The fall of Wrath

The final confrontation between Wrath and the heroes finally happens and, as the dust settles, Unmei finds herself once again bearing the gem which once bore her such pain. However, with both Sins and Virtues now at her fingertips, what will her destiny entail?

Date: 2017-09-22
Pose Count: 41
Unmei Tama 2017-09-22 23:10:43 83250
Unmei Tama was sitting in her front room, on the couch, looking nervous as heck at the group they'd assembled. Well, it was a lil less magical girl than she'd hoped for. But beggers couldn't be choosers. Pin and Win had lil army suits on. Yes, unmei had gotten them online. Yes, they were adorable. No, Pin did not like it, but it was that or being flushed again. Unmei was getting more vengeful.

"The task is simple," Win said as he pointed with a tooth pick at a location on the map, just outside the city. "We managed to sense Wrath in this direction. That's most likely where it's hiding. However, there's no telling if it'll go further, or move if we don't move fast. Unfortunately, Ichika is still not herself and won't be able to return to herself until we beat Wrath out of her or manage to dislodge the Clotho Fate Gem from her. If Unmei gets a hold of it, she SHOULD be able to control it. However..."

The little phoenix snapped the tooth pick. "Unmei makes the best bait. If she's alone, there is no doubt that Wrath will come after her. But the rest of you will need to move fast once she arrives, as without the gem, Unmei doesn't have the power to endure even a single strike from Wrath. Is there any questions?"

Unmei didn't make any objections, even though she was basically just bait. After all, this was her fault. She glanced to Kun. And, after all... Kun was there to keep her safe. She'd be fine.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-22 23:17:38 83252
Ikiko Hisakata rubs her chin as she looks at the map. When she had heard about what was going on, she had volunteered without having to be asked -- after all, what are friends for?

"Sounds... straightforward enough," she remarks, deciding against using the word simple. "Wait close enough that we can respond quickly, but remain hidden so that Wrath shows up."
Akane Hino 2017-09-22 23:18:42 83254
Meanwhile, Akane Hino looks over the map as well, and nods a little. She's got a calm look on her face, but inside her mind is swirling a little bit. Nevertheless, she puts on a brave face and says, "We can do this! I know we can!" She smiles a little, even if it might seem strange to see Akane smiling at a time like this.

That's the one notable thing about Akane: She always tries to put on a smile no matter how harsh things might seem.
Kunzite 2017-09-22 23:22:46 83255
Kazuo Takeba is doing what he often does in these things: leaning against an unoccupied patch of wall, watching thoughtfully. "Do we know whether Wrath has any supernatural ability to sense us?" he asks. "Or whether we will have to stay actually at a distance, rather than only in an unusual direction?"

Given the choice, Kazuo will almost always choose to lurk on something tall.

He is not, granted, smiling. But Unmei knows him well enough to know that that isn't unusual.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-22 23:27:57 83256
Pin shook his head. "Stay back as far as you can. But trust me. When Wrath comes closer.... you'll know," Pin said. "Trust me. You'll want to come fast, though. Wrath is one of the most powerful sins. While its not being born by the actual proper host, it'll still be very dangerous, as I'm sure you remember from the last encounter. And that was just soon after transforming. Now its had time to gather itself." The peacock shook its head. Then... "Don't let Unmei die," he finally said.

Win nodded. "While technically if Unmei died, the gem would go inert, as the chosen one of Clotho I would prefer that we don't have to wait another century or two to awaken again. So then! Shall we go?"

Unmei nodded and then glanced around. "Err... So ummm.... wanna take a cab there or... err..." Well, some people could teleport. She just didn't know how many they could.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-22 23:38:31 83258
Ikiko Hisakata touches the locket around her neck, murmuring two words. There's a glow of silver, and then Cute Wolf Tsukiko is standing there. "Might be a good idea for some of us to arrive there before you do, Unmei," the wolfgirl points out. "Gives us time to find places to watch from."
Akane Hino 2017-09-22 23:40:31 83259
Quickly, Akane turns into Cure Sunny, and despite the change into the new form, Akane's smile is still just as bright as ever. "Yeah, we should scout out the place first to make sure it's safe. We don't want anything to happen to you. But don't worry, everything's gonna be fine! I guarantee it!"
Kunzite 2017-09-22 23:43:29 83260
"I'll accompany Unmei part of the way," Kazuo says. "If only to guard against Wrath encountering her too soon. Besides --" He bows toward Tsukiko and Cure Sunny. "My power is limited to what I bring with me or claim there, and I've been warned against taking too much of Wrath's fire. So conservation before the fight is best for me. I'll meet you there."

Besides, that way he can pay for the cab. He knows the budget Unmei's working on.

It totally has nothing to do with not wanting to make it obvious to yet more people that something's wrong with his henshin.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-22 23:48:08 83261
And time skip! Pin and Win would go with Ikiko and Akane, taking them to the destination. A park outside the city. Lots of trees, lots of wild life. Into the woods a bit along a trail, where a bench was waiting. It looked like it'd be the place for some horror movie...

The animals seemed angry. They could see some of them fighting, squirrels attacking each other, raccoons chasing and growling. They'd even see a couple come jogging out, yelling at each other about something or other. The air was heavy with anger...

Unmei would be tapping on the door of the taxi nervously as they came ever closer. "I uhhh... I know I'll be fine," she said softly. "I know everything will be fine. You guys wouldn't let anything happen to me. But I can't help still being... really scared..." she mumbled, closing her eyes. "You'll get me out the moment anything comes up.... won't you?" she asked, glancing to him with that frightened look he was likely all too familiar with receiving from her.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 00:02:58 83263
Being a magical girl does help with resisting ambient effects, and knowing of potential trouble allows one to brace against it. Tsukiko manages to talk some strays down from growling at each other by convincing them to go out of the area in different directions.

With that dealt with, the wolfgirl prowls around in the treetops, checking lines of sight, testing durability of the branches, and generally making sure that trouble can be spotted and responded to.

Her wolfmotes flit about, functioning as another 2-5 sets of eyes and ears forming a wide perimeter around the bench. Not the most help, but it's what's available given the phase of the moon.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 00:08:26 83266
Upon arriving at the location, Akane looks around and frowns, shaking her head. "I don't like this one bit. It's so opposite of what I'm supposed to be about." She sighs and looks to the others, before looking at Unmei and smiling a little. "Come on, we can do this! Just believe in yourself! We're here with you! And of course we'll get you out of here if something happens!"
Kunzite 2017-09-23 00:13:38 83267
"Nobody's perfect," Kazuo says quietly. "We can't be everywhere. We can't do everything." It's a litany she's heard from him before: he doesn't promise results unless he's certain, and he's very rarely certain. This time there's something extra underlying it, though, the hint of a tired and bitter shadow he hasn't told Unmei about. "But we'll be close by. We'll be watching. We'll do everything we can. And don't underrate yourself, either. From what your --" Friends? No. Definitely not. "-- allies said, there are ways in which you're still holding the strings."

He rests a hand on Unmei's shoulder. "It's all right to be scared, remember. There's nothing wrong with it. The fear is just your heart telling you something is dangerous. The trick is just not letting that outshout the rest of you. Keep moving, remember to breathe, and you'll be all right."

And after the taxi drops them off, he fades out of the way -- finds a hidden spot to take the long seconds he needs not to change, and then leaps up to watch over Unmei from the rooftop road, till he can rendezvous with the other girls.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 00:21:07 83268
Unmei Tama would not, listening to his words. "R-right. I'll... I'll do my best. Everyone else is going to do their best so... I will... too... Okay. I ummm... I'm ready. Thank you everyone..."

And then came the waiting. Once the others had begun to ready themselves and hide... she moved to the bench and sat down. Pin and Win were hair clips once again, besides her. She was... alone. Not truly alone. She had to voices in her head and three magical people watching over her. But she was still alone.

And then they'd feel it. It started with an itch on the back of the throat. Then... something else. Anger. Hatred. A desire to kill. but this wasn't a normal rage. This was something primal. Something ancient. Not just anger. But the first anger. An anger that had festered and ebbed and flowed for millenia. An anger that had existed before the first star came into being and would likely exist long after. The very essence of anger. It didn't hurt them. But they could feel it surrounding them. Like water. For normal people, it would be enough to trigger anger and fights. For magical people, it would likely cause unease and testiness. For those sensitive to such feelings, it would likely be horrible.

For unmei, it made her shake in place, her hands gripping the bench as she looked around, not seeing that... thing... yet. She could feel Wrath coming. They all could....

Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 00:28:45 83269
Cute Wolf Tsukiko crouches on a tree branch, gritting her teeth at the emotions of Wrath. Her wolfmotes quietly whine, the sensation of them being on edge easily picked up by Tsukiko.

Wrath was coming. But from where?
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 00:35:35 83271
Akane senses Wrath, and she bites her lip for a moment. "It must be coming. But we'll take care of it! We can do this! We must remain strong!" She looks to Unmei and says, "Don't worry, we'll take care of this! Just leave it to us!" She smiles, albeit slightly evilly as light forms around her hands. "The power of the sun can topple any darkness!"
Kunzite 2017-09-23 00:40:49 83272
An uneasy and testy Kunzite is difficult to tell apart from Kunzite at any other time. Wrath is something he's ridden and used for fuel from childhood, in both his lives. The urge to solve his problems by murder has itself been bridled, been set under the control of a gentler hand than his.

That doesn't mean it's not tempting. Especially when he still has that little sample of wrathfire he carries with him... but that is now, thankfully, by far the smallest fraction of the energy he has at his command. Which is why his reaction to Akane is limited to a twitch at the corner of his mouth, and the murmur back to her, "This would be a bad time to tell you I eat sunlight, wouldn't it."

Must not taunt the Pretty Cure. Even under supernatural emotional influence. She hits a lot harder than he does.

And they both need to be watching out for Wrath's approach, not getting distracted from that. Kunzite doesn't call out toward Unmei, lest the monster hear them. He does lift his hands, preparing to call up shields around Unmei from his vantage point, or if necessary to leap down and try to snatch her out of the way. He's not the best at that one; he's an anchor, not one of the most mobile members of his team. But they need to work with what they've got.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 00:45:02 83273
And then... CRUNCH! A tree fell over and Unmei looked up.

There it stood. A flame covered cat... thing. Fires erupted from its body, but nothing caught on fire. Or rather, everything around it burnt to ash before it could even be touched by the flames, if that made sense. It was obviously magic, but at least it was stopping a forest fire.

Unfortunately, when it appeared... it took one look at Unmei and lunged forward. It started about fifty feet away. Within seconds it was only two dozen. Then a dozen. Its claws were out already, massive talons that, as powerful as they'd been last time, this time they only spoke of more destruction.

Unmei had to turn and run. She had to flee. But she couldn't even move. She could only stare at the beast as it came closer and closer, the heat from the flames making the air almost impossible to breath as she shook in place.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 01:16:12 83277
"Leave her alone!" Akane calls out as she begins flinging numerous small balls of sunlight at the creature. "You are of the darkness, but I am of the sun, and the sun shall always overcome the darkness!" She steps in front of Unmei and begins to conjure a large ball of sunlight, almost growing to the size of a volleyball. "I won't let you have her!"
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 01:20:22 83278
Cute Wolf Tsukiko grits her teeth, launching forward to deliver a flying kick to side of the incendiary cat. The flames hurt, but she leaps clear of them after her impact with the fiery feline. Her wolfmotes also converge rapidly, skimming the surface of the cat to sting it before regrouping with Tsukiko to help cool off her burns.
Kunzite 2017-09-23 01:25:19 83280
Cure Sunny has the interception down. Kunzite takes the second line: a smoothly curving shield of darkness rises behind her, arching between Unmei and the monster. He knows it won't stop Wrath. It won't even stop one of its attacks; they've seen that before. But it's some protection, and placed where it won't interfere with Sunny's light.

And as for that light -- he lifts a hand to protect his own eyes from it, as he watches Tsukiko's attack, watches the monster's reaction to it, hunts for any sign of the gem. Dislodging the thing is ... perhaps easier said than done.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 01:42:02 83282
The creature didn't seem to care, charging straight at Akane as she moved to block her. It got ready to attack and then...

Tsukiko kick to the SIDE! It sent the creature flying into a tree. It let out a howl of pure rage however, the flames surrounding it getting even larger. It then turned and grabbed the tree. Flames enveloped it, but didn't destroy it... yet. As the creature lifted the tree with a ease that it REALLY shouldn't have been able to do and just made Unmei quite a bit more nervous. Then it lifted the tree over its head and Unmei shrieked. "RUN!" she screamed, turning to flee.

Why? Because a moment later the creature hurtled the tree. The wood exploded and, with a powerful crack, a few more trees found themselves toppling towards the heroes as large fiery chunks of timber rained down on the heroes.

And if that wasn't bad enough, moments later the cat tore through the wreckage, hurtling straight at her, its claws aimed out to pierce her her, the fires so hot they were almost pure white now.

Of course, through the flames, Kunzite would be able to see it. The gem, glowing red hot, on the girl's chest. Just like Clotho had once worn it.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 01:51:29 83284
Well, a direct assault isn't working as easily as desired for a certain melee wolfgirl, but at least there's still something she can do without having to roast herself: defense! Leaping around, she does her best to deflect trees and falling wood chunks away from Unmei with a mix of kicks and arm strikes.

Meanwhile, her wolfmotes keep trying to dart in to deliver stinging nips to the fire creature, although the intensity of the heat tends to deflect their approach more often than not.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 02:03:03 83287
"Go! We'll cover you!" Akane says as she gathers more of her sunny power to throw at the creature, in hopes of at least slowing it down. "You're gonna be OK! Just go!" Then she faces the enemy again. "And as for you, you're not taking her!"
Kunzite 2017-09-23 02:08:49 83288
Kunzite's preferred plan of 'find something tall and stay on top of it' has its flaws, and its moments of uselessness. One of those moments is when the available tall things to stand on are falling and also on fire.

He manages to leap just fast enough to be nominally in control of the landing -- the understanding that he and his fellows have with gravity works a lot better when they're the ones doing the moving, not when it is. Still, it's not a direct control, and he rolls and shields himself with his cape from flaming splinters.

Some of which are larger than his head.

"Don't run straight!" he calls to Unmei. "It's faster -- dodge!" One thing anger is never good at is reorienting, adjusting to changes in situations --

-- they're not doing well at it, either. "Tsukiko! The gem's on the thing's chest! Can we get leverage?" Since the things that the wolfgirl is deflecting are the only things around that they might be able to pry with. Maybe. If they don't burn to ash.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-09-23 02:23:42 83290
Sailor Venus sadly, had a family obligation she couldn't sneak out of without also probably being grounded forever and getting the 'your're gonna be just like your father' speech. Luckily, she has someone else she can send in her stead!

Daisuke transformed a while ago and has been following in the shadows, staying in tip toe which is a little easier than he thought it would be. He's getting the stealth down at least. He's been watching. Waiting. For a good point. Afterall. When new a piece enters the field, it can change the whole game. Or so Minako's been teaching him.

When the beast is charging. This is when he makes his move. A playing card, marked with the Ace of Hearts flying through the air aiming to crash towards the front of the creature. Trying to hit that gem, though Ace will settle for the resulting 'pop' of the playing card flashbanging against the creature causing it to crash into a tree or rock or object to make it prone.

That's when he hops out of the tree, ready to follow up.

"Sorry." he says. "I was waiting for a good moment." he says.

"I hope that was it!"
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 02:29:05 83293
The creature was blasted back by the burst of sun, stumbling and then flash bang card to the gem! Sadly, the gem shook, but was not dislodged. The creature yet out yet another roar of anger and frustration as the timber was knocked aside, covering the ground. The good news was it didn't seem to be focusing on Unmei, who was running for her life and hoping NOT to die today. The bad news was that it was still a giant, flame enveloped monster of destruction, hate and anger.

It lifted its hands to the sky, then let out a roar like the sound of a massive lion. Fire burst from its body, flying in all directions at the heroes, a massive tidal wave of white hot flames and pure anger filled magic.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 02:39:38 83294
Akane focuses her energy on herself and the others, attempting to focus the sunlight power she possesses into a shield for those around her as well as herself. "Come on, I can do this! We can't give up now!" She grits her teeth and closes her eyes, praying it's going to be all right.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 02:43:07 83296
"Leverage?" Tsukiko calls back to Kunzite. Well, it's bound to be better than trying to use her hands, right? Looking around, she spots a sturdy chunk of wood that might last long enough to pry the gem free. She starts heading for it...

...and the creature starts spraying even hotter fire in all directions. The wolfgirl spends several moments ducking, dodging, leaping, and weaving, then dives for the chunk of wood -- or more accurately, what's left of it.

She blinks at the charred and fragile remains, then glances at her wolfmotes. "Minipack: Fetch!" she calls, pointing at the gem. The motes gather up in a scrum, then rush together at the gem, battering their way through the flames to slam against the gem.

    ("Slamming" might be an overstatement; given their size, the best the wolfmotes can manage is a firm nudge.)

The heat knocks the motes away, but they intently regroup and try again and again, gathering up to force their way through to tap the gem before being scattered and repeating again.
Kunzite 2017-09-23 02:47:50 83297
"Not complaining!" Kunzite calls back to Ace, and takes a cue from the motes to do some regrouping himself -- coming up beside Sunny, and weaving another of his shields to reinforce hers. Her magic he can absorb safely; if he uses it as a buffer against the wrathfire, he can effectively double the strength of her shield, and add more from his own --

-- which may or may not be enough to stand against the tidal wave. The creature shattered his last time. It's Cure Sunny he's betting on. And on their being able to buy time for Tsukiko and Ace to do something, and for Unmei to --

-- well. Living would be a good start.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-09-23 03:04:23 83300
A wave of flame. That's no good. Phantom Ace makes a quick jump behind a bench because it's literarily all he can do right now to get out of the way quickly. He curses under his breath. Trade-offs. Always trade-offs.

He takes some of the attack, but he winces through it. Worry now. Heal later.

He pops back up. Okay. This is. That thing from last time. Right? That gem is the weak point right?

He throws two more cards at it. "Someone hit that thing harder than I can." he calls out. Not exactly a powerhouse, still. They're just magical playing cards.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 03:09:57 83301
The shield did much to dampen the attack, at least with the reinforcement from Kunzite. The the flames came dangerously close to piercing through it. As the flames cleared, the creature burst forth only a few feet from Tsukiko. Its claws lashed out, intending to slash the claws across her torso. The gem did wobble a bit from the attacks, but it was going to need a nice, heavy blow to dislodge it. The light blows didn't seem to do much of anything. In fact, the creature seemed to not even be noticing them as it did little more than make the gem wobble.

Unmei stared, no longer running, now more... hiding. Why? Because it was pretty clear if they COULDN'T stop this thing here and now... well, she wasn't going to make it. And she was beginning to worry they couldn't...
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 03:25:17 83302
Cute Wolf Tsukiko yelps and dives sideways, rolling through the ash and the dirt as she barely stays ahead of the claws. "You don't have enough mass, do you?" she asks the wolfmotes ruefully. "And I have the mass, but lack your fire resistance."

Wait, maybe those complement better than she initially thought...

Darting around the shield, Tsukiko launches forward into another flying kick, this time aimed at the gem. "PACKSTRIKE!" she shouts, the wolfmotes forming a linked mesh ahead of her leading foot like a re-entry shield. It should protect her long enough to deliver the kick, although getting back out unscathed is probably out of the question.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 03:29:40 83303
Akane's shield finally gives way so she is forced to dodge to the side before hurling more bolts of sunlight at the enemy. "Come on, we can do this! Just a little more!" She yells for encouragement, although mentally, she's starting to become fatigued and is worried she may not last.
Kunzite 2017-09-23 03:34:11 83304
The shield bought them a moment. Tsukiko bought them another one, and Ace's cards and Akane's bolts might keep the monster distracted. Kunzite focuses more closely, lifting both hands, bringing them down perpendicular to each other --

For all that he teased Cure Sunny about his darkness eating her sunlight earlier, the pink-and-gold light that forms his attack's beam looks remarkably like dawn clouds.

It's not flung blindly. It's chosen, timed, targeted. Trying to work in synch with Tsukiko's kick. Trying one more time to dislodge that gem.

After all. If there's no more Wrath, there's no more fire, and Tsukiko might be able to get out cleanly.

If they get lucky.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-09-23 03:45:27 83305
Phantom Ace can't do much right now. He's thrown cards. That thing is too big to punch it. What he can do is back off and hop away onto the border of the chaos, being ready to try to grab Tsukiko out of the way if he needs to, or heal her afterwards. He watches and waits, trying to not make a huge target of himself for the moment, currently.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 03:48:55 83306
BAM BOOM! Tsukino and Kunzite combine their attack. A kick flies through the air, bursting through the powerful flames. At the same time, a targeted bolt of magical power slams into the gem. It starts to fly off... but... it was attached. They'd see red strands connecting it to her chest.

But one snapped, then another, then another, then another. And the gem flew through the air. The fires remained for a moment, fading moments later. The girl stared, with wide eyes. Then, slowly, she wobbled a few moments, before collapsing to the ground.

The gem rolled on the ground and... "Don't touch it!" Win yelled, turning back to its phoenix form. "If you do, wrath will inhabit you as well!" The gem glowed with an angry, red light, flames occasionally sparkling off it.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-09-23 03:51:44 83307
Cute Wolf Tsukiko carefully picks up the girl, circling widely around the gem as she heads over to Kunzite. Best to leave the gem to those who know what to do with it, and otherwise stay clear of it.
Akane Hino 2017-09-23 03:55:59 83308
Akane runs over to help the girl up as well. "We got you, you're gonna be OK!" She looks to the others and smiles. "We did well everyone! We did awesome!"
Kunzite 2017-09-23 04:02:28 83309
"Not quite done yet," Kunzite says, which is about as close as he generally comes to seconding an exclamation like Akane's. He reaches to his shoulders, unfastens the brooches, and sweeps his cape off, moving to spread it beside the gem -- presenting an option for not touching it without actually laying claim. And staying ... carefully clear.
Daisuke Hansuke 2017-09-23 04:08:25 83310
Is it over? Phantom Ace doesn't know. He sticks his distance, just in case he needs to get people out. "I'm here." he says softly.

"How do we handle it?" he asks.
Unmei Tama 2017-09-23 04:21:01 83311
Unmei Tama gulped and then...

"It's time," Win said.

Unmei gulped and stared at the gem. "It... doesn't look good."

"No, it doesn't. Wrath is furious. But only you can tame it. The sins and virtues are under the control of the three chosen of the fates. Only you can do it... and if you don't do it now, it will only get worse."

Unmei nodded, staring at it. She slowly stepped forward and... Stopped when she stood over it. "W-what if I transform and lose control? I almost did once..."

"That was your sins. Yours. These are hers. Only you can end this. Go. You will be strong enough. You have the potential."

Unmei gulped and looked to Kun, mentally begging him for that last re-assurance. He was here, though. So that must mean he trusted her. It... was her responsibility.

She bent down, hunching down before grabbing the gem. She let out a scream as it surged forward, latching onto her body. "GAHHHHHHHHHH!" The rings formed on her fingers, the threads flowing out, enveloping her in the red, cat like armor. She screamed again as flames licked her body. She reached out to Kunzite, her eyes wide. "I-I can't... I... I can't..."

No, she could. Kunzite had trained her. She sat on her knees, her hands gripping her shoulders as the white hot flames enveloped her body. "A-aghhhhhhh!" she screamed again, the gem glowing red. "I'M NOT ANGRY!" she screamed. "I HATE THEM BUT I AM NOT MAD! THINGS ARE BETTER NOW! I'M SAFE! I'M HAPPY! I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE IN ANY MORE! I FORGIVE THEM!" she screamed.

And then, with one last angry burst, the flames disappeared. The armor around her shifted, cracking as new red threads wove across her body. The angry claws and spikes across her body shattered and soon, she stood in new armor.

Her helmet had changed to a strange, horned helmet. The body of her armor was soft and curved, no spikes or spines anywhere. The narrow, cat like tail the armor had was instead whispy and like thread, as if it was a horse. And rather than claws, instead a lance of metal had formed on her back.

She blinked and looked down at herself in confusion. "W-what... is this?" she asked.

Win smiled and gave a nod, flying up and gesturing with his wing. "Congratulations, young chosen of Clotho. For you have become guided by the guardian of Temperance."

She looked down at herself, then back up at them, then back at herself. Then looked up at Kun and, because she was unmei. She totally started to cry. "I... I think... I-I think w-we did it..." she choked out.

Meanwhile, the other girl wasn't moving. She was out like a light, but didn't seem hurt. Just a bit malnurished. And exhausted.