I'll just have to bear.

Shina: Oh Kovah...

Jawo': Well this is one fine mess we're all in! What do we do now, Blue!?

Blue: I...don't know. But first thing's first. We need to find out just what kind of opponent we're dealing with here.

*Blue looks towards Bob*

Blue: Bob, I trust that you came here with that intel.

Bob: And you would be correct, Blue.

Blue: So tell us. Who is this Odexxia, and what exactly does he intend to do?

Bob: Hmm... Well, the Historical Records description of him is very limited, but I'll tell you what I can. Alright, now where to begin...? ...Odexxia, is an ancient demon lord, and widely known across the demon world as the most powerful Demonic Emperor ever. He is evil incarnate, and to a degree, insane. His only motivation being to acquire limitless power and rule over not only the demon world, but the entire Universe as well. He's both cruel and ruthless, and will use and manipulate everyone around him to achieve his goals.

Lilia: But, this...Deir Lunisia that he spoke of...what does that have to do with achieving his goal?

Bob: Odexxia is also known as, the Core Assimilator.

Lilia: Core...Assimilator?

Bob: He acquires greater power by assimilating the planet hearts, adding their power to his own.

Jawo': Planet Hearts... What are those?

Bob: Planet Hearts are portions of celestial bodies located in the very center, and are responsible for maintaining the life and stability of said planet. All planet hearts are made up of an extremely high concentration of mana. When Odexxia absorbs these, he is adding this immense power to his own being, becoming even more dangerous as a result.

Lilia: But...I still don't get it. What is it about Deir Lunisia that makes it so special? Odexxia seemed pretty focused on heading there, as if there's something that puts it above other planets.

Zeldafan: Hey! There's something I've been wondering about that!

Bob: Hm?

Zeldafan: What IS Deir Lunisia, anyway!? I've never heard of that before in my life!

Bob: Ah, Zeldafan. Deir Lunisia...is this world's equivalent of the Moon.

Zeldafan: What? The Moon!?

Bob: Yes, also known as "The Silver Star", it was once inhabited by humans many centuries ago.

Zeldafan: Wha--!? You're telling me that humans used to live on the Moon!? There's no way!

Bob: Ah, but it's true. In fact, 1000 years ago, Odexxia himself descended unto Deir Lunisia, most likely in hopes of absorbing its planet heart. But oddly enough, that was the last time he was heard from. That is, until now of course.

Lilia: What...happened?

Bob: Well apparently he was sealed away and yet somehow found his way to Earth. But the details of this untold encounter still remain a mystery to this day...

Reese: But...But--!

Bob: Hm?

Blue: What is it, Reese?

Reese: Odexxia...he...he kept referring to me as a Lunisian. Does this mean that...I'm...one of these people? Am I really from Deir Lunisia!?

Bob: ...I cannot tell you for sure, Reese...

Blue: But at the very least, it would make sense.

Reese: Huh?

Penny: What do you mean, Blue?

Blue: Well, think about it for a second. The mystery surrounding the origins of Reese's birth, the fact that he was the only one capable of unsealing the monolith, and now...this. Don't you think it all adds up?

Bob: Hrm...now that you mention it, that's a very astute deduction, Blue. Such would do to explain Reese's obvious ties to the monolithic seal. A very plausible theory indeed...

Blue: But in the end, the only way we'll know for sure...is for us to go to the world of Deir Lunisia ourselves.

Lilia: Blue! A-Are we really--?

Blue: We are. We can't let Odexxia succeed with his twisted plan. He must be stopped at all costs!

Jawo': So we're finally going, huh? Well it's about time!

Blue: Yeah. I just need to know if...you all would lend me your support.

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: We're venturing to a completely new world, and there's no telling what could lie in store for us there. There's a chance...that we may not come back alive...

Jawo': Hah, is that all!?

Blue: What?

Jawo': In case you haven't noticed, Blue, we've been risking our butts on this journey since day one!

Lilia: Jawo's right, Blue! We've come this far, there's no way we're going to call it quits now!

Jawo': No stupid planet is going to scare me off! I say bring it on! There's too much riding on this one to leave it all in your hands.

Lilia: And the possibility of death will never steer me from your side, Blue. I'm with you all the way!

Blue: Guys...thanks. And what about you, Penny? Reese? I'd understand if this is all too much for you.

Penny: Well what do you think, Blue!?

Blue: Ah?

Penny: You think I'm going to turn tail and run away while everyone else is out risking their lives? I thought you knew me better than that, Blue! I'm no coward!

Blue: But--

Penny: Hey! Don't be like that! I intend to stick with you, Blue! And there's no way you can talk me out of helping you, kay? *winks*

Blue: Oh Penny...

Reese: Blue...I...I wanna come too!

Blue: Huh?

Reese: I know...that this'll be more dangerous than anything we've ever faced together, but I have to do this! I feel like...like I'm so close, to finding my true destiny! And I think I'll find it...on Deir Lunisia.

Blue: Reese...

Reese: I also know that this journey isn't all about me. I want to come, not only to find my destiny, but to help you all save the world too! Like I said, we're all in this together, right? I'm not going to abandon everyone after coming this far.

Blue: Hm. *nods* You're right, Reese. Thank you...for everything.

Bob: So, I trust everything is settled, Blue? If so, we should prepare for departure.

Blue: Yeah. We should get going.

Kovah: Blue, wait!

Bob: Hm?

Blue: Huh?

*Kovah boldy steps forward with a proclamation*

Kovah: If...If it's not too much to ask, Blue...I'd like to join you...and your companions in the fight against Odexxia.

Blue: Kovah...

Kovah: I know, up until now, I've caused you and your friends a lot of grief. But now, I want to work to try and make things right. Even if...I can never be truly forgiven for what I've done.

Blue: I'd be happy...to have you join us.

Kovah: !?

Blue: But just know one thing.

Kovah: What...is it?

Blue: This is neither about revenge, nor redemption for your past crimes. I'm allowing you to join us, because we are all fighting for one common cause: To defeat Odexxia, and save Earth. That's the only thing that matters at this point.

Kovah: You're...You're right, Blue. Thank you, for placing your trust in me.

Blue: Hm. *nods*

Shina: Don't forget about me, Blue!

Blue: Shina?

Shina: If Kovah's going, then I am too! I may not be very strong, but I want to help you as best as I can!

Deke: And if both Kovah and Shina wish to accompany you, then I will as well. In hopes of achieving a brighter future, I shall lend you all of my strength.

Blue: And Prima...

Prima: Uh?

Blue: What about you? Will you be joining us in our fight?

Prima: *apathetically* Mm? Oh, yeah, okay, sure. *fans hand*

Blue: Heh, well that's as good of an answer as any, I guess. *rubs head*

Lilia: Well, I'd say that's everyone, right?

Jawo': Yeah! With all of us fighting together like this, there's no way we can lose! Heh, Odexxia may as well just beg us for mercy!

Bob: Blue, preparations are complete. The Gateway to Deir Lunisia is ready whenever you are.

Blue: Alright...this is it. From this point onward, there's no turning back.

Kovah: We're all prepared for whatever lies ahead, Blue.

Blue: Then it's time for us to go. Last stop, Deir Lunisia, The Silver Star.

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Deir Lunisia Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 02 April, 2009, 10:12:26 pm
*On Blue's order, Bob opens a gate which the group uses as a means to travel to Deir Lunisia. Once arriving on the other side, they stumble into a frozen wasteland of a planet, entirely devoid of life. Dark, swirling clouds blanket the sky as a chilling wind scours the land*

~~The Desolate Planet: Deir Lunisia~~

Lilia: ...*gasp*

Jawo': What the--? What is this...?

Blue: This is Deir Lunisia!?

Bob: I was aware of this earlier, but it sure isn't a very hospitable place to live.

Deke: Agreed. Upon first glance, most of it appears to be wasteland, really.

Zeldafan: But Bob, didn't you say that this planet was once inhabited by a race of people?

Bob: Yes, that is true. But that was many centuries ago.

Kovah: So that would mean, anything could've happened between then and now...

Shina: But what could've occured here that was so devastating as to destroy a race of people, and reduce an entire planet to...this?

Prima: Well, Bob also said that Odexxia arrived here 1000 years ago, right? Maybe he had something to do with all this.

Jawo': Humph, no doubt this was his doing.

Bob: Perhaps. But you can never be too certain...

Jawo': Huh?

Reese: Hold on a minute!

Penny: What's up, Reese?

Reese: If the people of this planet we're wiped out a long time ago, then, how was it that I was sent from here to Earth just 15 years ago?

Blue: Reese...you may just be on to something. Assuming you really are one of these Lunisians, something about this doesn't quite add up.

Lilia: So what are you trying to say, Blue? That the stories about what happened here aren't true?

Blue: No. What I'm saying is, we don't really know the full story behind it all.

Bob: Right. So instead of trying to make sense of what we cannot fathom, it would be wise for us to just move on with our objective.

Jawo': Which is to hunt down Odexxia and kick his demonic ass!

Bob: Hmmm crude, but true, nonetheless.

Blue: Then in that case, let's get going. Maybe if we travel further, we can find someone who'll explain all of this to us.

*Meanwhile, far ahead of Blue and his group, Odexxia confronts an unknown man in front of the entrance to a rather transcendent tower. The man appears to be only slightly older than Deke, has short purple hair, and wears a large black trench coat. Also carries a sword*

~~Silver Spire, Entrance~~

Man: Ah! It's...it's...

Odexxia: Hahahahaha...

Man: It's you! Odexxia!

Odexxia: Ha ha... What's wrong? You don't look too happy to see me.

Man: So that immense power I felt earlier...was not merely a hallucination. The seal, it truly has been broken...!

Odexxia: It's been a long time, Guardian of the Silver Star. Too long, in fact. I'd love to do some catching up, but you'll have to forgive me, for I'm in a bit of a hurry...

Man: What...?

Odexxia: As yes, the Lunar Heart awaits. Its power calls out to me!

Man: Aah! No!

*The man draws his large broadsword and assumes a battle stance*

Man: Odexxia, I will not allow you to corrupt this world any further! I will kill you once and for all!

Odexxia: You want to kill me? Heh, go ahead and try...

*Odexxia draws his sword and begins to slowly inch towards the man*

Man: Urgh...

*As Odexxia walks forward, the man backs away, hesitant to strike*

Odexxia: What's the matter? Your mission is to preserve and protect the Lunar Heart, is it not? Why do you hesitate to abolish me and complete it? The goal is within your feeble grasp. Take it!

Man: Mmmn...

Odexxia: Just as I foretold... You're not fit to carry out your assigned task!

Man: Liar! That's not true!

Odexxia: Then destroy me, and accomplish your mission.

Man: ...

Odexxia: Yes... Destroy me with the Lunisian's power and decimate this world in the process once again! Just like you did 15 years ago!

Man: !!! ...Mmmn!

Odexxia: Hahahahahaha!

Man: ...Haaaaaaah!!

*The man approaches and attempts to attack Odexxia head-on. He strikes, but Odexxia swiftly parries the blow with an attack of his own, knocking the man's sword from his grip and out of reach*

Man: Aaah! No!

Odexxia: Hmph.

Man: Th-This is...impossible!

Odexxia: Well, that was...unimpressive. Allow me to show you a real attack!

*Odexxia retaliates with a quick slash across the chest, felling the man in one blow*

Man: Hurraaaagh!

Odexxia: *sheathes sword* Hah. How terribly weak.

Man: Nn..unngh...

Odexxia: Just as I expected, you no longer possess the power to defeat me. The power of the Lunisians.

Man: *panting* Hah...hah...ah...

Odexxia: I remember...you already relinquished it by using it to defeat my monster horde. Ah, but after you saved your precious planet, it was reduced to nothing more than a cinder, all while destroying every single person you've come to know and love!

Man: A-aagh...

Odexxia: And for what? For the hope that one day you could return humans to it and live peacefully? Have you forgotten that those same humans were the ones who enabled my conquest of your world? The same humans who allowed my revival with the power of their dark side!?

Man: O...Odexxi..a....

Odexxia: Face it. That power was your only hope. And now that you've been stripped of your power...you are nothing more than a helpless bug, waiting to be crushed.

Man: I...

Odexxia: Hm?

Man: I...I won't let you...get away with this, Odexxia!

Odexxia: Heh, I'm afraid I've already have! There's no one alive who can stop me now! The power of the Lunar Heart will be mine, and I WILL become the supreme ruler of the Universe!

Man: Ungh...N-no...you...c...an't!

Odexxia: Hahahahahaha!!

*Odexxia casually walks past the man, entering through the doors of the Silver Spire*

Man: Urgh...I...have to...stop...him...b-before...uuungh....

*Meanwhile, Blue and his friends continue through the frigid terrain, with no destination in sight*

Zeldafan: *sigh* Bluuuuuue...

Blue: What is it, Zeldafan?

Zeldafan: Do you think we could take a little break now? My back is killing me!

Blue: No, we can't. It's only a matter of time before Odexxia gets his hands on the Planet Heart, and if that happens, we're all dead. So we've got no time to waste.

Zeldafan: Oh poo, I guess you're right... But if I have to carry this girl any longer, I'm gonna collapse!

Blue: Hm? Girl? What girl?

Zeldafan: Oh? This girl! See!?

*Zeldafan turns her back, revealing that she's been carrying an unconscious Millie the entire time*

Millie: ...

Zeldafan: It's strange, but I found her lying in a corner back at the Asroc Temple. I don't know how she got there, but I would've felt bad just leaving her behind like that, so I scooped her up and took her with us!

Lilia: Ah! Blue...that's Millie!

Blue: What!? Millie!

Jawo': Heeey...what's the half-pint doing here, huh?

Zeldafan: Wha? So her name's Millie? Wait, that must mean you guys know her! Am I right?

Blue: Hrrm...yes, unfortunately...

Zeldafan: Huh?

Blue: *cough* Nevermind...*sweatdrop*

Lilia: Blue, what should we do with her?

Zeldafan: Yeah...I don't think I'll be much help to you guys in a fight with a girl latched to my back. *rubs head*

Blue: Hmm...huh?

*At that moment, Millie begins to come to*

Millie: Uuhh...Oh..oh?

Zeldafan: ?

Millie: W-What's going? Where am I?

Zeldafan: Ah ha! She's awake!

Millie: Hunh? ...Who are you!? What is this!?

*Millie looks around, taking notice that Blue's group and Kovah's have united*

Millie: Aagh! It's you!

Kovah: Huh?

*Alerted by Kovah's apparently sinister presence, Millie springs from Zeldafan's back and summons her mallet, ready to fight*

Millie: So, you're still alive, huh!? Well not for long! Prepare to die!

Kovah: *annoyed* Millie, what are you doing?

Millie: Shut up! I'm going to pulverize you!

Lilia: Millie, don't! Stop!

Millie: Death Quake Spark!!

Kovah: *sigh*

*Millie attempts to attack, when Kovah slips to the side and pokes out his leg, causing her to trip over his foot and fall flat on her face*

Millie: Whoa! ...Oof!

Blue: This is almost too embarassing to watch...

Jawo': Almost...

Millie: *nervously* Ah ha ha ha... *rubs head*


Millie: Sooooo let me get this straight, Kovah's...NOT our enemy anymore?

Blue: No. We've figured out that somebody else was behind everything, and we're here now to fight him.

Millie: So the bad guy was Kovah...but isn't really Kovah, but a badder bad guy? *rubs head* Geez, this is one weird game we're playing.

*At that moment, Blue stops walking*

Blue: ...

Millie: Huh?

Lilia: Blue?

*Blue slowly turns his head towards Millie with a movement reminiscent of that of a water sprinkler, revealing a rather grim expression on his face*

Millie: Hey, what's with you?

Blue: ...You thought...this was...a GAME!?!?

Millie: Tsch, well duh! Did you really expect me to believe that some kook was out to take over the world? I mean, what kind of idiot do you take me for? I wasn't born yesterday, Blue!

Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny/Kovah/Shina/Deke/Prima/Zeldafan: Waaah! *falls over comically*

Blue: *eye twitches* ~_o

Bob: Ah, never a dull moment with you, eh Millie? (Ho ho, this is like my own little sideshow...)

*The group continues to travel forward together, until eventually, the Spiral Tower comes into view just over the horizon*

Lilia: Hey guys...look!

Blue: What is it, Lilia? What do you see?

Lilia: There's some kind of structure coming into view just up north.

Blue: Huh? Really?

Deke: Hmm...it looks to be a tower of some sort.

Jawo': Well how about it, Blue? Should we check it out or not?

Blue: Yeah. As of now, it's our only lead. It'd be foolish not to.

Jawo': Heh, well that sounds like a plan to me.

Blue: Right. Let's get going.

Penny: Yeah, and who knows? Maybe we'll find someone there?

Blue: At any rate, we can hope...

*Following their instincts, Blue and the group proceeds to the entrance of the Silver Spire. Once arriving, they find the mysterious man that Odexxia had confronted earlier, lying mortally wounded near the entrance. They quickly rush to his aid*

~~Silver Spire, Entrance~~

Blue: Hey! Are you alright!? Can you hear me!?

Lilia: He doesn't appear to be conscious. This is bad...

Jawo': Penny, can't you heal him or something!?

Penny: Right. I'll give it my best shot. Just stand back!

*Blue and Lilia clear the way, allowing Penny to get positioned in front of the man*

Penny: Alright, here goes nothing. *chanting* "Holy power, come to me!" ...First Aid!

*Penny casts First Aid on the man, wrapping his body in a golden light that heals him of his injuries. Before long, he regains consciousness*

Shina: Ah! He's coming to! Penny, you did it!

Penny: Heh, it was nothin'! *rubs nose*

*Fully rejuvenated, the man stands to his feet and begins to speak*

Man: Who are you people? Where are you fro--

Millie: *stamps foot* Stay where you are!

Blue: Uh?

Man: Hm? Look, you don't have to be so--

Millie: *angrily* Who are you!? Where're you from!? You're dressed really weird! And I don't trust yooooooou!!

Man: A-ah...*sweatdrop*

Kovah: *facepalm* Millie...

Blue: Erm, please, excuse her...

Man: Hrmm, no. It's quite alright. I suppose I should introduce myself first. It is the least I could do after you all saved me. Ahem. Anyway, my name is Silas Zapheris.

Blue: Right. My name is Blue, and these are my friends.

Silas: You...don't look like Lunisians... Did you all come here...from Earth?

Blue: Oh...yes. We traveled here from Planet Earth to defeat Odexxia.

Silas: What!? You came here...to defeat Odexxia!?

Blue: Yeah, that's right.

Silas: Aah...if only such a thing were possible...

Jawo': Oh yeah? And what makes you say that, huh!?

Silas: Odexxia possesses powers far beyond that of any mere mortal. He cannot be struck down by normal means. Why, even the power of the Lunisians is barely enough to subdue him...

Reese: The...Lunisians...

Silas: Oh? Hmmm...

Reese: Huh?

*Silas sets his gazes upon Reese, appearing to have taken an interest in him*

Silas: You...

Reese: Wha-- M-Me?

Silas: Yes, you. Who are you...?

Reese: Uhm, my name's Reese. Reese Eytinge.

Silas: Reese...Eytinge. Tell me Reese, are you...from Earth too?

Reese: Ah, yes, I am. ...Well, actually...

Silas: Hm?

Reese: I'm not really sure myself...

Silas: What do you mean?

Reese: For as long as I can remember, nobody's ever known where I really came from, or who my true parents were. In fact, all the details surrounding my birth are a complete mystery.

Silas: ...

Reese: I came to this planet...in hopes that maybe I could find these answers. But I guess I was wrong...

Silas. I see... Reese, was your name, was it?

Reese: Ah...yes.

Silas: Reese, how old are you?

Reese: Uhm, I'm 16 years old.

Silas: 16... And tell me, Reese, would you, by any chance, happen to be wearing a rather odd necklace?

Reese: An...odd necklace? You mean...like this one?

*Reese reaches into his shirt and pulls out his necklace, holding it out towards Silas. He grabs it and begins to observe it with great intrigue*

Silas: Ah...this necklace...could it be...?

Reese: Huh?

Blue: Silas, do you...know Reese?

Silas: Yes...now I'm certain...

Blue/Reese: ?

Silas: There's no doubt about it. This necklace proves it. You...are indeed my son...Asvel.

Blue: !!!

Reese: Aah! I'm your...s-son!?

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Deir Lunisia Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 05 April, 2009, 02:17:07 am
Reese: Is that...is that true? Are you...really...my father!?

Silas: Yes, Asvel. I couldn't believe it at first...but you truly are the son...that I sent to Earth 15 years ago.

Reese: ...So it's true. I really am one of the Lunisians. I'm...I'm really not alone in the world afterall...

Blue: Reese...

Silas: Asvel...my beloved son. It's like a miracle. When Odexxia made no mention of you, I had feared the worst...

Blue: Odexxia... Then I can only assume that's already passed through here.

Silas: Yes. We had confronted one another, and engaged in battle. And that's how you came to find me in such a...critical state. I...wasn't a match for him.

Blue: Silas...

Silas: Hm?

Blue: Sorry to have to interupt you, but there's something that I want to know.

Silas: ...What is it, Blue?

Blue: We've heard stories about how this planet became uninhabitable for humans. But, what could have possibly happened to cause this much destruction?

Bob: Blue has raised an important issue, Silas. I've come to gather that Reese was able to survive by being sent to Earth by you. But how is it that everyone else was destroyed, yet you live still?

Silas: *troubled* Hrrm...

Blue/Bob: Huh?

Silas: ...Alright. I will tell you everything I know. About Odexxia's arrival, Deir Lunisia's destruction, and about the true purpose of Asvel's departure...

Reese: *to himself* True...purpose?

Silas: Long ago, Odexxia, the Demonic Overlord, came to Deir Lunisia. He had arrived with the intention of absorbing the Lunar Heart into his being, adding its power to his own. But of course, our people would not allow this, as if he was to succeed, the planet would wither and die as a result. Bearing witness to their defiance, Odexxia decided that he would take matters into his own hands. He preyed on mankind's greed for wealth and power, creating anarchy and chaos where there once was peace and love. Mankind fought one another with furious anger, spilling the blood of others without thought of consequence. Feeding on the dark desire within the hearts of humans, Odexxia's power grew exponentially. He used that power to pervert mankind further. Humans wild with bloodlust, were transformed into hideous beasts. After a series of long and harsh battles, those who were able to pervade Odexxia's influence succeeded in defeating the beasts, and using their power, sealed Odexxia away inside of the monolith where he would never threathen another soul with his dark grasp again. Though many were lost in the battle, we were able to slowly recover over time. And so this peace continued for 1000 years.

Lilia: Then...what happened next?

Silas: That peace was short-lived, as only 1000 years later, catastrophe once again struck the people of our world. A horde of ravenous monsters that resided in the depths of the planet, rose up to the surface and began an indiscriminate assualt on our cities. Such a thing was unheard of to us, as these creatures are known to never attack unless provoked. And as such, we were ill-prepared for the events taking place before us...

Jawo': The monsters attacked without provocation? What could've caused something like that?

Silas: Coincidentally, we discovered that on the very same day, the monolith that contained the imprisoned Odexxia, had a single piece chipped off from one of its corners.

Zeldafan: A piece had chipped away? What did that mean?

Silas: It was evidence that the seal was beginning to weaken at its foundation. Apparently, the cause of this phenomenon was that, due to Odexxia's previous ravaging of the planet, the mana balance became unstable, and there wasn't enough of it for the seal to sustain its foundation. And it wasn't long until we discovered it was Odexxia who was controlling the monsters...

Kovah: What!? Controlling them!?

Silas: *nods* Yes. The weakening of the seal allowed his power to seep through, as he urged the creatures indescribable actions with his dark grip, much like how he tainted our people 1000 years prior.

Kovah: Ergh...! (It's the same thing...that happened to me!) *clenches fist*

Shina: Kovah...?

Silas: We realized that Odexxia had returned to exact revenge on us for imprisoning him, but there was little that we could do. We fought our hardest against the creatures ever-enduring forces. But they had us outmatched in both numbers and strength, and it was only a matter of time until they overwhelmed us. The terrible battle raged on, as the people of our planet cried out for solace. With no other options left, we were faced with the decision to unleash the power of the Lunisians. The only power we thought capable of bringing an end to Odexxia's threat.

Reese: Uhm, sorry to interupt, Father, but...

Silas: Hm, yes? What is it, son?

Reese: Where do I come into all of this? And...and what about Mother?

Silas: Ah, Asvel. You were merely an infant at the time all of this was occuring. But unfortunately, your mother...had passed away just moments after giving birth to you.

Reese: Aah! *sadly* ...Mother...

Silas: But it's alright, for I would've preferred it this way...

Reese: Huh?

Silas: I'd rather she had died peacefully before this whole tragedy began, than to have destroyed her along with the rest of the people on the planet.

Reese: Wh-What do you mean!?

Silas: The creatures under Odexxia's control had permeated every corner of Deir Lunisia, but all hope was not lost. In order to put a stop to Odexxia's evil ambitions, we took measures to ensure that future generations would be spared from his terror. First, the decision was made to transport you, Asvel, and the monolith, to the planet Earth.

Deke: Hmm...for what reason was this decided?

Silas: The seal would never hold if it was to be left on Deir Lunisia. Sending it to Earth, where the mana balance is stable, would give the seal a firm foundation to sustain itself. As for Asvel...he was...my only child, and I wanted him, more than anything else, to be spared from what was soon to follow.

Reese: ...

Silas: With both Asvel and the monolith having been transported to Earth, we were finally set to initiate the final phase of the plan: Unleashing the power of the Lunisians.

Blue: You've mentioned it several times, but we still haven't learned. What is the power of the Lunisians?
Silas: The Lunisians power...is the power of creation. And as such, there can be no new creation without destroying the old.

Jawo': What? Destroying the old...?

Penny: Wait...you don't mean...!

Silas: I do. Unleashing the Lunisians power would reduce the entire world to ash.

Lilia: *gasp*

Prima: Ah!

Silas: I was chosen to carry out this task, while those remaining on the planet prepared to accept their cruel fate, for the sake of future generations. With no more time to waste...I did as was instructed of me...

Reese: No... Father...you didn't!!

Silas: It was the only way to stop Odexxia from destroying everything!!

Reese: But...but there had to have been another way! There just had to have been!

Silas: You only wish there was, my son. I did what I had to do. Don't delude yourself into believing in a happy ending. Nothing that convenient exists in the real world!

Reese: *sadly* I...but...but I...

Silas: Every monster was annihilated, along with every human. And in the end, I was the only survivor.

Lilia: That's...that's terrible!

Silas: I remained on the now devastated Deir Lunisia, waiting in solitude for the purpose of safeguarding the Lunar Heart until the planet is reborn. But that rebirth would not take place quickly, for the world had been damaged greatly. And I vowed, as the guardian of the Lunar Heart, to see this world reborn. So that, one day, the humans could return to the world they loved so dearly.

Reese: I still can scarcely believe it's true...

Silas: Asvel, my son, suspend your disbelief. As the last of our race, you and I accepted the hopes and dreams of our people who departed that day.

Reese: Their...hopes and dreams...? (But how could I? ...When I'm the one who caused Odexxia's revival in the first place?)

Silas: But unfortunately, I'm afraid it matters not any longer...

Reese: Huh?

Blue: What do you mean?

Silas: I've already said it before. Odexxia is a being far too powerful to be defeated by mortal hands. Without the power of the Lunisians, there is no hope of destroying him. The Lunar Heart will fall into his grasp, and once that happens, all will be lost...

*Blue steps forward and speaks out in defiance*

Blue: We're not gonna let that happen!

Silas: Ah!?

Lilia: Blue?

Silas: You... Even after everything I've told you, you still believe that you can defeat Odexxia!?

Jawo': Yep. No doubt about it. This has got to be a bazillion-to-one longshot. Hah, only a mental midget would take it. But hey, I've been called much worse. It's all or nothing, and I never settle for nothing!

Lilia: Our fight for the soul of this world isn't over yet. If we all join together as one, we can grow even stronger than Odexxia!

Shina: All it takes, is a little luck, and the power to believe in ourselves.

Penny: Odexxia will be a piece of cake. I'll wipe the floor with his mangy butt!

Deke: Blue, justice lies with us! In the face of impossible odds, we can secure a victory if we strive for it.

Kovah: Right. Remember, we wield a power even stronger than the Lunisians. The power...of humanity. And with that, anything becomes possible.

Zeldafan: Listen to them, Blue. They're right! We'll stick Odexxia's butt in a sling!

Silas: Hrmph...your endless resolve never ceases to amaze me. When it appears to be the darkest and most hopeless hour...you pull together and fight toward the light. ...The time has come, my son...

Reese: Wha--?

Silas: Darkness rushes forth. Unleash your power and save this desperate land.

Reese: *sadly* Mmmn...

*Blue steps up to Reese and places his hand on his shoulder*

Blue: We will, Silas. Bet on it. Isn't that right, Reese?

Reese: Blue, I...

Blue: Reese? Is something wrong? I know it might seem overwhelming, but we can do it. Don't lose heart now.

Reese: ...*looks away*

Blue: Reese, weren't you the one who told me you weren't going to run away anymore? That you wouldn't turn the other cheek while your friends are risking their lives?

Reese: ...Aah!

Blue: Now that's time, Reese! Stand strong and face your destiny! We can't win this fight without you!

*Blue's words reach Reese's heart, as a once-lost determination continues to fuel his drive yet again*

Reese: You...You're right, Blue! I will! I will do it!

Silas: Asvel...

Reese: It's like you said, Father. I accepted the hopes and dreams of our people who couldn't be here with us today. And for their sake, I'm going to do my part to keep those dreams alive. I have the utmost faith in my friends, and I believe that we can accomplish anything together.

Bob: Beautifully spoken, Reese.

Silas: Ah, Asvel-- No...Reese. You've grown up to become so strong. Your father is proud of you...

Blue: Reese, are you ready?

Reese: Hm, yeah! *nods* Let's do it, Blue!

Millie: Yay! I'm so excited! Let's gooooo--Wah!!

*Millie attempts to join the group, but is subsequently restrained by Bob*

Bob: And where do you think you're going, young lady?

Millie: Awww...! Hmph! *crosses arms*

Blue: Bob, you're not coming with us?

Bob: Oh no no, I'm sure you can handle things just fine without us. We'll be staying behind with Reese's father to await your safe return, as will Zeldafan.

Zeldafan: Whaa--!?

Bob: *sternly* Zeldafan...

Zeldafan: Ah! But but but--! ...Aw, dang. *snaps fingers* I guess I'm forever doomed to watch from the sidelines...

Silas: Blue, under the Silver Spire is a pathway that leads deep into the center of the planet where the Lunar Heart resides. Odexxia is already on his way there, so time is of the essence. But take heed, as dangerous and powerful creatures also reside in the subterrane, and will attack given the slightest provocation.

Blue: Got it.

Silas: Reese...

Reese: Yes, Father?

Silas: I've chosen to place my faith in the power of humanity. I believe in the strength of the bond that you and your friends share. Fight hard, my son. Believe in your friends. The final test...lies before you.

Reese: Hm! *nods* Right!

Blue: Reese, it's time to move.

Reese: Right, Blue. We can do this!

Silas: ...(Reese...I refrained from telling you this, but I sent you to Earth, not only so that you could live out the life that I could not provide for you, but also that you would defeat Odexxia should he ever escape his inprisonment. Even if it meant destroying Earth in the process. But I realize now that this was not the way. Total destruction is not the only means to an end, and it was your friends who've taught me that. Reese...you and your companions are our only hope now. The fate of this world...no...the fate of the entire Universe...rests on your shoulders. I can only pray that you may succeed)

Reese joins Blue's group as they head into the Silver Spire together. With their spirits high, they move forward towards the final encounter with Odexxia. An encounter that'll decide the fate of the Universe itself.

End Deir Lunisia Arc

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Final Encounter Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 30 April, 2009, 10:47:36 pm
[Setting off in pursuit of the evil Odexxia, Blue and his group enters the Silver Spire. Steadfast and unwavering, they march down the spiraling pathway leading deeper into the planet. The group continues downwards until eventually, the infrastructure of the tower gives way to a more organic ambiance as the group transitions from traveling a constructed stairway to walking along an enormous earthen stalagcite]

~~Deir Lunisia: Subterrain~~

[Once inside, the group is treated to the sight of a boundless hypogeal world unlike any other. Resplendent rock formations adorn the landscape as mysterious orbs of light float around bathing the area with a green radiance, giving it something of a mystical appearance]

Jawo': Wow...

Penny: So this is what it looks like below the planet's surface...

Lilia: It's so quiet...and the air is so clear. It feels...almost holy.

Blue: Never would have thought that all of this could exist inside the planet.

Deke: It garners a restful and sedate appearance. As if it's been untampered with for aeons.

Prima: Oh, hey...

Kovah: Hm?

Prima: What are these...green...light things floating through the air? They're everywhere!

Kovah: ...This is mana.

Prima: What? Mana?

Deke: Yes, he's right. But to be precise, that's mana in a semi-concentrated state.

Jawo': So this...stuff...is the very same mana that exists in our bodies, and is scattered through the atmosphere around us?

Blue: Yeah. Normally mana is invisible to the naked eye, but in high densities, like those found below a planets surface, the mana condenses, thus allowing it to take a physical form and become visible.

Deke: And it's this same phenomenon that creates the Planet Hearts. At the center of every planet, where the density is the highest, mana continuously gathers and compresses completely, eventually forming into a large crystalline formation which in turn becomes that planet's wellspring of life and sustainment. It's also a colossal source of raw energy, which would explain why Odexxia wants to get his hands on it.

Shina: But isn't dense mana bad for the body?

Blue: Yes... High-density mana can occasionally have very negative effects on the human body. Once exposed, it renders your body weak and debilitated. Absorb too much and you could fall unconscious for hours or even days at a time, and in a worst case scenario, die...

Jawo': ...Really? Wow.

Shina: I guess this means we had better be careful when traveling further into the planet...

Blue: There's no point in worrying about it now. Let's keep moving.

[Blue's party continues deeper into the dark depths of the planet. They traverse the jagged terrain of the esoteric underground until reaching a fork in the road before them. Unsure of how to proceed, they halt their advance to make a decision]

~~Subterrain: 2nd Level~~

Kovah: The road splits into two here...

Jawo': Well, Blue, it's your call. Which way do we go?

Blue: Hmm...

[Blue looks around, examining each road thoroughly]

Blue: The road to the left leads downwards, so it's the obvious choice.

Jawo': So, left it is then! Let's get going!

[But as the group begins to make their way, they are alerted to a defeaning roar that echoes through the underground]

??: Grrrooooaaaaaaoohh!!

Lilia: *gasp*

Prima: What in the world--!?

Reese: It sounded like...some kind of creature. ...Ah! Do you think--!?

Jawo': Damn, it's gotta be! The monsters that Silas warned us about! And they don't sound too happy either...

Blue: Damnit, not now...

Lilia: Blue, what should we do!?

Penny: What do you think, Lilia? We have to stay and fight! C'mon, Blue! We can take 'em!

Blue: *shakes head* No! We can't do that!

Penny: Huh?

Blue: We can't be allowed to be hung-up here! The more time we spend dawdling here, the less time we have to stop Odexxia from absorbing the Lunar Heart. We have to take another approach to this.

Jawo': Then what do you suggest we do, Blue?

Blue: *sigh* I don't know...

[Blue struggles to come up with a course of action when Deke interjects]

Deke: Blue, if I may?

Blue: Hm? What is it, Deke?

Deke: Might I suggest that we split up for now?

Blue: Huh? Split up?

Deke: Yes. Some of us will stay behind and fend against the oncoming creatures, while the rest will proceed onwards and continue the pursuit of Odexxia. I believe this to be the most efficient way to lessen any...potential casualties.

Kovah: Deke's right. And like you said, it won't do us any good with everyone grouped back here. Blue, you take your friends and follow the path leading to Odexxia. The rest of us will catch up with you all later after taking care of the monsters.

Blue: Deke...are you sure about this?

Deke: *nods* Yes.

Kovah: Sure he's sure! And I am too! We've got this covered! Just trust in us, Blue!

Blue: ...All right.

[At that moment, the monsters roar echoes even louder, signifying their rapid approach]

Creatures: Grrroooooaaaaaooooh!!

Shina: That doesn't sound good! They're already on the level next to us!

Kovah: Damn! There's no more time to waste! Blue! Take your party and go! Leave this to us!

Blue: ...Don't die on me. Any of you.

Kovah: Eh? What are you talking about, Blue!? You should know better than anyone else just how strong we are! This is nothing!

Deke: Well said, Kovah. Hmm, actually, this might be fun to pass time.

Shina: Ohh, you guys... Anyway, Blue, I'm more concerned about you and your friends. Let's all go back alive, okay?

Blue: Hm. *nods*

Jawo': No worries, Shina. There's no way we're gonna lose to Odexxia.

Kovah: Well if that's so, then let's stop gawking and get this show on the road!

Blue: Right. We'll rendevous at this point when everything's said and done. Take care, and be sure not to overexert yourselves.

Kovah: Got it.

Blue: Guys...let's move out!

Lilia/Jawo'/Reese/Penny: Hm! *nods*

[Blue's party nods in agreement as they separate from Kovah's group and take down the rightwards pathway. Going deeper into the planet's center, they enter the third level of the subterrain. There, the density of the mana grows to even higher levels as the entire area is filled a flourescent green light]

~~Subterrain: 3rd Level~~

Reese: Blue...do you think they'll be okay back there?

Blue: Huh?

Reese: I mean...Kovah, and the others...

Blue: ...I don't know. But there's nothing we can do. It's in their hands now. All we can do now is try our best to complete our mission.

Reese: Yeah...

[As the group continues on, the mana grows thicker, and the effects begin to take its toll on them...]

Jawo': Wh-what's up? I feel kinda sick all of a sudden.

Penny: Even someone as dense as you can feel it?

Jawo': What!? Who are you calling--!? Wait, does that mean you can feel it too?

Blue: Ugh, what a feeling...

Jawo': Blue...Lilia, too?

Lilia: I'm f-fine.

Blue: ...This isn't good. This is getting dangerous, but we don't have time to rest...

Penny: Seriously, what's going on? Ever since we got here...

Jawo': Damn. I hate to say it, but...if we had to fight Odexxia right now, I don't think I'd be up to it.

Blue: Saying things like that is the best way to ensure defeat. Let's stay strong and keep pressing on.

Lilia: ...

Blue: ?

[lilia collapses under the stress, but Blue quickly catches her]

Blue: Lilia!

Lilia: Blue...!

Blue: Lilia, please, try to keep up. I can't be expected to be there to catch you every time you keel over.

Lilia: Y-yes, thank you. I'm still doing okay.

Blue: ...The mana is causing this.

Jawo': What? But, I thought--

Penny: Wait, Blue, weren't you saying something about that earlier? That dense mana is bad for the body.

Blue: Yes. I believe I said that high-density mana does have negative effects on the body. ...But I didn't think it would become a nuisance so soon...

Jawo': Well, there's no turning back now, is there?

Blue: No. We have to keep moving.

Jawo': Right...

Reese: ... (That's...strange. Everyone else is being affected by the mana, but...I don't feel anything at all...)

[Further on, the group comes across what appears to be a spring filled with an odd glowing liquid]

Lilia: Wow...what is this?

Penny: It looks like...like a freshwater spring. But what would something like that be doing here?

Jawo': I'm gonna go check it out.

[Jawo' approaches the spring, but is stopped when Blue calls out to him]

Jawo': ...

Blue: Watch it.

Jawo': Huh?

Blue: That's mana, not water. It's really dense. You shouldn't go near it.

Jawo': Wah!? Really!? Phew, that was a close one...

??: You've come...

Blue: !!

Jawo': Hey, that's--!!

[The group looks before them to see none other than Odexxia standing menacingly before them]

Odexxia: So...you've followed me all the way to Deir Lunisia, have you? My my, you're all as stubborn as cockroaches.

Reese: I-it's you! ...Odexxia!!

Odexxia: Hmm? Ohh...what's the matter, boy?

Reese: Huh?

Odexxia: Mmmm...are you sad? Are you...down? Oh, that's so...delicious. Have you come to your senses and decided to beg for your life? It really is the only course of action left to you now, boy.

Blue: *angrily* Mmnn...hold your tongue, Odexxia--!! Hn?

[Reese steps forward, taking a defiant stand against Odexxia]

Reese: You're wrong, Odexxia! I'm not afraid to fight you! What stops me from fighting is that I can't forgive myself. For all these years, I never understood how my people had suffered, and I still don't think I do. That's...unforgivable.

Blue: Reese...

Odexxia: What an embarassing display of self-pity, Reese. Have you no respect for yourself?

Reese: What?

Odexxia: And I find it hard to believe that, despite your incredible amount of naivete...you don't understand that you should consider yourself LUCKY that you were spared from suffering the same fate as your pathetic kin. ...But it doesn't matter. Your end will be at my hand!

Reese: You're the one who's wrong, Odexxia, and I'll prove it to you now...

Odexxia: You poor, delusional soul. Feel my fury!

[Odexxia strikes Reese with a powerful lightening bolt, blowing him away with the force of thunder]

Reese: Aaagh!!

Blue: Reese!

Lilia: Reese, no!

Penny: Hang on, Reese!

Reese: Ungh...

Jawo': Odexxia...you won't get away with that!

Lilia: We won't abandon our friend in his time of need!

Penny: We will stop you...cold!

Odexxia: Hahahahaha! What can you possibly hope to accomplish now? You know as well as I that the dense mana of this environment has rendered you frail and powerless. You have nothing left to fight for. Just give it up.

Blue: That's where we're different. We won't give up until it's ALL over.

Jawo': And this battle isn't close to being finished!

Odexxia: I will be the one to decide whether it's over or not! Die!!

[Odexxia raises his hand, causing dark lightning to strike the group from above, felling them instantly]

Blue/Jawo'/Lilia/Penny: Aaaaaaggggh!!

Odexxia: Ha ha ha ha ha ha. It amazes me that they thought they ever had a chance at all. What a worthless waste of life. It seems the only power they weild is the power to die and fade away on a moments notice.

Blue: Nn...uungh...

Odexxia: Tsch, I'm through wasting my time on you weaklings. The Lunar Heart awaits me. And once I acquire its power, obliterating you all will become as easy as crushing an ant beneath my heel. Ha ha ha ha!!

Blue: *weakily* Odexxia...s-stop...

[Odexxia turns his back on the group and walks off, heading towards the center of the planet, and the Lunar Heart]

Jawo': Uurgh! No!

[Jawo' stands to his feet and chases after Odexxia, intent on stopping his advance]

Jawo': You're not getting away--!!

Blue: Jawo', don't!

Jawo': What is it now, Blue!?

Blue: The mana past this area is far too dense! If you try to follow Odexxia to the center of the planet, your body will become over-exposed with mana and you'll die within a matter of seconds!

Jawo': !!!

Blue: We...we have to find another way...

Jawo': But...damn. *clenches fist* There isn't any other way...

Reese: There...there might be...

Blue/Jawo': ?

[Reese recovers from his injuries and stands to his feet]

Blue: Reese...

Jawo': Reese, what are you talking about?

Reese: ...I'll go after Odexxia.

Lilia: What!?

Penny: Reese, have you gone insane!? What are you thinking!?

Reese: You don't understand! I'm the only one who can do it now!

Blue: What do you mean?

Reese: The high-density mana...it doesn't affect my body. Even now, I feel perfectly fine. You said it yourself, Blue, if anyone was to follow Odexxia past this point, they'd die.

Blue: Hrrm...

Reese: That's why, it has to be me. I'm our only chance.

Blue: ...All right.

Jawo': What!? Blue!

Lilia: Blue, you can't mean that!

Penny: You can't send Reese to fight Odexxia by himself! That's suicide!

Blue: I know...I don't like it either. But what other choice do we have? If we don't...this world...Earth...and the entire Universe, will all be forfeit. Don't you understand that?

Jawo'/Lilia/Penny: ...

Blue: And that's why...I'm leaving it to you, Reese. It's all in your hands now.

Reese: Blue...thanks!

Blue: Just...don't die.

Reese: Hm! *nods* Don't worry! I don't intend to!

[With their final words said, Reese turns his back on the group and continues the pursuit of Odexxia alone, being the only one unaffected by the dangerous high-density mana. As he marches towards the center of the planet, his eyes are filled with bravery and a determination unlike any he's ever had before]

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Final Encounter Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 16 May, 2009, 11:57:28 am
[Meanwhile, back on the surface, Bob, Zeldafan, and Milly keep a watchful eye on the group's progress through the omniscient view of Zeldafan's trusty crystal ball]

~~Deir Lunisia, Surface~~

Zeldafan: ...Hey, what's the deal? Why is Reese going off by himself like that?

Bob: *rubs chin* So...it's come to this...

Zeldafan: What? What do you mean, Bob?

Bob: An unfortunate circumstance has forced Blue and the others to remain behind...leaving Reese as the only one capable of carrying on the fight.

Zeldafan: *outraged* What!? You're not serious, are you!? Reese can't take on Odexxia alone! He'll--!!

Bob: Calm yourself, Zeldafan.

Zeldafan: Huh...?

Bob: You mustn't submerge yourself in doubt. As long as we uphold our faith in Reese, he will succeed.

Zeldafan: But...

Millie: Aaarrgh! This is BORING!!

Bob/Zeldafan: Hm?

[Millie's impatience gets the better of her as she stands, and in anger, punts Zeldafan's crystal ball, effectively demolishing it]


Millie: Take that!

Zeldafan: *shrieks* Aaaaaaaiiiee!! My crystal ball!!

[Zeldafan makes a frantic dash to her precious possession, only to find it shattered far beyond repair]

Zeldafan: Noooooo! It's totaled! ...Cut down in its prime... Millie, what have you DONE!?

Millie: Hmph! Who cares about that stupid thing? *crosses arms* And I was sick of watching, anyway! A game's no fun when you have to sit around and watch everyone else play!

Zeldafan: But...but now what do we do...?

Millie: Huh? ...Ohh! I know! We'll play a new game!

Zeldafan: A new game?

Millie: Yeah! C'mon, Z-Girl! Don't you have something we can play with?

Zeldafan: Hmmm...well...

[Zeldafan shuffles through her bag of belongings, tossing out items that have no business being in there at all]

Zeldafan: Uhhh... Bag of moldy french fries, no...*toss* ...Feminine Care Products, no...*toss* ...Tobi's extra mask, no...*toss*

Millie: Oooh! Cool!

[Millie picks up the tosses mask and puts it over her face]

Millie: *feigning a gruff voice* Aaarrr! I'm a pirate!

Zeldafan: No, Millie, Tobi's a...eh, whatever. Anyway... Ocarina of Time, no...*toss* ...The BlueXJawo' yaoi that Shadow chick wrote, no...*toss*

Millie: Oooh! Neat!

[Millie reaches out for the morally suggestive writings when...]

Bob: *gasp* Millie, NO!!

[Bob makes a dive for the writings, securing it before Millie could get her hands on it]

Bob: Phew...

Millie: Ah! Hey, old man! What gives!?

Bob: Now, I'll dispose of this promptly.

[Bob rolls up the writings and stuffs it into his back pocket. Meanwhile, Zeldafan finally makes a discovery]

Zeldafan: Aha! I got it!

Millie: Ohh! What is it!? C'mon, show me!

Zeldafan: It's a deck of playing cards! I had forgotten all about these!

Millie: All right! Let's play!

Zeldafan: Yeah! You can join in too, Bob.

Bob: Hm? Me? Well...I suppose I could show you youngin's a thing or two.

[And thus, Bob, Millie, and Zeldafan gather in a circle to play a round of card games in their leisure]

Zeldafan: All right, boys and girls! The name of the game is Go Fish!

Millie: Hey, wait!

Zeldafan: Huh? What's the matter?

Millie: Something doesn't feel right is all... Ohh, that's it! We need another player!

Zeldafan: Another player? But who?

Millie: Hmmm...*rubs chin* ...I know!

Zeldafan: Hm?

Millie: Him!

[Millie points to Silas, who stands off in the distance alone, staring into space]

Zeldafan: Oh, good idea, Millie! *yells out* Hey, Silas!!

Silas: Uh?

Zeldafan: Come over here!!

[And so the circle now consists of Bob, Millie, Zeldafan, and Silas]

Silas: Zeldafan, I don't get it. Why did you call me over here? And explain to me why we're sitting in a circular formation.

Zeldafan: We're playing a round of Go Fish, Silas.

Silas: Go Fish? That's nonsense. There's not a single aquateous animal to be found on this planet.

Millie: Geez, and here I thought Bob was supposed to be the geezer.

Bob: *angrily* Harrmph...

Millie: Someone give this guy a clue, huh?

Zeldafan: Uhm...we'll just explain it as we go...

Silas: Tsch, don't bother. I do not intend to play.

Millie: What!? Why!?

Silas: Millie, I am not even surprised that you would deign to partake in this. But you, Bob! How could you even think to participate in such tomfoolery when a struggle for the very Universe is at hand just below us?

Bob: Hmm. *shrugs* I just ignore it.

Silas: What!? And you, Zeldafan!?

Zeldafan: Hm? Struggle? What struggle?

Silas: *facepalm* Urrgh...

[Surrounded by nothing but a chasm of heavily dense mana, Reese descends deeper into the abysmal depths of Deir Lunisia. As he comes closer to the center, he bears witness to a shining red light off in the distance]

Reese: That light... Could it be...the Lunar Heart...?

[Undeterred, Reese progresses toward the source of the radiance. Once within close proximity, the light is revealed to be none other than the Lunar Heart, a mountainous red crystal floating undisturbed amidst the unbounded surroundings]

~~Center of the Planet, Lunar Heart~~

Reese: Aah! That's--!

Odexxia: It's astounding, isn't it?

Reese: What...?

[Reese looks on to notice Odexxia standing before the Lunar Heart, taken in by its placid glamor]

Reese: *to himself* Mmmn...Odexxia...

Odexxia: What a wonderous gem. So...potent, so full of vigor. It will shine even brighter once it becomes a part of me...

Reese: *to himself* Not if I have anything to say about it.

[Reese boldy approaches Odexxia, determined to put a stop to him once and for all]

Reese: Your twisted schemes are all gonna end here! Now I'm gonna take you down, for the sake of our galaxy, and to avenge my people!

Odexxia: ...

Reese: I will defeat you...for the sake of everybody in the universe--especially for Earth!

[Reese loads an arrow into his bow and fires it at Odexxia, who still has his back turned]

Reese: Hm!

[The arrow draws near Odexxia, but falls when it collides with an electrical pulse surging from his body, rendering the attack useless]

Odexxia: Well, you talk a good game, anyway.

Reese: Ugh...it didn't work...

[He turns his head towards Reese]

Odexxia: However, I'm afraid you're far too late. My plan has already reached its pinnacle, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me now.

Reese: Stop what you're doing now and give up immediately! You can't win; your evil will never triumph over the power that I wield!

Odexxia: You think I'll just give up? After coming so far?

[Odexxia turns and faces Reese, raising a single finger]

Reese: Uh...?

Odexxia: And why would I do something like that?

[Odexxia generates an orb of blue energy over his finger. It then grows larger and larger until fitting into the palm of his hand, at which he then hurls it at Reese]

Reese: Gah!

[Reese guards against the oncoming orb with his bow]

Reese: *struggling* Errgh...

[The blast proves to be too powerful for Reese to fend off as it breaks his guard and knocks him off his feet, sending him rolling along the ground]

Reese: Uuaagh!

Odexxia: Hmhmhmhmhm... Oh, give it up, boy. You've already lost. Your destiny and that of the universe is no longer in your control.

Reese: *panting* Hah...hah...

Odexxia: Hmm?

[Reese rises to his feet, fighting past his sustained injuries]

Reese: ...Your words...won't stop me! I will not give up!

Odexxia: Hmmm, well...perhaps I underestimated you at little. But unfortunately for you, only a little. The end result will still be exactly as I expected.

Reese: It's not over yet, Odexxia!

Odexxia: So you still intend to fight a hopeless battle, do you? Well then, I guess I could allow you to humor me for a while.

Reese: Hunh...?

[Odexxia uses his power to create a mass of clones that completely encircle Reese]

Reese: W-what!?

Odexxia: Ha ha ha. Let's have a little fun before you die, shall we? If you can manage to defeat my dopplegangers, then I'll assume you can provide me with a challenge worthy of my skill.

[The clones surrounding Reese all draw their swords simultaneously. Reese then responds by reading an arrow in his bow]

Reese: ...

Odexxia: Now let's begin...with your life at stake!!

[Odexxia takes a hop backwards, leaping out of the impending fray in favor of spectating as the clones stand at the ready with swords drawn, eager for Reese to make a move]

Reese: ... (All right, here we go...)

[Reese lifts his bow and aims it at one of the clones]

Reese: (Of course, I could fire at the clone. ...But why do that...when I can shoot the real one instead...?)

Odexxia: (Hmmm...what will you do, boy?) ...Huh?

[Reese pulls his bow string to fire, when he quickly changes direction, aiming his bow at the real Odexxia instead]

Odexxia: Hrrm...?

Reese: Rain! Haa!

[Reese fires an arrow of light directly at Odexxia, choosing instead to bypass the clones. But it proves to be a wasted effort when the arrow collides with a force field erected around him]

Reese: What!?

Odexxia: Ah ah ahhh... You know the rules, Reese. You cannot go after me until every one of my clones has been defeated.

Reese: *frustrated* Mmmnn...

Odexxia: Now then, for breaking the rules, I think a little...punishment is in order.

[Odexxia raises his hand, signaling the clones to go on the offensive. One of the clones approaches, beginning the attack]

Reese: Aah!

Clone1: Hrraaah!

[The first clone attacks, slashing overhead at Reese with his sword, but Reese leaps back, avoiding the strike. He then immediately counters with Rain, firing a light arrow straight through the clone's chest. The clone fades away upon impact]

Reese: *to himself* That's one down...

[But before Reese can even get a moment to breathe, another clone approaches from behind to take Reese by surprise]

Clone2: Hyaaaaaaah!

Reese: !?!

[The second clone looses a horizontal slash aimed at Reese's back, but he instinctively rolls under the attack, avoiding being struck]

Reese: Better watch out! Violent Snake!

[Taking advantage of his positioning, Reese counters the attack with Violent Snake, crouching to the ground and firing an arrow at the clone. The arrow causes the clone to stumble about, having lost its balance]

Clone2: Urgh!

Reese: Now to finish it! Rain!

[Having made an opening, Reese fires a light arrow at the clone, thoroughly eliminating it]

Reese: *to himself* And another. Gotta stay focused...

[With the second clone defeated, the remaining three clones zero in on Reese all at once]

Clones: Haaaaa!!

Reese: Not so fast! Spread out!

[Reese attacks with The Growing World, firing three seperate arrows at once that fan out, each individual arrow striking a clone, effectively dispatching them simultaneously]

Reese: *sigh of relief* Hah...I managed to do it...

Odexxia: *disappointed* Hrmph, not bad...

[With all the clones defeated, Reese turns his attention back towards Odexxia]

Reese: Now...It's over, Odexxia! You have no more clones to hide behind!

Odexxia: Hmph, so you say.

Reese: What...?

[Odexxia calls forth another wave of clones to surround Reese]

Reese: Aah! More clones!?

Odexxia: I'm not finished with you yet, Reese! The fun is just getting started!

Reese: *distressed* Ergh!!

Odexxia: Ha ha ha!!

[Drawing their swords, the clones prepare to begin another assault on Reese. He then responds by reading his bow to fire]

Reese: (I can't pull any punches now. This time I won't give them the chance to strike!)

[The clones begin their charge while Reese takes the initiative and goes on the offensive. He fires a continuous barrage of Rain shots all around, downing any and every clone that approaches]

Reese: Rain! Huaa! Haa! Yah!

[Reese continues to take down the clones in his path, but for every clone he destroys, another one appears to take its place. With this, Reese soon begins to grow exhausted as he's overwhelmed by the sheer number of clones]

Reese: *panting* Hah...haa...ha...

Odexxia: *laughing* Hm hm hm hmmmmm...

Reese: *panting* Haa...(I...I don't get it. No matter how many clones I take down, they just keep coming back! And now my mana's being exhausted, I can't keep this up...)

Odexxia: Haa!

Reese: Huh?

Odexxia: What's the matter, Reese? You're not tuckered out already, are you? What a shame, and we were just starting to have some fun!

Reese: *panting* Hah...It's...hah..it's not over...

Odexxia: Ohh, I think it is...

Reese: Ah...?

[Without notice, one of the clones advances on Reese and delivers a swift sword strike. With fatigue slowing him down, Reese only barely manages to dodge by twisting his body, the slash cutting his clothing instead]


Reese: Aaah!!

[Reese avoids the deadly attack, but almost instantly, another clone approaches from his side and strikes again. This time he isn't so lucky, as he's slashed in the arm, drawing blood]

Reese: Gah! *grasps arm*

[And now yet another clone advances on Reese from behind, striking him with a powerful blow that knocks him to ground]

Reese: Uungh!! Aagh...!

Odexxia: Hmhmhmhmhm... Hahahahah!!

Reese: Urgh...(This...isn't going to work. If I'm to have any hope of winning this fight, I'll have to kill all the clones at once. But with what...?)

Odexxia: Now then, Reese, I believe playtime has come to an end. Now it's time for you to die, so I can claim my title as ruler of the Universe!!

[The clones launch one final assault on the weakened Reese, this time aiming to take his life in the process]

Odexxia: Ha ha haaaa! Goodbye, Reese!!

[As the clones advance on him, Reese slowly rises to his feet, preparing one last attack]

Reese: (This...is my last chance. If this doesn't work...nothing will)

[Reese grips a group of arrows, pulling them all out of his quiver]

Reese: (Now...let's do it!)

[Reese loads the group of arrows into his bow all at once, readying to fire]

Reese: Haaa! Get out of here! Cyan Instant!!

[And with a full swing of his bow, Reese fires arrows around him in every direction, attacking and eliminating all clones in his way simultaneously]

Odexxia: What!?

Reese: *panting* Hah....ha...(I...did it...)

Odexxia: *clenches fist* Grrrr...I can't believe it. That little brat defeated all of my dopplegangers with a single attack!

Reese: *to himself* But it's not over yet. There's still him...

[Reese pulls an arrow and loads it into his bow, ready to fire again]

Odexxia: What? Now what is he up to...?

Reese: Rain...

Odexxia: Hrrm?

Reese: ...song!! Haa!!

[Reese fires a single light arrow directly at Odexxia. As expected, the arrow collides with his force field, but this time the arrow manages to pierce the field, resulting in a fracture]

Odexxia: Uh? What is this!? My barrier...it's....

Reese: Now!

[Having pierced his defenses, the light arrow shines and explodes, shattering Odexxia's force field to pieces around him, rendering him completely vulnerable to attack]

Odexxia: Aaargh!! M-My guard has been broken!? But...how can this be!?

Reese: Ha! There's an opening! I'll attack while he's distracted!

[Reese pulls an arrow from his quiver and runs toward Odexxia at full speed, gripping it like a knife. Meanwhile, Odexxia is left confounded and in a state of panic at the destruction of his barrier, as the broken fragments continue to fall around him]

Odexxia: Errgh! Reese, when I get my hands on you, I'll--!!

Reese: Here I come, Odexxia!!

Odexxia: Wh-what!?!?

[Using his state of confusion and anger against him, Reese approaches Odexxia head on and plunges his arrow deep into his chest, dealing him a heavy wound]

Reese: Aaaaaaaaah!!

Odexxia: Eurrgh!! Wh-why yoooouu--aaaaaaarrrgggh!!

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Final Encounter Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 08 June, 2009, 09:55:18 am
[Meanwhile, back on the surface, Bob and friends continue with their leisurely game of Go Fish. Zeldafan and Silas contend as the only remaining players, while both Bob and Millie sit bored and silent in defeat]

~~Deir Lunisia, Surface~~

Silas: Hrrrm... Got any 4's?

Zeldafan: *sigh*...

[Zeldafan reluctantly hands over her final card to Silas, allowing him to complete another book to win the game. He then celebrates, throwing his arms up in triumph]

Silas: Ha ha! Victory!!

Zeldafan: *wistfully* Another loss...

Bob: This would be the 16th game in a row that Silas has won.

Millie: *irately* Huff! It's not fair! Silas always wins!!

Bob: Maybe Silas is just an exceptional Go Fish player, Millie...

Millie: Tsch, I bet! He probably used the *mockingly* Power of Lunisians to cheat or something.

Silas: What!?

Millie: You heard me! I said you cheated, you big cheater!!

Silas: *angrily* H-How dare you! Grrr! You take that back! I would never cheat!!

Millie: You're full of it!

[Silas and Millie stare eachother down with malice intent flaring in their eyes. Fearing the worst, Zeldafan steps inbetween the two in an attempt to quell an impending conflict]

Zeldafan: *nervously* Eh heh heh... Hey, come on guys. Can't we settle this in a calm peaceful manner? *sweatdrop*

[Zeldafan whispers in Bob's ear, inquiring his aid]

Zeldafan: Boooob, say something...

Bob: ...Huh? Oh, right. *clears throat* Ahem! Ehh, Zeldafan's right, you know. Violence has never solved anything. ...But then again... *rubs chin*

Zeldafan: Uh?

Bob: We ARE participating in a narrative where brutally slaying your enemies in a tremendous act of violence is the key to solving all the world's problems. In fact, it's rather rare to find such an instance where a conflict isn't resolved by beating the canoli out of someone. So...yeah. I've got nothing. *scratches head*

Zeldafan: Bob, who's side are you on anyway!?

[Despite Bob's questionable interjection, Silas takes Zeldafan's words to heart, choosing instead to step down]

Silas: Hrmph. Perhaps you two are right afterall. Violence...is not the way... Instead, we shall settle this score in a contest of skill and--!!

Millie: Ehh, whatever. I'm done playing. You'd just cheat again anyway.

Silas: *outraged* What!? Why you...!!

Millie: And besides, I want to look at...this!!

Silas: Huh?

Bob: Hm?

[Millie quickly sneaks behind Bob undetected and snatches the shameless script from his back pocket]

Millie: Heehee! I got it!

Bob: Bwah!? Ahh! Give that back, you...!

Millie: No! I wanna read it!

Zeldafan: What? What are you guys talking about? What is th--aaaaaaahhh!!!

Millie: Huh? What's wrong, Z-Girl?

Zeldafan: *flustered* M-Millie! W-What are you doing with my BlueXJawo' yaoi!?

Millie: "Yah-oy"? You mean this story? I found it on the ground after you tossed it.

Zeldafan: Tossed it!? On the ground!?

Bob: Yes. After YOU so carelessly tossed it out of your bag, curious Millie stumbled across it and procured it for herself. Why, had it not been for my quick reflexes and sharp instincts, sweet innocent little Millie's virgin mind would've been destroyed by this...this...dissertation of debauchery!

Zeldafan: *turns red* Ohh...Ohh gee... *tugs on collar*

Silas: Hmm...excuse my ignorance, but what is this..."Yah-Oh-Ee"? And why is it so unscrupulous?

Millie: Yeah! Tell us!

Zeldafan: *blushing* Ohh, Bob, you really don't have to. I'll just take that back and--

Bob: Silence! I will read to them these...raunchy records, but ONLY to make aware how lascivious and vile they are.

Zeldafan: Eeep!! N-n-n-noooo!!

Millie: All right, it's story time!!

Silas: *rubs chin* This should be interesting.

Bob: Now then, gather around, everyone.

Zeldafan: *gulp* E-Even me...?

Bob: *dismally* Especially you...

[And so, Millie, Silas, and a mortified Zeldafan gather close to Bob, as he opens the pages of the nefarious novel]

Bob: *clears throat* Ahem! Now then! Let's begin, hmmm?

[As Bob skims through the tasteless text, his expression shifts from that of unyielding disgust, to modest intrigue, and finally, to whimsical euphoria represented by narrowed eyes and odius laughter]

Bob: Eehee...eeheehee...eeheeheehee...

[Baffled by Bob's sudden change in attitude, the three look back and forth at one another with puzzled expressions adorning their faces]

Zeldafan/Millie/Silas: ....Huh?

[Meanwhile, below the planet, having combined nimble movements with a clever use of artes, Reese manages to overcome Odexxia's barrage of clones and shatter his defensive barrier, plunging an arrow deep into the tyrant's chest. But it's not over yet. Despite Reese's efforts, the true battle is just about to begin]

~~Center of the Planet, Lunar Heart~~

[Reese continues to stand firm with his grip tight on the arrow, attempting to drive it further into Odexxia's wound. Meanwhile, Odexxia also grabs hold of the arrow, resisting him]

Reese: Ergh...

Odexxia: *in pain* Aaagh... You...curse you! Get...away!!

[Odexxia thrusts out his free arm, knocking Reese away and sending him rolling backwards along the ground until he comes to an abrupt stop when colliding with a rock formation]

Reese: Uh--aagggh!! Uwoah hungh agh!

[Without any resistance, Odexxia forcefully removes the arrow from his body and grasps his wound, wincing from the sudden surge of pain]

Odexxia: *growling* Yaagh! Grrrrrr--ahhhh!!

[Reese recovers from his fall, just in time to see a streak of lightning strike past his head]

Reese: Huh! Ahh!

[Odexxia sends another bolt heading his way, but this time, Reese staves off the attack with his bow, taking the opportunity to stand and counter by firing an arrow]

Odexxia: Hah! Not this time!

[As the arrow nears, Odexxia swats it away with ease, nullifying his counterattack]

Reese: Ungh...

Odexxia: Mmm, well now, that's better. I hate to say it, but you've impressed me, Reese! You defeated my clones, destroyed my barrier, AND you've actually wounded me! Yes...very impressive. Now I'm afraid I'll have to increase the effort a notch...

Reese: Ahh! ...Hm!

[Anticipating Odexxia's next move, Reese holds an arrow ready in his bow, maintaining a firm stance]

Odexxia: All right, Reese! Let's make this meaningful, shall we!?

Reese: ...

[Going on the attack, Odexxia strides towards Reese but then wanes from sight in a blur, throwing Reese into a state of confusion]

Reese: What!?

[Reese frantically looks around for any traces of Odexxia, but he can't be found]

Reese: He...disappeared!? But...but that's--! ...Huh!?

[Reese turns his head forward only to see Odexxia positioned directly in front of him, ready to launch an attack]

Odexxia: Haa!!

[Odexxia then looses a potent blow to Reese's face, causing him to stagger backwards]

Reese: Ungh!! (I...I didn't even see it coming!)

[Reese manages to regain his balance, as Odexxia dashes toward Reese again to follow up with another attack]

Odexxia: Yaah!!

Reese: Ahh!

[Odexxia attempts to strike with another punch, but Reese leaps backwards and dodges the attack, resulting in the blow impacting the ground instead with enough velocity to break away the earth beneath him]

Odexxia: Hrrrh!!

Reese: (Now! While he's open!)

[Reese takes advantage of the opportunity and tries to fire an arrow at the vulnerable Odexxia. But is stopped when he's struck with a spin kick to the side, knocking him to the ground]

Reese: Ahhh! Ungh!!

Odexxia: You're much too slow, Reese!!

Reese: Urr--gh...Uhh!?

[Odexxia now descends toward the ground at a rapid pace, intending to crush Reese as he lays wounded and weakened]

Odexxia: Now!! Die here!! Aaaahhhh!!

Reese: *injured* Ungh...Not...today...

[Despite his pain, Reese stands to his feet, aiming an arrow upwards at Odexxia]

Reese: ...

Odexxia: Wh-What...?

Reese: Glimmer of Heaven!!

[Reese shoots an arrow to the sky, forcing Odexxia to halt his descent to dodge in midair]

Odexxia: Huuh! Hmph. That was close, Reese, but not close eno--

Reese: It's not over yet! Dark Chase!!

Odexxia: Hrm!?

[Reese follows up by firing a series of dark arrows into the air that slowly soar towards Odexxia]

Odexxia: These arrows...are somehow different from the others... But no matter. They're just as easily avoided as the rest.

[Odexxia descends from the air to the ground, seemingly dodging the arrows as they ascend past]

Odexxia: Hmph. *smirks* Too easy...

Reese: Are you sure about that?

Odexxia: Hm...?

[Odexxia turns his head only to notice the very same arrows from before, slowly chasing after him from behind]

Odexxia: What!? This can't be!!

[Unable to dodge, the dark arrows imbed themselves into Odexxia's back, causing him to recieve heavy damage]

Odexxia: Urrgh!!

Reese: (All right! Now to pull out the combo and do some real damage!)

[Reese readies an arrow in his bow, preparing for another arte]

Reese: ...Falling Stars!

[Having stunned Odexxia with a well-placed attack, Reese continues his assault by firing a glowing arrow in his direction]

Odexxia: Fool! Hah!!

[As the arrow approaches, Odexxia attempts to stave it off by blocking it with a single hand]

Reese: Huh!?

Odexxia: Did you really think it would be that easy? Even in this injured state, your power is no match for mine...

[Odexxia appears to have gained the advantage, overpowering Reese's attack with minimal effort. That is, until gradually, the arrow increases in both speed and power]

Odexxia: Aaagh! Wh-What is this!? It's...becoming more difficult to restrain! This shouldn't be happening!

Reese: (Yeah! Just like I expected! Now it's time to finish it with one last attack!)

[As Reese prepares for his final assault, the arrow finally disperses, but not without rendering Odexxia's hand battered and scarred]

Odexxia: *panting* Hah...aargh....Reese, you pathetic worm. I will make you pay for this...

Reese: *from up high* Flying!!

Odexxia: What!?!?

[As Odexxia was recovering from his last attack, Reese uses the window of opportunity to launch yet another. Reese dives head-first from the air, heading directly towards Odexxia]

Odexxia: Bwah!!

Reese: Haaaaah!!

[Reese then shifts his momentum, diving towards Odexxia with his leg pointed outwards. He strikes head-on with a devastating kick, dealing Odexxia a heavy blow and knocking him to the ground]

Odexxia: Urraagh!!

Reese: Hm!

[But it's not long before Odexxia rises to his feet once again, although severely injured from Reese's barrage of attacks]

Odexxia: *panting* Hah...ha...haa...you....

Reese: Had enough yet!?

Odexxia: ...Now...now you've done it....

Reese: Huh...?

Odexxia: Reese, you've pushed me too far! No more games! Now I'm going to obliterate you!!

[Odexxia's anger shows, as his body begins to overflow with a staggering amount of mana]

Reese: *to himself* Ahh! This power! This...this surge of mana. Is it all coming...from him!?  

Odexxia: And now...dear Reese. I am going to crush you like an insect, and revel in your anguish!!

Reese: Ergh...!

Odexxia: *chants* "Immortal Tempest...!

[Odexxia's incantation invokes a fierce thunderstorm to strike all throughout the area. Reese can only look on, bracing himself for whatever may occur]

Reese: ...

Odexxia: *chants* "Unbrideled storms, drag them into your pummeling depths!"

[His invocation conjures forth a destructive whirling mass of water that pulls Reese in]

Reese: Ahhhhhhhh!!

Odexxia: Ah ha ha ha ha!! Now DIE!!

[The mass ruptures and bursts, releasing a large stockpile of energy that demolishes Reese's body considerably. He falls to the ground, beaten and unable to move]

Reese: *quietly* I'm sorry, everyone...I...can't...do it...Uuhh...

Odexxia: Hmm, so he managed to survive the attack. ...Well I shall soon fix that.

[Odexxia walks over to Reese, grabbing hold of him by the shirt and stringing him up high]

Reese: N-ngh...ungh...

Odexxia: Hah. Did you honestly expect to challenge me when you are so embarassingly weak?

Reese: *weakily* Y-You...

Odexxia: Mm?

Reese: You...h-haven't seen a fraction...of what I can do, Odexxia...!

Odexxia: There's no point in trying to talk big now. You've lost. You are nothing to me, Reese...

[Odexxia's free hand crackles with electric power as he prepares to finish off Reese with one final blow]

Reese: A-aah...

Odexxia: ...and you shall die alone!!

Reese: Nngh!!

[Reese closes his eyes and prepares for the worst as Odexxia goes in for the kill. But suddenly...]

Reese: Nn--huh...?

[Reese opens his eyes to see his death been delayed by a single arrow that's pierced through Odexxia's hand]

Odexxia: Guh! G--yaaaaaah!!

Reese: Ah! (An...an arrow! But...where did it--? Ahh! That's it!!)

[Reese recollects to a moment earlier in the fight]

Reese: Glimmer of Heaven!!

[Reese shoots an arrow to the sky, forcing Odexxia to halt his descent to dodge in midair]

Odexxia: Huuh! Hmph. That was close, Reese, but not close enough!

[End flashback]

Reese: (So the Glimmer of Heaven really did come through afterall! This is great! Now I've got one more chance to finish this fight, so I better not waste it!)

[After escaping almost certain death, Reese's resolve is restored as he's inspired to fight again. He delivers a swift kick to Odexxia, forcing him to release his grip]

Reese: Yah!

Odexxia: Uurngh!!

[Reese then retreats a fair distance away from Odexxia, set to begin preparation for his last attack]

Reese: (This is it... It's now or never, Reese! This...will decide everything!)

[Meanwhile, Odexxia looks on in both anger and bewilderment at what just occured, cluthing his wounded hand]

Odexxia: *growls* Grrrr... R-Reese...how did...why...why won't you...die...? This isn't over... I...I will... *clenches fist*

Reese: Now, scatter!!

Odexxia: ...W-what!?!?

[Reese initiates his final attack, striking Odexxia consecutively with a barrage of arrows while charging up]

Odexxia: Gaah! Urngh! Aaah! Aargh!

Reese: (Focus...)

[Reese uses the charged energy to launch a finishing blow, firing a large arrow of pure energy straight for Odexxia]

Reese: This time I'll finish you off for good! Fury Blast!!

Odexxia: Ahhhhh! Noooooooo!!

[The shining arrow slams into Odexxia, penetrating his body and running him through in one clean stroke]

Odexxia: Wuaaaaaaaaaarrrggh!!!

Reese: ...

[Left with his energy drained and a gaping hole in his mid-section, Odexxia stumbles and staggers backwards, his eyes wide with disbelief]

Odexxia: *to himself* H-How...? This is...impossible. I...I am...Odexxia...the Demonic Overlord...

[Odexxia continues to falter and sway disoriented, until he is met with the edge of the ground he stands on, nothing behind him but a seemingly endless chasm of dense mana]

Odexxia: I...I cannot be beaten...by...a child... Uurrrrgggh....

[Unable to sustain his own weight, Odexxia topples over, his lifeless body plunging deep into the abyss of mana below, bringing a fitting end to the archfiend's cruel ambitions]

Reese: ...You're finished, Odexxia. You will never harm anyone...ever again...

Title: Re: AoB Gaiden 2: The Lunar Monolith (Final Encounter Arc)
Post by: BlueAnnihilator on 08 June, 2009, 10:32:59 am
[In one decisive act of tenacity and heroism, Reese defeats the tyrannical overlord Odexxia, sending his body plummeting into the infernal depths of Deir Lunisia's core. With his zeal for power silenced forever, Reese lets out a sigh of relief, aware that his and the party's struggles have come to an end]

Reese: I did it... He's gone... *sigh* ...Now we can all return home and leave this nightmare behind us.

[With his mission complete and his journey over, Reese takes one last glance at the Lunar Heart, the life he fought to preserve]

Reese: ...Hm.

[Reese puts on a contented smile, assured that all is well and peace is restored. He begins to make his way back to his friends and family with his head held high]

Reese: ...!!!

[Though all too soon, that peace is shattered when Reese is suddenly struck from behind by a streak of red lightning]

Reese: Ahhhh!!

[His eyes grow blank, as his body falls helplessly to the ground. All the while, a familiar laugh echoes malevolently in the background]

??: Hm hm hm hm hm...

Reese: Uh--ungh... N-No... It...can't be...

[Unprecendently, Odexxia returns once again, having survived both the fall and Reese's most powerful attack. Though not without consequence, as both his body and spirit are severely damaged from the previous bout]

Odexxia: *breathing heavily* You...pathetic Lunisian...

Reese: O...Odexxia! But how...? I...defeated you...

Odexxia: Fool... A supreme being such as myself could never be defeated by the likes of you! Rahhh!

[Odexxia angrily kicks Reese while he's grounded, his defenseless body rolling along the ground]

Reese: Uaagh!

Odexxia: Ha ha ha... You know, if you die without crying, I just might be persuaded to tell your father that you died bravely.

Reese: F-Father...

Odexxia: But first, I'll let you watch as I kill every one of your friends. There's really no pleasure in doing it if you're, well...dead.

Reese: Ahh...! No!

Odexxia: Ha ha ha ha! What's the matter, Reese? Do you fear for their lives? Well you should! None shall be spared from my wrath.

Reese: I...I won't let you get away with this, Odexxia!

Odexxia: Reese, haven't you realized yet? You haven't the slightest chance of stopping me now.

Reese: Urgh...! (I...can't! I can't let this happen! I have to do something!)

Odexxia: Though I must admit, your power is undeniable. But...it doesn't matter. Whatever power you hold will fail before the power of the Supreme Overlord. I now hold the winning hand, and the time has come to play my trump card!

Reese: ...!?

[Odexxia quickly turns his attention towards the Lunar Heart; a devilish grin settling upon his face as he anxiously approaches]

Odexxia: Hah hah hah... Watch now as the world you once knew crumbles to nothing...

Reese: Ah!! (No! He's going to absorb the Lunar Heart!)

[In a desperate attempt to stop Odexxia, Reese struggles to move along the ground, dragging himself forward with his arms]

Reese: Ergh...ungh...! (I have to...stop him somehow...!)

Odexxia: ...and my New Age of Surpreme Darkness begins!!

[Odexxia places his hand upon the surface of the Lunar Heart, initiating his long-awaited absorption]

Odexxia: Haaaaaaa!!

Reese: Noooooo...!

[Odexxia's body can be seen changing shape, as the entire area is filled with a blinding white light enamating from the Lunar Heart, engulfing them both. The sudden removal of the power source causes a great disruption in the planet. A series of quakes and tremors can be felt all throughout the world as it grows more and more unstable with each passing second]

~~Subterrain: 3rd Level~~

[Blue's party continues to stand their ground as close as they can to the battle, tensely awaiting Reese's safe return]

Blue: *taps arm* Mmmn...

Jawo': *impatiently* Rrggh... How long are we gonna keep standing around like this, Blue? I can't stand it!

Blue: Settle down. You know we can't go any further. All we can do now is lend Reese our support.

Jawo': Rgh. I know...I know... (C'mon, Reese...don't let us down...)

Lilia: (Reese, please come back okay...)

[Meanwhile, Penny stands further away from the rest of the group, unusually quiet]

Penny: (Reese, you idiot... How could you run off and leave me to worry like this? You're...You're my best friend. I don't want you...to die...)

[Penny shuts her eyes tights and grits her teeth, struggling to fight back her tears when Jawo' comes up from behind, placing a comforting arm around her]

Penny: Huh?

Jawo': Hey, it'll be alright. Reese isn't going to die on us. He'll kick Odexxia's butt and come back to us in one piece, you'll see!

[Jawo's words succeed only in angering Penny, as she's responds by smacking his arm away in disgust]

Penny: Don't touch me!

Jawo': Uh!? *angrily* Grrr! Why you...!


[Jawo' gears up to respond in kind, when a sudden tremor breaks out, tossing the party to the ground]

Blue/Jawo'/Lilia/Penny: Ahhhhhh!!


[In the aftermath of the tremor, Lilia regains her consciousness and hurries to the aid of her fallen companions]

Lilia: Blue! Come on, Blue!

Blue: L...Lilia...?

[Blue rises to his feet and proceeds to call out to the others to assure their safety]

Blue: Are you okay, everybody? Talk to me!

Penny: Ungh...ugh...

Blue: Penny, that bump on your head looks pretty nasty. Are you okay?

Penny: It'll take more than a bump on the head to stop me, Blue. I'll be fine.

Blue: Jawo'! Are you alright!?

Jawo': Mmmm...unghh...ahhh... Y...yeah, Blue...I'm okay. But something's not right here...

Blue: ...So you could feel it too, huh?

Jawo': Yeah. That...was no ordinary earthquake.

Penny: Huh? So what? Are you trying to say that there's something else involved?

Jawo': I don't know... But I do know that something bad's about to go down here. And it's not gonna be pretty...

Lilia: Mmm... (Reese, please be alright...)

[Meanwhile, in the upper reaches of the subterrain, Kovah and his group resume their on-going battle against the swarm of enraged creatures]

~~Subterrain: 2nd Level~~

Kovah: Shishisenkou!!

[Kovah comes face to face with a ferocious enemy dragon. He boldly slams it with a massive concentration of battle energy, felling the dragon and blasting it away in a single blow]

Kovah: Heh. Not bad, if I say so myself. Anyway, it looks like that was the last of them. Is everyone holding up okay?

Deke: I'm well.

Shina: Yeah, I'm fine.

Prima: *panting* Hah...ha... Right...

Kovah: Hah. What's the matter, Prima?

Deke: Hmm... Looks like the princess doesn't pass muster in our little morality play.

Prima: Ohh...Ohh whatever. Can we just get out of here now, please?

Kovah: All right, all right... But dang! I was still up for some more fighting!

Deke: And I as well.

Prima: Ugh! Speak for yourselves!


[But just as the party is about to set out on their way, another tremor occurs, throwing the group off their feet]

Kovah/Deke/Shina/Prima: Ahhhhhh!!


[The earthquake subsides, leaving the party in a state of disarray. Prima is the first to recover from her fall, rubbing