Chapter Fifty: Breakcliff
Saber looks around the city while they walked down the stairs. “This is such a serene place... I haven’t seen anything this peaceful since I first walked into Spiralwood!” Saber said. Axel laughed and stated, “Breakcliff definitely looks serene, but right now, behind this serenity and calmness... we are facing a dimensional threat. We have to be serious here. No time for sightseeing.” Saber nods and the team goes to the center of the town. “That tower is the beacon, right?” Keith asked Sentinel. Sentinel nods and said, “That beacon can power up the entire city because of its eternal light. It is said that it only goes off when an important person in this dimension dies.” Keith nods and said, “Like the guardian?” Sentinel nodded and he walked towards Axel to discuss certain topics. “Days of travel... and we finally made it...” Lyra said. Sylux taps Lyra’s shoulder and signalled a high-five. Lyra cheerfully replied and they high-fived while Logan rejoices for the long wait is over. “We made it to the crown city of Kains... now we have the strongest by our side, we’re definitely beating Trivoid!” Logan said happily. Sky goes to Logan and said, “Droll... we have to get him back with us...” Logan nods and replied, “I’ll get some sense back to that little kid, get him back to our side...” Sky smiled and Blue suddenly appears behind him, holding a gift. “What is that?” Sky asked. Blue smiles and gave him a device. “Whoa... you actually got it!? It’s an actual Bowdriver!” Sky shouted. Blue nods and said, “Cyber Bronze manufactured it. I heard that you wanted one of these so much, so I decided to get one with the money I saved. Now we both have one!” Blue smiled and Sky hugged her and carried her up off her feet. Saber laughs and the two and as he turned around, Rylee hugs him and said, “Saber, we will win against Trivoid, no matter what!” Saber pats her at the back and said, “Yes... there is no stopping Biohazard now!” Sentinel and Axel smiles at the team’s coordination and they see Danica, holding her father’s necklace. Axel approaches her and said, “It looks like you’re sad... what’s wrong?” Danica shakes her head and said, “I’m not lonely; I just miss my dad...” Axel pats her on the head and said, “Your dad really loved you, you should live up to his legacy and help mankind in its troubles as well.” Danica smiles and stood up saying, “You’re right! He helped everyone survive an apocalypse; it’s my turn to help Biohazard defeat Trivoid!” Axel gave her a thumbs up and Sentinel calls for the team. “Alright! Axel and I will go to The Equilibrium to prepare for the planning stage while you guys can look around the place and look for the trainers. They are in the sheds with orange roofs and has a crest similar to The Equilibrium’s. They will teach you how to handle your equipment better.” Sentinel leaves with Axel while the team looks around for the trainers. “So, let’s all train to get better!” Saber shouted. The team scatters, looking for trainers.
Saber finds his training mentor, a swordsman named Brock. “So, what do you want to learn?” Brock asked. Saber looks around the vast variety of weapons on display and he said, “I want to learn how to swing faster with my sword.” Brock examines the Runic Forge Sword and said, “This is an S-Rank weapon on your hands... a weapon like this can show off the user’s entire power... when sung fast... this can take down an average Grontl Spirack in mere seconds!” Saber smiled and said, “It’s a weapon held by the Guardian, Aero. Aero’s son was given this sword, who gave it to my dad, who eventually, gave it to me.” Brock nods and suddenly dropped a large wooden block in front of Saber. Saber jumps in shock and said, “What did you do that for!?” Brock laughs and said, “You need to cut the wood in half.” Saber smiled and said, “This is the training? It seems too easy...” Brock smirks and watches Saber prepare for the attack. As Saber drops the sword, Brock pulls the block in an incredible speed, nearly unnoticeable. “What the-!?” Saber shouted. Brock laughs and placed the wood on the ground again. “Try it again.” Saber does so, and the same routine occurred on and on for minutes and minutes. Sky and Blue test their new Bowdriver by practicing at the bay, shooting arrows at the tree in the middle of the sea. “You go first, Sky,” Blue said. Sky nods and turned on the device. He draws an arrow from his quiver and shot right at the tree. The arrow spins around, making a drilling effect to pierce through its target. Just as the arrow was about to hit, another arrow intercepts it with perfect precision and accuracy. Sky was amazed and saw the archer standing by the shore. “Your shot was too slow... I didn’t have to exert much effort in blocking your shot...” the archer bluffed as she sat down on her bench and laughed. Sky was astounded at her accuracy and quickly went down to talk to her. “How did you do that?” Sky asked. The woman smiled and said, “Ask your girlfriend to take her shot.” Sky shook his head and said, “She’s not my girlfriend!” Blue laughed and did as commanded. Right at the middle of the flight, the arrow was again intercepted by the woman. Sky barely saw her aim and calculate; she just let go immediately and landed a hit. “That shot was amazing!” Sky said. The archer decides to introduce herself. “My name is Jaselle, but you can call me Jas. I am one of the trainers, but I often come here to see if anyone would go target practicing. That’s when I mess with them and block their shots,” she said. Blue also comes down and asked, “Can you train us?” Sky smiled and said to himself, “Please say yes!” Jas looks at them and said, “Alright... After all, you Biohazard members travelled for so long to get here...” Sky rejoiced and jumped up while Blue got her equipment and prepared for training. Meanwhile, Logan and Keith look around for their trainers. They see the three girls walking around, sightseeing while Sylux is forced to follow them. Logan chuckles and patted Keith’s shoulder saying, “Look at Sylux... he’s like the baggage carrier for the girls...” Keith chuckles and saw a shed. “That must be the shed Sentinel told us about,” Keith mumbled. Logan nods and saw Saber, still struggling to hit the block. The duo enters the shed, looking for trainers. “Excuse us, we would like to get training for wizardry and bare-handed fighting,” Keith said. The receptionist looks at the logbook and said, “All of our mentors for wizardry are currently busy, except for our best mentor, Leech. He is at The Equilibrium main headquarters, managing the team. On the other hand, our lead demolitionist Gruwld is available. He is by the mountainside, often carrying rocks uphill.” Keith nodded and thanked her as they walked outside. “So, I’m headed to the building. You’re going to the mountainside?” Keith asked. Logan nods and waved goodbye as he ran to the mountain.
Sentinel looks around the large hall and saw a lady, walking around carrying books. “Excuse us, where is Leech?” Sentinel asked. The lady fixes her glasses and said, “Oh, Master Leech? He said that he’d be out for Gellis Island for the day. We don’t know why he would enter the Spirack territory... Spiracks are very territorial, they tend to attack people when they are provoking them.” Sentinel nods and thanked her. “I believe you are the visitors from Biohazard? My name is May; I am one of the two co-leaders of this place. The Equilibrium is honoured to have an equally powerful team walking in our halls. If you plan on following Leech to the island, feel free to talk to our port’s captain, Kolos,” she said. Sentinel nods and thanks her as he walked back to Axel. “So, I guess we’re going to him?” Axel asked. Sentinel shrugged and Keith suddenly enters the room. “Hey Keith, mind if you join us to look for Leech?” Sentinel asked. Keith smiles and said, “I was just looking for him!” Axel laughed and said, “What a coincidence. Let’s go follow him to the island, then.” Keith nods and the trio goes to the docks to get a boat. “We’re headed to Gellis Island to follow Leech,” Sentinel said to the captain. Kolos nods and sped to the island with haste. The boat suddenly boosts, charging at high speeds. The boat zips across the water, zooming straight to the island. They arrive immediately on the shore and Kolos slows down. “Thank you very much,” Axel said. Kolos salutes and the three get off. “That must be Leech’s boat...” Keith said as he points to another boat by the shore. “This is the jungle... let’s be careful and focus on looking for Leech,” Sentinel commanded as they entered the large jungle.
“Guards! He escaped us! Quickly, deploy all scouts! Chase him!” A loud voice shouted. The dark, stormy sky blurs the view as a man runs away from hordes of guards chasing him. The guards fire their guns, unloading all they can but the man keeps dodging the attacks. The thunder and lightning disrupts the guards’ aim, giving the man a larger lead to escape. “Block the exit!” the commander shouted. The man looks around and ran up a wall. He climbs up and sees guards ahead, shooting him. He dodges them and his hand begins to create fire. He punches all of the guards off the wall, sending them falling down on the ground. He pushes them all off and jumps out of the fortress. Guards mounted on horses began to chase him and his other hand begins to develop a chilly aura. He stops, turns around, and slams the ground, making an ice wall. The horses stop and jump through it, slowing them down. The man finally sees a large ship, full of guards preparing for him. He charges unrelentingly and used both his frozen and burning hand to punch all the guards. He throws them into the water and he finds a speedboat hanging by the deck. He sees the guards catching up and he hotwires the boat. He gets on the water and he escapes into the sea. The guards get on their own speedboats, chasing after him. They fire rockets at him but he dodges them all. A rocket lands behind him, destroying part of his boat. His boat is in critical condition and he has to leave it. A guard aims another rocket and fires it to him. He turns his head and jumps, with both of his hands covered in fire and ice. He steps on the missile to perform another jump, increasing his height. The guards fire their guns at him but he lunges and took down one of the guards. He throws him to the water and stole his boat. He then sped up, making a huge space between him and the guards. He looks behind and saw the guards, still in hot pursuit for him. He leaves the wheel and watched the guards approach. He charges all of his fire and ice, making a gigantic light. “Men... fall back!” the commander shouted. The man claps, sending out an enormous splash of fire and ice. It explodes on the sea, knocking all boats airborne. The man escapes safely; leaving all of the pursuers in is trail. “Luke Bridgewater escaped...” the commander said to his phone as he calls the general.
Sentinel sees the two behind him and said, “Leech must be nearby... let’s keep looking...” They see Spiracks, standing tall by the trees. “Those must be the Spiracks they’ve been talking about...” Keith said. Axel walks slowly ahead, leaving the two behind. He finds a large lake, with a man sitting in the center on a rock. He seems to be meditating. Axel watches him and saw a Spirack approaching him. Axel was shocked and saw the Spirack get closer to the man. “Watch out!” Axel shouted. The man opens his eyes and saw the Spirack beside him. The man remains calm and the large beast didn’t attack. Axel was surprised and he slid down the slope. He sees the man make a stream of water rise, making a road for him to walk on. He approaches Axel and said, “Welcome to Gellis Island. I am Sugere, but I think you all know me as Leech. I was meditating on the lake and I foresaw your team’s arrival.” Axel nods and said, “We would like to speak with you about our battle with Trivoid.” Leech smiles and said, “Come back to the island with me. I’ll talk to you more there.” Axel went up the slope and they returned to the boat. “So, will he help?” Keith asked. Axel nodded and they got on the boat. “Let’s move back to the city! We have a long day ahead of us!” Sentinel said. Leech uses the same boost Kolos did, bringing them back to Breakcliff fast.
“Here goes nothing...” Saber mumbles. He strikes the block again, this time slightly hitting it before Brock’s pull. “Nice one... that’s the start of it...” Brock said. Saber smiles and Brock goes for the second training session: A speed duel. “All you have to do is to hit me before I hit you,” Brock said. Saber was shocked and said, “But, I’ll hit you! This sword is dangerous, isn’t it?” Brock laughs and said, “You’ll see.” Saber tries his first attack but Brock draws his plastic lance and landed an attack on Saber’s neck, causing him to drop his weapon. “There’s a twist, of course,” Brock said as he helped Saber up. Saber smirked and the training continues. “On three!” Gruwld shouted as Logan prepared himself. Gruwld counts to three and Logan dashes uphill with heavy cargo boxes tied to his back. He drags them across but Gruwld rolls stones down the slope, rolling to Logan. Logan punches them apart, clearing the path for him. He makes it up, impressing Gruwld. “You did well, for a beginner. Twenty-six seconds on that one,” Gruwld said. Logan laughs and said, “I’d like to see you do better...” Gruwld lifted an eyebrow and pushed the boxes back down. Logan collects large stones and said, “Go!” Gruwld runs in an incredible speed, giving Logan nearly no time to toss rocks. Logan was able to throw one, but Gruwld simply runs through it, resisting the damage. Logan was shocked and he said, “I must be terrible at this...” He reads the timer and saw that it only took four seconds for Gruwld’s turn. Logan pouts and began to try again. “So, how do you shoot?” Sky asked. Jas shows her position and said, “This is normally how I shoot, it gives me little time to aim but all the power and speed I need. It relies on my quick thinking, though.” Sky nods and Jas shifted her hands’ positions. “This is what I do when I have plenty of time to aim, like a battle initiator. I basically tilt sideways if I want to aim better, but basically, this is how I do it,” Jas said. Sky smiled and saw Blue in the background, shooting a tree repeatedly in a fast pace. “Watch this,” Jas said as she took her bow and some arrows. She stood by Blue and said, “I’ll race you to ten arrows, what do you say?” Blue smiled and aimed for the tree. Jas holds all arrows in her hand, instead of a quiver. He unloads rapidly, landing all shots within five seconds. Blue hasn’t even gotten the time to launch her second arrow. “Amazing!” Blue said. The two shook hands and got back to training. The girls are still strolling around town, looking for cool things. They eventually arrive to the town square, where they see Sylux, sitting on a bench. “Hey there,” Lyra said. Sylux calls for a high five but then dropped his hand, tricking Lyra. Lyra laughs and said, “What are you doing here? You were following us earlier.” Sylux shrugged and said, “I got tired from walking. So, are you done shopping?” Rylee smiled and said, “Yeah, we got you a present... it’s from Lyra, by the way.” Lyra blushes and Sylux opens the gift to reveal an iron pendant with the biohazard symbol on it. “Thanks, Lyra!” Sylux said. Lyra smiled and Danica pats her at the shoulder saying, “Oh you...” Logan suddenly walks into the scene, exhausted from training. “I gave up... enough for the day...” Logan mumbled as he drinks his soda. Danica laughs and him and said, “You can rest here.” Axel, Sentinel and Keith pass by, following Leech. “Out of my way!” A deep, threatening voice shouted from behind. Logan turns and saw a man in a jacket, running towards him. The man bumps into Logan, startling him and causing him to drop his drinks. “Hey, can’t you watch where you’re going?” Logan said. Axel felt a large power spike in the area and he looks at the man. The man grinned and pushed Logan away, angering Logan. The man tries to walk away but Logan chases him and tries to reach for his shoulder. “Hold on, who do you think you-“ Logan said but he was disturbed with a punch on the face. Logan’s temper snaps and he punches back, starting a fistfight. “Get them off!” Sylux shouted. Logan receives powerful, shaking punches, knocking him back and dizzy. Logan blocks a punch and lets go a punch of his own, instantly knocking the man back. The man retaliates with a strong hook, taking Logan down. The man runs and mounted on Logan, beginning to pound away with powerful punches. Logan gets frustrated and used his ground control to make a stone arc which slams into the enemy’s face. While he is dazed, Logan punches him, knocking him airborne and away from him. Sylux grabs Logan and tries to control him while Axel came and tried to stop the other man. “Don’t do this...” Sylux said as Logan tries to charge at the man. Axel places his hand on the man’s shoulders and said, “Look, we don’t want a fight-“Much like earlier, the man interrupts by punching Axel on the stomach, shaking his entire body. Axel feels the punch’s power and his body fell dizzy. The man’s left hand began to burn while his right hand created thick layers of ice. He runs and jumps, attempting to lunge at Logan and Sylux. Just as he was about to land, Axel warps in front of the two, ready with an attack. He uses the back of his fist, swatting the attacker away and knocking him instantly unconscious. “Take him to a cabin. He has some explaining to do...” Axel said as he signals the rest to move along. Sentinel proceeds with his negotiations with Leech while Axel goes to the cabin, heading face to face with the man.
The man wakes up, tied to a chair and trapped in a room. A glass pane on the other side of the room reveals Axel, Saber, Rylee and Logan, interrogating him. “Who are you?” Axel asked. The man shrugs and said, “I don’t know, who are YOU?” Axel laughs and said, “Answer my question first.” The man remains silent, giving no answer. “What is with that guy?” Logan asked Rylee. Rylee shrugged and the man suddenly replied, “I’m Luke Bridgewater... I’m a criminal, serial killer and thief.” Axel was shocked and said, “Really?” Saber turns to Axel and said, “I thought the city had a barrier?” Axel nodded and said, “It does...” “You wanted an honest reply, and you won’t believe it?” Luke asked. Axel sighed and said, “Alright, I’m Axel, one of the leaders of the organization, Biohazard. I am here to inform you that after your display of power earlier, I would like to ask if you are interested in joining Biohazard.” Saber was shocked as Axel added, “you definitely have the ability, strength and performance, all we need is your control over yourself. Remember, if you go out of control, we can always turn you in.” Luke shrugs and said, “I can’t say no anyways, I’m stuck here...” Axel smiled and the door opens, letting Axel enter. He cits the rope and offered a handshake. Luke looks at Axel’s hand and said, “I don’t do those.” Luke leaves the room, leaving the team behind. “What guys is definitely strong, but can he stay in peace with us?” Rylee mumbled. Saber goes to Axel and said, “What’s our objective now?” Axel shrugs and replied, “Call everyone. We’re headed to The Equilibrium’s building to explain our mission.” Saber nods and called everyone and they met at the building, in a meeting room with Leech. “Good afternoon,” Leech greeted. Sentinel nods and began the conference. “We are focusing on countering Trivoid’s plans...” Sentinel said. Leech looks up and said, “They are done with their dimension attacks.” Saber gasps and said, “So they must be here!?” Leech nods and said, “They are most likely planning on reinforcing their power to fight you when you next meet.” Keith ponders and thought, they already have the power... but what more could they need at this moment?” Logan thought, “What if, they were looking for a way to get here?” The team gasps as May said, “Well, Breakcliff is known to be safe with its barrier... but, there could be a chance that it will be broken; if it is attacked with such a great force.” Saber asked, “How can they break it?” Leech tries to foresee events but fails. “I cannot figure it out as of the moment,” Leech said. Axel thinks about it and said, “They could’ve sent a spy...” The team thought about Luke but Saber said, “No... it can’t be him... he really looks frustrated and worn out from battle, I believe he was a criminal...” Then Axel brought up the topic, “About that... Luke was a criminal, how was he able to enter the city?” Leech smiled and said, “He might’ve had a terrible past, but since he made it here, it must mean that he can provide greater contributions to this world... if we guide him well.” Axel smiled and replied, “I’m glad I added him to the team, then.” Saber laughed and said, “I believe in him. I don’t think he will cause that much trouble like he did earlier.” Luke walks around town, looking suspicious at everyone. “Biohazard... will they really help me... or are they just another trash team that doesn’t deserve me?” Luke mumbled as he walks down to the bay, staring at the sea.
“We’ll make some moves now. Kains is the largest dimension...” Garred said. “The guardian is still unclear; who shall we kill?” Reyl said as he polishes his knives. “Reyl... you’re off with Acren and Droll... you are headed to a nuclear headquarters at Cobarr. We need that place for our next move,” Garred said. Blade looks behind him and sees Grey, making noises like a child. “Make sure to come back soon, we need that place fast. It’s the only way we can penetrate Breakcliff’s barrier,” Garred added. Reyl smiled and said, “We can break into the most unharmed place in the world... this is an exciting mission indeed...” Droll looks at Acren and said, “I’ll be nearby if you need me in battle.” Acren laughs and said, “You fight well, Droll. It’s time you get proven for your worth. You’ll be leading the attack force. Take the front line of defense down. Reyl and I will sneak through and open the gate.” Droll nods and said, “That area is as good as ours.”