Z looked into his town, and marveled at the destruction. A majority of the building still stood, but many were nothing more then piles of rubble. Blood, both human and gloople, stained the streets.
The warriors slowly walked to the main gate, in silence. They moved with purpose, with passion. They knew what they must do, and they knew their chances of survival were minimal.
When they had all assembled, John stood and addressed his men.
“We tread where few have gone before, straight into the heart of a nest. This will not be easy. There is a good chance none of us will come back, but we can wait no longer. If we don’t stop these monsters, our city will never be safe. Today, we fight for our town, our families, and we will not let these bastards live. Today, we take the fight to them!”
The chorus of yells sang out into the stale morning air. Boots crunched over the cold ground as ten warriors set out to their destiny. Z took one last look at his New Haven, and hoped dearly to see it again.
The nest wasn’t far. Within two hours of trekking over the cold, mountainous grasslands, the warriors had encountered Greens. Greens were no threat on their own, but Greens normally stayed close to the nest.
The humans slowly moved up a particularly large hill, when the ground around them shifted. The warriors quickly raised their weapons, forming a circle on the side of the hill. The ground around them erupted with Greens. Hundreds of Greens poured from the ground, surrounding the meager human forces. The Glooples charged.
The humans began cutting into the Greens forces. Z raised his sword and hacked at the nearest Greens. Within seconds, nearly half the Greens were nothing more then splatters. Z pulled his sword out of a Green, and saw movement from the corner of his eye. It was blue. He turned quickly, and nearly dropped his sword. On top the hill, an army of Biters.
Z yelled to his fellow warriors, but over the sound of battle, no one heard him. He tried again, but it was too late. Biters flew down the hill. The warriors took notice of the new threat, and quickly turned to face the oncoming enemies, ignoring the Greens all together.
The forces collided. Biters swarmed around the humans, jumping at each warrior. The veteran warriors knew how to deal with this. They raised their swords and a defense posture and waited for the Biters to contact the swords. Biters splattered the ground with their blood. Unfortunately, a single human was caught off guard. A Biter smashed him in the abdomen. He collided to the ground. For a second the human was stunned, he looked down to see a large hole where his stomach would be. He slowly brought his hand to the gaping wound. Without warning, another Biter leapt into the air. The Biter landed on the fallen warrior, and shredded him in an instant.
The remaining humans finished off the Biter army with no more casualties. The warriors gathered around what used to be their friend, now nothing more then a large pool of blood.
Trevor spoke first. “Poor Seph…He wa-” His eulogy was cut short, when a large gray spike exploded from his chest. Everyone was stunned. Trevor looked down, and the spike retracted. He fell to the ground.
Everyone quickly raised their weapons, and faced their attacker. It was a Gloople sub-species known as “Grays”. Grays were formed when 3 Greens combine into a single entity. Unlike the Greens, however, the Grays were one of the most dangerous Gloople. They had an unusually hard membrane that covered their bodies, and are able to temporally soften the membrane to attack. Their attack is a large spike that that protrudes from their body. The spike is strong enough to pierce steal. When their spike is retracted, they are nearly impossible to kill. When they soften their membrane to use their spike is the only opportunity to attack.
The Gray attacked again, but this time the warriors were prepared. They dodged the attack and began to rush the creature.
The Gray attacked again, narrowly missing John. They were almost upon the beast, when another spike lanced across the grassland. This one found its target. A warrior was hit square in the chest. He flew backwards and was flung from the Grays weapon.
“Now!” John yelled over the sounds of battle. The warriors raised their swords and slashed at the monstrosity. The Gloople attempted to retract his spike, but was unable to. The warriors hacked away at the beast until it exploded into a pile of slime.
With the main threat gone, the warriors scanned the hill for any other attackers. There were none. With nearly a third of their force killed, the warriors finally reached the top of the hill.
“My god…” Alex whispered as the warriors stared at their doom; before them sat a Gloople nest of unimaginable proportion. Hundreds of Greens mindlessly went about their tasks, all guarding a cave that held their queen. Biters and Grays patrolled the perimeter, with many more sub-species thrown into the fray.
“Looks like we need a plan.” John said as he looked upon an army of slime.
“Ok, here is what we are going to do.” John laid that plan out for the remaining warriors. “Myself, Z, and Alex with sneak around to the entrance. Everyone else, charge the main entrance…You will distract the main Gloople force, while we sneak in and kill the queen.” John sighed “I’m sorry…” he managed.
The four warriors he sent on a suicide mission just looked at him, and nodded. They slowly got up, cleaned their swords, and prepared to charge the Gloople army.
Z followed John around the outside of the Gloople nest, careful to avoid detection by the patrolling Biters.
Z’s party managed to get fairly close to the cave entrance, but there were too many Glooples for them to proceed. They waited for a few moments, then without warning the guards started moving to the front of the nest.
Good luck Z thought as his team quickly ran to the nest entrance. Z could barely hear a battle going on, and scanned the land. He saw nothing but a mass of monsters.
The warriors entered the cave, and ran into the inner chamber. If they killed the Gloople Queen, the rest of the glooples in the nest would slowly die. Without the guidance of a queen, most glooples can’t survive.
Z entered the main chamber, his eyes straining in the darkness. As his eyes adjusted, he slowly realized what he was seeing; in the center of the chamber, a monster. The Queen was massive, much larger then the other glooples. It had a relatively small body, about 2 meters across, but what set it apart were two giant scythe-like arms, each 6 meters in length.
The Queen quickly noticed the intruders and wasted no time attacking, its massive arms cutting threw the air. The warriors quickly ducked. John let out a yell and charged the beast. The Queen quickly sliced at John, but he ducked under the lethal blades in a impressive display. He ran up to the main body to attack, but the Queen quickly moved away. John was momentarily caught off-guard, but it was all the Queen needed.
With a single slice, John fell to the cold cavern floor, his torso separating from his legs.
Alex and Z yelled for their fallen friend, and charged the monster. The Queen attempted to half their advance, but the warriors were determined and dodges her attacks. The got within sword range, but the Queen quickly moved away again. The warriors anticipated this, however, and again charged the Queen. They almost got within range again, but Alex tripped over a large stone. He managed to stop himself from falling, but was not able to stop two large blades from puncturing his chest. The Queen flung the warrior to the ground and sliced once more at Z.
Z dodged the attack and attacked the Queen. With a powerful thrust, Z’s sword smashed into the Queens unprotected body. The Queen let out a scream. Z held his sword in place. The Queen began to thrash, and Z felt a sharp pain in his back. He looked down to see two large blades protruding from his abdomen.
With a screech, the Queen flung the warrior against a wall. Z smacked into the wall and heard a loud crunch. He slowly looked up to see the Queen fall to the ground, dead. He managed a small smile before darkness overtook him.
Monday, August 11, 2008