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[Diyem] Eye of the Storm

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"Hey! You guys need some help?"

Just then, a barrage of large, blue meteors suddenly struck Eien from above. Pleo landed on the ground not too far from Diyem, Zacian, and Zamazenta, as Cabot quickly jumped off his back and gave the trio a determined nod, his body still trailing shadows.

Cabot used Ultima at Eien!
 

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—and then, the skies thinned.

Astrid was falling, still holding Myles, and could already tell something went wrong. That was not Explosion. She was not hurt. Frantically, she checked Myles as best she could… no, he wasn’t hurt either. That didn’t add up.

‘Add it up… later…’

“Myles!” she gasped.

‘Act… now!!’

Twisting and turning until gravity was surely beneath her, their descent was cut short as she channeled the same Radiance from before through her paws. She really was fine after that attack that pulled them out of there. Out, but to where…?

A deafening roar from far away—but not far enough—seemed to rupture the very fabric of this new omni-directional hellscape. A monstrous snake, if it could be called as much, roared from above, leaving none of the environment free of its cascading lights and shadows.

And then, opposite her, were her friends. Alive. Healthy. Alive.

I… I don’t have much strength left…

There was Diyem at the front of it all, standing up to his mate. Something about that struck a chord in Astrid… she reached out a paw from impulse, and let her energy pool into one point that she released into his grasp. With all her practice, she still didn’t mend and wield energy quite like he did, especially at his best. But it was good enough, and the very last Astrid had to give was transferred.


Astrid used Blink on Diyem!
 

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They'd followed the sound of the howling, guiding them onward through the swirling red storm until finally, Starr and Lexx reached its center. The eye of the storm.

Starr threw a hurried glance around at the rest of Team Spectrum, scattered throughout the area. Astrid, Owen, Cabot, Brisa. Almost everyone had made it here before her. (Had they all gone through the same kind of shit to get here?)

Brisa was alright. Of course she was alright. There'd never been any doubt.

"Uhh... I don't think our power's going to do much against her," Lexx said, shielding his eyes against the overwhelming energy pouring from the city-block-sized serpent filling the sky.

Starr grit her teeth. "We've just got to keep them fighting," she said, pointing at Diyem, Sword, and Shield. "It's their fight, not ours."

God, she was exhausted. And now an unholy barrage of lasers was raining down on them? Sword was in bad shape and without her power, they didn't have a shot in hell at taking down Eien. No time to think--Starr lauched herself at Sword, drawing on more protection energy than she thought she had. Wasn't this supposed to be Shield's job? Goddammit...

Starr used Sentinel on Zacian!
 
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Cabot's Ultima dealt 15716 damage to Eien! Eien is Staggered!

Zacian used Behemoth Blade on Eien, dealing a CRITICAL 7903 damage to Eien!
Zacian used Laser Focus again, preparing for the final blow!

Zamazenta used Wide Guard +5 with help from Nip!
Zamazenta held his ground, guarding Zacian!

Diyem's double Abyssal Onslaught dealt 6586 damage to Eien!
Diyem used Blinding Replica into Shining Burden, protecting Zacian with 2 barriers!
Diyem used Abyssal Blessing on Zamazenta, healing for 1250 HP and granting +1 Endure!
Extra action! Diyem used Abyssal Replica on Umbral Storage, storing two dual Abyssal Onslaughts!

"Her defenses are up--I can't get a proper..." But then came Cabot's strike, and those blue meteors had left huge holes in the storm that she had been conjuring. Just what he had been hoping for. The team was falling in; suddenly, there was a great reversal in the fight. Eien was going to fall.

A loud wail came from the leviathan in the sky. She curled and uncurled from the great energy core above her, heads flailing in all directions, as another Blacklight Eternal Cannon ripped through the skies.

Eien's onslaught! Five were blocked by Zamazenta's Wide Guard!
Zacian: Guarded by Zamazenta! Zamazenta endured three hits, but was taken out by the fourth! The final hit broke through half of Starr's barriers... but no further!
Diyem: 993

"Th-that's all I have," Zamazenta said, wheezing as he collapsed to the ground. His shield disappeared, and Owen swooped in to guard him for the rest of the fight.

"Get some rest," Owen said, wincing at the many wounds that covered Zamazenta's body, all of them scorched with Blacklight. Those attacks were horrible... Blighted, molten rock took up the vast majority of the island they were fighting in. Owen took a moment to marvel at their surroundings--whole islands rotating in the storm, forests uprooted in the far distance, oceans and twisted land forms making even the Reverse World feel stable...

But Owen wondered why more attacks weren't coming. Usually, Eien's heads performed extra attacks to soften their defenses, and yet...

Eien let out another wail. The Blacklight around her body flickered rapidly. Owen glanced at Koa and Saltriv--the two of them, and a few others, they were trying to cure her... It was like a drop in the ocean, and yet somehow their words were getting through. Could that be giving Eien trouble...?

Eien was speaking in a language that felt different than everything else that they'd heard. It was eldritch, different, alien, reminiscent of Deoxys in some ways. But they could hear her words, because Diyem knew what she was saying.

"Go away!" she cried, her five heads saying them all at once. "Leave me alone! Why are you attacking me?! What's happening?! It hurts... why does everything hurt?! H-help... help me...!"

"Eien!"
Diyem shouted, digging his claws into the ground. His Onslaughts were primed, ready to strike... but he was staring up at her, the way she flailed, the way she begged, as the Blacklight faded from her, but then surged out again... It looked like she was getting ready for another strike. And many more to come. "Eien..."

"Stop attacking! I... I want to be left alone! Go away!"


Something about her words were striking Diyem, and her shadowy form fizzled and bubbled. He was hesitating. His attacks were shrinking, like he was focused more on maintaining his form than anything else, now.

Diyem is hesitating...

Eien: 3231

Owen's Insight: Eien's about to attack again!

"No clue what she's saying, but it's time to go in for the kill!" Zacian shouted, glancing worriedly at Zamazenta. "I'm ready! Final hit! Let's go!"

Owen glanced worriedly at Zamazenta, then at all the others. "D-do we go for it?" he asked. "O-or..."

"No kill like overkill!" Zacian hopped from foot to foot, waiting for just the right moment.
 
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Brisa whirled round, trying to keep track of the battle in the frenetic, disorienting storm. The stragglers had shown up after all—! There was Cabot, striking with such force it left Eien's defences wide open. Starr, taking a hit strong enough to level buildings. Astrid, granting some of her mercurial energy to another, just as Brisa had somehow managed. Thank fuck for those three.

They're safe. They're safe. Oh gods. Of course they're safe.

Focus, ranger. Get a goddamn grip. We're still missin' Kate, and the fight ain't won.


Okay.

"Zacian Sword!" she barked. "We need ya t'pull yer next punch! D'you still know how t'pull off Darkwhite Devastation, partner??"

Meanwhile Luz set off into the storm, seeking a different kind of aid.

"Mellow!" she cried. "Saltriv! Can y'both keep tryin' t'call out to Eien? I reckon we can get through t'her!"
 
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While the others were trying to reign Zacian in, Bahamut coiled around Diyem. "Now you're losing your nerve? I'd call it pathetic, but I think someone like you would take it as a compliment." He pointed a wing at Eien. "You're so in tune with this corruption that you should be able to find something that passes for a source on that hulking monstrosity you call a mate. Find it and direct Zacian to attack it."

He glanced up. Was that stupid moon still there? "Or feint her into firing at the moon. It worked for Joule."

With any luck, she could take out Soda and save everyone an additional headache. Nothing of value would be lost except one of Dave's emotional crutches... assuming the grapevine spoke the truth.
 

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“Well, I cannot blame Miss Sword for wanting use… well, her sword,” commented Icetales, grinning in understanding. “I, myself, often find myself lost in thought when I brandish a blade. Ah, the swishing noise and the vibrating metal, like a melody of the movement… that is something that many folks should try out at least once in their life.”

As soon as the Ninetales finished his brief daydreaming, he noticed that Petram had gone missing. His eyes widened in shock and he glanced furiously around him. Did they end up separated while dodging one of Eien’s attacks?

However, that wasn’t the case. The Zoroark was running against the red gales, holding up his forepaws to resist against the winds. A reddish swirling energy surrounded his violet star, which pulsates with power as he struggled to keep standing. The closer he was getting, the harsher the winds were.

And yet, he managed to find a spot that was high enough, and he stared intently at the titanic entity in front of him.
"Go away!" she cried, her five heads saying them all at once. "Leave me alone! Why are you attacking me?! What's happening?! It hurts... why does everything hurt?! H-help... help me...!"

Petram flinched when he heard those calls for help, his claws unconsciously clenching and flexing.

So Daddy was more or less correct: she was truly confused and trying to protect herself. Those attacks were in mere self-defense. Heck, it was all a self-defense battle from each side!

Perhaps those illusions that he was forced to craft were truly accidental and caused by whatever thing was affecting her, and she didn’t really mean true harm. After all, even the most innocent pup can become a ferocious predator when cornered.

Petram glanced at his paws. How could he even help…?

"Stop attacking! I... I want to be left alone! Go away!"

The Zoroark clenched his paws. Even if he couldn’t soothe her pain, he could still try to reach out for her.

“Mommy!” he shouted, hoping that the winds wouldn’t drown his voice completely. “All we want to do it’s to help you, but we won’t go very far if you keep lashing out at random like that! Just… try to relax, okay?”

A sudden gust almost threw him off balance. He barely endured the gale.

“Look, I… I’d like to know you!” He stared intently at the Eternatus. “I’d like to know you, Mommy! I had a wonderful father for so many months, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wish I had a mother, too. And! And I have one: you!”

He pumped his fists. “Don’t you wanna stop this madness? Just have a pleasant time with your mate? Get to know us? If you do, then,” he looked at the floor, “please… let us help you. Let’s stop all of this together!”
 

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Sword would hold back, Mellow would purify, what else, what else...

Brisa looked to Diyem and the counsel he was receiving from Bahamut. It wasn't bad advice. And yet...

Chief, y'gotta reach out to Eien. Don't you love her? Let her feel it. Let her feel loved, not afeared.

"Brace yerself," warned Luz. "This is about t'get more fearsome'n ever..."
 

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"You're so in tune with this corruption that you should be able to find something that passes for a source on that hulking monstrosity you call a mate. Find it and direct Zacian to attack it."

He glanced up. Was that stupid moon still there? "Or feint her into firing at the moon. It worked for Joule."
He pumped his fists. “Don’t you wanna stop this madness? Just have a pleasant time with your mate? Get to know us? If you do, then,” he looked at the floor, “please… let us help you. Let’s stop all of this together!”
Chief, y'gotta reach out to Eien. Don't you love her? Let her feel it. Let her feel loved, not afeared.

"Brace yerself," warned Luz. "This is about t'get more fearsome'n ever..."

"Corruption..." Diyem searched and searched, then glanced at Owen, but Eien was plainly too massive to analyze all at once. Could it be her core? No, that was the very source of her energy, her heart. To strike that would be to kill her, should the blow be strong enough. But it was also the hardest place to destroy. It was her 'chest.' That was usually where the Parasites appeared. Perhaps...

"I know where to strike," Diyem said. He flared his wings. "Zacian! Strike Zacian as you would, with your Darkwhite techniques!"

"Fine, fine, fine!" Zacian sighed. "Geez, I thought you guys wanted to finish this! She's more durable than that!"

"I know. Just trust me."

"Funny coming from--"

"Not now, Zacian!"

Zacian smirked, then leapt toward Eien.

Zacian summoned an apparition of Darkwhite! It helped her attack!
Zacian used Darkwhite Combo for a total of 111 damage to Eien!
Zacian used Darkwhite Devastation against Eien, dealing 3211 damage! Eien was left with 1 HP!
Zacian... ran out of momentum!

"G-gah! M-my combo...!"

"Idiot." Diyem snarled. She still wasn't familiar with her body. But he had a backup plan. "Owen."

"Y-yeah?"

"Do you trust me?"

"...Just tell me what to do."

Diyem nodded and sent a message telepathically to Owen. Then, while his eyes widened for only a moment, Diyem had no time to assure him; Owen already took off to follow through. Diyem smirked, ignoring the Shadows leaking from his jaw. So he really did trust him. Funny, that. To ever be trusted... He still couldn't believe it.

Diyem ascended with Owen, but conjured black chains that immediately grasped at the stray Darkwhite apparition, who stared at Diyem with an amused, swooning expression.

"Hush." Diyem shifted the creature's form until it resembled his own shape.

Diyem used Void Phantasm on Zacian! Diyem formed a Substitute!"

Diyem then balled up this copy and hurled it at Eien.

"Where?!" Diyem shouted.

"There!" Owen pointed, and Wishkeeper emerged from his back to extend his pointer to a portion within Eien's core. Now that they were up close, they could see something else there, swimming inside that plentiful sphere of energy.

"Very well." Diyem sent the Substitute toward it and Owen tried to fly back, but the waves of energy from this close to the core sent Owen's flight patterns askew. He slammed into Eien's coils and lost his balance, spiraling blindly away and caught in the storm's gusts. "One strike. To the core. Eien... you're stronger than this. Survive!"

Diyem used Abyssal Evocation, gaining Helping Hand and an extra 50% power boost!
Diyem used Abyssal Replica again, chaining into Umbral Overcharge, chaining into a basic attack on Eien, dealing minimal damage!

Struck the core! Eien's HP was dropped to 0!

The Stored Onslaughts...

At the same time, the efforts to Purify Eien had also paid off, making that strange creature inside the core writhe noticeably. That was Diyem's true target. He held the Stored Onslaughts for just the right moment...

"Now!" Owen cried from below, just before he slammed into another coil, going limp as he fell the rest of the way to the ground.

"I see it."

Diyem slammed his claws into the core, grasping the tail of the thing. His body plunged halfway into Eien's core, and a significant portion of his body vaporized instantly. But he pressed onward.

"You will torment Eien no longer," Diyem snarled, like he was hearing something speak to him that only he could hear. "You... are only a fragment of it. But know this, when I kill you, so your Prime will hear it: Eternal Blacklight... this is only a taste of what is to come."

And without another word, Diyem ripped the Parasite from Eien's body, volatile energies pouring out of the core as the wound rapidly sealed itself.

Diyem's Abyssal Onslaughts struck the Eterna Parasite 20 times for a CRITICAL total of 59,647 damage! It was obliterated!

Diyem's body was disintegrating. In his chest, his red, vulnerable core started to reveal itself, but there was a satisfied, if not spiteful grin on what remained of his shadowy face. "Perfect," he muttered. His eyes trailed to Eien, wondering if she would hold... Yes. Yes, she would. They hadn't overwhelmed her... and did the bare minimum amount of damage necessary to break the parasite free.

"...Someone... catch me..."

Eien, meanwhile, was wailing, her flight failing her. The great leviathan was falling, slowly...
 

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Cynthian and Ivy watched the brilliant display in a daze, completely absorbed by the clash of titans before them. Everything seemed to come to an end as Diyem delivered the final blow to the exposed parasite in Eien's chest, freeing her from at last.

Ivy's eyes were on Eien who - unbound from her shackles - fell freely to the ground. Her body moved towards the eternatus before her mind did. Small as she was, she didn't know if she could cushion Eien's fall in the slightest. Much to her relief, the grumpy old mon on the team was quicker on the uptake.

"Diyem and Wishkeeper are also going to have a hard fall though…" Ivy shrugged, bobbed her flower petals and turned around to float away and not be reduced to a pancake. She'd already done that as a Rosemew.
 

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Of course Diyem just destroyed the goddamn parasite. Good thing they had two of them already back at the lab.

Owen was falling, and Dave sprinted towards where he was hurtling down, calling forth Radiance to shield him and cushion his fall. Maybe. Probably his weight would crush the barriers like a couple of soap bubbles, but it was worth a try.
 

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Diyem, falling. Eien, falling. Owen, falling. Literally raining goddamn dragons today. Thunder and skyfire. But at least it looked like another parasite, the source of Eien's madness, was dust. She could think about that later. Someone still had to help the chief.

"Aw, fuck," said Brisa, with heft. But she ran all the same to Diyem's probable landing site.

"Toss me!" shouted Luz, at her side.

Brisa didn't argue. She just grabbed her doppelganger in two giant paws and lobbed her straight up at Diyem. Who knew if Luz' flight would make a difference? Worth a shot, though.

And hey, maybe she could give it a go too.

Brisa used Magnet Rise!
 
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Some fell harder than others; Owen landed with Dave's barriers, which broke most of his fall. Others struggled to halt Diyem's descent, but he seemed sturdy enough to withstand it. Eien was still absolutely massive, her body the great serpent that dwarfed any building. The team had no chance to stop it completely... but the efforts of Bahamut and a few others at least helped to slow her landing.

The earth tremored at the fall, whole portions of the ground caving in around Eien. All around them, islands and portions of rocks fell to the ground, creating huge waves in the sea. Red clouds dissipated. The sky cleared up, revealing a late afternoon sky... and, as usual, the moon.

The moon that was... even brighter than before.
 
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Bahamut looked up. "Wonderful." He looked down. "So, what's the fastest way to heal a leviathan? Something tells me she's our ticket to getting up there."

Polaris had taken Bahamut's badge and was using the opportunity to test if service was back.

[S0urdough > Pop]: Hi, hi! We got rid of the storm, but Eien and Diyem need medical attention. Can you get us back to Destiny Village?
 

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"I swear t'fuck I am gonna wallop th'livin' daylights outta that moonbound prick if he fucks this up fer us."
 

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The sight of the moon, even closer than earlier, made Dave's skin crawl. Soda was up there, right now, deteriorating. What did the moon moving closer mean? Was Soda getting impatient, wondering what the holdup was? Had he been watching their fight, somehow?

Bahamut was suggesting they have Eien take them up there. Was that the only way? How long would that take? God only knew. "Diyem," he said, wary, "have you got any fucking idea how and when we can go confront Soda?"
 
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