The Recollection Of Meira
I was torn here. She wanted me to give my soul to Dark Falz, an ancient
demon-- no, an ancient god of hate, malice, and destruction. It seemed, at this
time, that my options were to either heed the demand, or never be able to be
But then I had a thought. She referred to 'those who volunteer,' which made
me think, that there must evidently be those that do not volunteer, but rather,
are taken by force. So, I asked her about Randon. I asked her, "Did... Did
Randon volunteer for this?"
Lynn let go of me, and backed away, to look at Randon. "Randon Bragwin..."
she answered as she put a finger to his chin, and he stared blankly at her,
"Randon put up a fight. He even killed one of us. He buckled under in the end,
however." She laughed quietly to herself, after saying this, and though her back
was to me, I'm certain that she had a smug smile on her face.
"It was you," I said, "who made Dragoon attack me, wasn't it, Lynn?"
"I was merely a vehicle that Dark Falz used to transfer its will. I observed
from the beginning that you were a hunter of great talent. Still though, I felt
I needed to test your abilities," after she said this, she paused, and turned
back toward me. "And you passed the test with flying colors."
"This Dark Falz... Is this the immense hateful power that I have been
"This power that you speak of, is merely an after shadow of Dark Falz. An
emotional manifestation of the Dark Force, and just a taste of the Profound
Then I heard Randon's voice, struggling to warn me. "Meira..." he said,
"Run... Leave this... horrible place... I could not bear... To see you taken...
by these... Demons... As they have taken me... So long as they cannot have
you... They can never truly have my... My soul."
Lynn turned sharply at Randon. "Silence!" She yelled into his face. She then
looked back at me, and I could only think for a moment, before she finally, in a
calm, seductive tone asked me, "Well Meira? What will it be? Will you leave your
love, or join him?"
I then remembered an incantation. It's the same incantation that is used in
our seals, and powers our travel through the stars. So, I began to say it out
loud. I said, "I wish it at an Alliance... From several years ago." Lynn backed
off upon hearing this, and even seemed to hiss at me, realizing what was coming.
My Varaha began to raise behind me as I continued, "Please protect me by virtue
of your Power... Great Light!"
Lynn flapped her wings, and took to the air, and with a flash, my Varaha
projected about me a shield of invulnerability. As Dragoon once was, I as now
unstoppable. I ran away from Randon, to an area where he'd be clear from any
projectile that Lynn might throw at me. My Varaha was jumping with excitement,
and I realized what it had in store. The Profound Darkness is an entity of pure
dark power, and produces a being from part of itself, known as Dark Falz. The
Great Light, on the other hand, is an entity of Light, and just as the Profound
Darkness can emit part of itself to dispense of its needs, the Great Light can
as well. It was then, that I summoned Pilla-- the emissary of the Great Light
known as The Sorcerer.
My Varaha released the energy necessary, and Pilla appeared, in all of his
power. Pilla opened his great arms wide, and with the energy provided by my
Varaha, he brought the wrath of the Great Light down from the ceiling, slamming
Lynn into the ground with profound force. Pilla is a beautiful being, embodied
purely out of the creative power of the Great Light. Though just as abruptly as
he was summoned, he was gone again.
Lynn was on the ground, and beginning to stand, when the door into the room
we were in was busted open. Dragoon stood there looking in, but was soon pushed
out of the way by Zeirom. "Meira?? Are you okay?" Zeirom rushed to my side, and
Dux ran in, first toward me, but then he stopped, upon seeing Randon.
"Randon..." he uttered quietly. I suppose he must've been shocked to see that
Randon had been found. A person of his dismal outlook always assumes the worst,
of course. Zeirom looked up, and I believe he was surprised as well. Zeirom's
attention was caught more by Lynn, however, as she got up.
Dragoon stood about idly, tossing the miscellaneous chunks of the door that
were on the ground, into the crater. Zeirom kept his sights on Lynn but said,
"Hey Dragoon... Lynn's looking at you funny... With just her third eye."
Hearing this, Dragoon stopped what he was doing, and looked at Lynn. Suddenly
infuriated, Dragoon rushed at Lynn, who was still recovering from the blast from
Pilla. Though, as fast as Dragoon is, Lynn was ready for him by the time he got
to her. Lynn touched him on the forehead as he came close to her. There was a
spark, and Dragoon fell limp for a moment, before straightening up.
Lynn smiled again. "Good HUcast. Your simple AI has served me well. Now,
dispose of Meira. If she cannot be made to join us, then she will do us better
if she is dead," she said.
Dragoon went to hit her again, but couldn't bring himself to do it. He
struggled with himself as we all watched. He eventually fell to one knee, and
gripped his head with screams of "Nooo!!", "I won't!" and "I can't!" until
finally, it overcame him, and he stood again, pointed toward me, and charged.
I tried to ready myself, but he rammed into me, transferring all of his
momentum into me, and I went flying at an alarming rate, toward the huge hole
that I have thus far referred to as a crater. Fortunately, my MAG had me in a
state of invulnerability, so I didn't take any damage, but on the other hand, I
do believe that Dragoon's impact on me was enough to break the barrier of
invulnerability, as I observed that immediately after Dragoon hit me, the
barrier was gone.
As I flew through the air, for that giant crater, I was certain that I was
finished. Dragoon had killed me after all. It wasn't his fault though, he didn't
do it because he wanted to. He had no choice, he was not himself. I never blamed
him for it, he was as much a victim as I was.
When I saw the ground underneath me end, I was even more certain that I would
die then, as I looked into the dark, and seemingly endless abyss that was this
huge hole. I couldn't see the bottom, though I supposed that I didn't want to.
It was over, though. That was it. I was going to die. My only regret, was that I
would never be able to see Randon again, and there was nothing that I could do
about it. I wasn't as sad about it as I expected I would be, though. For some
reason, I felt like there would be a warm place waiting for me on the other
But then something happened. Suddenly, I wasn't falling anymore. I was
looking straight down, and everything was dark, so I had no visual indication
that I wasn't falling, but there was no wind, and I was still alive, so I was
certain that I hadn't hit bottom. Then I realized, however, that there was
something very tight around my ankle. I looked up, toward my feet, to see Zeirom
hanging his upper-body over the ledge, hanging onto my ankle by just one hand.
"That was a close one, Meira," he said, "Let's not do that again." I was
speechless at this. Zeirom had come through when I really needed it, and saved
my life, when I had no chance of doing so on my own. Zeirom had most definitely
proven himself to be a friend that is more than well worth having.
As he pulled me up, I could hear the sounds of Zonde-series techniques, and
when my eyes came over the ledge and I could see what was going on, I saw that
Dux was incapacitating Dragoon with a single continuous burst of Zonde,
intensified in such a manner that only a FOnewmn could possibly achieve. I was
Zeirom set me back down on the ground, and I then saw that the sack that
contained Randon was being lifted back to the ceiling, by the control of
something that Lynn was doing, while Dragoon had us all distracted.
I became furious then. All this time, Lynn had lead me around, making me
believe that she was a friend, and even worse, she was at least in some way
responsible for Randon's current condition. I charged at her with the same kind
of energy that I had used to push Dragoon off of me when we were fighting Vol
Opt, but just as she did with Dragoon, she was ready for me, and countered my
Having countered my attack, she took to the air, and hovered there for a
moment, as her skin became a shiny, metallic color. Zeirom pulled out his rifle,
and shot at her a few times, but it did no good. The photon bullets fizzled out
of existence upon impacting with her.
Her metallic shade began to fade, but not until she had started to develop a
large ball of energy between her hands, which I was confident, she intended to
shoot at us, with intent on killing us. I couldn't let this happen, and I ran to
Zeirom. "Zeirom!" I said, "If we let her release that, we're all going to die!"
"I can't shoot her now," he said, "If she dies like that, it'll only
discharge the ball..."
I looked up at Lynn and watched as the ball got bigger, and the expression on
her face got meaner. Then I looked back at Zeirom. "Throw me..."
"Throw me at her! I'll kick her arms, and make her throw the blast into
"I really don't think--"
"Just do it! It's the only chance! Dragoon has gone nuts again, Dux doesn't
have the kind of combat skills to do it, and you're too big to get yourself up
there! It's the only way, or we'll ALL be stolen by Dark Falz!"
Begrudgingly, Zeirom nodded and agreed. "I don't like it," he said, "But
you're right. It's the only way. Here, put your foot in my hands." He made a
stirrup with his hands, and I stepped into it, getting ready to be thrown.
Zeirom counted to three, and then I was launched. Again, I was flying through
the air, but this time, I was not in danger. I knew that Lynn must've seen me
coming, because she looked up at me, but because she was preparing this blast,
she couldn't maneuver to get out of the path I was in.
As I grew closer to her, I stabilized myself in the air, and prepared myself
to kick. This was it, there was no turning back. This was going to be over very
soon. I was a little bit scared this time, because I didn't know what would
happen. I didn't know if I could make Lynn take the full brunt of the blast, or
if some would still effect me. I had bet that I'd probably get hurt, and this
was definitely why Zeirom didn't like the idea.
I came closer yet, and I could see the dismay in Lynn's face, as she saw what
I was about to do. She wasn't ready to release the blast yet, but she knew she
couldn't hold onto it. So she started to point it at me. I was still coming
though, and I wasn't going to be stopped. As I got closer, I refined my aim, and
she refined hers.
Then, I was finally there. It was time for me to release my kick, and Lynn
tried to rush to release this ball of photon energy that she'd gathered. Just as
she was about to let go of it, I stretched out my knee at her hand, slamming my
foot into it. The ball of photon energy was dragged back with her fingers, as I
continued toward her, pushing her wrist back into her gut. With that much of the
blast disturbed, I quickly swung my other foot into her other hand, which was
now well in front of her.
I pulled back my first kick, and when my second kick made contact, I pushed
that hand back into Lynn's gut as well, forcing the ball with it. As the ball
impacted with Lynn's body, it exploded, releasing all of that photon energy.
Myself, however, I was falling into Lynn, so I took on much of this explosion,
I remember being flung into the ceiling, where I hit hard, and stayed for
what seemed like hours, but must've been only a few moments. When the concussion
waves of the blast declined enough, I finally fell back to the ground. I hit the
floor with a hard thud, and I remember hearing Zeirom clank up to me, pick me up
carefully, and whisper to me that I'd be all right. Then, I blacked out.
I eventually woke up again, laying in a hospital bed. As I've healed from my
wounds, I've had a lot of time to sit and recall all that happened, and as I've
done so, I've written everything down, into what you've read so patiently right
here. It's taken several months to write all this, but I think that it's mostly
been for me.
Every once in a while, Zeirom or Dux will drop in, not to mention a few of
Randon's other friends, such as VanGarrett the RAmar, and Artemis the HUmar. I
haven't seen Dragoon, but Zeirom says that he's back to normal, in whatever
sense the term 'normal' may apply to Dragoon.
Dux says that he's gained new interest in exploring Ragol, ever since our
trip to the Ruins, and that my determination has somewhat inspired him. He also
says that there's a new assignment that hunters are being recruited for down on
Ragol, and while it's very important, the details are limited. All he knows, is
that they're going to test his skills. He says that when I get out of the
hospital, I should join him there, but I'm really not interested in such
assignments-- I just want to get back to the Ruins and find Randon. I think that
just maybe, by now, he just might be out of that sack of goo. I'm just hoping
that the doctors will be able to do something to bring him back to normal when I
go back down to save him.
So, I guess that's really all I have to say on the matter. I do sincerely
hope that anyone who reads this finds it to be rather informative, and I ask
from the bottom of my heart, that everyone who reads this should take example
from what I've endured, and cherish every moment you have with that loved one in
your life-- because you never know when their next trip to Ragol might threaten
to be their last.