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Iris was angry, and it showed. In her rush to escape Tygrin
and the military guards in the guild she has lost her cool and
panicked. Now she was somewhere deep in the subterranean caves
of Ragol, and she had no idea where Tear had gone. She was alone,
and hot. She hated warm weather, but the magma rivers all around
her made the caves almost unbearably hot. And then there was the
giant flower creatures that had been laughing at her for the past
few minutes. One of them had attacked her with a paralysis inducing
liquid. Even worse was the way she was bending over at the waist
to pickup her datalink when the paralysis took effect. Even worse
than that was when the three guys entered the room and immediately
noticed her, bending over, unable to move. The apparent leader
of the group, a ranger in blue, was the first to approach her.
Yeeowch! Is it hot in here or is it just you? Smokes babe,
thats some hello wave you got there. Iris was slowly filling
with murderous rage. She decided she had better get the guys to
heal the paralysis before she beat them into bloody pulps.
Hey, finally someone has shown up, Iris proclaimed in her
most helpless sounding voice. I was afraid Id be stuck like
this forever, you guys are real lifesavers! Iris forced a fake
smile. A hunter behind the ranger spoke up.
I guess you got attacked by that lilly, the man pointed to
the, still laughing, giant flower a few feet from Iris. You need
Hmm, I dunno, the ranger in blue spoke, I kinda like you
this way. Very photogenic. Iris couldnt see his face but she
knew he was smiling. The ranger walked over to her and slapped
her ass. Ooh! Prime selection, and I see the front aint too
bad. Tell me honey, whats your name?
Hey man, cmon, heal her already you jerk, the until now silent
ranger in black behind the other two spoke. Youve had your fun
man, just anti the paralysis already. At precisely the the moment
the ranger in black finished speaking, a female hunter none of
them had previously noticed cast Anti on Iris, who immediately
stood up and spun around to face the guys standing behind her.
The guys all looked quite surprised to see Iris suddenly stand
up, they were even more surprised when she attacked them.
The ranger in blue was the first Iris went after. She kicked him
so hard she was certain he was now tasting his #$@%&. When he
fell to the ground clutching his crotch screaming in a very high
pitched voice her theory was verified. The remaining hunter and
ranger looked in astonishment at what they had just witnessed.
They slowly backed away from Iris. The lilly behind Iris laughed
again, and as she turned and blasted it with a stream of the ice
technique Barta, the two guys turned and ran as fast as they could.
Iris ignored them, and concentrated her attention to the ranger
in blue, who was now beginning to slowly standup, in obvious pain.
The female hunter who had aided Iris walked to her, Iris Datalink
The hunter had distinctive red spiky hair, much like Iris and
even appeared to be wearing the same outfit as well. Quite a
fix you got yourself in there dear, good thing I was out for a
stroll. Here, the hunter extended her arm and handed Iris her
Datalink, I believe this is yours. My names Ophelia, but most
people call me Ophie.
The names Iris, spare me a second if you would... Iris turned
to face the ranger in blue, who was slowly trying to sneak away.
Iris put her Datalink back on her wrist and pressed a button on
its small panel. An odd purple Mag with two almost vertical wing
like extensions appeared by Iris shoulder. Churel, Iris said
to the Mag. The Mag hovered silently. Iris pointed to the ranger
in blue, Play time. The Mag turned to face the ranger, and quickly
flew in his direction. Iris turned to face Ophelia. Thanks by
the way, I was never any good at that damsel in distress crap.
Oh its my pleasure, but... um your Mag seems to be...
Dont worry about Churel, Iris said. Shell take care of
him. The Mag continued chasing the ranger to the far side of
the room, where he ran into an adjacent corridor. Churel followed.
I feel compelled to ask, Ophelia said, Why youre down here
all by yourself, these caves are dangerous you know.
I could ask the same of you.
I suppose that you could, but Im quite a bit stronger than
you dear. Your guild rating is 67 according to your datalink.
Mine is 100, thats quite a difference.
Those numbers are irreverent, they are not designed to categorize
me... and besides, Im not alone. My sister is down here somewhere.
As a matter of fact I was in the middle of looking for her when
that flower thing paralyzed me.
Oh, I see. Do you need some help looking for her?
That, Iris said with a grin, Would be great! A sudden look
of total shock appeared across Iris face, and she pointed in
the direction behind Ophelia. Ophie very quickly turned around
but saw nothing, then abruptly felt a sharp pain on the back of
her neck. Ophies eyes rolled back and she fell to her knees,
then forward to the ground. She was out cold, Iris was standing
over her with her right hand extended to where Ophies neck was.
Iris had quickly delivered a strong chop to the back of Ophelias
neck, knocking her unconscious. Iris looked down at Ophie. Sorry
dear, but Im not a people person, Iris said with a sneer.
Iris activated her Datalinks three dimensional imager, and
selected the Guild Card search index. She searched for Tears
Card Index, moments later the reply came from the Guilds Ragol
network. Tear was in the Forest on the surface of Ragol. Iris
sent the covert commands to Tears datalink she had had preprogrammed
in case they were separated. She set Tears datalink to automatically
send Tear to the entrance to the ancient ruins the moment she
stepped on any teleporter. Relieved that she could now resume
her mission, Iris drew a large sickle weapon from her null item
storage and began walking in the direction Churel and the ranger
has ventured off in.
It didn't take Iris long to find Churel and the hunter. Or what
was left of the hunter at least. Several cleverly directed flame
and ice techniques from Churel had had the effect of modifying
the physique of the hunter into a form he would have a hard time
explaining. Iris walked up the the barely conscious hunter and
leered down at him. From now on, Iris said to him in a cold
tone, Your name is stumpy. If I ever see you again, I will not
be so forgiving. Iris extended her right palm towards the hunter
and cast a weak resta spell. She stared at him for a few seconds,
before abruptly plunging her sickle weapon into the chest of the
very surprised, and now dead, hunter. As the hunter exhaled for
the last time Iris cast a reverser technique on him, reviving
him from death. He looked startled. Iris turned away from the
hunter and began walking to a door at the far end of the hallway
they were in. Iris addressed the mag, Churel, come, the mag
obediently turned away from the sobbing hunter and followed Iris
down the hallway, and through a door.
As Iris entered the room beyond the door a dozen green bipedal
creatures suddenly teleporter into the room. They stood oddly
still for several seconds, before throwing their arms up and emitting
a loud screeching noise. They all headed directly at Iris. Well,
Iris said quietly to herself, It looks like someone knows Im
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