You feel pain and your vision goes blurry
Then, you get the feelings as though your floating
And down below, you spot your body
You see additional allies fall and Zephyr stand back up.
Masoom: "I... this is my fault."
Rumbling is heard.
Masoom: "Wait, why am I looking down at myself like this?"
You see the Phoenix move in from above. It's diving down towards the fight, its close range frontal cannon charged.
Masoom: "Wait, is she going to...? I hope she has a way to get us out of this, but..."
As it begins to charge, you feel a teleportation effect trigger.
Masoom: "...She modified the wards, didn't she?"
The other party members vanish, both standing and down.
Masoom: "She did!"
Your body is gone too, but your still floating
Masoom laughs heartily.
Masoom pauses a moment and looks around.
Masoom: "Well, this is... interesting."
The cannon fires. The blast is massive, and pulverizes the ground. Templar Kallistos quickly reacts, by powering a powerful barrier. Despite the barrier, the templar are still blasted to the ground, struggling to stay in one piece. The barrier begins to crack. Zephyr however, stands tall, unflinching, undamaged.
Masoom: "Those Templar... more powerful than I suspected. And grouped here. We can't beat them in a fair fight, unless..."
Masoom: "Hmm... interesting."
The barrier looks at the brink of shattering. Then, a magic circle appears on the ground
Masoom: "Hmm, what's this..."
Masoom looks over the magic circle.
Another teleportation field activates, and the templar, and Zephyr are whisked away. Your view of the ground is completely obscured by the explosion.
Masoom frowns at that.
Masoom: "It's strange, isn't it, Red?"
Red: "You're looking at the wrong thing"
You note the voice is comming from above
Masoom looks above him.
You look up and see a cloud of red, a bit above you
Red: "Black hurt him, badly. Yet when he called to his own orb, he recovered completely"
Masoom: "How much of White's power did that take? I heard something about weakening his own soul..."
Red: "The power was shared, but white is more capable"
Masoom: "White is more capable?"
Red: "It seems white has avoided wear and tear that Zephyr has faced"
Red: "Its obvious now, as long as he as white, and integrates with its power, your not bringing Zephyr down"
Masoom: "Any ideas?"
Red: "And because the two match, he can draw more power from white, then you could from me"
Red: "The two are parts of the same whole"
Masoom: "So Zephyr's the mortal shell, while White's the immortal part?
Masoom tries to comprehend.
Red: "The body is mortal, but the now separate souls aged at different rates"
Red: "White is the better presereved it seems"
Red: "But the details won't help. You need white gone, or no longer helping"
Red: "Either persuade it to stop, or force it to"
Red: "Maybe, do the same to it, as he did to us"
Red: "Zephyr knew a way to silence me, and prevent me from doing anything while you fought"
Red: "Maybe the same can be done to him"
Masoom: "...Black's ritual, perhaps?"
Masoom: "Well, before we take Zephyr, we need to take out the Templars."
Red: "Possibly all at once. They may not split up again"
Your vision begins to fade.
Masoom: "But to do... that..."
And everything goes black.
Masoom groans a moment, blinking.
You wake up to find yourself on merely a mattress.
The room is otherwise empty.
No one else is sharing the room or waiting for you.
Masoom: "That's... weird..."
Masoom: "Red, you still there?"
Masoom: "Snap out of it!" *mental slap*
Red: "If I had a head, I'd think that's what's hurting"
Masoom: "I don't know, you were speaking just fine right after I went down..."
Red: "I was? Oh yea..that"
Red: "I think"
Masoom: "What happened there?"
Red: "You're not far now."
Red: "And apparently not dead."
Masoom sighs and frowns.
Masoom: "I went down too fast. If Mandriva hadn't jurryrigged something... we'd be dead."
Masoom: "I went down while I was the lynchpin for our escape."
Masoom frowns. He obviously feels guilty about taking that risk.
No windows, possibly basement level. You hear footsteps somewhere down the halls.
Masoom carefully peeks out the door.
They condinue to get closer and then you see Mandriva pass by.
Mandriva: "Hmm? Oh you're awake"
Masoom nods and frowns.
Masoom: "Modification of the Phoenix wards?"
Mandriva: "A few adjustments."
Masoom: "Ingenious. And it saved the world. Or at least delayed armageddon."
Mandriva: "Luckily, the flyers did not counter attack"
Mandriva: "One looked quite exhausted, the other triggered an escape for the rest"
Masoom: "You could've always tried ramming them."
Masoom: "I'm not sure what would happen if you ran an airship into a Templar, but I imagine the result would be exciting."
Mandriva: "Oh yea, ramming a single, small, agile flyer with a giant airship"
Masoom: "Approach them from the right angle and you might surprise them."
Masoom: "Still... those Templar. We need a way to weaken them."
Masoom pauses a moment.
Masoom: "How are the others? Who else survived?"
Mandriva: "Everyone else was like you."
Mandriva: "A few were awake at first, but quickly passed out"
Masoom: "Are we still in the Manor?"
Mandriva: "Basement levels."
Mandriva: "That explosion I made caused quite a bit of damage."
Mandriva: "And left a crater."
Masoom: "Yeah, impressive."
Masoom: "Lord Sereth? Lady Certa? Sirius?"
Mandriva: "When you've gathered your energy, you should speak with him"
Mandriva: "He claims he's captured a prisoner."
Mandriva: "Certa left here before the attack."
Masoom: "With Sirius?"
Mandriva: "Sereth did not mention him, or ask about his status."
Mandriva: "So I assume he knows where he is."
Masoom nods and frowns.
Mandriva: "Still on the ship."
Masoom breathes a sigh of relief.
Mandriva: "I didn't see her before, but, when I triggered the teleportation, she appeared next to everyone else"
Mandriva: "It seems Rhea made a modification to include her sometime earlier"
Masoom breathes a sigh of relief.
Masoom: "So... we really didn't lose anyone."
Masoom: "Well... don't know how many staff died in the attack, but at least we didn't lose anyone that could help end the world."
Mandriva: "It did look like they cast something on the girls though"
Masoom frowns and nods.
Masoom: "We'll have to analyze it. Well, someone will."
Mandriva: "Remember that new ritual you found that you thought could stop Zephyr's plan from working on them?"
Mandriva: "From the one you called Ruby"
Mandriva: "From a glance, it's been destroyed"
Mandriva: "And countered"
Masoom swears like... well, a sailor.
Mandriva: "It means it no longer works, and you'll never get it cast again"
Masoom: "So we either figure out a new variant... or this is it."
Masoom: "That was... frak."
Mandriva: "If there is a new variant, I have no idea what it would be."
Masoom: "Neither do I yet."
Masoom: "Alright then... a minor question: any luck with the construct in your basement?"
Mandriva: "I have not even touched it since."
Masoom: "I bet it could tell us something about Zephyr but... too much else to focus on right now."
Masoom: "Very well. Thanks Mandriva. We all owe you a big one."
Mandriva: "I'll let you know when the others wake up."
Masoom: "Where's Lord Sereth at?"
Mandriva: "Upstairs, busy dealing with the aftermath."