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Po-Ni-Oh!: Rise of the Heroes - flawlessvictory20



Follow the exploits of young pegasus named Star Driver as he sets out to become the next King of Games.

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Chapter 29 - Into the Illusion (part 01)

As the time drew closer for the final duel of the preliminaries, the ponies gathered back into the arena. While Twilight and the others made their way back to the Duel Field, they couldn’t help but notice the absences of Applejack, Star, and Fluttershy.

“I wonder where those three are?” queried Rarity.

“Beats me,” replied Rainbow.

“You don’t think Star got captured again, do you?” spoke a worried Phantom Heart.

“I hope not,” said Twilight.


Meanwhile, just outside the arena, a cloaked Chrysalis blended with the crowd.

Since that fool Sombra couldn’t complete his task it looks like I’ll have to take matters into my own hands,’ she reasoned to herself.

After she bypassed the guards, she quietly snuck back to the duelist area. Before she could be spotted she transformed into her pony disguise. She looked over her new form (which was now a unicorn mare with coat slight light from her original color, her long flowing mane no longer riddled with holes tied into a ponytail) in a nearby mirror. She used her magic to create some new attire. She deemed the crewneck white short sleeved shirt with a green, black and white baseball cap with the logo of a ladybug with a camera, and light gray pant was a simple enough ruse. Now in her Shutterbug persona and looked around the next two duelists. Her search led her to Trixie, who was in the middle of her preparations for her upcoming duel with Twilight.

“Trixie must not be too overconfident. Twilight is a worthy foe after all,” she mused to herself as she went over strategies.

Chrysalis chuckled to herself as she began to walk up the mare.

This will be all too easy~.’ she spoke before she got into character. “Oh my gosh, it’s really the Trixie Lulamoon!”

Trixie’s ears perked up as so turned around. She looked at the bubbly mare that approached her with a smug grin.

“Ah, one of Trixie many fans,” she spoke with her usual flair. “And who might you be?”

“I’m Shutterbug. I’m such a huge fan!” Chrysalis lied as she bounced in place.

“And what can the Great and Powerful Trixie do for you?”

“If it isn’t too much trouble, can I take your picture?” Chrysalis asked showing Trixie her camera.

“But of course. Trixie always has time for her fans,” she boasted.

“Really?! Oh, thank you so much!”

Trixie struck a pose as she waited for the picture to be taken. As she did a question popped in Trixie’s head.

“Wait, how did you get back here?” Trixie questioned. “This area is for duelist only.”

Shutterbug gave a sheepish grin.

“I snuck in when security wasn’t looking,” she admitted. “I just really wanted to meet you.”

“Hmm, well Trixie doesn’t want you to be eject from the stadium. So quickly take the picture and head back to the stands.”

“Yes, ma’am!”

Chrysalis focused her camera. Unknown to Trixie, Chrysalis began to enchant the camera using the power of her Millennium Ring.

“Say cheese!” Chrysalis decreed.

“Cheese!” Trixie replied.

As she took her photo, Trixie felt her mind come hazy.

Huh? What’s going on?’ she thought a bit dazed.

Trixie soon found herself losing her balance. She looked at the disguised Chrysalis, her vision began to blur.

“Something wrong, Trixie?” Chrysalis mused.

“I’m feeling…a little…light-headed…” Trixie replied as she felt her world fade to black.

Within moments, Trixie fell into a deep trance. Chrysalis let out an amused chuckle.

“That was too easy. Now you’re soldier in the army of the Abyss. Are you ready to receive your orders, servant?”

Trixie got on one knee and bowed.

“I am ready, mistress,” Trixie declared.

“You are to make sure Twilight Sparkle doesn’t make to the next round. Is that understood?!” she ordered.

“Yes, mistress!” Trixie nodded.

Chrysalis knelt down to lift her chin so their eyes met.

“Failure comes with great consequence!” Chrysalis coldly warned.

“Y-Yes, mistress,” Trixie gulped.

“Good luck, my servant~.”


Back on the field, Twilight and the others began to worry where their friends are.

“I hope everything is okay,” spoke a worried.

“I’m sure they’re fine. They just probably stopped for ice cream,” noted Pinkie.

“Maybe…” said an unconvinced Twilight.

“You shouldn’t be worried about your friends Sparkle, but more on how you plan to beat me,” stated a confident Trixie as she walked up to them.

Twilight merely rolled her eyes.

“Yes…I know I shouldn’t overlook you Trixie, but last time this happened Star was kidnapped.”

“Well, I’d worry less about them and more on how you plan to keep your title,” chided Trixie.

This got a spirited glare from Twilight.

“Big words, Trixie. Think you can back them up!” Twilight spoke to her muzzle to muzzle.

“I plan to do more the back it up Sparkle!” she grinned.

The competitive aura that encircled the two mares could be felt by all within the vicinity.

“This is getting intense. And the duel hasn’t even started yet,” noted Spike.

Pegasus couldn’t help but chuckle at the display.

Such a rivalry will produce great energy for the mistress,’ he grinned.

He turned his attention to the crowd.

“All right folks, it’s time for the final duel of the preliminary round!”

This got a huge pop from the crowd.

“Please welcome to the stage, The Great and Powerful Trixie and our reigning champion Twilight Sparkle!”

The two made their way to the stage. Once at the center, they proceeded to shuffle each other’s decks.

“Hope you’re ready to lose Sparkle!” Trixie spoke with confidence.

“I wouldn’t be too sure about that, Trixie,” smirked Twilight.

On the sidelines, the others look on in anticipation.

“This should be quite an exciting match,” noted Rarity.

“Yeah, even though Twilight has the edge in their rivalry,” chimed Rainbow.

After they’d finished shuffling the decks, the two duelists retreated to their respective duel zones. Just before they were about to start, Star, Applejack, and Fluttershy had finally arrived.

“There you are. We were worried something might’ve happened,” spoke Phantom Heart.

“Well something did happen,” replied Star.

“Really? What happened?” asked Pinkie.

“Well–” started Fluttershy.

“Let the final duel of the preliminaries begin!” declared Pegasus.

“Oh, I guess it can wait for a bit,” Fluttershy spoke.

The group turned their attention to the field.


“I’ll start things off,” Trixie spoke as she drew her card. “I set a monster in defense mode and place two cards face-down. Your move, Sparkle.”

Three facedown cards emerged on her side of the field.

“Sparkle, really?” Twilight huffed before she drew her first card. “I’ll summon the Skilled Dark Magician in Defense Mode.”

Skilled Black Magician
ATT: DARK
Level: 4 stars
Type: Spellcaster/Effect
Card Text: Each time a Spell Card is activated, place 1 Spell Counter on this card when that Spell resolves (max. 3). You can Tribute this card with 3 Spell Counters on it; Special Summon 1 "Dark Magician" from your hand, Deck, or Graveyard.
ATK/DEF: 1900/1700

A magical seal appeared on the ground. A figure floated up through the circle. It was a wizard clad in a black robe and cape. He had two shoulder guards with black crystals on them and a matching helmet. He summoned a staff and planted it in front of him. He knelt down on one knee.

“Then I set two cards face-down, and end my turn."

Two cards appeared behind the wizard.

“It’s my move,” she declared as she drew her card. “I’ll summon ‘Astral Beast - Lupus, the Lone Wolf’ in Attack Mode.”

Astral Beast - Lupus, the Lone Wolf
ATT: DARK
Level: 4 stars
Type: Illusion-Beast/Effect
Card Text: This card cannot be destroyed by battle, but if targeted by your opponent’s Spell or Trap card destroy this card. If this is the only monster on your side of the field increase the ATK of this card by 1000.
ATK/DEF: 1900/1600

A series of shining star descend to the field. As they swirl around they soon form an ethereal wolf.

“Now, attack my pet!”

The ethereal beast prepared to leap into battle.

"I knew you would go for an immediate attack. I activate ‘Bottomless Trap Hole’,”

Bottomless Trap Hole
ATT: TRAP
Type: Trap Card
Card Text: When your opponent Summons a monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK: Destroy that monster(s) with 1500 or more ATK, and if you do, banish it.

A hole opened up below the ethereal beast. It was immediately sucked in and destroyed.

“And now your wolf won’t be seen for the rest of the duel."

Trixie flashed a confident grin.

“I figured you’d do that. So, I activate my Trap card ‘Slight of Hand’!”

Slight of Hand
ATT: TRAP
Type: Trap Card
Card Text: When an 'Astral' Monster on your side of the field is destroyed by a card effect, you can Special Summon 1 level 4 or lower 'Astral' monster from your Deck or Graveyard.

“And since my beast was destroyed, Trixie can special summon another one in its place,” explained Trixie.

Trixie carefully looked through her deck.

“And I choose ‘Astral Beast - Canis Minor, the Loyal Canine’ in Defense Mode!”

Astral Beast - Canis Minor, the Loyal Canine
ATT: EARTH
Level: 4 stars
Type: Illusion-Beast/Effect
Card Text: This card cannot be destroyed by battle, but if targeted by your opponent’s Spell or Trap card destroy this card. During your next Standby Phase, you can sacrifice this monster to Special Summon "Canis Major, the Noble Canine" from your hand or Deck.
ATK/DEF: 1500/1400

Another series of celestial orbs swirled around the field and land in front of Trixie. They molded and shaped themselves into the form of a small bear cub. Once set the ethereal aura forms the other shell.

“I’ll end my turn by playing one card facedown,” spoke Trixie.


On the sidelines, the others were impressed with the duel so far.

“Wow, I didn’t expect Trixie to be this good,” spoke Pinkie.

“Yeah, she putting up a really good fight,” noted Star.

“No kidding,” Rainbow said.

Fluttershy was about to comment when she noticed Phantom stared intently at Trixie.

“Something wrong, Phantom?” Fluttershy asked.

“I’m not quite sure, but something is off about that Trixie mare,” she spoke.

“What do you mean?” asked Fluttershy.

“Her aura, it’s has a strange green hue to it. It wasn’t like that before,” Phantom explained.

“A green hue? Aura?” Fluttershy replied a bit confused.

“Oh, right. My special talent is seeing the inner emotional auras of ponies. And hers seems a bit off,” Phantom explained.

“Really? I wonder what it could mean?” pondered Fluttershy as they both continued to look on.


Back on the field, Twilight analyzed the current situation.

So, she planned that far ahead,’ thought Twilight. ‘I just have to think more moves ahead.

Twilight drew her next card.

“To start my turn, I activate ‘Mystical Space Typhoon’ to destroy your face-down cards. And now my Skilled Dark Magician get one counter.”

Mystical Space Typhoon
ATT: SPELL
Type: Quick-Play Spell Card
Card Text: Target 1 Spell/Trap on the field, destroy that target.

One of the crystals began to glow.

“I set two cards face-down to end my turn.”

“Hmph, I draw,” spoke Trixie. As she drew her card. “Now I active my monster’s effect. By sacrificing my beast to special summon ‘Astral Beast - Canis Major, the Noble Canine’ from my deck.

Astral Beast - Canis Major, the Noble Canine
ATT: EARTH
Level: 6 stars
Type: Illusion-Beast/Effect
Card Text: This card cannot be destroyed by battle, but if targeted by your opponent’s Spell or Trap card destroy this card. If this card was Special Summoned by the effect of ‘Astral Beast - Canis Minor, the Loyal Canine’, it is unaffected by your opponents Spell and Trap cards as long ‘Astral Beast - Canis Minor, the Loyal Canine’ is in the Graveyard.
ATK/DEF: 2400/1900

The small ethereal disappeared and a much larger and imposing beast took its place.

“Now my beast, attack her Skilled Dark Magician!” Trixie ordered.

It heeded its master’s command and charged her magician. Skilled Dark Magician was destroyed with one swift swipe. The events got a smirk from Twilight.

“Something funny?” snorted Trixie.

“Just thinking is all. It's still your turn,” Twilight replied.

“Fine, I end my turn.”

“Time for my own trick,” Twilight spoke when she drew her card. "First, I summon out another Skilled Dark Magician."

Another wizard appeared through the seal.

"Then I activate Ancient Rules,” declared Twilight.

Ancient Rules
ATT: SPELL
Type: Spell Card
Card Text: Special Summon 1 Level 5 or higher Normal Monster from your hand.

“This allows me to summon out a level 5 or higher Normal monster from my hand.”

Twilight scanned her cards and selected the one she wanted. She raised it and held it with two fingers. Trixie rolled her eyes.

“Lemme guess, it’s the Dark Magician,” Trixie deadpanned.

Twilight let out an annoyed huff.

“Way to ruin the dramatic moment. But yes, I summon my Dark Magician,” Twilight said as she placed down her card.

Dark Magician
ATT: DARK
Level: 7 stars
Type: Spellcaster
ATK/DEF: 2500/2100

Another magical seal appeared on the ground. A tall figure floated through the seal. He wore a blue robe, with a purple crescent moon headpiece. He summoned a staff that had the same crescent moon design, with a sphere on top.

“And because I activated a spell, my Skilled Dark Magician gets one counter.”

One of the crystals started to glow.

“I also activate Monster Reborn to bring back my first Skilled Dark Magician.”

Monster Reborn
ATT: SPELL
Type: Spell Card
Card Text: Target 1 monster in either player's Graveyard; Special Summon it.

Skilled Dark Magician stepped out onto the field through a portal.

“And that's another counter for both my magicians.”

Two more crystals started to glow.

“And I also activate Magical Formula to raise my Dark Magician’s attack by 700.”

Magic Formula
ATT: SPELL
Type: Equip Spell Card
Card Text: Equip only to "Dark Magician" or "Dark Magician Girl". It gains 700 ATK. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard: Gain 1000 LP.

A spellbook appeared in Dark Magician's hand. The final two crystals started to glow.

“Now, I sacrifice my two Skilled Dark Magicians to summon two more Dark Magicians."

Two seals appeared below the wizards, a magical aura covered them, and two Dark Magicians took their place.

“I end my turn.”

“Well, that was annoying! Let’s see what I can do,” Trixie stated.

She drew her card.

“I’ll set a monster in defense mode and switch Canis Major to defense mode. That’ll end my turn.”

Twilight drew her card.

I thought she would make a bigger spectacle of this. But I can’t focus on that now. If she has something planned, I need to be prepared,’ thought Twilight.

Twilight looked over her hand.

“This will do. I set one card face-down to end my turn,” stated Twilight

“Hmm? Not able to do anything, eh Sparkle? Well, check this out!”

She drew her card.

“Perfect! I play Beckoning of the Astral!”

Beckoning of the Astral
ATT: SPELL
Type: Continuous Spell Card
Card Text: One per turn, you can pay 500 Life Points to Special Summon 1 level 4 or lower ‘Astral’ Monster from your Deck or Graveyard.
Trixie: Now once per turn, I can special summon 1 level 4 or lower ‘Astral’ monster from deck or Graveyard.

That's not good,’ thought Twilight. ‘She’ll just use her Life Points till she has none, but she can still set up something even within her deck.

Twilight let out an annoyed huff.

“So you're just going to be using your life points to get an edge?”

“What better strategy is there?” Trixie scoffed. “Now, I give up 500 Life Points to bring back my Canis Minor to the field in defense mode!”

The ethereal puppy returned to the field.

“I end my turn.”

“And next turn, you’re going to summon out another Canis Major. That would be the only reason you brought back that puppy,” Twilight deduced.

Trixie merely smirked. At that moment, Twilight realized she needed to switch up her strategy. She drew her next card.

“First, I set a card facedown. And now my Magic Formula Dark Magician will attack your Canis Major!”

Before the magician could raise his staff, Trixie motioned to one of her face-down cards.

“Trixie activates her Trap card ‘Negate Attack’,” Trixie stated. With this attack, your attack will be nullified.”

Negate Attack
ATT: TRAP
Type: Counter Trap Card
Card Text: When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Target the attacking monster; negate the attack, then end the Battle Phase.

“I activate Trap Jammer to stop your trap.”

Trap Jammer
ATT: TRAP
Type: Counter Trap Card
Card Text: When your opponent activates a Trap Card during the Battle Phase: Negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

“Err...my beast still survives,” Trixie growled.

“I wasn’t trying to destroy your cub,” Stated Twilight.

Her Dark Magician struck the cub with its staff, but the cub was perfectly fine. The resulting shockwave of the hit struck Trixie.

“I just need to lower your Life Points. And you’re being hit with 800 points of damage,” grinned Twilight.

Trixie’s Life Points dropped to 2700.

“Err...are you done?”

“I’ll set a card to end my turn.”


Back at the group, Star and the others cheered for their friend.

“Alright Twi! Way to counter her moves!” cheered Star.

“I never expected this to such an evenly paced match,” spoke Rarity.

“I wonder what Trixie will do to bounce back?” questioned Pinkie.

“Who knows? But I’m sure Twilight’s already gotta plan for it,” noted Star.


On the field, Trixie proceeded with her turn.

“I draw!” she declared.

As she drew her card a smile snaked across her muzzle.

Perfect!’ Trixie internally cheered. “First, I activate the field Spell Astraell, the Illusionary World.”

Astraell, the Illusionary World
ATT: SPELL
Type: Field Spell Card
Card Text: Increase the ATK and DEF of all Illusion-Type Monsters by 500. Once per turn, place 1 ‘Illusion’ counter on this card. While this card has 1 or more ‘Illusion’ counters on it, monsters you control are unaffected by your opponent’s Spell and Trap cards.

“And thanks to this card my Illusion monsters get a 500 ATK and DEF boost. Now, I sacrifice my Canis Major and my facedown monster to summon Trixtan, the Master of Astral Plane.

Trixtan, the Master of Astral Plane
ATT: LIGHT
Level: 8 stars
Type: Illusion-Spellcaster/Effect
Card Text: Increase the ATK of this card by 500 for every Illusion-type Monster in your Graveyard. While this card is face-up on the field, all other Illusion-type monsters you control are unaffected by Spell or Trap cards.
ATK/DEF: 2900/2500

A humanoid male soccer appeared on the field. His attire is similar to Trixie's, with his purple top hat with light blue trim, blue vest with a purple undershirt, blue pants, and dark violet boots.

“Thanks to his effect he gains 500 ATK for every Illusion monster in the graveyard. And since I have two he gets an additional 1000 ATK,” spoke Trixie

Trixtan’s ATK is changed to 4300.

“Now attack her Dark Magician on the left!”

Trixtan gather up his magic and proceeded to fire a massive aura be

"I activate Magic Jammer on your Field Spell. Then I activate Magic Cylinder!”

Her two hidden cards are then revealed.

Magic Jammer
ATT: TRAP
Type: Counter Trap Card
Card Text: When a Spell Card is activated: Discard 1 card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it.

Magic Cylinder
ATT: TRAP
Type: Trap Card
Card Text: When an opponent's monster declares an attack: Target the attacking monster; negate the attack, and if you do, inflict damage to your opponent equal to its ATK.

“This duel ends now!" Twilight declared.

“Nice try! But I activate my Spell card ‘For My Next Trick’!”

For My Next Trick
ATT: SPELL
Type: Quick-Play Spell Card
Card Text: On the turn your opponent negates the activation of an effect on your side of the field, negate the activation of that card and destroy it (this is a Quick Effect). You can then Special Summon 1 level 4 or lower ‘Astral’ Monster from your hand or Deck.

“Thanks to this card I can negate your Magic Jammer!”

"Which means Magic Cylinder gets canceled,” groaned Twilight.

The sorcerer’s beam charged forward and blasted away the Dark Magician. Twilight was hit by the shockwave and her Life Points dropped to 2200.

“And thanks to my card’s second effect. I summon Astral Beast - Aquila, the Soaring Eagle’.”

Astral Beast - Aquila, the Soaring Eagle
ATT: WIND
Level: 4 stars
Type: Illusion-Winged Beast/Effect
Card Text: This card cannot be destroyed by battle, but if targeted by your opponent’s Spell or Trap card destroy this card. Once per turn, this card can attack your opponent directly.
ATK/DEF: 1800/1700

A majestic ethereal eagle dove onto the field and spread its mighty wings.

“I’ll set a card facedown and end my turn,” Trixie smirked. “Looks like you’ll have to step it up Sparkle!”

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