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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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(S a f i r i)
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-Central Ancient Growth.-

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Safiri: [Heading up the spiral ramp at a high speed. Unfortunately, this high speed is not the speed she is capable of.] Where... are all the Nightmares...? Have the others... already taken the lot of them out?
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[Safiri comes to a nearly empty chamber, which also seems to be a dead end. In the center of this chamber is a tiny shining pond with what seems to be fireflies floating about it.]
Safiri: [Stares at the pond.] (What is this...? I feel like I've been here... ...Safiri... have you?) ... (Safiri...?) ... [She shakes her head and steps closer, observing her reflection in the water.] ...It's strange seeing me like this... I look into the pond to see I've become what I created. [She looks up and around at her surroundings.] ...Have I really had time to take all of this in...? This was all real... all along...
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"The world I was born upon..."
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"Why is it my world...?"
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Safiri: ...[She closes her eyes, feeling the urge to step into the pond. As she does so, she gains the very same glow as the fireflies before her body flashes, becoming much smaller. She seems to become one of these fireflies before shooting up into the tiny crevices of the wood above...]
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[She beams up through the tree at tremendous speeds until reaching a point at which her body is able to expand into its original shape... The chamber holds innumerable bridges of large vines hanging suspended over a seemingly bottomless pit... These vines lead up to another small room that can be seen as a glow in the distance. Upon arrival, a few Nightmares solidify to greet Safiri. These are Nightmares of all sorts: grunts, demons, Pokémon, and most disturbing of all... Safans. Unaware of how to manipulate this body, Safiri dashes passed them.]
Safiri: [Evades a sweep from a demon Nightmare.] Waahhh!! How do I fight like this!? (S-Safiri, how do I use your super speed thing?!) ... (S-Saf!! This is important! This is dangerous for you too!) ... (Safiri!) [Receiving no answer, she simply runs quickly up the suspended vines. The rush of the Nightmares tests her balance.] Run run ruuuun!!
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[Safiri reaches the small chamber. It is a dead end with a small glowing pond once again. Without hesitating, Safiri steps into the pond water... She shoots up into the crevices of the tree.]
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[The next area Safiri reaches has been affected by the cold. The entire chamber has been frozen over, crystals protruding from various locations on the walls of the tree. This entire room seems to be a giant indoor lake, which has also frozen. In the distance, it looks as if the ice leads to an uphill stream that delves further into the tree.]
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-Upper Ancient Growth.-

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Safiri: [She walks forward, scanning the area. Nightmares no longer pursue her.] What happened to this place...? ...This hurts to see... but why...?
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"Is it because I'm a Safan...?"
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"Or... Safiri...?"
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Safiri: ...[She stops, sighing.] ...Darkness did this... Those Nightmares, I remember it... some were Safans... I thought the Safan Nightmares stopped comin', un-unless... Danny!! [She growls.] Danny, tha--No! No no! [Shakes her head.] I don't know that... I can't blame Danny... ...Why would I even think like that? Unless... (Safiri... are you even there anymore...?) ... Am I... becoming her...? ...I have to hurry... [She runs out to the center of the lake then stops at the sound of another roar... It is much louder this time.] ...Th-that thing... are they fighting it...? ...No time to talk to myself... [Running quickly, Safiri reaches the section of the lake that narrows down into an uphill river of ice. It curves around corners and retains its uphill slope as it comes to eventual long straightaways. Another corner turn to another straightaway. Another turn leads to a dead end; a frozen waterfall. At the base of this waterfall, a hole has been melted through the ice. The water flows freely underneath. This water holds the same glow as the small ponds from earlier.]
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Safiri: [Walks to the hole in the ice.] ... I'm not jumping in that... But what's with this glow I keep seeing... ...Whatever, it hasn't let me down yet. [She inserts a paw into the glowing water. Instantly, she becomes a light once again and shoots up to the top of the frozen waterfall before becoming herself again... With a consequence.] ... Aah... [She lowers herself a bit, her head down.] ... Be-being here... it hurts... [Strained.] What's happening to me...? I feel... angry... ...[She growls, lifting her head.] ...Th... that Danny's gonna pay for this... He froze this lake... the Blessed Water o-of... [Shakes her head.] ...Control it... Control it, Cruce... you're not Safiri... [She takes a deep breath before looking ahead.] I'm stronger than this... I have to hurry... for Nuvis... Yes... For the Eclipse! [With this unbreakable inspiration to move on, Safiri continues up the frozen river until reaching another waterfall. This one seems to possess a hidden passageway behind it, which is easily accessible through the broken flow of water.]
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[She comes to another small room with a glowing pond at its center. Aware of what to do, Safiri steps into the pond. A second later, she is at the next level of the growth...]
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[This next room appears to be a large shrine which has been severely ravaged. Shining water flows freely about the room gently from this broken shrine. In addition, there seems to be a scene unfolding between Darkness and Light...]
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[Standing a few yards away are Grovyle, Nuvis, Rilia, and Slianna. Celebi and Leafeon have been knocked unconscious. On their last breath, they face Mewtwo and a single human Nightmare who has not yet been fully corrupted.]
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Grovyle: Mewtwo... you monster... how could you... do this... to these poor people?
Mewtwo: Such is the way of Darkness... why must you ask what you know the answers to, Grovyle...?
Nuvis: Maybe because your methods make no sense, Shade.
Danny: [He has been tied to a frozen pillar of the Ancient Growth's water.] M-my point... exactly. [He seems as if he has been badly beaten.]
Mewtwo: Is that so? Well allow me to reteach the lesson. [With a reddish light gleaming at the tips of his fingers, he shoves his hand into the back of the half-corrupted human, who appears to be officer Gordon.]
Gordon: [Yells out in pain.] Ahh!! [Doubles over, groaning violently. As Mewtwo returns his arms behind his back, the human falls to the ground on all fours with a red gaping hole in his back. It quickly blackens as his body begins contorting grotesquely.]
Grovyle: Urgh... another...
Rilia: [Gulps.] I-I... I don't think I can handle... a-a-another...
Mewtwo: [Turns to Danny.] ...You will pay oh so dearly, Traitor. The Ice Princess may not have consumed your soul... but a dark mark shall.
Danny: [Shakes his head.] N-no! You can't do this, Mewtwo!!
Safiri: (Danny!! So... Mewtwo must be in control of all of the Nightmares. If Danny's here, that mean... e-everyone else is in trouble! But I can't return now...)
[Gordon's back begins growing vine-like tendrils which flail recklessly. The black tendrils grow in width along with the human. His body becomes distorted as his arms become serrated vines. His legs vanish into his growing torso, black tendrils growing all over his morphing body. He is now far larger than anyone in the room... The monster's face seems to become hideously disfigured as it sinks into its upper torso. Its entire body is pitch black with a grueling slime secreting from the pores of its razor sharp body, tendrils, and awful maw. It roars, black acid spraying from its mouth.]
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Safiri: [Looks away.] (Agh!! What the hell is that thing?!)
Mewtwo: Behold the power of oblivion... the Black Parasite cannot die.
Grovyle: Ack! Again... Nuvis, this is not looking well.
Nuvis: It isn't, but I won't let the Ancient Growth be taken by Darkness.
Mewtwo: It is useless... The power of blackness is unyielding within this realm.
[A presence darkens the entire shrine...]
Mewtwo: [He turns to the front of the shrine with his arms out.] Ah! It is time!
[The Black Parasite moves to protect Mewtwo as this ritual begins.]
Grovyle: N-no!
Rilia: [Like Slianna, she is about to collapse.] We c-can't... d-do... this...
Safiri: [Calls out.] No! You can! We can!
[Rilia, Slianna, and Nuvis turn to face Safiri.]
Nuvis: Safie!
Rilia: Saf, you made it!
Slianna: What'd you do with Cruce?!
Safiri: (C-Cruce... )
Nuvis: ...Are you the reason my head hurts, Safie...?
Safiri: In a way, probably. Cruce is... um... [Shakes her head.]
Danny: Safiri! Listen, I promise you the Danny you know changed his ways! Darkness isn't going to let me go, they know the power I still have! They're going to take me back with a dark mark!
Safiri: D-dark mark? Danny, what are you talking about?!
Nuvis: You don't remember? A dark mark will move even the strongest of souls to Darkness. And it looks like one of The Ruinous is coming to grant it upon Danny... [Faces the shrine. The Black Parasite blocks the path. All of them know that it would be extremely difficult to even make a move with this monster blocking Mewtwo...]
Danny: [Shuts his eyes tightly.]
Mewtwo: Dark Princess of Safa... Come to me... [A black and red aura forms at his wrists. He moves his arms forward, the aura flowing at Danny.]
Danny: Ahh!! [Raises his head at the sensation of his insides burning.]
[At this moment, the beast roars at the group. This roar is strong enough to knock Slianna and Rilia back to Safiri. Grovyle stumbles back while Nuvis barely holds his ground.]
Safiri: Erk--...
Rilia: Mmrgh... [Stands, looking at Safiri.] ...S-something's... different about you... Saf...?
Safiri: Don't worry about it now... We have to fight.
Slianna: We've tried what we could... w-we can't... wait... Safiri, can you use your super speed to interrupt the ritual?
Safiri: !! (Crap! I-I don't know... how...) Um... I... ! In that battle with Cruce, I... he did something, and... and I can't use it now...
Slianna: Shoot...
Mewtwo: O Ruinous One... Ruinous Maaya. Come hither and weave your dark eternal presence into this boy so that he may never betray Darkness again... so that he may learn of our power... Melt his soul... into yours... and let it die.
Safiri: [She feels a terrifying chill run up and down her spin. Just as well, she feels frozen solid.] ...I-I... can't... move...
Nuvis: It is Maaya's presence. Our bodies... are frozen...
Grovyle: So... this is why... she is called the Ice Princess.
[The dark aura, as well as Mewtwo's black and red energy, continues to enter Danny's body. Black markings begin to appear on his body.]
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Danny: ...Cruce... C-ruce... ...I... l-ove... y-...[He is cut off by unconsciousness, possibly death.]
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Safiri: Danny... No... [She resists the urge to answer him..]
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[But it is too late.]
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[He is gone.]
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[Forever.]
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Mewtwo: [He grins menacingly as Danny's body blackens with the presence of Maaya.] ...Yes... Give in... Feel Darkness in its entirety... [The body begins reshaping.
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Nuvis: D-...Danny...?
Mewtwo: Perfect... It is done... [The tendrils binding the former Danny ease up. The new body descends to the ground, touching down on newer paws...]
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~Maaya~
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Maaya: ...[She turns to Mewtwo.] Perhaps this body will do, no? I am more than acquainted with it... [Her voice echoes a sinister, demonic note...]
Mewtwo: [He bows to the new occupier of the body.] It is an honor, O Ruinous Princess...
Maaya: [She raises her head proudly, now facing the weakened heroes of Light.] Eclipse... What is the meaning of this...? [Her eyes become a piercing crimson as she stares at Nuvis. More quickly than he can react, he starts to freeze within a casing of black and purple ice that reaches his neck before coming to a stop.] This... pretense...?
Nuvis: [Raising his head to resist the powerful force of the stronger ice.] Ack--! ...Wh-what...? What are you--...talking about...?
Maaya: You pretend as if you lacked but a clue... [She looks at Safiri, her eyes still gleaming. Safiri, too, nearly freezes solid in a casing of the same ice.]
Safiri: !! Ahh!! [Struggles to break free.] C-Cold! Can't... move... freezing...
Maaya: ...The sister of the Safan Eclipse... Hmhmhm... Does it shock you...? Like plunging into the blackest, iciest abyss...?
Safiri: ...[She simply watches Maaya, growling.] Grrr...
Nuvis: Safiri, I--... I...
Maaya: Eclipse... Supernova has grown too attached to the mortal Safans, has she not...? Two twin sisters separated at birth, not to know each other until the day they could act for themselves. But this Eclipse Guardian would give everything for a new sibling; a brother. No...?
Safiri: A b-brother...? Twin... sisters...?
Nuvis: [His eyes go wide.] Wh-what?! Maaya, I--No!! Please don't! [The pendant around Nuvis's neck begins glowing a yellow radiance as Maaya stares at it.]
Maaya: Yes... Mhmhmhm... The Eclipse shall always remain an image of the Phaze... Allow me to rid you of this guise... Nuvlora Taira.
Nuvis: [Shakes his head.] Nooo!! Stop! [He struggles desperately as the yellow light begins to shine throughout his entire body.] Don't do this! Don't do this to my sister! I'm her brother...! Please...! ... [His voice fades. The radiance fills the room... It leaves behind the figures of Darkness to finish their business within the Ancient Growth.]
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"Nuvlora..."
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"I apologize..."
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"I wanted you and your sister to be happy..."
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"I wanted to see an Eclipse happy..."
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Safiri: ...(Phaze...?) ... (What is...) ... (A Phaze...?)
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--E n d i n g.--
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