Then a spinning hexagon illuminating the darkness.
“Unexpected system failure. Rebooting…”
Daki awoke buried roughly a feet under rubble. While sturdy at high altitudes, these M3-CC4 buildings clearly didn’t withstand the chaos. Through the cracks, Daki could just make out the distant set of suns, illuminating the now daytime sky. Sirens could be heard, and some unknown machinery was working away in the distance. With what strength he had, Daki managed to push the shattered, white paneling away and clamber up to the surface of the wreck and take in his surroundings.
The city, or at least this area of the city, was almost completely totaled. Torn and frayed wires sparked, buildings were ripped in half, and various smokes and chemicals leaked from various pipes. In the distance, Daki could now make out some Mecbot chatter, unintelligible over the winds and the sounds of machines slowly repairing damage further on. The wind howled, making this scene even more desolate than it should. Suddenly, Daki heard a voice much closer.
“Hey! Hey! You’re… awake? Operational? Whatever. Good! Man, that was a scene, wasn’t it? Yeah, from up here, everything for miles is a wreck. Those… Mecbots, are they? They’re like insects, repairing their home. A sight to behold, even if tragic.”
Daki remained silent, trying to pinpoint where this voice was coming from.
“Yeah, I’m just as doubtful of where I am right now. I can see you, but I’m pretty high up. I think I’m wedged into a building or something? If you could… well, help me out here, that’d be nice.” The voice continued.
Daki then just saw a little glowing light, coming from atop a small housing complex. “A-are you up there?” He shouted.
“Yeah! You’re looking right at me.” The voice replied.” Okay, stop, those glowing blue eyes of yours are unsettling. Sorry. Just get up here and just yank me out, if you can.”
Daki crouched down, light sails behind him moving apart. A glowing orb appeared on his back, which quickly formed into a jet turbine affixed to his back. Daki then lifted into the air and grabbed the glowing appendage from the crack in the wall.
“Oh nice! A jetpack!” The voice rambled. “Closest thing you can get to transforming into, I don’t know, some excavation drill or something. Also, that really hurts, but I think it’s working!”
With a hefty pull, the being was suddenly freed from the wall, and sent careening upwards. The being stopped in midair, and redirected itself towards the ground. As Daki touched down, jet fading into squares of light, the figure, now visibly an Astran, was hovering just a little bit above the ground, sweeping away at it’s grey robes. The Astran was fairly young, glowing a nice shade of yellow, displaying a set of four large diamond-shaped runes behind it in a wing-light pattern. The escaping heat, or the hair of the Astran, was curiously much longer than usual for a Astran that age.
“Well, thanks for the rescue, I guess.” The Astran muttered, looking away from it’s cloak. “Now that I’ve got a good look at you-… YOU!”
Daki was suddenly taken aback by the sudden shouting, stumbling backwards.
“What is your DEAL?!” The Astran screamed. “You! YOU! You’re the sap who touched that comet! Yeah, yeah, don’t try and hide it! You did it! I know! I saw you there! It’s a saying since the beginning of forever! ‘Never touch what isn’t yours’! You must have heard it, programmed it, whatever, a million billion times! I mean, don’t you think an arcane piece of gemstone that flies around the entire two galaxies, filled to the brim with every living beings hopes, dreams and aspirations isn’t the tiniest bit dangerous?! Nooooooo! You, in all you mechanical wisdom, laid your grubby little gloves on it, and look what happens! Kablooey! TOTAL. CHAOS. Yeah, I’m holding you responsible for this mess!”
Daki, still baffled by the sudden rage of the Astran, righted himself up, doing his best to keep his composition.
“And now guess who’s been spread across who-knows where?!” The Astran continued. “The Grand Chromas! That’s right, you heard me! THOSE GRAND CHROMAS! So! So! Explain yourself, you complete moron, you!”
Daki, while doing his best to keep cool, finally spoke. “Look, I don’t know who you think you are, but I’m not that shadowy figure that tore everything apart! I didn’t manage to get a good read on him, I was tired due to the darkness, and kind of… well, confused, to be honest. But I swear on my creator, I didn’t lay a finger on that… gemstone of yours!”
The Astran stared at Daki. “Upon further, further, inspection… You look totally opposite from that shady dark guy. Yeah, white coat, white hair, blue glowing lights, wings, not being used to flying… Yeah, yeah! You’re not the… culprit. That’s the word.” The Astran then grabbed Daki’s hand and began to shake it with vigor. “Sorry about the yelling, pal.” said the Astran.” I lost my cool. Being a collection of souls, hydrogen and helium, that gets kind of hard I guess! Hah!”
The Astran stood back a bit, taking another look at Daki. While starting to get uncomfortable instead of infuriated, Daki did his best to keep the pain inside.
“Looking at you in full… the coat, the hat, the little sails… Yeah, you’re that Admiral Daki guy!” The Astran claimed gleefully. “Well, let me introduce myself. You know I’m an Astran, I’m sure, but for my name, I go by Tri! Just that. Nothing else. Now, for what I’m doing here, well, that’s something much bigger than my little name. I act as a guardian of the now-exploded Chroma Comet, and I make sure it takes the right path around the galaxy. For who-knows-how many cycles, I’ve followed it diligently, learning much along the way about every neck of the cosmos! Or, well, at least, this region of it. The comet somehow has kept me from exploding all these years, like many Astrans normally do by my age. Maybe it has to do with the wishes, I don’t know. But it’s become my living, and it’s a lovely one. But now…”
Daki spoke up. “While I’m rather taken aback by this… rather sudden change of events, would it be possible to somehow piece the comet together again and send it back to it’s rightful place?”
Tri rised up in the air, inflating herself to a slightly larger size. “That’s exactly what we’re going to do, android! We’re going to search every nook and cranny of the galaxy if so needed, and by the heavens themselves I’ll fufill my purpose!”
Daki saluted the now whooping Astran. “That’s the spirit! And I’ll have you know you have my full support throughout this operation!” Daki forced a grin, and turned towards the view of the sea. “So, where do we start?”
Tri looked up into the heavens, focusing on one bright star, still visible in the daytime sky. “Let’s get the most dangerous one out of the way. To the sea of flame, Hazdbazza!”