Xtreme Factor #3
By: Steven Scheibal
Dark Intentions: Pt. 3
X-Ternal laid Ms. Kindle down behind him and
poised himself for battle. The two larger zombies unleashed a toxic
beam from their cannons, directed at X-Ternal. He used his telekinesis
to redirect the toxic blasts back at the other zombies. Mortificators
and Reapers were transformed into Cadavers.
“Dear, god…what has Vahzilok
created?” X-Ternal thought to himself.
The gigantic zombies both charged
X-Ternal. He telekinetically jumped into the air and front flipped
out of the way. Then he ripped apart their backs with his telekinesis.
But X-Ternal had not realized that there were still other zombies.
Soon the Cadavers started to grab X-Ternal from the back and made
him fall down. They started to attack at his flesh but then the two
larger zombies appeared, towering above X-Ternal. The other zombies
held him down and Dr. Vahzilok walked in between the larger abominations.
“Well well well,” Vahzilok said, “Look ‘oo we ‘ave ‘ere. Thought you’d
escape did ya’? Well, I don’ think that’s going to ‘appen, govner.”
Vahzilok pulled out a green vile from his pocket. He opened it and
poured it onto X-Ternal’s wounds. X-Ternal screamed out in agony as
the green fluid made its way through his veins. After the agony came
a great exhaustion. X-Ternal saw only darkness for a long time.
X-Ternal heard a voice that he had not heard before.
“You awake yet?”
another voice chimed in.
“He’s got to be alive,” said yet another
voice, “He’s breathing.”
“Uhh…” X-Ternal finally spat out.
“What’s your name?”
“Who are you all?” X-Ternal asked.
“I’m called Tropic,” one said.
“Call me Big Puerto Rico,” another
“I’m Static Mark,” the last one introduced himself.
Aaron said. “I’m the leader of Hero Corps’ Xtreme Faction. Where are
“Vahzilok’s cells. I assume we’re all meant to be turned, but
he hasn’t come in here since he dropped you off. I think he’s going
to kill us,” Tropic said.
“Turned?,” X-Ternal was quite puzzled.
into his zombies. He’s a madman. We all managed to escape the immediate
threat of being zombies, but since we gave him trouble he’s going
to kill us. I guess you have him some grief too?” Big PR asked.
tried to escape…me and…oh god, he’s got Kindle!”
A very distasteful,
green fluid entered Ms. Kindle’s eyes as she awoke in the tube. She
immediately shut them and found she could breath. There was some sort
of breathing device attached to her mouth and allowed her to transfer
the oxygen from the fluid to her body. She started to feel around
to see where she was; her hands did not get far before she found the
glass encasing that kept her contained. She was about to punch through
it before she heard someone open the door.
“’Ello missy,” Vahzilok
said to Ms. Kindle.
“Where am I?” she asked, not directly at Vahzilok
but more as a question to herself.
“You, missy, are in my lab. You
are to become one of my newest soldiers. You’ll be so very pow’ful.
Won’t that be nice?”
“Let me go!” she yelled at him.
“I don’t fink
tha’s gonna ‘appen. Shall we begin phase one of the process?”
are you talking about, freak?”
“You, li’lle lady, are goin’ to be
one of the newest additions to my super soldier program. It’s quite
Vahzilok walked over to his desk and picked
up a small tube with glowing green liquid inside of it. He put it
out to show Kindle and turned it around in his hand.
“See this li’lle
flask? Do you know wha’s inside of it?”
Ms. Kindle was silent, though
the fury in her eyes spoke for themselves.
“It’s my new serum. I call
it green cream. It’s more like slime, but the name rhymes quite nicely.
This stuff is goin’ be inside of you.”
Kindle’s eyes widened and she
scratched at the glass tube.
“This is going to transform you…transform
you into my greatest and most beautiful warrior ever,” Vahzilok smiled
and put the vile back on his desk.
“Let me go!!” Kindle shouted through
“Let’s begin, eh?”
Ms. Kindle started to bang her fists
on the glass tube, but found she could not break it. Soon afterwards,
Vahzilok walked over to a control panel, pressed a few buttons, and
turned around back at Ms. Kindle, smiling. Kindle’s pores opened slightly
and sucked the green liquid in to her bloodstream. When she screamed,
the device allowing her to breathe and talk underwater slipped off
and she swallowed the liquid. Vahzilok turned around and wrote some
things on a piece of paper and turned back around to observe Kindle.
The banging became softer and further apart. Then the banging stopped.
All the green liquid was gone and Ms. Kindle laid on the bottom of
the now empty glass tube.
“Glorious,” Vahzilok said to himself as
he retrieved Ms. Kindle’s limp body from the container. He carried
her to a metallic table and laid her down.
“Now, lovely, you’re going’
to be turned.”
“This is Chillbain, secondary field-officer for Xtreme
Faction reporting to HQ,” Chillbain spoke into his Hero Corps. head-set
“Go on, Chillbain,” the receiver replied.
our field-leader, X-Ternal, and Ultimate Faction member, Ms. Kindle.
Requesting reinforcements, we’ve dug up some information about Dr.
Vahzilok and believe he is directly responsible for their capture,”
“Request granted, however you will only receive interim
Faction members. All other Factions are on missions.”
“All of them?
Are you sure-“
“They’ll arrive shortly.”
automatically shut off. Nathan tapped his communicator repeatedly,
attempting to turn it back on, but nothing happened.
Skyburn, third in command to Xtreme Faction, asked his troubled teammate.
“They’re giving us interns, Ryan,” Chillbain said, clenching his fists
and looking at the dirty, bloodstained tile floor.
“No, they’re all occupied,” Chillbain said look at the
“That’s very odd,” Skyburn replied.
“Yer tellin’ me,” Nathan
spoke as he walked over to the rusted iron door and pushed it open,
escaping the dark laboratory.
Skyburn followed his co-leader through
the door, followed by the kinetically charged Hot Spot, invincible
Bullet, gravitationally powered Orbit, the blinding man known as Luminary,
and the living energy called Power-Pac.
Chillbain stormed down the
hallway, Vahzilok’s files in hand, headed for the exit. He was not
happy with the fact that interns were their backup, especially since
Supreme Faction had just come back from a mission earlier that day.
Intern heroes never knew how battle was and would panic, Chillbain
knew from experience. Ever since Blacksmith entered the picture nothing
was the same…
“Nate, wait up!” Skyburn yelled to his friend. “Do we
really need to go back to headquarters because of this?”
to wait for the interns at the gate. They won’t know how to get to
our position. No one has trained them sufficiently to use their GPS
tracking systems yet. They’re useless, Ryan.”
“They’re better than
“No, they’re not. If we were alone, we’d be able to implement
our strategic formations with ease. Interns don’t know our strategies
and they just get in the way. What if one of them dies? What if more
than one dies? When they join the picture, it’s just more loss on
our side,” Nate said storming off down the corridors.
“You make a
good point, but this will be good experience for them,” Skyburn replied,
trailing his leader.
“Not if they die, or if we die.”
“We’re not going
to die, Chill. We’re trained professionals. Xtreme Faction. We’re
the best of the best, even though Supreme Faction is the Hero Corps.
poster team, you know as well as I do that we’re the best. These interns
will be in good hands.”
“I hope so, Ryan. I hope so.”
down the slimed-covered corridors to the exit in order to meet his
interns and brief them on the situation; Vahzilok was capturing heroes
and changing them into zombies.
“They found out,” a mysterious man
in the shadows told his contact, Vahzilok.
“Whuh?” Vahzilok asked
“Xtreme Faction, they know.”
“Well we’ll just ‘ave to
put a stop to that then, won’t we?” Vahzilok said with a smirk.
will not be easy to take down,” the shadowed man spoke.
I’ve got one o’ theirs, they’ll ‘ave no choice,” said Vahzilok as
he looked back at Ms. Kindle on an operating table.
“Don’t make any
mistakes, Vahzilok. Your success is crucial to the completion of our
operation,” the man said.
“No worries, mate. I’ll make sure they don’t
Vahzilok shook the man’s hand and closed the door, walking back
to Ms. Kindle’s body.
“Don’t worry, luv, you won’t feel a fing,” Vahzilok
said as he picked up a needle with an amber fluid in it and injected
the poisonous liquid into Kindle’s shoulder.
Chillbain crept up to
the edge of the wall, peering around the corner to see if there were
any Vahzilok zombies lurking about. There were not, so Chillbain signaled
his team to move along and around the corner. Chillbain rounded the
corner in front of his team and all of the sudden hit something solid.
Solid and invisible.
Zombies started appearing before
the heroes’ eyes, all around them. Chillbain formed two ice-swords
in his hands and was about to cut one zombie into two pieces when
he realized that these zombies were actually heroes.
Vahz! They’re heroes! Don’t kill them!” Chillbain said as he swiped
one of the Zombheroes legs with his ice-swords. He ran past the fallen
zombhero and kicked another one in the mid-section and sent it flying
into a brick wall.
Skyburn equipped himself with his handy-dandy M4-A1
and took aim. He shot three zombheroes in the knees, attempting to
literally shatter their kneecaps and render them immobile. However,
one of the zombheroes re-grew its kneecaps almost instantly, something
he did not anticipate. He threw his assault rifle down on the ground
and took a boxing stance. The zombhero lunged at Skyburn, baring its
sharp teeth. By then, Skyburn had activated his newly invented energy
cuffs and his fists were surrounded by a pinkish energy. His energized
fists disintegrated part of the zombhero’s jaw when they made contact.
The powerful Vahzilok zombie flipped backwards and into the slime-covered,
“They have powers! Don’t hold back!” Skyburn shouted
as he swung his energy fists into the face of a deformed mutant-zombie.
“Little late, Sky!” Power-Pac said as the slits in his forearm retracted,
allowing part of his energy body to flow out and produce powerful
energy blasts that sent a few zombheroes flying backwards.
the shadows, a zombhero baring claws jumped out and slashed Power-Pac’s
containment armor. Power-Pac’s body began to seep from the slash marks
created by the zombhero’s attack. Through the torn armor, Power-Pac’s
body exploded into the clawed zombhero and into the air. The zombhero,
or what was left of it, fell to the ground with a disturbing splat.
Power-Pac suffered a much different fate. The armor continued to leek
it’s contained hero from the cuts and soon, fell to the ground completely
empty. Power-Pac’s body had dispersed.
Hot Spot charged his entire
body with powerful kinetic energy to match the rocky exterior of the
zombhero before him. Unlocking the kinetic energy around himself,
he flew at the boulder-like zombhero and slammed into its chest. Sparks
flew from the collision and Hot Spot was repelled. The hero fell into
the sludge and his powers were put out.
“Aw hell…” Hot Spot mumbled
to himself as the rocky zombhero drew its foot above his head.
zombhero dropped its foot and slammed it on the ground with a splat.
Green sludge spewed from its collision with the ground. It looked
down to see his kill and…there was nothing. It looked behind its shoulder
and saw a kinetically charged fist heading for its head. Hot Spot
struck the zombhero’s jaw with his powerful fist, followed by an uppercut
to the jaw, three pummels to the zombhero’s midsection, and a final
energy blast through its shoulder. It fell to the ground in agony
its green blood flowed from it’s bloodies face and shoulder to the
sludge of the sewer.
Chillbain and Luminary combined their powers
to blind multiple zombheroes at a time without blinding their allies.
Chillbain created three ice crystals and Luminary projected his blinding
lights into the frozen crystals to aim the light fragments into the
eyes of the unsuspecting zombheroes. Chillbain the impaled one of
the larger, tank-like zombheroes with three large ice shards and nailed
it to the brick wall.
“That all of them?” Chillbain asked the group,
looking around and surveying the damage.
Bullet asked, darting down from the other end of the corridor covered
in green blood.
“Oh no…” Skyburn quietly spoke as he read the findings
on his energy cuffs. There was an abnormal shift in the energy field.
“What?” Luminary questioned, moving closer to Skyburn and becoming
“He’s gone,” Chillbain said when he picked up the
deflated and empty containment suit of the deceased hero.
To be continued
in Xtreme Factor #4!