*It was a hot, sunny day at an old, dusty town known as Sangria. It was essentially a “living ghost town”, the remains of the old wild west, surrounded by the vast technology that the rest of the world had flourished in. As the few locals that still lived in the town continued with their overly simple lifestyles, a certain visitor had just arrived…*
Rebel: *wearing a tattered cloak for protection* Damn desert, blowing sand all over the place. I swear I keep thinking that Flannery chick’ll pop out at any moment screaming “SAND FOR EVERYONE” or something stupid… *sees a man* Hey, ‘scuse me!
Man: *looking down sweeping a porch* What’cha wantin’, youngster?
Rebel: I really need a damn drink. Can you tell me where to go?
Man: Ya mean the pub? Well, let me see… *looks up at Rebel* OH GOD, DON’T HURT ME!! *runs inside*
Rebel: …Right. Moving on, then. *sees a woman* Hey you, can ya help a guy out here?
Woman: EEK!! *flees*
Rebel: Man, what a buncha weirdos. I’LL JUST FIND IT MYSELF, THEN!! *storms off*
*Elsewhere, on a cliff overlooking the town… We see two figures standing, looking down at the place, watching intently. The one in the front was a large Reploid, donned in red armor. The way it was constructed gave him the appearance of a knight.*
???: So, this is location that thou mentioned?
Cyphos: *standing further back* Yes, that is indeed the place! A lovely town, is it not? It’s a shame they refuse to do business with my store!
???: This place is even older than myself.
Cyphos: Well, that shouldn’t be any surprise since you are a Reploid, after all! I doubt you were made back in the 19th century! *laughs*
???: *turns to face Cyphos* Listen well, creten, for I shall make verily aware that thou understandest my true strength!
Cyphos: *rubbing hands together* Hahah, yes, sorry about that, old bean. Anyway, should we not be getting onto business?
???: There is no business to discuss with thee.
Cyphos: Oh, come now! Don’t be that way! *serious* There’s plenty to talk about.
???: Such as… what?
Cyphos: Like your mission, of course!
???: Hmph. Receiving my mission from such a lowly individual… one who wastes time with monkeys!
Cyphos: Hey, let’s not get all apprehensive, now! Although it was a bit of a mess having to release all of those monkeys onto that ship, the end result of gaining their trust was well worth it. *serious* The information it provided was extremely valuable. *smiling* So with this, we can continue with the next part of the plan!
???: Which is thus the assignment that thou art giving?
Cyphos: *raises arms* Precisely! See, the CIA’s former leader, Mr. Rebel40000, is located in that town.
Cyphos: Yes… you may recognize him more by the name of “Magna Centipede”, however!
Cyphos: Anyway, he isn’t who we are looking for, since we know through a simple process of elimination, that of all the people, the chances of both him and Outlaw being the one is… zilch. But! And this is a big but–there is a good chance he may know something, and if he doesn’t, who cares! Which is where you come in, good friend.
???: So, thou hast decided to use me… for such perposterious plans!
Cyphos: Say what you will, but isn’t this what you’ve been waiting for for all this time? I really doubt you are in any situation to be complaining!
???: …Fine, it shalt be done. By the time I am finished, “Rebel” shalt learn to fear thy name of Charlemagne!
Cyphos: Glad to hear it! *serious* Just remember, don’t kill him… yet. *grows a silly grin* Capture him, and then let me do the talking! There’s a number of things I want to confirm with him. After that, you can do whaaaateeeeveerrr you want!
Charlemagne: *eyeing Cyphos warily* Thou art certainly a strange, little man. *turns away* Thou makest clear, I find thou art a thorn in thy side. The Cult of Mechalcanos ill needs a fledgling such as yourself, who does not yet know his place!
Cyphos: Well, I’m sorry you feel that way, Mr. Charlemagne, but please… have some coupons! *hands out a book*
Charlemagne: *starts walking away* I do not go shopping.
Cyphos: *yelling* Well, be sure to always keep us in mind! And remember, no killing~!
*Back in town, at the local bar…*
Rebel: *walks in tiredly*
Everyone: *stops what they are doing and stares*
Rebel: *ignores them and sits down at the counter*
Bartender: *cleaning a glass* What’ll it be, pal?
Rebel: Gimme a glass of Coke. On the rocks.
Bartender: A glass of… what?
Rebel: Coke. On the rocks.
Bartender: …Right away. *pulls out a random bottle from the shelf and begins to shake it*
Rebel: Say, is it just me, or is everyone around here acting really weird?
Bartender: Neeh, what makes ya say that? *drops some ice into a glass*
Rebel: Well, first asking around for directions was a pain in the ass, because everyone was acting all scared whenever I talked to them. And now I feel like I’m about to have a bunch of holes burned into the back of my head if they keep staring at me.
Bartender: Must be your imagination, pal. *pours the drink and serves it* There ya go, one cold glass of “Coke”, on the rocks.
Rebel: *grabs the glass* Thanks. *takes a swig* …Man, you guys sure do have funny tastin’ Coca-Cola. *shrugs and goes back to drinking*
Big Guy: *walks up next to Rebel* You a Reploid?
Rebel: *stops drinking* No, I’m just a guy who looks like a giant purple centipede with a tail. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE!?
Big Guy: We don’t very much LIKE Reploids, comin’ to our town, startin’ trouble.
Rebel: *goes back to drinking*
Big Guy: Reploids are a buncha no-good troublemakers, so why don’tcha do us all a favor n’ git?
Man #1: Yeah, you tell him!
Rebel: *still drinking*
Big Guy: Well? Are ya listenin’ to me!?
Rebel: *finishes his glass and slams it down* Hey barkeep! Hook me up with another.
Bartender: Of course. *starts to pour another drink*
Big Guy: All right, that’s it! *grabs Rebel by the throat and lifts him up* You think yer gonna just ignore me like that!? You got another thing comin’!
*The man pulls his free arm back, getting ready to pulverize Rebel! Before he manages to hit him, Rebel suddenly vanishes from his grasp, causing the man to lunge out too far. During this, Rebel appears behind him and kicks him in the back, causing him to go flying out of the bar!*
Rebel: Yeah, what now, huh!?
Man #2: GET HIM!!
Rebel: Wait, what–*gets hit upside the head with a chair*
*The rest of the people in the bar, minus the bartender, suddenly spring into action, pouncing on Rebel as he recovers from the blow to the head.*
Rebel: *dodging the attacks* Man, you guys don’t KNOW what you are dealing with! *leg sweeps two of them*
Man: You ain’t gettin’ away with this! *pulls out a gun*
Rebel: *pulls out a beam saber and slices the gun into pieces*
Rebel: What? You guys have never seen one of these before or something?
Man #1: It’s the work of the devil!
Man #3: I always knew Reploids were the work of Satan!
Man #4: LET’S GET OUTTA HERE!!
*The group of people quickly run away, minus the unconscious ones, Rebel, and the bartender.*
Rebel: …Well, whatever. *puts away the beam saber*
Bartender: *hands Rebel another drink* Here pal, this one’s on the house.
Rebel: Gee, thanks. *drinks* So now do you have some sorta explanation for all that?
Bartender: Neeh, probably has something to do with the fact that this is an extremely old town that doesn’t rely on the advanced technology of the outside world, and since you ARE advanced technology from the outside world, the rest of the citizens immediately find you to be a threat and want you to either leave or be done away with.
Rebel: I… see…
Bartender: Or they just hate your guts.
Rebel: Piss off. *drinks some more* MAN, this stuff is crazy awesome. It’s almost… rawksome… in a Majin-ish sorta way. Can I have another?
Bartender: Sure thing, pal. *pours another drink*
Rebel: Rawksomely awesome rawksome! *chugs it down and slams it* Whoaaa… suddenly da sky iz broon an mah teckst b flipin lol yoooo *passes out*
Bartender: Yessir, that’s how it always happens. And now to do my good deed for the day…
*A few hours later…*
Rebel: *wakes up* Uggh… where the heck am I? Huh? *sees he’s in a cell* What’s going on here!?
Sheriff: Ah, so yer awake, are ya?
Rebel: Are you the sheriff or something? Why am I in here!?
Sheriff: Well, after yer li’l stunt with some of the locals, and then getting yerself wasted, the barkeep felt it’d be best to have ya spend some time in here. So here ya are.
Sheriff: By the way, only four glasses? Lightweight.
Rebel: WHY YOU–*grabs the bars and pulls on them*
Sheriff: Looks like someone needs to calm down a bit more. I think I’ll leave ya here the rest of the day.
Sheriff: ‘Sides, it’s gettin’ late. Consider it courtesy of the town of Sangria n’ all that. Oh, and don’t think that yer little powers will work in there, too. Unlike the rest of the town, the insides of the cells are outfitted with the latest equipment… just in case. *leaves*
Rebel: Hey, get back here and let me out! You can’t do this to me! Damn it…
*Realizing his stay was going to be longer than he had hoped, Rebel quickly walks over to the cheap-looking bed in his cell and lays down, staring at the ceiling while contemplating.*
Rebel: *thinking*It’s been… how long now since the team broke up? It feels like it’s been forever. *closes eyes* Man, I really was an idiot… After being thrown out of the Whale King, with everyone just up and leaving like that… all I’ve been able to do is just wander around with no destination… The drifter life sure ain’t easy… I just wonder… what the others… are doing right now…
*It does not take too long for Rebel to quickly fall asleep. During this he begins to have a strange dream…*
Rebel: *looking around* Huh? Where am I? And what’s up with my appearance? It’s so… old. Wait… is this my team’s… old base?
*Indeed, Rebel was back in his old base, which was situated on the island near Megalopolis.*
Rebel: Man, I thought Anti destroyed this place with the rest of his cronies*! What’s it doing back?
*See Series 2, Epilogue #19 “Dark Time”*
Rebel: Huh!? Who’s there?
???: Rebel… come here…
*Rebel follows the source of the noise, taking him through the various levels of the base… until he reaches the very top.*
Rebel: *eyes wide* Y-you guys are….
Ghaleon: Hey there, Reb.
PBX: Long time no see!
Deathtuna: *yawn* Hey there and stuffs…
Rebel: Ghaleon, PBX, Deathtuna, and GDT? What are you all doing here!?
Ghaleon: Well, we’re basically here in this dream world to help you cope with the death of Void a bit better.
Deathtuna: So no team break-ups’ll start… Zzzzz…
Rebel: …But that already happened.
Ghaleon: Well, fuck.
GDT: Who the Hell cares, you’re gonna get the talk anyway!
PBX: I like talks! Especially when they’re about talks. Talking about talks always talks a lot of talks out of me. Yay!
Rebel: And now my brain just exploded. Man, did that sheriff guy really say that four drinks made me a lightweight?
Ghaleon: Okay guys, enough of that. Let’s get down to business.
Rebel: Wait, question.
Rebel: Why isn’t Ti-An here?
PBX: This is for the guys who were killed-only!
Rebel: When the Hell was GDT killed?
GDT: You left me at Michael Jackson’s house*! That was far worse than death, asshole!
*See Series 2, Epilogue #13 “Trump’s Purchase”*
Rebel: Whatever. But if this is about dead people, then why isn’t Void here? Y’know, he’s kinda the reason why I’ve been having mental breakdowns.
Ghaleon: Well, you’d probably beat the daylights out of him the moment you saw him.
Deathtuna: Zzzz… he also thinks your… super gay…
Rebel: DAMN YOU, VOID!!
GDT: So anyway, we hope this talk is helping you out.
Rebel: How is this helping!? I’m getting insulted in my own dreams, and now instead of missing Void and the rest of you guys, I just want to kill you all! But now I’m incredibly frustrated that I can’t because all of you ARE ALREADY DEAD!! Except for you, GDT. You’re just a prick.
GDT: *grumbles* Iron fist…
Rebel: What was that?
GDT: Yeah, hope the talk is helping.
Ghaleon: Anyway, Rebel, you have to learn to let the past go. It’s what lead the team to break apart.
PBX: Yeah, there’s nothing to say “yay” about that! Just a nay! Nay!
Rebel: So what do you suggest I do?
Ghaleon: Go find a replacement for Void. Just like how you replaced all of us by people who are far better and more memorable.
Deathtuna: I dunno… I always thought *yawn* that I was kinda cool…
PBX: And I’m a loveable huggable crab! Yay for crabs! Nay for the non-crabs!
GDT: My replacement’s nickname is “GDT MKII”.
Ghaleon: Okay, fine. Only my replacement is better and far more interesting than I could ever hope to be. Are you guys happy now?
Rebel, PBX, Deathtuna, GDT: No.
Ghaleon: Well, fuck again. Oh well. Just go find a replacement for Void already!
Rebel: But who the heck would seriously wanna be a moth?
Avi: *drawing on cop’s face* And now, you shall be known as “Mr. Freckles”! Witness as the diagonal lines creates the illusions of millions of freckles!
Majin: I’m not drunk for once… because I have a feeling that someone stole my originality somewhere in this epilogue.
Avi: *paints on Majin* Oh, be quiet sonny, and go drink your bah-bah while I turn your drab self into the wonderful “Radioactive Mushrooms”! It’ll be my magnum opus!
*Back to the dream…*
Rebel: *shakes head* Whoa… that sudden change in location was really weird. I don’t think I’ll ever drink another Coke again.
GDT: You know that wasn’t Coke, right?
Rebel: In that case I’ll keep drinking Coke ’till the day I die!
GDT: *facepalms* So to not make it feel like this entire sequence was a complete waste of time, can we just go already?
Ghaleon: *nods* Yeah.
Deathtuna: *salivating* It was fun… Reb… Zzz…
PBX: *jumps on Tuna’s back* Yeah, we should do this more often! Cameos for the win!
GDT: I just want to actually be the leader of something for once.
Rebel: You guys… I really don’t know what to say…
Ghaleon: Just say what comes from your heart.
Rebel: My heart? Well, all right… YOU’RE ALL A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!
Ghaleon, PBX, Deathtuna, GDT: Huh?
Rebel: Did you guys not even pay attention to the dang prologue!? I didn’t want a new member because he would precisely be a replacement! And now you guys are telling me to go find another!?
Ghaleon: Oooh, yeah. We forgot about that.
Deathtuna: As usual…
GDT: I don’t get why this is suddenly a problem.
PBX: Yeah, me neither!
Rebel: ‘Cause… it feels wrong to just replace people like that. I didn’t have time to think about it much back then, since Ti-An and GDT never did die–
GDT: *dirty glare*
Rebel SHUT YOUR FACE!! Anyway, after that, when all that stuff with Anti took place, so much happened consecutively that it gave me zero time to think. This didn’t happen with Void, though. I’ve been given plenty of time to think about it.
Ghaleon: Well, crap, what can we say to that?
Deathtuna: *rubbing eye* I got one… how about uhhh…
Deathtuna: Yeah… that’s it… Zzz…
GDT: Look, Rebel, I know I was never your biggest fan, but let me try to give some “advice”. A team is a big responsibility. And it’s with that responsibility that you, as leader, need to always stand strong and do what is best for the team and how it contributes to the goal.
GDT: You know what you gotta do, so just get out there and do it!
Rebel: …I’ll think about it.
Ghaleon: If that’s the case, then our work here is done. This dream will be ending soon…
Deathtuna: *yawns* The end of a dream always means more sleep for me… Yeah…
Rebel: Thanks for everything guys. I’ll always remember you all!
PBX: Yay for character development!
Rebel: …On second thought, no. I won’t remember any of you. *disappears*
GDT: Yep, complete waste of time.
Deathtuna: *snoring loudly*
Ghaleon: Sigh… the rest is up to you, Rebel…
*With a jolt, Rebel suddenly wakes up, lifting himself out the bed. Wide-eyed and alert, he quickly gets up and grabs the bars to his jail cell, his face close.*
Rebel: Sheriff? Sheriff! You there!?
Sheriff: *walks in* What’cha wantin’, boy? I’m ’bout ready to round everythin’ up ‘fore catchin’ some Z’s.
Rebel: Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Sheriff: *squints eyes* …’Scuse me?
Rebel: If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
Rebel: To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
Sheriff: What’re you talkin’ ’bout!?
Rebel: Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Rebel: Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Sheriff: Now yer just talkin’ nonsense, son.
Rebel: Sorry. I was trying to sound “deep”.
Sheriff: Riiiiight. Well, I’m headin’ out now. It’s gettin’ pretty late. Have fun. *starts to walk away*
Rebel: Wait! Sheriff! Please let me out! I have to get out!
*Despite his cries, the sheriff still walks out, leaving Rebel all alone once and for all. The night already set, all he finds himself being able to do is just sit and contemplate. The next half hour has him sitting in silence.*
Rebel: …Man, already took a nap, so I’m wide awake… Damn it! Is there nothing I can do? And that dream I had… it’s fuzzy but… I feel like I need to make a decision, and fast…
*At that moment, without warning, the wall next to Rebel’s cell suddenly explodes into a flurry of debris, with a well-sized hole being made into it. Immediately Rebel moves out of the way as a large mace goes flying his way, crashing into the floor behind him.*
Rebel: *slowly getting back up* What… what the Hell!?
*The mace then slowly starts to retract, toward a Reploid donned in red armor.*
Charlemagne: *has shield lifted* Centipede! My name is Charlemagne, and I have come to do battle! Enguarde! *swings mace again*
Rebel: You’ve gotta be kidding me–*gets hit and goes flying through the wall*–Augh!!
Charlemagne: *retracts mace* Die!
Rebel: Don’t think so! *teleports behind a building*
Charlemagne: Hmm… thou thinkest he is clever… But I know where thee is! *swings mace*
Rebel: *mace flies over head, dropping pieces of rubble on him* CRAP!! *runs*
Charlemagne: Only a coward flees from battle! *chases*
*The chase is short-lived. Due to the sudden destruction of the town, the people were to quick to awaken and break into a panic, quickly spotting Rebel.*
Woman: That’s the monster that was thrown in jail!
Rebel: *stops* Oh, you’ve gotta be kidding me…
Man: Get ‘im!
Rebel: *trying to pry them off* There’s no time for this! Some psycho is chasing after me and–
Charlemagne: CENTIPEEEEEDE!! *throws mace*
Rebel: –MOVE!! *shoves the people out of the way and gets hit*
People: AAAAHHH!! *flees*
Charlemagne: Protecting the innocent… quite the noble cause, for one such as thyself, Centipede.
Rebel: *on the ground* How… how do you know me?
Charlemagne: Thou dost not remember me?
Rebel: Not really…
Charlemagne: Hmph, ’tis a shame. I will suppose thou diest before realization, then! *swings mace again*
Rebel: …Now! *jumps over the mace and throws a couple Magnet Mines*
Charlemagne: *raises shield but gets hit by one* Urrgh… *flips mace up*
Rebel: *gets hit from behind* Gaah!! *falls down*
Charlemagne: *picks Rebel up by the throat* How long have I awaited this day…? The day to finally exact revenge! Thou dost remember yet, Centipede!?
Rebel: I’m telling you… I don’t… remember…!
Charlemagne: Then let me educate thee! *throws Rebel forward and belts him with mace*
Rebel: AAAGGGHHH!! *crashes into a building*
Charlemagne: Such a pitiful performance… I expected better, Centipede.
*Talking to himself, Charlemagne slowly walks toward the rubble where Rebel laid. Upon reaching his destination, however, he could find no trace of the elusive Reploid.*
Charlemagne: …? Where did he–
Rebel: Lookin’ for something!? *appears behind Charlemagne and stabs him with tail*
Rebel: I don’t usually use this technique, but I’m going to give you a nice little virus ’cause you’re pissing me off!
Charlemagne: NEVER!! *struggles and grabs Rebel’s tail, yanking it off*
Rebel: What the–
Charlemagne: And with this–*rips the tail off*
Rebel: GAAAHHH!! MY TAIL!!
Charlemagne: *throws it on the ground* What else does thee intend to do?
Rebel: I… plan… to do THIS!!
Charlemagne: To do what–*gets clobbered upside the head*
Rebel: *tail segments reattach* And now for my cunning counter attack! *starts throwing Magnet Mines*
Charlemagne: CURSES!! *gets blown back*
Rebel: Yeah! Take that, Macbeth!
Charlemagne: *rises, covered in scratches* My name is… CHARLEMAGNE!! *swings mace*
Rebel: You’re still fighting!? *dodges behind a building*
Charlemagne: Remember Centipede… nowhere is safe! *attacks the building, bringing it down*
*Despite the destruction, Rebel conveniently managed to disappear again.*
Charlemagne: Drat, to believe he could become so slippery… Centipede! Thou cannot hide forever…
Rebel: *watching Charlemagne from a distance* Whew… Talk about close. That guy is way too strong. If only I had some help… bah! There’s no time for that kind of thinking. Got to come up with a way… and make it happen…
*Back with Charlemagne…*
Charlemagne: *bringing down another building* Pardon my methods dear citizens, but this is the consequence for the guilty whom runs!
*With another swing of his mace, Charlemagne tears through the next building, turning it into a pile of rubble. Bringing the mace back to his side, he scans the horizon, before eyeing a two-story building located near the edge of town.*
Charlemagne: *starts to slowly swing mace while walking forward* Thou shalt be my next target… *throws mace*
*The mace flies into the second floor, causing it to collapse, with the rest of the structure wobbling slightly.*
Charlemagne: Tch, I could have sworn that thou liest therein… *pulls mace back but fails* Hm? What is this treachery!? *pulls even harder* Is my mace caught!?
*There is a “woosh” sound as the chain finally gives, causing Charlemagne to go flying backward, with only the chain in hand.*
Charlemagne: *covered in dirt* Urgh… who dares defile the weapon of Charlemagne!? *gets slowly back up*
Rebel: *emerges from the building, swinging the mace* That would be me! *throws the mace*
Charlemagne: *catches the mace* Thou usest my weapon against me!? Thou shalt pay!
Rebel: Not this time, buddy!
*Landing on the ground on both feet, Rebel quickly draws his beam saber, charging toward Charlemagne who was still holding the mace ball in both hands. With one swift stroke, he attacked at the knight’s legs, causing circuits and wires to fly from his knees*
Charlemagne: AAGH!! *drops the mace and crashes to the ground*
Rebel: *points saber* Surrender now, or else!
Charlemagne: S-surrender? Thou art a fool… I shan’t ever surrender to thee! Not after what thou hast done!
Rebel: Okay, just shut up about this! Who are you, and what the Hell are you talking about!?
Charlemagne: …Thou dost not remember, truly? Thy terrible sins thou hast committed!? Then I shall make thee remember! Remember the betrayal, the pain, the DEATH!!
*Suddenly, despite his body having been badly wounded, Charlemagne forced himself to stand on his feet, sparks flying everywhere. Pulling out his shield, he drew a beam saber from his hilt, and charged at Rebel!*
Rebel: What the!? *dodges* How can you still move after all that!?
Charlemagne: I live for the battlefield! Thou shalt fall to the wake of my vengeance! Now come! Face me like a true warrior should! *charges once more*
Rebel: If “thou” insist… *gets in position* Then get ready for some of THIS!! *charges*
*The two fighters clash into each other, their beam sabers striking against one another, causing sparks to fly. The two were placed in a momentary stand still!*
Charlemagne: *not relinquishing* Centipede!
Rebel: *struggling to keep ground* What!?
Charlemagne: It was many years ago… Back during the early days of Sigma’s rebellion with the Maverick Hunters, and the people of this world!
Charlemagne: We were both soldiers; knights of the Maverick Hunters. Though part of two different units, thou belongest to the Special 0 Unit, and myself in the 8th Armored Division, thy commanders decreed we ally ourselves with one another at one point in time…
Rebel: Say… say what!?
Charlemagne: ‘Tis but the truth, Centipede! We, along with several others from different units, were sent to a small island shortly after Sigma’s first defeat to the noble X. Yet… Thou betrayest us! Thou slaughterest all, bathed in our own blood! Thou hadst gone Maverick, which is why I shan’t ever forgive thee!
Rebel: *starting to get pushed back* Ch-Charlemagne! That was a long time ago!
Charlemagne: *becoming enraged* Obviously, for thou hast forgotten! So tell me, Centipede: Thou dost remember now!?
Charlemagne: What did thou speakest!?
Rebel: I don’t remember, nor do I care to! The past is dead, and there’s no going back to it! So why don’t you just go back to the grave from where you came from!?
*With a new explosion of strength, Charlemagne manages to completely overcome Rebel, knocking his beam saber out of his hands and ramming right into him. He then proceeds to grab Rebel and starts plowing him into various rubble, until they burst inside of a large, storage shed, filled with various supplies such as rope, building materials, and oil.*
Charlemagne: *lifting Rebel up by the throat* Thou knowest nothing! But I shall assist thee by more education.
Rebel: *getting shaken horribly* G-gaaah…
Charlemagne: *slams Rebel to the ground*
Charlemagne: *points beam saber* Time passes, ever so slowly… While thou hast forgotten thy terrible deeds, I have not. By fate, a new master appearest before me and breathed me new life. From that day, my allegiance is to only Mechalcanos.
Charlemagne: Ah, yes, I have been reminded… Though it would bring great pleasure thou killest, I must preserve thee for… questions. Therefore, I suggest thou dost not move.
Rebel: You… bastard! *tries to get up*
Charlemagne: *grabs Rebel by the arm* Allow me to assist thee. *rips Rebel’s arm off*
Rebel: AAAAAAGGGHHH!! *falls back down, screaming*
Charlemagne: *clenching the arm in his hand* Now, mayhaps will thou learnest his place, finally…?
Rebel: *holding his wound* How about… you go back to Hell!?
Charlemagne: I beg thee pardon? *suddenly gets hit by a blast to the side* OUGH!!
Rebel: *rises back to his feet* Yeah… fell for that hook, line, and sinker!
Charlemagne: *also getting up* What… what has thou donest…?
Rebel: While you were busy ripping my arm off, you failed to notice the little surprise that was in its hand!
Charlemagne: A mine…? *looks down at his own arm, which is in shambles* Allowing one’s own limb as a sacrifice to defeat thy opponent… thou art truly something else, Centipede!
Rebel: Better be careful, it sounds like you are starting to like me.
Charlemagne: Hmph… this is far from over! Thou hast become fatigued, while I continue to thirst for battle! Enguarde!
*Beam saber in hand, Charlemagne begins his assault once more, striking at Rebel at every chance, now with the absolute intent to kill. Rebel on the other, plays defensively by dodging, but he still ends up taking small nicks as his energy is slowly wasted.*
Rebel: *feels the saber brush against him* (Grah, this isn’t good! He doesn’t seem to be slowing down… how can this be!?)
Charlemagne: *not letting up* What is wrong, Centipede!? Has thou comest to finally realize that this is a losing battle for thee!?
Rebel: (Gotta make a new move…!) *throws a couple of mines* Take that!
Charlemagne: *knocks the mines out of the way* Is that all!? *swings beam saber fiercely*
Rebel: *gets hit in the side* DAMN IT!! *hits the ground but manages to bounce back up*
Charlemagne: Resilient, aren’t thee!? Just like the insect thou art designed!
Rebel: *holding side* A-actually, to clear up this misonception, centipedes aren’t actual insects, although we are both a part of the arthro–*dodges another blow*–POOOODS!! *throws more mines*
Charlemagne: *deflects them as well* Enough of thy pitiful games! It is time to end this!
Rebel: N-no way, man! You’re crazy! *throws more mines*
Charlemagne: *watches as they fly by him* …
Rebel: Um, uhh…
Charlemagne: THOU AIMEST POORLY!! *raises boot and hits Rebel with it*
Rebel: UGH!! *flies through the wall, landing outside*
Charlemagne: *looking through the hole that was made* Thy time is up, Centipede. Not even God can save thee in thy time of need!
Charlemagne: My duty was to save thee for questioning… but given what happened, I suppose I can brush this off as a trifling “accident”. But I am an honorable sort, Centipede, so I will give thee a last word before thy demise. Well?
Rebel: Y-yeah… I… got one…
Charlemagne: Oh? Let me here it, then.
Rebel: I just wanted to say… that… your accent really sucks…
Charlemagne: …Yes, I do believe it is time to die. *draws saber*
Rebel: Also… *lifts self up to look at Charlemagne*
Rebel: *reveals a switch in hand* …Did you think I was aiming for you!?
Charlemagne: …Thou speakest what!?
*Rebel suddenly pushes the switch, causing all of the mines that had been scattered throughout the building to go off, causing the entire building to explode!*
Charlemagne: *consumed by the blast* CENTIPEEEEEeede…
Rebel: *gets blown back from the explosion* AAAHHHHHH!!
*The explosion in turn, caused the oil located within to go off, creating a chain reaction, as a good portion of the town suddenly went up in smoke. Thankfully, due to the battle that was just taking place, the residents had all fled the town. During this chaotic moment, multiple sirens could be heard, as none other than the Maverick Hunters make an appearance, there to handle the sudden “Maverick outbreak”… It was during this time that the sun had finally arose…*
Sheriff: *watching the Hunters go by, ignoring him* No good Reploids… always bringin’ trouble to our town…
Rebel: *in the shadows* …
Sheriff: …I know yer there, ya know.
Sheriff: I don’t know who ya are or why ya came to this ol’ dusty town in the first place… n’ I don’t really care. But if yer spotted by them Hunters, they’ll lock ya away fer a longer time than I was plannin’ on doin’.
Sheriff: So git. I won’t say nuthin’.
Sheriff: Don’t be thankin’ me, son. *pulls hat down* I ain’t doin’ this outta no respect, I just don’t like those Hunters.
Rebel: Well… thanks regardless. *disappears*
Sheriff: Tch… I get the feelin’ that sumthin’ went down last night, sumthin’ that I ain’t ever gonna comprehend. So I won’t bother. I just hope the poor boy will stop talkin’ in them confounded riddles. “Push the elevator button”… pah! I dunno what an elevator even is.
*As the Sheriff continues to mull over these strange questions and Rebel leaves the town, still suffering from the wounds that were inflicted upon him, the Maverick Hunters still continued their investigation, finding leads and clues, as the townspeople began to devise strategies to rebuild Sangria. It was during this time…*
Charlemagne: *explodes from the rubble, severely wounded* Cent… ipede… Thou hast done well… Do not think… however… that just because thee… emerged victorious… from this batle… that the war… is now over… My revenge… shalt come…! *slowly rises*
???: *appluading from behind* Very well said, Mr. Charlemagne! Spoken like a true connoisseur!
Charlemagne: Th-that voice… Cyphos…?
Cyphos: *walks around to face him* The-one-and-only! So tell me, how did your battle go with Mr. 40000? Well, I take it?
Charlemagne: I… have no time for thy games, Cyphos…
Cyphos: Ahhh, I see, I see. *serious* Well, perhaps this wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t so rough, now would it? *laughing* All I wanted to do was ask Mr. 40000 some simple questions! I even specifically stated, “no killing”! Or don’t you remember?
Charlemagne: I remember… The obnoxious insect–pardon, centipede… was far stronger than anticipated… But it matters not… for next time, I will… emerge victorious…!
Cyphos: *dropping his smile* Yeah, about that… There’s one teensy-weensy problem…
Charlemagne: *annoyed* And that being…?
Cyphos: *places a hand on Charlemagne’s shoulder* You’re tired, aren’t you? Why don’t you rest, Charlemagne?
Charlemagne: What are you talking about–GAAAAAH!!
*Without any sign, Cyphos had suddenly plunged a beam saber into Charlemagne’s midsection, causing the large Reploid to keel over, with only Cyphos helping him to support his weight.*
Charlemagne: *wide-eyed* C-Cyphos… but… why…?
Cyphos: *grinning evilly* I’ll be frank. I’ve never liked you, Charlemagne. Always acting like you were so damn superior! So, I decided to play a little game with you.
Charlemagne: A… a game…?!
Cyphos: Didn’t you think this whole thing was just a little too suspicious? I already said from before that I knew Rebel wasn’t the one we wanted; I just wanted to ask some “questions”. But poor you, you never bothered to even figure out what those questions were!
Charlemagne: There… there were no questions… were there…?
Cyphos: *venomously* That’s right, “old friend”. I decided to see how things would go by pitting you and Rebel against one another–I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist trying to beat him to a pulp! And I’ve been keeping tabs on Rebel, see, so I knew he wouldn’t be able to stay down, either!
Charlemagne: Then… thou schemest to eliminate us both…
Cyphos: Heh… hahahahah! Yeah, but it seems you two both survived… well, at least, both of you did survive!
Charlemagne: Cy… phos… I shan’t… forget this… deed… for the sake of Mechalcanos–
Cyphos: Yeah, yeah, “all for Mechalcanos”. Whatever. Just die already!
*Cyphos then proceeds to yank the saber out of Charlemagne, causing the Reploid knight to stumble backward. Cyphos then decides to take the opportunity to deliver several blows to him, causing him to fall into a heap of pieces. Afterward, Cyphos proceeds to drop a small device next to Charlemagne’s remains, before walking away, smiling wickedly.*
Novice Hunter: *walking onto the scene* Man, this is such a boring job, and this town is a mess! I just wanna go home already. Never should’ve become a Hunter… Wait, what’s that? *sees the slaughter before him* My God, this is horrible… I need to call someone over here, stat!
*As the Hunter turns to leave, the small device Cyphos left catches his eye.*
Novice Hunter: What the heck is this? *picks it up and eyes widen* Oh my God, IT’S A–
*A massive explosion suddenly engulfs the entire town, wiping out all of it’s inhabitants and effectively removing any trace of existance from Sangria. In the distance, we see Cyphos standing, watching the event bouncing off of his shades.*
Cyphos: Knew those things in the store would always come in handy! Have fun rotting with the rest of those poor souls, Charlemagne! I know it’s just what you’ve always wanted! Hehahahah… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!