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The Ancient Beast
The ground shook in a tremor.
The trees shimmied.
The birds scattered, and the forest creatures ran for cover.
The beast entered the forest, and looked around. A squirrel was attempting to run past.
The creature growled, and retrieved the squirrel from the ground.
The beast looked curiously at the creature, as it scurried about in the beast's massive claw.
The beast growled once more, and curled its claw into a fist, before throwing the bloodied remnants of the squirrel against a nearby tree.
It continued on.
She was watching from the trees above.
She was full of rage; after all, she had just witnessed a creature she had sworn to protect die.
Adelaide leapt down and stood in front of the beast.
"I don't know what you are, but I'm going to stop you before you hurt anything else!"
The beast cocked its head and looked quizzically at the Gaia.
It had been awhile since Adelaide had to access the powers given to her by Mother Nature. She had had no reason to.
Adelaide started to talk to the beast in a calm and serene manner.
"There now. You don't have to be like this, do you? I know, you're lost, and you're scared. I can help you. Please, let me."
Adelaide stepped close to the beast, her confidence beginning to show.
The beast shook its head and growled. It was failing to understand what was happening.
"It's okay ancient one. There's no need to be frightened. I'm going to help you."
Adelaide could almost feel herself becoming cocky. She smiled.
The beast froze.
Adelaide smiled. "Gotcha!"
Suddenly, Adelaide felt a massive claw clasp around her neck from behind. She managed to turn her head and look.
"What?! I didn't sense another presence...oh no...you can create others?!?"
Adelaide didn't get a chance to breathe before the second beast crushed her neck and dropped her.
The second beast merged with the primary beast, and laughed as it stomped on Adelaide, squashing her corpse into the earth.
Known to their fans as Disorder Elite, the trio of nerds had access to an incredibly powerful array of weaponry, thanks to their dealings with a being that proclaimed itself as an "Unknown God."
For now though, the trio found themselves on the outskirts of the Ancient Forest, enjoying the peace and quiet.
"God *)$)$@)$@* dammit. What the $)(*@* are we doing here?" Harry looked at the other two.
"Hey, it was Gordon's idea. Don't look at me. Besides, we're meeting up with SJ soon anyway" Marv couldn't help but laugh.
"Hey, I thought it'd just be good to get out and...hey, what the hell is that noise?" Gordon looked towards the Ancient Forest.
The beast looked ahead, and saw a trio of three men.
It growled with contempt. It could sense something different about this trio.
The beast started to grow in size and density.
"That thing doesn't look nice. Drop it!" a mini-gun appeared in Harry's hands, and he opened fire.
The beast continued to grow in size, and started to see red.
"Whatever it is, it can take a $@*$@ beating!" Marv shouted over the gunfire, and summoned a rocket launcher. Marv placed the weapon on his shoulder, and opened fire.
The rocket hit the beast square in the chest, but had little effect.
The beast started to charge at the trio.
"FAN OUT!" Gordon shouted, as he took hold of a plasma rifle. Gordon let off a few bolts. One hit the beast in the legs, another in the back, and the third in its neck.
The beast stopped.
"Alright, got it! Damn thing...." before Gordon could finish, the beast had homed in on him, grabbed him by the legs, and swung him through the air before smashing him into the ground.
"G..G..Gordon?!?!?" Harry and Marv were frozen in place after hearing the sickening crunch
"Oh )$@)@ this, I'm outta here!" Harry turned and ran, leaving Marv frozen in place.
Harry could hear Marv scream, and almost a second later, saw Marv's torso fly over his head.
"Oh my god...what the *$@$*@ are you!??" Harry turned and summoned a laser rifle, before taking a shot at the enraged beast's eyes.
The beast didn't even flinch.
Harry had no time to move before the beast punched him through the stomach. The beast raised his arm into the air, and discarded the lifeless body.
"God dammit. The nerds said they'd be here by now. Where the hell are they?"
The shadow hunter's senses kicked into overdrive.
"What the hell...such anger!" Schattenjäger looked into the distance, and could see a monstrous creature approaching the great wall.
"Oh, not on my watch!" Schattenjäger leapt off the wall, and ran in the direction of the beast.
The beast looked ahead, and could see an armoured man approaching. It stopped.
The shadow hunter got within a quarter of a mile, and stood still.
The beast growled.
Schattenjäger stood there, attempting to size the beast up. "What the hell are you?!?"
The beast charged forward and raised its right arm, and Schattenjäger leapt into the air.
The beast punched the air where the shadow hunter stood, and growled when it realised he was no longer there.
Schattenjäger drew Hell's Bane from its sheath, and bought the blade down on the beast's arm, severing it.
The beast screamed in agony and lurched back.
"Hmm. So you CAN be hurt. Good!" Schattenjäger leapt at the beast, and cleanly severed the beast's other arm.
The beast looked at the bleeding stumps. It started to panic.
Schattenjäger grinned. "Well, you weren't much of a challenge, I...what?!?"
The beast's arms had grown back.
The beast looked down at Schattenjäger, and screaming with rage, ran at him.
The two combatants charged.
Schattenjäger leapt into the air, and plunged Hell's Bane into the right eye of the beast.
As soon as the blade had been removed, the eye grew back.
He then plunged the magical blade into the beast's neck, and sliced down.
The wound healed almost instantly.
"WHAT THE @*$@* ARE YOU??!" the shadow hunter screamed in anguish.
The beast had been trying to hit the acrobatic warrior. Every time it got close, Schattenjäger managed to escape.
For about an hour, the two warriors faced off. No matter how many times he connected, any wound inflicted by Schattenjäger was healed within seconds.
The shadow hunter was exhausted. He had never known a battle to last this long.
He dropped Hell's Bane beside him, and fell to his knees.
The beast stopped, and growled quizzically.
"Kill me damn you. Finish me off. You win" Schattenjäger bowed his head.
The beast lurched forward, and moved to wrap its claw around the shadow hunter's body.
With lightning speed, Schattenjäger retrieved Hell's Bane from the ground, and severed the beast's arms and legs off, before plunging the blade into the beast's chest.
"Heh, I can't see you surviving that. Have a fine time dying!"
Schattenjäger walked over to the motionless beast, and withdrew his blade.
He turned his back, and started to walk away.
At that moment, he felt a something grab him from behind.
"Oh, you have got to be..." he turned around, and instantly froze.
The beast stood before him. Its arms and legs had grown back, and there was no longer a wound in the chest area.
"Damn, you look pissed..." and before he could answer, the beast had grabbed Schattenjäger's legs with both claws, and snapped them clean from his body.
The shadow hunter didn't get a chance to scream in agony before the beast tore his head from his body.
The beast was still hungry. These battles had barely even "touched the sides."
The creature sniffed the air, and could smell battle. It could smell violence.
It continued towards Khazan.
A number of not-so-well-known heroes had heard the news broadcasts, and decided to prove their worth to Khazan by stopping the Beast.
Commander Proactive, Lord Explosion, and the Karateka Ninja all stood stoically in the beast's path.
"You boys ready?" the Commander shouted.
"As we'll ever be...I think" the Ninja replied.
"Bah, this won't take long. I mean, it's just a be...oh, shit..." Lord Explosion was cut short.
The beast came into view.
"Holy shit...it's...massive!" Explosion started to stammer.
"What the hell have we got ourselves into, Commander?" the Ninja started to panic.
"Courage, men!" the Commander was able to hide his panic.
The beast got to within 100 metres of the trio.
"Uh, yeah. Commander? I honestly think a frontal assault would be..." the Ninja was cut short.
The beast growled, again. This time it was a lower, almost softer growl.
The trio started to run at the beast.
"Dammit, I can't stop myself! WHY CAN'T I F!CKING STOP ?!" Explosion's hands started to glow.
"I don't know! I can't either!" the Karateka withdrew his blade, and leapt into the air.
"It must be willing us to attack!" the Commander pulled out a Vibro Baton and extended it.
The Karateka Ninja plunged his sword into the beast's neck.
"I can't move! Why the f!ck can't I move?!"
The beast grabbed the Ninja, and in one swift motion snapped the hero in half over it's knee.
Lord Explosion circled the beast, and proceeded to attack the monster's legs with concussion-enhanced blows.
"DAMMIT I CAN'T STOP! IT'S MAKING ME F!CKING ATTACK IT!" Explosion didn't get another breath before the beast used the upper half of the Karateka to smash him into oblivion.
The Commander shook his head as he raised the baton above his head.
"Dammit, we didn't even get a chance to prove..." the Commander stopped and looked down.
The beast's arm was protruding from his stomach. The Commander tried to use all the willpower he had to remove it, but failed. He looked up, and sighed.
The beast thrust forward with its other arm, and tore the Commander's head in half. It then shook the Commander's corpse from its arm, and continued on.
Assuming anyone would've been brave enough to view said scene.
The Beast was thundering along, when it heard a soft noise.
The Beast growled and sniffed the air.
"Hey, over here! By the window!"
The Beast turned, and observed a single rose that was buried in a teracotta pot.
The Beast looked around, but couldn't see anyone. He looked back at the rose, and growled.
"Yeah yeah, I know. You're all tough and stuff. My stem's shaking. Really, it is."
The Beast extended a giant claw and scratched the top of it's head. It growled again.
"It doesn't matter that you can understand me. What puzzles me more is that I can understand you. I mean, a monster like you, chatting away to a flower like me? What's this world coming to?"
The Beast shook his head, and he sat down.
"There, take a break. Now, I've been watching the news about you. Why the hell are you so pissed off?"
The Beast growled at the rose; a mix of anger filled loud growls, to soft, childlike growls.
The rose shimmied. "Hrm, no wonder you're so shitty at humans in general. Have any of my flora-colleagues pissed you off?"
The Beast shook his head.
"Oh well, that's good. Anyway, if you've got work to do, then I'd probably best let you get back to it, hey?" the rose extended a petal.
The Beast extended a claw, and shook with the rose, before continuing on.