Bathing Bonnie wasn't as easy as it looked. Siiga gave thanks for having the presence of mind to at least remove the little bugger's knife before she tried to scrub his pores, but he still had his hands and his feet. Not that she was concerned about him hurting her, you understand, but if he smacked her the wrong way, he was going to break a bone, and that was just too much hassle to deal with.
Eventually, they managed to get him to some degree of presentability. He could still be beaten in a wrestling match by a slightly muscular fly, but at least his skin wasn't crawling with parasites any more. Siiga shoved his clothes into his arms and turned to Lynn. "What's happening? Give me the short version!""W-well...the plant life. It's become overgrown and is attacking the city! I've never seen such a thing..."
lLynn answered still to scared to go to the window and look again.
Overgrown plants? Siiga cursed. If it had been a traditional enemy, like bandits or raiders, it would be trivial to deal with them. But plants?"Alright. I'm gonna go out and deal with this. Lynn, make sure Bonnie doesn't...""Oh no. Ye ain't keepin' me locked up here wi' her"
the boy spat, glaring at Lynn. "If yer going oot there, so ahm I!""No, no, no! Absolutely not!"
Siiga barked. Just the thought of letting these two out into a combat zone was more than she could bear. "You can't fight, and you can barely walk! You wouldn't last twenty seconds in a combat situation!"
Lynn flinched slightly at the sudden rebuttal. "Then... here. At least let me do this for you."
Holding her sleeves arm at her side, she swept her left arm out in front of her, from left to right. Four streams of water followed her arm from the jar behind her. When they stopped in front of her they formed into small balls of water, which she waved back over each one from right to left, each one taking a new color. There was now a red, green, blue, and yellow balls of water in front of her, smaller than her hand. She lifted both arms, surrounding the water balls, and brought them together, forming one singular ball of water with a darker color too it from the colors mixing."Each color represents an enchantment attribute... Speed, strength, endurance, and concentration. Green, red, yellow, and blue. All together they make a potent enchantment that covers all attributes. Please, drink. It will help."
She said as it floated toward her, a water ball the size of a fist.
While Lynn assembled her potions, Bonnie stomped his foot "Are ye daft!? Whit are ye gonnae do, lob fireba's at the vines!?""Actually, yes. How else are we supposed to destroy plants?""And whit aboot the buildings? Ye're just gonnae let them burn doon, aye?""It's either that, or we lose the whole town!""Ah am NOT having ye running aroond, making cunts homeless!"
Lynn sat silent with her potion. "I could... make another for you too....if you want."
she said to Bonnie. She didn't mention the fact that that would be all she could make for a while, but having more people out there may help the situation."Lynn! Tell him that it's the only way!""She's gonnae ruin the whole fucking toon!""Homes are replicable..."
Lynn said, turning a bit red as she some how became the one both of them turned to her to talk sense into the other. "But people are not..."
she added, looking to Bonnie. "But that goes for you too."
She said looking to Siiga. There was a booming as a building not too far collapsed. "They are already losing their homes, so... try to not add to it...ok?"
She gave Siiga a small smile, though she couldn't shake the worry from her face, the potion once again moving to her."Cunts, the both of ye!"
Bonnie barked in disgust. How had he wound up with a duo so heartless!? "Well, now I hae tae come, cause else there willnae be a toon left when ye're done."
Siiga grabbed the potion and downed it in one swig. If someone's causing this, they weren't going to be happy with her interfering. "Alright. Lynn, stay up here and...""Can she no control watter?"
Bonnie interjected. "Will ye no need someone tae put the fire oot?""I could do that,"
Lynn said anxiously, "I may even be able to pull water out of the plants themselves so I won't have to use my magic to create my own supply!"
Siiga rolled her eyes. They could have dealt with half these plants in the time they had spent arguing. "Right, fine, she can come along. But stay behind me, alright!? We dont know the kind of damage these things can do."
She turned to Lynn. "You know where the others are?""Some were in the bar, the others were just outside the medical building."
Lynn said Her staff floating over to her. "But it sounds quiet out there now, they must have left.""Right Lead us to them. We might be able to help."
She turned to look at Bonnie "If you're that desperate to come with us, sweetie, the least you can do is hold my hand""Strewth..."
The boy cursed, but offered his hand to her anyway. Better than getting left behind in this dump."Okay, I'll try,"
Lynn said as she waited for them to move out. She did as she was told and followed just behind Siiga, floating on her staff. Her ears twitched as she heard different sounds, as if her ears moved to capture everything going on around them. "There is a lot of commotion coming from the center of town and just past the medical center,"
she informed them.
Lynn's ears perked up, not as much to the loud sounds of battle, but rather, to the lack thereof. "It...got quiet all the sudden,"
she mentioned. "I don't hear anything in the center of town anymore, but the others should be just ahead,"
she told Siiga as she was already directing them towards the medical center, close to where Allard, Nailah, and Mason were. Lynn was actually quite relieved that they didn't run into anything, but a bit upset that she wasn't able to help. When she saw the others waved as she called out to them. "Heeey! Is everyone alright!?"
She yelled. She was still floating on her staff, her bare feet still not accustomed to walking on land even though they could.
Nailah, Mason, Allard & Galland
As the ground beneath his feet softened, Mason propelled himself forward with his wings to compensate. Though he wasn't sure what that strange newcomer was doing to the female knight with what appeared to be... clones? Regardless, it seemed to be working quite well; as she was now wide open! With a valiant battle cry, he weaved around the illusory bodies and brought his flaming blade down upon his foe; aiming to create an arcing slash across her chest!
With a clash the enchanted black blade of the twilight Dragoons met Masons. Unlike most materials that would fall victim to the chaotic flames her weapon held strong. It was another spell, the third of five she had available. A divine conjuring of earth. A black stone impervious to chaotic spells. She gritted between her teeth. Nailah's claws were sharp and hot but against her hardened Oro hide she was able to endure it. She nearly hissed at the group before a loud.
"SSSTTOOOOPPP!!" Came from Galland right as Allard was striking the Dragon.
With a loud collision the Dragon fell roaring before collapsing to the ground. "Stop! This is not your enemy!" Galland shouted from above as he swooped down. Landing with a heavy step next to Mason and the woman as they locked blades.
"Stop this at once!" The woman looked to Galland with a glare but even more so to Allard.
"You bastard!" She hissed.
"Stop this! If it weren't for these people I wouldn't be standing here now!" She grew a bit quiet but held her injuries which began to heal rapidly.
"I.. see." She uttered.
"But they attacked ME. Unprovoked might I add. I simply defended myself and Rafah." She leaned against her fallen beast with a sad frown on her lips as she tuned into its pain."Damnit,"
Allard cursed at himself as he looked at the hand he struck the dragon with.
The dragon may be rattled for a moment, but it would be fine, with all the healing energy about especially. "I beg your forgiveness, caught in tha heat of battle, I believed you an enemy and rushed ta help my ally. I am terribly sorry."
He turned looking at his wings. He flapped them a little, burnt chunks falling off of it as it regenerated. "I'd suppose we both took a good hit!"
he laughed heartily, as if it was just some normal wound from a simple matter. He saw the gashes in her side, although they were healing, they still seemed rather painful. He then remembered that Nailah mentioned her claws as a weapon, reminding himself not to be on her bad side.
Just as Mason charged towards the scythe woman and their blades clashed, a spectacle of flames and enchantments ensued. Both Mason's sword clad in chaotic fire and the woman's dark scythe, fortified by another conjuration lit up the battlefield. Even though they were being constantly healed, she still had a deep wound on her side and a lot of scratches. Besides that, Nailah wouldn't stand still while they locked swords...
Just as Nailah dashed towards the woman, using Mason's body coupled with her skills to disappear and appear behind her, a familiar voice echoed through what was remaining of the town. It was Galland, shouting for them to stop. Swooping down from above, Galland's loud voice demanded for everyone to stop as the dragon and the woman weren't their real enemy. Disarmed by Galland's words, the scythe woman stopped fighting, even after sending a threatening glare to Allard, who had struck down her pet dragon.
As the healing pulses started making effect, the scythe woman started talking, explaining how they had started the fight and not her, leaning against her dragon, feeling it's pain.
Allard was also quick to understand the situation, apologizing himself before laughing it off. Nailah couldn't help but chuckle seeing Allard's reaction. A second before he was fighting against the dragon and the woman determined to kill both of them and now he was laughing."Not my fault!"
Nailah said, finally letting go of the charm spell she had put on the scythe woman as she suddenly appeared from behind Mason, casually walking towards Galland and the others."I was told she was the enemy so I simply acted accordingly..."
Nailah said, looking to Mason with a discreet giggle, teasing him."You should be able to think more clearly now. Sorry for your side and... well... the claws and everything... No resentments, right?"
Nailah asked, showing her tongue and winking with a cute expression as she waved towards the Scythe woman, showing her claws as she apologized."No one died so we could say it all ended well?"
She asked, looking towards the woman, Galland, Mason and Allard."But... If you're not the enemy... it means Mr. No-Fun-Allowed is fighting by himself against that weird masked guy... Who came into a city filled with warriors and attacked it by himself..."
Nailah said, with a thoughtful expression."It doesn't look that good for me... The masked man surely had something on his sleeve to act as he did..."
Nailah said, once again looking to the group, waiting for their answers.
Since this woman clearly wasn't the enemy, Mason had no time to waste with this strange woman. "My Apologies!"
Mason exclaimed with a nervous smile as he withdrew his blade (but not sheathing it), "I mistook you as a collaborator in the attack on this village..... Well, if thats that...... I'm gonna go fight that plant thing."
With a short nod, Mason shot into the air, barreling for the colossal monster.
After the whole misunderstanding, Mason was quick to fly away. By his own words, he was going to 'fight the plant thing' but it was obvious by his nervous smile that wasn't everything. He was definitely too nervous and embarrassed to continue there.
Nailah couldn't help but giggle as the man flew away, it was cute how innocent he was despite being a warrior."So cute! Is he always... innocent like this?"
she asked, turning to Allard, laughing.
Before Allard could answer though, a voice interrupted them. Looking to where the sound was coming from, Nailah saw the amazonian woman from before and a lassa girl with her. The amazonian woman wasn't that much of a surprise for Nailah as she had already seen her before even if she didn't have a chance to talk with her but the lassa girl was another thing. Not only she was one of the first Lassa Nailah had seen, but the girl was simply too cute and adorable!
As soon as she asked if everyone was ok, Nailah kept her eyes on the Lassa girl for a moment before letting out a surprised gasp, dashing towards the girl and circling her, looking at the girl with curious, shining eyes."Just... what is this adorable creature?!"
Nailah asked, hugging the girl and burying her face on her chest."She is SO CUTE~"
Nailah said in an excited, singing tone and with a kind and warm smile. The way she was hugging the lassa girl was exactly like one would hug a plushie doll."What is your name, my dear?"
Nailah asked, looking down to the girl, still hugging her."Oh my god I feel like I could keep hugging her for ever!"
she said, giggling.
Mason would find the colossal monster dead, a hole in its center, where Dremmick ripped its heart out. There was blood splattered everywhere, not only from Dremmick's attacks, but also from him ejecting poison from his body. Now that the threat of the monster was gone, he just constantly dispersed the energy in his arm instead of letting it gather. Dremmick was sitting down, propped up against a building with one knee drawn up and an arm resting on his knee. For how covered in blood he was, he looked rather relaxed. Though, truth be told, he was fairly tired from the fight, he used up a lot of magic energy producing blood for his body to use. That plus the injuries from that woman from earlier. Dremmick wasn't sure what to do with her. He wished he could have killed her before Mason got involved. Speak of the devil, Dremmick heard something come flying in and he looked over to see the young knight arrive. "Running a bit late?"
He said dryly."Couldn't be bothered to save some for me?"
Mason chuckled as he floated down to his ally, hoisting Dremmick to his feet. "I can't believe you took that thing down so quickly....."
the young knight mused as he looked over Dremmick's wounds; his expression changing to that of extreme concern, "Dremmick. From now on let ME be the one on the front lines, you need a break for awhile.... Besides, unlike you-- I'm not cursed. Well, not in the literal sense at least."
With a huff, Mason used his wing to conceal Dremmick as they walked to the Taxis healing center. "Now, lets get you some help, and don't worry; I won't let sir shiny mcbachelor see you."
Dremmick gave Mason a withering glance, "If I had waited you may have shown up and tried to save the damn thing."
Bandaged of crimson started to cover his cursed flesh again. "You don't know how lucky we were today.,"
he said, thinking about what he saw. The man mentioned being in service to Nuxta, and he referred to the ethereal image of the dark winged seraphim as his master. Meaning that the form he saw was none other than Nuxta himself. To think that someone like him would go out of his way for his pawns was an interesting notion, but something to keep in mind for sure. He then heard Mason tell him to hold off a bit on fighting, which made him smirk a bit. But it was when he mentioned the curse that his face seemed to drop back to normal. It probably wasn't a good time to mention it, but he knew something was wrong with Mason as well. He figured he would tell them when they went to rest up for the night. At Mason's mention of that glistening fop, Dremmick could only shake his head, "I could still kick his ass. He would probably run home to polish his armor the moment it got tarnished with the slightest drop of blood."
Mason couldn't help but chuckle at Dremmick's curt reply, "Would I now? As for Lucius? At least I think that's his name... I have little doubt about your ability to kick his ass-- but right now you're in no shape to fight"
Continuing into an unoccupied Taxis tent, Mason set Dremmick down on the medical bed, sighing as he released his friend, "Alright now Dremmick, get some rest. There should be some clean clothes around here to cover yourself with....... Now, if you don't need anything else, I'm going to see if there's anyone still caught in the plants. After that, I'll go check up on the Dolofon agent and get some answers."
Stopping at the entrance of the tent, Mason looked back at Dremmick one more time to make sure he didn't need anything else.