Hunt For "God" #22: The Hypnotist . The Cult of Thanatos have sprung their plan to action. A mysterious agent was sent to attack the order member known as Krode. During the battle, the agent inserted Hypnotic toxins into Krode's body, putting Krode under the sway of the Cult. Krode is now being sent to kill his former friends... . KEY:
linked statements will take you to where it happened. eg. "Montu Kills Les Tenebres" would take you to The Unwanted Hero Part 14
Krode adjusts a setting on the pistol that has been lended to him. Slowly, decisivley, Krode raises his gun. With a deadly accuracy, he fires; Not a bullet... but a flare.
It reaches above the hills and exploads! fire spreads itself from the explosion. It burns deep in the sky. It's purpose is not destruction, but attention.
His work finished, the agent returns to his hiding place. He smiles; Krode has sent a distress signal; one to lure the Toa in. And then...
Some time later...
Benu: The flare must have been around here somewhere.
Leka: Which means the person who sent it can't be far!
Galika: But it's a large space. Finding them may be trickier than you think.
Onika: Which is why i suggest this; Leka, Korapa and Parah, you go and check in the south of this area. Benu and Galika, you two come with me to search the north.
They part. Krode smiles.
Parah: I wonder who sent it. I heard that Krode was supposed to be around here. But If it was him that sent that signal... then splitting up probably wasn't the best idea we ever had.
???: You shouldn't have answered the call, sucker!
Krode: But it's too late now.
H-Hey buddy, I'm with the Toa! I'm a friend, remember?! Can't we talk this through?
Korapa: I concur.
Krode: Wha... URGH!
Korapa: That should shut him up. Are you okay, Parah?
Parah: I'm fine, brother, but... did you see his eyes? They were glowing bright blue! Something's going on here!
Swiftly, Krode springs up, and in a matter of seconds, his giant great fist is enclosed around Korapa's neck.
Korapa: GAAGHK! Parah... >gackaack<
Benu: Did you hear that?!
Galika: It was Parah!
Onika: He's run into something. Come on, lets go see!
Galika: Mata Nui...!
Parah struggles with the fray, desparately trying to part the two Toa.
In one last effort, Parah suddenly slaps Krode. Suprised by the sudden attack, Krode lets go of Korapa... and his gun.
Siezing the oppertunity, Onika swipes the gun from the floor.
Onika: Sorry Krode, it's the only way to put you out of action.
Onika fires. Krode screams, in agony. The sudden sense shattering pain awakens his body from it's comotose. The blue light in his eyes fades, replaced by it's natural colour.
Krode: AAAGH! ONIKA, YOU FOOL! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?!?!
Onika: Sorry, Krode. But it's awakened you from your hypnosis.
Krode: I'LL AWAKE YOU FROM YOUR HYPNOSIS IN A MINUTE!
Onika: Sure you will. Galika, i need you to help him up. We need to talk to him.
Galika: Sure thing.
Slowly, Galika helps the great behemoth upright. She struggles under the weight, but she keeps him upright.
Krode: You won't need to hold me up for long. During some experiments, I got given the power to heal flesh wounds like this pretty quickly. It should only take a couple of hours.
Onika: That's good. We need to know who did this to you.
Krode: I remember very little. I was here, on patrol, and I heared some scraping noises up on the rocks up there. I didn't see anything, but at a later point, something dropped that gun for me. After that, some two-bit criminals attacked me, and I beat them down very quickly.
Leka: sound's like the cult to me.
The figure above looks on. He can see that the toxins have worn off. He strains his ears, but he cannot hear what they are saying. He leaps...
...And lands just above the group. He listens.
Krode: ...and then he appeared. He was some really tall spikey figure with a big spear.
I leaped at him, but he jumped out of the way. I crashed into the wall. All I remember after that is seeing his spear go through my chest, and then... just darkness...
Parah: Look up there! I see something!
The figure leaps...
...and lands. The Toa dive, crashing to the floor.
???: Toa! I am Voodoo! My puppets do my will...
...and those who don't are punished!
Voodoo turns to "Punish" Krode. Galika, jumps in and grabs Voodoo's tail and pulls him back. However, Galika descovers in horror that as Voodoo topples, she falls with him.
Unfortunately for Galika, Voodoo is quicker on his feet than she is.
Before she can get up, he is upon her. He raises his spear, ready for the kill...
...but before he can strike, two hands are firmly clasped upon his tail...
and pulls Voodoo into his arms. Onika then throws Voodoo to the ground, and they begin to struggle.
Krode: Korapa! Pass me my gun!
With one powerful kick, Korapa sends the gun into the air...
...and into Krode's hand. Krode begins to hobble into the battle, his foot still hurt.
Meanwhile, things begin to look bad for Onika.
Voodoo: Meddling swine! You shall never interfear in other people's business again!
Krode: And what're you gonna do, mate?
Voodoo: You won't kill me. You Toa have rules to follow.
Krode: Yeah, so my boss keeps telling me.
Krode fires. Voodoo crumples to the floor, dead.
Krode: Yeah, No problem Onika, it's good that you said "Thanks."
Onika: Why did you kill him?! We are Toa! We always have a better way! Besides, we could have interrogated him!
Krode: I've got a licence mate.
Onika: You can't have a licence for Killing people!
Krode: Well guess what? I do.
Korapa: you guys okay?
Leka: I'll be sore in the morning, but otherwise, I'm fine.
Parah: Oh great. What's lying on top of me?
Galika: A dead body.
Onika: I won't tolerate this!
Krode: Tough. You have to.
Korapa: What are you on about?
Krode: On this planet, two order members were found dead. It was no natural attack; one was missing her legs, and the other was completely burned from the waist up. Something's going on on this planet, and I want to find out!
Next Issue: False Friends