The Battle for Kreludor: Part One
Control room, Virtupets Moon Base 32, Kreludor:
Commander Krule stood on the cold metal tiles of the
room and faced the enormous blank screen in front of him. The mutant Grundo
was expecting a call from the space station and the anticipation left him with
a feeling of growing anxiety. He gave a nervous glance to his watch and took
a deep breath. A little ways behind him, two Virtupets officers stood respectfully
with their hands behind their backs. Krule glanced back at them and forced himself
not to show any signs of fear- a good leader never showed any weaknesses and
he always became nervous when talking to the Boss.
The screen before Krule suddenly flickered to
life and shed an eerie green glow of light over his face. The commander straightened
up and watched as the face of Dr. Sloth came into focus.
"Good evening, Commander," Sloth's voice filtered
through the speakers.
Krule saluted and bowed at the same time resulting
in him nearly losing his balance.
"Sir," he stammered. "It's a pleasure to see
you." He gave a weak smile.
Behind him, his two officers exchanged glances.
Sloth frowned. "You know, of course, why I am
"I understand that you wish to discuss the situation
on Kreludor, sir."
"Quite right. The intelligence reports I have
received from your captain seem to indicate a unification of the Resistance
forces. Are you aware that they are setting up an organization to remove all
of our influence from the moon?"
"Of course, sir," Commander Krule lied.
"I have reviewed the information," Sloth continued,
"and I feel it is necessary for us to respond to their recent developments with
as much force as needed. I do not want things to get out of hand on Kreludor."
"Most understandable, sir."
"It is important that Virtupets maintains control
on the moon. I am concerned that the Resistance may influence the local colonies
to become 'anti-Sloth'. Therefore I have devised a plan to permanently remove
all opposing forces from Kreludor so that we can all live in peace. After all,
peace is what I want most for all for Neopia." Sloth smiled sinisterly.
"Peace is what we all want," Krule agreed. At
that moment, he thought he heard a snigger from behind him, but when he spun
around, he saw only his two captains standing loyally and obediently.
Sloth leaned back into a tall chair. "Seeing
as the antis are uniting across the moon, I propose that we merge all of our
Kreludan bases into one force. According to the information I received, the
secret headquarters of the Resistance is close to Base Thirty-two. Therefore
I want this moon base to be the center of our movements. Commander, I am placing
you in control of this operation."
Krule gave a small bow.
"You will have absolute control over the Virtupets
facilities on Kreludor. I want you to unite all of my bases into one force and
create an army. When you are ready, you will lead my minions to victory on Kreludor.
You will destroy the Resistance group. You will ensure that I have Kreludor
under my power," Sloth said. "You will start this immediately. The sooner the
Resistance is destroyed, the better. I have been far too tolerant with them
"Yes sir. I will do my best." Krule tried not
to smirk. He had control over all of Kreludor.
"I expect regular reports of your progress.
I am depending on your success." Sloth's voice faded as the screen turned off.
Commander Krule turned around to face his two
"Captain Dwolt," he addressed a tall Darigan
Scorchio. "I need you to send messages immediately to all of the moon bases
on Kreludor. Tell their officers that I am now in charge of affairs here. I
want them all to send a representative to this base and I need them to come
as quickly as possible. We will hold a conference in a few days and discuss
what is to be done to remove the Resistance."
"Yes, sir." Captain Dwolt saluted and then hurried
from the room.
Krule turned to his other captain. "Zara, you
submitted those reports to Dr. Sloth a few days ago?"
"Yes sir," the shadow Kyrii replied. "I did
not think they were so serious."
"The Boss seems to believe we need to act right
away. He is right, as always..."
"I believe the evidence I uncovered indicates
that the Resistance is planning some kind of attack on us in the near future.
You looked at my reports as well, right?"
"Yes, yes," Commander Krule said with annoyance.
"However, I think you should have waited for my approval before you sent them
"Are you unhappy with the Boss's decision of
placing you in command of Kreludor?" Captain Zara asked.
"No, not at all... but I am concerned that the
responsibility for any failure we have will rest on me. I am not sure how strong
the Resistance is at the moment..."
"As I told you already in my reports, they are
currently growing in numbers and strength. If we act soon, we will be able to
remove them. Our soldiers are well-trained and our spies have infiltrated the
Krule nodded slowly. "I believe we can defeat
them without too much trouble. Zara, I'm going to need your spies to provide
me with constant information about the Resistance's movements. Have you managed
to get an agent into their headquarters yet?"
"No, I am trying to get in myself... it isn't
easy, though. They are very careful about who they talk to." The Kyrii frowned
slightly. "I have been to the nearby Grundo colony in disguise; I am slowly
gaining their trust... These things take time."
"We don't have a lot of time. Dr. Sloth always
expects things to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible," Commander
Krule said. "I want you to talk to your agents. Tell them to gather as much
information as they can. I want one of you to join the Resistance under cover
and get into their headquarters. This must be done right away."
"Yes, sir." Zara gave a small salute and then
left the room.
Commander Krule was left alone. He stroked his
'commander' badge and smirked. All of Kreludor was under his control. Perhaps
eventually Neopia would be as well...
Supply Closet, Virtupets Moon Base 32, Kreludor:
After a few moments of silence, the metal door
to a small supply closet drifted open and a fire Grundo peered out. He glanced
swiftly across the control room and tucked a recording device into his utility
belt. He saw that the Virtupets Commander had currently occupied himself with
a victory speech to an invisible audience. Hiding a smile, the Grundo adjusted
his cloak and stepped into the shadows of the room. He crept behind the computers
and wove through the jungle of wires.
The fire Grundo waited for Commander Krule to
admire his green reflection in a computer screen and then darted to the exit.
The fire Grundo jogged down the empty corridors of the moon base and escaped
through an emergency door. Outside, Kreludor was cool and still. Oen pushed
his hood over his head and then ran out into the Kreludan night. He had a lot
to report to the Resistance.
Hallway 14-B, Virtupets Moon Base 32, Kreludor:
Zara watched as the fire Grundo ran past her.
She had suspected someone had been in the control room and had been waiting
by the nearest exit for them to leave. The Kyrii had pulled a purple space suit
over her Virtupets uniform and had tucked a Virtublaster 3000 in her belt. Zara
left the moon base and followed the path of the Grundo. She crept quietly a
little ways behind him and watched as he turned away from the main road and
down into a lunar ravine.
Command Center, Resistance Headquarters, Kreludor:
The Resistance headquarters was completely empty
except for a royal Lupe. He was peering over a huge map of Kreludor and recording
all of the known Virtupets stations by burning the paper with a laser beam.
He sighed with boredom and glanced at his watch. He knew that at this moment,
somewhere on Kreludor, Doctor Sloth would be meeting with one of his Commanders.
The Lupe tossed the map aside and began to pace
in circles. Sloth would know of their activities by now, he thought. They had
caught several Virtupets spies around the local colonies... it was only a matter
of time before ship loads of Virtutroops arrived to remove the resistance. Retep
knew that the Resistance would not last long if too many reinforcements came
to Kreludor. They had to strike quickly and gain control of the moon bases.
It was not a fight for domination of the moon; it was a fight for freedom. The
Grundos on Kreludor had been oppressed by Sloth for a long time. In some colonies
they were forced to work in Kreludite mines and factories to provide Virtupets
with shiny new weapons. They were paid hardly anything for their work. It was
nothing but slavery, Retep thought angrily. The Resistance would free them,
though. No matter what, they would fight until all of Kreludor was free of Sloth's
Retep's thoughts were interrupted by the sound
of someone knocking on the door. The Lupe unbolted it and saw that a fire Grundo
was standing in the corridor.
"I've been waiting for you for hours, Oen,"
Retep said. "Did you get any information?"
"Definitely," Oen grinned and pulled an electronic
recording device from his belt. "I have the entire meeting recorded."
Retep took the device and turned it on. An image
of Sloth speaking to his commander immediately appeared on its tiny screen.
"I couldn't get much closer, I'm afraid," Oen
said. "I was hiding in a closet during the whole thing."
Retep frowned, "Sloth is ordering his troops
here to unite?"
"Looks like it. And this Krule guy is in charge
of it all."
"We're going to have to act as soon as possible
in response to this. The Resistance may not be strong enough to hold off an
attack made by all the minions on Kreludor."
"We have many good fighters," Oen said, "and
many good spies."
"We're going to have to improve our security
by the looks of things." Retep gestured to the recorder. "It seems that they
are sending Virtupets agents into the colonies."
"I think we can identify them easily enough
if we know what we're looking for. I'm more concerned about how long we'll survive
a military attack." The Grundo picked up the map of Kreludor and spread it out
again on a table. "There are a lot of minions on Kreludor... if they unite,
we will be in trouble."
"They're only minions," Retep said dismissively.
"If they worship Sloth they can't have any intelligence. Defeating them will
hardly take any effort from us."
To be continued...