• Published 8th May 2013
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Po-Ni-Oh!: Rise of the Heroes - flawlessvictory20

Follow the exploits of young pegasus named Star Driver as he sets out to become the next King of Games.

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Chapter 02 - Dropping Da Bass

She placed her shades over eyes and concluded her turn. As Star drew his card, Star tried to come up with a plan.
'I know stalling like this won't last forever. I need to do something about that Bass Mast3r,' he thought to himself.
As he looked at his card, a smile appeared on Star's face.
'Well it's a start, but I'm gonna need to hold out a bit longer,' he said to himself.
Star turned his attention back to the field. Star proceeded with his turn.
“All right first switch both my monsters to Defense mode,” said the ochre pegasus.
The two female warriors retreated to a kneeling position.
“Then I place one card facedown and end my turn.”
Vinyl couldn't help but grin, as she drew her card.
“Alright, Star. It's time we crank up this beat!” she stated.
When she looked at her card, she knew her plan had come full circle.
“Perfect! Sorry to cut this match short, Star. But I just got what I needed to end this duel!” Vinyl exclaimed.
“What are you talking about, Vi? I still have two monsters, and you only have one?” inquired Star Driver.
“It's pretty simple, bro. But I'd rather let my cards do the talking! First, I activate the effect 'Waiting for the Bass Drop' adds one 'Bass Counter' to my 'Prototype Bass Cannon'.”
At that moment, one of the four mini speakers began to illuminate with a light blue glow.
“Okay...” said a confused Star Driver.
“Next, I activate the Spell Card 'Raging Beat'!”

Raging Beat
Type: Spell Card
Card Text: Add 1 'Bass Counter' to 'Prototype Bass Cannon'.

“And thanks to this card I can add another 'Bass Counter' to my Bass Cannon.”
With that, yet another speaker was illuminated.
“And then I activate the Spell card 'Let's Rave!'”

Let's Rave!
Type: Spell Card
Card Text: Add 1 Bass Counter to 'Prototype Bass Counter'. If 'Raging Beat' was activated this turn, add 2 Bass Counters instead.

“Normally this card would only add 1 Bass Counter to my cannon, but since I played 'Raging Beat' first my cannon gets 2 Bass Counters,” grinned Vinyl.
Just then, the last two speakers were illuminated.
“And now that my cannon has 4 Bass Counters on it, I sacrifice it to equip my monster with the 'Mecha Bass Cannon MK-II' Spell card.”

Mecha Bass Cannon MK-II
Type: Equipment Spell Card
Card Text: This card can only be equipped to 'DJ-Bass Mast3er'. Increase the ATK of the equipped monster by 700. If this card was equipped by the effect of 'Prototype Bass Cannon' the increase the ATK of the equipped monster by 2000 instead. This card cannot be destroyed by the effects of Spell and Trap Cards.

At that moment, the rustic cannon then vanished, and a new weapon rained down from the sky. As Bass Mast3r caught it, Star couldn't help but be in awe of the cannon now in her possession. It was a rather large bazooka type weapon, which had white with blue accents. On the sides of the firearm had digital panels that displayed the various readings of the gun (i.e. power levels, ammo, targeting system, etc.). Two large blue and white striped wires at the top of the cannon traveled to the back of the weapon and connected to the black power pack. Star Driver was then broken out of his trance by Vinyl's laugh.

“So whatcha think, bro? This is one of the best cards I have,” chuckled Vinyl.
“Not bad, Vinyl. It looks like an okay card,” Star lied, trying hard not to let his voice show concern.
“You can play it cool all you want, Star. But thanks to my other card's effect, my Bass Mast3r gets a 2000 ATK point boost.

Bass Mast3r's ATK is increased to 4500. With her monster now having more than enough ATK to end the duel with one attack, Star began to worry. But he realized that since his two 'Command Knight's' is on the field she still couldn't attack.

“That combination is pretty good. It's too bad that you can't attack me though,” said Star Driver with a cocky smirk.
His comment, however, was met with laughter from Vinyl. This action left Star Driver a little confused.
“What so funny?” he asked.
“Who says that I can't attack you, Star?” chuckled Vinyl.
“You can't, Vi. Do to my monsters' abilities you can't attack either one of them,” he explained Star.
Vinyl flashed a toothy grin, which caused Star Driver to tense up.
“Who says that they’re gonna be around for long?” asked Vinyl.
“What do you mean by that, Vi?” he gulped.
“I mean I'm activating my Trap card 'Bass Drop'.

Bass Drop
Type: Trap Card
Card Text: This card can only be activated if 'DJ-Bass Mast3r' is equipped with 'Mecha Bass Cannon MK-II'. Destroy all of your opponent's monsters (regardless of position).

“Thanks to this card I can destroy every monster on your side of the field without having to attack you first,” explained Vinyl.
“Oh, buck!” stated Star Driver.

At that moment, a large speaker emerged on Star's side of the field hovering above his two monsters. Within seconds, the speaker released a large blue and white beam that descended upon the two monsters. In a bright flash, his two creatures were destroyed. With no monsters left, Star was a sitting duck.

“It's been fun, Star. But this duel is over. 'Bass Mast3r', end this duel with Bass Drop Shock!” exclaimed Vinyl.

Following her master's command, Bass Mast3r took aim. As Bass Mast3r looked through the scope, which was located on the side facing her, she locked onto Star Driver as the weapon began to charge up. With the Bass Cannon powered up, she fired a pulsating beam at him. The crowd let out a collective gasp, as it looked like the duel was over. Just before the beam reached Star, a smirk snaked across his snout.

“I knew you had something up your sleeve, Vi. So that why I activate my Trap card 'Mirror Force!” he said, as he motioned to one of his facedown cards.
His facedown card lifted up and activated.

Mirror Force
Type: Trap Card
Card Text: Activate only when an opponent's monster declares an attack. Destroy all Attack Position monsters your opponent controls.

A transparent barrier then formed around the ochre pegasus. As the impending attack contacts the dome, it is reflected back to Bass Mast3r causing her to be destroyed. Upon her monsters destruction, a scowl appeared on Vinyl face.

“That was a nice move, bro...” she huffed.
“I know,” he grinned.
“Fine, I'll play one card facedown and end my turn.”
The crowd began to cheer loudly as the magnificent duel continued. As Star drew his card, Star began to plot his next move.
'Now that Bass Mast3r is taken care of, I got a shot at winning this. Now all I need is...' he trailed off as he looked at his card.
Star Driver couldn't help but grin, as he looked at the key to his victory. As he turned his attention to Vinyl, he couldn't help but chuckle.
“Something funny, Star?” asked Vinyl.
“Yep, I just got what I need to end this duel. First, I play the Spell card 'Double Summon'.”

Double Summon
Type: Spell Card
Card Text: You can Normal Summon 1 additional time this turn. You can only gain this effect once per turn.

“Thanks to this card I can summon two monsters this turn," he explained.
“So what?”
“So, first I Summon 'Queen's Knight' to the field in Attack mode!”

Queen's Knight
Level: 4 stars
Type: Warrior
ATK/DEF: 1500/1600

In that instant, a slender female humanoid creature dressed in a decorative red armor trimmed with purple and wielded a sword a red shield.
“Next, I summon 'King's Knight'!”

King's Knight
Level: 4 stars
Type: Warrior/Effect
Card Text: When this card is Normal Summoned while you control 'Queen's Knight', You can Special Summon 1 'Jack's Knight' from your Deck.
ATK/DEF: 1600/1400

With that, a stocky male humanoid creature emerged onto the field. He was dressed in a decorative golden armor trimmed with orange and wielding a sword an orange shield.

“And since I summon Queen's Knight and King's Knight I can Special Summon Jack's Knight from my Deck.”

Jack's Knight
Level: 5 stars
Type: Warrior
ATK/DEF: 1900/1000

A muscular male humanoid creature donning silver armor trimmed with blue appeared on the field. Vinyl knew she was in trouble as she witnessed Star Driver summon three monsters in one turn.

'Oh crap! This isn't good,' thought Vinyl.
“Next, I play the Spell card The A. Forces!”

The A. Forces
Type: Continuous Spell Card
Card Text: All Warrior-Type monsters you control gain 200 ATK for each face-up Warrior or Spellcaster-Type monster you control.

“Thanks to this card, all my monsters get a 600 ATK boost!” he stated Star.
At that moment, Queen's Knight ATK increase to 2100, King's Knight ATK increased to 2200, and Jack's Knight ATK increased 2500. With his monsters ready, Star Driver launched his attack.
“I attack you with all three of my monsters!”
With that, all three monsters charged toward Vinyl.
“Not so fast, bro! I play 'Call of the Haunted' to bring back my Bass Gear,” said Vinyl, as she motioned to her facedown card.

Call of the Haunted
Type: Continuous Trap
Card Text: Target 1 monster in your Graveyard. Special Summon that target in face-up Attack Position. When this card leaves the field, destroy that target. When that target is destroyed, destroy this card.

“Not this time, Vi! I activate my facedown card 'Mystical Space Typhoon' to destroy your Trap Card!”

Mystical Space Typhoon
Type: Quick-Play Spell Card
Card Text: Target 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field; destroy that target.

In an instant, her Trap card was destroyed.
“Oh, buck...” whispered Vinyl.
“Sorry, Vi! But this match is over! Attack her now with Royal Rush!” ordered Star Driver.

The three warriors then delivered a three-bladed assault. As a result, Vinyl's Life Points were reduced to 0. Vinyl fell to her knees in defeat, the realization of having lost finally hit her.

“No way... I lost?” she breathed, still in shock.

As she fell backward to a sitting position, the match was over. The crowd erupted in cheers, as they witnessed an epic clash between two skilled duelists. As the duel had concluded, Mayor Mare walked onto the field to congratulate Star Driver.

“That was a very impressive duel, Star Driver,” she said.
“Thank you, Mayor. That was actually fun!” he smiled.
“Not for me!” pouted Vinyl.
He offered a hand to help Vinyl to her hooves.
“Don't be like that, Vi. It was a close match,” he smiled.
“Yeah... yeah...” she sighed, accepting his offer.
As he helped her to her hooves, she glared at Star Driver. Vinyl grabbed him by his collar and pulled him close to her.

“You beat me, okay. So that means you better win the tournament! If you don't I'm gonna beat you to a pulp,” she emphasized by bringing her fist to his snout. “Ya got that.”

Taking the hint, Star Driver merely nodded in agreement.
“Yes, ma'am...” gulped Star Driver.
“Good...” she smiled, as she released his collar.
She lightly punched Star Driver in the arm.
“Next time, I won't lose.”
Turning to the crowd, the Mayor decreed,
“This ends the final match of the qualifying round. Star Driver will proceed to the preliminaries of the tournament that will take place in this year's location...The Crystal Empire! He and the other participants will depart to the tournament tomorrow morning.”

With one final cheer, the tournament drew to a close.

As the ponies exited the arena, three figures waited outside of the entrance for the arrival of the ochre pegasus. As Star reached the door, he was ambushed by a tackling hug from a pink blur. As he laid on the ground, he looked to see Pinkie Pie was on top of him.

“Congratulations on your win, Star!” beamed Pinkie Pie.
“Thanks, Pinkie. But was the tackle really necessary?” he said with a winded groan.
“Of course it was! Nothing says 'I'm happy you won' like a big hug!” she grinned, as she tightly hugged him.
“I appreciate it. But could you...let go of me,” gasped Star Driver.
“Okie Dokie Lokie!” smiled Pinkie Pie.

She released her embrace and moved from atop of him. As he rose to his hooves, he was greeted by the gentle smile of Fluttershy.
“Congratulations, Star. I'm so happy you're going to be part of the tournament,” she smiled.
“Th-Thank you, 'Shy,” stuttered Star.

After she heard him stutter slightly, Fluttershy couldn't help but chuckle.
“You're so cute, Star,” she chuckled.

Trying his best not to blush, and failing miserably, Star averted his gaze. It didn't help that his gaze was met with Pinkie Pie and Spike who looked at him with huge grins on their faces.

“What?” asked Star.
“Oh, nothing~,” Pinkie said, in a singsong tone.
“Why are you blushing, bro?” teased Spike.
“Sh-Shut up...” said Star Driver, as he walked away embarrassed.

As she saw him leaving, Fluttershy called out to him.
“Star, where are you going?” asked a confused Fluttershy.
“Oh, come on Star. We were just teasing you,” explained Spike.
“Whatever Spi-OOF!

Star Driver's retort was interrupted when he ran into an unsuspecting pony. As they both fell to the ground, Star Driver rubbed his head.
“Ow, that hurt.”

When he looked to see who it was, his jaw dropped as he saw a cool gray colored pegasus stallion dressed black pantsuit with a red collared shirt. As he saw the stallion brushed a lock of his silver mane from his face, he knew who it was.

“No way! You're Maximilian Pegasus!” Star said, pointing in disbelief.
“Why yes I am,” he said, as he rose to his hooves.
“What are you doing here?” he asked.
“I came to look at the participants for this year's tournament. And I must say I am quite impressed with what I've seen,” Pegasus explained, as he was dusting himself off.

Pegasus then took a second glance at the pony that crashed into him.
“Oh, my! You're that talented duelist that just won the last slot in the tournament, right? Star Driver, correct?” asked Pegasus.
“Y-Yes, sir! It's a real honor to meet you!” said Star, quickly rising to his hooves.

Pegasus extended his hand to Star.
“I look forward to seeing what you will do in the tournament, Star Driver!”

Accepting his gesture, Star shook his hand.
“I'll do my best!”

But as he shook his hand, Star felt an eerie chill run through his body. It was as if his entire body was being overtaken with ice.

'What is this feeling?' thought Star.

As he released the handshake, Pegasus turned to leave.
“Take care, Star-boy,” he says, as he waved goodbye.

As he walked away, an impish smile snaked across Pegasus' muzzle. Almost as if he were in a trance, Star stared at his hand.
'What was that just now? That handshake...it felt cold?'

His trance was broken by a gentle shake from Fluttershy.
“Star, are you okay?” she asked with concern.
“Huh? Yeah, I'm fine...” he answered.
“Was Maximilian Pegasus just now?” asked Spike
“Yeah, he wished me luck at the tournament,” smiled Star Driver.
“Well, you're gonna need if you have to face me,” teased Spike.
“We'll see soon enough, bro,” retorted Star Driver.
“Hey, why don't we headed over to Sugarcube Corner to celebrate Star's big win?” asked Pinkie, who appeared in between Spike and Star Driver.
“I'm game,” Star Driver quick responded.
“I am so there!” shouted Spike.
“Sounds like fun, Pinkie,” chimed Fluttershy.
“Then let's go!” shouted Pinkie Pie.

With that, the four friends headed off to celebrate for the evening.

Later that night, Maximilian Pegasus was on a train that was departing to the Crystal Empire. He was then escorted to his private car by the royal guards, which were provided by Princess Celestia.

“I will be busy with preparing for the tournament, so please do not disturb me until we reach the Crystal Empire,” instructed Pegasus.
“Yes, sir,” saluted the guards.

Upon entering his private car, which was elegantly decorated with light amber drapery on the window, as well as the large vanity which was located on the north end of the room. His bed was dressed in only the finest silk sheets and softest pillows. As he closed the door, Pegasus shut off the lights and walked to the vanity across the room. As he gazed at his reflection in the moonlight, a violet aura engulfed the border of the mirror. Within the mirror was a figure engulfed by a dark violet flame sitting on a throne. The only thing that could be seen of the creature through the fire was its magenta eyes. Upon seeing the image appear, Pegasus knelt to it.

“Rise, my servant,” spoke the figure.
Pegasus rose to his hooves.
“What news do you have to report?” the figure inquired.
“I've found the ones' that we have been searching for, my mistress,” answered Pegasus.
“Excellent work. And what of the plan?” she responded.

A sinister smile snaked across his snout.
“Everything will proceed as planned.”

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