Dec 02, 2022 2:08 AM
bellona falls on thedas
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Depends how good she is with high-energy plasmas, really, that's not exactly what the demon is made of but it might be the closest analogue she can think of- Whoops it's waking up again.

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She has some familiarity from staring at Mustang's arrays, but - 

She's not exactly the Flame Alchemist, nor does she have him in her back pocket right now. 

But she's got enough to have some idea of how to disrupt the thing, which is really all she needs to do. Also enough to realize that disrupting should probably be done from a safe distance, and she hasn't mastered the dragon's pulse techniques needed for distance alkahestry yet, so...

Indirect weapons it is. Also, backing up from the demon (after first trying to rapidly encase it in a Faraday cage reinforced by nonconductive materials) it is. 

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The cage does seem to hamper it a little, but it still has brute force on its side.

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And it creates an opening - a delay - for her to tear the rift back open.

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Could be she's stumbled on a self-reinforcing feedback loop here.

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One she ruthlessly exploits, building the cage up more - while still allowing access to attack it - with every stun, so it's less and less capable of stopping her from just tearing the rift back open when it does arouse. 

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And eventually- the beast falls.

The soldiers break into cheers.

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She focuses on closing the rift once and for all. 

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It's more difficult than any she's done so far. The rift resists, roils, retaliates. The mark's drain on Bellona's energy increases notably.

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She grits her teeth and fights through it. 

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The rift is fighting her every step of the way, but if she persists, concentrates, puts everything she can muster into wrenching it closed-


She sees it knit back together just before she passes out.

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She wakes up to a world of white. 

...Rude. Unfair. Cheating. 

Bellona scowls at her Truth and the richly engraved Gate beyond it. "I didn't even do anything this time!" she complains. 

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Her Truth just laughs. "Except leave the world, to somewhere people wander from their bodies in their dreams... But you already knew that, didn't you?"

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Bellona's scowl fades to a thoughtful frown. "But why to here?"

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Her Truth gestures behind Bellona. "Because someone is looking for you."

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Bellona turns, though she already knows what she'll see -

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"See, I told you that you should wait."

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"Lion!!"

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"El!"

Tackle glomp!!!

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Hug!!!

"What happened to you?"

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"I don't know - I woke up somewhere weird, I don't think it's the same world, and they said I'd been involved in some explosion but I don't remember..."

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"Well. We're getting you back. And then I'm transferring you to my command since I obviously can't trust anyone else."

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Giggle! "I hope you've only scared my commander a little."

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"As much as they deserved."

"They got off easier than your target did."

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Tight hug. 

"Did you get any array details out of them?"

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