Disclaimer: I do not own Yu-Gi-Oh! GX or Gundam Wing.
I picked this particular Gundam series for Jaden due to it being the main reason I got into anime so much and because the Elemental Heroes remind me of the Gundams a lot: Avian- Wing, Necro shade- Deathscythe, Rampart Blaster- Heavyarms, Clayman- Sandrock just to name off a few. GW will always be the greatest Gundam series in my eyes for if it hadn't come to our shores the other Gundam series wouldn't have followed.
There was a knock on an office door
"Sir, we've received confirmation that Tomboy special was successfully delivered to Preventer Wind."
"Also, KaibaCorp has reported that Wing Gundam was played in a duel recently."
"Very good. What's the status of Project Mythos?"
"Everything is going along smoothly. 'Snow White' is currently at 72% completion. 'Warlock' is currently at 60%, 'Prometheus' is at 52%, 'Scheherazade' is at 46%, and 'Nataku' is at 38%."
"What's the estimated time of completion?"
"Not long now. We are looking at a few more weeks."
"I see, thank you. You're dismissed."
The subordinate gave a quick salute and walked out of the office.
'So it begins again. Hopefully, it won't end with so much collateral damage, this time.'
It been mere minutes since Jaden's reemergence and the debut of his Gundam cards. Sartorius stood before his loyal followers, all of which were standing at attention, awaiting orders. The first up was young Misawa.
"Bastion, your task is to uncover any information regarding these Gundam cards. If we know what cards there are, we can prepare for the next time."
The intellect duelist gave a quick nod then bolted off to carry out his assignment. The fortune-teller then turned Princeton.
"Chazz, I'd like for you to hire any freelance duelist to test against Jaden's new deck. I'd rather not risk sending our more skilled members in blind. The more we know about his cards, the better we can prepare."
The boy acknowledged the request with a nod. Sartorius looked up towards the female Rhodes, who was at the moment missing.
Jasmine stepped forward.
"In her room, sir, she said she didn't feel well. She's been a little out of it ever since she saw that card Jaden played."
The leader of the light frowned. Was his grip on her slipping? He didn't need this right now.
Outside the Slifer Dorm, Jaden stood on the ledge, with his duel disk still equipped, overlooking the sea. His eyes were focused on a piece of paper in his left hand. It was an old picture of a man who bore a strong resemblance to Jaden except he didn't have the tuft of orange brown hair on the top like Jaden did. Next to the man was a beautiful orange haired woman, smiling warmly at the brown-haired toddler in her arms. Jaden's expression was not his normal cheery grin or his new stoic frown. Instead it was one of deep sorrow. He pocketed the photo and pulled out his deck, his eyes held a compunctious feel as they wandered over all the cards.
"I'm sorry, old friends. You all got dragged into battle again even though you don't want to fight anymore."
"That's not true."
"I was wondering when I'd get to talk to you, ZERO."
The shadowed image of a winged giant faded in just beyond the cliff. Jaden gazed up at the now, identified "ZERO" as a pair glowing green eyes gazed back.
"We fight for peace. Not just for the world, but also for you. We were made so that you would remain happy. We didn't want to fight anymore because we felt that it wasn't necessary not because we had grown tired of it."
"Even so, I didn't want you all to get pulled onto the battlefield to deal with my problems. I was hoping I could deal with this on my own."
"You don't have to do things on your own, we're here with you. It's what your parents would want."
Their conversation was interrupted by the sound of a twig snapping. Jaden whipped around and glared at the bushes.
"Who's there? Come out where I can see you!"
A figure popped out of the hedges with his hands held up as a sign of surrender.
"Whoa! Whoa! Jay, easy, it's me, Atticus!"
The pop-idol wannabe chuckled uneasily. The brunette Slifer visibly relaxed but still kept his stern expression.
"Where the hell have you been?"
"On the other side of the island. Most people don't go there."
"Why were you over there?"
"I had a few things to do. I heard that you've got your dueling streak back and you have a new deck of cards we've never seen before. I also heard from some of the teachers that you more or less declared war against Society of Light."
"It's not more or less, I did declare war on them."
"While I admire your bravery, is it wise to wage this war by yourself?"
"It wouldn't be the first time."
Atticus fell silent at the young boy's remark. What did he mean by that?
"So, can you tell me more about these new machine monsters called Gum-gums?" Atticus asked, changing the subject. He felt it might be for the best at the moment.
"Gundams, Atticus, they're called Gundams,"
"Sorry, can you tell me more about these Gundam cards?"
"It'll have to wait. We've got company," Jaden said as he turned around.
There, not ten feet away stood the school's acting chancellor, Vellian Crowler, and his 'cohort,' Bonaparte. The latter of the two had a stern expression as well as his duel vest on.
"Hello boys," Crowler said in an even tone..
"Crowler, Bonaparte, what have you two been up to?"
The smaller man stepped forward.
"It's come to our attention, Jaden Yuki, that you have issued a 'declaration of war' against the Society of Light, is this true?"
"That is correct," Jaden replied as if it wasn't that big of a deal.
"Monsieur Yuki, I challenge you to a duel. If I win, you will be expelled from Duel Academy."
"This is not the time to be fighting amongst ourselves."
"I will not have some gang war erupt and smear the prestige of this academy."
"I'm not in any gang, the Preventers are not a gang, we are a legitimate official organization"
"Do you seriously expect me to believe that? I've never heard of such a group."
Jaden sighed in exasperation.
"Since you won't listen, then you leave me no choice."
He then returned his deck to the deck slot and activated his disk.
J: 4000/ B: 4000
"I'll go first."
Jaden drew his card.
"I'll start off by summoning Wing Gundam in attack mode."
[Wing Gundam/ ****/WIND/Machine/ATK: 1700/DEF: 1800/ When this card would be destroyed as a result of battle, remove it from play until the end phase of the turn. This effect cannot be used again until your 2nd turn this effect is activated.]
The familiar Gundam flew down from the sky and landed with a loud metallic thud. A section of Wing's shield opened up and ejected a cylinder, of which the Gundam quickly grabbed. One end ignited with green energy, turning it into a sword.
"Next, I'll activate the spell card Operation Meteor."
[Operation Meteor/ Spell/ When you have 1 face up 'Gundam' monster on your side of the field, special summon 1 level 4 or below monster with 'Gundam' in its name from your hand.]
"With Operation Meteor's effect, I can special summon any level 4 monster with 'Gundam' in its name so I'll summon in attack mode Shenlong Gundam."
[Shenlong Gundam/ ****/ FIRE/ Machine/ ATK: 1700/ DEF: 1500/ When this card destroys a monster on your opponent's side of the field, this card can attack again if there is another Monster.]
Another tall humanoid robot, similar to Wing, appeared on Jaden's side. It had a torso that was mostly colored red save for some gold accents. It held a long pole on its back. Its right arm had a device built onto its forearm while the left had a circular blue and gold shield. The machine pulled the pole from its back. The end of the pole ignited with green energy, forming a long blade, turning the weapon into a spear or a glaive.
"I'll place one card facedown and end my turn."
Hidden in the foliage of the forest, Hassleberry watched duel unfold with a video camera in hand.
"Looks like Bastion was right, there are more Gundams in his arsenal."
He would remain until the end of the duel so that he could report back to his master with more info on the mysterious Gundam cards.
Atticus stared at the two machines with narrowed eyes, a tinge of déjà vu poked at his mind.
'Why do those cards look familiar? I swear I've seen them before.'
His eyes then shot wide open. In a flash within the male Rhodes' mind, Jaden was replaced with a younger man with long brown hair reaching down to his thighs. Behind him stood five monsters strongly resembling Jaden's Gundams shadowed by the light of the fires around them.
'Wait a minute… don't tell me… was Jaden the one that…Nah, It couldn't be. Could it?'
"I'll begin this turn by summoning Toy Soldier in attack mode."
[Toy Soldier/ ***/ EARTH/ Warrior/ ATK: 800/ DEF: 300/ During your Standby Phase, you can Special Summon up to 2 "Toy Soldiers" from your Deck.]
"I set two cards face down and end my turn."
"Now it's my turn!"
Jaden drew a new card then eyed his opponent across the way.
'I'd rather avoid showing off too many of my Gundams per duel if I can help it. That only leaves one option…'
"I'll have Wing Gundam attack Toy Soldier!"
Wing's thrusters ignited, shooting it forward at the tiny doll, its beam saber held ready to cleave the comically panicking toy in two.
"I reveal my facedown card, Negate Attack!"
[Negate Attack/ Trap/ Counter/ You can only activate this card when your opponent's monster declares an attack. Negate the attack of that 1 monster and end the Battle Phase.]
The Gundam's energy sword crashed into an invisible barrier while the Toy Soldier huddled down in fear. Wing then flew backwards to Jaden's side. Jaden gazed at his cards for any further moves for him to play.
"I'll end for now."
Off to the side, Crowler kept his attention focused on Jaden. His features were that of analytical curiosity rather than smug like he had been in the past.
'Look at him, calm and in complete control. He never gives any indication what he's up to, a perfect poker face. It's like he's a different person than the Slifer Slacker from last year. Is this some new attitude that you've taken up like everyone else has recently or is this how you really are and your behavior from before was all just an act?'
As the Obelisk headmaster eyed the youth, he never noticed the scores of other non-white students gather around to watch.
"It's my turn!"
The Frenchman then drew a new card.
"When my Toy Soldier is on the field during the Standby Phase, I can summon 2 more Toy Soldiers from my deck."
As stated, two more of the tiny troops appeared beside their comrade.
"Next, I'll activate my other facedown card, A Rival Appears!"
[A Rival Appears!/ Trap/ Select 1 face-up monster on your opponent's side of the field. Special Summon from your hand 1 monster that has the same Level as the selected Monster.]
"Thanks to this card, I can summon a monster from my hand that has the same level as one of your monster. Since they're both level 4, I'll summon my Toy Magician!"
[Toy Magician/ ****/ LIGHT/ Spellcaster/ ATK: 1600/ DEF: 1500/ You can Set this card face-down in your Spell & Trap Card Zone as a Spell Card. If this face-down card in your Spell & Trap Card Zone is destroyed by an opponent's card effect and sent to the Graveyard, Special Summon it during the End Phase. When this card is Flip Summoned, destroy Spell or Trap Cards on the field equal to the number of "Toy Magicians" on the field.]
A light purple toy wizard appeared next to the soldiers.
"But there's more. I play Crowning of the Emperor."
[Crowning of the Emperor/ Spell/ Tribute 1 "Toy Soldier". Special Summon 1 "Toy Emperor" from your hand or Deck]
"Now by sacrificing 1 Toy Soldier, I can summon Toy Emperor!"
[Toy Emperor/ ******/ EARTH/ Warrior/ ATK: 2300/ DEF: 800/ This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card cannot be Special Summoned except with "Crowning of the Emperor". When this card destroys an opponent's monster by battle, you can select and add 1 Trap Card from your Deck to your hand.]
A regal looking Toy Soldier atop a toy horse appeared on Bonaparte's side with the other doll-like troops.
"Now, Toy Emperor, attack Wing Gundam!"
"I reveal my facedown, One's Will of Justice."
[One's Will of Justice/ Trap/ Counter/ Select one Machine-type monster with Gundam in its name, decrease its DEF points to 0 to negate 1 of your opponent's attacks on another monster you control.]
"With this card, I can reduce one of my Gundams' DEF points, like Shenlong, to zero in order to stop one of your attacks."
With a flick of its metal wrist, Shenlong threw its shield like Frisbee at the Toy Emperor, knocking him of his steed. The soldiers rushed over and helped the swirly-eyed monarch.
Shenlong Gundam: ATK: 1700/ DEF: 0
"I'll end my turn."
Jaden glanced at the card he just drew.
"And I summon the Gundam Deathscythe in attack mode."
[Gundam Deathscythe/ ****/ DARK/ Machine/ ATK: 1600/ DEF: 1800/ During the Battle phase involving this card, negate the effects of your opponents monster cards.]
Another tall humanoid robot appeared on Jaden's side. The torso was mostly colored black save for some gold accents on the chest and shoulders. It held a long pole in its hand capped with some odd device. The machine stood up as its eyes shined a bright green. The end of the pole ignited with green energy, forming a long blade, giving the weapon the appearance of a scythe.
"Next I equip Wing Gundam with Buster Rifle."
[Buster Rifle/ Spell/ Equip/ This card can only be equipped to "Wing Gundam." During the battle phase when "Wing Gundam" has this card equipped, double that card's ATK points. This effect can only be used three times, after the third time, destroy this card.]
Wing's Rifle materialized in his hand, replacing his beam saber.
"I'll have Shenlong attack one of your Toy Soldiers"
Shenlong's thrusters threw it forward as it swung its beam glaive, slicing the doll in half.
J: 4000/ B: 3100
"When Shenlong manages to destroy a monster in battle, it can attack again. So attack Toy Magician."
The Gundam twirled its beam glaive over its head then its right fist retracted inwards and the device on the forearm flipped up while another blade flipped up. Now the arm gave some semblance of a dragon's head. Shenlong then thrusted its arm at the wizard and, to everyone's surprise, the arm extended, catching then crushing the doll in its jaws.
J: 4000/ B: 3000
"Again, attack the last Toy Soldier."
Shenlong's dragon fang loomed over the last doll, the nozzles on either side of the dragon lit up as flames spewed out and smothered toy, reducing it to ashes.
J: 4000/ B: 2100
"I'll have Wing attack Toy Emperor"
"But my Emperor has more points then your Gundam."
Jaden didn't look fazed.
"When Buster Rifle is equipped to Wing in battle, its ATK is doubled. In other words, my Gundam has more than enough power to take down your emperor."
Wing Gundam: ATK: 3400
The Gundam took aim and fired a stream of yellow plasma at Toy Emperor, vaporizing it in an explosion.
J: 4000/ B: 1000
When the dust cleared, Bonaparte quickly took notice that Jaden's black Gundam had vanished.
"And now, Deathscythe will attack you directly."
Behind the short man, Deathscythe stood poised to swing its beam scythe, shadows enveloped over half its body while its green eyes shined, giving it an even more foreboding air, like the grim reaper about to harvest a soul. Bonaparte spun around just in time to receive the slash, ending the duel.
J: 4000/ B: 0
"That's game. I know you don't approve of my actions but this has to be done. I will fight the Society of Light and defeat them. Alone if I have to."
There was an eruption of cheers. Many rushed over and congratulated Jaden on an impressive duel. Others offered to side with Jaden to fight the Society of Light, saying they had lost friends to them. Atticus came up next to the boy and placed a hand on his shoulder.
"You don't have to do things alone. These guys all want to help anyway they can. And so do I, we're with you, Preventer Wind."
Jaden gazed at tall those present who shared the elder Rhodes' feelings. He gave everyone a small grin and a nod of acceptance, which brought about a round of cheers. No one noticed the white uniformed student running towards the Obelisk dorm as they rallied together.
Back at the White dorm, Hassleberry had just returned with the footage of the duel. Satisfied with the results, he had called back the officers for an update on their tasks.
"Chazz, have you managed to hire a few duelists to duel Jaden?"
"They kept saying the same thing; they wouldn't duel him. It seems Jaden has a reputation we never knew about."
"What sort of reputation?"
"I can't say for certain, but whatever he did, it certainly spooked every duelist interviewed. When I started to offer the job they seemed interested but the moment I said Jaden's name, they panicked and started going on and on about not wanting to face the 'Angel of Destruction."
Everyone present stared at Chazz in silence like he had just grown a second head. One Syrus Truesdale then broke the uneasy silence.
"Angel of Destruction? Jaden?" he said, unbelievingly.
Many felt the same. Sartorius turned to young Misawa for some helpful information, hopefully.
"Bastion, what have you been able to find?"
"The Preventers agency is a paramilitary organization that functions like a Duel Monsters Interpol. They were commissioned by Industrial Illusions and financially backed by KaibaCorp to investigate and take necessary police action in any kind of criminal activity involving Duel Monster cards. The primary Duel Monster cards this group uses are the Gundam series."
"And what can you tell us about this Gundam series"
Bastion then held a look of nervousness.
"In all my experience in Duel Monsters, I have never seen an archetype this massive before. There are over one hundred and fifty Gundams in monster cards alone. Add in supporting spell and trap cards and you have a set well into the two maybe even three hundreds"
All eyes went wide in shock and horror; it seemed too unreal for a series of cards to be so big. Over a hundred and fifty Gundam monsters? If that's true, then Jaden could have any of them in his deck, an entire army. Many began to share his uneasiness. How can they handle that?
'Perhaps we're looking in the wrong direction.' Sartorius thought to himself.
"Chazz, I'd like for you to call in to request for information regarding 'Preventer Wind' and 'Angel of Destruction."
The white officer nodded and left. The Light leader then made for his room. Once there, he walked over to a small table.
'I didn't want to have to do this so soon. Unfortunately, I have no choice.'
The diviner picked up the phone and dialed his intended number.
"Hello, Aster? It's me."
/Hello, Sartorius, what's up?/
"Do you remember Jaden Yuki?"
/That wannabe from Duel Academy I beat with my Destiny Heroes?/
/What about him?/
"I'd like to arrange for you to Duel him again."
/What? What ever for?/
"He seemed to have regained his Dueling spirit as well as a set of cards I've never seen or heard of before. Plus, he beat a high-ranking student in a duel with only two cards through the whole thing."
/Two cards? That's pretty impressive. What cards did he use?/
"An equip spell card and a monster card called a Gundam."
/Gundam? Never heard of it but I am interested./
"Good to hear. I'll see you in two weeks."
/I'll see you then./
With that, the pro league duelist hung up.
A/N: that number of total Gundams is not exaggerated, I did some research and I counted every single Gundam mobile suit in every show over the past thirty years. There are approximately 153 Gundams, not counting all other mobile weapons, and growing. There reason as to why Aster won't be returning for sometime will be revealed in the next chapter. On another note, I will not reveal which of the OCs I've chosen until the school field trip.