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Dino Attack RPG: Director's Cut

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July 1, 2005: Dino Attack RPG was born. BZPower's longest-running LEGO roleplay game has left a lasting legacy. Now, 15 years later, experience Dino Attack RPG all over again like never before. From the ashes of the BZPower Forum Archive, the definitive Dino Attack RPG reading experience shall rise anew.

Dedicated to the dozens of BZPower members who joined me on this seven-year-long journey and made my time unforgettable, and to Hahli Husky for making Dino Attack RPG possible in the first place. Thanks.

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Act 0: Prologue

Chapter 0: Welcome to Dino Attack

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Rookie agent Rex walked through the garage. All around him, engineers and mechanics worked on building and repairing vehicles, ranging from small ATVs to large jeeps. He also caught a glimpse of a massive tank that was being assembled, as well as a helicopter in the hangar above.

An exalted sense of newfound purpose filled Rex's body with a sort of euphoria. He was now officially signed up as a soldier for the D.I.N.O. Attack, dressed in the standard black and grey uniform. He felt proud to be able to serve on behalf of the world. Now, he would have the power to bring the fight to the Mutant Dinosaurs that had rampaged across the planet. And now, he was assigned his first mission.

Rex found a small group consisting of three soldiers gathered by one of the jeeps. One of them was a man who appeared to be middle-aged, with a round face partially masked by glasses and a full beard. His features were soft and his eyes glinted with a hearty and compassionate light. As Rex approached, the man smiled gently and extended his hand in greeting. "Good morning! You'll be training with us, right?"

"That's right," said Rex, nodding as he shook the man's hand.

"My name is Williams," the man introduced himself. Then, he gestured towards his two companions. "His name's Walker, and her name's Lisa. We're all rookies here, so don't worry if you haven't got any experience yet... we're all in the same boat."

"You'll need a bigger boat, Williams," joked Walker, who also shook hands with Rex. He, like Williams, wore glasses and had a beard, but their physical similarities ended there. He was tall but rather lanky, and although he appeared to be younger than Williams, his thin face had hardened features that hinted at a more caustic outlook on life. As Rex took note of Walker's appearance, he felt as though Walker was scrutinizing him in return with his narrow, beady eyes.

Lisa was a young woman with a pretty face, doe eyes, and short blonde hair. She looked Rex up and down and smiled, batting her eyelids. "Hello, handsome. Got any plans later this evening?"

"Oh, come on, Lisa," Walker said as he rolled his eyes, "do you have to flirt with every single guy you see?" He leaned in close to Rex and muttered, "Trust me, don't go out with her. She'll just break your heart, tear it into little pieces, and throw every piece into the incinerator."

"I'll take your word for it," whispered Rex. To him, the dino attack hardly seemed like a time to be pursuing romantic relationships and crying over broken hearts, so he saw little purpose in investigating Walker's claim. Raising his voice, he introduced himself to the others: "Nice to meet you all. My name's Rex."

"Rex?" repeated Walker, with a small smirk. "Really, we're going with that? Is that supposed to be your real name, or just a nickname?"

Rex shrugged. "It's just a nickname, but about as close I can get to a real name for now." He quickly told them about how he met Frank Einstein, their escape from Mercy Hospital, and the incident with the raptor and the rope that had given him that name…

*****

Slowly, I regained consciousness.  I was surprised to find myself waking up trapped between several slabs of rubble.  The small space I had was dark and cramped, and I did not like it at all.  This felt very, very wrong.

I struggled to remember.  
Where am I?  How did I get here?  How do I get out?  ... Who am I?

I could vaguely hear some shouting from what sounded like a middle-aged man, maybe a little older.  As I struggled to comprehend what the voice was saying, I coughed; it was very dusty where I was.

The shouting stopped, then briefly resumed before silencing again.  I heard footsteps once again, then the voice spoke again, and this time I could make out the words: "Hello?  Is anyone in there?"

Weakly, I tried to reply, but my throat was so dry that I only coughed again.  That was a good enough for the voice, because a second later I heard the sound of brick moving against brick.  Then, one of the slabs was moved aside, and I could see out from my prison.

Then, another face appeared outside.  It appeared to be the middle-aged man I had heard shouting.  His face was thin and wrinkled, giving him a somewhat-elderly appearance.  His gray hair was a mess and looked as though it had never known a comb or a brush.  He wore glasses, and from behind these spectacles his eyes twinkled like the stars.

"Ah, good!" my savior said, smiling as he reached a hand down into the concrete prison.  "You're still alive!  Here, let me help you out!"

Gingerly, I reached out and grabbed the hand of my middle-aged savior, who proceeded to pull me out of the slab prison.  Looking around, I saw that I was in some sort of ruined facility.  One of the walls had been smashed down, allowing me to see out into a devastated apocalyptic city.

"The lab must have been attacked," my savior murmured.  Looking at him again, I now saw that he wore a lab coat and must have been a scientist.  "Looks like the two of us were trapped inside when it collapsed.  I'm afraid that I could not find any other survivors, but I have found help!"

The scientist looked me over, then scratched his head.  "You know, I'm afraid that we haven't met before."  He extended a hand again, but this time as a greeting gesture.  "My name's Frank Einstein.  And you are...?"

I stared blankly at the scientist, desperately searching for an answer.  None came to mind.

Biting his lip, Frank Einstein laid his hand on my forehead and looked me over.  "Looks like you had quite a nasty fall," he murmured, "and a bump on the head to prove it.  You might have a slight case of amnesia.  Can you remember anything at all?"

I thought and thought, but weakly shook my head.  Actually, I vaguely remembered a group of scientists, but it was a very unclear and confusing memory.

"Hmm," Frank said as he stroked his chin, "I'll see about giving you proper medical attention once we get to safety.  I'm not sure if you heard me shouting, but I saw a helicopter pilot and wanted to get his attention.  Unfortunately, the closest place he can land is atop Mercy Hospital, but it's only a few blocks away.  Come; we'll have to get there before we get attacked again."

Frank Einstein laid a hand on my shoulder, then we walked towards a stairwell.  Looking up, I saw that the upper floors were likely unreachable since the stairs had collapsed.  In fact, the stairs leading to the ground floor were barely intact.

One step at a time, we descended the staircase.  Luckily, it seemed to hold out just long enough to get us safely on the ground.  The ground floor was also a mess, and I could help but notice that the floor was covered with dust, rubble, debris... and blood.

Beside me, Einstein grimaced.  "This is most disturbing," he muttered.  "I must warn my superiors about this as soon as we get you to safety.  The Nexus Force needs to know what has happened here."

I had no idea what he was talking about.  Nexus Force?  Never heard of it before.  But I had the idea that it was something important.

As it turned out, the door had been blocked by a slab of rubble.  Einstein stepped forward and attempted to push aside the debris, but to no avail.  "Hey, can you lend me a hand here?" he requested.

Nodding, I stepped beside him and assisted him in pushing the rubble aside.  Our combined strength, it seemed, was more than enough, and the slab moved aside easily.  Einstein looked at me quizzically, but then shrugged and reached out to open the door.  The very moment he touched it, the heavily-damaged door fell off its hinges, and the street of a ruined city lay before us.

"We must move with haste," the scientist whispered.  I nodded.  Then, we bolted out onto the street, running as fast as our legs could carry us.  All around us were wrecked buildings and burning skyscrapers.  Lightning flashed from the skies, but no rain fell from the dark clouds.  Once or twice, I could have sworn that I saw a pair of glowing eyes peering at us from the shadows of darkness.

At last, we came to a stop in front of a large building, which I assumed to be Mercy Hospital.  The doors had been smashed in, and upon entering the lobby, we found more rubble, debris, dust... and blood.

"The elevator is probably a bad idea," muttered Frank Einstein.  "Let's check the stairwell."

We approached the stairwell, but all the lights were off.  Einstein flicked a light switch, partially illuminating the staircase... and revealing a large yellow-skinned reptile, grinning at us with saliva dripping from its jaws.

"MegaBloks!" shouted Einstein, who appeared horrified.  He grabbed me by my clothes and pulled me away before the creature snapped at us with its tooth-filled mouth.

We ran away from the stairwell.  Although I did not dare to turn around, I could tell we were being pursued.  Einstein rain to the elevator doors and repeatedly slammed on the button, frantically whispering: "Please work on emergency power please work on emergency power please work on emergency power...!"

There came a dinging noise, and the elevator doors opened.  My scientist companion grabbed my shoulder and we charged inside, then he slammed on the close doors button.  I could see the yellow-scaled reptile running towards the elevator.  As the elevator doors shut, it reared back, as though it were about to spit.  But that was ridiculous, a spitting lizard?

Seconds later, acid burned a hole through the elevator doors.  Einstein and I jumped back, recoiling from the acid.  The reptile reared back, ready to spit again, but luckily this time the elevator was already ascending.

Breathing heavily, I said my first words since being trapped under the rubble pile: "What... was... that?"

Hearing me speak made Frank Einstein startle in surprise.  He recovered quickly and replied, "Those...
things are all over the city.  They are a major reason why the city is in ruins... unfortunately, they are not the only reason.  If you thought that one was bad... just wait till you meet some of the larger ones."

I nodded.  "I'll keep that in mind."  I stared at the hole that the acid had burned through the elevator door.  Was that creature spitting the acid?

At last, the elevator came to a stop at the top floor of the hospital.  As the doors opened and we stepped out, Einstein told me: "We still need to find a stairwell to the roof.  That's where the helicopter landing pad is."

No sooner had these words left his lips when everything went pitch black.  I had known darkness, but this felt unnatural.  I could not see anything at all.  It was as though I had been blindfolded.

Footsteps.  Then, I heard a hissing noise.  Was it another one of those reptiles?  Did this one spit acid too?  Could it see in this pitch blackness?

"Stay perfectly still," Einstein whispered, his voice barely audible.

The footsteps briefly stopped, as did the hissing.  Then, the footsteps resumed, but this time they sounded like they were becoming more distant.  Then, at once my sight returned to me.

I turned to ask my scientist companion if he knew what happened.  I saw his entire face contorted and wrinkled, with his eyes shut tightly and sweat on his forehead.  At first, I thought he had been afraid, but when I later looked back on it, I realized that he looked as though he had been concentrating incredibly hard.

Slowly, Einstein relaxed and opened his eyes.  "It's gone now," he whispered.

"Was that another one of the reptiles?" I inquired.

Einstein nodded.  "Yes, I do believe so."  He wiped the sweat from his forehead, then declared: "Come!  We must hurry!"

We walked down a hallway to the stairwell on the far end.  I thought I glimpsed another one of the reptiles down an adjacent hallway, but this one appeared to have black scales.  We passed a pair of double-doors, and just as we were about to step into the stairwell, the doors swung open and another reptile burst through.  This one was larger than either of the ones I had seen before and bore several small crests on its head.  It roared at us, exposing teeth even sharper than that of the other lizard.

"Look out!" I shouted to Einstein.

"It's a raptor!" gasped Einstein.  We jumped onto the stairwell and ascended the staircase, but the raptor roared furiously and pursued us.

I swung open the door at the top of the staircase, and we burst out onto the rooftop of Mercy Hospital.  Painted onto the rooftop was a large yellow circle with the letter "H" in the center.  I heard the sound of a chopper, and looked up to see a small helicopter descending upon the rooftop.

"Let's go!" I said to Frank Einstein, and I ran for the helicopter.  I did not stop running until I was safely aboard the air vehicle.  I gave a sigh of relief and nodded to the pilot.

The pilot stared at me.  "Weren't there two of you?"

I blinked, then glanced back at Frank Einstein, only to see that he was not there.  I couldn't believe it.  One moment, Einstein was there, running beside me - the next, he wasn't there anymore.  In horror, I looked back out to the rooftop and saw Einstein lying on the floor, being dragged away by the raptor.

I knew immediately that I could stand back and watch the raptor drag Dr. Einstein to a horrible death.  But, I was not aware of what was running through my head; everything just happened so fast.

I turned and saw emergency rope aboard the helicopter.  I grabbed it and jumped back out of the vehicle onto the rooftop.  Despite the pilot's protests, I ran towards the raptor and its prey.

I tossed the rope to Einstein, who grabbed it and clutched it tightly.  The raptor noticed me and snarled.  Taking advantage of its split-second distraction, I tugged on my end of the rope and pulled Einstein a few feet away from the raptor.

My triumph did not last long.  The raptor pounced onto Frank Einstein again, but this time the scientist was ready and kicked the beast in the snout.  Dropping his end of the rope, he crawled away from the raptor, slowly making his way to the helicopter.  I knew that unless I did something, he would not make it.

I ran towards the raptor.  The giant reptile was angry, baring its teeth at me.  I did not hear Frank Einstein or the helicopter pilot shouting at me to back down.  As the raptor lunged for me, I jumped out of the way and whipped my rope at it, causing the creature to recoil.

Then, the raptor jumped on me.  It slashed at me, tearing at my clothes.  I took the only thing I had, my rope, and struggled to tie it into a lasso while attempting to crawl away from the beast.  When the raptor looked ready to sink its teeth into my flesh, I made my move.

Flinging my lasso at the raptor, I rolled out of the way of its attack.  The rope caught the creature's maw, and with a slight tug, it tightened and clamped the tooth-filled mouth shut.  Acting quickly, I took the rest of the rope and tied it around the raptor's legs.  It collapsed on top of the roof, rendered immobile.

I breathed a sigh of relief.  I had won.  I had actually won!  I defeated a raptor with nothing but rope!

And yet, I knew my victory would not last long.  Rope could not possibly hold the beast for more than a minute.  Helping Einstein to his feet, I turned and ran for the helicopter.

Once we were safely aboard the air vehicle, I was breathing heavily.  Whatever adrenaline rush I had during the raptor fight was gone, leaving me sore all over.  Einstein's expression was stern.  "You fool!" he snapped.  "Taking on a raptor on your own?  You could have been killed!"  Despite his appearance, it was plainly obvious that he was grateful that I saved his life.

"You're quite handy with that rope," the helicopter pilot commented even as the vehicle began to ascend off the rooftop.  "And I've never seen such recklessly brave behavior from anything less than a T-Rex.  Those things go to great lengths to accomplish anything... I guess that's what makes them so scary."

I shrugged.  "Just making stuff up as I go along."

Now that the helicopter was safely in the air, the pilot turned over his shoulder to get a good look at us.  He stared quizzically at Dr. Einstein.  Pointing a finger at the scientist, he murmured, "You... look familiar.  I think I've seen your face before."  Frank Einstein introduced himself, and the pilot laughed.  "Oh, of course!  Frank Einstein, the famous scientist!  I almost didn't recognize you... what happened to your equally-famous thick bushy mustache?"

Einstein smiled lightly and chuckled.  "Even I feel like shaving it off sometimes," he said.  "I might just grow it back over the next few months, but that depends on... well, a number of factors."

"And you?"  The pilot gestured towards me.  "What's your name?"

I bit my lip.  "I... don't have a name," I muttered.  Frank Einstein quickly explained to the pilot about my amnesia and how he found me in the ruined laboratory.

"Hmm," the pilot murmured.  "Looks like you might have been wearing a labcoat, at least before that raptor tore it up.  And your bravery rivals that of even the T-Rexes.  You need a nickname to fit this... how about... Doctor Rex?"

Einstein visibly tensed.  "No!" he cried, drawing stares from the helicopter pilot and myself.  "I mean," he began in a quieter tone, "that's a little lengthy for a nickname.  Why don't we just call you Rex?"

I thought it over.  Rex.  Seemed like a good enough name.  "Sure," I said, nodding.  "Rex sounds good."

Turning his attention back to flying the helicopter, the pilot continued his discourse.  "Rex and Dr. Einstein, glad to see that you both made it.  There have been so few survivors.  Sometimes, I've gone days patrolling the city without finding someone.  It's a wonder I haven't been struck down by one of those flying things... Pterosaurs, I think they're called."

"So," inquired Einstein, "where are we headed?"

"I've been dropping most people off at an outpost at the outskirts of the city," the pilot explained.  "There, passage is arranged to Antarctica.  That's the only confirmed place that is not affected by this dinosaur outbreak.  I guess the dinos hate the cold."

"Isn't anyone going to do something about all these dinosaurs roaming the city?" I asked.

The pilot nodded.  "Yes.  Alpha Team's currently a little busy handling and overseeing the construction of refugee facilities.  The Agents have been doing some work to try stopping the beasts, but they often don't accomplish much.  The bulk of the work is being done by this new organization.  Those who don't go to Antarctica join the fight against the dinos.  They join the Dino Attack Team."

As soon as these words left his lips, some connection in my brain was made.  I could not tell why, but I knew that I suddenly had only one goal in mind.

Join Dino Attack Team.

*****

"So you don't remember anything?" said Lisa, blinking. "Not even your own name?"

Rex bit his lip and thought for a moment before answering. "I think that I used to be a scientist," he murmured, "and, as you can see, my memory is intact enough that I can still speak English, so it's not as though my mind is the blank slate of a newly-born infant... it's just... well, it's almost as though I remember the lessons, but I don't remember learning them. I can read, I can speak, I can tie my own shoes... but I can't remember my own name. So, unless I recover from my amnesia, I'm just sticking with 'Rex'."

"A scientist?" repeated Williams. "At least I can see such an occupation being beneficial to Dino Attack Team. They need all the scientists they can get so they can study the Mutant Dinos and figure out the root cause of their mutation. I'm a musician, on the other hand. I once went to Adventurers' Island to see the dinosaurs for inspiration for a song I wanted to write, but that's about as far as my experience goes. Lisa is an actress, and Walker's a director. We're neither scientists nor soldiers; we were drafted into the team by the conscription. You'll probably be a greater asset than the rest of us combined."

Rex shrugged. "Well, I suppose being a scientist would be useful... if I remembered anything more than working with other scientists and waking up in a labcoat in a wrecked research facility. Not that it matters; I'm just happy to serve the team in any way I can."

"Doesn't this worry you at all?" inquired Lisa. "I mean, if I had lost my memory and woke up in a ruined city overrun by dinosaurs, like you did..."

"... then I'd have bigger problems to worry about than my own memory," replied Rex, dismissively waving his hand.

Rex knew he was not telling them the whole truth, but he decided it was for the best. Why should he have to burden them with his own problems? Having nothing, not even memories to look back upon, left him with a terrible, overwhelming emptiness that often kept him awake at night. He often felt as though he was peering into a black hole, fearing that what little remained of him would soon be dragged into the darkness as well. At times, he could feel that it was only his sense of purpose in joining Dino Attack Team that kept him grounded in reality.

Walker nodded.  "I see," he said. "Don't worry; if you happen have any more memory problems in the future, you can count on me to remember everything for you. At least you have an excuse for going by a nickname like 'Rex'. Frankly, I don't get this whole nickname business that some soldiers are so fond of. Why do I have to call you by some ridiculous nickname? How would I look if I went around telling people to call me, uh, 'Classical Snob' instead of Walker? I'd look like a pretentious hipster, wouldn't I?"

"I think this whole 'nickname' thing got started by Alpha Team," suggested Williams. "They have to operate under codenames, being spies and secret agents and all. Quite a few Alpha Team agents were assigned to Dino Attack and were among the first members. Then, when Dino Attack started recruiting from the refugee facilities, some guys must have thought it was standard procedure and signed up under codenames, too."

"I think there's even this one guy," added Lisa, "who insists that everyone call him 'Batman'."

Walker's face turned bright red and contorted into an exaggerated scowl. "That guy? I hate that guy! I ran into him last night in the mess hall, and he wouldn't shut up about his credit card! What's even the point? It's the freakin' apocalypse; nobody cares about your stupid credit card since you can't even buy anything with it now that all the stores are all out of business! And he has the gall to call himself 'Batman'? It's a disgrace! An insult to the name of Batman! And-"

Rex bit his lip. "Uh, does he do this often?" he whispered to Williams and Lisa.

"Oh boy," sighed Williams, "here he goes again. Once Walker goes on a rant, not even the apocalypse itself can stop him."

Lisa rolled her eyes. "We probably shouldn't even get him started on that, or else he'll start ranting about how nonsensical and ridiculous the whole concept of a mutant dinosaur apocalypse is."

Rex laughed. "Let's hope things don't get any more ridiculous than this."

"G'day, mates!"

Rex, Lisa, Williams, and Walker turned around to see a Dino Attack elite agent marching towards them. He wore a sleeveless vest that showed off his arm muscles, with a large knife strapped to his belt. On his head, he wore a wide-brimmed fedora and grinned proudly through a face full of stubble. "Name's Rick, and I'll be trainin' you rookies today!"

"Look out," muttered Walker, "it's the poor man's Johnny Thunder. What pretentious nickname do they call you, 'Adventure'?"

Rick shook his head. "Nah, string bean, but I kinda like the sound of that. Adventure. Now that's a word that perfectly sums me up in one word. Although, 'Testosterone' or 'Explosions' would also work. And that's just what I expect to see from you. Now, I know you're just rookies and one of you is a mighty pretty lady," he paused to wink at Lisa, who returned the gesture, "but by the end of today, I wanna see the Fourth of July out there! No, even better... we'll make our own holiday, one with even more fire and explosions!"

Walker rolled his eyes. "So, we're making a Brichael May film?"

With a gleam in his eye, Rick dramatically pointed at Walker. "Now that's more like it, string bean! We're going out there and makin' the biggest Brichael May film ever to hit theaters!"

Although Williams and Lisa both stifled giggles, the reference was completely lost upon Rex. He frowned in his confusion, wondering if he would have understood what they were talking about if he were not still suffering from amnesia. Then again, he was not sure if he wanted to understand.

"Now," continued Rick, "if you wanted an easy training mission, you should've gone and joined the Headquarters Squad goin' down to Gold City to build an outpost, or maybe you should've gone marchin' up and down the square with that Army guy instead. No, what we're gonna do is a real man's work! A large nesting site for those overgrown reptiles has been found downtown at the old shopping center. It's up to us to neutralize the nest and exterminate those buggers before they run wild."

Rick pointed to the jeep parked next to the group. "Now, this beaut here is the Fire Hammer. Unfortunately, it's the only one available in the lot right now; production hasn't yet caught up to demand, though Bill Ding says he's working on that. I'll drive it into battle with you and keep you covered, but the rest of you gotta drive 'em Steel Sprinters instead." With that, he gestured to a nearby group of small ATVs.

The rookies looked on in undisguised disdain. "Hey, now, wait a second," said Lisa, frowning. "You're expecting us to be able to take on mutant dinosaurs... in those things? There's nothing separating the driver from a lizard's jaws! We're supposed to feel safe driving those around the city?"

"Sure," said Rick, shrugging. "Fast, reliable, good for quickly getting out of a pinch. Makes up for a lack of armor with speed and maneuverability. Besides, those reptiles will be the ones needing protection when you're packin' these guns!"

The elite agent handed out weapons to the rookies. They were the not rifles or machine guns that Rex was expecting, but rather futuristic in appearance, colored black and adorned with neon-green lights. They were big and bulky, but Rex was surprised to discover how light one felt in his hands. However, Lisa and Williams struggled to hold them, and Walker outright refused, declaring that his trusty pistol was a much better weapon of choice than some oversized possibly-unreliable prototype.

"Unreliable?" scoffed Rick. "These babies won't fail you! These Sonic Screamers are the products of the latest technology designed specifically to knock those mutants senseless! In fact, they were designed by Specs himself."

Specs. Rex had yet to meet the leader of the Dino Attack Team, but based upon what he heard from his fellow Dino Attack agents, he knew that Specs was a renowned multidisciplinary scientist, an unfaltering commander, and a man to be held in high regard. Looking over the Sonic Screamer in his hands, Rex nodded. "Seems good to me."

This time, Rex was the target of Rick's dramatic index finger. "I like your attitude, mate!" he said as he grinned. Then, scratching his chin, he looked Rex over. "Hey, ain't you that fellow who saved Dr. Einstein using nothin' but rope? That takes some real bricks, son, and that's what I wanna see! Rookies, I'm gonna call this guy 'honcho' because the rest of you should follow his lead!"

Rex suddenly found himself feeling uncomfortable as Williams, Lisa, and Walker all stared at him. Being thought of as a leader or a role model was not something he was accustomed to. He was also surprised that Rick had already heard about his rescue at Mercy Hospital; apparently, even if the other rookies had not yet heard about it, word spread quickly through Dino Attack Team.

Rick clapped his hands together. "Right! Now, let's see... you've got your guns, your vehicles, and you've all been given standard-issue radios, I'm sure-"

"That's correct," said Lisa, nodding as she held up her handheld radio. "My friend Danny showed me how to operate these a few years ago. What frequency should we use?"

"Set your frequencies to 140.15," continued Rick, "and keep those things on at all times. You'll hear some comm chatter from other squads, but that's normal. This way, we can keep in close contact even if we're far apart, and if you're in danger, send out a S.O.S. immediately." He turned away to turn on the radio on the Fire Hammer's dashboard. He also grabbed a bundle of rope, which he casually tossed to Rex. "Here, honcho, see what you can do with this!"

Rex wrapped the length of rope around his torso, allowing both hands to be free. Just as Rick said, he could overhear some chatter on the jeep's radio:

"Come in, Swerve. I repeat: come in, Swerve!"
"We just located four civilians who were trapped in a broken-down elevator at Mindstorms, Inc. We need a rescue vehicle so we can evacuate them out of the city as soon as possible."
"Steer clear of the water. I don't know what's in there, but it's big, it's got tentacles, and it's not friendly."
"Has anyone else seen these black vehicles?"


Then, Rick turned around one last time to face the rookies, and Rex saw that his expression had turned uncharacteristically serious. "Oh, and one more thing," he added. "Just remember. These mutants are practically machines. Killer machines that are programmed to terminate you. Don't bother bargainin' or reasonin' with them, 'cause they don't understand any of that. They don't know fear. They will always go for the kill... so you gotta shoot first."

Rex nodded firmly, remembering the savage behavior of the Mutant Lizards and Raptor he had encountered at Mercy Hospital. He locked and loaded his Sonic Screamer, prepared for battle. I'll stop at nothing until they're extinct once more, he thought with grim determination.

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Surely, thought Roger Remous, we are cursed.

For only a few weeks, everything was perfect in the Remous family household.  Then suddenly, the world ended.

Was it nuclear war?  Catastrophic weather?  A zombie apocalypse?  No.  It was the most ridiculous and ironic apocalypse a professional paleontologist such as himself could have imagined: dinosaurs.  Out of nowhere, prehistoric beasts swept across the globe, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

Roger's whole neighborhood was decimated.  His house was flattened.  And now, once again… Roger and his sister Amanda were the sole survivors of a terrible Remous family tragedy.  His beloved wife Lisa, his son Tyler, his daughter Sarah, his newborn Theresa… gone.  All gone.

Now, Roger sat down next to Amanda.  They were in the cafeteria of a hastily-constructed refugee facility, located in the freezing tundra where the cold-blooded dinosaurs could not get them.  The quality of life here was dismal enough; these facilities were overcrowded and understaffed.

But, Roger suspected that this was not the reason why Amanda had looked so sullen the past few days.  He recognized this look… it was the same one she had throughout her years of post-traumatic depression.  After all it took to bring her back, this was a very alarming development to Roger.

In a vain attempt to lighten the mood, he picked up his sandwich and said, "If the blizzard outside doesn't kill us first, then this so-called 'food' will do the job."

Amanda glanced up at Roger, seemingly asking how he could possibly be joking at a time like this.  Didn't he understand the gravity of their situation?

Roger sighed heavily, putting the sandwich down.  "It helps me cope," he explained.  "I have to be strong.  Doubly so, for your sake as well as mine.  If I'm not strong, then I'll surely collapse under the weight of all we've been through."

Amanda looked down and started picking at her food in the same manner as someone who had already lost their appetite.

"It has been more than anyone should bear," murmured Roger.  "Even though there was nothing I could have done, I still feel survivor's guilt.  I wish I could've been there for them.  Maybe I could've saved them… or maybe we would've been united in death, instead of cruelly separated by fate.  My children… my little children… Lisa… oh, Lisa…"

In that moment of vulnerability, he became too choked up to continue.  He was overwhelmed with emotion.  He buried his face in his hands in a futile attempt to hide it from Amanda.  How could he be strong for her like this?

Amanda looked up in alarm, and then she leaned in and wrapped her arms around her brother in an effort to comfort him.

Roger chuckled softly as he wiped away a tear on his cheek.  "Perhaps I can't be strong for you any longer.  Now, you're the one who's strong for me."

Amanda intently locked eyes with Roger, reminding him that family looks out for one another.

"Yes," said Roger.  "I just hate the feeling of being powerless.  As I've said before, we can't change the past… we're bound to feel helpless if we try.  That's why I look out for you, because it's something I can do.  That's why I have to be strong.  I just wish there was more I could do."

Roger and Amanda sat together in silent contemplation.  Then, he glanced up at a poster hanging on a nearby wall.  He stood up and walked over to it, taking off his glasses and cleaning their lenses, and got a closer look.  It depicted a stylized capital letter D printed against a lime green background.

He recognized that this was a recruitment poster for D.I.N.O. Attack.  There were many of these posters hanging throughout the facilities, trying to recruit as many volunteers as they could so they would not have to rely so heavily on conscription.  Some of the more cynical refugees even speculated that the less-than-stellar quality of life in these overcrowded facilities was deliberate, to encourage more people to join the team and escape this gilded cage.

As Roger stared at the post, it dawned on him just how appealing the idea could be.  "This is it, Amanda," he realized.  "This is what we need."

He turned to face his sister, who was looking at him quizzically.  "Don't you see?" he exclaimed.  "We don't have to be powerless!  This is our chance to do something, not just sitting helplessly on the sidelines.  We can do our part in ensuring that there will never again be a family taken by this apocalypse.  No one will suffer the losses that we have.  Children will grow up with their whole lives ahead of them… which Tyler, Sarah, and Theresa never got to experience. Never again will these mutants take the life of your dearly beloved better half, as they have with mine.  Lisa… this is what she would have wanted."

Amanda stood up and walked over to the poster, examining it alongside Roger.  She gave her brother a skeptical look, a raised eyebrow asking how they would be qualified in fighting prehistoric mutants.

"It's perfect, really," explained Roger.  "I'm a paleontologist; I know these dinosaurs better than nearly everyone else in this cafeteria, and that's not an exaggerated claim.  Furthermore, I've overheard reports of underground nests that Dino Attack has been hesitant to neutralize due to last year's seismic activities; since they've had difficulty finding Power Miners or Rock Raiders to recruit, I'm certain that my studies in seismology would prove useful there.  I'd be able to guide the team, knowing which tunnels are safe and which would be prone to earthquakes or volcanic eruption.  And you, Amanda… you already have a lot of combat experience, don't you?  You know how to use a gun, a knife, a sniper rifle, and other weapons… you'd make a good soldier!"

At this, Amanda winced and averted her gaze.

Roger sighed.  "I didn't mean… Look, I know we both promised that you'd leave that life behind for good.  This… this is something different altogether.  You'll be fighting as part of something far greater than ourselves… a fight to save the world and all those who live in it.  You already have the skills… these are merely tools that can be used for good just as much as for evil.  It's your choice how you use them… and deep down, you already know the right choice to make."

Amanda looked up at Roger as he echoed the words that meant so much to her.

"This isn't just turning over a new leaf… This is redemption."

Now, Amanda seemed to seriously consider it.  Roger watched as the gears turned in her head.

"Once again, the best way to avenge a death is to save a life," said Roger.  "And maybe… just maybe… one of us will do something significant.  Something that will be written about in the history books for future generations.  Everyone will know Amanda Remous as the hero, long after the world has forgotten about villains like Silencia Venomosa and Don Bricassius.  And I promise to be right here beside you for as long as you need me."

Now, Amanda no longer seemed depressed.  She stood upright, her hands clenched into fists and a firm expression on her face.  Roger saw her confidence restored, but where there was once cold indifference to the world around her, there was now a fierce determination.  She looked… heroic, even.  It was as though she came to terms with who she was and what she could become.  She turned to face her brother and nodded.  She was going to do it.

Now that he had finally saved Amanda, it was time for Roger to save the world.  "Welcome to the Dino Attack cause," declared Roger, "my dear sister."

----

"We need backup!"
"Since when do T-Rexes shoot lasers from their eyes?"
"Excuse me! I'm in need of medical attention!"
"There's a raptor nest here, but some street gang keeps harassing us and won't let us neutralize it. Requesting authorization for... uh, aggressive negotiations."
"I'll slay every last one of you dragons!"
"Never give up, never surrender!"
"Did Zed just join Dino Attack Team?"


Just a few moments ago, the parking lot outside the ruined shopping center had been as quiet and still as the grave. Rex thought it was incredible how the arrival of Rick and his squad suddenly transformed the area into a chaotic battleground.

He steered his Steel Sprinter through the maze of rubble and abandoned cars, but the remains of downtown's pre-apocalyptic days were the least of his concerns. All around him, dozens of ferocious Mutant Lizards snapped their jaws at him, sometimes missing by mere inches. The air was filled with snarling and hissing as the lizards pursued their prey.

Rex took aim with his Sonic Screamer and fired. Without any prior experience in firearms, he struggled to aim the large weapon, but luckily, the lizards were so numerous that nearly every shot was guaranteed to hit a target. He already taken down a few, but for every one he shot down, another took its place.

"Looks like we've stirred the hive!" he called out as a pack of Mutant Lizards chased after his Steel Sprinter. Fortunately, the sounds of growling and hissing gave way to the firing of the Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher as Rick's Fire Hammer provided cover.

"Yeah!" Rick's voice rang out on the radio. "How do you little buggers like that? There's plenty more where that came from, so come get some!"

"There's plenty more where they came from, too!" retorted Walker, who drove past Rex with at least dozen Mutant Lizards pursuing him.

Rex drove after Walker and tried to provide backup. He successfully shot down a few of the lizards, but was suddenly forced to swerve to the left to avoid a flying glob of acid. Turned around, he fired upon the lizard that had spat at him.

As the mutant fell, Rex took note of its yellow scales. He remembered that the acid-spitting lizard he and Einstein had encountered in Mercy Hospital was also yellow. "Interesting," he murmured under his breath, wondering if the colors of the lizards' scales denoted particular strains of the mutation.

"Hey, Walker!" Rex heard Lisa's voice on the radio. "Just pretend they're all carrying credit cards!" Seconds later, gunshots rang out as Walker started madly firing his pistol while yelling incoherently, followed by the sounds of screeching lizards.

Rex laughed and shook his head, impressed that Lisa's idea had worked so successfully. Then, frowning, his glanced around and looked for Williams, whose Steel Sprinter was nowhere to be seen. He briefly listened to the comm chatter, hoping to hear Williams' voice.

"... until SUDDENLY DINOSAURS."
"That's odd. Are the trains still running?"
"Bogey on my six. Get this reptile off of me!"
"Dinosaur activity has been reported at Enchanted Island. I'd recommend sending a squad of six heroes to take care of the problem."
"Last one to the Res-Q station is a rotten egg!"
"Nah, I think that was Raines."
"Dinosaurs, Francis! They're mutant dinosaurs, not dragons!"
"What? Don't be an idiot!"
"Hey, don't use that word. Say 'cool dude' instead."
"Did they send me children when I asked for men?"


"Williams!" Rex called out, feeling worried. "What's your stat-"

He was cut off by the unexpected sound of music. A bombastic military march resonated through the air as another Steel Sprinter raced past him. Rex felt relieved when he recognized the ATV's driver as Williams.

"Hey, are you playin' music, mate?" inquired Rick.

"Why not? I figured it could boost morale and make the action even more exciting," explained Williams.

"And it's workin', alright!" said Rick, laughing. "Why didn't I think of this? Remind me to install some subwoofers in the back of this Fire Hammer when we get back to the garage. Life calls for some adventure music!"

Rex steered his Street Sprinter around an overturned pickup truck and was immediately greeted by a group of Mutant Lizards. They eyed him hungrily, sneering with sharp teeth. He aimed his Sonic Screamer at them but did not get a chance to shoot.

A large van barreled through the parking lot towards them, plowing through everything in its path. Rex swerved out of the way even as the lizards scattered to avoid being run over. As it passed, he could see that the van was covered with makeshift armor composed of steel plates, lattices, and chains. The windows were barred and he could not make out the faces of those inside.

Just as quickly as it had arrived, the armored van was gone. Incredulous, Rex spoke into the radio. "Rick, did you see that van? It doesn't look like a Dino Attack vehicle to me."

"I'd reckon it's one of them survivors," suggested Rick. "Most civilians are still unaccounted for. Those who haven't been rescued and evacuated over the past two weeks learned to fend for themselves and make use of whatever scraps they can salvage."

Rex nodded. "How resourceful," he murmured. "We could use more men like that in the team."

"I found one of the nests!" reported Lisa. "It's over by-"

Rex did not hear the rest of the message. A Mutant Lizard with black scales screeched shrilly before pouncing onto the front of his Steel Sprinter. Startled, Rex scrambled to point his Sonic Screamer at the creature, but with a swing of its tail, it knocked the weapon out of his hand. Growling, it bared its teeth at him.

Thinking quickly, Rex slammed on the brakes. As the ATV skidded to a stop, the lizard was flung off his vehicle and landed beside a large black truck. The impact left the lizard with a large scratch across its snout. It was back on its feet in seconds and snarled angrily, ready to attack once more.

Adrenaline kicked in as Rex found himself in the primal choice between fight or flight. His eyes narrowed, he gritted his teeth, and he balled his hands into fists as he made his decision. Although he had lost his weapon, he was not going to back down. In an attempt to intimidate his opponent, he yelled: "Get some, you freak of nature!"

Then, a gaping red eye opened on the side of the large black form that, Rex now realized to his horror, was not actually a truck but rather the head of a colossal beast. Rudely awakened from its slumber, it produced a deep, guttural rumbling from its throat. Then, it lifted itself off the pavement and reached towards the heavens, bellowing an earth-shaking roar like the sound of thunder.

The Mutant Lizard screeched in terror and scampered away as quickly as it could.

Rex was awestruck by the sight, finding that he could not help but admire the behemoth. Such raw power, such unbound strength. A feral force of nature with the terrible wrath of a hurricane. "It's... beautiful..." he whispered, unable to pull his eyes away.

"It's a MegaBloking T-Rex!" screamed Walker. "Retreat!"

Rick laughed, almost maniacally. "Now this is more like it! C'mon, mates! Let's give it a burl!"

"Are you mad?" gasped Lisa. "You're gonna get us all killed!"

"What's the matter, sheila? Afraid of dyin' young? March forward, Williams! Tear those lizards apart, Lisa! Keep firing that pistol, Walker! And Rex, you-"

Rex did not hear his order, as it was cut off by the Mutant T-Rex's second roar. He shook his head, snapping himself out of his awed stupor and back into a very dangerous present reality. The T-Rex leered down upon him, and Rex was willing to bet that, after being rudely awoken by screeching and shouting, it was not in a pleasant mood.

The T-Rex raised one massive foot, easily the size of the Steel Sprinter, and Rex suddenly knew that he would be crushed like an insect if he did not act in that instant. He threw the ATV into reverse and floored it, backing away just before the foot came crashing down upon the pavement. The whole city block shook with the impact.

Even if Rick thought that a team of rookies in ATVs could possibly take down a T-Rex on their first mission, Rex knew that he would be dead meat if he did not regroup with the others. Shifting the gear back into drive, he turned around and sped away, making a hasty retreat.

The Mutant T-Rex roared in indignation. Daring to glance over his shoulder, Rex saw that the dinosaur was now pursuing him. Each footfall of the great beast felt like the firing of a cannon as it crushed everything in its path, leaving a trail of debris in its wake. Although the Steel Sprinter had a head start, the small vehicle would quickly be overtaken.

Unless...

Rex remembered what Rick had said about the Steel Sprinter ATVs: their greatest strengths were speed and maneuverability. It would not be fast enough to escape a T-Rex, but a beast that size would have difficulty reacting to the movements of a smaller, more agile target.

With that thought in mind, Rex waited until the T-Rex had nearly caught up to him before making a sudden sharp turn to the right. Sure enough, the T-Rex's bulk made it difficult for it to react, and so Rex was able to buy himself a few extra seconds as the dinosaur's momentum carried it in the wrong direction.

In those extra seconds, Rex came up with a plan. He unlimbered the rope that he had wrapped around his torso as he made another sharp turn to throw off the T-Rex again, then began tying it into a lasso. In his head, he could see the scenario playing out perfectly as he used the Steel Sprinter's agility to his advantage, weaving in and out between the T-Rex's legs while wrapping the rope around its ankles. "The greater the beast," he murmured to himself, "the harder he will-"

A shrill screech was the only warning Rex had before a dark shape hit him. Suddenly, he bore a great weight on his back and struggled to keep himself from falling off his vehicle. Straining his neck, he glanced over his shoulder and saw the face of a black-scaled Mutant Lizard staring back at him, with a familiar scratch across its snout.

"Great," Rex muttered. "The last thing I needed was an uninvited hitchhiker."

He tried to shake the lizard off his back, but it clung on tightly even as he swerved the Steel Sprinter left and right like a drunkard. The lizard tried to snap at him, so Rex responded with a quick punch to its snout. This only enraged the creature, which snarled and started to claw at him.

Rex realized that he would not have a chance to use the rope against the T-Rex as he had planned if the Mutant Lizard killed him first. Gritting his teeth, he threw his lasso up at the hissing, scratching, biting creature on his back, and then tugged with all of his strength. The lasso had wrapped around the lizard's neck. Feeling itself caught, the lizard began writhing wildly in an attempt to get loose, but its erratic movements only got itself tangled in the rope.

"Yes!" whispered Rex, grinning in triumph as the Mutant Lizard screeched again.

And then everything went black.

It was a strange sensation, to say the least. Rex could still hear, feel, and smell the world around him, so he knew that he was still alive and conscious, and there was nothing that hit him or could have otherwise impaired his vision. His eyes were wide open, and yet, as if he had been blindfolded, he had lost his sight and became trapped in a world of pitch-black darkness.

He remembered a similar incident in Mercy Hospital. Could it be the black-scaled Mutant Lizard that was casting this field of shadow?

With a feeling of panic, Rex realized that he was still driving his Steel Sprinter through a debris-filled city with a Mutant Lizard on his back and a Mutant T-Rex chasing him... and he was completely blind while doing so.

He scrambled through the darkness to pick up his radio. "Mayday!" he shouted. "Mayday! I'm driving blind and-"

CRASH!

Rex's stomach lurched as he felt a brief sensation of flying through the air before crashing down upon the ground. At once, his sight returned to him, and he was seeing stars. He ached all over and felt as though a rockslide had fallen on his head. Still, he was alive, and he found the strength to slowly pick himself up and look around, trying to get his bearings.

He found himself in what appeared to be a small deli, though much of the food was gone, most likely scavenged by survivors or dinosaurs. There was broken glass all over the floor, and he winced as he wondered if he had crashed through the window and potentially cut himself with glass shards. Fortunately, with most of his skin covered by his Dino Attack uniform, he appeared to be safe in that regard, though he was still sure that he must have been bruised from head to toe.

He found his Steel Sprinter, overturned and nestled between a smashed table and pair of chairs. Although Rex was no mechanic, he was willing to wager that it was in no condition to drive. Searching through the wreckage, he recovered his radio.

"This is agent Rex," he spoke into the radio. "My Steel Sprinter crashed in a deli on... uh..." He poked his head outside the building just for a moment to look for a street sign. "It's a deli called 'Tzenovich's Sandwiches' on Playwell Avenue. Please send help!"

In response, he only received white noise. There was not even any comm chatter from other squads.

Rex bit his lip. He prayed that the radio did not break during the crash. It appeared to be working, with a frequency set to 141.12, but for whatever reason, he could not contact his teammates. Worried, he paced around the deli as he considered his options.

If he left the deli, he would leave himself at the mercy of a dangerous city overrun by dinosaurs. If he stayed in the deli, he had no idea how long it would take before he could be found, and would he be found first by Dino Attack or by a hungry dinosaur?

Rex was so lost in his own thoughts that he nearly tripped over a body lying on the floor. Snapping back to reality, he regained his balance and then looked down to see who it was.

It was the black-scaled Mutant Lizard. It was still alive, but the creature was so tangled in rope that it could barely move. Several large shards of glass were embedded in its tail, which bled onto the floor.

Immediately, Rex knew what had to be done. He ran behind the counter and found a large knife for cutting bread and meat. Then, he walked back to the lizard, stood over its body, raised the knife, and prepared to end the miserable creature's life.

The Mutant Lizard stared back up at him. It whimpered softly and slightly raised its injured tail off the floor in a futile effort to ward him off.

Rex's hand stayed. Here he was, finally able to bring an end to this monster that had caused him so much trouble. This was doing his part to save the world from the threat of these beasts. So why was it so hard for him to finish the job?

Rex shut his eyes, and his breathing became heavy. "Just do it!" he whispered to himself through clenched teeth, but his arm muscles would not obey. He stole just one more glance downward at the pitiful creature.

There was no mistaking it now: there was fear in the Mutant Lizard's eyes.

He could not handle it anymore. Rex threw the knife down upon the floor, and it rang with a clatter when it hit the tiles. Angry with himself for his own weakness, he let out a disgusted sound as he sat down beside the lizard and buried his face in his hands.

Out there in the shopping center's parking lot, when it was Rex and four other soldiers up against a whole nest of Mutant Lizards, he did not find it difficult to shoot them down. It was different then. To him, they were a bunch of nameless, faceless, mindless monsters driven by urges to destroy and kill, and he was doing his proud duty to the world by exterminating them. The only thing holding him back was his inexperience in aiming firearms, for he surely could have taken even more lizards down if he had been trained beforehand.

However, this particular Mutant Lizard, which now lay beside him in a tangled mess of rope, was more than just a faceless shadow. Twice, it had pounced onto his Steel Sprinter and tried to kill him. The first time, they inadvertently woke up a T-Rex. The second time, they crashed into the deli and left him stranded without radio contact. For all intents and purposes, Rex knew that he had more reason to want to kill this particular lizard for all the trouble that it had caused him.

And yet, when he stood there over its fallen, vulnerable form, and they looked at each other eye-to-eye... he suddenly found himself unable to perform the act of ending this creature's life.

But why?

Rex glanced back at the Mutant Lizard beside him, which was still staring warily at him. "Why," he murmured, "would a mindless killing machine know fear?"

He exhaled slowly as an epiphany dawned upon him. Dino Attack's purpose is to destroy these monsters, he thought. How can we achieve that goal if we let ourselves become monsters in the process?

The tremors of great footsteps snapped Rex out of his thoughts. He looked out the broken window to see a Mutant T-Rex, most likely the very one that they had woken up, prowling Playwell Avenue. The beast's red eyes scanned the street and shops for prey, and Rex guessed that it was hoping to find those two pesky nuisances who dared to disturb its sleep.

I'm too close to the window, thought Rex. If it sees me, it can just poke its snout in and swallow me whole! Slowly, he rose to his feet, then took a couple steps back. He froze when he heard the high-pitched crunch of glass beneath his boots. The T-Rex instantly turned its head in his direction, and he could feel its red eyes boring into him.

Once more, the primal instinct of flight or fight kicked in, and this time, Rex knew that flight was the appropriate response. He turned on his heel and sprinted towards the deli counter, as far away from the broken window as he could get. However, halfway there, he skidded to a stop and glanced back at the Mutant Lizard on the floor, still helpless and tied up in rope. Already, the T-Rex had lumbered towards the deli.

"I can't believe I'm doing this," he muttered.

Before he could second-guess himself, Rex was running back to the Mutant Lizard's form. He grabbed the ropes and tugged with all of his might, dragging the lizard across the floor and towards the counter.

He did not get very far before the T-Rex poked its head in through the window. A pair of great nostrils loomed over Rex and the lizard, sniffing the air between them. Razor-sharp jaws were mere inches away, and he could taste its rancid breath as hot air washed over him. Fortunately, the window was not large enough to allow the beast to get any closer.

Beads of sweat dripping down his forehead, Rex continued to tug at the ropes and pull the Mutant Lizard to safety, putting as much distance as he could between them and the T-Rex's jaws. He did not stop until they were both hidden behind the counter.

The Mutant T-Rex let out a low growl as its prey literally slipped out from under its nose. Then, to Rex's relief, it pulled its head out of the deli and resumed lumbering down Playwell Avenue. While he had no doubt that the T-Rex could have easily ripped the building from its foundation, he guessed that, perhaps, the towering behemoth had decided that a pair of scrawny snacks would not have been worth the effort.

Rex's heartbeat did not return to normal until the beast's great footfalls were distant and no longer shook the street. Only then did he let out a long sigh, easing his tense muscles.

The trail of blood along the floor drew his attention back to the Mutant Lizard's tail. He pursed his lips. It would have been pointless to save the lizard from the T-Rex's jaws only to have the poor creature die from blood loss. He bent down and gently laid one hand on the lizard's tail. Then, with the other, he carefully grabbed the largest of the glass shards embedded in its flesh, then slowly pulled it out.

As he predicted, the lizard screeched and writhed in pain, but he kept his hand placed firmly on the tail, holding it in place so it would not hurt itself. "Hush," he whispered. "I know this hurts, but I'm trying to help you." He knew that the lizard would not understand his words, but he hoped it could understand his tone.

One by one, in a slow and meticulous procedure, Rex removed each glass fragment from the lizard's tail. They left deep, open cuts in the flesh, so when he was finished, Rex ripped off his left shirt sleeve and wrapped the fabric around the lizard's tail. It was, by no means, a sterile bandage, and he wondered if the wounds would become infected, but at the very least he hoped that it would help stop the bleeding.

"There we go," he murmured, gently patting the lizard. "That's better, isn't it?"

The lizard stared at him, then quickly glanced at a few strips of corned beef laid out on top of the counter.

Rex nodded, understanding what it wanted. He stood, took the corned beef, and put it down beside the lizard. It sniffed tentatively at the meat, then snapped it up in a couple quick bites.

Once more, Rex sat down beside the Mutant Lizard. He took out his radio and looked it over one more time. He sighed, shaking his head. It did not appear to be damaged. No dents, no snapped parts, no missing pieces. It just simply was not picking up anything at the frequency of 141.12...

"Wait a second, that's not right."

Rex blinked as a realization dawned upon him. For several minutes, he adjusted a dial and set the frequency to various different numbers before finally settling upon 140.15. Instantly, the radio crackled to life with comm chatter:

"Don't be ridiculous. He's got to be, what, a hundred years old by now? I don't care if he'd be up for a quest next year; he's too old to be fighting dinosaurs."
"Seriously, are you two still arguing about that?"
"I swear, this whole thing is just a shameless rip-off of that one movie with the dragons!"
"I love the smell of dinosaurs in the morning!"
"How many times do I have to tell you? This comm chatter is for serious discussions only. No more movie quotes or pop-culture references!"
"Ah, you're no fun anymore!"
"I repeat: come in, Rex, do you read me?"
"Backup has arrived!"


"Loud and clear, Rick!" Rex spoke into the radio. "This is Rex!"

Rick responded with a hearty laugh. "Honcho! You had us - uh, I mean, you had the other rookies worried! What happened?"

"I got blindsided by a Mutant Lizard and crashed my Steel Sprinter," explained Rex. "I've got more bruises than I'd care to mention, but otherwise I'm okay. The Steel Sprinter's busted, though, and it took a while to get the radio working again... the crash must have knocked it off the right frequency. I'm in a deli called Tzenovich's Sandwiches, located on Playwell Avenue."

"Stay where you are, mate," ordered Rick. "We're comin' for you! Now, just hang on tight, and we'll be there as soon as we can!"

With a sigh of relief, all tension seemed to leave Rex's body. They were on their way, and he would be rescued.

Then, he turned back to look at the Mutant Lizard. It still stared at him, unable to move or escape from the rope knotted around its form. Rex frowned. When Rick and the rookies arrived, they would surely notice that the creature was still alive, and he could not be sure that they would understand why.

Rex sighed. "You're nothing but trouble, aren't you?"

Slowly, he rose to his feet and returned to the broken window, where he retrieved the knife. Then, he walked back to the lizard, bent down, and solemnly raised the blade once more.

I can't take any chances, he decided. I have to do this now.

And he cut the rope.

No sooner had he done so that the Mutant Lizard sprang to its feet again and then pounced upon him, tackling him to the floor. Caught by surprise, Rex dropped the knife and now lay pinned beneath the lizard's claws. His heart pounded in his ears and he swallowed hard, knowing that he had just made a foolish mistake and was about to pay the ultimate price. The lizard locked eyes with him and pulled back its lips, hissing as it bared its teeth.

And then, to Rex's astonishment, the Mutant Lizard turned and scampered away.

Rex lay on the floor for a few more moments, unable to do anything more than blink in incredulity. He could not believe what just happened. The Mutant Lizard did not go for the kill.

When his breathing returned to normal, he stood and walked to the broken window. He only caught a brief glimpse of the black-scaled Mutant Lizard, with his left sleeve still wrapped around part of its tail. It briefly glanced back in his direction before quickly disappearing into a dark alley. Where was it going? Off to stir up more trouble for Dino Attack Team, he supposed.

Despite himself, Rex chuckled softly as he shook his head. "That's right. That's what you are. Trouble."

Only a few minutes later, Rex heard a triumphant militaristic march announce the arrival of the rest of his squad. The Fire Hammer, followed by three Steel Sprinters, parked in front of the deli.

Rick climbed out of the jeep, looked Rex over, and grinned. "Well, there you are, honcho. Too bad you missed out on all the fun!"

Rex wiped sweat off his forehead and shrugged. "I think I've had plenty of fun today."

Walker rolled his eyes. "Yeah, 'fun' is one way to describe it."

Williams smiled gently. "It's a relief to see that you're alright, Rex."

Lisa ran up to him with a worried look on her face and started asking a dozen questions too quickly for him to answer any. "Oh my First Builders! What happened to you? Are you okay? Were there any dinos? Why wasn't your radio working? I was trying a bunch of radio frequencies to reach you! What happened to your shirt? You're missing a whole sleeve!"

Rick laughed, patting Rex on the shoulder. "I see you just wanted to show off a little manly muscle, eh? Good on you! Keep followin' my lead, and you'll be an elite agent in no time!"

"I don't think being sleeveless has anything to do with ranking," muttered Walker.

"And that little bugger who blindsided you," continued Rick, "I trust you took care of it, right?"

Rex nodded firmly. "I took care of it, sir." That was all he said.

"Good, good," said Rick, grinning. "Now, you see, I could have easily beaten it with my bare hands the same way I wrestled 'em crocs back home, but I imagine you city folk don't see much of them, so this was a very good learnin' experience for you!"

"Yes," murmured Rex. "It was a very good learning experience."

Rick clapped his hands together. "Alright, rookies! I'd say this trainin' mission went brilliantly! Let's get back to base, because you earned a good rest. Be up bright and early tomorrow mornin', though, because we still got plenty to do! Another day, another adventure!"

With a beckoning gesture, Lisa said, "Come on, Rex. Let's take you away from this place."

Since they were now one vehicle short, Lisa volunteered to let Rex drive her Steel Sprinter while she took the passenger seat in Rick's Fire Hammer. Dino Attack Team would later retrieve the crashed ATV from the deli and bring it back to base for repairs.

As he climbed onto the Steel Sprinter, Rex leaned in close to Williams, who was parked right next to him. "What do you think about all of this?" he whispered.

Williams frowned. "What do you mean?"

"Exterminating the Mutant Dinos," explained Rex. "I mean, I understand why we're doing it... after all, they created the apocalypse... but maybe they're not the monsters we make them out to be. Perhaps they're just wild and confused animals trying to act on instinct in a world that's 65 million years beyond them. I don't think Rick, Walker, or Lisa would understand, and I'm asking you because... well..."

Williams chuckled. "I strike you as the sort of fellow who would rather see the dinosaurs as majestic, beautiful beings than dark, evil monsters?"

"Well... yes."

Williams shook his head. "I cannot deny that what we're dealing with is no ordinary outbreak of prehistoric reptiles. For whatever reason, these aren't like the dinosaurs at Adventurers' Island. These are mutants, and they seem far more volatile and vicious than their natural brethren."

"I know," sighed Rex, "but that being said... perhaps we should be focusing on capturing them and studying them so we can learn about their true nature and finding a cure for the mutation... you know, instead of just mindlessly killing them. It's the apocalypse, but we can't afford to sacrifice our humanity and become monsters in our fight for survival."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness," murmured Williams. "Only light can do that."

Rex's eyes widened, and he nodded. "Yes, exactly!"

Williams smiled gently. "For what it's worth, Rex, I do believe that, in the end, life will find a way. It always does. And life... life is an awfully big adventure."

As the Dino Attack agents started up their engines and departed from Playwell Avenue, Rex shot one last glance down the dark alley where the Mutant Lizard had gone. He thought he might have imagined it, but he saw a pair of eyes in the shadows watching him leave.

For some reason, Rex thought, I've got a feeling that I haven't seen the last of that Mutant Lizard.

He continued to let his mind wander as he followed the others back to Dino Attack Headquarters. If we ever saw each other again, would we recognize one another? Yes, of course we would. So long as my left sleeve is still wrapped around that lizard's tail, I'd certainly recognize him. When we return to base, maybe I'll have the opportunity to speak with the founding members about this. I could try appealing to Specs' scientific nature. Perhaps, even, they could grant me permission to catch that little troublemaker the next time I see him. That way, we could study him and learn the truth about this mutation. We could certainly learn a lot more from a living specimen. Who knows? I might even learn how to train a Mutant Lizard!

Rex smiled to himself as he reflected upon Williams' words.

Life is an awfully big adventure.

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Link to review topic: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/29406-review-dino-attack-rpg/

Edited by PeabodySam

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Act 1: The Kotua Crisis

Chapter 1: Looking for Trouble

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Rex hopped into the Iron Predator. He was ready for action. So far, he had seen none of the Mutant Dinos, not even the Mutant Lizards, but Rex knew the day was just beginning...

Only a few weeks had passed since Rex's first assignment as a Dino Attack rookie. In that time, he participated in dozens of missions and quickly climbed the ranks to become an elite agent. Now, he looked up to by his teammates and considered among the best of the best soldiers in the team, trusted to lead squads into battle, coordinate strategies, and personally man the impressive Iron Predator tank. He had worked hard to get here and was proud of his accomplishments, but he knew that this was no excuse to take it easy. After all, the hard work had only just begun.

Rex breathed in the cool morning air and let it out in a long, content sigh. Every day in the life of a Dino Attack agent was an exciting day. So many adventures, so many stories to tell. And, as more and more people signed up for the team, he could share these experiences with them. All of them fighting together in this worldwide war… that would be the greatest story of them all.

Smiling, Rex logged into the Dino Attack database to see who were the newest recruits to the team. "Time to see who I'll be sharing my story with today," he murmured.

Rex looked at the Agent Database. Two new agents had joined the Dino Attack Team: Kotua and Venom. "Well," Rex said to himself, "I'd better go and meet them!"

But suddenly, a Mutant Raptor appeared in front of Rex. He launched a net, careful not to hurt the Mutant Raptor. With its deadly claws and teeth tied up, Rex loaded the dino into his Iron Predator. "In time, I'll learn how to tame Raptors..." he said to himself. He checked the database again to see that agent Sereve had joined the team.

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Kotua walked towards his Urban Avenger. Kotua had just gotten the vehicle, and needed to install an aiming system, as he had poor aim.

Soon, he began working on the vehicle. Little did he notice a Mutant Lizard approaching...

Kotua put a small computer system on the Urban Avenger, and began wiring it to the lens he had attached to the weapon on top. Kotua had added a few weapons on the side, mostly missiles to distract the Dinos and lizards. After finishing, Kotua hoped into his vehicle.

Kotua heard something, and turned around. A Mutant Lizard was running towards him! Kotua quickly turned on the engine, and drove the Urban Avenger out of the way of the lizard. Finally, a mutant animal appears, thought Kotua.

He activated his weaponry and began firing at the Lizard. The Lizard avoided most blasts and hopped onto the front of the Urban Avenger.

"Hey! The paint was barely put on yesterday!" said Kotua. Immediately, he drove the Urban Avenger in reverse, making the Lizard fall off.

"I hate to do this..." said Kotua, driving the Urban Avenger forward. The Lizard jumped onto the Urban Avenger again.

D'oh! thought Kotua.

Kotua began firing at it, forcing the Mutant Lizard to jump off the Urban Avenger.

Kotua drove in reverse, and then drove towards the Mutant Lizard, firing at it. The lizard ran off, but Kotua chased it through the street, avoiding parts of the city that were on fire. Kotua kept on firing at the lizard, until it finally collapsed.

"Yeah! I took one down!" said Kotua, getting off the Urban Avenger. He walked towards the Mutant Lizard.

Suddenly, he heard a roar. He felt the ground shake. A Mutant T-Rex walked towards him.

Kotua ran towards his Urban Avenger, and drove in reverse, and then turned around and drove towards the Dino Attack HQ, with the T-Rex running close behind...

Kotua drove through the streets. A fact sank in:

He was lost.

Man, next time I'm putting a shield and an electronic map in this thing... hey! I still got my weaponry! thought Kotua.

Kotua pressed a button on the computer, and the missiles turned to face the rear. Hopefully this will distract it... thought Kotua. He pressed a button, and two missiles flew out. They hit the T-Rex and exploded harmlessly. The T-Rex stopped, surprised by the explosions. Soon, it was after Kotua.

Kotua drove like crazy all over the city, until...

SMASH!

Kotua drove through an abandoned fire station and crashed into a Lizard nest. "I need to but an airbag or something on this thing," muttered Kotua, getting out of his Urban Avenger, and realizing where he was. Had he looked towards the front of the Urban Avenger earlier, he would have noticed the Mutant Lizards moving towards him.

Kotua walked out of the fire station to look for the T-Rex. After making sure the T-Rex was gone, Kotua turned to get on his Urban Avenger.

He screamed and backed away slowly, because Mutant Lizards were walking towards him, and they seemed hungry, very hungry...

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Venom ran around the broken city of Chicago, searching for an experiment lab called Mutation Lab. It seemed so far away. When Venom reached it, he hacked a computer and got in the lab when he could have stayed in the safety of the outside.

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Sereve walked toward his Urban Avenger, helmet in hand, confident not to mess up this mission as he had the last one. Though he killed a dino, he also destroyed half of the base. It wasn't his fault he missed the shot, though. A Mutant Lizard was on top of his Sonic Screamer and knocked it off target, hitting the base. That little pest became roadkill several seconds later. Sereve hopped in his Urban Avenger, helmet on, opened one of the many garages lining the rear of the Dino Attack Team base, and then drove off to the next mission.

While Rex was checking the database, agent Sereve drove up at top speed, came to screeching halt, and then asked, "What did I miss?"

"Not much," said Rex, "just my latest catch. Name's Rex, nice to meet you."

As Sereve watched Rex leave, he decided to go back to his home town, Chicago, to reflect on what's happened to him over the years. And maybe kick some Dino butt.

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Kai heard a loud thump. He heard another. And another. The thumps were getting closer. Kai turned around and saw a Mutant T-Rex. He attempted stunning the T-Rex with the Sonic Screamer. No use. It started chasing him. "Bad day, bad day, bad day!" he yelled, as he took tight turns to lose the dinosaur.

He swiveled his Screamer and fired at the T-Rex repeatedly in hopes of deafening it. His efforts were futile. While keeping his eyes on the road, he rummaged through his glove compartment -- and found a grenade. He pulled the pin and hurled it at the dinosaur, but inertia made him miss.

BOOM.

Next thing he knew, he still had the monstrous dinosaur gaining on him, and only a dozen Mutant Lizard carcasses between them. Nearby was Kotua, staring open-mouthed at what just happened.

Kotua watched Kai's Urban Avenger leave, and he walked towards his own Urban Avenger, shocked.

Kotua decided to drive back to the HQ, and took off at high speeds. Soon, he arrived at the HQ garage. He drove the vehicle in, and began adding a map system among other upgrades.

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Several days later, Sereve reached Chicago, which was a smoky foggy wasteland. The Sears tower was gone. The top of the building was on the ground. He looked around with tears in his eyes. Then he remembered his old home. He sped off to the suburbs into his cul de sac where he used to live. He reached his house, which was in complete ruins. His whole family was dead from the lizards' rampage. He got out of his Urban Avenger, and knelt before the ruins of the place he was raised for most of his life. He started sobbing, until he heard a faint "Ruff!"

He looked up, gasped, and said, "Bailey?"

As the barking continued, he ran to where it was coming from, until it was loudest under a pile of charred wood. He dug through the wood like a bulldozer until he found a cute little dusty black-and-white dog shivering in fear. And when he saw Sereve, he jumped on the Dino Attack agent and started moaning with sadness. He said to the dog, "I know, Bailey, I know. Come on. Let's go home."

Sereve then strapped him in another seat, drove him to the Dino Attack base, went through the doors and said, "Bailey, welcome to your new house!"

Bailey then started running around ready to explore. But there was one problem: what will the guys think of him? "Oh well! We'll just have to wait and find out!" And so they waited for everyone to get back.

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Kai did a diagnostic on his vehicle. Screamer, wheels, body... everything was good. He drove out of his garage, towards the site of carnage.

Kai checked around. The T-Rex had disappeared... somehow. He had a rough day and decided to return to base and fix up his roughly damaged car. Not only that, he would not like seeing the T-Rex again.

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While tracking one Mutant Lizard, Rex found that another agent - Kai - had joined the team. "The more, the merrier!" he said to himself. Then, as he cornered the Mutant Lizard, a dozen more Lizards surrounded him. "Err, forget what I just said!" He fired the Iron Predator's Cryothermic Cannon to distract them, then launched nets to trap them - without hurting them.

Rex brought the trapped dinos to his small hideout: an abandoned prison complex on the LEGO City coast. Here, he kept the dinos when they were not being trained. And still, he only managed to tame the Mutant Lizards. He also fed the dinos daily. Some of the dinos - especially those which were tamed - he gave nicknames, such as Lizzy, Marlin, Toothy, and Terry.

To most of his teammates, he could not explain why he tamed dinos instead of killing them; those who knew about his tendency simply regarded it as a very strange habit.  But he knew why he did it, and his mind wandered back to his first assignment as a rookie Dino Attack agent…

Rex had found out that Hyrode had just joined. He wondered how many more agents would join. Then, he set to work feeding one of his captured Mutant Pterosaurs - Terry, Rex called him. After he finished feeding the others - and making sure those two particularly nasty Mutant Raptors would stop fighting - he hopped into the Iron Predator and drove off.

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Kotua then started repainting the Urban Avenger, as the Mutant Lizards had scraped part of the paint off. "Annoying little creatures," he muttered as he painted his vehicle.

Sereve decided to introduce Bailey to the gang. Sereve picked up the small dog and carried him into the garage where Kotua was painting his Urban Avenger. Sereve walked in the door and said to him, "Hey man! We got a new member of the squad! His name's Bailey. He's my old dog! What do you think of him?"

"Fascinating," muttered Kotua.

"What's wrong?" asked Severe.

"Mutant Lizards scraped off some of the paint. I hope the team doesn't mind me taking the opportunity in repainting it in another color," said Kotua.

"I meant about Bailey," said Severe.

"As long as he doesn't mess with my stuff, he's okay. Where did you find him, anyways?" said Kotua, turning to repaint the Urban Avenger.

"Near my old home," said Severe.

"Wow, that dog survived the Mutant Dinos?" said Kotua, painting the tan part of the Urban Avenger black.

"Obviously," said Severe.

Kai stopped in the garage and just got off the Urban Avenger when he heard Sereve and Kotua talking. Ignoring it, he continued on with his repairs and attached a tranquilizer device to his Sonic Screamer. Now, he only needed to see if that worked on Mutant Dinos…

After Kotua finished painting the tan part black, he painted the dark-red parts of his Urban Avenger teal. "I hope nobody minds this color change," said Kotua.

With that, Severe and Bailey left the garage, and headed into the rest of the HQ. After that conversation with Kotua, Sereve really got wondering about Bailey. How could he survive such a catastrophe? Could it possibly be that he has the key to unlocking the secret of how to get rid of the Dinos?

He entered his room with the small dog. Sereve then said to him, "Now Bailey, I need to do some things that are important. You have to stay here."

Once Sereve started leaving, Bailey started crying. Sereve couldn't help but feel sympathetic for him, so he got a plate and some eggs, and made him some scrambled eggs. He put the eggs on a plate and carried it back to his quarters. He gave the plate to his dog, and then Bailey knew he had to go, so he went on his bed. Sereve closed the door and then went on to his next mission.

As he closed the door, his radar/watch, which was compatible to the one in his Urban Avenger, started lighting up. He pushed a few buttons, and then a radar should have showed up, but the whole screen was taken up by a gigantic blip. Sereve said to himself, "This is bad. Very, very bad." He then got into his Urban Avenger and drove off to see what this gigantic monstrosity is.

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Strange... Isaac stood on top of a building. He was overlooking the city, burning and in ruins. The sky shared the orange color. The sunset was nice. Strange contrast.

He didn't have any encounter with the Dinosaurs today. He sat down and looked at the stars as the curtain of the night was covering the Earth.

Isaac Craft tracked a female Mutant Raptor, intending to kill her with his katana. He was surprised to discover that the Mutant Raptor had a nest and was bringing food to her hatchlings. Craft decided to leave before the Mutant Raptor's mate returned to the nest as well.

From this experience of witnessing a Mutant Dino family, Isaac felt morally conflicted about having to exterminate these creatures. Ultimately, he found it too difficult to cope with and resigned from Dino Attack Team.

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Rex walked out of the Iron Predator - and stumbled into a nest of baby Mutant T-Rexes! "They don't look hungry," Rex sighed in relief. "Perhaps I'll finally learn how to tame one of these-"

"ROOOAAARRRR!!!"

Rex looked up to see a Mutant T-Rex - the mother - looking menacingly down at him. Rex, separated from both his Iron Predator and nets, transmitted a message on his PDA.

HELP! I AM SURROUNDED BY SEVERAL YOUNG AND ONE FULL GROWN MUTANT T-REX! S.O.S!
- AGENT REX


Then, Rex prayed that someone got his message...

*****

Rev looked into the pitch sky from just outside the HQ with his headlights on just enough to see in front of him without having dinosaurs attracted to the light. He didn't trust the air that night.

He began muttering to himself, "I guess the finger could be pointed at radioactive power plants, but even if they hadn't dumped the sludge there, those Ion Rays probably would have revived them anyways." He shut up for a moment and listened to wind, not even the scent of blood in the distance. "We've got all this technology so that we can beat our enemies and we're being destroyed, and if that's the case what good is technology?"

The Fire Hammer's GPS blared into action as Rev received the S.O.S.

As Rev drove toward the nest, he thought, This is a suicide mission unless I do this right. Rev then dimmed his lights again. "If I come up behind the mother and shoot her knee, he may be able to escape. I just hope this works."

Rev then picked up his radio and directed the message to Rex. "Rex, listen, I'm gonna come up and shoot the mother in the back of each knee. That way, she'll fall. You just need to back up quick when I fire and then we can escape the nest. P.S. I've locked your current position into my computer so the whole team can come down here tomorrow and destroy it. OVER."

*****

Kotua finished painting his Urban Avenger, and was about to see what else he could add, when he received a message. He read it and headed towards his Urban Avenger. Kotua quickly turned it on, and headed towards Rex's position.

Rev heard Kotua's Urban Avenger and sent his own message to him: "This is a rescue mission, not a fight, so get behind Rex and shoot a few babies in non-lethal positions so he can escape, and tomorrow we get the rest of the team and defeat them. OVER."

Rev realized he was closing in and slowed down and shut down any unnecessary systems to quiet his engine for the sneak attack.

Kotua got behind Rex and they both fired so he could escape. The great T-Rex fell to the ground at just the right time; the plan was a success. Rev, Rex, and Kotua all left the area and prepared for tomorrow morning when everyone would come down on there and wipe them out.

*****

Hyrode jumped in his Fire Hammer and took off towards the building being attacked. He sincerely hoped the blips on his radar weren't T-Rexes. This job wasn't exactly going three laps with Mr. Schumacher at Nürburgring. It was much worse.

Hyrode received Rex's message just in time to handbrake in a 360 degree turn. Taking a sharp right, and then through an alley, headed towards his location. He reached it and realized the fight was over. Or was it? he mused.

He noticed something odd. Bad odd. His Fire Hammer was in the middle of a T-Rex nest. And the eggs were hatching.

Darn it, darn it, darn it! Hyrode yelled in his head as he handbraked around the eggs. He thought he was home free until a baby T-Rex popped out of nowhere. He switched to reverse and ramped over the edge of an egg. Gunning the engine, he got out of the nest.

*****

Rex still didn't like the idea of destroying the baby Mutant T-Rex nest. Then, he set out in his Iron Predator to capture - and rescue - the T-Rex family before they could be destroyed. If he was lucky, he could also save the mother Mutant T-Rex. What other agents did not realize was that Rex's secret ambition was to tame a Mutant T-Rex. Even if it meant risking the very fate of the world itself...

Rex, in the Iron Predator, looked at the nest. The mother T-Rex was gone, but the babies were still there. Rex smiled. He launched a net, trapping them. When they began squirming, he began to start feeding them some raw meat, which quieted them for a moment. Then, he loaded them onto his Iron Predator. He then drove off for his hideout.

When he arrived, he deposited the Mutant T-Rex hatchlings in a cage. Most of them were still unfriendly, and Rex could imagine that they were not especially happy about being taken away from their mother. Still, one of them seemed to warm up to him fairly quickly, sniffing his gloved hand with curiosity. Looking at the T-Rex's big toothy grin, Rex decided, "I think I'll call you Maw."

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Rev found himself patrolling outside again and, after sitting there doing nothing, he caught a scent: the scent of Mutant Lizards, at least five. He sent his GPS to show him everything in that direction. Ten Mutant Lizards over a Steel Sprinter that he knew wasn't Venom's. Beginning to fall off a cliff.

Rev saw the ten mutant creatures long before they saw him. Four of the freaks were holding onto the Steel Sprinter. He fired one missile, not at a Lizard, but at the gas tank of the overturned vehicle. It hit and caused it to explode and fly off the cliff. He heard mangled hisses from the cliff and knew that the creatures couldn't survive. He also noticed that one had been mostly vaporized by the explosion. He shot two missiles at two trees and took out one more by the trunk's weight.

Then, Rev sped up to 90 mph to match the lizards' running speed and drove towards the cliff, with four following beside him and one behind him. He stopped with his nose overhanging the cliff as the dawn began to break, and two lizards went flying into the ocean, where they vanished down into the black waters.

Now, it was one-on-one, and Rev turned around so that he wouldn't fall to the same fate as the other eight Lizards. His tires glided along the muddy ground and began to charge at the creature. The Mutant Lizard jumped moments before they would have collided. Rev instantly pulled a donut, and the airborne critter hit the launcher and was slingshotted into the forest with a broken neck.

Rev looked at the slaughter he'd done and had set up a memorial for them. It was the first time he had killed anything; even though he thought it'd be fun being a hero, it wasn't. That's when he decided to go to HQ and, even though it was his own idea in the first place, try and stop them from killing the T-Rexes. After all, Rex was attacked because he went into their territory, and if the mother attacked you could kill her, but Rev decided instead to use his nets to capture the babies and hopefully the mother, too.

As Rev rode to the nest, he noticed two things: tank treads towards the nest, and the momma T-Rex's footprints leading towards the HQ. Rev turned so quickly, his two right wheels came off the ground for a few seconds as he shuttled towards the base.

From a distance, he saw her. The mother picked up an unlucky trainee known as Condr and ripped him to shreds. He knew he'd have to kill her, and this time it wasn't a sneak attack. He grabbed a chain gun customized for tranquilizer darts and, when he got close enough to get the T-Rex's attention, his guilt was ripped to pieces, but this thing was going to die by lethal injection, not by missiles.

The T-Rex turned around and, in a moment, 20 darts were lodged into her left eye. She staggered towards the Fire Hammer and collapsed. Rev decided he had been nice; the T-Rex died in her sleep and felt no pain.

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As soon as they arrived at HQ, Kotua started working on adding even more stuff to the Urban Avenger. One of the new additions was two lights at the front. Kotua added a windshield to the Urban Avenger. He put more programs in the Urban Avenger's computer.

After finishing, Kotua headed out and drove around, in hopes of catching more dinos. After a while of nothing, Kotua decided to go back, when a Mutant Raptor landed.

"Oh boy," muttered Kotua, going in reverse. The Raptor held tightly to the Urban Avenger.

"Why must they land on the front of my Urban Avenger?!" said Kotua, opening fire at the raptor. The Raptor flew off as the blasts hit it, and it landed on the ground unconscious. Unfortunately, more Raptors surrounded Kotua.

Kotua opened fire at the Raptors, stunning some of them. He pressed buttons, and missiles flew everywhere, hitting some raptors. He drove over two stunned Raptors as the rest chased him. He pressed a button, and the top gun turned to face the rear.

"I liked fighting Ice Drones and robots better," muttered Kotua, once again opening fire at the Raptors, making them collide with each other.

"See ya!" Kotua said cheerfully, heading into Dino Attack HQ...

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A Fire Hammer drove down the streets of a ruined World City. Databoard sat at the controls, remembering this city just a year ago, and it looked much different. For starters, the skyscrapers were less damaged, and there was less fire everywhere. He could see a park, once green and filled with life, now it seemed brown and dead. He had seen much in his life, but this seemed the worst. He had never seen a place with so little life.

He soon found some life: four Mutant Raptors waking down the street. He charged up his Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher and aimed it at them. He knew he could hit about two of them before they attacked, and then - well, Databoard hadn't thought about it that far...

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Another agent - Databoard - had entered the team. "Williams wasn't kidding; looks like quite a few Dino Attack recruits are former Alpha Team agents," Rex observed as he quickly skimmed over Databoard's profile. Then, he set to work feeding one of his tamed Mutant Lizards, the one he had nicknamed "Trouble".

Trouble was very special to Rex.  He was none other than the same darkness-breed Mutant Lizard that Rex had bonded with in the Tzenovich's Sandwiches deli on Playwell Avenue, the one that had forever changed his outlook on the war against the Mutant Dinos.  Sometime after his first assignment, Rex had recaptured the lizard.  He knew it was the same lizard; he recognized the scars on his snout and tail, and the dino seemed to recognize his scent.  After that, Trouble became the very first Mutant Lizard that Rex had successfully tamed.

As he brought his daily meal to Trouble's cage, Rex realized in shock that Trouble was missing! "Well," Rex thought aloud to reassure himself, "he's tamed, so I know that he's not going to wreck the city." But, a less reassuring thought entered Rex's mind: the other Dino Attack agents did not know about Trouble or the other tamed Mutant Dinos…

Rex quickly made sure that all the other Mutant Dinos were not able to leave the hideout, and then he hopped into the Iron Predator. He had to find Trouble before trouble found him.

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Rev found himself at the computer screen studying the Mutant Lizard he caught. Bigger. Stronger. More destructive. Human hating.

And no known reason for their transformation. Blood Analysis nothing, Reproductive Fluids nada, Flesh Sample clean, Droppings and still nothing, no chemical reactions, no abnormalities and of course the other dinosaurs would be useless to test since we know nothing, and the food preferences still showed nothing.

The only remaining idea was injecting one regular lizard blood into one person, and a mutant one into another to see the results, but that was not optimal.

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"Is this thing recording?" he glanced into the lens of his video camera, "I hope so... 'cause this is gonna be this reporter's biggest accomplishment!" He grinned as he put his finger against a headphone, listening to what seems to be static and a vague voice. He began to slide down a pile of rubble and paused, glancing around the area, until he spotted a shop window. ".... Mathias. My name is Mathias."

His name, however, wouldn't matter to the Mutant Lizard he was standing on. The lizard bust through the rubble, making Mathias a passenger. He tried grabbing onto the beast's neck to avoid being thrown, but it was too late. Rolling his body to protect the camera, he skidded to a halt. He smiled briefly, enjoying what could best be described as insanity. Sanity quickly set in as he leaped into a full run, heading to a small wall he could climb onto. He climbed over, with his camera filming the Lizard's snarling attempts to get him.

Glancing back, he groaned, "Out of the pan... and into the fire." A pack of Mutant Lizards was watching. He quickly put a dark lens over his camera and darkened his glasses. Pulling out what could be described as a flare gun, he launched a blinding light into the middle of the pack, hoping to blind the creatures in the back and distract the ones in the front to deal with their panicked brethren. He ran a short distance, then decided to film the creatures fighting against one another. He glanced around the area, now hoping this would not be the last thing he did.

Mathias's plan had gone as he hoped; he recorded for a few moments more, then turned off his camera, slinging it behind his back as he ran off, trying to find a place to recoup. He panted a bit and said, "Didn't expect to meet the locals so soon..."

He looked around to see vehicle tracks on the ground. He wondered briefly if the dinosaurs have learned to drive vehicles, before deciding to go ahead and follow.

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Kotua decided to continue driving through the city instead of going back to the HQ. Kotua drove around the city, when he noticed an abandoned warehouse. What was odd was that light was inside.

There are more survivors? thought Kotua.

He drove his Urban Avenger into the warehouse. As he got closer, Kotua noticed other buildings. Kotua ignored them, and headed into the warehouse. He parked his Urban Avenger, and took out a flashlight and a blaster, just in case. He walked towards the warehouse and entered. Once inside, Kotua realized where he was. He ran to the other end, where a giant piece of cloth was over something.

"I thought I got rid of you," said Kotua.

Kotua pulled the cloth off, revealing an Alpha Team vehicle resembling a small sand-blue mech. It was known as the Robo-Blade, and Kotua had used it as his personal vehicle during Mission Deep Freeze.

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Kai saw the S.O.S. He took his binoculars and looked around. Nothing of "interest" was to be seen. "Phooey. Looks like he took care of himself already." He stopped and got into his Urban Avenger. He had to have a "test run" for his tranquilizers.

And there it was.

Kai saw the same pack of four Raptors which Databoard was targeting. He armed his tranquilizer attachment and fired. It hit, and a Raptor slumped to the floor. In that moment, the other Raptors noticed him and charged.

Databoard saw the Raptors rush at Kai's Urban Avenger. He fired the Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher at the Raptors. It missed, but sent rubble flying, temporarily blocking the Raptors from reaching the Urban Avenger. Only now, they turned to face Databoard! "This didn't go as I planned..." Databoard muttered.

One of the Raptors leapt onto his Fire Hammer and prepared to smash Databoard. He put the Hammer into reverse, causing the Mutant Dino to lose its balance. He drove backwards through the city, pursued by the Mutant Raptors.

Databoard fired the Multi-Mode Launcher again and managed to hit one of Mutant Raptors. It tumbled to the ground, unconscious. He had been so busy fighting the Raptors, he hadn't noticed he was about to drive what was left of a bridge. He leapt out of his vehicle, but he didn't get out in time. The Fire Hammer, Databoard, and the two Mutant Raptors all plummeted into a river below.

The Mutant Raptors managed to get to shore unharmed, but Databoard had bigger problems. His Fire Hammer was slowly sinking, and he would have to get to shore fast. He managed to swim to the surface, and watched the Mutant Raptors fleeing into the shadows. But Databoard was wondering how he was going to get back to HQ without his vehicle?

Databoard walked through the ruined streets. Once he got back to HQ, he could get another Fire Hammer. The only problem was, without his vehicle, he couldn't get to HQ. He soon remembered the other DINO Attack agent he had seen earlier, Kai. If he could find him, he might be able to get Databoard to HQ! But that presented another problem: he didn't know where the other agent was...

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Dust and smoke blew into Rev's face as cried out, "Whoohoohoohoo!" He had decided that, as long as people are attacked by the dinos, he hated them and he was hunting. "It's good to be out here instead of that lab. Out here, you can breathe," he muttered.

100 yards ahead of him, he saw it: a raptor over a Sedan, and all that was in the vehicle was a long bloody piece of denim. He grabbed his chain gun, but not to shoot at the raptor.

"Yeehaww!!!" Rev yelled as he started emptying a chain of tranquilizers into the air to make some noise. And when the raptor turned, a metal missile met with its chest and broke some ribs. The large lizard stood up and started running away, but Rev watched and he was hunting.

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The Robo-Blade flew over the city. A few of those flying dinos tried pecking at him, but Kotua simply got rid of them with the vulcan head guns. After a while, Kotua decided to land. He landed on a building, when he noticed a small dino walking through the streets.

"Time to test the effects of Beam through a dino," said Kotua, activating the Robo-Blade's Beam Rifle, little knowing he was aiming at Rex's tamed Dino.

Trouble quickly dodged the Robo-Blade's Beam Rifle. He snarled at the giant unknown vehicle. Then, he scampered off.

Something overcame Kotua. "Come here, little dino," he said.

Trouble ran off, but Kotua flew after him.

"Dumb thing," muttered Kotua, pressing a button. Immediately on the Robo-Blade's shoulders, a missile bay retracted. "I like fireworks," said Kotua, firing the missiles.

The missiles flew at the dino, but Trouble easily dodged four of them. The fifth hit the asphalt, sending part of the street's rubble into the air.

"Perfect," said Kotua, aiming his Beam Rifle at the confused Trouble.

Trouble ran through the streets. Trouble did not understand why he was being chased by missiles. He had to find help before he found his doom.

Trouble saw the familiar form of an Iron Predator come into view. But, in horror, Trouble realized that Rex wasn't the one riding it.

Normally, Kotua would have stopped and let the poor dino go, but once again, a strange smell told him that wasn't happening today.

"Here, chomper! I'm not going to hurt you that bad," said Kotua, firing at the dino. The blasts hit the buildings to the left of Trouble. Kotua flew towards the dino, who scampered away.

Kotua then noticed an Iron Predator. "Back off! I'm on Alpha Team business!" said Kotua.

*****

Rev was tracking the large creature; for what it had done, he wanted blood. For the first time, Rev entered the city ruins. As he saw the raptor run down a street, he also saw a little Mutant Lizard. He aimed one of the missiles at the raptor's feet to knock it down, but an Iron Predator got in its way and it ended up with its artillery in the wall.

Rev looked at the lizard, seeing no blood on it and a tame look in its eyes. He waved to it to get in and it did so. He guessed Rex would want to know about a tame Mutant Lizard who wouldn't kill him. But, Rev was going to kill that Raptor and he couldn't let the Lizard see it, so when the raptor turned, a missile blew up the roof of a building and crushed it. And then, Rev turned to look for Rex.

*****

Rex was desperately looking for Trouble. Where was that little Mutant Lizard? He was so busy worrying about looking for Trouble that he nearly ran over a T-Rex.

There were two strange things that he noticed right away about this particular T-Rex.  First, it was not a mutant, unlike every other dinosaur he had seen; it appeared to be one of the natural ones from Adventurers' Island.  Second, it wore an armband, marked with the insignia of Alpha Team.  Rex could not decide which detail was more unusual.

The T-Rex growled at him, but it did not attack.  Rex saw a look of intelligence in the eyes of the dino, who appeared to be a young adult. Then, the T-Rex ran off.  Somewhere in the back of his head, Rex felt the oddest sensation that he had known this T-Rex before… but when, and where?  Like so much else, he could not remember.

*****

Kotua flew his Robo-Blade away to look for the dino, but it was too late; it was gone. "Oh well," said Kotua.

He continued flying, when he noticed another Iron Predator. "Hey you!" shouted Kotua.

"Huh?" said Rex, looking up.

"Have you seen any small dinos run around here?" asked Kotua.

*****

Rev heard another Iron Predator enter the city. He hoped it would be Rex, but he also heard Kotua and wasn't sure what to do. So, after five minutes of thinking, the Lizard pointed towards voices and whined quietly, and it sounded like "nice guy" just barely though. So he decided to head off in that direction.

Kotua noticed Rev. "Dino!" said Kotua.

Rev noticed the Robo-Blade fly towards him, one of its hands reaching for the dino.

Rev saw the hand of the Robo-Blade and began to wrestle it down to the city floor. Rev kicked and opened a sewer lid. "Find a dino down there, you freakishly strong machine!" he said as he threw it down there and closed it off and went looking for Rex. "What's your problem, Kotua? It's tame! You'll have to kill me to get at this!" he yelled.

"Fool," replied Kotua. He pressed a button, and his Urban Avenger silently followed Rev. "Soon, all dinos will cease to exist, even if it means destroying humans along with them..." decided Kotua.

Rev prayed the moment he set his radio to send a message to Rex: "Mayday, mayday! Rex, this is Rev! I've got a small Mutant Lizard that is tame and Kotua wants it dead and, since I won't let him kill me, I'm next on the list!"

And Rev turned and aimed his Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher at Kotua. "I respected you, not just as an officer and an equal, but when you helped Rex, I thought of you as a friend. So, is this your choice? Harming a tame dinosaur? Because, if it is, then I won't spare a single bit of power to show my respect."

"I'm on Alpha Team business," said Kotua.

"Your choice. This is mine!" replied Rev, firing at Kotua.

Kotua activated his beam shield, making Rev's blasts bounce harmlessly off the shield.

"I thought you wanted humanity to survive!" said Kotua, activating his Beam Rifle. Kotua's Urban Avenger drove behind Rev, and aimed at him. "You're working for Ogel, that's why you're protecting the dinos!"

"What?! Have you gone crazy!?" Rev shouted in disbelief.

*****

Just about then, Hyrode noticed the mayday on the radio. Listening carefully to the message, he hurried towards their location. He detached the turret, as his plan would need some extra speed. Flooring it towards Kotua's Robo-Blade, swinging the end of his Fire Hammer right into the Robo-Blade, he then continued to press his Fire Hammer against the Blade.

*****

Databoard walked around for quite a while. He was no longer in World City, having not found the Urban Avenger. He wasn't sure where he was, but he heard noises up ahead. He turned a corner to see an Urban Avenger, but it was being driven by a different person. It was fighting a… Robo-Blade? "What the...?" Databoard muttered.

Rex drove to the scene. He couldn't believe his eyes. Kotua was riding a huge unknown robot-like vehicle, trying to attack Rev, who was riding with… Trouble! But, Rex knew that he wouldn't stand a chance against the giant vehicle. "Alpha Team agents…" muttered Rex. "Where do they always get such wonderful toys?"

Rex was not the only one watching. Chompy, the T-Rex that Rex met earlier, was also watching this scene from a hidden vantage point. He felt a mixture of confusion and anger as he observed the events unfolding before his eyes. Why was Kotua trying to harm someone innocent? Chompy growled. Kotua had probably changed throughout the years...

Kotua noticed Databoard. "Data! Rev is an Ogel Drone! Let's get him!" said Kotua, firing his beam rifle. The blast missed, hitting his Urban Avenger. The Urban Avenger blew up with all the weaponry, Kotua fired again, deflating the tires of Hyrode's Fire Hammer.

Kotua then aimed at Rev again. "Drone..." he whispered.

"What?! Have you gone crazy?!" shouted Rev in disbelief. "I've studied the Alpha Team since before these dinos came out so I could be of help when the world's in danger! How do you think I got the skills to use a Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher properly?!"

"Then why do you keep that dino with you? Don't you like humanity?" Kotua answered.

"Of course, but it's completely tame, though. Don't you think I would have killed it otherwise? I mean, what's the point of killing a tame creature other than mindless death?" Rev answered.  Come on, Rex, get here already, I don't want to open fire again, he thought, knowing that this talk was delaying both sides. "And, of course, I'm no drone. Please stop! This is the Dino Attack Team you joined, and these Dinosaurs aren't like Ogel. They can be changed, like this one who I'm trying to bring to Rex!"

Databoard had severe doubts that Rev was really an Ogel Drone. "Kotua, snap out of it!" he shouted. "Why would Ogel be saving dinosaurs?"

Kotua didn't believe him. "You're not Data!" he shouted. "You're a Drone, too!" He shot at Databoard, who leapt out of the way.

"Kotua, what's come over you?" Databoard shouted. "I'm not a Drone!"

"You probably trained the Dino to listen to you, so that when Ogel invades the HQ, he can be aided by Dinos!" said Kotua.

"Kotua, listen to yourself! This is crazy!" yelled Rev.

"I've had enough talking," said Kotua, activating his head Vulcan guns.

Where are you, Rex? You can stop him, not us, Rev thought, again face-to-face with the insane Kotua, and with little but some help from Databoard.

"If you want to protect a dinosaur, then you must prove that you're not affiliated with the Dino Attack Team, so fire on me!" Kotua yelled.

Rev shook his head. "Not again, not ever again. Kotua was my friend and he's in there, so wake up."

Chompy burst out of his hiding place with a huge roar. Something wasn't right about Kotua, and Chompy was about to put an end to it. His sudden movement and noise caused Rex to flinch in surprise, and Rex accidentally activated the Iron Predator Cryothermic Cannon, hitting a building and causing debris to rain down upon them. Chompy glared at Rex, then continued charging forward, determined to stop Kotua from killing the innocent.

Mathias arrived at an area nearby Kotua's Robo-Blade, looking up with some curiosity. "A mech, huh?" He then glanced at Rex's vehicle, decided to take out his video camera and record footage of the mech, Rex, and his vehicle. "Who knew a ruined town could be so interesting..?" he mumbled to himself.

Mathias glanced around to make sure he wasn't being tailed by any Dinos. He leaned back, placing his hand on a scale-like object, glancing above his shoulder he saw a much larger Dinosaur than he'd seen before, but one smaller than the T-Rex. He cringed, and went into a full run again. "I wish I brought more flares!"

Hyrode decided it was time to end this, now. Jumping out of his Fire Hammer, he landed on Kotua's Robo-Blade, and began causing as much damage as possible for an eighteen-year old to cause. Which is, surprisingly, a lot. Pulling on a power cable, he began yanking on the motor. No time for finesse, he thought, gotta do this now.

"Rex, you made it! Thank Builder! Put an end to this madness and arrest him, and then we can make some sense of what's going on!" Rev quipped. He saw Databoard looking just as relieved as he was. "Wait a second. Rex, you're from the Alpha Team; you have to know what's going on here and how to stop it."

"Alpha Team?" repeated Rex. "I'm not from Alpha Team! I don't know anything about this!" He did not mean to be shouting at Rev, but what he had just seen left him feeling rather agitated.

At the mention of Alpha Team, Chompy growled.

"And what's with that T-Rex, anyway?" asked Rex.

"Sorry, it's just that you've got the best skill here so I naturally assumed…" said Rev. "Also, you sorta look like Alpha Team agent Zed, so..."

"It's the goatee, isn't it?" replied Rex, rolling his eyes.

Databoard saw the T-Rex, which he remembered well. "Chompy?" he said.

Rex was confused. "Who?" he asked. "Who's Chompy?"

"That's Chompy," Databoard said. "He either belongs or did belong to an agent Frozeen." Chompy growled again. "I don't know what's gotten into him..." Databoard muttered.

Then, Rev noticed the hazard that Hyrode was about to get caught in: the Robo-Blade's engine was going to blow. One Xenon Uppercut Shot knocked the Robo-Blade, just as planned, and Hyrode landed in Rev's Fire Hammer just in time to see an engine fire start.

"You Drones never learn," said Kotua, pressing a button. The Robo-Blade charged in electricity, shocking Hyrode. Hyrode fell down, but luckily Databoard ran and caught him.

"Next time, Drones, I won't be so merciful..." said Kotua. The Robo-Blade flew into the sky, and before anybody could do anything, he was gone... but was he really gone?

Rev dropped Hyrode in his car. "You know, Hyrode, I'm almost the same age as you, and I don't do stuff that, um... I can't decide if it's brave or idiotic."

"That fool!" Hyrode said to himself. Jumping on top of Rev's Fire Hammer, he swung the turret in the direction that the Robo-Blade had gone, and he fired two bursts. "Listen, Kotua, we are not Drones! Now, I don't believe in taming Mutant Dinosaurs any more than the next guy, but killing humans, your friends, for one measly lizard is where I draw the line!" With that, he jumped off the turret and got in his Fire Hammer.

Now that they were safe, Rev remembered why he was looking for Rex in the first place. "I thought you might want to see this dinosaur, it's completely tamed," he said as he unknowingly returned it to the tamer.

"Hey, this Mutant Lizard you were protecting is Trouble!" Rex exclaimed.

"Well, I hope it isn't more trouble than it's worth," said Rev, and Rex could tell from his tone of voice that Rev misunderstood his statement.

"No, no, the name I gave this Mutant Lizard is Trouble," explained Rex. "I tend to tame dinosaurs rather than kill them."

Chompy nodded. He knew it would be just plain foolish for a T-Rex such as himself to befriend someone who mindlessly killed dinosaurs.

"Interesting, so I take it you're the reason the babies of the T-Rex were missing?" Rev asked.

"Yup," Rex answered.

"You're right about not destroying them. In fact, unless I know they've done something, I leave'm be. But, I kinda had a hunch about the T-Rexes, though; you left tread marks towards where ever you went. But… I had to kill the mother. It killed Condr and got 20 tranqs in the eye."

Chompy then ran off into the destroyed city. "Where is he going?" asked Rex.

"Only he knows," Databoard answered. "He could be looking for Frozeen and PBB; he could be looking for others to help; he could be looking for a cure for these Mutant Dinos..."

"So I see," Rex answered. "Well, I'm going to have to bring Trouble to my hideout." Then, he drove off.

Databoard returned to HQ and got a new Fire Hammer. Before he left, he grabbed a small microphone. Years ago, some of Ogel's Drones had used strange microphone on Databoard and Kotua, to make them try to kill each other. The one they had used on Databoard was destroyed, but Databoard had kept the one used on Kotua to examine it. He doubted it even worked after five years, but it might come in handy if Kotua showed up thinking he was a Drone.

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Rex put Trouble back into his cage. "There you go, little buddy!" he said.

Then, his attention turned towards the two Mutant Raptors who were always fighting. "Break it up, you two!" he yelled. "I sure wish that I will be able to tame other dinos one day."

After Rex finished feeding lunch to the Dinos, he hopped back into the Iron Predator to see if he could capture a Mutant Dino or two at LEGO Studios – or, at least, what was left of LEGO Studios...

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Kotua landed his Robo-Blade on the warehouse. He got out and looked around.

He walked into the other buildings in the same lot as the warehouse. He noticed the rooms in the buildings contained scientific equipment, specifically some sort of potions. He noticed a model of a dinosaur skeleton. Kotua quickly kicked the skeleton model. It fell onto the floor, breaking into different pieces.

Kotua noticed some computers on the left side of the room. "Let's see..." muttered Kotua, reaching to turn on the computer. The computer began humming. Kotua turned on the monitor, and began peeking around the computer.

"Who would leave a computer with important info without a password?" asked Kotua to himself.

"To lure people like you..." said a voice.

Kotua turned around, but there was no one.

Kotua got up. "Anybody there?" he asked.

He heard footsteps behind him, and turned around. No one.

"You better show up, or I won't have any mercy when I catch you!" said Kotua.

The lights went out, plunging Kotua into darkness. Soon, the lights went up, and Kotua got in a defensive stance, for men with guns had surrounded Kotua...

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Chapter 2: Black Operations

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LEGO Studios was worse than Rex thought it would be. Many of the sets had been wrecked, and the sky was dark from all the smoke. Rex coughed, then looked for Mutant Dinos.

A screech came from above. Rex looked up to see a Mutant Pteranodon in the sky. Its black and dark blue colors made it an eerie sight. Rex loaded the cannon with a net. Then, he shot the net - and caught the Pteranodon! "Perfect shot!"

*****

Rev found himself gawking the sky when a net snagged a Pteranodon out of the sky. He knew Rex was working in the same place as him, but they had come with two very different reasons.

He got a mayday from not far from here, at Studio 10. The producers were stuck with some Mutant Lizards with shotguns and could barely keep them at bay, but they were running out of shells. He looked in the window, and he could see the ravenous creatures trying to kill the people in there, and there were at least 50 people in there.

He knew what he had to do. He looked at the artillery screen and selected Xenon Multi-Shot Mode. He shot at Dinosaurs and couldn't stop firing. At least 20 raptors died in those red five minutes. He barged into the studio and ended up running over a bunch of lizards. He jumped out to get the people when one lizard jumped on him. They wrestled quite a bit, and soon Rev bagged the lizard: a present for Rex.

Rev found himself scavenging for items to make a trailer for his Fire Hammer, and that he did. Using large carts' wheels for wheels, he sped out of the studio and found a swarm of Pteranodons after him. Their sleek bodies were so evil. He grabbed a tranq shotgun. He shot quite a few times and took a few down, and netted one because he wanted to study another breed of mutant. Then he finally escaped the studio with safe producers and threads of his life.

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Kotua ducked, and tripped most of the men. Two quickly got up and started shooting at Kotua. He easily dodged the tranquilizer darts and kicked the guns away. One got up and shot him from behind. Kotua fell to the ground slowly as the tranquilizer began its effects. The men dragged Kotua into a black van, and drove off.

The van drove through LEGO Studios, but Rex, busy with the Pteranodon, didn't notice it passing by. Rex might have not noticed the ShadowTech van, but Hyrode did. He got in his Fire Hammer and followed the van closely. The men drove through the city, until they reached a black building. The guards let the van though, and soon they carried Kotua inside.

*****

Rex had succeeded in calming down the Pteranodon so it wouldn't fight against him. Then, he loaded the Mutant Dino into his Iron Predator, then drove off, unaware of the danger Kotua was in.

Rex brought the Mutant Pterosaur back to his hideout. Trouble was still in his cage, which was good news. But, Rex realized that he was running out of room for the Mutant Pteranodon...

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Databoard drove away from HQ to look for more Mutant Dinos. He found a group of Mutant Lizards, but they ran away. He managed to stun a fleeing Lizard, which he would take back to HQ and analyze. Before he could, he heard a deafening roar. He turned around to see a Mutant T-Rex charging at him!

Databoard put the Mutant Lizard in his Fire Hammer and drove away, the T-Rex close behind. He couldn't outrun it forever, but fighting it would be suicidal. He fired his Multi-Mode Launcher into the air, temporarily blinding the T-Rex. He sped ahead, but he knew the Mutant Dino would soon catch up.

Databoard swerved between, over, under, and around rocks and trees trying to lose the T-Rex. It continued to follow him to matter where he went. He drove among a group of trees to try evading it. The Mutant T-Rex simply barreled after him, ripping up the trees in its path. Databoard sped up, hoping to outrun the dinosaur.

Databoard looked behind him. Yes, the T-Rex was still there, and yes, unless he thought of a way to escape, he was doomed. Databoard soon got an idea. An idea so crazy, so insane, so mind-numbingly nuts, it would have to work. He turned the Fire Hammer around and charged at the T-Rex. It was surprised at first, but it soon charged as well. At the last second, Databoard swerved out of the way, and the T-Rex rushed past. It tried to turn around, but tripped and crashed into a clump of trees. Databoard drove up to the unconscious giant and attached a tracking device to its leg. He then drove off towards DINO Attack HQ.

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Kotua awoke, to see the men were on guard on the corners of the room, weapons ready.

A man in a suit approached Kotua. He had red hair, cut short and neat, and wore a pair of orange-tinted sunglasses. "Interesting. For a moment, we thought we had lost you!" said the man.

"Excuse me?" asked Kotua.

"I am agent Cane," said the man, "and we are ShadowTech.  You don't remember me, but I'm the reason why you exist."

"You're my dad?" asked Kotua.

"No. It's hard to explain, but you're our... well... uh... experiment," said Cane.

"This is a joke?" said Kotua, looking for a door.

"Unfortunately, with the dinos and all, we've decided to terminate the project," said Cane.

"And I'm here to...?" asked Kotua.

"Like I said before, the project has been terminated… sort of," said Cane, walking towards the door, and leaving. The ShadowTech men raised their guns.

"Uh-oh..." said Kotua...

*****

Hyrode stealthily entered the building, grabbing a tranquilizer dartgun. He heard what Cane said, then when the man came out, he stuck him with a dart. Then, when the ShadowTech soldiers raised their guns, he came barreling in, firing all he was worth. Then, one of the men swiftly approached him from behind and knocked him out.

Kotua ran towards Hyrode and picked him up. He then ran away as fast as he could, but the other ShadowTech agents seemed to be catching up. He noticed a bending machine and brought it down, slowing down the men, but Kotua knew he couldn't outrun them for long...

Hyrode quickly woke up. Realizing what was happening, he kept on firing behind them. "Kotua, my Fire Hammer's parked in an alley outside. Now, could you put me down?"

*****

On his way out, Rev had noticed tread marks: Hyrode's tread marks. He followed them to a building, and found an empty van and Hyrode's Fire Hammer. Rev grabbed the chain guns and thought, Yay, humans this time and that means fun, fun, fun. He entered with assassin-like stealth and, through a small window, he saw men with guns about to shoot Kotua and Hyrode. He was in full tilt run now.

The door broke off its hinges and smashed one of the three ShadowTech men into the wall. Then, he tranqed the two others, but as one of them fell to the ground, he shot at Kotua in the arm. Rev ran out to the Fire Hammer, drove it in, and put both men in it. As he drove to the HQ, he sent out a mayday for medics.

The agents drove away from the building, but black Fire Hammers chased them and began firing their weapons. "Oh boy," said Rev, turning to avoid the incoming blasts. The ShadowTech Fire Hammers chased them until they saw the Dino Attack HQ. The black jeeps drove off, and Rev drove the Fire Hammer into the HQ. The ShadowTech Fire Hammers returned to their own base.

Wow, Rev thought. Two missions in one day, saving guys and producers, and now he found himself just sitting and talking pointlessly with Kotua.

Not wanting to say anything he found, Kotua just said, "They kidnapped me," and no one pushed it after what he had done earlier.

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Chompy ran through the city. The T-Rex's mission was simple: find Alpha Team agent Frozeen before the Mutant Dinos did. After his sudden disappearance, nobody - not even Chompy, his close teammate and adopted son - knew where Frozeen was hiding.

But, Chompy had met agent Rex. And while he couldn't put his claw on it, Chompy could sense there was something very strange about him... I'll have to keep my eye on that one, he thought.

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Kotua awoke in Dino Attack HQ. After looking around, Kotua sneaked off into the garage. There he noticed another recruit looking at his Urban Avenger.

"Move!" said Kotua.

"Huh?" said the guy.

Kotua ran at him, and tackled him. Then he quickly got on the Urban Avenger and headed back towards the warehouse.

Kotua arrived, and ran towards the Robo-Blade. He got in and flew over the city. He looked for the building he had been taken. Suddenly, a missile flew past him. A black T-1 Typhoon flew towards Kotua.

"Oh boy," said Kotua. He flew towards the ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon and began firing at it.

The T-1 Typhoon began firing back. Kotua activated his Beam Shield and flew through the streets, forcing the helicopter to shoot through buildings...

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Rev prepared to get in his vehicle, but found himself gawking at the T-1 Typhoon, the vehicle he wanted the most. He was mad; he had saved 50 people, 2 agents, killed roughly 85 Dinosaurs, was studying how to stop these creatures… and still no elite promotion. He was just going to travel the plain and try to find some Dinos that are hurting people. He wanted that reward that kept slipping out of his fingers.

Rev saw the LEGO City. A fire just down the mountain from him, and five Tyrannosaurus Rexes were at the gate. Rev set his launcher to rapid-fire mode, made his car go top speed, and as he went down at a speed he didn't want to think of, he heard the Cavalry song in the wind. He aimed just slightly up and opened fire. "Die you son and daughters of-" and Rev's last word was picked up by the wind and never heard again.

He was near the foot of the mountain, with fire coming from his wheels, and four were dead and the other hadn't seen him yet. Rev drove directly into the legs and dented the hood and ruined his paint job. The T-Rex was thrown into the air and crashed into the flaming tracks, never to move again. Rev tried to stop or turn or anything but he couldn't. He just lost speed inch-by-inch and, to slow himself further, he shot blindly down the streets. Just before he hit a skyscraper (or what was left of it), he stopped and turned around.

Maybe now that promotion will be mine, he thought to himself.

Rev looked at the skyscraper. It was perfect condition… well, mostly. He looked inside: no elevators, but a wheelchair ramp just big enough for the Fire Hammer. Soon, he was on the roof. He grabbed a paint can and, on the roof, he painted a circle with the letters "T-1" on it. When he would get his helicopter, this would be his secret base. He looked at the area and knew Pteranodons would love this place, so next time he came, he'd have a fresh paint job on the Fire Hammer, power tools (<To Fix Inside/Out>), cement, paint, and a few Pteranodon-sensing Land-To-Air Missile Launchers.

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Rex was too busy trying to capture a Mutant Raptor, and he did not notice that Mutant Lizards and T-Rexes were sneaking up on him. When Rex turned around, he was astonished. "Oh, great..." he muttered. He then quickly drove out of the area before the Mutant Dinos could react.

Rex drove his Iron Predator to a wrecked subway station in LEGO City.  He noticed that many Mutant Dinos were coming out from the subway tunnel.  Could it be where the Mutant Dinos are coming from?  Could he learn the cure to the mutation?  Could he learn to... tame the Mutant T-Rex?  Suddenly, a pack of Mutant Raptors appeared.  "Those questions will have to wait," muttered Rex.

The Mutant Raptors flinched once a non-mutated T-Rex appeared. Chompy! The T-Rex roared at the Raptors, and they fled. "Thanks... Chompy," said Rex.

Chompy snorted in response, then ran off.

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Sereve was headed into a trap, because if he looked at his radar watch hard enough, he would have seen that it wasn't one huge blip; it was many smaller ones. He drove his Urban Avenger toward where the radar was showing him, which was somewhere deep in the heart of New York City.

He looked around and saw nothing but ruins. He said to himself, "That's odd. Whatever it is should be right here." He then looked at his radar and saw no blips. He shrugged.

The warm air in the city was taking a toll on him, so he made himself a glass of water. He placed it on the dash board, and as soon as he did, there was a large THUMP, THUMP, THUMP. He looked in his water cup, which had ripples going through it with each thump. He said, "This reminds me a movie I used to watch. Gasp! Oh no. It is."

He then heard many beeps coming from his radar. They were back. He then checked to see how far the things were from his current location, and found that there were creatures going 50 miles back from his current location! "Oh no," he said. "It's just as I feared. Thousands of Mutant T Rexes!" As the footsteps came closer, he sped off in his Urban Avenger at top speed for the HQ, footsteps getting louder and louder.

Sereve helped defend Dino Attack Headquarters from the Mutant T-Rexes. After making repairs to Dino Attack Headquarters after the damage caused by the Mutant T-Rex attack, Sereve asked Rev Raptor (who had just returned to headquarters) if he wanted to join him on his next mission to Adventurers' Island. Rev politely declined the offer so that he could get some rest. Rev refused to tell Gwen, Len, and Tren about his secret base, so they drove off in their Steel Sprinters.

In Dino Attack Headquarters, Rev Raptor entered the Dino Study Dome and wanted to study the eggs laid by the two Mutant Lizards in captivity. He formed a bond with the Mutant Lizards, which he named Dash and Helba. As the eggs hatched, Rev named one of the hatchlings Hawk.

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Once he arrived at Adventurers' Island, Sereve's Urban Avenger was attacked by a swarm of Mutant Lizards, and his radar was damaged, so he sought Databoard's mechanical expertise to get it repaired. He contacted Rev Raptor.

Rev Raptor traveled to Adventurers' Island on a mission to catch a regular lizard to compare its DNA to that of a Mutant Lizard. Meeting up with Sereve, Rev Raptor told Sereve about rumors of mutant dragons in Castle Cove. Trusting Sereve, Rev told him about his secret base and invited him to drop by anytime.

And with that, Rev and Sereve sped off toward Castle Cove.

When they arrived, they came across a cave in the Fright Knights' region.  It was a dark hole that required headlights, which the agents provided. They drove down the mysterious and fairly small cavern slowly. Sereve could feel Bailey trembling and hide underneath Sereve's seat.

"This place is freaking the heck out of me," Sereve said.

"Don't worry. I've been down here before. Maybe, if we're lucky, we'll get attacked by a mutant dragon!" said Rev, half-jokingly.

With an annoyed look, Sereve replied, "Great."

As if on cue, they came across a dragon, larger than any other dragon they had seen before.  Its hide was covered with pitch-black scales, with a deep bluish-purple glow faintly illuminating its form.  Just the sight of this dragon gave Sereve a terrible feeling that this mutated monster was an unstoppable force of destruction, much like a hurricane or a maelstrom.

Rev, on the other hand, seemed unfazed.  He said, "Oh, look! Here's one now. Okay, Sereve, when I say 'Now,' you're going to launch your net at the dragon."

"But wouldn't it be easier to just take it down?" Sereve asked.

"Nope. You couldn't take one of these down with a T-1 Typhoon. Ironically enough, I bet they're easier to tame than a Mutant Lizard," Rev replied with a know-it-all tone.

"Okay. We'll net it, but I'm not keeping it," Sereve said, a little annoyed.

"Heh. Fine with me!" Rev said smiling. "Now!"

Just then, two nets launched out of the fronts of the vehicles at 50 MPH. In the darkness, there was a loud growl as the dragon collapsed.

"Woohoo! We got him!" said Rev happily.

However, Rev spoke too soon.  Merely flexing its muscles, the dragon tore through the nets.  Roaring angrily, it opened its mouth, and a jet of purple-tinged flames erupted from its jaws.  Sereve knew that it was time to make a tactical retreat, and Rev followed him out of the dragon's den.

"So, you want to come back to get him, Sereve?" said Rev.

Sereve replied, "No thanks. I'll stay here with my dog… who won't breathe fire on me."

"Oh, come on. Have you even seen these things before?" asked Rev.

"No. That's why I want to stay here," replied Sereve.

"Fine, suit yourself," said Rev.

Sereve exclaimed, "Oh man, I forgot! I need to get all of the agents in the conference room! I'll meet you there."

"Wait. Why is it so important that you need ALL of the agents here?" asked Rev.

"Look, I'll explain later. Just meet me there at 7:00," said Sereve.

And with that, Sereve drove off to Dino Attack Headquarters. It was nearly empty, with everyone else out on missions. A little creepy, even. He went into the conference room, Bailey in arm, sat on the head chair, and then sent out a message to every agent. It said, "Must meet in HQ conference room immediately. When you're here, say your code name and here. I.E. Sereve here. Meet here at 7:00."

Sereve then waited for the agents to come.

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On Adventurers' Island, Databoard put the Fire Hammer into its highest gear, and shot ahead of the Mutant T-Rex pursuing him. He swerved behind some trees, but the T-Rex just ran past him. "It's after the Dinos..." he muttered. He fired the Multi-Mode Launcher at the T-Rex. The blast barely hurt the T-Rex, but it distracted it from the dinosaurs. Databoard hid the Fire Hammer behind several trees, and the confused T-Rex walked past him.

Databoard drove along what remained of a dirt road. Ever since the Mutant T-Rex had shown up, most of the natural dinosaurs had been hiding. He finally found a small dinosaur running away and caught it. He stunned it long enough to get a DNA sample, and then it ran away. Databoard loaded his Fire Hammer into the boat and left, hoping never to return to Adventurers' Island again.

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Rex returned to his hideout, and found out something just amazing. Earlier, he had captured a single blue-scaled Mutant Lizard, which he named Sapphire, and kept it in the same cage as Trouble. He had not thought much of it before, but now…

Rex couldn't believe it: Sapphire was a female, and just laid eggs! "Wow!" Rex said excitedly. "Two tame Mutant Lizards just had eggs in captivity! This is incredible! It must have something to do with your charming personality, Trouble!"

Trouble grinned proudly.

But, Rex's moment of elation was short-lived. He knew that he would have to report this to his superiors, and he had a bad feeling that Shadow would not take the news well when he learned that Rex's mutants were breeding.  This would be trouble, and not the kind that was grinning at him.

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Kotua arrived at Dino Attack HQ. The guards raised their blasters, and began trying to destroy Kotua.

"Hey!" said Kotua, activating his beam shield. He activated the Vulcan head guns, and knocked out the guards...

*****

Databoard was driving his Fire Hammer towards Dino Attack HQ. He saw Kotua in a Robo-Blade, knocking out the guards. "That's not good..." said Databoard. He drove into the garage, grabbed a nearby laser rifle, and rushed to stop Kotua, thinking he was here to say everybody was a Drone...

Kotua noticed the "drone dressed as Databoard". "Faker!" shouted Kotua, who started firing at the Databoard.

Databoard fired back, but Kotua blocked it with his Beam shield. Kotua then fired two missiles, which flew towards Databoard.

Databoard fired the two missiles with the laser rifle, and one exploded. He jumped out of the way of the other missile, and it blew up the wall behind him.

"Die, Drone!" Kotua yelled. He fired another missile.

"Oh good; I was staring to miss people calling me a Drone," Databoard muttered as he leapt over the missile.

As if matters couldn't get worse, a ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon appeared. Kotua immediately turned and began firing at it. The black helicopter started shooting at Kotua, with no luck.

"Why can't people fight away from here?" muttered Databoard.

Databoard aimed the laser rifle at the black-colored vehicle. He fired a few shots at the helicopter, but it did very little damage. It fired at Databoard, who jumped out of the way. Seconds later, the spot where he had been just been standing seconds ago was a smoking crater.

Kotua charged his Beam Rifle, and fired at the cargo section of the copter, where the side gunners were. Databoard saw as two burning bodies fell. Kotua then fired again, but the copter flew upwards and began firing all its weaponry on Kotua, from missiles to laser blasts. Databoard used the opportunity to fire at the copter.

Databoard fired lasers at the black T-1 Typhoon like crazy. He didn't hit the pilot, but that didn't stop him from trying. The copter shot at him again, but he leapt out of the way. Databoard returned to shooting at the black helicopter, trying to hit whoever was piloting the vehicle.

Kotua flew away from the copter, and grabbed an Urban Avenger. He swung it around and threw it at the helicopter. The copter quickly blew it out of the sky. Kotua found another Dino Attack vehicle, and swung it in the direction of the copter. Databoard also fired, but at the right missile pod. Soon, it got so hot it started burning, causing the missiles to explode.

"Nice fireworks display," Databoard muttered as the missiles exploded. The helicopter was still largely intact, though. It shot at Databoard with the left missile pod, but Databoard dodged it again. He returned fire, but again missed the cockpit. He jumped as another missile shot at him, then fired back with his laser rifle.

A Steel Sprinter hit the left missile pod, destroying it. Kotua swung another, but the helicopter backed away, as the mission turned harder than they anticipated. The copter flew away. Kotua, still crazy, flew for a Fire Hammer.

"Kotua, no!" said Databoard, but Kotua swung it. And stopped.

Kotua dropped the vehicle, and flew towards Databoard. "Tell the others, I'm sorry about earlier with the dino..." said Kotua, and then he flew off to the warehouse...

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Rev drove around, not planning to go to the HQ or his base. He was heading to the sea's black mark, LEGO Island, even though it was thought a suicide mission because of the Mutants' colors. Rev had lights mounted all over his car; he had a plan. Rev drove into the middle of island and, for a second, did nothing. Rev flipped the switch on the dashboard and became a ball of light. He heard the dinos coming, and he gave the signal to his teammate, agent Dragon, so he would know to shoot in the faces of the dinos.

Raptors, 50 minimum. The one in front was the first one to be fired upon, and since that just knocked it down, it was caught. 3 mutants down, 1 to go, Rev thought. Then the Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher was set to Auto-Rapid Fire.

Rev grabbed something he knew would slow anything down: a double-barreled shotgun. He aimed roughly for one's head and pulled the trigger. The raptor stopped then began charging again. Boom. And with that, it fell over, knocking a few down and was then trampled.

He was out of shells since he only brought 4 so he turned back to his chainguns which he had named Lethal and Injector. He started pumping tranqs into them but without avail. Soon he was out of ammo. Oh well, twenty have been stopped, Rev thought to himself.

He started to drive towards the ocean, the ship just pulling away from the cliff. "Well, I knew this thing has over 1000 horsepower for something!" Rev said as he accelerated. He watched the raptors as he dimmed his lights so they couldn't see the cliff ahead. As Rev flew off the cliff, 5 raptors jumped after him but fell in the stormy waters below.

Rev had added an adjustment to his Fire Hammer. He held out a small device designed to bring the Fire Hammer to him, or send it back to base. It also was a portable commlink for the Fire Hammer so he can receive a mayday anywhere. At the moment, cornered by about 100 lizards, he was glad he did.

The Fire Hammer pulled up as the pack jumped towards him. Well, that was worth the time it took to install it, Rev joked to himself. He hightailed it out of there. "There'll be no carnage today, my scaly friends!" he yelled.

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Rex looked around Castle Cove. Once home to many knights - including the Dark Forest bandits, the knights of Morcia, the Fright Knights, the Royal Knights, and many more - it was now very empty. Rex drove to what seemed to once be Willa the Witch's fortress, now a looming structure. "Goodness knows how many Mutant Dinos are in there," Rex thought. He walked inside.

Rex's eyes widened at the sight of the interior of the Night Lord's Castle. Potions were scattered and broken. All of Willa's portraits (of herself!) were lying on the floor. And, the further Rex walked, the louder he could hear the low growl.

Rex listened to the growl. It didn't belong to Mutant Lizards, too low, but it was too high-pitched for a Mutant T-Rex.

Rex stopped in his tracks, realizing what it must have been: Mutant Raptors. And he did not have any nets with him. He was thankful once he found a fork in the passageway. He took the corridor that the raptor growl wasn't coming from. But, he realized he had run into something else blocking the path.

A dragon - black and red in color - guarded the passage. Rex just barely dodged a fire blast. The dragon flew up into the air, and Rex slid under it, running for his life. The dragon was furious that its prey had escaped. Suddenly, a Mutant Raptor appeared. Rex had to change directions. When he saw a Mutant Pteranodon, he turned again. Now, he had a dragon, Mutant Raptor, and Mutant Pteranodon chasing him.

Rex looked desperately for his Iron Predator. Although he didn't find the vehicle, he found Chompy. The T-Rex noticed the danger, then lowered himself down and snorted to Rex.  The Dino Attack agent was surprised, but he knew what Chompy was telling him to do.  Rex climbed up onto Chompy's back, riding the T-Rex as his steed.  Then, Chompy took off, running as he looked for a safe way to avoid the dragon, Mutant Raptor, and Mutant Pteranodon.

Chompy roared as he picked up speed. The Mutant Raptor was falling behind, but the dragon and Mutant Pteranodon were still hot on their trail. When the Iron Predator was found at last, Rex hopped off Chompy and ran for the Iron Predator. Chompy stayed back and braced himself for a battle against the dragon and Mutant Dino. Rex drove away as quickly as possible. He wished never to return to Willa the Witch's Fortress again.

Rex drove through the burned Dark Forest, barely dodging the burned trees along the way. The Dark Forest made way to the Royal Knights Kingdom. Once a peaceful, quiet village with a few castles, it was now a sign of death. Skeletons hung around the place, and the small rivers were dried up.

Next was a barren desert, which led to Morcia. It almost seemed as if the Moorlands had stretched out and taken over the kingdom itself. A few Mutant Lizards were nearby, but Rex didn't stop to catch them. He wanted to get out of Castle Cove as quickly as possible.

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Kotua arrived at the warehouse. Suddenly, two ShadowTech T-1 Typhoons appeared. He flew away from them, but the black copters followed Kotua and began firing at him.

Kotua activated his Beam Shield, and flew into the cargo bay of one ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon.

"Hey!" said Kotua, firing into the T-1 Typhoon's engines. The pilots jumped off the copter in parachutes. The other T-1 Typhoon waited until the men were out of the way, and then sent missiles at Kotua. The missiles flew to the side.

Smart missiles? thought Kotua, firing at one.

The missile dodged the blast and headed towards Kotua. Kotua adjusted the Beam Rifle, and fired. The blast hit one missile, but there were more missiles. The Robo-Blade was losing power, which forced Kotua to retreat. Unfortunately, the missiles followed him...

Kotua flew through the streets. He noticed a storm on the horizon. Kotua quickly fired at a car nearby. The explosion triggered one of the missiles, destroying it. The rest flew around it, and continued pursuing Kotua. The ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon followed him...

*****

"Now what, Sir?" asked the pilot of the ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon.

"Fire again. If it doesn't destroy him, then retreat," said his commander, agent Cane, over the radio.

"Easy for you to say. You're in base, I'm on the sky, following a maniac," said the pilot.

"Well, it's going to be worse if you don't..." said Cane.

"Yes, Sir!" said the pilot, trying to hide his anger.

*****

Kotua fired low power shots, but the missiles easily avoided them. Where is help when you needed it? thought Kotua.

Kotua looked back at the missiles, which oddly enough, backed away. I have a bad fee- thought Kotua, before the Robo-Blade smashed into a skyscraper...

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Snake of Spades just got his Urban Avenger, so he had to install some important stuff. Soon, he heard some breathing. He looked up, and saw a Mutant Lizard.

Snake of Spades hopped into the Urban Avenger and hit 210 m.p.h.! The lizard swerved and hit a rundown building. "Alright!" Snake thought. "A perfect target."

POW! The Sonic Screamer hit the lizard. "Great! One down, a million to go."

Snake of Spades was attacked by a few Mutant Raptors. Luckily, Specs arrived just in time in a Fire Hammer. Teamed up with Specs, Snake was able to take down the Mutant Dino threat.

Spotting Digger, Shadow, and Viper in their personal T-1 Typhoon, Snake of Spades asked for a ride to Adventurers' Island, but they were attacked by a Mutant T-Rex. Snake quickly boarded the helicopter so they could escape in time. The founding members dropped Snake off in the Pyramid Area, where Snake investigated Mutant Raptor activity near a sphinx. Snake later returned to LEGO City.

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Rev found himself at his secret base again. He went to the roof to find no Pteranodons anywhere around here, which didn't surprise him because a storm was coming, a storm that was big enough to scare even the Mutant Dinosaurs. Rev sat over the edge envisioning… daydreaming… or, in his case, a nightmare.

The pack of lizards surrounded him, when he pressed the button. Moments before the pack jumped at him, the Fire Hammer should have been there, but the button failed. They hurtled themselves at him and became a huge shadow and absorbed him.

A mirror was there. He ran for the mirror, only to find himself Half-Dino, Half-Human. The mirror morphed into a crystal ball and he couldn't stop looking at it.

In it, he saw himself facing the rest of the Dino Attack Team in battle. "Die, Dino Attack goons, you can't stop me from heralding an age of Mutant Dinosaurs!" he heard himself say as he fired a huge barrage of missiles at them. Then, he went for Sereve and brought his clawed hand into a strangle hold and started to kill him.

"No, I won't let you kill Sereve, you 4+ Figure!" Rev screamed, waking in his bed in Dino Attack Headquarters.

"Won't let who kill me?" said Sereve, whom he hadn't known was there.

Rev jumped backwards in his bed. "What are you doing here?"

"I came and visited your base, like you said I should, and I noticed you on the roof and brought you in moments before the storm started," Sereve answered. He helped Rev up and said, "Had a bad dream?"

"Oh yeah," replied Rev.

Then Sereve said, "Thank Builder it was just a dream."

"I'm beginning to doubt Him; I mean, why would He let this happen?" Rev replied.

Sereve glanced out the window. "Yeah. This storm is a bad one. Bailey's been barking at the sky all day."

"Speaking of your dog, you were looking a little nervous around him. Why is that?" asked Rev.

"Because, well, this is going to sound farfetched to you, but… I think he might've been mutated."

"What?" Rev asked, very puzzled.

"I don't know, I could just be imagining it, but he's been acting weird recently, especially around the Mutant Dinos. I mean, he looks normal, but lately he's been showing an aggressive and violent streak that wasn't there before. Considering that he somehow survived the attack on Chicago all by himself… well, what if he was affected by whatever's causing all of this?"

"Interesting," commented Rev.

"Tell me about it," said Sereve.

Just then, a loud crash was heard.

"Want to go check it out?" asked Sereve.

"You know I do," replied Rev.

They then ran out of the room, Bailey running after them.

A huge lizard/human-like creature was standing in the conference room where everyone was supposed to meet. He wore what appeared to be the tattered remains of a lab coat. He was a mixture of all of the mutants. He had glowing, fierce, red eyes that burned with madness. Shocked, Rev stared at this horrible creature, which bore an uncanny resemblance to the monster from his nightmares.

The creature started walking toward Sereve, with movements like a zombie's unbalanced gait. In a wavering, unsteady voice, he said, "I… I am… Landro. You, Sereve… I have been searching for some time now."

"Me? Why me?" asked Sereve.

"You see, Sereve, you have something of mine. Yes, yes, of course you do. You have the crystal of Crux!"

Confused, Sereve said, "A jewel? What? No, I haven't-"

Landro's eye twitched. "Sereve, you don't get it, do you? Oh, no, no, you don't, but… but you will! Crux is where these dinosaurs are coming from. Oh, yes! We… we sent them down. We caused the mutation wave, yes, we did. I'm their king, yes, I would know, I would know."

Landro then came face-to-face with the scared-to-death agent. He said with a lower tone, "We know you have the crystal, Sereve. You can't hide it. You take it, they… they will come. Yes, they will. They always do!"

Sereve furrowed his brow. Landro was rambling incoherently and was not making much sense at all, but he was certainly scary-looking enough that Sereve did not want to anger him. "I... I swear I don't know what you're talking about," Sereve replied.

Landro shook his head, gritting his teeth.  He mumbled, "No, no, no. You're lying, Sereve." Just then, Landro grabbed Sereve by the throat and continued, "Lying is bad. Yes! Bad!"

Rev then yelled at him, "No, I won't let you kill Sereve, you 4+ Figure!"

Landro turned around and, for the first time, looked directly at Rev. Rev's eyes widened, and he felt his heart skip a beat as a terrible realization dawned upon him. He did not know how, but he knew one thing for certain: he had met Landro before.

Suddenly, Landro cried out. A familiar black-and-white dog was biting his leg. Distracted, he let go of Sereve, who fell to the floor. The Dino Attack agent looked up and said, "Bailey?! Look out!"

Snarling, Landro kicked Bailey aside. "I'll get you both!" hissed Landro, glaring at Sereve and Rev. "And your little dog, too! Yes, yes! You'll be mutants, just like me! Oh, but… but maybe you already are, much like the mutant wearing man's skin… maybe, maybe." Pointing at Bailey, he said, "You can't fool me, Ba… Banchito! I know who… who you are!"

Angered, Sereve got to his feet. "His name is Bailey!" he said, and then he punched Landro hard in the face. "And don't you dare come near him again!"

Recoiling, Landro said, "Fools! I'm not… not defeated! You… have just angered me! More waves of dinosaurs and chaos will hit your planet! Yes, yes! There's no hope for you! No hope!" Before either Sereve or Rev could stop him, he jumped out a window and fled the base.

Turning towards Rev, Sereve noticed that his partner was very pale. "Something wrong? You look like you've seen a ghost."

Rev then said, "This is very bad. Very, very bad. Landro, he's…"

"I have no idea what the heck he was talking about," said Sereve, shaking his head. "And I don't think he does, either. Did you see the way his eye twitched? He's clearly a madman… lizard… thing, rambling about crystals and chaos. We can't trust anything he says."

Glancing at Bailey one more time, Rev wondered, "But what if some of the things he said… were true? That thing, Landro or whatever, I… I transformed into him… the dream, the storm, the whole team they were all there but I was Landro. I destroyed the Dino Attack Team and the guy I yelled at in my dream there, all me!" Rev was worried.

"It's impossible for a dream to be anything more than a dream, don't worry," Sereve reassured him.  "Right?"

Rev fell silent, and so did Sereve.

----

The ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon flew away as the missiles flew into the Robo-Blade. "Mission accomplished," said the pilot.

"Good job, now get back here!" shouted Cane.

"Yes, Sir!" said the pilot.

The T-1 Typhoon left as a black Steel Sprinter pulled up. The driver, dressed in black ShadowTech suit and helmet, slowly and stealthily entered the skyscraper. His mission was simple: Check Kotua was dead.

He walked into the building. The building seemed to be for business, as desks were around the first floor. There were a few skeletons in their suits, just sitting there...

*****

Kotua coughed, and pushed away some rubble. Obviously the Robo-Blade was damaged, but it didn't matter. If he could get access to either the building with the black vehicles, or Dino Attack HQ, he could probably rebuild the Robo-Blade. He looked around. He noticed an elevator.

Too bad the power is restricted to shelters and places like Dino HQ, thought Kotua.

He opened the door. He looked at the wall. '26TH FLOOR' read a sign.

Kotua groaned, and walked down slowly.

*****

The ShadowTech agent was already on the 3th floor. He opened a door, and peeked in.

"No Kotuas here..." muttered the man, before closing the door silently...

*****

Kotua was by now on the 23rd floor. The ShadowTech agent was barely at the 5th floor.

Kotua at last decided to enter one of the floors, rather than walk all the way down. Kotua entered the 22nd floor, which was odd. Large tanks of water were on the walls. Unfortunately, the water was green, and the dead fish floated there.

"Ugh," said Kotua. He walked further, where he noticed a vending machine. Kotua looked around. He noticed a closed office. He walked to it, and kicked the door open. Kotua looked around the room. Then he saw what was on the chair...

Cookies! Kotua quickly tried getting them, but then he realized they weren't good to eat, as bacteria were growing on it. He threw the cookies away. He then headed back to the stairs, and continued walking down the stairs.

Kotua ran down the stairs, hoping to soon reach the bottom. Now he was on the 18th floor. Kotua looked down. There was still a long way down, unless...

*****

The man searching for Kotua sat down. He was going to wait for Kotua to pass through here.

The ShadowTech agent was falling asleep, when he heard somebody screaming.

He looked up. Nobody was there.

"Oh boy," muttered the man, taking out a gun...

*****

Kotua sat on the floor. He had thrown himself down the 18th floor, and he was barely able to grasp anything to break his fall on the 10th floor.

After resting for a while, Kotua got up, and walked down the stairs.

After a while, Kotua had reached the 8th floor. He stopped to rest again, and after an hour, he began walking down again...

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Finally, Rex was out of Castle Cove. Then, he began his journey to the hideout to check on Trouble and Sapphire. "I sure hope that they - and their eggs - are okay," hoped Rex. He was still amazed at the fact that they laid eggs.

Rex found that the eggs were no longer there. But... hatchlings were in their place! He noticed that the hatchlings were also mutated. "That's interesting," Rex said, "both parents mutated, so are their hatchlings.  And they hatched so quickly, too… is this part of the mutation?"

Trouble grinned at Rex, clearly proud of his offspring.

Rex smiled as he noticed one troublesome baby Mutant Lizard. "Hey, it's Trouble Junior!" he said, laughing.

After feeding the Mutant Dinos - and the new family of Mutant Lizards - Rex walked out to his Iron Predator. Then, he drove off to Dino Attack HQ. Checking the database, he also found out that agent Gojira had joined the team.

"Always good news to know that our team is expanding," Rex said. "Now, I'm going to capture a few Mutant Dinos." He drove through LEGO City. To his surprise, there was no dinos in sight.

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Gojira approached the Urban Avenger. Suddenly, a hiss came from behind him. He turned and stared into the face of a Mutant Raptor.

Gojira tried to escape in his Urban Avenger, but the Mutant Raptor clung onto the vehicle's roll cage and would not let go, even as Gojira drove through several tunnels with low roofs. As he passed Dino Attack Headquarters, Gojira called for help.

Instead, Gojira found himself under attack by a ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon, which rained missiles down upon Gojira's Urban Avenger. When Gojira attempted to fire back with his Sonic Screamer, his weapon was destroyed by the T-1 Typhoon, forcing Gojira to retreat. Trying to shake off the T-1 Typhoon, Gojira drove back into a tunnel. He escaped the T-1 Typhoon, but encountered a Mutant T-Rex that he narrowly escaped.

After getting some rest, Gojira found an abandoned weapons and ammunition store, where he made repairs to his damaged Urban Avenger. When he encountered a lone Mutant Lizard, Gojira said, "From what I've seen today, you're just a small fry."

Ultimately, Gojira found the Dino Attack too much for him to handle. He officially resigned from the Dino Attack Team and returned to Antarctica for the remainder of the Dino Attack.

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Rev decided to hightail it out of the base as soon as he could. He knew Sereve wasn't completely comfortable with what he had heard.

Rev wanted blood and he was going to stop any possible Dinos. He was on his way back from HQ to the city he had set up in. He had bombs, he was going to bring down the buildings (other than his) in that city and trap the creatures in there so he could bomb them from the air, half certain that he was going to become an elite real soon. The wind and rain chilled him and he had to put a protective barrier around most of his car because the hail was the size of basketballs. In a matter of minutes, he had the bombs set and designed to blow everything away from the skyscraper in the middle of the city.

After Rev Raptor detonated his explosives, he was trapped in his own secret base and had to be rescued by Specs, Shadow, Viper, and Digger in a T-1 Typhoon.

Rev later noticed a ShadowTech T-1 Typhoon taking Kotua prisoner. Rev Raptor defeated the ShadowTech guards and carried Kotua to safety, only to find himself pursued by a ShadowTech Fire Hammer and two more ShadowTech T-1 Typhoons. He was able to outrun ShadowTech's forces and return safely to Dino Attack Headquarters with Kotua.

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Barely surviving his encounter with the Mutant Raptor, Mathias realized that he was way in over his head and found that the Dino Attack was too much for him to handle. He officially resigned from the Dino Attack Team and returned to Antarctica for the remainder of the Dino Attack.

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Venom was attacked by a hybrid of Mutant Dino breeds, known as the Dino-Nui. The Dino-Nui pursued Venom all the way to the Smithsonian subway station in LEGO City.

Venom traveled to LEGO Island and later Castle Cove. While searching the ruins of an old castle library, Venom came across a book that contained information that he believed to be related to the cause of the Mutant Dinos. He contacted Rex right away to report his findings. However, the line went dead before Venom could finish his message.

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Kai found himself attacked by two Mutant T-Rexes and sent out a distress signal. Rex arrived in his Iron Predator to rescue Kai. However, a ShadowTech Iron Predator appeared and, after killing the Mutant T-Rexes, captured Kai and Rex.

Hyrode witnessed their capture. When he attempted to intervene and rescue them, he was also captured.

The ShadowTech agents restrained the Dino Attack agents with special high-tech magnetic handcuffs. But, when the BZP Lovers weren't looking, Rex was surprised to discover that his own handcuffs came apart very easily, with very little physical effort on his part. The magnets locking my cuffs together must've been defective, he thought to himself. Still, he held his wrists together, glanced at the ShadowTech agents to make sure they hadn't noticed, and pretended that he was still their helpless prisoner.

Rex refused to comply with ShadowTech, so Hyrode, Kai, and Rex were brought to Castle Cove for forceful interrogations, where ShadowTech threatened to drop them off a cliff. "Any last words?" asked the ShadowTech agent.

Rex smiled and said, "Just two words... I'm free!" With that, he pulled apart the handcuffs. Before the man in black could react, Rex had grabbed the laser pistol off his belt and fired at him. "Come on!" he urged Hyrode and Kai, beckoning for them to follow.

Once the ShadowTech agent was down, Rex, Kai, and Hyrode quickly made their escape. They took refuge in a cave in the Dark Forest while they hid from the ShadowTech Iron Predator. "How'd you break free?" asked Kai.

"I just pulled them apart like this," replied Rex, demonstrating the motion he used.

"Oh, that looks easy," said Hyrode. "Why didn't I think of that?" But Hyrode and Kai both struggled to break free of their own handcuffs, to no avail. And yet, when Rex assisted them, they came free just as easily as he had before. They stared at him with wide eyes.

"Strange," murmured Rex. "I guess machinery has a knack for falling apart when I touch it?"

"Better keep you away from Databoard!" joked Kai.

Unfortunately, their conversation disturbed a dragon that was sleeping in the cave, so they were forced to quickly flee its den before it was fully awake. Fortunately, they once again ran into Chompy, who gave them a ride out of Castle Cove.

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Link to review topic: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/29406-review-dino-attack-rpg/

Edited by PeabodySam

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Chapter 3: High Voltage

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The next morning, Rex talked to Kotua and learned about Kotua's Robo-Blades. However, when Rex asked about the time he attacked Rev Raptor, Kotua acted as though he did not recall this incident. As Rex walked away, Kotua thought, He's asking too many questions.

Realizing that Rex was taming Mutant Dinos such as Trouble, Kotua decided that Rex was a traitor and a threat to the Dino Attack Team and the universe, and therefore had to be eliminated. Shortly afterward, Kotua summoned his airship, the Voltage, and used it to attack Rex's Iron Predator.

Specs was the first Dino Attack Agent to spot the appearance of the Voltage. Kotua was then questioned by Specs about the Voltage. Kotua explained that Rex was evil for trying to help the Mutant Dinos. When Specs defended Rex's views, Kotua determined that Specs, too, was a traitor. He immediately tranquilized the Team Leader and stuffed him in a closet. Declaring that the Dino Attack Team was not fit to end the Mutant Dino threat, Kotua began massing his army of robots and Robo-Blades so he could eliminate both the Dino Attack Team and the Mutant Dinos.

Luckily, Rex was rescued by another airship, which was decorated with the colors of Alpha Team and marked with the name Pallas Athena. Rex was brought aboard the airship and was surprised to see Chompy as one of the ship's crewmembers. "Hey, thanks for saving me," Rex said. Chompy replied gruffly with a low growl.

Chompy was not the only crewmember of the Pallas Athena. Rex met Little Bot, a diminutive droid that resembled a large tin can with arms and legs. "Beppo, biip bo beep boo!" the robot enthusiastically greeted him.

Rex chuckled. "Err, nice to meet you too!" he said, hoping that he got the gist of the robot's beeps and boops.

Chompy and Little Robot let Rex to the command deck to meet the airship's captain. As Rex looked around the command deck, he realized that the rest of the crew consisted of Brickster-Bots wearing Alpha Team uniforms. "What are Brickster-Bots doing piloting an Alpha Team airship?" wondered Rex.

The figure in the captain's chair was facing away from Rex, but he replied: "Haven't you heard that not all Brickster-Bots are evil? That not all who are destined to be villains become villains in the end? These are actually FMB-Bots: modified Brickster-Bots designed by Alpha Team agent Frozeen. They may lack self-aware A.I. and can only perform basic functions, but they are built to serve us. You can trust them, as you can trust me." Then, the captain spun his chair around to face Rex; he appeared nearly identical to the other FMB-Bots, except for the purple coloration of his head and uniform.

"You're… you're a Brickster-Bot, too!" realized Rex. "But you're the captain, and I thought you just said FMB-Bots lack higher functions…?"

"ERROR 404: DOES NOT COMPUTE!" responded the captain, who then laughed. "Don't worry, I'm only kidding! My name is PBB. I was the first FMB-Bot, and I was programmed with self-aware A.I. to be a unique individual. I had actually come here in search of Frozeen, but then I saw your Iron Predator under attack, and so I have assigned myself a new mission: I'm here to help out Dino Attack Team."

Then, the Pallas Athena shook as it was attacked by the Voltage and its Robo-Blade fleet.

"Looks like we'll need all the help we can get," remarked Rex.

*****

Kotua then found himself surrounded by the four Founding Members; Specs had woken up and informed Shadow, Digger, and Viper that Kotua was a traitor. Kotua was informed that, being a traitor, he was about to be executed for the good of the LEGO Planet.

Kotua quickly ducked, and ran out the room, with the four agents chasing him.

"These people are crazy!" said Kotua, jumping into an Urban Avenger and taking off....

*****

"These people are crazy!" PBB muttered.  He immediately set to work ordering his crewmembers to defend the airship: "Little Bot, fire the zeta missiles!"

"Beep!" Little Bot beeped as it ran over to a button.

"Chompy, man the gamma cannons!"

Chompy growled, then ran over to another switch, which was apparently designed to be operated by a T-Rex.

Finally, PBB said, "Rex, could you get the alpha blasters?"

"Where are they?" asked Rex.

"Oh, right here," said PBB, gesturing towards the weapon controls.

All four Pallas Athena passengers knew that it would not stop the Robo-Blades. But, as PBB hoped, it did delay them. "Right now," Rex said as he was manning the alpha blaster, "I'd actually rather be chased by a Mutant T-Rex..."

The Voltage started firing at PBB's airship. The Robo-Blades flew out of the alpha blaster's range, and started firing at the airship.

"This is not good," muttered PBB

"Both the Robo-Blades and the craft are shielded!" said Rex.

"Drat!" PBB said. "I thought that Rebel Drone made it so that these could even pierce Robo-Blade shields-"

"Rebel Drone?" repeated Rex. "You mean like an Ogel Drone?"

"Don't worry," PBB quickly explained, "he was an enemy of Ogel; that's why we call him 'Rebel Drone'."

First Alpha Team Brickster-Bots, thought Rex, now Ogel Drones that rebel against Ogel… what's next? A Mutant Dino trying to save the world?

The Voltage fired another big beam, rocking the Pallas Athena.

"We're not going to make it if this continues!" said Rex.

"I know!" said PBB.

Chompy merely growled.

A Robo-Blade activated its Beam Saber and started trying to make a hole in the airship.

"I sure wish that I had the time to add a shield to this yesterday," muttered PBB. "If this airship goes down, then we will crash, your Iron Predator will be destroyed, you and Chompy will be killed, and Kotua will probably turn Little Bot and me into scrap metal."

"There's a huge flock of Mutant Pterosaurs ahead!" Rex noted. "They'll also get killed if we don't succeed!"  While he ordinarily had more pressing concerns than the safety of some wild Mutant Dinos, Rex was disgusted by Kotua's thirst for mindless violence against the Mutant Dinos.  It just wasn't right.

PBB glanced in the direction of the Mutant Pterosaur flock, and then he nodded slowly.  "So, I guess you are the Dino Attack agent that I had heard about… the one who wants the Dinos to live," PBB realized. Then, he looked at the scanner. "Oh, my! There's a T-Rex aboard the aircraft!"

"Where? Where?" Rex asked as Chompy looked around.

PBB laughed. "Relax, I think it's just picking up Chompy!"

Rex laughed, while Chompy growled, annoyed.

*****

Kotua drove away from the agents, but soon black T-1 Typhoons were after him. "Can't they leave me alone!?" said Kotua, avoiding a blast from the ShadowTech copter.

Kotua drove like crazy to avoid the T-1 Typhoon's blasts, but it had now fired missiles. Kotua drove out of the blasts' way and fired back with the gun mounted on the top of the Urban Avenger...

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After completing a mission to Sandy Bay, Kai touched down at the Alpha Team base. He was greeted by the Alpha Team's agents.

"Have I missed anything?" asked Kai.

"Some of our agents have left to fight some giant dinos or something. Maybe you could tell us a little more?" said Charge.

"Yeah," said Kai, "I met some of the former Alpha Team agents. Those dinos are just destroying everything in their paths, and chaos is everywhere -- except here, that is."

"Suddenly, Ogel's World Freeze plan doesn't sound so bad after all," said Diamond Tooth.

"Well, the Dino Attack Team could use some help. Maybe we could join forces and get rid of the dinos?" suggested Kai.

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Databoard looked up and saw the Robo-Blades attacking a nearby airship. An airship that looked an unusual amount like an Alpha Team airship. Databoard got into his Fire Hammer and turned on the engine. He drove out of the garage to try and figure out what was going on.

Databoard drove towards the Pallas Athena's location. Robo-Blades were attacking the ship, and it might not last much longer. Databoard tried to think of anything that might help, but from down here there was little he could do. The Robo-Blades were beam shielded, and it would take quite some to disable that, even with a Multi-Mode Launcher. Databoard didn't have time to think any more, for several Mutant Raptors were headed for him!

Kotua saw Databoard. Kotua knew Databoard would help him. Kotua immediately started driving towards the Raptors, firing at them. The ShadowTech copter behind them fired at Kotua, but the blasts took down the raptors.

Databoard immediately shot down the black T-1 Typhoon. "What's going on?" said Databoard.

"Everybody is chasing me, and I don't know why!" said Kotua.

"Why are the Voltage and the Robo-Blades attacking the Pallas Athena then?!" said Databoard.

"I don't know!" said Kotua.

"Don't lie to me, Kotua, something is wrong with you!" said Databoard.

"No, there isn't!" said Kotua. Quickly, he jumped into his Urban Avenger, and drove off.

*****

Hyrode blasted his way through Robo-Blades on the ground, attempting to get towards the two battling airships. Suddenly, a beamsword was flung into the window of his Fire Hammer, hitting the control board. If Hyrode had had enough time, he could have hotwired the engine into working again. If he had the time.

Jumping out of his Fire Hammer, Hyrode sprinted away from the battling airships.

Running into a garage, Hyrode desperately looked for transportation. The only vehicle in the garage was a motorcycle. Hyrode jumped on, and slammed through the door.

*****

"Hopefully," said PBB, "I can prevent this airship from crashing. I've had experience with Kotua's pilotless Robo-Blades. Since nobody's actually driving them, they won't react as quickly to sudden changes in patterns. All we need is to make a sudden change in the direction we're going..."

... Unfortunately for PBB, the Robo-Blades flew off.

"Looks like they gave up..." said Rex.

"No, the craft is going to fire again," said PBB.

The Voltage began firing at the Pallas Athena, and charged up its other super blast: the Ice Ray. The Robo-Blades flew back in, getting ready for attacking the soon-to-be-frozen airship...

"Oh, MegaBloks!" PBB shouted suddenly. "The Voltage is about to use the Ice Ray! Chompy, forget about the gamma cannons - they're useless right now! Use the Magma Heat Coating instead!"

Chompy nodded, then ran to a button.

"Don't push yet," PBB said. "Wait for the Voltage to shoot at us, then surprise it."

The Voltage fired the Ice Ray at PBB's airship.

"NOW!" PBB shouted, and Chompy pushed the button.

Less than a second before the ray hit the Pallas Athena, the airship was surrounded by flames. The more ice that hit the flames, the better. Soon, the airship was surrounded by a field of steam. And once the steam cleared, the airship was long gone.

The Voltage activated its cloaking field...

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Suddenly, a blast passed Kotua. Immediately, he looked back. A ShadowTech Urban Avenger was moving towards him.

"You'd think they would have learned by now," muttered Kotua, turning the Sonic Screamer back. Kotua then fired, and the blast hit the ShadowTech pilot, sending the black Urban Avenger out of control.

Soon, more ShadowTech Urban Avengers had appeared, and these had Beam Shields.

Apparently, they never give up... thought Kotua. He drove around the corner, and into an underground parking lot. The black Urban Avengers followed, firing.

Kotua quickly turned and fired at a few parked cars, destroying them. One jumped a foot into the air in flames, distracting the ShadowTech drivers.

Kotua immediately drove off, but the ShadowTech agents soon drove after him.

Kotua got out of the parking lot and turned to the left, black Urban Avengers following him. Suddenly, a black T-1 Typhoon flew from one of the buildings, and the gunner fired. A tranquilizer dart hit Kotua, and he drifted into sleep... as his Urban Avenger crashed into an abandoned supermarket...

The black Urban Avengers stopped, and the ShadowTech drivers got off them. Quickly, they grabbed the unconscious Kotua. The T-1 Typhoon landed, and they strapped Kotua into a chair in the copter. The T-1 Typhoon took off and flew towards their HQ...

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PBB laughed. "Well, we got out of that pickle quickly!"

Rex was looking ahead. "No, we aren't out of that pickle yet..."

PBB followed Rex's eyes, but did not see anything. "There's nothing there, Rex," PBB said.

Then, Chompy walked over, and saw what Rex was looking at. A low growl told PBB something was wrong.

"A bunch of Mutant T-Rexes, you say?" PBB asked. "This isn't good... Mutant T-Rexes have the hardest hide to pierce, so we're going to need our strongest weapons."

"Wait!" Rex interrupted. "Why kill them? They could be faithful to us someday, if we let them live but tame them. After all, they are living beings."

A smile spread across PBB's face. "Indeed, you are Rex, the one who wants others to live."

"Except for Kotua," muttered Rex. "He's going to pay for betraying the world..." Raising his voice, he said, "Okay, here's our plan: we drop nets on top of them, then transport them to a place where they can cause less damage. With me?"

"Affirmative!" PBB said.

Chompy snorted.

"Beep by boop," said Little Bot, who seemed rather worried.

"Yes, our nets aren't strong enough to hold a Mutant T-Rex," agreed PBB.

Rex smiled. "Ah, but my nets are not made for strength. They are made to entangle Mutant Dinos. The more they struggle to escape, the more they get themselves tangled up and can't move."

PBB nodded, so they launched the nets at the Mutant T-Rex pack. Sure enough, they were so tangled that they couldn't move.

"Maybe they're perfect if we leave them just like that," PBB said.

"Nah, they'll escape eventually," Rex said. "We must move them."

A grappling hook lowered from PBB's aircraft. It latched onto all of the nets, then began to raise them into the air.

"Okay, we've got them," PBB said, "now where do we put them?"

"On that small empty island seems okay," Rex said. "They'll be able to hunt for food, but won't be able to swim back to the mainland."

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The black T-1 Typhoon landed, and the pilot and gunner carried Kotua into the ShadowTech base.

"Now we'll get rid of Dino Attack Team, just as soon as I find the control..." said Cane.

"Sure thing, boss..." replied the pilot.

Cane searched Kotua's pockets and took out the circular device. "Now to get rid of agent Rex..." said Cane...

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"Just in case that Voltage tries to find us again..." PBB said as he reached for a button. "We should block us from all missile targets or scanners. If anyone fires a homing missile, they'll only hit themselves."

"Good idea, PBB," Rex said. "Kotua could never have known where I was while I was driving around the city in my Iron Predator… he probably targeted his weapons at me to find me. With your cloaking device, they'll never find us using targets or scanners."

PBB nodded, activating the Pallas Athena's cloaking device. Now, nothing - not even Alpha Team or the LEGOLAND military - would determine their location.

"We better stay in this airship until Kotua gets some sense knocked back into him," Rex said. "If any of us try and leave the airship, they will be able to target us. So, we better stay hidden from Kotua's radars, scanners, and missile targets."

"I still wonder what's up with Kotua," PBB wondered.

"Well, if he's pure evil, then we will demolish him," Rex said. Seeing the way that PBB looked at him, he repeated, "If he's pure evil."

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At the Antarctica refugee facilities, Sereve paced back and forth in front of Bailey as he thought aloud, considering his options.  "So, we have a mad lizard-man after us, with an endless army of lizards. We have a small army of men, a full arsenal of vehicles and weapons, and… one dog. What do we do?"

Bailey cocked his head and whimpered softly.  Sereve was grateful to have someone listen to him, even if that "someone" was just his dog.

Sereve wondered, "Well, Landro says he created the mutants, right?  Well, the only way we would be able to find out if that's true is if we find him, and then we can find out the truth about the Mutant Dinos.  So, all we need to do is find him, right?"

Bailey barked.

"Yes. He's probably long gone by now. He's most likely not coming back." Just then, Sereve had a stroke of genius. He said, "But, he was looking for that jewel… if I somehow send him a message pretending that I really do this crystal in my possession... he'll do anything to get it. He might likely have some means of listening in on Dino Attack communications, so that he can find us and find this crystal."

Bailey did not appear to follow along with Sereve's plan.

"Long story short: when Landro arrives, we'll need to capture him. And we'll need backup."

Bailey barked again.

"I guess you're thinking what I am thinking," said Sereve. "If by that bark you mean 'Gather the guys', then yes."

Just then, Sereve sent out a message to all of the agents about the plan, and their coordinates. He both hoped that the agents would come, and with plenty of guns.

*****

Kai arrived in his Urban Avenger at the coordinates which the message mentioned.

"I brought a few friends," said Kai.

Behind him, two Ice Gliders appeared out of their stealth modes. In one was Dash, and manning the other one was Joey, Kai's old friend.

"And equipped with weapons suited for fighting the dinos," added Joey.

Sereve said, "Welcome, Kai and friends, to Antarctica! Kai?"

Kai was staring at Bailey, who was standing right behind Sereve. A second later, he shouted, "Sereve! There's a wolf behind you!" Just then, he pulled out a handheld Sonic Screamer and was beginning to fire.

Sereve yelled out, "No! He's my dog!"

Then Kai put down his Sonic Screamer and said, a little weirded out, "That's your dog? What's your dog doing here?"

"Look, it's a long story. Let's just wait for the others. Let's go into my base and wait for them."

"Base? What base?" asked Joey.

"It's going to blow your mind," replied Sereve. So, they waited in the base and for the others.

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Kotua awoke. He looked around confused. Last thing he remembered, he was driving away from the ShadowTech Urban Avengers. There were men dressed in black suits, holding machine guns.

Somehow, I doubt anybody will want to help me out of this place... thought Kotua.

Doors opened, and a familiar man in a black suit entered: Cane.

"You could have killed me when you knocked me out..." said Kotua.

"This time, we're not killing you… yet. We know you have made plans for new weaponry..." said Cane.

"Well, I'm not giving them to you. You already made me betray my fellow agents, and I won't do it again," said Kotua.

"You think you have a choice? Give them, or we'll take them by force," said Cane.

*****

After searching for agent Rex via LEGOLAND Military satellites, the Voltage flew towards its next target: agent Specs.

The Voltage flew towards Dino Attack HQ, where agent Specs was. The craft opened its front hatch, and aimed its destructive beam at the agent...

*****

Kotua watched in horror as the Voltage opened its front hatch.

"So, are you going to give it to us? Or are you going to let your 'fellow' agents die?" said Cane.

"Why do you want it?" said Kotua.

"We'll get rid of the dinos quicker, and of course the remainder of those things will be our test subjects," said Cane.

"I never made plans for other vehicles, or devices, or anything!" said Kotua.

"Bring the machine," said Cane.

Two soldiers ran out the room, and came back pushing a chair with wires, and a computer connected to it.

"I'm sure it brings memories, no?" said Cane.  "We have made a few adjustments… injected a little bit of our own special brand of chaos into it."

Kotua remembered the machine from when he was an Alpha Team agent.  He had not seen it since Mission Deep Freeze, but he recognized it all too well. That machine had been used on both Databoard and Kotua.  It brainwashed both of them, forcibly turning the loyal Alpha Team agents into servants of Ogel against their will.

Databoard had overcome the effects, but as for Kotua...

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The Pallas Athena passed over the ruins of LEGO City. Every time a Mutant Dino would appear, Rex and PBB would launch a net at it. So far, there had been no more signs of Mutant T-Rex. Rex was thankful for this, since that they had already run out of their "tangle nets". All they saw were Mutant Lizards and Raptors.

From LEGO City, they flew to Adventurers' Island.  "Data was right," Rex said, astonished. "This place looks awful!"

From what he could see, the huts in the native TumTum villages were torn up; many pyramids in the Sphinx Area were now ruined piles of bricks; and, the most disturbing feature: entire areas of the island's huge jungle were now charred remains.

PBB looked at the frightened native Dinos scampering away from the Mutant Dinos. "Are you thinking that the Mutant Dinos are possibly coming from-"

"Nope," Rex said. "There's no sign of mutating devices here. And plus, even if the Mutant Dinos came from here, it doesn't add up. The Dinos that naturally live here are T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Pterosaurs. The Mutant Dinos are T-Rex, Raptors, Pterosaurs, and… well, whatever the Lizards are supposed to be. Sure, the T-Rex and Pterosaurs match, but Stegosaurus and Triceratops don't match with Raptors and Lizards. So, they must be coming from somewhere else."

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Specs looked around Kotua's quarters for anything which might help, but Kotua didn't have anything other than a laptop, a few wires, and empty electronic equipment.

*****

The Voltage finally gathered enough energy, and fired...

*****

Shadow looked around the garage for any recording equipment Kotua may have put, when suddenly a blast passed through the roof, destroying some Steel Sprinters and an Iron Predator.

Shadow ran into the HQ itself as the Voltage fired at the garage, destroying weaponry and vehicles along the way.

"What's going on?" said Specs, running towards Shadow.

"Blasted flying thing tried killing me," muttered Shadow.

"Kotua..." muttered Specs...

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After putting Kotua in the machine, and forcing answers out of him, ShadowTech took Kotua outside, and dropped him in a nearby building.

Soon Kotua awoke... He looked into the sky. "So, agent Rex escaped the blast... I'll destroy him next time..." said Kotua, getting up.

A Mutant Raptor walked closer to Kotua, getting ready to attack him. Kotua simply stood there as the dino approached...

A moment later, Kotua looked at the remains of the Dino. "You asked for it. Just like agent Rex," he said, walking away...

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"If we move quickly," Rex said, "then maybe we could avoid contact with one of Kotua's Robo-Blades or the Voltage."

Chompy growled softly.

"I agree," said PBB.  "It's ironic that Kotua would end up following in the steps of Dr. Voltage, the villain who originally created the Voltage airship and Robo-Blades during Mission Deep Freeze."

Rex frowned. "All the more proof that Kotua is a villain!"

"You think he's a villain now?" said PBB. "Just wait until you hear these two reports!" PBB read the two events concerning the Voltage trying to attack Specs and Shadow.

Rex was aghast.  "He's a villain, alright," he grumbled. It was bad enough that Kotua already attacked Rev and Trouble, attempted to attack Databoard, and almost killed Rex and Chompy… but now, adding two of the team's founding members to the list of Kotua's victims was truly horrible. Now more than ever before, Rex felt a growing hatred for Kotua...

"Just take your mind off it," PBB suggested. "As long as this airship is cloaked and moves quickly, we won't have to deal with Kotua."

"Yeah, you're right," Rex admitted, "but the other agents aren't safe from Kotua." Looking at the charred remains of one of the TumTum villages, he shuddered. "Thank goodness that the Mutant Dinos hate the cold. And thank goodness that the survivors are hiding where it is coldest, such as Antarctica and the Arctic."

The Pallas Athena continued its course along Adventurers' Island. The volcanic mountain range did not have many Mutant Dinos on it, probably due to the fact it was a very dangerous place. However, in lower areas such as the Sphinx Area, the island was filled with Mutant Dinos.

So far, PBB's airship had captured 10 Mutant Lizards, 6 Mutant Raptors, 5 Mutant Pteranodons, and 2 Mutant T-Rex - just in the Sphinx Area. "These Mutant Dinos are really spreading," Rex muttered.

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Databoard drove down the streets of World City. He knew something was up with Kotua; he was the only one who controlled the Voltage. But something was out of place; why would he be doing this? Databoard had no guesses in his mind that something was wrong, all the more heightened when he received a report the Voltage attacked agents Specs and Shadow. Databoard would not be surprised if every single agent considered Kotua a threat.

Databoard turned around. First, he was going to find Kotua. Then, he was going to get to the bottom of this.

Databoard drove down the streets of LEGO City, trying to locate Kotua. He soon found his Urban Avenger, crashed into a supermarket wall. Databoard looked at the cockpit and found that Kotua was no longer inside. Doubting Kotua could have walked away unharmed, Databoard got out and began searching the area.

Databoard looked around for Kotua. Not finding him, he got back into his Fire Hammer and began driving around. He soon found something odd: a crashed Urban Avenger, only it was entirely black. Databoard looked at the pilot, and could tell he was no Dino Attack Agent. He got back in the Fire Hammer, but not before taking a broken part of the vehicle to study later.

Databoard heard a noise. Overhead, a Mutant Pteranodon flew overhead. Databoard aimed the Multi-Mode Launcher. He needed to look for Kotua, but his mission was to stop these Mutants. He aimed at the Pteranodon, which was flying towards an abandoned building. He fired, but missed. The blast hit the building, sending a small chunk of rubble plummeting into the street. In an instant, almost a hundred Mutant Pteranodons flew from out of the buildings. They seemed to have made a nest in that building, and they didn't like people attacking them. Databoard shot forward as the Mutant Pteranodons swooped down at him.

Databoard swerved down an alley, and the Mutant Pteranodons, seeing better at night, went right past him.

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Glide was being chased by two Mutant Raptors. The shells from the Fire Hammer were useless. He sent a message to all members:

Help. Glide. Chased. 2 Raptors.

*****

Just when Databoard thought his work was done, he received a message from an agent named 'Glide', stating he was being pursued by two Mutant Raptors. Databoard revved up his Fire Hammer and drove to Glide's location.

The Mutant Raptors were about to close in on agent Glide, when Databoard's Fire Hammer sped around the corner. The Raptors continued chasing, knowing the Multi-Mode Launcher would do very little against them. Databoard continued driving towards them. One Raptor, learning that Databoard was not going to stop, scurried away. The other leapt atop Databoard's vehicle, but he made a sharp turn, sending the raptor through the side of the building. Before Glide could even say anything, Databoard was gone, returning to his search for Kotua.

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Soon, a cloaked Robo-Blade picked up Kotua and took him to the Voltage.

"They're all trying to kill me... How to stop them? Heading in in direct assault won't work. Maybe..." thought Kotua aloud.

"Military satellites have missiles, I'm sure," said an advisor bot.

"I have a better idea. Rex tames Dinos because he knows people are safe on the Antarctica, and cold parts. But if we engineered an Ice Dino, I'm sure he'll be forced to help mankind, unless he's too much into his 'Dino friends'," said Kotua, walking to a console. Immediately, he pressed a button.

*****

Orbiting around the planet, an Ogel satellite received a signal. Immediately it relayed it to the bigger Ogel satellite.

*****

Agent Cam was investigating the crater with the other agents, when suddenly a yellow beam hit the ground, melting ten feet of snow...

*****

Kotua changed coordinates, and fired again. "Hope nobody of importance was there," said Kotua.

*****

Kai had exited the base, when a blast hit the roof, melting the snow off.

*****

The Voltage started firing at a skyscraper, taking it down.

Databoard was driving his Fire Hammer, when a piece of a building fell on front of him! He looked up, and saw blasts coming from nowhere.

Kotua... thought Databoard.

Databoard looked as more blasts destroyed the rest of the building in front of him. He backed up to avoid being hit by rubble.

Databoard thought, Kotua, have you gone mad? He would have to get up to the Voltage and find out what was going on. The only problem was he didn't know how he would get to a ship he couldn't see.

*****

"No tall buildings..." muttered Kotua.

He noticed a Fire Hammer. "Ah, it must be agent Rev. Destroy it," ordered Kotua.

*****

The laser turrets aimed at Databoard, and began firing. Databoard drove in reverse, avoiding the blasts.

Perhaps it's the microphone... thought Databoard, remembering the Ogel device that had brainwashed him back in Mission Deep Freeze.  He also remembered that only one microphone had been destroyed, and the one used on Kotua remained intact.

But I have the thing off... thought Databoard.

Databoard swung down an alley, giving him time to turn around and drive forward. He zoomed out of the alley moments before the turrets brought rubble raining down on where his Fire Hammer was seconds before. Databoard swerved down the street, narrowly avoiding the Voltage's blasts.

*****

Kotua watched the Fire Hammer driving away. "Fire!" he ordered.

The front hatches opened, and this time the Super Boom Blaster readied to fire...

*****

Databoard saw the Super Boom Blaster gather energy. He drove like crazy as it fired, and the blast flew towards him.

Databoard stepped on it, but the beam hit the back of the Fire Hammer, lifting the vehicle and sending it into the wall of an apartment. Databoard jumped off before it hit the apartment, and fell hard onto the asphalt.

The Voltage flew towards him, ready to make sure he was gone.

Databoard slowly got to his feet, but he had been injured in his fall. He saw the Voltage moving towards him, so he dragged himself behind a pile of rubble. He would just have to stay hidden until the Voltage went away, and then he would have to get back to HQ.

The Voltage flew over the now-burning Fire Hammer, and started going towards the ShadowTech HQ.

Databoard watched as the Voltage began to fly away. It was still at just a low enough altitude that he got an idea that might just work. Databoard reached into his pocket and took out a Satellite Tracking Bug. He flung it into the air and it attached to the side of the Voltage, allowing him to determine its location later. He then slowly began heading for Dino Attack HQ...

----

After catching a lot of Mutant Dinos on Adventurers' Island, the Pallas Athena moved to the shadowy remains of LEGO Island. It was bad enough seeing the place looking so empty and desolate; the shadows surrounding the island almost seemed to be alive, reaching out and trying to devour the airship. Rex launched a few nets at Mutant Raptors and Lizards, and PBB stunned a Mutant Pteranodon.

"Look over there," Rex said. There was an empty and ripped-up cover of a book: the Constructopedia. All of pages were torn out. "I wonder where all the pages are..."

"They're probably all ripped up and destroyed, too," muttered PBB. "Plus, we're going to have to worry about things other than that right now!" He pointed at a Mutant T-Rex rampaging through what used to be the racetrack. Rex prepared another one of those "tangle nets" and launched it at the Dino, tangling it up.

"Where to now?" asked PBB.

"How about Sabatina?" suggested Rex. "We'll be able to catch many Dinos there at Port Royal and Eldorado Fortress, I'm assuming."

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The Voltage was nearing ShadowTech HQ, and began firing at it. Immediately, ShadowTech T-1 Typhoons and jets flew to stop Kotua, but most ended up on the ground as piles of flaming metal.

Soon the Voltage started destroying ground units. The ShadowTech agents ran off, scared for their life.

"Destroy them all," muttered Kotua, aiming for the most potent vehicles.

*****

Databoard finally made it to Dino Attack HQ, and headed towards the medical room. "What happened?" said a surprised doctor.

Databoard walked inside the room. "Kotua happened, that's what," Databoard said.

The doctor looked at Databoard. "Well, you don't seem to be injured badly," he said. "But, you may need time to rest."

Databoard walked out of room. He got into a spare Fire Hammer and drove off. He still had to find out what was up with Kotua....

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The first thing that Rex, PBB, Chompy, and Little Bot noticed about Port Royal was all the broken wood. The second thing was the snapped rope. The third thing how empty it was. There was not a single Mutant Dino in sight. "Strange," Rex noted.

"Of course!" Rex said. "The Mutant Dinos are all hiding in the mine! It must be a wreck in there."

"There's no way that this airship could go into that mine undetected," PBB said.

"Ah, but I have bait!" Rex smiled as he held up a dish of raw meat. He threw the meat out of the airship, reflecting upon the fact that it must have looked like tasty dinner to the carnivorous mutants.

It was not too long before Mutant Raptors came out of the mine and hurried to the piece of meat. They started fighting over the food. Rex and PBB smiled, and they launched nets at the bunch of distracted Mutant Raptors.

----

The Voltage stopped firing on ShadowTech and moved on, as it spotted a Mutant Raptor nest.

"Stinking Dinos, making our towns into their nests. It's disgusting how Rex can feel sorry for these things. Wiping them out is the only way, the safe way, to stop the dinos from wiping out us," said Kotua.

The Raptors ran as the blasts vaporized their nest. "Don't let them escape!" shouted Kotua. Immediately two Robo-Blades flew out to destroy the Raptors.

*****

Databoard noticed the two Robo-Blades. This is my chance, thought Databoard. Immediately, he fired at one Robo-Blade, which didn't have a Beam shield. The glass cracked, and the robot smashed into the ground.

Databoard ran and saw the broken glass. He dragged out the robot pilot, and flew the Robo-Blade back to the Voltage.

Databoard landed the Robo-Blade, and he sneaked out of it and into the command deck. Kotua was watching as the other Robo-Blade tried destroying the Dinos. Then a robot came up and reported the first Robo-Blade had returned.

Hiding, Databoard heard the robot. Databoard looked around, it seemed he-

BEEP!

A cleaning robot opened its claw, dropping its broom, and grabbing Databoard.

Kotua noticed him. "Trying to kill me? Rex must be stepping up anti-human actions. You probably have your own army of Dinos, and you've gone corrupt with the power!" said Kotua.

"You're the corrupt one! Blowing up anything that defies your thoughts and ideas!" said Databoard.

"So then you're saying that when we fought Ogel, we were corrupt?" asked Kotua...

"Ogel is a criminal mastermind!" Databoard shouted. "He doesn't fight for thoughts and ideas, only conquest!"

Kotua didn't seem to care. "You came here to kill me, Data!" He said.

Databoard managed to slip a small device onto the cleaning bot, electrocuting and shorting it out. He pushed the disabled robot aside. "You're the one who tried to kill me!" he replied. "Have you gone mad?" The security robots surrounded Databoard, lasers armed. "Kotua, think about it!" Databoard shouted. "Why would I betray anybody?"

"How did you get up here? If you weren't planning on betraying me, why come here?" asked Kotua.

"Because something's gotten into you! You think everybody wants to destroy you!" said Databoard.

"It's the truth. Take him to the cells," said Kotua.

The security bots took Databoard to the cell, and took away his devices. Then, they locked him in.

----

"Ooookayyyy... Mutant Dinosaurs?" said Colonel Jack O'Neill, preparing some explosives. "Dinos go boom."

----

Databoard banged on the cell door. "Kotua, come to your senses!" he yelled, but he knew Kotua wouldn't hear him. "I came here to help, not to kill you!" Databoard looked around the cell. A laser cutter would get him out quickly, but he didn't have one. "KOTUA, HAVE YOU GONE INSANE?!" Databoard shouted.

The Security bots, thinking Databoard was yelling of hunger, pressed a button on the cell keypad.

Immediately inside the cell, a small hole opened, and an open can of noodles landed on the floor, not spilling its contents. Databoard stared at it, and decided on a risky plan.

"I ACCIDENTALLY SPILLED THE FOOD!" shouted Databoard.

After a few minutes, a cleaning bot entered, and began cleaning the mess. Databoard leapt over the bot, and sprinted out of the cell...

Databoard soon found the security bot with his equipment, and kicked it into a wall. He grabbed his devices and rushed towards the command deck. Even if Kotua wouldn't admit it, there was something quite wrong with him. And if he didn't get that through his skull soon, he would be blown out of the sky by DINO Attack.

*****

Kotua was on his chair on the Command Deck. He watched peacefully as the craft flew.

"You know, I think we can end Rex's reign of Dinos by destroying the HQ," said Kotua.

"How?" asked an advisor bot.

*****

Databoard reached the door to the command deck.

There has to be another entrance, thought Databoard. He looked around. Looks like there isn't, he thought. He took out his blaster, and opened the door.

To Databoard's surprise, four security bots were aiming at him.

"Wrong door?" said Databoard.

Four security bots hovered behind Databoard. "Wrong move," said one of the bots.

Databoard looked around at the security bots. "Hands up," one of the robots said. Databoard reached for one of his devices, a medal tube. He flung it at the robots and ducked. Seconds later, lasers began firing from the tube, sending the robots fleeing. Databoard rushed past the fleeing security bots onto the control deck.

Kotua noticed Databoard enter. "Not betraying me?" Kotua asked mockingly.

"Look, Kotua, Rex and the DINO team isn't trying to kill you! We're trying to stop a Dino attack," said Databoard.

"Rex is using that excuse to get more dinos he can 'tame'. I'm stopping the dinos from attacking by destroying the dinos..." said Kotua.

"Kotua, why won't you listen?" Databoard said. "Senseless destruction never solved anything!"

"You're lying!" Kotua said. "DINO Attack wants to kill me!"

"Because you're trying to kill us!" Databoard said. "You've nearly killed several agents!"

"Because you're protecting those dumb things! I'm helping humanity by getting rid of these 'Dinos', and Rex and the rest think keeping alive those things will help..." said Kotua.

"Because Dinos have lives too, you know?" said Databoard.

"Correction, they used to. As we speak, Mechanic Bots are fixing the front blaster with a special blast that will get rid of Dinos only. Humans and structures will remain unharmed. Not sure about cars though..." said Kotua.

"Kotua, don't you see what you're doing?" Databoard yelled. "A mass extermination never solved anything! You say you're saving humanity, but you're just adding to the destruction!"

"You've seen what they're doing, Databoard!" Kotua said. "They're the ones who are destroying!"

"I don't know if it's due to you attacking HQ, or the obliteration of my Fire Hammer..." Databoard said. "...But I don't believe you!"

"You don't know them, Databoard..." said Kotua.

"And you do?" said Databoard.

"I helped create some of them with the man in black... but I never knew they would be out of control..." said Kotua.

"You're lying again!" said Databoard, calling Kotua's bluff.

"How would I make an anti-Mutant Dino formula if I didn't know?" said Kotua, trying to save face.

"Kotua, you have to stop this madness!" Databoard said. "Stop it before every DINO Attack agent wants to kill you!"

"Let them try," Kotua said. "I'm safe on the Voltage."

"I managed to get up here," Databoard replied. "Now imagine what would happen if someone who wanted to hurt you got aboard."

"You're the one who wants to hurt me!" Kotua shouted.  "Rex sees the Dinos as any animal, but they learn and quickly adapt. Soon, no weapon known to us will able to even make a dent to them, so why not destroy them while they're weak?"

"How do you know we even need to put a dent in them?" Databoard said. "They aren't beyond saving."

"You're beginning to sound like Rex," Kotua said.

Databoard glanced at the door, and noticed the Security Drones getting up. He would have to act fast. With no other options, he turned towards Kotua. "I'm sorry, Kotua..." Databoard said. "... But I have to stop you."

Kotua quickly dodged Databoard and leapt over him, and ran out the door. Databoard chased after him, but the security bots shocked him, forcing him to drop his weapons.

The Security Bots pushed Databoard to the hangar side of the craft. Kotua walked towards Databoard.

"I'm sorry it has to end this way, but your idea to ignore humans for dinos is quite ridiculous. Maybe next time you'll get a better life..." said Kotua.

The Security Bots pushed Databoard off the Voltage.

"He'll find a way to live, I'm sure of it!" said Kotua.

----

Turahk-Kal started in Antarctica, where he prepared his weapons and vehicle for the rest of the world. Then, Turahk-Kal got on a barge, heading to LEGO Studios.

Turahk-Kal arrived at LEGO Studios and drove up in the Fire Hammer. While staying away from Mutant Lizards, he made his way to Studio #1. He found a film crew hat and put it on. After looking around, he drove to the dock and began a voyage to Adventurers' Island...

Turahk-Kal reached Adventurers' Island. He drove up on beach and saw a horrible sight. The jungle was ablaze and the natural dinos were running everywhere. A Mutant Raptor in the distance was picking them off one by one.

A young T-Rex ran and hid under the car. "Don't be afraid, little guy," Turahk-Kal said as he picked him up and put him in the back. He began driving to Sphinx through the desert to protect the ruins.

Turahk-Kal reached the outskirts of the Sphinx, only to find two Mutant T-Rexes slowly demolishing the place. Parking the car a distance away and placing concussion mines around it, Turahk-Kal made an improvised entrance by blowing a hole in the wall. Before the T-Rexes noticed, he swiftly ducked inside.

----

Databoard plunged down the Voltage, next to a skyscraper.

He looked around, and took out a piece of rope, with a hook on one end. Databoard swung the rope, and flung it. The hook smashed into open of the windows, and latched onto a pillar.

Databoard stopped abruptly, and swung until he smashed the window on the floor he was. He got up, brushing off pieces of glass, and walked towards the elevator...

*****

"I can't believe Rex turned even Databoard against me!" said Kotua.

"It was to be expected," said the advisor bot.

"Well, I think maybe the blast might be weakened by the settings of 'no harm humans and buildings'. Let's put it full power. I'm sure Rex hid the dinos in the Dino Attack HQ, and if we fire there, we'll kill two birds with one stone..." said Kotua.

*****

Databoard got up to an observation deck as the Voltage began to head off. Databoard fired a cable launcher at the bottom of the ship as it passed overhead. Once he was one the hull, he took out a laser cuter and began making a hole in the Voltage's underside.

The Voltage's front hatches opened, revealing the giant cannon. Energy for the Ice Ray, the Beam Blast, the Super Boom Blaster, and another new weapon mode, began charging up.

Databoard saw this, and tired harder and faster to cut a hole, but the hull was stronger than he thought. It would take a more powerful beam...

Databoard put the laser cutter away and pulled out a laser rifle. It was much more effective than the smaller laser cutter, or a standard handheld laser, but it was still taking a long time. Databoard glanced at the Voltage's weapons, which were still charging up. He would have to get inside soon and stop Kotua's plan.

*****

Kotua watched as the weapon charged up, and the Voltage was arriving at Dino Attack HQ. A T-1 Typhoon flew into the air, and fired its weapons, but the Voltage fired back with a laser turret, destroying the T-1 Typhoon's rotors. The helicopter plunged down, smashing into a police station.

Kotua commanded most energy in the Voltage to shields, and the turrets, with what was left for the blast. After that, Kotua immediately closed the doors to the engine room, and other critical points. He also closed the hangar doors...

*****

Databoard finally made a hole in the underside. It was very small, but wide enough for Databoard to slip through. He began sneaking towards the front of the ship, where the weapons were located. If he could disable the weapons, then he could stop Kotua from destroying DINO Attack HQ.

Databoard managed to sneak onto the place where the wires and other things were connected to the giant cannon. If he cut a wrong wire, the craft could fire, and would still cause great damage, even if the craft wasn't fully powered. Databoard of course didn't know the blast was 50% charged...

Databoard heard the sound of a cleaning robot approaching. He quickly ducked behind a stack of crates as it walked by. It walked by, soon followed by several more. Once they passed, Databoard returned to the wires.

To make sure no one would catch him, Databoard wired his PDA into the security system. He noticed the display was stating all crucial doors on the Voltage were locked, including where he was, the weapon's system room, and the shields were up as well. Well, there goes sneaking out once I'm done... Databoard thought.

*****

After rebuilding some of the destruction by Kotua, ShadowTech sent more jets to stop Kotua.

The ten ShadowTech jets were now arriving at Kotua's location, and began firing. The Voltage fired nine blasts which took down five jets, and crippled two more. The remaining three jets scrambled, and activated their Beam analyzer systems. With the system, they could find a weak spot in the Beam Shield surrounding the craft... that is, if they weren't shot down before they found it...

"Weapon 60% ready," said a computerized voice aboard the Voltage.

The five remaining ShadowTech jets flew everywhere, avoiding the blasts. The Jets activated a phasing mode, and passed through the blasts unharmed.

"Old tricks? This ought to teach them!" said Kotua, pressing a button

The turrets charged a little, and fired again. The jets avoided the blasts, but one was stuck.

"It won't hit me anyways!" said the confident ShadowTech pilot. The blast hit the craft, scattering the jet's molecules everywhere, ceasing its existence.

"Uh-oh!" said another pilot. The now four remaining jets fired their weapons at the Voltage, but the beam shields blocked the blasts.

"They must be working with Rex... but they won't stop me from defeating him!" said Kotua. He walked to another control.

The turrets started firing more frequently, taking down two jets. The two remaining jets unphased, only to be hit by beam blasts...

*****

Databoard looked over the mess of wires that powered the weapons. If he didn't cut the wire in the right place, well, it could be summed up in one word: BOOM. Just once, I'd like to open the control panel to a weapon, and find a neon sign saying 'Cut this wire', Databoard thought.

Databoard slowly looked around the wires. He needed to find the right wire, or DINO Attack HQ would be destroyed. He could hear vehicles attacking outside, which might distract them long enough to disable the weapon. He looked through the wires more. The wire had to there somewhere...

*****

Dino Attack agents ran away from Dino Attack HQ, and into abandoned buildings. Some made it... and some didn't...

"Rex must have moved the Dinos somewhere else. Oh, well. By destroying this place, he won't be able to hide them here!" said Kotua. "Look at those Rex-helpers run. I'm barely just getting started!"

Missiles rained down, seeking agents. Most blasted them with blasters, but there were more missiles than agents.

Suddenly, fifty black jets flew towards the Voltage...

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Rex, PBB, Little Bot, and Chompy were unloading all the captured Mutant Dinos to his hideout at the abandoned prison. "They'll be safe there from Kotua," Rex said. "I just pray that the other agents are safe from Kotua as well..."

PBB frowned. "Something's not right..." he muttered.

BING! Rex looked down. Another report was in. "Kotua attacked Dino Attack HQ?!?" he read. "This is an outrage! Kotua definitely has gone crazy!" After continuing to rant, he read on to find out that several agents had died. "This is insane!" he yelled.

Then, Rex sat down. "It's all my fault. I tamed the Dinos, or at least I hoped I could. Then Trouble got in trouble, and nearly got Rev killed. If I hadn't tamed Trouble, then Rev wouldn't have tried and save Trouble, which meant that Kotua wouldn't try to harm Rev. Then, Kotua didn't like that I was taming - not killing - the Dinos, so he tried and kill me. I guess several agents sided with me - the several agents who later got harmed just for being in Kotua's way. And now, Kotua is attacking Dino Attack HQ. All because I couldn't get over my strange habit of taming." After a pause, an uncomfortable silence, he added: "I was never meant to be a Dino Attack Agent."

PBB sat beside Rex. "Don't talk like that," he said, trying to cheer up Rex. "You are an excellent Dino Attack agent, you just… uh, well, have a different, uh, feeling for these Mutant Dinos."

"Yeah," Rex said, "different enough to have Kotua turn into a killer maniac."

PBB felt that it was best to change the subject. "So, uh, what career did you have before being a Dino Attack agent?"

"I don't even remember my own past," Rex said. He thought for a moment. "I have a very, very faint memory of... scientists. They were crowded around something. I remember one saying something like, 'Oh, no! Now it completely thinks it's human!'" He laughed. "I guess I was a scientist. Might've gotten accidentally brainwashed by an experiment, though."

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In a secret laboratory, several scientists were crowded around a screen showing Kotua's attack upon Dino Attack HQ.

"Ah, so Dino Attack Headquarters is being attacked by one of their own agents?" asked one, a man with short black hair and a pair of glasses.

"Yes," answered another, a beautiful woman with her long red hair tied back in a ponytail. "This is exactly what we wanted!"

"It's more than just 'what we wanted'," said the lead scientist, a charismatic bald man who gently stroked his goatee with satisfaction. "If my intel is correct, agent Rex is the main reason why Kotua is doing this. Our plan, which we had once feared to be a failure, is working in the end! Soon enough, Rex will bring about the end of these so-called 'heroes', and no one will be left to interfere with our goals!"

The group of scientists cheered.

----

Suddenly, black vehicles pulled up and began firing at the Voltage.

"What's going on?" asked Specs, who was hiding too.

"No idea," muttered Shadow.

"I know," said a voice. Both Dino Attack agents turned back. Cane was standing there. "I've decided to help you. After all, you know the new Kotua better than me and my team do."

"I think you want something else..." said Specs.

"I want Kotua alive..." said Cane.

"Okay, we'll do our best. We need to take him down as fast as possible though," said Shadow.

Black ambulances pulled up, and the doctors carried the wounded and the dead to the ambulances, and then drove them to the HQ...

*****

The ShadowTech jets scrambled, and began firing at the Voltage.

"Sir, they'll break through, we must surrender!" said one of the bots.

"No. I'm not going down without a fight. I'll show you how to deal with jets. Besides, there are a lot of tools that haven't been used!" said Kotua.

The jet leader flew over the craft, and got his trigger ready. He pressed the trigger, but to his surprise, nothing happened! The turrets turned to face him. The pilot jerked the control stick to the left, but the jet continued flying towards the craft.

"Mayday! Mayday!" shouted the pilot through his commlink. The other jets suddenly flew away from the craft, even though the pilots pulled the control sticks as hard as possible...

The out-of-control jets flew into buildings, unable to regain control.

The Voltage was now at 70% of energy. The black ShadowTech vehicles fired, but the Voltage's Beam Shields stopped any blast from impacting the craft...

*****

Databoard wiped sweat off his forehead. He could hear the Voltage's main weapon charging. He didn't know how close it was to full capacity, but he would have to stop it soon. Outside, he heard weapons bashing against the beam shield, causing no damage. If he didn't do something fast, DINO Attack HQ would be a pile of rubble.

*****

The Voltage fired back, blowing up half of the ShadowTech vehicles. The remaining vehicles continued firing back, but the drivers and gunners were giving up hope.

Kotua checked the weakest point in the Dino Attack HQ. "Soon, Rex will pay!" said Kotua.

Kotua then remembered the Dino Attack agents in Antarctica. I'll deal with those later... with the satellites, thought Kotua.

----

After completing his mission at Adventurers' Island, Turahk-Kal boarded a barge headed for LEGO City.

While sitting on the barge eating a microwaved burger watching TV, Turahk-Kal turned to the news and saw a reported behind a devastating scene. Dino Attack HQ was in pieces. Dead and wounded littered the streets. Setting a course, Turahk-Kal prayed Kotua would be stopped...

Turahk-Kal drove down the dock in the Fire Hammer and witnessed a horrific sight: the Voltage was over Dino Attack HQ, firing at the black vehicles. Flooring it, he began speeding to Dino Attack HQ.

*****

Kotua spotted agent Turahk-Kal. "Hmm... another one..." muttered Kotua.

*****

Turahk-Kal got out of his Fire Hammer, when a blast hit it, destroying it. "Hey!" said Turahk-Kal, but he soon ran as more blasts tried to hit him.

Turahk-Kal ran down the alley behind an abandoned police station. He went inside and realized, duh, it was a police station, therefore, security was tighter and most of the inside was intact. Quickly looking on the roof, he discovered a helicopter. Getting inside, he powered it up and headed towards Antarctica to get a new vehicle and protect the last area where agents could be safe...

*****

Weapons could be heard firing everywhere, giving Databoard a terrible headache. He worked fast to try and disable the weapons systems, and then try and get Kotua to come to his senses. He continued searching for the right wires for the forward weaponry, because if he would that he would disable the weapon.

The blast was now at 80%. Databoard looked, but there were too many wires...

The sound of the weapon was now so loud that it drowned out the all other noise. Databoard couldn't find the right wire in this mess, and there was next no time left. He looked at the wires again, but he couldn't find it. He took a wire cutter out of his pocket. He would just have to make a guess.

Databoard cut a wire....

There was a silent two minutes...

Then, a loud sound, and then it quieted down...

*****

Fifty more ShadowTech jets flew out to fight the Voltage. The jets scrambled as giant energy ball fired from the Voltage and flew over the horizon...

*****

Databoard got out of the wires, and started looking for a way to get to Kotua.

Databoard placed a device on the door to the weapon system room. Electricity surged through the door, disabling the locking mechanism. He rushed through the now open door, laser rifle in hand. He headed for the command deck, guessing that was where Kotua would be.

Databoard barged into the Command Deck. It was empty. He ran to the hangar, which also was empty. Databoard ran across the Voltage, which seemed to be entirely empty.

What in the world happened? Was this what was going to happen to Dino Attack HQ? thought Databoard...

Suddenly Databoard felt pain, and closed his eyes...

Databoard opened his eyes to see an angry Kotua. "So, you think a few wires will stop me?! You're wrong!" said Kotua.

Databoard realized Security Bots had disarmed him.

"Any last words?" said Kotua...

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Chapter 4: The Great Escape

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"Kotua, don't you see what you're doing?!" Databoard said. "The only reason I came here was to help you, not to hurt you! I never even thought about inflicting harm upon you, even when you attacked my Fire Hammer. Killing me will merely once again prove to DINO Attack that you're a threat. It won't accomplish anything, Kotua."

Kotua fired, but Databoard gained enough strength to roll out of the way. "Kotua, don't!" he shouted, before having to roll out of the way again. Kotua continued shooting, and Databoard kept evading the blasts with all his strength.

Databoard slowly gained enough strength to get to his feet. He ducked to avoid getting hit by Kotua's blasts. Databoard had no weapons to fight Kotua, so he had to avoid being shot. "Kotua, I'm not here to harm you!" he shouted. "Even if everyone else wants to take a laser rifle to your head, I don't!" Kotua shot again, and Databoard ducked out of the way. "Kotua, get it through your head!"

Security Bots flew towards Databoard and shocked him.

"You stop me from neutralizing evil forces. How is that helpful?!" said Kotua.

"You're the one who's having a fantasy about Rex and the rest being evil!" said Databoard.

"Well, I'm sure you can tell Rex when he joins you," said Kotua. He raised his gun, and aimed at Databoard's head. "See ya..."

"Kotua, I'm not evil!" Databoard said.

Kotua was about to fire when the Voltage shook, knocking the weapon from his hand. All the DINO Attack vehicles and the ShadowTech vehicles were firing at them. "I told you they were against me!" Kotua said.

Databoard replied: "Well, when you try to destroy their base, they aren't very nice about it."

"Reminds me of Ogel..." muttered Kotua.

Kotua walked towards the control panel, and pressed a button. "Time to retreat!" said Kotua, sitting on a chair, and strapping on.

The Voltage shook.

"Now we'll see whether Rex really cares for anything else other than those dumb creatures..." muttered Kotua.

*****

Everybody on the ground was shooting at the craft, when its thrusters glowed and it flew off at the speed of light.

A Fire Hammer waited in neutral gear with its cannons ready.  A dark figure exited the jeep, walked up to the LEGO City waterfront, and removed his hood.  "Boo," he grumbled under his breath.

Glide had been trailing after the Voltage, hoping to rescue Databoard.  He even brought his patented 'Disappearing Gear' (only to be used in emergencies) and grappling hooks just for the occasion.  But, he had arrived just in time to see the Voltage flying away at impossible speeds, zooming out over the ocean.

Of course, his Fire Hammer was not equipped for water travel.  Now, all Glide could do was wait for the Voltage to return to the mainland…

----

Rex noticed that agent "Turahk-Kal" had joined the team.

PBB thought for a moment. "I believe I may have heard that name before," he said. "My databanks suggest that the codename may have been derived from the names of several mythology deities worshipped by the native tribes of Enchanted Island."

Rex shrugged. "I just hope he's safe from Kotua." He looked at PBB. "Is there any weapon on this thing that is strong enough to destroy the Voltage? Or at least hard enough to whack some senses into Kotua?"

PBB began to say something, then thought about it. He immediately checked the large panel filled with buttons. Then, he looked at Rex. "I believe there is something..." he said. "The Voltage may be cloaked, but we know where Dino Attack Headquarters formerly stood. So, let's quickly get there!"

"Okay!" Rex said. He was about to go to the controls when a Mutant Raptor pack appeared on the ground below. "This isn't good," Rex muttered. "Why did it have to be when we were trying to stop Kotua?"

----

During the trip to Antarctica, a warning light flashed on the console. "A pteranodon must have punctured the fuel tank," Turahk-Kal thought aloud.

The fuel meter reached zero and the craft slowly descended to the ocean. With a thud it landed on the surface. To Turahk-Kal's surprise, the helicopter didn't sink. It just floated there.

"Well, looks like I'm dead in the water," Turahk-Kal said to himself. Rummaging through the back of the copter, Turahk-Kal found a survival kit. Included was a radio. Turning it on, he sent a S.O.S. to whoever might be listening.

Eating a granola bar, Turahk-Kal continued to send out a S.O.S. to anyone. It was getting dark and becoming very cold. He rummaged through the survival pack and found an emergency sleeping bag. Putting it on, he sat in the chair and fell asleep...

*****

The Voltage stopped over the ocean. It was now dark, and the craft activated lights.

Agent Turahk-Kal was sleeping, when a blue light appeared from above. The sleeping agent didn't feel anything as the Voltage picked him up.

"Wake up!" said Kotua.

Turahk-Kal woke, to find he had been thrown in a jail cell, along with agent Databoard.

"So, Rex thought you'd be a good scout for when I retreated?" said Kotua.

"No, I was stranded, and decided to sleep since I couldn't do anything," said Turahk-Kal.

Kotua left Turahk-Kal and Databoard alone, locked in the cell. He walked back to the command deck, and pressed a button. Four robots flew towards the wires Databoard had cut, and began repairing them...

*****

The Pallas Athena arrived too late at Dino Attack HQ. But, a report on Turahk-Kal's disappearance near the Voltage gave Rex a clue where the Voltage was. "Now we have to help both Data and Turahk-Kal!" he said. "PBB?"

He turned around to see PBB holding one Green Brick and three White Bricks. He threw them into the engine. Suddenly, they were warped into a blue vortex, and then reappeared in pursuit of the Voltage.

"What was that?" Rex asked, shocked.

"That," PBB explained, "was the turbo boost. Upgraded enough to send us through a vortex."

The Voltage was firing at the vehicle that Turahk-Kal had been on. The craft slowly moved away from the now-burning vehicle, unaware of PBB's arrival.

"Hopefully," Rex said, "the Voltage won't turn around. It won't detect us by scanner or anything like that due to the fact we're still cloaked. Now, what are we going to do?"

PBB thought. "That's a problem right there alone. The only ones who know that much about Kotua's technology and its weaknesses are either captured... or disappeared. As far as I know, shooting at the Voltage won't work; even if would could pierce its Beam Shields, it's too armored for our weapons to deal significant damage. We can't sneak onboard either; it's crawling with security bots, and we'd be quickly captured. Kotua would probably kill you and Chompy, or disable Little Bot and me."

"Well, we need a plan," Rex said.

Chompy grunted.

PBB shot a glare at Chompy, and Rex raised an eyebrow in bemusement.  "Chompy says 'No duh!'," translated PBB.  "And that's a rather… tactful translation."

*****

"You don't have any equipment, do you?" Databoard muttered.

Turahk-Kal shook his head. "Nope, they took everything."

Databoard looked around the cell. He knew the only way out of a Voltage cell was with a phasing device, or a clever trick. "We have to get out of here," Databoard continued. "They're no doubt repairing that wire I cut, and then he'll return to DINO HQ."

Databoard got up, looking at the door. "Fortunately, I have a backup plan." He opened a hidden pocket, nearly invisible to the human - or robot - eyes, and took out a small tube. He pressed a button, and an orange spray shot at the door. Within seconds, it was covered in rust. "Instant corrosion spay," Databoard said. "Homemade weapon." With that, he charged at the door, and it fell over, weakened by the spray.

"Let's go!" Databoard said, putting the tube back in the pocket and rushing off, grabbing a nearby laser rifle as he did.

Kotua made sure all places were locked down, forcing Databoard and Turahk-Kal to go to the top of the craft. There were more cannons, and walkways to them. They could see clouds passing through them. Databoard sprayed one of the turrets, but the metal on them was rust-proof.

The staircase they had come through closed, and all turrets turned towards them.

"This is not good," Databoard muttered. The turrets began firing at the two, Databoard grabbed Turahk-Kal, and dove out of the way. They kept evading the lasers as there were fired at them.

"We can't keep this up forever!" Turahk-Kal said, dodging another blast.

Databoard leapt over a blast. "We only have to keep it long enough to come up with a plan," he said.

The Voltage continued firing at the two agents, forcing them to run. Then the turrets went into their hatches.

"Something bad is about to happen," said Databoard.

*****

"Sir, we're 70% ready to activate the turbo thrusters again," said the robot.

"Good," said Kotua. He walked to a control panel, and set the coordinates...

*****

Databoard began wondering what was going on. He was half expecting a larger laser to come up and blow them away. He rushed over to the door and began melting a hole in the side with the laser rifle, but it was taking much too long.

Databoard heard the engines roar.

*****

"80% sir," said the robot.

"Good," said Kotua.

*****

A turret popped out and began firing at both agents. Turahk-Kal leapt out of the way, and Databoard ducked. Turahk-Kal ran off as the turret fired.

"Turahk, come back!" said Databoard.

Turahk-Kal ran across the walkway, until he reached the back of the craft. Turahk-Kal looked down. He could hear the water splashing.

Databoard took out the laser rifle and began firing at the turret. Most of the lasers did very little damage, and it shot at him again. He got out of the way, and the lasers left a scorch mark on the Voltage. Databoard shot again, leaving very little damage yet again.

Turahk-Kal ran back, holding a piece of the rail. "Kotua sure made the rails cheap," said Turahk-Kal. He leapt at the turret, and hit it with the rail.

While the turret was busy with Turahk-Kal, Databoard returned to making a hole in the door. He hadn't expected the door to be so thick, and he didn't know how long until the turret was no longer distracted. He continued to shoot at the door, slowing boring through the door...

*****

"90% sir," said the bot.

"I wonder whether we'll be able to fire the blast at the HQ again," said Kotua.

*****

Another turret surfaced and began firing electricity bolts at Turahk-Kal.

Databoard slowly made a hole in the door. He already made a small hole in the door, and working on enlarging it so a person would fit. The turrets were still firing at Turahk-Kal, giving Databoard more time to make the hole larger. It was almost large enough, just a minute or two...

After a few minutes, Databoard dragged the unconscious Turahk-Kal and pushed him into the hole, and then jumped in.

*****

"100%."

*****

Databoard was about to move, when he slammed against the wall.

The turrets that had popped out were ripped out by the wind.

Databoard tried to haul himself along the deck, dragging the knocked-out Turahk-Kal with him. He slowly headed towards an elevator, but he was unable to hold on. He was sent flying backwards into a wall. He would just have to wait until the Voltage slowed down...

The craft soon was back in the city. Databoard got up, but before he could do anything, security bots surrounded him.

"So you escaped," said Kotua.

"We're trying to help you!" said Databoard.

"Then you should have let me destroy the HQ. Rex won't use it to hide the dinos..." said Kotua.

Databoard aimed his laser at the security bots. They tried to shock him, but he jumped over them and blasted them to bits. "Kotua, Rex doesn't even have dinos there!" Databoard said. "I don't even know where he keeps the dinos he tames!" Kotua pulled out a laser, but Databoard took out his corrosion spray, and the weapon was useless within seconds.

"You're lying!" said Kotua, and the security bots flew at Databoard. Kotua ran towards Databoard, and kicked his spray away. "Give up!" said Kotua, trying to punch Databoard.

"Rex is just trying to keep everybody alive!" said Databoard.

"You must be quite dumb to believe him..." said Kotua, kicking him into a wall.

Databoard ducked to avoid a security bot, then blasted it with his laser rifle. He jumped over another security bot. He was then nearly punched by Kotua, but he got out of the way. Kotua then kicked the laser out of Databoard's hand.

Kotua kicked Databoard, and then he jumped at Databoard, and began punching him. Databoard pushed Kotua off, and kicked him. Two security Bots dragged Turahk-Kal away...

Out of nowhere, Glide appeared.  "Who are you?!" demanded Kotua.

"Isn't it obvious, you mad dog?" Glide said. "Your worst nightmare!" He threw a black sphere onto the floor, which released a smokescreen and allowed him to sneak behind Kotua. "Shall we dance?" said Glide, sneering.

"How did you get past the beam shields without the proper technology?" asked Databoard, teaming up with Glide and using his instant corrosion spray to add to the mayhem as they were swarmed by robots.

"I just used the old-fashioned way," boasted Glide.  "Ram into anything hard enough, and you'll get through."

"Wait, what?" said Databoard.  "The beam shields produce extreme heat!  How are you still standing?"

"I'm okay!" insisted Glide.  "Just feeling a little parched, that's all."

Glide was about to kill Kotua, when Kotua suddenly jumped up and punched him in the face, knocking him to the floor.

"The things I get myself into…" muttered Glide as he got himself up.

*****

Slowly, light returned to Turahk-Kal's eyes. He glanced around and realized he was being dragged away by security bots. Wriggling a little, he worked one hand loose. Before the bot could react, he reached in his hidden pocket and pulled out two magnetized cherry bombs. Quickly, he threw them at one bot. They attached and exploded, creating a hole in the bot.

The other bot came after him. He ducked as it swiped at him and kicked it on the underside. It flipped over and fell with a crack. Quickly getting up, Turahk-Kal ran in the opposite direction of where they had been taking him.

The Security Bots went into battle mode.

Turahk-Kal was running when two appeared, and one had swords. Turahk-Kal jumped as one swiped. The other fired electricity bolts, taking down Turahk-Kal and the other bot.

The Security Bot then fired an immobilizer blast, immobilizing Turahk-Kal. The bot then locked him in a cell...

*****

Glide fell to the floor, the effects of passing through a beam shield now becoming apparent. "Need... water..." muttered Glide.

"Too bad..." said Kotua, and four Security Bots dragged Glide to another cell.

Databoard fired, but Kotua dodged the blast. Four more security bots flew at Databoard and immobilized him.

"You'll pay..." said Kotua.

The Security Bots dragged Databoard to another cell. Soon, the three agents were in three different cells.

*****

Dromus climbed into her brand-spanking-shining-new Urban Avenger, smiling to herself as she sped off to the HQ to introduce herself.

Dromus arrived at the HQ, to see the agents evacuating. Most were looking up, with scared faces. Then she looked at the sky. A giant craft, the Voltage, was flying above the HQ, firing at the people below.

Kotua pressed a button. The craft's front hatch opened, revealing the giant cannon. It aimed at the HQ, and began charging.

Dromus heard someone mutter, "Not again..."

"What's going on?" Dromus asked one of the Dino Attack agents, who looked like he had pooped in his pants.

"That thing wants to destroy us!" said the agent.

"Why?" asked Dromus.

"I don't know. It just began firing at the HQ..." said the agent.

*****

Databoard banged on the cell door. He now had no weapons whatsoever, as he had dropped the corrosion spray when he fought Kotua. There was no way out other than a ventilation shaft near the ceiling, but that was bolted shut. Of course, Databoard didn't care, as he disliked being stuck in a prison cell. He pulled on it with all his strength, but only succeeded in loosening it a little. He kept pulling, until the bolts could take no more. They snapped in half and the vent burst off. Databoard hauled himself into the vent and snuck off.

Turahk-Kal didn't have as much luck as Databoard. He pulled on the bars, spat on them, but nothing happened. His vent was out of the cell. He lay down and once again fell asleep...

*****

Kotua watched as the machine achieved 30%.

The black ShadowTech vehicles tried to take down the craft, but Voltage wiped out the remaining vehicles. There were no more jets left, and only the remaining Dino Attack Team vehicles were available...

*****

A cleaning robot was walking down a corridor when a vent landed on its head. Just as it was about to go complain about the faulty construction, something else landed on it: agent Databoard. He got up off the disabled robot and rushed off to try and stop Kotua...

*****

Kotua watched the ray reach 40%. I need to speed up the energy... thought Kotua.

He looked over the different tools. Gah! thought Kotua.

Immediately, solar powered satellites beamed their energy at Kotua's craft, raising the energy level to 60%...

*****

Databoard rushed down the corridors of the Voltage towards the place where he knew Kotua was: the command deck. He had found his laser rifle, along with most of his equipment. He was soon near the door, and burst inside.

Kotua turned around. "What?! How could you escape?!" said Kotua.

"That's not what matters. What matters is that I stop you from destroying Dino Attack Team," said Databoard.

"I trusted in you, Data..." said Kotua, pushing a button.  "But, I now trust in someone else... You might remember him..."

Databoard heard metal footsteps. He turned around to see a robot at least three times his size, armored in green and yellow metal. With a sense of dread, he instantly recognized the robot, having fought it (or rather, its previous iterations) during Mission Deep Freeze.

"Meet Guardian Mk. IV," said Kotua proudly.

The robot swung its fist, sending Databoard through the window in the Command Deck. Databoard fell outside the craft's command deck, and landed on a Jet Runway of the Voltage.

"Great," muttered Databoard.

Guardian Mk. IV leapt down after Databoard, who barely got out of the way. The robot's impact was so hard, it sent Databoard flying. Guardian tried to step on the agent, but he rolled out of the way. The Guardian punched Databoard, hurling him into a wall.

"I hope the paint job doesn't get ruined," said Kotua.

Databoard fired at Guardian IV, but the robot phased and the blast went through. Guardian un-phased and its eyes charged up. Databoard leapt out of the way as Guardian fired, hitting a turret.

Databoard avoided being hit by more blasts, until the Guardian kicked him across the runway. He fired a grappling hook up to the command deck, but the robot grabbed him as he went up. The Guardian flung him across the entire runway. He hit the ground and skidded until he was a few feet from the edge. Databoard tried to get up, but he was in too much pain.

Guardian Mk. IV flew towards Databoard, and picked him up. <Foolish agent. Nobody can defeat me!> said the robot, flying back towards the Command Deck.

"So, Data, you just tried to kill me!" said Kotua.

"So did you..." muttered Databoard.

"You could have safely stayed in the cell..." said Kotua.

"Kotua, you know me, I hate being stuck in a cell," Databoard said weakly. "And I also don't like it when agent I thought I trusted tries to blow up everybody."

"I TRUSTED YOU!" Kotua roared. "You betrayed me!"

"Kotua, for the billionth time, I'm not evil," Databoard replied. "Why don't you believe me?"

"I don't trust you because you tried to kill me! And I don't want to blow them up, or I would have used the military nuclear bombs... hmm, not a bad idea, Data! If I use nuclear bombs..."

"There are no bombs left to use," said Databoard.

"Tell me one reason I should trust you and Rex, and the rest…" said Kotua.

"Because I can't think of a time where I betrayed you!" Databoard shouted. "I'm not against you, Kotua! No offense, but get that through your thick skull!"

The Guardian squeezed Databoard tighter, signifying Kotua's response to that statement.

"Thick-headed! We'll see who's thick-headed!" said Kotua.  "I can think of a time you did betray me. When I chased that dumb dino Rev protected..."

"Because the dino was tamed!" said Databoard.

"Sure..." said Kotua sarcastically.

"Will you figure out that I'm not against you?!" Databoard said. "No one is against you! Well, until you tried to blow up HQ..."

"So you're admitting that DINO Attack HQ is against me!" Kotua said triumphantly.

Databoard rolled his eyes. "Yeah, thanks to your own sheer stupidity!" Databoard shouted. "You tried to destroy DINO Attack HQ! Did you think they're going to say: 'Thank you Kotua'?"

"Hey, rebuilding might cost less," said Kotua.

"Just stop firing and we can work something out..." said Databoard.

Kotua looked at a security camera, seeing the remains of the vehicles that were attacking the Voltage. He grimaced as he saw both ShadowTech and Dino Attack vehicles among the wreckage.

"They're working with the BZP Lovers... that's why they sent you... because they want me alive for their sick experiments..." said Kotua.

"You forced them to cooperate when you wildly fired everywhere!" said Databoard.

"You did betray me!" said Kotua.

"I didn't even know we were working with the BZP Lovers until just now!" Databoard shouted. "I don't even know who these BZP Lovers are, Kotua!"

"LIAR!" Kotua shouted. "You did betray me! I see right through you!"

"Kotua, why won't you believe me when I tell you I haven't betrayed you?"

"You're a traitor..." said Kotua.

Databoard looked at Kotua, worrying about what might happen, when he remembered the microphone, which was probably lying in the ruins of the Fire Hammer...

Databoard rolled his eyes. "I'm not a traitor," Databoard replied. "Why is that so hard to believe?"

Kotua still didn't believe him. "I know you're a traitor," he said, ignoring Databoard's question. "You can try to fool me, but I'm smart enough to not believe you."

"Are you sure the word you're searching for is smart?" Databoard snapped back.

"Snapping back? I'm not even questioning you, and you're already nervous," said Kotua.

"What are you talking about? You can't even realize what's going on!" said Databoard.

"Oh, but I can. I can also decide to kill the other agents. I'm haven't killed them, because I wanted to see what you would do. You didn't even care what would happen to them!" said Kotua.

*****

All the while, the Pallas Athena was quietly following the Voltage. "The Guardian is on board," muttered PBB. "This isn't good."

"The what?" asked Rex.

"Guardian," answered PBB. "It was a robot that Alpha Team faced six years ago. However, now it seems to have joined Kotua. Which isn't good at all." He looked at Little Bot. "You think you can hack into the Guardian?"

"Beep bepit bo," beeped the small robot. Rex guessed what its response meant.

"I didn't think so either," PBB said. He sighed, which was clearly programmed as an emotional response since the robot did not need to breathe air.

*****

The sky had gotten darker, and lightning struck around the city.

The craft had reached 80% in the blast energy.

Guardian IV put Databoard in another cell, which had a small vent.

Two maintenance bots replaced the broken window, while Kotua searched again for Rex. "Where could he be...? He's probably with the BZP Lovers..." said Kotua

*****

At that moment, Rex was certainly NOT with ShadowTech. After all, his only experience with them as their prisoner would not make him very open to working with them. He still did not know that they formed a temporary alliance with Dino Attack Team.

But, Rex somehow had a feeling that Kotua was looking for him. The only thing keeping him and his comrades from getting captured was the fact that PBB's airship was both swift and cloaked. But, they still needed a plan...

*****

Kotua pressed a button.

The energy blast fired, and hit Dino Attack HQ, destroying the communications tower, and the energy tower.

"That should be good enough," said Kotua.

*****

"What is with him and destroying HQ?" whispered Rex.

"That's what crazy people do," PBB answered.

"Yeah, he's mad, alright," Rex whispered back.

Chompy began to growl, but in response to something else. They looked out the window to find the Pallas Athena surrounded by Mutant Pteranodons!

Rex and PBB did their best, rapidly shooting nets at every pteranodon they saw. Once the whole flock was captured, Rex got ready to collect them, but PBB said, "Come on, let's catch up with the Voltage!"

"But the Dinos-"

"Forget about them! Don't you want to save Turahk-Kal, Data, and Glide? Or do you care more about taming the Mutant Pteranodons?"

For a moment, it seemed as if a fire was burning inside Rex. He glared angrily at PBB. How dare this robot question him? It could never understand the importance of ensuring the dinosaurs' safety, especially now that Kotua was on the loose.

Then, shaking his head, Rex came back to his senses. "Yes, you're right. Data, Turahk, and Glide must be rescued first."

*****

Databoard heard the explosion, meaning Kotua had fired on DINO Attack HQ. "Kotua, you madman..." Databoard muttered. "I just hope he didn't cause too much damage..."

Databoard placed a short-out device, as Guardian had neglected to take his equipment, on the door. The locking mechanism was disabled, and Databoard walked out of the now-open door. He soon found Glide and Turahk-Kal, and got them from out of the cells. He gave each of them a laser rifle, and the three left the cell area.

Databoard, Glide, and Turahk-Kal stormed the command deck. The Guardian turned to fire at them. "Catch, Guardy!" Databoard shouted, flinging a short-out disk at the robot. Electricity shot across the Guardian, but it was unharmed.

"Uh-oh...!" Turahk exclaimed before the Guardian began firing at them. The three began firing at the Guardian, as well as whatever security bots that attacked.

*****

Hyrode drove wildly out of the HQ, shaking remains off his arm. Pulling into a wheelie, he jumped through the skylight. Blasting the engine to full throttle, he jumped off the bike, landing with a thump on top of the Voltage airship. Hyrode watched his bike plummet below...

*****

Databoard rushed towards Kotua, jumping over several security bots. "You don't call this trying to kill me?!" Kotua said.

Databoard turned around to blast an attacking security bot, then faced Kotua again. "I'm not here to kill you, just to stop you from destroying more of DINO Attack HQ," he said.

The Guardian moved towards Databoard, but Turahk leapt onto the robots, clinging onto its back. As the robot tried to shake him off, Databoard destroyed several more security bots, then turned around to find a laser aimed at his head.

----

It was a Mutant Pteranodon! Snake of Spades raised his gun, but didn't fire. It seemed to be... hurt. Snake heard a snarl. Soon, five Mutant Lizards surrounded him. "Gulp," thought Snake. He sent a message: HELP, I'M SURROUNDED. S.O.S AGENT SNAKE

----

Databoard received Snake's SOS, but at the moment he had bigger things to worry about, specifically the laser pointed at him.

"See ya, Data..." Kotua said, and prepared to pull the trigger. Before he could, Databoard pulled out his laser rifle. In one swift motion, he fired, hitting the laser and knocking it from Kotua's hand.

Meanwhile, Turahk-Kal had been flung off the Guardian. "Databoard, look out!" he shouted. Databoard jumped out of the way of one of the Guardian's blasts, which barely missed Kotua.

"Don't worry, Snake, I'll be right there," said Glide. "Just as soon as I'm done here."

It all happened at once. Bots noticed and fired upon him. Glide threw a black sphere down on the floor, releasing another smokescreen. Vanishing from view, Glide fired at Kotua, knocking the gun out of his hand. And then, just like that, Glide was gone.

----

At the smoking crater at which he left the base, Kai looked around. He drove across the tundra and found a set of footprints. Following them, the footprints came to the shape of a person lying in the snow. Around were a few other footprints and the trail stopped abruptly. Either I've been following it the wrong way, or something lifted it. People don't just disappear... he thought.

Kai tried sending messages to anyone at the Dino Attack Team base. Nothing but static. Rushing off to the base, Kai brought Joey along just in case that there would be serious trouble. Joey was an Alpha Team mechanic and a close friend of Kai.

The HQ was pretty much unscathed, but the communications tower and energy conduits have been destroyed. "Just my luck," grumbled Kai. He received the SOS and got there as soon as possible, but got blocked by another a T-Rex and two Mutant Pterosaurs. Kai sent a message to Snake of Spades:

"Found more trouble here. Lure the Mutant Lizards to coordinates 501-744 and we can take care of all of them at once."

----

Databoard landed next to Turahk-Kal. "How do we stop that robot?" Turahk-Kal shouted.

Databoard shook his head. "We can't," he replied. "I've seen Guardians in action before, and this one is much more advanced. Can you distract it long enough?"

Turahk-Kal looked at him like he was insane, but nodded. Turahk-Kal leapt at the Guardian, dodging its blasts.

Databoard ducked behind a control panel and sent out a distress signal: SOS: ME AND AGENT TURAHK ARE ON VOLTAGE, FIGHTING GUARDIAN. CANNOT WIN. HELP. AGENT DATABOARD. He doubted anyone would receive the SOS, and if they did, would not be able to get through the beam shield.

Looking to his right, Tuahk-Kal found a box of grenades in a corner. Quickly grabbing two, he flung them at the Guardian. "Data, catch!" he said as he tossed one to Databoard.

The Guardian jumped out of the way of Turahk-Kal's grenades, which blew a hole in the floor where it just was. Databoard prepared to throw the grenade, and aimed at the Guardian. A security bot leapt at him, knocking the grenade from his hand. The robot picked up the weapon, and was about to throw it at Databoard when exploded, leaving a burning hunk of medal in its place.

Standing next to the box, Turahk-Kal began expertly throwing more grenades at the Guardian. It dodged many of them easily, though a few nicked its legs.

Kotua reached for a pocket, and took out his device. "I hoped I wouldn't have to resort to this," said Kotua. Immediately, the satellites in space aimed at Dino Attack HQ...

The Voltage flew over Dino Attack HQ as it started raining. Hard.

Guardian IV phased, and fired at Databoard and Turahk-Kal. Databoard ran at it, but Guardian un-phased and flew at him, beam guns readying.

Databoard jumped out of the way of the blasts from the Guardians beam guns, then charged at it again, firing like crazy. The Guardian phased again, letting the blasts pass through it, before unphasing and attacking. Databoard got out of the way before where he had been standing was a smoking crater.

Kotua ran off, sealing the room. Turahk-Kal and Databoard were trapped with Guardian IV...

Kotua checked the portable Voltage control, and pressed a button. The satellites moved again, this time targeting something else...

*****

"This is hopeless, Data!" Turahk-Kal yelled, pocketing four grenades and tossing two at the door. They exploded, leaving a gaping hole. Turahk-Kal swiftly moved through this to stop Kotua.

The Guardian moved towards Turahk-Kal and Databoard. "What do we do?" Turahk-Kal shouted.

Databoard grabbed Turahk-Kal and ran in the other direction, turning off the beam shield as he did. "Time to abandon ship!" Databoard shouted, leaving out the command deck window, and sending the two agents speeding towards the street below.

"Have you gone mad?" Turahk-Kal shouted as they plummeted. Databoard fired a grappling hook, which attached to the Voltage, stopping their fall and allowing them to swing to the safety of a nearby building, away from the Guardian.

*****

Kotua re-activated the beam shield. "Next time, they won't get off easily," said Kotua.

The Voltage began firing at the remains of Dino Attack HQ, destroying equipment and other tools...

*****

Databoard and Turahk-Kal watched from the rooftop as Kotua blasted DINO Attack HQ. "We can't just stand here and watch HQ get destroyed!" Turahk-Kal shouted. "There's got to be something that we can do!"

"Well, I could get into the command systems on the Voltage and order it to stop firing," Databoard said. "But that would require a computer console, which I don't have, and no doubt Kotua will prevent anybody from secretly accessing the Voltage."

Databoard then rushed off down the streets of LEGO City, followed by a very confused Turahk-Kal.

"Where are we going?" Turahk-Kal asked, but Databoard kept running.

He soon found what he was looking for: what was left of his Fire Hammer. He opened the door, or rather, it snapped off when he opened it. He got inside the wreck and began looking around inside.

Databoard searched through his wrecked Fire Hammer. The inside hadn't been very damaged, but it was bashed around a bit, making it hard to find anything. Thanks a lot, Kotua... Databoard thought sarcastically.

He soon found what he was looking for: the microphone the Ogel Drones had used on Kotua several years ago. It seemed largely undamaged in the crash. Databoard wasn't sure it would work, but it was better than Kotua going on a killing spree.

*****

The Voltage continued firing. Four jets flew out to try to stop the craft, but were easily destroyed.

Kotua watched as the craft fired, taking down Dino Attack HQ. The blasts were now destroying what was left of the garage.

Kotua walked to a room. Guardian IV was there, turned off. "Time for another upgrade," said Kotua. He walked towards a small cabinet, and took out some tools.

*****

A Robo-Blade flew out of the Voltage, and began hunting down Dino Attack agents. The Robo-Blade activated its Beam Shield.

A Mutant Raptor, not knowing what it was, ran at the Robo-Blade, and tried to bite it. The Robo-Blade fired, and the Raptor fell to the ground. However, more Raptors arrived. The Robo-Blade flew upwards, and fired, taking down a few Raptors. The rest ran after the Robo-Blade, which sent missiles.

The Robo-Blade flew to another area, where it spotted an agent in an Urban Avenger trying to take down a Mutant Lizard. The Robo-Blade aimed, and fired. The Urban Avenger's engine exploded, taking the driver and the Lizard along with it.

Before Databoard could find out if the microphone still worked, the Robo-Blade that had been attacking DINO Attack agents in the area saw them. "Databoard, look out!" Turahk-Kal said, pushing Databoard out of the way of a blast, knocking the microphone from his hand as well. The microphone slid out of view, and the blast destroyed what was left of the ruined Fire Hammer. The Robo-Blade flew towards them.

"Act dead," Databoard whispered to Turahk-Kal. The Robo-Blade bought the act, and flew away.

The Robo-Blade flew over the city, when it spotted Digger in a Steel Sprinter. Digger noticed the Robo-Blade, and fired his Cosmotronic Ray, but the blast bounced harmlessly off of the Robo-Blade's Beam Shield. The Robo-Blade then fired a shot. Digger quickly got off the vehicle and ran as the blast hit the ATV, and destroyed it.

The Robo-Blade fired again, but Digger ran into a warehouse. Inside, Digger hid behind some crates. The Robo-Blade noticed what Digger had not: the crates had fireworks. The Robo-Blade activated its head Vulcan guns and fired at the crates. Digger reloaded his Cosmotronic Ray, when a blast behind him sent him into the wall. Digger had dropped his ray during the explosion, and the Robo-Blade flew towards him.

Digger ran as the Robo-Blade took out its Beam Saber and flew full speed. Digger ran into an airport, and exited on the other side, Robo-Blade in close pursuit.

Digger ran, but he knew he couldn't outrun the Robo-Blade forever. The Robo-Blade flew nearer to Digger... when a blast hit it, sending it flying back. Digger looked for the source of the blast. It was Specs and Shadow in a Fire Hammer! Both drove, firing at the Robo-Blade that, realizing what hit it, began firing back.

Digger ran towards the Fire Hammer, and joined Specs and Shadow. Shadow aimed at the Robo-Blade and fired. The Robo-Blade blocked the blast and activated its Beam Rifle. It fired, deflating the front tires. Specs continued driving towards the Robo-Blade, with Shadow firing.

The Robo-Blade fired missiles, which struck the Fire Hammer, sending the three agents flying. The Robo-Blade aimed its Beam Saber at Shadow and fired.

Shadow moved out of the way and ran off, with the other two agents following him. The Robo-Blade flew after them.

The Robo-Blade fired at a car next to the agents, causing it to explode. The agents hit the ground, and the Robo-Blade, thinking it had killed them, flew back to the Voltage, where it would get ready to find the other agents...

*****

Kotua was halfway through upgrading Guardian...

*****

Databoard found the microphone, only to discover it had been damaged when it was knocked from his hand. He could repair it once they got to relative safety. "Come on!" Databoard whispered. "And try not to be seen."

"Why?" Turahk-Kal asked.

Databoard didn't even turn around as he answered, sneaking through the shadows. "Because Kotua will think we're dead," Databoard replied. "And that will give us an advantage."

Turahk-Kal and Databoard slipped silently along the shadows of a ruined building. To anyone around them, they were nearly invisible. They snuck inside a nearby building, locking it as they did. Databoard began working on fixing the microphone, while Turahk-Kal stood guard in case anyone came in.

Databoard worked fast to repair the microphone. That Robo-Blade was most likely attacking other agents, and they wouldn't stand a chance; no one could fight a beam shielded Robo-Blade. He continued fixing the device, praying it would stop Kotua's path of destruction, for now at least.

Before Turahk-Kal could react, a Mutant Raptor burst through the door! It was about to eat Turahk-Kal when Databoard grabbed a weapon he had designed. A ball of green energy shot out, stunning the creature and containing it safely it a net of energy. Suddenly, more Raptors burst in, jaws snapping. Databoard grabbed the microphone as he and Turahk-Kal fled out the back door.

Databoard and Turahk-Kal rushed down an alley, pursued by the Mutant Raptors. Databoard had subdued a few with his energy net device, but they kept attacking. Databoard fired a grappling hook up at a nearby rooftop. "Going up!" he said, grabbing Turahk-Kal as the grappling hook retracted, pulling them to safety.

*****

Kotua watched as Guardian IV turned back on. "I want you to bring some friends..." said Kotua.

Guardian IV understood Kotua. <BladeBugs?> asked Guardian IV.

"Yes..." muttered Kotua, remembering the saw-like robots from Mission Deep Freeze.

Kotua watched as Guardian fixed a small radio-like device. <Ready.> said Guardian.

"Good," said Kotua. He walked back to the Command Deck. The weather seemed to worsen, as low streets flooded with rain, and lightning struck the higher buildings.

Once Kotua was on the Command Deck, he ordered some things on the craft be changed, obviously because of Databoard's constant escapes. The robots scurried around, making smaller vents on the cells, and putting other things on the doors so they wouldn't rust. The part where Databoard and Turahk-Kal faced Guardian was fixed. The glass on the Command Deck was replaced for an impact resistant one.

Then Kotua ordered crazy things, like an oxygen-making machine. The robots were building spacecraft capable of atmospheric reentry. The engines were given upgrades for space. And the front cannon was being upgraded for an even faster one.

The robots finished building a space probe, and launched it into space, despite the weather.

"Soon, those Dino Attack agents will have nowhere to hide!" said Kotua.

The robots moved to the next project, and Kotua walked to the Command Deck and sat in his chair. The Voltage remained over Dino Attack HQ, even though the bad weather continued.

*****

Rex and PBB were having a hard time catching up with the Voltage, Robo-Blades, Kotua, Turahk-Kal, and Databoard. They all seemed to be going in different directions. "To the Multi-Pods!" PBB shouted. "We'll be able to split up to catch up with them!"

"Okay!" Rex answered as he ran into a Multi-Pod, which turned out to be one of several small pod-shaped vehicles in the airship's hangar. So did PBB, Little Bot, and Chompy. Then, they ejected from the Pallas Athena and began to hover across the ground.

Already, Rex was seeing the other pods go in different directions. "Which leaves me to face... oh great," muttered Rex. He was heading directly for the Voltage - and Kotua.

*****

Databoard aimed his energy net launcher, in case any dinosaurs tried to come up. So far, few had, as those who did wound up stunned.

"Hey Databoard, look at that!" Turahk-Kal shouted. A strange pod-shaped vehicle was flying towards them. Turahk-Kal waved towards it, trying to get its attention.

Databoard heard lightning strike nearby buildings. The roof they were on wasn't very tall, so they would not be hit. Databoard was more worried about lighting hitting the pod, but that wasn't happening, as it continued to move towards them.

The pod slowly continued towards them. Turahk-Kal looked down and noticed a pack of Mutant Raptors walking around the base of the building below them. One entered, followed by the rest. "Hurry up," he thought.

The pod landed on the roof a few feet from them. At that moment, the Mutant Raptors started charging towards them Databoard began firing at them, trapping them in energy nets. Soon, all the raptors were lying stunned around them. They then walked over to the pod, to see who was inside.

*****

The Voltage cloaked, disappearing from view of everybody. The Robo-Blade launched again. As it flew towards Dino Attack HQ, it noticed agents Turahk-Kal, Databoard, and some pod-shaped vehicle. It flew down to them, and started firing at them.

"Run!" said Databoard, running. Turahk-Kal ran after him as the Robo-Blade fired its Beam Rifle.

Turahk-Kal, fed up with running away, turned around. The Robo-Blade flew at him, and begun firing. Turahk-Kal dodged the blasts, and ran into a building. Inside, he looked for any tool that might help him take down the Robo-Blade.

The Multi-Pod near Databoard and Turahk-Kal opened to reveal PBB. "There's not much time!" he said. "We must hurry, before Kotua catches up with us again!"

Databoard nodded in agreement.

Turahk-Kal stepped outside the building. As he looked at their new companion, his expression turned confused. "A Brickster-Bot?" he asked.

"Long story," Databoard said. "PBB's right. But we also have to stop Kotua and the Voltage as well."

----

A pack of Mutant Raptors showed up. Happy for something to do, though scared out of her pants, Dromus told the Raptors best she could to go away. When they refused, she shrugged, whipping her chain around their legs, tripping them, and effectively tying them up.

She climbed in her Urban Avenger, still wondering what the heck was going on.

----

Rex wasn't having good luck at all. His Multi-Pod was dodging the Voltage's lasers and cannons quickly, but he knew that eventually something will go wrong and he will end up as roasted. Or worse. Plus, once he would get out of the pod, then he would be exposed to the lasers, guard robots... and Kotua.

*****

The robots reported the pod to Kotua.

"Fire missiles!" said Kotua.

*****

Missiles fired from the bottom of the craft, and flew towards Rex.

Oh boy, said Rex. Then he got an idea. He flew towards the Voltage's beam shield, and right when the missiles were close enough, Rex moved out of the way. Unfortunately, the missiles anticipated the maneuver, and hit the Multi-Pod.

A Robo-Blade flew down, ripped open the pod, grabbed Rex, and flew back into the airship.

Rex tried his best to send a S.O.S. to PBB - or at least someone - as the Robo-Blade carried him.

HELP! AGENT DOWN! CAPTURED BY A ROBO-BLADE!

He had enough time to type "AGENT REX" before the Robo-Blade ripped the transmitter out of Rex's hands. "This is not a good day..." muttered Rex.

The Robo-Blade landed inside the craft, and dropped Rex. Before Rex could do anything, security bots surrounded Rex, took away all of his equipment, and put him on a cell.

Kotua walked towards the cell. "So, agent Rex, I think we have some issues we need to get over with," said Kotua, taking out a blaster.

It wasn't Rex, PBB, or anybody who scattered the Security Bots. It was a convenient circumstance that did. One robot ran over, yelling over and over: "Mutant Dino onboard Voltage! I saw it on scanners!"

"Well, what are you waiting for?!?" Kotua said. "Find it! Destroy it! Oh, and if possible, do it in front of Rex!"

Rex felt hatred burning inside him. This traitor was holding the innocent hostage, destroying Earth's only hopes, and killing what could be saved.

After a while, the Security Bots had no luck in finding the Mutant Dino. Kotua wasn't happy about this, while Rex was relieved that they wouldn't be able to kill it. But, something else made Rex's heart sink.

"Intruder aboard as well," reported one bot. It held up the form of an object that resembled a can with limbs: Little Bot. "It was caught trying to hack into the systems."

"One of your friends, eh?" Kotua sneered at Rex. "Just as well. Fry it and clog its innerworkings!"

Thinking quickly, Rex said, "That's a waste of a perfectly good robot!"

"Then again, your friend would make a great can opener. The one we use with the noodles is already faulty," said Kotua.

The Security Bot took Little Bot to the Builder Bots.

"As for you..." said Kotua turning to look at Rex. "We're going to fry and clog your organs!"

"You've gone crazy, Kotua!" said Rex.

"Have I? Data may have escaped to inform you of my location, but you're not going to be as difficult to hold captive like he was..." said Kotua.

The Security Bots dragged Rex away.

"Now, to get the others here..." said Kotua. He remembered his PDA. Kotua took it out, and typed a message, pretending to be Rex:

HELP! KOTUA IS PLANNING TO KILL ME SOON! PLEASE HURRY!
AGENT REX.

*****

The pod flew up towards the Voltage, which luckily hadn't noticed them yet. "How are we going to get in?" Turahk-Kal asked. "It's got those beam shield things."

"There's something true about every device in history: it has a flaw that can be easily exploited," Databoard said. "We just have to find it."

Databoard received Rex's distress signal and showed it to the others. "We have to help him!" Turahk-Kal shouted. "If he's planning to kill him-"

"Then he'd have very little time to send a distress signal." PBB replied. "Wild guess is it's a trap set by Kotua."

"But that means Kotua has Rex's PDA!" Turahk-Kal shouted. "We have to do something!"

Databoard smirked. "We spring the trap," he said. "Take us in full speed, PBB."

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Chapter 5: Search and Rescue

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The Security Bots continued to pull Rex away, when Rex noticed a water bubbler. Apparently, even Kotua could get thirsty aboard this ship. He walked over to it, and one bot hit him hard in the chest. "What was that for?" he asked angrily. "All I wanted was a small drink of water."

"Halt!" the bot commanded. "No drinks for you!"

"All I wanted was a drink," repeated Rex.

"None!"

"Please?" asked Rex.

"No!"

"Why not?" asked Rex. "I'm no use to Kotua as a prisoner if I die from dehydration!"

"Because, well... alright. Go ahead," the robot finally relented.

Rex poured water into a cup. But, instead of drinking the water, he threw it at the Security Bots, causing them to short-circuit. Then, he ran.

*****

In the Building Bots room, chaos was everywhere. An airborne chemical had suddenly filled the room, going into the Building Bots' innerworkings and causing them to rust. The malfunctioning robots were going crazy.

Little Bot sat in one corner of the room, smiling to itself. "I beppit beep!" it beeped proudly, having warned the Building Bots not to mess with it, but of course they had not heeded his warning. Then, the small robot ran out into the hallway.

*****

"Time for reinforcements..." said Kotua.

Guardian IV phased, and walked towards Rex...

*****

PBB sent the Multi-Pod speeding towards the ship. "Head towards the command deck," Databoard said. "Get their attention."

Turahk-Kal looked at him like he had lost it. "You're insane, have I mentioned that?" Turahk-Kal said. The pod zoomed towards the ship, flying close enough to the command deck to wave 'Hi' to the bots inside.

Databoard heard a sound. He turned to look, and gasped. "No, it can't be!" said Databoard.

"What can't be?" asked PBB.

"BladeBugs," said Databoard.

Like rapidly-spinning saws, the BladeBugs flew towards the Multi-Pod, their blades ready to turn them into shreds.

PBB piloted the Multi-Pod away from the BladeBugs. "This is bad," Databoard said. "I had no idea Kotua had sided with the BladeBugs..." He was cut off by a BladeBug, which tried to slice its way inside.

"What do we do now?" Turahk-Kal shouted, as yet another BladeBug tried to get to them.

As if it wasn't bad enough, the BladeBugs released the Child BladeBugs, which were armed with beam blasters. The Child BladeBugs flew towards the pod, firing.

Databoard felt the Multi-Pod shaking as lasers pounded its hull. The pod wouldn't last very long, unless they did something. A blast tore a small hole in the craft, but did not hit its three occupants. The pod was pushing the limits of its engines as it flew along the side of the Voltage, trying to outrace the impending doom.

The pod could take no more damage, and it was slowly losing power. "We can't take this anymore!" PBB shouted. The Multi-Pod was spinning out of control, careening towards the side of the ship. The craft pulled up at the last second, but the beam shield managed to take part of the bottom off as they did.

Something glided through the sky and landed on Databoard's smashed Multi-Pod. He thought it was a pteranodon but he had a small hunch it could be...

"GLIDE!" the hooded Dino Attack agent announced himself. "Reporting for duty! Need to rescue Rex? Take these smokescreen spheres!"

With that he took out one of his own, threw it on the ground in front of him and was gone in a puff of smoke, but he left a handful in Databoard's lap.

Databoard looked at the spheres Glide had given them. He knew how to use them, based on how Glide disappeared, but didn't know how much use they would be against the robotic enemies. Still, he had run out of options.

He threw one to the floor, and he suddenly found himself inside the Voltage. Apparently, Glide's smokescreen spheres were equipped with teleportation technology, which explained how he so easily disappeared whenever he used one. Moments later, Turahk-Kal and PBB followed.

Outside, BladeBugs tore up the Multi-Pod, unaware no one was inside it.

*****

Rex and Little Bot collided. "Good to know that you're safe," Rex said. "Now, we need to find a way out of here."

"Beepy!" cried Little Bot.

"What?" Rex asked. He had no idea how PBB could understand this thing.

"Beepy!" Little Bot repeated. "Beep beppit boo!"

"You two escaped?" asked a voice behind them. Rex turned around to see Kotua glaring at him.

"Uh-oh..." whispered Rex.

Guardian IV walked towards Rex and Little Bot.

"This isn't good," muttered Rex.

"Beep bepity boop," said Little Bot.

The wall opened, and Kotua took out a sword. "Your escape ends here, traitor!" said Kotua, charging at Rex. Rex moved out of the way as Kotua tried to stab him.

Little Bot wasn't winning against Guardian IV, which was hanging the bot upside down and banging on it.

Rex dodged another one of Kotua's attempts to stab him, and then Rex kicked him. Kotua stumbled back, but then he ran again at Rex. Rex backed up a bit and ran at Kotua, who raised his sword to bring it down in a slicing motion.

Rex felt the sword make a small cut on his arm. Fortunately, it was not a deep cut, but now he was wounded and bleeding. Kotua immediately brought back his sword, and tried stabbing him again.

Rex, weaponless, was forced to dodge Kotua. Little Bot tried shortening Guardian's circuits, but Guardian's fragile components were protected by thick non-rusting metal.

Kotua ran at Rex and swung his sword, forcing Rex to run the opposite way. Kotua chased after him. Finally, Rex kicked a security bot, grabbed its shocker spear, and ran back towards Kotua.

Rex activated the spear, and fired an electricity bolt, shocking Kotua. Kotua recovered quicker than Rex expected, and swung his sword. Rex dodged the sword, and shocked Kotua. Kotua ignored the electricity, and swung his sword again, cutting Rex again.

Rex ran off, while Kotua stayed behind. Rex looked back, and was surprised to see Kotua not chasing him.

Kotua, of course, put the weapon back and took out a blaster...

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Rev looked at his small built-in calendar on the dashboard. His Fire Hammer was okay (enough so to run) and he couldn't believe he was alive after 12 days of being unconscious in a damp cave. He remembered saying, "At least Kotua wasn't captured again," just before a black T-1 Typhoon came up behind and blasted the rock he was on. He skidded down into a cave after debris hit him and he could barely see, and then they shot the overhang and trapped him as he fell into darkness.

He felt the bump on his head. It was still throbbing, and when he touched it, he felt it start to bleed.

He tried to turn on the car, only to hear a strangled sound and the battery fail. Headlights, he thought. I left on my MegaBloking headlights when I collapsed. He knew the calendar battery would be enough to get the same result with the car. I'm doomed, Rev thought only for a second when he realized he had GPR (Ground Penetrating Radio) that was on a separate electrical system than his car.

"Mayday, Dino Attack Agent Rev Raptor buried in cave near a small city that roughly 12 days ago was bombed, barricaded with no car energy and substantial head wound which left me unconscious for 12 days, over."

Rev wasn't sure his mayday was heard and he tried it again. He started to fall asleep so he tried to get his Sleep-Free Pills but the glove compartment was electronically locked. Rev finally knew why he had a machete and a hammer in his car. He placed the blade in the groove and tapped it until it could stand on its own, and then smashed it hard as he could, and the compartment fell open.

Still no sign of anyone coming. "Mayday, severe head wound, dysfunctional car, barricaded in a mountain cave blocked by rocks, bleeding head wound, likely infection. Mayday, freaking mayday, over."

Finally, a familiar face arrived to rescue him. "Having a little trouble?" Sereve asked.

"Usually, I'd call you a showoff 4+ figure, but my engine doesn't work, I've got a bleeding head wound, and I need to see a medic within 3 hours or..." Rev then collapsed.

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Databoard, PBB, and Turahk-Kal snuck down the corridors of the Voltage. "Do either of you know where you're going?" Turahk-Kal asked. "I mean, we've been going around for a while now."

"Simple, we find Kotua," Databoard said. "Find Kotua, we find Rex."

"I was worried you'd say that," Turahk-Kal muttered.

Databoard looked around the corner to see if any security bots were coming. Seeing none, he signaled to the others. They had been searching for almost ten minutes, and still they hadn't found him. "How do we know he's even on this ship?" Turahk-Kal said. "He could have gotten Rex's PDA-"

"Shhhh!" PBB shouted. "Do you hear that?"

Databoard and Turahk-Kal, not having advanced hearing like the FMB-Bot, shook their heads.

"That way!" PBB said, rushing off, followed closely by the two Dino Attack agents.

The agents and PBB ran, when suddenly Guardian appeared, holding Little Bot in one hand. <Surrender, fools.> said Guardian.

"Uh oh," said Turahk-Kal.

"What if we don't?" Databoard shouted.

Guardian motioned to Little Bot. <I'll crush your friend like the tin can he is.> Guardian said. <So surrender!>

"Very well then," Databoard said. Turahk-Kal was confused, but PBB knew Databoard well enough to know he was daring, but knew when the odds were against him. And PBB also knew Databoard always had a backup plan.

Guardian looked right at Databoard, apparently recognizing him for the first time. <Traitor Located: Destroy!> said Guardian, activating its Beam Rifles and firing at Databoard. Databoard ducked as the Guardian fired. Security Bots appeared with shock staffs, and they fired at PBB and Turahk-Kal.

"Hey, what part of surrendering don't you understand?" Databoard said. "Specifically the part about not blasting us to bits!" Databoard pulled out a laser rifle and began firing at it. The blasts did little damage against the Guardian, who moved towards Databoard, beam rifles ready.

Guardian activated its Beam shield and continued firing at Databoard, ignoring PBB and Turahk-Kal. The Security Bots activated their beam shields, and began firing at PBB and the two agents.

<Surrender, fools.> said Guardian, firing missiles at them.

"I told you, we surrender!" Databoard said, avoiding a missile. "Is your circuitry fried or something?" Another missile rushed towards him; only by ducking at the last second did he avoid it. More missiles flew at him, blowing holes in the wall. If this kept up, the corridor might collapse.

Guardian stopped firing, and walked towards Databoard as the Security Bots floated towards PBB and Turahk-Kal.

Databoard aimed his laser rifle at the Guardian's head. Before he could fire, the robot hit him with its free hand, knocking him into the wall. Then Guardian picked up his laser and crushed it in its hand. Throwing the useless weapon aside, it moved towards Databoard.

While Turahk-Kal and PBB were taken away by Security Bots, Guardian brought Databoard to the command deck. There, he was confronted by Kotua, who mocked him for his futility. Then, Kotua left Databoard in the custody of Guardian.

*****

Turahk-Kal was locked in a cell and about to be gassed to death. Rex found the security bot overseeing the poisonous gases, so Rex stunned the robot with the shocker spear long enough for PBB to disable the gas and free Turahk-Kal. After arming himself with a shocker spear, Turahk-Kal joined PBB and Rex in confronting Guardian and rescuing Databoard.

Rex, Turahk-Kal, and PBB distracted Guardian long enough for Databoard to break free of the robot's grip. The team started to battle the Guardian and Security Bots, while Databoard attempted to work out a plan on how to use the microphone to stop Kotua.

Kotua was by now back on his chair, effects of the microphone far away to harm him...

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The BladeBugs flew down to the HQ, where they began shredding everything in sight.

Scratch that, this REALY stinks, Dromus thought. Now, shortly after surviving the encounter with that Mutant Raptor pack, she found herself attacked by BladeBugs. She desperately wished she had her chain.

As if in answer to her thoughts, her long silver chain came flying through the air. She caught it, bewildered, and saw the Raptors she had tied up, now freely on the rampage. They stampeded through the saw-like robots, not giving them time to react, stepping on them, squishing them flat. They let out almost simultaneous howls of pain from the spikes and collapsed, one by one.

Dromus let out a whoop of joy. "THANK YOU, LADY LUCK!" she screamed. Then she saw the moaning Raptors, and her heart gave a pang of pity. She knew that the scavengers would be here, in the heat of battle soon, to eat them alive. No creature deserves that she thought. Pulling out her gun, she put them out of their pain.

Dromus started driving around again, talking aloud to help her think: "What stops these things? I may not be so good with a gun, but how can I stop them with what I have? Clearly, they aren't living beings, I tried talking to them, they must be robots. The only thing I can think of offhand is homing missiles, and I don't exactly have those handy... They're robots, that must be their weakness, how can I use it against them? Robots..."

She continued musing: "Gotta disable their circuitry... water! Of course! Water will short-circuit it! And I always bring a big thermos with me. Cool!"

And feeling substantially cheerier about all this, she continued driving fairly aimlessly. Dromus was still driving around when more BladeBugs flew in.

She threw water at them, but it only splashed them, as their circuitry was hidden deep underneath the armor plating of the BladeBug.

They tried shredding her, but Dromus drove out of the way, firing at them...

Why won't they leave me alone!? Dromus thought. She also thought some explicit words that would not be allowed to be mentioned on a family-friendly website. Nothing seems to work against these, other than dinos squashing them. What can render them useless? Finally, she pulled out a large knife out of the glove compartment, and threw it, hoping to cut off the spikes, or at least their tips.

The knife hit the BladeBugs, but it bounced off harmlessly.

Dromus drove off, but the BladeBugs followed, trying to shred her. After a while of chasing her, the BladeBugs flew off, to hunt something more defenseless...

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Guardian brought back its hand, and fired missiles at Databoard. PBB took down two Security Bots, and three flew towards him, spears ready. Turahk-Kal fired at the bots, but these poured in to fight the agents.

Databoard brought the shock spear down onto a security bot, then kicked several into a wall. He ducked to avoid a missile, which destroyed several bots behind him. <Surrender!> the Guardian shouted. Databoard avoided another missile and then charged at it, destroying all the security bots in his way.

Turahk-Kal glanced upward. Did a Minifig with wings just fly overhead? Weird. Rex noticed the wings were connected to a backpack and realized that it was just a jetpack.

The jetpack was worn by Glide, who was gliding over the bots toward Databoard. But, one bot held its shock spear high enough to zap Glide, who fell out of the air and landed in front of the Guardian. More bots closed in and shocked him with their spears. Guardian simply reached down, picked up Glide, and flung him across the room.

In the air, Glide yelled to Databoard: "Get Kotua, and then get out of here!" Then, Databoard saw him slam into a wall and fall to the floor, unconscious.

The Guardian slammed Databoard into a wall, and he tried to drive his shock spear into its shoulder. He did very little besides create a large scratch on the robot. Databoard was flung across the room again, crashing through several security bots as he did. The Guardian leapt at Databoard again, and he rushed out of the way.

Databoard readied his shock spear as Guardian charged again. He leapt onto its back, attempting to drive the shock spear into its main systems and short the robot out. Unfortunately, the Guardian knocked him off, causing Databoard to crash to the floor. The Guardian fired another missile, but Databoard dodged it. The missile destroyed a nearby security bot.

Guardian phased and flew towards Databoard. Databoard ran the other way. PBB fired more bolts, but the Security Bots activated Beam Shields and fired back with Beam weapons.

"This isn't good," muttered Turahk-Kal.

Guardian continued firing at Databoard, and prepared to fire electricity bolts...

Rex dodged one of the Security Bots' blasts. He spat at the robot, in a last-ditch effort to try short-circuiting it with his own saliva. Unfortunately, the bot effortlessly deflected the hopeless attack with its beam shield.

More Security Bots pulled in and continued firing at the agents. By now, fifty Security Bots were there, firing at the agents, which were forced to drop the spears and dodge the blasts as fast as they could.

Databoard dodged the blasts coming at him. "This is fun," Databoard muttered to PBB. "I was staring to miss everybody wanting to kill me."

The Guardian flew at him again, and he dodged it. It fired an electricity bolt at him, which he quickly dodged. He then dodged an attacking security bot, which wound up being hit by another bolt.

Four Security Bots jumped on top of Rex and tried to crush him, but PBB managed to trick other Security Bots to fire blasts at them.

Databoard looked around. The odds were turning against them fast. "What do we do?" Turahk-Kal said.

Databoard dodged another security bot. "We run!" he shouted. The four rushed away from the security bots, PBB shooting energy-fire behind them to slow any attackers.

A Security Bot tried to attack Databoard, but he grabbed its shock stick and flung it into the wall, taking its shock stick. He began using it to fight whatever bots attacked him. They were headed towards the hangar to try and escape using Robo-Blades. More bots attacked, and they continued to retreat.

Rex was lagging behind, not being such a good runner. He always got cramps on his feet and sides when he ran. One security bot pushed Rex right through a metal railing, and he hit his head hard. "Why is it always me and metal?" Rex muttered before he blacked out.

----

When he woke up, Rev found himself in the most sanitized bed he'd ever seen, inside a Dino Attack outpost.

"You're gonna be fine, Rev. They've given you a patch to heal up the scratch and reduce swelling," Sereve said in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

"Well… usually, I'd call you a showoff 4+ figure, but you saved my life and waited here till I woke up, so I'll pardon that," Rev said.  After a minute, he groggily added, "Something hit me like a 50-pound rock."

"I found a blood-covered rock that was exactly 50 pounds," Sereve said.

"I owe ya me life," Rev said, reverting to his Scottish accent with the pain.

"Forget about it," Sereve said.

Since his Fire Hammer had been wrecked in the cave, Rev had decided to remodel it. First, he replaced the battery and found out how lucky he was; the gas tank was so damaged, it's amazing it didn't blow up, so that was the next to go. He ended up replacing some systems so that he'd use gas up slower and reach higher speeds. Then he updated the Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher with some new modes, increased radio distance and got an attachment for a smoother sounding GPR. Rev painted it so it looked like its old self and then installed the cockpit glass from a T-1 Typhoon on there. Rev's hands were now black from grease. Now, he was Revvin' to go.

Rev groaned. His Fire Hammer was still not working, despite the extensive remodeling.

"I'll be able to fix your damaged engine easily," said Tex "Engineer" Holdem, a fellow Dino Attack agent stationed at the outpost.

Rev sighed. "I wish I could believe you, Engie, but it's too busted up. It's beyond repair."

"Nah, nothin' is beyond repair. You just have to set your mind to it." Engineer then walked over to the engine section, holding a monkey wrench in his hand. He got right to work, with the rhythmic percussion of clanging metal ringing through the garage. In a few minutes, the engine was better than new. "Or you could hit it a few times with a wrench and have several university degrees in fixin' things," said Engineer.

Rev nodded, impressed. "Usually, I'd call you a showoff 4+ figure, but you fixed my vehicle. I guess I owe you both one."

"No need," said Engineer. "Helpin' you out is enough. Right, pardner?"

"Well, I'll still have him owe me," said Sereve.

"Come on. Let's get out of here," said Rev.

And so, the two friends left the garage.

----

"Don't look now -- look behind you," said Kai. Snake of Spades turned and saw the T-Rex towering over him.

"Focus on the big guy. The little ones can be taken care of later," said Snake. He turned and saw the Mutant Lizards already lying in a pile on the ground.

"Spoken too soon?" said Joey, de-cloaking his Ice Glider for a moment.

"Ready your weapons!" yelled Kai as the T-Rex took a step towards them.

Kai and Snake blasted repeatedly at the T-Rex, using a few tranquilizer darts and other whatnot. Joey used his cloaking to sneak around the T-Rex and shoot it in the back. Soon, the T-Rex was out cold, leaving the Pterodactyls, which were being taken care of by Joey's Blue Eagle.

Snake of Spades had an idea. He hopped into the Urban Avenger. "What are you doing?" asked Kai.

"Helping Joey," Snake whispered. Snake saw something that resembled a ramp. He hit the gas, flew up the ramp, and fired his Sonic Screamer a few times. POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! Down went the Pteranodons.

"Thanks!" yelled Joey.

After Snake and Joey landed, they heard a SLAMMMMMMM! They looked up and saw the Voltage flying above them.  "Uh-oh," they said in unison.

"Anyone else think that 'The Imperial March' should be playing right about now?" asked Snake.  "Because it totally should be."

"Let's get out of here," suggested Kai.  "After all, I think Sereve might be just about ready for our help."

----

Dromus continued driving around, passing by a steakhouse. Abandoned, by the looks of it. Recently though, she thought. She looked at a puddle of water. It vibrated. And again. She could hear: Whomp! Whomp! Over and over. She looked up. And peed in her pants.

"Eep."

There was a big Mutant T-Rex.

This is not my day. Mustering up all the confidence she could, she told it to go away.

It responded with a simple grunted "No."

There is NO WAY I can fight this. A sonic screamer isn't going to do anything.

Mind racing, she tried to think of a way to make it go away. It lunged at her, mouth gaping...

And she dodged. This continued for a while, until she started to tire. Then she figured it out. She could practically the click in her head.

"Don't you smell that?" she asked. "Do you smell that meat?" she asked again, indicating the old steakhouse. "There's way more there than on me."

The T-Rex stood, apparently considering.

"It's probably still warm," she added.

The T-Rex left for the steakhouse and Dromus drove away as fast as she could, hoping she met no BladeBugs.

----

Kotua glanced around the command deck.  Why was the Voltage turning around in a U-turn?  He walked towards the helm and saw Glide steering the Voltage.  "Get out of my way or I will feed you to mutant dinos, like I will to Rex!!!" Kotua roared.

Glide had a trick up his sleeve.  "OOOOOhhhhh, so that's what you'll do to us," he said, grinning. "I know just the right dinos!" Then, he threw his last teleporting sphere onto the ground as the Guardian and a dozen security bots charged at him. Its coordinates were predetermined, set when he had stumbled upon a particular building.

When the smoke cleared, Glide found himself in an abandoned prison. Now, its inmates were a bunch of Mutant Dinos. Glide glanced around at all the dinos staring warily at him, and he knew he had found Rex's tamed dinos...

*****

Databoard, Turahk-Kal, and PBB rushed to the hangar, where they got into Robo-Blades. The beam shield was off at the current moment, allowing the three to escape. "What do we do?" Turahk-Kal said. "I mean, Rex is still in there!"

"You and PBB got back to HQ and tell them Rex has been captured," Databoard said. "There's something in need to get." As the other two headed for what remained of HQ, Databoard punched in the coordinates for Antarctica and flew away.

Turahk-Kal received a holo-message from Glide. "Ah, good to hear from you.  Are you captured?" asked Turahk-Kal.

"Um," Glide replied, "I'm not really captured, like, in a cell. I'm surrounded by hungry Mutant Lizards!"

"Don't worr-" Turahk-Kal started to say.

Glide's voice was a whisper: "They're Rex's. They won't hurt me. I've got a plan to rescue Rex. We'll meet you at the temporary backup hangar. Copy to PBB. END OF TRANSMISSON......"

The Robo-Blade arrived in Antarctica.

Ah, Antarctica. Bleak, inhospitable, cold, and cruel, Databoard thought. It's good to be home.

He flew over the icy plains, searching for the wreckage of a certain device. There was one way to shut down a beam shield, short of sneaking aboard and turning it off. The device was around here somewhere, he just had to find it first.

A blizzard was raging across the area, so the Robo-Blade was forced to land and search on the ground. He kept looking around, knowing it would be around here somewhere. He had been searching for what seemed like hours, and just when he thought it was hopeless, he found what he was looking for.

Databoard took out a laser cutter and rushed over to the wreckage of a black-colored fighter jet. The blizzard was getting worse, so he had to work fast. After a few moments of salvaging the wreck, he pulled out a device known as a beam shield disruptor. He loaded it into the Robo-Blade and flew away.

*****

As Glide headed to the hangar, riding on the back of one of Rex's Mutant Lizards, what he did not see the Voltage slowly following. If he had seen it, he would have surely imagined "The Imperial March" playing as the airship approached…

Glide and his Mutant Lizard steed only noticed the Voltage once it was directly above them. Kotua, looking out the bottom periscope, had noticed them notice him, so he activated beam shields and prepared to fire.

Glide took out some old battle amour and oversized grapple gear. The body armor went on the lizard's head and the grappler went on either side. "Hang on, Rex, I'm coming for you," Glide whispered. Once he was ready, Glide shot grapplers and they grabbed the main steering fin.

Glide thought Kotua was in checkmate. Either the Voltage could be smashed into the ground, or it could lose its steering fin. Instead, Kotua chose option C.

BladeBugs came out, cutting the cord and flying at Glide. He sent a message to all agents: BLADEBUGS. 2x. LOCATION: 439568473950-9087

The Voltage jumped again, leaving the city behind, headed back to the ocean.

Glide saw none of the agents responded to his call. "How complimentary," he joked darkly. BladeBugs dodged all the attacks from the hangar. They smashed it, leaving Glide half-buried. The bugs hovered above, awaiting Kotua's commands.

*****

Kotua noticed Guardian enter the Command Deck. "You failed me," said Kotua.

<Sorry.> said Guardian.

"I'll give you only one chance to prove yourself, or I'll replace you with a new Guardian," said Kotua.

<Yes Sir... And what of agent Rex?> asked Guardian.

"Dispose of him... without making a mess..." said Kotua.

<Gladly.> said Guardian, walking towards Rex's holding cell.

Guardian was surprised to see a missing bar in Rex's cell. "How weak can this metal get?" Rex asked. "I just lightly poked it and this fell right out!"

<Defective bars...> Guardian thought as he grabbed Rex.

"Hey, let go of me!" Rex said.

<Why?>

Rex tried to think of something – anything – that he could say to slow down the Guardian.  "Because, well, uh..."

<No reason?> said the Guardian, who surely would have been smirking if it had facial expressions. <You are a threat to Kotua and the world! Prepare to die!>

"Hey... isn't that, uh, a Mutant Raptor in the hallway behind you?"

<Negative. Your futile attempt at bluffing is futile.>

"Drat..." muttered Rex.

<Since, clearly, you are lying about the Mutant Raptor, I should just kill you right now without being delayed by any further distraction.> declared the Guardian.

Rex squirmed within the Guardian's tight grip. He felt his stomach knotting at the prospect of impending doom. "Oh, sure just what I need: to be killed!" Rex muttered. "Don't you have something else to do right now?"

<No.> If it was possible for a robot to sound annoyed, the Guardian certainly sounded like it.

"Well, isn't there a huge water spill in the hall?  You could help clean that."

<That is being cleaned by the Cleaner Bots.>

"Uh... doesn't Kotua need help with his big evil plan?"

<Yes. Killing you!>

Beads of sweat dripped down Rex's forehead as he felt feverish.  He then came to the realization that the knotting in his stomach was not actually from fear or anxiety.  "Don't you have puke all over yourself?" he asked.

<Negative! Now shut up while I kill you!>

"Are you sure there's no puke on you?"

<YES!>

"Then what's that?"

<What?>

Then, Rex began to vomit on the Guardian, which let go of him as it reeled in surprise. Rex spat in disgust and wiped his mouth, but at least his stomach felt better now.  "Better let Kotua know that the canned noodles he serves his prisoners are way past their expiration date..." he muttered as he ran away from the puke-covered Guardian.

----

Keys looked up and saw a dozen Mutant Pteranodons. He was called over by his commanding elite agent, who readied his T-1 Typhoon. Despite only being a rookie agent, Keys became part of the crew since they needed him as they went up to communicate with the flying mutants.

----

Zero went to LEGO City to join the Dino Attack Team. "Mutant dinos, eh? I hope I can help!" he said to himself. He jumped into his Urban Avenger and drove into the city, knowing little about Kotua or the Voltage.

Zero was still driving around the city, trying to find the HQ, when he found a... "Mutant Raptor? Eat Sonic Screamer!"

As Zero shot inside the raptor's mouth, it had no effect. "What? No one told me it could really eat it!"

Zero was left with no choice but to run away, but the raptor followed him closely. "Strange... That raptor looked stronger than the one I saw on my TV, before it was destroyed. Maybe they get stronger with time?"

----

Databoard landed the Robo-Blade outside what remained of HQ. Brick League United had arrived at the scene, presumably to help rebuild HQ as fast as possible to stop the dinosaur threat. Databoard began gathering parts from wrecked vehicles and started assembling more beam shield disruptors. He then set to work setting them up at various points around the base.

After a about a half-hour of working, a web of green disruptor beams around the base had formed, making it impossible for the Voltage or a Robo-Blade to get close to base without its beam shield being disabled. Databoard then walked back to HQ to get a new Fire Hammer.

Databoard rushed into an unused Fire Hammer and drove out away. He took out his PDA and opened up a GPS program. Assuming Kotua still had Rex's PDA, he could use that to locate the Voltage. He soon picked up the signal, which was coming from nearby. He turned the Fire Hammer towards its location and zoomed off at full speed.

*****

Kotua, realizing that agents could come to the Voltage by locking on Rex's PDA's location, was glad he had the PDA in his hands. "I'll just be able to catch them quicker! Like luring fish to the bait!"

*****

The Guardian, furious about being vomited on, took off after Rex. Suddenly, a Cleaner Bot got in Guardian's way. It began cleaning up the puke, refusing to get out of the way.

Although the Guardian had been delayed by the Cleaner Bot, Security Bots were after Rex. But this time, Rex was able to guess where they'd strike. He dodged each attack and laser shot.

The Security Bots turned a corner to find that Rex had disappeared. "Where'd he go?" asked one.

"I don't know!" answered another.

Rex had hidden behind a cardboard box that was in the hall. He managed to creep past the Security Bots undetected. But, not for long. They noticed the moving box and promptly disintegrated it. Rex then took off, once again chased by the Security Bots.

Rex prayed that help would come soon, because now he was once again getting cramps in his sides and feet from running. He was about to take out his PDA when he remembered that Kotua stole his PDA. Rex cursed under his breath.

Rex knew that the Security Bots were catching up. When he came to a corner, he dove behind a large machine. The Security Bots did not see him, and continued.

Rex was reputed for his skill of improvising with rope, but he had no rope. However, he remembered the words of fellow agent Baudelaire: "There's always something." He began to rip cables and wires off of the machine. They were long, thin, and strong, just like rope. Rex began to feel at home as he readied to defend himself against any Security Bots that dared cross paths with him.

Rex found that there was a huge gap in the floor, with the engines directly below him. If he fell, he would've been burned alive. Thankfully, there was a hook above the huge gap. Rex swung his makeshift rope to it, and it caught the hook securely. Then, he swung across the huge gap and landed on the other side.

*****

Databoard drove towards the Voltage at full speed. It soon spotted him zooming towards the ship, and began firing. Databoard swerved to avoid getting hit, leaving steaming tire tracks behind him as he did. He rushed down the street, explosions occurring several feet away from him. He drove across a bridge as blasts tore large holes in the structure, threatening to collapse it.

The Fire Hammer slammed clear through a brick wall, leaving a large hole in the building it hit. It then smashed through the other wall, as the building was soon destroyed by more lasers. The Fire Hammer had sustained minor damage, such as its headlights were now broken but it didn't affect its driving. Databoard gunned the engines, shooting ahead of the Voltage's blasts.

Databoard drove up a destroyed bridge and off the edge, landing on the roof of a nearby building. He continued to speed up, rushing off the roof and flying over the street before landing on another building. Databoard continued to accelerate, zooming off buildings before the Voltage could even target him. The Fire Hammer hurtled high over a street, and landed safely on the others side. Databoard didn't even stop or slow down, as that would mean his Fire Hammer would plummet to the street below.

Databoard looked at one of the beam shield disruptors, which he had brought with him. The Fire Hammer screeched to a halt on one of the rooftops. He fired the disruptor, which shut down the beam shield. He fired the Multi-Mode Launcher repeatedly, blowing a hole in the side of the Voltage. He fired a grappling hook at the hole, and got aboard the ship.

Databoard walked down the corridors of the Voltage. He soon found the place where the wires had been. He wired a detonator into the weapons, to stop Kotua if he tried to fire on HQ again. He then disabled the beam shield again, and returned to the hole he made.

He found a rope had been attached to it. Good, that means Rex escaped, Databoard thought. He grabbed the rope and swung down to his Fire Hammer.

----

Rex was back in his Iron Predator, since the Voltage hadn't destroyed the Pallas Athena and Rex's Iron Predator. There, he gathered new tools - rope, nets, rope, Sonic Screamers, and more rope. He loved rope. Then, he drove off to find a place where he could at least try and figure out what in the world had happened to the loyal and good Kotua he knew back when Kotua first joined the team.

Suddenly, a figure fell out of the air and landed in his Iron Predator. Rex looked down to see Little Bot. "Well, there you are," he said, relieved to see the small robot made it out okay.

----

When Zero reached HQ, he looked back. The raptor was nowhere to be seen. "Good! This is the first time today I get good news... Oh no!"

Zero was surprised to find the HQ destroyed! "Me and my big mouth!"

But that wasn't all. When he was returning to his Urban Avenger, the raptor was here. "Don't you ever give up?" Zero said, as he hopped inside his vehicle and ran away... again!

----

Kotua walked back to the engine room.

"Sir, Rex has escaped," said one of the bots.

"Did he disable anything?" asked Kotua.

"Not that we know of," said the bot.

"I think he did. It's time to use our last resort to end Rex's reign of evil," said Kotua, looking at the nuclear engines.

"Yes sir," said the Bot.

<Sir, he escaped.> said Guardian.

"Really?" asked Kotua.

Guardian heard the Voltage's floor rumble.

"I think you're broken. We need to get rid of you," said Kotua.

<No!> said Guardian backing off, scared.

"The craft could use some of your wires," said Kotua.

<N-> managed to say Guardian, before the other robot sliced his head off.

"Take the rest of Guardian apart. Whatever can be re-used, re-use it, whatever is junk, put it in the trash..." said Kotua. He then turned to face the robot and muttered, "You better not fail me, or else..."

Kotua walked back to the Command Deck, and pressed a button.

Immediately, missiles flew out, seeking Dinos...

*****

Dromus was driving across the city, when more BladeBugs appeared. She fired at them, and soon one fell to the ground in a violent explosion. Little did she notice a Robo-Blade with teal markings...

Dromus' gun was blown off by a beam weapon. She looked back, and gasped. A Robo-Blade with teal markings was aiming its weapon at her. The Robo-Blade fired again, taking down the wheels of the vehicle. Dromus began running, but the Robo-Blade shot its hand, and caught Dromus. Then the Robo-Blade flew back to the Voltage.

The Robo-Blade landed on the Voltage, and security bots made sure Dromus did not have any tools to aid in her escape, and put her on a cell...

*****

Databoard got into the Fire Hammer. He revved the engines and shot of the roof. He landed on a smaller building, and then on the street. He then drove away from the Voltage, having infiltrated the ship without being noticed. He then headed back to HQ to repair the vehicle.

Databoard drove his battered Fire Hammer down the roads. He had been able to make sure at least two of the Voltage's devices would not work if Kotua attacked HQ. He stopped and glanced at the Voltage, which was still floating over the city. Why are you doing this, Kotua? thought Databoard.

As Databoard worked on repairing his Fire Hammer, he made a slight modification. He added a hidden compartment with an energy net launcher. This way he could capture Mutant Dinosaurs and study them, as Kotua destroyed all his previous work in his attack. At this point he received word that an agent named Dromus had been captured by Kotua. Time for another daring rescue mission... Databoard thought as he drove off to help Dromus.

*****

Sometime later, Zero even forgot about the raptor that was chasing him. While he was driving, trying to find the others, he saw a giant craft (the Voltage) launching missiles! "Whoa!" he exclaimed. "What's that? I thought only mutant dinos were attacking the city!" But Zero didn't realize that one of the missiles was trying to hit him...

BOOM! A missile blew up right behind Zero! "Wow, that was close!" he remarked. "And that raptor still was following me? He really doesn't give up... Now let's see... I must find a way of getting inside the craft... Wait! I can see a hole! I could get in from there, but how I would ever get up there?" Zero drove underneath the Voltage, trying to find a way to get in...

The Voltage slowly flew higher, making it impossible to reach, unless by another aircraft.

"Alright, now I can't get in. Maybe I should try to find the others..." Zero said, as he drove away from the Voltage.

*****

One of the maintenance bots noticed a detonator on the wires for the main guns. The robot flew towards Kotua to tell him of the detonators.

Kotua walked to the construction bots. The robots were building more robots. "Next time they enter my craft, they won't get away as easy..." said Kotua.

Kotua watched the city below through the air probe he had released. If these mutant dinos had spread, chances were they might be near Dino Attack HQ. If he could persuade the dinos, he might get rid of Rex...

The probe flew over the city, tracking down a Mutant T-Rex. The probe was cloaked, and thus could not be seen by anybody.

Kotua stopped watching the probe's camera view, and switched to that of a Robo-Blade getting what was left of Dromus's Urban Avenger.

Kotua pressed a few buttons...

----

Rex drove to his hideout in the abandoned prison.  Much to his relief, it was still intact, untouched by the lasers and missiles of the Voltage. Rex entered it and made his way to the cage where he kept Trouble, Sapphire, and their hatchlings. To his surprise, he found one of the infant Mutant Lizards was covered with scorch marks, while another was half invisible. "Fascinating," he remarked.  "It seems that they are maturing and developing their powers now."

With a spare PDA, he started taking notes.  Trouble was black-scaled and had darkness powers, while Sapphire had blue scales and… well, Rex still was not quite sure what her abilities were.  Since their offspring could have other scale colors and abilities, this data showed that powers were apparently not passed down through genetics.  But if it was not hereditary, was there any order that dictated the different strains of mutation?  Or was it all random chaos?

"Rex…"

Rex started.  He thought he was alone as usual, but he just heard someone else's voice.  He turned around and was prepared to meet anyone, friend or foe.  But nobody was there.  Just his cage of captured Mutant T-Rex hatchlings, who were growing quickly over the past couple weeks but were certainly not capable of speaking.

"W-Who's there?" Rex called.  There was no reply.  He felt stupid talking to nothing.

Rex turned to look at the Mutant Lizards again.  Trouble was staring at him in a very curious manner.  "Great," Rex muttered, "now I'm hearing voices.  And I'm confiding in a Mutant Lizard since no one else is around.  Well, at least I can trust that you won't judge me for it.  I don't need any more reasons for Kotua to think I'm crazy."

Rex spent some time studying his other captured Mutant Dinos.  He watched with intrigue as Fang the Mutant Raptor demonstrated her force field ability, and he was fascinated by the lightning crackling around the wings of Terry the Mutant Pterosaur.  He started to transmit this new info to other agents and scientists on the team, knowing that they would also find it interesting.

As Rex did his rounds, he noticed that one of his cages was missing a Mutant Lizard.  Remembering when Trouble escaped and nearly got killed by Kotua, he started to worry.  "Where did it go?" he wondered aloud.

"Friend… your friend was here…"

"What?" stammered Rex.  He heard that voice again, or at least another voice similar to the one he had heard before.  He turned around, but still there was no one there.  He just saw Fang watching him from her cage, and she was growling softly.

Rex groaned, knowing he was still not going to get any answers from the voice.  He investigated the cage to see how the lizard could have escaped.  To his surprise, he found the defunct remains of Glide's teleporting sphere.  "My friend was here…" he repeated, putting the pieces together.

This voice knew things that Rex did not, which at least confirmed that it was not just in his head.  But, as he left the abandoned prison, Rex was troubled.  Who did that voice belong to?

----

While Zero was driving, trying to find the others... "Now, the city is REALLY deserted. I wish I could find someone - or something - here..." Then, the earth started to shake... "Whoa! Earthquake?!?!?" No, it was a Mutant T-Rex! "Alright, forget what I said!"

As the Mutant T-Rex roared, the ground melted from the nuclear radiation in its breath! "Wow!" exclaimed Zero. "He really could use some mint!" The T-Rex started to run, and every time he touched the ground, it shook! "He should start to eat less, too!" Then, the mutant followed Zero as he drove away.

The T-Rex managed to destroy Zero's Urban Avenger's Sonic Screamer with laser beams. "Alright, plan B... Get back to HQ!" decided Zero.

After some time, Zero could finally lose the T-Rex from sight. "Wow, I thought he was never going to get away! Now, I just have to find the HQ... There, I can fix the Sonic Screamer! The hard part is getting there..."

----

Databoard glanced at the Voltage, which was impossible to reach now. He would have to find some other way to get aboard. He looked around for any buildings that were close enough, but the ship was up too high. Databoard looked around for any form of transport. Seeing none, Databoard would have to find another way up there.

Databoard grabbed a grappling gun and rushed into the building nearest the Voltage. He waited until the Voltage was at its closest, and fired the gun. Unfortunately, it was too far away and the rope caught empty air, failing to reach the ship.

At this point, one of the Voltage's turrets aimed at Databoard. He ran towards the stairs, but blasts destroyed the roof of the building. Databoard jumped off the side and plummeted towards the streets below. He fired a grappling cable and swung into nearby building.

Databoard got into his Fire Hammer and drove away from the Voltage. He needed a plan, and it would not be long before the ships turrets targeted him again, so he would have to move fast. He headed back towards HQ, luckily without being noticed by anyone on the Voltage.

*****

A robot on the Voltage scanned the building for Databoard, to make sure he had not survived. Seeing no sign of him, but not knowing that was because he was not in the building, contacted Kotua and told him Databoard had been destroyed.

Kotua of course, didn't believe the robot.

The Robo-Blade brought back Dromus's Urban Avenger, and Kotua waked to it. "Repair it as soon as possible!" said Kotua, and robots rushed to repair it....

The robots were soon done with the car's repair. Several things had been added as many people were targeting Kotua.

"Nice... protect the craft until I come back!" said Kotua.

----

Rex transmitted the latest intel on Mutant Dinos to the rest of the Dino Attack Team.  However, he decided to specifically exclude Kotua from the recipients list.  He sighed and shook his head, still unable to believe that Kotua had betrayed the rest of his team.  He wondered if Kotua was ever good in the first place, or if it had all just been one big deception from the start.

Rex hopped into his Iron Predator and drove off. He knew that the Voltage was still on the loose. Kotua still remained evil. The other Dino Attack agents were still in danger. And Rex needed to stop all of that before LEGO City would become a massive graveyard.

Rex drove as fast as he could. He prayed Kotua would be outside of the Voltage, which would make the rogue agent a little more vulnerable.

Suddenly, he heard a voice again. It was similar to the last voice he heard, but lower in pitch, and very aggressive in tone, as though its speaker was growling.

"Kill... kill... we must kill these hunters... kill... which one first?... Kill... whichever finds us! Kill... the one they call Kotua... no, Rex..."

Rex drove towards where the voice was coming from. Its source was moving quickly, but he was determined not to let it get away. Rex turned a corner…

… only to find himself face-to-face with a Mutant T-Rex.  The great beast leered down upon him and his Iron Predator, and it pulled back its lips to reveal its sharp teeth as it snarled menacingly.

The voice spoke again: "One of the hunters... Kotua... we will kill him!"

Rex didn't have much time to react. The Mutant T-Rex ran forward. Lasers shot from its eyes, damaging the sides of the Iron Predator. "As fascinating as they are," Rex muttered, "I wish that these Mutant Dinos didn't have these mutant powers."

He shot with the Cryothermic Cannon, knowing better than to launch nets at the strongest of Mutant Dinos. The blast hit a building, bringing it down on the Mutant T-Rex. He only intended to scare off the dinosaur, but instead a stray chunk of debris hit the T-Rex on the head, knocking it unconscious. It was about to be buried alive.

Rex gasped. He hopped out of the Iron Predator and ran towards the collapsing T-Rex, hoping he could save it. But, there was too much falling debris. He tripped, and then one block of cement fell on his leg, trapping him in place. The rubble continued falling on the Mutant T-Rex… and Rex along with it.

Rex coughed. He could not see a thing. Only darkness. He tried to move, but he was held firm. Everything around here was hard. Hard as rock. Rex realized he had survived. He pushed on a block of cement. It moved. He pushed harder. It moved out of the way all together. However, three more pieces of cement fell in its place. Rex groaned. It was going to take a long time getting out of the debris.

----

An Urban Avenger sped down the streets of LEGO City.

Databoard, who was hiding on a building, noticed Kotua riding the Urban Avenger. Kotua also noticed Databoard, and fired at him...

Databoard pressed a button in his Fire Hammer, and the energy net launcher came out of its compartment. He fired at Kotua, who swerved out of its path. Databoard fired several more, and they missed. Kotua fired back, breaking the Fire Hammer's windshield. Databoard fired the energy launcher again, but Kotua avoided it.

Kotua pressed the pedal, and drove off, with Databoard driving after him. Kotua pressed a few buttons, and the Sonic Screamer aimed back. Databoard was ready, and fired at the gun, taking it off, but Kotua still had more weaponry, and even turned on his Beam Shield.

Kotua sped ahead, firing various weaponry behind him. Databoard swerved out of the way of the attacks, forcing him to slow down and break off the chase. Just as Kotua though he was gone, the Fire Hammer swerved out from behind a corner. Databoard fired the launcher again, and Kotua swerved wildly to avoid being hit.

Kotua once again drove off, this time into an underground parking lot. Databoard drove after him, before realizing something. Databoard stopped, and began firing at a pillar. The whole building came down on the Urban Avenger, trapping Kotua… or so Databoard thought...

Databoard got out of his vehicle, and readied a laser rifle. He had a good feeling that Kotua was still alive under there, and he had intended to keep Kotua alive. He began looking through the rubble for any sign of the agent, laser still in hand.

Databoard felt a blaster's tip on the back of his head.

"Be a nice agent, or agent Dromus will remain buried under that building," said the person behind him.

"What?!" said Databoard.

"You really thought I would drive around the city in a car like that? I put the unconscious Dromus on the Urban Avenger, and put a hologram of me to distract you," said Kotua.

Robo-Blades landed around, and one grabbed Databoard.

"Kotua, what is wrong with you?" Databoard shouted. "You've gone too far, Kotua!"

Kotua put the blaster away, as there was no way Databoard could free himself from the Robo-Blade's grip. Databoard managed to free one hand, and threw a short out device into the Robo-Blade's cockpit. He jumped into the Fire Hammer and turned on an "Auto Pilot" button he had also installed. The vehicle shot off as Databoard slipped out the other side. The Robo-Blades pursued, believing Databoard to be inside the vehicle.

Kotua took out a device. "You have three seconds to come out, Data, or Dromus dies," said Kotua, getting ready to press the button...

Databoard stepped out from the shadows. Kotua raised his laser and prepared to fire. Before he could, a laser beam knocked it from his hand. "Backup, eh?" Kotua said.

Databoard shook his head.

"Huh?" Kotua said. A Mutant T-Rex charged at Kotua, lasers shooting from its eyes. Kotua ducked out of the way as lasers destroyed where he just was.

Kotua ran away from the T-Rex, which seemed to want to kill him. "This must have been agent Rex's doing!" said Kotua, ducking from another blast...

While Kotua was distracted by the Mutant T-Rex, Databoard rushed over to collapsed building and began clearing away rubble. The T-Rex had not yet noticed him, and Kotua was distracted with the dinosaur which gave Databoard some time.

The Robo-Blades returned and fired at the T-Rex. Kotua ran towards them, when he noticed Databoard had dug out a small hole.

Kotua ran towards him, and kicked him into the hole. Kotua then grabbed a piece of rubble as Databoard tried getting out, and dropped it down, knocking out Databoard. Kotua turned to see the T-Rex run off with pieces of a Robo-Blade.

"Pity Data fell for the same trick twice," said Kotua.

Kotua was picked up by another Robo-Blade and taken to the Voltage, where Dromus was still locked in a cell...

Kotua watched the rubble where Databoard laid, unconscious. Kotua took out the device, and pressed a button.

The Urban Avenger's engines beeped, and exploded, sending most of the rubble everywhere, and soon dust surrounded the place.

Databoard luckily survived, as he was deep under rubble and far from the explosion. Unfortunately, now it would be harder for Databoard to get out of the hole.

Kotua watched as a Robo-Blade flew down to check whether Databoard was unconscious. The Robo-Blade landed, and began searching for Databoard.

Soon the Robo-Blade found Databoard's body and dug him out. Then the Robo-Blade took him back into the Voltage, and took out all of Databoard's tools and equipment. Then Databoard was put on a jail cell far from Dromus, since Databoard still thought Dromus was buried...

*****

Kotua walked back to the construction bots, which had made new security bots which were water, fire, and rust-proof. The Security Bots flew out to protect the cells and other rooms...

Kotua walked to the hangar, where more construction bots were fixing the Robo-Blades and putting on Double Beam Shields...

Kotua walked to the jail cells, and poked Databoard with a shock spear five times, before closing the cell and walking off. Dromus just watched Kotua leave, and tried opening the door, but it was useless.

Kotua walked to where chef bots were making food. He reflected that it was odd that the craft could carry enough materials to make different meals, yet the prisoners were only ever fed canned noodles...

----

A curious Mutant Lizard stalked over to the huge pile of debris that now littered the street. It hoped that it could find some fresh meat buried underneath. It poked at the rubble. Almost unmovable, but not to a Mutant Dino.

The Mutant Lizard spat some acid onto the debris, and then it was gone. It kept spitting acid until it made a large opening through the rubble. Indeed, there was something in there. The Mutant Lizard peered closer, only to see two eyes glaring at it from the shadows. It was still alive, but what was it? The lizard sniffed the air, and then let out a terrified shriek before running off.

Rex crawled out of the rubble, through the opening that the Mutant Lizard had made. Why was the Mutant Lizard scared of him? Then, he guessed that it must have picked up the scent of the Mutant T-Rex, and it probably mistook him for a much larger Mutant Dino. He looked back at the debris. The Mutant T-Rex was probably dead.

And that mysterious voice… whoever it belonged to… was gone.

Rex felt awful. He didn't actually mean to kill the Mutant T-Rex, just scare it off. But, he ended up killing it. He had taken a life, and he should have known better. Did that make him any better than Kotua?

"When I stop Kotua's madness," he promised himself, "I'll make sure no one else has to die.  I cannot let anyone else die on my watch... Minifig or Mutant Dino."

Rex hopped into his Iron Predator. It wasn't damaged much, though it certainly needed a new paint job! That would have to wait. First, he had to find Kotua. And stop him.

Rex kept driving. He had to find Kotua and stop all this nonsensical nonsense. He didn't bother attacking the Mutant Lizards that were on Legohn Road, even though they were burning and acid-spraying everything on that street; he had his mind set on finding - and stopping - Kotua.

Rex noticed the craft flying higher than any building nearby. He had to get on PBB's airship in order to reach the Voltage.

----

A Security Bot opened the cell to check on Dromus, when she leaped over it and ran off. Dromus ran, until two metal doors sealed off the hall in front of her. She looked back, and saw the Security Bots flying towards her...

Dromus pulled out her diamond and cut a hole just large enough for her in the metal door. She hopped through and ran as fast as she could, away from the cells... And as she ran, she thought that this was not a very lucky day for her.

Dromus ducked as one of the Security Bots swung its Shock Staff. The other Security Bots activated their Beam Shields, protecting them from the blasts...

MegaBloks! Dromus silently cursed. I HATE BOTS!

As she continued dodging the Security Bots, she quickly thought of a plan.  Acting lessons, I took acting lessons, maybe...

Suddenly she collapsed, wheezing convincingly. "Asthmatic," she wheezed, "I need my inhaler... I need a medic..."

One of the Security Bots dragged Dromus to a Medic Bot, with her gasping and wheezing all the time. Maybe that musical theatre training when I was 11 was a good idea after all... she thought.

The medic gave her an inhaler, which she pretended to use, though she did not technically need it. While the medic was telling the other bots that she would survive, she made a break for it, yelling over her shoulder, "Haha! Stupid bots!"

----

Rev finally stood up from the computer desk and slammed his fist down. "Why, father?" he asked, struggling to hold back tears. "Why?"

His father, Jecht Raptor, had always been so good at everything. Jecht was a renowned scientist. Jecht was Rev's role model, his personal mentor, and all his life Rev had been told that he would follow Jecht's footsteps.

But now, for the first time, Rev wished that would not be any further from the truth.

Now, he recognized something in the Mutant Lizard DNA he had been studying. It reminded him of the genetic engineering that Jecht had performed. Jecht had disappeared a few years ago, after saying he was going on an offworld assignment. And as soon as he thought about that, Rev realized why Landro seemed hauntingly familiar to him. The truth was horrifyingly disturbing, but he could no longer deny it.

Landro was Jecht Raptor.

----

"KOTUA, YOU NO-GOOD LYING MONSTER!" Databoard shouted. He was through trying to help him, as he just wound up back in a cell on the Voltage.

He banged on the door with his fists, shouting angrily. A few Security Bots looked up, thinking Databoard had lost it completely. He kicked the wall in anger, trying to make as much of a scene as possible. A medic bot came in to check Databoard - only to be flung out moment later with its robotic head bashed to bits. Databoard rushed out of the cell, grabbing a shock stick and destroying all the robots in his path. Security Bots would try to restrain him, and they all met the same fate, discarded in a pile of scrap.

Security Bots activated their Beam shields, and flew at Databoard, who slid under them, and ran towards Kotua. Databoard would stop Kotua, whatever it took.

More Security Bots with Beam shields arrived, and these formed a barrier around Databoard. Dromus used the distraction to escape, if it hadn't been for Riot Bots. These arrived, and they scanned the room. They noticed Dromus, who began to run, but the Riot Bots threw a gas canister at Dromus, and she fell back to the floor, too weak to continue. Databoard was also forced to breathe the gas, and was accidentally smashed into the wall by the Security Bots.

Then they were dragged back to the cells, and robots tied up both of them. Kotua soon arrived. Databoard was still weak.

Kotua took out a blaster.  "Data, you never learned to back off... pity," said Kotua. He aimed at Databoard, who was too weak to move.

----

LEGO City.  7:13 A.M.  Rev and Sereve's hideout was under siege.

Countless Mutant Raptors swiped and bit chunks out of the entrance.  The abandoned skyscraper had been converted into a Dino Attack outpost but was in no shape to withstand an attack of this caliber.

Sereve, Engineer, and the other surviving Dino Attack agents cowered in the underground garage section of the base as the raptors started to swarm and destroy the hideout.

Things were not going according to plan.  Sereve had tried to assemble a strong team in preparation for this day, but Kai and Joey still had not shown up; Connors had suddenly gone silent and stopped responding to her messages; nobody knew what Len, Gwen, and Tren were up to; and Rev had buried himself in his research, leaving the hideout barely defended against the Mutant Dino attack.

"I fear this is the end," said Sereve.

"Though I don't give up normally, I have to agree with you," said Engineer.

The sounds of the angry dinosaurs came closer and closer. Soon, there were loud footsteps coming closer and closer. With every footstep the roof started to come down bit by bit. All hope was lost. Sereve's Urban Avenger was totaled by the raptors, leaving them with no escape. The footsteps were coming closer and closer until they were right outside the wall that separated the safety of their last sanctuary, with the horror of horrible demonic creatures.

The footsteps stopped for a second, before the wall exploded and the raptors arrived. Sereve was useless without a weapon, and his fellow Dino Attack agents were too scared to do anything. The future might as well be over for them as nothing could save them now. Little did they know that they were about to be saved by the last possible person or thing they could think of.

Suddenly, the Mutant Raptors ceased their attack.  They obediently parted as a figure stepped through the crowd.  Sereve recognized his twisted mutant features and tattered labcoat.  The horrifying hybrid of man and lizard raised a clawed finger and pointed it directly at Sereve.  "This one..." Landro hissed.  "I want him alive!"

----

Suddenly the Voltage shook. A robot flew up to him.  "Sir, we're under attack by a pteranodon fleet," said the bot.

"Fire at them!" said Kotua.

The craft shook again. "They're too fast," said the bot.

"Then take them down with missiles," muttered Kotua, losing some patience.

"They use lightning bolts to take them down..." said the bot.

"Send Robo-Blades after them!" said Kotua.

"Yes sir..."

Kotua walked back to the Command Deck, and was surprised to see security bots rushing in from the other entrance of the Command Deck, firing at Mutant Pteranodons. The windows had been broken, and the Beam Shield seemed to be failing.

"Phase!" shouted Kotua at the remaining deck bots.

The bots managed to phase the Voltage, and the Pteranodons were left with little to harm...for ten seconds...

"Defend the Voltage," said Kotua, running to the hangar. Once in the hangar, Kotua climbed into a Robo-Blade.

----

After three hours, Zero finally managed to reach the ruins of Dino Attack HQ. "Finally..." said Zero.  "Now I can fix the Sonic Screamer! Hmmm, I hope there is something here that I can use to contact the others..." Then, he started to work on the Urban Avenger, using materials salvaged from the wreckage.

Zero did not find any Sonic Screamer to replace the old one. "Well," he said, "I have two options: Stay here and wait for the others, or go look for them... Well, I'm staying here!"

"Argh," groaned Zero, "this is so BORING! That's it! I'll go look for the others and try to find out what's with these mutant dinos!" Zero hopped into his weaponless Urban Avenger, but before driving off, he realized: "Oh, wait... Without something to protect me, I'll be dino food! I think I can build a net launcher or something like that."

----

Four ShadowTech jets flew towards the Beam Shield-less craft, and activated their missiles...

Kotua flew out, and spotted four jets flying towards the Voltage. Immediately Kotua activated his Beam Shield, his Beam Rifle, and flew towards the jets, firing. The jets avoided the blasts, and fired at the Voltage.

Kotua easily took down the fourth and third crafts before they could fire, simply by blasting the fourth craft. Kotua started firing at the rest, but then stopped.

Fifty black T-1 Typhoons flew in, and started firing at the Voltage. Two more jets flew towards Kotua, and started firing at him.

"This is their plan?" muttered Kotua, firing at them.

----

Rex noticed something strange. Green. He drove over to a building. Green moss and plants were growing on it. But the strange thing was that these species of moss and plants were not present-day flora.

They were prehistoric plants.

Rex felt there was something else going on other than the destructive Mutant Dinos...

Rex found these prehistoric plants growing on other buildings as well. "Strange... strange indeed," he said. Carefully, he took a sample of each plant and put them into jars. "Dino Attack Team would like to know about this," he muttered, "but first I must deal with Kotua."

Rex determined that the Voltage was under attack by ShadowTech and no longer had its Beam Shield active, which could provide the distraction he needed. Therefore, Rex began driving around the city in search of the Pallas Athena, but he could not find it.

Rex glanced at one building that was half covered in prehistoric plants. It was, like the other buildings with the plants, no longer on fire. It almost looked like a natural rock cliff with plants growing on its side. "Something's definitely not right..."

----

Databoard studied the room, no longer as enraged as he was a few minutes ago. "What do we do now?" Dromus whispered. A security bot flew by, and the two pretended not to be planning another escape.

"Once the stun gas wears off, we make as silent an escape as possible," Databoard said once the bot was gone. "I managed to grab a laser cutter before they dragged me into the cell."

He managed to get the laser cutter out of his pocket. After they were untied, Databoard began making a hole in the wall. It took a while to make a hole, but they soon escaped. Once in the open hangar, Databoard fired a grappling hook to a nearby building. The two agents then snuck off the ship while everyone was distracted.

----

Rex drove quicker. The faster he could stop Kotua, the faster he could learn what in the world was going on and causing these prehistoric plants. Probably had some connection to the Mutant Dinos.

Suddenly, two lasers fired at him. Rex turned around to see a pack of Mutant T-Rexes. And he heard the voice again.

"There he is! The killer! Kill him! He'll pay for killing that other T-Rex!"

"I have no idea who you are," Rex muttered, "but you're not going to kill me with your Mutant T-Rexes!"

"You will die, Kotua!" the voice said. The Mutant T-Rexes walked closer to his Iron Predator.

"Kotua?" repeated Rex. "I'm not Kotua!"

"Nice try, but I know you're Kotua!"

Rex drove as fast as he could away from the Mutant T-Rex Pack. "He's escaping!" the voice yelled. "After him!" They chased him, shooting lasers at him from their eyes. Rex, on the other hand, was feeling as if he was in a dense jungle, not a wrecked city.

Rex fired the Cryothermic Cannon behind him, hitting a building. The structure collapsed, blocking the road. It delayed the Mutant T-Rex Pack... for three seconds! They jumped over the debris and continued chasing Rex.

Then, Rex began throwing his latest invention. These were tiny spheres that stuck to the hide of each Mutant T-Rex. Then, they split open and enlarged into a cage, trapping the Mutant Dinos.

----

If Sereve was scared, he was determined not to show it.  He boldly stepped forward, standing between his fellow Dino Attack agents and the pack of Mutant Raptors.  "Landro!" he called.  "So, you've come to bargain?"

"I've come to take... take back what is rightfully mine!" shouted Landro.

"Right," said Sereve, "the jewel.  Which, as you know, I totally have.  But I'm not going to just hand it over to you."

"And why not?" asked Landro, grinning savagely.  The Mutant Raptors surrounding him took a step forward, eager to tear apart the Dino Attack agents.

"See, that's not a fair deal," explained Sereve.  "I give you the crystal, you get what you want, and then you kill us all.  It's pretty one-sided... doesn't exactly sound appealing to me.  So, how about this?  You send away your raptors, let my friends go safely, and we can settle this one on one.  Man to man... err, mutant monster thing."

Landro was silent for a moment, weighing his options.  Then, he raised his head and, like a wolf howling at the moon, let out a bestial roar.  The Mutant Raptors departed from the base, leaving their master behind.  "Now, you… you do the same," growled Landro.

"You heard him," Sereve told the other Dino Attack agents.  "Go."

"Are you mad, son?" said Engineer.  "You can't take on that big mean mother-Znapper by yourself!"

"Don't worry," whispered Sereve.  "I've got this.  I'm ready."  With that, the Dino Attack agents safely exited the hideout.

Now, it was just Sereve and Landro, staring each other down.  "The crystal of Crux..." hissed Landro.  "Give it... give it to me!"

Sereve smiled as he took several steps back.  With open arms, he beckoned to the mutant hybrid and said: "Come and get it!"

Landro sneered and started moving towards the lone Dino Attack agent.  As Sereve expected, Landro's eyes were on him, not where he was walking.  He stepped right into the trap: when Sereve pushed a button on a handheld remote, four tall posts positioned around Landro activated, generating an electric fence keeping him in.  "What... h-how...?" the mutant stammered.

"Just a little something that Engineer cooked up," replied Sereve.  "I knew you couldn't resist the bait if you thought I had the jewel, and you won't get away so easily this time.  Now that I've got you where I want you, it's time that you start answering some questions.  Who are you really, who do you work for, where did the Mutant Dinos come from, and what's so important about this crystal?"

Landro's face twisted into a hideous scowl.  He charged forward, straight through the electric fence.  He was shocked with high voltage and let out an agonizing scream, but it did not stop the angry mutant as he broke through the barrier.  The blood drained from Sereve's head as he saw his trap fail, leaving him with nothing to stop Landro.

Landro grabbed Sereve by the neck and lifted him high into the air.  "You never… never even had the crystal, did you?" he said furiously as his eye twitched maniacally.  "Then you... are useless to me!"

Sereve gritted his teeth.  "Go to MegaBlokland, you 4+ Figure!" he hissed, preferring to die with dignity.

Sereve's final thoughts were for Bailey.  He hoped that his dog would be kept safe in Antarctica.  Then, Landro snapped his neck and dropped his lifeless body to the floor.

"Sereve, no!"

Landro turned around just in time to see a pair of blinding headlights.  A Fire Hammer drove into the outpost and slammed into him, sending the mutant flying across the garage.  The jeep came to a stop, and Rev Raptor jumped out of the driver's seat.  He ran to Sereve's side, only to see that he was too late to save him.

"What did you do?" he screamed at Landro, who was already back on his feet.

"Without the crystal," proclaimed Landro, "you have no hope... no hope of stopping the Mutant Dinos!  The architect of darkness is coming!  Chaos and destruction will reign across the planet... like a storm of malevolence!  You all... will die!" 

Landro ran at Rev with murderous intent in his maddened eyes.  With the unnatural speed of a Mutant Raptor, he was too quick for the Dino Attack agent to react.  He slashed with his claws, tearing through Rev's flesh like a knife.

Rev lay incapacitated on the floor, clutching his chest in pain.  He was rapidly losing a lot of blood, and he knew that the end was near.  He looked up at Landro, who had just killed Sereve and sealed Rev's fate, and knew there was no hope of redeeming Jecht Raptor.  "You've gone too far... Father..."

Landro froze at that last word.  Whatever was left of Jecht, deep beneath the mutant monster, had heard him.  He stared at Rev as though seeing him for the first time.  "Rev..." he murmured.

Rev's breathing grew ragged.  "And that's why... I have to stop you."  He pulled out a pistol and fired.  Even lying on the ground while bleeding out, his aim was true.

Landro collapsed to the floor beside him.  He locked eyes with Rev and, with his final breaths, whispered: "My son... You were... destined... to follow my footsteps.  It is... in your blood..."  Then, he lay still and said no more.

As Rev's consciousness started to slip away, he watched as the pool of blood from Landro's body mixed with his own.  In my blood… he thought.  He remembered his nightmare, where he was mutated like Landro and was gleefully killing Dino Attack agents, and he wondered if there was more to it than just a dream.  He remembered Landro's earlier suggestion that he might already be a mutant.  If my father was the king of the Mutant Dinos, was I meant to be the prince?  Was that my destiny?  No!  I can't...

Rev was only dimly aware when another Fire Hammer arrived at the hideout.  Kai, Joey, and Snake of Spades rushed to his side.  "Rev!" cried out Kai.  "No, we're too late!"

"He's still alive," reported Joey.  "Somebody call a medic; we might still have enough time to save him!"

Weakly, Rev shook his head.  "No, it's okay..." he whispered, lacking the strength to speak any louder.  He was sure that this was the only way to end Landro's legacy.  "It's over now... You have... to let me... go..."

Kai, Joey, and Snake traded glances.  "Are... are you sure?" Snake asked, and Rev nodded in response.

"We'll stay with you," promised Kai, "until the end."

A solemn silence fell over the group as they respected Rev's final wish.

----

Rookie agent Anubis was drafted into Dino Attack Team by the conscription due to the team suffering heavy losses against Mutant Dinos, as well as other threats such as ShadowTech. While traveling to his first mission via boat, Anubis was caught in a fierce storm and fell overboard, with a flock of Mutant Pterosaurs flying in for the kill.

Miraculously, Anubis survived through unknown means. Anubis insisted that he was rescued by the spirit of Rev Raptor; although there was little evidence to support this claim, reports have confirmed that this event took place immediately after Rev's death.

----

One ShadowTech jet locked on and fired, but before the missile could leave the jet, it was struck by Kotua. The second jet continued firing at Kotua, avoiding blasts. This one was not going to risk his life like the other one.

Kotua continued firing at the jet, but it evaded Kotua easily. Kotua finally fired, and the blast took the left wing of the craft. "Take that!" said Kotua, firing at the right wing.

Kotua flew away from the flaming jet, and noticed two T-1 Typhoons. I bet this is Data's 'friendly help', thought Kotua. He fired at one, hitting the pilot of one of the vehicles...

As the first T-1 Typhoon flew down, the second one fired at Kotua. The Robo-Blade's Beam Shield blocked the attacks. Kotua fired back, taking down one of the side guns.

Kotua flew under the copter, and shot down the gunner, and the tail of the copter. The Voltage suddenly regained its Beam Shield, frying the Pteranodons pecking the craft.

Kotua flew back into the Voltage. There, Kotua walked back to the cells. To his surprise, both agents were gone!

"They'll pay!" said Kotua, walking back to the command deck...

----

Link to review topic: http://www.bzpower.com/board/topic/29406-review-dino-attack-rpg/

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