Greetings, everyone, to those of you who may not know me, you can call me Phantom, no relation to any other Phantom you might've heard of. Some of you might know me as author of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Avatar series. Now I'm back and this time dipping my feet into the GX pool. Much like the Avatar series, this will be a telling of the series with better dialogue, more intense duels, and yes, even some original characters. First, I'm going to lay down some guidelines.
Those of you who have read my Avatar series probably know what's in store. Dialogue will be a partial fusion of dialogue from the American dubbed series, the original Japanese version, and my own little twists. I will be using the dubbed names. Nothing against the Japanese names, but my computer has an ulcer every time I try to write Chazz's Japanese name.
Also being carried over from my original Avatar series is the Duel Monster Database, a catalogue of the monsters that appear and/or are mentioned in the episodes. But this time, it will be a little different. You see before I was only putting profiles of monsters when they first appear in a story arc. But with GX, it's a little difficult to ascertain when one story arc ends and another begins, so I'm going to put the profiles for the monsters as they first appear in a duel, rather than a story arc. Confused? You'll figure it out as time go on.
Speaking of which, some of you might be wondering if this takes place in the same continuity as my Avatar series. Well the answer is a resounding YES! And that will become more apparent as time goes by.
So without further ado, let's get on with the introductions. No, that's not a typo.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Legends
Professors Jeremiah Bedford and Xing Yu weren't really brother and sister, but they certainly acted that way, meaning they fought like cats and dogs. For some reason, Yu even felt like calling him Big Brother, probably just to spite him. Nevertheless, they worked together on several archaeological digs and had become a formidable team over the years. Now they were on another one. This one was in Europe. Recent sonar and tectonic readings revealed an underground cavern beneath Stonehenge and Professor Bedford and Professor Yu, being experts on Ancient European history, were asked to investigate it.
"I don't like this, Big Brother," Professor Yu said. "I feel some bad energy from this place."
"Nonsense, I don't 'feel' anything, we'll just take some preliminary readings and get a team down here to stabilize the area." The cavern walls seemed to be hollowed out but the ground as they descended the slope was smooth. "Remarkable, some of this architecture is reminiscent of the ancient Celts. Some had theorized that Stonehenge was actually a crypt but there was no evidence to support it until now. Professor Yu, stop hanging off of me like a monkey."
"I'm sorry, Big Brother," she said, her petit frame and high-pitch voice made it seem like he was talking to a schoolgirl instead of someone close to his own age. He stopped and looked at a wall.
"Xing, come take a look at this, ancient Celtic or perhaps even Gaelic, I didn't think I would see so much scripture in one place."
Professor Yu noticed a hallway. "Big… I mean Professor Bedford, I will scout ahead."
"Of course," Professor Bedford said but he didn't really hear her, he was too busy searching through a notebook. "Let's see, there are hundreds of different characters here, I hope I can figure it out. 'After… fallen in battle, his…' I think that's body… 'Was brought here, sealed beyond time and space, protected…' no, 'guided, by the Four Maidens. Two who supported him, one who opposed him, and another who loved him, he will remain here beyond human… reach (I think) until such time as he will be needed again, sent forth from the island to protect the world of man from a threat that is beyond space, beyond time, the once and…"
"Big Brother!" Bedford hearad Yu's voice screamed out and ran to check on her.
The woman was standing at the entrance to a chamber, her flashlight rolling around on the ground in front of her. Professor Bedford shined his light into the chamber.
The chamber was not very large, the ground and walls were made out of stone and carved in a similar fashion to the rest of the place. Surrounding the room at four corners (or what would be corners had the room not be round) were four feminine-looking statues, each of them had long hair and in a dress. The only difference between the four was the colors, faded with the passage of time. The purple one had her arms near but not touching her hips, a blue one had her hands on either side of her head, a yellow one was holding her hands out like she was expecting a gift and a red one had her hands plastered to her chest. All four of them were facing a crypt, about four and a half feet in length.
"I knew it, so it is a tomb," Bedford said. He shined his flashlight on the humanoid statues. "I wonder if these are the four Maidens mentioned in the scripture."
"Why are they in different poses?" Professor Yu asked.
"I believe their gestures represent the four parts of a human: body, heart, mind, and soul. Ancient people long believed that with the union of these four elements, great things could be achieved. So why…"
The cavern started to shake. Yu gripped Bedford tight. Light emitted from the eyes of the four women statues converged over the crypt. The lid of the crypt started to slide open. A kaleidoscope of light shined from the crypt.
What happened next neither of them could believe.
(12 years later)
The only light in the apartment came from a window on the side. That was fine by him, the darkness was surprisingly soothing. As he sat down at a table, he eyed the pack of Duel Monster cards in front of him on the table. He pulled the top of the pack open and fanned out the cards. Let's see if these new sets are any good. Have, have, don't have, interesting variant they have there. As he came to the last card in the pack, he gasped, dropping the cards onto the table. How is this possible? I didn't think another one existed. I can't have two, especially this one. He happened to gaze at the window and saw a boy walking across the street.
As he walked down the street, people gazed at the boy oddly. Not because he was talking to himself, he was clearly reading the letter he had in his hand, but because he wore gloves on a beautiful spring day. "Each test deck must contain at 40 cards including one fusion and/or ritual monster. Each deck must be checked by official at check in and anyone found carrying illegal cards will be sent away." The boy looked up, "I don't even have forty cards." Someone ran by him and knocked into him. "Sorry," the boy apologized.
He was unaware that when the collision happened, a Duel Monster card floated into his jacket pocket.
The boy stopped in front of a small store, very small. Walking inside, he found three glass display cases each filled with cards with pictures and text written on them. An old man was sitting behind the counter reading a newspaper. "Oh, good afternoon, how can I help you?"
"Um… I'd like to buy some packs, please," the boy said as he self-consciously put twenty bucks down.
"How many would you like?"
"Enough to make a deck."
"You do realize that a standard deck contains at least forty cards, don't you?"
"I'm afraid you won't be able to create a full deck with twenty bucks worth of card packs."
"But this letter says I need forty cards. How can I get forty cards on twenty bucks?" His gloved hand clenched the letter.
"Letter… may I see?" The boy turned over the letter to the old man. "Ah, it all makes sense now."
"You're trying to get into Kaiba Corp.'s Duel Academy, aren't you?"
"Then you're in luck, because we have a standing contract with both Kaiba Corp. and Industrial Illusions. I can help you construct your deck and it will only take twenty bucks. Will that help?"
"Good, now let's see." The old man turned and opened a cupboard behind him. The boy gasped. Duel Monster deck boxes were stacked on top of each other. From afar, they looked like small books.
"Wow, you must have every type of deck imaginable," the boy gasped.
"Pretty much, now let's see… maybe a warrior deck… or beasts… dragons are strong… no, I would say you're more of an attribute fellow, now let's see… fire or maybe water… hmmm… so many choices." He cast a side glance at the boy who was staring at one of the cards, one with two strips of tape on it. "I wonder…" The old man closed the cupboard and opened a drawer. "Take a look at the cards in this deck and tell me what you think."
The old man took out a deck box that was separate from the others. It looked worn and used. The boy opened the deck and skimmed through the cards.
"Well, what do you think?" The old man asked.
"Wow, some of these cards are pretty cool-looking." He looked up at the old man. "So I can use the cards in this deck?"
The boy looked downcast, "Oh."
"But I can help you construct a deck like that."
"By the way, I don't think I quite got your name."
"Oh, I'm sorry. My name's Arthur."
"Arthur, eh, well it's a pleasure to meet you, Arthur, now let's help you construct that deck."
Arthur had been working on his deck for a better part of the afternoon when a bell chimed signaling that another person had walked into the store.
"Welcome to the Ga…" the old man began but stopped when he saw who it was, "Oh, Alexis, good afternoon."
"Good afternoon, sir," a young voice replied. Arthur turned and his eyes almost bugged out. Standing in a doorway was a girl, perhaps a little bit "older" than him. She had blonde hair and her eyes looked like a cross between brown and gray. She was dressed in a pink jacket over a shirt of the same color and a purple skirt. Arthur saw her eyes pull in his general direction and quickly returned to what he was doing.
"If you're looking for your cousin, I'm sorry but she's not here."
"That's okay, I'm not looking for her," Alexis replied. "I actually came to get some new cards."
"Excellent, looking for anything specific?"
"Yes, cards related to fusion monsters."
"You're in luck I received a new shipment just this morning." The old man took Alexis to one of the side display cases. "So I take it that you're going back again this semester?"
"I have to," Alexis replied. Then in a rather depressing-sounding tone, she said, "I don't have a choice."
The old man nodded understandingly, then gestured to Arthur. "Arthur here will be taking the entrance exams so it's possible that you two might be classmates." Arthur quickly scrunched up his shoulders and tried to look busy in his work.
As Arthur moved to arrange his cards, his elbow accidentally knocked a card off the table he was working on. The card landed right in front of Alexis's feet and she picked it up. She walked over to Arthur, "Here, you dropped this." She took a better look at the card. "Hey, this card's…" She looked at the cards that were spread out over Arthur's workspace. "And those card's..." She smiled, "I see, you're creating a light attribute deck."
Arthur looked away, "Um… thank you," he said as he took the card back.
"Kind of shy, isn't he?" Alexis asked the old man with a smile.
The old man returned the smile, "Not unlike someone else we both know."
"You don't… think it's weird… if I create a light attribute deck?" Arthur asked.
"I would… if I haven't seen how successful one can be before. But be careful, Arthur, if you don't run your cards the right way, you'll lose all your duels."
"Alexis is a returning student of Duel Academy," the old man explained. "If you become a student, she'll be your upper classman. She knows some stuff not even I know."
Arthur assembled his cards. "I think I'm ready," he said. He bowed to the old man, "Thank you for helping me, sir." He turned to Alexis and also bowed, "It was nice meeting you Miss Rhodes." He turned and walked out.
"He looks like…" Alexis began.
"I know," the old man said.
The next day, Arthur took the bus to the Duel Dome where the entrance exams were being held. Once there, he got in line behind the other fifty or sixty students. "Wow, this line's really long."
"It's always like this," a voice behind him said. He turned and saw a tall boy in a white jumpsuit standing behind him. "I wasn't able to get in last year because they cut off registration."
"Oh man, will that happen this year?"
"Not a chance, Kaiba Corp. expanded their Duel Dome so that everyone gets a chance."
"My name's Arthur by the way."
"Bastion Misawa, a pleasure." The line moved slowly until Arthur found himself facing a table with two girls, both wearing white tops with yellow mantles and skirts.
"Can I get your name please?" The woman asked.
Arthur started to say something but then he paused. Oh no, I almost forgot, Dad told me not to use my last name because it might make people upset. I guess I could always use Dad's… no, that might make people upset too. Looks like I'll have to use my mother's name.
"Sir, your name please," the woman requested again.
"Oh, yes, sorry, my name's Arthur… Arthur Yu."
"ARTHUR YU!" Arthur turned and saw a man (or it may have been a woman, Arthur couldn't tell) in a blue coat with gold on the shoulders. His blonde hair was pulled back but still styled oddly. And it looked like he/she was wearing makeup. He was dressed in a long blue coat over… was that a blouse?
"Dr. Crowler," the woman manning the table gasped.
Dr. Crowler grabbed Arthur and started shaking him. "Tell me, do you know Xing Yu?"
Arthur wondered how much he should tell him/her before saying, "She's the one who raised me."
Dr. Crowler dropped Arthur and let out a screech, "I don't believe it, I waited too long, now she probably went off and married that old fart and now any chance I have is lost!" Dr. Crowler held a hand to his/her forehead and asked overdramatically, "Why, why didn't I ask her out when I had a chance?" Arthur, Bastion, and even the counter woman, all sweat-dropped at the Doctor. Crowler pointed to Arthur and said three words, "You go home."
"But I haven't even taken the entrance exam yet," Arthur protested.
"I don't care I don't want to see you here ever again!"
"Well now that's going to be a problem," Bastion said nodding his head sagely. "Since you just basically threw him out without good cause in front of all these witnesses, Arthur has good grounds to bring a lawsuit before the school and Dr. Crowler personally. And if this hits the court room, it's bound to get messy."
Dr. Crowler sputtered before turning and walking away.
"Who was that?" Arthur asked.
"That was Doctor Crowler," the counter woman explained. "He's heading the exam this year."
"You mean I just upset the person giving the exam? Oh no, now I'll never get in."
"Don't worry about it," Bastion said. "Last year I was thrown out of the test simply for calling him a girl. You'll be just fine."
"Arthur, may I please see your deck?" The counter woman asked.
"Huh, why my deck?"
"I have to check it to make sure you're not carrying any illegal cards."
"Oh, okay." Arthur removed the deck case that was around his neck that the old man gave him and handed it over to the woman.
"Don't worry," Bastion said as the counter woman began counting off the cards. "The chance of a card that's forbidden to use in someone's deck is about 0.586 percent."
"Percent?" Arthur questioned.
"Trust me, I did the math."
"So are you one of those child geniuses or something?" Arthur asked.
"Something like that."
"Excuse me, Mister Yu, but I'm afraid there's a problem," the woman said.
"Do I have an illegal card or something?"
"No, it's not that, but I'm afraid your deck only has 39 cards, one card short of the legal minimum limit."
"No, that can't be, are you sure you counted?"
"Yes, I'm sure."
"This is awful, I don't have anywhere else to go, I just have to get in there! But… it's too late to go pick up another card back and besides, I don't have any money left. I don't know what…" As Arthur slipped his hands into his coat pocket, he felt something. He took it out and realized to his shock that it was a Duel Monster Card. "A Duel Monster Card! But… what is it, I can't even play it, I would need a whole bunch of other cards just to summon it. Um… can I use this?" He asked passing the card to the woman.
The woman took a look at the card before checking a list. "I don't see it on the list of cards to watch out for so I don't see why not." She placed it on top of the deck and passed the deck and case back to Arthur. She also gave him a ticket. "Take this ticket to room 345 and follow instructions there."
"Yes, ma'am," Arthur said happily. He took his stuff and ran inside. "This is great, I'm going to enter Duel Academy!"
Dr. Crowler heard him, We'll just see about that.