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Chapter 03: Rebirth of an Old Foe
“Mmmgh...! Unnngh....! Where am I....?” A huge, menacing figure thought to himself, as he started to regain consciousness. The creature is revealed to be Ridley, the dragon-like leader of the Zebesian Space Pirate, and Samus' arch enemy.
With Ridley's eyes wide open, he notices some drastic changes to his body. He noticed that he now has cyber implants, and robotic body parts melded in with his flesh. “Huh? What happened here? Hmmmm.....”
“Lord Ridley, I see you are wide awake. What a relief!” A female voice exclaimed in relief.
“Ah yes! My experiment! It is a success.” An older male voice exclaimed in joy.
The female figure revealed to be The Evil Empress Yoyo, clad in her white empress gown. The male figure appeared to be a slender, middle-aged man of oriental descent. He wore small round glasses, and wore his oily black hair in a long ponytail. His outfit consisted of a white lab coat, white oxford-style shirt, indigo tie, dull gray pants with a brown leather belt, and grayish black loafers. The man had a distinct shuffling walk, as if he is constantly plotting some schemes.
“Who might you be old man?” Ridley asked in bemusement.
The man in the lab coat did not take lightly to being called an old man, but tried to stay calm, as he replied, “How dare you call me old man you beast! I am Professor Hojo, a former scientist who worked for the ShinRa Corporation in the world of Gaia.”
“You see Lord Ridley, if it wasn't for Professor Hojo here, you would have kicked the bucket big time.” Empress Yoyo added, giving the space dragon a stern look. “It was Professor Hojo's idea to revive you with cybernetic body parts.”
It was all coming back to Ridley....The dragon was now remembering everything loud and clear....
“Ah ha ha! The mighty organic weapon has fallen! And there is nothing you two can do about it!” Ridley maliciously taunted his enemies. “Now, I hope this weapon, you dub Samus Aran, could make a wonderful meal for me. I hope she can heal me like when her parents did by eating them.”
“Ridley, you have done well....Now...DFGFDGDSTRGWHTYRH........!” Just before Mother Brain can finish her commands, she started to spew gibberish as she started to malfunction greatly, much to Ridley's dismay.
“MOTHER BRAIN!!!” Ridley cried out in fear as he ran over to the malfunctioning android. “What the hell is going on?”
Now, it was Amirani's time to shine, as he appeared before Ridley, became a physical being, saying in a taunting tone of voice, “Mwa ha ha ha! Wanna bet you wretched dragon? Are you sure Samus is dead? Don't make me laugh!”
Before Ridley's evil eyes, Amirani made a scythe appear in his hands, and started to maim the space dragon with it. Every slash Amirani made in the abomination's lanky body, green blood spewed all over the chambers, as Ridley cried out in extreme agony. Pieces of Ridley's skin was sliced off, bones were shattered. This pain was the most intense pain Ridley ever felt.
Ridley clumps down on the ground in pain, looking up at Lord Amirani with rage in his orange eyes. “Who the hell are you? Why do you lash out at me?”
“Oh ho ho ho...” Amirani laughed out loud. “I'm just only here to answer the prayers of Samus' Chozo guardians, and I am also here making a valuable pact with them.”
“So...you are....A HELL BEAST?!” Ridley screeched in horror, while he was struggling to get up, only to collapse on the ground in pain. “No way.....NO WAY! I thought your abominations were the stuff of myths and legends! This is some sort of sick joke, right?”
Amirani continued to batter Ridley even further, tossing him around the room as if he were nothing more than a tattered rag doll. Before Ridley knew it, after taking yet another beating, Lord Amirani grabs Ridley by his neck, hissing to him in disgust, “I am the real thing you wretched bastard. I am here to avenge the death of Samus Aran, the maiden you murdered in front of her guardians.”
Ridley started to choke and gag, as Lord Amirani would alternate between tightening and loosening his grip on the space dragon's neck. Ridley started to have tears of pain pouring down his monstrous face, while he wailed and screeched in horror. “Please....please! Have mercy on me! I have a group of Zebesian inhabitants who look up to me as their father figure. They would be horrified to learn about my death, and avenge it in the most brutal ways possible. Just please, let me go! I beg of you!”
Lord Amirani then drops Ridley down on the ground. Ridley now staggered and hobbled his way out of the headquarters, making his way to a warp pad, and escaping in such a pitiful state.
At the warp zone leading to Zebes, Ridley comes staggering out in pain, he was greeted by Empress Yoyo in human form, her handmaidens, and Ridley's loyal crew of space pirates. It was revealed that Ridley was in Yoyo's floating citadel, much to his relief.
“Oh, my Lady Yoyo....UGH!” Ridley stuttered in pure agony. “Thank goodness you're here...MGH! ACK!”
Yoyo cocked her head in concern, as the evil empress felt her stomach painfully knot up. “Oh lords, what happened to you Lord Ridley? Who the hell savaged you in such a brutal way my lord?”
“It...It...” Ridley stuttered and groaned. “It was a demon....known as....UGH! Prince Amirani....of....Niflheim....OWWW!”
Everyone surrounding Ridley felt disgusted and disgruntled over the space dragon mention the name of Prince Amirani. Empress Yoyo starts to mutter to herself in disgust, “Ugh! Those wretched abominations of Helheim...(shudders)”
Now it was Ridley's chance to tell everyone more about what happened. “But....I do have good news...MGH!”
“Now what might be Mister Ridley?” Yoyo's handmaiden, Julia asked the space dragon.
Ridley forced himself to smile, followed with forced laughter. “Heh heh....My little girl, Samus Aran, is DEAD! I killed that skank! AH HA HA HA....ACK....AAAAAH!”
Right there, Ridley passed out in great pain.
Everyone gathered around the space dragon, as they brought them to safety within their vast palace. Yoyo started to back commands to everyone, demanding, “Quick hurry! We must restore Ridley! There is no time to lose! Hurry....HURRY!”
After Ridley told Professor Hojo his story, the mad scientist curiosity started to peak, as he started to ask the cyborg dragon some questions. “Who is this woman, known as Samus Aran?”
Ridley groaned in disgust as the mad scientist brought up the name of his arch enemy. “Samus is my arch enemy. I killed her family for trying to fight off my crew. I also maimed that little brat badly, leaving her to die in the rubble back at the Planet K-2L. But alas, the wretched Chozo clan decided to revive that little snot, thus, having to fight her again....But this time....I turned the tables on the trollop, but at a huge price.”
“Ah, I see...Hmmm....” Hojo responded as he nodded his head. “For a while, I thought demons and the netherworld were an old wife's tale, that is....until I met the fine Empress Yoyo and her crew.”
“Same here Professor.” Ridley said, smiling.
“You see my lord Ridley, not all demons and devils are like The Royal Family of Niflheim.” Yoyo explains. “I am an Arch-Demon of Orelus, and I'm on your side my Lord Ridley.”
“And thank goodness for demons like you Yoyo!” Ridley said in relief.
While Yoyo, Ridley, and Hojo were mingling with one another, a blonde pigtailed succubus, known as Dark Lady Julia came into Hojo's lab, ready to deliver the news to her lady and mistress. With the joyful expression on Julia's face, it appeared that the news was good news. “Hey Mistress Yoyo! Guess what?”
“What is it, Dark Lady Julia?” Yoyo pondered in curiosity.
“I found a dossier of a hardy warrior that can help us revive the late, great, Lord Loki and Lord Surtr! Isn't that wonderful? Also....”
Everyone in the lab was overjoyed with hearing the news Dark Lady Julia was delivering to them. Yoyo interrupted with, “That's great my Dark Lady! Now, what about the Mithrite orbs that store the essences of the one winged fallen angel, Sephiroth and Kefka Palazzo, the god of chaos?”
Julia laughed really loud, as she beckoned Yoyo and her subjects to follow her to Yoyo's throne room. “Come, follow me lords and ladies! Let me show you, as well as tell you, of my plans.”
Empress Yoyo, Professor Hojo, and Ridley all followed Dark Lady Julia into Yoyo's throne room, where there was a holographic image up in full view. Nearby the image, there was a red Mithrite orb, and a pitch black Mithrite orb. The red orb held the essence of Kefka Palazzo, while the black ord held the essence of Sephiroth.
Dark Lady Julia grabs on to each Mithrite orb with her hands, while they pulsated and glowed in her clutches. “The essences of Kefka and Sephiroth starting to give me ideas....”
“Lord Kefka said he wanted to merge his essence with Lord Loki, so he can avenge his downfall in his home world....While my beloved Lord Sephiroth is willing to fuse with Lord Surtr, not just for revenge purposes, but for other personal reasons as well.” Julia explained, as the Mithrite orbs shimmered in her hands.
A sinister idea spring within Empress Yoyo's head. The evil empress remembers some divine summon creatures, known as Eidolons, that she captured, and held hostage within her wicked mind. The Eidolons included the living marionette Eidolon, Buratino, the doll Eidolon Calcobrina, the frost Eidolon Shiva, and of course, the arch-Eidolon Lord Alexander, the former divine dragon ruler of Orelus' alternate dimension, Altair.
“That is a wonderful idea you got there my Dark Lady.” Yoyo said in a confident tone of voice, as she eyed the holographic image, showing various warriors and mages on display. “Now, let us find someone worthy to be merged with the Eidolons I captured over the years...Kya ha ha ha!”
Everyone started to browse the dossiers of various warriors and mages on display. Dark Lady Julia browsed random dossiers, trying to get her Empress' approval on how to recruit to be the Eidolon's vessel.
The first dossier being examined, was a blonde Amazoness Princess of the Kingdom of Laurant, in the realm of Fa'Diel. “What about Princess Riesz my Lady? Should we merge her with you Eidolons?”
Empress Yoyo read over Riesz profile. Then, she shook her head, saying, “No, not Riesz.”
“Why not?” Dark Lady Julia asked, feeling rather disappointed.
“Lady Riesz may have the abillities to summon Eidolons, but she is too strong willed for us. As well as being difficult for us to manipulate.” Empress Yoyo explained to her handmaiden. “NEXT!”
The next dossier being examined, was that of a brooding male gunner, with long black hair, crimson red eyes, and was entirely clad in red and black clothes, alongside some cybernetic enhancement on one of his arms. Professor Hojo looked at the man's dossier in disgust, shuddering as he read everything.
“What's the matter Professor?” Dark Lady Julia asked, noticing Hojo's disgust.
“NO! NOT HIM! NOT VINCENT VALENTINE!” Hojo shouted in rage. “ANYONE BUT HIM! NEXT!”
Everyone now moved on to the third dossier. This dossier was of a young male bard with short, platinum blonde hair, and was clad in an orange, yellow and white outfit, complete with a feather cap. The man carried a lute around with him everywhere he went. Everyone read his dossier, and all came to an agreement with this bard.
“NO! NO SPOONY BARDS!” Everyone shouted in disgust, as they read the bard's profile.
“Spoony bards are worthless!” Empress Yoyo snarled. “NEXT!”
The next dossier they came upon, was someone that looked more worthy to Empress Yoyo and her crew.
The dossier was revealed to be that of a young, demure looking woman, with greenish blonde hair, lavender eyes, and wore an outfit consisting of a sleeveless red dress with floral patterns, flowered white tights, two long red gloves, red boots and a purple-pink cloak with the same flowered design as her tights. The young woman was also revealed to be a former half-esper, who became full human after the downfall of Kefka Palazzo. Despite her history of being a red mage, she is known to have a kind, maternal side, and was willing to seek out her new found emotions of love and friendship. Her current whereabouts, is that she's living in the former ghost town of Mobliz, which was once destroyed by Kefka, but over the years, has been restored to it's former glory.
“What about her my Empress?” Dark Lady Julia asked, making eye contact with her mistress.
Empress Yoyo wore a wicked grin on her face, as she cackled in delight, “Oh ho ho ho! That young maiden is the perfect host for the Eidolons I captured and gathered over the years! I approve of this girl!”
Dark Lady Julia felt relieved that the search for a host of Yoyo's Eidolons was over. They clicked on the young woman's dossier, approving of her being their new recruit.
As Yoyo and her crew left the throne room, to carry out their wicked duties, the holographic screen remained up, with the young woman face on it....
...The young woman being Terra “Tina” Branford, a former slave of Kefka Palazzo, as well as being prone to magical abilities. Yoyo and her crew couldn't wait to recruit Terra, using the former half-Esper for their own wicked amusement.
Ridley gets revived by Empress Yoyo and Professor Hojo, as they go over some wicked schemes, such as finding a vessel for Yoyo to fuse her captured Eidolons into, making a powerful warrior and magic user in the process.