Salutations once again, nya. For those who don't know me, the name is Glyde, the Felyne Scribe, meow. I previously went by Xglide, for those who remember, because the Guild insisted that I use that name as an alias. I had a word with them and got my name changed, purr. Anyhow, today, I come to tell you of another fierce battle between wyverns, an unseen battle, a fight in the dark, nya. A battle that occurred in the deep of a cave, sheltered from the storm, but not from poison and lightning, nyu.
It was well into the night when I arrived into the boundaries of Minegrade. It had been a while since I had been here. The Guild sent me to Moga for a while for some assignments. Now, I was done with that and heading back to my home country. Of course, it was my luck that had me run into a storm on the way there. Luckily for me, there was a cave nearby. It was dark inside. If you were a human you couldn't see anything but black. I would have needed night-vision goggles, but I had natural night vision so I headed inside.
I sat down near the entrance and drank a Hot Drink so I wouldn't freeze to death. I sat there wondering how long the storm might last when I caught scent of something. It didn't smell very good, in fact it smelled like carrion. I got up and stepped deeper into the cave, the stench getting stronger and stronger. When I looked behind a stalagmite there it was a skinned carcass of a kelbi. How sad. I felt sorry for it, but that didn't last long. That feeling of sympathy soon turned to fear.
I looked a little further and saw two purple eyes. I quickly hid behind the stalagmite, starting to breath heavily. I slowly turned my head and looked back. A Gigginox? I shook my head and made sure I saw what I saw. A flat head and tail, pseudo-wyvern build, a glowing, purple streak on the head and tail that looked like eyes: there was no doubt it was a Gigginox. I had thought that there weren't any in Minegarde but somehow this one was here. I watched in astonishment as this wyv- I mean, pseudo-wyvern started tearing apart at the carcass.
However, his meal didn't last long. A white glow came from the ceiling and grew brighter and brighter. I looked up to see a white electrical charge from a Khezu. The Gigginox was fast enough to dodge the three beams of lightning that came its way. I was almost not fast enough. If I was a split second too late I would have been fried well-done. I breathed heavily for a few seconds before I wiped the cold sweat off my face, gulped, and peeked out from behind the stalagmite only to see that they were gone. I looked left and right but couldn't see them until one of them fell from the ceiling, making me jump. The Khezu had fallen from what appeared to be a ceiling fight. THIS was certainly new.
I took a step closer inside the cave to see what was going on. The Gigginox came down on top of it, grappling with whatever hands they had, though I can't imagine how successful that went. The Khezu lurched his head back and smashed its head against the Gigginox's wing making it fall over. They both struggled to get up like two blind wyverns……oh wait they are blind…
I had just realized that they were both blind, and yet they both were able to locate each other rather perfectly. It was a fascinating watch, all I had to do was just put my life on the line. The Khezu got up first and prepared to fire its electrical beam. The Gigginox was able to get up in time and jump to the ceiling. From there it stretched its neck and got a hold of the Khezu's wing. The pained Khezu swung its head in the Gigginox's direction, its acid mucus landing on the Gigginox's back. Roaring in pain, it let go, falling down in the process.
Again, the Khezu took to the ceiling and the Gigginox followed suit after a quick recovery. As if it was expecting it to jump to the ceiling, the Khezu had an electrical wave ready for it. To my astonishment, it traveled along the ceiling and hit the Gigginox on the head and both its wing, causing it to fall.
The Gigginox snapped back up, like the blow only fazed him and spit out a purple blob towards the Khezu. Just in time, the Khezu was able to dodge the hit by jumping down, but the poison mist fell down upon it after it broke on the ceiling. Breathing it in, it became poisoned. I quickly took out my face mask and tried to conceal my face, just in case the poison spread all the way here. It screamed as if it would dispel the poison. From what I was hearing, I was convinced it would, but it in reality it was in vain. Despite the blood-curdling scream, the Gigginox advanced on it.
The Khezu extended its neck once again was able to bite down on its head. With a mighty pull, it toppled it on top of a stalagmite which pierced one of its wings. Each side was equally damaged. The poison seemed to be disappearing from the Khezu's body as he started to move with more coordination. However, the poison had taken its toll; It was significantly weaker.
The Gigginox jumped onto to the wall and walked onto the ceiling and started crawling further away into the cave, but with difficulty, its blood dripping from the open wound. The Khezu followed from the floor, as did I. They went deeper into the cave where even I had to strain myself to see them, though the Gigginox was lit pretty well.
The Khezu screamed another piercing scream which echoed along the walls of the dark cave, resonating even louder than it should have been. The Gigginox roared itself in a testimony of dominance. Weak from poison on one side, wing pierced and bleeding on the other, it was still anyone's match. But this next move would decide it all.
The Khezu stuck its tail on the ground, while it charged up an electrical blast. The Gigginox jumped behind the Khezu and charged at it. In a quick change of direction, it shot the beams under its wings and at the Gigginox, a surprisingly smart move. However, the Gigginox did not stop. I swear the next few moments were in slow motion.
As the three bolts came towards him, he simply leaned down towards the ground, while still moving forward, such that his head and wings practically flat against the ground. The bolts hit its head and wing but did not stop there, instead it traveled on top of the Gigginox's skin and then back onto the ground, behind it. However, it did leave its mark, literally, the Gigginox was now striped, burned from the lightning bolts. The Gigginox still charging slammed into the Khezu and crashed it against the wall. Both of them staggered to the floor.
The Gigginox staggered away not even looking back at the Khezu. Had it won? The Khezu got back up, but something about was wrong. All around him were multiple white, almost tentacle-looking things which protruded from it. Giggis! I looked around the cave. It was true: here and there were Giggi egg sacs, all planted in secrecy. This was the opportune time for the Giggis to strike. The Khezu soon staggered back down, from blood loss. It gave another banshee scream, shaking its head violently, getting rid of some of the Giggis, but more replaced it soon. It was a Giggi feast.
The battle over, I made my way over back to my bag. Yes, it was still raining, but I wasn't going to stay around for them to find me as their next meal while I slept. When I got to my bag I noticed a Giggi was there, rummaging through my bag. I grabbed it by its tail and let it dangle. It violently shook and something dropped from its mouth. Looked like silver. I had no idea why a Giggi had something like silver in its mouth but I didn't care. I tossed the squirming Giggi over my head where it would have a better feast with the Khezu than in my bag.
Lucky there was a large leaf I could use to cover me as I made my way through the rain. I looked off to the distance: Clear skies. I could already see the sunlight brightening the plains off in the distance and soon that light would reach where I was. I walked forward with that sunshine in view. I had witnessed yet another battle between monsters. A new sky was waiting as I advanced forward in my home land. I took the silver ore out of my bag and tossed it back and forth into the air. This…would be a momento.
The Gigginox charged forward. But like a pro baseball player, as soon as his head got close, he swung his stubby, but strong tail and managed to hit a foul ball, slamming the Gigginox into the cave wall. The Khezu launched another electrical charge towards it and this time it hit its mark. The Gigginox faltered back from the shock but snapped back to it. It leaped up to the ceiling and threw its head at the Khezu while the rest of the remained on the ceiling, pulling this way and that trying to grapple him down. The Khezu struggled likewise to gain control of its head.
It was a tug-o-war, one on the ceiling, another on the floor. The Khezu shook left, and the Gigginox, making sure that he didn't lose grip followed. The Gigginox bit down harder and began pulling. The Khezu was losing, trying to pull against the Gigginox, but he was slowly getting pulled. In a last ditch attempt, the Khezu stuck its tail to the ground, stopping the Gigginox from pulling any further. I didn't know what happened next but I could make a pretty good guess: The Khezu, from that position, fired an electrical bolt directly into the Gigginox's mouth, a deadly dose of electricity, enough to fry the brain and probably the innards, too. As the voltage overload muted the Gigginox from the world, it slowly lost its grip on the ceiling and fell.
My eyes followed the Gigginox as one leg, then two than the others let go of the ceiling. My eyes went ahead and winced as the stalagmite below it pierced the Gigginox through the chest. If he didn't die from the first attack this was more than "double-tap". White mist streaming from its mouth, it growled and advanced towards it.
That was it for me; I wasn't about to stay around and watch the next few gruesome sequences. On the way out, I traced where his lightning almost hit me and found the wall was blasted open. When I took a closer look, I noticed there was an ancient stone in there. I reached in and pulled it out and put it in my bag. I was going to need a lot of earth crystals to polish this one.
Thank goodness there was a large leaf I could use as an umbrella as I walked through the rain. As I headed out I could see the horizon, bright, dry, and warm from the sun's touch. I smiled and headed in that way, towards my hometown.
It was a face off, each tried to make the other cower backwards and corner it against the wall. Due to its flatness, the Gigginox definitely looked larger. As the Khezu started moving back, it turned so it wouldn't be cornered. It went deeper into the cave while the Giggnox still slowly advanced on it. It was actually getting brighter as they went deeper. As it turned out, this cave had an opening in the ceiling. Even though it was dark outside, it still gave a little more light to this dark cave.
The Khezu stepped into the rain, a smart move as the water would make his attacks more efficient. The Gigginox, unaware, followed. I circled around the edge of the cave to get a better view. The Khezu shot an electric wave. What the Gigginox didn't expect was its speed. The water made the attack travel far faster than it should have, not to mention stronger. The Gigginox looked like it was having a hard time standing. It teetered this way and that until it fell. At that same time I could have sworn I heard something crack and… a roar?
All of a sudden the ground near the Gigginos turned red. I barely had time to brace myself when a fireball came from the opening and directly hit the Gigginox. I could feel the ground shake as the Gigginox flew into the wall from the hit and fell to the ground, probably dead. The Khezu turned its head towards the sky to sniff out the new adversary but as soon as it looked up it was pinned down by the Rathian's claw. I'm, guessing what the Gigginox fell on was her egg. The Khezu struggled against her but I didn't see what happened next.
Heck no, I was going to stay and let her find me. All I heard was the sound of tearing flesh. I quickly made my way to my bag and snapped a leaf off that was big enough to shelter me from the rain. I slowed down, walking away from the entrance of the cave and looked back, but a roar sent me running again. This would be a battle that would be burned into memory.