"Sir, we're picking up a teleport signal for a large vessel and several passengers for this dimension. What should we do?" one of the servants at the control panel asked. "Send it to the stasis field. We'll have a robot equipped with a personal repulsion field to go through the ship and tag all of the passengers for later," James said nonchalantly. He hoped it was people from his dimension so he could finally get Tomoya out of the stasis field and into the game.
Angelus flinched when she felt Caim's pain wash over herself. Clearly the man wasn't doing too well. Yet Caim was still trying to get up.
"Stay down, you fool!"
With that, she had to dodge a swing to her right, and then ducked when Bruiser attempted to clip her from above. At that moment, Angelus was able to cut the already wounded leg, and rolled out of the way of another attack. Dodging attacks was one of her specialties as a dragon, after all. Now, landing in melee hits... Was another. After relying upon her fire for so long, Angelus found that her claws and fangs were not as helpful as she would have liked. Perhaps she could distract and tire the human before her before she dealt the final blow... Angelus decided that would be her goal (after twirling out of the way of another attack.
"Hey Caim still in the game over there" Shadow called out, if things got a little out of hand the he might step in. "Or are you gonna let your friend here do all the work" he said in a mocking tone.
Angelus headed off another blow, when she yelled over to Shadow,
"The last thing I need at the moment is your mockery, mercenary!"
With that announcement from Shadow, Caim wobbled, blood dribbling from his head, and readied himself for another attack on Bruiser. He felt disoriented, but his sword was still gripped firmly in hand.
Angelus was still circling Bruiser, small cuts covering his arms and legs. Some were bleeding, and Angelus was hoping that her small efforts would accumulate; like waves upon stone.
"Mercenary? you think to lowly of me, I use to be a soldier not mercenary." Shadow was having fun distracting them but in all honesty he did want the fight to end, "you know.... I have a gun right here...." Shadow said in a 'can I please' tone.
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"Attention shadow this is your captain speaking, please leave the dragon alone, she's having a rough day and if we need to I can force the attacker in the airlock from here. and then blast them into an ocean."
"Ah... well If you say so..." Shadow said as he left and headed towards the bridge.
Bruiser was on his last legs, the cuts and bleeding were taking their toll, but he was determined.
"You...cost me my job...my dream...and all the pussy a hot blooded male could ask for...I WILL MAKE YOU PAY!" He shouted at he leapt at Angelus hoping to hit with an overhead attack.
It connected and she fell.
Angelus opened her eyes and saw the Kingblood embedded in Bruiser's chest, his face blank, his wounds bleeding.
He tried to curse her, but was unable to before he fell to the flood, twitching in pain.
As this went on Hiryu saw something on the radar.
"CAPTAIN DILLON, Mr. Hiryu...." He corrected.
"For the love of- INCOMING STASIS FIE-"
Before Hiryu could finish, the entire crew of the Rising Sun was transported to James holding area.
Bruiser, however, was sent to his dream, an untouched Island in the Ocean...
5000 Miles off shore...
James saw the ship appear in the stasis field and couldn't believe his luck. "I know that ship. That's the ship the heroes from my dimension use. I believe we just got some partners for Tomoya and the other guy. Send the robot in and tag everyone you see," James ordered the servants. He watched the camera feed from the robot as it went through the ship tagging everybody it found with a precision teleport marker. "Send Tomoya and three others to No Mercy set it to Expert level and send the other three to Dead Air set to Advanced. We're going to see if they got what it takes to make it to the end," James said with a sadistic grin.
When Caim was able to reach Angelus, he breathed a sigh of relief; seeing that she was alright and intact. He smiled at the sight of the weapon in her hands.
"Kingsblood? It's been a while since I've seen a blade from our armory. It obviously has served you well enough..."
Angelus chuckled nervously, and wiped the blade off on a rag Caim handed her. She sheathed it, and said, "I'd rather have range, but this will do..."
It was then that an intercom prompted the partners,
"There is a firing range... You could try a gun there."
Hiryu was the first to awake out of his group.
They seemed to be at some kind of Greenhouse after a war or something.
"What in the..."
He soon saw a table with Red First Aid Kits, some pipe bombs, some Molotov's and a couple of pistols, shotguns and Uzi's.
Before he could pounder which to use, a beep came from his belt, He could now access his gadgets!
While the power-level was low, he was still able to use Options 1, 2 and 3.
He opened up the compartments but found that he was nearly out of all of them.
As he waited for the others to awaken, he began to see if he could get his sword online.
Shadow awoke on a roof of a apartment building by the looks of it. He got up and looked around to see three people he knew all asleep. "Where... Are we?" Shadow muttered to himself as he got up. It was just then he realized he didn't have his usual weapons... again "AHHH STUPID AMERICANS" Shadow said rathe loudly, he looked around him and saw some weapons and a first aid bag. Shadow wondered why they were there as he went to the side of the roof. He peered over to see "ah zombies of course, reminds me of the good old days" Shadow said laughing a bit. He decided to get his teamates up, he walked over to Caim first before kicking his shoulder rather and and saying "WAKE UP we have killing to do" he was going to repeat this with the other two as soon as he got Caim up.
Dillon woke up, he felt simply terrible.
"Aw man, Whats going on now?"
He saw the weapons, he grabbed the kit, 2 44 magnums, and a shotgun.
"I wonder where Amaya is"
As Hiryu re-activated his word he saw Dillon get up.
"Dillon, You're awake, I'm not sure where we are, only that This world is not our own..."
Dillon thought back to the Ship.
"That Stasis field...Whomever sent that must've dumped us here..."
"Most Likely...Mmmm?...There is another..." Hiryu said as he pointed to the third member of the group who was still knocked out.
Tomoya woke with the voice of Shadows yelling about Americans. As Tomoya got up he rubbed his eyes and saw a skyline of buildings and a tarp hanging over them, he looked at Shadow who kicked Caim's shoulder. "You really should let them wake up by themselves..." He muttered as he looked around more and saw the weapons and first aid kits.
He walked over to them and picked up a first aid and strapped it to his back, A smile came across Tomoya's face as he saw one of the weapons. A katana, he picked it up with haste and smiled, "It looks like we've been united again old friend" Tomoya said to the object before he returned to see if Shadow had woken anyone up.
The Nerd wakes up and sees Strider and Dillon.
"Where am I? Oh my god, Strider Hiryu?!?!? From the videogame Strider???
And... this thing. I must be dreaming, that would explain what's happening."
He laughs, not remembering that a while ago, he was being challenged by some entity
to prove his video game skills.
"alright, I should wake up any moment now, right?"
The last thing Caim and Angelus knew was that they were about to test out Angelus' marksmanship skills when the two were knocked unconscious quickly and without pain. When Caim awoke, however, he felt a boot repeatedly tapping his shoulder. With that, Caim grudgingly pushed himself off of the ground, his head pounding from his recent injury in the scuffle against Bruiser. He was relieved to find that both Angelus and his sword were still with him, and he gently nudged her shoulder to wake her. It was better than a boot to her shoulder. She stretched and got up as well; eventually finding her way to the weapons table. Rummaging around a bit, she found that Kingsblood was on the table of weapons, however, it had been transmuted into the form of a pistol. Looking to her side, she saw that the blade had disappeared. It was the weapon alright, however, given the strangeness of her travels with Caim, this didn't appear to be too off to the dragoness. She looked some more, asked Shadow about the various firearms, and then chose a rifle to complement the pistol. Range was her specialty, after all.
When Caim followed after the dragon, after shooting a dirty glare at Shadow for kicking him; followed suit with his partner. Still clinging to his sword, Caim looked to the weapons and smiled when he saw a magnum sitting all by itself. After an inquiry to Shadow, Caim was rather pleased at the sound of an absurdly powerful weapon in his possession, and snatched it up at once.
Shadow went with a m4 he found on a nearby table and duel pistols. After Shadow had gotten his guns he looked over to see Caim and Angelus giving him dirty looks. "Well you should not have been asleep so long in a zombie filled city" Shadow retorted. "For now let's just try to stay alive" He said as he walked to the table and sat on it. "I suppose were going to need someone to take point.... who wants to?"
As Tomoya saw Caim and Angelus got up he was still browsing the weapons table, the funny thing about it was that he had his original weapons. The Katana had a lightning bolt etched onto it and soon after checking that Tomoya had also found his customized Silver magnum that he often forgotten, it had another lightning bolt etched onto it's grip.
A brief laugh came from Tomoya as he saw these weapons. "Someone or something is playing with us if we have our familiar weapons" Tomoya announced to the group. As he peered over the building he saw dark, infested streets filled to the brim with undead, this looked highly familiar, "Not again" he muttered. He then paid attention to the door leading off the roof. "Hmm, it seems we have been transported to another unknown dimension again. We best be on guard, we should wait for a while and check things out before moving forward" Tomoya suggested.
(Writers note: Also Tomoya is back in his original form, he doesn't look like a trainer now.)
Shadow honestly didn't care what they did next, but he knew they would not last forever and would eventually have to escape. "Well time to check out our opposition" Shadow announced as he walked up to the ledge again. He used his goggles (I'm gonna call em goggles) to zoom in on some zombies. He watched the zombies wander around aimlessly and some fighting each other. He then saw a very strange and comical sight, "well he's a fat one isn't he? Angelus may I.... see your hunting rifle a minute?" Shadow asked.
Hiryu was confused by the Nerd's Outburst.
"Uhhh...How do you know my name?" He asked, willing to kill to protect his Cover for the Striders.
Before he could answer, several feral screams were heard from outside.
"What was that?" He asked as several people walked in...
The nerd looks around as the place becomes more and more familiar to him
"Wait a minute... This place is from Left4Dead! This dream keeps getting stranger and stranger... and based from where I am right now, those aren't just normal people... "
He picks up a shotgun and a pistol from the table
"Get ready strider, we're about to fight an undead horde..."
"What the Hell are you talking abo-" Hiryu stopped himself when several of the people charged at him, clearly not human.
A few quick swipes of his sword and it was over.
He kneeled and took a closer look.
"Zombies?...Ah...now it all makes sense...and that makes it a whole lot worse..."
He wiped off the blood and asked "Now, How is it you know me and this place?"
"You really don't know, don't you? Here... see this."
He shows strider a picture of him in UMvC3 and in the strider video games
"Don't ask me why I carry these around, okay? The thing is, you are a famous video game character in our world, that's why I know you. All right, this is getting weird. I'm waking up right now."
He closes his eyes, but nothing happened. "Why can't I wake up? This isn't actually real, right?"
Hiryu stared long and hard at the picture:
"What...Manner of Madness is this?!" He shouted, Back in his home world, only a handful of people knew about him and none of them would reveal him to the public eye, but there it was, proof of what this man was saying.
He pulled his eyes away and saw the Nerd trying to wake up.
In his rage and confusion, He grabbed him by the shirt and hoisted him off the ground.
"FOCUS! This is real! *I* Am Real! NOW TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW OR MEET CYHERS EDGE!" He demanded as he held his sword over his throat.
"Ow! Ok, ok! jeez, you could have asked nicely you know. Ok, if this is all real, then that could mean that This must be another dimension. That would mean that you also came from a dimension or universe different from mine. Now don't worry, you're just a fictional character in our world. You don't really exist there. The strider I know from our world just came from the imagination of the creators of the game. Who knows, maybe it was just a very, very unbelievable coincidence. I didn't even know that you are real until you told me. Ok look at this."
He pulled out a disclaimer from the manual of one of the strider games
"It says here that any character, place and event that took place in the game is purely fictional. Any similarity to actual people and events are purely coincidental. See?"
"Copyright of Moto Kikaku?..." Hiryu said as he dropped the Nerd, still unbelieving the strange situation he was in.
"Wait...would this mean you would also know this World? (L4D)"
"Yeah, this is from a video game too. Its a good for nothing world filled with zombies.
Let's see if i can remember this correctly. In this area, our goal is to reach the airport and get out of here."
He picks up a med kit while staring at Strider Hiryu.
"So, all those things about the grandmaster and striders, those are all true? That could mean all those video game, anime, and comic book universes could be true as well.
I know that this is all real, but I'm still having a hard time believing this. I'm just a gamer, compared to you, I wouldn't stand a chance."
He laughs a bit, but the nerd is starting to get worried for himself.
Why was he brought here?
Of all people, why him? Why not Chuck Norris or some other person?
Will he ever get back home?
The questions in his mind kept piling up until he heard some coughing sounds
"I think i hear a smoker."
Hiryu was still shocked, This man knew him AND about the Grandmaster and the Striders, could he also know that he was spying on the group for them?
The Coughing broke the awkward silence.
"A...Smoker?..." He asked as the Coughing got closer.
"yeah... in this game, there are what you call special infected. There are boomers, big fat bastards that puke at you making zombies want to kill you even more. There are hunters, which basically just leap up and rape you. Smokers have long..... tongues, i guess, that could grab and pull you. There are two others, the tank and the wi-"
The nerd was uninterrupted by a smoker's tongue coiling itself to his neck
"gah! ki-kill it!!!" said the nerd while struggling to break free.