A sudden boom of something switching on echoed in all of their ears, and the great lights of the arena glared down at them, illuminating the entire complex. All of them were visible to each other, including the other two lost souls, Ashandarei and Falkoen.
Elicoor lowered his staff to hold it in both hands, and Khoura stopped, having been prowling along until the light exposed them all.
“Good girl, Zorana.” The familiar, deep voice said, patting the spectre at his right on the head. To his left was the flame druid, sitting in her flaming panther form. All three of them were down in the sands along with the others. “And now we have them all.”
Falkoen instantly hissed at Gideon as he appeared before them, only taking a moment to look around at everyone before returning his gaze back to Gideon, his daggers at the ready as he took a stance that was ready to fight, speaking lowly in Darnassian. “Then you’re welcoming your death.”
Ash looked up in the stands, looking like someone had rolled her down a hill in a barrel full of sand and rocks, shielding her eyes from the sudden transition from night vision to the glaring light. As tired as she was, she went for her weapons. Trying to stay on her feet more than getting ready for a fight, the words dimly registered “Have them all.”
Lowering her gaze to the rest of the arena, she blinked repeatedly seeing the ‘rescue party’, not sure if she was happy or sad they actually showed up.
Irontooth on the other hand gave a happy wuff, catching Ash’s scent and turning a full circle around Auramis’ legs.
Auramis had to shield his eyes as well, his sword’s light dying down as he refocused on the area around them. Standing between Ash and him was Gideon, the others scattered about. He felt oddly more comfortable having the party back together, his shield raised as he turned to keep his gaze on Gideon.
Serai growled, seeing the state her sister was in, eyes darting to Falk, then Gideon. Her grip tightening on the mace she held, something told her to not move in first, as much as she wanted to run to her sister and heal her hurts.
“The coward rears his ugly head at last.” Locking her green eyes onto Gideon and bringing her shield around in a ready posture.
Gideon clapped. “What a happy reunion, hm?” He moved to walk around them slowly, looking at each person carefully with no emotion or expression on his wrinkled face.
He stopped before Elicoor, and it was unfortunately obvious that Gideon was his sire. “Hello, my son. I am proud. You have become quite the Arbiter. Although… you waste such power on a useless wench like Xana’ri. I cannot say I am surprised.”
The wizard growled. “Where is she?” His eyes were locked to Gideon’s.
“Good question!” Whirling away, he crossed the sandy expanse to return to his place between the two women he was with previously. “Where is she? Where is the Harbinger?”
“Likely somewhere you hid her for your own, you wretch.” Falkoen spat his words in response to Gideon, looking to Elicoor, a bit confused to see the similarities between the men before he realized their relation. He slowly sheathed his daggers, leaving only the claws of his gauntlets out as his weapons as he stared at the magus.
“What game are you playing?” Auramis spoke up at last, his voice calm as he stood behind his shield, his sword back and ready to swing if he had to do so.
Ash didn’t move when he walked around them, lashing out at him wouldn’t have done any good, and one thing she had learned was not to intentionally draw attention. Her eyes found Auramis and a faint grin appeared.
Khoura remained in her feline form, opting to stay put as well.
Gideon continued. “That is the main point in all of this, correct? Funny that. She is not even here at this moment.”
Zorana disappeared then, and the flame druid followed.
“So what will all of you do? Come at me? Try to escape? Nothing?” he asked them, folding his jeweled hands at his waist.
“I’m here because of my commitment to a fellow Crusade and his family… I think it’s something you fail to understand, given how you have treated yours.” Auramis stared down the man, stabbing his sword into the sand as he grasped at his libram, picking it up, contemplating what exactly to do.
“Where is she?” Falkoen hissed out once more, taking a ready stance once more, appearing rather eager to charge at the man, but images of his last attempts kept filling his mind. There had to be some way to get to him…
The man chuckled and leaned over to better view the rogue, that pendant falling out of his robes again, dangling in the air. “Do you really wish to find out?” He turned to regard Elicoor as well, and then the others. “I have been busy.”
“The motherless swill… Where is she?” Falkoen seemed ready to jump, his patience thinning as the mage wasted time with his words. “You’re trying to distract us… Waste our time and make us focus on you… You are not worth the attention.”
The pendant caught her eye again, frowning slightly, it was more than an attraction to something new and shiny. Realizing that even should this dissolve into a fighting match, she was far too tired to worry about it, her daggers went back to their sheathes, instead removing a small throwing knife, eyeing the chain again she flicked the weapon not at Gideon, but at the chain that held the pendant.
“Falk, catch it!”
Zorana popped into existence from nowhere then. She went for the dagger, moving lightning fast… But not fast enough. She hesitated for a split second just before she would have caught the weapon, and it was just long enough to miss the blade. It glinted through the air and fractured the chain, sending the trinket falling to the sand.
It all happened in slow motion, and Gideon didn’t have time to react fast enough. A blast of energy left his fingertips, aimed in Falkoen’s general direction.
It was a chain reaction. Elicoor swung his staff and charged the end with magic, Arcane wind and energy arcing across him once more. A roar, and a blast aimed at Gideon.
Khoura leaped into action, going for the old man.
Auramis betrayed his previous hesitant outside the caverns as he quickly uttered the prayer to take a brunt of the damage Falkoen would receive, a second spell quickly follow to shield the others as they worked to do what need be done.
Falkoen was already on the move as soon as the dagger left Ash’s hand, catching the blast against his back, only causing him to fall forward as he reached for the pendant, grasping at it greedily as he began to roll, looking to Elicoor and immediately falling into the shadows to appear behind him now with the pendant.
Auramis groaned out as the blast hit Falkoen, burns appearing on his own back under his armor, grasping at his sword to lean on it before he pushed himself back up, rushing to Gideon with his shield up, intending to ram the man.
Ash looked at the outcome of her dagger toss, happy at the small bit of productive chaos. “Happy now, Gids? Not your little doll, not anyones.”
Serai moved quickly, following Auramis, and readying several cantrip healing spells and stopping to kneel by the wounded argent. Murmuring again she surrounded them both in the flickery glow of a sustained healing.
Eyes darting around, she kept up the same soft near chant, focusing on her sister first, the soft radiant light enveloping each of her allies for a brief instant. It’d be enough to keep them on their feet through the attack. “Are you alright, Lightborne? Come on. We have to regroup.”
Irontooth took the moment of distraction to move back to Ash’s side, standing in a defensive guardian position in front of the injured Rogue. The rumbling growl a clear ‘stay away’.
Elicoor glanced back, having not expecting the Kaldorei to suddenly be there. Gideon had caught the direction the rogue was moving and sent another blast in his direction, hoping to take both Elicoor and Falkoen out.
The younger wizard released his magic, the Arcane blast meeting with Gideon’s, but the necromancer’s power was much greater, and it overpowered the other draenei’s.
Elicoor barely had enough time to lift his staff and attempt the block the blast, yelling back at the rogue behind him. “Move!” he said, taking the blow fully and smashing back into the arena wall.
Khoura’s claws met with Gideon’s robes then, but not for long. Her flame druid self leaped from the shadows in a burning rage and tackled her, sending them rolling into the sand, battling each other.
“Stupid little girl! Get that pendant!” Gideon roared at Zorana, who squeaked and went after Falkoen.