His explanation of their role as it pertained to galactic affairs made sense, though at the moment she didn’t care to speak on it, because of other pressing matters; but she agreed wholeheartedly with what he said. If people knew the true nature behind their presence, they’d crumble at the sight of them. Whole civilizations would willingly hand over their titles for fear of destruction. The secrets the Exemplars guarded wielded enough power to shatter stars. Addison, though still a “rookie” in terms of service, understood that each and every one of her actions had a price wagered. In her role as Madison Maynard’s “Vizier”, her consults were limited to vague plans of actions; and quite often little zero exchange of information.
Her “secret” as an Exemplar was unknown even to Madison, for the simple fact that she was not supposed to be operating in this reality. Her feelings on his words manifest through a series of critical facial movements that suggest she’d thought a lot about them.
His words hit hard; she knew he was referring to Leonel, while true; his words seemed oddly familiar. She remembered a woman, blue in skin tone; speak something along the same lines; she never revealed her true name, but she went by SOIF perhaps they knew each other.
As the orange skinned beauty moved at a high velocity above the thick fauna of Earth-M, a perplexing thought scrapped the edges of her mind. Reality –M was created by Maya Lopez, of the Prime Universe, and with it Leonel and herself. When the 3rd Society manipulated Ziccarra and Alexis Pettis, they caused the implosion of the world’s sun which ended pretty much everything. “How could she be sensing the presence of two Leonels, if Leonel was specifically created for the MU?
Bursting through the atmosphere surrounded in an ornate pumpkin aura, Addison’s sensed the presence of Y-Intercept, the omni-existent spirit that sought to plunder universes. Addy’s first encounter with Y was in the “Y Reality” a period that came to be after, Y intercept became a singularity; and positioned herself at the center of creation.
Though her form in this universe was significantly altered, Addy knew it was her. Confident the STRIKE team could handle her without the reality warping power princess; Addison cloaked herself in similar fashion to Ian and descended upon Maya.
“Maya, it’s me Addison; Leonel needs your help. He’s in the palace battling an alternate version of him. I’m going to aid your father, he’s here fighting Catalina. We have to be swift but efficient. Addison said, tugging at her far shoulder.
With that Maya took off from her STRIKE team to aid her brother in what was proving to be a destructive battle. Adhering to Ian’s commands, Addison followed in tow to help thee champion tend to Catalina.
The cocaine goddess found herself transported on an entirely new planet, not that it mattered; with her curse still in place she had Fraga, she also had Agent Hollins who was strategically left back with the vessel on Earth. Despite being ridiculously outnumbered, there was still a wildcard at play.
Her eyes immediately alerted her to Luna Hawk’s intent to use her weapon, the astute properties granted by her electromagnetic vision gave her a form of low level precognition. Pushing her hands forward, the cocaine goddess crafted a bone shield reinforced by what could only be considered a blood construct. From behind her shield Y released a sickening chuckle, she found it amusing how this “Assistant” only had a fraction of her actual skills, but managed to hold A Time Siphon and Hawk Lore at bay.
It was all coming to an end; the “Assistants” body was becoming worn from the strain of battle, and even as her construct held up; she could feel penetrating bullets pelting through her body. Her superior blood should’ve healed her, but her true harbinger felt it was time she died. In truth, an invisible force knocked her slightly into the path of the bullets. As bits and pieces of her own blood begin to pelt away, in a similar manner from before she teleported through blood into a crouched position.
Before death would be allowed, she needed to distract a bit more, it wasn’t time yet. She watched as Time Siphon used an excessive amount of temporal energy to try and lock her sword away, but as it was revealed, Y was unaffected by time. Just as quickly as her sword disappeared, it reappeared again this time in her own hands.
“Fragments of my soul are forged into this blade” She revealed, marking one of the few times she cared to speak. Throughout the entirety of the bout it was clear that she had very little damage, until Y begin to remove herself from the human part of the assistant. Thick blotches of blood began to form on her extremities; she actually appeared gassed and tired.
The cursed sword abruptly disappeared, it would herald a new host, as for the assistant; she simply felt dead of a simple blood clot.
Ruby remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the entire ordeal, she wasn’t feeling like herself. There was a slight cut across her wrist from where Y-intercept’s star cut lightly across her flesh. She’d be poisoned before, not a big deal; what she was currently feeling was light headed.
“T-this is all some sort of elaborate plot to do what” She grunted, acting as If she’d fallen. “Where’s Maya?”
In what seemed like both directions, turbulent tremors molested the counter earth, it was just as effed up as their Earth—except the causes was also on this planet. Ruby’s wincing eyes darted upward to see the faint sight of the Human God—Turisas, battling what appeared to be a golden god.
Trees tumbled, as the two gods tore the sky asunder, she had no idea where the secondary entity came from; but he attacked Turisas as if he had a vendetta.
Violent wind shockwaves pushed through the area, knocking the already ailing director off her feet to the soil. “What the hell is that?” She asked, gritting her teeth writhing in agony at the poison pumping through her veins.
Holding her ailing wrist in pain, she repelled a paralyzing scowl; daring anyone to try and help her. There was work to be done. Plans to be thwarted, time management were necessary. “The Fleet” She muttered erratically, trying to conjure a sentence.
“We’ve been getting played the entire time…these beings are just a distraction. Get to the palace, help Maya. The sooner we end this ordeal, the sooner we can switch focus.”She lamented, feeling her searing flesh throbbing.
“Go….NOW THAT’S an order!” She screamed, using a knee to prop herself back upright. As she rose with the assistance of a tree, it happened, so fast and sudden, so tremendously horrifying in power; a powerful white flash encompassed the entire area causing the ground to literally to implode beneath her.
Now back on the ground, and rolling into ditch compliments of Ronnie’s uncharted power, Ruby laid laboriously breathing, not compelled to move she only had one thought—her son, Daniel.
With the stakes now higher than ever, it didn’t take the Power Princess very long to reach the now crumbling palace, whatever was taking place was dwarfed by the sudden power surge she felt from behind her. The combined might of Dr.Burns, Time Siphon and Solar Hawk put down Y-intercept for now; she amounted to be nothing more than one more distraction on the playing field. A tool someone perfectly employed to deal with Time Siphon, not Fraga as it would seem.
Ronnie was hearing voices in his head, or another entity; his battle with an unknown enemy here on M was cataclysmic; she found feel the uninhabited planet bending at the will of the gods. Feral Nova, while she was here; her injuries kept her at bay for most of the conflict.
Burns, seemed to lose a step in the transportation from Earth, but he continued to be a huge asset, despite his lack of explanation for being here in the first place. Solar Hawk and Vocal were physical champions, despite her injures S.Hawk was still willing to fight; a trait Maya admired her for.
Vocal wasn’t new, but she was new to this side of the team; she didn’t miss a step when jumping in to help against Y.
Then there was Maya, she contained Gaia back on Earth; but throughout this entire ordeal she allowed the pressures of her powers to get the best of her. Reality Warping was easy, easy when things needed a simple fix, she could do simple. However, this event was not simple; she immediately felt overwhelmed with what she could do. Because of it, she stuck to her base power set, containment shields and light magic. Slowly sauntering through the crumbling threshold, her eyes were fixed on Catalina, her sister, Thee Champion, her father, and Addison Hopewell, a friend of Leonel.
Addison kept her distance allowing the herald of hope to try and talk some sense into his distraught daughter, but as Cat’s corruption energy seeped deep into the castle floors it was apparent he was not getting through.
“I don’t know you people…” Cat said, once again placing her hands back on her hips. For a moment, only a moment her eyes met briefly with Maya; a part of her knew who she was, but another part wanted her dead.
“Cat…I know they took Bishop from you. But we got him…we got him back!” Maya called out, trying to appeal to the only person Cat was known to have feelings for. It was at that moment that her father screamed, the sound of his horrifying wail caused both hers and Addy’s heart to race.
“What have you done?” Alexis asked cryptically, Maya and Addison stared at one another in confusion. “I just completed the next phase of the plan…”daddy” Catalina taunted.
“Leonel, she’s corrupted Leonel!” Addison screamed, knowing what terrors would be wrought with a corrupt Leonel.
“This was all too simple really.” Cat teased. “I’ watched Leo and Alexis fight before, I’ve actually fought Leonel, and I could tell he was stronger than you” She said, pointing in the direction of Alexis.
“The next part of this is really confusing so try to keep up”
“You bitch” Maya hissed, making her fist growing uncharacteristically angry. Cat glanced back at Maya and drew a tantric smile.
“After, I destroyed Malaga and you locked me away at the edges of the galaxy, I was approached by ministers of the Talmut Empire; they told me of a plan to invade Ninjeta and wanted my help. I said, not problem. I only asked one thing in return; that he allowed me to make you suffer. So I had to put some plans into motion, starting with Fraga.”
“As you know at one point in time, I was the host of Y-intercept; it’s easy to channel her once you’ve had her. Kind of like an everlasting orgasm. Anyways, I forced her to entrust her demonic “Flower of Carnage” (Her Sword) to Fraga, this in-turn infected him with her curse, allowing her to physically manifest in the body of one of her descendents in this universe—the assistant. They assistant had only one job, drain Time Siphon.”
“How’d you even know a Time Siphon was on Earth?” Addison asked curiously.
“Because this part of the universe is a lot more knowledgeable about those types of things. Do be rude.” Cat jested again waving a solid finger.
“I knew bits and pieces about Space-like intervals to know Time Siphon would be completely ineffective against Y; so now that’s she drained her energy…she’ll have to find more…”
“The fleet…” Maya whispered, knowing Time Siphon could possibly go rouge if she feed on so many. “Correct my dear sister.”
“I suppose you’re responsible for what’s happening with Turisas too.”
“No, I had no hand in that, but after I dealt with the pesky little Time Siphon problems. I needed a way to grab Leonel’s attention; through YOUR magnificent Reality Warping; you know, the ones I can extract when I touch people. I reached into the very cosmos itself and brought Reality M here…in its natural state.” Her explanation was only partially true; she did get the Reality Warping powers from a Maya, but not her sister Maya. It was Maya Lopez of Earth-Prime, like Addison she too was accidentally misplaced when M ended. She was found by Catalina, and used for whatever purposes. Cat even managed to secure Leonel’s parents…well their body’s at least. A tool only to mock him.
“Shortly afterwards, I started killing inmates inside my cell on Magog to attract Madison’s attention, I knew she’d bring you and Leonel along for the ride, It was a simple switch with you; capturing Madison, corrupting Gaia. All those events….purposely set you back…”
“I’ll kill you!” Addison screamed, lunging towards Catalina, only to be deposited in a portal and eventually back to her start point.
“So…who is Leonel…fighting?” Maya asked, feeling the wrath of Leonel deep down below. “He is fighting a masked version of my shadow, but now I have control over him…the plan is done. Beware of the “Man from another world”
Cat hissed with a slight chuckle. “Time to up the ante” Opening what could only be called a portal to the “Ruin”, vessel of the Talmut Emperor. Catalina gave the command. “Kill her”
“NO!!!!” Maya screamed, her channeled light magic to fire a blast through the portal, but it was too late. With a quick flick of the wrist, the Talmut Emperor personally snapped the neck of Madison Maynard.
“I-I…I can’t believe you just did that…” Maya said, dropping to her knees.
“Oh Leonel!” Cat called, causing her shadow to disappear, so that the rage born Azure Son would focus on nothing but the sound of Cat’s voice.
“I want you to kill them…and STRIKE!” She commanded, pointing at both Maya and Addison. Though he was still there, she knew her father remained in shock; she wanted to end him by herself.
“No…Cat…” Maya whispered, tears falling from her eyes.
“I…am going to kill you.” She said, with her russet eyes taking a dark crimson tint, standing beside a now angry Addison, it appeared the Power Princess, The Herald of Hope, Strike, and the Exemplar, were set to battle with an augmented Catalina and a fully powered cosmic destroyer.
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