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>Date: April 16th, 2017
>Location: Sanctuary City
>Time: 9:00 AM

>Dark clouds begin to form around Sanctuary City - forming a large mass of amorphous black fluid. The fluid then quickly begins dripping to the ground - like liquid tar. The substance, cold to the touch, begins to rapidly absorb matter nearby - increasing its size and general coldness. As the amorphous black chunks continue to increase in size, large monsters begin appearing from them.

>The monsters, large with black rocky bodies and a singular eye each - start blasting at nearby structures with bright red energy beams. The beams then begin to increase in their general intensity - as the large black blobs continue to spread.

>Panicked people start running for their lives, praying and crying in fear. As MRD troops arrive and attempt to push back against the black blobs - they find that their attacks and abilities are useless in the face of the black blobs.

"What the?! Stay back! Everyone move!"

>The MRD agents begin evacuating innocent civilians to their cars, while doing their best to push back against the amorphous black blobs. The blobs themselves are still only on the surface and on the streets - but have succeeded in converting massive portions of the nearby populace into those black rocky monsters.


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>A figure in a jacket and hat finishes paying for their food at a nearby stand. As they give the server their cash, the figure in the hat looks up at the sky. Narrowing his eyes, his vision focuses on another figure - one that slowly appears in the sky.

>As the figure lowers themselves down from the darkness of the black mass above - their armor and hooded cloak are soon visible. Sporting a ghastly mask that hides their face, the figure then begins laughing in a malicious tone of voice, before loudly shouting:

"Hello, Sanctuary City!"

>Closing his hand into a fist, Faust then continues speaking:

"It's good to be back!"

>Back on the ground, the figure in the hat turns his attention towards the server, then states:

"Thanks. Now run. The guy probably means business."

>Turning his attention back towards the figure in the sky, the figure in the hat then taps two fingers to his forehead right underneath his hat. He then disappears in the blink of an eye.


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>A wave of the mindless creatures are then knocked backward with sheer force of wind - as Sun appears, clad in his signature black gi and combat arm wraps. As he looks up at the large, rock figures, he thinks:

{"They used to be people. I don't think that I can destroy them. Whoever they are, they're smart to turn innocent civilians into collateral. Damnit."}

>Teleporting up to the figure, hovering in the sky, Sun then delivers a swift punch to Faust's face - only for the figure to block it.

"Ohh? What's this? You're new, aren't you?"

>Immediately twisting Sun's arm, Faust then scoffs loudly as Sun grits his teeth. While he's not too hurt by the action, Sun is caught off guard by the figure's strength.

"You're not who I'm looking for. So turn tail and run, monkey prince."

>Bewildered, Sun raises an eyebrow as he then grunts - striking Faust in the side with his left leg. While the attack does connect and does do some damage to Faust, the figure then laughs as he slowly pulls himself back. Still, he's rubbing the side of his chest as he speaks:

"Well, you hit harder than he ever did. That'll be good enough for me."

>Cracking his knuckles, Faust then assumes a sturdy hovering stance, positioning himself in the air as he says:

"So, what've you got?"


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>Sun and Faust then rush each other - moving at blinding speeds as they begin to fight. The force of each collision is enough to rupture the sound barrier and cause windows to split open. The deafening noise of the clashes also blows out eardrums for those without protection - causing people to fall to the ground in pain, their ears bleeding out.

>Recognizing the damage that's being done, due to his own heightened senses, Sun then thinks:

{"This is bad. I need to get him out of here. But I also need to stop those clouds from continuing to form….Damnit!"}

>Manifesting his signature Ruyi Jingu Bang staff, Sun then immediately slams it at an increased size - right into Faust, blasting him into the ground.

>As large plumes of dust and debris fly everywhere - Sun watches as the staff is pushed back against, causing Sun to catch it and mentally will it to decrease in size.

"Nice trick! I'll admit, I didn't expect….ack….this much of a fight!"

>Laughing again, Faust then waits as an amorphous black liquid appears from his body, rushing all over him to heal his wounds. As the amorphous black liquid retreats back into his body, he then looks directly up at Sun, stating:

"You're gonna be just the fun I need, while I wait for the main course. Once my boss is done with this shitshow of a planet? I'll get what's left."

>Faust then disappears in a blink - similar to Sun, which surprises him.

{"He has Instantaneous Transmission?!"}

>Reappearing in front of Sun with a similar, but different technique, Faust immediately performs an aerial kick to Sun. The monkey prince instinctively brings out his staff, blocking the strike as he's still knocked backwards. Laughing still, Faust generates a black aura around his body as he rushes towards Sun - preparing to strike with more force.

>Suddenly, however, Faust is blasted backwards with a bright red blast of energy. Spinning around, Faust can feel a searing and burning sensation across his body as he looks around, trying to find where the blast originated from.


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>As Faust slowly focuses his vision, he finally sees the person responsible. Looking down at a nearby rooftop - he sees three figures. Two of the figures are men with armor and robes, along with helmets and masks hiding their identities. The third figure is a woman with blue hair and a distinct outfit herself.

>Not recognizing any of the figures, Faust then looks at the woman, going:

"Nice tits. I bet those'd be pretty good to motorbo-"

>The figure in black and red then speaks up, speaking in a voice that Faust instantly recognizes.

"I figured if I struck you hard enough, Porta Potty Jack would come back. Remember that nickname, champ?"

>Immediately glaring at the figure in black and red, Faust's hands begin to close into fists as he begins shaking with an uncontrollable rage. He then shouts:


>Mosaic slightly turns his head towards Doctor, stating:

"Told you. I'm the one he's after, and he's about as predictable as I figured."

>Nodding, Doctor then says:

"I know you're strong enough to handle him now. But keep him busy. Crepido and I will handle the civilians - return them to normal. After that we'll seal the fissures off and go after the source. I think I know what's causing this."


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>Crepido's eyelids droop, as she immediately looks annoyed. She turns and faces Doctor.

"Or. How about you and Aiden handle the civilians? Slimey over there seems like the type who hates being shown up by women. Besides, I'm in a bit of a sour mood today anyway."

>Crepido gestures in the direction of some of the Endless Ones.

"I'd like to see Aiden try something a little more complicated than just hitting something. It'll be a good way to gauge his skill. Afterwards I can catch up with you, Isaac."


>Stephanie lets out a huff of air.

"I'll leave the decision up to you, since you boys have had more involvement in this than I have."


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>Mosaic looks at Doctor for a moment, shrugging.

"Your call."

>Doctor then looks at Crepido, stating:

"….Remember. My imprimatur is the only one that can likely destroy him. Magister tried, it didn't take."

>Turning back to Mosaic, he then says:

"Let's go, Aiden. The civilians need help."

>Doctor then immediately launches off into the air, as Mosaic turns towards Stephanie, staring at her for a moment.

{"Wow. She really is beautiful."}

>Getting a hang of his senses, he then says:

"….I'll go help the Sorcerer Supreme. Thanks, Crepido."

>Mosaic then flies off after Doctor - leaving the rooftop.


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>Still irritated, Faust then shouts:

"Oh please! The fuck are you gonna do to me, bitch?! You're better off with my junk in your-"

>Before he can utter another word, Sun slams Faust with his mystical staff - catching him off guard. As Sun continues striking the figure with his staff, he then thinks:

{"Well, at least they're going to handle the outflow of that dark mass. I'm still not sure what it is."}

>As Sun keeps striking Faust with his rapidly extending and contracting staff - he lands precision blows on his chest, arms and knees, causing Faust to spin around in mid-air.

>Cursing at Sun, Faust then shouts:

"Motherfucker! Will you- GYAH! Stop attacking me! Fuck!"

>As the onslaught of staff attacks continues, Sun then turns to Crepido, stating:

"So you're the Sorcerer's wife! He's mentioned you before!"

>Turning back towards Faust, who's slowly getting a handle on the onslaught of attacks, Sun then says:

"I can't hold him for much longer! Eventually he'll be able to concentrate! But I'll keep him preoccupied for as long as I can!"

>Sun then continues striking Faust with the staff - taking a moment to clone himself 4 times and quintuple the assault on Faust with 5 versions of Sun all immediately striking him with staff attacks.


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>More of the amorphous black fluid continues to pile down the city streets - as Doctor finally lands on the roads. Holding his hands out, he makes a series of complex gestures at speeds that Mosaic can register with some effort.

{"He's even faster than me? That's pretty impressive."}

>Then, Doctor slams his right hand on the ground, whispering a single statement:


>A bright golden light then appears from his right palm - rapidly expanding into a massive wave of golden light. That wave of golden light then begins expanding outwards - rapidly converting the large bulky rock monsters - back into their original civilian forms.

{"Woah…I should probably do something about that black mass of goo as well. Stephanie did say she was counting on what I could do."}

>Holding his hands out, Mosaic performs a similar series of gestures - having memorized Doctor's motions. Recognizing his intent, he then slams his right hand onto the ground as well, making the same incantation.


>Without a moment's notice, Mosaic then watches as a bright surge of red light appears - similar to Doctor's own golden light wave. Although Mosaic's red light wave doesn't move nearly as fast as Doctor's own - it does begin homing in on the amorphous black goo. As the wave expands at an exponential rate - it begins rapidly covering the city as it turns the goo into mana particles.


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>Crepido steps over the edge of the rooftop, appearing like she's about to fall - only to calmly and casually begin floating in the air.

>She hovers towards Sun and Faust, moving at a steady pace.

"Your help is appreciated. But not needed."

>As the several copies of Sun continue to assault Faust he suddenly seems to vanish, appearing directly in front of Crepido herself. She focuses her eyes on him, as she brings her palm in front of his face.

"This isn't something I'd normally do. But seeing as it's either this or your complete destruction, I'm sure you'll find this preferable."

>Nothing seems to happen at first, as Crepido lowers her hand and keeps her eyes on Faust. Suddenly, he can be seen beginning to bend over - as if a wave of raw pain had washed over him.


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>As the spells continue expanding in size, they begin interweaving themselves - slowly arcing in on themselves as they continue to expand in size.

"Are they…."

"Combining? Yes. Well done, Mosaic."

>As the spells continue to weave and flow around each other, they begin to merge - turning into a large gold and red surge of energy that expands outward across the entire city.

"Now watch. Combined magical effects are amplified in strength and power. Observe."

>Doctor crosses his arms as he then points upward with his right index finger. Mosaic traces his finger upward into the sky as he then says:

"Huh, didn't expect that."

>The omnidirectional wave of golden and red light continues expanding rapidly - ultimately culminating in the creation of a massive expanse of gold and red light. It immediately begins pressing against the dark skies and black clouds of the city - more or less converting them into mana particles as well.

>Large crackles of energy and matter continue bursting out from the point of connection, as the dark amorphous mass rapidly begins to dissipate into pure mana particles. Eventually, nothing is left, as clear skies appear once again.

>Looking back down at Doctor, Mosaic then says:

"So the transmutation spells combined and magnified into a larger magical force."

>Nodding, Doctor elaborates:

"Precisely. As I said before, magical spells can combine and augment various characteristics. This allows for the amplification of different effects."

>Looking carefully at Mosaic's outfit, Doctor then points to him, stating:

"You're very adept with magic, despite not having any formal training. I would imagine the Psionis function in the Thaumaturgy Ring is assisting you, but even then."

>Walking up to Mosaic, Doctor then places a hand on his shoulder, stating:

"You're learning even faster than I had imagined. This must be your shared essence with Magister, since you are the same person after all."

>Nodding, Mosaic then taps his helmet with his right index finger, stating:

"Oh well, you know how it is. Just going through the motions so far."

>Now looking up at the battle between Sun and Faust, there's a moment of silence as both of them then look on in awe.


>Stunned, Mosaic then says:

"Did she just?"

>Nodding, Doctor states:

"Indeed she did. Remarkable. She still hasn't reached my level of experience yet - but I was wondering if she had mastered that inversion spell I taught her. It turns out she did."

>Doctor then crosses his arms, impressed with his wife's skill and power.


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>Faust falls over in pain, as he begins shouting and screaming incoherently.


>His body begins convulsing rapidly, as bright white lights begin to surge out from his black armor and cloak. Still screaming, his mind begins flashing rapidly as he begins to focus on visions of his past.


>Faust begins screaming in a supernatural tone of voice, his body continuing to burst with massive amounts of energy and force. He then begins levitating in the air - still bursting with massive rays of light. A massive conflagration of bright white light then appears - as Faust's body is entirely concealed by the radiance of the bright white light.


>Silent, the glowing white sphere of light slowly lowers itself down to the ground - causing Faust to land on his feet. As the bright light then recedes, a voice can be heard ringing through his ears.

{"You are now under my divine judgment, Jack Blackburn. Pray that you atone for your own mistakes, properly. In the interim, I bind you to my divine power - and remove you from that of Nyrian's grasp."}

>As the light completely subsides, a figure clad in white armor and a cloak slowly rises to their feet. Breathing heavily, the figure is silent as he looks down at his hands. Electricity begins to crackle through his hands as he states:

"…The Divine Lightning of Jupiter….Have I been-"

>Staring at Crepido in front of him, the figure then immediately turns away. Blue electricity continues arcing down his arms as he mutters to himself.

"….I'm…I'm just….."

>Refusing to look in Crepido's direction, the figure instead begins sitting down - with his hands to his head. A voice starts to come from him, something unexpected.



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>Doctor and Mosaic then arrive in a single step of space-time, appearing on the rooftop beside Crepido. Looking on at the being in amazement, Mosaic then says:

"…Is that you, Jack?"

>Looking around slowly to face the figure of Mosaic before him - the silent being then says:

"….I am Paladin. Champion of the Gods."

>Slowly rising to his feet, he then dusts himself off, still having a weary tone in his voice - almost dreading the moment.

"I….I serve on behalf of the Roman Gods, embodying their powers - after being cut off from my former master Nyrian."

>Raising an eyebrow, Doctor then says:

"Of course, it's him. No wonder Magister was so confident about who was pulling the strings. Nyrian is the one who resurrected you. He chose you because of your connection to Mosaic, did he not?"

>Paladin nods slowly, putting a hand to his left arm as he continues speaking.

"…I was chosen to serve as a Conduit of his supernatural power - in the hopes that I would uncover the secret of the Thaumians, and reveal their power to him. I succeeded - and he begins to feed on the dimension as we speak."

>Turning his attention towards Crepido, Doctor then says:

"Nyrian's already there. We need to secure the artifacts and energies in that dimension before Nyrian absorbs them. If we don't? Then he'll become a real problem to us."

>Mosaic then looks at Paladin, carefully for a moment. He then says:

"I…can't feel any malicious intent from you. It's like all of your anger and hatred. It was washed away…."


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>Stephanie looks smugly satisfied in her work, as her hands are placed on her hips.

"Yes. Well. Violence isn't always required to solve a problem. Although I could've given him a good beating if I wanted."

>Crepido turns to look at Doctor.

"Well, no time to waste. Let's go clean up after the Thaumians."


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>Looking at Crepido, Mosaic then says:

"…That was incredible. It's like you reset his spirit."

>Suddenly, Mosaic's body begins to glow with blue and red light - rapidly expanding in frequency until he then has a brief convulsion himself.


>A similar bright spark of lightning crashes down from above, as Mosaic's glowing blue and red body begins to absorb the mystical energies. The lightning then begins coursing through Mosaic's body rapidly, as thunder and lightning crash from above uncontrollably.


>As the lightning storm begins to fade, Mosaic looks down at his right hand, realizing what had happened.

"…Oh boy…It happened again didn't it?"

>Giving an amused sigh, Doctor then places his right hand on his hip as he makes gestures with his left hand. He then elaborates:

"You really are like Magister. You absorb and reproduce any power you encounter - just like he does. Remarkable, honestly."

>Feeling somewhat queasy, Mosaic then regains his composure relatively quickly as he says:

"….So what did I just replicate from Jack?"

>Paladin then speaks:

"….My divine energies - bestowed by the Roman Gods…"

>Looking down at his hands, Paladin then continues to speak as a glowing element or energy appears on each of his 10 fingers.

"….Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Mars, Minerva, Venus, Mercury, Vulcan, Diana and Sol."

>As the various colorful energies and elements dissipate from Paladin's hands, he then turns his attention back towards Mosaic, stating:

"….Incredible. What are you, Aiden?"

>Still silent and processing the situation, Mosaic then crosses his arms and looks at Doctor and Crepido, stating:

"…..I still don't even know myself."

>Silent for a moment, Mosaic then turns back to Paladin, stating:

"….I know that you're more or less 'fixed' now, Jack. Thanks to Stephanie. But I still would feel better if you were given….somewhere else to practice hero work on. You're officially presumed dead on this world anyways."

>Quickly nodding, Paladin then says:

"….I don't want to be here any longer. The pain of this place and my actions is just….I can't bear it."

>Looking away in shame, Paladin then waits for Crepido to respond.


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>Crepido looks at Paladin.

"I understand. But now that you're more stable, you have a responsibility to work towards redemption."

>Stephanie gestures behind him.

"You have the powers of Mercury, so you can travel just about anywhere. Pick a place. It doesn't matter. You can even travel to other realms entirely if you'd like. Just don't run away from your responsibility."


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>Nodding slowly, Paladin then turns to Crepido and holds his hand out for a moment.

"…..I would like a contingency. A failsafe in case something ever tries to corrupt me again. Some sort of enchantment or spell that can shield me from supernatural dark energies."

>Doctor then walks towards Paladin, standing before him.

"I can easily do that for you. Hold still and breathe in deep."

>Paladin nods and does so.


>Doctor then makes a series of hand gestures with one of his hands - generating a bright multi-colored series of lights and effects around Paladin. The effects then slowly die down, as Paladin's body remains standing upward.

"The Halo of Hyperion. One of the most powerful mental and spiritual defenses. A high order magical spell. Even the strongest magician won't be able to break this shield without exceptional levels of magical power."

>Nodding again, Paladin then says:

"…..Thank you."

>Turning towards Mosaic, the figure then states:

"….I am truly sorry for what I've done, Aiden. There is nothing I can say that will make up for it, but….I hope now this has been resolved."

>Giving Paladin a thumbs up, Mosaic then says:

"As long as you're willing to do better. That's all that matters. Go use your Godly speed to find a new world to protect and make a difference."

>Nodding slowly at Mosaic, Paladin then turns back to Crepido once more, stating:

"Thank you. I've gotten a second chance thanks to you, and I won't squander it. I promise on the power of the Gods, I won't falter ever again now."

>Looking up at the sky, he then says:

"I'll find an Earth without any protectors - an Earth where none of you are unfortunately there to protect it right now."

>Turning around, Paladin then plants his feet on the ground of the rooftop. Taking a deep breath, he then rushes forward and blasts off into the air. Using the speed of a literal God, he then generates massive trails of golden electricity behind him - as he then disappears through a rupture in the fabric of reality - closing just as quickly as it was opened.


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>Looking back at Crepido, Doctor then says:

"Well we're on a good time table here. The city's saved and Paladin's off to do some good. Now for Nyrian."

>Turning towards Sun, Doctor then shouts:

"You're good, Sun. Go get back to your sister. She might need your help with the lookout!"

>Nodding from above, Sun then shouts down to Crepido:

"It was nice meeting you ma'am! Thank you for your help!"

>Placing his right index finger and his right middle finger to his helmet, Sun then disappears with Instantaneous Transmission.

>Mosaic then looks at Doctor and Crepido - the Sorcerers Supreme before him. Although he feels exponentially more powerful than just a few moments before, he senses that the disparity in power between them and him - is almost unfathomable.

"….It's honestly insane how powerful you both are. I still feel like an ant."

>Looking down at his right hand once more, Mosaic then sighs as he thinks intently to himself:

{"I have more power than I can even properly use. Every person I meet just makes me stronger automatically. At a certain point, when does the nature of power stop mattering?"}

>Reading his mind, in a figurative sense, Doctor then says out loud:

"Well, you're more than powerful enough to come with us. See for yourself."

>Recognizing the inevitable response from Crepido, Doctor then states:

"He's exponentially more powerful than almost everyone on this planet currently. Especially more so than your brother Orion. I'd say Aiden's ready to see a different dimension."

>Mosaic then looks at Crepido, stammering somewhat as his body begins to nervously stagger.

"I-I-I mean. If you don't want me to, then that's fine. It was Doctor's suggestion, so…."

>Obviously embarrassed and unable to meet her eyes, Mosaic places his hands at his side as he slightly looks down and away from the Sorceress Supreme standing a few feet away.


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>Crepido waves her hand in a dismissive fashion.

"It's fine. You two get along well and he needs friends anyway. So you can come."

>She turns and looks at Doctor.

"Also was that dig against Orion really necessary? His time will come."

>She looks back at Mosaic again.

"Anyway. If Isaac wants you to join us, you can join us."


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>Sighing, Doctor then states:

"It wasn't supposed to be a demeaning comment. Orion is powerful, yes. But his powers are still growing at a geometric rate. He hasn't fully undone the mental barrier in his mind."

>Out loud, Mosaic then speaks, uncrossing his arms at the same time, saying:

"So I was right about Orion holding himself back unconsciously?"

>Turning to Crepido, Mosaic then states:

"…I-I've been trying to help him get better at that. We made some progress when we fought Julian-"

>Doctor then interjects:

"I forgot about that. Magister told you to do that I assume?"

>Mosaic nods as he continues speaking:

"Yeah but, it worked out. Nothing too problematic for us to handle there."

>Turning back to Crepido once more, Mosaic then says:

"Y-Yeah. I can come with you guys if you want me to."

>Doctor appears to stand casually in place, as Mosaic then begins tapping his right boot and crossing his arms again. Looking away from Crepido once more.


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"Great. Now, better get going."

>Crepido waves her hand, causing space to rip and shred apart forming a circular portal.


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>Location: Thaumia
>Time: Indeterminate

>The large expanse of infinite space inside of this magical dimension is situated along a continuum stream of mana. The energies that comprise the dimension are centered around a series of large, hovering continents in the air. These continents make up the magical kingdom of Thaumia - the remnants of a once powerful magical civilization. The vast expanse of clouds and magical energy vortex expand for miles - as the Thaumian dimension continues to billow with energy.

>In the center of the largest continent hovering in the air, a large spectral being continues running rampant across the dimension. As it tears through large aggregations of glowing energy spheres, it begins absorbing them - glowing with a bright green and yellow light as it does so.


>The being, a large figure comprised entirely of magical energy and souls, continues its movements - attempting to find more sources of magical energy. The figure is pale white, with a large cloak draping its body. As its supernatural and spectral eyes continue looking throughout the large expanse of the world, it then shouts in anger once more. The figure then begins speaking in a multitude of voices - the voices of magicians long past in this dimension.


>At the middle of the large Thaumian Capital City - a figure in a large armored carapace and glowing flame head begins clapping slowly.

"Oh, finally. They have arrived…."

>The figure then turns around, their flame apparition of a face beginning to smirk as they sense a presence moving towards them.

"Sorcerers. Have you finally come to beg and grovel at your feet? Before the great Nyrian?"


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>Doctor, Crepido and Mosaic are standing on the steps of the large marketplace - a ruined place, full of cracks and damaged buildings.

"Certainly you have to realize that outcome isn't possible."

>Looking at Doctor for a moment carefully, Mosaic then says:

"This is the guy then. What about that guy?"

>Pointing upward, Mosaic points at the large pale figure with a massive cloak draping them. As their large cloak flutters in the wind, Doctor then states:

"The tomes spoke of the rituals done by the Thaumians. Rituals which involved the basis of Thaumaturgic Magic - Souls. The harvesting and conversion of Souls into magical power."

>Looking up at the figure himself, Doctor then says:

"I would imagine this is the result of their greatest Thaumaturgic experiments. The creation of powerful artifacts capable of warping the very fabric of reality itself. Generating and utilizing magical entities to a degree that is frankly unfathomable. Artifacts like your ring."

>Doctor then points back to the Thaumaturgy Ring on Mosaic's finger. He then states:

"Meaning you're more than well equipped enough to confront the threat before you."

>Mosaic looks between the Thaumaturgy Ring and the figure in the sky.

"….Mana fissure. Split him up into his individual souls, and disperse them."

>Doctor nods as he then states:

"Get to it then."

>Mosaic gives Doctor a confirmation sign with his hand - as he immediately flies off into the air.

>Looking back at Nyrian, Doctor then says:

"You have a choice Nyrian. Stand down now, or face the consequences."

>Doctor speaks, standing meters away from the Dark Magical Being, with Crepido standing beside him there.


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>Nyrian looks between Doctor and Crepido for a moment, before closing his spectral eyes briefly. Thinking to himself, he then states:

"I know I cannot best you - however, I will test my abilities against you."

>Hands now at his side, Nyrian begins generating massive quantities of magical energy. As his aura of energy begins to increase - generating mystical flames, he then says:

"Now, for the test."

>Immediately, the entirety of the Thaumian land begins to combust into flames - creating a truly massive conflagration that begins rapidly burning up entire portions of the area.


>Doctor immediately moves, with Crepido beside him. As Doctor begins to make a series of gestures. He generates a massive surge of water in a hurricane burst. This begins to counter the mystical fires, as large bursts of steam appear.

"We're going to have to protect the area - see if we can retrieve most of the artifacts and scriptures."


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"Just create a spatial distortion bubble around the area. It'll make the retrieval process easy."

>Crepido floats into the air.

"You get to work on that. I'm going to go see about dousing Nyrian's flames a little."

>She then flies off, heading towards Nyrian. As she does, she mutters out loud:

"I won't be as forgiving to you as I was Faust."

>Ink begins to leak out of her sleeves, congealing near her hands. She points them towards Nyrian, shooting a barrage of massive needle-like projectiles at her target.


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>Mosaic continues flying into the air - coming up towards the large soul amalgamation in the figure of a large pale humanoid in a cloak.

"Wow. Much bigger in person then."

>As the figure continues to absorb magical energies around them, they are suddenly disrupted by a large blast in their direction. Stunned, they then turn their head towards Mosaic, who stands hovering in the middle of the area.

"Hey. Sorry to disrupt your meal, but you should probably stop eating all those wandering souls."

>Enraged, the soul amalgamation begins attacking Mosaic - blasting them with energy blasts.

"Uh oh."

>Mosaic begins flying quickly, using his newly gained Godly speed to further augment his own. Moving at blinding speeds - he then thinks:

{"Isaac said that the Thaumaturgic Ring could do something, so let's see if that works."}

>Holding out his hands, Mosaic then generates large discs of energy - that are massive in size. Carefully aiming them - he then slices the discs towards the figure.


>The figure then feels a rupturing internally, as they are bisected in half. The figure then looks down, seeing the large glowing spheres rapidly leaving their body.

"Souls. Looks like it's working."

>Mosaic then continues flying around, blasting the supernatural figure with more energy discs - further cutting the supernatural being into pieces.

>Flying around the area - Mosaic then places his hands together, creating a massive red sphere around the bisected figure.

"…..Now let's see if I can do this."

>Shouting, Mosaic then exerts a substantial amount of power - collapsing the sphere into the figure as they begin getting inundated with a massive amount of mana particles and energy.


>The supernatural figure is then compressed slowly, while screaming in agony and pain from the energies being exerted. As they continue to struggle and fight against the force of the energies - Mosaic holds his hands out, creating a series of quick hand gestures.

"One more for good measure."

>Making the final set of gestures, Mosaic then shouts:


>The supernatural figure then continues shouting, as the glowing red magical sphere completely compresses - outright destroying the figure in a burst of magical energy. A massive explosion of fire, energy and souls appears, as the supernatural being is completely obliterated.

>Lowering his hands, Mosaic watches as the souls continue flying outwards from the explosion of magical energy. Now carefully looking at the souls, Mosaic thinks to himself:

{"Well, they're free now. Hopefully this is enough to give them some peace of mind going forward. They deserve their rest."}

>Mosaic then continues watching as the freed souls continue to fly away - likely to their final resting place in the world beyond.


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>Doctor nods at Crepido as he begins rising up into the air. Snapping his fingers, he then speaks with a distortion in his voice, stating:

"Sinum Spatium"

>As he finishes speaking, Doctor then watches as the entirety of the Thaumian dimension begins to rapidly fold in on itself. The seemingly infinite expanse of the world before him and Crepido begins to gradually condense. As he does so, the fires begin to abate thanks to the magical hurricane waters that Doctor has created with his magical spells.

"Got it. Looks like Mosaic's finished the job as well."

>Telepathically speaking to Mosaic, Doctor then states:

{"Good job, Mosaic. We're going to regroup around the central area. Lock onto my energy signature and we'll get ready to leave after we've defeated Nyrian."}

>Getting the message, Mosaic nods as he states:

{"Alright. I'll be right there."}

>Mosaic then places two fingers to his helmet as he focuses on Doctor's energy signature - before immediately transporting himself away to the Sorcerer Supreme's location.


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>Nyrian immediately generates a series of compressed spatial fires - each expanding into the size of a massive conflagration. These expansions happen as the fires react with the ink projectiles. Although the Dark Magical Being connects hits fires with most of the magical projectiles, a few of them manage to evade the fires - blasting him.


>Clutching his left shoulder, Nyrian looks over as a large black mass begins to rapidly cover his body. As he tries to fight it, he then watches as it binds his arms together, stating:

"What in the…..What…"

>Falling to the ground on his knees, he's shocked to find that he cannot move, as he begins shouting at Crepido:

"Sorceress! What manner of trickery is this?! Unbind me this instant!"

>Nyrian continues struggling against the force of the ink substance, as it continues expanding over his body at an accelerating rate.


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"You really think I'll just listen to you? Then what?"

>She puts on a sarcastic tone.

"You'll 'make my death quick'? Get real."

>More inky substance flows towards Nyrian, wrapping around him and further restricting him.

"Oh, don't bother trying to use magic to escape. Your spells will just get absorbed."


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>Grimacing in pain, Nyrian starts bargaining rapidly, stating:

"I…I will grant you power beyond your wildest dreams if you show mercy! Please, my Sorceress. I beseech thee….Unbind me….Set me free…."

>Before Nyrian can speak, Doctor then states:

"Not the best offer, given the current disparity in power between us. We wouldn't need it."

>Doctor then makes a gesture with his hands, casting a spell which begins to cause a dimensional planar shift around Nyrian - rapidly draining the mana and magical energy from his body as his flame begins to die out. The Dark Magical Being then shouts in pain as he then says:

"Damnit Sorcerers! I will be back!"

>Nyrian then feels more power gradually pulling away from himself, as he then implodes in a blast of mana particles.

>Mosaic then states:

"….I could sense the power inside of him. The two of you just completely drained the energy out of him. Unbelievable."


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>Crepido lets out a huff, blowing some hair out of the way of her eyes.

"Oh he's a total amateur. The only reason he thinks he's any good is because he's the biggest fish in a small pond."

>The ink around Crepido's body begins to evaporate away similarly to water.

"Anyways. Good job Aiden. Most people wouldn't be able to keep themselves composed enough to handle an amalgamation like that, even with the advantage of the rings."

>Crepido looks at Doctor.

"Right, Bumblebee?"


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>Doctor looks at Crepido and says:

"Alright. I'll cook dinner tonight just for that."

>Rubbing the back of his neck, Mosaic then says:

"Well, I had a lot of practice. Thank you though Sorceress Supreme."

>Looking down, clearly embarrassed again, Mosaic then looks up and says:

"…..Are you two going to miniaturize this dimension then? All the threats have been cleared out, and I can sense a lot of artifacts here."

>Pointing at the glowing stack of magical energies slowly emanating from a large structure in the distance, he then says:

"As for that? It's a geyser of magical power. I can feel its intensity from here actually."

>Doctor looks at the structure in the distance and nods slowly, stating:

"Yes, that's a miniature nexus of magic. The Thaumians likely created it with their mass sacrifices through rituals. That alone is powerful enough to generate the quantity of souls needed for a miniature nexus creation event."

>Turning back towards Crepido, Doctor then says:

"Well then. I'd say that's enough. We can get back now."


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>Location: The Axiom - Nexus of Magic
>Time: Indeterminate

>The pocket dimension of Thaumia rests in a large spherical orb - sitting on a table. Inside of the living quarters of the Axiom, Mosaic crosses his arms as he stares at the orb intently.

{"…..An entire ancient civilization."}

>Looking up at Doctor, Mosaic then says:

"What changed your mind? Since you originally wanted Sun to handle this."

>Doctor looks at the orb himself as he states:

"Perspective. I realized that pretending that I was above these matters didn't do anything to help resolve them."

>The Sorcerer Supreme continues staring at the orb as he states:

"My promise to defend the Axiom and the Crystal from all threats, doesn't necessarily mean that I can't protect the Earth as well."

>Looking at Crepido, Doctor then concludes by saying:

"Magister taught me that - when he finally intervened, and not on his own Earth at that."

>Mosaic then looks back up at Doctor, examining the figure for a moment. He then says:

"…..Thanks, Isaac. For everything. Also tell my counterpart that I said thank you as well."

>Walking forward, Doctor moves to give Mosaic a hug, patting him on the back as he states:

"Don't mention it! Like my wife said, you're basically my first real friend in a long, long time. As sad as that sounds on my part."

>Mosaic quickly shakes his head as he says:

"No, I don't think it's sad. It's understandable given what you've been through. I'm just glad I was able to help in that way."

>Doctor then moves back from Mosaic, now examining the armored and robed superhero.

"You've really evolved. The change is physical, obviously. But there's also a mental maturity, or temperamental rather."

>Mosaic then examines his robed armor once more, taking a note of the ornate inscriptions and arcane symbols across it.

"At times I ask myself what I deserved to be this lucky. So I'll make sure that I put this power to good use."

>Remembering the past, he then looks up at Doctor and Crepido again, genuine determination behind his mask and in his eyes as he speaks:

"I will never let myself be dragged down ever again."


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>Stephanie's face suddenly lights up as she remembers something.

"Oh! I just remembered! That Speedrunner girl you occasionally talk to! If you're ever going to be near her, do not let any Mana leak from your body. It reacts negatively with the energies she generates, and causes both to annihilate each other. You don't want caught in that."


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>Surprised, Mosaic then says:

"….Lisa? Interesting….."

>Placing three fingers on his helmet, Mosaic then thinks for a moment, before replying by saying:

"Well, that hopefully shouldn't be an issue. I can suppress the majority of my mana - and I can funnel the rest through the ring with a dimensional funnel."

>Looking down at his boots for a moment, Mosaic then lowers himself down - watching as he sees golden and ruby red sparks of electricity spontaneously flashing into existence. As he watches the electricity arcing over himself briefly, he then consciously wills the electricity to stop moving.

"…..I'll have to keep that in mind."

>Standing back up, Mosaic adjusts his cuffs on his robed armor as he states:

"I'm likely as fast as Jonah now, possibly even faster given the stacking of attributes. So I'll have to be careful with my mana around him as well."

>Looking at Doctor and Crepido, Mosaic then states:

"Would a dimensional loop maintained by the Thaumaturgy Ring be enough to funnel any excess mana that I radiate out? I don't need a complete filter of mana - but capturing ninety nine percent of it would be more than enough."

>Doctor thinks for a moment, assuming a thinking position as he says:

"Possibly. The Thaumaturgy Ring generates mana and magical energy at an exponential rate. Assuming you have full control over the pathway diversion - you should be able to funnel whatever mana that you naturally generate as well. The dimensional array that the Thaumaturgy Ring produces should be far more capable of this than I would imagine."

>Mosaic nods then looks at the Thaumaturgy Ring on his finger - watching as it glows with a radiant white light. There are various miniature lights glowing around the central piece - each with a different color.


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"You should be fine. Just keep what I told you in mind if you ever start casting near your brother or Lisa."


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>Nodding, Mosaic then looks at Doctor and Crepido for a moment, before he then says:

"….Thank you, Sorcerers Supreme. Both of you. Again, I'm grateful for everything you've done for me, and all of the guidance that I've been given now."

>Looking at his hands once more, he then says:

"If anything ever comes to Earth again? I should be able to handle it. I'll do everything within the best of my ability to set things right."

>Thinking for a moment, he then also states:

"…..Actually. There's someone I might need to see about something. There are Anti Meta-Human Machines being built, and they're utilizing Meta-Gene signatures as part of the blueprint designs to track them. I need to be able to create some sort of power signature dampener that people can use. I'm going to have to visit an old friend of mine for that reason. Hopefully they can help me out there."

>Tapping two fingers with his right hand to his helmet, Mosaic then waves at Doctor and Crepido with his left hand.

"Thanks again, for everything."

>Mosaic then disappears in a blink, leaving the Axiom in an instant - now leaving the Sorcerers Supreme in their home, to unwind and relax.

[The End]

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