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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:30 pm

As sudden as the intervention had come, the monster known as Millinda Blackwater remained unshaken in face of it. That man may have pulled her prey to safety and swung his sword to block her strike.

However, none of that changed anything.

The collision between the sharp blade and the mysterious box was unavoidable.

The winner – entirely by nature of the skill and strength behind its trajectory – was the sword. Just like that it pierced that holy barrier capable of sealing even the greatest evils. Such was only to be expected of one of the greatest knights of England.

And yet, that’s where it ended.

That’s all it achieved.

After all, when it came to that box’s contents even that inhuman strength would pale in comparison.

The unstoppable force had met an immovable object.

Momentarily only silence lingered.

The fiend of black and white turned to face the brave swordsman. Her eyes meeting his. And within them he would only find the purest intent to kill. Ever growing, fed only by wrath. That wrath invoked by the insolence of his actions.

And it grew with every crack forming on the surface of that box.

More and more. Further and further. It fell apart slowly but surely, soon no longer keeping hidden that which was kept within.

He had dared to attack her most precious.

He had overstepped the invisible line she had drawn.

Thus, before that man or anyone else could even take a glimpse at what existed within, the box disappeared alongside its holder. Gone from the world entirely. If only temporarily. Still, the moment the ‹vampire› reappeared, the sword wielding lancer would be greeted by a two legged kick thrown at his back by the full strength of her monstrous state. A force so massive, its impact alone would shatter her enhanced pair of legs as though they were made from glass. Naturally, this fate would be shared by any other body of flesh and blood.

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Ultimately what all would come down to was the lance Claiomh Solais and young knight in whose hands it rested. Fully aware of that fact and the role this gave him, Alexander had moved towards a position he deemed ideal. Neither too close to the actual raging battle, nor too distant to miss a throw. A rooftop belonging to a small super market that hadn’t fallen victim to the chaotic outbreak.

There was no way he could last longer than a short moment in a direct fight with that thing. However, there was no one else but him who could change the outcome of the struggle either. Sir Moore may have managed a miraculous return onto his legs, but reaching for that weapon no longer was an option now that he had become the centre of the beast’s attention.

Not to forget that he of all people was not in the position to grasp this weapon again.

Not after what had happened tonight.

Alexander was convinced he could do the job just as well as the man he had overcome.

He was convinced that he could end the tragedy that was this night.

No, he believed that this was the one task only he could fulfil.

However, as he assumed position, pulled back his arm preparing to execute a textbook throw, it happened.

Once more the ‹vampire› shifted position. Once more it disappeared only to reappear elsewhere like a flickering light in the dark.

It moved too fast.

It moved too unpredictable.

The pressure its mere presence gave him as it dug through his skin and flesh right into the bones, had been one obstacle he could overcome by the sheer strength of his unbroken will. However, the chaotic randomness born from the no longer fully functional spell was a wholly different story.

Like this there was no chance at the clean hit this town so desperately needed.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:22 am

The last thing she remembered, she had been crying out, aiming to kill the vampire who had physically cornered her. The next, she was flying in the air in relative safety as a she had been pulled out of a fatal situation.

At the very least, that was how it felt to her. Perhaps, not much more could be said considering her dominant arm had been utterly destroyed. It was hardly severed, but it was a non-functional heap of flesh and bone at this point.

There was no point in thinking about it. She forced herself to flip over and land on her feet, crouched, a distance away from where she had been pinned. She calmed her breathing and mentally suppressed that feeling of pain. At that moment, she had full view of the person who had saved her from the maws of certain death and what had happened just shortly after.

The box had broken. It wasn’t the sight of complete destruction, but it was still an ever present, ever-propagating crack, expanding until the contents were at least partially bared to the elements. Moreover, her rescuer’s blade had halted partially at the resistance of whatever was inside.

That was when Sara had noticed it. The vampire’s focus had trained straight onto the knight for the minutiae of time left before she faded once again into the fog.

Had it been fear? Instinct?

The vampire had aimed to move for an attack to his back, completely ignoring Sara’s presence once again.

She’s getting sloppier.

She had forgotten that there was one person in that town that could ascertain her position and had cleared her vision of the fog. She had been unaware that she had failed to kill the person who could keep a watchful eye on her and never let go like a hawk trailing prey.

She would not let this moment slip. Sara had to quickly act.

Before the attack would smash the knight’s back, she needed to pay him back.

Just like the vampire, she aimed straight at the back. She needed to crash into the vampire’s back, hold onto it, and restrain her (albeit momentarily) arms. But, with her right arm being nonfunctional at this point, she could only work with her left arm. She aimed to grab at the hand with the box to pin her. If her words could get through, she could separate the immortal monster from her fixation.

“Behind you! Expose it!”
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:03 pm

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“Behind you! Expose it!”

"Understood!"

With a shout, the warrior would heed the magician girl's warning and immediately turn around. He had failed to sense the monster's presence in the slightest, but now that she was directly within his line of sight and so close, there was no escaping him. It had prepared a flying drop kick, of all things. A technique with exceedingly high risk, it was almost useless in normal battle except as an excessively flashy method to finish off a downed opponent.

But when executed by an immortal monster by her, it becomes a completely different technique, huh?

Even as he found himself grinning at his quarry's monstrous yet surprisingly human choice of technique, his own technique took over. For as much as the vampire was moving at high speed, as an elite among the knights, Moore was more than capable of managing such an inelegant attack now that he was aware of it.

With a twist of his body, speed and footwork polished over many years of fighting, he would step out of the way of the strike and position himself for one of his own. This would be the second hit. Once more, he would strike at the mysterious box which this monster seemed to hold so preciously. The sensation he had felt when he struck it last had made it clear to him that he would not be shattering the contents with this strike. Whatever it was, it was fearsomely durable.

However, the same could not be said for the container. Already cracked and exposed by his first attack, this one would be certain to finish the job. He would ignore the flesh and bone of the hand which held and sought to conceal it. For as much as normal wounds didn't seem to stick, her durability itself didn't seem to be excessively high. He would strike through her body and aim only for the mysterious Pandora's box.

Now they would finally learn what was hidden away inside.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:37 pm

Just like that – completely unaffected by the poor fool clinging onto it – the high speed projectile that was the monster at the centre of this incident flew past its original target. However, instead of simply ending there, another high speed movement came chasing after her.

Fast, precise, merciless.

Blood sprayed as the blade cut through her flesh and bone only to ultimately land where it was supposed to land.

A heavy impact once more echoed through the night. This time accompanied by the terrifying noise of flesh tearing. Then the one projectile became two, each flying into different directions. Each crash landing with even greater impacts.

The monster’s body had flown into a nearby building’s wall.

That which had been in her hand tore through a couple of street lights, power poles and cars before ultimately coming to a stop in and obliterating a certain convenience somewhere about a few kilometres away.

Silence fell.

The thick haze was still lingering everywhere.

The only source of light left on the vast battlefield was the moon in the sky.

Silence.

Nothing was moving anymore.

Nothing was happening anymore.

Was it over?

Or was this just a break…?

What was left of the countless Magicians that had come to chase the tale of the ‹vampire› did not feel calm. Even now cold sweat was running down their spines as they were lost trudging through the unknown.

Was it over or not? They didn’t know. The unknown mixed in with the prevailing unease. That feeling in their gut hadn’t disappeared. That instinct making their blood boil even now. That which kept them from moving, let alone speaking. It was still there. It prevailed.

They all were but mortal men in face of a monster.

«…retrieve it…»

A blood stained holy man’s voice spoke up.

«Retrieve it! Quickly!»

The cardinal seemingly enveloped by despair blared an order into the empty night.

An order that should not have been answered by anyone. And yet a number of shadows danced through the haze, quickly rushing towards where whatever that precious treasure was had landed.

They were relentless, ice cold and dedicated. Even when cursed with unending fear, these men and women would pursue their tasks. Such were the executioners serving the Roman Catholic Church’s inquisition.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:09 am

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That man’s voice should have never reached. No matter how much he tried, it should have been blotted out by despair and the surrounding chaos. The tendrils of despair had long since raptured him the same as the creeping chaos enraptured the magicians stationed in Whitby.

And yet…

She was the last person who should have listened to him.

She was the last person who should have accepted that cry.

She was the last person who should have been spurred to action by that pitiful man.

And yet…

The one who had so gracelessly intruded upon center stage was a young nun, one of many sisters within the Catholic Church, who stood wavering in the grace of the God.

Francesca Purezza grabbed it. She couldn’t see what it was, but she had seen it flying, landing kilometers away from the vampire. From the distance, she couldn’t see of the girl who had latched onto the back of the vampire was safe.

But none of that mattered to her. She couldn’t attack the vampire considering how far away it was from her. She retrieved the contents and made her way straight towards the Cardinal. After all, he had to know something.

As despicable as a man he was, he was not just speaking up for show after all.

This chaos would come to an end, one way or another. No further words from her were needed.
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Post  Leivinia Birdway on Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:52 am

It began. The gamble. The struggle against fate. The final bout.

The nun had gained hold of the object at the centre of everything, running through the hazy night in an attempt to deliver it to the man she had defied. She, who would only find death in face of the  crimson cardinal, attempted to fulfil his command like a loyal sheep.

And as she did, she found the company of executioners’ shadows rushing through the night.

They did not dare to strike her, simply chasing her on each and every step.

But what for?

Suddenly a muffled shriek as a shadow disappeared in the thick maze quite close to the running Francesca.

Then another.

They weren’t pulled out as much as they crossed paths with what was entering the domain of the one carrying the item at the core.

They were fighting the invisible monster. Openly rushing into its path the moment they noticed its lethal presence drawing too close to Francesca.

They were protecting her. At the price of their lives.

But how long would it last before their slim numbers would be fully diminished?

The threat in the haze was relentless. Fast. Overwhelming.

What good would come from reaching that broken cardinal at the bottom of his strength? What good would even running further do?

«We need to keep the ball rolling. No matter what. That’s our one and only shot!»

A fake cleric declared into the night. The edges of his poncho dancing in the cold night wind.

3000 metres left between her and the cardinal.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:20 am

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The strike was a grand success. The monster's body proved as immaterial as the haze it was wreathed in before his blade, and its precious treasure was now revealed to all who would look under the moonlight. And then it flew. His blade bit into it without cutting further and the cut became a strike, sending the box's contents flying into the distance. The vampire, carried by its momentum, did the same in the other direction.

His first instinct was to hold up his guard, wait for the enemy's next move. Would it come from above this time? Below? Another strike from his blind spot? Striking the thing in the box would certainly have consequences. He'd have to be ready for anything. But the the strike didn't come.

«Retrieve it! Quickly!»

He had honestly almost completely forgotten the man amidst the furor of the battle, though the exchange had stretched over mere moments. And the idea that he would be so completely ignored... He smiled wryly to himself. There was no point in assuming a monster would adhere to the code of knights, even in a moment of fury. He wasn't even being looked at.

It just meant he had to change that.

At the cardinal's words, Moore shot forward. Even with his speed, in the time it took for him to catch up to where the thing in the box had gone, the monster dragged one, two, more and more people into the mists, never to return. Attacked with speed and power beyond their capabilities to deal with, they didn't have a chance to defend themselves as they attempted to buy that nun even a single moment more time. All happening in the space of moments, perhaps.

But Moore had speed. More than any of the priests or nuns following the cardinal, more than any of the magicians hiding in the mists, more than any except the vampire herself and perhaps that youngling Necessarius girl. The space between him and the fleeing nun, between him and the vampire's new killing grounds, the distance that nun tried to close so desperatelyーMoore would do so in an instant.

As the monster emerged from the mists to take another, he would strike. Severing tendons, flaying nerves, crushing joints, destroying the skull and spineーhe would use everything he had to cow that monster for even a moment more. To keep it from its treasure. To ensure that the cardinal's gamble, whatever it was, succeeded.

To ensure it realized its opponent was him.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:25 pm

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She moved as fast as her feet could carry her. Even though she had grabbed whatever the object in the box was, she could not let up for even a moment. After all, the hunters who had until recently been after Francesca’s life were now giving up their own lives to protect the hope she had reached onto. Were it not such a brutal reality before her, she could almost find some allegorical beauty to it.

But, such a concept could hardly even stay in her mind as she lurched forward with each step, desperately trying to close the gap between her and the Cardinal.

But the recurrent sacrifices meant that the countdown to doom nearing zero bit by bit.

Would she even make it at this rate?




Someone else had heard the Cardinal’s shout as well. Though that girl had been thrown down, she was hardly out of the fight just yet.

“If he’s finally regained enough of his spirit to say that...”

Sara forced herself back to her feet. Her only good arm pushing aside some rubble that had nearly fallen atop her. She could feel herself gasping for breath. If she had to guess, she may have punctured a lung, but she wasn’t a doctor and right now wasn’t the time for decompression. She would have to let the adrenaline carry her.

“Then I can’t just be lying around here, can I?”

She just needed to act with an arrogant little grin on her face. But at this stage, what could she do that hadn’t been reinventing the wheel?

Sara rushed in at top speed, moved towards the side of the rushing nun, and with her free arm, picked her up and lay her stomach first over her shoulder.

“Wait! Hey, wha—”

“There’s no time! We need to beat the clock, so tell me where to go and I’ll get you there.”

In the end, it didn’t matter if she was held down by the weight of another person. She could cover far more ground in less time than Francesca could on her feet.

“I promise.”

And with that, there was nothing else left to say. Francesca only needed to give her directive.

“To the Cardinal.”
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That knight came back again, striking at her at the high point of her attacks. Again he’d crush her flesh and bones in an instant. Pain would shoot through her entire body, but disappear the moment the spell kicked in once more. They both could repeat this dance indefinitely. No matter how many times he struck, she would regenerate. No matter how many times she regenerated, he would keep striking.

Nonetheless that monster no longer had time for this. She, too, had a goal in mind. She, too, had something she wished to protect. Something she not yet even held in her hands yet.

In face of that, that man was no longer a nuisance. He was an obstacle.

This time, as her physical form collapsed under the strength of his attacks, she would not simply shrug him off. This time, as her flesh and bones reformed, she would move against the current of his attacks, yank open her jaw and snap it shut. There, her fang-like teeth would quickly pierce through his armour as though it was mere skin, right through the thick muscles and into the flesh of his shoulder.

With her fangs digging deep into his body, he would feel an unnatural loss of his strength, as his blood was drained rapidly. With just that single bite she could consume him whole, transforming him into nothing more than a dead-weight husk. Another one to refill her fuel.

And while she’d do that, she kept running. Running after that little bird who had grabbed the nun in a desperate attempt to take her and her treasure to safety.

She would not let them. She would not give in. She would not. She would never.

In no time the monster of the haze had caught up to the fleeing bird and nun.

However, the moment of her arrival had only been upon the very same moment the other two had reached their destination. They had reached the cardinal of red who had called them in.



Enrico Coppolla faced both the Anglican Magician and the Roman traitor with great pleasure. They had achieved the feat he had requested of them. They had brought him the mysterious item. The bait he needed to create his moment of chance.

«Splendid!»

It was his voice ringing of excitement that would serve as their reward.

Not simply for delivering the goods, but because he took notice of the shadow hurriedly approaching from behind. However, what he saw was not the sight of the monstrosity itself, but the man of honour it was carrying in its maw. Truly, upon seeing the limp body of the man he had sworn an alliance with, his disdain only served as a fan for the reignited flames of fury.

Grasping the mystery cargo with his left, he readied the lance in his right.

«Now come you godless creature! Claim the divine punishment you have made yourself deserving of!!!»

The cardinal’s brave declaration would echo throughout the night, as the creature spat the broken knight to free its jaw. In that very instance, what remained of his fellow priests and nuns came jumping from the shadows, lodging onto the fiend, grabbing it with its arms and legs or piercing it with their countless holy weapons in a vile attempt at stopping her in her tracks. Not that it would succeed.

The monster came charging at the servant of god. And he would bravely answer with a jolt that held all his strength.

Of course it would pierce its figure much like the many other blades and stakes had done. And much like them it would do little to stop it in its tracks. No, that thing would simply keep on moving, prepared to mercilessly hammer her fangs into another.

«Misguided as you are you have sealed your fate. This is the Lance of Longinus! The lance that shall spell out your doom!!!!!!»

Invoked by his vocal declaration, suddenly the lance in the cardinal’s hand began to shine, being wholly consumed by blinding light and driving the night away like the beacon of hope it embodied in his and his followers’ eyes.

Yes, by his declaration that lance had left the domain of the ordinary, transcending to the holy weapon used to slay Christ himself. Much like many lances had in the past.


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Alexander had come to an understanding of everything only now. No matter how direly he wished for it, there was no 100% certainty that he would be able to land a hit. After all, he was not like the other knights. He was neither as skilled as them nor as experienced. Even after everything he had gone through this night and the previous days, he felt he could not reach them. He was too far away from their place.

His sword had been shattered. His physical strength entirely exhausted. But even if it had still been there, he was not like that man actively sacrificing every fibre of his existence to fight off the monster that was casually slaying anyone else.

Still, he had to play his part in all this.

He was the one who had to accomplish the job.

He was the one who had to slay the beast.

Not Sir Moore. Not that cardinal.

Nobody else had been worthy enough to accomplish that task.

In the end, he launched it at the top of his strength and technique. And as he did, he raised his voice in a madman’s roar.

«CAAAAATCH!!!»



These men had thrown their everything onto the battlefield. But to what avail?

The spell surrounding the holy lance kicking into effect tore open the ‹vampire’s› body as her every blood vessel exploded outwards. But that one hit it wasn’t enough.

The javelin launched as though from a cannon, darted through the night air with momentum high enough to obliterate a tank. But just at the crucial moment it missed.
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Objectively speaking, the battle was proceeding favorably. They had taken heavy casualties, perhaps. Constantly fighting on the back foot. Acting in fear and trepidation of the capabilities of their opponent, of its frightening strength, crippling attacks from within the haze, and bloody immortality.

But despite all that, they weren't losing. The nameless magician girl from Necessarius was present, and with her assistance they could pierce through the veil of the fog that concealed their quarry's figure. The Russian nun from Annihilatus had performed a ritual which had seemed to have crippled the beast's strength in some manner. Moore himself had stolen its treasure from the beast's very hand and severed it from its protections. The nun Purezza and the Roman Catholics' other faithful had delivered the treasure to hands of the cardinal. And the cardinal himself had struck the monster a grievous blow.

Even as Moore fell to the earth from where he had hung limply from the vampire's jaws, he burned with awareness of his surroundings. Even as his blood and strength alike were drained from his body, the warrior never failed to continue watching the progression of the battle, waiting for a chance, an opportunity, the slightest purchase of weakness upon which he could seize even with his present frailty.

So he noticed the second strike which came from flying from above, and he of course noticed its nature and presumed its source.

The Claiomh Solais, his glaive, his spear, his most trusted tool, his immortal-slaying weapon of light.

It missed.

Perhaps if he had heard about it secondhand, in difference circumstances, he would have - disbelievingly - laughed out loud at the tale. His favoured weapon, stolen from him by some half-assed knight, and at the moment of utmost importance, when perhaps the final blow against the foe he had dedicated perhaps his entire being to seeking might be struck, in a moment of unparalleled weakness on the part of the beast, flung forward in a single glorious strike...

Only to miss.

Moore had given Beathen a long leash, not in deference to his martial capabilities but out of a healthy respect for his capabilities in other fields, which by far outstripped his own accomplishments. When he had taken the side of Longroad when the magician attempted to commandeer the Knights for his own ends, Moore had perhaps scolded him, but levied no official punishment. When his disrespect and misgivings had steadily accumulated, Moore had allowed them to go uncommented upon or unnoticed, for the sake of the mission. Even when he had outright opposed Moore's authority in the most outright and blatant fashion possible, Moore had still at least respected the way he had gone about it; up front, directly and without pretense.

Even when the stupidity nearly - or perhaps in all but truth - had caused him to die before ever having the opportunity to even lay eyes upon his beloved foe, he still retained a healthy measure of respect for the boy.

But now. Now, in the most important of moments? He had failed. Missed. Completely and utterly. The most perfect opportunity, the most perfect weapon, the most perfect position - and the whelp had squandered it all.

There was nothing for it. He would have to do it himself. Like it ought to have been done from the very beginning.

There was still time. The vampire remained crippled by that last blow from the cardinal, and stunned besides. For a short moment, assault, flight, and defense alike were beyond it. And though the weapon had missed its mark, the Claiomh Solais' light burned through the haze as it traced its trajectory. There was no need to search; Moore knew precisely where it was.

The blood drained from his body, tasted the biting pangs of death for the second time in what surely couldn't have been even a quarter of an hour, Moore moved with strength that was beyond him, with power that he didn't have, and lunged for his spear. His partner in the hunt. That which took man and allowed him to deal death to that upon which death had no claim.

And of course, he struck. He would finish this or die trying.
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