It was hard to imagine on a peaceful planet like Namek, that there would be a place like this. The volcanic terrain made the surrounding area seem like a hellscape. Even the sky seemed darker here. And yet, it was here that Ochra sat decided to sit down, and try to clear his head.
His jacket had been set down beside him, exposing his bare torso to the elements. He was starting to reach the point where the heat didn't bother him so much, but even this continuous exposure to the volcanic heat was causing a sheen of sweat to appear on his body. Simple, quite meditation hadn't been able to help him. He had just encountered others which had opened up old wounds. Perhaps some minor endurance training, along with the meditation, would help clear his mind and soul. The continuous heat buffeting his body, brought his mind to his body, and trying to endure, keeping his thoughts focused.
So far, it seemed to be working. His mind was focusing on the heat hitting his skin, taking note of the beads of sweat running down his muscular frame. The growing pain from the heat, while note unbearable, was bringing some level of discomfort, something his mind was more than aware of, and he found himself almost thankful for it as he took several deep breaths.
Things had appeared to be slowing down in Namek. Compared to how it was like when she had first arrived here, it almost appeared to be boring. Perhaps it was because she hadn't seen Casca in so long, or maybe due to the fact that she hadn't encountered that wicked Fleet general either. Whatever the case, Aisise simply couldn't wait any further. There were moments when she was tempted to return to Konats already, just let the others do the work for her, but she knew that she would receive no honor by doing so and honestly, she would just feel guilty returning back home without the prince. While she knew it was perfectly acceptable, Aisise just wanted to be more. She wanted to show them what she truly was able to do, not just a girl who had run away when her planet was being infested with robots.
And so she trained. If she was returning back home, she was going to do so a changed woman. She had managed to pin down one of the lizard creatures she had fought earlier with and was once again engaged in a serious battle with it. But this time, the lizard seemed smarter, as if it had learned her fighting style. Aisise had to learn to adapt, and do so fast. As she readied to parry another one of its blows, she had noticed something that she hadn't seen before. As she deflected its attack, there was a brief time period where a pink flesh would open underneath its throat. Maybe that was its weak spot. After a couple more seconds of fighting, the lizard attacked again. This time, Aisise would only parry the blow with one of her swords, having to use all the muscles in her body to prevent being pushed into the lava while throwing the other one into the exposed flesh. It had worked. The creature gave its death cry before it keeled over, and thus Aisise was victorious.
Making her way to the creature, Aisise nudged the corpse with the toe of her boot for a moment to make sure it was dead. She didn't want to torture it unnecessarily. Once it didn't respond, she retrieved her other sword and began to get to work. She took a look at one of the scales and decided to keep it. It could be a memento of Namek after all. However, what was she going to do with this entire body? She wasn't hungry at the moment and she definitely couldn't eat everything. Instead, she ultimately just decided to cut off the chunk that she wanted and leave the body there. Surely there were some scavengers or other carnivores who would appreciate it. After taking her hunk of the meat with her, Aisise had decided to try and cook it using the heat of the lava. There was no need to make a fire after all. As she was humming to herself, prepping it, she noticed a figure out in the distance. He seemed to be meditating, trying to endure the heat almost as if he was undergoing some endurance training. While she knew better than to interrupt him, Aisise figured that if he was just doing endurance training surely he could have a conversation as well. "Hello!" she called out to the strange. "Didn't expect to see anyone out here."
Ochra had come here specifically to ensure that he was alone. He didn't expect anyone to be out here, unless they were after the Dragon Balls that had recently been awakened. And even then, they would be more searching for the balls, rather than bothering him. That was why he was surprised when he heard a voice addressing him. He should have felt her power approaching, but he had been busy focusing on himself, that he had ignored the world around him. He gave a small twitch as his eyes slowly opened, looking at the newcomer before him.
It was a woman. His eyes immediately fell to her ears, and the swords hanging from her hips. A Konatsian. and for a brief moment, the woman standing before him was replaced by the Konatsian woman who had sliced his leg off on Knutts.
That brief flare of rage was felt, as a small burst seemed to shoot out around him. It wasn't harmful or anything, but it was clear his power was flaring, if only briefly, before his mind automatically gained control over itself, and pushed that flare of anger back down. This wasn't the same one as before. She wasn't with the Star Goons. There was no reason to be angry at her. Ochra took a deep breath, letting it out slowly.
"Sorry about that." Ochra said, now the picture of calm, as he climbed to his feet. "I didn't expect to see anyone out here was well. Thought I'd come out here, clear my head a little."
What was supposed to be a typical meeting suddenly took a turn for the worse as the stranger suddenly began to power up. Her scouter went nuts as it displayed one of the highest levels that she had ever seen. One hundred thousand? That was insane, and she could hardly believe her eyes. Did she do something wrong? Was he one of those evil people that had no concern for life? Immediately, her left hand went to one of the swords at her hips while her other held it up. However, she could only silently hope that somehow she could survive this if he did choose to attack her "Please! I don't mean any harm, I promise!." She cried out, but thankfully he seemed to calm down. However, Aisise couldn't help but note his odd behavior when seeing her. Was that normal for him?
"It's fine," She began hesitantly, still worried whether he would flare up in anger again. However, she was still confused with his sudden outburst. What was that about? All she said was greet him. While Aisise knew that the hunt got everyone's guard up, she just hadn't expected such a strong reaction for someone, even if it was impossible to tell whether someone had ill will or not. The man would explain himself, mentioning that he had come out here to clear his head. After glancing around, Aisise decided to comment on the matter as well. "Well, you picked the right place to do so. Aside from the wildlife, there isn't many people out here." She said, cracking a small, uneasy smile. As dangerous as it was, she wanted to show off that she wasn't a threat to him at the very least. "Care to join me? I got a bit of extra that I don't think I'll be able to finish off." She mentioned, before sitting down on the warm floor, trying to ignore the heat that was searing her bare legs.
She would then unsheathed her swords, cutting the chunk of meat she took into more manageable pieces and holding them over the lava in a sword of makeshift stove. "I got another sword if you wanted to try this out." She offered, trying to relieve any tension that had been present. However, Aisise was just trying to do this so she wouldn't get on his bad side. He was someone that she definitely didn't want to mess with after all. That would possibly be suicide, and that was a chance that she couldn't take. If she would die, it would ruin her mission, and frankly Aisise didn't want to die on a place like this anyways. She didn't want to become a burden that had to be revived by the dragon balls.
It was clear that Ochra's unwitting surge of power had shaken her up a little, something Ochra felt bad for. She didn't deserve that outburst. She was just someone out and about. Thankfully, she seemed to get over her unease quickly, trying to make some conversation. Ochra was a little surprised by the fact that there were wildlife around here. He figured most of Namek's beasts would avoid the intense heat and the lava. But, then again, all living things had the ability to adapt. At the mention of food, his stomach grumbled lightly. When was the last time Ochra had eaten? He had been ignoring his own needs, being more concerned about his emotions, rather than his body. "Some food would be lovely, thank you," Ochra replied, deciding that perhaps some company would be good for him.
Sitting down on the hot stone beneath them, watching as she used one of her swords to cut away some of the meat and use it to cook it in the lava. As she offered him her other sword, Ochra hesitated for a moment before accepting it. "Thank you." he replied.
Calm down. It's not going to cut you or anything.
He carved himself a generous portion of the beast, before holding it over the lava, watching the intense heat already seer the meat. Before long, it was cooked enough for him to eat. It was still quite juicy, but after eating Oboe's cooking, it was a little on the bland side. Still good, just not as good as the Namekian cooks could do it. And that was a weird thought to think, all things considered.
"So, what brings you here to Namek?" Ochra asked, after swallowing a mouthful, "Might I be right in guessing the dragon balls have something to do with it?"
Aisise was pleased at the man's acceptance of her food. Well, at least he didn't seem like he was about to kill her anymore. That was a start, and hopefully it would stay. She would rather not make any enemies on this planet if she could help it, especially when it became a matter of life and death when it came to the dragon balls. She would very much rather be alive and able to return home. While, Aisise relaxed around him, she couldn't help but feel a little bit jumpy. She knew to be cautious around such a strange individual, and her eyes would constantly flicker towards his direction as she cooked up her share of the meat. Placing her sword only centimeters away from the lava, she then carelessly tossed chunks of meat on there and tried to mimic the techniques she had saw her sister attempt by flipping it. To her disappointment multiple chunks fell into the lava and she knew better than to pick it up. Those that stayed on the sword only slightly flipped over, leaving one half raw and the other one quickly burning up. Sighing, she simply carefully flipped each one over by hand, giving it a light sear.
When her chunks were finished, she was left with meat that was under cooked on one side and burnt on the others. Well, food was food, and Aisise bitterly began to eat her disgusting chunks. Maybe she should have left the cooking to the more professional next time. The man would then make some light chat towards her, lifting up her mood and making her a bit more comfortable with his presence. She nodded in response to his question, "Yeah. I'm looking to revive someone important to my kingdom." She mentioned. By this point the pain of his death had mostly faded away, while it was still present, the hope for the hunt was what kept her motivated and still pushing. "It's a bit hard, but I hope to get some results soon." She said with a chuckle. "How about you mister..." That was when she realized that she didn't know his name. "Why don't we introduce ourselves." She said, holding out her hand and giving him a smile. "My name is Aisise, I'm one of the royal guards from the Konatsian Empire. How about you?"
So, she was here to revive someone she lost as well. Ochra gave a small nod. "It seems a lot of people are here to revive those they care about," he murmured, remembering his encounter with Tarch. Well, at least their reasoning for the dragon balls was for more benign reasons, rather than power or immortality or anything like that. When she asked what he was doing there, Ochra blinked, and then looked back up at her. "Well, you don't need to worry about any competition from me. I came here for my own reasons, though the Dragon Balls aren't one of them." He didn't want to burden her with his own problems right now. She had enough on her plate as it is. If she really was seeking the Dragon Balls, than she already had some steep competition.
She then introduced herself as Aisise, a member of the Konatsian Empire's royal guard. Strange, Ochra had never heard of Konats having an empire. "I'm Ochra," he introduced himself, "I guess...you can call me a wanderer of sorts." Really, it had been a while since he had done some proper bounty hunting, that he could hardly call himself that now. Again, no sense in bothering her with his problems. "I must admit, I'm a little surprised. I didn't know the Konatsians had an empire. Granted, I hadn't been there myself, but more read about it." Things certainly have changed, now haven't they?
Well that wasn't surprising, more people came here to get a wish. However, from what she remembered, the dragon only gave 3 wishes, which meant that not everyone would be able to get what they wanted. "Well, originally I came here to find the person, but I learned that he died shortly after my arrival." Aisise said with a small smile. The saiyan would then mention that he wasn't here for the dragon balls, which was thankfully a relief, however she decided not ask him why he wasn't going after them. It really wasn't part of her business. But Aisise still faced a giant obstacle. How was she going to find the dragon balls without a radar. She couldn't help but recall the bitter memory of the woman which ruined her chances. She never wanted to see her ever again.
Thankfully, she was distracted from these negative thoughts with their introduction. A wanderer? "Oooh, like a space explorer or maybe a mercenary?" Aisise couldn't help but ask. She remembered as a child that was something she wanted to do as well, but after meeting her deadbeat father with new knowledge in her eyes, she quickly changed her opinion. Ochra didn't appear to be that old though, probably late twenties or early thirties, so he didn't seem to have a family to care for but doing a bit of traveling shouldn't hurt things as much as her father had hurt hers. "Exploring is fun, but maybe you should go settle down one day." She mused aloud.
Aisise simply nodded in response to Ochra's statement. "We had for awhile. Although, it was destroyed in an android attack." She said with a nervous laugh, giving a slight wince at the unpleasant memory. Nothing could ever make her forget about that day. "But our prince helped gather the dragon balls and revived Konats back to normal." Now the said prince was missing, and right now he needed to be escorted back home. That was her mission, and it was something that she had to focus on, even if in the end it would cost her life. But that was the duty of a guard, and that was the code she would follow unless she had an extremely good reason to. "So where are your from, Ochra?" Aisise asked, once again switching the topic. "Every wanderer should probably have a place they come from. So, what's your home planet."
"Well, sort of. Think more bounty hunter, rather than mercenary," Ochra replied, glancing down at his artificial leg when she mentioned him possibly settling down. "Settle down huh? Doesn't sound so bad. Unfortunately, there's a number of things I need to do before I can think about that." With the galaxy the way things were, Ochra wouldn't feel right, just going into retirement. Even in his current state, he wanted to keep on fighting, trying to make some sort of difference in the universe. That was why he had left home after all.
As Aisise explained how Konats became an empire, Ochra blinked at her description of an android attack. He hadn't heard of anything like that, at least, not recently. He had read up on his history, and had read about something happening to Konats in the past involving androids, including his own ancestor. The result was many Konatsians killed, and then being eventually revived. Funny how history seemed to repeat itself like that.
She quickly changed topics, asking where he was from. Guess it made sense she didn't know he was part saiyan. He was missing the telltale tail after all. He tried not to think about that no. No sense in upsetting himself like that. "I was born on Vegeta, actually," Ochra explained, "Half Saiyan, half Human. Grew up on Vegeta, educated and such. But I figured, well, my skills would be better suited outside of the political setting. I thought I could do some more good going freelance and bringing down criminals." A bit more information than what she asked for, but hey, it kept the conversation going.
Well, the universe was full of bad people. A good bounty hunter or two were generally needed. They got the criminals in the hands of justice while the hunter got paid. If Aisise weren't a soldier, that life did seem rather appealing, although she would gladly do it without payment still. At least Ochra also considered the idea of settling down as well, however, she could understand if he wasn't currently able to do something like that. At least it was still better than a mercenary. "Well then, I'm curious, who are you currently out searching for?" She asked. A bounty hunter did always have their targets after all.
Aisise was then slightly taken by surprise when Ochra mentioned that he was from Vegeta and was in fact a saiyan-human hybrid. "That's so cool, I've always wondered what it's like being hybrid. It just seems like fun being a mix of two different races. I'm just fully Konatsian though," She said with a little laugh. "Is Vegeta a nice place as well? I've never been there." She's always wanted to do some travelling, but unfortunately, one of the downsides of being a bodyguard was that she wouldn't get to travel too much. This was one of the few instances where she would be able to do such a thing. "Well, it's certainly for a nice cause that's for sure. Seems like you've had a fun life."
Well since they were trading some life stories, Aisise didn't mind sharing a bit about her past either. "You know, if I didn't become a soldier, a bounty hunter would be cool. I always wanted to be an explorer since I was little, but it wasn't a dream I could chase." She lowered her head a bit somberly. "My old man's hardly providing for me, and I have family I want to help support as well. Didn't seem like being an explorer could make enough for them, but I learned that my brother was making a decent amount in the army so I joined it." Aisise leaned back, and sighed, taking a look at the sky above her. "There are times where I wish I could go back," she admitted. "The fame and honor is nice, but living a simple life isn't that bad." She could be free to explore the universe however she life and live the life that she truly wanted. But still, this position was more than she could ever ask and it was supporting the family much more than she was able to do before. For them, it made it all worth it.
Ochra blinked. She assumed he was here on a job. A reasonable assumption, considering Ochra had just been talking about his job as a bounty hunter. "Well...I'm not really after anyone at this time," he said, looking off to the side and glancing out over the volcanic landscape. "Really, I came here just to clear my head." These last few months have been, well, something. He really wasn't sure what he was going to do with himself. And then there was his...other problems.
Thankfully, his mind was brought back to the conversation by her asking about Vegeta, and what it was like to be a hybrid. Ochra honestly couldn't help but chuckle at that. "Really, being a hybrid isn't anything special. I mean, with the exception of a few differences, Saiyans and humans are physiologically the same." And with the abundance of Saiyan/Human hybrids, and his own family, it seemed like a regular, normal thing. "As for Vegeta, well, I grew up in a family of diplomats and political advisors. I was raised as such myself. But like I said, it's hardly my thing. So I decided to strike out on my own. I mean, you can hardly imagine someone like me going to diplomatic meetings, now would you?" He gave a small chuckle, before sighing. "Though...things are changing on Vegeta now. Ever since the Fleet invaded it. And Kayen taking power. Things have been changing...and I'm not sure for the better..." Just the thought of it made him sad...and frustrated.
And then came the story of her life. So, she joined the military in order to support her family, huh? Ochra had considered it at one point, but felt he didn't really fit into the structured organization. It was why he struck out on his own instead. "Well, It's not like you're stuck in there forever. You can always leave when you wish. It's not like they can keep you trapped in the army forever, and if you succeed in reviving your prince, they would owe you a lot of favours. An early discharge would be relatively simple really."
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2019 11:58:30 GMT -6 by Ochra: fix formatting
OOC Note: Holy fuck, I am so sorry this took so long to get out. I had some muse issues but I'm going to at least try to be a bit more consistent
Well all bounty hunters needed a break. Although, if she was one Aisise would probably spend every waking second of her life that she had to this task. She didn't know what the life was really about so it wasn't her place to judge either. "It's an interesting place to come and clear your head, although there isn't anything here so I can see the appeal." She said, tapping her finger on her chin while in thought. Namek had a lot of appeal to it, even without the dragon balls. Maybe when she was off duty Aisise could come here for a vacation. Granted, she didn't want to get into another hunt again with all the trouble she had gotten in here. It was something that ultimately felt counter-intuitive for her.
"But it's kind of cool if you think about it," she would say in response to Ochra's dismissal about being a hybrid. "Just think about it." Aisise cleared her voice before putting out a deep voice and acting like how she would typically imagine a hybrid to be like. "I'm part this and that, look how cool I am. I don't have to be one when I can be both!" She then dropped the act and laughed at herself. Still, there were some perks about being a pure-blood she guessed, but being one her entire life, she mostly took them for granted and probably would continue to do so.
Ochra's life in Vegeta didn't seem so bad at all, although Aisise could see the pressure that would come from such a political role. Granted, if she was in his shoes, she would probably do the same. Politics were too much for her most of the time, although there were moments when she wouldn't mind getting involved. However, Aisise didn't even trust her own judgement. It was better to let those that knew better than she did get involved.
Speaking of roles, Aisise raised her head slightly at his offer about not being trapped in the army together. While she did fantasize about a life away from the army, away from all of this before, it wasn't something she was keen about actually doing. "Oh I can't, then who else would protect the Prince?" She said, fretting a little. If there was one thing that Aisise was positive and trusted her ability in, it was her combat skills. While it might have been arrogant of her to say this, she simply didn't trust anyone else for the duty. "At least if I fail to protect the prince, I know I've tried my best rather than I give up. It's the effort that counts, I guess. Besides, that's just a fantasy. We can't always do what we want." While being a body guard never has been her first choice in career, Aisise was still honored to be granted such a task and didn't regret her decision to accept it too much.
Ochra found himself nodding quietly, as she expressed the virtues of being a hybrid. "I guess that's one way of looking at it." he replied, taking a brief look at his hand before back to her. "My family always held our human heritage in high regard. "Our Humanity is our Strength." That was the family motto." Ochra explained. Though in some cases, his human genetics backfired on him. His tail hadn't grown back after he lost it on Earth, and he theorized that it was his human genetics preventing it from happening. Granted, he never used his tail much anyway, but it was still something that bothered him.
And then, Aisise mentioned why she couldn't leave the military. She felt she had to be there to protect the prince. He must be someone of great importance to her. Such dedication. He himself didn't really have loyalty to a particular cause. In his own mind, he was dedicated to protecting the innocent people of the galaxy, no matter what race they were. That was why he needed to clear up this problem of his and fast. He needed to work all of it out. "I can understand that," Ochra replied, nodding to Aisise's words. "I certainly hope that your efforts pay off. The prince sounds fortunate to have someone as dedicated as you."
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