|Redux II: Triforce Redux
Author: ArchangelUK PM
Link returns to Hyrule only to find the 'lost' Navi, but is less than thrilled when two dimension hopping antiheroes arrive and promptly tell him and his friends they're all ficticious - oh and doomed as well, yeah don't forget doomed.Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,661 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 02-09-04 - Published: 01-23-04 - id: 1699638
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Redux II: Triforce Redux
By ArchangelUK & DigiCowboy
We do not own or condone any anime, manga, film, television or computer game series featured herein, this fanfic is a sequel to Redux I: Reality Redux found in the Digimon section, however this should not put off newcomers to the Redux universe for the fic is designed to be both individual and a part of a collective story. This chapter should bring you roughly up to date on the background and then we'll get straight on into the Zelda story.
Chapter 1: Victory Hollow, Victory Mine
Angelus sighed and looked down into the waters below him, his reflection looked upwards the shimmering face of his mirror image looked tired. Angelus was whacked out, totally drained physically and emotionally his white hair was no longer hiding the twin scar across his eye and it gave his face a more severe almost mocking look. He was perched on the remains of a statue that looked similar to an angel with no head, a prospect he himself was almost in not long ago. Another world had been saved and with it the bonds that linked it with the real Earth had been cut, those destined for a special purpose in this particular world were once more free to live out their lives as they wished.
Yet, in a cruel twist their freedom and his success only cemented Angelus's failure. The cycle for him alone would go on... as it had done... as it did... and as it would always do.
Angelus had snow-white hair and wings, which admittedly were pretty standard for an Angel. Which you see he was as such, yet he certainly wasn't a 'normal' angel and he certainly didn't want to be one. Some time ago to Angelus but not long ago to you or I, Angelus thought he was a just like anybody else. He wrote fanfiction on certain animation shows in his spare time, he went to University and ended up drowning in Java code while simultaneously being screwed over by a pathetic education system. This amazingly was the least of his worries, as he was unceremoniously pulled out of his particularly comfortable universe and zipped off to the Digital World. Surrounded by cartoon characters and a ridiculous plot, Angelus ended up having to free a fictional world from the influences of his real Earth. If this wasn't enough, at the same time he had to prevent the 'Unification' a bit of a free for all party for the forces of darkness, buffet at eight, Armageddon at twelve o'clock - guest speaker the horsemen of the apocalypse.
He was far from alone in this craziness though, Ben his old friend and also known simply as 'DC' short for his Internet handle had also been ever so rudely sucked into this strange land. The big shock was that Angelus and Ben weren't normal, not at all.
Ben it turned out was a 'Traveller', a being not of this world or any other that could move from place to place via a Gate of Destiny. (A big whirly vortex-thing) He found out his family wasn't his real family, his sister was Sora Takenouchi a member of the DigiDestined who wasn't really Sora Takenouchi but Sora Takenouchi-Alzari and their mother was an ancient Traveller called Jasmine who had fought with the Gatekeeper to prevent the FIRST Unification. His father turned out to be Aeth, a rather odd man who bordered on being both charming and smarmy. Originally this had been a sort of teacher-pupil relationship but had quickly soured once Aeth had turned out to be... well... a cheating git.
Aeth had banished all the Traveller race to various realities to prevent an ancient prophecy coming true that he the Alzari and leader of his people would be destroyed in battle by a new Alzari who would unite his people and succeed in breaking the Time barrier, something strictly prohibited under the laws of relativity and the universe (apparently). Armed with the staff of the chosen Traveller, a mystical length of wood with a constantly changing golden globe atop it, Ben having discovered his true self and Aeth's crimes tracked him down. The prophecy came true and Ben fought his father until Aeth was destroyed as his actions came back to haunt him.
Angelus's back story was even more bizarre, he was apparently an ancient demi-god known as the Gatekeeper who could open portals to more or less anywhere - the same Gatekeeper who had fought with Ben's mother. Having been killed during the first smaller Unification Angelus had been resurrected as such some 7,500 years ago. His also had no family, except for a brother who just so happened to be Gennai, the sometimes old/sometimes young guide from the Digi World continent of Server. Soon after this both Ben and Angelus had come into possession of the two golden digieggs and two Model X Digivices known as a DX for short. With these they planned to stop the new Unification by stopping the Keymaster, a nasty creation of evil that could warp reality. They succeeded after much bumbling about and initiated The Rebirth, which erased all traces of the Unification and separated all three effected worlds from the actions of the others. In short the fictional worlds were given their Independence.
This was good, but not the end of the story.
With Arnakmon (The Keymaster) defeated by the use of a Chaos Gate, a gateway to a rather nasty place indeed that turns you inside out thrice over. Gennai betrayed his brother and friends and attempted to assassinate Angelus with a sneeky arrow attack. Unfortunately for all concerned Gennai did not hit Angelus, okay so Angelus was rather happy Gennai missed, but for various reasons he hit Sora. This was bad as a) Sora was Ben's sister and b) Sora and Angelus had fallen in love and if there was one thing to get Angelus annoyed murdering his girlfriend was kinda top of the list. Angelus lost control and the dormant godlike power within him awoke...
Put it this way, if you had any sense you ran away... Quickly. VERY quickly.
Now simply 'Gatekeeper' a pissed off vengeance fuelled deity he hunted his brother down. They fought to the bitter end in the Temple of the Dragon and despite being vastly out skilled when Angelus finally regained control, wielding his holy Gatekeeper Sword he killed Gennai. Vengeance was satisfied.
Angelus and Ben took sometime rejoining the DigiDestined and their partners, time too take stock on what had happened. Angelus and his Digimon partner, a young white tiger called Frost and Ben with his dragonet named Raine only found they no longer had a place in the real world.
Afterwards The Light - the ultimate force of goodness came to them, taking over the body of their friend Kari. He/She/It explained about the prophecy Aeth was given and he tried to prevent, and the prophecy Gennai had been given after the first Unification that there would come a time when there would only be one 'Warrior of Light' a righteous champion of good. As Angelus won he became a 'Sword Saint' or 'Saint of the Sword' though he was less than chuffed by this. Angelus had discovered that his home and that of Ben, who was now 'Alzari', had been destroyed by The Light. They were "no longer required" according to The Light, but in thanks he/she/it (delete as appropriate) restored Sora to life. Angelus's joy was short lived however as he discovered Sora did not remember him, Ben or the love he and she had shared. The Light then demanded that Angelus relinquish the Keymaster powers that he had acquired when he destroyed Arnakmon, as there must always be a Keymaster and a Gatekeeper. A balance between light and dark.
With me so far?
You could of course read Redux I: Reality Redux, which would explain matters much more easily from the very beginning, but I digress...
Angelus refused, he told the group that everything would just happen again and again and again, stuck in some long eternal loop. This loop he called a 'Redux Loop'. Rejecting The Light's statement that as the embodiment of fate he was to leave the real Earth forever. He separated the Keymaster powers partly into Alzari and himself so that it could never happen again and told the universal power of Good in certain terms to take an extended leave of absence. Okay, it was rather ruder than that, but the gist was to tell the Light to take a hike. Heartbroken, physically and mentally scarred Angelus had left with Frost for other dimensions only to find more trouble, which he somehow winded up (sometimes with Alzari) having to put right. He had been many places, encountered other 'fictional' characters and other 'real' people. Helped to set them free. Neutralise the factors for every individual universe's Redux Loop and release the dominant characters from the influence of the Real Earth - the place where the fiction was created. It had been discovered that the fictional worlds did not stop with the individual game, films or programs, there was no happy ending or sad ending - the action continued and the characters lived on, the worlds grew beyond the visions of their creators.
Alzari had also been told to by The Light to go and do what Angelus ended up doing, however he would do it for all Eternity. The prospect of such a full-time job was not very enticing, so when Angelus sent The Light packing Alzari left for the Traveller's natural home of Entherial, at least at first. Distressingly for him his girlfriend Mimi chose not to come, bumming around various universes would no doubt mess up her hair and shoes... go figure.
The water rippled slowly outwards as he spat onto the image in the water, distorting it so he could no longer see his reflection.
"Are you going to sit there all night?" A voice asked curiously, Angelus sighed but did not turn around to face his sudden companion. "It's getting kind of cold out, besides I think there might a bit of a party happening later. That's if Major Katsuragi and Touji have their way."
"I'm not in the mood for a party." Angelus muttered.
A white haired youth perhaps fifteen years old floated up into the air beside where Angelus was sitting. His name was Kaworu Nagisa, he was also very much not human - he was an Angel (Number 17 to be exact) and was also known as Tabris, the Angel of Free Will. That to you or I meant he could do just about anything. Floating in the air was little more than a parlour trick to him especially when he could manipulate space-time and bring inanimate objects to life.
"Why? We won."
"You did perhaps, I did not."
"How so? The system is repaired, the Earth or rather my Earth is safe, the Redux Loop is broken and I am alive once more." Kaworu grinned, "Short of Asuka getting out of her stubborn mindset I couldn't be happier."
"Well I'm not."
"I still don't understand."
"A long time ago, far too long now, I was what you are - free. For years I was free, then what I believed my life was simply ceased to be." Angelus snapped his fingers, "Just like that."
"Fate can be cruel." Kaworu agreed. Angelus shook his head.
"Ironic too. In refusing the fate deemed to me I only ended up accepting it."
Kaworu gave a puzzled look, "Hmm, I see. Or rather I haven't the faintest idea."
"You couldn't, and I hope you never do."
Kaworu leant forward, "Try me."
"Explain to me." The angel smiled, his warm red eyes sparkling in the setting sun. "Explain to me what it's like, it might help you too - you never know."
"Maybe." Angelus reached down and unhooked something from his belt, a type of instrument. Putting it to his lips he began to play, a sweet melody that drifted out across the lake. Kaworu listened appreciatively before Angelus with a look out the side of his eye burst into a passable version of 'Ode To Joy'. Kaworu gave a small chuckle, still floating in mid air but now seemingly laying back with his head resting on his arms facing the same direction as Angelus.
"Ah, Beethoven's Ninth, I haven't heard it in a while."
"Thought you'd prefer that to what I was playing." Angelus admitted.
"I think it was lovely, what was it called?"
"Oh it's a song about time, principally the flow of it."
"I see." Kaworu tilted his head, "What is that instrument? I'm not familiar with it."
"An ocarina." A small wry filled smile appeared on Angelus's face, "and she said I'd never learn to play it properly."
"The person who gave me this." Angelus brought a cloth out of his jacket pocket and began to diligently polish the instrument. "Someone I met in Hyrule."
"The Zelda Universe. Maybe if I were to tell you the tale of what happened there you'd understand."
Angelus paused, and looked upwards towards the
setting sun. "That to be the Gatekeeper means nothing but pain..."
To Be Continued....