Aestus charged foward, and as he did, he casted a powerful Securis Talea, hoping to split the mastermind head, but his dark reflection showed a grin of superiority, and as he waved his hand and extinguished the fire as he rushed foward too, with his dark robes floating behind him, You're weak..
, Said him as deflected a barrage of fire arrows and roared, Pitiful! you dont even are worth my time!
And as Aestus was getting near him, with his lance ready to attack, the Dark Aestus replied by summoning his own weapon, a slimmer and longer verison of Aestus massive spear, and using it only with one hand and with almsot no movements, he started blocking all of Aestus fierce blows with ease. This only increased Aestus frustration and fear, as he was putting all of his knowledge and martial prowess on this offensive, and his opponent seemed to dodge and block everything, and even as he added spells at point blanck range, since as he lost he cool he couldnt realize that his enemy was the same as him, literally, and he also was a Flame mage thus his spells were useless. Face it, you cannot beat me,
said his dark reflection with arrogance, I know what moves do you have, I know what spells you can cast, you arent a match for me, you are simply a weak and coward version of myself
. He pushed away Aestus with a massive explosion, it wasnt flame-based and Thus Aestus took the full blast of this magical explosion even as he tried to block. His enemy was using a high level Fire magic, a flame-less explosion, and one that could be casted only with a simple hand gesture. Aestus could barely stand up, and he was leaning on his spear, and as he tried to remain standing his reflection laughed at him, You are worthless, you cant even remain standing. Face it! You were never meant to be a knight, your fate is this
, as he pointed himself, You werent worth the time! If your destiny was to be a knight you wouldnt have been exiled!
There he hitted a sensitive spot for Aestus, as he knew that his title was only a way to shut him up, and force him to follow the Council orders.
The Dark Robbed Aestus spoke one more, and his words were filled with hate and rage, They knew you could get more powerful than them, they all feared you! Your comrades, your Teachers and even Celatus! I'm sure he was the first to vote in favour of your exile, he didnt wanted that our power grew more than his!
Aestus was shocked by the words, he trembled, and as his body shook, the Dark Refelction shouted Now you are going to cry? That's because you are weak! You know it's true! You feel like an ant in the Outer World, were everyone is powerful beyond your wildest dreams!
Once again the Mastermind laughed, and Aestus stood in his place without moving an inch. For a second the Dark Robbed Aestus thought he broke the Phoenix Knight, but suddenly the floor started to melt, and a powerful Magical flame surrounded Aestus. The young Magus started walking towards his dark copy, first with small steps, but after some moments his slow advance turned into a savage rush, as his Phoenix armor was equipped, covering his body in golden flames.
The floor was melting with each footstep the enraged Aestus took, and as his Magical energy concentrated in his fist and released a Aurum Phoenix Flamma with all his might, as his tears of anger evaporated from his cheeks, and his eyes glowed in a golden blaze of fury. The Mastermind was surprised by this sudden rush and was unable to lift any defense against it, and the hit conected as Aestus roared and his Dark Reflection was pushed far away and engulfed by the darkness were it came from, Aestus armor was dispelled, and as he panted heavily he spoke. I'm sure of what I am, he said as he stood tall, I'm Aestus Aquilus, Phoenix Knight, one of the protectors of Terra Magus and Student of Celatus the Best Knight in the order. you can keep your lies to you, becouse my determination and will are placed in my duty and not in the hunger for power.
He lifted his fist and clenched it in front of him as he tried to calm his anger.
Aestus started to move, he wanted to search for the others, but as he tried to leave he heard some clapping behind him, he was sure that the hit connected, never, in his whole life nothing stood and resisted that hit. But emerging from the shadows his Dark reflection walked with his torn and burned clothes. That's the way to do it,
he said as he stop clapping, You need to embrace your anger, the more you fight with your emotions the greater the power of fire is
. He threw away his clothes, and under the ripped robes a metalic shine appeared, his body was covered in a similar armor than Aestus's Phoenix Armor, yet this one was dark coloured as a testimony to it's user dark heart. Now release your anger! Show me how powerful you can become! The only way to beat me is to become me!
And as he finished his taunt he rushed, faster than anything Aestus ever saw, and punched him with a fully charged fist, throwing the young Magus to the ground and breaking his jaw.
Aestus barely managed to stand up, and tried to lift his guard, but each time he stood up and refused to use his magic to fight his opponent hitted him, and threw him into the ground. This wasnt a problem Aestus could manage to solve by himself. His magical energy was almost depleted, and his will to fight was almost broken.
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