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.