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"This is Red! It’s a madhouse down here! I’m trying to get to Central Station to figure out what happened, but there are hostiles all over the place! The soldiers are getting overrun!"
"What about Blue and White? Where are they?"
"Still at the Landing Zone in dock 3, trying to stop the aerial assault! They could use your help!""Roger!" The radio went silent, allowing Red to turn her attention back to running at full speed as more lasers filled the hallway. Just as she began to wonder how much longer this hallway would go on for, she found herself running through one of the main Stations within the Sky Port. These stations were wide open areas, lined with girders, crates, and 3YE aircraft just waiting to be rolled out to one of the main docks.
Meanwhile, back at Dock 3…
While many Soldiers and helicopters still surrounded the entirety of the port, the 3YE forces fared a good deal better in their fight; as White blasted away at ground hostiles with a hail of Force photons, Blue kept his rifle aimed at the sky, piercing any helicopter that crossed his sights with Lightning shots.
Even in spite of their advantage, Blue still seemed distressed with the sheer volume of enemies.
“Every time I blast one, two more show up! Just how many reserves do these guys have!?”
White fired another round of shots at a group of soldiers running towards Blue. The soldiers vanished in balls of fire before they even got close, leaving White to remark at their apparent lack of a damage threshold. “For all their numbers, these guys aren’t very resilient, though! They must take quantity over quality pretty seriously…”
“Weak or not, there are still too many of them to keep this going for much longer! Where the heck are Yellow and the Gunship?”
“I’m on my way!”
As if on cue, the Gunship flew in from beneath Dock 3 and began to hover in the air just above Blue and White. Yellow proceeded to pull a switch on the ship’s controls, and a salvo of missiles flipped down from the Gunship’s underside before shooting toward the enemy forces; one by one, each missile struck either a cluster of soldiers or a helicopter, causing the sky around Dock 3 to briefly be engulfed in a flurry of explosions.
When the smoke cleared, the sky was clear of copters, and what few ground soldiers remained were still trying to get back to their feet. Seeing their chance, the 3YE soldiers went on the offensive, shooting at the remaining enemies. Yellow flew the Gunship down closer to her teammates to speak to them.
“Nice timing, wouldn’t you say, guys?” Yellow spoke, looking rather pleased with herself.
“I’m not complaining!” White said as he holstered his blaster.
“I thought it was cutting it a bit close…” Blue held his rifle over his shoulder after discharging the photon energy inside.
“Gee, thanks, Blue…” Yellow pouted slightly at Blue’s apparent disinterest at her ship’s new defense systems, but shook it off quickly, remembering Red’s crisis. “Anyway, Red needs your help! Last I heard, she was headed for Central Station, and it sounded pretty ugly.”
“Uglier than this?” White gestured to the rest of the outside area, still besieged by Soldiers and Copters.
“For it to be that far into the base? Yes. You guys had better move! I’ll take care of things here!” With that, Yellow brought the Gunship back in the air to aid the 3YE forces on the other dock areas.
“I’d say she’s got this…Blue, let’s move!” White nodded to Blue, and the two broke off from the front line of the dock toward the elevator platform leading to the interior of the Port…
Red, once forced to flee due to a lack of available fighting area, now brandished her Blaze Cannon with a harsh fury throughout the Central Station area. The Soldiers, who were once proudly charging through the halls of the 3YE Base firing in random directions, were now scrambling over each other to escape from a hail of burning photon bullets, and failing.
“What’s wrong!? I thought you guys were fearless! Come on and fight back, you creeps!”
Red continued to taunt her former pursuers as she unleashed another round of fire from her weapon. Before the Soldiers could make it back to the door, they were shot down, and burst into flame as all Soldiers apparently did.
The massive amount of activity, however, had caught the eye of a Giant who had been patrolling the area for any remaining 3YE forces. Seeing his target, he began to slowly, but steadily stomp towards Red.
“Just like I figured! These fools are all bark and not a single bit of bite! Now to make sure no more get any ideas!” As Red continued to keep her attention, and her cannon, focused on the hall she and the Soldiers came from, she finally began to notice the ground shaking beneath her from the Giant’s footsteps.
Before she turned to face him upon realizing her imminent danger, he was already within striking distance. With one hard strike, the Giant had knocked the weapon out of Red’s hands, as well as hurling her to the ground. Not simply content with one punch, the Giant walked over to her, raising both fists above his head in preparation to crush her.
Red cursed under what little breath she still had, as she tried to get back to her feet before it was too late. As the giant nearly brought his fists down on her, he was struck by a wave of lightning blasts coming from the hallway. Blue and White had come running into the room moments later, allowing Red to breathe another sigh of relief.
As White fired a burst of Force bullets into the Giant, keeping it at bay, Red decided to finish him off by returning the “favor” the Giant had given to her.
Leaping toward the Giant, Red delivered a full-force hay-maker into his head; the hit, coupled with White’s firepower, was enough to send the Giant into the air before flaring out of existence.
The three Gunstars, now together again, began to make their way through the now-secure Central Station. Red, learning from her hallway dilemma, now carried her much more manageable Fire Photon Blaster, keeping the Blaze Cannon in the HyperSpace device White had made for each of his teammates.
“You’ve got to be careful, Red. Heavy guns like that are meant to be used with support and cover fire…” White remarked as he nodded toward Red. She turned her head away from him, as if she didn’t want to be lectured on the art of keeping an eye on her surroundings again.
“Knowing her, she probably would’ve tried to pull the thing out way back in the hall and nearly get herself blown up…again.” Blue simply leaned his rifle back against his shoulder again.
“Hey! That only happened once, back in testing! It doesn’t count!” Red glared back at Blue, just barely restraining herself from trying to punch him like she did the Giant. “And you guys cut it way too close back there, anyway!” As Blue chuckled to himself at the irony of what she had said, Red (who thought he was just teasing her again) got even angrier with him.
White, hoping to calm her down, brought the conversation back to the matter at hand. “Red, what happened to all the 3YE men around here? Blue and I didn’t see any in the halls down here…”
Red’s face softened from anger to concern as she began to answer him.
“Wiped out to the dozens. The survivors evacuated before the numbers got too thin…”
White raised an eyebrow and his voice at hearing her words. "What? I knew things weren't going well above ground, but you're telling me we're even losing our own base?"
"I'm guessing the Giant running around didn't really help the situation..." Blue remarked. Red glanced at the battlefield they left behind, then continued.
"I did get some intel from one of the men before they hightailed it, though. Apparently, whoever is leading this charge is trying to get some important data off of 3YE's computer servers...I was trying to get there first before we met my big buddy back there!"
Blue held his rifle in both hands. "Then let's get going. If they're trying to hack the 3YE network, they must know what they're looking for!"
The three of them quickened their pace as they left the Central Station toward the deepest parts of the 3YE Base. While a number of Soldiers and Giants still roamed the halls leading to the Data Center, with the three Gunstars working together, they were dispatched in little time.
Finally, the trio had made it to the doors of the Data Center, which had somehow already been forced open; It had seemed that they were too late. Regardless, they rushed inside, witnessing a massive number of computer screens of varying size and shape.
March of the Reborn Empire #1: Empire Theme (Gunstar Heroes)
Standing in front of the biggest screen, however, was a large, imposing figure with a metal helm, and a long, grey cape. As the figure turned to face them, it revealed itself as a man clad in armor matching his helmet. The man merely grinned at the presence of the Gunstars, who readied their weapons; whoever this man was, he was no ordinary grunt.
"Greetings. I am General Gray...and you're all too late. I have what I need from this base."
White kept his blaster trained on the General. "What are you saying? And what have you done with all the guards?"
"Ah, yes...they were all...eliminated...using the power of my new weapon, the Megalith."
Blue simply stared in confusion. "Megalith? What's this guy talking about?"
Red ignored him and began charging her blaster. "Who cares? We're putting this guy down for the count right now!"
Despite having three Gunstars aiming at him, the General didn't even seem the least bit worried. "Well, as much as I would love to settle things with you Gunstars here and now, it would seem that both of us have more important matters to attend to..."
Even Red began to let her confusion get the better of her by now. "Okay, now this creep's not making any sense. What do you mean "both of us?"
Strangely, as if in response to her question, White's radio came on, with Yellow on the other line. As White answered, it quickly became clear that Yellow was in extreme distress.
"Gunstars, come in! This is Yellow! I'm under attack! A massive mech has appeared and it's attempting to--repeat--under attack--Guns---hurry!-----
The transmission began to sound like Yellow was in the middle of a massive factory, before fading into static and cutting out. White's attempts to reconnect proved fruitless. "Yellow? Yellow! What happened!?"
The Gunstars all looked at each other, then back to the General. Between this Megalith he spoke of, and his prediction that Yellow would soon be under attack, it seemed that there was more to this man than any of them knew.
The General, meanwhile, remained satisfied with the progress he had made in his efforts, and called for the trio's attention once more.
"Well, Gunstars, I believe this is my cue to leave you now. The power of the God of Ruin awaits, and I have the necessary means to locate his power source. You're already too late to stop me...Farewell! Absilio Mundus!"
Holding some kind of teleportation device aloft, he began to vanish in a flash of light.
Seeing his attempt to escape, Blue immediately re-aimed his rifle and fired; Gray had vanished completely before the shot ever reached him, and the blast only managed to strike the computer screen behind him (which also (in)conveniently prevented any chance of seeing what it was Gray stole from the 3YE servers).
Red did nothing but stare at the spot where the General once was. She couldn't believe everything that had just happened; This General Gray somehow wiped out an entire army with overwhelming numbers, breached the 3YE base on both its deepest physical and digital levels, got everything he needed to begin his plan to revive the God of Ruin, and got away laughing, all before the Gunstars had even gotten off a single shot.
"Just who was that guy? And if what he said is true, could he actually manage to revive the God of Ruin? Is history really about to repeat itself?"
As an increasing amount of questions began to run around in Red's mind, she was shaken back to reality by Blue, who started to pull her toward the door leading back to the Central Station. White was already halfway down the hall.
"Red! You can daydream later! Right now, Yellow needs our help!" Red shook her head to clear her thoughts before nodding to Blue. The trio quickly backtracked through the base, meeting no further resistance from any hostiles.
Before long they had made it onto the elevator leading back up to Dock 3. What greeted them above-ground was something none of them could ever have foreseen...
Incoming Enemy! Gigantic Mech: ~EX BOSS (Gunstar Super Heroes)~
The sky itself seemed to be on fire, and the dock surface was devoid of any soldiers on either side. Most notably, however, was the massive mech droid hovering in the air before the Gunstars. In its gigantic hands was what appeared to be the Gunship.
No doubt, this was the situation Yellow spoke of over the radio, and Red, for one, wasn't about to let this monstrosity manhandle her aircraft.
"That's it, this thing's going down hard! I think it's time to show the Empire why I'm the Heavy Weapons expert!" Holstering her Fire Blaster, she pulled a new weapon from her HS device; This one was similar in size to the Blaze Cannon, but in place of a gatling on its business end, were two massive barrels resembling sub-woofer speakers.
Before she could even aim it at the mech, however, White quickly yelled her to lower it. "Red, don't! We can't use the DUBSTEP Cannon here, look!"
Upon closer observation, Red realized what White was talking about; the Mech wasn't just holding the Gunship; inside the pilot seat, Yellow was unconscious and trapped inside!
Taking advantage of their dismay, however, the Mech proceeded to use the captive Gunship as a weapon by slamming it down towards the Gunstars. Just barely dodging the now-hostile aircraft, the trio were nearly knocked off of their feet from the impact, though Red was fortunately able to hold on to her weapon this time.
"Dang it, we can't just let her get swung around like that! If I can't fire the Cannon, what do we do?" Red shouted toward her allies.
Blue readied his Lightning Blaster. "You'll get your chance, Red, I've got an idea! White, get your Chaser Blaster and follow me!"
Silently discussing their plan, they saw fit to give Red her best opportunity.
Red jumped back and waited for her chance, while Blue and White pulled out their weapons and flanked the Mech on both sides. As the Mech headed toward Red with intend to attack with the Gunship once more, Blue aimed his Lightning blaster on one side of the Mech and White aimed his Chaser blaster on the other.
Even as the Mech lifted the Gunship above its head to smash Red into pieces, she didn't move and stared down the Mech intensely, hoping her teammates would pull off their part of the plan...
The moment the Mech lifted the Gunship as high as it could, Blue, seeing his chance, called out.
Both men pulled their triggers, and as the Lightning and Chaser photons converged on the Mech, they combined and form into a bolt of energy that endlessly arced around the Mech's hands. The constant assault from the lightning bolt quickly overpowered the Mech's grip, eventually forcing it to release the Gunship, which fell and landed on the dock behind it.
White and Blue rushed over to the Gunship, hitting the emergency release on the cockpit, freeing Yellow. Pulling out several pairs of headphones, the two put a pair on themselves, before securing one on the still KO'd Yellow's head. Now that Yellow was clear of the Cannon's radius, White gave Red the signal to let loose.
"Red! You're clear! Go for it!"
Red, equipped with her own set of headphones, steadied herself, and aimed at the Mech, which was still attempting to swat the errant bolt away. No sooner did it dissipate than the Mech became aware that Red was about to fire...and unfortunately, it was not built for mobility...
Decibel Unification Barrel Simplifying and Transforming to Electrowave Pulse Cannon: ~Yellow Drill (Sonic Lost World)~
Red finally opened fire with the DUBSTEP Cannon, and huge waves of sound burst forth from the speakers, nearly knocking her over from the recoil.
The soundwaves struck their mark, causing the Mech to rattle and shake violently.
Eventually, the continued onslaught of soundwaves became too much for the mech to handle, and finally, the machine began to explode in various places before self-destructing in an explosion that lit up the sky above the dock.
With that final blast, the sky became normal again and the dock was quiet for the first time in hours. The Gunstars returned their weapons to their HS devices. Soon after, Yellow regained consciousness, much to the relief of her teammates.
For the time being, at least, the battle was over.
Gunstar's Victory: Stage Clear (Gunstar Heroes)
The Aftermath of Battle: ~Negotiation's not my strong suit... (Fire Emblem Awakening)~
Hours after the Mech's destruction, what little remained of the 3YE forces were being tended to in the Base's medical bay.
The Gunstars, however, were resting at Dock 3 by the Gunship, which White was repairing after the damage it took from the battle. Though the Empire's forces were routed, it wasn't really a victory in any sense; 3YE as a whole suffered crippling casualties, and the Empire now had the location of the four Treasure Gems, and the resources they needed to find them.
Even more concerning was General Gray; even without Golden Silver, the Reborn Empire managed to cause incredible destruction with the power of his "Megalith"...
As Yellow was informed of everything that had happened within the base, she lowered her head to consider these events.
"It would seem that we aren't dealing with your ordinary group of terrorists...as much as any group of terrorists could be considered ordinary, anyway..."
"No kidding..." Blue interjected "These guys mean business. Now that they know where to look for the Gems, and with 3YE wrecked, we're all in serious trouble..."
Red got to her feet, and clenched her fists. "Well, in that case, all we have to do is get to the Gems first! If we can do that, we can stop the Empire and their weird Megalith thing!"
Blue stared at Red like her hair was on fire (which is how it usually looked anyway, but more so than usual) and stood upright as well. "Get serious, Rena, we're not superheroes! Those nutjobs nearly wiped out an entire army, and you want us to go after them alone!?"
Red briefly stepped back in surprise. Very rarely did Blue raise his voice like that, and even more rarely did he address her by her real name; either one alone meant he was sincerely serious about his point.
Regardless, she was serious about her point as well. "Somebody has to, Ben! If the old Gunstar Heroes were able to fight off the Empire even before 3YE came into the picture, then just maybe we have a chance, too!"
Blue let out a sigh of exasperation as his partner's naivety. "You're seriously going to base our chances of winning on an old legend that happened centuries ago? Honestly, Rena, sometimes you have no sense of--"
"Quiet, both of you!" Both of them turned toward Yellow, who herself very rarely shouted, unless it was serious...or unless both of them were bickering again, as they were just now. After a few seconds of silence (aside from White, who was nearly done with the repairs) Yellow continued.
"Crazy as this is to believe, I agree with Red. We can't simply stand by and let the Empire take control of the Gems...I'll admit the odds are against us, but I have a feeling that with the kind of coordination you guys showed in saving me today, maybe we do have a shot at stopping Golden Silver's revival..."
Red smiled brightly at Yellow. "I know we do!"
"Besides..." White, who had tightened the last bolt on the Gunship, joined in. "...The old Gunstars had nowhere near the kind of firepower we do now! I say we give it a shot!"
Red, now having Yellow and White on her side, turned back to Blue. "So, Ben, still think, even with our teamwork and firepower, that we don't stand a chance?"
Blue, now giving his entire team the same look he once exclusively gave Red, let out another sigh. "I think you guys are all completely nuts..." He paused to think for a moment before finishing. "...and I guess I must be, too. Let's do it!"
Red cheered at finally managing to get her chance to save the world alongside her team, while Blue rolled his eyes before speaking again. "So, if we're going to stop these fools, where do we start?"
Yellow reopened the ship and switched on its radar. In the aftermath of the attack, she had managed to download a backup of the Treasure Gems' locations.
"It looks as though the closest is in the Cobit Valley on an island not far from here. We should have a chance at finding it before the Empire's force do, if we hurry!"
Red chimed in with barely contained excitement. "Then what are we sitting here for? Let's go!" She immediately took her seat aboard the Gunship, slowly followed by Blue. Before White took his seat, though, he called out to Yellow.
"Ylia!" Hearing her name was just as rare for her, but it was a good way to get her attention. She turned to White quickly. "Will, what is it?"
"Ever since General Gray escaped, something he said had been bugging me...Does the phrase "Absilio Mundus" mean anything to you?"
For some reason, Yellow tensed up at the sound of that phrase. Whatever it meant to her, it wasn't something good. Despite this, Yellow paused for a moment before answering.
"Honestly, Will, I'm not sure what it means. It may be just some sort of battle cry or invocation..."
White could tell she was lying, but he knew there were more important things to worry about at the moment, so he simply shrugged and joined his team aboard the Gunship.
As the Gunship rose into the air, Yellow entered the coordinates of the first Gem before the ship's thrusters flared out, and the ship blasted off, leaving the Sky Port behind.
The race for the Treasure Gems, and the race to see if history would repeat itself, had begun.
GUNSTAR HEROES: WHITE SAGA
END OF PROLOGUE
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How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I started out almost 4 years ago, on August 23rd, 2011.
What does your username mean?
The Xero part came from my brother's old email address, which I later used for one of my main characters. The J part comes from my first and last names starting with J!
Are you left or right handed?
What was your first deviation?
Xero himself, of course!
What is your favourite type of art to create?
Artwork of my favorite characters, both original and existing. I love building worlds around the characters and identities I've created!
If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
Pixel and sprite art. I've seen breathtaking examples of detail in that medium on this site, and before I joined up with DA, I was (and still am) a huge fan of Super Mario Bros. Z, a sprite-based Flash animation series which had an insane amount of effort put into it (so much so, that the entire site hosting it had to raise its file size limit just to allow its later episodes!)
What was your first favourite?
Sonamy: A Childhood promise, which, while it didn't mean much at the time, did set the ground for my preferred type of art in retrospect!
What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
Anime and Fanart. DA has quite a notorious reputation for being oversaturated with both, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to take characters into your own hands!
Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
SigurdHosenfeld, whose artwork of Rosalina, Peach and other Nintendo game girls I caught sight of long before I officially joined DA. I'm not ashamed to admit they were among the sexiest portrayals of the girls I'd seen...ever at that point, really, and ever since then, I'm also not ashamed to admit, I've taken after him with my own artwork of the Nintendo ladies at times! (especially where Rosalina is concerned!)
If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
That would be Nana-Kyoto and BlastPhantomXV, whom I've spent roughly the past year or so getting to know across many social medias besides DA. Especially significant, since, before I met them, I pretty much remained an introvert, both online and off.
How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
Like I said before, despite trying my best to be good guy both online and off, I wasn't that great at talking at length about my life or personal stuff to others. BlastPhantomXV and I now message each other on a regular basis. Nana-Kyoto and I also try to do the same here, but DA's disjointed Notes make this a difficult process on occasion...
What are your preferred tools to create art?
Off-computer: A piece of paper and a set of 2H pencils is all I need. On-computer: Adobe Photoshop, and my Wacom intuos Tablet gets the job done almost every time!
What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
Usually, in my room, when I can just relax and let my mind wander. Nine times out of ten, that's when some of my best ideas just click in my head!
What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?
Early December 2011, when a massive glitch wound up locking several deviations to DA's front page for the entire day.
My artwork of Miku, Luka, Rin, and Len was one of the pieces affected by this glitch, accidentally making it one of the most popular artworks I've ever drawn, and giving me one of the luckiest breaks I'd ever gotten on this site!
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(It lets me know what I'm doing right or wrong!)
Favorite Quote: "No, I didn't [thing I very obviously did] and you can't prove I did!"
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Xero-J Sketchbook on Tumblr
Xero-J Personal on Tumblr
Xero-J on Blogspot
|Real Name: Jalen Johnson|
Profession: Digital Artist
Other Screen Names: Xer042, jalenkenai137
Pokemon Trainer Personas: Cross (in White), Grey (in White 2), Xavier (in X), Emerl (in Emerald and Omega Ruby)
Systems I own: NES, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Dreamcast, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, Wii U, GB/C/A/SP/Micro, DS/Lite/i/3DS/New3DSXL, PlayStation One/2/3/P/Vita, Xbox/360/One, Steam on PC, iPod, iPad, and several Android-centric emulators.
Online Games I frequent: Pokemon Omega Ruby/Global Link, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
3DS Friend Code: 0817-3741-2956 (Comment w/ your code if you want to add me!)
(Animal Crossing: New Leaf) Verdanté's Dream Address: 5300-2184-3591
Pokemon XY Friend Safari: Dragon-type, with Gabite, Noibat, and Sliggoo
All-time Favorite Fictional Characters: Six way tie between Sonic the Hedgehog, Luigi, Rosalina, Captain Falcon, Monkey D. Luffy, and BATMAN
Currently Playing: Mario Kart 8, Pokemon Omega Ruby, The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta 1 and 2, Xenoblade Chronicles, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Bravely Default, Mother 3, Sonic After The Sequel, Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Hyrule Warriors
Current Favorite Shows: One Piece, Space Dandy, Sword Art Online, Mythbusters, Pokemon: The Series XY, Adventure Time, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Walker: Texas Ranger, Steven Universe, Sonic Boom, Kill la Kill
Currently Following on Youtube: Chuggaaconroy, TheRunawayGuys, Hellfire Commentaries, BrainScratchComms, KoopaKungFu, chipcheezumlps, MasaeAnela, Ace Attorney X MLP:FIM: Turnabout Storm, TeamFourStar, PurpleeyesWTF's None Piece, mugiwarasonicteam's One Piece Abridged, Cinema Sins
The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon
Brawl in the Family
Adventures of Dr. McNinja
The Retelling of Pokemon Colosseum
Current Songs stuck in my head:
Theme of South Island (Sonic The Hedgehog OVA)
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