After Alpha Trion disappeared, the words seem to echo around L926-1; hearing the noise of the walls at first before noticing the walls shifting, moving and growing. The walls became like huge pillars as the mech shouted out only for no-one to hear. "Alpha Trion! ALPHA TRION!", but no reply came. The words echoed and rung out..
"You must find yourself... You must find yourself..."
L926-1 moved for what seemed a way out or at least a gap, but a wall shifted in front of him. "Damn that old fool!", he thought to himself. Every time he moved walls either shifted in front of him or slid together forming a corner, a barrier or a dead end. "If I can't even find my way out of here, how am I supposed to fight?!", he muttered to himself. The more L926-1 moved, the more he was blocked off, the more frustrated he started to get and tried to punch one of the walls..
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Jan 22, 2014 15:03:27 GMT -5
As L926-1's fist came close to the wall, the wall moved, twisting and morphing around the fist without touching it. It was as if the wall was pulled by wind. L926-1 then saw all the walls moving and shifting in a unnatural way for metal material.
And then L926-1 heard the words as if they were coming from some where in the distance... Where are you.... Where are you _______ ...... The last word L926-1 didn't make out, but it sounded as if it was someone's name.
Switchblade waited for the next creature to attack. When it leapt, he side-stepped and swung one of his carbon-liquid coated fists. His strike connected with the creature's side, knocking it clear of him.
"One weapon removed, another weapon gained." He muttered, noting how effective his fists were.
Switchblade quickly realised that he didn't need his blade to defeat the creatures. In fact, he didn't even need to kill them. All he needed to do was show the creatures that there was a greater risk fighting him than the reward for taking him down. Unfortunately, this moment of realisation distracted Switchblade and one of the creatures jumped on him from the side. He landed hard on his back with the creature on top of him, his left forearm against the creature's neck as it snapped at him. Switchblade used his free hand to deliver a couple of punches to the creature before attempting to roll it off him.
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Jan 23, 2014 11:35:36 GMT -5
Switchblade roll the beast off him, sending it off into the darkness hurt and scared. Another creature attacked but Switchblade managed to turn it away. Then two more attacked at the same times. But Switchblade delivered quick attacks of him own and sent the wolves off in pain, thinking twice about attacking him again. Then as the wolves began to circle Switchblade, in an effort to over run the single student, a loud bang and a bright flashing light appeared. The wolves ran away, scared by the sound and sight.
Alpha Trion stood holding a flare stick in his hand. He waved it as the wolves as they ran away. He walked over to Switchblade to make sure he was ok. "When you screw off the top of these old flare devices and throw it at the group, they cause quite a loud bang. Now, are we all right then? Good. Tell me, what have we learned today my student?"
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Jan 28, 2014 13:37:04 GMT -5
Scarlett move across the line with as much control as she could. As more and more the ceiling fell around her, she relaxed herself, kept her body steady and moved across the line with grace. The energon she carried remained stable and still, not a single drop was spilled. Finally she made it across the open pit and was at the end of the line. There she could see someone up ahead. It was Alpha Trion. She stepped down and looked at the mech who was smiling a proud. "Your angry has gotten the best of you at times. You are a very skilled student, and quick thinking. But your temperment is your undoing, it is no good to you or anyone if you are your own worst enemy."
Scarlett understood what Alpha Trion meant as his words rang true. "Ok, I get it. But really, couldn't you have chosen a better way to have shown me this truth rather then placing me hundreds of death above certain death with his explosive substance in my hand?"
Alpha Trion then reached out and took the cup of unstable energon from Scarlett, startling her since the cup needed to be handled with care incase the energon reacted and exploded. She was even more shocked when Alpha Trion placed the cup to his lips and drank the energon with a quick gulp. "Yes, this stuff can wrecked havoc with your inners if you drink too much." He then threw the cup over the edge of the pit, where a splash was soon hear as the cup landed just a few feet down in some pool of liquid. Scarlett rolled her optics and couldn't help but smile to herself as Alpha Trion lead them back home.
Hardclaw was beside himself. Besides seeing animated dead robots coming at him, he couldn't believe how fast he was moving. All of Alpha Trion's training had paid off as he defended himself against the dead robots, avoiding contact and striking them away. But then it seemed that the end was near, for the robots now surrounded him and moved in all at once. Hard Claw decided he that since he was about to go out, he would take down as many as he could. He braced himself for the pain and launched himself at the robots.
With a might battle roar and his arms knocking groups of dead mechs aside, Hard Claw saw that the robots fall back and roll across the ground. But the strange thing was he felt no pain even when he had allowed the robots to contact him with their deadly touch. More surprisingly was two of the robots were on his back! He shook them off as a robot snuck up behind him and grabbed the top part of his leg. Hard Claw looked down to see a dead mech, hold his leg with both hands and nawing on his shin. Hard Claw didn't feel any pain of any kind.
The robots began to stir again and get up to attack, but then Alpha Trion walked out holding a control device. With a flock of his thumb, Alpha Trion activated a button on the device and all the dead robots fell to the ground and powered down. "Excellent," Began Alpah Trion. "Your strength and courage will never be in question. What you needed to work on was speed and agility. You did well against the over-whelming odds. I am proud. What have we learned today?"
Hardclaw spoke as he kicked off the robot that was stuck to his leg. "That I am a fool. And that you are the teacher and I have much to learn. In fact, I have learn that I have weaknesses that I must work on. I believe you have granted me a new focus and I thank you for that."
"Well said my friend. Now lets get back to camp. And don't worry about these poor wrecks. They were never alive to begin with. Leave them be, I might give Switchblade or Neoptolemus the same test."
"But are they not nimble on their feet Master?" Asked Hardclaw.
"Indeed they are. I just like to scare my students form time to time. The look on your faceplate was priceless!"
It was no use, Guren had given himself to fear and was running amock in the cave. He crashed in to everything and fell many times over. He began to crawl on all fours to escape the threat that he could not see but continued to crash head on into everything around him. In a desprate attempt Guren began to bash the goggles that was attached to his face several times against the wall to loosen them but it was no use. He could not get them off. He began to scream. "Help me! Alpha Trion for the love of Cybertron help me please!"
Taran leaped from the wire he was on, onto another. It too, however, began to heat up. All the wires around him seemed to be heating up randomly. He jumped again, and transformed in mid-air. He focused on everything around him. He let every sense flood his mind. When he landed on another wire, he was instantly back into the air, headed for another. He let all he was taking in from around him dictate his next action, as he tried best not to move between two that would cause him damage. He began to make slow progress towards his objective.
"What is this stuff?", L926-1 whispered to himself. The more he moved forward, the more the walls shifted and moved out of the way as if by themselves. He could hear voices but they were only feint. "HELLO? Is somebody there? Who is that?! I'm here! Help me!..", he continued forward walls shifting, moving, altering, "Help me... find myself..." he continued in a lower tone to himself.
Post by Neo Calrissian on Jan 30, 2014 4:52:32 GMT -5
Panic began to rise in Neoptolemus's chest as he and Alpha Trion gathered speed, jumping faster from platform to platform and ever larger shards of steel began to fall. By the time his new mentor called to him to speed up, he was beginning to flag, only just staying ahead of the metal avalanche- but the physical pain of exertion was falling before his new-found conviction. Beneath his visor, he gritted his teeth and pushed harder...
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Jan 30, 2014 11:41:39 GMT -5
"Thats its Neoptolemus! Focus on whats before you and leave the pain behind!" Called Alpha Trion. As the sounds of the avalanche grew more intense, its seemed that the inevitable would happen. But just as Alpha Trion looked as if he was about to jump off another platform, he stood at the edge of one of the flat structures and the pair had been using to descend the mountain and turned to face Neoptolemus. As the student rushed to take another leap, Alpha Trion grabbed his arm and winked as he pulled them both over the edge and swung around. For a second the two were hanging off the edge with Alpha Trion holding on the the edge of the ledge with his hand and the other holding on to Neoptolemus. In the side of the mountain under the ledge was a small opening, a shallow cave. The two dropped down on to the side of the mountain where they could walk and be shielded from the falling debris by the ledge and walked into the cave. Alpha Trion looked at Neoptolemus with a satisfied grin. "Good. You did well. What did you learn today my friend?"
As L-926-1 continued through, a flash of blinding light then hit him, blinding him for a moment. When the light dimmed he could see the source of the light in front of him. As the light died down, L-926-1 then saw himself. He was standing in front of a wall with a reflective surface, mirroring his image exactly. Put to his shock, his reflection began to move. It raised a hand and extended a finger and began to write something on the opposite side of the mirror.
The mech shielded his face from the light before looking again, only seeing himself at first. It was somewhat curious as he had never had a chance to see what he looked like from another person's point of view, and vein wasn't anywhere in existence in his personality. He watched as the reflection moved it's hand and began writing on the surface, instinctively; L-926-1 raised his own hands and began copying the reflections actions.. To his surprise though he started to sync in time with the movement, not copying but as if he knew what shape and form the next letter or symbol was going to be. It was Eerie but, so natural at the same time and short. Only one, short word....
"SOTIL?" he uttered. He didn't quite understand at first, "UGH! I understand... but I don't!", snapped the bot and smashed his fist into the reflective surface in anger, splintering and breaking a large piece out to the ground. He lent against the surface, arms resting stretched out against it looking down at the shattered piece below.. The pieces glistened slightly as it caught a fragment of light, glimmering at him. L-926-1 stared down at the pieces and saw a tiny splinter of reflection of himself, and it came to him.. He remembered Alpha Trion's words..
"You must find yourself first....
Yes, its most important to find yourself. Because if you don't, how will you find your way out?"
With one of his arms, L-926-1 picked up the big fragment of reflective material as his other arm slowly lowered. He stood there carefully and closely looking at the fragment before looking up at what was written in the surface and realizing. Adjusting himself to stand to one side, the bot held the fragment out, mirroring the name that had been written and looked towards the surface of the fragment he himself was holding and read the word..
"LITOS.", he muttered softly to himself; "Of course, it was the truth all along.." Litos squeezed the fragment in his hand so tightly that it crushed into pieces...
"I KNOW who I am now... I know what I must do.." and with that he clasped both his hands together and with both out stretched arms, double axe-handled the reflective surface to shatter the illusion..
Post by Jazzman Crothers on Jan 31, 2014 1:22:11 GMT -5
Shards of glass flew everywhere. The light within the reflection was now gone and the area was dark. As the glass settled on the floor, it seemed to disappear and melt away. The walls too, seemed to fall back and disappear almost into thin air. And then there, by himself, Alpha Trion stood just a few feet away.
"You did it." Said the teacher. "You have fought your way to the the truth you have always known. Now tell me, what have you learned today?"
Taran reeled out as much slack as he could on his grapple as he continued to traverse from wire to wire, following the gasket down into the canyon. He began swinging it around at his side, and when in mid air, released the grapple, sending it sailing toward the gasket.
Post by Neo Calrissian on Feb 3, 2014 17:45:59 GMT -5
Neoptolemus fell to his knees, panting at Alpha Trion's feet. He looked up, struggling to speak. "Weakness... may be embraced, but only... if it does not drown you. The mind may conquer... the body's limitations, if only your conviction... is strong enough." He crawled to the edge of the precipice, and looked down. Far, far below, he could his cane, jutting out of the rubble below. He bowed his head, quietly proud. "Thank you, Alpha Trion. I am in your debt."
Litos straightened himself out before Alpha Trion, "I learned that to find the deepest answers you sometimes have to search greatly from within", replied the mech. "In turn, you helped me more than I could ever thought find that answer. I'm starting to see why you've lasted so long and just why you have the respect you do." commended the bot. Indeed he had grown a new inner respect for the ancient mech, as far as the planet and life out side the camps went he was still very green, and had much to learn.