“Have they found it yet?” Saw Boss asked the Monster Minds assembled before him.Gun Grinner spoke up first. “We’ve followed the Lightning League to the planet Symbion.”“Symbion?” Saw Boss mused. “I have heard of that world, devastated by a chemical accident not unlike the one that birthed us.” He pointed at his minions with a clawed hand. “Catching Jayce with the root is our priority, but send a group of troopers to investigate the lab where the disaster has occurred. It could possibly be of benefit to us.”“Yes, master,” K.O. Kruiser said. He and the others left to relay the orders to their respective troopers.Saw Boos touched his fingers to his head and telepathically observed the trooper’s location. The roots he had launched to reach the planet had sprouted in a large clearing in the middle of a forest and had grown over the canopy, matching the lush vegetation. Saw Boss considered how hospitable the planet would be to the Monster Minds – he would have to suck up all the resources to feed his organic army. He sat in his throne and waited for victory.From atop the Cliffs of Agony, General Spidrax watched the encroaching horde spread over his Dark Doman. After almost all technological advancements had been lost in the Great Cataclysm, the world had been reduced to archaic means of transportation, and General Spidrax doubted the so-called heroic Sectaurs from the Shining Realm was capable of creating a new way to travel. He had never seen creatures like that, a combination of plant-life and metal – perhaps it was a different species of Sectaurs that he had never met before. He needed a closer look.He kicked his stead hard and Spider-Flyer – the massive flying tarantula – took to the air. Unlike the Sectaurs from the Shining Realm, Spidrax was unable to tele-bond with his Insectoid, and instead enslaved it through force, something he was planning to do the same to the trespassers in his domain. He brought Spider-Flyer down to the ground just out of sight of them and examined them as they passed.The invaders were metal chariots which seemed to be piloted by sentient plant-life. Spidrax had seen plants like this before in the Dark Domain, vines that would lash out and grab a Sectaur from their stead. Seeing them now, untethered to the soil, gave him wicked ideas, especially the one rider with massive fanged jaws. As the last of them passed, Spidrax kicked his stead again, flying into the open, before bringing them down towards the vehicles.Though the venom that flowed through Spidrax’s whip was concocted to incapacitate a Sectaur, he had no doubts its barbs could harm the plants as well. He lashed out at the plant in the rear scoring a hit directly behind the toothy maw. The plant immediately went limp and the vehicle swerved to the right before rolling into a tree.The two other vehicles turned around, throwing up dust from their wheels. One vehicle, which had a barbed four-headed flail atop it, flung itself at Spider-Flyer, but the Insectoid leapt out of the way and latched down on the vine just under the weapon. Its powerful mandible sheared the plant in half and the vehicle crashed into the first.The last vehicle, with one large mace at the end of its stalk, swung wide, almost catching Spidrax in the torso and sending him flying from Spider-Flyer’s saddle. Spidrax leapt from his mount, landing in the open bed of the vehicle just behind the plant’s root. He pulled his slazor sword from its sheath and plunged it into the vine. The mace swung around and around, trying to dislodge the blade until Spidrax swiped the sword through the rest of the stalk. The vehicle toppled onto its side before Spider-Flyer land on it and began gnawing on the mace-end of the plant.Spidrax sighed as he slid his slazor back in its holder – these overgrown weeds were less impressive than he had originally thought. Still, the metal chariots could make for functional reinforcements.Saw Boss observed the short battle telepathically, tapping his fingers on throne. “This new warrior is indeed capable. He must not be allowed to join forces with Jayce.”“We will send more troopers to apprehend him,” K.O. Kruiser said.“No,” the leader of the Monster Minds replied. “Make preparations for teleport, I’m going to handle this new threat myself.”Gun Grinner stepped forward. “Master, you need not worry--”“Fire the drill vines,” Saw Boss said, pointing to his minions.They backed down and a moment later, missiles launched from the Monster Mind base, streaking towards Symbion. “The vines have reached the surface,” Terror Tank said.Saw Boss telepathically checked the vines, seeing the ring of vines beginning to grow around his fallen troopers and the one that defeated them, still examining his kills. Ready to teleport his base of operations to face the attacker, Saw Boss held a finger up in front of his face and spoke the incantation, “For the victory of the black light, I go!” Energy flowed through the headquarter’s walls and in a blink of an eye, it traveled across the galaxy into the center of the circle of vines growing on the surface of Symbion. The lab materialized in flashes of light, driving the native to jump onto his insectoid mount and taking to the air.The front ramp of the lab opened and Saw Boss stepped out to observe the new planet. His eyes went to the sky and met with the mounted warrior.“What manner of magic is this?” he said. He unholstered the two pistols and leveled them at Saw Boss. “You are like no Sectaur I have ever seen.”“I am no Sectaur,” Saw Boss said with a wave of his hand, “Whatever that is. I am Saw Boss of the Monster Minds. And your doom.” Saw Boss stepped down the ramp and as he descended, his body took on the appearance of his many troopers. His flesh converted to metal and a massive plant-life appendage grew from his back. When he reached the planet’s surface, he was no longer humanoid, but a vehicle with a slanted face on the front with a gleaming steel sawblade pitched above it. The blade spun up with a great whirring noise and swung at the Sectaur and his flying mount.“Spider-Flyer, up!” he said, jerking at the pommel of his saddle and pulling his stead from the saw’s reach. “You’ll have to do better than that to take down General Spidrax!” He fired his pistols at the Monster Mind, its blasts digging divots in the ground around him as they bounced off its metal skin.Blasters mounted on both sides of Saw Boss’s face pitched up and fired back at Spidrax. The flying insect zipped around to avoid them, but its great size made evasion difficult and one blast finally caught it in a rear leg. The giant spider shrieked, but stayed aloft with some forceful direction from Spidrax.Another swipe of the saw blade came close to the injured spider, forcing Spidrax to reassess his position. He flew higher, still facing Saw Boss, now wielding his sword and shield. “Do not consider this a victory, interloper. I will be back with the full power of the Dark Domain.”Not wanting to lose his advantage, Saw Boss commanded the vines surrounding them to reach up and weave together, creating a dome too thick for Spidrax to escape. The Sectaur flew up against the organic net and slashed at it with his sword. “Spider-Flyer, chew through the vines!” he ordered, but even working together, they made no progress on forming an escape route.Saw Boss fired another volley of energy blasts at Spidrax, one shot catching Spider-Flyer’s wing. Unable to stay aloft any longer, the giant insect plummeted to the ground. It scrambled to its feet then lunged at Saw Boss, it’s massive mandibles flexing. A quick swipe of the vine on Saw Boss’s black brought the blade spinning clean through the center of Spider-Flyer, splitting him in two. Examining his kill, Saw Boss found his victory snatched from him as Spidrax’s body was nowhere to be seen. He looked up and found the Sectaur hanging from the vine canopy, wildly slashing at the vegetation and creating a hole big enough to crawl through.Saw Boss reached out telepathically to the vines above him, entangling Spidrax in its tendrils. As he struggled in the plant’s hold, a single vine twisted around his neck. The other vines retreated from the Sectaur, hanging him from the leafy noose. Spidrax fought to free himself as the vine lowered him to Saw Boss, but he had almost stopped by the time Saw Boss decapitated him.
I could see this fight going differently if Saw Boss didn't have telepathic control of all the plants, but with that on his side, General Spidrax had no hope. His mastery of all that vegetation could have easily over-powered Spidrax without him being there. Spidrax doesn't show any capabilities to overcome all those plants, even with Spider-Flyer's powerful jaws.
Click here to see who Saw Boss will fight in the next tier of Bad Guy Beatdown. And check back next week as we will be summarizing the results of the first 8 rounds.