GAINING AN EDGE: A MASSIVE FIGHTING GAME CROSSOVER
Interpol agent Chun Li took in her surroundings as the helicopter she was in descended and landed on the large ship, Freedom Survivor.
“We’re here!” announced the pilot of the helicopter.
“Am I the only one that finds it strange that this meeting is taking place on a boat in the middle of the ocean?” asked Chun Li.
“Miss Douglas conducts all her meetings right here on the Freedom Survivor,” informed the pilot.
“Anywhere else you go, you can’t be sure who’s listening.”
“I suppose caution is key for a woman in her position,” Chun Li reasoned.
Chun Li exited the helicopter. The eyes of the pilot followed her closely.
“May I just say that you have the most amazing thighs I have ever seen!”
“Don’t get any ideas, Zack,” warned Chun Li, “my legs are lethal weapons.”
“It was just a compliment. I have had my fill of female fighters believe me,” responded the pilot.
Zack and Chun Li entered the cabin office of the Freedom Survivor. Helena noticed them immediately out of the corner of her eye. She turned to her half sister, Kokoro, who was currently speaking to her.“I’m sorry Kokoro, we will have to finish this at another time. I have some pressing business I need to attend to.”
“Zack, would you please escort Kokoro so Agent Li and I can talk privately?” asked Helena.
Zack smirked. “Sure thing boss lady.” He extended his arm to Kokoro and they left together.
“Thank you for responding so quickly,” said Helena.
“When the head of the DOATEC mentions the words danger and Shadoloo it grabs my attention,” replied Chun Li.
“Yes, well it is still greatly appreciated considering Interpol’s distrust of DOATEC thanks to the actions of my predecessor, Victor Donovan.”
“We have no reason to suspect the DOATEC of any wrongdoing since you’ve taken over, Miss Douglas. At least not yet,” said Chun Li. “Now please explain to me why I’m here.”
Helena sat down at her desk. “Ever since I booted Donovan from his position, he has been desperate to regain his power. He even has a secret offshoot organization named MIST to help him continue his desires to create the perfect warrior through any means necessary. According to my spies within MIST he has recently reached out to the G Corporation, do you know of them?”
“Only a little,” admitted Chun Li.
“They are a powerful corporation located out of Japan, unknown to most of the public they partake in various unlawful activities. One such activity is human experimentation. I’m sure that it was what attracted Donovan to them. In exchange for unlimited access to their resources, Donovan has agreed to fetch an ancient item for the head of G Corporation, Kazuya Mishima. An item said to possess great power and great evil. I fear what Donovan might do if he gains access to the G Corporation, or worse tries to keep the item for himself.”
“What is the item?” asked Chun Li.
“I don’t know. That is what I was hoping you could help me with.”
“What makes you think I would have any insight?”
“According to my spies, Donovan isn’t the only one after the artifact,” said Helena. “It is also being tracked down by Shadoloo. From everything I have read, you are the leading expert on Shadoloo.”
Chun Li clinched her teeth. “Bison.”
“I was hoping you could tell me everything you know about Shadoloo and it’s leader, M. Bison. A better understanding of their motivations might shed some light on what this item could be or is capable of,” explained Helena.
“Bison is an evil maniac who desires world domination. Through his mastery of Psycho Power his wretched spirit has been able to live on, even when his body has been destroyed!”
Helena nodded her head. “Ah, a desire for eternal life, perhaps.”
“I do know he has been desperately trying to rebuild Shadoloo to its former glory,” said Chun Li.
Helena shrugged. “Usually when I want answers I could just hold a tournament. When all the players are around the truth always comes out. Unfortunately, I only have the ability to summon the Dead or Alive participants, not the King of the Iron Fist fighters which include Kazuya, or participants of the World Warrior tournament which is run by Shadoloo.”
“Yeah, when the World Warrior tournament is finished, all the fighters scatter across the globe. Some of them I never see again even at other tournaments. Like Birdie, what a knucklehead, and Karin Kanzuki or...”
“Karin Kanzuki participated in the World Warrior tournament?”
Chun Li lifted an eyebrow. “She has before, but not in a while. You know her?”
“We come from similar social circles. In fact...” Helena flipped through a file in front of her. “There is a girl just like her that participates in the King of the Iron Fist. Ah, here she is, Lili Rochefort. I may not have the power to gather all the fighters together, but I can put together a charity event exhibition match for high society. Who knows who might show up if we give it enough press. It isn’t much, but it’s a start.”
“There’s no way I’m going to let Bison get his hands on that item, whatever it is, I’m in,” said Chun Li.
“Good. I’ll began making preparations immediately. Meanwhile, I’ll have Zack fly around and see what any of the other DOA fighters know.”
Asuka Kazama sat with Lili Rochefort in one of the locker rooms at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“Why are we here?” aksed Asuka.
“Why wouldn’t we be here, Asuka. I have an oppurtunity to go out there and show off my moves to thousands of people and at the same time make my family and our company look good by participating in a charity event.” Lili smiled at her friend/rival. “You are here because I want you to have a front row seat to see what you are in for at the next King of The Iron Fist tournament.”
Asuka rolled her eyes.
In the opponent’s locker room, Karin paced back and forth.
“Are you nervous?” asked her friend, Sakura.
“Ansy perhaps, but not nervous. I know I can kick her butt. I have wanted to for a long time. She is a prissy little girl pretending to be a martial artist. Self taught, what a joke....” Karin noticed the confused expression on Sakura’s face. “With me it was different.”
“I wish you good luck,” said Sakura.
“Sweet little Sakura, luck is for commoners, all I need is my skill,” insisted Karin. “Though, I am glad you came. I didn’t want to join another World Warrior tournament until I was sure I could beat you. I think you’ll see tonight just how far I’ve come.”
“I can’t wait to see,” said Sakura.
A fight official poked his head into the locker room. “Karin Kanzuki, it’s time.”