DBZ: The Fallen Empire (Chapter 4: The Gravestone)

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Green Jacket
Sep 4, 2015

DBZ: The Fallen Empire

"Tracking is a funny thing. Sometimes I can't see, and sometimes I just need to focus a little longer. Then, it all becomes clear. Like my anger just washes away the worry as if it were a bad dream!"

"I've done enough for one lifetime, seen enough of what our actions do for others. And I think of your mother."

"I'd like to see her again."




Deep within the Endless Swamp, Gogeta Jr. and Koth led the other warriors for a ten minute hike through the murky terrain. The small red light began to beep rapidly, approaching a small mound of green marsh. Gogeta Jr. narrowed his eyes, kneeling down and glancing over the moss. The abnormal object was larger than two humans laying side to side on the ground, sitting about half as tall as Koth.

"Yeah, this is it. It's a little gunked up, we'll have to clean it off."

Koth watched on as Gogeta Jr. formed a small yellow ball of energy in his palm, burning away the green moss while Koth raised an eyebrow at the group.

"So, I gotta ask, but what made you guys kill Valkorian? I mean, I respect Junior and he speaks very highly of you guys..."

His eyes narrowed a bit.

"But he was our beloved emperor that brought stability and direction to Zakuul. There shouldn't have been a reason to kill him."


Vegetto Jr. raised an eyebrow, starign back at Jaz.

"My father? What about him?"
Brachi and Xenest remained silent as they were gathering parts for the repairs, while at the same time removing any moss and dirt that covered the walls and panels in order to get a clearer readout, deciding to let the others have their words first.
"Errm.." Jaz looked around the room, almost to make sure no one was listening in. "Well, a while ago, before we were put to sleep, your dad and I had a bit of a...scuffle. Y'see, back on this planet there was some sort of plague and a bunch of people got infected. Your dad had to do the right thing and... exterminate hundreds of innocent families. I got real upset with your dad and I hit him in the face and well..."

Jaz bit her lips at her words. Her hand slowly touched her neck, remembering how Vegetto reacted around her.

"Your dad grabbed my throat, crushing it, mind you, and he was about to blast me to oblivion." Jaz frowned, refusing to make eye contact with Junior just to avoid seeing the possible rage on his face. "If it wasn't for Gogeta... I wouldn't be here talking to you. Your uncle had to stop your dad from flat-out vaporizing me. Ever since that day, I've been scared of your dad and I just can't trust him again. He...he almost killed me, Junior."


Kire continued to expand his lab around the room and even seep into the room next door. He was seen entering and leaving the room several times. He spoke to no one and seemed almost finished with his preparations. On his laptop, he was typing in some numbers that seem to mostly be related to Jaz in some way but it was hard to tell without asking him. Inside the room were several machines that all seem to work on different things, a large screen which displays anything Kire wants from the laptop or any other machine, and large desk where he does his daily journal as well as keep papers and several pictures of what look like his family.

"Alright, almost done here..."
Basil glanced back, hoping for a clear response from the group. After a moment of silence to register the comment, Bage tilted his head in confusion.

"We did what?"

Basil and Zibarica nearly tripped over their own feet at his confusion. 

"You don't even remember killing him!?" Zibarica huffed in annoyance.

Panich was slightly confused before remembering the incident in the throne room as the warriors fell into their deep slumber.

"Tck. I can't believe he went through all the trouble. I almost feel flattered." The princess chuckled. "Sorry to break it to you, kid, but we didn't kill your beloved leader."
"Your Emperor got his place by killing his father, who allowed it to happen." Solaris said to Koth. "I can appreciate the feeling..."

Kira looked in the swamp for parts with Mioi. "Beloved he may have been... Dosent change what he did to the Republic..." She muttered.
"We had no intent of targeting Valkorian's empire. We were captured after we escaped the last planet we were on before Vitiate destroyed all life on it. Revan used the last of his life force to save us from such a fate, only to be sealed away for so long after his empire captured us." Mioi added.

"Arcann killed him and framed us at the best chance to. Given we were not already well-liked. I do wonder why Valkorian let it happen, since he knew preemptively."
Vegetto Jr. kept his eyes narrowed, breaking out into a frown while locking his eyes with Jaz.

"Look my father...he..."

The hybrid glanced over his shoulder for a moment, before turning back to Jaz.

"He's always done the right thing, or at least tried to. It sounds like he was dealing with a lot...and you hitting him probably sent him over the edge."

He reached up quickly, lightly grasping onto her shoulder.

"But if he tries to hurt you again, I promise I'll stop him myself. Ok?"


Gogeta Jr. lifted his head slightly, glancing over his shoulder.


Koth's eyes immediately narrowed, breaking out into a frown.

"Damn him...if it wasn't bad enough. Zakuul has slowly fallen apart because of his rule: we wouldn't be in this mess if Valkorian was still leading our people."


Vegetto blinked, turning his head slightly to the left and rapidly dodging backwards as a massive golden energy blast shot past him. The blast whizzed though the group without touching a single person, soon making contact with the large hyperdrive Gogeta Jr. had been clearing out. The explosion rocked the ground around the others, Gogeta Jr. soon bolting across the ground with a yelp.

Vaylin kept a small smirk, lowering her arm and descending lightly into the swamp, her black boots digging into the wet mud while she eyed the onlookers.

"I much prefer being in charge. Life's more exciting this way, don't you think?"
"That sounds, sick and wrong, and I've only seen the Republic's viewpoint." Solaris said looking at Vaylin. Kira got up and reached for her saber.
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