The Great Suffering
The sky brightened, in an event that seemed to be much like a gateway opening to this world. Dominance reared its ugly head, looking to its end as it inevitably found him. Inside its belly Dominance felt a rumbling, much worse than an upset stomach. It was an upset survivor. Dominance grabbed at its abdomen in irritation, anguish, and frustration. Christina rolled, narrowly avoiding a vicious slap that would have instantaneously crushed her.
"Jared! If you die in there, I'll kill you!" she screamed into the belly of the beast. But Christina would soon be answered, as thunder rolled in, in waves of an incredible display of power. Catching wind of a nasty storm, Christina ended her desperate surgery operation, and went parkouring off of the Lord Majin, making her way down to the pavement below. Dominance screeched, swiping at the red head as she scattered away from it. Dominance began to stumble backwards, its stomach glowing an odd shade of blue as it grew ill. But before Dominance could spill its guts, it was blasted by a heavenly light that engulfed it, sending immeasurable amounts of electricity into its body in seconds. Its head was crushed by the sheer force of the blow, as lightning went directly through its body and blasted the concrete below. The Majin's body crumbled, its heavy armor falling quickly as its body began to melt. The survivors scattered, trying to avoid being crushed under thousands of tons of metal. And now in the clearing, a drunkenly weary Jared emerged from the smoldering corpse of what was once The Great Hammer, with a simple request.
Christina sprinted towards him, catching the worn out Jared as he fell into unconsciousness in her arms. She fell onto her backside, with a sigh of relief. "Of all the damn problems to have," she said struggling to her feet with Jared now being slumped against her shoulder. "You wanna smoke? Those will kill you, dumbass," she said laughing to herself. She heaved Jared over her shoulder properly, before propping him up against the side of the record shop which, amazingly, still stood. Wiping the sweat from her brow, Christina leaned backwards against the wall as well, when Yuel chirped on the phones of the survivors.
"You did it," she said, utterly shocked. "I don't know how--well I do, obviously, I recorded the whole thing--but you did it. I'm in disbelief! You guys did it!" she said cheering for the survivors. "Well, Destiny, Leroy, Amaris, Mia, and Jared did most of the work. I just kinda gave a hand or two," Christina said slumping down. "So what now Yuel? How are we supposed to know which way to go? I wanna avoid running into big bastards like this one if we can at all help it."
Yuel nodded to Christina, intent on giving them direction. "Well, I imagine you're all pretty beat after such an eventful morning. It's barely noon," she said confirming the time. "I think you guys should take a breather, while I look over Dominance's corpse for cl--oh. Well, this is going to be easier than I thought," Yuel said as she felt a powerful magical presence. "Everyone, take a look at Dominance's remains."
The burning flesh sparked into particles of bright light, blurring the vision of the survivors just slightly. Behind the sparks, a strangely shaped discus sat in the Majin's remains.
"What the heck?" said a curious Riku. He wandered over and took the discus in his hand. It was a dark, purple hexagon shaped discus, with strange alien markings written over it. The disc vibrated harshly in Riku's hands, as he tried to maintain control over it. "Kuso ̄!" he said as the disc fought him. "What's with this thing!?" he asked to no one in particular. Yuel giggled at Riku's struggle. "Riku, let it go."
"What? But won't it like--fly off or something!?"
"Yes," Yuel confirmed. The survivors gave each other a stare, then turned to Yuel, then to Riku. "It will be fine Riku," Yuel assured them. "Let it go." Riku, who was holding onto the discus for dear life, sighed at last, before throwing the discus towards the lake before them. "Oy! You're gonna lose it, mate!" Leroy said suddenly. "Discus never bothered me anyway," Riku retorted. But before the discus could hit the water, it stopped, mid flight, and hovered high into the air. The survivors craned their necks, keeping a close eye on the discus as it spun round and round, like a record. "Yuel what's--"
"Just watch," she said excitedly. The discus began to slow its rotation, stopping completely as its corners began to separate. "What the shit?" The discus broke off into six pieces, before piercing through the air at intense speeds, in six different directions. Immediately, the survivors could see coordinates being uploaded to their phones, as Yuel began to run some calculations. "Yuel? Care to explain?" Destiny asked, folding her arms. Yuel smiled, but immediately withdrew it, as she thought carefully about her answer.
"That was a Location Discus. It is linked to other Location Discs within a certain radius," she said slowly. "But it went in six directions. Why did it separate?" asked Amaris. Yuel continued, patiently. "Well, Amaris. The Location Discus will always seek out other discs. And so, judging by the way the discus separated--"
"There are six more. Is that about right?" Mia said summing up Yuel's explanation.
"Yes. And you're going to need them."
Christina sighed, looking down to Yuel. "Well, what for? What's on the disc?" Yuel's eyes wandered, as if she were trying to find someway to bide her time. "Come on Yuel, talk to us. What's up?" Yuel sighed, as she finally gave in. "The Location Discus is used to carry information. A millennium's worth of information."
"That's a long time."
"Er, yes. But, with what little information I found just reading the projected path of the Discus Shards. . . we--er you--well, that is to say. . . oh dear," she said struggling to find the words. Christina raised an eyebrow, before drawing a conclusion. Her eyes widened, before she was sent into a sudden depression. She looked to the others, who had also now understood exactly what the problem was with this discus. "We're going to have to go after them right?" Christina confirmed.
"And the bloody Majin have 'em. Don't they?"
Again, Yuel nodded.
"Are you telling me what I think you're telling me?"
Once more, Yuel nodded.
"The Location Discus sought out six others. All of them belonging to Lord Majin. You're going to have to venture into their nests and kill them, if you want to set things right." Riku scratched his head, hanging low as he thought about the situation. "So, there are six more of these guys? Hammer dudes?" Yuel shook her head. "There is no telling which of the Majin Lords are here on your planet. There are. . . many. Depending on which you run into, will determine how difficult your fight will be. But I can assure you of this," Yuel said as she created a 3-D digital image of a scale. "The Majin Lords will always know the location of one another. They separate to cover ground, and to prevent territorial wars. But because Dominance has fallen, they are now aware of your presence," Yuel said as the scale tipped in favor of the Majin Lords. "And in addition, killing a Majin Lord will not only alert them to your current location, but will also strengthen them. For each Majin Lord that falls, the others will grow progressively stronger. Things will not get easier."
The survivors gave one another an affirmative glance. "Then, we'd better find another ride. We've got a lot of friggin' work to do," Christina said stretching.
"There are two nearby nests, just West and Northwest of our current location. Roughly sixty miles. The others are much further north, past the city. It would take some time to get there. You should decide where you want to go. To our west, from what I have gathered, the Lord's Nests are actually rather close to each other. You should expect a bit of chaos if you choose to take them on. Majin Lord's are very territorial. However, going north would take us several hours out of the way. In fact, you could follow the river to the next Lord's Nest almost directly. It would be harder to get lost, but it would be much more time consuming. And of course, there's no telling what other Majin lie ahead. You've not seen many of them, and so you must remain cautious."