Author's Notes: Quick note before this chapter starts. BOLD
Writing is for when people are speaking Al Bhed. For those who do not know what that is, it's the language the Al Bhed speak, and it is very tricky to write in that language because in the game, its looks like gibberish.
Chapter 36: The Chocobo Eater.
Haseo woke early the next morning. He stayed in bed for a little while, allowing himself to slowly wake up. He sat up and swung his feet of the side of the bed. He ran a hand through his hair and stood up. He got dressed and picked up his sword then exited the room and went out into the main lobby. Haseo was about to step outside when he bumped into someone.
.” When the man saw Haseo’s confusion, he added an explanation quickly. “I meant to say ‘pardon me’, but it came out in Al Bed.”
“I see, so you’re an Al Bed?”
The man nodded. “My name is Rin. Owner of this establishment. Nice to meet you.
It means : Nice to meat you.”
“Ah… Nice to meet you too. My name is Haseo.”
A scream broke through the air, it was a woman.
“Someone help! The chocobos!!”
Auron came into the travel agency, he saw Balthier.
“That’s our cue, lets go.”
Haseo nodded and walked over to him, they exited the travel agency. Mel was by the door.
“There’s a fiend by the chocobo coral.”
“Must be big if someone needs help with it.” Haseo commented.
“Right, lets go.” Auron said.
Xin, Aina and Leo were already by the coral, though they were looking at the inn, there was a very large fiend with very long arms, short legs, and a large head standing on it, it growled, revealing it had two tongues. In its hand was a chocobo. It jumped down from the in and faced the group, the chocobo managed to free itself and it ran away. It now looked at the group angrily, blaming them for causing it to loose its meal.
Haseo unsheathed his Claymore, Auron placed his on his shoulder and faced the chocobo eater. The others went beside them. Aina cast protect on the party. Auron ran towards the beast and swung his sword, it didn’t even scratch it. Haseo swung his sword as well, to the same effect. Mel cast a fire spell at it. It charred its skin slightly, but the fiend seemed not to notice.
“Aina, summon an aeon.” Auron instructed the Summoner.
She nodded, everyone moved out of the way. She held her staff out in front of her, she spun it in a full circle, fire making a circle, that got smaller until it reached her hands. It moved down her staff and onto the ground at her feet. She knelt down and placed her hand on the ground, the fire spread outwards in a circle and the ground inside the circle became charred earth. A glyph appeared briefly before the ground shook and something broke through. Aina was in the air, and a large dog-like beast with flames on its elbows and haunches came up and gently caught her, and gently placed her on the ground, she walked away from the aeon and it roared at the chocobo eater.
Ifrit? Haseo thought back to the airship Ifrit that he had seen that night by the Mac Anu two years ago. He didn’t want to remember the entire even, and was curious as to how this aeon fought.
Ifrit ran towards the fiend and jumped into the air, flipping and bringing its claws down hard onto the fiend. Ifrit managed to scratch the beast’s head. Blood started to trickle from its fresh wounds. The chocobo eater swung at Ifrit, and hit the aeon. It slid back towards the party, ripping up some earth with its paws. Ifrit shook his head to rid itself of the slight dizziness and roared.
“Ifrit, use Meteor strike.”
Ifrit nodded and faced the fiend. He opened his mouth and a large ball of fire appeared, he closed his mouth and hit the ball of fire with his paw, sending it flying towards the fiend. The fiend was knocked back, close to the cliff behind.
“Ifrit! Do what you can to knock the fiend over the cliff!” Ashe said hurridly.
Ifrit nodded again. It used another Meteor Stirke. The chocobo eater slid back again. It was very near the edge of the cliff. Ifrit decided to push it off himself. Ifrit ran towards it, jumped and flipped in the air, bringing his claws down. The fiend jumped backwards, not realising it was close to the edge of a cliff, and jumped right off the cliff and into the water. There was a large splash, followed by pyreflies floating upwards. Ifrit nodded his satisfaction and turned to his summoner, who nodded, he was dismissed. He bounded off until he was needed again.
Aina turned to face her guardians, all except Auron were awestruck. Leo ran over to her and hugged her.
“That Aeon was increadible! Wow, I can’t wait to see what the others after Valefore and Ifrit are like!”
Aina just giggled. She was holding her staff horizontally, both hands in the middle of it. She stood patiently while Leo, Mel and Xin were praising her. Auron and Haseo were standing off to the side.
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Chapter 19: I’m the One
The group was once again on its way, and this time with a free chocobo ride. A reward for helping with the Chocobo Eater. The second half of the highroad was much more treacherous. It was thinner with cliffs on either side. Though the chocobos easily carried them along a route they’ve taken many times before.
They arrived at the end of the highroad and the beginning of Mushroom Rock road. There was a gate-like building and crusaders were posted in various locations in the small space. There were cages with various sinspawn inside. The group dismounted their chocobos and they ran off back to the inn. Haseo walked over to Mel, who was watching the cages intently.
“I sense something terrible is about to happen.” She said when Haseo arrived beside her.
“They’re obviously planning something.” Haseo said, he too felt something was going to happen, and now that Mel did too. He knew it for sure.
Aina, Xin, Leo and Auron were already walking to the gate,Mel and Haseo walked over to them, they were talking to one of the crusaders.
“I’m sorry I can’t let you pass.” He said politely.
“Why not?” Auron asked calmly.
“We’re gathering sinspawn, to lure Sin into a trap. We don’t want any watchers, it’d be a great risk to them.” He paused and looked at the group. “Hey, you’re a summoner and her guardians right? Sorry for the inconvenience.”
Everyone just sighed and turned around, they were going to have to wait until it was over to get to Djose temple. As they walked back, Haseo noticed someone approaching, he recognised the blue hair. He groaned quietly. Two guado were walking behind him. Aina noticed him as well and stopped walking, so did everyone else. Seymour approached the group, and Aina prayed. Seymour stopped in front of her and prayed as well.
“So, we meet again, Lady Aina.”
Haseo felt his stomach churn as he spoke. He definitely didn’t like the Maestor.
“You looked troubled. Is there anything I can do?” He asked.
“W-well.” Aina turned and looked at the gate; she didn’t need to say anything else.
“I see.” He said as he walked towards the gate, and the crusader guarding it.
The crusader walked up to him and saluted.
“Maestor Seymour, let me show you to the command centre.”
“Hold, I have a request.”
“I need to have Summoner Aina and her guardians let through to the command centre.”
“B-but Maestor Seymour… Maestor Seymour sir.”
“Do not worry. I’ll take full responsibility.”
“Very well, they may pass.” He saluted.
The crusader stepped aside and cleared the way; Maestor Seymour turned and faced Aina and her guardians.
“It is done.” He said.
“Oh… Thank you, your grace.” Aina bowed.
Seymour and his guado walked off ahead into the distance. Aina was still bowing, even though the Maestor was no longer in view.
“It is time to go, Aina.” Fran said.
“R-right, let’s go.”
Aina said, she and Mel walked on ahead, followed by Xin and Auron. Haseo and Leo stood.
“I don’t trust him.” Haseo said, his arms were crossed.
“Better be careful with where you say that. He’s a Maestor.” Leo cautioned. “C’mon, we better get going to catch up.”
Leo hit him on the shoulder as he started running. Balthier got Mad as hel and jogged after him.
Mushroom Rock Road, Spira.
The group was just about to ride a large lift to reach the command centre when they heard yelling from nearby. Mel, Leo and Aina walked over, so did Basch, Haseo and Auron, but they hung back slightly. The two people who were arguing were Luzzu and Gatto. They caught the tail end of it.
“An orders an order, crusader. To your post.” Lazzu spoke with authority and finality.
“B-but sir!” Gatto protested. Though he gave up and walked angrily to his post.
Lazzu noticed Aina and the others.
“So, they let you through.”
“Yeah, they did.” Vaan spoke, they both sounded solemn.
“He sounded angry.” Haseo motioned to Gatto.
“At least there’s no chance he’ll get hurt.” Leo said. “Why are you fighting anyway! Aren’t the all mighty machina enough?” Leo said angrily.
“They’re not ready yet. They need us for support.” Luzzu said.
Leo grunted and moaned, waving his arms madly, he was too mad for words. He looked away from Luzzu, down at the path they had just been moments ago.
“Leo, I may not get another chance to say this. It’s about your brother.” Luzzu spoke quietly.
Leo turned and Fran rushed forward.
“No, don’t.” Mel urged.
Leo looked at Mel, then back to Luzzu.
“What?” He asked quietly.
“I’m the one who convinced him to enlist.”
Leo looked at Mel, who looked away, then back to Luzzu. He walked over to him slowly.
“I’m sorry.” Luzzu said quietly.
Leo looked at him for a moment, then stepped forward and punched him hard in the face, Luzzu was knocked of his feet. Leo went for him again and Haseo ran forward to restrain him. Luzzu sat up, rubbing the side of his face. He looked at ease, more so than he had been earlier.
“When me and Recks used to blitz together. He always used the say that after we won the cup, he’d propose to Mel. Then one day he just up and joined the crusaders. Its because of you!” He yelled, he was still trying to free himself from Haseo’s hold.
“Easy Leo.” Haseo said.
“Recks also said to me.” Luzzu was getting up slowly. “That being with your girl is nice. But keeping sin away from her, is better.” He looked at Fran, she looked up at him then, she had still been looking away.
Leo had stopped struggling, so Haseo let him go. He stood breathing heavily and turned to look at Mel.
“You knew?” He asked her.
“Luzzu told me… Before we left.”
She said quietly, she couldn’t bring herself to look Leo in the eye. Luzzu chuckled.
“She hit me too.”
Lucile then rode by on a chocobo.
“All crusaders in the vanguard report to the meeting hall immediately.”
Luzzu looked at Mel and Leo and started to walk towards the large lift.
“Luzzu.” Leo said, he stopped walking but didn’t turn around. “Don’t die out there.”
Luzzu turned. “Why? So you can heat me some more?” He asked.
“That’s right!” Leo smiled, holding up his fist.
Luzzu gave a small smile and walked to the lift. Everyone just watched him go.
Crusaders Command Centre, Mushroom Rock Road, Spira.
The edge of the cliff was lined with cannons, some crusaders were posted at each. People were running back and forth, making some last minute preparations. Leo was looking more and more crushed as he looked at each piece of Machina. Leo walked over to one and kicked it, he yelled out and kneeled down, holding his foot. Haseo stood beside Mel, they both watched him.
“He really doesn’t like them, does he?”
“Recks left the sword Leo gave him behind and used an Al Bed Machina.”
“That’s got nothing to do with it!” Leo said angrily. “I just had these things!”
Mel sighed and shook her head, she knew better. Haseo noticed a familiar purple robe and groaned.
“What is it?” Mel asked, Haseo motioned towards Seymour. “You don’t like him, do you?”
“I don’t trust him either.” He said as he folded his arms.
“Neither do I… I sense something about him, but I can’t place a finger on it.” Mel spoke with the same wisdom he remembered about the Blossom he knew from Megaville.
“We seem to be the only ones.” Haseo commented.
“I do believe that Sir Auron doesn’t trust him either.”
Mel and Haseo looked at each other and nodded. Haseo walked over to where Aina and the others were, and Mel walked over to Leo, he too was now limping towards where Seymour was.
They had arrived shortly after Maestor Seymour did. He was giving a speech to the crusaders, all about how he was going to bear witness to these events, and how this day would go down in history.
“What’s going on? Why is Maestor Seymour backing the crusaders!?” Leo said angrily. “They’re using Al Bed machina! It’s against the teachings of Yevon!”
“They’re willing to go against the teachings, for the greater good.” Aina spoke calmly. “Leo, I believe Maestor Seymour sees that too.”
Leo turned around, he was at a loss for words, he looked at Mel, begging her silently to agree with him.
“I can only speculate.” Leo said calmly.
Leo hung his head, sighing angrily. Haseo had already been agitated, but not because the crusaders were going against the teachings. He had become agitated when Aina spoke about Seymour.
“Ask him yourself.” Auron said quietly.
Leo turned around in time to see Maestor Seymour approached. He stopped and looked at Auron.
“Ah, Sir Auron, it is an honour. I’d be most interested in hearing what you’ve been doing these past ten years.”
“There is nothing to talk about.” He answered and walked off.
He looked at Aina, and Haseo had to walk off as well, before he did anything. He walked over to Auron, who was leaning against the wall of rock, he was looking out to the sea. Haseo too leaned against the wall, crossing his arms.
“Do you think their plan of theirs could work?” Haseo asked.
He shook his head. “It’ll take a lot more than just Machina to destroy Sin.” He said calmly.
“Who was the other guardian who went with you and Raminas?”
Haseo sighed, he had expected that answer. Auron smirked.
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Chapter 38: Operation Mi’Ihen. Haseo's Inner Demon: Gilgamesh!
The group were now standing inside a set of drapes that were set up as walls. They had passed a very frustrated Gatto. A man stood up from a chair and walked over to them. He wore orange robes and had no hair. He walked over to Auron and gave him a hug.
“It’s been to long, Auron.” He said as he let him go. “you must tell me what you’ve been doing these past ten years.”
“He’s Maestor Kinoc.” Mel whispered to Haseo. “He’s one of the four Maestors of Yevon, and leader of the warrior monks. He also commands the crusaders.”
“At least he has a good reason for being here.” He whispered back.
“Referring to Maestor Seymour are you?” Mel whispered, she was smirking, Haseo nodded.
Gatto came in and saluted.
“The men are ready and waiting for your command sir.”
Kinoc tunred to him and saluted. “Good, dismissed.”
“Sir.” Gatto saluted again and walked out from the area.
“We don’t have time for this now, do we?”
“This plan won’t work, you know that. We’ll just let them…dream a little longer.” Kinoc said quietly to Auron.
“What?” Haseo said quietly.
“Lord Kinoc.” Came Seymour’s voice. Haseo groaned.
Kinoc walked over to him. “Yes, proceed.”
“That Kinoc, a Maestor?” Auron asked to no one in particular.
“I heard that.” Kinoc said. “A lot has happened in ten years.” Kinoc walked over to Auron. “What were you doing and where?” he tried again to get the information he wanted.
“Fufilling a promise to a friend.”
He walked away from Kinoc and rejoined Aina and the others.
“Tell the Al Bed standing outside that its time to begin the operation.” Kinoc began, he and Maestor Seymour began to walk away. “The fiends make break through, this area is not safe. Make sure you are prepared to defend yourselves.”
“Will Sin come?” Aina asked, she sounded nervous.
“Sin always returns for its spawn. And just to be sure, we’ll encourage them to call out to it.” A nearby crusader explained.
“You won’t have to. Sin will come.” Auron told them.
Everyone now turned their attention to the cage the sinspawn were in. It was being shocked and shocking the sinspawn inside. They started to call out to Sin, it was hard on the ears and Balthier rubbed his slightly. Suddenly, they heard a large crash! The cage was now broken and all the sinspawn inside were gone. Then, a large fiend landed on the cliff in front of them. It seemed that the sinspawn had merged together into one large one. It had a long, upright body, with a head on top, it resembled a centipede, but without all the legs. It had two large clawed arms on either side, near the ground. It also had to legs that were spread out from its body, supporting it. All the crusaders in the area quickly ran from the area. Aina and the others took out their weapons and faced the beast.
Aina quickly cast protect on everyone, and just in time. The large centipede swung one of its clawed arms towards them, and almost hit Xin, but the barrier took the blow instead, though he was knocked over with the blow. He stood up and faced the beast.
“I think we’ll need a plan for this one.” Haseo said as he looked at the sinspawn.
“I agree.” Xin said.
“Leo and Mel, you take care of its head.” Auron spoke quickly. “Xin and Haseo, you handle the arms, I’ll take the body, Ashe, take care of healing.”
Everyone nodded and placed themselves into better positions. Leo threw his ball at the beast’s head, trying to use his Dark Attack. He hit the beast, but it wasn’t blinded.
“It’s immune.” Mel told him as he caught his ball. “But perhaps we can blind it another way.”
She held her hand in the air briefly and brought it down, a powerful Fira spell struck the beast’s head. Vaan smiled at her and threw his ball again. The beast stumbled back slightly, shaking its head. Green liquid started to ooze from where it had been burned.
Haseo had just managed to seriously harm the left arm of the beast and it slumped to the ground useless. He looked over at Xin, and he too had managed to render its other arm useless.
Auron swung hard at the beast’s body, causing a huge gash and green liquid started to ooze out, the fiend now had to slump because of the wound to its torso. Auron placed his sword back on his shoulder and walked over to the others.
Fran cast another Fira spell at the beast’s head, it screeched in agony as its fleshed was burned once more. Haseo and Xin were standing back; it appeared that the sinspawn was nearing its death. Suddenly it lifted its left claw and swung at Haseo. He tried to dodge but it came to fast and he was hit. He was sent flying and landed hard in the dirt, where he rolled and slid for a few feet.
“Haseo!” Aina said as she went over to him to cast cure.
Auron ran over to its left claw and swung hard at it, he managed to sever its claw and it disappeared into a few pyreflies. As he had suspected, the Fiend turned its attention to him and lifted up its other claw. Before it could swing at him, he ran over and swung his sword hard and severed its other hand, it too disappeared into many pyreflies. Auron walked away from the fiend as Mel cast another Fira at its head. The creature screeched and slumped over, its head landing on the ground. It was still squirming, and still alive. Then the unpredictible happend, it fully healed itself and enter beserker stage ((5x it's own level)).
"Man that thing is not going to quit." Leo said
"....Everyone...get to a safe place." Haseo said solem
"What?!" Everyone except Auron said
"But if you fight this thing by yourself you'll-"
"I SAID GO NOW!!!" Haseo said before Aina could finish.
"But..." Aina said
"Just do it..." Auron said
then the whole group left leaving Haseo to fight the Sinspawn. then he does some unknown hand signs then underneath him, a seal appeared till a gust of wind appeared around Haseo then at least six sword appeared stick to the ground then all of the swords shoted to the sky then some unknown being captures them all in his 6 hands.
the creature lands near Haseo pushing him back so it could get enough room. the whole entire group except Auron ( again -_-' ) we in to awe because of the summoning.
"is he...a summoner." Aina said
"he's not a summoner...that's a skill" Auron said
"SO MASTER? THIS IS MY OPPONENET!?" Roared the unknown being
"Yeah. take care of it Gilgamesh" Haseo said
"THEN HIS POWER WILL BE FORFIT!" Gilgamesh said in an uproar
Then Gilgamesh charged at it. then the Sinspawn swing it's right claw at it but Gilgamesh jumped then slices the arm off it's body then jumps back to where he was then runs again to it then the Sinspawn tries it's left claw but it happend again...It got cut off. now Gilgamesh was geting bored so he decided to ended it quick. he jumps into the sky then his sword glow with powers of each different element. Then Gilgamesh slams them to the ground then pillers appeared beneath the SinSpawn causing it one Hell of a massacure on it. As Gilgamesh disappeared and Haseo fell on his right knee when the water in the ocean rose into a large sphere and was rapidly approaching their location, Sin was coming. It broke threw the surface, it looked at everyone on the beach and on the cliff. The crusaders started to fire its cannons at Sin, it didn’t even screech, it just stood there watching as it was being attacked by the machina. The chocobo knights then began their charge against sin.
Auron, Xin, Leo and Mel stood near the edge of the cliff. Aina was supporting Haseo, who was still looking a little worse for wear from the blow he’d received.
“Look out!” Auron said. He and the others quickly went for cover.
Sin then surrounded itself with a force field of a purplish blue colour. That then shot towards the people who were on the beach and on the cliffs. They people who were struck by this blow weren’t just killed, they appeared to be evaporated, even the sinspawn that had fallen from sin were destroyed in its blast.
Dust hovered in the air, and for what seemed like ages, all was quiet. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last long.