Cato was taken by complete surprise again, as the force reached out to yank her by ankle. She slammed hard into the wall, crumbling debris falling around her. It stung, but it wasn't anything she wasn't well used to. She tilted her chin up, gazing daggers at Erebos.
"Go all out?" she asked, incredulous. "You mean this isn't your limit?"
She didn't believe it. No, a trickster like this was surely stretched to the very brink by the power of the mighty Oozaru. It was absolutely inconceivable that it could be otherwise. Even so, she stumbled away from the wall shaking her head vigorously.
She had to ignore taps on the shoulder, ignore moving shadows, ignore everything that wasn't Erebos' power source. She needed to master energy sensing, and she needed to master it now.
"Alright, then..." she lifted a hand, firing off another sharp blast of golden energy from her palm.
The blast was weak by her standards, but still significant. She wasn't just trying to hit him: she was trying to hit him clear of the dungeons, out into the open air above Plant. If she was to really cut loose, she needed to force the fight somewhere she wouldn't discredit Vocado.
"... Let's see what you can do, trickster!"
Cato fires her second charge of Arm Blaster for 117,000 DMG! Flavoured as a natural ki blast with [UT] Bloodbrand Heritage.
HP: 0/270 KP: 2/6 (+2) MP: 6/6 (+1) Resources: Z-Sword, Arm Blaster, Dyno Capsule, Raw Talent (0/2), Burning Ki
Well, if that wasn’t permission, he wasn’t sure what was.
With a wet plop, he smacked the shadowy glob on his own chest. Within an instant, it crawled along every portion of his body. Every inch, every atom of his being was coated in darkness. When Cato’s attack hit his chin, it carved a hole in his face, sending him clear into the sky… and yet there was no yelp. No pained scream or groan of annoyance. Even as he soared past the clouds and far away enough from the castle that they nearly touched the upper atmosphere, there wasn’t a sound.
His face reformed, made of pitch blackness.
Suddenly, his energy had skyrocketed. As if he had always been this strong and you just didn’t notice. Gazing at him was like closing your eyes a bit too tight, and sensing his Ki felt like putting your hand into a hole you found in a cave your caretaker begged you not to explore.
Erebos, the living shadow, floated in the air, an inhuman motion to his movements. His aura was like a blacklight, peeling waves of shadowy ink off his body like the embers of a burning inferno. The only thing on his body that showed any sign of life were his eyes. Two piercing windows of blood-red malice that emitted light like a pair of haunted headlights.
He tilted his head, and words escaped from a mouth he no longer had.
”I sure hope you’re one of those Super Saiyans, otherwise you’re about to wake up with a nasty concussion.”
Raising his hand, Erebos suddenly loosed a massive torrent of Ki, sickly white light painting the late-afternoon sky the color of a blank sheet of parchment. The beam aimed to take her out in one fell swoop, but if it failed, there was something else waiting in the wings.
Hidden in the shadow of a cloud below them, a silhouette of Cato emerged. It moved with a copy of her earlier motions, leaping up from behind and attacking with the same Ki-infused fist she’d landed on him a few moments ago!
The copy of Cato would suddenly jolt back, like a video tape being rewound, before tossing a black ball of energy toward the real Cato!
-Maybe now you can fight me properly- The copy spoke the words in a stilted tone, like it was reading from a script.
Would Cato be able to survive this onslaught? He certainly hoped so.
Momentum BOOST! Used 6 MP to reduce cost of next technique by -2 KP!
[ITEM] Energy Drink used with [UT] Shadow Art: Verses Of The Void to flavor the KP regen as absorbing shadow/void energy. +3 KP!
[CORE] Otherworld Training used! 3 Offensive Techniques can be used this turn!
Shadowsleeve (x17) Activated! Current PL: 2,036,600
Took full damage from Arm Blaster (6%)
Used [Light] Masenko! 40% Power = 814,640!
Used [UT] Shadow Magic and [UT] Shadow Art: Stand In Darkness combined with [Medium] Knighted to make a Shadow Cato that attacks with a melee strike! 60% Power = 1,221,960! This has the PIERCING Variant! Barriers have half effectiveness against this! [General] VAMPIRIC is added to this! If it deals any damage, Erebos will regain 1 KP!
Used [Light] Masenko from Shadow Cato, flavored as a Power Ball copy 40% Power = 814,640!
KP: 0/6 MP: 0/6 HP: 45/250
Resources: Sparking, Otherworld Training (1/2), Curseweaver, Mimicry, Dyno Capsule, Destron Flask USED Resources: Battle Armor, Blood Ruby, Otherworld Training (1/2), Vampiric, Energy Drink
Boiling anger. That was all that Cato felt as her opponent, whose identity as some form of demon was now patently obvious, let his power surge to the surface. It was inconceivable that anyone other than a Saiyan should hold such power, let alone a lowly trickster who had to sneak his way into the palace.
The sickly white light slammed into her. So did the fist. Pain seared from every corner of her body, but the blow that should have killed her fell short. Purple hair stood on its end, spiking out wildly as a golden aura bathed the landscape.
She had followed Erebos in his wake, but she hardly remembered that now. His attacks still sent rivulets of pain coursing through her system, but she could hardly focus on that now. Instead, green eyes locked onto Erebos, full of pride and hate in equal measure.
"You hoped for the wrong thing," she spat.
As the copy of her tried to fire ball of blackened energy towards her, she finally responded. She hardly paid heed to the blood that Erebos had drawn, coursing from the edge of her lips where she was struck clean on the face. No, her mind was set upon vengeance. And so, a blazing fire erupted in her palm--and she hurled the blazing power forward, crashing through the blackened ki, with the real Erebos as its target.
"You'll be lucky to walk away from here alive..!"
A haunted laugh escaped Cato's throat. It was a sound unfit for her, and yet it broke the night. She laughed, and laughed, and laughed some more. She held on this time, and some semblance of the Cato who had stood before remained firm in her mind. But still, she laughed.
Cato enters Super Saiyan. This puts her PL at 2,106,000. As part of this, she uses the 6 MP effect to reduce the KP of her Medium Offensive | Shine Shot to 2 KP. With the Z-Sword, flavoured as being a burst of power from her transformation with [UT] Bloodbrand Heritage, this means an attack of 1,895,400 DMG clashes with Erebos' Medium (Knighted).
This exceeds Knighted's damage enough that 673,440 DMG with the bleed effect flies towards Erebos!
This also means that Cato receives 77% damage from Erebos' Maskeno's.
HP: 77/270 KP: 0/6 (-2) MP: 0/6 (-6) Resources: Z-Sword, Arm Blaster, Dyno Capsule, Raw Talent (0/2), Burning Ki
Erebos felt a tingle. Exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Cato’s Ki burned through the illusory copy of her, sending a reversed wave of Ki back toward him. His eyes widened, though if it was in horror or happiness was lost, for the only features that could be discerned were the eyes alone.
But he was not washed away. Nor was he erased by the blinding light. No, instead he pushed against it. His blackened Ki released a shield of force, and though it cracked and was washed away, he stood strong against the storm. Bits of his body were gone, but the tiny holes in his form quickly refilled themselves.
”Hohoho! Isn’t this fun?! I’ve never felt Super Saiyan chi before. Very potent!”
Lowering to her level, he gave her a playful wink, flicking his wrist to summon a sword from the infinite murky abyss that was his body. Taking a few practice swings with the grayish faux-steel blade, he regarded her brilliant glow with a hungry glare.
”Tell me, Super Saiyan. Did you expect me to crumble to dust from your little display? Cower in fear, perhaps, and beg for my life? I hope you’re not disappointed.” He giggled. ”Ooh, I bet you’re thinking how odd it is that I haven’t run out of tricks yet. Shouldn’t I be huffing and puffing by now? Down to a knee at the least”
Playful as he was, this was mostly a front. In truth, he was curious just how powerful his form really was. The Shadowsleeve spell had only been used thrice before, and none of the uses had accrued a battle along with it. Either way, it’d held up well so far, even if Cato had only used a single attack against him. Seeing as it was a Super Saiyan strike, he considered this field test a success.
But he could feel it. The hunger for more. The void called to him, and he was desperate to pick up the phone.
Perhaps he could hold off a bit longer.
”Show me some more! Try to burn my shadows away! Erase me like so many have tried before!”
He cackled, maddeningly echoing into the sky. Even the Bloodbrand family in all their mania seemed to have their heads on straight in comparison.
Used [Item] Dyno Capsule to use [Item] Battle Armor! 20% Power = 407,320 defense! Armor Vs Shine Shot = Shine Shot wins! 266,120 Bleedthrough taken! 13% Damage taken. Bleed does NOT take effect.
KP: 2/6 MP: 1/6 HP: 58/250
Resources: Sparking, Otherworld Training (1/2), Curseweaver, Mimicry, Destron Flask USED Resources: Battle Armor, Blood Ruby, Otherworld Training (1/2), Vampiric, Energy Drink, Dyno Capsule