Orchestrated By C.M. Rich (Magnetman)
This takes place directly after "Kill Now, For Elysium Awaits".
"Alright, what say we get out of this dump?" Saturn said.
Quint nodded, and after limping over to the navigation controls of the Marauder the ship roared to life as it prepared to takeoff. "Where to?"
Then, Vulcan suddenly bolted up. His eyes darted frantically around the room as if he had just lost something.
There was only a dreadful silence. "Now that you mention it, I haven't seen the guy at all since we started our attack," Jade said.
Vulcan tried contacting Makenshi through his communicator. When all he heard was static, his cigar dropped to the floor. The Jersey Devil started to panic, and he trudged over to the Marauder's exit. "Open the door! I have to find him!"
"Stop!" BrightBabe caught Vulcan just in time as he collapsed from fatigue. "You're too damaged to move!"
"To hell with that!" Vulcan roared. "He's gotta be out there!"
"Calm down, when was the last time you saw him?" Saturn inquired.
"We were in the lake when the guy got whisked away by a sea monster or sumthin'," Diveman muttered to answer his question.
"Do not worry, we will go look for him," Riff stated, and the hatch opened as the Fatal Five dashed out. A couple RPD units followed.
--------------------Captain Spiegel explored the shadow that had once been the RPD HQ. He had to search for survivors, but there was no luck. Until he came across a familiar female doctor in a lab coat, huddled with her face hidden. "Natalie! Thank God you're alive!" But when he approached her he heard sobs.
--------------------Waveman chuckled quietly to himself as he reeled in his catch. It was the first time he had seen him in his armor, but there was no doubt in his mind that this was his phony that he had in his grasp. The fools that were with Makenshi: Diveman and Starman had abandoned him. Morons. Did they not expect that after being spotted they could still just walk into the fortress? No, something will be waiting for each of them the moment they stepped foot in. Meanwhile, he got to have his impostor, all to himself. And at last, he arrived in a different area of the lake, a place where he could play with his new catch in privacy.
--------------------The world was fading. Makenshi thought he was being carried somewhere, but the pain was demanding far too much attention. Although he didn't need to breathe while in his armor, his human habits still caused him to gasp for air as the tentacles continued to constrict him. He had to do something, or else it would be all over. But it was hard to concentrate. With all this pain....
--------------------The search for Makenshi yielded no results. The lake had been completely drained, but there was absolutely no trace of the former Android. The search team came back and gave their report. Vulcan had told Quint to contact Captain Spiegel of the RPD, but the former Watcher revealed that Makenshi's tracker wasn't giving off any signal. Vulcan was about to request the entire fortress by searched, but before he opened his mouth his communicator beeped. He was receiving a transmission.
--------------------The whole pool shifted abnormally is two unnatural forces fought for control of it. Tidal waves collided into eachother while dragons formed from the water dueled eachother. Walls were conjured to block a shower of javelins, and demon-shaped tentacles lashed out like a whip, only to crash into the ground and disappear. The whole thing looked like a deadly magic show, and the battle between the two manipulators of water raged on with no clear indication of a winner.
--------------------Despite technology's extreme advances, it was still impossible to transfer the mind of a dying human into an entirely mechanical body. The departing patient could not truly escape death, and any claims otherwise were likely a ruse. They would always live on, but they were doomed to mortal conclusion. It always haunted Vulcan to know that he was, in a figurative sense, nothing more than a phantom.