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Love is in the Air- Part Two July 26, 2010

Posted by tlynn2002 in Fuuka Yamagishi (Former FC), Lovers TP.
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After the team is split up and ‘who knows what’ happened behind closed doors everyone fights the Lovers shadow.

[OOC] Global: Belladonna has set the Scene Pose.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

The Dark Hour has not ended.

The fog over the minds of those present has generally lifted; it may be that some haven’t recovered from what happened not very long ago–and in any case, there’s no way to tell how much time is left in this ghastly otherworld version of the Champs des Fleur–a still perhaps unfortunately-named love hotel in Shirakawa. The coffins that were in some of the rooms have still not de-Transmogrified; the Shadows, however, continue to roam the halls…

And the various people at play here have been given a chance to regroup.

Resonance senses have pinpointed the strongest presence in a room on the third floor. Fuuka–unaffected by the Shadow’s powers–has had the opportunity to attempt to scout around as she attempted to recover her friends and allies. It may be an awkward time–the blood pooling on the floors surely can’t help the mood. The group may now be assembled on that same third floor, however. There is no way to tell whether the same thing will happen again…

But there are unbroken mirrors in many rooms, and a closed door looming ahead.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Of Michiru and Naoto, both recovered at the same time and both left the room at about the same time – but Naoto, who is intentionally trying to avoid Michiru’s gaze, pulled ahead slightly. He’s /still/ embarrassed like anything, and his cheeks are slightly red.

Naoto is not entirely sure where everyone is meeting up. That does not stop him from trying to find them; he goes so far as to bang on doors to see if anyone is inside that needs waking up from a bad dream (or a good one, he supposes; it might not have been so awkward for everyone else).

When Naoto does arrive near the others with the regroup point, his behavior is uncharacteristic. He is slouching, not a lot but enough that it’s noticeable, and his shirt is oddly ill-fitting given it was perfect when he went in there; his waist is narrower and his chest notably more pronounced. This did not stop him from doing up every button, even if some of them are a little tight.

Naoto stops in the back of the room with the door and stands, eyeing it with his hands in his pockets. Well, ‘his’. It’s hard to mistake Naoto for anything else but a short girl without her disguise. She does not speak and tries to keep out of sight, with no real success.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

NORMALLY-DRESSED Shiki Ichimonji is one of the few people rushing out of the hotel rooms! He really is as normally-dressed as you might expect from him, meaning he still has the goggles hanging around his neck, but the rest of what he’s wearing almost resembles clothes a normal human being would willingly wear, with jeans, a T-shirt and not much else of note. He’s not wearing a flame jacket this summer, that would be stupid (never mind that he went through all of last one dressed that way)! But to those who know him, this begs the all-important question…

WHERE IS HIS FLAME VEST?

Kotone’s appearance should answer that question! Because she and Shiki have left the same room, you see, the one where nothing in particular happened at all. Shiki seems awfully concerned about sticking close to her, and chances are she is in return. He does his best to dash about the corridors with her in tow, always on the lookout for Shadows or…

“–hey, I see people! Is everyone all right?!”

And not much later, team SEES (and friends!) is reunited, minus, Shiki notes… “…Nyamo and Itsuka? Has anybody seen them?” Like just about everyone here, he’s on edge, both for reasons obvious, and some less so!

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

What. Horror. Tonight has put out.

Yoh, having a nice welt on his forehead from a smack to the face by not only a bokken, but a door knocked off the hinges at that, wanders out of one of the rooms. His face was a bright shade of red, and his clothes were quite unkempt. Incorrectly buttoned, his undershirt was on backwards, and his shoes were untied.

He looked a mess. Then again, if you suddenly come around with the only memories you had had since a bright light hit you was the image of one of your friends naked, and you found yourself soaked and wet on the floor with that same girl hovering over you, many a thought goes through your head! He even accused her of taking advantage of him! Though knowing Minagi, it probably wasn’t true in the least. Something happened. Controlled him, possibly.

He would need to ask forgiveness of Minagi later. Also to sign a pact to NEVER SPEAK OF THIS. He wanders out in the halls, his cheeks tinged scarlet as he wanders around cluelessly down one of the hallways.

Shakily he dons his gloves and begins to walk forward. What if Mitsuru found out he possibly had relations with someone?! Even if he didn’t remember anything like that, it was a possibility, wasn’t it?! Oh god oh god oh god oh no oh nooooo.

But around a corner he hears voices. Someone he knows, he rounds the bend and begins approaching the group, looking mortified.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.
The silver-haired preppy pugilist is tearing down the hallway in a frantic pace, in an attempt, first of all, to get the hell out of the embarrassing abyss he’s found himself in and looking for his comrades. Thankfully, he isn’t too blind when it comes to resonance, there’s at least one resonance he can pick up extremely well. He knows Shinjiro’s like the back of his own hand, and he’s trying to find this specific resonance, knowing Mitsuru will not be far if he finds it.

He is accompanied by Minako, and while he can run faster, guilt from everything that’s happened in the last hour and his overall sense of responsibility ensures that he is always within arms-length of her to protect her or otherwise keep her out of harm’s way. It’s bad enough that he…that he… well, he’s just going to have to take extra good care of her to make up for all the shenanigans earlier, okay?!

But he finally detects it. His shoes scrape grooves into the cheap and gaudy carpet (a far cry from Mitsuru’s taste in decor) as he finally senses it. Turning to Minako, he points a gloved hand towards a door at the end of one of the corridors. “Arisato, over there!” he tells her and then, in his haste to get to his two best friends, he rockets forward and…

….plows through the door, breaking it open. He doesn’t care what may lay beyond, he has people important to him in there and there’s some strange force around turning everybody into perverts! He’s doing this for their own good! The wood CRUNCHES into the floor.

“Shinji! Mitsuru!” he calls…and blinks.

“….hey wasn’t Miyamoto with you?” he wonders out loud, unaware that he’s perched on the broken door and said Miyamoto crushed underneath it. Who’s not helping? THIS guy.

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

Michiru is by contrast looking pretty much the same as before, albeit slightly disheveled, flustered, and awkward-er. Her arms are folded over her front and she does not seem terribly eager to look directly at Naoto, even as she’s followed him into this gradual regrouping.

The blood on the floor doesn’t help much either. She looks up then, and sees… Yoh.

“Okay,” she says to him with a tone of frustration being diverted onto an innocent target, “seriously, dude, why the HELL is it that you show up EVERYWHERE? You aren’t some kind of a spy, are you?”

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

After what seemed like ages that she was ‘alone’ things finally started to change for Fuuka. Not before she had to dodge a bunch of shadows though. She had finally determined where the source of the power was though. Her friends and allies resonances finally come in clearer and wandering around she tries to locate them. At the same time she is also summoning up other SEESites. Hinata and Takeshi may get the senses on their minds. Hinata was no doubt familiar with the mind communication but Takeshi may find it odd to hear the pleasant whispers in his head.

Regardless, she begins to sense that folks are moving around. It was a relief to feel the clarity come back to her. While still being careful to dodge the shadows, she gathers everyone up informing them that she has indeed located the powerful shadow. Or was it shadows? She couldn’t be certain at the moment. There had definitely been a shadow-possessed though as well as a much, much stronger and larger entity.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Whatever happened in Minato’s room, was going to stay in that room, it seems. While many might appear fairly flushed or embarrassed, awkward-seeming or even partially undressed, when Minato makes his way to the third floor (with Fuuka’s guidance), he doesn’t seem all that disturbed. In fact, if anything happened, he gives no sign that anything really affected him at all. Perhaps his expression might seem a little /too/ wooden to those that really know him, and a keen eye would see that his shirt is untucked, the only sign that something might have happened, since he normally keeps a neat appearance. Finding the group, he moves closer and nods to those assembled, noting with a perceptive eye that apparently it wasn’t just he and Aigis that were caught in a similar trap… or, well, a similar situation. Things were going to be awkward for a little while at the dorms, weren’t they?
Minato busies himself with checking his sword and evoker. Now that they had evaded the trap, it was time to settle things with the big Shadow before the Dark Hour ended.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Shinjiro is NOT HAPPY. The much is evident from the giant scowl on his face as– looking suspiciously rumpled, his hair askew as if he pulled on a shirt way too angrily– he shows back up at the spot on the third floor Fuuka pointed out to him, along with Akihiko, Mitsuru, and Seiichi. He is pointedly avoiding looking at either of those latter individuals. Strangely, though, he seems perfectly amiable and buddy-buddy with Akihiko despite the fact Sanada JUST BARGED IN ON THEM while they were still getting themselves together.

This might be because when Akihiko barged in, the door swing totally flattened Seiichi.

He keeps an eye out for returning SEES members, in any case– he and Mitsuru had asked Fuuka to contact as many of them as she could and tell them to meet on the third floor. Whenever the first of them start to show, he’ll lift his voice enough to call, “SEES,” and to beckon people over to him, Mitsuru, and Akihiko with a peremptory gesture. Best to just gather everyone into a sort of cohesive, red-armbanded group.

Yes… if he just concentrates enough on the mission, perhaps he can 1) ignore what happened to him 2) ignore the unpleasant thoughts that are ‘speculation as to what happened to everyone else.’

Shiki mentions that Minamo and Itsuka are absent. Shinjiro frowns, craning his head a little to look over the gathered heads. No Itsuka or Minamo. He looks to Fuuka. “Can you sense them?”

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

OH MY GOD!
NAOTO HAS BEEN MASUMIED!

Aigis has talked a lot with Minato since their hawt encounter (not to be confused with hot encounter) but it has been unusually about other subjects. Like, ‘Hello there is blood here, we must still be in the Dark Hour, how about that!’ and ‘I wonder how the others are doing, we should hurry and find them, I am certain they are fine!’ and ‘The architecture here is very fascinating, don’t you find the architecture fascinating? It is very unusual for a building of this size, ha ha ha. ha ha.’

She arrives on the third floor, raising an eyebrow at Michiru. She is running out of random phrases to spout to avoid talking about what happened but, luckily, something unusual attracts her attention.

She sets her eyes on Naoto, blinks at her irregularly, eyes blank, and then she nods to her.

“Naoto-San.” She says, “Are you missing anybody?” Talk about an underreaction, but suitable for the artificial entity.

Deidra Doyle [SEES] has posed.

Deidra Doyle has got lucky Yuuka was able to snap out of the hold the shadow had on them both, with lead there to also breaking free but she’s seeming an bit uncomfortable however. Looking a smidge embarrassed about one thing or another but she’s quite happy they were able to get free. She does pauses at Yoh and can only wonder what happened to him. She as others turn up with Minato she seems to relax a bit with their fearless perhaps former leader’s survival.

She grips her staff and now, and falls int with the others. She answers the call from Shinjiro and is wise enough to /not/ ask about wht happened.

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

Yukiko Amagi was perhaps one of the few that did not look disturbed at the moment. Her clothes were perfect, her hair a little less than perfect, but certainly reasonable. In her hand she held an open fan, the fan made entirely of feathers. Hearing a certain commotion already beginning down the way, she turns in the direction of the room she just came from, and says, “I suppose we didn’t have to worry – it sounds like everyone is alright!” she says, relief in her tone.

A smile dancing up unto her lips, Yukiko snaps the fan shut in a practiced motion, hurrying along the corridors to the gathering point…

Where… it was obvious that she and the hapless person that she had been paired with had been lucky. Brow furrowing in concern, Yukiko’s excited demeanor diminishes, and she casts a slow gaze about the room. Naoto and people she recognizes are paid double attention to, but it is Yoh that gets a direct question, “Um… are you all right?”

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
There will probably be lots of people who Never Speak Of This Again. Akatsuki would be one of them, but if what happened in *his* room is at all indicative of feelings actually held, it would be unfair to simply ignore what happened. He, Shinsuke and Himeru emerge from their room and eventually merge with Fuuka and the others on the third floor just as the others are starting to converge.
“As well as can be expected,” Akatsuki tells Shiki, before he frowns. “I haven’t seen either of them. Has anybody?” he asks the room at large, casting his gaze around… which stops and double-takes on Naoto, someone he has known only briefly but had been of the impression was a boy. That figure… is definitely not a boy’s. Akatsuki may meet Naoto’s eyes for a brief, startled moment, before he decides that discretion is everyone’s best friend tonight and decides not to bring attention to the matter.
Then Michiru vents on Yoh. “He’s a member of SEES,” Akatsuki explains, before he adds wryly, “Beyond that, I don’t know.” He frowns over at some of the other groupings; it’s embarrassingly obvious who some of these people ended up with. At least they weren’t alone, though, and Akatsuki regards Shinsuke and Himeru, who should be following along beside or behind him. He doesn’t say anything, but his expression does make it clear that he’s checking to see that they’re okay.
Even if he still feels tremendously awkward about what happened, Akatsuki is, in the end, a protector.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

Fuuka may be able to sense, given her recently-developed interest in Shinsuke’s oddly reactive Resonance, that the elegant teen seems much more relaxed than usual. Strangely. In fact, this is obvious to /everyone/, though it is probably only notable to those who know him. He isn’t blushing, he’s perfectly dressed — though it /does/ seem like he’s had a shower recently; his black hair gleams and he smells faintly of flowers. Roses, perhaps.
He also has brown eyes.
To those who know Shinsuke, or who gave him a close enough look earlier in the reception area, this fact is strange and possibly extremely disconcerting given that his eyes have always been a pale shade of azure blue. The particular shade of brown is clear and fiery, and his resemblance to his twin sister is even more pronounced now.
Or it would be, were she /here/. Standing (also somewhat protectively) at Akatsuki’s side, Shinsuke looks around alertly as he hears Akatsuki and Shiki comment on her absence. “Let us hope nothing’s happened to them, though I don’t /think/ it has. I would probably know,” he says with a chuckle. It’s a twin thing.
Also, were those /contractions/ he used just now…?

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

When Akihiko barged into the room, Mitsuru almost, and entirely by instinct, Executed him. He was only saved by the attack due to the fact that the young woman was still recovering from the shock of earlier.

Now that the ordeal is over and they are making their way to, hopefully the source of the issue. Fuuka had ‘radioed’ in with the local and the Sempai Trio + Seiichi were making their way over. She is being careful not to make eye contact with either Seiichi or Shinjiro, preferring to stay a couple steps behind her friends and keeping her eyes firmly forward, senses extended.

When Shinjiro calls for SEES, her own head lifts, eyes flickering to take a quick head count. “We’re missing individuals,” she murmurs. She is about to ask Fuuka to contact Itsuka and Minamo when Shinjiro beats her to the punch. With little else to do, the young woman just nods and waits for the report.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie Satonaka emerges from an /alarmingly/ Yukiko-ly direction, in a similarly unruffled state. She’s wearing that summer tanktop, though, so it’s not like there’s a whole lot to ruffle? Her hair’s nice and fresh. /Someone/ got the shower scene.

She glances at Yukiko, nodding, “Yeah, looks like everyone’s OK,” with a relieved little chuckle. “Though…”

The awkward looks passing around force her to giggle a bit, murmuring, “Looks like we were right it happened to the others, too, huh?” She passes her eyes around, tracking to make sure people are OK individually…

And then lands on Naoto.

Whom Chie has worked with pretty regularly out at the KDA office.

And whom Chie is pretty sure shouldn’t have bigger cans than her.

Her jaw hangs open. Whaaaaaaaa–

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Yoh is wandering towards the group, looking ragged as ever. Now, usually guys are glad to see what he did. But of course, things always go bad when shadows are involved. The teen has to readjust his gloves as he keeps attempting to bput them on the wrong hands. He notices, but doesn’t get to fix it as SOMEONE TALKS TO HIM OH GOD.

He instantly flinches and covers his hace. “No please I didn’t mean what I said I–” He looks through between two fingers to see a somewhat familiar face, though ti has been some time since they met. “Oh… uh, no! Of course not! I am here with SEES. yeah, with SEES.” He clears his throat and continus walking forward, trying to avoid talking with anyone right now. His hands are now deep in his pockets with gloves on correctly.

The teen hears Shinjiro’s call, and comes to him like a good underling that he is. He doesn’t make eye contact with anyone, and can almost be seen shaking. He is definitely different from earlier now. He jumps again when Yukiko addresses him. “No, wait, Yes! uh, sortof.” he manages to put out a smile though. His face was still red as ever. “Yes one has seen Minagi-san?” he asks quickly. he has got to make up what he said to her. The more he thinks about him accusing her of taking advantage, the stupider it sounds. “So uh, can we get going? I have some frustration I needa take out on something.”

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

Ten minutes ago? Seiichi was having a pretty good night.

Five minutes ago? Seiichi was having a rather awkward night.

30 Seconds Ago? Seiichi was about to open the door.

Currently the brilliant pianist, Masquerade Member, and general villain about town…is…under a door. Flattened by the overprotective pugilist in the bad vest. He lies there rather stunned for a very long handful of moments as he stares at the grain of the door. God. Its cheap. Gaudy to. Its flaking off a bit there in the corner.

“Get. Off.” Seiichi finally manages as he shoves on the door and sits up. Ye gods. What a night. He slowly makes his way back to his feet. As they all regroup, shaking his head to clear it. Every so often pausing to glare at the back of Shinjiro’s head.

He looks way to happy about the musician receiving a door to the face.

He doesn’t even KNOW this other guy!

Freaking SEES.

However he walks along with the other three, looking freshly showered and relaxed. His shirt buttoned up unevenly, but buttoned up at least. He stands quietly enough next to Mitsuru, his eyes flickering around the majority of the room and the assembled ‘heroes’ there. Looks like most of them…

And then Shinjiro takes charge. Well then. No need to help him. “I’m sure they are fine, Fuuka-san will find them.” He assures the Redheaded leader of SEES as he turns his attention towards her and her boys.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

When Shinjiro calls, people listen. “I’m coming!” The responding shout comes from down a stairwell, echoes bouncing off of the tackily papered walls. A mad dash and some deft footwork to avoid slipping on all the blood, and Hinata has joined up with the group. “I started running as soon as I heard Fuuka-senpai,” she pants, catching up to her breath. “I stopped to grab Takeshi-san and then started sprinting again and… uh…”

The first thing to notice is that the youngest Itoh is her perfectly normal self. Baseball jersey, bat, fedora, and evoker all perfectly placed in their usual positions. Not a hair out of place even if it is out of place and the only flush is from the athletic high. For since the Dark Hour began, she’s been on patrol duty at Iwatodai, and only came when Fuuka’s signal was given. Some girls have all the (Itoh) luck, it seems.

Or do they? Her words had died as an eyebrow tilted cautiously, her gaze lingering across everyone here on the third floor. Some more than others, like Shinsuke and most definitely Naoto. She’s certain they’ve met before, but even more so damn girl that shirt’s gonna just blow open any minute now. In any case, something is… different? Off? Maybe its the Dark Hour, but god knows she doesn’t need all of her friends and acquaintances Shadow-possessed! It takes her another moment of puzzled confusion before her lips part and she turns to Takeshi, “Uh, does anything seem a little strange to you?”

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

Behind that mysteriously closed door, a /second/ presence awaits, one that had been keenly aware of Fuuka’s presence ever since she started to close in on the room. Sliding off the shredded and disheveled heart-shaped bed, the Shadow form of Rena Kinukasa slithers across the floor and crouches in front of the closed door. Her lips pull back into a toothy smile, keenly aware of the incoming spotter.

She would make a nice ‘guest’, Rena reflects as she lies in wait. Gradually, those plans begin to evaporate as she takes notice of the others that came tonight, starting to converge. “Damn.” she hisses, inclining her head up to the ceiling as if to address the ‘presence’, “They’re /all/ coming. They’re all coming for you.”

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

Yuuka, contrary to the group, actually seems rather comfortable with the results of last night, in as much that she really does have that red of cheeks, and is mostly comfortably resting, her quarterstaff coming together in her hands to lean on it as she automatically follows Shinjiro’s’ voice.

“Oh dear.” Yuuka mutters automatically.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minako is, of course, right on Akihiko’s heels! He wanted to make sure nothing bad had come of Mitsuru and Shinjiro, so when he’d set off to find them, she’d joined in. Unlike him, she has no ability to detect any sort of resonance whatsoever, never mind someone close to her, so she’s really just tagging along and going where he goes.

Which, as it happens, is a ways down the corridor, behind yet another similiar door. An arm’s raised as the door’s knocked down, and she peers around the corner. This thankfully saves Seiichi the problem of having to shove another 100 pounds or so of person off of him and the fallen door.
“Oh, you guys are okay!” Minako chirps, stepping into the doorway. “I was worried something weird happened to you, too!” Seiichi, though, has earned a curious glance. “…I’ve seen you before somewhere, right?” Something about him is familiar.

Flashback to about a week ago or so. Minako is up late, watching TV in her room idly and eating chips. One of the stories covered on the gossip channel mentions a familiar couple…

Red eyes widen. Oh! But maybe right now isn’t the time for that. She’ll just have to ask later~ “We should go find the others!” she suggests, helpfully.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi was dressed sloppily, which wouldn’t normally differentiate him in any way from his normal self, except that he’s wearing loungewear for pants and his shirt is half buttoned. Wait, he wasn’t here for the whole ‘get controlled’ stunt right? Why is he like that? This should be explained right now. “I was asleep, I’m still asleep, I…” He senses Mitsuru and Shinjiro, “I’m totally awake. Let’s see, different, different. Sorry, let’s see.” He looks at each one in turn and nods slowly. “I see, I’m dreaming. I must be dreaming, they’re all strange. There’s no way these are my senpai’s and kouhai’s. Nope, not even close.” He nods in the affirmative, “Wait a minute. This has to be them, I definitely get the leader vibe that I always get from those two. No idea, maybe they’ll tell us.”
He walks forward and looks back at Itoh, “No use worrying about it. We gots to do our job either way.” He looks at his arms and then throws the pillow into the wall, “Without a pillow.” Another turn and he’s facing the group, “So,” a slap of his face, “Let’s get this party started right?” <- cue unknowingly inappropriate comment

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

Fee fi fo fum.

Stepping outside one of the rooms a minute after Akatsuki, letting Shinsuke go ahead as well, Himeru arrived to where most people seemed to be gathering. Her gaze seemed stuck into a frown, and while there was something comical about seeing Akihiko-sempai run like that she was just in no mood for laughs. Her gaze is briefly lingering also because of the annoyed voice coming from behind that door, but even that doesn’t help her find any cheer beyond the usual.

“If they’re no longer here, they’re on their own.” was her assessment, “We have a bi Shadow to slaughter. It can’t be allowed to live past this night and we wasted enough time already.”

While she was normally of a practical type, Hime seemed even more taciturn than usual.

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.

Kotone Nakamura is totally not normally dressed; in fact, she has forgotten her previous outermost layer — a rather unimpressive-looking Gekkoukan uniform — entirely. Instead, she is in fact clad in Shiki’s COMPLETELY AWESOME FLAME VEST. The young lady is a few steps behind Shiki when he arrives, far enough behind to place Shiki squarely in the ‘on point’ position, but close enough that she is most assuredly with Shiki.

Unsurprisingly, she doesn’t have anything to say at the moment… but there’s a hint of anger — or maybe frustration — in her expression, indicating that this isn’t her usual /adorable shyness/.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

Fuuka can ‘sense’ the others like Itsuka and Nyamo, as well as others whose resonances she wasn’t quite so familiar with, are still in the hotel. There seems to be a force field or something blocking her from being able to pinpoint an exact location. At Shinjiro’s question she explains this, “I know they are still here sempai but… I don’t know where.”

It was weird how the shadows were messing with resonances like that and where /exactly/ had everyone been? It was a question she had in her mind but decides not to ask. What matters though is that they are together again and that they were going to have to destroy it!

She also makes the suggestion, “Maybe we should send some folks to look for them?” She tilts her head though. Would they really want to split up the group again? Who knows what else is lurking out there. “Though… I do notice another shadow somewhere else around here but this one…” she points at the door in front of them. “…seems more powerful to me right now.”

Belladonna [A] has posed.

There is perhaps a lot of fine reasoning towards people being unnerved, or unhappy, or just plain /uncomfortable/. The flickering shadows of the room are not reassuring, except at least insofar as… those experienced in this can at least take comfort in the familiarity. Any infighting, of course, is perfectly natural, perhaps. Especially given the fact that it would seem that the hotel is going to be out a little money thanks to some of the destruction…

The door where Fuuka points, meanwhile, looms in the hall; it’s some sort of special suite, given how different just the door looks from all the others, and the smaller Shadows seem to be avoiding it for some reason. No, instead, it is dimly lit in the empty love hotel, and within…

Well, the more sensitive–even non-spotters–with resonance will be able to tell that there is something big inside. There aren’t any /noises/ from within, however.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.
Later, Shinjiro might bro-fist Akihiko and he will not know why. While observant to a fault, the College-Aged Contender is a little dense about certain things. Though he would agree with Shinjiro that he doesn’t get what Mitsuru sees in Seiichi….but only because he really doesn’t get it.

What he does get, however, is that something needs defeating. Standing outside the door that Fuuka points out, he narrows his eyes. “Over there, huh?” He tugs a black glove higher up his wrist, knuckles popping when he curls his fingers inward in readiness. “Well, no time like the present.”

Unless Mitsuru tells him to step aside and that she’ll go first, which he will considering she’s still the head honcho of SEES, the silver-haired young man strides forward, trying the knob. If it doesn’t open under his grip, well, he’ll just break the door down. He’s had good luck with that so far.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Crap, spotted.

“We are missing a few,” Naoto says, and her /voice/ hasn’t changed at least; this probably reduces the chance that it is some sort of gender-swapping Shadow power. “I have been looking around; I see most people, but they don’t seem to be in the rooms around here.” She hit a few doors just to be sure.

She does not meet Akatsuki’s eyes for very long. Or Chie’s, for that matter, and the attempt also makes Naoto cross her arms. She /sort/ of meets Hinata, but only because she doesn’t recognize the girl and thus it might pass unnoticed. Maybe.

She clears her throat. “Chie,” Naoto says, raising her voice. “Yukiko. Michiru.” That’s all the KDA, and that’s who she’s responsible for at least. “It’s good to see you back. Are you prepar – ”

Someone starts to break the door down. NAoto can’t stop herself from sighing. ALWAYS WITH THE BREAKING

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

SEES seems better organized than they are, Michiru thinks, irrelevantly, as she looks at Aigis, Shinjiro, some guy she doesn’t know — And Akatsuki. Her face colors again as Akatsuki lightly chides her (at least from Michiru’s perspective).

“Well, I suppose if he’s with SEES,” she says, arms still folded, before she looks over at Yukiko and Chie. Yukiko seems alright, if anything she seems buoyant. Chie also seems surprisingly chipper —

Michiru looks from Chie’s face, to where Chie’s looking, to back again. She coughs. “Yeah, I’m –” Her hand comes up to her face for a moment, steeling herself to wake up and find herself with her tongue in Morooka’s mouth.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Shinjiro’s eyes hood at Fuuka’s answer. She doesn’t know where? Well… as long as they are alive, he presumes. There’s talk of tactics, then, talk of whether some people should be sent to search. Shinjiro glances to Mitsuru at that, wordlessly leaving it to her judgment.

And then Akihiko goes to just OPEN THE DOOR. “Aki what the hell…” he starts under his breath, more a sigh than an actual reprimand, before he moves up immediately next to Akihiko, to back him up just in case his friend unleashes some kind of eldritch horror and needs help tanking.

“Have I told you lately you’re a goddamn retard,” he asks Akihiko privately, perhaps rhetorically.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

Shiki looks downcast at the news that no one has seen either Itsuka or Minamo. Maybe they were paired together like it seems they were all? What if right now they–

He slaps his forehead. /Now isn’t the time, brain!/

Shinsuke confirms that she must be safe, though, which Shiki nods to without question. Though his eyes linger on the male Kusagawa twin for a moment… He squints. “…Hey, Shinsuke-san, isn’t there something different about you?” He hasn’t noticed the missing contacts quite yet! Right now, something just feels off… Hopefully they didn’t drag a Shadow Shinsuke back with them?! That would be terrible! Luckily Shiki has seen enough Shadows in his time to be… pretty sure he’s not one.

Also he’s with Akatsuki, huh, would you look at that. Wonder who THEY got paired with??

And while Himeru’s comment gets a bit of a wince from Shiki (a bigger one if you consider her typo canon), he can’t help but nod to it, especially as Fuuka confirms that they’re still around, and fresh reinforcements come in with impeccable timing. “I guess the best thing to do is hope they can handle themselves while we take care of the big thing here.” He gestures to the ornate door. “Or else we might just get back to square one.”

And he has really, really mixed feelings about the possibility of going through THAT again. Luckily, Akihiko is on the ball!

Shiki sees absolutely nothing wrong with a senpai Leeroying ahead. It’s a perfectly natural thing to do! He briefly turns to Kotone, offering a weird, mild apologetic look for what must be the fiftieth time tonight. “Kotone-san, stick with me and everything should be fine, okay?”

COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji is now covering Kotone Nakamura.

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

Yukiko Amagi listens to Yoh, nodding her head as a smile touches her lips. Although there is a pause after she processes just what he says, and the smile fades to a frown, and she shakes her head, “No – is she hurt?” she asks. But Yukiko’s sense picks up on the fact that, well… a great deal of astonishment was coming from her best friend ever. Glancing first to her, Yukiko cants her head to the side, “That’s just Naoto-ku…” she begins, her eyes sliding over to Naoto to take a second look.

Ohmy.

Cue Yukiko having a few moments to just stare agape. “W-well, he was always a pretty boy?” she says kinda lamely, looking back towards Chie with a certain tentative look. Only for that to become a bit of a wince when Michiru and Naoto draw near. “Good evening, Fukase-san, Shirogane-san,” Yukiko says, with a formality to her tone. “Have you… um… survived okay?” she says. A beat, before she answers the young detective. “I am ready… more or less…!” she says, when that breaking.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Mitsuru shakes her head, “Let us find the Shadow first. If it’s Mizuhara-san, she will look after our newest recruit while we deal with the true enemy.” The door that Fuuka is indicating them towards has most of her attention. Even to her semi-weak spotter senses, she can tell that there is a powerful shadow there. But as Akihiko moves to take point, Mitsuru seems to think for a moment. And.. doesn’t stop him from opening the door.

She even manages to smile a little when Shinjiro berates him but she pulls her rapier out and focuses directly on the door. She blocks out all background noises until or unless someone calls her by name. In her other hand is her Evoker, ready to fire at a moment’s notice.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

“I wholeheartedly agree with Namikawa-san. Something needs to answer for all of this.” Seiichi’s voice is quiet as he hefts the sheathed blade in one hand. His eyes still dart about to see if they can find anything untoward before he pauses and blinks for just a moment in surprise. That dark gaze is turned towards Minako then in some surprise. “I…possibly? I’ve been in the news before.” He adds in some confusion as this girl addresses him. Though he does smile politely. “My name is Seiichi Miyamoto, but I think proper introductions can wait till after we stop whatever is doing this.”

He turns his eyes back to that very conspicuous door at the end of the hall. He doesn’t offer to tank whatever is in there. Oh no. He’ll let the Silver-Haired-Kool-Aid-Man bust down that door and the Beanie-Man take the rest of the aggro. There is though a flicker of a smile as he rests there, one hand lightly holding his sword. He glances then towards Mitsuru before he smiles. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained?” He murmurs quietly towards her before he turns his full and undivided attention to that opening door.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

Fuuka nods at Shinjiro, “Wait, there is not just the major shadow in there. There is also something else… a shadow-possessed. Are you guys read-?” She can’t finish her sentence though as Akihiko seems to be ready to bust through the door. She stays pretty far back though still bracing herself for the shadow or shadow possessed to attack.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

There was something in there? Minako would trust Fuuka on that; she can’t tell one way or another. Remembering what Mitsuru and Shinjiro said about thinking first, and about how her life doesn’t just belong to her, she actually stands back from the door and lets the senpais try it first. “Good luck!” she offers to the both of them, readying her polearm /just in case/ she needs to charge on in there in a hurry.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Hinata looks to Shiki, then to Kotone, then to Shiki again Sadly there are no diamonds, just a whole lot of ‘what the hell’. And a pillow. “I’ll go with dreaming,” she nods to her new partner. “Makes the most sense.” Takeshi, right? She was so busy running she didn’t even pause for introductions! That will just have to wait. “Wha- Itsuka-chan and Nyamo are missing?”

Or just off enjoying a mini-bar. Or something. Now even that girl in the hat has a guy voice. This is turning into a very disturbing dream, complete with property destruction! Then again, with everyone out here chatting uncomfortably it wasn’t as if they were going for stealth. In any case, she’s preparing herself as well. There’s Shiki off being brave with that girl WEARING HIS VEST. Another glance is given to Takeshi, and she moves in front of Fuuka. Sleepy or not, he looks like he can handle himself! “Don’t worry, senpai, I’ve got it,” she winks to the spotter, bat at the ready. “Just do what you do best!”

COMBAT: Hinata Itoh is now covering Fuuka Yamagishi.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

Aigis says, “Good. We seem to be missing Itsuka and Nyamo, but perhaps we will run into them later.” She sighs almost simultaneously as Akihiko takes the very direct route. She hangs her head, faintly before jogging ahead to catch up with Minako.

“Minako-Chan, I am glad you are alright.” She glances back to Naoto, “Provided there are no further tricks, with this many people the Shadow should not be too difficult.”

Someone has to say the lines that doom everybody and it might as well be her.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minato is usually really good at not letting on about his own emotions. In fact he very rarely talks about himself. Even when Aigis was stammering out questions, he was just nodding his head, agreeing or going ‘un-huh’ which was his own version of nervous stammering, even if it didn’t seem like it. Right now he isn’t saying anything, just looks around at everyone /else/ assembled. Disshelved and ruffled clothes. Awkwardness. Embarrassment. …Akihiko next to Minako, really really close. Oh my. But it doesn’t actually seem like anything happened. …Or did it? No, Minako was being her usual self. That was good. And he trusted his senpai, so likely there wasn’t much to worry about after all. Well… that didn’t have to do with the big Shadow ahead anyway.
The signal is given in the form of Akihiko breaking down the door, and Minato draws his sword. He’s about to open his mouth to offer that he could go looking for the others, but it’s also true that they would need all the help they could get to take down /this/ Shadow. Mitsuru makes the call anyway, and the wooden-expression’d young man nods his head. Hopefully they’d all be able to concentrate on this battle… but at the same time, maybe everyone would need a way to blow off steam, and killing a Shadow was perfect for that.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Yoh remains standing at the outside of the group, looking disturbed as ever. When Hinata shows up, things just get worse. He tries to avoid her like the plague, actually going to the opposite side of the group she is at. If she ever found out… Oh god.

And someone else addresses him. Hm, this person he doesn’t recognize. “Heh, uhm, yeah! Suppose… suppose so. Hm, do I know you?” he asks quietly, but with a friendly tone. Then That fellow who also punches things heads for the door. Maybe he should follow him. Minagi was still nowhere to be seen and he feared for his life from this girl now. “Not physically, no…” Yoh says to Yukiko. She was probably emotionally scarred from that event though, much like Yoh probably will be to some degree.

The teen, being the up-and-coming falcon punch n’ tank member of SEES, decides that, rather than stick around for more awkward situations to arise, it is best to start doing what he is good at. Punching stuff till it dissolves. He quickly runs up to behind the leads, and waits for orders. While waiting, he straightens up his button down to be properly aligned. The tag sticking out the undershirt? That will have to wait.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi yawns before stretching out, “Never with the planning and tactics. Always with the beating down doors. I’m beginning to think joining SEES was the fast way to a quicker death.” There’s a sigh as he turns to look at Akihiko and Shinjiro and then watches Hinata run over to cover Fuuka. He doesn’t really know her, but something tells him she sent the voices. He can just tell. Which means she at least is an ally. The rest of these people? Well, they can just be people, people that he’ll slap if they get too frisky. That works for him.
In preparation, fists are slammed together and bones are cracked before the newest addition to the SEES team takes his place half way between the tankers and the rest of the group as a kind of flood gate if need be. “Best way to learn is to jump right in right?” A position is assumed, one decidedly from a martial arts school. His eyes are darting around the room just in case, ready to react to anything stupid enough to jump out and play boogeyman. Then Yoh comes up and he nods, “Guess we’re gonna go punch stuff. Teshi by the way, because knowing names somehow makes it easier to punch the crap out of things.”

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

The door to the room caves in suddenly and Rena is forced to wiggle and squirm herself out of the way so the broken wood does not strike her in the head.

Within, the room is dark, but the faintest outline of Kiyohime can be seen. She is a massive Eastern-esque dragon, over twenty feet long and with the thickness of an adult human at her widest. She has one set of legs and one set of arms, both stumpy and tipped with sharp claws. Her body is covered with slick black scales that have an iridescent sheen when the light strikes them (curiously, where it was once a blue-green color, it is now red). Her head is ringed with a mane of black hair that ends in whispy shadows and her face looks like that of a human. That is, if a human face had been stretched and warped to fit the facial anatomy of a lizard with many sharp teeth.

Her eyes glow a persistent bright yellow, the most visible feature amongst the gloom. As soon as Akihiko enters, those eyes fall upon the young man.

With no delay, she seeks eye contact, her serpentine body becoming perfectly still as her glowing gaze bores into the puglist.

“Shhhh.” she ‘speaks’, though her voice is heard, her lips do not move, mouth remaining slightly open to show off a hint of teeth. “Look at me. Just look at me. Yes. You want to…look at me.”

COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa hits Akihiko Sanada with her Marin Karin attack.
COMBAT: The Inaccurate status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has finished their turn.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Well, this is more of a SEES sort of op, so Chie doesn’t mind them tanking the first blow, because…well, she doesn’t like getting set on fire, /and it is always fire/.

Besides which she’s still kind of floored by Naoto, who is acting very much the part of an embarrassed girl, which for Chie would be not unlike Shinjiro Aragaki prancing through the room in a short skirt and stockings picking daisies.

…brain daisies?

/Evil/ daisies.

Stop that, Chie, she thinks, and eyes manage to track up from Naoto’s…condition, to first his face, then to Michiru, who seems equally stunned. “Ah. …yeah. … …ok.” She nods, slowly. “Uhhh. …” man, what the hell does she say about that. “Y-yeah, we’re…OK, uhm.” ahhh, ahhh, “Th-that’s not really the point, Yukiko…” Though Chie supposes it does explain why she always found Naoto kind of cute, but, but, uh, “Oh, wait, they’re doing stuff!” she says, abruptly, and edges in front of the KDA Party to assume her Space Buddha-given role as frontline violence engine. “So,” she asks, still off center courtesy Naoto, “I wonder if they’re forgetting what happened the /last/ time we broke something in this joint.”

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
“A good idea,” Akatsuki muses at Fuuka when she suggests someone go off to search for Minamo and Itsuka. He doesn’t know Minamo, but she’s a member of SEES and a kouhai, and therefore *should* merit looking after. He frowns when it’s made clear that there’s *something* behind that door–he thought he’d felt something, but… “But on the other hand, if what we’re looking for is beyond there, it wouldn’t be wise to split our forces now. If we can defeat it, they should be all right anyway. …I won’t stop anyone from going off, though, not that it’s my call to make.”
And then Akihiko tries the door and/or possibly breaks it down. “Hey–Sanada, don’t be so damn reckless! Have you already forgotten what happened the last time?” Given that this had *so* much success earlier with Minagi swinging a sword at the mirror, Akatsuki instinctively reaches for his manriki… though like Shinjiro, he also approaches, letting the two SEES senpais take the lead but otherwise asserting a more defensive position relative to the other members.
Though this time it’s not a mirror–will it be okay? Akatsuki frowns, then grimaces slightly at Himeru’s response. No comment, though, because Akatsuki already knows her feelings on this matter *very* well, perhaps better than is good for either of them right now. Michiru, having not responded verbally, is let be for now. Pity, since Akatsuki was just joking with her a little–
And then beyond the door is a form that he recognizes and yet *doesn’t* recognize. Kiyohime is looking good lately. A pity that she’s a dragon-woman, and engineer of Akatsuki’s kidnapping several months back. His eyes widen, and he calls, “/Rena-san/?! What are you–”
But already Rena’s going for the first cute boy that enters her line of sight, i.e. Akihiko. This could get bad fast.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.

“Not lately,” Akihiko replies to Shinjiro blandly when he asks him if he’s told him he’s a goddamned retard recently, looking forward as he speaks. This is said as both SEES senpais stand their ground in front of the open door, possibly in their signature manly combat stances each. “I was actually starting to feel a little neglected.”

Because an action scene isn’t complete without action movie-style banter between two buddies. Wait until they both start interning for the police force. Wait until Akihiko starts learning how to DRIVE.

That inevitable doom will have to wait, however. He is, of course, oblivious to Minato’s Big Brother Senses Tingling, but his right shoulder does suddenly feel heavy all of a sudden. He frowns to himself. He doesn’t know what it is, but it feels like someone is JUDGING HIM.

But then, something evil and serpentine finds him in the dark. Even as he pushes forward, he suddenly freezes in his tracks, hearing the voice in his head. Stunned, his senses suddenly overtaken by the hypnotic suggestion, he stares at Kiyohime in front of him, fingers twitching at his side. Every instinct tells him to move, but his limbs somehow won’t cooperate.

Now would be a good time for Shinji to punch him. Or her. He’s not picky but he’s not going to be able to snap out of this without help.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

Shinsuke frowns, his well-kept black brows knitting pensively. The oppressive presence of the Shadow within the suite prickles at the edges of his awareness; the Greater Lovers resonates with his own Arcana, and gives his senses a gentle push-
Akihiko, who always has such nice taste in gloves, just straight-up opens the goddamn door (was he always this…uh, derpy? Shinsuke can’t remember on account of having always been too preoccupied with his senpai’s looks) as Shinsuke turns to Shiki, revealing those inexplicable brown eyes to his shorter friend. “‘Different’? I don’t…/think/ so?” he replies, smoothing his hair back and tucking his bangs behind his left ear. “I mean, maybe? But we can discuss it later.”
Yep, he’s definitely speaking differently, at least.
The aristocratic teen straightens and settles slightly into a combat-ready stance, sword rapier held low for now but able to flick up at a moment’s notice and puncture…what?
oh god please don’t let it look like a pile of used condoms /please/
Shinsuke dismisses the thought after a brief second of horror, assuming his traditional ice-cold combat demeanor. “Afire without, ice-cold within”, as Kay always says. The fencer mentally unhoods his Persona, feeling the presence of the unruly knight fill his mind like the swelling of a river during heavy rain, and the immediate area is suddenly suffused with warmth and the scent of spices.
Well. That’s a /dragon/. Only one thing to do!
Shinsuke reaches for his Evoker, raises it to his temple, and wordlessly evokes Kay; the dark-armored knight places his blade on Akatsuki’s shoulder, and a wall of flame roars into life between the blond university student and the menacing drake — whom he seems to know, strangely. This could get awkward!(?)

COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Akatsuki Enda with his Red Wall attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Fire Wall status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has finished their turn.

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.
Kotone takes a second to realize that Shiki is even looking at her; she has a kind of confusing mess of feelings to deal with at the moment and is, despite following along behind Shiki and letting him take point, trying to ignore him a little.

She scoots up a little closer to Shiki, saying, quietly, “… okay.” She gives a glance back to Hinata, squinting at her a little as if trying to determine her intent — but it passes quickly, as Kotone instead turns her attention forward, where it needs to be.

Readying that weighted ribbon again, Kotone waits for Akihiko to finish breaching the door by /any means necessary/, and then sees… a God damn dragon. Letting out a small squeak and leaping back, she finds herself almost paralyzed for a moment. This… is probably not a great ‘first operation’ operation.

Her hand does eventually begin to reach for her Evoker, though; she isn’t /completely/ clueless.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

“Deidra-san, be careful.” Yuuka says automatically tells the girl, before she shifts, noticing Fuuka getting covered, and idly sliding in front of her friend, watching Rena and Akihiko with curious emerald eyes, quiet for now.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

Or Yuuka covers Hinata. Stacked Spotter defense.

COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba is now covering Hinata Itoh.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

While Akihiko actually intends to TRY the door, Himeru’s knife-edged gaze only goes from Fuuka as she claims of a dark power behind that door to said door. Power swells through her limbs, flickering from toes to fingertips, she was about to blast it off it’s hinges. But her reflexes are blocked by the fact she has no line of sight, and her temper is still held back sufficiently to not fire through friends. But Hannya is akin to a bloodhound barely held on it’s leash…

When the door actually DOES open (by whatever cause) and she sees a familiar shape in there, familiar eyes staring at her sempai and morning training partner, she feels akin to a wildfire being fed oxygen. “YOU!” she yells out, raw hatred palpable in her voice. “YOU DID THIS!? YOU’RE DEAD, YOU TRASHY WHORE!”

This is probably almost of a shock to most of her friends to hear such emotion from her and so suddenly, but Hime just slides her sword out of the scabbard and bloodies it in a single swift motion. She forces her way through others if needed, aiming to quite literally slam the edgeless side of the sword against the dragon’s jaw even if that involves jumping into range of those fangs.

COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa misses Rena Kinukasa with her Kill Rush attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has finished their turn.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Shinjiro is about two steps after Akihiko. This means, unfortunately, that Akihiko gets the brunt of the serpent-Shadow’s stare and not him. He doesn’t immediately recognize Rena, though something about the name pings some memory. Some report or another. Maybe Shinjiro will read up on it again when he gets home.

The point is, Akihiko is paralyzed, and Shinjiro isn’t having any of that. “Idiot,” he hisses, which if it had come out of a nicer individual might have come out more like ‘watch out!’– and then, Shinjiro steps up next to Akihiko, calls Castor, and simultaneously slams his shoulder into Akihiko in a SNAP OUT OF IT shove. It’ll have to do Akihiko for a cleanse until he can get the real thing!!

The mounted Persona clatters into the darkened room. Shinjiro only sees Himeru at the last minute, and adjusts his Persona so it doesn’t hit HER too.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki misses Rena Kinukasa with his Zan-ei attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has finished their turn.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

The door, for the record, was a little stuck for some reason, and as Akihiko opens it up–having to make use of some of his considerable door-breaking expertise–he may find that the frame is already a little cracked–or so might someone watching behind him, perhaps one of the /detectives/ in the area. In any case–the door opens with a loud noise under the attempt, with the group outside assembled and hopefully ready for whatever lies within.

he room itself has a number of contents–in the corner, a cracked window that leads to the same shower setup as in the other rooms; a bed, in the center, though its mattress and sheets are torn and disheveled, marks as if by claws marring the room. There is a feeling of contentment, of anticipation, suffusing the room in the first instants that the door is open. It is suddenly warmer in the hallway, as well. Even as Kiyohime faces down the silver-haired SEES veteran, a pleasant haze begins to draw across the minds of those present–it is a very familiar feeling, considering just how recently it happened. It’s…

It lasts a few seconds, building and nearly causing another whiteout, before, with a loud crash, the mirror in the room completely shatters. The sensation of drifting away somewhere fades instantly; there is no waking up somewhere else this time. Instead, an apparition slowly solidifies, a strange, heart-shaped creature that is translucent and pinkish, with… wings, that look more than a little plastic. The Shadow is easily identified to resonance as what it is. There is a psychic mumbling, but no words, and it is /not/ simply confined to the room. The heat intensifies slightly, as it shifts around in a strange, sinuous dance that seeps into the minds of those it affects–and on its last spin, it contracts and then lets loose dozens of tiny arrows, tipped with some kind of exhausting effect that dissipates… if they hit the wall behind instead.

It is very nearly /right on top/ of Himeru, staring straight at her.

COMBAT: Belladonna has entered Boss Mode for 22 opponents.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh tries to take the attack for Fuuka Yamagishi, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Minato Arisato with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akihiko Sanada with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Aigis with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits you with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: You have taken 0 points of Mystic damage.
COMBAT: You take less damage due to your Mystic resistance.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Chie Satonaka with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Naoto Shirogane with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Michiru Fukase with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Deidra Doyle with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yuuka Chiba with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akatsuki Enda with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Himeru Namikawa with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Minako Arisato with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Seiichi Miyamoto with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Takeshi Odori with her Erotic Dance attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minato Arisato with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Akihiko Sanada with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shinjiro Aragaki with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits you with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: You have taken 24 points of Pierce damage.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Chie Satonaka with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Naoto Shirogane with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Michiru Fukase with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Deidra Doyle with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Hinata Itoh with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Kotone Nakamura with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shiki Ichimonji with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akatsuki Enda with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Himeru Namikawa with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minako Arisato with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Seiichi Miyamoto with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yoh Yamagatani with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Takeshi Odori with her Cupid’s Quiver attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Belladonna has finished their turn.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.

He is shoved by Shinjiro’s weighty shoulder, Akihiko sliding forward. He snaps out of the hypnotic haze quickly, especially when Himeru starts bellowing and charging at the shape of the deadly dragon-woman lurking in the darkness. “Namikawa!” Potential danger towards one of his kouhai, and one of the ones he’s been training every morning whenever he could, is akin to ice water thrown on top of him, jolting him awake and senses on red alert….

That newfound alertness, at the moment, falters. Even as he starts to move forward, he can feel his speed faltering slightly when the Thing dances, confused at just what the hell it’s doing. It is NOT enough to fool him, however, his experience as a field leader in SEES telling him that this? Is probably a distraction tactic. “Scramble!” he yells in warning, but his priority is Himeru at the present moment, skidding under Shinjiro’s attack and proactively dodging it so his friend won’t hit him with friendly fire, and he can see from where he has launched himself that his kouhai had missed the strike and suddenly the Shadow is nearly on her.

“Polydeuces!” he calls, the Persona roaring to life, ozone suddenly filling the air as he commands his Persona to run interference in an effort to keep Rena and the Shadow off Himeru. Or at least give her time to get out of range.

COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada misses Rena Kinukasa with his Mazio attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada hits Belladonna with his Mazio attack.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

The door gets busted down koolaid man style, and Yoh peers in. It looks like a.. dragon? Like one of those chinese New Years dragons. Save with a human face. Wait, human face? Creepy. Yoh finally lets some of that being disturbed go, and instead begins to fill up with anger. You wonder why this teen is always so chipper? Because he pretends hsi targets are his problems and beats them into submission! It works, no, really! At least for him!

“Oh man, what is that.” is all the teen can say. And then Akihiko gets attacked, or something. People seem to know this thing, but hey, it was a target, and SEES was attacking. SO. “Augh, move!” he says to people in front of him, as he will make his way past them and charge the thing.

Standing around was never in his blood anyway.

The teen rushes this dragon thingy, when HOLY CRAP powerful thingy shows up. Yoh slides to a stop, and takes a moment to stare at it, unfortunately getting caught in that dance of his. It wasn’t attractive at all. But afflicted his mind with something that bugged him. It seemed to remind him of what happened with him and Minagi. That diabolical bastard. Then, arrows fly out! Yoh quickly falls into a lunging Shikudach stance and avoids what ones come his way.

“The heck is that thing?” he yells back. “Do we attack it? I say we attack it!” Without waiting for a n answer, Yoh clearly Leeroys the thing, and comes at it, Magni, in all his gigantic battle scarred glory appears behind him, charging Yoh’s body and clothing with crimson electricity and following his movements as he comes at the thing with a flying axe kick channeling some mean type of mojo!

COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani hits Belladonna with his Cell Breaker attack.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has finished their turn.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

“Aigis-chan!” Minako’s greeted her friend with as cheerfully as always, before her gaze falls on another face she’d been searching for in the crowd. “Big brother, over here!” she calls out, waving largely as attempts to beckon him over. “I was looking for you–”

Any further conversation along those lines is halted, as a /something/ lurches from within the depths of the room, right towards– “Akihiko-senpai!” Yellow eyes, that means it’s a Shadow, right?? At the moment she’s not really recognizing Rena, but later, she well might have a moment. “Look out!” She rushes in, keen to hurry to the rescue, ignorant of the haze that wafts across the hall, only for her charge to be interrupted by the shattering of the mirror within the room. “What’s–!” Minako cries out in alarm as the aparation that emerges lets out a spray of tiny arrows, several of which strike home upon the young Fool. Staggering back a step, a hand slips from her polearm to clutch at one of the places she’d been struck, her shoulder. Suddenly, she feels kind of tired…

Swaying a moment on her feet, she shakes her head vigorously. “No, I can’t give up now!” she cries out, as much to herself as anyone else. Grabbing her Evoker, she raises it to her temple, and fires. “Eurydice!” The oak nymph, summoned forth, charges bodily at the ghostly creature, slashing at it with her hands.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato hits Belladonna with her Fatal End attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has finished their turn.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

Oh? Is /that/ Rena’s actual form. Isn’t she just…pretty. Dragons /are/ just that cool. Seiichi must take her on that murder-date one day. Maybe nom on some of the adults. That should be rather fun indeed.

Thoughts of fun are dashed from his brain though as he notes Akihiko become stuck in the gaze of that serpent. His blade hisses out of the scabbard in one smooth and practiced motion as he moves into the room. A slightly surprised look crosses his face as Himeru suddenly leaps forwards and to the attack. He lets her, Rena should be able to take care of herself. She’s a big girl. Dragon. Shadow. Thing.

He wants a different target. He wants the thing that did this.

…ah. There is it. The fog and haze takes his mind again for a few moments before an anger suffuses his mind and drives away most of the fog. Some of it still remains, and pictures of redhead dance in his minds eye for just a moment. Damn Shadow must /die/.

His eyes snap up at the sudden barrage of arrows. “Ikatere!” He calls, drawing on the power he’s gained from becoming friends with Thora and other members of the NWO.

The scaly king of the waves appears in front of him knocking the arrows aimed towards him out of the way. The Persona sends a moment of that power towards Seiichi to bolster him for the moment as he waits for people to get out of the freeking way.

COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto hits Seiichi Miyamoto with his Power Charge attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has finished their turn.

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

Michiru answers Yoh despite her palmed face. “Uh yeah you were flexing like an idiot at me on the beach and you followed my friend Thora’s boyfriend into the bathroom once?” Michiru does not remember things with perfect accuracy but she is also not even 20 years old and has to deal with head ghosts. Leave her (and britney) alone.

Akatsuki is glanced again, but then she sees something dark in that room. Well that is not terribly surprising in and of itself. Michiru wishes she had something other than her purse to adjust in anticipation, until — what comes outwards sends a wave of force out, mentally pressing on her. She can’t make out things for a moment, and then something rises upwards.

It looks cheap, is Michiru’s first thought. Then an arrow hits her in the left breast, sending sudden shocking pain through her as her eyes spasm slightly and tear up. Is this what SEES is fighting? she thinks irrelevantly for a moment, as the pain takes a few moments to finish ringing through her nervous system. Then, rather savagely, she reaches down to yank the dart out, exhaling violently and tossing her hair back.

“Chie,” she says, “it’s really crowded — do you think you can get around them??” She meanwhile does a peculiar and rather flamboyant gesture with one hand, which seens to serve adequately instead of swinging a sassy little pipe through a card: Xipe Totec’s golden form manifests itself with a gesticulation of disapproval which will hopefully translate into a lethal form of /heart disease/. Can the monster (shadow?) vomit or wrack with fever? Only science can tell us.

COMBAT: Michiru Fukase misses Belladonna with her Wrenching Fever attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has finished their turn.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

“Focus on the Arcana Shadow!” Aigis says as it shows itself. “The Lost are depending on us!” She looks to Mitsuru and adds, “I will assist with support. Please, if you can weaken its defenses–” Erotic dances do not affect THE COLD LOGIC of a robot brain. Pointy objects also do not seem to have much immediate effect, bouncing off her body with only a mild scratch. She intends to make full use of Black Frost today, but not quite yet. She has two ways to protect the health of her comrades, but with a fuel line severed she may have to pace herself.

“Persona!” Aigis says, “Palladion…Custom!!”

The vibrant Persona ripples into being above Aigis’s head as the evoker unleashes it, sending a swirly green ripple around her comrades–speeding up their movements! THIS WILL CLEARLY MAKE THEM BETTER at dancing erotically. So far Minato and Minako do not seem horribly mangled but knowing them, it is only a matter of time. So she must protect them.

“Come with me if you want to live.” She adds, living the robot dream.

COMBAT: Aigis hits Minato Arisato with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Akihiko Sanada with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Aigis with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Aigis hits you with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 0 points of damage.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Chie Satonaka with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Yukiko Amagi with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Aigis critically hits Naoto Shirogane with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Michiru Fukase with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Deidra Doyle with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Hinata Itoh with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Kotone Nakamura with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Akatsuki Enda with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Yuuka Chiba with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Himeru Namikawa with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Minako Arisato with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Takeshi Odori with her Masukukaja attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Aigis has finished their turn.

Deidra Doyle [SEES] has posed.

Deidra Doyle takes a moment to zip up her jacket and still looks a little red, also her hair seems a little damp as well but she’s trying to shrug it off. She’s got a job to focus on right? She nods to Yuuka and replies, “I will be…” She doesn’t know Himeru that well but she’s never heard her ever say something like that, she’s never has. Then people start fighting with each other, she holds off for a moment as.

Then suddenly she’s arrowed and it hurts it hurts a good deal of lot. She’s also feeling the haze again, and she looks up at the shadow for a moment she realizes what it is. Her eyes narrow and she looks She now summons her persona, there’s a pillar of blue energy about her as the techno monk appears and a foul wind blows, she’s so trying to ruin that things day and she’s still feeling pretty weak like her powers are taking more out of her than normal…

COMBAT: Deidra Doyle hits Belladonna with her Killer Wind attack.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has finished their turn.

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.

“–wh–” is all Akatsuki can utter when Himeru SCREAMS in raw /hatred/ at Rena and dives into the room to attack her. Everyone pours inside, himself included, and he understands all of a sudden that what Himeru told him in that hotel room, whether she was under the influence or not, *must* be true, even if only partially. That reaction’s too severe otherwise. Of course, Rena also targeted Akihiko, and the three of them were jogging partners for a while towards the end of his and Akihiko’s final year–but Akihiko looks like he’s snapped out of it.
“Sanada!” he calls, running after him to catch up with him and Himeru–and then the Lovers Shadow descends after the mirror shatters and a feeling of dawning pleasure does likewise, twirling strangely erotically (/how is that even sexy, it does not look like anything sexy at all, and yet he can’t look away/) and then hailing the room with arrows, sapping his strength.
“Ugh…!” But Shinsuke helps out with a spell of his own, and Akatsuki flashes him a quick, tight, but grateful smile before he lifts his head. “Persona!” he calls as an aura of blue light surges around him, and Hector Custom appears before him. Aigis says to focus on Lovers, and Akatsuki thinks that’s plenty sensible, especially with Himeru having it and Rena right on top of her. “Hector Custom!!” he adds, just before the shining Persona swings its blade ferociously at the spinning Shadow.
Rena being here… gives him a lot of mixed feelings. A *lot* of mixed feelings. At least this doesn’t seem to be the same room as before, though admittedly it’s hard to tell with how wrecked it looks… How did it get like that, anyway?

COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda hits Belladonna with his Mighty Swing attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has finished their turn.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

“Ohhh dear…” She says, Yuuka grimacing as she takes the hits before it coincides with massive buffing. “Right, that’s fine too, come on! Unicorn!” The persona appears next to her, shining white and golden, even as the pair concentrate on the Shadow.

“Go, Persona!” A ring of light, wraps around the Arcana Shadow, attempting to help her foes while waiting.

COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba hits Belladonna with her Trafuri attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has finished their turn.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

The presence and attacks from Rena don’t surprise Fuuka. She /had/ warned them after all or she had at least /tried/ to if Akihiko hadn’t gone leeroy on them. When Hinata moves to cover her she gives the girl a smile while continuing to do her best to figure out what she could about the Greater Shadow.

She feels something hit her but it doesn’t phase her too much. But then… arrows! Trying to dodge them she fails though and one grazes her shoulder. She draws her hand up to it and when she pulls it away there is a little blood but she’s seen worse.

Fuuka turns to the group, “Okay guys, be careful! I am going to try and scan the Greater Shadow. Give me a few minutes.” With that, as the rest of the group attacks, she hits it with her scan hoping Lucia could give them /some/ pertinent information and hoping that it didn’t change forms or something in the meantime.

COMBAT: Your Mystic Boost ability has activated at a cost of 2 SP.
COMBAT: You have missed Belladonna with your Full Analysis attack.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi has finished their turn.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Naoto Shirogane is the prettiest of boys and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

“Good, because we are under attack!” The strange wave, for a change, doesn’t affect Naoto; she feels flushed, but she’s felt flushed for the last ten minutes at least so there’s not really an appreciable change there. At least this gives her something to focus on that has absolutely nothing to do with her or anyone staring at her. Aside from making sure they’re safe, anyway.

One of the needles hits Naoto in the shoulder. She ignores it, instead making a short chopping gesture with her hand. “Persona!” What appears… isn’t a fairy. It is a weird, vaguely upright humanoid thing, black stretched over yellow and too many tentacles. It reaches out with three or five of them, making a sound that shouldn’t really exist and summoning pressing darkness around the heart-shaped thing.

Naoto is apparently not entirely collected yet.

COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has activated Hastur.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane hits Belladonna with her Trial of Darkness attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has finished their turn.

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

Admittedly, Rena was going to stun whoever came in the door first. That it was Akihiko, the attractive SEES senpai, is just a nice little bonus. In fact, it isn’t until after she’s mesmerized him does she really stop to take stock of her catch. “Mmmm, such a /good looking/ boy, aren’t you~?” She noses closer, sweeping around Akihiko and guiding him away with a coil. This attempt to divert the SEES member away from the pack probably won’t be successful, especially when there’s a Shinjiro on the case to try and snap him out of his haze.

There are other distractions relevant to Rena’s interests as well. For example, there is Akatsuki here, calling out her name. Just hearing him say that suddenly makes that human heart of hers buried deep inside ache. Simultaneously, Kiyohime fights the urge to throw up in her mouth a little. “Why I’m-” she starts to turn to him, eager to unleash her new power upon the Enda.

Himeru starts SCREAMING at her in vitriol she’s only really experienced from the likes of Kyo before, contrasting strangely with the ambivalent reaction of their last encounter. It’s probably the act of getting called a ‘trashy whore’ that /really/ sets her off though and Rena snarls, wild growls accompanying her ‘voice.’ “I DID NOT.”

As if on cue, the Lovers Shadow appears in all its glory. It’s…strange…Claire’s accessory shop glory. Rena continues to sneer. “Were it /me/, your desire would not be directed at /each other/.” The black-scaled head jerks backwards, like a viper striking in reverse, to avoid Himeru’s blow to the jaw. “Speaking of…”

She finds her coils very devoid of Akihiko and scowls, her body suddenly in motion with that liquid smoothness found in the movement of snakes, save for her tiny claws which scrape along the ground to propel her forward and beneath Castor’s strike. She careens after Akihiko at first only to veer away suddenly to snap at Shinjiro.

“Wait your turn~” she chides, impossibly speaking with her mouth (possibly) full.

COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa misses Shinjiro Aragaki with her Maw Of Wrath attack.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has finished their turn.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Seiichi’s whispered comment to her draws a startled look from Mitsuru, who only blushes faintly and nods. “Yes. I suppose that is true.” And before much more can happen, Akihiko’s been stunned. “Akihiko!” And then Shinjiro’s punching him to knock him out of his daze and distantly, she hears Himeru swearing vengeance. There’s a wall of fire somewhere and a dragon. Wait. What? A dra- Before she gets a chance to contemplate further, the SEES commander’s vision goes completely white and she hears a crashing sound. “Not Again,” Mitsuru murmurs before.. wait..

She turns her head and.. “The shadow!” Her words may end up getting lost in the din just as an arrow flies straight and true and cuts against her cheek. The wound bleeds and she feels herself weakening somehow. “Yamagishi!” BUT Fuuka’s already anticipated her orders. THey can deal with a dragon without Fuuka’s help. She hopes. Some people seem to know the master of the Dragon.

She raises her gun to her head and BANG, the Amazonian Queen appears and wordlessly snarls her defiance at the Shadow before lifting both arms blades and slamming them down onto the ground.

COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo misses Rena Kinukasa with her Tentarafoo attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo misses Belladonna with her Tentarafoo attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has finished their turn.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minato shifts his eyes over briefly towards Minako as his sister finds him. A hint of a smile might be found on his lips, but it’s short-lived as Akihiko gets attacked mere moments after the door is broken in. Some kind of dragon thing, apparently? And further in – a heart. A heart and a dragon. Shadows certainly can look weird, but Minato knows that more than anyone! Before he can say anything of warning to Minako, there is an attack. He’s perhaps a little too weirded out by a /heart/ dancing, it doesn’t seem to affect him. Or maybe he’s still a little too stunned from previous encounters which shan’t be spoken of. Either way, he doesn’t move, and is a little too distracted from the arrows to avoid them, getting peppered with a spray of the magical darts. “Agh!” He cries out, and starts feeling… sluggish. Even as Aigis summons her Persona to make the sluggishness seem a little less so.
“Yeah, good idea,” Minato says to Aigis. Minako is already attacking the Shadow, so he’ll leave the dragon to… whoever. For himself, he staggers into the room after Minako, and decides it’s better not to rush in with his sword just yet, due to the sensation of weakness coursing through him due to the poison. His free hand grabs his evoker and lifts it to his temple. “Orpheus!” Trigger pull, boom. The bard, the Father of Songs, rises up from Minato’s back, and summons up the very winds themselves with a strum of his lyre, slashing outwards at the pink heart thing with plastic wings.
“Aigis, protect Minako,” he calls over to the robot. After all, she is supposed to be guarding their bodies!

COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Belladonna with his Tempest Slash attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has finished their turn.
Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

There was a pleasant haze drawn across Yukiko’s mind. The sensuous motions of the serpent draw Yukiko’s eyes, a glimmer of the feeling that she had felt just minutes prior seeping back into her senses – it felt good, and she knew… she /knew/ that she ought not to let that feeling live, but it just felt so…

At least until arrows strike shallowly into her arm and belly. Crying out, she moves to pluck those arrows out of her arm and belly, and in a moment further, she feels a haze – a slow, deep motion that ripples through her mind and her senses, slowing… everything down. Her brow furrows, “Drugged?” she manages to ask, although some small portion of her mind cries out in horror. This… shadow had not fought cleanly from the start. “Naoto-kun…” she would add the chan later, maybe. “Chie? Fukase-chan…?” she asks, glancing around for her friends.

Goodness, it was like the world was caught in some sort of haze – gunshots were going off all around as those SEES persons did their awful, awful summoning, making her stomach retch, but Yukiko had a plan. “Konohana Sakuya!” she calls, lazily reaching up to grasp the shimmering card that appears, out of the air. Crunching that card even as Naoto leaps forward, the towering form of the feather-armed dancer appears, the dance it dances bringing with it a cleansing light. She recognized an evil influence, and was working against it.

COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Minato Arisato with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Akihiko Sanada with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Aigis with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits you with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 0 points of damage.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Negative status cleared!
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Chie Satonaka with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Yukiko Amagi with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Naoto Shirogane with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi critically hits Michiru Fukase with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Deidra Doyle with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Hinata Itoh with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Kotone Nakamura with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi critically hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Akatsuki Enda with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi critically hits Yuuka Chiba with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Himeru Namikawa with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Minako Arisato with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Seiichi Miyamoto with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Takeshi Odori with her Me Patra attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has finished their turn.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

“Um, okay!” Shiki is pretty certain that something is different about Shinsuke now, and chances are that, as usual, exactly what that means will be something he’ll figure out much later, when it’s not that relevant anymore. Thus! The suggestion to talk about this later is /more than welcome/.

The goggled boy nods to Mitsuru’s assessment. Yeah, Itsuka can handle herself AND Minamo, he’s pretty sure, just look how he’s protecting Kotone right now! Hinata is giving him weird looks, to which Shiki blinks a few times, cluelessly, before returning his attention to the matter at hand. He’s pretty focused! It’d be kind of awkward otherwise.

He sadly has no weapons to draw, the knives (safely!) tucked away in the vest Kotone is wearing right now. That’s really too bad, but even in Shiki’s focused state, he somehow doesn’t feel up to asking Kotone for it back, even with the slight tactical advantage it might confer. Then again, he’s got his Evoker, and chances are tiny knives would be little use against a huge Shadow anyway!

And certainly Aigis dooming them all right now won’t cause him to regret this later.

–and oh crap, a dragon!! One Shiki has certainly heard about but never faced himself. His eyes quickly dart to Akatsuki as that somewhat familiar name is called. He has no time to ask about anything, though, as he reflexively steps aside as Himeru rushes ahead (and a kohai like him Leeroying is NOT okay!!) with terrifyingly unrestrained emotion.

But there’s something even MORE terrifying to worry about lurking ahead, pretty much certainly their main target. He promised he would protect Kotone, and his first reflex is to toss himself in front of her, shielding her vision from the hypnotizing dance! …but, as quickly becomes visible, leaving him disoriented in the process.

A wave of energy from Palladion Custom helps snap him out of it, however (but, as Kotone quickly finds out, not quickly enough for him to shield her from the arrows that follow, which miraculously don’t hit /him/!), counteracting its effect more or less directly. A shake of his head, a twirl of his Evoker, and the green-scarfed Gawain Custom appears to take the fight to it instead. “If this works, we can try to beat it with fire…!”

COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji hits Belladonna with his Faerie Fire attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has finished their turn.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi stares into the room beyond as he moves in behind Yoh, albeit safer and less fast. Didn’t anyone ever tell them not to rush into a room with an unknown. Well, considering, that was probably something they’d never hear of anyways. There’s a shadow dragon, that’s not really important to him right now. What’s important is that stupid cupid thing..running around the room..well flying..with his bow of pretty hearts and seriously?! Well whatever, it was time to bring out the personae and get this party started. Nothing he hadn’t seen before, but fighting a dragon for his first mission? That could have gone better, but hey, at least his secondary opponent is cupid. That helps. Cupid isn’t that intimidating.
It comes as no surprise when it starts to dance, but that wasn’t going to work on Takeshi. You can’t beat a sexy dancer with a sexy dance, the world doesn’t work that way, but you can totally beat a sexy dancer with a pink arrow of love, that’s completely unexpected. Totally unexpected. After the initial shock of being hit with not only an arrow, but an arrow with a heart and filled with the love of a thousand shadows, he pulls it out. No use letting it stay there, he’s a man after all!
Now, onto the persona stuff. There’s a ruffle of hair as he considers his opponents. “Time to whisper sweet nothings in their ears.” He raises a hand, “Hey bacchus, Come on out here!” A flash of light and a few seconds later, Bacchus leaps forth and nods as Takeshi and Bacchus both begin to whisper into the air. To most people, they don’t hear anything, however, Rena and whatever that thing is, they’d start to hear voices. Sweet voices, but voices from far away, far far away. Almost ephemeral, but almost entirely physical too, like you could touch them. Without any indication otherwise, the voices would get louder, multiply, and then attempt to ‘stick’ taking over a part of their mind, coercing their will, whispering tidings of death, of haughtiness, of magical ability far beyond mere mortals. Of everything these two want to hear, the voices would speak, But they weren’t there for good. Those two better tell the voices to GTFO or risk losing some focus.

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Rena Kinukasa with his Foolish Whisper attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Rena Kinukasa.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Belladonna with his Foolish Whisper attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has finished their turn.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Its a little disappointing seeing all those who rush forward to help Akihiko, Hinata would have preferred to run up there herself but who would’ve looked after Fuuka? Yuuka would have! The littlest third-year gets a quick thumbs-up from the centerfielder, but that’s the extent of it. She’d ask what she’s been up to, but now is not the time for book chat!

No, the door is open and there’s something inside. Scaly, red, scaly, hair, ugly face… It didn’t take Akatsuki’s outburst for Hina to recognize. “Kinuhasa-san,” she mutters disappointedly with a brush of a bang, “I guess you really do like your love hotels- er-” Blink. “Holy shit, Himeru.” Be careful, Senpai! No Kyo to be found though, that’s good! That’s really good. A haze crosses the second-year, and for a brief moment, its warm. Nice and warm like snuggled up under a blanket with…

Arrows. Lots and lots of arrows. “Ow!” She doesn’t quite have the tank build to save Fuuka from arrows and whatever else the ugly pink thing threw at them. In fact, she’s starting to feel a little more tired than normal, even though she drank her required amount of sports drink and slurpees today! “Ugh. An Arcana Shadow?” There’s a nod back towards Aigis, “Right! Fuuka-senpai, Yuuka-senpai, c’mon!” No tugging along, however, she’s not interrupting that very very valuable scan. Afterwards, then there may be carrying.

Her first order is still obeyed. Evoker meets temple and a shot rings out. “SKULD!” The valkyrie arises, dropping its initial salvo on the Shadow with a blast of bright light.

COMBAT: Hinata Itoh hits Belladonna with her Hama attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has finished their turn.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Akihiko successfully snapped out of his daze, Shinjiro is about to focus his attentions on Rena. And then, suddenly, something else takes priority in his mind. The thing responsible for this whole awful evening shows its ‘face,’ assailing them all with the same sort of energy that had afflicted them earlier. Vivid memories of what happened earlier resurface–

And then Shinjiro pushes through them, immediately rushing into the lead alongside Akihiko. His limbs still feel weighted, but nothing he can do about that for the moment. Noticeably, he cuts over such that he can stand defensively in front of Mitsuru, attempting to physically guard her.

Castor surges into being alongside him, the armored horse plunging forward in an attempt to swing a crippling blow into the Shadow. Shinjiro has one eye on his Persona up until a flicker of movement catches his peripherals. He turns, whirling out of the way just in time to avoid her snapping jaws– but moving such that he can remain covering Mitsuru, if at all possible.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki hits Belladonna with his Swift Crush attack.
COMBAT: The Vitality Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has finished their turn.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki is now covering Mitsuru Kirijo.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

The pleasant haze finds no footing.

Even as Himeru is enveloped with the feeling, Hannya’s raw rage is too omnipresent in her mind and heart to even give the Shadow’s power an inch of space this time. Her inner darkness was sometimes a hindrance but in times like this, it was an unbreachable shield.

It’s not that great against arrows, but as she feels a trickle of blood dripping from her abdomen having pierced through her light tanktop, she just tears it out and stares right back at the source of the arrow with a furious glare. Her magic felt hampered, but little more. That’s not much of a problem.

Her gaze goes between the Shadow-Possessed and the Shadow, her mind aware that clearly her previous assessment was woefully flawed. “Fine then; Correction. Assistant second-rate _DISCOUNT_ whore!” she ‘kindly’ calls the dragon-girl, not that this modification helps any. The fact that Rena’s intent would have been different has no relevance in her mind, as her power bursts out with the sound of shattering glass. “Hannya!”

The masked demon appears once more, crimson eyes glimmering through the eyesockets of the mask. Power flows through them both from Palladion just as the arms extend, one toward each hated individual in this room, the pointed claws just stretching out and extending to pierce them both. Why choose when you don’t have to?

COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Rena Kinukasa with her Middle Shot attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Belladonna with her Middle Shot attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Aigis is now covering Minako Arisato.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

Suddenly the Shadow appears over the ebon dragon’s gleaming form, and-
oh god it /is/ a pile of used condoms DDDDDDDD:
It rotates, scattering those envenomed darts into the crowd of its foes; Shinsuke, unable to dodge due to the proximity of so many bodies, takes one square in the shoulder and winces in pain as the psychic venom lashes out into his veins and saps his bond with Kay. Manifesting will be more draining now, it seems…
…But it doesn’t hamper the slow profusion of bright azure light that swirls into the elegant teen’s brown irises, turning them a brilliant burning blue and faintly tingeing his sclerae and pupils. Those that may have remarked upon how Shinsuke’s eyes seem to glitter faintly when his Persona asserts itself now see the truth of the matter. Speaking of Kay…
Focus on the condom pile? Gladly. The darkening presence of the Seneschal unfolds from Shinsuke’s shoulders as the report of his Evoker echoes thoughout the suite, flames erupting from his outstretched hand to hopefully incinerate the disgusting unhygenic creature even as a wave of purifying energy washes over his burning-eyed master.

COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Belladonna with his Fire Burst attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has finished their turn.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

And then, the horror cometh. Chie stomps into the room, getting ready for whatever, and then GODDAMMIT NOT AGAIN! Chie closes her eyes, but it’s /inside her eyes/, she tries to shut it out–!

FAnd then it appears. Eyes snap up, ready this time. “The…hell?” Chie stammers out, surprised. But Shadows being freaky is not exactly a /new/ phenomenon, so Chie is pretty quickly able to get her bearings. She blinks, unimpressed by the terrible monster’s sinuous motions, before it… “SHIT!” Chie yelps, and /moves/. Tomoe isn’t quite on the ball enough to return fire, but Chie lurches forward quickly, swinging herself between the incoming volley of arrows with a startling quickness she could only have gotten from training with /a freaking ninja/. She’s about to lunge – when she hears Yukiko cry out, and looks back, eyes narrowing. But Yukiko’s alright. Chie can’t protect her from /everything/, she knows. And…Naoto’s… …

Are they…/sure/ Naoto didn’t get eaten by the devil here? That would explain the boobs, Chie thinks. But then Michiru gives her an idea, and Chie blinks at her, nodding. “Er, oh. Right!” she nods, and then rushes inward, hopping upward, somersalting up, over someone’s head, and swining her foot down /right at/ the horror with all her strength, hoping to bounce around to the far side!

COMBAT: Chie Satonaka hits Belladonna with her Strike Attack – Kick attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has finished their turn.

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.
Regrettably, Kotone has no idea that she has Shiki’s knives; she’d probably give them to him if she knew, but she doesn’t — so she doesn’t. It’s really that simple. Finally managing to pull forth her Evoker, she feels something pointy dig into her, leaving her feeling a little fatigued — and a little of that sudden spike in arousal again.

Fortunately, those sudden bursts of energy from Yukiko and Aigis clear her head right up (and Shiki keeps them from being oh so bad in the first place); at last, she gets herself ready to fight. Taking a slow, deep breath, Kotone brings the Evoker to her head, closing her eyes, and calls out —

“Thelxiepeia!”

The beautiful Siren bursts forth, sending forth a nightmarish gust of wind in the direction of the heart-shaped Shadow, trying to both whip it around in gale-force winds /and/ disrupt its focus.

COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura hits Belladonna with her Storm Nightmare attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has finished their turn.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

It was a quick assault, and it’s already continuing–the assembled people strike out quickly at Lovers; Akihiko’s lightning fizzles across its surface, while Magni’s strike impacts and leaves a quite literal dent for a few instant’s, just in time for Eurydice to slash down and leave a little pool of goo on the ground from where her attack impacts. The Shadow does /not/ wrack with fever under Michiru’s attack–not this time, at least, as the thing slips away from her influence.

Wind buffets through the room, and the Arcana Shadow sways in it, flickering just slightly for an instant. The Shadow, at least, does not seem to care of human words–Hector’s blade swings through the room, as well, finally knocking it just that little bit away from Himeru. Meanwhile–the darkness from Naoto’s Persona slams into the Shadow, but the Shadow barely moves. And Fuuka–well, Fuuka finds herself catching up nothing but a wave of ‘want’, encouraging her to leave this battle behind through feelings instead of words. It might be slightly overwhelming–though, well, she /is/ talented with this.

Orpheus’s slash sprays more goop along the wall as it impacts, even as the Shadow hovers closer now to Rena, the dragon, offering no announcements or apologies, though the heat is slowly, slowly intensifying. It seems not to be confused, however, by the SEES commander’s opening volley. It’s true, though–the flames lick aline its form from Shiki’s attack, but it already seems very /hot/ as it stands. Hinata’s light is likewise not very impactful, though it still shoves the Shadow aside. The thing bounces, in a slow, perhaps unpleasant way, as it moves–right up until the point at which Castor slams it back towards the wall, more of the pinkish semi-liquid coating the floor.

It’s kind of… Well. Sticky.

It’s as Hannya’s vengeance strikes down, however, that the Shadow starts to rise upward again, clearly preparing some form of counterattack. It is /not/ purified, though it is cut, by Kay’s strike. And Bacchus is /just this Shadow’s style/. …Being /kicked by Chie/, however, is most certainly not. As the rest of the wind comes, however–the Shadow makes its move, on the heels of Kotone’s attack, lashing out as it backs towards the hotel room. The heat intensifies, however… and the room fills with a rush of flames, burning hot and clinging, even as the thing lets out a shrill, ear-piercing shriek.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki tries to take the attack for Mitsuru Kirijo, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minato Arisato with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akihiko Sanada with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shinjiro Aragaki with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits you with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: You have taken 44 points of Fire damage.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Negative status cleared!
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Chie Satonaka with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Naoto Shirogane with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Michiru Fukase with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Himeru Namikawa with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Make Me Melt attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: Aigis tries to take the attack for Minako Arisato, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akihiko Sanada with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Deidra Doyle with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Hinata Itoh with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Kotone Nakamura with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Akatsuki Enda with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Himeru Namikawa with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minako Arisato with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Seiichi Miyamoto with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Takeshi Odori with her Heartful Cry attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Belladonna has finished their turn.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.

At the calls of his name, Akihiko shakes his head vehemently. “Don’t worry about me! Just get them!” he calls to the rest of the SEES group. With Shinjiro taking the lead with him and keeping himself on the direct path towards Mitsuru, the boxer doesn’t have to worry about the red-haired leader. Going up against Shinji was akin to slamming yourself headfirst into a reinforced concrete bunker: it’ll take a lot of luck and a lot of explosive power to even dent it. Still, he gives his best friend less to worry about….Shinjiro might be keeping himself close to Mitsuru’s vicinity, but he has no such encumberment, trusting Shinjiro to bodyguard the redhaired ojou while he exploits his freedom of movement to be able to move around and, in a sense, cover Shinji. They’ve known each other for years, they can back each other up blindfolded.

With Himeru targeting Rena and the Shadow aggressively, he can feel the spells discombobulating his brain releasing him from their bonds, thanks to the kind efforts of Aigis and crew. With everyone else targeting the shadow, however, he switches tracks…especially after he’s knocked backwards by wind and set on fire. He ducks and rolls, dousing the flames off his shirt, holes eating through the fabric as he stops in a crouch on one knee.

Here, he makes a quick decision. He’ll have to trust Namikawa to hold her own, but the sooner they get rid of that immensely powerful shadow, the sooner he can give Rena all. His. Undivided. Attention.

Never say Akihiko’s reluctant to deliver when a woman wants something from him.

COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada misses Belladonna with his Thunder Crush attack.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Yoh lands the attack, and bounces back. “Woo!” He yets out, obviously caught in the middle of the fervor. He slides back and stops, staring at the abomination more. Seemed like it wasn’t really taking damage. What was this thing? Sure is resilient. What is so special about it? It is so much tougher than any before. Een all these people cannot take it down yet.

After everyone else attacks it, fire goes everywhere! “Damnit, not more fi– augh!” he yells, trying to pat it out. He just got over some bad burns! He does not need more! Too late, his forarms got burnt. “Nngh,” He lets out. The creature begins screaming, and Yoh decides that is enough of that! Lets see just who can be louder!

A good way to muffled really annoying magical noises. Make louder oens yourself! Yoh, and Magni together let out a deafening roar, linged with some sort of enervating energy. It does not affect hsi friends however. The same cannot be said about the heart thingy!

COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani hits Belladonna with his Rakunda attack.
COMBAT: The Vitality Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has finished their turn.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

After awhile Fuuka is still not getting any information. Was this shadow that powerful? She feels disappointed but conveys the message, “Guys, this one is a little tougher. I can’t get any information from it right now. I will keep trying though.” The feeling that comes from the shadow makes her scowl. No way she was going to leave her friends behind. Though, for the record, she may be moving further away to avoid the attacks.

As she is moving though a wave of heat hits her. There is fire! Why is there /always/ fire? It burns her and does more than singe her clothing. Her whole body feels like its on fire. The shriek cause her to gasp and turn around again to face the shadow.

With a small cry and a flash from her Evoker she calls out, “PERSONA!” Lucia materializes again and from within Lucia comes a wave but it is not directed towards the shadow. It is directed towards the group. This was the /least/ she could do right now.. well other than not getting herself killed in the process. The pains of being a weak spotter.

COMBAT: You hit Minato Arisato with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Mitsuru Kirijo with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: You hit Akihiko Sanada with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: You hit Aigis with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: You hit Shinjiro Aragaki with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: You hit Fuuka Yamagishi with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi hits you with her Oracle attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 31 points of damage.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added.
COMBAT: You hit Chie Satonaka with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: You hit Yukiko Amagi with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: You hit Naoto Shirogane with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: You hit Michiru Fukase with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: You hit Deidra Doyle with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: You hit Hinata Itoh with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: You hit Kotone Nakamura with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: You hit Shiki Ichimonji with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: You hit Akatsuki Enda with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: You hit Yuuka Chiba with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: You hit Himeru Namikawa with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: You hit Minako Arisato with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Seiichi Miyamoto with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: You hit Yoh Yamagatani with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: You hit Shinsuke Kusagawa with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: You hit Takeshi Odori with your Oracle attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: The Vitality Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: The Luck Up status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi has finished their turn.

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

“Yukiko, that was amazing!” Michiru says between rounds.

What is less obvious is that they are no longer dealing with a diseased heart. Michiru breathes out firmly as she sees some kind of pinkish goop oozing outwards, watching it bounce – it’s nauseating, she thinks. She steps forwards, the sticky goop on the ground sliding off her summer sandals (good luck there) even as flames wash out.

Michiru had however crouched slightly, reaching into the top of one of her stockings for something. She glances up momentarily at the wash of flames, some stray strands of her hair singeing and giving off a horrid moment of scent. Well that was good luck, she thinks, even as she pulls the loop of wire loose. The two kilogram weight in her purse requires a little more fishing, a quick knot to tie them together.

Then she wraps a little piece of cloth about a meter down along the piano wire, straightening up and whirling it like a bola at her side several times to build up velocity. She keeps doing this, watching, waiting. The orbit is turned from the horizontal to the vertical, and after Akihiko crouches, Michiru hurls it forwards.

Hopefully it is going to sink into all that soft meat and carve through. And uh hopefully nobody else is going to be right in the way, that would be kind of awkward.

COMBAT: Michiru Fukase hits Belladonna with her Secret Wire Trick attack.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has finished their turn.

Deidra Doyle [SEES] has posed.

Deidra Doyle pauses in horror as someone summons that which should not be named. Why is that thing being used, also there are tentacles. She still has a look of horror on her face. How many people were tapping into this, and how long before it /ate/ them or drove them mad. Then Yukiko to the rescue, she feels some of the Shadow’s effect on her a little bit. Then comes the wind, witr wht’s that stuff covering the floro she’s not evne sure she wants to think about it the shriekl it hurts, and she’s not going to play nice not at all. As she prepares a spell she feels her wounds healing thanks to Fuuka, but she contiunes.

Her persona appears again and this time unleasts both salvage winds and a barrage of lighting bolts at the massive shadow!

COMBAT: Deidra Doyle hits Belladonna with her Storm Nightmare attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has finished their turn.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.
Yes! Aigis will protect Minako! And Minato! Oooooooooooooooor she could get blasted of her ass in a solid wave of wind knocks her off her feet, sending her flying back–but she manages to flip in mid air and land on her feet, skidding noisily across the ground.

She takes a moment to examine her clothes. They’re still in one piece, though a little frayed. The body damage was more severe.

Close one, she thinks!

Fuuka’s aid is welcome and she pumps her fist. “Nice job, Fuuka-Chan!” She throws herself back up onto her feet and jogs to the left, “Come on… Come on, Black Frost! Show this Arcana your…terrible power!” Thanks to Deidra’s assistance, she should hopefully be able to pin it down this time. The adorable mascot character appears above Aigis’s head as a black ripple shimmers across the Shadow. “I apologize that I could not get to you in time, Minako-Chan. I will do better this time.” She says.

COMBAT: Aigis has activated Black Frost.
COMBAT: Aigis hits Belladonna with her Terrible Power attack.
COMBAT: The Ice Break status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Aigis is now covering Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Aigis has finished their turn.

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

Admittedly, Rena’s not sure how to feel about seeing Akatsuki here like this either. Just having him around now made her feel frustrated and ill-an opportunity forever closed to her. Now would be the greatest time to take vengeance that Kiyohime cried out for-or exercise her newest toy in her arsenal. Or at least in a perfect world when no meddling Himeru’s were around to call her names or send their ugly demon personas out. She’s about to just allow Lovers to take care of the obnoxious girl when Hannya’s stretchy claws reach out and dig deep into her flesh, past her scales.

Kiyohime makes a nose not unlike Godzilla when struck with JSDF artillery. Furious, Kiyohime rounds on Himeru, shoving the other persona users aside to get to her if need be. “UGLY BITCH!” She howls, fanged jaws dropping open. Those familiar with fighting /this/ particular Shadow will know full well what comes next. Heck, Himeru would know.

It’s fire. Lots of fire. Fire that will probably end up burning this place down unless Shinsuke extinguishes it again. But unlike before, these flames seem hotter, wilder, and all around /stronger/. Something really IS different about Rena Kinukasa now. “I DID NOT DO THIS!”

COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa hits Himeru Namikawa with her Agidyne attack.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has finished their turn.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi snickers as the whispers take hold of the respective minds. “Great, can’t dodge that huh.” He reaches up to high five Bacchus and then nods at the others. “Is this where we give some kind of powerful speech to call all our allies to their full strength? Too bad, don’t have one.” Still, Bacchus hadn’t moved in close, which may be slightly strange, except that it’s really not considering it seems like the persona in question can just as easily handle a ranged fight as it can being forced close to a shadow.
As the wind picks up, the usefulness of having their minds distracted immediately makes itself known. The wind whips and scars and ruins his favorite jacket along with tearing a gash in his arm, one that is quickly healed by Fuuka’s power. Yep, the buddy system has its advantages. But what about the fire? At least he wasn’t getting burned. That has to be the worst thing ever right?
However, now it was time to stop introversive retrospecting. It was time to unleash the Crazy Chain. He snaps his wrists and bacchus summons a chain to his hands. It wraps around and hovers in midair before the persona, “Hey bacchus. Let’s introduce them to the crazy chain. what do you think buddy?” An unspoken nod from Bacchus and he whips the chains through the air above him. Their length gradually increases and once long enough the chains are let go and they stream towards their targets. If nothing is done to avoid them, they’ll wrap around the shadow and rena’s dragon form before embedding themselves in the surrounding area. While his whispers were invisible to anyone but the affectees, these chains everyone will see, as if they manage to take hold, they’re going to weigh their target’s down and siphon some of their magical ability. “Eat that.”

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori misses Rena Kinukasa with his Crazy Chain attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Belladonna with his Crazy Chain attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has finished their turn.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

As the heat builds up into a lash of scourging fire, Shinjiro whirls desperately back in an attempt to throw himself bodily over Mitsuru. He knows just how much Penthesilea likes fire (not at all). Rena’s attack put him just off balance enough that he can’t reach her in time, though, and his already acute guilt about what he’s done to her this evening just doubles.

He stays by Mitsuru. Now that he knows this thing wields fire, it’s doubly important to at least TRY and guard her. For now, Castor remains on the defensive as well, the Persona appearing only long enough to brandish one of its paired blades.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki critically hits Shinjiro Aragaki with his Power Charge attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Strength Up status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has finished their turn.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki is now covering Mitsuru Kirijo.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

Okay, team, scratch what Shiki just said– They can’t take it down with fire! “Fire’s no use!” he calls out immediately, shouting in a particularly fiery way just to be sure everybody on the team got that, as he notices that his attack in particular did a fat lot of very little. Perhaps he’s even preempting Fuuka!

Part of team SEES is busy handling Rena, and he’s hoping they can take care of themselves while he focuses on the huge, kind of… sticky… heart?

As if to hammer it in that attacking that thing with fire is a spectacularly bad idea, a torrent of flames surges forward, partially engulfing Shiki!! Suddenly, the lack of flame vest seems rather fortuitous, as this prevents it from catching on fire along with the rest of him. It hurts! With a scream, he drops to the ground, rolling along to put out the flames, and a different presence clicks into his mind…

There, he’s still partially on fire but now he /barely feels it/! Progress!

…Until a wave of healing energy from Fuuka undoes the damage. Shiki takes a second to toss her a thumbs-up, as customary! Being an overzealous bodyguard for Kotone will have to wait some more, however, even with the flames out, as he seems to have moved apart from her in all the confusion. Whoops.

“NATA TAISHI!” is what he calls out as what seems more or less like an Astro Boy wearing lotus blossoms emerges to attack! The strange, puppetlike warrior flies forward on rocket boots, aiming to get that huge heart with a flurry of punches!

COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has activated Nata Taishi.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji misses Belladonna with his Swift Strike attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has finished their turn.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

Shadow or Dragon. Shadow or Dragon…lets see…

SHADOW!

Mostly because its going around trying to set people on fire, and the dragon is just trying to nom on Shinjiro. That gives the shadow points instead of aggro. Go on! Chew on that smirking Shinjiro guy! Punk laughed at him when he got door’d. He deserves a good nomming. The shadow though just gained aggro. He doesn’t appreciate being set on fire damit.

Again his Resonance shifts quickly as the egyptian god raises out from the shadows behind him. Fire runs down the figures arms. “Not like that.” He murmurs as Set contemptuously bashes aside the heat of the shadow and the anger thundering in his mind pushes away the rest of his attacks.

He flicks hand towards the Shadow and the flames that his persona has conjured roar towards the form of the heart-shaped shadow, the greedy flames reaching for the thing like grasping fingers intent on destruction.

Ranged attacks are useful when you want to stay away from the bad things. Or when you want to stay next to Mitsuru. Which he is.

COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has activated Set.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto hits Belladonna with his Agidyne attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has finished their turn.

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
It’s not like Akatsuki’s calling out Rena’s name sweetly, like he would his lover. No, this is more like someone who is very unpleasantly surprised to see her here. He wonders how the hell he found this place, and wonders with deepening dread what she was doing with the Lovers Arcana Shadow before they arrived. It almost, looking at the room, seems like they were having extremely rough–
/THAT IS NOT A THOUGHT HE WANTS TO ENTERTAIN/. Shaking his head, Akatsuki focuses, which allows him to avoid getting taken in by Lovers’ odd warbling, and is in the wrong part of the room to get struck by those clinging flames. *How* he can be in the wrong part of the room for that, given that it’s only spacious by the standards of *two* people, not *twenty-two* plus two Shadows, but Akatsuki manages to avoid being struck this time around. The heat does make his bangs dance, but thanks to Shinsuke’s spell, it’s only uncomfortably hot rather than on the verge of peeling Akatsuki’s skin.
Yukiko’s purifying magic helps, as does Fuuka’s; Akatsuki shoots a quick “Thanks!” to both of them in turn… but now Kiyohime’s attacking, and it DOES look like her encounter with Lovers has given her some kind of boost. She seems even nastier now. “Namikawa, don’t let yourself get carried away!” he calls, before calling up Hector Custom to call down a pair of lightning bolts on Rena and the Lovers Shadow.

COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda misses Rena Kinukasa with his Mazio attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda hits Belladonna with his Mazio attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has finished their turn.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Hama only goes so far, as Skuld isn’t quite that powerful of a norn just yet. She does have her good side, however, for while the wind blasts everyone Hinata is able to hold her ground. Never mess with an Itoh’s winds of fortune. She shakes it off with a grunt, “Crybaby!”

There’s support from all over! Whatever exhaustion Hinata had felt washes away with the gentle light, she quickly flashes Yukiko a thumbs-up in gratitude. Such a pretty and elegant girl too! Wasn’t she a friend of Chie’s? And Fuuka adds on sight beyond sight to the boost she already had from Aigis, and Hinata’s starting to feel a little frisky. “Thanks, senpai,” she winks back to the spotter, holstering her evoker to take bat in both hands.

And she’s off and running, darting through the crowded hallway with her blunt object of choice already held back behind her head. There’s a time for Personas, and there’s a time when you just have to slug someone upside their ugly heart-shaped head. Sorry, Lovers, you are just too tacky to live!

COMBAT: Hinata Itoh hits Belladonna with her Strike Attack – Baseball Bat attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has finished their turn.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

To be fair, Naoto looks as surprised that she managed to make Hastur come out of nowhere as anyone. Her brow furrows. “I am – fine,” she says, which is mostly true. The energy running through her body from Fuuka helps; so does Yukiko’s cleansing power. She feels…

Pretty okay, actually.

Naoto finally does draw her pistol, the antique Nanbu 2 that she persists in bringing places. She leans this way and that, several times, to try to get a clear shot, but never manages it; avoiding the wash of clinging flame is more important to her. (She never uses Chie or Michiru as cover. Yukiko maybe; she’s fireproof.)

“Persona!” Naoto summons something much more pleasant this time, the feather-fan-headed Kachina. Its head spins around like a toy pinwheel, glittering light briefly surrounding the flaming Chie as she tries to put it out.

COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has activated Kachina.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane hits Chie Satonaka with her Diamai attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has finished their turn.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

“Shinjiro what are yo-?!” Mitsuru’s cheeks flare up as her second steps in front of her and tries to shield her physically with his own body. Normally this would just be part of their attack. With Shinjiro tanking and Mitsuru and Akihiko working in tandem to whittle the enemy down. But one cannot stop fire and the flames of the shadow erupts past her protector surrounds her. She bites her lip, tasting the copper tang of blood as she tries to stop from screaming out. She.. does not get along well with fire. Penthesilea wails and her ears are assaulted by the keening shriek.

Flames cling to her skin but Mitsuru Kirijo is made of stronger stuff. And Fuuka’s intervention couldn’t come soon enough. The power of Lucia closes up some of the wounds, fortifying her to withstand the pain and suffering that this shadow undoubtedly wishes to put upon her. And then a familiar being appears. Black Frost. She knows what this means. Her eyes are focused upon the shadow. “Everyone! Focus your attack on the Shadow! Switch to ice attacks if you have them!”

And ice? Mitsuru Kirijo is the Queen of Ice. Her Persona appears, ethereal and regal, frost rimming her blades and lunges inward, thrusting and slashing with the freezing rapier and dagger at the shadow.

COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo hits Belladonna with her Ice Cutter attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has finished their turn.

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

A little grin touches the lips of Yukiko Amagi, the young woman feeling an instant increase in her mood when Konohana Sakuya helps her out with those negative feelings. There – she was herself again. Every thought in her head was her own, and… well… it felt good, okay? Doubly so at the praise that others call to her, Yukiko bringing up her chin to smile brightly at Michiru mostly.

But there wasn’t all the time in the world to goof around, there was a shadow to face. Yukiko turns her eyes back towards that as it moves – the.. sticky stuff wasn’t anywhere near her, which she was thankful for. What she was near was that anguished cry, Yukiko’s expression wincing as it ruffles past her, the roaring winds tossing her hair and skirts about – but there was very little actual damage – she had missed the worst of it.

Everyone was going everywhere, and Yukiko felt her spirts nearly soar – Fuuka’s influence, no doubt, as she glances towards Chie, drawing out a sigh and lifting a hand towards her, a persona card shimmering over her. When it fades away, a towering man stands in the place where the towering dancer was, and a gentle breeze blows over Chie.

COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has activated Jikokuten.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Chie Satonaka with her Green Wall attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Wind Wall status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has finished their turn.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minato’s attack is done to some effect, at least to more effect than he would’ve guessed. And even with all these people attacking the Shadow, it doesn’t seem all that hurt. More hurt than it was, certainly, but it seems it’s going to take more than a few hits to bring this one down. Perhaps that’s only fitting, however… they don’t have a lot of time, if the next attack the heart spits out is any indication! Heat waves roll off it like woah and Minato has to raise his sword and arms in an X to ward off the heat, not very successfully. But then come the dual waves of healing and curative magic, from a black-haired girl he isn’t sure who is, and Fuuka herself. Nice. He’s feeling better, at least. He’ll need to thank Fuuka and maybe the other girl later.
Leaping forward, Minato raises his evoker one more time to call out to Orpheus, shouting, “Persona!” As the bard once again makes an appearance with a flourish of his lyre. This time, rather than playing the lyre, the bard lashes out with a clawed hand, and as the saying goes, wine (and women) go with song. Orpheus scratches at the heart creature, seeking to perhaps… intoxicate it. Hopefully Orpheus isn’t hitting on it, though, Minato isn’t too sure that heart thing is a woman.

COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Belladonna with his Intoxicating Scratch attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has finished their turn.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

Ice, Ice, Baby.

“Thanks, Aigis-san!” Yuuka says, realizing the break and resummoning Unicorn, the small teen shifting to slide in front of Fuuka again, giving Hinata a nod as the Pony rears up, blue surrounding the Lovers Shadow.

“Ow.” Yuuka finally says, letting out a low breath, clothes singed. “Fire burns.” No duh, girl.

COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba misses Belladonna with her Bufula attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has finished their turn.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

A burst of magic from Yukiko removes the artificial burden placed upon her magic ability, although she doesn’t get to thank her as Himeru finds her chest wound cauterized by FIRE. Oh and the rest of her is burning a little too, unpleasantly enough. Ouch. The hissing breath she takes is however made strangely pleasant by the burst of healing from Fuuka, as well as a boost of power too. It’s one less wound that will scar. The cry meant to shake and affect her heart finds still no room to even alter her mental state: She’s angry, nearly berserk and will rest only once the local Shadows have been ‘pacified’.

The healing however is slightly undone with EXTRA fire, as she finds herself engulfed by a blast of immolating force. The sword is held to block by reflex alone as it’s completely inneffective, but she holds her ground through hatred and rage primarily. “RICH PRIVILEGED BRAT!” she retorts, “I’LL STILL TEAR YOU APART AND MAKE YAKINIKU OUT OF YOU!” is her stance about Rena’s claim of innocence. Of course, it’s not a very feasible plan but rationality is kind of on call right now.

“GENBU! STRIKE!” is what she ends up summoning, the massive turtle howling to the sky, causing a typhoon of water and ice shards to just assault both the Shadow-possessed girl and the Pervert Shadow Arcana.

COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has activated Genbu.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa critically hits Rena Kinukasa with her Maelstrom attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Belladonna with her Maelstrom attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has finished their turn.

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.
The ear-piercing shriek is the part of the Shadow’s attack that catches Kotone most off guard — and even that she seems to handle well enough, taking a deep breath and covering her ears for a moment until the agony that comes with it subsides. It’s a pretty rudimentary form of protection — but if it works, well, don’t knock it, right?

The power of Kotone’s allies continues to flow into her, and for a minute, it’s dizzying; there’s so much going on, so many things done to help them, to help her, to make her stronger… It’s kind of intense, she thinks, giving her Evoker a quick spin and repositioning herself closer to the heart.

Pointing it at her head again, Kotone pulls the Evoker’s trigger a second time, calling out what comes to her mind almost immediately, unbidden — something unfamiliar yet something she knows all too well. “Aqua!” A sudden burst of water erupts from underneath the Shadow, with immense concussive force.

COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura hits Belladonna with her Aqua attack.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Just like that, thanks to Konohana Sakuya’s spell, the weariness that had clung to her fades. “Thank you!” she chirps back, keen to show her gratitude to whoever did that. It’s… a little busy in here right now, and she didn’t get a good look. Especially since oh hi there Aigis, she has a protector before her all of a sudden. “Aigis-chan! Thanks!” A little more quietly, she asks, though, “Protect my brother after this, okay? Don’t worry about me. I promise I’ll survive this.” Just like her life doesn’t just belong to her, her brother’s life doesn’t just belong to him.

Irony ensues, when Aigis is blown away before she could shield Minako from the coming blow. “Aigis-cha–” Minako calls out, the words torn from her throat as she ends up on the receiving end of a blast of wind. “It’s okay,” she says, when her friend rejoins her. “Don’t worry about it! Just remember, look out for my big brother–!”
Fuuka’s spell certainly goes a long way towards making her feel better. She grins and nods at the spotter, in a gesture of thanks.

It is, she decides, time for a change of plans. “Come on out, Pixie!” Minako calls out, as Eurydice slips away to be replaced by a more spritely presence. The Pixie that appears… is clad like a knight, complete with platemail and a little sword and shield. :D
Despite her appearance, the Persona’s still not cut out for offense. Pixie spins, and lets loose a volley of magic at the greater Shadow.

COMBAT: Minako Arisato has activated Pixie.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato hits Belladonna with her Megidola attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has finished their turn.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

What what is this even on the floor oh god it’s on my /boots/ D:
“Tch,” is all Shinsuke /says/, however, and though Kay and many others land solid hits on the offensive creature, the Greater Shadow merely bounces around the room like some sort of disturbingly erotic hackysack…and /shrieks/. Gelatinous flame /coats/ the room and its occupants, sinking into Shinsuke’s clothing and burning like hell; even his resistance to Fire, so handy during the heat of the summer, is little match against the supernatural napalm.
Then- Fuuka calls upon her blind Persona, and the saint invokes her wondrous, terrible oracular powers. Shinsuke finds his burns healing as cooling energy soothes them and races through his nervous system, bolstering him and quickening his reaction times. “Thanks, senpai!” he calls, making a brief mental note to bake her something later. Cupcakes, maybe.
The shadowy form of Shinsuke’s half-materialized Persona still hangs over him like nebulous wings, Kay’s blazing azure eyes visible within his darkly gleaming helm, and his master peers over at Shiki for a moment. Predictably, fire’s no good on a dragon. He returns his glittering gaze to the Greater Shadow, pulling Kay’s knightly focus away from his natural foe. The Shadow is /more pressing/, even though the ebon dragon’s flames lick in sensuous rage at the tacky walls and garish drapes.
“Kay!” he cries, and the knight’s shadowy form becomes solid and gleams darkly as he points at the creature, sending flames streaking towards it.

COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Belladonna with his Agilao attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Aigis is now covering Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba is now covering Fuuka Yamagishi.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie kicks the critter WITH HER FEET. YEah, what now!!

“AHHH FIRE IS NOW” Chie wails, blasted back and SLAMMING into the back wall, cracking the wall and tearing the wallpaper with the force, as Tomoe converts mystic soul damage to terrible physical force. It sucks!!

She emits a low groan, slumping forward, /still on fire/. Shit this hurts, hurts, hurts!! But Naoto takes steps to help her, Chie sensing where that power came from; her eyes tick up to the… … …to her friend, nodding at hi… …nodding, grinning. Well, whatever the hell that’s about, and Chie’s not really able to process it right now, it’s good to know she can still count on hi… …

PRONOUNS.

Either way, with that (and a wink thrown Yukiko’s way in thanks for that), and the mind-expanding power of Lucia, Chie sets her feet, and grins at the monster. “Yeah, you didn’t like that, didja!?” Chie jeers, even as she burns, burns, burns. “Well HAVE S’MORE!” Chie snaps, and snaps her foot up: “PERSONA!” she hollers, and Tomoe bursts out of her soul, surging across the distance; carpet tears itself up at her passing, before the naginata whips around, smashing and striking repeatedly at the Shadow, tearing into it with a series of rapid blows!

COMBAT: Chie Satonaka misses Belladonna with her Rampage attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has finished their turn.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

Oh, there’s a lot to sink into for that piece of piano wire, and under the huge assault from the group, the Shadow is already bubbling up–but the feelings pervading of the room of ‘desire’ are not gone. They are, if anything, growing all the more insistent, even as they are no longer able to control the minds of those here. Magic flies; many hits strike Hime, along with /weapons/, no less. The Shadow goes un apparently uncaring of the the shouts the teams make to one another, floating nearby the dragon and slowly beginning to expand in all the rush.

The room, for some reason, is doing just slightly better, somehow insulated from some of the sheer magical force by all the pink goo now lying around. The Shadow continues on, inhumanly uncaring of its injuries; it continues to fight regardless, making little sounds that almost seem like light, pleased laughter as yet another attack puts a hole in its fragile body.

The heat intensifies, becoming nearly painful, just before flames explode outward from the Lovers Shadow, tongues of flame shooting forward to attempt to touch those in their path; those touched may find an instant of that charm of before attempting to wend its way into their minds, wounds aside.

The Shadow continues to float, in all defiance of reasonability. Some attacks even seem just to pass /through/ the thing. It’s… persistent.

COMBAT: Aigis tries to take the attack for Minato Arisato, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minato Arisato with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Michiru Fukase with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Hinata Itoh with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Akatsuki Enda with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Himeru Namikawa with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Seiichi Miyamoto with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Takeshi Odori with her Heat Sensitivity attack.
COMBAT: The Fire Break status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki tries to take the attack for Mitsuru Kirijo, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Akihiko Sanada with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Aigis with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Chie Satonaka with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Michiru Fukase with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Deidra Doyle with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Kotone Nakamura with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yuuka Chiba with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yoh Yamagatani with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Takeshi Odori with her Love-Me Maragilao attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Belladonna has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Aigis is now covering Minako Arisato.

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

As Bacchus sends the lengthening chains at the draconic form of Rena, it’ll quickly discover that the Shadow-possessed is far too difficult to constrain with chains alone. Ever moving and ever alert, the large serpent easily maneuvers out of the chains, leaving them to collapse in heaps in her wake before they can tighten and take hold.

An angry yellow gaze sweeps over Takeshi in response to this intrusion, focus intensifying as Rena’s suddenly overwhelming persuasive power builds, burrowing its way into Takeshi’s mind. JUST as she’s about to issue a command upon Takeshi, Himeru interferes, distracting her from yet more guy time.

Rena is /really/ getting tired of this, especially since her (though half-assed) attempts at reason aren’t getting through to Himeru. There is apparently nothing left to do but kill her.

Breaking eye contact with Takeshi is inevitable when her body is suddenly pummeled with a painful combination of ice shards and water. It’s the sharp pointy ice that pierces her skin what really hurts the most as she’s sent through the mystical spin cycle. With a good deal of thrashing, she manages to pull her soaked body out of the eye of the maelstrom. Shaking, she manuvers herself around to a spot where she can see both Himeru and Takeshi before, perhaps predictably, unleashing /more fire/. At this point it almost seems like she’s cooperating with the Greater Shadow. Maybe there is connection.

Or maybe Rena just likes setting bitches on fire.

COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa misses Himeru Namikawa with her Fire Breath attack.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa misses Takeshi Odori with her Fire Breath attack.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has finished their turn.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

Augh, fire, and it seeps into Yuukas’ soul, burning the ice up inside of it. “Oh no, oh no, oh no.” She glances wildly behind her at Fuuka who has ninja’d her way out of the area, and Yuuka nods, maintaining her cover. There is a chain-wall of fire, and Yuuka back-pedals, growling faintly as she ducks behind something, narrowly avoiding getting singed.

“Kirijo-senpai!” She gasps, noticing the red-haired Queen, hands coming together as Unicorn does not appear beside her, but instead PArvati, the mother Goddess who waves a hand at Mitsuru, green light wrapping around her.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has activated Parvati.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Diarama attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has finished their turn.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.

And he is set on fire. Again.

That was it.

Discarding his tie, considering half of it is eaten away, Akihiko keeps himself low while Michiru attacks, sporting charred marks and his shirt and slacks ruin by the Shadow’s repetitive fire attacks. Gritting his teeth, he suddenly launches himself forward, using his speed to get in close to the Shadow. He doesn’t use Polydeuces this time, but rather hurls his own body into the fray, his arms up and his fists balled and engaging the Shadow directly. He’s always been a fan of the direct approach, after all.

COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada critically hits Belladonna with his Shadowboxing attack.
COMBAT: The Vitality Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi stares at the shadow and begins to reposition himself. It was time to move, you never stay in one place too long in a battle. It was bad tactics, not that anyone here was too worried about that in the long run. Despite that as he was moving he could feel the heat sensitivity mount and he raises an eyebrow, “This is going..to hurt…badly..” Then the fire comes, “Bacchus, divert it as much as possible.” And hands are thrown out to create a barrier that’s apparently ineffective as flame wreaths around his body. At the end of it, steam rises from his body, his persona flickers but stays put and his clothes are decidedly ruined. But there was someone else in worst condition, he could feel it.
His eyes turn to look at Mitsuru, boss lady as he’s been taken to calling her lately. She looked worse for wear, this was bad, but he needed time to step back and take into consideration some options anyways. With a jump he ends up next to her.
“Bacchus, Help her out.” Bacchus raises a hand and Takeshi does the same, pointing it at Mitsuru, “Power of healing, internal will, wounds weaving betwixt will and skin, but we can fix that.” A flash of green light surrounds Mitsuru and it does its best to bring her back to acceptable levels. “Hope this helped, bosslady.” He’s grasping at his arm though, that must have been hurt in the recent attack.
One might notice that he’s also taken to giving her a cover this time around. Perhaps he thinks she needs it.
And then that damned dragon comes at him again, but he just laughs at her as he reaches out and pushes it away. “Not quite dragon girl.”

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori is now covering Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Mitsuru Kirijo with his Recarm attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba is now covering Fuuka Yamagishi.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minako, meanwhile, is on the move. This means two things. One, she neatly evades the attacks from the Shadow (perhaps it just didn’t bother going after a moving target) and two, she’s gotten in a good deal closer to the Lovers. Pixie, as much as it helped her before, is set aside. Another, stronger, Persona is drawn in, its presence bolstering the determined Fool as she closes in.

“This is it!” Minako shouts out, throwing caution to the wind as she swings her naginata down upon the Shadow from overhead. This is followed up by an abrupt forwards jab in towards the Shadow’s ‘heart’, and further built upon by another hard swing at the Lovers, this time with the butt of the polearm.

COMBAT: Minako Arisato has activated Fir Bolg.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato misses Belladonna with her Queen of Knights attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has finished their turn.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Yoh yells and yells at the Shadow until he is out of breath. “How is… everyone holding up?” he yells to others, though not looking for signs of needing help. If someone orders him he will definitely listen. But for now, his anger is focused at the pick horror terror in front of them. And guess what? MORE FIRE. But this was different.

He gets touched by the flames of desire, and his mind drifts for a moment, back to Minagi. The image of her smiling some in the restroom at him. It made him hate himself inside for… accusing her of something so terrible as he did. That image seems to play as the seconds seemed to stretch on for a long time, until suddenly everything snapped back into reality. “Wh-What?!” he says, quickly looking around. More fire snaps forth to hit people and Yoh deftly dodges it. Actually more like jumping over it. His vertical leap was rather impressive.

Oh yeah, now that thing is gonna PAY. You do not mess with a dumb kid’s thoughts! Lest you fear with their retard strength. And that could mean more than oen thing as well! AUGH THAT IS IT,” he roars. As Akihiko closes in for his attack, Yoh uses Magnis’ stength, channeling it into himself and jumping /right over/ Akihiko as he makes his attack, Yoh decides to just floor into the thing with the power of a rampant locomotive!

COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani misses Belladonna with his Shattering Blow attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has finished their turn.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

…Or utterly fail and smack himself into a wall. Ouch.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

“Understood.” Aigis tells Minako, though she actually probably misunderstood on some level because she runs back to Minato. But since she’s running back and forth between the two she doesn’t actually make it to him before the Shadow attacks. Cue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6TXMsvgQg

Aigis cringes as Black Frost’s fire resistance is nullified by The Shadow’s attack–the eruption of flame hitting her hard as a result, though not as hard as it would have if not for the timely switch. Close call there, she thinks.

“Enough of that… give that Shadow…!”

She slides on Teddie’s mustachioed swirly glasses.

“The cold shoulder!” And as Black Frost swoops forward in a chilly tackle, she jogs back to Minako.

She sighs, looks as Yoh runs into a wall, and sighs again. So much for seeming more organized than the KDA.

COMBAT: Aigis hits Belladonna with her The Cold Shoulder attack.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Aigis has finished their turn.

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

The other three with her seem to be moving well. Michiru looks back to the Shadow. Then she is standing in a crematorium —

The flame hits her like a hot kiss. A literally hot kiss; she lets out a shriek, jerking backwards suddenly. Her dress, which was made of fairly light cotton in the first place, actually catches fire. Blisters come up on Michiru’s legs and shoulder (well, so much for those freckles!!), a thrown-up arm protecting her face, largely.

Her eyes are getting wet. All she can think of for a fleeting moment is that it hurts. The sensation turns into throbbing, wet sensations of straightforward pain after a moment, enough for her to gasp out. Her dress is still smoldering, even as she hunches forwards, swallowing.

Something shifts inside of her head. She feels the same projecting-out sense that comes from Xipe Totec, but none of that familiar sensation. Did she just lose her power, she thinks —

— and then she’s looking down at a little snowman.

“Hee ho,” the Jack Frost says, letting out a little hop – and then looking down at its feet, now stained with pink goop. “Yuck!!”

Michiru croaks at it without coherent language. The Jack Frost renders a snappy salute, hopping upwards and trailing passing snowflakes. Its arms spread.

Immense shards of ice arc outwards, steam rising from them as they aim to pierce that bound-up heart. “Wa ha hee-ho!” the Frost declares before it returns to the universal unconscious.

COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has activated Jack Frost.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase hits Belladonna with her Bufudyne attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has finished their turn.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Feeling both Seiichi and Shinjiro nearby gives Mitsuru the determination to go on. But even Shinjiro’s best efforts can’t keep the flames from lighting forward and trying to melt down her defenses. Fire, Mitsuru muses, seems to be strangely attracted to her tonight. This goes double as another wave slams right over her, only slightly buffered by Shinjiro’s presence. She doesn’t blame her friend. No. His.. specialty will be better directed elsewhere. “Shinjiro. Akihiko. End this.” She orders them imperiously, doing her best to hide the pain from her voice. She knows they will do her proud.

But the pain seems to ease as light falls over her from both Takeshi and Yuuka. More burn wounds ease and fade with the green lights and she smiles thankfully at her fellow members. Especially as Takeshi moves in to take Shinjiro’s place.

Eyes flicker over to Seiichi where he hovers close to her side as well and then she closes her eyes while her evoker rings out clear as a bell in midwinter. “BUFULA!” Penthesilea appears, weaving a blanket of frost in the air before punching it with her dagger and raining bits of ice straight down upon the shadow.

COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo hits Belladonna with her Bufula attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has finished their turn.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie’s plan is bold and simple: Beat it up because it can’t have THAT many fire attacks, and there’s plenty of healing, and OH THIRD JESUS THERE’S EVEN MORE

Chie slams into the wall again, right next to where she hit last time.

“OK,” she growls, “Fine, screw you, I don’t have to take this. LIGHT ‘ER UP!”

She stomps her foot on the ground, and the blue Persona aura flares around her, and the monster that appears…is not Tomoe.

“TIRESIAS!”

An old…man? Hunched and wrinkled, swathed in robes, carrying a heavy staff which …she? Slams into the ground, creating a searing burst of light which might just wear through the monster’s defenses – and leave it open.

COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has activated Tiresias.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka misses Belladonna with her Light Break attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has finished their turn.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Flames! This thing totally takes the fiery passion of love thing a bit too far. Even though Aigis is there to try and intercept the attack, apparently ping-ponging between the Arisatos, the magical force is just too much, and for a moment it seems as if the heat is much hotter than it should be, even though it’s pretty darn hot to begin with! But it wears off quickly, likely because of that magic the black-haired girl had put on him. A good thing, too, as a wall of flame comes out from the heart, and Minato barely manages to avoid it.
By the time he gets back up, he’s waving off Aigis, signaling that he’s fine. And he’s just in time to see Minako charging the heart. Getting up himself, he decides there’s nothing to do for it but to… charge with his sister. “Hyah!” He shouts out, racing in after the polearm-wielding younger Arisato with his own blade, and gives a good, firm thrust. Into a pink goo spewing heart. Also, since Minako seems determined to have Aigis protect him, well… he’ll just need to protect his sister, to make it easier on Aigis!

COMBAT: Minato Arisato misses Belladonna with his Slash Attack – Sword attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Minato Arisato is now covering Minako Arisato.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

Shiki’s attack, once again, seems to be little use against the huge monstrosity, merely splattering some more of that icky pink goo everywhere, narrowly missing Shiki?! “…”

A few seconds later, the goggles are on. He’s NOT taking any chances.

Shiki feels his magical power bolstered by some of the numerous healing energies being tossed around to assist him and his friends, and these are just not a thing Nata Taishi does! And while the heat intensifies and, Shiki can feel it, the flames burn even brighter, playing it defensive is NOT what he should be doing right now! And sadly, he’s all out of ice. So he goes for a gamble instead…

“SUCCUBUS!” It’s a mystery to everyone why the shounen hero has a sensual demoness somewhere in his brain, but at the very least, the creature that appears is more than appropriate for this place. Shiki simply points at the huge target, letting the Persona do its thing, and it proceeds to…

…huh.

Well, bottom line is, whatever it actually did, Shiki will probably find some way to regret it.

COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has activated Succubus.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji misses Belladonna with his Soul Consumption attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has finished their turn.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

Fuuka nods at everyone’s thanks. It was completely unnecessary though. After all, this was the least she could do since her analysis wasn’t working at the moment. She would try it again but she gets distracted by all the attacks flying towards the group. Somehow, whether it was through the amazing cover of Yuuka or something else, she manages to escape everything but the tremendous heat.

Looking at Mitsuru though, Fuuka gasps and looks at her while moving just a little closer. “Sempaiiii!” Thankfully, for once, the command doesn’t have to be given for people to cover. After that Fuuka resummons Lucia as Yuuka moves to cover her again. Yuuka gets a whisper of ‘Thanks’ from within the persona. Once again Lucia sends out Analysis waves to the shadow. It /had/ to have some visible weaknesses. Rena on the other hand gets no attention from her. The major shadow was definitely more powerful though she wondered if somehow Rena was affected by it. Maybe stronger and was it Rena that has screamed earlier before they got the group together? That… she figures… is probably the case.

COMBAT: Your Mystic Boost ability has activated at a cost of 2 SP.
COMBAT: You hit Belladonna with your Full Analysis attack.
COMBAT: The Luck Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: The Cursed status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi has finished their turn.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Naoto Shirogane has come to a conclusion:

That thing is creepy.

“Michiru, Chie!” She sounds worried. Yukiko is holding up okay, but the rest of the KDA – and she’s /responsible/, dammit, she can’t just leave them. Maybe it’s time to try what she did the last time she fought a giant demon. (Shadows are demons, right?)

Naoto plants both feet and concentrates. Light forms around her as Sukuna-Hikona appears, looking no different than usual as it orbits Naoto’s head. She tenses, her head feeling tight and tense as she tries to draw in as much power and focus as she can manage; the rapidly moving lightsaber makes the shadows of her face look strange, dancing constantly.

COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has activated Sukuna-Hikona.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane hits Naoto Shirogane with her Mind Charge attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Magic Up status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has finished their turn.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Fire is clearly not something easily tanked. Frustration shows clearly in Shinjiro’s eyes as the flames scorch him, prying into a newly-formed weakness– and then simply go around him again. He chances a glance behind him, and what he sees snaps his temper. He barely even hears Mitsuru’s command. He doesn’t want to listen, when he’s busy tearing himself up mentally for his perceived continual failures. Especially at the only thing at which he believes he excels.

Shinjiro just turns his back without a word. He’s obeying, but he’s not exactly moving either. He doesn’t really have to move to obey.

Castor comes in at an angle once Akihiko has gotten clear. A surge of salt water and wind accompanies the strike the horseman levels with both of his blades.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki misses Belladonna with his Typhoon Slash attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has finished their turn.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Persistent and resilient. The flame of Lovers doesn’t seem to find Hinata, but something else does. Skuld’s shield, the one thing that always kept her safe from the flames, cracks. Shiki’s shout comes as a bit of a no duh, someone really really really likes fire. Of passion. And desire.

Hina really missed out on something, didn’t she.

She backpedals away from the Shadow, trying to re-locate Takeshi and Fuuka in the madness. The new guy seems to have everything under control. He’s a bit chatty. Like Yoh, who’s also here! OK, maybe she was better off missing out on something. In any case, fire’s no good and Hama doesn’t seem to be of much help and she really really really really should’ve called on Jack-

Curiouser and curiouser

The centerfielder tenses, gritting against herself. “Not now.” Yes, Death is a part of change and blah blah blah. Darkness isn’t how she rolls! Its with fire and passion and a whole slew of other things that pink blob is very likely ecstatic with.

A resigned sigh, as utility beats out denial. The evoker raises to her head. “OK, just this once.” A gunshot, and a cage shatters, and its very fortunate Itsuka isn’t here. She may not have appreciated the jumper-clad figure emerging from Hinata’s blue mists. “Very well, shall we begin?” Alice chimes darkly, leading with a curtsey towards the Arcana Shadow. Something may shatter afterwards, but its not her shielding this time.

COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has activated Alice.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh critically hits Belladonna with her Dark Break attack.
COMBAT: The Dark Break status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has finished their turn.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

The heat causes her mind to feel a little light, and Genbu howls inside her head as Himeru feels the very heat more acutely now and is in danger. When she sees the fiery torrent from the dragon, she doesn’t just stand there and take it, diving to the left and avoiding the heat. Her blood was pumping, her adrenaline was driving her to wild lengths.

She missed this sort of feeling. It was thrilling, she felt alive when facing the face of potential death.

No more sass, no more talk, no exchange at all. “Hannya!” is called forth again, the demonic Persona appearing next to her. It vanishes into the very floor, moving as if nothing more than a puddle of darkness, the deformed hands snapping out to grab both dragon and Arcana Shadow or at least a limb, squeezing and crushing until either grinding to nothingness or Hannya’s prey escaping from her grasp.

COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has activated Hannya.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Rena Kinukasa with her Masque of the White Death attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Belladonna with her Masque of the White Death attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has finished their turn.

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

Yukiko Amagi was a friend of fire – it was warm, wonderful, soothing – but not this. After that sensation of sensitivity that the shadow produces, the fire it produces gets more of her attention. In fact, it outright burns her, clinging to her skin and… well, burning. That was not a sensation she was used to, ever since coming under the watchful eye of Konohana Sakuya.

She was eternally grateful for the little boost that Fuuka had given her – elsewise, well… it would linger more. Still, she was sensitive to the heat as she breathes out a sigh, lifting her eyes to the squirming shadow. With a snap of her fingers, she folds her feathery fan shut, moving to tuck it into her belt – the fan of blade is drawn then, glinting as she flicks it open. Calling inwardly on Konohana Sakuya to strengthen her limbs, she cocks her arm back – and throws the fan as hard as she can, the bladed fan arcing through the air as it aims to cut the shadow.

COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Belladonna with her Fan Assault attack.
COMBAT: The Agility Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has finished their turn.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

It is suddenly /very/ warm in here.
The Shadow scatters more flame into the room, which is now beginning to look like a goddamn action movie set or something — maybe one of those fire safety videos about how quickly an apartment can go up in flame should a lit cigarette come into contact with something flammable… Well. Best not to think about it now. The flame washes over Shinsuke, searing his skin with the heat of it, but his bond with the Persona that still hangs above him like a smoky bird of prey saves him from the worst of it. Out of the corner of his gleaming eye he catches a glimpse of the fiery wall he evoked for Akatsuki flare into existence and turn aside a particularly cutting burst of flame and pitch. He smiles.
Shinsuke’s burning eyes flicker in time with those of his nebulous Persona, whose cape spreads and ripples like a great pair of dark wings, and he presses his Evoker to his temple, the report calling the Seneschal fully into the material. Darkly gleaming armor emerges from shadow, and both master and Persona’s eyes pulse as they in unison raise their swords and level them at the garishly pink Greater Shadow.
The room fills with the scent of spices and burning wood as a massive column of flame roars down from the ceiling at their dual command, threatening to engulf the bouncy latex Shadow in its fury. “Burn to ashes,” Shinsuke whispers, his voice strangely doubled.

COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Belladonna with his Agidyne attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has finished their turn.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

I…ce? What is this strange and mystical element you speak of?! Seiichi left the ice in his other pants! He can’t go back and get it now! Man. He didn’t think ice would be needed tonight. Oh what a fool. Ah well. No crying over something forgotten. Instead he just watches for a moment, and there is a pulse of flame from his own Persona that counters the flames sailing towards him. Deflecting them towards a wall and away from him. Oh his shirt is shinged and blackened, but he still stands.

Sneering at the shadow.

The sneer is wiped away as the flames slam into Mitsuru as he stands near him. Suprise, then concern flash in her eyes. She’s hurt! Fire isn’t kind to her! He knows. He’s set her on fire before. He takes a step forwards to reach out and touches his fingers to her arm. She got was healed, he didn’t have to worry. Still there was concern on his strong features, but then that concern turns towards something else.

Anger.

His dark gaze turns back towards the shadow as he summons Iktare once again. He might not have ice, but he does have water. Water is good. Right?

The god of the sea appears in a light spray of salt water as he raises a scaled hand towards the Shadow and sends a torrent of frothing water towards the center of the things heart.

COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has activated Ikatere.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto hits Belladonna with his Torrent Shot attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has finished their turn.

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
Given as Akatsuki and fire don’t get along, and they’re only currently on speaking terms thanks to Shinsuke’s benedictions, it’s very good indeed that that heat riser doesn’t manage to sear into him and remove from him his already tenuous resistance to the flames getting tossed around. “Ngh!” he grunts as Himeru fails to hear him–Akatsuki can’t say he’s *surprised* by that, though. No, all in all, he’s faring pretty well against this thing; its follow-up flames don’t reach him either, though he starts worrying about the oxygen level in this room. Do Shadow flames consume it? Are they all going to asphyxiate if it sears all of it up? On the other hand, with the room this crowded, they’d have already started passing out if there were so.
Himeru’s rampant pessimism is rubbing off on him and joining forces with his tentative optimism, perhaps.
Either way, that makes it even more important to defeat the Shadow quickly. “Better to end this quickly,” he says aloud, dark amber eyes narrowed, as he once again calls his Persona in a stream of blue light. “HECTOR CUSTOM!” The Persona raises its blade, which crackles with electricity, and then attempts brings it down on one of the Shadow’s tendril-wings in a crackling explosion. Rena… is still a problem, but Akatsuki will focus on the bigger problem for now.

COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda misses Belladonna with his True Lightning Strike attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has finished their turn.

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.

Kotone does not regret that thing that Shiki just did. No sir.

What she does regret, however, is making herself very readily accessible for the burning heat of passion. And fire. Passion, and also, fire. Trying her best to focus despite feeling that power inside her rapidly leaving, Kotone takes a moment to assess the situation — this is no different from any other Shadow, she thinks. Just more intense and playing around with her feelings a lot more.

With another quick shot to the head (they get easier the further she feels herself entering the ‘zone,’) Kotone calls forth Thelxiepeia again. It feels more and more natural, more and more a part of her with every successive call — so much so that this time she doesn’t even feel the need to verbalize it, instead just letting Thelxiepeia’s claws rip into her enemy on the deepest possible level, trying to pull the very life from the Shadow… and return it to Kotone.

COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura misses Belladonna with her Life Drain attack.

Deidra Doyle [SEES] has posed.

Deidra Doyle seems to have helped Aigis a little while back She’s now getting messed up by the shadow’s latest attack and it hurts, it hurts a lot but there may be those even worse off than she is. Chie of all people gets the SEES girl’s attention, and the holder of the punt would find her self getting healed!

COMBAT: Deidra Doyle hits Chie Satonaka with her Diarama attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has finished their turn.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

The Shadow is extremely fast–much faster than it has a right to be, in this beaten-up room as it seems to work in far too close a concert with Kiyohime, the dragon; it stays near her, and at least once, dodges /behind/ her almost as if using the dragon as a shield, or an extension of itself.

Those wearing goggles or glasses are at least protected from the spray as blades and spells impact–slowly, however, the Shadow stiffens under all the ice, hardening–some attacks pass through, being of its ‘nature’ in a way–but it finds itself impacted as well by the dark force assailing it, and it just… can’t… move quite so well…

~Give in…~ is barely audible, but the especially sensitive may hear it. It’s weakened, but still attempting to work its influence on the group, though it’s melting mroe and more all the time, at this point. Now fully aflame, it’s slowly sinking towards the ground. Soaked in the melting ice and the rushing water, even as a /fan/ rushes straight through it, slshing it open and sticking in the wall behind.

And indeed, a part of its wing is crushed by Himeru’s grasp.

But it does not share.

One more time, the flames rush out, faster, more desperate than before, attempting to grasp everyone and drag them towards it, to put away this /fight/ and just send them into blissful unawareness. Water rushes right after, meant to drown out what magical ability there is left in the room.

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori tries to take the attack for Mitsuru Kirijo, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Minato Arisato with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shinjiro Aragaki with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yukiko Amagi with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Michiru Fukase with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Hinata Itoh with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Shiki Ichimonji with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Akatsuki Enda with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yuuka Chiba with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Himeru Namikawa with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Seiichi Miyamoto with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Takeshi Odori with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba tries to take the attack for Fuuka Yamagishi, but fails!
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Akihiko Sanada with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Aigis with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits you with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: You have taken 68 points of Fire damage.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added.
COMBAT: Positive status cleared!
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Chie Satonaka with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yukiko Amagi with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna critically hits Michiru Fukase with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Deidra Doyle with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Kotone Nakamura with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Yuuka Chiba with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna misses Himeru Namikawa with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minato Arisato with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna hits Takeshi Odori with her Love-Me Maragidyne attack.
COMBAT: The Dekaja status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.

COMBAT: Belladonna has finished their turn.

COMBAT: Belladonna hits Minako Arisato with her Tide of Emotions attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Down status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi nods at Mitsuru, “Go for it.” He slaps his fists together and bacchus does the same above him. He’s considering his every option at the time, but none of it seems to really appease him at the moment. Still, he had to take out that dragon, it was annoying, really annoying. It was time to say bye bye to Ms. Dragon. Yes, this was the perfect plan and would probably leave him half dead, but such was life. It was time to step it up, let’s show that dragon some…WATER.
He slams his fist together again, a second time, a third time and then a card appears before Bacchus, the card rotating and soon replaced with a blue circle of power. Bacchus and Takeshi flip their fingers forward at the same time, both pointing at the target as the water streams forth and begins to wrap and swirl around the top of the dragon, “There once was a dragon, an annoyance she was,” The water bursts forth and realigns itself into a circling ring, “but this particular anonyance, she would be shut down,” another burst as a second ring appears below Rena, “how was it destroyed? Why, we sent it to a watery hell!” Snap! The rings circle faster and then the middles become pure water as a powerful force rockets up from beneath and above rena to slam into her from both sides. “Die in a tsunami.” After a few seconds the water would die down and leave it as just a wet area.
Then that damned fire comes again and burns him even more and all he can do is fall to his knees from the feeling. Just barely maintaining his persona which constantly flickers in and out. This should be a time when he heals himself, but taking out an enemy is way more important! Plus, he’s fairly sure his healing isn’t that effective anyways. For now, he appears to be at his end for this fight. And even if he did heal, he’d just be constantly rehealing, no use to anyone. But this attack could be of a lot of use.

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori misses Rena Kinukasa with his Aques attack.
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Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

Well that was disappointing. Perhaps there is such a thing as /too much fire/. Takeshi in particular does an excellent job of irritating her but he avoids further wrath for the moment since he’s instead opting to ignore her. Very well. Rena has personal business to settle with Himeru over here.

The dragon spirals after Himeru, chasing her as she has run from that spray of fire from her. Paying not much attention to Hannya or where it disappears off to, she finds herself extremely surprised when a hand reaches out of the floor and grasps her left leg. In this shape, Rena’s limbs are not very big nor very strong. In fact, they’re quite easy to break, which is exactly what happens in the vicelike grip of Hannya. Yelping, Rena’s able to pull her leg free with some effort.

She can feel the pain though and it only makes her more furious. Full of anger, she aggressively slithers over to Himeru and attempts to wrap her up in her thick, black-scaled coils. The coils tighten and move, a sharp set of foreclaws pushing through to seek and grasp onto Himeru’s left breast and squeeze. It’s less an act of groping and more of an invasive claw digging into skin.

“Suffer as I have, Namikawa.” Rena hisses into Himeru’s ear, her voice suddenly sounding like two. One is definitely Rena’s, but the second is darker. Rougher, perhaps Kiyohime herself. Her claw starts to pull, but it isn’t just flesh that she’s tugging at. It’s as if Rena’s reached down into Himeru’s soul and is trying to wrench a chunk free. “Alone. Unwanted.”

Should there be anything left to grasp there, Rena tugs a ‘piece’ free that glows with a faint pinkish light. “You don’t /need/ a heart anyway, do you?” Rena uncoils herself soon after, successful or not. If she did get something tangible out of Himeru, her serpentine head swings down to stuff it in her mouth.

She also darts out of the way of the incoming water, lips pulled back in a toothy sneer at Takeshi, “Your prose is absolutely horrid.”
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa hits Himeru Namikawa with her Unrequited Love attack.
COMBAT: The Damage Over Time status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: The Pierce Break status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has finished their turn.

Akihiko Sanada [SEES] has posed.

Oh.
God.

While Akihiko gets out of the way of Castor’s strike, he isn’t fast enough to get away from the wall of fire washing towards him. Everything catches alight; his clothes, part of his hair….pain screams over his receptors. All he can do is keel over on the ground and roll around until the flames are off him. Breathing raggedly, he’s seriously burned. Whatever patches of his skin are visible from his ruined shirt and pants are colored an angry red and peeling, blistering already. Gritting his teeth, he shoves himself upwards, backing away, doing his damnable best to shove the sensations away in favor of action. There’s something to be said about his willpower, no matter how horrible he looks, he’ll keep going until something kills him.

Polydeuces lashes out yet again, streaking for the Lovers Shadow while his wielder grits his teeth together. He can get heals later, his first priority is to rid the world of that thing once and for all….like what Mitsuru commands.

COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada hits Belladonna with his Thunder Blast attack.
COMBAT: The Vitality Down status effect has been added to Belladonna.

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Yoh, despite attacking the shadow heroically, misses completely. Whether he went through the shadow, or over it, either way he slams into the wall o nthe other side, and falls ot a cumpled heap on the ground. Barely able to stand, the flames wrap around him and pull him towards the shadow, who then attempts to drown him out, sending him back int othe wall he hit.

He struggles to get up again, but after that barrage, he just doesn’t seem to be able to muster the strength for now, and falls back on the ground behind the thing. Thisn ight was turning out horribly. All he wanted to do was help his friends… But he just keeps failing them. First Minagi, Now everyone around him.

So useless.

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

“I’ll be fine!” Michiru calls back to Naoto. She has no idea, really. She is unsure if her brain just broke somehow. Her fingers curl, which makes her skin, already feeling oddly tight and sensitive, shift slightly. It does not feel entirely negative.

The water slams into her. Michiru is pressed back then, sharply; it’s like a wave coming in on the inland sea, she thinks, even as she stumbles and lands on one arm, feeling it wash over her. It stings, but it is kind of in a good way, even as she pushes herself back upright.

Then comes the flame.

PIXIE’S PHYSICS CORNER

A lot of the time a great deal of the damage from a directed thermal attack is not from the heat itself! But as you can see here, in this ‘eraser’ burn from someone who got accidentally hit with a high energy laser, what tends to happen is that small pockets of water and accumulations in the tissue instantly vaporize!

END CORNER

Michiru shrieks as she stumbles forwards, throwing her hands over her face and sinking down to one knee in the watered down pink goop. Any masochistic enthusiasm derived from being singed before is gone now; she curls partway downwards, the shriek dying off into bloody-sounding coughing.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Poor Aigis. She’d really be getting her exercise in, if robots needed to get exercise in the first place.

Her attacks, for all she’d put into them, don’t seem to have much effect on the Shadow at all. At least, she’s not alone; another Arisato has arrived! “Big brother!” Minako cries out, as Minato leaps in to her rescue–well, not really. But that’s not to say she doesn’t appreciate him joining in, all the same!

Fire and water. The gush of the latter Minako’s way is enough to force her back from the Greater Shadow, caught up in what is a very localized little flood. “I’m okay!” she’ll ultimately call out, from where she’s sprawled on the floor. It doesn’t take too long for her to pick herself back up, anyway.

Bracing her pole arm against the floor, she draws her Evoker, and pulls the trigger. “Persona!” she cries out, drawing out the very same strengthening force she’d summoned to aid her earlier.
/She/ is a very mighty giantess, indeed. Fir Bolg, at Minako’s call, drives at the Shadow, seeking to bury her fist into the fragile-seeming creature.

COMBAT: Minako Arisato hits Belladonna with her Gigantic Fist attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has finished their turn.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

MICHIRU NO!!
NOOOOOO
Aigis isn’t doing a very good job of ‘the covering’ at present but she settles on doing Minato since he’s covering for Minako which MEANS if she cover for Minato she will, naturally, cover for both of them simultaneously. this is called cover science. She resolves on a plan of action and, looks up, and she squints, and she–“Michiru!!” She cries out.
“Michiru—”
She frowns deeply. “Michiru…”

She has like no healing capabilities, no solid avenue of helping Michiru aside from beating teh shit out of this Shadow–and so, that is what Aigis resolves to do.

“Black Mabufu!!” She scowls, the Frost appearing above her head. “Capitalize on all its weaknesses! All of them!!”

Aigis isn’t exactly a mage type, but perhaps her lower mag score will result in higher damage–shard of ice, swirling with back mist swarm towarsd the Cupid Heart, intending to inflict MASSIVE DAMAGE.

“Nice work, Minako-Chan.” She would be more dangerous seeming if the Benny Hill theme wasn’t still playing for her.

COMBAT: Aigis misses Belladonna with her Black Mabufu attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has finished their turn.
COMBAT: Aigis is now covering Minato Arisato.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

The Shadow tries to pull them closer. Shinjiro only seems ready to obey, though maybe not for the reason the thing really intends.

The intoxicating nature of the Shadow’s emanations has a somewhat different effect than it did earlier. The inhibitions it lowers aren’t all related to lust. Anger and violence will serve just as well. When the surge of water comes towards him, Shinjiro just slams clean through it, unharmed, advancing steadily even while it torrents against his chest. Water isn’t going to harm somebody like him.

It slows him a little, but not so much that he can’t lash out at the Shadow with his actual weapon, doing what he very rarely does– attacking all out with the edge of his axe. It probably helps that it’s a Shadow and not a sentient creature. Or a woman.

COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki hits Belladonna with his Headsman attack.
COMBAT: The Magic Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: The Physical Cost Up status effect has been added to Belladonna.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has finished their turn.

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

Yukiko was glad, to an extent. Everyone seemed to be working together – everything seemed to be coming together – in spite of all things against them, in spite of the enemy making flame their foe – well… things were going well? They were going to succeed, right?

…Yukiko stops thinking that so strongly right when she sees poor Michiru basically explode due to fire. “Fuka… Michiru!” she cries out in horror, that feathery fan brought up to her hand in the meanwhile. Konohana Sakuya excelled in bringing hope to times when hope was weak – at least, that’s how Yukiko rather liked to look at it.

Humming a low song, she begins a slow spin, the form of Konohana Sakuya appearing behind her, matching that spin. Yukiko and Persona dance, healing energy thudding throughout the room with each step – an extra jolt given to the fallen Michiru. Hopefully, that would stabilise her, at the very least.

COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Minato Arisato with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Mitsuru Kirijo with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Akihiko Sanada with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Aigis with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Shinjiro Aragaki with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits you with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 15 points of damage.
COMBAT: Positive status cleared!
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Chie Satonaka with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Yukiko Amagi with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Naoto Shirogane with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Michiru Fukase with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Deidra Doyle with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Hinata Itoh with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Kotone Nakamura with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Shiki Ichimonji with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Akatsuki Enda with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Yuuka Chiba with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi critically hits Himeru Namikawa with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Minako Arisato with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Seiichi Miyamoto with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Yoh Yamagatani with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi critically hits Takeshi Odori with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has finished their turn.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

The orbiting Sukuna-Hikona slices anything that approaches Naoto, but nothing of note does. Water sizzles anyway as the sword accidentally slices into it.

Naoto’s power reaches a breaking point. She takes in a deep breath and bellows, “Sukuna-Hikona!” Something in her snaps. Something physically does too; Hinata was right.

Swirling energy starts to circle Lovers, forming a trio of rough globes apparently made of starlight, that same mix of silver and yellow and blue light. They orbit, menacing but not doing much – before they explode in a colossal inward wash of power, Naoto attempting to trap Lovers between them and cause it to shatter under the onrushing force!

She falls to her knees next to Michiru, more exhausted than actually hurt. She does knee-walk across so she is in front of Michiru, though, so that nothing else can get to the hurt woman.

COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane misses Belladonna with her Megidolaon attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has finished their turn.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

Shiki isn’t paying a ton of attention to Succubus’ failed attempt at draining the greater Shadow’s power. This can be tallied into the rapidly growing list of things that happened tonight that he’s not sure he’s going to live down. Uuuugh!!

But once he’s done covering his eyes, he notices something– Hinata’s attack, which should open up the Shadow’s defenses to dark attacks in ways he won’t even try to explain or rationalize! And it’s lucky that HE’S never met Alice himself, either… As soon as he’s got an opening, he should be able to use that knowledge to his advantage…! His goggles might as well have crosshairs right now…

…but really, to use an extremely tired phrase, they do NOTHING against the intense rush of flames that prompts a shriek of pain from the boy. He loses his footing as well as his hold on his Evoker, falling into a puddle of obscene pink goo as flames lick his skin. For a second, uncontrollably, his mind flashes to the people he’s failing to protect right as we speak… Itsuka, Minamo… and Kotone, who’s /in this very room/!

Half-delirious, he staggers on all fours, gritting his teeth as he looks up at the horrible Shadow. There. “/Opening./” Succubus appears, flapping its wings and presenting its taloned hands MUCH more menacingly than before. This is NOT the time for games, sexy or otherwise!

COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji hits Belladonna with his Mudoon attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has finished their turn.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

Fuuka smiles when she finally does get a report back from the shadow. Her second analysis attempt finally seemed to penetrate it. Though it should be taken with a grain of salt because things can change in an instant but most people know that anyway.. probably. The message she conveys is, “It is strong to fire and light attacks and dark resistant.” After that she is silent again for a little while.

But then there is MOAR FIRE! She cannot escape it this time. She is burned again, badly. Her own healing from earlier helped but now she was singed again. The smell of smoke and burning people hung heavily in the air. “Noooooo!” She cries out, wincing. She can’t move too much without buckling in pain.

This wasn’t it though but oh no someone is really hurt. “Michiru-san is seriously hurt!” Fuuka reports to the group. Lucia sends pulses of massive healing out over the group in response.

COMBAT: You hit Minato Arisato with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Mitsuru Kirijo with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: You hit Akihiko Sanada with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: You hit Aigis with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: You hit Shinjiro Aragaki with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: You critically hit Fuuka Yamagishi with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi critically hits you with her Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 38 points of damage.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added.
COMBAT: You hit Chie Satonaka with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: You hit Yukiko Amagi with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: You hit Naoto Shirogane with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: You hit Michiru Fukase with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: You hit Deidra Doyle with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: You hit Hinata Itoh with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: You hit Kotone Nakamura with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: You hit Shiki Ichimonji with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: You hit Akatsuki Enda with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: You hit Yuuka Chiba with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: You hit Himeru Namikawa with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: You hit Minako Arisato with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Seiichi Miyamoto with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: You hit Yoh Yamagatani with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: You hit Shinsuke Kusagawa with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: You hit Takeshi Odori with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: You are healed 10 points of damage from your ongoing Heal Over Time effect.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi has finished their turn.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Mitsuru.. is taking a battering tonight. Perhaps she’s been too lax in her training. Perhaps she has been slacking too often on her personal work and organizing SEES to actually go out into the front lines again and do what she has always intended to do, lead by example. She contemplates this even as the world washes out around her, blinding her vision. It surrounds her, closing in with crushing force and forcing the air out of her lungs. She blows a bubble of air and suddenly Penthesilea’s comforting arms are wrapped about her psyche, bouying her and forcing her to keep still while the water breaks and she can breath again.

Dark eyes flash and she realizes.. there is so much violence. But the shadow must be downed. ONly then can the world be safe and she will be one step closer to her dream. “Everyone!” She shouts to rally the troops, “We have come this far! We will not go down so easily!” Her raises her rapier even as light falls around her once again from Yukiko’s Persona and it fills her up just a bit. Enough to give her arm strength and shoves her evoker to her brow. “PENTHESILEA!”

The Queen appears and smashes her blades together, the world suddenly growing colder before a massive spike of raw ice suddenly erupts from the ceiling downward towards the shadow.

COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo misses Belladonna with her Bufudyne attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has finished their turn.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Okay, maybe getting close to it wasn’t such a hot idea. No pun intended. His sword passes straight through the heart thing, making him ‘tch’ under his breath. This close, though, there’s not much of a chance that he’ll be able to escape from an attack — and sure enough, the heart swells with emotions and heat and tries to hit him both in the heart and the body. Trying to affect his emotions is certainly an interesting thing to try, but the somewhat lacking for emotions Minato just doesn’t give in that easily. The flames, though, that’s certainly something Minato /can/ be hurt by. Battered by the flames (and having his moisture vaporized, oh god, why did the pixie inform him of just what was happening to his body?!), Minato stumbles back a few steps. A brief glance around reveals his team isn’t doing so well.
“Persona!” Minato abruptly calls, Evoker pointed to his temple. Orpheus once again flashes out, and this time begins to strum on his lyre. Perhaps a few pixies come to join, as they seem to enjoy that sort of thing. The soft, comforting music floats out across the room, seeming to bring a soothing, calming effect to all present, and puts a little spring in their step, too. That is, if they can manage to hear it over the din of battle.

COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Minato Arisato with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Mitsuru Kirijo with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Akihiko Sanada with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akihiko Sanada.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Aigis with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Shinjiro Aragaki with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits you with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 16 points of damage.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Chie Satonaka with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato critically hits Yukiko Amagi with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Naoto Shirogane with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Michiru Fukase with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Deidra Doyle with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Hinata Itoh with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Kotone Nakamura with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Shiki Ichimonji with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Akatsuki Enda with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Yuuka Chiba with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Himeru Namikawa with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Minako Arisato with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Seiichi Miyamoto with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Yoh Yamagatani with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Agility Up status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato critically hits Takeshi Odori with his Cadenza attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has finished their turn.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato is now covering Minako Arisato.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

“Right, time to work this up! Neko Shogun!” The Taoist warrior god appears next to Yuuka even as she yells back to Fuuka, “I’m sorry, Fuuka-san! I let you down!” The teen then twirls, hand in the air.

“The thunder rolls, I can hear it, but can the /lightning/ strike?!” She demands, sliding down to cover Fuuka again, even as the Wariror raises his sword, which is gleaming yellow in the air.

COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba is now covering Fuuka Yamagishi.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has activated Neko Shogun.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba hits Belladonna with her Zionga attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has finished their turn.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie’s brilliant plan (make monster weak to Light, explode with Light), fails on account of the damn thing /moving/, and it’s kind of /annoying/, and then SHE’S ON FIRE AGAIN. This time she at least is not boiled in her own skin by Tomoe’s weaknesses; she growls in pain, a gargle of suffering bursting out. And she sees Michiru fall, screaming. “MICHIRU!” Chie calls over. Shit, she couldn’t…got to fight harder, but how can she fight harder if IT’S GOING TO KILL HER TO DEATH.

She growls, and focuses on her TOWERING SPITE, which is not actually terribly Tiresian.

Which is why Tiresias doesn’t appear.

Tomoe bursts out of her, but only briefly, before fading back away, a sparkling orange circle appearing around her, flaring bright.

“NOW,” she snarls.

“I AM PISSED!”

She charges across the distance, powering forward with long, mighty strides, her feet carrying across the sticky floor, and then she–

Plants one foot.

“Shove off, fatty!!” she commands, and spins her whole weight around, cycling with the motion of planets and suns and galaxies–!

“~BANG!~”

COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has activated Tomoe Gozen.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka critically hits Belladonna with her Galactic Punt attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has finished their turn.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Hinata and Alice stare at Shiki’s new Persona for a very long minute. “Uh, maybe we aren’t the weirdest Persona pairing around.”

Something whispers, and the teen’s ponytail bristles. “Give in!?” Any further defiant shounen speeches are abruptly cut off by a lashing of flame.

PIXIE PHYSICS CORNER PART II

Normally this is what is called ‘convection’ kicks in, where the superheated air burns well before the flames reach the surface! As you can see, however, she twists away from the fire without a scratch or burn! This is what is called ‘Screw Physics, I Have Genki’.

END PIXIE PHYSICS CORNER PART II

Where was she, oh right, something was tempting her and her friends. “Give in? Us? You think we’re /that/ weak!?” A moment to realize that while they may not be giving in, quite a few of the assembled heroes may not be having much choice soon. “Hasta la vista, baby! ALICE!” The evoker fires off again, returning the deathly pale girl. Who has a knife. You may want to turn away from this, kids.

COMBAT: Hinata Itoh hits Belladonna with her Die For Me! attack.
COMBAT: Belladonna has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has finished their turn.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

Shinsuke cries out in an uncharacteristic display of pain as the lashing tongues of flame rip at his clothing and lick at his flesh. Even resistant, the aristocratic teen can’t shake the sensuous feeling of those flames — that’s what sears him more than anything, really, given /things/ and /issues/ — but everyone else seems to be hurt worse, and /that/ overcomes the Shadow’s whisper and the message hidden in the flames.
Even as healing washes through him and over the rest of the teenage warriors present, Shinsuke draws his Evoker to add to the effect. “Kay! Aid me!” he cries, voice no longer doubled as Rena’s was.
The report echoes, and the once-more-material knight lifts his empty left hand to bring cascading effervescence to the group — which becomes his /absolute/ priority once a foot slams into the bouncy pink Shadow and launches it into utter oblivion.

COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Minato Arisato with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Mitsuru Kirijo with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Akihiko Sanada with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Akihiko Sanada has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Aigis with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Shinjiro Aragaki with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits you with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 2 points of damage.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Chie Satonaka with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Yukiko Amagi with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Naoto Shirogane with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Michiru Fukase with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Deidra Doyle with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Hinata Itoh with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Kotone Nakamura with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Shiki Ichimonji with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Akatsuki Enda with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Yuuka Chiba with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Himeru Namikawa with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Minako Arisato with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Seiichi Miyamoto with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa critically hits Yoh Yamagatani with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Shinsuke Kusagawa with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa hits Takeshi Odori with his Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has finished their turn.

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
Akatsuki is not precisely close with Michiru, but his dark amber eyes widen anyway when he sees her enveloped by those flames. “Fukase-san!!” he calls, moving towards her–but those who know her better are already covering that, and nearby, Rena is coiling around Himeru, groping her, wrenching away a part of her as she bids her feel suffering and loneliness as she feels.
And Akatsuki is made *angry*, because he knows for a fact that Himeru *is* suffering from the same thing, and more or less for the same person. /More genuinely/ for the same person, since Rena was only projecting her feelings for Kyo onto Akatsuki, or so Akatsuki perceives the matter.
“/Kinukasa-san/,” he snaps, turning his attention towards the draconic Shadow-Possessed. “Get the hell off her!!” As the others pour their efforts onto Lovers, Akatsuki entrusts it to them as he summons Hector Custom again, this time–as Takeshi (whoever that guy is, beyond ‘some guy who joined SEES after Akatsuki graduated’) fails to make her die in a tsunami–to attempt to crack Rena aside the head with an electrified blade. It’s not his strongest attack, but it’s still got a more than decent punch to it.

COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda hits Rena Kinukasa with his Thunder Crush attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has finished their turn.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

Attempts to alter or tamper with Himeru’s emotional state continues to hit a wall that would make the Great Wall of China look like a paper screen door. The followup of flames however are not so easily blocked, and yet something is just going on with her mind. All those negative emotions allowed to just run rampant and free are doing wonders in their own way, letting her focus, letting he see and calculate a path between the gouts of burning fire to avoid even the slightest scorch. It’s almost a dance, sidestepping agony and death.

Keeping her focus on the fire however allows Rena to ‘sneak’ up on her, although it’s debatable on if that could even be considered sneaking at all. Yet as the claws cause slight bleeding punctures, she doesn’t seem that bothered by this. Grey eyes just stare deep in those golden gleaming eyes.

“Sounds like every day at home. No thanks.” is her surprisingly calm reply, although the seething hate is still perfectly tangible in her voice. And when Rena offers to remove her heart, she smiles. “And now you’re going to do me a favor? You’re full of surprises today. I guess I should apologise to you.” sounded almost honest and genuine, for all her anger.

Healing energies come, but it doesn’t really matter to her mind right now. Stuck in the Shadow’s grasp, Hime figures she can spare attacking the Arcana Shadow in favor of getting ‘even’. “You want more of me?” she asks, the demonic Persona appearing behind her. “Take it all, Kinukasa-san. My hatred, my sorrow, my shame, EVERYTHING!” as darkness and soulrending energies gather in the mouth area of the summoned Hannya, fired in a cohesive black laser with the intent of just blasting straight in the middle of Rena. Her eyes do briefly look toward Akatsuki as he makes demands toward the dragon-girl, but she does not say anything.

COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa hits Rena Kinukasa with her Evil Shine attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has finished their turn.

Belladonna [A] has posed.

Michiru’s fall is broken by the plush floor, at the least, and the Shadow no longer pays her any mind. No, it simply rushes onward, entering into something of a frenzy as it is beaten and battered–shocked by Akihiko, first into the room, and then by numerous others. Lightning, ice, and then Shinjiro’s axe crashes down into Lovers, pinning it to the ground such that it doesn’t immediately rise again–a few more spells may miss from here, but as that happens–Chie’s foot slams forward, ripping it loose from the axe blade and sending the Shadow crashing towards the wall, and darkness pours into it along with everything else. Mitsuru’s ice, meanwhile, makes slick the ground where it was… and causes it to slip as it tries one last time to rise again.

The Shadow dissipates, the feeling of /want/ expanding just once until it is completely gone. …And the room is cool again. There is one last haze of power, as finally, under the force of all these assaults, the window and the mirror shatter the rest of the way. …There’s a way out through what /should/ have been an air conditioning port, for those who can take it.

For those who will stay–the control and influence over their minds disappears completely. To resonance senses, the presence fades away.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

There is a vicious look on Seiichi’s face as his attack strikes home. He always does like it when he manages to strike something perticularly well with an attack. However the Shadow’s reply smashes into him. Now his shirt is well and truely ruined. Burned and soaked both. He ignores it though and instead steps forwards to offer his own support to Mitsuru as she commands her troops.

…and…then…Chie steps fowards and ends it all with a foot.

…well thats one way to end it all.

He still offers Mitsuru that arm of his to help her, support her. However the man turns his attetnion towards Rena then. A few quick decisions in his head and with a quiet and angry sound before he summons up Set again. Flame explodes in one of the gods fists before he flings the quick attack towards Rena…

…it misses though. Damn the luck.

RUN RENA RUN!

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi sits there idly, the heals coming over his body, each one only strengthing his resolve. Bacchus begins to become more steady, less flickering. Mitsuru was okay, so his human shield technique appears to have worked. Now, now it was time to go after the dragon. Since magic wasn’t working on her, it was time to do something else. It was time to introduce to her to Bacchus’ friend, Maened Wrath. It was the stuff of nightmares, it would show her just how futile this whole thing was hopefully.
Slowly, he stands up to his full height and steps backwards slightly as his equilibrium shifts. Everything was going grand, that stupid shadow was gone, that left just that dragon, who apparently was a person. Well, we’ll just have to fix that. Fix it by ending the dragon’s life of course, but none the less. He walks forward, the battlefield seeming to slow down and then he jumps into the air. Everyone else is beginning to rush at Rena, they seem like they’re in slow motion. His animal senses are taking over, they know this has to work. Bacchus’ fist comes back, there’s the sound of a gear as the strange openings on the side close and suck air into them, then he slams down, all his might in one punch. The openings shoot open, the air now steams shoots out of the back as it attempts to embed itself into the dragon’s skull.
If it didn’t hit ,he was going to be wide open for her, there was no dodging from this position, or at least hopefully it would open her up for more attacks from elsewhere.
“Eat my wrath, Maenad Wrath!”

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Rena Kinukasa with his Maenad Wrath attack.
COMBAT: Rena Kinukasa has been knocked out!

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.

The battle is over before Kotone knows what’s happening — one moment she’s desperately moving out of the way of oncoming fire, and the next… it’s done. The Shadow becomes nothing, and for an instant, Kotone feels simultaneously overjoyed… and a little sad. What it wanted wasn’t that much different from what she so desperately desires, she notices.

Giving her Evoker a quick whirl around before holstering it (that gymnastics business comes in handy when it comes to little tricks!), the young Nakamura glances around to either side, not really sure what the ‘appropriate’ thing to do here is.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Someone’s fallen! Oh no, it’s Michiru, Minako realizes all too late, gaping over at the girl in horror. “Michiru-chan, hang in there!” Please, don’t let it be too late–
She might not be /friends/ with Michiru, but even so, watching someone fall like that, it’s awful all the same!

At least other people are jumping in with healing energies. Including, well, her brother. She gives him a thumbs-up, although the expression that accompanies it… well, it’s serious! Like Mitsuru says, though, they need to press onwards. They can’t stop here!

The end comes for the Arcana Shadow. One good strike from Chie knocks it down, as everyone else unleashes their fury upon it. And… it’s gone, the sense of a presence. Minako straightens somewhat, her polearm propped against her shoulder. “Are you okay?” this is directed at her older brother, before her gaze skips across the crowd. Is anyone else badly hurt?

Yoh Yamagatani [SEES] has posed.

Even with all the healing, Yoh does not get up. That repeated banging against the wall took it out of him. He is barely awake, laying in a puddle of the pink goop. He smiles faintly as everyone defeats the monster.

Some of his body was rather unresponsive actually, which struck him as strange. Probably numbed or something. Well, everyone was safe, and he would live, so all was fine hopefully. Well, besides with him.

He looks around lazily in his current field of vision. So, would this have saved the Lost then?

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

Michiru really wishes she could pass out. But everyone’s healing just keeps perking her back up!!

She does not look very good. An analogy could be made, not inaccurately, to a steamed lobster. Her breathing is rapid and rather shallow. She is keeping her face covered.

The magic washes over her. It is not very effaceous, though something in her stirs. One of her hands reaches out, shaking and red towards Yukiko. The fingernail on her ring finger falls off. Michiru, in so far as she is thinking at all, feels, for reasons that vaguely confuse her, dreadfully tired and thirsty, almost more than pained.

COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has finished their turn.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi just stares at the ground. Either Rena was there when the dust and smoke settled, or he just created a crater through every floor down to the bottom one. Either way, it made him feel vindicated. Now, there was someone who needed healing sitting around here. He turns to look at the people sitting around and spots his target. “Hmm, she’s hurt pretty badly. What do you think Bacchus, got in you?” Bacchus gives a less than confidence inspiring shrug, “Right, try it anyways.” He steps over to her and bends over, “Hmm. I bet we can fix this.”
He holds out his hand, “Power of healing, internal will, wounds weaving betwixt will and skin, but we can fix that.” A green light surrounds Michiru from Bacchus’ attempts at healing. One way or another, this girl was waking up. But it didn’t work, not that he cared. He’d stand here all day and keep boosting her, “She’ll wake up.”

COMBAT: Takeshi Odori hits Michiru Fukase with his Recarm attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Dekunda status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been knocked out!

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

That was… terrible. Yukiko has to fight the urge to recoil from her friend’s reaching hand, tears touching the corner of her eyes. Michiru might even see the recoil, the drawing of her hands closer to her body… but she /has/ to steel herself. That was Fukase-san. Gently reaching forward, Yukiko moves to take Michiru’s trembling hand in both of her own shaking grasps, the heiress taking a step forward and falling to her knees beside Michiru, clutching her hand tightly.

“Fukase-san – please…” she whispers, that quiet prayer heard in the back of her mind by Konohana Sakuya – “Do… do you feel any better?” she asks afterwards, hope in her tone.

COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi hits Michiru Fukase with her Mediarama attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has finished their turn.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

So much healing! Fuuka feels revitalized. Then…finally there is no more fire and the shadow is taken out by a mighty sequence of attacks. “Man that was crazy!” She says. Rena seems to be not doing so well either so was that a victory or… but wait… they still needed to find the rest of the party! She offers one last wave of healing to everyone before using Lucia to scan for the rest of the ones that had been separated. Since this shadow was gone could she detect where they were now or…? She looks to Mitsuru, “We should find the rest of the group!”

COMBAT: You hit Minato Arisato with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Minato Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minato Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Mitsuru Kirijo with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Mitsuru Kirijo has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Mitsuru Kirijo.
COMBAT: You hit Aigis with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Aigis has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Aigis.
COMBAT: You hit Shinjiro Aragaki with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shinjiro Aragaki has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinjiro Aragaki.
COMBAT: You hit Fuuka Yamagishi with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi hits you with her Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: You have been healed for 33 points of damage.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added.
COMBAT: You hit Chie Satonaka with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Chie Satonaka has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Chie Satonaka.
COMBAT: You hit Yukiko Amagi with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yukiko Amagi has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yukiko Amagi.
COMBAT: You hit Naoto Shirogane with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Naoto Shirogane has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Naoto Shirogane.
COMBAT: You hit Michiru Fukase with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Michiru Fukase has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Michiru Fukase.
COMBAT: You hit Deidra Doyle with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Deidra Doyle has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Deidra Doyle.
COMBAT: You hit Hinata Itoh with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Hinata Itoh has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Hinata Itoh.
COMBAT: You hit Kotone Nakamura with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Kotone Nakamura has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Kotone Nakamura.
COMBAT: You hit Shiki Ichimonji with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shiki Ichimonji has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shiki Ichimonji.
COMBAT: You hit Akatsuki Enda with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Akatsuki Enda has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Akatsuki Enda.
COMBAT: You hit Yuuka Chiba with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yuuka Chiba has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yuuka Chiba.
COMBAT: You hit Himeru Namikawa with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Himeru Namikawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Himeru Namikawa.
COMBAT: You hit Minako Arisato with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Minako Arisato has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Minako Arisato.
COMBAT: You hit Seiichi Miyamoto with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Seiichi Miyamoto has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Seiichi Miyamoto.
COMBAT: You hit Yoh Yamagatani with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Yoh Yamagatani has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Yoh Yamagatani.
COMBAT: You critically hit Shinsuke Kusagawa with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Shinsuke Kusagawa has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Shinsuke Kusagawa.
COMBAT: You hit Takeshi Odori with your Healing Wave attack.
COMBAT: Takeshi Odori has been healed.
COMBAT: The Heal Over Time status effect has been added to Takeshi Odori.
COMBAT: You are healed 15 points of damage from your ongoing Heal Over Time effect.
COMBAT: Fuuka Yamagishi has finished their turn.

Rena Kinukasa [S] has posed.

Rena gets the pleasure of sampling a bit of Himeru’s ‘soul’.

It is, unsurprisingly, very bitter to taste. Her reaction is also extremely unconventional. Who would react with relief to the removal of their heart? Perhaps her taunting had been right on the money after all. Perhaps she really didn’t need a heart.

A lot of things happen all at the same time. Himeru calls that damned persona forth again and eats a laser made out of pure Himeru hate. Much to her shock, she’s surprised at how incredibly painful it feels to her to take this energy-for now, her speed is not enough to get out of harm’s way. How she manages to manuver in this tiny room is clearly some kind of Shadow witchcraft anyway. The blast leaves her barely standing and exhausted.

The Lovers fall and no longer does she feel that comforting, welcoming power hovering over her. Suddenly her pain feels even greater, she only now realizing how much the powerful Shadow was dampening the effect for her. Flames lick the ground nearby and Seiichi’s missed shot reminds her that she’s in a room full of SEES.

Rena takes a blow to the head from Bacchus but at her angle, she can’t tell where it came from. Panic overwhelms the Shadow-possessed and she scrambles across the floor, flooding through the hole left in the window from the Shadow’s demise. Rapid scraping noises can be heard from outside that quickly die off as Kiyohime scrambles off into the night.

Only seconds later and Rena found herself missing the Shadow already.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

MItsuru can still stand on her own. But she reaches out to touch Seiichi’s arm in thanks even as the Shadow falls and there is a certain sense of relief that washes over her. She takes survey of what just happened. It was.. a good joint effort. But there is still something missing. The two others. She looks to Fuuka and nods, “Yes. Please.” She looks again. There are those who are hurt.. but there are those that are missing as well.

Letting go of Seiichi’s arm, she moves over to the teal haired girl. “Have you spotted them yet? Where are they? Are there other shadows in the vicinity? Several of us are injured but I can take Shinjiro to go find them.”
Aigis [SEES] has posed.

Aigis’s player receives 5 RBrbrhrhrrbh points for Michiru’s eloquent fingernail description. Unfortunately, 0 healing. She is actually, despite being a robot, made uncomfortable by Michiru’s horrific injuries and tries not to look directly at her as the others provide their own assistance, including Takeshi–which is good! She will have to make sure to be more careful with her selections next time she goes out.

She does not HOLY SHIT HOTS seem too injured. Mitsuru is safe, she thinks. Minako and Minato are also safe. she hopes Michiru will be alright but it makes her feel… ‘bluh’… to see her in such a state. Makes her uncomfortable.

“At least it is over…” She considers.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

“Yeah,” Hinata nods in concurrence with Aigis. Somehow this doesn’t seem quite as fulfilling. There seems to be a lot of people badly hurt! Which has the second-year feeling more than just a little guilty given that somehow she’s none the worse for wear, if only a little more tired. She speeds over towards Yukiko and Michiru, any joy and relief washing straight away at both girls’ condition. No, they’re not OK, so don’t bother asking that question. “Hold on, let me see if I can get you help. Mitsuru-senpai,” she asks over, “Is it alright if we took the wounded back to the dorm to rest?”

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie’s foot is smoking as she finishes out her rotation, sliding her foot to the ground and staring at where the darkness is falling apart.

“I’ll give you some love if you stop setting my friends on fire,” Chie mutters, and then turns to walk over to Michiru, Yukiko, and Naoto, as last-second sparkle showers start raining down. Chie debates pulling out her own healerbot, but it’s not really a very good one.

Chie looks over at Mitsuru as she asks for a sitrep from the spotter.

Being kind of unobservant, she does not notice the horror currently going on in Michiru’s person.

Minato Arisato [SEES] has posed.

That was… impressive. A girl he doesn’t think he knows just comes out of no where and kicks the hell out of the heart, sending it into, well, nothingness. A deep inhale, and then a sighed breath outwards as the heat the heart was eminating vanishes. Turning to look, the dragon seems to be dealt with as well. So, Minato holsters his evoker and sheathes his sword. His eyes briefly catch Minako, and he offers a small smile to her thumbs-up. Despite the serious expression, it was over… for now. “Yeah, I’m fine,” he says. “You?” But he can already see she is! Aigis’ protection and his own healing spells must’ve been helpful in that regard. That’s good.
A quick glance around and it seems like most people are fine – except for one person who was knocked out. A brief moment of looking worried is all Minato gives, since he’s not sure he knows the girl, but a person being down is a problem anyway. It seems she’s got plenty of help, however, as many people crowd around her to try and inject her with healing energy. And eventually… things seem alright. For now. There’s some wounded that should probably head back, some people who are probably tired. But he himself moves over towards Mitsuru, sort-of-nervously giving the redhead a nod. If they were going to find the other SEES members, he would come with.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Shinjiro stands quietly in the wake of the concluded conflict, a little off to himself, which is somewhat uncharacteristic. Well, maybe it would have been characteristic a year ago, but not so much anymore. He doesn’t even really respond when Mitsuru says his name nearby, which is equally uncharacteristic; though if Mitsuru actually comes over and yanks at his arm, he’ll probably look up.

He still seems upset about something. The brooding is thick and he seems to be berating himself, even as he yanks a rag out of his pocket and starts to clean off his axeblade in silence. Given the kind of night this has been, the possible reason for his aggravation could be any number of things. The list is rather exhaustive.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Mitsuru blinks and then nods at Hinata, “Yes. Once we can confirm the safety of Mizuhara-san and Takagawa-san as well as a safe path out of here, the dorm will be open to treat the wounded. Those who are too tired to return to Inaba or their homes will be permitted to stay at the dorm over night to recover. I will call ahead and have Fukase-san sent to Tatsumi Hospital. Anyone else who needs further treatment should accompany her.” Tatsumi is the Kirijo run hospital. They will be able to see to the worst of injuries.

“Those who are unable to attend school tomorrow will also be provided with an excuse and a doctor’s note if needed.” This is the least she can do for her kohai and their allies.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

“Bye~.”

She felt lighter, better, relieved now. It’s not a healthy catharsis, but Himeru hardly cared about such details when right now with the mix of adrenaline, healing force and her own fairly good performance she felt just GREAT. There isn’t even any feeling of shame over feeling so good. She turns to face where the Arcana Shadow was, sees nothing left, so it was safe to assume it had been annihilated properly during the brief time her focus had shifted fully on Rena.

She looks toward Mitsuru when she talks, confusion marking grey eyes before she moves closer to the Sempai, sword pointed down to avoid accidents. She tugs on the Kirijo heir’ sleeve for a second to get her attention before speaking.

“Sempai, we’re in July. It’s…summer vacation. You’re too used to school protocols.” she says, entirely serious. “Unless there are some unfortunate souls who are trapped in the hell best known as summer remedial classes?” as it was possible. Hime was not going to look at anyone or call any names, but…

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

Michiru is limned in green. Her eyes open and she gasps.

She shivers then, and her entire body seems to – shift, subtly. Her skin has gone from reddish to white, all of a sudden and more or less everywhere; least prominent on her face, strongest on her right arm and leg. She coughs, again, wetly.

Her hand squeezes Yukiko’s back. She coughs once more, and then her /other/ hand comes up, reaching up to put it on Yukiko’s shoulder as she attempts to push herself upright…

… which does not quite work, but doesn’t make her cry out. Her shoulder splits!! … to reveal pinkish but clean-looking skin underneath.

“i bet i look really gross,” she kind of whispers to Yukiko. It is all she can really think of – indeed she is not really thinking at all. Which is probably demonstrated in what she says next, which is, “are people staring”

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.

Fuuka suddenly senses that those missing members of their party are definitely in another part of the hotel; the interfering force has been destroyed, it seems. Minamo and Itsuka are… /more or less/ okay, as are the others that seem to be with them, Shiori included.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

With a swift kick /to the heart/, finally, all of this just freaking ENDS. Shiki, still crawling around in that puddle, opens his eyes with immense relief, both from the scene’s suddenly quieting down and the void left by the Lovers Shadow’s relenting on its mental assault for the last time.

He staggers back onto his feet, surprisingly /fine/ thanks to, once again, more than a few healers tossing their hat into the ring tonight. “Is everybody all right?” He quickly looks around– the only one who seems to be having a horrible time is a KDA member being attended to right now. Good! That allows him to check up on his friends…

He quickly passes by the people he knows, the Eclipse Squad members in particular, to check if they’re all right, but his final destination is…

“Kotone-san!! You did great! Are you all right? Would you like a heal or something?”

He doesn’t quite realize that showering her with attention, right here and now of all times and places, might not entirely be the best move!

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Once Naoto has recovered from spraying magic (ineffectively) all over the place, she forces herself back to her feet. She still feels tired, but physically she’s not very injured. Her shoulder aches, and that’s about it.

She stays close to Michiru. There is not a lot she can do for her, and she feels vaguely uncomfortable with her injuries; other people are helping, but… “You need to go to a hospital,” she says, more to herself than Michiru.

Raising her voice: “Injured members of the KDA are going to pull out with the defeat of the Shadow. Good work, I believe.” The offer of a hospital is good; Naoto nods, accepting it even though she personally does not need it. Naoto turns back to Michiru as she rises, offering one hand. She is not staring. (Much.)

She keeps one arm across her chest at all times, because she thinks dodging made her lose a button and she’s not going to check.

Minako Arisato [SEES] has posed.

Minako looks just fine! Maybe her clothes are a little damp, but aside from a few scrapes, his sister looks none the worse for wear. Indeed, everyone’s spells have helped a good deal in that regard. “Just great!” she grins back at him. “I’m glad you’re okay.” It’s been a while since they were in combat together; since then she’s also learned about what rests inside him. Can you blame a sister for being a little worried…?

When he heads over to Mitsuru, she walks with him, noting the concern on the SEES commander’s face. The reason, she can guess at a little; she’s noticed a few faces are missing here. “There’s still some people missing, aren’t there…” she murmurs, her voice lower pitched than usual.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

Oh he knows Mitsuru can stand on her own. However he just likes the contact. Seiichi is like that. He stands though, glancing around at the carnage before he slowly allows himself a slight smile. “Are all your adventure outings like this?” He murmurs quietly towards Mitsuru before she turns to walk off towards Fuuka.

He glances once towards Shinjiro before he sighs, the sword in his hand returning to the sheath once again as he uncoils and turns to follow. His own version of brooding usually involves quips and smirks. Never doubt he /was/ angry and brooding. However a good fight does clear the head at times. He doesn’t have to say anything, about school though as Hime fills that in for him.

Instead he just smiles slightly as glances over towards the more injured members of the group. Though it seems there is enough healing around to do fix them all right up.

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

With the Shadow and the dragon gone, Shinsuke turns his flickering azure gaze onto the room; Kay’s translucent helm turns with him, scattering azure light onto the blasted environs. “Yes…” he replies to Fuuka, his tone distant and soft. That terrible gaze alights on the rest of the SEES members, all of whom can now clearly see /why/ the other members of the Eclipse Squad whisper about keeping an eye on him during combat. Kay continues to hang above him like a darkening shadow (or /Shadow/), nebulous and smoky, despite Shinsuke’s Evoker resting loosely in his left hand. Is it that he cannot dismiss the Persona until the danger is fully passed…?
“We need to find Itsuka and Takagawa-san,” he says, still seeming so detached. He steps lithely over to the door, but waits until Mitsuru leads the charge to find the missing girls — she /is/ the Queen, after all. He doesn’t point out her comment about school; while /he/ isn’t in remedial classes, there are those who must take them and, admittedly, school is about the furthest thing from his mind at the moment.
His gaze flickers over to Akatsuki for a moment. The wall held, it seems.
He smiles.
Now, to find his twin sister.

Yuuka Chiba [SFC] has posed.

“Damn.” Yuuka finally says.

She slumps against the wall, rubbing her eyes. “Sorry I didn’t really get you too much, Fuuka-san. I was really trying, since I know that you – you and Shiori-san, need quiet a lot of times to concentrate.” She shrugs at that, her shoulders rolling.

Mitsuru Kirijo [SEES] has posed.

Mitsuru is so busy giving orders and trying to think a step ahead that.. she did actually forget when it was and when Himeru comes up to tug at her sleeve, the young woman appears first confused.. and then slightly embarrassed. “Ah… so it is. Thank you for correcting me Namikawa-san. But the offer still applies to those who are attending summer school yes.” Like a /certain Arisato/. And others who may or may not be here.

She nods back at the silent Arisato (Minato) and then waits for Fuuka’s report. But her eyes flicker over to Shinjiro and she nods. “We’ll find them. Do not worry everyone. We will find them. I will not leave without the two of them.” She has never had to leave anyone behind. But first..

She walks over to Shinjiro and touches him on the shoulder, leaning up to murmur something.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

Aigis’s left earmuff wiggles at the possibility of gossip.

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.

Rena runs. Himeru laughs that she’s better off without a heart and then tugs on Mitsuru’s sleeve to remind her that it’s summer vacation (though she might well mean that there are summer classes going on; Akatsuki wouldn’t know), and Akatsuki feels uncomfortable yet again. Heals are distributed copiously, now that Lovers is defeated.
He breathes out a sigh, scrubbing the side of his head. It looks like Michiru’s getting taken care of. …he’ll have to visit her in the hospital later. It’s not like he knows her well, but given that they’ve essentially spent the entire weekend together, if not *right next to* each other, Akatsuki thinks it’d only be appropriate.
“Namikawa,” he says quietly to the steel-eyed girl once Mitsuru parts from her to approach Shinjiro. He says nothing more than that, though, because… what *do* you say? Despite everything, he’s still worried about her.

Fuuka Yamagishi [SEES] has posed.

“Sempai” Fuuka calls to Mitsuru, “I can’t sense the other presence anymore and it seems like…. they are….” She furrows her brow. “On the first floor… hurt but okay.” She frowns a little though. “We should probably get to them though… its Mizuhara, Takagawa and at least few others but I don’t really recognize their resonances too well.” Even though the question wasn’t directed to her Fuuka laughs a little at Seiichi’s question quietly replying, “Not /always/ Sei-chan…”

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

Michiru seems to be in good hands, though Hinata does offer her a reassuring smile. “Sorry! I’m gonna help look for my friends, but if you need help getting her to Tatsumi, let me know!” There’s an added thumbs-up for Chie, “And that kick was /epic/.”

Another jog, and she’s back with the SEES bunch. Namely Shiki and Kotone. Who las she checked was wearing Shiki’s clothing. And Mitsuru is murmuring to Shinjiro. And there’s Senai talking quietly with Himeru and boy howdy there’s waaaaaaaaaaay too much going on here. Didn’t they just torch an Arcana Shadow? A shake of her ponytail and she decides to go full bore on the nearest derp. “Shiki, uh, I’m not dreaming, right? Did I miss anything?”

Yukiko Amagi [KDA] has posed.

A marvel of medicine, Persona are. If they weren’t in the dark, how many lives could be saved in emergency rooms around the country? With wounds like she had suffered, Michiru had been bound for a fate in the ICU, doctors warring against infection and charred skin to save her life, but here, but now… she was whiteish, and that was good.

Yukiko’s tear looses from the corner of her eye, and a smile darts across her lips. Yukiko would certainly help MIchiru up if her friend wanted it, but instead, she kinda whispers in return, “I think you look just fine, Fukase-san,” her tone of voice gentled. “And they are a little, but… before you were healed, it looked kinda gross,” she says, her tone of voice a forced sort of jovial.

Takeshi Odori [SEES] has posed.

Takeshi stands and looks up at Bacchus, “Okay, you can rest now Bach.” The persona nods as it fades to nothing and he turns to head towards Mitsuru, “Kirijo-senpai. You ok? Also, if you’re sending out a secondary party, count me in it.” There’s a nod. Perhaps he’s not as useless or slackerish as he appears at the dorm. Then there’s a grin, “Well, this could have turned out worse.” His clothes are tattered and his jacket is all but ruined, “I’ll have to get another one of these..things.” He pokes at the jacket with a sad face.

Ah well, no use getting all flustered about it. A stretching routine begins and cracking ensues as he prepares for the next battle, whenever and wherever that might be, taking time to walk over to Fuuka, “First floor? Understood.” He doesn’t even wait for reinforcements and continues down the steps towards the rest. They’ll be along shortly and he needed to be alone now, if only to slam his arm against the stairwell on the way down. It was broken, perhaps someone could sense that, but he didn’t want anyone to know.

Chie Satonaka [KDA] has posed.

Chie just watches her friends. She hears that line from Hinata, and looks over with a laugh. Just in a day’s work, right? “Well, it was pissin’ me off, so I figured, you know, put it down.” She nods, because yeah it’s totally that easy, Chie.

Her eyes track, as Yukiko helps Michiru up and Michiru says some things that suggest maybe she does not wish to be seen right now, to Naoto.

Who is embarrasedly covering what are undeniably her breasts. Chie just looks at it – puzzled, more than anything, but then, maybe Chie knows what it’s like to have a big secret. After a second she has the courtesy to look away, making sure there’s nothing else that needs a footin’, since Chie didn’t bring much in the way of support today.

Shinjiro Aragaki [SEES] has posed.

Shinjiro’s agitated movements still when Mitsuru approaches him, though he doesn’t turn towards her– or even turn his head to look at her. He just stands straight, staring at the floor in front of him in silence, as she touches his shoulder and then leans up to tell him something in an undertone.

His expression doesn’t vary, except for the vague way his eyes seem to grow tired and weighted. He responds, also in an undertone, with a decidedly sardonic bent. He looks at her, briefly. And then he starts a slow walk towards the rest who want to go find the others.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

“You’re welcome. Given circumstances, it is a mistake that can be justified.” calmly states Himeru, clearly having found her own ‘zen’ spot again after all this. This wasn’t so bad after all, she was feelingso much better no-

Akatsuki’s voice echoes through her ears like a sledgehammer on a massive gong. It’s quite visible on her face that ‘Crap.’ just went through her mind when she realises it’s not ALL settled. Still, he backed off from her magic-influenced request, so maybe things could return to…

She makes eyecontact but can barely hold it for two seconds. “Enda-sempai.” she says back, trying to conceal how flustered she got just LOOKING at him right now. She looks toward Shinjiro and Mitsuru for a second but can’t hear anything. “What is it?”

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

“I feel like a cabbage roll,” Michiru says vaguely more cogently to Yukiko. She doesn’t move a lot.

Inwardly, she feels weird – beyond the residual aches and pains, of course, and the still-present immense fatiguing thirst.

“Do they have to do a spell or something?” she asks Chie, vaguely sensing her proximity.

Seiichi Miyamoto [NWO] has posed.

Seiichi watches Mitsuru move away to comfort the broodycat and sighs as he shakes his head slightly. He raises his blade to rest gently rest it against his shoulder. Though it looks like the fighting is over. Thats…somewhat of a relief. Finally he takes a look at the rest of them. Chie and Yukiko. Then get a smile and a nod of greeting. So does Yuuka before he turns back towards Fuuka.

He chuckles softly to her comment and nods. “Not always, but most of the time. Right?” He asks with a smile before he sighs. Once last slow glance towards Mitsuru and Shinjiro…and in a rare moment of Not-Poking-The-Shinjiro…he says…nothing at all. Turning back to the Spotter though he nods once towards the stairs. “Lets go find the rest of them.”

Kotone Nakamura [SEES] has posed.

Kotone is suddenly interrupted from her careful examination of ‘what is even normal for this situation’ by Shiki; she’s still a little confused, but at the very least, some direct interaction helps her figure out what to do. “I, um — I, I’m fine!” she says, perhaps having noticed the /incredibly wounded burned girl/ and not actually feeling all that bad herself.

“Th, thanks, though… and thanks for everything tonight,” she whispers, a little more quietly — though still loud enough that those nearby could certainly hear it.

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

“Oh, um, no problem. I mean, um.” Shiki isn’t entirely sure why Kotone is thanking him. If anything, he feels like everybody should be apologizing to everyone for no particular reason!!! D: But hey, if she thinks it’s fine, it’s fine, right? No need to, er, dwell on it.

And here comes Hinata! Shiki sees her arrive and… then she speaks up. Obviously flustered, he scratches the back of his head, fumbling around for words a lot more than he normally would. “Oh, um! No! I mean, no, you’re not, uh, dreaming! You missed nothing special! Nothing special happened.” He lets his arms relax to his side, staring ahead, expression waaaaay too neutral. “Nothing!” And that’s all there really is to say on that matter.

NO NEED TO DWELL ON IT

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

“There is no spell,” Naoto says, because if there is nobody told /her/ about it.

She keeps her arm crossed when Chie doesn’t quite stare, but comes close. Her lips curl back though the expression doesn’t last very long. “Let us get Michiru to a hospital.” Michiru, not Fukase. “Michiru, can you walk?” If not, they can carry her. They, after all, outnumber her three to one. Surely they can manage it between them!

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

“I… I think I can, can you get me s, something to drink?” Michiru asks Naoto.

Hinata Itoh [SEES] has posed.

“Nothing.” Hinata’s expression doesn’t change, she just points to Kotone. “She’s wearing your clothes.”

Shinsuke Kusagawa [SEES] has posed.

“Shiki…are we going to have to TALK?” Shinsuke asks in his doubled voice, still staring distantly out of the door.

Naoto Shirogane [KDA] has posed.

Naoto Shirogane thinks for a moment. Then: “There is a vending machine en route, I believe. I’ll buy you something then. I wouldn’t trust anything here.”

Plus, wouldn’t the water be blood in the Dark Hour anyway?

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

Certainly not SHOWER water! :U

Akatsuki Enda [DS] has posed.
Akatsuki regards Himeru for a moment as she cringes at the sound of her voice and in return reverts to a much more formal method of addressing him. He shuts his eyes briefly, considering. Perhaps he could just let the matter drop. She’d surely find that less embarrassing. But…
“I just wanted to let you know, it doesn’t bother me,” he tells her. “If you don’t understand, then we can talk about it later.”
The rest, he’ll leave in her court. For now, Akatsuki–suddenly looks over at Shinsuke at his doubled voice. That… …that he’ll leave alone too, for now. Right now is time for everyone to get out of here, and where possible, Akatsuki will help others do so.

Aigis [SEES] has posed.

Aigis isn’t particularly terrified of going all Tessa on Minato right now because actual violence is still a little higher on the threatdar for her. But later, she will probably act a little weird.

She finally looks to Michiru and seems relieved. SHe’s talking and isn’t horribly mangled anymore. Or, well, at least she seems like she’ll be okay.

“Are you going to be alright?” She asks, worried!

Shiki Ichimonji [SEES] has posed.

“She needed something to wear!!” Shiki explains, hurriedly, as if that could not possibly cause any misunderstandings ever. “No, nothing happened, I swear!” …and he hears Shinsuke’s threatening voice. Eyes widen. “Aw, crap.”

Right about then is when the screen should go black in a shrinking circle around Shiki’s face, along with a “wah-waaaaaah”, laughter, applause, and “The End…?” being written in cursive as the screen goes entirely black!

Michiru Fukase [KDA] has posed.

Michiru answers Aigis in passing, trying to raise her voice a little. “I feel kind of… weird… it doesn’t really hurt though…” She coughs vaguely, and gives Naoto an abortive nod.

Himeru Namikawa [DS] has posed.

The harmed KDA member seems under enough care that she didn’t need to really do anything. Besides, just as she found her own type of inner peace again, it gets German Suplexed with less than twenty five words. “What is there to talk about.” she asks back, still avoiding eye contact. “It doesn’t matter what happened, reality is different than wishes and feelings. Reality doesn’t give a shit about how people feel.” is her bitter but honest reply. “I’m resigned to how reality is but that Shadow didn’t care about that. Now it’s dead so good riddance.”

She cleans her blade off, moving back toward the rooms. “I’m going to erase the evidence we left behind, I’ll see you around.” was perhaps an excuse, but Himeru was not above using such a thing to just walk away from this sort of feeling that was going to get worse before it gets better. She felt awful then when she realized what she said, and it didn’t feel any better now.

OOC: January 30th, 2011

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