On the dark side of Cathara, there was a meeting between the Draygun Sam Jack and the mysterious cloaked mad scientist Ender Vale.
"I am s-sss-orry I failed you, father," Sam Jack said defeatedly.
"Don't be ridiculous, Sam Jack!" Ender said in his deep, echoing voice. "You did exactly what you needed to."
"I don't understand. We didn't get out with any of the money."
"Sam Jack, that was all a ruse! While some cash and gems would have been a nice bonus, it wasn't what we went there for. I was able to get in and take the Crystal!"
"The Omicron Crystal is the key to unlocking the knowledge we need to destroy the Tamlar and bring Balance to the System once and for all!"
"That s-sss-illy, talking gem that Mama had?"
"It's not silly, son. It's the key. Money has not, and never will be."
"But, shiny gems-sss?"
"There is a lot more to wealth than gems and precious metals, Sam Jack. Your mother was a genius. I will do anything to realize her dreams of a world where those things are not a symbol of wealth. True wealth is sheer power."
"You have wis-sss-e words, Father."
"Thank you for trying your best to understand, Sam Jack. We are fortunate that your wounds are not severe and that we only lost two replaceable men-at-arms. The reward was worth it."
"Anything for Mother," Sam Jack said with a smile, relieved that he had actually done his job.
"I am quite concerned that apparently this vigilante Luna Starlight is capable of far more powerful attacks that we thought. We also now know of yet another would-be Felona heroine. Sylvie?"
A pink and red Draygun with golden wings, a long black mane, and bright blue eyes came forth.
"Yes, dearest Father?" Sylvesta asked. "Are we near to our goal?"
"Indeed, we are. However, there is a slight complication."
"The blue Felona, yes. I have been keeping a careful watch. Honestly, father, I think the kitties in the masks are pretty adorable! That shiny golden sword the blue kitty has is really purty, too! I'd love to get my claws on that beauty!"
"Actually, my dear Sylvesta, you raise a major point... That Felona and the sword she was wielding, as you described to me earlier, sounds awfully familiar. But it cannot be the legendary Hawkmancer. That seems highly improbable!"
"Imagine that kind of power in our claws, Father! The power of a Virtue Dragon's soul!"
Sam Jack spoke up, "Does-sss not the Hawkmancer contain the s-sss-oul of XEON, the Golden Dragon?"
Ender nodded. "XEON was... different... from the other Virtue Dragons. But yes, that is supposed to be the case."
"Wow, I knew s-sss-omething important!" Sam Jack congratulated himself aloud.
"For whatever reason," Ender elaborated, "that powerful weapon along with two other Dragon Soul Swords, were entrusted to the Transcendents known as the Divas of Fate. Foolish, silly creatures those three! So now, ever since the Divas entrusted those three to the Felona over five hundred years ago, it is imperative that we find the other four Soul Swords before anyone else does!"
"S-sss-ounds like a plan, Father!" an excited Sam Jack said.
"But what about CRONOKAI, Vampyrika, and Dawnbreaker?" Sylvesta wondered.
"Can't we get some of them, too?"
"Dawnbreaker is under the heaviest guard with the Tamlar High Order. Vampyrika is in the possession of the current Felona Queen, Phoebe Darkstar. We risk all out war by trying to attain either of them right now. And CRONOKAI, legend has it, is kept safely hidden away on the moon of Sanctuary. Therefore, it makes more sense to acquire the other three of the Seven Soul Swords before pushing for those three and Hawkmancer."
"So then, Father, what should be our next move?"
"Back home," Ender said. "Doctor Eve needs my assistance with a project that could reap benefits for years to come!"
"To Draygun Vale!" Sam Jack announced.
When Officer Donna Doby, Luna Starlight, Kristyle Cuivre, and Selina Moonbeam arrived at the Eternal City Central Police Station, Perri Winters was waiting for them. Perri was extremely wary of Luna's new companion.
Luna, on the other hand, really liked this Selina Moonbeam. It was as if they had been separated at birth. If Selina's fur had been white, they could have been nearly identical twins. "So, Selina, what did you mean by sister-in-arms?"
"We are both warrior princesses," Selina said with a smile, "You and I fight for the same cause."
"You said you were trailing Ender Vale, the madman," Luna said, "But not under anyone's authority."
Selina raised Hawkmancer, "This is all the authority I need, Luna."
Indeed, it seemed to be. The Soul Sword's blade constantly had an otherworldly glow to it. It was as if it was constantly speaking to its wielder. Luna somehow knew that was the case, but she couldn't possibly understand how.
"But you're also a Fantalica?" Perri asked, her eyes filled with uncertainty.
"That's right," Selina said.
Officer Doby cleared her throat, "Step right into my office." They had arrived at the district police office, much to the chagrin of all Felona involved. The office seemed oddly empty. No one bothered to look in their direction. They stepped right into Doby's office and Donna closed the door behind her without a fuss.
Selina immediately sat down and threw her legs up on Doby's desk. Donna grumbled for a moment. She said nothing, though. Perri and Luna remained standing.
"Now, Miss Starlight," Doby said, "What the hell do you think you're doing messing around with Draygun terrorists?"
Luna's voice caught in her throat, "Um, excuse me, Officer?"
"You heard me. You're lucky I don't lock you up and grill you further! Vigilantism is illegal enough as it is. While I've let you go about it for so long, you were dealing with small-time thugs and just doing me a favor. But this... you've gone much too far!"
Officer Doby switched right to Perri, "And you, Miss Winters. you should certainly know better to be anywhere near a crime scene with your record!"
"She did nothing!" Luna protested.
"That's true," Officer Doby said, "I'm not charging you or Perri with anything just yet..."
This is when Selina removed her mask for the first time. What Luna saw she couldn't believe. As soon as the mask came off, those fierce eyes transformed into those of a chipper kitten.
Selina had such an innocent, pretty blue face, the kind you couldn't help but smile after seeing. It didn't seem possible that this girl could be the fierce warrior she had proved to be.
She let down her hair from the tight buns at her neck's nape, and it cascaded down her back. It was thick, extremely thick, and it had a few snags and tangles from being kept up so long. Luna was surprised when its length stopped a couple inches from her waistline; she'd thought it much longer.
Selina giggled when she saw the way that Luna was looking at her. This simply couldn't have been the same girl, Luna told herself, but it clearly was.
"Oh, Luna," she mewed, "Or is it really Danika?"
"Um, you see, Selina," Perri began to say. Donna held up her hand.
"That's enough, Perri,” Donna growled. “It seems that our Miss Moonbeam is well informed. Or is it, Trudicola Selina Fantalica?"
"Just call me Trudy," the girl said with a huge smile.
"Danika, I really don't know why you're being so dangerous,” Donna said. “When Jethro and I took you in as a foster child, I really hoped you'd never find out your true identity. But thanks to Perri's father and his big mouth, here we are!"
Perri shook her head, "I admit it. Artemis is my middle name. It sounds more heroic."
"Don't worry, Selina,” Perri said. “I mean, Trudy. We can trust Officer Doby, Remember, she's on our side. Even if she doesn't seem to like you too much."
"Still," Donna crossed her arms, "Those Draygun terrorists. I really should do something about you two, but I just don't know."
Selina finally spoke up, "I've been tailing them for a while. And believe me, they weren't after the money."
"What makes you say that?" shot back Donna.
"They wanted to break into the safe, yes," Selina said as she played with her sharp, pristine claws. "But it was all a distraction."
“Those red eyes," said Luna. "You saw them too, Trudy?"
"Of course I did!" Trudy said with a bit of an uppity tone.
"Could it have been Ender Vale?" Donna asked no one in particular.
"No one's ever seen him, I don't think," Luna said.
"I have," Selina said.
"Well, then," Donna grinned, "Tell us then, Trudy Fantalica, what he looks like!"
Trudy pulled her legs off of the desk. "How did you know my name, anyway?"
"I know a lot more than you'd want me to know," Donna admitted.
"Aiming to become Full Detective?" Luna asked.
"Yes, Danika," Donna nodded, a proud look in her eyes, "Yes, I am."
Trudy sighed, "Alright, maybe I'm not a hero. But I do have a shiny sword!"
"Ender Vale's description," demanded Donna.
"Ah, well," Trudy let off a heavy sigh, "Red eyes, really big cloak. That's all I can really tell you."
Doby shook her head, "That won't do. Luna, did you see anything more?"
"No, ma'am," Luna said respectfully.
"Can we go now?" Perri asked, her tone somewhat condescending. Then again, Perri just talked that way.
There was then a knock at the door.
Donna let out a grave sigh. "That's for you, Danika," she said. "Open it up."
When Luna opened the door, she saw why the building had been so empty. Two massive antlered creatures towered over her, and well over the doorway. There was no way they would fit in the room, and their massive size had caused the other police crew to file into their own offices.
The Tamlar were massively high and broad deer-like creatures with tails sporting sprouted buds on their tips. They were half-plant, half-animal beings, a heritage they were quite proud of. These were the two most important Tamlar in the history of Cathara: Remi and Obsidienne Quasidor. Danika had awaited this day for a long time. This was the day that the Quasidors finally figured out who she really was.
"Hello, Luna!" Obsidienne said sweetly, her powerful candy-coated voice echoed throughout the building. She was actually very pretty, with long black hair, tinged with silver, flowing back behind her little ears. Years ago she had worn it shorter and in a spiky style, but over the years, a less spunky look seemed to suit her better. Her coat was a shiny silver and her tail was tipped with living rosebuds.
Remi once had wild, red hair, but now it was white and thinning. He wore a huge monocle over his left eye. It seemed little more than a decoration rather than a functional eyepiece. His expression was always stern, so you could never really gauge his true mood.
"You're in a lot of trouble, Luna." Remi said softly, without a hint of anger, or even a slight bit of frustration. He simply stated a fact, as he did with most things.
"Oh, Perri," Obsidienne said, "Playing Artemis Twilight again, are we?"
"Yes, Syd," Perri said, hanging her head. She may have often had a blatant disrespect for authority. But she knew this Tamlar well and was well aware she was not one to be crossed. It wasn't obvious by Obsidienne's immediate temperament, but Syd could be as mean as she was nice. It was truly a nightmarish thought.
"Lord and Duchess Quasidor," Trudy said, bowing respectfully. "Trudy Fantalica, Guardian of Hope, Wielder of the Soul Sword Hawkmancer, at your service!"
"Yes, we know all about you, Selina Moonbeam," Remi said without emotion, "Or, as you said, that's only your assumed name for your midnight prowls."
"Do you know what they were after, Trudy?" Syd asked.
"Absolutely," Trudy said grimly, "The Omicron Crystal."
Luna's eyes shot open and a grin crossed her face, "That old hunk of crystal? It's pretty, but pretty worthless, isn't it?"
"It belonged to Emoni Vale," Trudy said to Luna, but not facing her. "It contained much of her research."
"A data storage device," Remi said, "But this is not really why we are here. It's about you, Luna Starlight. Or should I say, Danika Doby?"
"I won't lie, milord," Luna said. "It was probably pretty stupid of me to use my hidden power like that. But I didn't really have much of a choice."
"No, you actually did," Syd pointed out. "But you did do something extremely brave and you did use your power for the right reason. It's about time we told you, but not here. There is a hard truth for you to know now."
"No, please just tell me here. We're behind closed doors, and I'm sure Donna already knows."
Remi sighed. "Your mother, Luna, was Soluna Starr. But you knew that. What you didn't know is this. We've been watching you ever since you were born. We gave you up on purpose because we feel that we failed as guardians to Soluna. We don't know how or why she became pregnant with you. All we know is that you never should have happened."
"What do you mean?"
"The truth is, Luna, we have no idea who your father was."
"Far as I'm concerned, Jethro Doby is my father!"
"Well, Donna," Syd shed a tear, "It pains me to tell you this hard truth is just as hard for you as it will be for Luna... er, Danika."
Donna's eyes shot open wide. "No, what happened to Jethro?"
"Your husband...” Syd trailed off, the words she was about to say sticking to her tongue.”I just came from the hospital. Jethro Doby was just pronounced dead."
Donna collapsed to the floor. Danika stood frozen and Perri started bawling.
"Uh, what just happened?" Trudy asked.
"You don't want to know," Luna said.
Far as she was concerned, she'd just lost her father. And Cathara had lost a great man.