In the great hall of Churak fortress, a large Reptilian creature sits upon a white throne. Lord Caius‘ concentration is barely broken by a low-level worker running toward him. The worker stops a short distance from him and kneels. “Lord Caius!” said the worker “Hmm?“ Lord Caius barely acknowledged. “Sir, we have located earth! It is on the fringe of sector-11. Orbiting a small star; here.” The worker produces a map of the galaxy and points to a highlighted area “It’s the third planet!” Lord Caius stands up, towering over the worker “This is excellent news! Have the workers prepare my ship, full military complement!“ he said. The worker cranes his neck to look up at Caius “Sir, our intelligence indicates that the inhabitants of earth are harmless. Surely we do not need to bring so many!” Lord Caius looks down at his subject “Not that I need to explain myself to you but I have learned to always be prepared for a battle when going to an unfamiliar planet. The presence of dragonballs there means that at least one Namekian resides there and they have proven to be strong fighters.“ said Lord Caius “Surely, sir, you are not afraid of a single Namekian?” said the worker. “Of course not! However if there is one strong fighter, there are bound to be more… Besides, the soldiers could use something to do. They are getting restless… Mauro, Sem! Prepare yourselves! We’re going to Earth!“ Lord Caius’ two Lieutenants snap to attention and follow him out of the room. The worker leaves the room and begins to rally troops to prepare Lord Caius’ ship.
Mauro and Sem walked along either side of Lord Caius, Mauro to his right and Sem to his left. Mauro walked casually with his arms swinging at his sides and his tail swaying gently in the air behind him, only occasionally looking up at Lord Caius. He appeared lithe and slim and was quite agile. Sem was large and muscular, he had two pairs of arms and always walked with the upper pair folded and the lower pair stiffly at his sides. His thick tail barely moved behind him, his head always forward but his eyes constantly shifting left and right. Both of them, however, paled in comparison to Lord Caius who stood almost twice the height of Sem and was also very muscular. Lord Caius walked with dignity, as one in his position should, with his arms crossed behind his back. He turned slightly and looked down to address Mauro; “Mauro!“ said Lord Caius “Yes, my Lord?“ said Mauro “I want you to go and assemble my elite warriors in the great hall. Tell them I am selecting ten of them to accompany us on our journey and will be making the announcement in one hour“ said Lord Caius “Sir? Assemble over two hundred soldiers in one hour?!“ Mauro asked. “Why do you think I am asking you and not Sem?“ said Lord Caius “I will do my best, sir!“ said Mauro “Thank you“ said Lord Caius Mauro salutes Lord Caius and then streaks down the corridor and is out of sight in an instant. “Sem, I want you to oversee the preparations of my ship. Make sure everything goes smoothly and swiftly. I wish to leave within a week!“ said Lord Caius Sem unfolded his arms and saluted with two hands. “Yes Sir!!“ said Sem as he turned left down a side corridor as Lord Caius passed by.
Lord Caius spent the next hour with several assistants looking over performance evaluations for all of his Elite warriors, carefully selecting ten, not only of the best but also of those he wished to test on their battle prowess. After nearly an hour had passed Mauro appears at the threshold of Lord Caius’ war room and salutes. “Sir!“ said Mauro “Yes, Mauro?“ asked Lord Caius “I have completed my task, all captains should be in the great hall in a matter of minutes!“ said Mauro “Excellent! Go fetch Sem! He is supervising the preparations of my ship. I wish you two to be at my side when I announce who is coming with us!“ said Lord Caius “Yes Sir!“ Mauro salutes again and streaks off to find Sem. A few moments later Mauro appears again “Sem is on his way back. He should be here in a few moments! Have you finished, sir?“ said Mauro “Yes, it was difficult but I believe I have selected the best suited for the job. When Sem gets here…“ said Lord Caius as Sem interrupted “I am here, my lord!“ “Ah, good! Go wait for me in the Great Hall, I will be out shortly“ said Lord Caius. Mauro and Sem leave the room as Lord Caius goes over his selections one more time.
The Great Hall was filled with Reptilian soldiers, all of varying sizes and builds. Some carried weapons, many were dressed extravagantly and others were very modestly dressed. All of them had a confident air to them. There was a din of conversation filling the room. Two, incredibly large figures sat quietly in the shadows toward the back of the hall. Lord Caius commanded great respect amongst his people; all conversation stopped the instant he entered the room. Lord Caius walked to his throne and sat down. If someone had dropped a pin it could have been heard anywhere in the hall. Someone did and it was. Sem scowled at Mauro who couldn’t help but crack a smile. There was scattered laughter throughout the great hall until Lord Caius started laughing, then the entire hall roared with laughter. Sem, however, was not laughing; Mauro always thought he was too serious. “My soldiers, my friends! We have just started down an exciting path! As many of you know, we have located earth and are currently getting ready for our journey there. Sem! How are the preparations on my ship going?“ said Lord Caius. Sem steps forward and salutes “Sir! Everything is in order and on schedule! We should be ready to leave well within your one week deadline!“ he said. “Excellent! As Mauro has informed all of you, I have selected ten of you to accompany me on this journey. It will likely take several months but the reward will be well worth any wait! Now! Before I announce those joining me on this journey, I wish to announce that, while I am gone, I have appointed Juris to be my kingdom’s steward!“ said Lord Caius as he gestured toward the back of the Great Hall as the larger of the two shadowy figures lowers his head. “You honor me, my Lord! Thank you!” resonated Juris’ voice.Lord Caius smiles and bows his head in response. “Now, on to the business at hand! Joining me on this historic journey will be, firstly, Juris’ brother Ramesh, Shel, Briar, Tone, Kevork, Ferran, Issmat, Bahadur, Korshid and Gresham. All of you please, go now and prepare your teams. We leave soon!“ said Lord Caius before he returns to his war room followed by Mauro and Sem. Congratulations are exchanged among the captains in the great hall and soon the hall is, once again, empty. “You may return to my ship and continue supervising it’s preparations now, Sem.“ said Lord Caius “Yes, Sir!“ said Sem “As for you, Mauro, I want you to make rounds and help the captains prepare their teams. Surprise inspections and that sort of thing.“ said Lord Caius “Yes, my Lord!“ said Mauro.
The next week passed quickly and with minimal mishaps. Everyone was quite aware of the importance of this mission and they were all very good at their jobs. The captains and their teams were ready in 5 days and the ship was ready shortly after that. Not one for long-winded speeches, when the ship was ready, Lord Caius gave the command and they simply left. After roughly three uneventful months they entered earth’s solar system and a few days later were in orbit around the third planet. The ships advanced stealth technology made it invisible to any equipment on earth. They released a satellite into orbit and then made planetfall on a small continent that was selected for its low population density. They landed in a remote location and began scanning the planet for the dragonballs.
On a small island in the north pacific ocean sits a house. Inside that house Fewbert Harnsworth has been working on a small hand-held device for the past three months. He is designing it to track the location of objects known as Dragonballs which he, until enlightened by his newly acquainted Namekian friend, Flute, thought were merely curious spheres that have stars in them and give off a faint energy. While working on this device, the screen briefly activates and displays Africa, with a yellow blip in northern Kenya accompanied by the number 0.003; the screen then goes black again. Fewbert Harnsworth decides to relay this information (or at least to announce that he has found ‘something’) to his friends. Donning his battlesuit he uses it’s loudspeaker to call his friends home. Across the island his haggard old voice could be heard “Hey, everybody! Get over here!” rattling the windows in the house. Searra, Yumi, Kalding and Flute hear the call and return to the house from their various activities around the island. Jex, however, continues to sleep. “Good news everybody! We’re going to Kenya!” Says Fewbert Harnsworth. The group flies to Kenya and along the way Searra senses two sizable power sources heading east and everyone decides to suppress their powers. Upon arrival in Kenya, a search of the area reveals that the Dragonball seems to be missing; this fact is confirmed with the temporary repair of the Dragonball tracker, which reveals the location of all the Dragonballs on earth. The tracker also reveals that the Dragonball previously in Kenya now seems to reside in Kyoto Japan but a closer one in China was decided to be Fewbert Harnsworth’s next quarry. The group followed.
On the way Searra decided to get a closer look at this tracker and, after a brief struggle, managed to see where the Dragonballs were and noted that there seemed to be strong power sources in the same direction of each Dragonball. In the direction of Japan, however, there seemed to be about four strong powers, three seemed very strong. After little discussion, the course for china was resumed. Upon arrival at the location of the Dragonball in china, roughly twenty-five reptilian soldiers were seen searching for something. Eight of these soldiers noticed the group and flew up to match their altitude. They simply hung there and kept their eyes on the group. Searra vanishes from sight. “What are you doing here?” asked Yumi. “We do not need to explain ourselves to you!” said one of the soldiers. The eight soldiers flew at the group but not before Searra grabbed one from behind and bit his neck. After a few of the reptilians are felled by the group several more stopped their searches and attack. After a few more casualties from the reptilian soldiers, what appeared to be a rock until this point unfolds into the form of a heavily armored Creature with two swords in his hands and one attached to his tail, all crackling with energy. Searra turned her sights upon this new foe and, after dropping the desiccated husk of her last victim, moves behind the armored creature and bites him on the neck. This causes him to laugh, he then turns his swords on Searra who had been pulled off of him by one of his soldiers but he was unable to deal any serious damage. Searra then attempts to enthrall the armored creature with her gaze but he averts his eyes before she is successful.
|MEANWHILE BACK ON THE ISLAND: Jex awakens to the frantic ravings of Orrin. “Oh no! They’re destroying Kyoto! The city is mostly in ruins!!” screams Orrin. “Wh… what? Where is everybody??” Says Jex. “They said something about going to Kenya and took off! Just after that the news came on with a report about some gigantic reptilian creature threatening to destroy Kyoto if the Dragonball there is not delivered to him! And now he is smashing the buildings and killing people!” says Orrin. “I’ll go to Kenya and tell the others about this!” says Jex but before he can leave the front door flies across the room and five small reptilians rush in, one immediately attacks Jex while the others spread out through the house. Jex makes short work of the first and then runs off to protect the Dragonball. The room that the Dragonball is kept in was, as yet, untouched and Jex stayed there to guard it. After a few moments one of the small creatures enters the room and Jex, again, subdues him swiftly. He then decides to hide in the room to get the drop on any more that come in. Another enters the room and quickly notices Jex. Jex gets hit a few times with thrown objects but is un-phased. After all of the creatures are unconscious and accounted for, Jex decides to find his friends.|
Beaten badly, and with Yumi unconscious, the group decides at this point that a retreat is the best course of action. After breaking from the grip of the soldier Searra quickly hides. “Come back when you are ready to challenge me!” says Shel. From behind him the voice of the still hidden Searra shouts “No!” to which Shel spins around and swings his swords at the source; Searra barely evades the attack and flies off after her companions. They recover from their injuries and cross paths with Jex, on his way to Africa. It is decided to head back to the Island briefly to make some adjustments to Fewbert’s suit and Dragonball Tracker. With repairs complete the group heads to Japan where they are met with the sight of destroyed buildings and small reptilians searching the rubble and a very large reptilian smashing some of the more intact buildings. “Ah! That’s what that was!“ says a large, muscular creature flying high over the city, flanked by two other, smaller, creatures; one slender and one very muscular and with four arms. “It seems you have already met Shel. It appears that it did not go well for you, since he is still there.“ said Lord Caius. Searra hides and tries to sink her teeth into the gigantic creature smashing the buildings but his thick hide proves too tough for her to have any effect so she finds cover in the rubble of a smashed building. Jex then sends a blast of energy at the giant reptile which seems to only anger him! The giant creature takes two steps forward and, with a swing of his mighty arm, grabs Jex out of the air; the force of which causes some injuries. Yumi then unleashes a wide blast of energy and six of the small reptilians fall. Blows are exchanged between the group and the small creatures, Searra bites one of the small creatures but he falls from the injuries before she can drain his life force. Although they don’t seem to be able to fly, the small creatures can leap great distances and have no trouble striking at their foes. They also throw pieces of the smashed buildings and seem to be quite accurate in doing so. Attempts are made by Fewbert Harnsworth to free Jex from the great lizard’s tenacious grip but he holds tight! A strange sight unfolds in the middle of the fight, as Kalding summons a unicorn above the giant reptile and directs it to strike him in the head before vanishing again. The giant lizard grips his head with his free hand and groans in pain but holds tight to Jex. Soon there are only two of the small creatures left standing. Searra then flies up in front of the giant lizard’s face and stares into his huge eyes. “Now let’s just relax and stop fighting” says Searra, he seems to relax and stop fighting. “okay” says the creature. “What is your name?” asks Searra “My name is Ramesh” Jex yelps from the creature’s colossal hand. “Could you please let my friend go?” asks Searra “okay” says Ramesh as he lets go of Jex. “Now who are they up there?” asks Searra pointing to the three figures flying above as she notices a reflective glint over each of their left eyes. “That one is Lord Caius, he is Mauro and that is Sem.” says Ramesh, pointing to each of them “Ramesh!” shouts Lord Caius. Ramesh cowers. “How do you think you would do in a fight with that big one?” asks Searra “Lord Caius?!? I couldn’t hurt him at all!” Lord Caius, Mauro and Sem then fly down near Ramesh’s head as Searra hides behind him. “Haha! That is an interesting trick!“ says Lord Caius. It is obvious to the group that Sem is having a hard time restraining himself from attacking them. Fewbert Harnsworth sees that all three of them have a device on the left side of their head with a screen that comes over the eye. Lord Caius looks at his lieutenants and gestures toward the standing soldiers and they fly down and pick them up. “I am going to have fun here! You may have this Dragonball… for now.“ Lord Caius grabs Ramesh by the hand and flies off with Mauro and Sem to the north. Searra is disappointed to see her new friend leave. After a short search the Dragonball is found and brought back to the island.
Having seen the scouters that Lord Caius and his Leutennants were wearing, Fewbert Harnsworth spent the next several hours in his workshop trying to build a version of it into his suit. Upon completion of that he began working on a way to integrate the Dragonball tracker into his suit as well. He hardly noticed Searra come in and ask him several questions about what he was doing; she left only briefly to talk to Orrin (which proved equally as useless) and then returned to Fewbert Harnsworth’s lab. Once his upgrades were complete he called the others in to decide which Dragonball they were going to seek next. They eventually decided to seek the Dragonball in Texas. When they arrived at the location there, they were at the harbor of a small lake. Many reptilian soldiers were searching the peers and boats; three were standing atop a raised platform and seemed to be supervising the rest. When the group arrived the one in the middle spoke up; “Ah! I was wondering when you would arrive!” “Hi, do you have a name?” asked Searra. “I do” said the creature. “Oh… Would you mind telling me what it is?” asked Searra. “Yes” said the captain, with a grin. He looked across the harbor and gestured to his soldiers to attack. Searra vanished. The few soldiers who were paying attention followed the command and attacked the rest of the group. In the midst of the melee, the captain flew above the group, extended his arms toward them and opened his hands. His fingers then stretched and streaked toward the group at great speed and wrapped around Flute and Kalding but missed the rest. Searra tried to bite the captain but he was tougher than she had anticipated so she attempted to hide again. Yumi unleashed her cone-shaped blast on several of the soldiers that were grouped together and took a few of them out. Fewbert Harnsworth decided to seek out the Dragonball and found that it was under the water, so he dove in after it. Beneath the surface Fewbert Harnsworth saw about a dozen more reptilians searching the muck down below. Searra’s hiding place was found by one of the soldiers and he attacked her but she was able to incapacitate him quickly and move to a new location. The captain made another attempt to capture those who had evaded his attack before and managed to snare Searra and Jex. Flute and Kalding were beginning to find it difficult to breathe as they were constricted by the lengthy digits but were able to muster enough strength to attack the captain’s mind. His will was strong, however, and the attacks had little effect. Fewbert Harnsworth, after felling one soldier, managed to locate the Dragonball with his newly integrated tracker but not before it was found by another soldier and brought to the surface. Another wide blast from Yumi rendered several more soldiers unconscious while Searra, Jex, Flute and Kalding tried to free themselves. Fewbert Harnsworth returned to the surface and tried to find the one who claimed the Dragonball. The readout in his helmet showed him which one had it just moments before several of them tried to blast him all at once. Fewbert Harnsworth deflected most of the attacks and with quick thinking redirected them at the soldier carrying the Dragonball. Fewbert Harnsworth then flew over to the smoldering body and fished the Dragonball from his clothes. Another mental attack from Flute managed to stun the captain long enough for most of his captives to escape; Searra, unfortunately, was not able to free herself. Now that he was free, Jex grabbed the captain from behind and restrained him. Fewbert Harnsworth flew over to join in the fight against the captain as all of the soldiers were now turning their sights on Jex to free their leader. A few moments later Jex had choked out the captain and Searra was finally freed from his grip. The group heard clapping as Lord Caius descended from the sky. “Very well done!” said Lord Caius “What is his name?” said Searra, referring to the captain as Fewbert Harnsworth tried to get a reading on Lord Caius’ power level. “He is Ferran“ said Lord Caius. “Oh, he wouldn’t tell us. Very rude…” said Searra. “You’ll find that most of my captains will be like that“ said Lord Caius. “Hmmm… Well we’re going to keep this one” said Searra. “Oh, are you? And why’s that“ asked Lord Caius. “As a prize” said Searra. “But you have your prize, you’ve collected another Dragonball. And he is mine!“ said Lord Caius “We didn’t get the Dragonball yet…” said Searra. Lord Caius pushes a button on his scouter and looks at the group. “Yes you did, he has it” said Lord Caius, pointing at Fewbert Harnsworth. “What?? Where am I?!?” said Fewbert Harnsworth. “Now“ said Lord Caius, looking at Jex, “I will take him“ Jex relinquishes his prisoner without contest. “Sem“ said Lord Caius as he lifted up Ferran. Sem flew down from above, took Ferran and flew off. Lord Caius gestured to the soldiers below and they followed him in the same direction Sem went.
The near constant fighting had started to wear thin on the group and many of them were starting to get tired. It was decided to rest for the night and begin again in the morning. During the night Searra and Flute sense several large and many small power sources moving around the planet. When morning came, Fewbert Harnsworth put on his suit and activated his scouter to read the power levels of the reptilians guarding each of the remaining Dragonballs. He saw that there seemed to be less of the soldiers around and also saw two larger powers in Greenland. Since there only seemed to be one large power at the Dragonball in Peru, and only a few smaller ones, this was selected as the group’s next target.
Upon arrival they saw five reptilian soldiers, one extravagantly dressed creature who’s presence seemed to have a disturbing effect on the area surrounding him, was correctly assumed to be the captain here and one more reptilian wearing a strange contraption on his back with tubes running down his arms to small ports on the backs of his gloves. The group didn’t know what to make of this second creature, who was clearly not a normal soldier. Before a move could be made by either side, however, Mauro appeared between the two groups. “Ah, I’m not too late, excellent! Lord Caius sends his apologies, he could not be here in person. He is preparing a surprise for you but I assure you he can see everything that goes on here. As you can see there has been a change from the last time you fought one of our teams.“ “What do you mean by that?” asked Searra “Well, up until now you have only been facing one captain at a time, now it will be two… I will be supervising this fight personally in Lord Caius’ stead.“ said Mauro “Why do you need to supervise it? Are you like a referee??” asked Flute “I am supervising it because my Lord told me to“ said Mauro “But why does he want you to?” asked Flute “I do not question my Lord’s orders, I merely follow them!“ said Mauro and then flew up to a higher vantage point. Three of the soldiers flew between the group and the extravagantly dressed captain but kept their distance from him. The two others went to guard the one with the device on his back. As the battle began, the space around Yumi began to stretch and warp and then spread to surround the rest of the group, twinges of pain could be felt as this happened but the pain was not too great to prevent them from attempting to thin out the reptilian ranks by taking out most of the soldiers, which was done with relative ease. Jex went to take care of the two protecting the captain with the strange device. Bahadur responded by aiming his fists at Jex and when he did this, painfully deafening sounds emanated from them at Jex. Two of the soldiers protecting the one who seemed to be ignoring at the laws of physics were felled and Issmat decided to take it out on Searra, who still had her teeth in one of them. Searra’s surrounding area suddenly and violently turned in on itself, a very painful experience. After a failed attack, Jex was looking at the business end of Bahadur’s hand devices again. Jex prepared to receive another sonic attack, but this time searing hot flames surrounded him although it wasn’t as painful as he had expected. With only two of the soldiers remaining, the group decided to focus their efforts on the two captains. Flute and Kalding attempted to attack Issmat’s mind together but Kalding’s mental weapon seemed to avoid hitting his head. Fewbert Harnsworth attempted to strike at Issmat but his fist also seemed to avoid hitting him. Jex didn’t seem to be gaining any ground on hurting Bahadur but the next attack from the devices seemed only to make Jex feel better! “Damnit!!” shouted Bahadur. Flute began to feel ill as everything began to spin and twist around her. This did not prevent her and Kalding from making another attempt at Issmat’s mind but another failed attempt from Kalding meant little effect on the strong-willed captain. Fewbert Harnsworth tried to restrain Issmat and, though he got a good grip, a moment later Issmat was hovering beside him again and his metallic arms were empty. Another powerful attack from Jex and Bahadur fell unconscious but he vanished from sight before he fell to the ground. The group noticed that Mauro now held Bahadur but decided not to focus on that for too long and deal with the remaining threat… Which, suddenly seemed to have turned into two remaining threats. Issmat was now in two places at once! One remained near Fewbert Harnsworth while the other was now facing off with Flute who was just starting to feel less ill when another wave of sickness came over her. Fewbert Harnsworth’s suit was suffering some minor malfunctions as reality began to tear at it. Issmat then split once again and this third incarnation took up a central position to give himself the best view. Fewbert Harnsworth tried to find the dragonball and discovered that it seemed to be in the posession of all three of Issmat’s incarnations at once! It was decided that the best course of action would be to concentrate on one duplicate at a time so the group chose one and focused their efforts on that one. The problem of attacks seeming to avoid hitting him at the last moment was becoming a serious problem for them. Yumi now started to feel ill and began vomiting. When the group finally managed to all hit Issmat at once, it only took a couple of attacks to bring him down. When he fell unconscious, all three duplicates once again became one. Issmat also dissappeared after falling only a short distance. “Finally! I was begining to get impatient!“ said Mauro as he fished something out of Issmat’s clothes. “Here is your prize“ he said, tossing the Dragonball down to Searra. “You’re just giving it to us?!?” she asked. “Yes, those were my orders“ said Mauro “okay, well what were their names?” asked Searra but Mauro was out of sight before she finished.