The ground shaking, rumbling, and collapsing over the marketplace street subsided far east from capital central. Some neo-human colluded themselves with the demon and launched an ambush toward the 'key' vessel.
It was two hours ago when the incident took place. Right now, only the silence remains along the street, like a haunted place, with an enormous number of dead bodies. We can smell the corpse stench from afar, and the rotting smell outspread too fast when their body is cut into half by the infusion of poison barrier.
All are gone within a second, right after a wide-area spell emerges from the ground below the marketplace. What was the real motive for this active massacre where it involved too many lives in motion to capture a single entity?
Right now, all we can hear is the rumbling sound, shaking momentarily, as if there was an opposite force, conquering and expanding each other territory each time they sent a wave of terrifying force from their energy.
Is it a clash between the demon and neo-human? Or the mysterious entity that pulls Walker back from the death door?
A faint laugh was hearable each time they smashed the ground, followed by the hideous laughter of his opponent. It was a disaster, yet, witnessed by no one when it was large-scale destruction of the street and the whole area.
"That's it? Is this all you got? Leader-to-be of a new world?"
The mysterious kept provoking his opponent, fighting against a mindless beast. Punch after punch, he slides and avoids each hit directly to his vital point. Thus, the momentum that scattered the ground was caused by one side's power instead of two. Oddly enough, he is enjoying it rather than having a hard time to tamed the wild amok beast.
"You are simply out of control. An empty vessel without both. Either light or dark."
Everything he tried to convey was for himself rather than for the mindless beast to understand every piece of word that was coming from his mouth. What does he mean by empty vessel? Light and dark? Does that mean the beast in front of him was Cynthia?!
"Whoever did this to you, I'll make sure they will pay triple-fold to whatever you experience today. So, clench your teeth before you bite your tongue!"
As for a mysterious entity who shrouded himself in the dark, covering his face with some weird-looking tengu mask, he sure does agonize with his opponent. The way he approaches the beast gives odd feelings at first. Later, he sympathizes and ensures he will end the pain at once; it shows how much he cares about the monster.
The man draws a shape of a star on a space up in mid-air. It later converts into a bright, colorful light, creating a barrier made by dark energy. Irritating by the presence of the dark scent, the monster goes more profound on the rampage, howling and imitating the enlarged star shape barrier under its feet.
"This may hurt a lil' bit. Hang in there—"
Black smoke burst in an instant without warning. It covered within the radius, engulfing infinity darkness. The dark spell summoning wasn't supposed to trap the berserker but, on the contrary, to set it free from the curse on the vessel.
From the beginning, the man already notices the abnormality of this uncontrollable beast. He seems to know the identity of the monster judging by the way he speaks indirectly to it. To a certain extent, the compassion and caring hint that he might be a friend or a family member to the screeching sound entity.
"Cynthia—what are you?!"
Rin asked herself in fear. She was trembling over the impact that kept rumbling the ground. Of course, she couldn't shake off whatever she had witnessed. The change in physical appearance and tremendous power held within her sister was unimaginable. Most importantly, the guardian who protects her now becomes the prey and struggles between his life and death.
It was not too long ago when Edwin and Rin witnessed the undeniable truth in front of their eyes. They saw that Walker couldn't dodge, react, or even block the sudden thrust piercing his body. Like an act of the devil, Cynthia, setting out an expression like a devil who just lost its soul, runs amok and seeks to destroy everything within her path.
It's either Cynthia still had some sanity or pure luck possessed by Walker. The hand thrust from his chest to her back missed the vital organ part of his body. But due to excessive loss of blood too, Walker slowly loses his consciousness. At the same time, his hand keeps reaching out to the sky, asking for forgiveness from the mysterious entity currently trapped Cynthia inside the black cloud created by his spells.
"Walker! Stop it, don't move around. We don't know how to use any healing magic to heal the hole in your body! Plus, we are still far away from the capital—"
Rin can't calmly recollect herself and doesn't know what she can do rather than idly panicking over the situation before her eyes. The pitch dark black semi-sphere created by the mysterious entity had her jaw dropped. It was the first time she'd witnessed such higher-tier magic practices to confine Cynthia, who had lost her soul not too long ago.
Everything remains a mystery to every one of them, including Walker himself. He realizes the girl who just almost killed him is either Cynthia or Nanami. It was foul, creepy, and wicked being in control of Cynthia's body.
"I'm afraid he can't win against his trait this time."
Another unfamiliar voice came out of nowhere and had both three of them daze for a moment. Both Edwin and Rin turn around to look at another mysterious entity. It was she rather than he, and her attire was almost the same as the previous entity, which was still taking his sweet time to drain the malicious power inside Cynthia's body.
She dressed in a dark robe, combined with a mixture of traditional dress from the Chinese dynasty, and had her face covered with a mask, revealing her beautiful bright purple eyes. Her hair was short and shone in dark purple, waving despite in short length, and she walked past Rin and kneeled before Walker to check his wound.
"Who are you?" Rin asked out of her curiosity.
"Who? Me?" the woman giggled as she showed no intention of answering Rin's question.
"I am someone who was supposed to cease to exist in this twisted NEW WORLD!"
*ANOTHER FANART INCOMING!! AS USUAL, HER FANART IS FANTASTIC!! CHECK OUT HER WORK IN TAPAS IN THE COMMENT DESCRIPTION BELOW, OR YOU MAY SEARCH INFINITE STRIKE BY IZZYBLOOM!! AND SHE'S BEEN MY SUPPORTER SINCE THE RELEASE OF MY SERIES.
THANKS FOR THE GOOD WISHES, IZZY! I HOPE MY NEW SERIES OF FINAL REALMS IN COMIC SERIES WILL BE INTERESTING TO YOU!!