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Zagreus's fists suddenly glowed a bright golden color, this would both be his defense and his offense, seeing as he couldn't really move at the moment. This is one of his only options!
Boon of Athena!
With the power of the Goddess Athena, a glowing shield appeared in front of Zag, blocking the crescent arc of blood, and absorbing the force of the blow. With an unusually calm demeanor, Zagreus pulled his fist back, and punched the center of the golden shield, with all the power of the attack it had just absorbed, it flew back at Muzan with a gleaming flash of golden brilliance!
The slimeboi caught the blade, for one, this had been his dream since he was a kid, to hold the sword of one of the best swordsmen in fiction!
For two, he felt a power emanating off of it... Not quite magical, but defiantly not something a normal sword would have.
Sage, there is no way I can use this effectively, take over. This is all on you!
Understood, engaging automatic combat procedures.
The normal gleaming yellow of Rimuru's eyes faded to a deep red, almost black as his body's control was given to the Great Sage, his movements robotic as he both blocked the attack with Zantetsuken, and simutainiously cut the vines that had wrapped their way around his legs.
Engaging opponent, odds of success, 45%, calculating.... Done
With robotic motions, the machine controlled Rimuru (Referring to as Great Sage until done | 3 rounds) dashed at Muzan with speeds never before seen from the slime, aiming a precise slash at the Demon King's neck, attempting decapitation.
The depth of possibilities would never cease to impress her. What a strange, funny fellow he was, stretching without a care in the world. She couldn't help but laugh at the sight, even it was only slightly.
"Gomu-Gomu, you say? That rolls off of the tongue quite well. You seem quite high energy. I don't suppose you could show me to where you were fighting your mysterious... 'strong guy?"
What a fine fellow. He reminded her of simpler times, back when she was new.
Hmmm, I'm not sure! I guess I can try. He stand still, and there's a brief red glint in his eyes before he nods.
Oh, got it! It's down South, but I don't know how we'll get to him quickly! Can you fly or something? He jump up and down while flapping his arms like a bird.
Fly? Could she fly? That was a stupid question, of course she could fly, she just had to change a few things...
With a snap of her fingers, Angel was off of the ground.
"Take my hand. I will drag you along, and you may show me the way."
The anticipation was marvelous! She would never be used to new frontiers like this.
I'm still not seeing wings. He grumbles, before just grabbing her hand and following. To give her the information she needs, he points at the "tough guy's spot.
Jumping in surprise, BE!Pietro immediately slams the book shut and leaps to his feet. Upon turning to see that it was Greed who'd addressed him, however, he breathes a sigh of relief.
"Oh, I was just brushing up on some of your world's history," he replies. "This 'alchemy' I read about sounds an awful lot like magic."
Placing the book on a nearby table, he raises an eyebrow at the Homunculi.
"How long were you standing there for, anyway? I swear, if you're actually Envy pretending to be Greed as part of some stupid prank..."
Upon noticing Varrik and his familiar chest plate, Loki and Thor stop dead in their tracks.
"Ah, now there's somebody we haven't seen in ages. I wonder what he's been doing since our paths last crossed."
"I don't imagine he'll be very inclined to tell us, Loki. In case you've forgotten, this Ness is not the most open of people."
"Come now, Thor, you've saved his neck from Steppenwolf's axe twice. Perhaps he'll consider making an exception for us."
"True, true. I suppose there's only one way to know for certain."
With that, the brothers proceed to make their way towards the young hunter.
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 27th 2021 at 1:44:54 AM
With that complaint filed, she decided to humor Luffy by forming a pair of brilliant silver wings floating just off of her back.
"Wings, then? Perhaps this is adequate."
With that, she flies to where he is pointing, to the supposed 'tough guy's spot', whatever that entails.
Nice! He says, enthused by the wings. As a result, he almost doesn't notice the shape that's present North of Riften
There's a man up ahead, his arms calmly folded. A small man, with a very notable widow's peak and white battle armor, oh no.
Hmph! He unfold his arms when he notices Angel and Luffy coming up. Bringing a friend along this time?
Greed just chuckles at BE!Pietro's initial reaction.
"In a way, yeah. But with Alchemy, you're still working with the materials you have around you and no more. Unless you use a Philosopher's Stone, then there's no real cost, so then it'd be pretty much magic."
"About ten minutes, waiting for the right moment." , he laughs.
"Nah. Envy's spending some time around the little Wrath. Y'know, the other one. For some reason they actually get along and, Envy's less of a nuisance around the little guy, so none of us are complaining."
Varik stops drinking for a moment, glancing back at them, and looks surprised to see Thor and Loki. Surprised enough to stop drinking for a moment and immediately (and slightly awkwardly) stand up.
"Huh... hi.", he says. "It's, uh, been some time."
Well, as awkward as he suddenly got, at least he isn't shunning them.
Ah, now this man she definitely recognised! Anyone would know Vegeta at a glance, she had met him before... or, had she? A peer into her memories revealed that she had not, and was mixing her experiences with data claimed from exterior sources. A common issue with her, really, but one that could not be avoided.
"Greetings, I believe we have not yet met." she said, stopping around ten meters away from the man. "I assume that you two were engaged in some form of combat not awfully long ago?
Muzan is knocked away by the Hunter, but throws some serrated needles at them, aiming to inflict a deathly poison. However, Joseph's clackers wrap around his arm, weighing him down enough to make him vulnerable to the other attacks.
After being scorched by Nagato's lasers, he nonchalantly turns to her and extends his free arm into a whip-like tendril covered in blades, trying to slice her up good.
Zagreus and Rimuru manage to summarily splatter Muzan, but he just as quickly reforms and unleashes a powerful scream, creating a shockwave from the sheer volume.
Joseph is blown away by the scream. He looks to the distance and sees the rising sun, still somewhat hopeful that if this guy really is some sort of vampire, he hasn't turned into the Ultimate Thing yet.
Doomguy is staggered by the shockwave scream, but manages not to lose his footing and unleashes a triple-shot of powerful homing missiles!
"Huh... I honestly didn't think anyone who wasn't Father could make Envy behave like less of a dickhead. Next thing you know, I'm gonna find out that Lady Sloth actually is Lust's twin sister," BE!Pietro replies, chuckling with Greed. "But if Kid Wrath's really making him easier to put up with, you sure as hell won't hear me complaining either."
He removes his jacket and drops it onto the chair he'd been sitting in.
"So, what'd you wanna talk to me about? Call it a hunch, but I take it you're not here to give me a pop quiz about that book."
Loki offers Varik his trademark mischievous grin.
"Now, now, is that any way to greet old friends you haven't seen in ages, Ness? I would have thought you'd learned some manners since we last met."
Thor briefly shoots his brother a disapproving look before turning back to Varik.
"So... I imagine you've been on quite a few adventures following our showdown with Steppenwolf."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 27th 2021 at 2:23:50 AM
Nagato takes a deep breath before biting the bullet and flash-stepping through the tendrils. They slice through her perfectly, but before the results can show themselves, she activates her healing factor and the cuts are gone.
She casts a 'spell' to manifest a few particles of antimatter inside Muzan's skull.
Flandre is taken offguard by the thorns and the wave of razing blood, and she is cleft cleanly in half along her midsection. Her body decomposes into a screeching swarm of bats and reforms elsewhere, completely whole. She launches a volley of multicolored magical blasts at Muzan from her wings, then notices the first rays of sunlight.
"Well it's been fun, mister devil, but I think this light means our bedtime is coming up soon. You're fun to play with, so I wouldn't want you to accidentally burn up to a crisp."
"I do like your bow quite a lot — I always had myself figured for more of a swordsman, but a sword can only do so much when you're fighting in the sky; and not to mention, that bow just... feels right, yknow? Not entirely sure it would be a wise idea to combine your bow, this eye, and a staff all into one object though — power like that can get temperamental in the hands of a mage."
The storms coiled up towards the eye, cradling it like branches wrapped around a malevolent crystalline orb. They spiraled around one another into the shaft, looking not too dissimilar to a concentrated tornado or hurricane made entirely of lightning. It was a simple staff, in some regard, but that didn't make it any less fitting.
College of Winterhold
Megan nodded respectfully to Terlette, before speaking something that had been on her mind.
"If you feel you have the time to spare, I, uh... have something that might interest you," she said, holding up a small scroll with the rough outlines of what she presently understood about the mid-death hallucination she had previously had about an axe of some sort. "I'm... still trying to decipher a lot of these lines."
"Don't let them hear you say that. 'Lady'Sloth and Lust aren't the biggest fans of one another. Not that they hate each other, they just don't talk to each other much." , Greed chuckles.
"Good eye, speedster. I'm bored as hell."
He then grins.
"Wanna go have some fun?"
He winces a bit at being called Ness.
"P-please call me Varik in public.", he says with a hushed whisper. He then looks at Thor.
"Well... yeah, I've been on quite some-"
He then pauses and looks at the both of them.
"Hold on, you... neither of you has told anyone who I actually am, right?", he asks, looking nervous.
Thor, should he cast a glance at what Varik was just drinking, may be surprised to see that it's a soft drink, and not something with alcohol in it.
Edited by DevilPsyco on Feb 27th 2021 at 11:40:47 AM
A fight involves opponents being equal. I'd say I spanked the child.
Well I'm back! And I'm ready to rumble, Vege
Vegeta frowns. Hmph! I'll take you on. And if your new friend wants to, I can also send her packing into the horizon.
Huh... Yo, Angel, you wanna beat him up?
The Hunter uses their halberd-weapon to deflect some of the spikes, but get poisoned nonetheless. As a result, they back off and down an antidote, preventing any attack from now.
They offer no reaction to the sun and just try to toss a molotov at Muzan, before trying to shoot him in the head.
They really want her to fight Vegeta, of all people? If he has even a fraction of the power she knows ones such as him to possess, that would be foolhardy. Then again...
"I can certainly try."
Against a being as strong as he may be, the first thing that must be done is to restrict their movements. Of course, that may not be entirely necessary, assuming what she suspects is true.
After all, something about this place... didn't quite feel right.
Regardless, she simply stood in place, anticipating the first move being made.
"Either of you may begin at any time you wish."
BE!Pietro grins right back at Greed.
"Believe it or not, I was just thinking about asking you that before you beat me to the punch. I figured it'd be the perfect way to make up for not letting you know about the fight with Hazama."
He cracks his knuckles.
"Now let's go, man. Unless Father can magically change this place's layout with his mind, the training room's not gonna come to us."
Loki answers with a shake of his head.
"If it makes you feel less ashamed, the Ness that Thor and I are most familiar isn't exactly a paragon of purity himself," he assures. "But no, we're still the only ones who know your true identity. For now, anyway."
Noticing that Varik wasn't drinking anything alcoholic for a change, Thor offers him an approving smile.
"Clearly, you've been very busy, if you're no longer drinking yourself into a stupor."
Greed's grin grows.
"Just what I was hoping ya'd say. We'll have to spar right outside the town though. I don't wanna risk messing any room in this place up."
He then bolts towards the ladder that'll lead them up and out of the underground base.
Varik looks back at Thor.
"Well... yeah.", he says, looking a little ashamed for some reason. "I met someone who helped me out of that slump and who I went on some adventures with. I had to stop drinking and train myself to keep up. And I... I've started feeling better about myself over time, I guess. So I rarely drink that sort of stuff nowadays."
He then looks at Loki and looks relieved... initially.
Then he hears the last bit Loki says, his nervousness growing.
"T... that, uh, last bit is a joke, right? You're the god of trickery, so..."
Heh, I'll start. GOMU GOMU NO RED HAWK! Steam surrounds Luffy's arm as he stretch it backward, while also imbuing it in some black armor powered by his sheer will. He then unleash it forward at Vegeta, with such raw might that the Saiyan Prince, in his base form restricted by the Arena, has to put up both arms to surprise it.
Nice blow- Vegeta prepares to say "but", but a gout of flames burst out of Luffy's fist, the sheer speed apparently causing flames to shoot out of it. As a result, he's ever so briefly stunned!
Wingy! Calls out Luffy to Angel.
"Good idea. Father's just about the last person I'd wanna risk pissing off."
Dashing after Greed, BE!Pietro climbs up the ladder after him. Once they've both reached the surface, he follows the Homunculus to whatever his choice of sparring grounds might be.
Loki can't help but chuckle at Varik's nervousness.
"Of course I'm tooling with you, lad. I'm not that cruel."
Thor claps the hunter on the shoulder.
"Well, I'm pleased to hear that life has finally started going right for you, Varik. Truly, I am," he says. "Whoever was responsible for raising your spirits, they have my thanks."
Edited by IchigoMontoya on Feb 27th 2021 at 3:34:01 AM
That is most certainly proof enough that this Vegeta isn't all they're made out to be, or at the very least, that this place is limiting the power of all who visit. She suspects the latter, as she herself is finding it inconvenient to use her power when compared to business as usual.
No, there is no reason to make things complicated. If she overexerts herself, she might find there is a problem. Using the full extent of her power here would be... ill advised. It was time to do things the old fashioned way.
In her hands, a sword appears. It is a brilliant, shining silver, yet nearly transparent at the same time. Complex and mechanical in design, it suddenly explodes with energy, forming a foot thick blade taller than she is. With it in hand, she shouts.
Twirling her sword in a short clockwise circle, a dozen rifts appear in the fabric of space around Vegeta, each firing a blast of golden energy in his direction.
Once they're both out of the base, Greed walks towards the edge of the town, on the plains in between the town and the forest.
"I think this'll do good enough. We can potentially use the nearby forest for some cover too if we feel like fighting fancy~" , he grins. He forms his Ultimate Shield around his hands, turning them into claws.
"Now let's do this~"
Varik looks so relieved that it looks like his legs might give out (though they don't).
"Oh god, please don't scare me like that.", he mutters.
He's startled back to attention at the friendly shoulder clap, now looking up at Thor. As Thor tells him he's happy for him, he glances down for a moment, looking ashamed again.
"... um... Thor?", he asks, using that same reluctant tone a child would use when they're about to admit something to someone.
Edited by DevilPsyco on Feb 27th 2021 at 1:46:34 PM
Hmph! Vegeta cross his arms to protect himself from the barrage of blasts, and Luffy's own barrage, as the youth attempts to start pummeling the Saiyan by throwing out a lot of stretchy punches at once. It looks like he's planning to overwhelm Vegeta with those attacks.
However, the Prince smirks, and grab one of Luffy's fists after guessing his pattern. Blind attacks like that won't make the cut! With a small grunt, he pulls Luffy towards him. Then, while the pirate boy is heading for him, brace himself to deliver a mighty punch to his stomach. While Luffy is resistant to those, he still looks stunned by the power of the move, and a long bump appear on his back, presumably Vegeta's fist.
Then, with a potent yell, Vegeta yeet Luffy right at Angel!
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