Chapter 169: Brothers in Arms(and Swords)
Inside a Guardian's ship
MT: (walks inside)
Deus: …you're late.
MT: My...sincerest apologies. I'll make sure to be prompt the next time I kill you.
Deus: …kill me? You can't possibly kill me. I have become far too strong for someone like you to defeat.
MT: You've become a mistake. A mistake that far too many people have been hurt by.
Deus: …your puny team of Toa suffered an unfortunate end. Is that what you are upset by?
Deus: Did I not tell you 50,000 years ago that some must live and some must die?
MT: A world where you are king is a world where everyone dies. (draws his sword and scrapes the blade along the ground)
Deus: If I were to die, the threat of Xenon would be reborn anew. There would be nothing to suppress the Xenon that is flowing from this planet.
MT: And it was your own foolishness that released this curse in the first place. I hardly think you qualify as one who knows how to save it.
Deus: Very well. (snaps his fingers and scythe appears in his hands) Then show me, oh great ex-leader of Toa…how qualified you are. (hurls a lightning bolt at MT)
MT: (teleports out of the way and reappears behind Deus)…
Deus: (whirls around and swings his scythe at MT)
MT: (backflips over the attack and hovers in the air)
MT: (lowers himself to the ground and lands) Very well. Auditions were never really my thing, but I guess I can make an exception for saving the world.
Meanwhile, at a village not too far away…
Taesh: (dashes in) Help! Help! My friend is sick!
Taesh: Is there anyone who can-
Guardian: (smashes through the village wall and blasts a random passing Toa in the face)
Guardians: (begin to swarm over the city)
Taesh: …no…no, this can't be…why now?! (hurls a tornado at the Guardians)
Several Guardians: (get knocked out of the air and go flying)
Taesh: (gets surrounded by Guardians who take their place) …
Guardians: (point their weapons at Taesh)
Taesh: …no…not now…
Guardians: …(charge up blasts of energy)
Xenon Bolt: (flies out of nowhere and ricochets off the Guardians, corrupting them and destroying their inner workings)
Taesh: (whirls around and notices Brenmac, walking towards him and glowing purple)…who are you?
Brenmac: …I am a Zehvor. I am here to defend against and drive back all forms of tyranny…regardless of what state I myself may be in. (gazes at his glowing hand)
Brenmac: …I was knocked by a Toa named Deus into a lake of Xenon…and emerged with the power necessary to rid the planet of this invasion.
Brenmac: …you are an affiliate of Deus, are you not?
Taesh: …I was.
Brenmac: Go and find some way to stop him while I attempt to hold off this invasion.
Taesh: But this Matoran! She needs-
Brenmac: She needs a doctor. And there is no doctor that can take care of her while the city is being attacked like this.
Brenmac: (creates a Xenon seal and puts Vajra inside) …that will keep her from worsening while the battle is going on. Hopefully, when this is over…her injuries will not be too great to keep her from surviving whatever surgery will be necessary.
Brenmac: (fires a bolt of Xenon and knocks a Guardian out of the sky) Now go.
Taesh: …thank you.
Brenmac: Thank me when this is done.
Taesh: …(creates a flow of wind and glides off into the distance)
Brenmac: …hopefully…there will be a me around to thank afterwards.
Meanwhile, at the house…
Samus: …(begins firing wildly at the army of Skrall chasing Xplode and Master Chief) Hey! Get back here! I'm shooting at you!
Skralls: (ignore Samus)
Samus: What the heck is wrong with those guys…it's like they're not even paying attention to me…wait a second…(looks behind her)
Hundreds of Hero Factory Sets: Raaaarrrrggghhh!!! (begin chasing Samus)
Samus: …yep. I thought so. (looks forward again and just begins firing wildly) Always how I wanted to spend my last few minutes in life.
In the living room…
Mario: …I have returned with the Toa you requested, sir.
Pat: Was he any trouble?
Mario: I just ambushed him. His shield doesn't protect against those for some reason. One giant plastic turtle shell thrown at him, and he was out cold.
Pat: I love Mario physics in the real world. Witch Doctor?
Witch Doctor: Yes?
Pat: …you know what to do.
Witch Doctor: …eat cheese fries?
Witch Doctor: …if that's what you want, then I can-
Pat: ENSLAVE HIM! (points at Tahu Nuva)
Witch Doctor: Oh. Right. (walks towards Tahu) *Ahem* Wooblooobloogholoola-
Chocolate Dagger: (flies out of nowhere and hits the Witch Doctor in the mouth)
Witch Doctor: OW! And…yum…mmm..
Voice: Heh heh heh heh heh heh…
Pat: …oh what NOW?
Ghirardelli: (pops up on top of the Witch Doctor and stands on his head) Aw, come now. You really weren't going to leave ME out of this, were you?
Pat: …and who might you be?
Ghirardelli: Why…I'm Ghirardelli! The evilest villain who ever lived! Certainly, being an evil villain such as yourself, you must have heard of me. (poses dramatically)
Witch Doctor: Wait…if he's the villain…and you're a villain…how can there be…wait…doesn't someone have to be good for this to work?
Ghirardelli: Well, it's a shame you've missed out on my notoriety. Anyways, I'd be fine with letting you destroy the house and all….except that my birthday is actually just next week…and I really wanted to have a birthday party here with all my friends…so if you could just hold off on overrunning the house until then…that'd be great.
Pat: No. (grabs Tuma's sword) Now get down off of my associate, or I'll knock you off.
Ghirardelli: Oh, come now. Let's not get hasty…how about some chocolate instead?
Pat: I don't want any of your chocolate. Now get down.
Ghirardelli: My, my, such impatience. You must-
Pat: GET DOWN. (swings Tuma's sword at Ghirardelli)
Ghirardell: (teleports out of the way)
Witch Doctor: *WHAM!* (gets hit by the sword) OW!
Ghirardelli: (reappears, posing on top of the TV) …you really should learn some self restraint, you know.
Pat: I don't have time for this. Witch Doctor?
Witch Doctor: …yes?
Pat: Tahu Nuva. Now.
Witch Doctor: …yes sir…(turns towards Tahu Nuva)
Ghirardelli: Hmm. You don't seem to be getting the point. (gestures towards Witch Doctor)
Ice: (instantly forms around the Witch Doctor, freezing him)
Ghirardelli: You really should take some time to rest and relax instead of running all over the place. World domination is a tall order. If you don't stop to take a break, you just might…(snaps his fingers, and the Witch Doctor shatters into tiny pieces)…snap.
Pat: …you…you will pay for that.
Ghirardelli: I highly doubt it. I haven't the slightest in the way of cash. You'll probably have to end up filing a claim with your insurance instead. You do have insurance for your employees, don't you?
Pat: Mario. Take the flamboyant chocolate obsessed Jonas Brother out now.
Mario: (nods and moves towards Ghirardelli)
Ghirardelli: …hmph. (snaps his fingers)
Pat: (watches as a barrier of ice freezes over his path, blocking his attempt to escape)
Ghirardelli: We can either do this the hard way, or you can stop your incessant destroying like a good boy. Your choice.
Pat: …(turns back towards Ghirardelli)…Mario?
Mario: Yes, Lord Pat?
Pat: …forget about the last order. I think I will take pleasure in removing this obstacle myself.
Pat: Rally the troops and begin the final assault on the other half of the house. We will force the other Tahu out one way or another.
Mario: Yes, Lord Pat. (turns and walks out of the room)
Ghirardelli: …ah well. How much trouble could a fat Italian cause?
Pat: (pulls out a gun and points it at Ghirardelli) I'm going to enjoy wiping the floor with your face when we're done with this.
Ghirardelli: Positively splendid. I can't wait to be a mop.
Pat: (fires his gun)
Ghirardelli: (teleports out of the way)
Ghirardelli: (reappears on top of Pat's head) Did I ever tell you how much I despise people who use guns?
Pat: (whirls around and attempts to smack Ghirardelli)
Ghirardelli: (teleports away again)
Pat: …quit running away!
Ghirardelli: (reappears on top of a bookshelf) Civilized people such as myself need only chocolate and a sword to fight. Chocolate…and a sword. (snaps his fingers and a sword appears in his hand)
Pat: …get DOWN here.
Ghirardelli: Oh, all in good time. Don't worry…I just wanted to have some fun with you. Life's more fun when you-
Ghirardelli: (gets hit in the face and smacks his head into a wall) *WHACK!*
Ghirardelli: …very well then…if you're so intent on winding up just like your quack doctor over there…then I'll be happy to hurry you to your grave!
Meanwhile, in another dimension…
Portal: (opens up)
Mesoquack and Mesonak: (fall to the ground and land on top of a building)
Mesoquack: …where…are we?
Mesonak: (looks up and notices the building they are on connected to multiple other buildings…all mysteriously levitating in the sky, far above the cloud level of whatever planet they are on)
Mesoquack: …this is not…this…this is all YOUR fault!
Mesonak: …my fault?
Mesoquack: Yes, yours! Your fault for interfering with my plan!
Mesoquack: Your plan, huh?
Mesoquack: My plan! Those Toa did not deserve to live! And neither did that worthless computer! Had you simply waited, all of that power could have belonged to-
Mesonak: To you, huh?
Mesoquack: …it could have belonged to both of us.
Mesonak: …think about who we are, for a moment.
Mesonak: We are brothers. Toa created with power…power given to us for a reason. Power that we use to benefit others, and make the world around us a safer place.
Mesonak: Your lust for power is disgusting. It needed to end.
Mesoquack: …you still think this is all about my personal gain…don't you?
Mesonak: …what else would it be about?
Mesoquack: Even though you managed to escape from our creators, I didn't. Remember?
Mesonak: …I do.
Mesoquack: I lived in the worst possible conditions while I was still a slave there. I was forced to work for people who treated me like garbage.
Mesoquack: And when I escaped, I swore that whatever it took, I would never, ever let a group like that control the universe. I had to obtain the power to stop any group like that from rising to power. That is why I must become stronger. It has nothing to do with my own self interest.
Mesonak: And how many innocents did you slaughter in your attempts to "protect the universe?"
Mesoquack: That matters not. The lives of a few can be sacrificed for the protection of many.
Mesoquack: …and now…you stand in my way. Again.
Mesoquack: Let's end this once and for all…brother.
LESS CLIFFHANGERS(I promise-ish)