Well I'm surprised I managed to pump this out so quickly! I guess it's because I'm just thrilled with the positive response I got. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this chapter! It's actually the longest thing I wrote for this site.
I made a few changes to Remilia's Personal Skills, so that should be worth checking out! Anyways, not much to say in the opening note, so let's go!
Scarlet Blades Chapter 2
Saber of Red, Lancer of Blue
Shirou woke up with a loud yawn. The night before had simply been a dream. There's no way it was real. He stretched and grimaced as his side screamed in pain. He quickly lowered him arms, when he noticed the markings on his hand. Wait, if he had these, where was…?
"Oh Master. Good morning." In walked Remilia, her hands covered in glue. "Have a good sleep?"
"You're…" Shirou began, realizing he didn't get her name, despite the fact that she was calling herself his Servant.
"Lancer will do for now. I'll tell you my true name at a later point."
Shirou pulled himself up into a sitting position. "Alright. I'll hold you to that." He carefully stood up, making sure to not strain his injured side. Lancer walked over and lent him her arm to pull himself up. "Why are your hands covered in glue?"
Remilia smirked. "Oh, I was repairing the house. There were quite a few holes in it."
"How did you-"
"Paper-mache." She laughed at Shirou's reaction. "Oh don't give me that look! All I could find was paper and glue! Besides, I knew someone who rebuilt a shrine out of the stuff after it got blown up."
Shirou still looked stunned. "Wait, someone built a shrine out of this stuff!? Someone blew up a shrine!"
Lancer just gave him another smirk. "I promise I'll make sense to you one day. Maybe." Signalling the conversation was over, she stretched. "I'm going to take a bath. Don't lean on anything, not all of its set just yet." She said, meaning most of the walls she had repaired overnight.
He sighed, deciding he'd have to deal with her as he went. He still knew nothing about what was going on, and it's not like he could simply ask someone. He started to make breakfast as he wondered how he was going to explain having a pre-teen with strange clothes and wings to Sakura and Taiga. After a few more minutes, he heard the water draining as she stepped out of the bath. A few minutes, later, he heard her walk into the kitchen behind him. "It smells nice. It reminds me of Sakuya's cooking."
He cocked his head at her, still going through the well-practiced motions of making breakfast. "Sakuya?"
Remilia nodded. "Sakuya. She was my head maid and the only one worth her weight in salt. I'd wager she's worth more than her weight in gold."
As she began to reminisce, they heard a knock at the door. "Senpai? Are you awake?"
Shirou quickly looked over at Lancer. "Crap! Sakura's here! How am I going to explain you?"
Remilia giggled. "Well, time to show you one of my tricks. I'll think of something soon." She transformed into a bat and flew up into the rafters, watching Shirou's stunned expression. She watched as a purple-haired girl came inside and decided to eavesdrop.
"Senpai! Good morning." She said cheerfully.
He shrugged and smiled, "Good morning to you too Sakura. Why don't you go sit down while I finish cooking?" As he moved to lift one of the plates, he winced. Sakura quickly took the plate from him and set it aside.
"Are you alright Senpai?" She asked, concerned.
"Yeah. I'll be fine." He said through gritted teeth. She did not miss this.
"Senpai. Lift your shirt please?"
"Lift your shirt." She was not asking, out of genuine concern for him. As he lifted it, she saw the nasty bruise from being punched through a house. "That is not okay!" She wrapped an ice pack in paper towel and ordered him to sit down and rest while she took over the kitchen.
As he sat down on his futon, Remilia flew in and transformed. She simply made the sound of a whip cracking before smirking. "So, she's the one who wears the pants in the relationship. I see how it is."
He felt heat rising to his face as he quickly shouted, "It's not like that at all!"
Remilia chuckled at his reaction. "That's alright. I won't judge the relationship between you and your maid. "
"Sh-she's not my maid!"
"Oh really?" She questioned. "Does she cook for you?" He nodded. "Does she clean for you?" He nodded again. "Would she dress like a maid if you asked?" Shirou, reluctantly nodded at this. "Then you've got a maid in every aspect." Shirou could not possibly get any redder as she laughed at his embarrassment. She quickly excused herself and headed to the shed, producing a parasol to shield herself from the morning sunlight, leaving Shirou to his morning routine. Of course, she had very important matters to attend to.
She propped up the door so it looked closed before examining the magic circle. "Hmm, it looks very well-made, especially since it appears to be several years old." She knew it still worked though, since she was here. It began to glow a deep red as she started to pump her own magical power into it. She knew it worked, since it had summoned her last night. She began her chant, and as she focused, she not only missed the ambient magical energy in Gensokyo, as well as Patchouli, who would have this done for her in a fraction of the time it took Remilia to call up four familiars. While normally her Familiars were transparent, these were four bats. Run-of-the-mill bats.
She was surprisingly much less disappointed than she normally would be. She supposed that her Familiars had to take a corporeal form in order to properly manifest. Though this gave her an idea. She picked one of the bats and began to pump magic into it. She found that the form was just an empty shell, and she was supplying it with the power to stay that way. She could pump extra power into it and while that didn't do anything, it filled up the container. So each of her Familiars could be used as kamikaze attacks.
She sent them off into the house as they settled into the rafters. There, Shirou was eating with the purple-haired girl, Sakura, and a woman with light brown hair. After eavesdropping, she came to the conclusion that she didn't pose much of a threat, and if she turned out to be wrong, making them not visit Shirou in the morning is a fairly simple task. She tasked one Familiar with watching Sakura, and one with watching Shirou. She kept the other two manually controlled, figuring she'd find a likely Master soon enough.
She watched through the eyes on her familiars as she saw the older woman and the purple-haired girl head to school. She saw Shirou peek into the back shed. "Lancer? Do you want something before I go to school?"
"Put a pot of tea on." She said, without opening her eyes. She decided to have her third familiar watch over the residence, mostly so she could make her plans and still notice when the tea was ready. He nodded and closed the door, leaving the vampires to her scheming.
Sakuya was at the Moriya Shrine, She was speaking with Sanae, who had invited her inside. Sitting next to Sanae was Suwako Moriya, who looked like she was a preteen, but was in fact Sanae's blood ancestor and the original god of the Moriya Shrine. Despite her appearance, Sakuya knew not to anger her, for she could be quite deadly. The other goddess who resided in the shrine, Kanako Yasaka, was nowhere to be seen.
"So let me get this straight," Sanae began. "Remilia disappeared by unknown means that you know wasn't Yakumo-san." Sakuya nodded. "And so you're trying to find her." Another nod. "So your first thought is to come here and ask me to make a miracle happen."
Sakuya nodded a third time. "I was hoping you could return her, or at the very least, find and locate her. You can work miracles, or so I've heard."
Suwako spoke up, "While it's true she can work miracles, we don't know exactly what kind of ritual we'd be dealing with. This may be a little beyond what Sanae-chan can handle.
Sanae frowned at the small goddess. "Suwako-sama… "
Suwako continued to talk to Sakuya. "And of course, the Scarlet Devil Mansion would owe a large debt to the Moriya Shrine."
Sakuya kept her facial expression neutral. "Yes. I am prepared to make a sizable donation to the shrine, if in fact you can bring Remilia-sama back to Gensokyo."
Suwako smiled and continued. "We also would like to mention that performing a miracle would be much easier if the Scarlet Devil Mansion residents became more affiliated with us. After all, the more faith we have, the more power we have."
Sakuya stood up. "I'm afraid that we would prefer not to do that. My Mistress's connections with the Hakurei Shrine maiden is not something I can so casually sever or strain. Seeing as you cannot offer a guaranteed solution. The maid bowed to the two women and said, "I suppose I shall take my leave."
"Would you like assistance getting down the mountain?" Sanae offered.
Sakuya pulled out her pocket watch. "I got up here alright. I can make my way down past the Tengu. The ability to manipulate time is quite useful when getting around obstacles."
Suwako hopped over to where Sanae was and watched her go and sighed. "I wish that we'd get more visitors. You should really make more friends Sanae-chan."
Sanae groaned. "Do we really have to have this discussion now?"
Remilia sat inside Shirou's home, bored out of her mind. She needed a real bed to sleep in; a futon was just no good. While she figured Shirou could get her one, it was rather unlikely that he'd be able to get it by the evening. As she checked her bats, she noticed that school was over for Shirou. The sun was out, but she pulled out her parasol and decided to go meet him.
She got a myriad of odd looks as she walked through the city streets. After all, what the people of Fyuuki saw was an eleven-year old girl dressed in pink with blue hair walking with an umbrella to shield herself from the sunlight. Remilia could only smile to herself as she walked toward the school, using her connection to her bats to guide her. She quickly arrived by the gates and waited for most of the students to leave. Most didn't pay her any mind, but some gave Remilia odd glances, making her wish she could go into astral form, but for some reason, she couldn't.
She mentally made a note to ask her Master about it once he figured out what he was doing. She sent the last familiar as well as the one watching Shirou to quickly survey the area, and found the area inside the school devoid of students. Shirou himself was busy fixing some odd metal box Remilia didn't recognize. She figured the Kappa would know what it was, not that it interested her. Now was a good enough time to screw with her Master.
"Shirou, what are you doing?"
He quickly looked up. "Who said that?"
"It's me. Lancer. I've been watching you all day through the bat familiar I summoned." She saw him looking around. "It's supposed to be hidden for a reason. But if you must know, it's slightly behind you to the left on the ceiling"
Sure enough, there was a bat in a tiny corner of shadow staring back at him. Remilia had the bat wave at him, and giggled as he awkwardly waved back. "Anyways, hurry up out here. We need to get home so you can get me a proper mattress."
"Wait, you're here?" Shirou asked in surprise and a bit of panic.
"Of course I am. I was bored. I wanted to explore. People think I'm just a child with a unique fashion sense. Now let's go!" The redhead was forced to comply as he packed up his tools and headed outside to meet Remilia.
Remilia was idly waiting for him until she heard the sound of metal on metal. After a few more clashes, she saw a short blonde in a red dress come out of a backflip and land on the ground, before holding her arms out to catch a girl with black twin tails. They were both wearing red; the blonde had a dress of mostly red, while the twin-tailed girl had a red sweater.
The first though in Remilia's head was, "Is this another Master/Servant pair?" Her second thought was, "Those girls stole my team colour. After all I am Remilia Scarlet." She said. Across from them jumped a man in a blue bodysuit holding a long red lance landed across from them.
"Well, you're pretty wily. Ready for Round Two, Saber?" He asked the girl in red.
The blonde smiled, a red-and-orange sword that looked as if it was made of flame appeared in her hands. "Stand back Preator. I will dispatch this dog quickly, then we can go back and relax until the night begins." The sounds of the sword and lance clashing was the same Remilia had heard before, and it seemed neither had noticed her yet.
Remilia made a quick appraisal of the fight. While the Servant in blue had a distinct reach advantage, Saber's small size was allowing her to get past his guard, allowing her to close the distance gap and forcing Lancer steadily back. And it was then when Shirou came out. "Tohsaka?"
Remilia fought the urge to facepalm. Why did he just make their presence known? All three of them looked at Shirou and her. The twin-tailed girl shot back a surprised "Emiya!?" While the Servant in blue had a bemused smirk.
"Well, it looks like we have an audience. You know the War is supposed to be secret, right?" He looked to Shirou, then Remilia, then back to Shirou. "I'll take the boy. Killing a little girl doesn't sit well with me. She's all yours though." As he lunged at Shirou, he ran away, but stopped when he heard the clash of metal on metal.
Remilia had intercepted the attack, a bemused smirk on her face. In her hands was her lance, which looked uncannily similar to the blue Servant's lance. Remilia held her lance in two hands, her parasol resting in the crook of her shoulder. She forced the other Servant to jump back before folding her parasol and dismissing it from her hands. By now, the sun was hanging low enough in the sky that she could fight without any impairment. She decided it was fair to declare who she was. "I am the servant Lancer, and I would gladly accept your challenge."
The pair in red looked horribly confused as the Servant in blue shouted, "That's impossible! I'm Lancer!"
Remilia smirked. "Then let's fight right now. See who deserves the true title of Knight of the Spear!"
Lancer turned to Saber and Tohsaka. "You don't mind if I deal with this, right? I'll be ready to resume our fight soon."
Tohsaka, in utter confusion just forced out, "… Um, sure. I guess." Her Servant seemed just as confused, but didn't relax her battle posture.
Lancer, knowing he wouldn't be ganged up on, launched a flurry of fast jabs at Remilia, who looked like she didn't even move, but if one was watching, she was making miniscule movements to the sides and backwards to avoid most of strikes, using her own lance to deflect some of his strikes.
Lancer didn't let up with just that though, rather, he seemed happy that Remilia was untouched. "I'm glad my imposter has some nice footwork."
Remilia replied, "If you that's good, you should see my sister. My turn!" She launched forward, but at the apex of her jump, she revealed her hidden bat wings, hovering in place. "Saber already proved you have enough martial skill that I won't do much damage, so let's try magical skill." Not wanting to use a Spell Card, Remilia fired off a non-spell Danmaku pattern at him.
Tohsaka and Saber found themselves ducking for cover as Remilia released a rapid volley of large red bullets with smaller, faster moving blue bullets added into the mix. Lancer dodged the first few rounds rather impressively, looking for blind shots. His dodging wasn't quite at Reimu's level, but he was certainly good. As she focused her fire inward on him, he traced some symbols in the air, a transparent shield forming in front of him, absorbing the impact and erasing the bullets.
Remilia was genuinely impressed, as this was one of her harder non-spells. After a few more seconds of the barrage, she flew inside of her barrage right at Lancer. Her bullets impacted and vanished when they hit the shield, but she didn't. She drove her lance right through and it was only his quick reflexes that left him with a gash along his side.
Lancer grimaced as he moved back. He looked ready to attack, but paused and said in an irritated tone. "What, really? This was just getting good too!" He turned to address everyone present. "I'd love to stick around, but my coward of a Master needs me to retreat." He turned to leave, but stopped and looked at Remilia. "Oh, and Lancer of Red, don't die before our rematch."
Remilia smirked. "Same to you too, Lancer of Blue."
As soon as he had bounded off, Remilia and Saber locked eyes. Remilia chuckled. "Saber, you saw what I can do. If you come at me, I'll just fly over you and shoot down your Master." The blonde gritted her teeth, but stuck close to her Master's side.
Remilia returned to Shirou's side, who looked like he was having a panic attack. Remilia sighed and asked, "Saber's Master, could you please explain the Holy Grail War to my Master? He has no idea what's going on, and that's making it distressingly hard for me to win.
Saber turned up her nose at this. "The only one worthy of the grail is my Preator." Tohsaka ignored her Servant. "I do have a name, you know. It's Rin Tohsaka."
Remilia smiled. "And this is Shirou Emiya. Explain things to him."
Rin gave an exasperated sigh. "I know who he is. And the one to explain it best would be the Mediator. Come on." At her command, she began to walk off with Saber giving Remilia a dirty look before dissolving into astral form. Remilia followed her, taking Shirou with her.
As he shook his arm free from his Servant's grasp, he asked, "Wait a minute! Don't I get a say in any of this?"
"No!" Was the response from both his Servant and classmate.
Sakuya walked along the path to the Hakurei Shrine. It was relatively simple, meaning that at least the Shrine Maiden was at least keeping up her Yokai extermination duties. As she approached, she saw an Oni passed out on the roof of the Shrine, with Reimu and Marisa sitting inside. As she approached, Marisa waved. "Heya Sakuya! Where's your vampire mistress da ze?" She asked. A perfectly valid reason. Remilia was a frequent visitor, but Sakuya never went anywhere unless she was carrying Remilia's parasol for her.
Sakuya walked over to them before sitting down and turning to Reimu. "I need to speak to Yukari-san."
Reimu raised an eyebrow. "So, you came to me. I can't exactly make her appear. She just shows up whenever she wants. Also, why the urgency?"
Sakuya replied quickly, "Remilia-sama's missing. I need the gap Yokai to bring her back."
Marisa jumped up with a dangerous glint in her eye. "So, China's asleep, and you're here and Remilia's gone, so Patchy's alone?"
Sakuya stopped her as she was about to get up. "If you try and steal books, I gave Patchouli-sama the authority to let Flandre out to stop you." Marisa sat back down, dejected.
Reimu looked over at them. "Sorry. I really can't help you."
Sakuya gave her a disbelieving look. "Are you sure you can't?"
She shook her head. "Nope. There's nothing I can do." She closed her eyes and relaxed until she heard the sounds of coins hitting wood. She opened her eyes to see Sakuya casually tossing coins into her donation box.
The maid had a smirk on her face as she added a fifth hundred-yen coin to the box. "Can you do something now?"
Reimu dashed to her beloved donation box and shook it to make sure that the money was real, before smiling at Sakuya. "Let me see what I can do." She picked up her Yin-Yang Orb and went into her room to talk with her.
"So…" Marisa nervously began, "Were you serious about Patchy being allowed to get out Flandre if I come by?"
Sakuya nodded. "Of course I was. In fact, she has spoken about wanting to play with 'Black-White-san.'"
Before Marisa could respond, a gap opened in the middle of the air, with the gap Yokai, Yukari Yakumo hanging out of it. "Reimu called me. So, the Scarlet Devil Mansion needs my help?"
Sakuya stood up. "Yakumo-san. Thank you for joining us."
"Let me guess, you want me to help you find Remilia?"
Marisa looked surprised while Sakuya kept her neutral expression. "Yes. That is what I would like help with." Reimu rejoined them, as Sakuya smiled to her. "Thank you Reimu-san." She said, dumping another handful of coins into the donation box. Sakuya went outside to talk a little more privately with Yukari, who simply appeared in another gap, despite that Sakuya had moved maybe thirty feet.
"So, you know that I don't know where she went. That means that we'll be doing a lot of guess-and check work. I'll take you to where I feel a strong energy reading coming from, the closer to Remilia's it is, the better. That being said, I can't be exactly accurate. This is my first time trying to pull off a search-and-rescue mission."
Sakuya nodded. "I understand fully. I would search through every world in order to bring Remilia-sama home safely."
Yukari smirked. "Good answer." She took Sakuya's pocket-watch and pumped some power into it. "This will act as a two-way communicator. Meaning you'll always be in touch with either me or Ran." Sakuya bowed and accepted the gift, stepping through the first gap Yukari opened for her.
Outside the Kotomine Church, Remilia sat waiting for their Masters to finish up talking with the priest inside the church. Servants were forbidden from entering the neutral ground, so she sat down with her eyes closed. Until Saber appeared next to her. "What are you doing?" The imperious blonde asked.
"Checking up on the Familiars I sent out earlier. As for what I learned, someone close to the purple-haired girl my Master knows is a Master, as the one I sent to follow her is dead. The others are to watch both my Master and our base. So far, both are safe.
Saber acknowledged with a nod to her." Also, those magical bullets. Are you sure you're not meant to be a Caster-class?"
Remilia smiled before letting out a laugh. "That's not anything special. Where I come from, it's actually pretty commonplace for anyone to do that." At Saber's look of disbelief, Remilia said, "Well, seeing as I come from a place where magical energy is much more bountiful, it's not a surprise I have advanced magical skill. I also consult frequently with one of the most powerful magicians at my disposal, and she is one of the best in existence."
Just then, Shirou and Rin came out of the Church. "Saber, we're leaving. Rin barked, following the twin-tailed Master, while Remilia followed Shirou home. Before they parted ways, Remilia spoke again to Saber.
"I am the true Lancer, and I intend to prove it in this Holy Grail War."
Alright people! There it is. The second chapter! I had a lot of fun writing the Remi verses Lancer scene. That was a lot of fun to write. Remilia had the advantage because Reimu's bombs act like that (At least they do in Mountain of Faith) so she's used to barriers erasing bullets. And while I can't find a Gaelic Rune shortcut online, for my purposes, the barrier he made was a combination of a "Shield" rune and a "Dispel Magic" rune.
As for how Reimu can contact Yukari, in Subterranean Animism, Yukari let Reimu communicate to her via the Yin-Yang Orbs that circle her as options. Same principle applies here.
Now for the fun part. Sakuya will be world-hopping! You know what that means? Omakes! That's right, if you want to see Sakuya appear in a certain universe, go and request it! And if I can do it, I will. So request away, loyal fans!
I do respond to all reviews, and constructive criticism is always welcome, so go ahead and leave me areview please!
Also, because I don't think everyone's played Fate/Extra, here's Saber's Stat sheet:
True Name: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Master: Tohsaka Rin
Noble Phantasm: A
Magic Resistance - C
Imperial Privilege - EX
Due to the insistence of the owner, skills that are impossible to possess can be utilised for a short period of time. At an A rank, even "burdens to the body" such as Divinity can be utilised.
Migraine - B
A curse inherited from the birthplace of one's previous life. Due suffering from chronic headaches, the success rate of mental Skills decreases considerably. As a side note, this also prevents Saber from exercising her skill over fine arts.
Aestus Domus Aurea: Golden Theater of the Deranged (Anti-Team, A):
A recreation of the Golden Theater designed and constructed by Nero during her lifetime. It is given form and reproduced through Prana. While it appears to be a Reality Marble, it is not a manifestation of Nero's inner world, but is rather a reconstruction through magecraft. The theater itself weakens the defenses of enemies and continues to degrade them the longer the Noble Phamtasm is kept active.