Plant-Youmas vs. Mahou Teens

Plant-youmas show up, mahou teens are there to spoil their fun. Also, their unwilling creator makes a discovery.

Date: 2017-08-10
Pose Count: 19
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 03:41:37 81373
It's a little past sunset, and the Roaring Bayside Theme Park has a good number of people walking about in search of amusement.

Trying to get his mind off the need to feed on human energy, is Seth, who waits for something to happen that provides him an opportunity to get some energy out of someone; not an innocent, mind you, but some guy who happens to want to steal a purse. Some troublemaker.

But yes, he's hungry right now. And this means...

Out in a flower stand, a number of exotic plants, their petals dark mixed with some other color, slowly stir and pulsate. Unseen by the people, a faint vapor begins to emanate, bearing a soothing aroma...

An anaesthetic aroma.

People begin to feel sleepy, and can't keep their eyes open. Everywhere along the boardwalk, people are slumping to their knees, and falling to the ground.
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 03:59:23 81374
It's a good thing that a few magical girls make their home near the Theme Park, and occasionally like to do their homework out of doors. It makes things much simpler, when, say, one's Device pipes up that Dark Energy has been detected emanating from the Theme Park. One discreet transformation later...

And the currently-codename-less Device User flits toward the Theme Park, bouyed by wings of sun-colored light sprouting from her ankles. Pausing in the air over the Park, she frowns in thought, eyes racing between the falling and fallen. "They look like they're just... falling asleep."

*bing!* <<ACKNOWLEDGED, MASTER>> chirps an older, wise-sounding voice in somewhat broken English, from the oversized, armored book held in one hand. <<NEGATIVE ENERGY SPREAD COMPLIES WITH MODELS OF GAS WEAPON.>>

"Uh.... yikes," Rashmi mutters, biting at her lower lip. "Probably best to start with a two-block radius then, right? We can widen it if we need to."

As she speaks, a series of magical circle start to fade in the air beneath her feet, slowly revolving against each other as more layers build. <<COMMAND INPUT ACKNOWLEDGED,>> the book chirps. Now, just to wait until the calculations are complete, and the barrier can be brought down.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-10 04:17:52 81375
    Sayaka was enjoying a nice day out by the themepark, and was about to head towards the flowers, when she noticed some strange activity. Always on the alert, she decided to keep a cautious distance as people started falling asleep. "Woah, what the heck's going on?" with a soft frown she brushes her hand over her soulgem, instantly transforming into a Puella, pulling her cloak around her mouth as she peers aroudn for the source of the trouble. Out comes her soulgem, wondering if it is witch or wraith related..But it doesnt seem to be reacting..
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 04:18:39 81376
Gathering himself from his reverie, Seth finds himself looking around to see all the people ibn the area felled to the ground. All but him.

He frowns, eyes narrowing as they shift from their gold color to the eerie red.

"What is going on here...?"

And, away from the eye, the flowers begin to bloom and unravel... And grow. Yes, grow. They branch out in twigs, sprouting arms. Their petals become spikey, and then these turn to spikes completely. And they start to walk away from the place they were on exhibition, spreading out in various directions, amidst the crowd. Their ropey limbs, tendrils of vegetation, as they find a person on the ground, wrap around them, and begin to draw their energy away.

One of those plants comes into view of the white-haired boy, and he unceremoniously runs towards it and kicks it away just as it was about to latch onto a victim. "Branches off!!"
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 04:23:40 81377
"No." Rashmi narrows her eyes at the spiky plant-monsters, her mouth drawing into a thin line. "That's not going to happen. Almost done, Nicomachea?"

*bing!* <<ACKNOWLEDGED, MASTER.>> The circles beneath Rashmi stop revolving, and flare bright yellow. << TIME-SPACE BARRIER. >> High above her, a circle of sky turns an eerie, roiling green-black, and begins to widen, lowering swiftly to form a dome that encircles roughly four blocks of space with Rashmi as the center point. As the energy dome lowers to ground height, the sleeping normal folk, entwined with branches or not, fade out of existence, leaving only herself, Sayaka, and the white-haired boy facing down the youma.

Oh, the wonders of sweet sciency magic.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-10 04:40:20 81378
Puella Magi Sayaka peers around as she notices the plants suddenly growing and taking shape into youma, and then a dome crashes down around the youma and the magical folk. "Woah, what's going on?" peering at Rashmi, she arches a brow and smirks, "Oh, heh, you must be a magica device user, huh?" okay, that she has seen before. However, with the immediate threat before her, there's no time for idle chitchat.

     She summons her sword, rushing at the nearest youma, hurling her weapon at it as it gathers speed, surrounded in a bolt of blueish white energy. "Shooting Stinger!" she yells, attempting to impale the plant and hopefully slash it to bits, before rushing at another plant, hacking and slashing at it with more summoned swords. "What the heck's going on here?"

    Seems she hasnt spotted Seth just yet, in the madness.
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 04:57:02 81379
The plant slashed by Sayaka staggers, and in a puff of smoke, it explodes, dropping the host it was inhabiting - a sunflower.

Meanwhile, Seth's plant-youma, kicked away in perfect arc, shows up in its descending stage, landing on the boardwalk with a loud *THUD!*. Seth follows suite, though landing on his feet, just in time to see the youma-plant explode into that puff of smoke, again leaving behind the sunflower.

"That makes two of us, Sayaka-chan!". he says. Then, he looks at Rashmi. "Hi there. I don't think we've met."
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 05:06:18 81380
"Yup!" Rashmi answers, beaming at Sayaka. "Speaking of which..." The book flips open, leavitating over Rashmi's upturned palm, and her other hand raises to point at Sayaka.

Another circle appears in front of her hand, a small rune-marked ribbon of yellow light fading into view around her wrist. << STRIKE POWER -- BOOST UP! >>

The ribbon breaks into a 'tape' that darts away from Rashmi, winding itself into a spiral around Sayaka's right hand, flooding her muscles with striking power.

Which point Rashmi turns to regard the white-haired boy, tilting her head for a moment, before smiling. "No we've met before. Ariel-chan's birthday party, remember? I was waitressing, that's my family's restaurant."

Yes, there are energy-stealing sunflower monsters roaming around, Rashmi is about a dozen feet in the air, and she's taking the time to catch up.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-10 05:24:01 81381
Puella Magi Sayaka blinks slowly, "Seth! What are you doing here? What's going on? These are plant youma!?" she frowns as she spins to face a third plant youma, and gasps as she sees them turn into sunflowers. "Woah, reminds me of the plant you gave me..But that couldnt be a..." wait, could it? Is it...? "Seth-kun...What's going on?" eyes narrow, but she's distracted by more sunflower youma and she hacks and slashes at another one, glancing over at Rashmi with a smirk. "Heh, not bad. Any idea what's going on?"
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 05:34:30 81382
Seth Locke ahs and nods, "Terios-san, I belie...?"

But he's cut short by a pang in his stomach, followed by a moment of dizziness, the indication that he's hungry.

On a completely unrelated news, the interruption of two of the plant-youmas, plus the vanishing of the people they were draining, this seems to call an alert that something is up. So as a result, from all over the place, the plant-youmas decide to gather on the spot where the three teens are located.

One plant... Two plants... From around the corner, two more, to a total of four... Then, crawling and jumping from the roofs, three more...

And before you realize it, some good two dozen of these flower-youma are gathered in the boardwalk.

They don't attack, though. Instead, they bundle together, and squeeze... And /merge/!

In a matter of seconds, these plant-youma make one big youma, a humanoid version. The petals bloom...

And a human face can be seen at the center, a woman's face. <<Food... Feed...>>

The creature looks between the three teens. And Seth, who happens to be the closest to the creature, is disregarded completely; this means it moves to attack the airborne teen and the bluenette.

The white-haired teen is completely slackjawed, as if he had just seen a ghost.
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 05:43:14 81383
".... Really glad I set the barrier for two blocks," Rashmi murmurs... which point the youma makes its attack. With an extremely uninspirational squeak of fear she dives out of the way, turning and circling back toward Sayaka, as a trio of small circles fades into being, revolving around her. Her hand stretches out again, and a series of targeting circles appears in front of her palm. << SOLAR BULLET! >>

Pew pew pew, go three fast, if low-power, manaballs streaking toward the giant youma.

"Okay what is that and why is it here?" she calls down to the earthbound teens.
Sayaka Miki 2017-08-10 05:44:49 81384
Puella Magi Sayaka freezes in her tracks as the youma start to gather together, merging into a single mega-youma, eyes widenned in disbelief. "Woah...Wait..What!? That's...Ugh..." She stares back at Seth but gets no response. Wait, it's not attacking him?! But.."Seth-kun, if you know something..Now's the time to say so!" she grits her teeth, rushing at the mega youma, and summons six swords that appear around her in a flash of light, encircling her as she rushes at the youma, then leaps skyward at the last minute, hurling all six of them at the youma before landing. Glancing at Rashmi sidelong, not wanting to lose sight of her foe, she frowns, "Dunno, can you get a..A reading off of it?" she's seen other people with intelligent devices like that do readings of some sort afterall.
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 06:05:57 81385
Seth doesn't know. But he has a pretty good idea about what happened.

"Damn it..."

The youma reacts by lunging one of its ropey arms forward, shaping it into a sort of improvised shield to block those mana balls. The shield shudders and cracks, but doesn't actually break.

Sayaka's swords are fired, and like sharp edges have cut wood in the past, they provide more effect and cause the creature to roar in pain.

Its response is to thicken its other arm into a solid wood construction, and swing it at Sayaka like a baseball bat is swung at the incoming ball.


Needless to say, she's down for the count, landing behind the now-vacant amusement stands.

<<DAMN YOU!>>, Seth shouts, voice changed into a thundering roar. He jumps into the air, dark energy blowing from his hands, which condenses into a long sword of an seemingly alien design. And he starts swinging wildly at the wooden carcass of the youma, cracking shell and bits off it. <<I'll kill you... I'll kill you...>> The creature staggers and roars in confusion.
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 06:19:02 81386
"SETH-SAN!" Rashmi shouts... and yes, even shouty she tries to be polite. "SHE'S GOING TO BE FINE IF WE HURRY, FOCUS!"

*bing!* << ALERT, MASTER. DARK ENERGY CONVERSION PRODUCES PROBABILITY OF PHOTOSYNTHETIC CORRUPTION WITHIN SIX STANDARD DEVIATIONS >> For a moment, Rashmi just stares at her book, like a dog that has heard a new, confusing noise. Then diagrams are produced to help, and Rashmi's eyes widen. "SETH! STOP ATTACKING IT, YOU MIGHT END UP MAKING IT EVEN STRONGER!"
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 06:45:24 81387
Is Seth stopping? No. Is the creature getting stronger? No; rather the opposite, it seems to be getting weaker.

<<Rashmi-san>>, he says, <<I believe I very much know what I'm doing, and I would very much appreciate if you would help me take down this creature.>> He throws the sword away, this one vanishing in mid-air, and launches his hands at its body... And starts to drain the energy off the youma, to weaken it!
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 06:59:28 81388
"Looks like you had it wrong, Nicomachea," Rashmi says, shrugging. "Okay... let's give him all the help he needs."

*bing!* << COMMAND INPUT READY -- SEALING MODE >> The book glows, its armored pieces lifting away from its main body, and reconfiguring. When the glow fades, the book now opens from both sides, and has what seem to be a pair of exhaust valves sticking out the top and bottom of the spine. Bright yellow wings of light unfurl from the upper corner of each cover, and a series of targeting circles form in the air in front of Rashmi, dialed in toward the creature's heart.

<< O fire of life, with golden light sear away all shadow from the heart of man! >>

As she chants, at the center of the farthest circle a ball of mana begins to form, and grow, and grow.... stopping only when it's the size of the mage summoning it. Raising the book to the heavens, she stabs her empty hand forward. << SOLAR STORM! >> Each circle collapses in turn, the final one ejecting the magical energy in a coruscating beam of golden energy, aimed at the giant creature's heart.
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 07:16:22 81389
The energy is like a balm to him. Flowing from the creature - and previously flowed from whatever innocents it could drain - to his body, Seth slowly but surely becomes replenished.

For however long it lasts, that is.

But his time is cut short as Rashmi fires her Solar Strom, so he jumps away from the creature to avoid being hit by that energy blast.

The creature stumbles and collapses on the ground, wilting progressively. As it goes through the final moments, its human face looks towards Seth and moves its mouth as if it were trying to say something, holding out a branch - or hand - to him.

Then, it explodes into smoke, leaving behind the sunflowers, the hosts it had until then possessed.

And the white-haired boy? The feeling of haunting has returned to his face, mind rushing to try and process what just happened. He shakes his head is disbelief.
Rashmi Terios 2017-08-10 07:19:52 81390
THe barrier stays up for the moment, as Rashmi lowers herself to the ground a short way away from Seth. The book is tucked under her arm, head tilted to one side, as her eyes move from Seth to the flowers and back again. "....Seth-san? I, um.... I don't want to assume, but um.... It... looked like it wanted you to help it?"
Seth Locke 2017-08-10 07:41:13 81391
"No... It wanted to help me", he says. "It skipped me completely when I was the most obvious target, to come after you." He frowns, going over his reasoning multiple times. "That face... That familiar face." He pauses. "My mother's face."

He continues his explanation. "Those plants... I had seen them before, when I was here on a date with Sayaka-chan. Some new, exotic plant..."

His eyes widen, face growing pale.

"...And I bought her one, to symbolize the good time we were spending together. And she took it home with her. So that means..."

Seth starts walking along the boardwalk. He points in the direction Sayaka would have landed. "Wake her up, and have her meet me at her place! And meet me there if you can, too! This is not over yet!"