In distress and panicking, Remi sprints out of the cave. To Remi’s relief, her friends have come for her. Zeke catches her before she can fall to the ground from exhaustion and pain.
Remi screams out a warning as Aisling comes sprinting out of the cave just behind her.
Aisling skids to a stop, frozen in surprise that the group was able to find her hideout. In, one hand she holds the Hegemonix and there is no mistaking the power radiating from the artifact.
Aisling curses at Padric, thinking he has betrayed her by helping the group find her hideout.
Padric tries to talk sense into Aisling, but it does no good.
Aisling knows she cant bring her father back, but she can honor him by bringing justice to those who wronged him. By punishing those responsible, Aisling is only taking what’s rightfully hers. Kidnapping Remi and stealing her away from Malik would force him to feel loss, just like she had.
Before the verbal fight can escalate any further, the Maluma cuts them both off with a shrill laugh. Using Nightingale’s body, it shoves Remi down into the dirt and mud.
Hurt and confused, Remi watches as Nightingale joins Aisling’s side. Emulating Nightingale, the Maluma claims that she too cares about Elenia and bringing justice to Malik and Grace. Nightingale promises Aisling that they shall both have what’s rightfully theirs.
Believing that the Princess of Elenia has her back, Aisling gears up for a fight.
Zeke curses at the Maluma, calling it a liar. Then he explains to Remi that the Maluma is in control.
Nightingale laughs as a sort of organic armor latches to her body. The Maluma forges a weapon made from the biology of it’s own sick body. It forms a grotesque sword and a set of armor that engulfs Nightingale. Then, without any further discussion, the Maluma and Aisling charge forward.
Rook yells out, instructing that nobody hurts the Princess. Rook knows that the Maluma is looking for a new body and he won’t be tricked.
With a renewed strength and purpose, Remi picks herself up and draws her daggers. She wasn’t going to let Aisling or the Maluma hurt her friends.