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The Eternal Game (Transcript)
Setting Unidentified parallel universe
Date N/A

The Eternal Game is an epic contest-story set in the Xaterex Multiverse that inspired ToaInfinity to create this wiki.



Shardak fell. He fell downward into a void of shadows. Down, down, down he and Blast fell through shadows and darkness.

Suddenly, Shardak felt a rift in time, similar to the time he'd fallen into a Hand of Mata Nui dimensional gateway. But this was different in ways Shardak could not fathom. His body aged, his Kanohi Ignika vanished before he collapsed on the ground, his body weak, his mind aching as he recalled the past few days. Or nightmares, as he'd rather think of them. But he knew they were more real then anything.

He saw the storms of the Far Realm bearing down on them, saw Icyklia and Kyhrex calling to him to run, saw the vicious battle where Abinak and Xandrek were killed, saw thousands of Soul Marauders attacking Zralk and ripping him to shreds, saw the Soul Eliminator toy with him before hurling him into the void, and lastly saw the crazed Fenrakk Mage holding Ryger, Icyklia, and Kyhrex's limp bodies, and watched the sky explode as the Twilight Void was ripped apart and the crumbling spire and all the combatants vanish into the Far Realms. He and Blast were now totally alone.

There were no happy endings this time. The Hand had been destroyed by the White Lightning Division. Above, Eostra had won. Below, the realms were in chaos. The Toa were almost totally quelled. Hopelessness washed over him. Everything had been lost. Nightshade had even killed Arcturas, just to spite Shardak. Nightshade... Shardak hated her. She'd drawn him in to a war against the Corpsians, and even after Arcturas had been restored to him, she'd killed him again with her deadly soul-eating dagger.

But Shardak knew that he couldn't stay like this. He needed to get himself and Blast out of here. Reaching over to his Toa-Brother, he shook at Blast's limp form. The Toa blearily opened his eyes.

"Shardak..." he said.

"Yes, its me," he replied

"You're alive." said Blast. Then he looked shocked.

"Oh, Mata — Kyhrex!"

"She's gone." Shardak told him hopelessly. "After you fell, the Fenrakk Mage grabbed her, Ryger, and Icyklia. When the storm struck the tower, they were absorbed."

"Mata Nui, no..." Blast gasped in horror. "We are FINISHED."

"No, we're not." Said Shardak. "We can still win, but we need to survive. We can't do anything if we stay here. We need to find more Toa who can fight. Then, maybe, we stand a chance."

Then a raspy, nasal voice spoke.

"You never stood a chance, rebels," The Soul Eliminator said.

Chapter 1Edit

Soul Marauders! thought Shardak, and cursed. He should have known that the Soul Eaters were near. The Corpse dogs had the ability to track souls. They'd followed him here! Three Soul Defenders holding Midak Skyblasters took aim on him. Okay. he thought. Kill me. I don't care anymore.

But the Soul Defenders didn't fire. They simply turned to the Eliminator, who gave a small nod.

"Come, Toa." the Eliminator said quietly. "You will join the Eternal Game."

"What—?" Shardak gasped, but they all suddenly dematerialized.

When their bodies reappeared, they were standing near the spires of Metru Nui. Many tall beings wearing armor and holding whips were following miserable Matoran slaves.

"What are those beings?" Shardak asked the Soul Eater.

"They are Kodax." he replied. "Follow me."

The Toa walked, surrounded by their enemies, until they came to the Coliseum. It was tall and shining, not at all like the ruins that Shardak remembered. Something was wrong here. Why did the Corpsians not recognize him? What were the beings called Kodax doing here? Did they rule the city now? Surely Metru Nui couldn't have fallen to the Corpsians already? He didn't know.

"We are here." The Eliminator snarled, and entered the Coliseum. Shardak gasped.

Within the building, there was a large stage, along with a crowed of Kodax and Toa standing beneath it. Atop the stage stood a tall, gaunt Soul Eater. Standing to one side of him there was a tall, jet armored Kodax. On the other, there was-Nightshade! Rage threatened to overwhelm him. His Toa-Father's murderer stood before him, garbed in an Aspect's black cloak. What was she doing here? But there was no time to ask the Eliminator, for the Soul Eater on the stage spoke in an ancient, twisted voice.

"Greetings, warriors of the Corpse Empire, and welcome, contestants, to the Eternal Games!!"

Maniacal cheering filled the air.

Corpse Empire?! Shardak thought. What has happened?

The Soul Eliminator on the stage began to speak a lot of gibberish in Corpsian, which was greeted by more maniacal cheering. Then Shardak heard a phrase that he recognized.

"...Five thousand years ago, we crushed the Hand of Mata Nui..."

So they were in some kind of nightmare future.

"And threw all those that rebelled into an ever changing arena to fight forever."

The audience's cries reached fever pitch as the crowd roared and screeched.

"now we will send in more, to replace those that have died." thought Shardak desperately. Not us...

"And they will fight, as their forebears fought before them."

The Soul Eater began to read off the names of the other contestants: Kiina, Hahli, Nightwatcher...

A tall Toa of Shadow stood as the Eater spoke the name "Nightwatcher."

Shardak shuddered. The being was vicious. He could never fight that.

"...Iruka, Ghost, Kawa, Alloy..."

These four joined two of their other competitors, whom Shardak heard referred to as The Fallen Six. All looked as deadly as Nightwatcher.

"...Leviathos, Tetrack, Ixtil, Mersery, Soalaz..."

Five more warriors joined the already impressive crowd.

"...One Odina Drone, Brominax, Acrox, Antidax..."

With a start, Shardak realized that three of these were Great Beings. How powerful were these Kodax/Corpse lords, to bring even the primal entities that made the universe under their rule of terror?

...Fairon, Fyxan, Fyxon, Shardak, Blast!" finished the Soul Eater.

Shardak and Blast stood numbly when their names were called.

"Contestants, follow me." ordered a tall Soul Render.

Hopelessness washed over Shardak. They were totally trapped.

And if the Kodax and Corpsians didn't kill them, the other competitors would.

Chapter 2Edit

Fyxan stood in a tall, domed chamber along with the other competitors. Many of them were from his planet, and both foe and friend were standing shoulder to shoulder, hardly waiting to kill each other. But most of all, Fyxan watched the traitor Kodax called Fyxon. Under the influence of a deathly being called Void, he had betrayed them to all to be a spy.

The Kodax's eyes switched to Iruka, who looked breathless at the chance to fight in the Games. He, Kawa, Ghost, Kouhiimaru, Naraku, and Alloy formed a group known as The Fallen Six and were allies with two Toa of Light called Ravdev and Lekhop. Fyxan thought it was quite ironic; two Toa joined a group of evil lords, but he said nothing.

Other alliances included a group led by Leviathos with Tetrack's Brotherhood of Gigas Magna, and a group led by an alternate "Toa Mata Nui." A small group led by a Demo-Makuta called Kojol had forged a larger alliance with a group led by Zaeron.

"Ready to be deployed to the Arena," ordered the Render supervisor.

Well, here goes my life. Fyxan thought grimly, as he stepped into a tall metal cylinder.

"Just remember," The Soul Eater went on. "In the Arenas, you kill. Or you die."

The Soul Eater observed nearly 80 beings, stripped of weapons, ready to leave for a realm of death and devastation.

And only one would ever return.

Shardak felt a rush as the tube tore upward, ready to be deployed into a realm of death. He and Blast had considered joining another group, but in the end decided to fight for themselves only. Besides, there were other beings already there who may team up with them. But Shardak knew he could not win. The competition was too great.

"We're here," said Blast grimly as the pod opened. Shardak stepped out — and gasped.

He was standing on a colossal game board. A deathly black sky that held but a few feeble stars cast a half-light on the ground. Shardak glanced around at Ravdev and Harlen, the two Toa standing nearest to him. They looked equally amazed. Nightwatcher, Ghost, Iruka, and the Skrall leader Tuma did not look the slightest bit fazed. With a roar, Nightwatcher ripped apart his glass prison and charged towards the game board. Shardak watched Kental's prison open, then Ravdev's, then his and Blast's.

"Go! Run!" screamed Blast. Shardak charged into the battle. He saw three caches of weapons, arrayed near a central podium. Farther away, tunnels began to open. A vicious Lavawight charged toward the central podium, where the fighting was thickest. Ravdev turned and followed him. Shardak took a breath, then plunged into the battle.

Blood and armor splashed all over his body, and all around him, it was impossible to tell who was alive and who was dead. Harlen charged at him, tearing his arm. Shardak winced in pain, then slashed out. Harlen was a good fighter, but luckily, neither of them had a weapon. Harlen lashed out with a fist, sending Shardak sprawling into the dust. The wild-eyed toa leered at him — then his fist fell to his side, and his shattered body fell to the ground. Shardak spotted Kental, armed with a Shattering Gun, spring away from Harlen's corpse.

Ravdev, her face set in a mask of grim determination, charged forward, then gasped. Shardak turned, horrified to see the Toa of Light had fallen into a pool of lava where a square of the board had once been. Shardak saw the Lavawight grab a long spear and ran her through. As her eyes glazed over with death-mist, he ripped out the weapon, and Ravdev collapsed, lifeless, on the ground, her blood mingling with the lava that had insured her death. Two dead before they even reached a weapons cache.

With a yell, Shardak leaped onto the alter, and grabbed a sword. It wasn't the Blade of Arcturas, but it would do. A huge Stitched Scion lumbered toward him, swinging a mace. As Shardak was flung from the alter, the Scion's lower half shattered, blown to bits by Iruka, and Nightwatcher lopped off its head.

An updated alternate Tahu leapt toward the podium, grabbed a weapon, and dashed into the night. Lewa sprung after him, but Ghost, armed with his Crystal Scythe, ripped him down like a reaper. Lewa lay unconscious; not dead, but Shardak wouldn't bet on him surviving the day.

A warrior called Sen charged past Shardak, who raised his blade, but Kawa was quicker. She grabbed the warrior and slashed him open. Sen collapsed backwards, desperately trying to flee, but Lekhop grabbed a Staff of Light and fired a bolt from the tip, killing him.

Shardak spotted a Toa of Ice called Soalaz flee toward the next weapons cache, where Ixtil and Mersery already stood. Shardak grabbed a second blade and slashed at random in the direction of Soalaz. He thought he saw the Toa go down, and fled.

How many have died? Shardak wondered, as the battles at the caches continued. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

The dark arena held no answer for him.

Chapter 3Edit

Snarling, Kojol lept at Nightwatcher, who blocked the attack with one Skrall blade. The force was such that the Demo-Makuta collapsed on the ground. Nightwatcher raised his sword to finish him off when a Toa called Vakx lept at him, taking Nightwatcher by surprise. With a swipe of his blade, Nightwatcher slashed open the nuisance, but Kojol was back on his feet, Zaeron by his side. Kojol fired a swipe of Shadow at Nightwatcher, who blocked it with a powerful burst of his own. Kojol fired again, putting Nightwatcher on the defensive. Zaeron fired a blast of elemental power from his blade, covering the retreat of the rest of the alliance. Kojol turned, ready to follow, before his armor was shattered by a blast of sonic power.

"It's shattering time." Kental snarled, readying his gun to fire at Nightwatcher. Suddenly, Tuma broke off from the Toa of Fire he was fighting and leaped at Kental, taking him down. As blood and armor were ripped apart, Tuma finally was thrown backward, where he fell, lifeless and shattered. Kojol chose the moment to flee, and tore away from the second cache. Acrox sprang forward to continue the fight with Nightwatcher and Kental.

Ixtil was a wise Matoran. Under his guidance, the Matoran had formed a great nation. But now, in the arena fighting alongside Mersery, he worried. He was doomed. Brominax was grappling with Tetrack and Kelvar, a corrupt Toa of Lightning, while Nalek and Zaster were ripping at each other viciously with both blades and elements. With a screech, the currently winged Makuta called Dredzek flew down upon them as they fled toward the third cache.

Hahli, Kiina, Kawa, a Toa called Phoenix, and the Toa of Fire that had been fighting Tuma at the battle over the second cache, came. Ixtil recognized him as Igniter, a vicious rogue Toa. Dredzek fell into a plunge, ripping at Mersery with his talons. Mersery conjured eight glowing spheres of fire, which detonated on the Makuta's body. His armor melting, Dredzek, snarling, hurled a shadow hand at Mersery, flinging the elder to the ground helpless. Kental broke away from the main battle between himself, Nightwatcher, and Kental. Seeing Ixtil undefended, he fired the shattergun. Pain shot through Ixtil's leg as the armor and muscle shattered. Dredzek, breaking apart from his fight with Mersery, grabbed Ixtil, and flung his torn body to the ground. Ixtil gasped his last breaths before his eyes clouded in death.

With a roar of rage, Mersery lept at Dredzek, slashing his body nearly in two. Leaving the dead Makuta on the ground, he charged toward the third cache. He saw Nightwatcher leap after him. Had he killed Acrox and Kental? He saw the remaining combatants turn visious. Most of the fighting was over, with most of the warriors in small duels around the first and second caches, or fighting at the third. Phoenix slashed Kiina apart. Hahli, Kiina's ally, sprang away from the Pheonix, and electrified Igniter. The stunned Toa staggered into Nightwatcher, who cut his head off. Iruka slashed at Hahli, who dodged, but Kawa grabbed the Toa and hurled her lifeless body to the ground.

The battle was over. and the survivors began to gather the weapons that lay around them.

Shardak heard the voice of the Kodax announcers, announcing the end of the initial battles. Then they listed off the names of the dead. "Hahli, Kiina, Igniter, Raverak, Ixtil, Harlen, Sen, Ravdev, Soalaz, Dredzek, Scion, Jorbyy, Acrox, Tuma, Vakx." the Kodax listed off the names coldly and clearly.

So the first battles are over. Shardak thought. The first days were always the bloodiest, as the contestants fought over the prized weapons.

Inspecting the battlefield, He saw Leviathos, Krakanus, an Odina Drone, Tetrack, and a few other contestants pacing the battlefield, salvaging weapons. So Leviathos' and Tetrack's alliance had won the battle at the caches. He slunk away into the shadows, keen to avoid detection. As he walked, he pondered the dead contestents. Hahli and Kiina he had seen, but never knew.

Kiina, in his universe, had been possessed by Gorast in the hybrid wars. He could still see her crazed eyes leering above him, dual trident ready to strike... Shardak shook his head, trying to shake off the memory. Igniter, Ixtil, Raverak, Dredzek, Altor, Jorbyy, and Acrox he had never known. But Harlen he'd seen die a gruesome death, shattered by Kental, and Ravdev's death was even worse. And Soalaz...he must have killed him. Shardak realized he'd become a wicked fighter in the past year. He hoped it hadn't changed him.

And Blast was still missing.

Mata Nui, keep him safe. Shardak thought desperately. And there he remained, sleeping only scantly; watching for his enemies, who would kill him at the first opportunity.

Chapter 4Edit

Nightwatcher watched as Krakanus and Tetrack, followed closely by an Odina Drone, loot the third cache. He would never admit it, but he liked it here. It was always night, with very faint stars. Leviathos, though he had been the one to broker the deal, was long gone. He could not join with his enemies.

Well, poor him, thought Nightwatcher as The Odina Drone hefted a huge spear and passed it to Krakanus. It was their alliance that had won the initial battles. The huge amounts of weapons were theirs.

Quiet as a ghost, Nightwatcher slipped away from the rest of his group, watching the night as the Kodax announcer repeated the death toll for the first day. So Iruka, Ghost, and the rest of the Fallen Six had survived. A pity. And there was that Toa of Light too, Lekhop or whatever his name was. He was with them.

Harlen was dead, and Kental's whereabouts were unknown, but Rando was with the group led by Mata Nui. Most of the other alliances had fractured, though Zaeron may have still been with Raidak and Kojol, Nightwatcher didn't know.

I'm done here, the Toa of Shadow thought as he slipped away from his group. Tetrack and Krakanus were resting, while the Odina Drone stood guard. For a splite second, Nightwatcher thought about murdering them all. But no, Tetrack would be roused quickly, and even though he was confident he could overcome all of them, Tetrack could deal nasty wounds.

No...besides, they may still be useful, Nightwatcher decided, and vanished into the darkening gloom. Soon the arena would be roused, and the fighting would begin. Nightwatcher raised one blade, then slashed a square on the board completely in two. Satisfied, the Toa of Shadow walked into the forest, were the board ended. He would wait for someone to kill here.

Iruka cursed.

So Nightwatcher had won the initial battles, and his alliance had claimed the weapon caches. Kouhiimaru followed close behind his leader, alert for any movement. Ghost floated silently beside him, while the Toa of light Lekhop and the other Fallen Six followed him. Iruka cursed again, wishing that Ravdev had survived.

The calculating female Toa had created the alliance between them, and had been far more intelligent than Lekhop. While he felt no pity for her death, Iruka vowed to kill the Lavawight. She would have made a useful Exiled One, and could possibly have joined the Fallen Six as well. Then again, Lekhop would be a valuable ally in a fight, as he was a deadly warrior. Just the sort of slave I need here, Iruka thought as they walked toward the volcano in the distance.

Suddenly, Kawa, who had stepped on a square behind him, screeched, then vanished. She had simply disappeared.

Where did she go!" snarled Iruka.

Kouhiimaru raced over to his leader. "She's gone, so is Alloy. They all vanished on different squares."

Iruka spat viciously. Could this night get any worse? Naraku moved over by Ghost and the regrouping survivors.

"Are they dead?" he asked Kouhiimaru.

"Tonight, when the Kodax announces the death toll, we will know," he replied.

Iruka was already formulating a new plan. "Come," he said to his remaining five servants.

"Where are we going?" Naraku asked. "To try to find Kawa and Alloy?"

"No," hissed Iruka. "We will go to the volcano."

Mersery raced from the bloody battlefield, scraps of armor clinging to his body. His ally, Ixtil, was dead. His archenemy, Millennium, would be after him. He was hiding in the forest now, unsure of where to go. Back to the caches would be impossible. They'd already announced the deaths today, and it was early morning. A feeble sun had risen. Mersery wondered who would die today. This whole "Eternal Game" was sick. Worse, he knew if he didn't kill, he'd be killed.

Raising a small axe, the only weapon he had, Mersery walked quietly toward the forest. He'd spotted Iruka and four other warriors going that way earlier this morning.

A blast of force knocked him off his feet.

"Well, hello, Mersery," snarled Millenium, his scarred face inches from Mersery's own.

"Now we meet here, in an arena, for the last time."

Mersery didn't want to give Millennium the satisfaction of knowing he was frightened, but he was unable to conceal his shock as another being walked to stand by Millennium. The being was a powerful white Toa of Ice, armed with two Ice blades.

"This is Onika. He makes a remarkably good slave. Too bad you won't be given the same opportunity," snarled Millennuim as he raised his axe to attack. Mersery narrowly blocked, and the shock deadened his arm. Onika raised a blade, ripping a long wound down Mersery's left leg. Mersery whipped around, cutting a deep wound in Onika's arm. As Onika regained his strength, Milennium attacked. Mersery blocked his first blade, taking a shallow cut on his forearm, but the second blow cut off his hand. Knowing he had the upper hand, Millennium slashed open Mersery's side.

Then Onika attacked. Before he could hit, Mersery flung his axe, burying the lade in Onika's chest. Mersery noticed that Onika's eyes were empy, and as his body collapsed, his eyes never glazed over.

With a roar, Mersery lept at Millenium, dealing a blow with his fist in Millennium's eye. With a screech, Millenium slashed Mersery from chest to foot. Like a puppet that had all its strings cut, Mersery slumped to the ground and died instantly.

Looking regretfully at Onika's corpse, Millennium departed, leaving one more warrior dead.

That night, Iruka and his four warriors watched as the Kodax announcer spoke. Were Kawa and Alloy dead?

The Kodax announcer spoke, his loud voice ringing across the arena.

"Onika, Mersery."

That was all.

"So know we know. They are alive." Kouhiimaru said emotionlessly.

"We will find them." hissed Iruka.

Chapter 5Edit


The sun had risen the next morning, and Shardak awoke. He knew he couldn't stay here for long. The gameboard was controlled by Tetrack's Brotherhood, and the forest was no safe haven either. So he was on the move again.

He spun around at the sound of a snapping twig. Standing behind him were two Toa, wielding spears.

One of them (named Spirak) snickered. "Well, I was hoping for some excitement. What about you, Spiruk?"

The one named Spiruk raised his spear. "Ah, yeah, but we have to deal with what we have."

They then launched into combat. Shardak slashed Spirak across his leg, but was knocked down by Spiruk.

"Now you die!"

Shardak flung his sword upward. "Never!"

To his surprise, he stabbed him in the chest .Spiruk made a gurgling sound and fell over, dead. Spirak looked from the body to Shardak, and fled. Shardak got up and looked at the slain Toa, disturbed. Arcturas' death and Nightshade's betrayal had really changed him, hopefully not for the worst.

Lekhop and the remainder of the Fallen Six were making their way to the volcano. The Toa of Light was truely appalled. He was surrounded by four evil beings, and saw his Toa-sister, Ravdev, slain.

Eventually, he spoke up for the first time. "What are we doing here?"

Iruka stopped. "That is none of your business, Toa."

Lekhop sighed. He hated all of this, this vulgar "Eternal Game", being around the Fallen Six, and everything else.

Naraku pointed to the north. "I think I see the volcano."

Iruka chuckled. "Excelent, follow me."

Lekhop and the other three members followed him, Lekhop wondering just how long he would survive.

Toa Rellier ran out of the forest, terrorfied. He had encoutered...something in there. What he had encountered was Makuta Serrakaan, and he had barely escaped him with his life, and sanity. He ran like there was no tomorrow, not daring to look back. Eventually he stopped and looked back, not seeing anything.

He sighed. "I survived."

He got up, not knowing he was being watched by a pair of sinister eyes...

Chapter 6Edit

Alloy stood up. His body had reknit quickly after he'd been flung through a portal. The Droid looked around him. He was standing in some sort of chamber, and it was moving. The Stars whizzed by. Was he on some kind of spacecraft?

Yes! Alloy raced to the front of the starship, an saw a brilliant view of the shadowy lands, full of feeble stars. Unused to being left alone, the droid sized up the situation. He was outside of the arena, as he heard no Kodax announce the deaths of the competitors. He was seemingly alone, but the craft was large, and every chamber could conceal an assassin.

But with this, I could rule the Fallen Six, Alloy thought, grabbing at the wheel. Usually, it would take over 6 warriors to pilot the craft, but Alloy was clever. And as he felt his brain merge with that of the ship's computerized systems, Alloy knew he had won.

Lock on. Forward, Alloy commanded, and the Starship shot past thousands of glimmering stars.

And Alloy smiled.

Below, within the confines of the arena, Nightwatcher moved silently to his pet's rendezvous point. The tall green sillouhette of the Rahkshi of Growth blended eerily with he setting sun.

"Good," said Nightwatcher. "So you made it here."

Just then, the voice of the Kodax announcer ring out over the arena. "Spiruk."

Only one had died today. Nightwatcher briefly wondered who could have killed him, then turned to the Rahkshi of Growth.

"We're leaving," he snarled. "Something really big's happening out there, and we're going to pay them a visit."

Tahu and Gurren walked through the forest, supporting the badly wounded Lewa. After th battle at the first cache, Gurren had barely managed to get Lewa away from Naraku. Now, they were returning to their base camp.

Things had not gone well for their small alliance. They'd barely gotten away from the caches with any weapons, and were now farther away from most water sources. Mata Nui help us! thought Tahu desprately. They'd been lucky to have escaped the battle alive.

Then he saw his worst nightmare.

A tall, well armored being was coming toward them, obviously stalking the three.

"Orthodax!" he hissed to his team.

Realizing he'd been spotted, the being drew a wickedly curved scimiter with his dagger sharp claws and grinned. Then he charged.

Shardak was becoming used to the arena. It was usually night, with a feeble sun appearing every so often. But now, it was night again, and Shardak sneaked through the trees, trying to avoid any other competitors. What he'd done to Spiruk had seriously disturbed Shardak, and he'd vowed to avoid the others and kill only when he had to. Then he would find Blast.

Suddenly, Shardak realized, absorbed in his thoughts, he'd wandered into a fatal trap.

"Hello, Toa," said a tall, thin Kodax. Six more beings, five Kodax led by Krakanus, were closing in. Of Tetrack or Nightwatcher, there was no sign.

"You are dead, Toa." Krakanus leered.

Chapter 7Edit


Spiruk had never meant much to him. He was a fool who charged into battle without hesitation, without ever even considering whether or not the strategy would immediately get him killed. Still, Spiruk had been his brother, and now things had become personal.

Spirak didn't care about the Eternal Game. He didn't care about winning. All he cared about was staying alive long enough to escape the terrible place. That, and vengeance on Shardak for his brother's death.

He'd sat in the undergrowth and watched, silent as a phantom, as the Elemental Prince moved quietly under the light of the massive red sun. He listened carefully, not making a move, even as his target vanished from his sight. He could still hear him, and that was enough to make a rather good estimate of his position.

Spirak felt a small insect bite at his neck, but knowing all too well that the slightest motion would alert Shardak of his presence, allowed the burning pain to spread through his body. It was a particularly painful bite, and he dimly wondered what kind of insect that was.

Then he felt a growing weight on his shoulder, and knew that it was no insect.

Forgetting all about his target, he turned around and rubbed the steadily growing creature — something that appeared to be a miniature green Rahkshi — from his shoulder. As he watched, stunned, it grew to his height, then higher, then higher. It towered above him like the sun itself, its hands large enough to crush him like a twig, its eyes gleaming at him like massive emeralds.

"Why, hello," said the voice of the being that he recognized as Nightwatcher.

He turned around, but in all directions there was nothing to be seen, save the trees, the sun, the sky, and the massive Rahkshi. He turned around again, and found himself looking at the Toa of Shadow's leg.

"This here is my pet," the new arrival said as Spirak began to stutter in terror. "It is what is called a Rahkshi of Growth. Convenient little things to have around. They also are particularly good at scaring beings out of their wits." he leaned down, so the faces of the two Toa touched.

"Then again, so am I."

"W-w-what do you w-w-want?" said Spirak, his teeth chattering.

"What do I want?" said Nightwatcher. "I want to get out of this miserable game, much as I enjoy it. And, if I understood correctly, the winner of this game can leave. So far as I know, the only way to win the game is to make sure no one else is left to attempt to do so. And so, to answer your question, I can quite definitely say that what I want is for you and the rest of my 'rivals' to die."

Spirak was so terrified now that he was incapable of making any more noise, nor of moving as Nightwatcher picked him up.

"I have been holding myself back for the last few days. I thought it would be enjoyable, picking them off one by one like maggots. But there is no time left for enjoyment. Tomorrow, every last one of my foes will be ground into dust."

Nightwatcher began to squeeze, his fingers wrapping around the Toa's chest.

"And if you wanted to know why I decided to kill you before everyone else," growled the being who had once been Toa Charon, "that's just too bad."

A sickening explosion. Blood shot out in all directions from the body of his helpless victim as Nighwatcher's powerful hand crushed his helpless victim's torso.

"There's something going on here," Nightwatcher growled, staring at the horrible-looking corpse as he dropped it back on the ground. "Something beyond what any of us can fathom, except possibly me. And once all of you weak scum are grounded into dust, I'm leaving this place."

He looked up at the sky. The sun had gone now, and now the only visible lights were those of the eyes of Nightwatcher and his pet.

"Come, Girahk," he said. "It's time to go kill some Great Beings."

Chapter 8Edit

Brominax walked silently through the forest, tracking Antidax. The rebel Great Being had ended up in this accursed place as well, and Brominax felt it was his duty to hunt Antidax down and kill him once and for all.

Stay down, he motioned to Fyxan, as the Kodax stood to confront Antidax. We can't be seen, Brominax thought desprately.

Suddenly, a huge shadow loomed above the two beings. His eyes feral, Tetrack rose from behind them like a phantom. With a start, Antidax saw what was following him, and turned backwards.

Faster than lightning, another being raced from the undergrowth, striking Fyxan. Brominax recognized the traitor Fyxon as the two Kodax locked in mortal combat. He turned to Antidax. "I'll finish you, even if Tetrack destroys me afterward."

"No, you won't," hissed Tetrack.

Six Kodax appeared like mist from the surrounding woods.

Antidax smiled.

And Brominax realized, at that moment, just how much trouble they were in.

"Follow me, Vakax," Maserix ordered as the tall, brutal being turned away. "Don't want to get lost in this arena, do you?"

Maserix, using his deadly powers, had taken over Vakax's mind. He made the perfect slave — deadly and stupid. He'd been smart, but his will had been overwhelmed by that of the Great Being's.

A jolt of deathly cold struck Vakax and Maserix. The two beings turned, and were in a different place altogether. Some sort of stationary spacecraft.

"We're not in the arena now," hissed Vakax.

"No, this is some sort of spacecraft. Stationary."

Vakax turned away, but Maserix's cold fingers on his shoulder stilled his movement.


He led the being down the narrow passageway that opened into a spectacular view of the night sky. The Stars feebly flickered, and dusky planets shone through the darkness. It was brilliant.

Stooping down, Maserix saw that the chamber was some sort of launching pad. Most were empty, but one, a small white craft designed for two, was still there. Then, looking up, he saw the pulsing lights of another ship in the distance. And Maserix knew with a feverent certainty that another competitor was on that ship.

"Follow me," he ordered his slave. "we're taking down that ship."

Vakax lumbered over to join Maserix in the small space. There was an indefinite supply of air within, but Vakax barely fit. Maserix hoped that the lumbering thing would not destroy the roof. The change in pressure would kill him instantly.

As Vakax flew the ship across the heavens, Maserix saw they were closing with the ship.

"Lock on target," Maerix hissed. "Ready, aim, FIRE!!!!

Chapter 9Edit

Shardak was surrounded. Six strong Kodax, led by Krakanus, were all aiming weapons at him. Was it possible he could escape this? Another being was also with them. Phoenix was holding a torch and spear, her face set in a sardonic smile. with a start, Shardak realized it was a Scaldera, like Nightshade's Kanohi. Hatred flared in his chest as he recalled Nightshade slash her poisoned dagger at Arcturas as she cut him down...

Shardak shook his head, clearing his mind. Krakanus seemed to be in no hurry to let him die. The dark Makuta raised his blade. "Finish it," he ordered a red-armored Kodax.

And thinking of Nightshade fighting Arcturas gave Shardak an idea.

"Wait!" Shardak yelled. The Kodax stopped, his spear inches from Shardak's throught.

"Krakanus, I challenge you to single combat!"

Krakanus stopped. Then his face twisted into an evil grin.

"Or are you going to run and hide, and let your strike team do the dirty work for you?"

Krakanus' red eyes glowed with evil hatred.

"I accept. Name your terms."

"Winner lives. I win, and you die and the Kodax let me go. You win, and I die."

With a flourish, Krakanus drew his sword. His two other clawed hands gripped halfspears. Shardak held only his temporary sword.

"Here, take this, Krakanus," said Phoenix, passing him the Blade of Arcturas. Shardak hissed in fury as Krakanus drew the sword. Flame burst from the tip.

"Is this little Shardak's sword?" asked Phoenix. "Does it make him angry to see it used against him?"

She was taunting him, trying to make him lose focus. And as he cleared his mind, Krakanus attacked.

One spear lurched at him, which Shardak narrowly blocked. Krakanus slashed his sword down Shardak's leg, drawing blood. The other spear stabbed out at him, narrowly missing. Panting, Shardak tried an attack, but Krakanus easily blocked it. Shardak had fought intense battles against deadly opponents, but this Krakanus was one of the toughest he'd ever fought. Once again, the blade lashed out, ripping a gash in his shoulder.

He's playing with me. Shardak thought. He'll finish me off when it suits him. He slashed out again, but faster than the eye could see, Krakanus blocked. Shardak parried the next strike, but Krakanus had already stabbed him again. With a kick, Krakanus sent Shardak sprawling to the ground.

"So this is the best that Shardak can do?" asked Phoenix mockingly. "There were many Kodax betting that you'd win, you know. Too bad they'll all be disappointed."

Krakanus lunged, and the battle dissolved into a brutal, senseless attack. Shardak stagged away, Krakanus spearing. Shardak ducked a blow, and Krakanus kicked him to the ground.

"You are dead," snarled Krakanus as he raised the sword for the final strike. Shardak though about attacking now, but he knew that the Halfspears would block him. As Krakanus brought down the blade, Shardak exploded upward. Krakanus was ready, and tore the sword from his hands, stabbing a visious wound through his back with one spear. Pain exploded through his body as Krakanus slashed the sword down, cutting through his armor to the bone. With a last effort, Shardak ripped the spear from Krakanus' hands and stabbed out. For an instant, the two warriors stood face-to-face as Krakanus brought down the sword. With every inch of strength he had left, Shardak stabbed the spear upward. Krakanus broke away, fury in his red eyes, which turned to pain as Shardak jabbed the spear up through Krakanus' armor and into his heart.

Slowly, very slowly, the Makuta Lord sagged and collapsed on the ground.

And the Kodax stood shocked for one instant, then raised their spears...

Chapter 10Edit


Hissing a vile curse, Fyxon ripped at his archenemy's chest. The hated Fyxan was his to kill, Tetrack had promised him. More Kodax charged from behind the trees, slashing their swords at Brominax. The Great Being felled one, slashing it open, and sliced another's head off. Tetrack, seeing his shock troops were ineffective, lashed out with a chainsaw. Brominax dodged, and a third Kodax ripped open his shoulder. Seeing Brominax distracted, Tetrack slashed again, nearly beheading the Great Being.

Brominax stopped. He'd heared something. The clash of steel-on-steel. Fyxan, breaking apart from the stunned Fyxon, heared it too. Tetrack cursed. "The other group, led by Krakanus. Kill the attackers!" With a single blow, he slashed Brominax to the ground. The deadly rotating weapons ripped deep gouges in the beings armor, and Brominax collapsed. Without pausing to see if he'd survived, Tetrack turned, the Kodax following him.

Clang! A spear was flung past Shardak as the Kodax chased him across the forest floor. A second took him in the shoulder. Shardak stumbled, and the the pain of his wounds was so great that he almost stopped.

But the thought of Blast, alone in the dark arena galvanized him. As he ran, a third spear whizzed at him, and Shardak knew this time, it would not miss. Shardak threw out a hand-

-and the blade burst into flames. Startled by the sudden drain of energy, he stumbled and fell. The Kodax had given up persuit.

He sighed. "I've escaped."

Then he saw the tall, dark figure of Tetrack, followed by Fyxon and more Kodax, and realized he was far from safe...

Blast stood atop a hill near the volcano as darkness fell, and the Kodax announcer gave the death toll. "Krakanus, Spirak." He'd known neither of them. After four days in the arena, he was beginning to tire of the constent worry that more of his ememies would find him. Iruka and the Fallen Six were operating near the volcano, he knew, and wondered if they were toying with him.

A dark shape strode into the night, cutting off his thoughts. A tall, well-armored being. Iruka? No. through the stars half-light, Blast made out the Element Lord of Robotics. The tall being spoke an inaudible word, and a door in the mountainside swung open. The Lord dissapeared into the shadows.

What is he hiding? Blast wondered.

Prisoners, supplies, or... Intruiged, Blast drew the Scythe of Creation and raced off in persuit.

Jaller wandered through the shadowy forest,looking for someplace to hide.

The events of the battles had made made the Toa of Fire sick. All of them, forced to compete in this "Eternal Game" fighting to the last one standing. All of a sudden, Jaller heard something he turned around,to see a black figure in a hood and cloak.

He raised his weapon. "Who are you?"

The figure advanced, slowly.

Jaller took several paces back, with an overpowering fear coming over him. "W-whoever you are, stay back!"

He ran toward the being, his sword raised. It would be the worst, and last, mistake he ever made in his life. The being stabbed Jaller in his stomach area, downing him. The Toa looked up to see the horrific being's mask glowing. Blood started pouring from the unfortunate Toa of Fire's mouth, so much blood, that he eventually drowned in it.

Makuta Serrakaan turned away from the grisly scene, looking for another victim.

Millennium walked through a deserted battlefield, looking for something to kill. His huge axblade, still stained with Mersery's blood, slashed through the undergrowth, crushing any Rahi in his path. Suddenly, he heard a voice behind him."Millennium..."

Millennium turned around, to see a tall being, clad in black and green armor. Millennium raised his weapon. "Who are you? What do you want?" The being looked at Millennium.

"I have a proposal." Millennium eyed the being.

"What kind of proposal?" The being answered.

"An alliance."

Millennium thought for a moment. He may be useful, the Shadow of Ages leader decided.

"All right... I accept," he said aloud.

The being smiled. "Excellent."

Millenium asked him one last question. "Wait, what is your name?" The being stopped.

"My Makuta Benjarmin.

Chapter 11Edit

Maserix cursed. After he'd fired on Alloy's ship, the droid had jerked it out of the way. He'd been following the ship for three long days, and on the dusk of the fourth he finally had gotten within firing range.

"Ready to fire," he ordered Vakax. As the hulking being complied, Maserix grinned. It would be a fun night.

"Well, what have we here?" Tetrack Nui lifted the feebly struggling figure of Shardak above his head.

"A meddling Toa? I compliment you on defeating Krakanus. But you'll never defeat me!"

He turned to a tall, black armored Kodax lord. "Velnax, search the area. There may be more here." The Kodax turned and vanished among the trees.

Shardak was lifted higher, so his eyes locked with Tetrack's. It was like gazing into the eyes of pure insanity. Dread froze his heart, and his gaze burned through Shardak's body.

It was worse than pain.

"You can't win, Toa." Tetrack rasped. "This is the end..."

"No!" A new voice spoke.

"This is the end for you!" A Toa of Light was standing on a slope above them. Tetrack breathed a curse, dropping Shardak to the ground. Twenty Kodax drew their blades, Velnax leading them.

"Fairon." Tetrack hissed.

"Tetrack." The toa replied. Two more beings appeared beside him. Fyxan and Brominax.

Tetrack was done being subtle. "KILL THEM!!!" he screamed. The Kodax charged forward. One was flung to the ground by Fyxan, another torn apart by Brominax. Fairon went at Velnax, and spear clashed on sword as the two, Toa and Kodax, fought.

Shardak did not join in on the fun. Before the Kodax could kill him, he vanished into the growing dusk.

It was almost the end of day nine in the arena. With luck, the battles would keep the others distracted.

Shardak was done getting pushed around by Kodax.

The turned away from the fading sounds of battle to find Blast.

"FIRE! FIRE!! FIRE!!!!" Maserix screeched as their ship was struck by almost fatal impact. They needed to board, soon. Otherwise Alloy would escape, and they would die. Their ship was gaining. Alloy's was weakening. Soon, they would be able to board...

As they shot another blisteringly hot volley of missles at Alloy's ship. As the ship swerved toward them from the impact, Their damaged miniship slid into the boarding area. "Come, Vakax." Maserix spoke softly, his voice betraying none of the excitement he felt. "Let's destroy him."

Chapter 12Edit

Kental strode through the abandoned corridors of the huge stationary spacecraft. After the initial battles, he'd hidden for four days in the foliage, before being teleported here. He was trapped within this confines of this accursed ship, with no way out. as the edged along the corridor, he kept his gun cocked.

A flash of light made Kental jump backward as Rando strode into the room. Kental recovered quickly, and ran back down the long corridor. As he turned, another being, a Glatorian of the Ice Tribe, cut him off, as did another being, colored golden. Tanuva. Three other beings folllowed. Kental hissed. An alliance. He'd walked right into a trap. But Kental had one final option. As the group closed in, Kental aimed his Shattering rifle. He could kill them all with this.

As he fired three shots at Rando, Tanuva sprung, ripping a wound in his side. Kental was temporarily blinded, and his three shots randomly struck different objects. Two blew a hole almost through the wall, the third struck Rando, and the toa reeled back and fell to the ground. Kental raised a spear, and used the hilt to fling Tanuva backwards. As Kental recovered, a white and red warrior slashed a firey sword across his leg. Kental recognized Destrik, a bulky Toa. Kental shuddered, but fired eight rapid-fire bolts at the toa. Two missed, but all the others struck dead-on, shattering the toa to hundreds of bloody shards. Blood gushed from the destroyed corpse. Kental sprung at another being, Sanurak, but he dodged and the missles impacted against the wall. Sanurak charged, and Kental staggered out of reach. As he began to recover, Tanuva hit his golden body against Kental's own. Kental began firing at random, but Tanuva yanked the Shattering Gun from his hand, and fired two bolts of energy at Kental. The explosion blew two holes through Kental's body and tore through the weakened walls. Four more bolts flung Kental's body through the wall and into the starry sky. The change in pressure killed him instantly. Tanuva, Rando, and Sanurak wached as Kental's disintegrating body spiraled away from the shuttle out of sight.

There was no time to stay here and honor Destrik. The shuttle was beginning to crumble as the lack of air began to destroy the remaning walls.

The three warriors joined the Glatorian Antarus and thier other ally in the central corridor, and together, they raced deeper into the shuttle.

Suddenly, complete darkness envoloped them. Tanuva crashed into Antarus as light dissapeared.

"Say your last words." grinned Treix.

The tall, dark-armored being flung a wall of pure shadow at the three warriors. Tanuva and Rando lept away as quickliy as they could, but the wall hit Antarus dead-on. He died instantly.

Treix flashed a dark wall of shadow at Rando, flinging the toa backwards. Rando groaned, wounded but alive.

Tanuva still stood.

"Die, fool." Treix flung a dark curtain of solid shadow against the toa of infinity. Tanuva ducked, and it rebounded off the wall. Treix reabsorbed it, and flung more shadow. This bolt struck Tanuva hard. He twisted to avoid the impact, but it was to late to escape all the damage.

With a huge burst, the corridor erupted into a bloodbath as two more beings appeared in the entryway. A white Glatorian lept at Treix. Tanuva recognized Avarus, another member of their alliance. Treix lashed out. A wall of shadow struck the glatorian, crushing him to death. The last member of their alliance, Stradax, fired three pulses of light at Treix. With the demon off-balance, Tanuva shot five blasts from the Shattering rifle. With a screech Triex was flung away down the airtight corridor they'd emgered from. His cry reached fever pitch- then stopped.

Concerned, Stradax and Tanuva walked over to Rando. The toa was alive, but wounded.

"Treix..." He gasped.

"He's gone. Possibly dead."

"And now you are dead." The silver toa Nalek stood there, facing Zaster. Three other beings were with them: Zaeron, Altor, and a Stitched Arcanist.

Tanuva whirled around, then realized the truth. They were about to fight. And he and his wounded allies were caught between them.

Then Nightwatcher emerged from the half-gloom, and Tanuva felt a rush of despair...

Deep within Alloy's ship, miles away, a tall, dark-red figure walked through the darkness. The toa looked around, so none knew what she would do.

"Antigravity suits," she murmered, voice slightly muffled by the dark hood she wore.

She drew a blade against the first, ripping a small tear in it. Nothing major, but if it were used, it would be fatal to the user.

Phoenix grimly completed the task Tetrack had assigned her.

Chapter 13Edit

The small Lavawight lept from the edge of the cliff face, where the earth met the volcano. He longed to be free of this accursed world and become part of the lava again. For a few days, it had been spewing ash and volcanic rock, and tomarrow, the lavawight knew, it would explode.

But the Lavawight knew this was not an ordinary Volcano. It had been made by someone.

Perhaps the Kodax who ran this accursed Eternal Game.

Now he'd lept directly into the volcano, into the lava so hot it could melt a being's bones. With a crash the Lavawight struck the lava, spewing red-hot flames across his tortured body. It reminded him of the days when he'd been one with the volcano, his veins corsing through the earth's core...

...The being shook his head, clearing his mind from his once-life. He would complete a deadly act that would destroy all competition in the game. Then he would seek out the being who made him and kill him. And then he'd die. The end.

But not before he took the Fallen Six and the Brotherhood of Gigas Magna with him to the grave.

The Lavawight saw a crack in the volcano's side. He flung his bulk against the door and it swung open.

He found himself in a small, stone chamber. It was totally deserted. The lava golem turned, and saw a huge screen, showing the volcano's slopes, and a computer below it. The being sat in a chair, keying multipule codes in Lava-Speak, codes he knew would open the computer's lock. The being's eyes lit up as he found he was able to control the coming eruption.

Suddenly a voice rang through the volcano. It was the end of day 10 in the arena.

"Kental." That was all.

One death.

Tomarrow there would be many more.

Chapter 14Edit

"Where, exactly, are we going?" Benjarmin growled to Millenium.

The tall, dark being turned, and raised his axe.

"To see my...accociate." He replied. "He will tell you all you need to know."

Then Millenium turned.

"Who are you, anyway? You were not announced with the contestents.

"I have...friends." Benjarmin hissed. "Makuta who brought me here"

"And why did you choose me to be your ally? What can I give you, except a quick and rather gruesome death?" Millenium snarled, bringing his pitted and scarred face close to Benjarmin's.

Then Benjarmin uttered the same words Nightwatcher had used on the fourth day of the Game.

"Something is happening here, something bigger then anything but perhaps I can fathom... and we will find out."

In an instant, a tall, visious clawed being apperated before them.

"Dredzek." Benjarmin spoke the name cooly, as if he'd known all along that the Makuta would be here. "But...You died." Millenium managed to gasp out.

"Mersery killed me. Or so he thought. Mersion always were a bit...arrogant. He thought I was dead..."

"But I survived, and returned here. And I know something that you do not."

"And what could you know that I do not?" Millenium rasped, beginning to lose patiance.

"The Element Lord of Robotics is here. He has a small army assembled underneath these cliffs. An army that could eleminate all other contestants from the game forever."

Dredzek leaned in, and a wave of dread washed over the two other beings.

"The Baterra are here."

Night had fallen over the arena. In the darkness of the caves, only one beins were moving. A female Matoran adventurer, holding a pack of supplies in one hand and a curved sickle in the other, strode through the caverns below the arena.

Her name was Speewaa, and she was fighting for her life within these depths.

Her friend, Jorbyy, had been killed in the huge bloodbath over the weapons. She and her pet Sacarabax, Spaunauh, had escaped.

Later, she'd watched as the powerful Robotic Elemental Lord had entered these caverns, and she'd followed. By the time she'd realized it was a death trap, It was too late. The caves were fillled with Torshurrr, and worse-the terrible robotic nightmares known as Baterra. Now, on her third day in the caves, she was starving

I'm going to die here, she thought. And never see light again. Then resolve built in her. But I'll take as many Baterra with me before I go down.

Aiming her missle launcher, she carefully crept along the passageway, igniting a torch from her pack. Spaunauh instinctively moved away from the light, crawling into the pack. Speewaa smiled. Her Scarabax was all that remained of her original life.

As her eyes adjusted to the gloom, Speewaa scanned the corridor, picking out a blueish form in the distance.

Torshurrr! The word exploded in her mind. The deadly beings owned this area of the cave.

Closer...closer the Torshurrr came, still creeping forward, then--


With lightning speed, the Torshurrr lept at her, but Speewaa was faster, firing three rounds. The first missed, the second blew apart the thing's legs, and the third smashed through the creature's skull, killing it instantly. All light gone from its eyes, the Torshurrr slumped to the ground.

"Nice shot." A new voice made Speewaa jump. But when she looked up, she saw it was a Toa. He was young and strong, but his eyes seemed to come from the distant past, and seemed to be fighting barely repressed memories within his skull.

"Who...are you?" the matoran asked in awe.

"I am Blast, leader of the Hand of Mata Nui.

Speewaa looked at him blankly. The name meant nothing to her.

"But some have called me Crystillix. Or Burnarm."

Cystillix! Speewaa had heard the name before, she was sure of it. But she could not quite place the memory.

"I am Speewaa, Matoran of Infinity. Adventurer. Warrior."

"Do you know a way out?" Blast asked her.

"I wish," she said. "I've been searching for an exit, but there are none. What brought you here?"

"I followed the Element Lord into this place, but when I did, the exit closed behind me."

"Same here."

"Then we should form an alliance. Mabye two warriors can accomplish what one cannot."

Speewaa drew her sickle, and Spaunauh crawled onto her shoulder.

"Let's go."

Crystillix drew a long Scythe that gleamed with power, and the two turned and walked deeper into the caves.

Chapter 15Edit

Tetrack hissed in obvious annoyance. Fairon had escaped, and he'd wounded Velnax in the process. Now the Kodax was limping, and was slowing their progress to the volcano. But now, they were finally there, as night began to fall. Tetrack heard the booming voice of the Kodax announcer, saying there had been no deaths today.

Now there would be more.

Target: Iruka, Kouhiimaru, Ghost, Naraku, and Lekhop, who were making their way across the opposite side of the volcano.

"Hyyyhhi!!!" Velnax screeched, flinging himself at Kouhiimaru, and before the being was able to react, hauled him down the side of the volcano.

Naraku, spotting the danger, tore a Kodax from limb to limb, the body falling 100 feet to the bottom of the Volcano. Ghost raised his crystal scythe, and glided toward the Kodax, knowing he had all the time in the world. Iruka hit Tetrack dead on, and the two beings tumbled toward the edge. Tetrack grinned and tore large gouges across Iruka's chestplate, sending them to the very edge of the cliff face. Iruka managed to jump away at the last minute, but Tetrack could not react quickly enough and the hulking Kodax lord plummeted over the edge. His chainsaws broke his fall, but Iruka managed to flee in time, joining Lekhop, who was fighting an Odina Drone. Iruka crushed it between his fingers, then turned on another Kodax lord...

...Within the artificial volcano, the Lavawight saw it all. The ghost of a smile flickered across his face. "Lava lines." his hissed. "Engage..."

...Naraku dodged a blow from a green and red armored Kodax, then struck the Kodax wildly with his sword. The being went down, then Naraku whirled on another Kodax, who dodged away, eyes widening. Naraku turned, and ten thousand tons of molten lava hit him dead on, scalding him to death before he could even scream. As his burning body plummeted into the void below, Tetrack spun around and tore apart his head. Blood mixed with fire as he fell to his doom.

Iruka reacted quicker. grabbing Lekhop, who cried out in surprise, he flung the Toa in the path of the oncoming lava. It didn't halt the flow, but gave Iruka time to dodge away from the molten rock. He watched impassively as Lekhop's body was crushed apart by the lava spill. As Iruka spiraled down the volcano's side, desprately attempting to right himself.

Tetrack reared above him like a demon from Karzahni, dragging the leader of the Fallen Six over the edge of the cliff with him as the molten lava hit both beings. Tetrack was torn away from Iruka with a cry of rage and was crushed beneath the volcano.

Iruka, wounded badly and barely clinging to the edge of the cliff, saw a hand snake out from beneath the rubble, and knew that Tetrack was still alive.

Iruka's claws flashed in the night as he raced to rejoin the battle.

Tanuva watched as the battle broke out all around their alliance, the Stitched Arcanist downing Nalek, before being smashed by Nightwatcher. Zaster tried to dodge the oncoming bounty hunter, but was forced backward toward the wall. At the last minute, Zaster flung his weapons to the ground and grabbed Nightwatcher dragging him into the wall. Then-

They were both gone. The other combatants fled, their cries mingling as they traded blows.

"I'm going after them," said Rando. "Tanuva, go after the others." Tanuva nodded, then watched as Rando vanished. Then he and Sanurak raced down the corridor.

Suddenly, Tahu appeared, firing a jet of flame from his blade, frying Sanurak to death.

"Die!" snarled Tanuva, firing the Shattering Gun. Tahu dodged, but collided with the wall and vanished. Tanuva saw a limping toa of air coming at him, but a flash from the Shattering Gun took him down-

Then Gurren appeared out of nowhere, followed by Tabaris and Orthodax.

Tanuva drew his blade, then cocked his Shattering Gun, ready to fight the invaders.

"We are here." Maserix said as their shuttle slid into Alloy's ship. Vakax followed him out of the shuttle, onto the starcraft, ready to kill...

Chapter 16Edit

Tanuva winced as Orthodax tore his shoulder open. Reeling backwards, the Toa of Infinity staggered into Tabaris, who slashed open his side. Gurren lept at the monster, but Tabaris made a weird hissing noise, and Gurren collapsed, bleeding, onto the floor.

"I've been expanding my repetoire," Tabaris leered. "A new way to torture."

He made the same nasal sound, and Tanuva's scars from past battles reopened, wounds long healed reopened. Tanuva fell onto his knees, ready to die.

"Oh, no, not just yet." said Tabaris, smiling. "I'm not going to let you die so easily."

Gurren staggered to his feet, leaping at Tabaris. Caught by surprise, the being was slashed open by the toa's sword.

Tanuva staggered to his feet as Tabaris fell, firing two shots from the shattering gun. Tabaris waved his hand, and none of the bolts hit him. With a growl, Orthodax cut Tanuva down again with his huge scythes. The Toa of Infinity was running on reserve power now, and was near death. Tabaris, sensing this, moved with astonishing speed. One minute he was fighting Gurren, the next he was standing beside the fallen toa. Orthodax had cut Gurren to the ground.

"I'll take that little toy." Tabaris snarled, slamming Tanuva's weakened body against the wall of the starcraft. Tanuva's fingers could no longer support the weight of his weapons, and the Shattering Gun fell from his hands. Tabaris grabbed it, took aim, and fired.

Just then Gurren stood up, covered in blood and grime, and flung himself at Tabaris. The dark lord, taken by surprise at the toa's assult, missed the shot he'd aimed at Tanuva. As Gurren lept, Tabaris fired ten rapid rounds at a rate that was near impossible. Tanuva winced as Gurren was blown to shrapnel.

Tabaris turned to Tanuva. "Sorry for the interruption. Now, my brave little hero, your time is up."

Tabaris struck with lightning speed, flinging the toa away down the corridor. His keen hearing picked up a dull thud as Tanuva's mortally damaged body hit the ground with a sickening crunch.

Orthodax climbed to his feet rather unsteadily. "Did you kill him?"

"I really couldn't care less. Now Orthodax, it's time to pay Nightwatcher and the others a... visit."

Together Orthodax and Tabaris vanished through the wall.

Velnax watched as Kouhiimaru fell into the volcano's molten basin. The battlefeiled had reached the edge of the Volcano now, and falling in was near certain death. The Kodax lord, wounded during his battle with Fairon, had barely been able to overcome Kohiimaru.

Velnax cursed as he saw Kouhiimaru dig a spear into the side of the artificial volcano, breaking his fall just above the molten pits. Then he raced back intro the battle. Ghost was holding his own, each strike claiming the life of a Kodax soldier, and the lava lines were killing even more. Iruka, however, was fighting for his life. There were just too many Kodax here. Velnax grinned. His spear struck Iruka's side. The dark being grimaced, then slashed out a claw, decapitating Velnax. The Kodax was flung over the edge of the volcano, into the molten lava. As he impacted, he stabbed his longspear upward, snagging Iruka's armor. Iruka screeched as he was pulled into the lava with Velnax. Deathly pain shot though Velnax's body as the lava crushed his body to broken shards. A crest of lava hauled his molten body away. Iruka slid away at the last minute, digging his huge swordblade into the cliffs. His armor was melted, but he was alive. hauling himself out, he rejoined the battle. A Kodax lord, Valtrahk, and four of his leiutenents, were fighting Ghost and Kouhiimaru. The others had broken ranks and fled after the death of Velnax. The lava lines quickly claimed one, and Ghost cut down two.

Iruka lept, claws extended, and ripped apart Valtrahk. The Kodax's powers healed most of the injury, but he fell down the side of the volcano. Iruka watched until his body dissapeared from view. Kouhiimaru cut down the last of the Kodax.

"So..." Iruka hissed. "One of the Six is dead. But there is still a chance for Alloy and Kawa. We will find them, but first, let's pay the creator of this trap a visit."

The Lavawight turned, away from the bloodbath on the screen, to see the three dark beings enter the room.

"So..." said Iruka. This is the being responsible for the death of Naraku."

The Lavawight tried to flee, but Ghost blocked his way. There was a single flash of his scythe, and the Lavawight was gone. Not even a speck of dust remained to mark his passing.

"We will leave." hissed Iruka. "There is killing to be done."

Suddenly, there was a collosal explosion as the volcano exploded, consuming the Kodax on the slopes of the volcano. Kouhiimaru glanced at the screens, and saw Tetrack, his armor ragged and crushed, staggering away from the volcano as it blew to peices. Valtrahk and six other Kodax followed him.

Then the chamber was consumed, and Ghost dissapeared, teleporting away. Iruka grabbed Kouhiimaru, and the two were flung from the side of the volcano. they both landed, their armor crushed by the fall. Both were alive, but unconcious.

Ghost apperated beside them. He made no sound at all, just watched as the artificial volcano exploded, fire raining down over the arena, setting fire to the forest.

Fire that would spread.

Chapter 17Edit

Rellier sprang at Alloy, his blades slashing into the droid's armor. After fleeing from Serrakaan, He'd been teleported to this chamber. He'd eventually found Alloy in this huge command center on the starship, and had attacked the droid. Alloy stabbed, then abruptly changed directions and stabbed his blade into Rellier's side. Rellier took a brief moment to heal the wound, then stabbed Alloy's leg. The robot staggered, and Rellier thrust his blade into Alloy's back. Alloy snarled, springing to his feet, then turned to see Rando, Tabaris, Nightwatcher, Orthodax, Vakax and Maserix enter the room, Tabaris holding the Shattering Gun. Nightwatcher was fighting Orthodax, while Vakax and Tabaris cut each other's armor to bloody shreds, neither ready to die. Rando was fighting them all.

Tabaris cut Vakax to the ground, then turned and fired the Shattering Gun at Rellier. There was an explosion of blood as the Shatterer struck Rellier's head, blowing it off his neck and into armored peices. His body slumped to the ground. With a screech, Maserix broke away from Rando, and charged Alloy, smashing the droid through the fragile glass that seperated them from the pressure change of outer space. The droid was crushed to death instantly by the change in pressure, his body going limp. Vakax climed to his feet and turned on Nightwatcher, but the Toa of Shadow released a bolt of dark flame that knocked Vakax towards the glass. Vakax manged to pull himself away from certain death, then tensed as he saw Phoenix and Tahu approaching, both wearing antigravity suits. Tahu fired on Vakax, who simply absorbed the impact, turned on Orthodax. The two beings snarled, then began their battle.

Then all the combatents turned, and saw fire consume the ship. Without Alloy to control it, the ship was exploding.

What had moments before been a battlefield was now a place of chaos, as all the beings tried desprately to flee from the all-consuming flames. Rando, his eyes throbbing from the flames, watched as Maserix appeared next to the badly wounded Vakax.

"To the ship!" the Great Being screamed. "Get to our ship!" The two warriors fled down the narrow corridor. Nightwatcher followed them out, but the others were not so lucky. Rando knew that in a matter of moments, if they all didn't find some way to escape, they'd die. Orthodax was desprately trying to flee after Nightwatcher, Phoenix and Tahu were ready to fly away using their suits. Tabaris was fighting Rando, his eyes glittering in the half-light of the flames. Rando fired a huge blast of air at Tabaris, sending the being smashing through the glass. A huge roar of flame exploded in front of Rando's eyes, and when he could see again, Tabaris was gone. A Portal? Rando wondered, then flung himself into the battle. He saw an explosion of armor as Vakax crushed Orthodax to shreds, and heared Vakax's scream as Tahu struck him with a blast of flame. Vakax turned, but Tahu was flying away with his suit. Maserix fired a bolt from the Shattering Gun, striking Tahu's wing and sending him carreening through the walls of stars. Rando breifly wondered how he had gotten that, as it had been last seen with Tabaris, then all thoughts vanished. Vakax leered over him, ready to crush him apart like he had done to Orthodax. Rando braced himself for the pain, but then a conflagration of flames exploded before his eyes. A Nova Blast! Phoenix had fired one at Vakax, sending his burning body deeper into the inferno, and she'd grabbed him, and dragged him above the inferno, atop the now open roof of the starcraft.

Rando breathed again.

"Thanks for that, Toa-Sister." he panted. He couldn't belive he was alive. He joined Phoenix, and together, they watched as the starship was consumed by fire, and heared the desprate screams of the dying as they fought to escape their fate. Rando took another deep breath, and gasped. He was unable to breath.

He, stunned, looked down-

-And saw Phoenix's dagger potruding from his chest.

A dark stain of blood was slowly spreading across his body, but Rando simply stared at Phoenix, unable to beleive that the Toa who had saved him would have betrayed him this way.

"Why?" He finally chocked out, his vision blackening.

Phoenix's voice sounded like it was coming from far away.

"Because in The Eternal Game, there can only be one survivor."

The last thing Rando saw before darkness claimed him forever were the flames of the destroyed starship as his body plummeted into the inferno.

Chapter 18Edit

With a roar, Vakax sprang into the cockpit of his small starship. Maserix followed, and the two beings began to fly out of Alloy's exploding ship. As they began takeoff, Maserix whipped around to see Zaeron standing next to Vakax, fighting him for control of the ship, sending it spinning into the dark skies. Maserix looked back at the burning ship, and saw Nightwatcher, in an antigravity suit, leap from the edge of the burning ship, smashing into the side of the small starcraft. The ship spun wildy as Vakax lost control, sending them reeling to one side. The wing of Nightwatcher's suit smashed into the wing of the starship, and neither survived intact. Nightwatcher tried to hold on, but was sent spinning away from the ship in a ragged freefall.

Maserix turned to Zaeron. "That takes care of him. Now I'll finish you."

Zaeron let go of the wheel and blasted a bolt of both light and shadow at Maserix, sending the Great Being reeling. Maserix cursed, and sent arippling curtain of flames at Zaeron, covering him in flames. As Zaeron put out the flames, Vakax, who had regained control over the ship, grabbed Zaeron and began to crush him. Zaeron retaliated, flinging Vakax backwards and sending him smashing through the starcraft's side. Vakax never got the chance to scream as the change in pressure crushed him to death, his crumpled body sent spinning away from the broken starcraft.

Maserix began to morph, changing into a shapeless form that needed no oxegen or was affected by pressure. He floated through the cockpit and dissapeared.

Zaeron's ship began to explode, the engines smashed by Vakax's fall. Zaeron tried desprately not to be crushed by the pressure, hiding on the far side of the ship. As he was about to die, the starcraft exploded, sending Zaeron's burning body, completely crushed by the pressure change, spinning through the Wall of Stars.

Tahu flew away from the burning remains of Alloy's ship, willing his wings to fly faster. When he was a safe distance away from the wreckage, he paused.

I'm alive, he thought. Free from the Eternal Game. He would no longer have to kill or be killed. He was totally free, away from all the contestents. No one could come after him. Gazing ahead, he saw a large blue planet in the distence. He would try to fly there. Then he could start a new life, away from the dark Game, away from his guilt over Lewa's death at the hands of Tanuva. Free from the Eternal Game.

He'd fly to that planet. He could be a Toa-Hero again, not the murderous monster that the games had forced him to become. Then he'd try to return to his old planet, to see Pohatu, Gali, and the other Toa Nuva, then he'd-

Rrrrrrrrip. Tahu looked down, confused, wondering what had caused the sound.

Then he watched, horrified, as a tear began to open a crack in his star suit. A single crack, and the change in pressure would kill him instantly.

He'd picked a suit that had been sabataged. He didn't know who had done it, or how it could have happened, but it had. The Toa watched as the crack became wider, and opened a rent in his suit. He died instantly, his head drooping in death, his shoulders loosening. Yet still he moved.

A lone figure that would float forever among the stars.

Zaeron awoke in pitch-darkness.

What the... the Toa of Twilight thought, confused. He was supposed to be dead.

I wonder if this is the afterlife. He thought. Kind of dull.

He rose to his feet, and waited while his eyes adjusted to the gloom. He was standing in some sort of cavern complex. Bats, spiderlike rahi, and other small creatures flew above him. So I'm alive. He thought. But how? His last memory was of him spinning, consumed by flames, away from the wreckage of Vakax's starcraft.

Then he looked down at himself and gasped

He was covered in bloodred armor from head to toe. His hands were clawed, but otherwise he seemed to be the same. His eyes, however, clowed a deep sapphire color. He noticed a large flaming sword lying stabbed into the rocks beside him. Using both clawed hands, he pulled it out. It glowed a dark crimson color. When he helfted the sword, it felt like it was made for him. He felt a thrill of elation. With this, I can finish off everything in these games.

Looking down the corridor, he saw two figures, a dark colored Toa and a small matoran walking down the corridor.

Zaeron knew he could finish them off, but he wouldn't yet. The two beings were obviously after something, and he would find out.

The once-toa felt his armor become it's usual dark shade of ebony, his claws retract into his armor. He could blend in better in this form.

Zaeron was hunting.

Nightwatcher entered the large, stationary spacecraft and was greated by the sounds of screams.

Tabris and three other Toa were deuling with a being Nightwatcher regognized as Zlatrix. Three of Tetrack's Kodax were there as well, fighting another Toa. More beings were racing to join the battle.

Nightwatcher raced at a dark-armored Kodax, grabbing him and putting his blade at his throat.

"Where is Tetrack?" Nightwatcher demanded. The terrified beings spoke in a rush.

"He's going to the volcano, that's all I know!" He screamed.

Nightwatcher stabbed his blade through the Kodax's throat, then sprang away from the raging battle. Opening his antigravity suit, he paused as a small, green being floated out. Nightwatcher pointed one obsidian finger at the battlefeild.

"Girahk, finish them," the bounty hunter ordered. The Rahkshi grew into a Toa-sized being, then raced to join the battle.

Nightwatcher took one last look at his pet, then stepped into the wall and disappeared.

Chapter 19Edit


Nightwatcher's shining green eyes reflected the yellow light of the fire that tore through the forest around him. A volcanic eruption was a simple thing to defend against, at least if you had powers like him, and fire was terribly easy to walk through. Of course, the same could not be said for everyone: he watched, his face twisted into a half-smile, as numerous beings around him screamed, entering their death throes.

They, he reflected, were the lucky ones. After the night was over, all the others would wish that they had died earlier

He had made a promise several days ago, to kill the Great Beings, but he had delayed it for some time; first he wanted to make absolutely sure that there was no chance that he could lose to any of them. Antidax had disappeared, and Nightwatcher didn't care where he was. All that mattered was that he was out of the way.

Now, only Brominax and Maserix remained. He was certain that he could take them on himself, and he would most certainly do so after he... tied up the loose ends.

He finally reached his destination, and continued his leisurely pace, approaching his goal. A once-great being stood before him, even taller than he was. It was the Kodax named Tetrack, but he no longer deserved to be called a leader. He limped, his leg having been damaged heavily, his shoulders hunched. His body was heavily scarred by the flames, and his face was completely unrecognizable. Only one of his eyes remained, there were several teeth missing, and he looked to Nightwatcher like he was scared.

"Nightwatcher?" Tetrack croaked. "Please... heal me."

"I would love to," said the ex-bounty hunter, his smile widening. "That is, if it were my home universe and you had enough widgets to pay me for it. Here, however, you're nothing but an empty shell."

"Please..." gasped Tetrack looking down at him. "Together... we can escape this accursed game... Then you can have as many widgets as you want..."

Nightwatcher returned his gaze, his smile widening even more, until it covered his entire face in a terrifying expression. "Oh, please. You know as well as I do that you planned to betray me once we had defeated all our foes. Sadly, you never considered the possibility that I was planning the same thing. Foolish you."

With surprising speed given his injuries, Tetrack attempted to use his enormous size to bring Nightwatcher down with one thrust of his flaming sword, but Nightwatcher dodged it easily.

"You have no chance against me," grinned the Toa. "No one here does. And they will all die. Starting with you."

With that, Nightwatcher flicked his sword lightly, spearing the massive being in the heart. Tetrack screamed, but Nightwatcher telekinetically blasted his dying form into a tree, knocking the fallen being into the ground, where his body began to burn. Still alive, Tetrack screamed loudly, each scream conveying a powerful hatred towards Nightwatcher, but no one came to aid him, and Nightwatcher remained there until the screams ended.

Good, Nightwatcher thought. Only two of my foes remain. The rest can be easily dealt with. It is time for this "game" to end.

Fairon, Fyxon, and Brominax looked on in silence as the fire spread through the trees. They were at the edge of the forest, and it appeared that they were the only ones in the area.

As they watched in silence, the glistening moon rose higher into the darkened sky. Fairon, Fyxan, and Brominax looked towards one another, and slowly began to walk away from the scene of death and devastation, their heads bowed.

"This Eternal Game has changed us," Brominax muttered. Fyxan looked at him, and Brominax nodded knowingly. "We're murderers now, brutal killers. We've become the very things the Enforcers of Gigas Magna hoped to destroy. And for what?"

Fyxan did not answer. He looked up into the sky again, but saw that the moon was hidden by a cloud of smoke emanating from the wreckage of the ship. "How many others are left?"

"If Ixtil were here, he'd be able to calculate it in one instant," Fairon joked, then, remembering that their friend had fallen in battle, bowed his head. Brominax came over to him and patted him on the shoulder.

"We've all lost companions before," said the Great Being gravely.

Fairon finished counting on his fingers. "Including us, I'd say about fifty. Give or take a few."

"Fifty to go, then," said Fairon, raising his weapon and slinging it over his shoulder. He nearly dropped it when Fyxan grabbed his other shoulder tightly with his fingers.

"Did you see that?"

"Did I see what?"

Brominax was already in a battle stance. "The moon. It's gone!"


"Something's happened," said Fyxan, preparing for battle himself. Brominax cast a great beam of light in that direction, and what they saw was nothing less than unimaginable.

"Holy Mata Nui..." gasped Fairon, who had abandoned all pretense of discipline and dropped his weapon on the ground his mount and eyes wide open, staring at the terrible apparition.

Around the gameboard, fifty other beings looked up into the heavens and gasped at the horrible sight. The thing that had been blocking the sun had been a massive pyramid, which had sprung up among the cover of darkness. Clearly, the Toa, Makuta, and Kodax were not the only beings who had decided to make alliances.

In his own section of the playing field, Leviathos blinked in Brominax's light and looked upward. "Holy Mata Nui. It's a..."

"Massive..." said Speewaa...

"Pyramid..." gasped Millennium...

Even the Element Lord of Technology was astounded. "Of Scarabax."

He turned to his minions. "We dare waste no more time. We shall conquer this entire arena. And then, we shall be free forever of this accursed Eternal Game!"

Millennium and Benjarmin readied their weapons, looking down from the cliffs upon the massive army. The Baterra stood motionless, awaiting their orders, though had they been sentient, they would have cheered.

Nightwatcher looked down at the burning grass and saw Girahk, in his miniature, Scarabax-size form, approach him through the flames. The Toa of Shadow gently bent down to pick it up in his hands.

There is no turning back now, he smiled. The final battle has come at last. Chapter 20

Serrakaan twirled his weapons elegantly, slicing off the heads of a pair of Kodax. More Kodax surrounded him, but with a single wave of his hand, blasted them all with lightning. One managed to break free of the tendrils of blue flame and charged at the Makuta. Serrakaan chuckled, and while still blasting the remaining Kodax into burning corpses, he outmaneuvered the one that was charging at him and stabbed him through the heart.

He stopped blasting his foes with lightning, and strode calmly over the field of corpses. He looked up momentarily at the massive pyramid of Scarabax, which some of the more foolish contestants were attacking vainly, but decided not to worry about it. It held no danger for him at the moment. He would instead tackle some more worthy opponents.

He turned around, his sharp eyes looking into the distance. Far away, in the opposite direction as the army of Scarabax, lay a small mountain. He looked closer, and he could see a strange silver figure marching in his direction, accompanied by a large army of strange robotic beings. Interesting. Perhaps he should investigate.

By "investigate," of course, he meant, "destroy everything in his path."

Yes, he decided. That sounds like fun, he thought, unaware that two other parties already had their own plans for stopping the Element Lord...

Zaeron moved stealthily through the caves, pursuing his quarry. He knew enough about them now to understand that they had no chance against him. But if he wished to win the game, then that meant that all his foes had to be exterminated. Including the Element Lord and his Baterra. So perhaps, just perhaps, he could make a temporary alliance with Speewaa and Blast to bring their foes down.

Yes, that would make a very fine plan.

The cave opened up into the air, and Zaeron watched Blast ready his weapons. The Element Lord of Technology had departed already to battle, and the Baterra were following him in even lines. He felt his sword again, and gently stroked it with his remaining hand.

Then a dark hand grabbed him tightly around the neck. He managed to hang on to his sword, but moments later, before he could attack his unseen opponent with it, in was knocked out of his hand. He thrashed around like a Vandrox in a Muaka's jaws, but a long, pointed, three-pronged blade which Zaeron recognized as Dredzek's claw came to his throat.

"Make one noise and you're dead," hissed the Makuta.

"Kill him now," said the voice, which Zaeron realized belonged to the entity Millennium. "He's of no use to us."

"No," said Benjarmin, coming around to look the Toa of Shadow in the face. "He is of use to us. He can help us kill the Baterra."

So I'm not the only one who had the idea of using other people to take the Baterra out for you, thought Zaeron bitterly.

"He's weak!" argued Dredzek, who had apparently sided with Millennium. "Let me kill him!"

"No," Benjarmin answered. "For the moment, at least, we need allies."

"Really? And who would 'we' be?"

Zaeron fell to the ground, gasping, as Dredzek ended his chokehold and spun around to face the new speaker, Blast. "What do you want?" said Dredzek, who appeared ready to pounce onto his Toa prey. His claws gleamed wickedly in the moonlight, and he gestured menacingly at the black Toa that had appeared before them.

"The same thing you do, apparently," said Speewaa.

"An alliance, you say?" said Millennium, amused. "Look at them, Benjarmin. What could we possibly want with two Toa and a Matoran? I say kill them now and get this over with."

"They're expendable, yes," said Benjarmin, "but not at all useless."

Who are you calling expendable? thought Zaeron, and he suddenly had a powerful urge to shove his sword into Benjarmin's throat.

"Very well, then," said Millennium. "We go to fight the Baterra. Bear in mind that if any of you die, I'm not going to miss you much."

The six of them tramped out of the cave and onto the side of the small mountain. Millennium and the two Makuta simply levitated themselves to the bottom; Blast, Zaeron, and Speewaa watched enviously as they climbed down arduously.

I am going to kill them all, Zaeron decided. And then I shall look upon their rotting corpses and proclaim myself the master of this universe.

He thought about that for a moment, wondering at how he could had changed so much in this short time in the Eternal Game.

And then he smiled.

Now, time to deal with Brominax...

Chapter 20Edit


Serrakaan twirled his weapons elegantly, slicing off the heads of a pair of Kodax. More Kodax surrounded him, but with a single wave of his hand, blasted them all with lightning. One managed to break free of the tendrils of blue flame and charged at the Makuta. Serrakaan chuckled, and while still blasting the remaining Kodax into burning corpses, he outmaneuvered the one that was charging at him and stabbed him through the heart.

He stopped blasting his foes with lightning, and strode calmly over the field of corpses. He looked up momentarily at the massive pyramid of Scarabax, which some of the more foolish contestants were attacking vainly, but decided not to worry about it. It held no danger for him at the moment. He would instead tackle some more worthy opponents.

He turned around, his sharp eyes looking into the distance. Far away, in the opposite direction as the army of Scarabax, lay a small mountain. He looked closer, and he could see a strange silver figure marching in his direction, accompanied by a large army of strange robotic beings. Interesting. Perhaps he should investigate.

By "investigate," of course, he meant, "destroy everything in his path."

Yes, he decided. That sounds like fun, he thought, unaware that two other parties already had their own plans for stopping the Element Lord...

Zaeron moved stealthily through the caves, pursuing his quarry. He knew enough about them now to understand that they had no chance against him. But if he wished to win the game, then that meant that all his foes had to be exterminated. Including the Element Lord and his Baterra. So perhaps, just perhaps, he could make a temporary alliance with Speewaa and Blast to bring their foes down.

Yes, that would make a very fine plan.

The cave opened up into the air, and Zaeron watched Blast ready his weapons. The Element Lord of Technology had departed already to battle, and the Baterra were following him in even lines. He felt his sword again, and gently stroked it with his remaining hand.

Then a dark hand grabbed him tightly around the neck. He managed to hang on to his sword, but moments later, before he could attack his unseen opponent with it, in was knocked out of his hand. He thrashed around like a Vandrox in a Muaka's jaws, but a long, pointed, three-pronged blade which Zaeron recognized as Dredzek's claw came to his throat.

"Make one noise and you're dead," hissed the Makuta.

"Kill him now," said the voice, which Zaeron realized belonged to the entity Millennium. "He's of no use to us."

"No," said Benjarmin, coming around to look the Toa of Shadow in the face. "He is of use to us. He can help us kill the Baterra."

So I'm not the only one who had the idea of using other people to take the Baterra out for you, thought Zaeron bitterly.

"He's weak!" argued Dredzek, who had apparently sided with Millennium. "Let me kill him!"

"No," Benjarmin answered. "For the moment, at least, we need allies."

"Really? And who would 'we' be?"

Zaeron fell to the ground, gasping, as Dredzek ended his chokehold and spun around to face the new speaker, Blast. "What do you want?" said Dredzek, who appeared ready to pounce onto his Toa prey. His claws gleamed wickedly in the moonlight, and he gestured menacingly at the black Toa that had appeared before them.

"The same thing you do, apparently," said Speewaa.

"An alliance, you say?" said Millennium, amused. "Look at them, Benjarmin. What could we possibly want with two Toa and a Matoran? I say kill them now and get this over with."

"They're expendable, yes," said Benjarmin, "but not at all useless."

Who are you calling expendable? thought Zaeron, and he suddenly had a powerful urge to shove his sword into Benjarmin's throat.

"Very well, then," said Millennium. "We go to fight the Baterra. Bear in mind that if any of you die, I'm not going to miss you much."

The six of them tramped out of the cave and onto the side of the small mountain. Millennium and the two Makuta simply levitated themselves to the bottom; Blast, Zaeron, and Speewaa watched enviously as they climbed down arduously.

I am going to kill them all, Zaeron decided. And then I shall look upon their rotting corpses and proclaim myself the master of this universe.

He thought about that for a moment, wondering at how he could had changed so much in this short time in the Eternal Game.

And then he smiled.


"...It's an awesome story."
Odst grievous
"...I've had the privilege of writing a few chapters, and believe me, this really deserves a spot on the Main Page. It's intense, and it's large cast of characters makes it complex, but not overwhelming... So go ahead and read it."
"I think the Eternal Game is really cool."
"...So epic..."
"This is such an awesomelly epic story! Plenty of blood-curling violence, death, and chaotic destruction. This survival of the fittest contest is bound to make you beg for more with it's well-timed cliffhangers and its ongoing body count. However, you can't help but feel that behind everything occurring in "the game," something far more sinister is being planned, and its not just the contestants schemes of trying to kill each other off that's the complication, but rather, it seems like someone, or something, is manipulating everyone trapped in this game. Can't wait to see more! Encore!"
Chicken Bond