Chapter 19: "Echoes of Woe"
Final Fantasy X/X-2
Characters: Isaaru, Maroda, Auron, Elma, Rikku, Gippal, Shinra, Nooj, Cid
Rating: PG-13 (Violence)
Word Count: 3000
Summary: Summoner Isaaru arrives in the aftermath of an attack on the Al Bhed Home.
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The Story So Far: Sin has been systematically destroying temples and their aeons. Baaj Island, the new Al Bhed Home, has become its latest target. Isaaru and his companions arrive in the aftermath of the attack to offer help.
Wreaths of steam and smoke marked the sunken island of Baaj long before the piers of New Home rose from the sea. Late afternoon sun flared off distant panels and windows. As the airship began to descend, the jumble of structures resolved itself into a circular hive of new stone buildings built on and apparently from a vast field of submerged ruins, interconnected by arching bridges of metal and glass. The town was surrounded by a fortified ring-wall of more typical Al Bhed design, an intimidating exoskeleton of girders and rusted metal, massive guns facing out to sea. Baaj Temple reared up at the center of the settlement. Black smoke vomited from a wing jutting out behind its central tower.
The temple's cracked dome was not the only testament to Sin's passing. All the windows facing north had been blown in. Struts and spans tilted at dangerous angles. Porches and awnings had been ripped away from houses. Every channel of open water was fretted by a spiderweb of snapped cables drooping from twisted pylons. Yet apart from a few missing roofs, most of the structures appeared to be intact.
Gippal, returning to the flight deck with noisy disregard for his somber passengers, thumped Rikku's back before climbing into his seat. "Buck up, Sunshine. It's not as bad as it looks."
"Easy for you to say, Gip," she said, drooped over her console. "You're gonna make a fortune selling construction materials, right?"
"Two percent," he said. "Rin wanted a big markup, but I won't kick the home team when it's down."
"What a mess," Elma said. Ensconced in the gunner's bubble, she had a bird's eye view of the devastation crawling by.
"At least they had warning," Isaaru said. "Thank Yevon they fled in time."( Read More... )