On the last episode of Dragon Ball F, Pan and Xevo met Pilaf and his gang and Pan even had a hard time beating their robot suits. But just when it seemed that victory was hers, an enormous fortress appeared out of nowhere and an unknown enemy captured our heroes. What horrible secrets lay inside the fortress? Find out today on Dragon Ball F!
Xevo woke up with a terrible headache, as he needed a few moments to recover from the dizziness. He found himself locked up in a semi-dark dungeon with steel prison bars, while the whole dungeon was filled with a very irritating smell of rotten corpses. The boy then remembered what had happened to him and Pan and started to wonder why wasn't she locked up with him. All he knew is that he had to find a way to get out of there immediately. But how? He looked around to see if there was something he could use to unlock the prison bar, but he was surrounded with nothing but brick walls, the floor and the ceiling. "I sure wish I'd brought my laser gun with me..."-Xevo thought. As time slowly passed, the smell of rotten corpses was driving him crazy and he even began feeling claustrophobic. Suddenly, he noticed that whoever kidnapped him, forgot to take Xevo's shoes off. "Big mistake."-he thought and immediately took them off, pointed their bottom towards the bars and turned the rockets on. Within only a few moments, the extremely hot flames of the rockets melted the steel bars, so Xevo escaped with ease. He then found himself in a long hallway where all he could see were prison cells on his right and left, filled with corpses of different kinds of species, but mostly human, wearing training outfits.
Xevo loved the World Martial Arts Tournament, and even though he only went there only once when he was a kid, he always watched it ever since on TV. He knew everything about every competitor who ever participated on the tournament, so it was a complete shock to him to recognize about 20 of them being locked up in a place like that dead. The youngling wondered who could have hunted down and kill them, and more importantly, why? After getting out of the dungeon, Xevo wandered around on the large corridors of the fortress for about 30 minutes, trying to find Pan and some answers as well. Well, he wasn't actually wandering around, he was really sneaking around, cause he had to hide from the security robots which were all over the place. The robots were all the same: thin, grey humanoid shaped types, around 1 meter high. Xevo presumed that all the robots were probably controlled by a supercomputer, which would also provide him with answers about the place he was in, so all Xevo had to do was to find it and deactivate the robots. Easier said than done. It took him another hour or so to successfully sneak past all the robots in a fortress who knows how enormous? Of course, the room where the computer was, was sealed off with some kind of very thick metal door, which required a security card and a certain password to gain access which, of course, Xevo didn't have and know. Unfortunately, his jet rockets couldn't melt the door for some reason, so he had to rely on other resourcefulness of his.
Xevo had a lot of good qualities, like being a very good and supportive friend or always trying to help others in every possible way he could think of or just be plain useful. But, like every human being, he also had bad qualities, qualities revolved around his personal hygiene. First of all, he brushes his teeth very rarely, like once in a week, and secondly, he cuts his fingernails and toenails only once in every one and a half month. He claims that he just simply forgets these kind of things until the very last-minute, like when his teeth start to hurt, or his nails start to break. But who would have thought, that his second bad quality would turn out to be so useful one day? Using his, by now long fingernails as a screwdriver, he started disassembling the security card reader device, and within ten minutes, he succeeded. It took him only two minutes to cross wire it and unlock the door. He immediately rushed into the room and closed the door, and just in time too, cause one of the security robots was passing by.
The young boy finally found the supercomputer as he immediately approached it to find some useful information. The computer screen showed many live images filmed by hidden cameras all over the fortress. Xevo considered himself quite lucky that no one was in room while he escaped from the dungeon or was sneaking around, otherwise he would have been long gone caught. Presumably, the person behind all this has other errands to attend to at the moment. The boy looked through all the images on the screen, but he couldn't see anyone else besides the security bots. He made a few clicks with a magnetic wireless mouse attached underneath the keyboard to take a look if the fortress had cameras outside as well. It indeed have, but all Xevo could see was the blue sky and the clouds, which could only mean one thing: the fortress was actually floating in air, which could make his and Pan's escape more difficult cause Xevo's shoes started making BEEP sounds meaning they were running out of fuel. The teenager made another few clicks and surfed around through different programs where he saw many schematics of the security robots, as well those which were controlled by Pilaf and his goons. Just then, he stumbled upon two intriguingly named folders: HARVESTED and CURRENTLY HARVESTING. He first explored the one named HARVESTED where he found a big list of names, as well as video clips. After carefully checking out the names, he realized those names belonged to the deceased martial artists in the dungeon. Xevo decided to open a clip which showed him exactly what he wanted to see: of how the martial artists were killed.
The clip was filmed in a dark, eerie laboratory with all kind of high-tech equipment. The lab's design was similar to the room's where Xevo was in, indicating that the lab was also somewhere in the fortress. In the middle of the lab stood an injured male human with thin black cables attached all over his body. The man was a martial artist alright; the outfit on him proved that. All of a sudden, a yellow energy went through the cables towards the man, which began zapping him for five long minutes, then it stopped. The process was so painful, that the man never stopped from screaming. A few moments later, the same thing repeated itself over and over again, so Xevo forwarded the clip until an hour has passed. By that time, the man looked very pale and even though he was still being painfully zapped, he had no more energy to scream. "That's it!"-Xevo thought-"Whoever is behind all this somehow figured out to actually steal a person's ki, draining him to death. Harvested, was it? They're harvesting all the ki from the warriors and put them into the robots; no wonder Pan had such a hard time against Pilaf and the others even as a Super Saiyan. Oh no, that could only mean one thing..."-then he immediately clicked on the CURRENTLY HARVESTING folder and there it was, Pan's name-"I've got to find her fast, but not before...
Somewhere outside in the wasteland, three broken robots were laying on the ground, one of them facing the sky. Mai and Shu left their robots immediately, however Pilaf was still inside his, being in deep thoughts while looking at the passing clouds.
-Sir, are you sure you're alright?-Shu asked the emperor worried-You've been laying there for more than an hour; if one of your limbs are broken, please don't be shy to admit it!
-Mai? Shu?...-Pilaf started which got the others attention-For how many years we've been trying to rule the world?
-For over 50 years, sir.-Mai answered-Why?
-Don't you think we should have succeeded by now? Haven't we always tried our best to do so?
-Uhm...I guess so, sir. But where are you getting with this?
-It's rather obvious that maybe...maybe it's not my destiny to be a ruler after all, but to be a simple, ordinary guy just like many others in this world. We tried again and again, but someone or something always foiled our plans; and now, it seems history is repeating himself with the appearance of one of Goku's descendants of all people. This only proves even more that all my life I've tried to achieve the impossible, something that was never meant to be. I've wasted all my life for a selfish desire dragging you two down with me. Mai, Shu, I know it's way too late by now, but I hear by release you from the duty of serving me. I want to give your freedom back and I won't even ask for forgiveness in return, cause I know I don't deserve it.
-Oh no, Mai!-Shu shouted-Emperor Pilaf has finally flipped!
-No, Shu...-Mai started in tears-He finally opened his eyes and embraced the true truth about his existence. Oh, Emperor Pilaf, I have waited for this all my life!
-Did you not hear me?!-Pilaf yelled angrily while stepping out of his robot-I am no longer your emperor, so stop calling me like that! I never really was an emperor to begin with, I was just delusional and afraid to accept what was not.-while a tear appeared on his left eye-But tell me something! Why haven't you two never left me? Sure, you were scared of me, but you could still escape from my wrath whenever you wanted to.-by now, even Shu was in tears.
-We could ask you the same thing, sir.-Shu replied-Why haven't you never fired us or killed us, for that matter, after constantly failing you?
-And the answer is "friendship", sir.-Mai responded before Pilaf could form a word-It's friendship that always kept us together no matter what we've been through, only that we never had the guts to admit that we were all equals and not emperor and minions. And for the record, I never regretted following you, emperor; even if we kept failing, it was one hell of an adventure. Right, Shu?
-I can't even imagine what my life would have been without you as my leader, sir.-Shu continued-But I'm guessing it would have been really boring without any of you two in it.
-Thanks, you guys!-Pilaf said eventually restraining himself not to cry-And now that that's settled, move your lazy buts and gather all the pieces you can from the robots that girl shattered all around! There is something I need to do...
Back in the fortress, Xevo was flying with top speed across the corridors in the purpose to find the laboratory along with Pan. Of course, before doing so, he deactivated all the security bots and he also searched and found a map to the fortress in one of the computer's folders, located the lab on it, then memorized the location. It took him about five minutes to finally find the lab, which was opened widely, and there she was with the attached cables to her body, which zapped her continuously while draining her life away. Xevo could tell from her fading scream that she didn't have much long.
Can Xevo find a way to save Pan in time? And who is really behind all these crimes? Find out on the following episode of Dragon Ball F!