A/N: Welcome to the third chapter of Rogue Galaxy II! I thank those of you who have reviewed. Continue to review, and I shall continue to get excited about pumping out new chapters! Yeah!
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When the Dorgenark finally landed on Zerard, Simon, Kisala, and I got off and started walking to the Starship Factory. The Starship factory had been spewing tons of miracle inventions since Jupis and Dr. Poccachio had started working together. Including a new model of robots that ran off of space/time energy.
By the time we got to the Starship Factory, I saw one of those new robots. It was huge, with a shiny silver body, huge arms, and bright red eyes.
After a couple of seconds, the robot made a beeping sound and its eyes lashed. "Ah, hello, Desert Star." The robot said. "I am Ragnex, Multi-Purpose Space/Time Android Model Three, the most advanced on the galaxy. Master Jupis and Master Poccachio knew that you were coming. They sent me out to get you. Please follow me."
I nodded, and the three of us followed Ragnex into the factory, going down endless hallways to Dr. Poccachio's office. When we get there, Jupis and Dr. Poccachio are working on another robot.
"Jaster!" Jupis said, not looking up from his work. "How's it goin'?" After a couple of seconds, he looked up and saw Kisala. "Well, now! Kisala! If you're here, who's watching Mariglenn?"
Kisala smiled and said, "Hey, Jupis. I left Mariglenn in the care of my council."
I nod at Jupis and said, "So, how's it been going, Jupis? Dr. Poccachio? You guys been working on anything interesting?"
The two of them glanced at each other, and Dr. Poccachio straightened his glasses. "Well, Jaster," Dr. Poccachio said. "as a matter of fact, we've been working on our most stressful invention yet. The ultimate sword. A sword combining the mystic power of space/time energy and the natural power of the Drigellums. Of course, this is just a theory, but it may be possible with the right equipment."
"Wow." I said. "That'd be amazing. Are you guys close to getting the right equipment?"
They exchanged another glance, and Jupis said, "Well, kinda. We just need one more circuit, but it got lost. Turns out the circuit was on the other side of Zerard. But the delivery ship crash-landed somewhere."
"Yes." Dr. Poccachio said. "I've sent robots out to get it, though. We should hear from them soon, with luck."
"Huh." I said. "Well, anyway, we've come to deliver a message from Dorgengoa. Jupis, he wants you to join the team again. He says he's got an important mission for us."
Jupis frowned and took a long draw from a cup of coffee that was sitting on his desk. When he pulled it away, he said, "I don't know, Jaster. I like it here. I'm not sure I'd like to leave now, while I'm at the top of my game."
I nodded. "I understand. We'll tell him you don't want to go."
Jupis nodded. "Yes… I'm gonna stay. It's not that I don't wanna get back with the old gang, it's just… I have a lot of work to do, you know?"
I nodded again. "Not a problem. Well, I guess we'd better get back to Dorgengoa. See ya later, Jupis."
"See ya, Jaster." He went back to the robot. "If we ever make that sword, I'll be sure to contact you. I'm sure it'll help you on your journey."
"Thanks, Jupis!" I said as the door automatically closed behind me.
"Well, that's a bummer." Simon said. "Hey, I've got an idea! Remember when we went to Alistia? We met that Sleeg, Jaus? Maybe he found some Mermels by now an' he wants to join the team! How about we go over to Alistia and see if he wants to join the team in place of Jupis, eh?"
I shrugged and said, "Why not?" So we walked back to the Dorgenark.
When we got back to the Dorgenark, Steve was behind the wheel. "Hello, Mr. Rogue. I take it that Jupis isn't coming?"
I shook my head. "No, Steve. He's not. Full speed to Alistia."
Steve looked at me, then said, "Of course, Mr. Rogue. The captain has gone back into one of his naps again. He left you in charge."
"Me? Why me?"
Steve chuckled and said, "Who is he supposed to put in charge while asleep? Mio? You are the great Desert Star, known throughout the galaxy. I think you've earned the right to be captain for a short while."
I smiled and said, "Well, that's very kind of him. Take us to Alistia, Steve."
Steve saluted and said, "Aye, aye, Captain Rogue!" And we flew off, full speed, towards Alistia.
Once we reached the beautiful ocean planet of Alistia, Zegram, Kisala, and I went through the teleporter and landed inside the village that held Jaus and the other Alistians. After walking a short while, we reached a hut that contained many Sleegs.
"Hey, there." I said. They turned their attention to me. "Has anyone seen Jaus?"
They studied me, their eyes falling on my birthmark. Suddenly, they started whispering to each other.
"Could he be…."
"Look at his clothes…."
"It can't be him. What would he want with Jaus?"
"It has to be him. Look at that mark…."
A Sleeg stepped up to me and said, "Excuse me… would you happen to be Desert Star?"
I nodded. "That's me." They gasped and increased their murmuring.
"Wow, must be nice, huh, Jaster?" Kisala said. "Known throughout the galaxy as the most powerful warrior in existence. More famous than Mio, huh?"
I cringed and said, "Kisala, it's not like I want to be famous. I was just helping people on Rosa, and stories began to spread…."
"Ah, who are you kiddin', Jaster?" Zegram said. "You love it. From pretending to be Desert Claw, to surpassing him. You're the most famous person in the galaxy."
I sighed. The Sleeg who had spoken to me said, "Excuse me, Desert Star, but… we were wondering if you could help us."
"What is it?" I said, turning to them.
"You see… a year ago, Daytron came here and poured their artificial Rune into our oceans. The Rune covered everything, turning our creatures into beasts. And when we had our common typhoons, Rune covered the land as well. Our population is dwindling. The biggest beast of all, the Ocean Spirit, has also been terrifying our village."
"And you want us to destroy it?"
The Sleeg nodded and said, "Yes. Please. If you could destroy the Ocean Spirit, I'm sure the remaining Sleegs and Mermels could work together to clean our waters."
"So, Jaus actually found the Mermels?" Kisala asked.
The Sleeg nodded. "It's a small colony, but yes. Jaus, I'm sorry to say, died along with most of our people."
Zegram sighed and said, "Just our luck. Let's just go. Why should we be the ones to help 'em?"
"Because it's right, Zegram." I said, looking at him. I turned back to the Sleeg and said, "No problem. We'll take care of the Ocean Spirit. Where can I find it?"
The Sleeg smiled and said, "Oh, thank you! The Ocean Spirit is never far away. It comes by every night to wreak havoc upon our village. Just wait until nightfall, and you'll see him."
I nodded. "Then we'll wait."