A/N: Just an idea for when I finish up or get very far into Dimensional Trap, not to mention the time issues, so this might just be a quick idea with one long chapter to kick off the story.
It is a Digimon version of One Piece, following in the footsteps of Kanius's Digimon Fusion Kai and other stories. If all goes well, it may be as good as that FanFic.
Special Note: The Shichibukai of this story are called Nanadaimou, or 'Seven Great Demon Lords', and the Navy of this story shall be revealed over time if it is continued. I hope it is, because I enjoyed the mere thought of an alternative to Dimensional Trap!
Digimon Adventure 03
Chapter One: East Lands
Episode 1: I'm Tai Kamiya, the Boy No One Remembers!
The Digital World had never experienced such a peaceful age until the worldwide Digidestined united as a single army and destroyed the formerly eternal embodiment of darkness, MaloMyotismon, the greatest and deadliest foe the Japanese Digidestined had ever faced.
Yet, darkness still looms, larger and stronger as the light seems complete, elongating the shadow's reach. The Digidestined may think an age of peace will last, and yet there are secrets of the Digital World they do not yet know of, such as the great secret; the power to rewrite the Digital Fractal Code and change the world. Only one Digimon had ever found it in the many ages that had past, Rogermon, the Digital King of old, an outlaw of the highest class, and a now deceased one at that.
He was subject to a public execution in the capital of the Digital Realm for the entire world to see in Rougetham, the highest of the Digital Plains. But before they pierced his heart with a purging virus, he announced, live before the world, a menacing and very cryptic prophecy about the apocalyptic power he had found.
"MY TREASURED SECRET? THE ONE THING THAT THREATENS THE FOOLS OF THE BAGDRA ARMY STIFF, NOT TO MENTION THE TIGHTFISTED LIARS THAT ARE THE DIGITAL GOVERNMENT? IF YOU WANT IT, SEARCH FOR IT, DIGIDESTINED! THE TRUTH OF THIS WORLD AND YOUR OWN LIES THERE..."
Although the Digidestined were not present for over 2 decades later and nobody truly understood his message, Rogermon still began a new age, where Digital outlaws began competing and travelling in search of the very thing that would release the ancient, restraining bonds of the Digital Government in the higher plains of the Digital Realm.
Now, 2 decades later, the entire history the Digidestined strived to change shall change, and Taichi Kamiya along with his group shall embark on their greatest journey ever to defy the Government and finally end the age of terror.
Let us look back at that day, when the history and purpose of every life form in the Digital World, human and Digimon, changed, and yet Tai and Agumon were left, starting from square one on their quest to find the power behind it and wrest it from the strange Government's hands...
The vast, open plains of the Digital World.
For miles upon miles, grassy knolls and mountainous ranges surrounding the area like a green, flourished basin of digital data taken on life, with humans playing catch and hanging out with their friends across the world with their partners in tow.
This was the world brought about by Tai Kamiya and his allies with the aid of Yukio Oikawa's willpower that now keeps the Digital World cleansed. At least, that was the belief back then.
In truth, there is a higher plain of the Digital World, where only the strong and the fearless survive; Terra, the grand lands of the supreme overlords of all dictated Digimon, who serve it without knowledge of its existence; the Digital Government, an organization of absolute authority, clouded in mystery and at the same time as common knowledge as breathing.
But this peace would not last forever, and just like everything borne by mans will, it will wither and fade with time. In this very prominent case, 2 years after the fall of Myotismon the Dark, supposed leader of the lowerland darkness. He was but a small taste of the menace and darkness that griped and suffocated the upper world that the Digidestined would soon come to know.
"SO THIS IS WHAT THE LOWERLANDS HAVE DESCENDED INTO... HOW UNSIGHTLY. HUMANS ARE THE VERY REASON THE DIGITAL REALM WAS FORMULATED...!" the wind suddenly seemed to not wisp, but rasp and quip in disgust in this faint yet audible voice, high in the data driven sky. Too high for either human or digital ears to pick up with perfect clarity.
"CALM DOWN, MY FRIENDS. WE ALL AGREE THAT THE HUMAN VENOM THAT HAS FORCIBLY INJECTED ITSELF INTO THIS REALM BY KILLING THE GUARDIANS OF THE DIGITAL WORLD MUST BE PURGED IMMEDIATLY." Another one said.
"WELL... I SAY THAT WE SHOULD USE THAT TO TAKE CARE OF OUR LITTLE PROBLEM... USE IT AND WE WILL SHOW THESE CIVIL MONKEYS OF THE LOWERLANDS JUST HOW UNCOUTH THEY ARE!" one added with a venom tone in his voice.
"TALISMON! I THINK THAT IS A FANTASTIC SUGGESTION... BUT FIRST, WE MUST LOCATE THE LITTLE BASTARDS THAT FIRST ENTERED OUR WORLD WITHOUT AUTHORITY OR PERMISSION... WE MUST GET THE DIGIDESTINED HERE!"
"FINE. BUT YOU MUST REMEMBER THAT I CANNOT BEAR THE THOUGHT OF ANYMORE MONSTERS COMING THROUGH THE GATES FORCIBLY AFTER THIS. THE LITTLE PROJECT I HAVE BEEN FUNDING SHALL SOON CHANGE THAT... DR. KURATA'S INVENTIONS SHALL ENFORCE LAW, STABILITY AND BEST OF ALL, KEEP HUMANS OUT!"
The voices howled throughout the sky, yet not a soul could hear them. Their chides and hateful comments like omniscient's over the Digital World and its future were like howls of blistering winds that darkened the skies.
Dark times were coming indeed...
The Digital Realm has existed for eons in its own timeline, and mere years in the real world, where it was founded in the early 1900's as a base program. Over the seemingly endless ages and eras that have passed by in the Digital World, several would be rulers and kings have come and gone, and yet it never really felt like they were being lorded over. Strangely, they felt like they had always looked up to a higher power, like a Digital god or deity of some kind.
The closest to being that deity was Apocalymon, a gathering of negative data and viruses that took shape as a monster. However, he was purged originally 2 millenniums in the Digital World by the original Digidestined children, the first five to ever step on and save the world from disaster. In the Real World, it was 21 years past, and precisely 21 years ago, five children from Eastern Japan up and vanished without a trace.
They looked and searched, but in over 5 years of desperate searching, they never found the children that had originally defeated Apocalymon, meaning that, alternate to the Wall of History behind the Wall of Fire, they never returned home. They're current status is unknown, but as they were mere children against the world for so long, a terrible fate is presumed to have overcome them.
Approximately 17 years later, the Seven Digidestined of the East arrived and took on the task of defeating Devimon the Wicked, Etemon the Trickster and Myotismon the Dark before destroying the Dark Masters and Apocalymon completely.
The leader was Taichi or Tai Kamiya, a hot headed, forefront and unfailingly courageous boy, who bore the Crest of Courage proudly.
Matt Ishida was next in command of the team, with his stone faced, matured personality that tended to lead him into conflict, but as per the Crest of Friendship, his faith always remained in his friends.
Sora Takenouchi was a strange and volatile girl with a tomboyish personality, which included soccer credentials and certain awkwardness around girlishness. She wore rather tentatively onto the Crest of Love.
Mimi Tachikawa was the girliest princess character to ever grace a room, and her stuffiness and heightened sense of presence sometimes put her at odds with the Crest of Sincerity.
Joe Kido, the medical trainee and overall wuss of the group. He always dissuaded fighting unless necessary. Often called a coward, his levelheadedness has saved so many lives of Digimon and Digidestined, giving him the Crest of Reliability.
Izzy Izumi, the keyboard Spartan of the group, who analyzed for the safest routes and the greatest way to victory with prodigy like intelligence. No wonder he bares the Crest of Knowledge.
TK was Matt's crybaby little brother, a kid who seemed destined for weakness, before his hope lit the way to Devimon's defeat and empowered him. He wears the Crest of Hope.
Finally, Kari Kamiya is Tai's little sister, and is a massive softy for all living things, often diverting from a mission that requires deletion if possible and only doing it with a tear in her eye. She bears the Crest of Light, the most powerful of all by a wide margin.
2 and a half years went by, and the Digidestined returned with new members that joined with TK and Kari, one being Tai's apparent reincarnation Davis Motomiya, a bookish and snootish girl called Yolei Inoue and a reclusive, often cold kid called Cody Hida. They fought MaloMyotismon to a standstill before they joined in the Million Points of Light and deleted him 2 years ago.
Ever since then, Tai had become absolutely infatuated with soccer and began enjoying history that had gore (particularly pirates), Matt had become a grunge band star in the Odaiba area and was on the verge of a record deal, Sora had been dating the rockstar for the last 2 years with nothing if not a sincere smile. Everything was perfect for the pair.
Mimi had returned to Japan, funnily enough, to Odaiba Mansion, where her father had left with a barking huff after the first adventure, and now attended the gang's high school. Joe was exempt from this, as he had been refused twice by Tokyo University by almost illegally close margins in his exam scores, yet refused to give up, his new slogan being 'third time lucky'. Izzy currently lived an almost normal life as a high school student in his third and final year, safe in the knowledge that he was a shoe in for any education he wanted.
As for Kari and TK, let's just say that they've become closer. Davis was on the verge of executing a massacre with the amount of leeway his mind was feeling. The girl he loved was on the verge of a confession after all those years she had known TK, and he felt defeated.
This is the tale of the Odaiba Digidestined's quest to return their lives to normal, and surmount and defeat the Digital Government.
Signed, The Great Outlaw, Rogermon.
I shall follow up on this to the end...
OPENING: Fight Together by Namie Amuro (Flash through memories of the Digidestined like in the actual One Piece Opening 14)
File Island: Southernmost Region
Several miles away from the basin of tranquillity, entering through what seemed to be a wormhole formulated from a small television beside a small ravine and enlarging from its screen were the Digidestined, both old and new. They looked a little older and more mature, but still looked identical to themselves from 2 years ago.
They began walking alongside the ravine, fidgeting each other with a jovial mood all around, even with Davis's death aura at how closely nudged his two teammates were.
This mood was made more stuffy and joyous as the original Digidestined partners approached and quickly entered a quick but snug embrace with their eternal friends and brothers in arms.
Sora clutched a pink bird called Biyomon in her arms, "I missed you so much, Sora!" the bird chirped, a little overcome.
Tai's partner hugged him so tightly that the little orange dinosaur nearly choked him, "A-Agumon I can't breathe!" the boy cried.
Matt and his partner didn't partake in such trifles, yet their civil handshake said it all; he and this small bipedal wolf were best friends, "Gabumon... I'm sorry I couldn't visit sooner..." he said meekly, but with feeling.
Mimi was in tears and crumbled like a domino to her knees at the mere sight of her wide teary eyed, plant type Digimon called Palmon, "MIIIMIIIII!" the small plant bawled, the two bear hugging each other on instinct.
Joe and his amphibious, dog like partner Gomamon locked hand and paw in a long, silent reunion. They said nothing, but the look in their eyes spoke between them.
Izzy, the intellectual, did give his partner a long hug as well, but spoke in a language almost cryptic to the others, his way of hiding his emotions, "It's a very... prudent development to finally make your acquaintance again, Tentomon." Worked like a charm, as only the red beetle Digimon deciphered the message.
TK and Kari did have their partners with them; a flying guinea pig like creature called Patamon and a white, rambunctious cat named Gatomon respectively, as did the newer Destined.
Davis walked respectfully beside a blue, horned little dinosaur like creature called Veemon, Yolei beside a red, headband wearing hawk called Hawkmon and Cody beside an armadillo rightfully called Armadillomon.
After walking up the stream for several minutes while in a storm of bvarying conversation, they eventually found the perfect spot to have a sit down beside a grand tree, a little ways up a grassy knoll that overlooked the forest across the ravine and onto the stunning clarity of the mountainous region, alight b the dying sun of the day. They had plans to sleep rough like they had done in the older days during the first visit by Tai and his group, just for the sake of nostalgia. It had been 6 years, after all, and most of them were or were pushing 17 years of age, a time for study and hard work like 18 year old University student Joe, meaning this could be their last chance to be together in the Digital World for years to come.
Sitting down and admiring the dying jewel that was the digital sun, the Digidestined remained in silence beside their partners (And in Matt, Sora, Kari and TK's cases, together) and simply watched as the sun slowly bled away; possibly the last digital sun they would see together as adolescents, before losing the childish flicker of life all cherish to the flow of time.
They had decided on meeting their old friends for a party, knowing it may be the last time they are free to see them, after the sun had fallen beneath this tree on File Island; the tree where they resolved to defeat Devimon years past with Leomon.
Izzy broke the silence, however, as he spotted a Ogremon over in the distance, "Look, Ogremon's here!" he exclaimed, everyone turning to see him.
Davis blanched, "That's Ogremon? He's not as ugly as you made him out to be, Mimi." Looking over to her, she pivoted her head and pouted, earning a small chuckle amongst the group as the green ogre finally arrived.
Although his mouth was almost always open, his cheeks were a little higher than usual, probably his form of a smile, "It's been a long time, kids! What's all this I heard about a 'final reunion party'? You guys aren't leaving the Digital World you saved for good, are you?" he said, a little moan in his voice.
Everyone gave a sigh, Izzy taking on the task of explaining the role of education in the real world. It still seemed lost on the old enemy turned close friend Digimon by the end of it.
The Higher Plains of Digital Reality
Meanwhile, in the cloud ridden castles that hovered high above the mere Digital Realm where the reunion was commencing, a far more sinister plot was being devised by the five strange beings that loomed over an iridescent and silver aura flicker orb in the centre of a grand yet darkened room, the sort of thing seen in a Rite of Ritual or a Sacrifice of some sort.
The old, decrepit voice that had cackled away at the plan to use this 'power' of unforeseen measure had his red eyes glisten in the dark, "ARE ALL OF YOU READY?"
Another one quipped harshly, "SINCE WHEN ARE WE OF THE JUERUSU NOT READY? IF WE FIVE WEREN'T READY, DO YOU THINK WE WOULD HAVE ACTIVATED YGGDRASIL?"
A younger voice, but just as cold, added, "NOW, NOW ANUBISMON, REMAIN CALM. WE'RE HERE TO PUNISH THE HUMAN TRASPASSERS, NOT TO FIGHT EACH OTHER. LEAVE THE FIGHTING TO THE ARMY."
The voice referred to as Talismon concurred lowly, "LET US BEGIN THE FRACTAL REWRITE. EVERYONE, ACTIVATE YGGDRASIL AND PURIFY THE DIGITAL WORLD'S ILLNESS. BEGIN REWRITE!"
And like that, the orb illuminated the room a complete silver, and surging energy resounded as the entire Digital Realm began to quake at its inception.
File Island: Southernmost Region
The entire island had begun to quake all of a sudden, and it was a first time experience for the Digidestined and apparently the Digimon themselves, who seemed ignorant to what an earthquake was. The ground began shattering and earth began to float in the air as if it had a life of its own.
"DIGIDESTINED! HUMAN KIND! THIS IS YOUR DIVINE JUDGEMENT FOR DEFACING THE DIGITAL REALM WE STRIVED TO CREATE!" a voice barked in the billowing smoke of the earthquake, yet its master was not there. The voice belonged to the mysterious Anubismon, "PREPARE FOR A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH; THE REBIRTH INTO OUR NEW, CRUEL WORLD TO PICK YOU HUMANOID SCUM OFF! WE SHALL CLOSE OFF THE DIGITAL GATES FOR GOOD MEASURE! NOW, BECOME ONE WITH THE DIGITAL DATA THAT MAKES UP YOUR BODIES IN THIS REALM!"
"He'll what?" Tai exclaimed as the ground beneath him rifted apart, he and Agumon falling into it while the voice laughed hysterically. The last thing they could see and hear was the Destined and their allies beckoning to them as they fell into the dark, and they lost consciousness due to the lack of air as they fell without landing for a few moments...
And then, a silver flash saved them in a dark tunnel environment. The two were too dazed and terrified of the sudden change to fault it, and charged on ahead to it. It was then, and only then, that they would learn of what had just happened...
Unknown Realm: Sanctuary
Tai felt like he was floating, like he was absolutely weightless. And yet his eyes refused to pry themselves open to the light. The voice called again.
Tai began to stir in his unperturbed slumber, his eyes twitching erratically as the white and chocolate of his eyes began to bleed through, eventually taking in the holy light around him as a shadow loomed over his head. It was Agumon, who had a solemn look on his face in the middle of an endless flat plain of grass and Delphiniums. Looking up, a large thunder cloud loomed over, looking coil to strike as a ghostly, masked dragon Digimon encrusted with rustling chains leered through, his tail and his head sticking out like it was a curtain.
"A-A-Azulongmon!" Tai erupted, instantly sitting up, his drowsiness disappearing in an instant at the sight of the Harmonious One. He was not alone, as three other equally large Digimon stood around him. A white, masked wolf, a giant, two headed tortoise with a tree growth on it's shell and a fiery, four eyed phoenix. He had never seen them before, and yet he recognised what they were by the same 12 Digi-Cores that hung around their bodies. They were the other three Harmonious Ones; since all four had gathered, Tai knew something had happened, as memories of the sudden quake came back to him.
"TAICHI KAMIYA, AGUMON. MY OLD FRIENDS, IT HAS BEEN A LONG PERIOD OF TIME SINCE I LAST LAID EYES ON YOU PERSONALLY. IT WAS WHEN YOU SURRENDERED YOUR CREST TO RELEASE ME AND MY ASSOCIATES." Azulongmon said with an echo.
Tai's eyes widened; would one of the four Digital Deity's really need such small talk? Why was he here? What was that voice that beckoned an earthquake with spiteful anger? And what was that silver light?
"OVER TO YOUR RIGHT IS EBWONUMON AND BAIHOUMON, AND TO YOUR LEFT IS QHUICHAOMON. WE RESCUED YOU FROM YOUR FALL AND THE REWRITE ON A MOST PRESSING MATTER..."
Tai's brow lifted itself on instinct, "Rewrite? What does that mean?"
Qhuichaomon grew restless, "WHY, OUT OF ALL OF THE DIGIDESTINED WE COULD HAVE REMOVED FROM THE REWRITE, DID YOU PULL HIM? HE'S SO CLUELESS, HE DOESN'T RECOGNISE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SITUATION!"
Tai quickly snapped at the Mega, "I recognised the magnitude of that earthquake, which you will tell me about! Who would do that? Oikawa died to prevent such a thing from happening!"
In a Scottish tone, Ebwonumon quickly added, "THAT IS PART 'A THE REASON WE SAVED YA' LADDY! THE HIGHER PLAINS HAVE GROWN WEARY OF THE LOWERLAND AFFAIRS WIT' THE HUMANS, AND THEY BEGAN A REWRITE TO PURGE THE HUMANS IN A WORLD OF THEIR CHOOSIN'!"
The soccer fanatic grew as restless as the phoenix, "What is a 'rewrite'? What Higher Plains? Where are my friends and what happened to File Island?"
"FILE ISLAND DOES NOT EXIST ANY LONGER," Azulongmon sadly noted from above, "ITS PLACE IN THE DATA NETWORKS OF THIS REALM WAS PURGED BY A FORCE ONLY THE HIGHER PLAINS HAVE ACCESS TO; YGGDRASIL, THE WEAPON TO CHANGE THE FATE AND TIMELINE OF THE DIGITAL WORLD."
"Timeline...? What do you mean -?"
"YOU MIGHT AS WELL KNOW NOW, SINCE YOUR LITTLE PARTNER THEIR REFUSED TO AFTER WE FILLED HIM IN." Qhuichaomon cruelly laughed, "BECAUSE YOU DIGIDESTINED STOPPED DEFENDING THE WORLD FROM VIRUS DIGIMON, YOU LEFT IT OPEN TO THREATS FROM ON HIGH, FROM THE DIGITAL GOVERNMENT. THEY'VE ERASED NOT ONLY THE PEACE YOU BROUGHT ABOUT, BUT THEY REALISED WE REMOVED YOU FROM THE ISLAND BEFORE THEY REWROTE THE DIGITAL WORLD'S PROGRAMMING AND... ERASED YOU FROM YOUR FRIENDS MEMORIES."
Tai critically cut across the pompous phoenix, "What did you just say...? No way! You mean I don't exist in the world me and Agumon helped save more than once?"
Baihoumon finally let out his own echoed voice, "FORGIVE US, TAICHI KAMIYA... IF ITS ANY CONSOLATION, WHILE YOU WERE UNCONSCIOUS, WE LOOKED UPON THE ALTERED WORLD. YOUR FRIENDS ARE SAFE, BUT ARE LIVING OUT MUCH DIFFERENT LIVES WITH DIFFERENT PASTS AND EXPERIENCES AS DIGITALLY BORN BEINGS. HUMANS HAVE BECOME DIGITAL BEINGS, IF YOU WANT TO SAY THAT. THEY ARE SIMPLY ANOTHER RACE OF THE DIGITAL WORLD NOW, AND THE GATES TO THEIR FORGOTTEN HOMES HAVE BEEN SEALED TO THE REAL WORLD."
Tai soaked this up like a sponge, but still murmured the final part, "Sealed from the real world..." he thought about Kari's safety mainly, and his friends of course, before he recalled the voice that had beckoned the Rewrite.
'Now, become one with the Digital Data that makes up your bodies in this realm!'
"A little excessive, don't you think, Tai?" Agumon said meekly, as if it was his own reaction Tai was re-enacting. It probably was.
Tai pondered for a minute or two before finally opening his mouth again, "So how do we do this 'Rewrite' that would save my friends and the millions of human that inhabit the Digital World?"
All four gave a sudden grunt in their own different way; Ebwonumon's was that of revelation, Baihoumon's lighthearted but still calm, Azulongmon's predictably proud in its nature and Qhuichaomon's a mixture of aggrevation and admiration, that which could be called 'respectfully motivational'.
The dragon deity was the one to begin explaining, "BY THE SAME MEANS AS THE DIGITAL GOVERNMENT, OF COURSE; YGGDRASIL. BUT IT ISN'T AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS, MIND YOU."
Ebwonumon continued, "IT CAN ONLY BE USED BY 'A DIGITAL ENTITY OF EXTRAORDINARY PROWESS AND 'N INCORRUPTABLE FRACTAL CODE. IN OTHER WORDS, BY T'E FIVE MEMBERS OF T'E JUERUSU THAT RESIDE IN T'E HIGHER PLAINS OR..."
Baihoumon howled with reverence, "THE DIGITAL KING. A DIGITAL BEING THAT HAS EXCEEDED NORMAL DIGIMON IN POWER AND AUTHORITY. TO BECOME THE DIGITAL KING, YOU'D HAVE TO FOLLOW THE OUTLAW'S PATH AND SEARCH FOR ROGERMON'S LOST TREASURE. ITS SAID TO BE A TRANSPORT TO THE HIGHER PLAINS, BUT NOT EVEN WE CAN KNOW FOR SURE. BUT IT'S YOUR BEST CHANCE, AND THE BEST STARTING POINT."
Azulongmon cut in before the phoenix and added, "BUT YOU WILL REALISE THAT YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE SEARCHING FOR IT; OTHER DIGITAL HUMANS HAVE FOUND THE TALE OF ROGERMON AND ALSO LOOK FOR IT WITH A VIOLENT PASSION, BELIEVING IT TO BE MONEY OR SOME OTHER TRIPE. REMEMBER THAT THE TIMELINE HAS CHANGED, AND PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT PASTS NOW. THINGS ARE DIFFERENT, AS YOU SHALL SEE. ANOTHER GREAT HELP ALONG THE WAY WOULD BE TO LOCATE YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE HAVE LOCATED A MAJORITY OF THEM LIVING NEW LIVES IN THE EASTERN SECTOR, MEANING I CAN PLACE YOU THERE AS A STARTING POINT."
Finally Qhuichaomon got his say, "BUT BE FOREWARNED, GUTSY ONE. THE HUMANS WHO HAVE CREST ENERGIES ALSO HAVE DEVELOPED POWERS BY UNKNOWN MEANS DUE TO THE HIGHER ONES PLAYING GAMES AND WANTING THEM TO KILL EACH OTHER."
Tai had taken it all in hastily, but questioned that point, "So I and the older Digidestined shall have powers of our own?"
"NO. AS THE TIMELINE IS DIFFERENT, THEIR COULD BE HUNDREDS OF CREST POWER USERS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD, AT A COST..."
"YOU WOULD HAVE TO TAKE ALL THE POWER FROM YOUR DIGIMON PARTNER AND ASSIMILATE THEM, TAKING THEIR ENERGIES TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE POWERS. AGUMON CANNOT GO WITH YOU. THIS PATH AGAINST THE HUMANS AND DIGIMON TO BECOME THE DIGITAL KING, YOU UNDERTAKE ALONE."
Tai had a mortified expression upon him as he stood up, "So... I'd have to absorb Agumon to begin this journey?"
Azulongmon gave a sigh, his snake like head quickly bobbing down and up, before he reassured them, "IT WOULD BE UNDONE AND HE WOULD RETURN, ALONG WITH ALL PARTNERS IF YOU WERE TO BECOME THE KING AND USE YGGDRASIL. AGUMON, IF YOU HAVE THE UTMOST FAITH IN TAICHI, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO LEND HIM YOUR POWER? IT IS UNCERTAIN WHAT THE LAWS ARE AND WHAT POWERS HE MAY RECEIVE..."
Agumon just knelt their inbetween the five, his eyes closed in contemplation before Tai rose an objection, "No! I couldn't do that! I have the Crest of Courage, so I'll just spearhead through to becoming King!"
Qhuichaomon snapped, "MANY HUMAN OUTLAWS SEEK TO BECOME KING FOR MANY REASONS WITHOUT POWERS, EITHER DUE TO UNWILLINGNESS TO ABSORB THEIR OLD PARTNERS THROUGH A SIXTH SENSE, OR BECAUSE IN THAT WORLD THEY DON'T POSSESS CREST POWER. AND MANY OF THEM PERISH! YOU ARE OUR LAST HOPE, WE CANNOT INTERVENE WHERE THE HIGHER ONES ALTER, IT'S OUR ONE AND ONLY LAW, IMPRINTED INTO OUR VERY FRACTAL CODES!"
The chocolate haired boy gave an odd, snide look to the giant Harmonious One. When he and Agumon swore to be best friends for all times, he had meant it. Absorbing him out of the blue, even if it was to save his friends and millions was a little... strange.
"Tai, show some respect where it is due." Agumon said as he rose, his eyes closed with enlightenment on his face, "Since the timeline has changed, they have all been overrun by new memories because of the Digital Government. They're desperate. And as for fusing so that we can get our friends back... I'd be glad to help you!"
"No, listen for once, Tai. You're my oldest friend, and I trust you more than even your own friends ever could. Besides, Kari is out their, with no memories of you, living out a dangerous life amongst outlaws and Digimon. I will not take no as an answer!"
The mighty, foreboding phoenix gave out a hearty little chuckle, "EVEN FOR AGUMON AROUND THE WORLD, THAT IS A BOLD STATEMENT. I LIKE YOU, AND DO NOT FEEL ALARMED. YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS SHALL REMAIN SEPERATE FROM TAICHI'S, SO YOU CAN ADVISE HIM WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE. ARE YOU READY?"
Agumon opened his green eyes and nodded implicitly, Tai objecting once more, "Hey w-wait, you can't do this-!"
"SILENCE, HUMAN! THIS AGUMON HAS MY RESPECT, YOU DO NOT! NOW THEN, PREPARE YOURSELF, TAICHI KAMIYA! YOU HAVE TO BECOME THE DIGITAL KING, OR ELSE WE ARE ALL DOOMED TO THE WILL OF THE HIGHER ONES, AND THE DIGITAL REALM SHALL BE SEALED FOREVER; NOW...GO!"
Before the third objection could be raised, all 48 of the Digi-Cores and the auras of the Harmonious Ones came alight, and Tai was engulfed by another flash. Before the light left him, however, he felt a tingling sensation, and a burning of his very being in process. He heard a low, muffled voice. It sounded like Agumon, saying something along the lines of 'WE WILL BE TOGETHER WITH THE OTHERS ONCE AGAIN'.
Digital World: East Lands,
Tai was feeling weightless, again. His entire body trembled with an agonizing burning sensation, and he could only hear the crashing of the light waves, possibly indicating that it was mid-day.
He only roused and began to feel his limbs after a few minutes, and following the regaining of movement, he lifted himself up to scan a very boring, threadbare village with a windmill, a small lighthouse and around 13 houses made from bricks and strapped hay for roofs. Behind him was a wooden port area with two dinghies floating on the ocean ripples.
He then realized the one thing he feared, "Agumon... are you there? Agumon!"
Where could he be...?
Right here, Tai. Don't you remember what Qhuichaomon told you?
Agumon! You mean you gave me a power?
Yeah, although their are rules for it though. First off, you can't swim or move in the water. It varies with each person, but they all have the same weakness for some reason. Maybe a virus uploaded into the sea or something...
Tai, we have to keep moving forward. Look back and you will only waste time. We'll talk about it after you've saved everyone, alright?
Tai was firmly against the absorption, but Agumon had a point; he needed to press on forward, without any looking back. If he did nothing, what would he look back on? A past that no longer exists? That was the very reason he was saved, after all. He needed to put thing right again, and that meant destroying the Digital Government.
But he couldn't do it alone, he knew that.
"Agumon, we'd best set out to sea. For some reason, I think that's why we were placed here, to find the others and better our chances, we need to cover more ground quickly. Let's ask if we can take one of these boats..." he trailed off, looking down at his hand. So... what is this power Agumon gave me? They made it sound like it might have nothing to do with fire at all...
Tai began walking toward the house closest to the sea, noticing it was slightly larger than the other 12, and it had a large layer of strapped straw on the roof. It had a small, painted sign that said 'MAYOR COBBLEPOT'S HOUSE', strange for a mayor to care about the fishing industry, he thought as he twisted the brass doorknob to the right and entered.
Apart from a fireplace and a table in the centre, it looked very bland, just stacks upon stacks of books and sea charts piled high, and a withered old man with a simple yellow shirt and red shorts, sleeping in the chair in the corner. Tai felt bad as he rocked him awake.
"Mmm, w-what? Outlaws attacking from the sea again?" he muttered, rubbing his eyes and looking at Tai, "Kid... I make sure to memorise my citizens, and I am sure I haven't seen you before..." he said, getting right in his face and contorting his eyes.
"T-that's because I'm just a drifter is all!" Tai nervously explained as Cobblepot circled him, "I was wondering if you could lend me one of those boats outside!"
"Sure... by 'lend' you mean never see again, so you can buy one for 1000 Bites." He said. Tai pondered for a moment, and then had a moment of realization.
The Digital Government had changed the currency from Digi-Dollars to these 'Bites', which had worried him a little at first. Vampire movies can get to a person, after all.
Rifling through his pockets quickly, Tai felt a small ball of paper in his pocket. Pulling it out and unfurling the small, scrunched ball, he found a strange note with 1000 Bites in the corners, and a picture of its symbol in the centre that resembled the Yen symbol, but had a triangle in the epicentre along with a pair of dashes surrounding it.
Cobblepot smiled, "Ah... perfect." He said, taking the note, "Feel free to take that dinghy with you anywhere you like, my good Outlaw friend."
"No, I'm not-"
"No, your searching for Rogermon's treasure right? And to become Digital King?"
Tai instantly went to refuse, but realizing the state of his venture to actually do as the old man said, he nodded.
"Well then, take that dinghy and become an Outlaw for all I care, just like our little Hikari did a few weeks ago, thinking becoming like 'Red Head' will repay him somehow. Silly little girl."
Tai's eyes widened instantaneously, and Cobblepot froze in place, "Hikari? Hikari Kamiya? Do you know where she went?"
"N-not intimately, no. Outlaws are free souls, after all... why, do you know her?" he asked, bemused.
"Kind of, yeah." He wasn't lying, that was what he thought. He knew Kari would have a different past and fate, but to have to confront it so soon... he resolved instantly to tail her first, "Well, I'm off, see you, old man."
As he went for the exit, Cobblepot waved him off, before the front door burst open and it nearly broke Tai's nose. A woman in a torn dress and covered with soot cried in the archway.
"M-Mayor! Outlaws just bombarded my store from their ship! The flag belongs to the Galley Outlaws!" she sniffed. Tai felt for her; a shop being destroyed in a small village? Unforgiveable.
Tai turned back to the door and exited, cracking his knuckles, "Don't worry... I'll drive them off." He coldly stated, while deep in thought, Now... what is this power Agumon gave me? What is the power of Courage?
Next time: The Journey Begins, Meet Deckhand Nick!
A/N: And we have the beginning of a new Digital Era; the era of Outlaws on the way to becoming the Digital King. Can Tai truly restore the past and the gates by becoming the king? And what is his Crest Power that Agumon has granted him?
Yes, I know it doesn't seem like One Piece's storyline so much, but next chapter it shall begin to resemble it a lot more.
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