After a grueling journey through the
treacherous Payon Forest, our heroes of White Trinity came face-to-face
with the Battle Vixens for a third time. However, the arrival of the Holy
Saviors, seemingly led by the dark Priestess Tsubaki, have emerged as a new
threat as they began their quest to acquire the Emerald Emperium.
With expertly-crafted strategies and
some luck, White Trinity had managed to seize victory for a third time
in the Emperium Jungle as the other guilds retreated in a shocking defeat. This
inevitably gave the White Trinity guild incredible amounts of fame and
adoration – so much that those who supported the Battle Vixens would
begin to lose faith in their abilities – much to the chagrin of a certain
It has now been a month since the
battle for the Emperium Jungle, and White Trinity's leader, Ray Kaza,
along with his Monk friend Lee, had arrived at the southern entrance of
Prontera with Raien and Thiji close behind. The excessive downtime has put a
little bit of rust in their fighting skills, and the Gun-Knight thought it
would be a good idea to get some training in prior to the next installation's
"I still remember when we
showed off our Sacred Fire Blitz, Lee! That was something else!" Ray spoke.
"I wish they recorded that or something!"
"No kidding! I thought we were
in trouble when Lupi set you on fire," replied Lee. "It's like those
ladies hit harder and harder each time we fight them."
"They're just mad that we've
kicked their butts for the third time in a row now!" Raien interjected.
"I wouldn't blame 'em. I'd get pissed too if I lost that much."
Thiji, however, remained silent,
lost in his own little world as always. They would approach the Prontera Square
minutes later, where the scattered citizens would soon converge into large
crowds, making maneuvering difficult.
Lee: Whoa… you see anyone, Ray?
Ray: How can you see anything in
this city?! There is always so much going on in this part of town.
Raien: I blame the Merchants.
Ray: At any rate, there's no sign of
the Vixens or the Saviors. Let's keep going.
After they made their way through
the crowd, they spotted a woman in a purple kimono heading towards the
direction of the Prontera Sanctuary. Without hesitation, they rushed over and
confronted the figure, assuming that it was whomever they thought it would be.
"Stop, you!" yelled Ray
from afar. The figure stopped and turned her body, revealing herself to be none
other than Tsubaki.
"What do those ingrates want
with me now?" she thought to herself.
"And what are you doing
in Prontera?!" interrogated the Gun-Knight. "Up to something funny, I
"For your information I study
here. Surely you of all people would know that," Tsubaki defended,
gesturing to Lee. "Is there anything wrong with a Priestess trying to keep
close to the Allfather?
"I… guess not…" Lee
answered with a shrug. Tsubaki then chuckled.
"You boys are so
predictable," she subtly taunted. "Save your energy for the Frontier
– that is where you'll need it most. I,
however, have many things to do, and little time to do them. Be safe,
Tsubaki gave them a bow and
proceeded into the Sanctuary before the doors closed behind her.
"Looks like everyone's just
taking a break right now…" Lee thought aloud.
"Indeed," spoke the Gun-Knight.
"At least until the next installation shows itself."
"What do you want to do about
this R&R, Thiji?" asked the Ninja. There was no response.
They turned around and saw the
Wizard had vanished from the group. They turned back around and saw the
Sanctuary… "Think he went in there?"
"He had to," Ray replied.
"But we can't worry about it now; we really should be training – the Battle
Vixens are definitely doing so."
"You're right, Ray. Let's head
somewhere suitable for some practice; Thiji should be able to find us,"
Lee said, following Ray out of the city.
Meanwhile, Thiji was indeed inside
the hallowed halls of the monastery. He had entered the chapel area and sat
down on one of the pews as he relaxed, listening to the organ player at the far
end of the room. Botan & Momiji were studying somewhere else within the
Sanctuary, and greeted Tsubaki with a bow as she entered…
Momiji: Lady Tsubaki? I think I saw
someone coming in the Sanctuary not a moment ago.
Tsubaki: Oh? Who was it?
Botan: I think it was that Wizard
clad in blue robes.
Tsubaki: Thiji…? I wonder what he is
doing here. You two, continue with your studies. I will take care of it.
Botan & Momiji: Yes, Lady
Exiting the study hall, the
Priestess would slowly make her way down the aisle and come to Thiji resting
peacefully by himself, the music seemingly lulling the Wizard to sleep…
Tsubaki: (chuckle) Good morning,
sir. I did not think you'd be sleeping here of all places, and without a book
in your face.
The Wizard opens his eyes as Tsubaki
took a seat next to him.
Thiji: Oh… good morning, I suppose.
Tsubaki: I have seen you and your…
disposition. Have you ever considered
becoming a Priest? You fit the criteria for one; a shame you chose another
Thiji: I chose what I chose as it
better suited me and the element I so expertly wield.
Tsubaki: How true you are.
Thiji: Which reminds me, should you
not be studying as most Priests do?
Thiji would feel the tension slowly
rising, and would attempt to leave the chapel before it grew any higher, but a
snicker from the Priestess in ebon robes would halt him, curiosity making him
Tsubaki: I only wanted to engage in
conversation with you… especially regarding that Heal-Do child.
Thiji, turning around to face
Tsubaki: What of her?
Tsubaki: Oh-ho… so you do give
a care about her?
Thiji: Hardly… though I would like
to know why you even brought her up in the first place.
Tsubaki: Is it not obvious, little
Wizard? During our little squabble in
the Emperium Jungle, I couldn't help but notice her morale would dwindle
whenever she came face-to-face with you.
I would say that the girl is very unwilling to do you harm. Surely she
Thiji: Sorry to disappoint you, but
that is old news; Heal-Do has been like that ever since this whole conflict
began. Of course, you would have no idea
about this since we did not run into your ilk until later on. Which raises a further question, why do you
care about her anyways?
Tsubaki: You blow love's temptation
away like a heap of dry leaves in the wind. For if you did love her, something
unfortunate may have befallen her – and ultimately you – in the long run.
Warnings aside, you are perfect for Priesthood.
Thiji: Be that as it may, I simply
do not love her. Try as she will, it will have no effect on me.
Tsubaki, thinking: Like a man on
a mission, this boy… very impressive. Which reminds me... I wonder where she
has gone to. Probably off cleaning
herself at her favorite spot again… hmph.
The Wizard would leave her without
another word and exit the Sanctuary altogether, heading down the streets of
Prontera City. As he did, he would run
into a familiar face in an even more familiar outfit. One of the first Kafra that he and Raien met
since coming to Rune-Midgarts – Kafra Pavianne.
"Good morning to you, Sir
Thiji! The Kafra Corporation is always here for your adventuring needs!"
she greeted in the usual Kafra way. "How can I help you today?"
"Hello again, Pavianne,"
the Wizard greeted back. "I need someplace to relax and think. Do you have
The purple-haired woman pondered for
a moment before a light bulb appeared by her head.
"I know of an island off the
coast of Izlude where a lot of couples like to go!" she explained.
"It is a tropical paradise/honeymoon/vacation spot that was opened by King
Tristan Gaebolg III after realizing the amount of capital it could gain and add
to the Kingdom's Treasury!"
"My, how shrewd…"
commented Thiji. "But otherwise generous. Thank you, Kafra Pavianne. Give
Miss Nora my regards."
He gave a bow and flashed a ticket
to Pavianne for a free ride to Izlude, where he would take a ship to the fabled
honeymoon island. Without wasting any
time, he was already on board the next ride there, and the weather seemed fair
and promising enough for a peaceful sailing. These precious moments of peace gave the
Wizard time to contemplate on all that has transpired since the Emperium
Frontier's inception: the ever-vengeful wrath of the Battle Vixens; the
arrival of a third entity that is the Holy Saviors; the many close calls
that they have had battling both forces on several fronts; and the true mystery
behind the Emperium Stones. All of this
and more the Wizard pondered, and all that he could surmise was that the
fighting can only get more difficult as the conflict continues, with new and
strange monstrosities to conquer; wondrous and dangerous dungeons to explore,
and definitely more obstacles to overcome.
And Heal-Do… the Water Elf who
seemingly covets him deeply. Thiji was
never someone to deviate from his mission objective, but he would always
attract the feelings of another without even deliberately trying. Regardless of what and how she felt, he shook
it from his head and set his eyes on the horizon – the honeymoon island was in
view – Jawaii.
The locale was amazing, just as
Kafra Pavianne described. The people
were friendly and cheerful, and there was parties and dancing all around the
housing area. The beach was sparse save
for a few Normans scattered here and there. Thiji knew that this was an excellent place to
relax, and so he decided to make his way to the coast, where he'd find a
special island in the shape of a heart.
"Has to be where they take
photos…" he thought aloud. After a
few minutes of basking in the ocean breeze, a hand would reach out to him
grasping a drink – what seemed like a pineapple daiquiri. When he would turn his head, however, he would
get – in his case – an unwelcome sight…
Thiji: What in -? Heal-Do?!
Heal-Do: Hello, my lord…
The Assassin blushed heavily, but
attempted to hide it.
Thiji: How strange that in Jawaii,
of all places, I would find you here.
Heal-Do: You think you're the only
one that needed some time alone? To
relax and think? I had honestly no idea
you'd choose here.
Thiji: It is still morning
time. There aren't many people around the beach while it is still cool. Plus
the place is very lovely, I've noticed…
Heal-Do: You are absolutely right
The Wizard and the Assassin watched
the sun rise for several moments. Being
on the other side of Rune-Midgarts, they were several hours behind from the
mainland – therefore, the sun had only begun its ascent into the heavens. Heal-Do would then turn to Thiji…
Heal-Do: I have been wondering for
some time now, Thiji… is there a reason why you do not show any affection for
The Wizard did not respond.
Heal-Do: All this time, I had
thought long and hard about this matter, and I wanted to know. There is no one
around to hear this, so please tell me… why?
Thiji: Simple: I do not have time to
be fraternizing with the enemy.
Heal-Do: What? Fraternize?
Thiji: "To associate or form a
relationship with someone –"
Heal-Do: I know what it means! But… why fraternize? I could honestly care less about what my other
sisters think… It's my choice; they cannot hate me for it.
Thiji: Boldly stated, my dear…
however, I simply do not have the time for such relationships. Also, the rest
of White Trinity is training for the next big battle, and I prefer to
rest before actually joining them.
Heal-Do: So… you don't…?
Thiji: I am afraid I do not.
Heal-Do: Not even a small amount, my
The Assassin then moved in front of
him so that their eyes would meet, Heal-Do being the only thing he could see.
Heal-Do: But there must be
something… deep down inside you, there must be something… anything… I
just know it.
Thiji, thinking: I give her
credit – she's persistent… (Aloud) I will listen as much as you want,
Heal-Do, but it will not avail you. This
Emperium Frontier is becoming more and more dangerous, and I cannot have my
mind distracted by this. This will only
slow me down… You'll understand – hmm?
Heal-Do took his hands into hers and
stared deep into his eyes.
Heal-Do: Lord Thiji… sometimes love
might save you from even the gravest of situations. I have come to realize that now. Someday, if we ever reach that far, one of us
will be in dire need of help… and only the other will be the one to save them.
Perhaps, it may be – dare I say – destiny.
The Wizard slowly took his arms away
from the Assassin and turned his body, his back facing Heal-Do…
Thiji: I do not know much of
destiny, but I am highly certain that two highly-skilled fighters such as
ourselves would fall prey to such a quandary where one of us will end up having
to save the other… not that I do not believe you, but… it sounds like nonsense.
Heal-Do: Is it? Is it, Thiji? Is it truly nonsense? It could happen.
Thiji: Well, we will most definitely
find out for ourselves, won't we?
The Wizard would then take out a
Butterfly Wing from his pouch.
Thiji: I sincerely apologize to end
this little… rigmarole early, but I just remembered to reunite with the rest of
As he would begin to wave the
Butterfly Wing in his hand, Heal-Do rushed over and embraced the Wizard. Though it was ephemeral, she felt the
slightest bit of happiness before being pushed away by Thiji, and vanishing
into thin air. After he had disappeared
completely, Heal-Do placed her hands to her heart and gazed out into the ocean.
Tears would begin falling from her cheeks…
Moments later, another Elf arrived
in Jawaii atop her pet bird, Mukuhawk. It
was none other than Elua, the second youngest of the Battle Vixens,
coming to check up on her baby sister.
Elua: Hey, Heal-Do!
She noticed her weeping and ran to
Elua: Whoa! Are you okay? What's wrong?
Heal-Do, sniffling: N-Nothing… it's
Elua: Oh, no, there's something
definitely wrong here.
Heal-Do: You would not like it if I
Elua: Nothing in this world will
make me forget that you are my sister. Come on, Heal-Do… talk to me.
Heal-Do: Fine, but… Lupi and Aege,
they can't learn of this. At least not
Elua: I swear to keep this secret.
The Wind Elf leaned over and moved
her green locks aside so that her ear would be close to Heal-Do's lips so that
she would be able to whisper whatever it was that had Heal-Do so upset to her…
Elua: (Gasp) No… way! Is this for real?!
Heal-Do: I'm afraid that it is…
Elua: Well, I can't tell you who you
can and can't love, Baby Sister, but… what about Lupi? Who knows what she'd do if she catches wind of
Heal-Do: I can deal with Lupi. My main concern is knowing whether or not he
truly loves me.
Elua: Well, sis, I can only tell you
this: it is only at our moment of direst need that one's true feelings become
known. And I know for a fact that he may
one day confess!
Heal-Do: Funny… I said that to him
just a few moments ago.
Elua: Wait, here?! Just now?!
Heal-Do: Mm-hmm… and yet, I care for
him more and more as time passes by… if I don't control this, I might explode
right in front of him.
Elua: That really is very deep of
you… but we really have to keep this on the hush-hush in the meantime. I don't want Lupi going off again.
Heal-Do: I'm so glad that you came,
Elua. Thank you…
Elua: No problem. Let's go back home. We may be able to make it back to Amatsu in
time for lunch!
The two Elven sisters began to leave
the honeymoon island. Meanwhile, back at
the fields of Prontera, Ray, Lee, and Raien were commencing their training
Raien was focusing his inner spirit
as he attempted to summon a large dragon made of his own chakra. However, the technique was quite advanced, and
he would soon be drained…
Raien, panting: Damn… I messed up…
Even for me, this technique ain't easy to master, for sure!
Lee: It's all right, Raien. Take it one step at a time.
Ray: I've never seen Ninja perform
Ninjutsu like that before. Then again, I
rarely see Ninja at all around here… Who taught you that?
Raien: The master I serve known as
the Lightning Shadow, or Raikage. He
promised me that if we defeated the competition back at the Emperium Jungle, he
would teach me how to perform it. All that remains now is to master it…
Lee: It must be awesome being a
Ninja. Though I think I'll keep my
distance just in case you do master it, because it might be WILD!
Thiji would then arrive, making his
way out of the city to meet up with his companions.
Thiji: You can say that again… My
robes were nearly totaled after that stunt he pulled back in Payon.
Raien: Yeah, sorry about that,
Thiji: It's fine. It was a necessity.
Lee: No kidding. Oh, by the way, guys. I've been thinking: what
do you all think will happen after this?
Ray: What do you mean, Lee?
Lee: You know, after the next
facility reveals itself?
Raien: One thing's for sure: it
won't get any easier from here on. That
much goes without saying. And we've been fighting the Battle Vixens for
a while now.
Thiji: And now there is the arrival
of the Holy Saviors…
Ray: A three-way struggle.
Thiji: But no matter what happens,
we will be prepared to face and overcome it. I guarantee you all that.
Ray: Wait a minute… did you guys
hear something just now?
Raien: No, I didn't hear anything.
Ray: Hold on; listen closely…
In a collective effort, White
Trinity closes their eyes to focus their senses… After a moment, the sound
of humming would be made apparent to their ears…
Lee: Who do you think that might be?
It sounds like it's coming from the river that runs through these plains.
Raien: I don't know, but I think I
should go and check it out.
Thiji, sarcastically: Oh, that is an
amazing idea, brother…
Raien immediately volunteers and
sneaks into some nearby bushes. Rustling
through the foliage, he finds a clearing where a girl is seen bathing herself
within the riverbank. Raien notices her
clothes on the edge of the river…
Raien, guffawing: NICE! This is totally my lucky day! But those
Ray: Do you see anything, Raien?!
Raien: Uh, no… no, not really.
(Thinking) Now's my chance…!
The girl was minding her own
business until she thought she heard some noises coming from behind her.
"Did I hear something just
now?" she asked herself as she turned around, but to no avail. "Hm. It must have been my
After closing her eyes, she reopened
them almost instantly and jerked her head around once more.
"Wait a second…!"
Her clothes had vanished! All that remained was her sword and her
"What the -?! Who could have done such a despicable thing? Whomever did this will pay dearly!"
Meanwhile, back at the fields, the
Lightning Ninja had returned to the group carrying some strange garments…
"Raien? What took you?" Thiji asked. "You
took an awful long time to—"
"Shit…" said Raien under
his breath. A sweatdrop came down
Thiji's, Lee's, and Ray's brows.
"What the hell?! Are those clothes?!" the Wizard scolded.
"There was someone in the river?!"
"Maybe…" the Ninja simply
"You just… took the person's
clothes?" Lee followed, his eyes narrowing.
"Maybe…" reiterated Raien.
Ray walked over and inspected the clothes…
"Well, whoever these clothes
belong to, they're a Crusader," Ray deducted. "Mostly female.
Crusaders are devoted servants of the Church of Odin, and they have been sworn
to uphold and protect the people and those who worship Odinism. They are also more focused around defense as
they carry a huge shield and can use Holy magic to protect themselves
"That's well and good, but it's
the single fact of that particular garb belonging to a woman that I am
worried about," spoke Thiji with a shake of his head.
A few moments later the Gun-Knight
gasped upon a second inspection of the clothing.
"Oh, shit, guys…" Ray
quivered. "Those symbols on the cape… they're –"
The Wizard and the Monk rushed over
and parted Raien's hands to get a good look of the Crusader's clothing. But before any of them could utter a single
word, a shout came from within the bushes…
"You lecherous thief! How dare you!" spoke the naked
woman, using her tower shield to maintain her decency. She stared daggers at
Raien, approaching White Trinity all the while.
"Ma'am, I promise you I didn't
steal this!" defended Lee, taking his hands off of the clothes.
"I know you are
innocent, fair Monk," said the woman. "As well as the Wizard and the…
Her anger would soon give way for
surprise as she acquired a closer look of the four young men. White Trinity gasped
in unison at the closer sight of the woman as well. She had auburn hair and
hazel eyes, and delicate facial features.
"You're…!" gasped Ray.
"No way…! We… we saw you fall!"
"The Swordsman that Lupi
killed…" Lee said with astonishment. "And yet you still live!"
"White Trinity…" whispered
the woman. She then darted her eyes back at Raien and snatched her clothes back
from his clutches. "Lecherous Ninja... you have some nerve!"
"That's Raien for you…"
"I am not sorry," Raien
said in a cool tone. Thiji, Ray, and Lee turned around to give the woman the privacy
to don her gear, save for Raien who was still looking until Thiji turned his
body around for him. After a minute of
waiting the woman would be restored to her former glory.
"White Trinity…" she
said again, but this time more audible. "The very guild that saved me and my
brothers and sisters twice now since the Emperium Frontier's opening. I owe you greatly, however, it pains me to say
that I am now your foe, as are my sisters."
"Whoa, what?!" shouted
Ray, jumping up a little. "But it wasn't our fault! It was Raien's!"
"I don't think that is what she
means, Ray…" Thiji interjected.
"Sir Thiji is correct. I am of the Holy Saviors, and I have
assumed command of them as of last month."
The Crusader unsheathed her blade
and held it to her face. It gave off a
silvery gleam in the sun, slightly blinding the four.
"Formidable you four may be, I
will give my all in this next battle, and exact vengeance for the savage
harlots that have felled many of my comrades, for I, Youmei, will be the shield
that protects the people. For now, I bid
you farewell, White Trinity…"
After her monologue, Youmei sheathed
her sword and set off back towards Prontera. Just as she passed the city gates, a certain
teal-haired Kafra came running out into the fields…
Ray, Lee, Raien, & Thiji: Nora!
Nora: Hey, boys! How ya' doin?! The break treatin' you guys good?
Thiji: Somewhat. We just had a run-in with someone from Holy
Nora: Really? Well, how interestin'!
Lee: Is there something you wanted
to tell us?
Nora: Yeah, actually! I know how you guys were a little tuckered out
from the last fight in the Emperium Jungle, right? Well, I just found a golden opportunity for
y'all to restock on supplies!
Thiji: Where? We could definitely use more potions, among
Nora: I was talkin' with my fellow
colleagues earlier about the Emperium Frontier, and we touched on the subject
of Geffen, the City of Magic!
Ray: Of course…! Geffen!
Thiji: Mind telling us a little
Nora: Sure! This should be a refresher for Ray and Lee!
The Kafra clears her throat for a
moment and takes out a map from one of her back pockets, pointing at a small
city shaped in the form of a circle.
Nora: Located in the westernmost
region of the Rune-Midgarts kingdom, Geffen is where the denizens of the
kingdom go to become Magicians at the famous Magic Academy!
Nora: It was also once the ancient
capital of the Elven Kingdom of Alfheim! There is also rumors that the city was once
built by great Wizards of ages past since they believed in magic!
Raien: Hm… Elua & Heal-Do are
Lee: Think they might have any
information about Alfheim?
Thiji: Not unless you want to get
torn to pieces in the process of asking.
Nora: There is a huge tower
at the center of the city where the Wizard Magic Academy is held; the actual
Magician's guild is located on the outskirts of the city itself. Also, it is where the Blacksmith's Guild is
located, too! Because of this, they are
capable of forging elemental weaponry!
Ray: Of course. And then there's the Orc Village and Goblin
Village to the South, where Lee and I like to train sometimes.
Nora: Exactly! West of there is the Kordt Forest – where
Kobolds are its natural inhabitants!
Thiji: Any more information for us?
Nora: Yes, actually. Every three years in Geffen, the Magic
Festival is held for a total of fifteen days! Here, Magicians turn their research into
Thiji: So it's a showcase of sorts…
Nora: There's also the Tournament of
Magic where spellcasters of all classes face off against one another using only
Ray: Sounds like something right up
your alley, Thiji!
Nora: Though the Magic Festival
won't happen again until about another year or so, so that leaves plenty of
time for you to practice!
Thiji: I see. Thank you, Madam Shuji.
Nora: No problem! If you're all are prepared, I'll take you guys
there in a heartbeat!
Raien: All right… here's a voucher.
Nora graciously accepts the free
teleportation ticket from the Ninja and begins using her special magic to whisk
them away to the City of Magic.
About several minutes of
transporting through the aether, the four would find themselves at the city
square, where they find numerous people cavorting with each other. Witnessing the splendor of this new area,
Thiji and Raien noticed the violet cobblestones that made up the city's
streets, and the towering structure located at the heart of the City of Magic
which housed the Magic Academy…
"Wow… This entire city is built
like a donut!" Raien exclaimed. "Think there are any pretty ladies
He then found his brother, the
Wizard, being surrounded by a small legion of neophyte Magicians of the female
variety. "Hey! How are you getting
the girls this time?!"
"I'm not," defended
Thiji. "They are just fans."
"Well, send some of your fans
over here!" Raien demanded. "Nora
completely left out the fact that this place had sexy-looking female
Mages… that wear nothing… but a bra and a skirt…"
The Wizard politely asked his
adoring public where they would be able to find some magical supplies. One of them points to the Northwest, where the
Magician's Guild is located. He thanks
them kindly and turns to his friends.
"My newfound public says that
we can acquire some items by the Magician's Guild to the Northwest of
here," he told them.
"I could have told you that!"
Ray said, leading the way. "All
right, then. Let's get going!"
As they left, Thiji looked back and
saw the posse of female Magicians – some of them swooning; others pouting – at
their muse. This fascinated the Wizard
as he gave them a friendly wave farewell to acknowledge them.
"Whatever. Female Ninjas are sexier anyway,"
spoke Raien in a jealous tone. Coincidentally, some Kunoichi began walking by
the Lightning Ninja, giggling at him as they went by, which made his head turn
a complete one-hundred eighty degrees and would begin walking towards them. "And there go some right now!"
"Wait, Raien!" Lee called
out. "Oh, fine, then. We'll explore the city without him."
White Trinity, however, was not the only ones present in the City of Magic.
To the East, a certain Blacksmith &
Knight duo were sitting around in the Blacksmith's Guild…
Lupi: (Yawns) I can't keep waiting
like this… I wish the next place would show itself already... I'm keeling over
Aege, tempering her and her sisters'
weapons: There really is no hope for you, is there? You are always impatient, and you're the first
one to go off.
Lupi: Easy for you to say, little
sister… I want my redemption on those Trinities!
The Blacksmith pauses what she was
doing for a moment and snickers.
Lupi: Something funny?
Aege: For a moment you sounded like
those Holy Saviors with "redemption" and all!
Lupi, chuckling: I did for a
second, didn't I?
Aege: By the way, have you seen Elua
today? I didn't find her in her room
Lupi: She went to fetch Heal-Do for
Aege: I see… Well, it –
Before Aege said another word, she
notices Raien of White Trinity walking by with a group of blushing
female Ninja around him and takes cover behind the forge.
Lupi: What is wrong – (Muffled,
Aege drags Lupi into the shadows
with her until Raien passes by. He was
busy amazing his entourage with his many exploits in the Emperium Frontier to
realize the two sisters were even around. Lupi was still kicking and shouting, trying to
get Aege off of her.
Aege: Phew… sorry about that, Lupi. I didn't want us being seen.
Lupi, with a smile on her face: Oh,
that's not a problem at all, Aege. Just
be sure to warn me next time you do something like that or I'll harm you
Aege: (Frightened tone) O-Okay… I'll
be sure to remember…
At the Prontera Sanctuary, Youmei
had finally reunited with her sisters, though they would find their new leader
with reddened cheeks…
Tsubaki: What's the matter with you,
Momiji: Why are you blushing,
The Crusader did not say a word and
jostled the two Acolytes out of the way.
Youmei, angrily: I am going to go
change now… excuse me.
Tsubaki, thinking: "Strange
for Youmei to appear before us in such a manner. Clearly White Trinity is to be
responsible fo0r this. How troublesome
indeed… I have just the idea to remedy this!
As Botan & Momiji struggled to
get back on their feet, and Youmei getting out of her good clothes and into her
battle attire, the four went about their business for a time serving the
people, healing those in need, and giving thanks to Odin for their good health
Later in the afternoon – about an
hour after Youmei's arrival – Tsubaki had called the four of them back into one
of the confession chambers to discuss an important matter…
Youmei: We are here as you
requested, Tsubaki. What do you wish to
Tsubaki: I have been thinking for
some time now about our current situation in the Emperium Frontier.
Botan: Really? What is it, Lady Tsubaki?
Momiji: It's important, right?
Tsubaki: It most certainly is, my
dears. Look around you. What do you see?
The Crusader and the Acolyte twins
take a moment to scan their surroundings.
Botan: A confession chamber?
Tsubaki: Think bigger…
Momiji: A… place of peace?
Tsubaki: Bigger still…
Youmei: You silly Acolytes. She clearly means the Capital City of
Tsubaki: Correct as always, Youmei. But more importantly, what is Prontera to us,
the Holy Saviors?
Botan & Momiji: Our home!
Tsubaki: You catch on fast. This is indeed our home. In light of this, you are all aware of the
building located within Mt. Mjolnir that appeared when this all began, right?
The others would nod in unison,
still unsure of what the Priestess in black was getting at.
Tsubaki: Then why, pray tell, is it
under the stewardship of White Trinity?
Botan: That's easy! Um… because they were here first, right?
Tsubaki: Normally, you'd be correct,
but despite not having encountered them since the Emperium Frontier's
inception, it should, by rights, belong to us.
Youmei: But Tsubaki, you forget: we have
encountered them. We were one of the
"lesser guilds" struck down by the Battle Vixens' fury.
She had Tsubaki there. The massacre at Mount Mjolnir completely
slipped past her. But she shook her head
at the thought.
Youmei: But just what are you
Tsubaki: Simple: what if we were to
demoralize White Trinity while at the same time benefitting ourselves?
Momiji: You mean like hurting them
and helping us?
Tsubaki: Exactly that, Momiji.
Youmei: Your words are finally
beginning to sound interesting, Tsubaki. I am listening.
Botan: I think I know where this is
Tsubaki: We take back the streets of
Prontera by usurping the Emperium Frontier from the hands of White Trinity!
Youmei: Yes… you are right about
that. Plus, there should be an Emperium
Stone there lying dormant, allowing us to seize it.
Tsubaki: The Holy Saviors will
be empty-handed no longer! Let us take
over the Fortress for our own use!
Botan & Momiji: Yeah! For the Saviors!
In Odin's name!
In youthful vigor, the twins begin
storming out of the Sanctuary and toward the Northern gate of Prontera, leaving
Tsubaki and Youmei behind for a moment.
"By the way, Youmei,"
Tsubaki started. "Why were you so
red in the face earlier?"
"That is none of your business,
Tsubaki. Let us be off," the
Crusader icily replied before elegantly striding out of the hallowed halls of
"My dear Thiji, you are not
the only one capable of devising strategies… now, you have left yourself wide
open, and shall pay dearly for it!" she thought, giving a wicked
chuckle before following Youmei out of the Sanctuary.
Back at the City of Magic, Ray &
Lee had begun their perusal of the wares within the Mages' Guild, browsing
through the many potion stocks available to them. Thiji was getting his fill of gems of various
colors and an abundance of blue potions that made the shopkeepers somewhat
disturbed at his generous patronage. Meanwhile,
Raien had continued flaunting himself before his adoring fans, completely
oblivious to the Battle Vixens' presence, which gave enough time for
Elua & Heal-Do to reunite with their older siblings…
"You two are late!" Lupi
scolded. "You must have had much
relaxation during your R & R."
"Forgive me, sister… Elua and I
just had a little talk, that's all," Heal-Do replied with her head
"It's no trouble, really,"
Aege stated, still working on her and her sisters' weapons. "I was able to get some major tempering
done with our equipment! The Trinities
will never know what hit them this time around! Also, it may be a little impertinent to ask,
but have any of you managed to find any information regarding where the next
installation will be?"
Elua answered with a shrug. She looked
over at her pet falcon, who also shook his head. "Mukuhawk and I haven't heard anything
regarding the Emperium Frontier in about a month."
"DAMN!" Lupi shouted as
she stomped the pavement with great force sufficient to break a man's foot. Due to the volume of her voice, however, Raien
stopped for a moment and turned around toward the source of the noise, but he
saw nothing but a forge that was seemingly left abandoned with weapons placed
over a steel anvil.
"Eh, just my imagination
again," he said coolly to his entourage, making them laugh all the while. As soon as the coast was clear again the Battle
Vixens rose back up to their feet.
"Close call there…"
Heal-Do sighed. "But we do have
a hunch, sisters. Since there has
already been three areas – one in three of Rune-Midgarts' cities – that means
that the fourth could be in any one of two remaining places: here, or Alberta,
where we go to and from home."
"And I'd place my money on
Geffen, if you ask me!" Elua added. "A place like this and the surrounding
areas would be the perfect place for it to appear!"
"Then at least we know
something White Trinity doesn't for once," the scarlet-haired
Knight spoke, looking back over to Raien as he continued in the opposite
direction, leaving them to continue about their business.
Back at Mt. Mjolnir, Botan &
Momiji were seen standing before the Emperium Fortress's entrance, while
Tsubaki & Youmei had appeared behind them. Inside was the Ruby Emperium, left unattended
by the White Trinity guild, waiting to be wrested by the hands of the
chosen warriors of Odin...
Youmei: The Emperium Fortress… here,
in Mt. Mjolnir. To think that I would
never get so close to the front gate all those months ago, let alone the
Tsubaki: Yes, and now you will be
able to exact your revenge on the Battle Vixens by taking this from White
Youmei: Redemption, not revenge. I will not stoop to the level of those
Botan: In the name of the Allfather,
these banners will be replaced with the colors of the Holy Saviors!
Momiji: We will see it done, sister!
Lady Tsubaki, we are ready to storm the
Without warning, a large arrow
struck the ground before the four. The
Acolyte twins jumped back high in the air and fell on their bottoms, while
Youmei dashed to the front of her companions on instinct.
Youmei: Behind me, sisters! We are not alone!
Tsubaki, thinking: Defenses…?
They left behind Guardians…? Did that
Wizard know we would be here after all?!
Youmei: Forward, Saviors!
The Crusader advanced as the others
followed behind her, deflecting the arrows fired by the Guardians within until
they breached the front gate. With the
Bow Guardians now in view the twins focused their magic and cried, "Pneuma!"
as small clouds of green light appeared around them, nullifying their ranged
attacks. They then proceeded to fire
away at them with volleys of Holy Light – with Tsubaki's aid, of course – until
they sustained enough damage to deactivate and dismantle into pieces.
With the primary defenses crumbled,
Youmei commanded, "Forward! To the
Ruby Emperium!" as she charged ahead with her blade held high, fighting
off the Bow Guardians as they appeared. During their ascension, Tsubaki was
paying close attention to Botan & Momiji, whom have been fighting with
exceptional skill recently. It intrigued
her knowing of the potential that laid dormant in these twins.
They had arrived to the top floor at
last, where a duo of Sword Guardians stood side-by-side to greet them. They
would step forward and raise their blades before Youmei would steel herself for
the coming attack.
Botan as Momiji followed with a Blessing. A bell appeared above the heads of herself and
the other Saviors. As it tolled,
feathers would pop out in place of the bell, combined with the halo and angel
wings given by the Blessing. Youmei felt
a great surge of strength through her body as she rose her shield with little
effort, steadfastly blocking the Guardians' strike, and counterattacking with a
cross-shaped double slash attack that would crush the Guardians with the power
"Victory to Odin's
chosen!" Youmei shouted triumphantly. Tsubaki gave an acknowledging grunt while
Botan & Momiji cheered for a brief moment before falling to their knees.
"You two," Tsubaki
uttered, "are stronger than I had originally anticipated. You've helped clear the way to our ultimate
"It was our pleasure, Lady
Tsubaki…" they both spoke simultaneously between pants.
A moment later, a bright red glow
filled the room as the Ruby Emperium stood before them on a raised dais. The Saviors slowly approached the
precious rock and stared in awe at its splendor…
"This is it," Youmei said.
"The very mineral that controls
this Fortress – the Ruby Emperium."
"It's… beautiful," said
the dark Priestess, almost entranced by its crimson hue.
"And with this, we will be one
step closer to the Holy Saviors' glorious conquest," the
auburn-haired Crusader said shortly after.
An incredibly bright red light
filled the room and the surrounding area.
Meanwhile, as those events were occurring, Nora – whom was once again in
the Sograt Desert to monitor the appearance of any dangerous beasts – had
received a call from one of her crew members…
Nora: This is Kafra Nora. What's up?
The teal Kafra then gasped, turning
her head around frantically at what her colleague had just informed her.
Nora: What? Already?!
After looking westward, Nora saw
something shoot up into the very heavens.
Nora: Shoot, we don't have time for
a broadcast, Pav; I'm all the way out in Morroc territory! (To herself) And
I won't be able to notify the boys in time either…
Nora would then begin blitzing
through the Sograt Desert with uncanny speed – even more uncanny for a Kafra
Nora: We'll have ta' get the rest of
the crew together later! Is there anyone
else available?! The Western Branch…? It'll have ta' do for now. Report this to Headquarters while I contact
Kafra Western Branch! Kafra Nora out!
The transmission ended and Nora went
full speed towards Morroc while she attempted to get a hold of someone from the
Nora: This is Kafra Executive Nora. Get me with someone from our girls at the
Back at Geffen, the scene was much
more exciting for what had shot up into the air was not one, but five beams of
light with varying colors. This made the
citizens of Geffen jump in fright, while White Trinity and the Battle
Vixens felt the earth beneath them shake ever so slightly.
"So," Ray spoke, "the
next battle has finally arrived…"
"Yes, finally here…" Lee
"The next battle…" Thiji
murmured, looking over to the direction Raien went some time ago. Speaking of,
the Ninja and his female followers witnessed the phenomenon for themselves, and
without another word, he would begin running back toward the town square, while
the Battle Vixens had kept a low profile so as to not be detected.
Aege: Here at last, huh?
Elua: Those rays of light are coming
from the Southwest…
Heal-Do: The Southwest? You don't mean Britoniah, do you?
Elua: That's exactly what I mean!
Aege: So our fastest ticket outta
here is the western exit. Let's see if
we can leave without being spotted.
Lupi: Like it matters! We'll crush them this time; stealth is for
The fiery female knight snatched her
Hellfire Lance from Aege's forge and began to storm off into the city. Before they could come up with any
alternative, the remaining three sisters equipped themselves with their
respective weapons and followed their brash elder sister out of the City of
Cutting through the center of town,
the Battle Vixens would seemingly be in the clear, until they would
reach a set of stairs in which the way was obscured by a barricade of ice on
the top stair.
Thiji: So you were here…
Aege: Shit, they saw us! Elua! Can't your falcon break through this barrier?
Elua, petting Mukuhawk: He could,
but Mukuhawk is still recovering from the Emperium Jungle… I don't want to push
him this time.
Heal-Do: But we can't just wait for
the ice to dissipate! And going the long
way would only hinder us!
Raien had arrived to his companions'
side seconds later.
Raien: Sorry, guys. I came as soon
as I saw the beams of light. What's with the Ice Wall?
Ray & Lee: Battle Vixens.
Raien: Dammit, not now…! Well, we
can't just do nothing. We should hold
The Ninja readied a Fuma Shuriken as
he took to a battle stance.
Thiji: Ray. Lee. Didn't
you two leave your weapons behind back at the Emperium Fortress?
Ray: Oh, crap, you're right…! We left them there hoping that this would be a
Lee: That's okay, Ray. We'll just find a Kafra lady and teleport
there in an instant!
Raien: Yeah, you two get your
belongings. Thiji and I will handle
Thiji: I am as ready as I will ever
The Gun-Knight and the Monk
immediately head to a nearby Kafra employee that was spectating the sudden ice
wall. She also had two fingers to her
ear, as if communicating with someone far away. When she saw the two young men approach her,
she bade her colleague to hold on as she attended to them.
"Oh, hello, White
Trinity!" Kafra Pavianne greeted. "Strange
happenings, isn't it? What can I help you with today?"
"Pavianne, we need a teleport
to our Emperium Fortress, please," Ray said hurriedly as he flashed a
special voucher. In response to this,
the violet-haired Kafra turned her head away slightly, as if worried.
"What is it, Miss?" asked
"Well, I would be happy to
teleport you straight there," Pavianne began, "but according to what
I've been told, White Trinity no longer has ownership over the Emperium
all four White Trinity members, as Thiji and Raien had overheard them
whilst holding off the Battle Vixens. The Ice Wall had begun to crack…
"What could have
happened?!" Lee wondered.
"We don't have time for games,
Pavianne!" Ray exclaimed, but the look on her face was proof enough that
she was telling the truth. The
Gun-Knight growled in annoyance before saying, "Okay, fine. Just take us to Prontera and we'll hoof it from
"It'll cost you," Pavianne
replied. Without a second thought, Ray
took out a bag containing exactly 1,500 Zeny to the Kafra, in which she would
begin the teleportation procedure.
"Lost our HQ and now we're
outnumbered 2 to 1…" Raien sighed as the Ice Wall would continue breaking
until finally shattering at Lupi's attacks.
"Knock, knock, assholes!"
she screamed as she ascended the staircase.
"If you fight with all your
might, there is a chance of life; whereas death is certain if you cling to your
corner," spoke Thiji, giving another of his strategic quotes as he
conjured a Frost Diver on the ground.
"As if I'm dying today!"
the lightning Shinobi scoffed, preparing himself for battle.
At Prontera Field, Ray and Lee were
already well out of the city limits and heading into Mt. Mjolnir thanks to a
Peco Peco they rented from Prontera Chivalry…
Ray: Man, whoever took our Fortress
from under our noses is going down so hard!
Lee: Hell, yeah, they're definitely
not getting off easy for this!
Quickening their advance, the two
would eventually make it to Mt. Mjolnir, and the Emperium Fortress would appear
on the horizon. As they moved closer and
closer to it, however, they would notice something different about it – namely
the banners hanging from its marble walls.
Lee: Ray, haven't we seen that
Ray: Yeah, you're right… (Gasps) No…
it can't be -!
Familiar Voice, chuckling evilly:
Oh-ho, but it is!
It was the colors of the Holy
Saviors guild, and its four chosen elite emerged from the balcony
overlooking the front gate. Botan and
Momiji taunted them with stuck-out tongues and mocking laughter. Youmei seemed reluctant as she turned her head
away, as if ashamed, her silken, auburn tresses obscuring her face from the two
Botan: Yes! We finally got one up on you guys!
Momiji: Prontera is ours! The Holy Saviors have won this day!
Ray: You… you wenches!
Momiji: The nerve to call us wenches!
You shall not speak to us so lowly!
The two of them would harry Ray and
Lee with Holy Light blasts, putting them on the defensive as they attempted to
locate their gear.
Ray: Dammit, we're defenseless! To Acolytes! Wait, I still have my guns…
Lee: And I have my fists!
Ray: Guess we got so worked up that
we didn't think straight…
The Gun-Knight removed his revolver
from its holster and aimed it at the twins...
Ray: All right, now it's our turn to
… but to his annoyance, Ray had
noticed the magazine chamber was completely empty.
Lee: You didn't even bring any
Ray: I told you, I thought it was
just gonna be a quick trip to Geffen and back!
Tsubaki, laughing heartily: Oh, this
is rich! The great leader of White
Trinity, forgets to bring his only means of defending himself!
Lee: Watch it, Tsubaki! You're just lucky we don't have them on us
As the Monk said as such, Youmei had
returned, carrying the Gladiator Blade that was wielded by Ray and the Knuckle
Dusters Lee used, along with their miscellaneous provisions. She threw them over the ledge and they would
land several yards in front of them; Tsubaki and the Acolyte twins looked at
the Crusader in befuddlement.
Lee: What…? Our gear…!
Ray: What's this all about?!
Tsubaki: I'd like to know myself…
She remained silent for a few
seconds, staring at her comrades, and then down at Ray and Lee. She would then
move over to the ledge and pointed her Holy Blade at them.
Youmei: Ray Kaza and Lee of White
Before the two of them had any time
to respond, she would gesture to their belongings once more.
Youmei: While I find no joy or
pleasure in usurping this Emperium Fortress from you –
Tsubaki: Wait a minute! We took this fair and square!
Youmei: Hush, Youmei. 'Twas by your hand this deed was done, and
though we now have a base of operations, it was still an act of cowardice.
Tsubaki, growling: The nerve…
Youmei, back to Ray & Lee:
Nevertheless, I owe you, and the Holy Saviors owes you a debt that shall
be repaid this very moment. Take your
equipment and return to your friends. But
know that when we meet again, we shall do so as enemies; may our future battles
be honorable and glorious.
After her monologue, Youmei sheathed
her sword and turned on the heel of her foot and walked away. Botan and Momiji
followed suit, along with Tsubaki after giving one last mocking glare to them,
but pushed aside the "act of cowardice" Youmei had called it. Regaining their bearings, Ray and Lee
reequipped themselves and would begin leaving the area…
"Oh, man…" Lee said with a
worried voice. "What do we tell the
"What do you mean?!" Ray
asked, almost defensively. "They'll
know sooner or later, so it may as well be sooner! I know it blows our minds knowing our friend
is now our enemy, but we gotta keep our heads straight or we're done for!"
Lee sighed and would search the bags
for some fly wings to expedite their journey back to Geffen. Meanwhile, Thiji
and Raien were already engaged with the forces of the Battle Vixens, and
they are holding their own thanks to Raien's ninjutsu and Thiji's command over
ice magic. Behind them stood another Ice Wall that blockaded the western
entrance to the city; the Wizard's quick thinking prevented the Battle
Vixens from a hit-and-run attack, and that the fight be focused solely on
the two of them…
Raien, tossing Kunai at the Vixens
while dodging arrows: Where are those two?! We're already losing the
resources we came all the way out here to get!
Thiji, blocking Lupi's attack:
They'll be here, just hold fast!
Lupi had overpowered Thiji and he
was wide open for an attack. She would
deliver a powerful thrust into his stomach, but would be caught off-balance by
Raien who intercepted with a lightning strike. Aege made short work of his clones whilst Elua
prepared an Arrow Shower, and they would soon be overrun.
Aege: We got 'em now!
Elua: Watch the arrows rain down!
Raien: Aww, man, we're screwed…
Lupi launched herself into the air
and charged her lance with fire energy, preparing for an empowered Magnum
Break, but just as gravity was about to pull her down after reaching the top of
her jump, Lee appeared just in time with a Raging Trifecta Blow to stagger the
Knight, followed by a Heavy Tackle – a technique he learned from Kafra Nora way
back when – and sent her flying back toward the stairs which led to the inner
ring of the city. A barrage of bullets
would then emerge and with pinpoint accuracy, split the hail of arrows in half,
canceling Elua's Arrow Shower…
Raien: Guys, you're late as hell! They're not letting up for a second!
Thiji: And they hit like
Ray: Give us a break, guy! We were ambushed by the Holy Saviors!
Lee: Yeah… can't believe we lost
Raien: The hell do you mean,
Ray: Wait, what's a truck?
Thiji: Forget it; head out through
the western exit. Those beams of energy
were coming from that direction.
Ray: Uh, Thiji? I don't know if you haven't noticed, but the
exit is kinda blocked by your Ice Wall…
Thiji: Trust me. Just run straight through!
Raien: We don't have time to argue. Let's get out of Geffen while we still have
They would do so, and White
Trinity ran at top speed out of the city. As they neared the Ice Wall, Thiji and Raien
didn't let up, but Ray and Lee, still skeptical, slowed their pace. Lupi and her sisters recovered from the brawl,
spectating their cowardly adversaries' retirement. Then, what they saw next threw them for a
loop: Thiji and Raien had phased through the Ice Wall with no issues!
Ray and Lee, relieved to see this, would accelerate and head straight through
the barricade as well without fear of being harmed.
Aege: What in the fuck did I
Heal-Do: They… they went straight
through that Ice Wall!
As they reached the city limits,
Thiji snapped his fingers, and at the blink of an eye, the Ice Wall did not
melt, nor did it shatter into a million pieces; it vanished into thin air…
Elua: An illusion! They combined their magicks to trick us into
fighting them! Wow… that's pretty damn
impressive… that Raien is full of surprises.
Heal-Do: You mean Lord Thiji…
Aege: What did you just call him?
Heal-Do: Er, I mean –
As the other three sisters chatted
amongst themselves over the recent predicament, Lupi would see a Peco Peco
stables out of the corner of her eye, and sported a sly grin as she stood back
up and approached it…
In the outskirts of Geffen, White
Trinity would stop for a moment to catch their breath. Before them lied a vast plains area
overlooking a large river. This river
would actually be part of a massive lake that encircled Geffen, which would
explain the circular structure. The
western entrance into the city was connected by a large drawbridge made of
marble that would lead into a forest.
Thiji: My… what a large bridge.
Raien: Geffen's Mages are totally
overcompensating for something.
Ray: Yeah, well, we gotta cross this
thing; it's our fastest ticket toward the source of where those lights were
Lee: No kidding. Let's hurry up and move.
Ray, loading his gun: I got point.