Fairy Tail again. Samira's expression went blank. Even the spirits paused and trailed into wtf territory. Did... did the witch really not know about many of the major players that were in that guild? Sorano, Nessa Cordelia Lux, Mura Kensho, Arcadia. There was even a chance that Aven Alveron had gotten more powerful by that point. Plenty of time had passed since the last time she saw him use his magic in that duel during one of Fairy Tail's festivals. There was no telling what walking calamities were in there now to give the guild even more of a name... as if having a large list of Wizard Saints and Gods of Ishgar of past and present were not enough to make their power known already. Anyone with a partially working brain would have known to to get on that guild's bad side if they wanted a good day. More importantly though was the complete absence of Sabertooth's name. Was Medusa just putting Sabertooth on a higher pedestal and knew that she would expect trouble when running into a mage from there? They did have a history of being highly persistent and resilient, after all. That guild, too, also had a lengthy list of mages whos names were known throughout the country. Kite Wilhelm, Ryo Knetegawa, Kenna Terrynhain, Victoria Sheridan, Itori, Luna Mira, and even herself. So, why did Medusa not mention the same thing about Sabertooth? She kept getting called out for her Wizard Saint status so it wasn't as if the snake summoner viewed her as insignificant. Everyone knew she was in that guild, right? Just because her guild tattoo was covered didn't mean no one knew, right? Should... should she have been allowing it to show the entire time? Sabertooth deserved its credit for being a block in the road for that obnoxious woman. Not just Fairy Tail! But, well, that might have been just a passing petty thought that made Samira's inner mind eye roll.
The small group were not unaware of the dark tendrils surrounding the snake witch. She did little to hide them. As she wasted time calling out her attack, none of them stood idle. If any of them had to guess, they could assume it was another launch of snake arrows, but multiplied by three. An interesting choice for a name, but Samira herself supposed it was very practical and to the point. Perhaps too on point considering it did little to surprise any of them.
Kali was angry. Did that woman really think more of the slithering disgusting arrows would help? "Pathetic!"
The four armed spirit shouted furiously. It was insulting enough for Medusa to assume that she
could deal with their summoner with death as a result. It was insulting to assume that she
had an advantage with numbers. It was insulting that she
was wasting her time with complete nonsense and not just standing still to be cut down and have her existence be ended. The dark blue skin of the demonic-looking spirit started to turn a deep red. Her power grew as her anger did, and that very emotion took on a life of its own. Red swirls of energy surrounded the spirit, and as those nasty black arrows soared toward her, she spun herself around, her scimitars slashing through the air and sending beams of death and destruction to collide against them. Clones of herself were created once more to take the hits for those beams, as her real true body leapt from its spot on the ground and over towards the snake witch. Unfortunately for Kali, her weapons only struck a mass of those arrows. They had slithered over the snake witch and formed a defensive sphere around her. Parts of that sphere poked out, appearing as needles that were stuck in backwards of a round pin cushion. The spirit leapt backwards, narrowly escaping that ball of spears as each vector tip popped the barriers that were around her. Powerful barriers that had been placed on her not only by Isis, but also by Samira. She growled, her fangs showing and her white glare growing more intense as her eyes glowed even more brightly. "Isis! Be useful!"
The two spirits that had been called out had their own set of arrows to deal with. The red heiroglyphs of Isis could only get rid of so many before even more appeared. With how things were going she needed to keep her concentration on keeping her barriers up and strengthening them. She didn't want another occurrence of what happened to Zachary just mere moments ago. Unless, of course, Kali was referring to her place as the spirit avatar of a goddess of magic itself. Should she have been able to severe Medusa's ties to her own magic? Possibly. If such a thing were to be abused. Isis had no interest in that no matter the circumstances. Samira could pull that off as well, but the summoner often shared that same understanding. They were not so desperate just yet. "I am doing all that I can within the limits that I am allowed.""Useless!"
Nu Wa was doing pretty much what she had done before. The colorful floating crystals around her shot their own beams of magical energy to collide against the arrows. If Medusa's plan was to overpower them with a numerous amount of snake arrows she was going about it the wrong way. She was but one being making one move. Samira and her spirits could do the same to win the numbers game. The lamia knew this and saw no reason to get so upset like Kali. She could just go about her day carefree and with a content smile on her face even if she was getting bombarded by arrows. Although, perhaps, maybe she was just over confident. It had been so long since there was a true enemy that could overpower a single spirit under Samira's command, let alone the summoner herself. To the lamia, Medusa hadn't shown that she was that
much of a threat yet. Aside from catching Kali off guard with that defensive tactic. Now that was interesting to see and a lesson for the angry spirit to learn. "Be careful, my dears. Don't rush in without a thought. You might just get skewered."
Nu Wa stated, her bright smile indicating she was purposely giving advice that was too late to give. That only made Kali growl again before leaping back into action to take care of the next arrow assault.
As for Samira, yes, she had taken the time and effort to conjure celestial shields and barriers around herself, spirits, and even team Zachary over there. They sparkled and swirled with pale blue and white light and got stronger with each layer added. The black arrows collided against her own shields and then bounced off to zigzag in another direction. Powerful, but not quite enough. Although, it appeared now Medusa had shown her own ability to act on the defense as well. That needed to be broken. By not too much, of course. "Nu Wa, assist me, please,"
Samira requested, her voice calm and gentle despite an inner part of her wanting to curse that snake woman for ruining such a wonderful day and delaying her from the job she needed to get back to in Joya."Of course, dear,"
the lamia spoke as her snake body gracefully moved to be at the summoner's side. There didn't need to be any further instructions. Their minds were connected and so Nu Wa already knew where Samira was going. She and Samira would both use a spell in unison, the two spells being used to hit the snake witch and her defense simultaneously for additional power and hopefully little resistance. Like before, the lamia spirit's crystals combined and unleashed a multi-colored beam towards Medusa. As for Samira, she used a strong but simple spell. The power of all spirits, summoned and unsummoned, was called and fused with her own. The massive amounts of energy took the form of an energy aura that swirled around the mage. It didn't stay for very long. Like Nu Wa, Samira unleashed that energy and sent the bright white beam soaring through the air towards the enemy. The two spells hit their mark, and it caused a small explosion of power that shook the tunnels and caused the walls to crack. Small debris began to fall from the cracks and shaking, and the dust swirled around in the air. It made the end result hard to see until the dust cloud cleared.
The sphere of arrows was broken partially, revealing Medusa's face that had absolutely no worry or concern on its features. Instead, a sly smile was there. The sphere exploded into many arrows that lashed out towards everything and everyone there. Many hit the walls, causing even more cracks and making the place even more unstable to be in as more pieces fell to the ground. One important detail was that the snakes had been enhanced and were now covered in a purple glow. It allowed them to pierce through the shields and barriers completely, hitting both Kali and Nu Wa and causing them to poof into particles. Kali's clones also disappeared and Nu Wa's crystals fell to the ground and broke into pieces before also disappearing. Isis was safe where she stood, mostly because she was further in the back and the gaps between snake were bigger there.
Samira didn't have much time to react to anything. As soon as she felt Kali's essence disappear her mind knew well enough what had happened, but her body wasn't as quick. A different barrier was put up around her, one that was supposed to protect from such lethal attacks that made barriers meaningless, but it was also weaker in its defensive power to compensate for that extra layer. The multitude of snake arrows didn't have to pierce it. Some bounced off, but the rest were able to make the thin magical barrier shatter into celestial particles. The snake-like spears continued forward, piercing through Samira's body and pushing her back until she was impaled on the tunnel wall. The fact she was wounded was obvious. Blood leaked from the stab wounds and soaked her clothes while also dripping to the floor.
A hieroglyph appeared on her forehead, glowing with the intensity of a small sun. It begun to heal her injuries and disintegrate the snake spears. Oddly enough, even if she didn't have any sort of healing power the injuries would not have been something to cause her worry and concern. Her status from being wounded was less significant to her than the fact that it would have angered something else entirely. The spirit that was only partially in the normal realm earlier would take great offense to it, and in that moment she first felt those snakes arrows stabbing her she could sense that he had felt it too. It was as she had expected. He had never truly returned and was lingering around somewhere above ground. Until he felt that pain. The snake composed of nothing more than swirling particles turned around immediately and shot through the air, quickly reaching one of the openings to that underground tunnel and spreading into the other tunnels until he had found the one that had the party he had not been invited to. Not that he had any interest in it any longer until then, of course.
The tunnel darkened as several of the torches that had been keeping it lit went out as the snake went by. Unlike before where he barely had any presence, his power was now growing considerably and adding pressure to the room. With Samira having been weakened, as temporary as it would be, and his anger increased by someone having the audacity to bring ill will to something of his, the locked seals of his cage loosened. He didn't need the summoner's permission to enter that world now. He could just take that necessary power from her by force. The four spirit seals of Amaterasu, Ra, Nu Wa, and Kukulkan were an extra measure to keep him sealed, and they had worked so perfectly in the past for the most part. But, Nu Wa had also just been weakened, and Ra was not there. The last two had zero say or power to hold him back now."So this is what the entertainment was,"
he spoke, sounding amused at first as he took notice of the other snake spirit in the room. The rest were insignificant. He didn't care for Zodiacs and even less for the other... qualities. Then there was that other woman. He could sense the affinity for snakes. Not that such charm worked on him. He only cared for one being. Well, two technically, but the fact was she was not either of them. "And you are the one that has hurt my dear summoner so."
Once again he sounded amused as his particles slithered around, growing larger. He was taking Samira's power slowly, draining her just enough. The locks became weaker. He had ignored the words said to him by both Isis and Samira that told him to remain as he was. She was holding back. That was what got her into that mess in the first place. He would not. "Insolence!"
An explosion of dark magic erupted from Samira, and a different portal appeared, one of darkness and chains that unraveled and broke one by one. The snake spirit started to become whole and take the full shape of a very large cobra. Larger than the scaled worm that belonged to that disrespectful fake snake charmer. His body took most of what was left of the room and he had to coil around himself to be somewhat comfortable in that tight space. Not that he cared too much. He planned to bring it all down anyway. His opened jaws formed an orb of energy that grew bigger as he put more power into it. He didn't care to send it sailing over towards a small target that could dodge it. Instead he just released it in front of him without aim. The orb crashed into the wall and exploded, filling the room with the energy and obliterating the walls, the ceiling, the falling debris, the other tunnels it traveled to, and whatever else was in its way. It was safe to say that underground complex wouldn't exist as it used to after that. Samira was unconscious and unable to stop it. Isis did her best to try and mitigate the harm it would do towards her summoner, herself, and those on Team Zachary, but her barrier was not enough to completely overpower that of his abilities. "Janus! Move us!"
The portal spirit answered. Samira disappeared as a portal enveloped over her form and took her. Isis also disappeared. He would, of course, use his efforts to save Zachary and his spirits as well, but there was always the chance their will power would exceed his own and they would be left there to fend for themselves. The same applied to the caged star critter. He would naturally attempt to save him, but it was possible the witch's magic would prevent such a thing. In the end, all he could do was try. His priorities were to Samira and his own allied spirits. The snake woman he didn't even bother trying to extract. Regardless of how things played out, Samira and Isis would be back where they were before they all started to follow Sirius; the quiet ruins that Zachary was led to by his visions. Zachary and his team would also be there if they allowed Janus to transport them, unless something went horribly wrong.
As for Loki and Serqet? Where had they been the whole time? What happened when things fell apart? Well, they had a super adventure with some thieves that had just got done robbing a local store in town and had come to those tunnels to hide temporarily. They encountered the thieves, who did not take kindly to their presence or their curiosity over the bags of jewels and trinkets the group carried. It was a minor encounter really. As soon as the group of humans saw the weird particle snake enter the tunnels they dropped their loot and took off. The two spirits contemplated what to do with the dropped loot for a few seconds. But, they too decided things had gone way too far. Considering they knew who that snake was they didn't really feel it was worth getting involved. Things were about to go boom. They could just come by later and pin a note on the stuff or something. For now, they got the hell out of the normal realm and went back to their own.
(Word Count: 2816
Samira Total: 13,425)
Zachary Total: 10,583
10,583 + 13,425 = 24,008
22,000 used for 100Y Freeform
New Samira Total: 2,008