Kaiju War Chronicles (K.W.C.)
Match 73:
By: Kristian Zatkoff

Crimson red eyes opened. Dagahra got up on his hind legs and yawned. How long had he been sleeping? Mere minutes? Hours? Days or maybe even weeks? Was it daytime or night? He couldn't tell, being at the bottom of the sea where the light never reaches and things barely changed. The sea dragon climbed out of the muddy floor, shaking the muck off of himself. No matter, he was too hungry to care all that much. He swam up to the surface where he spotted an oil rig. The demonic sea dragon sped up and slammed into it like a rocket, sensing the crude oil within it. The rig was torn asunder as he began drinking the leaking oil. Only a handful of the workers survived the attack while the rest were not so fortunate. The sea became their watery graves.

Dagahra didn't care as he kept drinking up the oil. That is until one of the workers with a flare gun accidentally fired on the sea in his panic, causing the oil to ignite. Searing hot flames licked at Dagahra who stopped and howled, more in rage then pain. He wasn't even full! He would have to look somewhere else to find more food. The fallen sea guardian rose out of the literal sea of fire and flew west. After more then half a day of soaring, he found himself in the jungles of South America. He sensed large amount of pollution. Circling around, he soon found a small lake where it must be and landed on the shore not too far away.

It didn't take long for him to notice something was wrong. While the rain forest looked fine for the most part, all the plants and trees near the lake were dead and several animals lay dead nearby, their skin slowly melting away. Some of them were still alive, but their heavy breathing made it clear that they would not make it. They air was slowly filled with an awful noise that grew louder and louder as the source got near the sea dragon's position. A large object landed some distance away, in the heart of the jungle with thud, its three heads screeching like harpies from the depths of hell itself. Trees and plants that were not already dead started to wilt away at an alarming speed as the thing that landed sucked up their life force to feed itself. Desghidorah stopped in its tracks as it saw Dagahra and all the destruction that was already wrought.

Had he caused this? Did the bottom feeder eat the life force of plants like him? Desghidorah was not one to share food with others and was about to attack, when the water started bubbling. Both monsters stared with curiosity as the pollution on the lake's surface began to converge to the center. The cause became crystal clear to both monsters as they could see a large, black blob slowly rise out of the surface. What was that? The water's surface exploded as the real cause for this destruction lifted itself out of the water. The strange, disk-shaped object fired twin, jagged red rays at Dagahra's front legs, causing him to fall over. The disk landed several meters away. Desghidorah was downwind from the gas the thing expelled causing him to choke and wheeze. His eyes and faces burned like fire, his tears falling out as his eyes watered. Dagahra surveyed the wounds on his legs and got up to see where that thing went. He didn't know what it was, but after feeling the burning sting of its rays, he wanted to know where it was at all times.

Both monsters heard a sickening laughter, aimed at the expense of their pain. They both located it easily enough as the disk glowed and bubbled before changing its shape into a vaguely humanoid form, sporting what looked like arms, legs and a long tail. It turned around to stare at them with two large red eyes. Hedorah waved its arms up and down as if excited that it had two killers to fight. Dagahra saw an all-you-can-eat buffet as he jumped headfirst into the Smog Monster and bit down, only to let go and scream in intense pain, spitting, pawing at his mouth to try to get the sludge off and out of his mouth. The thing's skin nearly burned his jaws off! Dagahra fell over as Hedorah kicked him in the face. Desghidorah shot several plasma rays from its mouths, each one hitting Hedorah, who wailed out in pain. Dagahra shot several Barem from his shoulder cannons, completely covering Hedorah as it got back to its feet only to watch as the mutant starfish melted into nothing and were consumed by Hedorah's toxic body.

Desghidorah slammed into the blob, only to scream bloody murder as his legs burned. Jumping back, the young relative of the destroyer of worlds himself, King Ghidorah, ran in circles before the pain finally subsided. All the skin and bony armor was gone from his front legs, red muscle tissue glinting in the light of the setting sun, crimson liquid falling everywhere. The thing made him bleed. It will pay!

Dagahra watched as Desghidorah blasted the giant blob with more of his Lava Gout bolts and joined in by opening his maw and firing a lavender-colored beam. Hedorah screamed and thrashed about as he fell to the ground. The two ancient beasts realized that the thing can be hurt. That means it must be killable, too. Where physical attacks had no effect other then getting them burned by its acid, energy attacks seemed to cause it harm. Noting that parts of Hedorah had dried up and fell off, they decided to stop firing and prolong the smog monster's suffering. It was a mistake they would regret. Hedorah rose up and grabbed two of the three-headed demon's heads and pulled them into his body.

Pain as white as a thousand stars burned into two of the necks. The heads were in too much pain to try and fire. All they could do was scream as their skin was being burned off. The middle head looked down at its captor with complete and utter hatred. Dagahra was about to open his mouth again to fire, when a small blob fired off of Hedorah and splattered onto the left side of his face. Dagahra screamed out yet again. His left face was badly burned, missing huge chunks of flesh. The left eye became blind. His right eye had some of the acid splattered into it, but luckily that eye suffered far less damage and while it burned, it wasn't blind. Distracted by his pleasure at the four-legged one's pain, Hedorah felt pain shoot into his body as Desghidorah's middle head fired a stream of fire into his face. Hedorah's outer layer of sludge began to dry and flake. Hedorah let go, staggering back. The two heads joined the middle head in the assault. Even more beams joined in as Dagahra's shoulders shifted forms and fired. Falling to the ground, Hedorah looked up at the hydra. Its two heads were blind, skin falling off. Then something happened that made him feel fear for the first time in his life. The fiend began absorbing energy from the trees that had somehow managed to survive, the life force healing some of his wounds.

The Smog Monster shifted to its flying form and took off. At first, the two dragons thought that he was leaving. But then they saw that he was circling the area and killing off all the plants with his toxic cloud. Both monsters couldn't breath. Their eyes once again felt like they were on fire. Hedorah slammed into Desghidorah, sending both kaiju into the lake. Almost instantly, the monster of toxic waste was at maximum power. The great hydra tried to free itself, but Hedorah refused to let go and any attacks used to dry him were rendered useless by the water. Desghidorah had no other choice. The Smog Monster wailed out in pain as the cousin of King Ghidorah used the energy in its body to create a pulse of intense heat that it used to attack. Hedorah slammed onto the nearby shore.

Desghidorah fired a barrage of his energy bolts, each blow pushing the Smog Monster farther away from the water. Dagahra had finally regained his sight. He knew that if they were going to beat this thing they were going to have to dry it from the inside as well. Taking a big gulp of air, and bracing for the pain, he closed his eyes and held his breath as he jumped head first into Hedorah's body. Ignoring the intense pain and smell, he fired every energy weapon at his disposal. Shrieking in pain, Hedorah panicked as he felt his body dehydrate from the inside out. He grabbed Dagahra by the wings and to dislodge him. As soon as he fell to the ground, the dragon gasped for air.

Desghidorah performed his most dangerous attack: Fiery Pyre Road. He reared up on his hind legs, then slammed his front legs into the ground, causing a fissure to open up. As the water poured down the fissure, drying the small lake in mere seconds, fire shot up out of the ground. It was as if the gates of hell itself had opened!

Hedorah quickly changed into its flying form, but was engulfed in a tornado of lightning and red starfish. When it stopped, Hedorah was too disoriented to fly away. As he fell closer to the fissure from the sky, Hedorah heard the two dragons roar out in victory. The Smog Monster cried out as the creature slipped into the fiery ravine that started to close behind it. After that all Hedorah knew was the intense heat and pain.

Back on the surface, the two dragons clutched their faces. True, they had beaten impossible odds, but they really just wanted to find something to eat and instead almost got killed. And to top it all off, they smelt horrible! Hedorah was gone, but this area still stunk of of his sulfuric acid. Knowing that if they stayed any longer they would end up retching, the two took to the sky and went their separate ways.

Dagahra Desghidorah