Yzeira's beam began to break through Jenso's final defenses.
Yards turned to feet; Feet shrank to inches, Jenso's beam was being pushed back, until torrents of blue energy were surrounding him and his allies from all sides, his energy being deflected away by the superior power before him.
"YOU CANNOT OVERCOME CHAOS! IT IS A NECESSITY FOR ALL REALITY! AN IDIOT, TO THE VERY END!"
Jenso felt one last hand, balled into a fist, strike him right in the gut. It made him flinch, but there was nothing there. The voice resounded through his entire body like a fleeting echo. Reality was bending. Red splotches of energy were starting to bleed past his beam, directly into his hands, but he wouldn't fall here.
"You cannot defeat chaos."
"It is necessary for all life."
"But you can push for peace."
"You can push for balance."
The voice flickered in and out of reality, a familiar presence placed its hand against his chest and straightened Jenso's posture.
"You cannot defeat chaos, Jenso."
Suddenly it became clear to him. Yzeira was tainted by the very emotions that he had repressed this entire time. His energy was more powerful than Jenso's now because he'd unleashed the wild, unkempt maelstrom of feelings in his soul. Yzeira knew more pain, more torture, more love, and more loss than Jenso could ever know. It was all true. But the way he handled it all up until this point, it all had one crucial weakness.
"You cannot defeat it like this. You cannot defeat it merely by shouting. You must understand fully, and embrace it."
Jenso could not overpower Yzeira's energy. But he wouldn't have to.
"I was wrong."
He wouldn't have to.
"You can attain peace, your way."
He wouldn't have to!
"You know what you must do. End it! Jenso!"
"A loss is only a loss if you let it consume you, kid!"