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Alright then, Anon. Nameless story confirmed for 2nd run. Now let's enjoy this one to the end.
-[x] But be on guard
[x] Examine the card.
You cautiously accept the creature's request. You have no idea what Jakk's up to, but he's promising a reward so you may as well go along with it for now. You suggest he come along with you, for Patchouli's research. While Patch studies the pumpkin, you take a closer look at that card you just got. It has a picture of that Dracula fellow, and a faint magical aura. When you put some of your energy into, the card releases a bright light. You shield your eyes with your left arm, the one with your more powerful weapon equipped. When the light subsides, you see a small orb of light that floats into your hidden blade and disappears. You can feel that the magic in the weapon has increased.
Upgraded to Scythe-like Spiritual Devil's Nail (E)!
Your attacks now give you more energy/mana!
You briefly wonder what kind of rules would have to be in play for this new weapon to not be completely broken. Luckily, whatever they may be, they do not apply to or your teammates. Patch informs you that she's gotten enough information on Jakk and is ready to go. Just in time too, as Dracula seems to be reforming near his resting place. The four of you hoof it down the now unguarded staircase.
Jakk turned out to be a much better guide than your fellow assassins. He led you through the final floor, helped evade what fights you could and even aided in the ones you couldn't. He even showed you some shortcuts that were impossible to see otherwise. Most nobly, he took a hit for you from an annoying teleporting devilish creature with a little pitchfork. Needless to say, it payed dearly for attacking your new buddy.
You make your way down a narrow corridor and emerge in another courtyard, with the familiar form of Jakk in the center. He's missing his hat and cane, so this must be the same one as before. Knowing his appearance to be some kind of trick, you chuck the cane at him like a javelin. He deflects it with his hand and grabs it by the pumpkin top. One of the fire horses runs by you and steals your hat, giving it to the fake Jakk who then bows. He starts to transform during it.
The cane lengthens and sharpens, becoming a rather sharp broadsword. His orange rind hands become distinctly human-like. The pumpkin head becomes that of a normal man's; the clothes, those of a lightly armored warrior. He takes on a ghostly faded hue as he straightens up from his bow. Jakk gives the introduction: This is Doppelganger, the shapeshifting swordsman. He hops aboard the steed, summons two more and charges.
Patchouli kills the two on the sides with a few quick spells, and Jakk finishes the last with one thrust from his cane. Doppelganger is launched away but rights himself in the air and lands in front of Momiji. She attempts to shove him away with her shield, but he dodges and smacks her hard with his scabbard. At that point, you're thinking only one thing: "Motherfucker's going down."
Before the spirit can follow up, you slash at him rapidly with your hidden blades. He's forced to dodge back into a very angry wolf. She slashes at him, but he blocks it with his sword all while keeping his eyes trained on you. You wonder where Patch and Jakk are, and see out the corner of your eye the two of them fending off an endless wave of horses. Doppelganger notices your lapse in attention and kicks you in the gut, throwing you off to the side. He uses the momentum to turn and properly face Momiji so as to strike better. Most of her time is spent on the defensive, blocking a series of punches, slashes, and kicks all with enough force to easily push her back.
You roll to break your fall and jump to your feet. That kick did some damage and you'll be sure to pay him back tenfold. You rush behind him and distract him with a Sonic Blow. He turns to slash you horizontally, but you flip off the blade behind Momiji. She raises her shield up to block an overhead slash. You use that as a platform to launch yourself over your enemy. He throws a seemingly pointless slash towards you and surprises you with a wave of dark energy. Momiji takes this chance to land a body shot, while you draw your sword and block the attack.
Recovering from the recoil of Momiji's attack, Doppelganger can only manage to lock blades with her instead of give a proper counterattack. This will be all the advantage you need. As the dark wave dissipates, you stick your sword straight ahead, pointed directly toward Doppelganger's skull. Just before you make impact, however, he parries your blow, preferring to take another crippling blow rather than a fatal one. You planned for this to happen though. You drop your sword and release the hidden blades. He has no time to react as you jam the blades into either side of his head, feeling them meet in the center. He falls to the ground once you remove them, where you pin him with his own sword. He soon fades away, leaving only his sword and a card. You give the former to someone who can actually use it, and use the card on your Devil's Nail.
Momiji received Doppelganger Blade!
Upgraded weapon to Scythe-like Spiritual Devil's Nail of Berserk! (E)
Your attacks seem to take less time to complete!
Yeah, this thing is beyond broken now. You're approached by a very tired magician and a scruffy looking pumpkin head. Jakk applauds your party's skill, and gives you not only his hat and cane, but also hands over a chest full of gold and even fixes your PortaGap. How he knew about it, you will never know. You don't even get to ask him; he disappears shortly after. You open a gap back to town and the three of you leave this terrible place.
All that loot and gold along with Jakk's cane and Doppelganger's sword (Momiji didn't like the vibes it gave off) sold for a very high price. You search for the little girl and find her at the town gate, about to go hunting. You stop her and tell her a finely fabricated lie: You found the guy that took her weapon and decided to buy it for yourself. You then give her almost all of the money you just earned. She calls for her little sister and the two of them thank you with tears of joys falling in a stream. The ache of your soul is replaced with a more preferable, albeit much stronger one.
[x]Succumb to the adorableness and show them the love they so desperately deserve.
[x]Take the children with you and treat them as your own.
[x]Get out of here before you become more of a woman than your party members. ...But shed one manly tear for their perseverance.
Damn this is a lot longer than I was aiming for.