Samuraiby: BondPreludeThe year was 1682.

During this time, Western influences of economic and mechanical wayshad slowly made its way towards the East. One of the East's maincountries was that of feudal Japan, which was still into their waysof feudalism and under the total rule of an Emperor. However, thisEmperor did things a little differently than others that ruled beforehim.

Takito Fujimara, the Emperor of Japan, ruled the country underpeaceful and calm means, not violent and conquering ones. He decidedthat under his reign, everyone would prosper with a great economy andbountiful crops for food and trade. He hardly had a military force,but under his guard was The Royal Guard, a group of strong Samuraiwarriors that had mastered an ancient martial art that only theywould possess. The art was known as Tai-Chi-Kuong, a way to channelthe soul of the warrior in order to produce energy as a use ofdefense and protection. Emperor Fujimara used the Royal Guard as notonly his bodyguards, but as a police force for the people of Japan.

The people did indeed prosper from Emperor Fujimara's reign, fortheir crops were large and abundant for themselves as well as forother countries that wanted to give Japan money for their hugeamounts. Japan's neighboring countries, Korea and China, realizedthis and established successful trade routes between themselves andJapan. Both countries gained very much from Fujimara's reign asEmperor of Japan, and vice versa.

Life was good.... until the Dark Uprising happened.

The Dark Uprising was the result of Fujimara's ousting as Emperor by,of all people, his 18-year old daughter, Kaia. She had trainedherself in the art of Tai-Chi-Kuong when she was younger because notonly did she want to become like her father, who was also a master ofthe art, but she wanted to serve by her father's side as a member ofThe Royal Guard. However, it was illegal for a female to have ahigher power of government, including being a member of The RoyalGuard. When she felt that she was ready to join, she had asked herfather for admittance to The Royal Guard. Emperor Fujimara denied herrequest, but had issued a challenge. If she would fight the generalof The Royal Guard and win, she would be allowed to join the elitegroup as his own personal bodyguard. She accepted and proceeded tofight the general in sword-to-sword combat. Against the odds, shechanneled her powers and defeated the general, amazing even herfather. She did win, but her father decided to is!sue another challenge to her. This time, Kaia would have to face theEmperor himself with the same stakes in place. She accepted, and wasabsolutely humiliated by her father's abilities. He was stronger thanshe was, and he added insult to injury by blasting her with a blueenergy wave that nearly sent her into unconsciousness. With a nod, hewon the fight and left his fallen daughter behind.

When Kaia recovered from her injuries, she began to train again, butthis time with a new focus. Instead of the calmness thatTai-Chi-Kuong uses, she aimed it towards anger and fury. In time, shediscovered that with anger, the martial art became stronger anddeadlier than its original form. The blue color that came from theenergies changed into purple in this new dark form. Within a coupleof weeks, she had mastered this new dark form and decided tochallenge her father again.

The Emperor was in his throne room when his daughter challenged himagain. However, she wanted something more than just being by herfather's side. She wanted to become Emperor! With his title on theline, Emperor Fujimara accepted the challenge, not knowing the newabilities that Kaia had gained. Within a couple minutes of the fight,he discovered that her dark powers had easily surpassed his. With apurple energy blast to the chest, Kaia had defeated her father, butshe wasn't satisfied with that. With one stomp of her foot, her bodylet out a powerful energy shockwave that leveled the throne room intoruins. The destruction of the room had killed the Emperor and themajority of The Royal Guard that was inside. Kaia had assumed herfather's position as Emperor, but called herself Supreme Emperor ofJapan.

Under Kaia's rule, the prosperity that Japan and its neighboringcountries had was destroyed. She had called upon higher tariffs fromthe people, causing them to become poor and famished. As for Koreaand China, she had severed ties with them and proceeded to call upona large military force for invasion. The Royal Guard was eliminatedby her hand, and was replaced with many female warriors that havemastered the dark side of Tai-Chi-Kuong.

Japan was never the same again.

Chapter 15 years later....

Kaia's rule as Supreme Emperor of Japan has been disastrous for thepeople who lived in the once prosperous island country. Her hightariffs upon Japan and its neighboring countries have nearly drainedeveryone of money, food, and supplies. Most families were near thepoverty line as they gave what little they had towards Kaia. Thosewho have opposed her and her reign were met with death.

Kaia and her new bodyguards have arrived in the island of Okinawa asshe prepares to take more from the townspeople. Her bodyguards werefemale teens who were taught the dark side of Tai-Chi-Kuong, eventhough they would never master as much power as Kaia. Dressed inblack and their faces hidden by scarves, they were an elite forcethat proved to be more powerful than the old Royal Guard. Having herlong, black hair done in a tight bun, Kaia was dressed in a purpleand crimson royal gown while walking along side her bodyguard, beingbarefoot in the process. She preferred to be barefoot because itallowed her to connect her dark powers with the natural effects ofnature, nearly increasing her powers tenfold. She enjoyed having thatmuch power under her control and placing it on display against herenemies, but she wanted more. Much, much more.

As she arrived at the first village near the coastline, Kaia's eyessaw the townsfolk that were in front of the village gates. They hadwicker baskets in front of them that were filled to the rims withfood and money that they had collected. Kaia arrived, and thetownspeople instantly knelt down and bowed to show her respect. Thebodyguards inspected the gathered items and counted the money to makesure that it was all there. Kaia only looked down at the people andgave off a smile of sinister means. One of the bodyguards wenttowards the Supreme Emperor and whispered in her ear about something.

That smile turned into a hateful scowl quickly while the bodyguardfinished her statement and slowly backed away. "It seems thatthis village hasn't the correct funds that I require," she saidto them.

The leader of the village, a middle-aged man with long, brown hairand a Samurai sword at his side, slowly stood up and spoke towardsher. "It has been a bad season, my Lord. Our supplies are nearlygone, and we have been in a drought for a while. Please, if you cangive us a little more time....""SILENCE!!!" Kaia yelled at him. "I will not be heldup by your stupidity! Your insolence will be punishable bydeath!"Kaia's eyes became enraged as their green color completely changedinto a purple hue. Tiny tongues of purple flames slowly flicked outof her hands as the village leader stood his ground, knowing thatthis. Igniting her abilities of Tai-Chi-Kuong, she pointed her handsout at him and unleashed a large wave of purple energy at him,wanting to destroy him in the worst way possible. However, thevillage leader leapt out of the wave and pulled out his sword, notwanting to die just yet as the energy wave collided with the villagegate, destroying it instantly. If it were his day to die, then hewould want to liberate Japan in the process.

Rushing towards Kaia, the leader aimed his long blade at her.

However, it didn't end up that way as she grabbed the sword at itssharpest part with her right hand and broke it in half with onesqueeze of her hand! The village leader could only stare in horror ashe watched his sword become trash in seconds. Only this opening, Kaiafired another purple energy wave from her free hand at him, knockinghim down to the ground as she instantly drained his energy. Sheslowly walked towards him and placed her right foot upon his chest,her eyes now focused on the townsfolk, especially one young boy whowas crying because he was the son of the fallen village leader.

"Let this be a lesson to those who defy me!" she said tothem.

At that, she summoned all of her energies and concentrating onrevenge that was upon her heart. Her royal gown started to becometight around her body as the weight of her foot slowly grew more uponthe chest of the village leader. He yelped out a scream as the painworsened while Kaia looked down at him, enjoying the suffering thatshe was inflicting upon him. Suddenly, the townsfolk heard a rip fromher gown as they finally noticed that she was growing bigger. Shefinally reached the 10-foot mark when her foot finally crushed theman's ribs and lungs, killing the heart in the process. He exhaledone last breath before his head turned to the side, his mouth lettingout a stream of blood as he died. The young boy ran to his father'sside and started to cry as Kaia backed away from the dead man. Hatredand rage filled the boy's emotions as Kaia, with no remorse upon herface, walked back towards the ocean with the bodyguards in tow asthey carried their bounty.

The boy would never forget this day, for it would change his destinyforever.

Chapter 2Two days have passed since the boy watched the funeral and burial ofhis father. The images of Kaia crushing the life out of him with herfoot have never left his mind, nor will it. He didn't want to forgetthe horrific event as long as he lived, for he made a solemn vow tohimself that he became older and trained himself in the martial arts,he would seek out Kaia and kill her.

As the sun rose of the third day, the boy walked towards thegravesite where his father was buried. Wearing nothing but a whitesheet, the boy knelt down and eyed the tombstone that marked thegrave. He reached into the sheet and pulled out the broken half ofhis father's sword, the same sword that he used against Kaia. Heplaced the sword on top of the mound of dirt and closed his eyes insilent prayer. "Father," he said, "as long as I livein this world, your soul will be avenged. I swear it!"Tears began to streak down from his eyes to his cheeks as he cried.

After a few quiet moments, the boy left the graveyard and walked backhome, which was a few minutes away. When he entered his home, hedecided to enter his father's bedroom, hoping to find some items thatwill help keep his memory alive. Sliding the door back, he enteredthe room for the first time in his life, for his father never wantedhis family and friends to see what he had to hide. His father was onethat had plenty of secrets, but he never wanted anyone to find outabout his past. The boy wandered about a bit before discovered hisclothes closet. He slid the door back and discovered something thatmade his eyes bug out. Inside the closet was a while and crimsonkimono, a suit of Samurai armor, and a long-bladed sword that wasinside a silver sheathe, a gold hawk adorning the tip of the sheathe.

His father was a former member of Emperor Fujimara's Royal Guard!The boy reached for the sword and unsheathed it, the shimmering bladebeing shown for the first time in a long time. He looked at hisreflection as he could hear the blade respond to his touch. As if byaccident, he slowly stood and raised the blade to a vertical attackposition. His eyes could see the vision of Supreme Emperor Kaiawalking towards him; her black kimono was torn to reveal parts of her10-foot frame. She was laughing at him while her nubile breastsjiggled from her boasting laughs. Her frame slowly glowed purple withher dark energy and started to grow again, the kimono being torn innew places. Her breasts slowly peaked out and shredded the front ofher kimono as he looked down at the boy, knowing that she could killhim with one blow. The boy saw this and rushed towards her risingbody, slicing the sword at her with all of his might. He slashed herwith the sharp sword over and over again, but he saw no blood uponthe long blade. His eyes slowly refocused b!ack through the bedroom, realizing that he was the only one there.

Was it a vision of the future that he saw?He placed the sword upon his father's bed and went towards a smallchest that was also inside the closet. He opened the chest and avelvet-covered book was inside the chest. He took the book and walkedtowards the bed, taking a seat as he admired the smooth covering ofthe book. He opened the book up to the first page, which said, 'TheJournal of Jio Makiana'. He began to read the journal, which had atleast 50 pages filled with tales of Jio's past life as a member ofThe Royal Guard. It explained how he was hand-picked by EmperorFujimara to join him, how the teachings of Tai-Chi-Kuong gave himpower and discipline, how many battles that he participated in,memories of his son being born and growing up with him, and explicitdetails of the Dark Uprising. Once he reached the chapter of the DarkUprising, the boy's focus was really at its peak. He read on as Jiowas a witness to the Emperor's death by Kaia's hand and his decisionto run and hide from Kaia rather than fight he!r and die. Jio also wrote in his journal about his one and only otherbattle with Kaia, which resulted in Kaia nearly killing Jio with herdark powers at their peak. If it weren't for a lucky slice from hissword at her right side, he would have die.

The boy slowly stood up and took the book into his own bedroom, boundand determined to do something. He grabbed a bulbous bottle of inkand a plume from a table and sat upon the floor. He re-opened thejournal to a blank page two pages in front of Jio's last entry. Hedipped the plume into the ink and proceeded to write the following onthe page:"My name is Ryo Makiana. The author of this journal was myfather, Jio. He has since died at the hands of Supreme Emperor Kaia.

I miss my father very much, but my destiny has been sealed by heractions. I will train myself in the martial art of Tai-Chi-Kuong inorder to exact vengeance against the woman who murdered my father. Iwill become a master of the art, and I will prove myself worthy toface Kaia in combat. Japan will be liberated, and my father's soulwill be avenged! I will not rest until my journey is complete, oruntil my dying breathe."At that, the boy named Ryo stood up from the floor and entered hisfather's bedroom again. He entered the closet and unhooked the RoyalGuard kimono. He proceeded to don on the uniform, even thought thatit was a bit too big for him. He knew that he would fit it in time,for he never was going to take it off. Ryo then grabbed the swordfrom the bed and placed it back inside the silver sheathe. As he didthat, he looked out of a window and saw the blue sky of the day,telling himself that a new day has come for him. A day that a newSamurai warrior would rise against Kaia and stop her reign once andfor all.

Chapter 310 years later....

Japan was in a state of complete disarray. With Kaia's high tariffs,the majority of the island country went without food or supplies forweeks at a time. People had died because of malnourishment andexhaustion as a result of this, but Kaia didn't care. She only caredabout the growing power that she continues to gain. Revolts havestarted against her reign, but were quickly squashed by her highlytrained troops. However, when a revolting faction at around 60 peoplerushed towards Kaia's palace, she had dispatched of them by growinginto a 50-foot goddess, the likes of those never seen by normalpeople. Using the full extent of her dark powers, she had slaughteredthe faction before the remnants finally decided to retreat back totheir villages. Nothing could stop Kaia and her dominant reign overJapan.

The leaves began to fall in an autumn day as the sun dripped down tosignal the end of the day. Kaia, now a fully matured woman and adominant master of the dark side of Tai-Chi-Kuong, rode on horsebackwith 4 of her bodyguards towards another village for anothercollection of food, money, and supplies. Her red and black royal gownflowed with a gentle breeze as she rode, the middle of the gownrevealing her ample cleavage to the world. Kaia was untouchablebecause of those female bodyguards, as well as the extent of her fullpower. The caravan rode across a long bridge that would lead themtowards the designated village, but suddenly, they stopped dead intheir tracks. On the other side of the bridge was a figure that wasdraped under a black cloak. His face wasn't visible because of thehood, and his hands were not shown as well. The figure took one steptowards the Supreme Emperor's caravan and stood his ground there.

"You will not pass," it said with a stern tone.

One of the bodyguards leaps off of her horse and slowly makes her waytowards the dark figure. Her right hand touched the hilt of her swordas she approaches him. "You will let us pass," she said tohim, "so that the Supreme Emperor can collect her dues.""No. She will not pass through here ever again. Her evil is notwelcomed here."At that, the bodyguard unsheathed her sword and got into a battlestance against the stranger, but he stands his ground. She respondsby saying, "This is your last warning. Move, or bedestroyed.""It is you who will be destroyed.... by your own evil.""You know that we all were taught the dark art of Tai-Chi-Kuong.

You will be easily punished by this power.""Oh really?"The dark figure finally reveals a hand, holding a long katana as theblade glowed blue all around the blade's sharp edges. Kaia wasintrigued by the staunch stance that the dark man was taking againsther and her bodyguard. She smiled as he nodded to the bodyguard toeliminate this nuisance. The bodyguard cried a battle cry and firedthe first slash at the stranger, but he easily blocks the attack. Thestranger forces the bodyguard's sword downward as he finally revealshis other hand, glowing a blue hue as he sees her open for an attack.

He thrusts the hand towards her as he unloads a powerful stream ofblue energy upon her, sending her down to the ground hard as shedrifted into unconsciousness. Her black outfit was smoldering withsmoke while lying on the ground, a shocked Kaia looking on. The darkfigure finally removes the black cloak to reveal himself towards theentourage. It was Ryo Makiana himself, now a young man at the age of20 wearing his father's white and crim!son kimono with his father's armor upon his arms and shoulders. Ryo'seyes were now fixed upon Kaia's as he gets into a battle stance,raising the sword's glowing blade high in the air. "Do youremember me, Emperor?" he said to her.

Kaia's mind fixes upon Ryo's face, seeing it shrink down to the imageof the 10-year-old boy that witnessed his father's murder at thehands of Kaia. Reaching back into reality, she nods to him.

"Yes, I remember you, young one.""Then, you know what I want.""Yes, and you will not succeed. I see that you are trained inTai-Chi-Kuong.""Yes, I am. It is strong within me, and it will give me thestrength to defeat you and free Japan of your reign.""That will not happen. As long as there is a breath in me, youwill not win.""That can be changed."Kaia steps off of the horse and walks towards Ryo, her hands startingto glow a faint purple in the process. "You dare talk to yourSupreme Emperor this way?""You are not my Emperor. Not now, and not ever!"Kaia growled a bit and fired a quick and vicious backhand at Ryo,sending the young man down to the ground hard. His sword falls fromhis grasp as it slides towards the edge of the bridge. Ryo lies flaton his back as Kaia smiles, looking down at him with much discontent.

Ryo slowly tries to get up, but Kaia forces him back down with aharsh kick to his chest by her right foot. He winces in pain as thatsame foot slowly descends upon the sore spot on his chest, his eyeslooking upward towards Kaia. "Now," she said, "youwill join your father."Her form began to be enveloped in purple as she began to grow, hergown getting tight around her expanding form. Ryo began to struggleas the pain slowly got unbearable for him, feeling his bones slowlysuccumbing to her rising weight. Kaia began to laugh as the otherbodyguards looked on with confidence, seeing their Supreme Emperorconquer other opponent. That confidence disappeared quickly as Ryopointed his right hand upward, and a blue stream of energy zipped outof his palm towards Kaia's growing body. The blast drills her chesthard, forcing her upward in the air and down to the ground. Theground shook a bit upon impact as Ryo crawled towards his sword andpicks it up quickly, standing up into a quick stance as he eyes thefallen woman. Her growth now stopped at 9 feet, Kaia stood up andlooked at the young warrior with a mix of shock and disbelief uponher face. " one has ever done that before. Not even myfather before I killed him.""As I told you before, I will not rest until I kill you.""You will never get that chance. Bodyguards, attack!"The bodyguards climbed off of their horses and rushed towards Ryo,their swords drawing upward and outward towards the young man. Ryo,however, had different plans as his sword projected a bright lightthat blinded everyone, including the horses. The horses were spookedby the light and quickly rushed away from it, leaving Kaia and thebodyguards behind. The light slowly disappeared, revealing the factthat Ryo had disappeared as well. Kaia looked around for him and sawthat a white lotus flower was by her big feet. She picked up theflower and realized that Ryo had left it for her as a sign that hewill be back for her to finish the job.

"I will wait for you, warrior. Then, you will die!"At that, Kaia proceeded to walk towards the village, her bodyguardsfollow suit as they headed towards their destination.

Chapter 4Within the walls of Kaia's enormous palace, the mighty leader sitsupon her throne with a discontented stare upon her face. In her handswas the white lotus flower that Ryo had left her after his initialbattle with her. With his expertise in the art of Tai-Chi-Kuong, sheknew that he would be a force to be reckoned with. However, so wasshe. With that resolve, she crushed the flower with all of her forceand tossed it to the side. Knowing what the next agenda is, sheclapped her hands in order to summon one of her highly trainedbodyguards. A few seconds later, one of them, slender in stature withraven-colored hair, rushed towards Kaia and bowed down to one knee.

"Yes, my Lord?" she asked.

"Take four more bodyguards and sail towards Kyoto to collect myrequired tariffs. I will not accompany you on this journey, for Ihave personal business to attend to. Go now, and don't fail me.""Yes, my Lord."The bodyguard rushed out of the throne room and carried out herorders to the tee. To anger Kaia would mean instant death by herhand, and all of the bodyguards understood that fully.

In the cover of the night, all five bodyguards prepared to set sailas they headed towards a boat that was floating in the waters of thecoastline. Kaia's palace was near the coastline, making it easy forher travel in and out of Japanese waters. Horses and supplies wereloaded into the boat while the bodyguards carried their own personalbelongings as well. Just as they were about to set sail, their eyessuddenly became focused on something in the sky. A streak of blueenergy soared across the open air and slowly descended upon them. Itpicked up speed and headed towards the boat, the bodyguards thinkingthat it was a meteor. With an urgent sense of panic, they quicklyhurried out of the boat and took cover as the blue-energy objectslammed against the boat's side, exploding upon impact. The blastcreated a large hole upon the boat's side that instantly sunk theship, much to the surprise of the bodyguards, who wonder where theenergy blast came from. As they looked around,!a figure stepped out of the shadows of the trees to reveal himselfas Ryo. He had infiltrated the Supreme Emperor's palace in order tocomplete his task of murder. He looked at the bodyguards with a smileon his face as his sword began to glow blue. "I told you,"he said, "you will not hurt the people of Japan anymore."The bodyguards reached for their swords, but Ryo had other plans asthe blade of the sword unleashed several blue lightning bolts atthem. The bolts impacted upon their chests, knocking them unconsciousas they lay upon the ground. Ryo smiled as he backed himself backinto the shadows as he prepared to kill Kaia.

The Supreme Emperor stood in the middle of the throne room with hersword in her hands, the blade glowing purple with dark energy as shewaited for something. She had heard the boat explosion from withinthe throne room, knowing that someone was coming for her. Her eyeslooked towards the crushed lotus flower and knew that the mysteriousattacker was here for her. She smiled as she waited for him. Slowly,she paced about the room as she let her energies simmer within her,waiting to unload it upon her enemy.

Unknown to her, Ryo snuck in through the back entrance as he climbsfrom behind the throne, his sword drawn and aimed at Kaia. He smiledas he had a clean shot at her back and decided to take charge. Withswiftness behind him, he made a diagonal slash with his sword in theair, firing a blue energy wave at her. Kaia's senses hit its peak andleapt up in the air to avoid the energy wave. The band of energystruck one of her statues and destroyed it instantly while theSupreme Emperor slowly landed back to the floor, her bare toestouching the solid wood of the floor. She smiled and said, "Youare getting better. However, you still are no match for me. What'syour name?""Ryo Makiana, heir to the Royal Guard.""Royal Guard. There is no more Royal Guard.""Not yet, anyway. Soon, your reign will be over.""You have no idea of the power I wield. Now, you will."At that, Kaia's eyes glowed purple as she summoned the full extent ofher powers, Ryo looking on in shock. As he stared, he could feel anicy chill down his spine. Suddenly, his body jerked forward and fellto the floor, leaving a shadow of blue energy behind. The energyshadow floated towards Kaia and entered her body through her pores,merging it with her own dark powers. Slowly, her power boost made herbody grow bigger to suit its purpose, her royal gown ripping in someplaces as she looked down at Ryo. With her growth now stopping at 8feet, Ryo could now only stared at the Supreme Emperor as she slowlywalked towards his fallen body. With a chuckle, she said,"Hmmm...maybe you can be useful to me after all once your powersare restored. Guards, take him away."Three bodyguards entered the room and grabbed Ryo's weak body to takehim to the underground prisons. Kaia smiled seductively as she feltRyo's energies fueling her more than ever. Now, she was unstoppable.

Chapter 5Ryo's eyes slowly awaken as he could feel his body still aching fromKaia's powerful attack. His weak eyes could see that his arms andlegs were attached to the wall by heavy chains. His vision slowlyimprove as he looked around at his new surroundings, seeing a darkand damp cavern that was being used as a prison for those who opposedKaia's reign and lived to a certain extent. Ryo slowly closed hiseyes and concentrated on trying to free himself from his metallicbonds. Calming his mind, he tried to use his energy powers to breakfree, but he was still weak from Kaia's attack. With a sigh, herelaxed his body and decided to wait until his powers have been fullyrestored.

Suddenly, his ears heard a feint clanging sound from across thecavern. He slowly stood up and looked towards where the sound washeard. Near his left was a young man of about 18, wearing a dirty andtattered kimono with long, black hair uncombed and matted. The youngman lifted his head and looked towards Ryo, a slight smile comingfrom his face. "He....hello there," he said. "Are youa member of the Royal Guard? Have you come to save me?""No, and no," Ryo responded with a wince. "I am adescendant of a Royal Guard warrior, and I was hoping to take downKaia, but she has stripped me of my energies. And now, I'mhere.""I'm sorry to hear that, stranger. I wish I were free, for Ihave been trapped in here too long. Who are you?""I'm Ryo Makiana. And you?""I'm Chao Fujimara, the true heir to the Japanese throne."Ryo's mouth dropped in shock as he heard Chao's words come from hismouth. "How is that possible? I thought that Kaia was the onlyheir to the throne."Chao said, "No, that's not true. I was only 3 when my sisterkilled my father in cold blood. When she destroyed the old throneroom, a handmaiden and a Royal Guard soldier quickly took me and hidme from my sister's wrath. Remember, it was law that a woman couldn'thold a higher power of government, and because of that law, I was tobe the new Emperor of Japan. However, Kaia knew that if she were theonly one left in the Fujimara clan, then she would assume the throne.

When she discovered my whereabouts, the handmaiden and the soldierwere killed by Kaia's powers and lethal skill. She found me and putme in this terrible place, hoping that I would grow mad and die. Shetold the people of Japan that all of her family was killed and thatshe would take over as Supreme Emperor.""The Dark Uprising.""Correct. I have been here ever since, and I have prayed that Iwould be freed soon.""Don't worry, Chao. When I am free, I will take you with me, andtogether, we can rebuild Japan in your late father's image of peaceand prosperity.""Yes, I would like that."Just then, the prison doors opened up, showing two guards in front ofthe entrance to that no one could escape. A second later, Kaiaherself entered the prisons and headed towards Ryo and Chao. The doorclosed behind her as she sundered towards her two captives. She wasstill 8 feet tall and wore the same torn royal gown that she worewhen she had defeated Ryo. Her attention first turned to Ryo. "Isee that you are awake," she said to him, licking her lips inanticipation. "You see, the reason why you are not dead rightnow is that you are the perfect conductor that I need to continue myreign.""Never!" Ryo yelled. "You will never have Japan!""I already have Japan, and soon, the East will fall as well.

Korea and China hasn't seen me in action yet, and once they do, theywill surrender their countries to me.""The East is more powerful than you will ever be!""Oh really?"At that, Kaia's eyes turned purple again and focused on Ryo's eyes,and from within his soul, she found his powers slowly gainingstrength. She pulled it back with all of her might, Ryo's bodylurching forward to its limits as the chains held him in place. Asimilar blue shadow that came from Ryo earlier projected forthtowards Kaia, smiling at the thought of gaining more power. Ryonearly slipped back into unconscious while Chao witnessed the entireevent with a horrified look on his face. The blue shadow enteredKaia's body, filtering through her pores as the energies spreadthroughout her body. She felt an euphoric rush go through her as shebegan to grow again, the tiny rips from the gown getting bigger aswell while the process took its course. Chao looked on in shock as hewatched his sister growing at an alarming rate. With a slight smile,Kaia looked on at the two men as her growth stopped at 15 feet, thegown now shredded to reveal more of her ample cleavage and her!upper thighs. "You see?" she bellowed. "I amunstoppable! Rest well, Ryo, for when your powers are restored, Iwill be back."The prison door re-opened to allow Kaia access back into the halls ofthe main palace. Because of her new size, she had to bend down andsqueeze through the frame of the door to get out. When she did, theprison doors closed again, leaving Chao and Ryo alone. "Are youalright?" Chao asked.

Ryo slowly lifted his head and looked at his new friend, his facetelling the story. "No. I doubt that I ever will be again."Ryo then collapsed in a heap as he fell back to an unconscious sleep.

Chao recounted the events in his mind and knew that Japan, andperhaps the Eastern world was in serious trouble.

Kaia returned to the throne room as she walked towards her throne,her footsteps made dents upon the hardwood floor as it fell victim toher new size. She got to her throne and carefully sat upon it, themetal and wood bending badly as her additional weight nearly brokeit. However, it stayed whole as a bodyguard entered the room.

"My Lord," she said, "the delegates from Korea andChina have arrived on the harbor.""Good," Kaia said. "Welcome them and escort them hereto the throne room, where I will meet with them here.""Yes, my Lord."The bodyguard left the room swiftly as Kaia sat patiently, visioningherself becoming the Supreme Emperor of the Eastern World by twoday's time.

Chapter 6Ryo slowly came to after another bout of unconscious sleep, his eyesshowing his exhaustion after Kaia's stripping of his energy. He feltso weak physically that his body was barely dangling from the heavychains that he linked to. Chao, seeing his new friend in so muchpain, brought up a cup of water to his lips. He had parted Ryo'smouth slightly so that the liquid could go down his throat, hoping togive him some strength and nourishment. After a couple of gulps, Ryocoughs and slowly regains his focus, remembering what had happened tohim earlier. "Ryo," Chao asked. "Are you okay?""No," Ryo responded. "I'm now a slave to that woman.

Once my energy is restored, she will come and feed her darkness withit. I can't take it anymore!"Ryo lunged his arms forward to break through his bondage, but to noavail. Chao saw this and lowered his head to his chest, thinking tohimself that all hope was lost. As Ryo looked down at his chainedarms, something came to him like a bolt from the blue. His mind beganto remember the Tai-Chi-Kuong teachings that he had read from hisfather's journal back when he was a young boy. One of those pagesexplained the true nature of the martial art came from one's innerstrength and calmness. The energy that came from its use was just foran extra boost of power that went into the move.

At that, Ryo closed his eyes tight and calmed himself down, exhalingdeep breaths as he concentrated. His mind and his emotions were calmand clear, while his focus was towards freedom of himself, Chao, andJapan itself. Suddenly, with one quick thrust of his arms, the chainssnapped off his wrists, falling to the ground with a slight clang.

Chao lifted his head to see that his friend was now free of themetallic bonds and smiled. "You're free, Ryo!" heexclaimed.

Ryo nodded to him as a rush of pure energy coursed through his body,telling him that his powers were nearly restored, thanks in largepart to his newfound freedom. He looked down at Chao and knelttowards him, grabbing the chains that gripped his wrists. Calminghimself again, he gripped the chains tight and, with one quick pull,broke the bonds away from Chao's wrists with no injury to the formerheir. Both men stood up and went towards the wooden door that wouldlead them to the outside. "Stand back, Chao," Ryo said ashis hands slowly glowed blue for the first time in a long while.

Ryo cupped his hands together and thrusted them forth, letting out astream of energy towards the door. The door exploded into splintersof wood, taking out two bodyguards in the process as their bodiessmoldered with smoke. Ryo and Chao exited the prisons and headedtowards the throne room, hoping to finally stop Kaia once and forall.

The delegates from Korea and China were seated at a table near Kaia'sthrone as they waited for the arrival of Japan's Supreme Emperor. KimIl Aila, the diplomat from Korea, noticed the cracks and bends of herthrone and wondered what was going on with her. Chang Skio, China'smain diplomat, was asking himself the same question when, all of asudden, both men's questions were answered. The main doors of thethrone room opened and out stepped Kaia, lowering her large frame tofit through the doorway. Her 15-foot body was now draped in a blackand gold gown that showed the long extent of her slender legs. Bothdiplomats had their jaws dropped to the floor as they witnessedKaia's entrance. Her bare feet created slights dents upon thehardwood floor as she strode towards them. She stopped at the tableand looked down at the two diplomats, smiling at them with evilintent. "I will make this meeting short. You are to tell yourleaders that I am to control the entire Eastern World!with no opposition. Any resistance towards my reign will bedestroyed!"Chang stood up to Kaia in defiance. "Never! China will neversurrender to you or your might! We will fight you to the bitterend!""Pity. I'm sorry to hear you say that."At that, Kaia lifted up one finger from her right hand and shot out apurple fireball, streaking towards Chang. The diplomat didn't knowwhat was happening, but the instant the fireball hit his chest, hiswhole body was consumed in a blaze of purple flame. He screamedloudly as he ran from the table, hoping to find some water to put outthe flames. However, in his pursuit, the flames killed him as hedropped to the floor. Chang's two Chinese escorts raised theirweapons high and charged towards Kaia, but Kaia was ready for them.

She thrusted her palms at them, sending them a powerful gust of windthat forced the escorts towards the hard walls of the throne room,knocking them out instantly. Kaia turned to look at Kim and smiled athim. "Now, since China refuses, what is Korea's answer?"she asked him while her body began to glow purple.

"They say NO!"That statement didn't come from Kim. Kaia turned around towards thesound of the voice and found Ryo and Chao standing in the throneroom. Ryo's body slowly glowed into a blue hue as he stared at Kaia.

"This ends now, Emperor!" he yelled at her.

"Oh good. Feeding time."Ryo got into a fighting stance and Chao moved out of the way as Kaiamade her way towards the young fighter. A new battle was about tobegin.

Chapter 7Chao escorted Kim and his bodyguards out of the throne room, headingtowards the harbor as Ryo and Kaia prepared to do battle. Kaia smiledwith evil intent as she slowly shrunk down to a more manageable 7feet tall, compressing her immense power inside of her now smallerframe. Ryo stared at her as he got into a battle stance, knowingwhat's at stake if he loses. Kaia just giggled at the young man asshe got into her own battle stance. "Your powers feel so goodinside of me, young one," she said as she taunted him. "Ican't wait to feed from you again.""You won't get that chance, Kaia," Ryo replied.

"You're reign ends here!"At that, Ryo uses the opportunity and fired an energy-laced punch atKaia's face, but the lady side steps the blow and aims a high kick atRyo's shoulder. The kick is fired and Ryo is sent flying upwardtowards the ceiling, but just misses it by a few feet. Ryo lookeddown as he descended to the floor and gathered himself to land on histoes. Once his toes touch the floor, he quickly sprung forwardtowards Kaia and shot out a punch at her chest. The punch connects,sending Kaia back a bit, but her powers keep her steady. From thenon, Ryo fought fast and furious as he fired punch after punch at hergut, sending her backwards with each impacted shot. Finally, seeingKaia winded, he made a slight jump and fired a hard kick at the sameinjured gut, causing her to trip over her own throne and fall to thefloor. The impact broke the throne into dozens of pieces that layupon the hardwood floor, Ryo watching on as he sensed victory forhim.

Suddenly, purple lightning bolts were launched from Kaia'sfingertips, drilling Ryo with the shocking weapons. Ryo fell to oneknee in pain as Kaia stood up and growled, wanting this fight to beover. "Now, feel the true power of Japan's SupremeEmperor!"A purple aura surrounded her body as she slowly walked towards theinjured Ryo. Her body began to grow bigger, slowly filling back inthe gown that she wore. Ryo slowly got to his feet and retreatedbackwards as he watched her grow back to her 15-foot stance. However,she didn't stop growing as her eyes were now fully consumed with theevil power that she possessed. Ryo's eyes couldn't believe what hewas seeing, but something else caught his eye. His sword was next tothe wreckage of the throne, and he knew that he had to get itquickly. With a quick start, he ran towards the sword, but wasstopped cold by a glowing pink wall of flesh. The wall slowlyenclosed around his body and clamped on him tightly as it rose upwardin the air. He could see purple tentacles of energy swirl about inthe throne room, destroying everything that they touched. His eyesnow focused upon Kaia, now 30 feet tall in all of her naked beauty.

Her head nearly touched the ceiling as she stared at the!captured warrior. "Did you think that you could stop me?"she bellowed to him as her energy tentacles flowed now in a calmerpace. "Did you believe that you would save Japan? No, young one.

You will not get that chance! Once I absorb more of your power, Iwill grow more in power and strength, and the Eastern World will bemine to control. Then, the West will fear me and do whatever I say asI will conquer them as well. No one can stop me! No one!"At that, Kaia began to look into Ryo's soul, beginning theenergy-draining process again. Ryo struggled in her hand, butcouldn't get himself free as he felt his energy slowly being drawnout again. If Kaia succeeds, she would be unstoppable against theworld, he thought.

Just then, Kaia screamed in horrific pain as she looked downward,seeing what caused her so much pain. It was Chao as he thrusted asharp spear into her left ankle, severing her Achilles' tendon aswell as other muscles. Kaia couldn't stand up any longer as theinjury forced her to fall to the floor, dropping Ryo in the process.

She hit the floor with a thunderous crash, breaking the wooden planksin half. Ryo landed near the broken throne on one knee, seeing hissword right next to him. He grabbed the weapon and rushed towards thefallen Supreme Emperor, who had shrunken back down towards her15-foot frame. She got to her knees and eyed Chao with murderousintentions. "You will pay for this, Chao!""You will no longer rule Japan, sister," Chao said.

"It is over!"As Chao stared at her, he could feel something close up his throat.

He started to cough and tries to breathe, but the choking feelingcontinued to grow stronger. He fell to his knees as he discoveredthat Kaia was doing this. "Stop....please," Chao barelysaid to his sister.

"As I said, brother, you will pay for this....with yourlife."Just then, Ryo reached Kaia from behind and raised his sword in theair, preparing for the final blow. Kaia turned her head at the lastsecond, just to see Ryo's sword plunged through her back and into herheart. She screamed violently as the pain was intense andexcruciating. Ryo smiled as he knew that he had won this battle.

Suddenly, Kaia's wound began to glow and, instantly, dozens of purpleenergy bolts exited the wound with blazing speed. Some of the boltshit the blade of the sword, sending the dark energy to Ryo, who stillheld on to the sword. He could feel the dark energy enter his body,making him more powerful as he watched on. Kaia's body slowly envelopin a bright light while Chao could breathe again as her grip upon himwas gone. Suddenly, the bright light flashed out and disappeared,leaving no trace of Supreme Emperor Kaia. Ryo and Chao looked at eachother in shock as they knew that they had won.

With that, they smiled.

Chapter 8It didn't take long for Chao to assume the family title of Emperor ofJapan once he revealed his identity to the Eastern World after Kaia'sdisposal. With Chao now in power, he and Ryo proceeded to capture theremainder of Kaia's bodyguard force, who were scattered about soon asKaia was destroyed, and toss them in prison, placing them underarrest with crimes against the people of Japan. Ryo began the task ofbeginning a new protection force for Emperor Chao, renaming it TheRoyal Guardians after the old Royal Guard. The official kimono of TheRoyal Guardians used the colors of blue and white to symbolize peaceand tranquility as they served under Chao's rule, using the martialart of Tai-Chi-Kuong as their main weapon of choice. Chao returnedpeace and order to Japan and the Eastern World by re-establishing thefinancial trade routes between themselves, Korea, and China. Oncethat was created again, Chao knew that with he and Ryo in control,Japan was once again in safe ha!nds.

During his training of new warriors into the fold of Royal Guardians,Ryo have been having certain side effects with his energy powerssince his last battle with Kaia. His energies were strong, but whenin some uses, they grew too powerful in force and strength, makinghim very weary physically. He determined that the power bolts thatwere expelled from Kaia's sword wound was the cause of his newcondition, but how to control it was another matter. He would have toretrain himself as he prepared to enter a new phrase in his life:master of Tai-Chi-Kuong and the leader of The Royal Guardians.

During a strong thunderstorm on Japan's southern area, lightningbolts struck down fiercely upon the land as the powerful storm movedacross the area. Suddenly, at a nearby river, five lightning boltsstruck the waters at the same time, electrifying it instantly. As thestorm grew stronger, the winds blew the electrified waters of theriver upon the land, seeping into the dirt of the earth. Just as thelast drop of water entered the ground, a mound of dirt started torise from the ground, growing and shaping itself into a human-likeshape. The dirt grew taller as it began to transform itself into aflesh-like creature, giving itself a long mane of black hair and aslender figure that produced big breasts upon the chest. When thetransformation was complete, the figure was a female that was Japan'sworst nightmare. With lightning striking in the background, her eyesopened to reveal that the color of her eyes was all white. It wasKaia!When the lightning subsided, her mouth opened to say one word:".....ryo....."When the word was said, a tree that was in front of her was instantlycovered by electricity as several lightning bolts struck it withferocity. Several limbs fell to the ground with smoke billowing fromthe stricken ends, while the main body of the tree was in flames.

Kaia smiled slightly at the destruction that she just caused.

She was now a goddess...and now, she wanted revenge!