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Try continued swinging her keyblade at anything that moved, the horrible sounds her weapon left in it's wake accompanying the death of too many Heartless to count at this point. She reached for the neck of a new-shadow, only for it to be drawn away from her. The same happened to all the Heartless until they were drawn together. It looked like someone's magic had backfired spectacularly. This battle was starting to look hopeless.

"Ha...haha..." A chuckle came from underneath her helmet, whether it was a nervous tick or genuine happiness wasn't clear. What was clear however, is that Try was sprinting straight towards the massive tower of Heartless.

"Kill it! KILL IT!" She screamed manically as she swung her keyblade, rending space at the base of the tower.
 
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"Silent treatment? Thats fair." Sae slid his Alabaster from his shoulder and let his arm drift to neutral beside him.

Quieting his heart to a crawl, his ears perked. Initiating a scan trigged by a scar just above his right brow, a faint glow. There was a warmth he exudes that washed over in a radial, reaching upward and below as it expanded horizontally. The names were starting to come back to him, these...were also resolutes? Shiki he knew by name, his support if you could call it that, served his memory tried and true. The desolation wrought by the constant fighting was nothing short of a war being waged for their very lives, one in which the scarred needn't worry. Trust.

One of them was hooded, clad in black, holding an all too familiar set of keyblades. The master's and the other, only in recent memory, belonged to Eth. Suspicion that dissipated with a possible thought that Eth didn't require it? He'd delivered on sending him to Shiki, perhaps this too was his will at work. Sae gave a short sigh, they were starting to tighten up into a circle, a woman using multiple orbs, another woman with what appeared to be summoned creatures, a derranged in appearance gentleman baring a masking and a malevolent glow and avatar behind him. Lets not forget Helmet...what was her name, she seemed to be edging beyond normal here.

'Good to know' Sae thought, he completed his scan and the names were still so far away, but the faces he definitely remembered from that time.

The hooded one made a comment about there being seven resolutes all in the same setting, that screamed confirmation, there was no longer any more room to doubt his possession of Eth and the master's keyblades, he was an ally. His actions gave them another problem, but perhaps it was the heartless own resourcefulness that proved to be their undoing. As they quickly formed in a massive spiraling demon tower, Sae broke from the circle and swiped once on the horizontal.


CLANG!

He's stopped Helmet's rampage, feeling the tattering and ripping being imposed against his physical body, crossing him with several lacerations across his cape and hood he'd been wearing.

"I appreciate your brute force, but you can't fell this one strength alone." He said with a smile releasing her keyblade from the hilt of his. "Let me and Shiki deal with it. Theres bigger ones on their way, see them heading for the building?"

Sae redirected the red-suit helmet woman towards the building, his eyes made quick work of multiple Dark Hides running towards the dorms from the west. In his attempt to be a mediator, he was swallowed up into the vortex of heartless and carried along into the upper atmosphere. Saebyeolbe cut once across to free his legs and he entered free fall again from high up. Sae sighed and clutched a scar on the inside of his palm and began to glide on a descending angle.

The heartless began to siphon the shadows and neoshadows off the field and they fluctuated hopelessly towards the moving demon tower creating a mass much much greater than what you'd find on even a harrowed end. As Saebyeolbe fell, what felt like in slow motion, he looked at his closed fist, and saw the vortex swirl into a massive moving ball and he was a mere atom in comparison.

"Ready...Shiki?" He uttered as he released a breath and crushed his fist sparking what appeared to be a multi-layered barrier floating in the air, and suddenly he touched a surface. A giant ellipse, closed, trapping the hurricane of moving heartless, inside with a single resolute peering into the heart of the predators eyes. There was a bit of a loose grip on his Alabaster, the field didn't have anymore shadows dune-marching about, they were condense here.

"Time to release the light..." Sae smiled and raised his Alabaster to the sky and took an aggressive stance. The movement of the extremely powerful Demon Tower came faster than anticipated. He spun the blade, side stepped and swung with a force the rend the air into a thundering boom and cracking sound that exploded like a mini combustion. The hole quickly repaired itself on the vortex and Sae's brow trembled.


"Well...thats comforting to know, it regenerates...a challenge is always fine I suppose."

Stepping on the back foot, he released light from behind him and exhaling softly. He transfered a scar to the keyblade and it blazed with a powerful light of a spell. "Crawling fire. Triple Firaga." A swipe of the keyblade throwing the first, and his hand threw the second spell. The heartless punched through bleeding with shadows and swarmed on the top of Sae as he lept to the side and the heartless stampeded towards him as he retreated to the far side of the barrier, eyeballing the exposed core.

"There!" he jumped high, but was snatched with the flailing kick of a neoshadow acting like a boomerang to to knock him back from the core. "Ok...didn't expect that."
 

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"Ooook, that didn't go as planned! Any other ideas??

"Kill it! KILL IT!"

This truly is hell, isn’t it?
Jay mused to himself. He wondered if vaguely they’d always had this dynamic. A dismissive glance at the heartless, he called his keyblade back before he tossed it again in a vague boomerang maneuver.

The wolves had moved away to attack the Heartless. He appreciated it, although the look of the spiny vortex thing was something new but meh, same stick same freaking day.

Lost Paradise remateralized in his hand. Taking a couple of steps forward, Jay snarked, “We could abandon this world to die, although I don’t think that’s what the Master would’ve wanted. Or we can kill these things. Either way I don’t feel like dying here.”

The vortex of heartless lashed out, Jay rolled out of the way. His keyblade struck, sending wisps of darkness into the air. When he stepped back, Try went at it again only to be stopped by another Resolve. He backed up again, eyeing them cautiously as he listened to the comments. Okay, fine. Let's see how this goes. Jay thought, and he was a little impressed with what the newest Resolute was doing.

Until they got thrown.

Smacking his forehead, Jay muttered under his breath, "Idiots. We're all idiots, what was the Master thinking choosing us?" He shook his head, before focusing on the writhing mass before him. Analyzing it, he saw the core within it and the way it grew larger with each new heartless added. It also grew more and more aggressive.....

Wait, could we use the aggression to our advantage? Jay wondered silently, glancing to the new Resolute he asked, "Hey, can you try that again? You," he pointed to Luxu and continued, "Use some gravity magic or something on it. Or a stop spell preferably. Recia, do you have any tricks up your sleeve that'd work for a good combo?" Even as Jay asked, the wolves attacked the mass of heartless.

If they could work together, than maybe they'd survive. Right?
 

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Eth dwindled his thumbs and he smiled. Those are definitely cat ears. The thought crossed him like traversal of water, it was flexible and uninterrupted. "Kambria..." he said with a sudden show of emotion that lasted a split second.

"I didn't see anything." he shrugged "It is Eth, my mother named me after a special character which is pronounced Eth and to answer your query I am the number zero."

He motioned from the bench and threw his hands overhead to stretch, Dusklanzer in hand. "Look. I'll be brief Kambria. We're resolutes, that we know definitively. I appreciate your help in liberating me from the realm of darkness, but as of this moment I must continue alone."

He dismissed his dusklanzer ands tarted to walk forward towards the edge of the meridian and looked towards the sun. A small light hovered around him, the form of a ball, releasing a "Pahh" sound. Freya in the form of pure light, fitting his own flesh and blood could read his thoughts, Eth didn't want Kambria to know...of their real relationship. Reyzel did a good job with their daughter in both of their absences and now was the time to move on.

There was a break of power that rippled through the sky. Eth's surge of emotion shifted his disposition slightly as a portal was forming in front of them giving them a clear depiction of what looked (to Eth's returned memory) to be The Dorms. What the hell...Luxu...! What are you planning??

"Your choice Kambria. Hang out here with the locals or wherever this strange portal leads. I have other more pressing matters to take care of."

There was a flicker of light in his eye and within an instant the horizon became filled with blades of lights, countless in number. "Resolutes. My parting gift for your struggle." He plugged the portal with a thunderstorm of light-based blades. His body slowly started to defragment into light and vanished from the world leaving with his small ball of light, and the blades to storm through the portal til the very last particle of Eth had vanished from the world.

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"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" Komaeda released a loud howl.

"Oh how the darkness, wretched filth isn't fit to tread on lands in the realm of light. Disgusting."

He'd bet it all and use Loki to amplify is luck to it's paramount limits. Raising a hand to a sky, "SCATTER THEIR BONES INTO THE SPACE! RIFT!"

Komaeda screamed at the top of his lungs and Loki ejected from him and flew towards the sky doing a self-destruct. It transposed into a portal of sorts and as luck would have it it, the opposite side overlooked a world. Blades of light came flooding out of the portal as if his timing were dead on. "LUCKY ME!"

As the portal expanded the blades poured onto the battlefield like a complete scourge eviscerating the heartless that approached the dormitories and proceeding to absorb into the barrier containing one of the two new arrivals and they passed through, rather were absorbed into the barrier, and splintered into much sharper and stronger fragments of blades bouncing off the surfaces slicing through the demon tower. Unfortunately his luck wasn't enough to completely snuff out every enemy on the battlefield, as the atmosphere above possessed world sized dark sides (similar to traverse town) that still looked down.

The rift from Loki's suicide still lingered a while longer but Komaeda had effectively exhausted the use of his resolve and no sooner did the blades stop did he unwittingly pass forward unconscious being consumed in a small ball of light no different than the first time Iontis knocked him unconscious. The only difference here is that his bad luck would also become inactive as all remaining strength went into this defensive position of his resolve. He floated in place asleep, exhausted, and with a menacing smile of sorts.

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The game board had gotten massively reduced on one side of aggression. The master sat there just reveling in the cunning two resolutes completely unaware that they were helping each other. Betting it all on his luck, Komaeda pooled a rift that extended a bridge to the world that Eth, Iontis, and Midna were inhabiting. With no guarantee that any of them would respond in kind, his chance made that into reality. The board was shaking rigorously as the formless competitor here at the end of time was not pleased.

"Upset? Should be, for underestimating my hand picked team. You like that combination attack don't ya eh?"

Laugh it up young Master, we'll see to it that your traitor is never revealed and all your worlds will be crushed by darkness.

The master sighed. "I won't fault you for your lack of imagination, but I trust those kids. They'll succeed this time."

For his next move he'd advanced yet another piece, one that had gone quiet and reserved this entire time. The liar among them naturally something had to be done about withholding the truth from the team. Luxu would be there to badger the truth while giving them some manner of direction.
 
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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..?"


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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'
 
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Silky Dark blue and menacing black scaled and melded seamlessly to her form. The steely folds of the Keyblade Armor felt like home. It was, after all, a second skin to Shiki. Natural. Fitting. Lethal. Its narrow silhouette seemed almost ribbony, frictionless. Its movements too smooth and robust, unrestrained by the shackles of gravity. Along its sleek lines and at the edges, feathers and stars embellished it softly. Sparingly. It was graceful. It was subtle. But even it called its own ghosts. Things… Things Shiki wished she didn’t remember.

"We'll go together." Sae announced. He was on his vehicle, clad in his own Keyblade armor, peering at the opened path.

The edges of the summoned road flared in a kaleidoscope of shimmering lights against the visor of her helmet. A brilliancy of light and unknown. Whispers slipped through her thoughts, trickled between her breaths. Foreign memories and sensations spread through her, a river gushing through her consciousness. Too many voices, calling, wanting to take form in her. Shiki tried not to stray after them, or else she might lose her own voice in the cacophony. She wrapped herself tighter in her own silence; wound it through her very heart, coiled it in her thoughts. Still, she could feel the world at the other side. Like a long invisible chain tied her to it. It tugged, calling, pulling. She could feel the waning rays of its sun, its mild winds brushing past her cheeks. If she closed her eyes, she would have opened them there. Beneath it all, she could hear a subtle note, smothered beneath the crescendo of sensations. An all too familiar beat, arresting and vast, a tune born in the abyss and commanding despair. And it called to her.
"They're calling to us Shiki...something awful is happening, I can just feel it." Her fingers clenched into a fist.

Something. Something was rising and pouring through. Stretching against the world, lining and placing the odds against them.
Not for long.” She uttered as she mounted the vehicle behind him.

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They landed in a battlefield.

Heartless poured like rivers, spawning where the dust of those vanquished settled. Wherever they looked, shadows and darkness tainted their sight. An endless sea of death spreading. A tidal wave building up to swallow them all. Only their tight circle of resistance held anything at bay, and even it shrunk as the pressure mounted. Infinite numbers trumped whatever indomitable will or strength they possessed. The eventual shortcomings of being human and …Alive.

Her feet touched the land softly, barely stirring the blades of grass. Shiki let go of Sae’s grasp, her slight nod a quick thanks for the swift and considerate landing, but she had eyes only for the battlefield. There was a low and violent thrumming building in her bones, a beat flowing betwixt the rushing of heartless, sliding unseen through their blind instinct. An insistent urging, pushing, guiding. Only in the silence could she feel it. In the cacophony, in the storm, in life, no one would know. She had only realized its existence when her own darkness swallowed her. So subtle, yet so… vast. If she let got, it would swallow her too. She would become part of the whole, another link in the chain. A drop in the ocean. Breathe, she reminded herself, just breathe.

In the distance, vanishing in a cloud of dark mist, Jotun was dismissed. Shiki was slightly surprised to see Luxu’s giant avatar here. She did not expect to see him. Not for a while. He who watched in the shadows came out in the Light to play. This only meant that the time was soon. Perhaps too soon.

A barrage of silver shots zipped to her far left. Noct et diem, circled their keeper devotionally like a weary guard, a third sphere lingering in between them unleashing a harmonious waltz of deadly shots. Already she was tapping into her real potential. Lucrecia’s brow was furrowed with utter focus as she obliterated anything that dared step in her zone. You won’t have to wait for long now, Recia. Soon. Soon she would fully realize it.

Ahead of her, the sea of darkness was smeared by a blind frenzy of streaking red. Ravenous almost, Try was bringing devastation with every slash and swing from her keyblade. Her fragile mental state served only in heightening her resolve. Her violence, her pain were shearing the very space they hit, obliterating whatever was caught within it. Her rage echoed off Shiki like a gust of wind that threatened to unroot her. An endless echo caught in its own loop. She heard it as loud as the first time she had seen it. Only now she couldn’t soothe it. Not here, in the heat of the battel. Try probably would not even remember her…

Aiding them around the perimeter were a bunch of mystical wolves led by Jay, whatever Recia or Try were not hitting, her wolves got to tear apart. To their right, Komaeda was grinning with wild excitement. His deranged delight fueling his attacks, magnifying his play of luck and misfortune as he governed their moves. His avatar Loki was already out, Mayhem struck where it pleased causing Tornados and lightning, quakes and sudden rains and many other misfortunes that swamped his field of attacks. Ill luck befell anything within his sight of resolve. He was in his element, and he had the space that best suited him when his power was in full swing. But even against all of that, their circle was narrowing. Too much against even this amount of raw light.

Sae said something to her, but she didn’t catch it. A familiar keyblade just graced their battlefield. Shiki’s gaze widened behind her visor. Why did Luxu have Eth’s keyblade?

"Seven, count them, seven resolutes all in one place. Welcome home, aren't you glad you came back?" He chanted, and then cast a spell. A Dark orb rose among the sea of heartless and like a magnet started to suck and siphon them. Dark hides, neo shadows, mere shadows, invisibles, dark balls, any and every heartless on the ground was infallibly and mercilessly pulled into the spell.

Luxu!

"Ooook, that didn't go as planned! Any other ideas?” he stepped back, hand under his chin as if he had just busted a lab experiment and was wondering where he went wrong.
She cursed silently, as the amassing heartless merged and converged into one huge demon tower. It grew in size absorbing any shadow or heartless, grew so monstrously big that it rendered them all nothing but specks of dust, menial annoyances to its enormity. In its chaotic trample it swallowed even Sae in its midst. To her right, newer waves of heartless started sprouting. Dark hides and dark sides jumped from the dark realm and into their world. So many in such a little amount of time. Large numbers of them coalesced their attacks at the dorms, threatening to bring the whole thing down under their endless swarming. Well, great.


A neo shadow jumped from her right.

There was a sudden blur of darkness, a fleeting arc of light that pierced the heartless and it exploded into dust.

Shiki swung memento mori to her left and a leaping shadow was cleaved in two. She ducked through a slash from an invisible and sent the point of her keyblade with a forceful stab at the heartless’s abdomen. It went cleanly through its hollow chest before it withered into dark dust. She became a whirl of flashing steel and menacing strength. Flecks of light danced around her wrists. They followed her as she waltzed through the heartless’ attacks, flocking to her arms. Gathering. A dark hide charged at her with a maw of glistening teeth. She paused, did not move until at the last moment she slid sideways, momento mori sighing through the beastly heartless with barely any resistance. It took a couple of steps into its raging rampage, wobbled and sunk into a cloud of dark dust. An invisible swung at her back with ferocious speed, she bent back incredibly low to the ground, so low her helmet almost touched the grass, and in one sinuous motion sprung back and unfurled a storm of slashes. The invisible retaliated but its swing was too weak as it exploded into another cloud of darkness to join the rest. The light brightened at her arms as it converged into glowing threads, all the while Shiki cut through the unrelenting flood of heartless, smooth as silk, faster than lightning.

Suddenly she stopped. She was halfway between the dorms and the rampaging demon tower. Memento mori was dismissed in a shower of feathers before Lumen Incantare fully formed to her call. Hovering around her wrists were twin bracelets of woven chains. The chains shone with a soft golden glow. She extended her right arm and three streaks of light pivoted from her hovering bracelets towards the dorms. The chains clinked with distant voices as they circled the perimeter of the dorms and intertwined into each other, where they passed a transparent orb rose until it eclipsed the whole building. The erected barrier was barely visible, but whenever a heartless tried to pass it, it would be seared out of existence with the intensity of the barrier’s light. The chains remained connected to Shiki at will, so she would be able to continuously mend and reinforce the shield whenever it needed it, taxing as that might be.

Sae had managed to free himself from the Demon tower’s chocking mass only to fall from the incredible height the tower reached. His lone figure soared down in free fall, but Shiki was already at the move.

"Ready...Shiki?" he uttered.

Go!

She extended her left hand and seven thick chains shot from her wrist, streaks of golden light against the darkening sky. Sae released his own resolve. Even from where she stood, Shiki saw his scar glow with brilliance. A spherical prison quickly took shape around him, trapping him and the huge demon tower inside. Her chains joined with his elliptical prison, they circled and fastened their links to its form, their potency rendering it unbreakable, their Light joining Sae’s own. Shiki murmured a spell of hastera along the length of the seven chains connected to her wrists, and they shone further as the spell reached Sae.

A few straggling heartless turned their attention towards her.

Right, there’s still you.” She recalled memento mori to her grip, and forged through them. The length of her chains adjusting to her motion, so they would not hamper her movement or take away from the protection she’s providing to her allies.

"Resolutes. My parting gift for your struggle."

Eth? She whipped her head to the right looking for him just as countless blades of light hurled past her and towards the sky. Vortexs of darkness started forming, and from within them Dark sides peered.

"Oh how the darkness, wretched filth isn't fit to tread on lands in the realm of light. Disgusting." Komaeda’s avatar, Loki reformed again. It jumped following the blades of light towards the spherical prison that Sae had created. The moment they reached the sphere, Loki blew up in a powerful ball of light. The strength of the explosion sent a shockwave around it that managed to even break Eth’s light swords into sharp shards that hurled and bounced within the light prison slicing through the Demon tower.

Komaeda, You maniac.” But he was already exhausted, and had regressed into his sleep to regain his strength, his cocoon of light floating a couple of feet to her right. Even if they managed to vanquish the Demon tower, it was useless when more heartless would sprout anyways. Things stronger and far more vicious. No. It was time they ended things right.

Luxu,

She found him on a nearby hill, close to where Lucrecia, Jay and Try were fending off the hordes of dark hides and dark balls spawning near the dorms.

Enough with the games. We need to end this.” Her voice was calm. Controlled but beneath it lingered her urgency. He knew how much she wanted to save this world. He, of all of them, understood that this was a perfect chance to do what had to be done.

Now.

Before it is too late. Before I…
 
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Try appeared to be stunned by the sudden confrontation with... Something she couldn't cut? Strange, things usually didn't survive a swing from her keyblade, this keyblade anyhow. What was this keyblade anyway? Her mind seemed to dull, the rage subsiding like a drug leaving her system. She stared at the blade, but just like her face it's true form was obscured. It looked like nothing, yet everything all at once. The blade suddenly vanished from her hand, and she could feel that calling it back willingly would be impossible.

She raised her head to look at the one that had stopped her. "Ah, he's flying." She commented as he was blown away by the vortex of darkness. Now that she looked around there seemed to be more unfamiliar faces. Unfamiliar? That wasn't quite right, she knew them didn't she?

A Dark Hide charged towards her, she bent backwards to avoid a swipe of it's claw. She grabbed it's leg. "Well if you want to give this to me so badly..." She ripped the leg from the beast's body then slammed it into it's own face. It was gone in the next moment.

She let out a sigh, it seemed her rampage had been a tad too cathartic, in the midst of this nightmare she felt downright relaxed. "Hmm..." She let out a hum and looked around. Weren't things pretty hopeless right now? Finding a traitor seemed pointless when everything was moments away from oblivion. "Ahh..." She rubbed the crack in her helmet, when did that happen?

The voice of a woman grabbed her attention. Luxu? She wanted him to end this? "Yeah!" Try yelled out. "This is getting boring, where's the food, the drinks? Booo!"
 

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The lights that shown through were stunning.

The sky darkened, pools of darkness introducing more enemies billowing from the darksides they'd seen on their descent upon the world. Those terrible monstrosities were what Sae would go after next following felling this hurricane of a demon-tower. His eyes narrowed, flicking his chest where the neo-shadow deflected him from before. Releasing a brief sigh he traced his body, there was a flicker.

"I CAN CONTROL THEM ALL YOU FOOL!"

The blaring sound of Trace screaming from the pits of his heart. Dwellers of the darkness could be pulled to your side...? No, that was not the way of the resolute. But if that were possible...survivors wouldn't have to suffer as he did in their place. A radical question to rattle the resolute. Ever the stalwart he placed his Alabaster into the bottom of the barrier to stand and felt his arms for a fitting scar to use.

A loud howl was heard from below, it alarmed him to see a small explosion rattle the barrier high above the battlefield. Sae shook as the sky cracked and a hole appeared introducing a bridge to another world, in direct visage he could see a golden palleted town, with hazel brick and cobble stones. Who else was standing on the other side of it.

"Eth?" Saebyeolbe said doing a full turn this time as the heartless swirled upward preparing for a full body strike.

"Resolutes. My parting gift for your struggle."

Voices punched through, a wild laugh from the floor as blades of light surfed through the window of a portal sharpening and being escalated by the resolute on the ground. They were feverishly slamming into the barrier, half merged and blades flooded within burrowing past the demon tower as it wailed with splatters and explosions. Those swords bouncing off the surface multiple times and there Sae stood, midst the middle of it.

He took a knee and raised his arms hiding behind his Alabaster firmly slated in the floor. The ricochet of eth's light was beating down on his armor so fast it was pointless to attempt to move wildly. The light spark with thwacks and tats, tearing off parts of the steel as the impacts carried a sensation of heat that kneaded the metal and a physical weight that slammed against it. He was slowly being undressed by the light until the barrier came down and the blades stroked against several different parts of his flesh, abdomen, and legs.

"He just...hijacked Eth's light and nearly-"

With a lazy eye, he'd nearly missed the slow moving fist from one of the darksides hovering outside the atmosphere. His Alabaster flailing just to his left he threw the weight of his body over to grip with his right hand and struck it with the momentum of his turn and fall speed, to repel the fit, but deflect him almost immediately to the grassy field, near the hill below. His back was the first thing to hit the ground, his armor destroyed left with nothing by blade cuts from the navy blue chainmail that covered his torso and mid-thighs. He was shaking from the immense amount of physical trauma his body had to weather.

'Damnit...it's too early to draw blood, but thats terrifying...'

To his right Luxu at there with a plucked flower, Shiki approached with urgency and a mood not fit for dilly dallying. Helmet as well as another, with the maniac floating in a ball just to the right of the Luxu, or at least that what he overheard Shiki refer to him as. It occurred to him then that she knew him by name, Sae couldn't remember really anyone but her and these others that were collected here, were all from the same memory? Yet he didn't remember any names specifically. He got beside himself and slowly inched himself to his feet, his legs trembling, perhaps it was a bad idea to stop helmet, eat an attack meant that hit both him and the demon tower and deflect the darkside's physical attack meant for the dormitory. Holding his arm he finally spoke aloud.

"If you've got any suggestions Luxu, theres no time like the present." he proceeded to turn the others that were still conscious. "I don't know where I am, or who the rest of you are, but it's Saebyeolbe. Just Sae, I'm Number 1. The Scarred, I'd normally invite you all to tea but we're in the middle of a crisis at the moment, just know that you have an ally."

He looked at the woman with the helmet dead on and commented. "I remember you Helmet. Your form is still as sloppy as I can briefly remember."
 

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There was only death on this battlefield. Good ol' Ethy coming in clutch thanks to that damned Komaeda's All's End getting the job done. You'd think they were fighting for their right to exist or something? One would assume it was almost as if the world was on the very edge of extinction.

It was.

Luxu held the lone dandelion in his hand and strummed it with a flick just back and forth in his hand as the dark side swatted away Saebyeolbe not before getting deflected itself. His physical strength was as absurd as he remembered, cratering just to his right, dockside slumped in the grass. Headstrong idiots were going to reel from that reckless abandon and Luxu would scorn them.

"So demanding." he said to Shiki who prose to yell at him. "If you want an out so bad, how about you share with the class, don't think it's fair to get special privileges when sniveling backstabbers hiding in plain sight. As if!"

He snapped the dandelion in two and dropped both pieces of the flower to dual wield the Ethernal and The Gazing Eye.

"You want a straight answer yeah? Just kill those world enders up there. Thats literally all you have to do to stop the darkness. Only problem is, it takes some serious firepower to do it. You think I wouldn't have sniped them outta the sky if I had that kind of oomph?" Luxu shrugged, "I don't have the right answer, but I do know those things are why the darkness never stops until a world becomes a harrowed end."

His boots turned and his hood tilted up towards the sky.

"All you gotta do is trust each other, and it will become clear."

The Gazing eye vanished from his hand as he gripped Ethernal with both hands and held his keyblade to point directly towards the floor. A circle was starting to form underneath him and spreading to the other resolutes, physically moving them into a bracket of the ring that was being created. A seven pronged transmutation circle each resonating with the Resolute's respective number/Tattoo.

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"Oh. I lied." Luxu started to laugh as the circle encroached turning into what looked like glass walls within the circle. The surface below their feet, was starting to illuminate.

"Clearly you idiots don't know how to listen to what the master told you, as if. Looks like you failed AGAIN Lucrecia. I'm disappointed in you the most. Now get out of my sight...all of you."

Luxu stepped outside of the ring, and snapped the index and thumb of his open palm, billowing portals of darkness and proceeded to eject the six of them into portals of darkness. One by one, clock wise stalling on sending Shiki last.

"Not a word and not a whisper. We don't need any unnecessary snitching, as if."

Luxu proceeded to cast her out along with the other into a split portal. Much like Eth before, each of them were sent one way trip to a place where the light no longer touched. Shiki and Lucrecia to the Realm of Darkness, Saebyeolbe and Jay to The Dark Margin (lowest possible level of the RoD) and he sent Try and Komaeda to Twilight Town.

"Trust? As if, all it does it jeopardize you in the end. Hah, better wise up quick you brats." Luxu said looking up at the portals of darkness he conjured dissolving and Komaeda's much larger one disseminating with a single fleck of light coming through, and falling towards the ground.

"Oh?" he placed Ethernal over his shoulder. "Arrived a little too late. This place is about to go under, came to pay your respects?"



Chapter 3 End
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