[ Tournament: ]
Zev: Urk!! *A narrow cut is opened on his chest*
*Then, the Thundaga impacts him - Vast surges of lightning coursing through his body*
Zev: GYAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGGHHH!! *Falls downward*
Sun Tortoise: Myugh. *Does not even flinch as Zev lands on its back, his eyes rolled back*
*However, the ourobouros design has filled up almost halfway with scarlet light*
Zev: Urk...Gghh... *Raises right hand, ring glimmering*
*From the Sun Tortoise, large amounts of Sun Flames rise up, wreathing around Zev*
Zev: *Wounds slowly heal - Although slightly singed, is back in fighting condition* ...
*Looking up at Roxas, he grins coolly*
Zev: Not bad, there...Took me by surprise. I must apologize - I haven't been taking your power seriously...That is the greatest insult you can make to a fellow warrior. *Raises hands slightly*
*Several semi-transparent spheres of orange light appear, before lengthening into several energy rods*
Zev: *Air around self begins to vibrate* I appreciate you taking me seriously...And I sincerely ask forgiveness for not giving you the same. Now, I shall make it up to you in the only way I can see fit.
*With that, the roughly eight or nine energy rods lance upwards towards Roxas, aiming to stab him*
Zev: ...I shall give thanks for your respect to my warrior spirit, and repent for my disregard of yours...By taking the gloves off and ripping you apart. Prepare yourself, Roxas - I may not kill you, but you're going to feel this when you wake up for the next few mornings. *Disappears*
*He suddenly reappears directly in front of Roxas, hands folded in front of himself, expression serene*
Zev: ...Aura Minus-Range Technique: Swallowtail. *Begins moving again, preparing to fight*
*Moving so quickly that it is merely a flicker, he sends a twisting finger-jab, surrounded by white aura, towards Roxas' right bicep*
*Meanwhile, just before the attack should impact, Zev's Sun Flames appear - Forming a glorious lotus behind himself*
Zev: *Expression remains at utter peace, completely changed from before*
Makoto: *Ducks around a kick from Xanxus, managing to avoid the Sky Flames*
Xanxus: Rrgh!! *Throws a fist surrounded in Sky Flames downward, clearly intending to seriously harm Makoto*
Makoto: Eeep!! *Uses the momentum from her previous dodge to do a frontflip past Xanxus*
*The fist that she avoided splinters the ground, causing a small fissure forward*
Xanxus: *Whirls, lobbing several spheres of Sky Flames after her*
Makoto: *Narrowly cartwheels out of the way* *Thinks to self* Crap! I'll just run out of energy at this rate!!
*Trying to think up a plan, she dodges another pulse of Sky Flames*
Xanxus: *Snarls, scars starting to spread slightly*
[ Icy Graveyard Planet: ]
*As SMSh, SMYu, and SMM stand around in front of the cathedral - Waiting for SMYu to calm - Three figures watch from a hilltop in the distance*
*One figure, clearly female, stands in front of the other two; of the other two, one is much larger than her and round in shape, while the other is even taller than that and clearly more lean and muscular*
Round Figure: *Looks to the female leader* Suzuki-san...Are they who we're looking for?
Suzuki: *Watches SMSh, SMM, and SMYu calmly* ...Perhaps. *Turns to the round-ish figure* What do you think, Rauji-kun?
Rauji: ...I think they could be...But we'll have to investigate a bit to find out. *Looks to the tallest, most intimidating, third member of the group* Whaddyou think, Kaoru...?
Kaoru: ... ... ... *Speaks very quietly* ...I...Can't really tell either way...Sorry...
Rauji: Relax, man! Nothing to be sorry about.
Suzuki: ...Let's pull back a bit.
*The three move away*
[ Paw Castle: ]
Pitou: *Has started to get another toy, before he hears something* ...Hm? *Ears twitch*
*Next to hear it is Ed; then Namah; then finally Moss*
???: Myaaa! Myaaa! Mya, myaaaaa!
Pitou: *Suddenly twitches* ...Something...Has made it through the Paw Castle's barrier...And is incoming. Quickly.
*Abruptly, the source of the mewling noise appears - Some kind of tall, slender, well-proportioned female, with a long, wild mane of pale blue hair with a broad black stripe going back from her forehead - Which has a small red gem positioned in its rough center - And a thin layer of mocha-tan fur all over her body. She wears a blue nightshirt with two carrots crossed in an 'X' on the front*
*With a glimmer, she transforms into a child-like form - Her nightshirt fitting much more properly*
Pitou: *Blinks, surprised* Ryo-Ohki? What are you doing here? Where's Ryoko?
Ryo-Ohki: Myaaa! Myaaa! *Abruptly, her face distorts - * Mrew, mew mrow mreeew... * - And she begins bawling loudly* MYAAAAA!! MYAAAAA-AAAAAH!!
Pitou: ... *Looks to Ed* ...Can you...Understand what she's saying?
Ed: Hmmm... *Stares at Ryo-Ohki* ...She's saying..."Ryoko's hurt. Need Pitou. Scared. Scared. Scared. Sca - "
Pitou: *Holds up a paw-like hand* I get the gist of it. *Kneels down* Ryo-Ohki...Can you take us to where Ryoko is?
Ryo-Ohki: Mrewww... *Gem in forehead starts to glimmer*
*With a flash, Pitou, Moss, Ed, and Namah are warped away*
*They find themselves in what looks like a run-down factory of somekind*
*A figure can be seen laying nearby, barely breathing*
Pitou: ...Just in time. *Runs over on all fours*
[ Shady Factory: ]
*Laying there is Ryoko, with a large wound in her left side, just below her ribcage; the blood has pooled around her, and she looks deathly pale*
Pitou: *Kneels down beside her* Activate, Doctor Blythe.
*His tail starts to extend upwards, the end beginning to glow with a hazy golden light*
*Above him appears the huge girl doll torso dressed in a tattered nurse's outfit, with big, sad eyes, dirty blonde hair hanging at jawlength, and a stitched-shut mouth. From her abdomen and thin, gangly arms extend a huge amount of medical equipment on mechanical limbs and cords*
Doctor Blythe: *Looks silently down at Ryoko* ... *Begins to work*
*First is lowered what looks like an oxygen mask, gently covering her mouth; a hazy golden energy starts to flow to the mask for Ryoko to breathe in*
*This is followed by two cyringes injecting a mint green and pale blue serum, respectively; after which several more instruments begin to work on repairing the damage*
Pitou: *Stares down at Ryoko intently, but without turning, speaks in a quiet voice* ...Ryo-Ohki.
Ryo-Ohki: *Struggles to hold in her tears* Mrew...M-M-Mya?
Pitou: *Speaks reassuringly* Ryoko will be just fine. You were very, very brave.
Ryo-Ohki: *Blushes slightly, staring at toes* ...Mrow...
Pitou: *Looks worriedly at the wound*
Ed: *Is simply staring at the proceedings, face expressionless*
Namah: *Eyes narrow dangerously* ...Ryoko's been in a fight...With someone packing serious heat. We've got to tell Zev.
Pitou: On the contrary, Namah, telling Zev would be the worst thing to do.
Namah: *Looks at Pitou angrily* How!? Zev's practically her brother, he deserves to know someone - !
Pitou: I'm not saying he doesn't deserve to know - If this happened to someone as close to me as Ryoko and Zev are, I'd want to know...However, the difference is what will be done. *Pauses* ...Have you ever heard of "Ruins Buster" Kagato?
Namah: ...Yeah...Malicious genius. Created the Soja. Got his name for looting ruins of lost, ancient technology and knowledge, before razing them to the ground so that no one else could have them. What about him?
Pitou: Well, actually, Kagato was Washu's assistant; he's the one who imprisoned her, and turned the Soja into a war machine...I'll also assume that you remember when Ryoko made the only successful attack on Jurai in history, and it took the King, the Queen, and the Prince combined to defeat her?
Namah: ... *Clearly doesn't like where this is going* ...Y-yeah...So?
Pitou: They planned to kill Ryoko...But the Crown Prince saw her briefly halt an attack on his parents, and he noted that close behind the two, there was a father desperately holding up the rubble for his children to crawl away. The Prince requested that he meet Ryoko in one-on-one combat atop his personal ship, the First-Generation Ship Kasukanahime.
*He takes a pause, letting that sink in, before continuing*
Pitou: ...Using his sword, the Master Key to all Juraian Ships, and his own ship together, the Prince somehow managed to drain a portion of Ryoko's power into himself. This was able to free a hold that some evil mind had on her - Much later, he would learn that Kagato had used Ryoko to attack Jurai in a bid to gain the power of their Royal Trees. Sadly, the Prince was hurtled into another world - It's known that he's returned, somewhere, but only his Mother and Father can recognize him, and have sworn to keep his identity a secret. My family upholds a similar oath to him, as he prevented evil forces from invading my homeworld.
*Looking closer at Ryoko, who is only now starting to gain some color again, Pitou takes another pause*
Pitou: ...Soon after, Ryoko saved Zev from a band of space pirates when he was weakened by a cheap shot. Ever since, they've felt a bond like siblings. Ryoko cannot stand it when Zev looks gravely injured...And Zev cannot stand Ryoko being harmed. However, while Ryoko could have a breakdown if she saw Zev in the kind of state she herself is in...If Zev finds out that someone hurt her so badly, and possibly traumatized Ryo-Ohki, we've got a problem that won't be solved as easily as my prime suspects for Ryoko's assailants.
*He looks at Ryoko frantically, noting something, before calming down*
Pitou: When Kagato tried to take Ryoko back under his control, and was ready to kill her when he realized he couldn't, Zev went completely berserk. He killed Kagato so savagely, not even the man's incredible regeneration could save him. If Zev goes looking for whoever attacked Ryoko, it will become an even greater catastrophe.
*Falling silent, he focuses entirely back on Ryoko*
Namah: *Is awestruck, silent*
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