Leona barely had time to catch her breath before the white sword-wielding skeletons were upon her. She easily cleaved through four of them in as many sword strokes. She raced through the horde while swinging. Another three skeletons fell down.
She really needed to get rid of those archers. Ducking and weaving while using the tombstones for cover, Leona closed in on one of them, one who had set up in the southwestern corner of the cemetery. She swung at it, taking off its arm. A second swing knocked it apart, but it hopped back up shortly after.
Another swift swing brought an end to its unholy life. She ducked to avoid another arrow. While she was kneeling she noticed something going on. Half of the skeletons advanced on her while the other half broke off and hastily formed into three-man squads to protect the archers. Could they... could they think?
Leona was concerned by this development. She crossed swords with the last two black-boned knights and disposed of one of them before she had to scramble to cover. The white skeletons moved in. Leona sprang towards them, cutting through two in a single stroke. Those two stayed down.
Spying the archer in the opposite southeastern corner, Leona raced towards it, dodging arrows all the while. The three-man squad loomed in front of her, but she had an idea. Leona kept running straight for it, then at the last second veered off and leaped onto a tombstone, then used it as a point to jump over the archer's protection. Leona barely cleared the team and hit the ground running. She quickly knocked down the archer with a swing of the sword.
As she waited for it to recover, Leona dealt with its security detail. As they fell apart, Leona turned around and faced the revived archer. Another swing brought it down for good. She then finished the team assigned to the corner.
Two more archers, one black knight, and fifteen white skeletons left. No time to rest. Leona plowed through three members of the white wall and rushed through a hail of arrows towards the northwestern corner. She repeated the jump attack and cleaned the archer's clock. She repeated the routine of defeating its protectors, then the archer.
The northwestern corner was clear, but Leona was tiring. She watched as the remaining skeletons shuffled to the corner to protect the last archer. Their grins were taunting her. They knew she would have to fight them all to reach the goal.
Leona rushed into action. She batted aside the sword wall, permanently defeating three more of them and crossing blades with the last black knight. As if knowing the urgency of its mission, the black knight skillfully parried blow after blow and drove her back. Leona saw the others closing in behind her. Leona turned and struck one, then ducked under the black knight's stab and watched it knock down its friend.
The black knight surged forward. It opened with a horizontal swipe. The blonde jumped to the side and leaned sideways before an iron arrowhead grazed her left shoulder. Leona screamed and clenched her teeth. That archer would pay.
Avoiding the knight, Leona sprinted up to the archer and cleaved it in two. She engaged in a furious exchange with three white skeletons, then turned to deal with the archer. Another strike put a stop to it.
Leona quickly defeated the remaining white skeletons. Now it was down to her and the black knight. Its gaze met hers. Green eyes met empty black voids. It appeared to be sizing her up.
It then raced at her with its sword clutched above its head. That was a fatal mistake. Leona made a horizontal swing and cut it in half. It was over. Leona had won.
Leona searched the skeletal remains for soul sparks. She found three in the white skeletons. Her goal was met, but she looked for any more that might be lying around. She found one in the remains of the skeletal mage. The other was in the last black knight she defeated.
Now she had eight soul sparks. It was time to quit while she was ahead. Hanging around to fight for more soul sparks could get her killed.
Leona felt a chill in the air. She decided to leave before even more skeletons showed up. Leona hastened for the cemetery gate. After taking one last look around, the blonde dispelled the Sword of the Crescent Moon and left.
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[Sword of the Crescent Moon has been voluntarily dispelled. It can no longer be used in this topic.]