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Justice Heroes Elite
CHP 49: More To Gather
The thunder God paces back and forth with a few fingers to his chin trying to make sense of all what has been said. Most problematic for them all, is having no clue of where Pythena is hiding out alongside Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn. Something else which comes to mind is that if they're in any way located in a different realm, and or world he wouldn't be able to make the trip because of his status as the thunder god.
"I'll try and be as much of a help as I can, but there are limits in which even I can't pass. How serious was the damage to your world before you left?" Raiden asks turning to Batman.
In a way both sides have some form of the all powerful element of surprise. For them they have no clue when or where Pythena's attacks will come from; but they've got the advantage of knowing who's pulling the strings. Coming up with enough fire power to put a stop to this will be their first task.
"I'm hoping it is still the way it was before I left. Other than the earth's top defences, their invasion of the world itself hadn't happened or began yet. Hopefully it'll be that way for a little longer." Bats replies.
Patience has always been a strong part of his game, something in which has helped him in his great success over the years. If not for that and his drive/dedication to the mission, he'd no longer be around. Alerting the group that he'd like to speak with the Elder Gods; Raiden teleports out of sight leaving behind a flash of electricity. Re adjusting one of the plates on display off to the side; Kung Lao has more than he can organize with on his mind. Tapping a finger up against the wall which he leans up against, Liu Kang's eyes wonder up to the clock surprised to see that it's 1:23 AM! Time sure does fly by when you're busy.
"Standing around won't help us any, where are we going next. Who's next up that will join by our side?" Kung Lao asks.
Assembling a team will be step one, nothing else matters until that is done. It's sort of like a video game, with lots of different levels, and once you complete one mission or stage you move on to the next level which will eventually lead to the completion of the game. Their situation is very similar to that, in the sense they must do one thing after another which in the end should lead them to a battle against Pythena. Stretching out and yawning, Liu moves away from the wall stepping into the middle of the room.
"None of us will be any good tired and exhausted; I think it's time we call it a night and resume this first thing tomorrow," Knowing the Dark Knight just returned to their world after such a long time ago, it is known he has no place to stay, "The two of you can stay the night here at the Shalion temple; there're two rooms available on the 5th floor."
Neither Wolverine nor Batman know what to say; appreciative of the Mortal Kombat champ's hospitality. Usually bats would argue against such a suggestion, but Liu is right; all of them need to be close to one hundred percent if they're going to be affective. Having no problem with them staying the night here, Kung Lao offers to show them to their rooms.
"Sounds good...you lead the way." Logan replies.
Reaching up and fixing his hat, Kung Lao leads the way with both Batman and Wolverine following. Everyone has that moment where they aren't sure how to explain their feelings toward something or someone; upon meeting someone, or barely knowing one another makes it difficult. He isn't sure why, but somewhere deep inside him...there is no doubt these two are trustworthy. Turning in the other direction Liu heads for his room.
"How many members would you say live here inside the temple?" Batman asks.
Kung Lao leads them down a dark hall up a flight of stairs which has no windows anywhere in sight of thirty ft. radius; the torches hanging from the walls being the only real light brightening the path ahead.
"Good question, I'd guess somewhere between...eight hundred to a thousand. But I could be wrong; we aren't the only one's around. Out to the North and East of us are other clans." Kung Lao replies.
Asking if either of the two clans run things the same as the Shalion temple; Kung Lao answers by saying no. Neither clan is associated with the Shalion temple by any means, but that doesn't mean he's never traveled over to both places. In fact sometimes the Shalion Temple trades different goods with both groups.
"Do you have anyone in mind who we could go after next?" Wolverine asks.
Opening the door in front of them brings forth much more light entering into the main hall of the 5th floor.
"Perhaps Rain or Ermac; but I wouldn't know where to find either of them. They aren't true allies of myself or Liu, but we can't be picky. Heck at this point we might even have to get in contact with Scorpion." Kung Lao says.
Glimpsing out of a window they pass, bats has an immediate reaction feeling a slight chill glide up his back remembering his few encounters with the ninja back at the tourney. It was off of tournament grounds that he tried to kill him; from their last encounter he'd say they've got a mutual respect for the other. Not to say they're friends or buddies; it is far from being that.
"Regardless of what the final team will consist of, we need to make sure we're all on the same side. We can't be fighting against each other." Batman adds.
Liking the point made by the Dark Knight, Kung Lao shakes his head unable to agree more. There is no doubt they'll have to group with certain individuals who may not be one hundred percent trustworthy, but that is a chance they're all goanna need to live with. Not that it's anything new for either of the three; Batman having to team with some of his most hated Gotham foes such as Mr. Freeze in past times.
"Well here we are you two...both rooms are facing each other, you can decide who takes what room how ever you'd like," Kung Lao turns from them both walking in the other direction, "If you need anything I'll be down on floor two."
Both again thank him for letting them stay the night here in his home; the Shalion member out of sight in moments...a similar feeling between them both. Tomorrow at this time, they need to have this group put together, a sense of urgency is what will lead to success. Walking over to his right Wolverine enters into that room while Batman enters into the room across from him. When first entering into the room, Bruce removes the cape and cowl as well as the utility belt from his person taking a seat at the edge of the bed.
"What a nice piece of art." Logan says to himself looking at one of the paintings hanging on the wall.
A good night rest is somewhere near in his future, but there's a bit too much on his mind to call it a night just yet. Steadily making his way over to a sofa located off to the side he takes a seat reflecting on a lot of things.
Exiting off the helicopter, Deadpool takes a look out over the ocean glancing at the moons large reflection over it's surface; light waves brushing up against the shore, bringing comfort to the moment. Turning in the other direction, he follows the rest of the group out onto a wooden deck. All gather around one of the elite League of Assassin member's who will go further into detail on their objection; Ubu and Talia standing off to the side.
"Listen up newbies, I'm going to assign you all a team and then you'll be given further instructions from there."
Getting everyone lined up in an organized fashion each person is given a number from 1-12 setting up the groups which takes no more than two minutes. The speaker goes on by saying it could take them a few hours to recover the gem, which is located deep within the jungle like territory.
"You will set up camp around your assigned team for the remainder of the night, and we'll proceed once the sun rises."
All groups are directed to a specific spot where they'll set up camp; given tents, sleeping bags, flashlights etc.
Opening his eyes to the sunrise that comes through the window, Logan sits up turning his attention to the clock which reads a little after seven. Removing the covers from himself, he gets out of the bed getting fully dressed. Walking past the mirror he stops in place looking at himself for a moment. It's been quiet a while sense he's done anything like this; lately everything has been so fast paced due to the series of events which have been taking place.
"If there is one thing we have, it is hope...Lets just pray that they aren't all dead. We might be faced with bitter victory, even if we do somehow take down Pythena." Logan says to himself.
Running a few fingers through his hair, he turns away from the mirror exiting out of the room through the front door. It would have been best for him to rest up a bit longer, but knowing what they have to get done won't allow for him to rest any longer. Only taking a few steps, one of the doors down the hall opens.
"Good morning to you sir, I was informed we had guests; how'd you sleep? Was it comfortable?" The Shalion member asks.
"I slept very well; thanks for asking. Do you by any chance know if either Kung Lao or Liu Kang have awoke?" Wolverine asks.
Using one arm to hold up the tray which he carries with him, he uses the other in scratching at his chin.
"I'm not certain if Liu is awake, but I'm quiet sure It was Kung Lao who passed in front of me in the main lobby. I'd say he went out for his early morning jog, he usually doesn't go far."
"Thanks a lot, I'll see if I can catch up with him." Wolvie replies.
Picking up speed Wolverine passes by the Shalion Monk again thanking him for the small info. Hopefully he's right in saying that Kung Lao doesn't go very far. He may have been in this world for almost a year, but he really isn't accustomed to this area and honestly hasn't really got around at all. Traveling down a grip of stairs; entering into the main area. It would seem the cleaning crew for the temple is hard at work; two guys vacuuming and a couple others cleaning windows and dusting. Slowly walking down the stairs he doesn't want to disrupt them at all.
"Let Ched and his crew know that they can get ready to bring in the carpet cleaning equipment." One of them says.
Dragging a basket at his side the message delivery guy exits out of the room to communicate the information. Casually making his way past them all, Wolverine exits out of the front door closing it behind him. The sun shines bright with only a few clouds in the sky; the temperature sitting somewhere in the mid seventies. Looking out in the distance, he spots someone about forty five yards away who passes by a bush, figuring it is the one he's looking for.
"Hopefully that's him; I don't feel for going on a search." Wolverine says to himself.
Running out he makes his way over in that direction, and in getting closer realizes it is Kung Lao. The first words out of the Shalion fighter's mouth are that of feedback; asking how Logan slept and if it was comfortable. Wolvie replies giving him a thumbs up approving of his hospitality.
"How long until we go after the next potential recruit?" Logan asks.
"Anytime...but I'd say we wait until Liu and the other fighter from your world awake. If we run into any problems, it is best that we're all together. But I'm all for getting a jump start on things if that's what you'd like to do."
Talking it over for a little, it is decided between them both to get started without Liu Kang and Batman. Close to over a month ago; Kung Lao heard word that Rain was taking part in a private training camp about thirty miles from where they stand. It took a good nights rest for it to come back to his mind. The information was leaked from what he believes to be an inside source/member. It isn't certain that any of this information is true, but it is worth looking into. Rain could be a formidable ally.
"Do you know the exact location of this place?" Wolverine asks.
"Not entirely, but I've got a good idea, wait here...I'll be right back." Kung Lao says.
Quickly racing in the other direction Kung Lao enters back into the temple leaving Logan standing confused. What could he be doing, maybe he went inside to retrieve something that will help them in their search for the one who goes by Rain. Off to his left another of the Shalion Monk members approach him.
"Good morning sir; would you like to try any of theses refreshments?" He asks.
Giving his undivided attention to the person which carries with him a basket of fruits, Wolvie puts on a smile politely declining; thanking him for asking. Patting Wolverine over the shoulder, the Shalion monk goes past him continuing about his own business. Over another minute passes before Kung Lao re appears from the main entrance door. Watching him approach, Logan notices he holds something in his left hand but isn't sure what.
"Alrighty than, we're good to go. I had to recover this map; if I'm right, Rain and the rest of the guys he's with should be located within this vicinity just outside of Tarkada territory." Kung Lao informs.
"What's the plan for transportation, walking will take up too much time." Wolverine replies.
Pointing out a specific spot on the map, which displays a dock; there is a train station up the street from that spot. That is where the two of them will head out first, and then from there they get off at point C which will put them only two miles away from the place.
"Nice find, lets get going." Logan says.
Folding the map, Kung Lao places in into his pocket already knowing which direction they must travel to reach the train station. Once they get off at point C, things might become a bit more interesting. Opening and closing the front gates behind them, in less than forty minutes they arrive to the train station purchasing the tickets at the booth.
"For a change a smooth transition would be nice. For guys like us there's always trouble in the path of trying to get something done." Wolverine says.
The MK fighter hopes what he says happens; Wolvie doesn't lie when saying problems get in the way of objections for people like them. He barely knows anything about this fighter originating from another earth; but completely understands him sharing the same types of problems.
"I have one question about the Pythena woman who hosted the tournament. Is she someone new to you and your teammates, or have you encountered her back on your home world?" Kung Lao asks turning to Wolvie.
"I've never seen her in my life until the day we arrived here in this world. I know just about all you know, concerning her." Logan replies.
Traveling down a hall they turn a few corners before arriving at the spot where the train itself will depart. Seeing that the doors open, both step aboard. Before they're able to sit, a woman stands from her seat who smokes a cigarette, walking past them both blowing smoke right in the face of Kung Lao exiting off with a wide smile on her face. Both look at the other wondering what the meaning of that was. Logan also notices there's a smoke detector located above almost every seat
"Ooooo...kkk." Is all Kung Lao says.
If there is one thing they don't want, it is to arrive to the set location and discover that the rumors of Rain taking part in some upscale training event was just (that) a rumor.
Eyes closed in a deep train of thought; Quan Chi ponders what steps should be taken next given the circumstance. In front of them is a golden opportunity which needs to be taken full advantage of; but up until this point they've been unable to get their hands on the Orb! It has been guarded very well, but that is no surprise. The power which it possess according to what he's heard rivals or even out passes anything he's ever seen.
"Quan Chi do you mind if I have a quick word with you?"
Opening his eyes the sorcerer looks over in the direction of the entrance. Sitting back in his seat, Quan Chi gives his minion the ok to step in. Taking several steps forward the individual stops in front of the table where Quan Chi sits.
"You said you wanted to be kept up to date on all accounts, So I'll start off by saying my squad was able to haunt down and capture the apparent stocker who's been snooping around. As for Scorpion the ninja Spectre, we've been unable to locate him. We're questioning whether or not he's even in this realm currently."
The Sorcerer is told they've got several squads in search of Hanzo. It isn't just him they're after; there have been some suspicious activities from others as well.
"What is the latest on Baraka, have you heard back from him or Reptile yet?" Quan Chi asks.
"We haven't heard from either of them in over a week; but the last I spoke with Baraka he said the woman was going to begin the first phase of her plan. The Orb belonging to her according to Baraka is hidden away well."
Tightening his fists Quan Chi punches at the table top, hating the amount of setbacks and problems surrounding their efforts in trying to resurrect Shinnok.
"You're free to go, update me if anything else happens." Quan Chi says.
"Will do, I'll check with all squad officers if they've got any new info on our suspected targets who may not see things our way."
Bowing down he exits out of the room leaving Quan Chi to his thoughts. So it would appear the woman (Pythena) has most likely already began her attack on this other earth. Through it all she's bound to slip up somewhere; which is when Baraka can get his hands on the Orb. At that point he can bring it back to them and they'll use it to power up Shinnok. Back in Earth Realm Subzero stands outside in the middle of a field observing the rest of the Lin Kuei members who train.
"Good stuff, I'm seeing a lot of improvement from our past session." Subzero comments.
A couple of the members spar against each other, while some stretch and others practice Kata drills which they have been going over for quiet some time. Standing next to Subzero is another member of the Lin Kuei who holds with him a timer; they've found that timing the sessions has made it easier and more efficient to see improvement.
"The Eldest member said he'd like to have us all back at the temple before ten, so we should think about wrapping this all up."
"We'll give them another fifteen before I'll pull the plug on this session. Later I've got to meet back up with Liu Kang and his group to find out the progress of things."
Subz has not yet informed the eldest member of Pythena or anything regarding her plans; and still isn't sure if he will or not. Some things are better kept secret.
Getting out of bed Bruce stretches out standing only in his boxer briefs and socks looking over at his bat suit which lays on the ground.
"There's got to be something else I can wear, but still conceal my identity."
Batman is his life, it's been that way ever since he donned the cape and cowl; but who knows how many days it could take before they're able to recruit everyone before returning back to his world. The Dark Knight is a symbol of the dark and shadows; during the day he needs to find something else to wear, for as long as he may be here. Making his way over to the window there's a knock at the door behind him.
"Who is it?" He asks turning that way
"Liu Kang sent me, he said we had guests; so I thought you'd like something to eat."
Walking toward the door, he accepts the offer in which the Shalion member enters with a plate of Eggs Bacon, sausage and an orange. Setting it on the table, he asks if there is anything else he can get for him. Taking advantage of a possible opportunity, he asks what sort of clothing they may have; preferably something that will cover his face.
"The only thing I can think of which would fit the description of what you want is one of the Svaz battle uniforms. They're similar to that of Lin Kuei, but not quiet. The only colors we have currently are silver, black or purple."
"Black will do just fine...thanks, I'd appreciate that." Bruce replies.
Before exiting out of the room the Shalion member asks why he'd want to hide his face; Bruce replying with "I have my reasons.", nothing else is said.
To Be Continue
Justice Heroes Elite
CHP 50: Unsuccessful Attempt
Sitting back for a good period of time, the train finally arrives to the stop in which they have marked. Getting up out of their seats, both Wolverine and Kung Lao step out of the train onto the sidewalk area passing by others who board. Reaching into his pocket, Kung Lao pulls out the map; both men walking down a set of stairs and a hallway leading them to a dirt road.
"Alright according to the map, if we follow his road up that way it should lead us to the area I have marked here. We should try our best to stay on the east side though; I'd rather not have any encounters with the Tarkada tribe." Kung Lao says.
Folding the directions back up, he places it back into his pocket; both men walking forward. Neither of them are sure what too fully expect when they arrive, but they'll have too be ready just incase things don't go as planned and they're forced to fight; again Rain isn't exactly a close friend.
"I don't know about you, but I'd sure like a cold beer right about now. Not that I need one now; we can try and find a place which sells drinks after we've got in contact with this buddy of yours." Logan says.
"Yeah sure thing...but I'm not at all a drinker. But I do believe there is a place not far from here where you can get one." Kung Lao replies.
Running out in front of them a rabbit hides out in the bushes to the left of them. Neither pay much attention to that having their full focus on finding their next potential recruit. If they're successful in getting him to agree to this; before going after anyone else they'll have to return to the Shalion temple. Some distance away back in the Shalion Temple, Bruce Wayne stands in front of a mirror; having received the Svaz battle uniform from one of the Shalion members just minutes ago.
"This will have to do, good thing it isn't too tight a fit."
Looking down in his right hand, he still holds the mask; bringing it up he lifts it up over his face making sure it is nice and secure, but at the same time not too tight. He rubs a gloved hand over the Chinese lettering located on his left sleeve, taking a look back in the mirror afterward; his dark blue eyes staring back at him. Luckily that's all that can really be seen; it's true no one in this world would recognize him, but keeping his identity secret from those they may possibly add to this team is one reason. Once they return back too his world; that could become a problem if someone in the group decides to turn against them.
"Nice look...I see you're suited up in one of our Svaz attires. What's the reason for this?"
Bruce looks over his shoulder to see that the door to his room has been opened, and standing there in front of him is Liu Kang.
"I'd rather not travel around in broad daylight in the bat suit; aside from the looks I'd get from civilians, I'd rather not go into detail," Walking in the direction of Liu, he stops standing in the middle of the room, "For now lets just go with Chax, a new member to the Shalion Monks."
Leaning up against the wall Liu has been thrown off the tracks a bit, who the heck is Chax and what in the name is Batman talking about?
"Sorry, but I'm a bit confused on exactly what you're trying to say. Aaaah, are you sure you're feeling ok?" Liu asks.
"What I meant was for the remainder of the time that I'm here in this world; if anyone asks, I'm Chax a new member to your temple. Just until we establish a team and return back to my world." Bruce replies.
Whatever his reason for this Liu decides to go with the flow for now; Batman hasn't shown any reasons thus far why he shouldn't trust him. The food in which the Shalion Monk brought earlier, Bruce finished before getting fully dressed. Opening the door fully, Liu Kang asks Chax A.K.A Bruce Wayne to follow him. Looking over in the corner of the bed up against the wall lays the bat suit. Picking up the empty tray he follows him out of the room.
"Did you happen to speak with Wolverine in the last hour or so? I haven't been able to locate he or Kung Lao." Liu Kang asks.
"I wouldn't know, this is my first time leaving the room since last night. It's nothing to worry about, they'll turn up sooner or later."
Traveling clear across the hall, Liu opens a door which will eventually lead to the main lobby. When walking down the several stairs, Bruce asks if the ones in charge of this temple would ever consider investing in elevators. The thought of it almost makes him laugh; honestly not able to picture that whatsoever.
"Good idea, but it'll never happen. Well not in the foreseeable future anyway, the people around here aren't much on technology at all."
Grinning beneath the mask, Bruce has no comment but can understand why things here will stay the same. These people have lived this life for over decades/whenever the temple was first built, and in that sometimes it is best not to change things which will affect your way of life. Going through another door down a set of more stairs, they enter into the main lobby.
"Good morning everyone...did any of you happen to see Kung Lao by any chance?" Liu asks.
Taking a few more steps both he and Bruce step out onto the carpet in the main room. One of the Shalion Monk member's inform Liu that they had last seen him close to over forty minutes ago, adding that Kung Lao had taken a map alongside him.
"Did he travel out alone, or did someone go with him?" Liu Kang again asks.
The individual replies by telling them Kung Lao had left with the other guest who had spent last night here. Neither Liu nor Bruce have to say a word, both thinking the same thing. Kung Lao and Wolverine likely got a head start on trying to recruit another person to this team they're trying to create to combat against their foes.
"Thanks a lot for the information, I might be going out here soon myself if anyone asks." Liu informs.
Walking toward the front door, Liu looks back at Bruce who gets the idea following him out. Waiting for Kung Lao and Wolvie to return would be their best move. If they were to leave now and the other two were to return with them being gone would put them in a similar situation as now.
"Good Morning Liu Kang, in speaking with the Elder Gods they have no knowledge of where Shao Kahn and this new enemy are hiding out. Wherever they may be it is in a realm and or world foreign to this one."
None of that surprises Liu; if he had to guess he'd say they're located in the place where Pythena came from/grew up, but none of them will be able to say for sure. Looking over at Bruce Raiden shows a face of uncertainty; Liu quickly clearing that entire storyline up. Asking if Raiden knows where Kung Lao is at this time, the thunder god replies giving Liu the answer he wanted. Due to his abilities, he's able to teleport almost anywhere he wants and hone in on individuals unless they're using some sort of sorcery to block him out.
"Judging by his current location...I'd say he and Wolverine are on their way to try and meet up with Kabal or Rain. Both if memory serves me correctly should be in that general vicinity." Liu says putting a few fingers to his chin.
"If you'd like to get going, I'll alert Kung Lao when he returns back. I think it would be in our best interest if the two of you try and get another recruit elsewhere while they're doing that." Raiden says.
He couldn't be more right; in fact it is best this way, traveling in pairs will get the job done a lot faster. Bowing down to Raiden Liu Kang turns in the other direction, both he and Bruce walking down the steps onto the grass. Raiden teleports out of sight afterward, neither of the two having a clue where he went off to.
"Since you seem so sure they're on their way to get in contact with Rain. Where does that leave us...who else is out there?" Bruce asks.
Pausing to think about it, Liu knows this person could be a huge gamble; in the past him working at the side of both Shang Tsung and Shao Kahn. It doesn't matter how he feels about this, they'll need to take some chances with those who they may not trust.
"Ermac shouldn't be too hard to find, I'm assuming he's hanging out in one of three old hideouts to Kahn. We must be prepared whenever we're to arrive, I can't say for sure that he won't try and attack us. Though my last few encounters with him, we're " Liu says.
"In coming back here, I never thought it would be easy putting this thing together. In anything there's always obstacles and challenges to go through." Bruce replies.
This will certainly make things interesting if both Ermac and Rain were to join, given the two are enemies. Pointing them out in the right direction, Liu leads the way letting the Dark Knight know they'll be traveling on foot for awhile until they reach the first bus stop. Out in the distance opposite to their current position walks both Kung Lao and Logan who travel up a mountain side surrounded with a lot of color in every direction you look; that being from the grass to the bushes and trees. Putting a hand out Kung Lao tells Logan to stop hearing something up ahead.
"We must proceed with caution, I think we may have found our group." Kung Lao says.
Reaching into his pocket for the map, he unfolds it taking a look to see where they're currently; a smile forming on his face. It would seem they're right around the area where Rain is supposedly hanging out.
"Just a little further up...lets hope this is it."
Kung Lao folds the map back up putting it into his pocket, both he and Logan walking up the hill and looking down on a camp site. Observing several persons who seem too be sparring and another group who meditate; this is looking more and more like the place they've come for. From this spot, there's no sign of Rain.
"Any luck on seeing our guy?" Logan asks.
Kung Lao shakes his head, keeping his eyes open and staying alert.
"Not just yet, but I know he's got to be here; somehow I can feel it." Kung Lao says.
Not sure what he should be looking for, Logan asks for a small description of Rain on what he may look like. The Shalion member gives him a brief description/visual of what he should be looking for, also adding that the ninja was in the tournament. Wolvie doesn't remember seeing him, but he doesn't really remember a lot of the contestants, given there were so many of them. Observing someone dressed in purple emerge from a tent, Kung Lao smiles.
"Looks like we didn't come all the way out here for nothing...lets go." Kung Lao says.
Trying to grab hold of Kung Lao Logan is unsuccessful, watching the MK fighter run forward down the hill. It would have been better had they discussed there approach instead of just intruding this private session which is happening down in front of him. Turning in the direction of the hill Rain looks up spotting Kung Lao who comes his way. Most everyone stops what they're doing; the attention shifting over to one of Bo Rai Chu's students.
"I'm glad I was able to find you Rain," Kung Lao comes to a stop in front of him, "Our world as we know it is in danger once again. I come in asking for your help to stop this new threat."
Going as quickly as he can, Kung Lao gives him the inside scoop on what has happened starting from the events back at the tournament. Getting no movement or reply from Rain after finishing, gets Kung Lao a little bit worried. You'd think he'd at least have a few questions.
"I've already known about all of that." Rain finally speaks.
A chill travels through his entire body, heart racing faster than normal looking around to see the men who stood around come up surrounding him. If Rain already knew about this all, that could only mean one thing!
"I'll give out a prize to the one who can bring me the Shalion Monk's head. Consider this your first full test," Rain turns away from his men looking back at Kung Lao, "I've worked for Kahn for quiet some time now, and it won't be changing!"
Still hiding out behind a large rock, Logan shakes his head not feeling surprised at all that this blew up in their face. He had no idea it would be this severe; just their luck, they try and recruit someone who's already associated with the enemy...just great! Moving from where he leans, Wolverine stands sprinting down the hill flipping into the air and landing in the middle of the circle next to Kung Lao unleashing the blades from his knuckles.
"Gentlemen, it would seem the Shalion Monk brought a friend...take him out as well and I'll throw in a bonus." Rain informs.
Not waiting another second the attack begins on the two fighters who have got themselves into an unlucky predicament. If there is one thing they can try and gain out of this error, could be to hurry and defeat these enemies and try and find out where Pythena is from Rain.
"Stay still so I can cut you tongue out!" One of them says.
Kicking the blade out of his grasp, Kung Lao drop kicks the person; Wolverine stabbing into another of them throwing the person off to the side slashing another of them in the face. Taking off his hat Kung Lao throws it out like a boomerang connecting with the head of an attacker; the individual falling immediately. Kung Lao walks over pulling it out of his head placing it back over his.
"Way too easy." Kung Lao says to himself.
One guy comes from behind putting a choke hold on Wolverine who easily breaks out of it tossing the attacker over his shoulder onto the ground stomping over him. Another of them swings a machete at Kung Lao who performs his spiral spin knocking the individual off balance following it up with an uppercut. With the passing of another minute the entire group is defeated, both turning their attention to Rain who is...GONE!
"Figures, that's the way it always seems to go." Logan says rolling his eyes.
"He might have got away, but that doesn't mean one of these guys doesn't know something." Kung Lao says.
Looking around, Kung Lao searches for one of them who may still be conscious. As it has been so far for them...no luck, they're all out cold. Inserting the claws back into himself, Logan makes his way over to a few of the tents to see if there is anything important which could aid them. Searching for a period of time and finding nothing, he returns to the side of Kung Lao.
"How's about we go get that beer? Afterward we can go after our next recruit on the list, unless you want to return to the Shalion temple first." Wolverine says.
Putting on half a smile Kung Lao has no problem with doing that, though he certainly won't be getting anything for himself.
"Lets get going, we can't afford to waste any time." Kung Lao says.
Fast asleep a large ringing sound comes from outside his tent; Deadpool pulling the covers off his body getting fully dressed. Exiting out the first thing which comes into his line of sight is someone who stands close by shore blowing into some sort of horn. Fully stepping out of his tent he makes his way in that direction.
"If everyone could gather around here so we can begin; I'd rather not have to repeat myself more than once if possible." The speaker for the League of Assassins says.
Not everyone is there right away, the process taking over five minutes before all the gathered members are dressed and stand around the speaker. Behind him is both Ubu and Talia who let him conduct the entire thing. Each person gets into the group they were assigned last night, it is than that each individual member within every single group is given a weapon of choice. They're given a choice of three types of firearms, sword, bow and arrows, or a flamethrower! All throughout the groups several different weapons are selected by separate individuals.
"Haha, you picked a sword...hahahaha. Boy you're a funny guy, of all the choices you pick a blade over the other choices?"
Deadpool ignores one of the members in his group, attempting to warm up swinging the sword around trying to get a feel for it.
"It doesn't matter which weapon any of us choose, the wielder will ultimately decide how effective it can be." Deadpool says.
Others around try out the weapons which they received taking a minute or so to get accustomed the choice they made. Asking the speaker for the League of assassins to step down Talia comes forward.
"As you all know your main task is to recover the gem stone; the first group who's successful in doing that will receive a reward. But all of you who're able to reach the location of the gem stone alive will advance to the next stage." Talia says.
Gathering the groups into military like vehicles, Elite League of assassin members drive them off in different directions. Each groups starting point will be away from others, but all of them will have to travel around the same distance from their starting positions. The vehicles which are being used were brought on the island by boat. Dropping each group off at their checkpoint with a map to the location of the cave where the gemstone awaits, the drivers return back to the shore side, where camp was set up.
"How many of them do you think will make it through this?"
"Hard to say, but I'd be surprised if it's over ten." Talia replies.
The League of Assassin member smiles beneath his mask turning from her and walking out the other way, speculating to himself how this entire thing will turn out. Looking at his reflection through the shiny blade, Deadpool is grabbed from behind by one of his group members.
"You need too pay attention; if we're to get to this rock before any of the others we'll need to do it as a team."
Setting the sword down at his side, Deadpool gets into sort of a huddle with the rest of his group. Luckily for them the driver who dropped them off at this spot marked it down on the map as well. This should help in making this scavenger hunt manageable. Also on the map is the exact location of the gemstone.
"Ok it looks like if we go out that way and continue north it will lead us to a small river which we should have no problems crossing. Once we get through that we'll have to travel up these set of hills through a lot of forest area which will eventually lead to the cave. Gentlemen...we've got a lot of ground to cover, so lets get started."
Keeping the map out the assembled team begins their journey walking out into the forest area being surrounded by so much green. Not getting very far in they come to a stop in front of a mango tree; Deadpool jumping up and slicing a few down for the group, each of the three getting two each; Deadpool only getting one for himself.
"Ghee so far this place doesn't seem so bad, but who knows; maybe it'll get tougher as we progress. The way they spoke back there, made it seem like we were going to be traveling through some type of apocalypse." One of them says.
Traveling up a little further one of them stops the group in saying he heard something moving in the bushes somewhere in the general area. Another of them insists that it is probably nothing more than a squirrel.
"Come on lets continue, I'm sure it's nothing."
Walking ahead of the group holding out his machine gun, something leaps out of the bushes off to his left resembling that of a raptor taking him down to the ground! Running out with the sword in his grasp, Deadpool is knocked off to the side being tail whipped by what appears to be a dino. Burying it's teeth into the neck of the fallen individual, it pulls back with blood splatter everywhere.
"Holy crap! Hang on in there, we'll get him off of you."
The raptor moves it's attention from the guy who lays on the ground over to the other three. Sprinting forward at full speed it knocks the hand gun out the grasp of another of Deadpool's group members. Picking up the sword Deadpool slashes at the beast from it's blind side, cutting it open in the area of it's ribs! Roaring out it makes a quick retreat; none of them going after it; instead making their way over to their injured teammate.
"Hey Dan can you hear me? Are you alright?"
Blood continues to pour out of his neck, it is soon confirmed to them that he's no longer alive; eyes wide open, no movement...not even a blink. Deadpool is the one to bend down and close them. Now they can see what she meant by all of them wouldn't make it out alive.
"I'd say our friend here really got nailed, but life goes on too a living story and so do we. If he felt any pain, it wasn't for long." Deadpool says.
One of them picks up his weapon; the three of them continuing on but even more on guard than before.
Walking for over some time Kung Lao enters a bar alongside Logan; a waitress leading them over to one of the booths located next to a window. Wolvie orders a light beer, while Kung Lao orders a bacon cheese burger with fries and a sprite. Taking their order she walks off into the kitchen area.
"Are you sure you don't want something to eat? Money isn't an issue, besides we're going to need to be at one hundred percent."
"I told you, I'll be just fine. I'm not very hungry." Logan replies.
Sitting in silence for a while both of them have there eyes glued to a large T.V. screen displayed a couple ft away from where they sit; currently on the sports channel. Returning with their drinks in a short amount of time, she lets Kung Lao know it won't be too long before his food is ready. Asking if they need anything else, both reply with no. Leaving them afterward she makes her way over to another table to help out customers who just walked in.
"Just so we didn't come all the way here for nothing, before we return to the Shalion temple...there is a guy by the name of Kabal that we can try and meet up with." Kung Lao says.
"Sounds like a plan."
Having searched the first of Shao Kahn's hideouts, Liu Kang and Bruce come to the second of them. Entering through the front entrance and walking through the place; there are various spider webs and dust all around the area. Walking over in front of a book shelf, Bruce rubs the cobwebs and dust from the front cover.
"Hhhmm, I'd say Kahn had a strange selection in taste for books considering the type of guy he seems to be." Bruce says.
He wouldn't guess the emperor would be into space shuttles and traveling through space. Who knows, maybe these aren't his at all; Shao Kahn has had a lot of people work for him. As a surprise to both of them, Bruce is grabbed being thrown into a wall across the way! But there is no one in sight, which leads them to believe whoever it is must be in some type of camouflage.
"What in the! Liu can you see anyone?" Bruce yells out.
The champion of Mortal Kombat has no answer for that; in moments Bruce is grabbed by his neck and lifted up close to thirteen ft in the air and held in place! Liu Kang can do nothing but just stand in place not knowing what to do.
"Tell me what this is all about or I'll snap his neck."
A voice speaks from the darkness, but Liu isn't positive which direction it is coming from. Making himself visible from a dark corner of the room, is the one they came in search for. Making his way over in that direction Liu informs him that they aren't here to fight, but rather in seek of his help. Using his telekinesis, Ermac lowers Bruce to the ground.
"Alright than, I'm listening. But before you begin, I'd like to know who your pal is over here. I don't believe I've ever seen him before?" Ermac asks.
"His name is Ba...I mean Chax; a new member to the Shalion Monks. He's been with us for about two full month's now. But our reason for being here was to find you; there's a threat against Earth realm, and we're going to need as much help as we can get.
With crossed arms, Ermac doesn't ask questions; listening to all of what is said by Liu Kang.
To Be Continue