The Frozen North. A region that Caesi had sworn she would never return to. But..in the time she had been spending searching for the one connection back to her old life, Caesi Aeum, the android doppleganger of Soufa, had been brought back to this region. She..remembered that she had a son, a young baby that she had left in the care of her uncle, who lived outside of Satan City. His name? Etoru . If her estimate of time was correct, he would only be a young boy. She had been looking for him for quite some time..and she was close. She didn't know how she knew, but she could feel it. So, as she walked through the Tundra, snow crunching underfoot, and ice cold winds blowing her short skirt slightly in it, she kept poking out with her Ki Sensing ability, looking for any notable power levels. After what seemed like an eternity of walking..she found one. A moderate spike in power level, from the lack of one that there had been to begin with. She took off, running as fast as her legs could take her. She had found..something. Only time would tell if it was Etoru.
Etoru spent most of his days on the lookout. He didn't wanna go into public after...well...he was corrupted. People would fear him. Hate him. Etoru was to afraid to go back. But...the child grew bored as he stood on the lookout and decided to venture out. Maybe he can find...whatever fun there is. He spent a lot of his time in the forest when he was bored and didn't wanna go into public, so he went up north. But, that wasn't the main reason. Etoru knew Zyajin's base was somewhere around there too. From what he knows, his master, Bing, knows nothing about the events with the villains that occurred. And Etoru preferred to keep it that way. He needed to deal with this himself. It would make him feel less guilty taking down the villains that shared similar interest to his corrupted side.
So there Etoru was, treading through the snow. Foolish as ever, he didn't bring a jacket and wore his tank top and training pants. The poor kid was freezing! "I-I-I-I-I-I-I h-h-h-h-h-have to....f-f-find...Z-Z-Z-Z-Zya-Zyajin..." Etoru cringed as a cold breeze came up. Etoru had his power suppressed the whole time, however, he was so cold that he thought maybe if he spiked it up a bit, it might warm him up. His power jumped to 500, and he barley felt a change. If he went any higher, Zyajin would know for sure he was here, or at least someone worthy of absorbing was here. Etoru needed to get the jump on him! "S...So cold..." The pint sized Saiyan child whined as he moved along the treacherous tundra. That's when he...heard a lot of snow shuffling. Etoru blinked blankly, holding his tiny arms together for a bit of warmth. That's when he saw a woman running at him. However, Etoru didn't sense energy from her and knew she was an android. Probably working for Breech!
Etoru quickly got in a fighting stance. However, in his current frozen stature, he looked kinda silly as he was shaking a lot due to the temperatures. "W-W-Who are you...!" The child barley looked threatening at all with his Power level. However, it was suppressed of course. But...something about this woman seemed oddly familiar. Like he knew her from somewhere. Etoru squinted at her confused. The child still kept his guard up, but felt less threatened since he had a strange sense of nostalgia. Who was this woman...?
When Caesi finally came to a stop in front of a shaking, cold child, dressed in only a tank top and pants, she couldn't help but have to cover her mouth as tears welled up in her eyes, her legs giving out from underneath her as she fell to her knees, hot tears spilling down her cheeks as she trembled. E..etoru..it's you... She said in a trembling voice. She didn't want to believe..she didn't dare hope..as far as she had known, her son had died in the events that destroyed Satan City. She had looked everywhere, and she had finally found him. After a few moments of crying, during which she calmed down slowly, she wiped at her eyes at looked Etoru dead in the eyes. The resemblance was uncanny.
That was how she knew it was him. He took most of his looks after her, really. The only things he inherited from his father happened to be his Saiyan DNA. She took a deep breath after a moment, and wrapped her arms around Etoru's shoulders, pulling her son closer to her with a soft smile, closing her eyes as a sense of normalcy finally washed over her for the first time in years. She had found her son. After a few moments, she finally spoke up. Etoru..I'm so sorry..I know that for so long you've probably been alone..but you won't be any more. Etoru..I'm your mother. She said bluntly, the wind suddenly dying down as she leaned back, keeping her hands on her son's shoulders with a motherly, loving smile on her face.
Etoru stared at the woman curiously. She didn't seem to be a threat. That's when she covered her mouth and gave him a look of shock and or surprise. Etoru was confused. Was she...crying? Etoru's eyes widened. She knew his name...? Then she fell onto her knees crying a bit. "W-whoa lady...um are you okay...how do you know my name...?" Etoru said as he was feeling a bit awkward standing in front of her as she cried. She finally stood up after a few moments and wiped away her tears. Etoru looked up at her curiously. When she stared at him, he couldn't help but stare back. "Who...is she..." Etoru thought. This was quite strange. Some random woman shoes up, knows his name, then suddenly...cries? What was going on here?
Suddenly, she reached in for Etoru. Etoru cringed ready to have his guard up, but was confused as he was met with a...hug? "Um...what are you doing...?" Etoru was extremely confused. What was going on here?? She finally let him go back hand her hands on his shoulder. He stared at her face confused. His mouth was gaped open slightly as she spoke. "Look I don't know who you are but I really got to go. I'm really busy an--" That's when she said it. She...was his mother. Etoru stared at her for a few moments. Nothing but wind filling in for the silence. Etoru didn't know what to say. But finally he realized who she was. "W-wait...m-mommy...but I thought that...m-my...dad killed you..." Etoru didn't care. He went straight back into a hug. He couldn't believe it! SHE WAS ALIVE! But that's when a thought washed over him. A dreadful one. Etoru pushed away and frowned. "How do I know you're not lying...my mom isn't an android...I can't sense your energy...and the reason for you knowing my name could be because Dr.Breech sent you! Didn't he!" Etoru glared at her, but deep down, he didn't wanna believe it. What if it really was her.
When Etoru broke contact with her, she felt a fraction of the strength that he had hidden away worm free for a split second, forcing her out of contact with him as she looked away, wrapping her arms around her own shoulders as she shivered-not from the cold-but from the memories. Breech..kidnapped me, the day I graduated from college. I was heading to my uncles to finally pick you up, to actually be able to provide for you since my schoolwork was done..apparently, he took me because I look like his late wife..he kept me awake for two years, slowly replacing my body with more and more mechanical parts..But no, he didn't send me. I fought back every time his assistants attempted to take me in for more surgical procedures, breaking concrete and generally giving him hell. It took stronger and stronger sedatives to knock me out, and then..everything is blank. I'm guessing he had me in cryostasis for some time. So yes, I have encountered "the good doctor" as his assistants called him a couple times..but I have never, and will never work for him. She explained simply.
All of it was true. She hated Doctor Breech, and she hated being an android. Especially if it made her own child wary of her. She managed to look at him as she spoke, her eyes showing nothing but pure honesty within them. She was not lying, Doctor Breech had kidnapped her as a young woman, experimenting on her before locking her away. She hated that man with every fiber of her being, and it was quite clear. Her joy at finding her child would almost always be overshadowed by the rage that she felt whenever she spoke of what he did to her. The rage was almost unyielding, but as she looked at Etoru, it slowly ebbed away. He was still alive, meaning that he had to be stronger than Breech, as she had seen just what he was capable of. Breech was strong, despite his advanced age. That brought her at least some comfort in the moment.
Etoru stared at his mothers face frowning sadly. He listened to her story. So...that's why she was missing all his life. Etoru felt extremely sorry for her. Etoru frowned sadly at first. But that frown grew into a frown of anger. Etoru grit his teeth and clenched his fists. "D-Damn that...Breech...first Seka...now you..." Etoru's frown soon faded away. Etoru thought he might as well just lighten up the mood. "Sorry what happened to you mommy...but don't worry! Because now we're here! Together! See!" Etoru giggled a bit as he hovered up to her face smiling from ear to ear. He then booped her nose happily. Etoru tried to keep the happy mood act on, but he knew that he had to get back to the task at hand. Etoru sighed. "Mommy...you should know that Dr.Breech is planning something bad..." Etoru slowly hovered back to the floor and landed. He shivered a bit holding his arms rubbing back and forth. "You see...back when I was teamed with--" Etoru paused. He couldn't let her find out about him being aligned with Dr.Breech, even if he was corrupted. He just didn't want another person thinking of him as a monster. Especially her. All those deaths of innocents...Etoru zoned out thinking about it. However, he snapped back to reality.
Etoru blinked blankly at Caesi. "Er...back when I um teamed with other warriors...we tried stopping Breech...and he had two other allies, they looked like monsters. A-A-And...they...drink people...I don't know what they were up to but, they killed every single person there..." Etoru's eyes widened. It came to his realization that they didn't kill anyone back there...all of those deaths were from him! Etoru fought back tears and shook his head. "A-all but one, he ran away though...a-a-as I was saying...before Breech left...he told me the world can't know of them yet...so it makes me wanna think he has something big planned... The wind brushed past the two. Snow was picked up with the wind. "I know where the base of one of those monsters are...and it's somewhere here! Don't you get it?! We can ask him where Breech is! Stop him from whatever he's planning!" Etoru just hoped she wasn't suspicious on how Etoru knows where the base was.
Though she had smiled at first when Etoru booped her nose, her growing happiness was suddenly and swiftly eliminated by the rest of what her child had to tell her. She had heard the rumors..that somewhere out there were recreations of an ancient threat..one that presumably "drank" people. Those rumors..were no longer just rumors. The name that had been given to her in her college years..Bio-Androids. They really existed. If that were the case, not only were they both in immediate danger, but the entire world could follow suit if enough of them were out there. As Etoru finished talking, Caesi clenched a fist, slowly rising to her feet. If this..thing knew where the "good doctor" was, where the man who tortured her and killed a friend of her sons..she would beat that knowledge out of it with her bare hands. She smiled dangerously at her son as the wind picked up, her expression a mask of determination.
Well, what do we have to lose, right? Lead on. If you know where this thing is, and we have a chance to learn about what breech is doing..I think we have an obligation to track it down and get whatever information we can out of it. She said simply, her logical and analytical side starting to show itself. Oh, Breech hadn't gotten to her brain. The last thing that she was aware that he did was include the rockets in her feet that allowed her to fly without expending her own Ki reserves. Of course, she had her own ideas about how Etoru knew where this was. It was very likely that at some point in time, he had either stumbled across it, or been abducted and taken there. She didn't press him for answers of that nature. She didn't want to ruin this reunion. Still, she offered one of her hands out to her son, wanting to keep him close at hand. She had lost him once before. She was not ready to do that again.
Etoru looked at his mothers grin blankly. Etoru however couldn't help but let his grin slip in too. "Alright!" Etoru yelled out cheerfully. Etoru sighed extremely relieved his mother didn't question how he knew where the base was. He didn't know if he could keep avoiding the questions. After all, he wasn't a very good liar. Then she put out a hand and Etoru stared at it curiously. What was she doing? Etoru never had these moments before and was all new to it, but it finally came to him that she was offering to hold his hand. Etoru smiled and took it. "Okay! Let's go! And don't worry if we run into him, he may be strong, but I'm stronger...after all..." Etoru gave a cocky grin like always. "I am a super Saiyan..." He loved showing off that ego of his, even if it was fake. The poor kid is probably the most easily frightened ki user on the planet! I mean for Pete's sake, a butterfly scared him! Still, Caesi didn't know that! And he wanted to keep it that way.
Etoru held her hand and trudged through the snow leading the way. Of course, he wasn't sprinting, just jogging, he didn't want to drag his mother all into the snow. But, Etoru realized things were taking forever. "Mommy, maybe we should fly...oh um, can you fly? I can carry you if you can't!" Etoru didn't expect her to have rocket boots. If she did say she had the boots, and accepted to fly, Etoru would stare at her rocket boots in awe. "Oooh...that's! So! COOOL!" Etoru hovered around her, his eyes sparkling in amazement. "Okay! I think I have a good idea where it's at...keeeeep up if ya can!" Etoru giggled and soared off. Etoru continued to fly towards a large mountain. Once he arrived there, he would wait for Caesi to get here before he told her his plan of action. "Okay...it's just down there..." there was a strange valley through the mountain leading down to Zyajin's base. "Remember, he's strong, and smart. So be careful...please..." Etoru slowly walked down the valley and towards the lab.
After making his way through, he finally arrived at a large metal door. "Alright..." Etoru aimed his palm at it, and soon enough a yellow ki blast formed. Etoru blasted the door open, smoke filling the lab. Etoru dashed in with his fists clenched, but he didn't sense anything. "Huh? Where is he...he should be he--" Etoru looked straight ahead and saw his cyborg henchman, that girl, Iris! "Gr...Iris..." Etoru clenched his fists. His anger was getting the better of him, and his teeth were growing into wolf like fangs, although it was barley noticeable. This was the demonic power, the Ancient Hound, sealed up inside him. It's energy seeping out from rage. Although Etoru kept it in check, so it wasn't noticeable, but of course if they payed attention, they would notice something.
Iris muttered to herself as she collect some spare cables, looking over each of them to ensure they were still in working order. "Honestly, that bloody biological menace has me do all that work, and then when its finally finished, he shows up suddenly and then just-" she began to say before blinking at the sound of an explosion rather close by. She turned around and saw the small hybrid boy Etoru, along with an oddly familiar looking girl. She caught the look on his face and immediately held up her hands in surrender. "Please don't hurt me!" exclaimed Iris, sweat dropping down her forehead.
"Wh-What do you want?" she asked before rolling her eyes. "Urgh, wait, stupid question... Zyajin's not here, and I doubt he'll be coming back here any time soon. Whatever happened on that job you lot were doing together, he came back here and started to pack stuff up, and quickly." explained the cyborg girl, keeping her hands in the air. She looked away from the child for a moment to look at the girl he was with. "Do... Do I know you?" she asked carefully. "You look kind of familiar..." Iris tried to figure out where she'd seen this girl from before, even though she was probably under more danger from the angry looking hybrid.
Iris has got robotic limbs, the rest of her is organic.
When Etoru took off, Caesi chuckled, jumping up into the air, the metal "skin" on the heels of her feet sliding apart as the propulsors in her heels went off, sending her rocketing through the air at a similar speed to Etoru. She couldn't help but smile. She remembered the man who was his father. He acted similarly to her when they first met, and ran off after one night, leaving her pregnant with him. It was strange..Etoru had the same dark, spiky hair, and tail of his father. Also, there was that name..Super Saiyan. She didn't know what that was. She would need to do research, figure out the race of that man, and the race of her son. He was both human and whatever race that man was. Still, she had no more time to consider this, as she landed mere moments after her son, nodding simply as he warned her again. She stood right behind him, bracing herself as he blew the door out..to reveal another android. She couldn't sense anything from within the room, but saw a young girl. One that seemed to set off her child. Placing a comforting hand on his shoulder, she looked unamusedly at the girl. Well, that was one question..somewhat answered. How he knew of his place: Zyajin was the one he had worked with. She released her grip on her child's shoulder however, as she strode forward towards Iris, her eyes revealing the very human irritation within them.
I don't know. That depends, were you one of the "good doctor"'s many assistants over the past, what, Twelve years I'm guessing? She said bitterly, scowling at Iris. However, if the thing we are looking for is not here, then you are going to tell us where. Right now, this..Zyajin is my only lead to finding and ending Doctor Breech for everything he did to me, and even worse, the things he did to my son. I'm no fan of brute force, but if you're hiding information from us, I have no qualms with beating it out of you. She said darkly, her hatred for what she was and what had happened in her absence clear in her tone. She was not one to fool with, even if she was still within equal standing of this android, which none of them knew. For all she knew, this girl was ten times stronger than her. But, she doubted that was the case. She was bluffing. She didn't want to fight, and she couldn't raise a hand against a young girl, and the quick, split second break of her stare at the girl when she mentioned beating information out of her being the tell, along with a slow clenching of her teeth. Truthfully, her maternal instincts were kicking in. It was why she had placed herself in between her son and this girl. She wasn't going to let anything harm him again, even if it meant that she had to put herself in harms way.
Etoru growled at Iris. She was pleading not to attack her. Of course, Etoru wasn't after HER. He was after Breech. The only way he was going to find Breech, was Zyajin. But now he can't find Zyajin. So now the only way to find ZYAJIN, is Iris. Of course Etoru was not going to become that monster that he once was while he was corrupted. But he'll do what he has to do to keep everyone safe. Who knew what Breech was planning. "Zyajin isn't here...well tell us where he is...Iris..." Etoru said through gritted teeth. Of course he did his best not to lunge at her and just give her a good smack. At least her acting cowardly made him feel a little sorry, of course Etoru was still enraged! He needed this information.
Then Iris mentioned the job they did together. Etoru's widened. "Oh no...I can't let my mom find out...that's the last person I want to find out about all the deaths of innocents caused by...me..." Etoru scratched his head awkwardly and nervously. "W-w-what job? No job here! Heh..." He signaled to Iris to cut it out and zip it. Hopefully she didn't use this against him. Etoru looked at the floor nervous his mother would find out. But then she stepped up in front of Etoru! Etoru blinked blankly as she threatened Iris to give the information. Etoru gulped. "G-Geez mommy..who knew you could be this scary..." Etoru stared at the two wondering what was to happen next. Etoru's main concern was if Iris used Etoru's secret against him.
Iris gulped quite visibly as the familiar looking girl interrogated her. She shook her head rapidly under the questioning. "I-I've never h-had the pleasure of being one of Doctor Breech's assistants, let alone the last twelve years..." said the cyborg quickly. "A-Although I d-did read his papers in the field of mechanical augmentation when I was doing my dissertation at college a couple years back..." she said, her eyes widening as she realised something. "Th-That's where I've seen you from... one of the pictures in the papers had the entire research team... y-you look a l-lot like Doctor Soufa, Doctor Breech's wife..." said Iris nervously. "B-But you can't be... sh-she died... didn't she?"
When the Saiyan hybrid was making the motions for her to keep quiet about the job, combined with what the Soufa look alike said, it clicked for her. "I honestly d-don't know where Doctor Breech is hiding exactly... he never told us the location of his laboratory..." she said, keeping her hands in the air and being thankful that they didn't suffer the same issue as real limbs when kept in the air for too long. She sent a brief telepathic burst towards Etoru. Don't worry, I won't tell your mother what happened... but, I can't make any promises that the rest of them will keep their mouths shut...
Iris swallowed a little, looking between the pair of them. "Umm... c-can I go now? It's just... if I don't get these couplings and cables over to the new place before Zyajin tries to install the artificial gravity field generator, he could accidentally cause a gravimetric failure cascade, which given that our generator can create fields up to one hundred and twenty times Earth's gravity, quite the feat of engineering if I do say so myself since I cobbled it together from various spare parts..." said the cyborg, getting a little distracted before she found her train of thought once more. "It could accidentally maybe make a rupture in the planet that would be somewhat catastrophic..." asked the cyborg girl, looking very nervous at the prospect. "A living weapon he may be, but not exactly technically minded..."
There were very few things that could set Caesi off: The sight of Doctor Breech, People attacking her family, and lastly, being confused for Soufa. That last trigger was especially strong, as she despised the person she was made to immortalize the image of. If she could do it, she would change the way she looked, make herself into an entirely new person. But, she couldn't do that-wouldn't do that to Etoru. They had just found each other again. She didn't know how he would respond to her changing her entire appearance. As Iris continued to talk after blatantly stumbling over that last trigger, Caesi's right hand shot out, gripping the collar of her outfit and pulling her within mere inches of her face, her eyes becoming host to a fiery gaze. Firstly. I. Am not. Soufa. My name. Is. Caesi. Aeum. she growled, tightening her grip as she continued to speak.
Secondly. You can go, but, you will be leading us to his location. He has information that we need. Its. That. Simple. Understand? She asked as she let go, taking all of her willpower to not shove Iris back. With that out of the way, she turned around to face her son, her visage softening as she smiled at Etoru. Heh, sorry sweetie..I had to learn how to be scary while I was in college... She said before sighing, the tension suddenly dispersing with it. She had managed to keep her temper in check. She wasn't going to lose it in front of Etoru. She couldn't. She needed to set a good example. Something within her told her, commanded her to do that. She didn't know why, but she knew that she didn't feel right losing it in front of her child. If she were alone? It would have been an entirely different story. But she was not, so she was forced to restrain herself.
Etoru sighed in relief. It seemed that Iris wouldn't be telling Caesi anything about his actions while he was corrupt. He couldn't imagine how she'd feel about him or look at him anymore. Etoru nodded at Iris. This was gonna make it harder to be mean now. She just helped him out...what to do! After Caesi began threatening Iris in a pretty...frightening way in fact, Etoru commented on how scary she was. Iris turned around and looked at Etoru sweetly. "Oh I see...what's college? I wanna be scary too. You know, so all my enemies fear me, I mean they already do...of course I'M not afraid of anything..." Etoru stated in a cocky attitude. Still, that was a lie. Etoru was afraid of plenty of things. To the extreme. But, new person, meant fake ego. Since this was his mother, he expected to be babied. He's seen a bunch of other kids with their parents on other farms or various times in the city. But he can't be babied if he was already tough. Right?
And so, Etoru decided to further emphasize his point. He glared at Iris. "YOU THINK WE'LL LET YOU JUST TAKE THIS STUFF TO ZYAJIN?!?" He yelled. Of course, he winked to show he meant now harm for that favor she passed. He of course, just wanted to prove he was tough. "I'm blasting ALL OF THIS!" Etoru raised his palm which had a ki blast ready. "HIT THE DECK!" Etoru gave time for Iris to move before he fired a blast at all the materials. Should nothing interfere, the materials would explode into tiny bits of metal, wires, and ash. "Hmph. Now take us to this Zyajin of yours. If you don't know where Breech is, then he does. In fact, Zyajin is also one of the people I'm trying to find..."
Iris gave a small eep as she was dragged into the face of the scary android mother. It seemed that Soufa was a nerve to not be touched. Not if she valued her continued health. "U-Understood Miss Aeum." said the cyborg maid. She gave a bit of a wince though when Caesi demanded that she take them directly to Zyajin's location as she was let go. "I... understand where you're coming from... but ummm... one problem there..." she said, wincing as she braced herself for another terrifying encounter with this woman. "Whilst your son could probably take on the Bio-Android alone... if all of them gang up on him..." she said, estimating the numbers in her head, and not coming up with anything good.
When Etoru asked about college, Iris decided to supply the answer. "It's a place to learn lots of things... but you've gotta be a little older to get in." she summarily explained to the child. Then he decided to yell out of the blue, and even though he was winking at her, his intention was clear. Her eyes widened and she immediately went to press down on a panel in the floor with her foot, activating a low level magnetic strip in the ceiling that immediately pulled the components out of the way of Etoru's energy blast.
Iris looked at the boy, absolute rage painted across her face. "DID YOU NOT JUST HEAR A WORD I SAID EARLIER?!" the cyborg roared, glaring at the child as if she intended to murder him then and there. "I said that if I did not get those components to him before he stupidly tries to turn on the artificial gravity generator chamber, it could cause a gravimetric failure cascade!" she said once more, before sighing and rubbing her forehead between her fingers. "Basically, if he turns it on without that stuff, it could accidentally destroy the planet." explained Iris using possibly the simplest explanation she could come up with.
She quickly turned to face the mother holding up her hands to forestall any acceleration of aggression. "All gravity chambers, not just mine, hold the capability of being, essentially, gravity bombs. The stronger the gravity chamber, the worse the result if the safety components are not properly installed." Iris said quickly in her defence. "It's why Capsule Corporation makes the stronger ones so much more expensive, because of the increased safety parameters to ensure that that doesn't happen." said Iris before she sighed and figured she'd probably have to explain further.
She looked over to Etoru as she began to explain. "If he turned it on, without the safety features reinstalled, the device would skip through the lower settings, ten times Earth gravity etcetera, all the way up to its maximum of one hundred and twenty times Earth gravity. A sudden appearance on Earth of a gravity field that powerful could result in tidal waves, earthquakes and all sorts all across the planet." she said, holding up a hand to forestall any backchat.
"The moon. It's gravity effecting the Earth is what causes high and low tides. Now imagine if the moon were to suddenly disappear from the sky and reappear on Earth with maybe a few inches between it and the ground. That's pretty much what a Gravity Bomb is. Gravity Chambers have a shielding mechanism installed into them to ensure that the gravity within the chamber does not affect the world it's housed on." the cyborg explained.
She let out a sigh before she deactivated the magnets and recollected the parts that Etoru had just tried to destroy. "Besides, you don't need to follow me to find Zyajin... your son could find him easily if he just thought about it." Iris said, looking at the scary mother now. She looked back to Etoru. "Just look for yourself, and you'll find him." said the cyborg as she tried to now leave the former lair and fly off to the east.