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"Begin, the operation!"
Join Date: Oct 2007
Magical Girl Lyrical Alpha, Episode 02: Heaven Sent, Part 2
Aboard the OFM Ship
, Dimensional Space
On board a far more conventional starship, activity was rampant.
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From the ship's bridge, buzzing with activity as each bridge bunny ensured the vessel's safe trip through Dimensional Space, to the hangar bays, where several engineers and technicans fueled up and outfitted the Pelican dropships and single SR-103C. In the ship's armory, soldiers picked up their main form of combat; Storage Devices of every shape and size, mixed in with the occasional Armed and Intelligent Device, were pulled out of lockers and activated. Soldiers of the ship's ground unit became clad in black helmeted armor, while the air unit became clothed in Barrier Jackets resembling Navy Class A's.
Within this expansive locker room, various familiar faces could be seen among the grim, determined soldiers as they suited up for battle. Among these were two people from the briefing yesterday - Glen Schattenman and Emili Nailo. Their lockers were next to each other; no coincidence, as both were leaders of the Air Wing, and also because of their personal relationship.
"What do you think it'll be this time?" Emili asked Glen as she pulled two secondary Devices out of her locker, putting one on like a belt.
"The world we're going to has a high natural mana concentration," Glen answered as he grabbed a backup Storage Device - a pistol-shaped one - and strapped it to his side. "We could face quite a bit of opposition... and I sense something else as we get closer."
"Is it... one of them?" Emili asked as she lifted the other Device to her ear. "
," she whispered into it, attaching the Device to its partner on her waist, causing it to activate its programming and create a suit of armor specifically tailored for her; the Air Wing's so-called "Ghost Armor". Pulling the helmet off, she stared at Glen, who nodded.
"I believe so. He may be in control of this outbreak if he's succumbed enough to the corruption." He paused. "I... honestly don't know how strong he is... and somehow, that frightens me a little."
"Well, maybe this will boost your confidence," Emili said, smiling as she grabbed Glen by the collar and pulled him close for a deep kiss that never ceased in blowing his mind away and simultaneously clearing up both their worries. When they parted, both couldn't help but smile at each other. "Come back alive, okay?"
"You, too," Glen said. "Now go get with your Sentai."
"Of course!" Emili affirmed, putting her helmet back on and holding up a hand as she walked away. "Lance Flight, with me!"
"Sword Flight, gather up!" Glen shouted as he walked in the opposite direction.
In another part of the armory, Franz Jaeger put his own Armed Device,
, in its Rifle Form and slung it over his shoulder. As he turned and began to walk away from his locker, he paused and narrowed his eyes.
Standing in front of him, a small girl with a single long ponytail was gearing up in the same armor as Emili's. Before she could activate the Devices, though, she took one look at Franz and frowned, disgust evident on her face. Both soldiers stared at each other, seemingly unsure but at the same time resolute.
"...Naomi." Franz said to his sister.
"Jaeger," Naomi replied quickly, huffing and looking away. "What do you want?"
"I want to have my sister back," he answered.
"You don't have a sister." Naomi said, walking away. "I told you to leave me alone, already!" Franz watched the girl go and activate her armor, leaving him alone. Sighing with a mix of discomfort and emotional duress, he activated his own Jacket and held up a hand. "Alpha! Meet up!" Franz made a checklist in his head, remember that one of his Company's men would be staying on the ship to take care of Keroko.
In yet another part of the armory, a large metal door hissed open, allowing a single man to step through. Nothing betrayed his face, as he wore a olive green metal suit of amor that was both a mix of Barrier Jacket and more solid metals along with a similarly colored helmet with gold visor. He stood tall and silent, a hulking giant of a man that cause many near him to instinctively back up as he hefted his Storage Device up and rested it gently on his shoulder. This man, nearly as much a legend as Erick on board the ship, never ceased to amaze, even by his smallest actions.
But he wasn't into that kind of stuff. Glory was Franz's and Erick's territory. But the man known as Master Chief SPARTAN One-One-Seven still held onto a small bit of pride as he looked for his unit. "Bravo! Meet up!" he shouted through external speakers.
"You're not going to make them jump out of the Pelican again, are you?" An AI in his armor asked.
"Only if it's needed, Cortana," the Chief replied as he shut off the speakers.
"I was afraid you'd say that."
As soldiers gathered up in their respective areas, the double doors hissed open to the armory, allowing in the mythic man that was Erick von Long. The room quieted instantly as each soldier then instantly snapped to attention, giving the man a proper salute as he entered the room. As the doors hissed shut behind him, he returned the salute before saying, "At ease, y'all."
The soldiers assumed a Parade Rest stance as Erick began to brief them. "Y'all know the mission, so I won't go into details," he began. "However, I do expect y'all to operate to th' letter! No screw-ups! This world may not be important t' some of ya, but I know one girl whose kids live on this planet, and she'll be more pissed than a snake on a hot rock if ya let her kids get hurt! We'll operate as standard, and take out every las' bit o' that Infestation! Command has issued a protocol," he lifted one of his Devices and said something to it. "That protocol is 'Weapons Free'!"
Along the far back area of the armory, the rearmost wall flipped over, revealing rows of weapons; assault rifles, battle rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, the works. Several crates rose up out of the floor, each one filled with grenades, and several stacks came from the ceiling, each one filled with heavy weapons like rocket launchers and defoliant projectors. "Take yer pick!" Erick said. "Though I know y'all will pick the ones yer most comfortable with! Now get to it!"
Each soldier saluted again and made their way to the weapon rows, grabbing standard fare for their "anti-Spawn" ops; one M90 Shotgun and one M6D pistol with enough ammo for both and handfuls of grenades. There were some exceptions (Franz for example opted for an MA5C Assault Rifle as well), but this is what the group mostly carried. Likewise, the Air Wing mostly picked up the BR55 Battle Rifle or M7 SMG as their primary, with a weapon made on Earth as their sidearm - the M1911 .45 pistol. Naomi opted to be different, as her primary was an M4 Carbine, also from Earth.
Erick calmly walked over to a fourth area and pushed a button on the wall. A small section of the wall flipped over, revealing two six-shot revolvers. Picking the weapons up and strapping them on, he turned around and faced his men and women.
"All righ', Order!" He shouted. "Let's go kick some ass!"
But to Caro Ru Lushe, living peacefully on the same world that the OFM was fast approaching, life could not be any calmer. Life had seen little action in the past eight years, so the young summoner had devoted her life on the wildlife preservation to other tasks; namely, she had developed gardening as a hobby. Stereotypical to be sure, but Caro liked flowers, and had a nice garden outside her home. The world she lived on, though TSA controlled, had little in the way of actual TSA facilities in this region save for a relaxed outpost similar to a police station. It also had little in the way of civilization; the nearest house was some two or three kilometers away, and the aforementioned facility was a solid ten.
Wiping her hands of dirt and weeds, Caro stood up and adjusted her hat. Eight years had been very kind to her, giving the young girl a good figure and above-average thinking capacity. Her magic had developed little, but she was an A-rank mage now, and she was happy with that. Other than the occasional poacher, after all, they had little to worry about when it came to major threats. And as Caro walked back into her home, taking off her hat and letting her long pink hair spill about her shoulders, any major threats were light-years away it seemed.
Hanging her hat on a rack next to the entrance, she was pleasantly surprised to see a familiar girl with violet hair and red eyes relaxed on her couch, watching a video stream from Midchilda. "Ah, Lu-chan," she greeted. "I didn't hear you arrive."
Lutecia Alphino smiled and nodded. "Hello, Caro-chan. I came in through the back, I hope you don't mind."
"Not at all!"
Like Caro, Lutecia had developed similarly in the past eight years, enough to where people who didn't know them assumed that they were twins. Other than the difference in personality, the two did look quite similar, though when it came to magic they were worlds apart; the TSAB had never removed the seal they had placed on Lutecia, and so her magic was all but useless. Her Guardians, however, were still around. And Garyuu had developed a few tricks of his own.
Although still introverted, Lutecia had since developed a strong bond between herself, Caro, and Erio, and had become close enough to them that she felt comfortable expressing herself around them. It was evident from the smile on her face when Caro sat down next to her and the two started talking about recent events.
"I noticed that Erio-kun is missing," Lutecia mentioned.
"Yeah, he left a few days ago to visit the Air Wing that's training here," Caro said. "He wanted to participate in a few mock battles; well, that's what he told me."
"...maybe..." Lutecia couldn't resist the urge. "...maybe he just wanted to get out of under your iron grip. I understand that you can be a bit
"L-Lu-chan!" Caro balked, her eyes wide. It was rare for Lutecia to crack a joke, but when she did, it almost always caught one off guard. "Th-that! Ahh!" Caro blushed and covered her face with her hands. "Y-you shouldn't joke about stuff like that!"
Lutecia only returned a light giggle. "It still embarrasses you so much," she observed. "Even though it's no secret between us."
"Still..." Caro uncovered her face, though she was still blushing. "It's weird to talk about it."
"I suppose," Lutecia replied; she had no such reservations. "Let's change subjects, then."
"Yes, lets," Caro nodded. "You told me on the phone that your mother could use magic again?"
Lutecia nodded. "Yes, most of her magical potential has returned, though without a Device of some sort she cannot cast very effectively. Furthermore, she-"
A loud knock on the door interrupted the girls' conversation. Caro, confused at first, was slow to react before she shouted "C-coming!" and standing up, heading for the door. Lutecia narrowed her eyes, suspicious, and looked off to her side, nodding once. Garyuu, who had been hiding in Caro's blind spot, returned the nod and set down the book he had been reading, heading for the back door and deploying an arm-blade as he did.
Caro opened the door, revealing a man wearing stylish Knight Armor. "C-can I help you?"
"Yes, of course!" The man said, pushing a loose strand of his vibrant red hair away from his yellow eyes. "You certainly can, Misses Ru Lushe."
"...I seem to be at a disadvantage," Caro said, chuckling. "You seem to know me, but I don't know you."
"Well, you and your friend Mister Mondial are quite popular," the man replied, smiling none too kindly and causing Caro to go into a passive guard stance. Folding her hands behind her back, she activated her Boost Device. "As well as Miss Alphino and her mother."
"..." Lutecia was silent as the man locked gazes with her.
He has the same look as Scaglietti when he began to lose it.
she thought to herself. To Caro, she said,
Don't worry about me, Lu-chan.
Caro thought, never tearing her gaze from the man. "We're simply mages, sir... though Erio-kun is a Knight."
true, isn't it?" The man observed. "Well, no matter, for you see..." he grinned wildly. "You girls and boys have something I want. Or rather, something
want." Caro didn't like where this conversation was going.
"...what is it I have? ...Who... are you?" She asked slowly, activating a single
behind her back. She backed up a step as the man bowed.
" The man said, his voice distorted and darker. "
. And we want... your Linker Core!"
The man moved quickly, raising up and lunging for Caro. The young mage backed up a step and threw her
in his face, causing him to clutch his cheek in pain and back up. Garyuu was waiting there, pulling the man back and putting an arm-blade on his neck.
"Move - you will not," Garyuu said. "You do - Kill you, I will."
" The person known as "Omega" growled. "
It is not that easy to stop us.
Lutecia suddenly screamed, causing Caro to turn around in surprise. A giant slimy tentacle had came in through a window and wrapped itself around the girl's arms. As Lutecia struggled, the tentacle lifted into the air and began to apply pressure, threatening to snap the summoner's arms like twigs. "C-Caro! Help!"
[Wing Shooter, Mark 2]
Kerykeion intoned. Caro lifted her hand into the air and began to focus multiple orbs of energy, hurling them into the tentacle and forcing it to drop Lutecia. Simultaneously, a scythe-arm was pressed against Garyuu's neck as a Hydralisk-form exited a portal seal, hissing with animalistic anger. Garyuu looked over his shoulder at the beast, then back at "Omega". Meanwhile, Caro and Lutecia ran through to the back door and got out of the house, with Caro donning her Barrier Jacket in the process.
Both female mages made it out, only to hear the sounds of screeching as several Infection Forms burst from the nearby woods, hissing at them and snapping their jaws. Caro and Lutecia backed up from them, but several Human Combat Forms were closing in from that side as well. With Garyuu locked in a stalemate, they had no other protection that was close by. "What do we do?" Caro wondered.
"No Voltaire?" Lutecia asked. Caro shook her head. "No, of course not; that would be too convenient. Anything else?"
!" The girl held her hand up. "Wrought Iron Summon! Alchemic Wings!"
A large magic symbol appeared below Caro as two large metal wings materialized on her back. Grabbing Lutecia by the waist, Caro lifted the both of them into the air as Infection Forms leaped at them, narrowly avoiding it. "Garyuu!" Lutecia shouted at her guardian. Garyuu nodded, breaking the stalemate by kneeing "Omega" in the back and crossing his arms together.
"Teleport - Dimension Step." It said. It rapidly blinked out of this dimension back to its home one, then back into his master's dimension, some ten meters away. Looking briefly at his opponents, Garyuu turned and leaped into the air, taking flight and easily catching up with Caro and Lutecia. Omega growled.
" he said to his Spawn. "
You may kill them, but do
infect them; we need the Linker Core relatively intact.
" The Hydralisk bowed its head in response and hissed twice, causing another portal to open up in the sky. From out of this portal came a flying beast resembling a cross between a bat and a dinosaur, flapping its two large wings rapidly as it gave chase to the girls and beast.
Shortly after, Omega himself took to the air, not bothering to suppress a grin as more portals opened up. He locked his sights on Caro and Lutecia, who sped away rapidly toward the TSA facility nearby. "
Too bad for them,
" he said to himself. "
That they don't know I already... dealt with... all of those people.
He was right; as Caro fed more energy to keeping her Alchemic Wings intact, her destination was the 10 kilometer distant TSA facility. "Do you think we'll make it?" Lutecia asked.
"I hope so," Caro answered. "We might have to walk some of the dis-"
Caro eyes suddenly widened as the flying creature fired a three-pointed glaive at her from some hundred meters. The glaived pierced Caro's Barrier Jacket like it wasn't there and broke through her skin easily, nearly tearing out the other side. Caro coughed up blood and dropped Lutecia before she herself dropped from the sky. Garyuu caught both girls and set them down on the ground, next to a cliff face, before turning about and flying off again, engaging the flying creature in air-to-air combat.
" Lutecia cried, kneeling next to the other girl as Caro's eyes became dull and vacant. "
" Slowly, Caro lifted up one hand and grasped Lutecia's with it, squeezing it tightly as she stared in the violet-haired girl's general direction. Lutecia tried to give Caro all the magic energy she could through Mana Transfer as
auto-heal tried to seal up the wound and push out the glaive. Lutecia herself pushed Caro to her side and tried to pull out the embedded object, but only succeeded in cutting her hand open and causing
to bleed at a dangerous rate as well.
A hiss made Lutecia look up; A Hydralisk had found them. Her eyes widened in surprise, all Lutecia could think to do was put her body over Caro's, in a final attempt to protect her "twin".
The creature raised its scythe-arm into the air. "Die..." it seemed to whisper.
The Hydralisk brought its arm down.
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A flash of yellow lightning streaked through the air, slamming into the Hydralisk and throwing it back into the woods.
The lightning arced upward, then back down, hitting the ground next to Caro and Lutecia. The lightning morphed, turning human; a familiar young man with a white and red Barrier Jacket, wielding an equally familiar spear.
"Erio-kun..." Lutecia whispered. Erio Mondial kneeled down next to Caro as she shivered. "I don't think she'll-"
"She'll make it," Erio said without hesitation as he caressed the girl's face. "I know she will." He gave Caro a comforting smile, which seemed to warm the girl a little. "Her magic knows no bounds... so she'll be okay." Looking at Lutecia, he said. "Lu-chan, watch her."
"I have vengeance to exact."
Erio stood up and turned about, facing the woods as a mob of Infection and Combat Forms poured forth, along with several Hydralisks. The being known as Omega landed in front of them, a smirk on his face. "Oh?" He mocked. "You against my minions?" To his confusion, Erio only shook his head.
"No," he answered. Jerking his head to the side, he said. "Us against you." From below the cliff face, a great white dragon flapped its wings, rising up in its full glory as its eyes glistened with elemental fire, staring at the people that hurt one of its masters. "Friedrich, let's go."
And Friedrich roared! A roar of primal fury that even caused Omega to shake in his boots! Erio coiled his muscles and leaped forward, charging Omega with spear tip pointing ahead, ready to gut the man where he stood. Pulling out a blade, Omega deflected the charge and redirected it to his side. As Friedrich breathed fire upon the Spawn, setting them and the very forest itself aflame, Erio turned around with an overhead slash. As blades met, sparks flew and a magical shockwave emitted, forcing a sphere of electric wind to hurtle from the warriors.
You think you can defeat me?
" Omega asked as he pushed forward, forcing Erio back. The former Lightning Squad member paused in midair and fired a cartridge. Behind him, Friedrich landed, using its massive claws to toss about the Spawn like so many ragdolls, sporadically breathing lines of fire to keep them at bay. Above them, Garyuu finished off the flying form, piercing its brain with an arm-blade, before diving in to engage the opponents on the ground.
"No..." Erio said, giving a return smirk. "I
I can." Twirling
overhead once, Erio ignited the spear's jets and charged forward. Lightning coursed through the spear, converging into the tip and extending from it. Erio screamed at Omega, who simply lifted his sword, ready to deflect the attack. Erio twisted, flipped once, and hurled his spear at Omega. Omega blocked the attack easily, deflecting the weapon and knocking it to the ground.
When he looked up, he caught the attack of an electric fist dead-on in the chest, knocking him backward several yards. Before he could recover, Erio was above him; with a spin, he kicked Omega to the ground in a flash of lightning magic, and the impact created a small crater in the ground where he hit. Omega groaned in pain, cursing under his breath, and Erio charged magical energy and literally made Strada
to him; clutching the spear in both hands, he activated Mode Two, fired three cartridges, and charged the ground where Omega lay.
Not today, kid,
" Omega said, lifting his hands and putting up a Field Defense. The spear tip and field connected in a flash of energy, sending ripples of magic flying through the air. Erio grimaced and fired off two more cartridges, slowly forcing the spear tip in. "
Oh, think you can beat me? Ha!
" Omega taunted. Grabbing his sword, Omega collapsed the field defense, grabbed
by the shaft, and pulled it closer. Taking the spear in the gut, Omega came across with his blade, shattering the Barrier Jacket on Erio's right arm with extreme force. The hit blasted Erio off of Omega, sending him through the fire and flames and into a horde of Spawn.
Erio rolled, skidding to a stop on one hand and both feet. Glaring up through the fire as Omega stood up and slowly began walking toward Lutecia and Caro, Erio charged, ignoring the flames licking his Barrier Jacket. A tail lashed out from a Hydralisk as it burned in Freidrich's fire, hissing and firing its deadly spines. Erio leaped, grabbing the tail and using it as a pivot. Somersaulting in midair, Erio conjured a ball of lightning in his hands and brought it down on the Hydralisk's head, creating a large explosion that consumed both and many of the hissing Infection Forms that surrounded them.
Before the residual energy could clear up, Erio was already moving again. Like a bolt of lightning, he criss-crossed the sky and came down with a flying kick. The yellow-eyed mage was expecting it, however, and ducked at the last second. Grabbing Erio by the heel, he screamed in fury and forced the young knight to change directions; this time, he flung Erio straight into the ground. Erio gasped as the wind was knocked out of him, but refused to even stop for that.
Pushing down and leaping straight up before Omega could bring his sword around, Erio activated Sonic Move and flashed over to his spear. Picking it up while still under the spell's effects, he leaped toward Omega and slashed. Omega easily reacted, blocking the spear with his armor and thrusting with his sword. Erio in turn countered by grabbing the sword by the crossguard and pulling it past him, letting go of
and giving Omega a swift right hook. Omega staggered, leaving himself open as Erio charged magic through to his fists.
"Shiden, Issen!" Erio called out, driving the attack home and blasting Omega upward into the sky. Omega recovered and returned with a charge, flying straight and true straight at Erio as he took to the air and began to focus his mana, once again causing his spear to leap up from the ground to him. The knight flew forward, firing off cartridges as he and Omega met in a bright yellow explosion that outshone the sun itself. From the explosion, Omega flew toward the ground, bounced along it for several feet, and came to a stop some fifty meters from Caro and Lutecia.
Slowly, Omega stood, clutching his bleeding head in pain. "
" He said. "
This vessel is too weak... but I will provide it with all the power it can handle. Young Knight, I grant you the power. Ye Shall Be As Gods.
Omega screamed in pain and rage to the sky, his yellow eyes focused on Erio as the knight formed a Belkan sigil under him. Screaming with power as he collected the magical energy into
, firing off his remaining cartridges, Erio's mind was focused, and his target was ahead of him. Pointing the spear tip at Omega, Erio finished up the beginning of his spell, and as he collected the last of the mana in the area, he distinctly heard Freidrich roar in fury.
"This is it..." he said, his voice a growl. "My final attack. Do or die, now or never!
White! Lightning! Devastator!
" And Erio charged forth, white lightning energy emitted from
tip like a vortex. The jets on the spear activated, further propelling Erio forward as he went faster than he ever had before. Omega, still clutching his head in pain, roared at Erio as he drew closer.
Omega lifted a hand in defiance. For the briefest moment, Erio could feel as his spear connected with that hand.
A bright white explosion filled the area, emitting from the point of contact and expanding in a forty-meter radius. Lutecia covered Caro from the debris that was kicked up by the explosion, bits of hot rock and dust and dirt that flew about. As Friedrich and Garyuu continued to hold off the Spawn, both being briefly looked back at the explosion before continuing their battle.
When the explosion faded...
Erio's stunned face looked down. Omega - or was it him? - had
spear tip held between two fingers. His hair was now white, his eyes, the color of the galaxy, as he smirked at Erio. "
It is over.
" he said simply. In a flash of energy, Omega disappeared and reappeared next to Erio, kicking him hard in the gut and sending him flying backward. A dozen tentacles popped up out of the ground and bound Erio in the sky as more Hydralisks appeared, aiming their spines at him. Even more of the Spawn tentacles shot up from every angle, binding Lutecia and Caro, then Garyuu and Friedrich and sending both of them to the ground.
The being that was Omega laughed. "
" He rasped. Holding up a glowing hand, he looked at Lutecia as she struggled in the bind. "
Now, let me take that Linker Core of yours.
" Laughing maliciously, he began to walk slowly toward the summoner. "
Prepare for hell, little one.
Suddenly, Omega stopped and took a step back. As if on cue, small motes of dust kicked up from the ground. From the sky, bullets -
bullets - rained down at Omega, twelve shots total. More bullets fell onto the Spawn, cutting apart the tentacles and forcing them to drop their captives, shredding the Infection and Combat Forms, and concaving the thick carapaces of the Hydralisks.
" Omega began, but before he could finish, the sound of engines drowned out his train of thought. From the sky, they plummeted; multiple mages, Glider Fins extended, followed closely behind by the roaring sound of Pelicans. Six mages hit the ground as the Pelicans flared, nosing up and slowing down. Some of them broke away to the nearby TSA facility, but the majority headed striaght for Omega, firing missiles as they neared ground level. Omega raised a barrier to protect himself from the missiles, but these only proved to be a distraction as the Pelicans touched the ground.
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Standing in front of them, a man clad in a duster and western clothes, reloading his guns. Erick twirled his revolvers, his eyes fixed on Omega. "Well," he said. "Looks like we just arrived in th' nick of time! Now Franz, wha' does that make us?"
"Sir!" Franz answered from behind Erick. "Big damn heroes, sir!"
"Ain't we just?" Erick smirked.
Behind them, the sounds of gunfire could be heard as the Pelicans opened fire with their chainguns, holding the tide back and allowing it to disperse. Medics rushed from the dropships, mixed in with several soldiers dressed in black armor; two divisions of the Order Assault Company. Alpha Platoon - the ones who didn't jump out of the Pelican earlier - joined up with Erick and Franz, along with the rest of their unit, taking positions and aiming at Omega behind his barrier. Delta Platoon spread out, through Freidrich's fire, and took up defensive positions as the Spawn reorganized themselves beyond the forest.
" Omega snickered. "
" Turning around, he raised his hands helplessly. "
I don't see him, and you can't get through my barrier without him! In this state, I am invincible, and you will fall to my minions!
Tentacles slithered up and surrounded Alpha and Charlie Platoons, while the Pelican that the medics pulled Caro and Lutecia on was entangled with them and pulled to the ground while the others managed to escape. Erick looked around at them calmly as the men pulled out their shotguns and racked the pump, aiming at the tentacles. Erio was picked up by a Delta Platoon soldier and walked back to the bound Pelican, while Friedrich, drained up energy, assumed his passive form and went with Garyuu to the Pelican as well.
"Do ya think we're that stupid?" Erick said with his trademark smirk. Spreading his arms, he pointed his revolvers at two tentacles. "We know how weak ye' are to guns. And we got plenty o' ammo to hold ya off till Glen gets damn well ready to take ya on."
As the stalemate began, the two Pelicans that broke away to the TSA facility hovered above its roof, dropping Bravo Platoon onto the building. The Master Chief landed with a resounding thud, cracking the roof underneath his heavy armor. Hefting his shotgun, he looked behind him at the rest of his unit. Walking up to the door, he pointed calmly at it as two other members placed breaching charges and detonated them. The first thing to pop out was a human combat form, which Chief easily dispatched with a single shotgun shell, blasting it in half. "Commence the operation," he said calmly, racking the pump.
Meanwhile, Delta Platoon opened fire on the returning droves of Spawn. Erick continued to watch Omega as Alpha spread out, keeping their guns trained simultaneously on the man in the barrier and the tentacles that threatened to harm them.
A sound in the distance made Erick smile. "Ah, there he is now."
Omega looked up and reinforced his topside barrier just as a cacophony of sound blasted his eardrums. Multicolored blasts of energy slammed into the barrier, followed by a thick beam of power, as the Air Wing landed and trained their weapons on the barrier, the three flights of armor-clad fliers completing the circle. Seconds later, a large jet roared across the horizon, letting loose a red bolt of energy that screamed down toward the barrier.
"Open fire!" Erick shouted. As one, the Order opened fire on the barrier, weakening its defense and forcing Omega to pump more energy into it to keep it stable. The man grimaced as he stared at the red blip in the sky as it slowly became larger. Focusing more energy topside again, he prepared for the shock.
Like a comet to land, a great explosion filled the sky at the points where the red light and barrier met, creating a massive shockwave and causing wind to blast from it. The barrier resonated with the red light, causing both to collapse in a flash of energy.
From the red light, an armor-clad mage skidded on the ground and came to a rest in front of Erick, holding a sword up one-handed, the tip pointed at Omega, with the other coalescing mana into a ball of energy. "...miss me?" Glen muttered to Omega, his normally black hair streaked with red.
So the pet arrives,
" Omega said as a magic seal formed under the two, with the surrounding mages acting as focal points. "
Well, let's get this over with.
" Twirling the sword in one hand, Omega assumed a mirror of Glen's stance, minus the energy ball.
"With this seal!" Erick shouted as he and the mages empowered the circle with their mana. "We lock these two brothers in battle! Begin the transfer!"
Omega frowned as he felt part of his vessel's Linker Core forcefully ripped out and thrust into Glen's body, causing discomfort in the former and dire pain in the latter as Glen closed one eye, feeling like his heart was about to explode.
"Transfer complete!" The mages shouted as one! "Lock the barrier!"
A large black sphere enveloped the two warriors as they began to near each other.
" Omega said to Glen as he twirled his sword. "
Once again we find ourselves in this position - enveloped in a strong barrier, and more of my strength sapped away to you... how do you feel, though, killing this innocent being?
"None of us are innocent," Glen answered. "And until you are erased from existence, and can't do this to anyone else, I won't stop killing you!"
Well then, if you feel so strongly about it...
" Omega grinned darkly. "
Then let's go...
Glen Schattenman, vessel of my soul!
Glen hurled his energy blast at Omega. The white-haired mage deflected the blast with his sword and charged Glen, who had taken to the air. In a flash, both were gone, two motes of light in the sphere, connecting and reconnecting in bright flashes of light. On the fifth connection, both knights locked swords, pushing against each other while simultaneously flaring up the temperature of the area around them, causing their blades to glow with heat. Glen pushed harder, surrendering himself to the fight more and more, losing his stoic persona.
I need your help.
More than willing to provide.
The voice in his head agreed.
"Unlock!" Glen shouted, breaking the lock and leaping back to the edge of the barrier. Glen lifted his sword and charged, leaving flames in his wake. As he charged, his hair grew long and turned blood-red as his eyes turned yellow and skin paled, becoming a being resembling the form Omega had taken earlier. Omega lifted his own blade in defense with one hand, and when their blades connected, a burst of energy escaped from them, cracking the sides of the barrier briefly before it closed.
Not wasting time, are we?
" Omega mocked as he unleashed a flurry of swipes at Glen. "
This time, you call your other half when just beginning! Are you getting scared? Or are you
" Omega turned a parried attack into a feint, lifting both feet off the ground and kicking Glen in the side of the head with enough force to snap a normal person's neck. Glen went flying into the side of the barrier.
" Glen and his other personality, Id, growled. "
We will destroy you!
" Glen/Id raised a hand into the air. "
" they shouted, creating multiple orbs of fire energy that hurled themselves at Omega. The white-headed knight dodged several of the fire orbs but took two to the chest, sending him reeling back and rolling across the ground.
Omega stood up wearily and charged his mana, creating an infinite number or white orbs and sending them all at once at Glen/Id. The knight took flight, dodging the orbs and nearing Omega as the missed attacks broke holes into the barrier before it finally collapsed, sending shards of magical energy everywhere. Hundreds of orbs converged, hitting Glen/Id from all angles and enveloping him in white light.
In response, Glen/Id hurled their blade at Omega, the sword shrieking through the air. The two warriors' weapons contacted, breaking Omega's to pieces and causing him to drop the hilt.
"Quick! Do it!" Erick shouted. The OFM mages that weren't fighting lifted a hand at Omega, causing multiple sets of binds to grab him and lift him into the air. Glen/Id took their remaining mana and began to charge it for one final attack.
As the binds completed, multiple Infection forms broke through the defense line and charged. The OFM responded to the attack easily. Emili and her Lance Flight took to the air, engaging the enemy with blistering speed as Alpha slowly backed up, waiting for the enemy to get close before firing. The fight quickly turned into a bloodbath as half of Delta was torn to pieces with the rest retreating back to the Pelican as the ship broke free of the tentacles holding it down, taking off into the air as Hydralisks fired at it and punctured parts of its armor. Glen's Sword Flight fired on the giant Spawn, engaging them from multiple angles and confusing the creatures as they slowly wore at its defenses.
Erick picked his shots carefully, never missing a beat as he slowly walked forward, taking shot after shot and killing creatures with only one bullet. It was as if the man had channeled so much pure power into each bullet that it was killing the creatures on contact when similar ones of that caliber would require several. Next to him, Franz fired his assault rifle in bursts, slowly taking down the enemy before they could even reach him.
In the sky, a mage clad in yellow Ghost Armor charged into the fray, slamming a clip into her M4 and opening fire at point-blank range, shredding Infection and Combat Forms alike. Next to her, Emili in her red Ghost Armor landed, stabbing her spear into the ground. "Out of ammo, Naomi, cover me. Gonna use my IS." she said.
"Yes, Lance Red!" Naomi agreed. Emili lifted her right hand and focused her thoughts on a specific action only she could do. Emili's right hand retracted back into her arm, vents opened along the sides, and a myriad of other actions occured, turning the arm into a cannon. Spinning around and pointing it at a Hydralisk, she charged the cannon's power. A blue spinning twin circle appeared under her.
"Inherent Skill!" she shouted. "Black Hole Cannon!" The air around the cannon warped briefly before firing a red blast of energy that enveloped the Hydralisk, completely obliterating it from existence. Turning around as the spell fired, she recharged her cannon-arm and jerked her spear from the ground, leaping back into the air with Naomi close behind.
In the sky above Alpha, Glen/Id stared at Omega for one long moment as the mage struggled against his binds.
" They observed.
I was weakened before you came.
" Omega stated. "
I'll just find another vessel.
You do that. And we'll be there, waiting on you.
" Glen/Id said as they punched their fists together. "
Either way, you're not going anywhere in that body!
My final revenge! CONDEMN BLAZE!
" Glen/Id charged at Omega with the fires of hell itself enveloping them and leaving contrails behind. As they slammed into Omega, the white-haired knight screamed in pain for but a moment before the fire disintegrated him, leaving only ashes. Glen/Id continued flying forward before crashing into the ground just short of the cliff, unconscious and their power drained from their final attack. Glen's hair reverted to black and shortened as his eyes returned to their gray color.
"..." Erick watched the happenings as he casually shot at Spawn. As Glen crashed into the ground, he nodded. "Alrigh', this fight's almost over!" He shouted. "Everyone, finish the job! We're goin' back to the ship!"
In a darkened room, somewhere in the TSAB Headquarters, seven lights flickered. These seven lights grew and expanded before taking the shape of six cloaked and hooded figures; holographic projections, visible only to each other in this darkened room.
"Who called this meeting?" The one in white asked. "I have important matters to deal with."
"Stifle it, girl," The leader in yellow fired back. "It seems that we've acquired a few new problems." The man glanced at the one in green, who pulled up a holographic image of the White Tempest.
"Our agents watching Yagami sent me this about an hour ago," she said, sounding concerned. "One of our greatest threats has just acquired a powerful toy. I'm setting in motion to have her tied down in paperwork, but without a good reason to take it, I cannot legally have the ship taken from her... especially considering that, according to transmissions, it will only work for her."
"So it presents a conundrum," Yellow said. "On one hand, it may provide valuable insight on the way Al-Hazared's technology work and bring us one step closer to completion of the Project. On the other hand, it will make Yagami one of the most powerful mages in the TSA."
"We can't let this stand!" The one in brown said. "We can study the ship just fine without her! We must eliminate Yagami Hayate!"
"I disagree." The woman in white shook her head. "That would look far too suspicious."
"We will discuss that matter later," Yellow concluded. "Now, moving on, I understand that our database was hacked today?"
"Yes, sir," the man in violent answered, bringing up an image. "This is Syn Virage. I discovered her trail poking around the database... I humored myself and purposely broke a few codes for her. She was looking for the Sankt Kaiser's Medical Report, I understand." Another image was brought up of Syn and Vivio in the park from earlier that day. "Apparently, they do not like what we have given them."
"It's of no consequence," White said. "Those two are not important to our Project. Let them be."
"I agree," The man in blue nodded. "We have more pressing matters than a couple of kids... how did you get that photograph, anyway?"
A third image was brought up, causing the one in blue to gasp. "This is...!"
"Indeed," Violet said. "We cannot have people poking around. Besides, the clone of the Sankt Kaiser is proving to be far too troublesome. Soon, I will give the orders, and my agents will deal with her
"You can't be serious!" White shouted. "She's just a girl; moreover, most higher-ups in the Saint Church truly believe that, as a clone of the Sankt Kaiser, she will usher in a new era of peace! You cannot kill her!"
"Shut up!" Yellow roared at the woman. "You have no right to say anything. The only reason you are here is due to your skills, but other than that, you are completely useless! I care not for the church, only the Project!" he paused. "But you are somewhat correct." To Violet, he said. "Have you assassins watch her. Anything funny, and I want her dead. Her and her mother."
So only watch them for the time being, got it?
"Yes, I do," A woman purred as she walked down the streets of Cranagan City. "I will try my hardest, sir, to not give in to my temptations... she looks so sweet, after all..." Fifty feet ahead of the woman, Vivio and Syn walked together, talking about nonsensical things and enjoying each others' presence. The woman flexed her fingers several times as she watched them, licking her lips as she did so. "It will be so much fun to
The woman sighed. "Yes, sir."
On another frequency, the woman picked up another transmission. "We've found a body. Brown hair, one-point-six meters tall, blue eyes... looks like she was knifed."
"Damnit," The woman growled. The description matched her appearance somewhat, except for the fact that she had just killed that woman about ten minutes ago to continue trailing Syn and Vivio. Ducking into an alley, the woman hid behind a dumpster and closed her eyes. A shimmer surrounded her before collapsing the disguise, revealing long brown hair with orange-yellow eyes... and the body suit of a Combat Cyborg.
"Now..." Due said, searching her internal database. "Let's find a better disguise..."
"There was another incident with a Candidate," Yellow stated, bringing up an image of the still-raging battlezone between the Spawn and the OFM. "Subject Number Seven terminated Number Twenty-Nine earlier today, according to our agents. Number Seven's progress is... astounding."
"That would make the fifteenth one he's terminated," White reflected. "Truly, he is the strongest out of the candidates."
"This means that there's only two left," Violet observed. "Not counting Number Seven; Numbers Three and Nine... which also have an impressive number of kills."
"Indeed," Brown nodded. "Number 3 is on-board an assault cruiser, and my agents say he's already beginning to show characteristics of contamination. Hopefully his body will be strong enough to handle it."
"Number 9 is in Cranagan City," Blue said. "He's potentially the weakest out of the survivors, but he's still useful. He too shows signs of contamination."
"If it weren't for that second personality," Yellow growled. "Number 7 would have succumbed to the contamination as well. But when he's the only one left... and when he's the strongest one... then truly, we will have our vessel."
"One more thing," The woman in green said. "It seems to me that they have control over the Abomination to some degree now. How this is possible I don't know, but there may be a connection. The thought is worth persuing."
"Agreed. Do some research and find what you can," Yellow ordered. "This meeting is ajourned."
The woman in White quickly disposed of her cloak, hiding it in a large drawer in her desk. Someone had just knocked on her door and she couldn't reveal her identity yet. Not until the time was right and the Prophecies came to pass, anyway.
As she walked up to the door, her primary concerned was to stop the Project Leaders to not kill Nanoha and Vivio, and put a damper on killing Hayate, period.
The one in blue seems to be a friend, however...
she thought before silently cursing.
Damnit, I wish we knew each others' true identities.
Taking a calming breath, she opened the door. "Yes, Sister Schach?"
"Ah," Schach smiled. "Carim-kishin, here are the documents you requested..."
Similarly, the man in blue was putting his cloak in his closet when the phone rang. Taking slow steps, the man walked up to the phone and pushed a button. A smile on his face appeared at the girl who had just called him.
"Hi, dad!" Subaru said cheerfully.
"Hello to you, Subaru," Genya Nakajima replied.
Meanwhile, in the Takamachi household, Fate comforted a crying Nanoha. "It was awful," Nanoha was saying. "Their pain... those looks... those things, crawling...
From up above the battle, an exhausted Erio watched as Erick easily killed the last of the Spawn on the planet. Sighing, he wondered if things were going to change. Looking over at Caro as doctors finally managed to stabilize her, he wondered if the one closest to his heart would survive. A comforting hand squeezed his, and as he looked up to Lutecia's calm face, he thought that maybe, she'd be okay.
And in the vast darkness of dimensional space, a ship known as the White Tempest orbited around the TSAB Headquarters as it began to initiate docking procedures.
To be continued.
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