Alchemy

.....An unseen battle

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“Go!! Run!!” Gregory high guard shouted to the wide-eyed alchemists behind him. “We will hold it off” Theodore created a wall making array and sealed off the street between the alchemist and the..creature The creature would break such a wall easily but Gregory was thankful for it. It broke line of sight between himself and his charges so they wouldn’t have to see how terrified he was. despite this he readied himself drawing his blade and preparing to put the grotseque thing before them back beneath the earth were it belonged. He was about to put this sentiment into words when a croaking laughter rasped out of the things throught.

“Twisting turning little worms drawn out by the rain, Ripped apart by little birds bringing death and pain.” its eyes locked of Gregory The sing song quality of the words was dissonant from the deep sluggish voice the versed them. Gregories battle cry died in his throught. The one eye of the creature focused on him with relentless intensity the other gyrated in its socket like a thing trying to escape the grotesque its body had become. and somewhere in the depths of that eye Gregory could see a tortured fragment of a psyche a soul half devoured and fully mad begging for sweet nothing to take it. Gregory faltered he could not face this thing the Idea that there was something human in that twisted shell terrified him more for reasons he could not explain. his sword grip loosened. Under that gaze his stance faltered. but as his courage was about to give out a reassuring hand was placed on his shoulder.

“at piece borther.” Vincent said to him, his serene smile the same as always. “we are the high guard. Whatever we face it shall be overcome.” he turned towards the creature thier stalwart cousin Gorge stepping up beside him. “WE ARE THE HIGH GUARD!” he repeated in a great shout. “Never Dishonored!”

“Never Defeated!” Gorge, and Theodore continued
“Never Alone.” Gregory breathed with and edge of determination his grip tightening on his blade his will set. They charged.

The first blow sunk deep into the creatures side. in response it backhanded Gorges face off sending blood and brain matter spattering across the street. Flinging their former companions body rag dolling into a building. Then it lashed at Theodore who deftly dodged using his nimble frame to his advantage .three swords sunk into the things ribs but the high guard were too used to their opponents dying when mortally wounded. It grabbed Vincent hand and sent its other hand tunneling into Vincents chest he screamed for a moment before a root like appendage ripped up his throught and into his brain making a sickening slurping sound as Vincent’s head crumpled inward like a deflated balloon. The last thing Gregory saw was his youngest brother tumbling away in horror shouting at Gregory to get away from that thing but then something made contact with the back of Gregory’s skull. And Gregory high guard was no more….

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An unseen battle

The three brothers stood in the small secured lab staring intently down at the cluster of alchemists on the floor in front of them. Gregory high guard had herd of the madness before a mental affliction that began a quick and steady dissent beyond sanity’s grasp a dissent caused by witnessing a horrible event or lingering in the dark places world to long. That journey had been made by this young girl this poor soul named Eve. Even by the noble high guards reckoning she was too far gone. mumbling dark nothings at the world around her trying to run to the outer wall whenever she wasn’t drugged or held down and screaming uncontrollably at nothing anyone but her could see. It had saddened Gregory greatly to see someone so young barely ten if that in such a state. More so because he had known he was powerless to help her. Now before him four alchemists and a homunculus were performing a mind delving in unison to try to save the unsaveable. to drive out the madness that had taken root in this girls mind. The four sat in a ring hands pressed palms to the earth around the glowing and crackling alchemical array. On the east side of the circle sat Rita Citen the diamond alchemist. Her long luxurious hair and tantalizingly revealing clothing blowing back and forth lightly tossed about by the activation energies. Beside her sat Luthur Algol the second son of the Algol house. To gregoriy’s knowledge being second son in that house made him akin to an illegitimate son if he was not able to prove his quality to his house. Well he was showing his quality now according to high guard standards his elegant features already glistened with sweat from the strain of the activation his brow forrowed with focus to save the young orphaned girl. opposit him sat Cassi Zuri a young medical alchemist whose pale features and dark eyes stared vacantly into the center of the array at Eve as her mind battled with some unseen adversary. and completing the circle Amina De-clairmont sat. Gregory shifted at the sight of her he was glad he had not been assigned as her bodyguard the subtle yet unmistakably seductive curve of her figure and all to clear eyes would have made it hard for him to focus on work despite himself. The final figure was by far the strangest. Everyone knew of humonculi in arkham but this one was a new sight a woman at first glance yet unmistakably not human on closer inspection she had small featherlike wings were human ears should be and her hair and eyebrows also seemed to be closer to golden feathers than hair she was the first of a homunculus class known as a siren.

The five of them had just activated the mental delving Array. intrusting Gregory and his brothers to break their connection to the array should they show signs of distress or alchemical backlash. in the last 10 seconds Cassie had started to sweat profusely and was breathing heavy, the homunculus had a red scar-like pattern appear across her face and the other three were breathing like they had run a marathon. 15 seconds now. Luthur twitched slightly as alchemical energy pealed out of the array striking his legs and leaving odd bruises spidering up them. Theadore, Gregory’s youngest brother looked at him questioningly. Reactions rarely went on for this long even delving ones. the strain on their bodies even with four of them supporting the reaction would be too great to bare very soon. The crackling of the array grew more erratic the light of it began to take a reddish hue. the first signs of a backlash. the three high guard knights got in position to pull the participants away something that was only safely possible with a delving array. As if on que Eve’s eyes shot open and she let out an earsplitting scream. all four humans around the circle began to go limp their breathing growing dangerously shallow. on Gregory’s signal they were jerked away from the array. Anymore time connected and they would all die of exhaustion. as each alchemist was pulled away their eyes snapped back into focus flickering immediately to the girl in the now fading array. she had stopped screaming and was now breathing gently looking more peaceful then she most likely had in months. she opened her eyes weakly and gazed over at her exhausted saviors. “Are you feeling alright eve.?” Luthur choked out between labored breaths.
“yes” she replied quietly “I’m feeling better now Galahad, I’m just really tired” her eyes drifted shut again and she was in the dreamless sleep of exhaustion.
“I can’t believe it” Gregory breathed “they actually did it. they actually saved her from the madness”
“nothing is certain” Vincent Gregory’s second brother said “they may have only driven its effects back temporarily but either way it is a miraculous feat”
“And deserving of high praise” Theodore added “let us send word back to our house to let it be known that these alchemist are indeed Honorable or at the very least brave for their actions have spoken well for them this day.”

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