Post by othus on Dec 2, 2021 16:47:13 GMT
Year 2220, Another World
The pride of the Musashi Clan, a swordsman with no equal under the heavens. 1540 duels, no losses. That was Akane Musashi.
The General of what was now the largest armed force on the planet walked proudly into the main halls of her castle to meet her sister.
"Long time no see, sister. It's been what, 30 years?"-Akane said as she hugged Mai, who promptly embraced her back
"Yeah, although 30 years now seem to pass in the blink of an eye"
Akane took a second look at her sister, she still looked 25, even after two hundred years.
"So, if you called me there's probably something you want to share with me"-Akane said as she rested her hand on her blade.
"Actually yes, I have created a device you...might take an interest in. You still practice with that blade?"
"The blade is my life, you know that. Even if there are no more challenges, I always strive to be number one"
Mai walked Akane to an even bigger area outside. A large machine was at display with a massive screen that revealed a list in order.
"So..what is this?"-Akane said as she read the numbers. It was a list, thousands upon thousands of numbers, and all of them had the name Mai in it.
"This, is the multiversal ranker. It shows which version of yourself in the multiverse is king. you see, just insert your hand here and..."
The machine began to spin numbers as it glowed. Mai's final number was at display:
"Yes, there's over a million versions of me who are stronger"
Akane clenched her fist. this, this changed everything, how good was she really? In this world, she was unrivaled, but maybe...
"Well it's all a fun game but, would you like to try?"-Mai said as she held Akane's hand and guided it towards the machine.
The numbers were made once more, rewritten for Akane. The final number appeared.
"WHAT?! Holy shit sister you are rank 10,000!"-Mai's eyes widened in surprise but Akane was dismayed.
"10,000. there are 10,000 versions of myself who are stronger?"
Musashi took out her arm from the machine and walked away
"Sis? are you staying over?"
"I have no time. Mai, be a doll and send me the list of the top 10,000 versions of me. And thank you, this has been quite...enlightening"
Rank 8236, Esper World.
A battle ensued. two Musashi Akane fought in the midst of a futuristic city. Akane swung with her blade but her counterpart blocked all of her advances using solely her mind.
"THIS CAN'T BE POSSIBLE"
"I'm afraid you are still wet behind your ears, other me"
The Esper version of Akane drew out her blade, it was quite a particular weapon, in that it had no actual blade part. the sword itself was just a handle.
The esper swung her blade and Akane felt the pain of being cut in half, there was nothing she could do regardless of distance or physical block.
"This, is a mind attack. You cannot win against me, other me"
Akane went down to her knees and panted. Not once in 200 years had she ever experience the pain of being cleaved in half.
"This ability...is horrifying"-Akane admited in front of her other version
"Ability? I am not even using Niten Ichi Ryu..."-Musashi sheathed her bladeless blade back to its scabbard.
"I know what you are trying to do. I can read your mind, you know? Your world has no excitement. for 200 years your world has been at peace. Look around you, my world is haunted by dark creatures of the night. Despite there being a vast difference between ourselves, you live in peace, while I, do not"
"Are these creatures too strong for you then?"
"They are immune to my abilities, thus, much of my power is useless against them"
"So, what if I dealt with them for you?"
"You would do that for me?"-The esper version lifted a brow, then chuckled.
"I see...you want me to merge with you in exchange"
"Yes. I'll save your world with my sword, but you need to promise you'll merge with me after"
"This might take you decades, we are talking about saving the entire world"
"I have nothing better to do"-Musashi replied.
Akane traveled to many other worlds, with time disparities she had lost count of her real age. all she knew, was that she was at least a couple hundred years older than her sister. Akane began to stack blades on her back.
She now had five, all shaped differently with unique designs, sizes and patterns. what was the reason she had begun traveling to other worlds? she could no longer remember.
Akane walked back to her sister's castle. with the time disparity, she had only been away for 30 years, but there was a completely different aura to herself.
"Greetings my sister. I have come again to use this ranking machine of yours"
"ah...yeah i remember it! that old thing. Sure, come with me. I see you are carrying a whole bunch of swords now, learned anything new?"
Akane shoved her hand again and a number was displayed:
Musashi smiled as she retrieved her hand off the machine. She turned away once more and left.
"3200?!!...Hey! where are you going?!"
"There are worlds out there who need me. Hopefully, we will see each other again in a few decades...I'm off to the next world!"