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October 10th, 6PM, 2019

Riverside, the docks, the cargo freighter Viper Star

 

At the captain's shout, the previously stunned and frightened crew dove under railings, slid back hatches or simply discarded bulky survival suits to reveal the sleek, glowing and deceptively-primitivist designs of Dakanan technology. The rustic sound of their propellor cut abruptly, replaced with the distinct thrumm of a daka-controlled propulsion system. The formerly-leisurely pace of the Viper Star noticeably jumped, the freighter turning to head for the North Bay.

 

"I'm sorry," Captain Imamba said, thoroughly looking it, "but we can't wait until everyone who needs our help can afford it. And I can't let loyalty to Dakana stand in the way of my duty as a thinking, feeling human being. Crew, attack!"

 

The crystal arcs crackled, red light flashed, and the air filled with the muted roar of sonic pulses  hailing down on the small group of students!

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Octoman

 

"Congratulations. Y'all done PLAYED yourselves."

 

On Ben's forearms, and in several places along his sides and back, skin unfolded like flowers blooming, to reveal hidden orifices from which slid yellow tentacles lined from tip to base with tens of thousands of black ring-shaped suckers which clenched shut and flexed open again with every breath he took. The tentacles writhed and floated around him in every direction, stretching to dozens, maybe hundreds of feet in length, far longer than what could possibly have been coiled up in his lean frame.

 

"Smelled you guys comin' a MILE away. You thought you were just dealin' with some dollar-store spandex chump, BUT IT WAS ME, the Crime-Fighting Kraken himself, that's right, THE OUTRAGEOUS OCTOMAN!"

 

The mass of tentacles surged toward Captain Imamba like a squishy tsunami.

 

Edited by Grumblefloof

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GM

 

Like a retro-style cartoon character, Octoman's rubbery limbs unraveled across the deck, whipping around Imamba too fast for the startled ship captain to do more than let out a "Whoof!" of escaping air from his suddenly-contracted lungs. He struggled fiercely enough for his shirt to tear, but he quickly subsidied at the feeling of steel-hard tentacles locking him in place.

 

"Octoman? He's just a legend!" shouted one of the crew, disbelieving, horrorified and gleeful all at once.

 

One of the others was about to yell something at them, when the last tentacle aimed at Imamba went wide. Striking a cargo container with a hollow THUD, the power and speed of Octoman turned it into a spinning, screeching, multi-ton bulldozer hurtling for two of the crew!

 

"No..." robbed of most of his breath, Imamba could only whisper as he stared at his two crewmen desperately, futilely, trying to escape their impending doom!

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The two men had barely time to think about starting a mad lunge out of the runaway container's path before it was on them, screaming and scattering sparks.

 

Then it lurched, let out a final groan, and stopped. 

 

The crewmen poked their heads around its corners, shocked speechless at the sight of several of Octoman's limbs retracting away from the container, jetting purple blood from where the muscles had nearly snapped. There was a moment's profound quiet as the Dakanans digested what had happened.

 

Then one of them shouted "Hey, they're still trying to keep us from giving this stuff away! Get 'em!" And the moment peace was lost, the crew unleashing a hailstorm of guttural, almost animal roars from their sonic blasters! The shots made strange red tunnels in the air, and left a sharp metallic scent.

 

Sun Dragon yelped as one blaster shot him square in the chest, sending him flying back into the bulk of Dio, who'd only grimaced and spat angrily at his own hit.

 

And all the while the Viper Star was picking up speed, heading for open waters...

Edited by Ari

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Octoman

 

"Oops!" Octoman yelled as the wild flailing of his tentacles sent the shipping container tumbling toward the Dakanan renegades. The white eyes of his "mask" expanded to more than twice their normal size. He sent the tentacles that weren't wrapped around Captain Imamba surging forward, halting the giant metal box's advance. "RRRRNNNNGGGG" he grunted from the strain.

 

He breathed a sigh of relief when the shooting stopped, opening his mouth to say something. He was cut off by the angry exclamations of the crew and the renewed shooting a few moments later. "DUDE. REALLY?!" he shouted incredulously as he dodged the gunfire. "So you wanna PLAY? Fine. BATTER UP!"

 

Octoman crouched down onto the deck, and then an explosion of air expelled from the bladders in his torso through all his new orifices launched him straight up in to the air. "BASES LOADED!" His tentacles swung Captain Imamba's body up in a wide arc over the deck. "HERE'S THE PITCH!" Like a pendulum, Imamba's body rested high up in the air for an instant, then fell back down in a reverse of the arc by which it had ascended, swinging toward one of his own crew members.

 

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