Drakaina #1 - Birth of the Dragon

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Drakaina #1 - Birth of the Dragon

The winter of 1941, Belgian Congo, Africa

The German Officer pushed through the thick scrub, the caravan of German, Italian and levied Ethiopian troops following in his wake. Things had been going badly in the East African Campaign for the Axis and the mixed team of specialists was a last spit in the eye to the British and their Free French Allies. The plan was a gun and mortar attack on the Exiled Belgium Government, a spiteful plan but one authorised by the Fuhrer himself despite the protest of the generals in the north of the Continent and their cries for more equipment and men.

“Captain.” One of the senior Italian officers wheezed in heavily accented English, the common language that the vast majority of the strike force shared. “There is a problem…with the men we levied in Abyssinia and Ethiopia.”

“Find the man responsible for spreading whatever ails them and kill him and flog the others till they move.” The German Captain stated, his pace increasing as the bulk of the Germans marched to the front of the group.

“It is not that simple.” The Italian Officer stated as he ran to keep up. “They wish to continue, it’s just, there is a pit near here…one that kills all who go near it.”

“Native superstition, that’s what holds up our noble work?!” The German roared. “Private Elise,” He snarled as a man dressed in the Wehrmacht’s African combat gear walked past. “Find the bravest of those savages and find this pit, go there and then come back. That should quell these backwoods superstitions that hamper our progress.” Elise nodded, brown eyes staring back at his superior as he walked to the group of Africans.

“I need someone to show me the pit.” He stated softly as he gathered up an additional canteen and some rations. The men near him flinched and backed away leaving only a tall man, his skin wrinkled and his back bowed although he still towered over most who had been gathered around him.

“I will help you boss, I went to the pit you speak of when I was a boy.” The dark skinned man stated as Elise threw him a canteen. “But I must ask you to not ask me to go down into the Devil’s Mouth.”

“Devil’s Mouth?” Elise asked as the men around him flinched.

“Not here boss, I will tell you more away from the others.” The man pleaded, Elise nodded, he had been born in Tanzania not Germany and understood something about the superstitions that haunted Africa. He also knew enough about the pride of the men who followed him not to push the usual stance of Aryan bluntness towards others on them.

”Don’t call me Boss call me Karl, I’m not a soldier not an officer.” Elise told his guide as the pair of them split off of the attack force.

“Okay Boss.” The man answered. “I am Joro. I must admit you are a very strange man, you don't behave like the others.”

“I take that as a compliment.” Karl replied as they headed out of earshot of the outermost sentries. “I know of the bravery and cunning of Africans, you are not so different from us despite what my superiors think. I serve Germany rather than the Fuhrer, there are many things that the government does that I don't agree with.” He added as the pair of them entered the denser part of the forest, an almost impenetrable wall of green and brown before them. “Now what of this pit, the Devil’s Mouth.”

“The pit is quite large and one would assume quite deep.” Joro explained. “No one knows because all who go in never return.”

“Is it flooded? Are the sides steep?” Karl asked as they reached a small ridge and dropped down.

“There is something down there, like water but black and with a smell unlike any other I have smelt. “ Joro answered as the pair continued through the jungle. “You will smell it yourself; it’s not far from here.” He added. The pair continued for almost an hour and a half before Joro changed ‘not far from here’ to ‘very close’ despite Karl’s (mostly) polite enquiries about their time of arrival. Things changed when they reached an area where the trees had been felled and a rough road cut into the forest leading away to the south.

“Looks like a mining camp.” Karl commented as Joro crouched down on the edge of the road. “Was this here when you came to the pit last time?”

“No this is new.” Joro answered as the sound of a plane flew overhead, the tiny aircraft circling the mining camp twice before taxiing down the road next to the closest building. From their observation point both Karl and Joro could see the ‘cross’ of the Luftwaffe on the side as the pilot and his passenger disembarked. As they left the plane the two figures were met by a platoon of German troops all dressed in the black uniforms of the SS.

“Wait here.” The Passenger ordered the pilot as they both saluted the leader of the SS brigade. Moving back to the camp the SS unit and there guest quickly moved out of earshot leaving a confused Karl and Joro alone within spitting distance of the plane. Silently Karl left the brush and made his way under the tail section of the aircraft and grabbed the pilot from behind, the woman spinning round instinctively only to relax when she saw a fellow figure in a German uniform.

“What are you doing here*?” She asked, her voice carrying an accusing tone,

*Translated from German of course.

“We are part of the Rache Mission.” Karl replied. “We hit some difficulties an hour or two ago. My superiors sent me and a local guide to scout the terrain ahead of us while he dealt with the situation.” He added waving for Joro to reveal himself and walk up to the plane. “We heard that there was a pit near here? We hopped maybe you had seen it on your flight in.”

“I know of no pit.” The pilot replied as a pair of SS agents emerged from one of the buildings in the mining camp. “Guards we have intruders!!” She screamed as she caught sight of her reinforcements. Panicking Joro levelled his rifle at her but a steady wave from Karl made him lower it just as the majority of the camp swarmed to meet them. “They asked about the pit Heer Rosenberg.”

“Calm yourself Frauline Reitsch, we are in need of more observers of our experiments.” The passenger from the plane announced. “Come gentlemen, you are about to see the future of our glorious Reich.” He added as the SS agents grabbed Karl and Joro and marched them into the mining camp. The pair were taken to a low hut overlooking a massive sore in the earth, a putrid smell rising from the hole that made both men wretch as the SS agents disarmed them and left, locking the doors behind them.

“Gentlemen, here you will witness what the material from the pit can do. While I refuse to buy into the idea of Scandinavian mythology we have called it Eiter, the material that gave birth to the world and the poison that could kill with even a mere touch. And while it can kill we have found it can do much more.” Rosenberg explained as something moved in the corner, chains clinking softly against the floor.

Cautiously Karl and Joro moved forward, fists balled ready to fight until the figure revealed herself. Standing before them was an African woman clad in nothing but a loincloth, her skin covered with tumours running up and down her arms and legs.

”Please kill me.” She begged in a soft, weak voice, her eyes pleading for mercy.

“What have you done to her?!” Joro bellowed, his voice echoing around the room as Karl removed his jacket and draped it over the woman’s shoulders.

“See for yourself.” Rosenberg hissed as a bullet ripped into the room and slammed into Joro’s leg, blood seeping from the wound. The effect on the mystery woman was almost instantaneous, as above the men’s cursing came a rattling hiss as her skin hardened becoming reptilian, her arms sprouted thick leathery wings and her face went from human to a grim monstrous visage, silted pupils glaring down at Karl and Joro. “Meet the first child of the Eiter, meet the Fuhrer’s She-Drache.”

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@impurestcheese: Oncaverse should have its own library blogged on your profile.

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@dngn4774: Yeah it should. Any other comments?

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@impurestcheese: Is there anything else I should read before this, or is this more user friendly to anyone unfamiliar to the continuity? TBH, besides Siwang, I don't know much about any other Oncaverse characters.

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#6  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@dngn4774: Ah it's fairly friendly since it's set before everything else. So no there is no reading prior to this involved. On another note can I borrow the town name of Indigo, plan to do a referance/mini homage to 5th Column Comics once things are estabished

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@impurestcheese: A decent intro here. Can't really judge this character yet considering all she has done so far was walk to a lab and get shot in the leg. However, I don't think it's possible to go wrong when you have Nazis and Dragons in the same book.

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@cbishop: Thanks finally have all the pieces for the Amazons out in the open.

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@impurestcheese: Do you have an idea of where you are going with this or was this more of a freestyle?

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@dngn4774: I plan an arc in advance mostly. But sometimes storylines arrive that must be told

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@impurestcheese: Does this mean that MI6 has captured the Lockness monster as a countermeasure to fighting Nazi dragons?

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@dngn4774: Oh please everyone knows that the Loch Ness Monster is just the Midgard Serpent's Tail and that it's burrows are the big pits full of Eiter

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@impurestcheese: So with all the pieces for the Amazons revealed, is that still happening? Or has your Oncaverse expanded beyond it?

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@cbishop: No idea, it is something I'll have to revisit before I make any decisions

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@impurestcheese: Years late to the party, pretty good. Though you may have mispelt Herr. Did you do any more or is this, like me, an excellent idea that went no further than the initial chapter?

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@batkevin74: One excellent idea, no follow up although Karl did escape to the Indigo Codex. Thanks for reading, the Onca/Patronverse is going through a revival ATM so it may start up again

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@impurestcheese: Karl...is that Rosenburgs name....hang on. I thought this was oncaverse? Is it 5th Column that Codex arc related? man I'm confused

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@batkevin74: Oncaverse has always been lapping at the heels of the 5th Column, Heatseeker was a cartoon character in the Patron Verse, Siwang appeared, albeit as two different people; one in the 5th Column and one in the Oncaverse, Stallion has made an appearance in the Oncaverse as a casual reference, the Ai (from way back in the beginning before 5th Column was imagined) used a blue gas to mutate a human victim in a CCC entry. A lot of stuff migrates back and forth between the two universes without anyone recognising

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@impurestcheese: Uh huh! So it's like your own little imprint on the side, like Sandman back in the 90's which every now and then popped into big event stuff and had crossovers but was almost it's own little universe seperate and untouched from the DCU.

So Captain Rosenberg is Karl ,who appears here? I ask as you've done my head in because I thought initially this was new but it's got links to the 5th, even though it's Onca which has made me go back and read the first issue of The Codex (which again doesn't clearly state his name just Rosenberg)

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I'm unfamiliar with the universe, but reads fine on its own

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@batkevin74: @impurestcheese: You have to watch Imp's stuff closely- she'll reuse names on completely new characters. I've honestly lost track of how many different "Black Box" characters she's made, or if they were evolutions of the same character, or what. It's an interesting process to view.

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Yeah it's all connected what @impurestcheese does: 5th Column, Oncaverse, Wild West, Thunderbolts, Mayhem like it's all one but not.

I don't mind the occasionally nod or even a doppelgänger here and there but sometimes it's a little too weaved up together for my liking is all.

Now back to the issue: wtf is Rosenberg's name!?!?? ????

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@batkevin74: It can make it feel like you've missed something at times, but I just kind of let that roll off my back, and enjoy trying to figure out the character evolution. :)

No idea on Rosenberg's name.

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@cbishop: it's Pokemon like and I despise Pokemon! All that collecting evolving THEY THE SAME DAMN BLUE MONKEY FISH JUST WITH A LASER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!

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@cbishop: it's Pokemon like and I despise Pokemon! All that collecting evolving THEY THE SAME DAMN BLUE MONKEY FISH JUST WITH A LASER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!

That would be Digimon

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@wildvine: they all very similar! Trainers, evolving, collecting, never ending

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they all very similar! Trainers, evolving, collecting, never ending

Well... some people would disagree but its not important.

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@wildvine: this is true and because I don't like it I do lump them all together in a large sack of weird Japanese $#!+ hoping that the world will wake up to themselves. But people like them, they're totes allowed too

I find it silly, strange and confusing. Probably as I am ancient and awaiting the day my daughter starts liking crap of her own which I probably won't like.

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@batkevin74: A fish with a laser sounds pretty cool actually. :)

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@cbishop: so did Dr Evil is Austin Powers! :)

But blue monkey fish...well that's digimon as @wildvine tells me

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