I do not own The Cthulhu Mythos, or H.P. Lovecraft, or any of his stories!
I also do not own the Teen Titans.
A/N: Please tell me if you think I am portraying Lovecraft's monsters the wrong way. If so, I justify doing so by saying: There has to be some way that the heroes can triumph in the end.
Also, this is part of my main continuity. as such, this will include my OC, Furball, and foreshadow future stories. (You might want to have read Bad Hair Day, The Dare Master, and Conspiracy to catch up on that.)
I have just been promised the servitude of a person from across the stars.
Bear in mind, my former apprentices have all betrayed me, so I was reluctant to accept. But when I thought about it even more, my apprentices have all had differing goals than me, and a deep devotion to their accursed friends. This girl had no friends to worry about, and the same intent as I; the total annihilation of our shared enemies. Shared ideals, and the skills and powers to accomplish them, prove an invaluable combination in my calculating mind. After consideration, I accepted the offer I was presented.
Then I asked her how she heard about me, and she told me that my actions are intergalactic news. The raising of one of the Great Old Ones, beings feared across the galaxy, is no small feat. Of course, I had no knowledge of the sheer extent of their reputation when I performed the act. All I was thinking about, that day, was how I could use this creature to serve my aims. So, one week ago, with only thought to the destruction of my young enemies, I placed seismic generators all around the sunken city. I directed the seismic wave in a way that raised the sea-floor, and the city arose. My allies, who directed me to this location, excitedly and lustfully chanted in a language never heard on earth:
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."
The roar of engines cut through the streets. A small, red blur zoomed right past onlookers, immediately followed by a larger, white blur. After that, two more blurs, one green and one blue, flew over their heads. Citizens didn't really stop to wonder what that was; they were too busy fleeing in a maddened frenzy.
Had they taken the time to look, however, they would have seen the R-Cycle and the T-Car, the signature vehicles of the Teen Titans, followed by Starfire and Raven in the sky.
Robin pulled out his communicator and said "Alright Titans, listen up. The report said that there was some kind of...ooze monster, wrecking the block."
"Is the guy who gave you the report new here? Because he obviously doesn't know Plasmus when he sees him."
"I don't know, Beast Boy. People started seeing this shortly after the earthquake last night."
"...Maybe he got a rude awakening?"
Just then, the Titans rounded the corner, and...stopped in their tracks. It took all of their will power to prevent themselves from turning around and running with the rest of the crowd. After some hesitation, a frightened Starfire said "That...is Not Plasmus."
And it was, in fact, not Plasmus. Instead, it was a formless mass of bubbly, translucent protoplasm, fifteen feet in diameter, with several larger bubbles serving as primitive 'eyes.' As it extended a portion of its mass to, unsuccessfully, engulf a fleeing citizen, an unearthly sound erupted from it: "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!"
At hearing this, Raven suddenly was struck with even greater horror, as her mind suddenly jumped back to the distant past...
As the glowing lion faded into nothingness, the paper-man put his hand on her shoulder, and confidently said "Well done, Raven. You've mastered simple conjuration faster than I did when I was your age! It's almost as you were born for magic."
As she paused in silence, he suddenly changed his attitude. "Sweet Raven, did I say something wrong?"
"It...It's nothing, Malchior."
"Good. Upsetting a maiden is something a man like me would never want on his conscience."
She couldn't help but giggle at his modesty. Once she finished, she reached over to the pile of books again, grabbing a black hard-cover from the stack...
"Raven! Not that book!" Malchior suddenly exclaimed, as he extended a beam of telekinetic force towards the book, lifting it out of her hands before she could open the cover.
"Malchior? What's so wrong about it?"
"The danger to your mortal mind, of course! You probably should know, that the author was driven insane while he was researching the material for this book."
"...What drove him insane?"
"The material he was researching. You see, this is the Necronomicon, written by the 'mad Arab,' Abdul Alhazred. On one hand, I should consider myself lucky to have read it-the people at Miskatonic University keep it under lock and key. On the other...I don't even need to say it."
Her face was whitened with surprise. "...It's Real? But...I thought Lovecraft was fiction!"
"H.P. Lovecraft? Oh, there is more truth than fiction in his stories. The book in which I'm currently bound has been kept at the Library of Innsmouth on one occasion, a location which modern 'scholars' label fictitious. Nevertheless, the Necronomicon is not a book I would recommend reading if you value your sanity. I know Ivalue your sanity very highly."
At that last word, Raven giggled again.
Raven was snapped back to the present upon Robin regaining his courage and shouting "TITANS, GO!"
Beast Boy made the first move, changing into a bison and ramming the slimy mass head-on. He received a headache, but the mass rolled backwards a few feet in response, and again, it shouted: "Tekeli-li!" The thing then angled its 'eyes' to face its attacker, and once it could see him, extended more of its mass towards him. However, this time, the purpose was not to engulf him as it attempted to do to the innocent; Instead, the extended mass congealed and changed shape, forming several squid-like tentacles! These grabbed Beast Boy, and threw him across the street.
Unnerved, Robin pulled out his extendable bo-staff, and leapt up high in order to whack it from midair...but it seemed to see him coming! Part of its mass formed some kind of scales, blocking the strike as though it had a shield! Robin landed on the other side, finding that his attacks did nothing at all!
Cyborg lifted up a car, and threw it at the monstrous presence, but it saw that coming too! Some of its mass formed another set of tentacles and a large 'mouth,' all of which grabbed the massive vehicle, and spat it right back at Cyborg! Before it could return to its earlier rampage, however, Raven shouted "Azarath Metrion ZINTHOS!" and caused the entire street underneath it to rise up! Rather than register fright, the monster simply slid off the rising street, crashing back down on earth with no apparent damage at all!
Just as Robin was starting to get a little worried, Starfire joined the fray at last, throwing starbolt after starbolt at the slime. Suddenly, the mass recoiled from the green energy, as most creatures would do when in pain! "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!" erupted from it again, and it looked at Starfire with an intensity that can only be described as pure hatred.
More tentacles formed, and all of them reached out and grabbed Starfire! She screamed, and the rest of the Titans rushed to help her-but they quickly found themselves restrained in the same manner! A large tooth-laden mouth formed, and Starfire started to be drawn towards it...
But suddenly another lashing coil grabbed hold of her, and attempted to pull her away from the abomination, which shouted "Tekeli-li!" in disappointment! When they looked for the source, they found it originating from another costumed individual! This one had brown pants, a yellow shirt, a brown mask, a large curly hairdo, and a coil of rope that seemed to be growing from his arm, wrapped around Starfire!
"Furball! You showed up in the nick of time!" shouted Beast Boy.
With effort, Furball said "Yeah, but I doubt I'm gonna be real helpful against that thing!" As he said this, he noted (to his dismay) that it had turned its attention towards him!
However, with its attention diverted, Robin managed to free his hand from the tentacle's grasp! He pulled a birdarang out of his belt, and threw it at the tentacle that was holding Starfire, slicing it in two! Starfire flew away from its grasp, and blasted all of the tentacles that were holding her friends captive. As the Titans fell out of its grasp, the mass shouted "Tekeli-li!" in pain.
Flipping out of the thing's grasp, Robin shouted "Titans! Distract it while Starfire blasts it! She seems to be the only one who can hurt it!"
Just then, Raven said "Wait, Robin!" Getting his attention, she (reluctantly) said "I know why Starfire can hurt it! That thing is vulnerable to heat and electric energy!"
Robin decided to test that theory, throwing a disc-bomb at the abomination. When the bomb exploded upon the mass, it recoiled in pain, and shouted "Tekeli-li!" like it did when Starfire shot it!
Beast Boy looked at Raven, and said "Dude! How long did you plan on holding out on us like that? We could have used that information a while ago!"
"There'll be time for that later, Beast Boy. For now, hit it with every energy attack you have!"
Furball followed Robin's orders immediately: He stabbed the mass with a hair-tendril grown from his arm, and extended another one from his other arm to the power lines directly over him! Electric current flowed down through the hair, and delivered thousands of volts worth of punishment straight into the monster!
Almost as if taking a cue, Beast Boy ran up to it, leapt above it, and morphed into an electric eel! Landing on top of the mass, the electric current flowing through it was increased, with painful results(for the thing)! Raven contributed as well, using her powers to pull a water pipe out from below the ground, and using it to soak the monstrous target, increasing the voltage even further!
Robin pulled out an electro-shock disc, and tossed it onto the thing as well! The disc, similar to the one he took down Ternion with, (the fusion of Plasmus, Cinderblock, and Overload from Aftershock Part 2) generated even more electricity with which to hurt the monster!
"Don't leave me out of the shock-fest!" shouted Cyborg, pulling a large Taser out of his arm as he did. He fired it at the creature, and pumped 50,000 volts into the mix!
By now, the creature was in considerable pain. However, just as it looked like things couldn't get any worse for it, Starfire focused all the energy she could muster into one singular starbolt-beam. It struck the mass head-on, producing a spectacular display as it interacted with the electriciy, and causing the creature to shout "Tekeli-li!" again, this time louder than before.
Suddenly, large bubbles appeared within the monstrous mass, and they got bigger, and bigger, and bigger...
"EVERYBODY, GET DOWN!" Raven shouted.
Everyone barely had time to react before the protoplasmic entity burst, sending large orbs of iridescent slime flying everywhere. Beast Boy, Furball, and Cyborg were all buried underneath the monster's remains, while Starfire, Raven, and Robin were able to get out of the way.
After they spent a few minutes cleaning themselves off, and a sanitary squad arrived, Furball told them "I gotta go. Big test tomorrow at school. But before I go...What the heck was that thing?"
Everyone looked at Raven, who simply asked "Why is...everyone looking at me?"
Cyborg answered the question, saying "You knew how to beat it. It's pretty easy to assume you know what it was too."
She (almost guiltily) turned away, saying "...all you really need to know is how to beat it. That thing...no one was meant to know what it was."
She walked away on that note, leaving her teammates mystified.
Later that day, Raven sat on her bed, looking at a very familiar line of text...The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
Well, what do you think? Do I even need my OC in this?
Kudos to whoever can name the text from which I got that quote!
Plus, I'm a little worried about unnecesary repetition and/or choppiness in the fight scenes. If you detect it, please tell me how I can avoid it.
Next chapter coming soon!