Amelia ignored the words of Koetsu, his words were lost to her as it seemed that he wasn't paying attention to her words. "Didn't he hear me say I'd ensure everything else is massacred then kill the bastard? She scoffed, turning back towards Luna as her anger faded for a moment, she couldn't even look at the body before her, her eyes were closed. "Sorry partner. I'll make sure we get these bastards pegged." She said before opening her eyes to look at the wooden spirit still in his masculine form, just on his eyes staring, almost as if he was waiting for something. Amelia shrugged it off as the spirit sticking around to make sure Luna's body had a proper send off. "I trust you'll stick around to take care of her body, I'll be back..." She said as she walked off towards the stairs, ready to join the rest of the group upstairs.
However as the first floor escaped her views, the pink haired mages body started to emit small trails of steam from her body...
Meanwhile Luna started to wake up, in a place that felt familiar yet unfamiliar, welcome yet foreign. She felt a cold gentle breeze and the warm light of the sun, rough loose land on her back but the gentleness of water as well. When she opened her eyes she saw partly cloudy skies and the sun just in the corner of her eyes, almost ready to set. "Where... am I? Last thing I remembered was, I was being carried away, and everything, faded to-" She started to feel nauseated at recalling the experience. Putting it aside for now she slowly sat herself up and looked at her surroundings, she seemed to have been laying down in shallow water of some river that got progressively deeper the more to the right. To her left was a beautiful forest lush with beautiful plants and the sounds of various birds could be heard. "Clearly I'm not in Hargeon anymore." She said as she stood up, brushing the dirt off her body. She noticed something in the distance, what appeared to be part of a wooden structure around the corner. She followed the river and saw more and more. As she got closer she saw that the building was a two story house with several small wood and stone structures around the facility, including a makeshift forge, a glassblowing kiln, and a meat smoker.
As Luna got closer she could see smaller constructs made out of masonry, including a distillery. By the water she saw a man holding an ax by a stump, piles of wood on either side. On the left were whole chunks while smaller ones were on the right. As the man was standing back up Luna was stunned. The muscular man was appeared to be in his early to mid thirties, roughly six and a half feet tall, mid neck length scruffy dirty blonde hair and full beard, green eyes, wearing hardened boots, rough work pants, and a opened buttoned shirt. The man looked over towards the pink haired mage, dropping his ax as he was equally stunned to see the woman there. Tears started roll down Luna's face before she ran to the man clinging to him like her life depended on it, not even caring about the horrendous odor of the man. "Daddy!" She exclaimed.
Jethro Mira chuckled a bit as he embraced his daughter, a meeting he never expected. "Luna my girl, how've ya been darling?" He said in his normal calm and joyous demeanor. Luna looked up, overjoyed by the reunion to even consider anything else. "Busy, but-" Luna looked around at the various constructs her father had built. "- seems like even in death you don't stop working, oh, right..." Luna recalled how she got here. Jethro could sense something was wrong and led his daughter towards a bench overlooking the water."Right, seems like we've got about, hmm, I'd say six years of catching up?" The man said as they sat down, trying to guess an exact year by guessing his daughters age. "Closer to eight actually."
Over the course of an hour, Luna explained how her life went since she last saw her father on his death bed. For the most part Jethro was proud of his daughters accomplishments, although he remained sympathetic during the various setbacks. In regards to the family situation, he was proud of his children, however he felt nothing but incredible guilt over Luna's direct elder brother Hakar's turn for the worse and said nothing about Luna kicking him out. He was conflicted as he always knew Hakar needed help, but for one of his children to pay a dark wizard to put a torture device in the other, that was unforgivable. However regarding the family curse and his wife, he was proud of the way Luna didn't just flip out over what happened. "Sorry about keeping your mother's secret. Just, she thought it'd protect all of you, since we never expected the curse to break for any of you." Luna sighed, there was so much she wanted to say but never wanted to say at the same time. "Well, it's been tough, but you didn't raise any quitters."
Jethro sighed as he had a feeling time was running out and as much as he wanted to say more, he guessed the window was closing. "Anyways, you're not gonna be here much longer. Your body should be reanimating as we speak." Luna looked confused for a moment. "Lunaris Icarus Mira are you doubting your father?" Luna seemed to only look more confused at that statement. "My middle name is Icarus?" Jethro burst out laughing. "No, you don't have one, your mother and I fought about middle names every time, we always hit stalemates. Anyways, there's three reasons you're not going to remain, first is while you died, you are your mother's daughter." Luna nodded as she was starting to get what her father was saying. "And the second?" Jethro patted her head twice. "Because you're also my daughter, and I raised my daughter that when she starts something, she sees it through to the end and leaves nothing unfinished, ever!" The water started to glow as a solid white doorway that had a light glowing inside. Jethro patted Luna's back. "Well, it's time." Luna sighed as she stood up, hugging Jethro tightly once more. "Sorry to go so soon..." Jethro sighed. "I'm proud of you, but the clocks ticking and you're down on the job. Lets not waste any more time, despite the weirdness of time being in the afterlife."
Luna stood back up and started to walk towards the water, feeling a burning sensation throughout her spiritual body as she got closer to the light, and eventually walked through to see what awaits her on the other side.
Meanwhile back in the real world, comparatively speaking Luna's consciousness was only gone for roughly five minutes. Chuck still in his man with an eyeball head shaped form was still knelling by Luna's side, however once he saw a bit of steam he loosely held her left wrist in his hands as more and more steam was coming off the fairy's body as it was heating up. The wooden golem finally felt what he was waiting for, like a spark he felt a small jolt from Luna's wrist. His hand soon moved to her torso for conformation as sap like tears of joy shed from his eye. He knew what he felt. "A Pulse!" He thought with joy, the weak pulse started to accelerate with speed and strength, soon the ribcage moved as the unmistakable sound of breathing happened before a wheeze. The Jade eyes had soon slowly opened, while not long ago they were glazed with lifelessness, the spirit of the fairy rose like a fire with the grace of a rising sun as Luna regained consciousness.
Looking around, she remembered everything that happened, both inside the tower from her perspective and what she saw on the other side. Soon she regained feeling in her body as she started to move her legs and arms, standing up despite the raging disorientation. Chuck tried to help but Luna shoved him away. The tree spirit knew that at the moment, Luna was trying to do this on her own, no, he understood she needed to do this on her own.
Luna ended up coughing out blood, most of it getting on the back of her left hand before she wheezed for a few more seconds as she slowly started to stumble before she was able to fully walk, as more and more steam started to emanate from her heated body as she made her way towards the stairs.
Amelia had arrived upstairs behind Koetsu, clenching her fist as she looked at how Victoria's battle with the Susano was going, and from the look of things they could be better. She debated on telling Victoria what happened, but ultimately realized that sometimes fighting for vengeance could help someone fight more vigorously. "Sheridan! We... no, I was too late. By the time we got enough stones to restore Luna's heart, it was already too late. Luna's slayer magic prevented me from restarting her heart. We might still have a chance if-"
Along the side, the shopkeeper's shop appeared spontaneously behind the counter on the second floor seemed to be shouting. "Amelia!" Angered by the man, Amelia tried to ignore him. "We might have a chance to revive her if-" "Miss Amelia!" "Amelia Trash-heap!" "-if we get Luna back to her tribe-" "Yo Artificial Trashform!"
Finally angered enough Amelia turned towards the shopkeeper and yelled back in frustration and anger. "WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT?!" The shopkeeper giggled and pointed behind Amelia. "Step aside, the dead woman needs to get by." Amelia growled as sparks started to discharge from her fingers as she was ready to destroy the man however she heard the sound of something coming up the stairs. The heavy breathing could be heard, the steam visible as the woman who just a few minutes ago was barely able to stand was now walking up the stairs standing.
Amelia who was dedicated on a suicide run for vengeance was now plastered with a look of utter shock as she stepped out of the way as Luna walked into the room with a neutral expression on her face, her skin tone still slightly pale. The wood spirit was right behind her but with a wave of her hand the spirit understood the order and reverted back to its natural form as a wooden plank a meter long two inches thick and four inches wide.
Amelia was stuttering as she was not sure how to describe the situation. "Wha- Luna, how- how, ho- how are you? This recovery, what the?" Luna's eyes looked over at Amelia as she uttered a phrase. "The tears of life burned through the embers rekindling the light."
She started to walk forward again, her eyes on the scene, she saw Victoria and her progress with the last obstacle. "I finally get the point of this place. It's a place for cowards to appear strong, by slaughtering those with strength. However by restraining, handicaping the powerful, you prove nothing. All it does is bring some sick pleasure, but that pleasure is hollow as much as the so called 'victories' you've won Samurai." Luna said still having the neutral expression, her her voice keeping a piercing yet neutral tone. The steam coming off her body started to wain and dissipate. "A place where no honor is found, a place for bullies to pick on those who can't fight at a certain level for amusement. As for why though, the Shopkeeper I understand. He's so pathetic I can practically smell it, he's weak. Sure clearly he knows some strong magic, this has to be some form of pocket universe magic where he is able to modify the rules of the world within the confines of this tower, but that's just it. Within the confines of this tower, he can pretend to be a god and maybe back it up with a flashy gimmick or two. But out there, he's pathetic. Hell if the rookie here was at full strength I'd bet on him any day of the week to repeatedly kick his ass out there. The shopkeeper's a nobody, and even when this tower is crushed his fifteen minutes of fame will only be fifteen seconds, and in a month, nobody will care. He'll just be a nameless face in the crowd, like he doubtlessly started before this."
She stared down the Susano as she slowly approached, no defensive guard held up or anything. "However you, are not too different. You might claim this is all for honor or thrill or something, but you're just a coward by choosing fighting at your fullest strength in a place where others have their power suppressed. No honor, no true glory, all you are is nothing more than a pathetic coward. One that allowed a fatal mistake."
The armored man stared at Luna pointing his sword. He let out an agitated grunt. "You dare insult me that way despite death itself still clinging to you, you still walk. But before I kill you, pray tell what mistake has been made?"
At this point the neutral facade seemed to fall as Luna's menacing aura only seemed to get worse, while normally her eyes are full of compassion and persuade a peaceful demeanor, there was something different. This time the emerald eyes were focused and conveyed only one feeling, the other side of nature that a wise man often avoids for fear of their own life, blood lust and fury. "Killing me, without making sure I stay dead of course! " A wicked smile dons Luna's face as she casually stretched out her arms.
Amelia shuddered as the wooden spirit seemed to vanish into thin air. "The plank had the right idea, dealing with Luna is like dealing with an entire forest. While the most part she's serene and calming, she has a darker side that can only be brought out only under incredible circumstances."
Done with words, the man started to charge at Luna preparing his sword for a strike. Luna didn't seemed to move her legs as she watched the man carefully. She knew she had the man pegged the moment he started to move with anger, as she remembered the difference between victory and defeat and the stability of logic all depend on someone's ability to maintain their control over their emotions. Luna looked at the man and noting his footwork and speed, seeing the sword held behind him she guessed that he was going for a slashing attack. Between the rush from adrenaline, endorphins, and her magically enhanced senses, the movements of the man were rather slow.
However just as the man stopped to swing the blade Luna raised her hand in a casual manner as the man spun and slashed her blade at Luna in a swift motion that came to a sudden halt as Luna had caught the blade between her right index finger and thumb. Susano was stunned silent as the reality of the situation that just occurred was shocking to say the least. Luna saw the man's surprise and took advantage of the situation, her other fingers pressed down against the side of the blade as she ripped the blade out of his hand before kicking him in the sternum. Sending him stumbling back.
"Did you honestly believe such a blade could even reach me, let alone cut me? I am the prodigy of the goddess of harvest, Carpo. As a Goddess slayer of her choosing I've been imbued with the elements of plant and earth. Let me tell you, the integration process was hell and the training I had to do was brutal, striking training receiving and performing to enhance my skin to help with conversion. Some people train their whole lives so their hands can carve stone, I had to essentially emulate that level in twenty hours with a combination of magical body reconfiguration and discipline to stay ahead of everything else going on trying to make me pass out. I can't imagine you understanding the latter part."
The man grumbled as he reached for his blade in Luna's hand. Luna stepped back and kept the blade out of his reach, this followed a pattern two more times. The man stared at Luna for a moment, cautious until Luna held out the sword to him smirking. "Let me be the first to offer you some form of dignity in a long time. Take this so you can appear to be able to fight back."
Silence passed as Susano looked at his blade, almost confirming Luna's suspicion that the man required the blade to be able to pose a challenge to her. The subtle battle seemed to last for only a moment as he knew taking the blade from Luna now meant admitting that he needed her charity to win, however if he didn't he might be risking certain defeat, and if he accepted the charity and lost it would only be further crushing to what pride he had.
"Luna already crushed his honor before, but this, this is just brutal." Amelia commented during the suspense before the man took the blade out of Luna's hand. He held the blade back with both hands before he'd appear to stab Luna at full force with the blade that would strike her right in the gut. As the blade was coming Luna made no effort to dodge as out of the back of her right middle finger a seed protruded, and Luna flicked her finger causing the seed to hit the right side of Susano's lip just as the sword landed, sending Luna flying back.
For whatever reason, whether it be satisfaction of regaining an advantage, or seeing someone who acted so strong take a hit, he didn't notice at first as the black seed burrowed into his flesh. Luna landed on her back. "Not so tough now are you girl?" He said before laughing, which Luna seemed to join in as she got back up. Her skin barely bruised where the hit struck. Barely any trace of the blade aside from a prick. Susano stopped laughing when he heard Luna laugh. "What's so funny girl?"
"Just that my tailor is gonna kill me for Amelia ripping up a perfectly good Qipao for no good reason. Also Harvest Goddess's Bleeding Edge." Before the man could respond black vines started to grow out from the place where the seed embedded itself, both inside and outside his mouth and wrap around his flesh as sharp spikes seemed to grow and the sides contacting flesh the had the spikes embedded in his body.
Instinctively the man dropped his sword as he tried to pull out the spiked vines, but the black vines weren't easy to break as his face was being pulled at. "m- ake, it, stawp!" He managed to say. Luna slowly walked towards him as the vines were now wrapped around his hands and arms, his body in pain both internal and externally. "Funny, I think I left my brakes in the afterlife, oh wait they were checked at the door with my chlorokinesis. Although fact is, you exist in a kill or be kill world, how many of the many adventurers that came here did you kill or watch die? Yet when death is upon you, here you are, begging the enemy who already offered you charity for your life!"
As Luna got close she watched as he fell onto his knees. She picked up his blade and examined it as she took a step back. "The shame about this whole situation, I like this sword. It's well crafted. I'm not a dedicated swordswoman, but even I can appreciate the craft of both crafting and wielding such a weapon, and what this sword is screaming, is that a pathetic mound of flesh like you isn't worthy to wield it."
Luna steadied the blade as she aimed it towards the man's face as it turned blue from suffocation. Luna stabbed the blade through his cheek making sure to stop the blade before it would reach the back of his throat, crushing the source of the vines before pulling the blade out. The vines started to whither away as the man gasped for air, his breathing eventually restored. The man was bleeding out from his face and all the cuts the thorns made. His eyes looked up at Luna's who pointed the tip of the man's own blade against his throat.
Susano grimaced before he move one knee back before the other, soon bending over with his hands on the ground. "I, yield." Susano said defeated. Luna knelled down, ripping the blade's sheath off the man's belt and started to walk past him as she walked towards the shopkeeper. "You're out of pawns, no more toys between us. And I don't think I was far off about just how weak you truly are." The shopkeeper shook nervously as Luna approached. "Alright alright you win! I'll let you go! See!" He snapped his fingers, a platform appeared in the middle of the room with a glowing orange light. "There! That'll take you back to Hargeon port, once you leave this tower crumbles, never have to see me again. Luna shook her head as she sheathed the sword slowly as she got close, before thrusting the blade at the man's jaw from bellow causing him to get knocked back and hit his skull on the back wall.
"Yeah, I think we got other plans, like the both of you getting your time in the court for the murders of all the other adventurers, and two counts of attempted murder, and my own murder." Luna said as her menacing aura started to dissipate. Amelia started to walk around, looking at the scene. "Wouldn't you be an attempted murder as well?" Amelia asked. Luna shook her head. "I was in fact dead. I just didn't stay dead. You know my healing can revive the recently dead." Luna said in response much to the confusion of Amelia. "How does that work if you yourself were the one that died?"
Amelia's confusion seemed to only confuse Luna. "Anyways, I suggest we grab these bodies and get out of here. Turn them into the authorities."