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"I see, so your mother is one of those who does not perish immediately... very assuring to hear that... Which mean, even less reason for me to forbade my seedlings to see the outer world... Now, Ayaka... do you understand why I ask you this? Sakura are very momentary... very beautiful, but momentary... I ask you right now, what's the meaning of transient beauty when compared to the power to protect someone you hold dear? What's the meaning of supporting someone from behind when you can do nothing when you're so weakened, and that when you're alone?"
Those words are spoken with such an icy tone. However, that doesn't seem to be said with a sense that she has asked it personally to Ayaka... it's like a question that has been repeated over and over again.
"What's the use of being gentle when actually you're in face of adversary so strong that behind you is actually someone much weaker than you, and you wish to help her... Konohamon, who have so many supportive attack, but lacks in the attack department would definitely be a strong defender, but when it come to 'eliminating the threat', do you think you can do it alone? Do you think your sacrifice would be enough, even to protect one being, in case of the enemy actually still so strong, despite they has fought you beforehand, and then they chased those peoples you wanted to protect?"
She leaned forward at her, her face totally unreadable of emotion.
When Izanamon leaned to look at her, Ayaka looked back, with her face filled with determination. A long winded speech was coming, but her beliefs were really clear. "And I ask you, Izanamon-sama, what's the meaning of only destroying? Deleting, ending life... those are way too easy to do; they are the easy way out. Do not take it as an offense, that's not protecting, at least in my eyes; yes, maybe you can ward off whoever tries to attack this place, but I am sure that an actual Konohamon could greatly ease the suffering your children are going through. Is their physical welfare good enough when they seem to be suffering a totally different type of malady day by day? Frankly, I cannot understand why you ask me if I should feel frustrated due to not being able to support someone due to exhaustion or by being alone as... at least I could do something about it. Maybe I am way less useful only by myself, but I can only symphatize with the frustration every digimon feels when they see their loved ones getting hurt and they cannot do anything once the damage has been done. I can only feel the pain you should have felt when one of your kin has fallen sick and you could not do anything about her disease due to your nature. That kind of frustration would be so great in my heart that I just could not bear it without feeling my self shattering. Watching how its life slowly ebbs away and not being capable of doing anything about it... that kind of feeling makes your concerns about me uncapable of 'elmininating the threat' be so small in comparison that I see them as insignificant.
I see my abilities as a gift, not as an hindrace, Izanamon-sama. We Kodamons are unique in the way we can bring life that I just cannot see it but as one of the greatest blessings Yggdrassil has bestowed upon us. I can understand why you had forsaken those gifts, but for me... they are way just too precious to give them up. Look at me, and see that even in this kind of place I have found allies, I have found... beings that command my respect; allies that I can help with my gifts, as meager as they are now. My path is not one of loneliness, Izanamon-sama. For some reason or another, I always have someone else at my side, and even if I could not help them due to being in your condition, I consider company to be the greatest blessing".
Post by Ankh the Overlord on Oct 26, 2014 14:54:46 GMT
So, the trial began. The Izanamon asked the question about how it was to protect and support. From what Ankh heard from these conversation, he hypothesized that Konohamon and her prior forms were only good for support and no real damaging attacks. The Plant of Outside simply answered that destroying and deleting were things too easy to do, even by the powerlust Digimon like him. He could destroy anything and anyone he wanted, if they got in his way on his pursuit of power. Sure, power would vary in result, depending on how they use it.
Izanamon then asked the Hanahime of how she could do with such lack of power to destroy. The brighter plant stayed true to her conviction, however. She considered her ability as gift. A gift to help others in need. She had chosen path of solidarity, with friends and allies alike. So, she could prove herself to be useful to the others.
Maybe Ankh had reason to be with Ayaka: to make sure she wouldn't fight on her own. And she became the strength he need. She was very strong, indeed. And his choice to believe in her was correct after all.
"Hanahime... You may be the power I need... To release this world from the harsh rule of power... Together, we can support each other, and to abolish the obligation to seek for power. To place judgment on the strong ones who misuse their power... So Izanamon and such people won't have to live harsh life in that rotten place." Ankh said.
Izanamon suddenly let out a strange sound after Ayaka replied her.
"...Ahaha...hahahaha!! How interesting! Truly amusing! Who thought I'd encounter her daughter exactly in here? Such sick joke of a fate! Ahahaha!! How amusing, how joyous! Fate truly a strange thing, isn't it, Ayaka? Your mother... your mother said the exact thing to me. How funny! My headstrong sister... I guess we're equally headstrong in that case... but still... it's funny how similar you two are! However, Ayaka... I will tell you this... I will not take just some words as truth... I need an action, and action I shall have... Dear daughters, I want you to back off from me and join your sisters on the edge. I shall test our guests."
And right on cue, the Cormmons around her escaped hastily to the edge of the field, near the river of blood. Izanamon snapped her finger and called out stream of data before tossing it to Ayaka. Great power coursed through the plant Digimon, allowing her to reach a Mega... no, it's more like she's forced to go to Mega. Another snap, this time, Ankh appeared right behind Ayaka.
"...Here's the catch... If I managed to wound that bird in ten minutes, I win, and you shall be forced to get something from me before I help you on your journey... if you managed to close all the wounds of that bird when the time ends, I shall grant you a pass out of here... what do you say, Ayaka? Of course, he may dodge and attack as he please, but remember... do not think so lowly of 70 years of experience.... You shall regret it if you do." 10 minutes = Equal to 10 turns.
Although Ayaka had found Izanamon's laughter offensive, she had found the meaning behind it soon enough. Apparently, she was... Izanamon's niece? She was happy to be related to such a great being and... kinda hoped that her mother had had at least a sisterly bond with her; she liked families on good terms, even if they were nonexistent now.
As the Cormons started to get away, a stream of data impacted onto her, and she began to change. Her features were developing faster than usually, and the energy she recieved made her go way past Acerimon; Was she actually digievolving to her most superior form? It had been proved right when the process finished.
She felt... weird. She knew she was a Konohamon now but she didn't feel worthy of that form, at least for now. Yet, even if she felt that, the test that her aunt was proposing her would make her push all her newfound abilities to its limit. Yet, before commencing, there was one thing she had to say. To Ankh, of all mons.
"I do not know if I am the power you need or not, Ankh-san. I... I am unsure of who I am, even, but right now, I only wish for be reunited with miss Mana. I know that I'm being imposing, and even more so after giving you such inaqueate answer to your question but... could you please help me? We have only to evade oba-sama's attacks, so... unless necessary, I do not wish for harm to befall her land or my beloved cousins. Hope you are okay with that".
After saying that, she readied herself, facing Izanamon with her most determined expresion. "I am ready, Oba-sama. You can begin when you wish".
She had to tread carefully, as most probably she knew what she was capable of, but Ayaka herself had no idea of what an Izanamon could do, except that at least one of her moves would be related to poison.
OOC: Ayaka's current Tranquility: 1. Ayaka's current Refuge: 1.
Post by Ankh the Overlord on Oct 28, 2014 17:16:36 GMT
Looks like the fight really began. Izanamon force-Digivolved Ayaka into her more powerful form. Could it be Konohamon she mentioned? Out of sudden, Ankh was summoned into the area where Izanamon was. Now he had to fight that grandma eh?
"So you're Izanamon, huh? While I recognize your strength, I feel bad for you, especially when you're confined in this dark and creepy place." Ankh commented.
Ayaka then said about her uncertainty if she could be help for him. She then told him not to harm her if possible. Oh, acting like a pacifist was his forte, but he would rather to deal with power. He could only hurt her when he had no choice.
"I wonder about that... If you want my niece's hand even in scene like this, you have to pass my little filter!"
Right on cue, red aura once again flares from Izanamon. Poison, a poison so strong that it seem halts everything into stagnation. The Shinjin-gata Digimon stared at the two without single trace of killing intent, but smiled... a smile of a killer that somehow would put everyone at ease before loping their head off. She's a skilled assassin, it's seem. Her nails suddenly elongated and wet with strange red liquid.
"Don't bore me now!"
From her spot, Izanamon sends seven red lightnings coming from her body all aimed at Ankh. Not content with just that, she summoned a naginata and charged straight at him. The liquid from her nails flows to the blade, seem to coating it with poison. As she slashed it in horizontal arc right before she could reach him, eight red beads shoot out from it, travelling in fast speed.
Izanamon's Passive: Wind of Yomi: Cancels out any regen status effect from both side. As long as Izanamon in the field, no regen-status-giving skill would have their regen effect, unless by super mega. Super Mega's regen restore half of its original amount. Curing and draining moves works normally. If this passive is cancelled, this passive will return in two turns.
Attack Used: Scarlet Rain ~ Bloody Crescent: Izanamon slashes with her naginata (or any weapon) after coating it with her poison. Those who affected by it will be hurt as if getting bombarded by acid bombs. If left untreated, the said body part will bleed profusely as if the blood cannot clot and the blood would not clot normally until two turns. Cooldown for one turn.
Strangely, Ankh holding her hand at this test made her feel... at ease? Surely he appreciated trusting the one she'd have to protect, and having her accept her wishes about not harming this place made her smile. Made her feel... strange.
Yet, she couldn't delve on those strange feelings. Izanamon had been right, doing this kind of things on a situation such as this was foolish, and as such, she quickly unclasped her hand from Ankh's.
Ayaka felt how the mere presence of the digimon halted the growth of things. She'd have to push herself to her limits if she wanted to have a chance in this thing. She regarded Izanamon with an even expression. Even if she was her aunt now, she'd have to treat her as an equal, at least until this trial finished.
As she began her assault, she was prepared too, or at least thought she was prepared. Quickly she said four words on a barely audible tone, uttering her Omamori: Yama no Un. That'd surely help him withstand Izanamon's assault, specially since she had enhanced her incantation. Hopefully It'd be enough to mitigate some of the damage he was about to recieve. She hadn't tried anything else because she was just getting used to this form as it just felt... so weird.
OOC: Yama no Un: Raises the target's awareness, defense and reflexes until it suffers an attack. Tranquility : The buff lasts 2 attacks and it's potency is increased even further. Both its duration and effect stack. Current Tranquility: 1. Current Refuge: 3
Post by Ankh the Overlord on Oct 30, 2014 16:18:22 GMT
Okay, now it began. That creepy old hag burst the red aura, which seemed to halt some of the rejuvenation. Good, that's just good. Izanamon went all-out, and then attempted to attack him. First was the seven red thunders from Ankh. He performed some aerial maneuvers to evade those lightnings. That was so close. He could have been zapped if he hadn't been careful.
Ayaka then chanted a spell that enhanced his defense, reflexes, and awareness to him. After Ankh got a little buff, he could sense the Izanamon was coming closer to him. As she shot out eight red beads, Ankh quickly summoned his totem pole-like javelin and repelled all the beads one by one. He then threw away the javelin.
"So you do have resolve to protect this place and to test your niece... But... NAIVE!" Ankh exclaimed.
Suddenly, the flames emanated around his body, and began whirling around him. Ankh then let out a devious smirk at the old hag, and glared at her. What was happening? "Fufufu... HA-HAHAHAHAHA!!!" Ankh then let out a mad laughter... but for what?
"You do have power to protect, and destroy. But... you lacked the strength to shape your own fate. You tried to leave this place, but you can't. It only shows how weak you are, despite the power you've got. How pitiful." Ankh remarked. "I'll show you, and let you taste... THE TRUE POWER!"
Ankh then let out a savage roar as the flames began enveloping his body. They then formed the ball which covering his entire body before it exploded in beacon of fire. After the beacon subsided, the fireball was intact, but... it was smaller. The fireball then subsided itself, revealing what was inside.
There, in Garudamon X's place, was a smaller humanoid Digimon, in black suit and jackets, blonde hair, red mask, and wings. The wings were flaming like Birdramon's. He wielded a long, big cannon on his right hand. He looked similar to Beelzemon, but he was... different.
Ankh just Digivolved into FireBeelzemon, his Mega form.
"This is the power of desire... A desire to strive for strength! And to change the world! And to destroy whoever try to threaten the ones we're protecting!!!" Ankh declared as he pulled out a shotgun from the gun slot on his left leg. He then pointed the gun at Izanamon, but not intending to shoot her. Just a badass pointing, enough said.
"Hah! Kid who only can bark while he actually have no care in this world of what happened to the other? You're the naive one!" Izanamon shot back, shooting more lightning to the Beelzemon. "Fools who think they can go against fate that easily while dragging around those who are weaker than he is, thinking that he would change the world without caring the consequences? I'd rather bind myself here to make sure my children are safe! All are according to choices, and here is mine!"
She slammed the blunt end of her naginata to the ground before pointing it at Ankh.
"Hear me, child. A perfect world, a world truly for you will never exist. That world will always be out of your reach. Even if you can make one, you'll be eventually alone before you can obtain such world. Path that doesn't care about plurality will soon crumble like a weak foundation. If you insist that power is truly the right power, then show it to me, the road that you'll create! Try to make my niece happy and I shall acknowledge you!"
Red vortex swirls around her once again before bloody red liquid stream appeared out of nowhere like a geyser from where Izanamon slammed her naginata to.
She snapped her finger, forming seven balls of the liquid before tossing them right on Ankh's direction. Suddenly, it formed into scythe-like weapon midway, trying to slash him. Now, if it goes like she planned, then...
He's in for surprise. Attack Used: Crimson Rain Effect:
Ayaka tried not to hear her aunt's and Ankh's discussion (even if she was happy that he had evolved into mega). She knew that if she mixed her feelings in this fight added up with the fact that she was a novice using this form, that could only end in a rather catastrophic disaster. Mana's destiny was hanging in her hands, and that was way more important that those petty discussions about the beliefs of each one or Ayaka's happiness, at that. After wondering for a second why Izanamon had said that to Ankh, she readied herself again. This time she'd try to make a more complex movement. "Ankh-san, you are for yourself now! I will try a different approach!"
She began to accumulate power in her hands; probably her aunt knew what was coming for her as this was one of the few actual 'offensive' techniques Konohamon's had, but she knew that this attack would buy them precious time if it succeded. She made two wide arcs that formed extremely wide blades of wind, going straight to Izanamon, just as some kind of proyectile. They wouldn't damage her, at least, not physically, but at least it'd buy them some much needed time, or at least that much she believed.
Yet, what preoccupied her most at the moment was Ankh's welfare after that seemingly weird attack. And somehow, just after that attack had been launched, the almost faint presence she was emanating began to become stronger. She could feel now how her mere presence made her and Ankh stronger. Maybe this was happening because the energy she was storing? She could only guess.
OOC: Supuringu no Owari: By joining her palms and separating them on a quick fashion, Ayaka sends two blades of wind towards a direction. The first enemies that collide into each one of them is affected by a deafening, yet silent pulse of sound that renders them unable to both move and act for 1 post and cancels their passive abilities for 3 posts. 1-post cooldown after the initial cast. Current Tranquility: 3 Current Refuge: 5
Post by Ankh the Overlord on Oct 31, 2014 5:32:58 GMT
As Izanamon retorted with her tirade in response to his own, she sent out more lightnings at him. He then evaded the attack with yet another aerial maneuvers. With his smaller body, it was easier for him to manage. Furthermore, his speed increased from his larger Ultimate form, making him more nimble than usual. Bah, that old hag sure didn't pay attention to what he said, didn't he? Whatever. He stayed true and strong to his own belief.
"You say I don't care? OF COURSE I DO, BITCH! If I didn't care about the world, I would have this world corrupted by the strong ones who misuses their power for their own greed and ego! But I can't let that. The world I want is, like I said, the world where the strong and weak are equals, and no one can abuse their power to another! Together with Hanahime, I'll create the new world of such!" Ankh elaborated.
Ankh nodded as Ayaka used the magic to push the Izanamon, and it seemed... do no real damage, but at least it had some kind of effect. The flames on Ankh's wings then had yellow and green hue added to the red. Which meant, his full strength had been restored. "So the Flame of Rebirth's been restored..." Ankh noted.
After that, he tried to shot the scythes down with continuous gun and cannon barrages, aiming at their respective pinpoints. So if they hit, the scythes would either go down or changed courses away from him. After that, he continued raining the underworld dweller with barrages of shots.
"You say Ayaka Hanahime's weak? YOU FOOL! Ayaka's a strong lady! She probably stronger than me, and thanks to her, I finally achieved my complete, true form! And who's the real weak? YOU, OLD HAG! You refused to fight your own fate, and remained in this cursed place with your children, making them suffering! What they need are what Hanahime usually enjoy... Friend, proper livings, and such!
I used to suffer the same thing... But with this power, NOT ANYMORE! That's why I'm fighting against fate, and to win! To achieve the greater power together with your beloved niece, to shape our fates together, and to create the world we desire! A world where we rule over the strong, and the weak are protected!"
Ankh then generated peacock tail'like projection from the end of the cannon. He then shot the peacock feathers at Izanamon. Not at her directly, but rather, around her to shock her and disrupt her concentrations.
"Such world, can you realize it just with two of you?" she asked icily. "I'd like you to see, like I said, I dislike only senseless talk! Now give me proof! Proof that you could stood on even ground against me, Izanamon!"
Izanamon counters Ankh's attack with her own attack, however, when the scythe are shot down, it explodes into mist. Izanamon chuckled. The red mist soon enveloped the area. Whoever inhales it would feel really weak, like they're really out of their strength. First, they would feel sensation similar to heart attack. If left untreated, in several second, they would definitely nosebleed and in a turn, they would vomit blood. If they force themselves to move too much, the process would accelerate. Not helping that the mist will still be there for two turns and the effect lasts for four turns. It's a really nasty poison.
"Yes, yes..." Izanamon waved off the bird man's comment as she dodges Ankh's projectiles. "First thing to know... we Izanamon and Konohamon all have unbroken focus, it's very necessary for us, so it's useless to shoot me like that, brat."
However, the next moment, she send the red beads again. this time toward Ayaka
"...Listen to me, she's not weak. Physical wise, she might be weak, however, the healers are the strongest role in the party... I'm not specifically telling you about her, but... In battle, everything would be over if your healer cannot heal you. I have no qualms in wounding her, because that's my way of harsh love." Crimson Rain ~ Red Mist of Bloodbath Effect: Decreases enemy's mobility and vitality by a great deal. Whoever inhales it would at first feels a strong heart attack sensation. If left untreated for few seconds, they would nosebleed. In a turn, they would vomit blood. The blood vomiting will continue for four turns, giving them damage of half a mega's attack and the effect would worsen if they force themselves to move.
When the bullets collided with the blood-red scythe, they dispersed it, on a veritable red cloud that she didn't have to guess, but was definitely bad news. With a quick gesture, she placed her hands on floor and muttered the other version of her incantation; Omamori: Umi no Un. Without fear of using additional energy, she concentrating more power in that technique, boosting it greatly and granting the same bonuses to Ankh as well, so he'd fare better against the oncoming attack.
Feeling her speed increased greatly, she flash-stepped her way out of the forming cloud in less than a second. Even if they were talking about her being weak or not, she couldn't care less about their opinions; for her, the only strength she sought was enough to keep Mana out of harm's way. Everything else was just a bonus.
She deftly evaded the beads too, as their trajectory was just too easy to predict but... this was fishy. Like... really fishy. Even they were two newly evolved megas, they were still to megas against one that only had to defend themselves. Was this... too easy? "What is the trick, Oba-sama?" she finally asked "Have you been toying with us? And, while I understand why you attack Ankh-san, aren't you favoring us in your trial by attacking me? I thought that the condition was for me to try and get him unscathed during the whole trial".
She took great care in being out of range of the mist, but this situation just... confused her.
OOC: T: 3 R: 4 Umi no Un: Raises the target's speed, power and precision until the end of its next turn. Tranquility : The buff lasts 2 posts and it's potency is increased even further. Both its duration and effect stack. Refuge : affects an additional target.
Post by Ankh the Overlord on Oct 31, 2014 20:07:23 GMT
Damn! That hag had seen this coming, huh? The scythes turned into red fogs which could be bad sign for him. He had to go away from it, fast! Fortunately, Ayaka casted yet another spell, but it increased his speed to the point he moved like in supersonic speed. After he managed to get away from the mists, Ankh then double-fired the gun and cannons rapidly at Izanamon through the mists for surprise attack, and then flew away to encircle her while raining her with shots.
After Izanamon fired the beads towards Ayaka (whom she evaded), he then projected the red peacock tail again at the end of cannon, firing them. This time, those feathers were aimed at Izanamon directly. Now she chose not to hold back, he should as well. He had to put everything he got to beat her and pass this test, even if he hurt her. That's right, it was the time to get serious.
"Not bad, old hag! But not good enough to beat us!" Ankh snickered as he fired yet another batches of feathers at Izanamon to intercept her in case she evaded the last ones. Looks like this was too easy, or rather... that hag held back? "Be careful, Hanahime! I think she's up for something." Ankh warned her.