The sprawling mass of the Fukurou Forest covered many geographical landmarks. Deep inside, not far from the famous Korrin Tower, a wide lake sat between the trees, teeming with fish. It was extremely difficult to get to by foot, but for those who could fly, it was quite easy indeed. Moving just above the canopy, Walker looked about speculatively. He had come to find a certain Arcosian, a Z-Fighter that had been on the Lookout.
He had seen the being before, but his children reported that the Arcosian had spoken out against an attempted take-over by Toma. Of all the Z-Fighters, Toma was the absolute last Walker would support right now. Especially after Bing's recent death, he could not condone the obvious power grab that had been made. Perhaps not consciously, but it was a power grab nonetheless. Thankfully, others had been there to stop it. One of whom was currently somewhere around here.
Landing by the lake, Walker peered about. What would a Z-Fighter be doing here? Then again, given how much the Z-Fighters seemed to be split and divided by ethos, perhaps the question was more "What are the Z-Fighters doing". Putting aside philosophical questioning, however, Walker looked around for the Arcosian.
[Thread PL: 71,310] [UT] Liquid Ki - Mist Active! Ki suppressed to... 4!] With some luck, the tree-man would be able to happen upon an interesting scene in that this area was in a state of peace. The forest remained as it usually would- entirely undisturbed- as if nobody was here at all, recently or otherwise! However, the one that he was seeking was indeed present just as suspected.
There on a boulder near the edge of the pond, sitting in a meditative stance, was Defrosch. The Arcosian was deathly still, in fact- so much so that the untrained eye (or an individual that knows nothing of Arcosians for that matter) could simply mistake him for a mystical monument or statue.
Of course, Defrosch had noted the arrival of a somewhat familiar signature; that of Walker an ally of Bing and caretaker of the Lookout. The last time he was in the tree-man's presence was also the first time, and despite only meeting once, it was a testament to Defrosch's ability to memorize the feelings of other's ki very quickly.
Even so, he remained still, taking in the ambience of the world around him. The local fauna would sometimes wander close to him before going about their business, simply assuming he too was a part of the forest...
Nodding, Walker moved closer, and sat down across from the reclining Arcosian. With his height, he remained at eye-level with Defrosch, despite the boulder. Closing his eyes, a moment later his voice echoed across the telepathic link he had created. The silent nature of the glade remained intact, but a conversation was possible nonetheless.
"Hello again. I apologize that I have interrupted your meditations, but I wished to speak with you. My children told me of what you did, and of Toma's attempt to claim the mantle of Kami. I appreciate your words, and I realize that I have not managed to become as well acquainted with you as perhaps I should."
The tree was silent for a moment, then spoke once more. "I am uncertain of the current state of the Z-Fighters. They failed to travel to Namek, letting it fall under the influence of the SSE. Those who have fought Zuccetta have gone alone, and failed,with no support whatsoever. It is a tragedy." He sounded incredibly bitter, and for good reason.
Bing, Rei, Kaula... all had died before the Queen of the Saiyans and her minions, due to their foolishness in fighting alone. Did their allies, friends, those who fought beside them mean nothing? What purpose was there in trying to defeat the Saiyan Queen only to be slaughtered, just because you wanted to do it alone. It was an insult to everyone's effort, everyone's sacrifices. It was due to things like this....
"I am not certain I can condone the failures of the Z-Fighters for much longer. They claim a role, and yet they have utterly failed to live up to the legend they intend to follow. If this is the case... I wonder if I should forge my own path."
Ordinarily Defrosch would be irritated by a telepathic connection, but given the situation- as he was expanding his mental senses- he was more than ready for it. He gave Walker a moment to introduce himself before replying in kind. The Arcosian did have some questions to ask the arboreal mystic after all.
His mental voice was a great deal calmer than his usual voice as well, which could be somewhat surprising. "Greetings. Worry not, I sensed no ill intent from you. Its fine. I appreciate that you have chosen to come speak to me personally. Be warned, I'm not particularly... Eh, exciting." For some reason, it seemed the Arcosian had shrugged mentally rather than physically. Walker's children told him about that meeting? Well, that certainly explained that odd feeling of being watched whenever Defrosch was on the lookout. "Kais above don't get me started on that. Toma is far too hasty for his- or really anyone's own good- if you ask me... I did however meet with him some time after that. Maybe he just needs proper guidance."
Defrosch listened further as Walker brought forward his concerns. The fact that someone else had remembered the Namek mission took a load off of the Arcosian's shoulders. "Believe me, I'm just as disappointed about that as you are, but don't assume that you are faultless in this... I periodically checked up on the Lookout, seeking our allies so we could carry out that mission- I even sought out personal friends of mine, but as fate decreed at that time, everyone was ridiculously hard to find. Or so I had thought. As it turns out- and I'm sure you're aware, most had gone off into other areas of space, yourself, Maeve, Articho, Toma and..." There was deep sorrow as Defrosch said his piece, it was clear he still wasn't over the recent death of Bing, perhaps even Reikiko and Kaula despite not knowing them all too well, so he couldn't bare to go any further lest it disturb his peaceful equilibrium. Defrosch was quite emotionally driven even though he would scarcely admit it. "The point is, in a critical moment, there was no effort to communicate. Even I am to blame for that to some degree, but... It would've been a foolish decision for me to simply have gone to Namek as the only escort."
Waiting once more for Walker to finish, Defrosch slowly processed the new information before continuing. "So, I have a few questions for you. Everyone worships this moniker, this name, this legend, but what is a Z-Fighter? What does it truly mean? If it is simply a title given to one that defends the Earth then... The better question might be who isn't a Z-Fighter?" Once more he paused, allowing Walker to formulate an answer before asking his second question. "My next question is in regard to a piece of traditional Namekian lore. I happened to come across an ancient text in the Lookout's library, so I am wondering if you know anything about it... I believe it is related to Helix's sudden disappearance. It read as follows; 'Some Namekians are two halves of a same whole. One embodies harmony, the other embodies aggression. One spirit in two bodies, they are intricately connected.' I ask this because as far as I could tell, Helix was healthy, and as his signature faded from this world, I felt no sign of struggle... So I don't think it was a natural death. I would have asked his warrior guardian Lusca about this, but attempts to find her have been unsuccessful." Defrosch sighed internally, he had no clue how to proceed. "At this point I doubt she would want to speak to us anyway."
The Arcosian's question was a valid one. What did it mean to be a Z-Fighter? Supposedly, they were the defenders of Earth, but in the past, some of said defenders had left the planet to pursue other threats. It wasn't just about Earth, it was about keeping the Galaxy safe and fighting those who abused their power. Now, it was just a terra-centric group of people who seemed more concerned with their own egos than fighting effectively. Depressing wasn't even close to covering it. "I am not sure I can really say. I fear that, whatever a Z-Fighter was, we have come so far from the definition that it is impossible to tell."
Walker leaned back slightly, staring at the sky. Somewhere, up there, Bing was still alive. For a given value of alive, anyway. Pushing down the rage, the tree turned to look at Defrosch. "There are a few more serious members, but there are others that simply do not seem to care about anything beyond immediate and present threats to the planet. Zuccetta will attack again, and we could stop that, but they are too busy doing whatever they are doing. Yet, if I go alone, I may doom the earth. It is a galling conudrum." He sighed, rubbing his hands along his face. "Bing left alone, but he proved to not be enough. Reikiko left as well, and she fell in turn. I cannot chose the same thing, and yet I do not have enough reliable sources to back me up."
The second question was far easier to answer, thankfully. "Helix was a fission of another Namekian, a being called Xylo. This Namekian was a Mazoku Caste, and was in fact the one attacking Namek. When he was killed by an SSE soldier, apparently named Mayze, Helix died as well. Namek is currently under SSE "Guardianship", I believe, and it is not hard to guess why." The Dragon Balls... The orbs that could grant wishes. It was something everyone would be seeking, soon enough. "I suppose our mission to Namek would have been in trouble either way. If we had killed this attacker, it would have ended Helix as well, and we did not know this. I only became aware upon speaking to this Xylo myself in the Afterlife." He rested his chin in his hand, and looked up at the Arcosian.
"When I died, I did so for two reasons. The first was to get Reikiko back to fighting power, although due to a stunningly stupid decision on her part, she got caught trying to reconvene with Kaula and was killed by the SSE's new robotic monster. The second was to find the final puzzle piece of my own being. As it stands... I would be able to surpass the Power Levels we felt a few weeks back from Kanassa." He didn't complete the thought, but the implication was there to be grasped. He might be stronger, but if he went alone, he would die again. He would be joining the others who had tried in the afterlife.
Through his meditative peaceful trance, Defrosch was able to notice Walker's shifts in emotions. Of course he was angry, in all honesty who wouldn't be in this situation? "Then why are people so hung up on the name? Why should you or I try to be something we are clearly not? I don't see much meaning in the title of 'Z-Fighter' myself. That aside, it is like I had said; to act alone in response to such threats is a fools way of doing things... It truly unsettles me that those one would least expect to take that path have done so."
Like Walker, anger bubbled deep within Defrosch, but in his current state it did not surface or disturb his peace at the moment, the arboreal caretaker might be able to get a reading on it if he is focused enough. "Toma told me, you know... The 'solution' you attempted to act upon. I can't honestly say I approve blasting a planet to smithereens, and I am of a race that practically does that should they get bored. It's probably obvious why you tried that- but I want to hear it from you- why did you wish to erase all of Vegeta from existence? It would have surely attracted them to Earth at that moment, no?" Defrosch awaited Walker's response once again while processing the new information about Helix apparently being in the exact situation Defrosch assumed him to be; the Guru hopeful was part of a fission ritual, but with the very Mazoku they could have fought no less! That arguably would have ended in a much more disadvantageous situation. "No, it isn't hard to guess why the SSE 'guards' much of anything. Given the fact that certain artifacts were created by the Kami prior to Bing... Did you ever meet him? Scargot, I mean."
The fact that Walker implied his 'sacrifice' indeed ended in his death made Defrosch quite confused, but it wasn't something he hadn't heard of before. There were people in the past that had escaped the confines of the afterlife, and the Dragon Balls certainly had the power to do that. However, if Walker had not been revived in such a way, and what he said was true... "If you returned of your own will, then what would stop the SSE loyalists from doing the same? Ugh, this is getting worse by the second."
It seemed today was a day for heavy questions. "I am not certain what it takes to return. I got lucky, but I imagine that others could as well. I met someone there who had returned twice, but from what I understand, it grows exponentially harder each time. I cannot say for certain, however."
Pausing, he looked at Defrosch for a moment. As to his solution... how to put this. "As for Vegeta... I am not certain if it would have. It would have, at the least, made a target of me. My intent was to remove the center of the Empire, causing the same collapse the Arcosian's Empire suffered. It is possible it would not have the same effect, but at the least, it would cause decentralization and chaos. As for targeting Earth..."
He closed his eyes for a moment, then opened his right orb, head tilting. "I admit, I thought you would have guessed. I intended to give them another target. Few were, at the time, aware of my origin. I intended to act as a distraction, to harry and distract the SSE until Earth was prepared to deal the finishing blow. Or, if not... at least for long enough to delay them. The Dragon Balls wished back Namek, and they could easily have wished back those on Vegeta who were judged worthy of Heaven to continue their lives." It sounded harsh, but unless a technique was developed that sought only evildoers, it was the only sorting method he could think of.
Hands folded, the tree sounded.. sad. "This was before I began to doubt the wisdom and conviction of those that call themselves heroes, those that remain on this world, anyway. Bing Gan was a hero, although what he is now, I cannot say. Given his lack of contact, I must take my teacher, Reikiko, at her word and accept that, for the moment... Bing Gan is under the control of the SSE. He killed Kaula, and Reikiko, leaving only a few powerful enough to challenge the SSE Elite. Vi-Poi cannot leave Earth, the Z-Fighters won't, and that leaves me with few options. I may be able to face Zuccetta, but I cannot handle her and the fallen Kami."
"Still, it is a worrisome situation." Defrosch fell silent to formulate some ideas. If this notion of death not being the end was the truth, then could that be why some were so reckless? Did they see something to be gained from this? Perhaps now was not the time to dwell on such a thing. "Though it is- lets say- clever to use being unknown to such an advantage, I'd argue the risk was too great. It could've made targets of any world or greater power that had a score to settle." The Arcosian grumbled internally once again, though Walker was one to think tactically in some form, it didn't change the fact that he too acted in a similar fashion to those that had recently fell in battle.
"It could have gone better had you brought your plan to the attention of a few others... Or did you perhaps already attempt that, but to no avail? Hmm." Given this information, Defrosch figured there was far more to the Dragon Balls. These artifacts were essentially unparalleled in power from what he has heard, after all. "I have a thought; if the Dragon Balls can be used to revive the dead, surely they are able to simply relocate the living? What if you were to simply preemptively remove the innocent and those 'worthy of heaven' from Vegeta instead? That way the truly noble would not suffer for the misdeeds of the corrupted." Thinking about things from a different perspective could really be an eye-opener, even moreso in this case. "This would however create another problem, though you would have to deal with those 'unworthy', there could be few among them that could still be victims of circumstance and not truly all too bad... One way around that could be the specifications of the wish."
However, as Walker continued to speak, the boiling anger within Defrosch continued to do so as the heat was turned up, frustration and anger once again seeped into his mental space, and he was on the edge of simply exploding. With what sanity he had left, he gave Walker one last message. "I need to go before I ruin this area." In the blink of an eye, he was simply gone- off into the sky- out into space almost! Thankfully he had left when he did... He probably still needs someone to talk to, however.
The tree remained below, allowing the Arcosian a chance to express his rage. He had felt similarly when he first heard the news. It was distressing, to be sure. Bing, a slave of the SSE... and the biggest threat to the safety of Earth. There was little they could do at the moment. "I would have spared you knowing that, but it would only have caused more problems in the future. Now, at least, if he comes... he will not be forced to slaughter his friends and allies while they stare in shock."
He could imagine it all too clearly. The moment of joy, then dawning horror as they recognized the look of pain on Bing's face. He didn't know what the Kami of earth looked like now, so he chose to picture him with a metallic suit of SSE armor and a forehead band. It wouldn't go well. If he had been able to defeat Rei firing a Kikoho, his power was clearly immense now. Standing up, he stared at the sky, facing away from where Defrosch had flown.
"I do not know how to fix this. However, I do know this. The Earth is home to the Dragon Balls, the most powerful tools in the universe. The queen sent fighters looking for them to Namek, and may likely have determined there are none there at the moment. She will be coming here."
It was a tough call, but... "As much as I would love to wish Bing back to human, I do not know the ramifications of such a wish. The risk of him being permanently brainwashed, or simply killed for real, due to no longer being under SSE control... We can return him once the threat is gone. I am going to seek the Dragon Balls, and with them, ensure that the SSE is gone for good. This will also prevent them from being used again for a significant period."
Defrosch would stay in the upper atmosphere for quite a while, but with the telepathic link still up the entire time, it was clear that he wasn't intending to straight up leave so impolitely; even if Walker would likely understand the reason in potentially doing so. Eventually after venting somewhat appropriately, the Arcosian would gently return to this area, his ki suppressed once again in order to not disturb the sacred ground that he chose to meditate in.
"Yes, of course. There will be others seeking them.. Before you should manage to procure these sacred items, however, prepare a potential wish. As I have said, the Dragon Balls are of phenomenal power... The wish must transparent and specific- foolproof- in order to succeed." The Arcosian's eyes were open, staring at Walker. He feared the consequences of working independently in such a situation considering recent events. "That being said. Do not deny the help of others should they show motivations and wishes that are for the benefit of this planet. Even this requires coordination and teamwork. Hopefully I don't need to tell you that you likely have allies that you can trust to assist in keeping the peace of this planet- nay.. This universe..." There was clear and unperturbed conviction in his projected thoughts, yet unfortunately, there was still great fury present.
The tree nodded. "Indeed. I have no intent of denying help. However, I might have issues with someone of a minimal power level who wished to hold on to the Balls until the wish. That seems like a fantastic way for them to be stolen." Shrugging, he stretched, standing up. "I must go and alert the Z-Fighters of these developments. Events are progressing, after all."
Straightening entirely, he floated just above the ground, careful not to disturb the peaceful area. "I thank you for being intelligent about this. I've had reason to fear the mental capacity of some of our allies before, sadly. Although I suspect you know what I mean." Shaking his head, he floated upwards a bit. "Was there anything else you needed to speak about, my friend?"
((Sorry, quite short, but I kinda ran out of talking points))
"I would assume as much. Provided such people can be reasoned with and are of a similar mind... You know, just don't go too far if they're a bit too stubborn." The Arcosian sat back down on the rock that he was on before Walker had arrived, going back into his meditative stance, there was in fact something he figured should be mentioned before Walker left.
"... I'm guessing you intend to tell Maeve and Etoru? To be honest, I'd be against that considering how they would react. I could not- with any fiber of my being- speak the truth of this disaster to them... I can't make them suffer like that. I just can't." Defrosch's mental voice sounded rather tired and lifeless because of that fact. For someone that seemed to have little stake in anything, he happened to care quite a bit. "However, I won't stop you. It is important that they are not caught off guard in a worst case scenario. Just know what you're getting into, okay?"
Consider this a THREAD EXIT, I'll leave the last post up to @tokoz I'd like Zeni for this please~