A Deal with a Devil
Late one night in a dark alley, a Duel was taking place. One Duelist, a young male, was cowering in terror at the other, who was concealed by a dark cloak. All that could be seen of the cloaked Duelist were glowing eyes.
The young male Duelist begged, “Please, no more! I beg of you! Call back your beastly dragon, please! I give up, I give up! Just please, don’t tell it to attack!”
The cloaked Duelist sneered, “What’s the matter, human? I thought you said you were fearless and had some mighty monsters at your disposal. Where did all your courage go? I guess it’s to be expected, as you are an inferior species. Your pleas are noted… and IGNORED! Go my great beast! Wipe out the rest of his Life Points! Show him true power!”
The young male cried in despair and fear as a mighty roar was released from a shadowy creature, followed by a massive beam attack, which resulted in a large explosion. The Duelist’s Life Points were wiped out, leaving him beaten and crushed. The cloaked man gave a diabolical laugh as his shadowy dragon vanished, before he vanished through a portal.
The next day was a dark, rainy day. Django and the gang were hanging out at his place. They were watching a breaking news report.
The reporter, a neatly dressed adult man, stated, “For the third night in a row, officials have found severely beaten Duelists all over the city. This is the fourteenth attack so far. Each time, the Duelists have been found with serious injuries and severe trauma. It is still unknown who or what is causing this rash of attacks. Officials have tried to gather information from the young teens and adults, but due to their paralyzing fear, have been unable to give any details. The only info they have managed to gain is that all these attacks were caused by the same individual, but no other information is available at this time. A reward is now being offered to anyone who has any knowledge on the subject or who the attacker may be. We will keep you posted as more information is revealed. Thank you.”
Django turned off the TV, “That is very strange. Who would be attacking almost random people like this? I know the city can be dangerous, especially in some places or at night, but nothing like this has ever happened before.”
Cody replied, “You got me, D-Man. Whoever’s doin’ this sure is doin’ a heck of a job. Those poor guys end up paralyzed in total fear, as if they met the Grim Reaper himself. Who or what would cause such random attacks? And fer what reason?”
Tempest looked upset, “Those poor young Duelists. Are they being targeted? Or is this just some demented lunatic’s work? Why would anyone do something this… evil to just a bunch of young kids and adults? It’s like; whoever is doing this is doing it for kicks. There’s no real motive, at least not one I see. It makes me worried.”
Fiona shivered, “Same here, Tempest. It’s almost frightening. It could happen to anyone, even us. I mean, if just random people are targeted, then anyone could be next. I sure hope we don’t run into whoever is doing this. That’s almost too scary to think about.”
Jack growled, “Whoever that dirty rotten demon is, I hope the cops take him down! Sure, the city can be dangerous at times, especially at night, but what does this psychopath trying to gain by attacking totally random people? Is he trying to get attention? Or is there something more than that?”
Leo nodded, “Yeah, but what worries me the most is how he’s doing it. I mean, is he using some sort of super monster to terrify his victims with? Because of the wide range of cards that exist, finding some sort of monster that can inflict such fear is rare.” Suddenly he exclaimed, “What if it’s a Number Holder! We’ve seen how dangerous they can be, even if they’re just totally harmless, innocent people. Do you think a Number is behind this?”
Django then called out, “Alpha-1, report!”
Alpha-1 appeared, “Yes, sir. I am here. Is there something you need?”
“Have you recently been able to detect any other Numbers over the past three days? Outside of that cluster we’ve detected a while back. Maybe a Number is behind this rash of attacks lately. Any news to report?”
Alpha-1 lowered its head, “Negative. Other than the cluster of Numbers detected a few days ago, no other Number signature has been located within range. If this is a Number, then the system would’ve located it by now. So I’m afraid not.”
Django pondered for a moment, “That’s so strange. I feel Leo is on to something here, but if our system has been unable to detect a possible Number involved in these attacks, then that just makes things more confusing.” He turned to Alpha-1, “Heighten the system’s searching power. Maybe it is a Number, but if so, somehow its energy is being blocked by something. I want you increase the search parameters and reconfigure the system’s detection waves. If this is a Number, yet it’s somehow eluding our scanners, then we have to find out before any more people get hurt.”
Alpha-1 nodded, “Affirmative. I will get on it right away and will report any findings as soon as they come in.”
With a bow, Alpha-1 left the room through an unknown means.
Tempest said, “Let’s hope Alpha-1 finds something. I also think this is the work of a Number, but how is it able to hide itself from both Django’s powers and his special computer so easily?”
Suddenly, Utopia appeared before them, his eyes showing grim determination.
Cody jumped, “Utopia! Don’t do that! Yer nearly scared the life outta us!”
Utopia turned to Django, “Django, I know this is the work of a Number. Only a Number could create such fear and destruction. How it is eluding us, however, is the main mystery. Whoever is holding it is either able to hide its energy signature or the Number is so powerful that it is able to do so itself. I almost worry that it’ll be a Number similar to Number 96 himself; one that is pure evil, yet cunning and clever, one that was born from darkness and chaos. I advise you to be careful. Due to our past experiences with such Numbers, I worry that this one was bred specifically for destruction and death. Number 96 has proven that, when born a certain way, they can be very dangerous, even compared to other Numbers. Be on guard, and keep an eye on your friends. Who knows when this force will strike, so be alert.”
Django nodded, “I will. Thank you for the insight, Utopia. Keep me posted if you figure something out.”
With a nod, Utopia then vanished, causing Django’s deck holder to glow briefly before returning to normal.
Jack stated, “Guess there isn’t much we can do until something comes up. All we can do is play things by ear. Hopefully, if this is a Number, we can liberate it before it causes any more destruction.”
Django said grimly, “I hope it’ll be that easy. Number 96 has proven to be a handful at times, so if this is a Number, and it has a similar origin to Number 96, then we’ll have to play this very cautiously. As we’ve seen, even just a regular Number can be dangerous, let alone ones like 96, so we have to be alert for anything out of the ordinary. So, for now, let’s use my Duel Room to pass the time, and maybe something will come up that’ll shed light on this mystery.”
Later that day, Kain and Nicholas were at Kannon Corp. Nicholas was watching TV while Kain was working on his computer. His deck was sitting just to the left of the computer screen, which he kept glancing at, almost as if he was expecting it to do something.
He thought, “I still don’t get what happened. How did Django weasel his way out of my victory? And as if his Numbers weren’t mysterious enough, he goes and pulls off that Destiny Draw thing. What on Earth is he? He can’t be a normal human; no human could do something like that Destiny Draw or literally create a card like that Divine Weapon. So how did he do it?”
Suddenly, a voice chuckled, “My, my, my, frustrated are we? It’s no surprise, Kain. Not everyone has the honor of getting trounced by a Number and later a Divine Weapon. Perhaps I can help?”
Kain stood up quickly, “Who’s there!? Show yourself!”
Suddenly, the lights in his office started to flicker, then shut off. The TV also shut off, causing Nicholas to retreat closer to Kain. Kain’s eyes scanned the darkness for any sign of an intruder. Suddenly, a swirling portal opened up, and out walked a cloaked man.
Kain snapped, “Who are you? Identify yourself to me now!”
The cloaked man chuckled, “My, aren’t we impatient. My name doesn’t matter right now. What matters is that you’re frustrated at your second loss to that Django Spirit. Am I right?”
“How did you know that? Who or what are you?”
The man lifted his cloak hood up a bit, revealing heterochromatic eyes; the right eye being red while the left was gold. This caused both Kain and Nicholas to step back a bit.
The mysterious man chuckled, “How do I know this? Why, isn’t it obvious? It’s written all over your face and eyes. You want power so you can trounce Django and claim what is so rightfully yours. And I can help. You’re not the only one who wants Django out of the picture, and I can provide you with the power you need.”
Kain growled, “And what makes you think I would believe such a thing?”
The man revealed a card, which caused both Kannon brothers to jump back in alarm.
Nicholas exclaimed, “No way! It’s a Number!”
Kain stated, “Where did you get that!?”
The man replied, “I’ve had this for a while now. You can borrow it, if you’d like. My mighty Number can grant you the power and glory you deserve. And if you can thoroughly destroy Django in a Duel with it, I may just let you keep it. But, in exchange, you have to do something for me. When you beat Django, I want you to take his Utopia and give it to me. Do that, and this vicious Number is yours to keep. Fail, however, and I’ll take my Number right back. Do we have a deal?”
Nicholas snapped, “Who do you think you are, anyway!? You can’t just barge in here and tell my big brother what to do!”
The cloaked man grinned, “My, such a feisty younger brother you have there. And to think just a few minutes ago he was cowering before me. But do we have a deal, Kain?”
The younger Kannon brother stated, “No way! Now get out of here!”
Kain, however, said, “Hold on, Nicholas.” He turned to the cloaked man, “If I defeat Django and take his Utopia, I can keep that Number you’re holding, right?”
The man replied, “That is correct. Do a really good job and I will also give you another Number I’ve had stashed away for a while. But fail and not only will I take my Number back, but the next time we meet, I won’t be so generous. So do we have a deal, Kain?”
Nicholas looked alarmed, “Kain! What are you thinking!? You can’t just take this guy’s Number like that! No matter how strong your desire is to defeat Django, you’re making a deal with a devil!”
The man flicked his wrist and the Number was tossed across the room. Kain snatched it in midair, looked it over, and felt a strong energy flow through him. His eyes started to glow, he gained a twisted grin, and gave off a diabolical laugh. Nicholas looked terrified as his brother pulsated with dark energy.
“Good, I’m glad we agree. Now use that to utterly crush Django and it’ll be yours to keep. Just bring me that Utopia. I’ll be watching you, so don’t screw this up.”
With a dark laugh, another portal opened up, and he vanished within it. The lights and TV suddenly came back on. Nicholas looked at the portal as it closed, then back to Kain, who had gained a twisted expression on his face.
He sneered, “Django, prepare to be destroyed by my hands! I now have the power I need to remove you from my life forever!”
He then started to laugh as a Number symbol appeared on his right hand.
His younger brother thought, “Kain… what have you done? You just sold your soul to the devil. Is your desire to defeat Django that strong that you’re willing to go to such lengths? I hope Django is prepared, as this will get ugly very fast.”
The next day, the Legendary Number Hunters had gathered at their usual spot. They were still discussing the recent attacks on the various Duelists.
Cody asked, “Any word yet, D-Man? Did Alpha-1 find anythin’ yet?”
The inventor shook his head, “No, nothing yet, but I have a strong feeling we’ll find out soon enough.” Suddenly, he went into a trance, “It’s coming. A dragon of mass destruction is coming. It can control time on the battlefield, and will stop at nothing to annihilate all that oppose it. This dragon will bring death and destruction to all. It’s coming!”
Jack roughly shook Django, “Not again! Come on, Django, snap out of it!”
Once Django came out of the trance, Fiona asked, “Are you okay? You went into another trance.”
Leo added, “Yeah, and what’s this ‘dragon of mass destruction’ that you foretold? Could it be a Number?”
Just then, Django’s Duel Gazer started to beep. He took it out of his pocket, activated it, and Alpha-1 appeared on-screen.
“Alpha-1, reporting, sir. A Number has just been located, and it possesses a massive energy signature. It is in the city, and seems to be moving toward your current location. It has a power level I’ve never seen before, sir, so I believe it might be very dangerous. Be on your guard, sir, as it will arrive in your general area within minutes.”
The inventor nodded, “Thank you for letting me know, Alpha-1. I’ll be alert and ready for it. And I’ve got a hunch I know who has it. Keep me posted on anything else you find.”
“Affirmative. Alpha-1, signing off.”
Once Alpha-1 had disconnected, Tempest stated, “This is bad. If it has such a large energy signature, then it must be a really dangerous Number. Maybe it is the same Number that has been terrorizing all those young people… if so, then we’re in for quite the ride.”
Leo turned around, “Speaking of rides, Kain’s limo just pulled up. Oh, no, please tell me that he’s not the Number Holder. If so, then this will get very ugly very fast.”
Kain stepped out of his limo, a dark aura flowing around him. Django felt his heart beat hard as he sensed something.
He thought, “Leo’s right, this will get ugly. I sense the Number is with Kain, and that is not a good combination.”
Kain gained a twisted grin as he saw Django and the others. He slowly walked up to them, his eyes glowing menacingly, making the dark aura that flowed around him even more vibrant.
He stated coldly, “Django, it is time to meet your maker! I’m not even gonna bother telling you that I’m gonna crush you, so let’s just cut to the chase and get this Duel started! And when I’m done with you, not only will you be left a broken man, but you’re Utopia will be mine as well!”
Django got up grudgingly, “Very well. I was afraid this was gonna happen, and it appears I have no choice but to take you down. Cyber pack, access item #175, I’m gonna need it.”
The cyber pack fired a beam of light that arched downward and hit his left arm, revealing his tournament D-Pad. Django then took out his Duel Gazer and swapped it with his glasses, placing it over his right eye. The gang had followed suit, as did the crowd of people that had gathered.
As the computer energy flowed all around, copying the area, the female computer voice stated, “Augmented Reality Visual link established.”
Both Duelists drew their starting hands, Life Points set to 4000, and stated in unison, “Let’s Duel!”
Kain touched his deck, “I’ll open things up! My move, I Draw!” He took a card out of his hand, “First I summon the mighty Battle Ox in Attack Mode!”
Battle Ox appeared. It gave a mighty roar, axe in hand, and ready to fight.
“I’ll place one card face-down and end my turn. You’re up, Django, if you have the guts.”
Django touched his deck, “Oh, I’ve got spine to spare, so it’s my turn, I Draw!” He took a card out of his hand, “I’m gonna open things up with a bang, so I activate Polymerization to fuse my Berfomet and Gazelle the King of Mythical Beasts to form Chimera the Flying Mythical Beast!”
Berfomet and Gazelle appeared briefly on the field. Berfomet was a fiendish creature with orange-tan skin, four muscular arms ending in four-fingered clawed hands, and powerful legs ending in three-toed clawed feet. On its back was a pair of white feathered wings, and it had shaggy hair in various places such as its calves and shoulders. Its head was average size, with a mess of shaggy hair, glowing yellow eyes, a mouth full of sharp teeth, and a pair of ram-like horns. It was a Level Five monster with stats of 1400/1800.
Gazelle, on the other hand, looked more like a lion than its namesake. It had a dark brown furry, yet streamlined body, large sharp claws equipped to powerful legs and forearms, and a long tail ending with a black tuft of fur. Its head was similar to a male lion’s, with glowing yellow eyes, a long muzzle full of sharp teeth, a mane of black fur, and a forward-facing curved horn on its head. It was a Level Four monster with stats of 1500/1200.
However, both started to overlap each other, as they appeared to be swallowed up by a vortex, their bodies merging together. Before long, a new monster was standing before them. Chimera looked just like a chimera from any mythological book. It had a muscular yet streamlined body, strong legs that were built for running and jumping, ending in three-nailed claws and each equipped with a heel spike. On its back was a pair of feathered wings, and its long tail ended with a snake head. Its two heads were lion-like and near-identical, only the right head had Gazelle’s curved horn while the left head had Berfomet’s ram horns along with two additional spikes on the back of its neck, all surrounded by a mane of shaggy black fur. It was a Level Six monster with stats of 2100/1800.
Django stated, “I’m not done yet! Next I activate my Fusion Recovery Spell Card! This allows me to return one Polymerization and one monster used for a Fusion Monster back to my hand. So I return my Polymerization and my Gazelle back to my hand.”
Two cards were ejected from his Graveyard Zone’s slot, which he added to his hand.
“Now I attack with Chimera! Destroy Kain’s Battle Ox with Pulverizing Pounce!”
Chimera gave a mighty roar followed by a powerful leap, claws bared as it barreled toward Battle Ox. It slammed both its heads into Battle Ox before crushing it underneath its claws. Battle Ox vanished in a flurry of sparkles before Chimera took a swipe of its claw directly at Kain. He was pushed back by the attack, his Life Points dropping by 400 to 3600.
Django took out two cards from his hand, “I place two card face-down to end my turn. Your move, Kain.”
Kain sneered, “About time! It’s my turn, I Draw!” He took a card from his hand, “First, I activate Premature Burial! By paying 800 Life Points, I can revive a monster from my Graveyard and summon it to the field in Attack Mode! So I bring back my Battle Ox!”
His Life Points dropped by another 800 to 2800, but the Graveyard Portal opened up. Battle Ox emerged from the portal, looking just as mean and menacing as always.
“But it won’t be around for long. I Tribute my Battle Ox in order to summon my Luster Dragon #2 in Attack Mode! So be gone, Battle Ox, you’re not needed anymore!”
Battle Ox vanished and was replaced with a new monster. Luster Dragon #2 was a beautiful emerald green dragon. It had large wing that were twice its body length, powerful hind legs equipped with crystal-like structures, a long neck, a fairly small head with a pointed snout, horns, and fur on its cheeks, and a strong chest. It was a Level Six monster with stats of 2400/1400.
“Now my Luster Dragon #2! Destroy his Chimera and rid the field of it! Go Emerald Flame attack!”
Luster Dragon #2 opened its mouth and fired a powerful emerald green flame. Django, however, was ready.
He stated, “I activate the Trap: Mirror Force! This reflects your attack right back, destroying all your Attack Position monsters! So my Chimera is safe, but I can’t say the same for your dragon!”
Kain countered, “Not so fast, Django! I activate the Trap: Dark Bribe! I bribe you with the luxury of drawing one card, but in exchange, I can negate and destroy the last Spell or Trap you just played. So draw your card and say goodbye to both your Mirror Force and Chimera!”
Django grimace as he drew one card, but watched as Mirror Force shattered. The attack continued and Chimera was engulfed in flames, destroying it. The inventor recoiled as the flames licked his body, reducing his Life Points by 300 to 3700. However, he then started to smile.
“For starters, Kain, you triggered my Chimera’s special ability! When it’s destroyed and sent to the Graveyard, I can bring back one of the monsters used to summon it. So I bring back Berfomet in Defense Mode!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up again. This time, Berfomet jumped out of it, and then went into a kneeling position, two of its arms crossed.
“But that’s not all! I activate my other Trap known as Miracle’s Wake! When one or more monsters I control are destroyed this turn, this card allows me to bring back one of them. So I bring back Chimera in Attack Mode. Sorry, better luck next time.”
The Graveyard Portal opened up yet again. Chimera jumped out of it, gave a mighty roar, and returned to its original battle position.
Kain gave a snarl, thinking “No matter what I seem to do, Django always ends up with at least one monster on the field. But this time, even an army of monsters can’t stop me.” He said aloud, “I place one card face-down to end my turn. Not like you can do much else, either, so make your move.”
“Gladly, I Draw!” He looked at his new card, smiling, “Time to say farewell to your dragon. I Tribute my Berfomet in order to summon an old friend: Summoned Skull!”
Berfomet vanished and was replaced with a new, more sinister-looking monster. Summoned Skull was a massive monster. Its body had a distinct skeleton-like frame, white in color, while its purplish muscles were bulky and strong. It had large armored shoulders and arms, ending in wide, flat claws each equipped with three black nails. Its legs were very much the same, consisting of bulky thighs, armored calves, and ending in three-toed white claws with black nails and a matching heel spike. On its back were large blue bat-like wings, each bearing a single sharp claw. Its head was fairly small compared to the rest of its body, shaped like a more fiendish skull with large, straight teeth, downward-facing curved horns, and glowing dot-like green eyes within sunken eye sockets. It was a Level Six monster with stats of 2500/1200.
Jack stated, “Wow, I forgot Django had such a ferocious monster in his deck. Summoned Skull is outright brutal-looking.”
Leo added, “Yeah, but it’s strong for its level, especially for a Normal Monster. 2500 points of power for a Level Six monster is nothing to sneeze at, making it the second strongest Fiend-type Normal Monster, just behind Zoa. The only Level Six Normal Monsters in the game that are stronger are Frostosaurus and Trance the Magic Swordsman, but only by a small margin. Still, Summoned Skull is a powerhouse, so Kain is in for a hurting.”
Django instructed, “Now my Summoned Skull! Attack Luster Dragon #2 with Lightning Strike!”
Summoned Skull gave a scratchy roar as it generated a large amount of electrical energy above its head. Then, it fired several powerful bolts toward Luster Dragon #2. Kain, however, merely grinned.
“I activate the Trap: Negate Attack! This not only blocks your attack, but ends your Battle Phase! So your Skull will have to wait until later do land a successful attack!”
A spiraling vortex absorbed the attack, blocking it, keeping Luster Dragon #2 safe.
Django merely said, “I place one card face-down to end my turn.”
“I thought as much. So it’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his new card, grinning, “I just drew something I know you hate. Eat this! I summon Chainsaw Insect in Attack Mode!”
Chainsaw Insect appeared on the field. It gave its chainsaw mandibles a quick buzz before it stood next to Luster Dragon #2. Django felt his skin crawl, but remained focused and determined.
“Now my Insect! Carve up his Chimera like a holiday turkey, as well as taking a bite out of his Life Points!”
Chainsaw Insect scurried over toward Chimera, its mandibles buzzing. It mercilessly shredded Chimera, destroying it without a problem. Django flinched as the shockwaves stuck him, but remained rooted to the spot. His Life Points dropped by 300 to 3400.
Kain stated, “Now, as you know, when Chainsaw Insect attacks or is attacked, you get to draw one card. So go ahead and draw your card.”
Django drew one card, looked at it, then placed it in his hand. He then stated, “Not bad, Kain, but you’ve done two things for me. First off, Chimera’s ability activates again. Since you destroyed it, I can revive one of its components. So, welcome back to the field Berfomet in Defense Mode!”
The Graveyard Portal opened up yet again, and Berfomet jumped out, going back into a defensive kneeling pose. This further annoyed Kain.
“But I’m not done. Since you destroyed a monster, I can activate this Trap! Go, Soul Rope! By paying 1000 Life Points, I can summon from my deck to the field a Level Four monster! So I’ll pay that 1000 points to summon my Witch of the Black Forest in Defense Mode!”
His Life Points dropped by another 1000 to 2400, but a card was ejected from his deck, which he placed on the field. Witch of the Black Forest was a female monster dressed in a long, off-the-shoulders black gown with a metal rim on top. She had pale skin, long purple hair, feather-like attachments on the side of her head, and what appeared to be four eyes: two normal ones, which were closed, one sideways one on her forehead, and one seemingly on her chest. She was a Level Four monster with stats of 1100/1200.
Kain stated, “Your girlfriend doesn’t scare me! Luster Dragon #2, take out his Witch!”
Luster Dragon #2 opened its mouth and fired its emerald green fire breath. Witch of the Black Forest was engulfed in the flames, burned to ashes easily. Django, however, was smiling.
“Thanks, Kain, you activated her special ability. When she’s sent from the field to the Graveyard, I can add one monster from my deck with 1500 or less Defense to my hand. So I think I’ll add my Goblindbergh to my hand. So thanks for the assistance.”
A card was ejected from his deck, which he took. He briefly showed it before adding it to his hand. Kain gave a small snarl in response.
“I’ll place one card face-down and end my turn there, but I doubt there’s much you can do.”
“We’ll just see. So it’s my turn, I Draw!” Django drew a card, then said, “First off, I activate Pot of Greed to draw two cards.” He did so, and then said, “Next, I think I’ll summon this monster! Goblindbergh, take to the skies!”
Three flashes of light appeared in the sky as three red propeller monoplanes appeared. Each one had a horned, green goblin piloting it, each dressed in traditional pilot’s gear consisting of a red helmet, large goggles, and a long scarf. They were a Level Four monsters with stats of 1400/0.
“That’s not all, for when Goblindbergh is Normal Summon, it can bring another monster with it. So I summon my Gazelle to the field in Attack Mode! My goblins will have to switch to Defense Mode afterward, but that’s no biggie.”
The trio of goblin pilots was jointly carrying a large metal container. They suddenly dropped it, and when it hit the ground, it opened up, revealing Gazelle.
“Now, time to kick this Duel into high-gear! I Overlay my Level Four Goblindbergh and Gazelle to build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon an old friend: Number 39: Utopia!”
Both Gazelle and Goblindbergh became brownish orbs of light, flew up into the air, and entered the galaxy style portal. It erupted with power, and out emerged Utopia’s sealed form. Shortly afterward, the sealed form unfolded and Utopia was now standing before them, as mighty as ever.
Cody stated eagerly, “Lookin’ good, Utopia! Show Kain who’s boss!”
Fiona cheered, “That’s the way, Django! Teach Kain a lesson!”
Kain grinned, saying silently, “I was hoping he’d summon Utopia. Now I can crush it with my Number.”
Django instructed, “Now, Summoned Skull, attack Luster Dragon #2 with Lightning Strike!”
Summoned Skull attacked with a large amount of electrical energy. But Kain was grinning again.
“Sorry to disappoint you yet again, but I activate my second Negate Attack! So sorry, but your attack has been block and your Battle Phase is over!”
Once again, Summoned Skull’s electrical attack was swallowed up by a spinning vortex, canceling it out.
Django, while annoyed, said, “I place two cards face-down to end my turn.”
“Good, so now it’s my turn! I Draw! I activate Pot of Greed to draw two new cards from my deck!” He did so, looked at them, and started to laugh, “I’ve done it, Django. I’ve got everything I need to destroy you! First off, I Tribute both my Chainsaw Insect and my Luster Dragon #2 in order to summon an old friend you might know. That’s right, it’s my Blue-Eyes White Dragon!”
Both Luster Dragon #2 and Chainsaw Insect vanished and were replaced with Blue-Eyes. It gave its trademark cry as it stared down at Django’s monsters.
“But that’s not all. I activate the Spell: Ancient Rules! This allows me to Special Summon any Level Five or higher Normal Monster from my hand, so I summon my Rabidragon, in Attack Mode!”
Rabidragon appeared on the field. It was a large, bulky dragon. Most of its body was covered in snow white fur, while parts such as its stomach, neck, and legs were encased in strong armor-like scales. It had sharp, four-nailed claws on both its forearms and feet, with its hind legs being larger and more muscular. It had somewhat small wings for its body structure, bat-like with white fur and a single sharp nail. It had a long tail and neck studded with red spikes, along with a somewhat small head. Its head was distinctly rabbit-like, with large narrow ears, white fur, a short snout, two forward-facing spikes protruding from its cheeks, and glowing red eyes. It was a Level Eight monster with stats of 2950/2900.
Tempest said, “Kain now has two Level Eight monsters on his field… Oh no! That means only one thing!”
Kain started to laugh manically as a number symbol appeared on the back of his right hand. “That’s right, green girl! I Overlay my two Level Eight dragons to build the Overlay Network! Come forth my great beast of destruction! Arise Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon!”
Both dragons became yellowish orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered a galaxy style Overlay Network. It erupted with power as a new sealed form appeared. It looked like a metallic, narrow upside-down pyramid or spike with glowing blue and red jewels, and on top were a set of spikes on a stub. Then, it started to unfold. Before long, a new monster stood before them.
Tachyon Dragon had a distinct mechanical appearance to it. It was mostly composed of blackish-grey armor plates studded with large gem-like structures, a sharp hourglass-shaped body, mechanical stilt-like legs, and a long wire tail. Its arms were massively armored and very machine-like, ending in large claws. On its back were metal versions of Photon Dragon’s fan-like wings, only more jet-like and releasing a large amount of jet fire energy. Perched on a thick metal neck was its jet-shaped head, with a mechanical jaw, booster-shaped structures on the side, flat spike-like protrusions facing backwards, and a narrow dome head with glowing yellow eyes. Orbiting it were two yellow orbs of light, and written on the right side of its head was the number “107” in curved lines and dots. It was a Rank Eight monster with stats of 3000/2500.
Django choked, “A Number over 100!? I thought there were only 100 different Numbers!”
Cody exclaimed, “Look at that thing! It’s a monstrosity! It makes Ultimate Dragon and Photon Dragon look friendly!”
Jack sputtered, “I hope Django can face that thing, as it looks ready to fight to the death!”
Fiona choked, “I bet that’s the mega monster that’s been causing all the problems! But where did Kain get it? And, if it is, why would Kain attack innocent people?”
Leo stated, “I bet that card has a different owner, as I don’t think Kain would attack random people. But I’m not sure how he got it.”
Kain laughed, “Meet the card of your demise, Django! I activate my Tachyon Dragon’s ability! By using one Overlay Unit, I can neutralize all other card effects on the field! So even if your Utopia could protect itself, that won’t be the case!”
Tachyon Dragon ate one of its Overlay Units then started to release several shooting-star sparkles. These sparkles caused Utopia and Berfomet to turn dark colored, their abilities negated.
“Now Tachyon Dragon! Attack Utopia and rid my life of it!”
Tachyon Dragon opened up its mouth, charged up massive energy, and fired a powerful beam attack.
Django retaliated, “I activate the Trap: Scrap-Iron Scarecrow! I can block one attack per turn with it! So my Utopia isn’t going anywhere!”
Scrap-Iron Scarecrow popped up, appeared in front of Utopia, and blocked the attack, before returning to its original position.
Cody cheered, “I love that Scrap-Iron Scarecrow! Nice try, Kain, but not nice enough!”
Kain, however, started to laugh again, “You think that pathetic excuse for a Trap can stop my dragon! Think again! Whenever you activate and resolve an effect during the Battle Phase, my Tachyon Dragon’s other ability activates! Since it used an Overlay Unit before the battle, I can trigger its other ability. This devastating ability allows me to attack one more time, but this time with 1000 extra Attack Points until the end of the Battle Phase! And, every time you use an effect during the Battle Phase that my dragon used an Overlay Unit, I can keep gaining 1000 Attack Points! So I’d refrain from using your Scrap-Iron Scarecrow if you want to survive. Not like it’ll matter shortly. So go, Tachyon Dragon! Draw out more power and attack Utopia again!”
Tachyon Dragon gave a roar as its power increased from 3000 to 4000. It launched another breath attack toward Utopia.
Django stated, “I’m not done yet! I activate the Trap: Shift! Sure, it may boost your dragon again, but it can only attack twice per turn via its effect. So I shift the attack away from Utopia and instead have it target my Berfomet!”
While Tachyon Dragon gained another 1000 points, totaling 5000, Berfomet was thrown in front of the attack. It blocked the attack, protecting Utopia, but was destroyed in the process. Django, and everyone around him, was forced to brace themselves as the massive energy and shockwaves ravaged the area as Berfomet was destroyed. After the attack, Tachyon Dragon returned to its original value.
Kain growled, “You got lucky this time. Because Berfomet was in Defense Mode, you take no damage. But this is far from over. I end my turn, but you’re finished as well.”
Cody wiped his brow, “Whew, I though D-Man was toast that time. Even though he allowed Tachyon Dragon to gain a boost, his Shift Trap Card saved ‘im and Utopia. Quick thinkin’, to say the least.”
Django took a deep breath before say, “It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his card, thinking, “Okay, with Utopia’s ability negated, I can’t use Light Wing Shield. On top of that, any effect used during the Battle Phase after Tachyon Dragon uses an Overlay Unit just boosts its power. So, for now, I just have to play it safe.” He said aloud, “I place one card face-down, then I’ll shift both my Utopia and Summoned Skull to Defense Mode. That’s all for now.”
The egotistical man stated, “That’s all you can do! So it’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his new card, then laughed, “I’ve draw just what I need! I activate Heavy Storm! Say goodbye to your face-down cards!”
A might wind blasted the field. Django braced himself as his two face-down cards; Scrap-Iron Scarecrow and Battle Break, were destroyed.
Kain added, “To add insult to injury, I activate the Equip Spell Fairy Meteor Crush! Now if I attack a monster in Defense Mode, the difference it taken out of your Life Points! So I equip it to my Tachyon Dragon! So now, I’ll attack your Summoned Skull with my dragon! Since your Utopia is no threat to me right now, and with no annoying face-down cards like Scrap-Iron Scarecrow, I can safely attack you and give you a major beatdown! So go, my dragon! Destroy his Summoned Skull and take a large bite out of his Life Points!”
Tachyon Dragon, now empowered by Fairy Meteor Crush, fired its deadly breath attack. Summoned Skull was struck down instantly, mercilessly vaporized by the attack. Django braced himself as the attack ravaged the area and his Life Points, but remained anchored to the spot. His Life Points dropped sharply by 1800 to a mere 600.
Kain stated, “Your demise will be delayed a bit longer. But there is nothing you can do. My dragon is invincible and you’re hanging on by a thin thread. But keep fighting, if you dare, I want to see you squirm. So I end my turn.”
Django stated, “I said it before and I’ll say it again, I won’t quit. Not now, not ever. Not even a Number is invincible, and if anyone knows that, it’s me. All it takes is one draw, and that can decide the whole battle. And I have faith in my deck.” He touched the top card of his deck, thinking, “This is my last chance to stop Tachyon Dragon. I have no idea if I can access that Destiny Draw power or not, let alone how to do so. So please, don’t let me down my friends. Let me tap into your soul and guide me to victory.” He drew a card, looked at it, and smiled, “It’s over, Kain. I just drew the exact card I needed. When you believe in your cards, then even without Destiny Draw, a miracle can happen. I activate the Spell: Rank-Up-Magic Limited Barian’s Force!”
Kain asked, “Rank-Up what!? What the hell is that!?”
“You’re about to find out! This allows me to rebuild the Overlay Network with my Utopia! So go, Chaos Xyz Evolution!”
Utopia returned to his sealed form, then reentered the Overlay Network. It erupted with a new power. Hidden within the Overlay Network, a gateway with a strange emblem, chained shut, suddenly burst open, releasing a whole new power. Emerging from the Overlay Network was a new sealed form. It looked like a more sinister version of Utopia Ray’s sealed form, but also had a distinct resemblance to the emblem on Limited Barian’s Force. Soon, the form unfolded, presenting a new monster.
“Rise up Number C39: Utopia Ray V!”
Utopia Ray V looked like a much more sinister version of Utopia. He was outfitted with primarily grey and black armor. His knees, parts of his shoulder plates, and sword holders were maroon, and his torso was mostly black, but had white armor plates in front. His wings looked similar to Tachyon Dragon’s, as well as releasing the same type of energy, only more jagged. His hands were now vicious claws and his shoulder plates consisted of two parts: a dome-like black main part and maroon sharp plates that spiked upward. His face was far more menacing and mechanical now, with curved trident-shape fins and mask, glowing yellow eyes, a pointed chin, and a black spike behind his head. On his left shoulder plate was the number “39” written in red, and instead of glowing orbs, his Overlay Units were now reddish diamond-shaped crystals. He was a Rank Five monster with stats of 2600/2000.
Tempest said, “That’s Utopia? Talk about a makeover. He looks like a much darker version of Utopia Ray, almost like the polar opposite. And his Overlay Units are different, too. They look more like crystals than orbs of light. Still, he must be powerful.”
Leo added, “I’ll say. He looks almost evil now, but if Django trusts him, then so do I. After all, this is Utopia, and I doubt he would ever turn on Django. But I will say this; that Rank-Up card sure is powerful, and he does look pretty cool regardless.”
Cody nodded, “No joke, Leo. If D-Man said that Limited Barian’s Force was just the card he needed, and judgin’ by what he said to us a while ago, then Utopia Ray V will win this Duel.”
Kain sputtered, “Utopia can evolve!? How is this possible!? Nevertheless, my Tachyon Dragon is still more powerful! Even with a higher Rank and slightly better stats, your new monster is useless against mine!”
Django smirked, “Don’t be so sure, Kain. I don’t even have to attack this turn to end the Duel. All I have to do is use Utopia Ray V’s ability. By using one Chaos Overlay Unit, I can destroy one monster on your side of the field! Let’s see Tachyon Dragon stop this!”
“D-Destroys any monster on my side of the field!? This can’t be! I was counting on Tachyon Dragon to win!”
One of Utopia Ray V’s Chaos Overlay Units glowed, turned into energy, and was absorbed by him. He then drew both swords, which were menacing, serpentine-shaped versions of his past swords, latched them together by the ends of the hilts, and started to spin them around.
“It’ll only get worse, Kain, trust me. So go, Utopia Ray V! Spinning Blades of Destruction!”
Utopia Ray V threw the double-ended spinning blades at Tachyon Dragon. It struck it before sawing its way through the dark dragon’s body, coming out the other end. Tachyon Dragon was engulfed in several fiery explosions as Kain watched in horror.
“Now for the worse part, Kain! The current Attack Points of the monster destroyed by Spinning Blades of Destruction will be taken out of your Life Points! This Duel is over, you lose!”
Kain cried in despair as the explosions engulfed his side of the field. He was thrown back, landing in a heap, as his Life Points dropped down to zero. A “Win” screen appeared, showing Django, before the Augmented Reality vanished, taking Utopia Ray V with it. Django then held out his hand, eyes glowing, and extracted Number 107 from Kain’s soul. The number symbol vanished as the card made its way toward Django’s outstretched hand.
Suddenly, a voice stated, “Not on my watch you don’t! Tachyon Dragon is MINE!”
A portal opened up, much to everyone’s shock, and a ghostly claw emerged, snagging Tachyon Dragon. Django tried to keep reeling it in, trying to break the ghostly claw’s grip, but it won’t budge. Then, a powerful shock was sent through the psychic link, striking Django directly in the mind. He screamed in pain as he was thrown back, crashing to the ground. This forced his psychic link to be severed, and the claw successfully pulled Tachyon Dragon into the portal.
Cody and the others ran up to Django, “D-Man! Are you okay!? What happened!?”
He groaned, “Whoever or whatever that was, it sent a really powerful shock directly to my mind. It used the psychic link I established to liberate Number 107 to hit me right where it hurts. My head feels like it’s gonna split open from the pain.”
A voice stated, “That’s because your powers are inferior to mine.”
They all looked up, including Kain, to see a projected pair of menacing heterochromatic eyes floating above them. This caused all the bystanders to run away scared. Kain’s face showed terror, realizing who those eyes belonged to.
The voice stated, “Kain, I’m disappointed in you. I loan you the power you need, and you still failed. Don’t think the next time we meet, I’ll be as kind in lending you the power you seek.” The eyes then turned to Django, “Django Spirit, we meet again. Been a long time.”
Django replied achingly, “I… know you?”
“You do, but you were probably too young to remember. But it doesn’t matter. I admit: I’m surprised to see you’re still going strong. But don’t think you can just take my Tachyon Dragon like that. As soon as I sensed you use Destiny Draw a while back, I knew you were still alive. Hmph, guess I didn’t do as good of a job as I thought I did.”
Tempest growled, “What do you mean by that?”
The voice sneered, “What do you think I mean by that, young Elemental.”
“You… you know what I am?”
“Oh, I know much more than any of your feeble minds realize. Django, you may not remember this, but your parents… were slain by my hands! And I took great pleasure in it!”
Django’s eyes widened I horror, “You… you murdered my parents!? Don’t tell me you’re the one who also slaughtered the rest of my family!”
“Bwahahaha! I did! And I enjoyed every moment of it! But it appears I missed one. Strange, I thought for sure I had gotten you, but it appears I didn’t think to double-check. But it matters not: I will finish the job. Mark my words, Spirit scum, you will die at my hands, just like your family before you. When and where, however, will be up to me, and for you to worry about! This isn’t over, Django, not by a long-shot. We will meet again. Farewell, Spirit pest!”
The eyes vanished and the portal closed up. Django just sat there, eyes wide, dumbfounded, his mind paralyzed with shock, breathing heavily. Kain, though very shaken, managed to get up and walk away. However, those words echoed in his head, and those eyes burned his very soul. He got into his limo and drove away.
Tempest knelt down next to Django, “Django… will you be okay?”
He replied weakly, “So… that’s what happened… my parents… my entire family… murdered. But… but why? Why would my family be targeted like that? And who would do such a thing in the first place? What did we do to deserve that?”
Tears started to run down his face, devastated by what he had heard. The gang looked at each other, worried and shocked at the information. Tempest gently embraced Django as he wept, tears in her eyes as well. Unknown to them, another malicious being was snickering at Django’s despair and pain right under their noses.
Meanwhile, far away, the neatly dressed white-haired man with pink eyes looked out his window. He looked grim.
“So… he has made his first move in his latest plan. Django… I can sense how devastated you are, but you must be strong. Our entire race… no, all living beings on Earth are depending on you to shut that murderous, demonic monster’s rampage before it’s too late. He will not stop until he destroys the Spirit name and rules the world with an iron fist. If he succeeds, then all life on Earth will either be destroyed or enslaved. Be strong, hone your powers, and fight with everything you’ve got. Otherwise your parents, Astral and Elna, as well as the rest of your family, will never be able to rest in peace. We are counting on you. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.”
Next Chapter: Winds of Love