Act 1: The Chosen.
Episode 1 - Totomon, I Don't Think We're In Tokyo Anymore...
By Razor Knight
Started on: October 3, 2004
Version 2 started: March 20, 2008
Last update: August 8, 2008
"Miss Yagami, the artifacts have been delivered."
Hikari nodded at the woman in her computer's screen. "Then it's time for these new warriors to defend our world."
"What about the enemy?"
"We haven't sensed any movement from it yet. But the more we wait, the more chances we have to be attacked before we're ready. Keep me informed, Taki."
She didn't wait for her secretary's answer, she was already typing something in her computer, and the screen shifted to what seemed like a cavern. The face now in the screen was old, though not as old as she remembered him from the first time she saw him. "Hikari, is our plan in motion?"
"You should have several arrivals there in a few minutes."
Gennai looked to the side and smiled. "They're already showing up. "
"Good, keep an eye on them, and in our enemy."
"You think it could cause trouble soon?"
"Yes, I have a bad feeling about it," Hikari said.
The battle had been long, and neither him or his foe had a clear advantage through it. But now the time was here, time to end this fight. He didn't mind if she was his best friend, in this battlefield they were rivals, and he wasn't going to hold back.
"My Angewomon evolves into HolyDramon, then attacks Palmon with Fire Tornado. Game over for you, Mika."
He could see it in his mind, the massive pink dragon burning his foe's small, plant-like creature to ashes. Sometimes he wished they were real, he wished Digimon weren't just pictures in a card game.
"I lost, again." The girl sitting across the table frowned and put her cards down. She had an evolution card and Rosemon ready, so it was only by sheer luck he had won.
"Don't worry, Mika, you'll beat me sooner or later." It wasn't the first time they played, and it was also not the first time he'd won. In fact, he'd won all their matches up to this. But the more they played, the better Mika was, so he wasn't just saying it, he meant what he said.
"I don't know, Mark. We've battles twenty times so far, and you've won them all."
"If I hadn't evolved my monster, you could've won on your next turn. You're not a bad player at all, Mika. I mean it."
"If you say so... But why don't you use any monster cards other than Gatomon's forms?"
"If I can't win with my favorite, it's not worth winning."
Mika rolled her eyes at him, then looked around the appartment. It was quite large for an appartment, but she knew Mark's family could afford it. Mark himself was only nineteen, but he already made a living out of working at his father's store.
Mark had been always surrounded by Digimon cards, since his father owned a quite popular card shop. He had always been a fan of one particular creature, Gatomon, though when asked why, he couldn't really tell.
A buzzing sound interrupted Mika's thoughts. She saw Mark standing up and pressing a button on the wall next to the door. A panel slid down and a small screen appears. It's a delivery man, carring a small box. "Yes?"
"Package for Mr. Sakamichi."
Mark opened the door, and, after signing the delivery form, brought the box in. Mika was looking at the box curiously. "Who sent it?"
"Yagami Cards," Mark said, looking at the logo drawn on top of the box. "I don't know why the company's sending me a box here."
Mika nodded. Mark was used to getting those at work, but they were for the shop, not for him. Mark was an almost unknown player, as he had only taken part in small tournaments and exhibition matches. "You should open it, I'm a bit curious too."
Mark opened the box, and the first thing that caught his eyes was a small artifact, a blue console, complete with a small screen in its center. "Wow, this is incredible. Know what this is?"
"No idea," Mika said. She wasn't as much of a fan as Mark was of the cards, she had only started playing them a few months ago, and only after a lot of nagging from Mark.
"It's the DQ prototype. A console the company was working on, along with their brand new game..." he picked something else up from the box, a miniature DVD, and smiled. "Digimon Legends."
"Wait, I heard about it somewhere. But I thought that was supposed to be released next year?"
Mark nodded at that, and looked into the box again. "What's this... A note?" Mark picked up the paper, noticing it was handwritten. "This box was only sent to a few Digimon Card Warriors players around the world. Those that I consider to be the best, like you. Hope you enjoy this new game. Hikari Yagami, Yagami Industries." "That was written by Yagami herself?" Mika said in awe.
"It's strange. I would never guess she'd have the time to write a note for a nobody..."
"You're not a nobody, Mark. You could be Japan's champion if you tried."
Mark nodded. He didn't quite feel like inflating his own ego and dreaming of winning any important tournament, but Yagami thought otherwise, for whatever reason she had. As he looked into the box, he noticed a pack of cards was the last item left. The card on top of it was wrapped in paper. "Huh? What's this?"
"A card?" Mika asked amusedly.
"How does she know..." Mark muttered as he read what was written in the paper.
"What does it say?"
"For a fellow Gatomon fan - Hikari." Mark looked at the now unwrapped card with a mix of shock and amusement. "This beats even the console and the game."
Mika walked up to him and looked at the card. "A Gatomon? You have a lot of those."
"You rookie, this isn't just 'A Gatomon,'" Mark said, aware that the nickname ticked Mika off. The picture was always toon-like, but this one was a CGI image. Her tail had the golden ring that identified her as a Champion-level Gatomon, also known as 'Real Gatomon,' and her stats were visibly higher than those of a normal Real Gatomon.
"Okay, you may be right, I never saw this card before," Mika admitted.
"Same here," Mark said. "I guess I'll try that game now."
He inserted the disc into the console, and noticed the DQ had a card reader on its side. As the screen lit up, the words 'Input your chosen Digimon' appeared. He looked at the new Gatomon card and pondered about it for a few seconds. Nodding to himself, he slid the card through the reader, and the words displayed on the screen changed to 'Uploading data.'
Those words were the last thing he saw before a blinding white light surrounded him, and he lost consciousness.
"Mark, wake up."
The voice was familiar to him, even though he was sure he had never heard it before. His mind raced to remember what had happened, but the last few moments were confusing. Him trying to start the game, a white light, then nothing. And now, this voice.
"Open your eyes, Mark."
Mark did as told, and saw someone looking down at him. His eyes widened as he recognized the creature, and he gasped in shock before standing up, faster than he thought he could. "Ga... Gatomon?"
"That's me," Gatomon simply said. "I've been waiting for you for..." Gatomon trailed off as she noticed another human was there, mere meters away from them. "She shouldn't be here."
Mark looked in the same direction and noticed something. "Mika?"
Mika stirred and then opened her eyes. "Mark?" She sat down and immediately noticed the new figure. "No way! A Gatomon?"
Mark nodded. "I guess the game's too realistic."
Gatomon groaned. "Mark, this is no game. My world is in danger, and so is yours."
"This looks too real to me, Mark," Mika agreed. "But why are we here?"
"He's here because he's one of the Chosen," Gatomon noted. "But you... You shouldn't be here."
Mika looked around. They were in some sort of grassy plain, with a few trees here and there, but she couldn't really tell where they were. "I don't think we're anywhere near Tokyo."
"This is the Digiworld," Gatomon explained.
"Oh, right, that explains it all," Mark said, not sounding too convinced. "What's nex, an army of dancing Wargreymons?"
"That would be quite a sight to see," Gatomon admitted amusedly. "Mark, listen, this is no dream, this is real, and..."
"How do you know my name?"
"Because Gennai told me."
"Right. Who's Gennai?"
"I'll explain that later on," Gatomon said. "But let me explain to you why you're here."
"Sure, go ahead," Mark said.
"This world, the Digiworld, is not too different from your own world. Both are linked, and what happens in one always affects the other. Right now, we're preparing to fight an enemy that's threatening to take over this world."
"Great, I think I know where this is heading. So, where's my sword and armor?"
Gatomon blinked at that. "Uhm... I guess you imagine why you're here. Yes, you're here to help us fight, but you won't be fighting Digimon yourself. That's what I was created for."
"So if you're doing the fighting, why are we here?" Mika asked.
"Because Digimon, while strong on their own, become stronger when they have a human partner, a 'Chosen' as they're called by our leaders."
"Let's say I believe all that... So, what are we going to fight against?"
"A viral infection that's turning Digimon into vicious creatures," Gatomon said. "We need to find out the source of the infection and destroy it."
Mika was about to say something, but she stopped and gasped. "Ogremon..."
Gatomon turned to see the green-skinned, large humanoid monster walking calmly to them, and growled. "He's infected."
Ogremon laughed. "Good thing you found out, it would've been bored to just kill you. Ogre Pummel!"
Gatomon leapt back, avoiding the club smash, then brought her gloved paws forwards, slashing the air. "Lightning Paw!"
Ogremon growled and staggered back as the electric wave hit him. "Oh yeah, I love a good challenge."
Gatomon risked turning back to Mark. "I'll need some help here. Mark, use the DQ and your cards."
"What..." Mark saw the DQ lying on the ground right in front of him. "That wasn't there before, was it?"
Mika blinked as Mark grabbed the DQ. It again shone with light, and for a second, she thought they would be knocked out by it again. Instead, she noticed something different in Mark as the light died out. "Mark, that belt..."
Mark looked down and stared at the belt he now had. It had several pouchs attached to it, and he could see cards inside. His own cards in one of them, and those Hikari had sent him in the other. "Ogre Pummel!"
Gatomon dodged Ogremon's attack once again. "Oh come on, you won't get me with that."
"Guess you're right, kitty. So what about... Rotten Pummel!"
Gatomon once again leapt away from the club, but this time, a wave of dark energy was released from it as it hit the ground. The wave hit Gatomon, knocking her back and into a tree.
Mark saw that and winced. "Damn, she's getting beaten up... She said I had to help, but how?"
Mika frowned. "That DQ thing has a card reader, right? I think you have to use the cards to help her."
Mark frowned and drew one of his own cards, then looked at it. "Lucky, this is the one I was thinking about. Gatomon, here's some help!"
As Mark slid the card through the reader, it vanished. A white ball shot from the DQ's screen and straight to Gatomon's body. "Good thinking, Mark," she said as she stood up. "Time to turn the tables. Gatomon digivolve to... Angewomon!"
"Wow, a real Angewomon..." Mark said almost in a whisper.
"Stop drooling," Mika muttered.
"Am not," Mark snapped back.
Angewomon, meanwhile, had floated up and was looking down at the ogre. "Time to end this. Holy Arrow!"
Mark saw the Ogremon being hit by the light arrow, then it vanished. "It's over."
"No," Angewomon said, landing right next to Mark and turning back to her Gatomon form as she did. "This is just starting, Mark. But if I got attacked, then..."
There was an explosion to the north, and Mark saw Gatomon staring in that direction in shock. "What's wrong, Gatomon?"
"They're attacking the others!"
"What 'others'?" Mark asked confusedly.
"No time to explain," Gatomon said. "Follow me, and be ready to use your cards again!"
Hikari looked at the face in her computer and paled. "Gennai, what's going on?"
"Your fears were well-founded," Gennai said. "The infected Digimon have attacked the new Chosen."
"How's the situation?"
"Six of the eight Digimon are gone. Floramon is holding her ground now, and Gatomon defeated an infected Ogremon."
"What about the humans?"
"Don't worry," Gennai said, "I sent them back to their worlds, and they won't remember anything when they wake up."
"Send Floramon some help. We can't afford to lose all our warriors. "
"I think that won't be needed," Gennai said, "Gatomon seems to be heading her way."
"Gatomon..." Hikari looked away and seemed deep in thought.
Gennai sighed. "Brings back memories, right?"
"Wish she was still here," Hikari said, then gave Gennai a small smile. "And I hope this Gatomon's a good fighter."
"That we will find out quite soon," Gennai admitted, "but what will we do about..."
"We'll need to make a few changes to our plans," Hikari admitted. "Gennai, send a few Digimon to where Floramon is."
"Gatomon may not be enough to save Floramon."
Gennai mulled on that thought for a second, then nodded. "Better safe than sorry."
Gatomon was the first to arrive, and what she saw wasn't good. "This is..."
Mark arrived seconds later, flinching at how the area looked like. Several trees were snapped in half, the ground scorched in several places, and no traces of any Digimon anywhere. "Guess they took care of it..."
Mika saw something and picked it up. "Hey, it's a DQ. But if a DQ is here..."
Gatomon grimaced as she picked a burnt card off the ground. "Pumpkinmon..."
"What about the Chosen?"
"He's not around here," Gatomon said. "He may be dead, for all I know."
Mika paled. "This... I'm still hoping it's just a bad dream."
"Trust me, I wish it was, too," Gatomon said, then looked north. "Floramon..."
"Floramon is near, and she's also being attacked," Gatomon said.
"Right, lead the way." Mark noted.
Mika followed the two, still holding the DQ she had found there. "I still don't know why I'm here."
"Not sure, either," Gatomon noted as they run. "Accidents happen." However, it was quite weird. The DQ weren't designed to bring a normal human to the Digiworld, so maybe... She put those thoughts aside, she would think about it later. Right now she had to help one of her allies. One of her friends.
A/N: If you read the first version of Digimon Legends, the plot may look mostly the same, but I'm planning to expand all the arcs this time around. There's already several differences in the plot you may notice.
This story will be focused in the new Chosen, but some of the old Chosen besides Hikari will show up in future episodes.
Disclaimer: Digimon belongs Bandai and Toei, and I claim no ownership of any Digimon or human character except those created by me.