Dilva hadn't thought it possible, but the planet had calmed down. The last few days were largely without issue, and his explorations went smoothly. He had avoided cities, and anywhere that remotely looked populated. He didn't need that sort of issue right now. Of course, now that he had a scouter, he knew who to avoid. Fighters being on this planet he could understand, but too many of them were high powered. He had enough of thinking about that though. He had slightly more pressing issues. Like the huge tower in the middle of the woods. It went up higher than it realistically SHOULD have. The common sense in Dilva told him to fly the other way. The curiosity in Dilva told him to go see what was at the top. After a few minutes, curiosity won him over and he began flying up at a leisurely pace. About twenty minutes later he reached the top. It was round in shape, with a white and red coloration. Square tiles lined the floor. Dilva touched down on the tile, and pushed up his glasses, extremely confused.
A predator... That was the term that could have identified the child who was turning the underground laboratory into a living hell. Her eyes had hazed over, a certain emptiness in those usually lively eyes while Reikiko had pounced onto one of the scientists, causing him to topple onto the ground, a high-pitched scream coming from the man. Of course he was afraid, anyone would have been if they saw what was about to unfold. With her hands restraining the poor human the bio-android's tail slowly swished upwards, the tip where the stinger was located bending just a little before she dived it downwards, plunging it right into the man's back. She could feel it, despite the fact that the man was a weak entity that could had been called vermin, a certain intoxicating feeling coursed through her body when she felt his essence being drained into her body. When only the man's clothes remained Reikiko dashed toward another person who was fleeing further away, her speed having dramatically increased compared to before.
It wouldn't have been wrong to say that the bio-android had turned into a monster, lacking any hesitation or sympathy as she brutally devoured one person after another. Male or female, young or old, it didn't matter. They were all food for her rise to evolution. After an hour Reikiko found herself within the laboratory, the only sign that was left of the massacre being the various clothes that were left by the victims she had absorbed. The sound of footsteps came from behind her, causing Reikiko to turn her head sideways, a glimpse over her shoulder being made when she suddenly felt a pair of arms wrap around her neck, pulling her backwards into a hug. Of course it was just an illusion, a hallucination made by her sister, for Keiko's body no longer existed.
"I'm so happy to see that you're back to your old self Onee-sama."
The tone of Keiko's voice was surprisingly sweet in nature, the bio-android seemingly genuine happy for some reason, yet Reikiko's eyes remained to simply stare at her surroundings. There was nothing left for her to feast on, nobody that could help her continue her rise to evolve. This location had lost its value to her. Slowly, almost with the staggering motions of a zombie Reikiko made her way toward the entrance of the laboratory, still feeling the overwhelming euphoria from having absorbed so many individuals. Nevertheless, it seemed that she didn't have enough.
"You're still hungry? If you want there is a town not far from here. You could get more food there."
Still, when she stepped outside the laboratory, her ki flaring dramatically into an unnaturally high level due to the bio-metabolism she had obtained from her sister's absorption, the Bio-android could feel something stirring within her. A small voice that shouted from within the depths of hunger and bloodlust.
It was barely a whisper, but the voice sounded extremely sorrowful, and yet when she tried to take another step she found her body tremble lightly, tears slowly running down her eyes.
Stop me Uncle!
Was it a part of her that was crying for herself to be stopped? Perhaps part of her had cared more about Scargot's teachings than she was willing to admit, and yet another part of her wanted to ignore the voice. True power required sacrifices, and that true power would most likely not become obtainable if she followed the ways of that Namekian... Then why was she hesitating?
"It's hopeless Onee-sama, even Kami can't save you from who you really are."
A sudden gasp escaped the green-haired child's lips, her body pushing itself into a seating pose on top of the temple rooftop. The bio-android had always been rather fond of this spot when she wanted to be alone, or just wanted to relax a little. Nevertheless, it seemed that today was about to be one of those rare days where the lookout received a guest. However, this time it wasn't because she had heard their arrival... instead she had actually used her body to sense the individual's approach. Her eyes turned into the direction of the presence she had sensed and musing idly she raised herself from the rooftop.
"Curious, it's a level that is higher than the average earthling. Perhaps a guest of Uncle..."
Hopping from one platform onto the other Reikiko rapidly descended from the temple's rooftop, her feet briefly landing on the branch of her apple tree, and with a nimble swing of her hand grasped an apple in one of her hands while finally landing on the ground. It was at that point Reikiko spotted the intruder whose presence she had detected, a slight shifting of her head allowing her to see the tail of the person.
Great... A Saiyan, please let this one be less of a problem as the previous one.
She had to admit that the first impression she had of the Saiyan race was quite unfavorable, and it didn't help that the Saiyan who recently visited the lookout helped establish her thought that most Saiyan were brainless fools whose only redeemable ability was their fighter spirit.
"Someone who climbs the lookout with the intention of studying the tiles that make up the ground? A first time for everything. Don't worry, the ground is quite sturdy, something I can guarantee you with the amount of idiots that come seeking a fight with Uncle."
Of course, even after she had once blasted a demon into the ground the platform had remained as sturdy as before, in fact the tiles had been barely scratched! Whoever made the timeless lookout clearly had done so with materials that weren't of their world's origins. If only they could have reinforced the walls of the temple... She still was a bit annoyed by the fact she had to repair the temple after the demons tried to ambush Scargot.
"So what brings another Saiya-jin to the lookout?"
They said curiosity killed the cat, fortunately she was a bio-android and not a kitty...
Dilva jumped back. A child had approached him with out him even noticing. She questioned why he was inspecting the look out, and mentioned something about an Uncle.
"My apologies. I was unaware someone lived here." The tall Saiyan said, uncomfortably. It wasn't often he dealt with children. He believed the last time was when he was a child. Plus, this was his first time interacting with a human child. Being the socially inept Deadpan Snarker he was, Dilva was having a mini-panic attack in his head. And then the girl called him a Saiyan.
"O-oh. You know about the Saiyans. That makes this...easier I suppose. I was curious as to what was at the top of the tower, but, once again, I was unaware someone lived here. Dilva said, pushing his glasses up his nose. It then occurred to him, that if this girl knew about the saiyans, she might be strong. His pressed the button on the side of the glasses. He almost had a heart attack when he saw her power was 34,000. Humans were that powerful?! As children?! Impossible.
"Of course, if you rather I leave, I'm fine with that!" Dilva says, slightly louder than he intended, his mini-panic attack becoming full blown.
A Saiyan with manners? It seemed that today she had stumbled onto what could have been considered a cultural miracle. It seemed that for some reason the Saiyan seemed nervous, almost stuttering over his own words. It was kind of cute, mostly because it reminded her of a flustered child who found himself in a mess after being discovered by an adult. Sighing softly the girl brought the apple she had brought along to her mouth and took a small bite from it, chewing a few times before swallowing the bit she had taken. Now she thought about it, she was more fond of absorbing an apple rather than eat it properly. Still, she was at least in a good enough mood to try to calm him down. A soft playful sigh escaped her lips while she shook her head at the nervous sight of the Saiyan.
"Don't be so nervous, at least you seem to have the proper manners of an adult. The Saiyan who came before you was bad enough that it took less than ten minutes for me to be on the verge of killing him."
Slowly she turned around, her eyes wandering into the direction of the temple, silently wondering if either Scargot or Zexama were around. She didn't exactly expect them to tell her when they went out, of course Scargot was still prone to telling her anyway. Perhaps he had been asleep inside the temple? Either way, it seemed that this Saiyan was a lot more well-mannered and pleasant to interact with than the previous, leaving her with the opinion that this guy might had been relatively harmless.
"Of course there are people living here. Didn't the tribes around the tower tell you?"
She sighed softly, realizing the Saiyan had likely gone up to the lookout without realizing the true nature of this place. Honestly, the only reason she knew so much about this place was because both Scargot and the tribes loved to tell her stories about the place.
"This is the timeless lookout, the place where the god of this world dwells. Aside from myself there are two more residents. Uncle, I mean Scargot is a Namekian and the Kami of this planet. Then there's Zexama, self-proclaimed princess of candy. She's a bit difficult to understand, so if you ever encounter a pink-colored demon child then try not to anger her."
As if Zexama was the one to worry about... There was a certain little psychopath in the timeless lookout who was considered even more dangerous than the two other residents of the timeless lookout. After a moment of thinking she realized she didn't introduce herself, turning back toward the Saiyan and with a light pat at her own chest, as if to give a cue that she was talking about herself, the girl continued speaking.
"And I'm Reikiko. I'm not certain if Uncle or Zexa are around... Anyway, there's no need to leave. As long as you don't cause any problems I don't care whether a Saiya-jin is around. Just don't turn into a giant ape, we really don't want to figure out how loud the slam might be if I'm forced to kick one down the tower."
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Dilva's mental panic was halted when he saw the girl eating an apple, reminding him of his own hunger. His meals had been few and far between since reaching this planet. A problem he'd have to fix later. He decided not to ask for an apple. No point in imposing.
"The last Saiyan? Do you mean... Dilva could only think of one Saiyan who could make an enemy that quickly. "His name wouldn't happen to be Daiki, would it?" Dilva questioned, his eyes narrowing at the thought of the traitor. He shook the boy away, however. That guy didn't deserve to inhabit Dilva's mind. The child questioned if he had heard about what it was from the tribes.
"Tribes? I'm afraid I just flew up here." Dilva answered. The girl was kind enough to explain that this place was the Timeless Lookout, and was where the God of this planet resided...along with a Candy Princess ...okay.
"I see...I won't make and pink girls angry then." Dilva assured.
"Reikiko, hmm? My name is Dilva, and it's a pleasure to meet you. Don't worry. I don't go Oozaru if I can avoid it.
Daiki... That was indeed the name of the Saiyan who had visited the timeless lookout. While she was uncertain of how he had obtained the knowledge about the lookout's whereabouts, the desire of him to explore the temple with a passion that bordered to obsession Reikiko couldn't help but idly wonder if he had come here for a different reason than simply a meet and greet. Of course she had her suspicions, and a natural dislike for the Saiyan after the fool had casually grabbed one of her apples. The simple thought about his existence stirred a certain feeling of disgust within the bio-android, to the point that she had almost assumed that every Saiyan was as terrible as the one she had met on the timeless lookout. At least, that had been the case until now. This Saiyan was clearly different from the others, holding a certain politeness in his mannerisms, perhaps out of nervousness or maybe because he was genuinely polite. Then again, she had never heard of a Saiyan who was either polite or nervous. They seemed like the type to rush head-on into danger without a second thought.
"Yes, that's the name of that accursed apple thief..."
The girl groaned briefly at the mentioning of Daiki's crime before she took another bite from the apple she had been holding. It was time to change the subject of their conversation, lest she got herself in a foul mood because of the memories involving that Saiyan. Nevertheless, it seemed an escape from those thoughts were soon discovered in the form of Dilva's statement. So he had flown toward the timeless lookout? An understandable decision. In the end it was a lot easier than merely climbing the tower...
"I see... It's understandable, since flying is the easiest road to take. However, the tribes often consider it a tradition to try to climb the tower. Of course only a few of them can actually accomplish this, but if you are wearing weighted clothes you'll find that even for a Saiya-jin it will become quite a challenge to overcome."
She still remembered that day her reckless attitude had led her to fall down the timeless lookout with her heavy weighted clothes on. In fact she wasn't that surprised that part of her stamina and physical strength came from this type of training. For a moment the girl seemed to consider something, before her lips curved up slightly in a smile.
"If you're curious, you could try to follow the tribe's tradition. To make it easier you don't need to wear weighted clothes, but flying is forbidden. I don't mind coming along, it would help me with some warming up."
Of course if the Saiyan decided to follow the tribe's tradition she would decide to gather her weighted gi first. In the end she had been planning to do some training, and with her amount of strength those weighted clothes would likely leave her roughly around the Saiyan's own strength. Nevertheless, perhaps this would have made it easier for the Saiyan to find a means to relax a little. She did hear that Saiya-jin tended to relax a bit more when training their bodies, since it was more natural to them compared to having a proper social conversation.
"Yeah, figures." Dilva sighed. Daiki seemed like the type to barge into someone's home and steal their food. Though, the phrase Apple Thief made Dilva glad he had decided against trying an apple. Reikiko seemed to be thinking for a second, before stating that his choice to fly to the tower was understandable.
"Yeah, it was easier than trying to climb the tower..." Dilva mused. Though, flying up was considered Taboo, apparently. Then Reikiko smiled, and Dilva felt an odd sense of unease take over himself. She asked if he would like to try climbing the tower. Oh. Oh dear. Every atom in Dilva's body told him to say no. Every. Single. One. The mess that came out of his mouth was:
"Of course I'll try climbing up the tower! Sounds like a challenge." Dilva said, his tail wrapping slightly tighter around his waist.
So Dilva decided to accept her challenge, stirring a little bit of amusement from the girl. Of course she had not expected otherwise, Saiya-jin were known for their pride, and a physical challenge like this would be more than enough to stir the warrior spirit within the Saiyan. Briefly raising her hand, as if telling Dilva to wait for her, the gesture was accompanied with Reikiko darting into the temple and returning several minutes later in a formal martial arts gi. However, she seemed to had brought along a pair of wristlets. They seemed quite normal in design, but yet it was not wrong to assume that if the girl brought those along, she had done so for a reason.
"Let's head to the surface, I'll explain the reason for those wristlets in a bit."
Arriving at the edge of the platform Reikiko briefly shot a glance at Dilva before leaping off the ledge in a motion that might had belonged to a skydiver. Her body had rapidly descended toward the ground, the feeling of the wind rushing against her body being a sensation she never got tired from, but even more curious was that until the surface came in sight Reikiko was literally descending in a free fall, without using ki to empower her body. It was only when the ground came in sight that a small surge of ki escaped her body and the girl landed on her feet as if nothing strange had happened.
"Dilva, put on those wristlets. They are made of a special alloy that will restrict the use of your ki. In simple terms, it will allow you to climb the tower with the same effort most martial artists on this planet experience. At least I didn't add any weights to them, since that would be brutal."
The girl waited for Dilva to put on the wristlets, and once she had handed them over the girl took a few steps backwards, making a few small hops on the ground before suddenly making a large leap, landing around a rough thirty meters up the tower.
"For now try to climb up to my level. Take it easy, the wristlets will leave you with the inability to use your ki for flight, so you'll be finding it almost as difficult as training under physical pressure."
While explaining the nature of her wristlet's Reikiko had wrapped her legs around the pole, her body hanging upside down while she waited for the Saiya-jin to start climbing. She was certain the first twenty meters should have been doable, but at that point most of the younger tribesmen found themselves dealing with the difficulty of pulling up their entire body, an exercise that easily drained a lot of their stamina.
This is going to be entertaining to watch.
Hearing Keiko's voice whispering in the back of her head, the green-haired girl wondered if she should have warned him not to fall... Because the wristlets' effect took some time to wear off, so falling from a high height... could be painful.
Dilva was starting to hate his inability to deal with Children. The girl's power level hardly concerned him at this point. Reikiko ran into the building on the lookout. She came out in...some sort of outfit, holding two wristlets. Reikiko said she would explain on the ground, before jumping off the side of the lookout. Dilva was panicked for a second, before realizing the child could likely fly. Dilva looked over the side, biting his bottom lip. Sighing, Dilva too jumped off the side of the lookout, flying down. Dilva landed with a soft grunt, and looked at Reikiko. She offered him the wristlets, which apparently disabled ki. Dilva mulled it over, before putting the wristlets on.
Almost as soon as he finished that, Reikiko made a giant leap onto to the tower. Oh god, he was really doing this. Dilva took a deep breath, and grabbed onto the tower. Ever so slowly he began climbing up the tower.
"So...just out of curiosity, how long does it usually take to climb to the top? Dilva asked, already regretting this, despite only climbing five feet so far.
"Depends from person to person. Those days I can climb the tower within an hour."
She mused calmly, watching the Saiyan climb the first five feet of the tower. Of course there was a reason why she could climb such a high tower in such a short period. Having worn her weighted clothes nearly every moment of the day Reikiko had enjoyed a dramatic boost in her physical strength and stamina, a method of training a lot of martial arts practitioners used in the past. Nevertheless, Dilva had never climbed the tower before, so she wouldn't be surprised if he took a lot longer.
"Most tribesmen who try to climb the tower for the first time, and actually succeed take at least a whole day."
Of course she had only said those words after Dilva had reached near her height, and once he was there the girl started to nimbly pull her body upwards. To some she might had moved with the same nimbleness of a monkey swinging through the trees, her hands easily gripping a hold of the tower and pushing her body smoothly upwards. In only a few minutes she had ascended from the first thirty meters all the way up to the fifty, where she once more waited for the Saiyan.
"According to the myths among the tribes the strongest warriors on this planet initially began their training by overcoming the tower. I myself tend to regularly do this as warming up. Of course I didn't give you those clothes because they weight equally to what earthlings consider a fully loaded truck. It would be a bit surprising if you'd actually be able to stand with them. When I first worn them I couldn't even lift my body upwards, let stand walk."
Of course that could explain the reason why her body was developing such an unnatural strength despite her small frame. If one person qualified for the reckless training on earthling methods, then Reikiko might had fitted the bill.
"The initial trick is to distribute your strength. Especially the muscles in your arms and legs. Most people tend to believe that just focusing on raw power might make them dominate a match but that's a flawed logic. By honing every single muscle in your body you'll be able to cover much more ground. Speed, strength, endurance, those attributes are what in essence are trained through this exercise."
It was kind of essential, because without mastering all those a person could never tap into the true potential of their body. Of course there was also the matter of training the mind, but that was something that was more akin to Scargot's field of expertise.
"At least the weather is nice. You'd be cursing your luck if it started to rain or a windstorm blown through here."
Seriously, the last thing you wanted was to nearly reach the top, just to have the rain make you footing wet and drop you down the tower like a boulder. That would be really pathetic...
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"An hour? That's not too bad." Dilva said, almost smiling to himself. He had almost reached Reikiko's height. As soon as he had reached that, Reikiko made another huge leap. Then she said for most new comers, it took a day.
'Oh, well if it would only take a day, that's fine.' Dilva thought bitterly. The tower was almost starting to seem like it was impossible, at least for him.
"The strongest warriors? I bet that Daiki kid didn't do it." Dilva scoffed. If he could overcome this tower, he could overcome anything. Determination began bubbling up inside him. He started climbing faster. He was nowhere near Reikiko's speed, but it was a definite improvement. Reikiko explained that he should distribute the stress between his arms and legs, and not use only one muscle. Then she said that it was lucky that it wasn't raining. A chill went down Dilva's spine. He had never had a fear of heights, but surviving a fall off of the tower might be enough to give him one.
"I guess you could say that I'm in the care of the owner of this lookout. So it was he who took me here."
Of course she didn't intend to downright mention that she was in fact akin to an adopted child of the Namekian. Kind of ridiculous when one considered her age, but it wasn't like her looks helped explain that matter. When the matter returned to Daiki the green-haired child shrugged her shoulders lightly, climbing a few paces higher while she hummed softly.
"Knowing him he likely flew up to the lookout. He seemed rather stubborn in finding out the secrets of the lookout."
Ugg, just thinking back about that encounter caused her body to tremble lightly with a mixture of annoyance and disgust. She really couldn't handle a kid like that. Not only did he throw that pity parade in an attempt to make it sound like she was being evil by questioning his intentions, but he also had stolen her apple. Who in their right mind went in and stole one of her apples? There were only two type of people who did such a crime. Idiots, or those who wanted to die. Honestly, she kind of assumed Daiki might had been both.
"The first time I flew, but then due to a certain 'accident' I was forced to climb the tower while wearing some heavy weighted clothes. While it was a nightmarish experience, it did help me train my body a lot."
Humming those words the girl nimbly climbed a few meters upwards before they seemed to be a fair height in the sky. The tribal settlements were now almost tiny dots on the landscape, and in all honesty... it was indeed a beautiful sight to behold.
"Aside from myself there is a Namekian called Scargot. He's the god of this planet, and the owner of the lookout. Then there's the pink demon-like child called Zexama. She was pretty much taken under his care like myself. Albeit the reasons for that are a bit complicated."
Obviously she didn't want to downright explain that she was in fact a mass-murdering bio-android who used to be extremely cruel and vicious before she met Scargot. While she was still rather harsh and rude in attitude, her evil side had at least subdued a little since her stay at the timeless lookout.
"I guess you're doing pretty good for someone who is climbing the tower for the first time ever."
Indeed, they were making a fair amount of progress in climbing the tower, especially since the Saiyan seemed to had the stamina to not fall down just yet. Then again, the higher one climbed the more taxing the exercise would become. Perhaps she should have warned him about that matter?
"I guess we're about halfway already."
Looking upwards as she had finished climbing up a few more meters, the girl waited to see how Dilva was doing.
"Then again, I guess I shouldn't compare the efforts of a human to those of a Saiyan. Your planet is said to have at least a gravity pressure of ten times this planet. At least that's what I have been taught."
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Of course Daiki flew up here, and didn't even try the climb. Dilva expected no less. Though, it seemed taking an apple from the look out was absolute taboo. A sudden image of Daiki being punched in the face came to mind, and Dilva stifled a laugh. Traitor deserved it. Then Reikiko went on the explain that she lived here because the Guardian of the lookout took her in. Was this child orphaned...? Dilva shook the thought away. At this point they seemed to be halfway up, which Reikiko herself noted. Dilva was in poor condition, his grip was all but gone, sweat drenched his forehead, and he could barely move, and his breaths were shallow.
"Y-yeah. Nothing compared to Vegeta..." Dilva stated, with a fake smile. Almost as soon as he had said that, he lost his grip, and fell.
The moment must had felt like an alarm clock ticking away the final seconds before the important event. Honestly, she had expected for the Saiyan to start experiencing the exhaustion of climbing the timeless lookout much earlier, but the sign started to show themselves. A slightly slowed grip on the tower, a large amount of sweat and the slight occasional tremble had been enough cues but finally the lad lost his grip, the rather hilarious fall of the Saiyan accompanied by a cheerful exclamation of the green-haired child.
Playfully hopping off the tower Reikiko allowed her body to rapidly drop toward the ground, until she nearly pummeled into the ground beside him, if not for the fact that she was left hovering a few steps above the ground. Snickering mischievously at the sight of the Saiyan laying in the crater, the girl peeked over the edge while humming loudly.
"Again~ Do it again~"
Grinning sheepishly the girl shook her head lightly, adding onto her comment with a mischievous smirk.
"I was already starting to wonder how long till the infamous 'first drop' happened. At least you're still alive. Just don't try to move your body too quickly. I wouldn't be surprised if you'd sprained some muscles. If it was a regular human they would have been reduced to a fleshy pudding."
While explaining those words in a carefree manner, the girl hopped down into the crater, landing right beside him. This Saiyan was actually pretty amusing to watch, and a little bit easier to tolerate than the others she had met before.
"You might want to try removing those wristlets... I think a second drop from that height might kill you."
Of course she partly expected for Dilva to give up on the exercise and just remove the wristlets to fly upwards. But perhaps she would be in for a surprise?
"Still, I guess that this is a good method to remember how training at your planet might be."
In the end the closest thing a regular mortal could experience to training under physical pressure like that, well aside from a gravity chamber was to actually climb the tower. In the end the higher the altitude the colder the temperature, and the harder it became to breath and withstand the pressure of gravity itself. It was a pretty clever way to train the body, and one of the reasons she liked to do the exercise at least daily.
"Can you stand? Or do I need to build a tombstone already? I do think that would benefit from a pun. Like 'May he rest in pieces.'"
Smiling playfully at her own joke the child waited to see what Dilva would do. That fall must had hurt a lot, so it would be a surprise if he'd actually be able to just get up after that. Then again, the mental trauma of such an event might had been even worse.
"Either way, if you're tired I don't mind waiting for you to regain your energy, or we could just fly up to the lookout. It's your choice Dilva."
And with those words it was time to see what he would do.
Dilva was aware of three things. Pain all over his body, a splitting headache, and Reikiko giggling and asking him to do it again. He let out a groan as a response. It would probably just be for the best to leave him in the crater for now, and he would try the tower again some other time.