Chapter 131: Opening
Miserix stood completely still as his enemies prepared for battle, not nervous in the least. Aile said, “So tell us…why didn’t you just start busting Gemstones right away?”
“Originally, our plan was a bit different,” Miserix said. “We were slowly but surely releasing bits of Antidermis everywhere we went, initiating a technique for brainwashing the masses. However, Teridax complicated matters so much that I decided to move on to the Gemstones and enslave the people later.”
“Oh, that makes sense,” Aile said. She looked behind Miserix and asked, “Hey, uh…where’s your back-up? You’re too smart to come here alone.”
Teridax and Icarax emerged from the nearby rock faces, and Miserix said, “Most of the Makuta are still on their way. But the three of us should suffice for now.”
“We’ll see about that!” Kharuun said, charging forth and swinging his Thunderbolt Saber.
Miserix used his Tail to knock Kharuun away, and as most everyone else engaged the other two Makuta, Aile flew towards their leader. Staff and Dragonblade collided, and beams of Heat Vision seared past Aile’s head as she flipped and used Dragonwing. Miserix held his ground and moved to strike, but an Ikhav Fantôme Kousen knocked him off-balance and Aile flew into a Rage to knock him over.
Kharuun landed nearby and used Blade Galaxy, and Aile commented, “Probably safer for you to fight the others.”
“Meh, safety,” Kharuun mumbled, shifting to Dissonance Zadakh. “I have other priorities.”
He put up a Noise Shield to block a Scream, and Miserix said, “You caught me by surprise, boy. It won’t happen again.”
“Good—I prefer not to use sneak attacks,” Kharuun said.
A Noise Typhoon kicked up as Aile swung her Dragonblade, missing Miserix and cutting a trench in the ground. The Makuta used Shadow Arm to punch Kharuun into a Black Hole, and then he Dragonslammed Aile under increased gravity, but Aile protected herself with Dragonscales and used her wings to throw Miserix off. Kharuun flew in and used Blade Dash, almost hitting, but Miserix twisted out of the way and blasted him with Shatter. Aile dodged Blackout and locked Miserix in place with Dragoneye, and then she activated her Master’s Aura and used Spirit of Dragon on her foe. Kharuun materialized right above Miserix and used Overhead Slash, willing Shuriken and Kunai to rain down at the same time, but Miserix retaliated with a Frequency Pulse and flew into the sky.
“Well aren’t you tough, mighty Miserix!” Aile laughed. “If you think this is bad, wait until the kid gets serious!”
Miserix growled as Kharuun charged in again, and using his Elasticity powers he extended his arm, grabbed his foe, and drew him into a blast of Laser Vision. Kharuun was thrown into a Hurricane as Miserix said, “What about you, Dragon-Lord? Your power far surpasses what you’ve displayed.”
Aile just smiled, and Kharuun flew at Miserix with Needle Punch but the Makuta blocked and used his Tail. Kharuun ducked, switched to Hyper Zadakh, and used Buzzsaw Punch, grazing Miserix, who punched and released Chain Lightning on contact. Holding his ground, Kharuun used Thunder Ball to stun Miserix before using some Chaos Slashes on him, but then Miserix put him in a Stasis Field and battered him with a Shadow Arm. Aile used Rage, but Miserix turned Intangible and let her hit Kharuun instead, and then he knocked the Dragon-Lord to the ground and let vines come up to strangle her.
“If you continue to hold back, this child will die,” Miserix said. “Even you must have a conscience.”
Kharuun used Chaos Control, Noise Control, and then Twilight Dash, but Miserix endured it all and Body Slammed Kharuun into a wall of rock. Gritting his teeth, Kharuun said, “You think you can kill me? Heh…don’t be so sure.”
He swung the Thunderbolt Saber but Miserix dodged and used a Vacuum blast, saying, “Foolish child—I am the leader of Les Douze Ombres, one of the most powerful beings on Earth, and the Dragon-Lord has refused her full power to aid you.”
Aile popped up behind Miserix and used Dragonclaw, a move Miserix dodged, and Kharuun fired an Ikhav Fantôme Kousen but Miserix flicked his staff and the beam was thrown off in a random direction. Miserix used Hurricane on Aile and Blackout on Kharuun, and Aile broke free and used Dragonblood but Miserix ignored it and grabbed her, Disrupting Dragonscales. Kharuun leapt up but Miserix used his Sleep powers, and as the boy plummeted Miserix dove alongside him and smashed Aile into an Earthquake.
“Not bad,” Aile said.
“Fight back!” Miserix said, blasting her with Laser Vision. “Use your full power so I can prove myself stronger!”
Aile laughed, “Haha! Miserix, my full power could drop the Hapori! Besides, my hands are tied. Destiny says I can’t defeat you.”
Suddenly Miserix felt Noise Blades pierce his body all over, and he turned to meet a Buzzsaw Punch. Kharuun asked, “Aile, are you alright?”
“Just fine,” Aile said.
“…You really could defeat him in an instant, couldn’t you?” Zadakh asked. “But you want us to defeat him for some reason. Why?”
Aile tapped her forehead and said, “Call it a hunch.”
Miserix rushed in and tackled Kharuun, smashing him through several rock pillars, and as the lead Makuta proceeded to beat the boy senseless, the other Makuta were holding their ground quite well. Icarax sent out a Hurricane and Teridax filled it with Plasma, and as their foes dodged they Teleported behind them and attacked again. The eldest Cuerveracios used Spark Breath on Teridax and then rushed forward with Dragon Tackle, and Neya and Catalina fled a series of Gravity blasts executed by Icarax.
“We need to draw his attention so Zak and Dranes can get him by surprise,” Neya said. “Catalina, you…”
He trailed off, seeing Catalina doubled over in pain, and asked, “Are you hurt?”
“I’m not sure,” she groaned. “None of the blasts hit me…I don’t know what…”
Suddenly she looked up, and then she said, “Neya, get away!”
Before Neya could ask, a pulse of dark energy shot out from Catalina, and then it molded around her and became a gateway to Subspace. “What’s going on?!” Neya asked.
Not too far away, Aile looked on and said, “The virus activated…good luck.”
Since Catalina was now gone the gateway started to close, and Neya, in a panic, wondered what he should do. With seconds to decide, he got to his feet and dove into the gateway, passing through right before it closed. Meanwhile, Miserix tossed a badly bruised Kharuun aside and looked to the sky, mumbling, “They should be here by now…”
Kharuun coughed up a bit of blood and said, “How is he so powerful…?”
“Are you not dead yet?” Miserix asked. “Give up. Your powers of Chaos and Noise might’ve defeated lesser beings, but even combining them would leave you powerless against me.”
“…Combining?” Kharuun repeated. “Could we do that?”
“Well…the Bioni-Vice does have a Double Fusion function,” Zadakh said, his voice heavy with reluctance. “But the strain is immense, and your body is already near its limits. We have no idea—“
“Do it,” Kharuun said, putting a hand on his Bioni-Vice.
“Aren’t you listening?” Zadakh asked.
“It doesn’t matter what happens to me!” Kharuun insisted. “Double Fusion—Hyper Zadakh and Dissonance Zadakh!”
Energy built up around Kharuun, but Miserix shook his head and chuckled. Preparing to taunt Kharuun, he opened his mouth, but a shadow fell over the battlefield and he remained quiet. Floating over the island was an enormous metal craft with a saucer at one end and two cylinders connected to the other, and the rear ends of the cylinders glowed as the ship came to a halt.
“At last, they’ve arrived,” Miserix said. “Mutran’s secret project…the Spirit Carrier ‘Enterprise’.”
A flash of blue light covered Miserix and he vanished at once, the same thing happening to Teridax and Icarax, and everyone else (save Kharuun) gathered near the temple and waited.
“What is that thing?” Midori asked.
“Looks like a real big Vehicle Spirit,” Aile said. “The rest of the Makuta are probably in there.”
A light flashed at the front of the Enterprise and a small orb of orange shot out, and before anyone could do anything it came into contact with the temple. The resulting explosion hurled the heroes away like leaves in a hurricane, and rubble rained down on them along with tiny blue fragments. The eldest Cuerveracios looked up, shock visible in her features, and she slowly slinked forward and whispered, “…The final Gemstone has fallen…”
“Look out!” shouted another Cuerveracios.
The Enterprise had fired another blast, but this time a wall of energy appeared to block it. A figure floated behind the energy wall—he wore pale gold armor, and a helmet with spikes in the back and two antennae-like protrusions that extended backwards from his forehead. Streaks of silver decorated the spikes on his helmet and lined his empty green eyes, and from his shoulders hung a platinum cape with tattered red edges. His arms looked like twisting tattoos with sharp fins on their sides, and lines of energy could be seen tracing across his gloves.
Most of those gathered below wondered who this person was, but Hyohana, with a mix of sureness and disbelief, said, “That’s…Kharuun…”
#648. Makuta Miserix
#714. Hyper Zadakh
#716. Dissonance Zadakh
#577. Makuta Icarax
#625. Makuta Teridax
Edited by Pahrak: Knight of Cornelia, Oct 14 2011 - 12:47 PM.