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WEB 8 Part 34 (2nd half) Summary below. Get some music ready, find a quiet place, or something, as this part deserves attention.
WEB 8 Part 34 (2nd half)
Berculi had lost count of how many times his mind went into a haze, and then brought back into consciousness from the pain of a new wound. Vector seemed content in only dealing non-fatal wounds to draw this out. Even despite that though his life was bleeding out from the various wounds, and he’s almost out of HP. Berculi used his mental strength built up over 200 years of his life to abandon all distractions and fears to only do one thing – count. To be precise, count the number seconds that had went past. Even if his instincts as the wielder of the Time-Piercing Blade allows him the instinct to know about how much time has passed, he’s still counting manually to ensure he doesn’t lose track when his mind is affected by Vector. More importantly, this action cannot be affected by Incarnation in any way, otherwise Vector might find out about his actions when Vector drains him. So Berculi only filled his blade with killing intent, and provoked Vector with his words.
Finally, when wounding Berculi one drop of blood had flew from his face onto Vector’s. Vector’s face showed distaste, and wiped off that blood with one finger. Vector had enough of draining from Berculi, his soul was too heavy, too thick, to the point it numbed Vector’s tongue. And Berculi’s soul has become too simple, only filled with thoughts of killing. Vector decided he’ll kill Berculi now. While on the surface Berculi had shown no reaction, he was worried deep down. His technique and counting isn’t finished yet. So Berculi pretended to still be out of his mind and waved his sword around pathetically to buy time. In doing so Berculi is trying to lead Vector back to the position he was at when he cut off Berculi’s arm, with their positions clearly marked on the red sand from their footprints. The count of 10 minutes was almost up, and Berculi finished his Release Recollection, using the remaining lifeforce of both his body and his sword:
Uragiri is a technique that slashes into the past, as opposed to cutting the future. The spatial data within UW recorded for every unit goes back to ten minutes, and Uragiri interferes with this data to attack the person as he was up to 10 minutes ago. (Flere821 note: So say for example your opponent has now put up impenetrable defences, Uragiri attacks him as if he had not put up that defence yet. This does not actually cut through time itself to kill your enemy 10 minutes ago, causing a paradox). Uragiri is unavoidable and cannot be defended against, so Berculi does not normally use this as it spits upon all hard work and fairness of fighting. However considering his opponent is Vector who was brokenly powerful, Berculi does not hesitate in using this; even when he would not have used it on Eugeo when they fought back at the Cathedral.
However, Vector saw through Berculi was planning something, and attacked with a powerful move. Berculi lost count, with a wave of will-o-wisp washed over him even as he tried to desperately crawl away from Vector’s attack. After dodging four attacks Berculi was finally hit by a fifth, Vector’s sword impaled through his stomach. Vector withdrew his sword, and the last of Berculi’s HP flew out with his lifeblood. In his dying moments Berculi saw his dragon, Starbiter, going against orders – which was not supposed to be possible according to him – diving down and trying to attack Vector, the blue-white laser breath shooting out of its mouth. Vector raised one hand to knock away the laser attack, and his black armour reflected away all residual damage from the laser.
Vector directed his sword at Starbiter, and launched an attack that could have obliterated the dragon. The attack hit, but Starbiter held on through sheer strength of will and poured every last bit of its HP into the breath attack. Vector grew annoyed, and used his sword to reflect the breath attack back at Starbiter. The dragon was finally blown into small pieces, its last act of defiance only bought Berculi 7 seconds of time.
Those 7 seconds was enough for Berculi to unleash Uragiri, attacking the blue silhouette he sees of Vector where he was 607 seconds ago. The attack could not be defended, and it automatically reduces the HP of its target to zero when the attack hits. Vector was hit, his body severed from his left shoulder to his right waist, and his HP reduced to zero by the system. Even as his upper body fell, Vector’s eyes showed no emotions.
The torso almost fell to the ground, and where the heart was there was a huge explosion of pitch black light, with no heat or sound given out. When the explosion ceased, there were no signs that showed the Dark God had ever existed.
A few seconds later, the Time-Piercing Blade in Berculi’s right hand shattered from overuse.
Alice finally began to awake from her slumber, feeling warm and safe. She thought she was under the warm sunlight and sleeping on the lap of her father, with his warm hand gently caressing her hair. Alice could not remember how long it had been since she had felt so safe, protected by someone so completely, without having to worry about anything. But it was finally time to wake up, and the Synthesis Knight Alice did so.
What appeared in her eyes was Berculi’s face, his eyes closed and looking down at her with a smile. On his face and neck were various old wounds, and countless new ones were present as well. The memory of being attacked by Vector’s dragon and knocked out came back to her, and she chided herself for being so incautious. Still, as expected of her ‘uncle’, he managed to take down Vector and rescued her. As long as he’s around, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Alice sat up, and then finally realized Berculi’s wounds was not only limited to his face. His entire left arm was severed, his white clothing was dyed red, and there was a gaping hole on his body. Alice trembled and reached a hand out to touch Berculi’s face. She then screamed, at last understanding Knight Captain Berculi Synthesis One, the oldest and greatest Knight in Underworld’s history, had passed away.
Berculi’s spirit looked down on Alice kneeling over his corpse and wailing in grief, telling her (not that his voice could reach her) to not cry; all that had happened here today was an unavoidable moment that transpired a bit earlier than expected. Berculi told her if it is her, then she can live on even by herself with no problems. She is the one student he ever had… and his daughter in all but blood.
The view below him began to drift away as he floated up high, and he looked over to the horizon, sending thoughts he wasn’t sure would reach this other Knight that was dear to him. At this moment, all that was in Berculi’s heart was satisfaction and wonder he had finally died, when he had expected to live on with no end in sight. Berculi thought dying like this wasn’t that bad.
A voice called out to him, agreeing with his thoughts; that he should feel fortunate that there are so many people that would weep at his passing. Berculi abruptly turned around, and found a beautiful young woman with no clothes on, her modesty only secured by her long flowing silver hair. Berculi commented that Administrator was alive after all. Administrator shrugged, smiled, and then said that was impossible – the girl in front of him here was just a ‘memory’ inside of his soul. Berculi didn’t understand the details, but he accepted it and was happy if the Administrator in his memories can smile like that.
Berculi turned to the side then, and found Starbiter bend down and nuzzled at him with its head. Berculi then mounted onto his dragon, and then held out a hand for Administrator to ride in front of him.
Administrator asked did Berculi hate her? Did he hate her for locking him up in the cage of immortality, of time without end? Berculi thought about it, and then shook his head. He said while he felt his life was too long, he was satisfied with it. Administrator said “Is that so?” with a smile, and the three of them rode off into the endless blue skies.
Far away in the north, Fanatio suddenly opened her eyes and looked to the sky. She seemed to hear whispers from Berculi:
“I’m sorry. I don’t think we will ever meet again.
“I’ll leave things from here on to you now. Make sure that child will be able to live a fortunate life…”
Not too long ago, Berculi had said the same words to her, prior to leaving. Fanatio’s hands reached towards her belly. There was new life within it, and had been there since three months ago. Fanatio thought when Berculi had finally agreed to have sex with her after 100 years of refusing to even touch her, he probably had already have an feeling that he would die soon.
Fanatio sank down to the ground on her knees, her hands held her face as she sobbed into them. She had already heard a long time ago why Berculi had refused to go into a relationship with any woman; because any child born of a union of a Synthesis Knight will die long before his/her parents will, as their parents had their body’s progression in time modified/frozen by Administrator. The death of a child before their parents is only slightly less cruel than having the child also processed by the Administrator to be like a Synthesis Knight. However, not long after Administrator had died, Berculi had finally accepted Fanatio’s love for him. It had meant Berculi had resolved himself to take care of his child, no matter how short that life might be.
If that’s the case:
“… Please rest in peace, Your Excellency. I will properly bring this child up to adulthood. I will definitely make him to be someone like you, a hero of his generation and someone you can be proud of.”
Along with the sounds of sobbing, Fanatio spoke out word by word of her resolve.
But for now, just now, please forgive my tears.
Fanatio collapsed flat onto the ground, her hands grasped tightly at the earth Berculi had once walked upon, and wailed in grief.
(Flere821 note: That bit with Administrator is foreshadowing about future events. Memories can become partial Fluctlights, if you stayed with someone long enough, shared enough experiences together, a part of their soul would be embedded inside you. Keep this particular setting mechanics in mind, it will be relevant in the next part…)
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