Cipher glanced at the radar in his hands as he flew through the skies of Namek, listening to the beeping. It had picked up a Dragonball, one of the seven he needed to collect to achieve his goals. It seemed that the signal was directing him to a Namekian settlement. Did the Namekians keep the Dragonballs in their cities? Not exactly the safest approach, but it allowed for finding them easily enough.
As he hovered over the city, he looked at the radar's screen. It was here somewhere. Slowly, the four armed android began to descend, keeping an eye out for anything that might tell him where his target was. He made sure to look out for any strong powers, any sort of guardian keeping the ball safe.
Accord was looking at his Dragon Radar from which he acquired from a wrecked space pod. It was either always broken down or only picking up the signal of his own Dragon ball, a wishing orb that he had kept underneath the Guru's throne. A hidden safe space that only those in the position of Guru would know about. For the longest while, no one has even reached down there, which always begged the question of why the hell a skeleton of a frog was down in there. One of the previous Guru's must have misplaced his pet or anything. Poor froggy.
Though he was told by a couple of the elders that he was a poor guru for acting so hasty in creating the dragon balls, Accordio was rather prideful and confident in his beliefs. Those old fools had no idea as to what is happening in the universe, and neither does Accordio. But a thing the child has realized is that doing nothing will be the utter undoing of everyone of this planet, as doing nothing resulted in the planet being destroyed. By the red devil known as Vi-Poi. It was such a relief actually learning the name of the great destroyer, informed to him by the naked bio-warrior woman.
"Lord Guru, there is an anomaly in the sky."
One of the Warrior Caste guards who have been assigned to the guru's home at this time exclaimed from within the entrance of the home. Being brought out of his own thoughts, Accordio hopped out of his throne, making his way to the rather generic looking guard, asking him, "What kind of anomaly?"
"It's a person in the sky." "Well I don't feel any souls in the sky, so why are you lying to me?"
"That's the thing, we can see him, yet he has no energy to feel."
Saying that last word with such suddenness and irritation, Accordio made his way around the guard to look into the air, eyes scanning for this supposed anomaly. Although taking a couple of seconds, the guru could see a white figure standing in the sky, looking down at the village menacingly. Focusing on his senses, the guru attempts to feel the soul of the being above him, trying to feel out whether or not this person had any inclination of being organic. And much to his disdain, this being was nowhere close to being an organic. Turning around, Accordio walks into his home, not wanting to deal with robots. The previous robots he had encountered had either destroyed his planet, or tried to make a move on Lusca, the most powerful of his guardians.
Those inorganic beings always bring misery wherever they go.
Walking back to his throne, Accordio would say to his guard, "Tell the people to ignore it for now. Hopefully it will go away. Also send one of the other guards to search for the strongest ally they can find, in the off chance that this is the second coming of the Devil of Namek."
With that said, the guard relayed the orders to his buddy outside of the door, and flew away to start completing the tasks they were assigned. Accordio truly wished that things will not turn sour.
Cipher slowly touched down, his appearance easily attracting attention amongst the Namekians. Many of them were looking at him with a mixture of fear and disdain, not that Cipher could blame any of them. It was his superior, in the grip of madness, that had destroyed their world. Even with the Dragon Balls, there were some things that simply could not be undone. But right now, Cipher had other things to worry about. Glancing at the radar in his hands, he followed the signal, approaching a home much larger than the others. He could easily guess that this was a seat of power here in the city, possibly the whole of Namek.
Cipher paused and looked over to see a Namekian confronting him. Judging by his outfit, his build, and his stance, the man was clearly a guard, and one assigned to defend this place. "Don't step any closer!" he growled. The android let out a soft sigh. "Step aside," the android spoke calmly, "I assure you, I mean you no harm." He took another step towards the building and the guard suddenly lunged forward. "I wont let you touch the guru you soulless monster!" he roared, swinging a foot out to kick him.
Cipher reacted faster than the Namekian could see, catching his foot in mid air without the least bit of effort. The guard gasped in surprise as Cipher released the leg, letting him step back. He quickly regained his composure though and moved to strike again, once again harmlessly blocked by the pale android. "You cannot win," the android replied, "Fighting me is pointless." The guard seemed to realize that, but was dedicated to his duty to protect his guru. The Namekian continued to throw blow after blow, each one blocked or deflected by the android.
Anyone else would have smacked the guard aside and kept on going, but despite Cipher's desire for the dragonballs, he knew this Namekian was only doing his job, doing what was right. The android just wished he would give up and stand aside already.
Sometimes it was hard being as kind hearted as Cipher was.
(JUST REALIZED THAT THIS WAS MOORI CAPITAL AND NOT GURU VILLAGE)
Still within his building that was his home away from his home, as he was usually in the Guru Village. He was only here as he had to transport a traitorous Namekian Elder, jailing him for his transgressions against the Guru. Good thing that the building in the Moori Capital and the one in the Grand Elder Village were practically identical. From within his building, he could hear the ruckus created as it was soon apparent that the android had touched down, one of the remaining guards not getting the memo and trying to stop the pale machination.
Furrowing his brow as it seems that the android was wanting business here with the Namekians, Accordio took a deep breath, not ready to deal with yet another of these hellish creations. He was already traumatized by the events caused by Vi-Poi, and the green haired moron that accompanied Marcel was rather rude. This one, from what Accordio can tell, seems to just be straightforward and extremely strong, judging by how he was handling his own guard.
Thankfully one of the other guards made it to that area, telling everyone to evacuate and ignore the android, the crowd dispersing to the furthest reaches of the Moori Capital, as they were doing what they were told. Nobody wanted to deal with this android, but it seems the one who wants the least to do with these soulless devils has to do it no matter what.
Slapping his own face to shock him into more confidence, Accordio left his temporary home, the small four foot tall guru making his way to the pale-skinned machination. With each step, the guru kept hoping that this visit would not result in something disasterous to him, putting faith in the hopes that this robot wanted to only check in with the leader of the planet. Just like everyone else who sought him out. Or even ask for training underneath the guru, somehow learning of the Namekian Gift of unlocking potentials.
Anything to get him away.
"So," Accordio began, looking up at the multiple appendage being, "Who are you and what are you here for? I would welcome you, but robots are not welcome due to obvious reasons."
Cipher kept dodging and weaving, not even counter attacking the Namekian guard who was constantly swinging at him. He had to admit, the guy did have stamina. But this was an exercise in futility. Surely he'd give up by now, right?
Suddenly, a voice spoke up, just as Cipher caught a punch thrown by the guard. The android turned his attention to a smaller Namekian that had approached him. The small one had a decent power level, at least amongst his people. Judging by his clothing, and the way he carried himself, Cipher had a feeling that this was the guru that the guard was speaking of. Even the guard had paused and was looking over at his superior with widened eyes.
"Greetings," the android said, giving the guru a bow, all the while holding onto the guard's wrist, unwittingly twisting it slightly, "I am Cipher 24." Noticing the guard's discomfort in his position, Cipher released his wrist. "My apologies." The guard stepped back, rubbing his wrist, looking back and forth between the two of them.
Cipher turned his attention back to the Guru. "I can understand your apprehension around me. Insane or not, the destruction of a planet is a grave crime," He decided not to mention that it was ViPoi that also restored Namek. He didn't want to appear that he was brushing aside a major tragedy of these people. "I assure you though, I have no intention of harming Namek or it's people. I come here in search of the Dragonballs, and I've traced one to this location."
Accordio watched as the pale skinned robot drop one of his guards, whom after being dropped left in order to help the small evacuation the guru had ordered. The small guru always held the safety of his own people above all else, even if it meant having to do things that he would loathe. Then came the moment of truth, the actual interaction with this soulless being, who called himself Cipher 24.
The small guru winced as the android actually stated the one thing that he should not have said, as he knew about the destruction of namek from the hands of an robot. The nerve of this being just stating that he knew of the issues going on, and yet manhandling one of the guards like a little rag doll, bringing total disrespect to him. Though Accordio should at least be thankful that he was not harmed, it still angered him a little that the guard was treated like a child.
Though the next sentences sent a chill down the guru's spine, sending the small child into a cold sweat as despite the intentions he was trying to make with his words, the fact that he was looking for the dragon balls scared him to his very core. His memory flashing back to a year back, where he was standing in the middle of the Ajissa plains, gathering some wild Ajissa for his Melodi's garden. Then a voice rang above, one that would soon strike terror into the heart of Accordio...
"...You hear me, you pathetic, powerless pipsqueaks? Give me your Dragon Balls!!!..."
"...If I don’t get the Dragon Balls before I get bored, you’ll all be treated to the Universe’s number one light show!”
And yet Accordio could only stand there, unable to move as he was powerless to stop the red menace. It was not a matter of having the power to stop him, but the willpower, as he was scared to his very core. He could barely breathe, let alone move an inch while he watched the menace cackle like a mad man, before sending down the giant ball of crimson energy to crash into the planet, the violet robed child being among the very first to go as he was at ground zero.
Flashing back to present time, Accordio instinctively took a step back, looking at Cipher with a mixture of fear and disdain...
"IF YOU UNDERSTOOD THE PAIN AND GRIEVOUS CRIMES OF ONE OF YOUR KIND, THEN YOU'D KNOW WHY YOU DO NOT DESERVE THE DRAGON BALL," The guru shouted, on the verge of visceral rage or tears, it was hard to tell. Despite being on the edge of being overly emotional, Accordio continued his verbal tirade against Cipher.
"You think you can waltz here, asking to take one of the wishing orbs to use for your selfish desires!? The last time one of your kind came here and asked for such a thing, our planet... GONE. POOF! TURNED INTO ASH DUE TO THAT RED HAIRED BASTARD! So please, do all of us a favor, and leave... Not just leave this city, but this planet too, as you're presence is just TOXIC to our kind! And please, tell the rest of your soulless machination friends to keep away, as they are not really welcomed on our planet in the slightest!"
With that said, the guru turned around on his heels and jets towards the building he came from, holding out his hand, pushing forth a beam of ki at the open space in the building. The ki he shot at the open section of the building created a wooden wall that hung off of the open space, as if they were hinges. As soon as the guru entered the building, he grabbed the movable wooden wall, and slammed it against the open air, practically slamming the door on Cipher 24.
Using Magic Materialization once again, Accordio created more layers of wall between him and the door, hoping to stall Cipher for as long as possible. The Guru was going to take the Dragon Ball and jet, not wanting to deal with this potential psychopath. Although Accordio could have appeased Cipher by giving him the dragon balls, the fact that Cipher was stomping on such a very sensitive topic with such casualness did not fly by the violet robed child. The guru could just tell the appeasing the pale android was the wrong choice in this situation. Giving in would be admitting defeat, surrendering the chance of creating a proper guardian of Namek to stop people like Cipher, Hunter, and even Vi-Poi from doing whatever they want...
Running to the Moori Capital guru's throne, the small Namekian opens up the hidden compartment underneath in order to grab the ball. Not making the same mistake as last time, the guru once more uses his magic materialization to create a bag of sorts that he could put on his back... A Backbag! A perfect name for such a creation! Grabbing the orange orb, he stuff it into the back as much as possible, covering it up using a little latch of sorts so that the dragon ball would not fly out by accident.
Then came the escape... Running to the wall opposite to where he made the door, the guru pulled his hand back, ready to break the wall down. Focusing all of his spiritual energy into his fist, he starts slinging his right arm at the wall, slamming it against the back of a building with repeated strength in order to break it down. Good thing he was of at least a decent strength, or he would not have been able to break open a hole large enough for him to slip through. On the other side of the building, with dragonball in his backbag, Accordio lifts himself in the air, flying away from the Moori Capital, hoping that Cipher did not catch on to what he was doing.
[Although Accordio is trying to flee with Dragonball, he is NOT trying to thread exit with dragon ball as Accordio's going to put up as much of a fight as possible]
Cipher let out a sigh as the guru turned and slammed the door behind him. He should have expected this reaction. ViPoi's actions had cast a shadow longer than anyone would realize. Granted, Cipher didn't exactly expect the namekians to be cooperative anyway. Cipher however couldn't give up, just because they said no, and he wasn't about to start throwing people aside like trash in order to accomplish his goals either. Cipher let out another sigh. Sometimes he wished he could do like the others and simply smash the problem, instead of insisting on finding a more peaceful solution.
Inside, he could sense the Guru running around, before suddenly breaking down a wall and flying away. The guru wasn't exactly subtle in his escape attempts. Cipher's radar beeped. The little one was trying to make off with the dragonball!
As Accordio tried to fly away, he would suddenly find himself cut off, as Cipher seemed to appear almost out of nowhere in front of him. In reality, Cipher was just much, MUCH faster. The android floated in front of him, one pair of his arms crossed while the others hung at his sides.
"I remember when Namek was destroyed. I was running all over the galaxy, trying to find help in stopping ViPoi's madness. I could only sit back and watch from another world as yours was reduced to dust by his madness, not having the power to prevent it..." One of his hands clenched into a fist as the unwanted feelings began boiling within him. "And that wasn't all. I couldn't stop ViPoi when he turned his maddened sights on earth. I couldn't stop the Saiyans from reducing Arcose and Kanassas to a lifeless husk. I could only watch helplessly, as my own child was brutally taken from me." He kept his voice level, but it was painfully clear that there was a lot of anger and anguish bubbling under that calm exterior.
"That's why I'm seeking the dragon balls. So I can get the power to ensure that nobody has to suffer like that again. Not you, not the Namekian race, not anyone." Slowly, he extended a hand towards the Guru, "So please, give me the dragon ball."
Some distance away Shemha had been fiddling with the round device she retrieved from one of the SSE storerooms recently set up alongside the construction Habana oversaw. Based on what she learned, the device was able to locate the mystical spheres that were known as the Dragon Balls. Unsure why it was in part of the Empire’s inventory, perhaps for some planned invasion of Earth or the like, no one seemed to care she had taken it. Most soldiers probably didn’t even know what it was. Able to scrounge up one of the required power cells from a merchant, she had finally fit it together.
With a press of the button, the radar activated as it reached out to scan the area. Shemha promised to help Accordio in his quest to gather the orbs and she was a woman of her word. In a moment of silence she watched the green circle expand towards the outsides of the device. A frown almost took shape on her fair features when it looked like it would find nothing, but then at the very edge of the scan a small blip made itself known. Smiling wide as it looked like she had already found one, Shemha reached for the scouter that sat her her right eye.
The device would allow her to inform Habana where she was going in case the soon to be Queen needed her.
”Hab…” Shemha began before she paused mid-word, jaw slightly ajar as her scouter not only opened a com channel, but scanned for signatures of importance. What it displayed was not what she expected. Accordio’s signature of course stood out amongst his people, but she had sensed him before with her own natural sensing abilities. What surprised her was the signature that vastly outclassed the Guru’s, one at roughly the three million mark. Both stood near the ping on her radar. Unable to sense the same signature when she focused, that left only one possibility in her mind…and Android.
When she last spoke with the small guardian of Namek, he mentioned an android from Earth and Toma the same…a robot by the name of Vi Poi. According to the recount of past events, that very android was responsible for the destruction of Namek and the death of its people. Could this impressive energy be the very same? Even with her new found strength she only matched it. There was no doubt whoever this was had the power to destroy a planet if they wished…and Accordio was right alongside them.
A loyal friend and dedicated soldier, she was quick to gather herself despite the unknown variables that remained. The Majin’s legs bent as she dropped into a crouch before the coiled appendages launched her into the air. As her boots pressed off the dirt, the ground beneath her feet cracked and split under the pressure and the moment she activated her bukujutsu, a shockwave rippled out from her slender form. Breaking the sound barrier with ease, any in the immediate area would hear and feel her take off, but before they registered what just happened, she was gone.
Like a red beam of light she streaked across the sky towards the Guru’s location, mere seconds required to close the distance before her eyes fell on the source of the unknown signature. Dressed in white and with four arms, the robot was unlike any she had encountered previously. One of its arms was extended towards the small Namekian, although it was not poised to strike.
As quickly as she burst into motion, she came to a stop, the tentacle atop her head bouncing before it settled into place. With no reason to hide her own strength she looked from the Guru to the stranger and back.
”Is everything alright, Accordio?” Shemha asked from a short distance away. She floated closer as she spoke, dark eyes alert as ever in the light of this sudden development.
Flying away as fast as he could, Accordio would have a false sense of security while zooming through the air, thinking he would be able to get away from the robot. Maybe he was being overly paranoid, but with the events of both Carva, apparently a saiyandroid who just flat out exploded within the Guru's, and the green haired moron who apparently had no idea how to take a hint as Lusca had to crush him; Accordio was not wanting to deal with these machinations. He gave them the time of his day as much as he could, but he could not take it anymore. Maybe he should make some rule about these soulless machinations visiting Namek.
Though, interrupting his thoughts, was a burst of wind which blasted right past the short, violet robed Namekian. One instant there was nothing, but from this instant and onward the four-armed droid was floating in front of him. It was useless to try and escape, as Accordio would soon learn. Not even being able to feel this being's strength, it was obvious that he outclassed him in how quick he went from being in the city to practically a couple miles away within a blink of an eye.
Then he continued speaking once more, Accordio wincing with each word spoken as Cipher talked about how he stood by and watched from another planet, pushing Accordio's mood towards him further down into the proverbial toilet. Gritting his teeth together in complete anger, he was about to give Cipher a piece of his mind, but the pale droid had more to say, speaking of how he was unable to stop others in their madness. It was a bit of a lame excuse, but it seemed this 24 person had more on his plate than what he led on earlier.
Then came what Cipher wanted from his wish, which widened the Guru's eyes. Power... This bucket of bolts wants power. Though in context from what he said, it would make some levels of sense, but these kinds of wishes never work out. Accordio wanted to believe in him, but part of him just was tearing apart as he can not put himself to believe in a THING that spits in the face of the balance of life.
And on the verge of losing himself, a familiar soul made its way on the scene in a blink of an eye. Turning his head to face the Red Wonder, Accordio smiled as he saw someone whom he could trust wholeheartedly. "Shemha!" Accordio uttered out with glee, not aware that he accidentally said that out loud. Then the red majin asked a question, whether Accordio was alright.
Shaking his head, he would say, "Not really. But n... n... no need for hostilities..." turning around to face Cipher, he would be seen with clenched teeth, on the verge of losing himself. Accordio had to change if he was going to protect his people. Despite his hatred for Vi-Poi, Cipher really had not done anything to truly deserve his scorn. This was his last chance, Accordio decided, a last chance that he'll grant those of the mechanical variety. If Cipher screws up, then Accordio was done with dealing with robots.
"Despite... My anger towards your kind... I'll give you a... chance. Please, by all means, persuade me, tell me why you truly deserve this dragon ball. But first, I... will tell you of my own goals. I do not wish to be stronger, nor do I wish for someone to be stronger. I do not wish for eternal life or am missing anyone in the afterlife. But, this planet is missing something vital, something that can not be provided to us by others... A Guardian who will protect this planet without any pre-existing ties, one who will protect me and the good people of this planet."
"Though this is one of the three wishes that can be granted, why would I trust you with one of the remaining two?"
Cipher wasn't sure how the Namekian would react. He knew full well that the guru held no love for androids, and he didn't simply want to intimidate him into handing over the Dragon Ball. Cipher never considered himself a bully.
But then another came onto the scene. A Majin? He didn't expect to find one here on Namek, and especially one with such a high power level. It compared to his own. The guru seemed to know her, and was on good terms with her too. This could go badly. If the two of them fought, what damage could it do to the city below them? He didn't want to put innocents in harms way. He was beginning to think it was best to withdraw, to avoid any further confrontation when the guru said something that surprised him.
Not only did he assure the Majin there was no need to fight, but also seemed willing to give Cipher a chance. A look of surprise was visible on the android's face, before giving way to a relieved smile. He was actually willing to talk! "Thank you my lord." he said, giving the guru a respectful bow. He listened carefully to the namekian's own goals. He wished to bring a guardian for Namek, someone who could protect it, without any ties to anyone else to influence them. Cipher could understand that. E Namekian's had gone through so much already.
"It seems our goals are somewhat similar. You seek someone to protect your people, and I seek the power to protect others. Though my goals extend to all living things, not just Namekians, I would be more than happy to offer my strength in Namek's time of need." He wasn't just saying that either. This was what he truly believed. He hoped the guru would see the sincerity of his words. Though Accordio's mentioning of the dragonballs wishes gave him paused. He had forgotten the Namekian dragonballs gave three wishes, instead of just one like he was used to. This could solve both their problems.
"Perhaps we can make an arrangement. You seek one wish to bring about your guardian, and I seek a wish to grant me strength to protect. I know for a fact that it does not require a wish from the dragonballs to return to the land of the living, and I have every faith in my daughter's abilities to return to us. After all, I've seen lesser being achieve such. As a result, this leaves us with one last wish. Either for yourself, or perhaps for miss Shemha here." He gestured to the Majin with a friendly smile, "Ai'm sure the three of us together will have no problem in collecting the remaining seven dragonballs."
He silently hoped the arrangement would be agreeable to both of them.
Accordio was obviously pleased to see her, the way he nearly shouted her name hinted at a release of tension. Based on the creature that hovered near him and that the backpack he wore looking stuff with a spherical object, she didn’t need to guess at what this was all about. Fully ready to engage whatever threat this robotic creature might pose, the Majin found herself a little surprised as Accordio stammered out there was no need for hostilities. She kept her mouth shut at first, letting the Guru speak and make his offer.
Despite her silence she disagreed with his proposal to ally in the quest for the Dragon Balls. Shemha knew nothing about this man and she could only assume Accordio didn’t either. So willing to share his desires to protect Namek with this stranger, she bit her tongue as her brow narrowed slightly. It was natural for her not to trust others, trust something she believed to be earned instead of granted. If she possessed any skills to assess a situation, it looked like the short Namekian was in the process of fleeing while the extended hand of the android indicated he wanted what the Guru had. Why would he stretch to trust someone with such clear motives?
The only positive thing was that Accordio still drew breath, the powerful machine having restrained from striking him down. Of course she knew nothing of the tie between the spheres and the Namekian’s life force, a major reason to keep the short fellow alive for sure.
As she kept that in mind she took in the response. Like Accordio, he wanted to protect those who could not protect themselves. However, his methods were to grant himself more strength to do so. The mystical spheres no doubt possessed such capability, but a wish like that seemed more selfish than the one Accordio dreamed of. Who was to say that his words were not lies to win the favor of those he might wish to deceive? Skilled in the art of deception herself, she was cautious about taking his words at face value.
When he was finished, Shemha chose to speak up.
”You claim that we seek the same thing, but the wish for a guardian and personal strength are far different in my opinion. Why not wish for the same as the Guru? I am unsure of the limits of these Dragon Balls, but wouldn’t the creation of an incorruptible defending be far more valuable than giving power to a machine? I have heard that in the past, the one known as Vi-Poi lost control and Namek paid the price. Who is to say that wouldn’t happen again? She questioned.
It was nothing personal against him per say, the Majin skeptical in general. From the moment she learned about what the Dragon Balls were capable of she felt they were a power none should control. Her decision to side with the Guru was initially because of her allegiance to the SSE and then his desire to protect a planet that had suffered too much. To extend this power to another…an unknown factor did not sit well with her.
With the presence of Shemha here, the guru felt more at ease to at least try the negotiations. Despite his complete anger towards the entirety of the robot race, he was not an unjust person. Part of him wanted to believe that not everyone is rotten at the core, but are pushed down into doing bad things because of the way that they are raised. At the same time, another part of him was convinced that those of the machine variety had no morals, as they owned no true soul to them, thus they could say anything they want and do whatever they want without the pangs of guilt that usually come with souls. He was even proven due to the previous androids whom have made such horrid impressions on him and, by extension due to Vi-Poi the Tyrant, the entire planet of Namek.
After giving Cipher a chance, it seemed the pale machination lightened up in his mood in order. Then came the negotiations, in which Cipher made his case as he seeks the power to protect. God this was such an oxymoron if Accordio ever heard one, as one does not need power in order to protect. Hell, the guru of this planet wanted to protect his own people, and yet he was not wishing for absolute strength. He wants to create a Namekian Vanguard whom would protect the planet like no other, and if that does not work, Accordio can always depend on those around him to assist him. Bonds and brotherhoods are necessary in repelling threats after all.
Then the pale soulless being went on about how each one of the three here could have a wish, as he had faith in his daughter would come back to life without any troubles. Cringing quite terribly, Accordio could not believe the uttered words of a daughter of a robot. Just imagining an organic having the origins of a robot was terrifying, as that would lead to the idea that Accordio could trust less people. He wouldn't even be able to tell if one was a synth or not...
Before speaking himself, it seemed Shemha had a word of her own, one which actually persuaded the young guru a little bit. Her words rang true about how wishing for power was a foolhardy idea, while at the same time the bringing about a vanguard of great loyalty and strength being a much more suitable wish. Smiling as he felt someone back him up in his ideals, he took a deep breath, gathering his thoughts together in order to give Cipher his ruling. "On this point, I want to believe you... Cipher" Accordio began, his tone struggling to maintain normalcy, "However, gaining power through the wishing orbs is rather odd. I would believe in earning one's strength to defend, as one would work to being a guardian of sorts. On top of this, you already know the stance the synthetic beings are in accordance to those of Namekian descent, due to the great cataclysm around a year ago."
Clicking his tongue a couple times, he continued on with his answer, "And I have also came back from the dead, but in due part to the wish breaking back our planet. But I see Shemha's point in how you, a stranger to our planet and us, wish to team up with us without really getting to know you as a person.... Thus, I have come to the decision that you are not trustworthy with my orb. BUT, I will add this. You may rethink your wish and help collect them, as things change over time of course. So if you manage to get your hands on another dragon ball, and bring it to a gathering when we have found all of them, we will consider your wish much more so, as you have assisted. Though, I will make it apparent that there are more in our group than me and Shemha... As there is a tree that is assisting us, going by the name of Walker. So, if you wish to collect the dragon balls, by all means do so as you would have earned your right by that point."
Cipher remained quiet as both Shemha and Accordio spoke their piece. Both were skeptical about giving him power, compared to simply creating one to do the defending for them. "For my whole existence, I have had to rely on others to do such things for me. Even with the amount of power I have, I cannot put it to good use. The thought of it is almost maddening." He looked at the pair of them. "My existance came at the expense of another. That fact has always weighed heavily upon me. As such, I've dedicated myself to the preservation of life. To be unable to do so is intolerable."
Cipher let out a small sigh. "However, I cannot deny the truth in your words. I'll admit, the grief of losing my daughter was the main factor that brought me here. I'll respect your decision, and allow you to keep the Dragonball. However, if I may suggest, I would recommend giving the orb to Shemha. With her considerable strength, she would be better suited to its protection. As the leader of the Namekian people, it wouldn't be right to put you in any unnecessary danger." It was only a suggestion, and they were free to ignore it if they so chose.
"Still, since I am here, I may as well do some good. I shall assist you in gathering the Dragonballs. If my actions can at least assure peace and protection for someone, it would be enough." He gave a small bow to the pair of them. "A good day to you both."
And with that, he turned and began to fly away. So, Walker was on the planet as well. He felt some sense of relief. He knew Walker would back Cipher, assure the guru that Cipher was not a threat. However, he decided to keep quiet for now. He was fortunate to get the Guru to trust him this far. Simply continuing to push for the guru to trust him might cause problems. Cipher would let his actions speak for themselves.
Accordio appeared to agree with her hesitation at least to a point. In part she might compliment him for his decision to take the high road in this despite his past dealings with similar creatures, but unknown factors remained. If only she heard his words earlier, the demand that Cipher leave the planet, then she likely would have chosen a more aggressive stance. However, the Guru held authority here and if he wished to let the android assist them than she her mouth would remain shut. That was not to say she would trust him, not until he proved deserving of that trust.
Whether it be a ploy or his true view, the machine claimed to agree with their words. His grief was his fuel for the journey here, but it was yet to consume him. A lesser creature’s mind likely to give into the emotion and perhaps lead to a very different confrontation. Shemha wondered, perhaps this was one advantage of being artificial, more emotional control. Unfamiliar with humanoid constructs such as Cipher, the Majin was woefully unaware of the emotional properties that some possessed, more than a few less capable of controlling them than their organic counterparts. Androids could be as fickle as any creature.
Not surprised by his recognition of their concerns, the response to be expected whether his goals were honest or not, she did find the suggestion that she carry the Dragon Ball curious. From a logical stand point it made perfect sense. She was stronger and thus far more capable of keeping the sphere safe. Never would she ask such a thing of Accordio or suggest it, simply out of respect to his possible pride, nor would she openly object to the idea. The Dragon Balls possessed powerful magic and she trusted no one more than herself. With one in her charge, her full effort could be dedicated to make sure they were not misused.
A small inclination of her head was all she offered in response to his bow, not willing to take her eyes off of him until he began to disappear on the horizon a few moments after her took off. Only when she felt he was out of ear shot, potential enhanced hearing part of his technologically advanced body, did she turn to address the Guru.
”Do you believe we can trust him, Guru?” She asked, skepticism not hidden. ”I know he claims to wish nothing different from yourself, but his appearance on this planet is at best questionable. Beyond those that saw the summoning and those you’ve told, how else would someone gain knowledge of the Dragon Balls existence?” She continued as her arms shifted to cross over her chest. Something about this didn’t sit right with her. It was never wise to trust those you did not know…even trusting those you did held its dangers.
Although Cipher had tried to tell of why he felt pained that he could not have used his power for the greater good, Accordio felt rather unconvinced by this kind of sob story. The pursuit of power never ends well for those wishing to gain power for protection, as that is a desire that can be tainted when projected with the worst of stimuli. Grief, for example, is a good way for the amassing of power to sour in the worst of ways, something that he doubted that Cipher did not feel. And it seemed the robot was either really unaffected by the death of someone close to him, or he was really good at acting. Though, if one thing had been gained from all of this, it was the fact that Cipher had given some solid advice about Shemha handling the Dragon Ball. Not a bad idea in the slightest.
Once Cipher had flown away, it seemed that Shemha had her own thoughts on Cipher, on whether or not the guru should even trust him in the first place. To be honest, the guru felt as if he was betraying who he was by even giving Cipher the time of day, but at the same time he felt at least some amount of respite for how reasonable the android was. And the words of Shemha even gave the guru a greater cause of worry, as it seemed people were coming out of the wood works as soon as the Dragon Balls were made. Walker was completely right, the guru did not have much time before even worse people came to this peaceful planet to make their vile desires a reality.
"To be honest, I have no clue," Accordio began, taking off the backbag that he was wearing, pulling out the orange orb inside. "His metaphorical heart may be in the right place, but he truly is a stranger to the two of us. If he does cause problems, we can fix such an issue to a quick degree due to the allies I have made upon becoming Guru... You, Miss Habana, even Mister Walker, an odd tree man who wishes to collect the orbs so we can make our wishes before evil can come to our planet. And I too wish to learn of why so many learn of them, but I entirely blame the Earthlings and their usage of their balls. Their knowledge must have come from Earth, due to their own dragon balls, thus my own safety is compromised in a sense."
With the orb in hand, he hands it over to Shemha, not waiting for her to take it as he forces it into her hands, saying with a smile, "I apologize for the suddenness and the forcefulness, as I can't own this ball without compromising my own safety. I know you are strong, and I know for sure of your loyalty. I trust you with my entire heart that you can keep this safe, while also embarking on your own search for more of the wishing orbs. The words of the android was true on that, so I wish for you to keep my orb safe."