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Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by The Governor, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. The Governor

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    17th February, Year 7



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    On his way back to Apollo, the Tigernor stalked along a remote dirt track, icy pebbles and frozen dirt clods biting into the fleshy pads of his paws. He was on somethin’ of a sloping ledge that overlooked a small, rocky section of Myrtle Beach. It was one of the less populated places in the area, not a single surfer in the gleaming sea, the mornin’ sun flashing off the waves every now and then.

    A buncha young school kids were on the beach, most of ‘em gathered around the various tide pools, holding crabbing nets and wooden clipboards. They were busy babbling excitedly about their finds, the bright, warm sound of their small voices making him wish that he could join ‘em. The low roar of wind and sea interrupted ‘em every so often, bitter air cracking their waterproof coats and rippling across the downy sand.

    They were being supervised by a coupla adults, no doubt teachers or classroom assistants. He watched one of ‘em, a big matronly kinda woman, cross the beach to check on another of the groups. What he saw tagging along behind her had him jerking to a stop, his limbs jammed up in incredulity. What the hell? Was this some sorta hallucination?

    A gray, jagged shark’s fin was slicing through the sand like it was little more than liquid, stalking up behind the oblivious woman. Damn.

    Before his brain could catch up to him, Philip was leaping off the ledge down on to the beach, powering toward the pair of ‘em, his paws kicking up clouds of grainy sand...

    The shark erupted from the ground, launching its curving body through the air at the woman, its notched teeth shining wetly in the sunlight. She still had no damn idea…

    He pushed himself off the sand, slamming into the side of the shark with a meaty thump. It was like tackling a tire or airbag. They fell to the ground together heavily, the Tigernor sinking his claws into its thick, leathery skin to stop it from diving back under the sand.

    Around the same size as him, it thrashed and squirmed in his precarious grip, striking out with its long tail. He steered clear of its huge jaws, biting and chewing at its stout neck, its blood sweet and fishy. How the hell was he supposed to kill the damn thing?

    The woman had started to scream, her cries echoed by the other adult and most of the kids. He caught a glimpse of more gray, jagged fins slicing through the sand…


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    Yue

    Yukito had only arrived a couple of days ago with much alarm and surprise. Of all the things either of them had expected to happen being dragged to a world from which there was no escape was not one of them. Yuki thought it weird, and had to take a moment to calm Yue from his alarm. What was life, if not a box from which there was no escape? Whether he lived here, or somewhere else, he was going to keep living and the setting didn't matter to him - just the contents. Sakura-Chan was here and this was very good. He would be able to keep an eye on her and Yue would be around in case she required any kind of assistance. She had protection here now, guaranteed. Of course she had Kero-Chan, her faithful friend and assistant but he was so sweet on her could you really rely on him to get the job done?

    Not entirely sure where that thought came from, and convinced Yue was to blame, he gently chastised his other self for being hard on what had to be his own big brother. Not having had any siblings himself, he felt a little left out of the rivalry children born from the same parent seemed to share. Toya and Sakura were he same. If he wasn't stealing food from her plate, he was calling her Kaiju and being kicked in the shins for it. Sister complexes were weird.

    If he were Yue, did that mean he had a brother complex?

    Yukito thought about this as he went to explore a beach he had heard of. It was a little ways out really, and perhaps not ideal for a spur of the moment thing, but maybe he could take Sakura here one day? She would love the beach, especially when it was warmer and if Toya was here then maybe he could persuade him to wear shorts. Or better yet trunks. Yuki blushed lightly at this. Toya was a well sculpted boy and he was privileged to be able to stare at his godly body and be able to pass most of it off as 'spacey Yuki'.

    He was at the edge of the area when he noticed something terribly wrong. Fins were swimming in the sand! This was terrible! They were heading towards that woman. He ignored the bemused and slightly horrified thought of 'Sharks can't swim on sand,' in a dulcet tone that could only belong to his originator as a large tiger jumped into the fray. He thought for a moment it was going to eat the woman! But it attacked the shark instead. The tang of fishy blood and guts curdled the air.

    'I think I prefer it when Keroberos is telling me how miserable I am,'

    'Yue!'

    Unseen by anyone there, Yukito took a few steps back, and had they seen, they would have been greeted with a most unusual sight: a glowing circle bloomed beneath him as wings erupted from his back. Replacing the grey-haired boy with the spectacles was a graceful young man with long flowing white-silver hair and a cold, distant look. Yue immediately flew from his hiding place, drew a moon crystal bow from the ether and took aim.
     
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    Lost in thought, Starscream went over what he had learned over the time he had been here. While most of the inhabitants wanted to find a way home, he didn't seek the same goal as if he and Swindle did end up being sent back where he had come from at the exact same moment he had been pulled here, he was dead.

    Snapping out of his thoughts as he picked some kind of movement up on his scanners, Starscream suddenly banked and headed back the way that he had came. The plane paused to let his passenger out of the cockpit before he suddenly changed shape, its form warping and changing to a giant robot. With Swindle having now climbed out and was now clinging to his shoulder, he landed on the sand.

    Starscream reached up to steady the smaller robot with one hand, the seeker pulled his sword free and dropped into a battle-ready stance. He had been looking for some way to distract himself and fighting whatever lurked under the sand would fit that bill quite nicely.

    He pulled out half his wing, the section unfolding into a blade, the seeker moved - swinging his sword in a well-timed move and it sank into the sand. A second later, he pulled the weapon back out, a shark thrashing on the blade like a fish on a hook.
     
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    The Tigernor sunk his claws into the shark’s gills, tearing off huge strips of thick, blubbery flesh, its blood seeping into the sand. He had to leap back as two more sharks burst out the ground, clamping hold of their maimed and thrashing buddy, ripping it apart and gulping down twitching chunks. Sharp smell of blood must’ve whipped ‘em up into a frenzy.

    In his struggle to take out the shark, he’d missed the new additions to his rescue party. An angel and a goddamn robot. They sure as hell made an odd ass sight... Angel, tiger and robot. Although he should’ve been used to things like that in this odd ass place by now.

    The robot stabbed some kinda sword into the sand, withdrawing it with a shark flailing around on the end. Well… Now… That was sure a different approach to spearfishing. Another shark broke the sand with its large gray head, proceeding to bite down on what passed as the robot’s foot. Good luck chomping through metal, huh?

    “Get off the beach!” one of the adults was screaming at the kids. “Now! Hurry!

    They dropped their clipboards and crabbing nets, screaming shrilly as they raced up the beach toward concrete steps and a raised platform of asphalt, a line of jagged fins chasing after ‘em. The sharks were damn fast. They would reach the children before they could make it to safety.

    The Tigernor let out a half moan, half growl at the angel, which was his only way of requesting his help, before tearing off after the kids and sharks.

    It didn't take him long to reach the back of the odd ass procession. He flung himself at one of the fins, sinking his teeth into the hard, leathery flesh. Spreading out his legs, he managed to stop the shark moving forward by hauling part of its hulking body out the sand, its head and tail remaining underneath.


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  5. With the tiger ripping gleefully into the nearest shark it could get to, people were finally catching on that the ripples in the sand were not a mirage. The heat had not addled their brains, and yes, there were sharks swimming sinisterly among the grains. Panic rose as screeching filled the air. Yue was glad he was up in the sky above it all. He hated a ruckus like that even though it was perfectly natural. He was glad now though, people were protecting their children and themselves.

    He released his moonshard arrow. Not expecting assault from the air and unable to detect it, the shark was quickly impaled on the blue tinged white arrow. The beast struck, the arrow vanished, no longer required to be around now the hole was in the shark. He fired another, the giant fish not quite dead.

    Yue was distracted by an aircraft banking towards them, a person getting out and then it changed shape?! Well now he had seen everything. He supposed it was little different from his own miraculous change from overly happy, overly helpful teen, to surly, aloof, distant magical guardian of the moon. Both seemed as unlikely as each other.

    He was happy there was help. There were many sharks and he wanted this dealt with switfly. For one, he was not supposed to show himself so blazingly without permission, but it was an emergency and he knew, no matter how uncomfortable he felt with the boldness of his actions, Mistress Sakura would much prefer everyone be 'all right', than him keep his secret. Both was preferable of course, but he had yet to truly blow his cover. Sightings of an angel should surely die quickly in a place as bizarre as this.

    The shark, Yue decided as it growled up at him before bounding off, was liking this far too much (and was much more aggressive than Keroberos but not all giant cats could have a penchant for sweets and video games he supposed). He had little thoughts or opinions on the robot. As long as he helped he didn't care either way.

    The excitement of the new arrival and the confusion of the sharks, meant a child was cut off from safety. A fin was zipping ominously towards the frightened crying child. Yue didn't do tears, but he did death even less: landing swiftly he grabbed the young one and launched himself back into the air.
     
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    Slicing the shark he had speared in half, he threw both sections in opposite directions and nodded as one fin detoured to feed on one of the halves instead. Distracted by the action, he glanced down as another tried attacking his foot and he plunged his hand downwards, grabbing the shark then throwing it skywards and opening fire as the smoking body fell back down to the beach.

    Glancing around, he noticed the fleeing crowd and that the rest of the sharks had headed after them, With the urge of battle on him, he took off - hovering just off the sand before moving forwards. Landing behind the shark being restrained by the striped cat, he seized the tail and pulled it backwards in silence, intent on pulling it out of the sand and beheading the beast.
     
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    He carried on clenching hold of the bulky shark with his jaws, his muscles flaring hot as he struggled to keep it from burrowing back under the grimy sand. The robot landed behind the shark, seizing it by the tail as though it was nothin’ more than a goldfish.

    Philip snuffled and snorted his acknowledgement, grudgingly conceding that he was the weakest member of this odd ass rescue party. A goddamn robot and a goddamn angel.

    The angel had just rescued a child, who’d been cut off from the rest of the group, flyin’ ‘em to safety. Some of the kids had reached the weathered concrete steps and were scrabbling up ‘em wildly to the comforting firmness of the asphalt walkway, but there still a helluva lot lurching through the sand, the ragged fins gaining on ‘em with each inch.

    One of the teachers at the back was wrenched straight down into the sand, vanishing from view.

    The Tigernor sprang over to the spot, digging at the sand with his front paws until he unearthed her flailing arm. He grasped hold of her sleeve in his mouth, tryin’ to pull her out the sand, the fabric letting out a sickening shriek. With a grunt, he fell back against the earth on his rump, the ripped sleeve snagged between his fangs. No.

    His spirits sank as a patch of red spread through the sand, coupled with a sharp metallic scent.


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  8. This was one of the most crazy messed up situations he had ever been in! Sharks were supposed to swim in the sea not in the sand! He couldn't detect magic either which he supposed wasn't entirely unreasonable. If he didn't understand that type of magic he probably wouldn't sense it right? Especially if it came from another world where the rules could be completely different. All he knew was it wasn't Sun, Moon, Star or Earth magic, which were the primary power points users drew from. Maybe it was drawing from something else? Who knows really. What he did know was these people needed help otherwise they would die and that would be bad. Yue was grumpy, but he didn't want to see people hurt.

    He reunited the crying child with an adult of no particular qualifications and launched himself back into the air. The arrows had precision, but they were slower than just launching crystals at them so that is what he decided to do next. Flinging rounds of shards at the sharks, four at a time, finished a few off before he noticed trouble on the horizon. And by that, he meant a certain tiger who had asked for help in the first place wasn't doing so good.

    In his intent to save the teacher a shark was getting the jump on the large cat! But luckily Yue had shielding abilities and cast it around both the feline and the ailing teacher. The shark bounced off, its nose hitting the barrier firmly causing a sensory overload. It allowed Yue to finish it off before landing across from the tiger, the woman buried in the sand. He plunged his hands into the sand, reaching down to grab as much of the person he could to pull her up.
     
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    He pulled the shark back further as the big cat moved to try rescuing an unlucky human then stepped on the shark he had in one hand, Beheading the fish, he remembered that several of the fins had converged on the one he had impaled earlier so they were attracted to blood. Grabbing the headless fish, he threw it out in the path of other incoming fins as they stopped and detoured to tear into one of their own kind.

    Moving to stand between the rest of the fins and the smaller beings like he was stepping in so they could help the human without being bothered by the predators, he faced those sharks still incoming and primed his shoulder guns. Targeting one of the fins, he opened fire mercilessly - not stopping in blasting the sand away until the shark was exposed. Starscream then stepped forward and beheaded a second one, throwing the thrashing carcass and its head further out along the beach.
     
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    The Tigernor heard somethin’ tearing up behind him. He snarled and spun around to see a huge gray shark advancing on him, jaws yawning open to reveal a complicated mass of serrated teeth. Hell. There was no time to leap out the damn way.

    Before he could try, anyhow, the angel flung up a shield, the shark crashing into it nose first. Philip snuffled his acknowledgement, watching as the angel plunged a hand into the blood soaked sand, pulling up the woman. But they were too late to help.

    Her head lolled limply around on her neck, her face as white as snow. She no longer had any legs, both bitten off at the thighs, the torn and jagged flesh guttering blood. He hoped the teacher wasn’t in view of any of the kids. They’d spend the rest of their lives having nightmares about her bleeding into the sand, black flies buzzing excitedly around the ragged stumps.

    He shifted his grim gaze on to the robot, who was butchering more of the sharks, then tossing the remains down the beach, the blood and guts sending a thick cluster of the living ones off track. The Tigernor ran with the robot’s idea… Literally ran.

    Philip pounded over to the nearest mangled carcass and bit hold of it by the rubbery tail, dragging it with a grating scrape through the sand. He charged off towards the sea, glancing around his hulking shoulder to see an armada of fins pursuing him. Perfect. He was luring ‘em away from the kids, giving the last of ‘em chance to clear the beach.

    There were still a few stray sharks stubbornly chasing after teachers and students. He hoped the angel and robot would deal with ‘em before their notched teeth hacked through more meat.


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    The tiger was getting in on on the act and as he pulled one of the dead sharks down the beach, Starscream glanced around, checking where his minicon was before moving to intercept the fins chasing the humans while counting how many there were. He wasn't sure where the winged human had gone but that wasn't about to stop his combat practice.

    He swung from one fin to the other, stabbing the sand each time and pulled the sword, now stained with red more and more out again and again. And as he did so, the amount of fins chasing the humans eventually were cut down to none as the sharks who survived stopped to feast on their own kind instead.
     
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    The Tigernor dumped the shark’s mangled remains at the lapping lip of the sea, live ones erupting out the soggy sand to fight over ‘em. He was lucky they were too fixated on the fish blood ‘n’ guts to notice him, the sharp, seaweed stink of it burning in his nostrils.

    Philip tore back off across the beach, kicking up plumes of sallow sand. The last of the teachers and students had cleared the area, and were fleeing down the nearby paved street. He guessed these sharks couldn’t slice through concrete with their fins. That was a real mercy.

    He couldn’t see any sign of the angel, figuring he’d gone to keep an eye on the school group. It looked as though the robot had it all under control, though, huge circles of sand soaked in fish blood. The rare sharks that hadn’t been killed by him, yet, were swarming around their falling pals, making crisp, wrenching sounds as they tore into rubbery muscle and tendon. He’d beat a retreat of his own before they noticed him.

    He pounded past the robot, snorting out an amiable enough thanks and see you again some day, intending to clear the beach and go the same way as the school group. Course that was the intention anyhow…

    A shark burst out the sand to the side of him, jaws gaping open to reveal more of those huge teeth. He managed to brake and rear back to avoid its gaping maw, but it struck out with its thick gray tail, the crack like a bat striking a baseball. The Tigernor was knocked back a crazy number of feet, landing hard on his shoulder and skidding through sand.


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    Swindle was on the street just beyond the beach, having followed the humans to safety. And that meant the seeker had been able to focus more on the battle as the tiger dumped its load and headed back up the sand. Even if the smaller striped creature wanted to leave, he was going to stay and clear the beach of the finned beasts so it was safe for any more organics.

    The furred creature had nearly made it when one of the sharks blindsided him. With a frown, the larger robot moved forward fast, swinging his sword to meet the fish's mouth with one hand, slicing the thing in half lengthways.

    Hurrying away to the fallen tiger without even a glance back, his free hand moved in an attempt to get the tiger on his feet again. If that failed or if he wasn't given enough time for that, he would resort to carrying the cat back up to the street before getting back to work.
     
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    The robot came over to help him, slicing the offending shark in half lengthways with his sword as easily as if it’d been a vegetable or piece of fruit. Philip better not make it angry in case he wound up cut in two. The halves of the shark spilled to the sand, releasing a sharp, fishy smell that you’d find in the kitchen of a bustling seafood restaurant.

    He tensed up as the robot helped him back to his paws, clamping down on the urge to bite in protest at the physical contact. The Tigernor would’ve only broken a fang on that damn metal, then got cut in two… Instead, he snorted his bitter thanks, not pleased with being reduced to a striped bug next to this hulking column of steel.

    Philip turned his head, scanning the whole width of the beach, making sure he hadn’t missed a single teacher or student. There was only the mangled corpses of sharks bleeding into the sand, along with a rare few live ones tearing strips off ‘em. Nothin’ the robot couldn’t handle on its own. Hell. It probably could’ve handled all of ‘em on its own.

    The Tigernor began to pad towards hard land, pausing to give the robot a lingering look and questioning growl. He’d hang on if it needed his help, otherwise he’d leave the beach, check the school group were awright, then skulk off somewhere private to rest. His jaws and limbs throbbed dully from the fight, but it was nothin’ that’d take days to heal.


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    With the tiger back on his feet, Starscream glanced down as one shark got too bold for its own good and reared up out of the sand to chomp on his foot. Shaking his head as the creature's teeth shattered instead, he grabbed the thing's jaw before it could flee and dispatched it with a single shot.

    That done, he glanced at the tiger as he continued to leave and gave the furred creature a nod of respect, if the creature wished to leave, so be it - he may have been injured by the sneak attack and need to recharge.

    Yet he almost admired the tiger's determination and quick thinking in combat - it would be interesting if he met the striped beast again in the near future. But for now, he spun on his heel and moved back down the sand, mentally counting how many sharks were left and charged, brandishing his blade with a practiced ease.
     
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    The robot gave a nod, indicating that he could handle the remaining sharks on his own. Perfect. Philip would check on the school group, then head off somewhere to rest if they were awright.

    He softly rumbled out his acknowledgement to the robot, then cleared the beach, leaving behind those rounded patches of blood soaked sand. The Tigernor guessed the official authorities would arrive soon, check out these land sharks. Figure out whether it’d happen again.

    Philip kinda hoped the sharks would attack this coastline again, giving him an opportunity to complete more good deeds. Course he wouldn’t wanna take ‘em on without a little backup from an angel or a robot or anythin’ else this world decided to throw at him.

    He loped off down the street, disappearing from view.


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