Chapter 3: I Shall
"Hmm," Jay and Cole were playing Go Fish with a deck of cards, both were equally tied, which was pure boredom for both.
"Got any threes?" Cole asking, almost yawning. Jay shook his head, "Go Fish..."
However, just as Cole reached for the card, the door to the hideout burst open, the two glanced at the doorway to see an exhausted and damaged P.I.X.A.L "H-Help," she then fell to the floor, finally collapsing from exhaustion.
With a few short repairs from Jay, she began operating again. "W-What happened," she groaned feeling her head.
"We were about to ask you the same question. Why were you running? Aren't you supposed to be at Borg Tower along with Cyrus Borg?" Cole asked. P.I.X.A.L frowned, "Yes, but, there seems to have been a certain invasion."
"Invasion? By who?" Jay asked.
"Nindroids," P.I.X.A.L answered clearly. Everyone looked at each other in surprise, "Nindroids?" P.I.X.A.L nodded, frowning, "They have taken over Borg Tower, and have Cyrus Borg in captivity. I do not know what they are to do to him, but I feel it's something cruel."
"Why would they come back after so many years? It makes no sense," Kai stated, confused in thought.
"I believe General Cryptor wants his revenge on all of you for putting an end to the Overlord's plans, my only choice was to flee towards here, so I can gain assistance on stopping him," P.I.X.A.L explained. Sensei stroked his beard, "Revenge? How interesting. But how is he to do that with such a small army?"
"Borg Tower is the very birthplace of the Nindroid army, it is without a doubt that taking over Borg Tower was the first phase of Cryptor's plan," P.I.X.A.L replied, "it would be quite simple to create more forces more dangerous than before."
"Well this is just great! Now the entire city of Ninjago has been taken over, and if Cryptor succeeds, maybe the whole world will be too!" Jay shrieked.
"We mustn't give up hope, Jay," Sensei stated calmly, "we must train hard and put an end to Cryptor's plans for revenge, the whole fate of Ninjago depends on it. P.I.X.A.L, are you able to contact any defensive units from New Ninjago City?"
P.I.X.A.L shook her head, "No, I'm not powerful enough to get a message out to all the robot patrols." Then her eyes lit up with hope, "But I contain someone who is."
She asks if they have a power room, Nya replied with a firm yes. Confused, the rest lead the assistant to her requested location, it was certainly filled with computers and some technician tools, plus security cameras. P.I.X.A.L hooked up the hard rive to the grand computer.
"Wait, isn't that the same hard rive that contained the Overlord back when he was a virus?" Jay asked.
"Yes it is, however, it does not contain a virus, not anymore," P.I.X.A.L responded. Once the hard rive was inserted, the screen of the computer turned a light blue. Then, everyone heard Zane's voice, "W-Where am I?"
Everyone's eyes widen in shock, "ZANE?!"
"Guys?" he was surprised, yet at the same time happy to hear them, "I never thought I'd get to hear you guys again."
"Well, neither did we expect to hear you either! How are you alive, and what are you doing in Borg's hard rive?!" Kai shrieked.
"Well, when I defeated the Overlord, my spirit became one with the tower's systems, so they spared me from being obliterated. I don't know how, but technically that's the only logical way I survived," Zane explained. The rest smiled at one another, they were glad to hear that Zane was ok.
"Wait! Is P.I.X.A.L ok?!" the Nindroid yelled through panic.
"I'm fine, Zane, its only some minor damages," P.I.X.A.L said in comfort. Zane sighed in relief, "Thank goodness. If Cryptor might as shut you off for all eternity, I would lose it."
"Sooo, now that we know your alive, why is it that you haven't built yourself another, you know, body?" Jay asked.
"I've been trying, but I cant seem to find the right parts that were listed in my blueprints, especially my power source. P.I.X.A.L said it is unique, so it must be rare," Zane explained briefly. Kai spoke up, "Then we have to find it, like PRONTO, because I miss having my ice brother around!"
Zane chuckled, "In time, I might return. For now we have bigger problems to worry about." Sensei nodded in agreement, turning to his students, "Zane is correct. Right now we have to focus on stopping Cryptor before his plan falls into place. Nya and P.I.X.A.L will look for Zane's parts, while you four will figure out what's next in Cryptor's plot, understood?"
Cole, Jay, Kai, and Lloyd all bowed, "Yes Sensei."
"Good, now hurry, we mustn't waste time," the aged master said. With that, the four left, leaving Sensei, P.I.X.A.L, Nya and Zane alone in the room.
Back in Borg Tower, Cryptor had begun to make the place more at home. Most of the citizens were in hiding, while most were in captivity along with Cyrus in the towers dungeons. Cryptor looked out to the city, which had now been made in his image, the statue of Zane had been taken down, replaced with one of himself. He grit his teeth, thinking of how that ice ninja survived the golden weapons unspeakable power, perhaps there was more to this Nindroid then meets the eye?
"No, don't be stupid," he told himself, "He's nothing but a tin-can with feelings." Perhaps he was only hearing things, maybe this was all just in his robotic head. He refused to believe that that one ice ninja was alive and still operating, he wouldn't allow himself to get beaten by the original, he had been made to kill, not to be defeated all so easily by one of his own.
In came a Nindroid soldier, "Sir. The prisoner you requested is here at the moment." Cryptor smiled, "Bring him in."
Two Nindroids dragged Cyrus into the room, keeping him up due to his crippled legs. Cyrus struggled against their clutches, "Release me, I demand that you release me!" Cryptor chuckled, his back turned. "Do you actually believe I would stay away for too long?" he laughed.
"I'd expect you, a robot, to listen to your creator," Cyrus spat. Cryptor frowned and made his way over to the disabled inventor, once their faces were inches away from one another, he slyly said, "Your not my creator. I was created out of evil itself. My master created me, not you, a human. So pathetic you cant even make a decent creation fit for fighting. Sure, you are famous, but with what? Piles of junk, that's what I say."
Cyrus felt a sense of hurt, he then glared at the general with hatred, "You wont get away with this, the ninja will put an end to your plan, I assure you!" Cryptor chuckled, "Quit making me laugh, four-eyes, take him away, he's beginning to annoy me."
The Nindroids dragged him away back to the dungeons, Cyrus yelled, "YOU WONT GET AWAY WITH THIS!"
Cryptor heard the last of his screams, his eyes glanced out the window, he grit his teeth in rage, his hands balling into tight fists. "Oh I will," he snarled. He slammed his fists onto the table, "I shall, and I will defeat the ninja, I shall and will have my revenge."