Running through these undead is a simple affair, even without the powers I've awakened. I swerve around, over, and amongst them, with the poor blokes only realizing my passing after the fact. I keep an eye on the real threat, a huge golem of a man whose's full plate armor towers over the battlefield. He holds a bow in his hand, and from what i can see, his arrows cut a wide swath of destruction, taking whole buildings down with a single one. I'm running my fastest to help my friends, swerving amongst these zombies so i can hide from that dark knight.
But then i see him slowly shift his aim a bit ahead of me, and i know I've been spotted. What his huge soulsteel weapon fires looks like a shard of darkness itself, a bolt of the purest obsidian that radiates a palpable entropy, seeking only to destroy. I watch it's approach, calculating if my current defenses are enough to protect me against this projectile. But when it's close enough for me to feel how my anima clashes against it's emanations, i know i can't risk it.
It then only takes a momentary concentration to focus on my nascent energy, and to diffuse it throughout my being. As the bolt hits, in an eternal instant, my body's shadow separates into seven distinct images, and as they fade, so does my form. The projectile goes on through, vaporizing at least four ghouls and the three buildings behind, a raze at least 15 meters wide. My body reforms five meters away, still mid-stride, and completely in awe at the damage caused.
This realization makes me rethink my chosen course of action. This monster of a man has apparently been raining down death upon my friends. If i go to them, as planned, he'll continue his barrage, further complicating whatever other enemies my friends are dealing with. But if i stay here, keep him busy, at the very least, it'll give them some breathing room. Besides, if that blast is the best he can do, or at least consumes his essence, maybe i can have him drain out. Then I'll strike.
I stop in my tracks, facing him, completely ignoring the seven or eight undead that surround me. I walk towards this Abyssal, slowly, lazily, almost like those whores in Nexus, showing off their wares. Just buying time. The ghouls obviously don't fall for it, and come at me. With controlled bursts of motion, and making the attacks part of my dance, i strike at the zombies as they close in, using my blades to designate an impassable perimeter. They fall, dismembered, whenever they get too close. By the time i cleared all the zombies nearby, I'm about 35 yards from my quarry.
And just as close to my sister, lying unconscious on the floor near him.
As i tense my muscles to spring towards him, the ground trembles a split second before the ground bulges up below me, like something was going to burst out. I use that small amount of time to change my stance, angling my legs on what seems to be the biggest chunk of rock that will explode from the ground, so i can use it's impulse to spring away. But i time it wrong, it bursts too soon, hurtling me towards a nearby building. A giant tentacle, something akin to a kraken, snakes forcefully from the ground, made up of rock and molten lava. On top of that, the deathknight decides to use that opportunity to make sure i know what those arrows feel like.
Fortunately, i had other plans, dispersing my shadow once again to evade the arrow, and correcting my position as I reformed, thus landing on my feet. Immediately as i land, i dash towards him. The tentacle tries to slam me against the ground, yet, I've mastered the Seven Shadow Evasion; thus he slams the ground as i reform behind it, on a mad dash towards the deathknight.
As i near him, i see him dispense of his bow, throwing it as it dematerializes into necrotic essence, and summoning from the void a weapon resembling a scythe, yet with a size and mass on better match to his gargantuan frame. As i run to him, i jump at the last second, moonsaulting over him and slashing at his head. The horns on his helm deflect my slashes as i land behind him. He quickly puts his grimscythe to the test, swinging it at me the very instant i will land. Expecting this, i draw from my stores of essence, enhancing my speed to preternatural levels as i continue my moonsault landing with a further somersault, barely evading his attack. Deciding to play a stronger hand, i put some space between us, and center myself as i begin the castings of a spell.
My anima has given it's share, and begins to glow tremendously, a new sun upon the earth. It begins to manifest my subconscious thoughts, creating things as only the Copper Spiders can. Under normal conditions, the crafting of the chain from which this spell draws it's name would take my utmost concentration as i fashion each link out of the raw essence that empowers the spell. In my current state, however, my anima itself does the whole process from my unconscious desires, the energy surrounding me weaving itself into the bladed links in the Flying Guilliotine.
As i finish my assembly, i hear my opponent begin some sort of chant, focusing his essence. Before he can finish, i cast forth my spell, snaking through the air to sever and seal his neck, ending this fight. Instead, i see him lift his cloak, summoning forth the souls trapped within, and whatever dimension he holds them in. The cloak swallows my bladed construct, and out the other side it comes towards me, accompanied by wailing souls, coming straight to me.
I unfocus the essence on the chain, reducing it to a flash of sunlight, then likewise focus the essence within me for the assault to come. Countless souls burst forth from the deathknight's billowing cape. Running is not an option, considering their numbers and speed. As they near, i finish my preparations. The particles in my body shimmer and vibrate with my excitement. And as they near, everything moves too fast to follow. As the souls reach for me, i dodge, the Exalted Essence making up the core of my being moving too fast for my body to catch up. All that is visible is a silhouette of pure light shifting around too fast to visually follow, countless motes of shimmering light following it, trying vainly to reform my physical shape. After a few seconds of this dance, the souls realize their newfound freedom, and flee the fight.
As i think of my options for the next assault, i feel a slight rumble in the ground. Thinking again of the blasted magma tentacles, i begin to jump amongst the buildings, looking for higher ground. As i gain altitude another thought crosses my mind. This vibration is more constant across all surfaces, like a tremor, though more from something at the surface than something underground. And, just as i contemplate the possibilities, i crest over the highest nearby building, and see it.
A tsunami wave, roughly 75 feet tall, is crashing through the buildings from the east, towards us, obviously the result of powerful magic, possibly Celestial Circle. Suddenly, all i can think of is my sister, Irya, still unconscious in the plaza. The funny thing is that the armored deathknight is no longer besides her. I can see this is a trap. But i can likewise see the gigantic wave crashing towards us. And thus i can't see any other options. I keep as alert as i can, and mustering all my speed, i leap down from the rooftops towards her.
As i reach her, and i begin hoisting her onto my shoulders, i get the distinct impression from the essence in my anima to move, whichever way. It's as if something was pushing from behind, and if i let go my body will shift sideways by itself. Knowing that my instincts are fueled by my powers, i do as they wish, and jump to the left, with my sister in my arms. Effectively i feel the pressure increase, and thus i also feel the essence that surrounds me perceptively harden around my right leg, right before i see the resulting splash of blood, and the arrow that caused it zip right past. As i drop to the ground, i release Irya and shuffle back to my feet, this time looking in the direction the arrow came.
The thrumming of the tsunami is louder now, and serves to remind me that i have no time for games. I move to pick her up again, and i see the black bolt erupt from a building straight to my face. I shift my body to shadows and back, the arrow sailing through empty air and encrusting itself on the floor behind me with enough force to not be visible on the ground, it's shaft completely interred. I catch Irya as I materialize, and pulling her to my shoulder, i run towards a nearby building, thinking to put an obstacle between us and the sniper, yet the sight of the tidal wave on my left seriously limiting my choices.
A clean cut from my sword separates the building's door from it's hinges, and I'm inside. I look to my left and all I see is blue water out the window, and starting to come in. So I infuse my body with essence, increasing it's speed and agility, and begin to run to the right, jumping from building to building through the windows, dodging obstacles and increasing my altitude with each building I clear, jumping from first floor window to second floor window, and so on. At the second floor I hear Gamaliel's voice, "Give me Irya! I can clear the wave from above!". I accept, trusting to his already-proven skills.
As I jump to the third floor of the next structure, I see him catch up to me. I gently pass over Irya to Gamaliel, softly yet quickly. As he takes her, we get to the window to the next building. He sprints ahead, jumps off the window, and instead of landing on the fourth floor of the next building, he lands on the wall besides the window. I feel his energy gathering at his legs, and he springboards from the wall, jumping clear over the tidal wave behind us, with space to spare. I jump to the window, land on the fourth floor of the next building, and continue to run, letting the tidal wave waste it's energy on the buildings.
After 2 more buildings, I notice the wave lost it's power; the water starts to recede. I quickly reverse my momentum, and start running across the rooftops, to catch up with Gamaliel and the others. The deathknight is nowhere to be seen. Apparently we won the day.
Only for today.