"Alright... with this... we're finished. Both of your weapons are ready."
One week has passed, since Damon became the official leader of the mine and he, as well as Sammy, were allowed to have weapons, in order to "take care of the problems themselves".
"Thank you very much for your assistance."
Damon replied politely, while one of the scientists handed over the weapons.
He wasn't able to hide a short smile. For some reason, it felt right to have weapons and to be able to fight. The time might not be yet, but it comes closer with huge steps.
The scientist, who gave Damon his weapons, went back to his computer and started to write down an information message with details for the baroness.
Subject: 'Damon Murkheart' and 'Sammy'
Number: 0201 and 0299
- by permission of Baroness Einzer, both subjects designed and created new weapon systems, which they're allowed to use inside of the mines -
Weapon: Sin & Punishment
Description: - two sticks with one bent and one straight end
- made out of a Steel/Leeridium alloy (physical contact might cause Leeridium-poisoning)
- length: if unused 20 centimeter, expands in battle to 1,20 meter (one stick), total length: varying (maximum 2,5 meter); blade length not included
- weigth: 10 kilogram (one stick)
- power source per stick: one Leeridium shard, which needs to be put into the stick
Usage in battle:
The sticks are activated by getting in physical contact with a link-element, which Damon carries around. After activation, the Leeridium inside of the sticks generates plasma energy, which is brought into form by energy distributing units at both ends of the sticks. A program, which was installed in the energy distributing units changes the plasma energy flow, depending on how the sticks might be connected.
A data file is added to the message for a more detailed list of combinations.
Weapon: Kaleidoscope "Sieben"
Description: - seven devices, while two have the same appearance (the seventh appearance is unique, reasons for that are listed later)
- made out of a Steel/Leeridium alloy (physical contact might cause Leeridium-poisoning)
- size: slight variations for each pair and the seventh device (general size is about 25 centimeter)
- weigth: 2,5 kilogram (one device)
- power source per device: one small Leeridium shard, which needs to be put into the device
Usage in battle:
By implanting a small scanner for brain waves, all seven devices are controlled via thoughts. Therefor, the subject treats as a center and main operator. The receiver of the brain waves, as well as the energy distributing units are powered by the Leeridium, which also generates the plasma energy in this weapon as well. The current maximum length of each receiver is fifteen meter, while this can be developed for a longer range. Similar to 'Sin and Punishment', all seven devices can be connected, in order to alter the flow of the plasma energy.
A data file is added to the message for a more detailed list of functions and combinations.
After finishing the report, the scientist stood up and looked towards Damon and Sammy.
"Alright, you two can leave and go back to the mine. The baroness will contact you probably sooner or later, so be ready for everything.
Damon was still looking at his weapon. With this weapon in hand, he got his goal much closer, but it still will need a while, until the Nihin would be ready to fight the oppressors.
"Thank you very much. We'll go back into the mine. If anything relevant happens, don't hesitate to inform me. Sammy, let's go back."
Sammy stood behind him as usual, but seemed to be more lively than before. She was unconsciously putting her hands on the brain wave receiver, which was formed like an accesoir, so that it wouldn't stand out immediately. After a short moment, she realized, that she was called.
"Y-yes Damon! Right away."
No matter what exactly changed inside of Sammy, Damon was actually thankful for that. He looked at Sammy with a slight smile.
"Come on. Let's move."
During the same time, the baroness looked at the detailed files of Damon's and Sammy's self-developed weapons.
"Really interesting... I wonder, if it's a coincidence, that their designed weapons are fitting to their physical standards or did the... No. That can't be. After all, for exactly that reason I-"
Her thoughts were interrupted by an incoming call. With grumbling, she accepted the call. If it would have been a guard, who dared to bother her with a simple and idiotic problem, she probably would have killed him. But it wasn't a guard. On the other end of the transmission was a voice, which could only belong to one alone...
As soon as she realized, who called her, she was shocked for a moment, but it didn't took long for her to regain a calm mind.
"Greetings master. What gives me the honor, that you call me? If it is about my latest research, I'm still at the field test. However, they made a good development and I-"
"YOUR EXPERIMENTS ARE NOT THE REASON WHY I'M FORCED TO CALL YOU! A SERIOUS PROBLEM HAS APPEARED, AND I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION!"
The voice on the other end was shouting in rage. Whatever the problem might be, it was no small problem, if he's that angry.
"What's the problem you want to discuss with me? Is it because of my funds? Did one of my earlier experiments endanger your plans again, master? What is it, that I have somehow caused, considering your current mood?"
The voice on the other end of the transmission was still filled with anger and rage.
"It's about the ore you found. For some reason, some of it has fallen into the hands of Walter Black... WALTER BLACK, THE IRON KING OF THE NORTH! DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS?! OUT OF ALL THE POSSIBLE BEINGS ON THIS BLASTED WORLD, YOUR BUNGLING HAS HANDED THE IRON KING OF THE NORTH SOMETHING, WHICH BRINGS HIM INTO THE POSITION OF NEEDING LESS ENERGY FROM ME! YOU HAD BETTER FIND THE REASON OF THIS PROBLEM AND ELIMINATE IT IMMEDIATELY! OTHERWISE..."
The baroness was slightly stunned. Not by the speech, but by the fact, that someone sold her discovery to the enemy, the Iron King...
After thinking for a second, she replied. "Otherwise?"
The voice on the other end of the transmission, sounded calmed down, but the sentences were still filled with anger and threats. The blazing specter of ice-white fire on the screen glared murderously out at her, empty, coal black shadows for eyes, a dark slash for a mouth.
"Otherwise... I will PERSONALLY SEE TO IT that every single OUNCE OF REVENUE, that I lose due to your incompetence, will be taken out of your next request for funding... DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?"
That was something she didn't expected. Not because this threat wasn't about her life, but for the only thing, she really requires for her research. She was in the position, where she had no other choice, than to obey without hesitation.
"As you wish, master. I'll eliminate the traitor and as soon as I'm done, I'll inform you, who it was."
"Good... You better hurry, Ruina Zine Einzer, before I decide to halve your funds for the next year. Rubicon out."
With that the transmission ended. Rubicon knew well, how to threat Ruina. The funds, she regulary recceives from Rubicon, were too important to ignore this problem. Her mind began to run trough a list of possible traitors, who would be stupid enough to do such things. However, she had no time to finish her thoughts.
Another transmission came in. This time from one of the guards of the outposts.
"Baroness! Please respond! We have a huge problem! We're under attack! I repeat. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK!"
Just what she needed right now... more problems. As much as she would have loved to kill the guard immediately for interrupting her, an attack was something serious. Since she still concentrated her thoughts on who might be the traitor, she responded to the guard.
"Who is it? Who is leading the attack? About how many enemies are we talking?"
Before she got an answer from the guard, there were the sound of explosions, screams of pain and countless bullets, that were fired. The guard answered stuttering. Whoever dared to attack her, must be powerful.
"D-D-D-Da... Dark... Darkbreaker! THE ATTACKER IS THE DARKBREAKER!"
The transmission was ended in the next moment by an explosion.
"The Darkbreaker... out of all beings, I can't need right now, he has to come and interrupt my experiments!
WHY RIGHT NOW? JUST WHEN EVERYTHING STARTED TO EVOLVE FINE!"
It took Ruina a minute to gather her thoughts. After that, she activated the emergency transmission to all guards.
"Attention all guards and scientists! We're under attack. I repeat, we're under attack! Everyone. who's stationed at the entrance to the mine, gather all Nihin and bring them to emergency chamber 5-2. All scientists are ordered to gather their data and send them over the transmission channel, I'll open right now. All remaining guards, who are not stationed at the entrance to the mine right now, are ordered to get all Leeridium and bring it to the supply line A-7. As soon as you're all done with your tasks, hurry up and make your way to the emergency chamber 4-3. This is no exercise! I repeat."
"THIS IS NO EXERCISE!"
Ruina ended the transmission. Now that she thought about it, the attack of the Darkbreaker was actually not a bad thing. With that, she had a reason to gather all possible traitors at one place. There was only one problem.
She needed someone, who would act as a shield, so that she has the chance to take care of her tasks. The decisive thought came to her in the same moment.
She quickly opened another transmission channel and got in contact with the one, she had in mind for that.
"Greetings baroness. Who can we be of help for you?"
"Damon, we have a little problem coming towards us. We're under attack and you have to buy us some time, so that we can evacuate everyone and by everyone, I of course mean the other Nihin as well. The incoming enemy is dangerous and if all of us want to see the next day, we have to work together.
Do you understand? You and Sammy will be our last defense line, not only for me and the rest of my team, but for your entire race."
A short moment passed, before Damon responded.
"I understand. We'll head out right now and buy you some time. Please take care of the others for us."
"Don't worry. You have my word. Now get out of the facility and try to stop the enemy from entering the building."
Ruina ended the transmission, before Damon had any chance to respond.
This situation was way too good, to not use it...
"Hehehehe... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! YES! THIS IS IT! THE DAY COULDN'T BECOME BETTER! THE BEST EXPERIMENT! DAMON AND SAMMY AGAINST THE DARKBREAKER!
Haaa... Calm down... you have no time to enjoy the show yourself... Yes... I have to take care of some traitors and..."
With that, Ruina went to the door and opened it. Just when she was about to leave, a twitching, covered by her cloak, went over her back.
"...clean up the lab, along with the experiments..."