The chaos had gone on for what seemed like forever. Or, rather, enough time for most of the other teams to arrive. Alistair had drawn his rapier, Judicium, at the beginning of the conflict. It seemed as though they were perpetually surrounded. The arrival of Rin had boosted their chance of survival and the arrival of the other teams had further boosted it.
Al parried a bladed appendage sweeping toward his body. Ducking under the his blade as it guided the attack over him, he brought his blade to bear, piercing the invader’s body, it crumpled to the ground. This went on for a few more minutes before Al spotted a familiar drone in the sky, launching healing energy throughout of the battlefield. That’s Gungnir… That means Hiro’s arrived! Now that Hiro and Raphel were both present, they had a full team.
He swung his around, looking for the two. They would certainly need his support. He had already felled seven foes in the last few minutes of battle and he knew he could fight on. He spotted them trying to find cover in what used to be brush. The quadruped invaders had been routing by that point. He made his way with slow progress. Sidestepping passing attacks and the occasional engagement meant progress wasn’t as fast as he’d have liked.
He was just about one hundred meters from his companions when an invader stepped in his way. Holding Judicium at the ready, he glanced behind him to see many of the other teams still engaged with the invaders and the really rather large invader. He also noticed that two other invaders were closing in on his back. He turned back in time to react to the first invader’s lunge. He stepped forward and off to the side just slightly. Bringing his rapier up and guiding the attack to the side, he kept advancing piercing the invader twice in the course of less than a second. He spun around, sheathed Judicium, and activated his psychic drive.
The world suddenly was moving in slow motion. His eyes and brain were processing information at a very increased rate, he moved to avoid a projectile attack. As he did, he drew Taiyō, the bright crimson blade shimmering into existence. By this time, the invaders were slow motion launching for attacks. Al pivoted around the attack and slowly slashed through the second one’s body, cleaving it in two. The third received an upward slash which didn’t cut deep enough to part it, but was indeed deep enough to kill.
Deactivating his drive, he made his way the rest of the way to his team. Panting just a bit as he arrived, he sheathed Taiyō, its curved blade disappearing once more into the ornate white hilt. “Hey there, I didn’t think you were going to show up.” He turned back to the giant invader before he said, “What’s the plan?”