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 Reign of Thunder

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  1. Lord Zilla

    Lord Zilla Lady Mothra's Hubby Member

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    Alarms thundered and blared in the fading light, hues of red and violet filled every inch of the evacuation tunnels while Nikki Cross stumbled around hoping she could escape the carnage unfolding in the city streets above. It had all started several hours ago during the New Year festivities. The rumble of another impact shook the tunnel, and it didn't sound like the fight was going well for the armored divisions trying to save the city. Explosions melded with alarms and suddenly the emergency lights went out, sending Nikki into an endless world of darkness. The young barrista crashed into unseen obstacles, screaming while she sought out the familiar sensation of a stair rail in the darkness. Heavy with sweat her hand collided with an iron bar. "Thank you God," she clambered up the stairs and slammed herself against the doors at the top. One step through the door and Nikki found herself in the middle of World War III. Buildings crumbled all around her, fires burned in the streets and smoke filled the area like a thick fog. Nikki threw her arms up to shield her eyes as an attack transport shrieked overhead. Soldiers ran by shouting orders and updates about the attack. The alarms slowly faded in the distance and Nikki suddenly found herself in an unearthly world of silence that made the hair stand up on the back of her neck. The next thing she heard was the earth shattering roar of the monstrous creature she could have only envisioned in her nightmares; a frightening skeletal form of a skyscraper height lizard with four arms and an enormous chictonous shell. Nikki froze in place as the beast moved into view, pushing over what remained of a nearby building...
     
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    Lord Defender Guy of many hats...so many hats... Member

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    A gust of wind rushed over him as he began to come to, the echoes of screams, sirens, and metal groaning under immense pressure brought him back to consciousness. He blinked several times opening his eyes wiping away debris to clear his vision. Chase Maddox pushed himself up into a sitting position as a fallen light fixture sparked and light the area for a second, then everything went dark again. Blinking once more he tried to remember what he was doing or where he was before everything went dark. Taking his surroundings into account it looked like he was in an office...well partly…most of the room was technically still intact; however, the room that faced 3rd Avenue was completely gone. Maddox pulled himself up wrenching hold of the work desk nearest to him to regain his footing and balance. Ensuring that his balance was restored, and his dizziness gone, he began to move closer to the open air to survey what other damage it may reveal. Just as he moved close enough to peer to the skyline he fell backward as an assault transport barreled past the open space between his building the one across the street. He watched it gain a bit more altitude before it rotated, allowing its passengers operating its weapon systems to unload a salvo towards some large shadow further downtown. As Maddox moved to a support frame to peer out farther into the city skyline, the shadow of the building he was watching the transport spray with an ordinance moved. He narrowed his eyes to get a better view, yes, the shadow of the building moved, and as it grew and continued to grow. An earth-shattering roar erupted from the beast as it overtook the building it was taking cover behind, while it used its immense strength from its four arms as it tore the building apart with the remnants toppling over to the streets below.
     
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  3. Lord Zilla

    Lord Zilla Lady Mothra's Hubby Member

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    Nikki huddled down on the ground beside the graffiti covered brick wall behind her. She was frozen in place watching as the gigantic beast finished demolishing its building target, shrugging off the assault transport's attack. Everything around her was in shambles and on fire and there was no sign of escape. She used to know this area of town well enough to navigate the side streets and make her way back to her apartment on Fifth Avenue, but that was before the WKOV news building lay fractured all over the street, and in a time of her life that the subway wasn't buried under half a block of rubble. Was her apartent even still standing now? "I've got to get out of here," Nikki said with a trembling voice that portrayed far more confidence than she was feeling. The creature roared again, thunderous steps echoing against what remained of the downtown street as it started southward. The young woman hesitently pushed herself up against the wall until she was on her feet and moving. There were no signs of survivors, and she didn't know about Chase nearby but if she did she would have sought him out for help. With little other choice available to her, Nikki turned in the opposite diretion and ran. If she was lucky there would be other survivors, or the military would pick her up to take her safety. As Nikki ran gunfire and shouting started nearby, soldiers fending off another attack. She kept running, trying to push the sounds of fighting out of her mind and she didn't notice the unusual shaddows dancing against alley ahead. Shouts and more gunfire erupted, flashes of light and suddenly one of the camouflaged soldiers was thrown through the air before her. He landed with a groan and a grotesque shape ran out from the alley and attacked him, invisible appendages rending the soldier limb from limb in mere seconds.
     
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    Lord Defender Guy of many hats...so many hats... Member

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    Maddox reached into this coat pocket and fished around for a few moments as another gunship flew by. A small ovular-like cylinder was in his grip as he pulled it away from the jacket, it had some weight to it as it was made of lead. He opened it with one hand and removed the treasure from within. A pair of old wire-frame spectacles was what was hidden inside the case. Made unfolded them and placed them above the bridge of his nose and then glanced back out into the dimly lit background. With these wire-frame spectacles, he could see the outline of the gigantic beast and what seemed to be its veins, which pumped its lifeforce throughout its body. Each heartbeat caused the creature's image to intensify for only a split second, Maddox then turned and continued to survey where he was. When I went through the rift, I never expected to find a dimension with creatures like this…he thought. After seeing the semi-normal scenery of nexus points and an enchantment here or there, he stowed the glasses back into its case and placed them back into his coat pocket.
    This wasn’t the first time Maddox had blindly ventured out into another world/dimension. In fact, this had almost become a common routine for him and his associate Mosley. Human-sized lizards and malformed elongated humanoid spider-fiends were just some of the mundane things he had experienced until today. Today topped that…obviously, this had to be about the largest creature he had ever seen, he just wasn’t sure if this was normal for this world or not. Maddox didn’t really have that much time on 'this’ Earth to gather any background information sadly, but to an extent, this somewhat made up for it. Taking out his phone, he activated the video recorder and began to capture the creature’s image and it swatting at the gunships. After a few moments, he stopped the phone from recording any more video and stowed the phone. Now it was time to get out of this building…safely…but how…
     
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    Lord Zilla Lady Mothra's Hubby Member

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    Nikki grasped at her mouth, covering it quickly as she fought the undeniable urge to vomit at the sight before her. The entire ordeal was over in a matter of seconds; nightmarish sounds of inhuman shrieks and wails intermingled with dying human cries. The creature before her was partially out of view but she caught glimpses of long insect or arachnid-like appendages with barbed spikes along their length and a large mass at their center but it wasn't rounded like spiders or insects she recognized. The shape was more almond like, widest at the midsection and as the beast moved in farther to sift through its kill she coud see another large appendage trailing out from the rear. It reminded her of a horseshoe crab only larger than a VW Beatle. She could feel the bile rising in her throat and Nikki quickly turned back from the scene and started running. For the moment the crab monster either didn't notice her or didn't care as she tried to run. Already her arms and legs felt like lead weight after stumbling through the evacuation tunnel, and even more uncooperative after the sights of the giant monster and the one not fare behind her. She never considered herself a nerd, and she couldn't stand most of the anime she saw her friends digesting like candy but she was starting to feel like she was trapped in some kind of a Japanese movie... what were they called again... Kaiju? The alley grew deathly silent and she didn't want to look back but Nikki couldn't help herself and as she did, the alley was empty. No sign of the body, or the creature. Shit, shit, shit! She had to get out of here but she wasn't going back the way she came, the tunnel caved in several blocks back and the subway wasn't anyplace to even attempt now that the city lay in ruins. She could hear unnatural chirping nearby, beginning to drive her mad. She kept running back toward where she had come, looking for any path to get off the street. In her search she came across the shattered front doors of an office building. Not turning back climbed in through the broken glass and moved further into the building hoping there was an open room she could hide in until help came; not knowing that this was the same building Chase Maddox currently was trying to escape from.
     
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    Lord Defender Guy of many hats...so many hats... Member

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    Maddox quickly bounded down the stairs two sometimes three steps at a time. The cacophony of chaos from outside sunk eerily down the stairwell as he moved. Gotta get to the rift…he told himself as he maintained a guided hand on the guardrail as he moved. Reaching the main floor, as designated by the wall stencil, he moved closer to the door and peered out of the window at the top of it. He glanced back and forth looking for movement in the darkness until a live electrical wire sparked ruining what dark vision he had for the moment. He squinted again looking back into the window, he could have sworn he just saw something move. Maddox moved his hand behind his back and retrieved his service pistol and brought it to his side. He waited just another moment before he pulled the door open and quietly stepped into the larger room.
    The remnants of a concierge desk was just what he needed, so he moved quickly behind it to take cover and get out of sight. He slowly glanced over the top of the desk, he could see that the lobby was trashed, something large, but not the colossal beast he saw earlier came through here…maybe a mob or stampede. Crunching glass pierced the air and alerted him to the opposite end of the corridor. Something was headed this way, he reoriented himself to a decent covered position and waited, moving his pistol up in front of him. He slowed his breathing with the aim to slow his rapidly beating heart until she came into view. When she came completely into view he waited to see if there was anything following her, but with nothing else coming into view he slowly moved out of cover, dropping his weapon arm down to his side.
    “Hey…you alright?” he called over to her.
     
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    Lord Zilla Lady Mothra's Hubby Member

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    Nikki nervously worked her way into the building, listening as broken glass crunched beneath her feet like snow. She hated the sound, but at least she would know if someone or something were trying to follow her inside. The place still looked deserted, and the young woman was seriously starting to think she was the only non-military person left in this sector of the city. Where had everyone else gone, or was she all that was left after the attack began? The sound of another human voice startled her, causing her to drop her crossbody purse and the rolled up barista apron she carried with her. "Who... Who's there?" she asked timidly, lowering herself down to collect her belongings. "I'm warning you, I've got... I've got a tazer," her voice betrayed every bit of fear she was trying to hold back. When Maddox could get a clear sight of her, he would see a woman in her early twenties, blue dyed hair with pink tips dressed in hipster styled clothes. She cluched her belongings closer to her after getting them from the floor and taking a long look at the only other human being she found. "I'm... no I'm not all right. There's giant monsters trashing the city, and fucking spider things tearing soldiers apart around every corner!" she shouted, stressed and frightened. "What in the hell is going on!?" During their introductions the sounds of battle and monster attacks outside died into uncomfortable silence that fueled the tension even further.
     
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    Maddox then came out of cover and showed her the pistol and placed it back in his holster at his back. After placing it back he moved his hands back in front to show her that he had put it away. “Taser huh? Wouldn’t want to mess with that,” he replied waiting for her to acknowledge his move to show her that he meant no harm to her. “I have no idea what’s going on,” he started as he leaned on the concierge desk, “I woke up a little while ago, quite a few floors up…” he trailed off and he motioned for her to move closer out of view of the streets on either side of the building. “That thing out there…that huge thing…I’ve never seen anything like that before…” he began waiting for her to elaborate. He would need to get some more information from her to see if the occurrence of the beast was something that was normal in this dimension or not, hopefully, these beasts weren’t common so his answer wouldn’t give him away as someone who isn’t from this world. “I’m Chase, by the way, I’m a detective,” he said moving his badge away from his belt and flashing it to her. “You said something about spider things?” he had just remembered that offset of the giant creature, she had mentioned spiderlings, Maddox wasn’t that fond of spiders, even in an everyday, normal capacity. Human-sized spider-like creatures that can maim and rend human flesh were not something he’d want to mess with right out of the gate.
     
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    "Yeah I don't know what the hell it was, but it looked like a massive spider. It came out of nowhere and ripped this guy apart right in front of me when I was outside," Nikki explained while her hand went to her stomach to try and hold back the sudden sense of nausea creeping back up on her. She never wanted to see it again, but there was no telling if the creature had moved on or if there were going to be others... much less that giant thing outside too. "Well I hate to break it to you pall, but I'm not exactly well versed in this crazy monster shit either. It's like we just woke up in the middle of some Japanese monster movie, and I have no idea why. All I remember was that we were having a New Year's bash at work, then the lights went out after a bunch of storm noises and earthquaking then all the alarms went off and you see what's happening now." She took a deep breath and braced herself on her knees, trying to figure out what to do now. This guy at least had a gun, she didn't have anything even though she told him she had a tazer for her own protection. She hated weapons, she hated violence too. Right now though, she wasn't going to escape either of them but at least for now this Chase person had his put away. "You're a detective? Like those guys on Law & Order, or something more like Sherlock?" she asked, wondering why a detective would be trapped in the middle of nowhere downtown. This area had lots of restaurants, some corporate offices and a stray hotel or two but she didn't know of any law enforcement offices; but she never really paid close enough attention either since she normally used the subway and avoided as much public contact as possible. "We gotta figure out some way out of here, but I'm drawing a blank since the streets aren't safe and I have no idea what is still standing in the area..."
     
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    Lord Defender Guy of many hats...so many hats... Member

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    “We should head to the nearest police precinct,” he advised, they would have more information for shelter or haven until whatever was going on had ended. That should be our priority he thought, get the lady to safety then I can continue to look around and see where these things might’ve come from. Especially if they came from another dimension or they were magical in nature.

    “Well since there were ‘spiders’ back the way you came, we should probably head to the north-west, yeah, a detective, I suppose more like Law and Order…I know a few Sherlock types though.” He began then answered her question before turning to the corridor that would lead them in a north-western direction. “If you need to gather anything or prepare yourself before we head out, you should go ahead and take a breath and get ready.”
     
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