Where Anyone is Possible
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *A bubble of darkness slowly rises from the floor of the villain's den and I step out of it swiftly. Full-length black robes covering every inch of my body; a hood pulled up to hide my face in shadows even. I slowly move over to the bar and slide into a stool.* Hector; vodka.
Lilah: ^Delilah was in a booth, a nervous wreck. Her eyes flitted around, wide and afraid... She was tense, on guard...as if something might happen. As if something might grab her. The moment Xander appeared, she jumped further into the confines of the booth, trying to hide herself in the shadows. She made not a sound...didn't speak a word..^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I stop when I feel something off. I can almost sense her fear; like a predator can sense a person's fear. I take the vodka and slowly start to turn around; eyes gazing around the tavern as I try to find the source of the emotion.*
Lilah: ^Should he gaze her way, he'd see a Delilah, wide crimson eyes staring at him with that vile emotion exploding internally and partially externally. She was shaking, quivering. She almost looked like she was to scream, though...she didn't. Not at all, her lips were parted gently...yet no sound came out. She wasn't even breathing.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: ...... Del. What in god's name.... *I stand up slowly; starting to slowly move a few steps towards her.*
Lilah: ^The moment he moved towards her, her hands clenched the table so hard the edge of it dented and caved in on itself, crumbling to the floor. Lilah had pressed back further into the booth, soft slight whimpers starting up. She seemed like a caged animal, one without an escape, one about to be slaughtered.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I slowly put my hands up; taking a single step backwards so to calm her.* Damai. *I whisper the word softly; but it seems to drift through the air slowly; a sense of peace filling the air; a sense of safety.* Bilak. *I say in another soft whisper; the words foreign to her; yet something in her would recognize it; I was inviting her to speak.*
Lilah: ^The peace touched her, internally calming her. However..her posture never changed. She was exceedingly tense, to the point she couldn't move. Not even if she wanted to, which she so desperately did. Her eyes flickered to the door, leaning forward slightly as if she was going to make a run for it. But then..she looked at him, shaking her head no.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: Please Del.... I need to know what's wrong. *My words are soft whispers; gentle; that peace that was present in the air never lifting; just a constant sense of peace that was trying to calm down the crazed woman.*
Lilah: ^Delilah's mental barrier came crashing down, her eyes shutting tightly as she repeated for him the past 5 days. What had been experienced, what happened...who. But the moment Rom's name sounded in her mind, she let out a scream, a very loud shrill scream and she curled into herself, hands pressed against her head. It felt like a thousand silver am knives jabbing into her system, the pain was clear in her tone.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: Dear god.... *In an instant I move over to Lilah; whispering softly to her, words that would fill her with peace; making her fears go slightly foggy if not erasing them for a few minutes as I go to softly hold her.*Delilah... Berdamai.... Berdamai Delilah. Tidur dan berdamai.
Lilah: ^In that one second where he touched her, her entire body went rigid. She didn't hiss, didn't try to get him away, but she went cold stiff and rigid. Her body refused to move, though her eyes flew open. A dangerous, wild intent in them. With every repeat of his words, they slowly began to calm, his mind tricks working for the moment.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: You're alright Delilah... You're safe. I'm not going to hurt you. *I whisper softly to her; tenderly holding the woman. She can feel the sense of peace coursing through that gem if she still holds it on her person; helping me to calm her as I whisper gently.* Damai. *I just continue whispering that one word; as if praying for her to be at peace.*
Lilah: ^Delilah's skin was exceedingly pale, her muscles clenching at the rigidity. Her eyebrows furrowed together, as if in concentrating, and then after awhile...she let out one deep breath, exhaling shakily. Her body convules, for but a mere minute, and then she relaxed. Letting the gem she wore around her neck guide her and comfort her..^ Xander.. ^She whispered the name, strained...pained.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: I'm here Del.... I'm right here. *I whisper softly; kissing her forehead tenderly as I whisper again.* berdamai... Be at peace. I'm right here.
Lilah: ^The vampiress' eyes began tearing up, turning to that emerald...the calm setting in on her. Then she was hugging him tightly, pressing her face against his shirt and letting choked, gasping, sobs emerge and take over. Mentally she was begging, pleading... "make it stop, just make it stop..." The woman who had been so strong, who had never let anyone see her cry, was sobbing and at a complete loss, begging for him to help, pleading for an escape from this suffering..^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I close my eyes slowly and nod; searching through my mind for the words; my brain suddenly kicking into over drive while I reach up and pull one of the tight black gloves clinging to my hands off with my teeth. I softly reach out to place my thumb and index finger on opposite sides of Del's temples; my palm covering her eyes as I whisper softly.* Relax Del.... I'm going to see what I can do to help. *I flick one glance around; inwardly sighing when I realize I have no way to contact Gus and I need him here.*
Lilah: ^As if that one gesture made it vanish, her crying quieted, so that only a few black tears rolled down her cheeks, her eyes fluttering closed with his hand covering them. Her rigidity lessened, only slightly. The pain dug further into her mind, seeping closer and closer, stabbing at her. She let out a pained whimper, though it was an improvement from the lack of sound she'd made since her return.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I smile softly; looking at Del and whispering gently to her.* Ast tasark simiralan krynawi. *As the words slowly roll from my lips; the gem around her neck empowering the effects of the words; sleep starts to try and steal Delilah over; since a sleeping mind was easier to navigate than a waking one; I needed to put her to sleep before I tried to fix anything. At the same time; I reach down to where she keeps her pager and try to page Gus once I realize that's possible. Whispering to myself; running through the words I'll need next.*
Augustus: ::A sudden wisp of dark red and black smoke smolders into existance behind Delilah, a quick arm reaching out to loop around her waist before she falls asleep. As per usual, he wears his Imperial Curaiss, the gauntlets simple tattoos against his arms, the collar solid on his neck.:: I got you.
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *Any rigidness to my muscles fades away instantly when he wisps into sight; a smile touching my lips finally. Now it might be possible to get somewhere.*
Lilah: ^The sleep she was fighting, she didn't want sleep to come. The past week had been spent suffering in an agonizing sleepless rest which resulted in several occasions where she'd awaken and find herself unable to calm. On even a few occasions she'd have to go out and kill someone to even think about the prospect of a peaceful rest. But the moment Augustus appeared, she stiffened again, hands flying to rip Xander's hand from her eyes.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I don't fight it; I let her move as she wishes. Restraining her like this would only cause her to panic farther; but I'm whispering once again.* Damai Delilah. Damai... It's only your lover. It's Gus. You're still safe.
Augustus: ::In one single moment, the sight of her hands rising to rip Xander's away from her head, Augustus has begun a low, enchanting hum. One Delilah should know quite well. It calls to her senses, so powerful that it could have gotten through even the toughest of barriers and she should find herself enraptured in a cocoon of warmth, of solidity... A sleepiness that is entirely her own snapping foremost to the front::
Lilah: ^Eyes wild, gripping his flesh tightly, she was surprised to find herself not ripping his skin off. Twice she blinked, recognizing the voices around her.^ Oh... ^Was all she whispered before her body slumped slightly, falling slack, asleep due to the humming one might assume..^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I smile softly and sit back to watch; to wait. Simply to let Augustus help her to fall asleep. I know when to let another handle it; and this was one of those occasions. I do softly nod to Augustus however; slipping Del's pager back into her pocket stealthily.*
Lilah: ^The movement of the pager didn't wake her up, in fact...she just seemed to stay as she was, a pained look on her sleeping face.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *Once I am certain she is well asleep; I look up to Augustus; whispering softly in hopes that my words won't reach Del's ears.* He messed her up bad Gus.... But... I may be able to help... But it's going to take two of us. *I say the words softly; letting him figure out the rest. I'm sure he's been around Dal enough to be used to her forays into a person's mind.*
Augustus: ::Augustus glances up to Xander, both acknowledging his presence and the nod he delivered his way. He frowns consciously before the humming is delivered at an even slower pace. Delilah, even in her sleep, should find her mind completely dislocated from the nerves of her body, free of the pain and intolerable torture. However, it's all figuratively. Her mind isn't actually taken from her body.. She's just gone into a deeper sleep:
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I sigh softly and run my hand along my neck slowly.* This is going to hurt.... I can tell. You ready to go in there and try to fix this Augustus? *My words are quiet; even lower than his humming; trying all I can to not wake her.*
Lilah: ^With that in mind, her body was completely loose, the stress going away. There was no way she'd be waking up...anytime soon at least.^
Augustus: ::He nods to Xander. He's always ready, has been since Delilah's come home. He glances between Xander and Delilah for a moment before his eyes close and he waits for Xander to begin whatever he's going to do. The humming continues, never stopping. Should it stop, Delilah would immediately snap into focus.. And that was a very bad thing::
Rom: -Where ever Xander may be.. He suddenly steps from behind the man, aiming to smash a fist into the back of the mans right rib cage-
Rom: -Hit or miss.. He vanishes a moment later leaving ripples waving through reality-
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *my attention was completely on Delilah and Gus; and since he was behind me; I didn't have enough time to stop him. At best my tail could come up and knock his blow upwards and into my shoulder instead of my ribs. Unless of course gus acted as well.*
Augustus: ::But when he notices Rom's presence, the quickness of his entry and his exit, the humming grows faster which slowly pulls Delilah into the previous state of sleep. It wasn't as deep as the one before, but definitely well played. She wouldn't snap awake. His eyes open and land on the area behind Xander::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *So yep; I'm thinking I just received a broken left shoulder blade...... *dolly collection**
Lilah: ^There was a moment when it seemed like she'd wake up, but it was just a restless move, coming out of the deep sleep and into a much lighter one.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *Snuggles the OOC Lilah and slips back IC. I sigh lightly; biting into my lip to hold back any noise. After a few seconds; a small line of blood running down my bottom lip; I look back up to Gus.* Put her back under as far as you can.... We're going inside of her mind. *I say in a low whisper.*
Augustus: ::And at that, the hum lowers once again in tempo... slowly coming down to a few syllables every second that seems to linger in the air even as he moves into another Italian lullaby. Even quicker then the last time, Del is pulled deeper into the realm of sleep... her mind retaking its stance outside of the pain and torture::
Lilah: ^And then she was out...out cold one might say. The unnecessary breathing was steady, calm and steady giving Xander both a sign and the okay to proceed. And of course, her hands had dropped from his arm, into her lap.^
Augustus: ::His arms curl tighter around Delilah, holding her against his chest and the seat closest. He shifts for a moment, then his eyes close and the humming simply... continues on::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: Well Gus; make your body comfortable. *I say softly; sliding into a different seat if needed; but making myself comfy as I reach out to gently set my hand on her head again. my thumb on one side of her temple; index finger on the other; and then I start to speak in that same twisting language; my mind grasping ahold of Gus' to bring him along for the ride as we both fall into her mind.* Ea kelgabon murvani ngartud lo purvanonn.
Augustus: ::Augustus is already as comfortable as he'll ever be. What with the humming continuously going, it'll stay like that regardless of his position or where his mind goes. He is pulled by Alexander::
Lilah: ^Both Augustus and Xander would find themselves breaking through Delilah's mind barrier, which would be due to the bond she shares with the both of them. They'd find themselves sharing her thoughts, the pain she would be feeling. The flooding and haunting thoughts of what Rom--- right there it all halted, seeming to crack, seeming to start to crumble. An onslaught of unexpected pain slammed into them both. Like the 12 out of 13 plagues of Oma'sh began flooding into her body, but instead of everything slamming into her, there was only a mild flinch. The humming cut off most of it.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *My hand slowly extends outwards from the sleeve of my robes; fingers closing around the shaft of my staff as I look around slowly; taking in everything; groaning.* Dear gods.... He unleashed hell in here.... And it seems she can't eventhink his name without triggering it...
Augustus: ::The pain that suddenly slammed into Augustus was almost, almost being the key word, unlike anything he'd come in contact with. However, he'd spent time in the void realm... He'd dealt with things like this, he'd been eaten alive countless times, brought back from the brink of death each time only to have it happen again. And with the sights around them, he shifted his stance. In physical form, Xander might not have felt it, but now he can... the flowing, ebbing evil that seems to ooze off of his body. The simple aura of one of the damned. An aura of a conflicted spirit::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I had always been able to feel it; his aura of evil that is. I was always in tune to the aura's around a person's body. That's why I was generally uneasy around the man. But this was something else; something that needed done.*
Lilah: ^Delilah stayed silent, stayed asleep. However, her skin felt somewhat cold, clammy even. As if her body was rejecting, or struggling internally with the conflict there.^
Augustus: So, what are we here to do?
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: Well; I figure; Rom *hug*ed something up in here bad enough to leave her like that.... We need to find out what sort of hold he has on her; and try to break it. *And with those words; I hold my staff out suddenly; tipping the crystal that tops it forwards as I start to mutter.* Jistrah tagopar Ast moirparann Kini. *The words slip from my tongue slowly; the crystal starting to shine as I try to see if I can uncover some sort of magical block or plague in this outer layer of her mind.*
Lilah: ^Xander would find the connection that Rom had, the control over her mind. He could enter her thoughts as freely as he chose, and he had manipulated it to the point where should she think, see, or even hear him...hear his name, every plague he relentlessly unleashed upon her would come crashing unto her at full force. Repeatedly it'd kill her and bring her back just to kill her again until she passed out from the insanity or killed herself.^
Augustus: ::His flesh is riddled with dark black runes, all of which seem to ebb that glow of evil. When Xander begins to mutter his words of magic, his face suddenly takes on a more spiny look, like every single ridge along his body has stood to attention. A low rattle begins, akin to that of a rattlesnake. And with that, Augustus gave a look around::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I motion to gus to follow me; moving towards that connection i can see; the source of the majority of her pain and his control. Moving slowly as I approach it.* Be careful Gus.... Rom's a persistent little *bleep*.... He'll have some sort of fail-safe.
Augustus: ::Augustus doesn't answer.. Not yet. With a slight frown upon his lips, Augustus takes a few lingering steps forward behind Xander:: Don't worry about me. Worry about yourself. Even if this doesn't work, I have a fail safe in order.
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I nod lightly at hearing that.* Of course you would.... I expect nothing less from a giovanni.
Lilah: ^Even as Xander spoke his words...demons erupted from the depths of Delilah's mind, the pain and agony they brought with them would've been enough to wake someone up, but it didn't. With every step they took towards Augustus, the air trembled, tightened, clenched, felt as if someone was ripping into your body. They seemed to resemble two of the plagues...^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *The pain they bring with them causes me to take a small step backwards; swallowing. I won't lie, I haven't been through anything that could be counted as torture on my body. Ever. But then i take a step towards the demons, swinging my staff at one of them like a baseball bat.* One thing Gus, try to avoid using void... We don't want to harm anything.
Lilah: ^One of the demons went at Xander, walking towards him calmly, possessively...as if he not only owned Delilah's mind, but also Xander's future. Step by step, he came closer and closer till his hand connected with the staff, grabbing it harshly and slamming it down at Alexander's side. These demons didn't speak. Their lips were sewn shut so it would appear. The screams of a thousand souls filled her mind while the other went at Augustus. Simple staff's didn't effect the one Xander was fighting, instead when releasing the staff, it's fist aimed to connect with his jaw. As a warning, any attack that hits will send a pulsation of pain stabbing through their bodies as if the plague was inside of them now..^
Augustus: ::In this state, the Imperial Curaiss was inevitably too sturdy. These weren't physical beings. He glances toward Xander and shakes his head:: Unless you know something I don't, I don't have the void. ::Though he grins then... The pain is unbearable. At least to some... However, the plagues riddle against his mental body, torturing against him and in one moment, one of the glyphs along his body seems to shimmer and he simply.. isn't there any more. The next thing you see is dozens of the demons flying, every which way. As if being hit by a freight train. Blood gushes from throats, bodies explode, others find their bodies frozen in space and time, then wiped completely clean so that... moments later their bodies are obliterated by dark matter::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: I was just being su---- *hug*! *The blow to my jaw took me by surprise; actually knocking my body backwards as the pain stabs through my body; causing me to growl as I roll backwards.* *hug*.... Keep these things off of me Gus. I'm useless against them it seems. *At that; I suddenly reach down and whip a book out of a pouch of mine; flipping through it swiftly and starting to concentrate. An idea coming to mind.* I might.... I might have something.
Lilah: ^The Delilah outside of the mind and in the body would flinch in her sleep, jerking back at the exploding bodies and gore..^
Augustus: ::With Xander's words, a simple pulse of dark matter whoooshes past his body. He finds that any demons that were close to him should be cut in half both ways, side and front so that four separate pieces of bodies suddenly found themselves torn apart::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I trust Gus for once. Not even looking up from the book as bodies start to fall to pieces. Flipping through pages swiftly; marking a collection of different pages and then starting to read through the words to myself. Memorizing the spells I'd need for this.*
Augustus: ::Several demons come from the side to attack Xander from his blind spot, though they're crushed into worthless piles of flesh and bone within moments, their bodies splatter blood on their comrades::
Lilah: A horde of them began to appear, rising up out of the "ground" and mentally appearing as fast as Gus slaughtered them.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I flip through a few more pages. Still muttering to myself; my lips moving silently; Gus, if he were paying attention, could tell that I was almost ready by the fact that I was taking out the marker from a majority of the pages; getting ready to start casting the spells.*
Lilah: ^With each word murmured, it'd bring on several more, coming in the batches of 20 or so. All of them were directing their hits at Augustus. The mentality seemed to grow darker, more pain piercing the atmosphere with each demon that fell.^
Augustus: ::A hiss of anger spreads through Delilah's mind, though it's not from the obliterated demons, nor is it from herself. It's from the real Gus. The hum is still being hummed, the sleep still as deep ever. The moment the new hoarde of demons appear, Augustus is once again seen. Though by far he is not the same man Xander was standing near a few moments before. Horns have unraveled from his hair, jutting from his skull in wide arcs, his flesh has taken on an obsidian tone and the texture looks almost like polished stone. The ridges have risen into spikes that're at least 5 inches long and two wide and with that, Augustus is surrounded by the torturous demons::
Augustus: ::Not for long, though.. The pain is really getting to him now... and that's shown as a column of dark matter explodes from his body, tossing demons back, obliterating others, maiming even more until he's reached Xander's side::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *I nod to myself suddenly; the book snapping shut with a very audible "THUD". I shove the leatherbound book back into a pouch and the raise that freed hand upwards as well as my staff.* Here goes. *And then I start to chant; magic swirling around me.*
Lilah: ^As soon as the chanting begun, the demons would find themselves cast back by a barrier, one that would surely crumble eventually due to the mental instability. However, they were piling outside of the barrier. Should it fall...there's be hundreds coming at them, attacking them both all at once. But for now...they seemed to be safe.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: Kalith karan, tobanis-kar! Buldi vetivich! *The two are obviously seperate; but I force them to work together. Arrows of pure magic ripping into existence from my hand and staff; pulsing with a silver light as they slam towards the source of the pain and fear in this location. Aiming to release the wards surrounding the connection. And then I switch to another combination spell* Delu Solisar! Azral! *The two together mean Dispel, and Remove the fear. They combine together; surging forwards towards the source of the plagues in this part of her mind; aiming to rip the greater part of her fear straight from her mind.*
Augustus: ::With the breather, his flesh takes on a more routine look, the horns sliding back into his skull. Even the spikes shrink until he's the normal, or at least the usual.. His real body has gone so slow with the humming that Delilah would find herself in a constant state of sleep while Gus looked at Xander::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *When gus looks at me he can see the effects the magic has on my body; my skin slowly going paler; my eyes seeming to sink into my skull slightly as i seem to visibly age a few years in front of him. My magic had always had a heavy toll on my body; since this wasn't the body that I was first born with; it was never intended to weild this much power.*
Lilah: ^the walls quivered, shook, screams of other people - not of delilah - sounding in the air, louder than a banshee's wail. The wall wouldn't hold for long, there were visible black cracks that reached up.^
Lilah: ^The demon's who could not speak...were there on the other side. All of them were speechless, verbally, emotionally, mentally..incapable of communication.^
Augustus: ::Gus himself looks at Xander, and with a simple sigh, he reaches out and forces a sliver of life force into Xander's arm..Enough to keep him going while he looks about::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *As I hear the scream; I just pour more energy into the attempt; my eyes snapping open wide as sparks of magic fly from my body like little sparks of lightning. But it's very small; it's obvious I'm only using a portion of my energy; yet still the link that was causing del the pain and the fear that made her unable to function. That largest portion of her pain and suffering being ripped away. Not the part pertaining to her fear of Rom. But once she awoke; she would still be able to function somewhere close to normal.*
Lilah: ^And then the wall, that was the wall of fear, crumbled to pieces, all of the demons going to strike out at Alexander and Augustus. All of them lashing out, bloody claws extended, black matter being thrown at the duo.^
Augustus: ::The scream is ear shattering, enough so that his hands are forced over his ears. The cracking sheild around them is growing even more distressed, cracking with even more rivlets and cracks. And then it crumbles... and there's a world a hell to pay::
Augustus: ::A shield of dark matter erupts in front of him to protect him from the matter being tossed toward him, a sweep of his palm causing sickly black tentacles to speed out, impaling through demons here and there and... all around them::
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *When the wall shatters; it suddenly causes my magic to lash out harshly; one last chant rising from me as my body starts to crumple over heavily onto the staff.* Sylar cu monaviok, sho jebus loinonn. *I say the words with what power I have left; lightning suddenly starting to surge through the bodies of the demons; arcing from each to each; my attempt to suddenly fry them all since I gotta brb soon.*
Lilah: ^200..no 300 demons launched themselves, talons ripping into skin, weapons aiming to stab Gus and Xander. Should they hit, it'd feel like silver AM slamming through their body and poisoning them.^
Lilah: ^The tendrils enveloped them, the matter from Augustus cancelling their own, Xander's lightning striking through them. On occasion it'd ricochet and smack into one of her mental barriers..^
Lilah: ^No more were rising, and that was a sign...a good one, showing that they had succeeded in that part of their expedition.^
Alexander_Equinox-Zagurian: *That was all I had left in me; what I had managed to strike down with that was all I was going to be taking out as I lean heavily on my staff; panting.* Sorry... They are yours. *Gtg; be back in a bit.*
Lilah: ^The lightning caused a chain reaction, shooting from one to another, like the domino effect as one by one they began to fall..^
Augustus: ::Every now and then, a talon stabs through the matter to slash against his flesh, but it only lasts for a moment before he erupts into violence, his form fading from view. Immediately a blast of dark matter slips free of his area, a whole circular area of demons around him sliced into pieces... and then... Xander's lifted and begins to shimmer before he's tossed free of Delilah's mind, leaving Gus there for the moment to finish
Lilah: ^And then, the area of demons were demolished, a splash of blood coating, soaking everything within her mind. There was a loud chaotic rawr before it dwindled, falling silent as the last demon was decapitated and exploded from the inside out.^
Augustus: ::Was oocly laughing at it. :D.. As the final demon dies, Augustus comes back into view. For a moment, his body appears soaked in blood before the hum rises in tempo, Delilah's body slowly waking... and then Gus has vanished free of her mind and is once more holding her within the villain's den, his hum eventually coming to a stop with his arms still held around her::