Posted Jul 04 2012 - 11:50 PM
IC - Zanth/etc. - Dimension R: Once the last of the group had linked, Zanth wasted no time in pushing back, pulling the entire group over the edge of the tear and back into the main dimension. Wind rushed past their ears as they free-fell toward the Barrens, clouds of darkness breaking as the group passed through them. Pushing the surrounding noise from his mind, the Sherif closed his eyes, activating Suya's teleportation power.
In an instant, the group winked out of existence, disappearing from the air and reappearing right above the ground near the edge of the Searcher's chasm. All ten or so beings landed in the snow, bouncing slightly from the impact, though they were safe from harm. Pushing himself up from where he had landed, Zanth shook his head, looking up at the tear above them.
They had left Ruaki's presence just in time. A massive cloud of darkness emerged from the side dimension, writhing and contorting with each millimeter. There was definitely something wrong with it, however. The white cracks that had appeared on Ruaki's eyes had spread, emcompassing the crimson surfaces, and his mental roars continued to sound. To Zanth, it appeared as if he was in pain--as if something had gone wrong during the merge.
That could only mean that something big had happened, but what? Had the Eye been damaged as well? Had a key been destroyed? He couldn't be sure, though he was aware of one thing: Ruaki was still alive, and was still returning. If he got ahold of that body...
If you all are going to do something... he thought, referring to the Lyxek group. Then you need to hurry... Zanth looked at the others. "Are you all okay?"
IC - Sanshou/Sensha/etc. - Citadel: Sanshou coughed from the large amounts of dust in the air. She, as well as several of the others, had thrown themselves to the ground as the explosions sounded. Looking back, she saw the tunnel behind them had collapsed. She shook her head, trying her best to forget the fact that both the Director and Lurinost now rested in the destroyed stomach of the Citadel.
She rolled to the side, pushing herself to her feet and looking at Sensha. The Ondarian blinked slightly, beginning to come to after momentarily being stunned. Sanshou smiled, holding out a hand to her--and then frowned, withdrawing her hand as she saw Sensha's face, still etched with those strange lines.
Sensha pushed herself to her feet, using her bow staff as support. She turned her head, looking at Sanshou. Even without her helmet, she still stood tall, only partially weakened. She grabbed her staff, swinging at Sanshou. The Artanian jumped back, drawing a blade.
"Sensha, stop this!" she said. "The Director is gone--you aren't bound to him anymore!"
IC - Illuxio/Vailian - Platform Launch Pad: Illuxio and Vailian emerged on the platform launch pad. The robot immediately headed toward one of the remaining vehicles, accessing its controls and quickly getting it prepped for launch. Its thrusters activated almost immediately upon Vailian stepping onto it, causing it to begin to float and head toward the side exit.
"So what are you going to do now?" Vailian asked. Illuxio shut off the control panel, moving to the center of the platform and removing a plate. He began modifying several of the connections in it.
"Without merging, only one soul can inhabit a body at a time," Illuxio answered. "That's a fact--any Iden user will tell you the same. As a 'false' AI, I count as a soul."
"So you're going to...?"
"I'm going to take over that body myself," Illuxio said, replacing the plate. "While I'm in there, I'm going to upload my program. The nanobots will tear themselves apart, rendering the body unusable to Ruaki." He stood up, looking at Vailian. "I may not survive it, but I'm going to try and get back out of it before Lyxek realizes what's happening, and before the explosions begin. With luck, I'll succeed. That's why I need you here--I need someone to watch my body, in case of either an attack or in case Ruaki notices it."
Vailian nodded. "I can do that."
"Huh..." Illuxio rubbed his head, chuckling. "That was easier than I thought. You aren't going to stop me?"
"I swore to help Lyxek," Vailian said. "Given the circumstances--after hearing... everything... I think the best way to save him is to stop this. Regardless of what he thinks afterward." He rubbed the stump on his other arm. "So, no, I won't try to stop you."
Illuxio nodded in thanks. "You're a good guy, Vailian," he said. He activated his comm. "Kovian, it didn't work. I'm going to try a manuel upload. Keep him busy."
IC - Lyxek/Kovian/etc. - Platforms: As Vertak launched forward, swinging at the gauntlets, Lyxek broke away from Ciri, raising his guitar and slamming it against Rhindon. The two blades met, forcing Ciri to roll out of the way to avoid being hit. Lyxek held against Vertak, smiling slightly. With almost excessive force, he pushed back, knocking the Matoran back.
"Not good enough!" he called, turning back to the battle just as Selirah attacked. He played a series of strings on his guitar, deflecting the sonic knives, though still did not personally attack. Even so, he dropped the sonic field as the band's song came to an end, Ciri singing her final notes.
"What do you all think?" Lyxek asked, holding a hand out. "Encore?" From where he stood, the group could easily see the blade-like antenna rising from his back, a green light appearing on it.
Lyccir ran forward, coming to stand next to Vertak. He put a hand on the Matoran's shoulder. "If I create an opening for you, can you try that again?" he said quietly, even as Kovian moved forward.
The Toa of Ice gathering a ice and sonic energy in his hand. Throwing his arm forward, he let his attack loose, sending out a powerful burst of ice and sound. The resulting blast was enough to temporarily stun the band members as they were forced to cover their faces, ice gathering on several of their instruments from the intense cold. Draxion moved forward, gathering a large amount of lightning and letting it loose, forcing them backward again.
Dalmia had enough sense to dodge out of the way as he saw Marx and Ehjoras disappear, leaving behind a cloud of darkness in their wake. Teleporting higher up, he looked around, searching for the pair of beings. Unable to find them, the lowered his wings, forming his cloak around himself again. He teleported again, reappearing in front of Kerid.
"Change of plans," he said to her. Dalmia looked at the growing cloud that was Ruaki's mind. "See that? That's a source of unlimited power, right there. One I can make use of." He flexed a hand. "How would you react if I merged with it, Tournament Organizer? If I truly became a god?"
She didn't answer him, still furious at his attempt to murder Ehjoras. Dalmia smiled.
"Helplessness..." Dalmia said, seeming to drink the word. "I like it. Get ready for a real show." He stepped back, taking flight again toward the shadow cloud.
Kerid waited until she was sure he was gone, around the same time that Lyxek's band stopped playing. Then, "Lyxek!" Ciri looked at her, eyes narrowed slightly.
Better than nothing. "Dalmia's on the loose--he's headed for Rhashahk!" Kerid yelled, pointing toward Dalmia's fleeing form. Ciri's eyes widened, and she tapped Lyxek's shoulder. The Toa of Sonics looked at her, following her finger as she pointed after Dalmia. His eyes widened in shock and anger, and he moved to turn...
"Now!" Lyccir hissed, moving forward again. He disappeared as he passed by Kovian, vanishing into thin air--much to the band's surprise. The Turaga reappeared a second later near Lyxek, drawing his staff up and slamming it into the Toa of Sonics's guitar, knocking Ciri to the side in the same, fluid movement.
At the same time, Kovian rushed forward, dragging his scythe along the ground and sending a flurry of ice energy along the ground, freezing the metal under Tana, Ohmi, and Jysk's feet, even as Wasponax began to surround Tana with his bugs.
Dalmia reached out as he approached Ruaki, his hand glowing...