“We’d better move quick then,” he said as he got up onto the examination bed and lay down with Mirio’s headset on.
“You don’t need to tell me twice!” you replied, following his lead and doing the same thing.
“Link start,” you called together, sending you both into the game at the same time.
Back in Butterfli3’s lounge room, you headed to the front door and off down to the teleport pad to go to level 5.
“Now… to get the hang of taking on these whispers,” you mumbled, stepping off the platform and walking off down the grassy slope.
You took a little time to appreciate the surroundings then headed for the thickest spray that was coming from one of the waterfalls nearby.
Slowing your walk, you concentrated on your peripheral vision and within the next two steps you caught sight of that all too familiar will-o-wisp that was twisting and flittering around in the corner of your vision.
Waiting until you had seen it a number of times, you then pointed your toe and slid it out, lining up the whisper and then calling for your move.
The blue whips appeared in hand and time slowed down as you kept your head and body about 45° to the whisper with the red line in the direction that you had seen it twisting and swirling in your peripheries.
Allowing your body to rotate, your arms came up and with a quick flick of the wrist, you had snapped the whips out and connected with the whisper, making the mist being scream and explode away.
As it disappeared a new sign popped up.[FAN BLADE OF DECEPTION]
“Hansu! I mean, Greystreak! I got a new move!”
“Oh?” He asked, walking over to you. “What’s it called?”
“It’s called, Fan Blade of Deception.”
“That’s a game move if ever I’ve heard one,” Hansu mused as he walked up beside you, “what does this one do?”
“It says here that it gives me two fans to be able to hold in hand and use in combination with my ‘spin’ move- the haze attack, to blow the poison further, or, the fans themselves have blades on the ends and I can use them to attack and slice an opponent.”
“That’s a pretty handy move,” Hansu replied, “more for close range with with blade attack though.”
“Yeah,” you mused, “it could work well combined with the spin attack for these whispers.”
Hansu nodded and you stepped away from him to try and draw another whisper out into the open.
Finally one came up to harass you and you called for your new move. “Fan Blade Of Deception!”
Suddenly two closed fans appeared, one in each hand, and you grabbed the handles and then called for ‘spin’ to activate.
As you stamped your foot to the ground, the purple mist rose up and time slowed, giving you three red projectors lines to chose from for the actions of your fans.
Choosing the middle line, you moved your closed fans to the start of the red line then opened them and time sped up to normal speed again, forcing the wind from your fan to push the mist out far and wide, enveloping everything within a good 20 meters.
“Wow!” you gasped when you saw how effective it had been, your gasp masking the sounds of the whisper being defeated, “I didn’t think it had that much reach but maybe it’s because of my spin move being so powerful?”
Hansu was shocked at how far the haze had spread out and even had to jump back a bit to avoid being caught up in it.
“Now you just need to try the blade aspect?” he called from a safe distance.
“Well the blades aren’t going to do much on whispers so maybe we should head to level 6?” you mused.
He nodded in return. “Well, if you feel ready for level 6 then let’s go.”
“I think I’m ready,” you replied, your fans packing themselves away for you, “but while we walk I need to think up a new name for this move because I’m definitely not going to be calling out ‘Fan Blades Of Deception’ every time I need the skill to activate.”
“What about ‘Mighty Heavens Vengance’?” Hansu asked cheekily.
“Stop it. So embarrassing,” you groaned.
“Or, ‘Devil’s Stronghold of Terror’?”
“Please,” you grimaced, “who named these in the first place?”
“Legendary game masters,” Hansu replied, looking around as you walked along, heading for level 6.
“I’ve got it, ‘cool down’,” you finally replied after thinking and walking for the last 4 minutes, “people will assume it’s for the fanning attack and won’t suspect the fans themselves to be doubling as blades.”
“Well it’s your move, call it what you want,” Hansu replied with a shrug.
All too soon you reached the bridge across to the level 6 tunnel and you wondered if the scorpion boss would be there.
“Technically I didn’t defeat it the other time. It backed down because of Ægir. Will it still be there this time? And if it is there, will it recognize me?”
Into the tunnel you headed, with Hansu holding up the light orb this time.
Ahead, you could see the light of the next level and you walked forward confidently. As the rocks beneath your feet changed to sand, you slowed down.
“I’m assuming the boss is around here somewhere?” you mumbled to Hansu, keeping your wits about you.
Forward you inched, getting closer to the opening to level 6 when you heard that scurrying noise coming from where the scorpion had appeared earlier that morning with Ægir.
“It’s still here!”
“Cool down,” you called, the closed fans appearing in hand and you assumed a fight position, holding steady until the scorpion showed itself.
The scurrying got louder and suddenly it appeared in front of you, rushing at you with terrific speed.[ENGAGE]
“Does it remember me?” You held your fans up a little higher and the red projection lines popped up, giving you your options of attack. “I don’t think it remembers me?”
“Y/N, look out!” Hansu called and suddenly you became aware of the scorpions stinger swinging around to hit you in the side.
With almost a reflexive type action, you dropped your fans, recalling them back into your inventory and shouted ‘move’ instead.
To Hansu’s surprise, you swiftly stepped to the side and- without looking at the approaching barb, pointed your toe and slid it in a semi-circle, then you let your whips loose and cracked them across the tip of the barb.
The arachnid let out a hissing noise of displeasure and you jumped back to gather your senses before calling for spin.