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Valkyrie of Fire Part 2 is the second chapter of Little Witch Academia: Witches of Midgard.
As Ursula, Asger, Diana, and Miranda discussing the course of actions in the light of recent events, Akko, Lotte, and Sucy discovered more about Thapoli, Valkyries, and Pomokai Holoholonas from the books at Luna Nova Library. Diana and Asger then scouted the school's surroundings where they ambushed by the ominous Naglfar druid known as Elder Erik. The three battled, but both Diana and Asger outmatched by combined strength of Elder Erik and his monstrous insectoid familiars where they inevitably bring the fight to the school's library, causing panic and considerable destruction in process. Fortunately, it took combined efforts of Diana, Ursula, Asger, and Akko who finally don her Valkyrie Armor for the first time to drove Erik away.
In Headmistress' Office, a meeting is held between Asger, Ursula, Diana, and Miranda Holbrooke. After proposing that they will train Akko, Lotte, and Sucy ancient ways of Valkyrie, Akko told them that she and her teammates need to think about it. With that, Ursula and Asger discussed the matter with Headmistress Holbrooke and Diana Cavendish, who also heard the news of three Valkyrie Gauntlets being sent to the school this afternoon.
"This can't go on, Headmistress Holbrooke. First, they attacked Thapoli, now those gauntlets chose three unlikely young witches who had no idea what they will face?", Asger said uneasily.
"What do you suggest Asger?", Holbrooke asked.
"Find other champions. Those who have same qualities with Miss Cavendish in this school", the squirrel pleaded.
"Worthiness enchantment given to those gauntlets is never wrong", Ursula argued. "They must have sensed something in them that made them worthy as their new wielders like Shiny Rod did to Akko. But—"
"But what?!", Asger interrupted. "We can't send those kids to their deaths just because they worthy! How about if this proved too much for them, and... it was an accident?"
"There are no accidents. I believe German sensed the same thing when he passed those gauntlets to Akko, Lotte, and Sucy so those three can bring them to Luna Nova", Holbrooke reassured. "I understand you worried because they still minors and lacked skills Miss Cavendish had."
"Well then!", Asger insisted.
"Do not underestimate my friends Asger", Diana raised her voice. "It was true Akko and I stopped the missile from destroying the neighboring country, but both of us not succeed without their help."
"I agreed with Miss Cavendish and Professor Chariot", Holbrooke nodded. "Asger, Diana, scout the area around the school in case of those Naglfars approaching this place. We can't afford to let them enter the school's premises. And Professor Chariot, discuss this matter with those three, will you?"
"It will be done, Headmistress", Diana nodded.
"I will", Professor Ursula nodded also before set out to find Akko, Lotte, and Sucy.
"This is it! I knew I'd seen what kind of creature Asger before."
Akko, Lotte, and Sucy are in the school library where they browsed more information about both Pomokai Holoholonas and Naglfar, which bring them to Norse mythology and legends that surrounding Nine Olde Witches. There, the Finnish witch stumbled upon book about Pomokai Holoholonas and excitedly showed its contents to her roommates.
"What is it, Lotte?", Akko wondered.
"A Ratatoskr", Lotte whispered dramatically. "Asger is a Ratatoskr, one of seven races of legendary magic beasts called Pomokai Holoholona, creation of Nine Olde Witches!"
"Pomo-what?", Sucy asked.
Lotte reads the article about Pomokai Holoholonas and legends that surrounding their origins to her roommates: Pomokai Holoholonas are living forms of magic created through combining magic of Yggdrasil and that of legendary serpent called Great Lindworm. Long ago, an evil being called Loki enslaved the Great Lindworm and forced the serpent to destroy the world against its will. The terror they unleashed brought the attention of Nine Olde Witches, legendary witches and founder of Luna Nova, and Heimdall, Warrior from The North. And so, they battled, a battle so great that it scarred the whole world. Having enough with Loki's hold over it, Great Lindworm turned against the destroyer demon and aided Heimdall and Nine Olde Witches striking him down. But the spiteful Loki retaliated by delivering fatal blows on both Warrior from The North and the beast in his last moments, killing them both. Sensing its pain and suffering at hands of the malevolent Loki, and aware that Great Lindworm's own inherent black magic threatened to ravage the world upon its death, Woodward utilizes power of both Shiny Rod and Yggdrasil to purify the beast, resulting magic inside it and that of the Great Tree combined into seven races of half-plant, half-animal beings that would be known as Pomokai Holoholona. It was also said that the process allowed Great Lindworm's tortured soul to reincarnate into a mortal being in Midgard so it can regain peace it lost because of Loki.
While Nine Olde Witches reputed as legendary figures among witches, this legendary feat of theirs soon fade into fairy tales, with everyone no longer remember how Pomokai Holoholonas came to being. In spite of this, Pomokai Holoholonas' own reputation which inspired both the fear and respect to these creatures gave them a central place in lore of witch civilization as beasts of legend.
"I can't believe it! We just met two of those legendary Pomokai Holoholonas this afternoon", Akko awed in disbelief.
"So do I", Lotte added. "I never know they really exist until now. I heard their community led a reclusive life somewhere at Norway with Kingdom of Thapoli being sole connection to witch community and outside world. I'm sure you guys never heard about that kingdom since they are some kind of secret nation founded by original followers of Nine Olde Witches to begin with. Thapoli severed their ties with the rest of the world except with Witch Community to protect ancient witchcrafts and other knowledge to prevent them from falling into wrong hands. The proof of that kingdom's existence were both those Pomokai Holoholonas and those gauntlets!"
While Sucy remained indifferent, Akko tried to absorb her place in this crazy revelation. She realized how little she knew about the world of magic.
Patrolling the school at night seemingly simple part of Diana's daily routine before studying for the class on the next day. This time however, she patrols alongside Asger, the emissary of Thapoli who sent to look for potential champions for Valkyrie Armors his late fellow emissary German sent to Luna Nova. With Naglfar now know the gauntlets are in Luna Nova, it's just the matter of time before they invade the school.
Headmistress Holbrooke had a special reason why she appointed Diana for this duty. It is not simply because of her reputation as prodigy in Luna Nova, but rather an important secret of hers only Holbrooke and Professor Ursula aware of- Unlike the rest of her peers, Diana is the Valkyrie apprentice who recently completed her training. Her title is Eir the Ice Sword Valkyrie. The previous bearer of this title was her mother, Bernadette Cavendish, a powerful witch and Valkyrie who had fought in numerous battles against those who threatened both humanity and witch community. She later resigned from her duty following death of her husband and her deteriorated health so she can prepare her daughter to become heir of the title. While the Ice Valkyrie associated with House of Cavendish, only bearers of this armor and trustworthy members of this family who aware with this secret: Daryl, Maryl, and Merrill remain oblivious with this, which is for the best.
After scouting for a while, the duo decided to split up in order to cover more ground. Asger goes for southern area around the school while Diana on the north. At first, nothing seems unusual as she walked through the trees at the north of main building until she heard a faint noise. Cautiously pulling out her wand, Diana quickly turned around and pointed it forward. Suddenly, a mysterious assailant swung from a nearby tree and lunges towards her, prompting her to roll out of the way. She managed to evade the mysterious figure's ambush unharmed, save for a small cut on her cheek.
"Not bad, for a young Valkyrie", the stranger praised as Diana gets back on her feet.
Something on the mysterious figure tells Diana that he might not an ordinary human, especially with his glowing blue eyes. He wears a brown fur hood over his head adorned with deer skull that has runic symbols painted on the base of both of its antlers and horizontally across nose bridge area. He also wears red coat with yellow edges over a purple robe with matching edge, brown sash, and what appeared to be brown boots. The hooded stranger carries a curved runic dagger on his right hand, which point now stained with Diana's blood.
"Who are you?", Diana demanded.
"No need to ask question, young Valkyrie", the figure scowled. "I give you once chance to save the pathetic school of yours. Tell me the whereabouts of those gauntlets!"
Guessing that the intruder coveted the gauntlets which Luna Nova received this afternoon, Diana replied, "You know I can't do that."
The hooded figure leaps into the air, easily disarmed the young witch by knocking her wand off of her hand. With a quick turn, he proceeds to stab her on the abdomen only for something redirected it to the ground. To his surprise, Diana parried the attack with a weapon in form of an ornate yellow and white spearhead with a green orb embedded on it. Both combatants struggle for a while until the hooded figure conjures a long ice shard on his free hand and attempted to stab his opponent's throat with it. But once again, the attack fails with the said weapon shattered by another blade of Diana's before the prodigy kicked him several feet away from her. Recovering from the attack, the figure surprised that the Cavendish is holding twin blades on both of her hands.
"You're not the only one who is dual-wielding here", Diana said confidently before connected both blades on their pommel and hold it with her left hand as she kicks her wand back to another. She then magically combined both into twin futuristic shortswords combined at the pommel in a flash of green light before assuming a combat stance.
"That twin blade, and blonde hair and blue eyes of yours... I should've known. You're Eir the Ice Sword Valkyrie!", the figure curses in realization before magically turned his dagger into icy long sword and attacks.
The duel soon become quick-paced, jaw-dropping fight. Magic meets martial arts as Diana and the hooded assailant mix magic bolts with tornado kick, slashes, stabs, and punches. Diana fights bravely, but her adversary doesn't tire. A savage blow knocked her sword staff into half, and a brutal kick sends her sailing. Cornering her against a nearby tree, the hooded figure raises his icy sword, ready to deliver a lethal blow to end their fight. Acting fast, Diana raises her twin swords in defensive position. Suddenly, seconds before their weapons clashed, a powerful magic bolt knocks the hooded intruder's icy sword off of his hand before having another bolt sending him flying. Diana turns around, and sees Asger with his body emanates with green energy surge
"Are you okay, Cavendish?", the squirrel-like Pomokai Holoholona asked calmly.
Diana simply nods as the squirrel jumped to her side. Dismayed by unexpected arrival of a squirrel-like Pomokai Holoholona, the hooded figure returned to his feet and curses, "Well, if it isn't one of wretched Nine Olde Witches' creation. I don't have time to deal both pest and Valkyrie at once, so I'll finish this quickly with some pets of mine!"
The figure pulled out what appeared to be a blowing horn from his coat before blows it, letting out a loud humming noise which echo throughout the woods. A second later, the loud horn is replied by loud hisses and flapping noises from all over the woods. The hooded figure smirks as four-winged insectoid monster jump out from the hiding and converges to his side. With a snap of his fingers, the beasts explode into mass of flesh and tendrils that combine into a single, two-headed, giant version of individual creature with its centipede-like lower half morphs into segmented tail ends with tripartite claws.
"Now, let us match the combined power of Naglfar's greatest beasts of war and magic of Jotunheim against Ice Valkyrie and the best weapon Nine Olde Witches bestowed to her!", the figure challenges before merged with the beast waist down on its thorax.
Cold sweat runs through Diana's face. There's no way she can deal that thing even with Asger on her side.
A loud roar echoed throughout the woods and made its way to Luna Nova, startling every single inhabitant in the school. This includes Akko, Lotte, and Sucy who still in the library.
"What was that?", Akko wondered.
"I don't know, but I have a good feeling about this", Sucy said with her toothy grin.
Another roar echoes throughout the woods. Curious, Lotte peers to a nearby window, and her face instantly become pale as she starts to back away.
"Lotte, what is it?", Akko wondered.
Suddenly something comes crashing in one of windows not far from the three friends, knocking over one of bookshelves and spilled its contents to the floor. This followed by Mega Apollyon who claws its way into the library and roars at everyone present.
A split seconds later, everyone, except Sucy of course, is yelling. As everyone evacuate the library, Lotte pulls Sucy out of the room with Akko follow her friends from behind. But then, she stopped in her tracks upon noticing Diana and Asger emerge from the rubble that used to be a bookshelf, with the two-headed beast, controlled by evil sorcerer who merged with it, enters the library.
"What's so special about Ice Valkyrie?!", the hooded figure insulted Diana. "I heard rumors about her being House of Cavendish's greatest champion and even fought some myself, but it seems you're not looked like what they used to be. How incredibly disappointing."
Ice Valkyrie?, Akko thought. She knows Diana is a prodigy from famous House of Cavendish, but Ice Valkyrie? What does it mean?
Asger gets back on his feet to face the evil sorcerer, but the squirrel suddenly fell into his knees, weakened by injuries all over his body. To make matter worse, the squirrel-like creature coughs up green sap-like liquid. There's no way he can survive another blow from that monster. The sight of him dying in front of her reminds Akko to German, the deer-like Pomokai Holoholona she met this afternoon, and the fact that Diana also injured on his side not helpful either. Unable to let the monster deliver deathblows on both her friend and the Pomokai Holoholona, Akko, without thinking twice, pulled out her broom from her magical bag just as the sorcerer, with his Mega Apollyon's front claws ready to strike his weakened foes, exclaimed, "You both finished now!"
A second before the monster's claws reach both Diana and Asger, something fast snatched them at very last moments and carried them off to the woods. To Diana and Asger's surprise, their savior is none other than Akko, who flying with her broom.
"Akko?!", Diana shouted incredulously.
"Hold on tight, you two!", Akko cried to Diana and Asger, unaware that they fly straight to a large tree.
"Akko, watch out for tha—", Diana warned seconds before they hit the tree with a loud thump.
After a beat, Akko, Diana, and Asger fall off, with the unimpressed hooded sorcerer and his Mega Apollyon hot in pursuit. Unfortunately for him, he failed to notice Ursula who dashed towards him all while simultaneously chanting out "Vega Valurus!", delivering a magically enhanced kick that sending him and his two-headed beast sailing. As this happens, Asger grabbed both young witches before releases a jet of gas and magic from hollowed protrusions on his back to slow their fall and gently put them down to the ground.
"What on earth you think you doing, Akko?", Ursula said to her student as she and Diana return to their feet. "You can't risk your life like that just because you can fly!"
"What choice do I have?", Akko argued. "I can't just stand there and see that monster tear them apart!"
"This is not your fight, Akko. You supposedly not int-", Asger reprimanded before interrupted by a loud roar- the sorcerer and his Mega Apollyon have recovered from Ursula's attack earlier, angrier than ever.
A spinning ball of magic formed in front of one of the monster's maw before released on the three witches and squirrel-like Pomokai Holoholona, forcing them to scatter before the ball splashed into destructive explosion upon impact. The blast sends Akko flying against a nearby tree, cornering her and damaged her left sleeve, revealing her red Valkyrie Gauntlet beneath in process. Outraged that one of gauntlets he after has chosen a witch, the sorcerer shouts, "That gauntlet belongs to us!", before having his two-headed monster close in towards the girl. Ursula and Diana rushed in to save Akko, but the sorcerer simply has his Mega Apollyon sending them sailing with a swipe of its tail.
"Diana! Ursula-sensei!", Akko cried out in horror.
Fortunately, just as the monster about to reach the terrified Akko, Asger snatched the brunette away with his remaining strengths. Just then, he and Akko notice the gauntlet emanates red astral glow. Realizing that he had no choice and he also owed Akko his and Diana's life, Asger decided to return the favor. So, he instructed Akko, "I can't believe I asked you to do this, but Akko, you must don your Valkyrie Armor now!"
"How do I do that, Asger?", Akko asked back. "You didn't tell me anything about it."
"All you need to do is to recite the incantation and run your hand on that gauntlet at the same time", Asger replied. "The incantation is Venta Herkleda."
"Venta Herk-uh...", Akko tentatively repeated before Asger corrected her as the sorcerer and Mega Apollyon close in to them, "Venta Herkleda! Now speak the incantation!"
"Venta Herkleda!", Akko chants out correctly while simultaneously run her hand against the gauntlet in one quick swipe. To her surprise, the friction between her hand and the gauntlet produces sparks that swirling above her head into a large ring of green light. A second later, the ring opens a circular portal from which surge of green energy and red armor plates wrapped themselves around her body into suit of armor in a flash. As this happens, Sucy and Lotte, who realized their roommate not following them, returned to the ruined library in time to see this event.
Awesome. That is the only way to describe red and white armor that materialized around Akko. Basically, it resembles white-colored version of her Luna Nova practice uniform which consist of boots, tunic, and a witch hat worn over black bodysuit with red armor plating. However, the hat has a red oval emblem with yellow outline and golden four-pointed star in the middle above red ribbon and a pair of red wing-like ornaments attached on the sides. Not only that, she gains an ornate helmet, breastplate with a small yellow orb embedded on the upper front with matching shoulder plates, twin retractable red ribbons attached to the back ends with a ring with 3 barbs resembling Luna Nova insignia, armor plates attached on the sleeves and sides of the tunic with tassets on the hip area held together by red ribbon, and greaves attached on the boots with a pair of ornate metal wings attached on the sides of the ankles. Akko's transformation ends with cicruit-like markings on wing ornaments, sides of the helmet, breastplate, shoulder plates, tassets, greaves, and edges of the tunic's bottom and sleeves that glow in bright green accent.
Diana and Ursula, who just return to their feet, looked in awe. So does Lotte and Sucy, but the sorcerer on the other hand, not impressed. He had his Mega Apollyon rushed to the brunette with its claws ready to tear her apart. To Akko's surprise, as she attempts to evade the monster's furious claw assaults, she suddenly feels herself gaining an immense amount of speed. It looks as if time become slower than normal. The Mega Apollyon then shoves its clawed tail onto the armored brunette, but luckily for Akko, she discovered the armor also enhanced her strength that she easily caught it and throw the beast aside with little effort, all of which without even staggered by the force of the beast's attack.
"So this... is Valkyrie Armor's powers?", Akko bewildered with what just happened.
Frustrated, the sorcerer had his two-headed beast firing its magic bolts against Akko in rapid succession, but Akko easily evade them all. The taste of her newfound powers endowed by the armor gives the brunette a sense of excitement. Even so, Akko realized that she can only don the armor for less than two minutes, so she must defeat the sorcerer and his monster fast before taking it off somehow. Pulling out her wand, Akko attempts to cast a spell on the beast, but the hooded sorcerer conjures a salvo of ice shards where one of them knocked it off of her hand.
"My wand!", Akko cried, distracting her long enough for Mega Apollyon to send her sailing with its tail.
"You may have Valkyries' powers, but you lacked their strength or skills", sneered the sorcerer. "You still weak. Once this all over, I shall drink from a goblet made of your skull!!"
"This is bad. Akko won't stand a chance at this rate", Ursula said anxiously before noticing her student's wand not far from her. However, Akko need more than that to defeat their adversary. So, the bespectacled French grabbed the wand and magically combined it with a spearhead-like blade of hers similar to Diana's, turning it into a longer, ornate magical dagger. She then passed the transformed weapon to Diana while cried out, "Diana, Akko need this!"
The Cavendish caught the dagger before rushed towards Akko's side just as she dodged another of Mega Apollyon's magic blasts and passed it to her, "Here, catch!"
Catching the magical dagger, Akko feels unsure whether she can use it against the two-headed insectoid beast. "Diana, how do I fight him with this?", she asked.
"Cavendish scum!", the sorcerer bellowed as he fires a salvo of ice shards against Diana, prompting the prodigy to deflect oncoming projectiles with a magic barrier. She then returns fire by firing magic bolts from her twin swords onto Mega Apollyon's eyes, blinding the beast and forced the sorcerer to control the beast's body himself to combat Diana.
"It's not an ordinary dagger, Akko! You can change it into any weapon you wanted!", Ursula cried out. "Just visualize the weapon you wanted that blade to be and focus."
"Try to change it into a magic bow, kid!", Asger added. "Miss Cavendish cannot keep him busy any longer."
"Visualize?", Akko repeated. "I can change this dagger into other weapon or something?"
The mention of magic bow reminds the armored young witch to moments she transmogrified Shiny Rod into magical bow called Shiny Bow to combat Noir Dragon months ago. If what they said about the magical dagger's metamorphic ability is true, it means she can recreate Shiny Bow somehow out of it. Even so, the result might be pale compared to original Shiny Bow as Shiny Rod is one of a kind magic tool. But nevertheless, she decided to give it a try.
Visualizing Shiny Rod's bow form in her mind, Akko focused her will on the magical dagger. To her pleasant surprise, it magically transforms into a long bow that bears slight resemblance to Shiny Bow. This bow however, have red and white coloration as opposed of beige and yellow, and it also lacked seven green orb that Shiny Rod's bow form possess. Nevertheless, with no time to lose, Akko pulled the magic bow's string and creates a fiery vermilion arrow ready to fire on the two-headed insectoid beast. As she did, green glows of her armor shines brighter.
"Now, Diana! Now!", Ursula yelled.
Diana jumped out of the way, giving Akko a clear shot to fire the magic arrow on Mega Apollyon. Setting the arrow loose, it successfully struck the beast right between its twin heads. For a moment, the insectoid monster behaves erratically as the arrow's magic begins to take effect. Then suddenly, the arrow triggers a fiery chain reaction where its magic burns the beast inside out, forcing the hooded sorcerer to detach himself from his beast seconds before it eventually covered by glowing cracks and bursts into firework-like explosions. The explosion sends the sorcerer sailing and lands on his face, seemingly knocked him into submission.
"I did it... ", that's all Akko could said before realized she might wearinh her Valkyrie Armor for too long. "G-guys! Does anyone know how long I wear this?"
"Calm down, kid!", Asger said to her. "Show me the gauntlet, Akko."
Without a word, Akko pulled her left sleeve to see the gauntlet blinks erratically. "Looks like you only have few seconds left. But not too worry, I know how to deal this", Asger reassures before punches the gauntlet's emblem.
With a loud clank, Akko's clothes return to normal with a burst of fiery green magic all over her body. Simultaneously, a dimensional rift opens above the young witch's head as every single one of her armor plates disengage and sucked into it before disappears. Once the portal disappears, Asger said to Akko, "Akko, it was good thing you paid the attention about the armor's time limit, but it doesn't deny the fact that you did a reckless and stupid thing back then."
"What he said is true", Diana added. "But if you weren't there, neither of us make it in that fight. So you have our thanks."
Just then, Sucy and Lotte enter the scene with Lotte asked, "What was that, Akko? That armor, and the arrow. I mean... what did you just do?"
"Asger helped Akko don her Valkyrie Armor for the first time. I never thought she can successfully summon it and fight that monster in spite of her lack of training", Diana explained.
"That's right", Akko added, before recalled on something. "Oh yeah! Diana, why did that sorcerer call you Ice Sword Eir? Maybe you-"
"Hey, where's that bastard go?", Asger interrupted all of sudden.
Akko, Lotte, Sucy, Diana, and Ursula turn, surprised that the sorcerer had disappeared.
"He's gone!", Akko exclaimed.
"For now", Ursula nodded. "He'd after the armor. But with Valkyrie Gauntlets have chosen their champions, he and the rest of the Naglfar won't stay quiet."
"That crook was in league with Naglfar?", Akko wondered.
"Yes. He is one of them", Asger nodded. "Elder Erik, one of Naglfar's notorious wizards. It was fortunate he didn't display the full extent of his powers. Luna Nova and those gauntlets of yours safe for now, but I'll contact my people to send more back up to guard this school, including her."
"Who's her?", Sucy asked.
"An old associate of Chariot's. White Valkyrie", Asger replied before look on Akko, Lotte, and Sucy. "Before we can stop Naglfar, we must first turn you three into Valkyries by begin your."
"Basic training?", Lotte repeated.
"Yes", Asger nodded. "I actually never wanted you three to involve in all of this, but now with those gauntlets chose you, we can use your help."
Meanwhile, Diana turns on the woods, and see the sorcerer, Old Erik, among the trees. The prodigy and Naglfar sorcerer exchanges a stare, then a nod before the latter make his leave. They both know this is just the beginning...