Mermaid's Cave [BP/Darth]

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  1. Blonde Panther

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    If he'd been above water, Triton would have yelled in surprise as a spell sheared just over his head and crashed into Octogon, making it flail again. He couldn't tell if the magic had been Judith's, as if the water mulled the signature on it. Just to be sure, he kicked against the water beneath him to rise up to the surface... just in time to hear the Acolyte of Wisdom speak in tongues, presumably to the giant monster, and finally opt to attack it so it wouldn't feed on her. A swift scan of the room told Triton the Wizzrobe was nowhere to be seen... yet its overpowering magical presence was still there.

    It didn't take a Zora of his marked genius to realise what was going on here.

    "Distract it!" he shouted, not to the Wizzrobe or the priestess it was possessing, but to his Familiar, which sprung into existence and threw itself at Octogon to do just that. Triton, meanwhile, made a mad dash for Judith's staff, which had been tossed aside presumably because the Wizzrobe didn't need it, and clutched it with one hand before leaping to a side to dodge another magic attack. "Release her," he said, wishing he sounded more confident. He wracked his brain, not doubting that he would need to somehow outsmart the Wizzrobe. What did he know about possession? It was a method employed by servants of darkness, quite obviously. There was no reason why a normal person couldn't use it as well, there was just not much reason why they would.

    ...wait, didn't servants of darkness share a weakness?

    Yes, they did, but light magic was not among his arsenal. When his familiar was sent hurtling through his head, evidently sent flying by the giant Octoroc, however, Triton decided he would have to do something he normally left to Thria: bluff like his life depended on it. "Release her," he said again, forcing himself to sound more threatening this time, "Or I will make you." As Octogon reared itself back up, he gathered magic at the tip of Judith's staff. It was a simple Fireball, but if he masked the nature of his spell maybe the Wizzrobe would be fooled into panicking, allowing Judith to take over once more...

    "Permit me to cast you out, fiend! Holy Light!"
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    Exhausted by her efforts to contest her possessor's domination, the next several seconds proved a blur for Judith, her dormant soul scarcely able to process what was happening from behind eyes that were no longer hers. Freed from Octogon's deadly grasp by the beast's enraged flailing, the Wizzrobe wasted no time in forcing the priestess' body upright, only to be intercepted by Triton before he could reassert control over the summoned monster. The Zora said something, and then he was preparing to cast a spell, Judith just barely catching a hint of the signature arcane motes swirling around her companion.

    One thing was clear: Whatever threat Triton had uttered, it had had a pronounced effect on the Wizzrobe. Now beset on three different fronts, the evil wizard decided to forsake sorcery in favour of a rather unorthodox tactic.

    If there had ever been any doubt that Judith was an unwilling marionette in this struggle, it could be safely discarded- she would never have charged headlong at a fellow mage with the intention of tackling him to the ground. Sprinting with a predatory gait she herself could not believe she was capable of, the priestess felt her arm carry out the swiping motion required of Nayru's Affection (that such a holy spell could be used in the service of evil sickened her to her very core, even more than her own possession had), likely to counter Triton's casting, and then she was briefly airborne as the Wizzrobe directed her to launch herself at her companion.

    As she collided with Triton, Judith sensed the Wizzrobe's loathsome presence receding from her mind. An opening? Gathering what remained of her willpower, she sallied across her mindscape to regain her body... and was surprised when the foul sorcerer crumbled before her onslaught, offering not even a token attempt at opposing her. Galvanized by her success, she pressed onward, excising every last trace of him, until at last he was teetering on the precipice. With one final push, she forced him out of her body, and at once she was assaulted by a myriad of sensations- a burning in her lungs as if she had been holding her breath, a bitter chill racing across her skin, and an intense dizziness that threatened to overwhelm her. The crimson glow had faded from her eyes, though, and she was free once more.

    Too late did she realize that this was precisely the outcome the Wizzrobe had desired.

    Manually withdrawing from her mind would have been too time-consuming, so instead he had exploited the instinctive need for liberty innate to all sentient creatures, deliberately allowing Judith to prevail in the mental struggle, thereby allowing him to exit her body immediately. He had materialized a short distance from the priestess and her companion, somewhat disoriented by his violent expulsion, but no moreso than Judith, who was lying in a crumpled heap atop Trtion, pinning the Zora.

    She had manipulated him, so he had manipulated her. Now the more-heroic of the duos were little more than fish in a barrel....

    "Impressive." The Wizzrobe clucked his tongue, staggering forward with one hand raised. "I can see why my disciples failed to defeat you. But your persistence will not avail you, now that your strength is spent. This ends here." A familiar orb appeared in his palm, the very same magic he had cast through Judith.

    In his dazed haste to dispose of the two mages, however, the Wizzrobe had made a critical error. His spell had not gone unnoticed by Octogon, the beast's primitive mind recalling altogether too well what had harmed it more than anything else in the chamber. Leaning close to the platform, the monster disgorged a massive boulder from its maw, aimed squarely at its former master.

    Taken unawares, the Wizzrobe was unable to evade the incoming projectile, which smashed into him, its momentum carrying him straight into the wall and dashing him against it. Quite literally caught between a rock and a hard place, the proud sorcerer was reduced to a bloody smear upon the stone, his flesh pulverized and his bones shattered.

    There was no time to rejoice at the unceremonious, ironically fitting end for their wicked adversary- Judith knew that she and Triton were about to become the sole objects of Octogon's attention. Still queasy from the aftereffects of the Wizzrobe's possession, Judith rolled off of her companion and willed herself to a stand, giving the Zora a helping hand up as she did so.

    "T-Triton... The mouth... its mouth..."
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    His ruse had worked. Thinking he had been about to cast one of the only spells that could cause it tremendous harm while leaving its host largely unscathed, the Wizzrobe had undertaken action to get itself out of Judith's body, relinquishing control to her and giving Triton a much more vulnerable target- or at least one he was much more willing to destroy. The downside to all this? Casting was very difficult when he had a Hylian woman pinning him to the ground. They were the vulnerable ones right now, the Wizzrobe well able to take them both out with a single spell if it so wished...

    When Triton had finally managed to squirm his arms around in such a position he could gently grab Judith's arms and start pushing her off of him and to the side, he interrupted himself with a wince as Octogon destroyed its former master. Ah, yes. Instinct. Self-preservation. Things that had forced him to completely reconsider the angle from which to create his Familiar spell many times when he had been developing it. One would think a being like the Wizzrobe would have accounted for it in its plans. Then again, the Zora supposed that panic was a very real phenomenon and no plan ever survived contact with the enemy.

    He let the priestess help him to his feet but did not return her staff yet, looking at the beast before them and the mass of tentacles under it. She was right. He hadn't seen a weakness when he had been underwater. "We'll have to fight it above the surface, then," he agreed. "I have no spells that can impact it hard enough underwater to cause any true damage. However, if we can keep it in the water, I may be able to slow it down, creating an opening for you." He remembered how his Electric Aura had affected the beast's writhing tentacles. "My Familiar may be able to serve as a distraction, or a target... we have options."

    When he looked, Octogon had turned towards them, its eyes focusing on them. "We'll just have to decide very quickly."
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    "Y-Yes...! H-Have your Familiar draw its attention!" Triton's ingenuity in developing the spell was certain to pay dividends in this struggle, affording them precious moments with which to devise a plan of attack, and once more the young priestess was struck by the stark contrast between herself and the battle-hardened Zora. As she had admitted earlier, she would have perished many times over were it not for him; his formidable sorcery would be the key to victory.

    Even so, Judith knew slaying Octogon would be a challenging endeavour. Her own offensive options were limited- Magic Bolt seemed to harm it, but without the Wizzrobe's arcane might to buffer her casting, it would be neither swift nor potent enough to have a meaningful impact on the battle. What was she to do..?

    The answer came to her in a flash of divine inspiration, and she made a mad dash for the centre of the platform, hoping to put as much distance as she humanly possible between her and Octogon's grasping appendages, as well as allow herself room to dodge if it spit another rock. Once there, she inhaled deeply, desperation flowing through her despite an earnest attempt at forcing herself into a state of serenity, then let the first notes of Nayru's Wisdom pour forth from her lips. If her power was not sufficient to defeat this beast, she would instead use it to benefit another, as per Mother Nayru's teachings.

    Judith had not taken the time to communicate the specifics of her idea to Triton, but she had faith he would understand. He was a man of Wisdom, and she had already performed the song for him once before. Armed with the blessing of the Goddess, he could perhaps score a decisive blow against Octogon... She only prayed that the Zora's Familiar would prove an adequate diversion, lest her melody make her a prime target for the abomination lurking within the water. Nonetheless, the acolyte kept her eyes wide open as she sang, watching the hulking monstrosity as it menacingly circled the platform...