PATREON~Author’s Note: Tried doing a Dragon Scale Armor. I’m not so good with suits. XD doodle drawn with pen.
Days passed as it became weeks and then into a couple of months. They weren’t many low level sightings of Demon activities as the higher ups hoped for. Timothy’s detection watch came up with more fails than successes, but I was glad that we didn’t have to fight any more demons for now. I enjoyed the blissful, slow days.
The higher ups didn’t force us to go after Myth types demons as of yet. Their reason was we all didn’t have enough field experience or power to go up against them in the first place. I was okay with that, but we all knew that it was sooner or later we would eventually go after one of the unnamed Myth Classes that were slowly popping up like unwanted weeds.
Still, after the success of Crystal’s Dragon Scale armor, it was imperative that each Ouroboros were issued one. It has become our standard armor that we wore under our clothes. Without it, we couldn’t go outside Seventh Sanctum. For good reason too. So far, the casualties have decreased dramatically since people started wearing it. Now, almost no one comes out injured from each mission.
While I was sitting in front of my laptop, Crystal came bursting in through the door without knocking. I snapped my head towards her in surprise to see her just barging into my room as if it was her own. Her hair was disheveled, making her look like she ran a marathon. Even her usual white lab coat was falling off of her with soot covering half of her face, arms and even legs. I had to wonder what she went through to be covered in black, but my dominant thought was how she got into my room without a key. I was sure I locked it.
“Alexus.” She breathed in heavily, leaning on the door with half her body on the door for support. “You need to help me out, now.”
I slowly got up confused, unsure what she wanted. It look like something very bad happened, making me worried if the Demon’s had somehow entered into Seventh Sanctum a second time. Such a thought didn’t sit well with me at all, especially if it meant having to fight them again. It was like the demons were just attracted to this one building, just wanting to wipe us all out.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Just follow me.” She quickly turned, leaving me alone in my room by myself.
I followed her out the door, and I heard her bursting through Jones room. Jones yelped in startlement as he shouted at Crystal.
“Damn it Crystal! I’m changing!”
“You don’t need half your clothes anyways,” said Crystal, not caring that he was half naked. “Just come as you are. I need your help.”
“Are you crazy?! You want me to walk outside with just boxers?”
“I don’t care what you’re in as long as your body is fine, come on!” Crystal scuttled out the door, and ran towards Timothy room, but she didn’t find anyone there. For some reason, she didn’t barge into Marcus room. Instead, she went out the front door and into the hallway.
Jones was halfway in his grey pants as he stepped out his door, grumbling about how girls shouldn’t be barging into a man’s room without knocking. I completely agreed with him, especially since I don’t think she’ll appreciate it if we do the same.
We trailed behind Crystal as more and more Ouroboros streamed out of their room. They were heading towards the same direction as us. I had to wonder what the special occasion was that every Ouroboros would be outside. Maybe I missed the memo somewhere, I was too focused on surfing on the web that I didn’t hear or see anything that told me to come here.
Jones finally put on his shirt and power walked next to Crystal. “What’s with the sudden influx of people?” He glanced around nervously. “Is there something special going on?”
“Yea. The CEO wants us all at the auditorium now.”
“The CEO? What? Really? Why?” We got on the elevator and made our way down to the first floor.
“Just follow me.” Crystal replied, the door opened as we stepped out and headed towards the Auditorium. Hundreds of people were streaming out of the elevators and stairway, heading straight towards the open doors of the Auditorium, where a security guards were stationed.
Crystal didn’t follow the other Ouroboros and went towards the side doors away from the main doors. There were a couple of security guards standing in front of the door, but they didn’t stop Crystal. She opened up the door, allowing us to slip in without being stopped by the security. I was curious on why she wanted us to follow her so adamantly as well as what the CEO had to say. I had the feeling that something big was going to happen, making me wonder if it was either good or bad.
We stopped behind the curtains; there were dozens of scientists and other people I didn’t know moving around in a hurry. Boxes were thrown, tables were filled with drinks and computers. Everyone of them were working on the Dragon Scale prototypes that I had never seen before. They looked even cooler than the last time I saw them, and it meant a lot. Crystal and Timothy did an amazing job, especially from the variety of Dragon Scales that were out on display.
Crystal shoved me one of the Dragon Scale armor on the rack. “Quickly go behind the curtains and change.” She hurried me along, pushing me through the nearest curtain.
“Hey. Hey.” I replied, not liking the thought of being pushed in so quickly without an explanation.
“No time to explain. Just change!” The curtains were closed in front of me before I could say anything. I sighed. There was no point in talking to her, especially with how hurried she was.
Without saying anything else, I got out of my grey clothes and into the new Dragon Scale. I could easily slip in without much trouble, but what sucked was the cold metal touching my skin, it made me shiver. It was times like these that putting it on truly sucked, especially if it means putting on something this cold every time. Suddenly, I felt a slight tingle of heat spread across my whole body, telling me that some kind of heating system started. I was surprised at the sudden warmth that filled up my body, allowing me to stop shaking.
This black Dragon Scale that I was wearing was a vast improvement than before. The thickness of the armor gained another inch or two, and carbon fiber type of metal-like alloy was plastered on different areas of the suit. Even the elasticity hadn’t changed, allowing me to move around without trouble.
“Here.” Crystal handed me a black boots and gloves through the curtains.
I took it graciously and put it on. As I did, the sound of metal gears grinding as the boot, pants, top, and then gloves clicked into place and it locked, not letting a bit single skin show. This was definitely a drastic improvement. I was worried, a couple of times, that I would injure my wrist if a sword or a bullet accidentally stray in between the joints.
It was liking wearing clawed gloves, the tips of my fingers were sharp and dagger-like near the nails, even the ends of my boots was the same. This suit was a vast improvement that I actually liked, meaning I could now fight hand-to-hand if I didn’t have my sword. Simply, this girl was terrifying to be able to create something like this.
Then I saw something I didn’t expect to see. A green blinking light lit on the back of my wrist, where a watch was integrated into the suit. Words started to form as I heard a female’s voice speaking.
“Ouroboros 099, Alexus Tyger. Dragon Scale Armor initiating calibrations. Please stand by.” A pending circle rotated over and over again, until a ding like sound erupted to its completion. “Dragon Scale Type 09. DNA match confirmed. Personal Suit of Alexus Tyger, Ouroboros 099 has been recorded.” A sudden sound of air whistled outwards from the suit, shrinking to fit my body.
My eyes became wide, surprised that it was even more technological advanced. My mind went blank when the air finished decompressing. Timothy literally had outdone himself.
“You done yet?” Crystal asked in a hurried tone.
I stepped out, fully enjoying the Dragon Scale Armor. The whole suit glistened like a snake’s skin and even had the same texture. I could now see why this suit was called the Dragon Scale armor.
Crystal grabbed me by the arm, yanking me out of the changing room and pushed me up the stairs. What waited out in front of me were hundreds of Ouroboros, staring at me in their seat.
I gulped, I was no good with public speaking.
“Well.Well. If it isn’t Alexus Tyger, Ouroboros no. 099.” A very handsome man that look to be around his late twenties early thirties rubbed his hand in front of him. He was about my height, possibly an inch or two taller, wearing a black suit. Everything about him screamed high class, and the way he held himself was like a nobleman. My guess was that he was the CEO. “As I was saying,” he turned around back towards the crowds. “There are a total of nine types of Dragon Scale Armors.”
Eight more people came out, including Marcus, Timothy, Jones, Simon, and even Crystal. The rest of the four, I didn’t know exactly who they were, but everyone suit looked slightly different.
“Dragon Scale Armor Type 01-04 are the basic prototypes that are being mass produced right this moment. Type 01, Ouroboros no. 51, Ken Tazak,” said the CEO. A young man with reddish colored hair steps up from the left for everyone to see.
“As you all know, this suit can protect you against a four gauge shotgun and higher.Even stopping a collision of a car at roughly sixty miles per hour. It’s waterproof, a least a little acid proof, odorless, and it’s heat and cold resistance to a certain degree. Now, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to walk in a lava and survive or stay a night in south pole. Please be practical, we are still upgrading the suit as much as possible with the team at hand. It also has a cooling system, meaning you don’t have to be worried about getting hot and stuffy.” The CEO walked up towards the man and rap his hand on the chest of the armor.
Everyone was on the edge of their seats, listening in to the new suits with excitement. They knew the power and protection that these suits all had, giving them a huge edge against the fight against a demon.
“Even if you fall from a forty floor building, you’ll be fine.There is a safety function to help you from colliding with the force, using your own magic. Also, there are four different types of suit. 01 is for long distance fighters, and it has the basic guns on each leg with over two thousand specialized bullets hidden inside the suit.” The CEO nodded his head, telling Ken to go ahead.
A loud bang of air escaping could be heard as over twenty different locations around the suit, it opened up a gun on each side of the leg. He took it out, as the gun started to glow with blue light. Bringing the two guns together, it merged to create a DMR type Rifle. All the other compartment closed, and a loud clink could be heard as the guns clasp onto the suit itself.
My mouth half dropped open. Did I just hear it right? Two thousand bullets inside that suit itself?! Wouldn’t it weigh him down? I thought flabbergasted in what I had just heard.
“All bullets will be fed from the suit into the gun itself. If the suit jams up, or doesn’t function correctly, you will be able to manual exchange magazines from one to another without throwing away the magazine itself. Each of these bullets are fueled by your magic, allowing a deeper penetration of the Demon’s thick skin. Normal bullets don’t kill demons, but these bullets do.” The CEO had a bullet in his hand as a large screen appeared over his head. It was a simple silver metallic looking bullet with inscription wrapped around it on all sides. I could even see the glow of soft energy humming with power as it stayed on the CEO’s hand. “Two extra emergency daggers are hidden on the side of both arm, once again these daggers are used against demons, but you can use it against humans just as well.” He chuckled.
I didn’t like that sound of that, but it made sense. Weapons weren’t only just for demons, who knows if there will be humans who will be against us that could become problematic.
“Type 01 isn’t a speed base suit. Its whole purpose is specifically for sniping. The rifle itself has a night vision and heat vision scope, giving you an easier time at night. I hope you don’t use all one thousand to kill one type of demon. Each bullet is quite expensive you know.” He chuckled. “Type 02, don by No. 23, Jack Skeller.”
Jack was a buff looking man with a crew cut for a hair. He had an army mentality with a giant scar slash across his face. Even the Dragon Scale was nicely conformed to his muscles, making him look a lot bulkier than normal. Possibly a lot bigger than Marcus himself, making Marcus look a bit dwarf in comparison.
“Type 02 is all about strength. The extra inch on the armor around the hand, knee, and legs gives it the extra boost that it needs. Special inscription are written around these areas of the body, helping you focus your energy into the needed area. What’s even nicer is that when you punch or kick their is an air support, helping you build up the power and speed.”
Jack raised up his arms and went into a fighting position. He then took a few jabs and kicks, with air duct-like holes opened up from the opposite ends. A high piercing sound could be heard, pushing the punches and kicks forward into a blur. His footwork was first class and his punches were blisteringly quick, to where I could feel the power behind each kick as the air smacked me in the face.
“One gun on the right side with a total of one hundred bullets. Extra daggers are in place, we tried to keep the body less heavier than Type 01. Now, Type 03, don by No. 63 Steve Reynolds, is more for special designed engineers, blacksmith, medics, or techy. Each one curtailed to the person itself. You can say that it has all the necessity to help the people and fix the damaged suits itself. One gun, a couple of daggers, hand grenades, and about one hundred bullets for protection.”
Steve step out as different medic packs, extra gears, tools, and interesting bits of unknown technology appeared out of the side of his suit. His suit was lit with green light, differentiating from the other two.
“Type 04, don by No. 284 Sara Ten, is based off of speed. The Dragon Scale is a lot lighter than than the other suits, less protection, and power, but the speed that this suit can move is three times faster than any other suit combined. The only weapon that it has is a sword, made from a well renowned Japanese Blacksmith masters, engraved with the newest technology and magic.”
Sara stepped forward. To put it simply, she was a blond haired beauty. Her fingers laced around the back as she pulled out her sword in one fluid motion. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the sword as it glistened underneath the light. It was like a energy sword straight out of fantasy. The moment the sword cut through the air, blueish yellow power trailed behind it, giving the illusion of multiple swords at once. A hum of power could be felt as it trailed downwards to the side in a down ready position. The CEO waved his hands back, so Sara would go back into line.
“Now, Type 05 through 09 are a bit more special. You can say that it’s personalized to the person itself. All five of these armor have the same set of blueprints as the four that you see here. Type 05 don by No. 11, Marcus Ivanov, a power type, has two times the more strength and speed than Type 02 with a slight mixture of Type 04 speed enhancement, but the defense capabilities are cut down by 20%. The only problem is that the magic consumption one needs to wear this suits is triple the amount to use, making it so that not a lot of people could wear without a high magic stamina,” said the CEO. “Marcus. Jack. Please show us a demonstration.”
With a snap of his finger, two large boulders five times the size of either one of them were dragged in by five men each in a Dragon Scale suit. Both Jack and Marcus stopped in front of the boulders, they pulled back their arm, ready to punch.
Jack was the first one to punch the boulder in front of him, causing a large crack like hold to dig half way through the boulder itself. The others were shocked at the amount of power that Jack had shown, but when Marcus hit the boulder, it broke in half as the back of the rock exploded on the other end was three times bigger than the front. Everyone was stunned at the sheer amount of strength Marcus had, but Marcus was breathing hard, trying to stay on his feet.
People came out to clean up the mess, as both Jack and Marcus went back in line.
“Type 06 worn by No. 33 Crystal Takahashi and Type 07 worn by No. 44 Timothy Ortiz both are a mixture of mid to long range sniping and engineer. Type 06 has half the amount of bullets for sharp shooting with quite a bit number of tools to fix any broken down Dragon Scales. You could say she’s a one stop shop, allowing her to fight and fix. While Type 07 is a mid to close range shooting, but more heavily geared to technology itself. The number one friend of Type 07 is the extensive amount of knowledge it is able to store into the suits and connect to the local web,” said the CEO. He moved from Crystal to Timothy then to Jones. “Type 08 worn by No. 22, Jones Robinson, specializes heavily in magic, helping to control their inner natural element. It has the same frame as Type 02, but with more defensive capabilities than offensive abilities. Jones, show them your fire ability.”
Jones hesitated for a moment, he look at me then back at the CEO, unsure if he could do it correctly. Even I had to give him a reassuring hand gesture, so he wouldn’t flack out. He raised up his hand, bringing it up in front of him. Closing both his eyes, he furrowed as he imagined himself drawing up the fire energy into his palm.
I was quite surprised at the sheer amount of red energy swirling around his whole hand. It wasn’t like the first time I saw him bringing up two flames, now he was able to conjure up an actual fireball. Everything was being shown on the big screen as people held in a gasp at the unnatural phenomenon that Jones was able to create. Even I was shocked that he was able to do something extraordinary.
“Thank you Jones.” CEO nodded his head and finally came towards me. “Type 09 worn by No. 99 Alexus Tyger. You could say that this suit was a lot tricker than all the other suits combined. It is light, but not too light, allowing the speed to be about 1.5 faster. It has a Katana like Type 04, and a second hidden blade down its leg. There is one small handgun installed at the base of its right leg with a total of fifty bullets for emergency. Extra ammunitions and hidden compartments are installed depending on the user wishes. Though there is a special weapon installed in this suit.”
I actually was curious in what Crystal had installed in this suit. The word special weapon caught my attention
“The back of the spine can be pulled out into a bow.”
A bow? I looked at him funny. I couldn’t believe in what I just heard. This wasn’t the medieval times, guns were faster and more powerful than a bow itself.
“Alexus. Please show us the bow.” He look at me, telling me to show everyone the new toy that I heavily doubted would be useful. With a sigh, I reached towards my back as I felt the contraption along my spine started to move into gear. A long rod like weapon appeared, allowing me to grasp the edge as I pulled it out.
What I brought out was something like a stick, when it came in front of me, the whole stick started to take shape into a futuristic bow. Suddenly, I felt a large draw of my energy being sucked into it like a black hole as gold energy flashed across from one end to another, creating the string to conjoin two ends. I was shocked at the sudden strange lull of power coming from the weapon itself.
“There is no arrow.” The Ceo replied with a smug smile in his lips.
I look at him funny. No arrow? What? Then how am I supposed to use this? I thought, cursing in my head for believing it to be very special.
“As you can see, the energy that we usually can’t see is shown through the weapon, the high concentration of energy distorts the fabric of the veil itself, giving us a better picture of what metaphysic energy is all about. The more condense the energy, the powerful it becomes. It could become even more powerful than a bullet itself. Pull” The Ceo directed.
My hand reached over towards the golden gold energy as my finger twined around the string, I pulled. Suddenly a flash of gold swirls pulled out from my hand and into the arrow, turning into a condense energy arrow. I was shocked in what I was seeing.
“The same thing applies with this suit, the consumption rate for magical energy is twice as higher than normal, making it a lot more difficult to use.”
I wasn’t sure I like what he had just said, especially the thought of having my magic being consumed a lot higher just to fuel the suit itself sounded a bit bad. I lowered the weapon and put it back into the spinal area of the suit.
“But do not fret, all Dragon Scale Armor has a first and secondary battery that will keep all its function running for at least three to five years. One needs to only change it every time its low, only the magical aspect will be fueled by your own energy, meaning its limitless as long as you are alive. With that being said, all Dragon Scale Armor are considered DNA coded, so that no one else but you can wear it. Even humans, who are not Ouroboros, will not even be able to power it, giving it an extra security measure.” A large grin erupted on the CEO’s lips. “All the armor and weapons are specifically designed by our lead blacksmith, Crystal Takashi, while the high tech were designed by Timothy Ortiz with the help of many other brilliant minds.”
I was gaping at the two with pride. The two really did it. They created something monumental that will give us a edge against the demon themselves. I was proud of both of them, and knew that there expertise would push the far up the ladder in the benefit of the Ouroboros as a whole.
“But, I didn’t call you all here for only the Dragon Scale Armor.” The CEO darkly stated. “Our No. 666 Ouroboros will be coming soon to Seventh Sanctum. We are on No. 659, and so far every month at least six to twenty Ouroboros have been coming towards Seventh Sanctum. We don’t know if it’s days, weeks, months, or years, but at the rate, I believe that our next difficult demon fight would be right around the corner.”
All the happiness I had with the new toy was quickly washed away with worry, and I could see that everyone else had a dark expression just like me.