Chapter 1 - The Horde on Earth
Holding to an imposing, and stationary, position in outer space was the rebuilt Velvet Glove, the flagship of the intergalactic empire known simply as the Horde. Numerous planets had fallen to the Horde, with Eternia being the only planet to successfully withstand a complete assault thus far. That, however, going by Horde Prime's new master plan, would soon change. Still, conquering Eternia was but one goal of many, for the central goal right now was the conquest of Earth.
Horde Prime, and the Horde, had known of the existence of Earth for several decades. However, it was an exceptionally heavily populated planet in comparison to most of those conquered by the Horde, and its various militaries were lethal, patriotic, and strong. As such, Horde Prime had decided to not invade the planet directly, but rather to gradually soften the target through the help of three key Horde Generals, each with their own unique mission. Those three key Horde Generals had been transported to the Velvet Glove, after many long years on Earth. Horde Prime was worried that they had become too accustomed to their own devices, their new and unique roles on Earth, and being almost entirely seperated from the Horde. Also, he wanted to let them in on his newest plan, and have them carry out new missions given that plan.
"Are they here, and in the Conference Room, Inspector Darkney?" came his menacing, and overwhelming voice, raising his gigantic metallic hand out of the smoke of his inner chamber, with the Inspector in front of him.
"Yes, glorious Prime!" responded the Inspector.
"Excellent!" shouted Horde Prime at this responce, "Put me on the viewing globe in that room, and patch me through to them."
Deep within the catacombs of the Velvet Glove was a small conference room, with a table in the shape of the Horde bat symbol. It was large enough, and with enough chairs, to seat seven. Today, it had three, who were very anxiously awaiting the greeting from Horde Prime. Finally, the screen turned on in front of them, and Horde Prime's voice could be heard over the intercom system.
"This is Horde Prime!" he shouted, making a grand verbal entrance, "Make your reports to me now! We'll start with you... Dr. Claw!"
Dr. Claw had been given the mission to bring great financial strain to the people of Earth, while increasing his own coffers and that of the Horde. The Horde provided him with a high tech mode of transportation, and redesigned it so it would not betray the existence of the Horde. They also gave him a few blocks of gold, and a small fortress, to start out his mission with. As such, upon arriving on Earth, he quickly formed a clandestine criminal organization known as MAD, and began to successfully pilfer, manipulate, and theive, his way to the role of one of Earth's leading criminal masterminds. However, in recent years, he had been foiled time and time again, by the incredible luck and versatility of one Inspector Gadget, and Gadget's invaluable support of his brilliant niece Penny, and his pet dog Brain.
"As you are quite aware, Horde Prime..." begin Dr. Claw confidently, while slowly stroking his gauntlet coverred hand over his pet the MAD Cat, who purred with great contentment while he did so, "I have made a simply breathtaking one thousand percent profit increase on what little wealth that I began my mission with, almost a decade ago! MAD is the Earth's foremost criminal organization, and I have hidden my alien idenity well from all those foolish Earthlings! Even my highest ranking MAD agents don't have a clue that I am not a human of Earth!"
"Yes, that is all true, and admirable of you, Dr. Claw..." replied Horde Prime through the viewing screen, "But the economy of Earth is as strong as ever, and you are continually foiled by a clueless cyborg known as Inspector Gadget! I tire of your failures! Fail me again, and you'll hear a worse sound than this!"
With that, Horde Prime struck one of his mighty hands against the hard floor below, causing a sound so loud as to reverbarate through the intercom system, and cause Dr. Claw to sumble backwards slightly, and the Mad Cat to screech loudly and leap up to the ceiling above!
"Now then..." continued Horde Prime, having calmed himself, "While our goal of destroying the economy of Earth has not been achieved, I trust that the actual militaries of Earth have been weakened... correct, Cobra Commander?"
The Cobra Commander was, in fact, originally a snakeman from Eternia. However, when he saw Hordak's forces attempt to take over his native world, he was eager to join with them, and begged Hordak to take him on as a Horde soldier. Hordak agreed to do so following the kidnapping of Adora, and after leaving Eternia, him and Cobra Commander worked together to take over a couple of smaller world's. Of course, he was not known as the Cobra Commander then, but his true identity has become a vestige of the past, known by a precious few. Horde Prime had been pleased enough with Cobra Commander's work as to promote him to Horde General, now a peer of Hordak's. His first mission seperate from Hordak was to piece together a "terrorist" organization on Earth, to combat Earth's various militaries. Like Dr. Claw, he was given considerable monetary and technological resources to begin with, and initially made great gains. However, he too had fallen on hard times...
"I have the Earth at my mercy!" thundered the Cobra Commander in reply, coming out of his chair, "I am the most feared man on all of the planet! The civilians of Earth cower in fear at the very name "Cobra", and we have brought much death and destruction to the military-industrial complex of that planet, particularly their nation of America!"
"Rubbish!" shouted an angry Horde Prime in reply, "Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish!"
At this burst of outrage from Horde Prime, Cobra Commander quickly sat back in his seat, greatly disheartened.
"You have failed your mission, Cobra Commander!" replied Horde Prime, "The counter-terrorism military unit known as 'G.I. Joe' has defeated you at every turn! Your plans grow wilder by the day! Be thankful that I do not demote you right now! Nonetheless, you and Dr. Claw have at least been able to turn certain criminal, and terroristic, elements on the planet Earth to essentially being Horde agents. That is good, and that is not something that you can claim... No Heart."
No Heart's mission was simultaneously the simplest and most straightforward in concept, but also the most complex in actual execution, of the three. His ultimate mission was to eradicate the happiness of all the people of Earth. He was to substantially lower their morale, and to create divisions amongst them through causing them to be less caring individuals. Originally a mage of Etheria, No Heart had edged out his sister, the mother of Shreeky, in being given this role on Earth. There are days, however, when he wishes that he had her role on Etheria instead.
"That is true... but it is also true that my machinations have made the people of Earth a most unhappy, and uncaring, lot, my liege." he began, addressing Horde Prime, "I have used my great mystical might to conjure up numerous plans, and spells, to demoralize the foolish Earthlings, and render them ripe for the pickings of your Horde military."
"Really?" asked Horde Prime, in rhetorical response, "When I last saw them celebrating that most terrible holiday of Christmas, they did not appear unhappy to me! You have had small, temporary, victories, No Heart... but you have also been thwarted time and time again by those disgustingly cute and loving Care Bears! All three of you have failed, and failed miserably! Nonetheless, that is all about to change..."
"How so, great Horde Prime?" asked Dr. Claw.
"I'll let your cousin Hordak explain that to you, Dr. Claw." replied Horde Prime, as Hordak entered the conference room, to join his three fellow Horde Generals.
"Good to see the three of you again." he stated with a grin, "I hope that you're taking good care of Shadow Weaver's daughter Shreeky, No Heart."
"Please tell my sister that she can have the annoying brat back at any time!" responded No Heart angrily, dwelling upon how he'd rather be second in command of Etheria right now, instead of fighting Care Bears on Earth.
"You would have a child in a war zone, No Heart?" asked Hordak in rhetorical reply, "You truly are uncaring, aren't you?"
"Enough of the pleasantries!" shouted Horde Prime, "Get on with the matter at hand, Hordak! Do you have Rainbow Brite?"
"Yes, mighty Prime." responded Hordak, "She is currently locked up in a prison on the Fright Zone, and her Color Belt is ready to have it's energies drained away by our machines!'
"Superb." added Horde Prime, "Now, bring your fellow Horde Generals here up to speed!"
"Yes, of course..." replied Hordak, turning to face the three Earth Generals, "Rainbow Brite's kindaping is part of a grand plan. Our goal is to eradicate, at least tempoarily, all color from the universe. This will serve to greatly demoralize, and disorient, the humans of Earth. There may even be mass rioting, knowing how those Earthlings handle a crisis! Furthermore, with everything being black, grey, or white, camoflauge will no longer be an issue! We'll be able to launch unrelenting stealth attacks on the nations of Earth with the full might of the Horde, Cobra, and MAD combined! I will personally lead this mission, and through our shared resources, the Earth will fall to the Horde!"
"Ingenious..." responded Dr. Claw, tighetning his gauntlet into a fearsome fist, "Simply ingenious! Gadget won't survive this time!"
"Nor will G.I. Joe!" shouted an enthusiastic Cobra Commander, "Victory will be ours!"
"How are we going to tell one another apart from our enemies?" asked No Heart, more cautious than his allies.
"Great question, No Heart!" responded Hordak, "Each of us, and all of our soldiers, will be fitted with contact lenses, or goggles... whichever they would perfer. These lenses or goggles will be highly sensitive to a special Horde logo that will be placed on the unfirom or outfit of every person or robot loyal to the Horde... or Cobra, or MAD, of course. This logo will appear as nothing special to our enemies, but with our contacts on, they will shine brightly in spite of the lack of color!"
"Outstanding!" shouted No Heart, "You have thought of everything, Horde Prime!"
"Somebody has to..." grumbled Horde Prime in reply, "Now, each of you return to your bases on Earth. I will have Hordak contact each of you when the time for attack is come! You will be supplied with all the contact lenses, goggles, and logos, necessary."
With that, Dr. Claw, the Cobra Commander, and No Heart, were all teleported back to Earth. Horde Prime addressed Hordak directly.
"This is your chance to redeem yourself in my eyes, Hordak!" shouted Horde Prime, "Successfully conquer Earth, and your ineptitude against She-Ra and the Etherian Rebellion will be forgotten. Fail me, however, and I'll..."
"I won't fail you, magnificent Prime!" shouted Hordak, interjecting himself, "The Horde will over run Earth!"
"See that it does!" screamed Horde Prime in final command to Hordak.
With that, Hordak left the Velvet Glove to return to the Fright Zone. However, the actions of the Horde had not gone unnoticed.
Prince Adam of Eternia was lounging about in bed, with Cringer comfortably half asleep next to him, when he suddenly recieved a telepathic message from the Sorceress!
"Prince Adam!" she cried, "You must come to Castle Greyskull at once! Castle Greyskull itself... and the planet that your mother is from... are in grave danger!"
"Earth? Earth is in danger?!" shouted Prince Adam out loud in response.
"Yes, now please come at once to Castle Greyskull!" she telepathically replied, and then fading away.
"Well, Cringer, you heard the Sorceress!" shouted Prince Adam, "You know what this means!"
"Oh, but Adam... a cat my age needs his beauty sleep!" complained Cringer in reply.
"There's no time for that, Cringer!" responded Prince Adam in exasperation, "My mother's planet is in danger! We must change now!"
"By the power of Greyskull!" commanded Prince Adam, unsheathing his sword, and holding it aloft, "I have the power!"
With that, him and Cringer changed into He-Man and Battlecat, and they were quickly off to Castle Greyskull! At the same time, the poor young Rainbow Brite was a captive of the Horde, with her Rainbowland falling to its harsh enemies. Evil was afoot, and action was needed!