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[Floor 6] «Mercury»
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Ushiromiy...
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Nick's map pinged, wolf had given them a new location.
Change of plans this far in? Something must be going on. Nick thought as he started running towards the combat area.
He drew his sword and saw wolf against a rock, observing something.

What is he doing? Nick thought as he crouched towards wolf.
When he came closer he saw what he was looking at.

"A giant scorpion..." Nick whispered. The name was scorpy.
One of the legendary monsters, the name was more for a pet name.
When nick was almost at the designated spot wolf turned around to see who approached him.
confirming it was nick he turned around again.

Nick was next to wolf.
"So what's the plan?" He asked and saw that black was a bit further, against another rock.
Seems like he was the one that discovered the legendary.

This is going to get interesting. Nick thought as he conformed his black sword was ready for it's first battle.
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More and more of the group had started to arrive at the rally point, each of which looked prepared for battle. Time was passing slowly but surely and the sun had passed the apex of its path, the desert heat fading ever so slightly. Vyse was beginning to get restless as they were waiting for the rest of the group to arrive, and it looked like Wolf was too since he had been staring off into the distance for the last few minutes. Suddenly, Wolf starts running off without saying a word to anyone. Vyse assumed he was going to scout the area ahead, but he found it weird that he didn't say anything before dashing off. Eventually, his questions were answered when he received a location ping from Wolf. He wasn't too far away by the looks of it, and a minute later everyone else received the same ping and a message. It seemed he and Black had discovered a beast that they believed could be one of the three legendary monsters they were hunting. Together, the rest of the group made their way cautiously to the point Wolf had indicated.

They arrived to see Wolf pressed flat against a rock with Black not too far away, and behind them sat a rather menacing looking scorpion. The beast was huge, at least as big as a house. The hard outer skeleton was a blood red colour, and its claws looked big enough to crush Vyse with ease. What he was worried about was the stinger that rested at the end of its tail. The barb that rested at the end of 'Scorpy's' tail looked like it had considerable reach, and Vyse assumed it had a poison attribute to its attacks. Galen asked what they planned to do about the enemy, and Vyse began to brainstorm ideas quickly.

"We need to analyze the enemy before we can charge in head on. Perhaps we could have some people attack to keep it distracted and away from the weaker players, while others such as Galen and Black who specialize in weapons with range, as well as Asuna and Mizuko who are the two fastest players we have, could test for weak points." He said, more to himself that anyone else, but loud enough for everyone to hear. "We need to find a chink in its armor before we can risk a full assault."
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Black had his twin daggers out and was somewhat at a loss of what to do. He didn't have the equipment to really take this monster on alone but he didn't know if he had back up or not. He had heard his name yelled so he figured somebody was near but who it was and what they would do he had no idea. Crouching low he started to approach the monster and a plan started to develop slowly in his mind. If he could at least take off a leg then the rest of the group would gain a massive advantage when they finally decided to get their behinds in gear. He approached the minster as he was trying to destroy a rock that was on the far side of a clearing. He wondered at the action but didn't have time to think too much as the beast turned around and started to look for him. His hiding ability was good but as long as the monster was looking no matter how good it was it would eventually disappear. the numbers under his status icon were dropping fast and he hopped that they would last long enough for him to do what he was hoping to do. He got up and ran towards the monster stepping lightly as he did so. The numbers dropped from an 80 to a 20 and were dropping even faster. Until he got within reach of the leg and he let both his arms swing to the side like he was going to hug the thing. He then started to close his arms.

Both his arms shut closed and the blades connected right on the beast’s legs almost like an improvised set of scissors. The effect on the beasts health was laughably small due to the small wound but he was rewarded when the limb fell of and shattered to a bunch of small blue shards. Happy at his success Black now had to figure out a way to get back away. The beast then jumped back startling Black as he had no idea that it could do that and then the stinger came down straight for him. Putting both his blades together he blocked it but only barely. The force of the blow pushing Black backwards, his feet making some dust as they dragged across the ground. The only thing keeping him balanced was the fact he had leaned forward without realizing it. Then he jumped back to get distance and then tried to figure out his next move using the cover of the dust to try to hide again, knowing his time was running fairly short.
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Amon had started walking out to where Wolf had pinged on his map after he had finished shopping with Noiki. Amon had figured that Wolf had found one of the legendary monsters because it was nowhere near the original coordinates. Amon ran towards the area and found that most of his friends were already there and had started to engage. Amon noticed that Black was slowly inching towards the giant scorpion that he assumed was the target. Then Black took off one of it's legs and got sent flying backwards luckily landing on his feet. The scorpion looked like it was going to charge Black even enough it had already lost one leg. Amon knew what the plan was though. If everybody knocked off a leg then that thing couldn't get an attack off on anybody and it would be an easy fight except for that stinger.

"So why is Black attacking the scorpion by himself?" Amon asked.
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The second Mizuko and the others from her group arrived at the new floor, her vision blurred as she yawned, her body overworked. Se wasn't even paying attention when Wolf explained the plans and she quietly slipped into a random inn, got a room and collapsed onto the bed. Her eyelids grew heavy on her and she soon drifted off into a deep sleep.

Wake up Mizuko. Wake up!

Her dream faded and she slowly opened her eyes, shading them from the bright sun. ahh... Feels so good. Let me stay here a little while..... Oh wait... . Events of the boss battle and her friends flooded into her mind. Oh crap! Where are they? Damnit!

She quickly jumped out the bed and bolted out the door and out of the inn. A message suddenly popped in front of her. It was from Wolf. Mizuko quickly ran to the shop where th group had left, but by the time she got there, everybody had left. "Well, I guess I'm all alone for this one." She muttered and sent Wolf a message, telling him that she was going to join them shortly."

Then she realized, she didn't even have a clue of where they were! Listening closely, she heard whispers everywhere. She overheard that a group of frontliners were headed for the rally point. Without thinking, she quickly headed to the rally point, hoping she could meet up with her group in time.
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"He won't be alone for long." Vyse said to Amon with a smirk. He glanced towards the group quickly before turning his attention towards the enemy. "I'll buy you all some time, just make it count," he ordered before breaking formation. He activated his «Sprint» and dashed forward, dust billowing out behind him as his boots pounded the bare earth. He closed the space between himself and the enemy, and when he was sure he was close enough, he took a giant leap. Sword in hand, Vyse made a wide swing as he sailed through the air and gave the dark blade a twirl above his head, switching his grip to the reverse. Moments before he hit the ground, he hoisted his blade above his head as if he were going to stab the enemy as he fell, but to anyone paying attention, he was not aiming to land on the enemy. His sword began to glow as the system recognised his skill, and he could feel the blade start to thrum with energy.

His boots hit the ground hard, and the moment they did he plunged his sword into the earth, unleashing «Serration Wave». The ground beneath him responded to his attack, and a violent wave rippled from his sword sending sharp spires of stone into the air around him. He watched as the wave passed underneath the huge mass of Scorpy, and several sharp shards of rock pierced its soft underbelly. The beauty of the attack however, was not in its damage, but its ability to stun and slow the enemies movements. With his part done, Vyse retreated back several meters to give his comrades room to fight, waiting for another opportunity to strike.
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"By himself?" Wolf was confused from Amon's comment. "But I'm talking to him right h-," noticing that Black wasn't there anymore, Wolf stopped talking. Instead, he looked into the distance and saw as Black slowly became less transparent to the human eye. Wolf dashed out. "Let's do this!" He began calling out orders. "Amon and me in the front, everyone else take the sides. Be cautious and try to be invisible to the enemy." Wolf knew how fast enemies could respond so even though he said that, it meant almost nothing. He was just hoping that everyone could fend for themselves it the stinger went their way.

<<HOWL>> Wolf's howl was certainly much stronger than it used to be considering it's one of his main skills, but he knew the monster wouldn't simply react to it, it was just the signal for the battle to begin. The Wild Daer in the area began to focus in on Wolf but he knew that once the effect wore off, some would stay, some would go.

The stinger faced Wolf. He gained the aggression of the Legendary monster and Wolf was honored that his attack worked. It was also based on its current aggression and since it was already attacked and being attacked, the effect was significantly greater. The monster seemed slightly off balance but that wasn't enough to effect the accuracy of it's attack. It went straight for Wolf. Barely making it in time, he lifted his giant sword to blocked and slid back only three feet. This was going to be tough if he couldn't get close.
Ushiromiy...
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Scorpy had lost a leg, nick saw an opening but before he could charge a <<HOWL>> was heard, wolf beat nick to the punch.
Scorpy's atention was now on him.

Nick took his chance and charged in, he ducked under the stinger and his sword was shining.
horizontal strike! Nick muttered as he sliced off another leg.
When he wanted to jump away he was the stinger heading for him.

He used his sword to block it but he was launched into the air and landed on his back a few meters from scorpy.
Nick checked his HP and saw it was still in the green.
He's not so tough! nick thought as he got up.

Time for round 2!
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A bunch of people ran out of the area that Scorpy had been attacking just a moment before. Backing up to let the other players get their attacks in he started to feel something cold on his head. All the sudden snow came falling down. It was light and fluffy, almost perfect snow for xmas. Black had been so concentrated on his tasks that he hadn't even know that it was christmas. He watched the snow falling down, entranced by the movement of the snow flakes until a thundering crash brought his attention back to the current fight.
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When nick jumped up he was distraced for a minute,
he felt a cold sensation fall upon him,
what is this? Snow?

Nick chuckled.
It's already that time of the year... xmas? Nick thought reflecting on how long he'd been trapped in this game,
Not just him but ten-thousand people in total.
When this quest is over. Nick thought. We should have a xmas party...

A thundering crash got him back to SAO.
This fight is not over yet.

He ran towards scorpy, they we're face to face.
The stinger came down but nick avoided it and jumped on him.
He took his sword and launched it down towards the unprotected back.

Scorpy's HP dropped into the yellow zone.
If i keep this bleeding damage up, it'll die soon. Nick thought unaware of the danger above him,
scorpy had the stinger aimed on nick's head and it came down,
nick heard a scream, ABOVE YOU!

Not knowing who yelled nick was eager to know who it was but the voice held pressure that danger was imminent and nick jumped away from the scorpion.
The stinger had struck not even a second after he jumped away.
Of course because it was his own back scorpy had done himself massive damage, it's HP dropped into the red zone in a flash.

Thank god for A.I... Nick whispered. This will make the remaining fight easier.
Nick had seen his HP had dropped into the yellow zone and he was poisoned.
Hm, the stinger had hit me, even if it was only a scrape, it had so much damage to him.
"Be careful guys! Scorpy isn't a monster to be taken lightly"
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Galen had watched the flow of the battle, waiting for his opportunity to strike. Wolf eventually yelled out for Amon to join him in the front, while the rest of the party attacked from the sides. As the team moved into place, Galen saw the scorpion's stinger lunge forward at Wolf, who barely managed to block it.

"Asuna!" yelled Galen as he ran to the side of the monster. "You help the team take out the legs. I'm going for the tail. Switching wont help us with this kind of fight"

Galen then ran towards the back of the scorpion, avoiding its strikes as it swung wildly to deal with the players attacking its front and sides. Galen was right behind the monster scorpion when he saw Nick leap up onto its back and stab the beast with his sword. The scorpion was enraged and then began aiming its stinger at Nick.

Galen then yelled "ABOVE YOU!" to Nick, as he lept onto the back of the scorpion's curled tail, gripping his tail with one arm, and driving his spear into it with the other one. The scorpion squealed as its tail went forward, just missing Nick, and stabbing himself in the back. Of course the beast was immune to its own poison, but not the damage, as its hp dropped into the red. Galen saw that the stinger had scratched Nick on the face, poisoning him and dropping his health into the yellow.

"Watch out Nick!" yelled out Galen. "I've got his tail and back. Help out the others if ya can with his legs."
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The scorpion was a pretty resilient monster, stronger than the normal mobs one would find at the front lines. It was interesting seeing the other players have first strike at the monster but Asuna waited until the right moment to strike. She did not like charging into battle recklessly. Asuna heard Wolf's howl, which usually signaled the beginning of the group assault. Him and Amon would be the tanks at the front while everybody would support them at the sides. Asuna heard Galen call out her name and tell her to aim for the scorpion's legs while he goes for the tail. It looked like switching would not be necessary for this situation.

Asuna took out her golden rapier and charged forth at the scorpion at its right side. Even though it was not not as strong as a boss monster, it was still a fearsome legendary monster to beware of. While Galen was dealing with the tail, that meant that the main threat would be its pincer claws. She ran out of range from the scorpion's monstrous claws and went straight for its legs. Asuna's rapier turned a green color as she unleashed a barrage of linear strikes at one of its legs. After wards she sprinted off, trying to avoid the monster's counter attack.
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The monster's hp bar was in the red! But there was one problem, that was only the first of three bars. Wolf got up and Scorpy the King Scorpion was thrashing about, making its moves on whoever it could. Running straight for its head, Wolf held his sword out forward. The monster used both of its pinchers and held Wolf's sword in place. He struggled with the monster for at least ten seconds before flying back a few feet.

He was hoping this gave them enough time to bring its hp down to the second bar at least.
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Amon had been staring at the giant scorpion while everybody else had been trying to take down it's health. They weren't doing very much damage and had just finally almost brought down the first bar of health. Amon had been watching everybody fight, trying to find the monsters weakness and Amon thought he found it. It seemed like the monster's underbelly was it's weakness and could easily be used against it.

"Everybody retreat I have a plan!" When everybody had gathered around Amon explained. "It's pretty obvious by now the it's underbelly is it's weakness. If we can cut off it's stinger it will be easy as pie to flip that thing over and finish it off with ease." Amon waited for his next idea. "Wolf, you and me are going to distract it while everybody else, I assume that everybody has reasonable sneaking, will sneak around it in the tall grass and slice off it's tail from behind." "Any questions?"
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"Yeah just one," Wolf said as he deflected the scorpions tail to allow everyone to retreat. "How long are you guys gonna stand there and think? I'm down to 7 swings left." Wolf was limited to the amount of swings he could conjure from this demonically heavy weapon. The Berserker's Fury, at least twice the weight of what he was used to but more than twice the armor penetration. He dared anyone to block any of his swings, especially his vertical ones. Wolf was monstrously muscular and loved heavy weaponry. He could sprint with a light machine gun in one arm even if he struggled a bit. He was always down for the physical challenge. But SAO brought a new challenge to him. His strength was ALSO based on his stats so even if he had sheer force, strength stats helped a lot.

"Let's get this over with," Wolf said as he stared down the house sized monster. "We might have company." Wolf was constantly running his detection skill thanks to Black's warning earlier. He could've sworn he felt the presence of more players but you could never tell if it's a friend or foe. Wolf gave a certain stare to each of his teammates trying to tell them to be cautious without having to say anything out loud. Whatever the case, Wolf was on his toes.
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