Of course he couldn't just go out and kill them all, no matter how satisfying that promised to feel. Alek picked up a few of his maps, ignoring the curious look Badger gave him. Flipping them open he looked one in particular over and nodded. He needed to trap them, get them in an area where he could be sure that what tools he had were usable. Finished with his preparations Alek stormed out of his home, barely managing to remember to close the door behind him. Candy swooped onto his shoulder from above with a curious expression. “Hey, just saw the hunt coming in!” The goddess chirped. “Looks like you are in the clear now.” Alek shook his head. “I'm not in the clear until I leave or they are dead. Since I can't leave yet, it's the second option.” Candy blinked. “Isn't that a spectacularly bad idea? I mean you really don't have much combat potential.” “I can manage something.” Alek moved into the burned sections of the city, some areas still smoking generally. The wreckage was piecemeal. Some places were burned to the ground, others were nearly untouched. Candy had placed the small firebombs perfectly in his opinion. The casualties were as minimal as he had hoped, and the confusion it had caused had put up a near perfect smokescreen. Removing the hunt would cause even more panic and make his escape unnoticeable. This notion was secure in his mind. Everything hinged on it now. The ruined buildings were of little use to the people who had fled. But to a Twilight Solar who knew how to craft and to build, it was a perfect place to create a deathtrap. Alek felt his mouth curl into a wicked smirk. He had plans. – The sun was just starting to wane as Dochik burst into the medical tent for Xihotui. The Maiden of Endings had been tending to the injured for the past few days almost non-stop, and had been spending all her waking moments in the area. In fact, only the fact that she was still involved in the hunt kept her from expending all her power in her ministrations. Thus she was still coherent enough to see the man rush in. “We've found her.” The Dragon-Blood reported to her. “There have been reports of flashes of light in the major burned area.” Xihotui immediately got to her feet and began to follow him out of the area. No words passed between them as they exited the makeshift hospital and met up with the rest of their compatriots. Just strict, professional movement. They were all eager to get to the end of the hunt. The burned area of the city was a husk of it's former self Xihotui noted. The frames of some of the buildings looked more like charred bones of some ancient beast rather than the dwellings they once were. Unfortunately this made it difficult for Dochik to get a proper vantage point for his archery since he couldn't be always sure of his footing. Not that it would hinder him much, but every little bit helped. “It's going to be difficult to track her.” The Dragon-Blood rumbled as he looked around. “She's probably gone to ground again.” “Perhaps.” Xihotui looked around. “Movement over here!” One of the mortals of the hunt gestured. “Into that cellar there!” Dochik began to sprint towards where they indicated. Placing himself at the entrance he gestured to his companions. “Check around the building. Be sure this is the only entrance.” He placed an arrow on his bow and began to focus in preparation. At his side Xihotui took a deep breath, anticipating a final end to the hunt. “Nothing obvious sir.” The men reported back quickly from their search. Several of them hefting their weapon of choice now. “All right. We are going in. You six stay out here and catch her if she attempts to go around.” Dochik directed his people and began to descend into the cellar with a wary Xihotui. It was dark and foreboding inside. The fire hadn't gotten to the area, but neglect had. The dying light from the sun barely enough to light the area. It was enough however to see movement ahead. Not wanting to get the wrong target, the two slowly stalked forward and deeper into the cellar. Once they got to a certain point, Xihotui stiffened as her charm of fate began to warn of danger. “Attack her now!” The Sidereal began to dash forward with unnatural speed even as she spoke. Dochik didn't need to be told twice, and lunged forward. Only to back up with a cry of surprise as the figure they were chasing pulled off it's cloak. Whatever it was, he couldn't determine, because as soon as it did this action it pulled something. And something snapped, and cracked. The entire cellar began to collapse around them, and a sickly sweet scent of something made both him and Xihotui stagger momentarily. The figure disappeared in the chaos, but the effect lingered even as the floorboards came down on their heads. A howl came from outside, but the two Exalts ignored it in their attempt to escape. Dashing to her friend's side, Xihotui's body blurred unnaturally. The falling wood shattered in response, and Dochik grabbed her hand and heaved, throwing her up and directly into the falling building. Her body glowed with purple, and with a shout she kicked through at the bottom of the building, and it exploded in a shower of power. With a flip she landed outside the building. The building caved inwards around the hole, and sagged ominously. In crumbled inward more. Yet with a shout, Dochik followed his companion, simply breaking out and in a spray of wood and dust, dragging himself out by sheer will. He ended, just barely out the destruction, and next to Xihotui. He coughed out once, and got to his feet, whatever poison that creature had afflicted them with had hit him the worst. Yet he was still far from being done. The same couldn't be said of his companions. They were on the ground at the entrance, blood flowing from their ears, and either dead or near dead. The ground around them was cratered as if from some enormous force. Both of the Exalts had but a moment to contemplate this as another howl resounded. Xihotui blurred as she dodged, but Dochik was far less nimble, and he felt the full force of it. A cacophony of sound impacted like the fist of an angry god against him. He staggered, blown backwards by the strike. Yet he still stood. “THERE!” Xihotui pointed into the distance at a glowing figure. “Fire there Dochik!” The Dragon-Blood couldn't hear it. Couldn't see it past his pain. Yet despite this, he knew somehow that she needed something. Duty called to him. It was in his blood. He refused to fail it. So he gathered his bow, and knocked his arrow. It was a magnificent bow. Handed down from generations. It had served as his family had served. It refused to fail just as he did. Not here, and not now. With a prayer and a flare of his power the arrow went off into the distance. An impossible shot. The figure had already started to go, and despite the glow he was giving off, it was dark now. He was injured. The poison was already starting to cause him to drop. He knew it hit regardless. Dochik had done his duty. That was his only wish ever. Even as his vision faded to black, he knew that he had done his very best. All he had ever asked... – More stuff! Have decided that Xihotui was using a resplendent destiny as herself. Also have decided that Sidereal are confusing as hell and their mechanics definitely need a total rewrite so things can be friggen understood >_< I never stated out Dochik you know, I'm not sure if it shows. I did Xihotui and picked like a whole buncha random things I thought looked cool, but not Dochik. He wasn't supposed to be that important, but I had to name him because he started to actually be part of the story. Not sure if I did good with him to be honest now. Meh this is all for fun anyway.