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#1Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Tue Feb 27, 2024 1:36 pm

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld




The weight of the cheers, like shackles on the ankles. The cry for a champion, on deafened ears. Erebus was pushed forward, as his form shuffled from under the robes he’d been given. Somewhere between ready to die and starving to live, Erebus slept as the guards moved his body in standing position. He had walked some hundred kilometers, while they transported their things by their caravan.

The sun poked its head at him, staring back at him in just the right way that his eyes were forced to break and peel open, when he’d been confided behind those bars for several months, the light of warmth almost felt surreal, but he stood there and then— he knew that it was uninviting to his cold heart. The shell of who he truly was, the crowds began to chant and unravel as he was pulled along towards the arena — slurrs and hate was drift across the air, forcing a chuckle from his person, cross and disastrous and just as eager to finish them as they were to doubt his legends and fables.

He could do nothing, bound by the cuffs of the Kingsguard. Instead, he sufficed with his non-verbal approach, holding up his middle fingers and nodding like a hallmark wrestler entering a cage, Erebus spit at the crowd— jerked and prompted to silence, suddenly the apples, or maybe they were tomatoes. It didn’t really matter, the message was understood in clear.

The guards stepped back, and the shackles diminished. They gave back his abilities, which he could feel as he squeezed his knuckles in tight. In the same moment, he realized his rings were adorning his hand— “Our lethality has been reintegrated.” Erebus muttered in with calculating himself, from the way the words left his lips— he could almost imagine the void itself there to stand with him.

The certainty that he wasn’t alone, piqued a newfound curiosity within his psyche. However, he couldn’t worry about whatever that meant right now, instead— he awaited the opponent’s entrance, speculating on what kind of fighter they might be.

Erebus makes a wave motion over his body, to which the entirety of his gear, (minus his off-hand slot) is willed into reality over his body from his adventurer ring.

“Well, color me impressed this time. I didn’t think they’d have the bone to pick,” Erebus lamented with a cock grin as he slung his head into the side of his hand and nodded against the amusement, and in the same hand, he also relished being there in the company of his karmic cycle; loathe and disregard for his own life just the same as anyone else’s, such were his stakes to the devil for the renown it came with.

“Execution is... Classy, but then I wonder.” The body modification seemed to split and tear open a bit, as if on command with his anger, under freshly wrapped bandages.

Erebus hadn’t yet become accustom to the change, but these were a new tool and extension of his body— and they were already sensing the monster threat of Lumikki before she arrived. Erebus hadn’t quite eased in for that just yet, and so ignored the subtle whispers. However, the coils and bands of metal in his shoulders he could feel and that rang some kind of alarm, a new plight he was beginning to feel just as she drew in closer, but he wasn’t yet finished speaking and so brushed the eerie feelings out.

“… How do you think the other countries must see you? Using this borrowed power to protect your people, your magic will someday fall short of innovation, and then what will you do? You’ll remember the ones’ like my master before me, long after you cut the best pages from your books.” There was no point worrying with the desires of fools’. He thought to himself, he would play their game.

He approached the ring and took his position, a 100m circle, inside the ring from where he intro’d, the rogue stopped just at twenty meters into the arena as it was, he looked forward to the challenge ahead. His eagerness to see this wonderful drama played out, a short cough and realization at the body pain he was in made Erebus pause and wince, grabbing his rib.

He noticed he was already sweating, the air wasn’t very warm either; he wondered if this was natural or an ailment, it was near Spring wasn’t it? Just how long had he been jailed…

Then again, when he began to fight, he was sure he’d warm up fairly quickly.

A blessing perhaps, in brutal disguise.

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#2Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Tue Feb 27, 2024 3:42 pm

Lumikki

" They said this man, Erebus, would be your opponent for the match. From what I could gath-," Tenevi, Lumikki's harpy companion would begin speaking. She hoped to summarize the man in the fight so that the information would serve her Revna well, but the Demoness wouldn't entertain it. Instead preferring to cut Teveni off." Oy, ye know well as I me eyes tell me the gist of what I need to know. Consider it a woman's intuition but really, I don't need to know more about him. Nor does he really need to know about me. It just so happens this was the way the Moon sent the tides, best to make fun out of it ya know." So spoke with a scoff in her tone, but it was not for no reason. She'd heard of him before, from some conflict over a fox's soul. And the rest of the picture was filled in by the flashes of her Daemon's memory.

Lumi was naturally as curious as the birds that flocked to her, and one to know more than she ever should. Her new life and existence as a Demon only served to disconnect her further from the mortal realm, not in a pompous way but in a newfound understanding of the passing of time. Time...that is what she now had a lot of, and most things would fade with enough of it, maybe even her or at least who she knew herself to be. But with such a new reality, she needed to find ways to remain entertained. "Fighting for God's favor" was simply just one means to do it. Though really she would just prefer to lore them down and test her magic. Yet, for all the power she held, Lumikki was still only a fledging. Nothing compared to the Demonic ancestors that made even the Abyss feel small.

Yes, time was all she had, for better or worse. So all there was to do was to pass it getting stronger.

" You sure you don't wanna hear about it girlie? I heard he was a nasty one." Gunvald, one of the many ravens that follow and divulge to her, would mention with giddy delight. He was perched on the back of a chair beside her, his feathers in a constant flux of puffing from his excitement. Unlike most of the ravens who stuck with her closely, he was the most bloodthirsty. So knowing that a fight was just about to start made him excited.

" And distasteful as ever....You know, you make me happy no one else could understand us despite how useful it could be. Try not to get close to the ring this time. Not unless you know for sure a corpse was made. I'm not going to keep talking you out of every idea of yours." Lonu, another faithful raven of hers would retort in annoyance. He was not opposed to violence, but idiocy and the thirst for carnage ruffled his feathers in a way he couldn't itch. And with the frustration of this conversation, he would glide down and swat Gunvald for his childishness.

Lumi, who was enjoying the spat between her birds, would lean forward and reach for another grape. But as she brought her treat to her lips, she would hear someone just outside the door call out. It was instructions that the fight would begin.

The Demoness would get up languishingly as Tenevi promptly opened the door, the man who was on the other side didn't seem to stick around for long. " Acts like I'd bite~" She jested and with a loud screech that escaped her lips and echoed throughout the hall, Lumi enjoyed a deep stretch. " I am sure if it was a bite, he wouldn't mind it so much. But the shadows and voices padded by chill? Those set off people's nerves, I'd wager." Teveni spoke back cheekily, not to Lumikki but to have fun.

A feigned pout would barely last on her lips before a smirk true of her emotions would snake along her face. " But aren't the Seven used to handling monsters?"

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It was to the Demoness' request that her corner and entry were made to remain dark. Figuring that it would suit her more than whatever gaudy thing the showrunners had in mind. This would be the first time she took part in the arena, and her first appearance shouldn't be drowned in lights of all things. So as Lumi walked down the dark hallway that led to the ring, she figured no one would see her.

Just outside the ring and heavily mixed within the crowd and set up, were a large unkindness perched and ready. Lumi's flock would come and cheer for her along with the masses just happy for a show. Her name was something they'd heard of enough to recognize but not something they would quickly identify. She tends to stay within her corners, rarely making her way out at the moment.

The chill in the air would reach the stage before she did and her quiet steps would hardly harken a cheer. The crowds were still occupied with their enjoyment of berating the villain before them, overlooking the real Demon that approached. Part of her wanted their passion set toward her. Feeding into her ego as she climbed the steps, but a creature of the night should make peace with never being seen. A state of life that served her way more. At least it did, taking part in this fight would mean more eyes were on her.

It was that thought that would cause her to sigh deeply. Yet here she was...

She saw no reason to scream over the crowd, though she could. Figuring when the announcers say it is fit to move the pace they would. It didn't take long too, the man on the right would promptly take notice of the direction of chill and begin calling the match out.

" We're in for something interesting folks!" He paused so that the cheers would subside as the crowd was calming down to let him speak. " It's not often you get to see the clashing of two monsters in the ring! One could only wonder what Gods are watching now!" A rally picked up just as fast as it died down. " Yes with Erebus on the far left and Lumikki on the right, it's time to witness the collisioooooon!"

Lumi was still pacing toward the center, mirroring Erebus' choice to stop twenty meters in. Meanwhile, the announcer was still trying to build up the tension and her opponent would only feed into it.

" Quite the passionate man..." Lumi rolled her eyes as his display to reason with the crowd annoyed her. Humans have always been like this, and she long lost the desire to point it out to them. If she did entertain the folly, it was for the sheer enjoyment of being the one to shove their face in the ugly truth.

And as she stood, Lumi was already adorned in her Twilight Veil armor. Her Snow Monarch was wrapped around her throat but as she finished walking, she began to pull it up and cover her mouth. The Ka'el cape she often wore would hang from her shoulders. Lumi brought her hand up, making a circle in the air with her pointer finger that housed a ring. A small dark portal would appear from her gesture and Lumi would reach in and pull out her Abyssal Spin, hoisting it and resting it on her shoulder as she waited for what next. Her eyes never left the man before her, and she could see him as clearly as if he was only three meters away. Her world eyes would also peer deeper than one could normally gaze, telling her all the things about him she'd need to know without the need for anyone else's recants.

A smirk played on her face as she kept still, small, and quiet. Quite the inverse of Erebus on the other side.



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#3Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Tue Feb 27, 2024 5:23 pm

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld



Erebus was looking at a famous northern mage, an area or region that Erebus had not seen much of. However, they were easily the most powerful mages the land knew these days. This one, was nothing short of a soldier, and Erebus would certainly need to use the right amount of cunning to gain an edge. “Hello… Creature of darkness.” Erebus acknowledged. “I would kneel, but I know enough of your kin, we realize there is no point to praise demons any longer, old power they say. But hey, I’m only the middle-man... Demons… Perhaps, if your respect is there, like the one’s I’ve known before— in another life— we would have made great allies.” Erebus established, with prior experience in time with her race of demons, how to speak to them was a mix of holding back and defending oneself, while also paying the higher entity it’s praise— “worship” as it had come to be called to the criminal. “I experience the emotion of pain. Empathy for the birds, that you will be leaving behind.” he struck with the verbal tension, that was now forcing the crowd to divert their hate at Erebus, and instead stayed right in tune with his message. He continued to press his words, at no matter the cost— Erebus would say everything in this post unless deafened, and in that time he maintained the complete ability to act and react to actions he was seeing— not that it troubled him. Some people had words for the world, others did not. “You will doubt this, these things I say but not I.. Cause’ you see, I’m right with my demons and they don’t get along well with others.”

Erebus now carried his body forward as he spoke. For that reason, his idea of a good attack was a reasonable approach and a little bit of boundaries that provided his edge. “and Lumikki, I’m absolutely sure of one thing… That when you fight a human, you stand before the shape of God. In this world, it is our will that tips the balance in Earthland, and if you brave yourself, you’ll strike with me face to face so I may prove it, neither of us will be leaving the ground, hahaha? If you disagree, I may take it into consideration… Just try and tell me no, help yourself to this problem...” (Submission: The opponent will obey the command of the Makima Eye, and submit to not flying while this effect is being sustained, or the target can roll to take head damage instead: see effect in the spoiler.) Erebus descends with a launch, accelerating one second faster than usually with a direct line towards the Harpy Lady demoness. The reason for not casting being clear, Erebus wished to leave his window of options open and his reactions, while simultaneously getting straight to the point. He was moving even faster than normal, as dark electricity pulsed around his body, radiating from his gauntlet.


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#4Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Wed Feb 28, 2024 12:15 pm

Lumikki

" There is no need to praise who isn't here to enough matter. They are powerful aye, but barred from working freely in this world...unlike me. Sadly for ya even in me boredom, I still don't I need yer praise. Honestly, chaos is already irrational without employing your fickle attention to add to all the dribble of it all." As she eyed him down she felt the tension growing. It was only a matter before he pulled his move. With two palms, she gripped her staff ready. On the cusp of swinging it to cast her spell. But for the moment, she would wait. Just to see where his move would go, she was already half paying attention to his words. After all, those who talk so much aim to use it to their advantage. Lumi only needed to focus on hitting hard and often.

" And Erebus me dear, me magic was designed to slay the Gods. So hold those sentiments near. I mean to bring me destruction, but I'll never grace ya with me true form. After all...," she swung down her staff, and as it pivoted low a magical circle would glow above her before lowering down. The darkness within the folds of her dress and cast down by the lights above would reach for her. Wrapping around as she set to speak again." Ye lack the nerve to be anything more "true" than yer pain and misplaced ideals. And ye had the nerve to clip a bird's wings." She was now out of sight. Her veil hugged her features so that none of it would show.

[color:414e=#ff3300" What do you make of it folks?! Where could she be? Is she trying to pull a fast one or will she make a move?" The announcer to the right was beginning to play the crowd. He has to work double time for a fight you couldn't see. So he was trying to add to the anti and stir the crowds' thoughts and speculations. " Boy wouldn't we like to know. Meanwhile, it looks like Erebus is sprinting to the bird--harpy on stage. You'd think she'd fly by now!"

Tenevi was one way, and Lumi went the other. If she had to stay grounded for the moment then she aimed to still make it worth her while. Though she didn't enjoy all this running about. As she sprinted, her steps only half-soundless, she swung her staff again with the momentum bringing her to a twirl; and she would cast once more, now a massive lavender magical circle flashed beneath it. And with its appearance, a horrid chill would hang in the air. With another swing of her staff, to which she almost stumbled as she got used to her wings, the second circle would overlap the previous on the cusp of phasing out. With it, a black frost would creep from below. Clinging to her victim within it and sticking to his cloak like black flowers blooming. The man robbed her of her wings, so she saw it fit to slowly rob him of everything else.

Tenevi, seeing as she caught his attention, would try to run away from him.

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#5Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Wed Feb 28, 2024 11:02 pm

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld



Erebus uses his companion ball as he ran— thrown from his waist with his free hand, from it— Occula enters the frame and begins sharing footage from above with Erebus— giving him a 3D view of the arena as it stands. Erebus had arrived to the prior location and simply kept moving forward. The criminal known as Erebus made a fast break past Lumikki’s prior location while these events occurred, he’d sprint this distance with such a rapid haste, that she had only barely got out of normal grabbing range, thus before she took off going in another direction, his intense movements would instead shift their immediate target and attempt to catch the companion in place of the Spellhowler.

A blistering wave sent frigid cold temperatures at the villain, which would force his body to feel its enfeebling curse, ice particles would harden over his robes at the tips and trims of his clothes and his draping cape. It was just around that time, that another chilling debuff sent shocking sensations through his body that weakened him, and made him hold his breath as he adjusted to the temperature, the hairs on his skin were standing up tall.

Demonic freezing magic— like the emptiness in the wind, he could feel the abyss stare back at him; with her cold winds of force and catastrophe, a true arctic wasteland, if he’d ever saw one. However, even the forces of nature were just obstacle— he pondered it, appearing to measure the icy wall, as if to gauge whether it could be torn down.

Sinister — malevolent— and ever increasingly hateful; he assimilated his demons and moved with hell on his back to see his goals completed. Lumikki had no time to truly stop Erebus, reminding himself that she had taken into another direction. However, the use of magic often made things unpredictable.

From within this world of darkness, one can sometimes be blind to the danger around them— it was a world Erebus came to be familiar with, Lumikki was indeed a worthy claim to its mantle in her own way; but to control true darkness, you must be ready for the trauma it can inflict to you sevenfold, and embrace that pain with loving arms.

And these conditions she placed him under, while greatly uncomfortable, weren’t enough to force him out or quit early. The rogue would experience some mild issues, but his attention was trained on the more destructive nature of the contest. He would make her see that he intended to spare no mercy…Lumikki was a calm, and intelligent Spellhowler, but as a caster— she seemed aware of her disadvantage and took to a strategy Erebus also used. It was due to this reason he was aware of its weaknesses, and he wondered if Lumikki was tracking them as well. In the same hand, she was invisible, but her companion was not.

In contrast to her magic, which the man assumed the demon had trained to manipulate. Erebus had bolstered his skills, and refined his tactics against most foes. He was a low; cheap, and cunning warrior and he’d always managed to make things work, utilizing similar powers through the years by use of enchanted or ancient technology, Erebus had seen it all. Even then, he learned that his style required selfishness to see itself through, but her style didn't, and in fact, appeared better for persistent teamwork. Tenevi seemed lost and unsure of what to do, suggesting very little combat partner training.

The lips on his face curled into a smirk, Erebus’ would engage.

Where his opponent, this demon, was full of guile and support, Erebus pulled himself from the ashes of impoverishment and misery— she was certainly more powerful, but she stood before someone with nothing, and from nothing, they drew upon everything.

If Fiore had cast him as their monster. His thoughts of morality would grow transparent.

“… I am what they make me.”

Erebus saw the glory in result, it didn’t matter what card he had to play under the table.

The user’s claws unsheathed from their places in his back, and were more than weapons, as they were hyper-intelligent void beings, and rather than wait for Erebus’ mind to be sharpen up and command them, they viciously released on their own will.

Four tendrils would extend at max speed to target all four limbs of Tenevi, biting and clamping into the harpy if successful. The tendrils each dealt A-rank damage individually; and if successful would stack their damage to 2xS, and would use their strength to stay tightly pinching/attached to the creature, the metal vertebrae would coil around and suffocate the creature by strangulation, the force of the claws retract back toward Erebus to draw the companion in close. “A power dynamic: to terrify it,” by dragging its limp body which would roll and smash against the concrete on its way over to Ere.

He would force the true darkness in Lumikki out to provoke her to rethink her words and how much power she really needed to see over this mountain.

He’d do that by first destroying her friend. “Let me strike you one good bit of advice on my part,” Erebus said with a genuine interest in how she’d react to this slight. 

As he said this, and unless something prevented the things done already which would prompt a reaction, Erebus would pull the Harpy at such a speed toward him that the creature would certainly be caught by his lethal blow when meeting the bandit in the middle, with his form simply running straight through hers. The CSS would present the target to him, even if she escaped the bind, Erebus drove Tenevi to the very edge of the map, as only 20m behind her remained after entering the field.

To put it simply, the captured target of the CSS would be heading directly towards Ere, and in that time Erebus is also running directly towards Tenevi at 30m/s. “Never abandon those you care for.” Erebus said with a haunting last message, unless prompted to change his course of action due to Lumikki, Erebus finished Tenevi with a charged jab, rotating his hips, the blow would force itself through her.


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#6Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Thu Feb 29, 2024 8:03 am

Lumikki

Lumikki observed as a critter was sent to her skies. So this beast could fly and she could not? Well, not for long really, she would think to herself as she was still adjusting her positioning. Erebus would lunge for her harpy to make do with not seeing her. To which she expected of him.

Meanwhile Tenevi at the forefront of Erebus’ attention would make do with running from him. With the brandishing of his “claws” she would smirk. A laugh escaped her lips. Lumikki would join her companion in such sentiments. Wondering what the man would think of her, even if it was not an opinion she cared for. It would seem he forgot what she was.

On the release of the tendrils that protruded from him, its sickening sight would only serve to make the two laugh more. Observing him relish on the monster he is, was a bemusing spectacle. The crowd would agree as they booed and cheered for his transformation. ” Well look what we have here! Something was sleeping in him all along!” The announcer to the right would bolster, egging on the passion of the audience. ” It’s looking like that indeed Ernest. But what would the harpy do?! Will the bird be able to get out of the wolf’s maw?”

But what would happen next would befuddle them. Everyone spectating assumed that Teveni would continue to try to run away but no one expected what she’d do next.

” Perhaps we should pass some advice to you instead.” The harpy would yell over the crowd as she dashed into the hungry tendrils. Their grasp was revolting and ravenous. Pulling and yanking her in toward their master but the harpy only had a sadistic look on her face. Her cruel nature was pouring out of her at last as she was often used to maintaining a polite facade. So she took the moment to relish in it.” Whatever fake demons you have brimming in that head of yours? You are facing a real Demon now.”

The connection Lumikki had with Tenevi was not a normal one. The two had never simply met in the outside world and decided to journey together. There was no build-up, no bonding moments. Tenevi wasn’t simply a friend. The harpy was the manifestation of Lumikki’s darkness taking form. The portion of her soul severed from her when she was young to ward off the presence of her Demonic father by her Nan. This sliver of her, took a personality of its own as it churned within the primordial darkness—waiting. In desperation and yearning. A soul aching with loneliness to return to herself and become whole. And it would be the will and desire to be more than just a voice in Lumikki’s head that would drive her to yearn for even more. A body to assist her being, a form to walk along her greatest love. Tenevi was Lumi, their relationship was one of the self. A self-love to persevere but with a joint desire for sadistic destruction at all costs. All costs, even her….

Both so hungry and willing for self-destruction if it would mean reaching their desire. As Lumi would prove all those many times she fought her Guild Master despite the odds.

” Adorable~” Lumikki would hiss, Tenevi was not often a factor in her battles. The harpy could sadly only do so much. This was a fact that Tenevi could not yet deny, with her lack of power and presence, she was only a casualty. But it did not bother her in the slightest to be sacrificed, she invited it. Until she could be something more, it was the role she accepted. After all her master much preferred striking like a storm….

Almost as if on cue and with a smirk on her invisible face, Lumikki began to twirl her staff. Her mana flowed into the base and surged all at once. With a jerk, a lavender magical circle would gleam from below both Erebus’ and Tenevi’s feet. With the wind kicking up, a storm was threatening to come. With another jerk, A flurry of magic circles would shimmer in the sky. The creature in the air and the two below, would all be between it and the ground. A blizzard would wrap around them and lash, its cold cutting into all who were within. From above, each magical circle would begin to materialize with black frost rapidly swirling before setting into the perfect likeness of all the heroic weapons Lumi read or encountered. A few from her guild would glimmer among the arsenal she willed from ice; and just as soon as she cast it, they would all drop down. Threatening to crash all that was below.

” Let’s risk it all…” Teveni would purr as her form was taking damage from every tendril that latched on. She could barely hold in her manifestation, steady streams of darkness were now pouring out of her. Yet her cruel smile would never waver as she smirked at him.

Lumikki would skip along the edges of her magic range. Watching and observing what would come.


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#7Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Sun Mar 03, 2024 7:53 am

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld



Tenevi’s last words— penetrated the air, but could not steer the confidence resting within his bones. Erebus— if weren’t such a conflict of interest to life as humanity knew it, was easily in leagues to be the deadliest human alive. His heart sang with a beat as he commenced with his actions. The sudden wave of force from the collision, encumbered against Tenevi would be heard with a vicious clap the likes of which contained a magnitude leveling single shot. The crowd would go up in the air, as the vicious damage thrusted the harpy through the ground, somewhere between the noise of a C4 explosive detonating, and the loudest pop of an audience shaking in their seats. Anxiety mounting within the onlookers, but the fight had not concluded, if anything, this was only the first milestone.

“Demon,” The sudden break of the wind, and the words laced with his ire, seemed to do something to the crowd. They had stopped their booing, intent to see this completion through.

“You’ll come to understand that what lives in the hearts and minds of us mortals is just as real as you or any Gods’ of this given crowd,” Erebus suggested, amused by the metaphors she drew forth with him, in response he watched the seal beneath him glow and then ignite with their effects.

Surged with the hail fury sent by the demon, gale force winds thrust through his draping attire at the back— he raised the gauntlet so as to shield what little vision it provided through the storm, frostbite crawled up his backside, sneakin through the crannies in his armor and equipment, with razor edge and the most acute ailing after-sensation, found of that in darkness type  magic— a laced concoction, Erebus knew he was now looking at a God Slayer. Her white snow, clawing & writhing through its mixed confines.

This was not a toxin to his statistics as her first spells were, he had noticed— through his Apex. But they were pollutant to his safety, an atrophy against his armor. This demanded he dash, lunging him forward 12.5m as he ignored the first few weapons after they materialized and crashed behind his location. When the last blade fell, it slammed against the back of his shoulder. Erebus shoving to the side so to avoid further damage to his helmet.

The blizzard played for a good distraction, blurring the lines between Ere and Lumikki, however Occula, was flying around at 10m from its master and had narrowly avoided spells to keep eyes at the prize.  

In his place— vision was shared with the rogue, the infamous criminal had a secondary window of vision in his helmet; casting his companions sights as his own, a telegraphing all activity seen within the visor and of course, saving every detail for replay when available.

Erebus summoned his Dark Hook Sword, alongside the dissipation of Lumikki’s spell that hit him, dust drifted off against his form. This battle gave Erebus, a unique opportunity to let loose from his confinement, from a stuffed knee to the earth below. His attitude would show that he meant to keep his pressure alive, and he took every step forward. Moving as he spoke.

“When I kill you.” Erebus pondered subtly. “What foul wretched being will that make me.”

As the sudden crash of the spell had dissolved his armor a moment earlier and shown his cut and scarred torso, metel vertebrae at his spine, the claws had quickly sucked back into his skin as if to spring again when the moment was required, Erebus immediately equipped another cloak with his first step forward, accelerating towards her then at 30m/s. If he reached her, he might attempt a slash her with his sword on entry, depending on what happened and what reactions he’d be forced to take upon moving against her direction.


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#8Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:43 pm

Lumikki

Lumikki observed as Teveni dissipated the dark smoke that she was, never giving Erebus the particular satisfaction he wanted. There was no gore to be had past the gashes he inflicted, but for the moment she was indeed gone. Just a whisper returned to Lumikki’s mind, where she had originally come from. ” So full of himself and his abilities, isn’t he? Seems the crowd is now changing their sentiments as well.” Tenevi’s voice would push through Lumikki’s thoughts as they did long before. It was nostalgic.

” Aye, and he keeps reaching for a response as if he wants a conversation. Perhaps that’s the bit that gets me the most. He speaks like it’s a conversation for two, but all he wants to do is make it about himself.” Lumi was already shifting positions. Never wanting to be in that direction Erebus runs for the safety of his spells. She was always keeping a distance as she was inclined to do. So while Erebus ran for the South-East, Lumi veered to the North-west.

As she was making it to her new location, her storm was almost fizzling away. Lumi fed more mana into her staff, swinging it up. A magic circle would flash before a dark vortex would swirl around him. Laying itself down upon him like a thin layer of snow before clearing away. Such a shadow acted to blind the man halfway. Taking even more from him. For that was the desire of the Demoness in this battle. To take all away in time. If his companion was anywhere above them, they too would get caught in the dark smoke.

Lumi twirled once more with her staff, almost ceremonially as it fed off her power. She did so in a little dance that would weave two spells forth. The circle below would flash, and one that faces toward the man. The wind proceeded the storm once away as its razor sound kicked up before the black snow followed. From the other circle, a crackle of pure black frost would surge and strike out in an imitation of lightning. It’s branching points would break off in black flowers that would bloom and wilt in an instant leaving dissipating petals behind in its wake. Hitting the area where he was now.

When her dance was done she would continue to move in whatever direction benefited her. Constantly moving around as she was taught to do. All while Erebus would stay within the corner of her eye. ” Ye think he’s going mad? He seems unhinged.” she would direct to Vee within her mind, ” Quite likely.” She would muse in her response. The harpy now nuzzled comfortably within Lumi’s consciousness again.

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#9Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Mon Mar 04, 2024 6:05 am

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld



The demoness was a fierce spellcaster, and aside from his obvious lack of magic, he was built to endure her punishment. Erebus reacts with her as she casts her next three spells, simultaneous to those actions made by her, Erebus grabs the collar of his neck and pulls, activating his armor’s secret ability. He became transparent, an eerie blue coloration as well as a glitching depiction could be witnessed within the hell she wrought at his location. Lightning, ice, and darkness all in his wake with each step through it— he spoke, his voice dark and ominous. If there was a sinister energy anywhere beside within Lumikki, she would sense it in Erebus as well. Occula would attempt to dodge, but the spells would unfortunately knock the drone from the air, vaporizing it. The secondary window of vision was turned off.

“Do you not yet realize, what it means for me to face you? It is the greatest honor for a Dark Mage to be sacrificed to a demon.” He openly admits. “There is no concept of age to your kind, our string of fate end somewhere. We become memories, written stories; the demon persists in shapeless form. My worth— is a but speck next to that in the universe. Yet, when I scream for your blood on my hands, the crowd grows weary, and when I face a fallen angel, a false god. They think on this, realizion of what you are and what I am, begins to rob their hearts of love for you Lumikki. Why will they applaud me? Because they have never had the same certainty of success against such a creature— to something of your rarity, your astonishing power and malefic design.”

Erebus addressed with a chuckle. He moved against Lumikki, rapidly closing distance— more than applicable to himself, and yet they were valid points. Lumikki was assigned the role of foe— he needn’t treat her as friend, she was a target. Even so, Erebus was infamous for his lack of respect to nobles too, he seemed to treat everyone the same unless they shared his vision.

“You, are a demon; but you live on the right side of history— you are a demon, but I am the unforgiving Chaos that balances this world. I will destroy you. What is your excuse for taking this job, for attempting to murder me I wonder— was it written payment, a simple check? Hear this— Demon— I am fighting for my life. These people lose their faith in you when they see what true darkness is, they are foreign to your country’s Magic Council and will seek a hero when they are ready to oppose it, Seven is the home of my ancestors, and my people are looking back at us now. I was brought here to enlist a purpose and you have done nothing but play into a grander scheme. They will remember my name— from just the sight of how you RAN from me!”

Erebus wasn’t far from wrong, as it was seeming. His pressure alone had done enough to silence their crowd, the intensity was only just beginning, but the tension was heavy. The rogue was already sweating— which wasn’t helped by the vicious cold, and if one could see him under his gear would realize he was actually fighting a feverish ailment during the passage of his movements. His eyes were dark, and most life was drained from his body through torment he’d been receiving. It was the void, and a testament to the dark one’s wrath, that drove his body so aggressively and unhinged, as Lumikki had analyzed.


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#10Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:41 pm

Lumikki

” The world does not care for me, it cares for no one.” Her voice was already like a echo before, the sound of wind shipping through a sheer cold winter landscape. But now it was shifting into the howl one hears when a storm was kicking up with the threat to tear all in its path down. She barely sounded human before, but she was entirely foreign now. Still, as she said, Lumi refused to show her form to him.

She refused to let him get near her was well. In her time growing and changing, Lumi began to better take a hit but she knew better than to offer him that. No, it was a necessity for him to touch her. It was why she was grounded for now. For now… the thought would echo in her mind as she mulled it over. His will would not hold out longer than her’s. No, he would probably falter should this battle last longer, something of which the ice witch didn’t mind.

” And for ye of all beings to be the one to destroy it? Don’t make me laugh. Ye can’t fight the older Demons, ye can’t even subdue the guilds this world has to offer. Aye, these people have their fill of heroes. Almost too many to choose from. And those heroes would out last all of ye soon enough. To which I would take the pleasure of observing for centuries.” Lumi’s sharp eyes could see through almost anything, including the man phasing through her spells and heading her direction. It wouldn’t bother her much as she pointed a direction with her staff, casing a small lavender circle beneath her while also leading black frost to coat her legs and skate her in the direction she wanted. A diagonal way that took her further from him and onto another quadrant just twenty meters away.

The instant Lumi reached her target location, she swiveled around while swinging her staff. Brandishing another spell with her mana pouring into her staff. Lumi would lock eyes on Erebus and will the magic of her eyes to seek him as well before heaving her Abyssal Spine up and casting her spell. Almost like another ritualistic display one would think a priestess performs. A lavender circle shines from up above before pulled back to revel an arrow of shadow. The head and tail were in a constant flux, shifting rapidly as if not sure what to land on before finally cementing its form. The head of it became a hound, while the tail turned into four black wings coming into one. The arrow shot out faster than one would expect, rotating rapidly as it shot out for Erebus like a drill piercing the sky just for him. All before break up into more arrows like they were separating at a point with the intention of piercing him. No matter where the man would go, they will follow. And his head would be their target.

And so Lumi would continue to run further along the rim of the area to assure there was enough space maintained between them. Not stopping until she was now forty meters away.


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#11Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:54 am

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld



She was like a cerulean storm, every time Erebus came to her, she pushed back or around, but that would end soon. At the moment she swiveled, pointing out a direction with her staff, with black ice coating her legs, Erebus changed his items again.

His moment to turn this around on the precipice of a dark horizon.

Erebus had long ago been a fighter with the clear weaknesses as she was trying to play against him, known for short cardio and chasing— loose exchanges, but was that really a threat? He learned long before that it would not be. Were those attacks worthy of the respect of response, clearly if one could get away, then they would. No— Erebus needed more than just hands on Lumikki. But he did need to catch her off guard. The gap between them was not so large that he could not get to her, in fact— he was clearly strong enough to hold her that far.

Urging him to pursue this cat and mouse game with her. He could not afford to continue taking damage and not inflicting it, his focus would be reasonably adjusted going forward, as he expected hers would too. The chill of frost had moved up his body, and so he could feel damage coming from the after effects of her magic.

Lumikki was likely aware of the history on her foe even if he hadn’t a clue about her skills leading up to now, but if he were lucky, she would underestimate how far Erebus had taken his skills between the eras up to now. While it was true, he did lack the large mana pool she did— which he could see in his monitor, this did not mean he needed it as critically as she did.

Mana was only half of it… Something else motivated his bloodlust, and the purpose carrying his husk. Something he was sure they had in common, but after her last words— empty and void of meaning or purpose, about the world she had a hand in affixing to her whims, as if existing or coming as far as she had meant nothing entirely to her or anyone else.

After that left her lips, Erebus felt a pang of resemblance, he was like that at one time— but it served no purpose to live that way. Having been wayward for a very long time, his mind had changed. He knew it could not be true that they existed for no reason on Earthland— he had come to realize that the world does care what it’s champions do, and it cared an awful lot or else it wouldn’t have done what it had to him and like Odin, he was the new enemy of the magic council.

It cared about all of them, its heroes— but especially— the balancers.

Fate simply picks the those with the will to act on their motivations. Fate gives it all purpose, it is the sister of Destiny— and of course, who has more of that than its royalty right? The reason the Magic council existed, and in turn kept it ahead of the other countries, was to protect the King. Fate cares for the King perhaps; this demon, serves that King even.

But from Erebus’ stance, Fate should favor the warrior, and Erebus carried an unusual prophecy with concern to Fate. “Is that all you’ve come too— all these years, they rank you among the very elite mage in Earthland, and you still think you don’t matter? This revelation shocks me, don’t you know they’ve already rounded you up? The greatest fighters in Earthland? Your own guildmaster is called the Warden, but do you know the real reason for that? You’re locked— beneath his reach. Because if you went out of control, or someone else there. He’s the chosen one to take responsibility for others like him, he demon, was enlisted to kill you. Long before you grew up to threaten him, and like me and you— if he were to go out of control, that government would trip over themselves trying to pay us to take out the problem.” Erebus mused. “You see? It’s not got anything to do with good or evil. They’re rich, and they can make you rich. So let them have their cities, and they’ll pay you to fight their enemies. It’s a package deal. It’s a job, in which you have submitted. It all matters, Lumikki.”

He could not acknowledge her words, had he not stood up and become the criminal he was. The world would not have cared for him. But because he had— it did. She was delusional to think the world had not heard of her, studied her, and in turn, shaped her. With the right motivation, she could do so much more. Perhaps she was a victim of feeling too, although— Erebus was positive demons had no feeling, at least as far as he understood them to be.

On the counter hand, Erebus was indeed a human, pumping warm blood. He couldn’t conceptualize what it was like to be the same. Even his time in the abyss could not enlighten him to how or why they think and act, they were in fact, true wildcards.

Maybe that was the difference, perhaps she had not woken up to the gravity of her command, weight of her voice. The change it could demand and impose in others. “Lumikki— strong as you may be, you are wrong about it all...” He hated to send her any kind of message, but if she could not find the answer on her own, then someone should give her the truth; maybe demons existed just outside of understanding it, that shrivel of light known as hope— or maybe she didn’t need hope, but humans did. Erebus did— and even in the most unfortunate predicaments, found a way to grasp it within a chokehold. “Everyone and everything in this world matter, value on even one soul can open the gate to millenniums of believers. You have a lot left to learn.” He finished his words. He could feel meaning in the things he hated most, because he believed them, and faith with oneself is force that can’t be explained. His humanity had slipped out of him with the words, yet again…

That is why he quickly killed it, hiding it beneath the monster beneath; always leaving the crowd bewildered, just what kind of show was this? They had every reason to hate Erebus, but had begun to listen to him. They were singing a tune with him, and before long you could hear his name beginning to be chanted on the lips of hundreds of Sevenese people. “… But don’t worry demon— I plan to rip them all out before long, and you won’t have to care about that at all.” His voice trailed, humming with power.

Their mentalities on the world were much different to Ere and so, he could take back nothing he said. He believed Lumikki to be a pawn of the Kingdom, and his words showcased that he would trample her down if she stood to defeat him, so she had.

Erebus would have to amp up his brutality, he could slack off no longer in the face of adversity. As her feet fused with black ice and carried her like rollerblades to a safe zone out of arm’s reach, Erebus changed his items yet again, his large black and red gauntlet, retracted to the confines of his magical adventurer ring, while a blackened metal pitchfork seemed to manifest into his hand in it’s place.

His resemblance would be uncanny to a devil itself, yet Erebus also held his black hook sword in his off-hand. Which was held low, and thus, provided lower body protection, while the fork acted as a polearm, damaging anyone 1.5m outside of close proximity radius.

His Fork was a gift in troubling times, he could not trust the life demanding trade-off that his phasing powers provided, not so soon at least, as he needed the long fight to learn the extent of his foes abilities. He had to truly push the limits when against them and this demon was no different, talented with magic, she offered the age old battle of adventurer and mage.

The darkness, funneled into a spell, but it did not make Erebus fear or hesitate upon running forward into it, because his fork had been equipped already. Because he knew he had an ace trick on his sleeve, and with his distance traveling in a run (30m/s back into 25m/s) he knew he could reach his target (moving to stop at 40m away).

Erebus is running after the spellcaster, whenever she would cast spell damage at Erebus, Erebus will consume the magic, turning it into blue glitter that is absorbed into his being in the form of electrical static. It would be around 20m/s when this occurs, but consumption occurs automatically. Erebus would push until he is in range, which he should be in after this post. Roughly coming into 10-20m, assuming he doesn’t stop moving at all and has the higher speed currently. Erebus would Shadow Step. At this time he can be assumed to be in point blank radius from Lumikki.

If needed Erebus had the power to phase, and that power would come as a great service going forward which he kept his options open for, if she attempted anything now.

Erebus would thrust his fork into her exposed shin/calf, whereas his other weapon simultaneously came from beneath and would slash against the staff as Erebus rotates his wrist and blade— to hook it efficiently, this action would keep it aimed downward away from Erebus. His strength opposed to hers, would prevent her from lifting it (working as a physical bind) Erebus holds his strength against hers, and while he has faster strike speed with the sword, can strike with it again should he need too, or disarm the demoness entirely.

The worst was yet to come.

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#12Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:29 pm

Lumikki

The veil around Lumikki would begin to peel away, breaking away like freshly fallen snow. The snowflakes would whip around in the air, instantly carried in the gust. Swirling and dancing around her. The man pursuing kept spotting her despite the deflection,  it was becoming apparent that it was hardly serving her. She had never really experienced what it was like to have your mana gleamed and she was now surmising that this was how it seemed.

And now with her vestige on full display, one could easily make out the features of contempt on her face. Lumikki’s glowing purple eyes would lack their usual sparkle and shine as if the entropy that called to her was now all she felt within. ” Ye misunderstand me human.” Lumi began with a glare, she had to hold back a snarl. ” I said the world didn’t care, not that I didn’t matter. To humans, I’m another monster of destruction, interchangeable with the next. To this, I don’t care. What they think of me hardly matters to me at all.” The chill around her intensified as her frustration was climbing and it would only be the air to keep her cool-minded now. Its frigid touch would eat away the animosity building up within but with a deep exhale, she was calm again. Almost giddy as she finally found the humor in all of it. Why get bothered by the ramblings of a man when he was doing something so reminiscent of the humans' tendency to build a story? Create a narrative, tell a tale. Anything to make sense of the world around them and the Demons and Gods among them. Erebus was just simply self-soothing with the fairytale he was forging and she will let him have it as she returned to her indifference once again.

” I am quite aware of me Guild Master. More than the ramblings ye used to piece yer story. I knew from the start that if I stepped out of place by his standards, I could be slain. And unlike ya, I’ve felt his smite. But he leaves me to me freedoms as that’s our terms and as long as I don’t encroach on his kingdom, I’m left alone. See human, I only stay out of loyalty. A concept that sounds foreign to ye by yer benign obsession to distort everything. I care not for the king and I never did. I hail from different lands and owe no loyalty to Fiore beyond what me guild wishes to offer. And if the day ever comes that the Angel of ours falls into a complete Demon? Then I’ll fight alongside him like I’ve always had. Riches means very little to me, yer politics too. None of it applies to me. And I plan to create and destroy to me wishes.” She tilted her head in an almost mocking way, her purple gaze intensifying. ” I became a merc so I chose me job. I can also choose to leave and no one would stop me. But dear Erebus, in yer manic machinations. If ye ever were to pursue the Abyss, I’m sure ye’d make a great Demon. Yer need to destroy and warp pass as a decent imitation. But whatever glorification ye compile ta feel ya have any value in this world? Will break ye long before ya get reborn in the real chaos ye obsess over. What plans ya have, I don’t care as long as it don’t cross me own. I am no hero….”

But as the Demon was trying to state her point, the man would only try to converge on her. Shifting through his armor and weapons like swift transformations. He now wielded a fork that she was all too familiar with and a blade she could gleam enough to know about. I see… She would think to herself as he was closing the gap. In his one-track-minded pursuit, Lumikki looked helpless. A small girl soon to be cut down to an extent.

” I’m getting tired human. I am getting so tired….” And the moment he blinked toward her and tried to strike, Lumikki would break apart to pieces. Her body turned dark like an eclipse before it erupted in a multitude of wings that would continue its way across her form before revealing she was now a flock of ravens. The unkindness circled Erebus, muttering in a multitude of voices all at once. Like every stray thought would channel directly through the beaks of each bird. Some laugh at the man's futile attempt in varying pitches and ranges. Others muttered how tired they were of the encounter overall. That the man's presence was the seething toxic culmination of man distilled in their self-pity and delusions. Many other Demons would savor his existence. Tempted to help sink the man further in the pandemonium and act upon their will for destruction. Some would like to break him like a puzzle time toy. Using his will as a bar of difficulty that slinks beyond as they conspire to manipulate him. Leaving him with the individualistic satisfaction of making his choices. Only for them all to be machinations of the Demon’s influence.

It was true as Erebus states, that there is a boundless darkness in man. It simmers and boils with their passions and inflictions. Poisoning and destroying all around them for the sheer sake of possibility. One could even argue it was this boundless miasma that spawned the Abyss from which Demons find their origin. Many mortals love to insist that they are the source of creation to all beings of myth in all elevations just because of their colorful imaginations and charged passions. In “Believing” in a God, you thereby create and sustain their existence. And to this they create their importance among a plethora of beings, Demons included.

But it was all delusions.

As the universe had to be carved and shaped by beings more complex than their own. More timeless than a mortal could ever understand. It was comical to observe, that they thought they created the Titans above them with only the small window they were afforded. Did they ever consider that there was a time when these beings didn’t let themselves be known? That the mortals were an afterthought to all the other worries and passions from timeless beings afforded different perspectives?

Lumikki understood all too well as she was one of them as well. A human who stumbled around in the world with a sense of purpose and longing for the powers in which all had come. In the myths of her people, she was a descendant of the primordial frost, from which the nothingness of the black skies churned chaos and then us. Humans long to be a part of something. She knew this and she sympathized. It was one of her few remaining attributes of being human that remained for the moment. But it was in her rebirth that she came to understand more. And in stepping into the timeless, she shifted in perspective.

She was a part of the world, yes, but it was more complex than a person living out their life trying to leave a mark before they pass. She was now granted the time to observe things and they change and pick and choose what she decided to intervene. Her sympathy didn’t give way to compassion like it once had. She only cared for those she could care for. The rest were afterthoughts that would flicker the moment she blinked.

And yet, she would be berated by one such mortal. Who feels the woes of his life constituted him a profound understanding. A true understanding of the morbid nature of man and all things monsters. But he only knew just a sliver of it all. There was only so much one could ever witness in a fast-paced life that rushed before their eyes.

” Yeees, let us both stop entertaining this.” All the ravens flew up to the sky. Like a vortex rising to a point straight above. All the ravens would collide into a dark orb before the darkness fades away to reveal Lumi curled up. Her four wings unfurled and pulled back to suspend her into the air.

” Let’s see how strong yer will is Erebus…”

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Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:29 pm

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#14Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Fri Mar 08, 2024 3:35 pm

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld




Upon her dispersion, Erebus watched the feathers of her birds funnel off. Following in with the flock of ravens; having seen a similar strategy long before, Erebus made sure to stay in movement, never quite dropping or stopping himself. His nerves were wrecked, the voices seemed to intensify within his dome, he was beginning to feel those effects; the unforgettable anger that boiled back to the surface, his fusion with the very void itself growing more in line with each other.

The demon appeared to be slowing down at least— he seemed to have pushed down the first obstacle, he could feel her will pulling against his magical hex when she floated to suspension. Through his visor, he would smile, his teeth gritted

“And trade up? Why bother,” The words rolled with a smooth escape, silk and short. “Join the circus… or become the Ringmaster?” He laid out, hungry to see his kill to its completion. “If you would test my will, Lumikki. You will lose this exhibition.” The cold cloaked figure spoke against the mock of her crows, and his body acted simultaneous with his intentions. “My request is quite shameless,” He said foreshadowing his final words... “But die already.”

Erebus swapped his sword back into the gauntlet, his spell Chaos Controller would go off next in moving toward the Witch, further confusing his location, and placing him on her location with black mist left in his afterimage (as Erebus wears all black, it can be confused with him), he spanned the distance from the ground to the open air (spell distance is extended to 22.5m range, as it uses lunge distance plus +10m (at 30m/s in spell speed: equipment expert.) appearing behind her in the open air— suspending over nothing but the Earth down below, Erebus would unleash the claws once more, knowing that after his next blow; he would be at the mercy of gravity, two long snaking appendages whirled directly towards the earth and worked to cushion if needed, and the other two remained coiling there at his body; out of his back, with their heads each dancing around a meter from him.

Ready to sick and prey upon their foe, these claws would be able to grab Lumikki in the same berserk mannerisms they latched against Tenevi with, early in the fight. Her time was running short, perhaps even shorter than his own.

Erebus took the same arm which fashioned his gauntlet— now behind Lumikki at point blank radius, he opted to deliver a menacing forward strike, an open-palm jab, facing downward against her lower back, his weapons possessed armor-penetration, which would ail her as it dug into her nervous system. He wondered what trick she could unveil next, that would save her from his unavoidable reach.


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Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Sun Mar 10, 2024 3:48 pm

Lumikki

The pain in her head was one she already endured for the full duration of a battle she had prior.
in revalation of that knowledge, Lumi clutched at her head annoyed but not entirely debilitated. It wasn't even as severe as the time Emil subjected her to it during their fight as his lighting would whip at her head over and over.

" Not me circus, not me monkeys..." Lumi murmured disinterested. And so did it hardly surprise her that the man would make his move so quickly. Exactly what he had in mind, she was not sure. Flexing her muscles, a black frost would quickly encase her skin so she could at least be ready.

Before Lumi could do more or even try to look around for her opponent, she was struck from behind. The impact was enough to shatter her frost and tear through the back of her dress. With her robe in tatters, she pointed herself in a direction of her choosing, her raven wings coated with trails of ice and darkness that propelled her elsewhere. When she finally got to look back, she would see the plan he made more clearly. And with his tendrils affixed to catch him down below, Lumi pointed her storm in that direction.


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#16Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Fri Mar 15, 2024 7:50 am

Erebus

Erebus

Don of the Underworld


He met ice again, and so he could see her dash as his weapon collided and took some damage. In response to this he retracted it again, his gauntlet swapped to his sword, Erebus fell towards the ground, and at this time, he watched the glow of her spell seal begin to ignite, rather than wait for that, Erebus aimed the pitchfork in line of the seal, dangling inches below his feet as he fell... Erebus would again vacuum up all the surrounding magical energy with his body diving towards the concrete, mauevuring his talon’d four appendages to coil at a closer proximity to himself, whilst the others chased Lumiki as she attempted to escape. Each claw was a capable of 1xA physical damage alone, and upon biting down upon her, would clamp and bind into her. Should they be successful, Erebus would reel her in like a fish, with both forces destined to make contact, whereas Erebus was already bleeding, Lumikki had avoided almost all negative ailments, attacks, and her reason for being here held no semblance to Erebus in reality.

For that, she was simply his foe. He would not let the mountain that had become him, be stepped on by some foreign demonic onlooker. No… That would in turn, simply discredit himself.

Dueling her could come down to the very last drop of mana, and the very last of his life force might be the consequence.

“Heh heh… a devoted pet in the zoo. I can see how he must have enchanted you— you sound sweet to kindness—, if the demon has such a hard time seeing the figures around her, I feel obligated to enlighten. Unmistakable enemy of the realm, that is what you are to our civilization. This fantasy world you monsters have created make me sick. You pathetic things live to accomplish your zealous fervor, while my kind won’t even wake up to their damnation. The only thing remotely respectable about you, is the mountain you have climbed, but I must dismantle any fallacy as I see it. You don’t know faith, and you don’t know loyalty. Fool. You are a subspecies of his dimension, a category of angels with carnal sins, so hated by God that you were thrown out of your worlds, and here you are, in ours— I speak for humanity— we’re tired of servicing you wretched things. Am I so wrong, tell me? For not bending over, for refusing the ruin this world wishes for me? Should I be ashamed of myself, if my will is to change the world? For wanting to conquer it... I don’t feel inclined to believe so. It is fate herself that brought me this far, and I will never turn my cheek on her until she is ready to let me go; until I die for these ideas, YOU MUST.” He had reassured both himself and Lumikki with his powerful words, in their differences of character, perhaps there could be at least one thing understood. If the rogue wasn’t the criminal, he wouldn’t be relevant, and it was the fact he could not stand down; that put him in the same caliber as the highest mages in the land.

The obnoxious warrior, lost to the darkness in his heart, would still resist and that energy was a powerful design— no matter the delegation or exalt amongst their species, Erebus was one of the strongest humans to ever live and he was representing the drive of humanity in this battle. She might defeat him, but not without taking everything he had. His attacks which were of more than just physical or verbal form, she would feel the very spirit of his willpower as would the audience— siphoning their hate and turning it into momentum, in a commanding and smooth tone the Don distinguished his foes, and when Erebus spoke these things, he made people believe them, even if they were outlandish thought, the very nature of Ere is contagious. Even if his words did nothing to her, they’d certainly been observed of the fight by the stadium as witness in the masses. “You made one comment before, that I have no concept of loyalties, but I have a perspective for you, I’m not so miserable alone, I am facing this because it is a choice. Do you really think I would be caught so easily, that I wouldn’t be able to predict the Void? Some things have to be sacrificed, there can be no other right mindset, and my faith in others was one of these qualities that held me back, to rid my affairs of the impunity; I had to stop relying on allegiances, I had eliminated the weakness of human feeling this way. It serves me best to remain alone, hesitation in others has cost me soldiers, money, even the lucrative desires of the regions I’ve helped and the communities I’ve built. Others have paid for allegiance to me Demon— and they are no longer with us now— how can I blame anyone for these things, when I have burned down homes and become what I am in response. I live with their wrath on my sleeve. I am exactly what they have made me, unlike you— while you took this as job, I had no hand in becoming what I am. The world no longer has praise for me? It is treasonous to ally with Erebus— for my change on the world to be realized, to be acknowledged? I must go alone. I believe my blood will serve as the best sacrifice, can you say the same?... someday your guilds will call me the evil of my generation, and I will be fine with that. I will drag some of you with me, and I reckon, I will be fine with that too… But I will never grovel before the angel, the king, or the heroes… Ignorant, insufferable, pawned guild mages. The entire lot of you poison the fabric of balance. But we will— tip the balance now, Council Puppet.” He shrugged with a laugh that would force cheers and whistles from the waves of humans watching the battle. “I refuse ignorant quarry with you further Demon, there is no heart or emotion there to mine from. Whatever abomination on this society you could be— well, that means little threat to me or anyone else on Earthland… I sooner slam the door on a coward like yourself, avoid me now. But you will give me more, even more than your very best.”

Erebus struck the spell with his fork, all but draining the magic before it even began. This served as another cardio boost, garnishing his place in the same caliber as this famed mage.

She was a terrifying one, that much had been put together. However, Erebus too was built for his role. He retained his location as he lands, using the claws to cushion; with his landing cracking the very arena, cratering it’s very architecture at which he had arrived too. “You are in front of Erebus, the infamous Prince of the Underworld’s Echelon,” Erebus pondered with a cock grin as he began to walk in her direction, inching towards her, speed picketed, until he was accelerating into the direction of Lumikki. “Stand up, on your feet.” Erebus said, releasing the addditonal metal tendrils to hone and trace towards Lumikki.

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#17Lumikki 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Tue Mar 19, 2024 11:53 am

Lumikki

Lumi barely hovered in her spot for long before the metal lashers of the man sprung for her once more. She would have figured he would occupy himself with the churning storm than her, but that would be a foolish thought in itself. Every action this man entertained flung himself into the fray in almost a self-destructive manner. As if his antics would be rewarded the more he lost. A man preaching for the fall of gods, angels, and demons alike would offer himself to “fate” all the same. As if the more he gives the more he would receive. All the while rambling on and on about his existence and pedigree.

At first, Lumi grew incredibly annoyed. Every word and forced phrasing for slander was trying her patience from a man who barely knew anything past himself let alone of the world. But as the metal tendrils would strike and coil tightly at her tiny frame, she began to fall into her own nature; to her madness. And a cackle would escape her lips as it harshly reverberated in the air. Her voice was already like the winds howling in a tundra, holding an inhuman echo, and would now delve deeper into the abnormal. Started curtly before breaking off in what sounded like multiple gales lashing all at once. The chiming of her sniggering soon halted as an unearthly cold tundra voice would splinter in. Gave word to her thoughts while the cold darkness crept into her skin, swallowing her form before promptly morphing it.

” Ye tickle me so human. Ye do…Some of yer nonsense almost passed for believable. I can hear yer fellow man coincide on those lavish ideals of yers. But it was to be expected for the kin who have faced nothing but their day-to-day to assume as such are the ways of the world. Pitiful Erebus, trying to convince me yer happy alone as if there isn’t perhaps a wound in ye that makes it so. Festering like all the other things ye seem to reason in yer meandering speeches.” She promptly broke into another cackle while her voice would oddly shift in pitch and tone.” But isn’t that just the norm for you Don Erebus? To cut every tie you have before the cut them first? Can never leave anyone on good terms can you?” She spoke in the familiar voice of his old companion. Knuckles, a man she came to know from a pact made. Aiding her on somewhat of an understanding to her opponent if she cared to delve further. Just as the last work hit, her voice would morph once more,” Of course, for all the talk he has still not bothered to come to the North. I thought you had a man to steal back from Paradise Dawn, lone mercenary.” She now spoke in the guise of her Guild Master’s voice. Pushing the ply further to mock the mad man. Lumi played on the knowledge she caught wind of when Yuurei returned. She was aware this man was trouble, just not how unhinged he seemed to be.

The dark shadows that coiled around her tighter than his metal claws would rumble within his grasp. Whether he was capable of feeling it or not, the swelling dark would become more prominent. Its slight movements would seem like a beating heart and with every pulse it would get bigger.

” Forgive me, I wasn’t raised among the pitiful of Fiore or the dredge within the Seven.” The crowd was not pleased with her slight but they already lost favor long ago.” Those of Iceberg rarely feel as sorry for themselves as ye do. Granted the lands were not always kind, but they hankered just fine. There was no time to dive into the misery ye seem to muster.”

To this point, Lumi’s frame was passing into four meters and nearing five. The silhouette now became more distinguishable as the features grew more pronounced. And the wings of before were now pushing three meters themselves. Yet the darkness that obscured her didn’t simply hide her form as much as it was combining with her flesh. Revealing the true beast that lingered within the petite girl just before.

” I’m so glad we agreed…On the futility of speaking to the other.” her voice would swell as if filling with pleasure. Lumi was more content with the end of the dialogue than to bother sorting the empty disarray of words he slung forward. Hoping that he could catch her vulnerabilities and build himself bigger than he was. As far as Lumi could make out from the ramblings of a lunatic, were that he needed to lash out at all costs. Doing so helped him take up more space in the world.

With the rise and fall of her clutched talon, the staff she harbored this whole fight, would now brim once more with her magic as she surged her spell forward. And as the man began to make his attempt to sprint toward her, the magic circle would spill forth jagged stalagmites that ripped apart the ground; destroying the surface as they rose and his simple path to her.

Lumikki would take the moment to pull all her wings back, before beating them down at once and lifting from the ground. Her ascent was a quick one as all for wings beat simultaneously, clinging hard to the air in the sky. The plain darkness peeling away to the frost beneath as her feathers shimmered in the light with beautiful blue and purple hues. Two long feathers adorned her peak and to horns perturbed from the sides of her head. The raven Demon rarely showed her from but in the moment of prevalent madness, it only felt right.

And with barely a pause in her moment, she pulled the upper too and summoned many circles to flash before her. They kept for a moment before pulling back to reveal another arsenal of black ice weapons. If one were to observe and quickly discern all the blades present, one could even pick out a sword that looked very much like the one Erebus owns. Hanging beside the flurry that was soon to descend as it came crashing down for the mortal below.

On the crashing of her arsenal, Lumi would take to circling in the skies faster than she had before.

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#18Erebus 

Nerves [Lumikki] Empty Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:06 am

Erebus

“I aim to displease.” he said, with little amusemust at the growing demon’s mock expressions. “And who are you to Knuckles, Lumikki? If your death inches me closer to theirs, consider me invested, privileged even.”

Erebus postered his attacks and landed them as she spoke, in which time stalagmite erupted forth from the seals heading towards him as he fell, smashing against his metallic claws, Erebus was intelligent enough to realize further damage could be sustained if allowed. He sacrificed what little durability remained in the armor. Watching her transition into a scarier version of the harpy before him earlier. Propelling off his placement as the stalagmite carried him further from Lumikki, Erebus glistened into a translucent figure and spun against the stone, rolling onto his back shoulders and finding his feet quite acrobatically.

Falling to that knee again after a short sprint and sliding to the open center of the ring until he was far from any prior AoE spells, Erebus spun against the smooth ground to the higher stadium. Just as the spires of ice came forth with a cool mist earlier, a sky blue and pristine wind which hugged the very skin on this dark mage’s bones. This spell seemed to pull the shadows from the audience, festering forth ancient weapons, and then of course, the strangest delusion of the shape of his own in her arsenal.

He wondered if that were her game, she was on her own adventure. Perhaps, meeting and facing others was apart of her fun as well— and Erebus had to agree. She earned her place in his books, her might had prevailed and even harmed him whereas her distance was always the first priority. “I may have been wrong about you too. You have potential and certainly more power than most in the lands, but there’s still a fine line separating your attempt to dominate, and my need for it. I will only get stronger, and stronger, and collectively hunt all that stand in my way. You included Lumikki… It does not matter how they sell me to the world, in the end I will become God of War, and reshape Earthland in Odin’s vision.”

Whispers began to flood Erebus mind, while it could be chalked up to the C.S.S. Malfunctioning, the actual voices were of those people he had forgotten or left behind, haunting his memory. He had lost so many people, that he really was the last person in his world. Yet even so, he had to press on, to see the dream through.

“You can talk.” Erebus evoked, seeming to chant chaos back to the heavens, the simple truth was that he was not phased by her powers, they were serious, but Erebus had learned so much about Lumikki— she would need to completely kill him, or walk around her eyes over her shoulders. As her entire arsenal was collective information, and no other entity on Earthland was more equipped to make a revenge plot than the elusive folktale before her. Erebus was a pit fiend meant for a special rite to Hell— and perhaps if Lumikki hadn’t discerned it yet, he was much stronger than regular specimens of his people. She was perhaps his greatest foe, but the sheer terror that he could stand with a creature like her, had yet to awe or inspire her as it had the crowd. Erebus, on the other hand, was far from hopeless.

He needed one thing to occur in order to make a fulfilling change.

He needed to reach her, as fast and as close as possible. But with a distance of 40m separating them. He would need to advance all over again, as he spun and avoided her spell, his hand weapon changed to that of a silver hilt, and in one bodily rotation, you would see the figure of Erebus light up with a green beam of laser ionized or perhaps, plasma based arcane energy, that danced with the weapons frame and it’s master’s skill. His form was grace in motion, he dipped low his head narrowly catting the spells sent by Lumikki, and with each that came, he still persisted and avoided them shadow-blade after shadow-blade, tugging the gravity around his own shoulders to forward roll or backflip and somersault when necessary; Erebus at one point could fly and walk on air, and so made no difference between his feats on the ground nor the air, thanks to the tendrils, he always had a new platform to maneuver around— that is, if Lumikki would ever get close..

She would not be facing him there, he had to force control, or trap her in her series of attacks. Erebus was dragging the weapons further away as they chased behind him, to follow his command and charge of direction, as he also made these figures and discernments of his foe in real time. In which, his spear was able to be kept barred in his knuckles and was often times a simple appendage used to propel or push the weapons upon a quick three-sixty as he ran; deflecting against the shadow weapons, however, was useless— Erebus needed magical damage to cancel magical spells. His lightsaber in his off-hand was the primary attacking weapon, as Erebus seemed in encumbered and totally at ease with repelling the spells skills. The green light sliced through her shadows and bled them from reality like ashes, creating the image of atrophy in the weapons. The sight of it was describable: shadowy masses infected— caught by a magical fire, that crawled over their surfaces, shrinking down then into nothing, nothing but the cloud dark shade, a popped balloon of mana itself, melting just like cotton candy would on the tongue; until it was no more. Erebus spun and sliced with a vindication his hands registering on their own, and the C.S.S allowing him the super human range to defend his own tendrils as they were targeted as well — With Ere, hitting all placements of his weapon attack. He moved at accelerating speeds, heightening rapidly to a realm ordinary man was locked out of. For the direction of Lumikki.

If he weren’t enduring such a hellish fever beneath the visor, he would probably be frozen stiff as a rock— muscles contracted and paralyzed on the stadium floor before the demon. In reality, that may have been the case already, with certain damage sure to continue on his body. However bloodlust drove a much more intimidating bargain, out of the Legendary Weapon Master— it was his main selling point. Perhaps Lumikki had mocked him— however— the sheer opposite of positive things can only come from such aggravations. Both instinct and reflex were accelerated one second sooner than average in this adventurer, Erebus dances like a bat from hell— weapon in hand, his body is fluid— flowing to a motion and frequency that most cannot decipher, lest they are Grandmasters or higher themselves. His finesse and mastery was in full display— bridging the gap in unparalleled fashion, his body was his area of expertise and so he didn’t need to be facing forward to always have control over his max speed— in fact, he was better when he was in rotation, keeping to his rogue-like nature, and he could do wonderful things with his elbows as well in that time, able fall and propel off his neck for a graceful recovery after a short flip, should he need it— controlling his landings, and his takedown defense, was the first steps in street fighting needed to incorporate a good ground technique. Getting someone to the ground, was normally not Erebus’ style, as he enjoyed striking.

But that hadn’t seemed to be on Lumikki’s interest. With each attack, she further kept away. Erebus was tired of this, she was kiting— and he was biting. But he had nothing else that would get her, she had already revealed her magic to him, eliminating the use of his Bow…  

This was his monster to deal with— but the foe she had signed up to face, Erebus was a cunning— even deceptive dirty tactician. There was always a a chance he had something up his sleeve. Lumikki had not given him an inch in this race, further trying to freeze and poison this rambunctious prisoner before her eyes. So it seemed clear to him; she was quite aware of how superior he was in point blank radius, riding the curtail of her distance; he proved to her already she would not be able to give him the space.

Erebus was in no state for true war, and yet he was pushing it. His need to win, seeming to truly shine through the mystery of the darkness. His right to the darkness, to the chaos in man. Seemed rightful— and for some reason, he could not walk forward, without finding his resources and the support of others from somewhere. Even if he was alone, it wasn’t that Erebus left everyone on bad terms. He lost them, for their efforts to see the world changed. The others, the betrayers, would not reach the same afterlife. They were a different species.

She was a different species, and his hell was not the same as her Abyss.

Today— Erebus will survive another day. These rotten souls, have made one of their own legendary heroes a prisoner of War…! Cast him out of the land as criminal, now they need a demon to clean up their mess… For heaven’s sake! These people are truly corrupt! Possessed by their greed; enchanted by power, on full display for us here in Seven?! What are the governments doing?? Who is monitoring Fiore?! The King?!?! Epiphany, me people, I’m havin’ a vision!!! Listen here, all of Seven, these are proof of the words in other lands! We have no idea the powers which are trifling around in Fiore! You will see soon what the Gods have in store for the use of witchcraft and idols— blasphemy! Sin! shouted an elderly woman from the crowds, as she watched these things, and tripped and stumbled amongst other onlookers, a few people seemed to echo her statement— she simply had enough of this battle, as it was now very clearly going to be an execution— with Erebus’ entire armor already blown back and revealing his open chest, bloodprints and slices from the ice that seemed to be eating at his skin with acidic and freezing burns. “Greghhagh!… Quiet down lady, ruining the show for the rest of us!.” said a burlesque man sitting two rows beneath her.

The old wench with one eye, seemed invested on both these evil beings. However… There was a pang of relation from one human being to another, seeing one of their own fight back against such a predator. Even if he were so vicious and dark himself, one could not forget that Erebus was just the man, he was prey for a daemonic entity in this harpy, at least— sent down for a show that way. Her form, which was quite grown by comparison to the recent one, was fairly freakish to the watchers. Who were at the edge of their seats, protected by a thin invisible veil of the arena.

Erebus examined her blades festering up, coaxed with shadowy mana, and her new shape— truly and quite obviously a more powerful form than before. Whilst she tried to fly, Erebus claws, which had bitten her, hand began their coil around her body. Slithering as serpentine forms, as she’d attempt to fly upward, Erebus would feel a jerking sensation. Which promptly kept them both at a distance.

Locked and suspended in, what was literally a physical bind against Lumikki, and his own lotus skin, revealed the peaking black helmet of a true assassin within— eyes directed back at Lumikki.

“Just what then, am I imitating to you so I know what part of me isn’t hitting the fan, because when you repeat these things they just piss me off!” He laughed, which echoed against the stadium— ominously it sounded as if five or six voices had spoke in tune at once, casting the projection of his own A.I. demon at the morphing woman.

In one swoop, as she’d send forth her spells, he would react swiftly, like a bridge crane pulling against it’s chains, the metal against Lumikki would  reel her body towards his own— to the crowd this would be a truly horrific display— like a bird stuck in a Venus Flytrap, and his secondary Claws protected him in his barrier as well— as he evaded he would try and get off path of the sustaining ice against the ground and evade to a safe spot as Lumikki was dragged with him— thrusted and thrown so that she would take immediate bludgeon damage as they ripped the stone off the floor cracking and destroying it, his hands were loosely hanging at his side in the veil of the tendrils— almost as if he were unguarded; or perhaps plotting something, because when Lummiki would finally reach Erebus, he would thrust his fork through the gaps in the tendrils, while his loosely hanging hand was available to counter attack, and since it was aimed at the ground, he had more range to reach and destroy her staff— a pinnacle thought going forward. Since it seemed to control a fair share of her magical power.

Some stalagmite ripped and stabbed him— sustaining damages, but no vital arteries were harmed, and acrobatically it seemed, Erebus always found just the right spot and footing to avoid the most critical attacks in those situations, his magical resistance also helped.

“If today should be the last of me, I will enjoy the battle— and relish in the God’s above.”


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-1 A spell on armor
-1 A spell against Lighstaber, Pitchfork, and Armor (Armor effectively breaks)

Erebus avoids any and all vital hits, and adjusts as well as spans the distance while pulling Lumikki towards him, if he’s successful, he is attempting to physical bind and stop her from flying away as attempted at the end of her last post.

Unleash The Claws - Sustained

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