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    Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by Lexia on Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:10 am

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    Fingers tangled with his own, Lexia allowed a bright smile to come onto her face.

    One thing that time apparently didn't want to change was Sly's damaged timepiece. It wasn't exactly functioning as it normally would, the gears slowly having stopped their ticking. They were somewhat stuck together, or they would whir and nothing would happen. A predicament which puzzled both Sly and herself, however, that wasn't why the inseparable duo had, once again, decided to come back to the one place which caused them so much pain, but also brought them together. A fate entwined and created by time itself which she cherished, no matter how dire circumstances ever got.

    She was grateful for it all.

    But here, they were searching for something which Sly believed her with. She'd been having dreams, vivid visions which she could have sworn were real. They were of a part of Cormere which she was more than hesitant to actually go through by herself or even with Nithya. It certain was more than dangerous with where the two were going now. Where they were going was simple enough.

    The ruins which housed the final gear to Sly's timepiece and would, hopefully, get it ticking once more.

    Currently the two were walking through a rather narrow path thick with twigs, treacherous rocks that threatened to slip away and tear them both down from their sure-footing. On more than one occasion, Sly had to hoist Lexia back up onto the path as the stones caused her to slip and stumble. For Lexia's part, she simply pushed aside the branches which lashed at both her and Sly's feet, ensuring that they both wouldn't have them slapping at their face. The two of them had experienced that enough on the journey here that she was really making it a point to ensure he wasn't lashed by them once more.

    Behind them was simply descending ground riddled with thick vegetation and treacherous grounds.

    Ahead of them was an increasingly steep climb. But that wasn't what made Lexia suddenly stop.

    Watch out... You're getting closer now, trust me. The voice spoke to her, no longer out of anger and hatred, but out of worry and genuine kindness, as if it were trying to help her in her goals.

    Slowly, a frown pulled onto her face, eyes which matched the colour of the gorgeous sky narrowing. Through the thick trees, she could make out a structure of some sort. It was definitely old, in the same style as the old ruins were built in. Vines were breaking apart the walls, but something was odd. Something was different. Letting go of his hand, she made a gesture for Sly to stop, she ducked down into a crouch, her skirt easily flowing behind her as she crept forward, eyes watching intently for anything near the ruins. She all but froze when she saw a shadow being cast on the old stones. However, her blood ran cold. Within the moments she had been looking at it, the shadow itself shifted. Something was alive and moving out there...

    "Sly, we might need to find another way around..." She said quietly, hoping that he would pick up on her quiet tone, understanding the need to remain quiet and not give away their location so easily. There would need to be another way in somewhere...

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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by Lexia on Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:43 pm

    Lexia heard the series of clicks behind them, the five rods being held under her arm with ease. Lexia, get ready to throw the rods. Destruction advised as she turned to face the direction of clicks- which was right below them. Unlike Sly, she somehow managed to keep her footing as she the ground partially gave way. With a growl, she used her rod to slam into the ground, allowing her to keep her balance as she turned to look at whatever was- That was a bad idea. Inwardly, Lexia hated water and the fact that there was a nice ready stream coming straight at them. Screw that.

    Ripping out the rod moments after she drove it into the ground, Lexia didn't have much of a choice but to take the current as it swept her from her feet. During the confusion and torment of her mind, Destruction stepped forward to take control of her once more. Swapping the grip of the javelins, she waited several long moments until they plunged into the darkness and out again, before the ledge appeared. Throwing the steel up onto the ledge, she used her right hand to catch it and haul herself up. The action flared the bruises on her side, but Destruction wasn't too phased by it.

    I noticed you weren't.

    Heh, I'd say sorry, but you know... You would have frozen up by that.


    To hide the partial headache that Lexia received from that, she leaned over to pick up one the javelins, a sigh escaping her lips. "Unless you want me to hate you, please, never take me to a water park. I hate water slides." Lex commented rather bitterly, her blue eyes flickering up to Sly with a half smirk on her face as he came from the water, absolutely drenched. However, she realised she wouldn't be in any better way and she made an inward sigh. The pavement was still that of gold and marble, something which Lex always appreciated from these ruins. Aside from the other part, which almost was their demise. Well, her demise.

    Sudden chimes and whirs of metal once more sounded in the cold corridor. Cursing at their luck, Lexia flicked her head to face them. Sly was already looking, the small red red lights coming from the water... Oh great. This was exactly why she didn't swim.

    However, without much warning, a shrill cry came from them, rebounding from the walls of the corridor to pierce straight into her soul. It hurt more than that damn resonator and she squeezed her eyes shut, instinctively dropping to her knees. A red beam arched over her head, the wall behind where she stood charring into the darkness. With a snarl, Lexia flicked the javelin and cast it forward- aiming straight for between the creatures glowing red eyes. Her shot was wide, a pure retaliation to what she had been a victim of. It glanced off its side, jamming into one of the fins instead.

    Even Destruction itself felt the pain of that noise, something Creation probably gave to them to ensure that it was put off from going further into the ruins.

    Sly came up to her, but her vision was partially swimming. Almost slipping, she took a step forward to rest her hand against him, partially to stabilise herself as well. Shaking her head, she glanced over to those metallic things. "Don't... Let them do that noise again Sly, I can't concentrate and neither can Destruction." Lexia said quietly, the earnest tone in her voice hopefully enough to realise that she was being serious. Hopefully. The sound of something moving came to her and she stamped her foot against the tip of one of the javelins.

    The sound of gears once more came and, she shoo her head. Relying on where she held her hand against Sly's shoulder, she stepped forward and threw the item forward. This one landed true, slashing straight into one of the creatures necks and binding it down into one place as it broke into the stone wall next to it, pinning it there.
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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by sLy on Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:16 pm

    He snorted a little, acknowledging her comments on the waterslide. Then she was doubling over, just as the howls of the clockwork... creatures came to her ears, the thundering echo across the corridor making it sound like several roars of dragons. It did little to Sly, but never had he thought Lexia's hearing would become this sensitive. It was odd. They fought creatures with much louder cries. His concern was short-lived with the paddling of the creatures, approaching. After their red eyes dimmed, in a blink, they lit up once more, and their maws gapped open for another blast of their beams. Too late they are doing it again! Sly yelled, quickly flipping on the sonifier. At least by comparison, Lexia was not as affected by it, but it would not change that she would hate him for it. But he hoped the sonifier could give her something else to concentrate on, and muffle out their shrilling cries. He punted the pommel against the ground, the rapier ringing and vibrating like a loud tuning fork, before he pulled Lexia and threw both himself and her to the other side, avoiding yet another series of beams.

    Only two passed by at least. Lexia successfully impaled one of them through the neck and skewered it to the wall on the other end. It tried to charge its blast, but its neck sparked violently at where the wound was, before it exploded, many burned out components dropping into the waters. And now there were only two.

    Sorry, Sly said in advance, for both the sonifier and tossing her here and there. A thought nagged him to dash forward, close the distance while the creatures were recharging, yet that would mean leaving Lexia unguarded. Especially if the creatures roar, their cries would stun her. He bit his bottom lip, suppressing that thought. He decided to remain beside her, though he would hope that she would move a bit forward. His drenched clothing weighed on his arms and legs, and they lost their ability to slip effortlessly over his skin with every lunging movement, the thought of them clinging to his arms and tearing at his clothing haunting him.

    Damn it all! He expected no less from the designers of these traps if they could also build this temple. They had everything thought out to dissuade or kill, regardless of how prepared they are. He squeezed against the grip of the R20, and turned it off once they ceased their cries. It then occurred to him that perhaps Destruction was part of the reason why, if Lexia's hearing did not have any issues. Could this part of the ruins be designed to combat against it?

    Cover your ears! Sly shouted, immediately scraping the R20 along the walls. It emitted a much louder pitch, that whirled into nothing as he suddenly let go of it. The blade spun in the air, then stabbed into solid ground near the remaining two creatures, just as they were about to cry again. Immediately after, Sly brandished his dagger, and flicked it at the R20. Two metal clanged against one another, and the R20 chimed. Loud. But at this distance, it would not affect both Sly or Lexia. The cry was still ear-piercing, a screech almost as terrible as someone running a nail across a blackboard.

    Both creatures winced at the cries, and they curled a little. Their glows quickly ceased, whimpering cries unheard above the R20. The pitch of it was so high, Sly could see the very faint pulses in the air around it. He hoped Lexia would take this as a sign to strike them both at once.


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    Post by Lexia on Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:43 pm

    Oh shit. Oh shit.

    Please tell me he's not going to do that. He's going to do it.

    ... Well this so isn't going to be fun...


    Wait, what?!


    Her confusion was shattered by the sounds of the beasts, their cries ringing in her ears once more. That, coupled with the sonifier sent Lexia into a whole new realm of pain that she hadn't experienced before. Her ears rang, her eyes watered as her hands dropped whatever they were holding and she slammed them against her ears to desperately try and block out the shrill noise. But to almost no avail. It broke through her soul, tears threatening to spring into her eyes from the sheer agony the two noises were inflicting on the pair. However she didn't have much time to dwell on it before Sly tackled her to the side. Two beams carved through the stonework beneath their feet of where they previously stood, however, she missed the third one exploding, shooting a glare at Sly before shakily forcing herself back to her feet.

    Lexia's vision swam, Destruction clawing its way to the surface of her skin. She tried to focus for a few moments, but it utterly fell in a heap as her eyes refused to focus on the two targets in front of her. Raising a hand, she placed it against the wall to keep herself upright. How was she meant to even try and fight these things with these noises? But why were their cries hurting her ears so much?

    My fault, sorry about that.

    She was vaguely aware of Sly speaking and she turned to face him again- just in time for him to scrape the sonifier against the stone. That cry tore through her again as he threw it and his dagger forward. From there, her mind went blank. Orange flared against her skin. All she felt was pain, tearing her soul apart, and that drove Destruction to it's own darkness, not wanting to face off against such noise. The two steel things were stunned by Sly's actions, the noise even breaking into their own beings, or whatever they were. But Lexia didn't know what to do. Even with her hand against the wall, with nothing to use as a grounding point like she did with Sly, there was no way that she could aim her abilities at those things! Even if they were incredibly close to the pair, there was just no way for her to hit them...

    Use it.

    Lexia suddenly wrapped her arms around Sly, dragging him down onto the ground. Using herself as a partial shield from what was to come, she refused to let him go so easily. That was when the area around her suddenly became warmer. In mere moments for while the two beings were stunned, flames erupted around the pair of them, bathing the grounds and air of the passage. The two clockwork beings were caught in the fire, caught within them via the tunnel that trapped them. It didn't take long for their gears to melt, become useless and falter under the heat. They collapsed into the water in a mess of steel, Sly's weapons already having fallen in there and being saved from being melted from the temperatures that this so freely gave out.

    A few moments after the sounds of those creatures crashing into the flowing river, Lexia's flames petered out and died. Releasing Sly from her grip, she gave him a grin before falling back on her haunches. After a few moments of catching her own breath back, she shot Sly a glare. "I... hate you." She declared, more out of pain than anything else as her ears still rung from the noises. However, she couldn't tell if she said those words or shouted them at him...

    Oh well.

    Her head hurt. As such, she groaned quietly and hung it, raising a hand to rub against her temples.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by sLy on Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:49 pm

    That did not work as he had intended. The combined sound, instead of distorting the cries of the creatures, only seemed to reinforce it. Even with him tossing the sonifier, the scraping noise it made seemed to be the last straw for her. Oozing from her form, translucent hue of orange and red seeped like smoke from her skin, a sight that froze him. I̧̨͜n̡͡sa͏͝ņ̸͜i̧͡t͢͜ý. Or Destruction. Sly slowly backed from her. At this point he expected her to have lunged at the creatures, to destroy them while the sonifier rippled with its shrilling tone. He assumed he had triggered Destruction to stir from her, and with that, she would turn once more. Sly shifted his legs about, but arms idle on either side. He had no more weapons on him, saved for the jamming orb. Unless he could jam Destruction from progressing, he was helpless, and could only watch.

    She turned to him. He half expected the wide and hysterical grin of that creature. But it looked, at a glimpse, she was in full control before she jumped on him. His heart leapt to his ribs the moment he touched the ground again, the hard stones slamming into his rump and sending a sharp pulse up his spine and into his head. She pinned him to the ground. Then, out of the blue, a sudden thunderous roar bellowed somewhere and the entire ceiling lit up in the same colours of fire. Sly stiffened, eyes widened. Flares curl all over their form, choking every little space like a river of lava, whirling and spreading out apart. He was certain to be lying in the midst of an explosion, yet not a single lick of flame touched him.

    He waited for the flames to cease. Then all that could be heard was the waters trickling down the stream through the trench. Once Lexia was off him, the first thing he felt was the sudden heat wave blasting into his eyes and tingling against his skin. The fire was gone just as it appeared, and the walls were only slightly blackened. As for the clockwork creatures. They ceased to be, melted parts sizzling as they collapsed and travelled with the water. Seemed the R20 survived, gleaming from within the water, but the dagger, which had skittered onto the ledge, had turned into nothing but a hardened puddle of iron and steel.

    Sly slowly got up, groaning from the heavy landing on his haunches. My...apologies, he said. At least the heat had somewhat dried some of his clothes. He leaned down on the edge and reached for the R20 in the cool water, turning off the sonifier before pulling it out. There was another howl. One that sounded like that of a whale's call, some distance away. It came from somewhere further down. Those flames. What was that? Sly asked Lexia, offering her hand to pull her up. As she spoke, assuming she took it, he would walk slowly through the passageway, which would then take a right turn, revealing a circular arena engraved and filled with small water trenches to create a symbol. One lone blue clockwork orb would be waiting at the centre, in front of a metal gate that was closed for years.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by Lexia on Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:30 am

    "I.. It's something that Destruction has been teaching... Me how to use, but it's exhausting... I can't ever seem to use abilities for a while afterwards. It basically releases intense flames to knock back and melt flimsy metals." Lexia gave a bitter laugh at the statement, hand clasping Sly's as he hoisted her to her feet. She took a few rather small steps forward to catch herself from the pull, however, something surprised her. Despite her rather sudden and harsh words against him, Sly's hand refused to move from her own, holding fast. He began to walk forward, gently tugging her arm so she would fall in line next to him as the pair walked. There was always so much walking involved with these ruins, it was always a wonder as to how the people who dwelled there previously tended to these things. One wrong move or one wrong step meant that there was only the jaws of death waiting to scoop them up and crunch them in defeat.

    At that thought, her heart skipped a beat, her form shifting closer to Sly's own as she entwined her fingers with his own hand. She casually twisted her arm around his own, locking them together for a few moments, resting her head against his shoulder. She'd longed to do this for what seemed to be months, but there was never a time where they were still. Where they hadn't been fighting. Where it was just the two of them relaxing. Not even when they were lost and travelling home- a path that almost killed her. But it was that moment that she knew what she felt now was true. However. She'd never admit it. She'd never admit how it felt to have her arms around his, feel his callused hand beneath her own soft skin. Even if his sleeve was damp, it didn't matter to her as she knew only parts of her clothing were dry from the flames that she summoned earlier. "I'm sorry if I scared you before, it's just... That's just a side effect of using that ability. It's like trying to summon a dozen lanced all around me and force them to actually explode all at once. To me, it's a little draining but I do what I can... I'm... Sorry that you thought Destruction was going to show themselves again, I could see the fear in your eyes... Just please, Sly trust me.. We won't hurt you or let anything else hurt you. Not willingly."

    Thinking of her own weapons for a few moments, she glanced over her shoulder and back towards the ground where the rest of her javelins laid. Nope. They were just a mangled mess of metals. Great. Weaponless and not having the ability to use her flames. What could possibly go wrong?

    The passageway suddenly took a sharp right, and not even a dozen paces forward, it opened up into a closed arena. Marble walls and pillars, surrounding a paved circular floor. In the very center of this paved circle, which was around 60ft in its diameter, stood a small pillar, around 5 feet from the ground by 2 feet wide. Nestled in its center was a mechanical orb, a glow of blue coming from its center. As the two entered the room, Lexia carefully broke away the contact with Sly, her sight finally returning to normal from the use of that blasted sonifier. She'd be useless for a few posts and she let his hand go, allowing Sly to go further into the room without her. As Sly did so, the orb cracked a few times, the familiar sounds of whirring gears coming forth as the metal itself came to life once more.

    In a matter of moments, it would be clear to the pair of them that this being was the guardian of those gates behind it, an unspoken tragedy that was left in the dark.

    The form of what it opened up into took the form of a black and blue mechanical fox, which stood tall and proud upon the pillar. For its tail, long mechanical fin-like appendages were made, each one thin and tapered towards the end of their length. However, they were incredibly long, flexible beyond imagination. From its neck stood spikes, however, they were currently down beside it, but that wasn't what Lexia froze about. The way it stood, the formation of the plating that formed over its body and covered all of its internal gears. The oddness of the paws and the sleek nature of the animal. The angry gleam of determination in those crimson eyes. She couldn't deny it. Especially with the way the large fox-like clockwork beast jumped down from the pillar in a graceful and elegant manner.

    Lexia collapsed to her knees, mumbling the creatures name as she rose her hands, covering her mouth and nose as she wept. Her sapphire eyes stared straight at the clockwork creation both in disbelief and in sorrow.

    It was identical to Nithya, and it recognised both of them.

    The clockwork creation stood a little taller than what it had Lexia last remembered its height to be. The fox stood just underneath 3/4 of Lexia's own height, maw partially opening as a metallic snarl came from it. Hackles rose, the spikes either side of its neck partially extending as it stalked forward. With a speed that exceeded the other clockwork creations, the same speed as its smaller form once gave to it, the fox dashed forward with its serrated teeth barred in anger. It seemed to be aiming for Sly's left leg, the clockwork Nithya went to snap its jaws shut against them, eyes gleaming red with the fury it felt inside.

    However, with its body armoured the way it was, there was no was which Sly's rapier would be able to pry through the metal pieces and strike the internal gears. He would need another means of disabling this clockwork creation. It was also only through the misery and seeming betrayal of Lexia would either of them be able to find the weakness to the armour.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by sLy on Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:18 pm

    He hauled her up to her feet, then held her steady. As she explained the fires before, it somewhat filled him with worry. Not because of the strong connection between her and Destruction, but that the cost of using such ability had exhausted her from fighting. But for how long, he knew not. They barely descended the three floors and already she was forced to use such attack. It mayhap been his fault for chiming the R20 with false hope that it would nullify the creatures' cries. Sly squeezed the grip on of the R20, his nose crinkling at the scent of the burned stone, the foul stench of their smoke mildly filling the corridors. Knowing what they contained, it would be folly to rest in here, and so he pushed forward. Slowly.

    Sly blushed as she rested on his shoulder, their hands still locked against one another and arms curled on opposite sides. Her touch was warm, delicate and soft. Like a blanket of sorts, the tender contact making him wish to stay like this which she obliged. Not the best of time to be bonding, but regardless, the tightness in his chest loosened, and he felt a lot lighter on his shoulders. He smiled to her, holding her a little closer, their shoulders almost rubbing against one another. An ephemeral moment he wished would last a bit longer, but was over just as quickly as it started once they suddenly turned the corner.

    Before he could respond to her, his eyes widened in awe at the place. A circular room, lined with pillars extending to the engraved ceiling, and the floor filled with water trenches circling and bridging to one another, forming a strange symbol that filled this place. In the eye of it, stood a pedestal. And on it, a familiar looking clockwork orb.

    Sly exhaled after a deep breath. It was obvious what he had to do, but at least it was only just the one. Yet the blue coloration compared to the dull bronze and metallic of their former assailants was what concerned him a little. Giving Lexia a reassuring look and a nod, he slowly broke from their embrace, and Sly slowly marched forward. He drew the R20 out of its sheath, but kept the sonifier off. He had done enough hurt on Lexia because of it. Assuming his pose, he slowly stepped forward, even as the orb finally clicked and snapped open. His heart raced, shifting his legs for a better position, his R20 still pointed to the orb as it further opened itself and shifted.

    After what was like five minutes of anticipation, the finer details finally coming together, Sly froze, and at that moment, wished he had not waited. The steady grip trembled, and the blade lowered a bit.

    Nithya.

    An echoing thud drew his glimpse to the back. He turned his head slightly, a new weight on his chest as he heard Lexia sob. She knew as well. Sly quickly turned back to him, the metallic snarl and the piercing red eyes an intimidating combination that offered him no moment of distraction. But just as he did, in a mere blink, it flashed passed Sly's blade, slipped under him, and fangs wide open to take his leg.

    Sly jumped, then force himself to collapse to the side, the moment he realised how high his heart had leapt into his throat. His hands splashed into one of the trenches, the waters pattering against his chin and almost took away his sight. Amidst desperation, he retaliated. The blade's tip chimed over the blue plates of Nithya's shoulder, a few sparks staining its otherwise magnificent body, before the clockwork foenix skid past him.

    Damn! Sly hissed, quickly rolling and launching himself back onto his feet. The thought of fighting an enemy quickly dissipated when he stared into Nithya's eyes once again. And instead, the sorrowing thought of fighting a long lost friend haunted his mind. This was Lexia's companion. A foenix that was with her - with them - when they were at the major portion of this very same ruins. But he suddenly disappeared. Presumed dead. Only to return here? Enthralled to Zen? No longer living, but a machine? Sly gritted his teeth, yet could not muster anything in him for determination to send the blade straight into the gears compartments. He uttered another sigh, yet kept himself aware and ready to respond, not going to fall for another surprise attack like that. Nithya, he said under his breath, what the hell has happened to you?


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    Post by Lexia on Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:28 pm

    No...

    Her sapphire eyes followed the steel in horror as it snapped against Sly- only for him to jump out of the way. The metallic plating followed through, form landing heavily where the man formerly stood. Anger burned through its eyes as those crimson things returned to looking to Sly. Even though the person spoke, the hackles rose further, the spikes pushing forward to stand even more erect, their dangerous tips something that anyone with their right mind would avoid. Gears whirred as it took a step forward, but it's form not towards Sly. It didn't draw closer to Sly. But to Lexia.

    The red eyes gleamed, but the female didn't move. Her memories drawn to the past, to the fateful accident which the two had. She remembered holding the ebony fur, desperately trying to fix the burns in his side. But they had been too deep. Pierced too many organs. Cut his blood flow. Caused his death.

    "Nithya... I'm so sorry."

    The fangs opened once more, the foenix stalking towards her, those razor blades teeth shining in the low light of the flickering torches. Oh dear it was her FAULT that this had happened. She didn't even move when it leaped towards her once more. Her left arm bent, shoving her forearm deep in-

    NO!

    Destruction forced itself through, grabbing a hold of Lexia's arm before she did something incredibly stupid. Destruction twisted the arm, using it to hit Nithya across the side of the animals head. Steel jaws missed by mere inches, and Lexia forced herself to her feet, knees slightly bent as it glared at Nithya. The steel being, rather confused at the sudden aggression that Lexia showed, snarled lowly, slowly circling both Sly and Lexia as the former backed away to be just behind Sly. "Nithya is a complicated story. However, if you remember that time where I vanished for several days when a mission went south..."

    Nithya heard those words, a snarl coming from its maw as the foenix suddenly launched itself upwards. Steel wings spread out from its back, for several moments, it hovered there, out of each of both Sly and Lexia. But its armour was still present there, blocking anything from coming into internal gears. Slowly, blue light slowly began to build against its wings. "It was then that it happened. We were overwhelmed with numbers, I pinned, but Nithya could squeeze through small and narrow pathways, which he did. He did that and lessened the numbers while I took them out from afar. There were only a few left by the time we'd finished- but when I went throw that spear to take out a damn gunman, that was when the accident happened."

    Nithya howled, before beating its wings several times. Blue energy flared forward, seven pairs that crisscrossed around them, three pairs directly towards the two of them and the remaining four around them to where they would dodge. With a grunt, Lexia grabbed Sly's arm and, having seen a safe spot, between the two blades, she hid him there. She held him down, close to the ground, just as the blue beams screeched overhead. She winced from the noise, the shrillness from the sound ending suddenly as they cleaved through the rocks around them, leaving giant gouges through the formerly marbled ground. Metallic gears whirred as Nithya had also dived down for the few moments that they were blinded- but Lexia was already moving. Using her elbow, she cracked it against the side of Nithya's head once more, using her other hand to shove the sharp wings over her head and away from cleaving it off.

    The clockwork foenix yowled for a moment as it was thrown off balance, crashing straight back into the ground.

    Taking the chance, Lexia sighed once more. "It was during that time that Nithya and I had attacked the same person... Right at the same time. But my weapon was faced towards Nithya's back, where it sheered through him and into the person beneath him. And... he... didn't even die instantly." Destruction finished the story for him, before allowing Lexia control once again, biting her lip firmly as the foenix forced itself to its feet, charging it's wings once more for a volley of energy to throw towards the pair.

    "It's armour would be weak where I struck it..." Lexia mumbled helplessly, resisting the urge to bury her face in her hands once more.

    And that was when Nithya released several more pairs of those destructive energy waves, directly at Lexia and Sly. However, in the same moments it did so, its maw opened in a howl of anger, revealing its inner clockwork mechanisms through its maw to Sly.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by sLy on Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:17 am

    He looked the part, legs apart, eyes fixated to the red glows of Nithya's eyes, and grip steady on the R20. But truthfully, had the foenix lunged once more and test him, he would have collapsed with a feeble excuse of a defence with a sloppy retaliation. Even his skin failed to hide the deep tremors, rippling with uncertainty from his mind. This was not Nithya. But merely a mechanical replica. He should know that. Yet there was something that was ringing from within that what he was facing was... different. As if this served a vessel for the fallen foenix's spirit. His mind was only but a constant battle. It was worse when he turned to Lexia, the horror and grief in her expression seemingly ringing former dark memories. Perhaps those last fleeting moments before the foenix parted from her arms.

    Sly was somewhat ready for it to attack again. Yet, Nithya decided to turn to Lexia, the same fierce and rage glinting within his eyes. Just like any wild foenix. Lex! Move! He yelled to her, just before sprinting after the foenix. Nithya pounced, just as Sly reached arm's length, but Lexia hardly moved an inch. Instead, she raised her arm to it in an instinctive block. LEX!

    Her eyes flashed, then with her other hand, grabbed hold of her extended forearm and... punched Nithya aside. Awkward style of defence, but the highly agile movement was a telltale sign that Destruction seized control of her once again. A gruelling thought, but one he was thankful of. Sly slowly inched closer to her, as Nithya circled them, blade pointing to the foenix once he crossed to his side of the circle. Lex... er... Destruction... now is not the time! He said, right after Nithya threatened them with a metallic snarl. Sly angled the blade for defence when Nithya pounced. Metallic projections sprouted from its back, and shielded Sly from the light above. A stiffening sight. Wings? They started to glow blue.

    After realising, Destruction was in the middle of a story. Sly backed until his spine was against Lexia. Knowing Destruction would not stop, he acquiesced and listened. Nithya died during an accident while Destruction was trying to help Lex. It was what he summarised. He would have listened for more, especially the nature of the accident, until the beating wings above took his attention. Warmth snared his arm and yanked him to the side, almost drawing his shoulder out of its socket, away from the whistling blue light that seared off a few strands of his hair. The blue room spun about, stilling when he collapsed onto the ground, pinned under Lexia. Or Destruction. Surrounding them, the stones sizzled and groaned, leaving behind charred gorges, some already being filled by the water trenches as what was an elegant symbol from above was quickly tarnished by an act of a few seconds.

    Sly gasped, Nithya descending quickly upon them. An arm slam against it, Destruction moving with a well-practiced fluid motion, like it was pre-determined. Nithya yelped, a similar one of a wounded dog or wolf, before skidding across the ground and away from them. Like nothing happened, Destruction calmly resumed the story. Even at the end of it, he remained silent. It only need to be spoken once how Nithya died, but...

    Before anything, Lexia regained control, before pointing out a pierced plate on Nithya's side. It was still a rather small wound, bit he could see the many gears spinning and ticking within, permeating a strong blue glow. Like it was coming from something important. It was only for a moment, before Nithya turned at angle where it hid, to charge his wings again. Sly seized Lexia's arm and yanked her out to the side, away from the volley of ethereal beams. Knowing the arc which they could reach, some of them was heading right where he was going. Blade in one hand, he spun the grip into a reverse grip and showed the flat side against Nithya. Several beams bounced off against it, the impact forcing him to stop to maintain his balance, gliding across the floor.

    Thanks, Lex, Sly said , placing a hand on her shoulder. Then he glared back at Nithya, eyeing at the series of gears within his maw, a careful hand reaching for the mass still in his pocket, his mind meanwhile estimating the distance. Let me handle the rest. His feet slid a little towards Nithya. Then a bit more. Until he broke into a dash, charging at Nithya, his R20 out and scraping along the ground. When he was about halfway, his finger flicked the switch of the Sonifier, a piercing hum rising in pitch echoing into his ears and Nithya, but not as severe towards Lexia from that distance.

    Should Nithya be stunned from this, Sly would flick the blade up and lunge towards the maw, his body extending outwards with the giant step, covering a huge distance in a blink. In his other hand, something glinted. Regardless of how his initial attack went, the momentum would carry his body forward into a spin over to Nithya's right. Suppressing a roar in his clenched teeth, his other hand fought against the raging wind. Spinning his leg around, he would slam that hand into the gap which Lexia created, and pull his hand away. To reveal the orb which she gave him, lodged deep into the gap.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by Lexia on Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:54 pm

    Lexia withheld her own cry of pain as she felt Sly almost wrench her shoulder out of place from the sudden jerk. Stumbling forward, she instantly fell down to her knees, flames finally beginning to flicker at her fingertips once more before they were quelled by the stone beneath her. She glanced up, ignoring the flaring pain in her palms from numerous scratches across them. Sly still stood, turning his back to her and presenting the flat side of his blade to Nithya. They slammed into it, forcing him backwards, but otherwise rebounded and carved into the floor, tearing it further apart. Quickly, she shoved herself to her feet and stood, admittedly shakily, and moved to face the metallic being again, but...

    How could she kill Nithya, it was her own fault that he'd died, how could she do it again?

    The answer came to her as Sly's hand rested against her shoulder. His words settled over her like water, quenching the fear that she felt towards even harming Nithya. Crystal tears trailed down her cheeks as she nodded to what he said.

    Nithya's maw continued to be pulled int a snarl, his paws taking him forward towards the pair once more. Folding his wings back down, they almost covered the injury through his chest. Claws tore through the floors as it continued to stalk forward, eyes fixated on the two. But that was when the sad excuse for a man decided that he was going to dare to stand against him once more. It was because of him that Nithya even was put into this grave in the first place, if Lexia hadn't been so hasty to get back to the base...

    It's maw opened up into another roar, but before anything else, the man flicked the sonifier against the ground. It heard Lexia's curse as she rose her hand to block the ear closest to the sound out of her own nerves of it sheering through her mind again. However if she had just left it alone, she would have seen that it wouldn't have impacted her as much as she actually remembered. But still, she did it through habit more than anything else. Out of habit, Nithya yowled slightly, pulling away from the sudden noise. That was when Sly dashed forward. But the creature couldn't do anything about it.

    Something was lodged within its side. From the outside, it would have appeared as simply trickling mercury dropping from the wound. Inside, the rogue pieces of the orb crumpled and tore into pieces. With a howl of pain, the pieces ground into its gears, pushing and driving themselves in between the clockwork within. The metallic being snarled, growling lowly as it threw its wings open to try and catch Sly across the chest with the razor sharp edge of its wings.

    "SLY! Look out!"

    Lexia's gaze had never left the two of them, her flames flared in her hand once more as she threw it forward. Fire slammed into the wing, pushing it backwards as the flames flared into nothing after deflecting the blow from Sly. The metal body twisted awkwardly to face him, a look of fury upon its face as it rose a paw and, quite like that of a bear, used it to slam across Sly's abdomen. Enough to wind and force him back, but no more than that. Straight after finishing the strike, it moved again, teeth aiming to clamp down across him. But before it could even finish that movement the gears inside the metal casing ground to an incredibly abrupt halt. In an instant, the hind quarters collapsed under its own weight, having the internal gears refusing to rotate anymore.

    It's jaw moved to snap towards him, but the broken pieces of metal lodged themselves further into vital components of the animal, seizing them and forcing the maw to remain partially open. With an ungraceful series of cracks and over-spinning gears that sounded similar to that of a fan, the metal being collapsed to the ground. The blue light flickered once, the wolf whimpering that its form was partially distorted, refusing to move and flow as it normally did. It dragged its body forward with its front two paws, turning its head accusingly to Lexia. A final snarl came from its maw, before the gleaming red eyes dulled, equal to the soft blue that they would remember.

    Lexia, you may not have been able to stop it before, but for the love of yourself and for the love you had towards Nithya... Go.

    She chose that moment to stand, quickly making her way over towards the metal being. A whimper came from it as she rose the plated head slightly, moving her forehead down to gently press against the metallic being. Words which would go unspoken for the rest of her days left her lips as she gently rubbed a hand over his ears. A look of peace crossed its face before the blue light from its chest faded, dulling into nothing as did the glow from his eyes. Carefully she placed the head back down on the ground, a shuddering sigh leaving her.

    Lexia forced herself to bite down the tears that she felt building in her eyes, forcing herself to her feet as she turned her attention to Sly. Walking over to him, she paused for a few moments, before closing the final distance and throwing her arms around him. Regardless of either of their states, she pulled him forward, her face buried against his chest as her tears of misery flowed freely down her cheeks.

    Currently, she really didn't care of her surroundings. That the ground which was cracked had those spiderweb fissures slowly spread across the floor where they stood. The pedestal where Nithya had rested removed itself from where it was, sinking into the ground for another use later on. Soft noises of the hum further fans and the sounds of cascading water broke Lexia out of her own thoughts. Behind her, yet exactly where Sly would be facing, the gateway which Nithya had guarded slowly forced itself open, the rusty gate groaning from age.

    Now isn't the time to stop... We're getting close now. Wait...

    A thought came to Destruction, before Lexia nodded slightly and pulled herself away from the man, "I'm... sorry, that hurt more than I thought it ever would if I saw him again... But, Sly, may I have a look at your timepiece? Destruction... Knows a way to give it a temporary patch, if you're willing to trust me?" With the back of her sleeve, she cleared her tears away from her red eyes, puffy from her own tears. But there was still a faint determination there, to see this through and to make sure that, maybe, one of their future tasks would be that little bit easier.


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    Re: Back to the Beginning [Private, Sly]

    Post by sLy on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:21 am

    Curiosity got the better of him. Like a perfect fit, the orb slammed and clicked into place. It was to jam the area under the wing. Maybe the foreleg as well to grant him the advantage. Little did he suspect it would do more than that. Without any warning, he witnessed the orb crumble. Creases formed, like candy being crushed between teeth, before it shattered into large pieces of shrapnel. Some of it spat outwards like a gunshot. What became of the others stilled his blood. One by one, the gears swallowed and ground against them, the fragments disappearing. The effects, almost instantaneous, with Nithya sounding a metallic growl. Then loomed a row of blades charging into his chest.

    Sly braced, pulling his belly back as he immediately jumped back by instinct. A surge of flames shot warmth over his arm. It was not blood. The ball of fire bounced at the wings, and the clockwork beast staggered back. But not before delivering a paw right into him. Sly grunted, his balance thrown back and he stumbled. Staggered. Then his feet gave way and he was on the ground. The beast was already upon him, fangs out to execute him. In desperation he drew his blade in between, with little hope if would do something.

    Yet Nithya never made the contact. Instead, it collapsed to the ground, one of its legs awkwardly outstretched and stiff. Sparks and screeching of metal rung in Sly's ear, and he quickly shuffled back from the beast. The sharpnel. Like poison, it seeped all over its body. Not just the legs, but wings and even the jaw. Nithya shook abruptly, its movements slow and shooting more sparks now and then. Something snapped inside, and suddenly the beast dropped. Only its two front legs were fully functional. For now. A slow death for the fallen. In its dying glow, Nithya turned to Lexia instead. The red glow, nothing but hate. Which soon to fade into nothing but the cold and dying blue.

    Then it was silent.

    The chamber fell into silence, but the trickling water trenches. Lexia was the first to move then, walking to Nithya. The gears groaned, its head craning to see her. Sly immediately hopped onto his feet, blade in hand, ready to make a dash. Yet there was no red in the eyes of Nithya. No tense or swift and practised movements the foenix once had when faced with a foe. It was then that Sly knew that Nithya came to his senses once again. However brief his final moments were with Lexia before his final departure. The scene, of her holding what was once flesh and blood in between her hands, and weeping her final farewell to the calmed beast that finally gave her its pardon. It was one ephemeral moment that would one day leave an everlasting presence in his memories.

    Sly stared at what remained of Nithya with a heavy heart. Never had he got to be there in his final moments, nor saw his real body before his passing. But the scraps of metal that imitated him would have to suffice. Lexia's looming shadow snapped him from his silent mourn, as she marched closer. He was a loyal companion to the last, and in the end, fought with his heart and- she was suddenly over him, her arms wrapped around him in the warm embrace. A well-welcomed moment to thaw the ice of their grievance. Sly dropped the R20 to return her hold. Tightly this time. How their hearts were close that the connection of her emotions to him was strong, that he sensed her sorrow. He... at the very least... finally found peace.

    Almost quickly she pulled from him, another look of resolve among her tears glittering past. He should not be surprised at this point, if Destruction was also guiding her beyond Sly's ears. But her next request made him frown a bit. He slowly gave her his timepiece. Even though it was useless in combat at this point, it was still imprinted in him that he was giving away his own strength. He had to constantly remind himself that his strength was already taken anyways, but even so, it was still a priceless treasure. The only thing that kept him from refusing the request of Destruction, was that Lexia trusted it. But a 'temporary patch' all the more sound intriguing enough. If Nithya gave them this much trouble, who knows what the further Guardians, or even this water spirit, were capable of? He would need any help he could get.

    Here. He pulled the device, the faint and irregular ticking still echoing behind the casing, and dropped it onto her palm. Sly then noticed the gate had sprung open, leading to yet another spiralling staircase descending further down. A hand was to his chin, and he pondered about the temple. The stones told him it existed long before any of them set foot upon the world. Yet here they were, just barely out of a fight with Nithya, whose spirit was somehow entrapped in this temple to become its guardian. His rage was not of torment or pain, but it was sincere and directed at Lexia. He must had become a guardian willingly. But why?

    Sly had many theories, but nothing stood out to the others. Sure enough, this temple held many secrets. They had to continue to find them out, yet if the temple guardians were like Nithya, he was more worried with what the rest were like rather than curious. He shook his head. They could not turn back now. Not if Horus' last wishes were to be fulfilled.


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