Now that was a great post. The dialogue between Hordak and Duncan was very vivid. I hope more of this story is coming soon.
The inside of the throne room was just as he had expected, the room was shrouded in shadows the only lights in the room were the floodlights that cast pools of blood red light on the floor giving just enough light for someone to be able to safely walk towards the thrones. The statures of Eternia’s greatest heroes had been destroyed and replaced with dark twisted pillars of black metal, in front of these pillars stood a Horde Trooper its weapon ready for any trouble. The only other source of light in the room came from a large window that sat behind the two thrones that once belonged to King Randor and Queen Marlena, the throne that Randor once proudly sat in was now occupied by Hordak. Queen Marlena’s throne was left empty even though Shadow Weaver stood next to it.
Duncan was escorted to the foot of the small flight of steps that led up to the two thrones. Once there the Doom Troopers retreated back to stand in front of the double doors. It was at that moment that Duncan noticed that something new had been added to the room.
“I am so glad you could come to see me.” hissed Hordak with sarcasm dripping off every word.
“I had a few spare minuets in my day,” replied Duncan equally sarcastic. “And I had nothing better to do.”
Duncan could see anger flash across Hordak’s eyes and suppressed the urge to smile as Hordak stood and walked down the steps towards Duncan.
“Very witty,” said Hordak baring his blood red razor sharp teeth at Duncan in a sly smile. “But I didn’t have you come here for a friendly chat. I wanted to show you something that should wipe that smile you are so cleverly trying to hide.”
Hordak walked past Duncan towards the object that Duncan had noticed as he had got deeper in to the throne room. Duncan slowly turned to follow Hordak. Hordak stopped by the object that Duncan had noticed when he had entered the room. Even though it was shrouded in darkness Duncan could tell that the object was a life size statue only he couldn’t tell who it was of. Suddenly the statue was bathed in light, Duncan was shocked with amazement before him stood the most perfect statue of She-Ra he had ever seen, Duncan could tell that who ever crafted this statue out of gold was an extremely talented artist. It had no place anywhere the Horde had domination. Hordak’s vile laughter broke in to Duncan’s thoughts.
“Perfect isn’t it?” sneered Hordak, “I’m told that the one who created this masterpiece was the greatest artist in all Eternia. That is he was until I sent him to work in Karg’s mines. Somehow I don’t think he will be able do much after Karg is finished with him.”
“Why?” asked Duncan finally finding his voice.
“Why? You ask,” said Hordak as he walked back to Duncan. “I had this made as a reminder to myself. A reminder that I shall not tolerate what I did on Etheria. I will not allow another rebellion to get a hold on Eternia.”
“And what does this have to do with me?” asked Duncan. “As much as I hate it I have pledged myself to the Horde.”
“Indeed you have,” growled Hordak. “And what have you done?”
“I don’t know what you mean.” lied Duncan, knowing full well what Hordak was talking about.
Hordak let out a cruel laugh.
“Do not play me for a fool!!” snapped Hordak. “Do you think that your attempts to sabotage the upgrades to my Horde Troopers went unnoticed? Just to inform you none of those Troopers ever entered the battlefield.” Hordak took a step back towards the throne before spinning around to Duncan again. “Oh those battle plans you smuggled to your friends in Evergreen Forest last night are worthless.”
Duncan couldn’t hide the shock on his face and Hordak’s smile grew even bigger showing even more of his razor sharp blood red fangs.
“Oh yes I know all about your nightly excursions in to Evergreen Forest to relay information to your fledgling rebellion.” Hordak’s hand suddenly lashed out and grabbed Duncan around his throat. “I have a little surprise waiting for your rebellion at the Dinoreps village. The Coridite in the Wigets mines are long gone. Your rebellion will be finished before it even begins.”
Duncan could barely breath as Hordak’s fingers dug in to his throat, his vision was starting to going dark around the edges but he refused to take his eyes off Hordak’s hate filled red eyes.
“I should kill you where you stand!” spat out Hordak.
Gathering as much strength as he could muster Duncan swung his artificial up and clamped his fingers around Hordak’s wrist. The Horde Troopers in the background immediately levelled their weapons on Duncan. However still standing at her position at the side of the former royal thrones Shadow Weaver slightly raised her hand and the Troopers lowered their weapons and returned to their previous positions.
Duncan tightened his grip on Hordak’s arm, he could feel the techno-organic metal of the armour that covered Hordak’s arm beginning to give under his grip.
“But you can’t!” Duncan spat back with as much venom as he could. Duncan felt Hordak’s grip loosen slightly so he squeezed harder. “You need me and you know it. I’m the only one who can do what you want.”
Hordak and Duncan continued their standoff for a moment longer each trying to increase their grip on each other. Suddenly Hordak let go, for a moment Duncan held on then he too let go and rubbed at his sore throat with his left hand. Hordak turned and stormed back towards his throne. As he walked back Shadow Weaver saw Hordak flexing his fingers trying to get feeling back in to his damaged arm. Shadow Weaver also noticed that he had cleverly concealed this show of weakness from the others in the room with his cape. Hordak sat in the throne that had once belonged to King Randor.
“Take him from here,” commanded Hordak, the two Doom Troopers stepped forward. “From now on is the prisoner afforded any privacy. At all times I want two Troopers on guard. Now GET HIM OUT OF HERE!!!”
The two Doom Troopers gripped Duncan by the shoulders and started to lead him out of the room. Then just as he was about to step through the doors Hordak added,
“Oh Duncan I hope you have a lasting supply of those painkillers you have become addicted to? Because there will be no more.”
Hordak let out an triumphant laugh as Duncan was led from the room and the doors closed behind him. Shadow Weaver moved closer to Hordak.
“Are you sure it is wise to keep him alive?” asked Shadow Weaver. “Even with limited access he can still be dangerous. Plus shouldn’t his defiance be punished?”
“Maybe so,” replied Hordak, “But he is correct when he says that he is the only one that can do what I want. He is the only person on Eternia who can locate the energy signature of the Cosmic Key.”
“But why do you need the Key?” asked Shadow Weaver. “What use does it have, the Horde control all of Eternia.”
“It is not for control of Eternia I need the Key for,” said Hordak. “With that Key in my possession I have a way to ensure that He-man and Skeletor from returning to spoil my……..” Hordak stopped as something caught his attention, it was shimmer in the light but had gone as quickly as it was spotted. “Plans.”
Now that was a great post. The dialogue between Hordak and Duncan was very vivid. I hope more of this story is coming soon.
QUIS NOS OPEROR VITA REFERO INFINITIO: WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOS IN ETERNITY
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Eternia: The Dark Years Chapter 4
Ram Man stood in the middle of the Dinoreps village he looked up at the clock tower that stood at the village centre. There was still a slight mist on the marshlands around the village, with Moss Man’s ability to manipulate the local plant life his fellow rebels were well hidden from view.
“Where are these tin cans?” grumbled Ram Man in to his communicator. The communicator was open and he knew Glimmer and the other rebels could hear his every word but in order to remain hidden from the approaching Horde no one would reply.
Ram Man had dealt with the Dinoreps only a couple of times over the past few years, he found them a hearty bunch who despite being in the shadow of the Horde’s Fright Zone they never gave in to Hordak’s terror tactics, so it was surprising to Ram Man how willingly the villagers evacuated the village. He had only one run in with the village elder who was reluctant to go and wanted his people to hide in the tunnels, but when Ram Man explained about the coming attack from the Horde was for the very same tunnels he relented.
Ram Man started to pace around the clock tower to relive some of the boredom that was starting to settle in. Suddenly he heard the sound of marching feet approaching the village.
“About time.” said Ram Man as he pulled his battle axe from its holster on his back.
A troop of twenty Horde Troopers entered the Dinoreps village the lead Trooper immediately spotted Ram Man waiting for them at the centre of the village.
“You there!” called out the Horde Trooper as he approached Ram Man. “As of now this village is under Horde control. All property and civilians now belong to Hordak.”
“I don’t think so tiny,” laughed Ram Man as he towered over the Horde Trooper. “I’m here to make sure you lot go home as scrap.”
If the Trooper could look confused it would have.
“You are one man,” said the Trooper as the rest of the Troopers gathered around, despite being robots Ram Man could hear some of then make a sound similar to laughter. “We outnumber you. What hope do you think you have.”
The Trooper joined its fellow Troopers in laughing at Ram Man. Ram Man smiled back.
“You’re right, I am only one man,” said Ram Man. “But I do have something that none of you have.”
The Trooper stopped laughing and turned back to Ram Man.
“And what would that be?” the Trooper sneered.
“A big flaming axe!!” roared Ram Man as he swung his axe down on the Trooper splitting it down the middle sending a shower of sparks through the air. Instantly the other Horde Troopers had their weapons levelled on him. Ram Man turned to them and smiled once more. “Next!”
From her hiding place within the marsh Glimmer listened to the confrontation going on between Ram Man and the Horde Troopers.
“Do you think we should go in there,” said Bow from his hiding place. “He’s going to need our help.”
“Not yet,” replied Glimmer. “Ram Man can handle these, I want to wait until they are totally committed to the attack. Then we’ll attack while they are distracted.”
A second Horde Trooper stepped up to Ram Man and suffered the same fate as the first one. Deciding to change tactic five Horde Troopers rushed Ram Man. Ram Man swung his axe smashing two Troopers to pieces, the remaining three reached out and grabbed hold of Ram Man’s weapon arm.
Believing that Ram Man was at the disadvantage the other Troopers charged at Ram Man. As Ram Man was swamped in a wave of Horde Troopers he caught a glimpse of more Troopers entering the village.
“NOW!!!” Glimmer commanded through her communicator. The rebels burst from their hiding places and charged towards the village.
Suddenly the ground beneath their feet began to tremble and shake, the rebels began to loose their footing, some even tripped and fell. The ground then erupted in a shower of marsh water and rock. A metallic tower shot up out of the ground rising high above the heads of the rebels and started to crash downwards.
Glimmer leapt out of the way of the falling debris, using her powers over light she created a hard light shield to deflect debris away from the rebels. As Glimmer backed away from a large piece of debris that had fallen before her, her foot slipped and she fell backwards. Hitting the ground the wind was knocked out of Glimmer, dazed she looked up to see the giant metal tower rushing towards her.
Ram Man threw Horde Troopers in every direction, but with every Trooper he got rid of or destroyed three more showed up as replacement.
“A little help would be nice!!” Ram Man shouted in to his communicator.
Ram Man grabbed hold of one Trooper’s shock staff and smashed it in to the Trooper’s head, he then grabbed another Trooper by the arm and swung the Trooper in to three others smashing them to pieces. Ram Man turned to fend off another attack when a green energy beam blasted the nearest Trooper apart.
“This help enough for you big man?” called out Tri-Klops as he slashed at the Troopers with his sword and blasted them with destruction beams from his laser eye. In the background Ram Man could see his fellow rebels rushing in to attack.
“Not bad,” replied Ram Man as he smashed his head in to the face of an attacking Horde Trooper. “But this fight is far from over, and if I remember when you were working for Skeletor you never really lasted that long.”
“Oh very funny,” called back Tri-Klops as he hacked away at a group of Horde Troopers. “Keep that wit up and I may consider switching sides.”
On the other side of the village the group of rebels led by Snout Spout and Clamp Champ raced in to battle against the Horde Troopers. As Clamp Champ attacked with his weapon clamp smashing any Trooper apart that got in his way, Snout Spout attacked with his fire axe or blasted the Troopers with a high pressure blast of water from his trunk.
“Lets thin this lot out a bit so we can start part two of Glimmers plan.” said Snout Spout as he and Clamp Champ fought their way through the Horde Troopers towards the centre of the village.
“Yeah why should Ram Man have all the fun?” said Clamp Champ as he used his grapple clamp to crush a Horde Trooper. Suddenly the ground beneath their feet began to tremble. “Hey did you just feel that?”
“There’s so much going on,” replied Snout Spout. “Its hard to tell what’s going on.”
“How are you doing back there?” asked Ram Man as he slammed a Trooper to the ground.
Tri-Klops slashed at a group of charging Toopers.
“A lot better than you it seems.” called back Tri-Klops.
“How so?” asked Ram Man as he continued to pound away at any Trooper within reach. “I’m turning these tin cans in to scrap!”
“But I’m doing it faster,” replied Tri-Klops. “At my last count I’ve destroyed three Troopers foe every one you have. And you started before I did.”
“You know what they say about quality versus quantity?” said Ram Man. “Its all about…….!!”
Ram Man stopped as the ground beneath his feet began to tremble, even the Horde Troopers and the Rebels stopped briefly as the trembling grew larger. Suddenly the ground erupted send debris flying as a giant red metal claw burst from the ground. Ram Man and Tri-Klops could barely stay on their feet as a second claw burst from the ground. The two claw slammed down crushing anything in their way. With a huge grinding sound Ram Man saw a black metallic head begin to rise from the ground, as more of the dirt was pushed out of the way a huge cauldron shaped body emerged in to the light.
“By the Elders, we’re in for it now.” grumbled Ram Man as he watched the massive metal creature stalk the village on four metal legs.
“What do you mean?” asked Tri-Klops as he dispatched a group of Troopers. Then he turned to see what Ram Man was talking about. “Is that what I think it is?”
“Yep,” replied Ram Man. “That’s the Monstroid.”
Duncan tried to put as much distance between himself and his escorts as he was allowed. His shoulder was on fire yet he refused to give the Doom Troopers the satisfaction of seeing him admit he was in pain after his confrontation with Hordak. Duncan soon entered the palace courtyard, sat in the middle was the Batmex that had killed She-Ra. The pride of Hordak was surrounded by an honour guard of Horde Troopers. The sight made Duncan sick. Forcing his attention away from the abomination he turned towards science dome. The science dome had been Duncan’s second home, he had spent most of his time working in the specially designed lab creating weapons and vehicles for the Heroic Warriors. Duncan had planned on teaching at the science dome when he retired as Man-At-Arms and taking up being a part time member of the Heroic Warriors.
But that all changed after the fall of Eternia. Now the science dome was no longer used to teaching future students in the art of science, under the command of the Horde the science dome was assigned to Horde scientists and weapons masters such as Trap Jaw and Gadgette. Even his lab had been taken over, now his experiments were for the Horde.
Duncan place his good hand on the sensor pad at the side of the door, the sensor scanned his palm print and the door unlocked and opened. Slowly Duncan entered. The science dome was an hive of activity as slaves of the Horde worked on creating weapons for Hordak and his Horde, each group of workers were closely guarded by an armed Horde Trooper. Duncan passed several labs each former classrooms and each the same as the other, filled with slaves working under guard of a Trooper. At the centre of the science dome which had once been the main teaching lab sat Gadgette. The cybernetic Hordesman had originally been created to be an servant of Entrapta, however after Dylamug was destroyed during a battle with the Great Rebellion on Etheria Gadgette was upgraded to take over from Dylamug as the central commander of the Horde Troopers. As usual she was sat in her command chair in the centre of the lab. Thousands of hair-like cables stretched from her head and connected to the computer banks and work stations that were situated around the walls of the lab.
“Good morning,” said Gadgette as she saw Duncan pass by. “I’m warming your lab up for you.”
Duncan ignored Gadgette’s taunting and continued to his lab. As Duncan entered his lab the lights came on and his computers powered up. As the door closed the two Doom Troopers took up positions inside the lab silently watching Duncan as he began his daily work.
Glimmer sank in to the marsh water as the weight of the tower pressed down on her light shield. Up close she could see that the surface of the tower wasn’t smooth but was covered it tiny diamond shaped objects similar to the scales of a snake, the tower suddenly moved and Glimmer felt its weight shift on her shield. A small section of the tower’s surface opened and four claws on extendable arms slowly emerged from inside, then a second set emerged farther down the tower’s body and a third. The light shield began to falter and Glimmer feared that she was about to be crushed to death when several tree trunks burst from the marsh water, from the tips of the branches of the trunks sprouted dozens of bramble-vines. The vines twisted themselves around the tower, groaning under the strain the vines held the tower in place.
“Glimmer I’m not sure how much longer I can hold this thing,” said Moss Man as his face formed on the bark of the trunk closest to Glimmer. Glimmer could tell that Moss Man was in incredible pain using the vines to hold on to the tower. “Hurry!”
Glimmer tried to move but found that her feet were stuck in the mud of the marsh.
“I-I-I can’t move,” said Glimmer panic creeping in to her voice. “I’m stuck.”
“Ok don’t panic,” replied Moss Man through gritted teeth. “We’ll work something out.”
Suddenly the tower yanked itself to one side causing Moss Man to cry out as some of the vines snapped.
“Let me try to strengthen my light shield,” said Glimmer. “Maybe I can…”
“There’s no time for that,” said Moss Man. “I’m loosing my grip on this thing. I can’t hold on to it much longer.”
“You don’t have to,” called out Bow as he raced across the marsh, without stopping he scooped up Glimmer and pulled her free. Over his shoulder he called back to Moss Man. “I’ve got her do what you have to.”
Before Moss Man could say a thing the tower reared up in to the air ripping Moss Man from the marsh. Without his connection to the ground Moss Man was forced to return to his humanoid form. Watching from the ground Glimmer could see more of the tower, it now looked more like a serpent than ever especially its head which looked like a giant cobra. Its metal hood expanded on both sides of its head and its red eyes focused on the falling Moss Man. With a swift strike the metal serpent snatched Moss Man out of the air. Glimmer could help but scream as the serpents jaw snapped shut over Moss Man’s body. Moss Man exploded in to a shower of leaves.
“Come on,” said Bow as the serpent began to target the other members of the Rebellion. Attacking them with blasts from its hood or snatching them from the ground with its claws. “We have to get out of here fast!”
But Glimmer would not move.
Wow, what a read, I'm REALLY liking this Brimstone! Its action packed and very suspenseful! You are doing a great job! I'm also VERY excited to see Gadgette make an appearance! HOW COOL! The way you described her sitting in the chair with her hair connecting to the computers... i got this great image in my head, like she's the super computer mind running all the troopers around the globe at once.
It is really interesting to see this match up of Etherians, Ethernians and Evil Warriors making up the rebellion. VERY COOL!
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Ugh I can't wait!! :-) I really like the idea of this underground bunker under the ruins of greyskull, SO COOL.
The Monstroid tore through the Dinoreps village not caring who got I its way. It snatched up Horde Trooper and rebel alike and flung them in every direction.
“That thing is as much of a threat to the Horde Troopers as it is to us!” said Tri-Klops as the Monstroid snatched up Rebel and Horde Trooper alike.
“Try telling them that!” replied Ram Man as he smashed away a group of Horde Troopers that were charging towards them. Then out of the corner of his eye Ram Man saw Clamp Champ and Snout Spout fighting their way towards them. “Looks like back up is here.”
“Where on Eternia did that thing come from?” said Clamp Champ as he and Snout Spout reached Ram Man and Tri-Klops.
“I guess it came from the hole in the ground.” said Tri-Klop which earned a glare from Clamp Champ.
“Well this changes all the plans.” said Snout Spout.
“Why should it?” asked Tri-Klops
“What do you mean?” replied Ram Man.
“We can still use the Tank Top,” said Tri-Klops. “We use the Monstroid as a distraction, you get the Tank Top and go down in to the tunnels and bring them down. We can still stop the Horde getting to the Coridite.”
“It may still work,” said Snout Spout. “Let’s do it.”
On Snout Spout’s command the four rebels split up. Snout Spout, Tri-Klops and Clamp Champ raced towards the Monstroid driving any Horde Trooper towards the metal creature in the hope that it would target them. Ram Man raced the other way knocking over any Trooper that got in his way.
Ram Man turned the corner of one house and headed towards the village storage barn where the Tank Top battle suit was hidden. As he reached the barn and opened the doors he was confronted by a group of Dinoreps.
“What are you doing here?” asked Ram Man “You were meant to get out of the village.”
The small Dinoreps began to circle Ram Man their red skin seemed to glow with anger. Slowly each Dinorep produced a knife from behind their backs, a couple others grabbed pitchforks and waved them at Ram Man.
“Now come on here,” said Ram Man holding his hands in the air so not to spook the Dinoreps. “We’re here to help you, to stop the Horde taking over your village to use your tunnels to raid Coridite from the Wigets.”
One of the Dinoreps stepped forward.
“What makes you think we want your help,” snarled the Dinorep. “Hordak paid us handsomely for the use of our tunnels. There is no Coridite in the Wigets mines. We gave it all to the Horde.”
The Dinoreps roared in laughter and Ram Man’s temper began to rise.
“You mean you set us up?” growled Ram Man.
“Of cause we did,” replied the lead Dinorep. “Can you imagine how much Hordak will give us for delivering his enemies in to his hands.”
The Dinoreps began to slowly circle Ram Man their weapons raised ready to attack.
“You don’t want to be doing this,” said Ram Man as he slowly reached for his battle axe. “I usually make a rule about not fighting those smaller than myself.” Ram Man then swung his axe downwards forcing the Dinoreps in front of him to scatter. “But if you twerps insist in getting in my way!”
The other Dinoreps rushed to attack Ram Man. Ram Man battered away any attacks from Dinoreps with pitchforks, however the others jumped all over Ram Man their attempts to stab Ram Man with their knives proving futile against his thick leather armour.
“Owwww!!” hissed Ram Man as one of the Dinoreps hanging off his weapon arm sunk his teeth in to Ram Man’s exposed flesh.
Ram Man franticly shook his arm throwing two of the Dinoreps off but the one who had bitten him hung on with a death grip. The other Dinorep quickly scrambled around behind Ram Man’s legs in the attempt to trip him up. However Ram Man was able to keep his balance. Finally shaking off the Dinorep on his arm Ram Man turned and threw himself at the group of Dinoreps. The entire storage barn shook under the thunderous foot steps of Ram Man as he charged at the Dinoreps.
“I gave you the chance to do this the easy way!” roared Ram Man as he lowered his head. “But I guess you’ll just have to learn the hard way!!”
The Dinoreps began to look at each other neither one sure what to do about the enraged Ram Man, slowly one by one the Dinoreps began to break away from the group, once clear they started to run for the way out of the barn. Soon only the leader of the Dinoreps was left to face Ram man.
“Come back here!!” called out the Dinorep, his word braver than his voice sounded. “We can stop this lummox! We have to! For the Horde!!!”
“Somehow I don’t think they believe you,” hissed Ram Man who was now towering over the Dinorep. “Unless you want to put your money where your mouth is?”
The Dinorep slowly craned his neck back to look up at Ram Man. Deciding that he was now out numbered the Dinorep dropped his weapon and ran after the others.
“Thought not,” said Ram Man dusting off his hands. “Now where is that battle suit?”
Ram Man went to the back of the barn where the Tank Top battle suit was hidden. As he approached the battle suit he noticed that several panels had been removed and the wiring inside had been pulled out.
“Oh you’ve got to be kidding me.” groaned Ram Man
Excellent! More more. :-)
“Glimmer we have to get out of here!!” called out Bow as he pulled on Glimmer’s arm. “That thing is murdering us.”
Glimmer remained stoic as she stared out over the battle filed. The metal serpent was attacking every rebel in its path with its blasters and claws. What made things worse was the fact that without Moss Man, the barricade of bramble-vines that he had erected in order to prevent any Hordesmen escaping or attacking from behind had now become the same obstacle for the rebels.
Even though Bow was right next to her his voice was drowned out as her focus was on the cries of the rebels as they were slain by the metallic monster. Bow reached out to grab Glimmer once more as his finger wrapped around Glimmer’s forearm he was suddenly thrown to the ground. Looking up in surprise he saw that Glimmer hadn’t moved and that she was still staring out at the battle. Then he noticed a faint glow under Glimmer’s skin, slowly getting to his feet he carefully made his way over to Glimmer. As he got closer he noticed that the area was slowly getting darker, as the darkness grew so did the glow emanating from Glimmer. Reaching out once more Bow noticed a thin layer of light covering Glimmer’s body, stepping around so that he stood in front of her Bow was stunned at what he saw. Glimmer’s face was glowing so bright that her skin was almost transparent, the burn scar on her cheek stood out in bright red, her eyes were wide open and shone like twin suns going supernova even her hair seemed to glow.
“What is wrong with you?” asked Bow when he could finally find his voice.
Glimmer continued to stare at the battle as if Bow wasn’t there. Bow began to speak again when Glimmer suddenly turned to him.
“Move,” said Glimmer light spilling from inside her mouth. There was no emotion in her voice. “I have to stop this.”
Without waiting for any reply Glimmer turned back to the battle. As if sensing Glimmer’s presence the metal serpent stopped its attack and turned towards where Glimmer and Bow were standing. Letting out a metallic hissing noise the metal serpent flared its cobra like hood, inside the hood bow could make out several blaster ports. As the darkness continued to grow he could clearly by the red glow within the port that the blasters were charging for a release. Unsure of what to do Bow glanced over at Glimmer, her body was so bright against the darkness that surrounded them that it was almost blinding. Yet Glimmer continued to remain as still as a statue as she faced down the metal serpent.
The serpent opened its huge mouth as a blaster cannon slid in to place, that too was now glowing with blaster energy. The serpent shifted its weight and lurched forward and fired its blasters. As the blaster energy lanced its way across the marshlands of the Dinoreps village Bow watched as Glimmer’s calm face suddenly twisted in anger. Glimmer let out the most primal scream that Bow had ever heard and threw her arms in to the air. At first Bow feared that Glimmer had been struck down by the blasters, then he saw that they were being held back by a shield of light coming from Glimmer.
Wow awsome! Somehow I missed this update. Really great... can't wait for more!
Ram Man held a bunch of wires in his massive hands, trying to figure out where the wires belonged inside the Tank Top battle suit.
“This is hopeless,” grumbled Ram Man shoving the wires in to the opening where the Dinoreps had torn them from and slammed the panel shut over them. “I aint no egghead. Well I’ll just have to do this the hard way.”
Ram Man went around to the back of the Tank Top, opening the access hatch Ram Man climbed in to the battle suit which had been modified to fit his size. Ram Man hid the controls to activate the battle suit. The suit sputtered with power and view screen flicked to life, Ram Man focused on the screen that reported the suits systems to see what damage the Dinoreps had done.
The Dinoreps had managed to disable the targeting sensors for one of the cannons, the other sensor was knocked out of alignment and Ram Man didn’t know how to correct it. The Dinoreps had also managed to damage the connection to the treds of the Tank Top so Ram Man couldn’t use them to race in to battle. Thankfully the only other systems that were damaged were minor and Ram Man could operate the Tank Top without them, or so he hoped.
Hitting the controls to get the Tank Top moving the battle suits gears groaned as it took its first step out of the barn and in to the battle.
Rage filled Glimmer’s face as her light shield held back the onslaught of energy directed at her from the serpents blasters. Bow shielded his eyes from the brilliant backwash from the attack, suddenly the light was absorbed in to Glimmer’s body. As his vision began to clear Bow noticed that the area had grown dark, all except for around Glimmer. It was then Bow realised that the darkness that was surrounding the area was the result of Glimmer absorbing all the light in to her body as she had done with the energy blast from the serpent.
Glimmer gritted her teeth and snarled at the serpent, thrusting her arms forward the light around Glimmer pulsed and shot back towards the serpent. The light pulse shot along the serpents blaster energy right in to its open maw and down its throat. Bow stood amazed as the serpent’s head exploded in a shower of light. The serpent’s body started to convulse as the gaps between its metallic scales blew apart in a dazzling light display. With one last convulsion the remains of the serpent monstroid crashed to the ground.
Once the rebels realised what had just happened their confidence some even let out a cheer, but Glimmer felt no victory she glared down at the remains of the serpent. Bow slowly made his way over to Glimmer a wide smile on his face.
“I never knew you had that kind of power,” said Bow reaching out to Glimmer. “You Ok?”
Glimmer turned on Bow, her face was still glowing with energy her mouth still scowling.
“This is no time to celebrate,” hissed Glimmer pushing past Bow. “There are more of these monsters to destroy.”
It was then that Bow realised that the darkness that had fallen over the area hadn’t gone but it was flowing over Glimmer like a shroud as she headed towards the battle at the Dinoreps village.
Tri-Klops, Snout Spout and Clamp Champ were backed in to a corner, what little rebels that remained had started to break ranks and tried to flee the village or hide from the onslaught of the Monstroid. The Horde Troopers were also avoiding the attention of the rampaging monster machine, but where the rebels choices and resources were limited the Horde Troopers were not as a further wave of Troopers were heading for the village.
The Monstroid destroyed everything in it path, half the village had been levelled by the Monstroid’s crushing claws any Dinorep that foolishly remained in the village were also struck down by the murderous machine, their reward for siding with Horde.
“I know its an honour to die in the hart of a battle,” said Tri-Klops as he slashed at a group of Horde Troopers. “But I never imagined it would be like this or so soon.”
“Like you had anything better to do today,” said Clamp Champ as he too destroyed several Horde Troopers coming at him.
“Enough talk,” commanded Snout Spout raising his axe. “If we are to die today then so be it! For Eternia!!!” Snout Spout then charged in to the swarm of Horde Troopers.
Staring at the charging Snout Spout, Tri-Klops turned to Clamp Champ and shrugged his shoulders.
“FOR ETERNIA!!!” cried both Clamp Champ and Tri-Klops as they charged in to battle.
Excellent story so far.... Lots of suspense and I really like that you have used Tri-Klops as an heroic master. He was always one of my favourite characters who always had that bit of honour. keep up the really good work
Thanks for the comment, I'm starting chapter 5 and should hopefully have it posted soon.
Just read the story again and really hope you will be posting more soon Brimstone!!!
Keep it going Brims, this story is very cool.
"It's better to burn out...
...than to fade away"
Kurgan in "Highlander" the movie
I stopped reading the fan fiction a few yars back because it was poorly written and rather lame. I am happy to see with projects like this, and a few others, that the quality is and origininality is improoving...
Hey Brimstone any chance of any updates to this great story??
Here is the first of hopefully more regular updates to The Dark Years
Duncan made his way over to his workstation, his former lab was once full of his prototype inventions, but they had now all been removed just in case Duncan used them against his masters. Not even the photos of his family and friends were left.
Duncan sat at his workstation and activated the computers. As the monitors came to life Duncan knew that Gadgette had accessed his computers and he had no doubt which programs she had tampered with. Calling up the upgrade files he was working on he found that as expected they had been deleted.
“You only have one priority from now on,” came Gadgette’s voice over the lab communications system. “Hordak believes that all your attempted sabotage is distracting you from what’s important.”
Duncan hit a button and shut down the comm-system just as Gadgette’s mechanical laughter started. Tapping in a few commands on his computer Duncan called up the harmonic searcher program along with several others. The harmonic searcher had been designed to seek out the exact harmonic frequency that Gwildor had used when he had used the Cosmic Key to whisk the King and Queen of Eternos away when the Horde invaded Eternia.
The program had searched thousands of harmonic frequencies and had yet to find the one that Gwildor had used. While Duncan had his own reasons for locating the Cosmic Key he was grateful that Hordak was no closer to using it for his own evil plans.
The battle raged on as Tri-Klops, Snout Spout and Clamp Champ slashed at, blasted and crushed the seemingly endless waves of Horde Troopers while avoiding the attention of the Monstroid as it rampaged through the now ruined Dinoreps village.
Tri-Klops slashed a Trooper in half just in time to see Clamp Champ struck from behind by a blast from a Trooper’s staff weapon. As Clamp Champ fell to his knees Tri-Klops switched his visor to its blaster settings and let loose a blast of emerald energy. The blast blew apart the Trooper just as swung its staff down at Clamp Champ.
“Thanks,” said Clamp Champ as he brushed the remains of the Trooper off his armour. “I owe you one.”
“I’m sure you’ll get the chance to repay me back before this battle is over.” said Tri-Klops as he slashed away at more Troopers.
As the two destroyed any Trooper that came near Clamp Champ and Tri-Klops glanced over at Snout Spout. The captain of the Eternos fire marshals was smashing any Trooper with in reach.
“I remember a time when he was full of self pity.” commented Clamp Champ as Snout Spout savagely tore apart a Trooper.
The battlefield was suddenly plunged in to darkness. The Heroic Warriors stopped and stared in wonder, even the Horde Troopers were startled by what was happening. As silence fell over the battle the only light to be seen came from the glowing mechanical eyes of the Horde Troopers and the Monstroid.
“What on Eternia is going on now?” asked Tri-Klops. His own mechanical eyes glowing with their own energy.
“You’ve got me there,” replied Clamp Champ. “But I suggest that we take advantage of the confusion.”
Clamp Champ raised his pincer weapon ready to drive back the Horde Troopers, the Troopers suddenly snapped out of their trance and resumed their attack.
At the sight f the Troopers swarming around it, the Monstroid resumed its rampage.
Snout Spout went down under the weight of several Troopers as the leapt on his massive frame. Try as hard as he could Snout Spout couldn’t shake them off.
Tri-Klops and Clamp Champ battered away the Troopers in an attempt to get to their fallen comrade, but the numbers were too great and they were held back. The Troopers continued their advance on the two Heroic Warriors. Suddenly one of the Troopers head exploded. As the Trooper’s headless body collapsed to the ground a second Trooper suffered the same fate, then a third Trooper fell, then a fourth, then dozens of Troopers heads exploded. Tri-Klops and Clamp Champ stared in wonder as a hundred tiny orbs of light hovered above the fallen Horde Troopers.
“What on Eternia is going on here?” said Tri-Klops as other Troopers on the battlefield suffered the same fate.”
“I have no idea.” replied Clamp Champ.
“I bet that that has something to do with it.” said Snout Spout having removed himself from under the destroyed Horde Troopers he was battling and making his way over to the other warriors.
Tri-Klops and Clamp Champ turned to where Snout Spout was pointing. At the edge of the village a giant orb of light cut through the strange darkness that had fallen over them.
Bow stayed back a short distance behind Glimmer as she walked towards the Dinoreps’ village.
In all the years that Bow had known Glimmer he had never seen such a change in her light powers, the only light on the battlefield came from the orb light that emanated from Glimmer. Her face was fixed with grim determination, her eyes focused only on the Dinoreps’ village and the combatants that filled it.
Most of the rebels had fled the area. Horde Troopers tried to stop the advancing Glimmer. Bow could only watch as the light in the Troopers eyes flared brightly, the Troopers heads then exploded leaving two fist sized orbs of lights floating above the destroyed Troopers.
Great!!!! It is cool that you are back.
Thanks for bringing back this excellent story Brimstone.
"It's better to burn out...
...than to fade away"
Kurgan in "Highlander" the movie
Once they had reached the centre of the Dinoreps village Glimmer stood still. Sensing that a new threat was nearby the Monstroid halted its rampage and turned towards Glimmer. The Monstroid took a step towards Glimmer snapping its pincers at her. The sound echoed through the silence and darkness. Glimmer didn’t flinch, the Monstroid let out a confused metallic growl. Bow stared at the scene confused as did Tri-Klops, Clamp Champ and Snout Spout.
Again the Monstroid attempted to intimidate Glimmer with it’s lethal pincers. Still Glimmer stood still. Bow watched as the glow of Glimmer’s eyes grew brighter, the Monstroid began to shake. The Monstroid took a unsteady step towards Glimmer and lashed out with one of it’s pincers. The Monstroid’s pincer struck the orb of light that surrounded Glimmer, the impact from the blow rocked Glimmer back a step.
Awestruck Bow watched as Glimmer defiantly took a step towards the Monstroid. The Monstroid lashed out once more quickly followed by a second attack stunning Glimmer inside her orb of light. Bow raised his bow and readied an arrow and prepared to fire even though he doubted that even one of his magical arrows would do much damage to the Monstroid’s thick armour.
The Monstroid struck again and again, each blow driving Glimmer to her knees.
On the other side of the village Tri-Klops, Snout Spout and Clamp Champ readied their weapons preparing to use the distraction to launch their attack on the Monstroid.
Bow was about to let loose an arrow when he saw Glimmer push the Monstroid back. Slowly Glimmer got off her knees and back to her feet. As the Monstroid pounded on her light shield Glimmer slowly raised her arms. Bow watched as the thousands of light orb that hung over the battle field started to move, soon the orbs were flying around like an angry swarm of fire bugs. The orbs swirled around Glimmer and the Monstroid. The Monstroid stopped its attack on Glimmer and turned its attention towards the orbs of light. With its pincers it began swatting at the orbs buzzing around its head, Glimmer stepped backwards and then thrust her arms forward. The orbs of light suddenly shot towards the Monstroid. The Monstroid was pounded by a thousand of fist sized orbs of light. Even as its armour protected it from serous harm the assault forced the Monstroid to stagger backwards.
Once again Glimmer thrust her arms towards the Monstroid and it was struck again by a swarm of orbs of light forcing it back another step. And Glimmer continued her assault.
“Now’s our chance!” called out Clamp Champ. “Let’s strike while that thing is distracted.”
The trio of Clamp Champ, Tri-Klops, and Snout Spout raced to join the battle against the Monstroid. Bow started to fire his magical arrows at the Monstroid.
With every attack Glimmer drove the Monstroid farther backwards, her barrage of light orbs was relentless. Sweat was pouring down Glimmer’s face suddenly her nose began to bleed from the strain of using her powers with the intensity she was using to combat the Monstroid. As she continued her attack Glimmer started to grow dizzy and almost tripped over the wreckage of a fallen Horde Trooper.
Seeing Glimmer starting to falter Bow abandoned his attack on the Monstroid and raced over to Glimmer.
Glimmer’s head snapped around as Bow grew near, her eyes flared brightly and Bow was thrown back by a orb of light.
“Stay back!!!” snarled Glimmer wiping away the blood from her nose with the back of her hand, she then turned back to the Monstroid. Glimmer raised her hands once again and the orbs of light resumed their bombardment on the Monstroid’s armoured body.
As the Monstroid was driven farther in to the centre of the Dinoreps village Snout Spout, Tri-Klops and Clamp Champ raced over to help Bow to his feet.
“When did Glimmer get so powerful?” asked Clamp Champ.
“it’s a new thing,” replied Bow. “I’ve never seen her use her powers at this level before. I fear that she may not be able to control that power level for long. She’s already starting to struggle.”
“We had better finish this then,” said Snout Spout as he readied his axe. The quartet of warriors then raced after Glimmer and the Monstroid.
Glimmer felt her dizziness getting worse, her vision was beginning to blur yet she refused to let up her assault. With each attack the Monstroid was driven farther in to the village. The Monstroid struggled to fight back but with each attack its armour weakened. For the first time the Monstroid began to fear for its existence.
I'm only halfway through this and am really enjoying it. Love the story you're putting together here.
Ok, now I'm finished with what you have and really looking forward to more.
Last edited by Dice; April 13, 2010 at 03:58pm.
a great storyline. I really like this fanfic.
However, I have a great request. One of my most favourite fanfics is "Attack of the Snakemen" written by you and posted on "fanfiction.net". A continuation of this story could not be found by me anywhere. And I really tried to use ANY search engine available. So please let me know if there is a continuation of this story somewhere. It would be terrific if you were able to tell me a link etc.
I always liked the idea of Skeletor freeing King Hiss and a developping power struggle between both of them from this point onwards where one tries to "control" or "manipulate" the other. So your plot was my fantasy come true.
Keep up your great work!!!
PS: Please feel free to answer by sending me a private message on this site or by posting a short message within this thread. Thx!
Last edited by monstarmaster; April 17, 2010 at 07:48pm.