Xros Wars AU 02 — CH21

Okay. You all got your popcorn and soda? Gone to the restrooms?

Well take your seats folks, cause Chapter 21 is about to begin!

This is the tale of a team who continues to fight against destiny.

In the aftermath of DarkKnightmon’s betrayal, allies appear in the form of Puppetmon- a wooden boy buried under a pile of trash-, GrandLocomon- a former Bagura general exiled by the demonic Chaosdramon-, and the Denizen Typheus- located within Kiriha’s own mind.

With the united armies of three Generals- Xros Heart, Blue Flare, and the Dust Zone Browncoats- in place, a desperate first strike was made, with the result being a new Digi-Xros:

“GREAT XROS!”

GrandLocomon formed a Left Leg, Gureimon formed the Right. Sparrowmon latched herself onto the left Arm, and the Mighty cyborg fist of MailBirdramon latched itself onto the right hand, already gripping the Star Sword. MailBirdramon’s wing-span fused with Sparrowmon’s, creating a massive yellow winged jet array on their back. Dorulumon and Cyberdramon transformed into their weapon forms and attached themselves onto the back. The Red V on their chest transformed into a radiant Dark Purple. And Akari’s Xros Four Knight Helmet appeared in a blinding flash of golden light.

“ENGINE KING: GRAND NINE!”

A Victory Fusion type Digimon strong enough to overpower Chaosdramon’s overwhelming power.

“GIGA…DORILU…BUREIKA!”

“So this is the power of friendship, eh?” Chaosdramon asked. “Heh… Not Bad…Not bad at all!”

But even so, will the power of a Nine part Digi-Xros be enough to save the three Generals even when hope is all but lost for two of them?

“GYAHHH!” Nene screamed loudly as she and the Shademon trying to overtake her were Digi-Xrossed together.

A  brief re-cap of the last episode’s ending- just to get people back up to speed.

And it’s momentum well needed:

*cue Title theme*

GREAT XROS! Engine King G-9’s Glorious Battle!

We’re closer back to normal Xros Wars here, having dropped a bit of the Gurren Lagann from the theme.

Shademon.” DarkKnightmon ordered as he held up the Black Xros Loader. “Nene Amano.”

“Stop it!” Taiki cried out.

“Digi-Xros.”

A Blinding purple aura formed around Nene and the Shademon, and she screamed as the Shadow tried it’s very best to possess the girl, something that it really shouldn’t have any trouble with at all.

“Ne…Ne…” Kiriha grimaced through the pain of his two severed energy wings.

‘Come On Echidna… Beat that Stupid Snake…!’ Typheus said mentally.

DarkKnightmon just chuckled as he listened to the girl’s pained screams.

DarkKnightmon is Chuckling. CHUCKLING DAMN IT! You don’t get more evil than this.

“Let me GO!” Nene cried out as she struggled against the snake like creature wrapped around her. “I Won’t give in to you…!”

“But Miss Nene…” The Shademon said as it curled up tighter. “You won’t like what will happen to your body if I’m not in control…”

“I’d rather die than submit to DarkKnightmon’s plans…!” Nene grit her teeth. “Even if that means I won’t get to see Kotone again, I’d rather that happen!”

The snake laughed. “But Miss Nene…”

‘Excuse me.’ said a curt, polite, tired, and somewhat seductive voice. ‘But could you please stop your bickering? I’m trying to take a nap right now.’

Nene and the Shademon glanced upward, both equally surprised to see the serpentine like creature coiled about above them. It looked vaguely like a certain Armor evolution of the Wormmon species, but, beyond the head design, was otherwise different. It was purple; it had large, angular wings; long arms that were tipped in claws; and it’s tail was tipped in a Vector Arrow. It’s half open eyes were yellow, and they showed all the annoyance of someone that had just been woken up from a nap.

“Woah…” The Shademon’s voice was full of awe. “Who are you, miss dragon?”

‘My Name is Echidna.’ the dragon said. ‘My titles are “The Mother of all Monsters” and “Denizen of Space.” I am one of the Digital World’s Four guardians.’

“Denizen…?” Nene mouthed the word. For some reason that name was familiar… Had she heard it from her parents?“Do I know you?”

‘You Should.’ Echidna remarked. ‘I do live inside your head, after all.’

“Whaaaa?” The Shademon blinked. “DarkKnightmon didn’t tell me anything about this!”

And so, we meet Echidna- whose Digital form is based off of Quetzalmon and BioQuetzalmon- who reveals herself as a moderately patient, but stern figure.

The Shademon is acting much like the little child Nene can never be again- with a hyper voice tone as well as other such immature traits.

‘I Doubt he would.’ Echidna said sourly. ‘I Take it that you’re another one of his Shademon then?’

“Yes!” Nene nodded. “Yes it is!”

‘Hmmf.’ Echidna uncoiled. ‘Behind the right ear, apply six point two pounds of pressure.’

Before the Shademon could ask what that was supposed to mean, Nene managed to pull out one of her arms and reach for the Shademon’s head. “Miss Nene!” It cried out as Nene pressed down on the specific spot, and, abruptly, was deleted. “Whyyy?”it whined as it’s data floated away…

…Only to be absorbed by Echidna, who yawned and curled up tighter. ‘I do so love a midnight snack.’

“Um, Excuse me.” Nene said as she floated up towards the Denizen’s face. “But how did you know how to do that?”

‘I searched the brain of the Shademon that was once possessing you up until it was removed in Heaven Zone.’Echidna explained. ‘Including, among other curious facts, the details on the “Reset” Button their creator planted inside of their genetic code should he be possessed by one.’

Nene blinked. “Huh…” She glanced around. “So why hasn’t this place vanished if it was created because of the Shademon being Digi-Xrossed with me?”

Echidna yawned again, rather cutely, as she uncurled to fully face the girl. ‘You’ve got me.’ She blinked as well. ‘I suppose this is the first time we’ve properly met, isn’t it?’

“It is.” Nene nodded. “Why does the name ‘Denizen’ sound familiar to me?”

‘That would be because I and my fellow Denizens aided your mother and her friends in the creation of your Earth.’ Echidna said. ‘Can’t go creating a new world without new life, now can you?’

“I suppose not.” Nene frowned. “You’re inside me, and you said you had companions, right?”

‘Yes.’ The sleepy dragon rolled over in their weightless space, and stared downward. ‘What of it?’

“So would any of them have been coincidentally named…?”

‘Aouma?’ Echidna asked, cutting her off. ‘Yes, there was a man with that last name. Most certainly the father of that Kiriha fellow you’re crushing on.’

Nene’s face flushed. “He’s not my…! I mean I’m not…!”

‘Hush, dear.’ Echidna rolled over again. ‘It’s only natural that you’d be attracted to him, as my mate gave his energy to his parents, and therefore, would be reborn inside their child.’

Nene blinked. ‘What?’

And so the “Everyone can see it” is explained. It’s not just that they’re picking up on Kiriha and Nene (They are), but they’re ALSO picking up on the bond between Echidna and Typheus- two of the Digital World’s Guardians!!

‘I absorbed the Shademon’s memories along with it’s data.’ Echidna said. ‘I saw everything you and it saw before you entered this space.’

“You did?” Nene asked. “Why didn’t you-?”

‘The deal I forged with your mother and her companions is a deal I intend to uphold.’ Echinda continued as she began curling up again. ‘Even if Typheus decided to go ahead and use this situation to his advantage, I refuse to interfere at all, beyond this little conversation we’re having. One we shouldn’t even be having at all. she huffed. ‘Now please leave, I wish to sleep again.’

“But that’s not fair.” Nene said. “You can’t just not help!” she clenched her fists. “If you saw what I saw, then you should be able to see what pain he was in! What trouble I’m in!”

Echidna said nothing.

“What about Kotone?” Nene asked. “Isn’t she your sister too?”

‘Cetus is no sister of mine.’ Echidna said. ‘Not by blood, only by marriage.’

“Cetus?” Nene narrowed her eyes. “What does she have to do with anything?”

‘She is Typheus’s sister, and despite her being my sister and law, she and I never got along.’ Echinda huffed.‘The fact that we refused to split our power between two was a simple matter of our never-ending rivalry.’

Sister-IN-Law, thank you very much spell check! >:[

“Forget that then!” Nene said. “She’s in trouble! We have to do something!”

‘Cetus and I can NOT get along.’ Echidna said. ‘Her element is Water, mine is Space. Our personalities are too similar TOO get along!’

Nene clenched her fists. “But if she’s in a similar position to you, then it shouldn’t matter! Kotone’s an innocent person in all of this!”

Echidna curled over more, burring her face within her coils.

“If you aren’t going to help for her, then at least help for…” she was drawing a blank. Who could she use as a bargaining tool?

And then she crashed head first into the answer, something DarkKnightmon had said…

All four of them had extremely strong Xros Codes.

If She, and Kotone, and Kiriha held Unique Xros Codes, and also held these Denizens, then what about Taiki?

“Then Help for Taiki’s sake!”she finished.

That got a reaction from the digimon.

My…Brother?’

Echidna is a woman who follows the rules. She does NOT want to interfere in Nene’s life anymore than she already has. Also, as the Denizen of Space and The Mother of All Monsters, Echidna can Detect which Denizen is in which kid.

The entire Xros took place over several minutes, and the screaming only lasted for half of that.

When the light show ended, Nene stood there, still chained up, and still (for the most part) naked.

Only now, she was clothed in purple energy similar to Kiriha’s, just not as refined. Energy was shifting around her body in a flame like motion, casting it’s own shadow across her skin- The only places that were solid and without movement were her feet, around her waist, and her left hand- which were in boots, a snake like tattoo around the belly, and a sharp talon tipped claw hand respectively. Where her hair had been tied up, there was now a spike of burning fire with a grinning face, there were arms branching out of it from there, similar to the ones Kiriha once had. Arching out of her back were wings similar in design to Echidna’s, four in number; her tail was also Echidna’s, snaking around her legs and ending in a Vector Arrow. And as her violet eyes opened, they seemed darkened, the whites had shifted to a yellow color and carried the weight of two souls just the same as Kiriha’s.

A smirk formed on her face, revealing fanged teeth that looked terrifically dragon like. ‘So this is the mess you’ve gotten yourself into this time, Typheus?’she asked.

A smirk of his own formed on the boy’s face. “You know me, Echinda, always one to take help when it’s offered.”

Nene’s eyes turned towards Taiki. ‘Hello, Brother dearest. Happy to see me again?’

The goggle wearing boy blinked. “What?” he blinked.

You’ll notice that Echidna has a typing quirk. Her quotes are the ones that are used for thoughts. This shows that her voice is softer than Nene’s- at least for the moment anyways.

“Come on, Hephaestus, do you honestly not recognize your own sister?” Kiriha asked in return.

“Hephaestus..”The word echoed inside the boy’s mind, and, suddenly, he spoke before he even thought the words. “Typheus, I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.” For some odd reason, Taiki caught a very sarcastic tone off of his own words.

The Denizen of Breath smirked. “Of course you don’t.”

“AHEM.”

Three heads turned to face DarkKnightmon at once, each of them saying “WHAT?”exactly in the same tone of voice- Annoyed.

Taiki has no clue what’s going on here. His body is acting of its own accord, seemingly. This is a bit of an insight into his previously well thought out plans and super-normal ‘powers’ in reality. He’s never truly noticed it before, but he and Hephaestus have always been a bit closer as far as pairs go. This is because of Hephaestus’ creativity powers- they’re simply too great to be restrained.

(Ranamon gulped. “Um… I’m going to go now.” With that, she slipped out of the room.

“I’ll join you.” Duskmon skipped out as well.

“Count me in.” Ravemon and Peckmon said as they followed them.)

DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes. “I’m not going to pretend to even know why you’re suddenly using different names. I already know you’re trying to talk in code.”

“Code?” Taiki stated. “What code? I don’t see any code.”

“Don’t play coy with me.” DarkKnightmon’s fists clenched. “Somehow Kiriha Aouma and Nene Amano have overcome the Shademon possessions- possibly due to your Xros Codes overpowering the Shademon’s- and you are using this opportunity to talk in pre-arranged codes that you have made up to ensure that your plans are not discovered.”

(Kiriha and Typheus Rolled their eyes. “Yeah, Sure.”

Nene and Echidna did as well. “As if.”

Taiki blinked. “I really don’t know what’s going on here.”)

I suppose it’s similar to Girl Genius in a way, Taiki had a gradual “awakening” compared to the others- potentially, this would have happened to each of them had they grown up on earth normally! But as it is, Taiki’s the only one who has had different starting circumstances.

“However.” DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes further. “I don’t have a clue what this code may possibly be, so I shall ‘pretend’ that I did not catch onto it. However…” He dropped a key out of his cloak. “There is the possibly that you are not doing such, and that- somehow- the Shademon possessions have unlocked past lives of yours, or, it could be that my Shademon are rebellious, and, for lack of a better term, are planning on hijacking my plans at the very last moment to their own ends.” he chuckled. “The key unlocks Nene’s bonds, I will leave you all be, and, when I return, if you are ready to give me the necessary genetic contributions, then I will know for sure. If you are not ready to do such, then I will also know for sure.” he turned towards the door of the room. “Ninjamon, come. We will leave them be.”

“Yes sir!” the Ninjamon vanished.

“In the mean time.” DarkKnightmon began to pull the doors closed. “Keep in mind that these doors open inwards, and are unlock-able from the outside only.” The doors were almost closed. “I will be back in the morning hours.” They slammed shut, but the Knight continued on. “Please feel free to talk amongst yourselves, but do not try to escape or free Kotone from her cell. Improperly done, she will die.”There was a click, and then thudding footsteps, and then…

“Seriously.” Taiki said, blinking still. “What’s going on?”

DarkKnightmon has no clue either- he’s running on three assumptions at the moment- and he’s not factoring in any of the facts right. Basically: inorder to figure it out, he’s leaving the DENIZENS with a Choice (How Ironic!). Either submit to his plans willingly or he’ll force them to work with him.

Kiriha sighed. “Taiki, really, is it that hard to guess?”

“Could you get me down from here already?” Nene asked. “It’s cold in here.”

“You couldn’t make new clothes?” Typheus spoke up as they walked over to get the key, wincing all the way from the broken wings.

‘Unlike you, they removed her clothes before Xrossing us.’ Echidna replied.

“What’s going on here!” Taiki was about ready to pull his hair out.

This scene shows us that Kiriha and Nene are STILL THERE! Just taking turns with their Denizens for speaking! Also, if this were animated, you’d notice their eyes shifting colors as they talked differently.

With this cliffhanger resolved, we cut over to Xros Heart!

DUST ZONE LIBERATION CAMP_ _ _| AKA: CHAOSDRA-HEADQUARTERS-INCORPORATED BATTLE SITE_ _ _| THAT EVENING_ _ _|

“Be sure to round them all up!” Lila ordered a Gaosssmon that was nudging several Commandramon along with a Mandolin. “We don’t want any stragglers!” she sighed, glancing up at the storm clouds that had formed over the tower they were to besiege the next morning. “Why the heck is it choosing now to rain of all times?”

The Mandolin. It RETURNZ!

“Because that’s just how we roll?” Zenjirou asked as he and Hangyomon carried a heavy box loaded with rubble over to a pile near by.

“I guess so…” Lila sighed.

“It’s not like it’s going to rain.” Sally said as she munched on a meat-wrapped bone from her seat on the pile Zenjirou and Hangyomon had just dumped their last load of rubble onto. “The corrosive atmosphere prevents water molecules from forming in air.”

“Okay, so, bad choice of words.” Lila crossed her arms. “‘Why is it choosing now of all times to thunder and lightning on us?’ Is that better?”

“Yes.” Sally agreed after a moment of chewing.

Sally eating a big giant meat-wrapped-bone (usually seen in the Digimon Games! Wheeee!) is supposed to be a clue here that that last fight was really tiring!

“Oi!” a dark shadow formed over head as Saberdramon flew into view. “I’ve done a sweep of the area, there doesn’t seem to be anyone from the tower coming our way any time soon.”

“Great.” Zenjirou gave a thumbs up. “That means less work for us slackers!”

“Slackers?” Hangyomon asked, raising an eyebrow. “You call this slacking off?”

“Well.” The boy shrugged. “Sure, but we’re the B team! We’re practically called “Slackers Guild” anymore!”

Lila mused on the thought as she stared over towards where Shoutmon was directing the PawnChessmon and Black-ToyAgumon into scavenging any working technology from the ruins. “Well, slackers we may be normally.” She said finally. “But right now with everyone involved in Grand Nine resting up for tomorrow, we don’t have any room for error.”

“Ehhh…” Zenjirou nodded. “True, True.” he turned towards Sally. “Why aren’t you off sleeping in the Xros Loader like the rest of ’em, anyways?”

“Too hungry.” The hybrid said as she took another bite out of her meat-wrapped bone. “Can’t sleep.”

And this is the flat-out explanation- plus another URU shoutout- that G9 was a really taxing Xros on everyone! This is a result of SEQUENCE BREAKING.

Had they built up the Xrosses properly (5 to 6 to 7 to 8 to 9) they’d be just fine- because their power levels would be growing with each xros and what they could handle would be subsequently MORE AND MORE.

However, Skipping straight to NINE is A VERY BAD THING.

“I hate Mini-Bosses.” Shoutmon grumbled to himself as he marched through the scavenging operation. “At least with Bagura we knew we’d won when we’d defeated their head General for that Zone.” he sighed. “But nooo, we have to team up with them this time. No Code Crown for this Zone. Not at all.” he stopped in his tracks. “Wait a second. Did we even get Jungle Zone’s Code Crown?” He face-palmed (1X COMBO!). “NO! We Did Not.”

“Did not get what?” Deckerdramon asked from next to the dragon.

Shoutmon jumped up into the air. “WAH!” he fell back to earth with a thud. “Ow!” he grumbled as he rubbed his head. “Don’t sneak up on people like that!”

“Sorry.” Deckerdramon apologized. “But what did you mean ‘no we did not’?”

“We didn’t get Jungle Zone’s Code Crown.” Shoutmon said. “It didn’t appear to anyone.”

“Oh.” Deckerdramon laughed nervously. “That’s because I ate it.”

This was myself remembering that I FORGOT ABOUT JUNGLE ZONE’S CODE CROWN and had to come up with something On the Spot!

“You did what.” Shoutmon said flatly.

“I swallowed it by accident.” Deckerdramon sweat-dropped. “A priest from the temple placed the Code Crown inside my mouth for storage when they first appeared. Since I was in Statue mode, it didn’t matter, but…” Deckerdramon’s embarrassment seemed to grow. Apparently this was something he did not like remembering. “That night when I went to sleep, I accidentally swallowed it.”

Shoutmon stared at the Love god, not believing what he was hearing. “Are you joking?” he asked, seriously.

“I am not.” Deckerdramon replied.

“WHY THE HECK WOULD SOMEONE PUT THE CODE CROWN IN YOUR MOUTH LIKE THAT FOR!?” Shoutmon roared at the Crocodile.

“hehe…” Deckerdramon giggled nervously. “I don’t have the slightest clue.”

Shoutmon face-palmed. (2X COMBO!) “I did not need to hear this…”

Believe it or not — This becomes a plot point later on.

THE TOWER CHAMBER_ _ _|

“…and the real reason we have Xros Codes even though we were born in the human world is because we have four of the Digital World’s guardians inside of us.” Nene concluded. “I have Echidna, Taiki has Hephaestus, Kiriha has Typheus, and Kotone has Cetus.”

“It’s funny that we’d all be brought together into this room like this.” Typheus said. “The last time all four of us got together was when these kid’s parents were their age.”

“So, why can’t I talk with my Denizen like you two can?” Taiki asked. “Not that I’m complaining, but I don’t want to go through a wardrobe change anytime soon.”

‘DarkKnightmon’s Shademon.’ Echidna remarked. ‘In a double reach-around kind of way, The Shademon are suppressing the humans which were suppressing us. Without them, we suppress the Shademon, and, somehow, while we aren’t re-suppressed, the humans are un-suppressed.’

Taiki blinked. “Huh?”

“Laymans terms,” Kiriha said. “The Shademon get squashed between the two of us and die, leaving the Denizens to take over their bodies.”

“And then we coexist, in a completely symbiotic way.” Typheus agreed.

Kiriha says it like it is.

“So what do we do?” Taiki asked. “DarkKnightmon only gave you the key for Nene’s chains and not my cage.”

“We’ll have to play along for now.” Kiriha said, crossing his arms. “Go with his plans, and make him think we’re just the Shademon playing around.”

“Even if that means we’ll end up playing right into his hand.” Nene sighed. “Kiriha and I end up…erm…” She blushed. “Combining our Codes…”

‘Now now, Don’t be shy.’ Echidna chuckled. ‘You can say that you’re going to have-‘

Taiki Coughed. “Kotone may be frozen, but she’s still a child.”

Typheus agreed. “Sensitive ears and all that jazz. We don’t want to bump this up to an M rating.”

Kiriha blinked. “Huh? What was that?”

“Nothing!” Typheus countered. “Just me testing out this mental fourth wall I’ve been building! Nothing At All! heh heh…”

The Denizens are Leaning against the fourth wall here. They’re vaguely aware that they’re being observed by impressionable people!

Basically, yes- DarkKnightmon wants them to have sex.

“Riiiight.” Kiriha shook his head. “Anyways, Like Nene was saying, we combine our Xros Codes and… do what again?”

“Take Taiki’s somehow.” Nene said. “I didn’t get that part of the plan.”

‘I did, however.’ Echidna remarked. ‘The Shademon was to drink some of Taiki’s blood.’

Taiki blinked. “Like a vampire?”

‘Exactly like a Vampire.’ Echidna nodded, shuddering. ‘I regretted creating those infernal things the moment the Universe came into existence. Them and their damn sparkling.’

“And yet that DorkKnight’s team is named after a vampire novel.” Typheus remarked.

‘Typheus?’ Echidna asked sweetly.

“Yes?”

‘Shut up.’

“Yes, Dear.”

This is a Take That at Twilight. I apologize to any Twilight fans reading this right now.

Also: Typheus and Echidna just fall into the old ‘married couple’ routine right away. I find that amusing and heartwarming at the same time.

Taiki sighed. “Can we please move on to how we’re going to get out of this?”

“DarkKnightmon wants our Xros Codes, right?” Kiriha asked.

“Yeah.” Nene nodded.

“Then let’s go ahead and do that.” Kiriha said. “But let’s make some of our own modifications to the Code pool, something like a computer virus.”

“A Trojan horse?” Typheus asked. “I’m impressed Kiriha.”

“What we’ll do is we’ll make a defective Shademon that’ll die soon after it’s born.” Kiriha continued. “When DarkKnightmon puts the Shademon in Kotone, it warns him about us, and our powers, and then wakes Cetus and Kotone up before we take him down in one combined attack.”

This is pretty much what they do end up doing- only with some things that are a little impossible to pull off later.

Typheus cut him off there, raising a finger to stop Echidna from speaking up. “Yes, I know you don’t like my sister very much, Dear, but come on? Think about what happened the last time the four of us combined our powers together to stop some global evil!”

‘We ended up splitting our power unevenly is what happened.’ Echidna remarked. ‘Cetus and I became siblings due to us not splitting our power between two others like you and Hephaestus did.’

“And look what came from that!” Typheus countered. “There are now more proper Xros Loaders multiplying on their own than there would be if they were being manually recreated each time!”

‘And look what that’s gotten US.’ Echidna countered back. ‘Digi-Xrossed with our human hosts! This wasn’t a part of the Deal we made!’

“The deal was that we were to be reborn.” Typheus explained. “And Reborn we were! It was on your insistence that we not include it into the deal, and instead that we put a safeguard into the Code Crown as a work-around.”

“They’re acting like an old married couple before they’re even married.” Taiki mused aloud. “I think if I really do have a Denizen inside me, then he’s probably staying quiet out of the principle of the thing. One less person fighting all the time.”

This earned annoyed looks from the duo, both soul sets resonating in an annoyed manner at the ‘married couple’ comment.

We now learn how Cetus and Echidna ended up in sisterly bodies! They didn’t split their power evenly. Had they done such, Sally would have ended up with Cetus or Echidna- and that really would have screwed up the shipping chart royally.

> [S] Descend

I’ll let you open this up in another tab here… *waits a few moments* Got it ready? Ok. Great.

In the early morning light, an upbeat musical rhythm filled the air, courtesy of Dondokomon and the band.

No-one inside the tower could tell that the impending attack was even coming, as the sun had yet to rise over the hill.

And so, when the sun rose dramatically over the hill, it’s light filling the valley entirely, the massive army could be seen. Akari’s eyes opened, and surveyed the group before them.

Gaossmon, ToyAgumon, Trailmon, Garbagemon marched on the ground. Deckerdramon and GrandLocomon taking up most of the mass behind them, with Dorulumon, Ballistamon, and the others taking the Lead.

Gureimon marched behind them, Akari with her Red Xros Loader on his head. MailBirdramon and Saberdramon soared flagship on either side.

But for a single moment, a sliver of yellow flew along side them, Sparrowmon- along with Shoutmon, Lila, and Zenjirou, with the Chibick and Star Swords in hand- floated next to Gureimon’s head.

Akari gave Shoutmon a nod, and he returned it. With that, they broke off from the group and took to the highest position in the sky, readying for their part of the plan.

High at the top of the Tower, DarkKnightmon watched, arms crossed, as the assembled group came closer. Even he had to admit it was an impressive sight, with the sun rising behind them like that. His heart pumped faster as his blood boiled.

His eyes narrowed, and narrowed. And finally, he flung his arm out and ordered his own army to attack.

The army of Peckmon, Crowmon, Ravemon, Ninjamon, Igamon, Shurimon, Aquilamon, and many others from Chaosdramon’s army flowed out of the front gate in a rampage.

The two fronts met head on, and the Hot Battle Began.

And as the fight ignited, no-one notice Sparrowmon slip in through the front gate, exactly as planned.

Down the hallways she flew, faster and faster. She would find them.

But her path was blocked by one obstacle:

Duskmon.

Sparrowmon went to shift to her human form, but Zenjirou held up a hand. He would fight him.

She flew on, leaving the human to fight the Demon, her eyes staring back at him the entire time until he was out of sight.

They dueled when that happened.

And then her eyes were filled with memories of Nene. Happy times. Glad times. Fun Times.

Times of them searching Zones together, searching for clues, and, sometimes, them just goofing off.

The time they watched clouds was the most prominent of all.

And then Ranamon stood before them.

KZZZZZT.

MetalGureimon roared as he mowed down his opponents with Giga Destroyer. Dorulumon’s Dorulu Tordnado attack spun through the enemy. And down in the fields of battle, Akari swung her mic-stand through anyone in her path.

It almost seemed like a dance, honestly.

The united army fought with grace and time to the music.

They would win this.


Lila stood up next, and Sparrowmon continued on.

The two girls faced off and began to fight with fists while the men clashed blades.

Each Swinging and dashing in time to the music they could no-longer hear.

On they fought.

A door lay before Her, and Sparrowmon pushed on-wards. Tunnels lay beyond.

KZZZT.

MetalGureimon rose from the flames of Digi-Xros, united with Ballistamon and Dorulumon- Now RampageGureimon.

His cannons powered up, and they fired, replacing the drum beat in their steadiness.

First Ballistamon’s Gatling guns.

Then Dorulumon’s cannon fire.

Then The Giga Destroyer.

Through the explosions, Zenjirou and Duskmon clashed blades.

Through the explosions, Akari watched with delight as they slaughtered their opponents.

Through the explosions, Sparrowmon and Shoutmon confronted two Ravemon.

Through the explosions, RampageGureimon summoned a giant drill to replace his Right hand, and performed a repeat performance of Grand Nine’s signature move- Plowing straight through several Crowmon with one swipe.

Sally summoned her guns and began dancing through the Raven’s sword play, while Shoutmon went on ahead. Cyberdramon and RampageGureimon xrossed together, and Gureimon powered it with his Giga Core Drill, powering up for a massive explosion. Zenjirou smashed through Duskmon’s swords- Shoutmon ran down the halls, Mic-Stand gripped tight- DarkKnightmon walked down hallways towards the staircase to the lower chambers-

Sally pulled back the hammers on her guns- RampageGureimon’s Cyber Launcher reached full power- Shoutmon confronted an Aquilamon- Zenjirou held Duskmon at twin blade points- Lila had Ranamon in a neck lock- Akari raised her Mic-stand over the head of a Ninjamon-

Bang.

The Cyber Launcher fired, Cutting a hole clean through the tower- Sally’s guns fired- Akari Smashed the Ninjamon flat- Shoutmon charged at Aquilamon- Zenjirou gave Duskmon a haircut- Lila disarmed Ranamon by removing her clothing down to her swimming suit-

The Ravemon fell.

Everything fell silent as the top of the tower fell to the ground, And RampageGureimon stood triumphant over the Cyberlauncher, a smirk on his face.

Above them all, Xros Heart and Blue Flare’s united flag waved in the breeze.

This was my first attempt at setting a wordless music track to descriptions. I didn’t do quite so well as I would pull off later- learning to add timer cues to the text along with the words- but the few cues I do give tie it together rather nicely.

First off- this was a lot more dramatic in my head- as it always tends to be.

No-one inside the tower could tell that the impending attack was even coming, as the sun had yet to rise over the hill.

And so, when the sun rose dramatically over the hill, it’s light filling the valley entirely, the massive army could be seen. Akari’s eyes opened, and surveyed the group before them.

This part would be a visual cue- The sun would rise, and it would have a reflection of Akari’s eye in it.

High at the top of the Tower, DarkKnightmon watched, arms crossed, as the assembled group came closer. Even he had to admit it was an impressive sight, with the sun rising behind them like that. His heart pumped faster as his blood boiled.

Right about here is where the “Black” segment of the song plays.

And then her eyes were filled with memories of Nene. Happy times. Glad times. Fun Times.

Times of them searching Zones together, searching for clues, and, sometimes, them just goofing off.

The time they watched clouds was the most prominent of all.

And then Ranamon stood before them.

This is where in the original Descend Flash, we’d have Jade flying past clouds and such. Sparrowmon would be zipping along similarly, with her memories appearing as the clouds passing by her.

KZZZZZT.

MetalGureimon roared as he mowed down his opponents with Giga Destroyer. Dorulumon’s Dorulu Tordnado attack spun through the enemy. And down in the fields of battle, Akari swung her mic-stand through anyone in her path.

It almost seemed like a dance, honestly.

The united army fought with grace and time to the music.

They would win this.

The KZZZT is the first static cut, and the next KZZZT is the second.

KZZZT.

MetalGureimon rose from the flames of Digi-Xros, united with Ballistamon and Dorulumon- Now RampageGureimon.

His cannons powered up, and they fired, replacing the drum beat in their steadiness.

First Ballistamon’s Gatling guns.

Then Dorulumon’s cannon fire.

Then The Giga Destroyer.

This is where RampageGureimon makes his debut. Such an AWESOME Digi-Xros that was relegated to Manga only.

What we’d be seeing here is such more epic than what is described.

Through the laser blasts and explosions themselves, we’d be seeing images playing behind them.

Through the explosions, Zenjirou and Duskmon clashed blades.

Through the explosions, Akari watched with delight as they slaughtered their opponents.

Through the explosions, Sparrowmon and Shoutmon confronted two Ravemon.

Through the explosions, RampageGureimon summoned a giant drill to replace his Right hand, and performed a repeat performance of Grand Nine’s signature move- Plowing straight through several Crowmon with one swipe.

And then the view shifts to different views of the same eye stock shot- only with different eye colors for different people- seeing the events described below through each eye.

Sally summoned her guns and began dancing through the Raven’s sword play, while Shoutmon went on ahead. Cyberdramon and RampageGureimon xrossed together, and Gureimon powered it with his Giga Core Drill, powering up for a massive explosion. Zenjirou smashed through Duskmon’s swords- Shoutmon ran down the halls, Mic-Stand gripped tight- DarkKnightmon walked down hallways towards the staircase to the lower chambers-

Sally pulled back the hammers on her guns- RampageGureimon’s Cyber Launcher reached full power- Shoutmon confronted an Aquilamon- Zenjirou held Duskmon at twin blade points- Lila had Ranamon in a neck lock- Akari raised her Mic-stand over the head of a Ninjamon-

And then with this next part, with RampageGureimon firing that last shot- we’d see every single thing described next in the few seconds just before the last “DUN!”

Bang.

The Cyber Launcher fired, Cutting a hole clean through the tower- Sally’s guns fired- Akari Smashed the Ninjamon flat- Shoutmon charged at Aquilamon- Zenjirou gave Duskmon a haircut- Lila disarmed Ranamon by removing her clothing down to her swimming suit-

The Ravemon fell.

And then while the last few silent notes play, we see the still shot:

Everything fell silent as the top of the tower fell to the ground, And RampageGureimon stood triumphant over the Cyberlauncher, a smirk on his face.

Above them all, Xros Heart and Blue Flare’s united flag waved in the breeze.

Quite the sequence, is it not?

The day was won. Outside atleast.

Akari smirked to herself as a good portion of DarkKnightmon’s army froze at the destruction of the tower.

Now, it was a risky move- targeting the tower like that- but she had made sure that RamapgeGureimon’s Xros with the Cyber Launcher would have a thermal scope. He cut the building at the point where there were no more living heat sources above the tower.

And it had worked!

While The armies were still fighting, the Badguys were dis-encouraged and the good guys were ecstatic.

She stomped down on an Igamon’s arm, preventing it from moving much as she brought her Mic-Stand down onto the Digimon. “They don’t know it yet.” She said to no-one in particular. “But we’ve already won.”

Akari is absolutely correct here.

“You…You…!” Ranamon floundered for words as she watched Lila rip apart the frog-girl’s robe with her hands alone. “You monster!”

“Me?” Lila asked, pointing to herself, and then to the girl. “You’re the one who went around wearing a swimming suit in a desert, lady.”

“So sue me.” Ranamon growled. “It’s part of who I am! I don’t like it, but it is! SO WHY did you HAVE to destroy my robe?” She whined.

“Yes.” Lila said with no hesitation. “Now you’ll be so afraid to move out of fear of being seen that you won’t be able to do anything else to hinder our progress.” She smiled slightly. “And with that tattoo I can see why!”

Yes, Ranamon wasn’t trying to cover up any part of herself except for her belly where a single tattoo rested.

It was a heart. A Big, red, fluffy heart with an arrow through it, with a note attached reading “Chocolate is my only Lover” on it.

Short, Simple, and utterly embarrassing.

“You’re going to pay for that…” Ranamon said with venom in her voice.

“Sure sure.” Lila rolled her eyes.

“YOU WILL!” Ranamon cried out as the Fairy turned to leave.

“Don’t get cold!” Lila said as she continued down the hallway.

“You Stupid Fairy!” Ranamon cried out in annoyance.

This is the most embarrassingly cute tattoo I could come up with- it’s why Ranamon was wearing the robe, and it’s why she’s terrified of moving from this point on.

Lila is GOOD at being devious when she wants to be.

“You…” Duskmon said after a moment. “Cut my hair?”

“Yup!” Zenjirou grinned at the two massive piles of blond locks on the ground. “Your entire fan base is ruined now!”

“My…Fan base?” Duskmon asked, still in shock.

“Yup!’ Zenjirou grinned. “You can’t dare face your adoring fans now! Your hair was your main attraction! And now…!” he laughed. “You’re done for mister! They won’t want to even see your ugly mug now!”

Duskmon’s arms twitched. And twitched.

And then he started crying.

“I”M RUINED!” he sobbed. “RUINED!”

Zenjirou laughed as he strolled down the hallway, whistling a tune and hefting both blades over his shoulders. “Just like Kentaru from Class B. Hehehe.”

I get the impression that Zenjirou’s done this before. Also, I don’t really get why this is disabling to Duskmon. Maybe he just really liked his hair for some reason??

Sally panted with tiredness and annoyance. “Those damn stupid birds…”

“Sallieee!” came Lila’s voice as she skipped up the hallway after the girl. “There you are!”

“You seem…happy?” Sally noted, confused. “What happened to Ranamon?”

“I striped her down to an embarrassing tattoo!” The Lillymon grinned.

Sally’s mind, of course, imagined said tattoo being placed somewhere more annoying, such as on the hip or lower back. She laughed. “Oooh, nice one.”

“Indeed!” Zenjirou came running up next. “I Saw that.” he winked at Lila. “Nice going there! I loved the tagline!”

“Why Thank you good sir!” she bowed in acceptance. “I live for the disturbing reveals!”

This wasn’t helping Sally’s mental placement OR image of the embarrassing image at all.

Zenjirou and Lila are bonding over a shared interest at being able to do devious things.

This never comes up again to my knowledge- But it absolutely should!!

“You stupid bird!” Shoutmon growled as he held the red Eagle back using only his mic-stand. “Don’t you know I’ve got better things to do than this?”

“KRAW! KRAW!” The bird crowed as it pushed it’s clawed feet forward more.

“Guess not.” Shoutmon glanced off to the side in annoyance, and then blinked in surprise. “Oi, you’d better let go now.” A smirk formed on his face as he turned to look the bird in the eyes.

“KRAW!” It said.

“Okay then.” Shoutmon grinned. “Have it your way!”

SPANG!

Aquilamon froze stiff as smoke drifted lazily up from the side of its head, and then…

It shattered into data.

Shoutmon sighed in relief as he turned towards his saviors. “Great timing.”

Sally smiled at him as she, Lila and Zenjirou ran up. “Thanks.”

“We’re definitely going the right way then.” Zenjirou noted. “If we’re running into traps, I mean.”

(“Follow the deadly traps road.” Lila hummed. “Wait, no, that’s stupid.”)

“Yeah.” Shoutmon nodded. “If we’re running into resistance, then we’re going the right way.”

“Great!” Sally grinned. “We’re getting close then, I can feel it!”

“Let’s go then!” Zenjirou lead the charge forwards.

Flow the deadly traps road…

This is a variation on what was used in Freeman’s Mind, “Follow the dead body road!” Which, in turn, was a variation on the Wizard of Oz: “Follow the Yellow Brick Road!”

That was honestly my thought process for that line of Lila’s.

>[S] DarkKnightmon: Enter

There’s no music for this sequence that I can remember. Let me check though….Oh, It seems I did set a track to it. Hold on, let me go edit that in….

Also, wow, I ended up using this one twice without realizing it. Silly me.

]DarkKnightmon: Enter

DarkKnightmon pushed the doors open and strolled into the room. He closed them behind him and stared at the two Denizens before him. “Well?” he asked. “What will it be?”

With determination in their eyes, Echidna and Typheus raised their left hands and gathered energy. They said nothing.

“I thought so.” He smirked and pulled out the Black Xros Loader. “XROS OPEN!”

With a jerk, both humans froze as colored Energy swelled around them, forcing the Shademon Data within them to separate from their bodies. Green and purple energy ripped off of their forms, leaving them out cold on the floor as the energy coalesced into a Yin Yang shape. It was pulled into the Black Xros Loader as DarkKnightmon turned on Taiki.

“What did you do?” The boy asked, eyes widening.

“Digi Xros.”he ordered, forcing the energy directly into Taiki

“GYAHHH!”he screamed.

And then… “XROS OPEN!”

A Mixture of red energy pulled itself out of the general, mixed in along with the Purple and Green energy all in time with the vat that was now lowering into the room- a vat containing the properties of the Genesis Shadow code.


Outside, the raging coulds above them took on an eerie red glow as lightning made out of fire began to arc through the sky, frightening all those below.

“What the heck?” Beelzebmon’s eyes widened in shock. “What’s going on?”


The trio band of energy swelled around the Black Xros Loader, and the other two Xros Loaders on DarkKnightmon’s belt. “Perfect.” With that, he pulled out the Darkness Kernel and threw it into the vat.

Then, aiming the Black Xros Loader at the frozen Kotone, DarkKnightmon directed the pure dark energy that was now lashing out of the vat towards the girl. “DIGI-XROS!”

The Ice shattered, and the girl lifted up into the air as the Super Xros Code fused with her DNA, along with the Shademon data that was buried within the code’s structure.


The Storm began lashing out as Lightning of energy and fire rained down upon Dust Zone, supplemented with PURE Hydrogen and oxygen in the form of water molecules that seemed to form out of thin air.

“Scatter!” someone ordered, and nobody cared who it was that said it- for the storm held no prejudices against the combatants.

“What the heck’s happening, Kyu!” Cutemon cried out as a bolt of lightning and fire smashed into a rock, causing it to randomly transform into a tree.

In fact, everywhere the storm touched, something new came out of the old.

It was unlike anything anyone had ever seen.

It was the combined might of the four Denizens.


The girl rose higher and higher, and the three tired Generals watched with wariness as the Denizen of Water was awakened into the world once more.

“Ko..to..ne…” Nene whispered.


It was snowing now.

Rain and fire and lightning solidified into snow.

Dust Zone turned into Rain Zone into Snow Zone.

Everyone stood still as the storm stabilized, and watched, wary, as it spread out of the Zone’s atmosphere, and into Digital Airspace.


The girl looked relatively unchanged from her frozen state. What clothes she wore from the Human world still fit her as easily as they did the day she was captured.

There was blue energy swirling around her, but it didn’t seem to be settling into any solid form just yet, unlike the Digi-Xrosses with Nene and Kiriha, and, in fact, the only clear sign that the girl was even a Denizen like the rest was the blue tint her eyeballs had taken on.

“Kotone?” DarkKnightmon asked cautiously. “Is that you, my dear?”

The girl stared at him. Two minds were suppressed under the power of a third, and it was that one that spoke. “They slumber. I am the Genesis Shadow.” it said. “I carry the memories of those whose Xros Codes you have taken from others.”

DarkKnightmon faltered for a moment. The Xros Codes carried genetic memories? “Then, is Kotone safe?”

“No.” the Shadow said. “I understand what you are, my Father.” it reached out a hand, and, from the vat of energy from which the Shadow had been born, the Darkness Loader floated out, appearing as a Xros Loader, only with spikes and other such demonic apparel on it. “And, I understand that I as well am doomed to die.” the Shadow said as the Darkness Loader floated down to her hand. “Cetus fights against my presence, the girl you wish to protect is rebelling against both. Soon, I will die, not just due to their struggles, but from the cancerous Code Echidna specifically targeted towards my kind, and Cetus will be buried once more.”

“Who is this Cetus?” DarkKnightmon asked.

“You know not who you are dealing with. So I shall not explain.” the Shadow said. “As I am already dying, I shall create one life form to provide the support you need to give this girl the protection you so desperately hope to fool her with.”

“DarkKnightmon…”

Both DarkKnightmon and the doubly possessed girl glanced over to the cage.

Taiki’s fists were clenched, and there was an aura of intense energy around him.

“What?” DarkKnightmon’s eyes widened. “How is that possible? I should have taken his entire Xros Code! He should have no will to fight!”

“As I said before.” the Shadow said. “You know not who you are dealing with.”

DarkKnightmon’s head spun towards Kotone. “Tell me then!”

“You Deserve this.” Were the last words the creature spoke towards it’s creator. “Goodbye, Father.”

I’m PRETTY sure this is where it ends. But I’m not quite sure.

In a rewrite- I’d drop this song, I think? I’m not sure.

Anyways, I don’t have many notes on this sequence. It’s pretty much self-explanatory.

And now…ONTO THE BEST PART!

> [S] Hephaestus: Wake

Open that on up, and get ready for some awesome. ^U^

A guitar rift suddenly caught DarkKnightmon’s attention, forcing his eyes away from the rather confusing girl and instead towards Taiki. “How are you doing that…?” He asked as the music dropped.

His only reply was silence.

“How…?”

The Music started again.

snap snap snap snap.

Bright wings of burning fire burst out of Taiki’s back, flaring out, and snapping into form (in sequence to the music) as, slowly, the boy rose into the air, fire gathering within his open hands. His eyes snapped open, revealing the normally grey irises a startling shade of crimson as the fire wings fused together into a crimson coat of fire, leaving him standing on air.

“FIRE…”

“Wait…Stop!” DarkKnightmon held up his hands to stop the boy.

Too late.

“…OF THE FORGE!”

Taiki flung the spheres into themselves, causing the cage around him (and causing most of the ice in the room to melt as well) To explode.

The Boy rose higher into the air, floating on jet-engines made of crimson energy that had sprouted out of his back.

DarkKnightmon’s eyes widened even further as he stuttered out one question:

“Wh-What are you?”

“Denizen of Creation, the Mighty Forger! HEPHAESTUS!”A reverberating voice said proudly from the boy’s mouth. “General of Xros Heart, the Maker of Miracles!” Taiki continued, not even taking a break in between for breath. “KUDO TAIKI!”

“I Said what Not Who!” DarkKnightmon protested.

“We answered that!” Taiki said with a smirk as he dismissed the wings, and instead summoned massive legs of flame to kick off from, leaping towards DarkKnightmon, fist pulled back.

With a Flash of Light, The Fire energy switched into a massive fist of flame that hit DarkKnightmon before he could even react, sending the poor Demon flying out of the room- through the wall.

“You know not what powers you meddle with.” the Shademon within Kotone choked out through laughter as Taiki went after him.


Another Fire fist, and DarkKnightmon was smashed through another wall.

“How is this even possible?” DarkKnightmon gasped for breath. “I only Xrosed you with the Shademon data long enough to take your Xros Code!”

“You idiot.” Hephaestus laughed. “We together are the forger of impossible items. What makes you think it impossible for me to not make my own shademon?”

“Not that that’s what he did, though.” Taiki added. “It was Kiriha’s Idea, really.”

“What do you mean?” DarkKnightmon went to ask, but, was cut off by a flying kick to the chest from a massive flame foot.

Another broken wall.

As Taiki, flaming long coat of pure awesome flowing behind him, climbed over the rubble, he summoned a massive fire sword in place of his right arm. “DarkKnightmon!” He dove forwards, bringing the blade down upon the hapless Knight.

Only Instinct saved the Demon that day, bringing his twin spears up to block only just barely. “What-How-What in the world are you?”

“Told you that already!” Hephaestus remarked. “Not our fault you weren’t listening!”

“Your own strength is impossible!” DarkKnightmon countered as he frantically pushed the God-like boy away. “How do you have this power?”

“Come on!” Taiki rolled his eyes as he replaced his hands with fire fists again. “Do you really not know?”

“There’s nothing abnormal about you that should let you have these alternate personalites!” the idiot insisted.

“Come On! You just said it for crying out loud!” Hephaestus yelled out in annoyance as they leaped forward to deliver a swift combo of fire fists.

“The Xros Code?” DarkKnightmon’s reaction was the perfect opening.

And another wall broke.

Taiki rose above him on those jet engines once more, summoning the fire spheres in his hands again. “The Xros Codes are the DNA signatures of the Digital World’s guardians- The Four Denizens.”

DarkKnightmon narrowed his eyes. “The Guardians?”

“You really pissed off the wrong people, DarkKnightmon.” Hephaestus remarked. “And for that…”

“YOU DIE!” they flung the spheres at the Knight in a move mirroring Shoutmon’s double-fling attack in Lake Zone.“FIRE OF THE FORGE!”

And then- The floor broke.


Shoutmon and the others were shocked to see DarkKnightmon suddenly fall through the roof above them.

“What the heck!” Zenjirou exclaimed. “How did he..!”

DARKKNIGHTMON!” And then Hephaestus flew through, bringing the fire sword down once more- only this time he had the top third of it spinning around rapidly like a saw blade. There was an explosion, and DarkKnightmon was sent one more floor down.

“Was that Taiki just now?” Lila asked, mouth agape.

“Yes.” Shoutmon said. “Yes it was.”

“That means he escaped!” Sally recalled her Hover board, and jumped onto it. “Let’s follow the trail of destruction!”

“Great Idea!” Shoutmon grinned as he jumped up as well. “Taiki can handle himself if he’s done this much on his own!”


And as DarkKnightmon- No- DeadlyAxmon and SkullKnightmon picked themselves up from the rubble, Taiki floated above them a grin on his face.

“How did you manage to break us down to this form?” SkullKnightmon remarked.

“What’s with the fire guy?” DeadlyAxmon was cowering in a corner. “I don’t know how to deal with fire guys!”

“I am the creator of the original Xros Loader.” Hephaestus boasted. “Along with the Code Crown.”

That made SkullKnightmon’s shiny armor dull. “What.” he asked flatly.

“In Layman’s terms: Anything you can make.” He started as he dove down, bringing the spinning sword down onto the weakened Knight. “WE CAN UNMAKE!” Taiki concluded.

DarkKnightmon brought up his spears to block, and grimaced as the floor beneath him broke once more- separating him entirely from his Xros-Partner. “GAH!”

“DarkKnightmon!” Taiki roared as he switched to the fire jets, grabbing the knight around the collar and pushing him through floor after floor. “Your days of manipulation are over!”

“For the problems you’ve caused us and others, I will make sure you don’t live to see another day!” Hephaestus said as he reached down with one hand and grabbed the three stolen Xros Loaders. “There is NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP-!”

“Our Raging spirit!”

“Our Burning determination!”

“The Tomorrow that will surely come before us!”

“The Day that you finally realize…!”

YOU LOSE!”

One final floor broke, and the dueling duo found themselves in yet another frozen chamber, far below the Zone’s surface.

They were situated above a giant record plate, one that probably spanned the entire Zone, if not more.

And there was a Z shaped scratch on it’s surface.

“A Fitting place for your end.” Hephaestus remarked as he summoned the spinning sword blade. “Another of my creations.”

“You built this?” SkullKnightmon asked, getting into a deffensive pose.

“Indeed I did.” Hephaestus suddenly switched back to the jets, and took to the sky. “And I think we just woke up it’s guardian!”

“Ja ne!” Taiki waved as they took off.

“Wait!” SkullKnightmon cried out. “What do you mean…?”

It was at that moment that a familiar shadow loomed behind him.

“Chaosdramon?” SkullKnightmon turned around, looking up at the looming shadow.

“Machinedramon.” the shadow corrected as it reached down for him.

“no! Stop! Wait!” the Knight protested repeatedly as the silver claw of a different model of Mugendramon picked him up and lifted him high.

“Trespassers shall be Deleted.” the Digimon said. “You Shall be Exterminated.”

“NO! NO! NOOOO!”

He was swallowed whole.

Above, Hephaestus and Taiki watched with some grim approval and resolved that they wouldn’t let any monsters like that stupid Idiot to EVER be created ever again.

Wheee!

MeGaLoVania.

This particular sequence…Well… It’s just full of surprises! First off- Hephaestus basically is using his powers like Generator Rex- you know who- and is generally kicking the DorkKnight to all kinds of new levels of pain.

I’m pretty sure the swallowed whole bit was a Soul Eater shoutout again.

We cut to the outside, and watch with horror as The Genesis Shadow thing is Xrossing all of those other Digimon together into CHIMERAMON as her final act!

Xros Heart is:

 not sure what to make of it.

Yup.

We cut back inside, where Taiki is catching everyone up to speed on what’s up with the Denizens after he captures DeadlyAxmon in his Loader:

“It’s a long story we really don’t have time for right now.” Hephaestus said. “Right now, we need to get Typheus and Echidna out of here so we can fight that idiotic Digimon.”

“Wait.” Taiki said suddenly. “What about their clothes?”

Hephaestus had him snap their fingers.

A flash of red light later, and both generals were clad in exactly the same clothes they were wearing before being captured.

“There. Taken care of.”

Shoutmon started laughing. “Oh man, Taiki, this is going to be so much fun to explain to Akari!”

“Tell me about it.” The general laughed.

With some more demonstrations of his powers.

A Minute later, Sally’s hover board, loaded with Kiriha, Nene, Zenjirou, Lila, and Sally herself took off, with Taiki with his jet engines alongside her, Shoutmon was hanging off his shoulders.

“Okay.” Shoutmon said, with an impressed look in his eyes. “You’ve got to teach me this trick.”

“Later, Shoutmon.” Taiki said as he observed the battle that had begun- RampageGureimon was facing off against Chimeramon in the sky.

Everyone escapes, and Shoutmon Xrosses up Grand Nine again.

“G-NINE KICK!”The Locomon foot plowed into it’s head before it could react, sending it reeling backwards.

“G-NINE PUNCH!”The mean left hook sent Chimeramon to it’s left.

With that, the mecha took to the skies, thrusters powering it’s flight. “G-NINE…!”

Cannons moved and shifted, aiming was done, and then…

“GRAND PRIX!”

A Massive blast of energy lashed out, hitting Chimeramon dead on, forcing it backwards and downwards into the remains of the tower, where the structural supports were already weakened by Taiki and DarkKnightmon’s brawl, causing the entire thing to collapse onto itself.

“Woah…” Shoutmon blinked. “We beat it that easily?”

The explosion of the entire tower’s data being dragged downwards told a different story.

Of course, this time the chapter title is accurate.

Suddenly, there was a burst of dark energy similar to Chimeramon’s birth that rose out of the remains and reformed itself into a form similar to Chimeramon, but with three major differences.

First: Where as before Chimeramon kept it’s components original color scheme, the new Digimon was black and blue and grey all around.

Second: It had a ghostly Machinedramon on it’s back.

Third: It now spoke with DarkKnightmon’s voice.

“Ahha, I am fortunate enough that this creature was unstable enough to require my presence to stabilize it.” It said.

“Damn.” Taiki growled. “So he didn’t die in there.”

“What?” Shoutmon blinked. “What happened?”

“We fed SkullKnightmon to Beat Mesa’s guardian.” Hephaestus said. “It seems he’s more like a virus than a Digimon. Resilient bastard, I’ll give him that.”

“I hereby dub this new Digimon Millenniummon!” DarkKnightmon continued his speech through the Xros’s mouth. “In honor of the new Millennium that shall arise soon after!” He chuckled. “I had planned on using Chaosdramon for this, but you killed him. I am very fortunate that I had a replacement under my own house and I didn’t even know it!”

SkullKnightmon just doesn’t DIE.

Shoutmon held up the Xros Loader and focused his energies. “LET’S GO!”

“SOUL RESONANCE!” Grand Nine roared.

*cue RESONANCE*

With a resounding roar, the energies of every Digimon inside Grand Nine focused together into the form of their finishing attack:

The Hand transformed into the spinning sword, and the drill and wheel attached together.

“What’s this?” Millenniummon asked. “Some kind of Drill?”

“Be warned.” Akari said, eyes closed. “This is the attack that killed Chaosdramon.”

“Hm.” He frowned. “I suppose I shouldn’t take this lightly then?”

“NOT AT ALL!” Nine voices roared.

We have Soul Eater’s opening theme play here- and in the end- Dark/SkullKnight/Milleniumnmon gets vaporized.

They cried out, taking to the skies, and STILL holding a giant drill that seemed to be growing larger by the second.

Tsunaida tamashii no hi ga, mune wo sasu nara

The drill grew to be twice as large as TWO TIMES Grand Nine itself, and settled there. “GRAND…”

Millenniummon struggled to get up to his feet.

Kotoba yori motto tsuyoi hibiki ga, ima kikoeru ka?

“DIMENSIONAL…”

Deatta wake wa dou datte ii, mikitsukeraete

“BREAKER!”

They lunged forward.

Fureta shunkan no kizu no fun dake

Millenniummon would have had tried to block, but the drill, you see…

By the time he realized it was coming, it was already too late- size it was.

tashika ni naeru

Grand Nine plowed through the Thousand Year Monster, and scattered it’s data across the Zone.

They just have to keep making bigger drills in order to do that.

And this is BAD.

*end song*

And then,

Everyone in Dust Zone cheered in delight as the Zone’s Code Crown drifted down from the sky, almost unmistakable for the data particles still floating about for but a single moment.

Shoutmon gave a thumbs up to the Great Xros…

And Grand Nine suddenly de-Xrossed without any warning- several feet into the air.

“AKARI!” the Digimon cried out as everyone involved slammed into the ground.

TO BE CONTINUED.

NEXT TIME:

“Akari! Akari! Speak to me!”

“There’s only one Digimon in the entire Digital World that can help us now.”

“Hephaestus?”

“No, It is I, Wisemon!”

“Ehh? What do you mean? It’s my Arkadimon!”

“Dame Dame! No no! It’s me!”

“No. No No. A thousand times NO.”

“SkullKnightmon?”

“How did you survive that Drill attack!”

“AND BEING EATEN!”

“I’m not called “The Imortal” For nothing.”

“Let’s hit him with Giga Drill Break Again!”

“Next time, Digimon Xros Wars: Wisemon speaks. The history of the Digital World?”

“OIIII! Don’t count me out just yet!”

“DIGI-MEMORY! ACTIVATE!”

And so with this ending of the Next Time card- we see that DarkKnightmon has survived somehow. Not that this actual fact is revealed for another few episodes.

Still! You can’t keep a good villain down. It’s the really crummy ones who end up dying after one hit.

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