The Ghoul Who Protects
3 weeks passed. In that time, the trio of friends had encountered a collector of animation cels, and gained another Eyecon, this time containing the spirit of Walt Disney. Finding themselves in Britain, the trio now stood outside the stone that King Arthur supposedly pulled the sword from.
“...So… Aren’t we supposed to find someone who feels a strong connection to King Arthur?” Hiro asked. Mai nodded, equally lost in how they were going to accomplish this. There were far too many people in Britain to go over… and an absurdly small number MIGHT be thinking about King Arthur… And it was unlikely any of them were nearby enough that they could get an Eyecon from it.
“Are we just out of luck for this one?” Ken said, sitting down on the rock with a sigh. Mai sat down next to him, a thoughtful look on her face.
“Maybe… but we can’t give up yet!” She said after a moment. Hiro nodded, pulling out their current Eyecons.
“Right. We already have 3 Eyecons… Sun Tzu, Gunpei Yokoi, and Walt Disney. That means we only need 12 more… And getting this one would leave us with 11.” He said, holding up their prizes.
“...I know. I can do basic math, Hiro.” Ken dryly responded. His brother merely chuckled, and put the Eyecons away. “...But man… Imagine having been around when King Arthur was alive. The king granted the holy sword Excalibur… That alone makes him sound cool…”
Mai looked over at the boy to respond but had to double take when she realized he was glowing… and so was the rock. “...Are you kidding me?” Her words made Ken open his mouth to ask why, but noticed his own glow.
“...Quick someone do the eye seal thing before this fades!” He shouted. His brother quickly obliged, and a royal red coat with gold trim and a crown upon the hood escaped from the rock.
”Who hast awaken’d me from mine own slumber?” A deep, almost royal sounding voice asked from the coat. Mai blinked, trying to figure out what he said.
“That would be me, your majesty. My name is Hiiro Kiseki… And we would like your help.” Hiiro said. Arthur looked him up and down, and nodded.
”I see… I shall assist thee then…” The coat responded after a moment. Ken’s hand quickly pumped into the air in victory. ”If thou can best me in combat!”
“...Wait hold on. You’re a coat. How are we supposed to fight you?” Mai stood, her Ghost Driver now present on her waist.
The coat that represented King Arthur glowed, and a moment later, a full figure stood. Clad in royal armor with the coat over top, with a golden beard present on his aged face, the full visage of King Arthur, as portrayed in legend, stood before the 3 spirits, the mythical sword Excalibur in hand. In his free hand, a shield, covered in elegant designs, granted him a defense measure.
”Does this answer thy inquiry?” The armored man said. Mai gulped and nodded.
They had to fight him.
The legendary King Arthur. King of Camelot, and wielder of the holy sword Excalibur.
...This was gonna hurt.
“Fine. Bring it on!” Hiiro said, his weapon appearing in his hands. Mai’s own scythe flashed into existence, and the two rushed at him. Hiro’s sword was quickly blocked and parried, and Mai was knocked aside. Standing up, she quickly activated her eyecon, rushing in as her belt let out it’s chant.
Ducking under a swipe, Hiro did the same, slashing at the king, who blocked and bashed him with his shield.
“He keeps blocking all of our attacks! How do we even hit him?” Mai, grabbing her scythe and switching it to it’s glaive mode, readied herself for another strike as she asked the question. Hiro was about to answer, but didn’t get a chance.
“...I have an idea.” Ken said. He summoned his own Ghost Driver to his waist, and pulled out his Eyecon from his pocket. Opening the belt, he held up his Eyecon in front of him, and pushed the button.
“Ken, you don’t have to fight!” Ignoring his brother, Ken slotted the Eyecon into the belt, shutting it’s lid as a black and pale brown coat emerged from it.
[EYE!] Twisting his left wrist to show his palm, he clenched it into a fist as his belt’s stand by echoed. [BATCHIRIKOKI! BATCHIRIKOKI!] (Watch curiously!)
“Ken…” Was all Mai was able to mutter before Arthur began his assault again.
“Hen… Shin!” Pushing the lever in, Ken jumped up to meet his coat as orange, jagged lines spread across his body, forming a black armor around them similar to his brother’s and Mai’s.
[KAIGAN! GHOUL! YAMI NO KAGE! TSUYOKU NO SUGEI! G-G-G-GHOST!] (A black shadow! Amazing strength! G-g-g-ghost!)
As the coat placed itself upon his armored body, a brown faceplate slammed into his helmeted face, two round black eyes with small triangles near the bottoms showing through as the brown and orange of his suit lit up. A hammer quickly appeared in his hands. Charging forward, Ken swung the hammer upon an unsuspecting King Arthur. He was hit, sending the royal sprawling back, before he swung his sword. Sparks flew from Ken’s armor as he groaned in pain.
Reaching behind him, he produced another of the Eyecons, the Yokoi Eyecon. Pressing the button, he quickly swapped the one in his belt with the one in his hand, and pushed and pulled the lever as his coat vanished. The gray, sleeveless coat appeared from his belt, falling onto his body as a neon green faceplate seemingly made of tetris blocks clicked into place.
[KAIGAN! YOKOI! GEMINGU TANOSHI! PIKURSERU-KA SENSHI!] (Awaken! Yokoi! Gaming fun! Pixelated Warrior!) Pixels began to form around his hammer’s head, and he swung downwards, sending a wave of energy at their foe. Pushed further back, the king raised his shield to block, but was astonished when it began to crack under the might of Ken’s strikes. Another strike, and it shattered. He rushed in soon after, swinging his mighty sword with great strength and precision. Forced on the defensive, Ken looked to his brother for help.
Hiro pulled out the Disney Eyecon, and activated it, his coat vanishing and being replaced by a sleeveless hoodie with giant mouse ears, and a white mickey mouse head shaped image on his helmet’s visor. [KAIGAN! DISNEY! MAHO NO ANIMESHON, KOETE EKUSUPECTASHON!] (Awaken! Disney! The Magic of Animation, beyond expectation!)
Images of various cartoonish knights appeared around Hiro, and came to life, launching into battle against Arthur and overpowering him quickly.
“Ken, now!” Hiro shouted. Ken’s hand flew to his belt’s lever, and pulled and pushed it back in quickly.
[DAIKAIGAN! YOKOI! OMEGA DRIVE!] Pixels began to form around Ken’s clenched fist, and he rushed in toward’s Arthur’s turned back, and slammed it into him, shouting a single word.
“SHORYUKEN!” Letting lose an uppercut soon after his initial punch, Arthur was sent flying into the air before suddenly finding himself being slammed into by various cartoon characters, courtesy of Hiro’s own Omega Drive. Ken leaped up, and pixels and fire formed around his foot as his mask began to glow. Going into an axe kick, Ken sent the king back to the ground in pain. The ghost landed on the ground, ready to pull the lever again if need be. Hiro pointed his sword at the king’s neck.
The king’s eyes stared up at black, fang shaped eye pieces. Closing them, he let out a sigh, before responding.
“I yield.” The sword was removed from Arthur’s neck as the 3 ghosts changed back to their human appearances. The king returned to his coat form, and stared down at the victors. ”Thou have done well to defeat me in combat. I grant thee mine power!”
The coat flew towards the group, Mai and Hiro ready for him, but did expect him to go towards Ken. An Eyecon with a pale gold case appeared from his belt’s eye, a brown iris in the center.
“...And that makes 4.” Ken said after a moment, pocketing the Eyecon. Looking to his friend and brother, he asked a single question. “So! Where to next?”
Mai looked down at a list of possible Eyecons, when her eyes stopped on a single name.
“How about Greece?”
SHINIGAMI RE;BIRTH 5: END
"Everyone is searching for a world where they belong. A place of light, free of falsehood. We are on a never ending journey to reach that world." -Tsukasa Kadoya