OOC Thread Old OOC Thread "Why...? Why would you do this..?" "You stood in my way just as the others did. None of you could possibly understand." The hooded figure's keyblade vanished as he approached the fallen Master who was surrounded by his students, each of them barely breathing. The man looked to the blackened sky as the ground beneath him began to shake. "This world too, will fall." Even as he spoke the wind began to pick up as dark clouds swirled overhead. Knowing there was not time to spare the hooded keyblade wielder gripped the Master's collar to lift the man off the floor with relative ease. "Don't waste your last moments cursing me for this betrayal. I can fix this. All of this if you just tell me where they are." "Chasing the light–" The Master coughed out blood splattering it on the black sleeve of his enemy. "That's what caused the first war. You know this!" He gripped the hooded figure's arms as his eyes stared into the black void where a face would have been. "Please, there's still time..." The Master's voice was low and even with the small distance between them it was difficult to hear his voice. "Not for you." Dropping the Master the hooded wielder summoned a keyblade in their right hand and prepared to strike him down when a young student's desperate voice cracked through the storm. "Fira!" The magical burst of flame sped towards their left side but broke apart when the hooded figure summoned a second keyblade leaving them unharmed. The black void hiding their face turned towards the young man who had launched the attack. The young keyblade wielder froze in place in shock that his surprise attack had failed so spectacularly. "Looks like I missed one." The hooded wielder mused. The ground began to shake leaving the young man struggling to keep his balance as the hooded figure began to walk towards him. "I'm sorry it has to be this way, but I have no other choice." "No!" The Master gripped the hooded figure's leg in an attempt to stop his apprentice from meeting the fate of his fellow students but this futile effort was only met with the quick swipe of a keyblade. The Master rolled over onto his back and looked onward at his last student as he began to fade into fragments of light. "Allow us to be your power..." The Master raised his hand, palm outstretched to the only apprentice who still remained on his feet. As he did so, the other students around him stirred and followed suit holding their hands out to the only one with strength left to fight. One by one they began to vanish into fragments of light that began to circle the young man. One by one they faded away until just his Master remained. "No...don't leave me...please..." He outstretched his hand, his voice cracking. "Protect the light." Were the last words his Master spoke before he too vanished. The swirling light that belonged to his fallen friends began to draw near and seep into his skin as he began to take in the last of the strength they had to offer him. "That power won't be enough to protect you, I'm afraid." The hooded figure spoke with unwavering confidence, unfazed by the turn of events as if they had played this out once before. "We'll see about that!" The young man growled, his eyes burning with anger and hatred at the one who had struck down his friends, as he charged forward. A bright golden aura flared out from his body as he drew on all the power of his comrades to end the battle in a single blow. To him, it did not matter if he too faded into the light–or even into the darkness as all that mattered was bringing down the one who caused all this pain. The two clashed blades. The light shining from the Master's apprentice faded, his power spent on the attack. He smirked, allowing himself to take some satisfaction that he had defeated–"H-how...!?" His keyblade dropped to the ground soon followed by his knees hitting the earth beneath him. "Damn...you..." As he fell to the floor, his vision fading to black, he could see the hooded figure walking away from the battlefield unscathed. The hooded figure stopped, turning their head towards the fallen young man. The world was sinking into darkness and in seconds another star would be gone from the sky. "What? Did you think the power of friendship would be enough?" A portal of light opened and without another word the figure disappeared leaving everything that was left to fade away. He had given his students until midday to prepare for their departure and as he watched the rising sun it appeared that the time had nearly come. A chilly breeze came as Choma leaned against the balcony rail to watch tiny flecks of snow fall onto the trees in the castle courtyard below. These students were so young and it pained him to know that their safety in these walls would not last long now but if had not believed they were capable he would have never allowed them to join on this mission. Choma shifted his gaze from the courtyard to the city that resided in the valley shielded by the mountains where his castle resided. The mountains were covered in evergreens but the higher peaks, like the one the castle was built into, were capped in snow. Thankfully, magic older than himself kept his students from freezing any time they ventured out of the castle. Perhaps, when this was all over, things could change. The castle was too large to be shared by so few. There were more rooms than there were people living inside as was the case for every castle created for training keyblade wielders. Those who built these castles must have longed for a time when things were simpler. Choma stepped away from the balcony and began to head towards the Great Hall to await his students. "Hm..." The Master of Overcast Haven leaned back on the armrest of her chair, her legs hanging over the other armrest as she flicked through pages of a very large and very thick book that showed obvious signs of wearing down from age. These days she preferred to stay indoors rather than watch as yet another star vanished from the night sky. Worrying about what she could not change seemed like a pointless endeavor and at least if she learned something new it might help in what was to come. Still... As she read the tome in her hands she was beginning to wonder if it held any answers whatsoever for what was happening. Unless Choma had a very different book than the one she held in her hands, it was unlikely that he had found any answers. It seemed the only Master who had some kind of idea was Thallasa and she had up and vanished. "Maybe..." Atmos shut her book and snapped her fingers causing it to vanish into thin air. "Maybe Eventide might not be the best place to start." Placing a finger on her chin as she mulled it over the woman turned her head to glance at the clock in the hall. She had told her students to be ready for whatever was to come and to expect to be unprepared as well. After all, one could not prepare for everything. Atmos let out a soft sigh and closed her eyes. Maybe it would have done her some good to get some fresh air but she had grown tired of the cloudy days and chilly nights. It was always more cozy to just stay indoors by the fireplace and have a hot drink. So, for today, she took her opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the castle before the adventure they would embark on. "I'm just gonna lay here for a few more minutes..."