So, the demon cat could support the robot's weight. That was good to know, as this was somewhat a test of strength porsay, as the maid looked into learning as much as possible about the demon feline. This was one of Strawberry's only chances to be useful, and she wanted to make sure that she was getting the most out of it. So, she mounted Fluffy and grabbed hold of her mane, and was shocked when the cat burst into speed, bobbing and weaving expertly through the forest. It wasn't that the speed was what caught her off guard, but instead the speed while carrying so much weight. Would she be even faster without Strawberry on her back? The maid wouldn't know. The feat of speed was all of being tremendous, amazing, and awesome. Strawberry had to literally hold onto her headscarf to assure it didn't go flying about. One hand rested on Fluffy's mane with a hard as steel grip... Literally... and the other being on her head.
Suddenly, the two came to a stop, and the maid was issued a command to get off of the cat's back if she couldn't directly fight. This was considerate, as Strawberry actually COULDN'T fight, so she did happily oblige. Quickly making her way backwards, but something quickly gave her a literal jolt and shock, and she stumbled back for a bit. Her vision quickly blacked out, and staticked like on a television set, but quickly returned to normal just as she heard the cat give her a command.
"I'll hide, don't worry..."
Strawberry nodded to Lady Fluffy, and quickly ducked behind a bush but peeked through to visualize the enemies that came forth. A pack of dogs, some giant shadowy birds, and a pack of spiders. Strawberry opened a pocket dimension, and grabbed from it her trusty frying pan, one that she had easy access to at any time. She could use it to defend herself if anyone wanted to come at her. It wasn't like they could handle her, she was Strawberry! Loyal servant to Grim Heresy! And she could easily beat some lowly enemies like -
What was she thinking! She couldn't FIGHT! Not only did she not like fighting nor wanted to bring harm to any living thing, but she was physically incapable of bringing harm to others. It was impossible, and the robotic maid wanted to slap herself for even thinking such thoughts. For now, she wanted to watch over the fire cat, one that was in the midst of combat with the dogs and spiders. Her fighting was all but proper - she relied more on instinct than on combat efficiency. Her speed especially served as an aiding factor, which was what she relied on quite a bit. Her spells - fire based, as the maid suspected. The fight seemed like it'd be over, and Strawberry caught the most of it on video. Her combat style, although rash, would provide her guild insight should she ever become a direct threat. Strawberry was about to step out, until her vision blacked out and staticed again. Her body sensed damage - as she could not feel pain - and her body was sent flying into a tree, and smacked right into it, causing her to slide down and put a few tears in her uniform. She could see the creature coming forth slowly, as if taunting the maid for her inability to fight. It wanted to make her fear it, and suffer as it brought her to shut down. Although, as it came closer, Strawberry staticed more and more, and then she blacked out. A few seconds later she came to, but she was vastly different as the effect of the shadow's presence kicked in. While someone normal would receive a headache and begin feeling insane, this shadow directly attacked the part of Strawberry's programming that gave her her pacifistic nature.
Gripping the frying pan, the weapon soared through the air without a second guess. One would say it was thrown, if not for the handle being attached to the hands of the quickly rising maid, bringing the cast iron heavy kitchen utensil to the bird's face. The bird, caught off guard by this attack, was sent stumbling, which gave Strawberry the chance to advance forward. Another swing, although lower, struck the bird in its underbelly, bring its head forward to be on the receiving end of an overhead slam. Each hit that connected released a different sound that all resembled a large clunk or clank. The bird finally got its bearings, and then began to fly into the air and charge at the maid headfirst, and it succeeded. It however did nothing more but damage not only Strawberry but itself, as the maid was ready for the attack this time and endured it. While she did stumble back a bit, the 500 lb maid didn't fly nearly as far as she did a second ago. However, the bird wasn't expecting this, and a final slam from the cast iron frying pan brought it to dissipate into shadows, although its effect on Strawberry didn't release itself. Perhaps it was tied to the other birds, but the maid almost mindlessly walked out of the bushes like a zombie.
Sensing the new approach, the four spiders turned their assaults towards the maid, but the dogs still focused on the cat. The birds also turned towards the robot, but they wanted to oversee the spiders to see their rate of success, which was nearly impossible. The four spiders were all low on vitality, due to having taken the beating from Fluffy, and they weren't that intelligent, so they all attacked individually instead of in unison. The first one approached, and Strawberry smacked it with the pan, as did the second one, and the third, and the fourth. They all went down in a single hit, so Strawberry figured that she either hit them really hard or the cat crushed them to near death. But regardless, the maid now went for the birds, jumping and bringing the frying pan down and crushing the wings of one, while the other used its talons to tear an entire hole in the back of Strawberry's uniform, and even leave a slight scratch on the steel of her body. Strawberry sensed damage though, and quickly turned around to smack the other bird in the face, which left her open to another head bash from behind from the crippled bird. Fighting 2v1 was difficult, but not impossible. The maid decided to take one out completely, then even the playing field. So she turned to the crippled bird, and overhead slammed the pan into its back not once but twice, only to sense a hit from behind that launched her a bit forward since she was caught off guard. Her own vitality was running low - she couldn't take anymore hits without powering down, and that'd risk all of the data obtained on this mission. But the birds' effects had such a strong grip on her, so she trudged forward, smacking aside the first bird that charged her and watching it crumble into shadows, and then using the momentum from that swing to hit an extra hard hit on the second. Strawberry knew she was pushing her luck, but she advanced forward, and stepped onto the bird's physical body, and slapped it twice until it dissipated. This released the effect on Strawberry, and she quickly came to.
"I harmed those creatures... Nay, I KILLED those creatures! The poor spiders! I guess I couldn't care less for the dark birds but... Those spiders had a will to live - they were merely protecting the forest that they loved! And I didn't cater to their desire to live... This is horrible! I have... Completed what I came here for! I saw what rested on the other side of the portal, and now I'm leaving!"
Strawberry would cry if she had the function to, but instead she just ran back in the direction opposite Fluffy, which she remembered the location of the camp. She didn't kill any "TreeGuard" or anything, but then again she never said she would.
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