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A tale of swords and souls

Episode #370
Atop the Tower of Remembrance, the ancient king known as Algol sat in his throne. Having been resurrected by the power of Soul Calibur, the mystical sword he had created centuries ago, he now wielded both Soul Calibur and its evil counterpart, the dreaded Soul Edge, the two magical swords that could shape the fate of the very world, which could potentially make him the most powerful being on Earth.

Naturally, this made him a popular target, a fact he was all too aware of. At this moment, a large number of warriors from across the world had come to this area in the hope of confronting him in battle. Some sought to possess either Soul Calibur or Soul Edge (or possibly both) for their own ends, others intended to destroy one or the other (or, again, both). Still others simply wanted bragging rights, others just plain didn't like him.

Whatever the reason, all these would-be challengers would really put a crimp in his world domination plans. Fortunately, they were currently keeping themselves busy fighting one another in various locations nearby, all competing for the right to face him in combat. Algol was rather hoping they'd all take each other out, but he knew that was unlikely. Sooner or later, somebody was going to get through, and whoever it was might actually pose a threat to him if they could beat all these others on their way. He was just going to have to do something about that, wasn't he?

Using his clairvoyance, Algol had been watching all the battles that had been going on around his tower. He mentally sized up the various warriors, trying to determine which ones were formidable enough to be likely to make it to him and which were getting their asses handed to them. Most didn't seem that threatening, but there was one who caught his interest. A female warrior whose combat performance was proving truly remarkable. This woman was so far undefeated, besting opponents who looked like they should be far out of her league. Even Astaroth had fallen before her, and he was a giant. Studying her impressive skill on the battlefield, Algol knew he had found his most likely challenger.

Something had to be done. With the near-limitless power available through Soul Calibur and Soul Edge, Algol figured he could simply summon something with which to destroy this woman... but what? If even Astaroth couldn't handle her, what could he choose that could possibly be up to the task? He needed to think of something capable of matching her strength, her skill, her abilities, and her determination.

And then an idea hit and made him grin. He knew the perfect opponent to pit against this woman, the one they called...

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Rated: PG - Language     Author: deux_bag
Aug 09, 2008   10:38