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Solstrys, XPUnanny, BWS-1, Lola, and Ophelia slowly walked through
the ruins, weapons at the ready. The ruins were a taboo amongst
the hunters of the guild, only the most skilled of groups ever
ventured beyond the entrance. The neon glow of the walls and oddly
textured corridors seems to be alive. The air was hot and moist,
filled with a sickening sweet smell that made people gag their
first time breathing it. Trys and Lola were gagging, if he had
lungs BWS would have been too. The group was on Iris and Tears
trail, there were purple blood stains on the floors of rooms all
over the ruins. They lost the trail as they entered a large room
with doors at all ends.
Ship of Regret and Sleep
Pun, Trys softly said, scanning the room, Which way do we
go? You said youve been through the ruins before...
Er, well Pun blushed, You see, these ruins... I know if sounds
strange, but they change.
Change? A look of confusion slowly drew across Trys face.
What do you mean they change?
I mean, theyre one way one time youre here, and theyre another
way the next time, like all the rooms and corridors are moving
around. Why do you think it took the guild so long to get transporters
leading to the later areas? The teams were constantly getting
lost. BWS walked away from the group towards one of the distant
doors. As he neared it a dozen floating metal creatures appeared.
They were nearly a meter long, and floated horizontals, appearing
as if they were made from metal. Trys held her blade at the ready,
and prepared to attack.
Wait! Pun screamed, Dont move! Trys and the others did
not move. Lola slowly looked over at Pun.
Why shouldnt we move? What are these things Punny?
The guild refers to them as claws... theyre not much trouble,
even in packs, but theyre usually accompanied by friends, friends
who teleport in as youre fighting these little guys. Besides,
these ones are deaf and blind. They track us by our movement,
they can detect the slightest air displacement.
Then, Lola began to ask, What should we do? you seem to know
what youre doing here.
Yeah, ok, forces hunters, heads up, on the count of three,
I want everyone to use their strongest RAzonde technique, got
Yeah, Lola acknowledged. Ophelia silently nodded, as did Trys.
Ok, Pun began. And when theyre dead, be ready for their
friends, watch the skies... one, the group tensed up and each
slowly scanned the room, two, the claws slowly began to drift
around the room, towards the group, one in unison, each member
of the group sans BWS cast the strongest RAzonde technique they
could. The air filled with streaks of electricity, as the metallic
claw creatures briefly screamed in pain, and mysteriously vanished
leaving a purple blood stain on the ground. At the four corners
of the room, bizarre creatures with large blades for hands teleported
in. Dimenians... Pun slowly spoke, lets get to work.
Iris and Tear slowly walked through the ruins. It was a difficult
journey, and Iris had already been wounded by a teleporting, technique
using creature she had never seen before. Iris walked with a slow
deliberate limp, dragging her left leg behind her. Ahh, she
stifled a scream, This hurts... Iris looked down at her leg,
the flesh was seared and burned, Iris bled profusely. Tear...
I need a recovery tech... Tear turned her head to look at Iris.
I sorry Iris, not have tasties.
Do you have any recovery mates?
Nope! Iris frowned, she needed someway to stop the bleeding
or she would eventually pass out. As Iris was contemplating her
situation, and cursing herself for having used all her recovery
items earlier in the day, the door Iris and Tear had entered the
room through opened. A very short female human force entered the
room, wearing a dark blue dress like guild uniform.
Finally!, the woman yelled, waving her arm side to side to
get Iris and Tears attention. The woman sprinted to their location.
Whew, its about time I found you two. Ive been lost down in
these ruins for hours. I might ha... The woman looked down at
Iris leg and gasped. Oh my! Here let me do something about that...
The woman kneeled by Iris and extended both of her palms to Iris
leg. She quietly remained still for several moments, before a
sudden bright light enveloped Iriss leg, healing it instantly.
There, that better? Iris looked down at her healed leg, the
pain that had been shooting through her nervous system was subsiding.
Its better. Iris coldly replied, and lowered her head to
stare the woman directly in the eyes. Iris was a full head taller,
and was trying her best to look very intimidating. Who are you?
Oh! How rude of me, my name is Sylvia.
Im Iris, and this... Iris pointed to Tear, who was cheerfully
smiling at Sylvia, is Tear.
Nice to meet you.
Indeed. care to elaborate on how exactly you got lost and why
youre alone? Sylvia blushed lightly, appearing embarrassed.
Well, its kinda embarrassing... Sylvias eyes slowly looked
down, she held her hands behind her back.
Then save it, were in a bit of a hurry.
Oh? Where are you headed?
Deep ruins, beyond the third area.
B-beyond the third area? Is that safe? Nobody has ever returned
from that far into the ruins.
I do not intend... Iris stopped abruptly. Tear and I have
both exhausted our recovery mate and fluid supply, and you are
obviously a skilled force. Would you be interested in joining
us, at least to the area two entry teleporter?
Certainly! Sylvia quickly responded. As a matter of fact,
I know the way, like I said, Ive been wandering around for some
time now, Ill lead. A look of perplexion drew across Tears
face. She walked to Iris, grabbed Iris top and gently tugged
on it twice. Iris turned to look at Tear.
Yes? Iris inquired.
Um, Iris, first chibi lady say lost, now say wander. Pitri
not understand. Iris smiled a faint smile, and placed her hand
on the top of Tears head.
Dont worry about it.
Okay!, Tear smiled back, If Iris says so.
Sylvia led Iris and Tear through several rooms and hallways
into a large room with several doors. Sylvia stood in the doorway
of the hallway they had taken to get to the room, scanning the
multi-doored room for several moments. She walked out into the
room and pointed at the door directly opposite the one they had
entered from. Through that door is another short series of rooms
and the transporter leading to ruins area two that youre looking
for. Iris, Tear, and Sylvia entered the room, expecting groups
of enemies to appear, but none did. Iris scanned the room, and
noticed in a far corner near another door were multiple puddles
of thick purple blood. Something had already been here.
Sylvia, is that your doing? Iris pointed to the puddles.
No, I tried to avoid as many fights as I could, I mostly ran
past any enemies I came across. One of two doors near the puddles
opened, 5 shadowed characters entered the room, first looking
at the puddles, then at Iris, Tear and Sylvia. Iris squinted,
straining her eyes to see through the low light. As the figures
ventured father into the room, she could clearly distinguish 5
faces. The one in the front of the group held Iris attention,
a Numan woman wearing white guild clothes, with spikey pale blue
hair, and a glimmering silver blade in her hand. Iris stood rigid
and stiff, not flinching a muscle. A barrage of images and sounds
flooded her mind, the burning lab, the experiments, a quiet music
box melody playing, a promise yet to be fulfilled. Iris and Trys
stood staring at each other, each transfixed on the gaze of the
other. The room was dead silent. Sylvia was the only one to notice
the door nearest Trys group open, and the the sinister looking
giant red android that emerged from it.
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