BGM: Neon Genesis Evangelion OST: Decisive Battle
Assuming that he could beat Borogove in a contest of speed was immensely naive, especially when the archer was already preparing an even more powerful attack to finish the job he'd failed to achieve last time. As it was, Borogove had the energy of a million swords thanks the amplification of the concept he had just added to his original weapon, even without the 500,000 blades he'd just destroyed. The giant's attack was moving at the pace that each one of the archer's swords had set before, but Borogove, with all of his remaining power condensed into a single weapon, could move at a million times that! The countless projectiles now spreading across the arena were painfully slow in his eyes. Without even accelerating to his current running velocity, he could have easily escaped them all. But, to what end? The entire arena was going to come under the destructive effects of the giant's desperate attack anyway. And, although the being in the sky above was sealing the battlefield on this level of reality, Borogove could just as easily simply sidestep reality altogether and move to the outside of the divine domain in which the combat had, up until this point, taken place.How troublesome,
he thought, analyzing the giant's attack as he idly swept his light-coated weapon through the air, opening a gaping void in space before him, through which he stepped faster-than-instantaneously as the instantaneous attack broke around him, escaping the indiscriminately destructive barrage as he vanished briefly from that plane of reality. So... As long as he has a source of energy, he'll continue to attack me, huh? That creature in the sky, and that strange arm. And even the planet itself... He's really forcing me to go all-out with this one. But, that's fine. If all three of those existences will continue to animate him even after I ripped apart his soul, I'll just have to destroy them all in one go before he can make another move. Fortunately, the way things are now, that should be fairly easy.
The cold void around him as he blinked back into the corporeal realm was dispelled by the overwhelming heat of his blade, while the vacuum into which he emerged was immediately replaced by the air he'd brought with him. The stars twinkled faintly in the void of space, and the planet, a vast blue and green mass - broken only by a black and crimson blotch at the center of a whirling spiral of clouds, at the center of which he could clearly make out the form of the god Ouranus - was spread out far below him. Although his target might move eventually, he had a few hundred years in his own now dilated time to make his move before the giant's instantaneous speed would actually be able to process that he'd even disappeared. In short, he had all the time he needed. Glancing around himself for possible weapons he could employ in addition to that which he already held, he weighed his options.Let's see... To destroy the planet, and those three gods along with it, what could I use? I suppose this blade of mine would do the trick, but it might be easier to employ a more creative means...
First, his eyes fell upon the round white lunar sphere, but he quickly rejected this idea. The moon would be too small to eradicate the planet completely, even if he threw it with all his might. Then how about one of the more distant heavenly bodies? He could open a void and cast the earth into the core of Jupiter, he supposed, but that planet, with all its divine associations, would likely fall under the domain of some other deity the giant could just call to aid him. In fact, almost every other planet, and even the sun itself, which otherwise would have been very effective as a projectile weapon, could all likely be countered by some other summon of the seemingly indestructible being below him. No, he supposed. Even if he threw the entire solar system at Goliath, he wouldn't be eradicated completely and utterly enough for the archer to be utterly sure of his demise. He had no choice, he realized. He'd just have to use his sword. But, in its current form, with its current concepts, it would be rather troublesome to disintegrate a planet, especially one with four gods present on its surface. He needed a weapon with more piercing power, and, more importantly, one that was specifically designed to destroy gods. Well, fortunately for him, he had just such a weapon already in the making! The vermillion light around his sword began to contract as the blade elongated, becoming cylindrical as it grew in size, becoming as long as the archer was tall. Broadening into a head atop a haft, the sword became a spear, blood red in its entirety, that gleamed with a power far more evil than that of Muramasa."God-Killing Spear: Lance of Longinus."
With this declaration, the archer slowly raised his new spear over his head. So, his targets were Ouranus, the arm of Atlas that held him aloft, the giant directly beneath him, and the heart of the planet itself. Well, that was convenient. They'd been so polite as to even line up for him! This was going to be easier that he'd thought! With a single cast of his world-shattering lance, he could simultaneously impale them all, then just release enough energy to disintegrate the planet from the inside out. Now that he'd amplified his power so many times over, that would be a relatively simple task to accomplish, especially considering the amount of void energy already lingering on the surface of the planet. With the world's reality so unstable, once he struck, the world would shatter without almost any resistance.
And so... he made his move. In an instant, he released all limitations on the power of his lance. Roaring outward in all directions, it spread like a giant, scarlet pair of wings, one that, were it ever to beat downward, would likely have been able to encircle the whole the world. With the sun's light shining down upon his back only to be consumed, Borogove let his power run wild without limits, spreading it across the entirety of the heavens before he would bring it all crashing down upon the earth.
The world below trembled and shook as the antithesis of both existence and divinity was made manifest, encircling the planet and beginning to press down on it. Although all of this took place in a single instant, perhaps some aspect of the giant, connected as he was to Gaia, might realize what was occurring only after it had happened. The world that sustained Goliath was beginning to cry out in terror. In the next instant, the archer would silence that voice. Gaia screamed in pain as scarlet energy, too powerful for even Borogove to control, began to seep down from his wings of light, concentrating onto a single point. The ground beneath Goliath's feet cracked apart as a single, gigantic symbol began to spread across the entire planet, with him standing right as its very center: a cross.BGM: On The Battlefield
Then, with all his might, Borogove brought back the lance. In that moment, reality shuddered as the wings of power surrounding him collapsed upon the weapon itself, encasing it in an overwhelming, world-shattering vermillion light. Giving a cry of exertion, Borogove let loose the weapon, casting it down, down, down. Like a scarlet meteor, it fell upon the earth, aimed straight for one point: the giant himself. Everything between it and him, and then the entire earth below his feet, were now perfectly aligned, a single target for Borogove's planet-crushing attack. The lance reached the top of the divine cloud, and ripples of gold spread out like the aftershock of a pebble atop a pond, spreading across the sky as the weapon momentarily halted in its path, the god Ouranus' existence trying to resist its power. It was ironic, the archer mused, watching his attack halt in its tracks. By attempting to block his javelin unconsciously... that god had just doomed both itself and the entire world over which it hovered.
Then... the lance began to spin. In an instant, the whirling ripples had accelerated like a hurricane, spiraling outward in all directions as the spear pressed down upon the god's existence. Across the entire surface of the planet, the combined boundaries of three gods' souls all spread in a futile attempt to save themselves. But this attempt was useless. From the moment the Lance of Longinus had connected with their essence, its special property had become active: The power to pierce through any divine defense, and to eradicate any god whose existence it struck.
By channeling Gaia's energy, the giant had given Borogove a point to strike. By attempting to protect itself, Ouranus had made sure that his attack would connect without fail. By trying in vain to hold up the falling sky, Atlas had provided the perfect conduit for the lance to travel down, straight toward its target: the giant, and then, Gaia herself. Vermillion light flashed throughout the heavens as, warping into a single, twisting point, the Lance of Longinus pressed against the god's defensive field. The sky began to bulge downward as the rippling field slowly gave way. Then, in an instant... the field shattered.
A wave of power spread across the planet in an instant, space rippling outward into a black void. The surface of the planet began to be ripped free from its core and rose into the air, only to be disintegrated by a tremendous wave of scarlet. Ouranus did not even have time to cry out before he collapsed upon himself as though a black hole had been created at his core. In actuality, his existence had simply been erased from reality on all levels, the physical, the metaphysical, and the spiritual. Next was Atlas, whose mighty arm crumbled in an instant. And then, at ground zero of the impact was Goliath himself. His soul already destroyed, his body was turned instantly into pure nothingness without resistance. And even still, the lance did not stop. No, it plunged downward, carving into the very earth. Gaia screamed her last as the scarlet cross that now encircled the planet abruptly collapsed inward as the Lance reached her very heart.
And then, in a tremendous flash of light... The planet, the atmosphere, and a large part of the space around it collapsed into a gaping void, imploding in a brief glare the light of which dwarfed that of the very sun. And when the light faded, there was nothing left, in the purest sense of the term. All reality within that segment of space had been eradicated in the death throes of its guardian deity. The only thing left was Borogove, who floated alone in the darkness of the void. The last remnants of his protective shield sustaining him long enough for the world to begin resetting beneath him, logging him out in time to save his life.How fortunate. If he hadn't brought the spirit of that planet out for me to eliminate with the lance, I might have been hard-pressed to defeat him. Foolish, expecting to defeat me with a god. False gods such as these are one thing I can eliminate without fail. Still, there's no sense in letting divine power like this go to waste. Perhaps this battle was profitable enough after all?
With these thoughts, Borogove looked down, flexing his newly-restored left arm by reaching out with it... and grasping the handle of a new sword, the last remnant of the celestial power of the giant and his gods. It was greatly weakened by the destruction of its source, but, on the other hand, it would suffice as the first of many weapons Borogove would employ time and time again...
(New loot: +1 sword. Will update information into bio soon. Good fight, Victin! This was possibly the most fun I've had writing a battle with another player in years! =D)
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