Saturday, June 14, 2014

Episode 6: The Sword of Thunder

Note: Because this is a longer episode, episode 7 will be released on Saturday, the 21st. This is to give more time for people to catch up.
Episode 5 recap
          After obtaining the Elite Stone of Water, David and company found another Elite Stone in a museum. After talking to the curator, they learned there was a thief stealing gems but then returning them later. Figuring the Daelian forces were not far behind, David decided best to grab the Elite Stone as soon as possible. True to his gut, that night, the Daelians infiltrated the museum. However, once he defeated them, the thief, called Knaidow appeared and, after giving more details about the Nellenion history, took off with the Elite Stone.

EPISODE 6: The Sword of Thunder

The following day, the three travelers left San Eduardo and changed directions. This time they headed north along the Eastern border to a city called Plotarch. It was interesting because this time, two signals appeared and they had to decide which one to go after. However, soon after they arrived in town, Jenny noticed something.
“The signal’s gone,” she declared.
“Which one?” The professor asked.
The professor pulled the van over to take a look at Jenny’s phone.
“This hasn’t happened before, right?” David asked the fair youth.
“No. The signal only disappears after it has been claimed,” she explained. “So I guess we’re too late.”
 “So the Daelians beat us to them,” David sighed.
“That’s not necessarily true. It could have been your friend from the museum too,” the professor threw out there. “Well since we can’t search right now, we might as well get some food.”
After stopping to eat, David remembered he had something for Jenny.
“Uh. Jenny?” he started no idea what to say but he knew it should be done sooner rather than later. “I wanted to apologize about yesterday.” “It’s okay,” Jenny interrupted. “You were only trying to be nice. I understand.”
“Well, I still got you something if that’s alright,” he began with a little smirk. “I found it last night and thought it might be able to replace your pendant.”
Jenny was about to explode at him again thinking he still didn’t understand until David pulled out the pendant and gave it to her. Then, she did explode, but this time out of joy. She was speechless and so happy that she hugged and pecked him on the cheek, something that David had no complaints for. It definitely was a good way to start things off. Jenny even began to disclose some of her inner thoughts and secrets.
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” she said ecstatically. “You don’t know how much this means to me! Not only is it the last gift from my mother and the only link to my lost brother…” she stopped herself. “Let’s just say it’s really important to me. Even more now,” she concluded.  “I don’t know what I would even do without you anymore,” she declared. The whole thing sure made her chatty and the only way to stop her would have been to offend her. No way David was gonna do that now.
“You’re like my brother Zack!” she finally belted out. “Sure he was a bit overprotective but older brothers are like that and I always admired him for that. You both got me out of so much trouble. I would probably be dead by now if it weren’t for any of you two. Thank you so much!” She squeezed him again. Things could have possibly gotten better but they soon got worse. Perhaps the one guy in the world that David did not want to see appeared.
“Well, well. If it isn’t the stutterer?” declared a large and heavy teen of David’s height.
“N-Nero?!” cried David, stuttering in the process. Things had definitely had turned for the worse.
“Oh wow! You have a girlfriend now? Wait till everyone at school hears this. Don’t you hate women?” taunted the fat boy.
“I never s-said that!” exclaimed the accused in defense. This was probably the weakest state of mind Jenny had ever witnessed David in. It would have been hard for anyone to believe that this guy could be a hero.
“Really?” said Nero. “I could swear that you have a tendency to laugh at them with some of the teachers.”
“How about you fix yourself before you make such accusations?!” David retorted. He was about ready to let loose a punch when Jenny slammed a pie at Nero’s face. He wasn’t happy about that, but then something clicked in his head and he was unusually happy again.
“So she is your girlfriend,” laughed Nero. The torment of David was something that he thoroughly enjoyed when he had the chance.
Jenny, despite wanting to hear David’s response, stepped in with an admonishing tone. “Excuse me, but who are you?”
Nero, taken back by this sudden reproach from her, replied “Nero, a friend of David.”
“More like a bully!” she retorted in a rising tone. “I’m David’s friend and I am not a fan of bullies.”
“What are you going to do about it?”
“Tell you to stop it and leave us alone. That is the quick and easy way… for you.”
The big bully laughed. “No way,” he said. “This is too much fun. So you can move aside, girly. Oh that’s even better! David has to be defended by a girl! Hahaha!”
The next thing anyone knew, Nero was face-down on the ground with Jenny holding his arm in a lock. Her quick movements were flawlessly executed and Nero never had a chance. The professor came back with food in his hands. He set it and bent down to talk to the bully.
“You must have done someone really nasty to get my daughter to show off her black belt skills. So I think you owe an apology.”
“I didn’t do anything!” Nero claimed.
“Words meant to incite are as good as the first punch. That means you are still guilty of starting a fight, despite the fact you never had a chance,” the professor lectured. He then turned to his daughter and with a stern face told her to release the boy.
The humiliated boy ran off. Some people had actually taken pictures of the situation and others were praising the girl. Nevertheless, the girl’s father still rebuked her actions.
“Unless he actually intends to hurt you, you shouldn’t be using force. Violence does not solve problems. It only delays and escalates them.”
“Yes, father,” Jenny nodded. However, she quickly turned to David with a less than sympathetic tone. “So what was that about, David? I’ve seen you come to my aid, but when a bully comes around, you just sit there and follow his lead?” Not even waiting for a response, she grabbed her sandwich and walked off.
David just sat there, trying to comprehend it all. It happened way too fast for him. One minute, Jenny is praising him, the next she’s fighting a bully for him, and then she walks away upset at him. He was about to get up and go after her, but the professor motioned him to sit and explain. After the youth finished spilling the details with Zel’s aid, the professor sat back and thought for a moment.
“Interesting,” the professor muttered to himself. The youth had to coax him into going more depth. The professor continued, “I’m guessing that she’s more disappointed in you than angry. Either way, she’s upset. It could be because she had just compared you to Zack, but you also just failed in that department. I can’t say that’s exactly what happened. The whole thought process can go by in a second, and there may have been other triggers you never noticed. For right now, let’s just eat and let her calm down.”
David had a feeling the professor had a better understanding of his daughter than he was saying. However, he also noticed that Mr. Lokaf was hinting to drop the topic. After eating, David decided to walk around as well. Eventually, he wandered to a deserted alleyway.
“So what are you gonna do now?” said the voice from his cell.
“Zel… I have no idea,” uttered the sulking David. “Can you track her down for me?” he requested, thinking he would just figure out something when he found her.
“Are you sure you want to do that?” The Asen asked.
“Yeah. Let’s see happens from there.”
Following the signal from Jenny’s Neot, he found her getting ice cream with another guy with short black hair, almost like a bowl cut but not quite. He did not see the guy’s face, but could see he had a good build. Deciding it was pointless, David didn’t even attempt. Walking away before she could see him, he wandered the streets.
“Oh! Hello, Reid!” she greeted with a smile.
The black haired boy responded courteously, “Hi, Jenny. How are you doing today?”
“Good,” Jenny answered. “It’s nice to see an old friend out here,” she disclosed.
“Yeah, tell me about it. It’s funny too. We just happen to run into each other here. How long has it been since camp? A couple years?”
“Just about.”
“So how you long do you think you’ll be in town?” Reid asked. Jenny explained that she had no idea. She thought yesterday would have been it but her dad hadn’t finished his business. Then out of the blue she got a little excited on what she had to tell Reid.
“Oh! By the way, I made a new friend!” she expressed gleefully and ever so proud. What could it possibly mean to Reid that she made a new friend or not? Was it not to be assumed that someone like her could easily make friends? Yet Reid did not care because he understood.
“That’s great!” he said supportively. “I remember at camp you had some trouble making friends. It’s a shame too because you’re a good one. So what’s your friend like? Is he or she cool?”
Jenny smiled at the compliment but did not hesitate to answer her friend’s question. “It depends. He does have a sweet heart and even found my pendant for me after it got stolen. But he seems to also be weak-minded at times. I don’t know what to think of him and…” She began to blush. Reid had to push her to finish her statement. When she finally spoke, she uttered, “and I wonder what he thinks of me.”
Reid laughed. He then said with encouragement, “If he’s your friend, then he better think well of you. Otherwise I’ll come by and teach him a thing or two.” Jenny hugged him and then his watch beeped. “I’m sorry, Jenny. I gotta go. Hopefully this friend of yours realizes how lucky he is to have someone like you care for him.”
            Jenny blushed with embarrassment and was about to yell out something as he ran off but held it back.
David returned to the alleyway and started moping.
“Now what’s the matter?” Zel asked slightly annoyed.
“I feel like I’ve failed to impress her, and now she’s with another guy.”
“Seriously? You’re already interested in a relationship with her? I don’t want to even have to deal with this right now. How about we talk about something else? There’s something you might want to see.”
“What is it?” David asked. He wasn’t in the mood for something yet he knew he needed to get out of his pitiful self-pity.
“I’m surprised you haven’t asked this yet. Have you ever wondered how to obtain new neocards?” the Asen led the youth. “There’s a store your Neot can connect to. There, using points you automatically accumulated from defeated Daelians and DE neomon, you can purchase more neocards.”
“That sounds cool. So there’s a catalogue of neocards I can access?”
“Exactly. I’ll bring it up for you.” The Asen loaded a screen on David’s Neot. The youth took notice of the points he had and browsed the catalogue.
“Considering the situation last night, it might be useful to be able to disappear,” David thought to himself. He looked and purchased a smoke screen neocard.
“It might also be a useful offensive tool,” Zel added.
“I have a better idea in mind for offense. This sonic sword neocard appears to launch a sword wave after it’s swung,” he said as he purchased the card.
“But it’s limited. Once you swing it twice, it’s gone,” Zel warned him.
“I know, I read the description fully, but it’s also powerful. It can equal my charge shot any day.”
Soon, they heard sirens and a scream coming from the plaza square. After running to catch a glimpse of the scene, the youth found Daelians threatening the people after displaying some of their power. All appeared like hallow forms except for one. This Neostiker had a blue and gray color scheme but also looked heavy. In one of his hands, he held cannon. It was attached to a cable of some sort with connected to the Neostriker’s back. The youth found this interesting until he noticed a second cannon actually attached to the warrior’s back.
 “Alright, my demands are simple. If you comply, then no one will be hurt. All I want is the Elite Stone!” shouted the heavy Neostriker. David was safely outside of immediate danger but everyone seemed scared. The police arrived and pulled their guns.
“Freeze!” ordered the police chief, but the sergeant laughed at them. “Do you think that puny gun can scare us?” he called out. “It should,” was the response from the police. At that, the Daelian dared them to shoot. One officer, losing his composure fired his entire round at the Neostriker but they bounced off with no effect.
David watched from a safe distance as all of this was happening. “Zel, these guys are in trouble,” he said. “They’re not alone either,” Zel replied. “Jenny is in that crowd. Just because those bullets won’t harm the Daelian, one shot from that cannon could kill anyone.”
Knowing his duty, David ran off where his identity could be safe. Returning to the scene, Neocyx arrived just as the Daelian was ready to execute ten citizens. He activated the Nellenion field just in time to intercept the Daelian fire, keeping everyone else safe.
Being that it was just David against the ten hollow forms and himself, the Daelian sergeant ordered his minions to attack. However, Neocyx was getting used to combat and was able to defeat them easily and with the help of his newly bought sonic sword. This weapon, though limited to only a couple swings per neoformation, sent out a sword wave to attack at a distance. It was David’s favorite neocard weapon.
“Who are you?” demanded the Daelian sergeant as he glared at his opponent since it was just the two of them.
“Me? Oh I guess I should tell you,” responded the fox not seriously. He stood and coughed like some people do when they want to clear their throat before giving a speech. Then, in his best impression of a Spaniard’s accent he answered, “My name is… What was it again? Ah yes. Amigo Montana!”
“Cut the wisecracks, you bastard!” the fat sergeant yelled, pointing his cannon.
“Language, man! You seem to think you’re high and mighty but you aren’t. Why should I tell you who I am? That’s so cliché. It basically demands for a stupid response.”
“Because it’s proper to tell your executioner who you are.”
“I don’t know. Everyone else seems to tell their name. There’s always some banter between two enemies when they are alone. Cliché or not, it’s what we’re supposed to do.”
“Well, if we’re going to be proper, then I guess I should. Name’s Neocyx. Pleasure to meet you,” and he bowed.
“Same to you. I’m Cannor. Prepare to die!”
            They began their duel. The Daelian attached his canno to his back and used them both as a jetpack and launched into the air where he took one cannon out and began firing a flurry of blasts. Neocyx soon learned that there was no end to these blasts. They had a quick reload time and were powerful. Likewise, the one cannon as a jetpack worked as a stabilizer, meaning he could stay in the air with no problem. All the Shadow Fox could do was run in circles, hoping to dodge every single blast. At least he was succeeding thanks to the boosts from neo dash neocard.
            As he was running, the fox attempted to fire his own blasts at Cannor but he quickly found out that one of the Daelian’s shots was as powerful as his charged shot. Canoor finally gave Neocyx a break. The Shadow Fox looked at his adversary and found him charging up his cannon. The heavy opponent then fired a powerful laser which David barely avoided.
            Trying to take advantage of the cool-down period, Neocyx fired a charged blast of his own, but the Daelian cannon quickly recharged and negated the shot.
            “This is going to be hard,” David said while regaining his breath.
            “You certainly are going to get your exercise with him,” Zel replied.
            “Oh thanks, for the good news,” the youth replied sarcastically. “Can you analyze him and find any weak points?” The Daelian began his barrage and the Shadow Fox was once again on the run, but even when he was relatively close, the unending barrage kept from getting in range.
            “Well, he hasn’t moved from that spot the entire battle. He’s practically a tank stationed to fire artillery rounds. This means that in his design he must have focused all of his power into those cannons and its reload time. As a result he must have sacrificed any close combat weapons and movement boosts.”
            “Yeah, I can only fire like three or four shots before I have to let my gun recharge. He can keep it up as long as he wants if he doesn’t charge that laser again. Now if only I could get close. Even though he’s big, he has good rotation in the air. I can’t get behind him.”
            “Actually that might be your opening,” Zel observed. “He’s up high enough that it might seem like everything is covered, but since he’s so big, there’s one spot he can’t protect.”
            “But I tried running underneath him and he could aim at me,” the youth protested.
            “But if you get some air, then the blast will miss you. He’s just high enough that he can aim at the ground, just jump and you’ll be fine,” the Asen explained.
            Attempting Zel’s plan, Neocyx dashed toward the center. Once he got underneath, he fired a charged shot. Like Zel said, once he was in the air, any shot from Cannor missed. However, unlike his opponent, David could not stay in the air long. He had to be sastisfied with that one hit and that he found an opening. Unfortunately, the Daelian realized it and came down before the Shadow Fox could return.
            Now that he was on the ground, Cannor took out his second cannon and made it a more difficult course for Neocyx.
            “I thought I had that covered, but you’re more clever than I thought,” the Daelian called out.
            “Are you sure it isn’t ‘cleverer’?” the youth called back. This caused the Daelian to pasue for a second until he noticed the Shadow Fox coming closer.
            “You trickster! I’m not letting you get close to me!” he shouted in outrage for falling for it. The fury of the blasts resumed and the Cannor attempted to catch him in a trap. He aimed the two cannons on opposite sides of Neocyx and tried to bring them closer together. However, this failed when David performed a backflip and switched directions.   
            “Zel,” David began after performing this feat. “Is it just me or are his shots getting slower?”
            “No, your reflexes are getting better. Because he has been using the same attack over and over again, you are naturally learning how to overcome it.”
            “You’re right!” the youth exclaimed, now with a second wind. “I can anticipate the paths of his shots just fine. That means, I can finally get closer!”
            After another shift in direction, the Shadow Fox began his approach toward Cannor using a zig-zag pattern varied in distance and speed. Soon enough he was in range to attack with his sword. He slashed twice before getting knocked back by the two lasers, but the saiber armor protected him from one.
            David gained some satisfaction from Cannor’s face. Even though the face was covered by the helmet, the youth could see in the eyes that the Daelian was uneasy about that feat. He was also very uncomfortable as the Shadow Fox got closer. That’s when David realized that the closer he got, the more inaccurate Cannor’s attacks were.
With this new knowledge in hand, David decided to use something he had been holding back ever since he got it. Before, he never really needed to use it. It wasn’t even that he needed it now, but his pride was aching and he wanted to prove to himself that he had power. He put away his blades and then started dashing toward Cannor with just a fist. The Daelian fired his shots but Neocyx was focused. He easily evaded each spread and was in range of a slash. Cannor attempted to fire another shot at point blank, but before he knew it, Neocyx had been enveloped in a flaming aura and soon powered the fox’s knockout blow. He struck with a blazing uppercut that launched the Daelian back as Neocyx rose. The power of Elite Fire had neofied Cannor and for some reason, it did not surprise David that it was Nero.
“Well, that’s it. I guess I should leave him to the authorities. At least I probably won’t have trouble with him in school anymore,” the youth thought to himself.
He turned around to leave when, all of a sudden, he got hit by a strong yellow blast that sent him flying back. When he got up to see who his attacker was, he saw something he did not like. Another Neostriker with black and yellow colors had appeared. The helmet was all black save for the red outline around the eyes. David could see beyond the mask and noticed a few scars and some rough dark brown hair inside the mask. To add to his worries, this was a mega form. David knew what form this was and that it was not a friend.
“Colonel Crawn!” Nero yelled out. “Good timing. Now you can hurry up and kill this guy!”
The new Neostriker turned and faced Nero. He then walked toward him slowly but the pace struck fear into Nero. When the colonel came to him, there was no comforting news. He took out a sword shaped with four bolts. The hilt was cast of magnificent gold and the blade was no less impressive. Its name was Thudron. “You have failed,” were the first words out of his mouth. “And what was this I hear about you threatening the civilians?”
“T-they wouldn’t comply with my request!” Nero shouted in defense. “They wouldn’t hand over the Elite Stone!” Just then, he started acting up, as if an invisible force was choking him. He cried out in a raspy voice, “Please. Give me some dark energy.”
“YOU FOOL!” Crawn shouted in rage. “They wouldn’t know what that was. All you have done is betray the Daelian cause! There is no room for scum like you! This decision comes from the top.” Before Nero could protest or even reveal to Crawn that Neocyx had an Elite Stone, he died.
“You wouldn’t save your own ally?!” Neocyx yelled in astonishment.
“Would you support an order like what he gave? No. I do not work with such people. I joined the Daelian army to protect, not kill the innocent.”
“Protect? Yeah right! You’re a Daelian, all you care about is destruction and chaos!”
“And what are you exactly?” responded the mega form. “A guardian? Very well then, Guardian. If you are so adamant that you can possibly defeat me, go ahead and try proving your point with your blade.”
Taking the dare, David got up and rushed in with his shock sword to slash. As he swung his sword, however, Crawn parried with Thudron and sliced the blade in half! After which, he grabbed Neocyx by the cloak and threw him over, leaving the fox speechless and in defeat.
“That is a mere sample of my power. But out of thanks for stopping that scum known as Cannor, I’ll spare you this time. I hope you are stronger the next time we meet. Otherwise it will be a waste of my time.” With those words, the Daelian left. Neocyx was still on the ground feeling sorry for himself. The police gathered around, having not yet determined if Neocyx was a threat or not. Using the smoke screen neocard, David escaped into the crowd.
After everything settled down, Jenny found David in an alley sulking. Zel had to tell him that he had an audience for him to notice her. After glancing at her, he just went back to sulking, not with tears, but still with his head down in his legs. He kept muttering but it was incomprehensible. Jenny, having feeling some sympathy sat down next him and tried to console him.
“Don’t worry. It’s okay,” she said. Despite how soothingly she said it, there was no effect on David. In his mind, he was weak and an idiot. He felt so high from his win, he attacked someone he knew he had no chance against. He was also shocked to see his bully dead. He knew now how serious things were becoming.

Episode 7: Wind Storm

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