She stood before the ruined temple, time and weather having done a number on its once glorious visage. The girl wore a yellow fur-trimmed top with similarly styled boots. Her skirt and fingerless gloves were a pale orange, the former having an orange heart centering its belt. Completing the ensemble were a set of silver armbands, thighbands, choker, and a gold heart hairclip over her left temple. Her brunette hair stretched to her mid-back, and her peach-colored eyes reflected a confidence seldom seen in most people.
Today, she eschewed her spear in favor of various pieces of equipment. A grappling hook and rope, as well as a lantern with fuel were just a handful of these items.
"Another temple..." the intrepid young girl said to herself, smiling, "This makes about twenty-three in one month for Ty Ree!"
On that, the girl, Ty Ree, entered through the stone archway. The darkness prompted her to utilize her lantern, illuminating the way. Almost immediately, she spotted several things.
"Another set of traps," Ty Ree deadpanned. She tossed a pieces of rubble forward, triggering pressure plates and triggering arrow traps and a spiked pitfall. The brunette slung her grappling hook upward, catching a rung and allowing her to swing across the pitfall. More arrows shot out, but her speed caused them to hit nothing but the opposite wall. "I've seen them all!"
She landed with a roll, quickly and skillfully righting herself onto her feet.
Another hallway later, and she found herself in a chamber with a pedestal. Three concave indentations surrounding a single golden stone told Ty Ree all she needed to know. Looking around, three doors could be seen aside from the one she entered from. She picked one at random and went in. The death traps waiting inside were nothing new; arrows, pitfalls, spiked pits, even sudden ramps that would kick her out or into a waiting inescapable trap. All were dodged with little effort, and she was rewarded with a spherical red gem.
"Another set of broken puzzles," Ty Ree muttered, inserting the gem into a slot. It vanished, and she gave a sigh. "Gotta put this in the right order then!"
With that, she repeated the gauntlet, retrieved the gem and tried again. She knew which one wasn't it, that much she could tell. The next one proved just as incorrect, and the gem warped away again. Shrugging, Ty Ree did the gauntlet a third time and retrieved the gem for the umpteenth time and placed it in the final slot. It glowed this time and stayed put.
"Like I said: Broken puzzles," she noted. She turned her attention to the next door and entered. This one didn't have a gauntlet of death traps; rather, it had a what seemed to be a wheel the could be spun around in a similar way to old style game shows. One of the prizes was another Spherical gem, identical to the last one aside from being green. "Christmas colors first!"
With that, she spun the wheel, keeping an eye on the prize and on the wheel. Not wanting to wait, she abruptly stopped it with her grappling hook, halting it on the green gem. It rolled down and into her waiting embrace.
With that out of the way, Ty Ree returned to the chamber and, taking a wild guess, inserted the gem into a slot. It glowed brightly, prompting an almost cocky smile from the girl. It was just too easy for her at this point.
"Two down, just one to go," Ty Ree stated, grinning. With that, she entered the final door, expecting the worst. Instead, she found the objective, a spherical blue gem, suspended in the middle of two spires. Having seen this kind of puzzle before, re-lit her lantern and shined it right under the levitating gem. The light interfered with the trap, allowing her to grab it without getting zapped; she recalled how she needed bandages all over her body the first time she ran into it... "Nice and easy...and THERE!"
She pocketed the gem and returned to the chamber. With only one slot left, it was blatantly easy to tell where this one went, and it soon glowed a bright azure. A shaking later, and stairs opened up in front of the pedestal, leading down into the darkness.
"Here I go," Ty Ree said, fighting off a level of fright and braving the darkness. It was a straight shot to the end, and she soon found herself in another chamber. It was brightly lit thanks to glowing crystals hanging from the ceiling. As if spotlighting the prize, a massive chest large enough to fit at least two of her dominated the center. Surrounding it was a pair of stone pillars that only reached halfway to the ceiling. "And another treasure! My favorite part of the trek
!" Gleefully, Ty Ree approached the chest. "I wonder if it'll make me stronger and better able to fight. It'll be a change from the last twenty-two treasures, that's for sure!"
The massive chest was red with a gold structure. Something like a black heart seemed to be keeping it closed. Throwing caution to the wind, the intrepid young girl carefully opened the chest. Before she could peer inside, the lid flew wide open, catching the forest warrior girl off guard while allowing a powerful radiance to flood out.
"Ohhh, someone has finally passed the trials and found my crypt?" a ghostly voice reverberated, "You must have been so brave to go through that!" Ty Ree stood her ground as a dark shape began emerging from the radiance. Floating around it were what seemed to be several pieces of well-crafted metallic jewelry. "So, brave hero! It is treasure you want? Then I shall grant you the greatest treasure of all this land!"
At that, the shape's form settled, resembling a wizened woman whom time had been incredibly kind to. She had a violet glow, and her smile was accented by the strange look she was giving. More of the metal fragments emerged from the chest to orbit around her.
"Th-Thank you!" Ty Ree replied, stuttering, beads of sweat rolling down her forehead. The other temples had nothing like this, and she was contemplating leaving the temple. "But...what is this treasure?"
"Why, the Armor of Agloria!" the spirit answered, her smile widening, "And the honor of being my slave guardian!"
Ty Ree's eyes went wide. She had heard of the mythical armor and how it granted incalculable strength to whoever wore it. Such a thing would make her the most powerful warrior in her part of the world. The problem was she didn't see it, and the cloud of metal orbiting the spirit contained so many pieces that it was impossible to tell what it would make if assembled. Becoming a slave guardian, on the other hand...
"WH-WHAT?! NO!!" she gasped, "I have a life! I have a tribe to defend!"
"OH-HE-HE-HE-HE-He-he-he!" the spirit laughed, nonplussed. She snapped her fingers, and suddenly Ty Ree's clothes practically disintegrated, leaving her exposed for all to see. "Don't be so shy! I am certain you shall love it!"
"AAAAAHHH!!!" screamed Ty Ree as the spirit reached forward, sending the metal cloud after her.
Before she could reflexively cover herself, several pieces affixed themselves to her privates; a dark bra with gold lining and a golden butterfly in the center protected and amplified her bosom while a pair of panties shielded her nethers. More pieces attached behind her, locking them to her body. A double set of domed plates attached over her shoulders.
A pair of leather stockings swallowed her feet, climbing up to her thighs and allowing more of the pieces to attach to her. Leggings, kneecaps, and metal boots clamped down, and she saw the former-most pieces fuse together. Two plates attached to the metal panties like a skirt as a collar with an attached cape wrapped around her neck.
Ty Ree instinctively tried to pry off the bra, but pulling at it caused it to pull at her skin. She felt like it was welded to her. The girl looked in horror as more of the pieces went right for her, latching onto her arms. Little by little, they vanished beneath the dark, skin-tight metal, their coldness sending shivers up the girl's spine. Two thick plates attached into bracers over each of her lower arms as smaller fragments covered her hands, including her fingers. Only a pair of disks continued circling the girl.
By now, Ty Ree was assuming this was the Armor of Agloria the spirit was talking about. It was revealing -not that she had a problem with that, given her usual attire- but she wasn't wearing it by choice. She grabbed at it, trying again to remove it. Once again, the armor wouldn't budge, especially since she couldn't get her metal-clad fingers between it and her flesh. Her hand slipped and slammed into a pillar, smashing it into gravel with one strike.
"Wh-Whoa!" Ty Ree gasped, aghast at how powerful she had become. "D-Did I-?!"
"Yes! YES!" the spirit replied, smiling devilishly, "I have never
seen anyone so compatible with the Armor before! But...You aren't complete yet."
The two remaining pieces seemed to vanish from view. Suddenly, a cold, metallic texture snapped over Ty Ree's ears. She immediately tried removing the objects, but the smooth metal coating her fingers made getting a grip on the similarly smooth disks impossible.
"Wh-What are these things?!" Ty Ree demanded.
"They will help you realize your reward," the spirit replied, "And how much you will love it!"
"You love being at my service,
" the spirit's voice sounded. It seemed to reverberate all over the chamber. "You love your new power!
"I love being at- NO!" Ty Ree shook her head. "I love this power, yes, but- GAH!" 'These things aren't part of the armor...!
' she thought, 'They couldn't be...!
"You enjoy this armor. You enjoy its feel!
"I enjoy- ST-STOP CHANGING MY MIND!!"
"You adore your duties. You adore protecting what you love!
A spiral pattern took shape in Ty Ree's eyes as her willpower faded faster than she thought possible. Somehow, the metal disks over her ears were empowering the spirit's voice, driving it deep into her mind and altering her thoughts. She wanted to fight the spirit; to stop it from brainwashing her. However, spirits are notoriously hard to fight, and her lack of skill with her new power would render any battle an impossible one. She didn't linger on that thought for very long.
"You love being at my service. You love your new power!
"No! ...yes...power...service..." 'NO! I'm not at your service!
"You enjoy this armor. You enjoy its feel!
"Armor...powerful...it feels... sooo gooood!
" 'Armor...No! I can't...! I'm...feeling...soo goood!
"You adore your duties. You adore protecting what you love!
"I adore this! I adore my Mistress!
I adore protecting my Mistress!
" 'I love my Mistress! I love this power! I love protecting my Mistress!
As the brainwashing took hold, Ty Ree's eyes glazed over as they changed from peach to magenta. Her desperation faded, and she smiled with half-closed eyes. She began enjoying the feel of the armor's cool embrace on her skin as it warmed to her temperature. She began to love its ornate design and how it enhanced her figure. Her thoughts of escaping were replaced by feelings of affection for her new mistress, and her desire to protect her tribe changed to protecting the spirit and the temple.
"You were right, Mistress," began Ty Ree as she gazed warmly at the spirit. She blushed dreamily. "I love being at your service!
"I knew you would see things my way," the spirit replied, "Of course, your Armor might take some getting used to, so I'll show you how to use it to it's fullest potential."
"Thank you, Mistress!
And so Ty Ree stayed at the temple, serving an entity whose true alignment was dubious at best. She still did a good job teaching the warrior girl, as she mastered her newfound strength and defeated every threat that dared to invade the ruin. The Armor of Agloria lived up to its legend, rendering the warrior girl virtually invincible no matter how well-placed the enemy blows were. Somehow, Ty Ree never became hungry, nor had any real needs outside of sleep. Nature never called.
Every now and then, she would slip free of the brainwashing for the briefest of moments wherein she would try to escape, but the spirit always reasserted control before she could make it out. The part of her mind that clung to freedom chose to wait. And wait it did, for one day, someone -anyone- would come looking for her, and she would be finally free. She just had to hope she wouldn't defeat them and get them enslaved with her, and she had to hope she would never begin to love being a slave guardian for real. Until then, she bides her time...