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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Sun Sep 06, 2015 6:26 pm

    The only response Kev received was a brief snort. Perhaps this creature, whoever or whatever he was, couldn't even understand what he had said. Or perhaps it could understand, and just didn't have the ability to answer. There was also the third option, that it simply didn't have anything to say. Regardless of the situation, the alien went quiet, staring off to the side as the creature flew on. The mighty flap of the wings, Kev's eyes kept constant on the horizon, idly watching the sky pass by, the clouds drift and the trees and foliage below them zip on into the distance behind them. Why had this poor creature been chained up, anyway? He seemed rather tame to the alien. If he were a dangerous monster, he would have eaten Kev by now! Instead, he had saved his life twice, and was now flying to...who knew where.

    A few moments had passed, enough for the fatigue and pain to leak out of his body bit by bit until Kev felt well enough to sit upright. His arms lurched forward, still grabbing onto the creature's body for support as he took in the sights properly. From up here, Kev still couldn't tell exactly where they were going, and he doubted the creature would be able to answer. Though he could spy metal wrapped around the creature's neck, like a collar. It must have been what the other end of that great chain had been attached to, eyes carefully scanning the metal links of the chain that dangled freely. No longer hitched to anything, allowing this poor creature to fly to his heart's content! Four chains all in all, and two of them were large and out of his reach. The other two, though...they were close. The alien's eyes widened as the idea of using the smaller pair as a rein began to fester. If nothing else, it'd be good to have something to hold, right? This shadowy creature didn't exactly have fur or spikes for him to grasp...so why not the chains?

    He glanced around, as if waiting for permission or some sign that it was a bad idea. When nothing changed, nothing dropped from the sky to wag a finger in his face, his gaze settled back upon the chains. Kev shuffled forward, crawling to the chains and moving slowly so that he didn't disrupt anything or accidentally kick the creature in the side. The scaly alien didn't have to move very far to find them chains within reach, hands curling around the closest links. His fingers tensed around the cold metal, imagining the chains to be like rope around a horse. Was it similar for this creature? Curiosity buzzed within him, and the alien gave the right-most chain a quick tug. Just an experiment.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:48 pm

    And just what do you think you're doing?

    As soon as you curtly tugged on the chains and thought to assert yourself, the creature immediately broke into a shudder. It loudly huffed once and offered disagreeable resistance, taut muscles quaking beneath your body. Perhaps it was going to throw you off for your impudence... Fortunately, no such event came to pass. The creature's pointed beak snapped at the air irately and your grip held. Seems you were allowed to stay, but for how long...? Well, try not to wear out your welcome.

    It was quiet out here, peaceful and surreal. For miles could you see out in all directions, though the moon's pale light was insufficient to see at a significant distance. You could nonetheless make out a sea of twinkling lights, however, and your eyes were drawn to them like a moth to flame. Ah... that must be the city, you told yourself. Had to have been, for it was the only large settlement for what seemed like an eternity. With your snorting ride you could technically fly anywhere, but why? What was to the east, to the west, or the south? You remembered having heard tales of swamps and jungle kingdoms, but surely they were of little importance. And while the oceans surrounded the continent like a vice, sandy beaches a nice dream, you could hardly justify a reason to visit either of them. No, to the north - to the city. That is where you must go. How could you not? The answer to this nightmare had to be there.

    You need only desire to have it.
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:35 pm

    Well, there went that idea. The yank had earned a displeased reaction, the great body shuddering and the creature huffing in some indignation. Muscles were tensing beneath the alien, coiling like a snake ready to strike. "Alright, alright!" His grip on the chain slacked, no longer pulling in any direction. Yeesh, you give one yank and the critter forgets you helped to free him. It certainly wasn't enough to hurt him! Still, the alien released the chain, reaching down to pat the creature's body gently. "Sorry, didn't mean to hurt you." Well, the message had been clear enough. These chains were to be used to hold onto, not to direct the creature on where to go.

    The night sky spread around above them, the moon providing good lighting. He could actually see the things around him, and the sights up here were very nice when you weren't free-falling to your possible death! Such a lovely, pale moon, amazing stars...and up ahead looked to be even more stars! Oh, but those weren't stars at all, were they? Those twinkling lights in the distance were centered on the ground, and not the sky! Kev leaned forward, interested as he scanned the lights that stretched across the ground for a long distance. Why were they going to the city? Kev tilted his head to the side, fingers furling around the metal links. It was apparent that this creature wasn't going to listen even if Kev told him not to go down to the city. If he wanted to go there, there had to be an important reason for it. The dream had lead to him finding and releasing this giant creature, and now the creature had taken him along for a ride and was going to the city. Perhaps this had been the point of the dream all along, though for what reason...he did not know. He merely tightened his grasp, eyes narrowing. To the city it was.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:27 pm

    It was painfully apparent that you, Kev-Mak-Tarr, had never ridden a beast of burden.

    But that was quite alright; the beast, though happy to soar along these skies to its heart's content, was no witless mule. Its mighty wings flapped once and the creature lowered itself into a controlled, steady glide. You were approaching the city now, the metropolis lights as shiny as any cliffside beacon. Although...

    Rat-a-tat-tat-tat!

    Cra-KOW! Cra-KOW!


    Do you hear that...?

    The creature surely did and it quickly became uneasy. "Hnngh..." A smell filled your nostrils - sulfur and ozone. It was familiar and yet...

    BANG!

    Light!

    So much light!

    It blinded you and the beast, a shrill cry of alarm piercing the air. Gravity at once curled your stomach into a sickening pit, humid air whistling past your ears. Whatever had happened, the glare's brilliance died into a dizzying glow and your sight groggily returned. You soon wished it hadn't.

    Fire was the first to stand out, followed by the bloodcurdling din of far-off screams and muted pings! and pangs! of weapon fire. Smoke rose up from several heavily-damaged buildings, an eerie azure glow throbbing from their molten wounds. There was no time to stop and inspect. Spooked, the creature plunged into a panicked dive and narrowly ducked beneath an overpass, concrete mere inches from taking off the scales atop your head. That had been close! But not as close as what came next. In the distance you could make out a... structure, of sorts. Not as big as a building but large enough to give you pause. For a split second there was a flash, followed by a -

    RRRRRRRRRRR... BOOM!

    You instinctively flinched as something hurtled past your head, an incredibly loud explosion rocking you from behind. That was no structure, you gasped. That thing up ahead was a cannon! And around it, a blockade...? Little figures darted around it and you could make out garbled chatter; you didn't get an opportunity to study them further.

    "SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Another sharp dive, followed by the rearing of the beast's head. It swooped down once, like an angel of death, and ebony talons raked themselves upon any fool stubborn enough to linger in its path. The horrendous crunching of bones reached your ears, followed by shrieks of pain from the dying. Bodies fell from the sky and lifelessly bounced against asphalt. One of the unfortunate souls, lightly armoured and carrying what appeared to be an advanced integrated cannon, dropped a piece of intel - a thin tablet-like device bearing a symbol most familiar.

    Fwip, fwip, fwip!

    Bolts of hot plasma raced across your vision, the air sizzling with the unmistakable aroma of ozone. Several units down below had not taken kindly to the creature's intrusion, nor the loss of valuable intellect from one of their own science team... Two creatures wearing heavily-fortified armour leveled their monstrous weaponry and were already prepared to take another shot.

    They never had the chance as the beast picked up speed and raced away, its wispy tail and many chains slamming into the insolent pests.

    Their skulls crumpled as if they were made of aluminum.

    You couldn't stay here! It was not safe. Again the beast soared upward, rising above the countless plumes of black smoke and raging fires. Down below you could make out an almost obscene amount of shapes littered about one of the city's major roads - bodies left from the initial carnage. There was no time to mourn the dead, however. The creature was an animal and its survival instincts were in full swing. It haphazardly darted in and around buildings at reckless turns, beak snapping at whatever aerial units crossed its path. Talons shred through flesh and armour like paper. Bombs and weapons continued to explode and fire against this hellish catastrophe. This wasn't right, this shouldn't be happening. And yet it was, and the realization dawned upon you: this wasn't just a skirmish. This was a full-scale war and you had flown right into the thick of it. You had to do something; about you, the situation, and the - "SCREEEE!" - creature that was as every bit flustered as you were.

    Think, Kev-Mak-Tarr, think!
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:09 pm

    The two of them began to lower, gliding closer to the city as the beast began to descend. The alien lifted himself up to peek over the top of the beast's head, trying to get a better look at the city as they approached it. The lights proved to be bright, almost obscuring the actual city. But it wasn't like the lights were getting in the way of anything, right...? Kev's eyes narrowed though, tensing up at the same time as the creature began to become uneasy, odd sounds echoing in the air. What was that...? His nostrils crinkled, pulling back slightly. Ozone and sulfur, his memories took him to a time of great destruction. The city smelled like a warzone, but why-?!

    BANG!

    Everything became light, Kev's eyelids slammed shut as the great creature released a mighty cry, as if harmed by the light. His hands grasped the chain links tightly to hold himself in place as the wind whipped around him. For a moment, he wondered if the giant beast had been injured, if perhaps they were falling to their death. The bright light that threatened to invade his eyelids soon died down, signaling that Kev could open his eyes without the threat of being blinded. His eyes opened, and Kev stared out at the city as his dream returned to its original status as a nightmare. Fire burned throughout the city, not looking nearly as beautiful as it usually did as it licked at the buildings and structures. Weapons were being fired, people screaming in pain, smoke billowed in the air and Kev was sure that he could spy a glowing blue leaking from the torn holes of those buildings... Kev's gaze had affixed to the azure, though it was sharply torn away as the creature dived downwards suddenly, ducking through the city and slipping beneath an overpass. The sudden change of scenery was dizzying, and he barely had time to duck his head, which allowed for his head to be clipped by the overpass as they passed under it. He hissed in pain, but could not afford to release the chains to check on his head. If there was a wound or scratch, it would just have to throb and bleed.

    There was barely any time for Kev to take stock of what was going on, to look at his surroundings and attempt to figure out what was happening. Everything was moving so bloody fast all of a sudden, senses bombarded by one thing after the other. After he had barely missed being beheaded by the overpass, they could spy a large structure of some kind in the distance. Another flash assaulted their eyes, the alien turning his face away from the structure as another explosion sounded in the air. Something suddenly flew by, whizzing next to them with the threat of nearly hitting them. It was like a bullet, only larger. "Ah-!" He flinched, pulling himself closer to the chains and both legs digging into the ethereal body of the creature. The scaly alien glanced behind, watching as whatever that projectile was set its target on fire in an explosion, and he turned back to the structure with narrowed eyes. A cannon, or some similar weapon, and there was a battalion of soldiers circled around it protectively, talking amongst themselves. This was new...all this time, the nightmare had never gone in this direction. What did this mean...?

    Another sharp cry that made his ears throb, and another dive downwards. The alien's knees squeezed into the creature beneath him, chain pulled taut to keep himself steady. The great creature reared his head back like an agitated horse, before he swooped down like an eagle set to strike. Beneath them, he could hear the sound of something sharp raking into flesh, bones crunching and death knells shrieking into the air. Kev peeked his head over the side of the beast, staring down at the bodies littering the asphalt, and his eyes centered on one in particular. An armored soldier carrying a cannon, with a tablet that lay beside the body that bore the symbol of a three toed reptile of some kind. The soldier itself looked to be...an Elite. The alien hissed in response, though again found that there was no time to think about the situation at hand.

    Back up had come, set to attack the creature that had killed soldiers, and they fired weapons that struck way too close for comfort. The plasma seemed to cook the very air around them, and they were readying themselves to fire upon them yet again. The creature moved first, taking off into the air yet again and letting his mighty tail and the chains that dangled behind him run them all down. They rose into the air, above the smoke and fire that still licked at the structures. Below there were many dead, all killed by these soldiers. Soldiers of Ridley. But why had the nightmare gone in this direction? Was it simply because Kev disliked him? Feared what he could do? It had to be, for here they were now, in the thick of what Ridley could bring. Far worse than anything Fear himself could bring. The beast seemed to be in a panic from all of the action, especially since the soldiers had now noticed them and the fact that the creature could kill them all. There was too much going on, the alien ducking his head down as the wind whipped around him, body jerking with every turn and dive. The sound of war still echoed around, and although they were relatively safe for now, it would not last. Eventually, those weapons and that cannon were going to find their mark, and they'd be shot down. Kev couldn't afford to let the nightmare end now. There was an end to this, and he had to find it. His hands curled around the links. They had to find cover. They had to get out of the line of fire but before they could even think to do that, the creature had to calm down. Perhaps with him freaking out, he could get away with it...

    His hands pulled tightly on the chains, not enough to hurt but enough to get his attention. "Don't go to pieces on me now! Stay calm, and look for somewhere we can take cover in! M-maybe beneath an overpass?" His arm tugged in the direction of one such overpass nearby, wondering if they could find shelter beneath the road. How does one escape on a giant shadow creature to get out of a warzone?


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:46 pm

    "Don't go to pieces on me now! Stay calm, and look for somewhere we can take cover in! M-maybe beneath an overpass?"

    The beast reared its great head and irately snapped its pointed beak, breathing anxious. It was fight or flight, do or die. Numerous explosions rocked the city and brilliant flashes of white-hot blues and luminous fireballs of yellow proved far too distracting. The smell of blood lay heavy in the air. Talons gripped at bone and cement, unwilling to relinquish their hold. A primal fury swelled in the creature's ebony breast. These little things deserved to be punished, to be crushed inside its maw and their blood savoured.

    Nevertheless, it heeded your commands, albeit reluctantly.

    Great wings billowed and the beast soared ever higher, thundering with every laboured flap through the smoke and fire. Its shadowy hide proved advantageous amongst the night sky. At a good distance was an overpass removed from the fighting, though it had seen better days. Once it had overseen a steady inflow of traffic between the urban distract and the sprawling wilderness, now... only rubble and ruin. Your monstrous steed circled above the smoldering heap, eyes twitching in their sockets for any sign of ground activity. So far, so good... There were no enemy units down below. Satisfied, the creature lowered into a controlled descent and soon took refuge beneath the expansive shadow of an intact segment of highway. It blended in perfectly, with very little seen except for the unnatural whites of the beast's otherworldly eyes. It was still nervous, however. Hardened nails gripped the earth out of apprehension, out of a desire to act, and seldom could the creature hold still.
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:27 pm

    Well, obviously the shrouded creature disagreed. Kev's eyelids closed into a squint, and somehow this felt very familiar...he brushed the feeling off, focusing back on the snapping beak of his little friend. He did not wish to take cover, it seems, as the option he preferred were either kill those soldiers or fly away. But, even as he had managed to slaughter some of those men, it only seemed to incur their wrath. The soldiers turned their weapons onto the great creature and onto Kev, now ready to slaughter them alongside the city. Explosions wracked the area, lighting up the place with bright explosions and flashes of light. They served as a reminder of what could become of them, joining the dead bodies among the rubble and debris. Kev had come too far to let that happen now! If this dream were to end now, he would have to dream it all up the next night, and there was no guarantee that he'd get this far next time. Somehow, the creature's annoyance only steeled his resolve, the alien gently stroking the wispy scales beneath him. "Just for a little bit, we need to get out of range and collect ourselves." They had to think this through, if they charged in too rashly, they could die.

    Thunderous clapping sounded again, the thick body beneath him growing tense with ever flap. The alien's hands tightened their grip on the chain for support, glancing behind them to look at the city. In ruins, complete ruins... They rose above the fire and the smoke, higher than any weapon could reach. The creature's body blended in with the sky, dark as it was, and it dwarfed Kev enough that not even his own colors could give their position away. The beast had found them both an overpass, one that once lead directly to the wilderness and now...well, at least it wasn't in complete ruin. Especially compared to the actual city, this overpass was the best they were going to get. Once it was deemed safe by the creature, they descended down. Kev reacted in rhythm with it. He leaned back, only his legs tensing at the feeling of falling. Their 'fall' was controlled, and in no time they were nestled beneath the overpass. The shadows of the overpass felt cool, the heat of battle having been drained from it by now. It was preferable to the plasma weapons and the cannons, the heat those things had brought to his scales now dying down. The creature was perched much like a bat as his claws gripped the dirt of the earth. He seemed scared, having just been freed and now facing death and battle. He was a powerful predator, but he wasn't invincible and neither was Kev.

    Kev leaned to the right, patting the side of the creature even though his vast size dwarfed the alien's hand. It was completely possible that the beast wouldn't even feel his attempt to comfort him. Kev's hand might as well have been an annoying gnat. Still, his fingers ran their way through the wispy strands of the creature's body in a repetitive motion. "I definitely had to free you, because that is what this has all been leading to...but I don't know where to go from here." He mumbled, partially to himself and partially to the beast. "The city feels...right. It feels like we need to be here, but why? It's being overtaken by Ridley's troops...we need to either destroy these troops to save the city, or we need to escape them. Without weapons of our own, destroying them might be impossible and it might be impossible to escape them...especially if they've taken over the entire city. Because we need to be here, but if the purpose is to escape and the city is overrun...there's nowhere in the city to escape to. Which could mean the only option is to fight..." Kev turned his gaze back down to the dark, shadowy creature, calculating and calm. Not being in the thick of danger helped him to calm down and think, to get over the initial panic, but they could not hide forever.

    "You want to fight, and maybe I should trust your instincts, but you became overwhelmed by their weapons. You turned to me, and I'm definitely out of my element...perhaps we should fight smarter? Together?" He was now fully addressing the creature, fingers still smoothing their way through its scales. As cool as the creature felt, temperature wise, he didn't feel too overwhelmed by the coldness of it. Though maybe that was the adrenaline from their escape from a war zone. "Perhaps we can use the debris of the city against them...grab large rubble and chunks of debris, use it to either deflect their attacks or crush them. Maybe we could even known down a skyscraper on top of them. How does that sound?" As calm and collected as he felt beneath the overpass, he could feel some anxiety creeping in with every second they were under here. Would the soldiers find them? Could the damage this overpass had endured finally cause it to collapse on top of them? It was the chill of dread, of numerous possibilities that could defeat them. Surrender was absolutely not an option.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:37 pm

    Your touch was felt, fear not. However, do not expect much of a reaction beyond rumbling growls and quiet, distressed chirping. The beast listened to your words in silence and though it could not outright grasp the their concept, it nevertheless gave you its undivided attention. Attack the troops? Fight back with rubble? An interesting plan... But were not the Pirate Lord's forces many and your number, two? Fight, run... Stay and die, flee and futilely deny the inevitable... There were no easy options, only hard decisions with grave consequences. Knocking down a skyscraper sounded like bloody good fun, though. Again the creature warbled, again it lightly bounced from claw to claw. Whatever you decided, Kev-Mak-Tarr, it was best to do so -

    "Kill them! Slaughter them! Wipe this pathetic world free of its useless fodder!" screamed a shrill, resonating voice from above. A different pair of wings thundered in the sky and a creature as monstrous and almost as large as the one you rode descended amongst the Space Pirate troops.  A plated head reared its ugly visage and surveyed the battlefield with sadistic interest.

    Ridley.

    Another frightening bark, another command to slay innocents. "I want no survivors!" he demanded, armoured tail flicking irately. "All citizens are to be eradicated, and only those of valuable interest are to be captured for subsequent testing for Science Team. Take whatever technology will further strengthen the Space Pirate cause!" There wasn't a shred of empathy in his augmented body, nor a drop of care in his dealings with lesser organisms. All were to be culled as he saw fit. The high-ranking Space Pirate was momentarily distracted as an armoured peon boldly approached its commanding officer.

    "Pirate Lord Ridley, we have successfully cordoned the city and jammed all external and internal communictions!" it reported. "The shield is down and their defenses have been terminated."

    A malicious smile graced the Pirate Lord's toothy snout. "Good, good..." But it didn't last long, for Ridley's temperament soon grew furious. "And what are you doing here, wasting valuable time and resources when you should be with Main Assault Force Epsilon!?"

    The alien quickly stammered, "T-There was a creature, much like yourself and covered in s-sha - "

    "Excuses!" Ridley shrieked.

    A flash and a scream was all that became of the unfortunate Space Pirate as it was reduced to bubbling slag beneath the Pirate Lord's kinetic breath. The others who watched their superior officer turn into useless putty jolted to attention and would quickly learn from its mistakes. "Get moving," Ridley snapped. "I want this miserable city claimed by 00:00, no exceptions. All who are responsible for delays will have their rations cut by 80%, the most serious offenders forfeiting their bodies for future research." There was a pause. "Well...? GET OUT OF MY SIGHT." If his message wasn't crystal-clear then, it surely was now. The rattled Space Pirates abruptly sprinted to their posts and began with haste to pack up whatever was necessary, fearful of further provoking their Lord's wrath. It usually didn't take much...

    Back underneath the overpass and still having evade detection, you heard everything that had transpired. Ridley was now here, barely a mile away from your location, and his back was turned. What are you going to do...?
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:16 pm

    Aaaw...sounded like a bird with that chirping. This big, intimidating beast really must have been upset about the soldiers to make such distressed noises. The alien continued to stroke his fingers over its smooth, black body. Indeed, the decisions he made here right now were important. Back in the cave, it was either sit in the cave forever or free the giant bird, and the decision that would move them both forward was to free him. Here...the wrong move could result in their deaths, and such, the end of the nightmare. Kev's training had needed constant repetition for him to finally reach the end and do the right thing. He had this dream over and over, and this was the farthest he had managed to get...he'd like to finally get to the end of it. They had to be decisive while keeping in mind the possible consequences. The beast warbled, and Kev greatly wished he could speak...giant...shadow bird bat thing. The way he bounced from claw to claw seemed impatient, but why--

    "Kill them! Slaughter them! Wipe this pathetic world free of its useless fodder!"


    Through sheer reflex, hearing that screechy voice, the alien flattened himself onto the shadowy body and his fingers tightened, gripping the wisps and scales now as if he may fall off. His breath hitched for a moment, pupil darting to glance up at the cement above them. A shrill voice that gave commands, and flapping wings. It was a dragon, a Space Pirate. It was Ridley. He was here too... The two of them listened quietly, and steadily Kev began to breath again. Ridley had not discovered their presence, as he had an army to command. And what commands he gave. No survivors, kill everyone. Some were to be taken away and experimented upon. The alien slammed his eyes shut, tensing as he listened. It was exactly as he had always feared...the very things that would haunt his dreams...the giant bird was new, though.

    "Pirate Lord Ridley, we have successfully cordoned the city and jammed all external and internal communications! The shield is down and their defenses have been terminated."

    Kev's eyes opened, sitting up again to look at the cement road that was their 'ceiling'. Could...could Ridley's forces really do that...? The ISOs did seem to be technology based. Could it be possible for someone, Ridley or not, to one day hack into them and jam the shield...? It was not a possibility that was fun to consider. No wonder things had gotten so bad. The city had no defense, no protection. And like a wolf among sheep, Ridley swooped in to destroy them all. The damned dragon sounded pleased, though not for long as he pushed the soldier to go out and continue fighting. The soldier spoke again, this time stammering and attempting to alert Ridley to their presence before! The scaly alien held his breath, both hands now grasping the chains close to his chest. Fortunately for them, Ridley was arrogant and refused to listen to his office. Not so fortunate for the soldier. A light flashed from above, shining out and briefly lighting up the immediate area above them. With the two of them nestled underneath the overpass and still in the shadows, their position was thankfully not exposed. A scream screeched in the air, and then there was no longer a sign of that Space Pirate. Nothing that was in one piece, at least...

    Ridley urged the rest of his soldiers on, impatient now that he was so close to victory. Yet, the city was not entirely destroyed and claimed yet. Did that mean they still had a chance...? Kev turned down to look at his companion, wishing they could communicate more easily. "Ridley..." He sighed to himself, fingers digging into the metal rings of the chain. The dragon who had caused the Phazon crisis, who was killing so many people in this city. Experimenting on them. Killing his own soldiers... For a moment, temptation sank in. If this shadowy bird could catch Ridley off-guard, they could slaughter him and end it all now. With no leader, the Space Pirates would crumble! The city, or what's left of it, saved. To finally make him pay...

    ...And yet, the Pirates wouldn't give up if their Leader was killed. They would probably fight to make his killers pay. The two of them would be killed, and the nightmare would end. Only to be repeated the next night, with no guarantee of getting this far again. Getting revenge on Ridley, especially a nightmare version of him, would get them nowhere... "We have the element of surprise...we shouldn't give ourselves away. Not even to take him down..." Kev whispered down to the shadowy creature. "With him here, we might not be able to fight them back, even if we fight smart. Let's go ahead and fly away from here...find a section of the city that hasn't been taken over by the Pirates. Maybe we can help anyone who's still alive." Running would put off the inevitable, but Ridley didn't know about them yet, and the shadowy bird's body blended in with the dark sky. Maybe they actually could get away... "If anything tries to hit us I can pull the chain and help you avoid the projectiles, okay?" How did that sound, friend-o?


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:43 pm

    It was distressing, wasn't it?

    It was distressing to realize that you were unable to enact revenge against the very creature you had come to loathe. But, then again, could you ever? Wisely, you decided against an outright assault on the Space Pirate leader. Though arrogant as he may be, Ridley was no fool. He was the Cunning God of Death, after all. And you, alas, were nothing more than Kev-Mak-Tarr, rider of a beast most strange and captive within your very own mind.

    "Let's go ahead and fly away from here...find a section of the city that hasn't been taken over by the Pirates. Maybe we can help anyone who's still alive. If anything tries to hit us I can pull the chain and help you avoid the projectiles, okay?"

    Smart thinking, smart thinking. Except...

    Suddenly, the Space Pirate comm channel exploded with activity. "Pirate Lord Ridley, we have encountered resistance. I repeat, we have encountered - !" The poor wretch never got the chance to finish. How could it, when a gigantic plume of fire rocked the city? A shockwave rippled across the outlying districts and even reached your location, cement and rubble precariously rumbling above. What had been... wait, over there. Do you see it? The creature sharply drew its milky gaze and grew still, muscles rippling beneath your fingertips. Do you... Do you see them, Kev-Mak-Tarr? Over there, in the inferno's wake... Do you see the hundreds of little black outlines steadily approaching the Space Pirate blockade? Perhaps the ominous glow of their primed weapons or the infectious surge of energy crackling from their eyes would be easier to recognize... Whatever they were, they were not the ISOs.

    Ridley visibly grew irate, his many teeth revealed in a snarl. "Wretched lesser automatons!" he barked. "Who mobilized them? Where is their leader? How was this overlooked!? I want a status report, NOW." The Space Pirate troops unfortunate enough to be closest to their leader could only minutely tremble.

    "We are now receiving report that the city's robotic population is answering to an unidentified entity," garbled one.

    The trembling mysteriously stopped, and the Space Pirate Lord could only regard his expendable forces with a curious glare. Hmm... "And this was not detected beforehand?" sneered the sadistic conqueror. There was something... amiss, and not only because of the conflicting information being fed through his cybernetic visor. Hysteria on the comm channel... widespread data failure... rampant glitches... This could only mean one thing - "...Infection." And no sooner had Ridley realized the situation all too late, several of his very own forces began to draw their weapons; their eyes were an abyssal black. Wings pulsed with artificial energy as the temperature sharply peaked. "Fools!" Ridley snapped, leaping into flight. "Kill the traitors and update your implants! We are dealing with a digital plague!" In true cannibalistic fashion and the judgmental gaze of their leader no longer harsh upon their backs, the Space Pirates turned upon one another in a frenzy.

    "Glory to the Space Pirate cause!"

    "Resistance is futile. All shall join Ra Moon."

    The night sky erupted with plasma fire and angry explosions, the earth stained with Space Pirate blood. And, by the time the robotic forces had descended upon the few faithful Space Pirates resisting infection, servo fluid became plentiful. The groups violently clashed and the bloodshed began anew.
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:19 am

    To be so close to Ridley, and yet so far away from him was distressing indeed. Kev could almost imagine it, the sight of his scaly back turned to Kev. The Space Dragon, just waiting for someone to jab him in the back; strike him down, once and for all. Rid this world of his filth. Protect everyone from ever being hurt by him and his tactics again! It was as if a golden opportunity had been given to Kev...one that he would have to turn down. Because it really was too good to be true, and indeed it was. Striking down this Ridley would solve nothing. The real Ridley would still plot and scheme, and killing this Ridley wouldn't make him feel any better; not really. It was not worth giving themselves away. It was not worth ending this dream just yet. It felt...too important to stop right now. His hand curled against the rings of metal. They might as well fly away while they still could-?!

    "Pirate Lord Ridley, we have encountered resistance. I repeat, we have encountered - !"

    Kev gave a quick gasp, both arms flying to cover his scalp protectively as the concrete above rumbled from the waves of...whatever had just attacked the Elites. He peeked through his forearms, glancing up at the overpass before looking down to his shadowy companion. For a moment, he thought the resistance may have come from the citizens. That they could be fighting back, but how...? With the city so torn down, how could they suddenly have the power to set off an explosion like that? The beast had become deathly still, sinews of muscle tensing beneath the alien. Whatever had done it, couldn't be friendly...not if the bird was acting like this. Kev's gaze followed the beast's, past the hanging overpass and into the city beyond. Into the direction of the plume of smoke and fire, where several bodies were approaching. Black and covered in the dark shadow of the night, though an ill energy seemed to linger and glow, and it most definitely wasn't blue. This...could be good, these things would fight off Ridley's forces. Right...? Despite the reassurances to himself, the alien still coiled himself against the black beast, ducking low and out of their sight.

    As Ridley conversed with one of his men, they learned a few more things about this...mysterious army. Namely, that these were all of the robotic citizens, and that they were under the control of...someone else. The alien's lanky body tensed, and he let out a small hiss. There were several possible candidates...SIR perhaps? Or maybe NOS-4-A2...? Kev listened, still and silent as if the slightest movement may garner Ridley's attention, as the dragon took in this information and ordered his men to combat against the infection by updating their implants. Traitors? So even Ridley's forces were being taken over... In response to their leader's orders, the soldiers began to attack each other fervently. Pirate against pirate, loyalties aligned with either Ridley or some unknown force...

    "Resistance is futile. All shall join Ra Moon."

    A deep shiver tore through his spine, and ice seemed to sink into his veins. Ra Moon, who was supposed to be dead. Blown up, he had seen it! Where had the A.I. come from, why it of all things? How had this gone from being about Ridley's forces...to Ra Moon's? What could be next...? Knowing the memories within his own scaly mind, the alien knew better than to ask. Too many questions or thoughts could lead to another change in their environment. Dreams could be such fickle things, nightmares even moreso...

    The slaughter outside continued, blood spilling as the Elites slaughtered each other in droves. Screams and yells rang through the air, and soon the sound of metal joined it, the blood turning to glowing servo fluid. Throughout it all, his hands held onto the ebony scales of the creature, eyes trained on the areas where a pirate or a robot could burst in and attack. At least they seemed to have some luck, there...they were still not found. Weapons fired and struck their targets, plasma bolts and all sorts of unappealing things...though not as unpleasant as the sounds of the slaughter. It served as a reminder that the two of them could be caught at any moment... Kev leaned his head down, closer to the beast. "As soon as they've all killed each other, let's make a run for it." There was a plus at least, is that with Ra Moon's forces coming in, the Pirates were sure to be obliterated. But unless the Pirates killed the robots in return, it seemed they may have robots to worry about too... Out of the frying pan and right back into the fire. "I don't care where we go, so long as it is not right here."


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:01 pm

    "As soon as they've all killed each other, let's make a run for it. I don't care where we go, so long as it is not right here."

    So, now you choose to run...

    The city was overrun, completely taken by hostile forces. Its skyline raged between a hellish blue and a searing red; weapon fire echoed and thundered off in the distance. From their hidden perch beneath a crumbling highway overpass, Kev and his liberated beast of burden observed in silence as the Space Pirates valiantly fought against their robotic foes. The casualties would be great, should there be a soul alive to count the amassing bodies... A nervous growl escaped the beast's leathery throat. No, flying into the city would be a fool's errand; a single well-placed shot was all it took. But to outright flee...? To carry off into the unknown horizon and think to leave this all behind? It tossed its great head, beak idly snapping. Where would you go, Kev-Mak-Tarr, where war could not follow? You would forever be running from an inevitable force...

    And yet, you could not stay here. To linger within this very spot would ultimately see your demise. Though uncertain of the decision you chose, your shadowy companion nonetheless began to unfurl its mighty arms. In the next moment you were yet again soaring high into the troubling night, the monstrous beating of its great wings taking you from this nightmarish scene.

    Where next, Kev-Mak-Tarr? To the oceans, to the forests, to the acrid wastelands beyond?

    Where do you think you can go?

    Ah, but perhaps it did not matter. It could not, for in that very moment... as you cleared the demolished suburbs and flew above the carnage... a great mass descended from the sky. The world shattered.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    There was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. It fell and the entire continent trembled. Your eyes hopelessly watched as the devastation began to unfold, entire chunks of land violently upturned as if they were nothing more than air. Oceans, forests, acrid wastelands... It was all reduced to dust. And you, Kev-Mak-Tarr... And you, but one soul in a futile race, were powerless to stop it. A great wall of air forcefully crashed into both you and your hapless ally, knocking the wind out from your gasping lungs. There was nothing you could do... For the first time in your waking moments, you... fell.

    You tumbled in the darkness, you tumbled through your racing thoughts and panicked breaths. The powerful creature beneath your legs was equally unfortunate, beaten through the air as if were a child's plaything. It streaked high above the fighting like a wispy comet and violently - CRASH! - broke its undulating body against the facade of a worn skyscraper.

    The sickening crunch of snapping bones filled your ears, as did the sound of fresh blood splattering against concrete and steel.

    Together in shared helplessness, you both unceremoniously landed upon a nearby building after having roughly bounced against numerous obstructions. The beast skidded once, and then twice... before coming to a limp rest upon the third roll. There it lay, bleeding and torn. There it lay, greedily clutching onto its diminishing life with every agonized breath. You, thankfully, were largely intact. It would appear that the creature's girth had provided you protection, though at the cost of its waning health. Could you really call yourself fortunate, Kev-Mak-Tarr? There was no time to ask. As you strained your ears, blood deafeningly pounding within the rattled confines of your skull, an eerie quiet fell upon the world. No more explosions, no more screams and howls... Nothing. All frightened eyes turned to the sky as a low, humming drone filled the void.

    "Greetings, citizens of Gamma-X... Your deletion has come, and I will reap what energy you have left to salvage. Resistance is futile... You will be consumed and your Gamma... no more... Prepare."

    Portal-Alpha had come.

    Its harrowing arrival foretold deletion.

    The fighting began anew, but this time... there would be no survivors. Space Pirates, robots, and citizens alike focused whatever pitiful firepower they had left on the writhing mass, the God of gods, and relied on nothing more than hope and a prayer.

    And to think, Kev-Mak-Tarr, that you had thought to run...
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:03 pm

    Running was the only option that seemed feasible. The only option they had, because they could not fight the forces of Ra Moon, especially re-purposed Elites in a war with their own kind. What other option could there be? There was no fighting that could be done, they would be overrun. Swarmed in the Elites. They needed to run. Though...where could they go? The safety of the city had been compromised. The city was the safest place and now it was a war-zone. There was nowhere they could go, but they had to go somewhere. Kev didn't want this nightmare to end just yet! They had to get to the end of it...finally finish this...

    At the nervous growl, Kev reached down to rub the length of his fingers over the smooth and sinewy skin. As for where to go, Kev's immediate thought was just 'the sky'. They need not run to the cottage or the farthest reaches, as perhaps they were already gone...but maybe they could hover in the dark sky. Keep out of reach of weapons, wait for everyone to murder each other. Already, they seemed to be doing a great job of it. The carnage outside drew a shiver, more disgusted than scared. People forced against each other, needless slaughtering... Kev had had his fill of it all. It would be better for them to leave this overpass, escape while they still could. Perhaps the shadowy creature disagreed, the way he snapped his beak, but whatever grievances it held, it could not communicate them. In the end, the shadowy creature raised his winged arms, and took off in the mere blink of an eye. No longer trapped beneath the overpass, they were flying higher into the sky. Up, to the stars and the moon, like they had been before. Leave behind this madness, if only for now...already, his heart felt lighter just to see it all fading away beh-

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

    Something fell from the sky, loud and powerful. Kev had once seen an asteroid fall, and even that seemed dwarfed by whatever had fallen. A tense feeling made his back stiffen, and he grasped onto the chains as best he could, fingers looping through the rings as he glanced down at the world beneath them. The continent was roiling from the shock-wave, in the distance he could see chunks of wilderness being tossed into the air. The land was crumbling, but from what?! The shadowy beast could not out-fly the wall of air, and Kev braced himself before the shock-wave struck them, swatting them out of the air as if they were a mere gnat. His eyes clenched shut as he felt them both fall, chest heaving as he desperately tried to bring air back into it. On reflex, he wanted to curl up into a ball and wait for the air to return, but there was so much going on at once. His eyes were slammed shut, clinging onto the beast as best as he could and hoping that the shadowy creature would be able to correct himself, fly the two of them out of this-!

    CRASH!

    It was not to be. The two of them fell, an asteroid of their own, and their landing was not soft. Kev could hear something shattering, breaking and tearing, and splattering. The alien curled against the thick, warm body of the creature as they continued to roll, before they finally came to a stop. Only then did he open his eyes, large orbs blinking and peering around at their crash site. A skyscraper, certainly not the best of places to land on... He peered down at the beast and winced at the blood that he was shedding. Remarkably, Kev himself was in one piece, none of those awful noises from the landing had been the sounds of his body breaking. The creature had managed to shield him... Kev eyed the injuries sadly, before he dragged himself closer to the creature head, wherever it had slumped onto the ground. He began to run his fingers down the length of his beak, sighing. "I'm sorry...I've freed you, and now..." Now the shadow creature may be dying. The loud thumping of his own heart within his skull was beginning to be obnoxious, and his chest still ached from where he'd gotten the wind knocked out of it. At least the sounds of slaughter had disappeared..all noises had, actually. Could the force had popped his ear drums, rendering him temporarily deaf...? No, no...couldn't be, there was a new noise...a thrumming drone of some kind. Kev raised his eyes to the sky, hand pausing in its comforting strokes as he turned to see what had fallen.

    "Greetings, citizens of Gamma-X... Your deletion has come, and I will reap what energy you have left to salvage. Resistance is futile... You will be consumed and your Gamma... no more... Prepare."

    Alpha. All at once the obnoxious beating of his heart had stilled, dread pooling in his chest as he stared. There was no mistaking that voice, one that commanded respect and demanded obedience. Kev's eyes narrowed...so first had been Ridley's forces, and then it was Ra Moon...now Alpha had arrived. Kev was definitely reliving specific moments, snap shots of his life, but why? Why was any of this...? Why had he been dreaming of a cave for so long, venturing out into the woods to find a shadowy creature inside? Why did he have to release it, riding it out to the city and experiencing all of this over again? It was maddening. Kev knew there was a point, this had all been so different from his usual nightmares... but why?

    Kev turned back to the city, which had been so ravaged in this one nightmare alone. Ridley's Pirates...Ra Moon's robots...and now Alpha. Nothing he could do could stop any of it, all of it had come in waves. Right when he thought he could breath, something else came along. It was just like Portal Breach, as hadn't these events transpired in such a way then? Perhaps not so fast...but did it matter? Kev's gaze fell down to his dying companion, a beast that had been trapped for who knew how long...moments ago they had been flying. Enjoying the sights, and it had been an invigorating flight. Now...he lay dying. And Kev could do nothing but return to stroking his beak. The alien curled his body closer to it, comforting him as if he were any other dying animal. Soon Alpha would strike...and the nightmare would be over. Obviously, Kev had failed this dream. Why else would the creature be dying like this...? "I'm sorry..." He whispered again. Sorry he had failed. Sorry he could not save you...or himself.


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    Re: Death

    Post by Fear on Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:26 am

    ...Sorry? But whatever for, Kev-Mak-Tarr? Were you, after all, responsible for the Space Pirate invasion? Were you, after all, responsible for Ra Moon's digital rampage? And were you, after all, responsible for provoking the God of all gods? The answer was of course 'no'; though, as a citizen of Portal Breach, you shared a common duty. Nevertheless, no apology - no matter how heartfelt - will unmake what has already been set into motion. Why, why, why... The lesson was not over.

    Lights flashed in the distant sky high above your head, once and then twice. Thunder rocked the sky.

    Sirens.

    The sound was haunting, loud and mournful. Cries echoed throughout the city from what little survivors remained, and little bodies could be seen teeming through the streets like ants. There was nothing to be done... The city was lost...

    "Hnnngh... Hnngh..."

    But it could do something.

    Broken and bleeding, the creature you had freed shakily rose to its weak, trembling feet. Tired... So very, very tired... yet it did not give up, not even in the face of its impending death. It gently nudged its beak into you, thanking you for your kindness, and began to lethargically crawl forward - forward, to where it could embrace the end on its own terms. Ten feet... twenty feet... the distance mattered little. A great shudder rocked its heavy body and the beast dropped with an unceremonious groan. Tired, numb, dying... and yet it did not give up. Still it mustered the meager strength needed to look up, to the clouds themselves, and a sense of serenity washed over its shadowy features. This was the end, yes. This was an end you both shared. And as it looked to the sky, two pinpricks racing ever closer to drown the world in fire, the creature softly... chirped. It knew as you did, Kev, that your greatest fear had been made manifest.

    The Space Pirates, the direct struggle with Ra-Moon, Alpha and now the presences of weapons of mass destruction... you were powerless. But was that not, after all, how many things were in life? Another chirp reached your ears, the beast's eyes still directed upward, the otherworldly light within them waning. To it, the end wasn't so scary. It had tasted freedom, its wings had graced the skies once more. It was... content, if not a bit morose. Will you, Kev-Mak-Tarr, see the wisdom in its weary eyes? Embrace the inevitable that claims all things? Or will you, like many mortals, forever toil beneath an absolute master, thinking yourself lord and victor of an universal constant?

    What thoughts shall race through your mind in these final moments...
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    Re: Death

    Post by Kev on Tue Oct 27, 2015 6:20 pm

    Light suddenly flashed above them, lighting up the area for a few brief moment and thunder clapped. A thunderstorm? Of all time, there was a storm now? The alien glanced up, though he ducked his head back down immediately after, both hands flying up to cover the sides of his head as a screeching wail pierced the air. It sounded repeatedly, and Kev hesitantly pulled his hands away, glancing back to their surroundings. It sounded like an alarm...a siren...? "Well that was certainly a delayed reaction..." Sure sure...sound the alarms after the city has been bludgeoned to Hell and back. Ridley's forces, Ra Moon's robots, and now Alpha...yeah, now was the time to warn people to get away. Now that there was much of a point to running away... His eyes carefully roamed the streets as people ran, attempting to escape their doom...

    Kev's head turned back to the creature, eyes wide as he wheezed and pulled himself onto his feet. The alien reached out, placing his palms against him as if he'd be able to force it back down. "No, no, conserve your strength...!" Even as the creature began to nudge his beak into Kev, the alien's fingers desperately curled in an attempt to hang onto him. "You've done enough...you should rest." He pleaded, though the bird soon pulled his beak away and began to crawl. The alien followed with a soft patter of footsteps, head tilted to the side curiously. What was he trying to do? Where was he trying to go...?

    The shadowy creature collapsed, simply to weak to even carry himself even more, and the alien returned to take his place beside the spooky bird. Curiously, despite all of the pain, the struggling and how futile the situation was...the creature didn't seem saddened. He didn't seem scared... The creature merely raised his head to stare up into the sky, and it looked...at peace. As if it were observing a beautiful blue sky instead of a dark and stormy sky that seemed to be their warning bell to their doom. Two little dots appeared in the sky, and began to drop. And it suddenly struck the alien, that Alpha was not the last thing he would experience in this dream. There was one more thing, something not of the past...but of the future.

    The two objects racing for the ground were nukes. Undeniably, it was the nukes. Kev had experienced the turbulent and fickle nature of the past, and now...it was the future. His future. Their future... His eyes widened, pupils keeping track of the descent of those two objects. The sound of chirping offered a distraction though, and the alien turned his head to face the beast once again. Chirping...the sound seemed strange, to come from such a large and magnificent creature. Too delicate and gentle, to come from him. And yet, it also sounded...sweet. The alien stepped back, eyes staring at the fixed gaze of the creature, who stared at the oncoming nukes with no regret or even despair. He chirped again, like a baby bird comfortable in his nest. Even as the creature lay dying, seeing that devastation would come to claim them all, he was...at peace. Kev, a small alien, was just as powerless as this magnificent creature. Neither of them could stop the nukes, who would soon tear into the ground and rip apart the seams, anything that had been left from the previous devastation. Kev's gaze fell to the ground as the light in the creature's waned, pondering.

    There was nothing they could do. This was the end; of this world, of the nightmare. This is the way it was going to end, and there was nothing Kev could do to fix it. No promises, no mysterious items to find...no way to fight it, and nowhere to run. In the end there was ultimately only one thing Kev could do. The alien clenched his fists, and walked forward. He continued until he was right next to the shadowy neck of the beast, and he settled himself down onto the rubble of the sky scraper. He nestled up close to the tough scales, thick and strong yet soft. He brought his knees up and curled into the creature, but he didn't hope for some protection or a shield. The scaly alien let out a deep breath, and his body relaxed. His face was buried in the wispy shadows of the creature's breast, and his fingers grasped into it. "I'm ready..." He whispered, dwarfed by the dying creature.

    In the end, all Kev-Mak-Tarr could do was embrace what was going to happen. Embrace that they were going to die, and there was not a thing he could do to change that fact. And that was okay. There were no tears, no despair. No self-loathing or anger. Merely an alien, holding onto a shadowy beast both for comfort and to comfort him, in this, their final moments together.


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