Chapter 3: War
USMCF Florida HQ, 8:30 pm;
The group looked at the screen showing Battra and Iyda's projected paths. "They will meet at this point." said Jack, pointing to a point about 100 miles from the Florida Coast.
"Can Battra beat Iyda? She has complete control of her environment, she can do what we humans can't, bend nature to her will." said Layla.
Sage closed her eyes, thinking. Suddenly she saw the turtle form of Mhidra walking across the seafloor. "Mhidra! He's moving." she said.
"You can see Mhidra again? How Sage?” asked a concerned Layla.
"I don’t really know but he is heading here right now. Switch to heat sensitive satellite photograph." said Sage. The screen switched to the heat sensitive view of the Atlantic Ocean from the satellite. Sage easily pointed to Mhidra's location. He'd moved a good distance from his original resting place.
"He's moved alright, but he’s moving away from Florida?" asked Mike.
"My guess, he's heading for Iyda." said Layla.
"Why would Mhidra go to fight Iyda?" asked Jack
"Think about it, every time a new monster appeared, Mhidra always fought them. It's territorial, the entire earth is his domain." said Sage.
"The kaiju can also sense when the earth is endanger, Iyda is disturbing weather patterns, she's disturbing all of earth's beings." said the Cosmos
"I just hope he realizes Battra is his ally. They both are going to battle Iyda." said Layla.
"There is a bigger chance Mhidra could be heading to kill both Battra and Iyda.” said Jack
"What makes you think that Jack?" asked Sage
"Mhidra is a monster that I would call one of the good guys, my bet is that once Iyda is out the way Mhidra will turn on Battra the first chance he gets. Think about it Sage last time we saw Mhidra he defended us from Ketsu-Jin but know he’s back and was headed toward Florida.” said Jack.
"Agreed, once Iyda is defeated if Mhidra tries to attack Battra I want all avaible firepower on Mhidra." said Layla.
Miami, Florida 9 p.m.
"Attention, the kaiju named Iyda is heading this way, evacuate at once. Repeat, Iyda is heading this way, evacuate at once. The creature is generating a powerful Hurricane, head for the nearest storm shelter if possible." announced an automated voice.
The expected result would be the city's people running panicked to the nearest shelter, which is what happened. Similar events occurred when bad Hurricanes hit Florida in Hurricane season so shelters were already prepared and the USMCF tanks began gathering around the coast as Iyda's advance was broadcast.
Ocean, 9:30 pm;
Iyda slept high in the eye of her storm. Her tentacle arms wrapped around her chest and her head hanging over them, she dreamt of the chaos and destruction she had brought in the old era.
It mattered not to the evil being that the people had declared her a Goddess, nor did it matter to her that they were extinct, wiped from the earth by the very creature that was plunging deep bellow the sea towards her seeking to do the same to her. All that mattered to Iyda was the devastation she was about to unleash upon mankind. No one thing did matter to her, she would end the last of her greatest foes, Mhidra. Iyda prepared to move her storm faster to the area Mhidra rested but a roar came from behind her and She slowly descended towards the seas below.
Iyda turned to see Battra plunging through the surf towards her. Iyda roared in challenge. She looked over the creature and saw it was a more melee centered enemy so she put her arms out and roared. Her four arms combined into two thicker ones, her pointed legs pulled back in and were replaced by six thick tentacles like larger versions of her arms, a sickening crack occurred as her head snapped forwards and her back bent over and gave her a hunchback like appearance, atop of which was another chamber of blue liquid. Over all she had become larger, now a little larger than Mhidra’s Dragon form would be. She let out a roar, Battra answering with one of his own. The two monster's charged one another and collided. Iyda wrapped her arms around Battra, jamming the spikes on them into whatever chinks in his armor she could find. Battra tried to gore Iyda with his tusks but found that piercing Iyda's skin caused a flow of freezing blood and the wound quickly closed.
The two titans struggled their masses against one another until Iyda managed to drive Battra into the sea, dragging him down to the sea floor where she slammed him against the rocky floor. She got off him and started swimming around him.
Battra gave chase but couldn't manage to catch up. He roared in rage that he was being out maneuvered underwater. He fired his jagged horn beam. Iyda quickly turned and fired her searing heat beam. The two beams collided and exploded. Iyda swam forwards and attempted to drive her tusks into Battra's throat but she was stopped when a stream of deadly heat surged between the two monsters, stopping Iyda in her tracks. She and Battra turned to see Mhidra marching along the seafloor towards them in his turtle form. Mhidra looked at Battra and roared. Battra roared back, both monsters nodded and looked at Iyda.
Iyda roared in defiance as both kaiju fired their attacks at her. She easily avoided with her agile swimming and fired her heat beam. It struck Battra in the chest and knocked the earth guardian back a good distance and seared his hide. Iyda swam around and slammed her mace-like tail into the side of Mhidra's head, knocking him to the ground. Battra swam through the water, aiming his horn to gore Iyda. Iyda swam upwards and fired her heat beam into Battra's back, knocking him to the ground. Mhidra got up and fired his fire breath at Iyda but the nimble kaiju evaded and wrapped all her tentacles around Mhidra, digging her spikes into his skin. Mhidra roared and slashed at Iyda, digging into her skin and letting out her freezing blood into the water. Battra got up and fired his eye rays, hitting Iyda in the back.
Iyda roared, from the liquid like chamber on her back extended four tendrils that stabbed into any chink in his armor they could find. Electricity flowed through them and into Battra's body. Battra roared in pain, Mhidra used his fire breath and Iyda was sent flying off Mhidra, her tendrils stabbed into Battra were pulled from the earth guardian. Iyda righted herself in the water and roared. Mhidra and Battra fired their beams/fire at the same time, but Iyda avoided by swimming up them came back down and slammed her tail into the ground.
The earth began to shake and magma began erupting from the seafloor. Iyda swam up to the surface as the two kaiju on the sea floor were surrounded by a volcanic eruption. She looked back, Battra sank into the lava, he wasn't dead but he became trapped below the surface. Mhidra swam upwards towards Iyda, escaping the eruption. Iyda growled as her dorsal fins glowed blue and her freezing ray shot out, it struck Mhidra and froze the turtle solid and the water it touched. Iyda roared in victory and ascended back into the eye of her storm as she reverted back to her stealth form before she continued to advance on Tokyo. Mhidra put on a smile as he absorbed the Ice around him, Iyda had made a grave mistake.
USMCF HQ, 12 am;
Sage looked up at the Gotengo as its systems were repaired. "Iyda beat Mhidra, and Battra?" she asked, bewildered.
Mike rubbed his temples. "Yes, she did." he said, wondering what to do next.
"Iyda is heading for Florida even as we speak and it seems like nothing can be done." said Layla.
Jack then smiled while look at his computer. "Lay, we've got new information on the creature." he reported
Soon they were looking at the screen which now displayed a picture of Iyda. "Well what do we know?" asked Layla.
"During the battle with Iyda, we did a scan of the monster." said Jack "We discovered theses sacks on her…" He pointed to the liquid blue parts on Iyda's body. "Are full of hydrogen. As far as we can tell, Iyda uses this hydrogen to fly and control her weight, as well as turn the skin on the sacks into tendrils."
"Can we use that to kill Iyda somehow?" asked Mike.
Jack nodded. "Though the skin on it is very thick, if we break it, we can then ignite the hydrogen."
"Wait how did you scan Iyda during that fight?” asked Layla.
"You can thank me for that.” said Ted now walking into the main base.
"Whenever we turn project tempest on, Iyda’s powers weaken for just a brief moment, we turn the machine on and then Mhidra will ignite the hydrogen.” said Ted.
Sage put her hand to her head. "Mhidra's awake."
Ocean, 12:15 am
Mhidra busted form the Ocean and transformed into his mighty Phoenix form. Mhidra began flying off toward Iyda preparing for the beast’s death.
Miami, Florida 1 a.m.
Iyda roared with an almost joy as she fired her attacks on the city. Even buildings built to be hurricane proof were torn apart by her typhoon. Those that still stood fell victim to her deadly powers. Her heat ray reduced structures to melted slag and glass, skyscrapers made brittle by her freeze beam shattered in the wind. The beast unleashed nature's fury on the metropolis. She transformed into her battle form and landed. She struck the earth with her tail, causing tremors that made buildings collapse. She roared, enjoying the destruction. Suddenly six missiles slammed into her back. She roared and turned around, firing her lightning beam.
From within the command center, Sage, Jack, Layla, Mike and the Cosmos watched the attack.
Iyda prepared to fire her heat ray but flame energy struck her back. She roared in pain and snapped around, firing the beam.
Mhidra rolled to the side to avoid the blast and fired his flame beam in the process. Iyda countered with her ice beam. The two beams collided causing particles of energized ice crystals to fill the air. Iyda roared in anger and flew up to Mhidra's level, reverting back to her stealth form. The two collided repeatedly in the skies above Florida, each clash sending sparks from both combatants. Mhidra fired his Ice beam, Iyda flew to the side to avoid before launching forwards. Mhidra met Iyda and bit into her skin, Iyda drove her tentacle spikes into Mhidra's skin, bring a flow of hot blood. Iyda knocked Mhidra back and fired her heat beam. A hole was burnt through Mhidra's wing and he was sent into a downward spiral. He hit the ground below and Iyda roared in victory but was interrupted by Mhidra standing right back up now in Dragon form. She dashed towards Mhidra, shifting into her battle form again.
USMCF HQ, 1:10 am
"He has a new attack." said Mike.
"He turned his ice and fire breath into beams, and they look more powerful." said Sage.
Miami, Florida 1:15 a.m.
Mhidra marched towards Iyda. He let out a vengeful roar, Iyda replied with one of her own. The two beast stared at each other, rage burning in their eyes, each waiting for the other to make their move.
Iyda attacked first, firing an electric blast from her tusks. Mhidra took the blast in the chest and staggered back before firing his fire ray. Iyda avoided the blast and dashed forwards, striking Mhidra's head with her tentacle, discharging electricity with each blow. Mhidra counter attacked with his claws, releasing heat energy with each of his blows. The two kaiju kept on striking each other with their energy charged attacks. Mhidra bit down on Iyda's shoulder, sending more energy into her. Iyda roared and drove her tusks into Mhidra's shoulder, sending electricity into him. Both pulled back and swung around hitting each other in the head with their tails, sending both crashing to the ground. They soon rose and clashed again. Mhidra managed to get the leverage advantage and drive Iyda backwards across the battlefield. Both plunged through one of the few buildings that still stood in the city, sending it falling on both of them. Iyda was sent flying out of the rubble by Mhidra's atomic ray. She went grinding across the ground but rose quickly.
She fired her heat ray as Mhidra rose, striking him in the chest. Mhidra looked down at his wound, it was healing but the smell of burnt flesh came from the melted wound. Iyda rushed forwards and drove her tusks into the healing wound, sending hundreds of volts into his heart. Mhidra roared in pain and staggered before he finally hit the ground with a thud. Iyda let out a victorious roar however Mhidra let out the same roar starting to scare Iyda. Mhidra stood up and blasted Iyda sending the beast back.
Iyda looked at the laughing Mhidra roared defiantly. She began to transform again. Her tendrils got thicker and grew two long spikes on their tips, her body grew to match. Her head became longer and gained razor sharp teeth. Her tail grew thick and the end grew into a sea serpent-like head which let out a hiss at the other monsters. From her shoulders two toothed mouths appeared and Iyda entered her power form. Mhidra roared in challenge at her.
Iyda fired her heat beam into Mhidra's chest, knocking him back but the Fire Dragon refused to fall. He returned fire with his fire ray but Iyda's shoulders opened and out came two tornados like blasts that blocked Mhidra's ray. Mhidra runs forwards despite being blasted with Iyda's lightning and slams into Iyda. Iyda returns with electrically charged blows, She wraps her tentacles around Mhidra and began shocking and choking him. Mhidra roared in pain but after a few minutes his eyes flashed and a Fire Blast pushes Iyda back but failed to knock her down.
USMCF HQ, 1:30 am
"I've never seen Mhidra's attacks do so little damage." said Jack.
"This new form of Iyda's is powerful but she doesn't seem very fast, she must of traded speed for power." said Layla.
"It won’t be enough he’s getting ready to destroy her.” said Sage.
Miami, Florida 1:33 a.m.
Iyda was stunned by the fire blast despite it not knocking her down. Mhidra charged Iyda and tackled driving her backwards and threw a building. Mhidra charged energy into his mouth and attempted to fire a blast of heat energy onto Iyda but Iyda fired the tornados from her shoulders to blast it away. She fired her heat beam into Mhidra's mouth, causing him to roar in pain and anger.
Iyda prepared to fire her ice beam but Mhidra transformed into his Phoenix form. Iyda looked up to see Mhidra fire more beams of flame at her. Sparks flew from her chest as the beams connected. Mhidra then turned back into his Dragon form and stabbed Iyda's back with his tail, puncturing one of her hydrogen cells. Iyda roared in pain. She turned to face Mhidra but Mhidra transformed back to his turtle form and drove tusks into Iyda's punctured hydrogen cell, causing hydrogen to pour out. She roared in more pain.
Mhidra transformed back into his Dragon form and his eyes lit up a familiar red color. He then fired a fully powered Fire Blast into Iyda's hydrogen cells. Iyda roared in pain as her hydrogen ignited and then exploded. When the smoke cleared, Iyda's flesh rained down on the area.
Mhidra then let out a roar of victory letting the world know another enemy had bit the dust.
USMCF HQ, 1:40 am
“He won again.” Said Jack
“But now he’s going to attack the city!” screamed Sage.
Before Sage could get her sentence out completely Mhidra began to attack the already devastated Miami.
“We need to get project tempest in position and move Mhidra back out to sea!” screamed Major Mercer.
“If only Battra would show back up.” said Jack.
“He is.” responding the Cosmos.
Atlantic Ocean1: 45 a.m.
Meanwhile, further away, the ocean was ablaze. A volcano bellow the water's surface was erupting and lava wasn't all that emerged. Battra broke the ocean surface, his form crackling with orange energy that soon engulfed his form and surged skywards. A massive burst of energy heralded Battra's metamorphosis. The imago insect screeched and flew towards Mhidra's location.