Artist: UI-70 - Song: 少女さとり (3rd Eye Arrange) - Word Count: 2278
From the way her assaults played out, Cirno had sense enough to understand that even if her attacks did not have the full effect she intended, some of them managed to make an impact on the male. This was made apparent enough to her because The Iramasha still had a mental connection to these burst of chaos energy to sense they inflicted some sort of damage to the male if they were able to make contact with him. However, for some reason or another, he just wasn't going down. This lead Cirno to believe that The Immoral Dealers body was either working with no nerves or he had one hell of a masochistic tolerance for pain. With the way the demon body worked? The Angel wouldn't put it pass him to have either or both of those elements playing into factor for this feat. It's apart of the reason she considers him rather dangerous -- and the primary motive as to why her blood is jumping for pure joy.
Beyond everything else, the persona within The Angel of The Ice was still a combative one. And coming all the way to the human world, enduring all of these changes, making great strides to morph her mind and seeing the ugly nature of this planet head first -- was invigorating now. Letting go of all her past troubles, doubts and sense of guilt; all Cirno could focus on now was the opponent before her and the delicious fight he put up. Sure, she wanted his face cemented in the concrete sooner rather than later, but it just made her savor this demon hunt that much more to have a runner like him.
So to that extent, she'd merely let out a jovial laugh as he seemed filled with so many unnecessary words now. A man that was once filled to the brim with madness, chaos and frenzy was now nothing more to a talking windbag. It's quite the ironic scene change to the likes of The Angel because that's the same thing she was doing up until this point -- yakking off at the mouth instead of getting straight to the bloody thrills of combat.
Therefore, she'd take advantage of the male beginning to echo his voice once more from behind. It was quite the foolish mistake on his end to announce his own victory so early while she was still in a state of mind to react, attack and move like a speeding bat straight out of hell. It didn't take much of tactician to realize that he was coming in from her flank, an approach she was more than anticipating up until this point. In accordance to this knowledge, The Iramasha would utilize Chaos Warp in order to cover a good bit of ground, roughly twenty meters in straight length, to avoid getting pierced from behind by the likes of The Chain of Geed. That thing was meant to be avoided at all cost as it's effects seemed to produce some sort of otherworldly change to the environment and all that it comes into contact with.
With all of these variables spread across the metaphorical table, by the time the second swing of the Chain would come into effect, Cirno would be long gone and out of it's range of effect for the time being. Licking her lips, she'd simply brush off more of the snappy talk of the individual and focus solely on the important bits. Guarding her mind with a key and vault, Cirno was far too gone mentally to fall prey to some of the taunts echoed out of the male. Earlier? She would of been sobbing that she slaughtered some poor Joe like that when The Emerald Haired Demon swapped places.
However, with her mind being freed from those restrictive and imprisoning thoughts, Cirno was free to serve and deliver justice as she saw fit. And in her perception of the world? This place was a cruel one and incidents like that were simply apart of this reality. Of course she wouldn't seek to butcher further innocents like that, but it comes with the line of duty. After all, The Angel Of The Ice was apart of The Elite and Royal Iramasha Guard. There is simply no time to get caught up in a single, a couple or even a handful of deaths if it benefits the greater good in her mind. Not to mention the poor son of a gun was nothing more than demon scum. A degenerate of muddied and vile blood that made Cirno spit out of disgust as she began to smell the rotting flesh of his corpse in that smoldering carter below her feet.
At any rate, she couldn't sit here and pick the roses of the scenery all day. She had a task to do, a bastard to slay and the desire to suck as much pleasure as she could have out of this endeavor as possible before it all came to a bloody end. So with a cackle, a shine of crimson red highs and a release of her spiritual energy; it was easy to tell that Cirno wasn't disturbed by her victory not coming as swiftly as she once imagined. It made the chase that much better when it came to end to face such a commendable threat.
And in the halls of The Angels mind? The girl's brain was moving once again at such a profound rate. If the man was going through such lengths to avoid getting hit by the worse of her attacks, it proved to Cirno that he more than likely had a reason to dodge them. You don't avoid something that can't harm him, and going through these corpses seemed to prove that much to The Iramasha. Therefore, she'd siphon off more energy from within herself and chuckle a bit. If it came to a battle of stamina, as The Angel of The Ice was beginning to assume, Cirno had more than enough juice within her to keep this facade up for quite some time before she needed to rest.
Uttering the phrase "ekekekekekekek" over and over in a series of seemly endless cackles, Cirno took off like a speeding bullet towards Reigen's location. Being that adhering to logic in a world filled with illogical fallacies, people and laws was outright foolish; The Iramasha would allow herself to descend further into this world of contorted sights and dangers. In this acceptance? She willed her body to become one with the universe around it and The Angel of The Ice would begin to tap into the metaphysical wonders of her ice.
In that moment, Cirno would appear to charge right at Reigen, but instead? A shallow clone comprised of ice would seek to strike the air around the Immoral Dealer. Soon, more after-images of that very clone started to appear until the world around The Demon started to become-- frigid. Expanding for roughly two hundred meters in all directions, this duplicate of The Iramasha would attempt to produce an invisible barrier to contain The Demon. By freezing all of the reishi around him? The Angel of The Ice injected her influence and control over them to lock out Reigen's attacks.
And with the Anti-Teleporation and intangibility cloak in effect for a duration of time equivalent to rookie Vizard's masked release? She had enough time to work with before he could slither away into the shadow's. All of the light within the area would more than be ready to reduce him to ash if he were to utilize that method of transportation. Taking a soft sigh to prepare herself for the next phase of this assault quickly, The Iramasha would then utilize this chance
Playing her element of Ice to a mischievous level on the metaphysical spectrum, Cirno was able to turn it into an art of magic. And being that she had full control over that wonderful power? It wasn't quite difficult to inscribe it's effects into the reality around The Immoral Dealer. And what's more? Judging from the faint glow of the second Chain of Greed, it didn't take a genius deduce that he may attempt to alter the world around him. So, while it may be true that an absolute effect may be difficult to achieve if not impossible, The Angel decided for a bit more insurance.
In all of her attacks up until this point? Cirno was able to infuse her willpower into them. What does this exactly have to do with the equation? Judging from her ability to influence the world with her will and the spirits within them from her clash in Australia, The Iramasha decided to bank on a mental battle versus strength or energy. Therefore, these would be extra potency she needed to morph in their nature as the world around Reigen was one now meant to be fought with their determination at matched against one another.
If The Chain of Greed attempted to once again morph the world or different power set of The Sinister Demon's arsenal tried to? It would swiftly be blocked and he'd need to encounter the might of Cirno's willpower. Leading for a probability of seventy to eighty percent of this assault effecting the cackling ghoul. And it's effects -- were overwhelming. The intent of this ethereal assault was to freeze every fiber of his being. However -- it wouldn't be physical.
The focus was to seal off his energy, lock down his abilities and reduce him to the state of a crippled demon until the duration of this battle was over with. In this scenario, Cirno was aiming to outright disarm Reigen and force him back to a more physical being. From there? This world of will would focus to shatter and crush his remaining limbs into ash in the wind and outright shut down The Chain of Greed for the remainder of this battle and finally damage Reigen's Inner Core.
For at the end of the day? The Demon was right -- this world was not a logical one. So adhering to her own set of rules inscribed within the battlefield around them that was giving way to her influence, Cirno would seek to inscribe an ability meant to lock-out the usage of exchanging bodies from The Chain of Geed inside a five hundred meter radius. Lasting for roughly the same amount of time as The Iramasha and Yuudeshi Network's negation field against teleporation, The Angel estimated she had enough time to work with to get her job done.
Therefore, with all the cards on the table, Cirno was once again hoping that she'd seal the deal in with this crook. It wasn't smugness, overconfidence or arrogance coursing through he veins at this point. Nay; it was the thrill of overcoming a complex obstacle or finding the pieces of the puzzle to finish the challenge. That line of logic is what was coursing through her head as she attempted different styles of combat to see which one would be the nail in the coffin to finish this battle.
Now, for the piece de resistance? The Angel of The Ice had the remaining spires infuse themselves with the holy light scattered around the area. Sensing that it would not last forever, Cirno sought to take advantage of this angelic aura while the iron was hot. Therefore, she'd infuse some of their attributes into the leftover spikes and reinforce them to the point where it would take someone with at least master strength to outright destroy them; yet alone dealing with roughly four dozen of them.
And the kicker? These were infused with the purging effects meant to be highly dangerous and poisons to demon's from her previous assault, together with the freezing and sealing attributes of her mystic ice and the added edge of her willpower going into play across the field. So by utilizing Chaos Warp to these wonderful tools of death and destruction emerge all around the radius of where she sensed Reigen's conscious, The Iramasha aimed to end this in a hell fire of bullets and inflict critical injury to him.
To this end? She'd await to see the results of her attacks and exhale a satisfied sigh. Not one of defeat, nor one of victory; simply living in the moment and hoping for the best. She was well prepared if this went south, but something had to give in this battle soon enough. If nothing else, with the size of these attacks, she was at least saving energy and didn't feel herself burning out anytime soon. Judging from the extent of potential damage from her previous attacks, Cirno understood that even if he did have another ace up his sleeve, he wasn't superman.
At some point -- these injuries will prove too much even for someone with inhumane rejection to pain to bare. For if you cannot feel the sting of injury, then you leave yourself open to a subtle and gradual death. After all, pain is an evolutionary gift to all creatures to alert them to focus their sights, heighten their guard and do what they can to prevent it. Beings that refuse to endure this sensation are nothing more than walking time bombs waiting to be killed at any moment from their own negligence to accept this tool.
Nevertheless, the game of wait and see would be played and Cirno was on guard at any moment to see if this new reality had any effect. (Notice: Cirno's Will Sheet has her set to Master, so bare that in mind in your next post.)