IC The Gauntlet

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  1. Randoms

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    Arrows flew from any direction as the mirrors continued to glow. Though the attack was brief, it felt like an eternity as the warriors did their best to survive the onslaught. A few of the warriors took Kaira on her call as she used her sword as a shield to protect those covered underneath. The arrows the struck the sword with such impact that a few metal bits were chipped away from the large sword. Arrows didn’t pierce armor or flesh was cleanly stuck within the ground, a small portion of it still exposed over the surface.

    As the fury of arrows rained down upon the warriors, two arrows not of her own flew towards Labelle. Labelle noticed them flying against the flow of her crystalline ones. Even though she was unarmed, Labelle moved her body as though she was holding some kind of sword. In an instant, Labelle had managed to cut one of the arrows out of the air with a razor thin sword made of crystal that was not there before. The other arrow slipped through her swipe and dug itself into Labelle’s thigh. It was also at that moment the crystal arrows stopped firing and the mirrors dimmed down revealing their reflective surfaces once again.

    Labelle jumped from the mirror and disappeared.

    The warriors used this quick moment to recover as best they could. The crystal arrows imbedded within the armor and shields of many were easily broken apart and removed. Small pools of blood mixing with silver dust dotted the floor around the dead bodies of those who were unable to defend themselves. Those still standing cautiously regrouped keeping an eye out for anything that might indicate another attack from the vanishing witch.

    Timorith laid kneeling on the ground, breathing heavily. The flurry of arrows made it impossible to seek shelter so he had to rely on his reflexes as her avoided as many arrows as he could. His armor has slits cut through them as arrows had grazed his person, some of them cutting his skin. Knowing there was no chance to rest, he stood up once again having an arrow to the ready. Feeling his hairs stand on end, he quickly turned around to see Labelle standing there. With a grin, she stabbed him through his abdomen with the same razor thin sword she cut Jo’s arrow with. Looking down at his bow she noticed the arrow he had at the ready faded away into nothing.

    Labelle frowned at the sight of this, “wrong archer.” She said to herself. With a quick gaze to her side, she glared at Jo who remained at the other end of the room. She leaped back disappearing again, taking the sword with her. Timorith collapsed hugging his abdomen to try and stop the bleeding. Fyn, who was among the main group, dashed over to him to administer first aid.

    Soon after she reappeared next to her, Labelle took a swipe at Jo using her razor thin crystalline sword. She then swung another and then another. “You dare strike me?” she asked in an aggressive condescending tone. “You have no meaning here. You are all scum of the Disavowed.” Lifting her sword above her head, the once razor thin blade turned into a massive sword of impossible size, and still incredibly sharp. With gritted teeth, she sent it downwards towards Jo.
     
  2. LilithVonBoch

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    With the rain of arrows coming to a stop, Kaira stuck her head out to try and analyze the situation. A few had died from the volley of arrows, unable to dodge long enough to live. Though she couldn't count how many and who considering the fact she still had her eyes closed, her only clue was the screams and gurgling blood that muffled the sounds. Pushing her greatsword back on the ground to pick it up, but before she could comprehend the situation, Labelle had made it to an archer, stabbing him through the abdomen.

    ''Wrong archer.'' echoed through out Kaira's head, realizing that Labelle had been struck by something. ''If that's the wrong archer...'' Thought Kaira, changing her focus towards Jo. ''Shit.'' She said, dashing towards her solo ally once more. It could of be anyone else within the room, but with the previous battle, not many archers had the guts or skills to do anything to the giant, Felbehr she called it, which narrowed it down to a thread. With Jo on one end of the room with Kaira in the middle but closer to the group, she didn't have the luxury to analyze every archer in the room, if there were any others left. With her every step smashing the dust and lashing it out behind her feet and with the sudden appearance of Labelle in front of Jo, Kaira not only had to double time her speed, but also desired to do so as Labelle swung her sword at Jo.

    ''You have no meaning here. You are all scum of the Disavowed.'' These very words fueled Kaira's anger, for someone who knew next to nothing about them, Kaira hadn't grew how she was to be brought down by a coward. ''High speed low drag.'' She kept telling herself, keeping her two eyes on Labelle, who swung her sword over her head, changing it into a massive sword, sending it towards Jo. With only a few steps in between the the two and Kaira, the white wolf grabbed her greatsword with both hand as it trailed behind her, swiping her unusual weapon over Jo's head as she spun around to slow down her speed, clashing both swords together as her bent knees from the aftershock.

    ''Move, now!'' She yelled at Jo, pushing her every muscle as she gave her a small window to move before rolling a few feet to the side and letting go of her greatsword letting the crystalline sword crashing down. ''I did not fight hundreds of warriors without end for a coward like you to disavow me!'' Screamed Kaira, sitting on one knee as she nabbed two of her throwing daggers between her index and her middle finger, throwing them towards Labelle's chest as she kept her right hand on the sheath of her Katana with her thumb on the hilt, followed up with a dash towards her enemy as she unsheathed her blade with a upward swing.
     
  3. Yajuu_Kikuishi

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    Jo thought that one of her arrows had struck her enemy, or at least distracted her as the rain of magical arrows stopped and the warriors near the centre of the room had a moment to breath. That moment didn’t last long however as Labelle appeared in front of Timorith, who Jo had spotted kneeling down.

    “Timorith!” Jo shouted as Labelle skewered him with something in her hand. However, before she could nock another arrow, Labelle disappeared and reappeared in front of her. “Shit.” She cursed as Labelle attacked swiftly with what turned out to be a razor thin blade of glass, or something similar. Jo wasn’t built for close combat and could only back away as the blade nicked her; drawing blood but not doing any serious damage.

    Jo grimaced as Labelle cut deep enough to cause Jo to drop to one knee and then the strange enemy raised her nearly-invisible sword and it changed form to something more akin to what the giant earlier would have wielded.

    Not sure how she was going to survive the blow, Jo braced and awaited the perfect chance to dodge or avoid the attack.

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    With the hail of arrows now stopped and Labelle appearing at ground level, Azam rushed forwards with the intent to draw her into close combat; especially at it seemed she now held a melee weapon in her hand. But even as he moved towards her, Labelle disappeared and moved noiselessly across to where Jo was still stood near the wall. The archer was on the back foot as Labelle attacked and Azam realised he wouldn’t be quick enough to back Jo up.

    “Jo, get out of there!” he called just as another figure ran past him and he realised Kaira was on the move to defend what he couldn’t. He moved after her, slower, and was impressed as the warrior spun her sword above Jo and blocked the massive sword Labelle had summoned to cut Jo down.

    Jo wasn’t taking advantage of the black so Azam rushed in and just as Kaira had to dodge out of the way as her block failed, Azam pushed Jo out of the way, dodging the attack by a hair’s breadth himself. Dust and stone chips exploded out from where the sword had struck but Azam ignored it as he stepped into the swing and aimed a stabbing attack with his long spear directly at where Labelle’s chest was.
     
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    With a thunderous crash, the large crystal sword that Labelle wielded struck the ground releasing a cloud of stone chips and silver dust. When the debris settled back onto the ground, Azam and Kaira were basically next to each other at either side of the large sword that divided them. Both of their weapons were held midair, their intended target no longer present.

    With a soft sound only the most astute could hear, Labelle stood on the ground at the far side of the room, far from any of the scattered warriors’ locations. She stood slightly hunched over, two knives protruding from her chest. A shining fluid best described as liquid aqua marine slowly trickled from these wounds, dripping to the ground. As each drop of the strange girl’s blood hit the ground, it formed into a small crystal structure of wondrous luster.

    “It was cute at first, mere devotees coming here, defeating Falbehr.” She spoke softly but loud enough for them to hear. Gripping each of the knives, Labelle removed them from her chest, dropping onto the ground with a clatter. Standing back up straight, Labelle had a strange smile upon her face. “I’m done playing games.”

    All of the mirrors along the walls cracked, showering the edges of the room with small glass shards.

    Labelle walked forward with her hand outstretched to her side. Upon gripping the air, she held a narrow crystal scimitar. She soon faded into nothingness as she walked, her footsteps upon the silver sand fading with her. Soon after she disappeared, the glass shards that fell from the cracked mirrors began to sprout long crystal spikes resembling urchins. They grew in size from small shards of glass into huge balls of sharp spikes. IT wasn’t long until all the walls just below the mirrors were covered. Many of those who stood near the walls moved closer to the center of the room to avoid being impaled from the crystals.

    The room was quickly shrinking as the crystal grew, and then Labelle attacked. One of the warriors screamed in agony as a large slash suddenly crossed his midsection. Showing herself to the warriors once again, Labelle rubbed her thumb over the wound on her chest and held it over the warrior as he collapsed to the ground. A single drop of her blood fell from her fingers into the warrior’s wound. Within seconds, it began to sprout into a crystal formation similar to the once growing by the walls. With a smirk, she disappeared once again just as several of the closer warriors charged her.

    If she was playing games before, now she was just killing them off one at a time. People one by one were falling to their invisible assailant, and soon started to spout crystal formations from their very bodies. She had no intent on showing herself to these warriors anymore.
     
  5. LilithVonBoch

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    ''Dammit!'' Yelled Kaira, absolutely lived with her foe's tendency of running away from the real fighters. Now once again at the opposite side of Labelle and who ever she was massacring with her new weapon, Kaira and everyone else had to stop splitting up, Kaira being the first one that should make a change. The walls of mirror had shambled into pieces, sprouting sharp, crystalline spikes, impaling anything that dared to stand on top of it. Thanks to the vibration the sprouting created, Kaira could see everything with her echolocation making her target extremely easy to follow now. Sheathing her katana, she changed her direction towards Labelle once more.

    ''I can still see her, Archer, if you desire to shine now's a good time to do so. I will try and give you as many opening as I can, but the moment I give you a big opening, it might be the last. Azam, if I keep her in place, flank her position, I'll even hold her down if I have to. It's do or die.'' Said Kaira, taking a quick deep breath, letting the oxygen leave her body before launching herself once more, at this rate she would be one of those to die extremely young out of exhaustion, but her emotions wouldn't let her die like a wimp, she'd rather die burning her lungs and muscles out to the burning pits. Launching herself one last time, locked on her target as she swept more and more combatants, dropping something from her fingers that created more spikes out of the fighter's body.

    With the room shrinking further, what ever Kaira and Jo had done to her angered her, she had finally realized that they were still threats to Labelle within the room. Reaching for her Wakizashi hilt with her left hand as she got behind Labelle's current target, Kaira reached out for it's shoulder of who ever it was, throwing them backwards as she kicked it in the back of the left knee, bending and making the take down far more easier. Unleashing her short oriental sword, her weapon clashed against the scimitar, grinding against each other with the crystal blade's tip reaching for Kaira's left abdomen as it finished colliding with the Wakizashi. Grunting, Kaira quickly went for her Katana on with her other hand, slashing horizontally, as she teared open one of her previous wounds that hadn't time to heal thanks to Labelle's work. Feinting with her Wakizashi, she followed with a diagonal strike from her right to the left, spinning on herself as she struck Labelle. Back stepping in front of who ever she threw down from it's standing still position, She took a deep breath with the sweat dripping down her face as blood leaked from her armor from her current wound and her previous wound on her right arm, slowly dripping on the blood soaked dust.

    ''This time...'' Said Kaira, pausing for a short instant as she sliced the floor of sand in front of her as she tried to recuperate her breath. ''You are not running nor making it out alive.'' She added, getting back into her stance, with both her blades pointing down as if she was letting her guard down. ''Even if I have to burn myself until I go hollow, I will.'' She finished, letting go of the tension in all of her muscles, staring down her opponent with both her eyes still closed, ready to not let her cross this line at all cost as she stepped on the other side of it.
     
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    “Damn it!” Azam cursed, in unison with Kaira as both their attacks hit nothing but air. However, Azam could see that Labelle had taken the knives cleanly and now a strange blue liquid he presumed to be her blood dripped to the floor. Where it did, Azam watched a strange blue, crystal-like substance start to grow. Well, at least she can be wounded. Azam thought as the windows cracked and glass fell from above like rain. Luckily where he had lunged forward to attack, he had taken himself out of range of the falling glass, but he couldn’t help but turn to look back at Jo, who was still under the windows.

    She seemed back in the game as she rolled forward away from the danger and came to a stop on one knee, her eyes locked on Labelle. Azam turned his gaze back to the target just as Kaira spoke a plan to corner the woman. He didn’t know how, but apparently Kaira knew where Labelle was despite her disappearing trick. “No-one but her needs to die.” He replied as Kaira dashed off towards where the invisible warrior was killing off some of the other fighters in the centre of the room.

    As he moved to follow Kaira, he noticed the shattered glass had begun to grow into the same crystal-like substance that Labelle’s blood has made. They grew into large, spiked objects that forced everyone to the centre of the room; not that Azam had any problem with that as he gripped his long spear tight and moved off in a circular motion, curving around Kaira’s straight path.

    Normally he would prefer to face an opponent alone, but it seemed Labelle wasn’t going to allow that and Azam wouldn’t let his pride be the death of him, so he watched Kaira closely as he moved, intent to act in unison with her to get the upper hand. While Kaira clashed in defence of Labelle’s next target, Azam continued to curve until he was on the far side of them, now behind Labelle.

    Kaira drew a line in the dust with her sword with a clear declaration of Labelle’s inability to escape. Figuring Labelle knew he was behind her, Azam couldn’t resist a similar taunt from his side.

    “Nowhere to run this time, little girl.” He said as he too drew a line in the dust with his spear tip; as he did this, he drew one of his golden throwing spears free with his left hand and held it loosely by his side. “Nowhere to run.”

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    Being forced towards where Labelle was attacking warriors wasn’t ideal for Jo, she was a long-ranger after all, but she made do as she made a bee-line for the point between where Kaira and Azam had moved. She wanted to check how Timorith was doing, but the magic archer was hidden by the other warriors pulling in close together for protection. So she focused on taking Labelle down instead; with her gone it would be easy to check on Timorith.

    She drew two arrows, nocked one and held the other tight against her bow, ready for a quick draw. With Kaira and Azam keeping her attention, hopefully, Jo slid to a stop in the dust and dropped to one knee for stability. Unlike the two close combat fighters, Jo wasn’t much for words as she instantly loosed one arrow followed closely by the second; the second aimed slightly off to catch Labelle in the only location she could run; away from the three attacking warriors around her.
     
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    Labelle's would be latest victim was shoved out of the way at the very last second before she sword could cleave into him. Instead, her sword was met with Kaira's. They traded blows, and with a quick spin and slash Kaira stood in front of the one she defended. Labelle just managed to evade her attack by also stepping backwards, revealing herself once again. In that moment, Azam had stood behind her and Jo at another side.

    They had her trapped, and Jo took advantage of the situation by releasing two arrows in quick succession. Labelle ducked down and spun around to face Jo. While she dodged one of the arrows, she was not fast enough to move out of the way of the one that was aimed right at her. The arrow had struck in her the back, just between her shoulder blades. Labelle coughed up blood, it forming small crystals around her mouth. Standing back up, Labelle reached for the arrow and yanked it out of her body. Crystalline blood splattered outwards, forming small crystal formations where they landed.

    “I’ve had enough of you.” She spoke softly enough that only the three that surrounded her could hear. “If you think this is the end, then you are sadly mistaken. I release my curse of the Dlyigimamelia’ym on you all. I will not let you reach Victor.” Still clutching Jo’s arrow in her hand, she thrust it into her heart and collapsed onto the ground. The crystals that grew along the walls and out of the bodies of the deceased had stopped. The larger crystals unable to support their own weight broke apart and collapsed onto the ground.

    As Labelle lay on the ground, her body’s strange glow grew until she was as bright as the sun. With a sound of glass rubbing against itself, a new figure burst from this light. Labelle’s body had gone, and what was in its place could best be described as naked ambiguous child with two sets of large butterfly wings. The entirety of this being looked to be made out of the same crystals Labelle had used as weapons. Despite not having any apparent set of eyes or mouth, it looked directly at Kaira and spoke. “I need a new host. You will be my new host.”

    Swiftly, the Dlyigimamelia’ym flew towards Kaira, grasping at her with its small arms, and enveloping her with its wings. Its head opened revealing several needle-like teeth, and then went to bite Kaira’s own head in order to fuse with her. Despite the creature’s small body, it was tremendously strong, and those frail looking wings were anything but. Before it could clamp down on Kaira, something exploded just in-between it and Kaira. The explosion knocked both the Dlyigimamelia’ym and Kaira in opposite directions. While Kaira was not safe from being at the explosion’s epicenter, she was not terribly burned.

    “Not today!” shouted Timorith. He hunched over and Fyn caught him before he fell. Fyn whispered something to him and the two of them distanced themselves from the fight as best they could within the spike encompassed room. After laying him down with the other injured she had managed to move to safety, she returned up to Azam’s side.

    “T-Timorith is still not healed; he won’t b-be able to do much m-more.” She spoke, “I’m here t-to help as b-best I can.” She removed her dagger from its sheath and took up a battle position with it.

    The creature, while momentarily dazed, was not going to give up. “If you will not be my host, then you will be my prey.” Splaying out its wings, all the crystals that filled the room glowed and became extensions of the creature’s will. With very little warning, the crystals that were closest shot extended several spikes towards the four warriors, Kaira, Azam, Jo, and Fyn. Whatever this Dlyigimamelia’ym thing was, it had a relationship with Labelle, no doubt being the source of her power. Now that it was on its own, it was up to the warriors to finish it off.
     
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    Seeing Labelle fall down, Kaira dropped her guard, letting go of her water element as she gave out a sigh of relief. Curses never were an issue for Kaira, she thought of her own existence as a curse itself, making her believe that she was somewhat untouched by other curses.


    “I need a new host. You will be my new host.” Someone said, still unknown to her.


    ''What...?'' Said Kaira, opening her eyes to be greeted with a small child equipped with a set of butterfly wings flying straight for her head. Dropping both her blades, Kaira was taken by surprise as it was already on her, holding on to her as it's wings began to envelope the white wolf. Revealing it's sharp teeth, trying to bite down her entire head. Restraining it as best as she could from tearing her face to shreds, something quick came in between the two, exploding and tossing both at opposite direction leaving a red spot on Kaira's face with some of her hair slowly burning for a few seconds. Sliding on her back a few meters away, Kaira's head ringed for a few seconds as she struggled to stand up, looking towards her new opponent as some of the lesser warriors stood a few steps behind her.


    ''Go ahead... Cross that line, oni.'' She said, straightening her back as she slowly reached for her Nodachi's hilt, pulling it out as she stared down the creature, releasing an aura of anger and violence out of the blade, slowly overwhelming Kaira's arm, covering of her body as time went by. ''You'll still have to cross me to get to these people.'' She added, bringing her Nodachi on her right side, grasping it with her other hand with the writing on the blade glowing brighter with every tick it gave.


    Examining the section in front of her, she realized that Labelle's body was entirely gone from the room, as if she never existed. “If you will not be my host, then you will be my prey.” Said the creature, spreading out it's wing as the crystals that had shattered began to glow. Not waiting for her enemy to strike, Kaira dashed towards the little child, still dazed from the blast. As Kaira kept running, spikes began to emerge once again, this time directed at her alongside Jo, Azam and Fyn, one of them grazing the Canadian warrior's cheek as they tried to impale her in her movement. With the cut and the small burn stinging pain, blood slowly dripped from her pale cheek, coursing towards the back of her neck as she kept sprinting and dodging any other incoming attacks.


    With spikes coming out of a few direction, Kaira could use this to her advantage to surprise the child. With her already in motion as he begun his attack, Kaira used the momentum she had to push herself to the limits of her body. Running towards her target, she did not have enough time to achieve her top speed, but she had ran faster than earlier, burning her lungs once more as the sweat poured down her forehead. Reaching her target in a short instance, Kaira swung her sword from her right to the left, aiming for the child's upper chest.
     

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