The First Stage
“My Paradise, my rules. No one dies on my watch that I’m not currently furious at.”
Kalil, Naoko, and Kogel prepared to fight Omega Weapon, Dajjal, and try to save a castle full of innocent members of the Brood of the Dark Lord. Dajjal was emerging through the basement, his approach designed to deal as much damage to the castle as possible and bring it down on him and everyone in it. The party split up to try and get people out as quickly as possible, with Kogel and Naoko heading down to evacuate Argus, and Kalil and Sari heading up to evacuate the cultists.
Kalil, aboard his motorcycle, used his speed and recklessness to speed along the winding paths of the castle, and then followed that with the Sheathed usage of Fly in his Swordmancer stance to successfully eject everyone from the castle and down safely to the ground out of one of the towers. He then sped to rejoin the group.
Kogel and Naoko raced to Argus, but were met by Dajjal bursting out of the basement almost immediately, as the 15-foot giant threw Argus aside and began battering the heroes. Naoko and Kogel traded blows with Dajjal, neither making much of a dent against him, until Kogel took the vial of poison he took from Flynn Ruat’s would-be assassin weeks before and plunged it into Dajjal’s arm.
Omega Weapon Emerges
Dajjal changes dramatically, as the runes on his body crack open and split due to the stress of the power inside his crafted body. His shoulders bulk up considerably, rising to the point where they are level with his head. His left arm twists into a massive sword, the same dark shade as Ultima Weapon. His right arm grows in size, mutating into a mockery of a metal-plated set of shark jaws, like Emerald Weapon used on the battle on Madain Sari. His body shifts and contorts a second set of legs, purple plated legs that turn him into a kind of centaur being, like Giga Weapon. The new body ends in a barbed scorpion tail, the same bleached desert red as Ruby Weapon. Diamond-studded falcon wings erupt from his back, reflecting the light from the sun breaking through the crumbling castle. His torso is the same burnt-orange screaming train-face as Terra Weapon/Doomtrain. He stands, the wings slicing through the stone, more light breaking through as parts of the castle crumble around him.
Kalil crashed into the battle just in time to see Dajjal’s transformation into Omega Weapon, and the party launched into a full assault, Naoko adding Madain to their roster in the opening salvo. Kogel used the Fourth Vein to petrify Omega Weapon, but Omega’s Purity of Body cleansed the ailment almost immediately, much to Kogel’s shock. As Omega Weapon tried, and failed, to dislodge Kalil from atop its body, Victor, Sari, and Schutter appeared, joining the battle with the kind of remembered teamwork that carried them through their battles with Lord Acheron and Tiamat many years earlier. The finish to the battle came when Kalil, knocked off-balance by Omega Weapon’s constant movements, pivoted on his heel and sliced clean through the monster’s neck.
“Okay, History’s Gunman, right. Time to use the first part of that name more than the second.”
After the battle, Kogel looked at the damaged Kouhei Castle, holes punched through the walls, littered with rubble, and swore to live up to the title of History’s Gunman as he used his Materia Fusion ability to combine Life and Earth into the brand new spell, Rebuild. The power that filled him unwound time and knitted the broken stones of Kouhei Castle, transforming the ruin into the wonder it once was, and transforming Kogel’s Materia Break ability into Materia Create.
The party gave Victor and Sari space to have their reunion, checked on the severity of Argus’s injuries and helped heal him with Potions, and then discussed the matter of what land Kouhei Castle technically was on, with Kogel favoring the theory of it being still Kouhei, and the Castle being an embassy in Paradise. Everyone then broke to go explore the restored Kouhei Castle, anxious to really see it for the first time.
1 LP for participation
1 LP for mini-arc completion
1 LP for boss battle
Kogel gained an additional LP for restoring the castle.