Chapter 15: The Immortal Champion (Part III)
DarkKnightmon’s body slammed into the stone cobbles with a violent clamour. His form jerked back erratically as he landed on his back. All of the wind was forced out of his lungs, so he couldn’t even cry out at the intense, blinding pain that coursed through his body, muscles and bones.
However, his data remained intact. His body didn’t disintegrate like a dying Digimon’s would. He just lay there on his back, staring up at the night sky through a blurry haze that clouded his eyes. The clouds that covered the moons passed, and the bright orbs shone their light back down on the landscape. The next thing he knew, another object was falling to the ground as well. Before he could even register it through his incomprehensible agony, a stone brick crashed into the ground a few meters away from him, shattering on impact and pelting his body with pebbles.
To his surprise, he didn’t hear the crash. His hearing was muffled and clouded. DarkKnightmon grimaced and turned his head to the side, he saw the round, armoured form of a Gladimon, and the fox-like form of a Reppamon running over to him. DarkKnightmon’s vision was brighter than usual; everything seemed like early evening as opposed to near midnight, the actual time. He felt somewhat lightheaded underneath the throbbing pain in his skull, and he could feel a warm liquid trickling from his ears and nostrils underneath his helmet. When the liquid dripped onto the corner of his mouth, he recognized the metallic taste of blood.
DarkKnightmon tried to regain his senses. At the back of his mind, he wondered how he was still alive. He quickly figured that the thick armour all over his body must have cushioned him from the fall. The fact that he was at the level of a Mega Digimon certainly must have helped as well. Despite that, his body was wracked with pain.
He slowly rolled onto his side, releasing a deep groan of torment. There was a sharp pain inside his chest. His ribs were tender and he was fairly sure that he had a concussion. Despite these injuries, and the stabbing pain in his body, he continued to try to get to his knees.
“You mustn’t move, Sir!” he heard the Gladimon insist anxiously as more guards began to hurry over.
“I’m… fine,” he insisted weakly, getting to his hands and knees. As he stared at the ground for that moment, it began to register how this had happened. OuRyuumon pushed him.
OuRyuumon tried to kill him.
Not only that, but OuRyuumon had said that he did it for Alphamon. At first, he felt stunned. Even though they often fought, he never dreamed that OuRyuumon would do something like that to him. He knew that OuRyuumon had found out about his plans, and he knew that the dragon had always been violent, but to think that he would try to kill him…
Rage and pain ignited in DarkKnightmon like an inferno. The feelings of betrayal and total fury, mixed with the surge of adrenaline and endorphins, poured through his system like a torrent. His eyes grew wide with rage and he suddenly rose to his feet on trembling legs.
“S-Sir! You’re hurt!” the Gladimon protested.
“LEAVE ME!” DarkKnightmon snapped, shoving past all of the gathered Digimon.
He still felt dazed, but a new found determination overtook him. In an almost dream-like state, DarkKnightmon stormed across the street to a large building that had smoke billowing out of its chimney at the base of the wall. He stormed into the building and was greeted with a blast of heat. He looked around the forge and saw MirageGaogamon talking with the Guardromon blacksmith.
MirageGaogamon nodded and just finished putting on his claw gauntlets when he noticed DarkKnightmon enter. He immediately noticed DarkKnightmon’s haggard condition and turned to him with shock and concern. “S-Sir! What happened?!”
DarkKnightmon staggered over to MirageGaogamon and grabbed his shoulder roughly. He glared at the Captain with a frenzied look in his eyes. He wheezed furiously.
“The time… to act… is now!”
OuRyuumon swiftly walked down a corridor towards the foyer. He looked around uneasily, paranoid that somebody might have seen him or noticed him coming from the tower stairs. Luckily for him, he didn’t see anybody. Unluckily for him, he didn’t know that DarkKnightmon survived the fall. He had kicked off that stone to make to seem like DarkKnightmon had fallen by accident, by leaning against a loose part of wall; nobody would have believed that DarkKnightmon just fell on his own without something causing it.
He entered the foyer and turned sharply, walking back into the great hall. All of the other Royal Knights were still there, talking.
“There you are!” Dynasmon remarked, chuckling. “We were beginning to think you fell in.”
OuRyuumon didn’t respond. The only part of the sentence that registered was the word ‘fell’. He couldn’t help but look flustered and uneasy. “A-Alphamon!” he called out, looking at the Royal Knights, but finding it impossible to make eye contact with any of them, especially Alphamon.
Alphamon noticed that there was something wrong with his friend. He could tell by his body language. A frown grew on Alphamon’s face. “…OuRyuumon?” he asked. “What’s wrong?”
“There’s been an accident!” OuRyuumon replied heatedly. “DarkKnightmon fell off one of the castle towers! I think a stone came loose or something…“
Alphamon stood up from the table in horror. “What?!” he demanded, his eyes wide.
The rest of the Royal Knights followed suit.
“When was this?!” Dukemon asked, vaulting over his chair to approach OuRyuumon.
“Just a few minutes ago,” OuRyuumon answered, grimacing.
“Is he okay?!” Magnamon asked with concern.
OuRyuumon stalled. “…No… He’s d--“
OuRyuumon was interrupted when a massive, yellow beam exploded through the side of the great hall, tearing through the marble wall and ripping shards of rock and gold marble away. The Royal Knights dived to the floor in a kneejerk response to the unexpected blast. It passed over their heads, pelting their bodies with bits of rock and marble, and tore along the opposite wall, sending more chunks of marble crashing to the floor.
The Royal Knights grunted as the beam diminished but wasted no time in getting back up.
“What the hell was that?!” Dukemon demanded, scrambling to his feet. He summoned the Aegis shield and the Gram lance in his hands as he turned towards the cloud of dust.
“Are we under attack?!” Alphamon asked, forming the glowing, white, Seiken Gradalpha in one hand and an aura of green power in the other.
The rest of the Royal Knights also prepared to defend themselves, turning to the haze of dust and smoke.
A great shadow emerged in the cloud. The large, dark body stepped into the great hall through the hole made in the wall. He strode in with zealous determination, a double-sided lance in his hand.
DarkKnightmon emerged from the smoke before the Royal Knights. His gold eyes shone with venomous severity and fierceness, and his dark mantle whipped behind him as he approached.
Behind him followed MirageGaogamon, who appeared stoically from the smoke, the cannon on his chest leaking yellow breath from the attack.
“DarkKnightmon!” Alphamon demanded, seeing them both. “What’s going on?! I thought you... What was that attack?!”
OuRyuumon’s heart dropped like a comet when he saw the ‘dead’ black knight emerge, very much alive.
“Thought I was dead?” DarkKnightmon asked, glaring at him darkly. His pupil-less eyes turned to look at OuRyuumon. Despite the pain that still wracked his body, and the blood trickling down his face behind his mask, he couldn’t help but grin at the expression on OuRyuumon’s face. “I’m sorry to disappoint...”
OuRyuumon’s eyes were as wide as the full moons outside. His jagged teeth were clenched with bitter fear and shock. The claws on his fingers were gripping the Gairyu scimitars so tightly that they nearly dug into their hilts.
He had no idea how DarkKnightmon survived that fall. He didn’t understand how he managed it. He felt his heart pounding in his chest. Without realizing it, his astounded, outraged, violet eyes between darting back and forth between Alphamon and DarkKnightmon. If DarkKnightmon told them what happened, he’d be kicked out of the Order. Alphamon might never speak to him again. He knew that what he did was for a good reason, but if DarkKnightmon convinced them that he was the victim, then it would be his word against OuRyuumon’s, and DarkKnightmon had the physical bruises as proof. Then again, they just blasted a hole through the side of the wall, but OuRyuumon was too caught up in his worry to register the implications of that.
“You look like you’ve seen a ghost, OuRyuumon,” DarkKnightmon observed, raising his Twin Spear and pointing it at him. “I’m one Digimon who can’t be killed so easily.
OuRyuumon tensed up at his words, standing straight with his long body. He glared at DarkKnightmon with a rivalrous sneer.
“DarkKnightmon!” Dukemon shouted, walking ahead with a demanding leer. “What’s the meaning of this? Captain MirageGaogamon, why did you do that to the wall? Somebody could have been hurt!”
As the crimson knight approached, DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes and stepped towards him. “That was the idea,” he spoke, gripping his spear. “Twin Spear!” DarkKnightmon swung his lance upwards, tearing the tip up Dukemon’s chest.
The spear slammed into his chest, but his armour withheld the attack. Dukemon released a shout of surprise as he was thrown off his feet from the powerful swing and sent flying onto his back.
“Dukemon!” Dynasmon yelled, rushing over to him with concern.
“DarkKnightmon!” Alphamon scolded angrily. “Lower your weapon!”
DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes as he beheld the Lord of the Empty Seat. “You expect me to take any heed of what you have to say, Alphamon?” he asked him frigidly. “After everything that’s happened?”
“Whatever’s happened doesn’t excuse what you just did!” Alphamon replied firmly. “Lower your weapon before you do something that you can’t take back!”
“Don’t talk down to me, Alphamon! You’re a hypocrite and you know it,” DarkKnightmon snapped back, seething underneath. “You and your cronies should take a hard look at yourselves before you pass judgment on me. All I wanted was to make a difference in the world and you stifled me at every turn!”
“That’s not true at all!” Alphamon stormed. “Can you not handle being told, ‘no’?”
“What I can’t handle is you driving this Order into the ground,” the shadow knight told him. “I’m going to wrestle this Order free from your grasp at any cost! I am finished with waiting. Now we are ready to act!”
Dynasmon finished helping Dukemon to his feet and he looked over at MirageGaogamon. “MirageGaogamon?” he asked the captain incredulously.
“It’s nothing personal, Sir,” MirageGaogamon told them, readying his claws and narrowing his gaze. “I just happen to believe in DarkKnightmon more.”
“Attack!” DarkKnightmon ordered, rushing across the debris-cluttered floor of the great hall. He headed straight for Alphamon, his spear poised behind him and his eyes flashing dangerously. “No restraint this time, Alphamon!”
Alphamon grimaced and readied the Seiken Gradalpha. “Why is this happening...?” he wondered. His gaze slowly hardened. “Don’t test me, DarkKnightmon...”
“It won’t be like last time,” DarkKnightmon breathed. He looked over his shoulder at MirageGaogamon.
MirageGaogamon nodded obediently and the gaping wolf maw on his chest suddenly gleamed brightly. “Full Moon Blaster!”
A beam ripped from his cannon, headed straight for DarkKnightmon’s back as the knight charged Alphamon. DarkKnightmon lunged up, bounding high into the air so that the blast passed under him. As DarkKnightmon moved, Alphamon saw the blast that was behind him, and it swiftly closed in on him.
Alphamon grunted and dove out of the way, somersaulting across the floor. The beam passed by him and slammed into the back wall. The section of wall burst with a powerful explosion, rocking the great hall and pelting the area with more marble and rock. Alphamon came to a stop on his knee. He looked up and saw a shadow descending on him.
DarkKnightmon came down on Alphamon, stabbing down at him with his Twin Spear. Alphamon turned around and raised the Seiken Gradalpha, blocking the tip of the lance from hitting him by catching it on the sturdy, semi-physical light of his sword. Alphamon held against him for a second before narrowing his eyes and sweeping his sword outwards.
The seditious Royal Knight wasted no time in counterattacking. As Alphamon stood up to face him, DarkKnightmon aimed the tip of his lance at him. The Twin Spear surged with dark energy. A pillar of destructive shadows shot out and descended on Alphamon before he had a chance to defend himself.
Alphamon shouted with shock and pain as the beam slammed into him. The resulting explosion tore up the floor tiles and threw Alphamon through the air. The black Royal Knight was swept up in the beam and the resulting explosion, and he slammed into the circular council table violently, the impact’s pressure splitting the smooth, stone surface down the middle.
“Alphamon!” Magnamon yelled out with worry. He ran over to Alphamon to see if he was okay. Upon reaching the broken, shattered table, he saw the Alphamon was already stirring. With a grimace, he turned towards DarkKnightmon, who landed on his feet. “DarkKnightmon! Enough of this! Let’s talk about this reasonably!”
“We’re beyond that, Magnamon,” DarkKnightmon coolly told him. “Either join me or stay out of my way. Otherwise, I’m going to take you down too.”
OuRyuumon glowered. “You think you can get away with this?!” he snapped, flying into the air and racing towards DarkKnightmon with his scimitars drawn. “I’m gonna kill you!”
DarkKnightmon turned towards the approaching dragon with narrowed eyes and he raised his Twin Spear to counter him. “Now, now... Don’t start something you can’t finish, OuRyuumon,” he taunted calmly, his eyes flashing. A torrent of shadows ripped from the Twin Spear towards gold dragon Digimon.
OuRyuumon hissed as he jerked his serpentine body to the right and flew upwards, narrowly avoiding DarkKnightmon’s umbrous beam. He heard the dark energy crackling below him as it flew across the great hall and went right through the hole in the wall, creating a devastating, unseen explosion in another section of the headquarters. OuRyuumon’s eyes narrowed keenly and he swooped down sharply as the blast subsided. As he descended on him, he slashed one of the Gairyu swords down on DarkKnightmon.
Sparks exploded out from clashing metal. The dark Royal Knight raised the Twin Spear and blocked the Gairyu Udaijin, holding steady against the strike with his own strength. He then noticed OuRyuumon stab the sword in his left hand, the Gairyu Sadaijin, towards his throat. DarkKnightmon swiftly and smoothly tilted his head to the left, causing the sword to slide against his metal helmet and glance off with the sharp, dragging sound of metal.
DarkKnightmon drove his metal fist into OuRyuumon’s armoured underbelly, extracting a winded gasp and a few drops of saliva from the dragon’s mouth. He gave a hoarse breath, but kept his hold on the struggle against DarkKnightmon’s spear. DarkKnightmon strongly punched him again, arching OuRyuumon’s back and causing him to stumble backwards a few steps as he tried to regain his breath.
The dragon felt DarkKnightmon’s boot collide with his lower body, driving him back further. DarkKnightmon then lunged at him, swiping his lance down vertically.
“Damn you...!” OuRyuumon sputtered, crossing his scimitars to block the giant weapon. The swords held true and DarkKnightmon recoiled the Twin Spear to counterattack. With space now available to him OuRyuumon flapped his Gaiba Daimeijin wings and flew backwards to put distance between himself and DarkKnightmon. He extended his Gairyu swords and levelled them with DarkKnightmon’s body. As they began to glow and spark with luminous power, he spoke in a growl.
“Eiseiryuoujin!” Two blasts exploded from the swords and collided with DarkKnightmon’s chest.
DarkKnightmon grunted and sneered as the power pounded against his armour. He skidded across the floor on his feet, only barely managing to remain standing as he was forced back several meters. Smoke wafted up from his chest and he glared at OuRyuumon with cold, gleaming eyes.
OuRyuumon smirked and swiped his swords outwards, flicking the lingering energy from the blades. “You’re not as great as you think you are.”
DarkKnightmon smiled to himself, suddenly looking over at OuRyuumon’s side. MirageGaogamon tackled the dragon in a blur of azure, raking his claws across his chest. OuRyuumon growled with shock and pain, swiftly responding by slashing his sword across MirageGaogamon’s armour as they flew through the air.
“Thank you for occupying him, Captain,” he said before turning to the Royal Knights.
Alphamon glared at him. He held his sword in one hand and swept his other hand outwards. “This is your last chance, DarkKnightmon! Cease this at once and we can lessen your punishment!” he told him.
DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes. “Last chances... Bargains...” he said aloud. “That is precisely why you’re weak, Alphamon.” The shadowy knight took off towards them, weapon in hand.
Alphamon swore under his breath. “Magnamon! Go help OuRyuumon! The rest of you, with me! No using powerful beam attacks; they could hurt other Digimon and destroy the castle!” he ordered the Royal Knights.
“Got it!” Magnamon told him, dashing for a few moments before jumping into flight. He soared down the long great hall, to where OuRyuumon and MirageGaogamon were fighting on the opposite end.
“That won’t stop him from using those attacks!” Dukemon protested, raising his lance and shield, looking at the fast approaching DarkKnightmon. “He’s completely discarded his honour and integrity.”
“We’ll just have to deal with it,” Alphamon responded. “The forces won’t know what’s going on. We could hurt them if we use powerful attacks while they’re unprepared.”
“That soft thinking is the reason why this Order will never reach its full potential,” DarkKnightmon exclaimed before lunging into the air. He landed in the midst of Alphamon, Omegamon, Dynasmon, and Dukemon, and began spinning the Twin Spear rapidly. “Treason Vortex!”
Shadows arced out from the twin tips of the lance, swirling around DarkKnightmon’s body. The dark power grew and multiplied with every swing of the spear. Soon, a maelstrom of shadows spiralled around DarkKnightmon’s body. The darkness swept over the four Royal Knights and blasted their bodies. The four knights were thrown away in separate directions.
DarkKnightmon burst through the dark veil before it even began to disappear. He raced across the floor after Dukemon, who hit the floor and somersaulted backwards to bring himself back to his feet.
Just as he began to recover, Dukemon saw DarkKnightmon rip across the floor towards him. His eyes narrowed angrily and power spiralled around the Gram lance. “Lightning Jou—“
DarkKnightmon slammed the Twin Spear into Dukemon’s lance in a sideways slash, pointing it away from him. The spear exploded with holy energy which shot out and stabbed into the floor with a fearsome explosion. Ignoring the blast, DarkKnightmon slashed his spear in the opposite direction this time. The Twin Spear caught the side of the Aegis, getting inside the shield and knocking it, along with Dukemon’s arm, outwards. Dukemon cursed at DarkKnightmon’s fast and deadly precise actions – his body was completely exposed in this crucial moment.
Dukemon’s eyes locked with DarkKnightmon’s fiercely. “DarkKni—AHH!”
DarkKnightmon coldly and ruthlessly swept his Twin Spear down Dukemon’s body. The spear punctured the metal and it tore through his armour vertically, leaving a long, serrated gash in the metal in its wake. The spear’s tip slashed through his scales and drew blood.
When the lance left his armour, Dukemon fell to his knees, clutching his bleeding chest and breathing heavily. Despite the burning pain he felt, he snarled harshly and stabbed the Gram into DarkKnightmon’s side. The tip caught just the edge of it and dug into his armour.
“Lightning Joust!” he scathed. Power spiraled around his lance in a holy vortex. The burning energy collected at the point of the Gram, which was embedded in DarkKnightmon’s armour. The tip of the Gram exploded with holy power, shattering the part of DarkKnightmon’s armour at his left hip. He let out a sharp grunt of pain as pieces of armour burst outwards and his skin was burned, bruised, and bloodied.
DarkKnightmon was blasted to the side, staggering on his feet. His already bruised body throbbed with pain, but he would not be deterred. He caught himself and dug his foot into a nearby crater from one of the attacks. He looked down quickly to survey the damage. His left hip was completely exposed and smouldering with smoke and residual energy. He narrowed his eyes indignantly and turned to Dukemon.
The crimson Royal Knight heaved in pain, but he was now on one knee instead of two, indicating to DarkKnightmon that he hadn’t given up yet. Dukemon looked around. He saw that Alphamon, Omegamon, and Dynasmon were all pretty much recovered from the Treason Vortex attack by now.
DarkKnightmon walked over to Dukemon and grabbed him by his long, white hair. He pulled Dukemon’s head forwards sharply, just as he brought his knee up, driving the golden spike into Dukemon’s visor. Dukemon cried out and began to fall back from the blow, but DarkKnightmon wasn’t finished. He drove his bladed boot into Dukemon’s chest, sending him sailing onto his caped back.
Once Dukemon landed with a crash several meters away from him, DarkKnightmon raised the Twin Spear and aimed the point at Dukemon. He fired a massive, black and purple beam from the spear that slammed into Dukemon and crashed him into the damaged marble floor, creating a crater around the knight. Dukemon was able to shield himself with the Aegis, but it only helped so much.
The dark knight’s spear brimmed with shadows once again and he fired a second blast onto Dukemon, who weakly tried to sit up. Dukemon was crushed against the floor, and pain flooded through his body. The beam diminished and the armour covering Dukemon’s body was fractured and smoking all over. He gasped, panted, and his body trembled with pain and obstinate struggle, but he couldn’t get back up no matter how hard he tried.
Dynasmon roared with anger and came up behind DarkKnightmon, wrapping his arms around the knight’s body and crushing his arms to his side in a painful bear hug to keep him from attacking Dukemon and using his spear.
“DarkKnightmon! How dare you do this! What’s wrong with you?!” he demanded, right beside DarkKnightmon’s ear. He glared at his face with angry, confused, red eyes. “Dukemon’s your friend, damnit! We all are! Doesn’t that mean anything to you anymore?!”
“At one time, it would have,” DarkKnightmon told him, grimacing and struggling against the tight, painful hold. “Now, you have all freed me from those bonds.”
DarkKnightmon drove his head back into Dynasmon’s face, momentarily stunning him. He followed up the attack by driving his elbow back into Dynasmon’s gut. Dynasmon staggered back, growling and dragging his claws against DarkKnightmon’s armour as he recoiled.
With his arms free, DarkKnightmon was able to act. He spun around and drove his fist into Dynasmon’s face, his knuckles colliding painfully with Dynasmon’s mouth and chin. The violet dragon man kept himself from tripping by poising his wings back and grabbing hold of DarkKnightmon’s wrist. DarkKnightmon was pulled forwards along with Dynasmon. He saw the dragon knight steady himself and proceed to drive his mighty fist into DarkKnightmon’s upper body.
DarkKnightmon grunted at the shockwave of pain, but as he fell back, he stabbed the Twin Spear into the ground to keep himself from falling.
Dynasmon steadied himself and felt blood trickle out of the corner of his mouth. He raised his hand to wipe the blood away and observed the crimson smear on his finger with anger and frustration. “So, that’s how it’s going to be, DarkKnightmon...?” His blood red eyes hardened and he outstretched his hands. The gems on his palms began to shine with elemental energy. “Then I’ll take you down! Dragon’s Roar!”
Raw elemental power – fire and light – came shooting from his palms. They spiralled around one another hypnotically and hurled towards DarkKnightmon. DarkKnightmon saw them approach at a wide arc before slowly converging, making it difficult for him to dodge. He acted quickly and his body suddenly shone brightly. DarkKnightmon’s body suddenly broke into his two component parts: SkullKnightmon, a short, spry knight with DarkKnightmon’s body and both ends of the Twin Spear on his hands, and DeadlyAxemon, an agile, demonic beast whose body consisted of DarkKnightmon’s legs and the axe on DarkKnightmon’s shoulder. With DarkKnightmon’s body now split, the two diverged in opposite directions, allowing the Dragon’s Roar attack to pass between them and explode on the opposite wall with a massive detonation.
SkullKnightmon’s short body ripped across the floor, jumped up, bounded off the nearby back wall with his feet and descended on Dynasmon.
“What?!” Dynasmon demanded, turning towards SkullKnightmon. Unfortunately, distracted by SkullKnightmon’s speed and aggression, he turned his attention away from the faster of the duo, DeadlyAxemon.
“Air Slicer!” the beast said in a high pitched roar. DeadlyAxemon flanked Dynasmon from the side, moving so quickly that only his afterimage could be seen. His speed rivalled MirageGaogamon, who combated OuRyuumon and Magnamon at the other end of the battle-torn great hall. DeadlyAxemon passed Dynasmon, his bladed body slicing along his back. DeadlyAxemon hit the wall gracelessly and jumped off, rebounding back, and slicing across Dynasmon’s front.
Before SkullKnightmon even came close to him, he felt his arms, back and wings, burn with an unbearable, stinging pain. He gave a snarl and faltered in his stance. This offered an opening for SkullKnightmon, who slammed into Dynasmon’s chest and stabbed his dual spears into Dynasmon’s chrome digizoid chest armour. “Spear Needle!”
Dynasmon was thrown back by the powerful, painful impact, but not before grabbing SkullKnightmon by the head and instinctively blasting him at point blank range, shooting him like a cannon out of his large palm. SkullKnightmon skidded across the floor but quickly righted himself and stood upright.
Upon standing up, he found himself bombarded by blasts of emerald energy, which exploded around him. He braced himself with his spear arms and saw Alphamon firing on him, taking the opportunity to intervene now that Dynasmon and he were separated.
“Dynasmon! Your attacks are too powerful!” Alphamon told him as he fired small Digitalize of Soul blasts from his palm.
Dynasmon grimaced, looking around and noticing that the great hall seemed to be on the verge of collapsing by this point. “R-Right...” he grunted.
“DeadlyAxemon! To me!” SkullKnightmon commanded.
“Got it!” DeadlyAxemon replied, ripping across the floor and skidding to a stop at SkullKnightmon’s side.
“DigiXros!” SkullKnightmon announced. The two partitioned Digimon began to radiate bright white and grey light. Their bodies converged into one another’s and, once again, they formed DarkKnightmon.
DarkKnightmon turned towards Dynasmon and pointed his Twin Spear at the Digimon. A dark aura swirled around the long, conical lance.
“Plasma Shoot!” a voice called out from the side.
Four golden missiles streaked through the air towards DarkKnightmon, smoke puffing out from behind them. Just as DarkKnightmon pivoted to see them, the four descended on him, and four explosions blasted him from every angle, swallowing him up in golden fire and smoke.
As DarkKnightmon let out a reflexive shout, Magnamon dashed over to Dynasmon’s side.
“Magnamon!” Omegamon proclaimed, surprised to see him back here.
“What are you doing here?” Alphamon asked, looking at him and then turning back to look down the great hall. MirageGaogamon and OuRyuumon were still clashing.
“OuRyuumon assured me he could handle MirageGaogamon,” Magnamon replied. “They were too close together for me to do anything anyways, and I thought you could use more help against DarkKnightmon.”
Dynasmon managed a pained, half-grin. “You’re probably right about that...”
“Alright,” Alphamon said, watching the cloud of smoke for DarkKnightmon, carefully. He motioned with his hand to Omegamon, telling him to flank DarkKnightmon from behind. “Just watch those explosions.”
Magnamon nodded and dashed ahead of the dragon, running towards the haze of smoke created by his missiles. Inside the cloud, he saw DarkKnightmon’s shadowy silhouette, using his spear to keep himself standing. Magnamon lunged into the smoky miasma and drew his fist back. “Magnum Punch!”
His blue, clawed fist, supercharged by the golden energy of Miracles, connected with DarkKnightmon’s face, causing his head to jerk back and force him to stumble. “Magnum Kick!” He followed up with a strong, golden kick into DarkKnightmon’s gut, making the dark knight double over and wheeze.
As Magnamon landed, DarkKnightmon lashed out with his free hand , driving his palm into Magnamon’s throat and curling his fingers around his neck. DarkKnightmon squeezed tightly, cutting off the golden knight’s oxygen, and lifted him off the ground, holding him at arm’s length so that Magnamon couldn’t reach DarkKnightmon’s body with his punches or kicks.
Magnamon gasped and choked, struggling to hit DarkKnightmon, one of his claws on DarkKnightmon’s wrist to try and pull his hand off his neck. DarkKnightmon’s eyes narrowed coldly and he squeezed harder.
“Magnamon!” Dynasmon shouted. He flapped his large, violet wings strongly and lifted himself off his feet. Despite the stinging he felt in them from DeadlyAxemon’s attack, he flew forwards to help his friend.
Dynasmon dove towards DarkKnightmon, winding his fist back. DarkKnightmon glanced up at him and, without letting go of Magnamon, raised the Twin Spear in his other hand. The weapon surged with dark, violet power, and a beam launched through the air at Dynasmon, hitting him head on. Dynasmon released a snarl of pain as the beam exploded on contact with him and he was blasted out of the air. Dynasmon crashed to the ground in a heap.
Magnamon released a muffled, garbled growl and went to work on punching the arm that held him. He was distraught to see that it wasn’t helping his situation very much. DarkKnightmon turned his Twin Spear towards Magnamon, angling one of the sharp tips with his body.
Magnamon glared defiantly at the fallen knight before him. “Plas...ma... Shoot!” he rasped. His golden shoulder guards suddenly glowed and, from inside of them, two missiles sailed out and crashed downwards, at DarkKnightmon’s feet. The explosions erupted between them, throwing them apart violently. Magnamon slid out of the grip of DarkKnightmon’s fingers and he was blasted away by the explosion, slamming into the debris-littered floor and skidding across it on his back. With a grimace, he stopped near Dynasmon.
DarkKnightmon was also thrown backwards, but he managed a backwards somersault in mid air so that he could right himself and land on his feet. As soon as he touched down, something caught his eye. He recognized a flash of white over his shoulder, and knew that Omegamon was lurking behind him. DarkKnightmon wasn’t about to be stabbed in the back a second time. The dark paladin raced forwards, away from Omegamon and towards Dynasmon and Magnamon. He ducked and jumped over the small but concentrated Digitalize of Soul blasts that Alphamon fired at him as he ran.
Alphamon grimaced, starting to run to intervene. “Dynasmon! Magnamon! Look out!” he warned them, still firing green beams from his palms as he moved.
Dynasmon and Magnamon were helping one another to their feet when they heard Alphamon’s warning. They turned and saw DarkKnightmon closing in on them at incredible speeds.
Magnamon grimaced and his golden armour began to glow with concentrated energy. “Plasma Shoot!” he called out. However, instead of missiles, it was a variant of the attack; golden power burst from his armour towards DarkKnightmon. Dynasmon raised a hand and scowled, aiming his glowing palm at the fast approaching knight. “Dragon Thrower!”
Golden and white power blasted from the two knights and flew alongside the other in synchronicity. DarkKnightmon slammed his foot into the ground, creating cracks in the tiles, and bounded high into the air. He narrowly avoided the two attacks. The radiant beams grazed and superheated the soles of his boots, but he jumped high enough to pass over them.
DarkKnightmon continued to ascend, lunging over the two Royal Knights. Just as he was above them, he aimed the Twin Spear down at them. A pillar of shadows ripped from the spear and descended upon the two Royal Knights, crushing them into the floor.
Magnamon and Dynasmon’s shouts of pain were drowned out by the sound of dark power all around them. They were forced to their knees, and when the beam subsided, their forms throbbed and smoked with dark power.
DarkKnightmon landed behind them and immediately turned around. He dashed towards the two Royal Knights, his lance held behind his back in a poised position. However, Dynasmon and Magnamon weren’t finished just yet. They both shot to their feet and spun around, their fists clenched and ready to punch the dark Royal Knight.
DarkKnightmon swept the Twin Spear out in a smooth, savage arc. The lance ripped across Dynasmon and Magnamon’s bodies before they could get close enough to him to attack. Their stances faltered and their muscles began to give out. DarkKnightmon then levelled the Twin Spear with their pained bodies and released another beam blast at them at point blank range.
The dark torrent of energy enveloped the two Royal Knights and sent them flying through the air within the shadows’ folds. They tumbled across the floor for several meters before coming to a stop. Neither Magnamon nor Dynasmon moved.
“DarkKnightmon!” Alphamon shouted with anger and a tinge of fear, glaring at him for what he was doing to his friends and comrades.
“All of this could have been avoided,” DarkKnightmon muttered, ducking under a streak of emerald energy that Alphamon fired at him.
Alphamon sneered and clenched the Seiken Gradalpha in his right hand, which hummed with holy energy. He charged towards DarkKnightmon.
However, DarkKnightmon, instead of going to meet Alphamon’s charge, broke off in a different direction. He rushed towards Omegamon.
Omegamon’s blue eyes calmly narrowed when he realized that DarkKnightmon wanted him to be his next opponent. The white knight accepted his challenge. He dashed across the floor towards DarkKnightmon; he swept out the long Grey Sword from his left arm and aimed the Garuru Cannon on his right in front of him, at DarkKnightmon.
“You can still stop this, DarkKnightmon,” Omegamon told him, rushing to meet the knight head on.
“You say with a raised sword,” DarkKnightmon responded, continuing to charge him.
“What do you expect?” Omegamon answered, narrowing his eyes as he swiped the Grey Sword out.
The sword sang a metal hum as it swept in front of Omegamon at a horizontal arc. DarkKnightmon quickly brought the Twin Spear to block it, and the two collided in a crash of armour. The two knights rebounded off each other, Omegamon slightly further due to DarkKnightmon’s strength advantage.
Omegamon used his recoil to his advantage. As space grew between them, he aimed the Garuru Cannon and fired a powerful blast of bright, blue energy. “Garuru Cannon!” he shouted as the massive, spherical orb pulsed from his cannon.
Unable to dodge the attack at such a close distance, DarkKnightmon swung the Twin Spear up to help block the attack, but it could only do so much. The sphere of cold, freezing power slammed into DarkKnightmon’s spear, shoving it back against his chest, before the rest of the blast collided with his upper body too. He grimaced upon feeling the numbing cold coat his spear and his armour. The enormous, concussive blast sent him reeling back and he saw forced to slash out his icicle-dripping spear to keep himself standing as he skidded along the floor.
Over his shoulder, he noticed Alphamon coming up behind him, slashing horizontally to strike his back with his holy sword. DarkKnightmon exhaled sharply and swiftly pulled the Twin Spear behind his back, using the thick edge of it to block the Seiken Gradalpha from hitting his armour and his tender back. The sword struck his spear, and while it cushioned the worst of the damage, he still felt the enormous momentum of the blow, forcing him to stagger forwards, back towards Omegamon. As DarkKnightmon stumbled, he fired a beam blindly behind him at Alphamon. The dark blast grazed the side of Alphamon’s arm and hit his protrusive shoulder armour, knocking him back.
DarkKnightmon took advantage of his forward momentum to increase his charge towards Omegamon. He stabbed the Twin Spear towards Omegamon’s chest, but Omegamon swerved to the left and gave a backhanded slash with the Grey Sword towards DarkKnightmon’s chest. DarkKnightmon acted quickly, bringing the Twin Spear up to block it.
Omegamon swung his right arm and drove the muzzle of the Garuru Cannon into DarkKnightmon’s face. Temporarily stunned, DarkKnightmon reeled back from the blow. Omegamon saw his opportunity. He raised the Grey Sword and swept it down DarkKnightmon’s chest armour.
The fallen knight sneered with pain and frustration as the metal-on-metal caused sparks to cascade out from his chest. “Omegamon...” he growled, grabbing one of the side horns of the Grey Sword to resist against the slash. He stabbed the Twin Spear against the armour covering Omegamon’s upper body, forcing him back a few steps as the tip scratched the paint and dug into the metal, although not deep enough to breach.
DarkKnightmon aimed one of the ends of his lance at Omegamon. Omegamon saw the weapon flow with shadows and realized that he was about to fire it. He swiftly aimed the Garuru Cannon and fired a quick but powerful blast from the mouth of the cannon. The strong orb slammed into DarkKnightmon’s hand, exploding mightily on contact, forcing the Twin Spear out of DarkKnightmon’s hand.
The yellow eyes of DarkKnightmon widened slightly as the spear crashed to the floor out of his reach. Without his primary weapon, DarkKnightmon was left at a disadvantage. This, he wouldn’t tolerate. DarkKnightmon charged at Omegamon and slammed the massive axe of his shoulder into Omegamon’s body cutting against him and ramming him violently. Omegamon let out a grunt as he was sent staggering in reverse. With Omegamon temporarily predisposed, DarkKnightmon lunged after the Twin Spear, which lay on the ground several meters away from him. Omegamon saw DarkKnightmon make for the weapon, and although still unbalanced, he acted. The white knight raised the Garuru Cannon swiftly and fired it with the best aim that he could muster in that moment. A blast of power ripped from the cannon and exploded against DarkKnightmon’s shoulder just as the dark warrior closed in on the weapon.
DarkKnightmon released a surprised and frustrated shout as the blast sent him flying onto his caped back. Omegamon managed to right himself and he took off after DarkKnightmon before he could recover as well.
The holy knight flew up and landed with boot on DarkKnightmon’s chest, forcing him down. He placed one foot on DarkKnightmon’s wrist and squatted over DarkKnightmon. The Garuru Cannon hovered over DarkKnightmon, aimed at his face and upper body.
DarkKnightmon stared down the muzzle of the cannon. He saw bright, azure energy beginning to accumulate within the cannon’s mouth. He grimaced and looked past the weapon, up at Omegamon.
“Well, old friend...” he said somberly, with the air of defeat heavy in his voice.
Omegamon glared at him silently, still gathering energy within his cannon.
DarkKnightmon laid his head back. “Do it, Omegamon...” he softly said, gazing up into Omegamon’s eyes. “You’ve won.”
The white knight stalled, although power continued to grow in the Garuru Cannon’s muzzle.
DarkKnightmon continued staring at him. “Do it...” he urged him.
The white knight’s hard gaze faltered. He stared down at his friend and knew that he couldn’t fire. He grimaced and the energy in the cannon subsided.
A victorious glint shone in DarkKnightmon’s eyes.
He drove his knee into Omegamon’s groin, eliciting a sharp yell from the Digimon. Omegamon stood up on reflex, which gave DarkKnightmon more room to manoeuvre. He tucked his leg into his chest and then propelled a painful kick into Omegamon’s stomach, lifting the knight off his feet for a moment. DarkKnightmon then lashed out his other leg to sweep kick Omegamon’s legs.
Omegamon grunted as he felt his legs be kicked out. He crashed to the floor, landing on his back. At the same time, DarkKnightmon swiftly scrambled to grab the Twin Spear from nearby. Once he felt the hilt of the Twin Spear back in its rightful place in his hand, he raced towards Omegamon.
The white knight watched as DarkKnightmon approached and he quickly raised his Garuru Cannon to defend himself, aiming to fire at DarkKnightmon. He narrowed his eyes; this time he wouldn’t falter. Energy gathered in his cannon, but DarkKnightmon was too quick.
DarkKnightmon stuck the Twin Spear right into the muzzle of the Garuru Cannon, fighting against the power that was building up there. The dark knight’s eyes flashed and he suddenly unleashed a massive blast of dark power from the Twin Spear. The shadowy blast ripped through the Garuru Cannon, fracturing the cannon and engulfing Omegamon’s arm with tearing, black power. Omegamon shouted in agony as the energy enveloped his arm.
DarkKnightmon withdrew the Twin Spear, the lance crackling with shadows and vestiges of icy energy. He calmly spun the Twin Spear around and thrust the opposite end downwards onto Omegamon. The sharp tip dug into Omegamon’s breast plate, embedding in the thick armour and hooking him as DarkKnightmon suddenly brought the spear upwards. With a heave, DarkKnightmon used the spear to raise Omegamon off of the floor, dragging him so that his feet no longer touched the shattered marble. He raised Omegamon high over his head, so that he was stuck on the end of his spear. As soon as Omegamon was immediately above him, a massive beam surged from the end of the Twin Spear, engulfing Omegamon in a pillar of shadows.
The darkness exploded on contact with Omegamon, fracturing his armour and tearing a yell of pain from his throat. DarkKnightmon then whipped his spear to the side, throwing Omegamon off of the tip. He fired another dark blast from the spear, which slammed into Omegamon and sent him crashing into the wall. The already fractured wall started to collapse around Omegamon and he fell to the floor with a clatter, becoming partially buried by the crumbling wall.
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