Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Shadow Squad - the Grim Shadows - The Supreme

The story so far....

The Shadow Squad, as they came to be known, popped up in the middle of a war on Planet Four-Hundred Thirty Two (the official name stricken from the record under order of the Metran government). At first, there were only three members of the team:
Morkoroth, Beholder, and Manticore. The Squad seemed to be fighting for its own purposes, killing combatants on both sides of the war.
The Squad was seen in the final days of the war, assassinating the leader of the Red D'lliance Army.

The next recorded appearance of the Shadow Squad concerned the hijacking of a space freighter carring liquid lavanic power from the Ballim region. A new member was sighted with the Squad, Clopos.

Clopos shown in Metran file photograph.

Over a number of years, the Squad showed up in a number of different places, sometimes as hired muscle for a dictator, other times as mercenaries, and in one confusing report, stealing back a shipment of medical supplies for children. At some point, they added a fifth member, Dorokoth, a being of similar genetic structure to Morkoroth.

The end of the Shadow Squad was revealed through records recovered from the Pirate Guilds, and through the testimony of Clopos.
The Squad terminated a pirate captain to get hold of his cargo, the crew of the ship mistaking Clopos for the ancient Glyan god "Orbus". As such, they would not let him leave the ship. The government who had funded the original cargo purchase tracked down the pirate ship at this time and attacked, throwing the Squad into the middle of the battle. During the battle, Clopos was taken with the crew of the ship who fought certain death without fear, and became their captain.

Morkoroth pushed the other Squad members into taking another job, although they were shaken up by the loss of Clopos. In what was supposed to be a hit-and-run raid to steal a Sincroid matrix found on planet Metran, the Squad ran afoul of Hell Pheyden and the Metran Corps. During the ensuing battle, Dorokoth was killed by the Metrans.

The Squad was dormant for some time, or their exploits were not worthy enough to gain notice. With a huge bounty on each member, where could they hide?
The Squad showed up again in a major way, blowing up a number of landmarks on planet Metran, culminating in the murder of an entire city-state. A new member was in their ranks, Nozaru:

The Supreme Leader of planet Metran decided that enough was enough. He called out to his scientists and the greatest minds of the Metran Empire - something had to be done about the Shadow Squad.

Many methods were tried, but the eventual success came from the ancient Buildmaster:
and his Build Corps.
The Build Corps would eventually trap the Squad on planet Stone, killing the Squad. Morkoroth swore revenge on the Buildmen and the Buildmaster, but Hammerdead killed him with MegaBuildLaser shot.

The bodies rotted over time, until a being known as Callgrim came looking for meat for his Grim Squad. With a very specialized form of radiation, Callgrim regenerated the flesh of the Shadow Squad and made them his slaves...the Grim Shadows.
There were issues with this approach - Beholder was a mess of circuitry and random parts, while Manticore's existence depended on Phase Arm technology. Every Grim Shadow was dependent on the Buildman technology which comprised their bodies.
The Grim Shadows were a feared addition to the Grim Squad. Morkoroth was a dangerous soldier when controlled.
However, on one mission for Callgrim, they were interrupted in their given task by a being of immense power and strength:
This being learned that the way to kill a Grim Shadow was to take their heads - so that is just what he did. Through a hard fought battle, their heads were removed and the bodies destroyed; the being could have destroyed them forever, but through a series of unexpected events, he was removed from the planet before being able to do so.
The Grim Shadows went off-line, their flesh parts not able to sustain power without the Build-bodies. Morkoroth cured the Buildman again before he faded out.

But then his mind was active again - the Squad was alive, in mostly flesh bodies, confronted by three new beings who called this collective of eight "the Supreme"...but that is a story for another day...

But today, we look at Nozaru in his Supreme form:

The being known as Nozaru is actually the flesh distillation of another Glyan god, NOISARU - the Simian Trickster. Noisaru wished to know the ways of his followers, so in a bet with another god, he gave up his godhood to become flesh and blood. But the other god did this to trick Noisaru and usurp his power. As such, Nozaru was born in the Glyos universe to a creature of similar genetic makeup to himself, without any memory or powers from his former life of a god.

From the earliest age, Nozaru found that he was prone to violence. Time was spent in jails and exiled from different planets. Over the years, he found that he had incredible strength and endurance, which made him a great creature to have in hand-to-hand combat.
The Shadow Squad tracked him down after hearing his superb psychopathic reputation. Nozaru accepted their offer of membership, as he wanted to find similar beings to share the violence with.

The representation of Nozaru above is his Supreme configuration. Through means yet to be fully explained to him, a combination of alchemical means and a special healing clay have returned him to physical life.

Green Phase tech augments his already considerable strength, with an underlaying Phase suit giving his limbs additional velocity during battle.
He has coated his teeth with Eidrallim golden, meaning he can bite through nearly anything.
Although he may not look it, Nozaru has a keen mind and should always be watched carefully in combat. The best method of attacking him is with ranged weapons - close quarters combat against him is near-certain death.

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