The jet slowed to a hover high over a temple deep within the Chinese forest high in the mountains. It remained there for afew minutes while Sprocket scanned the area. Well
Im not picking up any signs of life around here. She said, So I guess its abandon, head on down and Ill wait up here and keep scanning. How will we get down? Spyro asked, We dont have wings anymore. Go to the loading bay. She answered, There are some lowering cables you can use. They all went to the loading bay they saw four strong ropes hanging from winches. They went over and grabbed onto the rope. Alright everyone here we go. Sprocket said through a speaker. The floor started to open and they jumped down holding on tight to the ropes. It lowered them to the ground and they stood outside of the temples main gate. The ropes reseeded into the jet and they walked forward. They opened the gate just a little and slipped in. They looked around; the temple consisted of a large Chinese garden with afew koi ponds here and there and large blossom trees. Wow this place is amazing. Cynder said. Yeah
Rick answered, I always heard that Chinese gardens were beautiful, but this one
amazing. They looked at a Large building in the center of the garden, inside a small window they could see a pedestal, That must be it in there. Spyro pointed out. They started to head toward it but were cut off when a blade-star hit the ground in front of them. They all looked up and saw someone standing on top on the building, balancing perfectly on its pointed roof. The figure jumped down the building and landed on the ground almost soundlessly. The figure stood and they looked at them, he had a large straw hat covering his head, a long red cloak made of silk, wooden sandals, and a long thin sword sheath tied to his side with a cloth belt. The figure reached for his sword and unsheathed it, it was a samurai sword about four feet long and had a single razor sharp edge; he held it out in front of him and pointed silently at Rick. What does he want? Sophie asked. I dont know
Spyro answered, Maybe a fight. He started to move but Rick placed a hand in front of him and stopped him, Wait
he said, Lets see before we attack. He started to talk to the figure, We mean you or your home no harm, we have brought a relic that must be placed on an alter, here to save our world. The figure only flicked the end of the sword, he probably didnt understand. They waited afew second and the figure lowered its sword and turned around. The group waited for nearly a minute until the samurai sat down and seemed to meditate. Everyone looked at him and Fugeo said, What is this? A test. Rick answered he sat down and took the same position as the samurai. He closed his eyes and suddenly felt himself starting to float. He opened his eyes saw he was floating above his own body; everyone was looking at him and the samurai. Guys! Rick called, UP HERE! They didnt answer; they didnt even know he was there. I must be in some sort of meditative state. Very good. He heard. He turned around and saw the samurai floating above his body as well, Youre wiser than you look mortal, why are you here? the samurai asked. Im here to save my world and my friends world. Rick answered. Are you? he asked, Are you sure thats the only reason your on this quest? Of course. Rick answered, Why
? I sense a dark presence around you, how do I know I can trust you? the samurai asked, There is a test you must pass; you must defeat me, in a battle. He disappeared into his body and Rick did the same. Rick stood as well as the samurai. Spyro. Rick said, I might need those gloves. He took them off and handed them to Rick. He put them on and gave his gun to Spyro. Why dont you just use this? He asked hold up the gun. Because
this needs to be a fair fight. Rick said, If its not we could fail our mission.
The samurai charged at Rick. The gloves glowed and Rick punched at the Samurai, he became a blur and reappeared behind Rick. He swung the sword and sliced at Ricks back, but with so much control that he only cut his shirt. Rick spun around and grabbed the warriors arm. He threw the Samurai in the air and pushed him into a wall as he fell. A cloud of dust appeared as the samurai hit the wall. As the dust cleared Rick noticed he was gone. Where did he go? Cynder asked. I dont know. Rick answered, But you all need to get somewhere safe, go back to the jet, I dont want any of you hurt. They agreed and called for a lift from Sprocket, she lowered the cables and they were lifted up into the airships loading bay. They went into the cockpit and watched.
Concern for your friends well being. He heard, Thats good, maybe you are trust worthy but you still have to pass my test. A blade-star flew toward him and Rick ducked. It spun less than an inch from his face and cut nearly an inch of hair from his head. He stood back up and grabbed the blade-star and threw it into the ground. More blade-stars flew from every angle around him; the samurai seemed to be everywhere at once. Rick tried to dodge the blades but couldnt, they grazed, cut and sliced his skin, luckily none were fatal but they still caused great pain. Rick dropped to his knee and the Samurai appeared before him, You have failed. He said. The samurai raised his blade up and prepared to stab Rick. He jabbed at Rick but just as he was about to stab him his blade was stopped by another. It was Razor-edge! The blade appeared before Rick in a cloud of darkness. The samurai looked at the blade which let of a blood red aura, What kind of sorcery is this? he asked stepping away from the large blade. Rick looked at his sword and grabbed it; the blade glowed and seemed to growl as a much darker red aura surrounded it. Rick felt his injuries healing. He stood and heaved the blade over his shoulder and rested it there. The samurai looked at the blade as it glowed fiery red again and suddenly Rick vanished. He reappeared behind the samurai and swung the blade at him. The warrior held his sword up and blocked the attack but was thrown to the ground by the weight of the blade itself. Rick stood over the Samurai and he vanished as a blur again, more blade-stars flew only this time Rick was able to block every one of them. Since his sword was glowing red he was able to move with the reflexes of a dragon. The samurai appeared and swung, it was mostly block but Rick felt the very tip of the sword touch his side. The samurai disappeared and yet another flurry of blade-stars appeared. Rick began to notice a pattern in the samurais fighting. I see
Rick said to himself. He hefted his blade into the air above him and a white aura appeared around Ricks body. The blade-stars hit him and deflected back into the direction they came from. The samurai was stopped by his own attack when a blade-star hit him in the leg and made him fall to the ground. Very good
the samurai said, I see you are familiar with fighting, thats good
you examine your enemys moves and learn their style, now let the real test begin! The Samurai leapt up and locked blades with Rick. The two glared at each other knowing that it would be a difficult fight.