Posted Oct 15 2011 - 08:47 AM
Chapter 132: Death of Twilight Union sat quietly in the Superior’s chamber, when suddenly he heard a loud crash behind him and spun around. A portal flickered out of existence over a broken table, and when Union stepped forward he saw Darkhadaz laying there, horribly beat up but still alive. Union helped Darkhadaz up and led him to his throne, and as soon as the Knight sat down an aura of light covered him and began healing his wounds.“Sir?” Union asked.“…They…prepared,” Darkhadaz wheezed. “All eight of them…and their Knights…I nearly…”Union said, “I suppose you used up all the artifacts you took?”Darkhadaz nodded, and then he turned and looked at his hand, which was clenched into a fist. He slowly uncurled his fingers, and there in his palm sat what Union knew must be the Mutant Claw. Darkhadaz chuckled, “Heh…once I’m healed, I’ll go retrieve the others…tomorrow is the Day of Dragons, after all.” Nk walked along slowly, staring up into the sky. He and the others had met up not far away from the Dark Knight’s castle and were doing some last-minute training, and he had wandered off to find a place to think.“Hm…” he mumbled.“What troubles you, Nuva-sama?” Omni asked.“Well, we have a complete Gathering of Les Quatre Fréres de Lame, and we’re about to head into a giant battle,” Nk said. “What could possibly go wrong?”“Come on—what’re the chances this’ll be that disaster they’re foreshadowing?” Dread asked.“Fairly good,” Nk said. “…What am I saying—this isn’t like me at all.”“Concerned for your family, perhaps?” Omni suggested. Nk said nothing, so Omni continued, “If this battle is the disaster, chances are we will fall, along with your wife. That’s bad enough without taking into account there will be no one left to watch after your son.”“…I’m not used to this heavy a burden,” Nk sighed.“Sorry kid, but we don’t got time,” Dread said.Death landed on the other side of the clearing, his sharp teeth curved into a smirk, and Nk asked, “What do you want?”“What do you think?” Death responded. “Did you really think we wouldn’t notice you? Still, Shadow Knight says it’s improper to invade the enemy camp…he’s on his way to have a discussion with Norscu.”“Did you come to tell us that?” Nk asked.“Yeah…but I’m also allowed to fight you until he gets here,” Death said, Oblivion appearing in his hand.Nk fused with Librum and raised both swords, saying, “So you’ll get to stop before I beat you? Lucky you.”Servant Dread and Guardian Dread rose from the ground behind Death as he held his hand out, and then the Knight announced, “In the name of Deathtalon, I command you to rise!”A small fissure appeared in the earth, and a group of bones rose out of it and swirled around. The bones finally assembled into a (rather small) Dread, who asked, “Where am I…?”“Face your master,” Death said. The newly revived Dread turned as Death said, “I am the new Deathtalon, and I have called you back to aid me. I can sense the abilities you possess…you shall be called Mage Dread.”“…Very well, Deathtalon,” the Dread said. “What will you have me do?”Death pointed to Nk and said, “We’re going to kill Librum.”Nk sent out a wave of Twilight Flames, but Guardian Dread intercepted it and Servant Dread attacked Nk with Dark Bones. Using his own Dark Bone power, Nk deflected the attack, but then Mage Dread raised his claw and fire rained down. Nk took evasive action and Servant Dread charged him, so he used Blaze Strike to knock away the lesser Dread and gave Death a chance to trap him in a Dark Bone Tomb. Death used the Thousand Dark Bones Impaling Technique but Nk used Twilight Rush to burst out of the Tomb, and Mage Dread launched a spear of darkness that pierced Nk’s wing. As Nk fell he quickly fused Virtue and Suffering to create Hakumei, and Servant Dread came at him with Dark Bones but Nk repelled him with a Light Swipe.Too many targets, Nk thought, dodging Dark Flare Crash and charging at Death.Guardian Dread blocked Nk and Mage Dread pulled him away with a hand of fire, and then Servant Dread used a Dark Bone mace to knock Hakumei into Death’s claw. Death looked over the blade and said, “How could Librum lose his sword so easily? Perhaps the Dread are the true pinnacle of our species.”He encased Hakumei in Dark Bones and tucked it away, and Nk cast his Death spell to deal moderate damage to all his foes and create a chance to escape. Nk created a Sword of Blue Flames and cut down some Dark Bone Spears, and as a blade of shadow flew towards him he called out, “Elemental Seal: Shadow!”The blade and Dark Bones vanished, and then Nk used Twilight Flames in a Supernova to knock out the lesser Dreads and force Death to protect himself. When Death looked up again, Nk was right on top of him, and he raised Oblivion but Nk cut through it. Death punched Nk and said, “Smart move, disabling our Dark Bones, but it won’t save you.”“Yeah, yeah, whatever,” Nk said, casting Chaos to inflict multiple status ailments. He used Spirit of Dragon on Death, but Death soon recovered and used a Dark Flare Crash to hurl Nk away. Grumbling, Death unleashed a tidal wave of fire to strike his enemy, and in the attack the surrounding area began to burn. Nk used his powers to try to stop the fire, but Death lunged and struck him while he wasn’t looking.“Trying to save nature, eh?” Death said, willing flames to cover Nk. “Pathetic human! Focus on saving yourself!”Nk used Elemental Seal: Fire to make the flames disappear, but in doing so he released the Seal he placed on Shadow, so Death extended Dark Bones from his claw and impaled the Fire-Lord. As more bones extended through his body Nk tried to take Hakumei back, but the Dark Bone shell reacted violently and forced him to withdraw.“Now let’s see…” Death said. “Which of your organs should I tear apart first? I shouldn’t start with anything vital; I want to prolong your pain.”As he felt Dark Bones burrowing under his skin, Nk grunted in pain and thought, Dang it…how was I stupid enough to get caught in this? I…am I going to die?Nk opened his eyes, finding himself in his mental landscape, and after he stood up he heard something grunt behind him. He turned to see a large, armored Dragon with Dark Bone ornaments on its limbs and Twilight Flames lining its spin, and Nk said, “Uh…what…?”“Nuvakuta,” the dragon said, its voice sounding like Omni and Dread speaking at the same time. “Do you wish to die?”“What?” Nk said. “No, of course not!”“Odd,” the dragon said. “Your thoughts suggest you have resigned yourself to it.”“…I don’t follow,” Nk said.The dragon lowered its head and stared Nk directly in the eye, saying, “You see no way to escape Death’s hold. Even if you could, you expect to fall in the next battle. You expect the Dark Knights to win.”Nk thought for a second, and then he said, “You’re Librum…you’ve got to know about the Gathering. What if—““What if?” Librum repeated, small bursts of Twilight Flame leaping from his mouth. “What if they foreshadow a different disaster? What if this odd Gathering foreshadows nothing? What if you have all the power you need to topple the Dark Knights? What if, what if, what if? Consider one possible future and you attempt to consider them all. You will drown in the possibilities, the uncertainty, the worry. Does light worry where it may end up as it speeds away from the sun? Does darkness worry what hides within it as it falls at the end of the day? They have uncertainty, but they carry on and fulfill their duty. Are you less honorable than inanimate light and darkness? Has you fire died, Nuvakuta?”The lava surrounding the two began to burn hotter, and Nk said, “My fire is still burning…perhaps my honor has faltered, but if so I will redeem myself. Will you help me win this battle, Librum?”“Why should I?” Librum snorted. “You’ve wavered once. You will likely do it again.”“Even the strongest flame flickers,” Nk said. “You don’t want to help me? Fine. I don’t need your help.”He turned to leave, and Librum asked, “You think you can defeat Death and his allies on your own?”“Don’t see why not,” Nk said.Librum raised his head and said, “I will give you another chance, Nuvakuta. To retrieve my sword, I will give you my shield.”Twilight Flames engulfed Nk, and he returned to the real world and looked Death in the eye. A shield appeared in Nk’s hand and he smashed it into Death, throwing the fiend away, and then he ejected the Dark Bones from his body and began healing with Rejuvenate. Lifting the shield, Nk said, “Impenetrable Shield of Twilight…Avalon!”“Impenetrable, huh?” Death said. He sent out hundreds of Dark Bones, but each one bounced off of Avalon and faded away, and Nk took a few steps forward.Death growled and summoned Oblivion, saying, “Well, I already got your sword—I’ll just take your shield too!”“Actually, I’ll take my sword back,” Nk said. “The synchronization between Omni and Dread is now 100%. Librum’s power is at its fullest.”Death swung Oblivion but Nk blocked with Avalon, and then Nk knocked Death off-balance with a Sword of Blue Flames and grabbed Hakumei. The Dark Bone shell still attacked him, but this time he hit the shell against Avalon and cracked it open, setting Hakumei free. Death attacked as fast as he could, but Nk dodged, pulled back his shield, and said, “Avalon’s End.”Nk thrust Avalon out, smashing it against Death, and then he delivered several more hits before the shield exploded and threw Death away. Calmly picking up Hakumei, Nk said, “Let’s call this off—I can sense Shadow Knight nearby. Wouldn’t want you to get in trouble with your boss.”Nk walked away and Death stood up and growled, but he knew Shadow Knight would stop them anyway, so he just sighed and followed Nk. Spirits Used:S09. DeathS11. Librum Chapter 133: Knowledge/Hatred Shadow Knight waited as Death passed him, asking, “Will you not stay for negotiations?”Death just grumbled, so Shadow Knight turned to Norscu and said, “Well then…I imagine you have returned to storm our castle?”“That’s the idea,” Norscu said. “Guess you’re here for the whole ‘discuss terms of surrender and try to settle this peacefully’ thing?”“Of course,” Shadow Knight said. “This is how gentlemen conduct warfare.”“Okay,” Norscu said. “We’ll accept your surrender if you let us drain and destroy the power of you, the other Knights, and your Squires.”“Unacceptable,” Shadow Knight said. “We will accept your surrender if you swear loyalty to the Demon.”“We can’t agree to that,” Norscu said. “Guess we have to settle things with violence.”“Norscu, you and your allies are immensely powerful…but you cannot win,” Shadow Knight said. “Surrender, and we will spare your loved ones when we mobilize to take over the world.”“None of us could live with ourselves if we did that,” Norscu said.“…You do know what will happen tomorrow, don’t you?” Shadow Knight said.“Yeah…we’ll win,” Norscu said. “Khadaz is a true Ikhav—every second he spends fighting, his power increases. Think you’ll be able to beat him?”Shadow Knight laughed quietly, and then he said, “I suppose we’ll find out…our battle will begin tomorrow. However, before I leave, Darkaea wished to battle someone.”Darkaea emerged from the forest, and Norscu said, “I guess you want to fight Zenrei?”“I assure you, I will end the fight before it goes too far,” Shadow Knight said.“Well, it provides a chance to assess the enemy,” Zenrei said as she approached. “Very well, I’ll accept.”Norscu and Shadow Knight backed away as Zenrei fused with Kotoba, and Darkaea said, “I would prefer not to be observed, but I’m short on time and must test one last Spirit. I’m so glad Language Supreme is nearby…Fusion, Language of Hate.”Black armor and dark robes covered Darkaea, and a black Krana Xa-Kal appeared on his face as a Blade Tome came to his hand. Zenrei said, “So it is you who are corrupting the Brothers. I have been wishing to fight you.”Zenrei used Release, her sword taking on a form resembling a Knowledge Tower, and when Darkaea opened his Blade Tome it burst into flames that then turned into a sword. Darkaea waved his hand, prompting Zenrei to make the first move, and Zenrei slid one foot forward and created a Whirlpool beneath Darkaea. Easily leaping out of the water, Darkaea dashed at Zenrei and used Cutter Arms, but Zenrei blocked each hit and swung her sword. The blade hit Darkaea but proved ineffective, and Darkaea smiled and used Inferno Fist to repel Zenrei.“I was worried about this,” Kotoba said. “When you Release your Knowledge Blade, the damage it does is based on the difference in intelligence between you and the target. You and Darkaea are of equal intelligence, so…”“My blade does no damage, yes,” Zenrei said. “A different strategy is in order.”Darkaea used Jet Tackle but Zenrei Quadro-Stomped him, and she attempted Eight Trigrams Empty Palm but Darkaea ducked and used Exo-Punch. Swinging his blade of fire, Darkaea said, “Seems I have an advantage. This is very promising.”Darkaea drew a Twayblade in his free hand and swung both swords, but Zenrei blocked, grabbed Darkaea, and used Mask Control. Dodging retaliation, Zenrei said, “You were hiding a few masks. That’s an unneeded variable.”Darkaea used X-Scissor, and Zenrei dodged with Olmak and Jailed Darkaea before using several Climbing Blasts. Zenrei used Kaminari Slash but Darkaea blocked and used Kaminari Assassinate, and then he caught his foe in Air Constrict and used Burai Break to smash her. Force Lightning surged towards Zenrei, who deflected it with a Volt, and she used Ancient Wisdom and Unlock Potential before running forward. Darkaea used Horse Rider and dodged a Body Slam, and then he used Vine Strangle but Zenrei cut the plants down and activated Yellow Alert. Confused, Darkaea drew and swung a Thunderbolt Blade, but Zenrei protected herself, activated Sanok, and then shot an X-Ray. Darkaea leapt over a Ground Burner and used Volt Tackle to bowl over Zenrei, and then he activated Ancient Wisdom and blasted Zenrei with Hidden Powers. Zenrei felt Death and Decay take effect as she used Nightmare, but Darkaea dodged and used Dark Curse before casting Thunder over and over.“Zenrei, I do not believe we should hold anything back,” Kotoba said.Zenrei used her Remove Poison Disk Powers and dodged Zamor Spit, and then she said, “…Agreed. If he wants to test himself against Language Supreme, then be tested he shall.”She activated Olmak for defense and then planted her sword in the ground, and energy radiated from her as she whispered, “Suishou no Sekai.”The ground beneath her began turning to crystal, spreading outwards like a layer of frost and across the grass and trees, and then a layer of crystal formed over he armor and sprouted two giant wings. Zenrei lifted her sword as her wings started to glow, and Darkaea said, “Transmuting the surrounding area…what purpose could that serve?”“I shall explain, if you wish,” Zenrei said, her Knowledge Blade now growing larger. “I have changed our surroundings to a crystal that converts and transmits energy near instantaneously. The energy of these plants, along with any excess energy floating around the battlefield, will be projected from these crystals to the wings I have created.”“And then you absorb the energy from your wings,” Darkaea said. “It hardly seems enough.”He used Earthquake, but Zenrei shot out in a flash and cut him, and then she spun and kicked him into the crystal with enough force to crack the surface. Darkaea smacked Zenrei away with his Thunderbolt Blade, and Shadow Knight said, “Ah, her wings are made of a different crystal, one that amplifies the energy before transferring it to her…what an interesting technique.”Zenrei used an Ice Beam and a Climbing Blast before charging, and Darkaea used Dash to avoid them and threw a Gravity Ball at Zenrei, but she blocked with her wings and then used Kaminari Slash. Darkaea drew Suffering and used all four swords in Quadro-Block, and then he used all of them to slash Zenrei and used Off-Waves to knock her down and shatter some of the crystal.Zenrei struggled to her knees, her wings injured but slowly mending themselves, and she thought, That attack was unbelievable powerful…this man must have access to fantastic resources.“I think that’s quite enough,” Shadow Knight said. “You must be prepared for tomorrow’s battle, after all.”Darkaea glared at Shadow Knight, but then he said, “Fine…I have enough data to know that Language of Hate is strong enough.”He warped away, and Shadow Knight said, “Get a good night’s sleep, heroes. Tomorrow, we will kill you.” Death stared at the water as he flew, trying to empty his mind and focus on the signal. “I can sense the last two shards…they’re close,” he murmured.An island came into view, and Death hovered over it a minute before landing. The ground opened beneath him but he flew up and into the fortress, and as he crossed the entrance hall a hologram appeared on the other side of the room.“You are not permitted here,” the hologram warned. “Master Darkaea will be most displeased.”“This is Darkaea’s island?” Death said. “He’s been hiding shards from me…”He worked his way through the fortress, ignoring the hologram’s protests, and eventually he came to a stop and kicked down a door. Inside on a pedestal were two jagged, curved shards of glass, and Death stepped forward and put a hand out. The shards melded with his claws, and all five shards of Deathtalon’s Orb shone brightly as Death cackled. Spikes grew from Death’s scales as their color darkened, and his wings fused together and became a long cape that flowed behind him. His teeth grew sharper and his eyes burned brighter, and the new Deathtalon turned on his heel and said, “Now, Nuvakuta…now I will slay you and Librum in one powerful stroke!” Spirits Used:S01. Language SupremeS01-C. Language of Hate Supreme Review
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