“Ember defeated three minor monsters, assisted with the defeat of one major monster, and rescued one civilian. Lotus evaded one minor monster, jointly defeated one major monster, and rescued two civilians. Mason subdued one minor monster, defeated four minor monsters, and jointly defeated one major monster. Credence defeated three minor monsters, jointly defeated one major monster, and assisted with the defeat of four minor monsters. Sky subdued one minor monster, assisted with the defeat of one minor and one major monster, saved one ally, and rescued one civilian. This concludes the summary of Round One thus far.”
And what a round it’s been! (A member of the audience observes that the audience collectively has its own verbal tics. Very few other members bother to respond, either because they don’t care or because they won’t deign to respond to something they consider so obvious. The observation does spark some interest, but it quickly dies out in favour of the discussion around them regarding the participants’ prowess.) The fourth group took their time to find each other, but since time is meaningless in Purgatory, it didn’t interfere with the intentions of those members who wanted to watch four battles at the same time. The battle itself also lasted relatively as long as those of the other groups, despite the health reset for literally all the monsters.
…But the battle didn’t end with a bang! A splat was much more preferable to that, especially for the sake of the participants who needed to fight the miniboss. (The use of “miniboss” is immediately and hotly contested.) Many voices are quick to point out that the explosion that Sky’s green swallower caused, and which almost all of the audience missed, was due to it being trapped and unable to escape. In all the other cases where the participants faced one of the little poison sacks, whether individually or as a group, the monsters could attack, flee, or choose to wait and do nothing. In all likelihood, Credence never had anything to fear in the explosion department — aside from fluke meteors falling from the sky; that was clearly a very real threat, and other kinds of explosions could also have been summoned by that chaotic technique.
Regardless of how the battle ended, the members of the final group proved their perseverance and teamwork could stand its first test! Every single participant has the defeat of at least one monster to their name, as Lotus, like Flit, got credit for defeating the big swallower. Go Blockers! But also go Defenders, as Mason once again showed how valuable that role is to a group! With his four kills and one knock-out (not technically, but a KO is the best thing to call it), in addition to the joint kill, he also joins the top five and expands it to a top six! Credence performed well, and though he was right to be concerned at his lack of kills, he has the greatest number of assists! The audience generally feels that’s not quite enough to get him to expand the top six to a top seven, since he had ample opportunity to kill several green swallowers while he was kicking them all around, but he basically only really subdued the lot of them. But he could still join the top ten!
The audience realises it needs to consider the participants in terms of all their achievements, but there’s been so much information given already, they’re bound to mess it up. As such, there’s only one person to ask… and it enthusiastically does so!
Serene blinks in surprise. “Oh. Our Grace, shall I?”
“You shall!” Giratina exclaims, though still curled into a sleeping-millipede spiral. “Any members of our esteemed audience cannot possibly complain about the extent of your thorough summaries, as they evidently have nowhere better to be, so continue!”
Who has anywhere better to be than with a god while spectating souls vie for a place in Heaven, anyway?
Serene nods obligingly. “Very well. In terms of purely individual combat victories, the rankings are, in ascending order: Amber, Coil, Erudite, Felicity, Rook, and Twist, with one; Credence, Ember, Gold, Mason, and Tiara, with two; and Dagger, Dare, and Edge, with three. In terms of combat victories where the participant concluded the engagement, the rankings are: Erudite, Felicity, Flit, Lotus, and Twist, with one; Level and Rook, with two; Coil, Ember, and Gold, with three; Credence, Dagger, Dare, Edge, Iridescent, and Tiara, with four; Amber, with five; and Mason, with six. In terms of total combat victories in which the participant made a contribution, the rankings are: Lotus, with one; Felicity, Flit, Sapphire, and Sky, with two; Coil, Erudite, and Rook, with three; Ember, Gold, Iridescent, Level, and Twist, with four; Amber, Dagger, Dare, Edge, and Tiara, with five; Mason, with six; and Credence, with eight. And finally, in terms of support provided to allies and civilians, the rankings are: Amber, Coil, and Iridescent, with one; Dare, Edge, Ember, Felicity, Flit, and Lotus, with two; Sapphire and Twist, with three; Credence, Dagger, Gold, and Sky, with four; Rook, with five; Erudite and Tiara, with seven; and Level, with nine.”
That is absolutely worth the wait! Previously, the audience had to speculate by trying to remember everything and constantly compare the participants’ performances, but with Serene’s latest, and very much excellent, set of statistics, it becomes so much easier to tell who performed the best! And by adding the civilian rescues and ally saves to the combat assists, he’s also contextualised support in terms of Prowess and Virtue. There’s no doubt that Amber, Credence, Dagger, Dare, Edge, Mason, and Tiara are actually the top seven, as the audience has already determined, but it’s rather surprising to see that Mason and Credence have apparently outperformed everyone else! And though Dagger was praised for rescuing the most civilians of anyone in the first group, it’s clear that while his heroism still puts him in the top eight, there’s an unmistakeable top three in Level, Tiara, and Erudite, with an honourable mention going to Rook for being fourth.