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The Awakener stands like a sentinel, prepared to destroy anyone who manages to escape the assault that its companions now plan, or who escapes from their current bindings. If anyone except for Xeno escapes this round, then the Awakener will deliver a murderous combination of slashes and stabs, sufficient to guarantee they'll regret their choice. If, on the other hand, Xeno escapes, the Awakener will grab him by the throat, pressing its thumbs into his trachea and carotid arteries, strangling the life out of him without breaking the skin while preventing him from escaping its mighty grip. If none of them escape, then the Awakener stands on guard, ready to strike.

1: [Attack any non-Xeno enemy still standing]
2: [Attack any non-Xeno enemy still standing]
3: [Attack any non-Xeno enemy still standing]

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1-3: [Strangle Xeno]

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1: [Counter enemy freedom]
2: [Counter enemy freedom]
3: [Counter enemy freedom]

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Within the cube, Kanon can be observed by Asch sitting, cross legged, on the ground. He's silently watching the world around him, where another version of himself is caring for a young blond girl chained to a wall that looks remarkably like Harmony.

Johnny grins at Xeno being trapped under his own weight, "Know what's funner than un-ending pressure that you may manage to snap off a finger and break yourself out of?" Johnny cuts a hole in the air next to him and stabs his sword through it...

[Open Rift For Long Range Cutting]
[Open Portal Above Xeno]
[Open Portal Below Xeno]

His timing is perfect. Johnny cuts open two portals, each exiting into the other and pushing both Xeno and the gravity well through it. Xeno screams are broken rapidly as he disappears and reappears, falling at insane speeds locked into an endless cycle of falling through the portals. "Enjoy the ride!"

Meanwhile Serpico uses his rune to try and flood the ground around Gritz, unfortunately Serpico's grip on his ether slips and he makes the grand total of a puddle that quickly dries. Gritz laughs derisively, "HAH! What's a matter little God? No more ink in the pen? HAHAHAHAHA!"

Lumina recharges and prepares a cage of force... ...but with how fast Xeno is flying through the air she'd never hit him with it. She still has the cage ready however.

Wolfie grins at Chandi, "I like it! Let's do this!!" Wolfie links up with Chandi and begins to fire huge waves of blue fire at Gritz, Chandi takes careful aim and fires her Change rune... Gritz's glowing red legs melt quickly into a puddle of molten metal that doesn't seem to want to cool or solidify. "What...what the hell did you do!?" He jams his fists into the ground, trying to change into rock... it doesn't seem to work with his legs melted. "You bitches! I can't change! WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME?!"

Xen's group gathers around, Xen grinning broadly, "Wow... we've... we've never been able to trap them like this before. We can make a clean a get away!"

It's about that time the box containing Kanon shatters and he steps back into the light. "Well," he dusts himself off, "That was enlightening." He looks over at his trapped allies and then at Harmony, whose having a royal freak out. "It appears the solution to my puzzle was to learn and accept that in a prior life... I appeared to have been a guardian of sorts for her prior life." He gazes calmly at the group, "It seems I am at a disadvantage." He presses a finger into his ear and looks up into the sky, "And it seems we are running low on time."

Gritz screams at Kanon, "GET US OUT OF THESE DAMNED TRAP YOU LITTLE SHADOW HUMPER AND QUIT SCREWING AROUND!!!!"

"Shut your mouth you clod."

Gritz jaw drops wide open... and is quickly filled with a ball of shadow that muffles out all further sound. "We have minutes. The flagship of our master, The Omega, is approaching. The ship is about the quarter the size of this entire planet. It can shatter it in seconds; and if our Master feels killing you all is worth testing the limits of immortality then he will not hesitate to fire. I propose terms of surrender... you all run, get on your ship and back to your God's World and we wait for him to arrive to rescue us. No more battle, no more hunting. We lose track of you all and have to track you down again from scratch. You have an entire universe to run in." He looks up in the sky again, "Unless you all think yourselves capable of taking on a Ship that can crack a world like a walnut."

Bob's eyebrow twitches. "Um... we may want to consider this."

Xen snarls, "We'll never have a better chance to finish this..."

Wolfie wraps her arms around him, "Yes we will. Let's take this chance to get away... they can't track us if they leave this world without following."

Johnny nods in agreement, "Let's go. Right now." He cuts open a portal in mid air, inside which lies the interior of their ship, "Bob get rid of that nut so whatever the magic girl did to it finishes and let's get the hell out of here." Bob and Johnny leap through.

Xen and Wolfie turn to the Arbiters, "...thank you. We'd have never gotten a chance like this. I'm sorry we mistrusted you at first. We'll see you all again, I can promise you that."

Wolfie grins, "Love to stay and chat, but I'd rather not be exploded today thanks!" She and Xen leap through the portal and it closes.

Kanon calmly looks at the Arbiters. MUSE begins to boot back up as the groups return Runes begin to glow... but this time they seem to glow in sync. A simple examination of them reveals that if 1 of them presses their own, the entire group will return to Athena's classroom. Kanon speaks, "I really do suggest you go. I will uphold my end of this and make sure nobody follows them for now. I cannot stop my master forever - but I can delay him long enough for a clean get away. I seriously doubt you wish to cross Master Xanatos."

He crosses his arms and waits to see what the Arbiters will do; stay or depart.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:56 am 
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Asch hovers motionlessly, her blue blade still glowing, thinking calmly. She then sighs. "Too simple. I can't be satisfied like this..." She turns to the group. "I'll go with the majority decision here... but I cannot deny that I want to at least understand this bizarre mission a bit more."

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"Are you alright, Harmony?" asks Alexis. He lays his tail gently on her shoulder, and uses his Dark rune to try to create an atmosphere of safety; a reminder that she has friends where she is, that she is not in the place where whatever bad memories she has originated.

She may be a little over-reliant on that demonic little ball of light.

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Dark Rune: Create safe atmosphere for Harmony

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 2:21 am 
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Chandi waves off Xen, Wolfie, Bob and Johnny with a quick gesture, focus on the continuously falling Xeno. "Yeah yeah. Try not to hurt yourselves." She says, to the group, before dropping her hand and focusing on her current state of being, and the next step. "Mission accomplished. Whoop dee freaking doo." Chandi says with a little half-hearted cheer, before beginning to draw in deep breaths, absorbing and recharging her ether for what she plans to do shortly.

[Recharge EP x3]

"I'd like to take a few minutes to make sure blood boy doesn't keep my rune, but if you guys want to leave, I'll just remove it later." She turns her head towards Xeno and makes sure to yell so that the vampire's own screams don't drown out her voice. "Hear that!? Don't get too used to my power, chump! It's on borrowed time!" Done with her somewhat vague threat, Chandi tilts her head to the side, until her neck cracks. "Gods above, I'm too stiff. The dragon, the metal man, everything is just making me so tense." Chandi mumbles before letting out a sigh.

"Well? What's it gonna be? I'll need a few more minutes to get up to strength to do this, unless someone wants to lend me their energy."

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Kanon stares at Chandi, "I've given you my warning. Let me give you another - I've been charged with the protection of my teammates; I won't see them released before you leave, but I will not allow any further actions against them. I really do suggest you all leave." For emphasis he places his palm on his sheathed sword.

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Chandi's head snaps up as Kanon speaks, and she lets out a grumble. "Kanon, was it?" She says, with a distinctly disinterested look crossing her face. "I'm sure you noticed through this little battle, but I'm not a very even-tempered Goddess. Right now, it's taking a lot of self-control to not literally smack with your own words." Chandi stands up and takes a deep breath, before letting out another sigh, her fist clenched and white at her side. "I'm not going to hurt Xeno. Jil knows I want to, but I wasn't going to hurt him. I just don't want him owning something that doesn't belong to him. You can't just take something from a god and expect them to lay back and appreciate it." Chandi's knuckles crack, and she uncurls her hand, letting the fingers stretch the opposite way into a wide open palm. "I'm just trying to protect what's mine, and all the mortals and gods who'll be dealing with you later. There's a million horrible things I could do to him to make sure he never gets a chance to use my Rune, but I don't plan on using any of them. I'm just going to change what he's got. You can even pick what his new rune will be." Chandi's turns her gaze towards Xeno for a moment, then returns to look Kanon straight in the eye. "It's going to happen though. You aren't getting to choose that. Your choice is, 'Will I help the Winds of Change,' or 'Will I disobey the Monster of the Sky?'" A wind picks up, to emphasize Chandi's threat, and hopefully to remind Kanon of Chandi's earlier intimidating form.

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:30 pm 
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Kanon frowns, "Xeno will not allow you to remove your power from him without a fight, and a fight is exactly what needs to be avoided here Goddess." He eyes the sky once more, tapping his foot - time is quickly running out. "What IS going to happen here is that you all are going to leave, you are going to swallow your pride and let your power go; deal with Xeno at another time. He's gotten a taste of you - I guarantee you'll meet again. If you do not leave, or you engage Xeno in any way, I will defend him and I will not be held responsible for what my Master chooses to do to you." The planets surface begins to quiver; far off you all can sense Xen's crew lift off and begin to pull away from the world. "You are out of time. Choose."

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The darkness from Alexis seems to comfort Harmony, but when he attempts to touch her she very nearly tries to take his head off, stopping her attack perhaps an inch from his face - for one, she recognized Alexis, and two, she hears MUSE 'booting' up.

#############

Well. It's been a while since THAT'S happened.

/I told you to disconnect./

[Who was that?]

/I am not at liberty to tell you that./

[I am at liberty to delete you from my system.]

/It is not that I won't. I can't. Athena herself will have to answer. I might have access to her information, but only if she gives it to me. And I am certain she'll want to be the one to tell you about it. I would not advise going against him, however./

[He is a mortal capable of hacking my systems, and apparently capable of also bringing mortals to power levels equal to Gods. Caution is advised.]

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Meanwhile, Harmony has taken several moments to get her bearings. She gives Alexis a short nod to tell him that she's fine, then visibly gathers herself before looking around at the world they're on. It might not be much of a world, but it's a living world - fauna, flora, it's own faint hum of music of sound whispering through her mind as MUSE finishes coming back online. MUSE murmurs something in her ear, to which she nods shortly... but then cuts him off with a sharply muttered retort before turning to the others.

"There is no sense in risking this world for nothing more than curiosity. I believe it is time for us to retreat. For all we know, that ship has entire force of other mortals with equal power... plus the ability to blast this planet into nothing. It would seem that Athena knows more, from her reaction earlier."

She slowly approaches Kanon, hands held out to show she means no harm. "Shadow and light, right? Can't have a shadow without the light.'" She pauses a moment, golden eyes seemingly lost in memory. "Thank you for your efforts on my-- on our behalf. I know your word is true. It is time for us to leave. We must report back to our superiors what happened here." She offers her hand to Kanon for a parting handshake with a solemn smile.

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IF Kanon takes her hand, she uses her return Rune - taking both her and Kanon back to the Etherial Realm. As she does so, she tightens her hand around his. "And I'll be damned if I let you get yourself killed again, idiot."

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Kanon looks at Harmony with a slightly frumpled brow, as if he doesn't know what to make of her. "No, you cannot have the shadow without the light." He nods and extends his hand, "I am just acting in a manner I think will best suit my team, nothing more." He shakes her hand...

And I'll be damned if I let you get yourself killed again, idiot.

"Wait don't-"

The team is surrounded by light as the world around them bubbles outward and disappears, flashing and swirling around them until Athena's classroom appears around them. Kanon stumbles backwards, away from Harmony and looks around at the desks. "-teleport me... oh... wow..."

Athena stands at her own desk... which is in splinters on the floor around an impact mark that looks like someone dropped a thousand pound baseball through it. "Sit, please." With a flick of her wrist a chair scoots behind Kanon who was already falling down; it catches him and he wipes sweat from his brow.

Blinking rapidly he looks up at the elderly god, "...Athena?"

Athena smiles, "Kanon. It is good to see you again."

"...how... how do I know you..." He shakes his head.

"You are experiencing the memories of all of your past lives at once. When a mortal enters the ethereal realm still inside their mortal bodies, their soul reacts like it had died and unleashes a flood of normally sealed memories. They will go back into remission when you leave, but you will have some sort of recall on them from now on. The reason you are not bleeding out of your ears and nose at the moment is likely due to your enhanced body."

"...I see. This takes... getting used to." He rubs his temples. "I have minutes. Xanatos has Gods that are watching over his case... personally I think he has them in his pocket somehow, but I can offer no evidence of it. The man keeps his tracks incredibly clean. When they realize I am here, they'll come to return me to my world."

Athena looks at her students, "They've brought you here for a reason, I'll let them talk to you in a moment. But I have two questions -- can Xanatos read your nanites for memories or do they have any means of recording this?"

Kanon smiles faintly, "No."

She then leans down and looks him in the eyes, "Was it Xanatos who put in the request for Arbiter assistance?"

Kanon's smile disappears, "Yes. You'll find the records here, all of them legit for legitimate reasons."

"That will do," she walks away and motions to her students, "Ask what you will of him, you have limited time and I cannot stop them from taking him back."

Kanon pitches in, "Nor would I stay. I have too much work to do..." he rubs his temples again, "And a massive headache to deal with when I'm done here." He looks at Harmony, "Thank you. It's good, albeit strange, to see you have survived." He scratches his forehead, "...a third eye. How absurd..."

Athena touches her temple, "Athena speaking. Yes, we have the Mortal here. I understand. No. I mean what I said, no, I don't think it could be simpler." A pause, "Don't take that tone with me young lady, I have every right to control my teleportation system as I... ...no I will not allow an outside teleport. You will send somebody down here to pick him up." Another, shorter pause, "Because he is a guest and I will not have someone under my care shunted about like a sack of wine." She nearly shouts, "Do. Not. Challange. ME. You know who I am." She grins, "Apology accepted, now please send an escort. Yes, goodbye." She removes her finger and turns to the others, "The clock is ticking. Make these questions count."

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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:44 pm 
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As Chandi lands in the room, she clenches her fist and raises her voice at Harmony. "Thank you for interrupting! I was kind of hoping to not have some psychopath running around the universe with the power to change anything he wants!" Chandi kicks one of the nearby desks, launching it towards one of the walls of the room, away from her fellow Arbiters. Another two are flung across the room a few moments later, as Chandi attempts to focus her seething rage into something not directed at Harmony or Kanon. After a few minutes, Chandi settles down, breathing heavily, and red in the face. "Got a problem with three eyes?" She says, still mentally wound up from her tantrum. "You want a question? We need to ask questions? Fine. Here's my question. Why would you defend that heel who swiped my power? You didn't seem too interested in helping the others, I promised that he wouldn't be hurt, and he was trapped in a damned loop under heavy gravity. He couldn't have fought, and if he miraculously escaped, then it's a quick seven to one, where we just need to pin him down for a few minutes while I swap out what he's got. Instead, we arrive back here, and I get to live with the fact that some animal is about to go around the entirety of existence royally screwing over the lives of innocent mortals using my powers. Powers he wouldn't have right now if it weren't for you," Chandi turns from Kanon to Harmony, a cold look in her eyes, "And you." Chandi kicks another desk across the room, and heads towards the door. "I'm going back. Don't wait up for me." Chandi opens the door and enters the hallway, slamming it behind her and heading for the teleportation system.

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"Chandi! Wait a min-"

Chandi, it seems, has no interest in waiting a minute. Alexis sighs. He turns the force of his Dark Rune to his own shift, allowing the Dark to heal the damage it has taken. Then he shapes his shift into a Dark Doppleganger, taking on his own shape; his Sonic Rune provides it with a sonic link, allowing him to talk through it, and hear replies. He sends the Doppleganger after Chandi; it waddles through the doorway but then takes to the air in the wider corridors beyond, easily catching up.

"Chandi," the Doppleganger says as it glides along at her side, "think for a minute. Do you know how to make the teleporter work? Athena's always been at the controls. I've seen that console, it's pretty complicated. Unless you know how to use it, there's not much point to rushing off."

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Alexis watches his Dark Doppleganger head off after Chandi, then turns back to Kanon. "Alright," he says, "I think I do have a question. I can understand and appreciate the idea of loyalty to your team; but you do seem, well, very different to them. Polite, courteous, reasonable. As compared to Gritz' rough directness or Xeno's manic personality. Or -" Alexis shudders - "(Fire/Evil) Lady. I think my question is - how did a (dark/good) person like yourself end up in a team with them?"

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Chandi doesn't even stop to look at the sudden appearance of the shadow doppelganger of her ally. "She's not the only god here who can run it. Or at least, she shouldn't be. If she is, then this place is a disaster waiting to happen. Now unless you plan on joining, I suggest you stop wasting Ether and leave me be."

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"Alright, but it will take a while to find someone." says the Doppleganger. "There will be delays, there will be questions of permission, and quite probably, by the time you get back, Xeno would have left. What I mean is, there's a better way to do this, but you're going to have to be quick and you're really not going to like step one."

And I'm not a great fan of step two, thinks Alexis, privately, but I can see the necessity of it.

The Doppleganger pauses. "Consider. Wherever Xeno goes, Kanon is going too. The two of them will stand near to each other, in the near future. If you go back, before Kanon leaves; if you swallow your temper, apologise, offer a handshake; when you touch him, you can leave a trap, triggered by Xeno's presence. One that changes his stolen Change Rune into, say..." the Doppleganger pauses again... "into, say, a permanent immunity to bladed weapons."

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Chandi spins around, aiming a swift kick at the "throat" of the doppelganger. "I'd sooner swallow my tongue than apologize for saying what I think." She drops back into a regular stance, and returns to her march towards the teleporters. "And to trap him like that would require altering his soul. He certainly wouldn't give me permission, and I've got enough on my conscience that I don't want to add scarring a Mortal to it. And I won't need to find someone. If someone's coming to get Kanon, they've got something ready."

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