Chapter 9: Double Impact Before Shogun and Met got a chance to attack again Trove rushed forward, tackling them through the back doors and back into the room where met had battled Cutligula. The body of Met’s foe was gone, but there was no time for the meaning of that to fully sink in. Trove grabbed them both, slammed them together, and then tossed them effortlessly away several yards in either direction. Met and Shogun both got back to their feet quickly and then moved in, Shogun having a small lead on Met. Trove laughed that insane laughter as his leg smashed through a support beam and found its mark hard against the stomach of Shogun, sending him staggering back. Met dashed forward and slammed his shoulder into Trove’s support leg, taking him off of his feet, but the governor was hardly beaten. “Impressive that you two have lasted this long, though it is a shame that none shall know of your skill after today!” said Trove as he immediately kipped up back to his feet. Shogun and Met both rolled away to regroup, Trove was stronger than they’d thought, but they could still beat him, they just had to stay focused. “You ready for this hot shot?” growled Met. “Whenever you are, just make sure you watch where you’re swinging,” said Shogun. “And make sure you’re not getting in my way,” said Met as they both rushed forward once again. As they rushed forward Trove dropped slightly, bracing himself for an impact. Both of them threw themselves into their part, Met attacking high, Shogun attacking low. Trove managed to block a powerful jumping kick from Shogun, but Meteorain found his way into the guard of the villain and landed a powerful elbow directly to the solar plexus. Trove growled with pain but as the two attempted to follow up he deflected them both with a mighty double snapping of his foot, two kicks for two opponents. The two bounced but quickly regained a vertical base and began to form a new plan. “So, he’s a little tougher than we expected,” said Shogun. “Getting nervous? Go ahead and back out now, I don’t need help for this guy,” said Met. “Enough talk!” growled Trove. “Come at me, both of you!” There was finality in his voice that beckoned them to attack. Met and Shogun shot each other a pair of looks, they knew that the only way to win was to pull out their last trump cards. Shogun had used his recently, against Red Death, but it was still unknown to Trove, just as Met’s was to everyone. They nodded and took their stances, one last charge; they had to end it in just one last charge. They ran forward, each mentally preparing for the attacks they would summon forward, Trove laughing all the while. Shogun charged in, the air around his wind beginning to swirl wildly, Met leapt off of Shogun’s back, intent on stealing all the glory as his hands began to glow. Met struck Trove again and again, his fists leaving thunderous impacts against the body of Trove as he entered the Fusion State. Trove staggered, at first his muscled form was able to repel the attack, but the sheer force of Met’s blows rapidly became too much, and he felt the pain. This effect was made more powerful as Shogun struck him with the fury of the Gale Palm, Trove began to stagger, and finally fell hard onto his back after a brutal kick to the jaw from Met, knocking him unconscious. Just like that, a single desperate charge ended the clash. Suddenly the doors opened wide and the rebel forces entered, led by Sara Ythlihm, as they viewed the scene they looked amazed. “I, wow, we didn’t think it’d be over like that…” said Sara. “And how did you think it’d be over?” asked Met, implying that the demise of the duo was expected. “I think she means she didn’t think it’d be over yet,” said Shogun. “A little bit of that, and we were expecting you two to be a bit mangled,” said Sara. “Bah, I’m Meteorain! I’m invincible! And he was with me, so he was pretty likely to survive!” said Met proudly. “Anyway, what’re you going to do with him?” asked Shogun, kicking Trove’s unconscious form. “We’re going to hold a trial for all of his crimes, and then see where it goes from there,” said Sara. “What happened to the gusto you had earlier for killing him?” asked Met. “As much as I’d like to, that would send the wrong message,” said Sara. “I can wait a little while to act as an official executioner.” “Sounds like fun…” said Shogun. “Anyway, too bad we won’t be around to see it, I think I need to be getting back home…” “Suit yourself, I don’t have any problem collecting a reward,” said Met. So pretty shortly after that I headed back to Spamopolis. True to his word Shogun split pretty soon after that. The Holy Avenger had done his job. I dropped the armor off at a nearby temple where I was sure it would eventually find its way to the next bearer of the title, and then I started out on my way back home. But things there were anything but calm. Next time I made it back to Spamopolis things were in cleanup mode, apparently something big started when we left, and didn’t end until around when Shogun got back. Seems Mad Jake was happy to take advantage of what happened leading up to me leaving, and having been gone a month I’d missed a good deal of action. I hate going out of town. Shogun arrived back in Spamopolis several days later. He had a clean slate as far as introductions went, or at least he hoped so. He knew that at least a few within the Defense Force had to have confirmed suspicions of his identity as soon as he’d become the bear. He just had to hope he could make an impression that enabled them to overlook the manhunt that had been set for him not long ago. On the plus side the main force urging for his capture was gone now, although he doubted that the second most potent one, Crusader, was out of the picture. Still, he was back in town, he had a fresh suit of armor, one that allowed more freedom than the Avenger suit, and he’d be able to do things a lot more easily as soon as he turned himself in to the defense force. Now all he needed to do was find someone that he could trust among the defenders, luckily that left him with several options. And to add to his luck there was a sound of combat in the distance, meaning that someone had to be nearby. Shogun soon arrived at the scene of the fighting, but remained hidden to observe what was going on. There were only two members of the force in the street, and they were fighting what appeared to be a machine, but it was far more powerful than any he’d seen before. The defenders were Crusader and Senekha, judging by how they were fighting they’d met this thing before, and he’d put a bad hurting on them. Which meant there was a good chance that other members of the force had also been injured by it. The fight was over soon as the machine fled, apparently having achieved its ends, leaving Sen and Cru in the streets. Shogun sighed, he’d wanted to avoid Crusader for a while, but it looked like he didn’t get to do any such thing. He hit the ground behind the building and quickly made his way out, making it appear as if he’d just arrived, “Jeez are you guys alright?” “What the hell are you doing out here? Can’t you see it’s a war zone?” Crusader roared. “Cru chill, he’s a friend, and a fighter,” said Sen. “Is he now? Well then we could use the help, what’s your name?” Crusader demanded. “Don’t you recognize him Cru? You hunted him for months, isn’t that right Holy Avenger?” said Sen with a grin. “Well, actually, I’m going by Shogun now,” Shogun replied. “Whatever, I can book you or you can join later, right now we need to get to the station,” said Cru as he ran off. “Welcome to the team,” said Sen as she and Shogun followed.