Mobius is home to an immense variety of fauna, many of whom have supernatural properties, such as Elemental manipulation. However, in the wild, there is no such thing as complete safety, and many of these creatures fall prey to an unnatural threat; poachers.
Hunting is not an uncommon practice on Mobius; meat and pelts are valuable, especially to those who live outside of cities and towns. But poachers take things an illegal step further and typically target vulnerable species, killing them either for sport or for monetary gain. They may even capture live specimens and sell them for money. Quite a few species on Mobius have become endangered or close to it thanks to the works of poachers.
Things are not all grim, however; there are many conservationists who have tirelessly fought back against poachers, and have managed to thwart some of their efforts. Unfortunately, there may be a rise in more powerful groups of poachers...
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Those with generally heroic motives, most notably being opposed to poaching and the destruction of the environment. Characters in bolded italics are side characters, not likely to impact the plot significantly.
- T.S.E.P - Played by Ryu and anyone else who owns a character that is a member of this group. A small, nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental concerns.
- Rowan the Squirrel - Played by Ryu. A zoologist who is staunchly against poaching.
- Conner the Squirrel - Played by Ryu.
- Ice Clan of Kyanos - Played by Ryu and and anyone else who owns a character that is a member of this group.
- Nature Clan of Mokuhana - Played by Ryu and and anyone else who owns a character that is a member of this group.
- Calvin and Micah - These two boys love animals, so naturally they wouldn't want them to get hurt. Played by Ryu.
- G.U.N - played by anyone who has a character that is a member of this group.
- Lt. Rufaro Machán - She primarily operates within the Efrikan division of G.U.N. Played by Ryu.
- Arid the Shrew - A compassionate shrew who will do anything in his power to protect the environment and the creatures living in it. Especially from those who seek to use them for their own gain. Played by SuperSilverXtreme14.
- Natalie the Chameleon - A traveling botanist, Natalie searches for new and exotic plants to write about in her plant journal. If the environment is in any danger, she won't hesitate to save it, and the creatures living in it. Played by SuperSilverXtreme14.
- Razer the Fox - After getting himself lost for unknown reasons, he sought himself vying to protect the animals from capture and harm. Of course, he soon finds himself allies with a common foe, but they also have the same goal; to protect animals from even bigger, more dangerous foes! Played by VGN34D.
Those with unclear motives, or characters who may oppose both the protagonists and the antagonists. Characters in bolded italics are side characters, not likely to impact the plot significantly.
- Cooper the Squirrel - Played by Ryu. The cowardly younger brother of Roland the Squirrel, Cooper more often than not acts as unwilling bait for the dangerous creatures his brother hunts.
- Avalaine the Eagle - Despite her allegiance to the Eggman Army, this Soumerca Sub-Boss detests those who would harm the environment or its animals...although it's hard to say that she enjoys working for the Eggman Empire.
- Orbot and Cubot - Played by VGN34D. Although these two obvious lackeys work for Eggman, they lean towards on the more neutral side because even they refuse to allow the environment and animals to be harmed, but they will need the aid of various Egg robots along the way.
- The Storm Syndicate - A mysterious mafia-style group stationed somewhere within Eurish. Played by Ryu and anyone who has a character that is a member of this group.
- Zeta the Echidna - A echidna-alien "hybrid" through experimentation. She could care less what happens. Played by Gothic.
- Lightning Bolt - Formerly the athletic entourage of the former Olympic star Bolt, they are now reduced to some kind of "mercenaries" after the former's fall. Played by Spyken.
- Bolt the Cheetah - A formerly famous Olympic champion, he lost everything after one big scandal. Played by Spyken.
- Bolt's sister - Bolt's older sister, sticks with him no matter what, even if she by her own words "hates his guts". Played by Spyken and anyone else who wants to use her for comic relief. (Just don't forget asking for it)
- Raul the Bull - Bolt's best friend and former personal trainer. Nice to everyone and knows quite a lot about the workings of the body, but is lacking in some other daily aspects, which tends to make him look dumb. Played by Spyken and anyone given permission.
- Flix the Cat - The newest addition to the group, no one really knows where this mysterious shadow-manipulating cat comes from. Originally just kept around for his powers. Played by Spyken.
- Crytus the Fox - Crytus is neither good nor bad, and is in it for one reason; money. Having hired to rescue animals (or poach them, in this case), Crytus, despite initially objecting the idea, was sent to Artika to search and rescue animals, even if it means counter-poaching them. And might get a bonus if he were to successfully take down the Silver Huntsmen! Played by VGN34D.
Those with selfish motives, most notably being poachers or otherwise actively involved in environmental destruction. Characters in bolded italics are side characters, not likely to impact the plot significantly.
- Roland the Squirrel - Played by Ryu. A Moebian who only cares about the thrill of big-game hunting and the money he gets for selling the valuable parts of his kills.
- The Silver Huntsmen - A powerful, rich and influential mafia-run group that operates all over Mobius. They run an illegal hunting/poaching ring and also sponsor cage fights. Played by Ryu and anyone who has a character that is a member of this group.
- Alkaline the Destroyer - A mysterious, alien-like being who seeks to use the environment and the creatures dwelling in it for his own evil intentions. Played by SuperSilverXtreme14.
It was mid-day in the jungles of the Mystic Ruins. Two Mobian squirrels were making their way through the dense underbrush; the slightly taller, rust-colored member of the pair was holding what looked like a small tracking device.
"Okay, explain why we're out here again? It feels like a sauna...!" the younger squirrel complained. His older companion frowned but didn't turn to him, instead focusing on the device.
"I told you, we're checking up on the Plumed Sylphs that got microchipped," he said, looking upwards now, towards the trees. Normally they were alive with the sounds and sights of the jungle's rich ecosystem, but today things seemed silent, and that unsettled the rust-colored squirrel. He held the device up, brow furrowed.
"...this isn't right...there should be some kind of signal...!"
This particular stretch of the jungle was home to a colony of Plumed Sylphs...at least, it normally was. But there didn't seem to be any sign of the creatures. The resident colony had about half of its members microchipped about a month ago by members of G.U.N's Soumercan Wildlife division, to keep track of them, but he wasn't getting any of the microchipped individuals on the radar.
Where were they?
"This isn't good," he mumbled to himself. The two continued walking forward until the older squirrel's tracker started to beep. Ears perking up, he darted forward, following the radar. His companion groaned and took off after him, wiping sweat off his brow.
The radar led them to a clearing; a small creature was huddled up near the base of a tree, seeming to be crouching over something. The rust-colored squirrel's ears drooped.
He walked forward slowly, and the creature immediately flared its considerably large (compared to its body) and feathery wings, hissing. The younger squirrel peered over his companion's shoulder.
"Is that a Sylph...?"
"Yeah. A Plumed Sylph..."
But his attention was focused on the form below the defensive Plumed Sylph; it was another Plumed Sylph, but clearly deceased, its wings, antenna and tail having been removed, leaving only bloodied stumps. It's still-living companion was valiantly guarding the body.
"They had to have been mates," he mumbled. A rustling noise came from the Sylph as it rapidly vibrated its wings, as if trying to scare the two squirrels off.
"So is one of them microchipped, then?" the orange-red squirrel asked. The other slowly approached the Plumed Sylph, crouching low to not seem so large to it.
"Yeah...I don't know which one has the chip, though..."
The Sylph hissed and chattered at him again, continuing its threat display even though it would unlikely be able to significantly harm either of the two squirrels, not that they had any intention of harming it. Rowan, however, needed to collect the body to bring back to G.U.N's Soumercan Wildlife Division for study, and he slowly crept towards the Sylph.
The Sylph lunged at Rowan quick as a whip, and the sudden movement admittedly startled the squirrel, causing him to freeze in place. The Sylph continued to screech at him, still rustling its wings.
"Uhh... maybe we should leave it alone," Conner mumbled. Rowan shook his head.
"I can't, I need to bring the body back to G.U.N," he said, watching the defensive Sylph; despite its size, it was clearly not scared of Rowan, and he knew the critter could give him a nasty bite if it wanted to.
"Problem is... Sylphs mate for life, and they get incredibly attached to their mates..."
"Why not bring the living one back too, then?" Conner suggested. Rowan frowned.
"Not sure if that'd be a good idea, taking it out of its natural habitat," he said, sighing a bit as he sat down, still watching the Sylph. Conner shrugged.
"It'd be kinda mean to take the body and leave the survivor nothing to grieve over, though, wouldn't it? Don't you wildlife guys do animal rehabilitation or something?"
"Well, yes, but that'd have to be discussed with the higher-ups," Rowan said.
Somewhere in a dense forest, a female cheetah could be heard shouting. "Ouch!", she said. "That's the third time already! Why are there so much weeds here!?" "Well I don't really know, but I think that the fact that we are in a forest might have something to do with it sis.", her younger brother snarkily replied. "Oh, shut up Bolt", she replied.
The group known as Lightning Bolt was searching the woods as part of a "simple" retrieving mission. A young and rich businesswoman had tasked them to retrieve a young male Solas Koskerafi and any kind of Quetzalcoatl pair, specifying that she wanted them alive and in good health. While the task looked pretty on paper, the group ran into some...difficulties.
"I think your discomfort is tied with your current clothing not covering enough", a grey cat said.
"Well sorry mister monotone, how was I supposed to know we would be attacked by an angry mob of landsharks, that would get my clothes all wet? I had no choice but to wear these clothes (which I ironically wanted to wear while taking a break at a lake...)", the female cheetah replied.
"You may be right", Flix replied. "Come on guys, don't tease her that much", said a male bull to them. "Let's just continue, it's easy money!"
"You still believe that Raul?", Bolt replied. "That easy money managed to outrun even me and those damn snakes almost blinded me. Not to mention that we've been walking forever without encountering anything now. Hell, the only ones we were able to get close with were Flix's distant family!"
"I don't remember meeting any relatives", Flix replied at the snarking cheetah. But perhaps the group may yet catch a lucky break; in a small clearing up ahead, a Solas Koskerafi was grazing peacefully on some grass, and seemed unaware of the approaching strangers.
"You're maybe right Bolt, maybe we should..." "Wait a minute, look over there! Isn't that one of those deer we're looking for?" the cheetah said while interrupting his tall friend. "I knew we would find another one haha! Easy money here I come!", he continued enthusiastically.
"I really am ashamed we share the same blood sometimes", his sister sighed. "I do hope you're not going to charge at him again trying to slash it with that dark claw of yours, or do I need to remind you again we need him in good health?"
"First of all , it's Shadow Claw okay? Second of all sis, no, one time is enough. The last time they got away due to your intervention. And third, I already know how to deal with this; go trump card!", Bolt said while pointing to Flix.
"But that's not my name, why would you call me that?", the cat replied. After a quick explanation from the sighing cheetah, Flix disappeared in a shadowy portal, only to partially emerge under the unwitting creature and grab it down by its legs. Due to Flix' powers being darkness based, the Koskerafi was weakened and could not directly struggle against the capture. Bolt and Raul used that short time to quickly grab the creature and try to detain it.
AS soon as its legs were grabbed, the Koskerafi let out a panicked bleat and started to squirm, thrashing as hard as it could against the combined efforts of Flix, Bolt, and Raul. Being so small, however, it really had no chance in a physical sense. Still panicking, it opened its mouth, antlers glowing, and spat a few bolts of Light energy at the Mobians.
Bolt was able to avoid those coming at him and Raul managed to shrug off the one that hit him (meanwhile Bolt's sister was frantically moving left and right to avoid being hit), but soon as the Koskerafi's bolt's hit Flix' portal, it closed with him in it and the Koskerafi's legs came out. Sensing the creature would regain composure, Raul slammed it with both his arms on it's back, putting all of his force into it, causing the poor Koskerafi to drop down.
The terrified creature was trying to stand back up when Raul's arms came slamming down upon its back, causing it to bleat in pain and collapse underneath his pressure; its legs were too trapped for it to kick, and it seemed like most of the fight had been taken out of it. In a nearby tree, some Sylphs had been nervously watching the fight, before Raul's attack caused them to flutter away with panicked chirps.
The sound of the panicked Sylphs fluttering away scared Bolt's sister, who started running away. "Sis! The Tenebrite net!", Bolt shouted to her. Grabbing her backpack, she quickly took the net and gave it to the boys, who both proceeded to put it on the suffering creature. "Sorry for that buddy", Raul sadly said. "Didn't want to harm you more than necessary, but we had no choice."
The Koskerafi just continued to bleat in terror, struggling its hardest to get out of the confines of the Tenebrite-fiber net; the latent Darkness energy in it seemed to sap the creature's strength somewhat, however, keeping it from thrashing too much.
While the creature was still struggling, Flix emerged from a portal. "Look who finally decided to show up", Bolt said to him. "A fine trump card you make!" "Sorry for that, I got lost on the way back", Flix replied. "Well since you're here, can you transport this one into the van?", Raul asked. "No problem", Flix replied as he opened another portal.
By now, the Koskerafi had stopped bleating, well and truly exhausted, which put the watching bull a bit more at ease.
The robot lackeys, Orbot and Cubot were joined by the Eggman Army and were tasked in capturing the animals, which was their primary mission. Cubot was fidgeting his thumbs around.
"Hey uhh... Orbot? Remind me again as to why Eggman wanted us to capture these small, furry adorable creatures?"
With Cubot's question comes with Orbot turning himself around to face his dimwitted friend, his expression looking unamused at best, "Perhaps Eggman hasn't given you enough upgrades to your memory banks. We've been sent to capture animals for his usual deeds. I needn't to explain this any further, you square-headed dolt..."
Cubot groaned out, obviously hating the name but still continued to search with Orbot and the others, no less. The faction of the Egg Army that Orbot and Cubot were accompanying just so happened to be Sub-Boss Avalaine's faction of the Soumerca Egg Army... and she was quite displeased.
"I fight beak and nail to get my base set up in this jungle and I don't even get to keep the ecosystem in check," she grumbled. "What does he need wild animals for?? He can build pretty much anything he wants!"
The leopard accompanying her said nothing; she had well gotten used to her boss' tangents of being environmentally conscious. However, something caught her eye.
"Boss, look," she pointed up ahead, to a gap in the trees; this pathway led out into a lovely beach, the sand warmed by the sun. And hanging out on the beach was a pack of Thresher Tiebúron, numbering about fifteen strong; there were several pups in the pack, as well.
"I call first dibs!" Cubot called out before hurriedly heads towards the beach, throwing caution to the wind in the process.
"Cubot, wait--!" Orbot groaned out in frustration and with annoyance. "That square-headed dimwit, I swear...!"
"Cubot you imbecile!!" Avalaine screeched, watching helplessly as he bolted towards the pack of Tiebúron. The sight of Cubot running towards them immediately set the adults on edge, and they promptly formed a wall between the charging Cubot and their pups, snarling.
"He's probably going to die," the leopard commented.
Cubot immediately screeched to a halt, upon gazing the sight of the adults, looking up at them with sheer terror kicking in. "Uhh... nice big fishes?"
"Cubot! Move away from them veeeery slowly, no sudden movements either!" Orbot advised before covering his eyes with his hands, unable to bear to watch.
"Y-You got it, dude!" Cubot spoke before turning his attention back at the adult Tiebúrons. He took a deep breath and soon ran back towards the group, in a comical fashion while screaming in terror, rushing back behind Orbot.
"Do something, Orbot!"
Orbot was aghast at this, "Me?! Preposterous! You can't depend on me as your shield! Not when you came close to provoking these aquatic beasts and being shredded to bits!"
The Tiebúron pack, however, did not give chase, not wanting to leave their pups behind; one of the females did briefly charge after Cubot as he ran, but this seemed to only be a bluff, and she went back to the pack.
"Yeah, how do you like them--!" Cubot was interrupted by Orbot, who had shut him down temporarily. Orbot sighed a bit with unease before looking at the two.
"Cubot can be quite a handful at times, always charging in without devising a plan first." Orbot was weary from Cubot's antics, his hand onto his head and shaking his head a little with disbelief.
"Oh, I guess he didn't die," the leopard shrugged.
"Why did Lord Eggman program him to be so stupid?" Avalaine groaned, before gesturing the group to move out.
"Come on. We're not messing with Tiebúrons."
The Tiebúron pack watched the group, holding their ground.
"I suppose it's because Eggman didn't want his hands dirty. And knowing Eggman himself, well, he takes all the credit from our hard work." Orbot responded while following Avalaine, with Cubot in tow.
"I can only imagine Eggman just sitting inside the Egg Carrier, just either sitting there and being proud of himself or doing more of his usual scientific research." As Orbot hated to admit it, Eggman does indeed take all the credit for himself, even if his minions were doing all the work.
"Unfortunately, we don't have a choice," Avalaine sighed. "We do what he wants, or else we pretty much die for it..."
She was, of course, referring to the activation of the fail-safe in the Cybernetic augmentations that each Egg Soldier, Sub Boss, and Egg Boss had; upon activation, the unfortunate victim would be completely paralyzed, although still conscious. The same applies to the lackeys as well.
"I suppose you're right. I had to stop Cubot from playing with Eggman's equipment by just shutting him down the other day. Don't ask why, Cubot's clearly not bright, yet I had to lie by having one of the Badniks take the blame. Had I not done so, well, we wouldn't be here. And as much as I detest lying, it was the only way to save our functioning parts."
Orbot never liked lying, much less displease Eggman, yet it was the only way to ensure Eggman wasn't seriously displeased from an incident.
"Why did Lord Eggman make Cubot such a dunderhead, anyways?" Avalaine asked, raising an eyebrow. "It seems... counterproductive, considering how much he hates failure and idiocy."
"Well, you see--"
Orbot's response was soon interrupted when the Egg Base's alarm went off from the distance. It seems there's a possible intruder.
"Oh dear, we have an intruder, Avalaine!" Orbot exclaimed. "Hopefully not those Tiebúrons you mentioned!"
Her beak curled into a sneer (somehow).
"If it's those cowardly huntsmen again...!!"
Avalaine turned and bolted back towards the base, jumping up into the air and spreading her wing-feathers, flying away. The leopard frowned.
"Do wait up!" Orbot hastily followed the others, struggling to keep up due to carrying Cubot, who was still shut down.
It soon becomes evident that there was no huntsmen, but rather, a red-colored Mobian fox just outside of the base! He looks about ready to fight, but instead chose not to at all, and the guards stood ready to retaliate. Even when the fox was ready, he refused to attack, for obvious reasons too.
Avalaine landed on her feet in between the guards and the fox, glaring at him with her sharp eyes. She didn't know if this fox was a member of the Silver Huntsmen or not.
"And what exactly are you doing at my base?" she growled, arms crossed now. The leopard, hedgewolf, and cricket were still trying to catch up. One of the Egg Soldiers gestured towards the fox.
"He just showed up here for no reason, Boss!" he said.
"I can see that," Avalaine huffed.
The fox's HUD from his goggles pointed an arrow towards the direction of Avalaine and company. He turned himself to face Avalaine and the others. The screen scans them from his visor goggles; normally, it says that hostiles were detected, but he decides to temporarily shut it off, deciding not to attack them. And even if he wanted to, he'd rather not run the risk of setting the jungle ablaze.
"Was sent to find and protect animals. Didn't think I'd inadvertently wander here."
Orbot dropped Cubot, upon quickly realizing this, "Oh no!" He quickly retracts himself into a floating sphere. "Please do not harm us! It was all Cubot's doing, I was only part of the act!"
Orbot had quickly floated behind Avalaine out of fear, "That's Razer, Avalaine... he has a bad temper especially after Cubot demanded some currency off of him!"
Razer merely crossed his arms; he wasn't amused by Orbot's comments, but didn't said anything. Avalaine just frowned.
"I don't care who he is," she said, before turning her attention back to Razer. "You said you were sent to protect animals...? By who?"
"It's classified. But if any, I was sent to protect animals from poachers who abduct them and sell them for profit." Razer simply answered; it seems he was not a poacher, or a Huntsman. Orbot nervously retracted back as he took a careful approach towards Razer, his hands clasped together as if begging for mercy.
"Please, whatever you're gonna do, we're sorry for what we did to you! Cubot wouldn't shut up and I did my best to defuse the situation! Erm... no pun intended, but still, I ask for forgiveness!"
Razer merely groaned and rolled his eyes. "Whatever. Now please pull yourself together, you're embarrassing yourself."
"So... I take that as a yes?" Orbot asked to be sure.
Razer seemed to have a slightly annoyed expression to it, doesn't say anything. He knows Orbot is just making a fool of himself.
"Oh! Um... right." Orbot let out an uneasy chuckle and floats back next to Avalaine. She raised an eyebrow at Razer, not really expecting that kind of an answer.
"Really? Well, then, at least I can respect you," she said, arms crossed. "Unless you're lying to me; but I don't think you'd be stupid enough to do that, hm?"
The leopard, hedgewolf, and cricket finally showed up at the scene, panting slightly.
"We're here, boss! Where's the intruder??" asked the cricket. Avalaine waved a hand.
"Never mind that, he's not a threat to us," she said.
"May I ask who you guys are?" Razer asked; he might've introduced himself but Orbot seems to already told her his name.
"I am Avalaine, a Sub-Boss of the Soumerca Egg Army," said the harpy eagle. "And you are Razer, I presume?"
"Alondra," said the hedgewolf, bowing her head slightly.
"You can call me Cruz," said the cricket. He thumbed towards the leopard.
"I am not mute, Cruz," Bidane frowned.
"Right... and yes, I'm indeed Razer." Razer confirmed his name to the others. Orbot seemed weary of this.
"You're lucky we didn't inform Eggman of this! Of course, Cubot here isn't very bright of himself..."
Razer simply rolled his eyes again before looking at him. "Look, even if I were to incite a battle, I'd rather not. And even then, I wouldn't attack without reason, not without setting the jungle on fire anyway."
Indeed, he never attacked, even if he took a defensive stance.
"You could say I'm a bit of an environmentalist at times."
"But why side with us? We're bad guys!" Orbot exclaimed.
"Your point? There's a thing called 'even evil has standards'. Not all bad guys are considered an automatic threat. Only the bigger bad ones that are a real threat." Razer corrected him.
"Not like we enjoy working for that bloa-"
Alondra quickly clasped a hand over Cruz' mouth.
"Shut up, Cruz," she hissed. "We can't risk bad-mouthing Lord Eggman, you know this...!"
"Alondra has a point," Avalaine muttered. "Anyways... yes, we're technically villains, working with Lord Eggman and whatnot, but you're right in that we do have standards! Very astute, Razer."
A faint smile crossed her beak, but it was quickly replaced by a more serious expression.
"You speak of a 'bigger threat'; have you run into those deplorable Silver Huntsmen, as well?"
"'Silver Huntsmen'? Well that's a first..." Razer was obviously surprised at this; he was never told about the Silver Huntsmen until now. "I take it they're a much bigger threat, then."
"They have a surprisingly strong foothold on this planet," Avalaine said, frowning. "Surprisingly strong for a gang of parasites..."
She had spat that last word out of her mouth like it was venom. Cruz frowned.
"Boss, why are we getting chummy with this guy, anyways? He's our enemy, ain't he?"
The harpy eagle smirked.
"Well, you know what they say; 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'."
Razer gave a nod. "You bet. And if that's true, then I can be a pretty valuable ally. I just can't test it outside, really."
Orbot looked at Razer with surprise. "So, you want to test it inside the base?"
"Up to your leader, really." Razer simply said. He really doesn't wish to test it out in the open, even if the guards were still weary of his presence.
"Test what, exactly?" asked Avalaine, narrowing her eyes somewhat at Razer.
Razer simply opened his palm of his hand, which shows a small yet noticeable ball of fire in front of Avalaine before closing his hand with the flame disappeared in an instant, to prove that he is pyrokinetic.
"Hmm... interesting," Avalaine nodded. The fireball seemed to catch Bidane's attention, and she looked towards Razer briefly, before looking away, not wanting to be caught staring.
"Yeah. I only made it small and not risk showing off too much." Razer spoke to her. Orbot was still weary of Razer but still spoke out nonetheless.
"It seems you're not the only fire user, Razer. Bidane is also a fire user, but to a lesser extent..." Orbot then looked at Bidane. "...no offense."
Bidane seemed to stiffen up briefly, shooting a glare at Orbot.
"You don't need to spill my personal details, Orbot," she huffed.
"Erm... my apologies." Orbot cleared his throat before turning his attention to Avalaine. "Perhaps we can continue our conversation inside, and bring Razer along with us?"
"Wait, what if Lord Eggman calls up and finds us associating with an enemy?" Cruz frowned. Avalaine looked over at Razer, before smiling a bit.
"We'll just claim he's our prisoner," she said.
Razer gave a nod in agreement.
"Yeah. I won't hold any objections, so long as our important task isn't compromised." Razer soon further added, "Of course, if Eggman does call, you guys will have to make it as real as possible, even if it'll leave me a few bruises and such. Least he'll believe it."
"We'd better hope he believes it," Avalaine said. "Anyways, let's get inside..."
She started walking towards the front entrance of the base, with the other Egg Soldiers starting to follow suit. Orbot followed inside with the still-shutdown Cubot in tow, and Razer joined up shortly afterwards.
The interior of the base was, as one would expect, modern and of high technical advancement. Avalaine led the group into the large recreation room, where a few Egg Soldiers were hanging out; they looked up as the group approached, and noticed Razer.
"Who's that?" one of them (a female otter) asked.
Razer simply waved a hand. "Just a Mobian who's willing to aid others in fending off against poachers." He simply looked around the inside of the base.
"Fret not, Soldiers! He means no harm, though extra caution must be taken in case our dear leader calls in." Orbot explained, soon Cubot rebooted himself after being shut down.
"Wha..? Where am I?!" Cubot looked around in confusion.
"We're in our base, Cubot. And I hope your reckless stunt was worth it." Orbot chided him.
"Wait, where are those big shark things? Did we capture them? Tell me we did!"
Orbot merely shook his head. "No, and we have a visitor who's willing to aid us in fending off those huntsmen."
Cubot glanced to Razer, which soon gets him spooked, "Ah! No, not him! I can't take being barbecued! Help me, dudes!" Cubot tried to run away, but Orbot grabs a hold of him, groaning in annoyance.
"I assure you he means no harm and is far more level-headed than your faulty processing unit, Cubot..." Orbot responded, with an unamused tone to it. He waved a hand to the Egg Soldiers. "Pay no mind to my friend, he's just having the usual case of the Mondays... as usual..."
The otter stared at Razer and the two robots, before shrugging and going back to her book.
"Alright, cool," she said. Cruz jumped onto a nearby couch.
"Sooo... when exactly do we start fighting those Huntsmen?" he asked. Avalaine frowned, rubbing at her chin.
"First of all, we need to know where exactly they are," she said. "I know they have to have a base somewhere around the Viridian Jungle..."
"Is there a training grounds in the meantime? I could use one of your members to help fully harness pyrokinesis. And if the huntsmen does prove a large threat, then we'll have to bring our a-game on."
Meanwhile, Cubot stopped turning and was turned around by Orbot to look at him face-to-face.
"Listen, Cubot, you must keep your composure in check, especially when Eggman calls in at anytime. We can't have you interfering with our work, got it? Those Tiebúrons nearly tore you up to pieces!" Orbot spoke to Cubot in a stern manner.
"Aww! Does that mean I get no fun?" Cubot whined.
"Oh, you can have fun, all right. Just ask one of the Egg Soldiers, or even one of the members except the leader, and leave us be."
Cubot jumped for joy. "Oh boy! Thanks, dude!" He soon approached to one of the Egg Soldiers or the members for Cubot to distract himself. "Hey, any one of you wanna play game of cards with me?"
"No," the otter replied, not even looking up from her book. Cruz shrugged.
"Sure, I guess," he said. "You got the cards?"
Orbot himself let out a sigh of relief, "One of these days, Cubot..."
Avalaine, meanwhile, gestured towards a hallway.
"That leads to our training room," she said. "It's mostly for combat and arms training."
There was then a soft meow, and a Fluminato with a prosthetic back paw scampered out into the recreation room, towards Avalaine. A genuinely pleased smile crossed her beak as she scooped the critter up into her arms.
"Ohh Splash, there you are!" she cooed, while the Fluminato purred.
Razer followed Avalaine, glancing to the entrance of the training room. He gave a nod before looking at Bidane.
"You up for it? I know Orbot seemed to give it away, but either way, I shall assume my role as your trainer, Bidane."
The leopard didn't say anything at first; was she a bit flustered, perhaps?
"I... suppose it couldn't hurt," she mumbled, following after Razer; Avalaine was too busy nuzzling the purring Fluminato to really pay attention to what was going on. Alondra cleared her throat.
"Erm, boss? The Huntsmen?"
"Hm? Oh, yes, them," she said. "I think it'll be best to send Hoverbies or Buzzbombers to scout the area for us, first."
Razer soon entered inside the training grounds with Bidane, Orbot taking a glance at the two before following Avalaine. Alondra also followed after Avalaine, as did a couple of other Egg Soldiers.
Returning from the van, Flix rejoined his comrades with some food, beverages and spare clothes. "I thought your bodies could use some rest and energy, so I brought this" the cat said. "Thank you Flix! Sometimes you aren't that weird", Bolt's sister said while starting her attack on the food, quickly joined by Raul. "Yeah thanks buddy", Bolt said "But who are those clothes for?" Flix just watched the overactive female in response, who was intent on gobbling up the most food possible. "Oh."
"By the way, I'm positive that we aren't the only ones out here", Flix said. "Why's that?" Bolt asked "Because I went back to where those Tiebúrons had attacked us when I got lost, and saw them pursuing some kind of yellow robot", the cat replied. The cheetah started grinning "I always liked some competition", he said while cracking his knuckles.
After the party had finished eating and rested a bit, Bolt got up to stretch. "So, what do you plan to do now little brother?", his sister said to him. "Well, we still have to get a pair of those snakes...but at the moment I want to check out those other people that might be here. Seeing if they are friend or foe. If they are friendly, we could cooperate on the task, but if they aren't..."
"We kick their asses." Raul added. "Wow, I kinda forgot you could get like this" the female cheetah told the bull. "Well if they aren't friends or innocent animals I don't see why I would hold back", the bull responded.
Somewhat close to the Jade Fortress Egg Base, a female wasp could be seen flying away, darting quickly through the trees before landing near an unassuming-looking old warehouse; there was a male jaguar standing outside, smoking a cigarette.
"Oh, Kidan, what's up?" he asked. The wasp, Kidan, frowned a bit.
"I think that overgrown buzzard and her little posse might be paying us a visit soon," she said.
Back at the Jade Fortress Egg Base...
"Oh my. Hope these two have their training completed..." Orbot spoke with concern. Cubot, meanwhile, was groaning out in frustration from losing a card game against Cruz.
"Ha! That's two in a row, Cubot," Cruz snickered. "Care to try again?"
Cubot growled a bit before nodding at Cruz. "You're on!"
Meanwhile, a young, black crow swoops in to check up on Cubot, giving a playful grin. "What's wrong, ya square-headed dolt? I thought you're good at playing cards!"
"Ah! Kid, I'm busy trying to win here!"
She huffed upon being called that and pecked her beak at the side of his head repeatedly. "Stop calling me a KID!"
"Owowowowow!" Cubot yelled out as she stopped pecking him; she never liked being called as such and soon ran to Avalaine.
"Hey, Ava! Anything new?"
Cruz had done nothing to stop the young crow from picking on Cubot; in fact, he found all this amusing. Avalaine smiled over at the girl when she heard her voice.
"We're preparing to confront those poacher mongrels," she said. "Right now, a new ally of ours is helping to Bidane train a bit."
She gave a nod before tilting her head. "Awesome! But who's our new ally, Ava?"
"His name is Razer," she said. "He says he's an enemy of poachers... we have to keep quiet about our alliance with him, however. I doubt Eggman will approve."
"Is he? Well, if Eggman does find out, do we have to roughen him up a little?" Ariel asked curiously.
"If it gets him to believe that Razer is our prisoner, then yes," she nodded.
"Good enough!" Ariel chimed. Avalaine smiled, before turning towards the training room.
"...they've been in there for a while," she hummed. "Must be an intense training session."
There was a loud explosion, with the door having blown through and slams against the wall. Avalaine rubbed her chin as she contemplated the charred door.
"Seems I was right."
"What the hell was that noise?" Perlita grumbled, looking annoyed as she glared over the book she was reading.
Ariel lets out an alarmed screech and hides behind Avalaine. "Wah! What was that, Ava?!"
Orbot nodded in agreement to Avalaine. "Well, at least it wasn't the Huntsmen... think we should investigate, Avalaine?"
"Might as well," she said, starting to walk towards the training room.
The duo, which turned out to be Bidane and Razer, stepped out of the training room, with Razer waving a hand at the others. "Heya. Sorry about that... it seems the Elemental Link was a bit too strong, but on the plus side, Bidane's much stronger than ever."
He turns his attention to Bidane. "Wanna demonstrate?"
Bidane opened her mouth to reply, when Avalaine quickly interrupted her.
"Not inside of my base, please," she said, frowning. "Show it to me outside."
"Yeah! We're not here for a barbecue yet!" Ariel spoke as Razer follows them outside. Once they were outside, Razer nodded to Bidane again.
"Are we going to show her the Elemental Link?" asked Bidane.
Razer gave a nod. "Yeah. Least we're out in the open this time. Now, same as before, Bidane."
He soon makes the same pose as before, even after having accidentally blown the door off earlier. Bidane matched his pose, her arm and shoulder up against his. Avalaine watched with interest.
Ariel stood behind Avalaine, as a bit of precaution. Razer closed his eyes, his flames emerging along with Bidane's. Soon enough, the flames grew much bigger than normal, and unleashed a large flame equivalent to an afterburner, with a significantly large range.
Avalaine's eyes widened at that; she clearly hadn't been expecting such a massive gout of fire, and she looked a touch worried, as if fearing the flames might reach the trees and set them alight.
"Well, uhh... that's certainly impressive," she hummed, nodding a bit.
Ariel squawked in surprisse before hiding behind Avalaine. Thankfully, the flames barely touched the trees, though the powers combined were still quite immense.
"Whaddya think? I call it Elemental Link, Avalaine. When we combine both of our powers into one, they can come in real handy against our foes." Razer spoke, and gently bumps a fist onto Bidane's shoulder, "And seeing Bidane, she's got potential."
"Wow... that's awesome! Still pretty hot, tho..." Ariel commented.
"Of course, I can't show off too much... especially since I'm rather concerned engaging in battle in forested areas." Razer mused.
Ariel tilted her head a bit, looking a bit confused. ""Why is that? You're not a coward, are you?"