S2E5: War Never Changes

Alyssa, Charles, Perez and the Diamond Dragon stare at the portal that has opened above the Other Realm.

Alyssa: Well, it looks like we’ll be fighting Sigma again.

Charles: I thought we killed him!

Perez: Yeah, I KNEW I saw him die in the finale!

Diamond Dragon: Fear not, young ones. Sigma may return, but you have beaten him once. And therefore, you shall beat him again. And you will not be alone this time.

Alyssa: Yeah, but what choice do we have? We’re stuck with you, and it’s not like we can just will anything we want to happen here..

Suddenly, the synagogue is freed from it’s chains. It drops down, crashing to rubble. As the dust settles, a lone figure emerges, arm replaced with a blade.

Cypress: But I can.

The team gazes upon Cypress, having undergone a transformation by crossing through the synthetic reality to the Other Realm.

Perez: Well, look who decided to show up.

Charles: We thought you were dead. Like, honestly.

Alyssa: Quiet! Cypress, it’s good to have you back. But in case you haven’t noticed, we kind of have a situation here.

She gestures toward the portal.

Cypress: Aah, I see. Well, Sigma was no match for us the last time, right?

Diamond Dragon: Yes, but now that we’re playing on his realm, he’s stronger.

Cypress does a double take towards the Diamond Dragon.

Cypress: I thought I warned you guys not to pick up hitchhikers.

Diamond Dragon: I am no hitchhiker. I am the Diamond Dragon, warrior of this realm.

Cypress: Oh, so kinda like that robot guy from Season 1?

Alyssa: No.

Cypress: Alright. So here’s the plan. There are 5 of us, so we’ll divide into 2 squadrons.

Charles: Cypress, that’s not how math works.

Cypress: Yes it is. You and Perez on one team, Alyssa and Diamond Dragon on the other end.

Perez: But what will you do?

Cypress: I have to face Sigma on my own. It has to be me.

Diamond Dragon: Fair enough. Let us forge into battle.

The 5 split up, as yet another portal opens. A man in a dark trenchcoat descends, his dark wings covering him as he lands.

Tiamat: I never thought I would have to use Aria Forme.. but it’s time. The battle has begun, and they’ll need reinforcements. It’s time to bring them to life.

Tiamat takes a vial from his bag, pouring the contents out as he walks. A figure materializes from the ground.

???: Please, help me. I want to go back to the real world.

Tiamat: Sorry, that will be hard. In the real world, you’re dead.

An expression of shock appears on the figure’s face.

Stevenson: What.. did you just say..?

By Blake