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|The Nightmare Epic|
|Date||March 31, 2011 - June 24, 2011|
The Nightmare Epic is the tragic tale of woe that occurred because of several devastating events.
This story is intended to be an interactive story, so when you read it imagine the scene playing out before you. It really enlightens you.
Lightning clashed and roared across the icy plains of Antarctica. The X-Antibodies; a deformed and deadly race of fiends that spawned within other creatures, began the assault on the wintery world. Those who had fallen victim to the terrible disease fought bravely against their X-Antibodies, as they weren't going to give up their home that easily. However, contrary to what others may think, this is not a war of conquest but rather, a cycle correcting itself. What happens when you get sick? Your body's immune system fights off the disease. That analogy applies to this war; merely Antarctica's immune system fighting off the dreaded disease.
The sadistic creator of the X-Virus; Nightmare, surveyed the conflict before her and twisted a cruel smile towards the scene she had created. Although the conflict was none of her concern, she unfortunately had completed her primary objective; to collect all of the Destruction Gems. These gems were said to be able to grant their collector the power to lift a mountain and throw it into the sea. It won't be long now until she becomes her new form, although I question as to what she plans to do as Super Nightmare. Crush Antarctica? No, Nightmare's goals are far bigger than Antarctica. Conquer the world? Even at her new form, she would not be able to. What she plans remains a mystery.
My main concern though was for my apprentice. I haven’t seen her in over a week and I have no idea where she could’ve gone to. She first disappeared the night the old man escaped. Is it possible that he’s kidnapped her? No it can’t be that. Sorrow hasn’t activated from within me, so it’s safe to assume she hasn’t been attacked. Did she willingly come with him? Is it just a coincidence? Nothing makes any sense. Heck, that’s not even the only thing I’ve got to worry about. Shadow Knight has suddenly become a threat, Nightmare keeps spouting cryptic nonsense, and the voices I keep hearing seem to be getting more and more frequent. I think I have a good idea on who is causing these voices, but I still can't shake off what Nightmare told me;
"Imperator Nightmare, do you require Kill and I on the battlefield?"
"YOU WILL REMAIN. THE DOOR HAS BEEN CLOSED TO YOU."
The door has been closed to me? What exactly did she mean when she said that? Suddenly, I felt that cold presence again. The voices were getting worse;
I try to force the voices out of my sheer willpower alone to stop, but its no use;
"Your fate is inevitable, don’t run from it."
A few seconds later a heard a sound. It sounded like wood creaking, but I assumed it was probably just someone in another room. I then heard a knock at the door.
"Come in," I said in a bored voice.
The door then opened, and I saw it was Nightmare, and Major Metal carrying a large sack. Metal was the highest ranking member of Nightmare's Army, and everyone was supposed to salute him whenever in his presence. I couldn’t care less for that rule though, and simply acted normal. I was however curious as to what he had in the sack though, and why the two came to me.
"Well, well look what the Leopard Seal dragged in," I stated. "I assume you two have something to tell me."
"We simply wished to share this moment with you Zone," Nightmare replied. "We've collected all of the gems and thought you’d like to witness the transformation."
"Well I’ve got nothing better to do so might as well."
I got up and walked towards where the transformation would begin. Metal opened the sack and aligned the gems in a circular formation around Nightmare. This would be my chance. Before she could transform, I would snatch the gems for myself and take control of her army. I was just about to put my plan into action when I heard a familiar voice.
"ZONE!" The voice yelled. “IT’S A TRAP! GET AWAY FROM THERE!”
"Kill?" I asked myself.
My suspicions were confirmed as Kill came running towards me. I was about to run and greet her, when a terrible pain struck my chest. Not expecting this, I fell down flat on my face. I turned around and saw that Metal had fired his deletion gun at me. I began to cough up some blood, and started to get back on my feet. The transformation was continuing though, and Nightmare was acting as if nothing had happened.
"What the heck is going on?" I asked. "EXPLAIN THIS METAL?!?! I WANT ANSWERS RIGHT... AAAAAAAAAUUUUUGH!"
I was shot again by Metal Explorer and fell down to the ground. Only this time he fired an extra shot at my left leg. It was at this point that Nightmare had completed her transformation. She had become Super Nightmare.
"You really should have stayed down," the machine said. "Now I've been forced to delete the muscles in your leg. That ought to keep you down for awhile."
"ZONE!" She yelled with tears welling up in her eyes.
"You really are an idiot aren't you Kill," said Super Nightmare. "You coming here has only helped us complete our plan."
"WH-what are you talking about?" She asked. "I NEVER WANTED HIM TO BE SHOT! I CAME HERE TO SAVE HIM"
"You came here because I planned it. You being put in danger is the final stage of our plan."
"What do you... AAAAAAAAAUUUUUGH!"
I looked up only to see Kill having been stabbed by a katana. She began to cough up some blood as the figure came into the light.
"YOU!" I yelled.
"No hard feelings Zone," Shadow Knight said. "I’m just doing what needs to be done."
"You've forgotten haven’t you? I can change into Sorrow now. I’ll wipe all of you off the face of the Earth!"
What happened next was the most intense pain I ever felt. I began my transformation into Sorrow, but something wasn’t right. Instead of loosing consciousness like I did last time and instead began to cough up a strange black substance. I tried to stop but it was no use. What was going on? I looked over at Nightmare and Metal, and then towards Kill. Metal was simply laughing, and Kill was struggling to stay alive.
"It’s finally happening!" Super Nightmare exclaimed. "Sorrow will now be reborn!"
"NOT IF I CAN HELP IT!" Yelled a familiar voice.
I didn’t even have to look to tell who was yelling. At that moment, a figure came crashing through the roof and rushed towards where I was. It was Speeddasher.
"What the heck are you doing here old man?" I asked between my coughing.
I don’t think he heard me though because he didn’t go into a rage like he usually did. I thought that he might be trying to attack me in my weakened state, and I prepared for the end.
"BURN IN THE UNDERWORLD!" He yelled as he charged towards me.
Usually I would’ve tried to stop him, but it didn’t matter to me. I thought I was a goner. How disgusting, to die like this. It was like they always say; your life really does flash before your eyes when met with death. There it all was, stretching back to when all this took place...
It was about seven in the evening, and an orange penguin scientist, Anthodiel, was locked inside her lab, which she had been doing for months, working on something called "Project X".
You see, Anthodiel harbored a grudge against another penguin scientist, Finwe. Anthodiel hated Finwe for not completing the project. Finwe called it "crazy" and destroying it when they were half-finished.
A knock came about the door.
"WHAT?!" shouted Anthodiel.
"I need to talk to you," said Finwe, calmly
"No way! How do I know you're not going to just destroy the project again?"
"Please Anthondiel, listen to me! That project is doing things to your head!"
"Don't interrupt me any more! I will finish this thing if it's the last thing I accomplish! Leave me be!"
"But Anthodiel, your feathers are turning darker! They're, they're turning black!"
"See if I care! I will finish this! SHOO!"
"Anthodiel! listen to me!"
"I SAID GET AWAY FROM ME!" yelled Anthodiel.
"Please! Stop this insanity!"
"I SAID NO!" Anthodiel threw a desk at the door. "GET AWAY FROM ME!"
Finwe, with tears in his eyes, simply said as he walked away, "I'm going to regret doing this. Okay, I'm walking away now. Good bye Anthodiel."
Chapter 1: Celebrate!
March 31, 2011
Two Years After the Pie War
It was a warm and sunny day in South Pole City, where the Good Guy army was setting up for the Two-year anniversary of the Great Darktonian Pie War, as nobody had been killed, and the sides were still good and evil, but didn't kill each other during the war.
"I can't believe it's been two years," commented Austin, as he helped Explorer hang up the welcoming banner. This was ironic, as Austin was a Snoss and Explorer a USA citizen. However, they were getting along fine.
"I know. It's been a wild ride, but I'm glad we've had peace for this long."
"Hey guys!" said Willy the Penguin, smiling as he came towards them.
"Oh boy. HIM." said an irritated Explorer.
"What'cha doing? Need any help?"
"No, we'll be fine, err, I've almost got it..." said Austin, in an annoyed fashion. Suddenly, he tripped over himself and sprawled the banner across the snow.
"Oh. Okay then. I'll see if anybody else needs help then."
"You do that," said Explorer.
"Sheesh. I can't believe Kwik invited him. He barely did anything during the war! Sure, he helped at it's climax, but seriously," complained Explorer.
Austin replied "I dunno. I mean, we all helped together."
Explorer rolled his eyes at him and tried to straighten the banner.
Willy sat down at a small cafe side table. Kwiksilver approached him.
"What's wrong Willy?"
"Oh, it's just I tried to help out, but nobody wants mine. They all think I'm a weirdo."
"Don't feel bad, mate. They'll warm up eventually."
"Just keep looking at it in a postive light. Maybe one day you'll become something even more than you are now."
Kwiksilver left, leaving Willy disheartened.
"I wish I was that cool," moped Willy.
"Darn it!" exclaimed Nightmare.
"What is it this time?" asked an annoyed Lizlord.
"I still can't believe those two armies didn't wipe each other out. Now I have to do it! You know how busy my schedule is!"
"Yes. Yes I do."
"I must find a way to defeat them! But how?"
"Why do you want to defeat them so badly anyway?"
"Getting my ultimate victory."
Later that night, at Nightmare's secret warehouse hide out
It was around the time which Nightmare was supposed to arrive for the meeting. However she still hadn't arrived and the four of us where getting impatient. I, IcE, Metal Explorer, and Lizlord where playing cards, trying to pass the time until Nightmare arrived.
"Go Fishing in a lake," said Lizlord.
"Just don't tell PETF or they'll report you," replied Metal Explorer.
Everyone started laughing at this and eventually we got back to our game.
"We sure have been waiting a long time," I said.
"I agree," replied IcE. "How rude of Nightmare to be late for a meeting she's holding."
"Well atleast we've been guaranteed safety," said Metal. "Though I must admit if we have to wait this long for every meeting the old hag holds I'll begin questioning if it's worth it. By the way you got any Fives Zone?"
"Go Fish," I replied. "You're turn Lizlord."
"Okay," Lizlord said in his lizard-like voice. "Got any sevens Metal?"
"Go Fish," he replied.
"What is this meeting even for?" Asked IcE.
"Something about destroying the Good Guys or something," replied Lizlord.
"Correct you are!" shouted a voice from behind.
It belonged to Nightmare, and she walked over to the card table the I and the other three were at and sat down.
"Finally you show up," complained IcE.
"Agreed, I'm a robot with little patience you know," said Metal Explorer. "Your children may wait till the End of Time itself to hear you speak, but we ain't livin in Dream Land like they are."
"Yes, I know it was a long wait, but my whole plan will more than make up for it," smirked Nightmare.
"So, what is this plan of yours, Nightmare?" I asked.
"Simple, Zone. We destroy the Good Guys!"
"Why? How would that benefit us?" asked Lizlord.
"Quite simple indeed. When we destroy the Good Guys, the villains will beg us to take them in, but we will destroy them in the process, leaving only us and the antibodies, thus taking over Antarctica!"
"Hm, power over Antarctica," said Metal. "Sounds like you've got quite the plan there lady."
"Thank you Metal," replied Nightmare.
"But what shall we do with Antarctica when we take it over?" I asked.
"Oh, you leave the little details to me. Now, I need someone here to inflitrate those namby-pambies and get some information." Nightmare looked directly at me.
"And I think it shall be you, Zone."
Meanwhile at the celebration party Willy was feeling quite sad about not being cool. Just then he saw someone approach him.
"Speeddasher," he said. "I didn't think you'd come to the party."
"Oh," he said. "And why is that?"
"Well it's just that, you know you're not much of a party sort of guy."
Speeddasher simply laughed.
"Even I like to kick back and and have fun sometimes kid. Besides, you never know when some action is gonna happen."
Willy knodded his head in agreement.
"Hey Speed?" He then asked.
"What is it now kid?"
"I was just wondering, do you think I'm cool?"
Speeddasher looked at him and shrugged.
"Cool really depends on someone's point of view kid," he replied. "But it doesn't really matter what me or anyone else thinks. If you're happy with how you are, then you shouldn't worry about what everyone else thinks."
"Hey Speeddasher!" Yelled a voice.
Speeddasher looked to see that it was Tails6000. The two shook flippers and high-fived eachother.
"Haven't seen you in awhile Speed," said Tails. "So what've you been up to?"
"Eh, you know. Going on missions, trapping a villain or two. I barely have time to even blink at times, but I guess it's like they say. Evil never rests."
"Right you are," replied Tails who then saw Willy. "Hi Willy. How are things going with you and your mentor?"
"I guess okay," he replied. "We've been doing a bit of travelling, but we haven't found many of these portals to other Dimensions you've mentioned."
"Oh they're real all right. I've seen lot's of great places. There's a dimension with robots that capture little animals, there's a dimension where you hop on turtles and little brown mushrooms, and there's even a...
"RUN!" Yelled a penguin.
The three turned around to see something that made them freeze. It was a a giant polar bear skeleton with a large X on it's forehead. It began attacking several penguins and tearing down the party decorations.
"What is that thing?" Asked Willy.
"I don't know," replied Tails6000. "It certainley dosen't look like anything I've ever seen. Unless, of coarse. He must be one of those things like Shroomsky X. What are they called again?"
"X-Antibodies," said Speeddasher. "The result of the X-Virus. We don't know who these guys are working for though, but I'm guessing not someone good."
"Maybe Metal Explorer," said Willy. "He did escape from EFF a few days ago. It said it in the news."
Speeddasher rolled his eyes.
"That robot has trouble leading signals to his brain. I doubt he could be behind this."
"Maybe Darktan II," said Tails6000.
"Possibly," replied Speeddasher. "But I've got a feeling he's not behind this."
While most of the penguins where running for their lives, Explorer had pulled out his shovel and gave a smirk to the Antibody.
"All right big guy," said Explorer. "I don't know who you are or who you're workin for. But your about to wish you'd never stepped foot in the party. However, since you decided to come here, let's play some party games. We'll have to use some imagination though. You can be the pinata."
The Antibody simply made several growling sounds and Explorer got ready to attack. Tails6000 then pulled out his hotsauce gun and slingshot.
"I'll go help Explorer," he told Speeddasher. "Get Willy out of here."
Speeddasher nodded and grabbed Willy as Tails ran up to meet Explorer. Star extended his Mike Sword and Austin pulled out a fish.
"You ready guys?" Asked Explorer.
"We sure are," replied Tails.
The four charged at the antibody, but it simply smacked them all, sending them crashing into different areas.
"This doesn't look easy," Star said as he dusted himself off. "Alright, bear! You're seriously getting it!"
Star pulled out a card with an orange Kia Soul car on it. "Tobot X, Activate!" He slid the card through the middle of his helmet, and a screen appeared out of nowhere, then disappeared.
Soon, the same car on the card came charging through and bashed the antibody. It then transformed.
"X, show 'im what it needs!" Star said.
X charged his Green Energy Cannon and fired. The antibody was hit, but started escaping.
"Oh where do you think you're going?" Explorer yelled. "Me and Tails can handle it from here. The rest of you fix up everything!"
"Got it," Austin said.
Little did they know that Herbert P. Bear Xquire was merely a bait.
Chapter 2: Darktan and Nightmare
I watched the fight and how X had knocked off HerbertX with a single shot.
"Wow... they blasted HerbertX down just like that," I told myself. "Maybe... I could join them?"
I decided to compare the tactics of the side of Good and Nightmare's army, so I sent Kill to spy on Nightmare's army.
Theangol Anator was walking alongside the streets. Every now and then, people were still yelling, "You're a disgrace!" "Why'd you do it?!" "You don't deserve to be freed!" and some things like that.
See, Theangol was the original Darktan, an evil penguin who was bent on conquering the USA. He declared war on the USA as a last ditch attempt, and began the pie war. Penguins began throwing- on second thought, scratch that story. I'm gonna spoil the whole thing if you didn't read it. Anyways, he had transformed into the deathly dragon Maledict, and was about to win. But then this tern grabbed a Deletion Missile, and whup, there goes the Maledict. All that was left was a weak Darktan, with no wings.
Oops. Did I spoil the end? Hopefully you already read the Pie War.
Back to the story. Later on, Theangol meets one of his former allies, Bugzy.
- The Great Darktonian Pie War
- Murphy: The Fall and Rise of Darktan
- Tales of Deception
- Tales of Phantasm