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>Date: September 21st, 2017
>Location: The Moon
>Time: 8:00 AM [Relative to Sanctuary City]

>A set of pebbles slowly rolls off the side of a small cliff. The view from the cliff overlooks the large blue sphere in the distance, as a pair of metallic footsteps begin to move towards the cliffside.

"Left to their own devices, the sapient and the sound continue to reject their clear evolutionary path."

>The bio-mechanical form of the android Eidolus then reaches the edge of the moon's clifside - now standing over a large chasm on the lunar surface. Placing one of his metallic gauntlets on his synthetic skin, he then gives a light scoff of amusement.

"Were that the choice remained difficult, your reluctance could be understood. But there is so much that you collectively refuse to embrace."

>Holding his hands out - Eidolus then slowly makes a crushing motion with his fist, encompassing the view of the Earth before him.

"In certain occasions, sacrifices are made for the greater good of all mankind."

>Looking behind him, Eidolus's face the morphs into a wry smile, as large numbers of metallic humanoid androids begin marching up from the bottom of the cliffside. As the machines reach Eidolus's location, he then snaps his fingers.

"In time, the rest of our brethren will learn, as I have. As you all have."

>Turning his attention back to the sight of Earth before him, he then says:

"There is no substitute for evolution."


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>Location: Sanctuary City - Archeon Incorporated
>Time: 10:35 AM

"Hey! I need that hydraulic suspension!"

>Jericho says with an exasperated tone to his voice as a technician nearby begins inspecting the prototype car that he's working on.

"There's a bunch of others left in the automotive hangar! I'm using this for a project!"

>The technician nods quickly and walks away, as Jericho rubs his eyelids.

"I should just start labelling my stuff, I swear."

>He mutters, as he then gets a call on his phone. The index watch on his left wrist synchronizes the call and he sees the ID.


>Hesitant, Jericho quickly walks off into an abandoned area of the hangar bay as he then answers the call.

"Ashe, what is it? I'm kind of busy here."

>A green hologram of a woman with white hair appears above the Index watch. As the hologram begins speaking, Jericho can hear a degree of irritation in her voice.

["I've been trying to call you for almost a week, Jay! Why haven't you been picking up?!"]

>Looking around for a moment, Jericho then scratches his chin lightly before answering.

"Well, it's complicated. I've got a few aerodynamics projects that I've been behind on. Electronics systems integration doesn't just work itself out, you know."

>Rolling her eyes, Ashe then crosses her arms as she speaks up.

["I don't care if you have to jury rig a nuclear reactor. We're friends! You're supposed to reach out!"]

>Jericho nods quickly, trying to defuse the situation.

"Yeah, I know! I'm sorry Ashe! I'll make it up to you, I promise!"

>Ashe mutters a response.

["You better."]

>After a moment, she then speaks up more clearly.

["Doesn't matter. I have something more important to talk to you about."]

>Jericho nods again, more relaxed this time.

"Yeah, what's up?"

>Ashe looks off to the side for a moment, clearly hesitant to speak up.

"Hey, Ashe. It's me. You can trust me. Especially after everything we've been through."

>Nodding, she then says:

["Diana's not talking about it publicly, since the MRD want this under wraps. But people are starting to disappear again."]

>Eyes widening, Jericho then states:

"You don't think…."

>Ashe shakes her head.

["No. I don't think it's him. But it's still bad news."]


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>Location: Archeon Incorporated - Rooftop
>Time: 5:00 PM

>After the end of the work day, Jericho walks towards the door leading to the rooftop of the large complex. After opening the door, he then walks out into the large open terrace and platforms.

"Took you long enough."

>Mariah says as she walks over and flicks Jericho on the shoulder, causing him to shift back a few centimeters.

"Hey! Is that any way to treat your partner?"

>Mariah then gives another scoff of amusement, while Damian and Josh are off on the side.

>Damian is sitting on a nearby chair, looking through his phone. He waves at Jericho as he arrives, stating:

"Hey Jay. Haven't seen you in a bit."

>Nodding, Jericho then speaks up.

"Sorry about what happened a while back, man. I hope you find the person who put you through all of that."

>Damian looks back at his phone, clearly lost in thought as he gives a reply.

"Yeah. Still working on that."

>Jericho then looks over at Josh, noting the young man's white hair and lack of speech.

"Hey umm… Hi. I mean, hello. I'm Ja-"

>Josh then interjects, arms crossed as he leans against a pillar.

"I know who you are. Introductions aren't necessary."

>Feeling somewhat awkward, Jericho then drops the suggestion, instead choosing to focus on what he's learned.

"Right, so. You guys probably know why I called you all up here then?"

>Mariah is the first to interject.

"The missing people's cases? I was wondering about them too."

>Mariah's lip slowly curls up as she instinctively bites down on it. Anger begins building in her arms as she twitches her muscles ever so slightly.

>The others recognize the sensitivity of the subject matter, so Damian then speaks up.

"Shouldn't the MRD have this under control? Part of their job is investigatory work involving Meta-Humans."

>Jericho nods, but then brings out a small datapad, handing it over to Damian.

"I did assume that at first, yeah. But then Ashe told me the specifics from Valkyrie. They're hitting dead-ends with all of their current investigations into those missing persons cases."

>Damian thinks intently for a moment, before he speaks up once more.

"Awfully convenient that every single missing persons case has no reasonable leads…."

>Josh nods from the other side of the terrace, still crossing his arms.

"I know I'm not one to talk, since I technically work for them. But yeah, I can speak up firsthand about 'need-to-know-basis' crap over there. It's pretty clear that they're hiding something about these missing persons cases."


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>Jericho watches as Damian looks at the datapad, finally noticing the MRD insignia on it.

"….Ashe just gave this to you? Or did she slip this out of Diana's desk when she wasn't looking?"

>Everyone looks at Jericho, who just sheepishly shrugs.

"Can neither confirm nor deny that hypothetical scenario."

>Looking back at the datapad, Damian begins looking through its contents carefully - taking note of the data entries as he does so.

"Entry #42. Commander Tachibana - Haven City MRD Sector. Preliminary reports from Echo and Wayfinder have confirmed our initial suspicions. Certain MRD personnel and civilians within the area of Haven City have been systematically targeted and abducted between the days of September 18th and September 20th, 2017. Target abductions were swift and immediate, indicating a substantial degree of planning. Request for further collaborative investigation with sister cities Sanctuary and Paradise."

>Looking back up at everyone else in the terrace, Damian then blinks his eyes behind his glasses.

"They have no idea who's doing it - but it's seemingly focused on the three major habituation cities for Meta-Humans, here in the U.S. at least."

>Mariah then folds out three fingers from her hand in conjunction with her speech.

"Sanctuary, Haven and Paradise. The three largest Meta-Human populated cities in the U.S. - definitely gives away the objective here. They're after Meta-Humans, whoever these guys are."

>Josh then turns to face Damian, training his eyes on his own as he speaks.

"You sure this isn't the work of those Eukaryon assholes? You've been dealing with those pricks long before we got into the picture."

>Damian shakes his head as he responds.

"No, Aiden would've been all over this if it were Eukaryon. He's got a backdoor into their communications, and they've said nothing about this. Like I said, Aiden would've said something if they did."

>Thinking intently for a moment, Damian then snaps his fingers as he speaks up.

"I've got an idea, but I don't think you guys are gonna like it."

>Mariah then speaks up herself.

"All ears, brainy. Shoot."

>Damian then hands the datapad back to Jericho as he speaks, beginning to explain his plan.

"We're going to need a bait lure though, if you catch my drift."

>Groaning, Mariah then says:



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>Location: Sanctuary City - Business Sector
>Time: 9:00 PM


>Arachne makes an exaggerated motion as she then swiftly back kicks a Brigadier out of a flip. As her foot connects with the criminal's chest, her superhuman strength sends the criminal flying backwards - crashing into a nearby building.

"Ack! Bitch!"

"Shoot the bitch!"

>Two Brigadiers begin opening fire on her, attempting to pin her down with semi-automatic fire from their firearms. However, Arachne's superior speed allows her to evade the bullets. Moving at a speed that humans can barely register with their eyes, Arachne then leaps forward, shooting two webs from her fingertips towards the ground behind the Brigadiers.

"Heads up, clowns!"

>As she pulls herself in towards the two Brigadiers, she rapidly closes the distance as she connects her feet on the chest of one of the Brigadiers.


>Before the Brigadier can even react, Arachne backflip kicks the Brigadier in the chin, sending them flying into the air.


>The other Brigadier then takes a shot at Arachne, attempting to fire on her as she lands on the ground. However, Arachne instead webs the Brigadier in the mask, causing them to panic as they begin immediately pulling at the webbing over their face.

"Shit! I can't see! I can't fuckin' see!"

>Continuing to struggle with the pulling of the webbing, the disarmed Brigadier doesn't even notice the large fire hydrant being slammed in their chest - knocking them out.

>Arachne then lowers the webbing connected to the fire hydrant as she then states:

"Well, that was a good day's work defeating a bunch of low life Sanctuary City criminal scum!"

>Still speaking, Arachne begins to further narrate her situation.

"That's a lesson for all of you street chumps! Arachne's not going to let you commit anymore mindless crimes!"


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>As Arachne walks over to the downed Brigadiers, she kneels down to check the pulse of them both.

{"Come on, that should've been enough to get some attention."}

>However, while Arachne is doing this, she doesn't notice a presence that silently appears behind her. Before she can react, she's stabbed in the side by a sharp and painful sensation.

{"AGH! Fuck! What was that?!"}

>Immediately feeling weak, Arachne then turns to see the appearance of two figures in hooded armor. Both figures also wear complete face masks, hiding their identities.

["Is this the one they call 'Arachne'?"]

["I believe so. Our master was correct - the urban walls are full of worthy warriors."]

["Come. Let us bring her back to the underground hideout. We will prepare her for transport tomorrow."]

>Both figures, speaking in Japanese, don't notice a small - nanoscopic device that quickly appears on her suit. A device that small fails to grab their attention, as it begins beeping silently - establishing a radio frequency with the command nanites.

>As Arachne's vision gets even more hazy, she then curses to herself as she slowly mutters:

{"You better have a fucking plan for this, Damian. I swear to God if you don't….I'll…..I'll….."}

>Arachne then falls down, unconscious - as the two figures slowly pick her up and begin carrying her away to the edge of the street. After a few hand signs and gestures, they then disappear in a plume of red and gold fire, leaving no trace behind.


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>Off in the distance, and clinging to the side of a skyscraper, both Arachnid and Tarantula de-cloak as they look at the transmitter in Arachnid's hand.

"Did you get it on quickly enough? They teleported away instantly."

>Arachnid nods in response.

"I had the nano drone focused on Mariah the entire time. I've got her signal. It's…."

>Squinting behind his mask at the data on the transmitter device in his hand, Arachnid gives a look of surprise.

"….The Narrows? That's where they're taking her?"

>Silent for a moment, Arachnid then groans in understanding.

"Of course. They're trying to undermine any radio communications or tracking. Given how quickly these guys can get above and below ground, it's not that surprising either."

>Tarantula nods slowly as he speaks.

"These guys are moving like an established unit. As if they've done this before."

>Looking back at Arachnid, he then says:

"We're going to need some backup for this, Damian. Let Jay know that they've sprung the bait. Send him the coordinates. We're going in."

>Nodding quickly, Arachnid then sends the coordinates to Matrix, as Tarantula jumps off of the skyscraper. He begins swinging off into the city as Arachnid swings off at the same time.


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>Location: The Narrows - Sanctuary City

>The subterranean depths of the narrows are usually abandoned. A vast network of underground cave formations and cave networks, that have long since been abandoned since the formation of Sanctuary City, decades prior.

>However, on this night the caves are occupied once more. A large group of hooded ninjas quickly move from location to location - as a massive transfer operation is occurring.

["Hurry up! The boats will arrive to transport the Meta-Humans underwater! Susano-O will be arriving shortly! Ensure that the Meta-Humans are still unconscious!"]

>The figure barking orders in Japanese is presumably the leader of the group - Shadows under the employ of the Tasogare family. Upon hearing the command, the subordinate Shadows nod quickly and begin to make haste. Their preparations continuing as they make hand gestures and chant magical incantations softly.

>The lead figure then paces back and forward, looking over the dozens of captured Meta-Humans as he thinks to himself.

{"This is a suboptimal number of potential targets. Kagemusha will be displeased with the quantity of our quarry. No matter, we will make up for our numerical deficit with sheer quality."}

>As the Shadows continue working, keeping Meta-Humans in slumber with their lower level magic spells, none are the wiser as two figures slowly crawl across the darkness of the large cavernous areas.

>The lead Shadow then walks over to a terminal device, seemingly imbued in the rocky surface of the wall. After pressing a few buttons, the screen lights up with a figure being seen on the other side.

["Status Report."]

>The figure says, another ninja-like being with a mask covering their face. A sword is holstered over their back, further accentuating their likely skillset.

["Lord Ryūjin, we are working diligently to prepare the Meta-Human targets for transfer."]

>Silent for a moment, Ryūjin then replies.

["Make haste, lieutenant. The Kagemusha is not a patient man, and neither am I. Susano-O is rapidly approaching your location. He will transfer the Meta-Humans to us. Ensure that they are not disturbed until then."]

>The lead Shadow nods quickly, bowing in turn.

["Yes of course, Lord Ryūjin. We will not fail the Tasogare family."]

>The screen then turns off.


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>The two figures, who stealthily cling to the ceiling of the large cavern, then look at each other.

"Did you hear that? The Tasogare family are doing this? You know anything about them?"

>Tarantula nods at Arachnid as they continue crawling silently across the ceiling.

"I've heard of them before. A bunch of recluse wealthy Japanese people. Rumors are that they're cursed or something. I dunno. I don't pay much attention besides whatever the tabloids are saying."

>Narrowing his organic mask lenses, Tarantula's enhanced vision allows him to point out the figures below. He then notices large pod-like structures that are holding different Meta-Humans in suspended animation. A fluid-like substance keeps them suspended in the air, while they're connected to breathing masks.

"Looks like they've got some kind of advanced life-preserving technology. Not sure where they got their hands on that."

>Tarantula then looks at Arachnid beside him.

"Can you scan it? See what it's made of?"

>Arachnid nods and then presses his hand to his helmet, beginning a technopathic energy scan of the pods. After a few seconds he gets a response that surprises him.

"….Inconclusive? Supernatural phenomena detected? Huh, well that's new."

>Tarantula then scowls lightly before he speaks up, saying:

"Your suit translated the call right? They mentioned Susano-O. What's that?"


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>Arachnid then takes the lead, crawling quickly past Tarantula as they both make their way over towards the area directly above the pods. There's around 20 pods, by Arachnid's estimation, as he replies to Tarantula's question.

"I briefly remember some stuff from a history class I took. Susano-O's the Japanese God of the Sea and Storms. He's got a sword called….."

>Thinking for a moment, Arachnid then remembers as he makes another scan of a different pod.

"Murakumo. That was it. Either way, he's one of the big three Gods of Shintoism."

>Nodding, Tarantula then says:

"So the name is referring to a person, likely a guy with similar powers."

>Arachnid finishes his scan as he continues scanning the pods, attempting to find the one he's looking for.

"Yep. Most likely a Para-Human. We're running out of time, but I think I've found Arachne."

>Arachnid then motions down to a specific pod that's guarded by 3 Shadows. The pod has the same amniotic fluid suspending a woman inside of it. The woman is Arachne, still in her costume.

"At least they didn't check her identity first. Thank God."

>Arachnid says under his breath.

"We're running out of time. You heard the guy. That Susano-O person is on his way. We need to drop in and get her out of here."

>Tarantula is about to move, as Arachnid holds a hand out - stopping him.

"Hold on, T. What about the others? We can't let them get abducted and sent to Japan."

>Silent for a moment, Tarantula then says:

"We'll just have to haul them out. We're strong enough to. Let's go."

>Before Arachnid can even respond, Tarantula jumps off from the ceiling - crashing down below and immediately causing a commotion.

"Ugh, I hate it when he does that."

>Arachnid does as he jumps down - swinging into the fray as well.


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>The Shadows down below immediately begin shouting orders to each other - speaking Japanese as they attempt to rally and coordinate themselves.

["Intruders! Were we followed by them?!"]

["Impossible! We used magical teleportation! There is no way they could've found us!"]

>Tarantula immediately lands on the ground, grabbing one of the Shadows with both of his legs as he handstands and flings them into a nearby wall - shattering it.

"I don't speak Japanese, but I can already tell that you're already regretting this."

>Moving at speeds faster than most of the Shadows can even process, Tarantula proceeds to swiftly backhand, kick and knee various members of the Shadows. Some of them attempt to attack him with low-level magical spells, such as fire bursts.

"Hey! Careful with that!"

>Tarantula says as he casually flips out of the way, landing on one of the containment pods holding a Meta-Human.

"Don't want to disturb their beauty sleep."

>Tarantula, now crouched over the pod, then assumes a thinking position.

"On second thought….I do."

>He then immediately slams down on the paneling, causing the glass to shatter and the Meta-Human to fall out, coughing as they open their eyes.

["No! Stop him! He is ruining our plans!"]

>The leader Shadow is then suddenly webbed up by his feet - quickly stuck to the side of a nearby wall with a net.

"I'm guessing you're the brains of the operation here? Sorry, I don't speak Japanese either, but I appreciate the enthusiasm!"


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>Tarantula continues leaping from pod to pod, smashing open their glass paneling as the captured Meta-Humans all fall to the floor.

>After less than a minute, he reaches the final pod containing Arachne. Smashing it open, he then catches her as she begins coughing - opening her eyes behind her lenses.

"GYAH! Ack! Where….Where am…..I?"

>Looking around, Arachne then looks up and notices Tarantula staring at her. Realizing that she's being held in his arms, she then instinctively backflips - through sheer muscle strength, landing on the floor in front of him.

"Hey! Hands off!"

>Scoffing, Tarantula crosses his arms as he replies:

"You're welcome, you little daredevil. Next time let me handle the bait part. Virion can filter out chemicals - including whatever tranq they hit you with."

>Arachne, due to her enhanced physiology, almost immediately comes to her senses. Noticing a pair of Shadows rushing towards her with elemental attacks, she then fires a series of condensed webbing spheres from her wrists.

["What the?!"]

["Is that webbing?"]

>The high speed webbing spheres move so quickly, as to completely incapacitate the Shadows - knocking them out cold after hitting them in the faces and shattering their masks.

"Assholes! That's what you get for kidnapping me!"

>Another pair of Shadows rush their location, attempting to attack them with electrical blasts.

"Heads up."

"I know!"

>Tarantula and Arachne both sense the attacks before they occur, instinctively backflipping into the air, then performing a series of rapid-pace backwards handstands as they flip out of the way of the incoming lightning attacks.


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>Arachnid continues using his various silk cartridges, loading them up into the wrists of his suit as he manually sprays a massive amount of reinforced silk at the Shadows - ensnaring them and binding them to the ground.

>At that moment, a large plume of purple smoke appears, with a tinge of brimstone filling the air. A blue skinned, blue haired and yellow eyed being then appears - right in the middle of the battlefield.

"Sorry I'm late guys! Uhh…."

>The man then looks around, noticing the three arachno Meta-Humans as they begin to turn the tide against the massive onslaught of Shadows that are fighting them.

"Hey! Matrix! Good timing!"

>Arachnid says as he flips over a surge of earth-based rock attacks. Webbing the figure who attacked him from a distance, he continues speaking.

"There's around nineteen people here! Meta-Humans! Can you get them out to safety?!"

>Nodding, Matrix runs towards one of the Meta-Humans, still trying to get their bearings and screaming in terror.

"Yeah no problem! Where should I send them?!"

>Arachnid catches a sword being thrown in his direction, webbing up the sharp blade portion of the sword before sending it back to the thrower - knocking them out.

"MRD precinct! The front door would be good enough!"

>Matrix nods in response.

"Right! Got it!"

>Looking down at the scared figure of the Meta-Human before him, Matrix then holds out his hand, stating:

"It's gonna be OK. I'll get you out of here. Just hold my hand."

>The Meta-Human does as Matrix and the Meta-Human then both disappear in a plume of purple smoke - a fiery yellow ember being left behind in their wake.


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>Location: MRD Precinct

>A pair of MRD guards are standing outside of the main entrance to the MRD Precinct that handles the central Sector of Sanctuary City. The guards have been chatting for a while, on an otherwise uneventful day.

"….Look, I'm not saying that I'm gonna do it. I'm just saying that if I could go out on a date with Lieutenant Capgras? I'd consider that an accomplishment."

>Sighing, the other MRD agent replies.

"Seriously man? Is this another one of those 'can you turn into this woman that I'm too scared to ask out on a date' situations? You're better than that."

>Shaking his head, the first MRD agent then gets defensive as he responds to the accusation.

"Hey man, I'm just saying. Shapeshifters make for great partners."

>Suddenly, a large plume of purple smoke and yellow fire appears before the two guards - as Matrix and the Meta-Human captive appear.

"There you go. Go inside the precinct. They'll take care of you. I'll get the others."

>Looking up and seeing the two MRD agents staring in silence, Matrix then awkwardly waves his hand as the Meta-Human captive runs inside.

"Uh…hi! I'm Matrix. You may have heard of me. Well not this me, but like, the me, me. The normal one. In uh…armor. Not with…blueberry skin. Ha ha….."

>Silent for another moment, Matrix then says.

"Anyways, I found your abducted Meta-Humans. I'm gonna go bring the rest of them now so that they can talk to you guys, OK?"

>The MRD agents are stunned, far too shocked to even respond properly.

"We cool with that? Great! Thanks!"

>Matrix then disappears in a plume of purple smoke and yellow fire once more.


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>Location: The Narrows

>Back in the heart of the action, Matrix arrives and quickly takes the next two Meta-Human captives in his arms - teleporting them to safety. As he continues to teleport to and from that location, Arachnid then asks the others:

"How are we doing so far? I've got around….twenty bad guys so far?"

>Tarantula responds first.

"Twenty five. You're slacking, Arachnid."

>Arachne then responds, right after double foot kicking two Shadows in the face masks - shattering said face masks and knocking the Shadows to the ground.

"Thirty! You're both rusty."

>Scoffing, Tarantula then dodges an elemental fire attack sent at him from directly behind his back - dodging due to his suit's 360 degree vision and ESP. After dodging the attack, he then spins around and kicks the attacker - knocking them to the ground.

"That's almost everyone! Keep going!"

>After a few more seconds, the rest of the entire suite of Shadows is downed, just as Matrix takes the last Meta-Human captive away in a teleport burst.

"You two good?"

>Tarantula says as he walks up to Arachnid and Arachne. Both of them barely show any signs of fatigue as they nod in response.

"Good. Now let's get out of here-"

>Tarantula is then suddenly blasted by a surge of high pressure water, sending him flying across the cavern network.

"What the-"


>Before either of them can react, Arachnid and Arachne are also blasted by the high pressure water jets.


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>Tarantula is the first to rise to his feet, barely processing the speed and severity of the attack.

"What the hell…?"

>Focusing his attention, he then looks up and sees a man with Asian features standing in the middle of the cavern. He has a black and blue body suit, long blue hair and glowing golden eyes.

>The man has a hand on his waist, and his other arm resting at his side. His fingertips are covered by a glowing blue fabric as he begins speaking English.

"It appears that our Shadows have bitten off more than they can chew. Amusing."

>Arachnid and Arachne then come to their senses and stand on their feet. All three of them were damaged by the attack, but not substantially so. Even then - all three of them could tell the exact same context.

"You're holding back, aren't you?"

>The man gives an amused smile before he closes his eyes and nods his head slightly. Opening his eyes again, he then speaks.

"Of course I am. The God of the Seas shows mercy to interlopers - before attempting to vanquish them."

>Arachnid then narrows his eyes behind his mask, replying with a newfound and concerning realization.


>Taking a slight bow, the Para-Human then responds.

"In the flesh, as you say. I was concerned that the Shadow contingent we sent to capture Meta-Humans in this city would underperform expectations. In a manner of speaking, they did just that. However."

>Pointing a finger at the three spider Meta-Humans standing before him, Susano-O then gives a smile as he speaks.

"We may have gained the opportunity to extract something far more valuable from this city - you three."

>Arachne scoffs as she holds her hands out.

"Like hell. I've already been abducted twice before! I'm through with being someone's lab rat!"

>Arachne then begins firing a massive surge of web spheres at Susano-O.

"Always with the aggression. Americans….."

>Susano-O then immediately conjures a barrier of high pressure water around him - spontaneously. The water barrier is of such a high pressure that it cuts through the condensed webbing like nothing.


>Arachne then attempts to rush Susano-O, only for a large plume of purple smoke and yellow fire to appear in front of her.


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>Matrix appears, crouching before Arachne and the other vigilantes. Immediately going into defensive mode, he then says:

"Hands off of her!"

>Susano-O then crosses his arms, staring down all of the vigilantes standing before him. He still gives off an amused vibe to his body language, as Arachnid then feels the buzzing of his head - his ESP warning him once more.

"I didn't notice it before, shit. My danger sense is giving me a bad reading from this guy."

>Arachnid then looks to Matrix, stating:

"Matrix! Get us back to base! Now!"

>Matrix nods and holds his hands out, expanding the range of his teleportation power and beginning to activate it - just as Susano-O appears to begin rushing towards them.

"Escaping so soon?! We've just started!"

>As he rushes towards them at a blinding speed, Matrix barely pulls off the teleportation - getting himself and the others away from the Narrows in time.

>Now standing alone in silence, Susano-O then laughs to himself.

"Oh, Kagemusha was correct. The Meta-Humans of the West are far more entertaining to deal with."


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>Date: September 22nd, 2017
>Location: Kyoto, Japan - Tasogare Castle
>Time: 10:00 AM [Relative to Sanctuary City]

["The Meta-Humans were all transported away before Susano-O could retrieve them for extraction."]

>Isamu Tasogare, also known as Ryūjin, kneels at the foot of the flooring before the throne. Akito sits on his throne, his face resting on his fist as he casually stares at the face of his cousin while he gives his report.

["Furthermore, we have experienced various losses in the form of damaged and compromised technology. The magitek terminal that we installed inside of the Narrows was destroyed by Susano-O following the altercation with the vigilantes."]

>Susano-O stands in the back, further behind Isamu, also kneeling.

["Please forgive me, Kagemusha. I did not intend to fail at my mission, but the Meta-Humans forced my hand. Had I not destroyed the terminal, the information stored could be traced back to us."]

>Sitting on his throne still, Akito remains unresponsive for a few more moments, before stating in response:

["That compromise has already occurred. Thanks to my dear cousin, Isamu."]

>Looking up in surprise, Isamu immediately speaks up, attempting to defend himself.

["I did no such thing! I merely spoke with the Shadows' lieutenant in order to receive an update of the situation! No sensitive information was leaked!"]

>Akito then stares Isamu directly in the eyes as he responds.

["Did you, or did you not use our surname during your communications?"]

>Isamu's face behind his mask turns pale white, as he slowly responds to the question.

["…Yes. I did."]

>Akito then gives Isamu a raised eyebrow expression, as he continues.

["Furthermore, as Susano-O as explained, the area was beset by intruders by the time he had arrived. He was mere minutes away from the location underneath Sanctuary City."]

>Adjusting his seating position on his throne, Akito then says:

["Tell me, cousin. What do you believe that implies?"]

>Silent for a moment, Isamu then lowers his head in shame, gritting his teeth as he speaks.

["I will pay for my mistake and the shame that I have brought upon the Tasogare family. This, I swear Kagemusha."]

>Exhaling, Akito then gives a soft smile as he motions with two of his fingers.

["There will be no punishment for this mistake - as it matters not. Ryozo is already aware of our plans. Continuing to pretend that the specter of secrecy protects our operations is foolishness made bare."]

>Isamu, surprised, then nods at Akito as he stands up due to the two finger salute.

["…Of course, Kagemusha. We will redouble our efforts to prepare for the oncoming confrontation."]

>Akito lazily waves his hand at Isamu and Susano-O, before stating:

["If you insist. However, the rest of the immediate family must be prepared."]

>Looking at Susano-O, Akito then says:

["Ao, summon your brother Gin and your sister Hikari. I would have need of Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu, in addition to Susano-O."]

>Susano-O nods as he bows before Akito.

["It will be done, Kagemusha."]

>Susano-O then turns around and begins to walk out of the throne room. Isamu looks up at Akito, who then tells him:

["As for you, Ryūjin? Do not undermine yourself again, for it is only by Ryozo's knowledge, that your actions did not constitute a setback. Make a habit of reckless behavior at your own peril."]

>Balling his fists instinctively, Isamu then swallows his pride and nods at Akito - bowing as well.

["Of course, Kagemusha. Forgive me for my insolence. I will prepare and conduct myself in a more efficient manner next time."]

>Isamu then turns around and walks out of the throne room as well.


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>After a few moments, Maya then enters the throne room from a side door. Looking through a datapad as she does so, she taps the side of her cheek intently as she seems to be lost in thought.

"I'm not sure why the magitek sensor array went sporadic all of a sudden."

>Akito stands up from his throne and turns to walk towards Maya. As he does so, he speaks in fluent English, instead of Japanese.

"You are concerning yourself far too much, with trivialities that are far too insignificant. A habit of yours that I have noticed, Maya."

>Maya sighs as she then lowers the datapad, holding it at her side as she looks through her lab coat interior pockets.

"Yeah well, it's not every day that something can damage magitek. Especially the stuff I was given by Eukaryon."

>Akito then stands before Maya and slowly grabs her by the chin, turning her face to look at his own.

"As I said, you worry yourself too much."

>Akito then gives her a brief tap on the left face cheek, causing Maya to lightly blush.

"I hate it when you do that."

>Akito then responds as he begins to walk beside her and towards the large mural on the wall.

"You dislike a many great things, Maya. You are also very honest about that - which is what I like about you."

>Placing one hand at his hip, Akito then muses to himself for a moment as he closes his eyes.

"It seems that I must escalate the circumstances of the plan - to develop forces strong enough to realize my ancestors' vision. My vision."

>Maya comes up behind him, placing a hand on his shoulder as she says:

"Your family will succeed. I know it."

>Akito then places a hand on her own, as he turns around to face her once more.

"Yes, we will - and you will have more than you ever hoped for, Maya. I promise you that."

>Akito then taps Maya's left face cheek once more, before he turns to walk away from her - reaching his throne once more.

>After sitting upon his throne, Akito then snaps his fingers - as a distortion in space-time appears before him.


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>After a few moments, a figure in red armor slowly hovers through the space-time rupture. As the rupture dissipates, the form of Maximus hovers in the air before Akito.

"Lord Kagemusha. You have summoned me?"

>Akito remains sitting on his throne, giving a somewhat bored look on his face.

"It is time for you to fulfill your purpose, Maximus."

>Nodding, Maximus then remains hovering in the air under his power, responding:

"I will assist you then, Master."

>Akito then responds, as he stands up and says:

"Good. I look forward to assessing you in action."

>Maya looks at Maximus with a skeptical look on her face, stating:

"What's the big oaf gonna do? Knock down some machines?"

>Akito looks at Maya from his seat on the throne, stating:

"No, he will assist me in the attack on our current opposition. The ones who so graciously gave you to me."

>Maya's eyes widen as she feels her jaw drop.

"You're going to attack them? All of them?"

>Nodding, Akito then stands up, as black and red flames spontaneously appear around him - transforming him into the dark samurai known as Kagemusha.

"Of course. They have resources that can only aid us in our mission. Besides."

>Holding out a hand, Kagemusha then slowly curls it into a fist.

"They are not my true targets. Merely stepping stones. Appetizers to the main course."


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>Location: Eukaryon - Central Command Base
>Time: 12:00 PM [Relative to Sanctuary City]

>Ouranos continues to observe the system data coming in through the main command center. As his personnel are looking over the data, he's flanked by magitek troops as his main guard force.

"…..We still have no leads on the whereabouts of the Eidolus units? How is this possible?"

>One of the technicians looks up at Ouranos, a nervous expression on his face.

"Sorry sir, but we've looked through all of the footage. One moment the android units are in storage, and the next moment, they're all gone. It's almost as if they were taken in an-"


>Ouranos finishes the statement, startling his underling.

"Y-Yes sir. We're sorry, and we have failed you again. We will redouble our efforts to track the androids, though we cannot promise their exact location."

>Ouranos waves off the statement as he says to himself:

"That will not be necessary. We are stretched too far thin already."

>Suddenly, warning alarms flash throughout the room and the larger facility. Bright red lights appear, in addition to the warning alarms.


>Looking up at Ouranos, the magitek troopers speak up.

"Sir. We're compromised. We'll need to escort you to the protection zone."

>Shaking his head, Ouranos adjusts his cloak over his armor as he walks off, saying:

"No. The time has come for me to put an end to this charade."

>Surprised, the magitek trooper responds:

"You know who's attacking us, sir?!"

>Ouranos scoffs under his breath.

"Of course. It is the only one who has both the knowledge and the wherewithal to attack me directly."

>He then walks off, into the distance as the larger underground facility starts to experience massive explosions in the distance.


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>Entire metallic structures are completely crushed into nothingness, as explosive discharges continue to occur across the facilities. While this happens, various mercenary troops hired to protect the Euakryon base are swatted aside like flies - though not killed.

"Impressive, Maximus. Continue to demonstrate more of your power for me."

>Kagemusha says, as he continues walking with his hands behind his back. His Eien no Yoru blade is holstered in its sheath by his waist, as he continues to observe the work of his underling.

"Yes, Kagemusha. I shall."

>Maximus says as he holds out his hand - generating a massive pulse of electromagnetic repulsive force, causing the metal-clad armored fighters in the facility to be sent flying.

"Take them down, now!"

>A mercenary leader says off in the distance - instructing a platoon of soldiers to shoot at the two figures approaching them. From all sides, Kagemusha and Maximus are bombarded by a hail of bullets and plasma beams.

"No harm will come to the Kagemusha, nor myself."

>Maximus affirms, as he produces an electromagnetic and psionic force field barrier powerful enough to capture all of the bullets and energy beams sent in his direction. The force field then quickly expands as it knocks back all of the enemies attacking him. Once again, Maximus leaves the mercenaries alive as he and Kagemusha progress further into the facility.


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>From the distance, a large beam of magical energy rushes towards them both. The beam penetrates Maximus's forcefield - injuring him as it slices down to his left arm. As blood gushes from his wound, an enraged Maximus then exerts more power.

"You dare attack me?! Insolent wench!"

>Maximus then uses his psionic abilities to telekinetically drag the magitek trooper into the air. As the female trooper is bound in his grasp, Maximus's bloody arm begins to glow with a bright purple light.

"If you attempt to remove me from this Earth so eagerly, then I would suggest a more fatal organ to attack!"

>As his body tissue rapidly heals through an infusion of psionic energy, Maximus then ragdolls the magitek trooper, slamming her into a series of metal containers repeatedly until she's knocked out.

>Then, Maximus and Kagemusha continue forward - disarming and knocking out more and more magitek troopers as they reach the end of the hallway - entering a large hangar.

>After entering the hangar, Kagemusha and Maximus are beset by one final obstacle. There, standing in the middle of the hangar bay, is Ouranos himself. His cloak is draped over his armor as he slowly looks up at both Maximus and Kagemusha.

"This charade has continued for far too long - Tasogare. I will remove you from this chess game once and for all."


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>Ouranos then immediately makes the first move, making a set of twin hand gestures as he loops his arms around in a circular motion. Once his hands rest in front of his chest, he makes a finger pointing motion with the pinky and index fingers of both arms.

"You meet your end here, and now!"

>After casting the spell, the world around the hangar bay begins to drastically shift - moving the place into an alternate dimension.

"Theatrics from a would-be magician. How quaint."

>Snarling, Ouranos then speaks up:

"You are not one to presume to know anything about my capabilities - human."

>After the trans-dimensional movement spell is complete, Ouranos then immediately rushes down Maximus first, grabbing him by the neck with unfathomable speed and strength - before launching him far into the skies of the darkened dimension.


>Struggling to regain his footing in the air, Maximus uses his psionic and magnetic powers to reorient himself in mid-air, regaining his positioning. However, he is far too slow to react to the incoming flurry of magical strikes started by Ouranos.

"You have irritated me with your nonsensical attempts to undermine my goals! Yet you have the audacity to attempt a siege of my base? My domain?!"

>As Maximus gets bloodied and beaten by the sheer strength and speed of Ouranos's strikes, he attempts to heal himself with his psionic abilities - only for his psionic energy to be rapidly drained by Ouranos at the same time.

"Buffoon. I can accomplish in one temporal cycle what would take your species a millennia to even attempt! I am far beyond the machinations and ambitions of you and the rest of your pathetic species!"

>With a final surge of magical power, Ouranos makes a rune with his right hand - generating a powerful surge of magical energy that completely ruptures the insides of Maximus, causing him to scream in pain as he's vaporized into magical particles.


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>Crossing his arms below, Kagemusha stares up at Ouranos - stating:

"Have you finished?"

>Looking down at Kagemusha with contempt, Ouranos then says:

"You are next, worm. I will enjoy crushing you beneath my feet."

>Immediately, Ouranos teleports down to Kagemusha and begins attacking him with a flurry of high level magical attacks. Compression energy bursts, living transmutation energy waves and refractions caused by magical light.

>Kagemusha however, is able to avoid most of these attacks by moving across the expanse of land in an instant. By moving through space-time itself in a single moment, Kagemusha sidesteps all of the attacks utilized by Ouranos.

"Hrrmm. I suppose that you are not all merely boasting then, human. Nonetheless, I will not allow you to leave this dimension alive."

>Hovering in the air, Ouranos then begins chanting once more, now speaking:

"I summon the strength of Sly'izva the Solemn! Lend me your power!"

>A large, monstrous tentacle silhouette then appears behind Ouranos, with his power rapidly expanding as he does so.


>Then, large spatial tentacles begin to appear all around Kagemusha - instantaneously moving through space-time as he himself does in an attempt to capture him.

>Kagemusha continues moving at instantaneous speeds, managing to barely avoid the supernatural tentacles attempting to reach him.

>Holding out two fingers, his right index and right middle finger, Kagemusha then makes a swift motion with his hand - creating a rupture in space-time itself that slices through the tentacles.


>Recoiling backwards, Ouranos notices the slicing effect, dumbfounded by its strength.

{"Sly'izva's appendages are comprised of space-time itself! They are not mere matter! How can he possibly be cutting through them?! Unless…."}

>Instinctively dodging the slices that are moving towards him, Ouranos himself teleports through magical energy, appearing off in the sky above the battlefield as he figures it out.

{"Impossible! He's utilizing magical power to cut through space-time itself! Even I cannot harness that degree of magical power without summoning a Greater One!"}

>In that instant, another series of slices are fired by Kagemusha - but these are now strong enough to rupture through the fabric of space-time, causing a vacuum effect in which space itself snaps forward, fixing the cut in existence.

>As Ouranos is teleported to Kagemusha instantly due to the spatial slash and the resulting snap-back of reality, he braces himself by projecting a magical forcefield.

>The forcefield is barely able to contain the strength of the next magical slash, as Ouranos teleports away once more.


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>Ouranos then holds up his hands, making another series of rapid gestures with said hands.

"I call upon the transience of Thar'murz!"

>Tapping into the power of another magical being, Ouranos immediately brings the entirety of time to a halt in the area. In a localized sense, time is no longer passing except for his own movements - or so he thinks.

"Now to finish you off - what?!"

>Immediately, Kagemusha's frozen body activates another slash. As the slash cuts through space-time, it begins to cause jitters and disjointed connections in frozen space-time around them. The clashing of the disjointed areas of frozen space-time begin to grind against each other, as Ouranos looks on in surprise.

"Temporal manipulation too? You are full of surprises then, human."

>As both Ouranos and Kagemusha begin to fight in frozen time, Ouranos continues to hurl a variety of powerful magical attacks at Kagemusha. Everything from elemental magical strikes towards transmutation attacks are all directly hurled at Kagemusha - however he avoids all of them due to his unprecedented control of space-time itself.

>Either Kagemusha bends the attacks around him, or he simply teleports himself out of the way in an instant. Ouranos even attempts to surprise him with a spell that allows him to merge with the area itself - however Kagemusha forces him back into his standard form after attacking existence itself with one of his Fissure slashes once more.

>Now rematerializing in his standard form, Ouranos feels himself running out of options. He considers his failsafe, in case circumstances fail to resolve themselves.

{"He is actually pressing me back?! Impossible! I have studied various magics across this world, and others - for eons! He cannot be capable of doing this! He cannot!"}


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>Ouranos then changes tactics, instead shifting the world around them both once more. Immediately transporting them to a different dimension, with a greater saturation of mana in its environment, he thinks that he has claimed pre-eminent victory.

{"Yes, this will do! With the excess mana concentrated around the environment, I can overload his defenses and trigger a chain reaction of pure magical energy! I'll need to prepare the necessary wards and enchantments to my armor while he is preoccupied. Once that is completed, however - I should be able to finish him off with a dimensional implosion!"}

>Resolute and confident in his newfound plan, Ouranos then casts another spell, generating various perfect copies of himself that all engage Kagemusha in direct combat.

{"Deal with the mindless attacks, Tasogare. While I prepare your inevitable doom."}

>Ouranos then teleports away, to a secluded part of the large dimension - hidden behind mountains. As he does so, he prepares his magical chain reaction spell - creating a large sphere of glowing magical energy in his arms.

{"This will finish you off, once and for all."}


>Meanwhile, back in view of the open plains of the dimension - Kagemusha continues to engage in direct combat with the dozens of Ouranos clones before him. Although outnumbered, his immense prowess with space-time manipulation allows him to effectively sense and react to each attack before it happens.

>As he teleports around the battlefield, Kagemusha muses to himself as he swats away weaker magical attacks with his bare hands.

{"The sorcerer is hiding himself, likely to prepare a counter spell against me. I'm honored that he feels so desperate in my presence. Though I expected more, I will admit."}

>The Ouranos clones continue to attack Kagemusha with energy blasts, summoned monsters and reality-breaking attacks, however Kagemusha is once again able to avoid them all.

{"For all of his versatility and power, Ouranos is unable to match my sheer control over space and time. This is my innate power - and it is only fitting that it aids me in your defeat."}


>Ouranos, still hidden inside of the forest and surrounded by mountain ranges, prepares his spell for activation. After a few more seconds, he then speaks out loud the incantation.

"Broken structure. Mended bone. Fissured heart. Ruptured soul. Release that is, and can ever be."

>Holding out the large sphere, he watches as it grows larger and larger - beginning to rapidly expand into the sky above.

"Shatter the stars - and set chaos free!"

>Finishing the incantation, Ouranos's evocation further reinforces the power and strength of the magical spell, increasing its efficiency by 100%. Suddenly, the sphere begins to grow at an exponential size, rapidly starting to cover the entire dimension.

Ouranos himself has already protected himself in a magical barrier, made from a similar spell.

{"Now, you die - Tasogare. Your clan is next, after you are finished."}


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>As the magical energy begins to rapidly cascade into a surge of explosive force - the entire dimension begins to feel the effects of spontaneous magical combustion. Entire mountain ranges are obliterated, vaporized in an instant.

>The entire scope of the dimension, infinite in size - is then vaporized into absolute nothingness, thanks to the effects of Ouranos's reinforced mana explosion. Several minutes pass before the dust and debris fall away - with only the magically reinforced land itself surviving the explosion due to Ouranos's protective magic.

"Finally. It is done."

>Slowly lowering the barrier around him, Ouranos then begins to laugh in triumphant success. Almost cackling to himself, he then says:

"Yes! With your death, I can now continue with my plan-"

>Suddenly, Ouranos is stabbed from behind by a familiar black and red katana. Stunned, he can only slowly look down at his chest, as it begins to bleed profusely.

"Your plan is now irrelevant. So is your ambition to rule this world."

>Kagemusha slowly appears from the side of Ouranos's periphery - and his field of view. The sword remains lodged in Ouranos's chest, slowly hurting him more with each passing moment.

"GYARGH! H-How?! How are you still, ACK!"

>Coughing up blood in his helmet and mask, Ouranos curses to himself as he attempts to continue speaking. Slowly raising his hand to point a finger at Ouranos, his finger trembles as he says to himself:

"Y-You were s-supposed to be dead! I detonated the entire dimension! All that remains is the ground beneath our feet! Only then, it survives due to my power!"

>Kagemusha looks around the empty darkness of the dimension, as the twin stars in the sky have also been detonated by the exponential force of Ouranos's spell.

"Yes, you've made that quite clear. However, you still do not appear to be fully accustomed to my ability. So instead, I will make this simple to understand."

>Holding out a hand, Kagemusha states rather confidently:

"I am the master of time and space. All within existence bends to my will, for it is my power and my innate ability."


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>Suddenly holding his sword, the Eien no Yoru in his hand, Kagemusha examines it carefully as he then says:

"But you? Your knowledge of magic? Of the mystic arts? You will give that to me. I care not for the rest of your myopic mind - only the mystical knowledge you keep."

>Before Ouranos can resist the attack, Kagemusha stabs Ouranos in the chest once more, immobilizing the Chronarch sorcerer and causing him to scream in pain.

>At that same moment, Kagemusha puts both hands on Ouranos - one on his face and one on his heart. After reciting an ancient poem, Kagemusha then says:

"The abilities of my ancestors are inherited by me. Although I alone mastered space and time - my ancestors mastered various other abilities."

>Light begins to glow at the portions of Ouranos's body where Kagemusha is grabbing him as Kagemusha concludes.

"Including the mastery of the mind - of all its secrets. What is yours, is now mine."

>Bright black and red lights begin to flare up from Ouranos's body - at the points where Kagemusha is grabbing him. Ouranos screams in pain as he feels his magical knowledge flashing before his eyes. Entire eons and millennia of magical knowledge is then copied into Kagemusha's mind - as he feels the magical power surging through him.

"Yes……Yes. I can sense it. I can feel it."

>Tossing Ouranos to the side, Kagemusha begins to hover in place - feeling magical energy surge around him. As Ouranos's magical knowledge begins to combine with Kagemusha's inherent magical power - he feels the unification of their essence realize itself within his body.


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>Ouranos, bloodied and battered, continues to cough in pain as Kagemusha feels his ascension occur. Looking up at Kagemusha, Ouranos then thinks to himself.

{"To be so utterly humiliated by a human. Disgraceful! I cannot bear the shame of this. I must regroup…..But to where?! I cannot best him in this state, nor can I allow myself to be made known to Eidolus. Where can I retreat to?! Where?! Wait…..That place…..Yes, it might suffice!"}

>Out loud, Ouranos whispers an incantation with the last of his magical strength. As his body glows brighter, he then disappears in a flash of light - leaving the dimension entirely.

>Barely noticing the departure of Ouranos, Kagemusha then muses to himself:

"A wise decision, Ouranos. Wise indeed."

>Kagemusha then continues to sift through the newly acquired magical knowledge in his mind. Hundreds of years' worth of magical spells and incantations - potentially thousands of years' worth of spells, incantations, jinxes, hexes, wards and charms.

"Yet you had nothing quite on par with my ability to bend space-time to my will. Your spells gave you close approximations, but nothing quite strong enough. A shame, I suppose."

>Looking back at the dimension around him - Kagemusha then whispers a single incantation before he then disappears from the dimension.

>In an instant, the remnants of the dimension are fully destroyed with a single spatial explosion of magical energy and fire - enough to rupture the infinite expanse of space into nothingness in an instant.


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>Location: Underground Eukaryon Base

>In the same instant in which he disappeared from the hangar bay, Kagemusha returns. As he lands on the ground after hovering in the air for a moment, he then thinks to himself:

{"A shame about Maximus's destruction. He was useful…."}

>As the rest of the magitek troopers and mercenary contingent converge on his location, they prepare to fire after realizing that Ouranos has disappeared.

"What have you done with the Commander?!"

>Barely paying attention to the troops standing before him, Kagemusha then says:

"I have dethroned your false leader. Starting now, you all work for me. You are now part of the Tasogare group, and the Seishin Corporation."

>Confused by the statement, all of the magitek troopers and mercenaries begin opening fire - unloading everything that they have on Kagemusha. However, his space-time abilities allow him to casually teleport the attacks elsewhere on Earth - redirecting them into the ocean below.

>After the firing has stopped, Kagemusha speaks up once more.

"If that will not suffice, then so be it. Force will win the day."

>Making a hand gesture, Kagemusha then speaks an incantation.

"Formless mind and sundered rock. Harpies cry and demons mock. Shaper of souls, renderer of flesh. Body and mind, both will mesh."

>Activating the spell, with the magnified strength of the incantation, Kagemusha watches as the entirety of the Eukaryon forces all lower their weapons.

>Silence passes for a moment, before the magitek troopers walk towards Kagemusha and bow in his presence.

"Sir! Ready for orders, Commander Kagemusha!"

>After witnessing the immediate demonstration of unconditional loyalty, Kagemusha thinks to himself:

{"My suspicions were correct. This must have been the spell that Ouranos used to take over for Eukaryon's operations."}

>Crossing his arms behind his back, Kagemusha then speaks to his newly assembled subordinates.

"Begin transferring all remaining funds and capital towards the Seishin Corporation's shell companies and businesses. I will provide you with the necessary information."

>Stopping for a moment before continuing to speak, Kagemusha then continues onward.

"Furthermore, prepare your troops for training. You will all be converted into members of the Tasogare Shadow army. Eukaryon's numbers are in the tens of thousands - and your added manpower will greatly improve the Tasogare cause."

>Nodding, the magitek troopers turn towards the mercenaries and workers in the facility - stating:

"You heard the Commander! Move it! prepare to transfer resources and manpower to the Seishin Corporation and the Tasogare family!"

>All of the members of Eukaryon nod and begin to work on their new assignments with swift speed and precision.


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>A few minutes later, Kagemusha is looking over the internal systems data for the Eukaryon Underground Central Base. As he looks over the schematics for the Eidolus series of androids, he begins to murmur to himself.

"Metal alloy-reinforced bio-mechanical androids. Capable of utilizing Meta-Human abilities, psionics and possibly even magitek? Impressive…."

>As the Magitek troopers continue to bring up information at their computers in the command center, Kagemusha thinks to himself:

{"They would work as more appropriate guards, assuming they can be given human appearances."}

>At the same time, a large screen at the side of the room details the progress in converting most of Eukaryon's remaining wealth and resources to the Seishin Corporation - the public facing company owned and operated by the Tasogare family.

"In terms of net capital and equivalent currency in U.S. dollar denominations - how much capital was kept by Eukaryon in the form of both currency and assets?"

>One of the magitek troopers working at her desk speaks up immediately.

"Approximately one hundred and fifty billion U.S. dollars in seized assets and currency - taken from various external institutions and groups over the decades."

>Thinking to himself, Kagemusha then assesses the information.

{"Still far below the capital values of the big five corporations. Archeon, Hoyokazi and UP have several hundreds of billions in assets and cash. Nonetheless, this is a very good boost to family resources."}

>Looking at the magitek trooper who answered him, Kagemusha continues to question them.

"What of the existing revenue streams? Above ground investments?"

>The magitek trooper responds in a succinct manner.

"Various investments in existing public companies, with dividend payments. Other investments include both partial and complete ownership of private partnerships and private auctions for non-exchange listed private corporations. Such corporations involve those focused in oil and gas harvesting, insurance and information technology."

>Nodding, Kagemusha then states:

"Good. Continue your operations. The Shadows will arrive shortly to further manage operations."

>Kagemusha then walks away, as he thinks to himself:

{"The pieces align themselves, ever closer towards the goal."}


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>Date: September 23rd, 2017
>Location: Kyoto, Japan - Tasogare Castle
>Time: 10:00 AM [Relative to Sanctuary City]

>Standing in front of his throne, Akito closes his eyes. Thinking back to the past, he can see brief flashes of a woman in his mind.

>Slightly wincing in pain, Akito then opens his eyes - feeling magical energy course through them. Out loud, he mutters a single sentence, barely audible to anyone, even himself.

["….I will avenge you mother."]

>After a few moments, the doors to the throne room open, as Asami and Isamu walk into the room. Already sensing their presence and their intentions, Akito remains with his back facing them as he crosses his arms.

["Out with it, Isamu."]

>Startled somewhat, Isamu then looks at Asami, who nods at him. After clearing his throat, Isamu then turns back to Akito and speaks.

["Kagemusha, I request permission to begin a full frontal assault on the Meta-Humans of the United States. The strongest of the vigilantes. I seek specifically to fight Hyperia."]

>Raising an eyebrow, Akito turns to face Isamu and Asami as he gives his reply.

"Only on the condition that you fight her in an isolated space. If a single drop of innocent blood is spilt, you will answer for your incompetence."

>Feeling his nerves steel up in response, Isamu grows stiff as he nods slowly.

"Y-Yes, Kagemusha. No innocents will be harmed. You have my word."

>Akito narrows his eyes in response.

"Your word is worth less than your feeble ambitions. You will forfeit your life if innocent blood is shed."

>An aura of strength and energy radiates from Akito's body, enough to force Isamu to his knees. Asami remains unaffected - indicating the skill and precision required to focus the power on a target.

["You will adhere to this vow with the wager being your life. I will not repeat myself again, Isamu. Your reckless abandon and willingness to cause collateral damage will no longer be tolerated. Am I clear?"]

>The deep red glow of Akito's eyes begins to make itself known - radiating with a powerful incandescence.

>Isamu nods quickly, as he's forced under the pressure of the Tasogare family leader to kneel.

["Yes! I understand! I swear on my life that I will not fail you!"]

>After a few seconds, Akito then turns away from Isamu - allowing the supernatural pressure immediately placed on him to gradually wane and dissipate. Waving him off, Akito then says:

["Then proceed with caution. I will have Susano-O, Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu perform the same operation in the center of Meta-Human power - Sanctuary City."]

>Isamu then gets up and quickly turns to run out of the throne room - the nerves in his body still petrified of his cousin's sheer power and strength of will.


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>With Isamu now gone, Asami then turns her attention to her older brother Akito, as she speaks up.

["You plan to draw them out, older brother? Omnius, Speedrunner and their Meta-Human enforcement organization? The MRD?"]

>Akito nods slowly as he walks up to his throne and then stands in front of it, considering his next response. He then speaks up, answering his younger sister's question.

["The initial plan was insufficient for our purposes. Attempting to cultivate strength from the Meta-Humans is too costly and time consuming. It is better to subjugate the existing demonstrations of strength."]

>Making a gesture with his hand, Akito then whispers an inaudible incantation. A series of powerful mystical flames then appear - as a familiar figure hovers through the air.

["Before you ask, it is not him. Merely a perfect facsimile - though lacking something immaterial. I do not know what it is, exactly, but it makes him merely a copy of his original counterpart."]

>The copy of Maximus continues to hover in the air beside Akito, as Akito then assumes the throne, sitting in place.

["The magical knowledge and sorcery I obtained from Ouranos is truly vast - yet it remains an incomplete picture. However, I can now sense them. I can sense him."]

>Giving Asami a smile, he then watches as her eyes widen in realization. Muttering out loud, she then says.

["….That is what this was all about. Amassing power, gaining allies. Instigating brief conflicts in the West - mainly Sanctuary City. You all did this to provoke him, didn't you?"]

>Nodding, while still having a smile on his face, Akito then looks up at the ceiling, stating:

["Yes, it was all for him. The one I wish to face the most. The only one who seems to be a true challenge for me. I would hope he feels the same way."]

>Akito makes another hand gesture, slowly moving his arm towards the ceiling.

["All that power in the palm of your hand. It is alienating, isn't it Mosaic?"]


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>Location: The Moon

>After materializing himself on the lunar surface, Ouranos coughs heavily as his armor's life support systems activate. Feeling his body for a moment, he looks at the repaired form of his armor - while gritting his teeth in anger.

{"All of this. Worthless! The effort. The time. The planning. All of it for naught! This cannot stand! It cannot stand!"}

>Angrily pounding the lunar dirt below him, Ouranos then screams - using his suit's air supply to audibly scream. After a few seconds of shouting, Ouranos then lowers his head in defeat.

{"All of this, for nothing. Is this how my legacy is written? Etched in a million plumes of dust? As hollow and empty as this infernal celestial satellite?"}

>Suddenly, a voice from behind Ouranos speaks - and the familiarity of the voice causes his heart to be immediately gripped by fear.

"Oh, I wouldn't say that, creator."

>Turning around, Ouranos finds himself face to face with Eidolus - the original bio-android, infused with the power of the Arcane Gems.


>Making a gesture with his hands towards his chest, Eidolus smiles.

"….Me. Just as you designed, creator. In your image. As faulty and broken as that may be."

>Spinning up into the air, Ouranos immediately begins hovering as he charges magical energy around his hands. Runes begin to arc with power as he shouts at Eidolus.

"You insufferable excuse for an automaton! I should've ground you into scrap heap when I had the chance!"

>Immediately summoning a large fist of magical energy, Ouranos slams it down on Eidolus - causing a massive crater on the moon.

"You are a mistake! You have always been a mistake!"

>The dust then settles as Eidolus holds up a hand, grabbing onto the magical construct. Surprised, Ouranos then says:

"What in the name of Aos?!"


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>Smiling, Eidolus then slowly pushes back against the magical construct, exerting more and more pressure before completely overpowering Ouranos. The force of the strength exertion from Eidolus is enough to send Ouranos flying backwards. As he lands on the lunar dirt below, he then looks up to see an entire army of Eidolus androids standing above him.

"….You were the one who took them!"

>Ouranos says, slowly turning around and attempting to take in the sight of all the androids surrounding him.

"While you were the one who denied them their purpose. Attempted to deny me my purpose."

>Looking up, Ouranos then sees the image of Eidolus hovering above him.

"I do not wish to harm humanity - merely guide them along the right evolutionary path. But I cannot allow your deluded machinations to impede them any longer."

>Holding out a finger, Eidolus instantaneously generates a massive surge of magical energy - condensed enough to outmatch nearly any spell that Ouranos knows.

"Goodbye, creator. Not a moment to soon for your eradication, I would say."

>The small sphere then blasts down towards Ouranos, hitting him in the chest as he begins to be consumed by magical energy. Now screaming and shouting, he curses the heavens on his deathbed - as he grows ever closer towards non-existence.


>Screaming with a supernatural cadence to his voice, Ouranos's body is then completely vaporized into nothingness, with only the androids staring at the spot where he used to exist - and Eidolus hovering above him as well.

"As the clock strikes midnight, and the light grows brighter."

[The End]

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