Posted Oct 25 2011 - 09:38 PM
Zaltir nervously walked into the Suva's room. When he was within 15 bios of the thing, it started to glow brightly, and Zaltir began to have second thoughts. However, it was too late. A green lightning bolt shot out of the Suva and struck his hearlight. He dropped the stone, which dissolved into dust. The dust engrained itself in his body. He started to grow taller, stronger, his Noble Miru turned into a Great one. when the lightning bolt finally entered his body and ceased to fire, he was a Toa of Air. He turned around, still trying to get used to his longer legs, and found Turaga Oweltre and the Captain of the Defense Force bowing respectfully to him. They rose and exited the Suva. The top of the Suva once again began to glow, and two large blades rose out of it, as if it were a portal. He grabbed both of them, and saw two angled nozzles on the ends of both. He had no idea what they could be used for, but he accepted the blades anyway. Just then, he felt something, like tremors in the Earth. He exited the Suva, and saw Matoran rushing towards the southern tip of the town. He followed them, and saw a dust cloud heading for the village. A Matoran at the front of the crowd wearing an Akaku yelled, "Rahkshi, Visorak, all lot of other stuff, heading straight for us!" ANDF battle groups rushed to the head of the crowd, forming a phalanx in fornt of them. The battlegroups finally came into view. All kinds of menacing things, Rahkshi, Visorak, Exo-Toa, and a lumbering giant wearing a Kanohi that Zaltir had never seen before. They advanced until the giant held his hand up and they stopped. He carried no weapon, which puzzled Zaltir. "People of Alama Nui," He proclaimed in a voice that sounded like someone pouring accelerant on a fire, "Submit! The forces of Makuta stand on your doorstep!"
Turaga Oweltre pushed his way through the phalanx. "What in Mata Nui's name is going on here?" He demanded, "Who are you?" The titan sighed. "I am Cordak, the Warlord of the Makuta!" "Cordak," Oweltre pondered, "The Matoran word for desolation." Cordak nodded. His eyes turned on Zaltir. "Hmmm, a Toa. Well, at least this won't be boring." Cordak groaned, His mask glowed, and a massive spear appeared in his hands. He swung it towards the phalanx, shattering it and the Matoran composing it. The others ran, as the army behind Cordak rushed forward. Zaltir ran through the chaos, ducking and evading Rahkshi staffs and Visorak rhotuka. Cordak was in a one-sided battle against Oweltre, who was holding up surprisingly well. "You tool of evil! You shall not control my island!" He cried out. "Enough of this," Cordak rumbled. His mask glowed and the spear burned away, and was replaced by a similar looking spear. He pointed it at Oweltre, who was encased in a spike of crystal protodermis. Cordak was about to crush Oweltre when Zaltir rushed under his foot. He held up the blades and tried to channel his Air power. The nozzles blasted air, at least twice what was normal for a Toa. It was enough to keep Cordak's foot off of Oweltre. "Move, insect," He growled. He conjured a cordak blaster, and fired several shots, not only blowing Zaltir away, but shattering the glass around Oweltre. When Zaltir recovered, he saw the shards what was left of Oweltre. He knew what he had to do. He sprinted to what was left of the glass and snatched up a shard. He placed it in his belt, before Cordak could reload another six shots into his launcher. A green sphere flew past his head, and he realized that Cordak had switched to a Zamor Launcher. That Kanohi must be something Toa didn't think moral, beacuse he had never seen anything like it. No way to tell if Oweltre knew. When he had reached the limits of Le Alama, he saw the town in flames. Whne he entered it, a voice called out to them from a building; "Ho, Toa! Stay there if you value your life." He looked up and saw the ANDF captain with several archers posted near him. "Captain, what's the status?" Zaltir asked. "Bad. Rahkshi forcing us into hiding, Visorak finding them and snuffing out pockets of resistance, Exo-Toa tearing down every building in sight. What about Cordak?" He reported. "He killed Oweltre," I solemnly said, holding up the shard I had recovered. All of them seemed to have taken aback by this. The tremors were felt again, and the captain gave a hand signal to his archers. They broke off and entered different buildings. The captain himself drew a Kanoka launcher, and loaded his disc. "Enemy approaching, 200 meters," One archer said, notching his bow. Zaltir turned around and saw the dark shape of Cordak, slowly, almost leisurely, lumbering towards them. Zaltir raised his blades, defiantly holding his position. That is, until cordak missiles detonated the surrounding buildings and destroying the Matoran's cover. Six more rocketed towards him and collapsed several buildings. A green bolt struck one Matoran. His eyes widened and he seemed to have lost control of his body. "Stop me, stop me!" He cried. He drew his sword and started hacking the air around the comrade next to him. "Whoa!" His partner exclaimed, drawing his own blade. They engaged in sword play, before another bolt struck the unaffected Matoran. He dropped his sword and his eyes were like a Mahi's in front of a Kikanalo herd. The first archer shut his eyes, unable to look as he sliced his own brother-in-arms across the chest. Zaltir had enough then. At the speed of wind, he got between the two, parrying the blow and knocking the sword out of his hand. He dropped his own weapons and grabbed the Matoran's shoulders. "Snap out of it! Come on, come back to your senses!" He yelled. It seemed to get the Matoran back, but he heard the Captain yell, "Toa, duck!" He pulled the dazed Matoran down as a Zamor sphere embedded itslef into the wall in front of them. It dissipated into the air as they got back up. Cordak yelled, "You can't run forever, coward!" He was right, Zaltir thought. He gathered his strength and focused his air powers. A cyclone grew until it enveloped Cordak. Over the sound of the wind, his voice grew over it. "You fight me with wind, Toa. It will take more than that to defeat me. Much more!" Fire started to spread across the cyclone, until it was glass. Cordak shattered it from inside of it, and continued on. "Captain, take your forces, retreat. Get to safety," Zaltir told the Captain. He nodded and signaled his forces. Zaltir turned towards Cordak and charged him.
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