Kaiju War Chronicles (K.W.C.)
Match 40:
By: Thomas Fairchild

Sunlight glinted off Jet Jaguar's sprinting mass. For every step it took, it left a trail of dust high enough to dwarf even the tallest building. Up ahead, King Caesar charged with equal ferocity. Eons ago, science and sorcery allowed the Okinawa Royal Family to grant a giant golem life. In exchange, it was instructed to protect the royal family, no matter the cost. Today, it lives on, no longer bound to serve those who've long departed this life. In a world filled with robots, aliens, and mutations, it took fate into its own hands. Territories have already been claimed by its giant brethren. And so it claimed this land as its own. Jet Jaguar's sonic cries echoed through out the vicinity. It was a challenge, one King Caesar accepted.

Both giants jumped at the other. Jet Jaguar buried its knee into King Caesar's ribcage. Ribs would've shattered had the golem's hide not proven so thick. In a quick showcase of speed, King Caesar jabbed Jet Jaguar's face. The robot, caught off guard, shuffled in its fighting stance. King Caesar, seeing its foe at a disadvantage, used its strong legs to leap high into the air. Jet Jaguar's scanners warned it of King Caesar's imminent strike a split-second before the golem pounded the robot into the ground. Dust obscured the battlefield, preventing King Caesar from inflicting further damage. Jet Jaguar's advanced optics, however, were not blinded. The robot blindsided the golem with a right hook. King Caesar crashed into the ground, dazed. Jet Jaguar jumped onto the fallen golem, punching it repeatedly. But not even its lethal blows could rupture King Caesar's bulk. The golem regained consciousness. It grabbed Jet Jaguar's throat and squeezed. Jet Jaguar was pleased it didn't need air to breathe. Otherwise, it would've been choked to death.

King Caesar chucked the robot aside. Jet Jaguar scanned King Caesar, searching for a weakness to exploit. King Caesar approached the robot, debating how it was going to smash it. Thick skin covered most of its body. Its arms, legs, and abdomen exposed the tough brown skin. Armor was found in areas covered by King Caesar's yellow hair. Jet Jaguar recalled its battle with the villainous Monster X. Like Monster X, King Caesar had a humanoid shape. But its head was catlike. Jet Jaguar noticed the razor sharp fangs resting in the golem's maw. King Caesar's tail wagged back and forth with every step it took. Jet Jaguar knew it was fighting a stronger adversary. But did King Caesar know?

The golem charged, eager for more violence. Jet Jaguar flipped out of the way, avoiding King Caesar's attack. Without hesitating, Jet Jaguar jumped up, kicking King Caesar in the neck. King Caesar fell to one knee. No matter how strong it was, a precise physical strike could still bring it down. Jet Jaguar picked up a boulder, raised it high, and smashed it over King Caesar's skull. The boulder shattered on impact. King Caesar stared off into space, dazed. Jet Jaguar moved in, eager to attack while the golem was defenseless. King Caesar jumped up, its equilibrium restored. Jet Jaguar stopped, hesitating. It was a mistake. King Caesar jumped up, delivering a bone shattering kick. Jet Jaguar went offline, its cerebral cortex damaged. King Caesar watched the robot sail off into the distance. After Jet Jaguar made landfall, King Caesar felt the ground shudder.

Dust churned around Jet Jaguar's fallen shape. It rested in an impact crater large enough to cradle even the largest kaiju. Sparks sizzled about Jet Jaguar's damaged exterior. All available energy was diverted to Jet Jaguar's power core. At last, Jet Jaguar regained awareness. It checked its optic sensors. The twin black slits in Jet Jaguar's metallic face sparkled to life. Sensors analyzed the battered terrain, searching for the enemy. A shadow fell over Jet Jaguar, captivating the robot's immediate attention. Jet Jaguar, a robot gifted with artificial intelligence, felt what all sentient beings regrettably feel: fear.

King Caesar's fist slammed Jet Jaguar's head into the ground. Gouts of rock and dirt shot up into the air, smothering Jet Jaguar's face. Satisfied, the golem picked Jet Jaguar off the ground and tossed it into a hillside. It was dishonorable. King Caesar no longer deemed the robot a challenge. To the golem, Jet Jaguar was an expendable playmate. But the robot had other plans. King Caesar fists cracked in anticipation as it tottered closer. Jet Jaguar regained its composure and shot up into the sky. Using its incredible leg strength, King Caesar jumped up in pursuit. But the golem missed Jet Jaguar, barely. As King Caesar fell back to earth, Jet Jaguar stopped in midair, switching directions. Now the robot was diving down at incredible speeds. Before King Caesar's very eyes, Jet Jaguar's body started growing bigger. It took several seconds for the robot to reach a size large enough to make even a kaiju look and feel small! At last, the golem realized Jet Jaguar's intentions, and chose to brace itself instead of running like a coward.

Not that it could've gotten far, even if it tried.

Jet Jaguar's titanic mass struck the Earth's crust. Somewhere between disemboweled soil and shattered rock, King Caesar's body writhed. In all directions, the ground was torn asunder. What at first glance appeared to be the impact of an asteroid was something far more unlikely. The aftershock would no doubt be recorded hundreds of miles away. At the heart of the smoldering crater, Jet Jaguar's kneeling figure was faintly seen. Not even its increased size could withstand such an impact unscathed. Black smoke filtered out of Jet Jaguar's torn torso. One of its cracked ankles sprayed a shower of sparks. If given enough time, Jet Jaguar could repair the damages. But hundreds of meters away, a maimed yet still alive King Caesar stirred. Jet Jaguar's optic sensors analyzed the golem. Cracked ribs protruded out of King Caesar's flesh. Jet Jaguar readied to strike, fast and hard, but it realized the properties of the exposed bones were not organic; it had more in common with the minerals found in the soil beneath their feet. It appeared King Caesar's mystic past confounded Jet Jaguar's database.

King Caesar growled, yet did not attack. Jet Jaguar cautiously approached the golem, dragging its injured ankle. Jet Jaguar assumed King Caesar was hesitant to strike a larger foe. For now, the golem would growl and do nothing more. With every step, the soil recoiled beneath Jet Jaguar's feet. Suddenly, the robot started to shrink. King Caesar widened its eyes and snickered in delight. In seconds, Jet Jaguar returned to its average height, tall enough to reach King Caesar's shoulders. Jet Jaguar stopped, rethinking its strategy. King Caesar took a step forward, intimidating the robot. Before the robot could determine the proper course of action, King Caesar broke into a sprint, forgetting its own injuries. After tackling Jet Jaguar to the floor, it clobbered the robot's head, denting its shiny exterior. Every hit hindered Jet Jaguar's operating system, replacing its perspective of the world with static. If this beating persisted, Jet Jaguar would've gone offline—permanently. In a surprising move, one which perplexed even the robot, Jet Jaguar lashed out, grabbing King Caesar's exposed rib. In seconds, Jet Jaguar cracked the rib in two. King Caesar backed away, roaring in agony. It would appear even a golem could feel pain. Jet Jaguar noted this fact and saved it to its memory. With all its available power, Jet Jaguar rose to its full height, holding the rib as it would hold a blade.

A brilliant, yet dangerous strategy was formulated. Failure was not an option. Jet Jaguar had one shot to make it right. A berserk King Caesar charged, its ferocious roars shaking the planet. In a matter of seconds, Jet Jaguar analyzed all available countermeasures. Its grand plan could not be utilized, not yet. For now, Jet Jaguar must endure. King Caesar jumped forward, hurtling its powerful leg. Jet Jaguar tried to block it with its arm. It was all it could do. In one foul strike, Jet Jaguar was sent crashing into the ground, its arm bent and broken. There was no time to tend to its injury. King Caesar was once again on the attack. Right as King Caesar brought both fists down, Jet Jaguar rolled away. Rock and dirt shot off into the sky. Dust obscured the battlefield, buying Jet Jaguar some time. King Caesar didn't move. Its head was slanted downwards. As the smoke faded, hindering its vision no longer, King Caesar found itself peering into the crater its fists created. Jet Jaguar wasn't in it. Rage once again ruled the golem giant. Hundreds of meters away, Jet Jaguar stood in its fighting stance. This was it. King Caesar snarled, heralding a charge. Jet Jaguar observed the golem sprinting toward it, eager to rip it to pieces. Its plan was put into motion. Jet Jaguar braced itself, as King Caesar wrapped its muscular arms around its back and buried it jaws into its chest. Emergency sirens wailed through out Jet Jaguar's core systems. It ignored them. It had only one functioning arm. Jet Jaguar propelled it forward, driving the piece of rib it was carrying into King Caesar's forehead.

King Caesar stumbled but did not fall. Its eyes rolled up into their sockets, as if they were trying to catch a glimpse of the rib jammed in its face. Its legs wobbled, fighting to stay erect. Jet Jaguar didn't need to run at its full capacity. It moved in, its whereabouts unknown to King Caesar. The lobotomized golem slumped forward, losing the battle against gravity. Before King Caesar hit the ground, Jet Jaguar jumped up, spun around, and kicked the rib deeper into its forehead. Jet Jaguar watched the golem fall. It didn't move.

Triumphant, Jet Jaguar raised its head, jumped up, and soared above the clouds.

Jet Jaguar