12 Disciples : The Misfit “Did you get any sort of feeling for his aura?” asked Extremus. “No more than we’d already pieced together by now. They’re mages, and they’re extremely powerful,” said Liadan. “Any idea what area they’ve focused on?” asked Extremus. “No, but he mentioned that they’re going to try some kind of necromancy, and he asked about Dragn,” said Liadan. “That’s not much to go on,” said Extremus. “We’ve done lots with less,” said Ka’al. “Fair enough,” said Extremus. Just then a messenger pigeon arrived. Extremus took the letter and read it quickly, then heaved a sigh, “Just what we need.” “What is it?” asked Liadan. “Ray’s popped up again, and he’s tearing up a bank down town,” said Extremus. “A bank? Doesn’t seem like Ray’s style,” said Liadan. “He wants our attention, that’s probably the best way to get it,” said Extremus. “So we gonna take him out?” asked Ender. “You can if you like, Liadan and I need to plan how we’re going to counter these dark envoys,” said Extremus. “I’ll go with him,” said Kenshin. “I’ve heard about this Ray guy, I want to fight him.” “That’s fine, get to it, I don’t want to leave this in the hands of the town guards,” said Extremus. Ender and Kenshin immediately left the base. At first they wondered how they’d find the exact bank that was being attacked, but that was before the fireworks went off, a mountain of sparks and explosions, enough to send slight tremors through the city streets for several blocks. The two defenders quickly reached the scene, finding the one known as Ray Captain laughing maniacally as the fires died down. “Well if it isn’t the second stringers of the defense force? I was hoping for the top dogs, but I guess you two’ll do,” said Ray. “What the hell are you thinking kid?” demanded Ender. “This city hasn’t seen heads or tails of me in way too long, figured I’d remind them of who the top dog in this city was,” said Ray. “Figured a light show would get you guy’s attention.” “You just wanted to make a scene?” asked Ender in disbelief when he realized Ray hadn’t even noticed the bank behind him. “Not just that,” said Ray. “I also wanted to beat up some defenders.” “Well there’s two here, so get ready,” said Kenshin as he drew his sword. “Kenshin, let me handle this,” said Ender. “I can take this little punk, I need you to watch out for any little surprises he might have set.” “Why can’t I fight him and you sit back?” asked Kenshin. “It’s nothing against you, I just don’t thinGAH!” Ender was cut off when Ray rushed forward, burying both knees in the defender’s face. “Enough talk, I’ll make this easy, I’ll take you both on!” said Ray as a chain shot loose from his hand, forcing Kenshin to dash back. Ray rolled as he hit the ground after knocking Ender down, and then swung his chain with all his might to force the defenders back. Kenshin, having already been weary of the chain evaded, and then rushed Ray, forcing the rogue to leap hastily over the deadly swing of the ronin’s blade. Ender took advantage of Kenshin’s attack by catching the chain and pulling the airborne Ray off his mark and yanking him to the ground. Ray grunted as he hit the ground; then kipped up to his feet, shooting several magic missiles at Kenshin while attempting without success to force his chain loose from Ender’s grip. These two could be a problem, he’d never fought them before, he had no idea of how they fought, meaning that their having two would be even more of a problem than normal, he couldn’t scout their moves, couldn’t bait them, he was on the defensive, and that pissed Ray off. He spun into the chain, wrapping himself in its length, Ender welcomed this, figuring Ray was disabling himself, but as the younger fighter suddenly spat a blinding mist in Ender’s eyes the elf learned that this was the wrong way to think of Ray Captain. Kenshin rushed in now, Ray took care of this by sending his chain out like a missile, the way he’d wrapped himself was perfect for one swift straight shot that found its mark perfectly between Kenshin’s eyes. Ray laughed a wicked way, “It worked! I’ve never actually tried that one before! And it was so perfect!” “Perfect this…” Ender growled as he rocketed off the ground, drawing both his blades, which now glowed blue, and with a series of swings shot deadly cutting arcs of air at Ray. “Breezy Justice!” he shouted as Ray wildly struggled to avoid being struck, his mere movements shifting his current in the air, something that while blinded Ender was very good at detecting. “Oh, so you’ve got some neat tricks, so do I!” said Ray with a roar as he leapt into the air, the air around him seeming to crackle as he did. “Whirled-or hurt!” Ray shouted as he plowed into Ender, releasing a massive lightning current that rattled the defender and sent him crashing to the ground. Kenshin was there to cover his comrade though, and once he landed Ray was stuck dodging slice after deadly calculated slice. Ender slowly got up, finally managing to get his eyes cleared from the mist, a good thing, because just as he did Ray got behind Kenshin, and with a stomp of his foot set of a hidden firework cache that blinded burned and distracted Kenshin with ease. Ender rushed forward and immediately locked his blades with Ray’s chain. The two stood locked, eye-to-eye for a second when Ender realized something about Ray was eerily familiar. A moment passed before Ender kicked ay back, realizing seconds after what it was that was so familiar. Ray’s eyes showed very clearly his every desire. Power, prestige, respect, but overall an all consuming drive to not only win, but to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that he was the best that there was. Ender could think of only one person whose eyes showed the depth of his lion’s heart in such a way, the very man who’d gotten him to come to Spamopolis. I. R. Shogun, the Holy Avenger, had those very same eyes. “Stop,” said Ender as Ray prepared to charge. “This fight is over.” “Huh? Oh! So you accept defeat!” said Ray cheerily. “No, there’s just no point in us going on, we’re on the same side,” said Ender. “The side that knows I’m the best!” said Ray. “No. The side that has no interest in this place or any other getting destroyed,” said Ender. “Because I’ll save the day so there’s no need to worry,” said Ray. “No,” growled Ender. “Just shut up and come with us. Kenshin you alright?” “Yeah, fine, just give me a second for my eyes to adjust,” answered the ronin with closed eyes as he sheathed his sword. “I see how it is, I’m so good you want to bring me right to Extremus so he can give me his title as leader!” said Ray. “No idiot,” said Ender. “We could just use another body for what’s going down.” “What’s going down?” asked Ray. “Follow us and you’ll find out,” answered Ender.