Karkata Revealed

[23:22] <@Minaplo> ["We all knew Zhang wouldn't come quietly." Said Gamelin slowly. "But for two Hands to be wiped out…"-
[23:22] <@Minaplo> ["They knew, my Lord." Said Isaac, on his knees, katana placed upon the ground in supplication. "They had snipers, they had that Iron Guard…"-
[23:23] <@Minaplo> ["The Guard. Yes, I admit I didn't expect S2 to officially condone her actions to such an extent as to give her so much protection. Strange…"-
[23:23] <@Minaplo> [Silence. Isaac waited, seconds turning into minutes, waiting for his master to continue.-
[23:23] <@Minaplo> ["M-My Lord, forgive me-"-
[23:23] <@Minaplo> ["You may go, Isaac. Do not worry. You have your Lord's forgiveness and love still."-
[23:25] <@Minaplo> ["Thank you, thank you…" Isaac got to his feet, still bowing, sheathing his blade. "Hail to the Silver Empress!"-
[23:26] <@Minaplo> ["Hail." Said Gamelin. Isaac, still bowed, retreated from the room.-
[23:33] <@Minaplo> [Gamelin turned away, towards the window. He stared out at the night sky, at the stars, at the twinkling lights within windows.-
[23:35] <@Minaplo> [He even stared as entire blocks started to go dark. The faint electric light over head was snuffed out, leaving only the multitude of candles around the room as a light source.-
[23:43] <@Minaplo> [The air behind him shifted, became cold. Gamelin didn't turn around.-
[23:44] <@Minaplo> ["You're late, Spectre. Did it really take you this long to track me down?"-
[23:44] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre didn't reply. It emerged from the shadowy doorway in which it had stood. Gamelin finally turned around.-
[23:44] <@Minaplo> ["I suppose you're here to kill me." Said Gamelin, smirking a little. "Am I a threat to your precious pilots?"-
[23:45] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre didn't reply. A long elegant lance appeared out of nowhere in its right hand.-
[23:45] <@Minaplo> ["Why do you fight against us? Are we not on the same side? Deep down, you are one of -us-, dear Spectre. Cast off the shackles of your lilim form and join us as you were destined to."-
[23:47] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre still did not reply, falling into a combat stance, lance held in both hands. It moved to strike.-
[00:01] <@Minaplo> [But Gamelin shifted to the side just as the Lance impaled the wall. With a flick of the wrist the Lance snapped back into the Spectre's hands. It stopped, watching him cautiously. It hadn't expected that sort of agility.-
[00:16] <@Minaplo> [Gamelin moved, now, diving for a doorway on the opposite side of the room. he shouted a word as he went-
[00:16] <@Minaplo> ["Karkata!"-
[00:17] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre made to pursue-! But at the last second, jumped to the side, the wooden floor beneath cracking where the Spectre had once stood. It looked up, towards the window-
[00:18] <@Minaplo> [A shape burst through, sliding across the room, blocking the Spectre off from pursuit of Gamelin. The shape was vaguely humanoid- a high thin torso, with long arms and a head, covered in scales and quills. The armoured stomach terminated in a long, prehensile tail, more of a snake's body than anything. It was seven feet long in total.-
[00:23] <@Minaplo> [The Spawn- Karkata- was covered head to toe in blackened, ash-like scales that reflected no light, but instead smouldered lightly, as though the entire thing were being burned from within. Its face was smooth and featureless, the back of its head ending in huge quills like that of an echidna. The bare flesh of its palms and face flowed and twisted like water, momentary shapes- eyes, faces- appearing for a second but never stopping. It possessed long claws on each hand.-
[00:29] <@Minaplo> [The air grew hot and humid, and the sound of strange, faraway screams echoed in the Spectre's ears- it found thinking suddenly difficult, a high note keening through the room. The Spectre shook its head, pushing the distractions away.-
[00:36] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre lunged, an elegant, violent whirlwind springing forth from its lance. A swing at Karkata's head- the creature leaned back- towards the tail- but the creature was too fast! - And a third lunge at the chest, blocked by an AT Field.-
[00:36] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre leapt backward, landing in the middle of the dim room, the lights of the candles reflecting little off of the black armour it wore. It waited for the attack that was sure to come-
[01:09] <@Minaplo> [But when the attack came, it didn't come with fists or blade. The air shimmered around Karkata, which uncoiled into its full height-
[01:11] <@Minaplo> [And a horrendous scream ripped through the air- no! Not through the air at all, but rather was created in the very minds of those it touched. The wail deafened thought and scrambled consciousness.-
[01:11] <@Minaplo> [It was cold and hot all at the same time, sending chills throughout the Spectre's body, fingers spasming and body trembling. It stumbled backwards, unconsciously aware that it had placed its hands over its head.-
[01:17] <@Minaplo> [Karkata raised a scaly, fell arm and made a crushing gesture. Instantly, the Spectre felt its windpipe constrict, and reflexively threw a hand around its own neck, as though trying to pull off a choking arm. But there was nothing there.-
[01:18] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre couldn't let Karkata maintain this. Although it could live without air for some time, it couldn't do so forever. Forcing away the weakness, the scream within its mind, ignoring its own suffocation, it charged once more.-
[01:21] <@Minaplo> [This time the lance struck true, catching Karkata across the chest, ripping through scale and flesh to draw blood- but the blood hissed and burned across the lance, sending clouds of foul ozone into the air. The wound was deep, however; Karkata reeled from the blow.-
[01:26] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre smelled weakness. It pressed the attack, sending another mighty blow into the Angelspawn, lancing through its tail and out the other side. Spurts of blood splashed across the walls, burning them; with a violent tug, the Spectre pulled the blade free, preparing itself for the killing blow.-
[01:30] <@Minaplo> [But the scream returned, now, and the blow faltered- what should've been a lethal blow merely shattered some scales. So close to victory…!-
[01:31] <@Minaplo> [One more blow. The Spectre aimed for the head, now, the lance gleaming-
[02:31] <@Minaplo> [But then the Spectre was in darkness. It was hopeless. The wail was unleashed yet greater now, ripping through not only the Spectre's mind but its very soul, sending it reeling away, the Lance clattering against the ground. It was like drowning, drowning with no escape or hope for rescue, only a suffocating inevitability that filled every fibre of the Spectre's being, telling it to flee.-
[02:32] <@Minaplo> [A scream cut through the air, but it was not the wail of Karkata but rather the Spectre's own voice, a scream of horror and fear- it stumbled backwards, falling onto its back, cradling its head with both hands. The scream ended quite abruptly.-
[02:33] <@Minaplo> [A fluid filled the Spectre's helmet, thin and watery and smelling of slime and stomach acid- the disgusting taste filled its throat and mouth, vomiting over and over.-
[02:57] <@Minaplo> [Karkata towered over the fallen Spectre now, the wounds rapidly closing. The Spawn's body began to ripple and glow with energies- electricity arced across veins and from torso to hand-
[02:58] <@Minaplo> [Where it unleashed bolt upon bolt of energy upon the Spectre. The Spectre reeled and shuddered, trying to scream through the sick clogging its mouth.-
[02:58] <@Minaplo> [The smell of burning cloth and flesh and blood filled the air.-
[03:00] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre grabbed the Lance, swinging clumsily through the air, the strike ruined by pain and disorientation. Karkata leaned away, allowing the Spectre a second to roll away from it- the room spinning dizzily as it did so- getting back on its feet at the end of the roll, trying to present a proper defense.-
[03:04] <@Minaplo> [Bolts of force smashed against its armour, staggering it but not defeating it, leaving it standing.-
[03:05] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre took steps backwards- back until it hit the wall. Trembling, body wanting to collapse beneath it, the Spectre looked to its right- towards the smashed window.-
[03:13] <@Minaplo> [But another hail of bolts caught it, and this time they struck true. Every inch of the Spectre's body was smashed by the force of the blow- with a horrible snapping sound its right leg broke violently; its left arm crunched backwards, dislocated. The Spectre collapsed, dazed and unaware.-
[03:15] <@Minaplo> [Karkata advanced, its horrible scream ringing through the Spectre's head once more- pain and terror mixing, freezing it where it was-
[03:18] <@Minaplo> [It reared, right claw suddenly burning with heat and energy and flame- and then it struck, shearing through the Spectre's entire right arm, shearing it from the shoulder. Blood poured from the wound, and the Spectre found it impossible to do anything but think of the idea of flight.-
[03:21] <@Minaplo> [Karkata reared once more, both claws blazing. The Spectre couldn't grab the Lance- it had no weapons- none except-
[03:22] <@Minaplo> [With a cry of pain, the Spectre slammed its own shoulder into the wall, relocating it- then with the split second it had, shoved the palm into Karkata's chest, willing electricity into its body. Karkata may be able to control electricity in some ways, but it didn't have the Spectre's affinity.-
[03:27] <@Minaplo> [Hundreds of thousands of volts, forced through Karkata's suddenly extremely conductive body, sent the Spawn wailing- in pain itself this time, the body twitching and spasming as it collapsed against the floor, writhing.-
[03:28] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre's window of opportunity was open. It grabbed the Lance with its remaining hand and rolled towards the window, throwing itself out. A second into the sudden fall its AT Field flickered into existence, sending it hurtling through the air- floating, flying. Away from danger. To safety.-
[03:29] <@Minaplo> [The Spectre didn't know where it ended up, only that the area was cool and dark. Its windpipe unblocked, air flowing through its body once more, dizzying. Helmet removed, sick dripping from it, then clumsily placed back on. Consciousness fading into shadow…]

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