[ Bebop II, A Training Room: ]
*The room has been set to a barren desert*
Pitou: *Grins, crouching down low* Feel free to attack.
*His thigh muscles begin to bulge incredibly*
[ Observation Area: ]
*Gathered are Misaki, Chrome, Wisp & Tamao*
Misaki: I hope they have fun~ Tee hee!
Chrome: *Remains totally silent*
Wisp: *Also keeps silent*
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[ Grust, Rhadan: ]
*The group is currently in a large hut*
Ymir: *Stares down at his hands, folded in his lap*
Jake: *Mutters* We've been sitting here for almost an hour.
Ryoko: *Leans over* That's the thing about a Goliath - They're the longest-lived race on Rhadan. A Goliath will spend as much time as he needs to think about the consequences of his actions.
Jeorge: That's becoming apparent... *Sigh* Will he take much longer?
Ryoko: I dunno. Sometimes it goes by quicker than this has. Sometimes it takes a few days.
Jeorge: Wonderful. *Bows his head dejectedly* Uterio must yet be on the march...
Ymir: *Abruptly yet slowly speaks* I've decided...
*All of the others jump to attention*
Ymir: ...I shall help you.
Thanks, big guy!
Ymir: Just give me time to gather my equipment.
Ryoko: You got it! Let's go~!
*She, Jake, and Jeorge warp away*
Ymir: *Sits in silence*
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[ Space Station, Contained Space: ]
*Within the contained space, the sky is dark*
*Snowflakes of purest white fall to layer the ground*
*A figure is slashing at a number of rapidly-moving targets with a green energy blade*
*From an illuminated doorway just above the ground nearby, a female appears*
*She has a supple figure, with mostly-pale skin and long, fairly spikey, silver-lavender hair in a long ponytail; as well as two large locks framing her face. A high-tech black eyepatch with an upside-down triangle of metal studs covers her left eye, while assymetrical, semi-polygonal shapes circle around the outer half of that eye. The young woman wears a sable mantle over an indigo full-bodysuit, with a golden belt as well as black gloves and kneeheight boots. Lastly, some kind of blade is sheathed on her left hip*
???: Master, the scan is complete. We've located both Ryoko and Washu. However, Washu is surrounded by a number of dangerous individuals who would be best avoided. Including... *Gulp* ...Jurai's First Prince. I've also contacted Uterio to tell him that we've retrieved the artifact we were sent for.
*With one last slash, the training drones are dismissed and the man lowers his blade of green energy*
???: Excellent, Suzuka. I knew I could count on you. Prepare our ship to pursue Ryoko.
*His tenor voice causes his female assistant to blush slightly*
Suzuka: Y-yes, master. *Rushes off to do as he says*
???: *Quietly* Hm...The Juraian Prince, eh? He'll surely be far stronger than ever before...
*His blade is raised again slightly as he continues his monologue*
???: But I've not been twiddling my thumbs ever since Uterio completed my revival.
*The dark clouds of his training room briefly allow a shaft of light to reveal himself*
???: I hope no one's forgotten how the most ferocious villains and the greatest of heroes alike were once frozen with fear at just a mention of the name "Ruins Buster Kagato."
*A chuckle escapes him as the energy blade disappears and he turns to leave*
Kagato: Ah well. Those who've forgotten me will just need their memories jogged
*He exits the room with one last short laugh*