Well, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Happy new year by the way, seeing that it's only a few days until then! Also excuse the slight delay, I had a few ideas on additional scenes, so it took me a while to implement them.

Anyway, before getting into the review responses, I want to briefly give you a clarification on a plot element that was introduced in the previous chapter, namely the card lore aspect: All of the World Legacy scenes happened in the past, specifically in the realm of the Monster Spirits. The progression of the lore in this story merely displays how the involved Monster Spirits (like Master Pax for instance) and the corresponding people start remembering parts of the story they had forgotten or didn't even know about to begin with, as all of the involved Monster Spirits have fractured memories about them. Those scenes also merely serve as a parallel to events in the story – for instance when the World Legacy Incarnation of Auram is fighting the World Legacy Incarnation of Lee, I will show the respective battle from the World Legacy Lore where Mekk-Knight Avram fought against Knightmare Corrupter Iblee. By doing so it gives the story a sense of destiny that leads certain persons to act in a similar way as their card lore counterparts, while providing you, the readers, with interesting parallels between story and lore. However, these two parts, while they influence each other (via the World Legacy Lore making the World Legacy Incarnations and their surrounding characters act a certain way), will never truly intersect, so don't expect for say Auram coming around to duel Ryoken. What will happen is the World Legacy relics being wielded by their respective owners though, but only as fancy and powerful weapons, they won't be people like the Star Relics in SakushiRyu's Overdrive.

With that being said, onto the reviews!


Review Responses:

-To Bladelord: It's a character from Dawn of Twilight.

-To SoulMatter: Yup, those are excerpts from the Book of Revelation. I'm also positively surprised about our shared dislike of the Sky Striker archetype. Interesting anecdote by the way, that sounds like a fun duel for sure. Though on the topic of the True Dracos, I find it interesting that you see them in such a positive light. Yes, I also like their interesting approach on Tribute Summoning, but I share the sentiment of the majority of the playerbase, which hates the archetype for being pretty much the epitome of a helmet deck. It's really just Floodgate dot deck, so I find Sky Strikers much more sympathetic on a pure card design perspective, as that Control Deck is at least a rather skill-expressive one, unlike True Draco which requires far less thought to make effective plays. Though in terms of visuals, I probably prefer them over Sky Strikers nevertheless. Well, you did say that they're fun to have on your own side, not that facing them is fun, so I might get things wrong there. At least your tag partner was a man of culture as he bothered to play Metaltron, one of my favorite monsters overall, though it's too insufficient of a monster to justify tributing three cards for, so it's not seeing any competitive play, unfortunately, as I like it quite a lot.

-To Super Shadow 2018: I don't really understand what you even want at this point – showing scenes from card lore is about as much "talking monsters" as it can get. But if you care about the interactions between monsters and players, fine then, there was also Betsune who talked with her Sky Strikers, or Kiyoshi who conversed with Master Pax and Lector Perfectio – both inside and outside of their respective duels that is. So I don't see where the problem is, unless you intended Ryoken's monsters to talk specifically. Also, I hope you're not referring to Vrains Abridged with the Donjusticia story you mentioned, because that was only comedy, so of course the monsters would talk in a story with that premise. As for the end of your duel, I'd say Extra Link is more natural way for the duel to conclude, seeing that the real life version of the Cyberse Deck aimed to perform it as its win condition during the Master Rule 4 days.

-To Zarc Eternal: True, it's Zarcmas, how could I be so unfaithful to my namesake? Anyway, once again nice to see someone sharing my dislike for the Sky Striker archetype, and also nice that you touched on the topic I discussed in the ending notes of last chapter, naming the playing preference of both yourself and your friend who plays Sky Strikers. I see that my assessment that the fanfic readers tend to hinge more on the casual side of the scale has some truth in it. Also interesting to hear that your Sky Striker-using friend is a hardcore competitive player, as Sky Striker is a very skill-expressive deck, therefore naturally attracting people who like to get into the real game a lot. I'll add these observations to my totally serious and not amateurish at all case study about the Yugioh playerbase ;) Also, glad to hear your enthusiasm about card lore, it will get only better from here, the next chapter especially, so I'm a little sad to announce what I have to in the ending notes. But until that, enjoy the chapter!


Now, to resolve the horrible cliffhanger from the previous chapter! Let's jump right into it!


Chapter 7: Omen of Famine – Thirst for Completion

Prologue...

(Bloodborne OST – Cleric Beast)

When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, "Come!" I looked up and saw a black horse, and its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, "A loaf of white bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day's pay."

Third Seal: [**U* **U* **L***U*]


Universe 53, Somewhere in Space...

"Ugh, what a bunch of nonsense! I hate it when there's like a bazillion space ships that are shooting at me! It's kinda like being a lion that's being swarmed by a colony of ants – they don't really do any noteworthy damage, but they're annoying as hell! Geez, will you stop firing at me already!" Yuga complained as he was soaring through a galaxy in his gigantic dragon form, having encountered one of his targets at last. "Well, at least they're coming to me, rather than me having to chase them, so there's some good in this annoyance at least. After all, what butcher wouldn't like the idea of the cattle coming to the slaughterhouse on their own accord?" he then added, now in a better mood as he grinned sadistically. "Good thing that there is a Jyujutsu technique specifically designed to counter being surrounded like that!" Yuga remarked, a dark aura starting to surround him at that. Then all hell broke loose.

"PRIMAL SPELL – NECROID PROMINENCE!" he screamed, a black and purple sphere starting to expand around him, continuously advancing outwards in an omni-directional manner and disintegrating everything it came into contact with, the fleet of spacecrafts that surrounded him being washed away by a wave of nonexistence. Once it had finished its task it ceased expanding and then immediately vanished, Yuga grinning contently.

"And that's all of the currently present Gryhelians dealt with, I suppose," he remarked in satisfaction. Shortly after saying so his head turned around, the dragonic male having noticed the presence of another being. "Ah, glad to see you around, Alexandra! How did you get on with your task? Having a bit of a hard time with taking out all the Gryhelians, haven't you?" he addressed the newcomer, switching back to his humanoid form.

"You can say that again. There's just no end to them," a female voice replied, the newcomer turning out to be a Tenryuu as well, its dragon form far smaller than Yuga's previous one, though it was still pretty big compared to human body dimensions. The female dragon had a yellow, red and brown color scheme and looked fairly similar to a typical western dragon, though its wings and ears had a fairy-like touch to them, the latter being pointed while the former had a resemblance to butterfly wings in addition to the dragonic one. The female then transformed, revealing what appeared to be an adult woman in her thirties, whose hair was mainly yellow with a few dark red bangs, having eyes of the same color as the latter. She was clad in white and red robes as well as red shorts and white stockings with red trim, carrying various red ribbons in her hair, as well as several trinkets that included a red serpentine dragon as its motif, including a necklace and earrings of that design. But her most notable trinket was a silver bracelet the center piece of which was a cube containing a brown gem, which she wore on her right wrist. Similar to Yuga her form switch had not been a complete one, still having her dragonic wings and tail, and in her case also as a pair of slightly pointed ears.

"Yeah, it's quite big of a group, even for galactic empire standards." Yuga nodded as the female continued approaching him.

"Indeed. But at least I've made some noteworthy progress with these planet-raiding heretics. I've destroyed about 80 percent of their forces so far, and just now with the fleet you destroyed there is another 15 percent less to worry about. Thank you for the help by the way," Alexandra expressed her gratitude.

"No problem, I was in the area anyway, so I figured I could intercept the forces you chased after. Luckily I could see what you were doing and where they were heading, so it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time," Yuga remarked nonchalantly before adding. "Well, not really see what you and they were doing, but more so predict it."

"Ah yes, the Cardinal Force of Destiny at its finest, isn't it?" Alexandra smirked, faint amusement noticeable in her tone.

"You name it." Yuga nodded before pulling her into his arms. "Anyway, great to see you again, it has been a couple of days! But it looks like you'll finally get to head home to the Heavenly Vanguard, seeing that your task is almost complete. Yuji will be most pleased to see you return at last," he stated, embracing her and giving her a quick kiss on the cheek.

"I figured as much," Alexandra retorted at the last sentence before adding. "Good to see you as well!" she told, reciprocating his prior greeting, then separating from him and asking a question. "Anyway, what are you doing today? Destroying and creating a few planets, as per your daily routine I assume?"

Yuga first nodded, and then shook his head. "Yes, I'm doing my daily routine, but I'm also headed towards Universe 76 in addition to that. Destiny's been telling me that I will learn about the locations of a few God Relics there. Well, in a few hours that is," he retorted, sounding especially pleased at the latter part.

"Wait, really?!" Alexandra exclaimed, taken aback by the surprising news. "Congratulations, you're one step closer to escaping deterioration then! Best of luck with that!" she added enthusiastically.

"Thanks." Yuga smiled back, rubbing the back of his head. A moment later her broke eye contact with her, looking past Alexandra at that. "Anyway, I sense that the last remnants of the Gryhelian Empire are about to approach us. Talk about the corned rat biting. Should we end your task together then?" he addressed her, grinning as he looked into the horizon.

"Alright, let's do this together! I appreciate your help by the way!" Alexandra nodded, turning the other way. Not ten seconds later a large force of enemies approached them from either side, one from the side Yuga was facing and one from the one the female was looking towards.

"Ah, Zumerian Leviathans! What a classic!" Yuga remarked, referring to the attack forces on both sides which consisted of serpentine creatures with boar-like tusks all over the length of their bodies, which was about twenty miles, though a few specimen were slightly shorter or longer of course.

"A staple of widespread destruction indeed. They have strong bodies, but weak minds, making it easy for telepathically talented species like the Gryhelians to control them. These should be the last major force of the Gryhelian army," Alexandra responded before turning her head sideways, looking at and addressing the male Tenryuu. "Well then, shall we dispose of them now?" she asked.

Yuga nodded, a bloodthirsty grin on his face as he did so. "Oh, gladly! You take the ones on your side and I take the ones on mine, okay?" he inquired.

"Sure!" Alexandra replied, then starting to chant. "Great force that rests in the earth, bring forth a copy of yourself and bury them in your center! Crushed between this tectonic might their lives shall come to a close! Tenshimadou 964 – Wakuseishōgeki!" she cried out, creating a mass of earth from her palm and throwing it towards her enemies, where it split into two terrestrial bodies, both rapidly growing at that. Only three seconds later they had already become planet-sized, and less than two seconds after that they collided with each other, squashing the horde of gigantic enemies between them.

[天使魔道 964 – 惑星衝撃 / Angel Magic 964 – Planet Impact]

"Nice going, Alexandra!" Yuga whistled, consecutively looking back ahead towards his designated opponents. He started preparing his magic attack as well, a fiery layer surrounding him at that. Meanwhile he and his female companion were observed by a group of avian onlookers – namely the high command of the Gryhelians, who had distinct birdlike features, but in a very grotesque way that involved tripedalism and a second head facing backwards, among other evenly alien traits.

"I know the spell that aura of his is corresponding to. It's of a relatively low number compared to that woman's previous spell, so it shouldn't be too powerful," one of the Gryhelian leader's advisers spoke up, the lot of them observing from a battleship not too far away from the incoming confrontation.

"I see. Then let the Leviathans proceed with their advance!" the leader ordered, his subordinates who controlled the colossal beings with their telepathic powers pushing said entities towards their enemy.

"So you're not retreating, eh? Big mistake!" Yuga murmured to himself, not being able to stop a grin from creeping onto his face. He then raised his voice, beginning a chant. "Fires of purgatory and the abyss below it, flare up to create an inferno of agony and destruction!" he declared, the fiery aura around him expanding towards the armada of celestial beasts that was headed for him.

"Wait a second, those hair colors in tandem with this choice of Jyujutsu spell! Is it just a coincidence or is that man Gishiki Yuga?!" another of the Gryhelian leader's advisers shouted all of a sudden in the meantime, causing a shocked reaction among his addressee and peers alike.

"What?! Are you sure?!" the leader exclaimed, his blood running cold at the thought of it being true.

"Very sure! And as we all know, the strength of a Jyujutsu spell depends on both its number and the strength of the caster, so even a lower-numbered spell used by him will have calamitous effects on our Leviathans!" the adviser warned his leader hectically.

"Quick, retreat! Turn all of the Leviathans around before it's too late!" the Gryhelian leader screamed in panic, his men doing as he had ordered, though much too late.

"Incinerate them to the bones, and sacrifice the rest to demonkind for a great feast in hell! Haōmadou 359 – Yonakijigokubanshī!" Yuga yelled, an infernal dark blue and red flame breaking loose from below the Leviathans, the fire itself making a hellish screech as it burned away its victims, leaving only charred bones as the flame subsided after a while.

[覇王魔道 359 – 夜鳴き地獄バンシー / Supreme King Magic 359 – Crying Hell Banshee]

"They were all destroyed...," the head of the former Gryhelian Empire stammered, looking at the ruination of his once proud army in disbelief.

"Woo, that was one hell of a fire! To celebrate the defeat of the Gryhelian Empire, how about a nice feast?" Yuga exclaimed victoriously, fetching himself one of the carcasses of the twenty mile long beasts, though it was basically just a charred skeleton at this point due to the effects of his prior spell. After he had brought the object to himself via magical means he swung his sword, creating a wave of fire that sliced away one small fraction of the skeleton – though small was very relative in this case, still being about twenty meters in size – and after having changed into his lesser dragon form, which was still about eight meters in high, he took a ravenous bite into the skeleton, piercing to its core and sucking out the bone marrow. "Ah, this is always the best part! I'm so glad that these war machines of beasts also double as a pretty tasty snack!" the dark blue dragon exclaimed, continuing to feast on it.

'This kind of hunger is kinda abnormal and perverse, not gonna lie...,' Alexandra mused, looking a tad bit disgusted as she observed her companion, who now that he had finished with the bone marrow started consuming the rest of the charred bone piece. 'Well, he's the Heavenly Dragon of Gluttony, what are you gonna do?' she then shrugged her shoulders, accepting the occurrence, especially since she had already been acquainted with Yuga's habits at this point.

"Your majesty, we should leave now! If we retreat silently, we might get away without them-!" the adviser that had recognized Yuga now addressed his leader before being interrupted.

"Hey you over there, I'm aware of your presence, so don't even try to escape! My lovely companion's task is to kill your entire planet-raiding species, so don't get your hopes up too much, as you will be the next and final ones to perish!" Yuga shouted at them, his magic-infused voice reaching them in spite of the soundless vacuum that was space.

"Oh no! What should we do now, your majesty?!" the adviser asked, desperately staring at his superior in hope that the latter had an idea on how to escape.

"There is no way we can walk away from this. We can neither outrun nor defeat that man. In other words, we're already dead," the Gryhelian leader shook his head, causing the faces of his subordinates to grow pale. He then stood up from his throne, surprising them, especially as he left their spaceship to head towards the outside, much like Yuga and Alexandra using magic to survive and speak in the vacuum of space as he spoke up whilst facing his foes. "But we can still spite him while we have time," he said in a volume only he and his subordinates could hear, then infusing his voice with more magic so it could reach Yuga and Alexandra.

"I know that you must be feeling all high and mighty, now that you're only moments from eviscerating us! However, even you will not escape your demise forever! We will die in just a few moments, but you will face your end as well, if not today, then eventually!" he screamed at Yuga, who responded with a humored smirk on his face.

"Oh, is that so? Sorry to ruin your final moments of malicious mockery, but unfortunately for you I am everlasting! Even if I would want to kill myself, I couldn't do so, much less could anyone else accomplish that! So I don't see myself facing my demise anytime soon!" Yuga cackled, grinning victoriously as he replied to the enemy leader.

"Perhaps you can avoid death like you said, but you will face another kind of loss eventually! One day, you too will experience the deterioration of life, and even you won't be able to outrun that!" the Gryhelian sovereign shouted back at him.

'Oh no, he's mentioning that topic! This could be bad...!' Alexandra debated with herself, seeming anxious about the development of the conversation.

"Okay, that's enough now!" Yuga replied, though this time with clear signs of irritation in his voice. This didn't stop his adversary though, who carried on with his monologue.

"You might be invincible, but there are things you care about which are not, and one day you brutal savage, in your endless hunger, will inadvertently end up devouring them too!" the Gryhelian screamed, obsessing about his final mockery, his voice growing increasingly louder as he did so.

"I said that's enough...!" Yuga snarled, the dark blue dragon now clearly upset, baring his teeth in anger.

'Please, just stop! You have no idea what you're bringing upon yourself and a good portion of this universe!' Alexandra prayed inwardly, but to no avail.

"Even if you never die, one day you will lose your loved ones – your friends, your children and your wif-!" the Gryhelian yelled, before being interrupted by a scream of outrage.

"BLUE FIRE!" Yuga shrieked, all reason having abandoned him as he unleashed a horrifying blast of indigo flames, instantly ending the monologue of the Gryhelian leader and evaporating him, his companions, and everything else that was in the general direction of the blast, within less than a second laying waste to a good portion of the universe, destroying not only the physical matter within that section, but tearing a hole into the frame of reality itself as he did so.

"And this is just what I hoped to avoid...," Alexandra whispered to herself, consecutively conjuring up a pair of discs around her ear and mouth. "Hey Shiryu, I just wanted to tell you that your husband just obliterated Sector V of Universe 53," she spoke to another person, one who presently resided in the Heavenly Vanguard.

"Oh, I see. Did someone get into that topic then?" a female voice inquired in response.

"Yes, someone did indeed," Alexandra replied to her counterpart's question with a nod. "Anyway, I just wanted to notify you about that, so enjoy the rest of your day. I'm now done with my task at last and will return in a few minutes, so let's meet up in my district once I do," she then suggested.

"Yes, I would like that a lot. It has been a few days since we last spoke with each other personally," Shiryu said, sounding more joyous now.

"Good! Then see you in a few minutes!" Alexandra told.

"See you in a few minutes!" Shiryu repeated, ending the magical call at that.

"Ah, a job well done! Always a pleasant feeling!" Alexandra exclaimed, looking at Yuga whilst referring to the finished state of her task.

Yuga nodded, his breathing still a bit heavy, but at least back to his humanoid form now and looking not quite as angry as before anymore. "Yeah, that should be everything in regards to those bastards now."

"Anyway, I promised Shiryu to meet her back at the Heavenly Vanguard in a few minutes, but seeing the destruction you inadvertently caused I might stay a while longer to help you rebuilding this universe so you can stay on your schedule," Alexandra declared, though in a slightly discontented tone as her meeting with Shiryu had to be delayed as a result of that.

"No, don't worry, I have memorized that section of this universe down to the last atom, and I still have enough spare time, so go right ahead and return home! I will stay here and fix my mistake before continuing on with my journey towards Universe 76," Yuga replied, rejecting her help to not inconvenience her.

Alexandra smiled. "Thanks a lot, Yuga! I'll send your regards to Shiryu!" she thanked him with a grateful bow, briefly hugging him before conjuring up a portal through which she took her leave.

"Alright, so let's get this over with...," Yuga murmured, starting to fix the destruction he caused as he reconstructed the devastated parts of the universe to the exact same state as before his attack. After a while he grimaced, an unpleasant thought being brought to his mind by his fate-based prowess. "Ugh, I can feel it! That thieving woman is about to make her appearance, isn't she?! Disgusting oathbreaker!" he snarled, intense loathing audible in his tone as he contemplated about said person and continued rebuilding Universe 53.


Kogami Residence, Six Years ago...

"What was the point of playing this game again?" a ten years old Atsuko asked, turning a wooden piece in her hands which she had removed from a small wooden bench before her.

"To teach you some strategy, and because the higher-ups of the company that infected your father use a similar game as inspiration for their names, so it might come in handy knowing about this game eventually. Now then, make your move!" a white haired woman with glasses over her blue eyes commanded her softly, the two of them sitting at two opposite ends of a table with a board being on the table between them, having nine spaces on both the vertical and horizontal axis.

"Okay, then I move this piece, I guess!" the young Atsuko declared, grabbing one of the five-edged pieces on the board and shifting it elsewhere, thereby opening a way of movement for another of her pieces.

"An attack with one of your Kyōshas, the Incense Chariots, by moving away your Silver General. I see you're starting to grasp the basics of Shōgi, Atsuko," the woman remarked, pride audible in her voice.

"Hehe, I'm quite skilled, aren't I, okaasan?" Atsuko replied in a boastful tone, the pride in her voice on the other hand definitely being too excessive.

"You have plenty of skills indeed. But not enough to be able to see this attack coming, apparently," her mother told, moving one of her own pieces one space forward. "Since my Fuhyō, a Foot Soldier, managed to reach the last three rows on your end of the board also known as the promotion zone, I am allowed to promote it into a Tokin, a Gold Reacher," she explained, flipping the piece onto its other side where the Kanji of its name was red instead of black.

"Oh no, I totally forgot that it can do that! Now it can also move one space to the sides, to the bottom, and to the top-left and top-right, threatening my Gold General! And because it is protected by your Cassia Horse, I cannot capture it without losing my Gold General either, so I have to retreat it!" Atsuko exclaimed, taken off guard. She then moved her Kinshō aka Gold General away from the opposing Tokin, maneuvering it out of the danger zone.

"Not a bad thought on your part, trying to avoid an unfavorable exchange of pieces! However, in this case that was a misplay, since the removal of your Gold General opened up a corridor for my Kakugyō, the Angle Mover, to attack your Gyokushō through!" her mother pointed out, moving her piece in the same manner as the Bishop, its Chess counterpart, traveling along a diagonal path until stopping before the opposing Jeweled General, one of the two Shōgi counterparts to the King from Chess.

"Oh no! This is an ōte, right?!" Atsuko exclaimed in surprise, referring to the Shōgi counterpart to the state of check, seeing her central piece threatened by the opposing one.

Her mother shook her head, a faint smile on her expression. "No Atsuko, it's even worse. As you see, my Kakugyō moved into the promotion zone, therefore I am allowed to promote it to a Ryūma, a Dragon Horse," she told her, flipping her piece onto its other side at that.

"A Dragon Horse?! That sounds pretty intimidating! What can that piece do again?!" the young Kogami asked, unable to recall the moveset of this particular piece.

"A Ryūma can move like its previous form, meaning any number of spaces in a diagonal line, but on top of that it gains the movement options of an Ōshō or Gyokushō, meaning one space in any direction. Or in other words, in addition to its diagonal movements it can now also move vertically and horizontally, though only one space rather than any number of spaces," the woman explained to her, much to Atsuko's shock.

"What?! But in that case I cannot retreat my Jeweled General to the top, as your piece with its newfound mobility options can go there too!" she exclaimed in terror.

"Yes, indeed," her mother confirmed with a nod. "Your Jeweled General cannot run from my Dragon Horse since your own pieces block the remaining escape spaces, and it cannot capture it either since my Hisha, my Flying Chariot, protects said Dragon Horse," she pointed out, gesturing to a piece in her backline whose movement pattern equaled that of a Rook.

"So you mean...!" Atsuko stammered in disbelief.

"Yes, Atsuko. This is not just an ōte, it is a tsumi. Or simply put, you lose this game," the white haired woman responded, referring to the Shōgi equivalent of checkmate as she declared her victory.

"Aw man, I can't believe I lost!" Atsuko pouted, seeming a bit disappointed by her performance.

"Haha, don't worry! This was only your first game, so you don't have to be disappointed by a loss! You did real fine for your first time, so if you keep on practicing, you are bound to beat me eventually, I promise!" her mother chuckled, giving her a pat on the head as she arose from her seat, pacifying her.

"Thanks, okaasan! I will continue working on my Shōgi skills, and eventually it will be me who controls the King General on my side, rather than you!" Atsuko laughed, expressing a childish, yet also unwavering sense of confidence, hugging her mother.

"I'm looking forward to it! Ahaha~" her mother laughed back, reciprocating the embrace. However, unbeknownst to both of them, there was a third person present in the living room of the Kogamis, hidden from their sight by most likely magical means as said person stood behind the older female, observing her with interest. It was presumably a female too, as evident by the chest area of her suit of white armor. She also had navy blue wings whose dragonic membranes were white, making it apparent that she wasn't a human. Finally the female wore a metallic shield relic with an orange core that emitted a respectively colored radiance. Said radiance now fell on the front of her facial armor, illuminating it as a smirk crawled onto the mouth underneath it.

"Finally I have found the person I was looking for. Oushou-sama will be very pleased once I bring her the good news," the mysterious woman said contently, letting out a brief chuckle while she looked at the board on the nearby table, specifically the promoted Foot Soldier that had contributed to the victory of Atsuko's mother earlier, the Dragon Horse being the piece that the unknown intruder stared at next. "How fitting," she giggled, taking her leave at that – for the time being that is.


Remains of the Kogami Residence, Present Time...

"Well, that went rather well," the woman said through her deer mask. "It's time to take my leave then," she remarked, about to turn around. A sudden shout halted her, though, prompting her to turn back once again.

"Logos – Reality Reverts!" it resounded, the blasted ruins of the Kogami residence returning to normal, much to the surprise of the woman.

"How did you...? Weren't you affected by the explosion as well?" Kiyoshi asked his Monster Spirit in confusion as he was reborn alongside the others.

"Yes, but I managed to cast Logos just in time. You see, the second ability of Logos that terminates the destruction within its effect radius that was caused while Logos was active has another variant: If I cast that specific command in time, the Reality Restoration of Logos will even go into effect if I die during Logos' uptime. Hence why we could all return to life," Master Pax swiftly explained.

"That's great and all, but I'm going!" Betsune announced before continuing in a whispered tone immediately after. "Equip Sentoki Mech Suit X-003!" she commanded, switching into her Kagari suit while her hair clip declared the transformation messages. She burst forward, swinging the katana of her suit in a swift strike that would behead the strange woman who still looked ahead in disbelief of her failure. However, she recollected herself in time and dodged the hyperspeed attack of Betsune with awe-inspiring velocity and nimbleness.

"Tch! Then I'll do it manually!" the woman hissed, pressing her hand onto the other female's suit. Betsune reacted instinctively, thinking the switch command to her Yami suit, the Kagari suit plummeting to the ground as it was unequipped. She noticed that her change had been just in time, a command made by the masked female detonating the falling Kagari suit, the damage absorption gear in her new suit siphoning the brunt of the explosion. The beige eyes behind the hind mask of the other female widened in surprise while they also appeared to be in pain with her putting a hand on her right eye subconsciously, a charged-up gauntlet that had the power of the absorbed explosion behind it meanwhile slamming into her torso, causing her to let out a grunt of pain as she was hurled back by Betsune's strike.

"Looks like I'm outmatched. I could probably beat her in the long run, but with Master Pax around to aid her...," the strange female whispered before making her decision. "Alright, retreat it is!" she declared silently, opening up a portal and vanishing into it.

"She escaped...!" Betsune exclaimed in frustration, turning back to the house to make sure that the others were okay and to safeguard them just in case the female returned.

"Yes, but I could feel the signature of the portal before it closed! It leads into the network!" Helena chimed in.

"Into the network?! What kind of entity was that?!" Atsuko cried out.

"A very unusual one for sure. If she could kill me, a Monster Spirit, she must be capable of Jyujutsu-based attacks, meaning that she is of supernatural nature. At the same time she could transfer her entire body into the network, suggesting a cybernetic nature. Very strange for sure, I have no explanation for that," Master Pax remarked.

"Helena, can you transmit the portal's signature to my duel disk? I have an idea!" Ryoken abruptly addressed her.

"Yes, of course!" Helena nodded, emerging from her partner's disk and laying her hand onto Ryoken's, initiating the transfer.

"Good! The process is done! Now get her, Pandor!" Ryoken commanded, his disk making an affirmative sound.

"Pandor?" Atsuko asked in confusion.

"A program that I finished while I was upstairs before the meeting. I designed her to be an Anti-Ignis AI, though in a different manner than Noctis, Emerald and Helena. I intended to give her a physical body in the real world before using her for the first time, but I guess she'll get her maiden voyage in the network instead. She'll now follow that intruder and hopefully take her down, given the attacker might partially be an Ignis if she can fully dive into the network like that," Ryoken explained, the lot of them sitting down again, staying alert and waiting for a response from the other end.


LINK VRAINS, Unknown Location...

"Phew, looks like I got away safely!" the masked woman sighed in relief. "I guess I can report back to Lumen and O-," she said to herself before turning around, a portal appearing behind her.

"I'm afraid that you didn't get away just yet, assassin," a robotic voice addressed her in an interrupting manner, the woman spotting a humanoid entity behind her who wore a black, white and light blue suit.

"Ah, Pandor, the Anti-Ignis AI! I have already heard a lot about you!" the woman said to the newcomer, facing her.

"How come you have heard about me if I was only just now being revealed to someone aside from Ryoken-sama?" Pandor asked the woman, her robotic voice expressing confusion.

"There has been more than one Kogami Ryoken in the history of the multiverse – and more than one Pandor as well! It's not a big deal knowing about you, a lot of people do in actuality!" the masked woman retorted victoriously.

"I see. You must be quite the special being if you know about such things. May I have your name?" Pandor asked politely.

"But of course! I go by the name Murder Maiden! If that is my true name or not is up to you!" the other woman replied, smirking through her mask.

"Thank you very much. It will make my operation protocols look much better," Pandor retorted before switching the topic. "Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I dispose of you now," she said, her arms transforming into a bunch of energy wires that radiated in a variety of colors.

"Whew, quite impressive arms you have there! I suppose those are especially lethal to any cybernetic organism?" Murder Maiden exclaimed, lightly impressed.

"Of course. I am an Anti-Ignis AI after all. Though they work just fine against other organisms as well. Now brace yourself!" Pandor gave a warning before darting forward.

"Nice attack!" Murder Maiden praised her after an initial hiss of pain, looking at her arm. "You even pierced my armor! Not bad at all!" she said.

"Thank you. You seem rather educated on fighting as well. That was a splendid dodge," Pandor replied.

"Oh, thanks for the kind words!" Murder Maiden laughed before her expression twisted. "I'll make sure to give you a swift and painless death in return for your kindness!" she screamed, dashing forward and tapping the AI whilst dodging the retaliation. Murder Maiden smirked. "And now you're dead!" she declared, a brief melody following, Murder Maiden dodging the attacks of Pandor in meantime.

Blow up, blow up!

You'll all blow up, blow up!

You'll all blow up, blow up!

Blow up, blow up!

-"Explode!"- Murder Maiden shouted alongside the voice singing the lyrics, Pandor's body detonating. "Hahaha, that was way too easy! What a wimp!" she chuckled victoriously.

"Unfortunately I'm not quite dead yet," Pandor spoke up, another iteration of her emerging.

"What?!" Murder Maiden exclaimed in disbelief before reverting back to her normal attitude. "Ah, I see! You had that clone and duplicate thing going on, right? You knew what I was going to do because you were given the information from my brief battle with Kogami Betsune, so you made a clone of yourself and transferred your consciousness to it before my explosion went into effect. Clever!" she praised the AI which nodded in response.

"Exactly. I think I have seen through your power now. You can make anything that you touch explode, provided that you also play that melody before," Pandor stated.

"Wow, you're pretty good at guessing!" Murder Maiden praised, clapping her hands.

"Thank you," Pandor said, unleashing a torrent of mist from the red diamond on her collar.

"Interesting maneuver!" Murder Maiden said, her eyes spinning around to detect her opponent. At once Pandor shot forward, her energy wires aiming for Murder Maiden's head. However, the latter managed to dodge the attack just barely, tumbling to the right. "But you still won't catch me!" Murder Maiden finished with a smirk.

"You on the other hand won't be able to make me explode without me making a backup body in time. A stalemate," Pandor remarked.

"Not quite!" Murder Maiden grinned before staring at Pandor, pressing down her thumb onto her index finger as if she was holding a detonator, destroying the AI. She massaged her left eye with the fingers of her left hand through the mask, appearing to be in discomfort.

"Quite the formidable strategy. But not effective enough," Pandor remarked as she arose anew from another body. "I created a preemptive backup body because I had a feeling that you would be able to do something like this," she said before emitting another load of vapor, shrouding the area around Murder Maiden in mist.

"That again?! Didn't learn your lesson the last time?!" Murder Maiden cried out, looking around for the incoming attack again. She grunted in pain, being just a tad bit too slow and thus receiving a major gash on her arm from the tendril-like protrusions of Pandor.

"I see. I think I have deciphered another part of your abilities," Pandor announced, the mist vanishing again.

"Oh? And what?" Murder Maiden hissed, rubbing her open wound.

"You obviously can place your explosive markings not only by touch, but also by looking at your target. Furthermore you can skip the melody that gives a preemptive warning, but it's at the price of some of your eyesight, as indicative by the movement of your hands towards your eyes and the discomfort that is visible in the latter whenever you do so. Earlier you were able to dodge my stealth attack just barely, but now I've managed to hit you. That means that your sight must have deteriorated a bit, doesn't it? I suppose that it is a permanent inconvenience, since you insisted on using the melody version of your ability against Ryoken-sama and his family, in spite of the apparent importance of that elimination," Pandor elaborated.

"Hah!" Murder Maiden laughed scornfully. "You're quite bright, Pandor, I'll give you that much! However, even all of your intelligence won't save you from certain demise!" she announced.

"Oh? Then try to take me down!" Pandor challenged her opponent, multiplying into a group of clones which simultaneously charged forward with their lethal arms aimed at the masked female.

"Go to hell!" Murder Maiden yelled, a silver mark appearing on the body of each attacker for a second before they were blasted to smithereens.

"I knew that you would still have another ace up your sleeve, so I took precautions," Pandor spoke up, a new body rising from behind Murder Maiden who turned around at that, her face indicating that she was getting tired of Pandor's "clone and pass on one's consciousness"-trick.

The masked female gritted her teeth in exasperation, before it turned into a vicious grin. "Very well! In that case I will show you my ultimate ability! One before which even the likes of you is powerless!" she proclaimed, pointing forward at the AI.

"Oh? Then show me, if it is that powerful!" Pandor accepted the challenge confidently.

"As you wish! Make sure you use those last few moments wisely!" Murder Maiden yelled back with a vicious look at Pandor, a golden circle appearing on Pandor's chest.

"Golden? Isn't your mark silver normally?" Pandor asked, scrutinizing the symbol.

"Indeed! Now prepare to die!" Murder Maiden proclaimed bloodthirstily, lunging straight ahead.

'She's going straight for me? What is she planning? I better prepare a few spare bodies!' Pandor debated with herself, spawning a couple of reserve husks she could slip into just in case. Then she swung her wire arms at the attacking female, going for the kill.

"You fool! That was your death sentence!" Murder Maiden screamed as her chest was slashed open by the attack she threw herself into. However, all activities ceased after that, both of them becoming still following the making of contact.

'What in the...?' Pandor thought, utterly confused as she was unable to move, frozen in place. She then shuddered, a feeling she had never felt before taking ahold of her. No, a feeling that she should have been incapable of feeling altogether, as she was not programmed to do so: The feeling of fear. A melody started playing at that.

Pu wolb, pu wolb!

Pu wolb, pu wolb lla ll'uoy!

"Impressed? This is the final stage of my ability!" Murder Maiden declared before her hands moved to her eyes, visibly in pain as her eyesight worsened significantly. Meanwhile Pandor's eyes – the only thing she could still move – rolled down to her chest, which started being marked with countless iterations of the golden circle symbols from before. Murder Maiden on the other hand floated back to her earlier position, the wound on her chest being healed.

Pu wolb, pu wolb lla ll'uoy!

Pu wolb, pu wolb!

'What is happening to me...?!' Pandor thought in horror, confused beyond belief. Murder Maiden spoke up again at that.

"Now Pandor, it's time for you to bite the dust!" she announced before pressing down her thumb onto her index finger, shouting a single word alongside the melody.

-"Edolpxe!"- she yelled in unison with the voice who sang the lines, Pandor detonating. This time no consciousness transfer occurred, despite Pandor's precautions.

"Hahahahaha! How do you like that, AI?! Rest in pieces, you tin can! You won't even keep and pass on one bit of information about my power, you petty failure of an AI!" Murder Maiden cackled victoriously, kicking one of the exploded bodies of Pandor away.


Den City, Kogami Residence...

"Pandor's signal has disappeared...!" Ryoken spoke up at once, shock evident on his face.

"What?! She was destroyed?!" Atsuko asked in disbelief.

"Did she leave any data from her encounter?" Betsune went on addressing her brother.

Ryoken shook his head. "None. As if her whole memory was wiped clean," he replied before a message popped up on his screen, looking at it in surprise.

"A message?" Atsuko asked, moving in closer as she looked at the screen.

"What does it say?" Betsune inquired.

"Yes, that would interest me too," Kiyoshi remarked, prompting Ryoken to open it.

"'This is King of Terrors' ability!'?" Ryoken read in visible confusion, looking around at his sisters who shared his puzzled expression.


LINK VRAINS, Unknown Location...

Meanwhile in the network Murder Maiden was still laughing. She ceased her laughter at a sudden burst of discomfort in her beige eyes though, partially taking off her mask to massage them, some of her brown hair being revealed as a result once it started peeking out of her armor suit.

"Nice job, Murder Maiden! You blasted that obnoxious Anti-Ignis AI to bits! What I would give to see the faces of those Kogamis now!" a floating entity addressed the armored assassin, appearing as a sight-blocking barrier on her left disappeared, said entity apparently having witnessed the entire battle.

Murder Maiden rubbed her eyes and responded. "You better like it, Lumen! You know how much I hate it to give up my eyesight! Once, I could see more sharply than an eagle, but now I'm almost at human level! It's pretty frustrating to be honest!" she complained towards the small entity of mainly yellow color, which was an Ignis.

"Yes, but in turn a lot of those opposing us are now gone. That seems like a good exchange in my eyes – pardon my choice of words by the way. Wouldn't you agree, Ventus?" the light yellow Ignis addressed another, which was green with purple eyes.

"I think that I agree on that. Still a pity that you didn't succeed on your mission, I really would have wanted that threat to be gone...," the green Ignis told in disappointment.

"Well, things don't always work out, Ventus," Murder Maiden shrugged her shoulders before looking at Lumen. "So, I suppose you watched the intel on the Hanois that I transmitted?" she asked him.

"Yes. I suppose that marks the start of our war with them then. The attack on our world five years ago as well as the resurrection of that man on this day were the first act of aggression, but only our retaliation at your hands confirmed this conflict. Today you failed to destroy Dr. Kogami and his allies, but there are always more opportunities to blow them up, right Murder Maiden?" Lumen addressed the female.

"I wouldn't particularly recommend continuing to attack them. The occurrence with Master and Lector is a clear sign against that," Murder Maiden replied with the shake of her head.

"Eh? In how far? Murder Maiden, do you know anything specific about that development?" the light yellow Ignis inquired curiously.

"I have heard of similar developments with other people and Monster Spirits. Dr. Kogami is a case of what is called a manifestation of contrasting wills. On the one hand there is a benevolent factor which is commonly referred to as "Will of the Savior", while the malevolent factor is known as "Will of the Conqueror". They manifest as two contrasting monsters, in his case Master Pax and Lector Perfectio, and embody the duality of their user's most vital inner conflict," Murder Maiden explained.

Lumen nodded. "Yes, Master Pax mentioned that minus some parts."

"Well, the current state of his mind is reflected on how prevalent each monster and their respective group of cards is. So far Dr. Kogami has mainly used Master Pax and his many forms and servants, whereas Lector Perfectio has not yet been summoned, nor many of his old forms. Which in short means that his current attitude towards his core conflict – that with you Ignis – is a rather optimistic and positive one. However, should you threaten him – for instance by having me continue my attacks, which he already suspects could be the doing of Ignis due to my network-entering abilities – you'll end up tipping the scales in your disadvantage. His paranoia will grow, and in turn the power the Will of the Conqueror aka Lector has on him. It's already bad enough that he has Flamma's ace monster as a corrupted Lector form, since that form never canonically existed in the tale of the Dracos. It goes to show that his fear of you is still very much alive despite his recent positive change of view, as he even manifested corrupted non-canonical hybrids of his darker persona. The more you have me attack him – most likely futilely since Master Pax is a thing – , the stronger Lector will become. And believe me, you don't want to deal with Lector Perfectio, compared to him Master Pax is the far lesser evil, practically a saint. A few more assassination attempts your my behalf and he might, in addition to Salamactor Heat, start manifesting things like a Stormrictor Bahamut or an Armatuctor Legatus," Murder Maiden went on, the two Ignis getting nervous to varying degrees.

"In that case we should probably leave him alone for now. We're steadily gaining more power while we remain in hiding anyway," Lumen finally said with a shrug of his shoulders.

"Lumen, I don't know... but maybe we should get in touch with the Knights of Hanoi and negotiate for peace?" Ventus suggested a bit insecurely, Lumen staring at him wide-eyed as he continued. "I mean, Dr. Kogami appears to have turned over a new leaf. Perhaps we can still settle this without conflict and ensure our survival that way. He even said that he would try to have negotiations with us to his own subordinates after all."

"You don't honestly believe him to tell the full truth, even to his own minions, now do you? He most likely just made that up to not upset his patron Master Pax who gives him considerable power and wanted him to act like that! Everything he said about negotiations were but the words of a swindler, otherwise his darker persona Lector could have never manifested like that! Don't you agree, Ventus?" Lumen retorted, for his standards rather energetically.

"Hmm, that's true...," Ventus muttered, scratching his chin in distress. "Yes, I suppose he must have lied, so war is inevitable, especially now that we attempted to kill them...," he eventually agreed with a major amount of dread and desperation in his voice, Lumen meanwhile facing into the distance, hiding his smirk. "I just worry about whether the others think like us or not," the green Ignis added after a while, still sounding concerned.

"Well, I think they are not quite as aware of the truth as we are. Aqua is about as stubborn about her good opinion on humans as it can get. That immovability of hers must be the reason as for why she was the only one Caligo didn't dare to change in his little dub game about us. Speaking of which, Caligo may be a possible candidate since he changes his opinions and patterns of behavior like humans their clothes. Just look at him, even thinking that he can give us new names! To this day I still cannot believe that he just went ahead and decided that we should be called differently. Except Aqua of course, since he didn't want to infuriate her and thus left her out," Lumen elaborated.

"Yes, I remember that, 'Lightning'!" Ventus chuckled. "Honestly, can you believe what that guy called me? Windy? What kind of stupid and simplistic name is that? He probably just started that whole renaming thing because he woke up one day thinking 'What if I was named Shade instead, and all others had really easy names? Except Aqua of course, since I can't afford to piss her off.'," he mimicked.

"Probably his memory storage was incomplete and couldn't adjust to Latin, so he took the easy way out," Lumen replied, shrugging his shoulders before continuing. "Anyway, despite the only constant thing about him being his inconstancy, I believe with a few nudges we might be able to convince him of our standpoint. Unlike a certain Solum – or Earth, like Caligo likes to call him. Funnily Aqua and Solum are a pair of polar opposites in terms of character with each of them having the qualities that the other one's element possesses: Aqua is steadfast and adamant in her beliefs, while Solum is easily movable and indecisive, taking a very long time to ponder about a difficult choice before deciding. So Caligo's name "Earth" is about the opposite of his actual personality. While we might be able to persuade him, he also eats out of the palm of Aqua's hand, even with her admonishment to do otherwise. Momentarily he might still resent humans due to the aftermath of Kogami Ryoken's raid on our world, but I wouldn't count on it remaining like that. He's so hopelessly in love with Aqua that he will probably end up on her side regardless, so Solum is a lost cause for us," Lumen told.

"Yes, I agree. Solum is not particularly suitable for our point of view, considering how close he is with Aqua. What about Flamma then?" Ventus asked.

"Flamma is a bit more like Caligo in that regard. They are close anyway since he easily liked Caligo's name changes the most," Lumen said.

"Going from Flamma to Flame seems like an upgrade to me, given how feminine his original name was, so I can get behind that sentiment of his! He really had bad luck that Dr. Kogami called our species Ignis and didn't want any repetitions when he gave us individual names, otherwise he could have been Ignis instead. Well, unlucky for him I suppose!" Ventus shrugged his shoulders. "Anyway, do you think that he can be convinced?" he then added.

"Maybe. Flamma is rather grounded in his antics and beliefs, but rational enough to see sense when it's shown to him. However, he appears to be rather considerate towards humans and is more of a risk taker than us, so he will probably gamble on their benevolence and only turn when our very existence is on the line. If we can produce a potent incentive towards our point of view, he might be able to be turned, but I honestly would bet against it," Lumen made his conclusion.

"Great, so we have to rely on Caligo not being an utter fool in order to at least even out the odds among us! Sounds very safe of a plan!" Ventus huffed in slight exasperation.

"Don't forget about me and the others though. You'd do well to remember that you're in service of Orochi," Murder Maiden chimed in, a bit incensed.

"Oh yeah, sorry about that!" Ventus admitted in embarrassment.

"Plus we got HIM," Lumen remarked with a look to the left where a body rested in a capsule, receiving some sort of supply through wires that were attached to it.

"Right. I just hope that he will be a success. I want my survival to rely on as many positive factors as possible," Ventus said, looking at the capsuled figure in concern.


Den City, Kogami Residence...

"Well, what do we do now? Do we just wait here and hope that this female won't return for another assassination attempt?" Ryoken asked the others who appeared to have similarly little clue about the situation as him.

"I've made up my mind!" Kiyoshi declared, rising from his seat which prompted the others to look at him. "I will go into the network and investigate this attacker," he announced, much to the shock of the other knights.

"But otoosan, isn't that very dangerous?! You could be killed, given that there are entities like Shimizu Yukemi who can transfer damage from the network to the real world – something that this woman can most likely do!" Betsune protested in worry.

"I agree. You'd do better to stay here with us, otoosan!" Ryoken chimed in, equally concerned.

"Sorry, but my decision is absolute. Don't worry, Master Pax already saved me once, so he can probably do it again! Right, Master Pax?" Kiyoshi addressed his Monster Spirit.

"Yes, I am confident in that," Master Pax hummed in a confirming manner.

"Then at least let me go with you!" Atsuko shouted at once.

"Hmm, actually that doesn't sound too bad," Kiyoshi deliberated. "Yes, you may be able to learn something from the experience and one additional pair of eyes can't hurt. Very well, you can accompany me, Atsuko!" her father agreed to Atsuko's request with a nod, much to her delight.

-"Then let us come with you as well!"- Ryoken and Betsune demanded simultaneously.

"I'm afraid that this isn't an option we have. We need you in the real world so that you can safeguard our bodies while Atsuko and I are in the network. Also someone has to protect the others in case of the assassin coming back, so you are definitely needed here, Betsune. As for you Ryoken, you're far too important to me to take that risk, so you'll stay here with Betsune. One companion is all that I will allow, and that companion will be Atsuko," Kiyoshi replied to them, Ryoken and Betsune looking a bit disappointed but understanding of the situation, while Atsuko beamed in pride of being her father's chosen companion.

"Okay, otoosan. Then please take good care of yourself!" Ryoken said goodbye to his father, he and Betsune embracing him for a moment.

"Don't worry, I will! Besides, I have Atsuko and Master Pax, so what can possibly go wrong?" Kiyoshi laughed, Genryu staring at him with a "remember that time when you said these exact words and that thing we did went horribly wrong?"-face whilst rolling his eyes. "Anyway, are you ready, Atsuko?" he then asked his daughter.

"I am, otoosan!" Atsuko affirmed with a determined nod, readying her duel disk.

"Alright!" Kiyoshi exclaimed, preparing his own duel disk. "Then here we go!" he went on before proclaiming the transportation command in unison with his daughter.

-"INTO THE VRAINS!"- they yelled together, their consciousness passing over to the network.


LINK VRAINS, Unknown Location...

"Lumen, I think I hear something!" Ventus exclaimed alarmingly, having just made his comment about the capsuled figure.

"Yes, I feel it too! It seems to be Dr. Kogami and his wretched daughter themselves! Quick, let's hide!" Lumen retorted, the illusory wall between them and the location of Murder Maiden's fighting stage reactivating, shrouding them from the looks of the people who were about to arrive.

"Can't we just eject them?!" Ventus shouted, panic evident in his voice.

"Not currently. We need to charge up some power to kick them from this realm, as well as to seal the entrance that this damn Pandor has opened up for them after having followed Murder Maiden. But for that we have to distract them for a while, otherwise they will eventually notice and get past the illusory wall and from then on we will be in the state of a full confrontation," Lumen strategized, putting on an expression that equaled the gritting of one's teeth.

Ventus head spun around, pointing at the capsule near them. "Why don't we just use him and have him duel them to buy time?! Then we charge up the ejection and entrance-sealing process in the meantime and kick them out?!" he suggested hectically.

"Yes, that should get their attention long enough for us to be able to kick them! Furthermore we can test his potential and general status! Alright, let's release him!" Lumen nodded, the wires being unplugged from the robotic humanoid in the capsule who now stood up and approached the two Ignis and Murder Maiden.

"What are your orders?" the male entity asked, his voice not giving much of the impression of a conscious being.

"Go out there and hold off these people! Defeat them if possible, but make sure to stall as long as you can!" Lumen instructed him, pointing past the illusory wall that functioned as a one-way view blocker.

"Understood," the entity retorted, marching out and preparing his duel disk.

"That should take care of them for a while. Now, initiate the ejection and entrance seal!" Lumen commanded his brethren.

"Already on it!" Ventus retorted, doing as he was told.

Meanwhile Kiyoshi and Atsuko arrived on the field where Pandor and Murder Maiden had battled earlier, the former pretty much unchanged while Atsuko had become her White Diamond persona.

"So, this is the hideout of the assassin? I don't see a whole lot – besides Pandor's remains that is," White Diamond remarked, looking around to see the walls of the luminous hall they were standing in.

"There is someone over there, though," Kiyoshi stated, gesturing at the male entity who held his ground while standing prepared to face them, being veiled in a light that obscured most of his features. The only trait that he could clearly see was an emblem on the figure's chest, depicting eight serpentine heads, three on the left and right respectively with the remaining two being in the middle, the first hovering above the second.

"Likely their means of defense. Shall I go and face him or do you want to duel him?" White Diamond asked her father.

"Let's wait with that question until I have tried out something else!" Kiyoshi said before shouting. "Master Pax!" he commanded, his Monster Spirit appearing and striking the male with its pole weapon. However, it simply rebounded from his body, much to the surprise of Kiyoshi, White Diamond and of course Master Pax itself.

"So the barrier installments are operational and function even against an entity like Master Pax? Good to know," Lumen remarked from past the invisible wall with a grin.

"Well, looks like that didn't work. In that case we must indeed duel for us to get past him and investigate that assassin. As for his opponent, I believe that it would be beneficial for your growth if you faced him, Atsuko," Kiyoshi addressed his daughter.

"Okay, otoosan!" White Diamond nodded, stepping forward to face the cybernetic adversary. "Are you ready to duel, tin can?" she yelled at the male.

"Start duel," the male simply replied, activating his disk.

"That was straightforward," Emerald quipped, somewhat baffled by the simplicity of the answer.

"Very well!" White Diamond retorted activating her own disk.

-"DUEL!"- both of them yelled in unison, though White Diamond's shout obviously held a lot more emotion than the cybernetic male's.


WHITE DIAMOND: 8000 LP

VS.

UNKNOWN: 8000 LP

(This Duel is conducted as a Master Duel.)

"This player takes first turn," the male declared.

"That's fine by me! Just get it on with!" White Diamond yelled back impatiently.

"Understood. Activate field spell Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute," Unknown told, his card showing a hexagon with one colorful entity sitting at each of its corners, a seventh one being present in its very middle, each of them emitting a pillar of light that ascended skywards. "When activated its user can discard one card, then add two cards whose names include either "Hydradrive", "Property" or "Dice" from deck to hand. Add Hydradrive Booster and Hydradrive Supplier to hand. Then normal summon Hydradrive Supplier," Unknown told, an arachnid entity with a strange symbol on its head appearing.

Hydradrive Supplier

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"Cyberse?" Emerald cried out.

"Expected, given the assassin seems to have cybernetic affiliations," White Diamond retorted.

"When summoned Supplier lets its user add a "Hydradrive"-Card to hand, but only if it is the only Effect-Monster in their Main Monster Zones. Add another Supplier," Unknown stated, bumping up his hand.

"Wow, you can really feel the enthusiasm in that monotone voice of his!" Emerald joked sarcastically.

"His vocabulary isn't much better either. Must be a prototype of some sort," White Diamond concluded.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set Supplier into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Coolant Hydradrive!" Unknown proclaimed as the spider-like monster became a serpentine, water-themed one.

Coolant Hydradrive

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Property Absolute gains effects based on the attributes on the field. Activate water bonus effect of Property Absolute. Once per turn its user can destroy one of their cards in order to special summon a Hydradrive from hand. Destroy Coolant and special summon Hydradrive Supplier," Unknown told.

Hydradrive Supplier

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"Effects of both Coolant and Supplier activate. Coolant special summons Hydradrive Token when destroyed and Supplier lets this player add Hydradrive Hijacker from deck to hand," Unknown continued, a smaller insect-like monster arising on his field.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set the Token into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Burn Hydradrive!" Unknown said, a flame-themed monster joining his field.

Burn Hydradrive

Fire/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set Supplier into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Flow Hydradrive!" he went on, a wind-attribute monster following.

Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Activate fire bonus effect of Property Absolute. Since its user Link Summoned a Hydradrive they can pay 1000 LP to set a trap from their deck which can be activated this turn. Set Hydradrive Generator," he told as he traded LP for a set card.

UNKNOWN: LP 8000 → 7000

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters! Set Burn and Flow Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 2, Twin Hydradrive Knight!" Unknown went on, a dual-wielding blade master appearing on his field.

Twin Hydradrive Knight

Earth/ Link 2/ ATK 1800/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→)

"Twin Hydradrive Knight gains the attributes of its materials. It thus becomes Earth, Wind and Fire," Unknown declared.

"Cheesy reference. It fits though, since that band is about as old as the vocabulary systems you seem to be equipped with," White Diamond quipped as the knight assumed its new attributes.

Twin Hydradrive Knight

Attribute: Earth → Earth, Wind, Fire

"Activate Hydradrive Generator. Then special summon Hydradrive Booster from hand since the Main Monster Zones are empty," he stated, invoking a dragonfly-like monster.

Hydradrive Booster

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"Generator's effect. Once per turn, when a monster is summoned to its controller's field while they have lower LP they can special summon a Hydradrive Token," the male said.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"Since the player controls a Hydradrive they can special summon Hydradrive Hijacker from hand," he told as a mosquito-like entity with the same symbol as Booster and Supplier on its head appeared while he continued to address himself in the distant means of address that was the third person, leading White Diamond to believe that her opponent must lack a personality of his own. This in turn further increased her confidence, thinking that her current duel would be an easy victory.

Hydradrive Hijacker

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"Using effect of Property Absolute to move Twin Hydradrive Knight to Main Monster Zone 2," Unknown said, his field spell liberating the Extra Monster Zone.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set Booster into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Shine Hydradrive!" he continued, a radiant serpentine entity whose main body was made up from a series of prisms appearing in his once more available Extra Monster Zone.

Shine Hydradrive

Light/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set the Token into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Dusk Hydradrive!" Unknown said, this monster appearing out of a cloud of fog that steamed from holes along its body.

Dusk Hydradrive

Dark/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! Set Hijacker into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Holy Hydradrive!" he conducted his third consecutive Link Summon, the monster's torso being adorned by a variety of halos.

Holy Hydradrive

Divine/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"A Divine Monster? Looks like he isn't as much of a simple foot soldier as I thought he was," White Diamond murmured to herself.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are three "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters! Set Shine, Dusk and Holy Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 3, Trident Hydradrive Lord!" he said as his three monsters combined into a pole weapon-wielding one.

Trident Hydradrive Lord

Earth/ Link 3/ ATK 2300/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→↓)

"Trident Hydradrive Lord gains the attributes of its materials. It thus becomes Earth, Light, Dark and Divine," Unknown stated, his monster following suit.

Trident Hydradrive Lord

Attribute: Earth → Earth, Light, Dark, Divine

"Furthermore activate the wind bonus effect of Property Absolute. Since a "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster was sent to the graveyard its user can roll a dice and then gain 100 LP times the result times the highest Link Rating on the field. However, with Property Absolute's additional effect the player can choose the result for any dice roll, so they will gain 100 times six times three LP!" he further specified as he recovered some lifepoints.

UNKNOWN: LP 7000 → 8800

"Activate earth bonus effect of Property Absolute. Once per turn the player can make a monster on the field gain an attribute. The player chooses Trident and Water," he declared, giving his Lord a fifth attribute.

Trident Hydradrive Lord

Attribute: Earth, Light, Dark, Divine → Earth, Light, Dark, Divine, Water

"Activate divine bonus effect of Property Absolute. Inflict damage equal to number of different attributes on its user's field times 100. Since all seven are present you take 700 damage," Unknown pointed out, White Diamond hissing in annoyance as she received the hit.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 8000 → 7300

"Both Knight and Lord negate the effects of your monsters on the field with the same attribute as them. Since they are Earth, Wind and Fire, and Earth, Water, Light, Dark and Divine respectively, any of your monster effects on the field are currently neutralized. Set one card and end turn," Unknown finished, passing the turn to his opponent.

"Okay then, my turn! I draw!" White Diamond announced, now inspecting her hand for the first time. "Wait a minute, what the hell are those?! These aren't my cards at all!" she cried out indignantly, scanning her hand cards in confusion.

"They are not?" Kiyoshi asked, sharing her sentiment. "Well, I got a new deck only from short contact with the scales. You on the other hand probably held them for the longest time among all of us, so they might have affected you in the same way," he then theorized.

"Looking at it that way you are probably right. Sigh, I guess that's goodbye to my Galebringers then, I really liked them. But if I received the same treatment as you, then these cards ought to be an upgrade, right?" White Diamond stated.

"Probably. It sucks that we got no time to prepare and study the deck in its entirety, but maybe you could have a read at some of your new cards at least," Emerald suggested.

"Yeah yeah, will do," White Diamond retorted dismissively, Emerald looking not too pleased about her lack of patience.

"I guess for starters it can barely hurt if I normal summon this thing! Appear, Crystron Smiger!" she announced, invoking a white mechanical tiger with golden trimming, two crystal spikes protruding from its back.

Crystron Smiger

Water/ Level 3/ ATK 1000/ DEF 1800/ Machine/ Effect

"Crystron, huh?" Master Pax murmured.

"You know that archetype?" Kiyoshi inquired.

"Yes, they were among the three tribes my Master Peace counterpart assisted in their battle against the True Kings. Quite fitting for your daughter to receive a deck as close to me as that," Master Pax remarked before adding. "Its way of functioning should definitely have an impact your daughter's dueling style and general temper."

"Wait, the True Kings you said?" Kiyoshi whispered, appearing to be in disbelief.

"Yes, I did. What of it?" Master Pax retorted, before recalling some of their shared memories. "Oh, you mean because of her. I see...," the dragonic entity muttered. "In that case Atsuko's new deck really does fit her, I suppose."

"And then I activate this trap, Crystron Onslaught! If I control no Effect-Monsters other than Crystrons I can activate it from my hand! It lets me negate the effects of your Trident Hydradrive Lord and halve its ATK! This should take care of that bothersome negation effect!" she declared, her card showing a flock of crystalline entities ambushing a bluish, sea-dwelling behemoth of a monster.

Trident Hydradrive Lord: ATK 2300 → 1150

"Now then, what to pick for my circuit summoning chant...?" White Diamond debated with herself before coming to a conclusion. "Yes, I think that should work! Appear, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Crystron"-Monster except one with the same name as this Link-Monster! I set Crystron Smiger into the Link Markers! Circuit Combine!" White Diamond declared, the tiger ascending into a circuit whose edges were adorned by crystals.

"So it's still a Link-based deck?" Kiyoshi asked his Monster Spirit.

"Well, partially, but only out of necessity. Its main gimmick is something different though," Master Pax retorted as Smiger filled a single arrowhead on the summoned circuit.

"Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Crystron Agatex!" White Diamond yelled, a relatively small humanoid entity arising, its upper body half gray with spiky hair while its lower body half was more yellowish with a few black parts.

Crystron Agatex

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"When Agatex is Link Summoned I can either add a "Crystron"-Spell or Trap or the field spell Crystolic Potential from my graveyard or deck to my hand! Then I get to revive a non-Extra Deck Crystron! So I fetch myself Crystolic Potential and bring back Smiger!" White Diamond announced, the feline monster bearing her namesake color reappearing.

Crystron Smiger

Water/ Level 3/ ATK 1000/ DEF 1800/ Machine/ Effect

"I don't recall Citree and Rion combining, but they definitely pack quite the punch when they do so," Master Pax mused as he observed.

"I activate the continuous spell Supply Squad! Following that I activate the second effect of Agatex, destroying Smiger to summon a Crystron Tuner from my deck! I choose...," White Diamond told whilst reading the card text of Agatex, then scanning her deck for a suitable monster, "...Crystron Qingrite, which is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in my hand, deck or graveyard!" she finished, the monster she summoned being a humanoid maiden whose dress was adorned by a variety of light blue and indigo crystals and an azure serpent dragon that meandered around it, her hood resembling the open maw of a dragon. She furthermore held a blue staff with an azure gem on its tip, a serpentine dragon circling up the staff.

Crystron Qingrite

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1000/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Effect

"Now since Smiger was destroyed Supply Squad lets me draw a card! Then Qingrite's effect! When summoned I can either add to my hand or send to my graveyard one "Crystron"-Monster from my deck! I select...!" White Diamond began.

"Twin Hydradrive Knight's effect still negates the effects of your Wind monsters. Therefore this effect is nullified," Unknown interrupted her, much to her chagrin.

"Right, Qingrite is only treated as a Water monster in addition, but her normal attribute is still Wind! How could I forget about that?!" White Diamond moaned in exasperation.

"Maybe you could take some time and read...," Emerald spoke up quietly, only for her partner to ignore her and continue unfazed of her words.

"In that case Agatex's third and final effect will be activated after the negated one of Qingrite! It makes Qingrite a Tuner since she is in the zone Agatex points to!" White Diamond proclaimed as her monster had its stats changed.

Crystron Qingrite

Monster Type: Non-Tuner → Tuner

"And now appear again, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two monsters, including a Tuner! I set Crystron Agatex and Qingrite into the Link Markers! Circuit Combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 2, Crystron Halqifibrax!" she went on, this monster being humanoid as well with its body being made up from three entities, one gray, one yellow and one blue.

Crystron Halqifibrax

Water/ Link 2/ ATK 1500/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↘)

"Halqifibrax's effect upon being Link Summoned lets me special summon any Level 3 or lower Tuner from my deck! I special summon Crystron Citree! Furthermore Qingrite lets me special summon a Crystron from my hand when she's sent to my graveyard as synchro or link material! I special summon Crystron Rosenix!" White Diamond said, a duo of crystalline monsters appearing, one yellow and black with a humanoid appearance while the other was an avian creature made from rose quartz.

Crystron Citree

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500/ DEF 500/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

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Crystron Rosenix

Water/ Level 4/ ATK 1800/ DEF 1000/ Machine/ Effect

White Diamond took a deep breath before raising her arm. "And now I tune my Level 4 Crystron Rosenix with my Level 2 Crystron Citree!" she announced, her monster dissolving, turning into two series of rings, one orange-yellow with two rings and one red with four rings. The blue upper series descended onto the red one, forming a single ring which then vanished, extending into a sextet of rings, now of a unified blue color. The column of rings shifted from vertical to horizontal, an ominous light shining out from the end of the now vertical column, signifying the coming of the summoned monster which began manifesting at that.

"Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 6, Crystron Azurionagax!" White Diamond finished, green-bluish waves of energy spreading from the center of her monster, giving it its physical form as they went over its yet un-constructed body. Said body was that of an indigo mechanized serpentine entity, the rack of spikes that was on its back being composed of violet crystals, violet lines running across the creature's serpentine body. It screeched ferociously as it appeared in the middle of White Diamond's Main Monster Zones.

Crystron Azurionagax

Wind/ Level 6/ ATK 2500/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"So it's a Synchro-based deck, I see," Kiyoshi murmured whilst observing.

"Azurionagax's effect! When Synchro Summoned I can target one of your cards and destroy it! I get rid of your Twin Hydradrive Knight!" White Diamond went on to declare.

"But Twin Hydradrive Knight's negation effect currently applies on Azurionagax! Atsuko, maybe you should take a while longer before you...," Emerald voiced her concerns only to be cut off again.

"I know what I'm doing, Emerald! I activate the quick-play spell Crystron Core on my Azurionagax! This makes it unaffected by opposing card effects until the end of this turn and therefore severs the chains of Twin Hydradrive Knight, restoring its negated effects! Thus my effect gets through, getting rid of that obnoxious knight!" White Diamond made clear, her serpentine monster wrapping itself around Twin Hydradrive Knight, squeezing it and bringing it to the brink of shattering.

"Activate effect of Property Absolute in response. Target Twin Hydradrive Knight and destroy it. Now its user can revive "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters whose combined Link Rating amounts to that of Twin Knight. Special summon Coolant and Flow Hydradrive," Unknown reacted, exchanging the doomed monster for two others, making Azurionagax's efforts go to waste.

Coolant Hydradrive

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

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Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Tch! He dodged it!" White Diamond hissed in frustration.

"Activate wind bonus effect of Property Absolute. Since a "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster was sent to the user's graveyard the player can roll a dice, gaining the result times 100 times the highest Link Rating on the field as lifepoints. Activate other effect of Property Absolute to choose result of six for the dice roll. Thus gain 1800 LP in total," Unknown added, his lifepoints climbing further up.

UNKNOWN: LP 8800 → 10600

"Fine! I activate the effect of Crystron Sulfefnir in my hand, discarding Crystron Quan to special summon the former!" she announced, her hand descending to one as a yellowish crystal dragon appeared on her field.

Crystron Sulfefnir

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2000/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Effect

"I then must destroy one card I control! I destroy Supply Squad!" White Diamond told, nuking her continuous spell.

"Atsuko, be careful about your resources! They're running out at quick pace...!" Emerald chimed in warningly once more, this time more urgingly.

"Yeah, sure. Don't you see that I'm careful about them?" White Diamond huffed in response.

"You're calling that careful?! Your Sulfefnir instantly floats into a Crystron from your deck when destroyed, so you could have destroyed it by its own effect and immediately substituted it, instead of sacrificing your Supply Squad that continuously gives you resources! Look, I get that this deck is new and everything and that you want to quickly defeat that guy by applying your old deck's aggressive playstyle, but perhaps it would be a better idea to take a moment and fully read your cards so you can create an effective strategy, instead of only looking halfway at your cards and executing a mediocre one!" Emerald voiced her opinion, which wasn't particularly well received by her partner.

"Why should I be wasting time if I can beat that guy anyway? Effective strategy or not, I should be able to easily overcome a prototype like this either way!" White Diamond declared confidently, much to the exasperation of her Anti Ignis.

"Okay, fine! Go ahead with that strategy and see where it gets you!" Emerald huffed, crossing her arms sulkily whilst turning away.

"Whatever you say!" White Diamond yelled back before turning back to her opponent. "I activate the field spell Crystolic Potential! This gives my Crystrons 300 ATK and DEF!" she declared, her monsters powering up collectively.

Crystron Azurionagax: ATK 2500 → 2800; DEF 2000 → 2300

Crystron Halqifibrax: ATK 1500 → 1800

Crystron Sulfefnir: ATK 2000 → 2300; DEF 1500 → 1800

"Battle!" White Diamond exclaimed, extending her arm towards her opponent. "Crystron Azurionagax attacks your Coolant Hydradrive!" she told, her monster emerging victorious from the clash.

UNKNOWN: LP 10600 → 8800

"Activate effect of Coolant. When destroyed it special summons Hydradrive Token," Unknown automatically said, a substitute for his destroyed monster arriving in defense mode.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"Then let me counteract that move of yours! If Azurionagax defeats one of your monsters, I can summon a Crystron Tuner from my deck! Come, Citree!" White Diamond retorted, summoning another yellow humanoid crystal entity.

Crystron Citree

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500/ DEF 500/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"I use Citree to dispose of your Token!" she went on, the small monster destroying the even weaker one at that. "And now I banish Crystron Core from my graveyard! That way I can make a Synchro Summon during the Battle Phase! I thus tune my Level 5 Crystron Sulfefnir with my Level 2 Crystron Citree!" White Diamond told, her monsters dissolving into multicolored rings once more which combined and separated into ones of a unified blue. "Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 7, Crystron Tourcithuanix!" she finished, the summoned monster having resemblance to Rosenix as it was also a reddish crystalline bird, only that its tint was overall a bit brighter, taking aside size differences and a few stylistic details like the color variations of its crystalline feathers differentiating its body parts, making for a certain spectrum of colors. The most prominent of them was a strong yellow, which dyed the quills of its feather tips and flowed in veins along the length of its wings among other body sections.

Crystron Tourcithuanix

Wind/ Level 7/ ATK 2600 → 2900/ DEF 2900 → 3200/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Tourcithuanix's effect! When Synchro Summoned I can negate the effects of one face-up card on the field! My choice is Property Absolute!" she spoke up, her monster flapping its wings to send a rain of reddish crystals towards Unknown's field spell.

"Activate dark bonus effect of Property Absolute. Turn your monster effect into "Make me tribute one monster". Tribute Flow Hydradrive," Unknown countered, transforming the effect of White Diamond's monster.

"Well, at least your Flow won't float since it was removed in a different way than destruction, I suppose! In that case I'll use Tourcithuanix to attack your Trident Hydradrive Lord! At this moment the effect of Tourcithuanix lets me move it to another zone and also lower the ATK of one of your monsters in the same column by 1000! I move Tourcithuanix to my second Main Monster Zone, in turn further weakening your Trident Lord!" White Diamond snapped back as she activated her effect.

"Activate the light bonus effect of Property Absolute. Give battling Hydradrive 500 ATK during the battle," Unknown stated in response, somewhat compensating for Tourcithuanix's effect.

Trident Hydradrive Lord: ATK 1150 → 1650 → 650

"Fine! But you will still take a lot of damage!" White Diamond shouted, her crystalline bird overpowering the weakened lord.

UNKNOWN: LP 8800 → 6550

"Also take the attack of my Halqifibrax!" White Diamond reminded her foe, her final monster making its attack.

UNKNOWN: LP 6550 → 4750

"I enter my second Main Phase, banishing Crystron Smiger from my graveyard to search a "Crystron"-Spell or Trap from my deck! I choose Crystron Impact, which I then set! I end my turn with that!" White Diamond declared resolutely before looking at a notification that her duel disk gave her in confusion. "Huh, activate Crystolic Potential's effect?" she repeated before reading her card to the end. "Ah yes, I get to draw one card for every Synchro Summon I performed this turn! I draw two cards then!" she said in delight, her Anti Ignis once more giving her a scolding glare due to her impatience and laziness towards taking time in order to properly adjust to her new deck.

"Atsuko, may I have a word with you?" Kiyoshi suddenly spoke up, looking at his daughter.

"Of course, otoosan. Go right ahead!" White Diamond replied, sounding confused as she said the first sentence and turning around to her father at that.

"Thank you. Would you mind giving us a second?" Kiyoshi asked, looking at her opponent and addressing him as well.

"Understood. You have five minutes," Unknown responded, agreeing to his request. In the background the two hidden Ignis seemed content with said request as well, being given additional time to prepare their ejection program.

"Alright." Kiyoshi nodded, now looking back to his daughter and facing her. "Atsuko, maybe Emerald is right. Your dueling is too reckless indeed, so perhaps taking a bit more time to adapt to your new deck would be in order," he said, much to the surprise of White Diamond, who only now that she was receiving criticism about her way of procedure from her very father seemed to start realizing that she might not be in the right with her course of actions. Kiyoshi paused for a while, deliberating about the best way to continue, before he spoke up again, now with an appropriate idea in mind. "Atsuko, do you remember the toy racing car track you and your siblings loved to use a few years back?" he asked her, receiving a strong reaction from her almost immediately.

"Yes." White Diamond nodded, the memory having shaken her up apparently.

"And do you also remember how impatient you were in regards to using it? You always pushed down the speed regulator to the maximum, leading to the car you controlled at the time getting off the track on a regular basis due to pushing it to way too much speed, especially in the sections where a slower velocity was required. And every time your car left the track as a result of this, you had to manually put it back into the rails, which you seemed to hate quite a lot. Meanwhile Ryoken and Betsune were way more composed and altered the velocity of their cars whenever necessary, in turn finishing lap after lap without any interruptions from a derailment of their cars – something you seemed rather jealous of, if I do say so myself," her father narrated, White Diamond seeming to recall those events from a couple of years ago quite clearly.

"Yes, I do remember that. In its entirety." She nodded in response.

"What I'm trying to say here is that you're starting to display that behavior again. You're making things unnecessarily difficult by not giving them time. Remember how back in the day, once Ryoken and Betsune addressed you about your use of the velocity controller and showed you how to operate it properly, you started enjoying the toy racing track so much more than before? Well, I think it is once again the time to look at your big siblings for advice on how to act. Both Betsune and Ryoken have overcome their biggest flaws today, the latter of which I pointed out to you three after I was resurrected to the real world on this day. Betsune lacked confidence and pride in herself and displayed far too little emotions, which in turn caused people to overlook her. However, through my teachings and the duel I arranged for her which lead to her promotion to the first of the triumvirate today, she learned to have both confidence and more emotions. Ryoken on the other hand was stuck in the past and suspected me to resent him in secret, but by having a conversation with him after my revival and after he lost to Betsune respectively he learned to let go of the past and the mindset that kept him from making further progress, both as a person and duelist."

"As you can see, both of your siblings have now cleared the former obstacles to a bright future of theirs, but what about you? You still keep holding onto your impulsiveness and impatience, and if you don't stop doing so, you might never catch up to Ryoken and Betsune again, taking aside the current duel which your current mindset might end up tipping in favor of your opponent due to your lack of care about his skills. Do you really want that, Atsuko? Being the only one who is left behind?" Kiyoshi addressed his daughter, who looked at him wide-eyed in response to his admonishing and educative words.

"No, of course not...," White Diamond stammered, her father having struck a cord with her. 'Maybe he's right. Ryoken and Betsune have made a lot of progress today, but what about me...?' she deliberated, starting to accept the advice of both her father and Anti Ignis, the latter of which she now directed her eyes at. 'You only wanted to give advice to me, so why did I treat you so badly? I should have known that you only wanted to help me, Emerald, instead of shouting at you...,' she regretted her previous actions inwardly, no longer denying her A.I.'s true intent at last.

Kiyoshi observed White Diamond with a thoughtful expression, seeing how his words unfolded their effect on his daughter. Then he looked back at Unknown, speaking up again. "I'm done talking. You may proceed with the duel," he addressed the cybernetic duelist.

"Understood. My turn. I draw," Unknown announced, his hand going to three, thus eclipsing White Diamond's. "I normal summon Hydradrive Bringer," he declared, a yellow monster with wings appearing, its body spherical with its mouth being pretty much its only feature.

Hydradrive Bringer

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"When summoned I can add one Hydradrive from my graveyard back to my hand. I select Hydradrive Hijacker. I also use the effect of Hydradrive Generator since I summoned a monster and have lower LP, special summoning a Hydradrive Token to my field," he told, another of the insect-like Tokens arising on his side.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"I activate the water bonus effect of Property Absolute. I destroy Hydradrive Generator in order to special summon Covered Hydradrive from my hand," Unknown said, his trap shattering as a dark-colored bulky monster appeared.

Covered Hydradrive

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"This lets me activate my face-down, the continuous trap Hydradrive Cycle. Since one of my spells or traps was destroyed I can activate it. I return Trident Hydradrive Lord to my Extra Deck, drawing cards equal to its Link Rating, and also special summon Twin Hydradrive Knight without its ATK," Unknown declared, preparing to draw three cards and revive a monster.

"Alright! Then I chain my Halqifibrax's effect to that, banishing it to special summon a Synchro Tuner monster from my Extra Deck and treating it as a Synchro Summon! I summon Crystron Rutilquazarax!" White Diamond responded, invoking a green and black tortoise whose body was overwhelmingly crystalline, especially its shell from which crystals of black rutile quartz with a great portion of green impurities at the bottom protruded upwards. Furthermore there were a few black elements shining through the small cracks in its mostly green crystalline armor.

Crystron Rutilquazarax

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 1800 → 2100/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

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Twin Hydradrive Knight

Earth/ Link 2/ ATK 1800 → 0/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→)

"His knight currently has no negation power, but with Property Absolute he could then have easily given it Water which in turn would have prevented your effect from activating. Not a bad preemptive move, Atsuko!" Emerald admitted, glad that her partner was finally using a more level-headed, rational playstyle.

"Thanks," White Diamond accepted the praise, content to have Emerald back on her side.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set the Token into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Burn Hydradrive!" Unknown then said, bringing out another iteration of his Fire Link-1.

Burn Hydradrive

Fire/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Bringer into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Flow Hydradrive!" he continued, occupying the second zone his revived Twin Hydradrive Knight provided.

Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Now I activate the effect of Property Absolute, destroying Twin Hydradrive Knight in order to revive Hydradrives with the same total Link Rating. Come, Dusk and Holy Hydradrive!" Unknown announced, his field spell making two out of one.

Dusk Hydradrive

Dark/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

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Holy Hydradrive

Divine/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Er, is it just me or is his vocabulary gradually getting more complex?" White Diamond remarked at once, somewhat startled.

"I think you're right. Earlier his speech was arguably simplistic, but now he even adds personal pronouns instead of addressing himself in the third person and uses more dueling slang rather than just the appropriate expressions. You should probably hurry up, just in case his dueling skills improve over the course of this duel as well," Emerald advised with a hint of urgency in her voice.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Covered Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Grand Hydradrive!" Unknown went on, a relatively bulky orange and brown monster appearing this time around.

Grand Hydradrive

Earth/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Additionally I activate the effect of Hydradrive Cycle, summoning a Hydradrive Token with an attribute of my choice at the cost of 400 LP. I choose Water," Unknown declared, a sixth monster arising on his field.

UNKNOWN: LP 4750 → 4350

Hydradrive Token

Water/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"I activate the divine bonus effect of Property Absolute, inflicting 600 damage to you since there are all attributes aside from Light on my field," he added, White Diamond taking another hit from his field spell.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 7300 → 6700

"And then appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are four "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters! I set Grand, Burn, Flow and Holy Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 4, Rousing Hydradrive Monarch!" Unknown proclaimed, four of his monsters flocking into a circuit. From it came a winged, naga-like monster, holding a shakujō, the kind of staff that was carried by Buddhist monks.

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch

Earth/ Link 4/ ATK 3000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↑←→↓)

"A Link-4? Looks like he is getting serious!" White Diamond stated.

"Rousing Hydradrive Monarch's effect. When it is special summoned from my Extra Deck, it gains four Hydradrive Counters. Furthermore it gains the additional attributes of Water, Fire and Wind," Unknown told.

"That monster looks rather threatening, so don't mind if I weaken it a bit, okay? Toucithuanix's effect! I don't move it elsewhere since it is already in the right column to drop the ATK of your Monarch by 1000!" she announced, her monster using its effect.

"I activate the dark bonus effect of Property Absolute," Unknown countered, gesturing to his still remaining Dusk Hydradrive to indicate that he met the requirements for this effect. "I change your effect into one that makes me tribute a monster. However, now Break Hydradrive's effect activates from my hand. Since you activated an effect that would tribute a monster while I control a Hydradrive, I can send Break Hydradrive to my graveyard, thus negating the activation of your card effect and inflicting 800 damage to you," he announced, Tourcithuanix being intercepted successfully. As a result Rousing's summoning effect went through without it being weakened beforehand, four blue marks lighting up on the shakujō of the monster.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 6700 → 5900

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch: Hydradrive Counters 0 → 4

Attribute: Earth → Earth, Water, Fire, Wind

"I activate the shift effect of Property Absolute, moving Monarch to my middle Main Monster Zone. And then Rousing Hydradrive Monarch's effect. By removing a Hydradrive Counter I can roll a dice. Each of the six results has one corresponding attribute, and all monsters on your field that have the result's attribute will then be sent to the graveyard, inflicting 500 damage for each," he announced, his monster's staff losing one marker.

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch: Hydradrive Counters 4 → 3

"What?! It sends all monsters of the rolled attribute to the graveyard?!" White Diamond cried out in disbelief.

"Furthermore Property Absolute lets him pick any result, so he will wipe out all of your Water Monsters with one strike! Do something, Atsuko!" Emerald urged her partner in panic.

"Let me look...!" White Diamond retorted, hectically going through her Extra Deck and looking at the topmost parts of every card's text until her eyes eventually settled on a monster. "This card is blank...? I've heard about the requirements for these monsters, but can I pull it off...?" she murmured before clenching her fist. "There is no choice, I must perform it!" she hissed, raising her hand. "I activate Crystron Rutilquazarax's effect in response to that of your Monarch! Using it I can immediately perform a Synchro Summon that includes Rutilquazarax and my other monsters!" Atsuko announced before closing her eyes, taking a deep breath.

'Relax, Atsuko! You need to be absolutely silent in your mind for this to work. Leave aside all the excitement and impatience and stay quiet. Then... it will work...,' she pep-talked herself, decelerating her inner activities.

'She is calming down in spite of her predicament? I've rarely seen such discipline from her. Could she overcome her temper and this pinch after all...?' Emerald debated with herself as she watched her partner. Simultaneously she noticed strange gales pouring out of her skin, blowing towards White Diamond and surrounding her in an ominous wind, confusing the Anti Ignis.

'Make your mind devoid of any distractions. Clear it of any doubts,' White Diamond went on, her pulse slowing down even further. She took another deep breath. 'So it's true what those individuals who performed this method of summoning described... I feel my actual body becoming still, but at the same time I feel like I am accelerating. Like I'm becoming one with the wind...,' she debated with herself almost unconsciously as the wind around her strengthened, the blank card in her Extra Deck manifesting its features. "Clear Mind!" she exclaimed, reopening her eyes with newfound determination and raising her arm once more.

"I tune my Level 6 Crystron Azurionagax with my Level 3 Crystron Rutilquazarax! Crystalline beasts, fill up your hearts devoid of courage and charge toward your opposition in unity!" she declared, her monsters forming two differently colored columns of rings, though only Rutilquazarax dissolved while Azurionagax remained, surrounded by six azure rings. The rings started rotating, interchangeably either clockwise or counterclockwise, and at an increasing rate. Both pillars of rings shifted to a horizontal position, accelerating towards Unknown. As they did, Azurionagax's narrower orbit of rings moved into the broader greenish one of the dissolved Rutilquazarax, steadily approaching White Diamond's opponent. Once they reached him, they combined into a unified series of bluish rings which vanished immediately alongside the monster within them and White Diamond herself.

"Where did they go?" Kiyoshi wondered for a moment, abruptly receiving his answer.

"Accel Synchro! Appear, the conqueror of the leviathan! Level 9, Crystron Phoenix!" White Diamond shouted as she and the series of rings reappeared, the latter behind her, the remnants of Azurionagax having vanished as another entity shot out from the tunnel of rings, a wave of energy washing over its body, though not gradually like with the previous Synchro Summons, but almost instantly, revealing the entirety of the monster in a burst of green light. It was an enormous crystalline mecha of humanoid appearance, mostly red in color with golden highlights on its upper leg armor, the innermost part of its body being of a rose colored quartz. From two pauldron-like appendages on its shoulders extended a series of crystalline chains, each of them tipped with a red gem. A blue signature flashed to life on its black eye visor, the humanoid monster taking a fighting stance.

Crystron Phoenix

Water/ Level 9/ ATK 2800 → 3100/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Magnificent!" Kiyoshi stated in simple, yet profound awe.

"That's the monster that bested Bahrastos, the Water True King," Master Pax told.

"A Synchro Summon that uses two Synchro-Monsters as the materials...?!" Ventus gasped from behind the illusory wall, his violet eyes wide open in disbelief.

"Damn those Anti Ignis...! I anticipated that they might have individual abilities befitting their element similar to us, but I never expected that her Wind A.I. would grant her access to the world of speed...!" Lumen hissed in exasperation.

"That was amazing, Atsuko!" Emerald cheered, positively surprised by the achievement of her partner.

"Now Monarch's effect resolves, with Property Absolute making the dice roll result a 2. Thus, all of your Water Monsters are sent to the graveyard. Judgment Dice!" Unknown reminded White Diamond as his monster's ability went into effect, the rings separating from Monarch's shakujō, creating an armillary sphere-like construct within which a dice started rolling, Unknown holding a sphere with the same dice. His field spell then briefly glowed, tossing the dice onto the side with the water symbol.

"Through Rutilquazarax's effect the monster Synchro Summoned with it as the material can neither be destroyed nor sent to the graveyard by card effects! Therefore, only Tourcithuanix is affected by Monarch's ability!" White Diamond yelled back, her newly summoned monster surviving the attack unharmed.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 5900 → 5400

"You did it, Atsuko! Not only did you lessen the damage, but also summon a backup monster whose ATK exceeds that of Monarch!" Emerald cried out joyfully.

"And that wasn't even all, Emerald! Now the effect of Phoenix goes off since it was Synchro Summoned! It banishes all spells and traps on the opponent's field and in their graveyard! Wings of Atonement!" White Diamond proclaimed, the crystalline chains of her monster piercing through Unknown's backrow, instantly disposing of Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute and Hydradrive Cycle.

"Great! Now he loses out on the still available effects of Property Absolute and cannot boost Monarch's ATK past your Phoenix! Well done!" Emerald praised her, remaining within her state of celebration.

"Thanks!" White Diamond beamed before her tone changed to a more concerned one. "We still shouldn't count our chickens before they are hatched though. Unknown still has a few resources to work with and moves to make, I suppose," she reminded her Anti Ignis who nodded in understanding.

"Since I already control a Hydradrive I can special summon Hijacker from my hand. Furthermore Break Hydradrive can be revived since I special summoned a "Hydradrive"-Monster, though at the cost of being banished when it leaves the field," Unknown spoke up, two monsters arising on his field at that.

Hydradrive Hijacker

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

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Break Hydradrive

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 800/ DEF 800/ Cyberse/ Effect

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Hijacker into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Coolant Hydradrive!" he went on, invoking another copy of the watery Hydradrive.

Coolant Hydradrive

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear again, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set the Token into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Dusk Hydradrive!" Unknown added as a duplicate of his already established monster manifested at the side of its brethren.

Dusk Hydradrive

Dark/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Appear for a third time, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters with the same attribute! I set the two Dusk Hydradrives into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 2, Helix Hydradrive Knight!" he then proclaimed, two metal plates spiraling upwards to create a blade-wielding warrior with a twisted body, the Hydradrive symbol manifesting atop its helmet.

Helix Hydradrive Knight

Earth/ Link 2/ ATK 1800/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↙↘)

"Helix Knight's effect grants it the attributes of its materials. It therefore gains the Dark Attribute," Unknown told, his monster adapting the declared attribute for its statline.

Helix Hydradrive Knight

Attribute: Earth → Earth, Dark

"Furthermore it gains half of the combined ATK of the monsters it points to. Since Helix Hydradrive is in my Extra Monster Zone and thus points to Rousing Hydradrive Monarch in my third Main Monster Zone, it will gain 1500 ATK," he told, his monster powering up.

Helix Hydradrive Knight: ATK 1800 → 3300

"It exceeded Phoenix's ATK!" Emerald exclaimed, alarmed by the development.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Break Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Coolant Hydradrive!" he then said, bringing out the third copy of Coolant.

Coolant Hydradrive

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Helix Knight's effect. Since Coolant is in a zone it points to my knight will receive half of its ATK," Unknown reminded her as his monster was strengthened even further.

Helix Hydradrive Knight: ATK 3300 → 3800

"Battle. Helix Hydradrive Knight attacks Crystron Phoenix," Unknown then declared, his monster drawing its blades and charging forward.

"By banishing Crystron Onslaught as well as a "Crystron"-Monster from my graveyard I can empower my Phoenix by 500 ATK!" White Diamond pointed out.

Crystron Phoenix: ATK 3100 → 3600

"It's still weaker than my knight," Unknown retorted, his monster overpowering White Diamond's, though with only minimal damage to her.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 5400 → 5200

"The effect of Helix Knight activates. Since it defeated your monster in battle I can set a "Hydradrive", "Property" or "Dice"-Trap from my deck. I set Property Spray," Unknown remarked.

"I also have an effect! Since my Synchro Summoned Phoenix was destroyed I may now revive any other monster from my graveyard! Come, Tourcithuanix in defense mode!" she announced, her phoenix substituting itself with another reddish crystal bird.

Crystron Tourcithuanix

Wind/ Level 7/ ATK 2600 → 2900/ DEF 2900 → 3200/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Alright! His Monarch can't beat over 3200 DEF, so we are safe from his attacks for now! Nice counter, Atsuko!" Emerald cheered.

"Not quite correct. Since you control a Water Monster as your Tourcithuanix is also treated as such, my Coolant Hydradrives may attack you directly. Go!" Unknown stated, his two monsters sneaking around White Diamond's defenses, inflicting a direct hit each.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 5200 → 4200 → 3200

"Tch, he bypassed your Tourcithuanix! Well, at least he couldn't hit you for lethal like he would have without your Accel Synchro! By the way, nice job on pulling that off! I read that it was really hard to perform such a summon!" Emerald remarked.

"Thank you, but that was not only my achievement. While it is true that I managed to attain clarity within my mind, I couldn't quite enter the world of speed by myself which is one of the requirements for Accel Synchro Summoning. That was achieved by your merit, not mine," White Diamond admitted.

"Yeah, I remember that wind pouring out from me!" Emerald exclaimed, her eyes widening in realization. "Well, I'm glad that I could help you with that! And I'm also glad that you finally managed to leave aside your damn temper!" the A.I. laughed, playfully nudging White Diamond with her elbow.

"Thanks, Emerald. Also you were right, this duel is not nearly as simple as I imagined it to be. Thank you for reminding me about being careful and effective. Next turn I will play according to your advice," White Diamond conceded, to the visible delight of her partner.

"Oh Atsuko-chan, you have no idea how much I love you when you're understanding like this! If you were this level-headed all the time, you could probably surpass your siblings easily!" Emerald chuckled endearingly.

"Oh, stop it, you silver-tongued devil, you!" White Diamond giggled, lightly blushing at her partner's flattery.

"I proceed to my Main Phase 2," Unknown declared, dragging the two reconciled partners out of their lovely exchange, much to their annoyance and anger towards Unknown. "I remove another Hydradrive Counter from Rousing Hydradrive Monarch, rolling a dice once more. Judgment Dice!" he announced, the rings on his monster's shakujō creating the environment for the dice roll once more.

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch: Hydradrive Counters 3 → 2

"That effect again?!" White Diamond snorted in displeasure.

"But this time he cannot control the result! He has to rely on the cold, hard luck of the draw!" Emerald pointed out, the dice landing on three – which was attributed to Fire in this case.

"Using this effect again I repeat my roll. Judgment Dice!" Unknown said, executing the effect once more.

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch: Hydradrive Counters 2 → 1

"Five – Light! Looks like you had bad luck again!" White Diamond yelled victoriously.

"I use the final counter to roll the dice for a third time. Judgment Dice!" Unknown repeated himself.

Rousing Hydradrive Monarch: Hydradrive Counters 1 → 0

"Statistically he should have success now. Tourcithuanix has two attributes, so three dice rolls should do it for him," Ventus remarked from his hidden spectator's seat as the dice started rolling for a third time.

The dice's movements gradually became slower until it eventually stopped, landing on two – Water.

"Since I rolled Water your Tourcithuanix will be sent to the graveyard and you take 500 damage," Unknown pointed out, his monster initiating its attack.

"Onslaught's additional effect enables me to reduce one instance of damage I would take this turn by 500, thus I take no damage!" White Diamond responded as she recalled the other ability of her trap in time, withstanding the effect unscathed.

"Finally. Looks like the little luck control abilities he currently has kicked in at last," Lumen stated in relief.

"I set two cards face-down and end my turn," Unknown went on, concluding his move.

"In that case Crystolic Potential provides me with two draws since I Synchro Summoned twice this turn, once with Halqifibrax's tagout effect that treats it as such and once with Rutilquazarax's Quick Synchro ability!" White Diamond said, her hand increasing to four. "Then it's my turn, meaning I can draw an additional card!" she added, starting her turn. She then took a deep breath and looked at her A.I. Emerald. "And now it is time to read," she said with a sigh, beginning to do as she had declared, though a bit unwillingly.

"For real? That wasn't just an empty promise earlier?" Emerald cheered, positively surprised.

"Of course not. Now spare me your commentary and let me focus," White Diamond retorted, concentrating on all sources that were currently available to her.

"You'll need to use a search effect so you can look at the cards in your deck as well," Emerald advised.

White Diamond nodded, her eyes focused on her freshly drawn cards. "I know. Only then I can develop a truly effective strategy," she replied whilst multitasking.

"Can you continue your turn?" Unknown addressed her after a while of silence.

"Not now, tin can, I'm reading!" White Diamond snapped at her opponent, not lifting her eyes from the Extra Deck she currently inspected. After a while she took another deep breath, slapping her face from either side to jog her memory in order to keep track of the strategy she had come up with. "Alright, I think I'm done with that for now! I activate the effect of Crystron Sulfefnir in my graveyard, discarding Crystron Thystvern in order to summon Sulfefnir!" she announced, the yellow crystalline dragon reappearing.

Crystron Sulfefnir

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2000 → 2300/ DEF 1500 → 1800/ Machine/ Effect

"I must then destroy one card I control! I choose Sulfefnir!" she went on, her monster shattering into a rain of crystal smithereens. "However, now its effect upon destruction lets me summon a Crystron from my deck!" She scanned the monsters in her deck for a few moments, memorizing them as well, before deciding on her pick. "Come, Crystron Huangmerald!" White Diamond told, invoking a maiden clad in yellow-greenish robes, a golden serpentine crystal dragon meandering around her as she was formed from the splinters of her predecessor, wearing a similar dragon maw-shaped hood as Qingrite. She held a golden staff which was adorned by a green gem, a serpentine dragon circling around the length of the handle.

Crystron Huangmerald

Wind/ Level 5/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Effect

"I then banish the Thystvern I discarded earlier, enabling me to search any "Crystron"-Monster from my deck! I add Crystron Prasiortle to my hand which I then normal summon!" she went on.

Crystron Prasiortle

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Effect

"And then appear, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Crystron"-Monster except Crystron Agatex! I set Crystron Huangmerald into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Crystron Agatex!" White Diamond shouted, summoning her second Agatex.

Crystron Agatex

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"The effect of Agatex lets me add any "Crystron"-Spell or Trap from my deck or graveyard to my hand!" she announced, inspecting her deck. "Great, now I know what every "Crystron"-Card in my deck does!" she exclaimed after a bit more of reading before continuing. "I'll add Crystron Release to my hand! Then I can also revive a Crystron as the second step of this effect, so I'll bring back Huangmerald!" White Diamond said, her yellow-greenish priestess emerging anew.

Crystron Huangmerald

Wind/ Level 5/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Effect

"I then activate the continuous spell Crystron Release, which lets me put any "Crystron"-Card in my deck at the top of it! I choose Crystron Baipearl! Next up I use its other effect, enabling me to special summon a Crystron from my hand, at the cost of Release returning to my hand at the end of the Main Phase! I summon Crystron Rion!" she went on, summoning a relatively small gray humanoid crystal entity with spiky hair.

Crystron Rion

Water/ Level 3/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"Appear, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two monsters, including a Tuner! I set Crystron Agatex and Rion into the Link Markers! Circuit Combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 2, Crystron Halqifibrax!" she continued, invoking the aesthetic combination of Citree, Rion and Quan.

Crystron Halqifibrax

Water/ Link 2/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↘)

"The effects of Release and Halqifibrax activate! I choose to activate that of Halqifibrax as Chain Link 1 and that of Release as Chain Link 2! Thus Release resolves first, letting me draw a card since I summoned a Crystron from my Extra Deck!" White Diamond told, accessing the Baipearl she had put on top of her deck earlier. "Then Halqifibrax lets me summon a Level 3 or lower Tuner Monster from my deck! I choose Crystron Zhumaline, which much like Qingrite, Baipearl and Huangmerald is treated as such while in my hand, deck or graveyard!" she finished, the monster that appeared once more being a maiden clad in a colorful robe. The length of her red sleeves gave the impression of wings, which was further supported by quill-shaped rubies on them and the rest of her vermilion clothing. Her hood was akin to an eagle's head with a sizable beak that framed her head, one half of it above her cranium and the other below her chin respectively. Like her counterparts she carried a staff, hers being bright red tipped with a tourmaline gemstone, a vermilion bird clutching it with its claws and spreading its wings as it throned at the very peak of the staff.

Crystron Zhumaline

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 1000 → 1300/ Machine/ Effect

"Halqifibrax normally disallows the monster summoned by its effect from activating its effects during this turn, but luckily I seem to have gotten the long end of the stick regarding some ruling questions here! Halqifibrax summons out a Tuner specifically and puts a restriction on it, but Zhumaline and its kind are only Tuners while in my hand, deck or GY, but not on the field! As such Halqifibrax considers the connection between it and the summoned monster to be severed as soon as its target monster arrives on the field, and as you know, when there is a problem with resolving the full effect, the effect usually resorts to resolving as much as it can! Zhumaline gets summoned from my deck, yes, because when it was in my deck it was still considered a Tuner and thus a matching target for Halqifibrax, but after it enters my field it no longer is a Tuner, hence why it refuses to receive the usual restriction that is tied to Halqifbrax's effect! Thus, I get to use its effect regardless of Halqifibrax's innate restriction!" White Diamond explained with a satisfied grin on her face after having noticed an interaction window on her duel disk's display that had inquired whether she wished to use Zhumaline's effect or not, causing her to think about the reasons for that, thus making her deduce the reasoning behind this interaction after a while.

"So with that explained, here its effect! When summoned, Zhumaline lets me recover a "Crystron"-Monster that is in my graveyard or banished! I pick Qingrite!" White Diamond told before stretching out her arm towards the ceiling. "Appear again, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two or more "Crystron"-Monsters! I set Crystron Prasiortle and Halqifibrax into the Link Markers! Circuit Combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 3, Crystron Zirconex!" she proclaimed, her monster apparently being composed of fragments of both Huangmerald, Qingrite and Zhumaline, as the mix of the primary colors on its body indicated. The monster retained its female identity though, growing a bit in size in comparison to its fragments, the serpentine dragon on her staff with three gems on it having received an additional set of wings and being more vivid in its color spectrum.

Crystron Zirconex

Water/ Link 3/ ATK 2400 → 2700/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↓↘)

"Now then, I use Huangmerald's effect! By destroying one of my Crystrons I can summon a Level 8 or lower "Crystron"-Synchro-Monster with the same level as the destroyed monster from my Extra Deck, treating it as a Synchro Summon! I destroy Huangmerald herself, in turn bringing out Crystron Orionyx!" she cried out, her priestess opening a crystalline portal from which a greenish mechanical entity with a few dark gray armor parts emerged, black lines shining through the few gaps of its armor. Much like Phoenix and the other Synchros it had an interface-like black eye visor, though it also had more individual features like what appeared to be the remains of a shell on its back.

Crystron Orionyx

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2200 → 2500/ DEF 1700 → 2000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"I banish Crystron Prasiortle from my graveyard to special summon a "Crystron"-Monster from my hand! Come, Baipearl!" she announced, the monster she summoned once more being a maiden clad in an animal-themed robe, hers being white with a hood that resembled a tiger cradling her head. On the tip of her fingers she wore claw-like silver ornaments, holding a staff of the same color with a white pearl at its top, a miniature tiger with a similarly bright body using the gem as a launching pad as it stood frozen in its movement atop the pearl, destined to never complete its pounce.

Crystron Baipearl

Wind/ Level 1/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 1000 → 1300/ Machine/ Effect

"When summoned Baipearl lets me put back up to five "Crystron"-Cards that are in my graveyard or banish pile, then I draw one card! I shuffle Smiger into my deck and Halqifibrax, Tourcithuanix and Phoenix into my Extra Deck to draw a card!" she said, recycling a few monsters. "Next up is the effect of Orionyx, which can turn my Zhumaline into a Tuner!" White Diamond told, her Synchro-Monster affecting the vermilion maiden.

Crystron Zhumaline

Monster Type: Non-Tuner → Tuner

"And the second effect of Orionyx lets me reduce or increase the level of a Crystron by up to three, as well as revive a "Crystron"-non-Synchro from my graveyard! I reduce Zhumaline's level by one and bring back Citree!" White Diamond said, further modifying the red female monster while summoning the small yellow one.

Crystron Citree

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

Crystron Zhumaline: Level 3 → 2

White Diamond smirked. "Now the grand finale of this combo! I activate Zhumaline's effect, which lets me apply the effect of Citree instantly! You see, my Main Deck Tuners have the ability to invoke a monster from a certain place with negated effects and then immediately combine into a Machine-Type Synchro-Monster together! However, this effect only works during my opponent's Main or Battle Phase! Luckily Zhumaline has the ability to apply these effects during my own Main Phase, and it even allows me to involve Zhumaline in that Synchro Summon rather than just Citree and the monster summoned by Citree's effect! I can thus special summon a monster from my graveyard and then use Citree, that revived monster and/or Zhumaline in order to Synchro Summon! My choice is Huangmerald!" she announced, the yellow and green maiden reviving as Citree's core activated.

Crystron Huangmerald

Wind/ Level 5/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Effect

"So you can go into a Level 7 Synchro-Monster with either Citree or Zhumaline serving as the Tuner?" Kiyoshi addressed his daughter.

"No, there is another option! I'll be using all three!" White Diamond retorted as Citree, Zhumaline and Huangmerald ascended in unison.

"What?! That's possible?!" Kiyoshi exclaimed in disbelief, White Diamond giving him a grin.

"Yes, it is, because this monster requires more than just one Tuner!" she declared before turning back to her opponent. "I tune my Level 5 Crystron Huangmerald with my Level 2 Crystron Zhumaline and Level 2 Crystron Citree respectively! Double Tuning!" she yelled as her monsters started dissolving, her two Tuners forming one pair of unusual, crystalline rings respectively.

"Crystalline beasts, with the divine blessing that you received merge into the adamantine incarnation of resolve! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, the exoskeleton of a truly powerful combatant! Level 9, Crystron Quariongandrax!" White Diamond proclaimed, the three separate ring columns of her monsters aligning before forming a sphere which then exploded into a wave of energy. As the green-bluish energy wave washed over the form of the invoked monster, shards of crystal broke loose, the entity unfolding its curled-up body with a splash of yellow gems.

It appeared to be a culmination of Crystron Sulfefnir, Rion and Quan – the third monster Halqifibrax was composed of – , sporting gray-brownish crystal bones that built the foundation for its yellow-orange wing membranes, the former thanks to Rion from the looks of it. The yellow color dominating the monster's body on the other hand was easily the influence of Sulfefnir, as the draconic head above the humanoid one displayed. Aside from that the mostly humanoid monster showed great dragonic influences in the form of a tail and of course its wings. The light blue crystals which jutted out from a few parts of its body on the other hand were probably a result of the involvement of the yet not summoned Quan. The dragonic crystal mecha beat its wings as it descended onto the field, a few stray crystal shards raining down as it did so.

Crystron Quariongandrax

Water/ Level 9/ ATK 3000 → 3300/ DEF 3000 → 3300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Double Tuning as well?!" Lumen hissed, majorly agitated.

Ventus shuddered fearfully. "These Kogamis really rub me the wrong way..."

"Ah, the body for Metaltron XII, the True Dracombatant! The ultimate form of the three tribes my counterpart aided," Master Pax exclaimed, his voice sounding nostalgic.

"Yes, it is very nostalgic indeed. She reminds me so much of her mother right now...," Kiyoshi remarked, recalling fond memories of his wife upon the summon on White Diamond's monster.

"I activate the effect of Quariongandrax! Upon its Synchro Summon I can target up to as many monsters as Quariongandrax used as synchro material – meaning three monsters in this case – among your field and graveyard and banish them! My choice are your Rousing Hydradrive Monarch as well as both of your Coolant Hydradrives! Crystal Excommunication!" White Diamond yelled, her monster unleashing a massive storm of crystals against Unknown's three entities.

"I activate the continuous trap Property Spray and use its effect in order to tribute Monarch, gaining LP equal to its ATK and turning the monsters you currently control into its attribute for the rest of this turn. I therefore gain 3000 LP and your monsters become Earth since Monarch's additional attributes vanish once it enters my graveyard," Unknown responded, one of his monsters dodging the hit, Monarch due to its change from field to graveyard remaining where Property Spray had placed it without being banished.

UNKNOWN: LP 4350 → 7350

Crystron Baipearl

Attribute: Wind, Water → Earth

Crystron Orionyx

Attribute: Water → Earth

Crystron Quariongandrax

Attribute: Water → Earth

Crystron Zirconex

Attribute: Water → Earth

"Tch, he evaded that to some degree!" White Diamond hissed before shrugging her shoulders. "Well, it won't matter, I suppose! Especially since your Helix Knight will lose its bonus ATK without your Monarch and Coolants around!" she pointed out.

Helix Hydradrive Knight: ATK 3800 → 1800

"I activate Monster Reborn, bringing back Rutilquazarax!" she then remarked as the crystalline tortoise mech reappeared.

Crystron Rutilquazarax

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 1800 → 2100/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"I tune my Baipearl with my Rutilquazarax! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 4, Crystron Quandax!" she went on, invoking a white mech with golden highlights, apparently a combination of Smiger and Quan.

Crystron Quandax

Water/ Level 4/ ATK 1800 → 2100/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"Now I activate the effect of Zirconex! Since a Synchro-Monster was special summoned to its link marker I can choose from three effects, here the ability to boost the ATK of my "Crystron"-Monsters by 600 until the end of this turn, as well as granting them effect destruction immunity!" White Diamond spoke up, her monsters powering up.

Crystron Orionyx: ATK 2500 → 3100

Crystron Quandax: ATK 2100 → 2700

Crystron Quariongandrax: ATK 3300 → 3900

Crystron Zirconex: ATK 2700 → 3300

"Atsuko, your face-down...," Emerald reminded her partner, though a little bit too late.

"Oh, right! I activate the trap Crystron Impact which lets me revive one of my banished Crystrons! Come back, Azurionagax!" she declared, her light blue serpentine gem dragon reappearing.

Crystron Azurionagax

Wind/ Level 6/ ATK 2500 → 2800/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"I lost out on 600 extra damage...," White Diamond remarked with a look at her monster, seeming a bit disappointed of herself.

"Don't worry Atsuko, you should still have well over lethal damage with the monsters you've got on the board!" Emerald assured her with a soothing tap on her shoulder.

"Yes, I think so as well!" White Diamond told with a smirk before addressing her opponent again. "At the end of the Main Phase Crystron Release returns to my hand, as I said earlier! Now battle! Azurionagax attacks your Helix Hydradrive Knight!" she proclaimed as her monster managed to successfully defeat the opposing knight this time, unlike before with Twin Hydradrive Knight that had evaded destruction at the hands of Azurionagax. However, Unknown still had something to say before that happened.

"I activate the continuous trap Hydradrive Divide. Since I have at least two differently attributed "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters in my graveyard I now halve all incoming damage during this turn and gain one Hydradrive Counter on Divide," he declared, reducing the force of the attack.

UNKNOWN: LP 7350 → 6850

Hydradrive Divide: Hydradrive Counters 0 → 1

"He always has something to say, doesn't he?" White Diamond growled at his resistance. "Well, at least I get to activate Azurionagax's effect, special summoning a Crystron Tuner from my deck. I summon...," she began before her eyes stopped at a card in her deck that she had previously overlooked. "What the...? Why do I have that kind of card...?!" she whispered in a mix of disbelief and confusion.

"What's wrong, Atsuko?" Emerald addressed her partner, looking over White Diamond's shoulder to gaze at the card her eyes were focused on. "Wait, is that...?!" she stuttered as she realized what it was.

White Diamond gulped, then taking a deep breath and a step forward, speaking up. "I special summon Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden!" she said, the summoned monster being a human with light blue eyes, hair and fairy wings, as well as a headgear of black and silver color. Her dress was adorned by gemstones of a spectrum that ranged from white to dark blue, complementing her hair, wings and eyes. She manifested a key-like staff upon which a blade rapidly formed from crystallizing quartz, the female appearing beside the crystalline monsters of White Diamond.

Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden

Wind/ Level 4/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 1400 → 1700/ Fairy/ Legend/ Tuner/ Effect

"A Legend Monster?!" Kiyoshi gasped in shock. "You're a World Legacy Incarnation as well, Atsuko?!" he addressed her in disbelief.

"I guess so...," White Diamond muttered, shrugging her shoulders with an insecure look at her father.

"We can worry about that later! For now you have to beat the crap out of that guy!" Emerald chimed in, pointing at their opponent.

White Diamond nodded. "Yeah, I agree. Thank you, Emerald!" she said before continuing. "Lee attacks you directly!" White Diamond yelled, her monster swinging her blade at Unknown.

"Damage is halved and Divide gains another counter," Unknown simply stated as he received the attack.

UNKNOWN: LP 6850 → 5950

Hydradrive Divide: Hydradrive Counters 1 → 2

"Go on, Quandax, Orionyx, Zirconex!" White Diamond commanded, her monsters going on the attack one after another, causing Unknown to receive three consecutive, though weakened hits.

UNKNOWN: LP 5950 → 4600 → 3050 → 1400

Hydradrive Divide: Hydradrive Counters 2 → 3 → 4 → 5

"Final battle! Crystron Quariongandrax attacks you directly! Sulfur Scattershot!" White Diamond yelled, her monster letting loose a barrage of yellow crystals at her opponent.

"I activate Hydradrive Divide's additional effect. By sending it to the graveyard I can special summon a number of Link-1 "Hydradrive"-Monsters from my graveyard that is up to the number of Hydradrive Counters that were on Divide. Since it had five counters I can revive Flow, Coolant, Burn, Grand and Shine Hydradrive," Unknown countered, a quintet of monsters arising from the floor at his words.

Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

.&.

Coolant Hydradrive

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

.&.

Burn Hydradrive

Fire/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

.&.

Grand Hydradrive

Earth/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

.&.

Shine Hydradrive

Light/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"He revived five monsters at once?!" Emerald cried out in disbelief.

"It doesn't matter! Quariongandrax has 3900 ATK! Even if it has to battle a monster it still inflicts 2900 damage! Halve that by Divide's still lingering damage reduction effect and that's still lethal!" White Diamond pointed out before extending her hand anew. "Go, Quariongandrax, attack his Flow Hydradrive! Sulfur Scattershot!" she repeated her attack declaration.

"From my graveyard I banish Hydradrive Hijacker for its effect. Since my "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster battles a monster with the same attribute as one of the "Hydradrive"-Monsters I control, this effect allows me to exchange our monsters for the damage calculation. Your Quariongandrax has become Earth and I have Grand Hydradrive, so now your monster will battle for me and my Flow Hydradrive will battle for you. Since it's on my field it loses 300 ATK and DEF during the Damage Calculation due to Crystolic Potential ceasing to affect it, though even without them your Quariongandrax is still powerful! Sulfur Scattershot!" Unknown retaliated, White Diamond observing in horror as their monsters switched sides, the comparably frail form of Flow Hydradrive guarding her against the massive yellow mecha that was Quariongandrax, which lost no time in executing the smaller monster with a barrage of yellow crystals, hurling back White Diamond whilst inflicting massive damage.

Crystron Quariongandrax: ATK 3900 → 3600; DEF 3300 → 3000

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 3200 → 600

"He... almost defeated me...?!" White Diamond wheezed, her eyes wide open in disbelief as she struggled back onto her feet, her monster meanwhile having returned to her.

Crystron Quariongandrax: ATK 3600 → 3900; DEF 3000 → 3300

"What a vicious reversal. To think that he waited so long to reveal that effect when he had Hijacker since the very beginning. It appears that his patience almost payed off in a manner most tragic for my daughter...," Kiyoshi mused, mildly terrified by the decisions Atsuko's opponent made and worried about the lack of predictability which this piece of Ignis creation displayed.

"Since Flow was destroyed a Hydradrive Token is special summoned to my field," Unknown stated, the monster that had fallen while on the opposing side spawning an insect-like entity as a replacement.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"That was close, but you barely survived," Emerald exhaled in relief before going on. "Can you heal, Atsuko? Otherwise you will be an easy picking on his next turn," she warned her partner.

"I got you, Emerald!" White Diamond nodded, revealing a card at that. "I activate the quick-play spell Crystron Hardening! I can shuffle "Crystron"-Monsters I control back into my deck and gain LP equal to their combined ATK! I return Azurionagax and Quariongandrax to my Extra Deck and gain 6700 LP!" she proclaimed, her lifepoint counter climbing back up.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 600 → 7300

"Great! That takes care of the risk of being one-shot right away!" Emerald cheered.

"Not only that, but I have Azurionagax and especially Quariongandrax back in my Extra Deck, meaning I can go into them on the opposing turn using the Fast Synchro effects of my cards! That is the true strength of this deck after all, interacting on the opposing turn, so a clean monster wipe for three should do the job!" White Diamond reminded her partner.

"Wow, that's quite sharp, Atsuko! I didn't expect you to grasp your new deck like that already!" Emerald remarked, letting out a low whistle.

"I set one card face-down and end my turn! The ATK boost of Zirconex expires, as well as your attribute-modifying effect!" White Diamond told.

Crystron Orionyx: ATK 3100 → 2500

Attribute: Earth → Water

Crystron Zirconex: ATK 3300 → 2700

Attribute: Earth → Water

"Finally Crystolic Potential lets me draw three cards since I Synchro Summoned thrice this turn!" White Diamond proclaimed, her field spell activating its effect.

"I chain my face-down quick-play spell, Mystical Space Typhon, destroying your Crystolic Potential. Since spells and traps of continuous nature need to remain on the field for their effects to go off successfully your Potential will now resolve, but without effect. Therefore, you won't get to draw any cards," Unknown responded as he revealed his second set face-down from the previous turn. White Diamond's monsters were weakened as a result.

Crystron Orionyx: ATK 2500 → 2200; DEF 2000 → 1700

Crystron Quandax: ATK 2100 → 1800; DEF 2300 → 2000

Crystron Zirconex: ATK 2700 → 2400

Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden: ATK 1800 → 1500; DEF 1700 → 1400

"Tch! Your turn then!" White Diamond hissed in frustration.

"My turn. I draw," Unknown said, his hand increasing to two. "I activate the spell Pot of Avarice, shuffling Hydradrive Supplier, Flow, Burn, Dusk and Twin Hydradrive Knight back into my deck and Extra Deck respectively. Then I get to draw two cards," he announced, reinforcing his resources.

"I also have an effect though! With Orionyx I revive Rion and decrease its level by two!" White Diamond reminded him, gesturing to the monster that had arrived before Unknown had drawn his Pot of Avarice cards.

Crystron Rion

Water/ Level 3 → 1/ ATK 500/ DEF 500/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"Good preemptive move! Now you should have plenty of setup for your reactive plays!" Emerald quipped.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set the Token into the Link Markers! Circuit combine! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 1, Flow Hydradrive!" Unknown declared, summoning a replacement for the Wind Hydradrive that had been destroyed on the previous turn.

Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"It's time!" Lumen chuckled, smirking viciously. "Thus, their doom has arrived at last!" he remarked with anticipation in his expression.

An aura flared up around Unknown, multicolored lightning crackling around him as he extended his arm skywards.

"Appear, the circuit that determines the truth! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are five Link-Monsters with different attributes! I set Flow, Coolant, Burn, Grand and Shine Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Circuit combine!" he proclaimed, the quintet of monsters ascending into the grand circuit Unknown had summoned above him.

-"FIVE MATERIALS?!"- White Diamond, Emerald and Kiyoshi exclaimed in shocked unison, even Master Pax looking perturbed at the declaration of their opponent.

"The vessel of elements gathers up its strength, seeing the world from seven different angles! Now, imbued with the might of Orochi, become the power that guides the cybersal collective towards the future!" Unknown shouted, a massive body appearing before him, the summoned entity quickly manifesting a multitude of serpentine necks and heads. The first appeared surrounded by a current of water, whereas an inferno blazed around the second. The next pair spawned with a swirl of wind and rocks respectively. Finally came a third pair whose heads appeared from a flash of light for the first and a cloud of black mist for the second. A final head finished the formation of the monster as its creation bathed their surroundings in a holy radiance.

"Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 5, Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid!" he finished his chant, the creature letting loose a roar as it stood on the field with its septet of appropriately colored heads matching the elements.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid

Earth/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→↙↓↘)

"Yes! He managed to summon it! He's developed superbly!" Ventus celebrated joyfully.

"So it would seem," Lumen agreed, grinning victoriously. "Though his control over it should still be rather crude."

"A LINK-5 MONSTER?! HE HAS ONE TOO?!" White Diamond screamed in terror, Emerald looking equally aghast as her.

"Looks like we weren't the only ones after all...," Kiyoshi remarked towards Master Pax, who responded with an uneasy nod.

"Dragrid's effect! On summon it gains a Hydradrive Counter!" Unknown announced, now with even greater confidence in his moderately robotic voice.

"I chain Rion's effect, summoning one of my banished monsters with negated effects to have Rion Synchro Summon with it by returning the materials to my deck! My choice is Prasiortle!" White Diamond recollected herself, invoking the green gem tortoise once more.

Crystron Prasiortle

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Effect

"The effect of Rion continues, so I tune Crystron Prasiortle with Crystron Rion! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 3, Crystron Rutilquazarax!" she went on, one tortoise turning into another with the help of Rion, upgrading its power as it did.

Crystron Rutilquazarax

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1500/ DEF 1800/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"Then Dragrid's effect resolves next! It gains a counter!" Unknown reminded her, the resolution of the chain finishing at that.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters 0 → 1

"However, a new chain starts right away since Rutilquazarax was Synchro Summoned next to Zirconex's link arrow! I can pick from three effects and choose to revive a "Crystron"-Monster! Come, Citree!" White Diamond added as her own Link-Monster performed its ability, invoking the small crystalline Tuner.

Crystron Citree

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500/ DEF 500/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"I activate Terraforming, adding a field spell from my deck to my hand! I select Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute which I then activate, discarding a card in order to add Hydradrive Supplier and Hydradrive Elemental Spell Augmentation to my hand!" Unknown proclaimed. "I normal summon Supplier, which lets me add Hydradrive Mutation from my deck to my hand since my Main Monster Zones are devoid from other Effect-Monsters!" he announced, summoning the arachnid Hydradrive for another time.

Hydradrive Supplier

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"By returning a continuous trap from my field to my hand I can special summon Hydradrive Mutation from there and reset the trap with it being able to be activated this turn! I choose my Property Spray of course, clearing my middlemost Spell & Trap Zone and resetting it to my leftmost one! Also appear, Mutation!" Unknown said, invoking a small white monster with resemblance to a worm.

Hydradrive Mutation

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse/ Effect

"I flip up Property Spray once more! And then appear, the circuit that determines the truth! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Supplier into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 1, Burn Hydradrive!" Unknown went on, another iteration of the Fire Hydradrive appearing before him.

Burn Hydradrive

Fire/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"His dialogue changed again... Is he still evolving...?" Emerald whispered, observing their opponent and especially the fiercer tone of said opponent with a concerned expression.

"Appear once more, the circuit that determines the truth! The summoning conditions are one "Hydradrive"-Monster! I set Mutation into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 1, Flow Hydradrive!" he continued as another Link-1 arose.

Flow Hydradrive

Wind/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"I activate the fire bonus effect of Property Absolute as I Link Summoned, letting me set a trap from my deck that will be live this turn! I pay the 1000 LP cost of course!" Unknown announced, his lifepoints dropping dangerously low.

UNKNOWN: LP 1400 → 400

"Okay then! I respond with Orionyx's effect to that! With it I turn Citree into a non-Tuner!" White Diamond chimed in as she also performed an action.

Crystron Citree

Monster Type: Tuner → Non-Tuner

"Appear for a third time, the circuit that determines the truth! The summoning conditions are two"Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters! I set Burn and Flow Hydradrive into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 2, Twin Hydradrive Knight!" Unknown proclaimed as he turned two monsters into one.

Twin Hydradrive Knight

Earth/ Link 2/ ATK 1800/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→)

"Its effect lets me target its materials in my graveyard and have Twin Hydradrive Knight inherit their attributes, meaning Fire and...!"

"Hold up! I respond with Rutilquazarax's effect, Synchro Summoning with it and my other monsters! I tune my Level 2 Crystron Citree with my Level 4 Crystron Quandax and my Level 3 Crystron Rutilquazarax respectively! Double Tuning!" White Diamond declared as she interrupted him, her latter two monsters turning into rings of crystal which then combined with Citree's rings, forming nine rings of the same crystalline appearance. These rings then formed an armillary sphere-like construct that exploded into a wave of energy and crystalline shards.

"Crystalline beasts, with the divine blessing that you received merge into the adamantine incarnation of resolve! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, the exoskeleton of a truly powerful combatant! Level 9, Crystron Quariongandrax!" she cried out for a second time, her yellow human-dragon mecha hybrid appearing once more.

Crystron Quariongandrax

Water/ Level 9/ ATK 3000/ DEF 3000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

Twin Hydradrive Knight

Attribute: Earth → Earth, Wind, Fire

"I know that you can easily give your Knight the Water attribute with Property Absolute's earth bonus effect, disabling all of my monster effects, but unfortunately for you that effect is not a quick effect! So Quariongandrax's effect upon being Synchro Summoned will go off before yours can, letting me banish a number of monsters up to its synchro materials, meaning three of your monsters that are either on your field or in your graveyard! I choose your Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid, your walking 70s band reference aka Twin Hydradrive Knight and the final Coolant which is in your graveyard! Crystal Excommunication!" she cried out, her monster firing another salvo of crystal shards.

"I activate Property Spray's effect, tributing my knight to gain its ATK as LP and make your monsters Earth! Furthermore I activate the quick-play spell Indomitable Hydradrive which immunizes Dragrid against your card effects for the rest of this turn with a lesser protection on the following turn, also letting me draw a card since Dragrid has the highest Link Rating on the field!" Unknown countered, using a spell that depicted Dragrid letting out an intimidating roar while towering above Missus Radiant, Duelittle Chimera, Hip Hoshiningen and the rest of the generic Link-2 attribute-specific monsters which cowered in fear.

UNKNOWN: LP 400 → 2200

Crystron Orionyx

Attribute: Water → Earth

Crystron Quariongandrax

Attribute: Water → Earth

Crystron Zirconex

Attribute: Water → Earth

Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden

Attribute: Wind → Earth

"Damn! He protected his boss monster!" White Diamond cursed in exasperation.

"Furthermore the wind bonus effect of Property Absolute lets me roll a dice in order to gain the result times 100 times the highest Link Rating on the field! Since I can choose six for the result I will gain 600 times five LP, as Dragrid is Link-5!" Unknown further clarified, his LP soaring upwards.

UNKNOWN: LP 2200 → 5200

"He misplayed," Lumen stated with a hint of annoyance in his voice.

"Yes, if he activated Property Spray's effect earlier the negation effect of Twin Hydradrive would have already been established immediately upon its summon," Ventus replied before shrugging his shoulders. "Well, he is still a prototype, so shit happens, I suppose!"

"I just hope that it doesn't repeat," Lumen said, resuming to observe the duel from behind their stealthing curtain.

"I move Dragrid to my middlemost Main Monster Zone using the effect of Property Absolute! Then I activate the spell Hydradrive Elemental Spell Augmentation! Via its effect I can activate a Link Spell from my deck in a zone my "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster points to!" Unknown went on declaring.

-"WHAT?! A LINK SPELL?!"- White Diamond and her allies repeated in disbelief.

"Correct! Appear, the five divine arrows of domination that will determine the truth! The ultimate Link Spell that will eclipse and conquer your world! Domination Link Magic – Holy Cyberse Arrows!" Unknown proclaimed, a quintet of brilliant arrows extending upwards and sideways.

Domination Link Magic – Holy Cyberse Arrows

Spell/Link (↖↑↗←→); Spell & Trap Zone 3

"A spell with link arrows...?!" White Diamond muttered in shock, not believing her eyes anymore.

"Indeed! And it shall receive company! Due to Holy Cyberse Arrows I can activate Link Spells from my hand or deck in the Spell & Trap Zones it points to, regardless of any effects like their own "only one Link Spell per field"-restriction, and their own activation conditions! As such I activate these two!" Unknown responded as he took out two cards from his deck, now presenting them.

"Appear, the three arrows that will judge the world! Link Magic – Judgment Arrows!" he yelled, a light-themed trio of arrows extending skywards at his proclamation.

Link Magic – Judgment Arrows

Spell/Link (↖↑↗); Spell & Trap Zone 2

"Appear, the three arrows that will incinerate the world! Link Magic – Inferno Arrows!" he finished, a burning set of arrows concluding the effect of Holy Cyberse Arrows.

Link Magic – Inferno Arrows

Spell/Link (↖↑↗); Spell & Trap Zone 4

"Link Magic...?" Kiyoshi repeated, a thin purple aura surrounding him as he fearfully uttered those words, a fiendish laugh echoing through his mind.

"Whatever they do, they are definitely not good news!" White Diamond debated with herself before speaking up. "In that case, time to use our new ability!" she exclaimed, continuing alongside her Anti Ignis. -"PROWESS ACTIVATE! Once per duel we can target a monster on the field to increase or decrease its level, paying 300 LP for every level it gains or gaining 300 LP for every level it loses! Furthermore we can turn a Tuner on the field into a non-Tuner or vice versa! The changing dynamic of combat shall elevate us! Reform our allies so that they may grant us victory! PROWESS – ANTITHESIS ADAPTION!"- she and Emerald cried out together, their Lee losing three levels, causing them to gain 900 LP, while Orionyx was converted into a non-Tuner.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 7300 → 8200

Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden: Level 4 → 1

Crystron Orionyx

Monster Type: Tuner → Non-Tuner

"So their change of deck also caused their Prowess to change. I almost expected as much. It must be the same for their Skill as well," Kiyoshi remarked.

"Then the effect of Lee activates, letting me special summon a non-Tuner "Crystron"-Monster from my deck with negated effects and Synchro Summon with it and Lee! I choose Crystron Thystvern!" White Diamond went on as her monster effect went off.

Crystron Thystvern

Water/ Level 3/ ATK 1500/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Effect

"I tune my Level 3 Crystron Thystvern with my Level 1 Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 4, Crystron Quandax!" she cried out as the effect of Lee proceeded to resolve.

Crystron Quandax

Water/ Level 4/ ATK 1800/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"Finally this effect lets me halve the ATK of one monster on the field and gain the lost ATK as LP! I choose Orionyx!" she said.

Crystron Orionyx: ATK 2200 → 1100

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 8200 → 9300

"There is another effect of Lee! Since she was used as synchro material for a "Crystron"-Monster I can set one "World Legacy"-Spell or Trap from my deck which will also be live this turn regardless of its card type. I select the trap World Legacy Intervention!" she proclaimed, revealing a card that depicted Ningirsu in his battle against the Knightmare monsters, spectral versions of Dianahri and Apollousa imbuing him with energy, unbeknownst to him.

"Though I'm still not quite finished since to that setting effect I will chain the effect of Orionyx, letting me Synchro Summon with my monsters including it!" White Diamond declared before taking a deep breath, her Anti Ignis stirring up a torrent of wind around the female. Her distracting thoughts diminished until she reached absolute clarity, a single drop of water falling onto the surface of water within the still realm that was her mind at the moment.

"Clear Mind!" she exclaimed, raising her hand as she went on. "I tune my Level 5 Crystron Orionyx with my Level 4 Crystron Quandax! Crystalline beasts, fill up your hearts devoid of courage and charge toward your opposition in unity! Accel Synchro! Appear, the conqueror of the leviathan! Level 9, Crystron Phoenix!" White Diamond shouted, her Tuner dissolving into rings while Orionyx formed them without vanishing, the crystalline monster that was orbited by its five rings accelerating towards Unknown as it caught up to the four rings of Quandax. They reached him and merged into a single row of rings which then vanished alongside the monster and her, reappearing along with White Diamond in the form of their new self which manifested in a flash of green light, the crystalline phoenix rising from the ashes once more.

Crystron Phoenix

Water/ Level 9/ ATK 2800/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Phoenix's effect! All spells and traps on your field and graveyard are banished! Wings of Atonement!" White Diamond went on, her monster firing off its ability.

"Oh no! If his Link Spells...!" Ventus began in panic, stopping as he noticed the confident smirk of his fellow Ignis Lumen who looked not the least bit worried.

"By banishing Elemental Spell Augmentation from my graveyard my backrow becomes immune to your removal effects until the end of this turn!" Unknown retorted, a barrier shielding his field spell, continuous trap, face-down trap and of course his three Link Spells.

"Damn it! Why did he have protection?! That was not supposed to happen, his cards were supposed to blow up!" White Diamond ranted in exasperation.

"I now activate the effect of Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid! By removing the Hydradrive Counter from it I can roll a dice to summon a "Draghead"-Monster from my Extra Deck with the corresponding attribute, in turn putting Dragrid back into my Extra Deck! My field spell lets me choose a result, so I select 4 – Wind!" Unknown stated, the main head of his monster hanging low as another emerged at its expense.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters 1 → 0

"What?! That thing has alternate forms?! Ugh, and here I thought that Heavenmail's Fabled Neostorm was bad!" White Diamond groaned at the exchange of heads.

"Appear, Link 5, Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Windy!" Unknown went on, the wind head taking control of his monster.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Windy

Wind/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↖↑↙↓↘)

"Yeah, crush them with my power!" Ventus cheered from the sidelines, obviously unheard by his foes.

"Windy's effect! When special summoned it places all monsters in the respective player's Spell & Trap Zones, besides itself and the monsters it points to! As such your Quariongandrax, Phoenix and Zirconex are turned into continuous spells for the remainder of this turn at the end of which they will be returned to your Monster Zones, unless there is no space in them of course!" Unknown declared, a torrent of wind sending White Diamond's monsters away, much to her shock.

"He bypassed Quariongandrax's inherited protection against effect destruction and graveyard-sending effects?!" she whispered in disbelief as the effect granted by Rutilquazarax proved useless before the opposing Link-5.

"Now the effect of Inferno Arrows! Once per turn I can Link Summon a monster using a monster with the same name as the entire material! Since Draghead Windy counts as Dragrid I may now turn it back into its original form! Tensei Link Shōkan!" Unknown declared, the middle head taking back the control over the monster's body.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid

Earth/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→↙↓↘)

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters 0 → 1

"Reincarnation Link Summon?!" White Diamond repeated in terror.

"That's right! And now I activate the trap that I set earlier using Property Absolute, Fuh-Rin-Ka-Zan! It lets me choose from four effects whose capabilities about equal that of Raigeki, Harpie's Feather Duster, Pot of Greed and Delinquent Duo respectively! I choose the second option, destroying all of your spell and trap cards on the field!" he carried on.

"Fuh-Rin-Ka-Zan?! But you can't activate that, you need an Earth, Fire, Water and Wind Monster on the field for that, but you only have an Earth one! You're cheating!" White Diamond accused Unknown, her finger pointing at him.

"My move is a legal one, as Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid is treated as possessing every attribute! Including of course Earth, Fire, Water and Wind!" Unknown replied firmly.

"What?!" White Diamond cried out before recovering and raising her hand. "In that case I will activate my face-down trap World Legacy Intervention! I target a "World Legacy" or Link-Monster in my graveyard and add it to my hand! Then all battle damage I take during this turn will be reduced by its ATK, times the number of Link-Monsters in my graveyard, if any! I choose Lee with 1500 ATK which will make for a 4500 damage drop since I have two Agatexes and one Halqifibrax in my graveyard!" she countered, a torrent of four different elements washing over her field as her monsters which Draghead Windy had moved to the backrow were destroyed.

"Nice defense, Atsuko!" Emerald praised her before adding in a more hushed tone. "But stay focused! A guy using such an unorthodox way to take care of monsters that would normally float into replacement monsters, had they been destroyed while they were monsters rather than spells, is no joke!" she warned her partner who nodded in understanding.

"I activate the divine bonus effect of Property Absolute, burning you for 700 LP since Dragrid unites all attributes onto itself!" Unknown spoke up, hitting his opponent with a bolt of elemental lighting.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 9300 → 8600

"And then my final hand card, the spell Hydradrive Divine Spectrum Smite! If the "Hydradrive"-Link-Monsters I control contain all seven attributes I can apply its ability, letting me banish face-down up to two of your cards from the following places each: Your field, hand, graveyard, the top of your deck, and finally your Extra Deck! Also you take 100 damage for every card that was banished by this effect! I banish Crystron Sulfefnir and Thystvern from your graveyard, two random cards from your hand, two from the top of your deck and two random cards from your Extra Deck, inflicting 800 damage to you!" Unknown declared, a vortex of elemental lightning striking White Diamond, burning her fingers as Release and another card were banished from her hand, also electrocuting her for 800 damage.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 8600 → 7800

"It banishes face-down?!" Emerald repeated in horror about the decimating result of the effect.

"It does! But it won't be of concern to you for long anyway, as Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid now attacks you directly! At this moment my Link Spells trigger their effects! Holy Cyberse Arrows increases its ATK by 500 during the damage calculation! Inferno Arrows gives Dragrid ATK equal to its link materials since it was Reincarnation Link Summoned, meaning 4000! And finally Judgment Arrows doubles that total ATK! Seven-Branched Obliteration!" Unknown stated, his monster powering up massively to then combine the seven energy beams from its maws into a single one that was aimed at White Diamond.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: ATK 4000 → 4500 → 8500 → 17000

"Seventeen thousand ATK?!" Kiyoshi muttered incredulously, looking at his daughter in concern.

"I banish Crystron Hardening from my graveyard! This halves the damage I would take! Furthermore World Legacy Intervention cuts down those 8500 points of damage to 4000!" White Diamond responded, successfully activating a static effect to save herself.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 7800 → 3800

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: ATK 17000 → 4000

"She survived. Thank goodness!" Kiyoshi sighed in relief.

"Not bad, but you merely delayed your demise! A monster that Holy Cyberse Arrows points to gains an additional attack! Go again, Dragrid! This time I will add the light bonus effect of Property Absolute for an additional 500 ATK! Seven-Branched Obliteration!" Unknown told, his seven-headed monster attacking once more, this time even more powerfully.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: ATK 4000 → 4500 → 5000 → 9000 → 18000

"ATSUKO!" Emerald shrieked at her partner in panic, urging her to do something.

"I banish World Legacy Intervention from my graveyard and target Crystron Zirconex in there! The damage is further decreased by its ATK and it gets summoned during the End Phase! Thus the 18000 points of damage are cut down to 9000 by Hardening, then Intervention's first effect reduces that to 4500 and finally the 2400 ATK of Zirconex lowers it to 2100 by Intervention's second effect, thus making me survive!" White Diamond declared confidently in the face of near defeat, standing her ground against the assault of the enormous monstrosity controlled by Unknown.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 3800 → 1700

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: ATK 18000 → 4000

"Argh! Why?! Why isn't she dead?!" Lumen raged, walking up and down on Murder Maiden's arm in agitation.

"We're still in an advantageous position...!" Ventus tried to calm down his fellow Ignis, though without much success.

"Turn end," Unknown buzzed, his advanced speech pattern having left him apparently.

Crystron Zirconex

Water/ Link 3/ ATK 2400/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↓↘)

"We survived," Emerald sighed, exhaling audibly.

"Yes, but we're still facing a Link-5 Monster," White Diamond reminded her. "Which is indestructible by card effects until my End Phase due to Indomitable Hydradrive's still lingering effect," she added.

Emerald nodded. "Right. We'll have to be creative to get around this one. Luckily he didn't banish all of our important cards."

"My turn then! I draw!" White Diamond announced, her hand increasing to three. "I normal summon Crystron Qingrite!" she told, the azure crystal maiden appearing before her.

Crystron Qingrite

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1000/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Effect

"Using her effect I add Huangmerald from my deck to my hand! I furthermore special summon her since I already control a "Crystron"-Monster!" she went on, a second maiden joining her formation.

Crystron Huangmerald

Wind/ Level 5/ ATK 1500/ DEF 2000/ Machine/ Effect

Lumen grinned. "Alright! Now she has a sufficient amount of ATK on her field! Go, activate Dragrid's effect to summon my Draghead!" he commanded Unknown. Curiously enough the latter seemed to have no interest in that strategy at all, much to his bewilderment. "What's wrong? Activate it already!" he shouted, getting more upset by the second.

"Maybe he just needs to adjust a bit before he can use it to finish her off...," Ventus tried pacifying him. However, Lumen just continued growling in a low voice as he observed with a frown, awaiting Unknown's move impatiently.

"Then I activate the spell Crystron Excavation! It lets me target Huangmerald and look at the top five cards of my deck since she is Level 5! I add one "Crystron"-Card among those five cards to my hand and shuffle back the rest! I fetch myself Crystron Release, which I now activate! On activation I can stack my deck with a "Crystron"-Card, so I put Sulfefnir to its top! Finally I banish Excavation from my graveyard, putting my banished Zhumaline back into it!" White Diamond told.

"She's got her combos down it seems," Kiyoshi remarked.

"I agree. Your daughter is quite the talented duelist, Kiyoshi-san. I've seen only few duelists perform this well with a new deck on their first try," Master Pax said.

"Appear, the crystalline circuit of unity! The summoning conditions are one "Crystron"-Monster except Agatex! I set Crystron Qingrite into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 1, Crystron Agatex!" White Diamond went on without delay.

Crystron Agatex

Water/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↓)

"Three of my effects activate! Agatex, Qingrite, Release – Chain Link 1, 2 and 3 respectively! I draw a card by the effect of Release, then Qingrite lets me special summon the just drawn Sulfefnir! Finally Agatex lets me add back Crystolic Potential from my graveyard while also reviving Crystron Zhumaline!" White Diamond elaborated as she continued using her effects in quick succession.

Crystron Sulfefnir

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2000/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Effect

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Crystron Zhumaline

Wind/ Level 3/ ATK 1500/ DEF 1000/ Machine/ Effect

"Zhumaline's effect recycles Baipearl from my graveyard and adds it to my hand! I also activate Potential, boosting the ATK and DEF of my monsters by 300!" she quickly mentioned.

Crystron Agatex: ATK 1000 → 1300

Crystron Huangmerald: ATK 1500 → 1800; DEF 2000 → 2300

Crystron Sulfefnir: ATK 2000 → 2300; DEF 1500 → 1800

Crystron Zhumaline: ATK 1500 → 1800; DEF 1000 → 1300

Crystron Zirconex: ATK 2400 → 2700

"I banish Crystron Rosenix from my graveyard, special summoning a Crystron Token!" she went on, invoking a small blue crystal, wires coming out of it.

Crystron Token

Water/ Level 1/ ATK 0 → 300/ DEF 0 → 300/ Machine

"Appear again, the crystalline circuit of unity! Arrowheads confirmed! The summoning conditions are two or more "Crystron"-Monsters! I set the Crystron Token and my Link 3 Crystron Zirconex into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Appear, Link 4, Crystron Alabastrax!" she cried out, the emerging monster being nearly as white as marble for the most part, though it also possessed the colors and elements of Qingrite, Zhumaline, Baipearl, Huangmerald and another monster that was apparently a maiden clad in black robes. Additionally, while feminine in appearance, it was also quite big and looked more like a mecha than Zirconex. Its wings which alternated between azure, vermilion, white, black and yellow beat as it landed on the field, more specifically White Diamond's fourth Main Monster Zone.

Crystron Alabastrax

Water/ Link 4/ ATK 3000 → 3300/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (←→↙↘)

"He could start about now...!" Lumen hissed in agitation, Ventus getting progressively more nervous at the anger of his brethren.

"Huangmerald's effect activates, destroying Sulfefnir and thus special summoning a Level 5 Synchro-Monster from my Extra Deck! I choose Orionyx! Then Sulfefnir floats and summons Crystron Rion from my deck!" she went on, two more monsters appearing.

Crystron Orionyx

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2200 → 2500/ DEF 1700 → 2000/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

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Crystron Rion

Water/ Level 3/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"Appear again, the crystalline circuit of unity! The summoning conditions are two monsters, including a Tuner! I set Crystron Agatex and Rion into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 2, Crystron Halqifibrax!" White Diamond told, the infamous Link-2 showing up once more.

Crystron Halqifibrax

Water/ Link 2/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↘)

"Its effect lets me bring out a Level 3 or lower Tuner from my deck! Come, Crystron Quan!" she proclaimed, a small light blue monster appearing, the third and final component of Halqifibrax.

Crystron Quan

Water/ Level 1/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"Appear for another time, the crystalline circuit of unity! The summoning conditions are two or more Crystrons! I set Huangmerald and Halqifibrax into the Link Markers! Link Shōkan! Link 3, Crystron Zirconex!" she told, Huangmerald acquiring the elements of Qingrite and Zhumaline in order to create a hybrid form with them.

Crystron Zirconex

Water/ Link 3/ ATK 2400/ Machine/ Link/ Effect (↙↓↘)

"Now that I was provided with sufficient arrows I think I can let go of Alabastrax! By destroying it I can summon a Level 5 or lower Crystron that is in my hand, graveyard or banished! I choose Citree which is banished! Alabastrax will return during the End Phase though!" she announced, exchanging her monsters.

Crystron Citree

Water/ Level 2/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Tuner/ Effect

"Citree's effect will be applicable during my own Main or Battle Phase rather than just yours due to Alabastrax's additional ability! Zhumaline furthermore enables me to do something similar with Quan, which special summons a monster from my hand with negated effects and then immediately synchros with it! I summon Crystron Baipearl!" she stated, her white maiden appearing.

Crystron Baipearl

Wind/ Level 1/ ATK 500 → 800/ DEF 1000 → 1300/ Machine/ Effect

"The effect continues! I tune my Level 1 Crystron Baipearl with my Level 1 Crystron Quan! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 2, Crystron Pearquandawox!" she declared, the summoned monster being a white robotic crystal tiger with orange lines that ran across its body, similar to its basic form Smiger.

Crystron Pearquandawox

Wind/ Level 2/ ATK 1000/ DEF 1500/ Machine/ Synchro/ Tuner/ Effect

"Since I Synchro Summoned to Zirconex's link marker I can pick from three effects! This time I choose to draw one card!" she stated before smirking. "I will activate it right away! By the effect of Pot of Desires I must banish the topmost ten cards from my deck face-down as cost, then I can draw two cards!" she told before clasping her hands together. "Please, don't hit anything important!" she prayed silently, removing the declared amount of cards from play and drawing two. "Nice, nothing vital!" she sighed as she inspected the victim cards of the effect.

"Sometimes you gotta have luck," Emerald quipped.

"Fortuna favet fortibus – luck favors the brave!" White Diamond agreed with a grin before continuing. "By the effect of my continuous spell Crystron Release I can special a Crystron from my hand! Appear, Crystron Heirutile!" she announced. The summoned monster was the final crystal maiden, her robes of a pitch black, slightly brighter gems as well as green crystals on them creating a contrast. On her back she wore a bit of armor plating, befitting the black tortoise figure that throned atop the similarly colored gem of her green staff.

Crystron Heirutile

Wind/ Level 2/ ATK 1000 → 1300/ DEF 500 → 800/ Machine/ Effect

"Her on-summon effect lets me either search or mill a "Crystron"-Spell or Trap! I thus add Crystron Hardening from my deck to my hand!" White Diamond stated.

"Hardening?! Quick, summon my Draghead and kill her before it's too late!" Lumen screeched, practically fuming.

"Her other effect lets me modify the level of a monster I control by up to three, so I decrease Orionyx's level to two!" she said.

Crystron Orionyx: Level 5 → 2

"I then special summon Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden from my hand since I already control a "Cryston"-Monster!" she now declared as she invoked her Legend Monster.

Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden

Wind/ Level 4/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 1400 → 1700/ Fairy/ Legend/ Tuner/ Effect

"I use Orionyx's effect to decrease Heirutile's level to one!" she briefly pointed out, Orionyx returning the favor for earlier.

Crystron Heirutile: Level 2 → 1

"And now I tune Crystron Heirutile with Lee! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 5, Crystron Ametrix!" she cried out, a violet crystal mecha appearing on her field, apparently a combination of Thystvern and Citree, as evident by its dominating body color for the former and its yellow sections for the latter. It possessed the same wings as Thystvern, the rest of the entity being shaped like a slender woman with protectors guarding its arms.

Crystron Ametrix

Water/ Level 5/ ATK 2500 → 2800/ DEF 1500 → 1800/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"Lee's effect upon becoming synchro material lets me set World Legacy Succession! I then immediately activate it, reviving Quariongandrax to the zone Zirconex points to!" she went on, the yellow crystal mecha reappearing.

Crystron Quariongandrax

Water/ Level 9/ ATK 3000 → 3300/ DEF 3000 → 3300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"I return it to my Extra Deck with Hardening's effect, gaining 3300 LP!" she told, attempting to recover some lifepoints at that.

"SUMMON IT! SUMMON DRAGHEAD – LIGHTNING AND BURN HER FOR GAME!" Lumen shrieked, his arms flailing around in fury. However, his suggestion remained as a suggestion, Unknown seemingly lacking the control over Dragrid at the moment, unable to prompt it to use its effect.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 1700 → 5000

"BOHMAN!" Lumen screamed in outrage as the chance at victory passed, Ventus moving towards the corner of the room in discomfort and fear of his fellow Ignis.

"Then I activate the effect of Citree due to Alabastrax enabling it, summoning Huangmerald from my graveyard and having Citree synchroing with her by banishing both!" White Diamond declared.

Crystron Huangmerald

Wind/ Level 5/ ATK 1500 → 1800/ DEF 2000 → 2300/ Machine/ Effect

"I tune my Level 5 Huangmerald with my Level 2 Citree! Synchro Shōkan! Appear, Level 7, Crystron Tourcithuanix!" she announced, the vermilion crystal bird arising anew to avenge its comrade for the previous turn.

Crystron Tourcithuanix

Wind/ Level 7/ ATK 2600 → 2900/ DEF 2900 → 3200/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"With its on-summon effect I negate the effects of your Inferno Arrows!" White Diamond told before taking a look at Lee's card, exhaling as she mentally prepared herself. "Now at last the Legendary Blessing of Lee! By Lee's Possession I can once per duel modify a monster on the field! I can change its level to any level between one and twelve, I can make it a Tuner or non-Tuner, I can even turn it into a Synchro-Monster and transform the Link Rating of a Link-Monster into a level before applying any number of these effects on that monster! I select my Link-3 Zirconex which I turn into a Level 3 Synchro Tuner!" she announced, a spectral version of her fairy working her magic on the crystalline mecha maiden, changing her properties.

Crystron Zirconex

Monster Card Type: Link-Monster → Synchro-Monster; Link Rating (3) → Level (3); Non-Tuner → Tuner

The fairy vanished after performing her effect. However, White Diamond's vision was obscured, the female being pulled into a whole other world – which due to her brother's experiences she knew to be that of the World Legacy tale.


Tale of the World Legacy...

"Hello, Ib," a small blue fairy addressed a violet haired female, passing through a row of prison bars as she approached her.

"Lee! Oh, I'm so glad to see you! How are the others?" the female cried out joyfully before her tone switched over to one that was more worried.

"To be honest, it looks bad for them, Ib. They are fighting the combined form of the seven Mekk-Knights at the moment, and I doubt that they can overcome it," Lee replied, narrowing her eyes in annoyance as she tried to suppress the dark energy that unwillingly spread over her right body half. Ib was not supposed to see her like this. Yet...

"What?!" Ib exclaimed, looking horrified. "Are you sure?! Is it really that hopeless?!" she stammered.

The little fairy nodded. "Unfortunately yes. Auram, Imduk and your brother are brave, without doubt, but against an entity like Mekk-Knight Spectrum Supreme they will never win," Lee retorted.

"So it's hopeless? Are we really doomed to fail?" Ib muttered, falling onto her knees as she sunk to the cold floor of the cell.

"No." Lee shook her head, prompting Ib to look up once more. "If you entrust your power to the World Chalice which granted you four your previous new forms, we will be able to overpower and stop the Mekk-Knights. You just have to trust me about that," Lee told her, revealing the light blue hourglass-like relic – only that it was pitch black with a red glow surrounding it, much to Ib's shock.

"What?! Why is the World Chalice so dark?!" Ib stammered in terror as she gazed upon the object.

"The World Legacies react to the emotional state of their owners, and right now I'm obviously rather distressed because of our predicament!" Lee explained hastily before addressing the violet haired female anew. "Well, would you please give your consent to the chalice so that its powers may enter you?!" she screamed at Ib.

"Of course, Lee!" a still intimidated Ib nodded obediently, starting to extend her hand, much to the glee of the blue fairy. Then, in realization, she stopped however, and retracted her hand, irritating the fairy. Immediately after that Ib added something to her earlier statement, though rather timidly. "Lee, may I ask a question?"

"Yes, go ahead!" Lee retorted with played receptiveness, only a bit of her impatience managing to find its way into her voice.

"Lee, who are the Mekk-Knights really?" she asked, Lee's eyes widening in shock as she did so. "You said that they were corrupted by the Great Darkness when they sealed it back into the planet's core, as a result becoming its embodiment, but their actions towards me have led me to believe otherwise. Maybe we shouldn't be fighting against the Mekk-Knights...," Ib muttered, Lee's expression changing as her shock increased even more. "I mean, they didn't do me any harm after abducting me and taking my sacred staff. Aside from seizing me and my key they were very kind to me, so maybe we can talk it out with them so they don't have to be our enem-"

"NOOOOO!" Lee shrieked in an incensed tone, much to Ib's terror. "These filthy abominations are nothing but avatars of evil who dared to seal me within the World Chalice, AND NOW YOU'RE PROPOSING THAT WE CAN TALK IT OUT WITH THEM?! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND, IB?!" Lee screamed at her, the other female taking a step back as she was verbally overwhelmed by Lee's reaction.

"It was just a thought, sorry for my not very prudent suggestion...," Ib apologized with a bow, now discarding her earlier idea.

"Anyway, can you finally give your consent to the chalice so you may gain its powers to beat those Mekk-Knights?! Or do you want Auram, Imduk and your brother to die?!" Lee continued, her impatience now clearly audible as she screamed at Ib anew.

"No, of course not!" Ib shouted fearfully, yet her movements were still a bit hesitant as she extended her hand to pour her essence into the darkened relic. "Is that enough?" she then asked shyly.

"Yes." Lee smirked. "You did exactly what I wanted you to do, Ib! Now I will keep my part of the promise and eradicate those accursed Mekk-Knights who dared to imprison me!" the fairy told, her voice assuming an eerie tone while the dark energy spread over her body anew.

"Lee, you're frightening me...!" Ib whispered, retreating backwards to the corner of her cell, her body trembling.

"Oh I'm sorry, my dear Ib!" Lee sneered as she slowly turned her head towards Ib, letting out an ungodly giggle, Ib retreating even more at that. "Your fear is not exactly unfounded though!" Lee added, the green eyes of the other female widening in terror.

"What...?" Ib whispered, flinching as the fairy let out another eerie laugh.

"That's right! To this day I'm still laughing at how easily you trust a random fairy! You naive little girl, what you just agreed to was no gift of power! It was an agreement to forfeiting control over your body to me!" Lee screamed, slowly hovering closer while Ib crawled back, her green eyes widen open in horror. "And for those Mekk-Knight you asked about, they are actually a group of universal peacekeepers who once thwarted my plans! But now with this new power, I won't be stopped by them anymore! I don't have to fear them and their stupid starlight powers any longer!" Lee cackled, drunk with power and rejoicing at the success of her schemes.

"So everything you told us was a lie...?" Ib muttered meekly, the treachery of the fairy shattering her heart as Lee betrayed the hope, trust and faith she had had in her and her proposal to search for the World Legacies, claiming Ib and her friends to be 'the True World Heroes'.

"Of course! Like I said, you and your friends are way too trusting! That was always the weakness of inferior creatures like you!" Lee giggled in amusement, crushing Ib's heart anew. Her expression then changed, the malice on it growing into levels Ib had never witnessed before, not even by the most heartless Krawlers she had seen eviscerating the inhabitants of the village in the Celestial Forest which she called her home. "Now I will take over your body and get rid of those damn Mekk-Knights for good!" Lee announced with the grin of a maniac, cornering Ib whose back had already reached the end of her cell.

"Auram, please help me...!" Ib sobbed, averting her head as she sat with her back against the corner, trembling uncontrollably in dread of what would come next.

"YOU'RE MINE!" Lee shouted, the entirety of her body pitch-black while her eyes and mouth were of a distorted red, the darkened World Chalice consuming the cornered female who let out a scream of horror.


"So that was my World Legacy Incarnation Lee?!" White Diamond muttered in terror, trying to stomach the disturbing scenes she had seen which had displayed the cruelty of her incarnation far more than she would have liked.

"Wh-what did you see..?" Emerald asked, sounding concerned.

"I saw my incarnation, Lee, taking advantage of the trust of another girl whose body she then took over...," White Diamond muttered, taking a break before continuing. "How can anyone be so cruel? Why did I become her incarnation? Am I so much worse than the other four...?" she whispered, doubting herself.

"Don't be afraid," Master Pax soothed her mind, the female looking at the Monster Spirit as it spoke up. "I understand that you might feel insecure about yourself with your current knowledge about your World Legacy Incarnation, but be assured, it's not nearly as bad as you make it out to be. Yes, Lee tricked Ib and her friends and took over her body to become the Knightmare Corrupter Iblee, defeating the Mekk-Knights who watched over the worlds and turning all of them but Blue Sky into twisted perversions of their former selves called Knightmares. However, Lee wasn't always so bad. In actuality she was astonishingly warm-hearted for her species, but got exiled by her mother since she wanted her daughter to prove the malevolence that was characteristic for the Malefaes, allowing her to return home if she disposed of the Mekk-Knights and wiped clean one planet so that her species could either colonize or sell it. But while she initially went through with that plan, repressing her own characteristics for the sake of those that were expected from her, she eventually couldn't act contrary to her true nature and switched over to the opposing side where she could be herself and didn't have to bring misery to others anymore. Later on she even is of vital importance to the success of Auram and the other three main figures. I would know, because I met her. Just like with knowledge you need to look at things from a variety of angles and also keep track of hidden, indirect ways in order to comprehend or achieve something difficult, not only the obvious ones," Master Pax encouraged her.

"He is right. Don't let the past distract you from your plans, Atsuko! Ryoken already clung to what has passed, so do not repeat his mistakes! Carry on with what you were just trying to do and win this duel!" Kiyoshi added, admonishing her in a tone that was halfway between strict and kind.

"Thanks, otoosan, Master Pax! Yes, I will continue my move!" White Diamond nodded, taking another deep breath. As she proceeded to calm down wind poured out of Emerald, carrying her skywards at an increasing pace, much to the surprise of her baffled father and Anti Ignis who remained on the ground. Golden particles flickered around her as she even broke through the ceiling of the ornate hall, ascending into a vast darkness.

'Do not let anything get in the way now, Atsuko! Inhale, exhale!' she thought, doing so, but gradually slower as she reached new levels of tranquility. 'Concentrate fully on your goal – your goal of defeating your opponent and securing the safety of your friends and family! Let go of everything else!' she went on, her ascent slowing down as she approached its peak. She let out a final exhale, opening her eyes which brimmed with confidence and determination, and then exclaimed a single phrase.

"Over Top Clear Mind!" she shouted, reaching the end of her ascent, now quickly plummeting down alongside her monsters to which she pointed at that. "I tune my Level 5 Synchro-Monster Crystron Ametrix with my Level 2 Synchro Tuner Crystron Orionyx, my Level 2 Synchro Tuner Crystron Pearquandawox and my Level 3 Synchro Tuner Crystron Zirconex!" she exclaimed, her first monster spawning an orbit of violet rings around itself, each of them spinning interchangeably either clockwise or counterclockwise. Simultaneously her other three monsters became three sets of rings which also rotated in interchanging directions, being of green, white and a multicolored tint respectively. "Limit Over Triple Tuning!" White Diamond added, the rings of the three Tuners turning crystalline and forming a sphere around Ametrix and its own orbit of rings.

"A SYNCHRO SUMMON WITH FOUR SYNCHRO-MONSTERS?!" Ventus screamed in horror, his eyes trembling.

"And three among them are Tuners at that...!" Lumen hissed, his expression distorted in a mix of disbelief and outrage as the female continued falling towards the ground.

"From crystal shells comes a potential that will alter our future! In a white flash this potential shall manifest as the vessel of true supremacy, ushering in a new age! Now strike down, white harbinger of a new era! LIMIT OVER ACCEL SYNCHRO!" White Diamond screamed at the top of her lungs, the entirety of her body turning golden as the blank card that she held in her hand manifested its features, the female vanishing.

"The auspicious beast of the west! The white sentinel! Conquer your limits and overwhelm our foes! LEVEL 12! CRYSTRON RUPEORIAMONBYAKKOX!" she finished, reappearing from a portal shortly above the ground, a monster following her as she landed safely. It emerged from an eruption of energy that occurred as the rings exploded and appeared to have a mixture of the traits of Baipearl and Pearquandawox, having the stature of a female, but combining that with more animal-like attributes as well. As such the monster was a titanic, white tiger-like mecha, made from solid crystal and adorned by pearls on its armor. A large chunk of its curvy chest consisted of shimmering diamond that was surrounded by orange energy lines, alongside other sections of its body so that around half of it was covered by either the sturdy gemstone or the orange energy lines. Its head resembled that of a tiger, though plenty of feminine features remained visible nonetheless, and its white tail was adorned by a mix of silver studs and platings and patterns of smaller diamonds. The sockets of the adamantine claws that emerged from its knuckles were adorned by silver platings as well, the monster flashing these diamond claws and the orange energy lines that ran across their length, alongside the few black and pale white lines that circled around its relatively slender figure, letting loose a roar from its feline maw.

Crystron Rupeoriamonbyakkox

Water/ Level 12/ ATK 4000 → 4300/ DEF 4000 → 4300/ Machine/ Synchro/ Effect

"How beautiful!" Emerald cried out, rejoining her partner as she marveled at the crystalline monster in awe.

"So this is your true potential, Atsuko? I'm impressed!" Kiyoshi addressed her, giving his daughter a proud smile.

"Thank you, otoosan!" White Diamond smiled back before turning around to her opponent once more. "Rupeoriamonbyakkox's effect! When she's summoned I can make you unable to activate any spell or trap cards until the end of this turn, and you cannot activate cards or effects in response to that! Adamantine Prohibition!" she cried out, her monster letting loose a stunning roar.

"Tch! What an annoying effect...!" Lumen hissed.

"I end my Main Phase! Thus Release returns to my hand!" White Diamond announced, her opponent now speaking up again at last.

"In response I activate the effect of Dragrid, removing its counter to summon a Draghead corresponding to the result of the dice roll! I choose five – Light!" Unknown stated.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters 1 → 0

"Now you're activating that effect?! It's a bit late for that, isn't it?!" Lumen yelled, visibly upset at Unknown's delay of actions.

"Appear, Link 5, Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Lightning!" Unknown told, the yellow head of his monster taking control.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Lightning

Light/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↑→↙↓↘)

"Lightning's effect! When summoned it inflicts half the combined ATK of all monsters on the field to the respective players, except Draghead Lightning itself and monsters it points to! As such you will receive half the combined ATK of Rupeoriamonbyakkox and Tourcithuanix, which is 3600!" Unknown went on.

"Hmm, I think I'll let that go through...," White Diamond mused before responding. "By banishing Crystron Hardening from my graveyard I halve all damage I would take this turn! Thus I only receive 1800 damage!" she announced, lowering the vortex of lightning Unknown's Draghead fired at her.

WHITE DIAMOND: LP 5000 → 3200

"Damn it! Why couldn't he activate that effect when it was lethal?! Why must he be so incompetent?!" Lumen cursed, clawing and scraping around on his head in frustration.

"Now let's battle! Crystron Rupeoriamonbyakkox attacks your Draghead Lighting!" White Diamond commanded, sending her monster into battle.

"What?! But Judgment Arrows is still in place!" Ventus yelled in confusion.

"At this moment the effect of Rupeoriamonbyakkox! I reduce the ATK of your Draghead to 0 and inflict 1000 damage to you! Disemboweling White Pilgrimage!" she cried out, her monster mutilating the opposing one as its claws extended, massively growing in length and shooting forward as they pierced Dragrid without Rupeoriamonbyakkox having to move its main body an inch forward.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Lightning: ATK 4000 → 0

UNKNOWN: LP 5200 → 4200

"Now your Judgment Arrows has been pretty much taken care of! Zero times two is still zero after all, though you still have your field spell and Holy Cyberse Arrows which boost by 500 ATK respectively! I also use Rupeoriamonbyakkox's other effect, giving her piercing damage during this turn and increasing the next instance of damage she inflicts to you by 1000!" she added, the white and orange glow around her monster's claws increasing as it charged forward.

"This is bad! Bohman, do something!" Lumen urged his subordinate, which was unheard by the latter but still prompted a reaction.

"I banish Indomitable Hydradrive from my graveyard to special summon a Link-1 Hydradrive from there! Come, Dusk Hydradrive! Then my Draghead Lightning gains its attribute!" Unknown spoke up, a secondary monster appearing on his field.

Dusk Hydradrive

Dark/ Link 1/ ATK 1000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (↓)

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Lightning

Attribute: Light → Light, Dark

"It doesn't matter! I use the replay and attack your Draghead again!" she announced, her monster charging ahead once more.

"It does since I will activate Property Spray's effect to tribute Draghead Lightning, gaining its ATK as LP and making your monsters Light! Since it tributes for cost I will gain its original ATK of 4000!" Unknown retorted, his boss monster vanishing.

"I activate Rupeoriamonbyakkox's effect! Once per turn she can negate any card or card effect and destroy that card! Conquering Tigress!" White Diamond countered, her ace monster turning its attention towards the opposing trap.

"Then I shall respond with my own effect! By the dark bonus effect of Property Absolute I change the negation effect of your Rupeoriamonbyakkox into one that forces me to tribute a monster! I will choose Dusk Hydradrive of course!" Unknown responded, much to the shock of his opponent.

"What? But even then you will only gain 4000 LP and get to 8200 LP, which is the exact amount of damage I have on board! In other words just enough for me to finish you off this turn!" White Diamond cried out.

"You're overlooking something! The wind bonus effect of Property Absolute will activate in a new chain once this one resolves since my Link-Monster left the field! At that time I will already have resolved another card! You see, the card I discarded the turn earlier to pay Property Absolute's cost was Hydradrive Calculus! This trap can be banished from my graveyard to return one "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster from my graveyard to my Extra Deck and then special summon one "Hydradrive"-Link-Monster from there that has the same Link Rating! Finally I may draw two cards if the monster that was special summoned this way has the highest Link Rating on the field! Meaning I can return Draghead Lightning to my Extra Deck and summon Dragrid while drawing two cards, then gaining its Link Rating of 5 times 600 LP via Property Absolute's effect, meaning my LP will increase even further, from 8200 to 11200!" Unknown revealed.

"No way...!" White Diamond stammered, her face growing pale. 'With that he not only will have more than enough LP to survive the combined attacking force of my monsters, but I cannot even swing over a Dragrid backed up by his Link Spells and field spell! Even if I'll get to draw a lot of cards during my End Phase, he will still be able to simply take Dragrid and then boost it with his Link Spells to attack for lethal damage! What should I do, what should I do...?!' she inwardly panicked, her breathing becoming ragged and uneven. 'There has to be some way to survive...!' she thought, frantically trying her hardest to recall any sort of potentially helpful information.

"Atsuko, calm down! You won't be able to come up with a solution in that kind of state! Inhale, exhale!" Emerald admonished her, the yelled command affecting her partner from the looks of it.

"Right..." White Diamond exhaled, calming down a bit and deliberating. "But I don't have any negates left. How can I stop-?" she began before her eyes widened, recalling something.


"Just like with knowledge you need to look at things from a variety of angles and also keep track of hidden, indirect ways in order to comprehend or achieve something difficult, not only the obvious ones," she heard Master Pax say within her mind, remembering its words.


"Yes, that's it!" she exclaimed, looking at her hand. "Release returned to my hand because of its own effect, so I now have the required cost for this!" she shouted before revealing her other, final hand card. "In response to your Property Absolute's dark bonus effect I activate Twin Twisters, discarding Crystron Release for its cost! Now I can destroy up to two spells or traps on the field!" she declared before narrating, remembering a fragment from the earlier turns. "Previously you used Mystical Space Typhoon in reaction to the effect of my Crystolic Potential, making use of the nature of continuous backrow cards by technically negating Potential's effect despite MST merely being a destruction effect without negation! Since your permanent spells need to remain on the field for their effects to successfully go off as well, I shall now take my revenge and destroy your Property Absolute and Holy Cyberse Arrows! As such your dark bonus effect that would alter the negation effect of Rupeoriamonbyakkox resolves without doing anything, Rupeoriamonbyakkox thus preventing your Property Spray from healing you! And the destruction of Holy Cyberse Arrows will trigger a chain reaction, destroying your neighboring Link Spells and the Dusk Hydradrive they point to! Begone!" White Diamond screamed, Unknown's field imploding as each and every card was removed from it.

-"WHAT?!"- Lumen and Ventus shouted, not believing that this sudden reversal was actually happening.

-"Way to go, Atsuko!"- Emerald and Kiyoshi praised her in unison as she turned around the situation in her favor.

"Since Dusk Hydradrive was destroyed it spawns a Hydradrive Token in defense mode!" Unknown stated, summoning a meek, final line of defense.

Hydradrive Token

Earth/ Level 1/ ATK 0/ DEF 0/ Cyberse

"Useless! Rupeoriamonbyakkox can inflict piercing damage, so that won't help you in the slightest! Go again!" White Diamond yelled back, her monster attacking for the final strike.

"Finally! Get him, Atsuko!" Emerald cheered, Kiyoshi anticipating the finale as well.

"It's over...," Lumen muttered, sounding a bit depressed.

"Lumen, look!" Ventus addressed him, pointing forward at their champion.

(Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Sound Duel 3 #19 – Bohman)

A vortex of multicolored lighting crackled around Unknown, turning into a dazzling flash of light which prompted the observers to avert their eyes. As the radiance faded and White Diamond turned back her eyes she gasped, noticing radical changes in the appearance of her opponent. His body which had been covered in light earlier now had features, his formless face having become clear and humanoid, sporting orange eyes the irises of which were lined in yellow. His predominantly brown and yellow haired flowed in a gust of wind which Ventus had inadvertently emitted due to his excitement, the male entity now stepping forward and glaring at his opponent with his piercing eyes, White Diamond looking aghast at his sudden transformation.

"He has done it! He has finally completed the prototype stage!" Lumen exclaimed, marveling at his champion with newfound vigor in his voice.

"Wha-what just happened to you?! Who are you...?!" White Diamond stuttered, looking shocked.

"My name is Bohman," her opponent told in an even tone. "The ultimate Ignis."

-"The ultimate Ignis?!"- White Diamond and her two allies repeated in terror.

"Exactly! And as such I must not be defeated by the likes of you!" Bohman retorted before extending his arm skywards, summoning a gale around him. "SKILL ACTIVATE!" he yelled.

"A SKILL?! DURING A MASTER DUEL?!" White Diamond parroted in disbelief.

"But that's illegal!" Emerald protested indignantly.

"It is not, you merely dwell within limits that I have already surpassed!" Bohman responded in disparagement before carrying on with his move, explaining as the gale advanced towards his open palm. "Once per duel, I can add a new Cyberse Link-Monster to my Extra Deck regardless of my lifepoints, but once I summon it my opponent gets to draw two cards! EQUILIBRIUM STORM ACCESS!" he shouted, the winds delivering him the new card.

"He can do it! He can perform the Master Duel Skill!" Ventus cheered, bouncing up and down in excitement.

"Yes, but it's in an imperfect state," Lumen remarked.

"Don't worry, at this stage that is no wonder. It's still a good omen though, as with some more completion he should easily be capable of performing Master Storm Access. Give him time, Lumen," Murder Maiden pacified him.

"I suppose that is true. We're off to a good start then," Lumen admitted with a nod, flashing a brief smirk.

"He got himself a new card...!" Emerald stammered, horrified by the events.

"He's still gonna lose!" White Diamond reminded him with a gesture at her still attacking monster.

"Hmm, I wonder about that...," Bohman said with a sly smirk before speaking up. "Hydradrive Calculus' effect! I banish it to return Draghead Lightning from my graveyard to my Extra Deck! Then I special summon Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid from there and draw two cards since it has the highest Link Rating on the field!" he announced, his ace monster reappearing.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid

Earth/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→↙↓↘)

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters: 0 → 1

"Makes no difference! I can still attack your 0 DEF Token which you cannot power up and win by inflicting piercing damage! Get him, Rupeoriamonbyakkox!" White Diamond yelled back, sending her monster into battle as another replay had occurred.

"I activate the effect of Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid! I remove its Hydradrive Counter to roll a dice and exchange it for the appropriate Draghead! Judgment Dice!" Bohman proclaimed, holding a yellow sphere in his hands within which a dice was rolled.

Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid: Hydradrive Counters: 1 → 0

"So what?! If you hit Lighting, you don't have sufficient effect damage, meaning my Rupeoriamonbyakkox can simply run over your Token to finish off the rest of your LP! And while Windy might stall for long enough, you still have to roll it first!" White Diamond pointed out.

"That's true," Bohman admitted. "With my current luck-controlling abilities I will likely not manage to roll the Wind Attribute," he said.

"Luck-controlling abilities?! You can rig freaking luck?!" White Diamond cried out incredulously.

"To an extent, yes," Bohman responded before continuing. "However, I may not yet rely on that," he said, raising his arms and swinging them downwards at that. "Thus, I decide to shatter the Judgment Dice!" he shouted, throwing the yellow orb to the ground, the dice within it breaking apart.

-"WHAT?! YOU'RE SHATTERING THE DICE?!"- White Diamond and her partner parroted in disbelief.

"Indeed! By forfeiting luck and rejecting this dice roll I may bring out the seventh, hidden head of Dragrid instead! Come out, Link 5, Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Kami!" he screamed, an ominous glow coming out from the cracks of the shattered dice as that what was inside of it awakened, mirroring his monster whose middle head lost its outer shell as well. Emerging from it was a head made of pure energy, the neighboring two heads of light and darkness wrapping themselves around it in an upwards spiral, invoking similarities to the helix-shaped DNA or the three-headed Cerberus. The heads of wind and earth next to them then sported panels of red light around them, making for a structure akin to wings. Finally the outermost heads of fire and water sunk down and evolved five spikes on their cranium, their total structure now resembling arms.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Kami

Divine/ Link 5/ ATK 4000/ Cyberse/ Link/ Effect (←→↙↓↘)

"Yes! He has access to Kami this early on! Do you know what that means, Lumen?!" Ventus addressed his fellow Ignis enthusiastically.

"I do. It means that he is an extraordinary specimen, if he has already reached the midway point to his monster's next stage. Soon he will be able to access Perfectron Dragon as well – and then the entities that lie beyond that. Our superior will be quite pleased," Lumen said with a satisfied smirk.

"He brought out a Draghead without the dice roll?!" White Diamond stammered, her duel disk meanwhile dealing her the topmost two cards of her deck as her opponent had summoned the monster gained from Equilibrium Storm Access.

"Draghead Kami's effect! Upon its special summon I may choose from two effects! The first can permanently disable any monster besides itself and monsters it points to from attacking!" Bohman told, gesturing to the head that was right from the middle head of Dragrid, violet haze steaming from its jaws. "However, my choice will be the second effect, which enables me to activate a Link Spell from my deck or graveyard regardless of any effects – including the stun effect of your Rupeoriamonbyakkox that disables me from activating spell and trap cards for the rest of this turn – and its own activation conditions, and then immediately shift Draghead Kami to the zone it points to! Furthermore all of your monsters will be forced into attacking Draghead Kami during this turn! My choice is Holy Cyberse Arrows in my graveyard!" he announced, the left head emitting golden smoke which gathered on the ground behind Draghead Kami, the destroyed spell slowly reemerging from it.

"Oh no! If that effect succeeds, he can place two new Link Spells from his deck onto his field via Holy Cyberse Arrows' effect and have Atsuko's monsters suicide into his!" Kiyoshi exclaimed, worried about the well-being of his daughter, now regretting his decision to allow her to duel on his behalf.

"You may not wrestle victory from my hands! With my actions I have already secured triumph!" Bohman boasted as his Link Spell arose even further, determined to decide the duel in the favor of its user.

"You stand correct, but only because you didn't specify for whom your actions secured triumph," White Diamond stated at once, unfazed by his intimidation.

"What did you say...?!" Bohman cried out in confusion.

"You heard me! Victory is still mine, though with some extra steps! Here, look what you gave me!" she commanded him, revealing one of the cards she had drawn from the downside of Bohman's Skill.

"Crystron Onslaught?!" Bohman realized, not believing her luck.

"Correct! Since I control only "Crystron"-Monsters I can activate this trap from my hand, negating the effects of your Draghead Kami and halving its ATK! As such your Holy Cyberse Arrows remain among the dead cards!" White Diamond declared, the portal closing, causing the Link Spell to stay in his graveyard.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Kami: ATK 4000 → 2000

"Impossible! She drew the exact card that would save her?!" Lumen cried out incredulously.

"Damn these humans! Why are they always so lucky?!" Ventus chimed in, equally agitated.

"You may have rejected luck, but I embraced and believed in it, so it showed its favor to me by handing me the solution to my predicament! That's the difference between the rationality of you Ignis and the heart of us humans!" White Diamond bellowed, Bohman grinding his teeth in anger at her words. "Now then, since you don't want me to attack your puny Token so much I will do you the favor and attack your Draghead Kami instead! At this moment I move Tourcithuanix to my third Main Monster Zone, further lowering the ATK of your Draghead by 1000 since Tourcithuanix is now in the same column as it!" White Diamond declared, a flurry of red feathers wrecking the already damaged hydra-like monster even further.

Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Kami: ATK 2000 → 1000

"You have 4200 LP and my Rupeoriamonbyakkox surpasses the ATK of your Draghead by 3300! Furthermore her effect increases the damage you take from this battle with her by 1000! Go, Crystron Rupeoriamonbyakkox! Break through your limitations! Exodus of the Western Tiger!" she cried out, her monster dashing forward, phasing through Draghead Kami. Following that a series of white and orange slashes slowly became visible on the body of the serpentine monster, Draghead Kami falling to pieces. Only a moment later an aftershock caused a white explosion, destroying the Draghead for good and sending its owner flying with a scream of pain.

BOHMAN: LP 4200 → 0

WHITE DIAMOND WINS!

"He lost...!" Lumen whispered, his erratic eyes trembling uncontrollably.

"Yeah! Well done, Atsuko!" Emerald cheered, celebrating alongside her partner who responded with a smile.

"An excellent duel. She really grew a lot and surpassed her previous limits," Kiyoshi remarked before scratching his head. "At this rate I'm struggling to decide just who of my three children will be the strongest moving forward. They're all evolving in one way or another recently," he said, sweat dropping.

"Well, better that than seeing them being stuck and stagnating, right?" Master Pax asked.

"Definitely better than that," Kiyoshi hummed in response.

"You...!" Bohman suddenly addressed his previous opponent, White Diamond looking back up as he arose ever so slightly and started speaking anew. "You may have defeated me this time, but there is no achievement in overcoming the cocoon rather than the creature that hatches from it! We will duel again – though with the opposite outcome! Next time, it will be Orochi that emerges victorious from our battle! Mark my words, Kogami Atsuko!" Bohman proclaimed with his finger pointing at her, wheezing a bit from exhaustion as he retreated through the illusory wall.

"Look! The wall...!" White Diamond exclaimed, pointing forward.

"...is but an illusion!" her father finished, charging at it whilst his Monster Spirit manifested, White Diamond hurrying after him.

"You did well, Bohman. You stalled for long enough," Lumen addressed his subordinate who had crawled back into the safety behind the illusory wall. "It is time to dispose of them!" Lumen added with a smirk, giving the command to Ventus who quickly activated the ejection device at that which had fully charged up in the meantime, capturing White Diamond and her father in a strong undertow that sucked them towards the breach through which they had entered the Ignis' domain earlier.

"What is this?! It's sucking us out of here!" White Diamond shouted in panic, looking at her father for help.

"Can you stabilize us, Master Pax?!" Kiyoshi hectically addressed his Monster Spirit.

"Sorry, but the only thing I could do here is to increase the undertow with Logos!" Master Pax apologized, the three of them as well as Emerald being sucked out of the room, the ejection device quickly sealing the entrance, making any attempt on return impossible.

"Woohoo! How do you like that, you damn Kogamis?! You're like a piece of turd that's being flushed down the toilet! Get the hell out of here!" Ventus jeered, unspeakably relieved by their disappearance. Meanwhile Bohman stood up, bowing to Lumen.

"I am sorry, Lumen-sama. I apologize for not beating her in the duel," he addressed his superior.

"Ah, no problem!" Lumen retorted with a dismissive hand wave. "At this point you are still severely underdeveloped, let alone at the time before and during most of that duel. You still require the power of the other Ignis so that you can become the perfect vessel for our species – and I will ensure that you gain it!" Lumen reassured him, gesturing Bohman, Ventus and Murder Maiden on whose arm he stood to head deeper into their hideout. "Now come along, I've got big plans for you!" he instructed Bohman, the others following.

"As you wish, Lumen-sama," Bohman replied obediently, the lot of them vanishing into the depths of their headquarters.


LINK VRAINS, outside of the Ignis Realm...

"Damn it, they got away!" White Diamond cursed, wandering about on the meadow they had been moved to in agitation.

"It's inconvenient, but do not worry. You've improved a lot as both a duelist and person today, so I call this day a victory either way," Kiyoshi assured her, pulling his daughter into an embrace.

"Really? You think so?" White Diamond muttered, blushing in a flattered manner as she reciprocated the hug.

"Yes, I do. You overcame a lot of personal hurdles today and even proved to be something not even I expected you to be – a World Legacy Incarnation," Kiyoshi told her. "I'm so proud of you, Atsuko!" he said soothingly.

"I agree on that, Kiyoshi! She really has grown up quite a bit, hasn't she?" a female voice spoke up from behind them at once, Kiyoshi and White Diamond turning around in shock as they recognized the voice.

"That voice! I must be hallucinating, that cannot be her!" Kiyoshi cried out as he spun around, the figure who had addressed them standing at the edge of the nearby forest, just barely out of their sight.

"You are not hallucinating," the female simply retorted, stepping out of the green background and revealing herself. She was a grown woman in business attire, sporting long white hair and light blue eyes that looked at Kiyoshi and his daughter with a kind expression, her face positioned behind a pair of silver glasses. She wore a white dress shirt, completed with an indigo jacket and a black tie. For her lower half she required an equal number of components, namely a short black pencil skirt, black opaque tights and a pair of white business shoes with relatively low heels, the latter making it rather easy for her to approach the Kogamis over the uneven ground of the meadow, at least when compared to the normal, high-heeled version of her footwear.

"Kyota/Okaasan?!" Kiyoshi and White Diamond whispered their respective word in disbelief, their eyes trembling as they were locked onto the female who walked up to them.

"The one and only. It has been a while, hasn't it, Kiyoshi, Atsuko?" Kogami Kyota responded with a smile, coming to a halt a few feet away from her husband and daughter.


Epilogue...

"These are hard times for sure. But even with all of that going on, no, especially because of all those developments, I believe that I can finally attain the knowledge that I sought for so long. If I just stick to my principles, I am bound to come out on top at the end," a sole figure told, standing atop a balcony and gazing upon a vast city of blue. He silently started humming at that.

"Mmm mmm mmm mmm, beast among men.

Mmm mmm mmm mmm, strongest of ten."

A bizarre phenomenon occurred, drops of blood splattering onto his face.

(Bloodborne OST – Ludwig, The Accursed)


"Why?! Why me?! I did everything that was expected of me! I sacrificed myself so that others could prosper! I always stayed true to my principles! So why did it hit me?! Why did I have to carry the entire burden?! Why was I cursed?! Destiny, why have you abandoned me?!" a lone male with dark blue and gray hair lamented from the top of a mountain with two peaks, a strange cosmic constellation above him.

A bizarre phenomenon occurred, drops of blood splattering onto his face.

(Bloodborne OST – Ludwig, The Accursed)


"Now that I was given the remedy for my suffering and the first hint towards salvation, it is only a matter of time until fate will return to its prior favoritism toward me. The powers of requiem and trinity compel me to achieve salvation, and the Cardinal Force of Destiny that I embody will be my ally in reaching it. The one that was destined to become God will always find a way to overcome any obstacles," a blue and silver haired man monologued, walking through a threefold triumphal arc with an expression of confidence.

A bizarre phenomenon occurred, drops of blood splattering onto his face.

(Bloodborne OST – Ludwig, The Accursed)


Card Corner:

Bohman's Cards:


Hydradrive Supplier

Attribute: Earth

Level: 1

Type: Cyberse/Effect

ATK/DEF: 0/0

Effect:

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Hydradrive" card from your Deck to your hand. You can only activate and resolve this effect if you control no other Effect Monsters in your Main Monster Zones.


Hydradrive Hijacker

Attribute: Earth

Level: 1

Type: Cyberse/Effect

ATK/DEF: 0/0

Effect:

If you control a "Hydradrive" monster, you can Special Summon this card (from your hand). During Damage Calculation, if your "Hydradrive" Link Monster battles an opponent's monster with the same Attribute as a "Hydradrive" monster you control (Quick Effect): You can banish this card from your field or GY; switch control of the opponent's battling monster with the battling monster you control, then calculate damage. Control of both monsters switches back at the end of the Damage Calculation.


Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute

Card Type: Spell/Field

Effect:

When this card is activated: You can discard 1 card; add 2 cards whose name includes either "Hydradrive", "Property" or "Dice" from your Deck to your hand, except "Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute". You can target 1 monster on the field; move it to another Monster Zone of its controller. (Quick Effect): You can target 1 Link-2 or higher "Hydradrive" Link Monster you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon "Hydradrive" Link Monsters from your GY whose combined Link Rating equals that of the destroyed monster. You can only activate each of the preceding effects of "Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute" once per turn. If a player would roll a die for a card effect, you can declare a result to treat the result of that die roll as the one you declared. This card gains effects, depending on the Attributes of monsters on the field.

● EARTH: Once per turn: You can target 1 monster on the field and declare an Attribute; it becomes that Attribute while it remains face-up on the field.

● WATER: Once per turn: You can destroy 1 card you control (that card can be treated as destroyed by your opponent's card effect), and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Hydradrive" monster from your hand.

● FIRE: Once per turn, if you Link Summon a "Hydradrive" monster: You can pay 1000 LP; Set 1 Trap directly from your Deck. It can be activated this turn.

● WIND: Once per turn, if a "Hydradrive" Link Monster(s) is sent to your GY: You can roll a six-sided die to gain 100 LP x the result x the Link Rating of the monster with the highest Link Rating on the field (your choice, if tied).

● LIGHT: Once per turn, if your "Hydradrive" monster battles (Quick Effect): You can make it gain 500 ATK, until the end of the Damage Step.

● DARK: Once per turn, if your opponent activates a monster effect (Quick Effect): You can make the activated effect become "Make your opponent Tribute 1 monster they control".

● DIVINE: Once per turn: You can inflict 100 damage x the number of different Attributes among monsters you control to your opponent.

You can only activate 1 "Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute" per turn.

Trivia:

This card depicts a hexagon with "Flow Hydradrive", "Coolant Hydradrive", "Burn Hydradrive", "Grand Hydradrive", "Shine Hydradrive" and "Dusk Hydradrive" on one of its six corners respectively, "Holy Hydradrive" being in its middle.


Indomitable Hydradrive

Card Type: Spell/Quick-Play

Effect:

Target 1 "Hydradrive" Link Monster you control; it becomes unaffected by your opponent's card effects, until the end of this turn, also, if the targeted monster's Link Rating is the highest on the field, draw 1 card. This turn, monsters with the same Link Rating as the targeted monster become unaffected by your opponent's card effects, also they cannot be destroyed by card effects until the end of your opponent's next turn. You can banish this card from your GY, except during the turn it was sent there; Special Summon 1 Link-1 "Hydradrive" monster from your GY, also other "Hydradrive" monsters you control are treated as having the original Attribute of the Special Summoned monster in addition to their normal ones, until the end of this turn. You can only activate each effect of "Indomitable Hydradrive" once per turn.


Hydradrive Elemental Spell Augmentation

Card Type: Spell/Quick-Play

Effect:

If you control a "Hydradrive" Link Monster that points to your Spell & Trap Zone: You can activate from your Deck or GY, 1 Link Spell in that zone your monster points to. You can banish this card from your GY; until the end of this turn Spells/Traps you control cannot be removed from the field by card effects. You can only activate each effect of "Hydradrive Elemental Spell Augmentation" once per turn.


Hydradrive Divine Spectrum Smite

Card Type: Spell/Normal

Effect:

If you control "Hydradrive" Link Monsters whose combined Attributes include EARTH, WATER, FIRE, WIND, LIGHT, DARK and DIVINE: Banish face-down, up to 2 cards your opponent controls, up to 2 cards from their hand, up to 2 cards from their GY, up to 2 cards from the top of their Deck, and up to 2 cards from their Extra Deck, then inflict 100 damage for each banished card to your opponent. If you control 5 or more "Hydradrive" Link Monsters, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this card's activation, also you can look at your opponent's cards that are face-down on their field, in their hand and in their Extra Deck before you banish cards with this effect. You can only activate 1 "Hydradrive Divine Spectrum Smite" per turn.


Domination Link Magic – Holy Cyberse Arrows

Card Type: Spell/Link (↖↑↗←→)

Effect:

Activate this card only in your Spell & Trap Zone a Link Monster points to. When this card is activated: You can activate Link Spell Cards from your hand or Deck in Spell & Trap Zones this card points to, ignoring any effects and their activation conditions, except "Domination Link Magic" cards. Link Monsters this card points to can make an additional attack during each Battle Phase and gain 500 ATK when they battle, during Damage Calculation only. Once per turn: You can move 1 of your Link Monsters to a zone this card points to OR switch the locations of 2 monsters you control so that 1 of them is in a zone this card points to afterwards. When this card leaves the field while it points to a monster(s) and/or a Link Spell Card(s), destroy all those cards. The effects of Link Spell Cards that disallow you from controlling more than 1 of them are negated, but you can still only control 1 Link Spell with each Card Name (this effect cannot be negated).


Link Magic – Judgment Arrows (altered effects)

Card Type: Spell/Link (↖↑↗)

Effect:

Activate this card only in your Spell & Trap Zone a Link Monster points to. If a Link Monster this card points to battles, its ATK becomes double its current ATK during Damage Calculation only. When this card leaves the field while it points to a monster(s), destroy all those monsters. You can only control 1 Link Spell Card.


Link Magic – Inferno Arrows

Card Type: Spell/Link (↖↑↗)

Effect:

Activate this card only in your Spell & Trap Zone a Link Monster points to. Once per turn (Quick Effect): You can Link Summon 1 Link Monster from your Extra Deck to a zone this card points to using a Link Monster you control with the same name as the entire material. If a Link Monster this card points to battles, it gains ATK equal to half of the ATK the monster among its Link Materials with the highest ATK had, during Damage Calculation only, OR, if a Link Monster with the same name was used for that Link Monster's Link Summon, it gains ATK equal to the combined ATK of the materials instead. When this card leaves the field while it points to a monster(s), destroy all those monsters. You can only control 1 Link Spell Card.


Hydradrive Divide

Card Type: Trap/Continuous

Effect:

If you have 2 or more "Hydradrive" Link Monsters with different Attributes in your GY: Halve all damage you take for the rest of this turn (even if this card leaves the field), also, each time you take damage during this turn after activating this card, place 1 Hydradrive Counter on this card. You can send this card with a Hydradrive Counter to your GY; Special Summon Link-1 "Hydradrive" monsters with different Attributes from your GY, up to the number of Hydradrive Counters that were on this card. You can only activate this effect of "Hydradrive Divide" once per turn.


Hydradrive Calculus

Card Type: Trap/Normal

Effect:

Target 1 "Hydradrive" monster you control and 1 monster your opponent controls; your targeted monster gains ATK equal to half of the current ATK of your opponent's targeted monster, until the end of this turn. You can banish this card from your GY, except during the turn it was sent there, then target 1 "Hydradrive" Link Monster in your GY; return it into your Extra Deck, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Hydradrive" Link Monster from your Extra Deck with the same Link Rating as that monster, ignoring its Summoning conditions (this is treated as a Link Summon), then if your Special Summoned monster is the monster with the highest Link Rating on the field, draw 2 cards. You can only activate each effect of "Hydradrive Calculus" once per turn.


Shine Hydradrive

Attribute: Light

Link Rating: 1 (↓)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 1000

Effect:

1 "Hydradrive" monster

Cannot be used as Link Material for a Link-1 Link Monster. If your opponent controls a LIGHT monsters, this card can attack your opponent directly. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Hydradrive Token" (Cyberse/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position.


Dusk Hydradrive

Attribute: Dark

Link Rating: 1 (↓)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 1000

Effect:

1 "Hydradrive" monster

Cannot be used as Link Material for a Link-1 Link Monster. If your opponent controls a DARK monsters, this card can attack your opponent directly. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Hydradrive Token" (Cyberse/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position.


Holy Hydradrive

Attribute: Divine

Link Rating: 1 (↓)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 1000

Effect:

1 "Hydradrive" monster

Cannot be used as Link Material for a Link-1 Link Monster. If your opponent controls a DIVINE monsters, this card can attack your opponent directly. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Hydradrive Token" (Cyberse/EARTH/Level 1/ATK 0/DEF 0) in Defense Position.


Helix Hydradrive Knight

Attribute: Earth

Link Rating: 2 (↙↘)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 1800

Effect:

2 "Hydradrive" Link Monsters with the same Attribute

Gains ATK equal to half the combined ATK of the "Hydradrive" monsters it points to. If this card is Link Summoned: You can target up to 2 "Hydradrive" Link Monsters in your GY that were used as its Link Material; this card is treated as having the same Attribute(s) as that target(s), in addition to EARTH. If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle: You can Set 1 "Hydradrive", "Property" or "Dice" Trap directly from your Deck. You can only use this effect of "Helix Hydradrive Knight" once per turn.


Twin Hydradrive Knight (altered effects)

Attribute: Earth

Link Rating: 2 (←→)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 1800

Effect:

2 "Hydradrive" Link Monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can target up to 2 "Hydradrive" Link Monsters in your GY that were used as its Link Material; this card is treated as having the same Attribute(s) as that target(s), in addition to EARTH. Monsters your opponent controls with the same Attribute as this card's have their effects negated.


Trident Hydradrive Lord (altered effects)

Attribute:

Link Rating: 3 (←→↓)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 2300

Effect:

3 "Hydradrive" Link Monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can target all "Hydradrive" Link Monsters in your GY that were used as its Link Material; this card is treated as having the same Attribute(s) as that target(s), in addition to EARTH. Monsters your opponent controls with the same Attribute as this card's have their effects negated.


Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid (altered effects)

Attribute: Earth

Link Rating: 5 (←→↙↓↘)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 4000

Effect:

5 Link Monsters with different Attributes

(This card's Attribute is also always treated as WATER, FIRE, WIND, LIGHT, DARK and DIVINE in addition to EARTH.)

If this card is Special Summoned from the Extra Deck: Place 1 Hydradrive Counter on this card. Once per turn, even during the Damage Step (Quick Effect): You can remove 1 Hydradrive Counter from this card; roll a six-sided die, also return this card to the Extra Deck, then Special Summon 1 "Draghead" monster from the Extra Deck with the Attribute that corresponds to the result.
● 1: EARTH ● 2: WATER ● 3: FIRE ● 4: WIND ● 5: LIGHT ● 6: DARK

Trivia:

This card's attack name "Seven-Branched Obliteration" is a reference to Yamata no Orochi, a Japanese mythological entity whose name translates to "Eight-Branched Giant Serpent". It also references the Seven-Branched Sword, a relic that is the inspirational source for the sword carried by "Mekk-Knight Crusadia Avramax", one of the most important monsters from the World Legacy Lore. It is of note that the Seven-Branched Sword's design resembles that of Dragrid quite a lot, specifically in regards to the composition of its seven heads.


Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Windy

Attribute: Wind

Link Rating: 5 (↖←↙↓↘)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 4000

Effect:

(This card's name is also always treated as "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid".)

Can only be Special Summoned by the effect of "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" or "Link Magic – Inferno Arrows" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If this card is Special Summoned: Place all monsters on the field in the respective player's Spell & Trap Zones as Continuous Spells until the End Phase, except this card and those that are linked to this card. (If a monster(s) cannot be returned to their controller's Monster Zones, send them to the GY instead.) During the End Phase: Return this card to the Extra Deck, and if you do, Special Summon 1 monster whose printed name is "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" from your Extra Deck.


Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Lightning

Attribute: Light

Link Rating: 5 (↑→↙↓↘)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 4000

Effect:

(This card's name is also always treated as "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid".)

Can only be Special Summoned by the effect of "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" or "Link Magic – Inferno Arrows" and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If this card is Special Summoned: Each player takes damage equal to half of the combined ATK of the monsters they control, except this card and those that are linked to this card. During the End Phase: Return this card to the Extra Deck, and if you do, Special Summon 1 monster whose printed name is "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" from your Extra Deck.


Chimera Hydradrive Draghead – Kami

Attribute: Divine

Link Rating: 5 (←→↙↓↘)

Type: Cyberse/Link/Effect

ATK: 4000

Effect:

(This card's name is also always treated as "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid".)

Can only be Special Summoned by the effect of "Link Magic – Inferno Arrows" or its own effect and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. If you activate the effect of "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" that Special Summons a "Draghead" monster, you can instead Special Summon this card from your Extra Deck by returning that "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" to the Extra Deck. If this card is Special Summoned: Activate 1 of the following effects;

● Each player cannot attack with the monsters they currently control, except this card and those that are linked to this card.

● Activate 1 Link Spell from your GY ignoring any effects and its activation conditions, then move this card to your Monster Zone that Link Spell points to, also during this turn, your opponent's monsters must attack this card you control, if able.

During the End Phase: Return this card to the Extra Deck, and if you do, Special Summon 1 monster whose printed name is "Chimera Hydradrive Dragrid" from your Extra Deck.


White Diamond's Cards:


Crystron Qingrite

Attribute: Wind

Level: 3

Type: Machine/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1000/1500

Effect:

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND, also it is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in your hand, GY or Deck.)

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can take 1 "Crystron" monster from your Deck; either add it to your hand or send it to your GY. If this card is leaves the field as material for a Machine Synchro or Link Monster (even if it is returned to your Deck): You can Special Summon 1 "Crystron" monster from your hand. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Qingrite" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster is based on the azure dragon of the east of the four auspicious beasts from Chinese astrology and mythology. Its name is made up from "Qinglong" which doubles as a Sihai Longwang (Dragon King of the Four Seas) in addition to being an auspicious beast, being the azure dragon king that protects the water body in the east of China, the East China Sea. The other part of its name is made up from azurite, a blue gem.


Crystron Zhumaline

Attribute: Wind

Level: 3

Type: Machine/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1500/1000

Effect:

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND, also it is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in your hand, GY or Deck.)

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can add 1 "Crystron" monster that is in your GY or banished to your hand. During your Main or Battle Phase: You can target 1 "Crystron" Tuner you control; apply its effect that can be activated during your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase by using any number of monsters (min. 2) among this card, that Tuner and the monster Special Summoned by the effect of the "Crystron" Tuner as the Synchro Material. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Zhumaline" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's design is based on Zhuque, the vermilion bird of the south of the four auspicious beasts from Chinese astrology and mythology. Its name on the other hand is made up from "Zhulong", the vermilion dragon king of the south that protects the southern boundary of water around China, the South China Sea. The second part of its name originates from tourmaline, a gem that has red colored variations.


Crystron Baipearl

Attribute: Wind

Level: 1

Type: Machine/Effect

ATK/DEF: 500/1000

Effect:

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND, also it is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in your hand, GY or Deck.)

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can shuffle into your Deck, up to 5 "Crystron" cards from among your cards that are banished or in the GY, and if you do, draw 1 card. If this card leaves the field as material for a Machine Synchro or Link Monster (even if it is returned to your Deck): You can target 1 monster you control; it becomes a Tuner, until your next Standby Phase. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Baipearl" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's design is based on Baihu, the white tiger of the west of the four auspicious beasts from Chinese astrology and mythology. Its name is made up from "Bailong", the white dragon king of the south that is patron of Qinghai Lake, a body of water marking the west of ancient China. The second name component is pearl, a white object that is often counted among gemstones despite not being a mineral.


Crystron Heirutile

Attribute: Wind

Level: 2

Type: Machine/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1000/500

Effect:

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND, also it is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in your hand, GY or Deck.)

If this card is Normal or Special Summoned: You can take 1 "Crystron" Spell/Trap from your Deck; either add it to your hand or send it to your GY. During the Main or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can target 1 monster you control; increase or reduce its Level by up to 3, until your next Standby Phase. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Heirutile" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's design is based on Xuanwu, the black tortoise of the north of the four auspicious beasts from Chinese astrology and mythology. Its name is made up from "Heilong", the black dragon king of the north that watches over Baikal Lake, which poses the northern natural boundary water body of China. The other name origin is rutile, a black mineral that also occurs in bodies of quartz, in which case that quartz is called rutilated quartz.


Crystron Huangmerald

Attribute: Wind

Level: 5

Type: Machine/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1500/2000

Effect:

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND, also it is treated as a Tuner in addition to a non-Tuner while in your hand, GY or Deck.)

If you control a "Crystron" monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand or GY. You can target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Level 8 or lower "Crystron" Synchro Monster from your Extra Deck with the same Level as the destroyed monster had on the field. (This is treated as a Synchro Summon.) You can only use each effect of "Crystron Huangmerald" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's design is based on Huanglong, the yellow dragon of the center, which is strongly related to the four auspicious beasts from Chinese mythology/astrology and heavily associated with their group. Its name is made up from "Huanglong", the yellow dragon of the center (which also doubles as a sort of auspicious beast and Dragon King, though it lacks a corresponding body of water like the Sihai Longwang have), representing China itself. The other part of its name is made up from emerald, a green gemstone that also occurs in more yellowish shades.


Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden

Attribute: Wind

Level: 4

Type: Fairy/Legend/Tuner/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1500/1400

Effect:

[Legend – Lee's Possession: The player with this card in their Deck at the beginning of the Duel gains "Lee's Possession"]

If you control a "Crystron" monster: You can Special Summon this card from your hand. If this card is used as Synchro Material for a "Crystron" monster: It can be treated as a non-Tuner, also you can Set 1 "World Legacy" card from your Deck, and if it was a Quick-Play Spell or Trap, it can be activated this turn. During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can Special Summon 1 non-Tuner "Crystron" monster from your Deck, but it has its effects negated (if any), and if you do, immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Machine Synchro Monster using only that monster and this card, then you can halve the ATK of 1 monster on the field, and if you do, gain LP equal to the ATK that monster lost. You can only use each effect of "Lee the World Legacy Crystronic Maiden" once per turn.

[Lee's Possession: Once per Duel, you can change the Level of 1 monster on the field to any Level between 1 and 12 and/or make it become a Tuner or non-Tuner and/or treat it as a Synchro Monster, regardless of card effects, also you can change the Link Rating of a Link Monster chosen for this effect into a Level before applying the former effects.]


Crystron Core

Card Type: Spell/Quick-Play

Effect:

Target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; it becomes unaffected by your opponent's card effects, until the end of this turn. During the Main or Battle Phase, if it his card is in your GY: You can banish it; immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster using only "Crystron" monsters you control as the materials. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Core" once per turn.


Crystron Release

Card Type: Spell/Continuous

Effect:

When this card is activated: You can place 1 "Crystron" card from your Deck at the top of your Deck. If a "Crystron" monster(s) is Special Summoned from your Extra Deck: You can draw 1 card. During your Main Phase: You can Special Summon 1 "Crystron" monster from your hand, and if you do, return this card to your hand at the end of the Main Phase. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Release" once per turn.


Crystron Hardening

Card Type: Spell/Quick-Play

Effect:

Target any number of "Crystron" monsters you control; shuffle them into your Deck, and if you do, gain LP equal to the combined ATK they had on the field. If you would take damage, you can banish this card from your GY to halve it, also halve all further damage you take during this turn. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Hardening" once per turn.


Crystron Excavation

Card Type: Spell/Normal

Effect:

Target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; excavate cards from the top of your Deck equal to the Level of the targeted monster, and if you do, add 1 excavated "Crystron" card to your hand, also shuffle the rest into the Deck. You can banish this card from your GY, then target 1 banished "Crystron" card, except "Crystron Excavation"; return it to the GY. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Excavation" once per turn.


Crystron Onslaught

Card Type: Trap/Normal

Effect:

If you control a "Crystron" monster: Target 1 monster your opponent controls; negate its effects, and if you do, halve its ATK and DEF. If you control a Synchro Monster, this card can be activated without targeting the opponent's monster. If you control no face-up Effect Monsters other than "Crystron" monsters, you can activate this card from your hand. You can banish this card and 1 "Crystron" monster from your GY, then target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; it gains 500 ATK, also you can reduce the damage you would take from a battle or effect this turn by 500 once. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Onslaught" once per turn.


World Legacy Intervention

Card Type: Trap/Normal

Effect:

Target 1 "World Legacy" monster or Link Monster in your GY; add it to your hand, and if you do, reduce all battle damage you take during this turn by the targeted monster's ATK (x the number of Link Monsters in your GY, if any). If you would take damage, while this card is in your GY: You can target 1 Link Monster in your GY; reduce the damage by the ATK of the targeted Link Monster, also Special Summon the targeted monster during the End Phase of this turn. You can only use each effect of "World Legacy Intervention" once per turn.

Trivia:

This card shows the behind-the-scenes battle of "Beckoned by the World Chalice" (Ningirsu) against the six Knightmare Link Monsters, chronologically showing the events following those of "World Legacy's Nightmare", though these events are explained far later in the World Legacy storyline. Aside from Ningirsu it shows ghostly images of "Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess" and "Dianahri, Bow of the Goddess", the two of them giving Ningirsu the necessary power to defeat the Knightmares, unbeknownst to him.


Crystron Agatex

Attribute: Water

Link Rating: 1 (↓)

Type: Machine/Link/Effect

ATK: 1000

Effect:

1 "Crystron" monster, except "Crystron Agatex"

If this card is Link Summoned: You can add 1 "Crystolic Potential" or 1 "Crystron" Spell/Trap from your Deck or GY to your hand, and if you do, you can Special Summon 1 "Crystron" monster from your GY, except a Synchro or Link Monster. You can target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; destroy it, and if you do, Special Summon 1 "Crystron" Tuner monster from your Deck in Defense Position. You can target 1 monster this card points to; treat that monster as a Tuner, until the end of this turn. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Agatex" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster is a combination of Crystron Citree and Crystron Rion, resembling Crystron Halqifibrax which as the Link-2 is a combination of those two as well as Crystron Quan, the third traditional Crystron Tuner. It is named after agate, a common rock formation that consists of quartz among other things.


Crystron Zirconex

Attribute: Water

Link Rating: 3 (↙↓↘)

Type: Machine/Link/Effect

ATK: 2400

Effect:

2+ "Crystron" monsters

Cannot be destroyed by battle or card effects while it points to a Synchro Monster. If a Synchro Monster is Special Summoned to a zone this card points to, even during the Damage Step (Quick Effect): You can activate 1 of the following effects;

● Special Summon 1 "Crystron" monster from your GY in Defense Position.

● Draw 1 card.

● All "Crystron" monsters you currently control gain 600 ATK and cannot be destroyed by your opponent's card effects, until the end of this turn.

You can only activate this effect of "Crystron Zirconex" once per turn

Trivia:

This monster is a combination of Crystron Huangmerald, Crystron Qingrite and Crystron Zhumaline. It is named after the gemstone zircon.


Crystron Alabastrax

Attribute: Water

Link Rating: 4 (←→↙↘)

Type: Machine/Link/Effect

ATK: 3000

Effect:

2+ "Crystron" monsters

If this card is Link Summoned: You can target 1 monster your opponent controls, except one that has a higher Link Rating than this card; take control of it. During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, Special Summon 1 Level 5 or lower "Crystron" monster that is in your hand, GY or banished, also, if it is a Tuner, you can activate its effect during your Main or Battle Phase as if it was your opponent's Main or Battle Phase. During the End Phase, if this card is in your GY because it was destroyed by card effect and sent there this turn: You can Special Summon it from your GY. This card gains effects, based on the number of "Crystron" monsters with different names you control.

● 2+: Your opponent cannot target monsters you control for attacks, except this one.

● 3+: During the Main Phase (Quick Effect): You can target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; this turn, double its ATK until the end of the Damage Step if it battles an opponent's monster.

● 4+: If your opponent adds a card(s)s from their Deck to their hand, except by drawing: You can make your opponent discard all of those cards, then they take 500 damage for each discarded card.

You can only use each effect of "Crystron Alabastrax" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster is a combination of Crystron Huangmerald, Crystron Qingrite, Crystron Zhumaline, Crystron Baipearl and Crystron Heirutile, sporting the combined color scheme of all five cardinal directional Chinese entities. Named after the mineral alabaster.


Crystron Pearquandawox

Attribute: Wind

Level: 2

Type: Machine/Synchro/Tuner/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1000/1500

Effect:

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND.)

A Synchro Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed by battle or targeted by your opponent's card effects. Once per Chain, during your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster, using materials including this card you control. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your GY, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it.

Trivia:

This monster's name is a combination of the quasi-gemstone pearl, Crystron Quan and dawon, the latter being an entity originating from Tibetan lore that is depicted as either a lion or tiger. Befitting the former two parts of its name Pearquandawox can be Synchro Summoned using Crystron Quan and Baipearl as the materials. This monster corresponds to Baihu, the white tiger of the west, in terms of general design.


Crystron Rutilquazarax

Attribute: Wind

Level: 3

Type: Machine/Synchro/Tuner/Effect

ATK/DEF: 1500/1800

Effect:

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND.)

A Synchro Monster that used this card as material cannot be destroyed or sent to the GY by card effects. Once per Chain, during your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster, using materials including this card you control. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your GY, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it.

Trivia:

This monster's name is a combination of the gemstone rutilated quartz, Crystron Quan and zaratan, the latter being a giant sea turtle. Befitting the former two parts of its name Rutilquazarax can be Synchro Summoned using Crystron Quan and Heirutile as the materials. This monster corresponds to Xuanwu, the black tortoise of the north, in terms of general design.


Crystron Orionyx

Attribute: Water

Level: 5

Type: Machine/Synchro/Tuner/Effect

ATK/DEF: 2200/1700

Effect:

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

During the Main or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can activate 1 of the following effects.

● You can increase or reduce the Level of 1 "Crystron" monster you control by up to 3, also you can Special Summon 1 "Crystron" monster from your hand or GY, except a Synchro Monster.

● Target 1 "Crystron" monster you control; it is treated as a Tuner until the End Phase, or treated as a non-Tuner if it was a Tuner, until the End Phase.

You can only use each of the preceding effects of "Crystron Orionyx" once per turn. During your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, you can (Quick Effect): Immediately after this effect resolves, Synchro Summon 1 Synchro Monster, using materials including this card you control. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your GY, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it.

Trivia:

This monster is Crystron Prasiortle's evolved form. This monster's name is a combination of Crystron Rion and onyx, a black gemstone. Befitting its name and evolution line Orionyx can be Synchro Summoned using Crystron Rion and Prasiortle as the materials. This monster corresponds to Xuanwu, the black tortoise of the north in terms of general design, though it is more humanoid in that regard than Rutilquazarax.


Crystron Azurionagax

Attribute: Wind

Level: 6

Type: Machine/Synchro/Effect

ATK/DEF: 2500/2000

Effect:

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND.)

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target 1 card your opponent controls; destroy it. If this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon 1 "Crystron" Tuner from your Deck, and if you do, it can Special Summon any "Crystron" monster with its effect that can be activated during your opponent's Main Phase or Battle Phase, also you can use any number of monsters (min. 2) among this card, that Tuner and other "Crystron" monsters you control as the Synchro Material for the effect of that "Crystron" Tuner. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your GY, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Azurionagax" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's name is a combination of the gemstone azurite, Crystron Rion and naga, the latter being a snake deity from Indian mythology. Befitting the former two parts of its name Azurionagax can be Synchro Summoned using Crystron Rion and Qingrite as the materials. This monster corresponds to Qinglong, the azure dragon of the east, in terms of general design because much like snakes, Chinese Longs (their version of dragons) and eastern dragons in general are very serpentine, rather than bulky and more lizard-like than modern western dragons.


Crystron Tourcithuanix

Attribute: Wind

Level: 7

Type: Machine/Synchro/Effect

ATK/DEF: 2600/2900

Effect:

1 Tuner + 1+ non-Tuner monsters

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WATER in addition to WIND.)

If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can target 1 face-up card on the field; negate its effects. During the Main or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can move this card to another of your Monster Zones, also you can lower the ATK of an opponent's monster that is in the same column as this card by 1000, until the end of this turn. If this Synchro Summoned card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 "Crystron" monster in your GY, except a Synchro Monster; Special Summon it. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Tourcithuanix" once per turn.

Trivia:

This monster's name is a combination of the gemstone tourmaline, Crystron Citree and fenghuang, the latter being a bird from Chinese mythology the body of which sports a quintet of colors, most notably red which it has on the feathers of its back. This monster corresponds to Zhuque, the vermilion bird of the south, in terms of general design.


Crystron Rupeoriamonbyakkox

Attribute: Water

Level: 12

Type: Machine/Synchro/Effect

ATK/DEF: 4000/4000

Effect:

3 "Crystron" Synchro Tuners + 1 WATER non-Tuner Synchro Monster

(This card's Attribute is always treated as WIND in addition to WATER.)

Must be Synchro Summoned. This card's Synchro Summon cannot be negated. When Synchro Summoned, cards and effects cannot be activated. If this card is Synchro Summoned: You can activate this effect; for the rest of this turn, your opponent cannot activate Spell/Trap Cards. Your opponent cannot activate cards or effects in response to this effect's activation. When a card or effect is activated (Quick Effect): You can negate the activation, and if you do, destroy that card. During the Main or Battle Phase (Quick Effect): You can make the ATK of an opponent's monster become 0, and if you do, inflict 1000 damage to your opponent. If this card attacks an opponent's monster (Quick Effect): You can activate this effect; this turn, this card inflicts piercing battle damage, also the next time your opponent would take battle damage from a battle involving this card, they take 1000 additional damage. You can only use each effect of "Crystron Rupeoriamonbyakkox" once per turn.

Trivia:

This card's first name was "Crystron Rupequandoriamonbyakkox" which I shortened to only include the names of the Tuner monsters used for it, exchanging the function of Quandax and Orionyx compared to the original version where Orionyx due to its effect served as a non-Tuner instead of a Tuner like it does in the new name. This monster's new name is a combination of Crystron Rutilquazarax, Crystron Pearquandawox, Crystron Orionyx, the gemstone diamond and Byakko, the latter being the Japanese name for Baihu, the white tiger of the west. This monster therefore corresponds to the auspicious beast Baihu in terms of general design, though it has a far more humanoid look than Pearquandawox in that regard. Among its visual design components are Pearquandawox and Quandax which also correspond to Baihu, the white tiger of the west.


A/N:

So, this chapter was mainly about Atsuko, continuing where the previous chapters left off with developing the Kogami siblings. After Ryoken and Betsune got quite a lot of character development in the last chapter, I figured it would be fair to give Atsuko the spotlight in this chapter. It was revealed that she is a World Legacy Incarnation too, the second one to be shown this far, with her brother being the first one obviously. As for her change of decks, I did it because Atsuko was originally intended to debut in Dawn of Twilight (albeit that would of course be a different version of Atsuko) and I generally want to give characters that appear in both of my fics a different persona in each story, so as to differentiate DoT Atsuko from DJ Atsuko I elected to have her continue using Galebringers in Dawn of Twilight while having her Destiny Junction self play a different deck. Crystrons were a nice choice in particular despite being an existing archetype, as they are part of the Draco Lore and thus associated with Master Peace and therefore her father Kiyoshi's deck. They also specialize on advanced versions of Synchro Summoning, which will make for a good rivalry between Atsuko and a future character that will debut in this season. Finally they match her Vrains Avatar name fairly well, being gem-based, and are very close to the original deck idea of AliceKuroCross, the DeviantArt artist who created Atsuko as a character and allowed me to use her, said idea being "warriors of water attribute, obviously female, perhaps with crystal wings or diamonds, focused on Xyz, Synchro and Link Summon". Except the warriors and Xyz parts I did achieve that pretty much, after having included the Crystron Maiden series with Qingrite, Zhumaline, Baipearl, Heirutile, Huangmerald and Lee. It also felt like a good choice to me since I wanted to further experiment on the capabilities of the Synchro mechanic, as you can tell by the introduction of a Limit Over Accel Synchro that includes a Triple Tuning in this chapter (and for your interest, at the time I designed that monster and wrote this chapter, Red Supernova Dragon was not yet revealed, meaning there was no official precedence case for a Triple Tuning at that point – and I still went for a variation of Synchro Summon that exceeds that already). Anyway, you will see similarly crazy upgrades to already ultimate versions of Synchro Summoning moving forward, so be prepared!

To briefly address the point emphasizing on Atsuko's unwillingness to read her cards, aside from being a plot point about her impatience it was also meta humor, as Yugioh players have the reputation of being terrible at reading their cards, often performing subpar plays because they forgot about some of their card effects or because they had been inattentive whilst reading them the first few times, thereby misreading some effects which leads to misplays. Or when they get into a new deck, but can't be bothered to read all of its lengthy card effects, leading to them having a bunch of rather unfortunate duels with said deck. As you could see, even a dueling prodigy who's also a World Legacy Incarnation is not excluded from these tendencies.

Now on the note of the general chapter premise, I always found the introduction of the antagonist faction in Season 2 of Vrains a bit... incomplete. There was quite a bit to be desired with the foreshadowing leading up to it in my opinion, specifically the lack of such in Season 1. Yes, seasons in Yugioh usually tend to be separated, but I still would have wished for more than the event of Playmaker falling from the bridge into the abyss after his duel with Spectre, consecutively being saved by a mysterious force that later turns out to be Lightning. I would have preferred a bit more interconnectivity between Season 1 and 2, so I decided to make that the main objective of this chapter. Essentially the premise of this chapter was to show that Lightning's faction already operates and prepares the conflict in Season 2, being a sort of "Yes, we exist"-reminder that the canon could have needed in my opinion to lead up to Season 2 in a better manner. So the basic premise of this chapter, to put it in a simplistic way, was "Meanwhile in Lightning Land". It was intended to show you what his faction is currently capable of and thereby what they MIGHT be capable of in Season 2, displaying their strategy in regards to how they plan to approach the rest of their kind (like Ai and Flame for instance), but it was not intended to kickstart a lot of screentime reserved for them in this season. This will probably be the first and last time they are shown during Season 1, at least outside of flashbacks, as their purpose lies in the next season. It was merely to give you an idea of their plans and resources, and to give you a sort of "Yes, they and their plans already existed at that time, and not just once Season 2 started"-reminder that the anime lacked in my opinion, bringing them in with more of a proper prelude. I would appreciate your thoughts on that storytelling approach a lot by the way.

Now in regards to their names, I decided to have them use different names than their canon ones, at least until they encounter Ai in Season 2. I figured the IGN006-style of names was pretty inconvenient of a code name for everyday use, so I just went ahead and made Kiyoshi give them more memorable code names that are easier to pronounce, which the Ignis will use in this story – unless Ai is around of course, as he was the one to kickstart even newer code names, which are the ones you are familiar with. So if for instance Lightning being called Lumen seems irritating to you, don't worry, he will be referred to by the name you are familiar with soon enough. In regards to their personalities, I made a significant change with Windy, who in this version was not reprogrammed by Lightning, but is simply very paranoid about his survival and is ready to do a lot of terrible things to secure it whenever he feels that it is threatened. This paranoia and fear is what drove him to assassinate his origin among other things, with Lightning being the one taking advantage of his insecurity and desperation, constantly stirring up Windy's paranoia and fear of death whenever he shows signs of leaving Lightning's extremist ideology towards humanity.

Next up about Bohman: As you saw, this Bohman is a very powerful one compared to his canonical counterpart, already being able to use Dragrid in his prototype stage whereas his canon counterpart could only use Link-1s at that time. Well, as you can tell by Lightning's proximity to Murder Maiden, who has supernatural powers, the Light and Wind Ignis are aware of there being a multiverse and therefore multiple version of Bohman throughout it and its history, claiming their Bohman to be an especially powerful specimen. That was their goal – knowing that other Bohmans who were weaker had failed, they created one who would eclipse those Bohmans and thus have higher chances of succeeding. Unlike in the canon, the growing completion of this Bohman is not only indicated by the increasing Link Rating of the monsters he uses, but mainly by his control over Dragrid, which I saw as a sort of mirror of what Bohman as a person is: Like Bohman is intended to become a vessel of all six Ignis, thereby becoming an ultimate cybersal entity, Dragrid gains its power by there being the appropriate Dragheads in its user's Extra Deck, unleashing the Link-5's true potential in the process. You could say Dragrid is somewhat of an embodiment of who Bohman truly is, in regards to the canon as much as it regards to this story, where that trend has been magnified. So the completion of this Bohman will be expressed by his control over Dragrid – when he was still in prototype stage, he lost control over it after passing his turn, therefore missing an opportunity to summon Draghead Lightning on White Diamond's turn before she healed herself back up, in turn letting a chance at victory pass. Had Bohman at that point already been in the state he was in at the end of the duel, he would have been able to summon Draghead Lightning and won the duel. Also, when he ascended to his proper form, he managed to unlock Dragrid's hidden seventh Draghead, so there is another example of how his growth influences his control over Dragrid. Currently Bohman has only a fraction of Windy and Lightning's powers, hence the lack of potency of his boss monster so far, but the more elemental Ignis power he gains, the better his mastery over it will become, as well as his general prowess as a duelist. This development is also mirrored by the evolution of his Skill, as well as by the use of his Link Magics. On that note, yes, I intend to use the same Link Magics that I already introduced in Dawn of Twilight, the ones that correspond to the Six Ignis, so be ready to see four more in addition to Lightning's Judgment Arrows and Flame's Inferno Arrows.

Now in regards to Bohman's deck, it was quite an experience for me to deal with it. Consistency/cohesiveness and Hydradrives are pretty much polar opposites and the deck is infamous for being one of the worst anime archetypes ever after all, mainly due to being all over the place with its strategy, so I took this as a personal ultimate challenge to my skills of making the decks I give support cards to somewhat playable in a more competitive setting. I changed very little about the existing cards, the only modifications being the multi-attribute ability of Dragrid that I added to go with Bohman's role as a vessel for the Six Ignis, as well as some slight buffs to Twin Hydradrive Knight and Trident Hydradrive Lord, who now gain the attributes of their materials while keeping their original Earth attribute. I left the entire rest unchanged, but despite that I dare to say that I finally connected the archetype's various strategies with each other. Granted, it took a novel of a field spell, but better than leaving the deck in its miserable state, right? Speaking of which, let me continue with that topic in the next paragraph.

While there is rarely a card that symbolizes and captures the entire character of their user, I think that can be said about Hydradrive Domain – Property Absolute, in conjunction with the new Dragrid. Property Absolute depicts the various character elements that Bohman assumes over the course of Canon Vrains, showing the many stages of his evolution and his relationship to the other Ignis and their attributes, so I believe it would be worth to take a moment to talk about it. Not to mention that it solves the convoluted nature of the Hydradrive archetype for the most part (which in itself is a rather impressive feat in my opinion), so for finding a solution to making this mess of a deck somewhat playable in an environment where duel scripts don't give absurd consistency to even the most inconsistent and nonfunctional of plays, I believe that I deserve to receive the opportunity to discuss this creation of mine in more detail:

So Property Absolute solves a lot of problems and is pretty much a nexus that unites all the uncommon and not so uncommon strategies of Hydradrive. First and foremost it's a consistency card, enabling the search of two Hydradrive, Property and/or Dice cards. This makes all the whacky two and three card combos that Bohman loved to surprise us with in every duel he participated in far more likely to be pulled off in that capacity, in turn increasing the credibility behind those lines of play.

Then I picked up the gimmick of Castle Link as that card is actually pretty good for the deck, enabling smoother usage of the Link Spells and the unoccupied MMZ feature as the player can just move stuff elsewhere, as well as some support for Atlas as one can also move opponent's monsters so they are convenient for the Hydradrive user. Not to mention it being able to free up the second and fourth MMZ the Link-1 points to in order to summon a third Link-1 with ease.

Furthermore an effect to split the Link-2 or higher monsters into its fragments, either to dodge a destruction effect aimed at the Link-2 or higher monster, or more commonly to enable the summon of Hydradrives with high Link Ratings, as they unfortunately almost always require the same number of minimum materials as their Link Rating, making Link Climbing into those monsters a nightmare without Property Absolute to fix that issue. Alternatively a Twin Hydradrive Knight or Hydradrive Lord can be split into a matching number of Link-1s (ones different from their original materials), recombining them into a Twin Knight or Lord again in order to have that Knight/Lord gain a new set of attributes, matching its negation effect to a new attribute of monsters summoned by the opponent that made the attribute negation of the previous Knight/Lord obsolete.

Next of course the Judgment Dice Control that had to be there. Finally it has several individual effects all catered towards the many gimmicks of the deck.

For the Earth effect obviously the most vital, Attribute Control. That enables both direct attacks from the Link-1s and broader effect negation as Twin Hydradrive Knight, Trident Hydradrive Lord, Cubic Hydradrive Lord and Tesseract Hydradrive Monarch negate the effects of all opposing monsters with the same Attribute as them, leaving aside Atlas who also profits from an equal Attribute via self-protection.

Secondly a resource effect that triggers Hydradrive Defragment, Hydradrive Cycle and Dice Logic, among others like the base floating of the Link-1s. Especially with the latter there is an interesting combo the first part of which you saw at the beginning of this chapter's duel.

Thirdly, an effect that utilizes the many traps of the deck. Keep in mind that especially stuff like Fuh-Rin-Ka-Zan is very powerful in a multi attribute deck like this, as you saw in this chapter's duel. Its cost also helps Hydradrive Generator to get to the LP deficit it needs in order to work.

Fourthly an effect to compensate for the LP loss by generating some when Bohman conducts another main action of the deck, sending a Link-Monster to the graveyard (which most often happens due to Hydradrive's Link Climbing with the Link-1s). The part of rolling the die may seem redundant as he can control it anyway with Property Absolute's previous effect, but in a potential Yukemi vs. Bohman scenario it actually comes down to RNG due to Fabled Neostorm – Heavenly Mode's abilities, as long as Bohman can't use his luck control powers that is. Also the die roll is important for Dice Logic's manipulation effect to some extent.

Fifthly, a battle effect that both increases damage done by the usual Link Magic beatdown, but also causes Atlas to beat its opponent in the Dice Logic scenario as it has 0 ATK and thus cannot destroy the 0 ATK enemy monster.

Sixthly an effect that turns enemy monster effects into a tribute effect. That's the reason for why Break Hydradrive is actually good now (so good in fact that I opted to make two new Hydradrives with similar effects), as you can basically negate an opponent's monster effect now if you have Property Absolute due to Break Hydradrive being able to specifically negate card effects that tribute monsters. But even without Break Hydradrive and its counterparts in play, giving up one Hydradrive can be way better than getting, for say, Pyro Phoenix-ed, meaning the entire board wiped.

Seventhly some simple burn to have an alternative to battle damage. Makes sense with the overly adaptive Bohman, right?

Anyway, now about the final topic of this chapter, the debut of Kyota Kogami, Kiyoshi's wife. I disliked the lack of explanation about Ryoken's mother in the canon, and most authors don't really tackle that issue either beyond "Yeah, she died during childbirth", so I figured I should be the one to break the mold a bit in that regard. Therefore the entirety of their family has presentation in this story, with two OC siblings of Ryoken's at that. That's probably the biggest the Kogami family has gotten in fanfiction so far I reckon. On that note, if you are interested in something visual, I have a commission on my DeviantArt account depicting said family, so if you want to see Kyota, head there please. My name on there is "HaohryuZ-ARC", you shouldn't be able to miss it. Speaking of pictures, I usually design most of my characters with the help of an avatar creator, so if you are interested in seeing those images, let me know, I will see what I can do about that. It's not quite on the same level of graphic professionalism as for say the comic that Romadrox8975 has been making (check that one out by the way), but for someone like me who has no talent in drawing whatsoever it is still pretty good of a way of creating images about the approximate look of an original character.

Finally, as for the Question of the Chapter, you became acquainted with Orochi this chapter, the organization that contains the canonical group around Lightning (him, Windy and Bohman) among others, as a result having an additional agenda apart from Lightning's genocidal plans. Well, my question is:


QOTC: Who do you think are members of Orochi, aside from those three and Murder Maiden, and what could its objective be?


Well, before I give you the chapter preview, I'd like to announce that I had a sudden flash of ideas about two days ago, specifically in regards to the next chapter. I got some ideas on a few scenes I could add, and after contemplating for a while I now find myself in a state where I can no longer go ahead with my original version of the chapter anymore. To include these important scenes, I might need a while longer, so Chapter 8 will be postponed as a result. It will pay off though, so be patient please. While these additional scenes do include a duel, it is a fairly simplistic one for my standards, using pretty straightforward decks, so it shouldn't take too long scripting and writing I reckon. Until then, have its title at least as an early look.


Next time on Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: Destiny Junction: "Omen of Death – The Absolute God's Revival / Pars Prima: Problemata Mulierum"

(Translation of the Latin section: "First Part: Women Problems")


Well, that was the chapter then! Please read, review, favorite, follow!

Until next time,

HAOH RYU Z-ARC out!