"I'm not righteous."
THE FRIGID HEROINE'S POST
Artist: Murasame Umbrella - Song: Laindrops - Words: 3025
In those solemn words that were muttered out into the world, a cold aura washed onto the field and a sense of absolute void drowned out in the eyes of The Iramasha. The only thing which was on her mind was figuring out a way to dismantle this threat. As the sweat starting oozing from the pores on her skin, the mass volumes of energy it took to alter reality started eating through her body's resources and it was here that The Celestial understood that it was kill or be killed. "I just do what needs to be done against mindless killers of my own selfish desire."
Therefore, while Inami gave her exposition on how self-righteous Cirno was, The Angel Of Ice kicked it into over gear and sought to take advantage of her deluded sense of mind. Being that she was able to strike the demon where she stood, The Iramasha was able to get the first hit needed to create a series of hellish events for The Queen. One of the first is that she may notice a scorching pain consuming her every waking thought, body and essence. This was her Impaling Punishment being put into place.
Being that The Demoness was struck by the blade, Cirno could sacrifice a large volume of her Aether in order to trigger this unique ability that would seal anywhere from 10-25% of the woman's power depending on how effective it was at piercing the durability and defenses of Inami's body. And, given how it was falling to pieces against The Celestial's assaults, it was fair to say that a moderate amount of her overall energy and power could be sealed in this strike.
When that exchange was finished, a hot breath of steam exhaled from the lips of The Iramasha. Her lungs were on fire, energy sky-rocketing and the grip on her blade was trembling from the surge of adrenaline pumping through the woman's veins. She was working on reactionary time, adrenaline and astronomical amounts of sheer power radiating through her every essence. So, a shock wave of terror echoed through her gut as a million unpleasant thoughts swelled through her mind, but she managed to work through that horror and summon the courage to keep fighting against the world's demons alongside the devils which plague her own consciousness.
With that trail of emotional thought waging through her perception, the woman gained tunnel vision and saw Inami's sword beginning to break and crumble under the weight of her precise assaults. So, when that action took place, The Celestial wasted no time unleashing more of her Holy Aether out into the world. Though this time was different due to the fact her mind was merged and one with the particles of aqua energy which bled from her body. And, with her ability to comprehend the metaphysical, The Angel of The Ice envisioned her frozen and holy talents combining as one to otherwise rewrite the reality around them through Aether Magic.
Thus, The Angel of The Ice focused her eyes on Inami and shot a burst of damning cold air at her. The release of this air yielded the probability of freezing her face, limbs and even other attacks. Provided that the woman felt the full effect of the physical assaults, The Chaya Queen faced the real reality of her vision being taken away by ice beginning to overtake her eyes. While, across her body, entire chunks of it may start to freeze, crumble and shatter into pieces as this otherworldly ice drove to break everything which compromised this woman.
Yet, that still was not the root of the problem for her. Instead, if this ice were allowed to develop on her, Cirno imprinted the values of this attack to embed itself within The Queen. This then meant that she could induce a supernatural effect which held a chance of nulling the flow of energy throughout her body. If this set of actions were to occur, then there was no reason for her not to notice herself becoming more strained and drained. The real intent of it all was for this holy ice to "freeze" the stamina within the woman's body. Provided there was no way to stop this turn of effects, the overall goal was to make her tire out easily and paralyze her from the inside and outside.
In exchange for this, however, the resulting clash of their blades ended up with Cirno feeling the full brunt of two calamitous powers colliding against one another. Being that each of them were throwing around strength that could crush entire cities, while moving at speeds that go well above Mach Speeds, it was no wonder that tons of debris erupted all around them. And, from the influence of Inami's demonic energy, the projectiles that spread from her prowess resulted in many stones hitting against the body of the Iramasha.
Her eyes, face, gut and wings were all smashed up as a result of this close contact with the woman. This caused for blood to drip from her face, ooze from her lip and for her wings to take slight cracks in them. Yet, to The Iramasha, they did not register. At least not now, anyway. Once she had time to fully process it, the stings of these dents would hurt, but her mind was far too focused on the objective of taking her out to worry about it. So, even as her ears began to ring out from the explosions surging around them, the only thing this woman had her sights on was coming out of this in one piece. "I'm positively corrupted."
Those gruff words weren't spoken just to waste oxygen. As the trails of Inami's demonic influence slithered down the body of The Iramasha, she could feel them outright picking at her essence, but it never corrded. Instead, it burned with a damning fire which made it feel as if she were trying to grasp the almighty power of the sun in her hands. As, within a matter of moments, reddened marks could be seen bleeding into existence across The Angel's arms, legs and face; causing her dress to become unkempt and tattered in the process.
However, in spite of all this, nothing changed internally. There was the loss of energy leaving Cirno's body that could be felt as a result of being so close to such a chaotic individual's power, but there was no sense of corruption that she was seeking for.
And why would there be?Cirno was already a fallen angel.
"I have no more false delusions of a person that never existed to hide behind.
When those truths were uttered out into the world, the energy of The Celestial altered. This invocation of The Angel's actual reality caused for a rush of excess power to gush forth from her in the form of a vibrant shade of violent red light that merged into the woman's pristine silver and oceanic shades of aether aura that twirled around the woman's body. Following this intense bodily reaction, a circle of blood spewed out from the wounds Inami caused to the body of Cirno. The sphere formed around her feet, became enriched with a shade of contemptuous intent and it soon took flight away from the ground and above the head of Cirno in the form of a bloody halo.
"I'm a sinner
and downright full of myself
. And it's why I have the ability to take you straight down to hell with me
Still, this blood was pouring forth and oozing out of The Fallen Angel as her sights focused on Inami. In a matter of moments, this vital essence of life swirled around the thigh of the woman as it was levitated and transported through the air via Cirno's Aether acting as the medium for this event to occur at supersonic speeds. Should it make contact, there would not be a single drip of pain to flow into The Demon Queen's body. Instead, a sigil would begin to form a vast amount of energy could be sensed being pumped into it.
"So go ahead, call it sin. I know what I am, I know what I want and I know what I wish to bestow upon the world for the sins I've reaped.
After making her peace with what was about to happen and the road she was going down, The Fallen Celestial placed each of her hands together as if she were praying to the gods and began channeling these visions into the Symbol Of Death which bled into the body of Inami from her marking. As, even if it failed to land a direct hit on The Demon's body, the backup plan was to continue to have her blood pour out from her wounds, surround the ground around The Queen and create three more circles in the event that her initial pass at activating this spell failed.
So, all that was left was to invoke the prayer to let all hell loose:"James 1:15 - "These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.""
That was it. The deed was done. In a matter of moments, only time would tell how effective this assault would be, but the intent was to disintegrate her outright and eradicate everything caught within a ten meter radius of Inami. This could result in another 10-25% of her overall health and energy being removed in order to inflict a great amount of injury to the woman. It would feel as if the life was sucked RIGHT out of her; as there would be no explosion, no overzealous show of power and no extra flare. Instead, this field of crimsoned energy would serve as a tomb to bury the sins of Inami right where they belong: in the depths of hell.
All of the souls that had gathered here were all going down the path of decay and it was all symbolic to the circle of life. There were many spirits from those slain by Inami heading straight to hell, heaven or outright being reincarnated to once again face the trials of life in a new form. So what did life or death matter anymore? It was all crumbling away in their hands and the only option Cirno had was to move forward and save those who were still alive so that they could have a chance at a better tomorrow. That was just her own selfish desire of what it meant to be a guardian angel, a hero and someone who had the power to do great things.
Hence, as Inami spewed forth her verbal diarrhea of the mouth about the "weak" around them, Cirno thought of them as the same level of hero as she herself. Each of them had the boldness within them to reach her level of prowess. For the two of them had the nerve to begin facing down the jaws of death and they possessed the willing spirit to see through their actions to the bitter end down this road to the finish point of their life. "If they wish to become heroes and die for a cause they believe in, I will not deny them entry into Valhalla if that is what they seek by fighting at my side. It is a far better alternative than the hell both of us will face."
Echoed throughout the battlefield, Cirno ensured her voice was heard by all so that each of the warriors who were fighting alongside her knew where they stood in this battle. She was not going to baby them throughout this dance with death. Either they would accept the responsibility that comes with being a true hero, or they would falter and move back. If they chose the former, Cirno would do her best to support them, but she made no promises for their safety. Should they choose the latter, then she will protect them just like all of the others who needed her help.
With the path still as clear as ever, Cirno locked onto the particles of aether surrounding Inami's body and used them as a magnet of sorts. They were going to attract the body of The Celestial towards The Demon Queen's back. Then, from there, she sought to impale her from behind with her sword. The purpose for this action had been to inject another flood of Holy Energy into her body in the hopes of being able to further stun the regenerative properties of the woman, null her energy and continue to stack up the loss of health until Inami was forced to black out. "And it's why I welcome that loss. I fight every day knowing I will lose everything because of this blessing. It's a battle we must all face and I'm not going to run away from it."
Even as her own body began shaking from the pain, adrenaline, loss of energy and terror; Cirno forced herself to break through the walls of mental resistance to strike Inami in the neck, press down on her body with the sword and attempt to grind her into the dirt. In the event that these actions proved successful, The Celestial would waste no time going on to press the brunt force of her boot down on her in the hopes of slaying this creature of total violence and corruption. "Tell me: what, if anything, do you even fight for?"
When her attacks ceased, regardless of how effective or successful they were, Cirno wanted the answer to that question to better understand the person she was going to kill.
In the meantime, the astral mind of The Celestial allowed itself to wander in the lull of this fight so that it could otherwise overhear the cries of Mirja beginning to ease into her mind. With the situation clear, The Angel knew what her intentions were and would create an opening for her to escape if that is what she wished to do.
Therefore, from the heavens above, the wandering particles of excess energy which bled from Cirno's essence ignited, scorched the earth and left a blazing trail of white energy for Mirja to ride on that would accelerate her speed, take her out of the city and towards a vortex one thousand meters down the road which would thrust her into the Seireitei for her to pass along the message. "I am sorry this happened to you. If you wish to flee and take that message with them, play your part and please do. We will have this affair sorted shortly. Thank you."
Compared to the cold voice The Celestial had been speaking with her physical body, the mental voice of Cirno seemed far more gentle, warm and forgiving than the outward display of conviction and contempt her outward apperance seemed to give. Since, as a result of fighting this vile creature, her entire face was drenched in this sense of overwhelming disdain from having to face off against the demons of herself and the ones which existed in the world she called hers. All with nothing but the self-resolve of herself, the powers which she was anointed to have and to do it all while shouldering the burden of the world on those frigid wings of her. It was a sickening thing to endure, but she was just that type of person to be sacrificing enough to do it. "And I will be sure to take care of him, but I make no promises for his safety."
Assurances were not had in battle. So, The Angel Of The Ice wanted the woman to know in the most clear way that he might not be coming back if Eiji wished to fight alongside The Celestial. Which is then when The Angel of The Ice decided to turn her last drips of attention towards the male who seemed to be struggling with the decision to stay or go. There was no problems in her mind in allowing a willing soul to be thrown towards the road of end, but she wanted to make sure he was ready for such a threat and engaged in this last caution to the male to ensure he had been prepared for the storm to surely come. "If you are going to stay, I've made an opening to attack her. You will be protected by my energy and you have my blessings to shield you to empower whatever attack you desire to choose. If you wish to flee, please follow the exit I've provided. The choice is yours, shinigami."
Now with her whole attention back on The Demon Queen, the chips had been scattered across the board and the heaviness of this sitaution was weighing down hard on The Angel of The Ice. Her body was on fire, her mind was walking on eggshells, the stringing pain of her injuries were clawing at her sense of pain and the nausesating feeling of corruption all around her made the The Celestial want to vomit. Yet, in spite of all that can go wrong, she still held firm and knew her destination. It was something she repeated again and again as she could never lose it if she were to otherwise employ her role as The Hero of Heroes.
There was no other choice but the road of a mortarious death for her anymore. Whether it be Inami who deliever that blow, or some greater threat, Cirno knew the road she ventured down would lead to her demise. So, within her heart, despite the layers of panic and dread laid a greater sense of peace, acceptance and belief that this was hte right decision to do to attone for all the foulness that is her embodiment of a Fallen Angel.