A posse of wizards marched into the town square, helmed by two strangely similarly-dressed wizards, all wearing light blue robes that covered their faces.
"Hey, Michael, there's a strong-looking wizard." the woman in light blue robes whispered loudly.
"Someone's accepted the request?" the robed man "whispered" back.
"I guess? Now what?"
"I got this, I got this!" The man coughed, clearing his throat. "Foolish mortal! You have entered my domain, and thus you shall fall like the fool that you are! I am Michael-" he coughed once again. "I am...uh...Grand...emblem...yes, I am Grandemblem, the fearsome wizard! Bend your knees in reverence to me! For I am Grandemblem, and not some foolish mortal named Michael or any sort of foolish mortal name like that! Hahaha! And this is my assistant, Mikayla-" he coughed again. "Grand...emblem....ina...Yes! Grandemblemina, and not a mortal woman name Mikayla who totally isn't my sister or anything foolish like that! We are the commanders of the Grandembleminaiters, and we are the masters of this foolish 'Oak Town.' Bend your knee in reverence! Foolish mortal and your foolish way!"
Great, he's an absolute joke. Can I just-
No. Jin sighed, shaking his head. "Alright, Grandemblem and Grandemblemina, I'm being paid to make sure you stop harassing this town, so if you want to just leave, we can not have to resort to violence."
Grandemblem laughed. "You fear me! Haha! I shall not listen to your petty demands! Grandembleminaiters, attack!"
Three wizards wearing poorly-painted robes came forwards, though one seemed noticeably sleepier than the rest. Grandemblem ordered them to attack, and the two comparatively energetic ones rushed forwards while the tired one yawned. One of the rushing ones had his fists wrapped in fire, and the other fired a thin stream of fire. Jin raised a Shadow Shield, repelling the stream of fire as the second one charged in ever closer. When the charger had reached Jin, he dodged out of the way of the weak punches, dancing around both the charger's feeble attempts to hit him as well as the second mage's weak streams of fire and the third one's occasional weak fireball that came his way. Finally, Jin decided to stop toying with the incompetent bandits, launching Shadow Spears into the two that were close to him, knocking them down instantly. He turned towards the lazy wizard, who simply blinked before turning around and walking away, his disinterest clear.
"Hey, Michael, he's a bit on the tough side," the woman whispered.
"It's Grandemblem!" he hissed back. He cleared his throat, as he seemed wont to do. "It seems as though I've gotten a thorough examination of your true power, O mortal! Now you face the great dread wizards, Grandemblem and Grandemblina!"
The woman rolled her eyes, firing a series of fireballs that traveled much quicker than Jin was expecting. He hurriedly rose up a Shadow Shield to protect himself from the fireballs his way, the last one shattering the shield and causing Jin to jump back. As eccentric and strange as these two were, they certainly were no slouches when it came to combat. The man placed his hands on the ground, raising pillars of fire in a line towards Jin. He rolled out of the way, a tendril of fire lashing out from one of the pillars to strike him, sending him flying against a nearby building. Jin realized that facing one of them would have been a difficult task, let alone both at the same time. They were much too powerful to have any of the assistance from the Bringer of Death to help, even if he was willing to surrender power to the Bringer of Death.
He smirked to himself as he rose from the rubble, taking a direct hit from a fireball from the woman wizard. Despite the pain, he used the mask of smoke to focus in on the Aspect of the Maw of Shadow, firing up both a Shadow Rush and Heart Eater to boost his physical prowess. The two fire wizards seemed to be long-range specialists, and he had hoped engaging one in hand-to-hand combat would cause the other to hesitate to fight. He dashed out of the smoke, being immediately lit ablaze from one of the pillars. Once again, he fought through the pain, sprinting out of the fire to deliver a punch to the male wizard. He went flying, crashing into a nearby fruit stall. Jin refused to let up, closing the distance in a moment to deliver more punches to the downed Grandemblem. Many of the punches were met with slashes of fire, repelling the shadows, though not the fists themselves. In the hectic moments, Jin had forgotten about the other wizard, though was reminded quickly by a large explosion of fire engulfing both Jin and Grandemblem. Jin rolled out of the fire, putting himself out as he set a hand on the ground, looking at Grandemblemina. She had a look of utter disinterest, glaring at Grandemblem, who was thoroughly unconscious.
"Seems a bit harsh to do to your comrade, no?"
"Sorry, my brother is an idiot. I thought that I might as well take care of business with him while still doing damage to you."
"You seem sane, at least. Why are you attacking the town?"
She shrugged. "They're my orders. I just listen to what they tell me to do."
"My bosses. Can't say any more than that. Very classified information, you see. Not even my idiot brother knew about them. He just thought it was for a quick buck, same as those three he sent to you. The rest of them follow me and me alone."
Jin rolled his eyes in disgust, not wasting another moment talking to her. He dashed to her, coming upon her in an instant, shocking her with his speed of movement. He delivered a punch to her gut, switching his Focus to the Aspect of the World Eater, firing a barrage of both Shadow Spears and Daggers towards her. She blocked each one with either a fireball or slashes of fire. As she regained her footing she once again fired away strings of fireballs, Jin countering once again with his shadows. The two were almost perfectly evenly matched, no ground being gained or lost on either side. Finally, Jin fired a curved shot of a weakened Soul Fire, which crashed against her. While the damage was far lessened due to the opposing Focus, it was enough to deter her concentration, allowing Jin to gain ground. Eventually, her stream of fireballs let up, and she was pelted with a series of sharp shadows, sending her collapsing to the ground. As she fell, her posse retreated, leaving the town all but desolate. Jin sighed, dropping down to sit on the cobblestone streets. He sighed, satisfied at another job well done.
Total WC: 1619