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Baldur isn't dissuaded, and attempts to chase Farandare, trying to keep the pressure coming with a pretty incredible series of punches and what have you.
However, the other Sheperds are busy fighting the atrocities! Emmeryn attempts to blast the imps with Thoron, though she's still sad about their death. Oboro attempts to slash away at the second summon... to make it easier for Lucina to try to attack the armored-defender with Aether, attempting to first slash it and then make a second, more powerful attack that can breach right through armor! Samsara wait after being dissuaded and attempts to use Astra again, she either attack Dremora or goes for his defender with the others.
Some are struck by the fireball. Lucina has the magic resistance to keep going though, but Emmeryn is forced to take cover after being hit once! Takumi's hit once or twice, bolstering his anger.
Takumi attempts to pull double duty, trying to snipe the imps and Dremora himself from afar with his bow, he attempts to use a powerful Sunhallowed arrow for the second!
Edited by Bolded1 on Feb 16th 2020 at 10:11:20 AM
Sheathing her blade for now, Serana unleashes a barrage of Ice Spikes and Lightning Bolts at the imps, hoping to keep them off of the others while they dealt with the main Dremora. Though several firebolts connect and stagger the vampire, she continues her onslaught nonetheless.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 16th 2020 at 1:35:30 AM
The imps are cut down easily, thinning the horde, but the Lord of Bindings keeps spawning more and will continue doing so until he is either destroyed or despawns. The Dremora Champion takes Tanjiro's rapid strike, and attempts to retaliate with a guard-crushing blow that would send him flying if it connects. However, in the process, it's struck by both Aether and the Sunhallowed Arrow. The latter rips part of its head off and it collapses. The Lord of Bindings is left with no defense other than the imps it keeps spawning.
Before Baldr can connect, Farandare shouts VEN LAH HAAS! , raising herself up on an ornate magical pillar◊. Then another tier, a thinner pillar of earth◊, surges from the first, raising her up even higher, easily out of reach of melee attacks. From this high-perched platform, she opens fire with her signature dual-cast Sleet Storm spell, significantly empowered by both tiers, sweeping it and trying to hit everyone and anyone like a magical assault turret.
Farandare's Spell Slots: 24/30
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 16th 2020 at 6:36:18 AM
Reyna acquires orang, buffing her defense!
Still, she hits the deck to avoid the magical blasts.
Monster With a Human Heart (Abandoned Temple Stage Mix - Tekken 7)
Nezuko leaps out of the box to take the Dremora Champion's hit for Tanjiro, careening into her brother and sending them both tumbling back. She skids to a halt and runs through the Sleet Storm, trying to climb up the magic tower and ferociously drive an elbow into Farandare's face!
Edited by KiriK on Feb 16th 2020 at 7:17:19 AM
Drawing Harkon's sword once again, Serana runs towards the Lord of Bindings and attempts to impale it through the chest with her father's blade. Regardless of her success, she's forced to dive for cover afterwards in order to evade Farandare's Sleet Storm.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 16th 2020 at 3:50:07 AM
The remaining Sheperds pulls out for now, and Emmeryn attempts to fight back against Farandare by attempting to blast her with Thoron, with support from Takumi, who attempts to fill Farandare with much arrows, she'll be able to add "The Hedgehog" to her extensive nicknames collections! Though they both need to dodge the attacks.
Lucina is actually blasted back by the attack, landing on her back and grunting. Samsara attempts to carve a path through the imps, in an attempt to help Oboro land a decapitating strike towards their summoner!
Baldr tank through the attack and attempt to shoulder ram the earth pillar in half!
Edited by Bolded1 on Feb 16th 2020 at 12:52:41 PM
The Lord of Bindings takes Serana's sword through the chest. It just stands there, mouth agape, and tries to wriggle itself free weakly before losing its head and disappearing into Oblivion.
Baldr's shoulder charge does not quite snap the pillar in halves, but it does cause it to quake. This causes a momentary stop in the Sleet Storm, giving Nezuko the opening needed to climb the pillar in two swift bounds and knock the vampire queen right off, nearly sending her tumbling off the balcony! Unfortunately this causes the Shepherds to miss most of their attacks. The vampire queen sniffs the air.
All that talk about slaying evil creatures, and you keep one in your backpack like some kind of attack dog? she scoffs at Tanjiro. How pathetic.
The platform splinters, opening up a fissure that spews magma◊, launching fire balls everywhere. Simultaneously, she also casts a massive tornado of ice◊, trying to hit the Shepherds with it, and a field of whirling electricity◊ that she tries to spawn on top of Baldr. Regardless of whether the initial attacks hit, all will persist for several seconds, creating a chaotic battlefield marrying all three elements of Destruction. Due to Farandare's elemental affinities, the volcano is the least threatening of all these, but the power of its projectiles should still not be underestimated.
Farandare's Spell Slots: 21/30
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 16th 2020 at 8:48:36 AM
Nezuko gets blown away, landing down on her face. She snarls like a rabid animal as she tries to pull herself, glaring at Farandare with eyes full of hate.
"Shut up! You're wrong! Nezuko... Nezuko is my sister!" Tanjiro cries.
"I watched her grow up! I saw that she was the only survivor of a demon attack on my family! And when the Demon Slayer Corps. came for us, we kept each other alive under their watch! She stays by my side - they let her stay by my side - because deep down I know she's still human - unlike you! Water Breathing: Tenth Form...!"
Tanjiro begins to dance around Farandare's attacks, his sword trailing an increasingly intense stream of water!
Reyna silently gestures to Takumi as she gets down low and holds up the Red Stone of Aja, pointing it to face towards Farandare.
Edited by KiriK on Feb 16th 2020 at 7:55:14 AM
Augus's actions are indeed covered, and Azrael is pushed into the ground by the elbow drop, a small crater forming.
He then tries to grab the elbow that's striking him, slamming Augus into the ground if successful. If correct, then he'll begin to pummel into Augus!
"Farandare, you make my father and Miraak look decent in comparison! I seriously don't think you're in any damn position to call someone evil!"
After firing a couple of Lightning Bolts at Farandare, Serana tries her best to dodge the vampiric elf's attacks. Unfortunately, several fireballs manage to successfully connect and throw her back, eliciting a pained grunt from the daughter of Lord Harkon when she hits the floor.
As she begins struggling to her feet, she briefly glances at her imprisioned counterpart.
The Sheperds leap out of the way of the attack, but it's so violent that they're still blown away at corners of the room, stunned and unable to attack this turn!
Well, all except Takumi, who's so pissed at him that he perform the tactic with Reyna, using one of his powerful Sunhallowed arrows to shoot it at his Red Stone.
Baldr is caught by the attack and get electrocuted but his scream is noticeably... pleased, and his tattoos start glowing, as he seems to be absorbing the lightning in some manner. After the attack is done, he's still standing, damaged but smiling widely.
Edited by Bolded1 on Feb 17th 2020 at 3:11:52 PM
Farandare is blasted by the ensuing superlaser from the Red Stone. She slides back into the balcony railings. The combo has inflicted major damage, but not quite enough to kill her, mostly thanks to her daywalking capabilities.
"Have you not been listening? Has the cold frozen your ears off? I don't believe in evil, nor good. Both are hollow concepts created by those who lack the strength to carve their own path. I am merely pointing out the boy's hypocrisy. He claims to kill demons, but the moment his sister's involved, suddenly, excuses all over the place! Is this not the funniest thing?" She turns to Tanjiro, a horrific, mirthless grin plastered on her face. "You are not very good at your 'job' if you let something as ephemeral and useless as 'family' keep you from doing it properly, boy. RII GAAR NOS!"
A massive rip in the sky◊ attempts to pull in all fighters present but Farandare. Those who fail to resist will be lifted a massive distance before falling down. For anyone without superhuman amounts or endurance or the power of flight, the fall would be almost assuredly fatal. While this goes on, Farandare heals her wounds, then summons a Dremora assassin wielding a Daedric bow, casting some kind of spell on it to empower its attacks dramatically. The Assassin tries to snipe anyone who manages to resist the black hole.
Farandare's Spell Slots: 18/30
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 17th 2020 at 12:32:20 PM
"I'm beginning to think you and I have very different ideas as to what constitutes as 'funny'!"
Serana stabs her sword into the ground to keep from being pulled into the rift, gripping the hilt as tightly as possible. Just as she launches an Ice Spike at Farandare's smug face, she takes an arrow to the shoulder from the Dremora assassin and lets out a pained snarl.
Whoops, Constant Flux was supposed to just be building up last round.
Tanjiro weaves around, anchoring himself to the ground with sheer speed as the water trail turns into a roaring dragon's head!
With that, he rushes at the Dremora Assassin with a mighty slash, following up with a second, more powerful slash at Farandare, before skidding to a halt!
Reyna stops for a moment after the Heaven Piercer shot. "... Y'know, she has a point."
"But then, what do I know? I haven't been in his shoes. Hell, I don't have much of a family to speak of. But the same goes for you," Reyna adds with a dramatic point at Farandare. "I can tell that your family doesn't mean shit to you, and I know for a fact that, in just about every culture ever, shunning family is considered one of the worst kinds of evil."
After his attack, Tanjiro starts to be pulled off the ground, but Nezuko, using herself as an anchor, catches him and keeps him from being thrown into the sky!
Reyna flails her limbs as she goes flying high up. However, Reyna does not care. Reyna is highly proficient in falling. She attempts to fire her Clutch Claw at Farandare. If successful, she will yank Farandare up to her current height, then send her hurtling into the nearest vertical surface at crashing speed with a point-blank Flinch Shot, using all her remaining Crystalburst ammo in a single blast with enough concussive force to send even large monsters careening on a collision course!
Edited by KiriK on Feb 17th 2020 at 11:12:37 AM
Azreal's hands found purchase and grappled Augus into the ground, creating a second crater! However, Augus was no slouch when it came to counters either, and he met Azreal's fists with his own attack rush. If he could just find an opening, he would try to knock Azreal back, and flip himself onto his feet.
"This is fun! It's like hunting!"
Cease with your ramblings, demon! I care not for what you have to say in any capacity!
Samsara and Oboro stab their weapons into the ground, and Oboro grab Emmeryn, who can't really do the same. They're kinda stunned and defenseless against the arrows though, meaning that they end up getting hit by some. Baldur let himself get pulled, amused by the attacks and wanting to see how painful they'll be. When he falls, he's clearly not amused, perhaps having expected something... bigger.
Thus he, faster than he's been before, attack forth, lightning flowing out of him as he attempts to blitz forward to try to grab Farandare. If he succeed, he attempts to lift her over his head and attempts to S S S SLAM HER TO THE GROUND LIKE HE'S TRYING TO DUNK HER AS HARD AS HE CAN.
Takumi end up flying though, and his fall on the ground put him at death's door. Emmeryn attempts to heal him with a staff, while the remaining Sheperds attempt to down a vulnerary to heal their wounds. Lucina's quicker at it by using her Falchion to do so though, allowing her to try to get her revenge on the bow assassin with a ruthless series of slashes!
The bow Dremora is not exactly what you'd call tanky. With his summoner a little too preoccupied to come to its aid, it is rapidly diced by the attacks.
Farandare leaps backwards to avoid a full impact from Tanjiro's water dragon slash, but the sheer force of the flowing energy is enough to disrupt her, leaving her open to Reyna's attack. She manages to turn around in midair and unleashes an icy stalactite from Silmeri at Reyna just as the latter unleashes her full-powered attack, blasting Farandare into the ground. And leaving her completely open to Baldr suplexing her ass, meeting the ground again. In a matter of seconds, she has lost all the health she's gained back from her earlier heal.
"Da-damn you all..." she painfully forces out as she stands back up. "So even cockroaches can be a pain in the neck when there's a whole swarm of them, eh..? Enough of this! Enough enough ENOUGH! Why won't you all DIE already like all the others! I have slain GODS, you disgusting pests! I have ripped ALDUIN apart! OBLIVION TAKE YOU ALL! DUR HAH DOV!!!"
Something unspeakable begins unfolding in the skies as Farandare screams open a tear between worlds, an opening into a Daedric realm. A single Eye, the size of a moon, opens to gaze down upon the mortals beneath. The squamous green vileness of Apocrypha seeps out of it, tainting the pristine night sky. Bolts of dark lightning◊ periodically crash down towards random fighters from the Eye of Mora. Those who are struck by one of those will take significant damage. If their life force is already dwindling, they are at risk of being utterly disintegrated in a green flash, their very consciousness devoured by the Lord of Knowledge and the rest scattering to the wind.
As this awe-inspiring sight unfolds above, Farandare casts two additional spells. One creates a stone in the middle of the arena that periodically sends out forceful pulses attempting to stagger enemies. Another curses the ground itself, causing it to sprout stalagmites◊ under those who do get staggered. The intention being to throw as many fighters off their feet as possible, rendering them incapable of avoiding Mora's disintegrating blasts.
Farandare's Spell Slots: 16/30
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 17th 2020 at 1:40:26 PM
Nezuko shoves Tanjiro out of the way of a lightning strike that hits her instead, causing her to shriek under her muzzle, but Tanjiro is too winded to retaliate.
Reyna gets shot out of the sky, but her Iceproof Mantle+ reduces the damage to 'survivable' before depleting. She pops a Max Potion to fully restore her vitality, then dons a Thunderproof Mantle+ to withstand the lightning. Then she dodge-rolls to avoid the staggering waves.
She launches her Kinsect at Farandare, but it moves in a straight line rather than homing in on her, due to Farandare not being marked, and will not create a dust cloud on impact.
Edited by KiriK on Feb 17th 2020 at 12:49:26 PM
After pulling the Daedric arrow from her shoulder and tossing it to Takumi to add to his quiver, Serana runs towards Farandare as the latter flies into a rage, ready to strike true with her blade. However, she's unexpectedly staggered by a pulse and thrown to the ground by a stalagmite, leaving her wide open to a bolt of dark lightning to the back.
Screaming in pain, the daughter of Lord Harkon can only lie on the ground, breathing heavily as she takes the time to recover from her devastating wound.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 17th 2020 at 11:02:29 AM
Hahahahaha! You're talking more than you're fighting! And I guess it's fitting that you get trashed by a god!
Baldur get struck by the lightning, getting cut off halfway through his speech. Takumi recover and get the arrow, but Emmeryn is brought to critical health when she take her time to try and heal Samsara, collapsing to the ground and causing her to be helpless as a result! Oboro pick her up but has a hard time keeping her ground, and desperately avoid the lightning strikes, getting her feet damaged by the stalagtites.
Lucina, desperate to save her aunt and her ally, attempt to help Oboro. It distract her from fighting this round.
Samsara dart through the attacks, dodging them all and standing her ground.
Launch her into the air!
If Farandare is launched into the air or just forced to stay in one spot, Samsara enters Archdemon mode and spin around extremely fast, temporarily becoming a pink wheel of death. She'll attempt to shear into the evil mage like a chainsaw, spinning around at the speed of sound.
If not, then she stil enter Archdemon mode but attempts to use Astra, trying to hit Farandare's eyes especially to attempt to blind her.
Edited by Bolded1 on Feb 17th 2020 at 11:57:31 AM
The vampire mage grits her teeth in pain as Samsara's wheel of death drills into her, raising veritable showers of white sparks as her enchantment pains to keep her alive.
"I believe I've had just about enough of this nonsense," she says haughtily. "Three curses upon this place for allowing just about any filthy cur a fighting chance. This ludicrous farce of a 'battle' is not worth my time. Serana, we are leaving."
Farandare snaps her fingers. The green cage of energy fades away and the vampire queen grabs her unfortunate assistant by the neck. Her tearful eyes, opened wide, lock for one last time with those of her Arena counterpart. Envy for her more merciful fate? Admiration, for having the courage to stand up against the Volkihar Nightmare? A silent plea for help? Perhaps all of those?
"Before I leave, please accept my last parting gift! In that it will part you! Ohohohohohoho, parts of you will be raining all over this wretched place once it hits! Farewell, worms! WULD... TOOR SHUL!" she shouts. Nothing seems to be happening, and Farandare exits the Arena through her usual rectangular door-like portal, dragging Serana with her.
Those who are observant may notice a twinkle in the sky.◊ One that is steadily and rapidly growing bigger, turning into a blaze.
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 29th 2020 at 1:53:22 PM
The Sheperds sit down, content for now... until they look up. Samsara's eyes "widen" briefly.
Dad gum it.
Takumi briefly stare at her flatly.
It's a , erm, Donnel's thing. But let's keep this conversation once we're out of here!
They begin to flee. Baldr, however, just squat down and put his fist on his cheek, happily awaiting annihilation.
Nezuko climbs into the box on Tanjiro's back.
"Shit," remarks Reyna. "Accounted for ice and lightning - not fire. I think we should RUN."
So they run.
Edited by KiriK on Feb 17th 2020 at 5:49:04 AM
Before Farandare leaves with Alt!Serana in tow, Serana offers her a counterpart a sympathetic look. Though she couldn't act in time to save her now, she could take comfort in the fact that Viserys, Awkeff, and Alleria would soon free her from her cruel master.
Making a mental note to speak with her counterpart once all was said and done, she pulls herself back to her feet before running from the oncoming meteor as fast as her legs can carry her.
The resulting explosion can be seen a few kilometers away as the meteor impacts, blasting to smithereens the balcony of the Chantry, making the whole building quake and possibly collapsing a few doors and ceilings inside.
The Night Queen
Only faint blue dust now blows all over the halls of the venerable Castle Volkihar.
The vampires would have been more than a match for any mortal, but before four Dragonborn - one of them specialized in annihilating entities like themselves completely and utterly - they and their gargoyle servants may as well have been paper. Despite her intentions to take back the reins of the Clan, even Enda had no choice but to accept this as a necessary sacrifice to get at her sister's throat. If she survives, she can always sire more, but she would never rule the ones remaining here. Not as long as Farandare remains alive. There are worse ways for a Volkihar vampire to die than a blade or a spell.
Edited by Arachnos on Feb 29th 2020 at 1:58:35 PM
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