Posted Jun 07 2012 - 03:46 AM
Chapter 7: PotentialSenturon punched Scourge in the face. "You are a Scourge upon the earth!"Angered, Scourge stole a jetpack from one the Sweeps and flew up. "I am no longer upon the earth! I have ascended!" He shot Weaken Kanoka at Senturon.Senturon pulled a piece of metal up from the ground and blocked with it, causing it to fall apart. He manipulated the fire on Scourge's jetpack and made it explode, forcing the Herald to slam through a building. "Only in your mind, dark one."Scourge magnetized the building to Senturon with multiple Blast Rod shots. "In a moment, you will HAVE NO MIND!"Senturon stole a Kanoka from the fallen Sweep his master had robbed, and shot it at the falling building. It crumbled with Scourge in it, and he fell to the ground. "Your attack was mindless."Scourge burst out of the rubble and swung his hooks at Senturon from each side. Senturon ducked and stabbed at him, and he jumped back. "Senturon Pyro, it will take more than that to destroy a true Herald!""As it will take more to destroy a true Pyro!" They continued to fight.---Zeltroth flew in on Slicax, shooting repeatedly at Trypticon's hand until he shook it off. "Orion!" Orion stabbed the portable data log, rather resembling a flash drive, into Trypticon's eye, then jumped on Slicax."Ow! Too much weight!" Slicax tilted a bit.Zeltroth growled. "Stop your whining! We must get to better ground and stop this menace NOW!"Slicax landed on a nearby building and dropped the duo off. "I'll keep it here!"Orion watched. "My attack failed! What do I do?"Zeltroth combined his hands into a cannon again. "You wait here and stay behind me." The new Lord High Protector shot at Trypticon. "Get him to turn his head so I can burn through the hole in his eye!"Slicax flew around Trypticon, trying to saw him and pull him, but to no avail. He was batted aside with a hand. "AUGH! If I just had my old body back, I could--""Gah!" Zeltroth shot at Trypticon, but he couldn't set him on fire, as he would simply generate dirt to smother the flames. "Should we help Slicax?" Orion asked."There is no time for that! And stay DOWN! This is my fight!"---Shohu formed twin swords, activated his Pakari, and cleaved through several Sweeps. "Oy! Commander Kup! Do you believe all that Karz Senturon is spouting about being a Prime?""Just fight, Captain Shohu.""My name doesn't translate to Ironhide for nothing, Commander." Shohu changed his swords into spikes maces and started splitting skulls. "They just keep coming!"Roadbuster laughed. "Ya gettin tired, old coots? Keep firin', ya wee ninnies!"Topspin and Leadfoot arrived, shooting plasma and poison needles at several incoming Sweeps before they could reach the rest. "Well, Leadfoot, that bought us sum tyme!""Yah! Three tymes the power, Roadbuster!" Leadfoot called out to their group's leader.Shohu facepalmed. "I thought they were in different units."Kup would have facepalmed, but he was busy magnetizing Sweeps to each other. "More like three times the blabbering. They were, but they've been together since high programming!"Overlord and Shockwave fought back to back, a rather awkward sight when Overlord was 40 feet tall. However, Shockwave thought it was logical, and Overlord honestly didn't mind.Shockwave shoved his spear through various Sweeps, making something of a kebab. "They are commanded by Scourge. Someone should reinforce Senturon."Overlord stomped many more, and forced them to shoot themselves with his control of iron. "Yes. Do you believe he is a Prime?""It does not matter. At this moment, only victory is relevant, and so we must help him.""Go, then. I don't care." Overlord kicked aside Sweeps. "I am more than capable."Shockwave ran off. He made a note to himself to buy one of those Transport Kualsis for the sake of speed, though he did have a sadistic enjoyment of the fighting he would have to go through. "Raaaaaah!"---Jetian surveyed the battle from the skies, but did not join for fear of being noticed. That is, until he saw the Sacred Kualsi in a ditch. "Argh." He flew down.A squad of sweeps flew in to intercept him."Aw, Karz. Oh well. BEHOLD THE GLORY OF JETIAN!" He started cutting them and swinging them around with his battleaxe, then got on one and deactivated his Kadin. The Sweep couldn't support his weight and fell down with him sitting on it. "OW! I knew I shouldn'ta done that..." He hobbled over to the mask and picked it up. "This must end up in the hands of Orion...gah. What was I thinking? I shoulda kept a closer eye on it...that Senturon lost it!" He flew off before more Sweeps could find him.---Orion saw a Sweep flying by. "Zeltroth! Shoot it and take its jetpack!"Zeltroth growled. "I have the fight experience, Orion. I have to STAY ON TARGET!" Orion sighed. "But it could be useful!" He ran off."Listen to me--GAH!" He turned to Trypticon and hurled his flail at his neck, hoping to get it embedded in there somewhere. Instead, it bounced off, and he had lost his close-range weapon. Orion climbed down the building and kicked the window down, then ran in. He managed to find a Disk Launcher, and climbed back out. As more Sweeps came in, he shot Teleport Kanoka at their jetpacks. They appeared next to him and Zeltroth. "There!" He put on a jetpack and kept the disk launcher. "Where are the Kanoka stores?"Zeltroth ignored him and hurled the jetpacks at the Sweeps, blowing them up. "What?!""Slicax! Get up! Get me on Trypticon!""Lord High Protector, are you INSANE?! That would be--""DO IT!" Zeltroth got on Slicax, then jumped onto Trypticon's shoulder and shot him point blank in the head.Trypticon turned his head and roared, the sheer soundwave being enough to knock him off his feet."Ow...Argh..."Orion approached the cowardly Air Commander. "Just tell me where the Kanoka are!""Bah...whatever! They're in the square building down there!" Orion flew off. "Help my brother!"Slicax laughed. "He seems to be doing all right."Zeltroth was knocked to the ground, only managing to slow his fall by clawing onto Trypticon's leg. He picked up his flail. "SLICAX! GET ME BACK UP THERE!"Trypticon was once again rampaging, but his quakes could not affect the brave Matoran who flew to a small building. He reached out to grab him.Orion shot a Teleport Kanoka at Trypticon, but it wasn't powerful enough to get something that big. The hand was only stopped from grabbing him. "Just a mile more..."---Senturon formed a box of fire around Scourge and shrunk it. "You only fight to destroy, that is why you are weak!"Scourge ran through the flames and magnetized Senturon to his fist, punching him and setting him on fire. "You only fight for the weak, that is why you lose!"Senturon stabbed him in the stomach. "And you only lose." Scourge coughed blood. "There is...another...and he will destroy space itself." ---Jetian flew over to Trypticon. "Stand aside, pawns and knaves! Now lemme show you how we brought the pain in my day!" He flew around Trypticon, distracting him and allowing Zeltroth to get to his sensitive areas.Zeltroth slammed his flail into said areas and pulled out what he could, tearing them apart. "DIE!"Trypticon roared and nearly fell over. Jetian called out to Zeltroth. "Where is Orion, adopted brother of the Pyros?"Zeltroth growled. Why always Orion?! "He fled the battle on a jetpack!""What?" That didn't sound right. Jetian stuck around, as he knew he would return. ---Kup saw Hot Rod charge in and take down all the Sweeps left in the area. "Turbo-revvin young punk! You stole my bloody kill!"Hot Rod laughed. "Try to keep up, then! There are more down in Metrotitan!" He ran off."At least he did something useful."---Down in Metrotitan, Dino assassinated several Sweeps. He found an Armada Toa and electrocuted him. "I thought they were gone!"Sweeps flew in and stabbed various Matoran, then left. One Matoran ran off. "Help!"Dino sighed. "Matoran..." He followed the Matoran to save him and any friends he might have. "Those a-reinforcements better get here soon...I didn't know I'd be babysitting."---Orion landed in the Kanoka building and searched for the one he needed. "I wonder where the Sweeps are getting all their ammo..."A Sweep came around the corner and spotted him. "Come here, little Matoran..."Orion ran off. "Argh! This is how!" He flew away, trying not to knock anything over.---Shockwave arrived at the scene, too late. "You've won.""No, Shockwave..." Senturon replied. "I have not won. Not while the greater threat still looms in the distance. All I have done is killed a foe."Shockwave shook his head. "The threat has decreased by that much, then.""Let's go rescue the survivors.""It is logical to do so." They went in the direction of Metrotitan, to meet up with their forces.---Trypticon had reached his goal. The Energon production facility. "RAAAAH! ALL THIS MUST BE RECTIFIED!""Rectified?!" Zeltroth climbed onto Trypticon's head. "YOU must be rectified! The only acceptable condition for you...is permanent dysfunction!" He swung his flail...And Trypticon bit it, then swallowed it, with his dinosaur-like jaws. "Fool!" He knocked Zeltroth off.It was not Slicax, but Jetian who caught him. "Now tell me where Orion really is.""Argh. What does it matter? He's in the Kanoka building?"As Orion fled from the Sweep, Jetfire flew toward him, setting Zeltroth on Slicax.---Dino was hit by so many Sweeps that he fell, unconscious.Hot Rod arrived and stole one of their Kanoka launchers, then fired, shrinking them to the size of Matoran. "How do you like it now?" The Wrecking Gang, as Roadbuster, Topspin, and Leadfoot were called, then enjoyed chasing them around."Come on already, let's get outta here and save more lives, while those man-children have their fun.""Hey, that does look fun--" Hot Rod was pulled away by Shohu, and they rushed down to Tyger Pax, to prevent the city from being destroyed entirely.---Jetian flew toward the Kanoka Building. "Just one mile more..."Orion kept trying to avoid both the shelves and the Sweep trying to murder him. "It's so difficult not to knock anything over!""Come, little Matoran. It'll all be over soon!" The Sweep, not wanting to damage the ammo, also avoided the shelves. "Your pathetic way of thinking is all so foolish!" He cackled. "You should learn to fight!"Orion flew up, grabbing a supply of disks. "Perhaps you are correct on both counts." He shot one Weaken Kanoka at the roof, then kicked over some shelves and flew out, easily crashing through the roof.The Sweep fired after him, but missed. "WHAT?!" The shelves, loaded with various Kanoka, started to collide and crash.Orion flew out to the sight of Zeltroth and Slicax unconscious. Jetian tossed him the Sacred Kualsi, and he flew on to Trypticon.Behind Orion, the Kanoka reacted together and exploded, doing an infinite number of things to the sadistic Sweep, and finally destroying him entirely, with no body left behind.---Senturon arrived to find the Wrecking Gang victorious. "Where are the others?"Roadbuster laughed. "They didn't join in tha' fun. They're off to Tyger Pax."Senturon lead Shockwave on. "Come on then. Let's save the records of the Data Clerks, in service of your precious logic, friend."Shockwave remained silent and followed. To be a friend for now was logical.---Kup reached Tyger Pax to see that the Sweeps and Armada Toa had all grouped up here. "They're trying to destroy our knowledge!"Shohu shook his head. "They'll have to descend to the lower levels for that."Hot Rod, as always, charged in first, trying to burn them. "Then let's kill these things while it can help to do so!"Shohu, for once, agreed. "Right. Come on, Unicronian punks." He jumped with enhanced strength, landing on the largest Armada Toa, and started trying to pound him into submission.---Orion pulled up in front of Trypticon. "Stop this mindless destruction, please!""Never. The power plant must be enhanced with Dark Energon." Trypticon clawed into his arm, cutting it, and Dark Energon running through his veins escaped. However, it would have to fall into the main reactor to accomplish his goal."Stop! What you are doing could snuff the spark of Primus!""That is my goal!"The innocent Matoran sighed. "Then this is the inevitable conclusion of your flawed philosophy. I have no choice but to destroy you."Trypticon laughed. "And how do you plan to do that, little one?""It's ironic that you should say that." Orion dumped his entire supply of Level Six Shrink Kanoka in Trypticon's mouth. Trypticon roared. A chain reaction affected him from head to toe. "NOOOOO! YOU...CAN'T!" He knocked Orion to a building before he could no longer move, destroying the jetpack and knocking him unconscious. It was too late for him, as his muscles seized up and he lost his greatest asset.---Senturon and Shockwave shot at the remaining Armada Toa and killed them.Shockwave charged into the Data Level. "I will guard here. Pray that I do not have to fire.""I will do more than pray, friend." Senturon attacked the Sweeps. "Kup! Where is Hot Rod?"Kup shook his head. "The young fool just charged right in! I have no idea!"Senturon ran off to find him. "Hold the line! I have a plan!"Kup stood back to back with Shohu. "Think you can keep the collateral damage to a minimum?""Just don't let me into the Data Level..." Shohu smirked and used the metal in the ground and surface buildings to choke, smash, stab, and crush Sweeps. "The last of their army is gathered here, no doubt.""And any superweapons they have?""Yes. There was a--" Shohu looked in the distance. "I can't see that thing."---Trypticon attempted to rampage, but could not, for he was now the size of a Cybertronian Skakdi. Zeltroth woke up. "Argh...what...the..." He saw Orion. "How dare you attack my weak brother, you fool!" He looked up, and to his surprise found nothing. "What..."Trypticon angrily punched Zeltroth from behind. "LOOK WHAT YOUR WEAK BROTHER HAS DONE!"Zeltroth wasn't sure whether to be proud or jealous, as he tackled his foe and rolled down a hill with him. "NOW YOU CAN FINALLY FALL!"---Senturon had Superion lure Sweeps into a building, then burned down the building. To his surprise, he found Hot Rod behind it. "I've been looking for you, boy!" He smiled."Heh. I was about to do that."Senturon approached Hot Rod and whispered into his ear. He formed a fireball.Hot Rod put his fire into the ball and expanded it. Together, they charged it up, then used the energy within. The ball expanded and deformed, turning into a blast that they used on all the Sweeps. Finally, the army of Unicron was turned into molten flesh and metal."They're scrapped, Prime!""You are more than a worthy warrior, Hot Rod. I sense you have potential. Now, we must return to Iacon! There are no more armies to slaughter the innocent!"---Zeltroth repeatedly shot flames at Trypticon, who blocked with earthen walls. "You still cannot defeat me, Protector!""Know me as your destroyer, spawn of Dark Energon!" Zeltroth charged at Trypticon, punching him into the power plant."You utter FOOL!" Trypticon laughed as he threw up an earth wall to keep himself from being disturbed as he began his dark deed.Zeltroth charged at the wall, but could not break it. "RAAH! GAAH! BOW BEFORE ME! I STAND ALONG PRIMES AS AN EQUAL WITHOUT THEIR HERITAGE! FEEL MY POWER AND FALL!" He tried to burn it, smash it, cut it, and everything else in between, but his rage and helplessness only grew.Orion stirred at the noise. "Zeltroth..needs...my help..." He stood. "All right then...." He shot a Weaken Kanoka at the wall, and Zeltroth broke through it. He followed after him.Trypticon dodged Zeltroth and slammed him into a subreactor, which blew up and hurled him away. Orion avoided his body. "Whoa! How dare you hurt my family!" Trypticon laughed. "In moments I will hurt all of Keretao!"At this Orion could take no more. He charged at Trypticon. "I should KILL you for what you've done!""AS IF YOU CAN! NO SHRINK DISK COULD REDUCE ME TO YOUR STATURE, PUNY MATORAN!"Orion charged, but was thrown at a subreactor. He pushed himself to the side to avoid it. He pulled out his disk launcher.A hand of earth took the launcher and hurled it into the subreactor, blowing it up. "You are a fool!""Insults show fear! No matter how tall you are, you will always be measured by what you do! And what you do...will return to you." Orion pulled out his disk. He aimed and focused, preparing to throw. His last disk. A level 1 Teleportation disk. But it would be enough. He hurled it."PITIFUL, SENTIMENTAL--" And what Trypticon did, at that moment, had quite literally returned to him. He was teleported into a subreactor and incinerated within it, a fitting punishment for throwing Zeltroth into one and attempting to do so to Orion.Orion walked out, to find that a crowd was gathered outside. Senturon stared, with no emotion on his face. As the reactor exploded due to being infiltrated by a being, the crowd broke into applause. Orion fainted from exhaustion, speaking no words of victory. ---Orion woke up in Ratchet's medical room. The Sacred Kualsi, the last possession he had with him after the fight, was next to his bed. Zeltroth was standing there with an eerie look in his eyes. "Zeltroth..." He thought of what he had done, and of what Senturon said. "Am I...a Prime?"Zeltroth was silent for quite a while. "No, Orion. We are both adopted."