10 mile village entrance.
They look around the deciduous forest and village that has eerily tall trees surrounding it.
Akira: Why would these idiots put their village inside of an obviously sketchy forest..
Eiko: I see you're still your cold usual self, it's actually pretty adorable.
Akira looks at Eiko with discontent, looks away, and pouts slightly blusing.
Touma: Do be weary of your temper, Akira, it would be in our best interest if we don't have to search for the cave entrance ourselves.
Akira blushes alot more while still pouting trying to get her mind off of it.
Akira: Okay okay now stop talking about it or I'll zap you with shock-rah. (Low grade lightning magic)
Touma: That's such a very cute thing of you to say.
Akira's face is a full blush, she trembles as she begins casting shock-rah but she falls to the floor passing out.
Yuko: I got her..
Fudo: That temper of hers is fiery hot as I've remembered, but we should begin asking around for the cave entrance.
They begin to separately question the local villagers about the cave's whereabouts; Yuko carries Akira via piggyback while she's unconscious.
Yuko(In mind): I hope I can find a villager who knows where this cave is so I can feel useful for once...y'know it's kind of strange for us to be getting a sacred weapon this early too, what kind of scary things are out there? I don't know and neither am I prepared; I need to get stronger to help us. I really wanna apologize to Akira for having her to shield me-
Akira hits Yuko on the head and quickly jumps off his back slightly blushing with a slight look of digust. She quivers with embarrassment as Yuko holds his head in pain not knowing what just happened.
Yuko: What was that for?!
Akira: Did I say you can carry me chump!?
Yuko: I was just trying to help! How else would you move!?
Akira: I would have eventually gotten up!!
They proceed to go back and forth while both guilds plus village locals watch as they get drops of sweat behind their head.
Eiko(In mind): They sure are full of energy, wish our guild were a bit more fun like that, but I guess that's a perk of being the best.
A villager approaches the combined guild.
Villager: Excuse me brave warriors, but I hear you came here looking for the monster cave?
Eiko: Yes, we are, do you have any information on it?
Villager: Yes, it's just that way past the lake and through the trail right after it. I am getting sick of those no good monsters always coming to here to raid our village, we manage to narrowly fend them off while more of our village people, mostly women, go missing with each attack but we'd greatly appreciate if you took care of our huge pest problem, we'd reward you if we have anything valuable, all I have is this golden dagger if you want it.
Eiko: No-no you don't need to reward us, that isn't a problem, we will take care of your cave problem.
Villager: Thank you brave warriors, please be safe.
Akane: Here, take some brass and help your family out. (5k brass)
Villager: I didn't know such kind hearted warriors who gave existed. I don't know how much to thank you, I'll await your return.
Rin: Alright, let's get to business!
They begin to walk out the village to the cave but before they do..
Toki: Aren't we forgetting something?
Toki turns around and shouts at Yuko and Akira who are still arguing to come on and they continue to walk.
Toki: So how have you guys been fairing lately?
Eiko: The new enemies have given us the most issues so far, but they aren't very smart fortunately for us, though i'd love to take on a Savinja despite our new reality.
Akane: I like video games and all but this is one of those series I wouldn't want to live in! They really need to slam Sirius once the real world finds out about this because this isn't funny!
Toki: Can't really say for sure, but if he's gone out of his way to trap us in here he obviously has to have something covered to make sure they don't.
Eiko: We don't have much to speculate on about it either.
Daisuke: Who cares! This is a perfect escape from my parents, they were mean to me, you guys are much friendlier than they are.
Rin: I want to worry and focus about the outside just as much as you all do but with this new world of danger in front of us it won't do us any help right now.
Eiko: That is the sad truth unfortunately, we just need to keep one another safe-
They soon see the cave entrance but they are around bushes and vegetation so they are out of view.
They see two tanish skin monsters in barbaric clothing acting as some sort of bouncers for the cave entrance because there is a line of a Strikers that want to go in.
Fudo: Why the hell are they lined up like it's some sort of club?
Daisuke: I don't know man but those tan monsters are making my skin crawl with excitement.
Akane: Should I fly by and blow fire on them?
Eiko: No, that's risky, what if they jump and grab you out of the air?
Akane: Oh, right. Hmm, so what do we do then?
Rin: Looks like none of them have weapons so I'll toss a Fallaflame speck at the line then we're free to attack the tan ones.
Rin reaches into his satchel taking out small red glowing speck and throws it at the line of Strikers. The speck bursts and catches all the line of Strikers on fire in a chain reaction, sounds of their deep screams are heard as the flames burn brutally melting flesh and bone melt, the remains of their melted corpses disintegrate.
Daisuke: Alright! Time for some fun!!
(Daisuke comes from behind the bushes and charges at one of the tan monsters, when he reaches it they stalemate for a bit. Akane sprouts her dragon wings, flies over to it, and blows extremely hot fire in its face which begins to melt its face, flesh of its face begin to divet into sockets and divets in its face. Daisuke drives his shield into its face putting a ruby like hole into it making bit falls and disintegrates.)
The other tan monster jumps up a bit grabbing Akane's leg from the front, Akane then blows extremely hot fire into its face making it scream, she scratches its face making some of its melting skin fly off into the distance and claw marks appear on the softened bone of the skull she scratched. The tan monster falls over and disintegrates.
The others soon come from their hiding spot.
Akira: Well that was easy.
Yuko: I'm starting to think I should have picked the Tikete class now, Tiketes look super strong.
Akane: Well it's all about practice, Yuko, I bet I'd be a good Felis if I were able to switch my class.
Yuko: I know, I'm useless-
Rin: Okay, can we go inside now?
They all walk into the tight creepy entrance hall, there many sounds of water dropping onto the barely visble surrounding area of the rocky floor as water drips off stalagmites on the roof.
Eiko: Strange, this cave is a bit tight even for the average striker.
Rin: There's probably more ahead, but they're really weak to us now, so we just need to find the secret path in a room up ahead. (Map is guiding.)
The cave opens up with tons of limestone and. staglagmites that hang from the top with a small pool of water nearby.
Daisuke: You'd think all the strikers would be here, this is beautiful!
Touma: What do you expect from such primitive low leveled monsters?
Akira(In mind): That doesn't sound like something he'd say.
Yuko: I think I can hear something up ahead and to the left.
Rin: Right, let's push forward.
They walk closer and closer and the sounds don't sound very pleasant, they turn the left corner and there is another big room.
***They see lots of blood on the floor, men being killed, they see men being staked up you butt as the sharp end exits their mouths, men are also being pulled by torture devices as muscle sounds of muscle can be heard ripping as the plead, they see women being held by groups of monsters who are repeatedly stabbing them with poison, women being stabbed multiple times while being raped, women on the bloody floor being raped, women being raped by multiple monsters, women with no limbs with hooks in them holding them up and being raped, they see humans parts stabbed or hung on the wall, they see more guilds being brought in for them to meet the same fate, the Strikers are howling and laughing.***
(Toki lets out an angry yell and runs in launching her sword hitting a monster underneath its nose slicing through clean throught make the top of its head fly off, she then drags her sword across hitting and killing multiple monsters across the upper body.)
(Everyone else follows her the monsters are level 2-3 and they weren't expecting it, Touma goes on a killing spree and even uses some of their torture devices and even stakes them up the butt with them, Daisuke is bashing and denting heads in as if they were made of clay, Rin is cutting the monsters into cubes and halves with his swords with monsters falling cut open into various shapes, Fudo casts a rock the size of a basketball and is running it through the chests of the fleeing monsters with his finger encasing their hearts around this objects before obliterating it, Akira is zapping monsters and mangling them with her purple hands, Akane is tearing monsters apart with her strength and claws, Eiko impaling multiple monsters with his lance as he tosses his lance at times as it passes through their skulls.)
Once they kill every monster in the room the other few guilds run to them trembling with trauma visible in their faces.
Guild girl: T-thank you all so much, this donkey brained airhead put us in this situation because he underestimated the monsters...I-I can't believe we were next...
Guild boy: I-I can't believe I've nearly gotten us killed, I'm so sorry, if you can ever forgive me I will stick to our level range only from now on...that was too much..
Eiko: You two must be newcomers, you'll be alright now.
Another guild: Thank you all so much for saving us!
Rin: Can you clerics give the injured some help and can you help some of these women up-
Majority of the girls who were stabbed with or without poison and hooked up begin to disintegrate due to no active preservation or to low hp tick damage.
Eiko: All those poor souls, this type of activity wasn't possible in the last game.
Fudo: The rest of you guilds get out of here now! It won't be safe for you to follow us, this wasn't what we intended to see either...
Another Guild: Right! We need to get back to town asap! Get any remaining survivors!
Rin(In mind): What even is all of this? Why?-
Toki comes on the side of Rin and interlocks her quaking hand with his for a bit and then she comfortly hugs him for a bit.
Rin: Toki, thank you.
Toki: I needed this too.
Toki lets him go and looks at him.
Toki: We have to keep moving forward Rin, we couldn't do anything different.
Rin: Yeah, sorry. The secret passage is somewhere in here, but where? There's blood everywhere.
They begin looking around for anything suspicious in here, Yuko slips on a human remain then glides across the bloody floor running into a wall that soon begins opening, Yuko's eyes are swirling dizzy.
Akira: Your senses are really heightened in this game huh?
Yuko snaps back to life realizing he unintentionally found a path to somewhere.
Yuko: Huh. (In mind): I found the path? It sure does look scary in there?
Akane: Uhh looks scary....how about you go first Daisuke since you're big and strong.
Daisuke whistles and looks away.
Eiko: Haha, um ladies first?..
Touma: I will lead us forth, shall we go now?
Akira: Thanks Touma I was gonna offer if we all said no anyway.
Touma: I have my reasons to believe not haha.
Akira sweats nervously.
Akira: W-what's that supposed to mean? Just get to moving already.
He nods and the combined guilds walk inside, the ancient stone wall closes behind them and darkness engulfs here at first. The area becomes slightly more visible, the initial hallway resembles that of an ancient catacomb with depictions of gods on the walls and other holy things which seems to be old artwork, a scary air draft sound plagues the entire area in here.
Yuko is trembling as fear consumes him from the inside, Akira see Yuko shaking and prepares to scare him, she comes behind him jolting him which causes him to jump and cling to the ceiling for a bit before he realizes who did it, he falls down.
Yuko: NOT FUNNY!
Akira: It always is you chicken.
Toki: Guys can we try not to make too much noise? There is a monster somewhere in here after all.
Yuko: Tell her to stop scaring me.
Akira: Hmph, baby.
They keep walking down the creepy catacomb hallway.
Daisuke: I wonder what kind of art doodles these are, looks pretty old to me.
Akane: Those could be the gods or something, but this is a holy being chamber remember.
Daisuke: Woah holy beings?! My skin is tingling with excitement already! I bet they're ready to have fun!
They make it out of the hallway and it opens up to big ancient room covered in vegetation is in ruins. There are a few steps in the distance with a sacred weapon sitting on top of a small roman designed pillar, it is still a little dark in there though.
Toki: Weird, the holy beings should have been here by now, this is making me feel uneasy.
Fudo: Wait...that sacred weapon was being guarded by a monster not holy beings if I remembered things correctly.
Yuko: Why don't we just hurry to take it before something does show up please.
They hear a distant shriek roar in the distance and a person scream that soon bounce through the room.
Yuko(In mind): Next time I'll keep my mouth shut...
Akane: That sounded bad.
Fudo: Whatever it is is strong enough to have taken out the holy beings who guarded that weapon.
Rin: Let's keep moving forward to the weapon, it sounds like it's far away anyway.
They walk halfway and off in the darkness of the wall walks across stalking them. The Corruption jumps at Touma from the wall ready to try slash him as it flies by, but gets blocked y him, and it skids back in front of them for them to see.
It walks on all on all fours with two blade like front legs with its knee joints are pointed upward creepily. Patches of blood surround the whites of its eye, the pupils for it glow red in the barely visible surrounding area. Two extra limbs protrude out freakily on the sides of its abdomen, it has a mouth with visible sharp teeth on the outside also putting its long sharp tongue away. The monster regurgitates up some green corroded bones covered in fluids.
Touma: Ooo, ugly beast.
Daisuke: That thing is actually pretty scary to look at, but let's have some fun either way!
Eiko: Wait, Daisuke!
(The monster stands its ground slashing slashes some of Daisuke's armor from the front, jumps back far very fast letting out another shriek roar and looks upward. It begins to dislodge its mouth to open wider as a white ball of light the size of a basketball forms above its mouth, it reaches around it grabbing it with its long sharp tongue and swallow it whole with its mouth dislodged still dislodged, the monster encloses this ball into its mouth where it is seen traveling down its throat soon making its underbelly start to grow more larger and more grotesque. It gradually increases in size before shooting a large blood red ray out of its mouth toward them.)
Eiko: JUMP, NOW!
(The guild jumps up to dodge it watching in worry as the energy ray destroys a wall leaving red static sparks in it. While they are still in the air the monster runs and jumps at Yuko with its mouth dislodged for us to see its gummy insides, Yuko gets terrified and shoots an energy arrow into its mouth causing the monster to gag suddenly closing its mouth stopping it progress leaving it open to attack, Daisuke from behind knocks it down hard into the ground. The monster gets up regurgitating the energy arrow which is now covered in blood and body fluids, agitating the monster, it starts bouncing from wall to wall to be more unpredictable but Fudo then temporarily sets the above air on fire burning it a bit, Akira then zaps it with shock-rah but it only freezes it when it jumps down halfway to then, and Touma kicks the frozen monster that is in the air into a wall where it gets stunned.)
Akira: Go get that sacred weapon, Rin!
(Rin nods before making a quick dash toward the sacred weapon, the monster soon becomes unstunned and starts dashing across the wall to catch up the Rin, but gets knocked down by Akane who blows extremely hot fire on its entire body sizzling and searing the monsters flesh halting it. When the fire is extinguished it appears very grotesque now desperately trying to make another dash at the combined guilds who is covering for Rin, Daisuke jumps up and then slams his shield down onto the front of its blade legs splattering them off making its screams echo through this room.)
Rin makes it to the sacred weapon which is a tome he learns quickly since he had this weapon in Battle Frontier.
Rin: Guys! Move out of the way!
(The guild quickly jumps away and to the side which shows the monster unable to move with its face looking down, Rin begins to launch Fallaflame and as the black and red smoke of Fallaflame travels to the monster the monster looks up to say "Thank you." Fallaflame explodes to cover the monster but the devastating force of the explosion is still massive with lots of wind destroying and weakening parts of this chamber area, Fallaflame rains down napalm onto the already lifeless monster and it disintegrates.)
Daisuke: Aweesome!! That explosion is always the best!
Fudo: That could have been mine.
Toki: Uh, did anyone else hear it speak? It was still pretty low level.
Touma: I assume the ranges are a bit different but there is not clear cut answer on it it seems.
Yuko places his hand on the wall to catch his breath after the events that took place but when he does this another wall begins to open up.
Akira: Wow look at those cat senses go; you're really fired up huh?
Yuko(In mind): I found another path again.
Eiko: Looks a bit different from this room, we should check it out.
They walk through the hallway and make it to another room, inside this room they see demon spell books, grotesque dead failed casting experiments everywhere and symbols of Treu on the walls.
Akira: Gross, good thing I can float.
Rin: What are those demonic "T" symbols on the walls? I don't remember seeing that anywhere in the trailer.
Eiko: I don't know but I wouldn't guess these things voluntarily done this to themselves.
Rin: The map says to "search around the room for truth."
Yuko: Aww come on...
They walk in and begin walking over mangled and disfigured bodies, some are bloated and some with long appendages sprouting from their use to be leg area.
10 minutes later.
Yuko: C-can we leave now?
Toki: Yeah I'm getting sick of looking at this.
Rin: Alright, this whole quest was horrible-
One of the squishy holy beings comes to life but doesn't get up as its dying breaths are heard
Holy being: Waait...
Rin takes a sword out and points one toward it.
Holy being: I do not wish to harm you...I am physically unable as you can see.
Rin: What do you want then?
Holy being: I wish to tell of the events that happened to this chamber....it happened about 2,000 years ago when Volence rose to power....he seeked to take control of the sacred weapons for his armies use to overthrow the realm....they raided this holy place in seek of Fallaflame as it is the more devastating of the sacred weapons....but his army did not know these sacred weapons had anti demonic properties which started to kill whichever of Treu touched it....they were too powerful for us to handle on our own...they overpowered us and locked us in chains....this is the room they called and casted all things unholy on us to transform us and convert us into their army....most failed and a majority died...the being/monster you saw outside in the sacred hall is result of experiments that have been successful....there are more of these chambers but we are uncertain if more of us have met the same fate, we have been here for years on end.
Everyone takes in what it said.
Rin: We'll stop Volence and his army..
Holy: Then you must be able to reach lady Persena's palace...the journey there is long and will not be easy by any means...I have spoken for long enough...I wish to be put out of my misery by your sword young one...I do not wish to be alive in this state anymore.
Rin struggles with this but eventually stabs it and it disintegrates.
Rin: Why do we have to play this twisted game, why??
Toki kneels and reaches around from behind him.
Toki: I feel the same way but we'll get through this, I promise, we'll fight to survive. I will be here to support you whenever you need it.
Rin: T-toki, I don't know how much I could keep thanking you for your comfort..
Toki: Rin...I lo-
The chamber begins to crumble and debris starts falling.
Eiko: We have to move, now!
Rin: Right, let's go Toki.
(They run out the experiment room and see the catacomb wall is open, rocks and ruins are falling, Akira and Fudo place barriers to block these rocks, they make it out of the catacomb hallway and see one guild of three people is still sitting there waiting for them.)
Eiko: Guys! Why are you still here?! Start running!!
(They follow behind them and run through the beautiful scenery which is crumbling down, they are approaching the entrance hall and one guild members is fatigued and is trapped then smashed by rocks, the other falls down a hole in the weakened floor and a scream is heard all the way down followed by a splat and bone shattering thud as he smacks the rocky floor and dies. Albedo and Celestial guild make it out and the last guild member of the three is seen running through to the exit, he trips and falls halfway outside and the cave entrance collapses on his lower half killing him, he disintegrates.)
Eiko: Grr. We told those guys to get out with the others..
Akane: It can't be helped unfortunately.
Eiko: But still there were multiple guilds who had weapons that could have protected them from any monsters out here.
Touma: Hmm strange indeed.
Akane: Whatever their reason was for staying back I sure am glad that quest is over, hopefully I don't have any nightmares tonight.
Daisuke: Mind if we cuddle before bed then?
Akane: No way you big dummy!
Daisuke: Aw, come on, we all need some help after that, are you sure!? I won't squish you if that's what you're thinking!
Akane: I said no! Now ask Eiko or Fudo.
Daisuke: So how's about it guys? Bro bonding time tonight?
Eiko: Oh-urmm I have suddenly gotten the flu, I don't want to pass it to you..
Fudo: I umm, sore! See, look!
Fudo begins to walk without bending his knee joints.
Daisuke: Oh then I'll let you guys get better then maybe we can afterwards!
Eiko: C-can we head back to town now?
Celestial guild is staring at them.
Toki: Hey they're almost like us.
Akira: I guess.
Rin: Yeah it's pretty exciting to see.
Yuko(In mind): I can't believe I helped for once, ur sorta.
Akira: Hmph. Let's go now, I want our reward!
Daisuke: Sweet we're level 10 finally!
Akane: This is soo cool! Will I finally meet my sweet dragon prince?
Eiko: We would like to thank you for accompanying us on this gruesome quest; we also apologize for what we had you to endure; but we'll be here again tomorrow to explore a bit outside the safe zone if you all would like to join us again, for now we're going to go rest and relax our minds for the rest of the day, good night.
He walks off and the rest of Albedo follows.
Toki: Rest does sound like it'll do us good right now, we all could use a bit of it.
Akira: Yeah, I don't feel like doing anything else today, we did good today despite seeing that mad house.
They walk out the quest center and begin walking to their home.
Guild member1 nearby: Have you guys heard there were dead bodies found in the 5 mile radius?
Guild member2 nearby: Yeah, those are sick images to look at, those couldn't have been from any monster in the 5 mile radius, those wounds look like it was from a lance.
Celestial guild keeps walking, they get some mean looks, they get some stares in fear by other people.
Random in the background: You guys heard about the psychopath guild killer who attacks in the radius? How are we ever gonna get out with all these dangerous things happening so recently.
Random 2: Damn and we thought the Savinjas would be the last scary of our worries in the safe zone, now a guild killer too? What's going on?
Akira begins looking around on her wrist watch through "News." She reads the guild killer news and there is a perfect description of what Touma wears.
Akira(In mind): Huh?! Nah it can't be, I hope not.
Rin: What's with all these things popping up in the safe zone so recently? A guild killer is not good for people who want to get out, that gives people more of a reason to sit.
Toki: I don't know but we have to make note of that when going into the radius again.
Yuko(In mind): Why can't we ever get a break? Why are these people staring at us like that, well more at Touma but still.
Akira(In mind): I guess the only way to find out is to see where he goes tonight, I heard him leave out late when I was sleeping yesterday.
House of the Mark.
Akira told everyone to pretend sleep and still have their gear on, when Touma quietly checks to make sure they're asleep he leaves out, they hear this and head out of their rooms minutes later.
Yuko: I wonder where he's going this late tonight; he does like to late night read after all.
Rin: Yeah that's probably where he's off too and the description was someone who looked similar.
Akira: I want to believe that too, but he's been acting strange recently, this is just checking to clarify that the news is not him.
Toki: Ok, let's follow him before he gets too far out of sight.
They follow Touma out of sight through town all the way to the 5 mile radius and hide in bushes when he meets a guild.
Touma taunts them menacingly making the guild try to attack him, but they are killed very fast and brutally with his lance.
When Touma stabs one of them in the face just as Rin goes to confront him.
Rin: Touma, what are you doing?! If people found out about this we'd have a huge target on our heads!
Touma: Good, I want more Assassins or weaklings to try and kill us if they want; then we kill them and decrease the population of the unfit, simple.
Rin: No! If more people found out that a Celestial guild member was out slaughtering the lesser skilled; mass amounts of people would stand against us! We'd be deemed untrustworthy!
Touma chuckles at this.
Touma: Haha and that has you worried? A bunch of low level nobodies makes you SCARED?!! Do you feel sorry for these people who weren't going to help contribute to us getting out of this game?
Rin: I do, but remember when you said "Everyone starts from somewhere." Why would you say that if you're doing the exact opposite and killing off potential?
Touma out of irritation begins to stabs into the corspe multiple times.
Touma: Are you sympathizing for them?! I see potential off glimpse and none of them had it, besides this is a lot of fun for the soul, you should try it dear friend.
Rin swords glide across his scabbard making a cutting sound as he takes both of them out.
Rin: If you aren't gonna stop I have no choice..
Touma: Hm? Is this how it ends? That's fine, I will rid all who fail to see my doing and rid this new world's scum starting with YOU!!
Touma blazes at Rin with his lance to begin a fast paced battle begin the two.
Yuko: Touma? (In mind): Did something snap in him earlier?
Akira: Why would Touma do this? It doesn't make any sense, did something happen recently?
Rin kicks Touma in the face and Touma falls down.
Rin: It's not too late to change your mind, Touma-
Touma gets up with a very evil like face and grins.
Touma: It is indeed too late!! Save your breath because you're going to beg for it when I start killing you!!
Touma trips Rin, picks him up, puts his back on a tree, and begins to choke him with the pole of his lance.
Touma: What's the matter!? "It's all in your head Rin," hahaha!!
Toki comes out from the bushes and launches her sword cutting into his back missing Rin narrowly, Touma looks back and is stunned by this.
Rin pushes him away with both of his leg to catches his lost breath, Rin charges at a stunned Touma with his hands beating him him all the way down to 30hp with the last hit knocking him back.
Rin looks at the beaten Touma who is trying to regather himself, he gets up and begins to slowly limb away into the night, they let him go. From the front of Touma his figure is shadowed with his eyes wide open with a smile full of craze, he holds his wound with his hand too.
Touma: I will rip you all just you wait!!