Kadan and Zaiynde were already finishing off some nearby enemies, Kadan choking two men into the dark depths of unconsciousness, whilst Zaiynde was restraining any others that found their way to attack Kadan. Zaiynde took into the nearby building made of pure gold, intent on nabbing himself a certain jewel, which was protected by the guards of the building,and within seconds, Zaiynde came walking out, holding a purple colored necklace.
"Look at what we've got, Kadan! These fuckers couldn't handle me!" Zaiynde rudely screamed, laughing all the while. "Another priceless artifact to take once we arrive for the meeting, eh?" Zaiynde held the Jewel of Aharct in hand, smirking all the while at his newfound prize.
Kadan, who just finished making two fall unconscious grunted, "Won't everyone be surprised." He dead-panned.
"You.... Won't get.. Away." One remaining guard was left, standing up for every other one that had fallen.
"No damn way you're still standing." Zaiynde screamed angrily.
Kadan sighed only to grunt seconds later.
Zaiynde smirked, "Fine, I'll watch you take the bitch down."
Kadan nodded slightly, powering up a mighty attack, by putting his hands together, he focused some energy, an orb with crackling dark energy formed above his head. This attack seemingly enough to wipe out a whole battalion if Kadan needed to.
Zaiynde smirked, "Say bye-bye, bitch." He waved at the beaten guard, who couldn't even walk.
Kadan, finally powering up the attack enough, grabbed it with his own two hands, and swung it in the guard's direction, to which it swiftly floated toward the weakened human.
"I FOUND YOU, BASTARD!" cried a voice uncomfortably familiar to Zaiynde. Like a glowing, blue bullet, Hecate zipped toward him, enveloped with energy, slamming straight into his chest with the surprising power of a sledgehammer.
Getting somewhat surprised, Zaiynde gets knocked back, mainly taken down by the surprise of the fairy, standing straight, Zaiynde gets screams, "WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING HERE?!"
Kadan's attack dissapates, as the distraction of Hecate changed his concentration, he turns to look at Hecate, and shakes his head, grunting, as he approached Zaiynde and stood by him.
"Hecate. Enough." Karma's voice was distant and commanding. "We have a place to be and we cannot afford distractions."
Chu-ya follows appears nearby, along with Luck and Thirteen.
Zaiynde looks to Karma, then to Kadan, "Look! I bet YOU fucked her up! She doesn't look like the Karma we knew!"
"If we did, we were only contributing factors, idiot." Kadan once more dead-pans. "We can't have any more distractions."
Nearby, the guard that was still standing moved foreward. "Are you.. guys.... reinforcements?" He wheezed from earlier damage.
"No," Karma said, brutally honest. She turned to Zaiynde and Kadan. "What happened here?"
"Why does it fucking matter to you?!" Zaiynde spoke aloud.
"Shut. Up, Zaiynde." Kadan stated. "We just robbed this place, now, excuse us, we must be leaving." Kadan stated, turning around as if he never met Karma before, and walking along the path.
"You're lucky, bitch!" Zaiynde told the guard. He flipped everyone off before following Kadan.
Luck felt anger boil within himself, Chu-ya didn't really think much of the gesture.
Karma stiffened up, before turning away. "Let's go," she said. "Where's the escape to this planet that we're searching for?"
Luck looked at Karma, "You know that 'meeting' Zaiynde keeps blabbing of? Well, supposedly, where Strazio meets is where the transport is." Luck states.
"That's.. Only a legend..." The nearby guard states.
Luck smirks, "It's most likely true as well."
The guard turns around and goes to help his friends after Kadan's and Zaiynde superior strike.
Chu-ya looks to Karma, "What do you wish to do, warrior?"
"I want to confront Strazio for myself," Karma responded. "It seems that they are connected somehow to this Seya and the rogue Secrets."
"Very well. Allow me to gain the location of Kadan and Zaiynde." Chu-ya states, "Their energies vanished seconds ago, which leads me to believe they are already where they need to be."
Luck smirks, nodding to Chu-ya's idea, as she searches for the Nazlarian and Azonien's location, using Order as her source.
Thirteen held the crystal that Arbiter gave him; the crystal that contained a particularly important memory, a message for Karma once she was ready for it. He then shook his head and placed it back into his pocket. She's not ready...
"I've found them." Using her power of Chaos, Chu-ya uses it to teleport everyone, they all appear in front of a large, pure white castle, though with it's beauty, radiates dark energies.
"Nice decorating." Luck states, before floating to the door, he uses some of his magic on it, making the door suddenly vanish into nothingness. "If we must hurry, it's imperitive to confront them." He states.
Karma was already walking into the castle, determined and cold.
Zaiynde was in the room, tending to a nearby glass case, neatly cleaning it, though he turned around instantly, "WHAT THE FUCK?! I thought we just left you people!!"
Luck smirked, "Surprised?"
"How the Hell did you find yourselves here?" Zaiynde asked, bewildered.
"Teleportation, dweeb!" Hecate smirked at Zaiynde.
"Let's go," Karma said, walking past Zaiynde and deeper into the castle.
A metal door slams down, imbibed with magic disallowing any progress. "Sorry dickwads, but I can't allow anyone past." Zaiynde made a symbol that floated up into the ceiling. "Now they'll know you're here. I'm s-" Zaiynde cuts off whatever he was about to say. "I'll kick all of your asses!!" Forming thousand of symbols suddenly, Zaiynde attacks the whole group.
Luck blocks the attack with an energy shield of his.
Karma calls upon the energies of Chaos, and focuses them into the floor beneath Zaiynde's feet. The floor ripples and distorts before blowing apart.
"What the-" Exclaimed Zaiynde, who jumps barely in the nick of time, getting himself somewhat hurt in the process, he landed on the other side of the room, and wrote a symbol, "I can't let you kiddies pass, my reputation and life are at stake, I'm sure either of us would slaughter the other, but how 'bout a kamikaze attack?" The symbol grows an insane size, taking up the whole room. Zaiynde's insane laughter is heard, as he writes a symbol upon himself, "Bitches don't know 'bout my magic!!"
Luck felt himself shrinking under Zaiynde's powerful energy.
Chu-ya eyes widened at the slightest.
"No you don't!" Karma exclaimed, palm-striking Zaiynde square in the chest before he could activate his symbol.
Flying into the stone wall nearby, Zaiynde coughs, somewhat dazed, "Karma, I'm not in the mood for your damn uncaring, sudden, idiotic mood. Your damn self-preservation can be felt from miles away, and that fucking sickens me." Zaiynde grits his teeth, "But now, my attack will slaughter us all." Zaiynde smirks slightly, not fearing death.
The symbol nearby, that had grown to a large size, was glowing with intense, red energy, it's power radiating throughout the room, undeniably powerful with strength.
Karma summoned a large orb of Chaos energy in her palm. Shouting a battle-cry, she plunged it into the midst of the giant symbol; the orb began to absorb the symbol's power.
Zaiynde forces it to blow up immediately, and even this attack still bursts forth a lot of energy, breaking Luck's shield, along with the one Chu-ya created seconds before the immediate attack
Zaiynde appears to be damaged somewhat, though has gotten back up on his two feet, knees wobbling slightly from a severe burn, he grimaces.
"There's no need for this," Karma said. "Let us by."
Sweat drips down off of Zaiynde's face, realizing he can't even walk anymore due to severe nerve damage. "M-my legs.." He mutters, forming a symbol, he makes one that has enough energy to annihilate the entire castle. "I DON'T FUCKING CARE ABOUT LIFE NOW!! I CAN'T FUCKING WALK! WHAT IS A LIFE LIKE THAT?!" He screams, some form of tears coming down his face from obvious physical and mental pain.
Karma walks over to Zaiydne and places two fingers on his forehead, imbibind her touch with the power of Order. "Calm yourself."
"Aw... How cute. Your gesture is adorable, although useless." Seya's voice is heard. "How about a little game? It's called 'Have the man who can't walk anymore, slaughter everyone?', it's a great game, so I've heard."
Zaiynde eyes suddenly turn blood red, though he seems to have a clear conscious, "W-what?" The scythe he held earlier appears, within his hand, and he suddenly swings at Karma. "What the Hell?"
Karma leapt back, missing the scythe by less than an inch. "I've no time for your games, Seya." Karma said through her teeth.
"Well this is the new part of the game. You see, his nerves say he can't make any movement now. He's lost his legs. But I say otherwise. Onward! Foreward! To Death, shall he come!"
Zaiynde takes a first slow step, but suddenly leaps at Karma, swinging and slicing at Karma. "S-stop me! Fucking kill me or something!!"
Karma summons a cord made out of white energy. Humming with the raw power of Order, the rope winds itself around Zaiynde and binds him tightly in place. "I have no desire to kill you." Karma said coldly. "It's Seya whom I want destroyed."
Zaiynde's scythe falls down to the ground, along with Zaiynde himself. The metal door blocking the way up higher into the castle flies up, opening the path, Zaiynde's eyes return to their pure gold. "Damn it!! Fuck you all!" Zaiynde struggles, trying to at least free himself.
Luck on the other hand, smirks, "Come on, we've got to go up!" He already takes his leave, Chu-ya slowly going up the nearby staircase that was behind the metal door.
Karma looks to Zaiynde one last time before turning around. Snapping her fingers, she calls upon the power of Order to heal Zaiynde's legs slowly. "Your nerves are severed." Karma said as she walked to the stairs. "Give it time to heal. In the meantime, don't try to get up and stop us." She disappeared.
Zaiynde growls angrily as they leave, "Damn bitch...." He smirks slightly, albiet grudgingly, "Thanks...."
Luck lead everyone to the top of the staircase, to reveal a large ovular room, mirrors encased on the walls, roses, tulips, and daisies in vases, lining the walls. A metal door blocking an arch at the other end, obviously a way up. And in front of the door stood a biege cloaked figure.
Luck stared at this being, as Chu-ya came up.
Luck piped up, "Who are you?"
"..." Was the indifferent, silent, dead response.
"If you are simply going to stand there, then let us pass." Karma said. "I'd prefer not to fight those I have no business with."
There was silence. The taciturnity could be sliced with Excalibur, and even then, it would survive the blow. The cloaked figure just stood there. Not even moving an inch. This person, this being, was as solid as stone. Luck stared at this eerie figure, not even growing any courage to speak to the estranged figure.
Even though no movement, everyone could feel eyes from the figure on them.
From the figure, to the group.
From the group, to the figure.
Continually, silence just seemingly froze time, as if there was no maddened Secret running around, slaughtering people. As if there was no Seya. As if there were no Strazio.
Just this... Quaint, estranged, eerie figure, staring.. Just staring at them.
"Ri-i-ight," Hecate said, fluttering by. "We'll just be moving along now..."
The figure didn't even budge when Hecate fluttered by, seemingly oblivious to everything but what stood in front of it.
The metal door still stood, not granting them any form of exit.
Calling a blast of chaos energy into her hand, Karma hurled it at the door.
Rebounding off, the blast died away immediately, leaving no trace of an attack at the door.
Luck tried his bet, using a blast of his power, it rebounded off as well, though flew around the room, bounding off of mirrors until it died.
Thirteen walked up and investigated the door closely. He rapped a fist against it. "I'm pretty sure this is iron. It's also magically reinforced. But still, perhaps I can transmute it." He lifted a small slab of chalk from his pocket and began to sketch a rough circle on the metal surface.
Instantly, a hand smashed against Thirteen's, the cloaked one stood there, standing right next to Thirteen, still, this being made movement, but appears to have stopped once more.
Thirteen instinctively threw a kick at the figure the moment he was attacked.
Vanishing, the figure reappears on Thirteen's left side, putting a finger on Thirteen's shoulder, they vanish together, only to make Thirteen reappear at the other end of the room. The cloaked one appearing back at the iron door. From the robed confines of the arms, came two energy swords, and thus, the battle against the cloaked one began, as it ran toward Karma, swinging the swords in a masterful fashion.
Karma extended her palms and two blades formed from pitch-black energy emerged. She charged toward the figure and exchanged blows.
The figure parried each blow, and with each parried attack, it's moves became faster and less readable. Obviously someone skilled in the art of swordfighting. With each blow, it slowly became apparent this one was powerful indeed.
Hecate struck at the figure from behind, calling forth a swarm of her phantoms.
Vanishing in a swirl of energy, the cloaked figure reappeared at the iron door. Gathering red energy, the figure shot it out at the mirros which reflected the attack, to which Chu-ya used Order to protect everyone, though, even with this, the energy would be too immense and shatter said barriers.
Hecate, small and tiny as she was, managed to dodge- Karma and Thirteen weren't so lucky.
Once again, forming it's ethereal blades, it ran forth to attack Karma once more, beginning the swordfight once again.
Karma, still dazed from the last attack, barely managed to counter the figure's attack with her own blades.
Jumping back, the figure shoots more of these red orbs, which blast into Chu-ya, who is able to get up after the attack, yet sustains the damage, as more continue to fly about the room, the figure once again attacks Karma, using it's masterful skills.
Karma parries the blow (barely), before leaping back as Thirteen and one of Hecate's phantoms strike.
The cloaked figure vanishes once more in a swirl of energy, only to reappear once more in the front of the iron door, two blue orbs in hand, throwing them, they explode, blue light enveloping the room. Everyone's energy begins to be sucked out, slowly. Karma, noticing this, begins to draw power out of her surroundings. Tapping into the power of Order, she creates a spherical barrier of energy around the cloaked figure, before hurling two barbs of Chaos-energy at him.
The cloaked figure attempts to vanish into a swirl of nothingness, to avoid Karma's barbed Chaos attack, but gets hit, getting knocked down by the move. The attack rips off an arm of the cloak, revealing a tattoed arm, symbols of an ancient, sacred language were written upon the cloaked figure's arm, leading up further onto the body, though was obscured by the clothing.
Thirteen leapt back to avoid battle. Hecate summoned a bolt of shadow-like energy to strike at the figure.
The cloaked figure was silent as it sunk into the ground, seconds later, the iron door lifts itself up, revealing the next passage up toward the higher points of the castle. Luck already hurrying up, Chu-ya taking her time up the spiral staircase.
Karma stared at the spot where the figure disappeared for a brief moment before hurrying after.
"That's... it?" Hecate asked. Thirteen shrugged and followed the others.
The figure appeared once more from a swirl of energy. A smirk hidden under the hood before vanishing once more.
Of Ink Creations
When the group reached the top, the first thing to be seen was a bunch of black, floating, liquid formations, faces on them, in different shapes and sizes. Some of these creatures chose either to ignore the group, or just stare at them, as the group was alien to this room.
Luck stared, noticing the iron door was missing, he smirked, "Well, is there anyone home?" Giving himself much attention from the countless globs that floated about the room.
Chu-ya looked to Luck, "Shh.. We must have caution."
Luck looked to Karma confusedly.
Karma stepped forward and began to walk across the room.
Some of the floating faces approached Karma, speaking what seemed to be whispers, some stating, "I'd be careful if I were you." In a high-pitched tone, while others stated that "They should be thankful." for reasons unknown. Their faces smiling with fiendish delight, like sharks to a pool of blood, they continually surround everyone, whispering and snickering.
Karma looked around as she walked. These creatures unnerved her but she was determined not to show it.
Bubbling black ink was puddled up on the floor, the iron gate slamming down with brute force. The ink begins to mold itself, into the form of a little girl, with a black dress, small wings forming on her back, some shades of purple finish her design, creating this girl from a puddle.
Sweetly, the girl smiles, "Hello. What are all of you doing in the castle?" She asks politely.
The creatures that were once floating about the group dispersed, allowing everyone to see this girl, in all of her sweet demeanor. "I didn't mean to startle you, by the way."
"We're looking for a way off of this planet," Karma said. "Please don't try to stop us- I do not wish to engage in a pointless fight."
"Fight? No, I'd rather play." The girl replied innocently.
"Karma. Go on," Hecate said as she fluttered over to the girl. "I'll play with you. My friend here's not a very fun person."
The iron gate move upward, enough space for everyone to leave. Luck and Chu-ya head through, going up the staircase, followed by Karma.
"Yay!" The girl happily exclaimed, some of the floating heads exclaim with the same giddy voice, after everyone exits the room, save for Hecate and Thirteen, the girl walks over, "We have two games I'd like to play." The door behind slams shut once more.
"They er... aren't life-threatening ones, I hope?" Thirteen asked.
"Maybe." The girl happily answers.
Some of the floating heads snicker, their white eyes turning to blood red. "We'll play the first one, I like to call it: Doom." Three creatures, very large in size with maniacal grins plastered upon their faces form near the door from a black puddle. "And the objective is...?" Hecate asked, already knowing what the "objective" was.
"Make sure these three Ivels do not eat or destroy you." The girl's happy expression turning to one of insanity and madness, a maniacal grin plastered across her face.
Immediately, the three creatures ran at Hecate and Thirteen, charging like rabid animals. "SHI-I-I-IT!" Hecate screamed, flying high in the air. "All yours, Thirteen!"
Thirteen frowned. Activating a rune circle on his gauntlet, he placed his hand on the floor, causing a section of it to rise up like a wall between him and the monsters.
The walls blocking the path started to get slammed against by powerful blows from the three monsters, the girls expressions still being somewhat maniacal, the wall starts to crumble away, until one, large hand broke through it, and then another, and another until the wall was dust. The three Ivels began to approach Thirteen, bumbling nonsense and grunting. Thirteen tried again; this time, leaping back and causing the floor to lift into a dome-shape around the ivels.
Once more, these powerful creatures began to pound their way out, anger and power all poured into their very being that wanted to attack Thirteen. "Here!" Hecate said, summoning her phantoms, which encircled the dome, prepared to attack should the ink monsters pop out.
The pounding stopped moments later, no noise was heard, save for the girl's giggling. She was laughing at this whole thing, enjoying her little game of what could be considered 'Tag'. Thirteen activated two rune circles; the first formed a hole in the side of the dome. The second sent a torrent of fire inside, cooking the ivels as if they were inside an oven.
The Ivels, being made of ink, began to revert back to their normal form, turning into mere puddled of black substance, though heated and bubbling.
"Aww, you got them." The girls giggled.
"What now?" Thirteen asked. He was ready for anything at this point- or so he thought.
A bunch of strange fat creatures formed, "These are called Gobiners, they stomach anything they can get their mouths on." Five of these fat creatures formed before immediately charging at Thirteen.
Hecate's phantoms began to swarm around these creatures like aggrivated insects, bombarding them in all directions.
The Gobiners attempt to grab and eat each phantom, one at a time, though they find this a hard feat for them to accomplish.
Thirteen activated the flame rune circle on his gauntlet again, using his palm like a flamethrower to direct a stream of fire at the creatures. Hecate pulled her phantoms back.
"Hey, watch it, bonehead!" Hecate yelled. "My minions aren't disposeable!"
The five Gobiners all conglomerate into one massive, hulking Gobiner, this one appearing to be more powerful and outright insane with how much strength it's gathered, unable to fully harness what strength it possesses. It roars, splitting the eardrums of everyone in the room.
Thirteen kept up the stream of flames from his palm. "DIE, MONSTER!" he snarled.
Roaring in pain, the ink monster slowly melted, albiet approaching both Hecate and Thirteen, then suddenly, it throws up a phantom from Hecate's attack earlier.
The phantom floated there, confusedly, before shaking of spots of ink of it's form and joining the other phantoms in floating idly.
The monster melted into a puddle of black liquid, no longer a threat. The girl who was watching frowned, "Aww, you made it melt." She states, somewhat disappointed.
"Better that than me getting eaten." Thirteen said bluntly.
"We're now at the funnest, best part!" The girls exclaimed excitedly, overjoyed at the next part of the game. "I hope you are both ready for part two of my fantabulous game?" She asked, performing a few ballet moves, and twirls in the air, landing with the splits. "This is the best part!"
"Um, dancing?" Hecate asked.
"No." The girl's grin get mischeievous, "You'll like this part." Melting into ink herself, she blows into a giant dragon, dark red eyes focused upon Thirteen's and Hecate's tiny figures.
"...Thirteen?" Hecate asks.
"Got it," Thirteen said, resuming his stream of flames.
"Ready to play, on this amazing day?" Inker's voice echoes, as ink is spat all around the room, forming into Ivels and Gobiners.
Hecate sent out her phantoms to attack the mobs while Thirteen continued his stream of flame toward the ink-dragon.
The dragon spat out a jet stream of ink as stronger than the fire that Thirteen had been using fire, though they both cancel each other out, forces pushing against one another.
The Gobiners and Ivels fight off with the phantoms, some trying to gobble up the phantoms and others just trying to beat them into submission.
Thirteen retaliated with a blast of wind that exploded beneath the dragon.
Shrinking in size, the dragon takes flight in the small room to avoid the oncoming blast of wind, as Thirteen is distracted, a large Gobiner makes it's way to him, amongst the chaos of the ink-phantom battle, and grabs him.
Thirteen, panicking, palm-strikes the creature in it's gut, and emits a firey explosion from his hand.
It blows into ink, leaving a puddle, the dragon, taking it's chance spits out a large glob of ink at Thirteen.
Thirteen spun around, but had no time to dodge; the glob of ink struck Thirteen full force.
Suddenly, the castle begins to quake, powerful energies blowing the walls down, the ink creatures go flying out and fall down from the tower, the dragon that was originally the girl flies outside, and looks upward. Growing in size it giggles, "Sorry, but I have to go. Bye!" The ink dragon vanishes, leaving the castle from it's eventual destruction.
As for the rest of the group, leaving Thirteen and Hecate may have been a good move, and a bad one. As they got to the next room, they came across a familiar face... Kadan, who sat upon what could be considered a throne, spikes and thorns decorating the sides of it. Jewels adorning the edges, sparkling with otherworldy beauty. The door behind had spikes on it as well, and was, as the others times, shut.
Kadan's eyes were closed, the dark purple orbs sealed off from the world by closed eyelids, even though Kadan was seemingly asleep, he spoke aloud, "Tell me, what do you feel with those Balance powers of yours?"
"Why do you want to know?" Karma asked.
"Because clearly, in a short matter of days, you've changed." Kadan stated, "Perhaps you've allowed yourself to try to gain greater power through closing yourself off from the world?"
Chu-ya looked to Karma, somewhat pitying the girl, whilst Luck stared at their opponent.
"Though, of course," Kadan piped once more, after his brief pause, "You should know, to master yourself, means to allow yourself to express what you feel at the given moment. Even as of now, with what little powers of Balance I could master, I sense your feelings." Kadan paused, opening his piercing, hardened gaze upon the smaller group that stood before him. "The hurt, the pain, those wretched days with Zaiynde and I. The pink one, he came, he's still around, you're worried of him as well. I'll take your burden, if I must, the ones of your master, the ones of others who have fallen behind." Kadan pauses again, taking a short breath, "The ones of your worry of Strata. You're confused. My empathic abilities tell me so. And do not deny it, for lies have a way of bringing you down."
Chu-ya looks back and forth at Karma, and Kadan, before speaking up, "This is still your path, Karma, what will you choose?"
Karma frowned. "I'll bear my burden alone. I must. I cannot be weak. Fighting Seya has at least shown me that much."
"Then you shall bear it alone, against a demon." Karma immediately got sucked closer to Kadan by a wind power, and as suddenly as that occured, a pink wall of energy blocked Chu-ya and Luck from getting to her. As they tried to break the wall, Kadan sighed.
"I never wanted you to turn this way." He stated, "Fighting Seya isn't just some game, he is a God. A manifestation of pure, chaotic evil. And fighting something like that, does not work with one person. Not even Master Chu-ya can, and she's known about him, vice versa for him to her." Kadan stood up from his throne, black cloak billowing at the quick, sudden moment. "And now.. I shall take your pain, and make that vanish, maybe then you'll stand a chance, huh?"
Powerful winds began to blow around the room, energies making up this gale force.
Karma merely stared as this happened.
Powerful energy began to cut into Karma's skin, this energy being made of the wind itself, Kadan stood there, staring back at her with his purple orbs, focusing the wind on her.
Karma grit her teeth as she was assailed by the wind- calling upon the power of Order, she attempted to protect herself from the attack.
Kadan stared as the wind no longer affected Karma, he jumped a ways back, suddenly, from the walls, black tentacles burst through, all aiming for Karma.
Backed against Kadan's wall of energy, Karma emits a forceful blast of chaos energy that acts as a shield.
Kadan stared as the tentacles slapped Karma's shield attempting to shatter it to bits, slowly approaching, while the tentacles attacked, Kadan stared at the orb. "No doubt formed from Chaos. I may have enough Order to destroy such a field." He stated, slamming his hands on the Chaos field, using Order to do so, and trying to negate it's effects.
Kadan's attack caught Karma by surprise; her shield shattered and she staggered back.
"Your defense, proven useless so far." Kadan extends his hands, "Let's see you deal with this." After that statement, a torrent of water came from Kadan's hands, aimed directly for Karma at such a close range.
Karma swung her palm through the air, creating another shield of chaos energy that blocked the torrent of water.
Kadan stopped the attack seconds later, and once more approached Karma with hand glowing a light blue, signifying his demonic heritage affecting his use of Order. He took each step happily to begin his powerful slam on the Chaos shield.
However, Karma was prepared for this; as soon as the contact was made with her shield, she leapt back, erecting a second shield as the first exploded with the force of a small bomb.
Kadan skidded back as the force was against him. More tentacles appeared, bashing at the forcefield over and over, as Kadan approached Karma, hands blue with Order.
Karma willed her shield to expand; it did so, pressing back Kadan and his tendrils like a crackling force field.
"Come now, Karma. I know you can, and will fight much better." Fusing his Order with his demonic energies, Kadan shoots a overbearing beam down upon Karma's Chaos shield.
Karma's shield gave way once again and the force of it threw her to the ground. "You-" she groaned, shakily trying to climb to her feet.
"Yes, dear Karma?" Kadan questions, "Do you now fully understand what Seya is? What he can and will do? What our purpose will become if we ever fall to an All-Seeing God?"
Karma pulled herself onto her feet and ran straight for Kadan.
Kadan stood there, seemingly allowing Karma to make a devastating blow, though when she did, she would find his body to be made of a hardened rock.
Without even reacting in surprise, Karma sprung back after the impact, and leapt forward again, throwing a punch.
"Your punches are like everyday human ones." Kadan states, "I can make my whole body harder than diamond when I desire. If you've ever seen me blow a building apart with my hands, it was due to my ability of hardening my body to break various things." Kadan smirks slightly, "You have no chance with punching."
Karma responded by throwing a palm-strike at Kadan, imbibing her attack with a blast of Chaos energy.
Kadan moves his hand in front of Karma's attack, grabbing her wrist, noticing she filled the punch with Choas energy, he stares at her.
Karma moves in with her other hand, this time enveloping her strike with the power of Order.
Once more, Kadan grabs Karma's other wrist with his other hand, she feels his hands go from hardened to the soft touch it originally was.
Karma tries to pull away.
Kadan stares at her for a few moments, then out of common courtesy, he lets go so Karma can pull away. He continues to stare at Karma, his deep purple gaze piercing her own.
"What are you trying to do?" Karma asked in suspicion.
"Nothing of major importance, but you're angering me." Kadan states, indifferent as ever.
"Oh? How so?"
"You've not taken into consideration, my words. The words which--you must hear, I will not have---my visions and voice fall upon----deaf ears. If I must, I will beat this into you." Kadan states, his skin slowly turning a dark purple, "And all of you, you laugh------at my pain." Kadan states, seemingly beginning to make no sense whatsoever, "Hez-bera-c Enle-thranel Fib-rosa-ia!!" Kadan yells, energy from deep within his container of a being spills forth, blasting most of the walls out of the castle, revealing the high distance from the ground.
Uttering a curse, Karma leapt from out of behind a shield of energy she had erected in the nick of time to protect herself from the blast. A section of the floor crumbled from beneath her and she leapt away to a safe platform.
Kadan continually powers up his energy, when suddenly a black beam slams into his back, stunning him for a second and then knocking him unconscious. Standing from behind Kadan, stood the cloaked figure from before...
"Well look who's here," Karma said, annoyed slightly.
The cloaked figure stands there, obviously annoyed, the forcefield holding Chu-ya and Luck back disappates, allowing them to approach Karma.
Luck looks to her, "You ok Karma?"
Chu-ya looked to the cloaked figure, "Who are you? What do you want?"
The cloaked figure stood there in silence, as it stared at the trio.
"I've had enough of him." Karma snarled. Forming two blades of Chaos energy in her hands, she runs toward and strikes at the cloaked man.
The cloaked figure stood there, as Karma charged toward him, using some foreign energy as a shield, which blocks the strike. Giving Karma a good punch in the chest came next, followed by knee to the stomach, after which came an elbow to the face, knocking Karma back.
Karma let out a choked gasp before collapsing to the floor at the man's feet. She was still undeterred, however, and swung her Chaos blades at his legs.
Jumping back, the man stares at Karma and then slowly reaches for his hood, and removes it from blocking his face, revealing a young, pale face, with the bluest of eyes, swirling with strange shapes within the colored iris. Snow white hair decorating the top of his head, giving a strange appeal to how old he seems. The man smiles somewhat, opening for his mouth to speak for the first time, "Touching." His soft, sweet voice spoke, sounding much like a whisper, yet loud enough for everyone to hear.
Chu-ya drops her walking stick when he revealed his features, her visage displaying complete confusion and yet surprise as well by this man's face.
"What... are you?" Karma asked, groaning and climbing shakily to her feet.
"He- He's the Balance Master.... The very first one to live on Thyria...." Chu-ya stutters, staring at him with her undeniably surprised expression.
He stared at Chu-ya, his barely visible smile addressing his features with what could be described as an unreadable expression.
Terror gripped Karma- fighting a Balance Master would be akin to fighting someone near the power level of her Master, Arbiter... and Arbiter was among the strongest.
"It's been quite a while... Chu-ya..." His quiet voice mutters, barely making it across the room, his slapped on smile still adorning his features. "I'd think you'd have been dead by the time you got up here, but oh well... An old bag of bones six feet in the grave, a mere child, and a magical cloaked being using Luck as his prowess, made their way up to my castle... I guess I can say I'm merely... Annoyed..."
Karma gasped for a moment, hunched over slightly from pain. Then she charged the figure once more, swinging the blades of chaos energy at him.
Energies forming in his hands at the last moment of destructive Order blast the Chaos blades into nothingness. Once more, the soft voiced man punched Karma in the stomach, and elbowed her face, sending her flying into Chu-ya, who stopped Karma from landing onto the hard surface.
"Really... Why did you bring a girl with no knowledge of the powers beyond this world here, to me... Chu-ya?" He asked.
"I'm not going to be belittled by my own master, Liar-ta." Chu-ya barked back.
"Really... I haven't used that name in ages..." Came the bored response.
Chu-ya healed Karma with some of her Chaos energy, the attack obviously was imbibed with dark energies.
Karma wiped a trickle of blood from her mouth, before launching a massive beam of Chaos energy toward Liar-ta.
Using an energy field, the attack rebound, blasting out to other unknown parts of Thyria. Liar-ta stares at Karma, unfazed by her attempt to attack him.
Luck approached Karma and Chu-ya, "Should we wait for Thirteen and Hecate?"
"We may not have enough time." Chu-ya answered.
Though she believes that, Liar-ta was busy staring at Karma, "Tell me... Girl... You look familiar... Have I seen you before? In my thousands of years, I've seen many faces, many eyes, many souls, but your's... Your's is familiar..." Shrugging the fact he was somewhat stumped, he spoke once more, "I no longer go by my old name... I go by Fury now..."
"I've never seen you before." Karma said bluntly, before charging up Chaos energy in her hands. She ran toward Fury and hurled a punch at him.
Swatting her attack away, Fury sighed, "You're not strong enough... I don't need to use my powers on a little whelp like yourself..." Turning around, he powerfully kicks Karma away, at that instant, Chu-ya had sent a Chaos orb at him, to which he swatted away back at her, to which she dodged.
Luck off to the side, was muttering some incantation, gathering energy.
"Here!" called out the voice of Thirteen, emerging from the top of the barely intact stairwell with Hecate; placing a rune circle on the floor, he caused a section of the floor to rise up, curl around, and hurl toward Fury like a battering ram. Meanwhile, Hecate's phantoms swarmed around him, battering him from all sides.
What appeared to be a few moments of Fury getting thrashed turned into absolute madness once a shockwave of powerful energy blasted everything away from him. Kadan, near the madness, got blown off the side of the castle, left to plummet. Fury sighed, "More...?" And upon looking at Thirteen, his eyes widened slightly, he mutters to himself, "What game are they playing at..."
Luck using the built up energy, released it upon everyone but Fury, boosting some energy and healing them of pain they might have went through.
Thirteen activated every rune circle on his gauntlet; sending in beams of fire, water, air, lightning, and earth all hurtling towards Fury.
Bringing his palms together in an intense 'clap!', Fury brings forht a stronger mass of energy to block Thirteen's barrage.
Chu-ya though, assists, and makes the attack twice as powerful, cracking Fury's shield, which then bursts, slamming straight into Fury, a massive explosions occurs, fiery reds, oranges, and yellows engulf Fury. After the explosions dies off, Fury is seen standing there, his face cracked, as if he were made of stone, bits of skin fall off like shards of rock broken from a boulder.
"Chu-ya... You've certainly grown more powerful, even after giving up your energy to combat Seya..." He mentions.
Karma had leapt toward Fury once again, leaping high enough into the air to bring a kick down on top of his head.
Jumping far back, Fury stops when he finds himself safe from Karma's attack, "This shall end this..." Forming a small orb, he lifts it up into the air, "Thyrian Order..." Large spikes rain from the sky, made of Imbalanced Order.
Chu-ya, using her powers of Balance, makes a large shield of Order to protect everyone from the spiky rain, though barely holding up against Fury's strength.
Luck takes his chance to attack Fury, who slams him back with his trio punch, ending with the elbow to the face, slamming him down into Karma's direction.
"Just who is this freak, anyway?" Hecate called out, calling forth her phantoms to resume their attack.
Chu-ya looks to Hecate, "Liar-ta, a powerful fighter of Imbalance."
"Annoyances... I'm not afraid of an old woman six feet in the grave, nor of how you two seem to have those same judging eyes..." Fury responded, bits of his body cracking up from earlier still, like a rock being chipped to pieces.
Thirteen faltered for a moment, before repeating the same devastating attack as before.
Holding up a more powerful shield from earlier, Fury growls annoyed by the prospect of it being destroyed a second time.
Chu-ya once more, powers up Thirteen's attack, Luck this time helping as well, magnifying it's power ten times, completely obliterating the shield and blasting Fury at point blank range, a much large explosion covering the battlefield, smoke blocking everyone's view fades away over a course of a few seconds, revealing Fury still standing, though the rock crumbles away, revealing another Fury under the rocky shell they attacked earlier, though he appears to be a bit younger than what they saw moments before.
Fury, on the otherhand, had a smug smile plastered upon his face, "So... You destroyed my shell..." He whispers to the group, his voice audible enough to reach them. Fury found himself fuming somehwat on the inside, how dare they destroy his shell! He found himself thinking back to a day when he himself was Karma's age...
"Possibly, just possibly, there isn't a purpose in life... But if you linger a while longer in this world, you might obtain something of significant value in it, like how you gained that power. Or, how I discovered you one fateful night." The white cloaked man stated, standing before a young Liar-ta, who was scared stiff. "Perhaps, even you can find something interesting in your life. Come child... There is much to be seen..."
Fury stared at the group, he felt all his pent up rage from earlier in his life, the white cloaked man, the learning of Balance, the death of his parents at such a young age, it truly disgusted him how others take things for granted. He sighed, calming himself down, he took out a small marble from within the folds of his cloak, a smirk playing his features.
Chu-ya tensed up, ready for anything, Luck, who got out of the way from barreling into Karma earlier, already taking in energy to help the group with what could come next.
"Let's try that again!" Thirteen said, activating every rune circle for a third time and once more attacking Fury in the same manner.
Throwing the marble into the air, a giant portal opens up, taking in the whole attack, Luck, who was closes, got sucked into the void, with the attack, before it shuts itself.
Fury smirks, "One down. He'll enjoy his time." Vanishing into nothingness, he laughs, and seconds later, he reappears, with crackling black energy in his hands. "This will destroy you." He volleys it in Thirteen's direction.
Karma steps between Fury and Thirteen and erects a shield of Order to block the attack.
The electrical black energy explodes, destroying the castle, which begins to rumble, beginning to collapse upon itself.
Fury smirks, "Die with the castle." He vanishes into nothingness.
Chu-ya runs to Karma, "We must leave quickly." She states, the whole castle flowing with electrical energy, dark powers blasting and blowing parts of the castle off down to the ground.
"Dammit..." Karma muttered.
"I got this!" Hecate shouted, calling her phantoms over and using their magic to lift Karma and the others up and away from the crumbling fortress.
From outside, the fortress falls, crushing itself from the inside, leaving a large pile of rubble of the once powerful castle.
Chu-ya stares at the remains, then turns to Karma, "Liar-ta got away, we cannot track him, he's gone."
Karma frowned. "Now what?"
"Finally!! I've been looking for you everywhere." A voice spoke out aloud, descending down upon the group, stood a pink, robed figure...
Thirteen stares for a moment. "Who are-"
His question was interrupted by a hellish blast of Chaos energy from Karma.
A pink portal sucks up the blast from Karma, and begins to rotate, sucking in everyone and everything nearby, including the destroyed castle. "Bye-bye." The pink Secret waves, as everyone becomes absorbed by the portal.
To be continued in... Emotional...