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The Neopian Times Week 22 > Articles > The Sloth/Brain Tree Conspiracy

The Sloth/Brain Tree Conspiracy

by kittykat4511

During one of my many excursions to the NeoPets Battledome, my pet Kari4511 told me she wanted to go fight in the one-player dome. I decided she was strong enough, so we traveled the dark underground corridors of the Battledome until we emerged in the one-player Battle-Ring. We were surrounded by massive creature from all over the length and breath of Neopia. We saw NeoPets being carried away on stretchers, NeoOwners tending to their defeated NeoPets with healing potions and Healthshrooms. The Water Faerie from the Healing Springs was on-call, trying to help as many pets as she could.

Over in a corner we could see exhausted pets practicing their skills against a beaten-up Punchbag Bob, Their owners cheering the on from the sidelines. With pain we saw one owner, a scared NeoPet in hand, heading off to the Adoption Pound. A NeoPet could make or break its Battledome career here, and with some owners, that was all that mattered.

I leaned down to Kari4511. "Kari4511, are you sure you want to fight here?"

She smiled up at me. "I've trained for this day for months," she said. "I've been with Captain Threelegs and Ryshu the Master Nimmo, I've fought scores of pets in Quickfights. The Pant Devil stood no chance against me (at least until he stole my staff of Nova)." She paused. "Kittykat4511, I won't fight if you don't want me to. But I would like to." She hoped into my arms and gave me that warm, winning smile she knew would make me give in.

"Oh, all right!" I said, laughing. "Who first?"

She ran over to the desk clerk and requested her file on who had challenged her. She scanned the list. "Well, I've never fought Harry, the Mutant Moehog. Oh here we go! The Flaming Meerca. I fought him once, and lost. Let's try again."

I requested the location of the Flaming Meerca's Ring. The desk clerk gave it to us, smiled and gave Kari4511 a pat on the head for good luck. Kari4511 got in line, and I was told to sit in the ringside seats. It wasn't long before Kari4511's turn came. I saw her enter the ring, and the flaming Meerca rose to its feet.

Well, needless to say, it was an overwhelming victory. After that she conquered, in order, Harry the Mutant Moehog (twice!), The Esophagor and, due to some bad decisions, Sabre-X. By this time we were both feeling mildly invincible, and Kari4511 decided to take on one of the biggest challengers of all time. The Brain Tree.

The battle was long and hard. In the end, my beautiful Acara, Kari4511 was defeated. I waited for her outside the ring to congratulate her, but when she came out she had an odd look on her face. I plucked her up and gave her a small healing potion. "Kari4511?" I said. "Are you okay?" she blinked twice, and turned to stare into my eyes. "The Brain Tree... he's been helping Sloth!!!"

I wouldn't have been more surprised if she had just told me a Jubjub had killed three hundred. I walked with her over to the recovery area and sat her down. "Kari4511, are you positive? How could you know that?"

"Because," she said simply; "he told me." She paused. "We were fighting hard. His blows were really painful. I'd just begun to think I'd made a mistake when I though I'd got my second wind. I struck him fiercely, real hard right in the trunk. But it wasn't enough. He seemed... pleased... with my strength. Just as I started to fall back, he whispered to me. He said: 'I've never told anyone this before, but Sloth comes to me for advice.' I was so shocked I could barely concentrate, and I lost really fast. But Kittykat4511, do you know what this means?"

I sure did. It meant that The Brain Tree could be funneling Neopia secrets to Sloth. Maybe he was partially responsible for NeoPet Version Two! The Brain Tree is one of the smartest creatures in Neopia, maybe he assisted Sloth against Sakhmet! I sat down heavily. Kari4511 nuzzled against my arm, pretty much recovered from her defeat. "Kittykat4511?" she said.

"Uh?" was the only answer I could get out.

"We have to expose The Brain Tree. We can't let him hurt any more NeoPets."

I hugged her to me. "Yes, you're right. And we'll stop doing his quests!!!"

The tale you have just read is true. All of it. Feel free to Neomail me if you want more information, if you wish to join the fight, or if you need more proof about the Brain Tree/Sloth collaboration.

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