Will found himself in some kind of a forest, looking around.
"Kuran! Are you around!?" he shouted only to hear his echo. "Guess not," he sighed.
However, he heard rustling around… probably of small animals which lived in that forest. He looked down to see small purple rat-like creatures running past him as well as some small brown birds flying overhead.
"Are those... Ratattas and Pidgeys? No way, this is a pokémon world!" he said to himself.
But then spears pointed at his head and body… by bipedal creatures with mammalian features. Their snouts were short and wide and they had triangular ears and large, red eyes. They also had three-fingered paws, large feet with oval markings on the soles, and long, thin tail endings in ovoid tips. Most notable is that their fur consisted of different patterns of black, white and grey tones.
"Well… that escaladed quickly... is there anything I can do for you?" he asked cautiously.
"Who are you? And how did you show up in our territory?" asked the leader, getting closer, his spear ready to impale Will if he did ANY wrong move.
"My name is Will. Right now I'm looking for someone. I don't suppose any of you has seen someone wearing black clothes and a green scarf with blond hair?"
The creatures looked at each other and one drew closer, his spear pointing at Will's throat, "No! But if he is here, we will capture him! And now tell me! How did you get here in the middle of this forest?"
"That's a bit hard to explain," Will chuckled nervously.
"I just sort have appeared here… I know it doesn't make any sense but it's true."
They looked at each other and one told, "Come with us! And by the first wrong move… you get our spears in your body!"
"Lead the way," Will said trying not to cause a problem.
And they began to lead him… to a tower which was huge even Will's standards. And he saw two other groups moving to towards the tower, with several prisoners.
'Right... I see where this is going,' he thought to himself.
And he was thrown alongside with them into the cell. After everybody had taken seats in the cell, one of them asked Will, "Have you been close to their borders as well?"
"Apparently, yes," he responded.
"I have no idea where I ended up."
"You don't where… are you telling us that you have no idea why you got in reach of the Mewpyre empire?"
"Mew what now?"
"Never heard of the Mewpyres?"
"From where did you come from?" asked another prisoner.
"Everybody knows of the blood-sucking Mewpyres!" declared a third one.
'Bloodsucking? They must be some kind of vampires... that would explain the smell of blood they give off… a world with both pokémon AND vampires. Interesting...' he thought.
"Hello? Are you still with us?" asked one of his fellow prisoners.
"Sorry. Just thinking to myself," Will said in embarrassment. "Like, how to break out of this place without the Mewypres swarming us?"
"Unfortunately, I got nothing," he sighed.
As he looked around he noticed a Heartless crawling in the wall.
"Oh crap!" he spoke as more started to appear.
An alarm began to ring in the entire building and Mewpyres began to fly by everywhere, each of them holding either weapons from medieval times or something modern like a resized machine gun, engaging the dark creatures.
"Not again," groaned a prisoner. "We run ran into them before we were arrested by the Mewpyres."
"And due to these things appearance the Mewpyres are more jumpy than usual," told another.
"Really?" Will asked before wondering how long those Heartless have been here.
'These Mewpyres look like they could hold their own against them.. .but I doubt they're in a winning battle... better do something about that,' he thought before opening a dark corridor out of the cell, striking down a few Heartless.
Before he noticed, a fire spell destroyed a Heartless behind him. A female Mewpyre came up and asked, "How did you get out of your cell?"
"I figured you'd be grateful that I'm helping you all out here," Will huffed.
"I ask more how you survive even touching them! No human did that before," countered the female.
"Well, it's a good thing I'm not a normal human," Will responded before shooting his own fireball at a Heartless that was about to attack the female from behind.
"Sorry, but orders are orders," she replied, taking a gun out and shot three times into Will's chest, aiming at the heart, before leaving to join the others in fight.
"Man, you Mewpyres are so ungrateful," Spoke Will's voice.
The female turned around to see Will getting up and dusting himself off like nothing happened. She stared at him, while mindlessly blasting a Heartless, "Now we have a problem… we ordesr our orders are to kill ANYBODY who exits the cells without permission… and you just took three bullets head on."
"Eh, beats getting your head chopped off," Will shrugged before striking down a few more Heartless.
"Then come with me! I have the authority to take you with me. Or else everybody will jump to kill you! We are more than frustrated about these things constantly showing up! While only non-Mewpyres died so far, it makes us blow on our society, life stock and they destroyed two of our blood banks."
"So… where are we going?...If you don't mind me asking?"
"To the southern storage room. Our blood reserves are stored there and they concentrate their attacks there. And reports say one a bigger fish came out as well"
"After you," Will said.
She lead the way and once they got close to the storage, Will could see that many Heartless were there, trying to break through the Mewpyre defenses. And joining them was a large white version of a Wizard Heartless, "Don't recall seeing that one before," Will admitted before summoning his Keyblade.
The Heartless blasted one of the Mewpyres. While he didn't seem to be harmed, he collapsed after some seconds and then was shruddering. One of the others, who noticed that called, "Medic! Low blood!"
A Mewpyre came out and held on a bag filled with blood. However, the Wizard managed to blast him as well and not only he collapsed as well… the blood bag was empty. Like there was never blood in it.
Will threw his Keyblade, hitting the Wizard across the head, getting its attention.
"Yo! Over here!" he shouted.
The Wizard answered by sending its blasts at Will… and from what he had seen, its attacks make blood disappear.
Will jumped out of the way. Running at the Heartless, he jumped up slashing at it. It winced and tried to flee from Will… only to have a steel lance slammed into the body by one of the bulkier Mewpyres, pinning it the ground.
'Guess they CAN hold their own,' Will thought.
The Mewpyre kept holding it down, while others were blasting it with spells. Will noticed that only certain Mewpyres are casting cast spells while others kept their hands on the weapons. Only a few handled both but they were either using primary weapons or magic… like they were in a job system of a RPG game.
'This is one interesting world,' Will thought before slashing at the other Heartless, eventually getting rid of them.
The female he had followed, called up, "Report! What is the status?"
A few minutes later a male one told, "Three dead servants. One slave missing. Damage all over the place. Two sudden Blood Dries."
"How the heck did this thing make Mewpyres blood dry?" asked the female. "And why aiming for it? While it disables us, slowly killing us in pain, there are faster methods to get rid of us."
"It's like... the Heartless want to make your kind suffer," Will said.
"This dark prophet," mumbled the female and called. "Get the repairs done and send a message to the capital! Explain what happened here and send word to Queen Sarafina! We got somebody who knows what these creatures are! And he is not killable!"
"What? Are you jesting Commander Siga?" asked one of the Mewpyres.
"If it's all the same for you, I'd like to meet your queen and ask her a few things," Will said.
"You have some nerve asking for a audience with our queen, human!" one of the Mewpyres snapped pointing his weapon at Will.
"Lower your weapon," told Siga. "The queen will probably want to see him anyway for his information… and if not him, the elders will call him. We are in a war against an unknown enemy and every bit of information can help us," the Mewpyre did so, growling at the Keyblade wielder.
"Are we ready to go?" Will asked.
"I have to pull together a team first. And we should do a formal introduction. I am Siga Nevor. Leader of the 25th Border Control army. Sixth generation of born Mewpyre in the Magic Bite Family."
"My name is Will. Travelling swordsman and giving this circumstance, potential mercenary."
"Get me a team together," told Siga. "We got to deliver a swordsman to the queen!"
"Before we do," Will turned to the Wizard Heartless and sliced its head off. "Trust me, it's not a good idea to keep those things alive."
"We already knew that," told the female Mewpyre. "We tried to keep one for Elder Istar to examine it… result, her lab was destroyed and twelve of her best servants died."
Then a Mewpyre brought her a blood bag and she slammed her fangs into it, sucking it out in front of Will. And also he saw that every other Mewpyre was taking rounds of drinking blood as well. Those who were Blood Dry and the ones who used too much magic took more blood than the rest.
'So these creatures are a Pokémon-vampire hybrid… hmm, for some reason they share a little bit of similarity to Kuran's Aura. The only thing I can think of is, why is that… wait, I'm I back in Kuran's universe?' Will thought as he waited for the others.
Soon the team and a carriage were together. And they started moving towards the capital.
"So how far are we anyway?" Will asked.
"It takes a week to get the highest point of the capital in sight," told Siga. "And this tower holds the record of reaching 2 kilometers into the air."
"Well… this is going to be a long road trip," Will said to himself.
In this one week nothing much happened… while they passed patrols who told them more and more about the attacks in the towns, and the first Mewpyres died. One of them sucked dry by a sort of hybrid of them and these creatures.
"I don't think I've heard of a Heartless doing THAT... this is insane," Will said.
"We have to hurry up," mumbled the mage and they increased their already fast pace, making the mons which pulled the carriage going to their limits.
Eventually, they reached a city where Will noticed a large tower.
"Wow that is a big tower."
"That is the highest tower of Queen Sarafina's castle. You should be able to see it since it is in generally three quarters high as the tower," explained Siga. "Her throne room is in this tower."
"Well, at least it's easy to find," joked Will.
"Good luck in getting up there without running into one army of guards at each floor," challenged Siga while looking up. "It has been years I have been here."
"We should get going ma'am," suggested one of the Mewpyres.
"Yeah! Go in advance and request a meeting with the queen… or at least with our direct superiors," ordered the female Mewpyre.
The Mewpyre's made their way and came back after what seemed like an hour.
"Her Majesty as agreed to see this human," they bowed.
"Then let's go," she replied and they made to the palace… which made a third of the town. They had to walk for ten minutes to reach even the center of the ground floor… were an elevator waited for them.
"Be happy human," told a guard. "Only chosen guests can use Queen Sarafina's private elevator."
"Well aren't I lucky," Will said dryly.
They entered the elevator and began to move up. In the elevaor it were seats but they were told NOT TO EVEN THINK OF TOUCHING THEM.
"Are they busted or something?"
"Private seats of the queen," was the reply. "They were made from the rarest and most exotic materials of the world. It took 20 years to gather them with the world hating us."
"Why would the world hate such a charming species such as you?" Will spoke jokely.
"Where have you been in the last 500 years?" asked the female to him. "We weren't asking very friendly as we build the empire, and afterwards we made clear that we didn't want trespassing our borders without our permission. Not to mention we got a few crusades against us over the time. Not to mention, getting the hate of the people as they learned that after killing the last vampire, they got us in place."
'Nice history lesson,' Will thought as the elevator made it to the top.
They exited the elevator and guards were waiting to escort them to the throne room.
As they went on, Will noticed the view out of the window, looking out at the vast view that seemed to stretch out across the land.
"Like the view?" asked Siga.
"As the world tallest tower, it's no surpise that it has this view," he said, continuing on their way, reaching the doors to the throne room. And they were huge. Either they wanted to show that way that of how great they were, or they wanted to compensate for their little size.
"Wait, what the…?"
"Something wrong?" asked the Mewpyre.
"Is that little Mew your queen?"
"No insults to our queen!" told Sina while bowing in front of the white fur-collored Mew with red eyes.
Will looked at the Mew before speaking, "If you weren't a blood thirsty vampire hybrid I'd be giving you a big hug right about now."
"DON'T INSULT OUR QUEEN!" one of the guards yelled before kicking him in the back of the legs forcing him to get on his knees.
"Let him be," told Sarafina. "He is currently our guest. While the insult part will be punished, it is more important to learn about our enemies," then she turned to Will. "If you had shown up 600 years ago, you would have seen me as non-Mewpyre… instead an ordinary Mew."
"Well, I got to say, you look well for someone who has lived that long. Not to mention maintaining a vampire empire that would put Vlad Tepesh to shame."
"Who is Vlad Tepesh?" asked Sarafina curiously.
"Dracula. You know… before he was known as Dracula."
"Lord Dracula? The weakest vampire in history?" asked Sarafina. "So far I know he died because of the shine of a candle."
"Anyway... I understand that these creatures, they're called Heartless by the way, have been causing some trouble. How long have they been here?" Will asked.
"Three months and two weeks," told the queen. "And two weeks before the first appearance, a man managed to get in here. He called himself Dark Prophet and demanded from me that the Mewpyres do a democide. I refused of course, and ordered his arrest. However, he escaped by a sort of dark mist with the words that everybody in the empire will pay."
"Why would this 'Dark Prophet' want you all to do that?"
"For the same reason why we face every other century a holy crusade against us… to remove us from the existence," told Sarafina. "We didn't ask to be dependent of blood sucking. We are bitten or born this way."
"I see… do you have any idea where he might be?"
"No… but we know that the minority of the attacks happened around Sakraled, the second best secured place in the empire. Only my palace has better security since this guy showed up."
"Hmm I thought so… any case, I know how to stop these things for good… it's why I'm here."
"How do you plan to help us?" she asked. "After all, we are talking about creatures which show up anywhere at anytime."
"These things originally come here though a 'gateway'. All I have to do is find it and seal it."
"How can we find this gateway?" she asked. "I will send my soldiers out to search it."
"Well, see the thing is… I actually have no idea. Truth is that this gateway could be ANYWHERE. There's no real indication that its around unless we see it," Will explained.
"Isn't there ANYTHING we can do? After all, Sakraled is the most attacked place in the empire. One of our national treasures is stored there."
"What is it?" Will asked.
Sarafina wasn't sure to tell it but did anyway, "The blood gem. This artifact dates back to the high time of vampires. It allows a single vampire to exist without the need to blood. We use the power of the gem to reduce the general need for blood in the empire."
'Hmm, there IS a chance that it's there… but I doubt they'll let me anywhere near it,' Will thought to himself before speaking.
"It might be a good idea to keep a close eye on things for now, as well as keeping an eye out for that prophet guy as well," he suggested.
"You do understand that we are already searching for this guy while protecting everything of value to us," told Sarafina, glaring into his eyes.
"Hehe… umm right," he chuckled nervously.
"Aww, what's wrong? Getting cold feet from a cute little Mew?" echoed a voice that was familiar to Will.
Rising up, the queen demanded, "Who is there? Show yourself!"
Will could not help but get chills as a familiar figured appeared from a dark corridor in front of everyone.
"What are you doing here Null!?" Will asked.
"Oh nothing just enjoying a world-wide tour like you," the Heartless responded.
"I demand you to disappear!" told Sarafina. "Or face the wrath of Mewpyres!"
"I'm sorry, but I cannot for the life in me take that cute little face seriously," Null laughed.
Sarafina hissed at him, showing her fangs to him while the guards got ready to attack.
"Aww now, isn't that adorable," Null mocked, encouraging the guards to attack. Null quickly turned around, cutting of one of the guards heads with ease.
Null the other grabbed another guard by the neck, squeezing it until giving off a loud snap.
"For a bunch of real guards... they don't seem very good at their job," he mused.
"What are you trying to get your hands on this time!?" Will asked, pointing his Keyblade at the Heartless.
"Oh, what was it called again? Your friend there called it the Blood Gem, I think."
"WHAT?" she shouted. "We won't let you touch it! Let alone see it!"
"Why do you want it? What can you POSSIBLY do with it?"
"Oh I'm sure I can think of something... I guess it comes down to who gets to it first," Null mused.
"Touch your filthy fingers on it and I suck you dry personally!" hissed the Mewpyre queen, before throwing a spell which impacted with Null's chest, sending him flying
"Good luck with that, sweetie," Null mocked as he stood back up. "But just so you know, it's not really for me. It's for a... friend of mine."
"Don't tell me… you work with the Dark Prophet," she snarled, storming towards him.
"Maybe I do, maybe I don't," Null said.
And she got close to him, hitting him with Iron Tail on the head, attempting to kill him with the move in her rage. Null managed to grab the tail and spun the mew around before throwing her across the room.
"Even when you're angry, your adorable... better watch that temper though, such rage is so uncivilized for a 'queen'," he mocked.
Will ran at the Heartless and swung his Keyblade as Null summoned his to block the attack.
"What's wrong? No mommy's boy to help you this time?"
"You of all people know how strong I am," Will countered before kicking him in the stomach, pushing him away.
Sarafina got up and shouted to her mages, "What the hell are you waiting for? Shoot this enemy of the empire! And get the heavy artillery up!"
"Alright, now THIS is a fight!" Null laughed as he ran at Will, cutting him with his Keyblade.
The mages of the queen were taking aim but didn't know if they should shoot their 'ally' as well under those circumstances.
"And here comes the cavalry. Just as their queen demanded. Of course, being a bunch of mindless drones that's to be expected," Null mocked.
"Drones?" asked Siga, completely offended by this statement.
"Face it. That's all any of you are why else you'd you obey such a creature? I'm willing to bet that she only ALLOWS you to still act this way probably because she feels sorry about you fate, or maybe she is trying to justify her actions. Or perhaps it's because she wants to keep a figmentation company to hide the fact that no one will judge her over the fact that she's just another power hungry tyrant," Null said.
"YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE QUEEN!" was the shouting reply and he stormed forward, impaling the offender with an energy lance.
"To have these pawns obey every order without question, I'm willing to bet that they don't know why. SURELY these creatures have wondered that from time to time," Null spoke as he managed to dodge every lance and rushed to one of the guards, impaling him on his Keyblade. "Let me ask you something. Aside from 'that's what were asked to do' or anything like that, why do you serve your queen?" he continued.
"She is our queen," told Siga. "And she built with the first Mewpyres the empire, always looking at the best interest of the Empire it."
"Is that what you think or is that what you were told to think?" Null asked before sighing. "One second though, forget it. Reasoning with a bunch of mindless puppets is pointless. I for one have bigger things to take care of and since I'm not getting anything done here I might as well move on," Null quickly ran towards the window and jumped, everyone looked out only to see no one falling.
"He got away again. Damn it!" Will said.
"Who was that?" demanded Sarafina. "And why did he call my people drones?"
"That was Null. Don't let his words get to you. He knows how to mess with people's heads," Will explained.
"Then he had to do better… I had more executions running for people who wanted to get me off the throne… each of them for a different reason."
"Well, I'll have you know he was more than likely doing this for fun," Will sighed.
"For the one who brings me this guy's head, gains a Lord title," shouted Sarafina.
Siga's eyes widened, "Are you sure your Majesty? You are offering a spot of the third highest place of the empire?"
"Don't bother," Will said causing everyone to look at him like he's insane. "If any of you tries to deal with him you'll just end up dead. He's THAT dangerous."
"Are you suggesting to leave leaving alone a guy that insulted our queen and threatened to steal one of the most important national treasures?"
"I'm saying leave him to me, assuming we will bump into him real soon."
"So what do you think should we do?" asked Sarafina. "Assuming you know what has to be done."
"The only thing I can think of right now is waiting for Null at this Blood Gem," Will said.
"Get an escort to get him as FAST as POSSIBLE to the place!" ordered queen Sarafina.
As a few guards left they heard a rumbling outside. Will looked outside to see a Darkside in the city.
"Looks like Null gave us a little distraction," he mused.
"And it destroyed my new theater…" sighed Sarafina. "I was waiting 50 years to have it build."
"Why don't you wait for me outside. Leave this thing to me," Will said drawing his blades.
"You know that shows a bad light at the empire," she replied.
"Think of this as my apology for my own early insults," he smiled.
Will suddenly transformed into his dragon form. Before anyone even had a chance to wonder what happened, he took off flying towards the giant Heartless.
Sarafina turned to a servant, "Get Istar! She will a new research object after this."
Meanwhile, the Darkside was about to fire energy balls from its chest before meeting Will's clawed foot to its face, which somehow managed to make it stumble back a bit.
The defending Mewpyres stared at the dragon that had joined the fight, forgetting to fight as well.
The Heartless swung his arms at the distracted Mewpyres but instead hit a barrier.
"You all might want to stand back a bit," Will said.
The Mewpyres began to retreat and reforming their lines.
The Darkside swung its arm again. Will simply jumped up and landed on its arm as it hit the ground. He then proceeded to run up the arm and slashed at its face. Spells and other long ranged attacks from the Mewpyres provided cover while Will fought the beast. The Darkside eventually fell over from the attacks. Will took the opportunity and flew up and dived on to its head, burying his blades in between its eyes, causing the Heartless to disappear in defeat.
The Mewpyres spread out to make sure that no other bad surprises were around and proceeded to repair the damage.
Will took to the sky and flew back to the tower where he saw everyone outside. He landed and transformed back.
"Well, that takes care of that thing. I'm deeply sorry for causing more unnecessary damage," he said.
"Could have been worse. We had once to rebuild a town after a meteor," told one of the Mewpyre.
"Well, now that everything is good here, shall we get going?"
"They are coming soon to escort you."
"Well, alright then."
And soon Siga and other Mewpyres arrived at the scene… and they were heavily armed.
"Come on, let's get going."
"That was our plan," Will nodded as they went on their way.
Although they moved as fast as possible, it took nearly the entire day to reach the outer reach outside of the fortress Sakraled. And they could already see that the west side was under heavy assault.
"It would seem that the Heartless have an idea as to where the Blood Gem might be," Will said before getting his blades ready.
"It's in a special safe, located fifty meters under the place. The area around it is reinforced with fifty feet of steel carbon plates and the only entry is a tunnel from the center of the fortress."
"Still, better safe than sorry, right?" Will said before running at the Heartless easily taking down any he could hit.
Though he had to look out since cannon shot and arrows were raining down as well… the Mewpyres understood how to react on invading forces and he could see that any Heartless which got at least on the wall were greeted by close range and middle range weaponry.
Suddenly, the walls were pelted by a series of massive fireballs. Will looked only to see something flying over head, "Damn it, it's a Dustflier."
The Heartless landed, causing a shockwave that made almost everyone fall back.
"I was wondering when you'd show up, Keyblade bearer," it said.
"You can talk? So YOU'RE the one responsible for the Heartless here."
"Stop your attacks or once we find your hiding place, you will face the wrath of the Mewpyres!"
"Your empty threats mean nothing to me, you little rat!" the Heartless said.
Will suddenly notice something about the Heartless it.
"Wait… are you a female?"
"Yes, why? Is it not noticeable?"
"No, actually, it's not."
Siga looked at the heartless and asked, "They have genders?"
"I... guess they do. First time I've heard of this though," Will said.
"Have you already forgotten that we are not normal Heartless?" Dustflier countered.
"Yeah that's what I guessed," Will admitted.
"That's why I was glad to negotiate with them," told a new voice and a man in a dark cape, his face covered by the hood of the cape appeared through a dark corridor. "Greetings Keybearer… I am the Dark Prophet. And I suggest you to leave our business. This time, it is for the good of this world."
"He's not going to. Once he knows who his enemy is he intends to do on doing whatever it takes to stop them," spoke someone and the group turned to see Null leaning against a wall.
"Surprised to see you here," Will said dryly.
"You knew I'd be here."
Siga growled and was about to attack. Will place his hand on her shoulder insisting that she should stay where she is was.
He then turned to the Dark Prophet, "I can probably guess why, but I want to know why you're doing this."
"They are beings that shouldn't exist… the blood sucking should have ended when the last vampire was burned. But instead, we got a plague which is a thousands times worse and even harder to get rid of than the original vampires," told the Dark Prophet.
"Unfortunately for you, you're going to learn the hard way that the Heartless are worse," Will countered.
"It's hilariously ironic that you of all people are allying yourself self with a bloodsucking freak of a tyrant," Null mocked.
"It's true. I don't approve of their treatment and enslavement of other living beings. But I'm willing to work with them over the fact that they don't want to destroy this world," Will explained.
"Well… we don't have any use for a dead world," told Siga. "So we see it from the practical side."
"I'm a bit surprised that these things haven't already made you in an all-you-can-eat buffet yet. Might not be a good idea to trust them when THAT happens," Null said.
"Shut up. This is not about what side I want to be on, it's about what side I NEED to be on," Will countered.
"It doesn't matter what side you're on, these things are going to perish regardless," Dustflier said before flying in the air.
Which gave the mages and long-ranged fighters a chance to aim at her directly.
The Heartless dived at the attacks at incredible speed, blasting them away on impacted. Will ran as fast as he could at the Heartless, striking its wings, causing it to roar in pain. The Mewpyres used this chances and shot arrows at the wings as well while small cannons and guns were aiming for the head and body, though the defenders had their hands also full with the other Heartless and at one spot they had to gather more since the walls were starting to break.
Dustflier retaliated by swinging her clubbed tail, knocking away the Mewpyres.
Before Will had a chance to act he found the Heartless close to him.
'How the hell is this thing so fast!?' he thought before getting blasted point blank by a large fire ball which sent him crashing into one of the walls with large rubble falling over him.
Siga glanced to at Will but since they had a more daring situation, she didn't take the moment to check on him. Instead, she tried to defend the hole that got formed by the rumbling stones, getting aid from the defenders.
Uncomfortably since the defending force slowly grew thin and the first Heartless managed to get past, forcing the inner defenses to get active. Dustflier shot multiple fireballs into the sky that rained down, destroying almost everything.
The Mewpyres which didn't get hit, got for cover to avoid to be being hit by anything else while preparing their counterattack.
There was a flash of light as the rubble covering Will suddenly got sliced up. He stood there covered in a silver fire and his Keyblade looking a little different as well.
"Well, I don't think I've heard of you doing that before," Dustflier said.
"Oh, this? This is my Sword Fusion ability. Gives me a huge boost in power and all that," Will said with a smug on his face.
Siga looked at Will and decided to report that to the queen later… though she noticed something, "Where is Dark Prophet?"
"Looks like he bailed. Null is not here either… Probably acting as a body guard for him," Will said.
"Better we hurry up so we can find him later," told the Mewpyre and shot a few energy balls, which were target-seeking.
The Heartless swatted the shots away with her tail and was about to shoot a fireball herself, but did not expect Will to appear out of nowhere, punching her in the face hard enough to actually crash her to the ground.
Siga called out, "Keep her grounded! Get the explosives in place!"
"Leave it to me! Bind!" Will shot chains of light and darkness that wrapped around Dustflier, making her unable to move.
"GRR! Damn it!" she cursed.
Then explosions were heard from a nearby building and… it began to fall down… to her direction.
After the dust settled from the collapsed building, Dustflier broke free from the rubble badly injured.
"You are all going to pay for that!" she shouted before charging at Will.
The Keyblade wielder took a deep breath before rising his weapon.
"Zantetsuken!" he struck the Heartless, leaving a huge gash on her chest.
"AAAHHH!" she yelled before collapsing.
"It's over," Will said as his Keyblade turned into his katana and the silver fire covering his body vanished.
"It… it wasn't... it wasn't supposed to end this way for me…" Dustflier whimpered before vanishing.
"At least one less problem," sighed one of the nearby Mewpyres. "But we still have to finish off the rest."
"With Dustflier gone that should be easy. I for one need to find this Dark Prophet," Will said.
Siga's ears twitched and suddenly her grey fur turned white while the eyes got wide, "Oh no…"
"What is it?"
"An alarm is ringing… an alarm that indicates that somebody is getting close the Blood Gem!"
"Damn it! Let's go!" Will said.
They rushed to the entry and saw that the building that was placed above the entry was turned apart. Siga looked in horrer, "This was the most reinforced place in the whole fortress."
"Not reinforced enough it seems," echoed Null's voice as he walked out, casually twirling his Keyblade.
And next to him was the Dark Prophet… with a ball that seems to contain a red fluid
"The Blood Gem," gasped Siga and wanted to rush over but suddenly she cried in pain and collapsed on the ground, as the gem shone slightly.
"What the hell!?"
"Did the queen forget to mention it?" asked the Dark Prophet. "The Blood Gem can not only reduce vampires and Mewpyres need for blood… it can turn their very life source into a deadly poison which only effects them. Right now, due to the widespread effect of the gem, it only causes major pain. However, once I went through the ritual, the effects will be so strong, that every single Mewpyre in the world are dying shall die… slowly and painful while the poison takes their life away… depending on how effective the ritual turns out, it will either take a few days or a few hours."
"Sad for you that you're not getting a minute," Will said before throwing his Keyblade at the hooded man, managing to knock the Blood Gem out of his hands as it bounced on the floor.
The glowing effect stopped and Siga slowly recovered from the effects, groaning loudly from the aftereffects.
"So, the effects are determined by who holds it… interesting," Null mused.
"NO… it's how you use it," told the Dark Prophet. "However, you HAVE to know how to use it."
The Blood Gem seemed to vanish from place. After looking around, everyone found it in Will's hand.
"NO!" shouted the Dark Prophet and tries to run over to take it back but suddenly a thunderbolt hit him, forcing him on the ground.
"Doesn't look like you are getting this anytime soon," Will said.
Siga panted and hand her paw raised, still an aftermath of her thunderbolt attack.
Will grabbed her, helping her up before handing her the Blood Gem. She took it and held it close.
"I suggest you get out of here. Things are probably going to get intense in here," the Keyblade wielder suggested.
Nodding to him, she held tight on it and got moving so far away as possible, probably getting the gem into a new safe place.
"Well, that was surprisingly uneventful," Null mused. The Dark Prophet growled. "What… are you doing? Finish them! We have… a deal!"
"The 'deal' was that I helped you secure the Blood Gem, and I did. Whether you manage or not to keep the blood gem it, well, that's your fault," Null countered.
"You… betrayed me?" asked Dark Prophet.
"They don't call us 'Heartless' for nothing," Null mused before impaling him in the stomach with his Keyblade. His eyes widened and collapsed on the ground, clenching on the spot he was hit. "You're a fool to think we would listen to you. We have our own goals to fulfill. You're nothing but a pawn to help us," Null said.
"Why… did you need me… if you had your own plans?" he groaned before collapsing, knocked out from the hit.
"Because we need the Blood Gem too," Null said.
"Correction: you need the Keyhole," Will said.
"Well, duh. You of all people should know that most of the time Keyholes almost always appear in object that hold some type of importance to that world."
"As long as I'm alive, you'll never get it!" Will said pointing his Keyblade.
"Then I'll have to keep killing until you stay dead!" Null swung his own Keyblade.
Will quickly drew his katana, smacking the weapon away following up with a swing from his other blade. Null summoned a sword in his free hand, blocking the attack.
The masked Heartless kicked Will's stomach, causing him to stumble back. He managed to quickly regain himself and swung his Keyblade, barely managing to scratch Null across the chest.
Growling, Null swung his sword. Will side stepped out of the way and kicked him in the head. Null stumbled back before shooting a fireball that sent Will crashing into a wall. Before he could act, Null quickly ran up and impaled him with his blades, he then lifted him up and slammed him to the ground.
The Heartless stomped a foot on his chest, "Come on, I know you're better then that!" he mocked.
Will grabbed his Null's leg as he quickly got up. He spun him around a few times before throwing him a few yards away.
"I don't know what you're trying to accomplish with this fight. It's not like you can kill me," Will said.
"Your immortality will just make it all the more sweet for me when I devour your heart and become whole," Null said.
"Did the Dimensional Heartless promise you my heart for your cooperation?" Will asked.
"No, it was MY idea. I give them the dirt on you two in exchange for being a part of their sweet plan of re-writing reality," the Heartless explained.
"And you expect them to mean that?" Will asked before blocking Null's blades.
"Of course not. I'd have to be dumber than Sora to think that they will stay true to their promise. I have my reasons."
Will pushed Null back before blasting him with Thunder.
"GAHH!" Null yelled before falling to his knees.
"Unfortunatel,y those plans won't do you any good when you're gone," Will said.
"You know what? You're right. No point staying here when I've got so much to do," Null chuckled.
"Oh no, you won't!" Will swung his blades only to hit the ground. "GRRRAAAHHH! DAMN IT!" Will yelled in frustration.
The Mewpyres closed in, wondering what just happened.
Then one of them asked, "What the… do we have to worry about him showing up again?"
"I don't think so," Will said.
"Then we have the next problem," told Siga as she came back with a bunch of soldiers. "I received orders to bring you and the gem to the queen."
"She will explain it to you."
"Alright. Let's go."
And they began to travel back to the palace. They made their way to the throne room where they met Sarafina.
"You wanted to see me, your Majesty?" he asked kneeling to her.
"We have a problem… you know about the secret of the Blood Gem," told Sarafina, getting to the point. "While you deserve a reward for helping the empire, we cannot risk of having you leaving since you might spoil to the world how they could get rid of us easily."
"I see…" Will said feeling uneasy.
"Before we think about it," she started and snapped her fingers. A few guards dragged the Dark Prophet into the room and tossed him into the room it. Sarafina looked at him and told, "Time to check who you really are."
One guard took the hood off and revealed a human with bright green eyes and messy grey hair. Sarafina studied his face and asked, "Do I have to know you?"
"You should know me! I am the grandchild of Sarto Mirdoza."
"Sarto survived?" asked Sarafina curiously. "Then my people weren't that clear in removing the stain of your family."
"YOU ORDERED THE DESTRUCTION OF THE KINGDOM IN COLD BLOOD! WITH THE KILLING OF MY FAMILY!" shouted the man and Sarafina laughed.
"Your family killed our diplomat, his guards AND his family in the very moment they arrived the kingdom's front door… with the white flag," she paused for a moment and continued. "Then as we took over your kingdom after the war… your family attacked us instead of signing the contract that allowed them to keep their kingdom under our rulership… it's their fault that we took the kingdom as the center of our empire."
"YOU ARE SITTING ON MY LAND! REMOVE YOUR STINKY, BLOODY ASS FROM THE THRONE THAT BELOGNS TO ME!"
"So THAT'S why you were trying to get rid of them," Will said.
Sarafina was just laughing loudly and told, "I knew many reasons why anybody would want either all Mewpyres dead or only me personally, but you are the first who does it to get a lost kingdom back."
The man turned to Will and asked, "What are you waiting for? Kill this monster! If she dies, all Mewpyres will die as well! Then this is over! You can be a hero!"
"Since neither of you might be able to tell that to anybody, I have news for you. The Rumor that my death brings the death of all Mewpyres is a lie… a rumor brought up by ourselves to concentrate the attacks of the commando groups to me."
"So the Mewpryes can survive even when you're gone?" Will assumed.
"Of course," told Sarafina while the 'Dark Prophet' stared in shock at Sarafina.
The Mewpyre Queen turned to him and wondered, "What should I do with you? Sucking you dry, drop by drop? Execute you in public? Throwing you into the deepest dungeon for the rest of your life? Making you a slave? Making you ONE of us but still a slave? Or… killing you right here and hang your corpse in my gallery as a warning for everybody to not move against us?"
"I never thought I'd met a Mew capable of being so... cold hearted. Most Mew's are always so playful," Will spoke.
"Be one of us for a day and you understand what it is for most of us. And I am a Mewpyre for good six hundred years. I was forced to kill, to defend myself. Heck, I even had to execute my first love or he would have destroyed me to get my throne! And I was even considering to share the throne with him before he forced my hand!" told Sarafina. "Getting cold is not a surprise."
"It's left you with a huge distrust for others... didn't it?"
"The only ones I trust are my Elders," she told. "That's why I cannot trust you to leave, without knowing how to prevent you from telling that the Blood Gem is a good way to get rid of us."
"Is there anything I can do to convince you otherwise?" Will wondered.
"Try me," told the queen. "Give me anything that might convince me to trust you enough to allow your leave."
Will thought for a while before getting an idea he felt he'd regret.
"Your blood?" she asked. "Why would it be of our interest?"
"Because I'm immortal. I can't die. You can take all of my blood you want in case something might happen to the Blood Gem and you need nutrients. I can provide enough blood to last for years," Will explained.
"You realize it might take time to get enough blood from you to do that?" asked Sarafina. "Not to mention… you would have to stay here for this time being? And we might take even more to perform experiments on it."
"Before that happens, could I ask of something?" Will asked.
"And what is it?" asked Sarafina.
"I would like to see the Blood Gem. I don't want to hold it or take it. Just… see it."
She snapped her fingers and two guards transported it in, while a small army got ready to jump at him.
Will calmly walked up to it, examining it from all angles before noticing a glimmer that formed a small Keyhole.
"Ah, there it is," he said.
"What is it?" asked Sarafina, narrowing her eyes while looking at this strange keyhole symbol on the blood gem.
"It is the gateway I was talking about. Could you give me a sec?" he asked, summoning his Keyblade.
The guards get on more edge while the queen thought for a moment, "... alright."
He pointed the Keyblade at the Keyhole, shooting a small beam of light at it, causing it to disappear.
"And that's it," he said.
"So what did you do?" she asked with a curious look.
"I sealed the gateway. There will no longer be any more Heartless to get through," he explained.
"Just what is your weapon?" asked Sarafina.
"A special weapon called a Keyblade," Will explained.
Sarafina looked at him for a moment but then she ordered, "Bring the Blood Gem back to its vault while the fortress is to be rebuild! And prepare for our guest a room. He will stay for a while to donate blood!"
Then she looked down at the Dark Prophet and told, "And you… how to deal with you…"
"Umm, excuse me, your Majesty," spoke one of the guards.
"Yes?" asked Sarafina. She then looked around and noticed someone missing. "Where… WHERE IS HE?"
"H… h… he was here a second ago, I swear!" cowered the guard.
"SEND THE ASSASSINS OUT! I WANT HIS HEAD! AND SINCE HE CANNOT BE KILLED, I DON'T CARE IF YOU BRING HIM TO ME IN ONE PIECE OR IN PIECES!" shouted the queen, then she pointed to the Dark Prophet. "THROW HIM INTO THE DEEPEST DUNGEON WE HAVE! I DEAL WITH HIM LATER!"
"Of course, your Majesty!" shouted the guard and with the others, he carried the order out.
Later, in an alleyway, Will poked his head around the corner looking at Mewpyres who he could assume were looking for him.
'Sorry you Majestey, but I can't afford to stay here for years, not while the existence of time and space are on the line,' he thought to himself before not wasting any more time and opening a Dimensional Corridor.
"I have more important things to do," he smiled.
Meanwhile, at an unknown location, the man in black stood with his arms crossed and eyes closed. Next to him was Stalwart Blade.
Soon they were joined by Orcus.
"You seem to be doing better," said Stalwart Blade.
"I'll live," Orcus said.
"Consider yourself very lucky… Dustflier has fallen," Spoke the man, getting the attention of the two Heartless.
"How did this happen!?"
"Ask him," the man said motioning to Null who was leaning against a wall.
"He preformed his secret ability. Poor girl didn't stand a chance after that," Null said.
"Secret ability?" ssked Orcus.
"He calls it Sword Fusion. He basicaly summons his Keyblade through his sword. It gives him a large boost of power," the masked Heartless explained.
"Oh great, now the other one has surprises!" Orcus growled.
"Maybe for you guys," Null taunted.
"Relax. They still have to find the others… there is still time for our plan to work," Stalwart Blade said.
"Indeed… we have lost a good number of our allies, but we cannot let their demise go to waste," spoke the man.