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Yu-Gi-Oh! Codex of Shadows [IC / PG-13 / AC /Co-Host: Zaiduck]


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I'll activate my Trap now! Sachi reached forward as Cadence declared her attack, her hand darting out, and resting on the card-

 

An Error message appeared on the table surface beside the card, flashing red briefly before flicking off again. Sachi's brain scrambled, completely thrown off guard, before she remembered: Her Fortune's Gift Trap required her to have a monster in the graveyard. And her graveyard was empty.

 

No... I forgot! She thought, seeing her monster vaporize before rising on Cadence's side of the field again. Now Sachi, her father's voice rattled in her head. You must be mindful. It doesn't pay to forget details. Not like me. I can't remember any details anymore.

 

Sachi sat frozen as her monsters all shattered into pieces, her Life Points plummeting as she stared wordlessly down at the table. Only the flickering light beside her deck signaled it was even her turn.

 

"I... draw." She saw the card and hastily acted, trying to not think about what had just happened. "I play Monster Reborn, bringing back Fortune Lady Light!" Her monster returned, instantly losing her aura of light as Zombie World took effect, shrouding her in blackness. "I sacrifice Light to summon Fortune Lady Earth-"

 

"ERROR" flashed up beside her monster again, followed by an image of Cadence's Zombie World card. "TRIBUTE FOR NON-ZOMBIE MONSTER PROHIBITED." Sachi drew her hand back sharply from her card, her fingers shaking. "I... I made a mistake," she said quietly, looking like she had just been slapped across the face, barely keeping it together.

 

"Pathetic," Jin sighed, turning away. He bumped into the green-haired girl from earlier, and he drew back, frowning. "Ah, you again, eh?" he asked Hotaru, raising an eyebrow. "I would think you'd realize this duel has nothing to offer... But then, you thought these antiques..." He gestured to the Battle Boxes. "... were impressive enough, so what do I know?" He caught sight of Hiyaki, and narrowed his eyes when he saw his colleague was taking a look at the one Jin had marked as his quarry. He gave a flat glare from across the room, the meaning clear: Back off.


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“This exhibition should not even be happening. The items should have been left undisturbed.” Marik turned on the spot to a nearby waitress and swiped a flute of champagne from her tray, promptly emptying it in a single swig. “There are so many international laws against doing this, but Seto has enough money to make everyone not give a damn about it.”
Bunder gasped, eyes widened, and gazed in excitement at Marik like a little child who's about to get a pony ride. "That's an agreement! WE BOTH AGREE THAT THIS EXCAVATION WAS A MISTAKE." Bunder halted to fix his tie "Those damned holograms, I knew it has something to do with this excavation! It's like if they have their own conscious! Crazy I know!". He grabbed his pen & another piece of paper from his pocket, and rapidly wrote his number and name on it and gave it to the Egyptian. "Mr. Marik I believe we have the same interest", he took a look a the Duel and proceed "We should stay on contact to-"

 

"I... I made a mistake ..."

 

 

The easily to distract Bunder got distracted by the quite shivering Sachi, barely keeping herself together. But Sashi's situation was a déjà vu: A well recognized memory of Bunder. A flashback occurred.

"I ... I failed ..."

 

"Daddy's girl" he smiled sadly. But what possibly could Bunder do to help a friend in distress? ".. this is bad" Bunder thought anxiously. His eyes slipped to the slender Egyptian man on his side "ooh... of coOoURse" he murmured, or at least tried to. "If you excuse Mr. Marik, I'll be right back!". He quickly made his way through the guests, making a dramatic pass due to his serious face-expression and his floating coat. He accidentally bumped into a frowned slender boy in a blue tuxedo on his way, but he was way focused on Sashi to realize that.

4 feets away from Sashi, just behind her, he tried to reach the girl in the Duel Box. "Sashi! Sashi! Sash .... Soooshi *giggles* no stay focused SASHI!" he shouted in an attempt to get the frozen girl's attention "You see that guy over there! It's Marik Ishtar!", his voice-tone then became cheerful and warm "He will help you to get your father back!"



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"I... draw. I play Monster Reborn, bringing back Fortune Lady Light!"

 

Oh? What's Sachi got in store for me this time?

 

"I sacrifice Light to summon Fortune Lady Earth-"

 

Wait, she couldn't do that. It seemed she got the message, and an error on her side preventing the tribute summon of Fortune Lady Earth. She could hear Sachi saying... something, but not quite well enough to make it out. "Zombie World," Cadence said, tapping her finger on where the field spell was on her playing field. "It prevents the Tribute Summon of any non-Zombie monsters. You know this." Something was suspicious about all this. Normally, Sachi was the type that would have a plan to get rid of Zombie World the moment Cadence played it, even if it would take a couple turns.

 

Something was off about her dueling today. She first thought it when she saw Sachi reach for a trap card last turn, without actually activating it. This just now, with Fortune Lady Earth, confirmed her suspicions. Whatever was bothering Sachi, it was bothering her enough that she wasn't dueling right. "I think that's enough for now," Cadence said, gathering up her cards from her side of the duel box and returning them to her aged deck. Even if she won this duel, would it really feel like a win? It would be like winning an eating contest against somebody who just had lunch a few minutes ago. Not fair.

 

She made her way around the duel box, to where Sachi and Bundy were. Bundy seemed to be saying something about her father, but Cadence only caught the tail end of it. Someone who could help her get the guy back. Get him back? That's strange. She hadn't heard any word of Sachi's father going missing. There must have been some complicated circumstances surrounding the two. Her gut said not to get tied up in it. Not yet anyway.

 

"Pssst," she whispered, nudging Bundy with her elbow. "Sachi's pretty distracted by something today. Try to get her mind off it if you can. From what bits and pieces I've been picking up, you probably have a better idea of what's bothering her than I do, so I'll leave it in your hands, m'kay?"

 

As much as Cadence would have liked to help, this didn't seem like her battle to fight. And then, it was away with her. Back into the crowd of the party, making her way through, intent on getting to the food. She still hadn't had her fill of upper crust delicacies!


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Blunder grabbed his pen & a piece of paper from his pocket, and rapidly wrote his number and name on it and gave it to the Egyptian. "Mr. Marik I believe we have the same interest", he took a look a the Duel and proceed "We should stay in contact with-"

As he was distracted, Marik cautiously took the note from the ecstatic gentlemen and tucked it into his breast pocket. It was a little unnerving to have a relative stranger come up to him, aware to some degree about the terrible secret behind Duel Monsters. It would never be possible to forget what the monsters did to himself and ‘it’, wherever it suffered now.
 

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“Clannnnnnngggggggggg...”

The reverberating ringing of metal on champagne flute attract everyone’s attention to Gekko and the two security officers that flanked him, who had emerged through a lanky mahogany door that lead to the ballroom. “If I may have your attention, Ladies, and Gentlemen.”

The hall fell quiet as almost everyone turned their attention to Gekko.

“On the behalf of the Kaiba Corporation, the Lake Pegasus Center and the Domino City Museum thank you for attending here tonight. Our main exhibition is now ready for your viewing in the ballroom.”

Gekko and the officers stepped aside and observed quietly as his guests flowed through at a dignified pace, taking in the surprised and impressed expressions they made from their first sight of the exhibition. However, Marik’s taut face as he passed through proved to be the sole exception, with a anxiousness in his stride as he approached through the doorway and towards the Millennium Items, then stopped before them. Marik could not ignore the idea that each of their unblinking eyes seemed to pass cold judgment on him. The thought was not just a sense of guilt and regret: in the not-to-distant past did two of the items possessed spirits of their own, so why not the others?




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Back outside at the perimeter of the park, the temperature had continued to drop. While the motorcycle engines produced sufficient warmth for the majority of the mysterious trio’s bodies, the exhaust fumes were condensing into chilly plumes at their feet. The smaller two bikers crouched beside the chain-link fence, snipping away at it with a pair of bolt cutters each, while their imposing superior persevered in using a petite smartphone with a set of bulky fingers, eventually texting a simple message to who those who needed it.

“Make your final move.”


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Hotaru watched as the duel unfolded, completely engrossed in the action. She sighed as she saw the zombie girl start to panic a bit - she felt for the girl. While she was watching the battle, she felt someone bump into her.

"Hey, watch where you're go- It's you again!" She shouted, noticing who it had been that bumped into her. Her cheeks puffed up as he talked.

 

"I would think you'd realize this duel has nothing to offer... But then, you thought these antiques..." He gestured to the Battle Boxes. "... were impressive enough, so what do I know?" While he was off looking at somewhere else she responded.

 

"What's that suppose to mean!?" She crossed her arms. "How can you see this and not be impressed!? You...you dummy!" Suddenly, a realization struck her. "That's right! We still need to duel so I can show you just how impressive my fire is!" A hint of mischief crossed her face. "This time I'll make sure you don't go running off again!" She said triumphantly, before grabbing him by the arm in an attempt to drag him towards the box in front of them as she saw the two duelist moving out. "Let's go! I've been itching to duel since I got here."


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"Cadence?" Sachi asked, taken aback by the sudden surrender. No, surrender wasn't the word, she realized. Cadence hadn't surrendered, she had ended a duel who's conclusion was a foregone one.

 

She hung her head, feeling small. I'm a mess, she thought. How can I ever help dad like this? She gathered up her cards silently, exiting the Duel Box in a daze. It took a second before she fully registered what Bunder was saying to her.

 

"Huh? Who? Marik Ishtar?" The name wasn't familiar to her, not at first. Then she remembered that he had been one of the Battle City finalists, though she had never seen him duel before. He had been the runner-up, after Yugi Moto, she now recalled. "But... What's he going to do? How can he help?" she asked, suddenly paying rapt attention to Bunder. She turned her head, trying to catch sight of Marik among the attendees now pressing towards the door.

 

- - - - - - -

 

"They're FOSSILS," Jin replied matter-of-factly, gesturing again to the Duel Boxes. "The current model of Duel Disk is merely superior, I don't know why they even dug these up. They already have far more fascinating items behind those doors."

 

It was as Jin said this that the doors he was talking about were opened. His eyes darted up as Gekko announced the opening, and finally Jin looked like he was looking forward to something. The expression didn't last. Hotaru grabbed onto his arm and started pulling him towards the infernal boxes. He frowned, pulling himself free, with difficulty. He was a relatively small fellow, after all. 

 

"I came here for a different set of relics than these," he said simply, striding towards the doors. "Maybe we will duel someday... With Duel Disks, like civilized people."

 

He received the message then, pulling out his phone to see the words. Make your final move. He smiled thinly as he walked into the room, the Millennium Items spread before him on the displays. He swept his eyes over them, surveying them with great interest. He had never seen these before, not in the flesh. He had seen Yugi Moto's Millennium Puzzle in tournament footage, slung around the King of Games' neck, but seeing this many assembled together was something different. His eyes swept over the Millennium Rod, the Millennium Necklace, the shattered remnants of the Millennium Ring, encased in resin. He was only now learning their names, reading them on the displays, but their import was clear to him even before that. No wonder Panik wanted them. There was just an alluring quality to them. A quality that spoke of power.

 

He broke away from the throng of people swarming around the Millennium Items, drifting towards the edges of the room. A few brief glances out the glass revealed which ones faced towards the back of the Chateau, and he made for one of them, drawing a curtain aside to get a better view of the night outside. His hand drifted down the curtain, the cloth sliding against his fingers. But his hand left something behind. Something hard and metallic that stuck to the cloth surface, hidden from the view of the attendees by the thick velvet, the metallic disk facing directly towards the window.

 

His task done, Jin smirked, removing his hand and drifting back towards the exhibits. He eyed the block of resin that housed the Millennium Ring. Probably too heavy for him to carry easily. He situated himself nearby the Millennium Rod and Necklace he had been eyeing earlier. With any luck he would be able to take more than that, but that remained to be seen. 

 

He scanned the crowds, looking for any sign of Hiyaki. He would be making his move now as well.


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She didn't care if they were fossils or not - she wanted to fight in one! She tried her hardest to keep her arms locked onto him, but eventually he was able to break free from her not-so-iron grasp. "I came here for a different set of relics than these," he said simply, striding towards the doors. "Maybe we will duel someday... With Duel Disks, like civilized people." 

Her cheeks puffed up again. No, she wasn't going to let him go again; she was going to get her duel one way or another. "You're not getting away again!" She said, following the boy. She trailed him into an exhibit, somewhere she wouldn't of entered on her own volition, but found herself attracted to what was being displayed. Her eyes were glued to the millennium items - she had heard about them, but seeing them in person was something else...

 

"Focus you dummy!" She thought to herself, scanning the crowd for her target. It was a bit difficult to find him, considering he wasn't the tallest, but eventually she did managed to spot Jin near the Millennium Rod. She walked up to the boy before speaking. "You didn't think you'd get away from me that easily, did ya~?" She said, her voice a strange combination of annoyed and cutesy. Her eyes turned to the rod they were situated next to. "Hmm... maybe we can stick around here just a bit longer..." She spoke, her eyes glued to the Millennium Rod for a bit, before snapping out of it and turning Jin. "...but don't think you're leaving today without dueling me, box or not!"

 

 


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Make your final move.

 

Hiyaki didn't register the message at first, still glancing over the antiques indicated as by Jin. Although his previous target had been clearly declared off limits by a look from his partner, it didn't mean it was out of the question for him. Jin wasn't always watching, and neither were their sponsors.

 

But the chaos later would certainly provide him the opportunity, and for that he needed to be prepared. Not only to do his part in it, but to have a snatch ready that PaniK and his crew wouldn't notice. A priceless artifact might go unnoticed, but the Millenium Items weren't viable targets, no matter how much they called for perhaps the smallest hint of satisfaction. Unobtainable...for now.

 

As Gekko stepped forward, making his opening announcements, Hiyaki stepped past a briefly distracted Jin. Some girl was talking to him, begging him for a duel while sounding extremely annoyed. Hiyaki took a moment to savour the situation; while he would get along with the rest of the Rare Hunters for the sake of a mission, even admire their talents, he rarely completely clicked with anyone any more.

 

"I came here for a different set of relics than these," Jin was saying, as he pulled himself away from the little girl's clearly strong grasp. "Maybe we will duel someday... With Duel Disks, like civilized people."

 

"You should feel honored." Hiyaki added in a deadpan manner. "He rarely offers us mere mortals a chance."

 

A little backhanded compliment in exchange for that lovely denial from earlier.

 

With Jin now finally heading off to complete his task, Hiyaki pushed forward through the current of the crowd filtering past the various displays around the room. Nearing the edge, his hand reaching into his jacket pocket, the urges rose again. The Millenium Puzzle, right there, glimmering with a mysterious aura; the Necklace, the lightning playing so tantalizingly along its surfaces; the Rod, so beautiful-

 

No. Not now. Soon.

 

His motion completed, the hand then brushed against the window frame. Now his pocket was a little lighter, the memory of metal on his fingertips, and a slight bump under the window's covering. He didn't even bother to lift up the curtain; there was far more obtainable things around him for him to feast his eyes on. Regardless, the task was done. Now, to wait.

 

Turning away, he caught sight of the green-haired girl approaching Jin again. Although it would surely be fun to watch him being overwhelmed by her tiny antics, it would be better for the plan if neither of them were occupied. And so he glided over, walking through the ever-growing crowd among the artifacts, before he was able to catch the words of the one-sided conversation.

 

"...but don't think you're leaving today without dueling me, box or not!"

 

"Can it not wait until after the gala?" Hiyaki asked in the same calm manner. "I can understand if there's not plenty to do for you at the moment, but we came for the experience here." He gestured around himself at the many Millennium Items. "If you're that determined to duel him, surely you'd like his heart to be in it?"



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“The cell in the bug won’t last much longer. We have to move.” The biggest biker commanded to his subordinates. They had managed to cut a reasonable hole through the fencing to pass through with their bikes. Mounting them, the engines roared into life as they twisted the throttle with anticipation. Their hearts pumped in-synch to each revolution of the single-cylinder engines, forcing the adrenaline through to ignite their senses. They all knew the risks of tonight job, and this was the point of no-return.


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Tomoya picked up a faint vibration running through his desk and perched up. Had one of the computer fans begin to rumble? Pushing back from his desk and disengaging his headset to the desk, he proceeded to dismount his chair and crawl underneath to examine the back case fan. Despite a few clumps of dust, it didn't seem to be producing the resonance he could feel. In fact, it was now getting stronger and complemented with a deep roaring of increasing volume.

“What the f--” There wasn’t enough time to finish cursing before they struck.
 

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Pandemonium erupted across the chateau. Vicious shards of glass and charred wooden window frame flew across the ballroom, striking down those who were unfortunate enough to be in their volatile path. The trio struggled to get traction on the polished marble and slid across the ballroom, bumping into exhibits like bumper cars, and eventually ending their wake of destruction at equidistant points from the main display. Marik stood his ground beside the items, unsure of what was the best course of action, but minding for a fight to break out. He seemed to be the only one prepared, as the security team was overwhelmed by panicked guests fleeing the chaos with reckless abandon, barging and shoving them all to the floor with no regard for the evacuation procedure they where attempting to execute. Yet even the great Kaiba Corporation had not prepared anyone for the current scenario.
 
“G-Gekko?! You there? Gekko? crackled through his communicator, but Tomoya only got an ominous static in return. Gekko had been bashed brutally onto the door joining the ballroom and the main hall, before slumping down as the world around him turned into a muted haze. He could only watch on and guess what was about to happen.

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Jin nodded in assent to Hiyaki's statements. "Besides, I told you. Those antiquated boxes are nothing special. It would just be boring." He raised a hand dismissively. "Take a number. I've got more important duels on my docket," he said breezily, eyes moving to the girl with the Cracking Dragon.

 

It was then that the Rare Hunters made their move. Explosions of sound and chaos rained across the room, and Jin took the opportunity to reach into his pocket, pulling out a pair of tinted glasses that he slid calmly over his face, ignoring the loud noises all around him. He reached down and picked up a piece of the busted window frame, brandishing it as he tossed Hiyaki another piece of the blasted window.

 

"Let's get this over with," he snapped briskly, raising the wooden pice over the display case and bringing it swinging down towards the glass, eyes locked on the Rod and Necklace that lay within.

 

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Sachi was making her way towards Marik when the chaos began. She balked, falling to the ground as the windows shattered, motorcycles driving in, and people started attacking the display cases. What the hell was going on?

 

She had fallen near Marik, and she scrambled to her feet, one of her heels falling off, the other quick to follow. She fell behind him, looking out from behind his slim frame at the multitude of enemies before them.

 

"Who ARE they?" she asked, fear in her voice as she looked around desparately for Cadence or Bunder.


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"Can it not wait until after the gala?" Hotaru turned to who she could only assume was Jin's friend. She was slightly annoyed by what he was saying, although it was hard to say that he was wrong. "I can understand if there's not plenty to do for you at the moment, but we came for the experience here." He gestured around himself at the many Millennium Items. "If you're that determined to duel him, surely you'd like his heart to be in it?"

 

"I guess you have a point..." Hotaru twirled her hair a bit, before sighing. "I guess we can duel after the gala..."

 

"Besides, I told you. Those antiquated boxes are nothing special. It would just be boring." He raised a hand dismissively. "Take a number. I've got more important duels on my docket," Her cheeks puffed up again, but before she could respond, the sound of explosions roared around her and echoed through the rest of the building. 

 

"W-W-What!?" Hotaru stammered, turning around to see the chaos around her. "W-What should we do!? Where should we- what are you doing!?" She turned to Jin, who was now wearing tinted glasses and, more importantly, had just cracked open one of the cases for the Millennium Items . She grit her teeth as she made walked towards the boy, grabbing onto his arm. "You can't just take that because of what happened! That's stealing!"


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"Let's get this over with."

Hiyaki didn’t bother responding, dashing towards one of the surrounding cases. Despite the sudden explosions and the turmoil surrounding him, he was, perhaps for the first time tonight, completely focused. This was what he had to do.

His obscuring shades in place and eyes locked on the prize, the Rare Hunter flicked out a concealed metallic object on his person. He stepped towards the Millennium Key, barely taking in its shape before lunging forwards with the glass breaker, shattering its glass containment and leaving it open for him- the Rare Hunters to take. Hiyaki glanced briefly up to ensure the guards were distracted by the sudden onslaught of his companions, then took his chance, hand darting in and out before anyone could notice. Of course, no one would’ve noticed if he had fumbled it and accidentally sent it flying either, but time was of the essence.

Placing the Key in a jacket pocket, Hiyaki glanced around, looking for his next target. However, his attention was diverted briefly. Not for long, but enough for a nearby girl’s harsh cries to grab his attention.

“That's stealing!"

Hiyaki grimaced, then turned towards the sound. He already knew what it would be; that annoying green-haired interferer had yet to leave Jin alone. He had had his own back at his partner already, but now the young girl was actually getting in their way. Even if he had to stave off the hunger a little longer, he knew the potential repercussions could be serious, not just for him but the whole operation.

“That’s enough,” he said coldly, walking over and grabbing hold of her other arm, “Stay out of this if you don’t want to get yourself killed.” And with that, he tried to tug her off.



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"So, let's just go over this to make sure we're on the same page." A woman in a beautiful black and red gown stated, standing on a platform in the middle of the pool, her long red hair down as her pale skin glistened against the lights of the pool and the nearby light of the bustling city-state. "If you win, I wipe away the gambling debt you accumulated from my colleagues downstairs-"
"And comp our vacation expenses for a month!" The man across from her on a matching platform several meters away answered with a hoarse, rough tone. He was dressed in a button-up shirt and the bottom half of a dinner suit, a loose tie around his neck and a worn-out knit hat over his brown and purple hair.
"And pay for the vacation expenses of both you and your colleague for a month. But if I win, you now owe me what you owe Xuiying, and we both will be charging interest that will make a Mafiya loan shark think it's too extreme. I just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into, Rex."
"It's only 40,000 dollars!" A scratchy voice from near the hoarse voice retorted, belonging to a man with glasses, aquamarine hair in a bowl cut, and a Hawaiian shirt with flip-flops and a pair of swim trunks, holding a fruity drink in one hand. "We can take it!"
"40,000 Singapore Dollars, which is just a bit under 30,000 US Dollars. This isn't like the yen. This is starting to become a troubling amount of money. Luckily, you happened to run into a fellow high roller. Now, are you ready to begin, Rex?"
"Sure as hell, I am!"
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Rex Raptor: 8000 LP
???: 8000 LP
 
"I figure I can start us off by Normal Summoning Lilith, Lady of Lament, in Attack Mode!" Spawning out of crimson motes of light came a fiendish-looking female figure, glowing, pulsating scarlet veins criss-crossing her blackened, armored form as she gave a half-hearted cackle before looking forlorn. (2000 ATK|LV3) "Sadly, since she was Normal Summoned, she loses 1000 ATK." Lilith dejectedly rubbed her arm sheepishly as she hunched over a bit in her own despair. (2000 ATK -> 1000 ATK) "Next, I will Special Summon Caligo Claw Crow, since I control a DARK monster." Joining the demonic woman is a fat, purple-feathered bird with oversized talons, who gives a mournful caw. (900 ATK|LV2) "Now, I will activate Lilith's effect. By Tributing my Crow, I can search out 3 Traps, let you choose one randomly, and then it is Set to my field." Lilith waves her clawed hand, causing the Crow to be consumed by a sudden rush of flames, and three Traps are placed in front of Rex, face-down.
"Wait a second!" Rex's friend Weevil shouted, reading up on the card she just used. "Lilith's rulings let him see what the cards are! What gives?"
"Mmm...yes, normally, it does, but I've made a slight modification to how her effect works. Not only are the Traps chosen from my Deck at random, I won't know what card she Set until the turn after I use the effect." The woman begins to fidget, correcting her dress as she bites her lip. "Doesn't that just seem so...exhilarating?"
"Umm...alright..." Rex looked a bit freaked out, but he conceded and pointed to the rightmost card. "There! That one!"
"We shall see what your choice ended up being." Lilith maneuvers the card from where it is set into the slot behind her, the other two bursting into flames to reveal Back to the Front and Grinning Grave Virus. "Still, excellent options there. I will set another card, and end my turn."

???: 8000 LP
Hand: 2
Field: Lilith, Lady of Lament (1000 ATK), 2 Set S/T
GY: Caligo Claw Crow

"My turn!" Rex proclaimed, drawing his first card. <Oh, just you wait.> He thought with a slight smirk. <I've had my deck overhauled with new cards, including a new ace monster. I'm going to crush you and your dinky little succubus.> "I will send Destroyersaurus to my Graveyard to add Jurassic World to my hand, which I will now activate!" All around them, foliage burst out to transform the rooftop pool into a pond within a primordial jungle. "This gives all of my Dinosaurs 300 Attack and Defense points. Now, I activate Unexpected Dai, letting me Special Summon Sabersaurus from my Deck since I control no monsters!" Rushing out of a mass of purple pixels came a huge crimson dinosaur, roaring in rage as it brandished its sharpened horns and spikes. (1900 ATK|LV4) (1900 ATK -> 2200 ATK) "Next, I will Normal Summon Babycerasaurus, in Attack Mode!" Joining the larger beast was a tiny green dinosaur wearing an eggshell like a diaper. (500 ATK|LV2) (500 ATK -> 800 ATK) "I'll then play Double Summon, which gives me an extra Normal Summon, so come on out, Souleating Oviraptor!" A wicked-looking creature stalked out of the underbrush, wisps of ghostly energy radiating from its snout. (1800 ATK|LV4) (1800 ATK -> 2100 ATK) "Since I just Normal Summoned him, I will add Ultimate Conductor Tyranno from my Deck to my hand, then, I activate his special ability! By destroying another Dinosaur I control, I get to Special Summon a Dinosaur from my Graveyard, so Babycersaurus will be traded for Destroyersaurus in Defense Mode!" The smaller dinosaur was approached by the larger one, and dissolved into wisps of blue energy, which reformed into the shape of a bipedal dinosaur covered in axe-like blades. (1100 DEF|LV4) (1100 DEF -> 1400 DEF) "But that's not all! Since Babycerasaurus was destroyed by a card effect, I get to Special Summon another Dinosaur, so come forth, Megalosmasher X!" Bursting from the water was what looked like a shark after it had been given a cybernetic makeover, roaring and baring its fangs. (2000 ATK|LV4) (2000 ATK -> 2300 ATK)

People around the promenade were amazed at the speed and ferocity that Rex had filled the board. While his opponent had only gotten out 2 monsters, Rex now had 4 on the field, all with over 2000 ATK each. "I'll ensure my Dinos are safe against your Trap by sending Miscellaneousaurus from my hand to my Graveyard! This will make all Dinos I control unaffected by your card effects!" The spectral image of a mismatched dinosaur skeleton briefly appeared before vanishing. "And since I have 2 Dinosaurs in my Graveyard, I will banish both of them to call forth my strongest monster!" Lightning cracked around Rex as a huge shape began to build up out of his data. "Say hello to the most powerful Dinosaur in all of Duel Monsters! A creature to surpass even the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon, no, ALL Dragons! This is...ULTIMATE CONDUCTOR TYRANNO!!!" In a flash of light, looming above Rex and the virtual canopy around him, was a huge armored tyrannosaur, covered in glowing spheres and discs running down its spiny, spiky form. It glared down at Rex's foe with glowing yellow eyes, electricity crackling across its crimson hide as it gave a roar powerful enough to cause the glass of the casino to quake. (3500 ATK|LV10) (3500 ATK -> 3800 ATK) "Now to render your Lilith useless! Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, zap Destroyersaurus to turn her monster face-down!"

"Not so fast! I will Chain Lilith's effect, sacrificing herself to set another Trap at random." Now Lilith was the one consumed by flames, creating three facedown cards before Rex as lightning surged across the field.
"Let's try the left one this time!" Rex indicated, that card placing itself down. "Not that it will matter. You don't have a single monster to protect you! Ultimate Conductor Tyranno! Attack her directly!" As more lightning poured out from the huge dinosaur, it was concentrated into a single blast, but suddenly, it stopped inches from his red-haired opponent. "What?!?" The Trap Card that had been Set by Lilith's effect the previous turn was now up, depicting a robed woman holding a strange amulet.
"Waboku. I don't take any damage this turn." She replied confidently, smiling sweetly back to him. "Guess I got lucky."
Rex growled, glancing at his completely empty hand and inability to continue attacking, and declared. "Ugh...I end my turn!"

Rex Raptor: 8000 LP
Hand: 0
Field: Jurassic World, Sabersaurus (2200 ATK|LV4), Megalosmasher X (2300 ATK|LV4), Souleating Oviraptor (2100 ATK|LV4), Ultimate Conductor Tyranno (3800 ATK|LV10)
GY: Unexpected Dai, Double Summon, Destroyersaurus
Banished: Babycerasaurus, Miscellaneousaurus
 
"Oh, what an amazing game this is! I'm dueling purely off of chance! It all comes down to what I can get out of this next card!" Contrary to the massive array of monsters before her, Rex's opponent seemed elated to be in such a predicament. "So, let me first activate my Fires of Doomsday on your End Phase!" Two black flames floated out, coalescing into figures with cyclopean eyes. ((0 DEF|LV1)x2) "Now, let's see what Lady Luck can give me! Draw!" She glanced at her card, then displayed it to her opponent. "Terraforming! I'm going to add Lair of Darkness from my Deck to my hand, then activate it!" Now, the field changed even more, shadows forming around the jungle, thickening the trees and bushes with a smoky substance. "I will Normal Summon Ahrima, the Wicked Warden in Attack Mode!" A powerful-looking lupine hellhound leapt out of the darkness to land in front of his Mistress, giving an unearthly howl. (1700 ATK|LV4) "I will use his effect to Tribute one of my Doomsday Tokens to add a DARK monster with 2000 or more DEF from my Deck to my hand, so let's go with this card..." However, as Ahrima chomped down on the fiery effigy, the darkness started to swirl around and transform into a powerful-looking draconic form, red lines etching across its body as the darkness dissipated to reveal an armored dragon with chains coming from its body. "You see, whenever a DARK monster is Tributed, I can Special Summon MY ace monster from my hand or Graveyard, so here it is! Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair!" (3000 ATK|LV8).

"So what?" Rex chided, crossing his arms. "Your dragon doesn't have anywhere near enough power to take on my Ultimate Conductor Tyranno! And even if it did, I still have a field full of monsters!"
"True...you do have a pretty big field...but you made a mistake, Rex. You overextended. You have monsters, and nothing else. Which means I have won this duel. I activate...Full Force Virus!" Her Trap Card flipped up to reveal an image of strange bat-like viral forms. "By Tributing a DARK monster with 2000 or more Defense Points, I can destroy all monsters you control with 1500 or less Defense Points for the next 3 turns, not that the next 3 turns part matters."
"But that doesn't get rid of my-" Rex was stopped as, suddenly, his Tyranno stopped generating electricity, and instead began to melt down into a black sludge, spreading to wash over his other monsters. As his three other Dinosaurs made contact with the sludge, they dissolved as well, Rex's entire field now completely vacant. "MY...MY FIELD!!! WHAT THE HELL?!? WHERE DID THEY ALL GO?!?"

"You see, my Lair of Darkness Field Spell has a few lovely effects. First, it turns all monsters on the field into DARK monsters. Next, everytime a monster is Tributed, the turn player gets a Token at the end of the turn. But the effect I just used allows for me, once per turn, to use YOUR monsters to pay for the cost of MY effects, as long as they are DARK. And since your Tyranno had 3200 Defense Points, while all of your other monsters had less than 1500 Defense Points...well..." The woman grins evilly as she reveals the next card in her hand. "Time to finish this! Monster Reborn! Come back, Ultimate Conductor Tyranno!" Rejoining the field, but now opposed to its owner, is the huge electrical tyrannosaurus, roaring again as it prepares to take on its former master. (3500 ATK|LV10) (3500 ATK -> 3800 ATK) "Ahrima! Tyranno! Diabolos! Finish him off!" The three monsters rushed forwards, slamming into Rex's platform to cause him to crash down into the pool. (Rex Raptor: 8000 LP -> 6300 LP -> 2500 LP -> 0 LP)
 
As the fields faded, the onlookers clapped for the redheaded woman stepping back onto solid ground. Some of the observers had gotten splashed about when Rex's platform capsized, including Weevil, who had slipped and fallen into the pool with his friend. She was approached by an attendant of the resort, a phone on a platter. "Yuriko here." She answered, listening to what was on the other end. "Interesting...so it turns out I didn't have the only idea of ruining the Tenmas' fun...I can't wait to see how things end up now."

Meanwhile, in the pool, Rex looked up at the stars as he floated in a ruined suit.
"Weevil?"
"Yeah, Rex?"
"Next time you persuade me to challenge a duelist we know little about...I swear, I will fossilize you."

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"Ugh..." Nereo grumbled while laying on the floor. He attempted to turn around in order to get up, and was met with a twinge of pain on the forehead. It wasn't a great pain, but the unexpectedness it came with almost made him lose his balance while trying to bring himself to his knees. He took a couple of deep breaths, searching for other sources of pain in his body and distractedly bringing his left hand to his head. Meanwhile he looked around, getting a not so nice view of the chaos that unfolded after the explosion, from the guests still fleeing to the people that, like him, had been knocked out by the shock wave and the debris.

 

While it didn't seem that he suffered any other injures, the moment his hand touched his head he felt a liquid sensation under his glove, and a look revealed his gloved fingers being spotted by blood. Nereo felt a strange mix of fear and perplexity at the sight. He had apparently been hit, but he was pretty sure that a wound to the head should have been bleeding more than this. Had he been just grazed? He wasn't going to complain about that.

 

Nereo finally managed to get back on his feet, taking off the glove and pressing it on the injured side of his forehead with is left hand. Then he proceeded to take a look around, trying to decide what to do.

 

 

 

Some minutes before arriving at the gala

 

Nereo was sitting in the limousine, his father beside him, rehearsing mentally the list of people he intended to talk with. Pro duelists, managers and talent scouts that would give him a clearer understanding of the environment of competitive dueling, hopefully clear enough that he could come out with a decision. "Don't be so nervous, It'll be all right. Even if half of those people end up not coming, there will sill be plenty to talk with. Also I'm sure that they will be eager to talk about their job to a curious, young man." told him his father with a smile.

 

"Yeah, sure dad, as long as one of those pro duelist who did drink too much don't decide to challenge me. And then after he loses he starts to complain like a little girl, prompting me to respond adequately" Nereo replied in a deadpan tone, as if he was half joking and half announcing his actual planning for the party. His father responded with a reassuring smile "Oh, you don't need to worry, this is a formal party, you should be able to maintain your cool. And after all, what do you have to prove? we already know who is the best guest of all, don't we? Oh, we have arrived."

 

True, Nereo could see the lights of the gala, while the limousine was slowing down his pacing. "Well, obviously Seto Kaiba... oh, right, I forgot he won't come. Then I'd say it is me, but I'd rather not end up fighting all the ones that instead came here for the Millennium Items over it, not yet." He answered returning the smile while putting on his white gloves.

 

The pair stepped out of the car on the red carpet, and was submerged by the flashes of the photographers. Nereo took a moment to check that his clothing was in order, a matching pair of gray trousers, jacket and necktie, only interrupted by the white shirt he was wearing under the tuxedo. He then followed the father towards the entrance.

 

"Well, we're in, son" told him his his father after they finished the security check and were finally allowed to enter the gala. "Don't worry, I'm not going to be the embarrassing tag-along parent. I'll just take the time to say hi to a couple of friends and pass by the buffet, then I'll go back by my own. I have some work to do tomorrow, but you just started you holidays and you're a grown man. Okay?" Nereo nodded in response and the two parted ways.


 

 

 

A few minutes before the attack

 

"Well, that has been exhaustive as it has been exhausting."  Nereo  after leaving the last person he just talked with. "That was the last one on the list, but it seems that Mokuba Kaiba has yet to arrive." That was strange, alongside the Millennium Item the new CEO of the Kaiba Corp would have been the main attraction of the gala. But even after the party already started by some time, the honor guest had yet to show up, not even a rumor. It was also disappointing, and Nereo knew that he wasn't the only one that came to this gala with the hope of getting an idea of the younger of the Kaiba brothers, and possibly become closer to the new boss.

 

From his part he was quite supportive of the young Mokuba, unusual to Netero, since he never met him and he had an hard time empathizing with others in general. But he could well relate to the struggle to live up to one's family, while trying to step out of the shadow of your respected and successful relatives. And Seto Kaiba's shadow was big enough to obscure his entire company.

 

Nereo walked around, searching something to do while passing regularly at the buffet. Then he suddenly turned towards the holoboxes. A duel would have been a great way to kill time, and with a bit of luck he could've managed to go up against a true pro duelist.

 

That was his thinking while searching for an opponent, his attention temporarily caught by a white haired girl he was sure to have recognized, that was dueling a guy he didn't know of. For what he knew she was basically the duelist equivalent of the boogeyman in the environment of the talent scouts and the ones who searched around for young promises. Anyway, while he was at it, he happened to overhear a near conversation.

 

"They're FOSSILS, the current model of Duel Disk is merely superior, I don't know why they even dug these up. They already have far more fascinating items behind those doors."

 

Nereo frowned, was he talking about the holoboxes? what did he have against them? He turned around to see who had just spoken, a blue dressed guy who was apparently being harassed by a green haired girl. Said girl was seemingly determined to drag him to one of the holoboxes, and the boy seemed all but happy about it.

 

He was tempted of jumping in and give him a piece of his mind. Nereo did understand the thrill, coolness and convenience brought by a duel disk, but the VR system they used was originally developed for duel boxes, and it worked perfectly fine. He never used a duel disk, but not for this he was going to scoff the idea, and he always found it perfectly comfortable when he got to duel in a holobox! What was it, wasn't this guy able to shuffle manually his deck?

 

Luckly, his train of increasingly angry and irrational thoughts was suddenly interrupted by the announcement of the opening of the visits at the Millennium Items. "This keeps getting stranger, they brought out the Items but Mokuba still hasn't arrived. Is he not coming?" Nereo hoped not. He still hadn't managed to find out any clue on the reason for Seto's sudden retirement, and the possible presence of the younger brother was one of the main reasons he decided to came to the gala in the first place.

 

Still, there was nothing he could do at regard, and since he was at it, he might as well go to take a look at The Millennium Items. After all, it wasn't likely he would get another chance like this so easily. And with this in mind, he joined the guests that were heading to the ballroom.

 

 

 

Present time

 

Nereo looked around, while checking for all of his personal belongings to be still in his pockets. "What was that? An incident? No, that's too improbable." And he got confirm that it hadn't been, indeed, an incident when he spotted the three Harley Davidson whose arrival had probably been the cause of the commotion. He managed to get an even better understanding of the situation after spotting another pair of guys, standing beside the shattered displays containing the Millennium Items. One of them was the anti-holobox guy from before, now sporting a pair of colored glasses, and the green haired girl was with them too, apparently. "A robbery" he concluded "And this is their diversion."

 

Nereo advanced towards the broken displays, passing between the panicked people. "Is this why Mokuba didn't came? It's not possible, why not suspending the party for safety reasons? Had the security been too overconfident?"

 

“Stay out of this if you don’t want to get yourself killed."

 

Suddenly, Nereo's advancing came to a halt. To speak had been the second guy in front of the displays, the one he didn't knew, speaking to the girl. Almost in contrast with the body, his thought process started to run wild. "Did he just threaten homicide? With all these witnesses? Well, fleeing witnesses, but still witnesses nonetheless. No, he's probably trying to scare out the girl. It's the most probable explanation." He did his best to ignore the growing sense of worry that was building up inside him. He finished to check that his duel box was still fixed inside his internal pocket, and with one hand finally free he restarted to heading towards the Millennium Items.



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x393wz.jpgAllured by the buffets on the sides, Bunder couldn't help but to grab a shrimp plate before he followed a hastened Sachi "I will be right with ya!" he notified her, waving. It was clear to him that she didn't hear him but he kept swallowing shrimp after another, with a guilty conscience " *gulp* - I guess I have to-"

“Csssshhhh!”


Suddenly the glamorous aristocratic evening became a chaotic rock party, not the fun kind. "What's goi- HEY" Bunder confusingly tried to make his way out of the running freaked out crowd. "What's going on?!" He tried to scan the situation in midst of the chaotic crowded atmosphere, looking for any trace for Sachi as well. Luckily, he found her right away, she was just right next to Marik. "SACHI" Bunder run to the direction of the scared girl, but unfortunately he slipped when he run over a puddle of ... vodka. He end up falling on small pieces of glasses which caused his hands and forehead to bleed. "Dammit" he firmly closed his hands and then tried to stand, when he saw someone cracked open one of the cases for the Millennium Items "What ... A robbery? but OF COURSE". He immediately lied on the floor and then grabbed his phone, trying to unlock it but in vain, because his hands were a bloody mess, literally. He then grabbed a tissue from his jacket's pocket and dialed the emergency number after unlocking his phone successfully. Bunder then crawled his way to Sachi and Marik while contacting the emergency service.

"We are under attack!"

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