The Five Lions

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The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Sun May 05, 2019 1:31 pm

In one of the least verbose of his chapters, Greebledotus gives us his version of the story of The Five Lions (breaks in the original papyrus are indicated by ... )

"...of which the users were said to gain wondrous powers. Originally designed to guard an alien castle in a faraway dimension, the five Lions were not cognizant and had to be piloted by very human looking creatures.
These machines...indeed...mighty opponents. All together, the five guardians would combine to create a powerful and gigantic robot to dispatch the mightiest of foes. Now, at some time in the past...spread to the farthest reaches of the...only...Then, by a confederacy of coincidences, they ended up in the hands of the dreaded forever young magicians...(long break in the text)
...one time. Imbued (read trapped) with their new spirits, they acquired the moniker 'The Five Lions'. Now, even more powerful than ever, the Five Lions broke the magical bonds that required them to heed the words of the Sorcerors."

Greebledotus goes on to explain each of the Lions and it's powers.

" ...of which the first, after...once is now known as Tamajishi. The original pilot of this lion was called 'Pidge', and his story is mostly unknown. At that time...until...then called Jamjamros...but eventually manifested sentience as the Jade Lion.
This Lion makes up the left arm of the giant robot, and ,embodies the qualities of defense, healing, and combat flexibility. This Lion has powerful defensive capabilities. In it's giant form this Lion holds the shield. It can ward off attacks on itself and the area around it, including magic. The Lion can heal all types of damage, including mechanical, and can even resurrect a dead helot or ten.
Little has been written about the offensive options for the Jade Lion, but even in it's oldest role, it was always noted for it's speed and initiative. "

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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Tue May 07, 2019 2:04 pm

In deference to the Ragnarok theme i would now like to exhibit what is currently known of the Blue Lion.
First up is Brikcydides, who in his own spoiled rich-kid, my family owns a good mine way, does offer an alternate history of the Blue lion's early history.

"The original pilot of the Blue Lion was known as Sven, and was caught outside his mechanical lion unawares by a group of magic users. Horribly injured, Sven retired to the hospital planet of Arus. He was later replaced by his younger, more handsome brother, Ryan."

Though different, Greebledotus has a somewhat modified version:

"The Blue Lion, now called Fireslaght Kottr, was originally piloted by a being known as High White Platinum. This pilot was exceptionally skilled, good looking, and strong. Unfortunately, his luck was to be caught by a dreaded witch outside his craft. Armed with only a light pistol, he managed to shoot out the right eye of his adversary before he was turned into a Holiday mince meat pie. He was later consumed by the witch's demonic children in a devilish ritual.

His brother, whose name is unknown to us, set out to avenge his kin's terrible demise. He travelled to a planet called Altea, with a large retinue of space marines, samurai warriors, and armored robots. Ultimately victorious, the brother then took control of the lion, although now cursed by those dreaded prevaricators of black magic. He was relegated to winter battles and Northern climate operations. The nature of the curse was as follows; since the Blue Lion's attacks were electricity based, the sorcerors tied this to generated heat. This caused the Blue Lion to overheat in almost all conditions, save the coldest. It was after this that the Blue Lion eventually ended up abandoned and lost to the glaciers of time.

When all of the Lions were reunited on the planet Arus, Fireslaght Kottr was the last one brought back. He had apparently ended up on the planet of Gaia, where he was taken care of for many years by the people known as Sami. It was they who appended his current name (Greebledotus references a separate name used only by the Sami).

After reunification, the curse was lifted, and Fireslaght Kottr could finally bear his tremendous offensive capabilities. The Blue Lion has the least amount of combat support and helots, mainly because his followers are relegated to their home planet and are not a space faring people.
Of course, he hardly needs it. His resistance to magic is highest amongst the lions, as is his resistance to cold and electricity based attacks. He can generate and control a powerful electromagnetic field, and uses it to fly, create a defensive block, or cast out like a giant mace.

Fireslaght Kottr can not only invoke lightning anywhere on the battlefield, but can also breathe lightning over a large number of opponents with a chainlike trajectory, leaping through entire battalions. The Blue Lion also has an impressive array of death beams, bladed melee weapons, and traditional guns, cannons, missiles, and rockets. His presence on the battlefield gives all of his teammates an offensive boost irregardless of proximity.

Fireslaght also has a somewhat aloof attitude towards combat, with a reluctance toward his potential damage perhaps limited by his violent past. If a battle goes on for to long, the Blue Lion has been known to withdraw from boredom and return to Gaia, to replenish his soul. "

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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Tue May 21, 2019 1:34 am

Greebledotus had less to say about the Red Lion:
"The Red Lion makes up the right arm of the final assembled form of the giant guardian. Originally, it was piloted by a humanoid from the planet of Altea known as Brave Black Iron, whose hot-headedness and combat efficiency were renowned in his time.
In addition to an energy bite, shoulder lasers, and thermite dorsal rockets, the Red Lion also has a variety of heat and fire-based attacks. The massive wave of heat from his mouth is known as the 'pyroclastic flow', and can engulf whole squads of warriors.
In his release from the magical seal that had been placed on all five lions, he became known as Popoki Pele, and resides in a ring of volcanic activity on the planet of Gaia."

Tilophon, who actually fought alongside the Five Lions, wrote at least one detailed treatise on the Red Lion. A remnant of which Grebbledotus was aware of, but apparently not in possession of. It is part of a larger lost work, called 'Golionica':

"Known as Red Lion, he is driven by Isamu. He is autonomous, unless joined as the right arm of the Universal Guardian. Isamu is the highest rated marksman in the entire defense force. As a pilot his performance is rated as 'exemplary '. Only outmatched by his fellow pilots, he qualified to drive the Red Lion after the entire defense force was screened for the best pilots.
In his Guardian form, he holds the Sword of the Ten Kings, a reference to the lineage of royalty on the planet of Altea. Aggressive and brazen, Isamu is almost always the first pilot to enter into combat. His main combat tactic is to directly engage the most powerful opponent he can discern; and then perform a flanking maneuver, trying to blast large numbers of troops with his powerful rocket and laser batteries.
Isamu loves to race the Red Lion, and often be can be found cruising the beaches and oceans of Altea. Only outpaced by the Green Lion, Isamu works closely with the team of engineers and scientists responsible for the upkeep and advancement of the Lion technologies.
Isamu also works closely with the self defense forces to improve his fencing skills and empty hand fighting. Along with Seido, he has developed a set of special techniques, unique to the Guardian final form, that deal with close combat against giant foes. "
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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:19 pm

From the historians (first, Brikcydides):

"The Yellow Lion packs the most firepower of the four lesser lions. He is piloted by an expert in the martial arts named Hunk. His center mounted shoulder cannon can be loaded for multifarious missions. The 'Broadsides ' attack being one of the more potent of his options. This devastating weapon launches most of the Lions weapons at once, and had horrendous effect on the battlefield. Next to the Black Lion, the Yellow Lion inflicts the most damage with his claws and bite."

Greebledotus gives us greater insight into the awesome weapons of the Yellow Lion:

"As a prisoner of those dreaded conjuring acolytes, I can attest to the power of Simba Ya Ju. I was a witness at the 'Battle of the Racetrack', where, somehow; the Magic Users found themselves owning a racecar team. In a race against the Feline Alliance, things got heated to say the least. The battle happened like this; both teams agreed to outfit their vehicles with a modest assortment of weaponry and technology (how else to make racing more exciting?).
The Sorcerors vehicle was some grotesque amalgam of beast and machine, with frightening weapons, jet engines, and the head of an underworld demon. They called it 'Chag', and it was driven by a high level wizard pilot, and accompanied by a rather large 'Pit Crew'. The Pit Crew was in reality a good number of skeletons, zombies, and even a vampire or two!
The Feline Alliance was represented by Isamu, who was by this time not piloting the now autonomous Popoki Pele. He drove a bright red (of course) Ferrari F-40. It was outfit with light armor, and a single Vulcan style machine gun.
The race started normally enough, with Isamu quickly accelerating past Chag and his entourage. The race was to be 5 laps around an oval track, but was really a trap to entice the five Lions to a fight. Chag's vampires quickly took the initiative and desanguinated Isamu's entire pit crew, turning them into zombie servants.

When that occurred, Isamu immediately put out a galactic radio call for help. As the Pittana brigade was busy suppressing yet another helot revolt, Simba Ya Ju and Popoki Pele were dispatched for aid in battle.

After the call was made, Isamu threw his Ferrari into second gear, rolled for a successful bootlegger reverse; and turned so as to face his now overwhelming enemies.

Opening up with his Vulcan gun, Isamu shredded both his old pit crew and a good number of opponents, including a vampire. 'That's what happens when you roll a twenty, bitches!' Chag's rage was now instigated, and he opened up with his entire arsenal; killing Isamu for what must have the umpteenth time. 'Save that Ferrari, boys!'. You could hear Chag's call to his dreaded minions.

Just after this, the Yellow and Red Lion arrived on the scene. Popoki Pele attempted to wrest Isamu's beloved Italian supercar from Chag's hoardes; while Simba Ya Ju dealt with Chag himself. The Red Lion used his flaming breath to cook zombies and charcoalize skeletons. The smell of burning undead was almost enough to distract from the sound of exploding bone and crisping flesh.

Chag and Simba Ya Ju squared off against each other; with Chag deploying his Hell-Glaive, a rather large bladed weapon imbued with dark energy. Rolling for, and taking initiative, Chag fired up his jet engines and charged the Yellow Lion. Striking him on his left side, Chag also deployed short ranged rockets at Popoki Pele, hoping to engage both lions at once.

Bearing the entire brunt of his charge, the Yellow Lion let loose with what can only be described as the most devastating ballistics attack I've seen. They call it 'Broadsides ', and every functional ranged weapon system is fired in a single direction. In this case, poor Chag was close, and in the way of all the guns. Blasted into oblivion, he could be heard cursing the five Lions, and promising to return. After this incident, at least two lions were dispatched to all races, to insure against further wizard shenanigans. Those are stories for another time. "

From Golionica, Tilophon tells another tale of the Yellow Lion:

"Tsuyoshi drives the Yellow Lion, he has tested as the highest of all pilots in the unarmed martial arts, and pilots in a controlled and technically sound manner. The Yellow Lion makes the left leg of the giant guadian, and engages enemies with a powerful, centrally located mega-cannon. This cannon has the capability to fire various rounds, specialized for general, or specific mission purposes. This Lion is known as the bully-buster, and often confronts the Galranian monsters with the help of the Green Lion; who serves as healer and defensive coordinator. Oftentimes, the Black Lion will not even be needed except against the most challenging foes.
Alone, the Yellow Lion packs a powerful and numerous helot army. His followers employ a variety of guns, grenades, rockets, missiles, and artillery. They are loathe to surrender, and will often die in sacrificial or heroic manners. Technically, his retinue contains an entire platoon of Space Imperialist warriors, a small squad of Sengoku Samurai, a squad of ninja specializing in ballistic weapons, and unknown support craft of alien origin. In fact, although the Black Lion's helot army is well known and defined by me in a later section, the Yellow Lion's extent of helot support is not known at this time. "
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Re: The Five Lions

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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:43 pm

My bad, here's the introduction from Greebledotus's Brikstories, hope this helps!

"Greebledotus of Brikiwarnassus here to recount for you the many heroic deeds performed by minifigs everywhere. I do this so that with the passage of time, their deeds will not fade into obscurity lost to the sands of time."
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Re: The Five Lions

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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:08 pm

For your reading pleasure, Kastrenzo!

The Black Lion:
As usual, we will start with Brikcydides, whose short section on the Black Lion belies his opinion on this matter. As with the other entries, it is exceptionally short, and he's just an all around hapless historian, but he does give us a different story.
"The Black Lion is piloted by the most highly skilled aviator of the armed forces. For the last few years the Black Lion has been driven by an Altean who goes by the name 'Keith'. This Lion makes up the head, torso, and upper legs of the giant guardian. He is without question the largest and most powerful of the Five Lions."

Greebledotus goes into more detail on every aspect of the giant robot feline:
"The last Altean pilot of the Black Lion was known as Autumn Gold. He was selected after a rigorous process of testing and preparation. He was ultimately dispersed with the other pilots when the Dreaded Sorcerors began to hunt, kill, and curse every bit of the Lions and their drivers.
The nature of the Terrible Witches and Warlocks was this; they were all in a school for child magic users that went through an interdimensional shift. Upon this shift of the multiverses they turned from generally good kids to evil malcontents. Thereupon they began to start all sorts of trouble by conjuring undead lich kings, demons, and space faring monsters. I mean, these little bastards thought of every evil, foul, and misbegotten creature they could; and every day was another portal opened and another fiendish alliance made.
Eventually they allied themselves with the Galranian hordes. It was this final partnership that opened up the space technology that allowed them to pursue the Five Lions to the ends of the known universe. After a time all of the original pilots and lions were destroyed or cursed so as to render them helpless.
To the awful necromancers and their ilk the giant guardian was known by one name, Voltron. They appended this to him while fighting a huge battle where they subdued him with large amounts of electricity, lasers, and plasma weapons. This was the last battle the giant guardian lost.
Shortly after this, the separate lions gained a special blessing from a faraway princess that actually strengthened each lion every time they were dispatched in a Brikwar. After just a few individual skirmishes, the Lion's gained their new sentience and special abilities.
The Black Lion became imbued with the spirit of an ancient Gaian king, known as Alagar. "
We shall return later to Greebledotus, now, let's see what Tilophon has to say on this matter. Tilophon's treatise on the Black Lion is more of a laudatory hymn than proper historical document, nevertheless, we shall quote it in it's entirety. If only because Tilophon served as a mid-level captain in Alagar's helot army.
From Golionica:
"Rise, Alagar Kurojishi, king of the Five Lions; guardian of justice, defender of the oppressed! Fly, fly great Lion King through the known universe, prevailing in all you do. Call on me, Black Catamount, your scribe and humble servant, to record for all time your wondrous deeds!
Recall I a time when you were summoned to Gaia, to do battle for the afflicted Fireslaght Kottr. Arriving from space, you called for the Pittana brigade, but they were prevented by magic from entering the fray. So, spreading your huge wings, you sent an entire undead squad back to whence they came. Attacking three times before your enemy could move, a roar emanated from your throat that struck fear into all who could not roll a 1 or 10 on a ten-sided die.
Many spells were cast, but your armor and defense is not susceptible to such weak attacks. The magicians did not seem to understand that whenever they cast a spell in your presence, a random effect seemed to occur; albeit with a negative impact on your enemies.
Then, with frightening speed and initiative, you teleported behind the witches and wizards, and proceeded to devour them. Helplessly frozen in fear, none could resist your frightful jowls, as you ravaged your way through the enemy. Like so much Cerebrus in the frozen sleet, you tore through all, as he did the gluttonous sinners!
Freeing your ally and friend, the Blue Lion, from his awful curse was the first business you set about to do. Afterwards, you visited the other cults, and their Gaian wards, to reunite again the giant guardian. "

More from Greebledotus and Tilophon later!
Please be sure to check out the supplementary material in the forum. Thanks - Race
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Re: The Five Lions

Post by Race Bannon » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:35 pm

Greebledotus drops some Feline Cosmology on us: From his third book -

"Now, Altea, Arus, and Gaia were all separate planets; in different galaxies, though their genetic makeup seems to be from the same source. This ancient race of planet seeding giants travelled about for eons, grafting local lifeforms to their own genetic code wherever they went. They were known as the Uru, which means, 'Olden Ones ' in the Gaian tongue.

The Uru and their technology are unknown to us at this time. There is even some opinion that they are, and have been for some while, extinct. Victims of those dreaded Galranian abominations.

The Alteans were the oldest of the three races, although their planet was eventually overcome by another race of tyrannical despots. From the planet Galran, this race seems to be seeking out every last vestige of that ancient life seeding race known to us as the Uru. The reasons for this oldest of known conflicts eludes even the Galranian tyrants, who tirelessly pursue their ancient enemies.

Altea was the first planet The Five Lions crash landed on. It was after a battle on the planet Galran, where the Galranians and the young sorcerors had allied themselves to defeat the infamous Pittana brigade. The brigade had been slaughtered, stacked, rolled up, and smoked by a giant demon beast Daibazaal. It was while he was just putting his feet up on his ottoman of skulls, that who would be known as Voltron showed up. Voltron was defeated after a huge battle, and the final coup-de-grace was his separation and crashing on Altea.

The planet's population rallied behind the exciting new technology the lions represented. Eventually, the best and the brightest minds figured out how to make the most of the Lions. They put up a number of valiant fights, and defeated many giant beasts, demons, and other denizens of the Galranian hordes.
Unfortunately, their planet's proximity to Galran eventually led to the depopulation of the entire Altean race. Those who could not escape were doomed to be turned into zombie smoothies and vampire pies.

Some from the royal family escaped to the planet Arus. The planet Arus is located in a galaxy very far from Altea. Seeking refuge, the Alteans offered up their advanced tech in exchange for sanctuary. The two races, realizing their common ancestry, worked together to develop an outstanding Imperial space fleet, unparalleled land forces, and a special unit; dedicated to recovering the Five Lions.

After many years, they finally managed to recover the Blue, Green, and Yellow lions. With them, they wreaked horrible casualties on the Galranian monsters throughout the universe. At one point, the red lion was known to also have been found,but it's original driver was ambushed and killed. He had managed to activate a powerful defensive system, and the witches were killed trying to break in. So there The Lion sat, idle for many years.

Of course, Arus was also found in time, and a powerful curse was anchored to the Blue Lion by the youthful magicians. The Arusians built a large spacecraft and launched The Blue Lion to a far side of another galaxy. The Galranians followed, and ended up on the planet Gaia, where a world war had devastated most of the place.

When they arrived on Gaia to hunt the Lions, the magicians explored the planet and sought to exploit it's resources. They set about rebuilding the place, and in time, forgot their original purpose for arriving on the planet. Idle and cursed, the Blue Lion sat deep within glacial ice caves, abiding time until his curse was lifted. "
(To be continued...)
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