Posted Jan 07 2012 - 11:26 AM
Chapter 20: Defeat Bandiaca! As the forces of Bandiaca raged unchecked through the streets of Cyril Nui, the Toa Cyril were getting to work. They gathered their weaponry, mounted on their Anverius X3 vehicles – with Cesare riding with Eri – and headed off into the battle. Hoji looked to the sky, watching as Bandiaca and ‘Forte’ set their cloud down, standing atop a rooftop. Bandiaca vanished, leaving ‘Forte’ there, where he started to lead men into battle. Hoji headed that way, deciding his fight was to be with ‘Forte’, for their past duels. This time he would make sure it would end his way. Agri drove through the streets, using his Blade Blaster to fire on as many machines as he could, sliding his vehicle to a stop when he encountered a block of Batsuroids in his way. He dismounted and extended his sword. “I’m ready.” “I sure hope you are.” Dai replied, walking out from behind the Batsuroids. He lifted his black sword up, facing the thin blade at Agri. “Your ‘Onyx Kardas’ will fall today.” Agri said, lifting his sword up into both hands, facing the tip at the tip of his foe’s sword. “Have at me.” Dai prodded. Eri and Cesare stopped firing when they reached a familiar looking swordsman. Mirai stood in their path, alone, without soldiers to back him. Cesare leapt off of the back of the vehicle. Eri disconnected her armor from the vehicle and stepped off, drawing her sword, just like Cesare. “You two…” Mirai said. He looked at Cesare, “This will be good. I’ll eliminate you this time, traitor.” “I’m no traitor. I’m just smart enough to abandon her when my morals come into conflict with her goals.” Cesare said. “I haven’t the morals that you do.” Mirai said, “I won’t abandon Bandiaca.” “What if she threatens to rob you of your mind?” Cesare shot at Mirai. Mirai shook his head, “I’ll kill her myself at that point.” He drew his left arm up and put his hand to the hilt. He drew it with a wide slash of his right arm, sending out a ringing of steel on steel as he drew, “Have at me!” Magis and Rei had since met up and dismounted. Various commanders and machines stood in their way. They looked to each other and nodded. Magis threw his hand out. Rei threw hers out a moment after he generated his Air powers, bringing a cyclone and throwing it forward. Lightning interlaced with it, sending the powerful electrified, spinning torrent of wind forward, crushing most of the resistance right there; using the electricity to hit at the machines. Three commanders with swords rushed forward. Magis ran forward, flipping over their heads and span around, slashing two across their backs. As the third turned to face him, Rei threw a dagger into his back, dropping the uninjured warrior, killing him. She ran forward, rolled under one’s attack while Magis killed the other by slitting his throat, and then she reclaimed her dagger from the corpse. She span around, slashing him across his neck, dropping him quickly. More machines were starting to come into the area. Rei put a dagger into the spots between each finger on both hands, and then looked to Magis, “Deal with the disabled ones; I’ll handle these.” “Destroy them.” Magis told her. “I will.” She replied, throwing her hands out. Lightning danced between the tips of her daggers and lashed out, blowing the squad away. Magis watched for a moment, and then went to his work of destroying the crippled machines. Hoji looked around the building where Bandiaca and ‘Forte’ had landed. He cursed and went out on foot, searching for ‘Forte’ and his squad, but couldn’t find them. He stopped and pressed himself against a wall. He glanced out, thankful to not see corpses as he had seen in some parts of the city. The Matoran were getting smarter and hiding, it seemed. Hoji spied some machines moving ahead. This was the back of the group, no doubt. Hoji walked out and crept forward, extending his sword. He slashed two of them quickly, cutting their heads off. When they dropped, three of them turned towards him. Hoji was swift, bringing up a blast of Fire, burning them through, dropping them as slag. The soldiers all turned to face him, but then slid away, revealing ‘Forte’ approaching the Toa of Fire. The cyborg warrior lifted his sword up, “I finally get to face you again.” He said. Hoji lifted his sword, “This time you won’t break my blade.” “We’ll see.” ‘Forte’ retorted, closing the distance. The tips of their outstretched swords now touched each other. They both waited to see who would make the first move of this duel. Hoji slapped ‘Forte’’s sword down, drew his back, and plunged with a shout. ‘Forte’ dodged back with his jets and flipped around in the air, spinning to get above Hoji, and then cutting his thrusters, dropping him. He shouted and slashed down with what would be enough force for a kill. Hoji shot his arm up, parrying with his blade, thankful it held. He pushed back and flipped his blade back up and the hilt down, making his firearm again. He opened fire, but ‘Forte’’s swordsmanship was good; he blocked everything as he raced in closer. Hoji rolled under his slash and span around, firing at his back. ‘Forte’ span around, parrying with his blade. He slashed it down and ran forward, taking the next shots to his chest, but nothing happened. His armor sparked a bit, but that was it. ‘Forte’ swung his sword in with a wide slash, slashing Hoji across the chest. The Toa of Fire cried out and was thrown into an Anaroid, taking it down. Sparks flew from Hoji’s armor even after the blow connected. His armor had a large black wound across it. Hoji pushed himself up to his feet. He swayed, but drew his sword up and ran forward with a shout. Agri span away from Dai’s slash. He drew his sword in and plunged it forward, but Dai dodged back. Dai slashed down, but Agri dodged to the side, span around, and slashed at Dai’s exposed side. Dai blocked the flat of the sword with the palm of his hand, pushing the blade back with minimal force. He drew his black sword back and plunged it forward, catching Agri in the chest with the tip, leaving a small mark, sending a few sparks out. Agri ran forward and rolled, coming up and pushing himself up with his left hand, throwing a kick out at Dai. Dai blocked with the palm of his hand. Agri finished his rotation to bring his sword up and slashed, catching Dai across the chest, knocking him back; sending sparks flying on impact and leaving a darkened trail. “That was an inventive move.” Dai said. Agri put the tip of his sword forward, “It may not be pure swordsmanship, but I will still use it. I will defeat you today!” “I wouldn’t count on that.” Dai said, holding his sword out in one hand, turning his body into what appeared to be a fencing stance, “You see, there is a day for the student to overcome and surpass the master. Today is not that day for you, Agri.” “When will that day come?” Agri questioned. “Never.” Dai said, “Because, in a battle such as this between student and teacher, it is a life and death struggle.” “You’re going to kill me?” “If you can’t defend yourself, then yes, you will die by my blade; by my hand.” Dai said, answering the question without having to say it. He couldn’t say it. He didn’t want to kill Agri, but if Agri couldn’t defend himself, then he would die by Dai’s hand. Cesare and Eri rolled away from the flaming sword that Mirai was using. He span around, using his arm mounted shield to block Eri’s slash, kicked her and span around, slashing Cesare’s sword into the ground with his own blade. The heat radiated up the Rouze Blade, into Cesare’s hands. Cesare ignored it and twisted his sword to the side, throwing as much momentum as he could into it, and drew it up to the side, freeing it. He slashed it with a high slash, coming down at Mirai’s head. “You’re open.” Mirai said, plunging for the kill blow. The sword came down much faster than it should have, slashing Mirai across the head and chest. He stumbled away, shaking his head, “What was that?” He shouted. Eri crouched behind him, her hand was out. Mirai reached up, touching the wound, feeling that it was wet. He span around to face Eri. “I put some water around the blade. When I used my Water powers, I threw all of my force into it, allowing it to come down faster.” He saw her lower hand, “A trail of water. He pushed, I pulled. Together, the blade came down with twice the speed.” “Creative.” Mirai said begrudgingly. Cesare opened his guard, drawing three Rouze Cards. Mirai kicked Eri when she wasn’t expecting it, span around, and lifted his shield just in time. “Fire” “Blast” “Slash” A compressed blast of Fire shot at Mirai. His shield absorbed the combination attack which became a shot of compressed energy. He threw his arm to the side and raced forward, slashing the Rouze Blade down and punching Cesare in the face, taking him down. “You are good, Cesare, so stop holding back!” Mirai ordered, holding his sword at the downed Toa of Ice, “I know about Recla Nui. I heard your story of how you defeated that Skakdi. I want to see your skill!” “So be it.” He said simply. He kicked Mirai and rolled aside, abandoning his sword by plunging it into the ground. As Mirai rushed him, he leapt back, kicked off of his sword, and used his awkward jump to confuse Mirai, while raising an Ice column to stand on and lift him higher. Mirai slashed the column in half with one slash and turned, watching a wall of Ice appear behind him. He span around, cleaving it in half, only to find another. Cesare dropped behind his column and held his hand out. Ice spikes formed in the wall, shooting out for Mirai. The swordsman rolled aside, letting them carry forward at Cesare. Cesare threw both arms out, reforming the spikes into a single wall. He span around, throwing his hand out, sending the wall sliding across the ground for Mirai. As Mirai cleaved it in half, and the halves crashed into two buildings, Cesare reclaimed his blade. He opened it and slashed three cards. “Lightning” “Kick” “Mach” He raced forward, his foot generating massive amounts of power. He span around, giving a quick spin kick, taking Mirai down with a shout of extreme pain. Mirai smashed into a wall from all of the force, and then remained down. “He’s worthy of life.” Eri said. “We need to kill him.” Cesare said, “You Toa kill your enemies here; I know that.” “Right now, he’s down. We have more important things to do, even if it would only take a moment to kill him.” Eri said. “Fine.” Cesare said, rushing off with her. Agri and Dai were both on the ground after a blast of Bandiaca’s amazing powers. She floated in the air, watching them. She didn’t want to kill either; she needed Dai as a warrior, and she desired to change the Toa Cyril into her slaves. But this couldn’t be helped. “Dai, get up!” Bandiaca screamed down, “Get up and keep him down for me!” Dai glared up at Bandiaca, but held his tongue. He moved in on Agri, only to be repelled by two Blade Blasters firing on him. He saw Magis and Rei closing in on him. Then they could all hear something approaching; more Anverius X3 vehicles. Cesare, Eri, and Hoji had arrived. ‘Forte’ was pursuing, wounded, just like Hoji was. They had ended their battle with similar wounds on each other’s chests. ‘Forte’ leapt atop a building, looking down at them. They were near the shore; the beating of waves could be heard nearby. Bandiaca cursed and lowered herself, deciding to enter the battle herself. Dai got up and ran off to search for survivors and rally the soldiers together. “Everyone, let’s end this.” Hoji said, throwing his arm up, “Dragon Missile!” The weapon flew down into Hoji’s grip. The others drew their weapons up and together, combining their weapons into the Cyril Buster. “Mistress, I will end this.” ‘Forte’ said, rushing down from his rooftop, leaping at the Toa, despite their weapon, charging, trained on his chest. He lifted his blade and shouted, attempting to cleave the weapon in half with his sword. “Fire!” They all shouted, unleashing their combined, intertwining attack. The elemental blast smashed into ‘Forte’, sending him flying a block away, into the ocean. “What?” Bandiaca hissed, throwing her arm out. Power charged around the crystal, getting ready to be unleashed. The Toa span around, lifting the Buster up at her and firing, just as she fired her magical energy attack. The two attacks collided, negating each other. Both fired again in extreme haste, negating each other again. The Toa fired a third time, this time getting faster than Bandiaca, striking her with the attack. She cried out and flew back, flying back into the sky, using her powers to levitate herself. She floated back, brushing her hand over the massive wound on her chest. She doubled over in the air, looking down at them. She was about to speak in triumph, that she could still fight, that she would still conquer the island, and then she doubled over again. “What…what…what is this?” She demanded. She cried out and threw her head back in pain. She gathered dark clouds around herself, and then dark clouds over the island itself. Energy columns shot down, absorbing all of her forces. She was defeated, she knew that. She needed to regroup and plan a new attack. That was her only option. As much as she didn’t want to, she had to pull her forces out. The dark clouds were vanishing, leaving the island and returning to her base. The six Toa stood together, having actually proven that they could defeat Bandiaca. They had leveled her forces. They had defeated her commanders. They had even defeated Bandiaca herself. “Next time, we will take her life.” Hoji said, “Then, and only then, can we be free of the threat that she poses us all.” “Next time, indeed.” Cesare agreed. They all turned around, looking at the island. There was smoke visible, rising up. Fires. There was damage abound, but they had survived, and many Matoran had also survived; few had lost their lives, the Toa figured. The rebuilding process wouldn’t take too long, and then the island would have some normalcy to it again. Then, the next time Bandiaca attacked, the Toa Cyril would repel her forces and take the fight to her. She would never expect that, and then they would end it all. “Let’s go back.” Hoji said, leading the others away, heading towards their vehicles and to the temple. ‘Forte’’s body drifted in the ocean, damaged, unconscious. The body disappeared beneath the waves, with bubbles rising around his body as it was sucked down into the depths.Review
Edited by Lord Koji, Jan 15 2012 - 02:17 PM.