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Jun 04, 2020 12:19 AM
decima meets ellie
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"Yeah. Perhaps not too near - it'll be safer for me to teleport in, I think. I'll start working on a scry past her defenses - I gave Nausicaa a token that should help my magic focus."

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"Sounds sensible."

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She nods. "I don't much like waiting, but, well..."

She sighs, turns away slightly, and starts spinning up the scry. She's long since been capable of silent magic - but something about remembering that she's actually technically two years old has shaken her. Imagine that. And the Scarlet Witch is powerful...

She narrates her lie out loud, then. To center herself, and to give it more power. She's a good performer, weaving a tale about how this would be appropriate to have work, how she's sly (and she names herself as "daughter by fire of the great weaver of lies") and capable of moving about unseen, her hand invisible in events like her mother's before her - her path different from her mother, who burned herself when she burned fate, and Loki is the heir of that legacy, and no chains may bind one of her name.

If she dislikes her mother's legacy, it doesn't show in her face or voice.

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If it works, it works.

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And the scry unfolds before them, a watery scene.

Nausicaa and her mom are arguing. It's hard to hear the words. Nausicaa seems like she's trying not to be upset; her mom has her arms crossed. Sue and a woman identical to their mom - presumably their aunt - are staring warily at each other.

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"So far, so good."

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"Yeah - don't think she's noticed me, too... Still, seems likely to escalate."

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"There is not much to do about that at this point, beyond trust your friends."

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She nods, slowly. "I suppose I'll have to."

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What happens next?

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Nausicaa and her mom grow increasingly agitated.

Her mom says something, sharply, and starts floating, a red glow forming around her hands -

Sue vanishes, as does their aunt, apparently clashing, only briefly visible, as Nausicaa jumps back -

"Let's move," Loki says.

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Deep breath, and -

She teleports them all in, successfully placing Eliana and Mora away from the fighting proper along with Five-in-One, pulling Thor and Steve to her location. A red glow suffuses everyone on their side, spreading from Loki's hands, invigorating them and making their powers stronger - for a while, at least.

Steve falls in to defend the less martially talented support, while Thor and Loki fall into step with each other, throwing themselves against the Scarlet Witch in a flurry of lightning and magical bolts. Five-in-One go still as a unit, all staring at the Scarlet Witch. Mora appears to hook into Loki's initial power boost, chanting to keep it maintained with that first spike, building on itself.

Sue and her aunt continue appearing only in flickers, their exact movements hard to track.

And guards begin to arrive, trying to get through to the combatants.

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That seems like Eliana's job. Are they armored?

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They have anti-ballistic armor but there's gaps she can exploit.

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She parlays the initial cut into more, finessing the gaps. With that, she begins disabling the reinforcements, hobbling them inside their armor.

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They fight back, but for all their training they weren't prepared for an actual threat, and Steve deftly blocks any shots they get off towards his side.

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Hopefully the main fight is going as well.

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It's definitely going! 'Well' might be an exaggeration - Sue and her aunt are evenly matched, apparently, and the Scarlet Witch seems just about equal to her opponents, even with Mora's rising boosts to her allies and needling attacks against her enemies.

Loki's spitting out spells as quickly as she can - but every one is countered, often without much effort from her target.

Loki starts dialing back, faking exhaustion, so she can circle around, vanish under the combined threat of Thor and Nausicaa - it only somewhat works, though. The Scarlet Witch is fairly broadly alert.

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Eliana can spare some attention and power to add some explosions to the distraction.

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That helps a little - so does the sudden arrival of Ikol when a blow seriously threatens Loki. The crow moves fast, a whirlwind of feathers, destabilizing the Scarlet Witch's spells - and, it seems at times, the very air.

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Questionably helpful, that.

She tosses razor flecks of blood at the Witch's face.

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The Witch deflects most - but not all - of them, but then her face twists in fury, and her eyes and skin begin to glow red as she rises into the air, the earth shaking.

Loki hasn't attacked in a short while, kneeling, curled in on herself like something's hurting her -

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Eliana seizes control of the Witch's blood, making her fight for every movement.

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Slowing down her words is about the only thing that helps.

Still, even with words slurring, she screams out spells, intent mattering more than action -

Ikol seems to be shielding Loki, before taking off, abandoning the girl -

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