I apologize for the lack of updates. :| There should be an update either tomarrow or the day after. Keep in mind, I didn't have the time to edit this update much, so it may be... crappy, for lack of a better word. I'm not really that good at thinking up fight scenes. And I'm too lazy to go back and correct mistakes.
"No... No no no..." Sessu muttered.
The Dark Wolf sobbed. He grabbed his sword, and pointed it in Noru's direction. "You'll... pay for this."
Noru yawned. "I've heard that so many times, it's lost it's effect."
The evil lord snapped his head towards Sessu, who was now running at him. His eyes were filled with fury, which matched his fire red irises.
"Sessu, you idiot! Didn't you see what just happened to your sister?!" Sly yelled, but Sessu didn't hear. All he heard now was his mind, telling him to take down the evil lord.
Noru swung the Great Sword at Sessu, who ducked under the swing and countered with a low swing of his own blade. Noru dodged this strike by hopping over it.
The Dark Wolf bared his claws alongside his sword, and leaped to Sessu's side, instantly attacking Noru. Both of the black haired males were in fury from the recent death.
Ammo looked around, debating with himself on whether he should attack, or lay off. He wasn't exactly the best with his weapon, and with this current clash of blades, he was afraid of friendly fire.
"Sly, what should we do?" Ammo looked to Sly, whose eyes narrowed.
"I'll let you know when I know."
Noru blocked both of his attackers' blades, holding them in place. "I would kill both of you right here..." He pushed the two males backwards with the Great Sword, causing them to fall over. "But I have a different plan. Involving killing the one who found Ryona's weakness."
"Ryona...?" Sessu thought back, the name seeming familiar. He remembered where the name came from, "That servant you sent after us a while back."
"Indeed. I've already taken care of Sirra, who found Vore's weakness," Noru attached his eyes to Courtney, "So now I'll be taking care of the healer."
Courtney's eyes widened as the realization sunk in that Noru was talking about her. Aidan stepped in front of her, holding his shield in front of them.
"Over my dead body." Aidan spat, glaring at Noru.
The purple skinned man shrugged, "That can be arranged."
Soul stepped closer to the couple. "Run."
"Where!?" Aidan whispered harshly.
"I don't care. But standing still makes you an easier target for Noru."
Aidan and Courtney glanced at eachother, then started running to the left, decently separating themselves from the group. Noru raised his eyebrow at the couple.
"Playing a game of tag, are we?" He chuckled. "Not a fair game to play against me."
The vine attached to Noru's back crashed into the ground. A wall of vines rised quickly from the ground infront of the couple. Aidan and Courtney yelped in suprise, and turned themselves around quickly, and ran the opposite direction. Another smaller wall of vines rised from the ground, blocking them once again. However, due to how much thinner this wall was, rather than trying to run around it, Courtney pulled out Adamant and sliced the vines. The zig-zagged blade helped immensely with cutting through the thinner plants. The two elves ran through the cut area of the vines.
Noru glared. He retracted the vines, then threw the vines back out at the elves.
Before the attacking vines could get to the running elves, it was met with two opposing forces. One arrow, which held the vines back with a strong force, and Demonic, which flew through the thick of vines, reducing their thickness.
"Heh. Seems we both found out what to do at the same time." Ammo grinned.
Sly nodded. "Yeah seems so-- Guess I didn't have to lead you this time."
Demonic and the arrow both flew back to their owners. The vines which were sliced by the boomerang blade fell onto the stone ground, and crumbled to mere ash. The multiple vines attached to Noru formed back into one.
"Well well well. It seems you aren't as hopeless without your leader as I thought," Noru chuckled.
The evil lord crashed his vine back into the ground. Courtney and Aidan both dodged away from eachother. As they did, the vine shot out from the ground where they were standing.
"Noru, over here!" two voices called out from both of Noru's sides. The voices were identical, and belonged to none other than Shin and Sentinus. The look-a-likes closed in on Noru quickly, swinging their blades wildly. Noru blocked both attacks with both his sword and the Great Sword. They both swung their own blades at Noru's trying to knock his guard down.
"E... NOUGH!" Noru shouted, crossing his arms with the blades. He swung the two swords. This sent Shin and Sentinus stumbling back.
The evil lord locked his eyes on the two conscious elves. He threw his vine out, but not at Courtney, but instead for Aidan. "Distract the protector, then pick off the healer," he muttered to himself.
"Aidan, look out!" Ammo shouted. Aidan looked at Ammo, then looked at the plant flying towards him. Aidan raised his shield in defense. The vine hit the shield and separated into multiple parts. Each part of it wrapped around Courage tightly.
"What the..." The vine suddenly jerked upwards, bringing the male elf with it. "HELL!?" Aidan shrieked in suprise at the sudden movement. The vine then dropped him, letting him crash onto the stone with a yelp.
"Ha, is that all you got!?" Aidan taunted, and stuck his tongue out at Noru. The vine wrapped around his shield again, and repeated the last two actions. "Ow, dammit!"
Courtney turned to look behind her upon hearing Aidan. She saw the vine heading back to pick on Aidan a third time, and curved herself around, running back to her lover. As the plant was about to wrap around Courage, she sliced through it with Adament.
Noru's eyes showed frustration. He retracted his vines another time, and crashed them into the ground yet again. Shin, Sentinus, Sessu, The Dark Wolf and Soul were all on their way to ambush Noru while he was distracted by the elves. However, something creeped up from the ground behind them and wrapped around their arms.
"Son of a...!" Sentinus tried to snatch his arm back from the vine that had grabbed him, but it was no use, the plant would not move an inch. Each vine suddenly jerked back into the ground, still attached to their arms. They crashed hard into the stone tower. The vines finally unwrapped themselves from their arms, but they still could not move much from the sudden pain they each faced.
Courtney, Aidan, Sly and Ammo were in shock at how fast everything was happening.
Aidan felt a tug on his shield. He quickly snapped his eyes down. The vines had wrapped around Courage while he was not paying attention!
"Ah!" Aidan jumped. The elf and Noru's vines both played tug-o-war with eachother, Aidan tugging himself backwards.
Courtney raised Adament above her head with both hands, ready to chop down the vines. But as she swung down, Noru tossed his extended arm to the opposite direction. This caused the vines to violently jerk to the other side, bringing the male elf with them. Noru opened his closed fist, and the vines let go of Aidan. He hit the ground back-first, then bounced off the stone and landed on his front. He skidded on the stone before finally coming to a halt.
"Aidan!" Courtney yelled, worried about her lover. She began to run towards him, but stopped, noticing the vines forming up between where he laid and where she was standing.
Sly and Ammo noticed the vines as well, and began to run to Courtney to protect her. One of Noru's vine walls rised up right infront of them before they could get too close.
Sly started hacking at the vines with Demonic while Ammo jabbed at the vines with the end of his bow. "Get out of the way, you stupid vines!" Sly yelled in frustration when she realized that Demonic wasn't as good for cutting vines as Adament was.
Soul managed to pick himself up, and instantly started to charge up a magic blast. Once he felt the power put into it was sufficient, he fired it at the dark lord. When Noru noticed it, it was too late for him to dodge. He got hit, and gave a loud grunt.
Soul smirked, feeling triumph. This was one of the few hits anyone had gotten on Noru. Despite this, Noru still held the vines strong.
Everyone's pain started to go away, and they started to push themselves back up. A few of the vines from the wall infront of Sly and Ammo disappeared back into the ground, and wrapped around each of their wrists.
"Goddammit!" Sessu yelled, trying to free his arms again.
The Lord of Evil smirked towards them. "I'll play with each of you in a little while."
Now with nothing else to distract him, he could put all of his attention to Courtney.
The elf girl noticed the vines beginning to swarm the ground around her. She jutted her lip out in thought, not quite sure on what to do. She lifted the zig-zagged sword to her side, ready to swing. She had decided on playing defensive.
Suddenly, one of the vines lashed out at her. She swung Adament, cutting the single vine down with ease. As soon as that vine was down, another launched itself at her, only to face the same as the last. Two more vines flew at her, then two more, then three, but they were all cut down.
Noru smirked. Courtney caught on to the sly smile of the dark lord, and whipped herself around, cutting down five vines that were intent on catching her from behind.
She felt her left boot tighten around her ankle. She snapped her eyes to look, and found that a vine had managed to sneak up and wrap around her ankle. She pulled back her sword, ready to slice through the vine on the ground, but found her arm being grabbed by another, keeping her from swinging. She attempted to grab the sword with her left hand, but it too was grabbed by a vine. They tightened, causing her to let go of Adament, which fell uselessly to the floor.
The Lord of Evil looked around to make sure none of the others were free to attack. Reiko was unconscious, Aidan was still stunned from being tossed, Sly and Ammo were still trying to get past the wall of vines Noru had raised, and all of the others were still stuck to the ground by the vines.
Noru showed a sly grin, and lifted his arm above him. The many loose vines that were not pinning the other teammates down or blocking Ammo and Sly's path launched at the now vunerable Courtney, wrapping around her almost like a cocoon.
After everything except her head and shoulders were engulfed in the plants, the vines sqeezed her arms to her sides and her legs together. She tried struggling her way out of the mess, but the vines had a firm grip on her.
The purple man made a fist with the hand he held in the air. The vines around Courtney started to tighten themselves. The elf tried to push the vines away in vain. The plants continued to squeeze her, earning pained grunts.
Noru laughed evilly, then brought his fist down from the air. The vines constricted too fast for Courtney to even resist against them-- They crushed her. Blood ran out her mouth. The only sound the kind elf made was a quiet scream.
The truly evil dark lord opened his closed fist. The plants Courtney was entangled in loosened, and sunk back into the ground, leaving the body on the stone.
Aidan had finally recovered from his stupor. And, of course, the first sight he saw was not to his liking; Courtney laying motionless on the cold stone, blood dripping from her mouth.
Aidan stared in disbelief. "Courtney..." Tears started to well in his eyes. "COURTNEY!"
See, this is why I wanted to finish writing the next chapter before posting this one. :cry:
... Long update is long. :|
TGL fact of the day: Reiko was originally designed to be, basically, a female Link (from LoZ).