e walked directly behind Mistress
as she forcefully marched up the gargantuan staircase of Kyera's Ashen Palace,
brandishing a black handkerchief, the symbol of a challenge on the Witch Queen's
life. The ornately decorated Household guards, accustomed to cleaving our kind
down if we came anywhere near this building, stood confused as our contingment
of around one hundred sisters cascaded into the Solemn Chamber. The small square
of jet black cloth held in Mistress's hand was our shield against any violence
from the imposing soldiers that slowly enveloped our travelling legion,
surrounding us from all vertices.
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As we ascended further to the throne room of the Tyrant herself the guards
scattered, gradually reforming behind the woman's throne as though she were the
boss of a gang in one of outer Marmarra's web of slums. As our sisters too began
to form a hundred-woman strong wall behind our noble Mistress, a sudden
stillness invaded the room. Silence gripped everything. A mild breeze fluttered
through the palace columns. My spine tingled.
'Landariaaaa!' The Witch Queen bellowed.
'What is your business here!' the neurotic woman roared, glaring animalistically
at the calm and collected woman, adorned in her finest red spilk robes, inlayed
with Tarshiinite goldspun. The woman, a picture of elegance, took the black
handkerchief in her grasp and threw it onto the floor. Both sides of the feud-
the iron formation behind the Witch Queen and the anxious devotees behind
Mistress- stood captivated, mystified by the small cut of night-hued fabric
fluttering to the ground.
'I am here to end this' Mistress said softly.
'This?!' the enraged tyrant yellled, obviously confused, driving her nails into
the seams of her serrated golden arm rest.
'You have caused damage to our great Marmarra. The Sisterhood will not stand for
The Queen curled up into herself, withdrawing slowly, as though seeking herself.
The woman, dressed in the regal gown, the Lillivear frock belonging to Eluda'shi
Lashmara, began to laugh to herself-manically. Grasping one of the small wooden
instruments laid agaisnt the left side of her jewel-encrusted throne, Kyera
raised her face to meet the eyes of Mistress Celene, the insane, silver eyes of
the power-crazed monarch expressing nothing but delusion.
'I am Marmarra!' the ruler screamed, throwing the small, birchwood lyre in the
direction of Mistress. With one esoteric gesture from the Witch Queen's part the
instrument exploded into a flurry of splinters, two particularly large fractions
of the remnants flying into the direction of Mistress. With an amazing feat of
dexterity and precision, Mistress grabbed one of the wooden missiles and used it
to swipe the other airbourne shard.
Brandishing her sword and revealing a small vial of blood, Mistress stepped out
of the main formation, walking, confronting Kyera. After sucking the contents of
the glass cylinder, swallowing it down and raising the blade towards the
direction of Kyera, Mistress envisioned a dramatic pause. Anxiety ripped through
Mistress let out a mild sigh.
'Let us begin.'
Screaming like the Gaisho she manipulated, Kyera lept from her seat armed with
the classical Zhunite preferred weapons, the dual 'Throatblades' characterised
by their length and thinness. The decisive face-off had begun.
The two paused momentarily. Whilst the distance between was about half of what
it was before the Witch had flung herself from her seat, neither were in
adequate range of each other's assaults. Mistress was at a disadvantage. Blood
Magic was no match for Eludian Sorcery in a missile contest. If Mistress was to
win this, she would need to get close and finish it quickly. Luckily, speed was
no issue. In a blink our Mistress could be behind Kyera.
The interim silence was broken by the squealing Witch rampaging towards
Mistress, still not faltering from her stance. As the sprinting woman, a picture
of pure rage, unstoppable approached Mistress there was a unified sense of
tension between the disciples and myself. At the first sign of assault we were
taught to prepare- What was Mistress doing?
Suddenly at breakneck speed Mistress Celene lept forward, ripping her blade
through the air, leaving a drail of dust idly fluttering behind her. In hearing
the recognisable crack of bone we were contented- the blow surely most of hit
the tyrant, and knowing Mistress's precison, at least wounded her. To our
despair, a sly acrobatic figure emerged, somersaulting through the air above
Mistress, through the dust. As the cloud quickly cleared we saw a gaping wound
in the stone floor. She had missed! As the Witch Queen landed from her gymnastic
feat, crouching to regain stamina, she began muttering to herself. Whilst we
knew Kyera was insane, what was she doing at a time like this? As she retrieved
a small scroll from her waist, we knew what was occurring- it was a gaisheno
encantation. As her eyes developed an irridescent green glow, sudden realisation
grasped us. There seemed to be no hope for Mistress now.
The scroll exploded in a flurry of what appeared to be concious black fluid,
like a creature composed of Kerostone, the monstrous entity within started to
fly around the chamber, screaming, with even the guards assembled behind the
throne noticeably terrified. Gaisho were not called 'Touch of Death' spirits for
The now less-than-presentable Kyera still lay knelt on the floor. She rose
quickly, never faltering with her incessant yet incomprehendable muttering. Her
eyes, previously a rich silver, had absorbed wholly into a disturbing green hue
that continued to glow irridescent. The spirit she had released, still
attempting to persue Mistress, was beckoned back to its own commander with a
loud squeal on Kyera's part. The creature, a seemingly animated mass of etheral
black cloth, catapulted back into the palm of the tyrant- as though disappearing
up her sleeve. Almost instantly the Witch Queen began to convulse violently, her
whole body taken up by an unnaturally prominent seizure. While the woman stayed
on her feet, this was seemingly the only bodily function she could muster as the
rest of flailed uncontrollably.
I heard a whisper behind me- 'If she manages to mesh with that monster, Mistress
hasn't got a chance'. Obviously following a similar passage of thought, the
sheer amount of fear conveyed by Mistress's face was incredible. Once she
noticed that all her disciples had looked upon her though, her expression
immeadiately changed to one of determination, one of cunning, one that
definetely suited her better.
The Queen's convulsions stopped. As the violent shuddering came to its end the
woman leapt up, almost acrobatically, with an amazing feat of strength. As she
assumed a relatively self-assured stance, her contorted expression revealed
itself. A face not only brewing with insanity, but positively enveloped in it.
The schleras of the silver-irised woman had decayed, yellowed, almost turning
green in the etheral light of dusk that made its way through the window panes.
These were only signs that they had meshed. Surely now, she was unstoppable.
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Mistress charged at the monstrosity. With one fell swoop of her blade, Kyera
launched a crackling black lightning bolt, passing straight through Mistress
like cutting through butter. The thick torrents of blood, somehow showing so
clearly over the woman's blood red dress, flowed with consistency and speed.
While I was not close enough to deduce whereabouts the blow had struck our
Mistress, I was sure it would be fatal. Poor Landaria fell to her knees. She
clutched her stomach, from where the blood was pouring, and coated her hands in
it. She then, unusually, began frantically licking it from her palms, covering
her cheeks in the process. She fell, once more, from her knees to her chest like
a falling tree. Our lady had been slain.
We stood dumbfounded. For all our lives we had been told that Mistress was
invincible, indestructible and undefeatable. A sense of something between grief
and disappointment enveloped the sisters and I, but our mourning was
A twinge of life rippled through Mistress. The fingers of her left hand began to
awaken themselves and like a burning wick resurrection flowed through her until,
seconds after he had seen the woman killed before her eyes, she was was stood
before us once again, defiantly. One sister, awestruck, mumbled 'It's the
'Undying Vengance!''. The phrase was oddly familiar. I had remembered our Sister
Superior told us that our Blood Magic could allow us to do amazing things,
claiming that the founder, Kashina Scaralus, took three wounds in the heart and
two in the skull and still managed to route a detatchment of invaders before
succumbing to death. I had assumed that the feat was only a myth, but this
suggested otherwise.Kyera was not amused.
'WHAT! What! How are you alive Landaria?! None can survive the might of
Landaria, still drenched in her own blood with her gaping wound on show, merely
'It is the spirit of Marmarra that possesses me now, and you are right about one
'What?!' the Tyrant interjected.
'None can survive the might of Marmarra.'
Mistress darted towards Kyera with pace too quick for my eye to comprehend,
presumably collecting her blade in the process. Caught completely off guard a
sense of sheer terror encapsulated Kyera. Her paling, fear-ridden face froze as
the blood-drained from it, our Mistress's steel slicing one clean cut through
the woman's throat effortlessly. As the partially severed head of the woman
began to slowly separate itself from the rest of the neck while the corpse
tumbled to the ground, our Landaria fell to her knees.
'I am spent' she uttered, looking back with a smile.
She clutched the seeping gash penetrating her chest before descending to the
floor with the grace befitting of Marmarra's Martyr.
Let Not Our Lady Be Forgotton.