Highschool DXD: Dragons, Devils and Demonic Artifacts
C1: Red Dragon Devil
Standard Disclaimer: I don't own any of the recognizable characters
A/N: I've almost completely re-written this chapter after a review from DogOfTheApocalypse, and together with him I've cleaned it up a whole lot. No more Blue Dragon, and I feel that the story will benefit from this.
In his Throne Room, Sirzechs Gremory sat in waiting of his younger brother Ikoraiza Gremory, and while he didn't want to do this, he needed his younger brother to keep an eye on their sister, Ikoraiza's twin Rias.
When Ikoraiza walked in, Sirzechs had to smile, he was dressed in his usual long black leather coat, black pants and a white shirt. "You sent for me Sirzechs?" He asked with an almost devious smile.
Sirzechs smiled back at him. "I did brother, I have a job for you. It seems our dear sister has her eye set on a boy for her peerage, and she believes him to be the Red Dragon Emperor. I want you to keep an eye on her, she could use your guidance in the coming weeks. From what I've seen he's quite a lecherous boy. But I believe he will make an excellent member for our Rias' peerage."
Ikoraiza smiled at that. "Okay, am I wrong in thinking that you want that extra protection for the things we both know are going to happen, regarding a certain someone?"
"No you're not wrong in thinking that, Riser has been making a lot of demands as of late, and it would not be unthinkable if this comes down to a Rating Game between them. We both know that Rias doesn't want this marriage, and as much as I have tried to appeal to mother and father, their minds are set. And let's face it, some extra security is always a good thing when it comes to our temperamental sister." Sirzechs said with a smile.
"Then if the Great Devil Lucifer commands it, I shall make my way to the world above, and protect our dear sister, but I will not help her win a Rating Game. I've got enough things to worry about for myself at this point." He said with a smirk.
Sirzechs smiled at him. "I wouldn't ask that of you my dear brother. I know you have been busy over these last few months. And she needs to learn that the Rating Game is something she needs to do on her own."
Ikoraiza smiled at that. "I think she knows, and we will have to have another conversation very soon, I have come to my own conclusion but I will have to verify some things first."
"That I understand, but there is another thing I want you to do. There is an ancient tome called the Tome of Moloch, and it is lost somewhere on earth. It holds information on an ancient form of demonic magic. Claim that Tome and learn its secrets. You will need the power if the Fallen Ones decide to start everything again, let alone what will happen if that boy is truly the Red Dragon." Sirzechs said with a serious tone.
He nodded and smiled at that. "That's true, and I'll try to find out as much information as possible on that Tome, but I think if it has been lost for so long, it will be difficult to find any info on it."
"I'm sure you will be fine, my dear brother. I believe the Sitri's have some info on the Tome, and since you will probably want to talk to Sona anyway, it will be a good place to start." Sirzechs said with a smile.
He smiled at that. "I'll certainly talk to Sona, she and I have some catching up to do, but I'll take my leave for now. I'll tell Rias you said hi."
Zechs smiled as Ikoraiza cast his magic circle to the upper world, hoping that everything would be okay.
The entire Occult Research Club was gathered when the magic circle appeared, and when Rias saw the seal, she groaned.
"Now, now dear sister, what have I done to earn that from you?" Ikoraiza asked once he had materialized.
Rias smiled brightly and literally flew into her brother's arms. "IKO!" she exclaimed in joy. "Sorry about that, I was expecting Zechs, since that it's always either him or Grayfia that comes to visit." She said as she hugged him.
Ikoraiza smiled and hugged her back with just as much vigor. Being twins they always had a close Bond, and it stung a little when she was allowed to go to the world above while he had to stay behind in the Underworld. "Actually, big brother sent me to keep an eye on you, an opportunity I of course jumped at. You know how much I adore you."
"Well he could have informed me you were coming, I trust you remember everyone?" She asked with a smile.
"How could I forget your peerage, my dear sister? How are you Akeno?" He asked as he hugged the raven-haired Queen.
Akeno smiled and relaxed into the hug. While she was usually a dominatrix at heart, with Ikoraiza she could not do anything else but act like a lovestruck schoolgirl. He always gave her a feeling of tranquility, which was something she hadn't felt with anyone else besides her mother.
"I've been doing okay Ikoraiza, thank you for asking. How have you been, any girls in the underworld that caught your eye?" She asked huskily.
He smiled at that. He was used to Akeno's flirting for a long time now, and he decided to tease her a little in return. "Of course not Akeno, you know I only have eyes for you and Koneko." He said with a wink.
She blushed at that as he felt a tug on his coat. "Hey Iko, are you really just gonna ignore me?" Koneko asked in an irritated manner, but her tone made it clear she was joking.
He pulled back from Akeno and scooped the little nekomata in his arms. "Of course not Koneko, I would never dream of ignoring my little neko." He said as he hugged her tightly.
Koneko purred lightly and relaxed in his embrace. From the day she met him she had drawn to him. She knew it was because he was her mate, but she also knew that he was destined for another, since that had been a topic they had discussed a lot over the years.
Ikoraiza took a seat on the couch while Koneko positioned herself in his lap. "I almost forgot someone, how's it hanging Kiba?" He asked with a smile.
Kiba smiled and took a seat next to him. "It's okay Ikoraiza, I know I'm not nearly as cute as Koneko. But I've been doing good, thank you for asking."
"Now that you have gotten reacquainted, mind telling me what exactly you are doing here?" Rias asked as she took a seat across from him.
"Big brother told me that you have your eye set on the next Red Dragon Emperor, and that's why he wanted me to keep an eye on you, as well as some other things of course.
Rias groaned a little at that "Trust our brother to keep close tabs on my life. But if that is what he wants, there isn't really much we can do about it. But would you be okay with taking orders from me?" She asked with a smirk.
"Like I haven't done that our entire lives. It'll be just like old times." He said with a wink.
Rias smiled at that "So you mean that I will give the order and you will completely ignore it? Because that is what you do best."
"Of course, that's what twin brothers do. But I'll also be here to offer guidance and advice whenever you need it." He said with a soft smile.
Rias smiled and shook her head. "Well, knowing big brother he will have a reason beyond that to send you here, but you know that I always values your advice.
Rias smiled and retook her seat. "In regards to Issei, so far what I've seen of him is that he is quite the pervert, and he doesn't seem too bright either. But still I think that with his power we could have an advantage, and with you training him he could be molded into a powerful devil."
"Maybe his perverseness can be a benefit to his Sacred Gear. The Boosted Gear has always sought out interesting hosts to say the least and if it is true that this boy is the Red Dragon, we're in for quite a ride." Ikoraiza said softly.
Rias only nodded at that. "I know, and given everything that is going to happen, we're going to need all the help we can get."
Ikoraiza nodded at that, knowing exactly to what his sister was referring, and it seemed the others seemed to know as well. "Have you told them what is going on?" He asked seriously.
"Yes, I have, as my friends they deserve to know." Rias said softly.
Ikoraiza nodded at her. "That's good to know. I think that Riser will try to do something soon. But it has been uncharacteristically quiet from the House of Phoenix as of late. But tell me, how are you going to bring the boy into your peerage, is there a plan in place yet?"
"I've had Koneko keep an eye on him, I have a nagging suspicion that some Fallen Angels have settled here and that they want to finish him, although I heard Azazel has an interest in the Sacred Gears these days."
Ikoraiza smiled at that. "That he has, some say he is a little obsessed with them, but we both know he gets that way with everything."
Rias was about to reply when a small demon popped up besides her, informing her that her job had been done. "Now all we can do is wait until he activates the seal, I just hope I won't be too late."
"I hope so too Rias, but I must advise you to be honest with him. Not informing him could lead to him not trusting you."
Rias smiled and nodded "I was planning that already. I want to tell him everything tomorrow in person, as well as have him meet everybody. I think it will be a lot information to process for him, but I don't want to lie to him." She said softly.
"That I understand sister, but I trust you won't mind telling him a few times." He said with a smirk.
Rias blushed at that. "Why is it always that when you visit that you are bend on embarrassing me?" She muttered softly.
He just smiled and shrugged as he sat on the couch, Koneko seated firmly in his lap, purring softly. He wrapped an arm around her slender waist and relaxed as they waited for news.
A few hours later Rias got the message that the seal had indeed been activated. "I'll be back soon, until then Akeno is in charge." She said before stepping through her circle.
Kiba had already gone home a couple of hours ago, and so that left Ikoraiza together with Koneko and Akeno.
The raven-haired queen took a seat next to him and laid her head on his shoulder. "I thought she would never leave. It's been so long since we were this close, wouldn't you say Iko?" She asked in a purr.
He smiled at that. "It has, and I've missed being this close to you two. You were always on my mind while I was back home." He said softly.
"And we missed you Ikoraiza. For some reason I couldn't stop thinking about you." Koneko said softly.
"We both know why that is my little neko, we're meant to be together, which is why I intend to stay for as long as possible, and I intend to bring your sister back to our side as well, you two deserve to be together." He said with a smile.
She smiled and hugged him tightly. "Does that mean you found her?" She asked hopefully.
"Not yet, but I am getting close. She's still quite slippery, but I have hope that I will find her soon" He said as she cuddled into him.
"That does sound like Kuroka, I just hope you'll be okay when you find her. I don't want you to get hurt."
He smiled at that, figuring she would say something like that. "She's changed a lot over the past few years. She has been making amends for everything and is now making things right for everyone she hurt. She just needs time to sort things out." He said softly.
Koneko smiled at him, cuddling a bit more into him.
"Do you also have such good news for me Ikoraiza dearest?" Akeno asked in her usual seductive voice.
"Unfortunately, my dear, sweet, seductive Queen, the only news I have for you that I still adore you as I always have." He said with a sweet smile.
She blushed and smiled. "That is all I needed to hear. Thank you, Ikoraiza." She said softly.
At that moment, Rias came back, cradling a brown-haired boy in her arms. "It is done, he is one of us. Although I used all eight of my pawn pieces to turn him." She said with a soft smile.
"If he really is the Red Dragon Emperor, I am not surprised. His power will eventually make up for the loss in pawns. But you will need to train him first." Ikoraiza said with a smile.
Rias smiled at that. "I'll make sure he'll become the mightiest pawn. There is something about him that makes me want to keep him close."
Ikoraiza had to smile at that. "You already have a crush on him? That's quick even for your standards dear sister." He said with a smile.
Rias smiled as the boy seemed to be waking up "What the hell happened to me?" he asked in a groan.
Rias smiled at the boy. "You've been reborn as a devil after you were attacked by a Fallen Angel. Welcome to our little family, Issei Hyodo."
"Wait what, what is a Fallen Angel, and why did they attack me?" He asked confused and a little scared.
"We'll explain everything tomorrow, after you have gotten some rest. It may feel like a dream tomorrow morning, but I can assure you it's not. I'll send someone to bring you here to the Occult Research Club tomorrow after school, and then I will happily explain everything. Now let me take you home." Rias said softly.
He only nodded as Rias again gathered him in her arms and summoned her portal.
"So, is there any chance that I can stay with either of you? Sirzechs didn't really arrange for a place to stay." Ikoraiza said softly.
Koneko smiled at that. "You can stay with me Ikoraiza, I would be honored to have you as my guest." She said with a faint blush.
He smiled as Akeno made a portal for them. "See you two tomorrow, have a good night." She said softly.
"You can come too Akeno, I know how much you missed him." Koneko said with a rare smile.
Akeno smiled and also stepped into the portal before they vanished, leaving the clubroom eerily silent for the first time that day.
The following day they were all once again gathered in the clubroom, waiting for Kiba and Issei to join them. Koneko was once again positioned in Ikoraiza's lap, eating a bar of chocolate, while sharing a piece with Ikoraiza occasionally.
"I hope that Issei will understand everything, he seemed so distressed this morning." Rias said softly.
"That's probably because he isn't used to a pretty naked girl waking up next to him, which I still can't believe you did by the way. What would you have done if brother found out?" Ikoraiza asked softly.
Rias smirked at that. "He would probably find it hilarious. But I have to be honest here, he is pretty cute and if he can accept us I see a bright future ahead for all of us." She said with a smile.
Ikoraiza smiled at that. "You already have a crush on him, that much is clear. It's okay I won't judge, nor will I tell brother and father. I'll let you do that yourself."
"And I will brother, trust me on that. Besides, I think you have just as much explaining to do when it comes to Akeno and Koneko." She said with a smirk.
He smiled and nodded. "Perhaps, but at least brother knows about them already."
"Why can't I never win against you?" She said with a groan.
"You always win against me just because of the fact that you are my sister, who I adore." He said with a smile.
Rias blushed a little at that, but it quickly faded as Kiba and Issei walked into the room. "Good afternoon Issei, I hope you are feeling better than this morning?" She asked with a smile.
"Yes, sorry about that. I'm not really used to waking up to a pair of breasts in my face." He said as he rubbed the back of his head.
Rias smiled at him. "That's okay Issei, now if you like to take a seat we can introduce everyone and answer any questions you might have."
He nodded and took a seat on the couch. "First I should explain that in the world of devils, a house is set up like a game of chess. A master, in this case me, is known as the King, then you have my second in command, the Queen, my soldiers, the Knights, my tanks, the Rooks, and the clergy and support in the Bishops, and finally there are my foot soldiers, the Pawns. Are you with me so far?" She asked with a smile.
"I think so, yes." Issei said softly.
"Very good, now introductions are in order. First, we have my Queen, Akeno Himejima, also known as the Priestess of Thunder. Next, we have my Knight, Kiba Yuto, who I believe you already met. Finally, we have my Rook, Koneko Toujou" She said with a smile as everyone sprouted their wings.
"It's very nice to meet you all, but I still don't know what this all means." Issei said a bit surprised as his own wings made a short appearance.
They all smiled at that. "It's quite easy Issei. There are three great Factions in the world. First you have the Angels, the protectors of God and Heaven. The Fallen Angels who used to be angels, but due to the corruption of their emotions have been sent to the Underworld, and Finally you have us Devils, who I think need little explanation. All three powers constantly battle for control of the world and at this point everyone's numbers are so few we're in a constant state of equilibrium, while trying to fight off enemies from both sides. You possess something called a Sacred Gear, an ancient treasure bestowed on a select few. Yours is called the Boosted Gear, otherwise known as the Red Dragon Emperor or the Welsh Dragon. It automatically doubles the owner's power every ten seconds. This deemed you dangerous enough to be destroyed, but I couldn't let that happen. I wanted you for my peerage for a while now." Rias finished with a smile.
"That actually makes sense, but why me, what have I ever done that is so special?" Issei asked softly.
"It's not what you've done, more like what you have. You have a Sacred Gear. And what that basically is, is a treasure granted by God and it is something you are born with and the fact that you have been granted one makes you special in your own right. From what we know from yours, is that it works in direct correlation with your emotions and it will adapt to them. I want you to hold out your left hand and focus on bringing that power forward." Rias said with a smile.
Issei nodded and focused, feeling nothing whatsoever in his mind or body.
Everyone watched with interest as nothing happened and Issei pouted a little when nothing happened. "Don't be alarmed young Issei. Power like that takes time to develop, and I am sure you'll work on that soon enough." Ikoraiza said with a smile.
Issei smiled a bit confused at him. "That's all great and all, but I wouldn't know how. Who are you anyway? I don't think I have ever seen you around school." He said with a suspicious tone.
Ikoraiza smiled at him. "I am Ikoraiza Gremory. Rias' twin brother, and I usually stay in the Underworld while she is here. But due to some recent developments, our big brother asked me to keep an eye on her, so you'll be seeing a lot more from me in the coming days." He said as he bowed to Issei.
Issei looked a bit shocked at that. "Kick ass, but I'm confused about something. You said all of the members of your household represent a chess piece, but what piece am I?" He asked softly.
Rias smiled at him. "What I had left to choose from was one Knight, two Bishops, one Rook and eight Pawns. I chose to spend all my eight Pawn pieces on you, because of the power you will acquire within the coming weeks. Strive to become the mightiest Pawn, my dear Issei, there are many benefits to it. Also, while most think the Pawn is the weakest, they can actually be promoted to any other piece if the master declares it." She said with a wink.
Issei blushed and looked away. "I think this is all I can handle for one day. If you would excuse me, I'm going home." He said softly.
Everyone nodded at him, Rias watching with some interest as he walked away.
"You really have a crush on him already, don't you Rias?" Ikoraiza asked with a soft smile.
Rias blushed and nodded. "Yes, I do, I can't help it. There is just something about him that feels special." She said with a smile.
"I know what you mean, I feel the same thing for Koneko and Akeno. He will be a great addition to our little family, as well as a good match for you." Ikoraiza said with a similar smile.
"Thank you brother, that's sweet of you to say." She said softly.
He smiled at her. "Don't thank me just yet, brother and father still have to approve of him, and I doubt father will choose him over the Phoenix heir."
"Why did you have to bring that up, you know I will never on this side of Heaven or Hell marry that douche-bag. I will settle this with a Rating Game if I have to." She said adamantly.
He smirked at that. "Oh, that would be great, I would love to show that asshole where to stick it. Maybe it will show him that we Gremory's are not pushovers like he always says."
"Yeah, that bird will learn what it means to mess with our family. He can suck it." Koneko said with a smile.
"All this talk of violence gets me so hot. I really can't wait now." Akeno said as her cheeks flushed.
Rias smiled at that "Let's not get ahead of ourselves, even with Issei added to our ranks we will be grossly outnumbered by Riser's full set. We'll handle it when the time is right." She said softly.
Everyone nodded at that. "We'll stand by you, no matter what Rias." Kiba said with a kind smile.
Suddenly one of the seals flashed, indicating that one of the peerage was in trouble. "Issei! We have to move." Rias exclaimed.
They all nodded and stepped into the portal, and when they appeared they saw a bloodied Issei with a Fallen Angel standing ready to strike again.
"You will not harm him. He is part of my household." Rias said angrily.
"That hair, no doubt you are the sister of the Great Devil King Lucifer. You should keep a better eye on your servants. I am Donaseek, and I hope for your sake we never cross paths again Lady Gremory." The angel said with a sneer.
"That goes for you as well, the next time you or any of your kind attack one of my servants, we will end you." Rias said with a smirk.
The angel smirked and bowed before vanishing. "We'll have to heal him quickly, otherwise he won't make it." Ikoraiza said softly.
"I'll do it, I'll take him home and stay with him tonight." Rias said with a soft smile.
The others only nodded at that. "Then we'll see you tomorrow sister, have a good night." Ikoraiza said as he, Koneko and Akeno stepped through a portal.
At the same time, Rias was in the shower with Issei, healing his most recent wound. She saw his apprehension of being naked together in the same room and decided to ease his mind a little. "You don't have to be shy Issei, healing you will be easier if we are both naked, so my magic can work on your skin directly." She said softly.
He blushed a little at that "Maybe, but it feels amazing when your boobs press against my back." He said with a smile.
"So, the rumors are true, you really are a pervert for boobs." She said with a smirk.
"Yeah, sorry about that, I really don't mean to, but my mind kind of does what it wants." He said embarrassed.
Rias smiled and pressed her breasts a bit more into his back. "It's okay, you can look at my naked breasts all you want. I've taken a liking to you and intend to keep you close to me for as long as I can." She said in a whisper.
He nodded numbly and smiled as Rias turned him around and hugged his face between her breasts. "You're mine Issei, and people will know what pain is when they mess with someone that is mine." She said with a soft moan.
Issei smiled lecherously at that. "I don't mind being yours, as long as that means I get to stay here for a little while longer." He said softly.
Rias only smiled at that. "Really, wouldn't you rather get out of the shower and go to bed, where I can cuddle up close to you?" She asked in a whisper.
"Yeah, that totally sounds like the shit to me." He said softly.
Rias smiled and led him back to his bedroom, after drying them both with her magic. "I still want you to focus on bringing your Boosted Gear out, think on what you want most and focus on that."
He nodded and focused on bringing his Sacred Gear to the front again, sighing when nothing happened. "I can't do it, I'm too weak." He said sadly.
"Don't worry Issei, there is no rush, and we're going to do our best to help you grow into your power. But that's for a later time. Let's go to sleep." She said with a smile.
Once again, he nodded and nuzzled between her breasts as they fell asleep together.
Three Days Later: Occult Research Club Room
When Ikoraiza teleported into the clubroom the following day after school, Rias had to smile. "Good afternoon brother, to what do we owe this pleasure?" She asked with a smile.
"I just wanted to let you know that big brother contacted me this morning and I am afraid to say that some things have risen that require my attention for a few weeks, and that I will not be as present as I would like, so I wanted to take this opportunity to spend some time with you all before I will need to go away for a few weeks." He said with a smile.
Akeno and Koneko pouted at that. "Where do you have to go Iko? Back to the Underworld again?" Koneko asked softly.
He smiled and scooped her up in his arms. "No my little neko. Sirzechs has tasked me with another assignment, which unfortunately I can't say too much about right now." He said with a teasing tone.
"As long as you are careful Iko, both Akeno and I don't want to hear news that you've were injured or worse. Now that we have you close we don't want to lose you anymore." Koneko said with a slight blush.
"I promise to be careful my sweets. I don't want to lose you either." He said as he sat down on the couch, Koneko immediately claiming his lap again, while Akeno claimed his right shoulder.
Rias smiled at the sight. "And that goes for me too Iko. I don't want to explain to our brother that his task got you hurt, and don't forget what Sona would do to me if she got that news."
He smiled at that. "I have yet to talk to Sona, my dear sister, but I promise to be careful. I wouldn't want to get killed before I had a chance to build my own peerage." He said softly.
She smiled and nodded. "I'm sure you'll get around to that soon enough brother, but I must admit that I'm curious about what this task is."
"Sorry sis, but if my dear Koneko doesn't get to know, neither do you. All I can say is that it will be a nice surprise." Ikoraiza said with a wink.
Rias huffed a little at that. "Fine, keep your secrets, but don't come crying to me when you get hurt. But tell me at least what's been going on back home." She said only a bit annoyed.
"There are talks of peace between the three great factions, and his worry is that some people might not agree with it, and then of course there is the eventual awakening of the White Dragon, which can happen at any moment now that the Red Dragon has awakened." He said softly.
Rias nodded as Issei walked into the clubroom sporting a black eye. "What happened to you Issei?" She asked shocked.
He smiled goofily and scratched the back of his head. "I might have been chased by some of the girls for peeping into their changing room, but I swear it wasn't my fault. Matsuda and Motohama made me do it." He said sheepishly.
Everyone sighed at that. "Still a pervert. I should kick your ass, if I wasn't so damn comfortable." Koneko deadpanned.
"Please don't, I like my ass where it is, thank you." He said actually afraid of her.
"Then you would do well to change a little Issei. I'm sure my sister wouldn't mind showing you everything you want to see, whenever you want to see it." Ikoraiza said with a wink to his sister.
Rias blushed at that. "You know Iko, as my brother you shouldn't be saying such things. You should be defending my honor or something."
He smiled at her. "Sorry sis, just stating the obvious here, and don't pretend that you would mind doing that for him, that ship sailed when you slept naked next to him."
Rias' blush darkened as she sat down next to her young Pawn, healing him as best she could.
Ikoraiza just shook his head and turned his attention back to the two girls he loved so much. It seemed Akeno had fallen asleep against him, and Koneko had relaxed against him, purring ever so softly, which showed him she was really relaxed.
When Issei was healed, Rias took him home after giving her brother a long hug. "Be careful brother, and good luck on your quest." She said softly.
"I will Rias, I promise to keep in contact over the next couple of weeks." He said with a smile.
She smiled and nodded before she created a portal to take her young charge home, which left only Koneko, Akeno and Ikoraiza in the clubroom. "Before I have to go I just want to say that I'm sorry that I again have to leave you. I really wish that I had more time to build our relationship, and I just wanted to say that I will always love you." He said softly.
"We love you too Iko, and we know that someday we will lose you to Sona, and as hard as that will be to let you go, we know it is inevitable." Akeno said softly.
He smiled at them. "Listen closely to me my sweets. It is true that I have always loved Sona and we are set to be married, I will also always love you two just as much. And since I have to have a talk with Sona, I'm sure we'll figure something out between the four of us, because I have no intention of seeing you two suffer for something that can easily be avoided."
They smiled and kissed his cheek. "I really hope Sona will understand, because we don't want to lose you." Koneko said softly.
"You won't, my little neko. That I promise you, but it is getting late, how about we sleep together tonight before I have to leave tomorrow. I want to hold you two close tonight." He said with a sweet smile.
They smiled at that, and while Akeno created a portal, Ikoraiza scooped up Koneko in his arms. Once the portal was created they stepped through and left the Clubroom empty and silent once again.