Standing upon an open field, a navi of shadows looked upon the world before him, right hand over his eyes as if trying to block out a sun. He took a couple of steps forward and let the space around his hand fluctuate as a sword began to form itself. Its blade was crimson, as well as the aura it gave off. He spun it in his right hand after it completed its appearance and then stabbed it into the ground before him. In an instant the sword shattered into pieces as the net around him began to shift and morph.
In a few moments, the ground turned to dirt and small bushes appeared in pockets all around. Within Shadow Mirage's hand now was a crimson staff, a dark orb on its top. Looking to the sky now, he saw that there was still no sun to block out, but put his hand above his eyes anyways. "I wouldn't want the sun in my eyes anyways." He commented, spinning the staff with one hand until it shattered into bits of data. The data floated for a few moments and then seemed to collapse around Shadow Mirage's open hand, only to form into his crimson sword once again.
"We'll see if they like it, it's a change of pace." And then the navi stood and waited to see who would come to meet him in this challenge.
As Shadow Mirage stood amongst the field, from one of the pockets that appeared a small fluctuation occurred. Slowly, the distortion began to grow, enveloping the sky and causing what could only be described as glitches. From this mass of glitching data descended a golden navi with a missing right arm and wings spanning out across the glitched sky. As the navi floated slowly down, he touched the ground, eyes closed and hands loose as the wings folded around him, forming a cloak. Opening his eyes the navi stared into Shadow Mirage's eyes while the sky began to turn back to the way it was. The navi wore a calm look that was unbefitting to battle.
"Before we begin, I would like to request that you not fight with a killing intent. Let us keep this to be strictly a sparring match." As he awaited confirmation, Phenoix stood unmoving, almost as if beckoning Shadow Mirage to attack.
(Glad to have ya, we both have agreed to your judging.)
The shadow navi smiled and nodded, moving his left foot back so that his body faced Phenoix sideways, his crimson sword pointing towards the opposing navi. "Of course, where's the fun in killing a strong opponent?" He replied with a smile. This was going to be fun, he could feel it within his body, the excitement coursing through him. It had been too long since Shadow Mirage had a fight and he was ready to test his new-found powers upon a worthy opponent.
"I am Shadow Mirage, let's have fun with this."Immediately following up his statement the navi's shadow writhed and fluctuated, growing and condensing before shooting towards his opponent and lifting from the ground as a variety of shadow spikes. Soon the shadow calmed itself and returned to its owner, who was now in the air and coming down towards his opponent, this crimson blade shattering into pieces while he shifted his body to the right as he came down. He held both his hands at his side as if gripping a two-handed sword, which suddenly appeared in his hand as the fragments of his sword condensed and formed a great broadsword that glowed crimson. In a few moments he brought the blade down upon Phenoix's position.
Shadow Mirage jumped back and slid on the ground after the strike and allowed the broadsword to shatter into fragments once more as where the blade struck, gravity began to increase as the space around the area began to collapse unto itself. At the same time this well of gravity formed, a pulse of power flowed out from Shadow Mirage and towards Phenoix while Shadow Mirage began to glow with a crimson aura. The navi stood up soon after the pulse of power, looking towards Phenoix as the gravity well disappeared and the excess mass there flowed towards Shadow Mirage. At the same time, a sudden swirl of dark sand appeared around him until it completely enclosed him and then faded into an aura, the mass from the gravity well meeting up with the aura and thickening it only partially. He then waited."
"Excellent. Then we shall have fun." Phenoix said this seemingly too late however, as the shadows were already too close to dodge. But upon nearing within a few inches of his body, the shadows bounced off an invisible force. Arcing off into the distance, they quickly turned a golden color, curving and arcing around to Shadow Mirage. And as the navi was coming down with the broadsword, the golden shadows impaled his body, unfortunately not slowing him down.
Shadow Mirage, a navi with both control over space, but also the shadows casted by both navis. A force that should not be taken lightly. As he came down, Phenoix smiled, thinking his force field would hold against the massive attack. This slight arrogance almost proved fatal. As the attack shattered the field and came crashing down on Phenoix's right side, cutting off parts of his wings but still falling right through to the ground, breaking it in the process. As parts of the field flew outward, they soon formed spikes that radiated around Shadow Mirage pointed inwards before impaling him. Jumping back, Phenoix noticed the change in gravity in the area, and noticed how the space was beginning to collapse in on itself, a spatial paradox for most. Attempting to ignore it, Phenoix could feel his body being crushed as he notice Shadow Mirage preparing yet another attack. Unable to do anything about it, Phenoix took the full brunt of the blast, smoke billowing out from the point of impact where Phenoix tried to block it. As space returned to normal, the dust cloud did not yet clear.
Having been hit by three powerful attacks, Phenoix was in a state of shock. Trying to regain his composure on his one knee while under the cover of the dust cloud. He feld anger well up inside of him. Anger he had not felt for some time. As this anger was welling up, He began to think of what he could do to this navi. Oh the things he cou-
NO! I Mustn't falter!
Calming himself down with a deep breath, Phenoix stood up and took yet another deep breath. This time, with the exhale came a glow. A blast of air blew away the dust and put him in full view of Shadow Mirage. As he began to glow, Phenoix spread his wings as his wingspan almost tripled in size. With that, His wings also rose up, curving up more than usual as they began to glow white. Before they changed, as a change was clear to occur, the severed right wing and clipped left wing began to heal and regenerate at alarming speed. As the tip of his left wing had fully regenerated, Phenoix's wings then Burst into feathery white Angel's wings, And all of his injuries he had sustained from the blast and collapse were beginning to heal. It was not long after this these wounds were fully healed that Phenoix looked upon Shadow Mirage.
"I must commend you on your skill, not many can hurt me that badly on the opening of a fight."
However, It was time for Phenoix to attack, as a large blade appeared in Phenoix's hand, the same one he had used in the final attack on Forte, readying to attack, Phenoix reared back with the blade, charging it with plasma before releasing it unto Shadow Mirage, the blade then was absorbed into Phen's body.
The plasma that shot towads Shadow Mirage was quite different than other plasma attacks. As it jumped along towards Shadow Mirage, Phenoix stood upright and smiled. He was having quite a lot of fun with this fight so far.
Shadow Mirage felt the pain spread through his body as he looked towards his own wounds from Phenoix on his assault. It seemed his opponent was as defensive as him, so that was something to factor in whien he made his assaults. As Phenoix spoke, he looked up towards the now healed navi and gave a grin. "Glad I could do some damage at least, though it appears that doesn't matter as much with your capabilities. Interesting development." He called across the battlefield in reply, only to be answered with Phenoix's offense. He watched the plasma arc towards him and readied himself, bracing himself for the impact of what was obviously a powerful move.
The plasma soon struck right after, pushing the navi back as Shadow Mirage crossed his arms in front of himself. The force of the attack pushed the limits of his aura and soon it shattered, though it had blunted a good deal of the blow. Shadow Mirage slid back and crouched at the same time, checking his body for whatever damage had been done. He was hurt for sure this time, the blast, coupled with the earlier strikes now getting to the shadow navi. It was a shame that Scyphe hadn't finished the program to allow Shadow Mirage to heal his wounds yet, he would have to do with what defenses he had. The navi stood up completely and took a deep breath, calming himself and watching Phenoix as he gathered ideas.
In the next moment, shadows began to creep from seemingly out of nowhere to jump on Shadow Mirage with fervor, nigh encasing his body before receding and changing form to become a gray armor upon his body. Soon following this transformation and augmentation of his defensive powers, Shadow Mirage sliced towards Phenoix swiftly, though he stood far away. At the same time of this swing a vast ocean of sand suddenly appeared around the two combatants, but it seemed to not hinder Shadow Mirage in any form. When the desert appeared so did blades of condensed sand that formed around Phenoix and slashed towards him. Soon following this up, Shadow Mirage dashed across the sand, sending sprays of it flying into the air as he moved towards his taget, blade clenched in both hands and on his right as he came closer. As he came into range, the shadow navi thrust the crimson blade at Phenoix, only to force space to break apart and pulse out a burst of power before Shadow Mirage's body let out an involuntary burst of spatial energy of its own. This pulse once more created a gravity well near Phenoix, only to disappear as Shadow Mirage jumped back and reformed his aura.
When the shadows finished creating his defense, Shadow Mirage noticed a strange feeling, a loss of strength unknown to him. It had been a long time since the shadows required a sacrifice of vitality, but it appeared they hungered for more once again, or so he thought. 'Seems I'll have to release the rest of my power soon, if I'm to get anywhere within this battle.' he thought to himself, awaiting Phenoix's response to his strikes.
Phenoix smiled as Shadow Mirage transformed into his new form. Thinking that no matter what form this navi took on it was nothing he couldn't handle. To his surprise however Shadow Mirage had disappeared, only to reappear behind him. Feeling a dull pain, scratches and shallow cuts appeared all over Phenoix's body. Dazed and confused, Phenoix turned around only to be slashed by the Blades of sand.
After the blades of sand had cut Phenoix, he began to calm down. Real pain had allowed him to clear his mind. Closing his eyes, Phenoix began to gather power, his wounds healing and a white light forming around him. Opening his eyes softly, Phenoix saw Shadow Mirage through the light, having fully engulfed him now. His opponent had thrust his broadsword into what was supposed to be Phenoix, but it was stopped short by the barrier of pure white light. Phenoix's calming gaze and silence only contributed to the moment as spatial energy burst from Shadow Mirage and gravity wells formed once again. As Phenoix's opponent jumped back, leaving his blade lodged in the white barrier, Phenoix closed his eyes once again, his wings folding over his body as he curled into a ball and rose in the air. As he rose higher and higher the barrier began to become more solid, like an egg.
Inside the egg-like barrier, Phenoix was undergoing a dramatic change. As his wings became white and feathery, his armor also began to shine a bright white as opposed to its usual orange. The armor soon morphed into what seemed to be a robe, the robe of an angel to be exact. Now becoming a cloth like substance, Phenoix's armor hang below his feet and over his hands. The transformation near completion, Phenoix's hair grew and turned as white as the most pure cloud in the sky.
The transformation completed, Phenoix fully extended his wings and body as the egg shattered, sending the blade flying towards Shadow Mirage. Luckily however, the blade shattered into nothingness as it neared the navi's face. Floating down from above, Phenoix, with his new form smiled warmly, causing all worry to leave Shadow Mirage.
Deception is but a cruel mistress however, as the plasma from earlier arced back and flew at Shadow Mirage without warning. It was at this time that Phenoix began to gain a yellow glow about him, as his internal systems were beginning to increase his vitality immensely once more. Meanwhile, Phenoix held out two of the blades from earlier, face down this time as power flowed into Phenoix. It was after this that tendrils of glitching data lashed out at Shadow Mirage, whipping from every direction numerous times before returning to Phenoix. All the while Phenoix was acting like nothing was happening, still wearing that warm and harmless look.
Shadow Mirage felt calm under Phenoix for but a moment until the plasma crashed into his aura, pushing him backwards as the aura faded from his body. As the tendrils came forth, Shadow Mirage erected a powerful shield to hold back the attack, only to have it fall after a number of hits. The tendrils struck Shadow Mirage as he leapt away, sliding on the sand as it condensed under his body as usual, leacing him solid ground. "Interesting! I suppose it's time we kicked it up a notch." The spatial navi shouted his sword now reforming in his hand as he watched the angelic navi above. He stood up straight now, since he had been in a crouch from landing earlier, and eyed Phenoix with a grin. It was then that Shadow Mirage held out his left hand and snapped with his index finger and thumb. The sound seemed to reverberate from all around the two combatants, and around Phenoix space seemed to alter itself, creating a fluctuation in the space around him similar to the ripples from a disturbed surface of water. The fluctuation of space sapped away Phenoix's power until it was effectively half of what it was.
Shadow Mirage decided that it was then time to take advantage of the ocean of sand that formed the area now. Once more he snapped his fingers, but this time a sudden and fierce sandstorm kicked up, the thousands of grains of sands forming a raging cloud that flew into the air to cut at Phenoix with great force. At the same time, Shadow Mirage slashed towards Phenoix from where he stood, imitating his earlier action and causing blades of sand to fly into the sandstorm and slice at Phenoix. Yet the desert was not done, and neither was Shadow Mirage, for he immediately followed up his slash with a stab into the desert sand in front of him.
The effect was instantaneous. The desert began to increase in volume as a vast amount of sand began to form from seemingly nowhere. Shadow Mirage took a moment to allow the desert to grow before pulling his sword out in an upward slash towards Phenoix, multiple spikes of super condensed sand flying up from all parts of the desert, avoiding Shadow Mirage and targeting Phenoix. Ending the mighty desert onslaught, Shadow Mirage watched Phenoix react before taking a calming breath and closing his eyes. The blades of sand and spikes of sand suddenly broke into pieces, floating in mid-air as the sand that created the earlier sandstorm stopped moving to float around Phenoix.
Shadow Mirage soon opened his eyes and let the breath he had held in out. At the same moment, all of the grains of sand began to vibrate, though they produced no sound. This lasted for only the shortest of moments before the sand crashed together, focusing on Phenoix's presence in order to crush him under the weight of the desert. Shadow Mirage then smiled as he awaited to see Phenoix again, calling out to make idle chatter before the next assault began. "I hope you don't consider that as an attempt to kill, I can tell that the impact of the desert won't be as fatal to you as it would be to other opponents...I suppose it is time to go all out now. Good times."
Although his power had been sapped from the ripple in space, a magical effect indeed. However, Phenoix's strength was enough that halving it still left him with a substantial amount. As the second snap caused the desert to rise up in anger, a translucent blue shell appeared around Phenoix. Smirking, Phenoix closed his eyes as the storm whirled around him, striking and sparking on the repulsive shield. The blades of condensed sand then flew at him, only to be turned back into sand and falling to the ground upon hitting the seemingly impenetrable shield.
As the volume of sand increased around Phenoix, He chuckled slightly, listening as his opponent made a breath and the grains all around him began to vibrate. In an instant, Phenoix and his shield were encased in a coffin of sand. Held in place, Phenoix laughed, not maniacally, but rather in raw amusement. A childlike amusement, pure and innocent.
Through the wall of sand a light shone through, The shield was beginning to glow vigorously. Forcing against the sand, the clump exploded, and amongst the sand were large shards of energy that pierced through Shadow Mirage. As the sand settled to the ground, Phenoix stood standing, His wings no longer feathered, but now on fire. He burned as he used to, before expending all his elemental energy fighting Forte. His wings resembled that of a true Phoenix, His armor had also reverted, now also made up of what seemed to be condensed flames of the sun.
"However, you should know it will take more than that to put me down. But I must congratulate you, I only show this form to those who I feel could push me to the brink of deletion if they so chose to. Do not fear however, I will hold back, and not use my full force... but regardless. This has been quite amusing."
Holding up his hand, Phenoix's eyes no longer hold the same calmness as before. It was not warm, it was not comforting, It was the stare of one who was determined to win, determined to move forward. Despite his power having been drained from the spatial anomaly, Phenoix began to draw power from himself. Red beams of energy flowing into him, powering him up. He took a deep breath, As the Glowing sword appeared next to his arm. Plasma then shot out from his hand, Darting from side to side towards Shadow Mirage at near lightspeed. This one had much more destructive power than the last, hitting the ground a few times and blowing the desert away or turning it to glass. As it neared Phenoix's opponent, Phenoix exhaled his breath, hundreds of tendrils of bug data flew from Phenoix's back, Lashing out at his opponent before Phenoix closed his eyes in concentration once more, As a second and final blade appeared alongside his arm. The two blades, longer than Phenoix's arm began to spark between each other. A blue ball of plasma growing between them. moving out from Phenoix's arm, the ball grew bigger until finally it was about the size of Phenoix's body.
With that word the plasma fired off, not darting from side to side but as a full beam, Arcing around to track Shadow Mirage with deadly accuracy. Phenoix waited for what the Spatial navi would do in this situation.
Last Edit: May 11, 2009 14:25:01 GMT -8 by phenoix