A/N: I didn't waste any time getting this chapter out. We'll see if I can keep this up.
Onto the follow-up chapter and some eventful stuff to set up the tournament. Enjoy!
Demonic Pharaohmon Rises! A Challenge Issued!
Shibuya District/10:15 PM
Takato, Yami Yugi, and their friends were speechless. The Digimon partners sensed the immense evil power from Pharaohmon, which alarmed them. The Tamers, taking their eyes off Pharaohmon, noticed Felinismon amongst them.
"Yugi! Get away from her!" Takato alarmed Yami Yugi, who didn't budge an inch. "She's on Pharaohmon's side!"
Henry exclaimed. "Don't you remember she raided Yamaki's headquarters?!"
"Whoa, calm down, guys!" Joey butted in.
"It's ok, Tamers. I've taken care of everything," Yami Yugi reassured the kids and their Digimon. "After defeating her in a duel, I helped to overcome the insecurities Pharaohmon planted in her. She has sworn to help us fight Pharaohmon."
"Is that so?" Terriermon asked as hopped on Felinismon's left shoulder. "You're not trying to jerk our chains, kitty cat?"
Felinismon sighed. "No, floppy ears."
"Guys! Look!" Kazu and Kenta called out, pointing their friends and the Duelists toward Pharaohmon's direction.
Pharaohmon shifted his focus off his form and on his enemies in attendance. The demonic being formed a malevolent grin and noticed the Tamers and Duelists. Pharaohmon looked over his shoulder to find the bodies of the six Legendary Warriors. He also noticed the absence of the three Sailor Senshi he previously defeated for their energy. He saw Sailor Pluto carrying an unconscious Rei Hino. Sailor Saturn kept her eyes on Pharaohmon and hurried off after Pluto, Ami, and Cammy.
Pharaohmon makes eye contact with his former minion, Felinismon, and grinned. "Felinismon, it's a shame you had to grow soft and fail your mission. Because of your failure, you will die with Yugi Muto."
"You leave her out of this, Pharaohmon!" bellowed Yami, clenching his fist toward Pharaohmon. "You used her and tainted her with your evil!"
"Heh, so besides Yugi, who else is bold enough to threaten me?" Pharaohmon said. "Any takers?" He eyed Takato and Guilmon next. "How about you, Takato Matsuda?"
Takato held his ground and hastily drew out his D-Ark. Guilmon was primed and ready to battle as he stood by Takato's side. Rika & Renamon and Henry & Terriermon assembled right next to Takato & Guilmon. Andromon stepped forward protecting Kazu and Kenta. Jeri, while holding Calumon stepped back to stand next to Felinismon, who was surprised to see Jeri.
"I'm sorry to hear about how this monster used you," Jeri said.
"I won't forgive him for treating me like a puppet for all these years," Felinismon said. "Your friends have given me renewed confidence to stand up for myself." She noticed Jeri's features showed less fear than Kazu and Kenta. "Compared to those two wimps, you look like you've been through worse than Pharaohmon."
Jeri nodded. "You have no idea."
Felinismon smiled. "You got a lion's heart."
Upon hearing this, Jeri gasped and looked up to Felinismon. "He said the exact something!"
"Who is he?"
"A dear friend. My previous partner... who... died..." She stopped herself trying not to delve to her dark past. "But, we overcame a great enemy. We can do it again. Felinismon."
"Tamers! Let's get ready to Biomerge!" The gogglehead shouted as he, Henry, and Rika lifted their D-Arks overhead.
Inumon and Dark Gabumon came next. Himura readied his D-3 until suddenly Calumon flew right out of Jeri's hands. Take aback, the Tamers witnessed Calumon's red gem light up and release two beams of light that hit the Tsubasa sibling's hands. The beam that covered Himura's D-3 transformed the device and upgraded it to a D-Ark. Yui saw the light in her hand form and materialize a D-Ark. The Digivice fell into Yui's hand, which she took and looked over the device in shock.
"Whoa! How did this happen?" Himura cried out in puzzlement.
"Who cares?" Yui clenched her D-Ark. "Let's put them to good use!" She said, instinctively pointing her device, which released a beam that hit DarkGabumon. "DarkGabumon!"
Can't believe Calumon just upgraded their devices! Jeri was as shocked as the other Tamers. She caught Calumon, who flew back into her arms. "Good work, Calumon. I'm proud of you."
Felinismon was astonished. "Wow... that was something else!"
"Inumon! Let's put our new Digivice to good use!" Himura declared, following Yui's pattern. "Evolve and fight with them!"
The five Megas formed a barricade protecting the other Tamers and Duelists. Yami's Millennium Puzzle released a golden beam of light that allowed him to bring to life the Dark Magician from its card form.
Felinismon stepped up to the front and put herself in front of Jeri.
"Stay behind me," the feline advised the girl.
Andromon stood in front of Kazu, Kenta, and MarineAngemon.
"You three, too, stay behind me," Andromon said.
"Thanks, Andromon!" Kazu replied.
Beelzebumon slowly stumbled out from the forest. He hadn't fully recovered from WarDevidramon's attack, but was more than willing to join the Tamers and the Duelists in the fight against Pharaohmon. He drew his blaster and walked forward.
"Wait for me, guys...!"
"Beelzebumon?!" Kazu, Kenta, and Jeri noticed him coming out.
(Cue The Mummy OST – The Mummy)
Nodding his head, Pharaohmon glared at the Mega Digimon and Yami's Dark Magician apathetically.
"Now this is quite a sight. Who would have thought this day would eventually come? The Tamers and Yugi's group turn two of my loyalists against me. Felinismon, ShadowMetalGarurumon, you two will pay for your betrayal."
Pharaohmon readied his scepter and stormed forward to attack Gallantmon first. Taken aback abruptly, Gallantmon prepared to stab him, but Pharaohmon phased out, which startled the Tamers and the others.
"He's gone!" Sakuyamon alarmed the others.
Gallantmon quickly looked around. "He just went up and vanished! Where is he?!"
"Did you see where he went, mutt?" ShadowMetalGarurumon asked YoukaiInumon.
"How the hell am I supposed to know where he went?!"
"Don't let your guards down!" Tea called to the group.
Yami gasped when he felt the sinister vibe materializing near the Mega Digimon. "He's close by!"
Felinismon quickly pointed to the left direction where she sensed Pharaohmon. From the left side of the battlefield, Pharaohmon rematerialized near MegaGargomon and Sakuyamon first. He struck both down in the blink of an eye.
"AUGH!" MegaGargomon and Sakuyamon yelled out as Pharaohmon blasted them with his scepter.
"Sakuyamon! MegaGargomon!" Gallantmon calls out to his allies. Takato telepathed through his partner. I didn't even detect him! He moves too fast!
Pharaohmon phased again and reappeared in front of Gallantmon. Gallantmon became alarmed when Pharaohmon shoved his face over Gallantmon's face as both faced eye to eye. Pharaohmon punched Gallantmon hard and sent him sailing back. Gallantmon planted his lance through the ground to stop himself from flying too far away. He launched himself with his shield lifted forward. Pharaohmon evaded Gallantmon and sidestepped him.
"What's the matter? Am I too fast for you?" Pharaohmon mocked Gallantmon.
Gallantmon stopped himself and whirled around firing a lightning blast from his lance. "Lightning Joust!"
Pharaohmon raised his scepter and forged a magical blast that nullified Gallantmon's Lightning Joust. YoukaiInumon and ShadowMetalGarurumon quickly stormed ahead into the battle.
"Let's see how well we fight together," YoukaiInumon said. "Keep up, wolf."
"No, you better not screw this up for us, mutt!"
Pharaohmon barely even noticed the two coming. YoukaiInumon readily drew out his swords and stabbed Pharaohmon's back with them. However, the thick demon skin forced the swords out and caused them to shatter. Pharaohmon drove an elbow into YoukaiInumon and sent him flying back.
The dark metal wolf lunged up and clamped onto Pharaohmon's right arm. The demonic being didn't waste time swinging ShadowMetalGarurumon around and throwing him into the air. He raised his scepter and blasted ShadowMetalGarurumon.
"ShadowMetalGarurumon!" Yui screamed. "Leave him alone, you monster!"
The little girl tried to intervene, but Himura grabbed and pulled her back. She struggled to break Himura's hold.
"Let me go, Himura!"
"And risk letting you go out there and getting crushed to death? I'm not losing my sister!"
"But he and Inumon are going to be killed if we don't do something!"
"You two better stay put," Felinismon said, walking past the Tsubasa siblings. "Just leave this to me."
Beelzebumon interjected. "You think you stand a freakin' chance, cat lady?"
"I know what I'm doing," Felinismon replied. "Jeri, take cover while you're at it."
Jeri nodded as she beckoned Himura and Yui to join her, Kazu, and Kenta.
"You kids stay there," Yami instructed as Calumon put up a barrier around the other Tamers.
"I don't know if we can even trust her," Kenta muttered.
"If Yugi says she's changed, then I can believe in her," Jeri whispered back. But, she sounded just like Leomon right there when she told me...
Felinismon stepped right into the battle where the Biomerged Megas and the two Megas were recovering. Dark Magician stayed on the offense and fired multiple magical beams at the villain. Pharaohmon used his scepter to force Dark Magician to evade like crazy.
"What do you think you're doing?" Gallantmon demanded as he watched Felinismon walking right up to Pharaohmon.
"I'm going to face up to my fears," Felinismon muttered coldly. Her eyes narrowed toward Pharaohmon. "He destroyed my people and I can't forgive him for his atrocities! None of you have any idea what's like being forced to become his slave!"
Pharaohmon turned around and glared down over Felinismon. "You've disappointed me by throwing away everything I have given you. I gave you the simple order of taking Yugi's Millennium Puzzle, but you couldn't even manage that. Now you've sided with these human worms and their pet Digimon. Be gone from my sight, failure."
"I'd rather die a slow, painful death than to ever take orders from a heartless beast! You're responsible for slaying my tribe!"
"I slain them in order to save you, Felinismon! Don't you ever forget that!"
Felinismon quickly launched herself at Pharaohmon. He fired a scepter beam that she narrowly dodged. She flipped over Pharaohmon's head and landed behind him. Before he turned, she jumped at him and slashed his side with her claws. Pharaohmon threw a punch and brushed Felinismon aside like a fly.
Provoked with Pharaohmon's attack on Felinismon, YoukaiInumon shouted in fury. "Hey, that's no way to treat a lady!" He bumrushed in to intercept Pharaohmon.
"This is her fight, you idiot!" ShadowMetalGarurumon roared, but didn't hesitate to chase after him. "You're such a dense fool!"
Pharaohmon stalked over toward Felinismon, who slowly sat up after taking his blow. She gingerly stood and beckoned him to attack.
"You want more? I'm happy to oblige," the evil priest chortled and clenched his fist tight.
"Just shut it... I'm not afraid of you anymore!" protested the feline Digimon.
Felinismon resisted the pain shooting through her body and lunged forward. She sprang up and punched Pharaohmon square in the jaw. Pharaohmon was not fazed a bit. Felinismon quickly landed a series of claw slashes that impacted Pharaohmon hard.
"Feline Lash!" She shouted whilst hitting Pharaohmon repeatedly. She flipped around in mid-air and lanced a fierce kick across Pharaohmon's face. "How do you like that, my former master?!"
Upon seeing this, Jeri of all the Tamers was awestruck by Felinismon.
She's a really quick and fierce fighter! Jeri thought.
"Keep it up, kitty cat!" Andromon cheered on.
"Just look at her go!" Joey exclaimed. "She's got him reeling!"
"You aren't looking close enough. She hasn't damaged him at all!" Yami asserted.
Yami was of course right. All spectators witnessed Pharaohmon backhand Felinismon down and send her flying into Sakuyamon's arms. MegaGargomon jumped up and tried to shoulder tackle Pharaohmon. Pharaohmon blasted MegaGargomon with his scepter. As the green-armored tank of a Digimon tried to fight through Pharaohmon's scepter blast, Pharaohmon charged ahead and punched MegaGargomon down.
"There's no way we can hit him if he keeps dodging and nullifying our attacks quickly!" Sakuyamon cried out fearfully.
YoukaiInumon and ShadowMetalGarurumon tried to have another go with Pharaohmon. The evil priest fired repeated scepter blasts that they dodged. Pharaohmon slammed his scepter into the ground and unleashed an immense force that stopped YoukaiInumon and ShadowMetalGarurumon.
Beelzebumon glided forward and caught Pharaohmon with an uppercut to his jaw.
"Feh, you call that a punch?" Pharaohmon scoffed as he clobbered Beelzebumon and swatted him down. He brought his foot down to crush Beelzebumon, but Gallantmon threw himself over Beelzebumon and let the evil priest push the weight of his foot on him.
"Beelzebumon, go!" Gallantmon demanded as Beelzebumon rolled away.
"Die!" Pharaohmon raised his other foot and swiftly brought it over Gallantmon's head.
The exalted knight rolled over and lifted his shield up to stop Pharaohmon's foot. He pushed Pharaohmon's foot off and moved away from Pharaohmon's reach. Gallantmon sprang up and rebounded by striking the villain's right shoulder. Pharaohmon dropped his scepter whilst the knight drove his lance deeper, quickly disarming Pharaohmon. But, this didn't deter the villain for long as he expelled a dark wave, which swept Gallantmon back.
"Guys! On my signal!" Gallantmon commanded while lifting his shield up. "FIRE!"
"Dark Flame Hound!"
"Ice Wolf Claw!"
"Shield of the Just!"
Yami roared. "Dark Magician! Use your Dark Magic Attack!"
Dark Magician followed through the Duelist's command and launched a magical blast.
As the Megas' and Dark Magician's attacks went toward him, Pharaohmon was left wide open. The attacks followed through and impacted the villain head-on. The combined attacks collided with Pharaohmon and caused him a great deal of pain. He felt half of his body being ripped apart from the blast. He managed to exert some of his powers to send the combined blast into the sky. A decent chunk of Pharaohmon's right shoulder was torn off.
"We got him!" YoukaiInumon declared.
"Aw yeah!" Kazu and Kenta hollered as they celebrated.
Despite the celebrations, Ardhamon quickly chimed in as he rose and gazed over to see Pharaohmon's body condition.
"No… He's not finished!" Ardhamon called out as he arrived to meet the Tamers. "He's going to regenerate!"
"You've got to be kidding me?!" Gallantmon cried out.
"No, he's right! Look!" YoukaiInumon pointed to Pharaohmon's body seemingly quivering.
Every spectator present witnessed Pharaohmon's body pulsating with dark energy. The deep gashing flesh wound reformed the lost tissue as a new shoulder and limb sprouted out from the stump. Pharaohmon let out a deep bellow as he flexed his newly regenerated arm.
"Is this freak immortal or something?!" Kenta cowered behind Guardromon.
"I didn't see this coming," gulped Himura as he held Yui close to him.
Much spread consumed the children and the Digimon. As he stretched his arm, Pharaohmon chortled evilly and shifted his gaze over his adversaries.
"I don't want to sound like a downer, but you fools really have disappointed me," Pharaohmon said with much apathy. "I'm not even fighting you at my peak and none are considered a worthy opponent. I could easily destroy you all if I wanted to."
"Then, why don't you just do it?!" Ardhamon protested.
Gallantmon added. "Yeah, you'd make it easier for yourself. You know we'll continue coming after you!"
"What a cocky bastard this guy is," Joey scoffed.
Tristan concurred. "You can say that again!"
"But, I can be quite generous every so often," Pharaohmon smirked. "Answer me this: do any of you believe you can improve overtime to challenge me again?"
MegaGargomon retorted. "What are you proposing? We get stronger and find you when we're ready or something?"
You're not planning what I think you're planning. Yugi thought in Yami's mind.
"What do you say, Yugi?" The evil lord turned to the King of Games and offered him an inquiry. "Can you build an army of monsters capable to challenge me?"
"What is your proposal?" Yami demanded.
(Cue Digimon Tamers OST – Hypnos Theme)
"Quite simple. Each and every one of you has proven to be quite formidable when facing minions, but you clearly didn't get the job done when fighting me. To prove my power, I'm going to be hosting a battle tournament."
This announcement stunned most in attendance, but few, such as Yami, knew the evil priest was alluding to such a proposal.
Himura blinked thrice. "You're serious? A tournament?"
"I propose we have ourselves a tournament. No, make it two simultaneous tournaments compressed into one colossal event. One of which will be a Duel Monsters tournament contested by the best Duelists. The other will be your standard fighting tournament. There are certain stipulations to be incorporated in these two tournaments. The winner of the Duel Monsters tournament will decide the stipulations for the battle tournament finals. I invite every one of you to the event. However, some of you will be required to join the competition."
"What if we refuse?" Felinismon asked.
"If you refuse to take part in my tournament, I will kill you and everyone one of your loved ones. Then, I'll plunge this planet into eternal darkness."
"Ok, he really means it, guys," Kazu gulped as he and Kenta hugged one another. They both whined and pleaded together. "Just say yes! Say yes!"
"Fine! We accept your challenge, Pharaohmon!" Gallantmon openly declared. "Yugi? Are we in agreement?"
"Count me in," Yami chimed in. "We'll have a better chance of defeating you if we all enter together."
"You seem fully confident, Yugi Muto," Pharaohmon stated. "You're certainly required to join. It's time to back up your claims as the world's best duelist. In fact, Lance would be honored to face you in a duel."
"Lance? What have you done to that kid, Pharaohmon?!" Sakuyamon exclaimed.
YoukaiInumon gasped. "Don't tell me you-!"
"He's within my body and asleep right now, but now I have regained my body and will soon rid myself of this expendable child. But, having second thoughts, I think it would be amusing if I manipulated him one last time to defeat you, Yugi Muto, and help bring the Millennium Puzzle to me."
Yami clenched the sacred item hanging from his neck. He openly scowled. "You're still deeply invested in my puzzle, aren't you?"
"Why wouldn't I be? To grant me any power I desire, I require the Millennium Puzzle. The sheer notion of limitless mystic power will be within my grasp!"
Gallantmon accepted. "We're all entering your tournaments. I promise I'll find a way to get to you, Pharaohmon!"
The villain evilly chuckled, nodding his head. "I expect nothing less, but don't you disappoint me again."
Pharaohmon turned away from Gallantmon and the Digimon. His view seemingly shifted over to where Himura and Yui were standing together. His view was solely focused on one Yui Tsubasa, who cowered behind her brother.
"Himura, he's looking over here..."
"What?" Himura overheard his sister. He turned back to Pharaohmon, who pivoted his view on Gallantmon again.
There's a unique power from that girl. Pharaohmon smiled as he couldn't stop thinking about Yui. Her unique spiritual ability was what drew the evil demon's attention. He raised his hand and recalled the scepter back in his possession. "The location of the tournament venue will be in the Digital World. Don't worry if you need a portal to get there. I'll provide one for you. As I recall, there's an old stadium near Zhuqiaomon's domain. I'm sure the Sovereigns will be quite interested. I'm putting them on notice, too."
YoukaiInumon inquired. "How long do we have until this tournament?"
"You have two weeks to prepare for the event," Pharaohmon announced. "Make sure to manage your time wisely and recruit as many participants if you can. I will create a digital portal within the last few days of the second week. I, too, will be recruiting my own assembly of demonic Digimon to participate."
"Good. You can count me and my friends in, too," Ardhamon added. "You'll regret ever giving us time to train."
"We'll see about that when you enter my tournament, Warrior of Fire. Use the time wisely fools."
Pharaohmon gazed to the skies and spread his wings outward. He took off to the skies laughing and leaving the groups baffled with the earth-shattering announcement. Mixed emotion were greatly expressed from the participants as they wondered who would join the tournament.
"How strange. It's not in Pharaohmon's nature to call for this proposed tournament," Felinismon was taken aback by her former master's proposal.
Jeri wondered. "Why would he want us to join a tournament?"
"Simple, he's a overconfident prick," Beelzebumon scoffed while sitting up from the ground. "Damn, I've gotta a freakin' crick in my neck!" He fixed his hurt neck.
"What Beelzebumon said," Gallantmon nodded. "But, we're all definitely entering this tournament. I think we can be ready in two weeks."
The Tamers, Ardhamon, and the Duelists nodded together simultaneously.
Elsewhere, Felinismon hopped from Sakuyamon's arms. She landed and nearly collapsed as Jeri quickly came to her side.
"Are you ok?"
"I'll be fine," the feline waved off Jeri.
"Please, I insist…"
The feline tried her hardest to ignore the pain. Just then, Jeri's D-Ark reacted near Felinismon and probed her with a beam of light. As the light washed over her, Felinismon felt her wounds seemingly vanish.
"My wounds are healed?"
The girl looked down at her device in question. "Yes, but why did my D-Ark go off?"
Felinismon replied. "I think we should ask ourselves that later. C'mon, those Legendary Warriors took a beating and need help."
With that, Jeri and Felinismon ran off to join the Tamers, Ardhamon, and the Duelists. Ardhamon led them directly where the other Legendary Warriors were laying hurt.
"Once we wake them, we can tell them everything," the Warrior of Fire said. "I have no doubt they'll join the tournament. We're all in this conflict together."
Gallantmon added. "No doubt. Pharaohmon's really asking for it, but weren't there others here?"
"The Sailor Senshi, but they vanished. I hope nothing terrible happened to them," Ardhamon said sadly. "All I know a few of them lost their energies to Pharaohmon."
As nearly everyone gathered around, Yui stopped as she stood behind Himura. He turned around and knelt over to look her in the eyes.
"Yui? What's wrong?"
"Why did Pharaohmon look at me?"
"I don't know, but me, Inumon, and DarkGabumon will do everything I can to protect you. After all, you're now DarkGabumon's partner thanks to the Digivice you now have."
Holding her D-Ark in her cusp, Yui pressed it to her chest and nodded. "Himura, thank you."
Glancing over his shoulder, Gallantmon watched Himura and Yui hugging.
"I hope everything's ok with those two."
"What's going on, Gallantmon?" inquired Sakuyamon, who saw Himura and Yui reconvene with their Digimon partners.
"Don't know, but I'm glad Yui's become a Tamer and got her own D-Ark," the knight muttered. "And Himura's gotten a Digivice upgrade. I hope things turn around for us before the tournament. We're going to need all the power-ups we need."
Elsewhere in the park, the Spirit Detectives were witnesses to Pharaohmon's revival. They were still stunned out of their minds upon sensing the immense darkness that exuded from the demonic behemoth. They couldn't join in when it became apparent their intervention wouldn't have made a difference.
"Urameshi, you've gotta be kidding me!" Kuwabara spat out. "That was some crazy powerful demon power just from that guy alone!"
Kurama folded his arms and turned to Yusuke. "We'll need to be more discrete with our approach I'm afraid, Yusuke."
Hiei added. "That's right. Going head-on won't do you or us any good." He stared down at his hand. I'm not sure if my darkness flames can get the job done.
Yusuke punched a fist into his left palm. "Then, looks like we'll need to amp up our spirit powers if we wanna put a dent in his ass."
"Then, perhaps, you should visit ol' Genkai, Yusuke!" Came a sudden and familiar cheery voice with a light accent.
The Detectives looked up to see the familiar long, blue-haired and purple-eyes spirit guide riding her wooden oar. She hopped down and convened with Yusuke's team.
"Botan, what brings you here?" Yusuke asked.
"Hey, Botan!" Kuwabara happily greeted her.
"I take it you came here to investigate this situation?" Kurama asked.
"Yes, I have and Koenma went off his rocker when he warned me about the sudden rise of demonic power from Tokyo," Botan stated. She immediately turned to Yusuke. "As I suggested, you'll need to see Genkai about more spirit training. Your power is nowhere sufficient enough to stop Pharaohmon. In fact, his power alone makes all four Saint Beasts look insignificant."
"Did you have to be so blunt?" scoffed the lead Detective. "So, back to training with the fossil hag, eh?"
"Yes, and I will be returning to Spirit World to send my report about this urgent situation to Koenma."
"It's best we prepare and participate in this tournament," Kurama suggested.
"That's actually not a bad idea," Botan nodded. "At least you'll have help from the other groups directly opposing Pharaohmon. By the way, I came to ask about the Sailor Senshi? Where are they?"
Yusuke dismissively nodded. "That's why we came here. We couldn't find them."
Kuwabara nodded. "I felt three of their powers suddenly vanish. I hope nothing happened to them."
Hiei shrugged. "If they died, then they were fools to try fighting that monster alone. It's not my problem."
"It is if Pharaohmon gets any stronger during these next two weeks," the ferry girl said. "Try finding the Sailor Senshi as soon as possible. Make sure they join this tournament. Also, try to be as cautious as possible. I'll be available if you boys need me." With that, she hopped on her oar and flew off back to Spirit World.
Yusuke took Botan's words to heart and turned to his teammates. "Looks like we're gonna need to hit some training, crack some skulls, and buckle down hard." He looked up to the dark sky and vividly reflected on Botan's meaningful message.
Outside of Shibuya Park/10:30 PM
Sailor Pluto set Rei Hino's body on an empty park seat. As Sailor Saturn arrived carrying Minako and Makoto in a bubble barrier, Pluto beckoned her over to check on Rei's pulse. After putting Minako and Makoto down, Saturn went over to check on Rei.
"Good, she still has a pulse, Pluto."
Opening her eyes, Rei slowly came to and focused her blurry vision to get a better view of the Outers.
"Rei! Thank goodness!" Saturn genuinely smiled.
Pluto inquired. "Are you all right, Rei?"
"It's good to know that you're fine. I thought Pharaohmon had done you in."
"It's going to take more than that to put me away," Rei said before shifting her eyes over to Makoto and Minako's unconscious forms. "Oh no...!"
"They're ok, Rei. They still have pulses," Saturn confirmed. "But, they are still out of it."
"Rei! Pluto! Saturn!" Came a pair of voices calling out to them.
Sailor Saturn, Sailor Pluto, and Rei quickly turned around to see Ami and Cammy catch up. Everyone recapped with Rei on what occurred following her unfortunate loss of her powers.
"Can't believe that monster absorbed your powers, Rei," Ami said with anger in her tone. "We're no doubt dealing with an enemy more powerful than Beryl."
"He will get stronger if he continues to siphon off more energy," Pluto clarified. "I can already see him reaching full power in those two weeks. If he acquires what he seeks, it will be the destruction of humanity. We must prevent a likely future from happening."
"There's more," Saturn said as she informed the group about Pharaohmon's tournament.
"So, a chance of fate determined by a tournament?" Pluto wondered. "We'll delve into more about it later. First, we need to tend to Rei, Minako, and Makoto."
"Rei!" Cammy cried out as she lunged at her sister and embraced her tight. "I'm glad that monster didn't take you away from me! But..." She looked over her sister and shook her head. "I'm sorry you lost your powers. You lost them because of me."
Rei replied. "No, you didn't. Your life is more crucial to me than my Sailor powers. Don't worry. Someway, somehow, we'll need a way to get them back. Likewise for Minako and Makoto."
Cammy smiled and hugged her sister again. Tears fell from the child's years, which was evident of the years spent with her father taking a toll on her.
"Father always tried everything we could to prevent me from seeing you."
"Keeping two sisters apart from each other?" Ami openly reproved their father's actions. "How terrible."
Saturn concurred. "What kind of a father would do such a heinous act? Pluto?"
"It's a family issue Rei and Cammy must resolve on their own. Right now, Pharaohmon is far more crucial issue," Pluto informed everyone. "Once Makoto and Minako regain their consciousness, we will plan out preparations until the tournament event, but I believe there might be a way."
"How?" Rei asked.
"I know only one way and only Cammy holds a key to that secret."
Ami blinked. "Cammy?"
The ladies shifted their focus on the younger Hino sibling. Cammy was befuddled as to why she was considered a 'key' as Pluto believed her to be.
Elsewhere in Shibuya/10:35 PM
Pharaohmon landed on top of a building and closed his large wings.
"Those foolish children. What they don't understand is that this will not be your ordinary tournament. Did I also mention that there be dead involved?" He grinned a malevolent smile.
Suddenly, Pharaohmon sensed the presence of two immense powers. He turned around as MetalDevidramon and Brimstone stood behind them. Both bowed their heads to him.
"Lord Pharaohmon, it's an honor to finally be graced by your presence," Brimstone solemnly pledged his loyalty. "We're honored to see you return to your true peak."
"Your loyalty is appreciated, Brimstone. MetalDevidramon, I take it you were unsuccessful in your mission?"
"Yes and I humbly apologize."
"No need, MetalDevidramon. You can redeem yourself if you will be willing to participate in my tournament."
"The tournament you proposed to those children and their Digimon pets? I'd be honored."
"Good. Brimstone, you will be left with the mission to execute those Spirit Detectives. We cannot allow them or the Sailor Senshi to intervene in my schemes."
"Of course, my lord. I have a concern though. While I may deal with the Spirit Detectives, what about the Sailors?" Brimstone addressed.
"Thanks to me, three of the Sailors have already lost their powers, but the others will doubt be protecting them. But, there's another that has my interest. It's the girl who has become attached to the traitor DarkGabumon."
Brimstone inquired. "That child?"
"Yes, Brimstone. Her name is Yui Tsubasa. She and Himura have quite a past. I was able to read through to their thoughts and scanned their previous memories. It seems Himura has had quite a few demons in his troubled past. The boy had a run-in with the snake demon Basiliskmon."
"Basiliskmon? Wasn't he rumored to have been sealed away by...?"
"Anubimon. He never should've taken his eyes off of me. I vowed to return to destroy him and now he's gone to imprison Basiliskmon. I'll simply use the power of my scepter to infiltrate the Digital Underworld. There I will free Basiliskmon from his imprisonment. I'm sure he'd want a shot at revenge on Himura and Inumon. They can finally settle their long grudge at the tournament."
"Maybe then, you can invite Anubimon to the event. You can finally have a chance to crush that insolent fool," MetalDevidramon proposed. "I wouldn't mind having a shot at Omegamon. He's responsible for sealing me."
"Excellent ideas, MetalDevidramon."
"Just one concern, what does this have to do with the girl, Yui?" Brimstone said.
"We'll bring her to our side and fill her heart with darkness. Felinismon has betrayed us and defected to the Tamers, but I can fill her vacancy with my new recruit. Yui Tsubasa will be converted to become my new mistress. With her abilities to sense the supernatural, her powers combined with the darkness will make her quite an asset for our group."
"That's brilliant, my lord," MetalDevidramon added. "I have another suggestion. Rather than just defeating Yugi for his Millennium Puzzle, why not send Scarabmon to steal his puzzle?"
"Well, that would save me the trouble. Fine, that should do it. I'll send Scarabmon to Domino City to capture Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. Now, I shall be off to open the portal to the Underworld and free Basiliskmon from his imprisonment. I leave you two to search Shibuya and Shinjuku. Observe our opponents."
"Just leave it to us, my lord," Brimstone bowed.
With that, Pharaohmon took off to the sky and headed off to Shinjuku while his two henchmen departed to carry their duties.
Shibuya Park/10:39 PM
Once the other Legendary Warriors awoke, they were told about Pharaohmon's proposed tournament. Needless to say, they were taken aback by the shocking news.
"He wants to host a tournament and wants us to participate?" Blitzmon nodded his head. "Now, where have I heard this before?"
Chakkoumon blinked. "And we have just two weeks?"
Gallantmon addressed the Warriors. "We've appreciated all the help you've given us lately, but I think it's time to show us who you really are?"
The Legendary Warriors were hesitant to do what he insisted, but Ardhamon beckoned his group to follow through.
"Are you sure?" Wolfmon asked his leader.
Ardhamon answered. "It's ok, Wolfmon. Power down." He commanded as he and his team shifted back to their true civilian selves.
"Whoa, they're really kids like you, Tamers!" Joey exclaimed.
"We didn't want to eventually show our true identities, but you're right. No more secrets," Ardhamon responded to his wishes. "All right, guys. Power down…"
"They do look almost our age!" Kazu gaped and to say he was flabbergasted was an understatement.
Kenta added. "Well, hey, when Takato, Rika, Henry, and Ryo Biomerge, they become part-Digimon, too. So, this is like the next logical step for human digi-volution. If that makes any sense."
"It's no surprise. They wield Spirits of the legendary Ancient Warriors," Felinismon announced. "The Spirits grant the wielders the power to become Digimon in accordance to the element they possess."
In respect to the Warriors' wish, the Biomerged Megas powered down. Takato, Guilmon, Rika, Renamon, Henry, and Terriermon stepped forward to greet the Warriors. YoukaiInumon and ShadowMetalGarurumon regressed as well into their Rookie forms.
"Thanks for showing us who you really are," Takato said to Takuya.
"Likewise to you, bud."
"Really cool how you and your friends turn into Digimon!"
"Same with you..."
"I'm Takuya Kanbara."
The goggleheads firmly shook each other's hands.
"Great, if one gogglehead wasn't enough," Rika snidely remarked.
Renamon added. "It's not too bad, Rika."
"Got that right! This is like history happening before our eyes," Inumon chimed in as Impmon stumbled behind DarkGabumon.
"Ow, I'm gonna need a nap. I'm pooped," Impmon muttered as he leaned on a rock. "That stupid dragon breath took a lot out of me."
"These are my friends," Takato started by introducing his Digimon partner and Tamer colleagues. "Let's start with my Digimon pal Guilmon."
Guilmon approached the Legendary Warriors. "Pleased to meet ya! I'm Guilmon!" He received a hand shake from Takuya as the others took turns gazing over him.
"These are my Tamer friends," the gogglehead continued the introductions. "The redhead with the icy eyes is Rika Nonaka."
"Oh and these two are my Tamer allies. This red-head is Rika Nonaka and her Digimon Renamon."
Rika stated. "Better known as the Digimon Queen. At your service."
"And this is Henry Wong."
Henry greeted them with a wave. "Nice to meet you all."
Terriermon happily chimed in. "And I'm the Digimon in charge of this ragtag group! Call me Terriermon!"
Renamon muttered. "Please."
"The guy with the cloth covering his eye is Himura Tsubasa. That tall dark Digimon with the spiked collar is Inumon. That little girl is his sister Yui Tsubasa. That's her Digimon DarkGabumon. The others behind them are Jeri Katou, Kazu Shioda, and Kenta Kitagawa. The Digimon with them are Andromon, MarineAngemon, and well... Felinismon is with us now."
Felinismon interjected. "That's right. I no longer have affiliation with Pharaohmon."
Izumi recognized Felinismon. "I remember you!"
"Yes, but that was the past, dear. I'm on your side now."
"The last two Digimon with us are Calumon and Impmon."
"Anyone got an aspirin?" Impmon groaned, palming his own head.
Calumon flew down waving a leaf over Impmon's face. "You need to lie down."
"That stupid dragon... wait until I show him a thing or two!"
Takuya nodded. "Glad we can get to know the Digimon Tamers. Now to introduce my team. The blonde Italian with the purple hair is Izumi Orimoto."
"I'm blonde but I'm not dense."
"This big kid is Junpei Shibayama."
"Hey, I might be big, but I'm not clumsy."
"The little squirt is Tomoki Himi. These two are twin brothers: Kouji Minamoto and Kouichi Kimura."
"And these guys don't really need any introductions," Takato turned to Yugi Muto and his group.
Joey puffed up his chest. "You got that right. I'm Joey Wheeler. I take it you know me and my best bud Yugi Muto." He wore a proud grin while elbowing Yami's side. "Right? Ain't we the best?"
"Hi, I'm Tea Gardner," the brunette greeted the Tamers and Legendary Warriors.
Tristan waved. "I'm Tristan by the way."
'Wow, the winner of the Duelist and Battle City tournaments standing right in front of us!" Takuya went into fanboy mode. "The only guy to have beaten Seto Kaiba! We've lending support to him of all people!"
Tomoki nodded eagerly. "Yeah, a real dueling celebrity!"
"Please, I'm no celebrity," Yami modestly waved them off. "But, it is an honor meet other heroes who've gone through great lengths to fight Pharaohmon's dark legion. I know together we'll work together to stop Pharaohmon no matter what it takes."
Takato nodded and concurred. "Got that right! Together we put an end to this freak's cruel games."
"We have two weeks to prepare. I just hope it'll benefit us," Himura said. "Better yet, why don't we have a group meeting at my place. I may know a way to train our Digimon to raise their strength levels for the tournament."
"You have something in mind?" Henry asked.
"Yeah, but I'll explain it all to you tomorrow. Besides, it's getting late as we speak."
"You're right and our families must be worried about our whereabouts," Izumi replied.
"Well, I guess we'll see each other again, Takato. It was cool to finally meet you," Takuya smiled and shook Takato's hand again.
"You too, Takuya. What are you guys going to do about training?"
"Don't worry about us. We'll find something that will prepare us," Kouji said. "We have two weeks. That's more than enough time."
"You guys better use it wisely," Rika turned to Izumi and nodded. "Hey blondie. Make sure to whip those boys into shape."
Izumi pumped her fist and winked. "Don't have to tell me twice."
"Everyone, get rest. We have much to be ready for," Yami nodded. Another tournament obstacle we need to overcome? Well, it's not our first dance, Yami. But, we may need to tweak our deck if Pharaohmon is using Lance to duel us.
As the Duelists and Legendary Warriors departed, the Tamers stayed put for a while to gather their Digimon.
Takato stared off watching the other groups leave. Two weeks. That's all we have to prepare ourselves. Pharaohmon, we accept and I promise that we'll meet in the end. I hope it comes down to you and Gallantmon!
Elsewhere, Inumon lured Renamon from the others as they relocated in the forest.
"Hope if you don't mind, Renamon. I need a minute."
Renamon sighed with annoyance in her tone. "Please, make it quick. I need to escort Rika home soon."
"Renamon, when do you think you're every going to evolve into Priestess Mode?"
The vulpine had a befuddled look. "What is this Priestess Mode, Inumon?"
"Don't you know about that already, Renamon? Sakuyamon has another form. The Priestess Mode."
Renamon looked Inumon straight in his eyes as if he had lost his mind.
"Look, I confess I don't know very much about Priestess Mode. I do know in Priestess Mode, Sakuyamon's spiritual powers are enhanced several times over. You could easily nullify evil apparitions and virus type Digimon. I bet in Priestess Mode, you could nullify Pharaohmon's evil energy."
Upon hearing this, Renamon's interested were piqued. "Is this true? Do I have a chance to reach this Priestess Mode? Can I really get that much stronger, Inumon?"
Inumon grinned like a goof and gave her a thumbs up. "Sure, you can do it, Renamon! I'll be cheering for you!"
As he went off and cheered her, Renamon just sweatdropped at the wackiness exuding from Inumon.
Renamon openly sighed and smiled. "You're a goof, but I can't thank you enough for this information. Inumon, you're not so bad once getting to know you."
"I'm glad to know this noble 'mongrel' served his purpose. I'm sure you'll unlock Priestess Mode soon!"
As their partners beckoned them, Renamon and Inumon smiled together and headed off to reconvene with their Tamers.
Once the Tamers and their Digimon left the park, only the four remaining Legendary Warriors – Dimitro, Vega, Jaarin, and Sam – watched them leave. A intrigued look etched on Dimitro's features. The announcement of Pharaohmon's tournaments piqued their interests.
"Well, this isn't what I had in mind, but I like it," Dimitro smirked, scratching his chin. He looked over to see Vega's spirits become lifted at the prospect of a fighting tournament. "I can sense your fighting spirit coming alive, Vega."
Vega grinned. "Heh, you have no idea, Dimitro buddy. A fighting tournament? Count me in!"
Jaarin nodded. "If Henry and Terriermon are entering, I will, too, but under the guise of Ranamon."
"Likewise, this should be an interesting experience if the other Legendary Warriors are joining," Sam said.
Nodding, Dimitro popped his neck. "Keep in mind, we're also entering to prevent Pharaohmon from winning this tournament. Well, guess we'll be seeing Takuya Kanbara and his friends soon. We'll determine if they're qualified to enter the tournament."
Shinjuku Park/10:50 PM
Pharaohmon landed right at the exact location where he infiltrated the real world. He faced the very same den that Guilmon once called his home. He marched onward and raised his scepter.
"This is the exact spot where I first entered this world," Pharaohmon stated as his scepter began glowing. "With my power fully intact, opening the portal I used to get here will allow me access to the entry to the Digital Underworld." Utilizing the mystic power from his scepter, it helped hone and enhance his mystic vision allowing him to forge a portal leading into the Digital Underworld, the realm under Anubimon's jurisdiction. "There. Basiliskmon, your freedom has come. You will help me increase my chances of destroying the Tamers."
(Cue The Mummy OST – My Favorite Plague)
As the portal gaped wider, it became more size appropriate for him to fit through. Upon passing through the portal, he closed it behind and stepped into the middle of a prison shrouded by pitch darkness. The only sources of light were lit torches hanging on pedestals. He passed through viewing a few imprisoned criminal Digimon behind their cells. He stopped as he probed a vile presence in a seemingly dark prison cell.
"Basiliskmon, I know you're there," chortled Pharaohmon as he stepped in front of the massively spacious prison containing the Underworld's most dangerous criminal.
A giant pair of golden eyes gleamed through the darkness and glared intently into Pharaohmon. Most brave souls would've trembled before Basiliskmon's piercing gaze, but Pharaohmon stood unfazed and maintained his calm demeanor. He pressed his hand on the tightly locked steel door.
"Basiliskmon, I will be granting you freedom."
"STOP!" Came several loud bellows emanating from behind Pharaohmon.
As Pharaohmon turned, he spotted three Knightmon and a sea serpent Digimon charging him. The sea dragon, Seadramon, came out of the darkness with his eyes completely shut, indicating areas where slash marks completely rendered him blind. Seadramon used his other senses to probe Pharaohmon's ominous presence.
"Who dares to intrude and attempt to break Basiliskmon's seal?!" Seadramon hissed. "Speak intruder with the evil aura!"
"Seadramon?" Pharaohmon chortled evilly. "Ah, yes. I remember getting a glimpse of you after probing Himura's memories."
Upon hearing the aforementioned Tamer's name, Seadramon became pale as a ghost. "Himura..? You don't mean Himura Tsubasa? What do you want with him?!"
Before he could answer, the Knightmon bumrushed Pharaohmon ready to attack.
"Stop, Knightmon! His power is much too great for you!"
"Indeed," the evil priest unleashed an aura that swept back the Knightmon. He then raised his scepter and unleashed darkness energy that deleted the Knightmon quickly.
"No... you monster...!" Seadramon roared. "
"Heh, I understand from Himura's memories he lost a dear friend. This friend of his happened to be your partner? I do believe her name was Kotori Ayami."
The mere mentioning of his deceased Tamer wedged a 'knife' into Seadramon's heart.
"Basiliskmon killed her, didn't he? Well, I can grant Basiliskmon freedom to finish off Himura and Inumon."
"Don't you ever mention my Little Bird! I'll stop you!" Seadramon boldly lunged at Pharaohmon, but was quickly swept back by Pharaohmon's right hand. With a wave of his scepter, he put Seadramon to sleep and turned around undoing Basiliskmon's seal.
"Hmm, they adamantly made sure you didn't get loose. Very well. There's always the more direct approach."
When that didn't work, Pharaohmon pumped his body and increased the muscle mass starting from the shoulders and upper chest. As a dark aura surrounded him, the mystic dark energy enhanced Pharaohmon's power. He punched the steel door as the impact pushed the doors and cell bars down.
The serpent's eyes gleamed as Basiliskmon addressed him in a deep serpent-like tone. "You went to such great lengths to free me of all Digimon. Who wishes to free me from my seal?"
"I am Pharaohmon, dark lord revived to bring calamity to both worlds. Basiliskmon, it's an honor to meet you."
"Yes, but I'm glad that you have managed to free me from my prison. It's been too long!" Out from the darkness came a long dark emerald-scaled serpent with spikes lined up across his back. Yellow skin covered his belly entirely and was completely free of the sharp spikes that constituted his whole back. Purple streaks lined across and embellished the sections underneath his eyelids. As his mouth gaped, the gargantuan revealed long, 10-foot long fangs. The distinguished feature of the monster was the red gem, albeit cracked in some areas, imbued on his forehead. The bulk of the power he possessed was sealed as a result after a skirmish with two Tamers.
"Basiliskmon, I ask thee. Do you wish for revenge on Himura and Inumon? You have the chance to send them to their graves."
"Revenge? My opportunity to finish where I left off after picking off Kotori?" Basiliskmon's features conveyed cruel joy. "Why would I refuse an opportunity? Pharaohmon, as repayment for freeing me, I'll join you. You will not regret this." He said bowing his head before Pharaohmon.
"I'd like you to enter my tournament. There you can face Himura and Inumon. You can kill them as you please in that event."
Basiliskmon cackled as his voice dripped with cruelty. "For what they've done to me, I'll take great pleasure in snuffing them out!"
"Shall we depart? I can introduce you to my loyalists."
"I have a suggestion."
"What is that?" Pharaohmon inquired.
"Why not free some of the prisoners here? I bet some of them are anxious to be freed to participate in this tournament. Each one has a deepest desires to destroy the Chosen humans and their Digimon pets."
"I was going to suggest the same thing. We do think alike."
Basiliskmon eyed Seadramon and hissed loudly, baring his fangs. "Shall I kill Seadramon?"
"No. He's no concern to us. Come, we have much work to do."
"Hey, Seadramon, do you hear that? Himura and that idiot mutt will be joining your Little Bird soon! Freedom at long last! Hahaha!"
As the villains headed out, Seadramon slowly regained consciousness and played dead long enough to eavesdrops on getting the necessary information based on Pharaohmon's plans. Once the villains departed, Seadramon recovered from Pharaohmon's sleep spell and slithered off to warn the Underworld ruler.
Lord Anubimon must know! He must know... Pharaohmon has been revived and has freed Basiliskmon!
A few days later
Katsuya Residence/March 20, 2003/6:30 AM
having fallen deep asleep, Yui tossed and turned in her bed. Her forehead was covered with sweat as she spent the last hour having another nightmare. It came to the point where she thrashed around.
"No, no! Himura! Inumon! Dark Gabumon!"
Yui opened her eyes as she materialized in the middle of a dark room. The only sources of light were a few dimmed lights from above. The atmosphere had a creepy vibe that made the child quiver frightfully. She frantically looked around in hopes of seeing her brother, Inumon, and DarkGabumon.
"Himura! Inumon! Dark Gabumon! Why am I all alone?"
Suddenly, the little girl's ears picked up on a sinister, feminine laugh. Yui looked across and saw two red eyes gleaming toward her. They gave a haunting gaze that frightened the child. Her spiritual awareness sensed the disturbing evil aura exuding from this mysterious evil source.
"Who are you?" Yui demanded with fright tinged in her voice.
"Who are you?" The deeper voice repeated.
"I'm Yui Tsubasa!"
"I'm Yui Tsubasa!"
Yui heard her own voice echoing back yet it had a deeper tone. Nothing about it remotely sounded child-like. She stepped away scared out of her mind as the eyes advanced on her.
"Get away! What do you want from me?!"
"Your brother isn't coming to save you, little Yui. Neither will Inumon and DarkGabumon. Pitiful child, you are mine! You will become nothing more than a distant memory. Memory... memory... memory... memory..." The evil voice repeated, causing Yui to cover her ears.
"LEAVE ME ALONE!"
Just then, a hand reached out and seized Yui's neck. The 'figure' behind the pitch darkness pulled her close and seemingly embraced her into a hug.
"There, there, Yui Tsubasa. Everything will be all right. You will be gone. You won't ever have to endure painful memories of your parents' deaths. You'll be a free soul. I will make the pain go away."
"Himura... DarkGabumon... Inumon... Please, help..."
The mysterious feminine figure extracted a pair of red claws and raised them over Yui's back. The girl kicked and screamed trying to free the woman's firm hold on her. The claws hand came down and pierced into Yui's back. Yui screamed out until…
Yui shot up from her bed and gasped loudly while breathing hard. After seemingly sounding breathless, she regained her composure when she realized she was in her bed. DarkGabumon was already by her side and shaking Yui. Her face was covered in sweat and her eyes widened conveying absolute fear. She quickly checked her back and felt no claw wounds in her back.
"Just a dream."
"Yui, you're ok. It was just a nightmare. Let me guess, the same one?"
Nodding, Yui wiped the sweat from her forehead.
"You should tell your brother."
"No, I'll be ok, DarkGabumon. But, that nightmare was the same. It had some woman saying she was me, but she sounded scary... like a monster."
DarkGabumon hopped on the bed beside his Tamer. "It was just a nightmare. You're ok now."
"Thanks, DarkGabumon, but what if this some warning to come?" Yui said as her mind wandered. "I can't let brother know... not now... not yet." She grabbed DarkGabumon's paws. "Please don't tell my brother or Inumon until I say so, DarkGabumon. You have to promise me."
The Digimon was hesitant, but didn't want to provoke her. He quickly complied with her wish.
C'mon, Yui! Get it together! Yui gritted her teeth and punched her pillow. "Himura, I bet he went to the cemetery to see her again. He'll be coming by again so we can go to school. Everything will be ok. Yeah..." She tried to act deep in denial and pretend the nightmares never happened. Whoever this woman is, she's not real!
DarkGabumon noticed his Tamer slightly shivering and rubbing her own arms.
"Yui, if there was anything I can do to help."
Yui closed her eyes. The nightmare never happened. It never happened! Everything will be ok! We'll stop Pharaohmon no matter what!
Shinjuku Family Cemetery/7:30 AM
A nice morning sunshine beamed over the quiet scenery within Shinjuku cemetery. Himura crouched before two gravestones and put a pair of flowers down near them. After a silent prayer, Himura stood and cleaned off a tear from his eye. Inumon stood behind him reading the names inscribed on the tombs.
(In Living Memory of
A wonderful husband, a friend, and loving father
A kind wife, a friend, and a loving mother)
We will miss you)
The boy was hesitant to speak but went ahead to say something. "It's been a long time, hasn't it?" He felt awkward talking to a pair of gravestones until he realized he was speaking to his parents. He wondered if they could if they're able to hear him. "A lot happened to me after my coma. I made a ton of new friends, including Inumon. You remember him, right? He's come here with me to see you and Kotori." He beckoned his partner over to speak with his parents.
"Um, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Tsubasa, it's good to see you again. I'm making sure Himura is doing well and staying out of trouble."
"Himura? Inumon? Is that you?" Came a familiar voice behind them.
Himura and Inumon whirled around to see Jeri and Felinismon approaching them.
"Jeri?" Himura blinked.
Inumon addressed the feline. "Say, what are you doing with Jeri?"
"Someone had to take her home and I accompanied her. Besides, I stayed close and remained vigilant just in case Pharaohmon sent his Scarabmon to find me. What brings you two here?"
"Well, I cam here to visit my mother's tomb," Jeri said. "It's her birthday."
"You lost your mother? I'm sorry. You must've been so young..." Himura stammered a bit as her tried to talk to Jeri but was obviously failing.
Inumon smirked as he pulled Felinismon aside. "Hey, um, Felinismon. I want to talk to you alone."
With that, Inumon dragged Felinismon away much to the feline's puzzlement. Himura and Jeri watched her fidgeting as Inumon dragged her behind a tree.
"Don't worry, Himura! We'll be back in a few!"
Himura sighed. "Sometimes I worry when you say don't worry."
"So, what did you want to say to me, Himura?"
As he left Himura alone to talk to Jeri, Inumon slipped into a bush with his clamped against Felinismon's mouth. Felinismon struggled to break his hold and backhanded him hard. Inumon instinctively moved his hand up her butt causing her to flip out and punch him.
"You pervert mongrel!"
Renamon hits much harder, heh! Inumon was on the ground recovering from Felinismon's fist. "Hey, that hurt! I just wanted us to leave this two alone for a few moments!"
"Then, keep your hands to yourselves and I wouldn't have to wallop you."
"Ssshhhh," Inumon pressed his finger to his snout.
"Don't ssshhh me!"
"Quiet!" Inumon turned Felinismon's attention to Himura and Jeri, who were already striking up a conversation.
Himura led Jeri to his parents' gravestones.
"These are your parents?" Jeri asked.
"Yes. They died in a car accident two years ago. That's why I wear these bandages on my face. I was with them when the accident occurred."
Jeri gasped. "I'm sorry. I didn't know."
"It's okay. Besides that, I'm here to visit another person."
"Another person? Who?"
(Cue Digimon Frontier OST – Aban)
Himura led Jeri through the cemetery and showed another gravestone. Jeri blinked in confusion as Himura placed a rose over this one tombstone. She crouched over to read the name belonging to the gravestone.
(Kotori Ayami. Our beloved little bird)
Felinismon and Inumon both climbed a tree to get a better view of Himura and Jeri's location. Felinismon was confused by whose grave they were visiting.
"Ah, good. They're visiting her grave," Inumon whispered.
"Her grave? Who does it belong to?"
Jeri looked up at Himura and noticed a tear falling down his good eye.
"Kotori Ayami? Was she your friend, Himura?"
"Yes. She was my best friend. I met her in the Underworld when I was in a coma. I didn't know when or how, but my soul somehow was sent to the Dark Area."
"She was very prideful, arrogant, and had a Seadramon as her partner."
"Prideful and arrogant? She seems almost like Rika used to be."
"You could say that. We always used to fight and argue with each other. Nothing could have gotten through to her thick head. We were forced by the Paradise's guardians to stop Basiliskmon. In contrast to us arguing, Inumon and Seadramon got along very well. All of that changed after an incident with a Fangmon, we began to understand each other and our friendship became established."
Jeri approached him. "Who are these guardians and who is Basiliskmon?"
"The Underworld contains two areas. The Dark Area is like hell and the light area similar to heaven. The guardians are a Goddramon and a Holydramon. As for Basiliskmon..." Himura's features expressed anger. He clenched his fists, which Jeri noticed right away that he was keeping something pitted in him. "Well, Basiliskmon was a very cruel Digimon. I don't even want to regard him as Digimon. He's a monster. He... he..."
The lone wolf answered with sadness. "He's responsible for Kotori's death. He murdered her."
Upon hearing this, Jeri gasped in horror. She couldn't believe that a Digimon killed a human. As shocking as this wounded, Jeri could tell Himura was withdrawing more details.
"Himura, I feel as though you're not telling me everything. What really happened between you, Kotori,and Basiliskmon?"
"It was my fault."
"Why do you say that?"
Himura cried out. "It's my fault she's in this cemetery! She sacrificed herself to save me!"
Himura knelt down trying hard not to cry in front of Jeri. However, she took his right hand and caressed it with care.
"Anubimon sealed Basiliskmon and his minions to the deepest pits of the Dark Area. After the ordeal, I returned to my body and survived my coma. After I was released from the hospital, I lived a new life with my godparents. Eventually, Inumon showed up one day and said he would live with me with Anubimon's permission. Some Digimon managed to escape from the Dark Area. Fortunately, most of them were basic Champion-levels. Inumon can handle them. As for Seadramon, he and some prison wardens are safeguarding the prison and ensuring Basiliskmon stays sealed. Seadramon refused to have his sight restored because without Kotori he prefers to remain blind."
As Himura finished his tale of sorrow and tragedy, Jeri looked into him with sadness etched her face.
"Oh, Himura. I'm so sorry to hear this."
"I've tried everything to live through it. It's very difficult, but you seem to understand."
"Of course, Himura."
Jeri stood over Himura and picked him up by his hands. She slowly removed his bandages.
"Himura, I understand why you put these bandages over your face. You're trying everything you can to hide away the painful memories."
"You can tell?"
She nodded. "Yes. If there's anything that the deaths of my mother and Leomon taught me, their deaths taught me to overcome the grief and remember the pleasant memories of them. I have friends that will stand with me. Takato, Henry, Rika, Kazu, Kenta, and Suzie. Now there's Yugi and his friends Joey, Tristan, and Tea. There's our Digimon, your sister, Felinismon, and DarkGabumon. But, most of all... you Himura. I have you and the others I can depend on. Kotori would want you to live your life to its fullest."
"You think she'd want that?"
"Jeri. Thank you for understanding. I won't lose anyone else. I vow to keep my sister safe from that monster Pharaohmon."
The girl finished taking off the bandages off of Himura and looked deeply at his face. A scar was exposed over Himura's left eye. At first, she was startled by the wound, but she slowly caressed it with care.
"Himura, those wounds in your heart will go away. Believe me when I say this."
Suddenly, Jeri's cell went off as she answered it right away.
"Um, Jeri...?" Himura blinked. "It's a school day. You sure you can bring that?"
"For emergencies," Jeri said as she answered the other line. "Hello, Jeri Katou speaking."
"Jeri! It's me, Takato! Is everything ok? Just letting you know to meet with us at Himura's place after school. I'm about to head out of the house!"
"Yeah, I'm over here at the cemetery and I just happened to bump into Himura."
"Himura? Well, ask him if the meeting is still on for today."
She faced Himura and got a nod from him. "He said yes."
"Ok then. Looking forward to the meeting! See you at school, Jeri!"
Jeri closed off her cell phone and looked straight at Himura.
"Let's not be late for our classes, Himura. Remember what I said."
"I will. Thanks a ton, Jeri," Himura genuinely smiled and called to his partner. "I'm heading out! You stay out of trouble!"
Inumon wore a sheepish grin. "I will."
Felinismon rolled her eyes. "When pigs fly out of my ass."
Himura sighed. "I'm not even going to ask."
As the kids and the Digimon left, a Scarabmon emerged from the ground and eavesdropped on the whole meeting. He was able to get as much viable information about Himura.
"Lord Pharaohmon will be grateful when tell him more about the boy."
Dark enclosed space/Shinjuku/8:30 AM
The Scarabmon sent to spy on Himura arrived to give his master the latest report. Pharaohmon was seated on a dark throne that he created using his scepter.
"I take it that you've managed to gather any more findings."
"Yes, my lord. I was able to learn that Himura's heart is still torn over the death of that Tamer named Kotori. He also has vowed to redeem himself by protecting his sister, Yui, with his life."
"He loses a loved one and will vow to protect another. How amusing will it be when I take another that he holds closest. Taking Yui away will be the dagger that pierces his weak heart."
"Lord Pharaohmon, we have another concern," the Scarabmon stated. "You have asked us to capture Yugi's Millennium Puzzle?"
"Correct, you are to go to Domino section and take the Millennium Puzzle. I'd rather have it in my possession sooner than later. Do not fail me."
"We shall not fail!"
"I'll seek out Yui Tsubasa once she's separated from the Tamers. She will become my new mistress once it's settled."
"I shall personally capture Yui Tsubasa myself. I guarantee that she shall be converted into my new mistress by the time this day ends."
As soon as the lone Scarabmon flew off to gather his colleagues, Pharaohmon shifted his gaze over the Shinjuku side.
"Yes, you enjoy your paradise humans. Soon, my blanket of darkness will shroud your world." He said chortling evilly as he vanished behind a black mist.
Upon sensing the darkness closing in, a woman with wavy, turquoise hair shuddered as a sandy-haired lady wearing a man's garb noticed her distress.
"The tides of the wind has led us to the essence of evil manifesting," the woman with the turquoise hair said. "We must find the other Senshi. After what Pluto told us..."
"Yeah. We should've come sooner. Let's go."
Shibuya Station/12:00 PM
A normal day would abruptly end as echoes of a monstrous howling came from the other side of the rail station. The crowds saw a train with a monster-like face stop at the nearest terminal. The train seemingly had a 'mouth' filled with razor, sharp teeth, and a pair of eyes.
"Make way for the Trailmon express! Move it along people! I don't have time for sight seeing here!"
The Trailmon opened its the doors. The crowd was frozen still in stunned silence when a yellow rabbit wearing red pants and a small creature with a pink skirt walked out to the befuddlement of the crowds. The pink-skirted creature was seemingly carried with him a massive, green book twice as big as the creature's size.
"WEEE! We made it, Bokomon!"
"It's about bloody time. I didn't think I could stand hearing you babble about through that arduous trip, Neemon! Remind me to put sleeping pills in your pop."
Neemon tilted his head. "Why?"
"Because you're so bloody annoying when you're wake!"
"Ah, don't look now but humans are staring at us!" Neemon pointed and looked at the curious crowd in a dumbfounded manner.
"Eep! Let's move along! We're on an important mission!" Bokomon panicked while dragging Neemon by the back of his pants. "Neemon! Don't pick up that pre-chewed gum! You don't know where it's been!"
"But, it looks so yummy!"
"Oh shut up!"
The crowd watched the two scurry off as the Trailmon left to return to the Digital World.
Ueno District/Teno'h-Kaioh Residence/2:30 PM
A few days have passed since the Senshi's encounter with Pharaohmon. Of all the teams opposing the villain, their unit was severely crippled. Three of the available Senshi had their powers taken from Pharaohmon, which served as the necessary catalyst to restore his demon body
Setsuna, Hotaru, Rei, and Ami conversed together while watching Makoto and Minako still comatose on guest mattresses. Hotaru produced a barrier that contained their bodies. Rei looked behind her and watched Cammy, who was in the other room watching television.
"I see. So, my sibling was this 'Digital Priestess' summoned to a place called the Digital World? It's hard to believe that she herself defeated Pharaohmon. But, Setsuna, how do you know all this?"
Setsuna replied to Rei's query. "I'd lately had visions unrelated to us, including images of a history of another world. This correlates to the rise of the digital age. Our world has been closely intertwined with an alternate dimension called the Digital World. One day during one of my research studies, I was typing up a thesis until I heard someone contact me."
"Who was it?" asked Ami.
"The spirit of the original Digital Priestess," Hotaru confirmed. "She contacted Setsuna and informed her that an imposing danger may return from his slumber."
"The Digital Priestess also informed me that should this great evil reawaken that we locate her reincarnation."
The Miko looked back toward Cammy. "My sister."
"Yes, and now that we have Cammy here, we must protect her," Setsuna stated. "But, we must go to this Digital World with Cammy."
"Take Cammy with us to this dangerous place?" Ami was taken aback.
"But, why go to a world where we know Pharaohmon and his cronies will be waiting to launch an attack on us?" Rei disproved of the Time Guardian's idea. "We're bringing my sister to a dangerous world. Additionally, me, Minako, and Makoto don't have our powers."
"I'm getting to that, Rei. Relax," Setsuna said. "Before our link was severed, the Digital Priestess informed me of a weapon forged specifically for her to use. A Sovereign Digimon presented her with this weapon. It's a sword with immense power and forged for a warrior named Omegamon. Omegamon presented the Priestess with the weapon."
Rei, Ami, and Hotaru listened on as Setsuna continued.
"The Sovereigns appointed her after the Priestess stumbled through a portal into the Digital World. A young woman possessing strong spiritual awareness, the Priestess was highly qualified to wield this powerful sword. Shortly after she used the sword to seal Pharaohmon into a tomb, the Digimon Sovereigns sent her on her way back home."
"But, what happened to her? If Cammy is her reincarnation, then this Priestess had to have died."
"Indeed, but she never disclosed anything about her personal life. All she told me that the day she passed on, Cammy was born in the world."
Ami added. "Most importantly: how do we get access to the Digital World?"
Hotaru answered. "Pharaohmon said he plans to open a portal for all of those who wish to participate in this tournament enter. We can use it to enter the Digital World. We have but a week and a half now until the event officially starts."
"Is this Priestess sword in the Digital World? Setsuna?"
"Yes, according to the Priestess, but I couldn't extract anything more as our link was quickly severed. If my assumption is right, it may be possible to restore your powers through this mystic sword."
When hearing this, Rei's ears twitched. "Are you for certain?!"
"Perhaps and that is why we must go to the Digital World if anything to restore your powers and allow Cammy to awaken her suppressed priestess power."
Ami put a hand on Rei's hands and caressed them to calm her spirits.
"We'll have your powers as well as Minako and Makoto's restored. Have faith. Your sister holds the key to Pharaohmon's demise."
"True," Rei was self-assured. "If anything, it proves Pharaohmon isn't as infallible as he likes to believe."
"In the mean time, me, Ami, and Hotaru will take on patrol duties prior to the tournament," Setsuna announced until a door opened. "It appears we won't be alone."
Setsuna, Hotaru, Rei, Ami, and Cammy saw Haruka and Michiru enter their household.
"So, what brings you all here?" Haruka blinked and looked at everyone facing her and Michiru.
Michiru furrowed her brows. "It's more urgent than we thought, isn't it?"
"You have no idea," Rei folded her arms. "Enjoyed your European trip, you two lovebirds? Because you left with the worst timing ever."
Before Haruka could retort, Setsuna cut her off.
"We indeed have more important matters, but let's not take out on each other," the Time Guardian suggested. "Here is what we need to do for the next week and a half." With that, Setsuna told Haruka and Michiru all that needed to know.
Shinjuku District/Katsuya Residence/3:55 PM
After being let out of school, the Tamers reconvened with their Digimon partners and hurried over to the Katsuya residence where Himura, Inumon, Yui, and DarkGabumon awaited them.
"You guys made it early. I'm glad," Himura clapped. "Sorry this had to some on such short notice."
"It's ok, Himura. We're just glad we could make it at all," Takato replied with a sheepish grin.
"I have cookies for us to clean off this plate!" Yui said, setting down a plate filled with fresh white chocolate cookies.
"Yum! I love cookies as much I love bread!" Guilmon said as he gladly picked up two.
Terriermon jumped down from Henry and picked up a cookie. "Hey, leave some for the rest of us!"
"Make sure and leave us some," Henry said as Suzie and Lopmon accompanied him.
"Oh, is that your sister, Henry?" Himura noticed Suzie.
"Nice to meet you," Suzie bowed politely. "I'm Suzie and this is Lopmon."
"Hi, nice to meet you!" Lopmon waved with her right ear.
Yui approached Suzie and petted Lopmon. "Wow, you have a Digimon partner, too?"
"Yep, I do!"
"She has to be the youngest Tamer I've seen," Himura eyed Suzie closely.
Renamon added. "There's two others younger than Suzie. Their partner is Impmon. You already know him if you've seen Beelzebumon."
"Right, I get it now," he said while sitting down next to Inumon. "By the way, Jeri is here and getting the next batch of cookies ready. She's finishing where I left off."
"You and Jeri made these?" Rika blinked as she bit into a cookie. "Mmm, this is good."
"Guys, you're here!" Jeri walked out of the house carrying another plate of cookies. "Plenty for everyone!"
Felinismon was seen accompanying Jeri, which got everyone's attention.
"Seems you've been getting attached to Jeri, Felinismon," Takato said. "Good to know, but are you officially her partner?"
Felinismon just nodded as if she, too, uncertain of her fate. "I wish I knew."
"Well, my D-Ark has been acting kinda peculiar. Now that you mention it," Jeri said, taking out her D-Ark. "It's been glowing. Each time Felinismon becomes drawn to it and she's mostly with me these past couple days."
"Sounds official in my book," Terriermon shrugged. "Congrats you two."
As everyone sat down, Himura immediately straight to the point.
"If you guys are searching for a training regiment to bring out our Digimons' potentials, look no further than seeking advice from Anubimon, lord of the Underworld."
"Anubimon?" Takato whispered with an intrigued look.
"Who's he?" Guilmon queried.
"He's the overseer of the Underworld," Jeri stated. "Himura explained everything to me about him making the decisions of who goes to paradise and hell."
Rika quickly referenced. "Kind of reminds me of King Enma of many legends. I've always heard my grandma mention those legends."
"In a way, he is like King Enma," Himura said. "But, he has trained many Digimon into efficient warriors."
"Yeah, I knew Anubimon very well," Inumon smiled proudly. "You guys will get sufficient training under Anubimon."
"Can he help me reach this Priestess mode you've been telling me about?" Renamon asked.
"Sure, just ask and he'll help what you need. Right, Himura?"
"I'm sure you can, Renamon."
Once Himura revealed this, Yui shot a puzzled look at her brother.
"How come you never told me any of this, Himura?" Yui asked. "You told me that you found Inumon as a lost puppy when he was KouInumon."
"Yui, I didn't tell you because I didn't think you'd believe me..."
The Tamers saw tension escalating between the Tsubasa siblings. Jeri got in between the siblings.
"Please, you two don't start fighting," Jeri insisted.
Thus far, only Jeri, Inumon, and Felinismon were ware of Himura's tragic loss. The Tamers and the Digimon were completely left in the dark about Kotori. Even Yui wasn't told the whole truth.
"Himura, maybe you should..."
"No, Jeri, I can't..."
"Himura?" Yui asked. "What are you hiding from me?"
"Himura? What's this about?" Takato inquired.
Himura reflected to the pained memories of Kotori's death and refrained himself from telling them the truth.
Henry gasped. "Himura?!"
Taking a few deep breaths, Himura calmed down, but Yui wouldn't have none of her brother's excuses.
"Himura! You haven't my question!" Yui chided him.
"Don't 'Yui' me, Himura! What is there to hide from me? You lied about where you found Inumon! Is there something from that Underworld place you won't tell me what happened?!"
"Please, tell her, Himura!" Jeri demanded. "She has the right to know."
"I can't… I'm sorry."
Yui reproved her brother's refusal to tell her. "You can't even look me in the eye, Himura! How can I trust you if you're keeping a secret from me!" She bolted past the Tamers and headed out the gates.
(Cue Digimon Tamers OST - Panic)
"YUI!" DarkGabumon shouted as he immediately took off after her.
"Yui! Get back here!" Himura cried out. "You guys! We have to go after her!"
"Let's get her before she happens to run into Pharaohmon's guys!" Takato exclaimed.
Rika turned and shot a heated glare toward Himura. "I don't know what secret your keeping from us and Yui, pretty boy, but you're going to fess up."
"Yeah..." Himura regretted his action. "But, let's save that 'til later. We need to get my sister!"
The Tamers hastily raced out after Yui with Guilmon, Inumon, DarkGabumon, and Renamon utilizing their senses to trace Yui's location.
"Spread! We'll find her faster that way!" Takato ordered as the Tamers split up.
"Renamon, try finding Yui's scent!" Rika called to her Digimon.
"I'm on it, Rika!"
Jeri and Felinismon caught up with Himura and Inumon.
"I can't tell her anything involving Kotori's death. I don't want her to think it was my fault."
"You're not at fault. And we won't judge you harshly either, Himura. We're your friends."
"Thanks, Jeri, but Yui comes first. Let's hurry!"
Inumon reassured him as he bolted ahead. "We'll find her! Yui!" He started calling out for her.
Felinismon closed her eyes and probed the nearest vicinities. "I sense no evil nearby, but we shouldn't get too comfortable. Scarabmon could still lurk about."
Inumon nodded. "Right, c'mon, DarkGabumon! Can you pick up on her scent?"
DarkGabumon tried catching up with the others. "Hold on. I'm not used to this running in this form." Yui, you better not be too far!
Takato and Guilmon turned a corner as the latter sniffed the air.
Guilmon turned to the left direction. "This way!"
"I hope Yui didn't wander too far," the gogglehead muttered.
Yui ran too far and stopped to take a breather in an alleyway.
She hid behind a dumpster and coiled up in a fetal position.
"Himura. How could you lie to me? Your own sister? What are trying to hide from me?"
Yui realized she completely blew the whole argument out of proportion and reacted stupidly. She never gave Himura time to articulate clearly.
"I'm so stupid. Why did I get so mad at him? Himura, I'm sorry..."
As Yui curled up, unbeknownst to her, the evil priest, Pharaohmon, materialized in an intangible form and painstakingly watched the frightened child.
Pharaohmon casted a perverted stare at her. Yui Tsubasa, I will free you from your pain. Then, once you've been subjected to my darkness and embrace your hate, you'll kill your brother and soften up the Tamers for me.
The villain vanished as he initiated the next phase to his plan.
Shibuya Park/4:15 PM
Having left a local Burger World, Takuya and company headed to the park to prepare their Legendary Warrior training. Needless to say, none of the boys could even comprehend Izumi's bottomless pit of a stomach.
"How can you eat like that, Izumi?" Junpei weeped in defeat. "Your stomach pit's gotta be a blackhole or something!"
Izumi puffed her chest proudly. "Can't help if I eat a lot. Besides, I have high metabolism and that helps!"
"Well, that meal sure worked up our appetite. Let's burn it off with some super training, guys!" Takuya rallied his troops together.
Kouji interceded. "Let's not go overboard, Takuya. Let's find a secluded area in the park's forest."
"Don't worry, Kouji," Kouichi gave his brother some reassurance. "As long as we control our attacks, we shouldn't do much damage to the forest."
"Well, I'm ready!" Tomoki declared.
"Let's agree not to punch each other's guts, ok?" Junpei said.
As the six Warriors arrived in the forest, a rock was thrown at their feet. Takuya instinctively kicked the rock like a soccer ball. He narrowed his eyes seeing Dimitro standing against a tree with arms crossed and a calm disposition.
"Takuya Kanbara, I take it?"
"Yeah and what do you want?"
"I want to know if you really are worthy to hold the spirit of Agunimon."
"Takuya, you know this jerk?" Kouji whispered to his friend.
"Never met him, but... hey! How do you know about Agunimon? Who are you?!"
"Because we'd like to test y'all out," Vega came out of a bush on the Warriors' right side. "I want to see if you're all hyped out to be."
"These guys do look like bad news," Junpei observed Dimitro and Vega advancing toward them.
"Answer my friend's question. What do you know about Agunimon and the spirits?" Kouji demanded. He started to lose his cool when Dimitro and Vega gave him the silent treatment.
"You'll see soon enough, kids," Sam chimed in as he came up behind the Warriors.
"We know a lot about you and the Spirits of the Ancient Warriors," Jaarin said as she landed in front of them.
"Ok, we've heard enough out of you!" Takuya growled. "Why don't you just come and prove it to us then?"
"Have you lost you mind, Takuya?! You want us to transform and fight normal people?!" Izumi chastised him.
Takuya sweatdropped. "Eh, well no. That's not what I had in mind."
"I don't know there's a familiar vibe I'm picking up from these four," Kouichi said. "Call me crazy, but my Spirit of Darkness is telling me not to underestimate them."
"You have a perceptive teammate," Dimitro analyzed Kouichi. "You're right. We're not normal. We're exactly like you six! Vega, Sam, Jaarin!" He and the trio drew out D-Scanners, which baffled the six kids. The following phrase would quickly blow their minds. "Execute...!"
Dimitro, Vega, Jaarin, and Sam yelled in unison. "Spirit Evolution!"
"You've gotta be kidding me?!" Takuya gaped in shock.
Junpei blinked thrice before flipping out. "Did I just hear...?!"
Kouichi exclaimed. "I was right! These four possess the remaining Spirits!"
Tomoki gaped. "Then, the last Spirits finally found four people?!"
Sam Joseph transformed into the Warrior of Earth.
The Warrior of Water stood in Jaarin's place.
Vega became the Warrior of Wood.
Finally, Dimitro turned into the Warrior of Metal.
The four Legendary Warriors, formerly Cherubimon's evil disciples, sauntered toward Takuya's group. They stopped abruptly and struck battle poses.
"This is surreal!" Takuya was brimming with a mix of shock and excitement.
Izumi was a near loss for words. "They're in the hands of older kids than us."
Mercuremon pointed to Takuya and his entourage. "Agunimon, you and thou friends will transforms. We shall see who thou deserves the title true Legendary Warriors. Let's see you prove your mettle or prepare to be left in the dust." He dropped his thumb down. "We're more worthy of entering Pharaohmon's tournament!"
Takuya cracked a playful grin. "Is this what it's all about? Who gets to fight in the tournament? Well, as leader of the six Legendary Warriors, I accept your challenge! Let's show these four, guys!"
(Cue Digimon Frontier Theme – With the Will)
The six pulled out their D-Scanners and transformed right off.
"Execute! Spirit Evolution!"
The two sets of Legendary Warriors faced on opposite sides. Mercuremon raised a thumb and dropped it down where Agunimon can see.
"You and me, Agunimon. Prove thou mettle to me!"
"You want me? You got me!" Agunimon bellowed, quickly bumrushing Mercuremon and vanishing behind a pillar of fire.
Mercuremon picked up on his surroundings. He beckoned his team to scatter and lure Agunimon's friends away. Mercuremon's mirrors turned and picked up on Agunimon's location. The Warrior of Fire materialized behind Mercuremon.
"Here I am! Pyro Tornado!"
"Don't give thy away, fool!" Mercuremon whirled around and siphoned off the fire gliding toward him. "Dark Reflection!" He rebounded and redirected the fire wave to Agunimon.
Agunimon jumped into the air evading his own attack.
"Most impressive. Much quicker on your feet, Warrior of Fire." After complimenting him, the Warrior of Metal jumped up to meet Agunimon head-on as they continued their engagement.
Arbormon came charging toward Blitzmon and Chakkoumon.
"All right, boys! You and against me! Handicap style!" Arbormon hollered.
"Let's show him, kid!" Blitzmon turned to Chakkoumon, who readily raced ahead with his colleague to readily engage the Warrior of Wood.
Blitzmon powered his fists. "Have some of this! Double Thunder Fists!" He hit Arbormon with a double punch impact, but Arbormon caught both fists and threw him into a tree. "Whoa, he's much stronger than before!"
As Chakkoumon tried pummeling Arbormon with snow balls, the Warrior of Wood phased out and rematerialized behind Chakkoumon.
"And he's faster, too!" Chakkoumon gaped, but as he turned around, Arbormon caught him with a spinning kick.
"Chakkoumon!" Blitzmon yelled as he flew down to check on his friend. "Are you all right?"
The Warrior of Ice shook off the pain from the kick. "I've taken worse, but this Vega guy must be insanely strong for Arbormon's this much tougher than before!"
Arbormon popped his knuckles. "The kid's right. With me controlling Arbormon's Spirits, I won't be as easy to beat! And I'm not dense like the old Arbormon was." He waved them over to attack. "C'mon, that all you two assclowns got?"
"Who are ya calling an assclown?!" Blitzmon rebuked as he helped Chakkoumon. "Let's shut this guy up, Chakkoumon."
Nodding, Chakkoumon pulled out his snowball blaster.
"Hehe, yeah, you kids bring it on," the Warrior of Wood chuckled and bolted ahead to fight the duo.
Meanwhile, Grottomon was having more trouble fighting the brothers. Wolfmon drew his laser swords and clashed with Grottomon's giant mallet. Loweemon quickly butted in and speared Grottomon down. As Loweemon disarmed Grottomon, the Warrior of Earth jumped to his feet and saw Wolfmon running toward him.
"Thanks, Loweemon! Now, it's your turn! Lobo Kendo!" Wolfmon lunged at Grottomon and hit him with multiple strikes with his sabers. Then, he kicked Grottomon aside, but the Warrior of Earth recalled the mallet to him.
Grottomon lifted his heavy mallet and pulverized the earth, causing tremor that rattled the brothers. Then, a crack formed and trailed toward Wolfmon and Loweemon. The brothers narrowly evaded the giant crack, but it stopped.
Wolfmon and Loweemon took turns hitting Grottomon with light/darkness-based blasts. Grottomon tried keeping up by swinging his hammer and batting away their attacks.
"Let's keep this up, Kouji!"
"As long as we stay on him," Wolfmon said.
Fairymon and Ranamon shot intense glares and tried sizing each other up.
"Never thought I'd have to fight you again, Ranamon," Fairymon scoffed with disgust.
Ranamon cocked a sly grin. "Aww, what's wrong, honey? Afraid I might finally beat you?"
"As if!" The Warrior of Wind fumed as she flew toward Ranamon.
Ranamon just held her ground and seemingly waited for Fairymon to close in. Once Fairymon closed the gap between them, Fairymon attacked her with a cartwheel followed by helicopter kicks whilst standing on her hands.
The Warrior of Water instinctively parried each kick using quick hands. She batted away each foot until she grabbed one foot and yanked Fairymon forward. She quickly caught Fairymon with a palm strike and took her down with an overhead throw. Fairymon landed on her butt and grimaced.
"Sheesh, when the heck did you learn those moves?!"
Ranamon smirked seductively. "It's called martial arts, honey. You should try reading your opponents better. Ready to quit?"
"Not on your life!" Fairymon snapped as she unleashed thin tornadoes from her fingers. "Hurricane Wave!"
"Whipping Waves!" Ranamon summoned a burst of water that nullified their attacks.
Fairymon hastily flew up and narrowly missed kicking Ranamon's face. The Warrior of Water landed on her right hand and backflipped. Fairymon closed in and kicked Ranamon's side. Ranamon seized Fairymon's foot and smirked.
"You won't be ready for Pharaohmon's tournament if you don't polish your attacks."
"What are your real intentions?" Fairymon asked.
"To prepare you and us. Consider this training, sugah. And I'm expecting you to push me to my limits!"
"Wait, this frontal attack is just some training exercise?!"
Ranamon nodded. "You're catching on. Now show me what you've got! Don't you hold back just cause I'm now a real human!"
"Gladly!" Fairymon howled as she swept Ranamon back hard with a tornado attack.
"Much better. You do fight like a real Legendary Warrior."
Fairymon and Ranamon continued their heated 'training' session.
"Is this all true?!" Agunimon exclaimed as he and Mercuremon locked up with their hands. He pushed Mercuremon toward a tree.
Mercuremon chuckled. "What do thou expect? We all want to be at our best when we enter this contest. Remember this, both worlds are at stake."
"I know that! That's if Takato is unable to fight Pharaohmon, then I will!" Agunimon bellowed as a pillar of fire surrounded him. "If this is all a training exercise, then you better be right and we get strong enough to fight Pharaohmon!"
Mercuremon returned by pushing Agunimon back. "The stronger we get, the better thou chances will be when KaiserGreymon and MagnaGarurumon can be utilized again!"
He's right. Now, that all ten of us Legendary Warriors can participate, me and Kouji can become KaiserGreymon and MagnaGarurumon again! Agunimon came to the realization as he jumped up and kicked Mercuremon back. "Mercuremon, let's make sure we get plenty strong for this tournament!"
"That's thy spirit, Agunimon," the Warrior of Metal beckoned him to come forward and attack.
Agunimon instinctively dashed forward and attacked Mercuremon with a flurry of punches. Mercuremon evaded Agunimon's attacks and tried hitting him with a punch. Agunimon caught Mercuremon's fist as the two were firmly locked up for positioning.
Not too far from their location, local park goers became spectators to the Legendary Warriors' training. Some kids gathered witnessing what was thought to be a training rehearsal for an upcoming Tokusatsu event, but others recognized them as the local 'masked heroes' that have defended the city from Pharaohmon's minions.
"If it's a show they want, then let's give them one, guys!" Agunimon called out as the Warriors escalated their training and captivated the audiences awestruck by their performances.
And this would go on for the remainder of the afternoon.
Domino City/Muto Residence & Kame Game Shop/4:40 PM
Yugi returned home following after school class cleaning duties. He sat down adjusting the chains around his Millennium Puzzle. He opened up the box containing the Millennium Ring, Rod, and Necklace.
"I haven't heard from Takato and the others yet. I hope their meeting went ok," Yugi said laying the Puzzle next to the three Millennium items. "I have four Millennium items. Can't believe there's only three left. Maybe just maybe the Pharaoh's memories can be fully unlocked."
Just then, the phone rang and Yugi promptly answered it.
"Yugi! It's me, Takato!"
"Takato? What's wrong? You sound winded."
"Himura's sister just ran off after a fight with him. She's wandering out in Shinjuku somewhere and she could be in real danger, especially with Pharaohmon out there with his cronies!"
"I just got home, Takato, but I'm on my way! My Millennium Puzzle should be able to guide you guys!" Before he could finish, he turned around and saw that two Scarabmon picked off with his Millennium Puzzle and the box containing the other items. Yugi immediately dropped the phone and yelled. "hey! You give those back, Scarabmon!"
"Yugi! What happened?! Did you say Scarabmon?! Yugi!"
As the Scarabmon made off with the items and flew out the window, the teen bolted out from his room and ran down the stairs into the shop. Solomon Muto was nearly knocked down as Yugi ran past him.
"Yugi? Where you going?! You just got home!"
Once Yugi ran out, Yugi's mother, Mrs. Muto, barely caught him leaving the game shop in a hurry.
"Yugi? Didn't you just get home?" Mrs. Muto blinked. "Father, he's always going out with his friends. Not much time for me."
Solomon chuckled. "He's a growing boy. Soon, he'll be on his own. Well, I'd hope he'd run the shop with me, but who knows?"
Yugi pursued the Scarabmon as they carried off his Millennium Puzzle and backpack with the box of the Millennium items.
"Get back here you thieves! Pharaohmon must be really desperate to want that Puzzle!" Yugi yelled as his link from Yami was leaving him. Yami! Hang in there! I'm not letting Pharaohmon take you from me!
The devilish insects flew far off and landed in a nearby alleyway. Yugi managed to catch up and made a u-turn into the same alleyway. Along the way, he bumped into a bystander and fell down.
"I almost had them!"
"Huh? That sounds like Bakura."
Yugi looked up and saw the familiar silver-haired classmate of his. Bakura lent Yugi a hand and helped him up.
"It's a surprise to find you here, Bakura!"
"Likewise, Yugi. Why are you in such a hurry?"
Yugi frowned and looked over Bakura's shoulder. "Take a look at the alley ahead of us! There are thieves that stole my Millennium Puzzle!"
"Say, what?! We better stop them right away!"
"Right! I'll lead the way!"
With that, Yugi and Bakura raced toward the back end of the alleyway where they found the Scarabmon duo emptying out the backpack. One of the Scarabmon was holding the Millennium Puzzle, but Yugi lunged at the insect and snatched the Puzzle right out of its clutches.
"I'll have that back!" Yugi said, grabbing a hold of his Millennium Puzzle. "Your boss must be really desperate to keep me from entering the tournament! Now get ready to meet the Pharaoh's wrath, you cowards!"
As the other Scarabmon touched the Millennium Ring, Bakura abruptly froze as his eyes fell on the item. He backed away while remembering his last experience with the Ring's evil spirit. Everyone heard a maniacal laughter coming from the Millennium Ring
"What was that?" The first Scarabmon scanned around.
The other Scarabmon added in confusion. "Where's that coming from?"
Suddenly, the Millennium Ring flew from the Scarabmon's hands and gravitated toward Bakura.
"No! Get away from me!" Bakura yelled as the Ring released a golden light enclosed it and Bakura within.
"BAKURA! NO!" Yugi cried.
"YUGI!" Bakura pleaded as the Ring attached itself to Bakura. The evil laughter returned while Bakura's body absorbed the evil spirit from the Ring. He yelled out in agony and fell to his feet.
Yugi tried to save Bakura, but the golden sheen of light covering Bakura repelled the teen. The Scarabmon tried jumping Bakura, but they, too were repelled by the golden light protecting Bakura.
"Bakura...!" Yugi cried out once again.
(Cue Yu-Gi-Oh! The Unreleased OST – Bakura Theme)
The innocence from Bakura's eyes were drained and became more psychotic. His voice deepened and became raspier, implying a shift to a more sinister tone. Bakura began to cackle a familiar laugh that scared Yugi. As the golden light subsided, the Millennium Puzzle materialized around Bakura's neck.
Bakura laughed gleefully. "Yes! It is good to be back!"
"What is the meaning of this?!" the Scarabmon demanded. "Who are you?!"
"I am your worst nightmare, you pitiful insects," Bakura chortled evilly, shifting his view toward the Scarabmon. "You attempted to steal the Millennium Puzzle, which I've longed to take from this boy. I won't allow anyone else to take the power of the ancient Pharaoh!"
"Then help us eliminate Yugi and we'll ask Lord Pharaohmon if he'll let you serve him."
Bakura scoffed. "I'm no interested being anyone's underling again. For meddling with my affairs, I shall grant you two a trip to hell!" 'Yami' Bakura raised his hand at Scarabmon and forged a black cloud that enveloped them.
The insects screamed as shadow creatures materialized within the cloud and ripped them into pieces. Their blood-curdling screams filled the alleyway as they were consumed by the shadow creatures.
Yami Bakura looked on and cackled. "Foolish beetles. You're just a snack for the shadow demons."
(Cue Yu-Gi-Oh OST – ~Curse of Darkness~ (Bakura's Theme))
The former tomb thief knelt down rubbing his finger on the trail of blood from the Scarabmon and licked it from his fingers. Yugi shuddered with disgust watching Yami Bakura cruel smile widen.
"Mmm, I just love the sweet taste of a blood. It tastes even better from that of frightened souls. Now, Yugi, you have something that I require. I didn't return only to end up empty handed again. Give me your Millennium Puzzle and the other items."
"Set Bakura free, you demon! I've beaten you before!"
"Come now. Unless you want to see Bakura again, then give me what I want. Unless you want to settle this in a Shadow Game?"
"NO!" Yugi shouted as his Millennium Puzzle lit up. His demeanor change abruptly and shifted back to Yami. "Evil spirit! I demand you to set Bakura free!"
"At last we meet again, pharaoh. How long has it been? Ah, yes. Battle City, wasn't it?"
Yami scowled. "I thought I'd never have to face you again."
"It's so unfortunate, isn't it? You and I would've settled this if you just handed me the Puzzle."
"Listen, there is a much greater crisis at hand. A monster by the name of Pharaohmon has been unleashed on the world. He seeks the power of the Millennium Puzzle. He is on an ambitious mission to impose his power over human civilization! Are you not concerned what this might mean for you?"
Yami Bakura was undeterred by the Nameless Pharaoh's warning. "Not at all. He seeks the power of the Millennium Puzzle. No one shall get in my way of my destiny. Perhaps, I shall have a word with this Pharaohmon."
"Don't be a fool! Pharaohmon isn't to be trusted! The last time you affiliated with some unruly evil, you paid the heavy price!"
"We'll meet again, pharaoh," Yami Bakura said as he turned and walked away. "However, next time, you had better watch your back. I will strike when you least expect it."
Yami Bakura let out an evil laughter and seemingly vanished inside a black mist that relocated him elsewhere in Domino.
"Damn it!" Yami cursed. Yugi mentally pleaded in his mind.
'Yami! Takato and the others are looking for Yui! We need to help find her.'
Yami picked up the backpack and put the other two items in the container.
"Perhaps with my Puzzle I could..." Yami focused on the mystic item and tried to use it to locate the Tamers. "I'm not sure if I can find them in time. With the evil spirit possessing Bakura again, we have two enemies to worry about. Both want the Millennium Puzzle."
'We won't let them have it, Yami!'
"We'll need to contact Joey and the others. It's off to Shinjuku then. I hope they're able to find Yui!"
Shinjuku District/5:00 PM
The Tamers search for Yui came up empty handed. During the search, Kazu, Guardromon, Kenta, and MarineAngemon joined the others.
Himura stopped to catch his breath. Finding the nearest wall, he punched it out of sheer frustration.
"Damn it! I'm the worst brother in the world! She'll never want to look me in the eye again!"
"Himura!" Takato caught Himura on the act. "We're not giving up on this search. Neither should you since you're her brother, Himura. She needs you now more than ever."
Inumon, Guilmon, Jeri, and Felinismon arrived to see Takato speaking with Himura.
"Please, don't give up, because we're not until we find Yui," Jeri said. "You can trust us we'll find her."
"Yeah, me and Guilmon will start scouring this side with Renamon soon. We'll let you guys know what we'll find," Inumon said. "Ready, Guilmon?"
"Yeah!" Guilmon said as he and Inumon started scouring the east side of their current location.
Takato watched them leave. "At least we have Kazu and Guardromon covering things by air. They might be able to find her sooner than the rest."
"Don't you get it? Pharaohmon is out there with his cronies. If one of those freaks finds her..." Himura mumbled and resisted the urge to tear his own hair out.
"Stop beating yourself up over this, Himura!" DarkGabumon called out.
Everyone turned around and watched DarkGabumon walking up to Himura.
"Speaking as her partner, I'm not ready to give up. You see how far I've had to catch up to you?" DarkGabumon said, heavily panting as evident from all the running he had to do. "If chunky ol' me can at least keep up with you, then a strong boy like you can keep this search going."
"You're Yui's older brother. Start acting like it!" Felinismon chided him.
Himura sighed. "You're right. I'm sorry for holding everyone back. C'mon, let's keep going."
"That's the spirit, Himura," Jeri smiled and nodded in approval, taking Himura's hand.
"Let's go follow where Guilmon and Inumon went. They went this way!" Takato said taking lead of the group.
Walking through another alleyway, Yui searched for another place to hide. She fell to her knees out of exhaustion from the excessive running.
"It's so dark in these alleys," Yui observed as she looked around. "I need to stop. I need to find Himura and tell him I'm sorry. I'm so stupid for doing what I did." She mumbled while wiping tears from her eyes.
(Cue Digimon Adventure OST - Taiketsu)
Suddenly, she heard a chuckle from behind the shadows. Yui stared ahead as her face paled.
"Who was that? Who's there?"
Unbeknownst to the child, Pharaohmon materialized behind her. Yui whirled around and grimaced with fear as her eyes fell on the demonic being towering over her. Her eyes widened and before she could scream, the villain trapped her in a black bubble.
"Yui Tsubasa, I shall relieve you off this emotional distress."
Suddenly, Pharaohmon felt the presence of the Digimon party. He quickly turned as Guilmon, Inumon, and DarkGabumon arrived facing him. Takato, Himura, Jeri, and Felinismon, too, came, but were too late. Himura gaped in shock when seeing his own sister captured by Pharaohmon.
"YUI!" Himura cried out. "LET HER GO, MONSTER!"
Inumon growled. "You best let her go if you want to live!"
Guilmon snarled as his eyes turned feral.
"You better what they tell you! We're not giving her up without a fight!" Takato declared as he prepared his D-Ark. "Time to Biomerge, Guilmon!"
"Sorry, but finder's keepers!" Pharaohmon cackled as he lifted his hand and expelled a darkness wave that swept the group back.
As Takato, Himura, and Jeri fell in a heap, the Digimon recovered quickly but not without taking damage from Pharaohmon's attack.
"You're all so annoyingly resilient. No matter. I will get my opportunity to dissect you in the tournament. Let's just see how I effect your team morale and break Himura down once I take away what's most dearest to him!" With that, Pharaohmon grabbed the bubble containing Yui and hovered into the air laughing.
"Yui..." Himura raised his head and screamed. "LET GO OF MY SISTER!"
In response to his partner's heart-wrenching screams, Inumon gained a sudden boost and evolved into YoukaiInumon. Takato readily stood up and powered his D-Ark.
"Biomerge Activate!" Takato yelled as he and Guilmon merged to become Gallantmon.
Gallantmon and YoukaiInumon flew up to send their attacks toward Pharaohmon. The villain put the bubble containing Yui in front as the Digimon were forced to cease their attack.
"You coward!" Gallantmon berated the evil priest.
"YUI!" YoukaiInumon yelled.
DarkGabumon screamed to his partner. "YUI!" He jumped up but to no avail as his reach was nowhere near Yui's.
"HIMURA! INUMON! DARKGABUMON! TAKATO!" Yui screamed while punching the bubble hard.
Pharaohmon blasted Gallantmon and YoukaiInumon with his scepter and paralyzed them. He launched another dark magic strike that repelled them to the ground. Gallantmon split back into Takato and Guilmon. YoukaiInumon regressed to Inumon.
"NO!" Jeri screamed.
Felinismon jumped up catching the three of them before they hit the ground.
"YUI!" Himura screamed again.
"Don't you worry, Tamers. You will be seeing Yui very soon and no doubt she'll be extremely pleased to see you again after I'm done with her," Pharaohmon cackled as he carried the bubble containing Yui with him.
With that, Pharaohmon vanished along with Yui. The other Tamers and their Digimon arrived, but were too late to make a difference. Everyone witnessed Himura scream out for his sister as his voice became mixed with pain and anguish.
Pharaohmon: Yui, your brother was responsible for the deaths of Kotori and your parents. Make him suffer. Make him pay for causing you so much pain. He never cared for you and killed your parents just in spite of it.
Yui: My brother… did this? He will pay! I hate him…
(Darkness shrouded Yui as she began her transformation into an older woman with a ninja outfit. Yui Tsubasa was no more and in her place was…)
Yui: Just call me, Nemesis
Takato: Hey, everyone! You just won't believe this! Once we find the whereabouts of Himura, we stumble across a showdown with this powerful woman with these strange powers.
Dark Gabumon: It's Yui!
Himura: It couldn't be! How is it possible?!
Nemesis: Dear, Himura. I am your precious little sister, Yui, or at least I used to be. Yui Tsubasa is gone! Nemesis only exists in this world of hatred! It's time for you to die, brother!
Inumon: I can't fight her, Himura! It's against my code to hurt those I protect!
Dark Gabumon: Same goes for me!
Himura: How can I fight this battle against my own sister?! This is all my fault!
Takuya: Hey, look! Pharaohmon is on TV!
Yusuke: That showoff is making his damn announcement for his tournament!
Pharaohmon: People of the Earth. Listen carefully, in less than two weeks, I will be hosting a tournament to determine the fates of the Digital and real worlds. You better make take advantage of this time of peace.
Rei: Cammy, listen to me. You're going to have to regain those memories as the Digital Priestess.
Cammy: But how?
Yugi: Time to assemble the best deck that I can!
Pharaohmon: I also have many participants that wish to take part in this tournament. Anubimon. Behold the prisoners you had sealed away. They are now free to take part in my tournament.
Henry: What?! Piedmon?! Demon?!
Anubimon: Himura. You and the Tamers will receive my training. I just cannot allow Pharaohmon to have his way!
Minako: On the next installment!
The Birth of Nemesis, Mistress of Darkness! Pharaohmon's Global Announcement!
Takato: Two weeks until the big event! Let's make it count, Guilmon!
Kaiba: This tournament sounds... interesting.
A/N: Knocked off another chapter for Redux's hopeful comeback. As shown, Pharaohmon shows us why he's YuYuGiDigiMoon's first Big Bad. Training begins as some get a head start. Yami Bakura returns to the scene, but technically makes his YYGDM debut. And Yui's gets captured just when she gained a Digimon partner. Hope you're all ready for Nemesis! We also delve into Himura's past insecurities.
If you've already read the YYGDM prequel special, Underworld Saga, you'll get more in-depth on Himura and Kotori's backstory, but if you haven't read it. Where have you been? It's complete and can be read anytime at your leisure!
We're nearing the Shadow Tournament. We're just two chapters away from the tournament arc. Once I work through heavy revisions for chapters 16 and 17, chapter 18 and onward should be smooth sailing! I hope you can hold on a little much and thanks for putting up with these sporadic updates.
Until then, send your reviews!