Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Horror Of Claw: Day 2




2.

Claw stands in a booth within one of the labs on the Rulian Space Cruiser. Crime King convinced Claw he has a way for him to access his full power at any time.

Claw had encountered Crime King once or twice before. He considers the man a dolt. Otherwise he would be weary of a trap, but Claw fears no man.

Crime King comes out from behind his computers.

"Claw your powers are incredible. Apparently you gain power from lunar cycles. With this suit, we can simulate the effects of a full moon."

"And what would you want in return>"

Crime King bristles at Claw's demeaning tone. But quickly answers.

"You simply need to kill The Gold Sama."

Claw smiles in a way that makes even the robotic Retro-9 recoil.


****

In the New York branch of The Ivy Pro Corporation. Phineas Hansworth continues working on weapons for the Ultra Battlers.

But creating armors and cannons, like the ones desired by Ivy Pro is child's play for a man of Hansworth's genius. Once he was the super villain called the Missile Miser.

But months ago his armor was destroyed fighting the Claw. He was set to go into exile, until he was discovered by Lionel Craig.

Craig offered him a job as head of research and development for Ivy Pro. In addition to his large salary, he is given unlimited resources for his passion projects.

One of which is a weapons system that will allow him to kill the Claw.

Little does Hansworth know that he will need it very soon.


****

DuPont Tower meeting room

Gold Sama speaks

"Fantomah, please tell the team, what you told me an hour ago."

Fantomah become corporeal. It's organs and veins still visible to all.

"My nephew is coming here."

Arrowmattic fiddling with armor, speaks.

"Aww, is it your birthday?"

Fantomah is consumed by rage. It would like to rip out Arrowmatic's heart and devour it.

But Fantomah is too weak at the moment. Too weak to defeat the likes of the girl holding the Pyramid Master's amulet.

So Fantomah shows restraint.

"My nephew is The Claw."

Brad Simon, the Yellow Duel-Devil feels sick to his stomach. He remembers the stories his father told him about the Claw. Most were passed down from the original Duel-Devil.

Star Shock raises her hand. She saw some newsreel footage of the Claw and of his recent rampage thru Manhattan.

"How are you related to Claw?"

"My brother was mighty Gen-I. He was exiled into a pocket dimension millions of years ago. Before the Earth existed. Claw is his son, meant to free Gen-I."

Gold Sama knows a bit of this story. Both from Sama Council records and his own experiences in battling Claw.

In 1961, he was forced to prevent Gen-I from taking the body of his former teammate, Bart Hill, The Original Duel-Devil.

"Fantomah, aside from his rampage in Manhattan, Claw has been exiled in Ricca since the 1960's. He does not even have political power in his home nation."

"Some new force has interfered, givin Claw new power. My perceptions of this dimension, grow foggy outside of the Earth's atmosphere."

Jianhu looks at Gold Sama.

"The Rulians....."


****

Claw stands with a platoon of Grid Men and Rulian Soldiers. Preparing to be teleported to Earth.

Claw grabs the technician working the controls.

"Change of plans, we are going to New York!!!"

"But we are suppose...."

Claw has the Rulian by the throat, digging his talons into the aliens flesh.

"New York...."

Claw is teleported to New York.

****

In a dimension of darkness. A masked man wields a legendary hammer, destroying shadow men from all sides.

He lifts the gold mallet and creates a door of light.

"Soon father, you will be free to complete your work on Earth."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Horror Of Claw

1.

Land Of Ricca

Even The Claw requires sleep. Tonight in his one bedroom apartment, he struggles to sleep in a tiny half bed. Finally he sits up in frustration.

His mind keeps going back to New York City and his brief alliance with Missile Miser, Gentleman Brute and Dr.Dracula.

He had decided to strike out on his own and savor some new death and destruction. Before he was opposed by a team of armored heroes known as Horse Power.

They were no match for the Claw. He would have cracked open their
shells and devoured the flesh within. If not for that halfwit,
the Missile Miser.

That gave Horse Power the chance to defeat Claw. He returned
to Ricca and continues to honor his treaty with the Earth Governments.

But he cannot stand this life any longer. He senses that the Gold Sama is
weak. That his power can no longer contain the Nightmare Of Ricca.

Something more he senses an energy on this plane of existence similar to his
father.

Before Claw can ponder these ideas further, he disappears from his
apartment and appears on board the Space Ship belonging to the Rulians.

Claw clad in only a small pair of leopard print briefs attacks.

Claw dismantles the Rulian Guards.

Ripping out the first guards throat and tearing the arm off of the other.

A voice comes out of the walls.

"Calm yourself. I can make you more powerful than you
dare dream."

"I know that voice...."


****

In the garage/gym of Duel Devil.

Brad Simon, better known as the Yellow Duel-Devil is sparring with his
super powered companion Mia Rivera, better known as White Fury.

They have been sparing for an hour. Mia has been unable to hit Duel-Devil
once. Finally as his stamina runs low, she punches him in the chest, sending
him crashing into the garage door.

Mia has a sly smile.

"Looks like I win."

Brad gets up holding his ribs.

"You would think so."

"What do you mean?"

"Look in the mirror."

She looks in the mirror and sees her face and body covered in blotches of
paint.

"What is this?"

"I wanted to show bad your technique is. You're a good fighter and
the serum will carry you a long way. But what if I had super strength? You
would be in a world of pain, or even dead."

"Now, wait a second."

"I'm not trying to insult you. You are a good fighter. But I don't want
anything to happen to you."

Mia's eyes briefly light up.

Brad stammers a bit.

"Well you're my teammate. Of course I want to protect you. I give advice to
Arrowmatic all the time."

"Right... So do you want to go another round."

"After I sit down for a bit. I think you bruised my ribs."

****

 China

Duel-Devil and the White Fury are not the only ones training. Becky
Sanders, known to us as Star Shock, has been trying to test her powers.

The fight with Thunder Thief put a scare into her. She had been thinking her
powers made her invincible. Then Thunder Thief took her down with relative
ease.

Gold Sama has been very hands off in her training. So she has been taking
lessons from Jianhu. He has been teaching her how to get the most out of
her powers.

Now she is being given a speed test. She left Drama Bay an hour ago and
crossed the continental United States, Europe and the Soviet Union.

She did not imagine she could move this fast. What's more her eye sight has
not been hampered.

But with all this power, the Pyramid Master is still insisting it is not enough.

That a greater power will soon destroy all life.

She tries to think of her term papers due tomorrow as she returns to DuPont Towera

****

Jed DuPont, the Gold Sama sits behind his desk. He is finalizing the deal
to launch the DuPont Satellite.

He is still worried about his team. The man known as Kid "Old" Blur, quit the team after the fight with Thunder Thief. The ordeal of having his powers stolen put a scare into him.

The lights in his office and all of the DuPont Tower explode. Even with his
current limitations, he finds the source on the third floor.
Fantomah is laying on the floor clutching her skull.

"What the devil is wrong with you Fantomah?"

"My nephew, he is on his way."