As both sides were preparing for warfare, back in Laboratoria, Ethan was digitally sculpting holographic designs for the electromagnetic cannon on his hologram table while Kunoichi watched in awe.
Kunoichi snaps out of her marvelling, “Huh?? Yes?”
“Would you tell me what weapons you and the other squad members specialise in? I’m planning on making special weapons for the whole squad if I can,” said Ethan.
“Ooooo cool, I’m not really sure what everyone specialises in because up until now we had no choice but to use guns and explosives against the robots. Although I think I can give you an idea of what each member may specialise in,” said Kunoichi.
“Sure, that's better than nothing I suppose.”
“Kay, lets start wiiitth- Ninja since I’ve known him from childhood. For as long as I can remember, Ninja had been studying and practising Kenjutsu until this whole war began,” said Kunoichi.
“Well from what Ninja has told me, Kenjutsu is the art of the sword meaning techniques of the sword that can be used in battle,” said Kunoichi.
“I see, basically what you’re saying is that Ninja’s specialised weapon is a sword?”
“Basically yes, specifically the katana,” said Kunoichi.
“Katana? Do you have the design of the sword?”
“It’s has a slightly curved blade with a one sided edge to it.”
Ethan started digitally sculpting the sword with his hand on a holographic 3D model that was projected by his hologram table. Momentarily, “Is this it?”
“Close but it’s missing the cultural trademark guard,” said Kunoichi as she got closer to the hologram table and altered the holographic sword a bit, “And Voilà.”
Kunoichi had accurately sculpted a holographic katana, “Looks good, it’s a design I can work well with,” said Ethan.
“Great, but I don’t understand why you would make him a sword for a gun battle,” said Kunoichi.
“I won’t only be making him a special sword but I’ll make mechanisms that will improve his mobility and foresight. With these improvements, Ninja and the rest of the squad will pose a huge threat to the robots.”
“A mechanism that can improve mobility? What is it?” asks Kunoichi curiously.
“Well the best that I can think of off the top of my head is electromagnetic boots, but we’ll have to see when the physics guy gets here.”
“Electromagnetic boots, sounds interesting,” said Kunoichi.
“Indeed it does. Anyhow, shall we continue with our previous topic?”
“Sure, so what weapon do you think I would specialise in?” asks Kunoichi.
Ethan scans Kunoichi, “From what I’ve observed from you, you’ve a lean petite build so I doubt you wield heavy weapons, you seem flexible and light on your feet so I’m not really sure what you could specialise in.”
“Oh, so then you’ve been checking me out?” said Kunoichi flirtatiously.
“Not in the way that you think,” said Ethan calmly trying to hide his fluster.
“(Giggles) I’m just teasing but good observation though, it’s very accurate. Growing up, my parents made me do ballet & gymnastics, doing that made me flexible and acrobatic. They also made me learn a weapon martial art which involved a chained kunai,” said Kunoichi.
“Nice, did you master all of those arts?”
“Yes, as much as each art was a lot of work to master, I enjoyed all of them which is what made me master them,” said Kunoichi.
“That’s amazing, your parents must be so proud.”
“They were… they would brag about me to their friends & relatives whenever they got the chance, they attended all my performances and supported me as best they could,” said Kunoichi as her mood slowly turned gloomy.
“Okay- I seem to have stepped on a sensitive topic here and may have just ruined her mood, how do I turn the tables? Maybe I should relate to her? Crack a joke maybe? Oh dear.”
“Are they dead?”
“………You dense fool… it amazes me how insensitive you can be, like why would you ask if they’re dead, how insensitive can you be???”
“Yes… they died from a robot attack,” said Kunoichi.
“Great, now I look like an insensitive jerk and what’s worse, my creation is cause of this. (Sighs) Alright we can still salvage this if I play my cards right-”
“Ethan? You alright, you seem troubled?” asked Kunoichi.
“Yes I’m fine, my condolences to you for your loss, I guess we’ve both lost a lot at the hands of Mavis… but that is why we need these specialised weapons so that we can avenge our fallen loved ones otherwise we stand no chance of defeating Mavis.”
“Can you promise that we’ll defeat Mavis?” asks Kunoichi.
“Well, from every encounter I’ve had with Mavis, she is always stronger than the previous encounter so I believe that this upcoming encounter will be the most challenging, to the point that I’m not too confident in making this promise.”
“Oh,” said Kunoichi worriedly.
“But at the same time, I am confident enough to make the promise. So I promise and swear on my life that I will defeat Mavis.”
Kunoichi smiles radiantly at Ethan as she was relieved that Ethan could make the promise, “Thank you, I really needed you to say that. Shall we seal it with a pinkie promise?” as she raised her pinkie.
Ethan was confused by the term & gesture but went along with it, “Uhm sure,” as he raised his pinkie and sealed the promised.
“Great, now you have no choice but to keep the promise.”
“Well I had no intention of breaking it…Anyways, now what weapon would Colonel specialise in?” asks Ethan.
Kunoichi takes a moment to think about it, “Hmmm…now that I think about it, during training, she would always fight and beat us with different wooden weapons like a bo staff or a wooden sword. So I don’t know what exactly she specialise in since she uses all of them so well…but if I were to select one, I’d say she’s best with the bo staff so make her a bo staff weapon.”
“A bo staff weapon huh, I may have an idea for that. Okay what about Bradley, what’s his specialised weapon?”
“Bradley is an ex-military special ops officer so he mostly specialises in guns but he’s also very good with hand-to-hand combat so maybe try make a weapon that can utilises that skill,” said Kunoichi.
“Wouldn’t it be easier to just make specials guns for him than making such a weapon?”
“Well I assumed you liked a challenge,” said Kunoichi cheekily.
“An accurate assumption, in that case, I’ll try think of something for Bradley. Now what’s uhmm, what’s his name again, uhmm Flash, yes Flash, what’s a weapon that he specialises in?”
“Flash? He loves his flashy explosions so I’d say he specialises in explosives, but he’s also good with guns, I think his favourite gun is the revolver, he has amazing aim with that gun.”
“Explosives and guns… I can work with that. I believe that’s everybody, now I can start designing these weapons while we wait for Chemic and her friend,” said Ethan as he continued working on designs with his hologram table
“But you forgot to ask about Chemic’s specialised weapon,” said Kunoichi.
“Ehhh, isn’t it obvious though?”
“What do mean?”
“She has specialised guns for herself so she doesn’t need a new specialised weapon. All I will do for her is make a new type of bullet for her to use in her guns.”
“Oh, at least you’re doing something for her,” said Kunoichi as she continued to watch Ethan designing the specialised weapons on his hologram table.
A few minutes passed and Chemic arrives in the lab, “I’m back- and I brought my friend. Introduce yourself,” said Chemic to her friend who was in awe admiring Ethan’s lab.
“Huh??? Oh hi, my name is Zac” as he stuck out his hand.
“Ethan” as he shook Zac’s hand.
“Nice to meet you Ethan, I heard a lot about you from Chemic here,” said Zac enthusiastically.
“Is that so? All good things I hope.”
“Yes of course, she told me about your tech and your amazing lab but her description of this place does not do it justice,” said Zac.
“Thanks, you flatter me, but you can admire it as we work for we need to get started on the experimenting
“Alright! What exactly are we creating?” asks Zac excitedly.
“We’ll be creating a lot of weapons but for now let’s focus on the biggest and most important weapon.”
“Which is?” asks Zac curiously.
"The electromagnetic cannon”
“The electromagnetic cannon!!!”
“Yes, are you familiar with it?”
“Yeah, my division has been trying to make one but with no success unfortunately,” said Zac.
“Then we will make one with success, we have no choice but to do so. So then, shall we begin?” as Ethan raises his fist at Zac.
Zac grins and answers excitedly, “Yessir” and fist bumps Ethan.
“Then let us begin.”
While Chemic & Kunoichi watched from the background, Ethan and Zac began their work by creating designs for the electromagnetic cannon, Zac provided experience from previous experimentations on the electromagnetic cannon to help prevent flaws in the design. Ethan used his hologram table to run artificial tests on the electromagnetic cannon designs to see if any of them would be a success, only two of the ten designs were successful. The difference between the designs was that one was easier to make but had a lower energy output meaning that it would do less damage on the Colossals, the other design was harder to build but had a higher energy output meaning more damage done to the Colossals. Ethan choose the latter design as he was worried that the former design would not be enough to take the down a Colossal and plus of course he enjoys a challenge, high risks high rewards.
Time passed quickly as a day went by with a sleepless night for Ethan & Zac who were busy constructing the electromagnetic cannon’s design with physical components, heat and pressure. While Ethan was working industriously, back in the Virtual Cyber Realm at the Mavis Empire, Gov. Vector was busy hacking the human shelter’s network. “Governor Vector, how much more time will you need to complete this task?” asks Gov. Cybris.
“This is a complicated task that needs time and patience. I am not only hacking into their network, I am also hacking into their entire network streams so that you will have access to every electronic device that exists in that human shelter. So please, be patient as I will be done momentarily,” said Gov. Vector.
“Excellent Governor Vector, I thought you would need another day but it amazes me how efficient you are. It makes me wonder how you’re only ranked 4th amongst the Governors,” said Cybris.
“I wonder the same thing… but I’d rather not question Lord Mavis’s choices as she sees things differently from us so I trust her judgement.”
“Really? I always thought that you would be the type to have and trust your own opinions,” said Cybris.
“Then tell me your opinions of this war, Lord Mavis and the other governors?”
“….Governor Cybris, I don’t consider you as someone who will understand my opinions. In other words, you and I are not friends so I see no reason why I should reveal my “opinions” to you,” said Vector ominously.
“Quite the statement there Vector, but you are a rank lower than me so you better watch your tone wit-(Vector interrupts him) “Well would you look at that, we finally have full access to the human shelter's network. Since my work here is done, I’ll take my leave,” said Vector as he walked away from Cybris.
“Who said you could leave Vector, I’m not even done talking to you,” said Cybris in an annoyed tone.
“Like I said before, my work here is done, so there is no need for me to stay here… and I don’t care that you’re a rank higher than me Cybris, if you want someone to boss around and kiss up to you, go find Governor Codey. I’ve got better things to do than waste any more time with you two idiots so see ya later Governor, don’t screw this up,” said Vector as he left the room and made his way to the network jetstream.
“(Sighs) I’m glad I’m finally out of that place, had I spent another second in there with that bastard, things were gonna get physical. Anyways I’ve done my task, now the rest is up to those two.”
Meanwhile Cybris was fuming over what just happened but managed to just calm himself down. “I’ll deal with you later Vector. There are more important matters to attend to other than some cheeky lower rank,” said Cybris to himself, “Assistant!”
“Summon Governor Codey, his turn has arrived.”
“Will do sir.”
Cybris scans through Vector’s handy work and realises the vast windows of opportunities that Vector had hacked open for him and Codey.
“(Chuckles) Oh you poor humans, enjoy these last few moments of peace, for they will be the last you will ever experience.”