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Episode #23

Menacing demon swordsmen! Journey of reunions!


Visions of Gourry appear in Lina's dream...

"A kid? I thought she'd be some babe..."
"Don't you have anything other than that overkill Dragu Slave?"

Lina wakes up with a start; it's mid-morning. Tears are streaming down her cheeks as she just sits there, thinking. Lina stands, looking out the window at all the people for a minute before getting on with her day. She finds herself thinking about all the times Gourry was there by her side...

Lina shows up for breakfast in an ecstatic rush. Overly ecstatic, one might say... Lina makes a grab for the meat on her plate, and offers one to Gourry... he's not there.

The group resolves to chase down the Hellmaster, deciding that he would be heading in the direction of Sairaag. Lina wants to go chase him down by herself, without risking the others, but the others convince Lina that they should all go together, Martina included. So they go...

Lina brings bandit strongholds along the way to smoldering heaps, running off with their riches. She seems to be back to all her old tricks, stealing from the thieves... so it's no surprise that someone tracks her down. Lina throws a spell attack at the hidden messenger; it's Sylpheel, but Lina doesn't seem to notice and attacks her again.

In any case, Lina apologizes, amidst a chiding remark by Amelia, and Sylpheel learns that Gourry had been abducted by Fibrizo, the Hellmaster. Sylpheel was looking for help for her home town of Sairaag, as a great tragedy has happened to the citizens there, so of course she accompanies the group there. But the reunion is interrupted by an icy wind, and trees falling over.

Fibrizo's voice can be heard, accompaniying a dark, masked swordsman. The henchman has Gourry's Sword of Light! Fibrizo commands that the henchman attack; his offense is met by spells from Lina and the others. The swordsman has found a new technique for the Sword of Light - creating a gigantic blast of energy which rips through the countryside! Lina narrowly misses the attack, her thigh grazed in the process... but a Flare Arrow from Sylpheel saves the day!

... or not, it fizzles at the swordsman's back. More spells get thrown at the swordsman, but he is still alive. So Zelgadiss challenges the swordsman, charging his own sword with the Astral Vine spell. No matter how hard Zelgadiss fights, the swordsman deflects all attacks, sword or not, with the Sword of Light. Fibrizo talks for a bit, and charges his swordsman with even more negative influence, so Lina and the others flee... Lina chants the Dragu-Slave as she runs, and flings it back at the swordsman! Only... the Sword of Light absorbs all of the destructive potential, and sends it back at Lina and the others!

As Lina and the others lie in the wake of the reflected Dragu-Slave, the swordsman steps up to Lina and tries to stab downward, when suddenly he's struck with an awful headache. When he regains his composure and swings again, Lina isn't there - she's been whisked out of harm's way by Zangulus, who has suddenly reappeared! He asks Lina where Gourry is, as he wants to fight him... the reply is that Gourry isn't there, but that that swordsman has his blade. So Zangulus challenges him, summoning the force of his Howling Sword to counter the Sword of Light...

As the two swordsmen fight, Lina throws her own magic into the ring, her own Laguna Blade! The three blades clash in a giant explosion, and when it clears, Fibrizo's henchman seems to be losing his armor... his face mask crumbles away, to reveal Gourry underneath!

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