Holding to what composure I had, my suspicions were placed at ease. I rolled my eyes ever so briefly as I'd adjusted my hat's placement on my head. So his name was indeed Eth and he was Zero? I briefly thought about the roman numeral tattoo "X" on my upper right thigh. This bothered me, that number didn't have a roman numeral...so where was his and what did it look like?
He seemed awfully distant, then again he was a lot more vulnerable from what I saw when we kept dropping further down. Something about Eth was familiar to me, and I honestly couldn't tell you what it was. That strange memory, multiple others and their faces...other resolutes. The sheer brilliance of light filled the wide open complex as Eth was generating not darkness...but light (this time?). The pressure created didn't feel like it came out of despair or even desperation, it felt like resolve, his resolve? I'd asked to see it before, but it seemed improbable in the realm of darkness...if it was light per say, that would explain why?
An indefinite number of light swords forged as a portal burrowed through the overlook directly in front of us. I was a merchant, as well as a traveling one, and I have to admit even I didn't expect what I saw. This giant portal stretched out in front of both Eth and I, it gave me pause, my stomach turned seeing armies of heartless stacked on top of each other. A massive barrier, a dormitory, and several of those other faces.
Wait a second, are those...!
I was glowing, my eyes flickered red and I knew that if I counted right, there were others there from my memory. Resolutes. My knees were weak on the bench as I bit my lip briefly and balled my fist watching Eth send every single blade through the portal. He'd called it a gift for the resolutes, as if he knew them too, intending to help them from here before he made the conscious decision to leave? Again?
I didn't really understand it but I started running. I was running towards Eth in this strange way as the blades began to move and he started to dissipate. Was I worried about being left in the dust...? Was I worried about him, that was possible. It didn't seem fair for us to be...for lack of a better word, apart? It felt way too slow, my pace was not quick at all, and I'd brought my hands together and began to reach for him. I felt the wind from the blades brush past me, they were all nearly gone as was Eth. A short stop, catching the air I stopped in my tracks, he was already gone.
I faced the portal and looked on seeing a myriad of many different explosions they staggered across the landscape silencing most everything moving within sight. I just looked a while longer before the portal began to shrink and Cedo remained in my hand, armed. I wasn't needed, but I had a sneaking suspicion there was someone else here of grave importance.
"Iontis...so where are you..?"
I briefly looked at Jay and shook my head with a sigh.
"Do I look like a spellcaster?" I said almost annoyed in the middle of everything going haywire.
Luxu had really made a mess of things, in between the stark and stall of the invaders of darkness I couldn't help but notice that two more people fell from the sky. They took travel on what appeared to be a vehicle of sorts, nothing I'd ever seen before, clad in armor. Neither of them had a...well, a presence that felt threatening. The male, was from the vision, I could barely make out his face behind the hood, but he had silver hair and gray eyes, he was definitely the one that defeated Try in a previous memory?
I've known you for so short a time but even I can tell Try was more for the charge. Her aggression caught the attention of one of the two that arrived and he stopped her in a fashion I found incredibly reckless, but I was astonished. To sustain the damage and absorb both sets of impacts and to remain largely ok, his clothing and armor tearing from being flattened but pushing back was a sight I could not unsee.
There was a short smile, for however brief it was, I remembered my responsibility in the matter. This lingering remnant, was among those I was delegated to protect and quite honestly, I was deathly afraid. In all of this anxiety and uncertainty, these people were all fighting, we had even more reason to be suspicious of each other now more than ever as we've "met" but on terms none of us remember. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but maybe, just maybe I would consider trusting them. In my defense...it was less stressful to do it alone and I found a small solace in Try, in Jay, even in the maniac Komaeda.
"The Dark hides rushing the castle we should--"
My train of thought stopped when the two strangers decided to act as a co-vert unit. Training this hurricane of heartless and isolating it in a form of containment barrier high above our heads. I though him insane for such a trap and the other woman even more for reinforcing the cage he created for himself and a small army that was the abnormally sized demon tower. I rolled my eyes, my anxiety shook with worry that I pushed down.
"Just don't die you idiot, I don't even know your name yet."
Komaeda's loud and obnoxious laughing as he sent that visceral looking All Series into the sky set to explode creating what looked like a tear between dimensions, a portal that escorted and splintered if not breaking and sharpening blades of light. He hijacked something right before our eyes, and the blades scattered in every direction, even punching through the giant barrier and pelting the demon tower, but wouldn't the stranger get hurt as well? I want to burst and say that he was crazy, but he'd expended his resolve peak in the all series and proceeded to fall unconscious. My teeth grit, I scowled really hard, what a nuisance he was, but he'd done good just this once. My eyes had averted Luxu was sitting on the hill and the other woman had approached him. Thats right, he owed us answers, he owed an explanation as to what this place was, why we were even here in the first place, and a list I was rapidly crafting in the back of my mind.
A dark hide loomed over him as the other woman protested, my third orb, Gris, instantly petrified the beast as a stone statue as Luxu quivered in place.
"I think we've waited long enough for you to give us the full story Luxu. The only thing left here are the darksides in the sky, but they can't be destroyed...can they, not under normal circumstances." I cut my eye at the other woman just making an observation here and there.
"When traverse town fell, the same heartless of scale and size overtook the world when Try accidentally revealed the keyhole. Her guess was sealing it would vanquish them from the world...but they're already sealed and the worlds are still getting overrun as if they weren't. So whats the real story?"
I waited patiently for him to give me a fitting response. In this situation, we couldn't half step this anymore, this kind of darkness wasn't just we clear out the hordes, there had to be something to push them back and that thought came back. 'The Blades of Li...hmmm'