Rage Alone III: Ambitions - Part One
Far above the surface of Neopia, on the dark side of Kreludor,
a Virtupet battle cruiser hid from the eyes and sensors of the station and all
Neopets on it. The ship's hull was as black as the expanse of space, and the lights
on the turrets and along the bridge wore an eerie, crimson glow. It stretched
nearly three kilometers long and one kilometer wide. The gun placements stretched
across both sides, along the top and bottom, and even places between the two main
engines in the back.
In the cold, dark captain's room, where there
was nothing but a desk with a small computer resting on it at the center, and
a massive window stretched across the back wall, a figure watched over the surface
of Neopia past the moon. The tall figure wore a thick, black cape over his body,
and his eyes had a slight glow to their redness.
The door behind him opened, and a large, bulky,
green Grundo stepped into the room. One hand was adorned with a Mutant Gauntlet,
and a pair of Roboto Shoulders guarded his upper torso. In a voice as deep as
space, the Grundo said to the figure, "Welcome back, Sloth. Did you get the
information you needed?"
Dr. Sloth continued to look through the window
as he responded with a bland voice, "Not entirely. There's still something to
be done before we can continue with the plan."
The Grundo asked, "Something inconclusive about
"No," Sloth answered, "I know all I need about
the crystal. What I need is the location, and I know just who to go to for it."
Sloth turned around and ordered, "Prepare a drone to go down the planet's surface.
I'll be guiding it from here myself."
After a few seconds of silence, the Grundo said,
"Master, is that a wise choice? We are still trying to keep in hiding from the
Neopets. A drone could attract some unwanted attention."
Sloth returned his gaze to the window and told
the Grundo, "It won't matter either way. Once we have the location, all will
The Grundo nodded his head before he left the
room. A matter of minutes afterwards, the monitor on Sloth's computer lit up
with the drone interface. The sound it caused Sloth to turn around to notice
it and he sat down to control it.
The visual from the probe showed a bright light
from when it entered the atmosphere of Neopia. Sloth's eyes didn't blink once
as he activated reverse thrusters to slow its decent. The light subsided to
show the forests and plains several miles south of Neopia Central. As the probe
continued to drop in altitude, the ground became closer to the drone's camera
until it impacted the ground with a couple seconds of static. When the picture
returned, the drone was being brought two feet above the ground by the engine
on the bottom.
Sloth took a disc from the pocket of his cloak
and inserted it into his computer. Within a minute, the sensors isolated an
energy signature a kilometer west of its location. With a grin on his face,
Sloth directed the drone to head straight for it.
Meanwhile, at the location where the drone was
nearing, Jyrados, the shadow Shoyru, slowly walked with his friends. There was
Draicus, a red Buzz, Simpha, a silver Zafara, and Gorrem, a red Eyrie. None
of them were at full energy, as they had just finished the battle with the Techo,
Simpha whined to the others, "How much longer?
I'm exhausted and we've been walking since yesterday. Shouldn't we have gotten
home by now?"
Gorrem sighed and told him in a tired voice,
"We should reach it by nightfall. We're all tired and want to go home, but it's
not like we have too much of a choice here."
Jyrados, who was being held up by Gorrem as
they walked, quietly said, "I think I'm feeling a little better. I can probably
walk on my own now to speed things up."
Draicus chuckled and said, "You feel better,
but that's because you've gotten some rest. I'm sure if you tried to walk the
rest of the way, you would collapse in no time."
Jyrados tried to laugh, but more coughs came
out than laughs. "I can handle myself, Draicus. Thanks for the concern, though."
Gorrem gradually took Jyrados' arm off his shoulder
and let him walk on his own power. Jyrados stumbled a little, but regained his
balance enough to walk. It wasn't a good pace, but it was still enough to keep
up with them.
Rather suddenly, Simpha stopped in his tracks
and his ears perked up. He looked at the others and asked, "Does anyone else
hear a slight whistling sound?"
The other looked around in curiosity and just
shrugged. They continued their except for Simpha who kept looking around the
area. Nothing was in sight behind them, but when he looked to his right, he
noticed a light off in the distance. He pointed to it and yelled, "Over there!
Everyone looked over and saw the light, which
came closer at a fast rate. They didn't know what to do, so they waited to see
what it was. When it became clear, it looked to be a sphere of metal twice the
size of a basketball with a lens at the front and a thin, blue flame holding
it up. Just below the lens was a small door with a tesla coil extended from
The drone stopped five meters from the Neopets
and pointed the tesla coil straight at Jyrados. A charge of electricity surrounded
the coil, and Simpha instinctively jumped at the drone with a foot extended.
Just before making contact with it, an energy barrier rippled and singed his
foot before sending him flying several feet away. He landed on his back, and
had trouble returning to his feet to do anything further.
Before the others could react, a green particle
beam shot out from the coil and struck Jyrados in the chest. He fell straight
to the ground, which is when a beacon no larger than a nickel flew out and attached
itself to Jyrados' left wing. Instantly, he dematerialized from the surface
The drone remained still after that long enough
for the others to charge at it. When they slammed into its hull, there was no
barrier in the way. The drone's engines shut off and it slammed to the ground.
Without the others doing anything else, the lens cracked and smoke rose from
the compartment with the coil. They stood there and stared in awe; unsure of
what happened to Jyrados, what the machine was, or why it attacked them.
Sloth muttered a laugh through his grin, which
turned into a maniacal laughter with a huge smile on his face. The screen showed
a malfunction message and he closed the interface as he said to himself, "This
is too perfect."
On the ship's speakers, the Grundo said, "Dr.
Sloth to the bridge. We have a situation, sir."
Sloth immediately rose from his chair and exited
the room, and straight into the bridge. Along the walls of the bridge were computer
consoles with Grundos both big and small manning the controls. At the forward
section of the bridge was a screen covering the majority of the thirty-foot
wall. On the screen was a three-dimensional diagram of Neopia, Kreludor, and
the Virtupets Space Station. Outlined between them was a line stretching from
the surface of Neopia to Kreludor, then a red light showing the position of
the cruiser. At the center of the room was a chair with a control panel on both
sides, and the Grundo who Sloth spoke with before.
As Sloth walked to his seat, the Grundo announced,
"The transmissions between you and the drone was picked up by the sensors on
our old station. It'll be a matter of time before we're discovered."
Sloth responded, "I fried the internal systems
of the drone, so they won't get anything useful from it. As for the signal,
I routed it through a relay station on Kreludor to slow them up. We have the
prisoner in our holding cell now, so everything is according to plan."
The Grundo replied, "It will only be a matter
of time before they see where the station relayed the message to. Sensors estimate
seven minutes, which isn't enough time for an interrogation."
Sloth laughed and said, "This vessel wasn't
built to hide. Let them send what limited space forces they have. They will
know the power of the Virtuclaw's defense systems. Bring all weapons online."
The crew waited to see what the ship's sensors
would pick up. After four minutes passed, one of the Grundos behind Sloth turned
around and said, "Sir, we have something on radar. It's too small to be another
ship, and moving fast."
Sloth looked at his control panel and brought
up the hostile signature on the main screen. His eyes narrowed and he said,
"Well now, this is rather unpleasant. It's the space faerie. Charge the primary
weapon. If she thinks we haven't been planning for this, she's mistaken."
"Sir," responded a Grundo to his left, "the
weapon is fully charged and waiting for your command."
Another Grundo to his back-right said, "Two-hundred
kilometers... one-fifty... one-hundred... fifty..."
As Sloth bared his teeth into a smile and his
eyes filled with a sadistic rage, he said, "Fire."
To be continued...