Continued from here part 7
Walker fell back behind a fallen wall and hit her comm, "Agony, its that time."
Agony hopped up in his seat on Doom's transport, "Finally."
He then typed in a few lines of code as he snatched up a parachute and headed for the rear hatch.
Vadim stepped over a pile of soldiers as Ed Yeager stepped up in his Buster, "You people are gonna pay."
Vadim shrugged, "Come collect, little tin man."
David continued to fight on even ground with the Slayers as the suit accentuated his fighting abilities while increasing his strength and speed. The soldiers were having a hard time hitting him due to the suit's emulation of a spider sense but they had numbers and the suit has limits.
Walker was giving the most trouble, when ever the soldiers thought they'd zeroed in on her she would slide away and find a new position and take more down. She was one of Shield's finest snipers and was putting on a clinic.
King Adder fought with everything he had as 7 laid in the sand. His healing factor was stitching his spine back together but he needed some time. Adder began to tire but suddenly two of the soldiers screamed in pain and fell to the ground. Adder looked on Agony and then on the claw marks in the armor.
He then kicked another hard enough to shatter his helmet as he picked up his parachute and used it to tangle several more as he pulled them to the ground. He then ran along slicing his claws into those he'd taken down. Adder noticed he seemed to get stronger and more energetic as the soldiers writhed in pain on the ground.
In the Astral plain
Cable and Stryfe clashed swords made of pure psionic energy, they matched each other move for move before finally backing off, Cable formed a whip and slung it around Stryfe's throat and yanked him forward for a punch. His fist smashed into an energy shield.
Stryfe used the distraction to punch Cable in the gut. As he got free of the whip he caught Cable by the throat and formed a sickle blade. Cable then put a knee in Stryfe's groin and threw him off to the side. He then grew to the size of a building and attempted to crush him under foot.
A blast of pure energy then hit Cable sending him flying. He returned to normal size as he landed and Stryfe flew over with what looked to be a tidal wave of energy behind him. Cable quickly raised a shield and held firm as the wave crashed against it.
The two men stood now frustrated with each other.
Throughout the universe telepaths and beings with a connection to the Astral plain felt a pain in their minds as Cable and Stryfe attempted to use the combined power of the plain against each other. They clashed with fists as they used the power to augment themselves. Without their notice cracks began to form beneath their feet as they hurled unspeakable amounts of energy at each other.
A voice seemed to roar at them, they turned and saw the angry half cloaked face of the Living Tribunal, "Be gone!"
Suddenly Stryfe and Cable were hurled back into their bodies. They fell from the sky and crashed hard into the sand. Stryfe looked over and noticed Warforce one crashed into the ground as Vadim and the lone Hulk Buster fought by its remains. He noted Agony slashing down his soldiers like wheat and then hit his comm, "Send it."
Mephisto yawned as he sat up from a lawn chair, "About damn time."
He then took out a pair of opera glasses and watched as the Destroyer appeared on the field, "Now this is proper entertainment."
The Destroyer blasted Vadim in the back allowing the Hulk Buster to catch him and deliver several vicious strikes to his side and gut. The Destroyer then yanked Vadim away from him and hurled him into the wreckage of Warforce one before firing a powerful blast obliterating the remains of the ship.
A missile then collided with the Destroyer as Doom's transport uncloaked and launched its entire arsenal toward the field, cutting lasers, missiles, bombs and bullets flew wildly decimating the Iron army forces and nearly taking Doom's team with them. The Destroyer aimed toward the ship to take it down but a large stone crashed into it sending it to the ground. Yeager looked on from his Buster, stunned at the sight of an angry Vadim, his stone like skin glowed from the heat of the Destroyer's blast.
He ran toward the Asgardian machine. Yeager tried to stop him but Vadim smashed through him, tearing an arm off as he went. He screamed as his armor hit the ground. Mephisto dropped his opera glasses as he saw Vadim strike the Destroyer and send it back a step. He then struck again sending it off his feet. As Vadim went to stomp, it swatted him away and aimed for another blast. Vadim shot up driving a shoulder into its midsection and slamming it back down. He then roared, "I am Vadim, the strongest man in Ares' army. No machine will defeat me."
Across the field Stryfe and Cable looked on stunned as did the soldiers. Only Agony and King Adder seemed unfazed. As Cable looked on Stryfe attempted to shoot him in the back. He quickly raised a shield and returned fire.
They took to the air again firing every weapon their armors had as they threw all of their power against each other. There was a huge explosion of fire and energy as the two then hit the ground. Their armor was shredded and both were bleeding and could no longer focus well enough to use their power. They ran at each other and fought with fist.
There skills failed them as the two were worn out and running on pure hate and rage at this point. Mephisto pulled back the Destroyer actually worried it would be torn apart as the last of the soldiers were killed. Doom's group wandered out, filthy and wounded and watched as Cable and Stryfe dropped to the ground from exhaustion.
Mephisto appeared beside Stryfe, "I won't be letting her have her prize just yet."
Agony hit a button on a remote he carried that caused the transport to stop firing and land. King Adder picked up Cable and threw him over his shoulder, "You fought well today."
As Adder laid him down in the transport he slurred out, "It was too soon, wasn't ready."
He then passed out. Walker went to the front of the ship, "We're heading back to Latveria, there's probably a gun ship or five on the way as we speak."
Vadim gave a nod, "A safe harbor would be a blessing."
New York City, Iron Hall
The Supreme Commander sat at his desk glaring out the window, enraged with himself for not being able to kill his enemy once and for all. He rose with a grunt and walked past several frightened soldiers as he headed to the elevator.
Castle Doom, New Latveria
Cable sat meditating as Thrud appeared behind him, "I freed you so you could kill him."
Cable's eyes opened, "I wasn't as prepared as I thought, I was too emotional. I will prepare better for next time. Rest assured your highness, he will die by my hand, I just need to be ready."
Lieutenant Alexi Bagrov, an aid to General Kurske stood before Vadim in an interrogation room demanding he follow his orders and be taken in to the custody of the New Latverian Military research division. The door swung open as Ares stepped in with a hateful look. Bagrov looked on the war god, "General Kurske has ordered..."
Ares grabbed him by the throat and lifted him so they were eye to eye, Bagrov looked down nervously at his feet dangling above the floor as Ares spoke, "You do not take my soldiers without my permission. If Kurske has an issue with it, he can take it up with me personally. Am I understood?"
Bagrov stammered, "But sir..."
Ares roared, "Am I understood?!"
He then dropped him, "And give the Askani son a message, next time he goes after the clone my army is at his disposal."
Ares then walked out. Vadim stepped over Bagrov as he followed. As Vadim came out Ares clapped him on the shoulder, "You should be proud, you did something Thor himself had trouble with."
Thrud stood in a place that seemed filled with nothing but darkness as the image of Mephisto appeared, "Not bad for your first bit of mayhem. I'm truly impressed."
She glared, "The Iron beast still lives."
Mephisto grinned, "Make no mistake, I would have done far better but you show promise. You scared him, made him look weak. More people than ever will be questioning his authority and he'll continue to break at the seams. Perhaps when I retake my throne I'll allow you a place at my side."
She threw a punch but it passed through the image, "Temper, temper. Is that any way for a Queen to behave?"