She barely had enough time to ascend several rungs of the stairway before the demon crashed past her. The wooden walls shredded like paper when it brushed against them, leaving a wide swath of destruction as it moved through the enclosed space. Mulberry took the opportunity to lash out with her morphed tail as the demon came into range. The curved blade managed to slash into its ribs below the left arm, applying the venomous substance into the wound. However, it was impossible to tell how effective her poison would be on the demonic creature. She could only hope that its humanoid exterior reflected an equally humanoid interior.
She continued to run up the stairs to the second floor, noting that Are had already overtook her with a single acrobatic leap. The demon at the stairs turned to release a thundering roar, before proceeding to claw its way up.
"I guess it's not too late to say that whatever happened here has to be because of the book?" Are said while drawing his sword. Mulberry had to agree at this point.
"We'll need to deal with the demon first!" Mulberry had a feeling she was forgetting something, but could not recall what it was. Her right arm was already changing shape, flowing like liquid into the form of a battle-axe. The demon wasn't going to fall to tiny cuts and lacerations; she needed something heavy to split its head.
She stood ready at the staircase for the approaching demon, planning out her actions in advance. Jump over its swing, then chop down with the axe. Timing was crucial in such a choice, and she waited anxiously as the beast rampaged towards her. Mulberry was so focused upon her foe that she failed to react when the ceiling collapsed behind her, and another demon dropped onto the second floor with a loud thud. It wasted no time to lash out at her with a clenched fist.
Mulberry was lifted off her feet and sailed through the air, crashing several feet away. Intense pain radiated from her left arm and shoulders, but they still responded when she tried to move. Are was now in trouble; he was caught near the two demons without an easy escape route.