OOC: Are you all ready? Forgive the long wait, but some problems came up, but it's all done now. So, without further ado, allow me to personally welcome you to the finale of the Sombra battle.
IC – Hoenn Void Tower:
The Void Tower reached out with several dark tendrils, trying to strike down its attackers, but the damage was done. As all present could see, there was a large gaping hole in the center of the eye, as the Tower itself began to crumble and fall to the ground, dark energy escaping into the wind as Sombra’s power from this tower was beginning to go up in smoke. The Tower let out a low roar as it collapsed, vanishing into nothing as the darkness covering the region slowly began to let up. The Void Tower had fallen once more.
IC – Darkrai:
Sombra raised his hand, Four’s eye glowing brightly as he began to gather energy, ready to unleash a Roar of Time with enough force to destroy the ruins and everything with it, as he drew in all of the energy he could from the Void Towers. With the attacks drawing in close, he prepared to unleash all of his power… Only to freeze in his tracks as he felt a severe amount of power drain away instantly, signalling the destruction of the Hoenn Tower. Unable to comprehend what was happening, Sombra’s attack failed to launch, as the Alpha Darkrai was left at the mercy of the barrage of attacks. Weakened and in shock from the loss of power, Sombra was tossed around, locked in a cycle of pain, the newly energized unity causing more damage than Sombra was able to comprehend. Thrust aside, Sombra struck a wall, where he began to move erratically, before letting loose a roar of pain as Seven and Three were forced from his body, landing motionless on the ground, as Sombra hovered back into the air, coughing, the portions of his body where Seven and Three’s faces had been now taking the shape of pure darkness, as a strange evil mist now filled the air.
“Heh... Heh...” Sombra gasped between breaths, as he raised his head, staring at all of the gathered trainers and Pokemon, his eyes shining a bright blue. “Well, I must say, I am very impressed by your power...” The Darkrai spread his ‘wings’ as Two’s eyes began to glow brightly as well, dark particles floating into the air from the ground, as the room began to tremble.
With that, the very room itself reached out, wrapping all within it in a blanket of shadows. As the darkness subsided, it left its captives to fall to the ground. Each fell to the ground, unconscious, and trapped in a nightmare, all trapped in a deep slumber.
“But impressions can only last so long!” Sombra laughed, as the darkness began to once more consume the bodies of those who have fallen before him. The laughter of the Alpha Darkrai was short-lived as he saw three lights shine from the bodies, as he heard the roars of the Creation Trio. Sombra’s sense of victory quickly turned to frustration as he saw Klim, Evan and Seth rise up, each shining the colours of their respective dragon.
“Everybody ready?” Klim asked, as Moriarty emerged from the floor, his eye shining brightly as he rose up behind his trainer, the Dusknoir crossing his arms in anticipation of the fight that was about to come.
“You better believe it!” Evan announced loudly, striking a dynamic pose, as a pillar of earth rose from the ground, flames spreading out in a star, Gnip standing tall as she bellowed a challenge at the Alpha Darkrai.
“Well then... it’s showdown time!” Seth called out, as Volt appeared in a burst of electricity, the Luxray roaring at the living nightmare that hovered before them.
“Well, well, well, what pests you are. Still awake, huh? Ooohh, can't say I like that,” Sombra spat as he let loose a Spacial Rend at Klim. “So why don't you just give up, you know, surrender? “
Stepping forward, Moriarty took the hit, but quickly retaliated with a Shadow Punch followed up by a Brick Break directly to the stomach of Sombra. “It's over, it’s over, and you were always bound to fall!” Klim exclaimed as Sombra was tossed backwards by the punches. “It's over. You’re finished here. You’re about to lose it all! “
Sombra growled with rage as he regained his composure. “They mock me. They fight me. How could this be real?” Sombra muttered to himself, rage building up within his body. “They think that I am worried, but that’s not what I feel!” Rushing forward, Sombra’s wings covered his body, as he crashed into Moriarty, delivering Payback for the damage he had sustained, sending the Dusknoir crashing into a wall. Chuckling, Sombra dipped into the dark shadows, before emerging, alongside multiple copies of himself.
“What's this? A trick? I'm not impressed. You're bad and now there’s more,” Klim said, sending a burst of energy to rejuvenate Moriarty, who quickly moved forward, using Fire Punch to try to eliminate several of the clones. “It makes it all the more worthwhile to see you hit the floor!”
“Talk, talk, talk, but I'll tell you, this shadow’s going nowhere,” the Sombra’s said in unison, their eyes glowing brightly as they seemed to dance in unison, launching a volley of Shadow Balls towards the ghostly Cyclops. “If I were you, I'd take a hike. There's danger in the air!” At that moment, the Shadow Balls all connected, as Moriarty fell to the ground.
“I guess it’s my turn now!” Evan chimed in, striking a pose as Gnip leapt forwards.
“Well, aren’t we confident?” Sombra snickered.
“Well I'm feeling angry, and there's plenty left to do,” Evan proclaimed with a smile. Gnip leapt forwards, slamming her feet upon the ground as she roared, letting loose with an Earthquake which brought down parts of ruins which struck the clones, finally bringing the total number of Sombras back down to one. “I've fought your most unwelcome help, and now I'm after you!”
Sombra himself dodged the attack, but was caught off-guard as Gnip used the momentum of the Earthquake to propel herself into a Dragon Claw. “Even if you catch me, you could never do me in!
I'm fought the gods, and I’m just as strong. Which means I'm gonna win!” Recovering, Sombra puffed out his chest, launching a Blizzard from Eight’s face, which struck the Garchomp head-on, sending her flying towards Evan.
“Showtime, Seth!” Evan called out, as Gnip crashed into her trainer. Seth nodded as Volt emerged, growling in defiance.
“It's over. You’re finished. You'll never have your way,” Seth exclaimed, as Volt leaped forward, mouth crackling with elemental powers, before delivering an Ice Fang to the nightmare. As Sombra reached to throw the Luxray off; Volt reacted quickly by latching on to Sombra’s hand with a Fire Fang. “You? The king of everything? That'll be the day!”
“How feeble! How childish! Is that the best you got?” Sombra laughed deeply, before letting loose a barrage of Dark Pulses, which quickly and easily sent Volt crashing downwards. “You think that you're a hero, Seth. But I think you are not!” Sombra began charging up a Roar of Time, the ground shaking as he did so. “Whoooah!” The Alpha Darkrai roared, knocking each of the Heroes off of their feet, bringing them to their knees before Sombra.
“Now it's time for you to see what it really means to scare!” Sombra roared in triumph, drawing in energy from the shadows. “You see, I'm the Alpha Darkrai, kid. Although I don't play fair; It's much more fun, I must confess, when lives are on the line. Not mine of course, but yours my friends, now that'd be just fine!” Laughing in triumph, Sombra’s arms glowed as he prepared a Spacial Rend, ready to eliminate his opponents...
IC – Sinnoh Void Tower:
The monster reared back in pain, as it felt its very essence being torn at. Instinctively, it drew its own energy from the tower to try to sustain itself. The entire room shook, as the creature lost its balance, before freezing in its tracks.
Sombra froze in his tracks, feeling the pain of the Void Tower creature, as well as it drawing away some very crucial energy, rendering him unable to continue on out of shock of losing energy. Too connected was he with the Void Towers that he failed to realize what was happening before him, as the three Heroes took a page out of Evan’s book.
“Evan, Klim, now!” Seth signalled, as they quickly poured their power into their Pokemon, rejuvenating their fallen allies. With Sombra now exhausted, the three Pokemon rose up, staring down their foe, each of them now infused with the same powers as their trainers. Volt moved first, glowing blue as he moved with amazing speed, slowing down time for those around him, as he charged up a powerful Wild Charge, striking Sombra directly in the chest. Moriarty was next, phasing out of reality itself, until finally emerging beneath the Alpha Darkrai, striking upwards with a Brick Break, which caused Sombra to spin out of control, grunting in pain. Finally, Gnip let out a mighty roar as she began to glow red, charging straight forwards at Sombra, before she suddenly vanished into a portal. As Sombra twisted and turned, trying to locate the Garchomp, Gnip reappeared directly in front of him, following through as she sliced him, her rage showing through.
Falling to the ground, Sombra landed with a thud, motionless once more. “Get up,” Evan growled, the fire in his eyes burning brightly, as he slowly struck a dynamic pose. “We all know that it’s not over.” Gnip roared at the fallen Darkrai, shaking the very ground itself, the Garchomp bracing herself for the worst, despite being extremely exhausted.
“How perceptive,” Sombra laughed weakly, rising back into the air, as if he was being raised like a puppet upon strings. “You fail to realize just the position that you are actually in.” Extending his arms around him, the Darkrai chuckled weakly. “You see, the entire time that we have been fighting, we have been fighting inside of a Void Tower being born! The Dark Void is spreading, slowly draining the energy of everyone around, given enough time, I can restart my conquest, with enough power to do so! While you three grow weaker, I can only get more powerful!”
“He’s right…” Klim muttered, as Moriarty hovered over to help the Hero of Reverse to his feet. “He only gets stronger as this goes on, so we need to end this before he can reach full power.” Klim glanced over, inspecting the states of everyone else, noticing that even the other Ancient Darkrai were now trapped in a slumber. Their lives were now in the hands of the three heroes, as they stared down their true enemy.
“So, here we are once more, Darkrai,” Seth stated, as he looked into the eyes of Sombra, his mist-like form hovering in place. “Except now we wait, to see who makes the first move.” Seth, to the surprise of Klim and Evan, merely put his hands behind his head, as he relaxed, taking his time to do any action, while Volt curled on the ground, the Luxray never taking his eyes off of Sombra.
“Indeed,” Sombra sarcastically admitted, himself hovering quite casually. “Any single movement could decide upon the result of this battle. Let us take a moment to rest and regain our breath before we resume combat, shall we?”
“How can you be so relaxed at a time like this?” Evan exclaimed, slightly losing his cool and patience with Seth. Seth merely snickered and walked around, taking care to step over the bodies of those who were trapped in their nightmares. “I refuse to let my guard down for something like that!” Klim responded by placing his hand upon Evan’s shoulders.
“Evan, I don’t fully understand it myself, but I can sense that these two are actually at the top of their guard. Isn’t that right, Sombra?” Klim asked sternly. The nightmarish creature responded by nodding, smiling disturbingly.
“Yet again! Your perception truly impresses. Truly you are the greatest of the heroes,” Sombra replied. “While most would let their guard down at this point, it is the time you must keep it up the most, as you never know who is more exhausted than you are. As well, it gives you the time to actually sit down with your foe and converse, as you normally wouldn’t.”
Silently, Seth walked over to each of the people who had chosen to come with them, placing his hand upon their heads in a systematic order, while Evan and Klim distracted Sombra, all three of them blissfully unaware of what Seth was getting up to. The stand-off was a perfect opportunity for both sides to get some sort of lull in combat before what was sure to be the final struggle. Sombra eyed Seth with curiosity, as Seth made his way back to rejoin with his two friends. “It’s time,” Seth stated, not just to his companions, but to Sombra as well, as the Darkrai straightened his posture, ready for battle.
“All of us together now!” Evan exclaimed, as he, Klim and Seth moved forward, their eyes glowing with the power within them… Sombra watched in slight shock as two of those lights were extinguished by strikes to the back of the head from the third light.
With a thud, Evan and Klim fell to the ground, unconscious, as Gnip and Moriarty quickly moved to protect the bodies of their partners. Seth stared at them, a sorrowful expression in his eyes as he placed his hand to their heads, channeling his memories to them, revealing to them his true intentions, and the risks associated with it. With a reluctant nod, the two Pokemon stepped aside as Seth reached down to the two, placing his hands upon their chests, directly over their hearts, as he began to drain them of their powers, combining it with his own, and the power that he had retrieved from his sleeping allies. Arcane lines began to appear on the body of Seth, glowing blue, before glowing purple and finally gold before settling on a piercing bright white. “If you wish to borrow the power of your allies to give yourself power, Sombra… I’ll do the same to you,” Seth said quietly, the voices of past heroes speaking with him. A bright white light began to radiate from the Hero of Time as he faced down the Ultimate Nightmare. “In the honor of the heroes past… I swear upon their hearts that I will strike you down here and now. The nightmare is about to realize that in this dream… We are in control!” For the first time, Sombra hesitated in fear, as Seth stepped towards him.
“You… Fool… You can’t stop me, no matter how much power you absorb from your so-called friends!” Sombra stuttered, setting forth dark energy in an attempt to overpower Seth’s light. The Hero merely stood his ground, as the darkness failed to affect him. A single smirk emerged over the face of Seth, as rage began to overtake the mind of Sombra. Firing off multiple Dark Pulses, the attacks struck Seth, yet he refused to back down, merely continuing to make his way forward. Shocked and confused, Sombra hovered backwards, gathering energy from the room, and drawing in all possible energy that he could from the other Void Tower in Sinnoh. “Very well… If that is the game you wish to play, then we shall see who remains standing when I destroy this entire area!” Raising his hand into the air, Sombra created a massive ball of darkness, preparing to unleash the most powerful Dark Pulse that he could. “Not even you can survive this attack!”
Breaking from his form, Seth placed one foot back, bracing himself for what was about to come. Not even Seth was prepared for the force of the attack that Sombra launched, as Seth held out both hands, fighting with all of his might to keep the attack from reaching his friends. Even now, Seth could feel his hold over the attack slipping, along with his own power.
‘This is it.’ Seth closed his eyes.
“You are all going to be destroyed!”
‘It’s not the end.’
‘This is how it all ends.’ He felt the power beginning to slip, as the pain in his hands became much more apparent.
“Your fates are all sealed!”
‘It’s far from over.’
‘Shame, I had so much more that I wanted to do. So much more that needed to be done.’ Seth began to be absorbed into the attack, his entire body beginning to visibly peel away.
“You could never defeat me alone!”
‘You’re not alone.’
‘I never did get to test out the power that I thought I had…’ Seth’s form began to fade.
“Nobody can help you now!”
‘We’re here with you.’
‘And who might you be?’ Seth entered his mind as he began to lose his grip on reality.
‘We’re everyone. We’re the Heroes of the Past.’ A long line of people appeared in Seth’s mind, each of them grouped in three. Each seemed to glow the colour of their respective dragon except for one in each group, who glowed white. Finally, Seth saw the appearances of Evan and Klim, in addition to the appearances of those who fought against the Darkrai, including those present at the ruins, and those who were farther away, some of whom Seth did not recognize.. ‘And the Heroes of the Present.’
‘How can you help me?’
‘We’re here to support you. You’re the only one who can do this right now. You’re the only one who can fight further. You need to beat him. You can’t give up yet.’
‘I can’t…’ Seth’s limbs began to fade
‘I can’t…’ Seth’s torso began to fade.
‘I can’t… give… up!’ As Seth’s face began to fade, his eyes suddenly burst open, as his form suddenly returned, with newfound power, as Seth began to push back the attack. Sombra looked in shock as his attack was being pushed back towards him. The bright light began to overtake the Dark Pulse, forcing it back to Sombra.
“Impossible!” Refusing to be defeated, the Darkrai put more and more energy into the attack, becoming more mist-like in the process. Soon, the two forces reached a standstill, trapped by the force of the attack. “How did you manage to survive!?”
“It was my will to fight on against the likes of you! It was my desire to see you wiped from this planet, and see you fall with your darkness!” Seth exclaimed, struggling with all of his might to keep himself from being overtaken again. However, Seth quickly realized that he was losing, as Sombra, true to his word, began to draw energy from the Void Tower, gaining the upper hand.
“Your will is not enough, you can’t will yourself to a victory, only death! Now, perish!” Sombra exclaimed, putting all of his effort into the final push. Too focused was he on the attack, that he failed to notice Nine rise, having been able to force himself awake, partly thanks to his own ability to draw in nightmares, giving himself enough energy for one final attack.
His hand glowing with a green flame, Ilios launched the ball at Sombra. “From me to you… Choke on it…” The attack struck Sombra directly in the side of the head, breaking his focus for a brief moment.
That was all Seth needed.
With one mighty push, Seth forced the attack back into Sombra, forcing the Alpha monster to absorb all of the force of the attack, including Seth himself. “Impossible! No one person could defeat me!” Sombra roared in rage as his form began to fuse with that of Seth, creating a strange amalgation of Seth and Sombra, resembling that of Sombra’s previous herald.
“That’s the thing, Sombra...” Seth said, as his light began to shine through that of Sombra’s darkness. He closed his eyes as he saw the faces of all that fought against the darkness, past and present. “I’m not just one person.” Sombra screamed in pain as he felt the light burst forth from within. A massive burst of darkness shot out into the sky, before it was torn apart by a beam of light which shone brightly throughout the dark skies, as the shadows that were created by the Ancient Darkrai began to dissipate, the massive and imposing Void Towers hanging over Sinnoh and Hoenn finally fading away to nothingness. Sombra himself screamed in pain as his form was consumed by the light, reaching out towards whatever, with nowhere to go.
With that, Sombra and his corrupted minions were no more. The threat was finally ended.
“I… did it…” Seth smiled as he felt himself fade away once more, giving a sorrowful look towards Volt, who watched in sadness, knowing all along what was to happen. Seth glanced over towards Nine and smiled, nodding as the Hero of Time finally faded, his flute falling to the ground, the only remaining sign that Seth was there. All over, people began to awaken from their slumber inflicted by the Darkrai. Five weakly rose, and glanced at Nine, who gave a nod that signalled that it was over.
Five stared at the flute, and then at where Seth had just stood, a sorrowful expression. Five then saw Seven and Three lying unconscious, the two of them being fortunate enough to have been spared a horrible death with their other siblings. Five wrapped them in tendrils of darkness to contain them until judgment could be passed. Nevertheless, Daseos breathed a sigh of relief. The fighting was over, the darkness was subsiding. After what seemed like a lifetime, the threat was finally vanquished.
Sombra was no more.