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Serapis #69
@Landayan

Hades swung his weapon against the man before him, generating enough power to push the Prince back to the wall, yet before the spikes could strike the Prince – the man quickly burst into a swarm of bats. Yet Hades did nothing, allowing bats to roam free around the room – the King himself isn’t worried at all. His eyes shifted towards the back, almost immediately as Landayan reforms himself behind him. Landayan spoke, perhaps already responding in kind. Creating more mist, this time the man himself would presumably utilize his unique powers to further darken the mist, creating essentially darkness throughout the room, permeating a world unseen. With the potential darkness, the man would attempt to take out Hades while unseen, using speed to his advantage once more. Yet before he would do so, illusions would start to form around Hades, circling himself to throw off the King’s guard.

Landayan striked, tossing a Warhammer right at Hades – but such tricks did not seem to stop Hades. Already taking actions to stop the thrown hammer with his bare hands. Crackling, its electricity would emanate from its head. With his one arm, the Warhammer was stopped dead in its tracks, already seemly knew Landayan’s location. Electricity would course through Hades, but a thinly veil of green mist covers the King, parts of Hades’ body would become burnt, yet the King himself remained unconcerned with it. Pain completely suppressed.

“Fufufufu… you are indeed a strong candidate.”

The chains of his body would glow in green – as Landayan strikes with his other hammer, aimed true at Hades prompting the Olympian to shift his weapon into a blocking position, more greenish flame would respond in kind to Landayan’s lava infused hammer. From the ground, green-like chains quickly manifests into coming to the aid of Hades. As the attacks clashed, Hades was slightly pushed back, the lava and fire from opposing forces collide, despite lava’s superiority it would seem that at the very least, fire from the Underworld are likely very different from normal fire that one would normally expect of. Chains would catch on to Landayan, at the very least his feet are closest to the ground would be the wrapped by its chains, temporarily limiting movement for the time being. More chains from the ground would attempt to wrap themselves all over Landayan, chaining him up in the process if succeeded. These chains however, aside from seemly manifested by Hades does not possessed any particular peculiarities. Most likely just a strong chain that could be broken physically when enough force is exerted.


“...Primed for taking.”

Hades spoke once more. The force of the strike that Gambit has attempted to blitz Hades with wasn’t really successful, it would seem like Hades’ unique powers is different – aside from seemly losing to Landayan in the physical strength department, Hades has seemed to be able to recognize Landayan no matter where he is, though even if its miniscule – some damage has been taken when Hades blocked the lightning-charged Warhammer. The suddenly, something happened.

In the dark world, a massive amount of greenish fire would start to fill the room, even more so than before – its greenish glow illuminated the room despite the dark mist that Landayan has done so. Green mists started to sprout from the ground, cracks and damages that has occurred throughout the room has finally started to repair itself as green mist start to flood into Hades’ body. With both hands up in the air, tornadoes of green flames would manifest near Hades, numbering two. Would spin, and like a drill it would spin and move from its top – aiming straight for Landayan. However, as a flame it would like any actual piercing capabilities of a drill despite its movements, instead when it would get close to the Prince, it would engulf and surround Landayan in its greenish flames, this time it would burn. And it would burn painfully.
 
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Gambit shrouded the dining hall with darkness using his unique ability to combine the mystique art of navigation and devil fruit power. In succession, the prince hurled two elements and infused them into his weapon ─ lightning and earth & fire. In succession, he surrounded the room with illusions of himself in an attempt to conceal his location and intent. Using those advantages he had in hand, he started off by throwing the lightning forgehammer, followed up by the lava one.

The first strike was dealt and the lightning rolled to Hades arm and then to his body as they crackled on impact. The King felt it but his facade is far better than that.
“Fufufufu… you are indeed a strong candidate.”
I am just firing up. In time, you'll feel pain.

And as he said it, the lava hammer came batting in. Hades would respond with a block using his spear-like weapon. The sheer power of the clashing of weapons reverberated across the room, unloosing a reverse vacuum-like blast of air ─ denting and cracking the walls around. Yet, during this clash, the Dark Lord already fashioned multiple stints under his ground quite literally. When chains emerged from the neath, Gambit would have time to escape, let alone after the blow had Hades skid a little backwards. "?!!"

Wrapping his feet with chains, more came spiralling around him before he was almost completely devoured by it. With every movement he attempted, the chains magically constricted his movement. He thought, This is like T-Bag's ability. The more you press yourself into movement, the more it will constrict and bind you. But there's a catch to it.

During their hiatus in piracy, just a year ago after falling to Teach and his company. Gambit and T-Bag pioneered the extensive training of his soon-to-be newmembers of the rising Silver Vampirates. A duel against T-Bag and KG was held, for the position of First Mate. T-Bag unloosed his chains against KG's roaring Ax. When the two weapons met, the former's chains would bind the Ax and the rest of his body, overwhelming it the more KG tried to pull the ax. "What's happening?", KG uttered.

"You can't escape my chains like that. The more you move, the more it will press you."

"I can't lose to something like this!"
, KG roared. And just like that, the former MVP of the Mafia Basketaball Association in Poker Island, North Blue mustered everything he got in one olympian roar. Shouting at the top of his lungs, magical strength surrounded the baller's body, before finally rolling them into mad fists. With his fists full in power, KG exerted all efforts in pushing the chains off his skin using his arms.

"Raaaaaaaaaah!"

Gambit roared, mimicking his companion's resolve! "You said that bonds and camaraderie is such a weakness. But look how I survived your two tricks."

However, as early as he broke free from the binds, more tricks came rolling by. The room suddenly was illuminated by the mysterious green orbs before restoring the damages the room had taken. In turn, they would meddle with Hades' body as if wrapping him in vanguard. But more was coming for they finally would be taking the form of grand tornadoes - hell style. Here comes a big one! Gambit thought.

I can't use wind-style techniques against this one for it would only magnify its strength. Therefore... "Snow Sorceress, Ullr...", Gambit used the same snow technique he used against Cerberus flame barrage after calling forth dozens of cools balls to convert the atmosphere into cool particles and then into snow. Harnessing all the heat surrounding them, Gambit fashioned and combined his two hammers again before spinning them above his head. Off the spin, a mysterious egg was tossed skywards before it swiftly hatched. The prince grinned, and as fast as it could while evading the incoming attack, the hatched egg above suddenly took the form of dark clouds before pouring down a heavy rain. Now affecting the temperature and humidity of the vicinity, the seismic navigator took the stage, feeling his advantage. "Rain Tempo!"

Using the dark clouds to his advantage and the heat surrounding the battlefield, Gambit would strike the clouds and tamed the lightning before throwing it down at Hades and his attack.

"Clouds play a big role in the formation of lightning. This one is the most effective one. The cumulonimbus clouds. Apart from that, ashclouds, tornadoes, lava, and snowstorms take part. It reaches the ground in 1/1000th of a second. Thunder Lance Goddess, Ororo."
Snow Sorceress, Ullr: Gambit uses "Cool Balls" in succession to change the atmospheric and the ground temperatures at or below the freezing point and ensure that there is a minimum amount of moisture in the air. If the ground temperature is at or below freezing, the snow will reach the ground. Gambit will then harness all these snows and/or compress them in order to use them as a weapon that he can cast on the opponents to incapacitate them.
- DPR: B, Mastery (100-meter) AOE, Deep freeze, requires 91 Navigation

Weather Egg: Gambit launches a large egg, which hatches to reveal a particular kind of weather.
- Unranked, requires 81 Navigation

Rain Tempo: After the egg hatches and releases dark clouds, Gambit calls down rain, affecting the temperature and humidity and creating fog and mist.
- Unranked, requires 81 Navigation, 1 Weather Egg

Thunder Lance Goddess, Ororo: Gambit creates a barrage of lightning bolts going directly from the dark clouds. Any opponent in the path of the lightning bolt would be pierced by the bolt like a lance and given extreme electrical damage to their body.
- DPR: C, Mastery x 5 (500-meter) AOE, Moderate paralysis, requires 91 Navigation
 

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@Landayan

The two beings clashed, though Landayan has physically overcome Hades – showing strength of not just his scientific prowess but also the physical might of a Zoan user. Yet the King himself has tons of tricks up his sleeves. Chains sprouted off the ground beneath them, right after the clash which would quickly wrap the Prince up in chains. The Prince struggled a little – but quickly remembered his experiences, old ones that he would reminiscence. He would have to relax himself, before he would garner his strength – in one release of roar, the Prince broke free of the chains, though by then Hades would have started gathering more powers, or so it would seem. Green flames manifesting into tornadoes would quickly whipped up, and it would move like a drill towards the Prince, yet Landayan’s versatile gadgetry allowed him to deal with situations, especially with what has happened.

Lowering the temperature into near freezing points and into snow a mysterious capsule tossed by Gambit as he quickly evaded the tornadoes, fog and mist sets in – battle against the seemly smoldering heat of the flames conjured by Hades. Soon dark clouds would settle around the room that popped out of the capsule, and rain would follow suit. A downpour of heavy rain would soon come, drizzling down upon the very room. However, even with the rain the flames around the room continue to burn strong, as if something else would stokes upon these flames without fail. These aren’t normal flames however, greenish in color would set off that very alarm, although the fires of Hades have seen to sometimes flicker and weakened in strength, these flames are difficult to put out. Perhaps such flames are not easily affected by the same thing that normal fires would be put out by. The Prince would speak once more, giving a lecture upon the science of weather. And with his words comes the flash of lightning, as bolts of thunder would have struck Hades. Like the fiery wrath of Zeus.

BOOM

The thunderous roar of the lightning strikes instantly struck upon Hades. But unlike previously, Hades did not attempt to block the attack. Whether or not that is something the Olympian could have feasibly reacted to is debatable. Yet, all Hades became of the result is nothing but a smoke of purple mist. Just like before, Hades simply disappeared – as if the attack would not strike him. Is this the fabled immortality that Demeter have mentioned before? Manifesting himself, but this time behind the Prince, the purple smoke would come with green, generating around himself – a cloak of greenish flames, hot even with the rain it would burn with incredible might. Around him, green fireballs would quickly start to manifest in the air, almost undeterred by the disadvantageous weather. The flames around the room grew stronger, as if to combat the weather that the Prince has set.

These greenish fireballs would launch towards the Prince with great speed. Aiming to incinerate the Prince into ashes. Similarly, as with all the greenish flames that both Hades and Cerberus have conjured – they have a particularly strange effects when made contact with. Around Hades, more chains have started to manifest, alongside greenish fists from the walls. Seemly readied to be used at moment’s notice.
 
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Gambit harnessed the rising temperature inside the room and quickly fashioned them into snow, nullifying the tornadoes of flames coming at him. As soon as he evaded the attack, came hatching an egg above them before it became dark clouds, almost impossible to see due to the dark mist that surrounded them. From the dark clouds, lightning started to form due to the successive usage of different elements and their respective temperatures. Swiftly as it developed, the lightning shot the ground where Hades stood, crackling followed suit. Roaring like a mad storm coming from the eastern seas. And it exploded.

The prince stood, ready to claim the victor but much to his surprise, the King of the Underworld was nowhere there. "??!"

IMPOSSIBLE! That lightning was a minuscule of a second. How could he ─

But before he could even finish his wonder, Hades re-emerged behind him, already mustering his line of offence and defence in different forms: orbs of green flames, chains, and ghastly fists from the walls. All aiming to devour the pirate prince. And the foremost just did the deed as they came rolling into Gambit's body, burning like hell, blazing like no other. "Waaaaaaaah!"

Landayan agonized as the flames devoured his entire body. Needless to say, bypassing the durability of his raid suit and full beast form. Just what on nether earth did just hit him? Gambit rolled his body on the floor, trying to distinguish the fire attached to him. It would take several seconds before it finally disappeared. This flame is hotter than before., he cursed under his breath. Looks like I cannot fire the fire.

If that's even a fire to start with. Come to think of it, he always transformed into some kind of ghost or ethereal kind. That's the reason why he could just simply dissipate off my attacks. But physical attacks have worked against him prior to this. If that's the case, then close combat is my only option.


As soon as he gathered his thoughts while still feeling the effects of the green flames that hurled around him, Gambit infused his two hammers with Haki, bursting like dark lightning. And after that, he kicked the ground, blitzing Hades then again for a colossal combination of disgust and might. "Let's see if you could block this one."

Dashing forth against Hades, Gambit spun his hammers in succession around his body to both deflect if ever Hades would unloose the green fists and the chains. He would continue to do this rotation and advance to his foe and would attempt to land a devastating strike on him. If the first hit was successful, he would carry the hammers above his head whilst still spinning them around before hammering them down on his head. And finally, using the momentum his downward pound gave him, he would have enough transition to flip over the Lord of Darkness and cast a mountainous pound back up to the back of his skull. A three-hit in acrobatic fashion but with such force that even the Emperors of the Seas would feel.

"Dynamite Forge!"
Cyclone Forge: The user spins towards the target in order to block the incoming attacks and distract its vision so that his upcoming moves cannot be easily predicted. He will continuously advance and dodge other attacks (if there are any) and eventually cut through the opponent's torso.
- DPR: B, requires 51 Nitōryū U~ōhanmā, 51 Strength, 61 Movement
Total DPR: Large Country

Heimdal Spinning Forge
: Gambit spins his Warhammer/s rapidly over his head that it creates a strong circular offense and defense.
- DPR A, requires 61 Nitōryū U~ōhanmā, 61 Strength
Total DPR: Small Continent Level

Somersault Forge
: With the weapon in hand, the user somersaults above the opponent and delivers a deadly strike to the opponent's back up to the back of the skull during his flip.
- DPR: A, requires 61 Nitōryū U~ōhanmā, 61 Strength, 61 Movement
Total DPR: Small Continent Level
 

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@Landayan

The Prince, confused by the constant disappearance of Hades whenever he would attack – would start to formulate theories. But that would have to wait for the moment, as Hades re-appearance alongside numerous object manifesting around him would come to fruition. Despite the treacherous weather of rain and fire, globs of fireballs struck the Prince with great potency, the fireballs burned the Prince with agonizing pain – a strange feeling would be felt on parts where Landayan was burnt. A feeling that the Prince would unlikely be able to shake off of its ‘weirdness’. Biting through pain, Landayan quickly re-organizes his thoughts, and he would soon take on a plan of action. With his hammers on hand, infused with crackling lightning of Haki the Prince darted towards Hades as fast as could.

Aiming to fight in close quarters, Gambit would spin his hammers around – before going into a swing as he closes. The hammer swung and with that the King responded in kind, using his own weapon to deflect the attack. Yet like before, the physical prowess of Landayan proved to be superior – the clash sending him hurling back in distance. With that, the Prince would move into an overhead swing aimed at the ground vertically. But the distance of the clash pushed the King just out of range of the secondary attack. The ground quakes at the hammer slam that the Prince strike hard at, but he would do so to propel himself into a backflip, somersaulting past behind the King, with his hammer aimed to struck at the Olympian’s back.

Just as the hammer would strike Hades’ back, the Olympian once more dissipated into a purple mist as the hammer would complete the swing, hitting air. In the mid-air however, chains would finally act, immediately aiming to wrap and lock Landayan’s movements. Fists around Landayan would finally move, a barrage of fist aimed to punch Landayan from all sides whilst possibly still wrapped in chains. This time, reappearing in front of Landayan, Hades manifested, his back taking no visible damage like before. Face-to-face with each other, the Olympian would generate a flaming green spear out of his right hand, aimed right at Landayan, the Olympian quickly throw the spear at the Prince’s location aiming to impale him through to the wall of fire surrounding them.
 
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The prince continued to wander on the wonder of Hades' ability. More particularly with his constant dissipation. And with that, he thought that hitting the King first would do the deed but it seemed that it's not all there is. For there is a more mysterious secret that lies beneath.

Gambit tried a succession of close-quarter attacks using his two hammers, both infused with Black Haki. The strongest form of it. Blitzing Hades, he started off with a spinning combination of four attacks but the former would block them with his own weapon, if that really is, only to send him quite a little backwards. The prince continued to swing his hammer. This time above his head but all he hit was the ground after the other dodged it inadvertently. Finally, the somersault attack would hit nothing but air.

Hades dissipated once more only to keep on harassing the prince with the chains. And the King was successful. Binding the prince with the chains, the conjured ghastly hands would maul his body, dozens of times. He couldn't burst into bats until he freed himself from the chains. He struggled, for the fists are equally powerful as his own attacks. Let alone being hit constantly, unforced. "Gwaah!", he agonized as blood seeped off his mouth for the first time in this battle.

Enduring the pain whilst formulating theories, Hades re-emerged once more. This time in front of the prince. Swiftly, the Lord of Darkness conjured a green ghastly element and turned them into a spear before darting it forward to the body of the prince. A shot to the heart.
[PIERCES]

The lance impaled Landayan's mid-chest as he rammed himself against the wall. The location of a man's heart. Gambit felt the attack. Enough for him to morph back into his human form as his body turned limp and lost grip on his hammers. His head draped down. Darkness took him. And his soul traversed the River of Styx. Part of him clung to his thoughts and mortal time. The constellation of Andromeda could no longer be stared out for it wheeled over above. It was the end.

And as he lay in the darkness, falling into the endless pit of the netherworld, a woman of his past would appear, catching him as he fell. There was but a little light. But the way the woman held him felt as if, she was cradling him just like a child. "Wake up..."

The light began to spring forth levels fold, meaning to overcome the darkness. The voice of the woman started to resonate inside Landayan's ears. Calling him from one dimension to another. "Wake up... Wake up..."

And the prince's eyes started to open. It was but a blur at first until finally, he unveiled a clear picture of who it was. "Who are you?", were the first words that came out of his mouth. But inside his heart, he could have a perfect guess of who it was. The woman would only smile. Caressing his forehead and the hair that flutters like steam. Her right thumb fiddled with the diamond emblem on his forehead. "You have horns!", Gambit continued, dumbfounded. "And your eyes. It's different."

The woman mused that she has always had a strange physique and wondered why nobody did tell him about her. "Why are you so full of doubts?".

The woman chuckled but undeniably, tears starting to form in her eyes. Not for long and they would fall down to her cheeks. Tears of joy. With a cracked voice, she responded to the prince. "But... this is... how I look like. There was a man who looks just like you. And he told me how he loved my horns, my silver hair, my red skin, and my eyes. But more than that, I know that he just loved me..."

"Loved you? What do you mean?"

"You're a fool. You can't read between the lines. You're just as stupid as he is. I can see the resemblance. Nobody can't deny it. Kihahahaha!"


"Deny what?"

"Can't you really tell, huh, Elramon? Or should I say Landayan?"

"E- Elra- Elramon? Me?"

"Hmmm. They call me Ashti Pirena."
, the woman smiled as her eyes are closed. A testament to both tease and joy.

Hearing this, Gambit began to shed tears as he realised that the woman in front of him is none other than his mother, albeit, he still doubted it. But he could no longer hold the soothing sensation. The endearing warmth of her body. The only manifestation in this world that he truly shared blood and life. So, he rushed forth, sitting (mid-air of the bottomless pit) to hug her. At the same time, the woman conjured a mysterious orb out of thin air and placed it inside his hollowed heart.

"Yna! (Hirayan term for mother)", the prince shouted for joy. And he embraced his mother like it would be the last time he could. In fact indeed.

For all these years, this information had been concealed in history. King Sapiro did everything in his power just to hide the truth about his heritage. He was able to learn a little bit of it 16 years ago before he fled Hiraya but that's just the tip of the iceberg. "Yes. And there are so many things I want to say to you but we don't have time left."

"Listen. You need to get back. To your battle and what lies beyond. The only way to learn the truth is through the place you once abandoned."

"Hiraya. But first, I need to deal with this Hades. There's someone who lured me to go to this place. King Sapiro and I don't know why."


Gambit, as he's still awestruck by his mother's revelation, would listen to her wisdom. "What's unbeknown voids the mind. Fill it not with guesswork... There must be a reason why you were sent here in the first place. May it be Sapiro or your father."

"M- my father? But, the people of Hiraya assumed that he was dead. Even His Majesty told me this after learning the truth from Asval."

"So you finally met Asval. He is my brother."

"How come he didn't tell me about you?"

"He might have thought that it was for your own good. But none of that matters. This place. This entire place is Hades' dungeon. This is Tartaros. The infernal region of the mortal sins. A place of judgement that is. It translates to our language as Kailaliman ─ the deepest region of the world, where the gods locked up their enemies."

"So, if I have been sent here, then it could be that."

"You're right. It could be both. Depending on who made the deal with Hades. Hades has been in this world for a long time. And whilst he is not entirely a God as he boasts himself to be, he is very influential. Far more influential than Sapiro. He controls the darkest parts and deeds of this world. The reason why you're here could be related to meeting me or simply dead by all means."

"If this mansion is Tartaros, then it means─"

"Right. This very castle is part of his weapon. Or should I say his very weapon; and thus souls of the forgotten and cursed dwelled within. But even the wind can't vanish endlessly. For all the creation of the earth materializes in kind. You need to find that opening. Though thin, you can still penetrate his defence."

"I see. Wait! My father. Could he be the one?"

"Perhaps."

"He lives. That's what I heard."

"Only you could find that out. But you need to be careful. He's a dangerous man. An ambitious man. He'd do everything just to unravel the mystery of the void and wage a war against the World Government."

"Wait! My father? Who really is he? Is he even─"

"My son."
, his mother continued but slowly vanished. "There are mysteries beyond the darkness at play in this world. And as a fragment of it, we have little option but to have faith in its design. And give up ourselves. In time, everything shall unveil the mystery of the void. And soon, you and your father shall cross paths. We shall see again. But for now, know that you are strong, for you are my son and your fathers."

"Wait... Yna!"
, Gambit called, almost whimpering. He grits his teeth in frustration for he had so many questions to ask. But as her mother said, he only need to trust the design made for him. And perhaps validates the proses the Fates said about life and death. None of us is in control. And if the Fates already judged his wheel of time and still survives, then perhaps, Hades does not really control his life for there are things far beyond his. "I will always love you. My dear Elramon. Landayan."

Back to the fight, Gambit is still in his human form, chains still shackling him. But this wouldn't be too long till he exposed every single devilry within him. Landayan from his human form suddenly started manifesting all 7 deadly sins living inside him. As he began to rise up, his full length would be quite recognizable for it is almost twice as large as his human height. His demonic wings started to grow back but additional bat wings sprang forth from his temples. His eyes became more menacing than ever. His fangs grow sharper as his claws. Devil tails spout from behind. And suddenly, flames burst forward after he fully transformed. "Elramon. The sun and the moon. Light and darkness, feed my wrath!"

Not even feeling the injury he incurred just a while ago. A mindless beast he became. And whilst he's unable to use any weapons in combat in this form, he can still use his wings to land destructive wing slashes, create wind scythes, and fire excruciating sonic attacks using his mouth. And he would. From the moment he stood there, he would screech, ever-defeaning, unloosing three atomic screams that would resonate and reverberate across the room. All imbued with Black Haki. "Feel my wrath!"

[SCREECHES]

Torrent of Terror: Gambit's most powerful Zoan attack. He releases an extremely concentrated and concussive sphere of reddish shock wave that is more than powerful to blast and destructs anything in its path.
- DPR: S+, 120 Strength, 100 DF Mastery, or vice versa, 100 COA and purchase of Red Haki (emitted from mouth, 1-meter diameter)
120: Town Level + S+ (5) + COA (3) = Moon Level x 3.

After the three sonic orbs travelled fast to Hades' location, Gambit kicked the ground multiple times, almost teleporting from he was.
[WHOOSH!]
Crimson Leap: The technique allows the users to move at a disappearing speed in order to avoid attacks or to attack at an incredible speed and with greater power. The user's movement speed is increased by Mastery/5.
- Unranked, requires a minimum of 11 Mastery to use
  • 11-40 mastery: 3-turn cooldown
  • 41-80 mastery: 2-turn cooldown
  • 81-100 mastery: 1-turn cooldown
And as he vanished from sight, he would reappear behind Hades'. His claws would try to grab the King of Hell, as he stood there, towering over Hades this time. If with success, Gambit would dig all his fangs into Hades' neck or whatever flesh he could bite into, trying to drain every single blood that streams into his veins.
Blood Drain: Gambit either steals the target's age/life force by touch, by digging his claws, or by sucking using his fangs. This ability greatly weakens the target for a few moments as they are turned to a grey and withered state. They became fatigued and woozy, before recovering. This state can be undone if the vampire is knocked unconscious or reverts the process willfully. There's a 1-turn delay before they feel the effect. The effect lasts for x turns. At the end of it, Gambit replenishes stamina and heals minor injuries.
  • Target Stamina > DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 1 turn
  • Target Stamina = DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 2 turns
  • Target Stamina < DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 3 turns
 
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@Landayan

The Prince strung upon in the air by the chains manifested around him – chained up it would allow Hades to follow up his next attack. Re-appearing in front of him in a purple mist reveals Hades once more, though with his hands a spear made out of greenish flame manifested, ready to be thrown. The Prince attempts to break free off the chains but it was too late, the spear was thrown – and in that moment of time, the Prince died. A spear to the heart, there was seemly no resistance. A burst of flames that would impale the man into the green walls of fire, sent into the fiery depths of Hell, into the rivers of Styx.

“….”

Hades did not comment on the attack. Perhaps being the King of Underworld has likely had some understanding of what is going on. The vision of the Prince darkened as he fell into the void, sort of metaphorically. And all Landayan could perhaps see before the end is the slow approach from the King of the Underworld.

…….

Time would pass, as the Prince remains in his void. But eventually he would reawaken. In his vision, even despite the seemly feral-like awakening Hades was effectively at point blank. Though for what reasons remains unknown. But his awakening slightly surprised Hades for a mere moment before he would hop back away from Landayan. Following that Gambit would scream, unleashing a powerful blast of shockwaves in the form of an orb towards Hades. And much like before, the orbs would explode, and perhaps to no one’s surprise – Hades simply vanish into a purple mist, quite literally even dodging what would likely been impossible otherwise. The explosion destroyed the throne room even more so than before, the walls and floor of the room would break apart from the power that the Prince unleashed, going as far as essentially destroying beyond the room could handle.

The King would re-appear once more, but this time the Prince likely knew the outcome and has prep for it, or at least attempt further into figuring out the weakness of Hades. He would vanish, and only to reappear behind Hades, thanks to the help of being a Zoan it would allow the Prince to be faster than Hades, and with that he would dig into the flesh of Hades. And this time, it would succeed.

“…!”

Hades did not expect the Prince to sunk his teeth, and perhaps to the surprise of the Prince, Hades did not vanish. But there is one problem. The mere moment the Prince ingested the blood of the Olympian. He would uncontrollably be forced to let go by his bodily reaction. His body would burn greater than what any flames could achieve. Landayan couldn’t breathe. If he would regain his sanity and consciousness. He might quickly notice the situation is almost as if he is severely poisoned. And with that, the Prince would likely be on the floor from the excruciating pain his body would experience as his veins would pop and bulge, turning black. A burning-like fever would spread his entirety as he may cough and attempt to vomit. Bleeding out of his orifices would slowly occur. Something has gone very wrong.

“I’m surprised you would ingest my blood. I thought for someone whom understood your own religion would know the ethereal fluid that exist in a God. I’m sure you know the term, Ichor. And I’m sure you know what it does.”

Hades, considering he was barely touched – did not seemed affected by the draining ability of the Vampire. He would take a few steps back before turning to meet Landayan’s body.

“Ichor is fatal to beings like you. Fufufufu!”

Hades would laugh.

“I did not expect this. But… this may very well work in my favour. While it may be fatal… there is always a small chance. Let’s see if you are truly the pawn I need you to be.”

Hades would look. It would take considerable willpower to withstand the effects of the deadly ichor. While typically fatal, a small chance would arise. That the ichor be successfully ingested by a non-divine being. A success would only lead to renewed vigour and strength. After all it is the blood of a God. And only those worthy enough, would be rewarded with power – even if its temporarily. The King of the Underworld did not attack, amused by the situation evolving further into his favour as he stood just a couple of meters in front of Landayan, in the midst of the almost eradicated vicinity of the throne room and the surroundings though like before it would start repairing itself. The flames would start to dim a little as chains and any more fists would start to dematerialize.

Would Landayan be worthy to receive Hades’ “gift”?
 
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Gambit took the spear into his heart before journeying to the unknown. As he fell into the bottomless pit, his mother caught him from falling. A little bit of hint about his past was revealed to him but with the time constraint, they couldn't delve into the topic until he secured the win against Hades. Whilst Ashti Pirena couldn't directly provide him with the information he needed to defeat the King of Hell, words of wisdom would be shared about the castle and the interval of his power. A minuscule opportunity to strike right in. The prince has yet to solve the puzzle; nonetheless, he started feeling it.

As he moved back to the battle, he quickly morphed into his full-beast form, twice the size of his human hybrid. Losing a bit of sanity, he would act like a true bestial being. Screaming and screeching, orbs of sound waves were unleashed at the enemy, blasting the walls and what lay beyond. Subsequently, blitzing behind Hades only to gnaw into his flesh. A mistake or a twist? Alas, as a tiny drop of blood was sipped off his veins, Gambit started to feel strange. Poison has flown into his veins, a fatal one. Ichor! Traces of blue blood remains on his mouth as he began to scream in agony and pain! Taking a knee, he continued to wail, arms spread wide open, and unconsciously unloosing another set of orbs. Three to be exact that would punish the ceiling, the wall, and what stood in front of him.

"Graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahwwwwl!"

Roaring, the prince dashed forth to Hades with a series of beastly attacks using his sharp claws and came ramming in. Mindless might it be but the speed and the strength it brought with him with every strike are enough to wound anything it would hit if successful.
The Elder: A level 3 attack using his claws/fist. This can inflict deep cuts and/or broken bones and can even send strong opponents flying metes away. It normally happens when Gambit launches himself towards the target and launches a barrage of slashes/punches, with the desire to rip them into shreds.
- Damage scales off Strength
- DPR: A, 61 Strength, 61 DF Mastery

A new power was born. As the prince attacked, he also continuously suffered from this divine blood, and yet his unconscious intellect would see through what was inside the Lord's veins. From there, a flow of bluish substance would be seen. An implication of danger lies within. He would not do the same mistake but only if he remembered after waking up from Hell. "Graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahwwwwl!"
Blood Reading: The vampire’s ability to smell and detect blood has gone to its absolute extreme. The user can now detect blood flow, read blood flow, smell what’s in blood, and any chemical changes that could be happening (drugs, race, the strength of blood, and the health of its container, and even if the blood is tainted by a devil fruit).
- Unranked, requires 100 DF Mastery

Landayan Morrow once again rolled into another realm. Rolling, wincing and wailing. There is no other term for the pain he currently is suffering. But the pain has just begun. As he falls into the pit once more, this time, however, not salvation from his mother. A revelation with his legal father. Enter King Sapiro Morrow of the Lireo Kingdom of Hiraya. Cousin of his biological father Kalakab Morrow, The Dark Elf.

Gambit opened his eyes when a well-built old man wearing black formal robes held his right hand. He has an eyepatch over his left eye. "Fool as ever.", he said.

"Your Grace? Father.", Gambit responded, fazed. "You are─"

"There would no other reason why I am here. You're right."

"But how?"


"I already told you in the letter. My time has come. But you. Yours has just begun. Do you want to die here or save the entirety of our land?"

"What do you mean? I already left that place after learning the truth of my heritage. I don't have any claims on the throne."

"Hahahahaha! And yet, you keep on calling yourself. 'I am Landayan Morrow. Prince of Hiraya. And the 14th Royal Blacksmith!'."

"You!"
, the prince yelled, grabbing his King by the collar. "You sent me here to die!"

"Is that how you address your King?! You're as foolish as your father, kid. Now, listen to me now."

Note: I already posted this on Page 7 but I figured it was too early to write it there, so I decided to delete it from there and take it here. If you already read this, feel free to skip it. Aight!



Hiraya (literally means imagination) is a country in North Blue and its people are called Hirayan. The place where Landayan was born 35 years ago. It has four noble houses. Each of them is headed by a king or queen. Each Kingdom worships a different god. The first one is the Lireo Kingdom of the east. The Lireans are worshippers of Kanlaon (Almighty God) and its agents. The second one is the Sapiro Kingdom of the north, which also worships Kanlaon but they mostly patronize gods who provide good harvests and guidance at war. Next is the Adamya of the south, who worships the same gods the Sapiryans worship for they are related by blood - only Adamyans are half-dwarves, half-human. And last but certainly not least is the Hathoria of the west. Home of the devils and wielders of fire. Hathorians are ruthless worshippers of Sitan (Lord of the Underworld) and all of his agents.

Though Kingdom Lireo is the recognized ruling imperial house, all four houses are equal in power and influence. Each house has its own army, called upon to battle by the ruling monarch. All four houses are constantly desiring the throne.

This mass of land was meant to be part of the kingdoms affiliated with the world government but they managed to be an autonomous country. It is also the only kingdom in North Blue never touched by the Germa Kingdom for their military might is far greater than they are.

Sometime before Landayan was born, King Sapiro spoke with his cousin, Kalakab Morrow.


King Sapiro of Lireo Kingdom. Sapiro is named after the Kingdom of the North ─ homeland of the Morrows.


Kalakab Morrow, King of Sapiro Kingdom

"Sapiro. We need to talk.", Kalakab implored his cousin.

"We are not discussing this over again Kalakab. This will harm the people of Hiraya.", Sapiro answered. But the other was persistent.

"If we ally with them, they will only harvest all of our resources and become their puppets!"

"If it's for the safety of our homeland, our people, I will do everything necessary! I am the King! And it's my duty to protect Lireo!"

"Sapiro... You don't know what you're talking about. This Government. They are worse than scum. Why do you think the rulers before us didn't abide by their offerings and threats? It's because our military might and technology are such a force we can desolate them. After all, I have my ties with the Rev-"

"Enough! Kalakab! The deal is on."

"?!!"
, Kalakab's eyes widened in horror as soon as he heard this revelation. His cousin would leave him immediately after that. Gritting as he was left behind, Kalakab would soon forge a way to disrupt this deal.

Several days later, the King would visit Mary Geoise, meeting the five elders.


"So you finally decided to surrender him?", the man with scar and white thread-locked hair said.


"Yes Elder.", Sapiro responded.

The long white-haired elder butted in, "This calls for a deal. What do you have in mind, King Sapiro?"


"Re-entry to Levely.", Sapiro responded with such passion and determination. The elders exchanged glances, examining the situation.


The bald elder would respond with a little agility, "For hundreds of years after that era, your kingdom has submitted nothing but opposition and detestation toward the World Government. What seems to be the change of heart?"


"Indeed.", the blonde Gorosei seconded, glaring at the King of Lireo. And he continued, "There must be a reason behind all of this. The mere fact that your cousin is one of the commanders of the Revolutionary Army makes it more suspicious to finally heed and set this deal on. Don't tell me─"


"You're right.", the elder with a long moustache and scar on the forehead concurred as he interrupted the former. "He wants full authority over the other noble houses of Hiraya. And to do that, King Kalakab of Sapiro Kingdom must be extinguished as if he never existed at all. But King Hagorn and his Hathorians are not easy to conquer. They are surrounded by volcanoes and his military might is far greater than the Germa Kingdom. And the Adamyans. They are loyal to the Sapiro Kingdom, do you also plan to─"


"No, great elder.", Sapiro rebutted. "We do not plan to annihilate the other kingdoms. We will let them be. Kalakab is the only threat we have now. If he disappeared from our land, the uprising of the rebels shall be gone as well, having taken care of the core of their revolution."

"And what do you plan to do with his offspring? I believe he has twins."

"I will leave it up to fate to decide. Kalakab will fight back and accidents may occur. And the unborn child, I will take care of him. You do not need to worry about him. In return, we will also ensure that other kingdoms outside Hiraya will submit to your power."

"All for the sake of power. AND THE THRONE."

"King Sapiro, you surprise us but the deal is on."


King Sapiro would leave the meeting with an accomplished mission. And as soon as he returned to Lireo, the war shall uproar. His father, at the same time, was the 13th Royal Blacksmith, a Beast Master, coined as the Dark Elf, and cousin of King Sapiro of Hiraya would form a revolution against the kingdom but they were stopped by the king and his allies - the world government. His father's army, the Dark Elves, Mulawins, and the majority of the Blacksmiths, were annihilated. And as opposed to what Gambit has known, Kalakab was locked in Impel Down, not killed after the incident.

The queen raised him as his own son, loved but the king did everything in his power to manipulate history. His master was the only one who remained true to him but when Gambit was 12, he just vanished. When he was 19, a fake war was invented and manipulated by the king once more. Even General Magiting was fooled by the king by making him believe that it was Gambit's doing and that his son was killed by the forest beasts. This move was to only drive Gambit away from the Kingdom before he learns the true history.

A little earlier before Gambit set off to Serapis, a call was made by King Sapiro to Hades himself. "Hades. It's been a while. The bastard finally made his own name across the Blues and I need you to stop him before he could even meet his biological father. Yes. He's alive. Do everything in your power to delay his meeting. He's escaped from Impel Down! That La Spada made all of this ruckus."

"But before that, you need to know their history and how he ended up roaming the seas. 35 years ago..."

"You sold my father?!"

"If that's how you perceive the truth, then yes."

"I loved you, father. But all you did was..."

"I loved you, too, son. And I still and will forever be. But all I did was for the realm NOT for a single person. I am a servant of Kanlaon, our Almighty God. If your father stayed in Hiraya, chaos would befall. The land would perish and above all, the Hathorians would conquer us all. I had to make a pact with the Elders of the World Government in order to secure its safety. In order for you to live."


Landayan's eyes widened in shock. Whether it's true or not, the King was a man of honour and he would only do what was best for the realm. The King would continue to speak as the prince was still held in question.

"There are no heroes... in life, the monsters win. The World Government is the monster. Even if I took the road with your Revolutionary father, we would only suffer for we do not possess the military might to oppose all of them and all their allies. This is the same reason why the current leadership of the Revolutionary Army was keeping his patience. Some things couldn't be rushed nor acted in the spite of emotions. Your father was never good at planning. Honourable man, no doubt he is but his temper overshadowed his wisdom."

"How did he end up with Dragon?"

"The wisest question was. How did he form them?"

"What?! He is the founder?"

"No. There are many of them. But he is amongst the very few to unravel the mysteries of the void. I have a little bit of knowledge about it, too. I detest them. That's why all these years, we never let the Government step into our Kingdom. That's part of the deal. I love my cousin but he has to be sacrificed for the greater good. One man for the salvation of many and our beloved land."

"But why did you let me live?"

"My Queen fell in love with you the moment she saw you. Magiting, your maestro also loves you. And you alone possess the power to unite all the kingdoms in Hiraya and make it one for a new one.

"Never forget who you are LANDAYAN (a Filipino word for fortress), for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. You are weak and that's why you are strong. You are a Morrow and the blood of the warriors and the men before you and I rest in your veins. You are the Prince of Lireo, King of Hiraya. You are. the 14th Royal Blacksmith."


"Thank you, my father, Your Grace. But you didn't answer me yet as to why you sent me here."

"He is one of the many obstacles you had to take. If you can't win against him, you can't call yourself a King. You won't be respected by the Lords of the Underworld. Just this very moment, they are watching you."

"My son, forgive me for everything but this is your fate. Choose. Are you a Vampire, A Pirate, or a King?"


The reveal has been made. Gambit found the resolve he longed for before the King vanished in front of him and traversed the river of Styx through another lifetime. Hades has to be defeated. But before that, a newfound vigour would be struck his mortal aid. And the answer to his King's quest?

Gambit woke up, at last, now facing Hades as he finally triumphed over the trial of Ichor. He roared.

"I AM LANDAYAN MORROW. PRINCE OF ALL PIRATES. PRINCE OF LIREO. AND THE 14TH ROYAL BLACKSMITH!"

"NO. I AM. THE VAMPIRATE KING!"

"Hades. I will cut your head."
 
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The blood ingested, the ethereal fluid in which flows in the Olympians. Fatal to non-divine being which in this case, humans such as Landayan. Whether or not he is an undead did not seem to matter. A uniquely special property of the blood of Gods. Poison seeped into the veins of the Prince, and even a tiny drop of blood brought forth excruciating pain, a deadly poison. In absolute pain, the Prince wailed, orbs would manifest from the deranged Prince and sent forth to the castle in–repair though it is unlikely to change much that the castle wouldn’t eventually repair itself. In madness and in pain the Prince rushed forward towards Hades like a mindless beast, claws out. But his time, even with the physical capabilities of the Zoan, a straight forward rush wouldn't work against the Olympian – not like this anyway. With a series of swipes, the Olympian moves his Bident to defend himself with each attack, not necessarily on the same equal power however – but with redirection and slight parrying and dodging it is possible to deal with the Prince’s attack.

Afterwards, in the mindless rage – the Prince roared as he fell into the void. Once more. This time however Hades would look on to see the results of the Ichor. Would the Prince succumb into Hell or would he overcome the effects temporarily? Soon the answer became clear. The Prince opened his eyes, the effects of Ichor passed much like how one would overcome an illness. The veins bulging and popping out of his body, black as ever would slowly rescind. Bleeding still occur, but it would slowly diminish until it starts to dry as blood no longer bleeds out of the Prince. Soon afterwards, the blood would dissipate – burn marks would fade out, the hole in his heart closed up. His injuries, his wounds healed. Like the myths and legends would speak true – Ichor’s incredible healing properties that was speculated in ancient times. The Prince would regain incredible vigour and energy – as if all the fighting has never happened. The Prince roared in his confidence and ego. He declared himself to be a King. And to take down Hades with his head in tow. But all that Gambit’s bravado would be responded in a laugh. A laugh of no mockery. But of something more sinister at work. The King of the Underworld did not speak, but his thoughts were laid bare to no one but his own.

Guess at the very least you kept up to your end of the deal... Sapiro…!

Gambit would receive an even better chance of defeating Hades. But the effects of Ichor are nothing but temporarily, especially for someone whom remains a human. The Prince has overcome the Ichor, but the energy and vigour he would receive – would eventually fade out. Like a drug. The Prince would have up till then, to once and for all take down Hades. Green mist would appear and fill the room, slowly gathering into Hades’ body like before while the castle repairs itself slowly but surely.
 
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The prince reunited with his King and the blood of his real father. And there, the truth about the past was unveiled. Fresh from the cloak of darkness, Sapiro told Landayan that his father did not die but where he is right now remains unanswered for he never intended to ask. The King visited the Elders once to strike a deal to leave Hiraya alone in lieu of his cousin, Kalakab's freedom. He complied. For years, the Kingdom in the North has remained autonomous, one of the few who truly governed their sovereignty for centuries. Part of the deal is to keep his mouth shut until this very end. He had lived through the deal as a villain of the kingdom, traitor of his own kin, and betrayer of his crowned son ─ Elramon a.k.a Landayan. Deception he fashioned, indeed. The hatred he invoked, certainly. But more significantly, the safety of the land prevailed and lived on. With King Sapiro gone, Gambit has been bestowed a mission. Another leg of his itinerary to becoming the rightful servant of the Pearl of the Orient Seas. Gunning from the depths of darkness with newfound resolve and identity, the Vampirate Prince became King. And the King would take the throne to the storm's end, whatever it takes.

Straight from the walls of Tartaros, Gambit proclaimed his king's blood, ready to prey on. The full-beast Vampire stood in front of Hades, gnarling. "Never thought that the tales of Ichor are true.", he remarked, panting. "I sure as this hell as died twice already. Did I become immortal? Or have I just been bestowed the soul of the reaper itself?"

As soon as he said that, he suddenly recalled the conversation between Demeter and his company before entering Thanatos' mansion. He thought, immortal, soul reaper. Could that be?

Demeter said:
“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. Thanatos’s scythe… is unique, bound to his soul as Death itself. It is the only weapon capable of reaping away immortality.”
That's right. If Ichor provides a brief cause of immortality and if the manifestation of my evil is Death itself, then all I need to do is attack him with all I've got." He continued before morphing back into his hybrid form where his mind is at its peak. From the electric charge of his raid suit that streamed to his two warhammers, he called them back to his wield.

This hammer is named after the legendary Hitetsu Tenguyama when he forged Death God's Iron Fist. That makes me Death and God at the same time and therefore, IMMORTAL. This means that─, he paused before holstering back the other hammer to his waist. This is the only weapon I need for now. However, there's still a trick behind his mist.

Gambit looked back at the exchanges he had with Hades and tried to formulate a theory on how to bypass that mystery. When I tried to hit him with my Hammer the first time, it was the Throne I hit. And before it reached him, he dissipated before attacking me using his conjured green hands. And then my shockwave and air blades were parried by his Green Mists; he didn't turn into mist. Where was he at the time? The third clash was my hammer against his palm but the next attack I did was evaded when he turned to mist. In the next round, he didn't dissipate but instead, he blocked using his hand and his spear-like weapon. When the lightning god attacked, he dissipated. With that sequence, we could say that there is a minute interval before he could dissipate again. Or at least he couldn't continuously do so as he needed to materialize to attack.

Just now, he didn't dissipate but blocked my rampage. The next attack coming from me would surely be evaded using that technique. I need to be calculated my next steps.

With that theory in mind, Gambit infused his red Warhammer, Death God's Iron Fist with black haki whilst still being possessed by Ichor and his Vampire form. As his willpower leaked from his body and weapon, the prince blitzed Hades, appearing at his back. Lava suddenly dripped from the head of the Warhammer before bursting forth Hades' back with such momentum from right to left side.

"Fire Demon Forge, Surtur!"
Fire Demon Forge, Surtur: Same with Hell Fire, the user gathers earth first and converts them into lava before launching himself at the opponent for a catastrophic blow. He can also choose to beat the ground and powerful streams of lava are discharged across the battlefield as if you're inside a range of volcanoes.
- DPR: A, AOE, 81 Warhammer, 81 Navigation, 81 Strength, 81 Movement, 5 * Alchemy

Total DPR: Small Continent Level

If this were a success, Hades' body would be sent flying forwards as he burst into magma. But, regardless of whether Hades would only dissipate elsewhere or not, Gambit would capitalize on that momentum when he swung the weapon to bring forth an onslaught of wind cannons fired in all directions like a warship to an island. The whole castle will go boom, baying like thunder rolls with this follow-up attack.

"Royal Blacksmith's Dance!"
Royal Blacksmith's Dance: Gambit outstretches his arm and swings the hammer in a circle facing the target/s. Off the swing, it generates an air blast that propagates in all directions. On contact, are not only blown away, it's as if, they are hit by a concussive wind hammer.
- DPR: S, AOE, 100 Warhammer, 100 Strength

Total DPR: Large Continent Level
 
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The Ichor granted rejuvenation, though the Prince would have to take care not to consider it much of any form of immortality. But for now the Prince would have the second chance to take down Hades, and given that Hades practically did nothing – this allowed the Prince to think through what has happened throughout the fight. With a theory in mind, Gambit set forth in motion to be the King of the Underworld. His hammer started to leak lava as it spills onto the floor – his willpower leaked in response. And in a moment Gambit disappeared from his location, going for Hades back. But this time round, Hades is prepared. For the Prince has aimed for his back a few times now, the slight lack of variations would mean adaptation to Gambit’s moves. And the King of the Underworld did just that. Gambit would find his Warhammer slammed right at Hades’ back as he would intend. But this time, greenish flames emanates around Hades’ body, forming a sort of powerful shield as if an invisible object is being immolated behind him. Gambit would recall something similar at the very start of their fight as well. An invisible wall that blocked Gambit’s very first attack. And this time such defense would now be seen in its full capabilities.

In its response, a powerful force would blow back against Gambit, the same exact amount of power redirected back to the Prince, aimed to completely sent him flying away from his own force. Much like a reject dial to a certain extent, or a mirror. The invisible walls this time round, would make a shattering sound – yet no glass nor any fragile objects were shattered. Quickly, Hades immediately turn around as green-like mist continues to flow into the King’s body, green-like chains would start to manifest once more, which would aim to bind Gambit and prevent further movements. Flame-like spears would manifest around Hades numbering five, before being thrown towards Gambit. If the chains were more successful, it should prevent Gambit from following up on his attacks, but even if it were to fail, the flaming spears should likely deal with the attack. Hades would back off further, flames ignited in intensity, the fight would restart and that would be Hades’ response to that fact.

The fight would not be something that the Prince could easily attempt to brute force through anymore, he would need to strategize, distract – Hades’ power is growing in response to Gambit’s power, making it much more difficult to use the same tactics once more.
 
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Gambit theorized about Hades' mysterious abilities. In response, he towed his lava-charged hammer as he appeared behind him. Dragging the hammer across his back, the Lord of Hell would clad his entirety with a powerful invisible wall, deflecting and reflecting all the might it pounded back at him, sending him flying across the room. As such, the combination attack he planned for would not materialize but instead, the combustion of wind omnidirectionally would be parrying against the conjured chains and spears made of flames. When the clash has cleared, Gambit stood there, glaring at Hades. "This ability of yours. It's quite unique. You invoked and materialized the souls you have reaped into something else and use that as your weapon. Perhaps, this entire castle is your weapon after all. But not only that, it appears that you can read my next move. It seems to me that, you can peer into the future and use that to your advantage."

"Mother is right, this entire place is Tartaros. The resting place of the souls of the damned. That's why you keep on repairing the hall every time it's damaged."

"What would happen if I blow this entire place up?"


As soon as the prince recited that, he roared against the ceiling before unleashing a destructive orb of sound waves that could destroy even the mountains. Haki spiralled along with the sound ball to magnify its offence. After that, he drew his other hammer once again before he infused the two with Haki and their respective elements: lightning and earth & fire. Once more, he oscillated the Warhammer against the floor repeatedly before cracks would start to form. And unlike the first time he did this, he would now cast a seismic bomb along with the weather egg to fulfil his objective.
Torrent of Terror: Gambit's most powerful Zoan attack. He releases an extremely concentrated and concussive sphere of reddish shock wave that is more than powerful to blast and destructs anything in its path.
- DPR: S+, 120 Strength, 100 DF Mastery, or vice versa, 100 COA and purchase of Red Haki (emitted from mouth, 1-meter diameter)
120: Town Level + S+ (5) + COA (3) = Moon Level

As the Clima-Warhammers pistons against the ground, it would a series of fast vibrations while simultaneously electrocuting it. Forcing the electricity deep underground causes massive caverns or craters as well as intense branches of shockwaves that will stem and will branch across the target area to artificially create fault lines. And finally, by launching a seismic bomb (1 weather egg) at the targeted area, shaking its very foundations as a natural earthquake would, it unleashes seismic energy capable of blasting from the epicentre that would ramify up to 500 meters in diameter that can totally destroy communities near the epicentre and cause tidal waves.

The preparation was done. It would not be long till the entire castle will suffer the wrath of the god of mischief but the shaking of the ground and the castle would now commence. "Wrath of Loki, Ultimate Epicenter"
Wrath of Loki, Ultimate Epicenter
Magnitude 9
- DPR S, Mastery/2 (50-meter) AOE, requires 100 Navigation
- 1 DPR less w/in the subsequent 50-meter mark up to 500-meter AOE
- requires 100 Navigation, 1 weather egg, Seismic Navigator Perk, takes one turn to prepare

Total DPR: Large Continent Level (but it will only start to bring forth damage after a turn)

And at last, whilst the ground began to shake and the roof began to shatter, Gambit would blitz past Hades once more, making him believe that he'd gone for his back again and he would. Emerging behind Hades, he would throw his two hammers against him. It might get past Hades or be blocked by a mysterious force. But as soon as he does that, the Vampirate would burst into bats, obscuring the sight of the Lord of Darkness only to reform in front of Hades and his claws already in motion, attempting to drive his sharp nails against the other before taking him into the sky, breaking forcibly against the roof for a catastrophic hell drop.
Eldest Vampire Hell Drop: Gambit grabs the victim using his claws and soars to the sky, spinning rapidly. At the height of his flight, he will descend at his full speed before throwing the prey mid-flight, head first back to the ground; dealing serious damage due to the velocity and fall's impact.
- Damage scales off Strength
- DPR: S, 81 Strength, 81 DF Mastery, 81 Movement
 

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@Landayan

Thinking through Hades’ powers, the Prince finally came up with a theory – that he would confidently believe to be the answer that he has looked up. And soon, Landayan would speak up with that confidence. His attitude quickly suggests to the light in the tunnel – the end to the fight. Surmising that Hades’ powers primarily comes from souls, Landayan believed that ultimately, the castle itself is the source of that which is why he had to repair the damages that the castle received. In line with that thinking, Landayan wondered what if the castle is destroyed then? Would that mean the end of Hades’ powers? With that in mind Landayan roared.


Manifested several orbs, much like before – destruction would ensue. The orbs would release waves of ear-piercing sounds – causing further destruction to the castle before it could fully repair itself. Not only that but Landayan would quickly follow up by using his hammers once more – using oscillations for his attacks, repeatedly smashing the floor. The oscillations and the electricity would bring forth quakes and ultimately to create fault lines, the combination of two forces stressing the very core of the island. Yet Hades was confused by what is going on, less of his words but obviously – he is not versed in science as Landayan, perhaps Landayan’s greatest advantage against Hades. But he saw similar things happening. Particularly at the start. But it is not enough to see what the Prince planned to do. The green mist would soon no longer flows into Hades.

This time however, the castle repairing itself wouldn’t be able to out-repair what Gambit would do, allowing the powerful earthquake to shatter and break the castle. Causing immeasurable damage to the castle as the castle effectively splits in half – a massive quake that would shake and rock the island and its surrounding itself. The land would seemly split in half. Yet the Prince isn’t done, this time blitzing him once more. Yet a slight change of his variation, this time he would emerge behind Hades, but instead of attacking him he thrown his hammers before breaking up into a swarms of bats, Hades would attempt to block the hammers – swinging his weapon to parry them away. But before he could do so, the Prince strikes. Using the bats to obscure the vision of the Olympian, the Prince reforms himself immediately, his claws in motion to drive skin deep into Hades. But once more, Hades simply dissipates in purple mist, just as the claws would touch the Olympian. This would also mean the incoming hammers would likely just hit the Prince instead, especially considering he is still in motion of his own attacks, combined with the possibility of being surprised by Hades once more.

The ceiling collapses upon the ground floor, and with his own hammers to deal with – the castle would very easily crumble down upon Landayan which would bury him alive if he does not deal with it. Soon, the castle would be exposed as majority of the castle structurally would collapse, turning it into ruins. This would allow the rest to see what happened inwards to the castle. Even from the outside, Cerberus moved away from the impending danger – and likely for Reynolds and T-Bag, they would be stuck within the sewers for the time being.

Dust and smoke would arise and obscure the vicinity, the result of the collapse. The river Styx would start to overflow from the fault lines, deep down further into the cracks and hole created by Landayan. But would seem to flow, forever more. But then, something unexpected happened. The damage caused by Landayan start to repair itself. The very ground that the castle stood on is reverting the damage. But this time it is no green mist. The souls of river Styx would transform – as perhaps expected by the theory that Landayan spearheaded. The cracks would repair, and soon – the castle would very slowly, but surely start to rebuild itself. And then, words spoke. Following that, the souls started to change, no longer would they show the sadness in their face unlike what Landayan has seen during his boat ride, this time anger – is shown. The River Styx flows with the souls, and they would start to take flight into the skies encircling around the ruined castle in a huge area, and in that eye of the soul-tornado stood Landayan, and above him – Hades whom re-manifested once more.

“FUFUFUFUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This is Tartaros indeed! However you are only half-correct! The souls of the damned fixes the castle, no – their home. Even in my death they would painstakingly fixes it! And now…. You have destroyed their home!”

His left hand raised up, a giant green mass of fireball starts to appear from thin air. And without further hesitation the Olympian throws it down, a giant green fireball to burn the Prince into crisp. The souls however, projects a strange unnatural feeling should Landayan closes towards them – like trapped in a massive arena, it would be best if Landayan do not approach the edges the ‘arena’ or try to get past them.


 
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The Torrent of Terror and the Wrath of Loki brought forth the Ultimate Shock and Epicenter that caused enormous damage to the castle and beyond. The Styx and the surrounding waters felt the wrath and exposed the weakness of the castle's master. During the sequence of destruction, Gambit blitzed Hades in an attempt to break through his defence by throwing the Warhammers before bursting into bats for a follow-up attack. However, Hades disappeared as soon as he got hit by his demonic claws. Something struck Gambit's head when this happen. And literally, struck by his Warhammers in the process, sending him back down to the ground whilst the castle collapsed into ruins.

As they fall, the prince rapidly created a dark cloud above him before swinging his lightning-forged hammer along with it, unloosing a barrage of small thunderbolts to parry against the falling debris. "Thunder Lance Goddess, Ororo!", he roared before pulverizing whatever brick falls upon him.
Thunder Lance Goddess, Ororo: Gambit creates an artificial black cloud above him. From there, he would invoke a barrage of lightning bolts about the size of a lance, hence its name.
- DPR: C, AOE, Moderate paralysis, requires 51 Navigation

As this occurred, T-Bag and Reynolds relied on their Raid Suits to keep them afloat, fleeing from the onslaught their Chief has brought. "This is his doing.", T-Bag remarked. "Outside Reynolds." As the two escaped, Cerberus also tried to find his own way out. Separating themselves from the beast at long last. As they go out, they noticed the sudden shift of the current of the river, making it overflow endlessly. Not for long, they would notice how the souls of the damned quickly shot the skies and they seemed to wrap the entire battleground before taking the form of a tornado. The two commanders' eyes widened in horror as they have never seen anything like this before. "What in the world was that?"

"What the hell?"

Back to the fight of the Lords of Hell. Hades finally re-manifested above the castle, laughing maniacally. He responded to the prince. Telling him that his theory was partially right after all. Gambit would single out the possibility of Hades peering into the future and in lieu, he would resort to another possibility in mind as he witnessed how the souls reacted to the perils he kicked in.

"No. You're right. It heals their home. But the souls carried by the current of River Styx are the main source of it all. In fact, if not Ichor, then the root of your immortality is the number of souls trapped in this land."

"Muahahahaha! Hades, you do not actually see my attacks. They all landed on you. You're just being reborn every time my attacks rammed your soul!"

As he screamed those words, in his natural guttural baritone, the hammers that hurt him a while ago were now in his hands. Looking at the slowly reforming castle and taverns, he leveraged on that. By tossing another active weather egg into the cracks and into the caves, he further increased the temperature of the layers within the Earth's crust and/or mantle called lithosphere and asthenosphere to commence the melting of rocks. And rapidly supplying Heat Balls into it successively, the heat would magnify like a true volcano.

After that, the decompression in places within those layers would start, so magma would start to form by converting earth particles to lava using his Alchemy. At last, he would continuously use Cool Balls to compress the growth of gas. And just in time after Hades waved his hand down to bring forth the catastrophic soul tornado, the pressure within cannot keep up with the growth of bubbles it produces anymore. They simply exploded to the surface. Before Landayan flew in the air to avoid being melted by his own doings, Haki was cast down to the erupting lava, concentrating the attack even further. He roared again, "Rise of Giol, Ragnarok!"

Rise of Giol, Ragnarok: Mostly a follow-up move after the Ultimate Epicenter to leverage on the caverns created by the said technique. After that, he will increase the temperature of the layers within the Earth's crust and/or mantle called lithosphere and asthenosphere to commence the melting of rocks by charging Heat Balls into it successively. After that, the decompression in places within those layers would start, so magma will start to form by converting earth particles to lava using Alchemy. At last, he will continuously use Cool Balls to compress the growth of gas and when the pressure within cannot keep up with the growth of bubbles it produces anymore, it just explodes to the surface.
Volcanic Level 4
- DPR S, Mastery/2 (50-meter) AOE, requires 100 Navigation
- 1 DPR less w/in the subsequent 50-meter mark up to 500-meter AOE
- requires 100 Navigation, 1 weather egg, Seismic Navigator Perk, 5 Stars in Alchemy

Total DPR: Large Continent Level
 

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Serapis #76
@Landayan

The Prince listened well to Hades’ speech. Noting how the Prince’s theory was only partially correct – and to Landayan’s advantage Hades would at least acknowledge that, allowing almost no hesitation from Landayan to process the information and adapt his theory accordingly. With that in mind, the Prince only has one other theory in mind. It wasn’t the Ichor that provide Hades with immortality. Otherwise it would have likely given Landayan something similar to that effect. But instead the Prince pinpoint to the souls. Everything with Hades’ power led to the souls. He would fashion the souls as part of his powers and it would give Hades unlimited application. The Prince laughed, having figured out Hades’ power in eventuality. Yet Hades did not seem bothered, beneath his crazed maniac facial expression only withdrew a smile. Hades isn’t overconfident despite how he behaved throughout, he would understand the implications that telling any facet of information regarding his powers would lead to figuring his power out. Yet the Olympian did not care.

He is just that confident. In whatever he planned for.

Soon, the earth beneath Landayan would rumble once more – heat would arise. And soon the earth shattered, unleashing plumes of lava as it would rise up like a pillar. An eruption of lava would shoot straight to the sky, with the incoming massive green ball of flames as its obstacle. The magmatic force would clash against the fireball. Despite the superiority of magma against fire. These greenish flames aren’t just normal flames. They were the Hellfire. Kind of unique to the denizens of the Underworld in their mythology. And in that clash – neither force would usurp dominance, erupting in an explosive fire. But that’s not all in particular for Hades. Mass of souls would start to move away from the tornado-like arena, though with the seemly limitless amount of souls, a mass of souls is unlikely to mean much in the grand scheme of things.

These mass of souls would quickly flood straight into the cracks which the lava erupted from, and with that it would close up the erupted ground that Landayan originally caused, the cracks around the earth starts to glow green. And soon afterwards greenish flames would erupt one by one, causing walls of fire around the arena as it would entrap Landayan in a green inferno. Elsewhere, the souls around them would continue to encircle around them, this time the heat of the fires that both side wrought would start to chill. Even with all the fires another spectrum of the temperature has quickly start to make their appearance and what horrors would that entails however, remains to be seen.
 
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A human, born Olympian bestowed with the power of immortality through all the spirits he encumbered in the walls of Tartaros ─ Hades. He who moves the pieces of chess across the board. He who shuffles the pawns the way they please him. Bound to the world of the Nether and ruled the current of the River Styx now soars above and beyond.

An elf, born Hirayan deprived of the natural physical feat of his own kind, journeyed across the land until he finally possessed the ingrained talent in him. The ability to surmise ideas and turn them into reality. In a paradox, he has discovered that weakness is his own strength. And he alone possesses that perk ─ Gambit. Chained to the new epoch of piracy and chieftained the rise of all pirates, traversing the Blues far and wide.

As the Lord of Darkness and Hell orchestrated the souls of the damned throughout the generations, The Prince of All Pirates materialized a seismic activity of the land they are fighting for and on. The doom. A chunk of compound souls and fire dove into the world. A vortex of lava squirted from the core. The clash. Not only did the ground ramify an epicentre but the centre of the clash itself. Heat quickly spread out across the battlefield. Specks of dust and mist obscured its entirety.

The spirits wailed. The land boiled. The Styx overflowed. The walls are barren. The ruins of the castle remained what it is until the ghosts fill in the cracks. Time to fly. For Hades' power grew more and far more ominous than ever before. The temperature gradually changes. From heat to humidity. From humidity to the chill of the underworld. Landayan flapped his wings many times and keep on soaring into the skies with his Warhammers in tow. Traditionally, Gambit should be unscathed but unlike his many battles before, he is beginning to feel the toll. Needless to say, his wounds started to touch him. Bruises in the face. A hole in his chest. Cuts all over his body. But it is not the end.

As the prince soared, he unloosed a massive scale of echolocation that would be heard by night creatures across the land and beyond. The moment his screech is heard by them, millions of bats would traverse the sea separating them and Serapis. And whilst it would take a while before everyone gathered in one place, those nearby would start to rendezvous above him. His arms spread wide open, welcoming his minions home. The Awakening. The night is dark and full of terrors.


"HADEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!"


As he roared the King's name, he channelled a stream of vengeful demonic wails together with the sound waves the bats produced. Altogether, it would project an omnidirectional wave of sounds with extremely high decibels that would cause internal bleeding if it managed to hit the enemy's skin while slowing him down momentarily. This launch might also affect the souls gathering around them if and only if they could be touched by these. To be certain, the prince unleashes a demonic burst of sound with his invisible and invincible willpower. Tremble of Souls, he calls it.
Tremble of Souls: Gambit generates a stream of vengeful demonic wails with extremely high decibels (Mastery x2 decibels). The intensity of the sound is enough to cause internal bleeding and allow it to slow down opponents by (DF Mastery/Target Base Speed) x10. Example: (100/100) x10=10 Points Deducted to Target's Speed.
- Damage scales off DF Mastery
- DPR: S, 100 DF Mastery (20-meter AOE), outside this, the damage decreases significantly
120: 7. Town Level + S: 4 = COA: 2 = Large Continent Level

"Soon the dawn shall rise. And there shall only be one king that shall turn this world upside down. 'Tis I..."
 
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Serapis #77
@Landayan

The earth rumbles and cracks under the immense pressure of the souls, erupting in walls of fire around Hades. The Prince took flight, immediately preventing himself from the what would come underneath, but it would mean that getting back to the ground would be a dangerous situation. And with that he would try to match Hades’ powers. Calling his own allies, bats with the power of echolocation across the land and sea. It would attract the swarm of bats, numerous as they would collapse upon Serapis – eventually. In a roar, ear-piercing scream would be heard from the Prince, emitting a deadly soundwave enhanced with his willpower would reverberate throughout the area. The wails of the Vampire could be soundly heard throughout though the attack would only reach Hades himself, that would be only logical. For soundwaves would only weaken over a distance, as well as time. Luckily for the rest perhaps.

The souls themselves, even with Haki – are large unaffected. They are souls after all. There would be nothing to kill the undead in this scenario. Hades however, would be the only one in range of his attack that would be hit by. But thankfully, and perhaps to the advantage of the Prince – that Hades would simply dissipate into a purple mist, which may already be predicted by the Prince himself. After all he believed he have the correct theory, only a solution needs to be found. Yet this time unlike the previous time, a slight difference is made. Skeletons would start to emerge from the ground from all around the ‘arena’, hands first. They would start to burn with green flames, immolated by the same hellfire that Landayan has observed and experienced. Like a necromancer, it would appear that Hades has start to bring back the dead. These skeletons would vary in their weapons, bows, crossbows, swords and spears. Whilst the skeletons with swords and spears would be unable to do anything, the others with ranged weaponry would start to fire arrows, similarly imbued with the same greenish flames towards Landayan. They would slowly walk, somewhat limping towards the centre. And finally, Hades emerged once more. The walls of fires previously would start to weaken variably. Yet at the same time, Hades became protected by the group of skeletons slowly raising up from the ground. With several smaller globs of green fireballs manifested by the King’s hands, he would toss these fireballs straight towards his flying targets.

In the sky, the air has quickly become more and more bone-chilling. And undeniably cold would start to wash over Landayan, making it much harder to stay up in the air, perhaps Hades’ method of forcing the Prince aground to the Hellfire.
 
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The Vampirate Prince summoned all the night creatures and together, they channelled a destructive sound wave down to the enemies: souls and Hades. However, none of them was greatly affected by it. But more and more came to his aid. And the island of Serapis is now covered with darkness, evil, and omen. As the thousands of bats gathered and populated the eternal night sky, Hades called forth all the undead, waking them all up to bring forth hell. Souls still roamed the entire battlefield, casting chills of the underworld across the land.

"MUAHAHAHAHAHA!", Gambit laughed, booming in all of Serapis. Even T-Bag and Reynolds would hear this as the castle has stopped reforming due to the continuous damage the prince of pirates has dealt. He was feeling the excitement and thrill of this battle. Hades so far was the strongest and more mysterious among all the men he ever fought. If Hades belongs to the race of men that is. But regardless, Landayan is still up in the sky, controlling the bats, counting to millions. Quickly, a large portion of it would gather around him, seemingly protecting the prince like how the summoned skeletons guarded their own master.

And then suddenly, Gambit, out of thin air burst into bats, adjoining all of his fellow creatures of the night. And in a blink of an eye, they dove into the barrened battleground, ramming themselves against the army of undead and Hades himself. He was the Centerpoint of the compound madness and his willpower was paramount to this massive-scale attack. Crime and punishment is what it's called.

Crime and Punishment: Gambit in awakened form gathers a portion of the bats he invoked, forming them like a giant hand upon the target area. At will, it can take the form of a fist, a claw, or a palm before punching/slamming/swiping/slamming it down without remorse to his enemies. AOE is 25 meters in diameter.
- DPR: S, requires 120 DF Mastery, 100 Strength

TOTAL DPR: Large Continent Level
The said attack would obliterate any attempts the skeleton army threw at them due to the nature and size of the attack, and Gambit has only used a portion of it. And the orbs, a little sacrifice of these creatures would not harm the prince for he is but their only Lord. At the same time, Gambit would hope that he would hit Hades this time, as he figured that the King couldn't disperse into nothingness consecutively as he has shown before. But even if it's not true, Gambit in his awakened form would continue to burst into bats and the moment Hades disperse and re-emerge, he would time it accordingly and bat burst at full speed towards. A portion of bats would appear behind him, some to the sides, letting Hades have the assumption that he would attack from behind or to the sides but Gambit would appear in front of him before he finally return to hybrid form at will ─ still hiding beneath the bats, making 3 clones of him using his weather control. Altogether, the four Gambits would appear but the one in front would be digging his very claws into his chest while also draining his life force momentarily. Hades did not know that Gambit did not need to dig his fangs in order to secure a regain of stamina; claws merely can do it.
Blood Drain: Gambit either steals the target's age/life force by touch, by digging his claws, or by sucking using his fangs. This ability greatly weakens the target for a few moments as they are turned to a grey and withered state. They became fatigued and woozy, before recovering. This state can be undone if the vampire is knocked unconscious or reverts the process willfully. There's a 1-turn delay before they feel the effect. The effect lasts for x turns. At the end of it, Gambit replenishes stamina and heals minor injuries.
  • Target Stamina > DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 1 turn
  • Target Stamina = DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 2 turns
  • Target Stamina < DF Mastery: Significantly reduces stamina or feels exhausted for 3 turns
- DPR: S+, requires 120 Mastery, 101 Strength
TOTAL DPR: Moon Level
 
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Serapis #78
@Landayan

The skeletons were frail, that was to be expected. At least compare to the scale of bats – the amount of arrows several may fire at the bats were meaningless. The ratio of the skeletons to bats were incomparable. Several bats may be taken down by such flaming arrows, they weren’t specially made bats, they are but simple bats. But such is but a little. It wouldn’t stop the swarm of bats under the command of Landayan. It would destroy the group of skeletons in between Hades and themselves, yet the King would summon more fireballs, thrown towards the swarm. A couple of fireballs would weaken the swarm in numbers. But soon, the last fireball, generated on the palm of Hades would quickly. The King’s Haki flared. The Prince has shown to be resourceful, looking for openings. Unlike previously, he would normally attempt to utilize his physical capabilities to overrun Hades, yet this time he would try a slightly different strategy, using illusions to recreate several of himself through weather manipulation. But. Hades still have more tricks up his sleeve, and Landayan would soon see.

The Prince would drive their claws up towards Hades, using the clones to serve as a distraction to ensure Hades would react too late. But soon, Hades would only turn to the real Gambit immediately, his fireball slammed right towards Gambit’s claws, though not directly however as his physical strength overwhelms Hades’ own. He would slam the sides of the claw, sidestepping away using the force of the clash as a leverage to back off slightly. While unknowingly stopped Landayan’s second attempt at the ingesting the ichor, he also saved Landayan’s own as well, for unlike poison he would writhe upon the floor once more upon ingesting even the tiniest bit of ichor as he would not develop any form of resistance, though he may acclimate the pain he is unlikely to do so in any immediate capacity, and unlikely previously Hades would not allow Landayan a ‘second chance’ to deal with it. Landayan’s attack was powerful, but yet Hades quickly knew where he was. One may attribute it to Haki, but if he couldn’t see the future then what would be reason for it? No matter, Hades would back off. But even for the King of the Underworld – the Olympian had to deal with the swarm of bats. Immolating himself in greenish flames. The swarm of bats would hit Hades. The swarm of bats would burn at the forefront, but eventually its force would slam Hades into the corner, sending him flying back. Unlike before, he did not disperse into a purple mist.



Sent flying back to edge of the ‘arena’, dust and smoke would arrive at Hades’ location. But Hades is a powerful man, it wouldn’t be enough to take him out. As the dust settles, the Olympian emerge from the obscuring dust. Blood. The ethereal ichor flowed from his body, a glittering gold-like blood seeps from the wounds of the Olympian. A decent damage has been properly done by the Prince for the first time. But these wounds are also equally dangerous, even mythology is to be believed, just mere contact with it... is lethal. Wiping his own blood with his hands, Hades licked the ichor, though obviously with no consequences. He would smirk. Perhaps crazed from taking damage? And soon he would laugh.

“Fufufufu! How long has it been since my own blood been spilled in combat?! Delicious…!”

“SOULS OF THE DEAD! WHY DON’T WE TREAT OUR GUEST APPROPRIATELY FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE TO TARTARUS!? HAHAHAHA!!!”


Hades laughed. He would raise his hands high up as he did so. Souls around the arena started to flow into Hades’ body rapidly. And soon. Something changed. The weather become icy cold, freezing. The souls surrounding the arena, starts to turn more greyish, showing a lot more physical-like forms than before. Deformed, elongated hands would start to appear, stretching outwards around the edges. It is horror incarnate.



The bats, flying around the castle would start to freeze up, their body slowly unable to handle the freezing cold. Landayan’s breath would start to exhale cold breath, though unlike the bats the temperate at ground level was only just cold, thus his body would still be able to tolerate and fight with no problem. Yet this cold, who knows how cold it would go? Prolonging the fight is probably unwise. The skeletons, destroyed but quickly reformed. They are undead after all, and likely would remain so until Hades’ defeat. They would continue to walk up towards Landayan. Flaming arrows, swords and spears readied to strike at their enemy, and with each strike from the skeletons, although slow would burn any mortal painfully. The fires of Hades would immolate the Olympian once more. With flames generated on his hands, from a distance away Hades swung his hands towards Landayan, creating two greenish flames in a form of an air blade, sliding against the ground as it aims for the Prince. Flaming-like spears would start to manifest in the skies, slowly filling up the skies.
 
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The prince broke the distance between him and Hades, tricking the other Lord with his weather manipulation and the swarm of flying rats! Reaching him at last for a dashing claw mutilation. A futile attempt. King of Hell reacted as he would. An orb of hell flame rammed against his angry set of five knives before a brief struggle. Hades knew he couldn't win against Gambit in physicality, thus shoving his right hand and moving sidewards to dodge it completely. But the bats are still in action. And it lives on.

The skeletons were eradicated by his bats before going for Hades, bypassing their Lord Commander in motion. The ethereal God might have decimated the bat army which each orb of hellfire he tossed dark skywards and beyond but more came to him. The scent of the burning bats could not be better than this. A smell of descending comrades. But the sound of bones crushing and Hades banging the walls, and the splattering of the ground could not be more music, too.

A sonata! In chorus with Hades' body as it charred in flight. The swing of a night baton. Blood dripped at last from the King ─ a midnight ballad in plain sight. As he stood in his wake, he remarked on the damage he incurred.

"Out of GHAST?"

And as Hades summoned more, so as Gambit. The army of the dead and the creatures of the night overpopulated the entirety of the castle. However, Prince Landayan's bats would overwhelm the walking undead having the advantage of the darkened sky. Packing themselves as one, they plunged into the skeletons, twirling like a mad cyclone with every beat of the drum. Albeit, they had lost more this time; thanks to the sudden change in temperature that even Gambit's intellect couldn't comprehend. But 'tis war! Death is but inevitable. Untenable. Obstinate like it's the fate of every kind.


The souls rapidly took the form of almost tangible arms, spreading forth everywhere. They are moaning in agony. Lamenting on their eternal doom. Trapped in the walls of Tartaros for all eternity.

The bats from other places arrived just in time, replacing the fallen banner. They are screeching in mutiny. Descenting on their everlasting loom. Freed from the caves of middle earth for all serenity. A distinct distinction between the two kings.

Hades and Landayan. Lords of the Night forevermore.

Wailing continues. The Gloom.

"Creatures of the night!", he invoked his banners.

"Take the sky eternally. Let no man forget how frightening we are. Screech endlessly like the whistle is to the wind. Plunge your fangs like the rapier to the stone!"

"ALTOGETHER NOW. LET'S BREAK OUR LIMITS!"

"CRIME AND PUNISHMENT!"

Gambit roared amidst the cold before striking the ground with his own Warhammers and the swarm of millions of bats reflected the muestra before diving into Hades, his bladed soul attack, and the revived skeletons for one ominous colossal blow.

Crime and Punishment: Gambit in awakened form gathers a portion of the bats he invoked, forming them like a giant hand upon the target area. At will, it can take the form of a fist, a claw, or a palm before punching/slamming/swiping/slamming it down without remorse to his enemies. AOE is 25 meters in diameter.
- DPR: S, requires 120 DF Mastery, 100 Strength

TOTAL DPR: Large Continent Level

Gambit panted heavily. He was using too much stamina. But he is determined to continue. This is the battle of his life. This is succession. He looked into the sky, flaming spears at ready.


As a navigator, he capitalized on the changing atmosphere and compounded it with his cool balls to fashion snow across the vicinity. Just like the ones he used against Cerberus's fireballs, he harnessed the snow and compressed them into spears, counting the same with Hades'. After that, whenever the latter fires his, Gambit would challenge all of them. If they clashed, smog would be formed across the castle, and he would use that advantage to land another attack. "Snow Sorceress, Ullr!"

Snow Sorceress, Ullr: Gambit uses Cool Balls in succession to change the atmospheric and the ground temperatures at or below the freezing point and ensure that there is a minimum amount of moisture in the air. If the ground temperature is at or below freezing, the snow will reach the ground. Gambit will then harness all these snows and/or compress them, turning them into a destructive weapon that he can cast on the opponents to incapacitate them.
- DPR: B, AOE, Deep freeze, requires 71 Navigation

Total DPR: Large Country Level

Two weather eggs would be thrown after the clash, still covered in fog and mist, and from there, clouds, dark ones would start to form in the sky. As the temperature and humidity significantly change, a supercell tornado is born, about a few miles in diameter and up to 50,000 feet tall. When the updraft bends the spinning air upwards, it starts rotating persistently with the spinning column of air until it fuses with the downdraft of the storm to reinforce each other. The result is a long-lived supercell storm which he can use to create more powerful storm-based attacks that he can manipulate over time. Thunderbolts would start to roll neath the clouds as heavy rains would start to pour down. Gambit would fly into the sky, spinning his two hammers above after he colluded them into a staff. As he spins the staff, he is now actively mustering the bolts inside this storm, compressing them for a supercell attack. And he dropped the hammer down at his foe, a column of devastating lightning came rolling to the earth aiming to destroy anything it touches.

"Storm Deities of Asgard, Cosmic Mesocyclone!

God of Thunder, Thor Odinson!"






Storm Deities of Asgard, Cosmic Mesocyclone: Gambit conjures and hatches two weather eggs to release dark clouds which will then calls down heavy rain, fogs, and mists. As the temperature and humidity significantly change, a supercell tornado is born, about a few miles in diameter and up to 50,000 feet tall. When the updraft bends the spinning air upwards, it starts rotating persistently with the spinning column of air until it fuses with the downdraft of the storm to reinforce each other. The result is a long-lived supercell storm which he can use to create more powerful storm-based attacks that he can manipulate over time. LASTS 2 TURNS.
- Unranked, requires 100 Navigation, 1 Weather Egg
God of Thunder, Thor Odinson: Within seconds after forming the super-cell storm, Gambit twirls his weapon to form an even larger and more concentrated stream of lightning, and then swings it down at his opponent(s).
- DPR: S, Major paralysis, requires 100 Navigation

TOTAL DPR: Large Continent Level
 
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