~Temple of Grass, 3F~
"Yes, it's me." Gigant Edge held out his hands and present himself, clearly amused. "Did you really think that first fight let him down?"
Now that Sora stopped his tears (which was a wonder, considering he was caught off guard too) he stared flabbergasted at him. "But...but what happened to you?"
"Oh, this?" Gigant Edge, instead of the green armor and shield, was now decked out in a new bronze set. "Looks good, doesn't it? It's sturdier and lighter than my old one. Our master is quite resourceful with supplies, unlike you pests."
Luna kept Hot Head in check before he could snap out. She was interested in something else. "Your master?"
"Why, of course. Haven't you noticed the black hole in your skies?"
"Hmph, of course you have." The evil knight completely ignored Sora and continued. "Otherwise no one would have sent anyone to their temples for help. Good riddance to them too."
It took approximately 2.5 seconds for the heroes to comprehend the last two words. "...What?"
"Oh, surely you don't think the trees 'acted out' naturally, eh?"
"You mean...the trees...the animals..." Sparky's tone was getting dangerous hard as her hand slowly sparked.
"Even trees can provide the greatest defense, especially the fireproof type. All the foolish trackers never stood a chance!"
Oak was slowly drawing an arrow from his quiver, careful not to break it by the firm grip of silent rage. Gigant Edge finally seemed to notice the vengeful looks on the two.
"Hmph, looks like some people don't enjoy our actions. Orders are orders, however, and it's for the greater good."
Uhoh. He's talking in the same tone when we confronted Sparky.
"You possessed our holy ground and the forest that guards it. You killed the innocent trackers with our trees. The same ones we took care over for centuries. And for some greater good."
Sora didn't like the way he fiddled with the arrow he was holding. It reminded him of the way his dad played with a cigarette whenever he was in a temper. A really awful temper.
He also didn't like the way Gigant was taking this a bit too nonchalantly.
"Well, I'm not going to let some piece of metal hunk take over my planet for some 'good'!" As quick as a lark, Oak loaded his arrow to his bow, and shot it towards the hulking knight. With speed that defied its appearance, he blocked with his shield. The insult that almost escaped from his throat quickly diminished with Oak's cold smirk and a sudden flash at the tip of the arrow.
"Whoa!" Sora, Luna, and the others flinched from the light and impact from the following explosion. Even though it was small, the tight room made the strength become tenfold. The knight disappeared in a mass of smoke and debris.
"..." Oak lowered his bow, but remained glaring at the pile of rubble, which now resembled a grave without the tombstone. "Rust in hell, you piece of scum. You're not even fit to pray for."
"Damn it, Oak!" Hot Head dusted some timber from his fiery hair. "Think before you ask, man. You could've gotten us killed!"
Oak didn't even seem to hear. If he did, he made no motion to answer, still staring at the pile of rubble. The fact that his eyes were now rid of the initial rage they harbored told Sora that he was consciously hearing them, but their new expression of confused observation gave him something to worry about.
"Hey, are you listening!" Naive as ever, Hot Head began to berate Oak for his uncontrolled rage (not that he was any better). "You could have just left this to the others, but nooo, you had to destroy half the room! And look!" He waved to the back wall. "The doors we came through are blocked now! Now how are we going to..."
Luckily for everyone who didn't see what to look out for, Sora and Luna did. Before they even knew it, all of the group was tacked down to let a gigantic wide something zoom above their heads and crash into the already crumbled wall, turning it into another pile of smaller pieces of flint.
"WHAT THE HECK?!" Hot Head turned with a furious expression, not to his maulers, but to the emerging shadow in front of them. "Didn't Oak completely blast you 6 feet under?"
"On the contrary, novices." Fully wiping himself of any timber of his perfectly undamaged armor, Gigant Edge glared with menacing eyes. "I did mention the new look, and my far it's not for the views. Although it does look good."
"The bomb...it didn't even scratch him!"
"How about this!" Sparky finally released the electricity she had been storing in her clenched hand, releasing it as one humongous ball of green energy. "Spark Hadoudan!"
Gigant Edge didn't even move, letting the energy ball hit his armor...and completely disintegrate into the armor.
The knight didn't look fazed. "What was that? A love tap?"
"Impervious to physical attacks and absorbs energy attacks." Blade concluded with a shudder. "That guy's...gonna be hard to beat."
"'Hard to beat'?" Gigant Edge laughed a resounding ominous laugh. "You must be gesting! I'm indestructible now! En Garde!"
The knight charged into the group as fast as a bullet, forcing the group to dodge left and right. Sora (he's still Fire, by the way) and his group moved to the left, and Luna's (she's Spark) moved to the right.
"What do we do? We can't get out and he doesn't seem to be hurt by anything we give!" Sora cried as he dodged a stab aimed at him.
"Keep him occupied! I'll see what I can figure out!"
"What?" Before he can object to Luna, Gigant swung his giant sword at him. Sora quickly ducked below it, allowing it to sail through with great momentum, taking a few tufts of blonde hair cleanly in the process.
How should I stall! He's certainly different from last time, and none of our attacks work!
Before the evil knight could make another move, Kibble took her cutter and charged into him, using the curve in her blade to lock the sword in place.
"Sora, don't think! Just act!" The blonde boy took a minute to register this, then thought for a moment.
"Didn't I just say...!"
"Sorry! It's harder to do that when you directly say that!"
"Then just shut up and attack!" She quickly countered a jab (which was pretty hard considering the size and weight of the sword) and growled back.
"U, um, right. Burning Attack!"
"We'll give support! Rolling Needle!"
"Fire Arrow Comet!"
Everyone except for Luna attacked at once, but to no avail. Gigant Edge just took it all in, with his golden brown armor and shield, and absorbed all of their attacks like a sponge in a puddle.
"Useless!"Everyone who made a direct attack was knocked back by Gigant Edge with the flat end of his sword, sending them crashing into the floor right in front of the others. "Don't you see yet! None of your puny attacks will scratch me, let alone harm me! My defense is perfect! Sword Beam"
"Dammit! He's right!" Sora thought, as he weaved his way through the beams of scicing energy. "We have to do something about that armor and shield, or we'll tire out in no time!"
"There's gotta be something..." On the other side of the room, Luna shared parallel thoughts, while dodging the same attacks. "A weakness, or opening, that we can attack through!"
"Is there any place where the armor is weaker?"
"Maybe his shield? If we can make him let go..."
"At this point..."
"We just need to..."
"Burning Attack!" Fueled by speed and the single thought, Sora instinctively launched himself in another fireball tackle, this time right behind the knight. The speed he used in dodging various attacks led him to the perfect angle to aim a hit.
Sending the golden knight sprawling into the ground.
With a large groan, the megaton knight tumbled over his own weight, sending him crashing into the wooden floor in a resounding BONG. The others immediately stopped their attacks, to make sure what just happened just happened.
"...Whoa...Sora, I knew you were strong, but..."
"Grr...You insolent pest!" With surprising recovery speed, Gigant Edge swung his sword, but Sora quickly anticipated and dodged the blow, yelling "Luna! The shield!"
"What...GYYAAAAARGH!" The sudden electrifying from his shield sent him sprawling for the floor and onto his knee. "No...impossible...in just a few minutes.."
"What!? Sora, Luna, how did you do that!" Hot Head asked the duo incredulously. Though Luna herself was doubtful, she gave the solution to what Sora's impulse had uncovered.
"The shield and armor... each only blocks certain types of attacks. Like how a house works. Just like it has different parts to compensate for each other, his 'perfect defense' can only work when all the parts are there."
"So...if we hit him at the right spot with the right attack..."
"Bah! So you figured out my weakness! Tough!" Gigant Edge now stood up to full height. His normal mocking chivalrous tone had been supplanted by one of dark, bitter enmity. "That knowledge won't mean anything to you without knowledge of what types of attacks to use."
"What're you talking about! Sora already figured that out, you lumbering hunk!"
"Physical and energy!" Before Sora could admit he didn't know, since what he did was purely coincidental, Oak notched another bow and let it loose, sending it into the rib of the gargantuan knight, triggering an agonized yell that echoed through the room. "His armor only takes energy attacks, and his shield only withstands physical ones!"
"Huh? How do..."
"Just shut it and act, like Kibble said!"
"Oh, um, okay."
"As if I'll let you!" Gigant Edge suddenly swung his sword up, as it ominously glowed with light blue energy. "I'll cut you all open like cans!
"Oh, shoot! SCATTER!
Blades warning couldn't have come any later. As soon as they "jumped away from where the sword was pointing, Gigant Edge swung.
"Counter Sword Beam!
And what power! The blue scathing energy tore through the ground, ripping right between Sora and Luna. The twins froze at the sheer magnitude and speed of the Sword Beam, as it crashed into the opposite wall and caused more rubble to fall from the ceiling.
"What...what was that."
"The Counter Sword Beam?" Blade, after regaining his breath, explained. "It's basically another version of Sword Beam. Depending on the use, it can become more powerful than the normal version!"
"But...I thought you can't do a Sword Beam while damaged."
"I said it was a different version." Blade turned to the menacing aura of the golden knight. "The Counter Sword Beam is like the antithesis of the normal Sword Beam. While usually the Sword Beam focuses on peaceful and elegant energy, the Counter Sword Beam...it feeds on the fatigue and hatred the user feeds on his last knee."
"So...the more damaged the user is, the more damage the Counter Sword Beam will do." Luna summarized.
"Yeah, that's pretty much it."
"So that means...we've almost got him, but at the same time, it's going to get hard to get closer!?" Sora almost yelled, as they narrowly dodged another Counter Sword Beam, accompanied by a frustrated roar.
"Well, if we can somehow dodge all those gigantic attacks and hit him, then we'll be okay, but who can..."
"Wait." Luna stopped moving for a second, and looked at the picture in front of her.
There was Sora and Blade, who was pondering why she would wait in a catastrophe such as this. There was Kibble, who was valiantly trying to parry the attacks away from her friends. There was Sparky, who made a barrier of sparks around herself to absorb the beams that got too close. There was Needlous, who was tucked into a ball to at least lessen the damage to himself. There was Oak, Doo, and Hot Head, who were defenseless against the storm of Sword Beams, and were running willy-nilly to avoid them.
She looked twice, just to be sure. Yup. There was definitely something missing in this picture. She summed this observation up in two words.
Right at that time, a loud yell came from the knight, and the storm of flying slashes stopped immediately after. Luna and the others turned to see the cause of the yell. An unlikely cause.
Indeed, the forest nymph had somehow sneaked around to the back of Gigant Edge, and cut through the armor with a small flurry of leaves. It wasn't enough to defeat the knight, but it gave the brief opening all the others needed.
"Now! Get him before he counters! Spark Hadoudan!"
"Gotcha, Luna! Burning Attack!"
"Beam Machine Gun!"
The combined attack of the team fused themselves into the knight, and resulted in am explosion that shook the whole room. Those who used physical attacks were thrown back, but not terribly, and suffered minimal damage. The smoke cleared in a few seconds to see a rewarding sight.
Gigant Edge was fully on his knees now, and for the first time, showed signs that he was truly beaten. From innumerable small cracks in his armor throughout his body, small amounts of dark matter were flowing, slowly but steadily, like blood draining from a cut. All traces of the rage he harbored was gone, replaced by immence fatigue that blended well with the state he was in.
"Huff...Huff...So, you managed...to best...me..." The words that managed to come out were weak, but had a sense of strength in them. "Hmph...no matter...you may have...won this battle...but knaves like you...shall not triumph...against our master..."
With these final words, the knight completely disintegrated into dark matter. The cloud slowly circled around the group, who could only watch in silence at the peculiar sight. After a while, the cloud seeped through the huge amount of debris, and disappeared.
"...Whoa." Sora suddenly sat down, huge waves of fatigue waving over him. "Did we just...win against him?"
"We sure did, breother."
Those two quotes seemed to relieve the tension. In the folling time all the people relaxed their muscles and either sat down in shock, or celebrated in their own way.
"Oh...oh my god." Oak shook his head with his hand while smiling a bit. "I've hunted some pretty vicious game all my life, but this... Sora, do you fight people like that all the time."
"Um...no. That was only my second time, actually. Although he was much more powerful that time."
"Dang it, Sora, you were amazing!" Hot Head, after jumping around to take away the stress and celebrating, suddenly tacked Sora from his back and nudged his head. "You are freakin' awesome, figuring out that hunk's weakness in a split second!"
"Hey, stop that! OW!" Sora playfully threw him back before confessing. "It was just luck, really! I was only able to figure it out with that direct attack!"
"Well whatever the cause, it led us right. And besides." Luna patted Leafan's shoulder. "I don't think he's the only one who deserves praise."
"Oh...um..." Leafan, suddenly the spotlight of attention, I...just wanted to help..."
"Well, help us you did!" Needlous hugged her up (which was a hard thing to do for him). "If you hadn't snuck up on him like that, we would have been chopped like firewood by now!"
"W-Well...I wasn't much help downstairs, and, um..." She let go of Needlous and scratched her cheek subtly. "I- I just wanted to do something to save this planet."
Was she blushing? Luna couldn't tell, because Sora suddenly sprang up.
"Oh Right! We're not done here yet!" His exclamation turned attention back at him.
"Huh? What do you-"
"The guardian." Oak slapped his head . "Oh, shoot, how could I have forgotten!? He's the main reason we came here!"
"Right. Even though he just defeated the guardian to him..." Luna thoughtfully crossed her arms. "It's likely there's still another challenge for us here."
"So..." Leafan suddenly showed a dreadful demeanor at the un-innovating thought. "You mea...our guardian..."
"May be possesed, yeah."
"Oh no..." Leafan slumped to the ground, her subtleness fueled by the gruelsome task ahead. "Can I really... but..."
"I don't like this, but we have to." Oak re-adjusted his quiver, and tauted his bow again. "It's that, or a life with a possesed forest."
"Besides, it's not like we'll hurt him directly." Sora smiled softly. "I heard that pain will force these guys out, without hurting the host itself!"
"Is that true!"
"Well, it's happened recently, apparently. I wouldn't worry too much."
"So, then, what are we waiting for!" Hot Head walked to the big green double doors that made up most of the opposite wall. "Let's give hell to that freak who thinks they can get away!"
Well, that took a long time. Sorry for the long update!
Hifuki- Literally, 'Fire Blowing'.
Hidaruma Korogari- Literally, Firedoll Roll. The attack where the user rolls towards the opponent in a ball of fire.
Kabuto Wari- Literally, 'Helmet Split'. A Cutter move that's executed by a downwards slash that cuts through the opponent.