Chapter 1:

The Devil, The Witch, and The Hunt for Skin, Claw and Teeth (Part 1)

The Devil, The Witch, and The Wicked World of Delirith


Somewhere in the lost galaxy of Earis, somewhere in the star system of Neula-V. Somewhere in the exiled world of Delirith, lies a Scorpex wandering the desert of Kaandur in search of prey or carcasses to scavenge for food. Bookmark here

The four-feet long, scorpion-like creature crawled around the sandy lands rather aimlessly, with no rush for the in its search for a meal. The Scorpex continued to wander under its own gentle pace when it finally arrived at an empty road. The road spanned endlessly onwards and back, and the other side bore no difference then the side it currently stood on; sand, sand, and more sand. Bookmark here

The Scorpex looked left, the Scorpex looked right. Without an incoming vehicle in sight, it gladly crossed the road-Bookmark here

-SHANK!-Bookmark here

“And that makes the fourth kill of the day!”Bookmark here

[ MAKO THE LITTLE WITCH ]
small boy. Big Dream. Big Mouth.Bookmark here

Mako lifted the iron rod held by his right hand proudly, having impaled four unsuspecting Scorpexes as he sped through the desert of Kaandur on his rocket-powered hoverbike; the Silverbolt. As the latest Scorpex wriggled above its dead brothers, a sudden gust of flame brushed through the arachnid putting it out of misery.Bookmark here

“Woah- Dangit Fyra! You’d burn both of us if you keep doing that!” Mako shouted to the girl behind him.Bookmark here

“Not my fault you missed a vital point- again.Bookmark here

[ FYRA THE ONE-HORNED DEVIL ]
Less Horny, More Flamey!Bookmark here

“Either we both burn or that thing covers us in its acidic venom. Your choice,” the copperclad, helmet wearing girl claimed, adjusting her powered bracer that spewed the flame just now. Bookmark here

The 10 year-old blonde witch-boy rolled his eyes not wanting to drag the argument further. Regardless, they managed to finish today’s objective and all that’s left was to safely cash in their hard work. A simple objective, which proved to be harder than the hunt itself as you’re about to see next-Bookmark here

*Beep* *Beep* *Beep*Bookmark here

Navi’s beeping-” Mako looked down at the screen on his steering, showing three red dots approaching them from behind- “we’ve got three folks coming after us.”Bookmark here

Fyra turned around and saw one hoverbike rider appearing from the horizon, followed by two more by the first’s sides, followed by another two for each of the previous two, and another two, and another two-Bookmark here

“I think there’s way more than three-”Bookmark here

“The hell? You mean Navi lied to us?” Mako smacked the screen lightly causing it to glitch for a split second. It suddenly started displaying hundreds of red dots several meters behind their position.Bookmark here

“Yo! what the fu-”Bookmark here

“HAH! THOSE SCORPEX AIN’T YOURS KIDDOS!”Bookmark here

[ SANDKING ANUBRAX ]
He's Coarse, Rough, Irritating, And Gets EverywhereBookmark here

“AIN’T NO DIRT DWELLER GONNA STEAL OUR PREY! GET ‘EM SAND-BOIIIISSSSS!!!” Bookmark here

The iron-clad iron-crowned Sand Gang leader, Anubrax, commanded on top of his track-wheeled monster truck as the hoverbike riders accelerated onwards. The rest of the convoy consisting of heavily modified buggies and pickup trucks stayed with their leader’s gargantuan ride, remaining in pursuit of the two kids and their staked Scorpexes.Bookmark here

Around 12 or so bikers closed in to Mako and Fyra until the distance between them reached firing range. The riders pulled out their shotguns and SMGs and immediately opened fire at the two kids. Fortunately for Mako and Fyra, handling recoil with one hand and steering a bike with the other isn’t really good for one’s accuracy.Bookmark here

“Give us good meat! Plump kids make good meat!”Bookmark here

“Lead is raining! Lead is raining! HAHAHAAAA!!!”Bookmark here

The riders' maniacal laughter filled the arid air, but was cut short when a stream of fire unleashed by Fyra’s bracer brushed through one of them. A chain-reaction ensued, its reactants that of burning riders and crashing hoverbikes.Bookmark here

“Six down! Six to go!” Fyra announced, pulling out a plasma SMG from Mako’s backpack in front of her.Bookmark here

The one-horned devil opened fire at the rider on their right but missed all of her shots, and the same could be said for the other. However, some of the rider’s stray shots hit one of the impaled Scorpexes’ tail, now leaking its acidic venom. Bookmark here

Mako swung the iron rod to his right, flinging the Scorpexes’ leaked acid to the rider, blinding him and causing him to crash straight to a boulder. With five more to go, two riders surrounded Mako and Fyra from both left and right side.Bookmark here

“I take left! You take right!” Mako commanded, drawing out a double-barrel sawn off shotgun holstered on his hip. Bookmark here

The witch took aim and pulled the trigger, but the shotgun malfunctioned, releasing nothing more but a disappointing puff. Bookmark here

“Dang it! Not now Boomthorn!”Bookmark here

Luckily, Fyra paid no heed to Mako’s command. She fired her SMG to the right, and shot a chained crossbow bolt to the left. Both threats were instantly eliminated, with the left rider pulled along by the chained bolt. His body was dragged by Silverbolt as the chase went on.Bookmark here

“WEAKLINGS!! CAN’T EVEN KILL KIDS!!” Anubrax was deeply angered having observed it all through a telescope. Bookmark here

Anubrax whistled for one of his men to pass him his signature weapon: a shoulder-launched gauss cannon. Upon receiving, the Sandking took aim on the side scope, capturing Mako, Fyra and the remaining three riders in sight. Completely disregarding his own men’s presence, Anubrax fired.Bookmark here

A deafening boom thundered The Sand Gang convoy. Even the monster truck rode by Anubrax was pushed slightly aback from the cannon’s recoil. A blinding ball of light energy relentlessly at the two kids with dozens worth of mach speed.Bookmark here

Though missed, the projectile hit the ground nearly a meter away from Mako and Fyra. The ground exploded gloriously as a 100 feet tall mushroom cloud was formed. Both kids and their ride were sent flying onwards while the remaining three riders got caught in the explosion and reduced to ashes.Bookmark here

Although slightly dazed from the sudden jump, Mako continued to accelerate his Silverbot further utilizing the extra push from the explosion just now. He noticed a warning sign far ahead and once they’re close enough to read it, a mischievous smile beamed from the witch’s face.Bookmark here

“Hey Fyra! Soot up that sign eh!”Bookmark here

As ordered, Fyra unleashed a fireball towards the warning sign using her powered bracer. The sign caught fire and turned black from soot, obscuring any warnings it had written on it. The duo flew past the sign straight into whatever that lay ahead.Bookmark here

“Say, I didn’t catch the warning just now. What did it say?” Fyra confessed.Bookmark here

“Oh you’ll find out soon enough.” Bookmark here

10 seconds behind, the Sand Gang convoy had also passed through the soot-covered sign. A violent quake suddenly shook the sandy ground below both convoy and the Silverbolt. Bookmark here

Out of nowhere, a patch of ground exploded below one of the convoy’s buggies, sending it flying yards away. A van-sized Scarab beetle emerged from the exploded ground with a blindfolded machine gun wielding human riding on top of it. Bookmark here

Other patches of ground began exploding randomly as well followed by a Scarab-rider emerging from it. The Scarab-riders hollered as they opened fire at their intruders.Bookmark here

“You brought us to a Scarab Gang nest!?” Fyra shouted in disbelief.Bookmark here

“Yep! Just as planned!” Mako replied proudly. “Scarab-riders can’t see crap, so they’ll rely on the ground’s vibration to find stuff. Though they could feel Silverbolt hovering above, it’s nothing compared to those wheelies behind us.”Bookmark here

Meanwhile, an all out war ensued at Anubrax’s convoy. Some of the Scarabs were gunned down by sheer firepower of the convoy, while the Sand Gang’s vehicles were flipped and thrown here and there by the giant insectoid. Bullets and bombs went flying through the air as explosions, manic screaming and death overshadowed the loud engines of the Sand Gang’s convoy.Bookmark here

“We’re surrounded, boss! We need to retreat!” one of Anubrax’s henchmen commented.Bookmark here

“AAAARRGGHH!! YOU MIGHT GET AWAY THIS TIME, BUT NEXT TIME YOU BOTH ARE DEAD MEAT!!! ”Bookmark here

With that, Anubrax ordered his convoy to retreat as our protagonists fled onwards to their destination. This isn’t the first time the devil and the witch had a brush of death, and this surely won’t be their last.Bookmark here

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Somewhere in the desert of Kaandur, lie the shanty town of Cratemouth; a little town where all of its buildings, homes and shops alike, were made inside abandoned spaceship cargoes. Its inhabitants are as diverse as anywhere in Delirith; humans, non-humans, hybrids, cyborgs, straight up robots- and just like any inhabitant of Delirith, all are mad in their own special way.Bookmark here

Somewhere in Cratemouth, stood a supply stall that sold- well- supplies. There’s no fixed currency in Delirith thus businesses were normally conducted through bartering or fulfilling one’s favour. The latter method will be shown by our little witch and one-horned devil, as the former was seen knocking violently on the supply stall’s closed roller shutter.Bookmark here

“Ey Mr Ricky! Mr Rickyyyy!!!”Bookmark here

*KNOCK* *KNOCK* *KNOCK*Bookmark here

“Gar’ dammit child! Can’t a man have his noon nap in peace!” Bookmark here

[ RICKY HAIRSON ]
Bald as he is Bold!Bookmark here

“What in solar fart yer two want?”Bookmark here

“We got your skin and claws, boss!” Mako proudly presented the wheelbarrow behind him, containing eight Scorpex claws and four of its shedded skin, harvested from the Scorpexes the duo had hunted throughout the week before. Bookmark here

“Well, ‘least you both ain’t woke me up for nothin-” Ricky pulled the wheelbarrow into his shop and disappeared for some time. Mako and Fyra waited patiently for a moment when the stall owner returned with their payment inside the wheelbarrow.Bookmark here

For the Scorpexes’ claws and skins, the duo earned themselves a sack of food, a jerry can of fuel, and a small box of shotgun shells. Bookmark here

“What!? Just this?” Mako remarked.Bookmark here

“Why? Don’t like your paycheck?”Bookmark here

“No, the rest is fine, but this-'' Mako lifted up the box of shotgun shells- “we used way more throughout our hunt last week. Hell, one whole box per day if we stumbled with some baddies!”Bookmark here

“Ain’t my problem you suck at ammo management kid.” Ricky pulled down the roller shutter closing it shut, but was stopped by Mako who held the shutter back up.Bookmark here

“Come on boss! At least give two!”Bookmark here

“No means no!” Ricky pulled the shutter this time with more force. Mako couldn’t hold his grip and ends up letting go, but even then it refused to close shut completely because the witch’s feet were in the way-Bookmark here

“ARGHK!-”Bookmark here

“Fart sake-” Ricky lifted the shutter back up- “fine! If ye kids want more shells from me then first off, don’t let them Scorpex venom soil the skin. It could melt ANY organic material in this world!”Bookmark here

“Next, try getting something with bigger skin and claws, and teeth even. The bigger the better,” Ricky added his statement before finally closing the shutters for good. Bookmark here

-BAM!-Bookmark here

“Welp, now what?” Fyra asked as they both took the wheelbarrow, left the stall and made their way out of Cratemouth. Bookmark here

“Now- we go home.”Bookmark here

Mako turned the gear case of his round digital watch, digitally constructing (digistruct) Silverbolt in front of the duo from thin air. Once the digistruction was complete, the two kids packed up their things, got up the hoverbike and rode off. Bookmark here

“So, about Mr Ricky-” Fyra continued her question- “should we do it? Hunt things with bigger skin, claws and teeth?”Bookmark here

“Hell yeah we will!” Mako replied unhesitantly. “It’s not like we haven’t killed big baddies before.”Bookmark here

“We’re going to kill something sooo BIG, Mr Ricky ‘ll give us his entire stock of shells- no, his WHOLE STORE!”Bookmark here

“I don’t think he's gonna do that last part anytime now,” Fyra remarked, adjusting her seating position on the bike.Bookmark here

“Yeah, I’m just joking on that last part. But I’m hella serious for the first one. And I know just the beast that could help us with that!”Bookmark here

They arrived at their camp right before dusk as the sky darkens at the final stages of sunset. Their camp was nothing more but the remains of a crashed airship, hidden inside the valley of a desert canyon. Mako and Fyra got off the Silverbolt, unpacked their stuff and wind off after a hard day’s work. Bookmark here

“The beast you mentioned-” Fyra continued- “you didn’t mean the Razesaurus now, did ye?” Bookmark here

“Mmhm. That’s exactly what I meant!”Bookmark here

Fyra opened her helmet revealing her scarred face with scarlet-red eyes. Nearly half of her face was filled with burn scars and though there’s no physical mark, her right eye was completely blind of sight. Bookmark here

“Not that I’m doubting, but based on our two weeks stay in this desert, you should know how frequently we kept encountering bad guys here right?” Fyra reasoned. “I mean, we only killed like four Scorpex and a whole convoy went after our ass. Imagine if they saw us dragging a Razesaurus corpse.”Bookmark here

“I know the risks Fyra,” Mako replied, taking off his hat and clothes revealing a scar filled and quite lean muscular body for a boy his age, “That's why instead of defending ourselves, we’re going to steal from them first!Bookmark here

“Seriously?” Fyra replied in an unimpressed voice. “I don’t see how’s that going to make things easier, but screw that-”Bookmark here

“-I’m in.”Bookmark here

And with that, the devil and the witch prepped themselves that night with weapons and bombs. They had plenty of rest and enjoyed a goodnight’s sleep as first thing in the morning, the duo will pull off a heist to steal another’s hunt of the mighty Razesaurus.Bookmark here

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“Target in sight. I repeat, target in sight. Over,” Mako spoke, holding a walkie-talkie in his hand.Bookmark here

“Dude, I’m right beside you,” Fyra replied, without holding a walkie-talkie in her hand.Bookmark here

The time had reached its peak high-noon when Mako and Fyra had found the target for their heist. A few hundred yards away, Sandking Anubrax and his men were seen surrounding a dead Razesaurus. The gang leader overseered his men pulling the 12-feet body up with a pulley, placing it on top of a huge platform trailer attached to an armoured track-wheeled truck in front. Bookmark here

Even from afar, one could marvel at the monstrosity of the Razesaurus; its overly muscular humanoid body yet lizard-like skin, its fierce dinosaur-like face, and teeth and claws that could crush any armoured vehicle like paper. Only a madman would dare face this monster, which unfortunately for the Razesaurus, that’s like 101% of Delirith’s population (with a 1% margin of error). Bookmark here

“It’s time-” Mako put down his telescope as he and Fyra left their hiding spot.Bookmark here

“We’re good! We’re good! Aaaaaand done!” One of the sand-bois announced as the Razesaurus corpse was successfully placed on top of the platform trailer. Bookmark here

“GOOD JOB BOYS! I WON’T BE NEEDING THIS SCRAP ANYMORE!” Anubrax took off his rusted iron-crown and threw it across the sky. “RIP OFF ITS TEEF! I’LL HAVE IT AS MY CROWN!”Bookmark here

The Sandking’s announcement earned a celebratory cheer from his boys, firing bullets and rockets to the air as they hollered in delight. Meanwhile, the driver of the armoured truck in front of the platform trailer waited patiently for his leader’s order. He adjusted the front mirror when Mako and Fyra suddenly appeared inside its reflection.Bookmark here

“Wait wha-”Bookmark here

*WHACK!*Bookmark here

“WE’LL HAVE GUTS AND MEAT AND BONES TO LAST US TWO NIGHTS!!”Bookmark here

The Sand Gang continued their manic celebration not realizing that the armoured truck was hijacked and its driver kicked out. Not long after, Anubrax noticed the armoured vehicle took off without his order, and the original driver running towards him.Bookmark here

“Boss! Boss! Those kids! They- they-”Bookmark here

“YES I COULD SEE THAT! BUT HELL WITH IT! WE HAVE PLENTY OF BERTHAS!Anubrax whistled, signalling his men to bring forth a backup truck. The truck attached itself to the platform trailer carrying the Razesaurus’ corpse, apparently left behind by our protagonists.Bookmark here

Back to Mako and Fyra, half an hour passed before one of them realized that the truck they hijacked didn't pull anything. They got off from the vehicle and Mako immediately banged his head on the truck in frustration.Bookmark here

“MOTHERFLIPPING! DARN! GABNABBIT!-” Mako punched the truck non-stop before collapsing face front to the sandy floor below. Fyra watched in silence as the witch sulked.Bookmark here

“Uggghhhh… Fyraaaa… Kill me pleeease…”Bookmark here

“You gotcha boss-” Fyra took Mako’s double-barreled shotgun from his hip, aimed at the boy’s head and pulled the trigger.  Unfortunately (or fortunately- I don’t know) the gun malfunctioned and let out a pathetic puff.Bookmark here

“Looks like Boomthorn doesn’t want you dead yet.”Bookmark here

“Aaahhhhh…..” Mako groaned, rolling back to face the cloudless sky.Bookmark here

“Y’know, maybe we should take things slowly. Maybe we shouldn’t go for the big boys straight on,” Fyra suggested, offering her hand as he pulled Mako back to his feet. “There’s plenty of creatures bigger than the Scorpex but smaller than the Razesaurus. One of them’s bound to value more than one box of shells from Mr Ricky’s standard.”Bookmark here

“Yeah, but that means we have to hunt and protect our hunt,” Mako argued.Bookmark here

“So? Doesn’t make a difference compared to, say, all the time. Besides-” Fyra handed Mako his Boomthorn back- “the witch never gives up even in dire times.”Bookmark here

A smile formed on Mako’s face, grabbing his shotgun back into his grasp, “and the devil never leaves its partner’s side!”Bookmark here

With their spirit back up, Mako digistructed his Silverbolt and they both rode off into the sunset to hunt for bigger skin, claw and teeth.Bookmark here


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