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The trio was about to enter the mansion until Demeter tried to reason, responding to Gambit's notion about her daughter. "So it really is you, Demeter. I have no qualms about my knowledge of you lot."

Gambit and friends once again turned their backs to her but the goddess was persistent. She tried to enter the mansion only to be forcibly repelled by an invisible force.

"What was that?!", Gambit said as they all hopped backward simultaneously.

This was the time Demeter pleaded. "It seems that there's a force field in this entrance that disallows anyone from entering freely."

"Reynolds, shoot the door. Let's see if your bullets can pass through it. If it does, then the repulsion is selective; otherwise, we have to break through..."
, he ordered the sniper.

But before he act, the prince turned to the goddess, "What do you know about this force field? Can a violent force allow us to break it so you could enter? And what do you need from him? It's edgy that a goddess like you couldn't gain access to this place. Speak, Demeter..."

And after that talk, he turned back to the sniper. The latter would quickly draw his Magnum 69 Deadpool, placing it across his right shoulder. He would not need to use the scope due to its distance. And using a silencer adjoined to the barrel of the weapon, he would fire discreetly.

Will it pass through? It is yet to unravel.
 

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@Gambit

The situation with Demeter have cause some concerns regarding the mansion as a whole as the trio was surprised that Demeter was repulsed by an invisible force. This would prompt Gambit to try and test out this particular effect the mansion possesses by asking one of his men to shoot the door. This surprises Demeter, as unlike the trio it seems there is an old saying: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’. Before Gambit could even get to ask his question, Demeter quickly asserts herself from a distance, whether the Goddess likes it or not the trio is the key to her plan.

“W-Wait! You do not want to try anything violent to the owner of the mansion, Thanatos! If you cause disturbances he will easily deny you entry as well!”

Demeter’s words are enough for anyone that would think of the consequences of causing trouble. Gambit is but a foreigner in Serapis, no matter how strong he is – Serapis works differently than he would soon find.

“I’m not sure why you are looking for Thanatos, but I need his help – his scythe. Hades is immortal as long as he resides in Serapis, the King of the Underworld reigns supreme. He took my daughter Persephone with him from Olympus to here and locked her in a tower by the castle.”

Demeter continues her words, the singular long tower near the castle, linked by an open corridor that the trio may have notice when they looked towards the castle seems to be location which Demeter may be referring to. Her objective in Serapis laid bare for Gambit and his men to hear – she needed Thanatos’s scythe.

“Thanatos’s scythe… is unique, bound to his soul as Death itself. It is the only weapon capable of reaping away immortality. But Thanatos wouldn’t help me, and afterwards he banished me to the entrance of his mansion. But since you can enter the mansion, please help me..!”

This time, words from Demeter are serious – Thanatos seems to have incredible powers within Serapis itself. Should Demeter’s words be true then shooting anything in the mansion or even around the mansion is anything short of foolish. Thanatos by her words held power and authority that seems to tower beyond the trio and even a fellow Olympian. Will Gambit attempt to have his men fire a gun to test his theory out? Or would he try and continue to understand the powers within Serapis before making a move?
 

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Reynolds was about to shoot the door where they believed an invisible force field hinders the goddess from entering the mansion. A mansion deemed to be owned by a powerful being, and most of all a wielder of a famed scythe, capable of reaping off Hades' immortality.

Gambit's eyes glared when he heard everything Demeter said. He found a solution to for his journey in Serapis. But he remained dubious over the goddess for all her actions might be a trap or steps to delay their meeting with Hades.

"Well then Demeter. I shall take your word. But first, I didn't come here for Thanatos. It is your brother that I sought."

The prince looked at Demeter's exquisite eyes. They are lovely. Full of mysteries. Something the prince can always be fooled by. And this weakness of his always leads him to mishaps.

"Pretty, you're not just gonna listen to this random chic, are you?", T-Bag asked.

"If what she said is true, killing Thanatos is the solution. We can easily find out if she's telling the truth or not once we meet this scythe wielder."

"Aight. You're the captain."

"Demeter. We will deal with this Thanatos. And after that, Hades. Don't get in the way."

He turned to T-Bag and Reynolds, "watch her. I shall go alone."

With that, Gambit made his steps towards the door and finally made it inside the mansion. It was a total darkness. But with Echolocation, he should be able to see the surrounding.

"Hm. I know you're here. Show yourself.", he called Thanatos over.
 

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Gambit acquired some context to Hades and Serapis, the key for all of this is Thanatos’s scythe, though Gambit would wish to deal with this alone, perhaps trying to kill what is considered Death itself. Demeter wasn’t able to speak further as Gambit would enter the mansion, but she knew that ‘killing’ is something that she understood to be impossible for Thanatos, perhaps an improbable task.

Gambit would enter the mansion, a place with absolute darkness – yet there is no one, Gambit would try to call Thanatos out but he would receive no response. Instead the mansion suddenly lit up – and from what he could see the mansion was actually rather well-maintained despite from the perceived appearance one may see from the outside. Truly should never judge a book from its cover. There is furniture such as chairs, tables, even the carpet is well-furnished. It’s as if the mansion is one of royalty. But to Gambit’s surprise there is no one – but a presence lingers, a bone-chilling atmosphere would strike Gambit ice cold, a cold air that even one fully acclimated to the harshest winters would feel up to his or her bones. It is a cold so unnatural that one would be surprised by the change of air, despite the numerous candles that light the mansion.

Then, a voice of unknown origins would whisper into Gambit’s ears. To Gambit however it is nothing more than mumbo jumbo, yet the voice is anything but creepy. Soon afterwards the voice would disappear, and so would the bone-chilling air. Then suddenly, a large creaking sound could be heard from the second floor, more candles lighted up in front of Gambit – the stairs to the second floor. Should Gambit follow the sound and take the stairs to the second floor, he would find the candles would be further lighted up alongside his movements – until a large wooden door would be opened.

Should Gambit enter a room – he would notice the spacious but empty room. Curtains completely covered the windows, preventing any source of outside light beaming into the room. Only candles were the source of light. At the other end of the room, a few steps of height followed by a single chair – not exactly a throne but merely a chair that faces back to the entrance. Yet there is no one. Is Thanatos actually in the mansion? Even through any form of Haki one could not sense anything – but a presence for sure lingers around Gambit.
 

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Gambit is now inside the mansion. At first, he was welcomed by total darkness but all of this were brief. When he puffed the cigarette lingering in his mouth without even touching it, the entire mansion lit up with candlelights, illuminating it entirely. He bore witness to the grand ornaments, ceiling, curvatures, and muebles inside. Carpets and hardwood so extravagant hold classy displays to the gothic yet majestic accessories it has. Quite fair. Perhaps not deeply marveled by its physiques for he is a prince who grew up in such higher demands.

Darkness. Illumination. Grand Reopening. And then a deafening silence. This silence is quickly followed by chilling atmosphere. The same sensation they felt when they set foot in Serapis, perhaps even chiller. He knew he is watched. But even for someone as alert and intuitive as he is, he could only feel such presence. Where the bearer of such presence remains unsolved.

Until a whisper blew smoothly yet menacingly into his right ear. He followed suit, then more lights emerged upstairs. It was clear that the sound and gesture wanted him to track. And he did just that, hardwood floor creaking as he steps. Braving the hallway, a huge wooden plank of door would open up for him, he entered. A wide spacious room indeed with a very little accessories as compared before. Not a single ray of light would pass through the room as the windows are totally barrened by thick curtains.

Gambit would expect the door to shut down hardly on its own any moment now. He closed his eyes, trying to connect with the souls within. The prince after all is trained Alchemist, Blacksmith, and above all Necromancer by profession.

He drew his wooden cane from his left holster and after that, he twirled it clockwise only for a weapon even Thanatos would certainly recognize. Another scythe wielder. "Enough of the sorcery. I feel your presence. You're strong, I know. Let's try and test it."
 

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The presence seems to unnerved Gambit, enough for him to feel threatened by the atmosphere surrounding him in which resulted in bringing out his weapon, a scythe – and attempts to simply provoke Thanatos out of hiding. Though Gambit’s provocation would fall into deaf ears, yet not everything is for naught. A chilling wind would return before a voice of an older man could be heard around, the voice rough, bone-chilling yet carries a soothing feeling of those whom heard, a strange perplexing feeling.

“Why thou disturbest me…? ”

In a blink of an eye, a mysterious figure would seat upon the empty chair, the being whom carries the voice of the dead – spoken in archaic English, an old unused language that even Gambit is unlikely to use, pronouns and verbs may not quickly be caught on before getting the sense of his words.

“Doth thee not heareth pleas of Demeter?”

Contrary to what Gambit might seem to think, Thanatos so far doesn’t seem as dismissive as Demeter herself seems to have characterise Thanatos so far, or at the very least for now he would seem a far cry from what Demeter spoke of, this is especially true considering that Gambit is still in the mansion. Beside him stood a
maid, whom now appeared quite literally out of nowhere – a pair of scissors left hanging by her waist of her maiden uniform. She would present tea to Thanatos which the being would took gently onto his hand, afterwards she would simply walk towards Gambit as if a lack of care towards the situation – offering the same to the guest of the mansion, all without a single word.

Thanatos continues to sit upon the chair, slowly drinking tea whilst uncaring at the sight of Gambit brandishing his scythe. Preferring to rather have Gambit leave him alone, but did not seem to completely cast him out of the mansion as he did with Demeter. Regardless of how Thanatos acted so far, he chose to allow Gambit an audience – at the very least allowing Gambit a chance to speak properly before deciding to do anything else, as he very likely did with Demeter before him. This is Gambit’s opportunity, and perhaps his only chance. How will the prince utilize his chance better than the Goddess?
 

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The prince of Hiraya, Landayan Morrow entered Thanatos' mansion, leaving behind his two commanders and the goddess Demeter. Inside, he dealt with the tremble of all the scourge in conjunction with the chill of the underworld. This uncommon atmosphere brought the prince to unleash his weapon of mortal death, a scythe. Albeit ironic, he has never killed anyone with this weapon.

Gambit called the presence forth. Briefly, it had been nothing but silence until another stream of cold was dispersed, accompanied by a guttural voice just like his, solitude. Death emerged.

The pirate stood still, glaring, staring at the emergence of a figure onto its seat. Ivory-haired he is, long and silky. Pale his skin is, albeit most of it is concealed with bronze-like armor.

It spoke in an old-fashioned way. Gambit may not be a native speaker of which, but he's well accustomed enough to discern what is conveyed. Thought with ancient artifacts, culture, and linguistics as a young crowned prince. An arrogant response he would give.

"I wouldn't mind sending you back to peace but Demeter spoke of you, both pragmatic and contemptuous. Perhaps, rumors are just until truth unearthed."

The prince still wielding his blade but he sheathed it when the maiden reached his position. "Thank ye!", he acknowledged, mimicking the tongue of the man before him as he raised his brows condescendingly, a display of arrogance and entitlement. He sipped the tea, the maid gave him. He continued, "I did not seek Death, or should I say you. I came here. I came here for Hades. There are things I need to settle and truths I long to unravel. And I mean business Thanatos. Time is of the essence. And if what Demeter attests that your scythe is of significance, I will take it. It needs a proper wielder."

After saying all these, Gambit unleashed his willpower that ramified and reverberated across the hall before puffing his cigar for the very last time. Wings sprang forth his back before flapping it once, manifesting a strong gust of wind toward death itself. Strong enough to either drive him off his seat or take the defensive. One is certain. Death is nearby.
 

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Gambit arrogance when it comes to death itself surprises the maid the most, but then the maid would only snicker for even a split second at that thought, she would break character but immediately brought back her serious demeanor. Thanatos however doesn’t seem impressed. Then came to Gambit’s requests, or at least from another perspective – an order. Thanatos’s eyes would gleam, listening to Gambit’s words or the way till the end – his arrogance carried through his words. Unfortunately for Gambit, this impressed even less towards Thanatos – Gambit didn’t understand the words of Demeter unfortunately and it has shown. He also didn’t seem to realize the rules of Serapis in proper. This would lead to Thanatos merely speak, there’s no anger, no emotions, his tone does not carry any nuances.

“Thy destiny hast already been decided. Ye dost not need my scythe for it does not belong to thee.

Thanatos would speak once more; Death is done with Gambit it seems. His
scythe would start to manifest by him, standing straight up beside the chair, glowed in the green light. But it is not wielded by Thanatos physically. Yet the power of the scythe can be felt emanating from its very core. At the very least the scythe is definitely not some form of illusion. Thanatos would veer his eyes away, having lost interest in the conversation. The maid would quietly wait for their guest to leave, allowing Gambit the opportunity to take his leave on his own terms.

“Now thou shalt leave me be.”

With the rejection from Thanatos, just like Demeter – Gambit now has to decide the next course of action, to either do as Demeter have likely done, asking once more whether in violence or not or leave Thanatos and perhaps look for an alternative, he still has freedom to look around the mansion however, for he wasn’t banish out like Demeter did. But considering what happens to Demeter, not having a plan in action with Thanatos seems to be the biggest issue so far.
 

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Gambit intended to display Thanatos his everlasting arrogance and willpower, in an attempt to move him. The god of death is something else. Only a few would try to withstand the prince's presence and yet, the god before him did not only ignore this notion. Let alone succumb to his demand. The pirate smirked, his eyes glaring like the illuminating lights inside the mansion.

"As expected from you. Or should I dare to speak, from thee?"

He said, commending the god before briefly turning to the maiden, winking his left eye, seemingly trying to amuse the woman with his god-conferred charm. She appears to be rather repulsive; perhaps all but act. Could it be the case with Thanatos? Gambit would resort to another method. He is, after all, an effective negotiator.

Gambit's eye took wonder when the scythe in question suddenly emerged from thin air; hovering over by the god's side. He would not expose his excitement nor any interest in the weapon he wields magically.

"Bueno, lord of peaceful death, Thanatos. I can see that you're a man of honor. And respect, I shall give you.", he continued, placing his right palm against his chest while he partially bowed his head, atoning his prior acts.

"If this scythe does not hold the key for Hades' fall, would your fated guest of honor hold the liberty of reconciliation? Or perhaps, a passage to your master? He, after all, deemed me as his own child of darkness."

Prince Landayan Morrow drew another stick of cigar from his left suit pocket, placed him between his lips, lighting it up without holding any instrument to do so.

"If all I spoke sufficed, you know of such significance."
 
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