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Episode #24

Trap turned evil! Ghost Town!


Sylpheel spats, "This is crazy! Gourry!!!" Fibrizo laughs at the humans before him, as Gourry is revealed to be the secret swordsman under his control. Fibrizo continues, "He's going to kill you now, he's nothing more than my pawn." Zangulus is hardly amused, though, as he is still intent on challenging Gourry to battle yet again. Fibrizo seems terribly amused, on the other hand, at the thought of Lina and Gourry doing battle. He thinks of it as a game, and Gourry as nothing more than a puppet.

Fibrizo surrounds his puppet in black smoke, spiriting him off yet again. Lina and the others try to figure out where they could possibly go. Together, they figure out that there's probably only one shot they have at beating Fibrizo, the plan which Lina fears most : using the dreadful Giga Slave yet again. Zangulus, at any rate, is determined... mainly to fight Gourry yet again. He walks off, and Martina, well, swoons over him, like she does for every guy in the series who says a cool line.

Sylpheel leads the group to Sairaag, her home town. They hitch a ride on the back of a hay truck. She shows them the tree, where her father carved notches off to chart her growth. In fact, the town seems to be pretty prosperous, considering it was completely obliterated about a year ago (Slayers first TV series) by the Copy Rezo. While the group wonders why the town seems to have come back to life, Sylpheel hears her father call to her. She sees her father and runs to him for a hug...

Sylpheel's father explains to them that it seems that they have been revived by Fibrizo. However, the townspeople aren't quite alive, more like ghosts than anything else. Sylpheel is shown that her 'father' has no heartbeat. The source of the problem seems to be the 'temple' to Fibrizo, a giant dome just outside the city. So the group agrees to go check it out...

The dome is sealed all the way to the top, so it seems that the only way inside is to break in. The Dam Brass spell doesn't work, but just when Lina starts casting the Dragu Slave, an entrance appears. Lina runs in, and then all of a sudden, runs right back out! Lina blinks, turns around, and tries it again, and once again finds herself running back out. Amelia tries out this entranceway too, and dips her hand inside the darkness. Surprisingly, her hand pops right back out of the darkness, backwards. While Amelia ends up scaring herself out of her wits with her experimentation, the group seems to be surrounded by curious townspeople. Check that, somewhat stern-seeming townspeople. The group decides to try again later, at night, when the people are supposedly asleep.

They split into groups - Lina runs off one way, and the others stay behind. Sylpheel chases after Lina, though, rather concerned that Lina's going off by herself. Lina explains that she feels responsible for the situation and Gourry's capture, and since Fibrizo seems to be after her, that she must go alone. Sylpheel can't forgive Fibrizo for taking Gourry from her, either... Sylpheel begs to come along with Lina, and after much debate Lina finally agrees to let her.

Sylpheel and Lina continue on towards the temple, but suddenly they are interrupted by a blade spinning towards them. Seems the townspeople are wise to them, and not only that, aggressive. Not to mention the fact that there's now winged heralds of destruction hovering overhead...

Lina suddenly is attacked from behind, and she disarms her assailant with a quick slash of her dagger to the wrist. She reels with horror as she finds her attacker was a mere child, and Sylpheel implores Lina to keep her cool. They run to the temple as quickly as they can, without directly injuring any more of the townspeople... when they clear the town, Zangulus appears and clears the winged monsters from their path.

Zelgadiss and the others, meanwhile, are dealing with the townspeople in their own way. Amelia takes out a large group of them with a wide-range Sleeping spell, yet the people keep coming...

Lina finally breaks through the barrier with her awesome Laguna Blade power. As they enter the temple, Fibrizo looks on with amusement as Lina steps right into his domain...

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