I gripped my scepter tightly, fighting off a group of birdlike creatures which flew at me in large arrow patterns. I sent off waves several illusions towards the monsters, making them solid just in time for them to pierce through the birds, which got rid of about half of each group. The rest I managed to get with my magic and destruction powers.
I did this same pattern over and over again for about a half hour until the woman gave up and got rid of the creatures. I lowered the illusions and my scepter, growing weary and wanting to conserve my energy as much as possible.
Part of me debated calling in the rest of the Circle, but someone still needed to rule Ecridora and I couldn't just leave it all in Harmonia's hands, even if it were just for a night. I debated with myself as I fought off more of the lizard people which approached and circled me back on the ground, which I swung at with the base of my scepter so as to conserve magical energy. When that was taken care of, everyone and everything froze in time.
Harmonia. I need help with this. Bring in Belladonna, Ekaterine, and Niles ASAP. Sorry for bugging you, but it's really important. I might need the others, keep them on guard.
In three flashes, the three of them were in front of me, and then they froze in time. With a wave of my hand, the three of them were freed from the time stop.
"Alright, what do we need to do?" Niles asked.
I gestured to the shadow monsters. "That's what we need to do. Try and work on fighting and taking out as many as you can."
A grin stretched across Belladonna's face as she conjured her armor and pulled out her dual swords. "Awesome! It's been a while since I could kick some butt, y'know, polish up my skills."
"Alright, Belladonna!" I hollered as she ran off into the heat of the fight. Niles also headed off to another spot, readying some of his favorite gadgets to fight with, and so did Ekaterine as she readied her bow and arrow. Then, I let time continue and went on to fight off more and more monsters.
I cut my way through multiples of these gorilla-like monsters, yelling in triumph.
"Oh, you guys thought you'd be able to fight me off with a couple more of you, huh?" the lady asked as she conjured a new shadow monster which towered above my head. It roared and swiped at me, and I conjured a bunch of metal blades at its chest, but they hardly left a dent in its strength. I grunted, creating a large pillar of metal to shoot myself up at him and struck it with both my swords, creating large metal fractals that were sharp as needles while they were still inside its chest. It roared in agony, slashing at me with its claws and trying to bite my head off, but I simply filled in the rest of my bare skin with armor, all while staring at the woman with an indescribable look. After a few seconds, the monster vanished, and I fell to the ground with a clang from my armor. The woman quickly grew even more furious and determined than before, conjuring up stronger and stronger monsters, but I managed to cut my way through all of them, save for the larger ones. For those, I'd decided to signal for Niles so that we could team up on them.
Within minutes, there were metal spikes and sword slashes in dozens of lizard people, the horde of bull-like monsters she had sent out against me, and the bird creatures which had surrounded Eris when she called us here. One by one, they disappeared, seconds after being killed. Despite my triumphs, the lady was still conjuring up several more monsters to replace them and still more, and the large beasts were still wreaking havoc. I called for Niles and he ran over, weapons at the ready and smoking slightly.
"Come on, cos, let's kill some monsters!" I yelled excitedly, and created a thin layer of metal, which he then levitated by throwing together a tiny motor of some sorts and putting it on the metal plate.
"How in the world are you able to do that?" I asked, though I already knew the answer.
"Runs in the genes, can't help it, though if I could I still wouldn't," we both said. He gave that exact same line every time someone asked that question, and I would tell him to stop if it weren't so fun to mock him.
"Anyways, over there! That one looks cool, let's go for it." I yelled, pointing to one monster. It looked like a combination of a wolf and a snake, with a black cloud forming at its mouth every time it breathed. Looking directly at it even for a few seconds burned my eyes, and I had to look away as Niles waved his hand around to steer the sheet of metal to the creature.
"We'd have to attack from the back of the bead," he said. "I have no idea what's going on with that smoke cloud breath, but it doesn't look like something I want to risk. I raised my sword and he raised his arm, which was equipped with what looked like a gun of sorts. He touched the sword with his finger, and electric current ran through it which made lightning patterns run up and down it. He fired electrically fired lasers at the thing, which seemed to weaken it well enough, as well as getting rid of the dark clouds. Then, I dove off the board, swords in hand both strong with electricity. I stabbed it in the back of the neck, one sword in each side, and it fell to the ground just before vanishing.
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We continued to take out the monsters with relative ease compared to when I was working alone, though having to deal with this irritating cousin of mine really negated the fact that we were taking the monsters out easier.
After getting the fifth of the dozen or so monsters taken out, as well as regularly checking to make sure the ground was taken care of, we closed in on one. It was an extremely large bobcat with tarantula's legs, finished with a beak which took up most of its' face. It had glowing pale green eyes, the only part of it which wasn't complete shadow, and I could barely stand even a quick glance at them.
"Let's go from under, it won't be able to get to us." I nodded at Niles' advice and readied my swords, sharpening them to a fine point after noticing they were growing dull. "Even if it tried getting to us, it couldn't because its beak is straight." I cut a deep gash into the stomach of the catlike creature, growing more of the metal spikes just as I had with the first gorilla-like monster. It didn't do a thing except anger the creature more, causing it to wail out in a gut-wrenching sound somewhere between a roar, a caw, and a screaming man. Nope, just the roar and caw. The last part was just Niles getting a good twenty years knocked off his life.
"Niles, actually help me out! Quit being useless for once!" I yelled, holding a floating sword up to his neck. He nodded and quickly recomposed himself, and the extra sword vanished. He shot up at the thing with a large flare and then a wave of electricity. The monster moved just before Niles tried to tear through the thing with a thing vaguely resembling two saws with electricity flowing through them. It then looked Niles in the eyes, and he shot himself up at it, sending each of the saws directly into the middle of each eye.
The monster vanished and Niles fell to the ground. I sent the metal plate to the ground with me over top of it, improvising to make up for the lack of Niles' control over the hovercraft as well as my panic.
"Niles, you idiot!" I screamed as someone ran over to his aid. "What made you think going directly for those eyes was a good idea?!"
"Belladonna," Ekaterine said, cutting her way through the small group forming around Niles. "I think we have bigger problems than Niles being an idiot. We all know it, you just don't need to point it out right now." She sat down next to the boy who had come to help, checking to make sure my cousin was okay. "What we do need is help for the boy, and fast. Any healers?" she called out to everyone, both the ones fighting and the few gathered around Niles, who hadn't moved since he fell.
"Anyone at all?!" I called out, tears welling up in my eyes.
"Jeez, if Belladonna cares about this kid, it must be pretty bad," Eris muttered under her breath.
"It is," Ekaterine said. I didn't even dare think of that lady and how she must be reacting, whatever twisted form of triumph was going through her head.
also, yes, i know were going to get ekaterine and ekterine mixed up, i decided on the name before ekterine was named/introduced