Deep under Tokyo, Japan was the underground laboratory of the Radiation Containment unit. This unit is a relatively new, having been founded in the past ten years or so. The reason why it was founded, was due to fear of losing both lives and property to nuclear fallout. The UN gathered some of the top minds in the scientific community in order to accomplish the task of purifying and/or containing nuclear fallout. This group is lead by an Italian man named Anthony Sorent.
Anthony was best known for his recent breakthroughs in mechanical body enhancements. Through his enhancements, he made it so that a living organism would be able to live through losing most of their organs. The reason he was called in to lead the project, was because the UN wanted him to use his techniques in order to create a cyborg that would be able to clean up areas contaminated by atomic fallout.
While they did call Anthony in to help, they had a few rules and stipulations. First was it had to be easy to store. Second it needed to be able to transport itself. Last but certainly not least, the should not cost too much. If the project couldn't meet these requirements, then the funding would be cut and the radiation containment unit would be shut down.
At first Anthony started out small. He mainly used his techniques on smaller animals such as Cats and Rats. Eventually he began moving up in the size of what he made into a cyborg. Managing to properly modify things such a bulls, horses, and even an elephant. However the UN wanted him to make something bigger. One day a representative from a secretive third party approached Anthony with a solution. The third party would loan Anthony a specially bred creature that would not only be able to resist trace amounts of radiation, but also was large enough that it could cover and cleanup a larger area.
Asking what the Representative's company wanted in return for such a donation. The response he got was a simple "Consider it a favor. From us to the world." Seeing that this was his best choice, Anthony agreed to take the serpent. (1)
Going into the underground base, one would see Anthony observing a gigantic serpentine creature through a thick glass window. He was there for his daily check up on the project. The project was getting closer to completion and Anthony needed to monitor it day and night in order to make sure nothing went wrong.
After the past two hundred and sixty eight attempts, Anthony is being incredibly cautious. The UN is getting impatient and viewing the failures as a waste of money. IF this next attempt didn't pull through; it would be curtains for the RCU.
Pulling out and activating a walkie talkie, Anthony asked "How goes it down there? Over." The response he got was; "Sir, we've got everything set up down here. All it needs now is for you to start it up. Over." Anthony grinned in satisfaction and ordered everyone that was in the containment area to move away from the unit so he could start it up. Once everyone had done that he inputted the command for the unit to start up. The base shook as the serpent came back to life.
"It was dark. I felt different. Heavier. Colder. As if I was a stranger to my own body. As if I was an intruder. =An Alien= is what a part of me that wasn't there before states...Where did that come from? What caused it?. Slowly my sight came back. I noticed I was in a new space.= A'Room= said the new part of me. It didn't feel like home. Moving my eyes around I see things around this "room." It lacked the various life forms I had grown used to before.
I finally notice a new feeling. Smarter?...no more aware. I knew things that I didn't before but I also could feel more. As my eyes move around they pick up the sight of very small two legged creatures. =human= is what the new part of me calls them. I lean closer to inspect these "humans". This is not the first time i have encountered a human. I did not know what to call them before. But They have been around me my entire life. Feeling a warm feeling. I reach out towards it and ask. "
Anthony is suddenly startled by a sudden message appearing on his screen. 'Where am I?' Taken aback by the mysterious message, He cautiously responds. 'Who is this?' Under that he types out 'How did you message me on this computer?' The only response he gets from the mysterious messenger is a large amount of ellipses. The only response he gets for a few minutes are ellipses until the other messenger responds with: 'I don't know. I am in a new place that I have not seen before. I felt warmth. I felt the warmth would be able to help me.'
Confused Anthony wrote back: 'You felt a warmth and then messaged me? How?' The response he got was immediate "I do not know. When I woke I was in a different place. Surrounded by humans.' "Humans?"Anthony wonders when an idea suddenly comes to him he looks through the window and sees the creature staying oddly still. Following a hunch Anthony returns his attention back to the computer. 'I may be able to help you find where you are, but you're going to need to do something for me first.' Immediately the messenger responds with a 'what?' 'I need you to look around your location and see if you can locate an odd looking opening near the top of the wall. When you find this opening tell me and I'll tell you what to do next.' After the message is sent, Anthony peeks over his computer to see if his hunch was correct.
After a few head movements as the unit looked around the room, it looks towards the window and pauses. ' I see the opening' is the message that pops up on his computer.' Comes from the messenger. Realizing his hunch is correct Anthony thinks for a moment to consider his next course of action. If he is not careful, the unit could react violently. The damage that would come with this could be monumental. After a few moments of thought, Anthony decides to prepare the sonic frequency system before sending his next message.
'It seems you have done something I was not expecting 269.' Is what the warmth tells me. The new part of me starts to speak to me. It tells me of how they chose me. How they took parts of me. How they replaced them with metals. How they inserted tiny invaders in me. I have been changed. Must ask
'Why?' Anthony responded with 'you were needed unit 269. You were not only the strongest organism we had access to. You were also the largest. Those two factors are why we picked you. The response he got from 269 was "You chose me for my strength?' 'Yes we-no I did. If you work with me 269, I will help you to adapt aswell as become stronger than you could have before. Please 269 you are our best hope.'
.........I shall help you. But you must do what you said.'
Elated by this response Anthony quickly agreed. After that conversation unit 269's setup went along as planned. Thanks to his ability to contact Anthony, 269 was able to direct attention to anything that felt off to him. Along with that the unit and the scientist began to talk with one another whenever Anthony had free time or could spare a moment to divert his attention to the messenger. Often times the conversations were the unit asking Anthony thinks about humans or the researcher messaging the creature to get a feel of how it acted. Over time these conversations led to the two forming an unintentional bond.
One day there was another of these conversations, caused by unit 269 observing the mannerisms of those around him in the containment. He noticed how humans would seem to say something to another and they would respond. When he messaged Anthony about it, the response he got was. 'They are calling each other's names most likely.' Perplexed 269 asked 'A name is some sort of identification among humans?' The reasearcher responded with a yes. Curious the serpent asked '269...Is my name?' 'Well its not really a name. More an indentification tag. Do you want a name?' Was the reasearcher's respone.
The unit thought and said 'Yes I would.' Thinking on his feet ANthony asked if he would want to be called Shady. After the fact that he was meant to act like a shadow (be noticeable yet not noticeable). The unit's response was a yes.
The time came for Shady's first test run. What he was tasked to do, was decontaminate the Bikini Atoll from past tests. This gave an opportunity to test and see if Shady actually was able to handle decontamination while not risking lives. (2)
'269, are you steady in your environment?' 'Yes' 'Then begin the decontamination process of the Bikini atoll.'
Unknown to anyone, a jet carrying a violate load was traveling over the Atoll at the same time as the test. A sudden issue occurred and the jet went down.
"Ground shaking and a blinding flash. I am knocked down onto my chest. My back is burning. My body is searing in pain. Due to not only the heat but also the force of the blast. Pain is all I feel. My sensors are going haywire due to the sudden amount of radiation. I slide into the earth, hoping to ease my pain. I "sleep" in order to heal.
One question is left on my mind before I sleep. Why?
5 days later-
I wake I still feel the burning. The pain is still there.
anger System maintenance needed=
=temporary forced shutdown initiated=
=RAdiation levels remain critical.=
=Nanobots sent into over drive=
I still feel pain. Is this why humans sent me. THey fear pain?
HUmans weAk. FeaR pAiN.
MUst hELp tHeM. PrOtEct them.
=System cool down initiated=
2 months later-
mUSt reTurN to HuMaNs. They nEEd my prOTection.
=Returning to base=
=Coordinates found. Begin transport=
Over the pacific a squadron of P-3s is surveying the air space to make sure that no one is trying to go through the Japanese airspace unannounced. Suddenly they pick up a large low flying mass moving at an astonishingly fast rate. When they try to contact it through radio to tell it to leave they are unable to reach it.
Having gotten orders from base they went into deal with the intruder. They proceed to intercept it. When they finally had visual on the intruder they were momentarily shocked. What they saw isn't any sort of aircraft. Instead what they found was a giant serpentine creature flying right above the water.
The serpent looked to be around three hundred meters long and had a primarily midnght blue coloration. Along its body were bands of a bluish purple that seem to appear at random points along the creatures body. There was an odd discoloration going down the creatures back.The creature's head was covered by an odd pointed structure that covered any scale along the head. This head covering seems to be discolored like the back scales on the creature. If the pilots were able to, they would have noticed that the creature's bottom jaw was replaced with a mechanical version that had these ridges where it connected to the top jaw at the back of the head. Starting at two thirds of the creature's length and running along its sides are these strange armor like coverings that end slightly before the tail. On the tail were a pair spikes that covered the sides of the tail tip and point out beyond the tail tip. The tail tip seemed to have been modified into something that resembled a cannon because instead of being closed off, there was a hole that went into the body. However the most noticeable thing about the beast is a strange hood looking thing that starts shortly behind the head and ends about a third of the way down the creature's length. The "hood seemed to be separated into three separate sets. These sets were largest behind the head and smallest before the grate.
Shaking off the shock they launch missiles hoping to either: drive whatever it was off, or deal enough damage to kill it.
I feel the base approaching. Soon I will be back.
Shooting Pain. SOmething aTtaCkeD. MUst deFEND.
While all the missiles hit, they seemed to not only do minimal damage, but also drew the creatures attention to the jets. The creature started to move towards the jets ffaster than the pilots could react to it. Before they could think of a strategy to deal with it, the creature was already upon them.
AtTackers dead. I see grOunD.
Must dig for safety until I can reach base.
Sun. I feel it as I break through. Need to think. Need to protect humans. Need a safe place to think. I see an egg being held up. A nest! Nests are safe. Need to make sure mother of egg dosen't come back.
Shady moves through the city towards the Fuji tv station. When he gets to it he begins to climb up the side and moves through the center to the sphere part. Breaking the sphere off, people below watch in horror as the colossal serpent coils around the sphere and slowly crushes it in his coils. Feeling the sphere is effectively "dead", Shady slowly begins to wrap himself along the surface of the TV station. Considering what his next course of action should be.
Hours pass as mid day turns to afternoon. Shady's pause has given the military enough time to go in and bring out any survivors along with strategically placing units all around thr building. When the last person is brought out the commander gives the command to open fire. All of the tanks and ground units open fire onto Shady. A few fighter jets fly by and drop their load onto him. The building is brought down due to the combined stress of holding up Shady and the shots from the military. It collapses, bringing Shady down with it creating a gigantic cloud of dust and debris.
Pain. They attacked me again. They really do fear strength. ...If I show them how strong I am. Perhaps they will submit and let me protect them.
Movement is seen coming from the dust and before anything can be said, huge gusts of air come bursting from inside the dust cloud. The blasts cause solider and vehicle alike to be blown back into the city. Crashing into building and human alike. As sight focused back on Shady something new is seen. Where before there were odd pieces of metal running along the side of his upper body, now there was a set of 3 pairs of fans that could have been mistaken for dull butterfly wings.
Suddenly Shady brought them back into his sides and shot off into the ground. There was a silent moment as the dust settled when suddenly Shady burst from another building a few blocks away. It then crashed into another building and burrowed down.
This continued until finally he burst out of the subway. Slowly he unfurled his "wings" and soon people realized that they were in fact giant fans. As soon as that thought was processed, shady was firing bursts of air at everything. People, building, vehicles; nothing was spared from the vile gusts.
Fighter jets came over the horizon and blasted Shady with missles. As the last jet unloaded on him, did they find his next surprise. Moving with his "wings" open, Shady launhed himself into the sky. Gaining ground on the jets. As the jets circled around, he went through the one that was in the center and sent the others crashing into the ground.
Realizing that it wouldn't do any good to essentially just send his men in to die, the Gerneral in charge of the attack on the creature ordered his remaining troops to back out and situate themselfs around the perimeter of the city. As the Troops left Shady descended down to the city and proceeded to wrap himself around the tokyo tower. Looking over the city almost like a tyrant looks over his kingdom.
To figure out a better plan, the general calls in his higherups in order to plan out their next move.
Hours later they had not made a breakthrough. No one could think of anything that would be able to counteract the creature. A bombardment from the navy was considered but then tossed due to concern that the creature could easily just dig into the earth and wait it out. Currently the discussion was in a deadlock as an old man slowly came through the door. No one paid him any mind as they were to in their discussions.
"I may be of assistance gentlemen." Were the first words he said. Deciding it wouldnt hurt to hear the man out the general motioned him to continue.
"My name is Anthony Sorent and I was the one incharge of the creatures creation. I oversaw his development, and was the one who activated him. Its funny. Before I saw him only as a project and didnt realize I was slowly becoming attached to the little guy. Well he's not so little anymore now."
"Most likely the intense exposure to radiation. Have you read or had access to the reports of a sudden nuclear detonation in the bikini atoll?'
"No? Well at the time there was a jet transporting a nuclear device going over the Bikini atoll. No one knows who sent it or where it was going. What we do know is that it was a powerful weapon. On par with some of our most powerful nukes." Anthony took a brief pause to let the info sink in.
Continuing on, Anthony said "Somehow the plane crashed into the pacific. Whether it was from a mechanical issue or sabotage is unknown. What we do know is that it went off right next to one of the islands. Causing what could be called a total wipe of the island."
Looking far off Anthony solemnly stated "Nothing was left after it went off. The land was scarred and all life was gone.
"How does this apply to the creature?" Asked the general.
"I'm getting to that, hold your horses." Looking irritated at the general, Anthony continued. "At the time we had deployed an experimental unit to try and clean up the residual radiation from the bikini tests all of those years ago. We were trying to make sure that our unit was actually able to deal with radiation. Granted this probably wasn't the best way to check that. But we weren't given the permission to send out a nuke of our own. Plus we figured if we managed to decontaminate the island, the people who were displaced would move back home and live happily ever after."
"Sorry, rambling. Anyway at that radiation unit was a "cyborg" that was made by modifying a special species of giant snake that was known for its tolerance to radiation. At first we called it by its unit number 269. I can see that look on your face general and let me reassure you that the other 268 attempts are either dead and gone or two small to really give you much trouble. Back to what I was saying. After a time 269 spoke to me and asked for a name, so I named him Shadyserpent after the idea of he was meant to be like a shadow. Noticeable yet not noticeable.".
"Get to the fucking point!" Commanded the general.
"Sorry, I tend to get absorbed by my memories from time to time. So for Shady's first test, we had him go and clear up the island. As we figured he would be able to filter out the radiactive soil thanks to his special nanobots. He seemed to be doing well. From what visuals we had from cameras that were set up on the island, he was doing what he was tasked for.
"Then the plane crashed. Right by the island where Shady was doing his thing ironically enough. We lost all visuals for the island and whenever we tried to contact Shady we got didily squat. IT was assumed that he was destroyed in the blast and was left at that. After that, our company was seen as a major financial drain and was shut down by the UN."
"Perhaps if we, no I, had gone to check for him...Maybe this situation could have been prevented. Maybe if we had found him, he could have been repaired." Said a solemn Anthony.
Looking down, Anthony reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a small flash drive. Turning his attention to the general , Anthony took the generals hand and gave him the flash drive. Still looking solemn Anthony spoke." I have a special frequency that I developed within the first the first couple of units. Figured it was always good to have a way to deal with the cyborgs just in case they started to attack anyone. This frequency causes every mechanical part in our cyborgs to seize up. Once I give you the sound file, modify some jets to have a stereo system and send them after him."
Moving away from the general, Anthony moved towards the door. Right before Anthony was at the door he paused and turned back to the General. "Please fix the mess I inadvertently created." Turning back to the door, Anthony slowly walked out. Disappearing into the night.
The next day the modified jets were sent out right after a diversion of unmanned drones. Attracted by the motion Shady activated his fans and shot off after the decoys. However before he could get to close to decoy jets, the modified jets were upon him. Activating their stereos, the jets caused Shady to seize up and crash through some of the remaining few buildings, before smashing into Tokyo Bay. Sinking down into the depths. When a group of submarines were sent off to recover Shady's body, all they found was an impression where something crashed down into the depths.