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Ryuichi reported in and said, “I’m back from Standard. You needed me to question Yugo.”

Jean-Michael Roger looked across the room and said, “The cowboy returns. I only wanted you to find Yugo and bring him back here. I didn’t need you to cross dimensions looking for some mysterious lookalike you heard about.”

Ryuichi said, “I’ve seen at least two lookalikes, but we can only charge one with kidnapping.”

Chief Roger replied, “Why do you keep insisting on chasing criminals for crimes that take place in Commons. We only answer to the people of Tops.”

Ryuichi said, “I’ve seen some serious crimes down in commons. I just can’t turn a blind eye to crimes like that.”

Chief Roger said, “If we waste resources trying to protect Commons, some of these scoundrels will find their way into Tops. Isn’t that what my predecessor had to learn the hard way? We lost funding and the previous chief had gone into hiding to protect himself from the shame.”

Ryuichi said, “There are signs that duel soldiers from Fusion Dimension could be on their way back. One of their targets is now in this dimension.”

Chief Roger said, “That still doesn’t clear your little friend and his accomplice for sneaking into a Tops restricted area and inflicting bodily harm to residents.”

Ryuichi said, “What?”

Chief Roger added, “And you missed out on seeing his duel against Chaser 227.”

Ryuichi mumbled, “That show-off?”

Chief Roger said, “Are you surprised. He wanted to practice with you to train for the Friendship Cup, but now he gets caught sneaking into places where he isn’t supposed to be. Meanwhile, you seem to think your ability to accel synchro summon puts you outside the chain of command.”

Ryuichi turned around and took a deep breath. “Isn’t it also funny that you became head of Security days after a few others and I mastered accel synchro, and the previous chief just mysteriously vanished? I never even met you until you suddenly told us that you were the new chief.”

Chief Roger mumbled, “I’ll keep a note of that.”

Ryuichi began to walk out of the office, then turned around and said, “Something else that’s important here... Reiji Akaba could prove to be an important ally against the invasion. Don’t do anything to sabotage that the way you sabotaged our relationship with Commons.”

The chief simply grinned as Ryuichi finally left his office. He then moved a queen on his board, before saying, “We’re already in a number of key roles, Chaser 264. Academia only withdrew the forces associated with brute force. I suppose once we capture Yugo and his accomplice, I can simply hand the accomplice over to Yuri.”

The layout of the board showed the white king seemingly stuck in a checkmate, only for Jean-Michael Roger to move a white knight to capture the queen.

He continued, “However, thanks to Accel Synchro, Chaser 264 could prove too much of a wild card. Sending Yuri right now would be leading him into a trap.”

-=-=-

Down in Commons, Ryuichi was riding his D-wheel, continuing on until he was stopped by a group of thugs.

One thug said, “Well, well. It looks like someone from Security is lost and alone down in Commons.”

Another one added, “It looks like we’ll have to show you what happens to stray chasers who enter our turf.”

Ryuichi asked, “Have you seen anyone unusual showing up recently?”

The third thug laughed, “Oh? If you want us to talk, you’ll have to beat all three of us in a duel!”

Thug: 8000
Thug: 8000
Thug: 8000
Ryuichi: 8000

-=-=-

Nakajima asked, “The Lancers have all left for Synchro Dimension. Why are you still here?”

Tetsu answered, “A professional duelist from Standard was attacked recently by a Fusion soldier. The only people to teleport across dimensions since then were Reiji and the Lancers. That means the culprit is still out there.”

Nakajima shouted, “WHAT?”

Tetsu added, “I found the site of the duel before Reiji left. And it was only this morning I got my first major clue. A kid gave it to me because there was no way for Junichi Kawajima to sign it.” Tetsu pulled out a card and showed it to Nakajima.

Nakajima looked at the card Tetsu had. It was just a sheer testament to their strength that they could take down a professional duelist.

Tetsu continued, “Considering what we saw yesterday, it’s probably that Kyoshiro guy. The problem is that Himika Akaba won’t let me use that monitoring room to track him down.”

Nakajima adjusted his shades and cleared his throat, “I could find him for you and lead you right to him from the monitoring room.” It was clear, though, that even he seemed scared for Tetsu’s chances.

Tetsu said, “I’m counting on you, and so is the kid who gave me that card.”

Tetsu then turned and left while Nakajima began walking towards the monitoring room.

-=-=-

Kyoshiro stood impatiently, as if he was waiting for someone. He knew Sophie fled after her loss to Tetsu and being questioned by Ryuichi immediately afterwards. However, he was still confident that his contact would be meeting him here.

“Who would have thought you would go right back to the same place.”

Kyoshiro turned to find Tetsu standing a few feet away.

Tetsu continued, “I was also promised an action field to keep the damage to a minimum.”

-=-=-

Nakajima said, “Action Field set! Future City - Heartland!”

-=-=-

Tetsu suddenly turned to see an action field forming around himself and Kyoshiro. However, the Action Field’s stunning resemblance to Heartland only seemed to irritate him. He knew this was just created by solid vision, but he still didn’t like having to watch his hometown face damage all over again.

Kyoshiro said, “Well this is something. I wasn’t sent with the forces that went to Xyz Dimension, so it’s definitely amusing to see what that dimension once looked like. It’s about time I took down one of you Xyz scum.”

“DUEL!!”

Tetsu: 8000
Kyoshiro: 8000

Kyoshiro declared, “I’ll start! I summon Socrat Guardian in attack mode. Then, I use Socrat Guardian’s effect. Once per turn, I can search my deck for a copy of Amethyst Temple, and add it to my hand. Then, I send the top card of my deck to the grave. ACTIVATE! AMETHYST TEMPLE!”

Tetsu laughed, “I was hoping you would use that card.”

Kyoshiro said, “With Amethyst Temple’s effect, I fuse Socrat Guardian with Monolith of Dusk from my hand. FUSION SUMMON! Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes! Monolith of Dusk’s effect activates. DRAW! Now I leave one card face-down and end my turn.”

Tetsu said, “I place Xyber Sentry Omega in the Pendulum Scales!”

Kyoshiro laughed, “I banish one card from my graveyard. I can negate the activation of any spell or trap card and send that card to the bottom of the owner’s deck. Since Pendulum monsters count as spell cards when used in that way, it’s only a logical solution to hold off your Pendulum Summon.”

Tetsu said, “I activate Xyber-Break, sending Xyber Tri-pike to my graveyard from my deck. I summon Xyber Brigadier, and equip it with Tri-Pike! Brigadier’s secondary effect: I pay 500 life points and destroy the equipped Tri-Pike to bring Xyber Spy Theta. Now! I place Xyber Spy Theta and Xyber Lady Epsilon in the scales. PENDULUM SUMMON! XYBER SOLDIER ALPHA!”

Kyoshiro shouted, “Not on my watch! I activate Paradox Fusion, banishing my Embodiment of Hurricanes to negate your Pendulum Summon and destroy that monster! Because it never successfully made the field, it still goes to the graveyard.”

Tetsu said, “Xyber Brigadier attacks directly!”

Kyoshiro stood back and allowed himself to be hit by the attack. As the attack hit, his life points fell to 6700.

Tetsu declared, “That ends my turn!”

-=-=-

One thug duelist shouted, “Scrap Dragon’s effect activates! I destroy my Scrap Goblin and your Awakened Dragon Hero!”

Ryuichi shouted, “Awakened Dragon Hero’s effect! I negate your Scrap Dragon’s effect and destroy it. Then, you draw a card. This triggers my Barbarian’s Pendulum Effect, destroying your Goblin anyway!”

The thug responded, “I use my Scrap Dragon’s other effect to Special Summon Scrap Golem from my graveyard. Using Scrap Golem’s effect, I Special Summon Scrap Beast from my Graveyard. SYNCHRO SUMMON! SCRAP TWIN DRAGON! NOW, I destroy my face-down card to return Awakened Dragon Hero and that Barbarian to your hand!”

Ryuichi shouted, “Didn’t you learn last time? Awakened Dragon Hero negates your Scrap Twin Dragon’s effect and destroys it, you draw and Barbarian can destroy your face-down card.”

Awakened Dragon Hero now stood with 4400 Attack power. As the mighty dragon spread its wings, it roared to proclaim its presence.

The thug knew each time he tried, he ended up losing more cards than he gained. He then said, “Scrap Twin Dragon’s effect special summons Scrap Goblin in defense mode. Then, I leave two face-down cards.”

Ryuichi said, “Awakened Dragon Hero’s power returns to normal.”

The other two said, “Don’t overdo it. You’re the last one of us in this duel.”

Ryuichi shouted, “My turn! DRAW! I place my Scale 7 Dancer of the Dragonstone in the scales. Her pendulum effect activates instantly, allowing both of us to draw a card. Barbarian then takes the opportunity to destroy Scrap Goblin, and my Awakened Dragon Hero’s attack power rises again. NOW! PENDULUM SUMMON! From my extra deck, the first copy of Barbarian of the Dragonstone. And from my hand, Rogue of the Dragonstone. I tune my level five Barbarian of the Dragonstone with my level three Rogue of the Dragonstone! SYNCHRO SUMMON! LEVEL EIGHT! BERSERKER OF THE DRAGONSTONE! Berserker’s effect! I choose one spell or trap card on the field. Until the end of the turn, it can’t be activated, and a face-up card would have its effect negated, but the owner gets to draw. I choose your face-down card. The Barbarian in my scales destroys the other one.”

The last remaining thug duelist shouted, “WHAT?”

Ryuichi shouted, “AWAKENED DRAGON HERO! ATTACK DIRECTLY!!!”

Awakened Dragon Hero fired a ferocious blast at the thug duelist. Knocking him off his D-wheel as his life points fell to 0.

Ryuichi said, “Now, tell me what’s really going on. I remember all three of you from when I went after the Tarantulas, and the Tarantulas were the first to encounter the invaders last time they were here.”

The third thug said, “It’s all a big cover-up. Some of your buddies promised us protection for anything we did down in Commons so long as we play along. The extra damage to the south end of Commons was written off as a gang war between the Scorpions and the Tarantulas.”

Ryuichi said, “Did all of the Tarantulas agree to this?”

The first thug said, “No. The boss absolutely refused to play along with Security, and flat out told us that anyone who went along with this was out of the gang, so we branched off on our own.”

Suddenly, clapping could be heard from behind Ryuichi.

Ryuichi turned around to see Reiji Akaba standing right behind him.

Reiji said, “So, that’s the secret to your Accel Synchro Summon. It just takes a mastery of some Clear Mind.”

Ryuichi said, “Someone who can’t let go of his negativity, even momentarily, can never master this technique. As you can see, the rest of Security has gotten a little corrupt after a change at the helm, and I’ve been branded a cowboy because I still choose to operate by the previous chief’s example. I believe that the truly guilty are the only ones who should face punishment.”

The three thugs then laughed, “Why don’t you say it when our former boss gets here. Speaking of which”

All three hopped onto their motorcycles and rode away. Around the same time, a woman on a D-wheel simply blazed past Ryuichi and Reiji.

Reiji said, “Aren’t you going to go after those criminals?”

Ryuichi said, “They’d get let out on some technicality if I arrested them. The chief gave them immunity in exchange for playing along with his cover-up. The damage Fusion Dimension did end up causing was written off as being caused by criminal duelists in a gang war, a hasty cover-up that was used as an excuse to actively oppress the people of Commons. Knowing our previous chief, he probably went out there to try defending the city instead of hiding behind his desk.”

Reiji adjusted his glasses, “I see. If that’s true, then the duel soldiers would have turned him into a card. Also, there’s a small chance that your new chief could be associated with Fusion, trying to create enough unrest to soften the city up for their return. I would need to get more intel before we point fingers yet.”

A glare from Tops crossed over Ryuichi’s helmet. He said, “That could be... everyone else in Security suddenly seems intent on arresting the Lancers, even though I warned them that it would just make issues worse when Academia decides to launch their next wave.”

Reiji said, “One way to check would be to challenge your new chief to a duel and let me analyze the summoning energy output. If his Synchro Summoning energy is at best on par with LDS students, we will know for sure that he’s not from Synchro Dimension.”

“He might not go for that.” Ryuichi responded, “He knows he would be playing right into our hands by performing sub-par Synchro Summons or showing that he could use Fusion Summon.”

-=-=-

One assistant said, “Chaser 264 recently used Pendulum Summon against three protected individuals.”

Chief Roger said, “So he is siding with the Pendulum users after all.”

Another assistant added, “He demonstrated the ability to use Pendulum Summon to support his Synchro Summoning and even Accel Synchro.”

Chief Roger turned around, and wondered to himself. If Ryuichi could improve his Accel Synchro potential with the help of Pendulum, then Academia’s plans would receive another major blow. In addition, for all he was aware, Dennis may also have defected to side with Reiji Akaba.

-=-=-

Kyoshiro said, “Now, the banishing effect of Paradox Fusion wears off. My Embodiment of Hurricanes returns to the field alongside Embodiment of Lightning. I can stop you from preparing a Pendulum Summon and I’ll still have my Embodiment of Lightning to take down any strong monster you think you can summon.”

Tetsu said, “My turn! DRAW! I place Xyber Soldier Alpha in the Pendulum Scale!”

Kyoshiro declared, “I banish one card from my graveyard to negate your card’s activation and send it to the bottom of your deck!”

Tetsu added, “Did you forget about something? Xyber Lady Epsilon’s Pendulum Effect! I can add the other copy of Xyber Soldier Alpha from my graveyard to my hand. ACTIVATE! Now, PENDULUM SUMMON! Xyber Spy Theta from my Extra Deck and Xyber Lanzik from my hand.”

Kyoshiro mumbled to himself, “He must have drawn those Pendulum cards with Xyber Overload last turn. Either way, taking down two monsters will be tricky.”

Tetsu said, “Xyber Spy Theta’s monster effect! I equip Xyber Tri-pike from my graveyard. Then, I Special Summon Tri-Pike from my spell and trap card zone. Using my level four Xyber Tri-Pike and Xyber Spy Theta, I build the overlay network! XYZ SUMMON! Xybertech Sentry. I could take out both of your monsters with Xybertech Sentry alone, but I need to get to Synchro Dimension, where all the action is. XYZ CHANGE!!! Over-Xybertech Sentry!!”

Kyoshiro said, “So, it looks like your Soldier isn’t the only one capable of taking on Over-Xybertech power.”

Tetsu said, “I use one overlay unit to equip Bladran from my grave to Over-Xybertech Sentry. Now! UNION OVERLOAD BURST! By banishing the Union monster equipped to Over-Xybertech Sentry, I can destroy all monsters my opponent controls.”

Over-Xybertech Soldier charged a massive burst of energy into Xyber Bladran before throwing it at the two Embidiments before him. Suddenly, Kyoshiro looked to see his field left wide open.”

Kyoshiro shouted, “Impossible!”

Tetsu added, “Now, I equip Lanzik to Over-Xybertech Soldier. DIRECT ATTACK!”

Xybertech Sentry lunged at Kyoshiro, taking his life points from 3800 to 1600.

Tetsu added, “Now! With Lanzik’s equip effect, the second attack!”

Xybertech Sentry spun Lanzik’s spear form around, knocking Kyoshiro to the ground. As Kyoshiro’s life points dropped to 0, he began to vanish.

Kyoshiro said, “Thanks for feeding me some useful information. We left a few spies behind in Synchro Dimension as well. If they did their job, we should be able to retrieve Serena, as well as Yuzu Hiragi. I would prefer to avoid the Accel Synchro users, but that’s where our targets are hiding out.”
Arc-V: Corrupt Security
I honestly don't know what matchup to focus on next...
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Ryuichi finally reached where Nakajima believed Yugo was going. However, Ryuichi noticed someone else standing there instead.

Yuri said, “So, you’re the one Kyoshiro told me to avoid at all costs. Sadly, the professor agrees with him.”

Yuri immediately hit a button on his duel disk to begin teleporting back.

Tetsu then caught up, out of breath after trying to keep up with Ryuichi’s D-wheel.

Ryuichi said, “That one was definitely Fusion.”

Tetsu said, “You keep telling me he hates when people mess up his name.”

Ryuichi said, “That time, it wasn’t Yugo. I’ve seen his counterpart from this dimension facing Reiji yesterday, and you said he looks like someone from Xyz Dimension as well. The one who was just here must be the one from Fusion.”

Tetsu noted, “The one from Fusion Dimension must actually be the one who kidnapped Ruri.”

Ryuichi said, “He was in the footage from the battle royale, chasing Rin’s counterpart from Standard. When Yugo approached, he suddenly vanished, not forcibly, but it seemed accidental. Then, when Yuya Sakaki got close, Yugo teleported away, but since he was holding onto that Rin lookalike, she vanished as well.”

Tetsu asked, “What if they ended up back in Synchro dimension? Maybe some other encounter with that Fusion Dimension guy caused them to retreat to Synchro.”

Ryuichi said, “That would be the safest place for them. We have a handful of duelists there who have mastered Accel Synchro.”

A beam of light suddenly appeared. And out from that beam of light stepped a duelist.

The duelist said, “Ryuichi, you need to get back here on the double so we can question Yugo.”

Ryuichi asked, “What?”

The Synchro duelist replied, “We finally got a hold of a store’s security footage, showing Rin’s kidnapping. That’s pretty clear evidence that it was Yugo who kidnapped Rin. And now Yugo’s back with Rin, but somehow, Rin keeps insisting she’s someone else.”

Ryuichi said, “Tell Reiji I’ll take care of training the lancers in Synchro Dimension. They need to get stronger before they can go to Fusion Dimension. And it’ll be safer for Standard if Academia’s targets don’t stick around.”

Tetsu asked, “Where are you going?”

Ryuichi said, “I need to go convince the chief that Yugo isn’t actually the kidnapper. Be sure to let Yuya Sakaki know that this Yuzu Hiragi person is safe and sound in Synchro Dimension. I’m not backing out of my end of the agreement, we’ll just need to relocate it while I deal with other issues.”

Tetsu nodded, then began to run back towards Leo Corporation Headquarters.

The other Synchro Duelist and Ryuichi then teleported away.

-=-=-

Kyoshiro checked his duel disk, noticing that he wasn’t catching Sophie’s signal anymore, assuming that she was forced to retreat after losing. He then noticed Yuri’s signal also vanishing. He mumbled, “I passed on some clear-cut instructions that he was supposed to avoid that Synchro duelist. Maybe he was cornered. And the Professor’s wife apparently caused a stir by announcing our presence.”

Kyoshiro then bumped into a person wandering the streets, knocking the other person over.

The other duelist said, “Hey! Watch where you’re going.”

Kyoshiro stood silently, before continuing on without even saying a word.

The other duelist ran over to block him and said, “Look! You just knocked over a high-ranking professional duelist. You could at least apologize.”

Kyoshiro asked, “So, you’re a professional duelist from Standard? Compared to the duelists I face on a regular basis, you’re nobody.”

The other duelist said, “Standard? Does that mean?”

Kyoshiro said, “That’s right. I’m one of those invaders you were warned about.”

The other duelist laughed, “In order to protect my adoring fans from the likes of people like you, I, Junya Kawajima, shall stop you right here.”

Kyoshiro said, “Big words from a small-time opponent. I don’t think you even heard of phrases like Rank-Up-Magic or Accel Synchro Summon. In the end, you’re just trash.”

Both declared, “DUEL!!!”

Junya: 8000
Kyoshiro: 8000

Junya shouted, “I’ll start with Nekroz Mirror! Shurit, Strategist of the Nekroz has an effect that allows him to be used as the full tribute. RITUAL SUMMON! Nekroz of Trishula! Then, if Shurit is used as a tribute, I can add Nekroz of Brionac to my hand. Turn end!”

Kyoshiro said, “Forgetting to leave a backrow could prove costly. I play Terraforming, allowing me to bring Amethyst Temple to my hand. ACTIVATE! AMETHYST TEMPLE! With Amethyst Temple’s effect, I fuse Monolith of Thunder with Socrat Architect. FUSION SUMMON! Socratus Embodiment of Earthquakes! Next, with Monolith of Thunder’s effect, when it’s used as Fusion Material for a Socratus monster, I can destroy one card on the field. I destroy Nekroz of Trishula! I also summon Socrat Historian. Using my Historian’s effect, I can send the top card of my deck to the graveyard. And if it’s a spell card, I gain 1000 life points.”

As Kyoshiro placed Golden Scrolls of Legend in his graveyard, his life points rose to 9000.

He continued, “Now, Embodiment of Earthquakes attacks directly! With my monster’s effect, I can banish one card from the graveyard to boost its attack points by 500 until the end of the turn.”

Embodiment of Earthquakes stepped forward with a thundering power, before punching at Junya. Junya’s life points dropped instantly to 4800.

“And, Socrat Historian attacks on the follow-up!”

Socrat Historian created a black sphere of energy from his hand, throwing it at Junya, whose life points now dropped to 3200.

Kyoshiro declared, “I’ll also leave a face-down card and end my turn.”

Junya said, “I activate the effect of the Nekroz Mirror in my graveyard. By banishing it and Shurit, I can add a copy of Nekroz Kaleidoscope to my hand. Activate, Nekroz Kaleidoscope!”

Kyoshiro declared, “Activate! Paradox Fusion! I temporarily banish my Embodiment of Earthquakes to negate your spell card.”

Junya replied, “Then I’ll just play Preparation of Rites instead, bringing Nekroz of Catastor and Nekroz Kaleidoscope to my hand. ACTIVATE! NEKROZ KALEIDOSCOPE! By sending Ally of Justice Catastor from my extra deck to my graveyard, I can Ritual Summon Nekroz of Catastor. Next, I normal summon Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands. Using its effect, I can add Nekroz Mirror to my hand. ACTIVATE! NEKROZ MIRROR! I tribute Manju of the Ten Thousand Hands to Ritual Summon Nekroz of Unicore!”

Kyoshiro clapped slowly. He knew this was going to be a big play.

Junya declared, “Nekroz of Catastor attacks Socrat Historian!”

Nekroz of Catastor charged forth, striking at Socrat Historian. Kyoshiro remained calm as his life points fell to 8400.

Junya continued, “Now! Nekroz of Unicore attacks directly!”

Nekroz of Unicore charged forth, striking at Kyoshiro and cutting his life points to 6100.

Junya declared, “That ends my turn. I face opponents who graduated from LDS on a regular basis, so I can tell you right now that your monsters from your extra deck will have their effects negated thanks to Nekroz of Unicore, and if they dare battle with Nekroz of Catastor, they’ll be destroyed immediately.”

Kyoshiro said, “It looks like my only choice is to take down both of your monsters this turn. DRAW! I use the effect of Amethyst Temple to fuse Monolith of Mountains with Socrat Acolyte! FUSION SUMMON! Socratus Embodiment of Lightning! Monolith of Mountains activates its effect, granting Embodiment of Lightning 800 attack! Socratus Embodiment of Lightning, attack Nekroz of Unicore!”

Socratus Embodiment of Lightning struck down Nekroz of Unicore with an overwhelming power. Junya’s life points fell to 2300 immediately.

Kyoshiro declared, “Socratus Embodiment of Lightning activates its effect. By banishing a monster card from my graveyard, I can destroy a monster you control and inflict damage equal to half of its attack power!”

Socratus Embodiment of Lightning held his hand up high, destroying Nekroz of Catastor immediately. As the destruction hit, Junya’s life points fell to 1200.

Kyoshiro declared, “That’s all for now.”

Junya said, “My turn! DRAW! You said it was a bad move to leave your backrow open, but now you not only forgot a backrow, you forgot to leave any cards in your hand at all. I use the effect of Nekroz Mirror in my grave, banishing it and Nekroz of Catastor to bring a Nekroz Kaleidoscope to my hand. I activate Nekroz Kaleidoscope! Sending Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier from my extra deck to the graveyard. RITUAL SUMMON! Nekroz of Brionac! Effect activated! Embodiment of Lightning returns to the Extra Deck. DIRECT ATTACK!!!”

Nekroz of Brionac leapt forward, striking at Kyoshiro, reducing his life points to 3800.

Junya said, “That ends my turn.”

Kyoshiro laughed. He never thought someone from Standard could put up this much of a fight, much less fill an extra deck NOT to summon the monsters it contains.

Junya asked, “Are you giving up?”

Kyoshiro drew a card, and looked at it. He then said, “I set one card face-down. Embodiment of Earthquakes returns to the field during my End Phase.”

Junya declared, “I know a bluff when I see it. I summon Dance Princess of the Nekroz. NOW! Nekroz of Brionac activates its effect! Embodiment of Earthquakes also goes to the extra deck. NOW! BOTH MONSTERS! ATTACK DIRECTLY!”

Kyoshiro declared, “MAGIC CYLINDER!”

Nekroz of Brionac stepped ahead first to make his attack. As the attack reached the one cylinder, it absorbed the energy, causing the other to fire it right back. Junya could only stand back and watch as the power from his own attack brought his life points to 0.

Kyoshiro said, “You put up a good fight, but in the end, you fell short. Sadly, this is what must become of all who are defeated.”

Junya screamed out suddenly, before a card was pulled from Kyoshiro’s duel disk. He then allowed the card to be swept up in the wind. The card was carried on by the gentle breeze before it landed in front of a small child.

The kid looked at the card, before picking it up. He said, “Wow! This looks just like Junya Kawajima! I’m gonna get the real Junya Kawajima to sign this when I meet him!”

-=-=-=-

Hours later, Tetsu stumbled upon the site where the battle took place. He looked around at the damage, but couldn’t find the victim’s card anywhere. Suddenly, Reiji Akaba also appeared.

Reiji asked, “Does this scene bring back memories?”

Tetsu said, “You brought up an action field automatically to keep my duel from causing damage. Why didn’t you do the same with this one?”

Reiji said, “By the time we realized this duel was starting, it was too late to bring up an Action Field.”

Tetsu added, “I know where Ruri’s lookalike from this dimension is. She somehow ended up in Synchro Dimension.”

Reiji said, “So, Yuzu Hiragi is in Synchro Dimension, then. And Ryuichi left to deal with urgent business back there. In that case, we’ll have to bring all of the Lancers to Synchro Dimension for training. They’re clearly not strong enough, so practicing in a stronger dimension that has nothing against us should provide an edge for when we eventually prepare for our direct assault on Academia.”

Tetsu said, “Hold on! Ryuichi only wanted to bring the one Synchro duelist along for Accel Synchro lessons.”

Reiji said, “The entire Lancer team is too weak right now for a direct assault. If we go in as we are, it will be sure to end in disaster. Also, they’re trying to capture one of the Lancers as well. If they’re scared of going back to Synchro Dimension, then that should provide us with a temporary safe haven where we’re less likely to be picked off one-by-one.”

Tetsu added, “We need to let Yuya Sakaki know that Yuzu Hiragi is safe.”

Reiji explained, “It might be better for our goals if he doesn’t know that.”
Arc-V: A Sudden Shift in Plans
Remember when I said I wouldn't feature Ritual summoning? :iconiliedplz:

Well, I definitely have no intentions of featuring Kyoshiro twice in a row. Not a chance! There is absolutely no way I would stoop that low.

Yugioh Arc-V © Konami
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Ryuichi and Tetsu walked through the halls of the stadium, eventually finding a group of LDS Security personnel in the building.

One security guard said, “The battle royale hasn’t finished yet. It should be a couple more minutes yet before I can let non-participants into the area.”

Reiji then interrupted, “Hold on. They could be potential allies.”

Ryuichi asked, “Who are you?”

Reiji answered, “My name is Reiji Akaba.”

Tetsu said, “Leo Akaba’s son? I KNEW YOU WERE WITH FUSION!”

Reiji said, “No. I’m planning to work against my father and Academia. Some Academia soldiers have already turned LDS students into cards, as well as a few other duelists from Standard. I need all the help I can get in case they send a full-scale invasion.”

Tetsu asked, “So what are you planning?”

Reiji answered, “I can make specialized Pendulum cards for both of you, and give you access to Pendulum Summon. Maybe you might just be able to improve your own summoning techniques with the use of Pendulum Summoning.”

Ryuichi answered, “There has to be some kind of catch.”

Reiji answered, “Very observant of you. I’m not planning to ask you to join my Lancers or anything. But... Maybe you could teach one particular member how to use that Accel Synchro Summon that you used against that Fusion Soldier.”

Ryuichi said, “Hang on! Accel Synchro is different. Just having the right cards won’t be enough! Whoever this is would also have to master Clear Mind. And believe me; mastering Clear Mind isn’t exactly easy. The only person I ever tried to teach hasn’t exactly mastered it yet, because he constantly gets mad whenever people say his name wrong.”

Reiji grinned, “I’m sure he will be able to learn.”

Tetsu mumbled, “I still don’t trust him.”

Ryuichi said, “No thanks. I have to find Yugo and bring him back to Synchro Dimension before Academia sends us another invasion wave.”

Ryuichi and Tetsu then began to walk away, Ryuichi keeping his D-wheel by his side.

Reiji responded, “What if I told you their next invasion would be on Standard and not Synchro Dimension.” This revelation immediately caused both Tetsu and Ryuichi to freeze in their tracks. “If I’m right about their plan, they already have everything they need from Synchro and Xyz. Right now, they’re after someone from their own dimension who came to Standard on her own. Then, they’ll likely target someone from Standard.”

Both of them turned around once more, to look towards Reiji.

Reiji said, “I’m asking for your help so we can prevent the devastation that occurred in your home dimensions.”

-=-=-

Kyoshiro was bandaged up, recovering from his wounds. He said, “I have to get back there, before he can interfere with Yuri’s plans.”

A voice then could be heard behind him. “Is it true that you went back for another shot at the Synchro duelist who drove us out of Synchro Dimension? I only wish you had been a little more injured so I could replace you instead of bring you along.”

Kyoshiro shouted, “YOU!”

Kyoshiro turned towards a woman wearing an Academia uniform composed of a black blazer and skirt. She then lightly poked at Kyoshiro’s bandages, causing him to scream in pain.

Kyoshiro said, “It’s bad enough that YOU of all people got assigned to assist me, but did you really have to do that.”

The woman then said, “Normally, I prefer information-gathering to actual combat. If you hadn’t let that Synchro duelist beat you up so badly, the professor wouldn’t have sent me along.”

Kyoshiro said, “Yes, your love for gathering information is one of your most known traits. Sophie the sl-AAAAAAAAAHHHH”

Sophie poked Kyoshiro’s bandages once again, this time with a more serious look on her face. “If I want to have a little fun getting information from weak-hearted men, that’s none of your business.”

Kyoshiro added, “Just keep your distance from Reiji Akaba. He’s not weak-hearted like your previous targets. He also happens to be the professor’s son, so don’t get any ideas.”

Sophie joked, “What, you really think the professor would mind if I played with his son?”

Kyoshiro glared at Sophie, as if he didn’t think she fully understood the seriousness of the situation. He explained, “With your style of information gathering, forming emotional attachments can hurt your mission. However, to complete your mission, you have to open yourself up to the possibility of forming these emotional attachments. Does that sound familiar?”

Sophie protested, “THAT ONLY HAPPENED ONCE BEFORE!”

Kyoshiro said, “And I was ordered to turn him into a card so you could get back to your mission. I can only imagine the turmoil the Professor would feel if his son became your next distraction. He may even order me to turn you into a card as well.”

Sophie calmly said, “The Professor puts our overall mission ahead of his own family. If I have to get friendly with Reiji Akaba to find either Serena or this Yuzu Hiragi person, then so be it. I learned from my past mistake.”

Kyoshiro pointed out, “Our mission is not to directly aid Yuri or to retrieve Serena. If worst comes to worst, the Professor can send Yuri to bring Serena back. Our mission is to stall two people who could pose a serious threat to Yuri’s mission.”

Kyoshiro then began to walk away, with Sophie clearly mad at him for bringing up that incident and trying to use it against her as a sign of her own emotional weakness. As she said, it was only once that she had ever become emotionally attached. And it was indeed Kyoshiro who was forced to stomp on her emotional attachment.

-=-=-

Reiji walked through a hallway and said, “I need you to work on specialized Pendulum monsters for both of them. Make sure these cards work as part of the deck, and not simply splashed in.”

One worker said, “Now? The battle royale is about to finish.”

Reiji added, “I can inspect the cards when I get back. I need to go meet with the new Lancers.”

Reiji then left the building as Ryuichi and Tetsu approached the workers.

One of the workers near Tetsu said, “It looks like they’re all level four, so we can sacrifice your effective level range for Pendulum Summoning to work on their pendulum effects.”

Another said, “Let’s just speed the process up by basing them on cards he already has.”

A third suggested, “Let’s do something to help get those Union Monsters out.”

Over by Ryuichi, however... was another story.

One pointed out, “Pretty much all level three with a level one tuner. Low-scale monsters aren’t always”

Another added, “Are you sure this is built for Synchro summoning?”

A third declared, “Why don’t we increase your effective level range? I’ll keep the pattern with odd and even levels going, but why don’t I throw something that’s easy to summon and at level five.”

The first one added, “I can come up with one that can adjust its level.”

Tetsu turned and looked across the room. He said, “You realize that even if you find your missing cadet, you’re still roped into teaching someone from Standard how to use Accel Synchro before you go back.”

Ryuichi added, “I’ve seen the wreckage in Heartland. If Academia is coming here next, we can’t just leave them hanging.”

Tetsu asked, “You don’t have to remind me about Heartland. Also, you claimed you were able to drive them out of Synchro Dimension. What happened?”

Ryuichi said, “One of my friends was a bit of a rock star back in Neo Domino. He even incorporated his music into his duels. He would always have a new girlfriend every so often, so we didn’t think anything of it when she first appeared. Until we saw her having trouble with Synchro Summoning. That should have been our first hint, but we just ignored it and assumed she was just bad at dueling in general. After a while, I saw her teleporting away from the scene when I rode up. My friend was just a card on the ground.”

Tetsu said, “So you personally knew people who were turned into cards. SO DOES EVERYONE FROM RESISTANCE!”

Ryuichi added, “A week after that incident, the full invasion force showed up. They quickly covered Satellite, and it wasn’t long before they made their way into the City. I had tried to learn Accel Synchro from a duelist who was a living legend, but once I reached a certain point, the rest was apparently up to me. I was in a desperate situation, against the same Academia soldier you saw me fight earlier. I just had to go for it and try using Princess of the Dragonstone. I finally achieved Clear Mind and let Kyoshiro face the full power of Awakened Dragon Hero. They sounded their retreat, but got away with the cadet’s girlfriend.”

Tetsu wondered, “So how does your friend fit in with the invasion?”

Ryuichi said, “Just as Kyoshiro said in the stadium, they always do their research beforehand. That friend ended up dating an Academia spy. There are probably a few spies running around Standard right now, gathering intel for a full-fledged invasion. We can start by trying to track down these spies right off the bat to cut off their intel.”

Tetsu wondered: if Reiji said Academia was likely done with Synchro Dimension, yet they didn’t leave it in complete ruins the way Xyz dimension was, what if Academia already found all the information they needed.

-=-=-

Kyoshiro and Sophie began walking through Maiami City. It wasn’t anything they haven’t expected. They then stopped outside a coffee shop and began to wait.

Kyoshiro mumbled, “Our contact should have been here by now.”

Sophie responded, “Maybe he didn’t have an opportune time to slip away. Their battle royale should be finished by now, but that doesn’t mean he’s not at some gathering for the remaining duelists.”

It was at this moment that the both of them noticed a D-wheel blaze past them, but the rider was a little too small to be Ryuichi. Furthermore, he had a girl with him, who distinctly resembled Serena, except with pink hair.

Sophie asked, “Was that?”

Kyoshiro answered, “That could be Serena, if she dyed her hair in order to avoid us.”

Sophie laughed, “I heard from a couple of the Obelisk Force soldiers that Serena switched outfits with Yuri’s target.”

Kyoshiro then looked towards Sophie, as if in amazement that she knew details he didn’t learn yet. He was always the most tactical-minded, always wanting to have all possible information before acting. Yet somehow Sophie caught a detail he didn’t.

Kyoshiro mumbled, “If they keep getting more backup from Synchro Dimension, we’ll be lucky to get out of here. I’d hate to see what would happen if someone who mastered that other advanced Synchro technique decided to join in.”

Sophie said, “You mean Double Tuning, right?”

Kyoshiro said, “Yes, that is exactly what I mean. I’ll try to figure out that D-wheel’s destination. You need to meet with our contact. There’s a good chance this other Synchro duelist is trying to help keep distance between Yuri and his target.”

Sophie said, “None of the men here look like they have a clue about what’s going on anyway, so they’re not worth my time.”

-=-=-

Nakajima rushed to the room where the Pendulum cards were being produced. He said, “The duelist who faced Ryuichi earlier just showed up. And he has backup.”

Ryuichi shouted, “What?”

Tetsu said, “Why can’t you send Reiji”

Nakajima said, “Reiji’s in the middle of a duel. It would be better to send one of you.”

A worker said, “We should have Tetsu’s Pendulum cards ready shortly!”

Another added, “Ryuichi’s cards will take a little more time.”

Ryuichi said, “I want to know who we’re up against.”

Nakajima then straightened his shades. “Considering the situation, I suppose I can let you two see it.”

Ryuichi and Tetsu then left the room, following Nakajima through hallways, into a restricted area.

Nakajima said, “This room is normally off-limits to those who don’t have clearance. From here, we monitor summoning energy emitted through duels. By the level of the summoning energy, we can tell a Fusion user from Standard and a Fusion User from Fusion Dimension apart. The same holds true for Synchro and Xyz summoning as well.”

Ryuichi said, “So why would monitoring summoning energy be off limits?”

The three then entered a raied-off elevator pad. When Nakajima closed the gate, it began to rise. When they reached the top, they saw Himika Akaba and Reira Akaba.

Himika said, “So, did you warn them?”

Tetsu shouted, “HEARTLAND! BUT- HOW?!?! It-it... looks like it did before the invasion.”

Himika said, “That’s just an action field made to resemble Heartland.”

Nakajima said, “I need the two of you to pay attention to this screen.”

The duo noticed that one camera was fixed on a coffee shop, where Sophie was waiting around.

Nakajima said, “She showed up with that Fusion duelist you faced earlier. He left after some kind of motorcycle passed the shop, but that one appears to be waiting around.”

Ryuichi said, “I recognize her. She’s the Academia spy who turned my friend into a card back in Neo Domino.”

Tetsu said, “I’ll go! The pendulum cards they’re making for me are based on the cards I already have. That gives them a chance to cut down on the time it takes to create them. She’s probably trying to meet with some contact. If we’re lucky, we can expose whoever that is. Keep in contact and give me directions!”

Tetsu then turned around and went down the elevator. However, Ryuichi was looking at the screen, as if he still had a few more questions.

Ryuichi asked, “Did you get a good shot of the motorcycle?”

Nakajima nodded, and rewound the footage to shortly before Kyoshiro left. Then, frame-by-frame, showed Yugo and Yuzu on the D-wheel.

Ryuichi said, “I guess I’ll go bail Yugo out... wait! How did his girlfriend get here?” Ryuichi then looked at the main screen, seeing Serena and Yuzu on the two screens simultaneously. “Two Rins... this doesn’t make any sense.”

Himika said, “Neither one is Rin. Now if you don’t mind, I’m trying to watch my son’s duel.”

Nakajima said, “I’m sure Fusion will be just fine.”

Ryuichi explained, “He doesn’t like when people mess up his name, especially in that particular way.”

Nakajima added, “Fusion- I mean, Yugo, has the advantage of speed, on that motorcycle while his pursuer is on foot. Also, we caught a glimpse of his dueling skill. He took down three Academia soldiers with their own card in just one turn. In addition, Tetsu is tracking down a stationary target with our help, since he doesn’t know his way around Maiami City.”

-=-=-

Tetsu heard a message over his duel disk, “Turn left at this corner, and it should be the third building on your left.”

Tetsu turned the corner and kept walking until he reached Sophie. He asked, “Waiting for someone? Fusion scum!”

Sophie then looked over to Tetsu, who had his duel disk ready. She then started her own duel disk up in response.

-=-=-

Nakajima slid a card over the touchscreen to where Tetsu and Sophie were shown on camera. He said, “Action Field - Grand Coliseum!”

Ryuichi asked, “What was that for?”

Nakajima responded, “I’m setting up an Action Field to keep the actual location from taking damage. The Action Field will take all the damage instead and when it dissipates, no damage will be left on the real location. This was a strategy Reiji Akaba suggested. Sure, it will give them access to Action Cards, but it’s better than letting the actual location take damage.”

-=-=-

Sophie declared, “I activate the field spell, Curse of the Shadow Prison. Then, I’ll also play Shaddoll Fusion, sending Shaddoll Falco and Shaddoll Beast from my hand to the graveyard. FUSION SUMMON! El Shaddoll Winda!”

Suddenly, a dark sphere seemed to form beside Sophie.

Sophie said, “A Spellstone Counter has been placed on Curse of the Shadow Prison Your monsters will lose 100 attack during your turn for each one of these. Also, Shaddoll Beast and Shaddoll Falco have effects to activate. Shaddoll Beast’s effect allows me to draw a card, and Shaddoll Falco summons itself in face-down defense mode. I set another monster and leave a face-down card. Also, thanks to El Shaddoll Winda, you can only make one special summon per turn. That’s all for now!”

Tetsu said, “My turn! DRAW! I activate my own Field Spell, Xyber Conversion Lab! Next, I can discard one Xyber union monster to search for one Xyber monster in my deck and add it to my hand. I choose Xyber Sentry. I summon Xyber Sentry. Xyber Sentry can reach into my Graveyard and equip Xyber Lanzik. Monster effect! By destroying Xyber Lanzik, I can also destroy El Shaddoll Winda, thereby making her effect no longer an issue.”

Sophie said, “Really? When El Shaddoll Winda is sent to the graveyard, I can add a Shaddoll spell card from my graveyard to my hand.”

Tetsu continued, “I activate Frontline Base, using its effect to Special Summon Xyber Bladran. With my level four Xyber Sentry and my level four Xyber Bladran, I build the overlay network! XYZ SUMMON! Xybertech Lady! Xybertech Lady’s effect activates: By using one overlay unit, I can equip Xyber Lanzik from my grave. Lanzik may cut Xybertech Lady’s attack by 500, but it has a special trick as well. XYBERTECH LADY! ATTACK THAT FACE-DOWN CARD ON THE LEFT!”

Xybertech Lady took up Lanzik and impaled Shaddoll Falco.

Sophie declared, “With Shaddoll Falco’s effect, I can set a Shaddoll monster from my graveyard in face-down defense mode. El Shaddoll Winda! Also, another Spellstone Counter is formed.”

Tetsu grinned, “When Xybertech Lady destroys a monster in battle while equipped with a Union monster, I can choose one face-up card you control and destroy it. The only face-up card you have at the moment, however, is Curse of the Shadow Prison.”

Sophie glanced over to watch the appearance of Xyber Conversion Lab overtake the entire battlefield.

Tetsu added, “Also, a monster equipped with Xyber Lanzik can attack twice during the same Battle Phase. XYBERTECH LADY! ATTACK WINDA!”

Xybertech Lady leapt forward and stabbed at El Shaddoll Winda, destroying the card instantly.

Tetsu added, “I’ll leave a face-down card and end my turn.”

Sophie said, “My turn! DRAW! I summon Symphonic Warrior Drumss in attack mode!”

-=-=-

Ryuichi suddenly reacted to the sight of the card. He mumbled, “Monta’s tuner?”

-=-=-

Sophie declared, “Using Drumss, I can declare one attribute, and turn any Symphonic Warrior on the field into that attribute. I choose Light! Now, I play Shaddoll Fusion. Since you control a monster special summoned from the extra deck, I can use monsters from the deck as well. I fuse Drumss with Shaddoll Squamata from my deck! FUSION SUMMON! El Shaddoll Construct! Squamata’s effect lets me send Shaddoll Hedgehog from my deck to my graveyard. Then, I use my Hedgehog’s effect to add Shaddoll Falco from my deck to my hand. Next, I flip summon Shaddoll Hound. Shaddoll Hound’s flip effect lets me add Shaddoll Hedgehog from my grave to my hand. BATTLE!”

Tetsu took cover behind a bookcase, awaiting the attack.

Sophie shouted, “El Shaddoll Construct attacks Xybertech Lady. EFFECT ACTIVATED! Whenever El Shaddoll Construct attacks a Special Summoned monster, that monster is destroyed.”

Tetsu declared, “Union Monsters can take destruction in place of the monsters they’re equipped to, which means Xybertech Lady’s attack returns to normal.”

Sophie grinned, “Still not high enough.”

A long series of strings wrapped around Xybertech Lady, before El Shaddoll Construct created an orb of magic, throwing it at the monster. As the attack hit, Tetsu’s life points dropped to 7600.

Tetsu declared, “I activate Xyber Overload! When my Xybertech Xyz monster is destroyed in battle, I can draw a card for each overlay unit that monster still had and one for the monster destroyed.”

Sophie declared, “Shaddoll Hound attacks directly!”

A dog-like puppet leapt around the corner, before leaping at Tetsu, reducing his life points to 6000.

Sophie declared, “Turn end!”

Tetsu said, “My turn! DRAW! I summon Xyber Soldier in attack mode. I use Xyber Soldier’s effect to equip Xyber Bladran from my graveyard. When Xyber Soldier is equipped with an equip card, he gains 500 attack. Add that to the 700 from Bladran’s effect.”

Sophie stepped back, “That can’t be right. A normal summoned monster with 3000 attack?”

Tetsu declared, “Xyber Soldier attacks El Shaddoll Construct!”

Xyber Soldier leapt forward, slicing at El Shaddoll Construct. With one clean swing using Bladran, El Shaddoll Construct was cut in half by the cybernetic warrior, reducing Sophie’s life points to 7800.

Tetsu continued, “Now, I special summon Xyber Bladran. Using my level four Xyber Soldier and Xyber Bladran, I build the overlay network. XYZ SUMMON! Xybertech Soldier. Now, Xyz Change! Over-Xybertech Soldier! I use one overlay material! Equip! Xyber Bladran from my graveyard! Next, I use Frontline Base’s effect to summon Xyber Kannin. I equip Xyber Kannin to Over-Xybertech Soldier. I also set one face-down card and end my turn.”

Sophie then whispered to herself, before declaring, “I summon Shaddoll Falco in attack mode. Next, I tune Shaddoll Falco with Shaddoll Hound. SYNCHRO SUMMON! Vulcan the Divine!”

-=-=-

Nakajima was dumbfounded, “How did that Fusion Spy perform a Synchro Summon?”

Ryuichi asked, “More importantly, that was always Monta’s favorite Synchro Monster. Did she steal that just like she stole his tuners?”

One assistant monitoring summoning energy added, “Her Synchro energy is only on par with LDS students at best.”

Ryuichi said, “Excuse me. I’m heading to their location right now.”

-=-=-

Sophie added, “When Vulcan the Divine is Synchro Summoned, one card from each player’s side of the field is returned to the hand. I choose my face-down card and Over-Xybertech Soldier. BEAST KING’S ROAR!”

Tetsu’s eyes widened. Sure, Union monsters had built-in protection in terms of destruction, but not being returned to the hand. Both overlay units and both equipped Union Monsters were sent right to the graveyard. Having monsters returned to the hand by card effects was the Xyber deck’s biggest weakness.

Sophie then said, “I know you could have an easy answer for Vulcan’s attack power next turn, especially with that Xyber Bladran in your Graveyard. Shaddoll Fusion! I fuse Vulcan the Divine with Shaddoll Hedgehog. FUSION SUMMON! El Shaddoll Grysta! Using my Hedgehog’s effect, I add Shaddoll Dragon to my hand. Grysta! ATTACK DIRECTLY!”

El Shaddoll Grysta conjured up a fireball and hurled it at Tetsu. Tetsu may have dived out of its way, but he was still caught by the explosion’s shockwaves, his life points dropping to 3550.

Sophie laughed, “I end my turn! Oh, and don’t get any funny ideas. When you Special Summon a monster, I can use Grysta’s effect to negate it.”

Tetsu said, “Laugh while you still can. My turn! DRAW!” He looked at the three cards in his hand. As he looked at the two Pendulum cards in his hand, he felt as if he would become indebted to Leo Corporation if he dared to use the cards. The third card in his hand, however, was Xyber Guard, and without Shielbit, he wouldn’t be able to stand up against Grysta anyway. His only way out was to go ahead and use them.

Sophie asked, “What’s the matter? If you’re out of worthwhile cards, you can always surrender and let me turn you into a card.”

Tetsu declared, “I set my Scale 2 Xyber Sentry Omega and my Scale 6 Xyber Soldier Alpha in the Pendulum Scales!”

Sophie asked, “Pendulum? Oh, Sora Shiunin told us a little bit about that. Just remember, Grysta can negate your Special Summon.”

Tetsu said, “No. I didn’t set them there to perform any kind of Pendulum Summon just yet. There’s more to these new cards I picked up here than just Pendulum Summoning. I normal summon Xyber Guard! Xyber Guard’s effect lets me equip Xyber Kannin from my grave. Now, with Xyber Sentry Omega’s Pendulum effect: Once per turn, I can destroy one Union Monster equipped to my monster, as well as one card you control! The only card you left on the field, this time!”

Sophie said, “No! Not that!”

Sophie watched as El Shaddoll Grysta burst into flame before her very eyes. She added, “I add Shaddoll Fusion from my Graveyard to my hand.”

Tetsu said, “Now, with Xyber Soldier Alpha’s Pendulum effect, once per turn, if I control a Xyber monster not equipped with any Union monster, I can Special Summon one Union monster from my Graveyard. Xyber Kannin! Using my level four Xyber Guard and Xyber Kannin, I build the overlay network! Xyz Summon! Xybertech Sentry! Effect activated! By using one overlay material, I can equip Xyber Lanzik from my grave! DOUBLE DIRECT ATTACK!”

Xybertech Sentry lunged in for two attacks, the first brought Sophie down to 5800, and the second dropped her to 3800.

Tetsu declared, “That’s all for my turn.”

Sophie said, “I’ll have to be resourceful against you. My turn! DRAW! I leave one face-down monster and two face-down cards. That’s all!”

Tetsu said, “My turn! DRAW!”

Sophie responded, “I activate Sinister Shadow Games! This flips my Shaddoll Dragon face-up and sends your Xybertech Sentry back to your deck!”

Tetsu said, “I activate Xybernization! This card shuffles one Union Monster from my Graveyard to my deck, then I draw two cards. I summon Xyber Lady. Using her effect, I equip Xyber Kannin from my graveyard. Xyber Lady attacks Shaddoll Dragon!”

Xyber Lady took up Xyber Kannin, aiming carefully for Shaddoll Dragon, before firing a blast!

Tetsu said, “Your Shaddoll Dragon is in defense mode with 0 defense. And its 1900 attack should still have some impact, thanks to Xyber Kannin.”

Xyber Lady fired the blast, straining to keep her ground despite the massive recoil. Shaddoll Dragon was instantly destroyed. Then, a follow-up explosion caused Sophie’s life points to fall from 3800 to 1900.

Tetsu said, “Xyber Lady’s effect destroys your last remaining face-down card, too. Turn end!”

Sophie said, “I can still keep going. I summon Symphonic Warrior Basses. Next, I banish Drumss from the graveyard to invoke its effect. Basses becomes a Water monster. Now! I play Shaddoll Fusion! I fuse a Shaddoll Dragon from my deck with Symphonic Warrior Basses! FUSION SUMMON! El Shaddoll Anomalilith! Dragon’s effect destroys Xyber Kannin. Now, Anomalilith! Attack Xyber Lady!”

El Shaddoll Anomalilith caused a surge of water to crash down upon Xyber Lady, reducing Tetsu’s life points to 2350.

Sophie said, “One last face-down card and I end my turn!”

Tetsu said, “My turn! DRAW! Using the effect of Xyber Conversion Lab, I discard Xyber Shielbit to bring Xyber Lady Epsilon to my hand. Now, I’ll finally put this to use. PENDULUM SUMMON! COME FORTH! UNRELENTING WARRIORS OF THE REVOLUTION! Xyber Lady Epsilon! Xyber Spy Theta!”

Sophie said, “Pendulum Monsters set in the scales are treated as spell cards! Anomalilith should have been able to block that.”

Tetsu said, “Your Anomalilith only prevents monsters from being Special Summoned by the effects of spell cards. However, Pendulum Summoning is not like Ritual Summoning or Fusion Summoning. Its true form falls closer to Xyz, or perhaps closer yet to Synchro. When Xyber Spy Theta and Xyber Lady Epsilon are normal or pendulum summoned, they can each pick up one Union Monster from my graveyard to equip. Using Xyber Sentry Omega’s effect, I destroy the Xyber Kannin equipped to Xyber Spy Theta and Anomalilith!”

Sophie now realized just what kind of situation she was now in.

Tetsu continued, “I Special Summon Xyber Shielbit. Now, using Xyber Shielbit and Xyber Spy Theta, I build the overlay network! LET’S GO! Xybertech Sentry. Using one overlay unit, I equip Xyber Bladran. And, with Xybertech Sentry’s effect, I destroy it once again, to take down your face-down card. Xybertech Sentry, attack directly!”

Xybertech Sentry leapt forward, striking at Sophie without even bothering to use a Union monster. Sophie’s life points dropped instantly to 0.

The action field dissipated, while a sudden group of onlookers suddenly began to applause. As Sophie tried to slip away, she was cut off by Ryuichi.

Ryuichi asked, “Was it before or after you turned Monta into a card that you stole the Symphonic Warriors and Vulcan the Divine?”

Sophie answered, “I wasn’t the one who turned Monta into a card. I didn’t have it in me when Academia gave me the order, so the Professor had someone else show up to do what I couldn’t.”

Dennis then walked by the coffee shop. He glanced towards Sophie before continuing on his way, as if he never intended to stop in the first place. After all, the meeting place was compromised, and he needed to make himself look as innocent as possible.
Arc V: The True Power of Pendulum
Sorry, this one ran a little behind schedule. It's because this is a lot longer than usual. So, I gave them a good back and forth, exposed Tetsu's big weakness. And featured  one existing Fusion archetype. I remember one person thinking Yuri might run it, but I think Yuri will have some new archetype that we won't get to see until much later in the season. Well, It's not like I expect to throw Ritual summoning into the fanfic or anything like that next time. Nope, no ritual summoning here! Everyone utilizes the Extra Deck for summoning and not as some sacrifices.
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Some of the cards I held back here. Why? Because I didn't need you to know they were getting help from Reiji Akaba and Leo Corporation during the first two chapters. And a couple Synchro monsters that could make an appearance in the near future.

Xyber Soldier Alpha
Fire
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 2 {Once per turn, if you control a non-Union “Xyber” monster, you can special summon 1 “Xyber” Union monster from your graveyard}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1800/1400

 

Xyber Sentry Omega
EARTH
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 6 {Once per turn, you can destroy 1 equipped union monster you control to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1600/1400

 

Xyber Lady Epsilon
WIND
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 5 {Once per turn, you can select 1 “Xyber” Pendulum monster in your Graveyard, add it to your hand.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1500/1200


Xyber Spy Theta
DARK
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 3 {Each time you Special Summon a Union Monster from your Spell/Trap Card Zone, Draw 1 card.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.

1200/1300


Xyber Guard Lambda
LIGHT
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 5 {Once per turn, you can select 1 “Xyber” monster on your field: All monsters you currently control become the same attribute as the selected monster until the end phase.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1100/2100


Healer of the Dragonstone
LIGHT
Level 3

Spellcaster/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 4 {During either player’s turn, when your opponent draws a card by the effect of a “Dragonstone” card you control, you can draw 2 cards.}

As long as you control a face-up Warrior-Type “Dragonstone” monster, this card cannot be destroyed as a result of battle. When your opponent draws a card by the effect of a “Dragonstone” card, Increase your Life Points by 300.
1000/2000


Barbarian of the Dragonstone

EARTH
Level 5

Warrior/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 2 {If your opponent draws a card outside his/her draw phase, you can select 1 card your opponent controls and destroy it.}

If your opponent controls a monster and you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card from your hand. When this card battles, your opponent draws 1 card.

2600/2000


Dancer of the Dragonstone
WATER
Level 3

Spellcaster/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 7 {When this card is set in the Pendulum Scales, both players draw 1 card}

When this card is Pendulum Summoned from your Extra Deck, inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each card in their hand.

1300/1700


Archer of the Dragonstone
WIND
Level 3

Warrior/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 1 {Once per turn, you can select 1 monster your opponent controls. Reduce its ATK to 0 and your opponent draws a card.}

Once per turn, if this card was Special Summoned, and your opponent has 4 or more cards in his/her hand, you can select and activate one of the following effects:
Increase this card’s level by 2 until the End Phase of this turn.
Decrease this card’s level by 2 until the End Phase of this turn.
1200/1300


Berserker of the Dragonstone
EARTH
Level 8

Warrior/Synchro/Effect
1 “Dragonstone” Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn, you can select 1 Spell/Trap card on the field. The player who controls that card draws 1 card. The selected card cannot be activated (in response to this card’s effect or otherwise) and its effect(s) are negated until the End Phase of this turn.
3000/2400


Sage of the Dragonstone
Level 2
Spellcaster/Synchro/Effect

“Squire of the Dragonstone” + 1 non-Tuner monster

When this card is successfully Synchro Summoned, you can select 5 cards in your Graveyard, Return those cards to your deck, shuffle it, and draw 2 cards. Then, your opponent draws 1 card.

700/500

Kyoshiro stepped through the halls of the Maiami Championship stadium, dropping a card on the ground. As he continued, the card landed face-up as a member of Leo Corporation security.
A few minutes later, Masumi crept quietly past the same corner, then looked down by her feet.

-=-=-

Reiji looked to his monitors, suddenly noticing Masumi’s reaction to the card in front of her.

Reiji ordered, “Get a playback of what happened before.”

The screen then rewound just far enough to show Kyoshiro’s face as he dropped the card.

Reiji said, “But why is he going inside the stadium when Serena is on the outside?”

-=-=-

Nico said, “Motorized vehicles aren’t allowed in Action Duels. It gives an unfair advantage when it comes to Action Cards.”

Ryuichi asked, “What are Action Cards? Are they like the old Speed Spells that needed to be used with Speed World? Because we managed to figure out a way around the need for special spell cards in riding duels.”

Suddenly, Kyoshiro stepped out into the stadium and shouted, “I see you haven’t gotten started yet. Mind if I substitute in for one of these duelists?”

Ryuichi said, “I really can’t be wasting my time on some exhibition duel. I have to find Yugo.”

Kyoshiro said, “Fusion? Well, you’ve found one of Academia’s best.”

Tetsu and Ryuichi suddenly glared towards Kyoshiro.

Kyoshiro continued, “I figured it was you. Someone mentioned your little specialty, what was it called again? Accel Synchro!”

Nico shouted, “I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THESE DUELISTS ARE, BUT IT APPEARS WE HAVE A RIVALRY MATCH ABOUT TO START!”

Tetsu said, “The hype is all on you now, to run away would draw way too much attention.”

Ryuichi said, “He’s too dangerous not to deal with quickly.”

Kyoshiro declared, “I’ll even let you use your D-Wheel in exchange for an agreement not to use Action Cards.”

Ryuichi said, “I don’t even know what an Action Card is.” He paused, “How do you know?”

Kyoshiro grinned, “We always do our research beforehand.”

-=-=-

Months ago, in Satellite, Ryuichi and Kyoshiro were at a standoff.

Kyoshiro said, “That is one fast D-Wheel. No wonder you found me.”

Ryuichi asked, “How do you know about D-Wheels?”

Kyoshiro laughed, “We always do our research beforehand.”

-=-=-

Ryuichi said, “We’ll squash your invasion here just like we did in Neo Domino.”

Kyoshiro said, “Now now, don’t jump to conclusions. Shall we begin? DUELISTS LOCKED IN BATTLE!”

Ryuichi asked, “What?”

Kyoshiro said, “Did you really come here without learning about Action Duels? That’s pretty short-sighted, even for you. I guess I’ll just have to say it from the top. Duelists locked in battle, kicking the earth and dancing in the air alongside their monsters! They storm through this field! Behold, this is the newest and greatest evolution in dueling. ACTION!!!”

Both Kyoshiro and Ryuichi shouted, “DUEL!”

Ryuichi: 8000
Kyoshiro: 8000

Nico announced, “The two duelists will be taking place in the infinite looping tracks of the Duel Rally.”

Ryuichi began riding around on his D-Wheel and shouted, “I start with a face-down monster and two face-down cards. I end my turn.”

Kyoshiro said, “Oh? Going on the defense already? My turn... DRAW! This is just getting started. I activate the Field Spell, Amethyst Temple. This card lets me Fusion Summon my Socratus Fusion Monsters without the need for Polymerization. However, I can only summon Socrat monsters to the field. From my hand, I fuse Socrat Acolyte with Monolith of Fire. FUSION SUMMON! Socratus Embodiment of Lightning! When Monolith of Fire is used as Fusion Material for a Socratus fusion monster, my opponent takes 1000 damage!”

A fire erupted around Ryuichi’s D-wheel, setting him off-balance slightly as he emerged from the fire with 7000 life points.

Kyoshiro continued, “I summon Socrat Philosopher. Monster effect activated! I discard one card from my hand to draw!”

Ryuichi declared, “Trap activated! Appropriate!”

Kyoshiro continued, “Monster effect activated! I banish Scroll of Mystery from my graveyard. If a spell card is banished as cost for my Socratus Embodiment of Lightning’s effect, I can draw a card.”

Ryuichi declared, “Using Appropriate’s effect, I draw two cards.”

Kyoshiro shouted, “BATTLE! Socratus Embodiment of Lightning attacks your monster!”

The large monster raised its arm to the sky, causing a large thunderbolt to strike Rogue of the Dragonstone.

Kyoshiro said, “In hindsight, I suppose it’s safe to assume that wasn’t your Pyrewhisp. Socrat Philosopher, attack directly!”

Socrat Philosopher caused a powerful energy to surround Ryuichi’s D-Wheel, knocking him off balance again as his life points fell to 5200.

Kyoshiro declared, “Turn end!”

Ryuichi shouted, “My turn! Draw! I activate Curse of the Ancient Warriors! Now, whenever my Dragonstone cards cause you to draw, a random card is sent from your hand to your graveyard. And if it’s a trap card, I get to draw a card myself. Let’s start this off with Dragonstone Beacon! If my opponent controls more monsters than me, I can special summon any level 3 or lower warrior-type Dragonstone monster from my deck, and give my opponent a free draw. LET’S GO! SWORDSMAN OF THE DRAGONSTONE!”

Kyoshiro drew a card, and watched as the Monolith of Gusts he had just drawn was dragged into the graveyard. Then, Ryuichi could be seen drawing two cards himself.”

Ryuichi added, “Next, Swordsman of the Dragonstone activates his effect, special summoning Sorcerer of the Dragonstone from my deck. You get to draw again!”

Kyoshiro once again drew a card, and watched as Scroll of Wisdom was dragged into his Graveyard. Ryuichi drew two cards.

Nico shouted, “An amazing combo! Whenever he forces Kyoshiro to draw, Kyoshiro ends up forced to lose a card thanks to Curse of the Ancient Warriors. Not only that, but Appropriate lets him draw two cards for himself!”

Ryuichi shouted, “If a level 3 or lower Spellcaster-type Dragonstone monster is Special Summoned, Rogue of the Dragonstone can summon herself from the Graveyard! You draw!”

As Rogue of the Dragonstone appeared on the field, her first instinct was to tightly hug Sorcerer of the Dragonstone, who barely even reacted.

Ryuichi shouted, “Sorcerer’s effect! I can destroy 1 card on the field and force my opponent to draw! Socratus Embodiment of Lightning is destroyed!”

Kyoshiro mumbled, “I have to destroy that curse.”

Ryuichi declared, “Normal Summon! Pyrewhisp of the Dragonstone! Now, I tune my level 3 Pyrewhisp of the Dragonstone and my level 3 Sorcerer of the Dragonstone with my level 3 Rogue of the Dragonstone. Silent warrior of the night, strike out a new path. SYNCHRO SUMMON! LEVEL NINE! ASSASSIN OF THE DRAGONSTONE!”

Three tuner circles emerged from Rogue of the Dragonstone, lining up with six stars from Pyrewhisp and Sorcerer. A pillar of light emerged, revealing a stealthy warrior equipped with a knife. On his scarf, the Dragonstone clan seal could prominently be seen.

Ryuichi shouted, “Battle! Assassin of the Dragonstone attacks your Philosopher!”

Kyoshiro stood back as Philosopher of the Dragonstone was struck down silently. Kyoshiro’s life points fell to 7100.

Ryuichi declared, “Next, Swordsman of the Dragonstone attacks directly!”

Swordsman of the Dragonstone nodded, before charging fiercely towards Kyoshiro, swinging his sword to bring him down to 5550 life points.

Ryuichi declared: I leave two face-down cards and end my turn. To fit within the six card hand limit, I have to discard two cards.

Kyoshiro said, “My turn! DRAW! I play Mystical Space Typhoon, destroying Curse of the Ancient Warriors! Next, I summon Socrat Maiden, using her effect, I return one banished card to my Graveyard. Then, I use my Amethyst Temple’s effect, fusing Socrat Maiden with Monolith of Gusts! Keeper of the Sacred Temple, become one with the tablet of winds to unleash a massive gale! FUSION SUMMON! SOCRATUS EMBODIMENT OF HURRICANES! When Monolith of Gales is used as Fusion Material for the Fusion Summon of a Socratus monster, I can return one card on the field to its owner’s hand. I choose Assassin of the Dragonstone.”

Assassin of the Dragonstone was immediately blown away by a fierce gust of wind.

Kyoshiro added, “And Synchro monsters are instead returned to the Extra Deck. BATTLE! Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes attacks Swordsman of the Dragonstone!”

Ryuichi shouted, “Scrap-Iron Scarecrow!”

Kyoshiro shouted, “Not so fast! My Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes activates its effect. By banishing one card from my Graveyard, I can negate the activation of a spell or trap card and return it to the bottom of its owner’s deck.”

Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes flapped its ethereal wings, creating a powerful enough burst of wind to destroy Swordsman of the Dragonstone and reduce Ryuichi’s life points to 3950. The wind was also enough to blow Ryuichi off the track momentarily. The crowd seemed to gasp in horror, as he hovered in midair. Ryuichi then adjusted himself to land against a wall, somehow only getting out of it with a shaky landing.

Nico shouted, “And he saved himself from falling into a dangerous situation! INCREDIBLE!

Kyoshiro declared, “Turn end!”

Ryuichi shouted, “My turn! DRAW! Sometimes, It’s best to do things the hard way. I throw my own Field Spell into the mix. ACTIVATE! DRAGONSTONE CASTLE! Every time my opponent draws thanks to the effect of my Dragonstone cards, I can place a Dragonstone counter on it. The attacking power of all Dragonstone monsters increases by 100 for each counter, and I can prevent the field’s destruction by removing three counters.”

Nico declared, “Both players now have a field spell active! The ancient Greek theme facing off against the Medieval European theme!”

Kyoshiro said, “I’m not wasting my monster’s effect on that.”

Ryuichi declared, “I play Onset of the Chosen Protectors!”

Kyoshiro shouted, “NOT THIS TIME! I banish one card from my graveyard to activate the effect of Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes!”

A strong gust of wind emerged from the ethereal wings, sending the copy of Ryuichi’s card to the bottom of his deck.

Kyoshiro added, “You didn’t think I would just let you take another shot at summoning that Assassin of the Dragonstone, with your castle, the two cards I drew would have made its attack higher than that of my Embodiment of Hurricanes.”

Ryuichi shouted, “I activate Dragonstone Beacon, Special Summoning Rogue of the Dragonstone from my deck. Your draw! Appropriate lets me draw two. Then, I’ll normal summon Pyrewhisp of the Dragonstone.”

Nico declared, “At this moment, he only has enough for a level six Synchro monster, against a monster more powerful than his level nine Syncho monster! WHAT WILL HE DO?”

Ryuichi declared, “I tune my level three Pyrewhisp of the Dragonstone with my level three Rogue of the Dragonstone. Holy guardian knight, step forth and defend the order of light! SYNCHRO SUMMON! TEMPLAR OF THE DRAGONSTONE!”

Nico said, “I don’t get it. A level six Synchro monster with more attack power than his level nine Synchro monster?”

Ryuichi declared, “Templar of the Dragonstone! ATTACK! If you had any spells or traps waiting, they can’t be activated when my Templar attacks.”

Templar of the Dragonstone leapt into the fray, slicing at the ethereal wyrm before him. Kyoshiro’s life points suddenly dropped to 5450.

Ryuichi declared, “Any time my Templar of the Dragonstone deals battle damage my opponent draws a card. Appropriate! I set one more face-down card. Turn end!”

Kyoshiro said, “This is where things get interesting. I know you have a monster that could have returned my monster to the extra deck and attacked directly.”

Ryuichi grinned, “I guess that one slipped my mind for a second. Still, a little raw power is can be enough to prove a point.”

Kyoshiro said, “My thoughts exactly. I use the effect of my Amethyst Temple, fusing Socrat Architect with Monolith of Dusk! Arise, titan of shadows! FUSION SUMMON! Socratus Embodiment of the Eclipse. When Monolith of Dusk is used as Fusion Material in the Fusion Summon of a Socratus Fusion Monster, I can draw one card. I honestly COULD destroy your monster by making my Embodiment of the Eclipse force it into face-down defense mode, but what I have planned is much more satisfying of an end for you.”

Ryuichi glared ahead, ready to go. He still had Appropriate and two face-down cards. He would be ready if anything happened.

Kyoshiro shouted, “I activate Scroll of Fusion!”

Ryuichi declared, “Dark Bribe! I might miss the timing for Appropriate, but at least I can stop you from bringing anything too dangerous back.”

Kyoshiro laughed, “Well, look at this! I just drew into another copy of Scroll of Fusion. I think I’ll use it! I fuse Socratus Embodiment of the Eclipse on the field with Socratus Embodiment of Lightning and Socratus Embodiment of Hurricanes from my Graveyard. When three mighty embodiments become one, a new, mighty destroyer will be born. FUSION SUMMON! GRAND SOCRATUS EMBODIMENT!”

From a pillar of light, a mighty glowing entity appeared before the crowd.

Ryuichi said, “You didn’t have that last time we dueled!”

Kyoshiro laughed, “You’re absolutely right. I didn’t have it. I obtained it shortly after our retreat from Synchro Dimension. Now! Grand Socratus Embodiment’s effect activates! I banish six cards from my Graveyard. Many of which you helped me place in there. GRAND DESTRUCTION!!!”

A bright light covered the arena, pieces of the ground were ripped upwards. And when it all cleared up, The Duel Rally field re-appeared, with no cards visible, aside from one.

Kyoshiro laughed, “All cards on the field are destroyed, with the sole exception for Grand Socratus Embodiment himself. GRAND SOCRATUS EMBODIMENT! ATTACK!!!”

The entity before him swung his mighty fist, with a single blow, Ryuichi had been knocked over, only to quickly  swerve and regain balance, his life points down to 250.

Nico said, “He’ll be feeling that one in the morning! A 3700-point direct attack is nothing to laugh at!”

Kyoshiro said, “Next, I play a face-down card and Terraforming to bring another copy of Amethyst Temple to my hand.”

Kyoshiro thought to himself, knowing that the card he set was Magic Cylinder. With it, he only saw it fitting that Ryuichi should be finished off by his own attack.

Ryuichi shouted, “My turn! DRAW! I start by summoning Squire of the Dragonstone. Using Squire’s effect, I special summon Swordsman of the Dragonstone from my Graveyard. With Swordsman’s effect, I special summon Sorcerer of the Dragonstone from my deck. You can draw, and I trigger my Rogue’s effect to summon herself. You draw again. Sorcerer’s effect activates! I destroy that face-down card.”

Kyoshiro’s expression turned to shock as he watched his set Magic Cylinder explode before his eyes. He also knew he had reminded Ryuichi of a level six Synchro Monster.

Ryuichi said, “I tune my level three Swordsman of the Dragonstone with my level one Squire of the Dragonstone. SYNCHRO SUMMON! Level Four! Princess of the Dragonstone! Using her effect, I can Special Summon Templar of the Dragonstone from my graveyard with its effect negated, as well as its attack and defense reduced to zero. You can draw now. I tune my level three Sorcerer of the Dragonstone with my level three Rogue of the Dragonstone! SYNCHRO SUMMON! Wizard of the Dragonstone!”

Nico wondered, “Is it just me, or is he really picking up speed with each Synchro Summon he performs?”

Ryuichi began running his D-wheel even faster, causing a bluish aura to appear. He declared, “Let’s go! CLEAR MIND! I tune my level six Templar of the Dragonstone with my level four Princess of the Dragonstone. ACCEL SYNCHRO SUMMON! LEVEL TEN! AWAKENED DRAGON HERO!”

Princess of the Dragonstone rushed forward, creating four brightly glowing tuner rings. Sorcerer stood back while Templar followed Ryuichi through the tuner rings. Templar then broke into six points of light, causing a massive pillar of light, rivaling that of even Grand Socratus Embodiment’s summoning. Out from the pillar, a fire formed into the shape of a magnificent dragon, proudly showing its 3400 ATK.

-=-=-

Yugo, wandering about the Jungle area, suddenly looked out towards a pillar of light in the distance. He said, “Rin! Hurry up! Something big is going down.”

Yuzu responded, “But... I’m not Rin.”

-=-=-

Ryuichi added, “And thanks for reminding me about Wizard’s effect. I return your Grand Socratus Embodiment to your Extra Deck, and force you to draw. When my opponent draws a card outside their draw phase, my Awakened Dragon Hero gains 500 attack points. Now!!! ATTACK DIRECTLY!!!!”

Wizard of the Dragonstone ATK: 2600
Awakened Dragon Hero ATK: 3900

A burst of magical energy from Wizard of the Dragonstone was soon followed up by a mighty burst of fire from Awakened Dragon Hero. It was clear that Kyoshiro lacked the life points to deal with such back-to-back attacks.

Kyoshiro said, “This isn’t the last you’ve seen of me. I’ll be back again and again, until Yuri completes his mission here. I’ll be here to keep you out of his way.”

Kyoshiro got up and ran out of the stadium. He slipped through the hallways, clearly dealing with severe injuries from the two direct attacks that ended the duel. As a team of LDS security approached him, led by Reiji Akaba himself, Kyoshiro had no choice but to press a button on his duel disk, to begin teleporting back.

Kyoshiro declared, “It looks like the Professer’s own son intends to be our enemy. I’ll make sure to be the wall in your way as well.” It was not long after this statement that he had completely vanished.

Reiji said, “So, their duel soldiers know about me...”

Masumi then ran over to the group. “I really think you need to see this!”

Masumi handed a card to one of the security guards. Their reaction was complete shock. It was as if the card was something terrible.

Reiji took the card, knowing this was just another message from Academia.

Reiji asked, “How did you find this?”

Masumi said, “I heard Sawatari found a way to enter the Battle Royale, so I thought I could give it a try. While I was trying to sneak out there, I found this card.”

“I think that duelist we just encountered was to blame.” Reiji stated, “And his little message won’t stop me from going against his organization.”

-=-=-

Kyoshiro stumbled through Academia halls, soon to be met by Leo Akaba. It was clear that Kyoshiro was now in a lot of trouble for traveling to Standard without orders.

Leo said, “You probably just brought even more attention to our actions.”

Kyoshiro said, “Forgive me, Professor. You’ve seen just how powerful he is. I couldn’t let him interfere with Yuri’s mission.”

Leo nodded, “In this case, you have a point. Get your injuries treated and I’ll send you back with some backup. We will deal with your punishment after this mess is resolved, and you know better than to think I’ll simply forget.”
Arc-V: Interference From Academia
First time showing Kyoshiro in action. Nice.

And I just have to say... Curse of the Ancient Warriors + Appropriate OP
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Ethan
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Some of the cards I held back here. Why? Because I didn't need you to know they were getting help from Reiji Akaba and Leo Corporation during the first two chapters. And a couple Synchro monsters that could make an appearance in the near future.

Xyber Soldier Alpha
Fire
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 2 {Once per turn, if you control a non-Union “Xyber” monster, you can special summon 1 “Xyber” Union monster from your graveyard}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1800/1400

 

Xyber Sentry Omega
EARTH
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 6 {Once per turn, you can destroy 1 equipped union monster you control to destroy 1 card your opponent controls.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1600/1400

 

Xyber Lady Epsilon
WIND
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 5 {Once per turn, you can select 1 “Xyber” Pendulum monster in your Graveyard, add it to your hand.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1500/1200


Xyber Spy Theta
DARK
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 3 {Each time you Special Summon a Union Monster from your Spell/Trap Card Zone, Draw 1 card.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.

1200/1300


Xyber Guard Lambda
LIGHT
Level 4

Machine/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 5 {Once per turn, you can select 1 “Xyber” monster on your field: All monsters you currently control become the same attribute as the selected monster until the end phase.}

When this card is Normal or Pendulum Summoned, you can select 1 “Xyber” Union Monster in your Graveyard and equip it to this card.
1100/2100


Healer of the Dragonstone
LIGHT
Level 3

Spellcaster/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 4 {During either player’s turn, when your opponent draws a card by the effect of a “Dragonstone” card you control, you can draw 2 cards.}

As long as you control a face-up Warrior-Type “Dragonstone” monster, this card cannot be destroyed as a result of battle. When your opponent draws a card by the effect of a “Dragonstone” card, Increase your Life Points by 300.
1000/2000


Barbarian of the Dragonstone

EARTH
Level 5

Warrior/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 2 {If your opponent draws a card outside his/her draw phase, you can select 1 card your opponent controls and destroy it.}

If your opponent controls a monster and you control no monsters, you can Special Summon this card from your hand. When this card battles, your opponent draws 1 card.

2600/2000


Dancer of the Dragonstone
WATER
Level 3

Spellcaster/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 7 {When this card is set in the Pendulum Scales, both players draw 1 card}

When this card is Pendulum Summoned from your Extra Deck, inflict 300 damage to your opponent for each card in their hand.

1300/1700


Archer of the Dragonstone
WIND
Level 3

Warrior/Pendulum/Effect
Scale: 1 {Once per turn, you can select 1 monster your opponent controls. Reduce its ATK to 0 and your opponent draws a card.}

Once per turn, if this card was Special Summoned, and your opponent has 4 or more cards in his/her hand, you can select and activate one of the following effects:
Increase this card’s level by 2 until the End Phase of this turn.
Decrease this card’s level by 2 until the End Phase of this turn.
1200/1300


Berserker of the Dragonstone
EARTH
Level 8

Warrior/Synchro/Effect
1 “Dragonstone” Tuner + 1 or more non-Tuner monsters

Once per turn, you can select 1 Spell/Trap card on the field. The player who controls that card draws 1 card. The selected card cannot be activated (in response to this card’s effect or otherwise) and its effect(s) are negated until the End Phase of this turn.
3000/2400


Sage of the Dragonstone
Level 2
Spellcaster/Synchro/Effect

“Squire of the Dragonstone” + 1 non-Tuner monster

When this card is successfully Synchro Summoned, you can select 5 cards in your Graveyard, Return those cards to your deck, shuffle it, and draw 2 cards. Then, your opponent draws 1 card.

700/500

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