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(Chapter 3: The Sigrozoan Story Revealed)
(Chapter 3: The Sigrozoan Story Revealed)
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*Kilttron: DAD, HOW COULD YOU KEEP SUCH DANGEROUS MAGIC DOWN HERE?!
 
*Kilttron: DAD, HOW COULD YOU KEEP SUCH DANGEROUS MAGIC DOWN HERE?!
 
*Greybeardo: I KNOW IT'S DANGEROUS, THAT'S WHY IT'S DOWN HERE! I DIDN'T WANT TO LEARN TOO MUCH! BUT THAT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! You defied a direct order from your father, YOUR king! TREASON! There's things that must be done, to people, WHO CANNOT KEEP, TO THE RULES!
 
*Greybeardo: I KNOW IT'S DANGEROUS, THAT'S WHY IT'S DOWN HERE! I DIDN'T WANT TO LEARN TOO MUCH! BUT THAT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! You defied a direct order from your father, YOUR king! TREASON! There's things that must be done, to people, WHO CANNOT KEEP, TO THE RULES!
*Kilttron: DAD, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU STOPPED READING THIS, THIS SHOULDN'T EVEN EXIST!!... I have to destroy it!
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*Kilttron: DAD, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU STOPPED READING THIS, IT SHOULDN'T EVEN EXIST!!... I have to destroy it!
 
*Greybeardo: YOU WILL DO NO SUCH THING! MY MAGIC DEPENDS ON THE EXISTENCE OF THAT BOOK!
 
*Greybeardo: YOU WILL DO NO SUCH THING! MY MAGIC DEPENDS ON THE EXISTENCE OF THAT BOOK!
 
*Kilttron: THEN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT MAGIC AT ALL!
 
*Kilttron: THEN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT MAGIC AT ALL!
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Present
 
Present
 
*Kilttron:... I... I knew and I tried to destroy it!
 
*Kilttron:... I... I knew and I tried to destroy it!
*Samantha: But he couldn't let you. The spells used in that book and the power it gives is entirely dependent on it's existence. You were threatening to take that all away.
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*Samantha: But he couldn't let you. The spells used in that book and the power it gives is entirely dependent on its existence. You were threatening to take that all away.
 
*Kilttron: ".... Well, we're in bigger trouble now, cause at this point dad's too powerful. Not meaning to underestimate you guys, but, the fact you had to keep yourselves from being readily known means that you might not stand too much of a chance."
 
*Kilttron: ".... Well, we're in bigger trouble now, cause at this point dad's too powerful. Not meaning to underestimate you guys, but, the fact you had to keep yourselves from being readily known means that you might not stand too much of a chance."
 
*Clifton: "I'd be challenged by that, but given what that book's capable off, yeah, this can't be a SOLO-HA affair."
 
*Clifton: "I'd be challenged by that, but given what that book's capable off, yeah, this can't be a SOLO-HA affair."
*Xandy: "Lougers?"
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*Xandy: "Lodgers?"
*Hudsons: "Lougers."
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*Hudsons: "Lodgers."
 
*Miria: "Just be sure to warn them of the orbital cannons. I think those things could be problems."
 
*Miria: "Just be sure to warn them of the orbital cannons. I think those things could be problems."
 
*Clifton: "Oh, and tell them they have to get in the AUU without going to the Alpha Universe first, we don't want them slowed down by Quarantine craziness."
 
*Clifton: "Oh, and tell them they have to get in the AUU without going to the Alpha Universe first, we don't want them slowed down by Quarantine craziness."
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*Theon: "Duh, no, no, not at all, I just, assumed this was solely your affair."
 
*Theon: "Duh, no, no, not at all, I just, assumed this was solely your affair."
 
*Xandy: "Well by all means we'd normally be happy to handle things ourselves, but a Wizard King with an over-powered book of forbidden space manipulation magic is CLEARLY the kind of thing the Lougers might be needed for."
 
*Xandy: "Well by all means we'd normally be happy to handle things ourselves, but a Wizard King with an over-powered book of forbidden space manipulation magic is CLEARLY the kind of thing the Lougers might be needed for."
*(Deadpool): "Well that and this is an episode on their show, so-"
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*(Deadpool): "Well that and this is an episode of their show, so-"
 
*(Scroopfan): "Come here you! (Grabs Deadpool with cartoonishly long cane) MAN, we really need to increase security!"
 
*(Scroopfan): "Come here you! (Grabs Deadpool with cartoonishly long cane) MAN, we really need to increase security!"
 
*Hudson: "It's also because two of our members are absence today and we're not at full power."
 
*Hudson: "It's also because two of our members are absence today and we're not at full power."
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*Samantha: "(Groans angerly)...."
 
*Samantha: "(Groans angerly)...."
 
*Theon: ".... Hey, fair's fair, he and the others denounced me FIRST, i'm just doing the ol' "Goes around Comes around"."
 
*Theon: ".... Hey, fair's fair, he and the others denounced me FIRST, i'm just doing the ol' "Goes around Comes around"."
*Miria: "So our Daob spy is not longer an issue."
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*Miria: "So our Daob spy is no longer an issue."
 
*Theon: "Yes, and I made the Daob government think that he's still fine, so they will NEVER think to send out a replacement if they think there's no reason to."
 
*Theon: "Yes, and I made the Daob government think that he's still fine, so they will NEVER think to send out a replacement if they think there's no reason to."
   

Revision as of 20:48, March 29, 2020

Traditions Don't Go Well With Cruel Laws is the 16th Episode of Season 3B of the SpongeBob and Friends Adventures Chronicles series. The Shell Lodgers are called into helping the Heroes Act in the AUU in another mission on a planet called Sigrus involving humanoid grasshoppers called Titanoids, which have long ago been civilized in large cities until being terrorized by a species of hostile mindless worms called Sigrozoans, which spread diseases and wiped out nearly 30% of the Titanoid species, forcing them to build most of their cities on AFTs (Artificial Flying Terrains). Vowing to never return to the planet's surface, which they called 'Devil's Ground', they developed a Darwinist rite-of-passage to prove an adolescent's survival and adaptability by entering the Devil's Ground, and killing a single Sigrozoan, and those who either failed or never got a kill to prove it within 48 hours were banished by law. One such young prince warrior, Kilttron, a proud and honest warrior of the warrior queen Jegron, is going to through such a rite-of-passage to go after an infamous Sigrozoan named 'Grom-Moroious' the Gigantic. However, Klittron was always bothered on why their home planet was named after the Sigrozoans and not something based on their race. He gets that answer from an unlikely source: A surprsingly sentient Grom. Grom told him that Sigrus once belonged to Sigrozoans, who dispite being carnivores and are rather huge, are very peaceful and tolerant to even the most disliked of races. However, after the real home planet of the Titanoids, "Titanmorna", was conquered by a hostile race of bug-hating lemur creatures called Daobassas, the Sigrozoans and the Titanoids had negotiated about them living with each other until a plan is made to get the Daobassas to leave since force is OBVIOUSLY out of the question thanks to the Daobassans being known for their firece millaterry, but a malevolent wizard king, Klittron's own father, Greybeardo the Tricky, corrupted his own queen and race to attack the Sigros, and cursed a majority of Sigros to become violent except the likes of Grom, and made up a story about the nuclear accident to cover the fact that many cities were destroyed during Greybeardo's spell. At first, Kilttron was too horrified to believe it since his father was very honest with him, but an outsider female Titanoid named Elisean confirmed it. Kilttron is stuck with difficult choices, and decides to tell Elisean to contact the Heroes Act to help arrest his own father before his rite-of-passage expires and he is banished. How will our heroes save the day when Greybeardo has been able to cover up his crimes perfectly, and is nearly on the verge of bringing the Sigrozoans to extinction?


Scene

Theon Revealed.

  • Greybeardo kneeled weaken and helpless as his dark Magilo Book of power was away from him.....
  • Theon proceeded to walk up and grabbed the book....
  • Greybeardo: "..... You can't, do this to me! I was only looking out for my people?!"
  • Kilttron: "(Sighs depressed), I'm sorry dad, but, it can't be like this anymore. What you did, isn't right. You lied to everyone, even me and mom! (Elisean began to regret being hard on Killtron in acknowledging that clearly, inspite of being Greybeardo's son, his direct seed and heir, Killtron was not aware of what was going on. Nobody but her and Grom were.) You used that, evil book, to malmitulate people?!"
  • Greybeardo: "IT WAS NOT LIKE I WANTED TO TAKE OVER THE FORSAKEN UNIVERSES WITH THAT BOOK LIKE I WAS SOME CHARACAPTURE OF SOME MAD DICTATOR?! It was for taking our planet back?!"
  • Pang Bing: "Having well intentions eases you little of the fact you tried to sacrifice both the Sigros and your own people to achieve revenge!"
  • Theon: "Not to mention.... (Different voice) You were using it WRONG, OLD MAN?! (Began to magically transformed into noneother then the still living Darwield!)...."
  • Samantha: "I KNEW IT?!"
  • Miria: "(Growls angerly), Should've known a Daob sympathizing with insectoids was too good to be true."
  • Darwield: "Tch, figures this disguise was falling apart! Like you have guessed already, I lied about being a defect Daob who sympathizes with BUGS! I even lied about his backstory! The Daobs don't have a sympathetic reason for hating bug races?! They just gate them cause they think its a paradox of sentience?!"
  • Xandy: "Ughhhhh, and there goes Rishon's hope of seeing good in the Daobs."
  • Darwield: "Anyway, as I was saying! You miserable old insect?! You have one of the most powerful mageiloian books of survival, and you, waste it, biting the hands of the race that offered KINDNESS to your people?! I feel so, DISGUSTED THAT YOU FOUND MY BOOK FIRST?!"
  • Greybeardo: "I, I only wanted to-"
  • Dariweld force-pushed Greybeardo right into a wall, further hurting him!
  • Kilttron: "DAD?!"
  • Darwield: ".... Thank you, miserable peons. I would've not reunited with my book without your help. Now, I am off to resume my research and-"
  • ???: "We have to thank them as well!"
  • The Modern Magilo Council appeared!
  • Eldridge: ".... Cause now we have a chance to finish what our predecessors started."
  • Darwield: ".... Oh let me guess, you guys are gonna give me SHIT for my beliefs too?! Why are you guys so against me using these powers to help people?!"
  • Dimentus: "That's a misconception, buster! The previous seat-holders failed to mention that they weren't against your ideals. They didn't hated the idea, just the method. Messing with what you have will PISSED OFF THE OUTERS?!"
  • Dawield: "TCH, WELL YOU KNOW WHAT?! IF THE OUTERS DON'T LIKE WHAT I HAVE, THEN, I DARE THEM TO TELL ME THAT, RIGHT INTO MY FACE?!"

Transcript

Chapter 1: The Heroes Called Into Action Once Again

Hero Hive

  • Nanobyte: (As everything was being digitally rebuilt by robots)... Well, after all the crap with Maverick, the Hero Hive is finally at 100% working order.
  • Vancer: About TIME!
  • Miria: Well, since you are all still stuck with me as the leader what with discussing things about Nathan still being, well, under discussion.... I guess some fairness but firmness is needed. Nano?
  • Nanobyte: Nyeeeees?
  • Miria: My first decree as second contemporary leader is to eliminate your fear of vrats.
  • Nanobyte:... And how are you going to do that, dare I ask at the risk of my sanity?!
  • Miria: A virtual mission on Planet New Edge. Zeta Universe, Maxxus Sector, Alcon System. Homeworld of-
  • Nanobyte: THE LABRIDS?! THE RACE EVOLVED FROM LAB VRATS?! VRATS WERE BAD ENOUGH, BUT LAB VRATS?! If that world proved anything, when pests learn to use nuclear weapons, it's game over!
  • Miria: A Heroes Act hero doesn't cower from anything. Not even pests. Good luck.
  • Nanobyte: WAITWAIT- (He was placed in a virtual New Edge sewer simulation)...
  • (Miria): Here's your simulation mission log: Miami has been kidnapped by New Edge's worst terrorist, the brother of the president, President Tekx. Terrorist Tekx wants to use all the garbage on Pharagu to rebuild New Edge after a meteor strike.
  • Nanobyte: OH NO HE DID- (An unsentient vrat appeared from a barred pipe) NYYYAAAAHHHAAHAA!!!
  • (Miria): Just make your way there. There'll be nothing but vrats in every nook and cranny.
  • Nanobyte:... S***!
  • (VMiami): Quote: HELP MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
  • (Miami): Wha, okay, who switched the live-settings off?!
  • (Vancer): Woopwoopwoopwoopwoopwoop!!
  • (VMiami): HELP!!! THESE STINKY RODENTS ARE MAKING ME HIT MYSELF!!!
  • Nanobyte:... (Sighs) Alright, Nirtana. Looks like you had to slaughter this fear sooner or later. (Vrats broke out of the barred pipe and charge at him as he did this with energy wrist blasters and blades, only with no violence and gore)
Pickle Rick Rat Fight Scene

Pickle Rick Rat Fight Scene

  • Nanobyte: (Breaths heavily)... This is my hell... And today, I'm going to be IT'S hell. (Blasts from out of a toilet to find a bizarre building of technology and machines)... Sometimes it bugs me these critters couldn't be my scale. (He runs through the place searching door to door and finds an elevator, failing to jump to the up button) Ugh!... (Gets a good leap from sci-fi retro props) Get that parkour! GET THAT PARKOUR!! (He pushed it) YES! (Labrids with multiple cybernetics appeared from the elevator surprised to see him) Whoawhoa, it's cool. Just need to find the nearest exit- (They got out retro blasters identical to Fallout guns) WHOA, NO NEED TO GET TRIGGERY!!!
  • Labrid: (Spoke a rat-esque language as they fired at him)
  • Nanobyte: WTF, WHOSE TOILET WAS THAT?! (He was shown to be in a junky stronghold which blared an alarm) THIS IS TERRORIST TEKX'S STRONGHOLD, C'MAAAAN!!!

Reality

  • Miami:... Well he seems to be nailing it.
  • Miria: Did you doubt my skills?
  • Clifton: Not at the most.
  • Miria: Let's all pray he can make it.
  • Vancer: None of us are that religious...... Right?

Virtual Gym

  • Tekx: (Comes into the surveillance room) What is going on?
  • Labrid #1: It appears you have a visitor from the prisoner's lovincé, mee squiing.
  • Tekx: Where is he?
  • Labrid #2: He seems to be using the air ducts and mail tubes to get around. He's been gathering supplies we believe to build weaponry. But look at this. (Shows Nanobyte at a trash can and recycling bin) He transferred literally every recyclable from the trash to the recycling bin. (Nanobyte mooned the security camera) Whoever this guy is, he's shaming us.
  • Tekx: We have 54 armed gueeds and we can't kill a small fry?
  • Labrid #2: 52 armed gueeds. He killed 2.
  • Labrid #1: He's on the phone.
  • Tekx: Put him on. And trace the signal.
  • (Nanobyte): Hey, Tekx! Where's Miami?
  • Tekx: Why must I answer someone who is easy to step on for someone as skilled and resourceful as me after killing two men.
  • Nanobyte: You should know I'm from the Heroes Act and so is she. Also, those two just knocked each other out like p*****s.
  • Tekx: And how is that?
  • (Nanobyte): Classic act of tricking them into shooting themselves with their silly-looking stun rifles. Even if you and your organization are monsters, we don't kill even if we wanted to.... Or do we?
  • Labrid #1: Wastya.
  • Tekx: Shut your mouth and do your jobs, YOU F*****G BASTQICKS!!!
  • (Nanobyte): Bad time, or...?
  • Tekx: Some of my men are calling you 'Wastya', the imp of the wasted. An old wives' tale. He crawls from the garbage to steal the souls of wasteful children.
  • (Nanobyte): Lucky break, I guess. (Guards attacked in the origin of the signal and fell into crazy traps and shot up a synthetic dummy)
  • (Labrid #3): We got him. (They all sigh in relief)
  • (Nanobyte): Because this wastya doesn't care about your disgusting spawn. (He was in another room transmitting to a laptop from a nearby vent) And I'm not taking their souls. I'm taking their parents' dignity. (Detonates the laptop by sabotaging it's venting fan remotely blowing the Labrids out of the room, popping out of a vent with a mini Spartan laser-like cannon) SURPRISE!! (Blasted them all down, reloading with batteries and retreating)
  • Labrid #1: WASTYA, HE'S COMING!! BECAUSE I THREW AWAY HALF OF MY SANDWICH!!!
  • Tekx: HE'S JUST A GIMPUS!!!
  • Labrid #1: HE'S A MONSTER!!
  • Tekx: He's not the only one. (He enters a dungeon showing a massively-chained Labrid)... You can stay here and become dead to the world... Or maybe, you can kill a hero for me and earn your freedom.
  • Labrid:... There is no freedom while your brother breaths. Our world is a prison!
  • Tekx: Then Cathy is a prisoner. And I can arrange her escape as well... She lives, Jaguire.
  • Jaguire:... Where is this HERO?!

Reality

  • Miria: So far so good.
  • Miami: I'm starting to worry.
  • Hopstar: It's a simulation. It's not real.
  • Miami: The pain feels real. Mentally or physically.
  • Miria: The key to something like this is to show no pain.
  • Vancer: Phah! Physically impossible. Nano has no need to show no pain. He'll crawl out of this like the most resilient vrat in the AUU, wherever that might be.
  • Miria: Don't make me hit your crotch again.
  • Vancer: EEP, NO, I PEE AND C** WITH IT!!!

Virtual Gym

  • Jaguire: (He gunned at Nanobyte through a wrecked laboratory as he shot him in the side but got hit on the shoulder with his laser)...... (He got gunpowder) HERO, YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS ISN'T PERSONAL!
  • Nanobyte: (Got a gustard pack) You should know that isn't original.
  • Jaguire: (Pours the gunpowder on his wound) THEY HAVE MY GIRLFRIEND! THERE'S NOTHING I WON'T DO TO SEE HER AGAIN!
  • Nanobyte: (Getting other fruits from a sandwich) Yeah there's lots I WOULDN'T do to see my girlfriend, but kicking your ass gets me to her quicker than your derivative bulls***! (Then both used what they got to cauterize their wounds, screaming wildly)
  • Jaguire: I NEVER BULLS***, HERO!! THIS CAN ONLY END WITH ONE OF US DEAD. AND I HAVE NEVER DIED!
  • Nanobyte: (Loading his laser) Well bad news dude, there's a first time for everything, only with you, short of this planet having Digiresserection or god-level magic, dying's like a quach motel, there's no checking out! (They continued to fight as they destroyed the security cameras)
  • Tekx:...... (On communicator) Is it done?...... JAGUIRE?!?
  • (Nanobyte): Jaguire couldn't make it. My condolences for his lady friend about it, but she just needs to know she has your ass to blame for this. I mean, you basically kidnapped Miami to being with, you were just asking for this to happen!
  • Tekx: (Growls)..... Fine. You win, hero. I'm setting the prisoner free.
  • (Nanobyte): You think I don't know how you work? Miami isn't here. I know it. So I'm coming for you now.
  • Tekx: (Was shocked) HERO, THERE'S 1 MILLITE WORTH OF BONDS IN A SAFE ON LEVEL 2, I'LL GIVE YOU THE COMBINATION!!!
  • Labrid #2: That money belongs to our people-
  • Tekx: SHUT UP AND CALL ME A TURBOROTOR, YOU PREEK!!! (On communicator) DO WE HAVE A DEAL?!
  • (Nanobyte): We don't take bribes. Otherwise we would've SUCK at being meant to deal away with the VA if all it took was meeting a price-tag to but themselves out of pickles. But I have a better idea. Give that money to Jaguire's girlfriend when you set her free, or I'll be visiting you again.
  • (Tekx): Jaguire's girlfriend is dead.
  • Nanobyte: Oh really, so you lied?
  • Tekx: Jaguire was an animal. You're an intelligence operative. We can do business.
  • (Nanobyte): I don't think so. See you soon. (Ends transmission)
  • Tekx: Is the turborotor here?
  • Labrid #2: Yes, and the police are on the way, what do we tell them? (Tekx shot them both)
  • Tekx: Tell them we were robbed. (He steals cash and valuables but finds that the turborotor was being driven by Jaguire, who was carrying Nanobyte and Miami) WHAT?!
  • Nanobyte: Funny thing a simple act of scaring you will leave you in open sight. (Labrid authorities surrounded Tekx)... See you.
  • Labrid Cop: You have been sentenced to death for your crimes against New Edge!
  • Tekx:... Farewell, Wastya! (He was shot dead)
  • Nanobyte: What a way to go.
  • (Miami): Good work, Nirt!!
  • Nanobyte: "Aw man, so glad to have the Vrat fear sorted out. When do I get to do the real event?"
  • Jaguire: "Sorry, this was an event that took in the 1930s, done by a different Gimpus and Ract. This was long resolved ages ago."
  • Nanobyte: ".... That explains why everything was ringing a bell. I always remembered loving to learn about the stories of Smallos the Bravest Gimpus. Such an honor to relive one of his greatest adventures."
  • (Miria): "You can thank Miami for giving me the inspiration to use that on how to ease your Vrat worries."
  • The Simulation ended.

Meanwhile, in a different part of the Training Room.

  • Hudson and Xandy were watching Telthona running a marathon of a rigorous athletic obstacle course as Telthona was noticed practicing a lot of flips and turns, somersaults and backflips and a lot of gymnastic stuff!
  • Hudson: "..... Ya know, cause she had been a Gromnule that one time, she started to try and practice being more, aerodynamic."
  • Xandy: "Well, Solus had said that Gromnules are typically very aerodynamic rodents. They've been known to have a need to be as active and mobile as possible. It made her realize that in terms of the HA, she's basically a walking tank before the swap and was worried she would slow us done given that a lot of us are extremely mobile."
  • Hudson: "I, think it's also the first time she experienced athletics like that in that time. She was mostly a science girl up to that part and it's the first time she's feeling the adrenaline junkie feel."
  • Xandy: "I'm surprised she never tried to be that active before. Guess that's why she started upgrading her gear to accommodate being more athletic."
  • Hudson: "Well, I heard Aurlena's reinventing herself as well."
  • Xandy: "Oh yeah. Realizing that she can be a bit of a loose cannon made her realize she needs to reinvent herself. At least enough that she can still be our powerhouse, but a less reckless powerhouse."
  • Hudson: "That totally explains how she started to hang with Cloakblade more. I even saw her in a meditative pose once!"
  • Xandy: "Wow, Aurlena, meditating? I wished I saw that, I would've spilled my guts laughing!"
  • Hudson: Well, there's another reason. We're kind of in a pickle. This whole, heliacovirus outbreak is really getting to us all.
  • Xandy:... Wait, outbreak? When did that happen?
  • Hudson: Well... It's kind of... Something that became a problem on Marbon and got leaked here, along with other planets in the Alpha Universe. It drove the UIS planets in this universe to enter pre-meditative lockdown and Quarantine-Shielded the planets, even onto the Brains'! UIS even got to create the biggest space wall ever, to quarantined the entire Alpha Universe and began blocking out any ships in that universe and began enforcing Planet-Stay enforcements and coherse native governments to keep people in their homes! They're even restricting immediate access to the other United Universe so it doesn't end up becoming a Multiverseal Threat! Doesn't help that... Well... Something similar is occurring in the Lougers' United Universe.
  • Xandy:... Never heard of it.
  • Hudson: Yeah, it's a rare illness... Until now, clearly.
  • (Deadpool): Wow, you're really doing this, guys?
  • MSM: Hey, think of it as a... Well... Ad, for the coronavirus outbreak, kay? Scroopfan made an awareness of it last episode.
  • (Deadpool):... Okay, pal, just saying, this seems a little... Controversial.
  • (Scroopfan): "Hey, if it helps, SAF has touched WORSE topics. Also, at least this time, this touching of a touchy subject is to be helpful.
  • Xandy: Well, what is it?
  • Hudson: Some kind of virus that looks like a sun, having very sensitive feeler-peplomers, can feed on solar energy, and can basically mutate itself with the radiation of said solar energy.... BUUUUT only after it's gathered a butt-ton of genetic material, and it can store some energy inside of it, but also transfer dangerous amount of it into its host, causing cancerous effects, and symptoms similar to sunburn or radiation sickness.
  • Xandy: AY CRUMBA?! And what's the Lougers' United Universes' viral problem like?"
  • Hudson: "Weeeeeelll, in comparison, their viral problem, is just a slightly more fatal type of cold in comparison."
  • Xandy: ".... Oy, I think the Lougers' Universes' lucked out again if even their virus outbreaks sound compairingly less worse then OUR viruses!"
  • Hudson: Yeah... Luckily, we live in a sci-fi dimension where everyone has been so used to pandemics at earlier points it just ends up being a new excuse to remember to keep hygienic.
  • Xandy: Chyeah, most diffidently. How have the others been handling that?
  • Hudson: Well thanks to Miria's seminar of handling virus outbreaks, alot of the others are either prepared or are being like Telthona and are being as prepared as possible.... I'm diffidently gonna be on THAT bandwagon of keeping myself virus free.
  • Xandy: "Well I know I will! Good to know the HA is really our of the rut and we're back being ahead of the curve!"
  • Hudson: Well... Yes and no. While the majority of use came to brave this problem, Miami..... Let's just say that it drove her... Recent neat-freak obsession further since she found out that Jindy was a nastiphile.
  • Xandy: Well what'd you expect from living on Pharagu? (The two laughed for abit, but then remembered the serious fiasco they're in and stopped after 5 seconds in)... Yeah, we REALLY shouldn't be laughing about that.
  • Hudson: Nope.
  • Xandy: "We should uh, probably go look for Miami and help her out."

Elsewhere in the HA base.

  • Nanobyte: "(Was looking for Miami). Hey, Mi? Where are ya? Ya kinda just charged for the bathroom after dinner, what's wrong? (Sees the Unisex Bathroom as he saw that nervous wimpers are heard).... (Nanobyte enters, and discovers that Miami is obsessively trying to clean up the bathroom non-stop to the point it becomes crazily crome-clean.)..... Mi?"
  • Miami: "(PANICKED)?! PLEASE DON'T TRACK IN THE OUTSIDE GERMS, I AM CLEANING THIS PLACE?! (KICKS THE DOOR ON NANOBYTE AND BLOCKING IT OUT)?!"
  • Nanobyte: "...... WTF?!"
  • Libby: "(Comes up) What's all the commotion?"
  • Nanobyte: "MI'S GONE INTO NEATFREAK MODE?!"
  • Libby: ".... Oh, I see. I think that's the aftermath of her realizing that if it wasn't for that her mother taught her cleanliness and etiquette, even inspite of living in Pharagu, that.... She would pretty much be a disgusting slob."
  • Nanobyte: "WHERE DID SHE EVER GET THAT CRAZY ID-...... Her UIS Identity?"
  • Libby: "Yeah, I, understand she did NOT had a fun experience with her alternate self. Kinda to the point that, she became an extreme germaphobe cause, seeing what she would've been like, traumatized her like this.... And personally, I don't think the Alpha Universe having a viral outbreak is helping matters, even when Miria had insisted that our sanitation systems are being upgraded ahead of this problem."
  • Nanobyte: "..... (Deadpan) Where's, Solus?"
  • Libby: ".... I'm scared of what happens if I told you-"
  • Nanobyte: "WHERE'S, SOLUS?!"
  • Libby: "MEEP?! He's talking with Marses in the lab about studying on a way to track for Artificial Magic?!"
  • Nanobyte said nothing as he walked off.....
  • Libby: "....... This is gonna lead to alot of drama, isn't it?"
  • Miami: (From otherside of bathroom door) WHAT DO YA THINK?!? Plus, it's not just that. Like you said, this virus thing is making this s*** worse!... And... I forgot to tell him that... It got Solus.
  • Libby: WHAT?!

Meanwhile...

  • Solus: (He was sick and resting with Marses) LET ME OUT OF THESE STRAPS! I CAN TAKE SOME STUPID VIRUS- AH-CHOO! (He was sealed from infecting Marses with a quarantine energy field)... THAT SNEEZE MADE IT FEEL LIKE THAT MY NOSE WAS ON, FIRE?!
  • Marses: Kinda a side-effect of that virus liking to soak-up sun-rays. But you're lucky that's the LEAST of yer problems! Solly, we're not tickled pink by this either, but the UIS says that THEY don't want this outbreak going to THEIR territory, let alone Brainiac. Heavens FORBID the Isolated Systems! So, they and the AUU Grand Council said that this was, for your own good. Kinda why UIS began to make that super-wall and why the USRA Races are just, allowing to happen! Better having to deal with forced UIS inconvenience then allowing a virus to spread like wildfire, ESPEICALLY WITH IT'S SUN-LOVING WAYS IN MIND! Would you like a second opinion?
  • Solus: (Coughs) YOU DON'T KNOW JACK SQUAT ABOUT THIS ARTIFICIAL MAGIC BIZ, MARSES! YOU NOR YOUR GIRLFRIEND! (Coughs).... EVEN THE COUGHS BURN?!
  • Marses: No, but I CAN read your UIS Identity catalogs and find out as much as I can. I'm not in the mood to discuss it with you all day about it and risk getting infected. Viruses are NASTY when it comes to mutating themselves by stealing genetics from others.
  • Solus: JUST, LET ME, OUT!
  • Marses: No! I don't want to catch your sun-virus!
  • Nanobyte: WHAT, THE F***?!? (He appeared)... HE GOT THE SUN VIRUS?!?
  • Marses: What's it look like, tiny?
  • Nanobyte: HEY, WATCH IT, BUDDY! SOLUS, I NEED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT-
  • Solus: MIAMI, I KNOW, BUT, DON'T BLAME ME, BLAME MIRIA! DIDN'T SHE SEND HER TO TAKA AS JINDY AFTER YOU RAN OFF ON YOUR PEACEKEEPER CRUISER?! SHE HAD TO CHANGE THINGS UP A BIT TO ADD SOME MORE SUBTLETY! ALSO, SHE'S FROM PHARAGU! SHOULDN'T SHE BE USED TO FILTH?!
  • Nanobyte: EXCUSE ME?!
  • Solus: WHAT, JUST SAYING! (Coughs)...
  • Nanobyte: "JUST BECAUSE PHARAGU IS A VIGSTY, DOESN'T MEAN PHARAGUIANS LOVE FILTH?! IN FACT, THEY WERE ONCE GONNA REBEL OVER IT IN THE "BEFORE YOU" TIME?! HER MOTHER, RAISED HER TO BE MORE CLEANLY?!"
  • Solus: ".... Ohhhhh. Okay, that, would explain alot about her behavior. But still, Miria's doing, not mine!"
  • Nanobyte: "WELL EXCUSE US FOR NOT WANTING OUR IDENTITY MISSIONS TO DIE OUT BECAUSE UIS HAD A PANIC FIT?!"
  • Solus: "I could've talked to the UIS Council about it and get them to see things my way like I still did, EVEN DESPITE YOU GUYS MAKING THEIR PANIC WORSE BY BEING DISOBEDIENT?!"
  • Nanobyte:... Why? Why did this have to happen?
  • Solus: BECAUSE!!!
  • Nanobyte: I don't accept 'because' alone as an answer, buster!
  • Solus: "Hey, this virus popped up in Marbon one day cause some over-curious germophile discovered the dang virus and it got out because of poor containment, or at least that's the official story, I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT VIRUS CAME IN?! I wasn't even IN Marbon?! Just so happened that I was next to someone who had it?! BUT IN MY DEFENSE, HE COULD'VE EASILY HAD PASSED FOR SOMEONE HAVING A BAD SPRING BREAK EARLIER BEFORE?!"
  • Nanobyte: "WELL THING IS, HE CLEARLY HAD SOMETHING WORSE THEN A CASE OF FORGETTING TO USE SUNBLOCK, YA LITTLE-"
  • Marses: Nirtana, this is NOT a good time. He NEEDS to be recovered and he NEEDS to be quarantined.
  • Nanobyte: Fine! But I'll be back when he's recovered.... If he DOES!
  • Solus: Wait, what?!
  • Marses: Just relax, Solus!
  • Solus: OH PLEASE DON'T TELL THIS SICKNESS IS FAT- (He was sedated and went to sleep)
  • Marese: ".... Oy. Lucky for him, it's been said the virus is mostly dangerious only to old folks and/or people in bad health situations. He's far from both those death-ranges, so at worse he'll know what it feels to burn on the inside."
  • Nanobyte: Well, at least that virus inadvertently spared him from what I would've done to him! In the meantime, I'll talk to Miria!
  • Marses: Try not to yell TOO much at her. You KNOW how she is.
  • Nanobyte: "Funny thing, I'M TOO PISSED TO BE SCARED OF HER NOW?!"

Later.

  • Miria was seen growling angerly.
  • Nanobyte: "..... Annnnnnd your scary angry face scared my rage out of me...."
  • Miria: "..... Look, I'm sorry if I made Miami start having a cleaning crusade, but one, that mission was before we even KNEW a virus outbreak would occur, and two, bringing up that virus was for her own good! The last thing the Alpha Universe needs right now is the best people who can help them getting infected too!"
  • Nanobyte: "I know, but all the same, now Miami is cleaning up the bathrooms so much that it's starting to look like it came from a Chrome-Future period!"
  • Miria: "Look, if you wish to ease Miami's dilemma, you're welcome to do so, but it would risk you and her being absent for missions."
  • Nanobyte: ".... Ya know what? Much as I hate missing out on missions, I'll, accept that! She REALLY needs me now!"
  • Nanobyte walked off.
  • Xandy and Hudson came in with Libby and saw Nanobyte leaving....
  • Hudson: ".... Yikes. Ya didn't relapse to when Maverick was in charged, did you?"
  • Miria: "Actselly, he volunteered to stay and ease Miami's panic-episode, even at the price of not being in missions."
  • Libby: "I take it you got slightly stricter about this quarantine business?"
  • S'antza: "(Comes in) It even got to the point that she forced Xander to take a bath in like, forever! Xander is crying excessively!"
  • Miria: "It was to prevent his bacteria colony of a body to be inviting for the sun virus!"
  • S'antza: "Yeah, but, he is still gonna miserable for awhile."
  • Miria: "He's not the only one miserable from this. Many of the Alpha Universe are likely to be scared from these events. Families being divided, lost in a worst-case scenario. Heavens forbid if the VA was still active, and how dangerous Narcotic would've been with it!"
  • Xandy: "No kidding! This virus really has to be something fierce if even UIS got riled up about it that they preemptively quarantined UIS planets before the Virus would even end up there, somehow!"
  • Libby: "That's an understatement! I hear talk that it may've scared UIS into talks about reviving Techmoply."
  • Hudson: "And how would that really help?"
  • Libby: "Well, Techmoply was basically a UISifived Globex, which as you can imagined, that company disbanded cause of reminders of such. Not helping it came at the time where the Exo-Wars started and there were fears of Techmoply falling to the same pitfall as Globex of wronging just that ONE guy who'd do the same thing. Usually revival attempts are impossible, but the Alpha Universe being compromised by a virus that could be a risk to even the Brains, even WITH their preventative measures in mind, well, Chairmen Cap Itilist Poly got a blessing in disguise with that terrible sickness. Even the puritans' who're normally against the prospect, decided to SHUT UP about hating the idea CAUSE of how much the Brains MAY be vulnerable at the moment. Granted, there will be strings attached to strip Techmoply to be even LESS like Globex then it was promised to already, if in fact, it'll not be like Globex AT ALL and be a company that doesn't do what Globex does and well, ya know, be present in planets on a mass scale, but besides that, Techmoply returning would mean chances to create UIS-exclusive vaccines and immunity gels so to UIS doesn't have to fear this or another Pandemic being a useful weapon by their adversaries."
  • Xandy: "Tch, figures alot of UIS' panic-circus is because they're afraid their haters would be stupid enough to try and weaponized a terrible virus against them."
  • Miria: "Well given how their ways are so, unpopular, can we really say these fears are unfounded?"
  • Xandy: So, if they are so scared of having a tech conglomerate, then how do they even advance?
  • Miria: "The benefit of having a Teadr 1 race as a leadership race, and smaller Coraak owned Tech businesses."
  • Xandy: ".... Fair enough."
  • Hudson: "And that's only WITHOUT that company. Imagine how much tougher they can get with it back?"
  • Libby: "Well at the least, it might only be for a response to an emergency. I suspect that once things settle down, either the revived Techmoply will be closed again, or be radically reconfigured and changed from the original name and probably become something REALLY UIS worthy."
  • Radcliff: "(Comes in) Well personally, even a limited return of Techmoply might still be good news to folks nostalgic to what that company could've been like if UIS didn't panzied out cause of Infernus being a dick! I could only imagine Highermore's reaction."
  • Tollund: "I know folks in Brequturn, a once prime Techmoply planet, would go GAGA at the announcement."
  • Xandy: "It might still only because of the virus thing, that could be reversed or the revive company be radically altered from what they were used to."
  • Radcliff: "Well, they've came to learn that they can't be choosy beggers."
  • Tollund: "I'll say. To them, even a hollowed-out shell of what Techmoply was once like is better then if UIS was still gonna keep it disbanded."
  • Xandy: But hey, we STILL need a break from UIS, especially when it concerning risking the spread of the sun virus.
  • Magnum: (She arrived) Well, you're in luck, then. The Council HAS compiled a list of jobs for us. Since the UIS Identity operation turned out, erum, MOSTLY good results, even if not many will be fooled by it, BUT could make us be more presentable... The Council decided to catalog all USRA-space jobs for us. Though, we're not going to do them all at once. They figured that, well, since coming in out of the blue would be like meddling in world affairs, it would be... Unwise to come in like strangers and offer help. It'd raise suspicion. So, they decided to have us do them when the situation calls for us.
  • Radcliff: Well, wise choice. So... What mission are they starting us off with?
  • Magnum: Apparently we're going to the planet Sigrus. They've already sent us the mission briefing here.
  • Xandy:... Don't they usually brief us in the briefing room?
  • Magnum: Well, Calixto is-
  • Xandy: Sick with sun virus?
  • Magnum:... Yes. But fortunately, he's being treated with the best care and it turned out he only suffers minor, though still painful, symptoms. He's guaranteed to recover.
  • Xandy: Ugh, because of COURSE he got infected. So... What is this Planet Sigmus?
  • Magnum: It's one of those primitive planets still stuck in outdated traditions. The Titanoids, which hail from another planet that was conquered by the Daobassas, built a grand civilization there in an attempt to build ways to take back Titanmorna. Daobassas HATE insectoids.
  • Xandy: Oh, great, another race war that needs ending. I'm actselly kinda missing the UIS stuff already, cause I forgot how samey USRA stuff gets after awhile!
  • Magnum: It's not just that. Apparently, the Titanoids didn't account for one thing: Sigmus was populated by giant worms called Sigrozoans. Think of them as, land-living bristle worms that live underground with hundreds of massive legs, and like to pop out of the ground. Though they're blind, they can feel vibrations in the ground. When the Titanoids threatened their ecosystem, they destroyed everything. The Titanoids thus went to AFTs and now, to keep to their goal of taking back their homeworld, they made a rite-of-passage to ensure they grow into a great race. Titanoids must go to the ground, called 'Devil's Ground', and kill a Sigrozoan within 48 hours. If they failed, they get banished.
  • Radcliff:... Okay, that doesn't sound fair at all.
  • Magnum: Its Darwinism at the most basic. If you've met their leader, Wizard King Hyhelion, or as he's known commonly, Greybeardo the Tricky, but I'm calling him by his real name because I am NOT going to reduce us into laughter, for the HUNDREDTH time, espeically not in the wake of the aftermath of what we went through with the UIS missions! He was fighting hard to get the civilization built, and when these creatures ruined everything, he felt that only one species had to live. It was clear to him that they weren't going to defeat the Daobassas unless they knew how to beat the Sigros.
  • Xandy:... So... They're basically trying to strengthen themselves via these worms to take back their home?
  • Magnum: Yes. But... Something isn't right.
  • Tollund: Care to elaborate?
  • Magnum: Gladly. You see, my family had known the Sigrozoans a long time ago. They were supposed to be a naturally-peaceful race, not the monsters this report is saying.
  • Cloakblade: Are you saying, the Councilors LIED to us?
  • Magnum: No, SOMEONE did. Well either that or these are unsentient versions and the actual Sigro race vanished for no clear reason, which, explains why my family hadn't been able to keep in touch. But something still doesn't feel right about this. SOMEONE spread these lies for... Some reason. Something happened to the Sigros.
  • Samantha: (She came in) Ahem! I don't want to interrupt... But did you say, Planet Sigros?
  • Xandy: Yeah, why?
  • Samantha:... This is currently an untested theory, but, I think I might know the reason why these Sigrozoans, are no longer what you know them as.

Space

  • Magnum: (As the Heroes Act went off to Sigros on their dropship)... So you're telling me that, there's an ancient book of Magelio origin on this planet?
  • Samantha: Correct. This book is one that was made by an ancient mage for the same goals as Greybeardo. Darwinism. The magic of survival.

Depicted Flashback

  • (Samantha): You see, this mage, Darwield LaGrange by name, saw these united universes as dangerous. Filled with asteroids that could impact, supernovas that can annihilate, monsters that can kill, and he was paranoid. He wanted to make sure that Magelio and any other world can live long enough for a legacy. It even came at the right time when Magelio was threatened by a quantum asteroid. No magic could keep it from colliding with the planet. But Darwield came up with a plan. If they couldn't affect the asteroid, they could teleport the planet. Such a feat hadn't been done, but it was. Magelio was saved. Darwield was heralded as a hero. So after the planet was teleported back into proper orbit, Darwield was celebrated well enough to create a book that could ensure the survival of many other planets... But then, it suddenly occurred to him. After some vision obtained after getting power he was never supposed to have involving, obviously, to the annoyance of some of you, Libby espeically, Outer Gods-
  • (Libby): "Uggggggggh! I, am, still, so bitter about the mindfuckery I went through with Midus cause of everything turning out to be a glorified cosmic adoption scheme!"
  • (Samantha): Ahem! Anyway, he decided that he should be the one to control dangerous celestial objects whenever he can and train worlds to fight against them themselves. So came the day... His title was called into question.
  • Elder Councilmember: Darwield... You have been accessing certain data networks all over the UUniverses.
  • Darwield: Well, had I been a less honorable person, I'd deny this, so I won't. Yes, I have been doing such, but not many of them are entirely convinced that it's a good idea.
  • Elder Councilmember #2: That's the thing, Darwield... Why WOULD it be a good idea?
  • Darwield: Wait... How much have you found out about this?
  • Elder Councilmember #2: Well, alot of what we came to know is still, speculation. But I have a feeling our suspicions are looking pretty accurate now.
  • Elder Councilmember #1: While this COULD be a good start for helping you... That statement alone, is something that makes you think. We imagined what one could do with power like yours.
  • Elder Councilmember #3: Hacking into things one couldn't... Or really shouldn't.
  • Elder Councilmember #4: Monitoring things beyond the scope of what one would normally expect.
  • Elder Councilmember #5: And then we got generous with the whole thing... And speculated space-based thaumonology that could hold power worthy of something like an astrolaser. Weapons of mass destruction.
  • Elder Councilmember #6: Spells that could allow one to wield the cosmos themselves, to an unlimited degree, when really, one should accounts the mortal blocks we must have to keep people from accessing unlimited power until they're ready to use it responsibly. Such things would do more harm than any perceived good of avoiding disasters from space!
  • Elder Councilmember #7: So what we're basically asking, Darwield... Is why?
  • Darwield:... (Sighs)... If the council is SO insistent to be on my back on this matter, then consider things in my perspective! I lost my home planet to a comet. I was raised on Magelio. When I saw that quantum asteroid hurdling towards us... I thought it was going to be that loss all over again. But when I found that spell to save us and it worked... What if there was other worlds out there that could share the same fate and have people who end up like me? I had to endure the loss of one home and the near-loss of another. I became Darwield the Saver. The master of anti-celestial destruction. These spells I've been writing down... They could save billions, trillions, even more! We need more aces, we NEED more options, AND we need the full fury of what we can deliver when the need arises.
  • Elder Councilmember #3: Darwield, we can find better ways. This could paint us as... Well... Needlessly interventionalist. Nosey, as one would have it. Overprotective.
  • Dawield: "Ugh, please don't give that "Meddling in the affairs of worlds" crud, I thought we've transitioned into the Transitional Period Era, we're done with the BK and AK style of things!"
  • (Hudson): "So this took place in the TPE Epoch? That is a RARELY talked about era."
  • Elder Councilmember 3: "Transitioning to a new era doesn't mean that guidelines and laws born from those times stop being relevant or considered. The one thing that never gets outdated, is responsibility and the respect for power one pocesses."
  • Elder Councilmember #4: And still, there's others out there who could so easily use this power of yours for evil. The power to control space is something too dangerous for anyone to possess.
  • Darwield: Ugh, no you sound like those magic ethic nuts out there who pester me for what I've been making. We can use this power to help people.
  • Elder Councilmember #5: It's not wise to use this power knowing the threat it might pose.
  • Elder Councilmember #1: I'm sorry, Darwield, but we cannot allow your spells to be used even once.
  • Darwield:... You don't believe in me, do you?
  • Elder Councilmember #1: Darwield, we do, it's just-
  • Darwield: I made these spells to protect people. I hacked those networks, in only watching for catastrophic events via space. I made these spells, to protect anyone from it's harm. I even have spells to ensure people survive such an event themselves. A spell that boosts magic's ability to have them imagine, if that makes any sense. My spells are for survival, and survival only. I made sure of that.
  • Elder Councilmember #1: Jinxes exist, Darwield. It's STILL likely someone who gets a hold of your spells can undo that block.
  • Elder Councilmember #4: Those spells are coming with us, Darwield. This is wrong. You know it.
  • Darwield:...... This isn't hypotheticals. This ISN'T a moral debate. This ISN'T us thinking about what COULD happen. Besides, there's already people out there who have far worse power, and if I have THIS power, I can basically destroy them before they even make a single move.
  • Elder Councilmember #3: Yes, but you know the rules of space-controlling magic. It ONLY works in its own dimension. Any other dimension, WITH worse threats, will not be affected. What you have is only possible for this United Universes, it won't function to outside dimensions.
  • Darwield: That's why I'm going to perfect the spell in any OTHER dimension I can find!
  • Elder Councilmember #6: Darwield, that's going too far! This is why-... Wait a minute...... Did you see... THEM?!
  • Darwield: Them what?
  • Elder Councilmember #6: The Outer Gods? Did you see THEM?! Is THAT why you're doing this?
  • Darwield: "(Scoffs), Outer Gods, elders? Really? I think you read too much J.R. Fondsmith stories, dear elders, we should know better than tha-"
  • Elder Councilmember #3: And yet you wrote yourself as honest and here you are, denying your unsanctioned cosmic awareness! You have tampered with things you're not supposed to, Darwield.
  • Darwield:..... Ahhh, frick! Okay, fine, I'm, I'm aware of them! But I HAD to! Protection means doing what you must to make it happen, including getting whatever power is necessary. I can control space. So no celestial entities can POSSIBLY harm another. Especially ones cherished by many.... I will do whatever it takes to protect any world from harm, with or without your help.
  • Elder Councilmember #1: DARWIELD, WE ORDER YOU TO- (Darwield teleported away, retrieved his book, and retreated)... AFTER HIM! THAT BOOK MUST BE DESTROYED!
  • (Samantha): So they chased him to the Romaa System. They shot him down, but he and his ship were lost in the planet's storms. And they were never seen again.

Present

  • Samantha: They assumed that both he and his secrets were lost together.
  • Magnum: Are you saying that-
  • Samantha: Again, untested theory, but.... It is possible if at the least, the book survived, and Darwield's knowledge is being used by someone.
  • Xandy: Could it be Greybeardo?
  • Samantha: Let's try to give the king reasonable doubt, here, it'd be too easy and yet risky to automatically assume the authority figure. Though it's a possibility, maybe he discarded it when he realized how dangerous it was. Perhaps the book strengthens his already present magic, but stopped reading it to keep himself from learning too much.
  • Xandy: Well we can't know for sure unless we get to the bottom of it. So what're we waitin on? We have some bugs and worms to save.... Eck, that sounds gross when you say it out loud.
  • Miria: "We need to be cautious in landing."
  • Hudson: "Hey, I'm sure the Titanoids had known about ships before, they're not THAT primitive!"
  • Miria: "I meant more in line about the Sigros. Whether they were once sentient or not, it can't be under-stressed that these creatures may bare hyper-aggression to anything on the ground of the planet."
  • Zosimo: "Well obviously don't land in the ground, problem solved. We'll just nestle ourselves on the Titanoids."
  • Miria: "But that's it: If Greybeard is guilty of something, it might be risky of have him know of our presence and have him weary of our intentions."
  • Libby: "I hear he's a pretty gentle king though, erm, outside of the Darwinism thing."
  • Miria: "True, but that benevolence could just be a mask to hide darker intentions. If a king wanted to, he can make his subjects become the enemy of anyone against them. I know from experience in Ferus."
  • Vancer: "I'm pretty sure the guy might behave differently from kings in Ferus."
  • Miria: "Even kind rulers can have darkness in them if they're troubled. And from what I understand, the Daobs were not kind opponents to him."
  • Hopster: "Well duh, the Daobs are bug haters."
  • Miria: "Beyond that..... Greybeard suffered horrendous indignity from the Daobs."
  • Aurlena: "I heard horror stories of what the Daobs do to bugs. Is it, as bad as I heard?"
  • Miria: If you have to ask, you don't know ANYTHING.

Depicted Flashback

  • (Miria): It is not known why Daobassas despise insectoid races, aside from their insectivorous diet. But they do. They have even eaten sentient insectoid meat, and in Daobassa culture, it's said that eating sentient insectoid being meat blesses you with strength and acceptance. These beings, were very vicious, and thus not even the Legion of Dominant Races couldn't get through to them. (Daobassas were lemur-like beings that carried flyswatter-like weapons, poisonous gases, plasma guns, powerful armor and machines, and so on as they wreaked havoc on bug worlds) They have fought in wars against these kinds of beings for a long time... But... I know of ONE Daobassa who had been abandoned on Sigrus. His name is Theon. Though I haven't met him personally, he was left for showing compassion for these insectoids. He resides somewhere on Devil's Ground. He's also... A REALLY paranoid monkey, especially since he's related to Titanide, the Daobassa spy for their progress on the Titanoids. We find him, we might have an ace in this mission, AND know why they hate insects to begin with.

Present

  • Zosimo: What makes you think he'd know?
  • Miria: Because the briefing said that there exists only ONE known sentient Sigrozoan left. Name, unknown. Location, unknown. But they're said to be close to the Capital AFT, where Greybeard himself lives.... I should also mention that... Sigrozoans, or at least as they are now, can carry pathogens. SO, we must wear THESE! (They brought out fancy EVO suits)
  • Xandy:... Really?
  • Miria: We can't spread the sun virus to those people, Xandy.
  • Tollund: But, we're not infected with the virus, nor have we shown signs of illness.
  • Miria:... (She shot Tollund with a gun set to stun) IT DOESN'T HURT TO PRACTICE GOOD QURRITINE PROCEDURES IN CASE THE VIRUS HAS BOARDED US WITHOUT PROPER KNOWLEDGE?!
  • Vancer: AAHHH!!! FRIENDLY FIRE MUCH?! What kind of creature is she?!?
  • Xandy: She's-
  • Vancer: Don't answer that!... Let's just get this over with. I swear, the sooner this virus crud is done, the better. (They tried to land until orbital cannons surrounded them)... AND we're off to a GREAT start!
  • Xandy: Stop crying like a big baby!
  • Orbital Cannon #1: State your business.
  • Xandy:... Anyone want to convince them to NOT blow us into orbital space debris?
  • Magnum: Ahem. (On communication) Yes, this is Penelope Buzz.
  • Orbital Cannon #1:... Recognized. You may enter.
  • Hopstar: Wait, THAT'S all it took?!
  • Magnum: Well, insectoids DO have a habit of connecting with each other. It's been that way since the Interwar Period.
  • Hopstar:... Why does it feel like luck is getting more real than it really should?
  • Samantha: Because luck magic exists.
  • Hopstar:... Doesn't anyone understand rhetoric anymore?
  • Xandy: Hey, it's how we get a good laugh in a serious situation. We need it. (They entered the capital AFT landing pads)
  • Titanoid: Greetings, Princess Penelope. I will be your guide, Cletene.
  • Xandy:... Do they ALWAYS have names relating to titans?
  • Magnum: It's in their culture. Also, 'Titanoid', kinda obvious. It gives them a sense of superiority. Races have different ways of doing that.
  • Cletene: Oh, thank Titans that I didn't have to explain that. I HATE history lessons.
  • Hudson: "Annnd yet, you're a guide?"
  • Cletene: "Yes I'm aware of the irony, no need to dwell on it. Instead, I have my brother Ordemis for that. (Another Titanoid appeared)
  • Ordemis: Greetings, your highness.
  • Penelope:... Is it possible for us to see... King Hyhelion?
  • Ordemis: Sadly, no. He's busy with his son's rite-of-passage.
  • Xandy:... Ohhhhh, boy.
  • Ordemis: Yep. And... He's such a monster.
  • Cletene: BRO!
  • Ordemis: Hey, he's the one throwing his would-be heir to be chowed on by the dreaded Grom-Moroious of all Sigros!
  • Hudson: "I, take it that's like, a super-Sigro?"
  • Ordemis: "That's an understatement! Grom is a particularly smart Sigro. Granted, I can't say how smart, cause no one ever comes back alive hunting him!"
  • Magnum: "So, we're not seeing the king then?"
  • Miria: "Not that we're supposed to let him know we're here anyway. We ask to seek out the prince."
  • Ordemis: "Be my guest, but you're ON YOUR OWN FOR THAT! If not just Grom, other Sigros will spell your doom!"
  • Cletene: We've ALL been through the rite-of-passage and earned our acceptance. None of us want to return after what we've done to earn that acceptance.
  • Miria: Well, this is why we're here.... We have reason to suspect that your king is planning something. Something that MIGHT hurt Titanmorna, Sigrus, AND Daobin. All three worlds will be affected.... Where is the prince on Devil's Ground?
  • Ordemis: How should we know? The rite-of-passage is supposed to be one not to be intervened. The punishment of meddling is forfeiting and banishment of both the interferer and the one taking the rite-of-passage. And I warn you, if you do this... You'll be risking forfeiting the prince's rite-of-passage.
  • Hudson: It doesn't matter. This kind of Darwinist rite-of-passage is wrong and outdated. AND again, we think he's omitting something from his own race.
  • Ordemis:... Why are you telling us this, then?
  • Zosimo: "Cause of this. (Brings out memory ray gun, hits the two with it as they plopped down unconjustus).... Booyah! Memory-wipe ray gun a success!"
  • Miria:... I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU NEVER TO MAKE THAT THING! MIND WIPING IS WRONG!
  • Zosimo: You were the one who told them. Besides, mind-wipe is ONLY wrong if it's USED wrong. As the former acting leader, you should be grateful that I think as well as you do.
  • Vancer: Says the one who lied to us all about your knowledge of protocol out of mistrust.
  • Zosimo: WE AGREED NEVER TO SPEAK OF THAT!
  • Vancer: Well-
  • Zosimo: Well NOTHING! This was a waste of time. We should've just landed on Devil's Ground!
  • Miria: We HAD to land on the capital to avoid suspicion, take the witnesses as prisoners and then let them go when the mission was done. NOT, MIND-WIPE THEM!
  • Zosimo: Well, when I read your plan, there was a FEW flaws in it. One, THE ORBITAL CANNONS CAN REPORT THIS TO THE KING, SO I HACKED THEM INTO FORGETTING THAT! Two, ANYONE WHO SEES OUR ARRIVAL! Had to use augmented reality projectors so that only WE, AND our guides, could see it. If we take them prisoner, we WILL alert those who miss them.
  • Miria:... (Sighs) Fine. Good work, I guess. But next time, be more open. I do NOT appreciate you doing this behind my back.
  • Zosimo: Maybe it would've helped if you were reasonable AND less scary.
  • Miria: Fine, c'mon! (They left for the surface)

At the ground.

  • The group arrived to the ground....
  • Veta: ".... Ya know, for a place called the Devil's Ground, it actselly doesn't look so bad. I kinda expected something more like, something out of hell or something."
  • Hudson: "Well at worse, I say the Devil's Ground is actselly, kinda BORING! Is the devil part meant to mean that it's BORING AS HELL?!"
  • Miria: "I believe the name is meant to be symbolic, not of litteral reference. It is meant to warn of the danger the Sigros pocess."
  • Radcliff: "Well all the same ya think they could've named the ground after the Sigros to be more accurate."
  • Miria: Hey, it's not just the Sigros that are dangerous. Every sentient-harboring planet ALWAYS has fauna and flora. See for yourself. (They walked further and saw hellish-like plants and they heard the screeching of giant flying multi-winged bristle worms)... THIS is what allows the name to make TRUE sense. Ehaexon literature says that not all demons look the same. They have infinite forms, as long as it instills fear. THIS, is a good example. (A burrowing worm monster with eight legs and multi-jawed mouths came out and roared, getting them to fire at it with their stun weapons)... You see my point now?
  • Xandy: Yeah, totally. Glad Nano ain't here. He'd have a heart attack. (They walked through a forest of planimals with visible hearts and could walk on spider-leg-like roots)...
  • Veta:... Has the planet always looked like this?
  • Magnum: Frankly... No. There should be WAY more life than this. If the Titanoids were 'threatening the ecosystem' as the report says... Then why IS it already ruined? Life on Sigros was MORE plentiful than THIS.... So my instincts were correct. Something has happened to this planet and its sentient lifeform. What or why, we WILL find out, if it KILLS us!
  • Clifton: I agree. This place looks pretty messed up. Heck... (He analyzed the red water)... The water LOOKS like it has pigmented microbes... But these microbes have stored blood inside of them from previous predation that... Goes as far as to make the water- (The water reached out at him) WHOA!... THAT! These microbes have evolved a multicellular hivemind.
  • Magnum: That was ALWAYS common... But now it's... Well, you know. There should be massive flocks of small flying worms. There should be massive bright grasses all over the ground. There should be WAY more forests of planimals than this. And the fauna should be more populous. Now those are all hardly seen.... Whatever happened... It didn't just affect the Sigros. Whatever happened... THAT'S what makes this surface 'Devil's Ground'.... And it even makes... A good place to perform a Darwinistic rite-of-passage.
  • Xandy: Why do we keep saying that? It's supposed to be 'Cerwanistic'. Guess maybe we're getting used to the Lougers' Lingo from their universes.
  • Samantha: Well, it's clear that this is because of magic of Magelian origin. Look. (They saw aga crystals)... On certain worlds with a massive impact of magic, like Magelio... Magic leaks into the soil. These are agas.
  • Clifton: Can you speak with them?
  • Radcliff: "Is this REALLY the time or place to talk to pretty rocks?"
  • Samantha: Well, not so much as "talking" in a traditional sense.... (She touched them and read the planet itself)...... Okay, it's still recovering from its destruction... BUT I can still negotiate.... Yes... Yes... Everyone? It seems unable to say everything to us because something is controlling them.... All it said... Is to find Kilttron, Theon, and... Elisean.
  • Stephenie: "Who's Elisean?"
  • Samantha: "I assume a, "lucky" survivor from a failed rite-of-passage."
  • Radcliff: "Luck, I assume being a stretch in this place."
  • Miria: Let's see her HoloID. (They brought it up)... Huh?... Nothing. No HoloID.
  • Samantha: Then that means everyone thinks she's dead.
  • Miria: Exactly. She wants people to think so. The Holonet may monitor vitals, but if one terminates their own HoloID, which is mostly illegal, and people think that that person is dead... They can cloak themselves from the Holonet. The Holonet IS responsible for controlling all things and watching over all people in the UUniverses, BUT faking your death away from the Holonet connection has ALWAYS been possible.
  • Telthona: MOSTLY illegal?
  • Samantha: Well, the law says that one can be dropped of charges of illegal unwiring from the Holonet if it's for a good reason, such as being undercover or to protect people.
  • Xandy:... Well, why have we not known that?
  • Zosimo: Because we thought we ALL knew.
  • Xandy: Ugh, gimme a break, I come from a planet that ain't as fancy as Xorizome r' something. The Omninet and it's silly branches are hard to grasp.... So... If Elisean is still alive... Then how do we find her?
  • Miria: We don't. Not yet. The main person to find is Kilttron IX, son of the Wizard King.
  • Radcliff: Well, I kinda have to agree to those two guys up there. He was sending his own son to his death. This place has GOT to have worse than the Sigros.
  • Magnum: Oh they do. There's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY worse than them. There's predators bigger than them. This planet USED to be an ocean world long ago, and THAT'S why polychaete worms are the dominant species here. Marine bristle worms that CAN evolve in a non-aquatic environment, but instead can swim, underground. We must not forget, that Sigrozoans can feel vibrations in the ground because of the fact that they're blind.
  • Zosimo: True, but there's also larviforms. Insects that have evolved to stay in their larval form and thus create some makeshift skin-like body. (They see giant waterbear-like larviforms in the distance)
  • Xandy:... Okay, they're kinda precious.
  • Vancer: Hey, we got nothing to worry about, s***, everything is blind here.
  • Miria:... Seriously? You really don't know anything, do you?
  • Vancer:... Apparently not.
  • Zosimo: *Sighs* Sigrozoans are only blind because they live underground. When you live underground, you don't need any eyes or vision.... Most of the time. But point is, creatures that don't have eyesight have to substitute with a different sense. In fact, if you're from the Lougers' Universes, you can compare these creatures to creatures called 'Graboids'... But in some ways different, like their life cycle and their appearance. But again, they live primarily underground. Though I must warn you, we WILL have to go underground on this mission, because, the subterranean areas of this world is where the TRUE ecosystem can be found.
  • Magnum: It's true. Though terrestrial life isn't as plentiful as it should... Well... Being underground is a very effective way of avoiding terrestrial catastrophe. From what I heard, the planet's crust is very soft and therefore navigable. Thus it's filled with a global matrix of caves.
  • Zosimo:... Well, if we're going to be exposition mrixies, may as well just indulge. (He showed a holographic diagram) Sigrozoans are both asexual AND bisexual. They have no gender, and reproduce asexually when they need to repopulate by detaching a part of itself and making it grow into a copy of itself. But to diversify their genetics, they reproduce sexually, producing egg sacs that hatch diagonally. This hatches a new segment part blended with the genetics of its parents, like any other offspring. They in turn grow up in several stages because they have new genetic code that need to mature. This is a tiny cute marine worm that swims in mud or wet dirt, looking like a standard soil-based worm. Then they break up into several hive-minded segments that consume and consume for itself to fully mature. After they reunite, they become the full-on adult. As for the final life cycle, the mating life cycle... Well... Let's just say it gets gross. They don't sexually reproduce in the traditional way. They... kinda fuse their segments into one and become... The final mating cycle. This fused cycle eats more often than ever before. Each segment becomes an egg, and when they all become eggs... The fuse cycle is done and the parents die. Like we said, they are carnivores, but they only eat fauna from their own planet, and not from other planets, because the alternate chemicals in our biology is toxic to them.... Or at least WAS. Now... Well... (They went into a forest of polychaete worms similar to tube worms, Christmas tree worms, crinoids, photosynthetic symbiotic plant-like worms, and non-worm planimals and found a dead Sigrozoan)... Fresh death.
  • Xandy:... Poor thing.
  • Zosimo: Circle of life, now shut up. (He scanned it)
  • Veta: Did it die from eating otherworldly animals?
  • Zosimo: No. In fact, bioscans indicate that otherworldly meat... ENHANCES its body.
  • Everyone: WHAT?!
  • Radcliff: "THEN HOW IN SAMHILL DID THE THING DIE?!"
  • Zosimo: "(Scans the carcass again).... Old age."
  • Radcliff: ".... Exact, age?"
  • Magnum: "Let's just say, Sigros are the worm equivalent to the Brains. They can last for a PRETTY long time. This must've been an elder on its last legs."
  • Radcliff: "D'AWWWWW, FRIIIIIIICK?!"
  • Zosimo: I think this fits in with the rite-of-passage. Each one allows the Titanoids to evolve and beat a newly-evolved version of these creatures. But it prohibits their sentience evolution, obviously. THIS one had amazing power, strength, resilience, far less vital organs, higher stamina, and durability. It could go for MONTHS without food.
  • Clifton: MONTHS?!? WTF?!? IT'S BAD ENOUGH THEY CAN BASICALLY LIVE AS LONG AS THE BRAINS, NOW THIS?!
  • Magnum: (Angry) Whoever rendered these wonderful beings to SAVAGERY... Has crossed a line.
  • Cloakblade: Hey, guys? We might've missed a clue here. (They found Daobassa and Titanoid footprints)...
  • Zosimo:... Fresh footprints. The ones who made them are close. And they lead right to- (They found that the footprints lead to an underground cave)... The underground.
  • Vancer:... F***!
  • Radcliff: "..... Welp, they're dead. Let's go back to the capital and arrest Beardo on assumption."
  • Suddenly, a green light formed behind them....
  • Radcliff: "..... Mother."

BLAST, THEN BLACKOUT?!

Chapter 2: Story of Kilttron IX

Later.

  • The group found themselves dangling upside down over a green pit.
  • ???: "(Crude French Accent) Hohohhohhohohoho! Look at what the feloot dragged in?!"
  • A Daob revealed himself.
  • Daob: "A bunch of busy body outsiders! BAH?! I spit in your faces?! (Actselly started to spit at them?!)...."
  • Hudson: "..... Please don't tell me this jerkhole's suppose to be Theron."
  • Theon: "If you meant, THEON, That is I...."
  • Clifton: "..... Aw great, we found our defect bug sympathizer Daob, yet personally wise, still that Daob hospitality."
  • Theon: "BAH! Being polite gets you killed! Every rulebook of survival would vouch for me! Nice guys finished last!"
  • Hopstar: ".... Ya know what? I vote we don't include this monkey in resolving the conflict and just get Elisean and Kilttron."
  • Miria: "Perhaps for the best."
  • Theon: "..... HOW DID YOU KNOW THOSE NAMES?! YOU WILL NOT GO NEAR THEM?!"
  • ???: "Theo, wait up!"
  • A Male Titanoid came up!
  • Male Titanoid: "Maybe they can help us!"
  • Theon: "..... And yet your father sent you down here? BAH?! You have no sense of survival ediquette!!"
  • Samantha was uneasy about Theon's unusual fascination with survival.
  • Theon: "And yet you have a warrior queen mother and your father a wizard king?! You have superior genetics, you dumb brat!! USE THEM!!"
  • Miria: "Prince Kilttron then?"
  • Kilttron: "Actselly yes, I- (Gets smacked by Theon) OW?!"
  • Theon: "DON'T TALK TO THE PRISONERS, IMBECILE?!"
  • Kilttron: "Ow, ya hit me! I know you're grouchy about being a reject of your race, but don't take it out on me!"
  • Theon: "What are you talking abou- (Looks as if he just remembered something) Uh, I mean, right right, BUT STILL?! IT ISN'T PRACTICAL TO PLAY THE FOOLS HERE?! WE NEED TO KILL THESE GUYS?!"
  • Samantha was extra suspicious now. Theon initially looked like he had no idea what Kilttron was talking about, yet suddenly he acts like he does....
  • Clifton: "(Quietly) My bulls*** senses are going off."
  • Theon: "So with that, I-"
  • ???: "(Suddenly, a duel-edge spear landed in front of Theon, freaking him out)!..... Grom has different plans, ya big ape!"
  • A Female Titanoid came in, pulled off the spear, and faced Theon.
  • Hudson: "Annnnnd here's Elisean."
  • Elisean: "Now wise up, and get them down, WITHOUT hitting your death pit?!"
  • Theon: "(Grumbles angerly in French-like language as he lowers the group and away from the pit)...."
  • Elisean: ".... (Gets the group and points the spear at them) This being said, why the heck are you guys here?! I know I have been away from society in a long time, but if memory serves, Sigrus doesn't have a tourist industry!"
  • Kilttron: "Els, relax, they said they're here to help us-"
  • Elisean: "I don't want YOUR opinion on the matter, Greybeard Jr, I want to hear from THEIR mouth!"
  • Vancer: "..... Hey Miria, we just found ya a penpal!"
  • Miria: SHUT UP!
  • Elisean:... You sure these guys are dangerous? They look too dumb to do any real damage.
  • Xandy: You'd be amazed how often we hear that.
  • Miria: ANSWER HER QUESTION PLEASE!!
  • Xandy: FINE, GEEZ! Ahem! We came on behalf of the Grand Council to solve some... Conspiracy, involving Kilttron's father.
  • Kilttron:... What about it?
  • Samantha: We know he has the Book of Darwield.
  • Kilttron:... AW NO, YOU GUYS BELIEVE THAT TOO?! FIRST THEO THINKS THOUGH, THEN ELI, THEN THE SIGRO, AND NOW YOU GUYS?!
  • Theon: "And dare I ask why you seek that book?"
  • Samantha: Because it's Magelio in origin. I am a student there. We came to keep this book from causing damage to these three planets.
  • Theon:... HAH! Why should we believe that?
  • Kilttron: Theo, they're misfitted enough for THAT to be believable.
  • Theon: PBBBBBBBT- (Elisean grabbed his tongue) EEEEEHEEHEEEEHEH!!!
  • Elisean: Don't PBBBBBBT us, buster! You want to help us? ACT LIKE IT! (She cartoonishly stretched his tongue and let go slapping him in the face)
  • Theon:... Ouw!
  • Miria: Can you let us out now?
  • Kilttron: Not yet. We need to know if you're safe to keep around. Since Theon left his race, his brother has been scouting Devil's Ground looking for him... And the worst part, he's imprisoning feral Sigrozoans to help him.
  • Vancer: Wait, I thought they hated bugs.
  • Kilttron: Sigrozoans are worms, not bugs.
  • Vancer: What's the difference?
  • Kilttron: Oh, NOW you're one of those people that think worms and insectiods belong to the same camp, huh?! Oh what, you think Spiders and other anthropods are bugs too?! Don't you know ANYTHING?!?
  • Vancer:... Apparently not.
  • Elisean:... Our point being that we don't need Titanide getting clues to find us. He's an EXPERT tracker. Theo knows about the Daobassa's operations and weaknesses.
  • Theon: "I do? (Stops himself in as if he realized something) Duhdudhduh, YES, I do!"
  • Samantha stared with dagger'd eyes at Theon.....
  • Elisean:..... Okay, in theory, he's SUPPOSED to, anyway. Titanide is the only one posing as an obstacle. He's going to do anything to help his race.
  • Xandy: Okay, here's what might be a dumbass question... If these Daobs hate you Titanoids... Then why haven't they destroyed your colonies here? Both Titanmorna AND Sigrus are part of the same system.
  • Theon: "Heck if I know. Duh, erm, well, THAT IS TO SAY, uh, the Daobs reasonings are BEYOND your understanding, peasants!"
  • Vancer: "I'm actselly from a very rich family, asshole!"
  • Theon: "Could've fooled me with cheap guns like THAT, boy!"
  • Vancer: "CHEAP?! Okay, I am SO IN FOR NOT LETTING THIS CLOD HELP US?!"
  • Theon: "How DARE YOU, YOU UNGRATEFUL PEONS!? I-"
  • Elisean: "AHEM?! (Theon backs up)..... Look, guys, if it helps, neither me or even Princey here had a great first impression of monkey boy, neither. In fact, Grom's not crazy for him neither."
  • Libby: 'Would that be because the situation the planet is in is pretty much cause of the Daobs taking away the Titanoids' planet?"
  • Kilttron: "Aw come, I'm still wrapping my head around what the worm told me!"
  • Miria: "Would you care to elaborate on what you and Elisean and Theon are talking about?"
  • Klittron: "Oh sure! I love explaining my life story to people. It all started when I got up from bed this morning. I had breakfast, did some sparing with the guards, impressing the ladies, (Elisean rolled her eyes at that), saying how much Daobs sucked as a race-..... Uh, no offense, Thes."
  • Theon: "On what? (Makes a surprised face as a duck sound was heard) Oh, I mean, YEAH YOU BETTER APOLOGISE?!"
  • Samantha just had a dark scowl at Theon. Not even getting offended to implications of Daob racism is the last straw....
  • Samantha: "(Sternly) I double not taking Theon with us."
  • Kilttron: "Hey come on, he's actselly a.... Nice-ish guy, when ya get to know him. Anyway, after badmouthing Daobs, I had lunch, it was reedgrass noodles again, my favorite, and then-"
  • Miria: "Pardon my rudeness, young prince, but can you skip the filler and get to where your rite-of-passage began?"
  • Vancer: (Dubbed as Timon) Not that your daily routine isn't... Fascinating.
  • Kilttron: "Yeah, Eli and Thes were like that too. It all started when mom and dad called me into the Throne Room."

Flashback.

  • Kilttron: "(Was seen kneeling) PLEASE DON'T GROUND ME, PLEASE DON'T GROUND ME, THE COURT JESTER DARED ME TO PRANK THE ROYAL SERVANTS WITH A FAKE SIGRO COSTUME, PLEASE PLEASE?!"
  • Greybeardo: "Son, you are NOT here for THAT! Though I will intend on talking to you about THAT when we cross that bridge!"
  • Kilttron's mother: "It's about how it is your special day, son."
  • Kilttron: "(Like an excitable spazz) EEE?! IS IT MY BIRTHDAY?!"
  • Greybeardo: "Weeeeeeeelllll, it is coinciding with your coming of age, yes. Son, you are now old enough, for the rite-of-passage."
  • Kilttron lost his excitement as his mandibles closed shut.....
  • Kilttron: "..... (Looks at a non-existent watch) Oh would you look at the time, I gotta go do another sparring session, KAY'BYE?! (Makes a run for it?!)"
  • (Vancer snickers).
  • (Vancer): "Dude, (Chuckles), You really ARE a wuss!"
  • Greybeardo: GUARDS! GET MY SON BACK IN HERE?! (They did that)
  • Kilttron: NONONONONONONONONO, PUT ME DOWN!! (They put him back) DAD, YOU CAN'T MEAN THAT! I'm 16 going on goshdarn 17! The rite-of-passage isn't until I'm 18!
  • Greybeardo:... Well... Here's the thing. Morale is at an all-time low. People are starting to doubt this rite-of-passage's effectiveness since recent ones have reported that the Sigros are... Spontaneously evolving.
  • Kilttron: THEY WHAT?!... THEN... THEN WHY ARE YOU SENDING ME?!? YOU KNOW I DON'T STAND A CHANCE!
  • Jegren: Son, this is for the good of the kingdom. We need to prepare for the future by seeing whether or not this claim is based in any fact.
  • Kilttron: BY POTENTIALLY MURDERING YOUR OWN SON?!?
  • Greybeardo: Children have been sacrificed and come out mostly unharmed. But... The recent ones have been becoming failures. Your survival will restore morale, especially since you're going after, the infamous GROM-MOROIOUS.
  • Kilttron: WHAT?!?... And, if I don't make it?
  • Greybeardo: Well... You're banished if you are still alive yet unsuccessful. That's the law.
  • Kilttron: BANISHING YOUR OWN SON?!? OUT IN DEVIL'S GROUND?!? YOU DO THAT, THEN YOU ARE SENTENCING ME TO DEATH!! I'M LITTERALLY YOUR HEIR?!
  • Greybeardo: Laws are laws, son! I am the King, and the king must cast out all failures. If I just spare your life because you're my son after a failure, it wouldn't be fair for those that DON'T have your kind of luxury! If I break the law for you, I would be expected to break the law for EVERYBODY! Failure of such would dismantle loyalty to the kingdom!
  • Kilttron: WELL MAYBE YOU SHOULD! YOU'RE THE KING!! THE LAW IS YOURS TO COMMAND!!
  • Greybeardo: SON! You must understand that this law exists to reflect how cruel life is. You can't just fail and expect no consequence in this cruel world. That's not how life works. Life isn't SUPPOSED to be fair. It never has. The Daobassas NEVER played fair, so neither should we.
  • Kilttron: MOM, SURELY YOU THINK THIS IS CRAZY! FILICIDE?!? SENDING ME OUT THERE AGAINST MONSTERS THAT HAVE BEEN EVOLVING, EVEN WHEN I'M NOT OLD ENOUGH FOR IT?!?
  • Jegren: Kilttron, I'm hardly a fan of this myself, but please heed your father! This is about the ENTIRE race! The need to the many, outweigh the means of the few. That means sacrifices have to be made.
  • Kilttron:... I... I can't believe you!
  • Greybeardo: YOU'RE GOING TO DEVIL'S GROUND FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, AND I DON'T WANT ANOTHER WORD ABOUT IT!
  • Kilttron:... Fine! You want me to do a rite-of-passage? WELL I WILL! Just note that if anything happens to me, BE SURE TO FEEL ASHAMED FOR IT?! (He left in a quick huff)
  • Greybeardo: WAIT, SON! (He tried to stop him with his magic, as he had a magical amulet to keep him from doing so)... SON, THAT IS MY AMULET!!
  • Kilttron: Not anymore! As of right now, NEITHER of you are my parents! (He left)
  • Greybeardo: SOMEONE STOP HIM!! (Despite the guard's best efforts, Kilttron jumped off into the Devil's Ground below)......
  • Jegren:... I KNEW this was a bad idea!
  • Greybeardo: No! This doesn't change anything. Look, he just jumped into Devil's Ground with no fear. I've never been more proud of him! This is STILL what we wanted. Besides, he's too good to die from a fall like that. He can take off into the air at the right time. (He was seen doing that)... See?
  • Jegren:... I hope you're right. This was a VERY risky decision! If people had seen that, morale would've been MORE wrecked!
  • Greybeardo: Honey... I PROMISE you, he will be okay! I know it in my GUT! I thought him everything I know, and he's going to make it through.
  • Jegren:... Still... He's unarmed out there!
  • Greybeardo: Well, that means he's got guts. THAT'S MY BOY! GO GET EM, SON! BRING US THE HEAD OF GROM!!! (He cackled)
  • (Kilttron): I did what he wanted... But then I didn't. I found the cave... THIS cave... And I found out some shocking things... I was armed with nothing but a piece of junk metal from the AFTs. It wasn't a good weapon, but it was all I had. I approached the dark caves.
  • Kilttron:... (He kept his guard up watching for monsters)...
  • ???: WHO'S THERE-
  • Kilttron: RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!! (He ended up getting the crap beaten out of him by Elisean)..... Ow.
  • Elisean:.... Consider yourself lucky your parents didn't saw that.
  • Kilttron:... Ellie?!... Wha... I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD!! EVERYONE SAID YOU DIED ON YOUR... Rite-of-passage!
  • Elisean: No! I, intentionally failed, cause going back to a society that threw me here to begin with is not worth the trouble. (Quietly) Along with finding out, certain things.
  • Kilttron: Well, for your information, I was fed up with being put into this BS rite-of-passage because I was sent in too early, AND my parents wanted me to kill Grom-Moronous or whatever the f*** it was called, ALL BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO RAISE MORALE!! THEY WERE SENDING ME OUT HERE, KNOWING THAT I WASN'T GOING TO SURVIVE! So I cut those two old bugs out of my life! And I am NEVER going back. I WILL kill Grom, but when I'm good and ready!
  • Elisean:... Well... I can't let you do that.
  • Kilttron: "I-..... Wait, what?"
  • Elisean: "All I can say is that, I found out things that, makes this rite-of-passage more wrong then already."
  • Kilttron: ".... Aw frick, GROM of all Sigros is becoming sentient, is he?! Of all of those worms to do that?! Well Eli, we're gonna need to work together to take him down-"
  • Elisean: "Kilttron, I mean it! Going after Grom is not a good idea!?"
  • Kilttron: "Hey, you're lucky mom raised me to be a gentleman to females, or I'd made a crass comment right about now- (Elisean grabbed his antennas painfully) OW OW OW OW OW OW?!"
  • Elisean: "Okay, you stubborn royal pain in the thorax?! I didn't wanted to have to do this, but CLEARLY, you need to learn the HARD WAY!
  • (Kilttron): Not only was my old childhood friend still alive... But she had ALSO met Grom. And it ALSO turns out, Grom was... Intelligent. Sentient. I was raised with the knowledge that they were the apex predators of the planet, and killing them was supposed to be quelling their population. But it was all a lie. These creatures USED to be the sentient species, until my father turned them into game monsters to advance the hardiness of our 'titanic' race!

Flashback ends.

  • Kilttron: "Then we ran into Theon. Went as well as how you guys first met him, so, it doesn't need to be explained."
  • Miria: ".... For conformation, we would like to meet Grom."
  • Theon: "THE ANSWER IS-"
  • Elisean: "Theo, if these people are to believe us without assuming we're crazy, we have to show Grom! Otherwise, if they just saw him without context, he'll get mistaken for the other Sigros."
  • Theon: ".... Ugh, FINE! But you two are terrible at keeping secrets?!"
  • Hopster: ".... Y'all sure you want this idjit around?"
  • Magnum: "Cause one would think a bug sympathizer would be, more gentle-spirited then this."
  • Theon: "It's called being a product of your environment, peons?!"
  • Xandy:... Eh, guess we can't fault you for that.
  • Theon: Now then, before we introduce ya to Grom, what exactly DO you know about this mythical 'Book of Warfield'?
  • Samantha: Book of Darwield, and It's just been lost in VEEERRY ancient times. This said, it's mostly a theory and it won't be proper to explain it pre-maturely if it turns out to be wrong. (Sternly) Also, I do not feel confidence in your worthiness to know such things, Theon.
  • Theon: Well!
  • Samantha: Yes indeed. It's nothing ENTIRELY personal, Theon, but I nary feel confident about your true character given how you acted, and not just the attitude, but that you don't feel consistent to what we were expecting a defect Daob to behave. You clearly still behave within expected standards and haven't treated Kilttron NOR Elisean any nicer than a normal Daob, so, everything is under speculation with you.... Now, about the amulet that Kilt has on him.
  • Kilttron: Oh, this? It's... Supposed to be an antimagic shield. My dad used it to protect himself from magical enemies, but I'm not entirely convinced that it's real, cause I never saw my dad with the thing.
  • Samantha: It is. Like your girlfriend said, we're too misfitted for that to be unbelievable.
  • Kilttron:... (He blushed and so did Elisean) NOT MY GIRLFRIEND!
  • Samantha:... From those blushes alone, I'm pretty sure you WILL be.
  • Elisean: Oh, shut up, this is not about US! This is about Grom. Speaking of which, we have arrived.

Chapter 3: The Sigrozoan Story Revealed

  • The group only found themselves before a large empty hole....
  • Radcliff: "..... Well this is a ripoff."
  • Kilttron: "Oh, sorry, ya kinda have to call for him first. Ahem! HEY GROM?!"
  • The place began to tremble as a particularly large Sigro rose from the ground and towered over the group. This was Grom.
  • Grom: "Kilttron, let it be made clear that I am not designated as a therapist for your parent issues, so- (Saw the HA)..... Ughh, don't people understand the importance of secrecy anymore? First a Daob of all beings, now this?"
  • Kilttron: "Don't worry, they're, relatively more nicer then Theon."
  • Grom: "But still, in case you haven't noticed, I'm trying to AVOID contact with folks that could be creditable to your crazy father, and-"
  • Hudson: "If it uh, helps sir, Greybeardo, doesn't even know that we're here cause we're suspicious that-"
  • Grom: "You people knew?!"
  • Samantha: "We're under reasonable suspicion that Greybeardo may hold responsibility with, (Quietly) A certain book."
  • Grom: "Well, allow me to prove a theory as FACT by saying, YES, GREYBEARDO IS RESPONSIBLE?!
  • Samantha: I KNEW IT!
  • Clifton: Hon, we ALL kinda did. Who else here could use magic of this caliber?
  • Grom: "Well, yes, it's true. But first..... Some enlightening backstory....."

Flashback, but it got cut off!

  • Zosimo: "Actually by all grounds, we all kinda know about the whole thing with the Sigros welcoming the Titanoids, so-"
  • Grom: "HEY, AT LEAST LET IT BE KNOWN FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, OKAY?!"

Flashback resumes.

  • (Grom): "But, I will cut out certain filler and get to when I, the once leader of the Sigros, had made that declaration to let the Titanoids into the planet. It was a time before Romaa was known t the grander community, and how both Titanoids and Sigros were obscured beings. The Daobs actions for kicking out the Titanoids, was because of greed. A rare and ultraviolet purple gem called vulcanysta."
  • (Hopster): "So that's it, huh? So this was greed motivated!"
  • (Grom): "Yes. This gem is worth a great deal of wealth."
  • (Theon): "At least approximately $12,000.52. And with how much was on that planet, it could measure up to about 300 trillites."
  • (Xandy): 300 TRILLION DOLLARS?!? WOW, YOU TITANOIDS COULD'VE BEEN REAL TITANS WITH RICHES LIKE THAT!!!
  • (Elisean): Yes indeed. It's what gave us our technology after all.
  • (Grom): "So, I did much as I can to ease Greybeardo.... But then, he found that accursed book, used it to curse my people into mindless beasts, and then, after all it had done, he still KEPT THAT DESPICABLE THING?!"

Flashback ends.

  • Grom: "That book has pocessed him."
  • Kilttron: "Assuming that thing's real."
  • Grom sighs.....
  • Grom: "I, am litterally proof of my people's true ownership of the planet, WHY IS THAT HARD TO BELIEVE?!"
  • Samantha: ".... Greybeardo is using the book to erase everyone's memory of the Sigros as they truly are so he can fully get away with it. He even likely did it to his own family, while you were raised under lies!"
  • Kilttron: "I mean, no offence to Grom, but, how do we know Grom isn't just being, delusional here?"
  • Hudson: "Dude, your dad, is a wizard king, and yet you question about him having any fault?"
  • Kilttron: "He sacrificed his lower arms and other body parts to keep the Titanoids safe while evacuation was going on before I was born! That isn't consistent to-"
  • Samantha: "Then we shall judge Grom's memories for himself! (Began casting a Magilo Spell)!"
  • Kilttron: "Hey, anti-magic amulet, remember? You can't- (Aurlena swiped that amulet away from him).... HEY?! THAT'S-"
  • Kilttron got placed under Samantha's spell as he began to see Grom's memories!
  • Kilttron: AAHHHHhhhh... (He saw through Grom's eyes as he escaped a magic flash from a faraway Greybeardo regressing the Sigrozoans into primitive feral monsters behaving like Graboids, as the rest fled underground. But then later, Greybeardo found them underground and did the same thing, leaving Grom to escape in deeper underground)... I... HOW COULD HE?!?
  • Samantha: That's not all... I think there's something YOU should know about this. (She did another memory spell that showed him a flashback)

Flashback

  • (Kilttron): (He was taken back to his own POV a year ago when he accidentally stumbled upon the hidden tomb of the Book of Darwield)... Wha?
  • Kilttron: What is this? (He opened the book and found a lot of the spells that Darwield made in regards to controlling space and it's celestial entities including asteroids, planets, stars, black holes, etc.)... I... THIS is what made dad so powerful?!... WHY DOES HE HAVE THIS?!? This... This kind of magic?! It's TOO DANGEROUS! Who knows what one could DO with such magic?! You could destroy planets with cataclysmic asteroids. You could collide planets into one another. You could create novas, black holes, anything... And you can even control people via their own souls. Even memories. You could accelerate and decelerate mnemonic history and regress people to how their memories were before or after.... This kind of magic shouldn't exist!
  • ???: Do you think this is a problem? (Kilttron looked behind him to find Greybeardo)... YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DOWN HERE!!
  • Kilttron: DAD, HOW COULD YOU KEEP SUCH DANGEROUS MAGIC DOWN HERE?!
  • Greybeardo: I KNOW IT'S DANGEROUS, THAT'S WHY IT'S DOWN HERE! I DIDN'T WANT TO LEARN TOO MUCH! BUT THAT IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! You defied a direct order from your father, YOUR king! TREASON! There's things that must be done, to people, WHO CANNOT KEEP, TO THE RULES!
  • Kilttron: DAD, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU STOPPED READING THIS, IT SHOULDN'T EVEN EXIST!!... I have to destroy it!
  • Greybeardo: YOU WILL DO NO SUCH THING! MY MAGIC DEPENDS ON THE EXISTENCE OF THAT BOOK!
  • Kilttron: THEN YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE THAT MAGIC AT ALL!
  • Greybeardo: KILTTRON, PUT THAT BOOK DOWN, NOW! THAT, IS AN ORDER!
  • Kilttron:... No!
  • Greybeardo: (Scoffs) NO?!
  • Kilttron: I HAVE TO DESTROY THIS BOOK BEFORE IT FALLS INTO THE WRONG HANDS!! THE MAGIC INSIDE THIS BOOK CAN DESTROY PLANETS, AND EVEN STARS!!!
  • Greybeardo: I SAID, GIVE ME THE BOOK!!!
  • Kilttron: AND I SAID, NO! (He tried to burn the book)
  • Greybeardo: MY MAGIC! (He swiped the book, smacked Kilttron in the face, and magically flashed him, erasing his memory and making him think he found nothing when he went down there as he was locked in his room)

Present

  • Kilttron:... I... I knew and I tried to destroy it!
  • Samantha: But he couldn't let you. The spells used in that book and the power it gives is entirely dependent on its existence. You were threatening to take that all away.
  • Kilttron: ".... Well, we're in bigger trouble now, cause at this point dad's too powerful. Not meaning to underestimate you guys, but, the fact you had to keep yourselves from being readily known means that you might not stand too much of a chance."
  • Clifton: "I'd be challenged by that, but given what that book's capable off, yeah, this can't be a SOLO-HA affair."
  • Xandy: "Lodgers?"
  • Hudsons: "Lodgers."
  • Miria: "Just be sure to warn them of the orbital cannons. I think those things could be problems."
  • Clifton: "Oh, and tell them they have to get in the AUU without going to the Alpha Universe first, we don't want them slowed down by Quarantine craziness."
  • Miria: "In fact, also ask if any of them are safe from their universes' own infection issues?"
  • Theon: "There's more of you weirdos?"
  • Samantha: "(Sternly) Oh I'm sorry, is that inconvenient to any possible plans YOU might have?"
  • Theon: "Duh, no, no, not at all, I just, assumed this was solely your affair."
  • Xandy: "Well by all means we'd normally be happy to handle things ourselves, but a Wizard King with an over-powered book of forbidden space manipulation magic is CLEARLY the kind of thing the Lougers might be needed for."
  • (Deadpool): "Well that and this is an episode of their show, so-"
  • (Scroopfan): "Come here you! (Grabs Deadpool with cartoonishly long cane) MAN, we really need to increase security!"
  • Hudson: "It's also because two of our members are absence today and we're not at full power."
  • Theon:... Well... Those Lodgers, or so I heard back when I was still on Daobin, are powerful enough for that.
  • Elisean:... Who are they?
  • Theon: Well, since you guys are isolated from the outside, they destroyed the Villains Act after accidentally stumbling upon it years ago. They have been safeguarding this realm for years.
  • Kilttron:... Shouldn't it be illegal to meddle in other-dimensional affairs?
  • Theon: Ehhhh, 50/50 by a rough margin.
  • Xandy: But to be fair, the Villains Act did it first when they abducted the mother of one the most powerful Lodgers, so THEY broke that rule first. So, now we're both technically stuck helping each other....
  • Kilttron: I'm sold if it helps my people!
  • Elisean: Tch, you are TOO easily win-over, Kilttron. So... Are you guys going to call them or what?
  • Xandy: Well, there's this concern of Theon's brother, Titanide, was it? He could be able to hack into our comlink.
  • Theon: Oh, don't worry. (Sinisterly) He's not a problem anymore.

Elsewhere.

  • Another Daob was seen frozen in ice.

Back to the group's location....

  • Hudson: "..... Wow, that got dark on how you basically ice-aged your brother."
  • Theon: "Oh he's not my brother."
  • Samantha had a scorn-riddle scowl....
  • Clifton: "Yikes, so, I, take it you denounced your family then?"
  • Theon looks as if he realized something....
  • Theon: "..... Uh, yeah, let's, go with that."
  • Samantha: "(Groans angerly)...."
  • Theon: ".... Hey, fair's fair, he and the others denounced me FIRST, i'm just doing the ol' "Goes around Comes around"."
  • Miria: "So our Daob spy is no longer an issue."
  • Theon: "Yes, and I made the Daob government think that he's still fine, so they will NEVER think to send out a replacement if they think there's no reason to."

Chapter 4: The Lodgers and Act's First Move

Chapter 5: Greybeardo's Crime Exposed

Epilogue

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