Her desire to remain strong after witnessing such a sight is commendable, even if Vadile can feel the palpable fear emanating from her body. This modern world would never be ready for the return of the Princes. "It has meaning for your people. Whether it holds meaning beyond that does not matter. Your guardian was eager to prove to me the day we first met the strength of your people. That they have weathered many hardships and will survive this one to come. However, you now know the truth." The black cloak flows with the growing wind. "Even as I am now, a shadow of my former self unable to remain in the presence of my god, I am beyond this world's ability to comprehend. And soon, the Prince of Calamity will join her resurrected siblings. All sixteen Princes will walk the land once again."
Yeah, the no death policy seems cleric like.
If we had deaths id say palidins
She only saw the one, but now she hears that there are 16 of these beasts soon to roam through their sector. Though that is when Vasile reminded her that Samantha did seem to fight Vasile for an entire day without so much as touching him... And now she was training to overcome the limits of one's own instincts, the limits of ones soul. Though she has no idea if that will be enough. The difference between his world and theirs was so stark, so steep in scale and ability, that it seemed like some sort of cruel joke. But even then... Even if she did know the truth of it, it won't be enough to try and change anything. Zocom will likely still fight their coming destruction until nothing remains.
Even if her heart was filled with a new source of fear, just letting that be that is not how she lives. Even if it was foolish to even do so, quietly going into the night is something she didn't want. But against that, there wasn't even a chance to fight. Regardless of power, or spirit... You shatter before that might. Perhaps Zoconian's would last longer against that sort of thing, not that it would be enough to make any sort of difference... If even a thing could happen in the first place.
"It is pretty hopeless from the looks of it... But in my lifetime I have seen war orphans more helpless than kittens turn to fighters rivalling gods. I've seen foreigners with power previously thought only attainable by monsters and freak evolutions, and watched my countrymen overcome them." It was a daft and hopeless dream, she barely believe it herself. But she believed, not entirely from desperation or despair. But in some shred of herself she wanted to believe that it may happen. "You... Are another person who looks impossible now. As does your god and her siblings... But someone, be it a man/woman/child or even a insignificant monster normally hunted as a pest, will rise up and challenge convention. If our world as it is cannot hope to survive what is coming... Then that is all there is to it. Even if I have seen the truth... Hope will always exist, even when it is foolish to believe so." She says as she looks out across the lake, having found a newfound appreciation and understanding that life and the moment before her held.
Her gaze turned to the Vampire behind her, her ocean blue eyes now tainted with understanding yet still bearing a hopefully gleam, a positive smile on her face. "I thank you for indulging my curiosity Count... But I will still believe in my guardian and in my people until my end. It may be foolish, but I know no other path. I am no fighter no matter how much I wish it. I am a leader, a healer. I am here for them."
I've fleshed out some more of Kalla's stuff. I even added a sort of explanation of his fighting style that got drilled into him by his dad and then later perfected by Vegeta once he became a Time Patroller.
Sam begins to respond but just as quickly as he started, he stops himself and blatantly hesitates as some thoughts flash through his mind. After the moments pause he continues, his expression suddenly falling much more stern in nature. "I don't think that was just a dream...we'll talk later."
That dream was an omen.
"Wait, what, a message from Sam?" Jet exclaims, confused, as he walks through the halls of their home in Synnadine. A silent message has pinged in old CTF communicator, sent via thought based commands from Sam's own. Hearing this causes the others in the house to all respond as well, rushing to his position. A very worried Flaire is the first to speak up, practically vomiting out her words.
Jet calmly reaches out and takes hold of Flaire's clasped, raised hands as he lowers them and steps back. "I'm sure he's fine. Just give me a second to check it and....oh..."
"Oh?" Flaire tilts her head in a worried curiosity as Saria steps forward, nudging her aside and interjecting. "That was a pretty concerning 'oh' you just let out. What is it."
"Long story short...Sam needs me to go see the old hag lady about Duncan."
"That old crone? Didn't he JUST go see her himself?" Anne abruptly calls out from behind Saria and Flaire, largely out of sight from Jet.
"Seems some more stuff came up. Important enough that he needs me to do a follow up. Says he'd do it himself but he's busy in Wabacha, and thinks it's best if someone who still has a vampire's memory talks to her."
"That's a little weird though, don't you think?" Saria states as she crosses her arms, putting her weight on one leg. "First he tells us it wasn't important, then that he'll tell us once he figures some things out, NOW he wants you to go talk to her? What he is not telling us?"
"No idea-" Jet shrugs as he starts to walk upstairs, heading to his room to change clothes into something more befitting of a trip to the Cursed Forest. "But something tells me I'm about to find out. Come to think of it I've only been to see that woman twice. Both at Sam's request. Guess this makes thrice-"
Suddenly Saria steps in front of him, arms still crossed, cutting him off. "I'm going with."
Jet raises an eyebrow in response, staring back at her eyes. She's dead serious. "No you're not." He starts to brush her aside but she anchors her foot into the ground and doesn't budge.
"He has been way too protective of me since what happened, that's why he's not filling us in yet he's trying to keep me uninvolved and 'out of danger'. Screw him, we've been together for over 7000 years he should know I can take care of myself. So I'm going."
Jet continues to stare back at her for a few moments before sighing. With a victorious smile and strut Saria walks to her room to get ready as well. In seconds they have both chosen attire more befitting of their destination, but at the front door are Anne and Flaire waiting and ready as well. Immediately Jet's face falls serious and he stops in his tracks. "No, no way. You two are ABSOLUTELY not going. There's things in that forest even Sam struggles against, Saria and I will be too busy keeping ourselves alive to protect either of you."
Anne's face flushes red in frustration as she stiffens her arms, while Flaire crosses her arms in the exact same way Saria did earlier only with the addition of a raised eyebrow as Anne yells at Jet. "Mom isn't the only one he's been too protective of lately, I didn't travel alone for nearly two decades just for dad to be afraid of me leaving the house now! I can outrun ANYTHING in that forest and I'll have you know I have some tricks up my sleeves! And besides that Flaire is the only true immortal in this crazy family, she literally CAN'T die. And aren't you forgetting you could just teleport us straight to her cabin?!"
An annoyed vein pops on Jet's forehead as he tries to keep his cool, responding to his adoptive niece through nearly clenched teeth. "No, I can't. Whatever strange properties that makes the Cursed Forest so messed up also prevents aural warping inside it. As far as we know, it blocks any teleportation in general. Best we can do is to the outer edges, then we go through by foot and seeing as how I'm the only one here that's ever been there I'd be guide for all three of you. And it's best not to just hyper speed through there...there's things that can keep up. Not just that, there's things that will be drawn to us if we try going through like that. Meaning if we are moving fast enough to outrun land animals, we should probably slow down. So 'outrunning' everything is also out of the question. Oh, and one last thing-" Jet gets close, leaning in to crudely shut Anne down, but once he gets close Flaire steps in the way without changing her physical demeanor otherwise. Jet straightens back up again and looks away, scratching the side of his face as if he wasn't about to cockily shut Anne down. "The old hag doesn't like getting several visitors at once. Too many questions get asked."
"Then we'll just listen."
The vein on Jet's forehead splits into two more at Flaire's firm response. "Did you not just hear anything I said...?"
"We did, and we're choosing to ignore it."
"Sam will have my head if anything happened to either of you."
"So don't let anything happen to us?"
"That's easy for you to say! You've never been to that crazy place, you've only heard of it."
"Oh, stop trying to act like you've EVER been able to tell me 'no' and lets just go already."
So did Sam leave the room to send that message or is he viciously typing away while Duncan and Felix look very concerned
Her heart is visibly behind her words, no amount of enlightenment changed that. Even the whispers and pulls from the Hunt that she now experiences after her mind began to be opened by the visage of Calamity are not enough to sway her steadfast hope in a hail Mary plan to save her people. "Then you are a fool. Though." The faint traces of a smile tilt the corners of his mouth and soften his stoic brow. "I can not bring myself to dislike it. Only a fool would keep her heart in the face of what you have borne witness." The traces fade with what he has to say next. "A Despair born of death is fated to rise, the slayer of Gods and Men. The blood of men and gods will ruin this world under the weight of his sins. Will man's blood run dry before the gods, this time? Who is to say."
Vasile turns away, towards the treeline. His cloak and hat wave in the wind as he turns his head to look at the reemerging Herald floating before the trees. "I will leave Asmalda in your care. Treat her as a companion and a gift, a celebration of your soil and spirit surviving intact this day."
The angelic being's wings flutter lightly as she bows at the waist. "Allow your humble servant the opportunity to serve you with all due diligence and zeal, My Lady."
Vasile looks now back to Sophia, who wasn't expecting such a turn of events from her initial fears coming here today. "I enjoyed our time spent. We both bear new knowledge, and I have found a moment most compelling. Until we meet again, Princess Sophia."
That... Isn't the response I was expecting. This very surprising gift is also way out of left field. Sophia is definitely gonna want to explore what her new companion who definitely isn't an insurance policy can do by her side. Especially since Vasile has opened her eyes to the power of the hunt and the inconsistencies of her 'Goddess'... That is certainly a new path to look down with all the Hunt activity going on lately
This dynamic they have going on is also very bizarre, I like it. but I will withhold my sort of shipping for the time being
He knows that Salem will send assassins to kill her, so yes Asmalda is insurance of sorts. There is also a hidden servant of Ultimul that Sophia will eventually find or will reveal himself when Asmalda's not enough. Not to mention Asmalda's really good at confidential messages with the whole nonexistence thing.
Friendship is the best ship.
Satan? I like Satan!
Trunks used the Time Scroll to return him, Kalla, and Pepper back to the Time Nest to warn and prepare the city to fight against a powerful Demigra leaving the empty timeline.
The Time Nest
Once the three Time Patrollers arrived in the Time Nest, Trunks saw that the Supreme Kai of Time had a concerned look on her face as she waited for everyone to fully teleport before telling them.
"I already know what happened... I felt Demigra's energy heading here." The Supreme Kai of Time said.
"I also contacted every Time Patroller and Instructor to be on guard in Conton... If Demigra has really gotten stronger then we need everyone to fight or else all of time as we know it will be doomed."
"Then we shouldn't waste any time I'll head out with you and wait for Demigra to arrive. You guys coming with us?" Trunks asked as he turned to face Kalla and Pepper.
"We'll join you outside soon, I just need to talk with Kalla in private for a bit." Pepper said.
Trunks nodded his head towards the two and then followed the Supreme Kai of Time outside into Conton City, where Demigra and his minions will arrive any second now as Time Patrollers and Instructors alike get ready to defend their home.
"You two fusing?" Aylote asked his Flaz
"Are you sure that's a good idea? You never practiced it before we can't afford you to mess up."
"I agree with Aylote, the fusion dance takes 30 minutes to defuse and we don't have time to wait for that if you guys mess that up." Erkin said.
"You can always try potara fusion." Winter suggested.
"Potara fusion? There's a different way to fuse?" Aylote asked with May nodding her head.
"Unlike the fusion dance, potara fusion is where you put on earrings to fuse together with this fusion you can last up to one hour if you fuse with another mortal... However, if you use too much power the one hour limit can get shorter." May explained.
"Luckily the Supreme Kai of Time has her potara earrings on. We just need to find her."
As the group talked the skies of Conton City became a dark red color as a large portal opens up above the city and out of this portal stepped out Demigra, Towa, and 21's androids. Upon a closer look the warriors of Conton City saw that Demigra was in his normal form, except inside his chest were the seven dark dragon balls each one of them having the time breaker symbol on it.
"Ah it feels so good to finally be here! With my vast power I shall rule all of time and space!" Demigra shouted as voice echoed throughout the city.
A few Time Patroller warriors charged at Demigra to try and take him out, but before they could even touch him they were all beat down to the ground by the demon deity himself without him even moving a single finger.
"Pathetic... And here I thought Chronoa would have the strongest fighters here. What a shame at least Aylote and his family will put up a decent fight." Demigra said to himself as he looked down at where Aylote and his friends were at.
Hoho, an interesting development nevertheless. It will be interesting to see how this new friendship pans out, and how the Angel who doesn't exist will handle Forgotten assassins raring to silence the Princess who knows too much already.
Though something like that won't happen for abit yet. But not terribly far from now, I want to see how the declaration of war goes first before I write an encounter. Though just about all the royal family is gonna get targeted after the declaration
Sophia, preparing herself for what he had to say about her brazenly clinging to hope, stayed smiling at the vampire Count. Though her entire expression shifted with surprise and astonishment that she could not temper behind a smile. Seeing a smile, an albeit faint one that was barely even there yet it was such a bright change from the stern and unfeeling porcelain visage that was the face that she had come to associate with him. It was a small thing, to hear that and to experience yet another astonishing thing... We were so ready to brand him a monster. Haaaa... I suppose fear does breed ignorance, he wields it so deftly and we let that fact overshadow trying to understand our foe.
Still, amidst this rather pleasant surprise there was still the lingering doom that will follow in the coming months. She knew that death was certainly an unavoidable certainty when those Prince's arrive, be it theirs or others. There will be a great toll that will be taken. But she had to believe that there was still a future, only time will tell if that actually happens so she will leave it in the hands of her people.
Though it would seem her disbelief was not done being tested today as she hears that the Angel that informed her of this little chat in the first place was going to be her companion for the time being. Disbelief was plain on her face as she has to double take as Vasile's herald exists for her once more. Her name now being known to her, being sure to remember it for the sake of it. If this was genuine then she did not want to appear ungrateful, though she was certainly wary of this paradoxical companion that now floated by her side, all the while Vasile starts for the treeline of the surrounding forest. She was awestruck, completely speechless as she was bombarded with so many conflicting ideas and worries... Though as he starts to say what sound like a farewell for the time being, the Princess clears her mind.
It was certainly not the day she was expecting, every moment of this encounter left their mark on her in mind and soul. Her very worldview being shaken but still she kept to her faith in her people, and to the champions amongst them. She offers a smile and a respectful curtsy, truthfully she had thought the worst originally. And while it had left her with more dread than good, she knew she had at least done something good. Whether it was just for her or for him would remain to be seen. "This meeting has let me with much to think on, even some rather pleasant moments amongst them. You have opened my eyes Count Vasile, I thank you for that. And another thank you for this most surprising gift, I will treat her well... I look forward to our next time meeting, hopefully it is not too close to the end of things."
Kalla was ready to face Demigra, with so little time left he guessed his little idea would need to be put on the backburner for now unless he can get a hold of some dragonballs. Though his eager expression faltered as Pepper said she wanted to talk to him in private. He watched as Trunks and the Supreme Kai of Time leave the room in a hurry, no doubt to go help with the defense, that was when he looked to Pepper, wondering to himself what she wanted to say. "What's up? Shouldn't we go with them to defend the city?"
Aylote's Flaz just smirked as he proudly crossed his arms "Ha! I learned how to use that fusion dance ages ago. I've watched you, Erkin along with Dyph and Sabi enough times to do it no problem." He says before he looks to Winter, looking surprised to hear that there was another type of fusion that sounded like it could last longer. There was still the early defusion if you use too much power in the form. But it sounded like a longer lasting fusion...
TP Flaz just smiles softly at the notion of not knowing the fusion dance. He's been a patroller for quite a long time, alongside his old comrades from when they had to band together and Stop Demigra the first time around. Like that Namekian shorty, Flute, he calls a friend. Then there was the trio of Earthlings, the two girls Emiko and Orkora and then that strangely strong Earthling Dean who only came along to pull their butts out of the fire when Trunks was busy. He's had plenty of time and training with various masters... And while the Potara were a good chance, they only had the one pair in the form of the Supreme Kai's. And Demigra might be strong enough to simply destroy the earring and break the fusion. "I know how to use the Fusion Dance. No need to worry about that, this will work. Trust in both of me."
All watched as the sky was tainted into its dark crimson, alluding to the evil that suddenly followed. The Demon God Demigra, for the second time, had broken into Conton City. Though while it was not the same Demigra, Time Patrol veterans still bare the scars of when Demigra broke into in the last time. The weaker patrollers quaked in the boots, barely able to keep their nerve against the otherworldly pressure that the remade Demon God exuded. Still, their bravery would not be silenced so quickly... That was the idea anyways. A horrifying display followed as Demigra would bat away the assault of afew brave souls had rose to fight without so much as lifting a finger.
Both Flaz's look up to this. Both of them gritting their teeth, both baring memories of being toyed with and berated by the demonic deity, made fools of and had their pride tested. One looked to the other before quickly side stepping, standing with their hands raised. Both got in sync as they became fueled by a desire.
Both take a step closer to the other, hands moving with the notions of their power rising to match each others. One, a proud father who would not watch his world ended by the Demon god. The other, a proud warrior who had lived his life satisfied with his service to the supreme Kai and having the chance to prove to the other members of his dysfunctional family that he was much more than a defect only meant to enhance scouters and Saibamen sproutlings.
Both, bore the name of Flaz. Defective son of the Entrepreneurial and arrogant Lord Cold, brother to the Universal Tyrant Lord Frieza and to the more level headed Cooler. A defector to the Frieza force, and proud leader of his band of mercenaries. They have led a split life until this moment, but now.
They would unite, to make sure their respective futures stay safe and make sure no harm comes to their friends and those they have slowly yet proudly come to call family.
A bright, shining light of crimson and gold blooms between the two as the pair start to turn into energy, both flowing like water into one another as the light grows brighter and fiercer. A rapturous beacon that dissipates after a long moment, slowly fading to reveal the merged warrior. Stood in their final form, looking quite the same as they normally do besides the newly added sleeveless coat that all Fusion dance warriors sport. Their crimson eyes slowly open as a small corner on their mouth curls in acknowledgement and welling satisfaction.
They don't even speak, their smile growing as they smack their tail against the ground hard enough to rumble the surrounding area as their body explosively roars in crimson splendor, dust and cracked rocks surging all around him as their eyes lock to the detestable deity up high. Their fused might beyond what a single one of them could do in Gold. Slowly, a single finger points out towards the Demon God as he lifts up into the air. "Demigra! I hope you aren't too attached to your new life, because I'm going to make sure you stay dead this time!" Without his kids here, Merged Flaz won't have the added Lance of Terra to kill Demigra this time around. But he felt that he should have enough power to make sure the Demon God was held back, killing him was something he hoped he could do.
Neither, it was all thought based commands sent instantly via their Chilean Task Force communicators from 18+ years ago, the same thing Sam and Wuddy have been using to call each other here and there. Only this wasn't a call, it was just a message.
They don't know Sam did anything at all
Duncan's smile lessened with Sam's blatant hesitation. He could see it clearly on his friend and informal masters face that he thought that Duncan's dream was more than just that. The stern expression telling him everything he needed to know at this moment.
With a soft nod, he'll wait for Sam to no doubt come back to him later. Though he had no idea what Sam intended to do about this. A soft sigh left the smiling face of the patient sitting up in his bed. His smile becoming more tired than before. "Haaah, I'm kinda glad it actually means something. Waking up powerless like this scared the hell out of me."
Felix had more mixed feelings about this. But since Sam said he was going to talk about this later, the young boy decided to bring a new topic up for everyone. "Do you guys think I should get prosthetic arm I can wear in public? I'd use the aura one all the time but it might be weird using it near normals."
Duncan looks surprised by the answer, seeing as most people will likely be preoccupied by the scales to notice the missing arm. "Okay, afew things.... Normals?"
"Well yeah. Normal people. People who don't have to fight crazy ex-gods and stuff on a good day." Felix says as Duncan just rubs his chin.
"Right right... Well on the arm topic. I say 'who cares'?. The robot arm might look cool but setting that up everyday has to be a pain in the ass."
"I know we have... Some serious matters to deal with... But I need to talk to you now." Pepper said.
"If we some how don't make out of this... I just want to say I'm sorry for treating you, so harshly I was just so blinded with rage and sorrow that I was losing myself. However, over time I realized that my heart didn't want to leave your side Kalla... And I just want to let you know that I still care for you."
As the two Flazs fused together to form Flaz and flew into the air meeting up with Demigra, both Ayote and Erkin were impressed by the power of the fused Flazs and knew that they might have a chance to finally finish off Demigra once and for all.
"Well I guess its time for us to fuse huh?" Aylote said to Erkin with his friend nodding in agreement.
"While you guys fight Demigra, me and May will go deal with Demigra's Androids." Winter said as he powered up into his Golden Form with May powering up to Super Saiyan Blue before heading off into battle to help the other Time Patrollers and Instructors deal with the Androids, who are currently being powered up by Towa herself.
"Hard to imagine that we're about to fight in a battle that will decided the entire fate of the Multiverse... To think we were just mere Saiyan warriors defending the Earth from King Vegeta's Empire to saving the entire multiverse." Aylote said as he crossed his arms with a smile.
"It is indeed hard to imagine, I remember when I first came to Earth as a disgrace to the Saiyan people and now here I am a Saiyan warrior with a family that cares for me." Erkin said as he smiled too remembering the good times he had while on Earth.
"Then let's not waste anymore time shall we?" Aylote said as he got into his stance along with Erkin.
In a bright flash of light the two Saiyan warriors fused together to form Aylokin and then they powered up all the way to Super Saiyan Blue before flying into the air to meet up with Flaz where they will battle Demigra. When Aylokin and Flaz arrived, Demigra couldn't help but let a evil laugh as he got into a fighting stance.
"So we finally meet again... Once I am finished with you I shall rule all of time and space!" Demigra said as the dark dragon balls in his chest started to glow a red and black color powering him up.
"I'm afraid we can't let that happen." Aylokin said.
"This time we'll make sure you stay dead for good!"
"Confident as ever... I should let you know that this fight will go completely different than last time. Without that pesky Saiyan woman holding me down, this fight will be easy." Demigra said as he waited for one of the fusions to attack.
The skyrim, it bleeds into your everyday life.
This is a good sign.