While walking towards the monster, Traynek calculated the risks of engaging it in combat with the monster.
If I went for a direct attack on that thing, even with the frigate helping me, within 5 minutes that thing would get me, in one gory form or another, from those extremely fast tentacles and crushing me underfoot, not to mention those ‘eye beams’ which look like they could slice me apart in one hit.
I will have to engage it really carefully then…I have to strike when its busy engaging the frigate and when its not looking at me. That thing seems to be sapient and has a fair amount of brainpower…seeing that it could rapidly move all of its tentacles, cast spells and engage the Maylta at the same time…probably even if I and the frigate engaged at the same time, it could still destroy the Maylta and kill me…at least we should be more cautious and hold it off, rather than outright kill it, which would increase our chances at survival.
“Maylta! Any more information on the creature?” He yelled into a communicator he had mounted on his ear.
“Damned thing is really good at creating barriers…after our opening salvo, we haven’t been able to hit it another time, and we are still trying to dodge all of its attacks! Not to mention that carapace it has, its so fricking tough, barely any of our plasma actually burned through it! Also, the Spell Scrambler field it is using as a shield means that we can’t use more powerful spells on it!”
Running in the shelter of a building, he poured mana into the top of his stave, looked at the creature, and flung the resultant bolt at it.
As expected, it slowly dissolved into nothing as it reached a certain distance from the monster.
Well, seeing that it can disassemble simple spells like those… Traynek flung his hand out at the creature, and his stave begun glowing a second time.
This time, 3 sigils appeared at the location he was pointing at, and begun spinning and interacting with each other, abeit at a slower rate that he was used to.
Must be the SS field…
In a few seconds, a hollow pyramid-shaped construct with a yellow pulsing ball inside had formed at that location, and the ball begun to grow.
After a few moments, Traynek clenched his hand into a fist.
The ball detonated, releasing huge amounts of energy that was redirected by the pyramid-shaped barrier straight into the creature’s armor, creating a jagged round hole with some flesh exposed and blood seeping out.
The monster rocked on its five legs, suddenly letting out a unearthly moan and swiveled its head, causing the two ‘eyes’ to aim at Traynek.
Which Traynek aimed the large dart he had took out from a pocket dimension and placed on the stave’s head, hovering, and fired it at a devastating speed towards the monster’s ‘eye’.
As the dart punctured the ‘eye’ and subsequently the flesh behind it, the monster let out another moan, this time loud enough to rattle some eardrums, and launched all of its tentacles at Traynek,
Whereas Traynek had stepped out of the building, and used magic to launch himself into the sky, leaving a sizable hole created by the monster.
At this point, Traynek begun orbiting the monster, avoiding its more frenzied attacks while tapping into his communicator, while remembering what happened when he was attempting to lead Alexander to safety.
Almost all the magic that was being casted by the monster coincided with a tentacle tip lighting up at the same time…
“Maytla! I need you to get rid of some of those tentacles! I believe that’s how the thing is casting spells!”
“Roger that, Specialist.”
Traynek sped up attempted to cast another spell. Again, seeing I’m inside the SS field now, I won’t be able to use normal forms of attack… At the same time, a sigil appeared at the top of the stave, and this time, a projection formed, and then solidified…into a large blade, at least 2m long.
“Specialist! Are you attempting close combat?”
“I am, seeing that the creature is at a frenzied state and is currently inflicting damage to the environment, I believe its for the best to try reducing its combat capacity before the actual hunters arrive. I think that, even if may not be able to kill it outright, we can at least damage it.”
“Got it. We will move to the sidelines and attempt to cut the tentacles away with lasers. We will leave it up to you to hold off its attacks. And if there’s collateral damage, we are leaving to the Readjustment Teams to clean it up. ” After that, the Maytla flew away to the far distance, and within 3 seconds, 2 red beams of light sliced through one of the creature’s tentacles.
As a large tentacle crashed onto the ground, this time, the creature directly screamed, blasting a wave of sound that would have knocked Traynek to the ground if he had not been careful enough to instinctively raise a shield when the sound blast came.
Before he had regained his senses, a stray tentacle whacked him into the side of a building.
Despite the force of his was knocked away, runes had appeared on his clothes the moment he was knocked against, and absorbed the force of the blow. Traynek shook his head to regain his thoughts, only to see 4 tentacles aiming straight for him-
-which were all sliced apart by 2 laser beams, fired from the left side of his view.
Quickly, he jumped out, dodging past the the mass of tentacles coming for him, flew upwards, reactivated the absurdly long blade on his stave, and aimed downwards at the tentacles he had dodged, and swung the stave.
The mass of tentacles split apart in a explosion of blood and gore.
By now, the monster was down to 8 tentacles, having lost much of them already to the Maylta’s strikes, as well as Traynek’s previous attacks, and was aiming at them wildly with it’s final ‘eye’, and trying to get them with spells indirectly casted by it’s tentacles.
Even as both Traynek and the Maylta were still running rings around the monster, a countdown timer in the Maylta’s bridge reached its end.
Hearing it, the crew breathed a sigh of relief.
Suddenly, 3 large sigils formed in the sky, spinning wildly.
After a few seconds, they flashed, and 3 large shapes appeared in the sky.
Each were painted red and black, in a way signifying their importance, and were all at least 3 times as big as the Maytla.
“Apologies’, Maylta, and Specialist Traynek. We needed a while to mobilise, seeing how much of our teams were conducting their own exercises.”
“Got that, Revenant. We have already eliminated most of this creature’s defenses…main problem is, none of us have equipment that can reliably pierce the creature’s armor, which is extremely thick and tough, and was able to block a concentrated Blast spell.”
“So other than that SS field, extremely thick armor, that ‘eye’ beam, and a few remaining tentacles, it has no other defenses?”
“Alright, all ships to use Discomposition to tear apart the thing’s armor, and then directly bombard it. Looks like there will be no need to deploy any ground teams.”
The 3 ships swiftly begun moving into position, surrounding the monster and then aiming at it directly.
The front of the ships split into 3 parts, and the panels yawed open, revealing a large device, with extended sharp, long, pieces of metal surrounding and a cannon-like pod in the middle. The pods begun spinning up, and the metallic parts begun to glow, split apart with each part extending out in a different way.
A white beam slowly extended from the spinning pod, and when it touched the creature, the carapace slowly begun to simply dissolve and break apart under the beam, and as it begun to tear apart the creature’s flesh, it reacted by attempting to block the beam in lieu of a shield, but before it could even cast it, Traynek had already started slicing apart the offending tentacles.
The creature frantically attempted to strike back with it’s remaining ‘eye’, but unfortunately, each time it hit one of the Hunter’s ships, it simply touched a hardened shield, dealing little damage.
Soon, the monster was utterly defenseless as all its tentacles had been sliced apart by Traynek and the Maylta working in tandem, and the Decomposition beams had cut away huge chunks of the creature’s armor.
“Switch to missiles. Designation: Fire, Explosive. Target creature at areas that will minimise collateral.”
On the sides of the ships, panels opened and several ports opened, and several ‘wings’ appeared out of the floating war machines, holding weapons that looked like a cross between a rocker launcher and a large cannon.
Targeting sigils lit up on the creature, aimed exactly to deal the most damage.
Out of the strange weapons, a massive hail of red and yellow flew out, flying straight for the sigils.
As they collided with the monster, they exploded, spewing heat and flames all around, burning and boiling away the flesh of it. The monster desperately attempted to retaliate, but with its defenses gone, it begun wailing as its other eye was blown away. It blindly attempted escape, but with a shot at its legs brought it down, making it helpless.
The downpour of missiles continued.
“No life signs detected! Stop the attacks!”
In the remaining cloud of smoke, all that was left was a hollow skeleton.
As the skeleton begun to tumble, one of the ships came closer, and the monster’s remains were lifted to the sky.
“Commence clean-up operations. Check for any unnatural life-signs around the area. Specialist, Maylta, please return to the nearest station for a debriefing.”
“Roger that, Revenant.”
“Hang on, I need to pickup someon-”
“They have already arranged it.”
They are fast… “Got it.”
In his safe haven located off the battlefield, Alexander had been watching the battle with great excitement, completely overwhelmed by what had been shown.
“Wow…flying ships with transformable parts…massive use of magic…I guess they are technowizards…or something like that? Advanced magic and technology…” He said to himself.
“Enjoyed your front row, super-high definition view of a action scene Hollywood will never be able to match?”
Alexander quickly swirled around. Two people were standing behind him, a man and a woman. “Oh, and we got here by another teleportation spell, coordinates kindly provided by Traynek, just if you were wondering.”
Normally, Alexander would have questioned the credibility of that statement, but this time, having seen all that happen earlier, he was already beyond convinced.
“So…what are you here?”
“Oh? To take you back to one of our ‘bases’.” The woman answered this time.
“You guys are going to check me, and try to do some wishy-washy magic on me, to prevent any leakage of your existences?”
“Rather fast are you? Well, its standard procedure.”
At that point, Alexander felt uncertain again. “Ummm.., what about my stuff?”
“When the clean-up comes across it, we will get it to you.”
Part of him told him he was in a big mess, namely that his schedule had been compromised, he was going to face whoever important person about ending up in a place he wasn’t meant to.
But he was also excited, being in a world where he thought would only exist in his escapes from reality.
Well, this is the end of the first chapter of this series, and its looking good! (Yeah right…sorry, I’m bad at action scenes)
Well, this update took a while to come, with my schedule and clean up I was doing. Not to mention new school year…
Well, so what is this series? It’s a YA series, sure…but unfortunately, its a deconstruction.
This series will not have regular updates, for sure, and the next one will be delayed, for sure.
But however, this is a universe I’m creating, so there will be interesting stuff to see all the time!
Please be patient.