Birth of Pendulum
The wintery months of February and March had come and gone. The days had been peaceful since Lucifer’s latest defeat. Now in April, the weather was warming up, the snow had mostly melted, and Cyber City parks were starting to blossom with new flowers and plants. Things had quieted down for now, which was a welcoming change.
At Django’s home, in the collection room, the gang was working on their decks, their Infinity Disks next to the scattered cards. They were picking and choosing from several new cards that had been added to Django’s collection recently, trying to see what cards would work best with their decks styles.
The Wind Mistress turned to Django, “Well, I’d say our decks are in good working order, don’t you think? We’ve added lots of new cards and strategies to our arsenal. Thanks again for always allowing us access to your collections and various booster packs, it sure makes it easier for us to prepare for what may lie ahead.”
Cody nodded, “That’s fer sure. And since most of these new cards haven’t been publically released just yet, we always get a sneak preview because of yer deal with Maxwell. It’s great having a buddy like you ‘round, D-Man.”
Django blushed, “I’m glad you guys are happy. I admit I have too many cards and packs hanging around, so it’s nice to have friends like you to distribute them around to. And at least things have been peaceful lately, ever since that incident in the Sargasso pocket dimension, which is a nice change of pace.”
Leo started to gather up his deck, “Yeah, you got that right. Lucifer and Number 96 have been quiet since our last encounter. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, as it gives us time to rest and recover, as well as plan for future battles. But a little peace and quiet has been a nice change.”
Fiona turned to Django, “Speaking of changes, how’s your progress in mastering Psykinox Warp Gates? After all, it was because you managed to open one just in time that we all got out of that Sargasso place in one piece. So how’s that been doing, Django?”
The inventor replied, “I’m still mastering it. I can only go short distances right now, mostly within Cyber City’s interior. About the furthest I can use my Warp Gates right now is the ruins of my old home, which isn’t too shabby considering that I’m self-teaching myself how to use them. But at least I can use them at will now, so that’ll help. It’ll also help cut down on the time needed to get to various places, like if another Number appears within range of my systems. But so far so good.”
Jack said, “Surprised Noble isn’t teaching you how to use them. After all, he can use them, right?”
“That’s true, but considering the fact that Zephyr, Melody, and Draco, who he also raised and trained, can’t use them, or at least not yet, it makes me wonder if they can be taught right away. I know Chronos and Carver can use them, even though they’re younger than me, so it does seem to suggest that they can be taught at an early enough age, but I think that, like what happened with me, instincts may be needed to unlock them the first time. But what do I know? I didn’t even know I was a Psykinox till roughly a year ago, so I could be completely off on this.”
Tempest shrugged, “It doesn’t matter. You’re catching up to more experienced Psykinoxes pretty quickly despite everything, so it’s no big deal. But I’m quite happy about all the progress we’ve made in general. I just hope we can keep it up, as Lucifer still has plenty of tricks up his slimy sleeves.”
Cody gathered up his deck, “No worries, Tempest. We’re the Team Supreme, which means we’re ready for anythin’ that gutter rat tries. We’ve managed to get out of several of his traps and plans before, so I know we can keep it up. So enough of that, let’s test out some of our new cards on the DSR!”
Just then Django’s Infinity Disk started to beep. Curious, he picked it up and activates the video call feature. To his surprise, Kain appeared onscreen.
He said, “Hello, Django, it’s been a while.”
Django quirked an eyebrow, “Kain, surprised to see you on the line. So it’s safe to say you got my package.”
The arrogant man gave a sneer, “Yes I did, and I’m quite pleased with it. A Blue-Eyes and Galaxy-Eyes styled Infinity Disk. Pretty good piece of technology, I must say. But enough of that, onto business. There are two reasons why I called. One is that Lucifer has been very quiet lately. Any idea why that is?”
Django shook his head, “No, none whatsoever. He’s still out there, obviously, so he’s either biding his time or trying to draw out more power. Either way, I’m sure we’ll hear from him sooner or later. It’s the sooner or later part that worries me. I know you’re eager to prove who the real Master of Dragons is, but try not to do something reckless. But moving on from that, what’s the second reason you contacted me personally?”
Kain chuckled darkly, “That should be pretty obvious. I challenge you to a Duel! I’m holding an exhibition match to promote one of the Duel Stadiums I’ve built lately, and there would be no better Duelist than you to crush there. Or are you scared that I have a Number now? Not that I’d blame you, as my Number is superior to Utopia. But what’ll it be?”
Django gave a smirk, “You know I won’t say no to a challenge, Kain. You’re on. When do we rendezvous?”
“Come to Dragon’s Den Stadium in one hour. You know where it is, right? In the northern part of Cyber City, by the north harbor, just south of the unfinished super highway. Be there, so I can finally flatten you for good. I’ll see you in one hour, and don’t be late!” he then ended the call.
Cody snarled, “That arrogant snob! Ever since he got that Number he’s gained an even bigger ego! D-Man, flatten him! Show him who the REAL Master of the Numbers is!”
Tempest huffed, “I wouldn’t be surprised if Kain already advertized this exhibition match between the two of you. That’ll draw in a huge crowd, as you both are top-ranked Duelists. He’s probably eager to settle the score. All I can say is this: pulverize him, Django.”
Jack nodded, “Yeah, it’s time to flatten Kain once again, and this time in a sold-out arena!"
The twins said in unison, “And don’t forget that we’re behind you!”
Django chuckled, “Yeah, I know the drill. Anyway, let’s gather up our stuff and head on out. At least with my Warp Gates we can get there in virtually no time at all. So let’s get the party started.”
A little while later, Kain was standing in the center of his new Dragon’s Den Stadium. Every seat was taken in the audience, eager to see a great Duel, among them were familiar faces such as Rai, Draco, Onyx, Noble, Zephyr, Melody, Vanessa, and Roger. Camera crews were also around, broadcasting the event on live TV. This allowed people like Maxwell, Vylon, and their families to watch at home. Nicholas was near Kain, while one of his right-hand men was holding a microphone, ready to get started.
Kain said to himself, “It’s almost time, Django. Time for me to flatten you for good once and for all.”
Suddenly, a Psykinox Warp Gate opened up, stunning the crowd and making Kain jump. He got into a defensive pose, but relaxed when he saw Django and the others emerge from it.
He said, “So, now you’re using those Warp Gates to get around, huh? And here I thought it was something to worry about, like Lucifer. So you’ve arrived, along with the nerd herd. Guess that means they’ll have a front-row seat to your defeat.”
Django armed himself with his red Infinity Disk, summoning the gold and black energy blade, followed by his Duel Gazer, “Oh, you’ll have something to worry about, Kain. Time to see if you’ve improved over the past few months.”
Kain laughed, “Like I needed the improvement. But let’s just say I have done some extra training and planning. This time, not even your precious Numbers will stop me. So get ready, as it’s time to Duel!” He turned to the man with the mic, “Stewart, let’s get this show on the road.”
Stewart nodded, “Yes, Mr. Kannon.” He then moved the mic closer to his face, “Welcome Duelists of all ages! It is my pleasure to announce the start of the greatest match of all time! You’re all in for a treat! This exhibition match will not only mark the grand opening of Kannon Corp’s Dragon’s Den Stadium, but also pit two of the greatest Duelists the world has ever known! In this corner we have the Master of Dragons, the man with the deck of pure power, the great Kain Kannon! And in this corner we have the undefeated World Champion, the Master of the Numbers, the one, the only, Dr. Django Spirit!”
The crowd cheered and applauded eagerly, ready for a good Duel.
Stewart stated, “Now, for the moment you’ve all be waiting for… let the Duel begin!”
Kain armed himself with his new Blue-Eyes and Galaxy-Eyes styled Infinity Disk, materializing the dragon wing-shaped energy blade, stating, “Time to crush you once and for all, Django!”
“Augmented Reality Visual link established.”
Both drew their starting hands, stating in unison, “Let’s Duel!”
Django stated, “Since you challenged me, I’ll open things up! I Draw!” he took a different card from his hand, “You should know this card by now, Kain. I summon Gagaga Magician in Attack Mode!”
Gagaga Magician (1500/1000) appeared on the field, giving a battle cry, ready to fight.
“But wait, there’s more. I activate his ability! I can change his Level from anywhere between Level One to Level Eight, so I choose Level Five!”
The lights on his buckle started to glow, changing to five, as well as the stars representing his Level going up to five.
“Next up, I summon Gagaga Child via his effect in Attack Mode!”
Gagaga Child (800/1200) appeared on the field, standing next to his fellow Gagaga.
“Now I activate his special power. He can copy the Level of any other Gagaga monster I control. So just as fast as he can polish off an ice pop, he can change his Level to match my Gagaga Magician!”
Gagaga Child quickly ate his ice pop, leaving the stick bare. On the stick, the stars representing his Level changed from two to five.
Django smirked, “Now for the fun part. I Overlay my Gagaga Magician and Gagaga Child! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja in Attack Mode!”
Both Gagaga monsters became purple orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the galaxy-style Overlay Network. Out emerged Crimson Shadow’s sealed form, which quickly unfolded into Number 12: Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja (2400/1700).
Stewart announced, “Django has already summoned one of his famous Numbers! And on the first turn, too! This’ll be a good match, folks!”
Django said, “Normally, due to Gagaga Child’s ability, if I summoned him this way, I cannot conduct my Battle Phase. But since this was the first turn of the Duel, that’s not an issue. So I place one card face-down to end my turn.”
Kain stated, “Not a bad Number you summoned. Too bad I’ll crush it, just like I’ll crush you! It’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his new card before stating, “Here’s something you won’t like. I summon the mighty Chainsaw Insect in Attack Mode!”
Chainsaw Insect (2400/0) appeared on the field, giving its saw mandibles a quick buzz. Django could feel his skin crawl as he looked at the Insect monster.
Cody growled, “Leave it to Kain to pick on D-Man’s fear of insects like that. He knows how much D-Man hates insects, so he’s tryin’ to capitalize on it, hopin’ to throw off his game.”
Tempest called out, “Squash that overgrown termite, Django!”
Kain stated, “Not if I can help it! Chainsaw Insect, attack Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja!”
Chainsaw Insect charged in, buzzing its mandibles as high speed.
Jack said, “What good will that do? Both monsters have the same Attack Power, and even so, only a Number can destroy a Number in battle, so only Chainsaw Insect will be destroyed.”
Django stated, “Because your Chainsaw Insect is involved in a battle, I get to draw one new card from my deck!”
He drew one card, looked at it, and then added it to his hand.
Kain laughed, “Big deal, because I have something else in mind! I know that a Number cannot be destroyed in battle except by another Number, but I can still damage your Life Points! So I activate the Spell: Ego Boost! When a monster declares an attack, I can boost the power of one monster by 1000 points! So my Chainsaw Insect is now 3400 points strong!”
Kain’s Spell boosted Chainsaw Insect’s power by 1000 to 3400. It slammed into Crimson Shadow, who managed to weather the attack.
Django stated, “Don’t think it’ll be that easy to damage me! I activate the Trap: Defense Draw! I can reduce the damage I take from an attack to zero and draw one more card! So my Life Points will come out unscathed, just like my Number!”
He drew another card from his deck, looked at it, and then added it to his hand.
Kain, though obviously surprised, said, “So you got lucky. Your luck will soon run out. And even though Ego Boost’s power has expired, I’ll still win. So I place two cards face-down to end my turn.”
Chainsaw Insect’s power dropped down to its original 2400.
Django touched his deck, “Then it’s my turn, I Draw!” He said silently, “Okay, Kain’s face-down cards are most likely Traps or something that would bolster his overgrown parasite in an attempt to keep it safe and defeat my Crimson Shadow. So I’ll place my newly-drawn Fortress Warrior in Defense Mode in case of an emergency.” He said aloud, “First off, I shall place a monster in Defense Mode. And next I’ll attack with Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja! Use Moon Shadow Crimson Slice on his Chainsaw Insect! And because Chainsaw Insect is engaged in battle, I can draw one more card from my deck.”
He drew a new card, looked at it, smiling, placing it in his hand.
Kain said, “Not like it’ll help you! I activate the Trap: Sakuretsu Armor! When a monster declares an attack, I can target that monster and destroy it! So say goodbye to your pathetic Ninja!”
“Not so fast, Kain! I activate Crimson Shadow’s ability! Once a turn, by using an Overlay Unit, I can protect all Ninja monsters on my field from destruction. Since Crimson Shadow is a Ninja monster, that also applies to him as well! So your Trap has just been rendered useless!”
Crimson Shadow slammed his blade into an Overlay Unit, absorbing it, charged in, smashing through the blast unscathed, and continuing his attack toward Chainsaw Insect.
Kain snarled, “You got out of that one, but I activate my other card: Rush Recklessly! This boosts a monster’s Attack Power by 700 points until the end of the turn! So your Life Points are about to take a hit!”
Chainsaw Insect gained 700 Attack, totaling 3100, blocked Crimson Shadow’s attack, sending a shockwave back at Django, who flinched as it hit him, his Life Points dropping by 700 to 3300.
Django said, “Not bad, though I knew you’d try that. At least I got rid of those cards so they won’t bite me in the butt later. So I place two cards face-down to end my turn.”
Stewart announced, “Kain has taken the lead, but Django and his Number sure won’t go down without a fight! This is turning out to be a great battle!”
Kain touched his deck, “Then it’s my turn, I Draw! I activate Pot of Greed! This allows me to draw two more cards from my deck.”
He drew two more cards, looked at them, gaining a smirk, before deciding what to do.
“I place a monster in Defense Mode, one card face-down, and I’ll have my Chainsaw Insect attack your hidden monster! Carve it up like a turkey!”
Django stated, “Once again, because Chainsaw Insect is engaging in battle, I get to draw one new card from my deck! And even with your monster’s great power, it won’t get past my defense monster!”
Django drew one card from his deck, looked at it before adding it to his hand. His hidden monster was Fortress Warrior (600/1200), which annoyed Kain as his Chainsaw Insect tried and failed to destroy it.
Leo cheered, “Yeah, that’s the way! Fortress Warrior cannot be destroyed in battle once per turn! And even if it was in Attack Mode, Django takes no Battle Damage from battles with it!”
Fiona said, “Django certainly has a good defense on his hands. Crimson Shadow cannot be destroyed in battle by any of Kain’s monsters due to it being a Number, while Fortress Warrior can weather one attack per turn. Brilliant as always.”
Django smirked, “Looks like your overgrown bug isn’t getting very far in this Duel, Kain, as it’s failed to destroy both of its targets repeatedly.”
Kain snarled, “Don’t get cocky, Django. Take your turn so I can wipe you out.” He said inwardly, “Go on, attack my hidden monster, as I have a plan to wipe out your Number and your defenses in one shot.”
Django touched his deck, “Then it’s my turn, I Draw! Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja, attack Kain’s hidden monster with Moon Shadow Crimson Slice!”
Crimson Shadow drew his sword and charged in. He attacked the hidden monster, which was revealed to be Cyber Jar (900/900).
Kain laughed, “Too bad, you attacked my Cyber Jar! So say goodbye to all the monsters on the field!”
Django countered, “Not so fast, I activate Crimson Shadow’s ability…” but was cut off.
“Like I’d fall for that again! I activate the Trap: Breakthrough Skill! This not only negates your Crimson Shadow’s abilities, preventing its destruction, but it also negates its powers as a Number! But either way it’s done along with your Fortress Warrior!”
Kain’s Trap fired a beam at Crimson Shadow, turning it dark, preventing it from using its powers.
Cody choked, “Oh no! Crimson Shadow can’t use its special abilities! Now all the monsters on the field are about to go supernova!”
Cyber Jar started to blink, ready to self-destruct, but Django wasn’t done yet.
He said, “Don’t think you can take out my Number that easily! I activate the Trap: Purge Ray! I can Tribute an Xyz Monster I control, then at the End Phase I can Special Summon a Number from my Extra Deck with the same Type but one Rank lower! So I Tribute my Crimson Shadow in order to keep your Cyber Jar from blasting him!”
Crimson Shadow vanished from the field just moments before Cyber Jar self-destructed, taking every other monster with it. This prompted Kain to curse.
He hissed, “Damn you, Django! You always manage to find a way to weasel yourself and your Numbers out of destruction! But that ends here! Now Cyber Jar’s other effect activates! We each draw five cards and summon any Level Four or lower monsters in face-up Attack Mode or face-down Defense Mode!”
Both drew five cards, looked at them, and then made their moves.
Django stated, “I summon Beta the Magnet Warrior, Alpha the Magnet Warrior, and place a monster in Defense Mode.”
Beta the Magnet Warrior (1700/1600), Alpha the Magnet Warrior (1400/1700), along with one face-down Defense Mode monster appeared on Django’s field.
Kain stated, “I summon X-Head Cannon, Photon Crusher, and one monster in Defense Mode.”
X-Head Cannon (1800/1500), Photon Crusher (2000/0), and a hidden monster appeared on Kain’s field.
Django then said, “I’m far from done. I send Alpha, Beta, and Gamma the Magnet Warriors to the Graveyard in order to summon one of my most powerful beasts: Valkyrion the Magna Warrior to the field in Attack Mode!”
Gamma the Magnet Warrior (1500/1800) appeared briefly on the field before it, Alpha, and Beta disassembled into several parts. The parts then congregated together, followed by a bright light, and shortly afterward, Valkyrion the Magna Warrior (3500/3850) appeared on the field.
“Next I summon Kuribandit to the field in Attack Mode!”
Kuribandit (1000/700) appeared on the field, giving a snarl.
“I place one card face-down on the field. Then I activate Kuribandit’s ability! At the End Phase of the turn it was Normal Summoned, I can Tribute it to excavate the top five cards of my deck. I can add any Spell or Trap from those cards to my hand. So I Tribute my Kuribandit to see what’s in the cards for me.”
Kuribandit vanished in flurry of sparkles, making Django’s deck glow. Using his powers, he levitated the top five cards from his deck to look at them.
He said silently, “Hmm… Gogogo Ghost, Interceptomato, Card Destruction, Nitro Unit, and Amarylease…” He then said aloud, “I add Nitro Unit to my hand, the rest go the Graveyard.”
He added Nitro Unit to his hand, sending the rest to the Graveyard.
“Now Purge Ray activates. I can Special Summon a Number that is the same Type as Crimson Shadow Armor Ninja, but one Rank lower from my Extra Deck.”
Kain grinned, thinking, “Perfect, he’s gonna summon Utopia. This time, however, I’ll destroy that annoying Number once and for all!”
Django stated, “I summon Number 10: Illumiknight in Attack Mode!”
Kain sputtered, “What?! You’re not summoning Utopia!? That’s not fair!”
He smirked, “Sorry, Kain, I know how you’ve been wanting to destroy Utopia for a while now. So I’m not gonna let you do that today. So deal with it!”
Django played a new card, which opened the galaxy-style Overlay Network and allowed a new sealed form to emerge. It looked like four thick, silver spike-like structures facing downward with a block-like center, a green glowing orb positioned just over the midsection, with two downward curved spikes. It then unfolded into a new monster.
Number 10: Illumiknight looked like a mechanical, somewhat fiendish knight wearing silver full-body armor with a green gem on its chest. It was riding a mechanical horse, blue and silver in color. In its right hand was a curved, single-edged blade, and on its right shoulder plate was the number “10” written in curved lines and dots. It was a Rank Four monster with stats of 2400/2400.
“And that should wrap up my turn. Your move, Kain.”
Stewart announced, “Django loses one Number but gains another one! Those Numbers just won’t quit! Not only that, but he has a real powerhouse on his field! Can this Duel get any more intense?”
Kain stated, “Then it’s my turn, I Draw!” He looked at his new card, grinning, “This’ll put a dent in your monster’s armor, Django.” He took a different card from his hand, “First off, I activate the Spell: Cost Down! By discarding one card from my hand, I can reduce the Levels of all the monsters in my hand by two. So I’ll discard one card to turn a Level Eight monster into a Level Six monster. And I think you know what monster that is, right? I Tribute my face-down Photon Lizard in order to summon my most trusted beast: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, in Attack Mode!”
Kain’s face-down monster vanished, but was replaced by the mighty Blue-Eyes White Dragon (3000/2500). It gave its trademark roar as it entered the field. Django braced himself for battle.
“But that’s not all! Not even close! I Overlay my X-Head Cannon and Photon Crusher! With these two monsters I build the Overlay Network! I Xyz Summon Starliege Paladynamo in Attack Mode!”
Both X-Head Cannon and Photon Crusher became yellow orbs of light, shot up into the air, and entered the red spiral Overlay Network. Out emerged a new monster.
Starliege Paladynamo was a heavily armored warrior. Its armor was mostly whitish silver with some gold and black accents, sharp in design, covering a blue body. On its back were two large structures similar to wings or engines that were also connected to two large protrusions on its shoulders. Its head was encased in a whitish silver helmet with a purple visor and a pair of wing-like structures on the sides. In its hand was a large, glowing, blue energy sword, and orbiting it were two yellow orbs of light. It was a Rank Four monster with stats of 2000/1000.
Tempest said, “That’s not good. Starliege Paladynamo could cause some serious trouble for Django.”
Jack asked, “What do you mean, Tempest?”
Leo explained, “By using two Overlay Units, Starliege Paladynamo can negate the powers of one opposing monster on the field AND reduce its Attack Power to zero. Which means that he can use that power on Illumiknight, making it completely vulnerable to destruction.”
Fiona observed, “Kain never used that card before. He must’ve added it to his deck recently as an anti-Number strategy, since it can negate the powers of a Number. That’s not good, not good at all.”
Kain laughed, “I’ve observed many of your Duels and many of your Numbers, Django, so don’t think I didn’t learn from them! Now your Number is history! I activate Starliege Paladynamo’s ability! By using two Overlay Units, I can negate the abilities of one monster on your field and reduce its Attack to zero! So your Illumiknight is about to be trounced!”
Starliege Paladynamo absorbed both of its Overlay Units then fired a beam at Illumiknight, striking it in the chest. It slumped over, turning dark, its Attack Power dropping from 2400 to zero, making Django grimace.
“Now say goodbye to your Number! Blue-Eyes White Dragon, wipe out Illumiknight with your White Lightning attack!”
Blue-Eyes charged up its deadly breath attack, took aim, and fired it at Illumiknight. It was struck down, obliterated in one shot. Django braced himself for the blast, skidding slightly back before the attack ended, his Life Points dropping harshly by 3000 to just 300.
Tempest called out, “Django, are you okay!?”
He replied, “I’m none the worse for wear.” He turned to Kain, “Very clever of you, Kain. And here I thought you hadn’t learned anything from my past Duels. But it’ll take more than that to defeat me.”
Kain huffed, “You’re quite cocky for someone who lost more than half of your Life Points. You’re down to a measly 300 Life Points, and yet you still think you can win? I highly doubt that, Django. Now, back to the Duel. Starliege Paladynamo, attack Django’s defense monster and wipe it out!”
Starliege Paladynamo charged in, sword held high, before slamming it down upon the hidden monster. It was revealed shortly before then, being a small, shaggy brown furred monster with three eyes, green four fingered claws with matching three toed feet. It was a Level Three monster with stats of 1000/600. It was destroyed instantly.
Django stated, “You destroyed my Sangan, which allows me to move a monster with 1500 or less Attack from my deck to my hand. So I think I’ll choose a good little buddy of mine: Kuriboh, to my hand.”
His Infinity Disk ejected a card, which he took, revealed, and added to his hand, making Kain snarl.
He said, “So you plan on mocking my power with that puny Kuriboh? Don’t think for a second that hairball can help you! I’ll wipe you out before you can even use it! So let’s get on with the Duel. I activate Pot of Avarice. I can return five monsters from my Graveyard to my deck or Extra Deck, then draw two cards from my deck. So I return five monsters to my deck in order to draw two more cards.”
Five cards were ejected from his Graveyard, which he put back in the deck, the Infinity Disk shuffled the deck, then he drew two more cards. He looked at them before deciding what to do.
“I place two cards face-down to end my turn. Your move, but it’s not like you can do much, Django, not with only 300 Life Points left.”
Django stated, “As long as I have even one Life Point, I can still turn things around. So it’s my turn, I Draw!”
Stewart stated, “Even with his Life Points down to critical, Django just won’t give up! This could be a do-or-die match for him! Let’s see what he can do!”
“First, I activate Pot of Greed. This allows me to draw two more cards from my deck.” He drew two cards, looked at them, then made a decision, “I activate the Trap: Mischief of the Gnomes! This Trap reduces the Levels of all monsters in our hands by one. But that’s not all I’ll do. I activate the effect of Amarylease from my Graveyard! By banishing this card I can Tribute Summon with one less Tribute. Throw in my Mischief of the Gnomes and I can summon a Level Seven monster without needing to tribute anything! So come forth my newest dragon: Odd-Eyes Dragon, in Attack Mode!”
A new monster appeared on the field. Odd-Eyes Dragon had a purplish body that was mostly encased in red and grey armor. Its torso armor had two large sapphire blue orbs embedded within it. It had bulky hind legs, encased in strong armor, ending in wide armored spade-shaped feet, and long, slender armored arms ending in five-fingered claws. On its long, thick tail were a few red spikes, and on the back of its equally long neck were several red armor plates. On its back was a pair of large, curved spikes, replacing wings. Its head was rather small compared to its body, which was armored, and it had heterochromatic eyes, the left being red and the right being green. It was a Level Seven monster with stats of 2500/2000.
“Now to show you whose boss, Kain! Valkyrion the Magna Warrior, attack Blue-Eyes White Dragon with Magna Sword Slash!”
Valkyrion charged toward Blue-Eyes, sword held high, ready to slay the mighty dragon.
Kain stated, “Not so fast, Django! I activate the Spell: Enemy Controller! I can either change the Battle Mode of one of your monsters or Tribute a monster I control to take control of one of your monsters. I think I’ll do the first option, so I switch your Magna Warrior into Defense Mode. Sorry, but it looks like you won’t be doing much damage to me this turn.”
Valkyrion was forced into a defensive position, but Django was hardly fazed.
He stated, “I still have my Odd-Eyes to attack with! Odd-Eyes Dragon, attack Starliege Paladynamo! Wipe it out!”
Odd-Eyes Dragon jumped up into the air, opened its mouth, and fired a flame-like beam attack. It struck Paladynamo, engulfing it in flames, incinerating it easily. Kain flinched as his Life Points dropped by 500 to 3500.
“Now I activate Odd-Eyes Dragon’s ability! When it destroys a monster in battle and sends it to the Graveyard, I can deal you damage equal to half of that monster’s Attack Power! So you’re gonna take a bigger hit than you realized, Kain!”
Odd-Eyes charged up another blast, which it fired directly at Kain. He was hit by the blast, knocking him off his feet, landing back a few feet with a thud, his Life Points dropping by 1000 to 2500.
Kain stated, “When Paladynamo is destroyed in battle, I can draw one card from my deck.”
He drew one card, looked at it, and added it to his hand.
Django stated, “I end my turn with one card face-down on the field. That’s all for now.”
Kain stated, “That new dragon of yours isn’t too bad. Too bad I’ll wipe it out and you in one blow. It’s my turn, I Draw! Now I activate the Trap: Fusion Reserve! I reveal one Fusion Monster from my Extra Deck. That allows me to add one of its components from my deck to my hand, then I can add a Polymerization from my Graveyard to my hand. So I reveal a monster you should be very familiar with: my Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon! So that lets me add one Blue-Eyes White Dragon from my deck to my hand, and I can retrieve the Polymerization I sent to the Graveyard for the effect of Cost Down back to my hand.”
He revealed Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, then his Infinity Disk ejected a card, which he revealed to be Blue-Eyes White Dragon, then, finally, he retrieved a Polymerization from his Graveyard, adding it to his hand.
Cody snarled, “Somethin’ tells me that Kain’s gonna summon that Ultimate Dragon very shortly. Knowin’ him, the reason why he did all that was to setup the summonin’ of that dragon. D-Man better be careful, as that Ultimate Dragon is one major headache.”
Kain then stated, “I activate the Spell: Graceful Charity. Now I can draw three cards then discard two.” He drew three cards, looked at them, then discarded two, but gained a large grin, “Django, prepare to meet your doom. I activate Polymerization to fuse the Blue-Eyes on the field with the one in my hand, and Versago the Destroyer in order to summon my great beast: the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon!”
Jack stated, “Hold on! He needs three Blue-Eyes to summon Ultimate Dragon, but he only used two! What’s the deal?”
Leo explained, “Versago the Destroyer is what’s called a Fusion Substitute Monster, meaning that it can take the place of one monster listed for a Fusion Summon so long as the other monsters are the correct ones. Which grants him greater flexibility when it comes to Fusion Summoning, as most require specific monsters. However, monsters like Versago can only substitute for a monster that’s listed as a needed material, such as a third Blue-Eyes White Dragon in this case. It cannot be used if the Fusion Summon does not require specific monsters, such as Ojama Knight, which doesn’t specify the exact monsters that are needed to summon it. Nor can it be used for Fusion Monsters like the VWXYZ series. So it has limits, but is still very useful regardless.”
The second Blue-Eyes White Dragon (3000/2500) appeared briefly on the field, followed by a new monster. It looked like a short fiendish creature wrapped up in thick green metal bands, had dark purple claws with matching wings, and a mask-like face. It was a Level Three monster with stats of 1100/900. All three started to overlap and before long Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon (4500/3800) appeared on the field.
“Now, Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon! Attack Odd-Eyes Dragon with your Neutron Blast! Wipe it out and win me this Duel!”
Stewart started, “This could be it, folks! If this attack lands, then it’s all over for Django!”
Django stated, “Not if I can help it! I activate the Trap: Zero Gravity! This changes the Battle Modes of all face-up monsters on the field!”
Kain countered, “Not if I can help it! I activate the Trap: Dark Bribe from my hand! I can negate the last Spell or Trap you played in exchange for allowing you to draw one card from your deck. Now you’re probably wondering how I can activate a Trap from my hand. It’s simple: I sent my Makyura the Destructor to the Graveyard this turn though my Graceful Charity. So that allows me to activate Traps from my hand this turn! So say goodbye, Django!”
Django was forced to draw one card from his deck while Zero Gravity fizzled out and shattered. Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon fired its deadly attack, but Django wasn’t done.
He stated, “I won’t go down that easily, Kain! I activate the Trap: Shift! This redirects your attack to my Magna Warrior! And since he’s in Defense Mode, I won’t take any damage!”
The Neutron Blast shifted away from Odd-Eyes Dragon, striking down Valkyrion instead. It tried to resist, but was eventually overpowered, blasted to ashes.
Kain spat, “You will pay for that, Django! I should’ve activated this before, but now you leave me no choice! I activate the Trap: Compulsory Evacuation Device from my hand! This returns one monster on the field back to the player’s hand! So I’ll return your Odd-Eyes Dragon back to your hand, leaving your field wide open!”
Odd-Eyes Dragon vanished from the field, returning to Django’s hand, leaving his field empty.
“I end my turn there, but you’re finished as well, Django. Nothing you do will stop me. On my next turn I’ll wipe out the rest of your Life Points. It’s over, so give up!”
Django snarled, “Kain, you should know by now that I never give up. I’d rather fight to my last breath than surrender. This Duel isn’t over. As long as I have a turn, then I’m still in this! So prepare yourself, Kain, as I’m about to cream you and your Ultimate Dragon here and now! I DRAW!!!”
As he drew his next card, suddenly the Spirit Crest started to glow. It then released a massive amount of light and energy, stunning everyone. Django watched in shock as some of the cards in his hand started to transform. He then looked at his newly transformed cards and gained a smile.
“It’s over for you, Kain! I place Timegazer Magician into the left Pendulum Zone and Stargazer Magician into the right Pendulum Zone! Time to bring forth a new power like no other!”
Two transparent blue pillars of light appeared, each containing a new monster.
Timegazer Magician looked a lot like Gagaga Magician, wearing a black coat with matching pants, a gold belt, elbow-high fingerless gloves with various buckles and dark boots. On each shoulder were bands of gold metal, with a matching band attached to his black crooked wizard-like hat. On his right lower arm was a mechanical device that had a large mechanical knob over his wrist, and connected to it was a long, curved band of gold, segmented metal, which seemed to resemble that of the outer ring of a clock. His wild brown hair spiked out all over the place, peach colored skin, dark colored eyes, and his mouth covered by a red bandana. He was a Level Three monster with stats of 1200/600, but also seemed to have the number “8” glowing underneath him, in the same pillar of light.
In the other pillar of light was another magician. Stargazer Magician was dressed in a white robe with silver torso armor studded with blue gems and a deep purple cape. Nearly his entire head was concealed by a white bandana around his mouth and a tall white crested helmet, only revealing his dark blue eyes and long blonde hair. In his left hand was a long staff with a scythe-like top that had a large, circular ring near the handle. He was a Level Five monster with stats of 1200/2400, but like Timegazer Magician, had the number “1” glowing underneath him in the same pillar of light.
Django stated, “Time to rock your world, Kain! I Pendulum Summon Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Archfiend of Gilfer, and Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, all in Attack Mode!”
Above and in between the two pillars of light an enlarged Spirit Crest started to swing back and forth. Then a portal opened up just underneath it, releasing four bolts of energy, and before long, four monsters appeared on the field.
Alongside Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl was a new monster. Archfiend of Gilfer was a powerful-looking demonic creature, mostly blue in color, wearing heavy maroon armor on its torso and neck studded with sharp spikes, maroon colored demon wings, a crested helmet, sharp claws and feet, a long tail, and a slender face with a pointed chin, sharp teeth, and glowing yellow eyes. It was a Level Six monster with stats of 2200/2500.
The final monster was a mighty dragon, a seemingly evolved Odd-Eyes Dragon. Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon was built similarly to its earlier form, but with considerably more bulk and greater in size. Its body was almost entirely encased in red and whitish silver armor in a similar manner to its original form, but the two spikes on its back had become large, curved spikes composed of segmented armor, with the right spike containing two green orbs of different size while the left had a single large red orb. Its head was also different, now with more impressive armor that took to form of a trident crest, the outer spikes being whitish silver with reddish diamonds in front while the back crest was red and shaped like an arrowhead. It still retained its heterochromatic eyes, but now had a blue orb in between them, on the bridge of its golden armor snout. It was a Level Seven monster with stats of 2500/2000.
“Next I summon Kuriboh in Attack Mode to join my other monsters!”
Kuriboh appeared on the field, in total awe at the magnificent sight. He was a Level One monster with stats of 300/200.
The audience was dead silent, in complete shock at the sudden event. Kain’s eyes were wide as he stared down five monsters at once, while Django had an almost causal grin of confidence on his face. His friends behind him were speechless at what just transpired.
Tempest managed to say, “P-Pendulum Summon? Django just… Pendulum Summoned?”
Jack asked, “Uh… Leo, care to explain what Pendulum Summoning is?”
Leo barely said, “I… I have no idea. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Cody choked, “I think D-Man just created another new summonin’ power. Last time he created Shinin’ Xyz Evolution, and now he created this… this Pendulum Summonin’ power. I… I’m just totally speechless.”
Kain quickly checked something, thinking, “Pendulum Summoning!? There’s no such thing! So why isn’t Django’s Infinity Disk reading an error!?” It dawned upon him, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that, just like that last Duel against Lucifer, he created a brand new power! First it was Chaos Numbers, then Shining Numbers, and now THIS!?”
Django stated, “I’m far from done, Kain! I activate the Spell: Nitro Unit! This can only be equipped to an opposing monster. While it grants no bonuses to your monster, it will grant something to mine. So I equip this card to your Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon!”
A large machine loaded with nitroglycerine was equipped to Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon’s body.
“Next up, I activate the Spell: Union Attack! I choose one Attack Mode monster I control, then I add up the combined Attack Power of EVERY monster I control that’s in Attack Mode, and give it to the selected monster. The catch is that you won’t take any Battle Damage and the rest of my monsters cannot attack this turn. So I choose my Dark Magician! Draw out the power of every one of my monsters, my old friend!”
Dark Magician raised his staff into the air, causing glowing auras to form around the other monsters. The auras then started to feed into Dark Magician, giving him incredible strength, making his Attack Power skyrocket all the way up to 9500.
“Now, Dark Magician, destroy Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon with your supercharged Dark Magic Attack!”
Dark Magician fired a massive bolt of dark energy at Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, creating a powerful recoil that could be felt by everyone in the area. The attack struck Ultimate Dragon, causing it to roar in pain before it shattered into nothingness, leaving Kain horrified at what was next.
“Now for the final step. When a monster equipped with Nitro Unit is destroyed, you take damage equal to that monster’s Attack Points. It’s over, Kain!”
The Nitro Unit appeared from the Graveyard Portal before erupting in a massive, fiery explosion. Kain was blown off his feet, too stunned to even scream as he crashed in a heap on the ground, his Life Points dropping down to zero. The Augmented Reality vanished, taking every one of Django’s monsters with it.
Django simply said, “Game, set, and match. I win.”
There was a deadly silence in the stadium, but then it erupted in cheers, applause, and excitement, the crowd going wild. People were on their feet in excitement, cheering their hearts out at the sudden events. Tempest, Cody, Jack, Leo, and Fiona were still stunned, but they started to cheer as well, quickly swarming around Django, congratulating him.
Kain managed to say, “How!? How did he do that!? I was so close, too, but he managed to find a way out of defeat again! What else is Django capable of!?”
Stewart, who was quiet all throughout the whole events, managed to say, “And that’s all folks! The Duel has come to an explosive conclusion! The winner, and still World Champ, is Django Spirit!”
Cody said excitedly, “Django! How did you do it!? You created a brand new summonin’ power again! Just like that Duel with Lucifer, you created a totally new power! Amazin’, buddy, just amazin’!”
Jack exclaimed, “I can’t believe you summoned four monsters at the same time! That was totally awesome!”
Tempest hugged Django around the neck, “You are simply amazing, sweetie. Not only did you just create the Shining Numbers last time, but now this new Pendulum Summoning! I don’t know how you do it, but you are simply amazing.”
The twins said in unison, “That Pendulum Summoning was the coolest thing ever! You rock, Django!”
Django said sheepishly, “Yeah, well… I guess I’m just full of surprises.” He, however, said silently, “Still, how did I do that? Did my willpower resonate with my Spirit Crest again? Or is there more to it than that? All I know is, once again, I created a brand new power never seen before. I wonder what else I’m capable of. All I know is… I now have a new weapon against Lucifer and Number 96. And I know it’ll serve me well, this new Pendulum Summoning. I just hope I can master it quickly enough.”
Next Chapter: Lionheart’s Cry