|By: Kenneth James
The natives of the village were in turmoil,
running for their lives. When the Kamacuras were created by
a weather accident, they were not confined to their home island.
Some had spread. And they were here. The three giant mantises
flew over the village, scooping up villagers and consuming them.
The terrible creatures' hunger knew no bounds, and their bloodshed
seemed not to, either.
The village elder knew only one thing could save
them. He called to his people and they listened, setting out
drums and beating them, sending vibrations echoing through the
island's forest as others began chanting and dancing. They didn't
seem to care some were being picked off by the monstrous insects...
and their efforts were rewarded.
A thunderous roar echoed from the interior of
the island, startling the Kamacuras. The sound of massive footfalls
began to echo throughout the island and villagers opened the
wall, allowing a massive figure to march out into the village.
The villagers bowed to the massive gorilla they saw as a living
god. King Kong roared and beat his chest, furious that these
insects dare defile his territory.
The Kamacuras backpedaled, not suspected to be
confronted by such a massive creature. They backpedaled further
when Kong let loose a roar of challenge that rattled their exoskeletons.
The trio seemed to converse among themselves, realizing Kong,
while a large foe, was a larger meal. Finally, they decided
to make their move.
They spread their wings and took flight, circling
Kong, waiting for the chance to attack. Finally, one of them
flew straight at Kong from behind... only for the great ape
to swing around and backhand the bug, sending it flying into
a hut, crushing it under its weight. Another Kamacuras flew
at Kong, only to be grabbed by the arms. Kong roared in its
face and with great strength, tossed it halfway across the beach
and crashing hard to the ground. The third tried its luck, only
for Kong to once more expect the attack and grab it by the throat.
Kong pulled back his fist and punched the Kamacuras, sending
it flying and crashing into the first Kamacuras.
The trio of bruised insects managed to rise and
land on one of the mountain peaks overlooking the village in
an attempt to catch their breath and regroup. But as they tried
to recover, one screeched in surprise to see Kong climbing up
the mountain with ease after them. The steep mountain was little
challenge for the massive gorilla, who refused to allow the
killer insects to escape his clutches. The Kamacuras took off
as Kong reached the top and circled. One attempted to dive-bomb
Kong, but the King of Farou Island held onto the mountain top
with one arm and swatted the bug out of the air and sending
it crashing to the forest below. Another tried its luck, only
for Kong to wrap his massive hand around its thorax and throw
it into the remaining one, sending both falling to the ground.
Kong roared and beat his chest with one hand before leaping
from the side of the mountain and attempting to crush one of
the prone insects with his fists. Thankfully, the mantis saw
this and managed to narrowly evade being squashed.
The bugs regrouped once more, knowing they had
to be smarter about their assault. They decided to break out
their secret weapon. They each settled around the village and
in a rippling effect vanished into thin air, camouflaged perfectly.
Kong looked around, perplexed as to where his enemies had gone.
He cautiously marched around the village, searching for his
prey. However, when he got close, one of the massive insects
came out of its cloak and latched onto his back, beating him
with its hammer-like claws. As Kong roared in rage and tried
to grasp his attacker, the other two emerged and latched onto
his shoulders, clawing his head. The gorilla managed to toss
one Kamacuras off, but when he reached to do the same to another,
the one he'd tossed merely reattached. He tried this repeatedly,
but to no effect other than the same. The blows to the head
began to daze the mighty Kong and he finally fell over dizzily
as the creatures moved in for the kill.
One Kamacuras crawled its way onto Kong's chest
and prepared to smash his throat with its claw... only for a
large tree to smash into it like a baseball bat, sending it
flying into a hut. The same tree greeted the other two Kamacuras,
sending them flying in both directions. Kong shook the haze
from his vision and looked up, seeing a colossal human standing
Frankenstein dropped the tree he'd used as a
makeshift weapon. He'd last been seen falling into an abyss
after killing the first Baragon, but his immortal heart refused
to die and eventually regenerated into his body once again.
But he'd wandered underground for a long time before finally
emerging on Farou Island. And it couldn't have been at a better
time. He offered his hand to the gorilla, seeing he was protecting
the villagers, like him.
Kong looked at Frankenstein's hand in confusion.
Both Kong and Frankenstein had one thing unique among most kaiju,
with a few exceptions. They were thinking animals. Frankenstein
was near human and Kong also highly intelligent. So both where
able to see they were more likely to win if they worked together.
Kong took Frankenstein's hand and was helped to his feet. The
two stood back-to-back, realizing the ambush nature of the Kamacuras.
They waited... until finally a Kamacuras lunged
at Kong from out of nowhere, only to be grabbed by the massive
ape. Tired of this fight, Kong threw the insect up and brought
his arms down on its midsection, plowing it to the earth with
enough force to splatter its blood and guts over himself and
the surrounding area. Kong roared and beat his chest, triumphant.
Frankenstein waited as well, seeing the brief appearance of
a Kamacuras before it attacked. He grabbed its arm and neck
and slammed it to the ground. He planted his foot in its chest
and wrenched the arm, causing it to shriek in agony before its
limb was torn from its body by the Herculean strength of the
giant man. Frankenstein swiftly silenced the screaming bug by
driving its own arm straight threw its chest, nailing it to
the ground and killing it.
The remaining Kamacuras didn't like the odds
of two against one and spread its wings to fly off. The two
primate kaiju picked up large boulders and chucked them at the
fleeing insect, Kong making the first hit and a second bolder
thrown by Frankenstein striking and sending the Kamacuras falling
to the ground. Kamacuras struggled and looked up, finding its
wings smashed by the boulders. It conceded that it was crippled
and at the mercy of its former prey, but knew at least they'd
kill it quickly... but fate was more cruel.
The ground in front of it burst open as the massive
body of Kumonga erupted from the earth, having been waiting
for one of the Kamacuras to wander close to him. Kumonga sprayed
a large amount of webbing from his maw, quickly cocooning Kamacuras.
He then extended his stinger into its back. Kamacuras screeched
in pain before its eyes went out and it died. Kumonga screeched
in victory, then saw Frankenstein and Kong. His hunger wouldn't
be vanquished by the smaller bug kaiju, but those two would
keep him well-fed for a long time. The massive arachnid crawled
forwards toward the duo.
Frankenstein and Kong nodded to each other and
charged, attempting to grab onto one of Kumonga's legs but the
arachnid leapt backwards, dodging them and spraying his webbing
at them. Kong and Frankenstein dodged the webbing. Frankenstein
picked up a boulder and threw it, smacking Kumonga in the head,
but it bounced off his armored exoskeleton. Kong tried the same,
with the same result. Kumonga screeched and sprayed Frankenstein
with webbing. The massive human struggled, but found the webbing
slowing his movements. Kong tried to help his ally, but had
to dodge when Kumonga turned the web towards him. Kumonga continued
wrapping Frankenstein up until he was completely cocooned and
fell over. Kong rushed Kumonga while he was distracted, but
the huge spider leapt into the air and landed on Frankenstein,
driving his stinger into his back. While Frankenstein didn't
make a sound, he did stop moving, and that was enough for Kumonga.
The massive arachnid turned his attention towards
Kong, who was enraged to see his new ally killed. The ape tossed
boulders at Kumonga, who charged through despite the rocks pelting
his hide. He leapt into the air, slamming into Kong's chest
and knocking him to the ground. Kong grabbed him and pushed
him back, but he kept fighting the ape, keeping him on his back
while trying to use his stinger on him, but he managed to keep
him just out of range.
The villagers realized their deity was in trouble
and began pounding their drums and chanting once more. What
happened next could never be scientifically explained. Lightning
suddenly flashed in the sky and several bolts descended, hitting
around the two monsters. Kong finally sustained several direct
hits from the lightning bolts, but was unharmed. His eyes flashed
and his muscled bulged. Kumonga screeched in surprise at this
turn of events, then agony as thousands of volts coursed from
Kong's hands into his body. Kong picked up the spider and, with
a massive show of strength, threw him hundreds of yards into
the side of a mountain. Kong roared and beat his chest, now
not only fully revitalized but stronger than ever.
However, the lightning had a second effect no
one expected. Several bolts had struck the cocooned and seemingly
dead Frankenstein. Within moments, the cocoon stirred and Frankenstein's
hand erupted out. While he didn't draw strength from it as Kong
did, anyone knowing the story of Frankenstein knew what Dr.
Frankenstein originally used to bring him to life, a bolt of
lightning, and what once gave him life had restored it in full.
Frankenstein tore himself free of his bindings and the humanoid
titan charged back into the fray.
As Kumonga attempted to right himself, Kong was
on him in a second, pummeling him with electrically-charged
blows from his fists. Kumonga screeched in agony and tried to
jump out of Kong's way... only for Frankenstein to pick up a
huge tree and use as a bat to knock him out of the air, slamming
him hard on his back. As the massive spider flailed his legs,
Kong charged and slammed his fists into the arachnid's underside
repeatedly, causing blood to gush from his mouth. He tried her
stinger, only for Kong to catch it. The ape seemed to smile
as he tore the appendage out of Kumonga's body, causing him
to screech in immeasurable agony.
Frankenstein's intelligence noticed Kong's electrical
power and picked up a smaller tree. He looked to Kong and made
a series of grunts, directing the ape's attention to the tree.
Kong understood and grabbed the tip of the tree, the electricity
lighting it aflame. Frankenstein waited for Kumonga to right
himself and screech in his continuing agony. He then drove the
flaming tree into her maw, lighting the huge spider's face on
fire. Kumonga screeched louder as the flames scorched him, spreading
over his flammable body until he was a walking conflagration.
Kumonga grew weaker and his screeches less frequent until finally,
he collapsed and died, the once proud hunter nothing but a blazing
Kong and Frankenstein nodded to one another in
respect, grateful for each other's help. Kong then headed back
into his forest, Frankenstein turning to Kumonga and beginning
to feed on the very creature who once tried to make a meal of
him, though in a more civilized manner.
On that day, the creature once known as the Modern
Prometheus after the ancient one who stole fire from the gods
became known on Farou Island as a god himself by the natives,
for helping their living deity and coming to their aid in their
time of need.