(the following battle was written here: http://fourthday.titanpad.com/1?
All the members of this party, except for Dimbo, unfortunately, wrote this together. We'll make sure you're there next time, Dimbo.)
Having missed barely with his attack on Zarest, Rickamaru turned to make anothther pass. It was at this point that he saw the strange tendrils attacking the group as well. The origin was still uncertain but the tendrils were everywhere. Raising his scythe, he decides that he must stay focused on his main target. He charges at Zarest attempting to sever a piece of his soul again.
Zarest heard another rush of movement towards him and leaped as far as possible from where it came from, "Reina, there's something else out here, be careful!" He readied his two swords, one towards the noise, and the other towards the thing causing the distortion. Two attackers? Why target us?
"What is that thing!" Reina screamed as she drew her bow to take a shot, "Dammit that's not helping!"
's tentacles divided to reach for the three humanoids. He sensed that he would have to be wary of the one that called the shadow field.
Seeing that some of the tentacles we're coming for him, Rickamaru held his scythe to one side with one hand and drew his sword with the other. Using the sword he hacked the tentacles that were after him.
Chaos heard the nearby commotion and decided he had to investigate. Climbing a nearby tree to get a better look, he surveyed the battle to try and differentiate friend from foe.
Reina dodged another attack but her little knives weren't much against the tentacles.
retracted the sliced tentacles and sent new ones, outstretched, towards the dark prey. They snaked widely around him, surrounding him, just outside his reach, waiting for an opening. His attacks on Zarest and Reina slowed as his attention was drawn elsewhere.
Seeing that he was surrounded, Rickamaru put his scythe on his back and and reached into a pouch pulling out two green crystals. Absorbing in the energy, air magic began to swirl around him. Rickamaru then melted away and seemed to disappear from existence.
lvl 2 : Diffusion. This spell allows the caster to scatter something into the air making it airborn for a short time before it reforms. This could be used to make the caster scatter into the wind and reform elsewhere.
"He ran away!" Reina said
"Don't focus on him, focus on the tedrills" Zarest slashed an other tendrill
accepted the fact that his target had disappeared without a second thought, and focused once more on the other two, remaining alert for his possible return. The dancing tendrils returned into his back.
"Now's my chance!" Reina rushed towards the thing and tried slashing at it with her knife
Reina's attack sliced through
's garment like air, but it seemed to have little to no effect. It withdrew its tendrils, and 'moved' to another angle, readying its next attack.
"ah!" Reina stumbled for a moment. 'it's like hitting nothing! how am i supposed to fight nothing!'
Up above the dark figure, Rickamaru reformed. Reaching into another pouch he pulled out several throwing knives with small orbs attached to them with a small fuse. Using the friction of his fingers snapping, he ignited the fuses and threw the knives all around slendy. As they hit the ground there was a slight delay before they detonated.
failed to notice the knives, and took the explosion at full force. It had 'moved' by the time it ended, but it had left its mark. More tendrils reached towards the prey with the scythe, now that his location was revealed.
"How fast can you fire an arrow?" Zarest asked Reina, "I might be able to cut away some of the tendrils so that you have a clear shot. try to aim at anything that might harm him, his heart if he has it, or leggs might also help"
Now in free fall, Rickamaru was unable to dodge the incoming tentacles and didn't have time to grab more crystals. Readying his sword but knowing that it would have little effect in this situation, he prepared for the attack.
"I can fire pretty fast!" she said confidently, "Just make it quick!"
Zarest knew it was going t kill him but he ran towards the dark figure and slashed most of the tendrills away. He made sure not to come too close though.
Rather than directly damaging Rickamaru, the tentacles wrapped tightly around him, and drew him in slowly. They were sloppy, and left his left arm free. But
had bought itself some time. As it dragged its captured pray towards himself, it focused on the other two once again. Its slashed tentacles withdrew as new ones grew.
Reina watched as Zarest was charging the thing. "Now's my only chance!" She fired straight for the head.
Instead of struggling, Rickamaru let the thing pull him in close. Moving slowly so as not to draw attention to it, he pulled his scythe from his back letting it phase through the tentacles but didnt pull it out in front of him yet.
Reina's blow connected. Dazed for a moment,
stopped dragging Rickamaru closer and just let him sit there. Its attacks on the other two stopped in their tracks for a moment. They would have aproximately 2 seconds before it regained its composure.
Zarest saw that the figure was kind of stunned and dashed towards him to hit it's head which apparently was something you could hit, slashing all the tendrills that were on his path which might help if it wasn't stunned when e reached him since he had to retract them before they were healed.
Seeing now to be as good a time as any, Chaos decided to leap out of the tree with a downwards stab towards the strange creature these strangers were fighting.
A voice echoed in Rickamaru's head. It sounded inhuman, and would likely have made a normal person go insane. That dark figure. We need it. Kill it. And the other one. Pay the child no attention. Kill it if you must.
Rickamaru focused in on the voice. I hear and obey master. Holding his hand to the sky with the scythe in it, he recalled the power from the Sphere into his own body. It was slightly depleted but was sufficient. Using half of the energy gathered, he wrapped the scythe in a dark aura which was very visible in the bright morning light. With a downward swing, he unleashed a wave of dark energy in an attempt to sever the tentacles which held him.
unleashed something slightly reminiscent of a scream as the double attacks struck it. It dropped its trapped prey immediately.
Zarest stood infront ofthe figure and saw that the man with the sythe was ready to hit the figuere
'moved' right behind Zarest and readied all of its tentacles. It would have to focus on one target at a time. It did not register the pain, but it did register the fact that it was being damaged.
"Zarest watch out!" Reina threw her last knife in a desperate attempt to help Zarest. With no weapons left she ran at the thing, not quite sure what she was doing anymore raw animal fighting instinct took over.
"What the..." he heard Reina yell and made a turning slash in the hope to hit something
As he dropped to the ground, Rickamaru grabbed a second dark crystal from his bag and absorbed it's power. As he began to charge at the now visible figure, a second of himself appeared beside him. As they both got in close one struck with the sword and the original swung downward with the scythe.
lvl 2 : Doppelganger. This spell creates a doppelganger of the target that obeys the caster's mental commands. It has no magic abilities and the weapons are replicas that have no magical properties (no bonus ele crystals). They do have all the knowledge and skill of the target however.
Zarest's swing had no effect as it simply phased through
's intangible body. The knife did likewise, but much closer to its head. It failed to register both of these attacks as it continued its attack on Zarest.
Zarest saw that he missed and made a accuate stab for the creatures head. While doing that he made sure to ready his other sword if it blocked it's attack.
"It keeps protecting it's head!" She whipped an arrow out of her quiver and tried to jump onto the thing to stab the arrow right into it's skull.
Leaping back from his last attack, Chaos ran towards the thing for another strike, also pulling out his side arm to try and fire a few rounds.
Upon being contacted physically directly,
mechanically released a small pulse of energy propelling any physical object from him. It noticed this development and continued stretching its tentacles, but now aiming at each prey.
"AH!" Reina screamed as she was flung backwards by the energy. She cracked her head as she landed against a tree. Pushing herself up she stumbled and fell again. "No, I can't die here, not like this..." She shook the pain out of her head and rushed at the thing again.
Zarest flew through the air and landed with his head on a root of a tree causing him to lose consciousness.
Seeing the others fly back like ragdolls, Chaos decided to try and stay a little further back to avoid the same fate. Focusing completely with his revolver, he started aiming towards the creatures protected head, trying to find an opening.
As Rickamaru and his doppleganger were propelled backwards, they landed a good distance away. The doppleganger hacked at the tentacles that approached them and rickamaru paused a moment to contemplate his next move.
One of Chaos' attacks made it through, stunning
once more. Its attacks stopped, but its tentacles remained poised, the only opening being directly in front of it.
Zarest felt a wierd power inside him, his wounds suddenly didn't hurt anymore. In a instant he drew his swords and ran towards it not caring to get hit only to kill this thing once and for all. While this was happening a strange red glow could be seen from his blue mark on his left shoulder.
'Maybe running at it wasn't such a good idea...oh my head...' Reina collapsed and as her consciousness faded she helplessly watched the battle continue without her. 'I'm gonna die here...' was her last thought before she finally passed out.
Positioning himself in front of the thing, Rickamaru reached into his pouch and pulled out 3 blue crystals and 3 green ones. Having his doppleganger cover him while he charged this ammount of energy, He began to absorb all of them.
Zarest was infront of it and slashed the heck out of the thing if front of him hitting it every where some of the hits went straight through him others scatched it's face and finaly he stabed him in it's head making sure that his sword was all the way though it's head.
Holding his hands out in front of him, Rickamaru unleashed the energy in the form of a giant stream of water that was twisting extremely fast. As it progressed slowly down the lane that was in front of the thing, engulfing everything in its path.
3 water + 3 air= hydro vortex stream: a huge stream of water which is twisting so fast that everyone who gets in it drowns, but however it moves very slow
Seeing the other two striking in unison, Chaos decided to help and make this a triple finish! His hand glowing he threw a blast of purple energy at the creature
unleashed an unearthly howl as each of Zarest's attacks punctured its bare white head. It was dead before Chaos' attack even stuck it. And in a moment, it was as if it had never been there. Its body had disappeared as if something had erased it. Only the spot where its face would have been if it had a face, remained. A blank white mask. It fell to the ground and lay there silently.