All but the best laid plans...

Takashi has a strange visitor who talks to him about a certain upcoming event. Unfortunately, it seems his plans weren't as fool proof as he initially believed.

Date: 2017-10-15
Pose Count: 16
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 17:04:33 84828
It was a nice, beautiful night. The moon was glimmering, casting its glow on the world. And--

A window exploded as a gosh darn angel came bursting through, shards of ice glimmering in his hand as he flew into the room. Yue had never been one for subtlety. His eyes scanned the room, before he headed straight towards where he sensed the cards.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 17:17:26 84829
Takashi was, well - actually relaxing. It happened sometimes - even the most ready athlete needs time off, and even the most apt thinker needs a few moments to let his brain rest. So instead of at his lab hunched over a table or channeling energy into some unknown construct, he was just sitting, resting his mind and listening to classical music in his living room.

So to say Yue had shattered his relaxing moment was an understatement. "'scuze you?!" he shouted incredulously but not quite as surprised as the average person might have been. The cards were sealed in his device, and he stood up - leaped up, really, floating above his own floor. "I hope you've got a friend who's good at healing." Takashi warned as he shifted to his Riventon form and Barrier Jacket.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 17:25:54 84830
Yue stared down at him. And the look he gave him... it was one Takashi probably knew well. And likely did not expect to have looked down on him.

It was as if Yue was staring down at an insect. "So you are the one who has been tainting the cards." His eyes were narrowed into slits. "I have come to pass judgment on you and the second bearer of the cards," he said, his voice echoing through the room.

He then lifted a hand up. "You will surrender the cards to me. As you have both been judged... unworthy. And failed."
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 17:34:25 84831
Takashi could feel the being's power radiating, but well... he was also Takashi Agera, Riventon, and not a person to show any sort of hesitation and especially not when he was REALLY UPSET about having his personal space intruded on and his window smashed.

"Oh see here the whole time I thought you were just unaware, but no, you're a stupid idiot. There's not an entity in all the universes worthy to pass judgement on me!" Riventon's anger burst forward and fed into itself, Dark Energy channeling through him - a hand upraised and Yue and Riventon were shunted into a Barrier. "Now I won't wreck any more of my house kicking your ass. Take your best shot, then." Riventon waited for the entity to attack him - it was a better footing to react in this moment.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 17:46:57 84832
Yue narrowed his eyes."I see. So you are a fool as well." He lifted his hand. "I am the guardian of the clow cards, Yue. My master would never allow someone like you to possess the cards." Shards of ice sailed through the air at him.

"Regardless, the final judgment shall happen and the cards shall be returned to as they once were. And you... will suffer the consequences for your arrogance." The shards of ice were, despite their small size, powerful and battering. But... it was a quick, forward assault. And he wasn't moving. He was horribly underestimating Takashi.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 18:01:55 84833
Takashi put his own hand out, casually. <RUNDEN SCHILD.> announced Axion, and the dark-blue circular runic field came into existence, letting the ice blast shatter against it. "No, look, feathery, you're not listening to me - it's got nothing to do with MY arrogance, but yours. Here, I'll use small words. They're my cards now. I followed the stupid rules and my name's on them, so I don't give even half a damn about your opinion. But since you've made a big deal out of all of this..."

But the whole time, Takashi's other hand had been channeling energy, too - and the last warning Yue recieved of the attack was the announcement of Axion. <ERDBEBEN PLATZEN!> came the callout and the ground underneath Yue in this Barrier erupted with a surging column of Dark Energy.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 18:14:31 84834
Yue seemed unamused as he blocked the spell. And then... that attack. His eyes widened slightly and her surged back quickly, seeming to more glide than actually fly. Seemingly propelled by magic. The dark energy managed to graze his wing, however, and he could see where the dark energy latched a bit... and he could see Yue cringe slightly.

He also might notice there was a bit more dark energy in Yue than he may have expected. Perhaps there was multiple reasons he was here for the cards.

He held up his hand again, more shards of ice hurtling through the air in a rapid, chain burst.

"That does not matter. I have already made my judgment. A keeper who cannot capture all the cards on their own, are not worthy. And regardless of if I end it now, or the final card is found, the final judgment will happen," he said coldly.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 19:46:55 84836
Takashi could feel the strength behind the ice blasts were a little stronger now, and he had to put a little bit more focus on stopping them with his runic shields - but stop them he did. "Hey, that's totally not the rules as I unerstood them. But it's not like your dude left us an instruction book. Anyways, I thought Judgement couldn't come until all the cards were in one hand?" He is actually arguing with the Guardian of the Cards while fighting.

A couple of orbs of Dark Energy spring into being and go curveballing towards Yue. "So I guess that makes you the judge. Looks like I'll just have to change plans. How do you feel about helping me enforce a delay?" He asked, his mouth twisting into a sneer.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 19:50:10 84837
He hmphed and then lifted both hands. "Once all of the cards are freed, the judgment happens. Neither of you are worthy." He then paused. "No. None of the three of you are worthy. The final judgment cannot be stopped, most definitely not by the likes of you." He spun around, flying through the air as the orbs blew past him, slamming into the wall.

"The magic that has been set in motion was made by my master, Clow Reed. There is none who can stop it. Not even I could." He then held both hands at him and.... double ice shard power, raining down on him in a flurry of destruction.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 20:06:16 84838
"Three?" was the first word out of Takashi's mouth - then the first crack appeared in his Round Shield as it continued to be battered by the shards. "Also, you are not very creative with your attacks. If this Clow Reed was as great as you say he is, you'd think he could've imbued you with a little bit more free will. I recognize a puppet when I see one." Then with a surge of energy his cracked shield launched forward, smashing its way through the ice storm and going from defense to battering attack.

And while it did that, he backstepped into the Dusk Zone to appear behind Yue, and in his hand - a concentrated orb of pure Dark Energy, pulled from its source in the dusk zone, poisoning the very air around it as he made a fist and went for Yue's back as the shield came forward.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 20:09:42 84839
Yue thrust his hands forward and sent a burst of magic out, knocking the shield aside. "I have no need for creativity to face the likes of you, I--" and then orb to the back. It took him by surprise, making him recoil and let out a cry of pain.

A moment later an orb of magic encircled him and then exploded out, aiming to send him back as he turned on the man, sending rapid fire streams of ice at him. And then he stopped. His eyes narrowed. "But... perhaps you are right. Perhaps you are slightly more than I thought." He flapped his wings, sending a large burst of air out in all directions.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 20:21:01 84840
The energy from Takashi's gambit would slowly work its way through Yue, unless he found some way to throw it off. And eventually it might make his puppet metaphor far more apt. But for now - Takashi's hands kept smaller shields up, each collapsing into wisps of black energy but taking those ice streams with them. Still, as Takashi hovered above the fight, his breathing was intense - there had been a lot of energy expended in the fight against this Guardian and it wasn't as easy as he was making it seem.

"Slightly nothing. Your Master is consigned to History, and now the cards deserve a new home, someone to harness their power, but someone who doesn't lack power without them." Takashi squeezed his hands together, and the Dark Energy in them dripped out between his fingers, hitting the floor in inky blackness, and creating many small shadow-creatures with beady red eyes. The inky energy kept dripping and the group became a horde. "There is no one but me who has the mastery necessary to control them." And a sweeping hand gesture sent the horde of shadows diving, jumping, and running towards Yue.
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 20:34:41 84841
The creatures latched onto him as the darkness melded with his being. And then....

With a burst of magical energy, the creatures were shattered and dispersed. However, he was panting and one of his wings had turned black. He slowly fell to his knees, panting.

He gasped, lifting a hand and sending more ice at him. But.... it was, at this point, obvious he was going to lose. It was mostly arrogance and pride keeping him going now.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 20:50:27 84842
Taskashi dodged this half-powered burst of ice. "Man, are you sure your creator wasn't actually named Thomas Edison, because your attacks are like a record over here."

Flowing with the same Dark Energy as his attacks and entites, he moved forward, shfiting in and out of the Dusk Zone to avoid Yue's blasts, before he reached out and grabbed the angel-like entity by the neck, Dark Energy rising off of him in waves as he hoisted him up one handed. "Are we done here now? I've got plans for you."
Sakura Kinomoto 2017-10-15 20:57:25 84844
Yue narrowed his eyes and... "My power is as nothing to Clow Reed. He created me with but a thought."

He trailed off for a moment and... "You cannot stop him. The cards can have but one master. Even if I am destroyed, the final judgment will come none the less. And all three of you will fail. And it will be as if nothing happened."

And there it was. Even in the pain he had to be suffering, as he was lifted up. There was no fear in the guardians eyes. No desire for mercy. Just... contempt. As if, even after all this, takashi was nothing more than an annoyance. A bother. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Takashi Agera 2017-10-15 21:08:39 84845
Takashi laughed right back. "You are a puppet. I mentioned that before. And I will make you dance. And you will dance me right into success. I won't let some has-beens Lost Logia mess up this world. Not my world."

Dark Energy flowed out from his device, slowly forming a cocoon around Yue. "Enjoy your last few moments before I change who's strings you dance to."