Narration (Henreel Speaking): After everything that I went through, my plans were foiled by a mere child. This upsets me greatly. I became the leader of a guild, built up their trust in me. I defended them whenever possible. I even led them to the very end and put myself in the same dangerous situation. Now that I have been defeated though, they will learn that I am not really a dwarf. I will not respawn in the dwarf camp nor will I be able to return to the village in time to defend myself. It's all that bastard Jericho's fault. We'll see how he deals when his friends are the victims of the attacks.
Out in another area of the forest, Tricia walked, passing by various trees and more critters. She was getting used to the sight, as was all of her other friends. No matter how much they got used to it though, they couldn't help but admire the beauty. And since there were always going to different sections of the large forest, they was always something different that stood out in every area. Whether it was something simple like a critter who only lived in that part of town or the occasional ruins or waters.
Tricia was looking for the largest lake in Surgolia, Lily Lake. She had no idea what she was getting herself into at that time. Lakes aren't exactly the greatest place to go to for fire users, and she knew that much. She just wasn't aware how crucial that little fact was at that time. When she finally arrived at the lake, she again was taken aback by the sight of beauty. The lake was about three to four miles across in all directions, There were little sections were the water came closer to the land so that it wasn't a perfect circle. What was weird was that no one else was in the area. She figured a place so beautiful would be more lively.
There was about ten yards of grass around the lake between the waters and the trees. Off in the distance, Tricia could see high snow-capped mountains adding to the beautiful site which made her think of paradise. The sun was shining on the water's surface but the gentle breeze made the atmosphere itself cool and refreshing. Running across the lake in various spots were wood bridges which all met in a central area. Tricia still didn't know where to go, so she started off by crossing the bridges to see what would happen.
As she crossed the bridge nearest to her, she looked off to the sides, checking out the surrounding scenery. Occasionally, she would see a fish reach the water's surface, and sometimes they would jump out of the water. Minutes later she reached the center of the bridges where they all met in a circular area. The small area was about ten feet by ten feet in the form of a square. At that moment, she heard sounds coming from beneath the water. She was a bit frightened at first, but figured she would shrug it off as being nothing.
That wouldn't be the case however, as she then heard the sound of something crashing into the wooden bridge. Pieces of the wooden bridge flew high into the air as an animan jumped out of water and landed on the side of the bridge closest to Tricia. The sight of this animan made her tremble in fear. Never in her life had she been as scared as she was at that moment. Standing on the bridge staring her down like a piece of meat, was a buff looking crocodile animan; the boss of the lake.
???: Who dares to disturb the water of the might Akebes? State your name.
Tricia: M-my name is-is Tri-Tricia Paprik. I-I'm sorry, I wa-was sent here on-on a mission by m-my chief. The chief of th-the human village.
Tricia thought about the fact that the leader of the human village would send her there. The thought enraged her greatly. If the guy was really out to give her the best shot, why would he send her to fight a water dwelling animan so early in the game? It's not like she was fighting some plant monster. She was fighting an animan who she could only assume was powerful and strong in the water. She was at an extreme disadvantage.
Akebes: Ah, a puny little human are you? That's nice. I was just thinking about how long it's been since I've had a snack. How thought it is of you to present yourself to me.
Tricia: P-Please, I don't m-mean to be a bo-bother. So, j-just let me g-go.
Akebes: Yes, keep begging for mercy. I love it when my food struggles. It feels me with great joy and feeds my hunger. I apologize for your misfortune for being in the wrong place at the wrong time little missy. If you escape, maybe you can kill your chief for sending you out here. I am not going to let you leave though. For you see, you have entered that territory of the water god Akebes, and Akebes never let's his prey walk away.
Tricia was in fear, but she knew that she needed to catch her composure. No matter how much of a disadvantage she had and no matter how afraid she was, she knew that she needed to be prepared. Even if she was at that disadvantage, she had smarts. With those smarts, maybe, just maybe, she would be able to find a weakness on this beast. With those thoughts, she was able to build up her confidence.
Tricia: I may be in fear, but I am going to show resilience to the end and when this battle is over, I am going to eat me some gator tail.
Akebes: I'm actually a crocodile.
Tricia: Well, that doesn't matter. I'll eat your crocodile tail then.
At that moment, Tricia wondered to herself where Lorenzo was. He shouldn't have just left her alone when she needed him most. He had his own mission to go on, but she figured that he would know about the boss of Lily Lake and wondered why he wouldn't have said anything. They had gone on a couple missions together since that time, and she had gotten used to him being around. That was when he appeared, walking on the bridge behind Akebes. He pointed one of his swords forward at Akebes.
Lorenzo: Mind making this battle two versus one?
Akebes: Aww, how cute. The girl's little boyfriend has come to be a part of my meal as well. This is a fortunate turn of events. Now I can have two meals for the price of one. Sure, you can join into. In fact, taking down two people brimming with confidence is even more satisfying than taking down one terrified person.
Lorenzo: Bring it!
Akebes licked his lips then clenched his teeth before diving under the water. Tricia and Lorenzo both watched closely at the water, watching for Akebes. It was difficult though as Akebes swam well beneath the water's surface. That's why they were both in shocked when he showed himself again. He crashed through the wooden bridge directly behind Lorenzo and punched him in the back, sending him flying forward. Tricia jumped out of the water just as Lorenzo crashed next to her.
Tricia: Are you alright Lorenzo?
Lorenzo: I'm fine don't worry.
That didn't stop Tricia from worrying though. Lorenzo had taken a heavy hit and she knew it. They weren't going to have time to sit and talk though as Akebes lunged forward at them, pulled out an axe and attempted to crush Tricia in half. Tricia sprayed oil from her mouth onto the ground as she jumped out of the way. As Akebes stepped on the oil, he tripped and went flipping toward the ocean. Tricia held her hands close to her body and then thrusted her palms forward.
That send a stream of fire toward Akebes, catching him on fire as he dropped his axe. The blast took away a bit of health from him, but it didn't last long as he fell into the water. The water extinguished the flames and made a cloud of steam that he could use as a smoke cover. Akebes lunged back up through the water like a torpedo and swung his axe at Tricia. She wasn't ready for that, but lucky for her, Lorenzo was.
Lorenzo jumped in front of her blocked Akebes' axe with his swords. Lorenzo then kicked Akebes in the chest, but Akebes simply laughed. He was too buff to feel damage from a little kick. Akebes overpowered Lorenzo with his axe, pushing him backwards. Akebes then swung his axe at him. At that moment however, he felt his axe pulled backwards. Tricia had jumped behind him and used a chain as a lasso to grab hold of his arm. She wasn't able to use the bow and arrow she had become accustomed to because of Akebes' rock hard body, but she did have enough strength to slow his attack down.
That took away enough force to cause the axe slash to cut into Lorenzo's body, but not enough to kill him. Akebes then pulled on the chain, flipping Tricia over to him. He then punched her in the chest with his free hand sending her flying into the water as she lost hold of the chain. Akebes was going to take that opportunity to finish off Lorenzo, but he figured the opportunity to get rid of Tricia was much more worthwhile.
Akebees dove into the ocean after unwrapping the chain and swam downward at Tricia as his axe disappeared. He swum through the ocean like a torpedo as he attempted to slam into Tricia. Tricia regained her consciousness just in time to get away at the last second as Akebes wound out slamming into the floor of the lake instead, causing a huge crash and small earthquake which almost made Tricia lose her balance. It was then that she came up with a plan though.
Tricia expelled oil from her body into the surrounding water and then swam quickly toward the surface. Akebes rushed up behind her but began to cough when he reached the oil. It slowed him down only slightly, but impaired his vision and took away a good amount of health from him at the same time. He was unable to catch Tricia who jumped out of the water, landing on her back on the central area of the bridge.
Tricia: Oil is a danger to wildlife, but seeing as it was my only chance, I had to make that sacrifice. Don't you agree Lorenzo?
Lorenzo didn't answer that as he was no longer there. In his place was a small note. Tricia picked it up and realized that Lorenzo had jumped into the water. He had jumped into the water just as she had jumped out to save her. So, underneath the waves, Lorenzo swum at Akebes with his swords out. When Akebes noticed the bleeding Lorenzo swimming at him, Akebes began to swim toward him too. Lorenzo held his swords forward as Akebes held his axe forward. Lorenzo surrounded his swords with wind energy as Akebes surrounded his axe with condensed sharp water.
They rushed at each other and swung their blades at the same time. They both coughed up blood from the force of the attack as waves formed on the lake surface, causing the bridges to rock and the waves to run over into the forest. The two of them however didn't budge beyond taking the initial pain. Lorenzo pulled his left blade back and swung it at Akebes' shoulder. Akebes pulled his axe away and used it to block the sword but at that moment Lorenzo swung his other blade into Akebes' side with the power of his wind energy, leaving a deep gash in Akebes' stomach.
At the same time, Akebes lost his axe allowing Lorenzo to chop his right arm clean off. Lorenzo then pulled both of his swords back and prepared for a final lunge as he gathered wind energy. Before he could finish preparing his attack though, Akebes regained his composure and lunged at him. Akebes bit through Lorenzo and his swords, ripping Lorenzo in half and causing him to disappear moments later.
Akebes: I took, too much, damage. I can't, take, anymore, chances.
With those words, Akebes lunged toward the central area of the connected bridges where Tricia was looking over to see if she could spot him or Lorenzo. Moments later, Akebes hit her in the chest with his head sending her flying high into the air above him. Akebes then landed on the center of the platform. As he did though, chains shot off from small wooden posts all around the central area and restricted him into that spot. Tricia prepared for the final part of her plan.
Akebes: You can't beat me this easily.
Akebes pulled his head back and took a deep breath as he aimed his mouth toward the sky. Tricia was waiting for that. For at that moment, she shot a fast stream of oil out of her mouth and into Akebes' mouth. That caused Akebes to cough, as he swallowed some of the oil but also got some of the oil on his mouth and on the platform. Tricia pulled out her bow and a flaming arrow. She shot it down at Akebes whose eyes widened at the sight. He was screwed. The arrow hit the oil on his cheek catching him on fire, inside and out, as well as the central area of the connecting bridges.
Akebes health was falling to zero fast, but not fast enough. Tricia crashed through the central area and fell into the water. As Akebes' health continued to fall, Tricia's health started to fall as well as she was drowning beneath the waters. Her health went down, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 but it never hit 0. For as soon as her health hit 1, Akebes' health hit 0. For winning a boss fight, Tricia's health was automatically increased to the max.
With that, she suddenly found herself more alive than ever and swum up to where Akebes' body would be. It was just a fried crocodile at that point which she saved into her storage as a snack for later.
Tricia: Don't hate the player, hate the game for making you unable to defeat me.
With those final words, Tricia noticed that an object she had never seen before was left behind. It was just a floating blue liquid, she walked up to it and the blue liquid plunged itself into her head. At that moment, she began to remember things. There was an image of her meeting a small boy at a park, of her yelling at that same boy and of her lying in bed at night crying from missing that boy. She had regained a portion of her memory, and fell to her knees in tears.
Tricia: Bastion, Bastion Gimney.
She was knelt down like that for a few moments, but she knew she needed to get out of there. After all, bosses in games always respawn, and she didn't want to fight Akebes again. She walked toward the shore that she had came from, in another world. She was barely able to focus enough to stop from falling off the bridge. When she reached the edge of the forest though, she did remember that she hadn't finished reading Lorenzo's letter though, and so she opened it.
By the time you read this, I will have lost all of my health. I am giving you this time because I know it will be of value to you. You have the most strategical brain that I have run across in Restoration Online. Take this time wisely and figure out a way to defeat Akebes. I believe in you, I know you can do it.
P.S. When you finish, I will wait for you at the normal place. Protect your body, it's much too sexy to be eaten by a crocodile.
She wiped tears from her eyes and made her way back to the human village. For a while, she had been growing attached to Lorenzo, but with her memories of Bastion being restored she started to become confused. She had never admitted it, but she had always been in love with Bastion. So, to feel love for two different boys was becoming more than she could handle. She wouldn't go directly to meet Lorenzo. Instead she considered whether or not she should and collected her reward for taking down Akebes, which included a crap load of stat points and about 1000 melos.
Back on Earth, a house phone rang in a small apartment around seven a clock in the morning. A woman was brushed her hair and putting on make up, but she quickly walked over to the phone to pick it up. When she heard the voice on the other end of the phone, the voice of a member of the SBS answered.
SBS Member: Morning Ms. Lane, how goes the teaching?
Ms. Lane: Same as always, teaching brats things they should already know.
SBS Member: *chuckle* Ain't that the truth? Well, we thank you very much for setting things up for us earlier.
Ms. Lane: No problem, using Larrity to get to Draco, Cherill and Jericho all at the same time was a pleasure for me. Those bastards need to be whipped into shape.
SBS Member: Indeed, and that's why I've called you. We're having a bit of an issue in Surgolia. You see, the kids are progressing through this game much quicker than expected. We are afraid that we might not have time for our plan to work at this pace.
Ms. Lane: Those damn kids are always causing trouble.
SBS Member: Yes, and that's what I want to talk to you about. We need another soldier in our army. So, we would like to request that you sign back in at headquarters and take control of your old avatar.
Ms. Lane: I knew you would realize that you needed me again sooner or later. I will ruin those kids' lives, you will se.
SBS Member: Be here by five, thank you Hilda.