Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Rather than responding, Fidel merely let the heavy atmosphere linger. Only the occasional booms of distant thunder and battle above broke the oppressive stillness.

Guess he’s not going to bring anyone,’ observed Garovel.

Hector could see a wall of rain approaching from the other end of the street, could hear its noisy patter growing quickly louder.

Asad decided to strike first. With a mere flick of the wrist, the six rear Blackburns had glassy spikes bursting out the top of their skulls. They dropped immediately, all dead.

Fidel, Sabas, and Silvia attacked in unison, all gunning for Asad.

Don’t let them gang up on him,’ said Garovel, touching Hector’s bare hand.

That familiar vigor burned through him, awakening every muscle in his body and rendering his armor no heavier than a blanket. Garovel retreated halfway underground in order to observe the fight a bit more safely, while Hector bolted forward, armor clinking with each rapid step he took toward the closest opponent.

Silvia Blackburn, it turned out to be--a lanky woman with big green eyes and short black hair. Her file had mentioned her explosive ability. Cesium materialization. Dangerous even in a novice’s hands due to its violent reaction with water and tendency to spontaneously ignite in air. And Silvia had already been a servant for twenty-five years.

She noticed Hector’s approach right away and doused him completely in her silvery-gold liquid metal, which instantly set itself ablaze and engulfed Hector in blue flames. This, of course, was not enough to stop him from charging, so Hector just powered through.

And then she clobbered him with a block of frozen cesium the size of a bus.

Hector went flying, toppling, bouncing, and scraping across the open road. And that was also the unfortunate moment when the curtain of rain caught up with him. Each raindrop popped with the force of a firecracker when it touched him, reacting to the still-flaming cesium. On the one hand, it put out the fire; on the other, it caused a chain of explosions from every direction at once, pummeling his plate armor and rattling him so furiously that he could only flail like a fish on dry ground.

When the explosions finally subsided, his fist slammed against the pavement, and he struggled angrily back to his feet. The armor had done its job, even if it now bore so many dents as to look like he’d crafted it out of crumpled paper. Haqq’s shield still looked pristine and untouched.

15 comments:

  1. I wonder if lying about your age is common among reapers and servants. Maybe she's only been dead 20 years, but lying to seem less strong.


    I wonder if she could use controlled explosions to shoot out her stuff faster than the norm.

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  2. So seeing as how we've finally encountered a liquid element materialization user will we ever have a gas element user or would that be way too strong.

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  3. His fist slammed*? Also, you write fight scenes well.

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  4. You just love beating up Hector, don't you?

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  5. Wait, if Hector was wearing soul-empowered armour, how did Garovel touch him on the shoulder? Maybe his left hand, but I'm pretty sure his shoulder was covered.

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  6. Hmm, that's a good point. I'll change it to his hand.

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  7. There honestly aren't all that many elemental gasses that would be much use for a materialization user, and we've already seen how a few gas transfigurators can fight.

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  8. It would be really cool if Hector could materialize his armor with movement being it, so it would lesson launch him forward. If he can materialize and destroy his armor fast enough, he could control his movement and attain flight.

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  9. Well, noble gasses would be useful, because you could just blanket an area, mess with any reaction that requires oxidation (Stoker's jump-jets, for example), slow a fall with a bubble of dense gas (assuming you get krypton or something), suffocate non-servants then dematerialize it to cause minimum collateral damage (this applies to nitrogen and other non-toxic gasses as well), for helium, basically fly by creating a huge bubble of it beneath yourself, and of course you could run an electric current through it to make glowy colours. You could blanket the battlefield with the stuff if was dense, then just dematerialize tunnels - suddenly, you have a minor but significant speed advantage.

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  10. And don't forget that with the right power and an old enough servant you can create blankets of SUPER HEATED SOUL EMPOWERED NOBLE GAS EVERYWHERE.

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  11. Y'know, I just realized that Jada's wearing you right now.

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  12. i need more thanks for the update and ill be bak for mor later. . . whenever i check in again

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  13. is any soul powered material impenetrable to reapers? or can they make it that way selectively?

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  14. A minor note, Any gas would be equally effective for stopping a fall, unless you materialized it moving.

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