The Marina Bay Sands Casino & Resort in Singapore was, until Seto Kaiba shocked the world with his space elevator, one of the most audacious construction projects ever conceived. Three towers rising up from a base complex, topped with a massive promenade connecting all three together, complete with an infinity pool suspended from that platform. And tonight, that promenade was about to get some impromptu entertainment."So, let's just go over this to make sure we're on the same page."
A woman in a beautiful black and red gown stated, standing on a platform in the middle of the pool, her long red hair down as her pale skin glistened against the lights of the pool and the nearby light of the bustling city-state. "If you win, I wipe away the gambling debt you accumulated from my colleagues downstairs-""And comp our vacation expenses for a month!"
The man across from her on a matching platform several meters away answered with a hoarse, rough tone. He was dressed in a button-up shirt and the bottom half of a dinner suit, a loose tie around his neck and a worn-out knit hat over his brown and purple hair."And pay for the vacation expenses of both you and your colleague for a month. But if I win, you now owe me what you owe Xuiying, and we both will be charging interest that will make a Mafiya loan shark think it's too extreme. I just wanted to make sure you knew what you were getting into, Rex.""It's only 40,000 dollars!"
A scratchy voice from near the hoarse voice retorted, belonging to a man with glasses, aquamarine hair in a bowl cut, and a Hawaiian shirt with flip-flops and a pair of swim trunks, holding a fruity drink in one hand. "We can take it!""40,000 Singapore Dollars, which is just a bit under 30,000 US Dollars. This isn't like the yen. This is starting to become a troubling amount of money. Luckily, you happened to run into a fellow high roller. Now, are you ready to begin, Rex?""Sure as hell, I am!""DUEL!!!"
The devices on their arms sprung to life as they created holographic projections extending from the gauntlet-shaped pieces of equipment, and each of their headbands sprung to life.Rex Raptor:
8000 LP "I figure I can start us off by Normal Summoning Lilith, Lady of Lament, in Attack Mode!"
Spawning out of crimson motes of light came a fiendish-looking female figure, glowing, pulsating scarlet veins criss-crossing her blackened, armored form as she gave a half-hearted cackle before looking forlorn. (2000 ATK|LV3) "Sadly, since she was Normal Summoned, she loses 1000 ATK."
Lilith dejectedly rubbed her arm sheepishly as she hunched over a bit in her own despair. (2000 ATK -> 1000 ATK) "Next, I will Special Summon Caligo Claw Crow, since I control a DARK monster."
Joining the demonic woman is a fat, purple-feathered bird with oversized talons, who gives a mournful caw. (900 ATK|LV2) "Now, I will activate Lilith's effect. By Tributing my Crow, I can search out 3 Traps, let you choose one randomly, and then it is Set to my field."
Lilith waves her clawed hand, causing the Crow to be consumed by a sudden rush of flames, and three Traps are placed in front of Rex, face-down."Wait a second!"
Rex's friend Weevil shouted, reading up on the card she just used. "Lilith's rulings let him see what the cards are! What gives?""Mmm...yes, normally, it does, but I've made a slight modification to how her effect works. Not only are the Traps chosen from my Deck at random, I won't know what card she Set until the turn after I use the effect."
The woman begins to fidget, correcting her dress as she bites her lip. "Doesn't that just seem so...exhilarating?""Umm...alright..."
Rex looked a bit freaked out, but he conceded and pointed to the rightmost card. "There! That one!""We shall see what your choice ended up being."
Lilith maneuvers the card from where it is set into the slot behind her, the other two bursting into flames to reveal Back to the Front and Grinning Grave Virus. "Still, excellent options there. I will set another card, and end my turn."???:
2Field: Lilith, Lady of Lament
(1000 ATK), 2 Set S/TGY: Caligo Claw Crow"My turn!"
Rex proclaimed, drawing his first card. <Oh, just you wait.>
He thought with a slight smirk. <I've had my deck overhauled with new cards, including a new ace monster. I'm going to crush you and your dinky little succubus.> "I will send Destroyersaurus to my Graveyard to add Jurassic World to my hand, which I will now activate!"
All around them, foliage burst out to transform the rooftop pool into a pond within a primordial jungle. "This gives all of my Dinosaurs 300 Attack and Defense points. Now, I activate Unexpected Dai, letting me Special Summon Sabersaurus from my Deck since I control no monsters!"
Rushing out of a mass of purple pixels came a huge crimson dinosaur, roaring in rage as it brandished its sharpened horns and spikes. (1900 ATK|LV4) (1900 ATK -> 2200 ATK) "Next, I will Normal Summon Babycerasaurus, in Attack Mode!"
Joining the larger beast was a tiny green dinosaur wearing an eggshell like a diaper. (500 ATK|LV2) (500 ATK -> 800 ATK) "I'll then play Double Summon, which gives me an extra Normal Summon, so come on out, Souleating Oviraptor!"
A wicked-looking creature stalked out of the underbrush, wisps of ghostly energy radiating from its snout. (1800 ATK|LV4) (1800 ATK -> 2100 ATK) "Since I just Normal Summoned him, I will add Ultimate Conductor Tyranno from my Deck to my hand, then, I activate his special ability! By destroying another Dinosaur I control, I get to Special Summon a Dinosaur from my Graveyard, so Babycersaurus will be traded for Destroyersaurus in Defense Mode!"
The smaller dinosaur was approached by the larger one, and dissolved into wisps of blue energy, which reformed into the shape of a bipedal dinosaur covered in axe-like blades. (1100 DEF|LV4) (1100 DEF -> 1400 DEF) "But that's not all! Since Babycerasaurus was destroyed by a card effect, I get to Special Summon another Dinosaur, so come forth, Megalosmasher X!"
Bursting from the water was what looked like a shark after it had been given a cybernetic makeover, roaring and baring its fangs. (2000 ATK|LV4) (2000 ATK -> 2300 ATK)
People around the promenade were amazed at the speed and ferocity that Rex had filled the board. While his opponent had only gotten out 2 monsters, Rex now had 4 on the field, all with over 2000 ATK each. "I'll ensure my Dinos are safe against your Trap by sending Miscellaneousaurus from my hand to my Graveyard! This will make all Dinos I control unaffected by your card effects!"
The spectral image of a mismatched dinosaur skeleton briefly appeared before vanishing. "And since I have 2 Dinosaurs in my Graveyard, I will banish both of them to call forth my strongest monster!"
Lightning cracked around Rex as a huge shape began to build up out of his data. "Say hello to the most powerful Dinosaur in all of Duel Monsters! A creature to surpass even the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon, no, ALL Dragons! This is...ULTIMATE CONDUCTOR TYRANNO!!!"
In a flash of light, looming above Rex and the virtual canopy around him, was a huge armored tyrannosaur, covered in glowing spheres and discs running down its spiny, spiky form. It glared down at Rex's foe with glowing yellow eyes, electricity crackling across its crimson hide as it gave a roar powerful enough to cause the glass of the casino to quake. (3500 ATK|LV10) (3500 ATK -> 3800 ATK) "Now to render your Lilith useless! Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, zap Destroyersaurus to turn her monster face-down!""Not so fast! I will Chain Lilith's effect, sacrificing herself to set another Trap at random."
Now Lilith was the one consumed by flames, creating three facedown cards before Rex as lightning surged across the field."Let's try the left one this time!"
Rex indicated, that card placing itself down. "Not that it will matter. You don't have a single monster to protect you! Ultimate Conductor Tyranno! Attack her directly!"
As more lightning poured out from the huge dinosaur, it was concentrated into a single blast, but suddenly, it stopped inches from his red-haired opponent. "What?!?"
The Trap Card that had been Set by Lilith's effect the previous turn was now up, depicting a robed woman holding a strange amulet."Waboku. I don't take any damage this turn."
She replied confidently, smiling sweetly back to him. "Guess I got lucky."
Rex growled, glancing at his completely empty hand and inability to continue attacking, and declared. "Ugh...I end my turn!"Rex Raptor:
0Field: Jurassic World
(2200 ATK|LV4), Megalosmasher X
(2300 ATK|LV4), Souleating Oviraptor
(2100 ATK|LV4), Ultimate Conductor Tyranno
(3800 ATK|LV10)GY: Unexpected Dai
, Double Summon
, DestroyersaurusBanished: Babycerasaurus
, Miscellaneousaurus "Oh, what an amazing game this is! I'm dueling purely off of chance! It all comes down to what I can get out of this next card!"
Contrary to the massive array of monsters before her, Rex's opponent seemed elated to be in such a predicament. "So, let me first activate my Fires of Doomsday on your End Phase!"
Two black flames floated out, coalescing into figures with cyclopean eyes. ((0 DEF|LV1)x2) "Now, let's see what Lady Luck can give me! Draw!"
She glanced at her card, then displayed it to her opponent. "Terraforming! I'm going to add Lair of Darkness from my Deck to my hand, then activate it!"
Now, the field changed even more, shadows forming around the jungle, thickening the trees and bushes with a smoky substance. "I will Normal Summon Ahrima, the Wicked Warden in Attack Mode!"
A powerful-looking lupine hellhound leapt out of the darkness to land in front of his Mistress, giving an unearthly howl. (1700 ATK|LV4) "I will use his effect to Tribute one of my Doomsday Tokens to add a DARK monster with 2000 or more DEF from my Deck to my hand, so let's go with this card..."
However, as Ahrima chomped down on the fiery effigy, the darkness started to swirl around and transform into a powerful-looking draconic form, red lines etching across its body as the darkness dissipated to reveal an armored dragon with chains coming from its body. "You see, whenever a DARK monster is Tributed, I can Special Summon MY ace monster from my hand or Graveyard, so here it is! Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair!"
(3000 ATK|LV8)."So what?"
Rex chided, crossing his arms. "Your dragon doesn't have anywhere near enough power to take on my Ultimate Conductor Tyranno! And even if it did, I still have a field full of monsters!""True...you do have a pretty big field...but you made a mistake, Rex. You overextended. You have monsters, and nothing else. Which means I have won this duel. I activate...Full Force Virus!"
Her Trap Card flipped up to reveal an image of strange bat-like viral forms. "By Tributing a DARK monster with 2000 or more Defense Points, I can destroy all monsters you control with 1500 or less Defense Points for the next 3 turns, not that the next 3 turns part matters.""But that doesn't get rid of my-"
Rex was stopped as, suddenly, his Tyranno stopped generating electricity, and instead began to melt down into a black sludge, spreading to wash over his other monsters. As his three other Dinosaurs made contact with the sludge, they dissolved as well, Rex's entire field now completely vacant. "MY...MY FIELD!!! WHAT THE HELL?!? WHERE DID THEY ALL GO?!?""You see, my Lair of Darkness Field Spell has a few lovely effects. First, it turns all monsters on the field into DARK monsters. Next, everytime a monster is Tributed, the turn player gets a Token at the end of the turn. But the effect I just used allows for me, once per turn, to use YOUR monsters to pay for the cost of MY effects, as long as they are DARK. And since your Tyranno had 3200 Defense Points, while all of your other monsters had less than 1500 Defense Points...well..."
The woman grins evilly as she reveals the next card in her hand. "Time to finish this! Monster Reborn! Come back, Ultimate Conductor Tyranno!"
Rejoining the field, but now opposed to its owner, is the huge electrical tyrannosaurus, roaring again as it prepares to take on its former master. (3500 ATK|LV10) (3500 ATK -> 3800 ATK) "Ahrima! Tyranno! Diabolos! Finish him off!"
The three monsters rushed forwards, slamming into Rex's platform to cause him to crash down into the pool. (Rex Raptor: 8000 LP -> 6300 LP -> 2500 LP -> 0 LP)
As the fields faded, the onlookers clapped for the redheaded woman stepping back onto solid ground. Some of the observers had gotten splashed about when Rex's platform capsized, including Weevil, who had slipped and fallen into the pool with his friend. She was approached by an attendant of the resort, a phone on a platter. "Yuriko here."
She answered, listening to what was on the other end. "Interesting...so it turns out I didn't have the only idea of ruining the Tenmas' fun...I can't wait to see how things end up now."
Meanwhile, in the pool, Rex looked up at the stars as he floated in a ruined suit."Weevil?""Yeah, Rex?""Next time you persuade me to challenge a duelist we know little about...I swear, I will fossilize you."