New Thundercats: The Face of the Enemy
By Jesse Morgan
*** Well it's number 29 and a lot has changed. The last story left you
wondering who was dead, who was alive and who was still together. This
story will clear up a bit, but like I always say, the Thundercats are in
for some major changes in the coming stories! ***
Cheetara tossed and turned in her dark bedroom. Her
mind was filled with terror and nightmares as visions blitzed across her
eyes. Nothing made sense to ehr anymore. The recent events of her
bettraying the Thundercats and her love, Tygra leaving her alone has
hurt her. She is unsure where to run to and where to go. As she sees
visions of one of her fellow Thundercats, she can noit make out there
face nor physical appreance. All she can keep haring is Mumm-ra,
Mumm-ra, Mumm-ra. It was never this hard for her when she first became
a Thundercat. Life was good, escpecially when she fell in love with
Tygra. But all of that has changed. Just as the person who she feels
she can no longer trust comes into the light, her body is awaken and her
eyes fly open. She thrusts her body up in a cold sweat. Her breathing
has increased enormously as she gasps for air. "Who?" she says as she
stands from her bed. She feels that something big is coming. She knew
that she had to find out who and what was coming. The only way she was
to do that, was to go back to someone she didn't want to.
Bengali lays across the couch, flipping through
different programs upon the monitor. He can't figure what to watch. He
awaits his wife and cubs to come downstairs so they may eat. As his
finger flips another channel, he decides to settle with the news. As
his eyes fixate upon the screen he hears foot steps down the stairs. He
looked to see Pumyra walking into the room empty handed. "Where are the
cubs?" Bengali says as he makes room for his wife on the couch.
"Snarfina fed them already" Pumyra says as she kisses her husband on the
cheek. Pumyra feels a sense of safety in love when she is with Bengali.
She has never felt that way except wihen she was with him. As they
watch the newsd together, their eyes widen to what the reporter is
talking about. "This just in, Vizzar, a known Thunderian criminal has
escaped the local facility and is loose in the streets of Thundera.
Please take all percautions" the repoter says. Bengali quickly flicks
off the monitor. "How could he escape?" Bengali says as he wraps his
arms around Pumyra. Pumyra's thoughts are enough to aswer Bengali's
question. "He doesn't know that we are now staying at this new Head
Quaters that Tygra set up. he'll never find us" Bengali says to Pumyra.
She still does not answer him. Her fears and troubles return to her
just as quickly as they had faded.
The Thudnercats all got to the council room for an
emergency meeting. Each one knew what the meeting was about, but each
one was having problems with the other. Tygra stood conveintly in the
corner, eyeing Tygres and Panthro. His thoughts were not on them but on
Cheetara. Cheetara sat facing away from everyone, looking out of a
small window. She only wish Tygra was sitting next to her. Pumyra and
Bengali sat together, holding each other's hand in comfort. Lion-o
stood before them, overlooking the stiuation they were in. Wily Kit
stood next to Lynx-o. Wily Kat sat reclining in a chair, bored with the
silence. Jadakiss and Catlani stood in the doorway, awaiting Lion-o's
word while Apollo sat next to Cheetara with ease. "We have a serious
situation on our hands. With Vizzar being on the loose, there is no
dobut he'll be looking for us" Lion-o said. Each Thundercat looked
around in concern. "We have to assume the worst and that he is going to
find us" Lion-o said. "That is not the only thing we have to worry
about" Cheetara said. The Thundercats moved their stares from Lion-o to
Cheetara. "What do you mean?" Lion-o said. "I had visions of Mumm-ra
returning. Someone is going to betray us and soon" Cheetara said.
"Hah, this coming from the same woman who betrayed us not too long ago"
Tygres said. "Don't you dare say that. She had no choice, I know"
Pumyra said with anger. "Leave Cheetara alone Tygres" Tygra said. "She
has a point" Panthro said. "We will look into that Cheetara" Lion-o
said. "We will being our watch around the perimeter in teams" Lion-o
said. The Thundercats all agreed and headed for the outside of the
Apollo sat in a tree observing Lynx-o's every move.
Lynx-o sat at his desk in his quaters, working deligently for a reason
that none of the Thundercats knew of. Apollo always felt his home wa
with the Thundercats, but he always knew that he'd learn much more from
watching Lynx-o. As Lynx-o being an older man of Apollo's race, he
learned to grow from what he observed. Apollo looks down to see Lion-o,
the leader of the Thundercats walking by. "*pssst* Lion-o?" Apollo says
quietly. "Apollo? What are you doing up there?" Lion-o says as he
looks up to see Apollo. "Just thinking" Apollo relies solomely. "About
what? let me guess, Jadakiss says that you are very suspcious now a
days of who to trust. So now you doubt you trust in Lynx-o?" Lion-o
said. "You feel that way too?" Apollo said softly. "We all do.
Sometimes I wonder if they are really suspcions or just a way of me
avioding what's really bothering me" Lion-o said. "I guess it would e
Lynx-o's quietness lately that was bothering you. He usually gives you
a speech on how to do things right, hh?" Lion-o said. "Tell me about
it" Apollo said as he shifted his eyes back to Lynx-o's room. "Don't
judge him on that Apollo. He hs had a lot to deal with lately. he's
still a good man and he'll prove very worthy" Lion-o said as his eyes
looked towards Lynx-o's dim lighted room. "There's not a single one of
us who don't owe each other something. Why don't you and the others
call it a night since Vizzar hasn't shown yet. I think I'll go and talk
to him about this. I mean, we'd lay our lives down if it came to
Mumm-ra or Mumm-rana or..." Apollo's words were cut as he saw a laser
fly past him.
"Vizzar!" Bengali said. He, Wily Kit, Wily Kat,
Panthro, Tygra and Tygres all came running towards them. "The sensors
have picked his prescense up on the grounds. He's on a rampage and
he'll find us soon" Bengali said. "What do you suppose he's after
Lion-o?" Tygres said. "Best guess, Pumyra" Lion-o said. Lion-o looked
at Bengali with discomfort. "Knowing him, it's the only prize he wants.
But doesn't mean we will let him get her" Lion-o said. "She must be
protected at all costs. Warn her Bengali" Panthro said. "No, trust me.
I'm worried that will scare her and the cubs. Just act as if nothing
is going on and find him" Lion-o said. "Let's head out and split up"
Lion-o said. "Bengali, you, Wily Kit and Panthro head for the front
gates. Tygres, with me and Apollo, we'll get do the perimeter. Wily
Kat and Tygra take the woods. Let's move quickly" Lion-o said. All the
Thundercats split up and headed for the designated areas.
Cheetara walked slowly towards her destination. Slowly
following her was the man who made her betray the Thundercats. His name
was Vizzar. Cheetara knew he was behind her, she told him to follow her.
She kenw that he kenw who was to betray the Thundercats. If the
Thundercats were not going to listen to her, then she was going to prove
herself. She owed them that much. She owed Tygra that much. She
walked quietly towards a shed. She turned around very stifly. Vizzar
smiled at her deviously. "So are we going to get this over with or not"
Vizzar said. "I hope I can trust you" Cheetara said as she turned back
around. "Why not? You have nobody else" Vizzar said.
Cheetara slowly opened the shed and glared down the
damp, dark stiars. Cheetara and Vizzar both crept down the stairs
nervously. It was unlikely anyone would expect to find them down there.
No one thought to look in Panthro's new workshop, which stood deep
beneath the grounds of the Thundercats base. Sperately, both Cheetara
and Vizzar have faced Mumm-ra in some way. Since then Vizzar has found
out that his memories of what the supposed Mumm-rana told him of the
future. he also knew to trust Cheetara like he trusted Mumm-rana who
was Cheetara's mother. But unfortunately Vizzar can not unlock those
secrets from his memories by himself. In a desperate need, Vizzar asked
Cheetara to break that bond with her new found telepathic abilities. He
knew that her powers were not as strong as her mothers, but he also knew
that all cheetahs had the ability. He wanted the secrets out before
Mumm-ra calimed him and Thundera. "Nice place you got here. Where are
we?" Vizzar said as he looked around at the dim lighted room. "We are
inside the most heavily protected chamber on the Thundercats base.
Panthro's lab is practically impenetrable. We I'll have the privacy I
need to find out just what my mother put in your head" Cheetara said.
She too looked around at the room, feeling very uncomfortable. "I never
figured you really had that much strength Cheetara" Vizzar said. "We
need to ensure that we are safe and away from the other Thundercats.
Anyone one of them could be Mumm-ra's new found pawn. From what I know,
he is using one of the Thundercats powers to create a barrier of
strength. So he's inside one of them, growing in power. He calls
himslef The Onslaught now that he has all this power. I know that much
from my dreams" Cheetara says quietly. "I know you're scared of him
Vizzar. Trust me, I am too" Cheetara said. "Who said I was scared?
But you're the boss for now. I'm letting you get away with that" Vizzar
said as he sat down. Cheetara sat opposite of him. There eyes telling
each other many stories.
"Notice you didn't expect anybody else. The Thundercats
really aren't sropping in are they?" Vizzar said with humor. "They
don't travel to this room often. Only me, Pumyra, Bengali and Panthro
come down here. It is a room that Panthro keeps private for himself.
So when he needs to think, or one of us needs to think, we can" Cheetara
said. "HA!!! I can't believe that any of you get a bit tired of the
Thundercat thing. You're all such goody goddies that it is ridiculous"
Vizzar said. "I'm impressed. But it's a shame that none of you knew
that Pumyra was pregnant or Tygres. or how about when Tygra killed
Crowelin? Or my past with Pumyra?" Vizzar said. He was trying to pick
at every nerve Cheetara had. "Pumyra didn't keep it form all of us.
Now cocentrate" Cheetara said. "Ah, so you knew. You know what really
went on between me and her?" Vizzar said. Cheetar tried hard to dig
through Vizzar's mind, but she was feeling barriers blocking her. "Shut
up!" Cheetara said as she tried harder. "What's the matter spots, huh?
Did I hit a nerve?" Vizzar said. "No" Cheetara said. But he really
did hit a nerve. Cheetara never revealed to others what people have
told her. She has never revealed what people haven't told her recently,
but she has gotten with her power.
She has been keeping many things inside since Mumm-ra
revealed to her in her dreams what was to happen. She saw everyone's
darkside, there dark thoughts. She felt uncomfortable inthe same room
with many of the Thundercats. Her mind has been in a daze and her heart
has been racing. "Pumyra did what she did to spare Bengali and many
others pain. Let's face it Vizzar, you are not the best man to be in
love with. But now, you are a very powerful cougar who we should fear
huh? If the Thundercats even knew you were down here, it would be over
for me and you. Now for the last time, concentrate" Cheetara said. She
began to pull at Vizzar's barriers, breaking them down. A flash hit her
eyes. She turned around slowly to see that the door that kept their
secrets from everyone else was open. "NO! If the door is open, then we
are not protected from any others getting their pwoers in here. Anyone
could know we are here" Cheetara said. She ran like lightining to close
"Cheetara?" Lion-o said with confussion. "Lion-o?
What's wrong?" Apollo said as he and Tygres ran towards him. "I just
felt her. She was in my head" Lion-o said. Lion-o walked dizzly to a
nearby tree. He quickly rested up against the tree, catching his
breath. Lion-o recovered quickly. "You two keep on looking, I have to
go checksomething out" Lion-o said. Tygres and Apollo watched as their
young leader ran back towards the base. "Lion-o?" Tygres questioned.
"Great, now we're down one great hunter" Apollo said. "I don't get it.
Why can't Lynx-o or Panthro use the new Cyber-Seek to find Vizzar? Or
even let Cheetara use her new telepathic powers?" Apollo said as he
looked around. "I guess we have much to learn" Tygres said. "Vizzar is
not a Thundercat. The Cyber-Seeker was set up to find specific things.
Vizzar is not one of them. That makes him almost invisible to the
seeker. As for Cheetara, even with her new pwoers, she is no good to
any of us in her current mental state" Tygres said. They both began
their seek again.
"Usually we can at least sense trouble ahead of time"
Wily Kit said. "But Vizzar isn't just any trouble" Bengali said. "Any
luck Kit?" Bengalis aid. Wily Kit searched the water's surface
carefully. "Nope. I can't find a trace of him anywhere here. Which
means that we are loosing much time if we're going to find him" Wily Kit
said. "She's right, we have to find him soon" Bengali said. "Where?"
Panthro thought. The chances of finding him now we're becoming smaller
"Looks like the first time we battled Vizzar. We
weren;t ready and were unsure of where he was. We battled the Lunatacs,
while it seems that Lion-o had to take on Vizzar" Tygra said. "You're
kidding right? I mean we didn't even know Vizzar was there. We were
trying to save Pumyra and Bengali before they were killed" Wily Kat
said. Tygra walked on the soft grass slowly. "Where is he?" Tygra
said. "Oh he's around here somewhere?" Wily Kat said. Tygra was not
referring to Vizzar. Deep inside of him he believed every word that
Cheetara said. He knew even after Cheetara betrayed him, she was still
full of good intentions. So his heart led him to believe that Cheetara
was telling the truth.
Lion-o was trying hard not to think about Vizzar.
Vizzar couldn't be the reason Lion-o had just felt Cheetara's mind in
his own. Lion-o would have felt pain if Vizzar had found Cheetara. But
yet he didn't. He felt peace and calmness. Only one man could now help
him find Cheetara. "Lynx-o!" Lion-o said as he barged in the old
Thundercats' room. "Lion-o, I asked that nobody disturbed me in the
middle of thr night" Lynx-o said as he turned from his desk. "It's
about Cheetara Lynx-o. I got a psonic link from her and I am worried
about her" Lion-o said with little confidence in his voice. "That's
odd. I no longer feel hre either. i can not even sense her through the
shadows. it's as if she has totally disappeared from here altogether"
Lynx-o said. Lion-o new that all the Thundercats now have some unknown
power. Cheetara has her new telekinetic and telepathic powers. Lynx-o
too has a telepathic power, one controlled by others shadows. "That's
strange. But if anyone can handle themselves, it's Cheetara. That will
be all Lion-o" Lynx-o said as he dismissed Lion-o. "No Lynx-o, it
won't. You must forgive me, but I have no time for your ridiculous and
outraged behavior lately. You're toubled by something and the others
are worried about you. That is probably the reason why Cheetara didn;t
come to you about her dreams involving Mumm-ra" Lion-o said. The name
made Lynx-o's ears rise.
"That's right, according to Cheetara he has an
unlimitied power now. He will be strong enough to enihilate us all if
he returns" Lion-o said. "Perhaps your braile board can help us?"
Lion-o said. "How odd, but I don't know if it can't. Very well Lion-o,
I will find Cheetara and Mumm-ra. you have my word" Lynx-o said.
Lion-o wished he could look into Lynx-o's eyes and figure what was
bothering him. "One last thing then. Vizzar is loose on the base. We
can't find him at all. Please watch over Pumyra" Lion-o said as he
prepared to walk out of the room. "I think you should turn off all the
security. Lure him in here. then attack him" Lynx-o said. "What?"
Lion-o said. "You heard me. I trust you to handle him. You have never
let any of us down before. Get rid of Vizzar" Lynx-o said. Lion-o
could feel the cold that was in Lynx-o's voice. It was if he was a
different person. Lion-o waslked out of the room with a feeling of
"It's weird. Me and Pumyra always seemed to get along.
At least that is how I saw it. But she seemed to think that she had to
be good to be liked" Vizzar said as Cheetar still tred to get into his
mind. "I doubt that much reason for her to feel that way. Now drop it,
I am finally in" Cheetara said. Cheetar's hard work was now paying off
as her mind taveled through Vizzar's. She foudn his spirit blocked
behind a wall that he was trying to break. She didn't know what was
behind the wall, but she knew it was time to find out. With an instant
and all her strength, she broke the wall. Revealing more then she was
Lynx-o sat in his room. All the lights were off, but
that didn't bother Lynx-o. He grew accustom to the shadows. After
Lion-'s request, Lynx-o tried to use the shadows to find Mumm-ra. His
effort was weak. Somehow he cannot focus. There is too much thought in
his head for him to even try. He is distracted by the visions he seems
to be having in his head. With no reason, Lynx-o can now see what was
to happen in the future. he knew that only Cheetahs had that ability,
but somehow he could do it too. He saw that his ignorance to stop
Shadow will cause near death for Pumyra. His inability to help Wily Kit
will cause her to do something uncalled for. And his arrogance against
Lion-o will make a serious decision that will throw all the Thundercats
off. But how could he stop it? These were not his proud moments. He
looks all around trying to answer his questions but nothing helps.
Lynx-o grabs his braile board and throws it all the wall. And that was
finally too much. The burden takes over his powers as his shadows begin
to attack him. He is thrown all over the room in disguist. Finally
Lynx-o releases all of his rage that he kept inside. And when he does,
thay one instance makes he realizes the truth about himself.
"MUMM-RA! I know who he is! Vizzar go! you have to
keave after of here now!" Cheetara said. She felt a pain in her head as
she realized who wa snow that of Mumm-ra. The being that now called
himself The Onslaught had revealed himself too easily. The person who's
face had been covered for so long in her dreams was now revealed. "Huh?
You figured it out? I still don't know?" Vizzar said. "But I do!
Vizzar, if you ever trusted me, get out of here now. Your life depends
on it" Cheetara said. "By Jaga, go! Mumm-ra's here on the base!"
Cheetara said. "What?" Vizzar said. "Run as far as you can! It is
your only hope. Do you hear me?" Cheetara said. Vizzar began to head
for the door. "RUN!" Vizzar said. But where to?
Vizzar headed for inside of the base. But he can't find
his way through it. Suddenly the ase became a grotesque maze to him.
And his heart pounds quicker then his feet can run. Franticaly Vizzar
searches for Pumyra. His mission was not only to find Cheetara, but
once again attempt to get Pumyra. "Oh no! he's in my mind!" Vizzar
said as he stumbled around. Vizzar headed for Pumyra's room. "Somebody
help me! Please I need help!" Vizzar said as he busted Pumyra's door
in. "Pumyra?" he said with confussion.
Just as he looked around, a strong hand pulled him up.
As the hand turned Vizzar to look qat his attacker, Vizzar only hoped
that it wasn't Mumm-ra. "OH NO!!!" Vizzar screamed at the top of his
lungs. "Don't kill me.." Vizzar said. He looked at the newly created
Mumm-ra. he wasn't a man, he wasn't the Mumm-ra he once saw. Mumm-ra
was now much bigger and stronger. His body covered in a scarlet red
armor. No one could imagine the way he was now. His face covered in a
face-plate, but no covering his now ivory eyes. "Kill you Vizzar? What
a great idea! But how would that be possible? You're protected by your
little powers. So as long as your bonded to Arial, you can't rally be
harmed" Mumm-ra said. Mumm-ra reached at and grabbed Vizzar's chest
with his huge hand. "AHHHH!" Vizzar scaremed as he felt his chest in
pain. Mumm-ra removed his hand from Vizzar. "That's it Vizzar,
whimper. Beg for my mercy. Do you realize how long I've been waiting
for this moment?" Mumm-ra said. Mumm-ra dropped Vizzar to the ground.
Vizzar looked up with pain in his eyes. he was chocked to see the image
of Lynx-o inside of Mumm-ra's form. "No..." Vizzar said as he stop all
Cheetara ran with all of the Thndercats shortly behind
her. They couldn't believe they were going to follow her after she
betryaed them. But they had a feeling that all of the noise they had
just heard would prove differently. "Thundercats, I think you should
abandon your seacrh for Vizzar. I believe he has been handled" Lynx-o
said in eahc of the Thunderats head. "NO!" Cheetara said. All of the
Thundercats quickly ran into the base. They saw Lynx-o standing at the
door. "What is wrong?" Lynx-o said. "Well nothing I guess" Lion-o
said. Cheetara looked around and saw Vizzar inside of a small orb on
the table. Lynx-o felt her looking towards Vizzar. No one else noticed
the orb, but Pumyra "What's wrong Cheetara?" he said. Cheetara quickly
looked at him. He felt her eyes. "Get out of ehre now!" Pumyra said.
Catlani looked at Lion-o as Lion-o headed towards Cheetara. Bengali
looked at his wife as she grabbed Wily Kit and Wily Kat. "What?" Tygra
said as he looked towards Cheetara. Panthro grabbed Tygres and moved
back. Cheetara's eyes were still fixated on Lynx-o. With an instance,
Lynx-o transformed into Mumm-ra's form. That quickly, half of the base
exploded, sending rubble all over the Thundercats. All of the
Thundercats tried to take cover but it was too late. Mumm-ra laughed
with pleasure. He looked at the Thundercats, burried under the rubble
that was the base. "Now I shall rule Thundera" the evil being said as
he faded away. It had begun, the end of Thudnera once again came near.
*** Sneak Preview - The onslaught of Mumm-ra has begun. And soon enough
all of Thundera will feel his wrath. The Thundercats regroup carefully
as Mumm-ra/Lynx-o sends newly built sentinels against all of Thudnera.
The sentinels have been created to the size of buildings, making it
harder for the Thundercats to destroy. What will the Thunercats do to
free Lynx-o and stop Mumm-ra? How will they stop him as he let's loose
his full strength against all of Thundera? The Thundercats must prepare
for another big battle as they figure away to stop Lynx-o's tyranny and
Mumm-ra's onslaught. ***
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